The Hindu Mahasabha on November 15 demanded that Nathuram Godse’s statements during the Mahatma Gandhi assassination trial be included in school curriculum in Madhya Pradesh. The right-wing organisation made the demand while observing Godse’s death anniversary here. Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, was hanged at Ambala jail on November 15, 1949.Hindu Mahasabha members on November 16 gathered at its office here and performed ‘aarti’ of Godse and Narayan Apte, the co- conspirator who too was hanged for Gandhi’s assassination. Hindu Mahasabha national vice-president Jaiveer Bharadwaj said the organisation observed the death anniversary of two “leaders”, whose “contribution to Indian freedom struggle has been forgotten”, like every year.“We also submitted a memorandum, addressed to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, and to the district administration. We have demanded inclusion of Godse’s statements, recorded during his trial, in school curriculum,” Mr. Bharadwaj said.Congress governments at the Centre did not disclose Godse’s court statements for 50 years, he alleged. On November 15, 2017, the Mahasabha had installed a bust of Godse at its Gwalior office after performing the ritual of ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration). Following widespread outrage, the district administration confiscated the bust.“In the memorandum, we also demanded that the bust, seized by the district administration, be returned to us,” Mr. Bharadwaj said. The ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh condemned the event. “The event glorified violence. This is condemnable.These people don’t believe in the Indian Constitution as Godse himself had filed a mercy petition before the British Queen despite the country having a Supreme Court,” said Bhupendra Gupta, vice president of state Congress Media Cell.
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments US Open fashion: Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kerber’s exit further thins the women’s bracket, which was missing 23-time major champion Serena Williams to begin with because she is expecting a baby. Three of the top seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6 Kerber joining Monday’s losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.While Kerber’s quick departure was stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before against a top-10 woman.Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.“The site,” Osaka said, “feels really familiar to me.”She nearly upended Keys in the U.S. Open’s third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.This time, Osaka held steady, using her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in winners, broke in half of Kerber’s eight service games and saved all four break points she faced.“It was not my day,” Kerber summed up. “Completely not my day.”Hasn’t been her year, either. Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round.The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1 Kerber’s latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I’m strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be) giving up,” said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the retractable cover constructed ahead of last year’s tournament.Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1, easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23 Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-1.At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.The only men’s matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal’s possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: “I don’t know.”Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, “This year is a completely different year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTalk about an understatement. In 2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them: She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final to rise atop the WTA rankings for the first time.Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn’t won any title of any sort this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in the top 20, and Monday’s loss assured her of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is 6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where she became that tournament’s first No. 1 seed to lose so early. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics The Tamaraws charged at National University in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament only to lose in overtime 85-79 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEU head coach Olsen Racela was unhappy with how his team performed in the extra frame, especially just after Tamaraws outscored the Bulldogs 24-9 in the fourth quarter to force the game into overtime, 79-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“We were not as active and aggressive defensively in OT. We were passive,” said Racela in Filipino.READ: UAAP: NU beats FEU anew for 2nd win Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University had a comeback to remember, but for all the wrong reasons.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:04Places to see in Kawit, Cavite02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue NU struck first from the field in the extra frame with Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente exchanging three-pointers giving the Bulldogs a 79-71 lead with 2:41 to play.That eight-point lead was enough for the Bulldogs to weather the storm as they outscored FEU 14-8 in overtime to claim a 2-7 record.“We had our chance, that’s what I told my players, we always had our chance in the end game but we blew it,” said Racela as the Tamaraws dropped out of the top half of the standings with a 4-5 record at the fifth spot.A win could’ve maintained FEU’s place in the top four following a close 82-79 win over second seed University of the Philippines in its previous match.“We have to learn from this and do it the harder way,” said Racela. “Our win against UP was put to waste because of this loss.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Andy Murray shows comeback could yet have fairytale ending MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Becoming his own man LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Greek-American Nick Markakis played in his 2,000th game, becoming the fifth active player to reach the milestone. Adrian Beltre (2,931), Albert Pujols (2,692), Miguel Cabrera (2,264) and Robinson Cano (2,077) are the active players ahead of Markakis.Aaron Nola finished off a stellar season in typically dominant fashion.Nola pitched seven shutout innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.In his final start of the year, Nola (17-6) allowed two hits and struck out eight with four walks. The right-hander ended 2018 with a 2.37 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings. He likely will fall short of a NL Cy Young award after stumbling a bit in September. Nola entered 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA and nine home runs allowed in September before returning to the form his displayed for most of the season on Saturday.“It feels good,” Nola said, “but I think it feels better for us as a team.”Rather than focus on any particular statistic, Nola said he was happiest about staying healthy and making all of his starts. His aim every outing is a team goal.“Just try to win ballgames and try to go deep in ballgames,” he said.After taking a month off, Nola will begin tuning up for 2019.“Just stay consistent, keep working on my delivery and try to learn more and more about the game,” he said.Cesar Hernandez had a two-run single in the seventh inning to back Nola.The NL East champion Braves will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, and Atlanta still could host the series. The Braves (90-71) and Dodgers have the same record entering the regular-season finale on Sunday while Colorado entered Saturday with a 90-70 mark.Atlanta had no answer for Nola.