Aphria strikes deal with Southern Glazers on cannabis distribution

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Aphria Inc. says it has reached a deal that will see Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits become its exclusive distributor of recreational cannabis products in Canada.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer says Southern Glazer’s new Canadian subsidiary Great North Distributors, which will focus specifically on cannabis products, will represent the company when recreational use is legalized.Aphria says the deal with Southern Glazer’s, one of North America’s largest wine and spirits distributors, will give it coverage of all cannabis retailers across Canada on the first day of legal adult-use sales.The deal comes as cannabis producers have been looking to strike agreements with distributors and firm up space with retailers as legalization in Canada approaches.Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. announced in February it would buy a 20 per cent stake in retailer Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., which changed its name last week to Alcanna Inc. to reflect it now has alcohol and cannabis divisions.Canopy Growth Corp. reached a deal last fall with Constellation Brands that saw the alcohol supplier invest $245 million for a 10 per cent stake in Canopy, and the two partner on marketing and product development.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH)(TSX:ACB)(TSX:WEED)last_img read more

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Dignitaries of Sahrawi tribes condemn Algerias hostile positions against Moroccos territorial

first_imgLaayoune – Dignitaries of Sahrawi tribes in the southern provinces condemned, Thursday, the hostile positions of Algeria against Morocco’s territorial integrity.In a joint statement, the dignitaries denounced the multiplying acts of hostility expressed clearly in the message sent on October 28 by Algerian president to a conference in Abuja.They reaffirmed the attachment of the Sahrawi population to the glorious Alawite throne, stressing that the achievements made in development and the major projects initiated in all regions of the Kingdom, in the southern provinces in particular, testify to the commitment of the Kingdom to modernizing and strengthening the democratic edifice. They also noted that the maneuvers by Algiers to undermine the territorial integrity of the Kingdom will only further strengthen the attachment of the Saharawi people to the sacred values ??of the nation and the proposal for autonomy in the southern provinces, welcomed by the international community.last_img read more

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FA Says Mourinho Made a Mistake Should Apologize to Eva Carneiro

Miami – The Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, released a statement saying that Chelsea’s manager José Mourinho lacked judgment and made a mistake for which he should have apologized to the club’s former medic, Eva Carneiro.“Personally I don’t think Mr. Mourinho comes well out of the whole saga – he clearly made a mistake in the heat of a game, and should have said so and apologized,” read Dyke’s statement reported by Press Association Sport.The Portuguese coach does not seem to leave the spotlight this season and his public fallout with Carneiro almost cost him a five-match ban and charges of using discriminatory ‘sexist’ language. Although the Football Association announced on Wednesday they dropped the charges and Mourinho will not face any action for having allegedly insulted the female doctor, the FA’s chairman thinks Mouronho acted poorly.“Our regulatory team have investigated this and while Mr. Mourinho has breached no rules it was clearly a failure of his personal judgement and public behavior. This should be seen as such by the game,” stressed Dyke.Meanwhile, the ‘blues’ boss seems reluctant to talk about the Carneiro issue and recently said from the Chelsea training center that for the time being, “I read and I listen and I watch – and I’m quiet”.The FA chairman might be far from witnessing any apology from Mourinho to his former club’s doctor. “For the past two months I didn’t open my mouth and I’m going to keep like this,” emphasized the tight-lipped Portuguese manager.Mourinho has been under fire for allegedly calling Eva Carneiro “filha de puta” (daughter of a whore) after the medic rushed on the pitch to treat injured Eden Hazard. An action that ‘The Special One’ considered out of place at a crucial point in the match.Following the incident, Mourinho released the doctor from first-team duties. She officially renounced from Chelsea last Tuesday. read more

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UN protocol on sharing benefits of worlds genetic wealth opens for signing

