First Nations youth unrest aimed at own leadership

first_img(Protest sign used during a resent demonstration on Parliament Hill. APTN/File photo)By Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsSASKATOON–One the eve of Tuesday’s Crown First-Nations Gathering, B.C’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip warned of a potential youth uprising if talks didn’t go smoothly.Phillip made those remarks saying the prime minister didn’t provide a clear indication that his government would take the concerns of First Nations leaders seriously.That rhetoric from Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, leading up to the historic event got the discussion of possible civil unrest going.“As offensive as the remark was, I feel obligated to give a voice to the poverty that (represents) the reality of the Aboriginal people in this country,” said Phillip.Phillip says poverty breeds frustration. One only has to look at the housing crisis on the Attawapiskat First Nation and many other First Nations across the country. However, it was Attawapiskat’s housing crisis that spotlighted Canada’s Third World conditions.Pictures of dilapidated housing had Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across the country frustrated with the federal government’s lack of a swift response. Yet, the idea of an “uprising” is nothing new. Former Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine and former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson both hinted at unrest in the past.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak recently told APTN National News that “there is room for civil disobedience, when people aren’t being heard, action does have to happen.”Confrontations have occurred in the past. Like the 1990 Oka crisis and Ipperwash, with the shooting death of Dudley George. Yet, some say these are isolated incidents, usually occurring because of outstanding treaty issues.Regardless of the fact some people say the risk of a national uprising is low, APTN National News has reported in the past that the RCMP and Aboriginal Affairs regularly monitor potential “protest and occupation” hot spots.With all of the talk of potential youth unrest, Colby Tootoosis, considers himself a politically conscious youth and he says if youth feel the need to start an uprising, it should start from within.“It has to start inside, it has to include me being clear, and willing to look inside myself and open into that original compassion that exists within the consciousness of who we are as Indigenous people,” said Tootoosis, “Uprise within your family unit first, uprise within your own community first, then there will be clarity for better direction of what action needs to be taken.”Tootoosis describes the federal government’s relationship with First Nations as an abusive one.However, he says some of the unrest felt by youth is directed at their own leadership.“A lot of the unrest amongst are young people is also geared towards our own leadership and the invitation is (there) for our current leadership to be open (up) to what our young people have to offer,”said Tootoosis. “There is a lot of intelligent young people out there who can see things differently from a more organic perspective than the current state of our current leadership.”Some have said the recent Crown First Nations Gathering was the first step in improving the nation to nation relationship.Phillip says this is the opportunity for the federal government to make positive changes. However, at this point, it’s unclear whether First Nations will move towards peaceful diplomacy or civil disobedience.dwindigo@aptn.calast_img read more

Quebec minister takes a pass on talking about justice in Nunavik

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor Quebec’s 12,000 Inuit you might say that justice is not being served.Massive delays, overcrowded detention centres and inadequate infrastructure are just some of the symptoms of a justice system gone wrong.In February, APTN’s Tom Fennario travelled to Nunavik to document the challenges faced by Inuit in the justicy system.Then he went looking for political answers as to why things are so bad.Click here for Tom’s original story about justice in Nunaviklast_img

Parks Canada plans to commemorate Sgt Tommy Prince

first_imgAPTN NewsHe’s Canada’a most-decorated Indigenous war veteran.And, on Aug. 3, Parks Canada is paying tribute to Sgt. Tommy Prince on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.Prince is a descendant of one of the chiefs who signed the treaty.A special ceremony will commemorate the signing at Lower Fort Garry outside Winnipeg.last_img

China tariffs could erode remaining US shark fin business

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – A new set of Chinese tariffs on U.S. seafood including items made from shark fins could further erode what remains of the American industry for the controversial products.China announced the 25 per cent tariffs in mid-June that are expected to apply to exported American goods such as lobster and salmon beginning in July. They also will apply to whole or cut shark fins, as well as shark fin products that are canned or preserved, according to a Chinese government website.The U.S. has long banned “shark finning,” a practice long reviled by animal welfare groups that involves removing the fin from a shark and discarding the animal at sea. It is still legal to remove and sell the fin of a legally harvested shark after it is brought to land.The steep tariffs, which could turn away business from U.S. exporters, might have implications for American shark fishermen and processors. China is one of the biggest buyers of shark fins, as the product is used to make shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy.“My sense is that’s going to decrease demand for sustainably fished U.S. shark fins, and increase demand from countries with less sustainable fisheries,” said Shaun Gehan, an attorney for Sustainable Shark Alliance, which represents shark fishermen and dealers. “It’ll just be a hardship for the small fish houses and the fishermen that participate in this fishery.”Hundreds of fishermen in the U.S. seek numerous species of shark for their meat and fins in a tightly regulated fishery. The fins represent about a quarter of the value of a shark, and fins that U.S. fishermen harvest are often shipped to Asia for processing.Animal advocates and environmentalists have long called for a complete ban on the shark fin trade because they believe it jeopardizes threatened species of shark. Oceana campaign director Whitney Webber said a national fin ban would “reinforce the status of the United States as a leader in shark conservation.”But China’s new tariffs could have the opposite effect, potentially increasing demand for shark fins from countries where fisheries are not as well managed, said Robert Hueter, a senior scientist and director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.“They can get fins from anywhere, and they don’t need it from us,” Hueter said. “This is hurting U.S. fishermen, not really solving any kind of problem.”Beijing announced the tariffs, which also apply to agricultural products and cars, as retaliation against President Donald Trump’s tariff increase on Chinese products. The two countries, the world’s two largest economies, are in the midst of escalating trade hostility.But some in the U.S. shark fin business do not believe fins will be a casualty of a U.S.-China trade war. Raymond Wong, a New York-based shark fin dealer, said the tariffs can be easily bypassed by shipping fins to Hong Kong, which is a common destination for them anyway.“If I get dogfish fin from Maine or wherever, I can send it to Hong Kong,” he said. “I’ve been sending dogfish to Hong Kong for a while. I am OK.”last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Pardons 216 Convicts On Eid AlAdha

