Dilico claims only three infants not four died on its watch but

first_img(Breanne LeClair holds her late son Kyler who died April 16, 2014 on a cluttered adult bed while in a kinship out of care agreement. Submitted photo.)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsDilico Anishinabek Family Care is demanding APTN News run corrections of a previously published story about the deaths of four babies saying incorrect information has defamed the agency.However, APTN is refusing to do so based on the facts that follow.Last June APTN published a story about four babies dying in care within seven months with one common theme: Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.The information came largely from court documents and coroner records.Prior to publication, APTN reached out to Dilico Executive Director Daria Borg with detailed questions about the deaths. No response was received.A day before APTN planned to publish the story it reached out to Dilico one more time. This time, a response came.“I would like to meet with you. Please contact me tomorrow to schedule a time that you could come visit Dilico in Thunder Bay,” Borg wrote.APTN agreed to the meeting but pushed for a more immediate response to its questions.“We are unable to comment or provide any further information beyond that which is publicly available, and already in your possession,” Borg responded. “Providing any further information would violate our legal obligations to protect the privacy of current and former employees, and of children in the care of our agency.”The story ran the following day, on June 13.On June 14 Borg emailed APTN saying there were inaccuracies in the story but that she couldn’t identify them due to confidentiality.APTN asked for clarification around any specific errors, but Borg refused to back up her claim.APTN considered the matter over.Last week a lawyer representing Dilico sent a letter to APTN accusing the network of defamation based on the June 13 article.In a recent feature article, Death as Expected: Inside a child welfare system where 102 Indigenous kids died in 5 years, APTN repeated the fact of four babies dying in seven months under the watch of Dilico between 2013 and 2014.“Dilico is at a loss to understand why, after having been alerted to the fact that your June 13, 2019 report contains numerous inaccuracies, you would continue to rely on uncorroborated, imprecise, and ill-informed accounts of facts in order to further defame Dilico,” wrote Katherine Hensel, on behalf of Dilico, at 12:21 a.m. Sept. 27.In June, Dilico did not particularize its claim about the alleged “numerous inaccuracies”. On Sept. 27, however, Hensel outlined what Dilico believed the mistakes to be.First, Dilico zeroed in on the term “in care,” which APTN used in the headline. It involves the death of Kyler LeClair in April 2014, when his father left the three-month-old infant alone on a cluttered adult bed for at least 30 minutes. The coroner couldn’t confirm a cause of death. Kyler was in what’s known as a kinship out of care agreement.Dilico was directly involved with Kyler’s placement by not allowing him to live with his mother, Breanne LeClair, who was living with her mother. The baby’s white father and the father’s mother signed the Kinship agreement.The mom kept pushing for custody; she received a letter from Dilico before Kyler’s death.“I am writing this letter to confirm that you are currently working cooperatively with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care on a service plan towards reunification with (Kyler),” wrote Mandi Merkley, the case manager on the file, on March 26, 2014.Kyler died on April 16, 2014.APTN has responded to Hensel’s letter saying that use of the term “in care” is justified as Dilico determined precisely where Kyler was living at the time of his death.The next paragraph in Hensel’s letter was much shorter: “Furthermore, your speculation in your reports about a ‘fourth’ unidentified infant who purportedly died in Dilico’s care is unfounded as there is no such child.”APTN responded to the lawyer, pointing out the unidentified baby comes from Dilico’s statement of defence in the wrongful dismissal case of former employee Lori Watts, filed in the Thunder Bay court in November 2014.“In or about April 2014, an infant died while at one of the Defendant’s foster homes under the Plaintiff’s supervision,” said Dilico, but didn’t include any further information on this death.APTN considered if this child could have been Kyler, as it is around the same time as the death mentioned by Dilico in the wrongful dismissal case.But Dilico used terms in that case like “foster homes” and “supervision” suggesting that was formal care.Using the argument Dilico is making over the definition of “in care” there had to have been a fourth baby, as foster care means “in care” according to Ontario law.But there is much more to this.APTN met with Borg Aug. 8, 2019 while in Thunder Bay interviewing mothers who had lost babies that had been taken by Dilico.While filming the Dilico building, which is the largest building in the Fort William First Nation, Borg came out to talk to APTN.She complimented APTN’s work and spoke of the issues they face trying to provide child welfare services.APTN asked if the “inaccuracies” in the previous story was the definition of “in care,” but Borg shook her head declining to comment.She instead spoke about her own past and the struggles Dilico deals with.APTN told Borg people in the community fear Dilico and, asked her to come on-camera.Borg said she would need to speak to her lawyer first.(Daniel Issac Sabastein Quedent died June 13, 2014 in a Thunder Bay foster home. The coroner found evidence of an unsafe sleeping environment but a pre-existing heart problem was later found to be the cause of the death. Submitted photo)Then on Aug. 29, 2019 APTN had a telephone conversation with Borg that was agreed to be off the record.Emails continued over the next several weeks.“Thank you for sharing this information,” Borg wrote on Sept. 11 after APTN provided some information that showed it had been underfunded by more than $167 million over six years compared to agencies in the south.“I will be seeking approval from our board to respond to you. I will follow up after our meeting next Thursday. Take care,” she continued.That was the last APTN heard from Borg or Dilico until the letter from Hensel.The other baby APTN has been able to identify was Talon Nelson who died in a cluttered crib while placed in a Thunder Bay foster home Oct. 29, 2013. He was three months old and the coroner ruled his death undetermined.APTN stands behind its story.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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EUs Pierre Moscovici Vows to Deepen EUMorocco Alliance