“You just try to keep it close and hopefully his clicker will run out,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”Nola allowed only Ronald Acuna Jr.’s single to lead off the game and Nick Markakis’ single to start the fourth. The closest the Braves came to scoring was in the second inning when Nola walked the first two batters. But the right-hander got Kurt Suzuki to line out, struck out Ozzie Albies and then intentionally walked Charlie Culberson to load the bases before finally striking out starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.Sanchez matched Nola, giving up three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six shutout innings.“He did everything he could do to get us a chance,” Snitker said.With one out and two runners on in the seventh, manager Gabe Kapler chose to pinch-hit for Nola. Jonny Venters (5-2) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos to load the bases before Hernandez hit a sharp liner under shortstop Culberson’s glove into left field that scored two. Odubel Herrera helped the Phillies take a 3-0 lead when he beat out a potential double-play grounder to short.Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.The victory was Philadelphia’s first since Sept. 19. The Phillies’ slide started with a four-game sweep at Atlanta last weekend when they still were mathematically alive in the playoff race. The Phillies were outscored 70-21 during the losing streak that capped a late-season collapse. Philadelphia went from 15 games over .500 and 1 ½ games in front of Atlanta for first place on Aug. 7 to four games under .500 and 12 games back of the Braves on Sept. 28.NOLA NUMBERSNola joined Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander as the only Phillies pitchers to strike out 200 or more batters and hold opponents to a batting average of .200 or lower. And the right-hander is the fourth Philadelphia hurler to record 224 or more strikeouts in a season, joining Jim Bunning, Alexander and Curt Schilling.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: C Jorge Alfaro (quad) was replaced by Andrew Knapp at the start of the third inning.UP NEXTBraves RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.93) opposes Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (1-1, 6.00) on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale.—By AARON BRACY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
India Fed Cup coach Ankita Bhambri reckons a good serve will be the key on indoor courts when Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi fight it out with higher-ranked players in the Fed Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan.India will begin their campaign at the Asia/Oceania Group I against Thailand on Thursday before clashing with formidable hosts Kazakhstan on Friday.Getting past Thailand is not expected to be too hard for India with Ankita and fast-improving Karman in good form.Thailand’s best-ranked singles player is Peangtarn Plipuech, who is placed at 297 while Punnin Kovapitukted is way lower at number 657.”To be very honest, the girls are improving every year. Karman is stronger and fitter while Ankita is also strong and has more experience. They need to put it together,” Bhambri told PTI.The matches will be played indoors due to the sub-zero temperature in the city.”It is important to serve well (indoor) and reach out to the ball faster. If you start a point well, the chances of ending it well also get better,” Bhambri said.Kazakhstan’s world number 43 Yulia Putintseva and Zarina Diyas, ranked 96, would be the tough obstacles for India, if they are to top Pool A.The winners of Pool A and B, which has four teams, will clash to determine which nation qualifies for the World Group II.”It’s always tough to play top-100 players. Ankita had played the match of her life against Yulia last year. That experience should help her,” opined Bhambri.Pool B features China, who have world number 40 Shuai Zhang and world number 42 Saisai Zheng, along with Korea, Indonesia, and Pacific Oceania.advertisementIn all likelihood, China will top Pool B and it will be between India and Kazakhstan in Pool A.”The plan and determination is the same. I have always played my best tennis when playing for the country and hope to do the same,” said 25-year-old Raina, who is at a career-best rank of 165.”I am not looking at the rankings and focusing on myself and the game I want to execute. Also, I am analysing the opponents’ game,” she added.Talking about conditions and courts, Raina said, “I am able to adapt much better since I have been here three times before.”Bhambri said raising the game at the right time would be important.”We had good practice, we hit for 3-4 days and in Fed Cup anything can happen. You can be favourites or underdogs when you step out, you also step up,” Bhambri said.Karman, 20, said she is feeling confident about her game.”Going into the Fed Cup this year, definitely I have improved. I have beaten many girls in top-200 and with top-100 players. I have learnt a lot and hope to get some wins for India,” she said.Also Watch:
Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Paul Pogba Pep Guardiola Share on Facebook The Observer Manchester City José Mourinho Manchester United Topics news Share via Email Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pogba inspires dramatic comeback win as Manchester United spoil City’s party Share on WhatsApp Paul Pogba was the pivotal figure in the memorable Manchester derby that prevented the Premier League leaders wrapping up the title early, scoring two quick goals to trigger the most unlikely of comebacks, and Pep Guardiola made a point of speaking to the United midfielder on the pitch. “I wanted to congratulate him on the result,” Guardiola said, defusing speculation that he might have been apologising for claiming that Pogba’s agent allegedly offered him to City in January.José Mourinho also played down the significance of the disclosure – “I have not spoken to Paul about that. I am not interested in who is right” – and went on to praise Pogba’s contribution over the past week.“He played well against Swansea, he produced some very good work in training, and along with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera he was phenomenal against City,” the United manager said. “At half-time I said I wanted my defenders to be more confident and need to see more from Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sánchez, but I told my midfield players they didn’t need to improve. They were already playing well, and once we got the goals we knew we were mentally strong enough to see the game out.“Sometimes when you are losing the instinct is to change things immediately, but I didn’t have that feeling so we stayed the same. We have a good chance to finish second now, we needed points to make sure we could do that and we managed to get them in the most difficult place, the stadium where no one else in the league has managed to win this season.”“We wanted to win this game, I won’t deny that, but we always knew who we were playing,” Guardiola said. “United are in second, and they showed why. They only had three shots on target and they were all goals. At this level you need to be clinical at the front and solid at the back.“We are sad for our fans, but we still have 84 points and now we have to be brave to stand up again and focus on Liverpool. At Anfield the problem was that we did not create any chances. At least we corrected that here. Even after going behind we created good positions, and but for a good save from David de Gea we might have had another goal.”
