Metrolinx says Ontario Transportation Minister wrong about audit clearing CN from GO

first_imgBy 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.calast_img read more

New Years Eve in Hamilton

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. read more

Fans flock to Tim Hortons Field

(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. read more

Continued risk of catastrophic damage as Irma traverses path of destruction warns

“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. read more

Children should be tested for heart disease at 12 months old to

first_img“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.  Screening could prevent 600 heart attacks a year, say researchers  Around 1 in 270 people suffer from genetically high levels of cholesterol which raises the risk of a heart attack before 40 ten fold  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.”center_img 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.last_img read more

Fleet management through the clouds

first_imgBlue 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.”last_img read more

TD told he has no right to speak on behalf of beef

first_img 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/ 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/ Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 3:54 PMlast_img read more

Greek lawmakers approve protocol for Republic of North Macedonias NATO accession

first_imgGreek 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 Instagramlast_img read more

Sibérie la fonte des glaces qui renferment du méthane inquiète

first_imgSibérie : 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 Perrinlast_img read more

Lintelligence estelle écrite dans les gènes

first_imgL’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 Lambertlast_img read more

Skamokawa man dies in motorcycle crash

first_imgA Skamokawa man died Sunday after losing control of a motorcycle on state Highway 503 in Cowlitz County.Emergency crews responded shortly after 12:30 p.m. to the crash near Merwin Village Road. A 2003 Harley-Davidson was traveling southbound when the motorcyclist lost control on a curve and struck a guardrail, according to a Washington State Patrol press memo.The motorcycle slid under the guardrail while the rider was tossed over it, according to the memo. The rider — Reese E. Gullickson, 84 — was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and pronounced dead.The crash remains under investigation.last_img

ONeill full of praise for Rice

first_imgDeclan Rice is just 19-year old but he has already become a stable part of Martin O’Neill starting eleven in the Ireland national team and the coach had a high praise for him after the last friendly game against the USA.The experienced coach admitted that the inexperienced centre-back played like having at least 10 years of experiences with the international football and his performance was very impressive.O’Neill spoke about Rice’s performance as he said, according to Pundit Arena:“I thought he was exceptional tonight. He has shown great maturity.”Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“His ball to James McClean in the last couple of minutes, I said, it was as if he has played 100 times for his club and international game.”“Finding the man and playing the pass with precision, which allowed James to go into the penalty area before Alan Judge followed it in.”“Where he plays is another thing. He played in midfield tonight but I’m not so sure he knows himself exactly where he wants to play”last_img read more

Candidates forum set for Thursday

first_imgLegislative, Clark County and Clark Public Utilities candidates will participate in a forum Thursday at the Cedars on Salmon Creek, 15001 N.E. 181st St. in Brush Prairie.The candidate forum, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., is hosted by the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County League of Women Voters. Participating candidates are:• Senate, 18th District: Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, and her challenger, Democrat Ralph Schmidt.• House, 18th District, Position 1: Republicans Brandon Vick and Adrian Cortes.• House, 18th District, Position 2: Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, and her opponent, Democrat David Shehorn.• County, District 1: Republican Commissioner Tom Mielke and his challenger, Democrat Joe Tanner.• Clark Public Utility Board of Commissioners: Julia Anderson and Jim Malinowski.Each candidate will give an opening and closing statement, and they will be asked questions prepared by the chamber and the League of Women Voters.An optional buffet lunch is $15, or $12 for chamber members.To register, visit Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and click the “Candidates Forum” link.For more information, contact the chamber, 360-687-1510 or read more

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West barely speaking as they prepare to welcome

first_imgMeanwhile, Kim had previously talked about her experience using a surrogate to Elle magazine. She said: “The control is hard at the beginning. Once you let that go, it’s the best experience. I would recommend surrogacy for anybody.””My home and my heart feel really full right now, in the best way,” she said, revealing that four would be her limit.”I don’t think I could handle more than that. My time is spread really thin. And I think it’s important that in all couples, the mom gives the husband as much attention as the kids,” she went on. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have three children togetherKim Kardashian and Kanye West are hit by reports that their marriage is in trouble. The couple, who are preparing for baby number four, are allegedly not in talking terms.The 38-year-old reality star had confirmed that the couple is getting ready to welcome a baby boy in January. A source told Radar Online: “Kim and Kanye are barely speaking.””Their fourth baby is coming very soon but they seem much more distant with each other lately and don’t spend that much time together at all,” the insider added.”Kim is just trying to live her life, with filming and fashion and the kids. But dealing with Kanye and all of his issues has left her really stressed and worried about the state of her marriage,” the source shared. “Kim will never leave Kanye, she really loves him, but he can really push her to the edge,” the source said.Kim and the 41-year-old rapper welcomed their daughter Chicago via surrogate on 15 January 2018. The celebrity power couple, who have been together since 2014, are also parents to North, and Saint.last_img read more

Police Officer Paid Teen for Sex Took Cash at Gunpoint

first_imgGLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A Washington police officer is facing a string of charges in Maryland after authorities say he paid a 15-year-old girl for sex and then took back the money at gunpoint.This undated booking photo shows Chukwuemeka Ekwonna. The Washington police officer is facing a string of charges in Maryland after authorities say he paid a 15-year-old girl for sex, then took back the money at gunpoint. Anne Arundel County police said 27-year-old Ekwonna of Glenn Dale was arrested Thursday, April 6, 2017, and charged with armed robbery, assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and a weapon offense. ( Anne Arundel County Police Department via AP)Anne Arundel County police said 27-year-old Chukwuemeka Ekwonna of Glenn Dale was arrested Thursday and charged with armed robbery, assault, third-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment, prostitution and a weapon offense.Court documents show the teen recently told officials that she was robbed by a man she met through social media and offered her $80 for sex. They met in January and after they had sex, she says the man, later identified as Ekwonna, pointed a gun at her and demanded his money back.Police in Washington say Ekwonna was fired Friday. No attorney is listed in online court records.last_img read more

Trio detained after found selling parrots in Playa del Carmen

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Three men found carrying live parrots stuffed in bags have been detained by authorities in Playa del Carmen. There is no word yet as to where the birds came from or if there are more people in the city selling them. Citizens have been asked to call Emergency 911 if they see the illegal activity of parrots being sold. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Three men were arrested Monday afternoon for possession and commercialization of 28 parrot hatchlings. According to the Dirección de Medio Ambiente y Cambio Climático of Solidaridad, the inspection came after a citizen complaint. Photo: Profepa After receiving the complaint, it was passed over to the Federal Office of Environmental Protection and Public Security where federal officials paid a visit to the three men seen selling the parrots on Avenue del Paraíso. When they arrived, officers found a total of 28 newly hatched parrots stuffed in several bags being offered for sale. The parrots were very young, many without feathers. All the birds were taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment. Photo: Profepalast_img read more

Fading political left still thrives in Mexico City

first_imgAssociated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – When it comes to the presidency, Mexico’s voters are fed up and ready to throw the ruling the party out. But in the nation’s capital, the progressive island known as Mexico City, they’re about to hand the leftist political party that has ruled since 1997 an election-day valentine.Boyish mayoral candidate Miguel Angel Mancera of the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, holds an astonishing lead of about 50 points in polls going into the July 1 vote, which coincides with the presidential election. The PRD, which is struggling in the rest of the country, expects a landslide in Mexico City because the giant metropolis that once instilled fear in Mexicans and foreigners alike for kidnapping, street crime and air pollution is now an island of calm in a country ravaged by drug violence.Crime is down. Environmental friendly bicycles can be rented for short trips and green buses are everywhere. And progressive laws make it a Mecca for gay marriage and safe, legal abortion, both unthinkable in the rest of the conservative Roman Catholic country. A Sunday program that shuts down the city’s main boulevard for bikers, rollerbladers and skateboarders has managed to create a growing sense of community even in a city this size, while the government now gives pensions to the elderly and aid to single mothers.“There has been a change, to a more liberal, more progressive city,” said Eva Villarreal, who grew up in Mexico City and now works as a television executive. “It’s not so much as a question of political consciousness, but rather what benefits you as a citizen.”In the rest of the country, voters are tired of the drug violence that has killed more than 47,500 people and the lack of economic opportunities. They are so desirous of change that they’re poised to give the presidency back to the old guard, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, despite its reputation for 71 years of autocratic rule. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches His successor, the popular and urbane Mayor Marcelo Ebrard tried to run this time and is a sure mention for the 2018 presidential race. Mexico City’s leader can only serve one term.The city’s education and income levels, while marked by great inequality, are among the highest in the country. With the biggest concentration of university students, it also has always had the largest base of political opposition.Mexico City also saw up close the repression and corruption that marked PRI rule before it was voted out of the presidency in 2000.At the Tlatelolco housing project just north of the city’s center, older residents still recall the hundreds killed in a 1968 massacre of student protesters there, and the hundreds more killed in the 1985 earthquake when a government-built apartment block collapsed because of sub-standard construction.In the 2012 mayoral race, Mancera is campaigning on his reputation as the city’s attorney general and a 12 percent drop in crime from 2010 to 2011. Federal figures show that under his entire term between 2007 and 2011, homicides were down by about 4 percent, and kidnappings fell by over 50 percent, even as the rest of the country saw a rise in such crimes. How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates On the national level, they’re rejecting PRD presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and President Felipe Calderon’s conservative National Action Party after 12 years of rule. Calderon can’t run for re-election and his party’s candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, is running third in most polls.That leaves Mexico City as the laboratory for a new leftist current, and a counterbalance to what some fear will be a return to the dark old days of one dominant political group.“I think that is what is coming in July, that a new project will start, to reform the progressive forces in the country,” said Manuel Camacho Solis, who acts as coordinator for a broader coalition of left-leaning groups in Mexico.Under the PRI, the president appointed Mexico City’s mayor. Since the city won the right to elect its own leader, the PRD, which broke off from the PRI a decade earlier, has had a lock on the mayor’s office.The job has always been considered a launch pad for presidential politics. Lopez Obrador, who is in distant second this time to PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto, nearly won the presidency in 2006 after a stint as a very popular Mexico City mayor.center_img While the capital continues to have a fifth to a quarter of the country’s violent robberies, far outstripping its share of the population, it hasn’t had the massacres, mass graves or wild drug gang shootouts seen in other parts of the country.Mancera’s main opponent, Beatriz Paredes of the PRI, touched the most sensitive defect of the PRD, petty corruption and bribery of people needing city permits.“It’s obvious that overcoming corruption in Mexico City is an enormous challenge,” Paredes said in a recent debate, “and that implies overcoming the mafias that make their nest in the PRD.”The low-key, seemingly unflappable Mancera shrugged it off, partly because the PRI’s own reputation for corruption is legendary, but also because he is not a PRD, having worked for the party’s administration but never joining. Some hope that will give him some independence.“I don’t see the need to join any … of the parties,” Mancera said, a position that seems to resonate with Mexicans tired of the country’s political groups. But the tasks before him are daunting in a city that produces 9,000 tons of garbage daily and needs 16 million square yards of pavement replaced. Top Stories The very size of the city with 13,000 surveillance cameras and a 70,000-officer police force is also what keeps it fairly immune to the drug war, Mancera said. The city’s contentious traffic complicates transportation and it would be hard to bribe the entire city police force, as cartels do in some smaller cities.“Mexico City is hard for them to stage the kind of ostentatious operations they are accustomed to,” Mancera said. “They operate in convoys of five or six vehicles … that’s hard to do in the city.”It also doesn’t hurt that under recent PRD mayors, other bribes known as “mordidas,” exacted by police officers stopping motorists for alleged infractions, seem to have dropped dramatically. The problem was once so bad that drivers kept containers of five-peso (50-cent) coins ready on their dashboards.Now only specially designated transit officers can issue tickets using hand-held computers.The changes are drawing voters, but so is Mancera’s style.“He’s completely cool … a modern politician,” said writer Guadalupe Loaeza. “He’s our George Clooney.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Secure your clients spots on the new 2019 Bunnik

first_imgSecure your clients’ spots on the new 2019 Bunnik Tours Europe program featuring the popular 26-day Moscow to Prague, and the 21-day Jewels of Dalmatia. New to the program is the 24-Day Turkey & Greece tour, where your clients delve into ancient history, explore colourful bazaars, cruise idyllic islands and visit amazing clifftop monasteries.With a maximum group size of 20, these tours are likely to fill fast. You can preview Bunnik’s 2019 Europe dates and pre-register your clients now by clicking here, or by calling Bunnik Tours on 1300 125 007. BunnikEuropesmall group tourslast_img

Weve always had the confidence in ourselves Sk

first_img“We’ve always had the confidence in ourselves,” Skelton said. “We know we have the players; we have the right guys to get the job done. But when push comes to shove, we haven’t been getting it done.”After watching film of the first nine weeks, Skelton said ball security is going to be key for this team going forward.“Dropped balls on third down, bad balls on third down, turnovers,” Skelton said. “All these factors add up to losses. We have the ability, we’ve seen it in practice and we’ve seen it in weeks past, we just gotta translate it to Sundays now.”The Cardinals hope that positive play from practice pays dividends Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta. Kick off is slated for 11 a.m. local time. You can catch that game on Arizona Sports 620 and 92.3 KTAR. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories “Yeah I looked back at some of the film from the past few games,” Skelton said. “You know I think across the board we’ve got to play better, obviously our record speaks to that.”Skelton returned to the role of starting quarterback after Kevin Kolb went down with a rib injury October 14. Since that time he’s been trying to find his rhythm and some consistency in his play. On November 4 against Green Bay, he may have had his best effort yet despite suffering another loss. “There’s always room for improvement whether you’re winning or losing and we’ve been losing so there’s more room for improvement than that,” Skelton said.Speaking of losing, what happened to the team that rattled off four straight wins to start the season? “We probably play best when we’re underdogs and no one really expects anything out of us,” Skelton said. “People called the 4-0 start a fluke and rightfully so because we lost the last five. All we can do is worry about ourselves, go out there and play the game no matter who the opponent is.”Skelton also said that despite this rough stretch, he feels they have the guys in this locker room to get back on track. The Arizona Cardinals head to Atlanta to face the Falcons on Sunday. Atlanta will be hungry for a win after suffering their first and only loss of the season last weekend, but the Cardinals should be ravenous, considering they’ve lost five straight. Coming off the bye, Arizona has had a full week to look back and evaluate their play up to this point and that includes the performance of quarterback John Skelton. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Fresh off his #CapitolHill snowball fight with @CoryBooker, AZ Senator @JeffFlake meets @theorganicfrost. ☃️⛄️☃️⛄️ Coincidence?— WilliamRaymondPR (@WillRaymondPR) March 22, 2018 Tour of @SenJohnMcCain’s office while in DC advocating for @AmDiabetesAssn #TeamTackle #ThisIsDiabetes— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 22, 2018 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Wanted to let all my friends and family battling this disease know you’re not alone. Amazing things are being presented at the #TeamTackle call to Congress. Progress is upon us. More help, more ideas. More funding. #RickyBerry Follow #ThisIsDiabetes and @AmDiabetesAssn — Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 21, 2018 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 1 Comments   Share   Top Stories Rucker toured Capitol Hill on Thursday on behalf of the American Diabetes Association. He spoke with United States leaders like New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall to raise awareness about the difficulties for diabetes patients, such as making insulin affordable.While in Washington D.C., Rucker met with Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and toured Sen. John McCain’s office.The defensive tackle was just one of many diabetes advocates who spoke with leaders about the disease in the American Diabetes Association’s call to congress. Insulin affordability affects millions of families. Asking congress to push for transparency surrounding the rising costs. @AmDiabetesAssn #teamtackle #ThisIsDiabetes— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 22, 2018Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Frostee Rucker may be a free agent, but he doesn’t appear too worried about his next contract.There are bigger issues to fight for. First meeting for #Call2Congress with @AmDiabetesAssn in @SenJohnMcCain’s office with Chief of Staff Truman Anderson. Great honor to share our stories on Capitol Hill. #TeamTackle #ThisIsDiabetes— Frostee Rucker (@theorganicfrost) March 22, 2018last_img read more