Rabat – Morocco’s foreign affairs minister Nasser Bourita met yesterday with the European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs, Pierre Moscovici, to discuss the future of EU-Morocco relations.During their conversation, the two officials emphasized the “essential strategic” relations between Rabat and Brussels. Morocco is a reliable ally of Europe in Africa and the Arab world, with several conventions and agreements binding the two sides.Rabat and Brussels cooperate on a wide range of topics, mostly in agriculture, fisheries, migration, and anti-terrorism. In recent years, the flow of irregular migrants from Africa to Europe has upgraded Morocco’s standing with many European decision makers. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a recent interview that Morocco’s stability and prosperity are of paramount importance to Europe.Moscovici agrees.During his meeting with Bourita, the EU official drew attention to Morocco’s importance in Europe’s security agenda. He expressed his attachment to the EU-Morocco partnership and said it is a prized relationship that needs to be nurtured with efforts from both sides.Moscovici, who is on a two-day working visit in Morocco running from May 2-3, also met Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani on Thursday. With El Othmani, Moscovici also reiterated his faith in the EU-Morocco partnership.According to a statement from El Othmani’s office, the two officials praised the alliance between Rabat and Brussels. Morocco and the EU, the statement elaborated, “have overcome a series of obstacles while opening new horizons for their strategic partnership in several areas of socio-economic development.”Moscovici and El Othmani pledged to diversify the relations between the two sides to include sectors beyond security and economy, the two major pillars of the current EU-Morocco architecture.In meeting both Moroccan representatives, Moscovici also mentioned the possibility of an EU-Morocco-Africa platform to invest in Africa. The move is part of a broader “Euro-African” project which Brussels thinks will drive economic prosperity and social stability in Africa and curb the wave of African youth migration to Europe. read more

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Sri Lanka ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

In receiving the instrument of ratification, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO stated: “The ratification of Sri Lanka, located in a key position within the global liner shipping network, brings one more important player in the Asia Pacific region within the scope of the MLC, 2006. Such ratification proves once more that the Convention has sparked a new dynamic, as countries now realize that the MLC, 2006 unavoidably impacts on the manner in which they carry out maritime trade and that they have to align their laws and practice with the provisions of the Convention. This ratification is all the more timely as it will allow Sri Lanka to improve labour conditions for its more than 22,000 seafarers and ensure that ships calling at its ports are inspected in compliance with the requirements of the Convention thereby promoting quality shipping and providing additional protection for seafarers transiting within its waters”. The Government has deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Sri Lanka is the 81st ILO member State and the 16th Asian State to have ratified the Convention.In depositing the instrument of ratification, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, stated: “Sri Lanka is committed to the creation of new job opportunities in sustainable manner as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and particularly, in line with the Government’s commitment to eradicate poverty and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. Ambassador Aryasinha also stated that Sri Lanka looks forward to working closely with the ILO for capacity building, in particular, training in the areas of labour standards and labour inspection, for officers in the Ministry of Labour of Sri Lanka”. The MLC, 2006 entered into force on 20 August 2013 for the first 30 member States that had registered their ratification by 20 August 2012. The MLC, 2006 will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 12 January 2018, that is, one year after its ratification. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Japanese telecom DoCoMo proves H265 is the future of video