Next Gonzalo Higuain scores brace as ruthless Chelsea thrash Huddersfield TownGonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard scored two goals each while David Luiz netted once as Chelsea crushed Huddersfield Town 5-0 in the Premier League.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 23:27 IST Gonzalo Higuain celebrates with Chelsea teammates (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea thrashed Huddersfield Town 5-0 in the Premier LeagueGonzalo Higuain scored his first two Premier League goals. Eden Hazard also scored a braceThe victory took Chelsea back to fourth place above Arsenal in the Premier League tableNew Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain scored his first two Premier League goals on Saturday, sharing the spoils with Eden Hazard in a 5-0 victory over bottom side Huddersfield Town to ease the pressure on coach Maurizio Sarri.Argentine Higuain, who arrived in London last month, received a neat side-footed pass from N’Golo Kante in the 16th minute and squeezed a shot between goalkeeper Jonas Loessl and the near post.Just before halftime Hazard converted a penalty for his 11th league goal of the season after Elias Kachunga brought down Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta on the edge of the area and referee Paul Tierney pointed at the spot.Double trouble! pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjVChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019The Belgian then got his 12 in the 67th minute by rounding Loessl and coolly slotting home from a Ross Barkley pass.Two minutes later Higuain added his second, a looping shot taking a deflection before hitting the back of the net. David Luiz made it five in the 86th minute, his header helped into the goal by the hapless Kachunga’s outstretched foot.Sarri says the team was really motivated today. He adds that level must now be matched every game, whatever has happened before.And that’s all from the boss for now. There will be more online and on our app later on. Thanks for following. #CHEHUDChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Chelsea had lost their previous two league games, including a 4-0 drubbing by mid-table Bournemouth on Wednesday, sparking talk that coach Maurizio Sarri might become the latest in a string of their managers to be fired after just a few months.advertisement.@DavidLuiz_4 completing the scoring with a header! #CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/ILALZ0BGJDChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019But the win took Chelsea back to fourth place above Arsenal, who play at Manchester City on Sunday, while Huddersfield remain rooted to the basement, six points behind second-bottom Fulham.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Gonzalo HiguainFollow Eden HazardFollow David LuizFollow ChelseaFollow Huddersfield TownFollow Premier league
Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says that the Government is committed to strengthening border security as part of measures to curb the illicit flow of weapons into the country. Addressing members of the diplomatic community at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, recently, Minister Chang noted that the trafficking of illegal weapons continues to be a threat to international and domestic peace and security. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says that the Government is committed to strengthening border security as part of measures to curb the illicit flow of weapons into the country.Addressing members of the diplomatic community at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston recently, Minister Chang noted that the trafficking of illegal weapons continues to be a threat to international and domestic peace and security.“Reducing access to illicit guns will stem crime and improve economic outlook and development, so we will properly equip our security forces with the tools needed to secure our borders and protect Jamaica’s people and her assets,” he said.He noted that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) recently acquired a marine surveillance aircraft and two helicopters that have significantly increased monitoring capacity.Minister Chang emphasised the importance of partnerships between Jamaica and its international partners in the Ministry’s implementation of the National Security Policy, aimed at creating a safe and secure Jamaica by the effective enforcement of law and order and maintenance of secure borders.“Jamaica has benefited tremendously from the support of the international partners regarding security, including the European Union (EU), United States of America (USA), Canada and the United Kingdom (UK). These partnerships, exchanges and scholarships have greatly facilitated capacity building and fostered greater mutual social understanding, which will undoubtedly result in the continued development and progress of our countries,” he said.Minister Chang informed that Jamaica has received grant funding of €20 million or approximately (J$3 billion) from the EU to fight crime. “Reducing access to illicit guns will stem crime and improve economic outlook and development, so we will properly equip our security forces with the tools needed to secure our borders and protect Jamaica’s people and her assets,” he said. Story Highlights
Nova Scotia wants to make circulating an intimate image for a malicious or sexual purpose a crime. Justice Minister Ross Landry will meet with federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson next week in Ottawa to push for changes to the Criminal Code of Canada. “It has become apparent that our laws have not kept pace with the world we live in,” said Mr. Landry. “Nova Scotians expect us to fix that.” Mr. Landry has proposed the federal government create a new section of the Criminal Code for distributing intimate images without consent. He has also reached out to his counterparts to build support for the change across the country. Saskatchewan Justice Minister Gordon Wyant responded immediately saying his province supports Nova Scotia’s efforts. Mr. Landry said he has received consistent support from his provincial colleagues for the proposed change to the Criminal Code. “We all want to know that bullies and cyberbullies can, and will, be held accountable for their actions,” Mr. Landry said. “I welcome the response from the federal government, and other provinces, who clearly want this, too.” Mr. Landry has asked that the Cybercrime Working Group, a group of federal-provincial-territorial experts, work more quickly. He has asked that the group provide recommendations, including legislative options, to deputies by June, so ministers can act on them this fall.
The Halifax Convention Centre Corp. today, Feb. 22, announced that Carrie Cussons has been appointed president and CEO of the organization for a contract period to Nov. 30, 2018. “We have full confidence in Carrie’s vision and her ability to oversee the organization through an exciting transition,”said Justin McDonough, chair of the board of directors, Halifax Convention Centre Corp. “The organization is at a critical stage as we prepare to open the new convention centre and transfer all convention operations and employees of Trade Centre Limited to the new corporate structure. We felt it was essential to ensure continuity in leadership.” Ms. Cussons brings a diverse business background, including over two decades of management experience with a concentration in financial and operational leadership. She joined the organization in 2009 as chief financial officer and oversaw the corporate services group with responsibility for finance, human resources and technology. She quickly became a strategic lead in all areas of the business and was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s plan to prepare for the transition to the new Halifax Convention Centre. “I am excited to be leading the organization through such an important period,” said Ms. Cussons. “As we prepare for the opening of the new convention centre, our team will continue to attract a diverse mix of conventions, sporting and entertainment events and deliver on our vision to create memorable event experiences through our facilities and our services.” The Halifax Convention Centre Corp. is a government partnership between the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality. In addition to oversight and management of the Halifax Convention Centre, the organization will continue to manage and operate Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic. To view Ms. Cussons’ full bio, visit http://www.tradecentrelimited.com/en/home/abouttcl/hccc-board-of-directors/carrie-cussons.aspx .