2 February 2011A new United Nations treaty on the equitable sharing of the planet’s wealth of genetic resources opened for signing today with Algeria, Brazil, Colombia and Yemen becoming the first countries to sign the protocol, which is also designed to conserve and protect the world’s diminishing resources. The Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization stipulates the basic rules on how nations will cooperate in obtaining genetic resources. It was adopted by the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in the Japanese city of Nagoya in October last year.Ahmed Djoghlaf, the CBD Executive Secretary, told reporters at UN Headquarters today that the protocol is a “partnership between the user of the biodiversity or genetic resource and the owner.” He described it as “one of the most important legal instruments which will implement the concept of sustainable development and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.”The Protocol will remain open for signing in the Secretary-General’s office for the next one year. It requires 50 State ratifications to enter into force, Mr. Djoghlaf said.The treaty outlines how benefits – for example, from when a plant’s genetics are turned into a commercial product, such as medicine – will be shared with countries and communities who conserved and managed that resource, in some cases for millennia.It also lays out rules on how substances and compounds derived from genetic resources will be dealt with, as well as on the issue of pathogens, including how developed countries could obtain a flu virus in emergency situations to develop a vaccine to counter a possible epidemic.The Protocol builds on the Convention and supports the further implementation of one of its three objectives – the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of biodiversity.Genetic resources, whether from plant, animal or micro-organisms, are used for various purposes, ranging from basic research to the development of products.Users of genetic resources include research institutes, universities and private companies operating in various sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, horticulture, cosmetics and biotechnology.Benefits derived from genetic resources may include the sharing of the results of research and development carried out on genetic resources, the transfer of technologies which makes use of those resources, participation in biotechnological research activities, or monetary benefits arising from the commercialisation of products based on genetic resources, such as pharmaceuticals. read more

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Vital to keep borders open for people fleeing Libya UN agency stresses

“Given the continued reports of violence and human rights abuses inside Libya it is imperative that people fleeing the country are able to reach safety,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated in a news release.A string of UN officials and the Security Council have condemned the violence against protesters in recent days and urged an immediate end to the use of force by the Libyan authorities. Media reports say at least 300 people have been killed during the unrest that began over a week ago.There have also been reports of the use of military planes to attack protesters, the alleged involvement of foreign mercenaries in killing the protesters, and the arbitrary arrests of individuals including lawyers, human rights defenders and journalists. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 5,000 people have reportedly arrived at the Tunisian border and some 15,000 at the Egyptian border after fleeing the violence. UNHCR said it has deployed staff to the Ras Adjir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya to monitor the situation and identify vulnerable individuals who need immediate assistance, and more staff members are being flown in today.There has been a steady flow of people at the border since yesterday, UNHCR said, adding that most of the arrivals are Tunisian nationals who have been working in Libya. They are currently staying in local hostels, shelters and with local families. The Tunisian Ministry of Defence has identified a location for the establishment of a temporary camp in the event of a large influx of people, and UNHCR will work with the authorities to set up the camp.A UNHCR flight carrying tents and other relief items for up to 10,000 people is expected to arrive in Tunisia this weekend.OCHA noted that it is difficult to assess humanitarian needs because of extremely poor communications. However, it is concerned about access to health services for the injured, lack of medical supplies as well as the need for blood. 23 February 2011The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the “positive indications” it has received from Tunisia and Egypt that they will keep their borders open for people fleeing violence in neighbouring Libya. read more

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Major General Milinda Peiris new army Chief of Staff