first_imgNTT Domoco, a Japanese telecom, recently released a video demonstrating HVEC — High Efficiency Video Encoding Standard — also known as H.265. DoCoMo says that they have been a big proponent of the H.265 standard since it was first proposed.In late January, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved the H.265 video codec — the successor to the widely used H.264. The approval of this codec by the ITU is the first step towards its mass deployment, making the streaming of HD content more bandwidth efficient and perhaps later bringing 4K video the masses via cable.H.265 was first announced by the Motion Pictures Experts Group — the folks behind the MPEG format — in August of last year. The group promises that H.265 will be able to reduce bit rates by 39-44% while still maintaining quality. However, early reports say that the average viewer believes there is no degradation to the quality of the video when the bit rate is reduces by as much as 74%.H.265 is able to cut the bandwidth bill substantially because it incorporates larger blocks of pixels into a “coding tree” format, versus H.264’s macroblocks format. This could mean that 4K video could be delivered between 20-30 Mbps. A hearty sum of bandwidth, but not impossible over existing Fiber to the Premises offerings from ISPs.The downside of this new format is that it requires substantially more processing power to decode. In the mobile world, current-gen SoC’s like the Tegra 3 would have their work cut out for them processing through this codec.DoCoMo says that they will start licensing the H.265 codec for mobile devices in March.Related news: Firefox gets h.264 support in Windows Nightly buildlast_img read more

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Beer and Vegemite to the rescue

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A groundbreaking study at Sydney University published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has found that Vitamin B3 found in abundance in Vegemite and beer can reduce the risk of skin cancer by 23 per cent. The researchers performed the tests on 380 patients at high risk of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. A high dose of vitamin B3 pill taken twice a day reduced the incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer, slashing the number of pre-cancerous sun spots by 15 per cent in those taking nicotinamide, in addition to B3. In the study 368 patients who had at least two non-melanoma skin cancers in the last five years were randomly assigned to daily nicotinamide placebo pill for 12 months.The vitamin pills are safe and already available over the counter in pharmacies for around $10 per bottle.“This is the first clear evidence that we can reduce skin cancers using a simple vitamin, together with sensible sun protection,” says study author Dr Diona Damian.Vitamin B3 is found in meat, fish and nuts but can also be obtained from Vegemite and beer.To get the same high dose of 500 milligrams twice a day as used in the trial, however, one would have to eat a kilo of Vegemite per day.“You can’t get more patriotic than that,” Dr Damian said.The study was not designed to test whether the vitamin would benefit people in the general population who have not had skin cancer or whether it could help prevent melanoma but Dr Damian says she hopes to carry out such research in the future.However, she admits she and her fellow researchers are using the vitamin.Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

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Paludisme des populations considérées comme résistantes touchées par la maladie

first_imgPaludisme : des populations considérées comme résistantes touchées par la maladieFrance – Une équipe de chercheurs internationale vient de démontrer que le parasite Plasmodium vivax, l’un des principaux agents du paludisme, s’avère capable d’infecter des populations considérées jusqu’à présent comme naturellement protégées contre cette maladie du fait de leur groupe sanguin. Une découverte inattendue, qui remet en cause certaines stratégies de vaccination. Le paludisme tue près d’un million de personnes par an dans le monde. Il est dû à un parasite, le Plasmodium, dont les deux principales espèces sont Plasmodium falciparum, très présent en Afrique, et Plasmodium vivax, majoritaire en Asie et en Amérique du Sud. Les données épidémiologiques et expérimentales montraient jusqu’à présent que P. vivax ne pouvait pas infecter les personnes dont les globules rouges ne possédaient pas la protéine de surface Duffy. Celle-ci est en effet le récepteur du parasite à la surface des hématies : son absence empêche donc l’invasion par P. vivax. Les populations de groupe sanguin Duffy-négatif étaient donc considérées comme naturellement protégées contre l’infection par ce parasite, ce qui peut expliquer son absence en Afrique, où les populations sont exclusivement ou très majoritairement de groupe sanguin Duffy-négatif.Les chercheurs des Instituts Pasteur de Madagascar, Paris et de l’Ecole de médecine de Cleveland viennent cependant d’apporter la preuve que ce récepteur Duffy n’est pas (ou plus) indispensable à P. vivax pour infecter les globules rouges. Leur étude montre qu’à Madagascar, des personnes de groupe sanguin Duffy-négatif sont désormais infectées par P. vivax et souffrent d’accès palustres. Le parasite aurait donc réussi à s’affranchir de sa dépendance au récepteur Duffy, et à utiliser une autre voie, encore inconnue, pour entrer dans la cellule-cible.Ces travaux mettent à mal un dogme solidement établi depuis plus de 30 ans. Ils remettent également en cause les approches de recherche vaccinale qui prennent pour cible la protéine de surface du parasite se liant au récepteur Duffy. “Alors que P. vivax menace plus de 2 milliards d’individus dans le monde et provoque 70 à 80 millions de cas par an, précise la chercheuse Odile Mercereau-Puijalon, nos résultats montrent qu’il est maintenant capable de s’affranchir des barrières génétiques de l’hôte et alertent en outre sur le risque de transmission du parasite à des populations Duffy-négatives, dans des régions où il était jusqu’à présent pratiquement absent.”Le 20 mars 2010 à 18:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lars Sullivan receives a large fine from WWE for past homophobic and