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsMetrolinx says they are not aware of any other audit into CN Rail and GO Transit that would have cleared any wrongdoing despite a claim by Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray that, in fact, a thorough investigation had already been completed.Murray made the surprise remark during Question Period at Queen’s Park Wednesday.“As the member opposite of me knows we just went through an investigation where similar allegations (were) raised with CN. They turned out, after a very thorough investigation, that there was no validity to it. That the deals between CN and GO were not only above the board, but very valid and very fair,” said Murray to PC MPP Frank Klees who raised recent allegations about CN overbilling GO by tens of millions between 2004 to 2008 as part of GO’s expansion.However, when asked, Metrolinx didn’t know what Murray was talking about.“No, I am not aware of any other audit,” said Anne Marie Aikins, manager of media relations with Metrolinx that oversees GO, a provincial transit company.Metrolinx is conducting its own audit after APTN National News first revealed allegations Tuesday of CN’s alleged financial mismanagement.Murray’s office tried to clarify the comment late Wednesday when contacted by APTN. It was just a week ago Murray said he was taking the allegations seriously.“Actually, the Minister misspoke. It was CN that had completed its internal audit and found no discrepancies,” said spokesman Patrick Searle referring to a press release CN issued Tuesday morning outlining its denials.But nowhere in the release does it say that CN completed an audit of its own since the allegations surfaced.When asked for clarification Searle repeated Murray misspoke.“Yes – the Minister misspoke. He heard that an audit had been completed and thought it was GO Transit’s. He had read the CN news release and the two audits merged in his thoughts,” said Searle.Searle was reminded nowhere in the CN release does it say an audit was complete.“The CN release refers to a rigorous review that was completed by CN. The Minister can only speak to the facts he knows, and that is that GO Transit is conducting an audit that is expected to be completed in the coming months,” he said.The release says CN is doing a review.“A verification of GO Transit-related project expenses has been started by CN. The review is on-going, but there is no indication of any financial improprieties,” said Sean Finn, executive vice-president. “CN categorically rejects allegations that it in any way defrauded the agency.”CN has not responded to requests for an interview with APTN.As for Klees, he believes senior GO Transit officials must have been complicit in an alleged invoice tampering strategy between GO and CN Rail and presented a “confidential” email to Queen’s Park Wednesday.Klees, quoting from the internal CN email, said the railway company allegedly used a plan to pad invoices to recover nearly $300,000 in over-expenditures from GO.“Mr. Daryl Barnett, who was CN’s Divisional Manager for Ontario at the time, set out in great detail how CN would recover some $385,000 of ‘overexpenditures’ from GO Transit,” said Klees. “The plan included including using partially worn tie plates and padding invoices. In the end, the email reads: ‘Total Exposure: Reduced from $385 to $78k.’”The 2004 email ends with “Please do not print or circulate” and was first published by APTN Sept. 24.Read email here.Klees demanded Murray answer who at GO was involved.Murray didn’t directly answer and later wrongly mentioned an investigation had already been completed.Barnett left CN in 2008 and soon landed a job at GO as the director of railway corridor infrastructure. He still holds that position today.Metrolinx has refused to divulge whether Barnett is facing disciplinary actions citing privacy concerns.Klees said something doesn’t pass the smell test.He wants the government to call in the Auditor General and Ontario Provincial Police.The OPP have refused to confirm or deny they are investigating fraud allegations, but APTN has reported detectives from the corruption section of the anti-rackets unit first met with a former CN supervisor earlier this year.At that meeting in Simcoe, Scott Holmes gave a video statement and then provided hundreds of documents to the OPP, including internal emails and invoices.Those documents were copied and stored by the OPP’s evidence management unit.One detective kept coming back to Holmes in person and, also by email, wanting more information.Holmes said he was told by a detective the OPP’s fear was “there was a lack of oversight at Metrolinx.”Holmes said he told the OPP he was ordered to charge GO “millions” improperly.APTN contacted Barnett in early September and brought up the email in question.“I’ll be honest with you, I left CN five years ago. This stuff goes way back. I really don’t have any comment on that. That goes way, way back. If there is an issue with CN you’d be better to go with CN on that,” he said.When pressed about some of the details of the email Barnett said he understood the questions.“It’s passe,” he said. “That’s an old job and if there is any issues from that issue you gotta deal with CN formally.”The contents of the email discusses work on the expansion of GO’s Lakeshore West corridor, particularly a three-mile stretch between Hamilton and Burlington that taxpayers paid $72 million to build, including federal money.CN kept ownership of the track and GO pays an access fee to use the additional track and, in fact, it’s not a designated GO track.The project also included massive upgrades to CN’s own freight lines.CN and Holmes are embattled in bitter legal action. CN fired Holmes in 2008 believing he defrauded the company of millions. Twice, criminal fraud charges were stayed by the Crown.CN has also sued Holmes and he countersued CN and their private police force. It’s yet to reach trial after five years.Kjackson@aptn.ca
So, the countdown is officially on and the party has begun all over the world. But for all those looking to celebrate outdoors Tuesday night, it’s going to be a cold one. A cold alert is in effect because temperatures could reach minus 16 and feel in the minus twenties when factoring in the wind chill. And in New York, where one of the biggest parties in North America is taking place, a snowstorm is in the forecast. Before taking you to New York City, we gauge the mood at Pier 8 in Hamilton where an outdoor celebration will get underway in just a couple of hours from now.Preparations are concluding for the New Year’s bash at the bayfront. This year certainly brought plenty to celebrate with Hamilton seeing an influx of development and revitalization. We spent the last day of 2013 getting a sense of what Hamiltonians are hoping to accomplish in the coming year.There were the usual responses: “Keep healthy, keep my family healthy.” “Lose weight.”Hamiltonians have resolutions for themselves and also for their city: “2013 was a huge growth year for Hamilton, and next year residents are hoping for more of the same.” “The buzz is that things are on the up and up, so lets hope that it stays that way.” “Prosperity. Keep people working.” “Hopefully we get our stadium up and running.”2014 will see the completion of Tim Horton’s Field, more condo development downtown, and a municipal election.Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina says: “I have no reason not to run again.”Psychic, Bettee Giles predicts a political shakeup in the city: “I think a few people are going to be stepping aside. And a new person is going to be showing up. I think its going to work out positive.”Mayor Bratina won’t place bets, but he’s willing to wager on a banner year for Hamilton: “The buzz thats been happening should start to become a full blown symphony.”Globally, the economy is expected to remain fairly steady says Marvin Ryder of the DeGroote School of Business: “A flat year, a little bit of growth, things will feel a little bit better, but if you’re looking for that big recovery year, that big bang, it’s not going to happen.”Here at home, with billions in development underway, both medium and Mayor expect an ongoing upswing.Bettee Giles predicts: “It’s the easiest year of change for Hamilton. Good news politically, every single way you can imagine.”And Mayor Bratina says: “A year of celebration I think is ahead of us because were going to be cutting some very big ribbons.”Festivities officially begin down here at eight o’clock. There will be a DJ playing some great music to skate with. And with this weather, you may be toasting with hot chocolate instead of champagne. Here’s to a wonderful 2014 for all of our viewers.