Rabat –  King Mohammed VI has granted his pardon to 216 convicts to mark Eid Al Adha, the ministry of justice and freedoms said Saturday.The detained beneficiaries of the pardon are:– 96 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. – Three inmates’ life sentences commuted to limited prison terms.The beneficiaries of the pardon are 117: – 30 prisoners benefited from pardon over their imprisonment term or remaining prison term. – 17 had their prison sentences dropped and fines maintained. – One inmate benefited from pardon over his prison term and fine – 69 inmates had their fines annulled. Pardon is granted to a number of prisoners by the Sovereign on the occasion of religious and major national celebrations, notably at Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (lamb sacrifice). read more

King Mohammed VI Calls on Moroccan Pilgrims to Honor Morocco in

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has addressed a letter to Moroccan pilgrims set to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 2019, urging them to positively represent their country and values.In his letter, the King said that he expects Moroccan pilgrims “both individually and collectively, to “embody the values of your homeland – Morocco – and reflect its civilization as well as the characteristics of the Moroccan identity.”Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufiq conveyed King Mohammed VI’s letter on the event of the departure of the first group of Moroccan pilgrims on Thursday, July 18, at the Rabat-Sale airport. The King recalled that his letter  is an “auspicious tradition with the advent of each Haj season”  to address the message to women and men departing to the holy site to both congratulate them and to give his “sincere wishes for an accepted Hajj and for the best of rewards.”“I am addressing you to remind you not only of the virtues and good morals you should abide by in that sacred place, but also of the need to be knowledgeable about the pillars, obligatory rituals and habitual practices relating to pilgrimage and to the visit to the Sacred House of the Almighty, be it in connection with Tawaf, Sa’y or Wuquf at Arafat,” the King said.The King also prayed to God to help Moroccan pilgrims to “fulfill these rituals and obligations with ease and in a safe manner.”The monarch recalled the eminent significance of Hajj, one of the most important pillars in Islam.“Islam has made pilgrimage one of the pillars of our faith. The aim is to enable Muslims to get to know one another, to meet in one place and to come together in solidarity as brothers and sisters in order to uphold what is right and avoid sin and aggression,” the letter reads.The king also commended the efforts of Saudi Arabia and the joint cooperation between Morocco and  Saudi Arabia to “make sure the great Hajj experience goes according to Plan.Read also: Moroccan Ministry Issues New Guidelines for Hajj PilgrimageThroughout his letter the King expressed his expectations of Moroccan pilgrims, urging them to be  among the “first to observe and comply with these measures and regulations, including those set by my Minister for Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.”The King also commended the Moroccan Islamic Ministry and its staff, including the minister of Islamic Affairs. The monarch said that Taoufiq  “spares no effort to improve your travel and accommodation conditions, provide for your comfort, health requirements and administrative needs, and give you the necessary religious guidance, in accordance with my instructions to this effect.”Thousands of Moroccan pilgrims perform Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, every year. read more