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Pound Would Rise on Corbyn-Led Labour-LibDem Coalition: RBC Lars Sullivan apologizes to the WWE roster for past comments, Titus O’Neil tweets reaction U.K.’s Leadsom Sees Range of Solutions to Resolve Brexit Border Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Bolton Tweets His Version Of Events After Trump Announces His FiringVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:35/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list No-Deal Brexit Warning: What Does it Mean for U.K. Assets? Donald Trump Twitter Now Playing Up Next Sarah Palin and Husband Todd to divorce NXT UK Superstar Rhea Ripley apologizes for using a homophobic slur on a live stream Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest Lars Sullivan issues a statement to apologize for his past racist and homophobic remarks Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE announced today in a statement to multiple media sources that Dylan Miley, who portrays Lars Sullivan on WWE television, has been fined $100,000 and need to complete sensitivity training for his past homophobic, racist, and offensive comments.As reported here late last week, offensive comments made by Miley on Bodybuilding.com began to surface when he was announced as joining the main roster back in December 2018. Those comments then became widely circulated last week on a Reddit thread.The story was also picked up and circulated by a number of LGBTQ media outlets, prompting an apology from Miley made through a WWE statement.Here is the WWE statement in its entirety:WWE supports a culture of inclusion regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, and we are committed to embracing all individuals as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.Dylan Miley (aka Lars Sullivan) will be fined $100,000 and required to complete sensitivity training for offensive commentary uncovered from his past. WWE will also facilitate meetings for Dylan with community organizations to foster further discussion around the power of social media and the impact of your words. WhatsApp Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR John Bolton Tweets His Version Of Events After Trump Announces His Firing John R. Boltonlast_img read more

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New Effort Advances to Ease HUBZone Requirements at BRAC Sites

first_imgThe House Armed Services Committee last week added language to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill that would make it easier for tenants located at closed installations to qualify for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program, the first step in the most recent effort by Maine’s congressional delegation to support the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) sponsored the amendment which would allow a business to qualify for the HUBZone program — an initiative offering preferential access to federal procurements to businesses in distressed areas — if 35 percent of its employees live within a 25-mile radius of the closed installation.BRAC installations currently are designated as HUBZones for five years after they are formally closed. For a particular business to qualify for the program, however, 35 percent of its employees must live on the closed base, a threshold that is virtually unattainable.The amendment, which was offered by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) because Poliquin does not serve on the Armed Services Committee, also extends the window of eligibility for the program from five years to either eight years or until the next census is released, whichever is later. The extension is needed because it typically takes at least five years for a military service to transfer ownership of the real estate.“By extending the radius out 25 miles, it will allow more constituents from the second district to become eligible for the workforce, will attract more businesses, and help put more Mainers back to work,” Poliquin said in a written statement.After the committee approved the underlying legislation Thursday, Maine Sens. Susan Collins (R) and Angus King (I) vowed to add the language to the Senate’s version of the defense policy bill, reported the Bangor Daily News.“Members of the Maine delegation understand that with the right federal investments and opportunities, we can support the redevelopment of bases like the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and foster economic growth,” the senators said in a joint statement. “As the Senate begins consideration of the 2016 NDAA in the coming weeks, we will continue to pursue every opportunity — as we have in the past — to secure the HUBZones provision and pass it into law.”“This has been a long time coming,” said Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the LRA transforming the air station into Brunswick Landing.Without the proposed changes, the HUBZone program makes it nearly impossible for a business on a former military base to qualify and “makes it kind of a hollow promise,” Levesque said.The authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this month. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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New SIP investors face heat as equity fund returns slip into red