(Updated)It may be the last day of summer vacation — but it’s just the beginning for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Tim Hortons Field. After a number of delays, the Cats finally hit their home turf in the new stadium. And although it wasn’t pretty — the hometown team managed to kick things off with a win.Fans here today were beyond excited, they went wild all day long. They say 13 is an unlucky number. Today, 13 was a lucky number for the Tiger-Cats because they won 13-12. It’s quiet here now as cleanup crews continue with the task of cleaning up after the day’s festivities. But earlier today, this place was jam packed.It was a fairytale ending after this year’s construction nightmare. As the clock ticked down, the fans went wild.The game started with an emotional ‘Oskee-Wee-Wee chant followed by the national anthem and a fighter jet fly by.It’s a day of firsts — the first fan through the gates when they opened with 6-year old William Skelly: “Woo-hoo, I’m the first one in.”The first touchdown on the new field was scored by Bakari Grant. And of course the first win for the Ticats at the new Tim Hortons Field.“I watch it on TV. But they say better in person than it is on TV.”“I came from Cleveland, Ohio to watch this game.”“We won, yes we did. Finally we’re getting on track — getting this thing going.”“Hey Argos, go home. It’s our house now. Kent and the boys — and Bob Young.”There was approximately 18,000 people on hand for this historic game. 6,000 seats sat empty because of construction delays. The stadium is approximately two months behind schedule and still not totally complete. There were some concessions open, the beer was flowing. But it was all cash only — no credit or debit available. Washrooms were open but not complete. But none of that bothered some fans.“It’s excellent, it’s beautiful — and everything is all forgotten. We won, that’s all that matters.”Everybody knows how passionate these Ticats fans are about their team. But today, they were so passionate and so driven, that they converted one Argo’s fan during the game.“The fans were so passionate. I’ve been to 9 CFL games, all through B.C., through them all. This was the first time I enjoyed the fans, the fans made the game.Legendary sports broadcaster Brian Williams said that, despite the delays, it’s a historic day for the city of Hamilton: “I went to Westdale H.S. I used to come to games here when it was Civic Stadium in the 60’s. I know the people of Hamilton didn’t want all the controversy. But believe me, when all is said and done, it will bring tremendous pride to this city.It was an honour to meet legendary broadcaster Brian Williams today. And another big CFL celebrity to make it here today was the Grey Cup, available for fans to take photo’s with.All in all, it’s was a pretty great day down here.
“There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory,” read an update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Adding to the challenges, Hurricane Irma, which as of late Thursday spent nearly 3 consecutive days as a category 5 hurricane – the longest since 1966, is expected to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 storm over the next few days. Furthermore, according to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in addition to Irma, hurricanes Jose and Katia are also in the Atlantic basin region. “The situation [is] rare but not unprecedented: the last time it had happened had been in 2010,” Clare Nullis, a WMO spokesperson, told journalists at a press briefing in Geneva. According to the OCHA update, the preliminary path of Hurricane Jose takes it towards the islands of Barbuda, Antigua and Puerto Rico, which have already been battered by Irma. Estimates indicate that at least 32 million people in the region are living in areas exposed to wind speeds in excess of 60 kilometres per hour (classified as high-wind zones), and some two million exposed to speeds in excess of 120 kilometres per hour (extreme high-speed wind zones).Scaling up efforts UN entities and relief partners are stepping up their humanitarian response in affected areas as well as preparing to assist those that may be impacted, including pre-positioning teams and supplies for rapid distribution. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have activated their crisis and response plans across the region, deployed staff to support immediate recovery actions, and put teams on standby to scale up assistance. Similarly, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are prepared to provide technical and financial support to support women and their families and to address safety and security concerns, as we as provide dignity/hygiene kits and emergency medical supplies, including emergency reproductive health kits.Satellite imagery of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean. Source: NOAA The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional arm, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), is also deploying surge capacity with expertise in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); health; and disaster assessment to support affected countries and enable delivery of essential health services. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work with the affected governments to assess the impact on fisheries and agriculture, and to pave the way for recovery of livelihoods and adequate food and nutrition. Staff from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have also been deployed and emergency teams placed on standby. The agency has contingency supplies in Haiti to feed up to 150,000 people for a month and an aircraft is en route to the country carrying 80 tons of high-energy biscuits, which would feed 47,000 people for three days, and other emergency supplies. UN Volunteers (UNV) has also offered rapid deployment of its pool of experts as well as online volunteers to provide remote support.Situation attributable to climate change? Also at the Geneva news briefing today, in response to a query from the media on whether the current situation was attributable to climate change, Ms. Nullis said that the latest research showed that while climate change was unlikely to increase the number of hurricanes, those that did occur in warmer climates were likely to be more intense. The ongoing rise in sea levels and continued coastal development would likely increase the impact of storm surges, she added.
