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WilsonRaybould says she put justice ahead of politics in SNCLavalin affair

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsJody Wilson-Raybould says her experiences as an Indigenous person and the values she was raised with are what drove her to challenge the highest echelons of power in Canada over the SNC-Lavalin case.“The history of Crown-Indigenous relations in this country includes a history of the rule of law not being respected,” she said.The former justice minister and attorney general testified Wednesday that she came under relentless pressure — including veiled threats — from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office to halt a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.And she says she believes she was shuffled out of the prestigious justice portfolio to veterans affairs in January because she refused to give in to it.Wilson-Raybould made the stunning and detailed accusations in testimony Wednesday before the House of Commons justice committee, breaking three weeks of silence on the affair that has rocked the government, prompting her resignation from cabinet and the departure of Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s most trusted adviser.Read: Opening Statement of Jody Wilson-Raybould Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, speaking immediately after Wilson-Raybould’s testimony finished, said Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern the country and should resign.He also called for a police investigation of Wilson-Raybould’s claims.NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said Trudeau “may need to resign,” but focused his message on reiterating his party’s call for a public inquiry, which he says would shine more light on the controversy.Speaking at an event in St. Hubert, Que. Wednesday evening, Trudeau denied any wrongdoing.“I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning, that I and my staff have always acted appropriately and professionally. I therefore completely disagree with the former attorney general’s characterization of events.”Pressed by reporters on details contained in Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Trudeau said he had not yet had a chance to listen to it in its entirety.(Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)Wilson-Raybould told the committee she was “hounded” to end the prosecution for months after the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, had rejected the idea of negotiating a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin and long after she had unequivocally declared that she would not direct Roussel to reverse her decision.“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada,” she told the committee.Nevertheless, Wilson-Raybould said she didn’t consider resigning at the time and didn’t directly raise her concerns with Trudeau after Sept. 17, when she first informed him that she believed it would be inappropriate for her to intervene in the SNC-Lavalin matter.She said she didn’t speak directly to Trudeau about SNC-Lavalin again until Jan. 7, when he informed her he was about to move her out of the justice portfolio and she suggested the move was the result of her refusal to intervene in the prosecution, which he denied.She accepted a move to veterans affairs on Jan. 14 and did not resign from cabinet until Feb. 11, five days after an anonymously sourced allegation that she’d been improperly pressured first surfaced in the Globe and Mail.“At the time, I did not see it as my responsibility to resign. I saw myself as the attorney general of the country who was doing her job to ensure and uphold the independence of the prosecutor and uphold the integrity of the justice system and the rule of law.’’After she was moved out of that role, Wilson-Raybould said she would have resigned immediately had her successor in the justice portfolio, David Lametti, issued a directive to Roussel to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin — which the attorney general is lawfully entitled to do, as long as that the directive is published in the official record of government decisions, the Canada Gazette.Trudeau has said there were vigorous discussions within government about the SNC-Lavalin case but that he repeatedly assured Wilson-Raybould that a decision on intervening to halt the prosecution was hers alone.She disputed that version of events, saying Trudeau only offered some vague assurance after she confronted him directly at the Sept. 17 meeting, two weeks after Roussel had decided not to consider a remediation agreement.“The prime minister asked me to help out, to find a solution here for SNC, citing that if there was no [remediation agreement] there would be many jobs lost and that SNC would move from Montreal,” Wilson-Raybould said.(NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)She said she explained the law to Trudeau and told him she “had made up my mind” to not intervene with Roussel.But she said Trudeau and Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick continued to express concerns, with Wernick noting that Quebec was holding an election in a couple of weeks and Trudeau stressing that he is himself a Quebec MP.“I was quite taken aback,” she said, adding that she looked Trudeau in the eye and asked, “Are you politically interfering with my role, my decision as the attorney general? … The prime minister said, ‘No, no, no, we just need to find a solution.’”Wilson-Raybould detailed instances of what she considered inappropriate pressure by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s chief of staff and others but said the pressure campaign escalated over the fall, even after SNC-Lavalin went to court to challenge Roussel’s rejection of a remediation agreement.Her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, was eventually summoned to an urgent Dec. 18 meeting with Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, and his principal secretary, Gerald Butts.Citing text messages from Prince sent to her immediately after the meeting, Wilson-Raybould said the prime minister’s top two aides wanted her to hire an external legal expert, possibly a retired Supreme Court justice, to give an opinion on the appropriateness of directing Roussel to reverse her decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution.When Prince suggested that would be interference, Butts purportedly said, “Jess, there is no solution here that does not involve some interference.”Telford said an external legal opinion would give the government “cover” and allow Trudeau to say he was doing something. She also offered to line up op-eds in the media supporting a decision to intervene in the prosecution, according to the texts.But the most egregious pressure came the following day, on Dec. 19, when Wilson-Raybould said she received what she deemed to be three “veiled threats” that she could lose her job from the clerk of the Privy Council, Wernick.The country’s top civil servant last week told the committee he believes there was no improper pressure applied to Wilson-Raybould by him or anyone else.According to Wilson-Raybould, Wernick told her that Trudeau wanted to know why SNC-Lavalin was not being offered a remediation agreement, a kind of plea bargain that would allow the company to avoid the potentially crippling impact of a criminal conviction.He told her that the prime minister was “going to find a way to get it done one way or the other” and that it was not good for the attorney general to be “at loggerheads” with the prime minister.(Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves the committee after testifying for nearly four hours. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)In all, Wilson-Raybould said pressure was exerted on her or her staff by 11 people through approximately 10 phone calls, 10 meetings and numerous emails and text messages.They repeatedly raised concerns about the risks to SNC-Lavalin’s viability if it were convicted of corruption and fraud in relation to work it sought in Libya.Moreover, she said they were worried that the company might decide to move its operations out of Quebec, affecting last fall’s provincial election in Quebec and potentially hurting more Liberals in the province, including Trudeau, in the coming federal election this fall.She said she was told repeatedly the decision was up to her, but attempts to talk her into a remediation agreement were relentless.Concluding her half hour opening statement, Wilson-Raybould said her understanding of the rule of law has been shaped by her experiences as an Indigenous person.“Indeed, one of the main reasons for the urgent need for justice and reconciliation today is that in the history of our country we have not always upheld foundational values, such as the rule of law, in relations to Indigenous peoples. And I have seen the negative impacts for freedom, equality and a just society this can have first hand.“I was taught to always be careful of what you say, because you cannot take it back,” she continued. “And I was taught to always hold true to your core values and principles and to act with integrity. These are the teachings of my parents, grandparents and community.“I come from a long line of matriarchs and I am a truth teller in accordance with the laws and traditions of our Big House.“This is who I am and who I will always be.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenews-with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