first_imgYou can save tax upto Rs. 46,350 per year by investing in ELSS funds.FlickrSystematic Investment Plan (SIP) has always been considered as the safest way of investing in the stock market, especially for the new investors. In recent years, India’s love for investing in the equity funds has been increasing. However, the last two years have been tough for the equity mutual fund schemes.A report by NJ Wealth shows that in the past two years, out of total 137 equity mutual fund schemes 78 were in red with an average loss of 1.5 percent. Interestingly, mid/small cap funds have witnessed a loss of 6 percent but in contrast, large-cap funds have gained 1.5 percent in the last two years. However, for the longer tenure, like three and five years, they have gained 5.21 percent and 10.28 percent, respectively.The Economic Times has reported that although most of the investors, especially the long-term investors, are not concerned due to this short term volatility, the ones who came after seeing the high returns of 2016 and 2017 are now feeling worried about these investments turning red. The stock market has been witnessing a huge inflow of money into equity mutual funds through the SIP route. Remarkably, investors infused Rs 8,022 crore in December 2018 through SIP, which is four times the Rs 1,916 crore investment in March 2015.Swarup Mohanty, CEO of Mirae Asset Mutual Fund, says:  “Investors should continue with their SIPs and not worry as downturns help accumulate a higher number of units. This will help create wealth when the market cycle turns upward.” The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is illuminated during the Diwali special trading session celebrating the annual Hindu festival of lights in Mumbai November 3, 2013.ReutersThe distributors highlighted that the investments made under equity class are prone to volatility and do not give linear returns like a fixed deposit. They further added that generally SIP is preferred by the individuals who have long-term plans like children’s education, buying a house, or planning for retirement.”Equity returns are not a consistent year on year. If you have done an SIP to meet a goal with a timeframe of five-seven years, you should not worry about low returns over a two-year period,” says Radhika Gupta, CEO of Edelweiss Mutual Fund. Apparently, SIP is becoming hugely popular among the Indian Mutual funds investor because of two major reasons including the disciplined investment and rupee cost averaging.last_img read more

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Joint working group on Rohingya return soon

first_imgA Rohingya refugee waits for a blanket distribution at the Balukhali camp near Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh on 11 December 2017. ReutersBangladesh has conveyed to the United Nations that a joint working group on Rohingya repatriation would soon be formed under the terms and conditions of a bilateral arrangement with Myanmar.Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN ambassador Masud Bin Momen conveyed the message to the Security Council meeting on situation in Myanmar held in New York recently, said the Bangladesh Mission on Thursday.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 23 November on the repatriation of Rohingyas.A Myanmar delegation will arrive in Bangladesh on 19 December (Tuesday) to take forward the process of forming the joint working group, said a foreign ministry official.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque on Tuesday will hold a meeting with his Myanmar counterpart on forming the joint working group, reports UNB.The joint working group was supposed to be in place within three weeks of signing the MoU on return of Rohingyas.A specific bilateral instrument (physical arrangement) for repatriation will be concluded in a speedy manner, officials said.Ambassador Momen said Bangladesh continues to receive fresh arrivals of the Rohingya, with an average of 100-400 people daily.He said it appears that the situation in northern Rakhine State is still volatile and expressed concern over recurrent reports of arson in Rohingya localities in northern and central Rakhine State.The ambassador also said the repatriation process, as pledged by Myanmar, would also begin within the shortest possible time.He mentioned that the bilateral arrangement’s mandate is only limited to the possible voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya people, whereas the root causes and other related questions and issues would have to be addressed by Myanmar.In this regard, he stressed on international community’s continued support, vigilance and monitoring the situation in the Rakhine state.Ambassador Masud also attached importance on continued humanitarian assistance to the forcibly displaced Rohingya population, neutral and independent investigation and trial of the atrocities, and creating a congenial environment in the Rakhine state so that the Rohingyas could return and live with other communities there without facing any discrimination.Earlier, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on ‘Situation of human rights in Myanmar’ on 16 November by an open vote.This resolution will be placed before the General Assembly Plenary for final adoption soon.Besides, a special session of the UN Human Rights Council was convened in Geneva on 5 December where another resolution was adopted on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.last_img
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United Airlines Covers Creepy SeatBack Cameras

first_img Google Now Tells You If Airlines are Ripping You OffChrome Extension Helps Fliers Boycott United Airlines Privacy doesn’t end once you reach cruising altitude.Following backlash over cameras installed in some planes’ seat-back screens, United Airlines reportedly covered the tiny lenses embedded in its premium pews.“None of these cameras were ever activated and we had no plans to use them in the future,” a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “However, we took the additional step to cover the cameras.”AdChoices广告During a recent United flight, Sri Ray, a former site reliability engineer at BuzzFeed, snapped a photo of a sticker covering the installed lens.The mini shooters (like those you’d find above a laptop display) are apparently standard among in-flight entertainment systems, built in by the manufacturer for future uses like seat-to-seat video conferencing.At least, that’s what Singapore Airlines said earlier this year when an image showing the candid camera caused an uproar online. Stay on targetcenter_img Just found this interesting sensor looking at me from the seat back on board of Singapore Airlines. Any expert opinion of whether this a camera? Perhaps @SingaporeAir could clarify how it is used? pic.twitter.com/vy0usqruZG— Vitaly Kamluk (@vkamluk) February 17, 2019“These cameras have been disabled on our aircraft,” and there are no plans to develop any features using [them],” the firm promised.American Airlines released a similar proclamation, telling Geek that “while these cameras are present on some American Airlines in-flight entertainment systems as delivered from the manufacturer, they have never been activated and American is not considering using them.”If that’s true, though, why not start by covering the lenses? Or at least informing passengers of their existence and inactivity, instead of hoping no one will notice.Otherwise, more photos (like the one that launched recent headlines) will go viral. And we all know how much damage overzealous online trolls can do to prominent airlines.High-tech devices, like in-flight entertainment screens or smart home security systems, have a lot of moving parts. Enough that companies sometimes forget to mention certain bits of hardware.Google was forced in February to admit its Nest Secure features a “hidden” microphone, which is built into the system, but not disclosed in the product specifications.More on Geek.com:United Airlines Pays Out Millions in Miles for Finding Security FlawsAirline Refuses to Board Artist and Her ‘Emotional Support’ PeacockGoogle Now Tells You If Airlines Are Ripping You Offlast_img read more

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first_img Medical Illumination International recently introduced its new SYSTEM ONE surgery light Portable and Wall Mount models, in both the S2 (20 inch) and S1 (16 inch) styles. The new Portable SYSTEM ONE provides mobility and extended arm reach, due to the cantilever-designed floorstand and the ability to fold the head and arm down within the footprint of the floor base, allowing for compact storage. Likewise, the new SYSTEM ONE Wall Mount models provide an alternative when ceiling mounting or the use of portable models is not possible. The Wall Mount units feature the same extended arm coverage as that of the ceiling models, plus the ability to fold the arm all the way to the wall, when not in use. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | June 12, 2008 Surgical Lights Provide Mobility, Extended Arm last_img read more

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Mexicos peyote casts mindbending spell on tourists

first_imgPeyote cactus grows in the desert near the town of Real de 14, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico on July 17. Mexican and foreign tourists trek to the desert to take peyote, which has psychoactive alkaloids. Alfredo Estrella/AFP REAL DE CATORCE, Mexico – Gisele Beker, a 26-year-old Argentinian, trudged for hours in the scorching sun to the sprawling Wirikuta desert, craving peyote, the cactus hallucinogen locals in Mexico deem sacred.Joined by three Mexican friends, Beker was living her dream as part of a new wave of tourists taking a trip for a trip – in this case to see where “lophophora williamsii” takes her.“Did you strike gold yet?” she asks her Mexican friends anxiously – after a 700-kilometer hitch-hike – as they search the desert floor for the small, spineless cactus full of psychoactive alkaloids, particularly mescaline.The drug is technically illegal, but for centuries it has played a role in indigenous culture in northern Mexico and Texas, where it is part of transcendence and meditation for cultures such as the Wixarika, or Huicholes in Spanish.So much so, that this remote corner of San Luis Potosí state has become a bit of a promised land for those who have trekked here to try peyote, despite the logistical challenges, since the 1960s.The tourists just keep trickling in.They have not been deterred by the difficult topography, and there is no indication they have paid any heed to rusty, metal signs announcing regularly that “HARVESTING AND SELLING PEYOTE IS A FEDERAL CRIME.”Nor has the legal background done anything to change the availability of local guides who, when they hear the magic words from tourists – “We want to go out to the desert” – sidle up and quietly offer their services.César, one of Gisele’s friends who wanted to keep his last name private, recalls his favorite saying: “You do not find peyote. It finds you.”When the group locates what they have come for, the rituals start in earnest.Typically, people ask permission from the Wirikuta desert where the indigenous people believe the universe was created.Then an offering is made to the plant and people are careful not to uproot it. The peyote is splashed with water and its small button-shaped fleshy parts are eaten.“It is like a fruit, fleshy but very bitter,” says Gisele. No related posts.center_img The native people see the plant as the symbolic heart of the deer god, as well as their communications hotline with the gods.Every year, the local community treks to Quemado hill led by a shaman who gives blessings and makes offerings to the peyote.Soaking up the mystical feel of the place, Mexican Eliana bites on her peyote. “It’s like going inside your own spirit,” she says. “When I finish, I am going to think some more and then I am leaving.”Many people experience heightened senses, synesthesia, vomiting and other effects while on the drug.Chris Biddle, a 32-year-old South African, said he and his girlfriend felt connected to nature, but that the experience “is not for everybody.”Local expert José Luis Bustos, 67, underscored that people trying to treat peyote without respect would perhaps pay a price.“Peyote is not a drug,” he said. “It is a sacred plant. And it must be treated with great respect, because if someone does something bad, the plant just may punish him, treat him badly.”Other locals also have voiced concern at cases of foreigners who came from around the world only to die alone in the desert, or wind up in local psychiatric facilities.Mayor Hector Moreno warned: “Peyote is exclusively for (indigenous) Huichol culture. The rest of us are only supposed to promote its preservation and respect for it.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Argentine apple and pear exports suffer 15 price

first_img Argentine apple and pear exports suffer 15% price … July 24 , 2019 “India isn’t a country that has a tradition of mass lemon consumption, but around the world lemons … are beginning to be used in different geographies and for different uses with food,” he said.Indian consumers would be much more accustomed with a lime variety similar to the Tahiti lime, he said. But he added that the younger generations are increasingly using more Mediterranean ingredients in their food, such as olive oil, garlic and lemon.The new brand “Frutas de Argentina” that was recently launched will assist in promoting Argentine lemons in the Indian market.”It is a way of resolving competition issues that we have experienced between the different fruit sectors in Argentina, and of unifying all the country’s fruit under one brand,” he said.Aside from India, Carbonella noted that lemon exports to the U.S. – which are in their second season after the near-two-decade hiatus – will likely see lower volumes than initially forecasted. Last year they reached a little over 10,000 metric tons (MT).”There is still some of the season left, but it is foreseeable that we will get to that figure again,” he said.He said that exports to most markets including Europe are lower this year due to low prices.Total Argentine lemon exports reached 280,000MT last year. To date this season they have reached 190,000MT and are expected to run through August. Argentina is expecting to send its first-ever lemon exports to the Indian market next year, having recently gained access.Export protocols were signed by the Argentine Minister of Agroindustry, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, during a trade mission, opening up a rapidly growing lemon market to the world’s biggest exporter.”Argentina is the world’s leading lemon exporter, [and lemons] are an important part of the regional economy in the Northwest of the country,” he said.”The opening of the market will have a big impact on exports and employment in this region.”Jose Carbonell, president of industry body Federcitrus, told FreshFruitPortal.com: “We are very interested in very large markets like India.””It has opened with an accessible, compliable and adequate phytosanitary protocol, but we still have a significant import tariff,” he said.Carbonell expects the first lemon exports to take place next season, and said that Argentina will have to work hard to gain a foothold in the market. Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … center_img Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … You might also be interested in Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo …last_img read more

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Automobili Lamborghini SpA officially unveiled

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July 3 2013The Arcosanti community extends its de

first_imgJuly 3, 2013The Arcosanti community extends its deepest sympathy to the friends, families and co-workers of the Granite Mountain Hotshot heroes, who were our neighbors, and we give our thanks for the continuing good work of firefighters and other emergency personnel on the line right now. To those of you who are connected to Arcosanti from around the world, please know that we are fine here, at a safe distance of more than 30 miles from the fire.Information and updates about the fire are available through all major media outlets.Information and updates about the firefighters, including ways to donate or otherwise assist, are available here.last_img read more

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