“However, rollout across the NHS has been slow, meaning people are missing out on treatment to lower their risk of an early heart attack or stroke. Before any future change in practice based on this new research, the widespread rollout of the current cascade testing programme is vital if we’re to prevent people unnecessarily dying from FH”.The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “The majority of people living with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) are still undiagnosed, putting them at higher risk of suffering a deadly heart attack or stroke before they reach 50.“Early diagnosis in children is likely to substantially improve treatment of their condition and will help find other family members with FH. But before nationwide screening is adopted by the NHS more work needs to be done to show it’s a cost-effective way for picking up individuals with FH which will be acceptable to families.“Current NICE guidance recommends that the most effective screening model is for family members of those diagnosed with FH to be tested, based on BHF-funded research showing the life saving potential and cost effectiveness of running this type of cascade testing programme. Once an FH positive child was found, the parents were then contacted for screening, revealing an additional FH positive parent. Overall, one person at high risk of early heart attack was identified for every 125 people tested.Professor Wald added: “This is an example of an effective screening strategy being combined with routine vaccination, which has clear advantages.“No extra clinic visits are needed and uptake is high because parents are already focussed on the future health of their children and the family as a whole. The one-stop service requires no new clinical infrastructure and as simple and inexpensive to implement.” Screening could prevent 600 heart attacks a year, say researchers Children should be tested for heart disease from as young as 12 months old to prevent hundreds of heart attacks a year, health experts have claimed.Around 1 in 270 people suffer from familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a genetic disorder which causes naturally high cholesterol putting them at risk of heart problems from a young age.Researchers at Queen Mary University of London carried out cholesterol and genetic test on 10,000 children while they were undergoing routine vaccinations between one and two years old.They found almost double the numbers of children had the condition and they estimate that screening could prevent around 600 heart attacks a year in the under 40s if it was rolled out across the country.Familial hypercholesteraolaemia raises the risk of a heart attack before the age of 40 ten-fold but medication including statins, as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle can dramatically lower the risk.Lead researcher Professor David Wald said: “This is the first demonstration that child-parent screening works on a large scale. It’s the only screening method that stands a reasonable chance of covering the whole population and identifying those at highest risk of an early heart attack.”Now that we’ve demonstrated this as being effective across England, the next step is for public health agencies to consider offering this routinely at the time of childhood vaccination to test all children aged 1-2 years.” Around 1 in 270 people suffer from genetically high levels of cholesterol which raises the risk of a heart attack before 40 ten fold 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.
Blue Sky Network has launched New SkyRouter, a fleet management portal for land mobile applications.New SkyRouter is a feature rich,cloud-based solution designed to support connectivity with remotely dispersed mobile assets including Blue Sky Network’s advanced Dual-Mode GSM and Iridium® tracking and communications services.This new solution enables seamless connectivity with assets in problematic cellular receptionareas,where only 10% of the Earth is covered,and in remote locations.Only Iridium-based communications devices and services work globally through connectivity via the world’s furthest reaching network.Today’s fleet managers require around-the-clock communication with widely distributed mobile assets. Overall safety and fleet efficiency can be achievedthrough alerts, monitoring of position data, and unique event reporting. New SkyRouter leverages the integration of Blue Sky Network’s industry-leading HawkEye 5300 which enhances coverage of GSM cellular tracking capabilities with truly global coverage to deliver dual-mode tracking and event reporting of assets located anywhere in the world. Now, fleet managers can receive real-time updates which includeGPS location information, messages, and on board diagnostic (OBDII) alerts, among others, everywhere.“Our next generation New SkyRouter for land mobile fleet applications furthers our commitment to be a market leader in advanced tracking products for customers who demand customised solutions and exceptional customer service,” said Jon Gilbert, CEO and founder of Blue Sky Network. “This new platform, in concert with our superb products, means more mobile asset sectors can benefit from smooth integration of tracking hardware with a cloud-based portal for seamless command and control across multiple asset types and deployments.”New SkyRouter works in combination with Blue Sky Network’s robust certified hardware, which can be easily installed on land, aviation and marine assets. Features include over-the-air parameter settings, automated event reporting, local sensor data capture, and two-way messaging capability.“The New SkyRouter is an innovative solution from an important Iridium partner enabling fleet manager’s global visibility of their important assets though the cloud,” said Greg Ewert, Executive VP of global distribution channels at Iridium. “This level of visibility provides vital data delivery to fleet operators who are driving further efficiencies into their business, meeting regulatory requirements or protecting the safety of their personnel or assets.”