Stocks rise on ECB hopes

The Toronto stock market was positive Thursday as traders felt more positive about the eurozone debt crisis following a commitment from the president of the European Central Bank to protect the euro.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 79 points to 11,571.51 after Mario Draghi said that the “ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.” The TSX Venture Exchange was up 5.71 points to 1,178.03.The Canadian dollar surged 0.75 of a cent to 99.25 cents US, supported by rising commodity prices.U.S. markets also ran ahead with the Dow Jones industrials up 226.41 points to 12,902.46.The Nasdaq climbed 44.01 points to 2,898.25 and the S&P 500 index gained 21.07 points to 1,358.96.The eurozone debt crisis has weighed on markets for over two years. Greece, Portugal and Ireland — all countries saddled with huge debts — have been forced to seek bailouts. The crisis has more recently moved to Italy and Spain, which have been forced to pay ever higher yields in order to finance their debts.Market-watchers took Draghi’s comment as a signal that the ECB could be more willing to intervene in markets to lower those borrowing rates — which the bank has in recent months said is not part of its mandate.Market sentiment had also been given a boost already on Wednesday, when ECB policymaker Ewald Nowotny suggested that Europe’s bailout fund could be given a banking licence. That would give it the ability to borrow money from the ECB. Such a move would be of particular significance for Spain and Italy as the current bailout fund does not have enough money to rescue them both.The yield on Spain’s 10-year government bonds fell sharply following Draghi’s comments, moving down 40 basis points to 6.94 per cent. Anything over seven per cent is considered unsustainable in the long run.Despite the positive reaction on markets, there was some skepticism that the eurozone crisis has turned a corner.“We have heard this type of aggressive rhetoric before and look where we are,” observed Ian Pollick, Fixed Income Strategist at RBC Dominion Securities. “It is worth taking these comments with a hint of optimism and a hint of skepticism.”The prospect of further ECB action helped take some of the sting from a run of largely disappointing earnings reports.The gold sector helped limit gains on the TSX after Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) reported quarterly net earnings fell to US$750 million, or 75 cents per share, $1.16 billion a year ago. The results missed analyst expectations by 18 cents per share, according to average estimates from Thomson Reuters.Barrick also said it has launched a review of its mines and projects to determine which ones offer enough return on the investment and its shares dropped $2.62 or 7.6 per cent to $31.87.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 64 cents to $35.48 even as it reported a 45 per cent drop in second-quarter net earnings from a year ago. It said gold prices remained under pressure for much of quarter and cited production shortfalls at its Red Lake operation. The miner reported adjusted net earnings of $332 million, or 41 cents per share, missing analyst expectations by six cents.Bullion gained $10.50 to US$1,618.60 an ounce.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) shares fell 62 cents to $44.67 as the fertilizer giant reported second-quarter earnings of C$522 million, or 60 cents per share, down from $840 million a year ago. The company said while the results reflect strong underlying performance, earnings were impacted by a $341 million impairment recorded on its investment in Chinese fertilizer company Sinofert Holdings Ltd.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were on average expecting earnings per share of 99 cents. The company also warned of lower than anticipated profits for 2012.Other commodities advanced with September crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $1.34 to US$90.31 a barrel. The energy sector was up 1.6 per cent as Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) climbed 71 cents to $31.86.The base metals sector rose 1.7 per cent as copper gained five cents to US$3.42 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) rose 16 cents to $8.33.Railroad stocks also advanced with Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) up another $2.50 to $81.47 after the company issued a well-received earnings report on Wednesday. Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) was up $2.18 to $89.01.Financials were also supportive with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ahead 44 cents to $50.83.In other earnings news, Dow Chemical Co. said its second-quarter net income fell 34 per cent to US$649 million or 55 cents a share as weaker demand led to lower prices. Softness in Europe and a stronger dollar also weighed on results. The biggest chemical maker in the U.S. missed Wall Street estimates by nine cents and its shares lost 63 cents to US$29.64.Overseas, major companies like engineering group Siemens and carmaker Volkswagen warned that the economic slowdown in Europe would hurt profits in coming quarters.Consumer goods maker Unilever was a bright spot after reporting a strong rise in profits. But its improvement in business was due to growth outside of Europe, where sales in fact fell.European courses jumped following the ECB president’s comments with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 1.3 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 1.9 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 jumped 3.36 per cent. read more

Dullas regrets Mervyns proposal Audio

Mervyn’s proposal to Pillay wrongThe government today apologised to the public “marriage proposal” made by Minister Mervyn Silva to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Minister Silva said that the UN Human Rights Chief should learn more about Sri Lanka’s history and not attempt to critisise the country without knowing the facts. (Colombo Gazette) Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that it was wrong for such a comment to be made and so h apologised on behalf of the government. He also said that under the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights the issue of the abuse of women is also addressed.“This is not an attempt to score points with anyone. This is just wrong,” he said. Minister Mervyn Silva had recently openly proposed to Pillay saying he is ready to marry her in order to keep her in Sri Lanka and show her what the country has to offer.Speaking at an event in Maradana the Minister had said that although he is over 40 years old his body still works like his hands.“If Muslims can marry four women what’s wrong in me marrying one more woman? We also should have a small chance,” the Minister said in the presence of Buddhist clergy at the event. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “Pillay’s age is just two years less than that of my mother.  How do you think I will feel if someone makes a marriage proposal to my mother. That is wrong. So I want to express regret on behalf of the entire cabinet,” he said. read more

Annan arrives in Beirut on eve of Arab League summit

The Secretary-General, who is scheduled to address the opening of the summit tomorrow, will also hold a number of bilateral meetings on Wednesday afternoon in the margins of the summit, according to a UN spokesman. Later in the day, he is slated to attend a dinner in honour of the heads of delegations hosted by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud.On Thursday, the Secretary-General will meet with UN officials based in the region, including Terje Roed-Larsen, his Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, and Steffan de Mistura, Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy for southern Lebanon.The Secretary-General is also scheduled to meet Thursday with the Force Commanders of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), as well as with the Chief of Staff of the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). In addition, he will hold a “town hall meeting” with UN staff based in Beirut. read more

Cavaliers Defeat Bucks 9987 in Preseason Opener

Tristan Thompson led with 17 points and Kyrie Irving scored 14, taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-87 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in a preseason game Tuesday night.Mike Brown returned to the Cavs bench as head coach after he was fired following the 2009-10 season. He then went to the Lakers where he coached five games into the season before he was fired again.The Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points and shooting guard Stephen Graham led the team with 15 points.Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter and left the game for X-rays, which came back negative. He made 6 points in nine minutes. More testing is expected for Ilyasova in the coming week.“I’ve twisted that ankle before, but never that bad,” said Ilyasova, who landed badly after getting tangled up with Cleveland’s C.J. Miles. “It really hurts when I step on it. I’ll get a lot of treatment and we’ll see, but it’s the first game and it’s really disappointing.”The Bucks came close to winning without key players including Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia and Ekpe Udoh, who are also sidelined because of injuries. read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #BREAKDOWN: An ambulance broke down on its way to transport a sick baby to hospital and the second ambulance sent to the call also developed mechanical problems.2. #KEEP SCHTUM: Responding to comments made by the Tánaiste and Minister Leo Varadkar about the Garda Commissioner, the Taoiseach, said ministers should not air their concerns in public.3. #PORTLAOISE: HIQA said today it will assess patient safety culture and look at the extent of serious incidents at Portlaoise Hospital.4. #PRICE IS RIGHT: According to new research, most people can’t remember how much they paid for their house and they think it’s less than the actual figure.5. #RIP: Glasnevin historian Shane MacThomais passed away suddenly yesterday – just 46 years of age.last_img read more

Australia deputy PM who had affair with staffer finally bows to pressure

first_imgAustralia deputy PM who had affair with staffer finally bows to pressure and resigns Barnaby Joyce’s position became untenable when a claim of sexual harassment was made against him. Friday 23 Feb 2018, 7:09 AM 11,117 Views By AFP 15 Comments Short URL Share25 Tweet Email1 Feb 23rd 2018, 7:10 AM Barnaby Joyce has finally stepped aside after weeks of scandal. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images Barnaby Joyce has finally stepped aside after weeks of scandal. AUSTRALIA’S SCANDAL-HIT deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced today he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide.Joyce, whose National Party rules alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals, has been front-page news in Australia for two weeks since it emerged he had left his wife of 24 years for his younger former media adviser, who is now expecting their baby boy.The 50-year-old had insisted he would ride out the storm but his position became untenable today when a sexual harassment complaint against him, which he denies, was lodged with the party by an unnamed woman.Joyce said at a press conference in Armidale, his rural New South Wales seat, that he would step down as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister at a party meeting on Monday.“It’s incredibly important that there be a circuit-breaker, not just for the parliament, but more importantly, a circuit-breaker for Vikki (his partner), for my unborn child, my daughters and for Nat (his wife),” he said.This has got to stop. It’s not fair on them. It’s just completely and utterly unwarranted, the sort of observation that’s happened.Joyce, who has also been criticised for living in an apartment rent-free with now-partner Vikki Campion after splitting with his wife, was due to be the acting prime minister this week with Turnbull meeting US President Donald Trump in Washington.But he opted to take leave.With Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also out of the country, the role has been assumed by Senate leader Mathias Cormann, who said ahead of Joyce’s decision that any harassment claim must be taken seriously.“Any allegation of sexual harassment is a very serious allegation,” he told reporters. “I understand that a formal complaint has been made, and that complaint is being investigated.”Joyce called the claim “spurious and defamatory” and said he wanted it investigated by the authorities.“I have asked that that be referred to the police,” he said, while admitting it had been “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.It’s quite evident that you can’t go to the despatch box with issues like that surrounding you. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Riveted AustraliaThe daily media headlines on the scandal have riveted the Australian public and sparked debate about workplace culture amid the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.But it has also highlighted the perilous state of the coalition government, which just a few months ago survived a crisis over lawmakers’ dual citizenship that threatened its wafer-thin parliamentary majority.Last week a furious Turnbull, who relies on the smaller National Party to govern, savaged Joyce for “a shocking error of judgement”, leading his deputy to fire back that the prime minister was “inept”.In a statement from Washington, Turnbull thanked Joyce for being “a fierce advocate for rural and regional Australia”, while insisting the Nationals-Liberal coalition was “undiminished” by the scandal.But Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten called it “fundamentally damaged” and accused Turnbull of “an atrocious lack of judgement”.“The fact that this scandal has dragged on for 16 days has been damaging to the government, but more importantly, the country,” he said.Joyce’s decision to quit came with colleagues reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with his handling of the love-child scandal.Joyce had opted to give several media interviews this week, at a time when he was expected to be on leave and out of the spotlight, prompting two of the party’s backbenchers to publicly call on him to resign.Junior Nationals minister David Gillespie has indicated he would be a candidate for the vacancy, while reports said Veterans Affairs Minister Michael McCormack had significant backing.The new Nationals leader will automatically become deputy prime minister, under a coalition agreement between the two major parties of the centre-right.© – AFP 2018Read: Australia deputy PM at centre of affair scandal slams prime minister as ‘inept’Read: Australia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PM’s affairlast_img read more

Truck drivers protest outside Leinster House over tyre levy

first_img Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 6:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Darragh Peter Murphy Short URL 45 Comments 15,940 Views center_img Truck drivers protest outside Leinster House over tyre levy Industry groups said the move will cost drivers upwards of €15 per tyre. TYRE DEALERS GATHERED outside Leinster House today calling for government plans to impose tyre levies on motorists and hauliers to be scrapped. for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Dennis Naughten has written to the tyre dealers about the proposed levy, which will see private motorists pay €2.80 (€3.18, including VAT) per new tyre.The Independent Tyre Wholesalers and Retailers Association (ITWRA) and the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) say the levies will see additional charges of upwards of €15 per tyre for hauliers.They also say the levies could affect up to 1,000 jobs.“That’s what the levy will actually mean for motorists, hauliers and others,” tyre industry spokesman Tony O’Brien told“The tyre industry is worried that it could drive some business over the border, where there is no such levy.And transport companies coming back through the UK might fit their new tyres there instead.“We would say there is already a recycling levy. It’s a €1 tyre levy which the tyre industry carries itself. This will hit the private motorist and hit all parts of industry.For the private motorist, they’re going to pay €3-plus on each new tyre, but the juggernauts and transport companies are going to pay a lot more. File photo of discarded car tyres in east London. Source: PAIllegal dumpingThe government has licensed a new entity, Repak End of Life Tyres (Repak ELT), to oversee waste tyre regulations. The body is set up to use the money generated by the levies to fund waste management and clean up millions of tyres stockpiled in illegal dumps, warehouses and farms across the State.Yet tyre dealers also say the levies could lead to more illegal dumping, as hauliers resort to buying tyres on the black market.In November 2015, when the scheme was first mooted, Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen criticised the decision to place a full producer responsibility initiative on waste tyres and “thereby give an effective monopoly on waste tyre disposal to Repak”.He warned that the scheme and associated levies would fuel evasion and lead to a surge in black market activity, and result in job losses.Read: Record temperatures in Phoenix Park and Donegal todayRead: Hundreds turn up to Dáil protest to demand action on cystic fibrosis drug Dec 8th 2016, 6:50 PM Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Philip Morris et ses 10 ans de cachecache avec la science

first_imgPhilip Morris et ses 10 ans de cache-cache avec la scienceEn 2002, la société Philip Morris avait publié une étude, intitulée “Project Mix” et faisant état de la non-toxicité de ses cigarettes. Une étude scientifique lève aujourd’hui le voile sur leur composition réelle. Depuis des années, la présence excessive d’additifs dans les cigarettes inquiétait l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et l’administration américaine en charge de l’alimentation et des médicaments (FDA). Mais le cigarettier Philip Morris a toujours brandi son étude scientifique de 2002 attestant de la non-toxicité de ses produits, pour défendre son droit d’ajouter des additifs dans ses cigarettes.À lire aussiPourquoi prend-on du poids quand on arrête de fumer ?Le 20 décembre dernier, pourtant, une étude publiée dans la revue PLoS Medicine par les chercheurs du centre de recherche et de contrôle sur le tabac de l’université de Californie à San Francisco a révélé la vérité sur l’étude de Philip Morris. Les nouveaux travaux ont en effet conclu que les concentrations de 15 des cancérigènes étudiés se sont révélés être 20% supérieures aux données publiées il y a dix ans par le marchand de cigarettes. “Rajouter des additifs dans les cigarettes augmente le nombre de particules fines respirées, ce qui est mauvais pour la santé puisque celles-ci favorisent les risques d’inflammation des voies respiratoires”, explique Stanton Glantz, l’auteur principal de cette dernière étude, cité par le Journal de l‘Environnement.Au total, plus de 300 substances chimiques seraient utilisées comme exhausteur de goût. Elles rendraient les cigarettes plus agréables à fumer grâce au renforcement des saveurs. Le sucre y est souvent ajouté et transformé en glucose, en miel ou en mélasse. Des arômes, des épices, du benzaldéhyde, de la vanilline, du gingembre, de la menthe et de la cannelle peuvent également être ajoutés pour rehausser le goût des cigarettes. Selon l’étude californienne, Philip Morris aurait même oublié d’évoquer les résultats relatifs à 19 des 51 produits cancérigènes testés et notamment 9 substances couramment utilisées dans la composition de toutes les cigarettes. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 18:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more



PFD voter initiative nets needed signatures for ballot

first_imgA statewide effort to make it easier for people to vote is culminating this week. On Jan. 14, petitioners submitted tens of thousands of required signatures to the Division of Elections to earn the PFD voter registration initiative a spot on a ballot this fall.Download AudioImmediately after a press conference in downtown Anchorage this morning, a large parade of supporters carried signature boxes and banners across the street to the Division of Elections. Photo courtesy PFD Voter Registration campaign.The campaign began late last year in Anchorage and snowballed to other communities, including Sitka, Ketchikan, Kotzebue, Bethel and Fairbanks. Overall, the PFD voter ballot initiative – a proposal that automatically registers people to vote at the same time they apply for their yearly payouts—has gained support from some 42,000 Alaskans. That’s nearly double the number it needed to make it on a ballot in case some signatures were invalid. Here’s John-Henry Heckendorn, the Anchorage-based campaign manager for the PFD voter initiative.“We’re confident that by overshooting the required mark by so much we’re going to make it onto the ballot.”After the Division of Elections combs through all the signatures, the proposal will likely show up in August’s primary or November’s general elections. Then, it will be up to voters.Photo courtesy PFD Voter Registration campaign.Heckendorn says the “common sense” initiative was born out of a working group on elections reform, organized by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot, and gained support across party lines.The PFD voter ballot initiative is endorsed by a broad spectrum of agencies, including the NAACP, the League of Women voters and the Alaska Federation of Natives. The majority of the campaign’s funding has come from ANCSA Regional Association, Alaska Conservation Voters and the ACLU of Alaska.Heckendorn says the group’s main arguments for merging voter registration with PFD applications is to make it easier for people to vote and to make state government more efficient by reducing redundancies and paperwork.“This initiative is a move towards using resources we already invested in to do double or even triple duty. Alaska has one of the lower rates of active voter registration in the U.S. This initiative would make Alaska’s voting system the most accurate voting system of any state in U.S. history and that’s huge.”The working group, which included Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, modeled their initiative after Oregon’s Motor Voter Law, which automatically registers people to vote when they renew or apply for a driver license or state ID at the DMV.Zoe Kitchel, Sitka’s field organizer for the campaign, says Kreiss-Tomkins was instrumental in garnering support.“He himself was out there at the Star Wars premiere collecting signatures and running around frantically helping the effort the last two weeks of December.”There is a shift already happening on the state level in terms of digital voter registration. Division of Elections recently launched an online form, and since November, according to Lt. Gov. Mallot, some 600 people have signed up to vote. That’s an improvement, Kitchel says, but still not enough.“There’s still that limiting factor that you’re really excited to vote and you go to register to vote online 25 days before the election and that’s still not soon enough even though it’s online. By automatically registering people they don’t have to worry about that 30 day restriction and it just takes another step out of the way.”Last year, more than half a million Alaskans received PFD checks. If this ballot initiative passes, the Division of Elections estimates that some 70,000 more people could simultaneously be registered to vote, Kitchel says.“We’re trying to change voting from an opt in system to an opt out system.”Some opponents of the initiative are fearful of giving too much personal information to the government. Were it to pass, Kitchel says, the ballot initiative would not collect any more information than the PFD application. The initiative also includes an an opt out clause. Within a month of applying for the PFD, residents will receive a postcard in the mail that gives them the option of deregistering to vote.last_img read more

NASA New photos reveal Plutos stunning geological diversity

first_imgRelated posts:Crowdfunding campaign to orbit Costa Rica’s first satellite surpasses goal First bite of space-grown lettuce is ‘awesome’ Ex-NASA astronaut Franklin Chang talks about ‘The Martian,’ Hollywood’s take on his VASIMR engine Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015 New, high-resolution images of the surface of Pluto beamed from NASA’sNew Horizons spacecraft reveal unparalleled geographical variety – from soaring mountains to sand dunes to frozen ice floes, scientists said Saturday.“Pluto is showing us a diversity of landforms and complexity of processes that rival anything we’ve seen in the solar system,” said Alan Stern, principal investigator with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who is playing a key role analyzing data sent by the probe.“If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top – but that’s what is actually there,” he said. According to NASA, in the center of this 300-mile (470-kilometer) wide image of Pluto from NASA’’s New Horizons spacecraft is a large region of jumbled, broken terrain on the northwestern edge of the vast, icy plain informally called Sputnik Planum, to the right. The smallest visible features are 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) in size. NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstituteLong considered the farthest planet from the Sun before it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto has never before been explored. In July, New Horizons – a nuclear powered spacecraft about the size of a baby grand piano – became the first spaceship to pass by Pluto.By doing so, the unmanned probe has for the first time given scientists the chance to obtain close-up images from the distant and complex dwarf planet. The stunning pictures, displaying chaotically jumbled mountains and other dramatic geographical features, is somewhat reminiscent of the helter-skelter terrain of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, NASA scientists said.New Horizon began a yearlong download of new images and other data several days ago. The pictures downloaded this past week have more than doubled the amount of Pluto’s surface seen, at resolutions of about 400 meters (440 yards) per pixel.NASA said New Horizons will continue to send data back to Earth until late next year. The space agency also said that next week, the probe will beam images of Pluto’s moons Charon, Nix, and Hydra.See also: Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Media campaign seeks to raise awareness about mental health care

first_imgRelated posts:Mandatory prices for medical procedures rankle public, politicians Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign Facebook Comments Costa Rica’s Social Security System last week launched a media campaign to promote awareness of mental health issues in response to what it deems a high cost of providing treatment, as well as lost productivity from missed days at work.The campaign, titled “No hay salud sin salud mental” (“There’s no health without mental health”), responds to reports showing that depression and anxiety are the two leading mental health issues affecting Ticos.Data from Caja’s health statistics department show that public hospitals in 2014 treated a total of 5,799 patients for mental and behavioral disorders. Of these, 2,800 were men and 2,999 were women. Last year, Caja doctors issued 17,650 sick-leave permits to 11,682 workers for depression.The Caja’s disability commission, which oversees sick and disability leave, reported that an additional 22,924 people applied for sick leave due to stress-related disorders.“These people accounted for a total of 365,712 days off of work, representing ₡5.6 billion [$10.3 million] in expenses for the Caja,” the commission reported.The most affected age group last year was 20- to 44-year-olds, followed by 45- to 64-year-olds.Carolina Montoya, head of the National Psychiatric Hospital’s rehabilitation department, said the campaign is based on messages to help viewers understand the benefits of maintaining good mental health.“Life consists of moments, so we are emphasizing activities shared with family and friends,” she said.Quality time with family and friends, along with individual and group recreational activities contribute to wellness and stress prevention, she added.The media campaign is being aired on television and radio, and published in newspapers and on social media. It includes public recreational activities across the country for the rest of the year.Montoya noted that the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about mental health in the adult population, but that the messages also target children.Watch one of the campaign’s TV spots:last_img read more

Dive into Hong Kongs diverse and exciting neighbo

first_imgDive into Hong Kong’s diverse and exciting neighbourhoods and you’ll be guided into experiences in places you never knew existed, and where you’ll gain a new understanding of local Hong Kong life, up-close and in detail.Each is a destination in its own right. Like tiny cities within a sprawling metropolis, each has its own culture and personality, shaped over time by fascinating people, foods, communities and stories, as well as rich and varied histories.CentralTake a quick glance at Central’s glittering skyscrapers and it would be easy to dismiss Hong Kong’s financial hub as boring. But beneath the canopy of this concrete jungle lies some of the city’s most exciting (and exclusive) bars, restaurants and modern-art galleries. Perched on the north shore of Hong Kong Island, the district’s transport links are as good as you’d expect from a place named ‘Central’ – this is where you’ll find the Victoria Peak Tram, the Mid-Levels Escalator and the Star Ferry.Sheung WanIf suits own Central, then hipsters control Sheung Wan. Sitting in the shadow of Central’s high-rises just west of Hong Kong’s towering business district, Sheung Wan was a typical residential neighbourhood until it began to modernise rapidly in recent years, welcoming a wave of trendy coffee shops, bohemian vintage stores and cutting-edge eateries to its streets. Here, you can shop for antiques on Hollywood Road; visit Man Ho Temple, one of the oldest in Hong Kong; and take photos of the street art in PoHo, the area around Po Hing Fong and Tai Ping Shan Street.SoHoSoHo is another spot favoured by Hong Kong’s arty crowd. Sandwiched between Central and Mid-Levels and sitting next door to the craziness that is Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo is short for South of Hollywood Road and covers the area between Staunton and Elgin Streets. All along the Mid-levels Escalator route are where cool new bars, restaurants, boutiques, comedy clubs, galleries, design stores and cafés seem to spring up every day.Lan Kwai FongWelcome to Hong Kong’s party central. Home to more than 100 bars, Lan Kwai Fong has a venue for everyone. Young professionals, expats, backpackers, cashed-up locals, yuppies and anyone else thirsty for a drink or three converge on this part of town on the weekend, flooding legendary nightspots like Club Qing, Levels and Cé La Vi.Wan ChaiWan Chai used to be infamous for its red-light district, but the sleaze and smut has made way for stylish hotels and cultural centres. Occupying the waterfront east of Central, Wan Chai has traded raunchy sailors and boozy bars for the avant-garde Hong Kong Arts Center, the world-class Academy for Performing Arts, and the iconic Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Just east of Wan Chai sits Causeway Bay – an area teeming with department stores – and to the south is Happy Valley, home to one of the most famous horse-racing tracks on the planet.Tsim Sha TsuiJump on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour to reach one of Hong Kong’s liveliest neighbourhoods on the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula. Tsim Sha Tsui is one stop that every visitor should add to their Hong Kong itinerary. Take in Nathan Road’s neon-lit Golden Mile, the Avenue of Stars – China’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and gargantuan shopping malls such as K11 and Harbour City. This neighbourhood has a veritable smorgasbord of upmarket dining options: visitors can choose from Michelin-star fine dining, traditional Cantonese cuisine and international fare from pretty much everywhere around the world.Mong KokMong Kok is all about one thing: markets, and lots of them. The air here is filled with the smells of food wafting from the stalls on Sai Yeung Choi, Dundas, Fa Yuen and Soy Streets – perfect for satisfying your hunger after a long day exploring the Ladies’ Market or the district’s specialist markets dedicated to birds, flowers and even goldfish. Hipsters should venture further north to Sham Shui Po, an up-and-coming food and shopping hub.To explore the hoods and discover the Hong Kong that is missed by most guidebooks, visit With hotels on offer from under $100 per night and return flights from around $680 with Qantas and Virgin, Hong Kong never looked so enticing.Sign up online too, as’s loyalty members can benefit from deals available only to them, in Hong Kong, during this campaign launched this week, designed to encourage travellers to explore beyond the same old tourist haunts. Hong KongTrip.comlast_img read more

