Regulators set rules for crossborder pot listings opens flood gates

TORONTO — The Canadian Securities Administrators have set out “disclosure expectations” for marijuana industry firms with investments in the U.S., offering much-anticipated clarity for companies that operate on both sides of the border.The umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators put out a staff notice Monday, saying that cannabis companies must tell investors about certain risks when they invest south of the border — where issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S. assume certain risks due to conflicting state and federal laws.“We expect issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S. to address the current legal and regulatory environment in their disclosures, including any risks that result from changes in the approach to enforcement of U.S. federal law,” said CSA chair Louis Morisset in a released statement.While some states have authorized the use and sale of marijuana, it remains illegal under federal law. The federal law relating to marijuana could be enforced at any time, and this would put issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities at risk of being prosecuted and having their assets seized.More than two dozen states have legalized medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is legal for recreational use.The CSA’s move provides much-needed clarity for the cannabis industry, which has operated under an unwritten rule that companies which trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange or the TSX Venture Exchange must not invest in the U.S. cannabis sector.Canadian marijuana companies had largely handled the hazy legality by focusing on markets outside the U.S., or by listing on the smaller and less risk-averse Canadian Securities Exchange.But after Canadian marijuana producer Aphria, which is listed on the TSX, announced an investment in Florida in April of this year, questions about the official policy mounted and regulators took notice.The CSE has been more permissive than the TSX, requiring that companies provide risk disclosure for investors. Currently, about half the trading activity on the CSE is involved marijuana-based businesses, said its chief executive Richard Carleton. Of the roughly 50 marijuana-based companies listed on the CSE, about a dozen have U.S. holdings, he added.Carleton called the CSA’s move an “extremely positive step.”“This is exactly what the industry has been looking for, and I think it will spur more companies involved in the U.S. cannabis space to look to Canada for growth capital,” he said.The CSA’s disclosure expectations apply to all issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities, including those with direct and indirect involvement in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, as well as issuers that provide goods and services to third parties involved in the U.S. marijuana industry. Issuers are expected to provide these disclosures in prospectus filings and other required documents, such as their Annual Information Form and Management’s Discussion and Analysis. read more

Seeman acquitted in sedition case related to comments on LTTE

Ameer, who was cited as the first accused in the case had only criticised the then Congress-led government at the Centre for its ‘tacit support’ to Sri Lanka in its fight against the Tamils and never incited violence. He only wanted India to find a political solution to the crisis. A Court in India has acquitted Naam Tamilar Katchi leader S. Seeman and film director I. Ameer Sulthan in a sedition case slapped against them for allegedly speaking against India’s sovereignty and in support of the banned LTTE while addressing a public meeting in Rameswaram in October 2008, The Hindu newspaper reported.Bringing the curtains down on the nine-year-old case, Additional sessions judge D Lingeswaran, citing High court and Supreme court orders, said that the accused could not be held guilty under Sections 13(1) (b), 13 (2) (advocates, abets and incites commission of unlawful activity) of the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, 1967 and Section 124 A of Indian Penal Code (sedition). The duo, while addressing the public meeting organised by the Tamil film industry in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils had only expressed their anguish over the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka and wanted India to find a political solution to the ethnic crisis. Similarly, Seeman, supported LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran and compared him with revolutionary leaders such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong and Yasar Arafat, who fought for the liberation of their people. But speaking in support of a banned organisation would not amount to committing crime, the judge said. A perusal of the speeches of the two accused showed that he never called for separate Tamil Nadu nor incited violence against the Centre, the judge said.Citing the Madras High Court order (S James Peter Vs The secretary to Government), the judge said being a member of a banned organisation or speaking in support of the organisation would not be a crime. The Supreme Court was also clear in the Kedarnath Singh Vs State of Bihar case that ‘a very strong speech directed to a very strong criticism of measures of government or acts of public officials would be outside the scope of sedition under section 124A of IPC”, the judge said. When Seeman and Ameer thanked the judge for his judgement, the judge advised them to exercise restraint while fighting to protect the interests of the Tamils and ensure that their acts never posed a threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the country. The judge noted that they were acquitted the same day they were arrested nine years ago in the case.M Somasundaram and R Domnic Ravi appeared for the accused and C K Venkatesan for the prosecution, the Q Branch police, which registered the case and filed the charge sheet in February 2010. The prosecution cited 28 witnesses, of which, seven turned hostile. read more

Federal charges against 6 people in WVa chemical spill that left 300000

Federal charges against 6 people in WVa chemical spill that left 300,000 without water by John Raby, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 12:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia’s capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days.A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell and two others with failing to ensure that the company operated in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner the steel tank that leaked the coal-cleaning chemical.Southern also faces federal fraud charges related to the company’s bankruptcy case. Freedom filed for the protection eight days after the Jan. 9 leak into the Elk River in Charleston. West Virginia American Water uses the river for its water supply less than 2 miles downstream.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the tank conditions at Freedom Industries “were not only grievously unacceptable, but unlawful. They put an entire population needlessly at risk. As these actions make clear, such conduct cannot, and will not, be tolerated.”The others charged are William E. Tis and Charles E. Herzing, who along with Farrell owned Freedom until December 2013. They sold it to Pennsylvania-based Chemstream Holdings for $20 million, after which Southern became president.Farrell, 58, was Freedom’s president from October 2001 until the sale, after which he continued to work at the terminal in a management role. Herzing, 63, also was Freedom’s vice-president and Tis, 60, was secretary. All four are accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act.In addition, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the company, Freedom environmental consultant Robert J. Reynolds and tank farm plant manager Michael E. Burdette were charged in federal informations with Clean Water Act violations. A federal information typically signals a defendant’s willingness to co-operate in the investigation.“It’s hard to overstate the disruption that results when 300,000 people suddenly lose clean water,” Goodwin said at a news conference. “This is exactly the kind of scenario that the Clean Water Act is designed to prevent.“This spill was completely preventable. And this spill happened to take place in my district, but it could have happened anywhere. If we don’t want it to happen again, then we have to make it crystal clear that those who will commit violations like this are held accountable.”During their time as Freedom corporate officers, Farrell, Tis, Herzing and Southern “approved funding only for those projects that would result in increased business revenue for Freedom or that were necessary to make immediate repairs to equipment that was broken or about to break,” the indictment said.The men ignored or failed to fund other projects to repair, maintain and improve equipment and systems needed for compliance with environmental regulations, including addressing drainage problems in the containment area.Southern’s attorney, Robert Allen, said Wednesday that his client plans to plead not guilty and “vigorously fight the charges.”Steve Jory, an attorney for Tis and Herzing, said the indictment is “an example of faulty legal conclusions” and the charges against his clients are “baseless.”Farrell referred questions to his attorney, who didn’t immediately return a telephone message.More than a dozen aboveground storage tanks at the facility were removed. The World War II-era tank that leaked had two holes, just a few millimeters each, and had subpar last-resort containment walls.According to health officials, after the spill, more than 400 people were treated at hospitals for symptoms that patients said came from exposure to the chemical, known as MCHM. Despite lifting the ban on drinking tap water days later, people still said they could smell the slightly sweet, slightly bitter odour of the chemical.“It’s hard not to have hard feelings against these people,” Rebecca McComas of Marmet said as she shopped at a mall a few blocks from the water plant’s intake.Southern, 53, was arrested last week, accused in a criminal complaint of lying about his role with the company in bankruptcy court hearings and meetings to protect his personal wealth of nearly $8 million from lawsuits. Goodwin said those charges of bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud and lying under oath were included in the indictment.If convicted of all charges, Southern faces up to 68 years in prison, Farrell, Herzing and Tis face up to three years apiece and Burdette and Reynolds would face up to a year each. Freedom could face unspecified fines if convicted.“We’re sending a strong message here that if you cut corners at the expense of the health of American communities, you will be held accountable,” said Cynthia Giles, the EPA’s assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance.___Associated Press writers Pam Ramsey and Jonathan Mattise contributed to this report.___Follow John Raby on Twitter at read more

On visit to region UN official praises Turkey for support to Syrian

“It’s because of the compassionate response of the Turkish people and World Food Programme’s (WFP) strong partnership with the Government of Turkey that we have been able to rise to the challenge of assisting so many Syrians in need of food assistance during this ongoing humanitarian crisis,” said WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, in a news release.Her comments came at the end of a three-day trip to the country during which she met with Turkish officials in Ankara and Istanbul followed by a visit to the Kilis refugee camp – the first of its kind in the country – situated along the Turkish-Syrian border. Accompanied by the Turkish Minister of Economy and other high-level government officials, Ms. Cousin met with Syrian refugees in Kilis, listening to their accounts of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria that forced them to flee. According to a recent update released by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the past two weeks have seen 3,266 Syrians admitted to Turkey from the borders as the Syrian conflict has continued to escalate. Now in its 23rd month, the violence has claimed more than 60,000 lives, mostly civilian, while hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been displaced. “These families have gone through very difficult moments, losing their loved ones and worrying about the people and homes they left behind,” Ms. Cousin said. “We have a commitment to continue to support Syrian refugees – whether in Turkey or in the other neighbouring countries – with some of them in very precarious conditions this winter,” she added, referring to the harsh weather conditions which have further exacerbated the living conditions for refugees in the region. During her visit, the WFP chief also stopped at one of the camp’s supermarkets and met women using their WFP-sponsored electronic food cards to purchase fresh food for their families. The voucher system – which the UN agency plans to expand to assist a further 100,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey by June 2013 – allows refugees to shop for the food they want and prepare it to their liking. In addition to Turkey, Syrians are also taking refuge in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. The UN estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013. read more