No Comments By Ray Managh Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sep 3rd 2019, 3:54 PM TD told he has no right to speak on behalf of beef farmers in High Court Peadar Tóibín tried to make representations in the ongoing Liffey Meats case. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share34 Tweet Email 26,595 Views A TD WHO interrupted High Court proceedings against a number of beef plant protesters today by claiming to make representations on their behalf was told by a judge he had no right of audience in the court.Peadar Tóibín, the Meath West TD and leader of Aontú, stood up in the public gallery during the call-over of cases and said he wished to inform the court that some named defendants had not been served with and had no knowledge of the proceedings against them in relation to a protest at Liffey Meats, Ballinasloe.Mr Justice Anthony Barr told Tóibín he had no right to speak on their behalf and the politician left the court shortly afterwards without further attempt to participate in the proceedings.Judge Barr said that in any case he would be ensuring proper service had been made on anyone against whom the court contemplated making any orders.Rory Mulcahy SC, who appeared with barrister Padraic Lyons for Liffey Meats Cavan and several other Liffey Meats franchises, told Judge Barr his client would not be proceeding today against the defendants in whom Mr Tóibín had expressed an interest. They will be facing injunctive applications on Friday.Judge Barr granted permanent consent orders restraining three other defendants, Trevor Pearson, Michael Shannon and Paul Murphy, from unlawfully protesting, trespassing or intimidating customers, suppliers or staff at Liffey Meats plants. The three were represented by barrister Patricia Hill and James Staines Solicitor.As well as being restrained from impeding access to or egress from Liffey Meats properties the trio were also restrained from entering any of the plants and recording or photographing anyone entering or leaving the plants and from publishing any material capable of identifying any such person.Mr Mulcahy told the court that his clients were undertaking not to pursue Pearson, Shannon and Murphy for costs or damages to date as sought in summonses against them.Judge Barr also granted consent permanent orders prohibiting unlawful protest by eight individuals against whom the Kepak group of companies had obtained temporary injunctions last week in relation factories at Ennis, Co Clare; Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath; Athleague, Co Roscommon and Clonee, Co Meath. Judge Barr was told by barrister Anthony Thullier that Kepak would not pursue the defendants for damages following their undertaking but no such undertaking was given in relation to Beef Plan Movement Company Limited who, although not fettered with restraining injunctions, is a defendant in this and a number of other proceedings by Kepak, Liffey Meats and Dawn Meats.All orders restrain the named protesters and anyone acting with them or who has knowledge of the court orders from engaging in unlawful protests at meat plants. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4793971 Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 3:54 PM
Greek Parliament ratified the NATO accord with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for its admission into the alliance under its new name, Republic of North Macedonia.NATO members signed the accord with FYROM days after Greek lawmakers endorsed the Prespes Agreement between Athens and Skopje. Now, without Greece’s veto, FYROM can become a NATO member provided all other members ratify its membership agreement within their respect parliaments.Greek lawmakers approved the accord that allows the neighbouring country to enter the alliance, with 153 votes in favour, and 140 against.During the debate, main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated the ND’s decision not to ratify the protocol for the accession of the neighbouring country into NATO as he believes that it would be the “final act in a damaging agreement”. He said that the process being used for the ratification is demeaning for parliament and “unprecedented”. He pointed to temporary alliances created for the accord to be voted through by “some eager deputies”.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended his government’s stand and welcomed the end to the long-standing dispute over the neighbouring country’s name. He said that his government had “done its patriotic duty” and would be judged by people and history. He pointed to “threats and blackmails” but added that the “next generations” would welcome the agreement.Mr Tsipras also refuted calls for early elections. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sibérie : la fonte des glaces, qui renferment du méthane, inquièteEn Sibérie, le gaz emprisonné dans les sols gelés et sous les lacs fuit depuis la fin de la dernière période glaciaire, il y a environ 10.000 ans. Mais ces dix dernières années, avec le réchauffement de la planète, la glace fond de plus en plus vite, accélérant le rejet de méthane, un gaz à effet de serre 23 fois plus puissant que le dioxyde de carbone.A Chersky, en Russie, un journaliste de l’agence Associated Press a suivi le scientifique Sergey Zimov. Pour montrer que la glace contient bien du méthane, le Russe se déplace dans un lac gelé afin de dénicher un amas de bulles emprisonnées. Un briquet d’une main, un couteau de l’autre, il perce la glace. Résultat : du méthane gicle et explose dans une fine flamme bleue.Certains scientifiques pensent que la fonte de ce pergélisol pourrait devenir la cause principale du changement climatique. Ils estiment que 1.500 milliards de tonnes de carbone, piégé dans la glace depuis le temps des mammouths, représentent une bombe à retardement climatique qui n’attend qu’une chose : exploser en étant relâchée dans l’atmosphère. Si l’activité humaine (l’utilisation des voitures et l’électricité, par exemple) remplit l’atmosphère de dioxyde de carbone, de méthane et autres gaz qui retiennent la chaleur, le réchauffement climatique est encore plus important dans les régions polaires. Ce qui semble être une augmentation modeste des températures est suffisante pour faire fondre les glaciers du Groenland, réduire l’épaisseur de ceux de l’océan Arctique et accélérer la fonte du pergélisol.Cette menace liée aux fuites de méthane est si récente qu’elle n’a pas été mentionnée dans le rapport du Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (Giec) publié en 2007, qui s’alarmait de la montée des eaux pouvant inonder les villes côtières, des bouleversements au niveau des précipitations et de l’extinction d’espèces.Le manque de données sur une longue période rend incertaine l’étendue de cette menace. Un article publié en août dernier dans la revue Science, citait plusieurs experts qui affirmaient qu’il était trop tôt pour prédire si le méthane présent dans l’Arctique était un point essentiel du changement climatique ou non.