On demande aux automobilistes de ralentir dans les zones de construction

first_imgLes cônes oranges, les barils de signalisation et une affiche indiquant une vitesse réduite sont tous des façons d’indiquer aux automobilistes que des travaux routiers sont en cours. Ils sont également tout ce qui sépare les travailleurs et les véhicules qui se déplacent à grande vitesse. Les automobilistes doivent être alertes lorsqu’ils voyagent dans ces régions. « Nous souhaitons rappeler aux automobilistes que les sites de construction routière sont le lieu de travail de centaines d’hommes et de femmes et que nous, à titre de conducteurs, devons faire tout ce que nous pouvons pour les protéger, a dit Bill Estabrooks, ministre des Transports et Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Nous demandons aux automobilistes de réduire leur vitesse et de faire particulièrement attention lorsqu’ils passent dans des zones de construction routière. » En 2008, le gouvernement provincial a adopté des modifications législatives visant les personnes qui font des excès de vitesse dans les zones de construction. Les amendes sont doublées et des points de démérite sont consignés au dossier des conducteurs qui conduisent à une vitesse trop élevée dans les zones de construction. Les amendes, incluant les frais de justice, varient de 337 $ pour une première offense à 2 407 $ pour une troisième offense. « Les agents de la GRC de toute la province surveilleront les zones de construction, a dit l’inspecteur Sput McCarthy, agent responsable de la circulation pour la GRC en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il n’y aura aucune tolérance pour les conducteurs qui font des excès de vitesse et qui mettent en danger leur propre vie ainsi que celle des autres conducteurs et des travailleurs de la construction routière. » Le gouvernement provincial et la Nova Scotia Road Builders Association collaborent sur une campagne de sécurité dans les zones de construction routière au cours du mois. Des annonces rappelleront aux conducteurs qu’il y a des gens derrière les panneaux. Trevor Chisholm, directeur de la sécurité à la Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, affirme que même une petite erreur de la part d’un conducteur peut mener à des blessures ou même la mort des travailleurs. « Il y a beaucoup d’information à traiter dans une zone de construction routière, a dit M. Chisholm. Les conducteurs doivent ralentir pour pouvoir tout remarquer. » Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité dans les zones de construction routière, consultez le site Web du ministère des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/tran.last_img read more

Study says Quebec needs more doctors as opposition smells blood in health

first_imgMONTREAL – As opposition parties hammer the Quebec government over perennial problems in the health-care system, a new study indicates the province doesn’t have enough doctors and should loosen its control over medical school admissions.With Quebec’s hot economy and record-low unemployment, the issue on which the opposition has chosen to attack the Liberals in the lead-up to this fall’s general election has been health care.Quebecers face a daily barrage of health-related news, from nurses who claim to be overworked, to doctors who say they are paid too much.Then there are the stories about interminable wait times in emergency rooms and the months and months it takes to get a family physician.Patrick Dery of the right-leaning Montreal Economic Institute says in his study it is time for Quebec to end its medical school quotas and hire more doctors.Health Minister Gaetan Barrette says too many medical students are graduating, which prompted him to cut admissions last summer.But Dery, whose study was released Thursday, says Barrette was wrong to do that because Quebec has significantly fewer medical practitioners than most developed countries.With a ratio of 2.8 doctors and medical residents per 1,000 people — slightly above the Canadian average — Quebec ranks well below Australia (3.5), Germany (4.1) and Austria (5.1)By increasing the number of doctors, Dery said, “the public system would have a larger workforce from which to fill vacant positions — which currently number in the hundreds.”“Access and patient choice would increase correspondingly,” he said.Additionally, more doctors would allow the private system to develop “without any risk of them cannibalizing the public system,” he added.The Quebec Liberals have posted a series of balanced budgets and the province has consistently been among the leaders in the country in job creation in recent years.But as the Oct. 1 vote nears, the Parti Quebecois and Coalition Avenir Quebec want to talk about health care, which is seen as one of the Liberals’ main weak spots.Coalition Leader Francois Legault regularly lambastes the Liberals by claiming they overpaid medical specialists during the last round of contract negotiations.Hundreds of doctors in Quebec have signed a petition rejecting the recently negotiated salary increases, saying the money should be redistributed back into the system.PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee consistently talks about Quebec nurses, who for the past few weeks have been demanding the government improve their working conditions by lowering nurse-patient ratios.Moreover, Le Journal de Montreal published a report on Tuesday indicating Quebecers — despite major reforms in the health network by Barrette over the past several years — are waiting longer to obtain a family doctor.For those with chronic illnesses, the wait time increased from 219 days in January 2017 to 285 by December. For other Quebecers, wait times increased from 224 days to 321 during the same period.But Roxane Borges Da Silva, a professor at Universite de Montreal who researches public health, believes Quebec has enough doctors and sufficient money to provide better care.Doctors, she said, need to delegate more responsibilities to lesser-paid professionals such as nurses, psychologists, nutritionists and medical attendants.“We need to encourage collaboration,” Borges Da Silva said. “I am against increasing the number of doctors and in favour of delegating more work to other medical professionals in the health-care system.”Eric Maldoff, former chair of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and a lawyer and adviser in health-care matters, said both sides are partially right with regard to whether the province has enough doctors.The government decides how many are allowed to work in specific regions across the province in order to ensure a rationing of resources, he said.Across Quebec, “the distribution of doctors is uneven,” Maldoff explained.He said Quebec could potentially benefit from developing the private health system more. For example, he said, in some other countries, doctors are required to work a minimum number of hours in the public sector, per week, and can spend the rest of their time as they wish.“Do I think by having a measure of private medicine we might be able to improve access? I would say only if it’s not a free-for-all,” Maldoff said.Catherine Audet, a spokeswoman for Barrette, said in an email that one million more Quebecers have obtained a family doctor since the minister took over in 2014 and that emergency wait times across the province have diminished by an average of three hours.last_img read more

Advocates to tell UN committee of womens nonstate torture in Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada needs a special criminal charge to cover extended campaigns of physical and emotional abuse that amount to torture, say two Nova Scotia nurses who are in Geneva to try to shame the country before a United Nations body.Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson, nurses and human rights advocates from Nova Scotia, are appearing before the United Nations Committee Against Torture this week to apply more pressure on the Canadian government to amend the Criminal Code to include “non-state torture” as a distinct crime.“Electric shocking … caging, shackling in basements, water torture in a toilet or a bucket … [it’s] done at home or in a private place with tools you wouldn’t think of like a hot electric light bulb or a gun, scissors or knitting needles,” said MacDonald.Many of the acts are already crimes in themselves, but MacDonald and Sarson argue that protracted abuse is a particular kind of crime that isn’t captured by a charge of, for instance, aggravated assault. Canadian criminal law only recognizes torture as a crime if it’s done by someone working for the state.The abuse they’re talking about is often perpetrated by victims’ relatives, friends of older family members, human traffickers, and johns who want very violent sex. MacDonald said that because non-state torture is not identified as a crime, there is no data to show how widespread the problem is.If the numbers at one women’s centre in Ontario are any indication, it could be stunning. Megan Walker, the executive director of the London Abused Women’s Centre, said 59 women between January and October fit the description of victims of torture.Walker said more than once a woman has come to the centre struggling to walk because an intimate partner has shoved a hot curling iron into her vagina.Women and girls’ stories are so horrendous, she said, they’re terrified of reporting perpetrators to the police because they fear no one will believe them. They also fear that if they are caught reporting the abuse, the terror will escalate.In Ottawa in 2009, federal public servant Donna Jones died after her husband doused her with boiling water — the culmination of many months of physical and emotional abuse. She went 11 days without medical attention after the scalding, apparently not calling for help even though a telephone was within reach where she lay on a makeshift bed in her basement. She had broken bones and air-gun pellets in her skin when she died of septic shock from her burns. A jury eventually convicted her husband of murder.In Winnipeg this fall, police said a woman who was being trafficked for sex was regularly locked in a freezer until she passed out from lack of air, and subjected to electric shocks. She was victimized for four months, police said.Children sometimes suffer long-term abuse by guardians who mistake what they’re doing for discipline. In another Ottawa case, a former police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year for chaining his son up in a basement, starving him, and burning his genitals.Walker said she sees women who have been abused by their partners or relatives, and women and girls who are trafficked, but most abusers have one thing in common: an attraction to violent pornography and a desire to realize their fantasies.“These girls will have identified to us that they have been dragged across the floor by their hair, had their heads put into the toilet where they can’t breathe, and the toilet consistently flushes, they’ll come up for a breath and then will be pushed down again,” she said. Victims suffer permanent physical and psychological damage.Walker said the extreme forms of violence could be considered state torture if a government were responsible.She wants to see non-state torture identified as a crime so women’s experiences are validated, to establish a data bank where torture can be tracked, and so that law officials and medical providers can be trained to recognize signs and believe women when they come forward with their stories.The London Abused Women’s Centre shared questionnaires with The Canadian Press that victims completed, without identifying information.One individual wrote on a survey, “When you’re tortured, it destroys who you are and what you know. It annihilates what it is to be human. You are still in the human race if you are abused, but you don’t exist as a human being when you are tortured.”MacDonald and Sarson have been pushing this cause for 25 years. The closest they came to change was a private member’s bill from Ontario Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos, which died in 2016.Fragiskatos’ bill proposed to change the Criminal Code to define torture as an act of violence carried out not just by state actors but also ordinary citizens. He said it was unsuccessful because the House of Commons justice committee determined it would conflict with Canada’s obligations under international laws that specify that torture is a crime carried out by a government.“That was the vision, but the proposal was found to conflict with international law, that torture is a state crime,” said Fragiskatos.MacDonald and Sarson say a number of countries have included non-state torture or sexual torture in their criminal laws.MacDonald said after the pair appeared before the UN anti-torture committee in 2012, it recommended Canada change its Criminal Code to include non-state torture. Now they’re going back to tell the committee Canada failed.Celia Canon, a spokesperson for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, said creating the offence of private torture could “seriously weaken” Canada’s contribution to the international effort to prevent torture under the Convention against Torture, because there would be two definitions.Canon said the Criminal Code already contains numerous crimes of assault, including sexual assault.“In other words, the Criminal Code already contains crimes that capture the kind of conduct associated with private torture, most notably the crimes of aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault, while existing sentencing provisions already provide a range of aggravating factors that could apply in a case of private torture,” she said.But the activists reiterated that what women and girls experience behind closed doors is consistent with state torture and is beyond the various classes of assault.“Activists say if you try all avenues the only thing left is social shaming, so that’s what we’re hoping [to do] because Canada is held up as a beacon of human rights around the world right now,” MacDonald said.Janice Dickson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Annie Lennox Blogs About Malawi Trip

first_imgAnnie Lennox was in Malawi last week to support President Banda’s Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, and to promote the need for increased funding from donor nations for reproductive health services for Malawi and other countries in the developing world.“I’ve just returned from a trip to Malawi, where I joined with a special delegation of members of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLCRH), including former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Minister of Health for Botswana Joy Phumaphi, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women Musimbi Kanyoro,” she blogged on her official website. “In Malawi, 675 out of every 100,000 women die in childbirth, or from pregnancy related problems. 90% of those problems are considered preventable, yet despite the desperate need in Malawi and other countries in Africa, parts of Asia and Latin America, millions of women continue to lack access to basic reproductive health services. One out of four women in Malawi still cannot obtain contraception, a problem which contributes to the high maternal mortality rate.“The country’s population has surged from 3 million in 1950, to 15 million in 2010. With 46% of the population under the age of 15, family planning is additionally viewed as a critical component in efforts to deal with the effect of population growth on food security. President Joyce Banda and her administration are committed to family planning as an essential health service, and she is reaching out to women in rural areas, working at village level to convince men and influential elders that by improving maternal health, reproductive services ultimately contributes to stronger, and more stable families and communities.“To quote Peggy Clarke, the Director of the GLCRH “Investing in reproductive health will pay enormous dividend in development.When women and men have access to voluntary family planning, poverty rates go down, education rates go up, and greater prosperity for families and their communities follow”.“As I travelled through parts of the rural countryside, it was obvious to me that many of the numbers of young women I saw with babies on their backs were still (pretty much) girls…at a guess I’d say, roughly 15 or 16 years old.“Noticing a little girl of about six or seven years old carrying her infant brother on her back, I couldn’t help but wonder what her future would hold…”last_img read more

Kanesatakes MoccasinJo beats them all

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Kanesatake coffee company has been awarded for brewing up something special.Moccasin-Jo Coffee beat 15 other competitors last week in the international SIAL competition for best coffee.Owners Lise and Walter David have been operating in Kanesatake for several years.The SIAL competition is one of the largest and most important food competitions in the world.last_img

Norway teams up with UN development agency to reduce armed violence

“Together we will work to build a framework for practical action – between governments, international organizations, and civil society – aimed at achieving measurable reductions in the global burden of armed violence by 2015,” said UNDP chief Helen Clark, who is in Oslo as part of a four-day visit that also includes stops in Finland and Sweden. Miss Clark, who discussed the issue with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, said the challenge is to analyze how armed violence evolves in a given country and support the local authorities in addressing the root causes of the problem.According to UNDP, armed violence is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide among people aged 15 to 44. The threat of violence also impacts society by preventing children from going to school, keeping marketplaces from functioning, and placing a burden on already scarce resources in the health sector.It is no less than “a global crisis,” stated the agency, which is affecting the lives and security of hundreds of thousands of people, threatening international peace and security and development. Mr. Støre highlighted the need to strengthen the justice sector in many countries, and called for controlling illegal weapons and addressing impunity as first steps. There are estimated to be between 600 million and 875 million small arms and light weapons circulating around the world, 400 million of which are held illegally. 21 October 2009The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has teamed up with Norway in a new drive to try to reduce armed violence, which kills more than 2,000 people every day, most of them civilians. read more

World Health Assembly opens annual meeting in Geneva

The health of people across the globe is increasingly being imperiled by behaviours such as smoking, poor hygiene and the consumption of fatty foods, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.“The world is living dangerously either because it has little choice, or because it is making wrong choices about consumption or activity,” Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland told delegates assembled in Geneva for the weeklong meeting of WHO’s governing body, the World Health Assembly.In the poorest countries and communities, she said, diseases were often caused by poor nutrition, unsafe sex, unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene, iron deficiency and indoor smoke from solid fuels. At the other end of the risk spectrum, people in rich countries faced high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are closely related to excessive consumption of fatty, sugary and salty foods. Obesity is a serious health risk, while the consequences of tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are deadly, she warned.While those factors dominated wealthier countries, their prevalence in developing communities was increasing, leaving poorer countries to cope with the double burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases, Dr. Brundtland said.At the same time, the WHO chief hailed progress in moving health to the forefront of the world agenda, and welcomed the real increase in funding earmarked for public health worldwide. She cited successes in the areas of fighting polio, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as well as increases in vaccination campaigns, progress on a tobacco control treaty, and greater emphasis on mental illness as a major cause of suffering and disability.Dr. Brundtland cautioned that these encouraging developments were just a start. “We need continued reduction in prices of medicines and other commodities, and expansion of quality services to the millions in need,” she said. “We must scale up our effort even if the struggle seems beset with political and institutional minefields.”The World Health Assembly, which is made up of delegates from WHO’s 191 Member States, sets the agency’s policy and direction. Its current fifty-fifth annual meeting will debate and make policy decisions on investing in health for economic development, the final strategy for the eradication of polio and WHO’s contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. read more

Burundi UN food agency extremely concerned at thousands cut off by fighting

“Even a one-week delay for people who have no food and no way of getting food is a week too long,” the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director in the central African country, Zlatan Milisic, said. “WFP is extremely concerned about the nutritional status of displaced Burundians, as well as the limited ability of the already poor and struggling communities hosting them to cope,” Mr. Milisic added. He pledged that when security conditions permit, “food will be quickly distributed to the displaced people.” The last time WFP had access to these people was in mid-February. Since then further reports have emerged of residents fleeing rural communes after more clashes between the Government and the rebel Forces Nationales de Liberation (FNL). Despite improved overall security in most of Burundi, there are regular reports of displacements in western areas, especially Bujumbura Rural Province, where several thousand people have been forced to flee over recent weeks, according to WFP, which reported that targeted killings, rape of women, armed robbery and looting of households are continuing. In many cases, when people flee the fighting they must leave their homes without taking any food with them. In their absence, their belongings, including clothes, kitchen utensils, and food stocks, are often plundered. Since January, WFP has delivered about 1,150 tons of food aid in Bujumbura Rural province benefiting some 113,400 vulnerable people. read more

Stronger cooperation needed to save native forests in AsiaPacific – UN agency

With illegal logging, forest fires and invasive tree species threatening native forests in the Asia-Pacific region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for stronger regional cooperation to remedy the situation.At the start of a five-day Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission meeting in Nadi, Fiji, FAO also stressed the need to ensure the role of forests in poverty alleviation, biodiversity conservation and ensuring clean water. Most countries in the region have developed well-defined policies and innovative tools for sustainable forestry, but since they often lack the capacity for effective implementation, overall progress remains slow, according to the agency. “It is encouraging to see that the concept of sustainable forestry is increasingly gaining ground in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Hosny El-Lakany, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry. “We see regional collaboration as a key force behind the progress that is being made.” The agency brings countries in the region together every two years to discuss common forest problems and policy issues, seek solutions, and learn from each other’s experiences. Representatives of more than 30 States are expected to attend this year. Among the most pressing issues they will discuss are illegal logging, forest fires and forest rehabilitation. At the outset, FAO called for stronger regional cooperation in managing forest fires and in controlling invasive tree species, which are introduced and then spread, behaving like weeds and threatening the survival of native species.The total natural forest area in the region is estimated at 585 million hectares. About 2.5 million hectares of natural forest were cleared annually in the past decade. The region has suffered significant losses because of forest fires and illegal logging.In the 1990s, seven countries lost more than 10 per cent of their forest cover: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. But there has also been some progress in reducing deforestation, Mr. El-Lakany said.On the positive side, eight nations increased their forest cover in the same period, and the region leads the world in creating new forests. The majority of industrial wood production in the region is now coming from plantation forests, according to FAO. read more

Mad Cow Disease shows sharp drop over past three years UN agency

From several tens of thousands of cases a little over a decade ago, the number fell to only 474 in 2005, thanks to global measures to detect and eradicate the disease, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. “Amid the current international alarm over avian flu, it is good news that the battle against another worrying disease is being won,” it added, noting that the figure for 2005 compared with 878 in 2004 and 1,646 in 2003. Only five human deaths from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), believed to be the human form of BSE, were reported worldwide in 2005. All of them were in the United Kingdom, the country most affected by the disease, where nine deaths were registered in 2004 and 18 in 2003.“It is quite clear that BSE is declining and that the measures introduced to stop the disease are effective. But further success depends on our continuing to apply those measures worldwide,” FAO animal production expert Andrew Speedy said.The agency stressed the importance of a scientific approach to detect and control the disease, ensuring it is eradicated in affected countries and kept out of unaffected ones. FAO, together with Swiss experts, has been running courses for specialists from countries as far afield as Serbia, Egypt, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay on BSE diagnosis, surveillance and prevention in the animal feed and meat industries. Also vital is a tracking system that allows animals to be identified all the way from birth to shopping basket, Mr. Speedy said. This has been adopted across Europe but has yet to be implemented partially or fully in a number of other countries.The latest figures were collected by the Paris-based inter-governmental World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) with which FAO works closely.BSE was first diagnosed in cattle in 1986 in the UK. Scientists believe it causes human vCJD through consumption of contaminated beef products from infected cattle, resulting in some 150 deaths over the last decade, almost all in the UK. read more

Goldman Sachs earnings fall 11 per cent as bond trading slumps bank

Goldman Sachs’ earnings fall 11 per cent as bond trading slumps; bank still beats expectations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 15, 2012 file photo, a trader works in the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Goldman Sachs will report first quarter earnings later Thursday April 17, 2014 (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs’ earnings fell in the first quarter as bond trading slumped, but the results still came in ahead of what investors expected as other parts of the bank performed well.EARNINGS AND REVENUE: The bank earned $1.95 billion in the quarter, down 11 per cent from $2.19 billion in the same period a year earlier. The earnings were equivalent to $4.02 a share, compared with $4.29 in the first quarter of 2013.Revenue totalled $9.33 billion, down 8 per cent from $10.09 billion a year earlier.EXPECTATIONS EXCEEDED: Goldman’s earnings easily beat the $3.49 a share that analysts surveyed by FactSet predicted. First-quarter revenue also beat analysts’ expectations of $8.7 billion. Goldman’s stock rose 22 cents, or 0.1 per cent, to $157.44.BOND TRADING SLUMP: Revenue from the bank’s bond trading business fell 11 per cent to $2.85 billion. Goldman, like other big Wall Street banks including JPMorgan and Citigroup, has seen bonding trading slump in the first quarter. The business is “operating in a challenging environment and levels of activity generally remained low,” Goldman said in its earnings release.THE BRIGHT SPOT: Revenue at Goldman’s investment banking unit rose, driven partly by higher client activity in its financial advisory business in Europe and more stock underwriting. The bank’s investment banking revenue rose 13 per cent to $1.78 billion in the first quarter.COMPENSATION EXPENSE: Compensation expense, the banks biggest single cost, was $4.01 billion, down 8 per cent from $4.34 billion a year earlier. by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2014 6:04 am MDT read more

Exxon 2Q profits surges on asset sale oil prices but production slips

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Exxon 2Q profits surges on asset sale, oil prices, but production slips by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 6:45 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Exxon Mobil’s net income rose 28 per cent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 per cent.Exxon reported net income of $8.78 billion in for the second quarter Thursday, on revenue of $111.65 billion. Last year during the same period, the company earned $6.86 billion on sales of $106.67 billion.On a per-share basis, Exxon earned $2.05, up from $1.55 last year. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of $1.91 per share, but that estimate does not include the benefit from the Asian asset sale.Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, does not provide a breakdown of its adjusted results excluding one-time events such as asset sales. Exxon’s sale of power and utility assets in Hong Kong helped increase its earnings by $1.2 billion.Exxon also benefited from higher oil prices in the quarter, both in the U.S. and abroad. In the U.S., Exxon sold oil for an average of $98.55 per barrel, up from $93.18 per barrel in last year’s second quarter. Outside of the U.S., oil sold for $103.72, up from $101.54 last year.But the asset sale and higher oil prices masked a continuing decline in oil and gas production at Exxon. Production fell to 3.84 million barrels of oil and gas per day from 4.15 million barrels last year. The decline was driven by the expiration of rights to a field in Abu Dhabi, low natural gas demand in Europe, and natural field declines.Exxon’s production has been steadily shrinking, and it is a continuing concern for investors. “Production volumes were weaker than anticipated,” said Brian Youngberg, an analyst at Edward Jones. “Declining production continues to be a problem for the company.”On a conference call with investors, Exxon’s investor relations chief David Rosenthal said despite the declines the company remains on schedule to meet its output targets for the year thanks to higher-than-expected oil production in the U.S., rising oil production at a Canadian oil sands project and liquefied natural gas production out of a new project in Papua New Guinea.Exxon did not say whether increased U.S. economic sanctions against Russia would affect its ability to proceed on schedule on its extensive joint operations with the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft.“We are waiting for further details on the sanctions in order to better understand how we need to comply,” Rosenthal said.Exxon Mobil Corp. shares were down $3.11 to $100.14 in afternoon trading. read more

Queen to pay tribute to Prince Philips unique sense of humour in

first_imgThe Queen sits at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace The Queen will use her Christmas message to pay a rare public tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, praising his “unique sense of humour” in the year of their 70th anniversary.In her annual address to the nation, the Queen will deliver poignant thanks to the Duke, hailing his valuable support this year and throughout her record-breaking reign.The Duke stepped down from his official public duties in the autumn, but has remained by his wife’s side for key moments including Remembrance Sunday.The televised address, pre-recorded and delivered to viewers at 3pm on Christmas Day, will this year be focused on the theme of home.”We think of our homes as places of warmth, familiarity and love,” the Queen will say. “There is a timeless simplicity to the pull of home.”Acknowledging terrorist attacks in Britain in 2017, she will go on to observe how the concept of home can extend to a home town or city, saying: “This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities shone through over the past twelve months in the face of appalling attacks.” 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. Prince Philip leaves the ladies of the Glasgow Wrens Association giggling With remarks often characterised as “gaffes”, the Duke reportedly aims to make strangers laugh within 15 seconds of their meeting with Royalty.His sense of humour was evident on Christmas Eve as he attended church, stopping to greet American mother-of-two Heather Hudgins and her three-month-old daughter Abby.Observing the decorative green bow on the child’s head, he joked: “Is it a baby? I though it was a bunch of flowers.” The Queen sits at a desk in the 1844 Room at Buckingham PalaceCredit:John Stillwell/PA In a moment of personal reflection, she will voice praise for the Duke’s “support and unique sense of humour.” The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their 70th wedding anniversaryCredit:Matt Holyoak The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy the  Braemar Gathering in 2016 The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy the Braemar Gathering in 2016Credit:Gettycenter_img The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary On their golden wedding anniversary, she hailed him as her “strength and stay”, noting that the family and nation “owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.” In 2012, at her Diamond Jubilee, she proclaimed him a “constant strength and guide”, and in 2015 at a speech to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting recognised his “boundless energy and commitment”.The Queen and Duke will be seen together in public at Sandringham on Christmas Day when they will attend church with senior members of the Royal Family including their four children, the Cambridge family and Prince Harry.The Prince will be joined for the first time by a partner, as convention is relaxed to allow his fiance Meghan Markle to attend alongside him.The Queen and Duke both appeared in good spirits and health on Christmas Eve, greeting wellwishers as they attended a carol service at the church.This year’s Christmas message will be broadcast on television, radio and the Royal Family’s YouTube channel at 3pm on Christmas Day. The National Anthem and Christmas carol, entitled It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, will be performed by the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, made up of 52 children representing each nation of the Commonwealth.The Queen is wearing a dress in ivory white Bouclé designed by Angela Kelly, embellished with Swarovski crystals, and a festive diamond brooch in the shape of a star. Prince Philip leaves the ladies of the Glasgow Wrens Association gigglingCredit:AFP The Queen’s words about family, delivered in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, will be illustrated by photographs on her desk: her 1947 black and white wedding picture, the official photograph to commemorate the 70th anniversary, and portraits of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Although the strong bonds of their 70-year marriage are always evident during their public appearances, the Duke is famously reluctant to hear gushing praise or acknowledgement of his achievements.The Queen has generally reserved her public tributes to him for special occasions. She first wore the dress, with a matching coat and hat, for the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant in 2012. Royal commentators regularly underline the importance of humour in the Royal marriage, with the Duke livening up the Queen’s many public engagements with unexpected quips to break the ice.The Countess of Wessex once said of her in-laws: “They make each other laugh – which is, you know, it’s half the battle, isn’t it?”last_img read more

Decorator charged with assaulting homeless man who died after being sprayed with

His mother, Elaine, developed lung cancer when he was still in his teens and he nursed her, along with his three siblings, until her death 12-years ago, aged 51.He later battled with heroin addiction and ended up living on the streets.His aunt, Lorraine Darling, 63, said: “He never got over the death of his mother, he was lost without her.” Well wishers left flowers following the death of Mr Cash Michael Cash died earlier this month Credit:Mike Brown /Evening Gazette His family have said he became “lost” following the death of his mother and have described him as a compassionate person, who loved football and Formula One and who used to enjoy singing for his grandmother. Well wishers left flowers following the death of Mr CashCredit:Richard Rayner/NNP Aaron Jones has been charged in connection with the attack A painter and decorator has been charged with assaulting a homeless man who died four days after being sprayed with red paint in a humiliating attack.Images of Michael Cash sitting on the ground covered in paint caused outrage when they went viral earlier this month.The 32-year-old, who was a rough sleeper in his hometown of Middlesbrough, died just days after the incident.Cleveland Police said they had now charged 33-year-old local man, Aaron Jones, with assault and criminal damage in connection with the paint attack.He will appear before Teesside magistrates on October 10th. Michael Cash died earlier this month  Aaron Jones has been charged in connection with the attack A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police have charged a 33-year-old man in connection with an alleged assault which occurred near to Tesco Express on Normanby High Street.”The incident was reported to police on Sunday 9th September.”Michael Cash, 32, was the victim of the alleged incident and he later sadly died on Wednesday 12th September. His death was not treated as suspicious and is not connected with the alleged incident near to Tesco.”The man has been charged with assault and criminal damage and will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10th October.” Following Mr Cash’s death a crowdfunding page was set up to pay for his funeral costs and has achieved its £1,000 target. 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. read more

Well Leave It There So Jon Walters declared fit solid start for

first_imgStuttgart have parted company with Kevin Grosskreutz after an altercation that left him needing hospital treatmentLeandro Bacuna receives a 6 game ban after barging into the assistant referee against Derby CountyThe Deportivo doctor praised Gabi and Vrsaljko for their quick-thinking as they tried to prevent Torres from swallowing his tongueThe Best Thing We SharedRoy Keane held a Q&A in Donegal recently. Source: TheR3dDevils/YouTubeWhere We Were TodayBen Blake is in Tallaght Stadium for tonight’s big League of Ireland Dublin derby. We’ll Leave It There So: Jon Walters declared fit, solid start for Rory McIlroy and all today’s sport Plus, the all-important weekend fixture list. 3 Comments Home Source: James Crombie/INPHOSolid start for Rory McIlroy as he cards a 3-under in MexicoPromoter Eddie Hearn has been fulsome in his praise of Katie Taylor ahead of her bout this weekendJon Walters declared fit as Ireland receive a major boost ahead of crucial qualifier against WalesLeinster confirm signing of 32-year-old Wallaby Scott Fardy from the Brumbies http://the42.ie/3269947 Friday 3 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Follow us: the42.ie Short URL 9,438 Views Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOOn The RecordWales women’s lock Siwan Lillicrap fought back the tears as she spoke about the tragic death of teammate Elli Norkett“It’s impacted on every one of us and that’s a reflection of the type of person Elli was. She’ll always be on the pitch with us. We’ll play for her. That’s our mentality moving forwards.” Mar 3rd 2017, 8:00 PM Source: Gary Carr/INPHOAway Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe Fixture ListThe Six Nations takes a break this weekend but there’s lots of Pro12 action on the cards with Leinster playing Scarlets on Saturday, as well as AIL games.We’ve got action in the U20 Six Nations as Ireland host FranceKatie Taylor’s third professional bout takes place on Saturday night against Italian Monica Gentili on the David Haye-Tony Bellew card at London’s O2 Arena.We’ve got a full round of Premier League fixtures, as Liverpool take on Arsenal tomorrow at 5.30pm.It’s a busy weekend of GAA action, Dublin face Mayo in the Allianz Football League on Saturday night, while Tipperary take on Clare in the Allianz Hurling League.On the MMA front, Cage Warriors makes its long-awaited Irish return on Saturday night, while  Woodley fights Wonderboy in the UFC the same night.Rory McIlroy is in action at the WGC Mexico.Showbiz, Baby!https://www.facebook.com/irishnewssport/photos/a.367257266761789.1073741828.363071970513652/808443735976471/?type=3&theaterThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By The42 Team Can Liverpool continue fine record against top 6 and the other Premier League talking pointsClare, Tyrone, Cork and Kerry GAA greats all set to feature in the new Laochra Gael seasonlast_img read more

TSA Will Now Use FloppyEared Dogs for Airport Security

first_imgStay on target Floppy-eared doggos are making their way to airport security sites next year.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now exchanging pointy-ear dogs for floppy-ear ones, so the public will feel more comfortable when interacting with TSA canines, the Washington Examiner reported.“We’ve made a conscious effort in TSA … to use floppy ear dogs. “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of a concern,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said at a recent tour of operations at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia. “Doesn’t scare children.”As a federal agency, TSA employs the second-highest number of dogs. Out of the 1,200 dogs TSA uses, 80 percent of them have droopy ears compared to 20 percent with cone-shaped ears. Even though dogs are retiring from TSA annually, TSA would like to grow its floppy-ear dog force, which typically consists of dogs that are classified as hunting or sporting breeds.TSA uses five different types of sporting breeds including Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, German short-haired Pointers, Wirehaired Pointers, and Vizslas. The TSA’s pointy-eared dogs include the Belgian Malinois and the German Shepherd. PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site One-third of these dogs screen passengers at airports, while the other two-thirds work at airports to sniff out baggage for explosives and can be used by local law enforcement to help in case of an emergency.“If there’s a bomb scare somewhere else in that town, they’ll pull that dog. We train them at our expense,” Christopher Shelton, branch manager of the TSA canine training center in Texas, told the Washington Examiner. “We provide the dogs.” More on Geek.com:UK Bans Third-Party Sales of Puppies, KittensCelebrate Cute Doggos All Day on Nepal’s ‘Day of the Dogs’You Can Now Use Snapchat Lenses for Dogslast_img read more

List of attractions for WrestleMania AXXESS 2015

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Lucha Libre AAA announces the list of luchadors “Invading New York”, presale on May 5 Courtesy of WWE.com:WrestleMania 31 Axxess attractionsThe Main Ring – Check out live in-ring matches and Q&As featuring WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends. Plus, participate in a ton of contests for the chance to win prizes!Superstar Signings – Get an autograph with your favorite WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends at stations located throughout WrestleMania Axxess.WWE Memorabilia – Experience WWE history while walking through the memorabilia area showcasing authentic WWE items, including memorabilia for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Class and Mattel’s exclusive Defining Moments Hulk Hogan and Razor Ramon action figures. Also, check out the WrestleMania timeline highlighting the greatest moments in WrestleMania history.WrestleMania Superstore – Check out the largest selection of WWE and WrestleMania merchandise under one roof!Elimination Chamber – For the first time ever at Axxess, get your photo taken with a WWE Superstar inside WWE’s most heinous structure, composed of two miles of chain and 10 tons of unforgiving steel!WWE 2K15 Video Game Zone – Do you think you have what it takes to be The Champ?! Head on over to the WWE 2K booth to sign up and play in the Axxess 2K Tournament of Champions, where we’ll be crowning the undisputed WWE 2K Champion!Party City – Stop by Party City to dress up as a Superstar, get some goodies and enter for a chance to win free WWE swag! Party City, Official Party Store of WWE!WWE Network live stream – Now is the time! WrestleMania Today will air LIVE from Axxess on WWE Network Thursday and Friday!WWE Community Partners – Come check out some of WWE’s proud community partners: Susan G. Komen, Special Olympics, Partnership for Healthier America, and Be a STARInformation Desk – Get what you need at this out-of-the box welcome center. Fans will be offered literature and assistance at this entrance feature.Concessions – Take a break from all the excitement that WrestleMania Axxess has in-store for you at this eating area where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat and an ice cold beverage.… And much, much more!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJoan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Vince McMahon back on Forbes list, Location confirmed for Money in the Bank Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

Government to introduce grandparents leave

first_imgThe government is to introduce paid grandparental leave, Chancellor George Osborne (pictured) announced yesterday (4 October). At the Conservative Party Conference 2015, Osborne highlighted the importance of offering working grandparents paid leave to help take care of their grandchildren. In a tweet, he said: “Grandparents shouldn’t have to choose between helping with new grandchild and staying in work. So we’ll introduce grandparental leave.” This announcement follows the implementation of shared parental leave earlier this year, which entitles working parents to share up to 52 weeks of leave, after the birth or adoption of a child.last_img

Trump Takes ShortTerm Spending Bill off the Table

first_imgThe showdown that has the federal government partially shut down continues.President Trump on Monday said no to a short-term spending bill that would fund the government for three weeks to allow for more negotiations on whether to build a wall on the Southern border.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had pushed the approach to the president.“I did reject it,” Trump told reporters. “I’m not interested. I want to get it solved. I don’t want to just delay it. I want to get it solved.”Trump has backed down from declaring a national emergency at the border, though he kept the option open by telling reporters he thinks he has the authority to make such a declaration. Some analysts have said the move would likely be challenged in court.Tuesday will be the 25th day the government has been partially closed – the longest shutdown in U.S. history. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

California governor Newsom warns Silicon Valley of techlash

first_img Tech Industry Share your voice 2 Comments California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Stanford’s Human-Centered AI conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET The technology industry must realize that its marvelous advancements are also the source of profound anxiety and potentially disastrous societal changes, California Governor Gavin Newsom warned at a conference on AI at Stanford University in the heart of Silicon Valley.”There is an empathy gap in technology,” Newsom said at a conference run by the new Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. With technology comes transition and dislocation, he said, and now with AI and automation, “There’s an anxiety that is real.”The tech industry used to be an easier ally for politicians — companies with strong brands that were important in consumers’ lives. But relations have become strained with problems like Facebook enabling election interference, YouTube helping radicalize terrorists and company employees protesting military projects. No longer is it as easy to position new technology as an unalloyed boon for society.Newsom even mentioned the buzzword that encapsulates our newfound disenchantment: “techlash.”Newsom, elected as governor in 2018, had moments of optimism. He lauded the Stanford institute’s mission to advance AI technology in ways that help people, and boasted about his state. “The future happens here first. We’re America’s coming attraction.”But he devoted more time to tech harming large swaths of working-class people: Uber’s Otto self-driving trucks putting drivers out of work, Creator (formerly Momentum Machines) making fast-food workers obsolete, and Kightscope patrol robots replacing security guards.Uber, Creator and Knightscope didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.But complaints about disruption aren’t new as technology arrives. Some people lose jobs, but typically, new technology leads to better productivity, new jobs and economic growth, the argument goes.Newsom is also worried about the new jobs today’s technology is creating — mostly contractor positions short on benefits and security. That amplifies the rich-poor divide, he said. That trend line is dangerous for companies that need consumers who aren’t desperate to save every penny.”I’m passionate about enlightened capitalism, but businesses cannot thrive in a world that’s failing … We truly do rise and fall together,” he said. “We need your guidance, we need your counsel, but we need your empathy as well.” Artificial intelligence (AI) Tagslast_img read more