JanMarch gold demand shines by 5 to 159 tonne

first_imgMumbai: India’s gold demand rose 5 per cent to 159 tonne during January-March period this year on fall in prices that boosted jewellery sales during wedding season, a World Gold Council (WGC) report says. Gold demand stood at 151.5 tonne in the first quarter of 2018, according to WGC’s Q1 Gold Demand Trends’ report. In terms of value, there was a 13 per cent growth during the quarter at Rs 47,010 crore compared to Rs 41,680 crore in the same period last year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The strengthening of the rupee and the fall in local gold prices towards the later part of the quarter triggered a rise in Q1 gold demand to 159 tonne. Growth of 5 per cent in Indian jewellery demand to 125.4 tonne uplifted global demand and boosted retail sentiment. “The increase in auspicious wedding days during the quarter to 21 days from 8 in the same period of 2018 also played a crucial role in increase in demand,” WGC managing director, India, Somasundaram PR said here. Gold prices dropped to Rs 32,000 per 10 grams by the first week of March, he added. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysAlso, he said, there was a jump in volume following stringent checking during the ongoing elections controlled the grey market, which benefitted the organised retail industry. “Smuggling has come down, however structurally nothing has changed. Unless some policy decision is taken like reducing the Customs Duty to a reasonable level the grey market will bounce back after the elections,” he added. Total jewellery demand in the first quarter was up by 5 per cent at 125.4 tonne compared to 119.2 tonne in the corresponding period of 2018. In value, jewellery demand grew by 13 per cent to Rs 37,070 crore against Rs 32,790 crore in the same quarter of 2018. Total Investment demand for Q1 2019 was up by 4 per cent at 33.6 tonne from 32.3 tonne in the same period of 2018. In value terms, gold investment demand went up by 12 per cent to Rs 9,940 crore from Rs 8,890 crore in first quarter of 2018. The stronger rupee benefited investors, with demand for gold bars and coins in the first quarter, Somasundaram said. Total gold recycled in the country also grew by 14 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 to 16.1 tonne compared to 14.1 tonne in Q1 2018. Going forward, Somasundaram said, demand is likely to be boosted in second quarter due to traditional wedding season buying, the Akshaya Tritiya festival and rising crop prices. “In addition, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast of normal monsoon this year which augurs well for the rural economy and gold. The gold prices is also expected to remain attractive to boost consumer sentiment,” he added. Talking about import, Somasundaram said, the shipments into the country grew by 11 per cent to 175 tonne compared to 157 tonne in the same period of 2018. “Demand is likely to be more in the higher end of 750 to 850 tonne in 2019. But it may not be driven by imports. Further manufacturing will be way ahead of demand,” he added.last_img read more

Flooding in West Africa puts lives at risk says UN health agency

19 August 2008International aid is urgently needed to reduce the risk to millions of lives in danger across West Africa due to the effects of flooding, the United Nations health agency warned today. Rising flood water and heavy rains forecasted to continue until September are exacerbating the threat of potentially deadly conditions including malaria, diarrhoea and other fatal communicable diseases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement.Flood conditions are also adding to the already dire impact of rising food prices in the area. “West Africa’s annual floods bring with them not only the threat of vector-borne communicable diseases, but it further endangers the lives of people already malnourished by the food price crisis,” said Assistant Director-General of the WHO’s Health Action in Crises Cluster, Eric Laroche.Half the children aged under five in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso are suffering from severe malnutrition and 10 per cent of them have contracted deadly levels of the disease, according to the statement. WHO is assessing the health of the vulnerable – particularly children, women and the elderly – as well as providing essential medicines and raising badly needed humanitarian funding. The agency noted that only 22 per cent of the emergency health funding has been met. Some $418 million was requested in the 2008 Consolidated Appeal for the region, of which $76 million was for emergency health care. WHO is also supplying clean water, sanitation, mosquito nets, drugs and vaccinations to the almost 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – with 150,000 IDPs in Benin alone – to reduce the intensified threat of malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections, especially for children.Widespread flooding in the region has also caused damage to infrastructure vital for the delivery of health services and humanitarian supplies. Bridges, roads and railway lines in Benin, Togo, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso have been damaged, while Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have also been affected. read more

Send a postcard to a Brock Olympian

Send your best wishes to the Brock University athletes and coaches at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games with an electronic postcard.Competing in the Olympics are Tonya Verbeek in women’s wrestling and Colin Russell in swimming.Marty Calder is coaching wrestling and Terry Paul is coaching men’s rowing.Joel Dembe is competing in the Paralympics in wheelchair tennis. Jessica Lewis will compete in wheelchair track for Bermuda.Elisabeth Walker-Young is the Assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian Paralympic team and Jeff Dunbrack is the adaptive rowing head coach for Canada at the Games.Send them a postcard now. Go Canada! read more

UN tribunal for Rwanda issues first acquittal verdict in war crimes trial

The Tribunal acquitted Ignace Bagilishema, former Bourgmestre of Mabanza Commune in Rwanda’s Kibuye Prefecture, of all charges against him, after ruling that the testimonies of the witnesses were riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions, and that the Prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. In the indictment, the prosecutor alleged that the accused had held meetings in which he encouraged the local population to kill Tutsis in early April 1994. It was alleged that Mr. Bagilishema personally attacked and killed Tutsi men, women and children residing and seeking refuge in Mabanza Commune, ordered Interahamwe militiamen to dig a mass grave in the commune office in Mabanza and directed massacres of Tutsi refugees in various areas of Kibuye Prefecture. The defence, however, contended that Mr. Bagilishema had actually held “pacification” meetings during the genocide in an attempt to restore security and harmony in Mabanza. The Trial Chamber found that the evidence supported the accused’s contention that he had acted to prevent killings of Tutsis and re-establish law and order. Several witnesses who testified for the Prosecution could not recall the personal presence of the accused at the scenes of the massacres, and gave conflicting accounts. Mr. Bagilishema’s personal individual criminal responsibility for the crimes could thus not be established. “The Chamber finds that the Prosecution’s charge of genocide must fail because the Chamber cannot find that the accused was present when the Tutsi detained during the attack were killed,” the judges ruled on one of the allegations against Mr. Bagilishema, 46, who had been arrested in February 1999 in South Africa under an arrest warrant issued by the Tribunal. read more

Rebel forces in eastern DR of Congo mostly withdrawn from Bukavu –

Two rebel forces have largely withdrawn from the eastern university town of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but about 100 from one group have remained in town and the second force is stationed around the nearby airport north of the town, a United Nations spokesman said today. The two forces seized the town as the organization of the national military in the area collapsed last week and some DRC soldiers took refuge in the relatively small UN force. The latest reports from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said about “100 of Colonel Jules Mutebutsi’s troops are back in Bukavu, having left the cantonment site they were in outside the town,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told journalists at the daily UN briefing in New York. No other troop movements were noted, he said, and a student protest was called off. “General Laurent Nkunda has pledged to the UN mission that he does not intend to return to Bukavu and will continue to relocate to areas close to and in Goma, from where his forces originated. However, his forces continue to be around Kavumu, the airport north of Bukavu,” Mr Eckhard said. Meanwhile, MONUC chief William Lacy Swing was in constant contact with President Joseph Kabila and his cabinet in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, in an effort to restore government authority in Bukavu. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed deep sadness at the tragic deaths yesterday of two UN peacekeepers near Rutshuru in the eastern DRC after their convoy came under fire, Mr. Eckhard said. Mr. Annan “extends his most sincere condolences to the Government and people of South Africa, and to the families of the bereaved,” he said. MONUC said it was investigating the incident, in which at least 11 other peacekeeping personnel were injured. read more

Flash floods in Ethiopia prompt humanitarian response from UN agencies

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has released enough rations to feed 10,000 people for a month, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending 2,000 family kits to the affected area, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement released today.The family kits dispatched by UNICEF include buckets, soap and water purification tablets. WFP has already distributed tents, blankets, jerry cans and plastic cups and plates to some of those struck by the floods.The humanitarian effort follows the joint assessment mission on Monday by officials from OCHA and the Ethiopian Government, one day after the Dechatu River burst its banks by as much as 200 metres on either side in Dire Dawa, destroying entire buildings in some cases and sweeping away homes, trees and fences. The death toll is expected to climb as some 300 people have been reported missing.OCHA warned that the risk of flooding remains high because heavy rain continues to fall in the highlands outside Dire Dawa, Ethiopia’s sixth-largest city and home to about 400,000 people. It is situated about 525 kilometres east of the national capital, Addis Ababa. read more

Northwestern presents great equalizer for Ohio State mens basketball

Thad Matta’s crew is treading unfamiliar waters. With losses to No. 4 Michigan and No. 1 Indiana in what was an especially grueling week in already grueling Big Ten basketball, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped its first pair of back-to-back setbacks in 121 games. The first defeat came rather admirably in overtime against a Wolverines squad in Ann Arbor, Mich. The second, an 81-68 defeat to the Hoosiers, was not cut from the same cloth. The OSU coach compared the week to the sport’s most elite stage. “Last week was like going to a Final Four potentially,” Matta said. And while the Buckeyes (17-6, 7-4 Big Ten) aren’t necessarily unnerved from stumbling in that challenge, they are looking to snap that streak against Northwestern. The Buckeyes haven’t lost three in a row since Feb. 14-22, 2009. History suggests that beating Northwestern should be easy. The Wildcats (13-11, 4-7 Big Ten) have lost 28 straight meetings in Columbus. More recent record suggests OSU will have its hands full. Last season’s Final Four squad needed a last-second shot by former big man Jared Sullinger to squeeze past Northwestern, 75-73. The year before? The then-often No. 1-ranked Buckeyes beat the Wildcats twice by a combined seven points. First came a 58-57 squeaker in Evanston, Ill. The next was a 67-61 overtime thriller during the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. OSU junior guard Aaron Craft explained the Wildcats’ knack for hanging against teams seemingly superior in three words. “Style of play,” he said. “I think their style of play gets them in every game. “A couple times, they’ve gotten a ton of offensive rebounds and then they hold the ball for another 30 seconds and then get an easy look. You know, all it takes is one mistake throughout a whole possession and then they get an easy layup or an easy shot.” Matta said it’s the kind of game plan that balances any athletic disparity between the teams. “I think they’ve always had the great equalizer and that being the 3-point shot,” Matta said. Out of Northwestern’s 1,246 field goals attempted, 42 percent of them have been heaves from behind the arc. That’s 524 shots. For reference, the Buckeyes, which have attempted 1,292 tries from the floor, have attempted 398 shots (31 percent) from the 3-point line. Against the Hoosiers, OSU surrendered 7 of 18 3-pointers en route to one of its most decisive defeats of the year. But sophomore center Amir Williams isn’t trying to wallow in that fact. The team’s focus, he said, is on the Wildcats. “Northwestern is a dangerous team with their style of offense … we can’t dwell on the past,” he said. “We know we played bad against Indiana. We just got to play much better tomorrow night.” For all intents and purposes, Thursday’s 7 p.m. tip at the Schottenstein Center might be a chess match, Craft said. “It’s a big thinking game,” Craft said. “It’s a big kind of concentration and patience game.” read more

Russia may have hacked British visa system to gain documents for Skripal

The man said he was coerced to sign an agreement to collaborate with the FSB after one of its officers threatened to jail his mother, and was asked to create a “backdoor” to the computer network. Russia may have hacked the British visa system to gain documents for the agents who attempted to assassinate the Skripals, an investigation has claimed.  The probe suggests that Russian intelligence infiltrated the computer infrastructure of a company – TLSContact – that processes British visa applications.The investigation, published Friday by investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider, aims to show how the two Russian military intelligence agents who have been charged with the Salisbury poisoning may have obtained British visas.The former chief technical officer of a company that processes visa applications for several consulates in Moscow, including that of Britain, was interviewed as part of the joint investigation.The man, who fled Russia last year and applied for asylum in the United States, said he had been coerced to work with agents of the main Russian intelligence agency FSB, who revealed to him that they had access to the British visa centre’s CCTV cameras and had a diagram of the centre’s computer network.The source also said that FSB officers told him in spring 2016 that they were going to send two people to Britain and asked for his assistance with the visa applications.The timing points to the first reported trip to Britain of Alexander Mishkin and Anatoly Chepiga, who have been charged with poisoning Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in March this year having raveled under the names of Alexander Petrov and Anatoly Boshirov. He said he sabotaged those efforts before he fled Russia in early 2017 and claims he told the FSB that there was no way he could influence the decision-making on visa applications.The Insider and Bellingcat are still working on establishing a clear link between the alleged efforts of Russian intelligence to penetrate the visa processing system.The two outlets say they have obtained the man’s deposition to the US authorities but have decided against publishing the man’s name, for his own safety. In September, British intelligence released surveillance images of the agents of Russian military intelligence GRU accused of the March nerve agent attack on double agent Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.The visa application processing company, TLSContact, and the British Home Office were not immediately available for comment.  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

Beat PSG and lost his job – Cavalli is no longer Chambery

He beat PSG Handball a few days ago, but that wasn’t enough to save the job! Mario Cavalli is no longer a head-coach of the French Chambery. That was the conclusion of the meeting with the management board of the team. Cavalli was 17 years in the club as player, assistant coach (Gardient’s time) and head-coach.An interim solution will be legendary Jackson Richardson.Chambery are currently on the 6th place in LNH with 7 points from six matches. Chambery Handballhandball head coachMario Cavalli ← Previous Story Azoty Pulawy sack Dragan Markovic Next Story → Ivica Obrvan with proven forces against Switzerland and Czech Republic read more

Infographic How is the new Pope elected

first_imgTOMORROW, OVER A hundred cardinals gather at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican to begin the process of electing a new Pope.The last pre-conclave talks are taking place as we speak as the task of replacing Pope Benedict XVI begins within the next 24 hours.The support of two-thirds of the 115 ‘cardinal electors’ is needed for the successful candidate. Who that will be is a guessing game right now but this handy infographic from the Catholic News Agency shows you how it all works:(If you are on a mobile or tablet device, click here) More: Frontrunners emerge in last day of pre-conclave talkslast_img read more

Woman missing from Lucan found safe and well

first_img By Aoife Barry Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 2:05 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: RollingNews.ie 21,595 Views Updated 26 February, 10amGARDAÍ HAVE THANKED the public for their assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 56-year-old woman who was missing from the Lucan area for a number of days. Feb 25th 2017, 2:05 PM Share Tweet Email Image: RollingNews.ie 5 Comments Woman missing from Lucan found safe and well The 56-year-old has been missing since 8.20pm on 6 February in Lucan. https://jrnl.ie/3258834 last_img read more

The importance hasnt gone away Calls for geography to be brought back

first_img 53 Comments 15,944 Views Share373 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland Feb 25th 2019, 1:17 PM https://jrnl.ie/4511988 center_img As we live in a world increasingly defined by these “wicked problems” with multiple causes and interactions, the next generation of Irish decision-makers need to be equipped with the practical and analytical skills to effectively address them – this starts in primary and secondary schools.While students will be still able to study geography as an optional subject, Hickey worries that by not making it compulsory it will affect the attitudes of parents and of schools in how they provide for it. THE HEADS OF geography departments at six universities have written an open letter criticising the decision to remove geography as a mandatory subject at Junior Cert level. History and geography were removed as core subjects from the Junior Cert last year but the decision to remove history is currently under review.  Speaking on Morning Ireland, Dr Kieran Hickey of UCC said he wants the Department of Education to reconsider its decision on geography, as it is “critically” important.“It was a core subject for the Junior Cert for a very long time and the reasons for that are because it was considered to be a very important subject, and that importance hasn’t gone away,” he said. Hickey says there are pushing the Department of Education to change the decision and the fact that they are reconsidering their decision to remove history as a core subject means “there is some flexibility left”.In an open letter, published in the Irish Times, the heads of the geography departments said it was “vitally important that all secondary school students have a geographic training so that they can become active participants in tackling national and global issues”. Image: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland ‘The importance hasn’t gone away’: Calls for geography to be brought back as core subject Geography was removed as a core subject from the Junior Cert last year. Monday 25 Feb 2019, 1:17 PM By Adam Dalylast_img read more

Lexceptionnel fossile dun dinosaure ayant conservé sa crête charnue

first_imgL’exceptionnel fossile d’un dinosaure ayant conservé sa crête charnueDes chercheurs ont découvert au Canada le fossile d’un dinosaure à bec de canard – une des espèces les plus courantes au Crétacé – présentant la particularité d’avoir conservé des tissus mous : une crête charnue dont les scientifiques, jusqu’à présent, ignoraient la présence sur le crâne de ces créatures.Surnommé “dinosaure à bec de canard”, Edmontosauraus regalis est un ‘classique’ des dépôts fossilifères du Crétacé d’Amérique du Nord entre -75 et -65 millions d’années. Mais ce spécimen a causé une vive surprise aux paléontologues Phil Bell, de l’Université de Nouvelle-Angleterre (Australie), et Federico Fanti, de l’Université de Bologne (Italie), qui l’ont découvert dans la province canadienne de l’Alberta.Naturellement (mais partiellement) ‘momifié’, il présentait des restes de peau et les vestiges d’une crête charnue sur la tête. Les scientifiques ignoraient jusqu’alors que cet animal était pourvu d’un tel attribut. “Jusqu’à présent, il n’y avait aucun indice de l’existence d’étranges structures ornementales en tissus mous chez les dinosaures”, explique Phil Bell, co-auteur de l’étude publiée dans la revue Current Biology. Un tout nouvel aperçu “Ces résultats modifient considérablement notre perception de l’apparence et du comportement de ce dinosaure bien connu, et nous permettent d’émettre des commentaires sur l’évolution des crêtes crâniennes dans ce groupe. À la réflexion, ils soulèvent également la possibilité de la présence de crêtes similaires chez d’autres dinosaures”, ajoute le spécialiste.Le problème est qu’un tel appendice ne se fossilise pas toujours. Sur les squelettes, il ne resterait donc pas forcément de traces de son existence. Phil Bell ajoute : “une trompe d’éléphant ou une crête de coq pourrait ne jamais se fossiliser, car il n’y a pas d’os en elles. C’est donc comme si on découvrait pour la première fois que les éléphants ont des trompes…”.”Nous avons beaucoup de crânes d’Edmontosaurus, mais il n’y a pas sur eux d’indices qui suggèrent qu’ils auraient pu avoir une grande crête charnue. Il n’y a aucune raison pour que d’autres structures charnues étranges n’aient pu être présentes sur toute une gamme d’autres dinosaures, y compris le T. rex ou le Triceratops”, poursuit le scientifique. Une crête pour séduire ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après les hypothèses émise, cette crête avait peut-être un rôle dans la parade nuptiale du dinosaure à bec de canard. “Nous pourrions imaginer une paire de mâles d’Edmontosaurus aussi grand l’un que l’autre, ‘beuglant’ et exhibant leurs parures crâniennes pour voir qui était le mâle dominant et qui allait diriger la harde…”, conclut Bell.(crédits photo : Phil R. Bell, Federico Fanti, Current Biology) Le 14 décembre 2013 à 13:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

RDA Cuts Global Workforce

first_imgAn RDA spokesperson says the publisher isn’t closing any businesses or making any major changes to products.“The executive committee and I are unified in our commitment to make the right decisions now—even the difficult ones—so RDA can succeed and become an employer that offers opportunity for the long term.Employees will be notified by June 17 about the “vast majority” of the forthcoming eliminations. The timeframe for notifications about international eliminations will vary.In addition to the cuts, Berner said RDA will continue to invest in what it sees as growth areas, including a pay model for Allrecipes.com Pay Model, continued international expansion, expanded use of the DRTV marketing channel and acquisition and greater use of outside mailing lists internationally.RDA, which emerged from bankruptcy protection earlier this year, reported an operating loss of $27.1 million through the first three months of 2010, down considerably from a $499.3 million loss during the same period the last year. Revenues declined 10.2 percent to $413.9 million. As part of its previously announced cost management initiative, the Reader’s Digest Association today is now reducing its global workforce. CEO Mary Berner announced the cuts Tuesday in a memo to staffers.The cuts reportedly amount to about 10 percent of its overall staff, or about 270 employees.In the memo, which was e-mailed to FOLIO:, Berner said the workforce reduction helps to better align the company with its revenues and “to make sure that we have the right plans in place so that the company will have a healthy financial future.”last_img read more

Kodangal Teachers slam government for lack of facilities in

first_imgKodangal: The members of Telangana State United Teachers’ Federation (TSUTF), while staging a protest in Kodangal on Friday, vent their angst against the State government for not implementing the KG-to-PG education programme in the State.Speaking on the occasion, TSUTF president Basappa said that the State government had miserably failed in fulfilling promises it made to teachers and did not fulfil a single promise in the last five years. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us “The State government is trying to weaken the government education system. In the last five years, it had not taken any initiative to improve basic facilities in government schools across Mahbubnagar. The students are studying under pathetic conditions. The government had failed to fill up the vacant posts of teachers, MEO and DEO in the State. Overall, the entire education system in the State is in doldrums. In view of this, the teachers’ associations across the State had given a call to stage a protest and bring the government to accountability,” said Basappa. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us The teachers’ association leaders staged a protest near Kodangal Tahsildar office. They stated that they thought that after the formation of Telangana, they would get a chance to resolve the long-pending issues they were facing. However, after the formation of Telangana, the State government had forgotten all its promise and in addition, it is behaving in an insensitive manner and ignoring the teachers’ issues. He said unless the government comes forward to resolve all pending issues, they would not go back and would intensify their protest till their demands are met.last_img read more

Giant anaconda crosses busy road in Brazil Watch viral video

first_imgThe giant green anaconda slithered its way across multiple lanes of a highway in Brazil. TwitterTraffic jams can turn out to be frustrating at times. We all have been in traffic jams, haven’t we? Have you ever been a part of any traffic jam for a good reason? Something similar happened in Brazil recently and we don’t know how to react.Traffic on a busy road was interrupted and forced to make an unexpected stop after people spotted a giant anaconda across the road in the northwestern state of Rondônia. In a viral video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, a huge green anaconda, at least 10-foot-long, slithered its way across multiple lanes of the highway in Porto Velho, Brazil.The beautiful creature was seen making its way with all glory and social media is going crazy over the video. As the snake crawled slowly over the road’s median divider, courageous spectators stood close by to capture an iconic moment.Beautiful animal, indeed.But till it eats you alive…Reportedly, the video of the incident was shared by Italo Nascimento Fernandes. The clip shows a mammoth snake trying to cross the road as people around it watched curiously. Many bystanders can be seen getting down from their respective cars and helping to stop other vehicles from approaching to let the reptile pass.The snake was over three-metres long and weighs around 30 kilograms, as per news reports. Biologist Flavio Terassini told a Brazilian news website that the mammal had wandered on the road in search of something to eat.last_img read more

Survivor of Mosul blast wins top journalism prize

first_imgA French journalist who survived a landmine blast in Iraq that killed three of his colleagues last month was awarded France’s highest journalism prize Tuesday.The jury of the Albert Londres prize praised Samuel Forey of the Figaro newspaper for the “tenderness and humanity” of his coverage of the battle for Mosul.Forey, 36, was slightly wounded in the explosion a fortnight ago that claimed the lives of three fellow journalists: Veronique Robert of Stephan Villeneuve of France, and Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Haddad.He had been covering Iraqi and Kurdish attempts to take the city from the Islamic State group since last autumn.The Franco-British reporter David Thomson picked up the inaugural Albert Londres book prize for his investigation into what drives French, Belgian and Tunisian jihadis.His best seller “Les Revenants” (roughly translated as “The Returned”) is built on long interviews with francophone members of IS, and has been credited with shifting French thinking on radical Islam.Thomson, 37, who works for RFI radio, talked to more than 100 fighters, some of whom told him they wanted to return to Europe from Syria to commit terrorist acts.last_img read more

Make your balcony garden more attractive

first_imgPlants are essential when it comes to decorating a small balcony. Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it, says an expert.Below are some smart ideas to have a small outdoor paradise that is full of life.Plants are essential things you’ll need to have to decorate a small balcony. Hang potted plants behind the railings and on the walls.Avoid using too much floor space of your balcony, do not overcrowd it. Instead, devise ways to utilise vertical space to double up your space. It’s the best space savvy solution that will allow you to have more plants in your limited space. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEast-facing balcony receives almost six hours of sun, often between 8 am and 1 pm, and the major benefit of having such a balcony is that you can save your plants from the harsh afternoon sun.West-facing balcony garden is quite similar to south-facing balcony – here the sun shines at its peak for about six-to-eight hours and except tender shade-loving plants, you can plant almost anything.Themed plant and flower garden are also viral these days. People living in apartments and penthouses prefer to indulge themselves in kitchen gardening and low-space gardening with small pots and planters in their balcony area. Small coloured pots with different shapes and sizes are in trend. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne can also place vines and planters in bottles too. Like growing creeper plants like money plant in a bottle will surely use less space and will also enhance the aura of your balcony. Waste bottles of soft drinks can be decorated and painted as per the colour scheme of your interior and can be used to grow such plants.Growing flowers of bright shades and exotic fragrance will surely attract butterflies to your flowerbeds. It will ultimately lead you to defining a budget-friendly butterfly garden in your balcony making it a centre of attraction.last_img read more