À lire aussiUne biosphère plus grande que la nôtre se cacherait sous la surface de la TerreNéanmoins, cette région du monde est responsable de 9% des émissions de méthane globales.Katey Walter Anthony, de l’université de l’Alaska, a mesuré les rejets de méthane dans plusieurs lacs de l’Arctique. “Certains jours on aurait dit que le lac était en ébullition”, s’exclame-t-elle. Elle s’étonne auprès d’Associated Press de voir des quantités aussi importantes de méthane s’échapper de la glace. Elle explique que plus de 50 milliards de tonnes pourraient être libérées des lacs sibériens. C’est dix fois plus que la quantité de méthane qui se trouve actuellement dans l’atmosphère.”Si le pergélisol devait fondre soudainement, d’un coup, une énorme quantité de gaz serait relâchée dans l’atmosphère. Nous sentirions alors des températures très élevées à travers la planète”, s’inquiète-t-elle.Un problème qui pourrait être au centre des discussions le 29 novembre prochain lorsque les gouvernements du monde entier se réuniront à Cancun, au Mexique, pour trouver des solutions aux problèmes climatiques. Malgré tout, des responsables de l’Onu ont déjà fait savoir qu’il était peu probable que ces deux semaines de discussions mènent à un véritable accord contraignant.Le 23 novembre 2010 à 10:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
L’intelligence est-elle écrite dans les gènes ?Pour la première fois, des scientifiques britanniques ont identifié un gène qui serait directement lié à l’intelligence. Notre intelligence est-elle déterminée par notre ADN ? Voilà une question qui taraude depuis longtemps les chercheurs. Si la définition même d’intelligence reste encore sujette à débat, de plus en plus de travaux affirment que la génétique jouerait un rôle, au moins partiel, dans les capacités de notre cerveau. En 2011, des scientifiques de l’Université d’Edimbourg ont publié une étude suggérant que les variations de l’intelligence d’un individu à l’autre seraient déterminées à 50% par des différences dans les gènes. L’intelligence serait alors non seulement polygénique mais aussi héréditaire. Une conclusion qui a sans surprise relancé le débat. Aujourd’hui, de nouveaux travaux publiés cette semaine dans la revue Molecular Psychiatry remettent le sujet sur le tapis.Des chercheurs du King’s College London affirment pour la première fois être parvenus à identifier un gène qui serait directement lié à l’intelligence. Plus précisément, ce gène connu sous le nom de NPTN jouerait un rôle dans l’épaisseur de la matière grise qui serait elle-même liée aux capacités intellectuelles. Un cortex moins épais Pour en arriver là, l’équipe internationale menée par les chercheurs britanniques a analysé des échantillons ADN et des scanners IRM de cerveau provenant de 1.583 adolescents de 14 ans en bonne santé. Les sujets ont également été soumis à des tests destinés à évaluer leur “intelligence verbale et non-verbale”. Au cours de l’étude, les scientifiques se sont penchés sur quelque 54.000 variants génétiques jouant un rôle potentiel dans le développement du cerveau. Ils ont alors constaté que les adolescents qui présentaient un certain variant d’un gène particulier avaient un cortex moins épais dans l’hémisphère cérébral gauche, notamment dans les lobes frontal et temporal. Or, ces mêmes adolescents avaient en moyenne de moins bons résultats que les autres aux tests d’intelligence. Les scientifiques ont découvert que la variation génétique concernée affecte l’expression du gène NPTN, qui code pour une protéine agissant au niveau des synapses neuronales et donc au niveau de la communication entre les cellules cérébrales.Une action sur la communication des neuronesCe n’est pas la première fois que la structure du cortex cérébral est associée aux capacités intellectuelles. Il a d’ailleurs déjà été démontré que la matière grise jouait un rôle crucial dans la mémoire, l’attention, les pensées et le langage. Néanmoins, jamais aucun gène n’avait été mis en évidence jusqu’ici. “Nous voulions découvrir comment les différence structurales dans le cerveau sont liées à la capacité intellectuelle”, a expliqué le Dr Sylvane Desrivières, principal auteur de l’étude.”La variation génétique que nous avons identifiée est liée à la plasticité synaptique, c’est-à-dire comment les neurones communiquent”, a t-elle ajouté. Pour confirmer leurs résultats, les chercheurs ont étudié le gène NPTN chez la souris et dans des cellules cérébrales humaines. Ils ont découvert que le gène avait une activité différente dans les deux hémisphères. Ceci pourrait expliquer pourquoi l’hémisphère gauche serait plus sensible aux effets des mutations de NPTN.D’après ces conclusions, certaines différences dans les capacités intellectuelles pourraient résulter d’une diminution de l’activité du gène NPTN dans des régions particulières de l’hémisphère gauche du cerveau. Toutefois, les scientifiques ont tenu à le souligner le gène ne joue qu’un rôle mineur.Pas de “gène de l’intelligence” À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ? “Il est important de souligner que l’intelligence est influencée par de nombreux facteurs génétique et environnementaux. Le gène que nous avons identifié explique une petite proportion des différences observées dans la capacité intellectuelle, donc ça ne veut pas dire que c’est ‘un gène de l’intelligence'”, a insisté le Dr Sylvane Desrivières citée dans un communiqué. D’après leur estimation, la variation génétique expliquerait seulement 0,5% des variations totales observées dans l’intelligence. Néanmoins, la découverte est tout de même d’importance. “Elle pourrait nous aider à comprendre ce qu’il se passe au niveau neuronal dans certaines formes de déficit intellectuel, où la capacité des neurones à communiquer efficacement est d’une façon ou d’une autre perturbée”, a conclu la spécialiste de l’Institute of Psychiatry du King’s College London.Le 12 février 2014 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambert