Conservative salaries bill backed by grand chiefs

first_img(Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block shakes hands with a constituent. Photo from http://kellyblock.ca/)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Saskatchewan’s most prominent First Nations organization is backing a Conservative private members bill that, if passed, would force band chiefs and councils to disclose their salaries and expenses.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations said Friday afternoon that they fully endorsed Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block’s bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons earlier in the day.“I’ve had a quick look at it in terms of what it presents to do. The FSIN, again, fully endorses financial accountability and transparency of all,” said Grand Chief Guy Lonechild. “I think its just another step in the direction to ensure that first nations are accountable and a prime example of how transparent we need to be.”In an interview with APTN National News, Block said she had spoken to several First Nations leaders in the province about her bill and that she had received their support.“A colleague of mine and I have been working together and calls were made to a number of First Nations chiefs in Saskatchewan and so far the response has been positive to this legislation,” said Block.The bill, called the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, would require the publishing of all federally-funded chief and council expenses and salaries by the beginning of August every year. The Minister of Indian Affairs would publish the information if a band refused to comply.Besides salary, the financial data would include expenses for transportation, accommodation, meals, incidentals and hospitality.First Nations leaders have the power to set their own salaries and some of them are paying themselves more than provincial premiers and cabinet ministers.Block said she developed the idea for the bill with fellow Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke, who represents the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.“I have been made aware that this is a longstanding issue with some First Nations community members,” she said. “There are a number of examples of legislation in place for other elected officials to disclose this kind of information and I believe that it is time to provide similar legislation for members of First Nations band councils.”The bill also received the support of a northern Ontario grand chief.Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stand Beardy said he has no problems with the bill because his organization is already transparent.“I think it’s only fair to have an idea of where the money is going,” said Beardy.Block said that Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan supported the bill.The bill is expected to face second reading at the end of November. It would then be sent to the Commons Aboriginal Affairs committee for debate.Watch the full report on APTN National News at 6 p.m. ET.last_img read more

UN agency appeals for 3 million to aid Yemenis displaced by conflict

22 April 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking nearly $3 million to assist some 77,000 people affected by a local conflict which erupted between a rebel group and government forces in northern Yemen in 2004. According to the agency, about half of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned to their homes in the Sa’adah Governorate after a ceasefire was signed in August 2007. However, renewed fighting has led to new displacements, and despite a peace agreement signed in January 2008, the situation remains volatile. “New IDPs continue to arrive in Sa’adah city, including more than 200 families for the past week alone,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told a news conference in Geneva. UNHCR plans to use the funds to improve the living conditions of the IDPs and returnees, including through the distribution of non-food items, such as blankets, stoves and mattresses. It also intends to provide tents and reconstruction material and assistance for the construction of mud shelter for 400 vulnerable returnees. “This assistance will also help relieve the burden on local communities, which host 90 per cent of the IDP population,” Mr. Redmond noted. The agency also plans to provide IDPs and returnees with training so they can become self-sufficient, raise awareness on IDP rights, provide social counselling services and carry out projects to prevent sexual-based violence. read more

UN report calls for end to arbitrary detention in Afghanistan

Too frequently, detainees do not have access to a lawyer, are unable to challenge the legality of their detention before an impartial judge, and do not enjoy the presumption of innocence before being tried in a lawful court, according to the report released today by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “No Afghan should be detained arbitrarily; every Afghan has a right to justice and dignity,” Norah Niland, UNAMA’s top human rights official and OHCHR representative in Afghanistan, said on the release of the report. “Ensuring that all detentions are lawful is vital to instilling public confidence in the judiciary and government institutions as well as in promoting the rule of law,” she added. A study of some 2,000 cases between 2006 and 2008 found that unlawful detentions are most often the result of poor awareness and understanding of the law and the rights of detainees, along with procedures and a legal framework that are inadequate to safeguard the those rights. Some were caused, in addition, by corruption, abuse of power, and disregard for the law by responsible authorities, the study shows. Recommendations include legislation reform and introduction of codes of conduct, improved training and capacity-building for law enforcement officials and the judiciary, and greater access of detained persons to legal representation. Entitled “Arbitrary Detention in Afghanistan: A Call to Action,” the two-volume report is part of a larger effort by the UN to support the Government of Afghanistan, particularly the judiciary, to address the problem, UNAMA said. “I am confident that the Government and judiciary, with the support of international partners, will find the report’s practical recommendations useful in formulating better laws, procedures and training aimed at combating the problem of arbitrary detention,” Ms. Niland said. 26 March 2009A new United Nations report, revealing that Afghans are often detained without lawful reason, recommends a range of changes to laws and procedures of the criminal justice system in the country. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.70 lower $505.00; Jan. ’18 $1.80 lower $509.40; March ’18 $2.30 lower $512.20; May ’18 $3.40 lower $513.30; July ’18 $3.10 lower $514.10; Nov. ’18 $3.00 lower $480.20; Jan. ’19 $3.00 lower $481.00; March ’19 $3.00 lower $483.70; May ’19 $3.00 lower $483.70; July ’19 $3.00 lower $483.70; Nov. ’19 $3.00 lower $483.70.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 144,200 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 144,200. read more

Genetically modified food can boost health but risk assessment must continue –

“We can hope to gain the health and nutritional improvements of GM foods when we can help countries to research how they can control and exploit the introduction of GM products for the benefit of their own people,” the Director of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Food Safety Department, Jorgen Schlundt, said in issuing the study.The report – “Modern food biotechnology, human health and development” – presents the potential benefits and risks associated with GM foods, which can increase crop yield, food quality and the diversity of foods which can be grown in a given area, leading to better health and nutrition, thus raising health and living standards. But some of the genes used to manufacture GM foods have not been in the food chain before and introduction of new genes may cause changes in the existing genetic make-up of the crop. Therefore, the potential human health effects of such foods should always be assessed before they are grown and marketed, and long-term monitoring must be carried out to catch any possible adverse effects early, the report stresses.It notes that pre-market risk assessments have been performed on all GM products where these products are marketed and that to date no negative health effects have been found.The report also recommends that in future, evaluation should be widened to include social, cultural and ethical considerations to help ensure there is no “genetic divide” between groups of countries which do and do not allow the growth, cultivation and marketing of GM products. The GM food aid crisis in southern Africa in 2002, where a number of countries did not permit GM food aid as a result of mostly socio-economic concerns, illustrates the need for broader evaluations, it notes.“GM foods should be examined from many standpoints, including the social and ethical, in addition to the health and environmental. If we help our Member States to do this on a national level we can avoid creating a ‘genetic divide’ between those countries which permit GM crops and those which do not,” Dr. Schlundt said. read more

Competition between countries posing serious threats to peace Prime Minister of Pakistan

“A new Cold War threatens to engulf Europe [and] turmoil is intensifying in the Middle East,” said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his address to the General Assembly today. “Peace cannot be built when injustice prevails,” he added, noting that it is essential to reconcile the divergent objectives and priorities of regional and external powers. He reported to the General Assembly that the adverse global economic environment, Pakistan has robust growth and that it has fully integrated the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into its economic and social strategy. Stressing that internal peace and stability are a requisite for economic development, Prime Minister Sharif said that Pakistan, despite being a victim to international terrorism, will not allow externally sponsored terrorism and threats of destabilization to cause turbulence. “We will not win the fight against terrorism and violent extremism so long as we do not address their root causes,” he noted, adding that these lie in “poverty and ignorance, political and social injustice and oppression, foreign intervention and occupation and denial of the legitimate rights of peoples and nations, especially the right to self-determination.” Referring specifically to Afghanistan, the Pakistani leader underlined that progress will be assured only when the Afghan parties themselves conclude that there is no military solution to the conflict there and work diligently, through a meaningful dialogue process, to achieve reconciliation and peace within the country. Also stressing that Pakistan wants peace with India, Prime Minister Sharif said: “Let us be clear: talks are no favour to Pakistan. Talks are in the interest of both countries. They are essential to resolve our differences, especially the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and to avert the danger of any escalation.” He made a strong call for an independent inquiry into the extra-judicial killings in Kashmir and for a UN fact finding mission to investigate “brutalities perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces,” so that those guilty of these atrocities are punished, as well as called the implementation of Security Council resolutions on the subject of Kashmir. “This General Assembly must demand that India deliver on the commitments its leaders solemnly made on many occasions,” he emphasized. The Prime Minister also said that as a responsible nuclear weapon State, Pakistan will continue to cooperate with all international efforts that seek to promote fair and equitable solutions to disarmament and non-proliferation challenges and that it has introduced “state of the art” measures to strengthen the safety and security of our nuclear materials and facilities, and said that the basis of objective criteria, and without discrimination, it is fully eligible for membership of the nuclear suppliers’ group. In conclusion, Prime Minister Sharif emphasized his country’s unwavering commitment to the UN as illustrated by its contribution to UN peacekeeping efforts. “Pakistan has a vital stake in ending conflicts, fostering peace, fighting terrorism, strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, generating global growth and overcoming the challenges of environmental degradation,” he said, adding: “We can achieve these goals, and create a new and peaceful world order, only through the UN and by strict adherence to the principles of its Charter.” read more

UNbacked treaty concludes summit with game changing outcomes for wildlife protection

“[The 17th conference of the parties (COP) is] a game changer that will be remembered as a point in history when the tide turned in favour of ensuring the survival of our most vulnerable wildlife,” said the Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), John E. Scanlon said yesterday in a news release issued by its Secretariat. “It was not just the well-known species that were on the agenda, the pangolin and many lesser known species also came under the spotlight,” he added, noting in particular decisions to bring new marine and timber species under CITES trade controls. According to the news release, the decisions adopted by the COP, shorthand for “Conference of Parties” to the Convention, the primary governing body of CITES, will firmly embed wildlife in the agendas of global enforcement, development and financing agencies that have the capacity and technical expertise to help ensure implementation of the Convention on the front lines. The news release further noted that the, conference, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, was marked by agreement on measures to improve sustainable trade in a number of species, including the queen conch, humphead wrasse, sharks, snakes and African wild dog, as well as a large range of timber species, such as bubinga and rosewoods, and the African cherry and agarwood. Parties also recognized several conservation success stories, including that of the Cape mountain zebra, several species of crocodiles and the wood bison, which were all by consensus down-listed from Appendix I under CITES to Appendix II in recognition of their improved conservation status. A number of new animals and plants were also added to the CITES Appendices for the first time, affecting a large number of mammals, marine and timber species, as well as many reptiles and amphibians. Similarly, there was a fresh push to further safeguard threatened species and added protection was accorded for the African grey parrot, Barbary Macaque, Blaine’s fishhook cactus, elephant, pangolin and saiga antelope. For instance, Goal 14 and Goal 15 include specific references on protection of flora, fauna and ecosystems. The COP, held every three years, is the primary governing body of the Convention. This year’s conference was held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 4 October and was attended by more than 3,500 people, including 2,500 officials from the 152 national governments. The conference also decided that the 18th COP will be held in Sri Lanka in 2019. With 183 Parties, CITES is one of the world’s most powerful tools for biodiversity conservation. It regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. Also, measures were agreed to combat illegal trade for specific species, including included the African grey parrot, African lion, cheetah, helmeted hornbill, pangolin, rhino and totoaba, the largest member of the drum family of fishes. Earlier, in his remarks at the opening of the COP, Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) underscored the importance of protecting endangered species. “Illegal trade of everything from the helmeted hornbill to the hundreds of species of rosewood severely damages our planet, and it’s only through the international cooperation we’ve seen under CITES that we can prevent it,” he said, according to the news release. Importance for Sustainable Development GoalsIn the press release, Mr. Scanlon also emphasized that CITES is now seen as an indispensable tool for achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Male Lion at the Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch read more

At UN Assembly Turkmenistan stresses importance for greater global cooperation

In her address, Aksoltan Ataeva, the Chair of the Delegation of Turkmenistan, noted the importance of transport connectivity and cooperation for the achievement of the global development gaols and informed the Assembly of the global conference on sustainable transport held in the country last November. Also in her remarks, Ms. Ataeva noted the establishment of a training centre in the country to strengthen capacity in relation to the implementation of the SDGs. She also underscored the importance of energy security and in ensuring fair access to energy, including as part of the 2030 Agenda. She also highlighted the importance of sports as a driver of peace, understanding and human rights, and in that context, recalled the participation of the Refugee Olympic Team at the Rio Olympics 2016. Further in her address the head of the delegation of Turkmenistan noted the challenges posed by terrorism to all countries around the globe and, welcoming the role played by the UN in combatting the scourge, expressed her support for reforms at the Organization, including review of the method of its work and to react to threats in the modern world.Full statement (in Russian) available here read more

Brock University keeps 12 million water bottles out of landfill

Brock University will celebrate Earth Day today by raising a few tall cold ones – of water, that is – enjoyed in refillable water bottles.By installing 22 water bottle filling stations on campus since 2013, Brock has kept more than 1.2 million plastic water bottles out of landfill. Numbers show the filling stations have gained in popularity with an increase of 11,000 water bottle refills this school year over last.In total, reusable water bottles were refilled 642,469 times in 2014-15.But that’s not all the University has done to help the planet. Brock diverted more waste from landfill in 2014 than in 2013 thanks to changes on campus that make it easier for students to recycle.Brock’s diversion rate rose to 65.8 per cent last year from 65.3 per cent previously after the introduction of single stream recycling at the Village Residence, which eliminated the need for students to sort and separate recyclables. Additional coffee cup recycling stations were added across campus as were more signs above recycling bins in dining halls to encourage students to do their part for the planet.Brock’s diversion rate is nearly six per cent higher than the waste diversion target guideline of 60 per cent set by the Ministry of the Environment.“While we spend a lot of effort to divert waste that can be recycled following consumption, equally important is avoiding generating that waste in the first place as demonstrated by the effectiveness of our 22 water bottle filling stations,” says Tom Saint-Ivany, chairman of Brock’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee.“Together with the Brock University Students’ Union, our waste diversion efforts provide students, faculty and staff with convenient ways to keep water bottles out of landfill and with post-consumption receptacles to separate recyclables such as plastic bottles, coffee cups, and organics.”Learn more about Brock’s sustainability initiatives. read more

Cell Phones Diagnose The Cancer They Might Give You

first_imgThe verdict is still out on whether or not cell phone can cause cancer, but thanks to researchers at Harvard’s medical school, they can play a role in detecting it. A new, handheld device that interfaces with smartphones can tell if a patient has cancer with a 96 percent accuracy rate. The detector contains a very small needle that takes a sample of the patients tissue, then suspends it in magnetic fields looking for potential tumor markers. The whole process only takes about half an hour, and can be used at doctors’ offices instead of requiring a costly trip to a hospital.Usually, doctors use larger nuclear magnetic resonance machines to perform this type of detection, but because the handheld version uses simplified measurement techniques and the tissue sample taken is so much smaller, it can be miniaturized using a much less powerful magnet.This type of detection could be used to judge how effective cancer treatment has been without requiring a core-needle biopsy, making it much easier for cancer patients to get updates on their recovery. “If a patient is already getting chemotherapy, the doctor could quickly tell whether a treatment is working,” said Hakho Lee, a professor at Harvard who designed the device.It’s not quite bug free though. The technique used to detect cancer is extremely sensitive, but might lead to some false positives. And don’t expect to be able to pick this up at your nearest Apple store either; researchers are still working out the kinks before the device is available commercially.[via IEEE Spectrum]last_img read more

iPhone la police utilise une application pour identifier des suspects

first_imgiPhone : la police utilise une application pour identifier des suspectsÉtats-Unis – La police américaine est elle-aussi friande de haute technologique. Elle utilise aujourd’hui une application iPhone dans le processus d’identification des suspects. Une première. L’application Moris (Mobile offender recognition and identification system, traduisible par “système mobile de reconnaissance et d’identification des délinquants”) est très simple. Il suffit de prendre en photo le suspect en question, sa physionomie sera ensuite comparée avec celles des différents criminels entrés dans la base de données. L’application prend en compte des mesures biométriques grâce à un logiciel de reconnaissance faciale.S’il y a des correspondances biométriques, diverses informations concernant le criminel sont directement transmises sur l’iPhone du policier. Ce dernier peut alors accéder à des bases de données et bénéficier d’informations capitales à l’identification du suspect.L’application Moris sera bientôt utilisée par l’unité de police de Brockton, dans l’État du Massachusetts. Si l’essai s’avère fructueux, elle sera ensuite mise en place dans d’autres départements.D’autres logiciels de reconnaissance biométrique, utilisant l’iris ou les empreintes digitales, seront ajoutés par la suite sur les iPhone des policiers. Le 20 juin 2010 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Global Loyalty Company surpasses 20 million members

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