Parents concerned daycare subsidy cuts could affect Montreal centre

first_imgAPTN National NewsParents in Quebec are upset over plans by the provincial government to cut daycare subsidies.The cuts are expected over the next couple of years.Some are concerned the cuts could affect a Montreal daycare – the only culturally appropriate centre in the city for Indigenous children.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

City of Fort St John councillors to be sworn in on Monday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding their inaugural council meeting on Monday.To start the meeting, there will be the Mayor and Councillors’ Oath of Office which will be conducted by The Honourable Brian Daley, Provincial Court Judge.Two new councillors,  Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky will be among the six councillors to be sworn in. The night will also include the introduction of the 2018-2022 members of city council, the Mayor’s inaugural address, and farewell statements from outgoing council members.The city of Fort St. John inaugural council meeting is on Monday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.For a full schedule of the inaugural meeting, you can visit https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/92285last_img

ProPolisario Media Fears Moroccos Diplomatic Campaign in US

Rabat – After members of the US Congress introduced a bipartisan bill condemning collusion between Hezbollah and Polisario, pro-Polisario media have expressed their fears over Morocco’s latest diplomatic campaign.Algerian news outlet TSA wondered if Morocco’s repeated pressure on the US had yielded results.On September 28, three US congressmen, including two Republicans, Joe Wilson and Carlos Curbelo, and one Democrat, Gerry Connolly, submitted a draft bill to consolidate Moroccan ties with the US and to condemn the alleged collusion between the Polisario and Hezbollah. Morocco “remains an important strategic ally and partner for peace in the Middle East and North Africa,” Wilson said.Wilson described Polisario as “a terrorist organization funded by Iran” and accused Iran of supporting Polisario against Morocco.“The terrorist regime in Iran has been funding attacks against Morocco, by the Polisario Front, and it is time for the United Nations to promote a peaceful resolution to this Western Sahara conflict.”The pro-Polisario magazine Futuro Sahara expressed its fears over Morocco’s progress and diplomatic campaigning on the Western Sahara issue.The bipartisan draft bill criticizes the Iranian government for providing “monetary and other forms of material support to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah.”The draft bill also condemns any action of both Iran and Hezbollah “that promotes instability in North Africa.” It notes that “the efforts of Iran and Hezbollah to maintain influence in North Africa runs counter to the national security objectives of the United States.”A ‘dangerous development’Futuro Sahara mentioned the US State Department’s 2017 Human Rights report which described the Polisario’s self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as “separatists.”The magazine considered the move a “dangerous development in the US government’s handling” of the Western Sahara issue.Futuro Sahara stated that the 2017 Human Rights report cited only a few cases of alleged violations of human rights. On the other hand, the report recognized Morocco’s effort to implement “positive” measures to reinforce its respect for human rights.The report also acknowledged that Morocco respects the right to both authorized and unauthorized peaceful demonstrations in the region.The pro-Polisario magazine implied Polisario’s fears of the success of Moroccan diplomacy, saying that the US State Department’s recognition of Morocco’s effort “highlights the penetration of the Moroccan diplomat in the US government through the influential lobbies in Washington and New York.”According to the magazine, the success “raises many questions about the feasibility of the one-actor policy pursued by” Polisario representatives in some key countries.The pro-Polisario magazine considered the group’s lack of representatives in the US to be the cause of their failure in communicating with the US.“Is it conceivable that a representative of one person and his assistant might be able to control the diplomatic work in the United States while Spain, for example, has dozens of representatives?” Futuro Sahara questioned.“The same applies to [Polisario] representatives in the United Kingdom, where it is impossible for two people to carry out diplomatic work in four countries: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland,” the magazine added.The bill, which pro-Polisario media say portrays lies about alleged ties between the Polisario Front and Iran, advocates the Moroccan autonomy plan.Morocco’s autonomy plan “is serious, realistic, and credible, and represents a path forward to satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” according to the bipartisan bill. read more

Somali teenagers receive UN assistance after being released from jail

24 October 2008Two United Nations agencies are providing clothing, transport and food allowances to more than 100 teenagers released this week from prison in the self-declared autonomous region of Somaliland in north-western Somalia as part of efforts to help the children reintegrate into their communities. Under the Justice for Children Project, a joint effort of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the released inmates are also being given individual counselling and berths in vocational programmes.On Tuesday the 104 children, all aged between 15 and 18, were released from eight prisons into the care of their local communities after a presidential decree pardon. Many had been jailed on such charges as truancy, vagrancy or disobedience to parents.UNICEF said in a press release issued today that the project includes efforts to ensure that local communities offer a protective environment so that the children do not feel stigmatized when they return.Christian Balslev-Olesen, the agency’s representative for Somalia, welcomed the decree and other recent initiatives by authorities in Somaliland.“These actions will ensure a fair justice… system for children and build greater awareness of child rights and the need for children to be protected when they come in contact with the law,” he said.UNDP programme manager Alejandro Bendaña said the project was helping to strengthen the judiciary, law enforcement and human rights in Somaliland.“The new juvenile justice law takes precedence over all other laws relating to children in conflict with the law and we expect its provisions – such as community mechanisms to address juvenile misbehaviour – to be used more frequently to prevent the imprisonment of children,” he said.Two of the children, whose names were not released to protect their identities, said they were hoping to build better lives.A 17-year-old boy imprisoned for causing a disturbance at a wedding recounted being sent to jail: “While in prison most of the discussions with the inmates related to the advanced ways of committing crimes. I hope I will not go back to prison.”A 15-year-old boy said he was very scared during his stint in prison: “There are lice in our bodies and we don’t get proper education. Older people tell us all kinds of horrible stories and the guy who murdered his father is in the same cell as us. However, I wish for a day I could be educated and lead a law-abiding life.” read more

Haiti UN launches 164 million appeal to fight deadly cholera outbreak

12 November 2010United Nations agencies and their partners today appealed for $164 million to support Haiti’s efforts to fight the deadly cholera outbreak that has already claimed several hundred lives in the small Caribbean nation. The funds sought for the Cholera Inter-Sector Response Strategy for Haiti launched today will go towards getting additional doctors, medicines and water purification equipment to respond to the epidemic, which has spread quickly since it was first confirmed on 22 October. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 12,000 Haitians having been hospitalized so far, and over 800 people have died from the disease, which is spread by contaminated food and water. Up to 200,000 cases of cholera are expected to be reported over the next 6 to 12 months in Haiti, which is also dealing with the aftermath of January’s devastating earthquake and flooding in the wake of Hurricane Tomas, which struck the country last weekend. “A major effort has already been made, but the sheer quantity of relief items that need to be delivered in the days and weeks ahead is going to require more logistical and financial support for the Government by all humanitarian agencies and donors and very close coordination,” said Nigel Fisher, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti. “Without this the epidemic could well outrun our efforts,” he said. Five out of the ten departments, or administrative divisions, that make up Haiti have been directly affected by cholera since the outbreak. Nearly half a million water tablets, soap and oral rehydration salts are being distributed, targeting areas where cholera has already been detected. Cholera treatment centres – an essential first line of response – are now open in 15 urban centres across the country, including seven in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), are identifying and preparing other suitable locations for cholera treatment units. The bulk of the appeal – around $89 million – will be used for water, sanitation and hygiene, while $43 million will be used for health, and $19 million for efforts in the camps housing people displaced by the earthquake. read more

Legality of case filed against Gotabaya challenged

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa also appeared in court for the hearing.The Bribery and Corruption Commission had filed the case against Rajapaksa and the former Directors of Avant Garde. (Colombo Gazette) The legality of the case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been challenged in court.Objections were filed at the Colombo Magistrate’s Court today when the case into the Avant Garde floating armory was heard.

Breaking new ground UN forum on indigenous issues holds inaugural meeting

In a historic first, nearly 1,000 representatives of indigenous people from around the world gathered today at United Nations headquarters to attend the opening of a new UN body devoted to indigenous issues. Speaking at the outset of the initial two-week session, which will review UN activities related to indigenous peoples and set the future work of the new body, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette called the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues “a milestone in the struggle of thousands of indigenous peoples to win recognition of their rights and identities.” “For far too long, indigenous peoples were justified in saying that their voices were smothered by the darkness of intolerance and neglect – from now on, this Forum will be there to bring their concerns to light,” Ms. Fréchette added. Among the other high-level UN officials addressing the meeting, Ivan Simonovic of Croatia, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to which the new panel will report, said the Forum represented a chance to make up for some of the numerous injustices experienced by indigenous peoples. Calling it an “open, transparent, and participatory body, he said he looked forward to the first proposals it would produce. For her part, Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, stressed that among the many pressing issues facing indigenous peoples, providing a voice for young people and countering discrimination were paramount. Other key topics that the Forum might take up were land, “which goes to the heart of indigenous culture and identity,” and protection of the environment. Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), added that given the links of indigenous peoples to nature, it would not be possible to protect the rights of such peoples without protecting the environment in which they lived. He hoped that the economic, political, social and cultural rights of indigenous peoples would be pushed through in the implementation of the wide-ranging development targets set out at the 2000 “Millennium Session” of the UN General Assembly. In her statement to the meeting, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), said 17 paragraphs of the Centre’s plan of action, the Habitat Agenda, concerned indigenous issues. UN-Habitat wanted to support the economic activities of indigenous people and secure their safe interaction with other economies, she stressed. “This is a historic day,” said Ole Henrik Magga, Chairman of the Forum, at a press conference following the opening meeting. “Many of our peoples have worked so hard for so many years and they are still working to be recognized at home. For those who are not recognized at home, it is a great, immense help that we are now recognized here at the United Nations,” Mr. Magga added, stressing the importance of working to ensure recognition of both the collective and cultural rights of indigenous peoples. Established in 2000 by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, the Forum, which is composed of 16 independent experts, is mandated to discuss indigenous issues relating to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. It will meet once a year for 10 working days and submit an annual report to the Council on its activities, including recommendations for approval. According to the UN, it is estimated that there are at least 5,000 indigenous groups composed of 300 million people living in more than 70 countries on five continents. Growing awareness of the critical situation of indigenous people and their invaluable contribution to the survival of humankind led the UN in 1995 to proclaim the International Decade for the World Indigenous Peoples. Video – Opening session of the Forum read more

AP Interview After turnaround from crises Toyota chief says growth must be

AP Interview: After turnaround from crises, Toyota chief says growth must be sustainable by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 2:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – After four tumultuous years bookended by an unprecedented recall crisis and a return to the top of the global auto industry, Akio Toyoda is refashioning Toyota Motor Corp. into a leaner company that’s more imbued with the venture spirit of founder Kiichiro Toyoda, his grandfather.In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Toyota’s president said he is putting new auto plants on hold for three years and reshaping the automaker’s structure to give more autonomy to regional divisions and foreign executives.During his four years at Toyota’s helm, Toyoda has learned the hard way the costs of blindly pursuing growth, a strategy inherited from his predecessor that he ruefully acknowledges got him slammed by a cascade of recalls.The spectacular recall debacle in the U.S., which began in 2009 and involved millions of vehicles, got him grilled at U.S. Congressional hearings over safety, but also rallied American dealers to his side. Toyoda wept openly during one emotional show of support from Toyota dealers in the U.S. Then in 2011, an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan wiped out auto suppliers and Toyota’s vehicle production plunged. Yet the automaker’s comeback has been stunning. It sold a record 9.75 million vehicles last year, regaining the crown of world’s No. 1 automaker from General Motors Co.Despite the turnaround, caution lingers.Whatever growth “a reborn” Toyota pursues must be “sustainable,” Toyoda, 56, told AP at Toyota’s Tokyo showroom.“We have to keep improving, getting better and better, not taking for granted that we have recovered,” he said.He was speaking after Wednesday announcing an overhaul of management that was the clearest statement yet of his vision to create a more nimble, transparent and globally-minded company to prevent any recurrence of the mistakes of recent years.Toyoda said in the interview that the company won’t start building any new auto plants through 2015 to keep fixed costs down despite burgeoning sales and what he feels are good prospects for global auto growth. Plants already under way will still be completed.He said that reflects a decision to focus on growing leaner and making better use of what it already has to boost profitability, not just sales.“There are some plants that are busy, and some plants that aren’t so busy,” Toyoda said. It plans to be more flexible about shipping cars from one nation to another, such as the Yaris from Europe to the U.S., to improve factory efficiency.Among the key leadership moves announced Wednesday was the appointment of American Mark Hogan, an independent consultant and former GM group vice-president, as a board director — the first time in Toyota’s 76-year history it is appointing board members from outside the company.Toyota also promoted four non-Japanese managers to oversee regional divisions, which will become more autonomous, including James Lentz, an American who already leads Toyota Motor Sales in the U.S., to head the North American region. Steve St. Angelo, another American, will lead Latin American operations and South African Johan van Zyl will take charge of the African region.Toyoda said Hogan was someone he trusted, having known him since they worked together more than a decade ago at NUMMI, or New United Motor Manufacturing, a California auto plant jointly run by Toyota and GM.But personal ties weren’t why he was tapped for the post.“It’s his background,” Toyoda said. Toyota still has much to learn from GM, a company that was already No. 1 when Toyota was barely born, he said.The U.S. also remains a critical market for Toyota, one that can continue to grow, and putting Americans to work on the American business, as well as helping lead Toyota globally, was simply common sense, he said.“It’s about timing and depth of communication,” said Toyoda, an understated, trim man who is known for being a racing car buff.“They are the ones who are going to understand it the best, and this need is ever greater for them to contribute to a global Toyota,” he said of foreign executives.It has only been in recent years Toyota has challenged GM’s seven-decade reign as top automaker. Toyota had been on what looked like unstoppable go-go growth up to 2007. Then things started going awry.It collapsed into red ink with the 2008 global financial crisis, and then it got hit with one recall after another, spanning defects in floor mats, gas pedals and brakes, resulting in more than 14 million vehicles being recalled, mostly in the U.S.The recalls tarnished Toyota’s reputation for quality and raised questions about its ability to respond to problems that crop up in its rapidly expanding global empire. Then the tsunami and quake hit in northeastern Japan, in 2011, crippling production.Despite crawling its way back to the top, Toyota still faces major challenges, such as intense competition not only from U.S. automakers but leaner rivals like Hyundai of South Korea and Volkswagen of Germany. Toyota’s sales are plunging in China, the world’s biggest auto market, because of a territorial dispute that has set off anti-Japanese sentiments, rallies and boycotts.Toyota is expecting an 860 billion yen ($9.2 billion) profit for the fiscal year through March 2013, but its parent operation, centred on its Japan business, is still in the red.Speculation has been rife Toyota may move more production abroad, where profitability chances are better. Toyota has repeatedly denied such speculation, vowing to keep production of 3 million vehicles in Japan..Despite his introduction of foreigners in top ranks of management — still a rarity among conservative Japanese companies like Toyota — Toyoda stressed the changes he hopes to spearhead herald a return to Toyota’s roots.The Toyota Way, a production method that empowers each worker for quality control, also encourages employees to be innovative and independent.Toyota’s beginnings were humble.Kiichiro Toyoda’s father Sakichi Toyoda invented the automatic loom in a backyard shed, mainly because he wanted to help his mother, who often was weaving in their home. Those around him, including his carpenter father, thought he was crazy and laughed at him.When Kiichiro Toyoda wanted to develop cars in 1933, not just keep making the by-then successful looms, people again laughed. Back then, Japan only had imported cars like GMs and Fords.These days, the founding family has a status akin to legend in Japan. Its haiku-like sayings such as “always be studious and creative,” and “always have respect for God,” remain mottos at Toyota today.But Toyoda shrugged them off, saying with a hearty, perhaps a trifle embarrassed laugh, that he didn’t have them memorized.If anything, being a member of the founding family was always tremendous pressure on him, especially while he was growing up in conformist Japan. He was typecast as a spoiled brat, and not evaluated fairly as an individual, he said, and he considered choosing another career.Since joining Toyota in 1984, Toyoda has worked in NUMMI, headed the China operations and introduced Internet services at Toyota, when such projects were still relatively rare, because of his personal interest in online technology. He holds a law degree from the prestigious Keio University, and an MBA from Babson College in the U.S.“He kept saying the same thing: We must make better cars. He never waffled. He was consistent,” Takeshi Uchiyamada, promoted to chairman under this week’s overhaul, said of Toyoda.Under Toyoda and Uchiyamada’s leadership, Toyota has continued to develop gas-electric hybrids, a technology in which the automaker has led the world.The company has also introduced flashier edgier design not only in its Lexus luxury models but also its entry-level Corolla subcompact. Toyota raised eyebrows in the Japanese market recently by selling a hot-pink version of its Crown sedan, long seen as targeting the staid establishment.The most important lesson of recent crises, Toyota said, was that Toyota should not ever grow too big or powerful as to forget the original spirit of making something from nothing. That was partly why he chiseled together the three-year electric-vehicle partnership with California startup Tesla Motors.“I’m trying to apply the founding family’s principles to present-day society, globally, and for the Internet generation,” he said.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama read more