Doubledecks drive 2016 growth for UK bus and coach market

The UK’s new bus and coach market saw a second consecutive year of growth in 2016, as demand rose 8.0%, according to figures published by SMMT. 8,779 new buses and coaches were registered in total last year, with more than 2,000 registrations made in the last quarter – a 4.6% uplift on Q4 2015.Double-decks continued to drive growth in 2016, with full year demand rising by more than a quarter (27.9%) to 1,927 units. Minibuses, which account for more than half of the market, also made strong gains, with registrations increasing 9.7% to 4,418, counteracting a -6.2% decline in single-deck vehicles.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,2016 proved to be another strong year for the British bus and coach market, with many operators investing in their fleets over the past 12 months. Getting the latest technology and low emission vehicles on to British roads is essential to help improve air quality in our cities, and 2016’s strong record of fleet renewal will aide that process. New bus and coach market rises 8.0% in 2016, with 8,779 vehicles registered.Sector ends 2016 on a high with 4.6% increase in Q4.Double-decks record strongest performance, with 27.9% growth in 2016. Download the bus and coach press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Margaret Thatcher had car secretly taken to Chequers for test runs before

first_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. They were also haunted by the memory of a red car being delivered to Downing Street, matching the Labour party’s traditional colour instead of the Conservative’s blue, newly-uncovered documents show.The private papers, which have been released on Monday by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust at the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge, show the Prime Minister’s agreement to test drive the flagship vehicle for Rover’s 800 series caused quite a stir. “You are trying out the Rover 800 tomorrow at Chequers between 1000 and 1030 to familiarise yourself with the car before the test drive in front of the cameras in Downing Street next Thursday,” he told her. “The car will be arriving, covered, towed behind a Range Rover… This is only an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the car. There will be no publicity.”A separate note gave further detail. The Rover would be pulled by a white Range Rover and would “arrive under cover, for obvious reasons, on a trailer”. She would be shown it by Ray Axe, the chief designer, as well as the director in charge of the project.After the test, Mr Addison contacted the Prime Minister again to discuss what she was going to do in the car in front of the cameras. One “simple” option, he said, would be to “walk down to the car at the bottom of Downing Street and drive it back to the front door”. Show more There was this dark fear that she would crash into something, that it would all go horribly wrongChris Collins While aides agreed that it would be good publicity, there appeared to be concerns about her carrying out a difficult reversing manoeuvre in front of cameras.The new release shows a number of letters were sent between staff as early as April – three months before the event – as they discussed the best way to ensure there were no undignified slip-ups.Their first battle was the colour of the vehicle. Bernard Ingham, Mrs Thatcher’s chief press secretary, remembered a time when “they brought a blue (not a red) car” while private secretary Mark Addison was forced to make sure they were “fully aware of the importance of getting the right colour this time”.   Mrs Thatcher drove the new Rover on its launch day in front of crowds at Downing Street Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of the Rover, outside 10 Downing StreetCredit:PA Archive/PA Images Show more center_img Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of the Rover, outside 10 Downing Street She has been widely praised as being one of the most capable Prime Ministers of recent decades.But there was one thing aides were concerned about when it came to Margaret Thatcher – her driving.In fact, senior staff appeared to be so worried that she might crash during a public test drive of a new Rover in 1986 that they organised for the vehicle to be secretly smuggled to Chequers so she could fit in a practice session before the event. Aides gave her two potential routes, with Mrs Thatcher choosing the one that would show her reversing  It was also decided that to ensure Mrs Thatcher had the best possible chance of not messing up in front of the cameras, the vehicle would be towed to Chequers – her country house retreat  the week before the live event.Plans were put in place to ensure the press did not discover what was going on and members of the public did not see the car. On July 4, the details were revealed in a note to the Prime Minister from Mr Addison. But Mrs Thatcher insisted she wanted to drive the car from the front door, before reversing up a side street and returning. “You would need to feel fully confident about manoeuvring the car into the side road and back out again,” Mr Addison warned.On the day, she was provided with a “top of the range” version of the vehicle, which included an automatic gearbox.Chris Collins, a historian at the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, said the plans were likely put in place as aides had a “dark fear” that she would crash or that it would all go “horribly wrong”.He said part of the problem was that cars had become “a policy issue rather than a personal thing” and she was no longer familiar with “the machine”.“She hadn’t driven for many, many years – maybe 10 years since she had been round in a car, with herself behind the wheel,” he explained. “I wouldn’t think she had driven since 1975 – except for the previous attempts to do this, of course. There may be a memory of a previous drive… that had gone wrong.”Despite fears, the stunt went well and the Prime Minister later wrote to Graham Day, chairman of the Rover group, to say she had “very much enjoyed” the opportunity to drive such a “splendid” car. Mrs Thatcher drove the new Rover on its launch day in front of crowds at Downing Street Aides gave her two potential routes, with Mrs Thatcher choosing the one that would show her reversing last_img read more

Chiles Fraser Institute ranking tumbles

first_imgThe headline news in this year’s Fraser Institute survey is the significant decline of Chile in various rankings, as reflected in the Policy Potential Index (PPI). Last year, Chile ranked 3rd in the PPI with a composite score of 87 out of a possible 100. This year, Chile fell to 27th, with a score of 64. Most worryingly, of the 12 policy areas examined in the survey, Chile suffered its biggest declines in the areas of political stability and security.Chile’s decline can also be seen in the ‘Room to Improve’ figure, which measures the difference between the attractiveness of a jurisdiction under its current policy regime and under a ‘best practices’ regime. Last year, Chile scored about the same response on the ‘current’ and the ‘best practices’ question, indicating that most miners felt Chile was close to or at best practices. This year, there was a 9.2% gap.Since 1997, The Fraser Institute has conducted an annual survey of metal mining and exploration companies to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulation affect exploration investment. Survey results represent the opinions of executives and exploration managers in mining and mining consulting companies operating around the world. The survey now covers 65 jurisdictions around the world, on every continent except Antarctica, including sub-national jurisdictions in Canada, Australia, and the USA. This year, Colombia was added to the survey.The PPI is a composite index, measuring the overall policy attractiveness of the 65 jurisdictions in the survey. The PPI is normalized to maximum score of 100. A jurisdiction that ranks first in every policy area would have a score of 100; one that scored last in every category would have a score of 0. Since no nation scored first in all categories or last in all, the highest score this year is 93.1 (Manitoba), while the lowest score is 2.9 (Zimbabwe).Manitoba ends Nevada’s six-year run at the top of the PPI. Nonetheless, Nevada remains highly ranked, in 3rd place with 89.3. The other top-10 policy jurisdictions are Alberta, Utah, South Australia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Queensland, Tasmania, and Saskatchewan.Zimbabwe’s last place score of 2.4 last year was the lowest score ever recorded in the PPI. This year Zimbabwe’s last place score was 2.9, the second lowest in the history of the PPI. Other bottom scorers were Venezuela, Bolivia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, Russia, DRC Congo, and Indonesia. The Institute says that “seldom, if ever, has the mining survey received as many negative notes about one jurisdiction as it has this year about Mongolia.” The president of one producer company put it: “Mongolia has literally overnight changed policy from one of openness to one that heavily penalizes foreign owned mines.”Last year in the PPI, Mongolia had only a middling rank and score, ranking 33rd out of 64 with a score of 54 out of 100. But this year, Mongolia’s position collapsed, coming in at 62nd out of 65 with a score of 11 out of 100.Colombia was new to this year’s survey. In the past, the mining community has expressed little interest in having Colombia in the survey. This was likely because it was perceived as too unstable and dangerous to attract much interest. However, Colombia’s government has made large strides in improving security and battling criminal gangs and guerillas. Despite that, Colombia’s score on the PPI was quite low, 25 out of a possible 100, with a ranking of 55th out of 65. Nonetheless, it is far ahead of Bolivia and Venezuela and not too far behind Peru and Ecuador, both of which had scores of 30. After years of turmoil and bad publicity, it is hardly surprising that Colombia entered the survey at a low level. The key questions will be whether Colombia’s improving situation holds into the future and whether the country gains the trust of the mining community.It takes time for the mining community to gain trust that improvements will endure. That is exemplified by British Columbia, in which the Fraser Institute is headquartered. The survey was originally motivated in 1997 by the failure of mining policy in that Canadian province. Over the first years of the survey, British Columbia was either at or near the bottom in mining policy.Several years ago, mining policy in British Columbia began to change. However, this resulted in only slow changes in British Columbia’s position in the survey since. Two years ago was the first time since the survey’s inception that British Columbia had not scored in the bottom 10 of the PPI, though it remained in the bottom third. In last year’s survey, British Columbia ranked in the top half and was a couple of positions away from the top third.However, this year’s report represents the first time since the 2001/2002 survey that British Columbia has not seen an improvement in its score or rank. Its score of 61 is almost identical to last year’s 62, though it did decline in the rankings from 23rd to 30th. This makes British Columbia the lowest ranked of the Canadian provinces, though above the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.And where did industry driving nations end up? China ranked 54th, one place behind South Africa and one ahead of Colombia. India was placed 49th, one behind California, and one ahead of Zambia. Finally, moving further up the scale, Brazil came 36th, flanked by New Zealand (35th) and Ireland (37th).last_img read more

OConnell named captain with Lions set to roar into action

first_imgHot and heavy: Lions get back to business with training in humid Hong Kong Lions XV v Barbarians: Hogg, Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, Maitland, Farrell, Phillips, Vunipola, Hibbard, A Jones, Gray, O’Connell (c), Lydiate, Tuperic, Faletau.Replacements: T.Youngs, Healy, Stevens, Wyn Jones, Heaslip, Murray, Sexton, North. Barbarians XV: J Payne, J Rokocoko, E Daly, C Laulala, T Ngwenya, N Evans, D Yachvili: P James, S Brits, M Castrogiovanni, M Wentzel, D Mumm, S Manoa, S Jones, S Parisse.Replacements: L Ghiraldini, D Jones,  J Hamilton, I Harinordoquy,  A Lo Cicero, K Fotuali’i, J Hook, M Tindall.center_img MUNSTER AND IRELAND lock Paul O’Connell will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first match of their tour this Saturday.The Lions are in Hong Kong to play the Barbarians before taking off for the second leg of their journey to Australia which will take them to Perth.Yesterday, the BaaBaas included Ulster’s Jared Payne and Munster’s Casey Laulala in their back-line for the game which kicks off at noon (Irish time) on Saturday.With 15 players still on duty with province or club duty last week, Warren Gatland’s options where somewhat restricted. Yet it remains a line-up worthy of being labelled among the best in Britain and Ireland.Tour captain Sam Warburton misses the clash with a knee injury, but an all-Welsh back-row remains thanks to the presence of Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau and Justin Tipuric.Ahead of them, O’Connell is partnered by Richie Gray in one of the most keenly contested positions for this fixture. They pack down behind Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard and Mako Vunipola.last_img read more

Ian Dempsey Was I really asleep in that picture But I was

first_img Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM Ian Dempsey By Ian Dempsey Share Tweet Email1 Ian Dempsey: ‘Was I really asleep in that picture? But I was standing up. Did Matt Cooper really say that?’ The atmosphere of trying out new ideas was addictive and the fearless nature of all the staff allowed us to go on a kind of radio crusade, writes Ian Dempsey. 39 Comments Mar 16th 2017, 9:30 PM center_img 392 Views OKAY, SO STICKING washing machines, bikes and other metal objects to a billboard under the slogan “Radio Ireland – Magnetic Listening” wasn’t the greatest idea of all time, but sitting out in RTÉ it still seemed to me that exciting times were ahead and something special was about to happen on the national radio spectrum in Ireland.Radio Ireland, which became Today FM began broadcasting 20 years ago this week and celebrated by converting The Jervis Centre into a massive Disco Bar, throwing an awesome party to which even the competition, like me, was invited.I accepted (the polite thing to do) and had the eye opening hazy night of nights. The next morning wasn’t as pleasant but I did realise that this golden ticket wasn’t the only invitation I would accept from them. Or my last hangover.At the request of John McColgan, I moved in one year later in 1998 to host the Breakfast Show. Source: atmosphere was fearless and addictiveAfter initially trying to please all of the people all of the time, Radio Ireland changed its name to Today FM, sharpened its tools and got busy.The atmosphere of trying out new ideas was addictive and the fearless nature of all the staff allowed us to make a complete balls of something and then just move on with enthusiasm to our next attempt. Some would call it naivety but it felt more like a radio crusade to all of us.Today FM is an enigma to most seasoned radio professionals because, on paper at least, it shouldn’t really work. A mix of my fluffy breakfast show, mid morning banter, music with chat, more music, hard news with a little human interest, more serious music, a business show and a five hour soccer show.This would give most programmers the ultimate migraine but Today FM has succeeded because of one vital ingredient: the listener. They celebrate, criticise, share and surprise us every hour of every day.The can do attitude makes it all workFrom day one the Today FM listener has felt ownership of the station and their views and opinions were always taken on board. With social media it’s now even easier for them to be heard and none of the shows get away with any slack for too long.In Today FM there’s a can do attitude in the air where we always say “why not? rather than “let’s not” and through the last 20 years we have always tried to bring the wow factor to our shows.Memorable highlights include our coverage of several World Cups including Gift Grub predicting Roy’s exit 24 hours before he headed for the airport, The Euros, Shave Or Dye, You Do The Maps, Whole Lotta Live, The Ski Trip, Dare To Care, The Jumbo Jet In Transit to Enniscrone, Blow Me (a rude sounding but innocent cash giveaway), A Minute With A Million and many more.Work hard play hard approachThere was always a work hard play hard approach in the radio station and our Christmas parties (and summer, Easter, nearly autumn and any excuse parties) were the stuff of legend.Recently recovered photographs will never be seen by the general public, a decision everybody in Today FM agrees is the right thing to do.I mean, was I really asleep in that picture? But I was standing up. Did Matt Cooper really say that? What was he thinking? Is that not Louise Duffy? And is that not also illegal?There are so many great moments from all the shows and many more still to be conjured up in our bizarre little radio heads.Along with the current line up we have had fine broadcasters like Eamon Dunphy, Ray D’Arcy, Anton Savage and the late Tony Fenton transmitting to the nation. I miss them all personally but Today FM is now fully revved up and ready to take on another 20 years, connecting directly with listeners as only we can and continuing to be a vital part of every day. That means Today.Ian Dempsey hosts the Breakfast Show on Today FM. Zoo deaths: ‘In the wild, gorillas don’t eat their own vomit and pull out their hair in frustration’>Opinion: ‘Tax isn’t just an expense, it’s a societal good and an investment in all our futures’> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une cartographie génétique établie pour la schizophrénie

first_imgUne cartographie génétique établie pour la schizophrénieMardi, des chercheurs américains ont annoncé avoir établi une cartographie génétique de la schizophrénie en identifiant un grand nombre de gènes impliqués dans l’apparition de la maladie. C’est un véritable espoir pour les 24 millions de personnes dans le monde qui souffrent de schizophrénie. Alors que les causes de cette psychose grave restent encore aujourd’hui controversées, on en sait désormais un peu plus sur son origine génétique. Dans la revue spécialisée Molecular Psychiatry, des chercheurs américains ont en effet annoncé avoir établi la cartographie génétique de la maladie. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons décrypté le code génétique de la schizophrénie en identifiant beaucoup de gènes impliqués et leur façon de travailler ensemble pour produire la maladie”, a expliqué à l’AFP Alexander Niculescu, chercheur à Indianapolis qui travaille pour l’Indiana University School of Medicine. Or, mieux connaitre les causes génétiques de la schizophrénie pourrait permettre un meilleur traitement mais aussi un meilleur dépistage. “En comprenant mieux les bases génétiques et biologiques de la maladie, nous pouvons développer de meilleurs tests et aussi de meilleurs traitements”, a ainsi ajouté le psychiatre.Survenant chez le jeune adulte, la maladie est caractérisée par la désagrégation de la personnalité et par une perte de contact avec la réalité. Elle se manifeste par des épisodes aigus de psychose, pouvant inclure hallucinations et délire, et d’autres symptômes chroniques se traduisant par des troubles affectifs, intellectuels et psychomoteurs. Or, en 2010, des chercheurs canadiens ont mis en évidence des mutations génétiques qui pourraient prédisposer certaines personnes à la schizophrénie, confirmant ainsi que la maladie serait partiellement héréditaire. Déterminer les risques d’un enfant de développer la maladie Selon les chiffres, si les deux parents sont atteints, le risque pour l’enfant de devenir schizophrène est évalué entre 40 et 68%. D’où les recherches menées par Alexander Niculescu et ses collègues. Grâce à la cartographie établie, une future étape consisterait ainsi à établir des tests génétiques permettant de déterminer si un enfant avec des ascendants schizophrènes risque effectivement de développer la maladie pour, si tel est le cas, lui proposer un suivi médical particulier, explique le chercheur. Le 16 mai 2012 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

OC Moazzem denied bail sent to jail

first_imgSonagazi police station former officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain is produced before the court on Monday. Potho: Prothom Alo -5d07651c581f9A Dhaka court on Monday sent former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi police station Moazzem Hossain to jail, rejecting his bail petition in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.Judge of Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein passed the order when Faruk Ahmed, a lawyer for Moazzem Hossain, sought bail for him, reports UNB.The court also fixed 30 June for hearing on charge framing in the case.Earlier, police arrested Moazzem Hossain from the High Court area on Sunday in a case filed over circulating a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at Sonagazi police station.On 27 May, a Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant against Moazzem Hossain in the case. But he could not be traced after the issuance of warrant for his arrest.Allegations brought against Moazzem after Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder was found to be authentic by the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed the case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 May.The former OC was accused of illegally interrogating Nusrat and recording the episode on his phone. The video was later circulated on the social media.Moazzem summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Sirajud Doula and Nusrat to the police station after the latter accused her teacher of sexually harassing her.The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman. She was crying but the OC paid no heed and kept questioning her using inappropriate language.Nusrat’s mother had filed a case with Sonagazi police station over her daughter’s sexual harassment. On 6 April, the girl was set on fire at an exam centre in Sonagazi upazila, by people loyal to Siraj Ud Doula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.Moazzem was withdrawn the same day and suspended a month later on charge of negligence of duty.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday May 11

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: Donald Trump fired controversial FBI Director James Comey, the calls for impeachment of the 45th president have grown to a deafening din. Question of the day: Is Trump headed for impeachment or four more years? We’ll open the phone lines…410.319.8888! Plus, the Baltimore City Community Relations Commission (CRC) has two new commissioners; professor and author Kaye Wise Whitehead and human rights advocate and attorney Carrie Evans, and they will both be with us to discuss their new roles with the CRC and the state of Baltimore City.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Highspeed rail gaining speed in Aus

first_imgMinisters warned to begin reserving land now. Image: ABC State and territory ministers have been advised to begin reserving land for the possibility of a high-speed railway line in Australia.Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has released a final report into high-speed rail, which proposes a 1,748-kilometre link between Brisbane-Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne, ABC News reported.“Unless the route is protected now, the growth of cities and towns along the preferred corridor will make the project harder and more expensive in the future,” Mr Albanese said.Accessing Sydney’s CBD would pose the greatest challenge, requiring 67 kilometres of tunnelling. If fully operational by 2065, estimated patronage is 83.6 million passengers per year.The estimated cost of the project is AU$114 billion, with a completion date of 2053 at the earliest.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.last_img read more

The Week Ahead Focus on Construction Jobs

first_img March 4, 2018 557 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its monthly employment data for February 2018 on Friday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m. EST. The report looks at nonfarm payroll employment as well as unemployment numbers, which include employment figures for the construction sector. The last report released in February highlighted consumer trends in January 2018. According to the report, employment increased by 200,000 during the month while unemployment remained stable at 4.1 percent. The biggest gains were seen in the construction sector where employment continued to trend upwards, with 36,000 jobs being added to construction with most of the increase seen among specialty contractors. The report noted that residential construction added 5,000 jobs.Here’s what else is in store for The Week Ahead:MBA Mortgage Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ETADP Employment Report, Wednesday, 8:15 a.m. ETFed Beige Book, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ETJobless Claims, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ETFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday, 9 a.m. ETFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ET applications Bureau of Labor Statistics Construction Employment mortgage rates Residential 2018-03-04 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The Week Ahead: Focus on Construction Jobs Sharelast_img read more

Heavy rain falls on Nicosia

first_imgA downpour on Friday afternoon took Nicosia residents by surprise as they didn’t expect such heavy rainfall, despite met office warnings that the day was expected to be rainy.The areas of Pallouriotissa and Engomi in the city were the worst hit, as well as areas of the Nicosia district neighbouring with Larnaca.The deluge that began at around 5pm forced many motorists near K-Cineplex in Engomi to pull over as visibility was almost zero.“The water on the tarmac was at least half a metre high,” a motorist told the Cyprus Mail.She added that she felt very scared and pulled over for while hoping that the heavy rainfall would subside.The fire service said it had received 12 calls in the afternoon – mainly from the Makedonitissa area – concerning the towing of cars and flooded establishments. Police said that no incidents were reported that were caused by the rainfall.According to the met office, storms are also expected on Saturday inland, in mountainous areas, and in eastern coastal areas in the afternoon.Temperatures are expected to be around 30 degrees celsius on Saturday inland and in the east and south coastal areas, 27C in the west and north coast and 20C in mountainous areas.Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny and slightly warmer as temperatures are expected to rise by one to two degrees celsius and remain higher until Tuesday.Rainfall is expected however, on Sunday and Monday afternoon in the mountainous areas.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rendon gets gavel for House tourism committee

first_img Categories: Rendon News 16Jan Rendon gets gavel for House tourism committee State Rep. Bruce Rendon will chair the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, as well as be vice chair for the Natural Resources Committee, in the 2015-16 Michigan Legislature.“Northern Michigan’s unbeatable natural resources are the heart of our state’s recreation and tourism opportunities and pushing the Pure Michigan experience at home and abroad will make the Great Lakes State even greater,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I thank Speaker Cotter and my colleagues for entrusting me with this awesome responsibility and I look forward to working on these issues that are so important to our area and the entire state of Michigan.”Rendon’s other assignments include the House Agriculture Committee and the committee for Commerce and Trade.House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether the full House should take up the bills.  Committee chairs decide when bills are heard, run the committee meetings and organize informational hearings to help lawmakers and the public understand important issues.last_img read more

Rep Howrylak named to five House committees

first_img26Jan Rep. Howrylak named to five House committees Categories: Howrylak News State Rep. Martin Howrylak has been named by Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on five House committees for the 98th Legislature, including an appointment as Vice-Chair of the Oversight and Ethics Committee.Howrylak, R-Troy, also will serve on the Judiciary, Criminal Justice, Tax Policy, and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) committees. JCAR is a bipartisan, statutorily created committee comprised of five House and five Senate members. The committee is responsible for legislative oversight of administrative rules that are proposed by state agencies.“These committee assignments align well with my interests and background,” Howrylak said.  “I look forward to creating solid public policy that will help improve the quality of life and enhance the economic vitality of our state.”Howrylak, a certified public accountant (CPA), received his Master of Accounting degree and Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan.“Well-crafted tax policy can help to ensure that we continue to move Michigan forward,” Howrylak said. “I also look forward to working with my colleagues to reform our state’s criminal justice system. In order for the criminal justice system to best serve Michigan, we must modernize our approach to sentencing and ensure that there is an empirical basis for sentencing and parole.”House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether the full House should take up the bills.###last_img read more

House committee considers bipartisan pension tax relief for surviving spouses

first_img Categories: Glenn News 06Mar House committee considers bipartisan pension tax relief for surviving spouses Rep. Glenn cosponsors Democratic lawmaker’s billLansing — Surviving spouses will not be subject to a pension tax increase as a result of the loss of their loved one under bipartisan legislation considered Wednesday in the House Tax Policy Committee.State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, an original co-sponsor of Rep. Jim Townsend’s House Bill 4124, said the bipartisan effort to update Michigan’s pension tax exemption so widowed spouses remain eligible demonstrated the issue’s importance.“Surely this is something everyone can agree on, that a grieving spouse shouldn’t be further burdened with a tax increase triggered by the death of their loved one,” Rep. Glenn said. “I did not support the new pension tax to begin with, but until we can repeal it in full, this is at least a step back in the right direction.”Under current law, the age of the oldest spouse determines the tax category that applies to the pension and retirement benefits of both spouses. If the older spouse passes away first, the surviving spouse could experience a tax increase on retirement income.The legislation ensures that surviving spouses continue to receive the same tax rate, limitations and restrictions so long as they have filed a joint tax return in the past with their spouse and have not remarried during the tax year in which they file.During his presentation, Townsend, D-Royal Oak, thanked Rep. Glenn for cosponsoring the legislation and said he is proud to have Glenn’s support.The bill is expected to be approved by the committee next week and go to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Hughes memorializes fallen police officer during ceremony

first_img07Sep Rep. Hughes memorializes fallen police officer during ceremony State Rep. Holly Hughes today during a Sept. 11 ceremony in the Capitol honored a fallen Norton Shores police officer who died in the line of duty.Hughes, of Montague, read the name of Norton Shores Police Officer Jonathan Ginka, who died May 10 in a vehicle accident.“Officer Ginka served his community well, first as a member of the North Muskegon Fire Department and then as a law enforcement officer. He was the epitome of a selfless public servant,” Hughes said. “I hope honoring him in our annual ceremony will bring comfort to his family.”Hughes said the House began its Sept. 11 ceremony in 2011 to honor Michigan’s first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty.“We honor these men and women who are heroes to us all for the selfless dedication they have to their communities and their nation,” Hughes said. “Just like the first responders and military members who rushed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on that horrific day in 2011, these local heroes rush to the aid of people in their communities or defense of their nation.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, today was joined by Norton Shores Police Chief John Gale and Lt. Michael Kasher as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

House approves Rep VanderWall bill updating ice shanty rules

first_img16Nov House approves Rep. VanderWall bill updating ice shanty rules State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s bill offering more flexibility in the rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways was overwhelmingly approved last week by the Michigan House of Representatives.VanderWall’s legislation gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. Current law sets precise dates by which ice shanties must be removed from specific waters.“The weather is different every year. It’s silly to have precise dates written in law by which ice shanties must be removed from the ice,” said VanderWall, of Ludington. “It makes more sense to allow the DNR to adjust the removal dates each year based on weather conditions.”The legislation also offers increased privacy protections for the owners of ice shanties, who are currently required to put their names and addresses on the structure.“Some people don’t like the idea of everyone who walks by their ice shanty knowing their address,” VanderWall said. “Giving people the option to choose between displaying their name and address, driver’s license number or DNR Sportcard number will offer more privacy while still giving law enforcement officers the ability to identify owners when needed.”VanderWall noted the additional identification options are consistent with other types of sporting equipment, such as tree stands and animal traps.House Bill 4787 now moves to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: VanderWall Newslast_img read more