Wool wrap for royal baby suggests tradition will w

first_imgWool wrap for royal baby suggests tradition will win out AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, during a photocall with their newborn son, in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Windsor, south England, Wednesday May 8, 2019. Baby Sussex was born Monday at 5:26 a.m. (0426 GMT; 12:26 a.m. EDT) at an as-yet-undisclosed location. An overjoyed Harry said he and Meghan are “thinking” about names. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP) LONDON — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor slept through his first press conference, but royal experts say the merino wool wrap in which he snuggled said a lot about how his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will approach his future.Meghan, a former TV star, is known for promoting social causes and niche brands with her clothing choices. Yet she and Harry introduced their son to the world Wednesday in a hand-finished shawl and cashmere cap made by G.H. Hurt & Son of Nottingham, whose intricate knitwear has swaddled royal babies for decades.Wrapping Archie in a shawl knitted by the small, family-run English company suggests that Meghan and Harry aren’t as intent on shaking up the royal family as much as some people have forecast — or feared.“I read this as an attempt to reassure the public that they are not going to stray too far from tradition,” said Pauline Maclaran, co-author of “Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture.” ”There has been a lot of press recently taking a slightly negative tone about Meghan, and this is an opportunity to show that she’s not trying to change everything.”Princess Diana wrapped Harry and his older brother, Prince William, in G.H. Hurt. William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, chose the firm for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.The royals don’t advertise, but they do set trends with whatever they are wearing, seeing or doing. Whether it was Queen Victoria popularizing Christmas trees or Princess Diana’s fluffy collars, people have long tried to copy or emulate their style.These days, the royal effect is turbocharged by social media. The internet offers fans the opportunity to examine royal fashions in minute detail, to look at the fine stitching on a baby blanket and identify it instantly. Websites such as and quickly identify designers of the outfits they are wearing and tell their stories.Susan Kelley, the American founder of, said the public’s fascination with Meghan will likely trickle down to her son. And as a former actress, she has a great sensitivity to the messages sent by her sartorial selections.“Meghan is somebody who wants to carve her own path, but she is respectful of the monarchy and traditions of it,” Kelley said. “The fact that Meghan is a feminist doesn’t mean she doesn’t honour tradition.”Still, by selecting the Leaves And Flowers Baby Shawl with shell detailing (105 pounds, $137), Meghan chose one of G.H. Hurt’s less-traditional designs.The company saw traffic on its website increase immediately after pictures of young Archie hit the news. In less than an hour, 266 visitors had looked at the shawl, up from five to 10 a day previously.The firm, which has been in business since 1912, has a collection of vintage hand-frame knitting machines that date back hundreds of years and work alongside modern knitting technology.“Babies at the best of times are wonderful news and they are wrapped up with so much emotion and goodwill,” said Richard Taylor, part of the family firm. “But from a business point of view … we get coverage right around the world.”___Read all Associated Press coverage of the latest royal baby at Kirka, The Associated Press by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2019 12:10 pm PDTlast_img read more