UN marks World Day with calls for global solidarity to eradicate tuberculosis

“By caring for the 3 million people who do not have the treatment they need, we will foster a better future for all humankind,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the Day, in which he declared: “Everyone with TB should have access to the services they need for rapid diagnosis, treatment and cure. This is a matter of social justice.”He said that it is also an issue of global health security, given the rapidly emerging problem of patients with deadly, extensively drug-resistant TB going undetected. Even when they are diagnosed, many lack access to effective treatment.“To accelerate results, we need to increase access to health services and mobilize communities, hospitals and private providers to reach more people and treat them faster. We must also invest more in research to find diagnostic tools, drugs and vaccines,” said the UN chief.Ahead of the Day, UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan held a press briefing in Geneva on the state of global efforts to address TB, the world’s second most deadly infectious disease among adults, after HIV/AIDS. Every year, TB kills 1.3 million people and causes nearly 9 million to fall ill.Dr. Chan said that on many levels, TB control is a “glowing success story.” Twenty years ago, in 1993, WHO declared the spread of tuberculosis a global public health emergency. “Within a decade, a strategy had been adopted in nearly every country in the world. It worked. In fact, it had a dramatic impact,” she said, explaining that the epidemic peaked 10 years ago and began a slow but steady decline. “The Millennium Development target of halting and reversing the TB epidemic by 2015 has already been achieved. Overall, the world is on track to meet the target of a 50 per cent reduction in deaths compared with 1990,” she continued, adding that between 1995 and 2011, 51 million people were successfully treated for TB using the WHO strategy, saving 20 million lives. “[Yet] despite recent successes in shrinking the epidemic, the global TB burden remains enormous,” said Dr. Chan. Another key challenge has been the rise of TB strains that are resistant to multiple first-line drugs or extensively resistant to second-line drugs as well.Indeed, with some 630,000 people currently ill, drug-resistant TB “has been detected in virtually every country that has looked for it.” She said such strains are notoriously difficult to diagnose and extremely costly to treat. On average, only about 50 per cent of drug-resistant TB cases are cured. She urged learning from countries that have contained the threat and urgently supporting those where drug-resistant strains of TB are nearly the norm. “We are just treading water when we desperately need to scale up the MDR-TB response. What has been gained through impressive international collaboration can be so easily lost,” warned Dr. Chan.Further, she said that the funding gap for TB care and control is substantial and “we are calling for the investment that this global epidemic deserves.” read more

Breaking Bad fanatic killed police officer and dissolved his body in a

first_imgBrizzi, who is said to have enjoyed boasting of his sexual exploits, allegedly told a support group that he liked “satanic rituals” which involved having sex over the sign of the pentagon.He told a group that he believed in the Devil and said in one meeting that he had once tied a man up, treated him like a dog and made him go inside a cage, jurors heard.The trial continues. Both he and Brizzi, whose use of crystal meth is said to have cost him a job at Morgan Stanley, had invited other Grindr users to make their way to the drug-fuelled sex party but only one man took up the offer.Mr Aylett said that upon pressing the entry buzzer, the man – referred to in court as ‘CD’ – was told over the intercom: “We are having a situation here. Someone fell ill but we are taking care of it. So our party is cancelled.”Mr Aylett said the voice “can only have been the defendant”, adding that the man must have arrived at the precise moment PC Semple was being strangled. A police tent outside Stefano Brizzi’s flat on the Peabody Estate, in south LondonCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph Gordon Semple was ‘sexually promiscuous’ and used Grindr for ‘extreme’ encounters, jurors were toldCredit:Metropolitan Police In the days following PC Semple’s death, neighbours on the Peabody Estate noticed a “revolting smell” coming from Brizzi’s flat. The 50-year-old Italian responded to one neighbour’s complaints by saying he was cooking for a friend, the court heard.A few days later, on April 7, police arrived at the flat to find Brizzi wearing only underpants and sunglasses. He allegedly told an officer: “I have tried to dissolve the body… I have killed a police officer. I met him on Grindr and I killed him. Satan told me to.”Brizzi was said to be “obsessed” with the award-winning television show Breaking Bad, in which the lead character, crystal meth-producing chemistry teacher Walter White, poisons a rival and dissolves the body in acid. Gordon Semple Stefano Brizzi, pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey, denies murder Police forensics officers outside the flat where Gordon Semple’s body was foundCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph Gordon Semplecenter_img A police tent outside  Stefano Brizzi's flat on the Peabody Estate, in south London I’ve tried to dissolve the body… I’ve killed a police officer. Satan told me towhat Stefano Brizzi allegedly told police Stefano Brizzi, pictured in the dock at the Old Bailey, denies murderCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA The court heard that police at Brizzi’s flat also found a bath full of acid with evidence of human body parts.Brizzi, who is not claiming a psychiatric defence, denies murder, saying Pc Semple died accidentally when a “sex game” went wrong. He has admitted obstructing a coroner by dismembering and disposing of the body.Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC, who opened the trial by telling jurors it was a case that called for “broad minds and strong stomachs”, said Pc Semple had been in a relationship but was “sexually promiscuous” and used the dating app for “extreme” sexual encounters. The court also heard that Brizzi, who sobbed noisily in the dock, had a series of missed meetings with other men over the course of the day, with two men agreeing to go to his flat but never arriving.Describing Brizzi’s movements in the days after the killing, Mr Aylett said he was captured on CCTV at a DIY store buying items including perforated metal sheets, three buckets and cleaning products. A Breaking Bad fanatic killed a police officer and dissolved his body in the bath after using a gay dating app to invite him to his flat for a drug-fuelled sex party, a court heard.Stefano Brizzi copied a scene in the American drama by dismembering the body of PC Gordon Semple and dissolving it in an acid bath after strangling him, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.The 59-year-old police officer had arranged via the Grindr app to go to his alleged killer’s south London flat for “hot, dirty, sleazy” sex while he was on duty on April 1.Brizzi was allegedly in the process of throttling the officer when he turned away another man who had arrived for the sex party. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Boots slashes price of its morningafter pill in response to backlash

first_imgAfter backlash from many, including a large group of Labour MPs, Boots has decided to slash the cost of its morning-after pill, providing a less expensive alternative.Previously, the cheapest one available was over £26 – almost twice the price of the product sold in Superdrug and Tesco.Boots charges £28.25 for Levonelle emergency contraceptive (the leading brand) and £26.75 for its own generic version. Tesco now charges £13.50 for Levonelle and Superdrug £13.49 for a generic version. In France, the tablet costs £5.50.Boots has now released a cheaper version at £15.99 after being accused of discriminatory pricing.It will keep the more expensive versions so it can “provide a range of solutions that are right depending on a woman’s individual circumstances and according to the guidance from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare”.An email from the pharmacist to a sexual health charity were cited as Boots was slammed for sexism as it said a cheap contraceptive pill would “incentivise inappropriate use”. Marc Donovan, chief pharmacist of Boots UK, had said in a letter to BPAS: “In our experience the subject of emergency hormonal contraception polarises public opinion and we receive frequent contact from individuals who voice their disapproval of the fact that the company chooses to provide this service. “We would not want to be accused of incentivising inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product.”Jess Phillips said the firm was “infantilising women” as the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party backed a campaign by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS),  a leading provider of abortion care.The pharmacy confirmed that that four weeks ago it started the roll out of the cheaper pill to 38 stores.The new, less expensive generic version of EHC (Levonorgestrel) costs of £15.99; which reflects the cost of the medicine and the regulated mandatory consultation with the pharmacist.The pharmacy is working for it to be available across all stores by October 2017.A Boots UK Spokesperson said: “We’re committed to listening to our customers on this important matter, and have been working hard to establish a sustainable supply of this medicine so we can offer this as part of our EHC service nationally across all 2,500 of our stores.  We continue to believe that the best way to increase access of EHC is for a free NHS service to be made available to all women for the provision of EHC in England, as it is in Scotland and Wales.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

These are the most passionate Lego geeks in the world

first_imgDid you know you can be a Lego certified professional? Or that some dedicated Lego builders have a $1,000 a month budget just for buying bricks? Welcome to the world of Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL), where a childhood Lego interest carried over into adulthood and became a lifetime hobby and obsession.What defines them? It’s simple as one AFOL puts it:AdChoices广告Their love for the brick…the chance to get our imagination in tangible form. The video above is a fascinating 30-minute blocumentary charting a number of AFOLs, how long they’ve been doing it, why they do it, and demonstrating some of their creations. These guys and gals are the geeks of Lego and create models there are no instructions for and take as much ingenuity as creativity to come up with.What I love about this is not just the amount of Lego or the models being made, but the thought that’s gone into creating a storage area and system that allows easy access to every single type of piece you could ever need. There is no car in the garage of their houses that’s for sure.via Devourlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Grand a 5inch midrange Android smartphone

first_imgMeet the Samsung Galaxy Grand, the latest Android phone to stomp its way onto the mobile scene with a massive 5-inch display. Unlike the HTC Droid DNA, Oppo Find 5, ZTE Nubia Z5, and Sony Xperia Yuga, this is no quad-core 1080p hero device. The Galaxy Grand appears to be aimed at folks with tighter budgets that still want a nice, big display — and are OK with a native resolution of just 800×480. Yes, the race for highest pixel density has gotten a bit out of hand, but that figure locks the Galaxy Grand in at a woeful 186ppi. The rest of the Galaxy Grand spec sheet looks pretty solid. Processing power is provided by a 1.2GHz dual-core chip. It’s got a gig of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via micro SD card), 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and the standarad array of sensors. The Galaxy Grand also features an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 2 megapixel front-facing cameras, and a 2100mAh battery. That should be good for around 9 hours of talk time, which you won’t burn up on VoLTE calls. LTE has been skipped in favor of HSPA+. Both single and dual-SIM versions of the Galaxy Grand will be available for purchase.While it’s specced like an entry or mid-level device, Galaxy Grand owners will still get to enjoy some of the features found on Samsung’s higher-end hardware (like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note). S-Voice software is included, and it can even handle Samsung’s Multi Window mode.Why build a device that — on paper anyway — isn’t even as good as the original Galaxy Note? Samsung’s original phablet still carries a $400-500 price tag, and it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy Grand isn’t going to come close to that figure. Like the Galaxy S3 Mini, Samsung is aiming the Galaxy Grand at customers with tighter budgets who still want a taste of the Samsung Galaxy experience.More at Samsunglast_img read more

Titanic Car Scene Handprint Is Still Visible 22 Years Later

first_img Titanic’s romantic car scene is one of the movie’s most memorable moments. Director James Cameron recently tweeted a picture of the antique automobile used in the film — and it still has the famous handprint left by Jack and Rose’s steamy hangout.On Monday, Cameron posted a photo of the vintage vehicle on his Twitter account. He captioned the picture with, “Over 20 years later, the infamous @TitanicMovie handprint is still there — look closely.”Over 20 years later, the infamous @TitanicMovie handprint is still there – look closely. pic.twitter.com/xN19iHw5cI— James Cameron (@JimCameron) February 25, 2019In the photo, the iconic handprint is still intact, 22 years after Titanic hit theaters. The handprint, which was thought to be left by Rose (Kate Winslet) in the love scene, was actually not a woman’s handprint, ComicBook.com reported. In AMC’s Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction docuseries, Cameron unveiled that the car window handprint is actually his, and it was preserved with some spray to prevent it from disappearing after the steamy scene.But, that’s not all: Viewers might also notice another important prop in Cameron’s picture. In the right center area of the image, there’s a shiny silver object. This strange prop strongly resembles a Terminator. Apparently, this T-800 endoskeleton was also “spying” on the Titanic automobile.I had a blast overseas, but it’s nice to come home and hang out with old friends (despite the fact that most of them are trying to kill me) at @Lightstorm_Ent. pic.twitter.com/pBaN6V06OG— James Cameron (@JimCameron) February 5, 2019Earlier this month, Cameron announced the title of his upcoming Terminator film, which will be called Terminator: Dark Fate, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The sci-fi flick, which will bring back Sarah Connor, is set to hit theaters on Nov. 1.More on Geek.com:The History of Sexbots in MoviesLeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Is Coming to Theaters in 2021Kickstarter Launched to Wipe the Rat From the End of ‘The Departed’ Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Manchester United plan backroom restructure

first_imgManchester United are planning to appoint a director of football as part of the club’s restructuring, according to The Guardian.United are looking to install a director of football position for the first time in the 140-year history of the club. There’s is a recognition among the club’s hierarchy that times have changed in the game of football and appointing a director of football would help the club get to the next level.The move is expected to help the club continue their football style and ethos, as well as provide a more streamlined transfer policy.United had a disappointing transfer window this summer with manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign a new central defender and club Chief Executive Ed Woodward refusing to spend exorbitant amount on that position in the team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The United gaffer targeted Leicester City’s Harry Maguire or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin but Ed Woodward was reluctant to shell out money on either as he believed they won’t be an upgrade on the current crop of defenders at the club.A director of football is expected to act as the middleman between the club and manager with a preference on maintaining the club’s style and ethos. This would provide the club with a blueprint of how to recruit future managers and players.It remains unclear as to how Jose will react to the club’s proposal to appoint a director of football, especially if it takes place during his tenure.There’s understanding that the club’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward would remain in charge of transfers should United appoint a director of football.last_img read more

Tropical Depression Five Creeping Up On Us

first_img Weekend Weather Watch – storms and general TCI weather for weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp System becomes Tropical Storm Danny Tropical Watch with three systems being monitored Related Items:atlantic ocean, tropical depression Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOKNWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL200 AM EDT FRI SEP 5 2014For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:1. An area of low pressure, associated with a tropical wave, locatedjust south of the Cape Verde Islands is producing disorganizedshowers and thunderstorms. Some slow development of this system ispossible over the next several days while it moves westward at about15 mph. This system could bring locally heavy rain and gusty windsin squalls to portions of the Cape Verde Islands today.* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…30 percent. Recommended for youlast_img read more

The story behind the Crazy Rich Asians Black Panther viral cast photo

first_imgThe Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther viral joint cast photo was made possible by Harry Shum Jr. Steven Lam When the casts of Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther posed together for a photo at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, the shot immediately went viral. The picture — which includes Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu and Harry Shum Jr., as well as Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o — lit up the internet with delight.Turns out the moment was made possible by Shum, who just wanted to show his appreciation for the Black Panther ensemble, which won best cast in a motion picture at the awards ceremony.”I remember going to some [Crazy Rich Asians] cast members and saying, ‘Yo, let’s go say congratulations to the Black Panther cast,'” Shum said in an interview. “And then that happened.” “It was just this thing that started. People saw us mingling, and it was like, this is a perfect example of what Hollywood should be like, what it needs to do,” he continued. “It’s not just about your own community. How do you reach out with the community in mind, and collaborate or just support?”Shum spoke at a reception Thursday evening in Los Angeles for the Gold House A100, a list that honors Asians and Asian Americans in tech, entertainment and business. The list, announced earlier this month, includes several Crazy Rich Asians stars, including Shum, Wu, Henry Golding, Awkwafina and director Jon M. Chu. On Friday, Gold House also gave Chu its inaugural A1 award for the “single most impactful Asian of the year.”Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther were two of last year’s cultural milestones. The two films represented a push in Hollywood to tell more diverse stories and get more people of color on screen and behind the camera. Both movies were critical and commercial successes, and proved that movies with predominantly nonwhite casts could do well at the box office. 2:02 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice Danai Gurira, woman of actioncenter_img For Shum, the joint cast photo was an encapsulation of that push for representation. “It’s just a celebration of being there at this award show when so many faces have been erased or have been invisible,” he said. “And just to be there and see [the Black Panther cast] holding those trophies, it’s special.”Outside of entertainment, other heavy hitters honored by Gold House include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Momofuku chef David Chang and Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin.Gold House also tries to ensure the success of projects driven by Asian people. A campaign by the group called #GoldOpen aims to buoy opening weekends by urging donors to buy out movie theaters and snap up tickets in bulk. The group made a big push around Crazy Rich Asians last year, which has grossed almost $240 million at the box office to date, and is the top grossing romantic comedy in 10 years. Tags 77 Photos Post a comment Culture Black Pantherlast_img read more

Google says Apples new signin button is better than random passwords

first_img 46 Photos Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET Apps Today Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See All Privacy Google Apple 13:39 $999 Tags Google isn’t opposed to Sign in with Apple.  James Martin/CNET At its annual WWDC event last week, Apple unveiled a new privacy tool called Sign in with Apple, an alternative to single sign-on services offered by Facebook and Google. Apple appeared to take a shot at its competitors by saying that even free services need to respect privacy. Google’s Mark Risher reportedly wasn’t pleased about the jab but thinks the technology will make people safer.”There was a bunch of innuendo wrapped around the release that suggested that only one of them [the logins] is pure, and the rest of them are kind of corrupt, and obviously I don’t like that,” Risher, a director of product management at Google, told The Verge in an interview published Wednesday.Risher said Google hasn’t properly articulated exactly what happens when a user clicks “Sign in with Google,” which could lead to misunderstandings at a time when people feel unsafe in the digital world. Overall, Risher said, using Google’s sign-on option or Sign in with Apple is better than random usernames and passwords. $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • Google says Apple’s new sign-in button is a good idea, despite privacy jab $999 Share your voice Sprintcenter_img Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Apple iPhone XS • Apple Comments Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors “I honestly do think this technology will be better for the internet and will make people much, much safer,” he told The Verge. Google didn’t immediately respond to request for further comment.The Sign in with Apple tool lets you use your Apple ID as a credential to sign into websites and apps, instead of typing in your email address. The tool uses your iOS device to verify your credentials, instead of social account logins, which could make you vulnerable to being tracked online. Apple says its sign-In service offers convenience without a privacy toll. Apple’s rivals use their sign-on services to craft a user profile to help deliver targeted ads. Apple generates its revenue from the sale of devices and services, and not ads, so it isn’t as interested in your information. Sign In works on Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and Apple Watches. Through the web, it also works on Android and Windows. At WWDC, Apple introduced iOS 13, a new voice for Siri, dark mode, a new Mac Pro that starts at $5999 and more.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Mobile Internet Laptops Desktops Online Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It $999 8 Now playing: Watch this: See it See It WWDC 2019: Mac Pro, iOS 13, MacOS and more…last_img read more

20 killed in Pakistan market blast

first_imgPakistani security officials and local residents gather at the site of a bomb explosion at a vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border on 21 Jan, 2017. AFPA bomb exploded at a market on Saturday in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others, officials said.The bomb detonated in a crowded vegetable market in Parachinar city, the capital of Kurram tribal district on the Afghan border.”20 people have been martyred [killed],” the Pakistan military said in a short statement, adding that the injured had been taken to military and civil hospitals in the region’s main city of Peshawar.”Troops from army and (paramilitary) Frontier Corps are under taking relief and rescue operations,” it said.Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, governor for Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province confirmed the death toll in a televised interview with Pakistan’s private news channel TV Geo.Iqbal said at least 40 people were wounded in the blast, 12 critically.Ikramullah Khan, a senior government official in Parachinar, told AFP that the blast was caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) hidden in a vegetable box.In a telephone call to AFP, the Hakimullah Mehsud faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack.”It was to avenge the killing of our associates by security forces and to teach a lesson to Shiites for their support for Bashar al-Assad,” said the group’s spokesman Qari Saifullah, referring to the Syrian president.Saifullah warned that his Sunni Muslim group will continue attacking Shiites if they back Assad, whose regime is entrenched in a civil war that began in 2011 and has claimed more than 310,000 lives.In December 2015 an IED blast at the same market killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 30.Prime minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the latest loss of life, his office said in a statement.Kurram is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts which are governed according to local laws and customs.The district is known for sectarian clashes between Sunnis and Shiites, who make up roughly 20 per cent of Pakistan’s population of 200 million.Pakistan’s battle against an Islamist insurgency began in 2004 after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan forced Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants to flee across the border.Pakistan’s army launched an operation in June 2014 to wipe out militant bases in northwestern tribal areas and bring an end to a bloody insurgency that has cost thousands of civilian lives since 2004.It has conducted a series of military offensives as well as concerted efforts to block militants’ sources of funding.Last year, the country recorded its lowest number of killings since 2007 when the Pakistani Taliban was formed.But the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic bloody attacks.last_img read more