In addition to the Vice Chancellor’s portfolio, Major General Milinda Peiris has been appointed as a member of the National Education Commission of Sri Lanka, the Standing Committee on Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of University Grants Commission, Sri Lanka, the Council of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, the Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), and in the Board of Management of Defence Services Command & Staff College. He also serves as the Chairman of Sir John Kotelawala Memorial Trust. Further, Major General Milinda Peiris is the present Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, and prior to this appointment he served as the Colonel of the Regiment of the Mechanized Infantry Regiment for four years.Major General Milinda Peiris was recently conferred with the “award for Outstanding Contribution to Education” by the World Chancellors and Vice Chancellors Congress in recognition of “the strategic and iconic position occupied by him in the fraternity of Vice Chancellors as an agent of change in global education”. Major General Milinda Peiris holds a Masters degree in Philosophy (MPhil) awarded by the University of Madras, Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Open University (OUSL) of Sri Lanka and a Diploma in Senior Level Defence Management from University of Indore, India.He is a recipient of Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) awarded for conspicuous gallantry in battle. He is also a recipient of the Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his unblemished military career in the Army and the Legion of Merit (LOM) which is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. (Colombo Gazette) Major General Milinda was the Military Assistant at the Army Commander’s Secretariat and also the Grade 1 Staff Officer at the Military Secretary’s Branch. He commanded the 5th Regiment of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps with distinction. He was also the Commanding Officer of the Officer Cadet Wing at the Sri Lanka Military Academy. Subsequently, he commanded the 561 Infantry Brigade and the 232 Infantry Brigade while serving as the Coordinating Officer for the respective areas of responsibility, i.e. Omanthai and Valachchainai in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Thereafter, he commanded the Armoured Brigade and also worked as the Director Armour at the Army Headquarters. Then he served as the Director Operations at the Joint Operations Headquarters prior to being appointed as the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché for Sri Lanka in the USA. Major General Milinda Peiris commanded the 22 Division in Trincomalee as the General Officer Commanding during operations that liberated the East – The role and task of GOC of 22 Division was highly complicated due to the presence of multi religious and multi ethnic communities in the region. However, Major General Milinda Peiris performed his duties with distinction by apprehending this dynamic complexity. On completion of the prestigious advance military studies at the National Defence College in India, he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. Subsequently he was appointed as the Director General of the Centre for Research and Development, Ministry of Defence (MOD) and he was also appointed as the Military Secretary to the Commander of the Army. Major General Milinda Peiris, the Vice Chancellor at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU), has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff (COS) of the Sri Lanka Army effective from 12 February 2016.Major General Milinda Peiris who has a distinguished career in the Army for 35 years is attached to the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC). He is the 47th Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, the second highest appointment in the organization. Major General Milinda Peiris joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in 1980 and had his basic training at the Officers Training School in Madras, India. He was commissioned into the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment Sri Lanka Armoured Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant on completion of his training. He has held vital and important appointments in the Army commensurate with each rank. He is a graduate of National Defence College, New Delhi, Command and Staff College, Bangladesh and Armour School, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA. He has had higher military training in both India and Pakistan. He was the chief of a technical military delegation to Ukraine and was a member of technical military delegations to Russia, Ukraine and Czech Republic. read more

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IAEA urges DPR of Korea to reconsider decision to pull out of

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconsider its decision to withdraw from a global nuclear weapons treaty and urged Pyongyang to engage in dialogue with the international community.”I strongly urge the DPRK to reverse its decision and to seek instead a diplomatic solution,” said IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei of the country’s decision to pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “This is the only way to address the DPRK’s security and other concerns.”Mr. ElBaradei described the move as “a continuation of a policy of defiance and was counterproductive to ongoing efforts to achieve peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.”He added that “the NPT, with its 188 States Parties, is the cornerstone of the international community’s efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons. A challenge to the integrity of that Treaty may constitute a threat to international peace and security.”The Director-General reminded the DPRK of the international community’s readiness to engage it in a dialogue toward a peaceful settlement once Pyongyang had shown signs of readiness to come into compliance with its international non-proliferation obligations, but not under the threat of nuclear blackmail.Mr. ElBaradei noted that under Article 10 of the Treaty, a decision to withdraw could only be effected after three months. He expressed the hope that, as a matter of urgency, the international community and the DPRK through dialogue would arrive at an agreed and peaceful solution.The Director-General was in Washington, D.C., today for meetings with United States Sen. Richard Lugar, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and US Secretary of State Colin Powell. read more

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High rate of Māori in prison among concerns as UN experts wrap

Speaking in Auckland yesterday at the end of their first official visit to the country, members of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention noted that, overall, legislation and policy concerning deprivation of liberty in New Zealand is well-developed and generally consistent with international human rights law and standards. At the same time, they urged the authorities to address a number of concerns. “If a prisoner has fully served the sentence imposed at the time of conviction, equivalent detention cannot be imposed under the label of civil preventive detention,” said expert Mads Andenas, who currently heads the Working Group. “The substantive grounds for detention must be defined with sufficient precision to avoid overly broad or arbitrary application.” He stressed that the over-representation of Māori also poses “a significant challenge,” noting that the members of indigenous group make up for more than 50 per cent of the prison population while they comprise some 15 per cent of the country’s population. The group urged the authorities to address the disproportionate negative impacts on Māori of criminal justice legislation extending sentences or reducing probation or parole, while recommending a review of the degree of inconsistencies and systemic bias against Māori at all the different levels of the criminal justice system. “The authorities should continue searching for creative and integrated solutions to the root causes which lead to disproportionate incarceration rates of the Māori population in New Zealand,” he said. During the visit, the group paid particular attention to the situation of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in an irregular situation. In 2012, the Government accepted 690 refugees from third countries for resettlement and made efforts to facilitate their integration in the country. The experts noted that New Zealand is using the prison system and police stations to detain irregular migrants and asylum-seekers, although the country does not have a mandatory detention policy for asylum-seekers, refugees or migrants in an irregular situation. “Detention of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants in an irregular situation should normally be avoided and be a measure of last resort,” said Roberto Garretón, the other member of the group’s visiting delegation. “Alternatives to detention should always be given preference. Humane and cost-effective mechanisms such as community release programmes can be very successful,” he underscored. Concerning the detention of persons with mental or intellectual disabilities, the experts pointed out that that the legislative framework is not effectively implemented to ensure that arbitrary deprivation of liberty does not occur. “Compulsory treatment orders are largely clinical decisions and it is difficult to effectively challenge such orders,” Mr. Andenas said. “Persons undergoing compulsory assessments are often unrepresented in practice, as they do not have access to legal aid.” The experts also noted that, despite the increasing phenomenon of older persons staying in residential care, there is very little protection available to ensure that they are not arbitrarily deprived of their liberty against their will. Lastly, the expert group expressed concern that a notable gap remains in relation to the legislative protection available to children aged 17 years, who are considered as adults for penal responsibility effects, tried as adults and, if condemned, are sent to adult prisons. The experts urged the authorities to extend protection measures to include 17 year olds, as recommended by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee Against Torture. The final report of the group’s 15-day mission will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2015. read more

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The Patriots Steal Back The Top Ranking

1983WASMIAWASWAS: 20 | MIA: 0 DEN56DAL55DEN-14.2– Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com The Week 2 winner is …Congratulations to Tristan Smith from Nova Scotia, Canada, who scored 282.2 points in Week 2. Tristan, a financial analyst by trade, correctly picked 15 of 16 winners, including picking the Cardinals, Raiders, Seahawks and Patriots at 100 percent confidence.Remember: You can start playing the prediction game this week, even if you didn’t get your picks in Weeks 1-2.Check out our latest NFL predictions. IND53%ARI67%ARI+14.1– 1981OAKDALOAKDAL: 11 | OAK: 0 1974MIAMINMIAMIA: 3 | MIN: 1 OAK74OAK88OAK+4.1– 1992WASSFWASSF: 14 | WAS: 1✓ Who wants to be No. 1?Seasons during which the team ranked No. 1 by Elo rating in the preseason was passed in Week 1 and then retook the top slot after Week 2, 1970-2017 OUR PICKWIN PROB.READERS’ PICKWIN PROB.ACTUAL WINNERREADERS’ NET POINTS CIN63CIN59HOU+1.1– LAR55LAR54WSH-1.6– MIA52LAC55MIA-9.5– 1993DALSFDALDAL: 17 | SF: 2✓ ATL63ATL50ATL-15.1– BAL82BAL82BAL-2.9– How did readers do against FiveThirtyEight’s picks?Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo across Week 2 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL betting game 2017NEKCNE— SEA84SEA89SEA+0.1– 1970KCMINKCMIN: 20 | KC: 0 NO. 1 AFTER … SEASONPREWEEK 1WEEK 2REMAINING WEEKS AT NO. 1MET IN PLAYOFFS? KC73KC71KC-3.6– So much for settling in at the top. A week ago in this space, I noted that the Kansas City Chiefs had vaulted to No. 1 in our NFL Elo ratings, leapfrogging the previously top-rated New England Patriots with a win over the Pats in Week 1. Well, K.C.’s reign in first place turned out to be brief: The Pats retook the top slot in Week 2, bumping the Chiefs down to second.I know what you’re thinking: Kansas City won on Sunday, so what gives? You can dig deep into Elo’s methodology here, but the basic premise is that it assigns each team a power rating that can be used to predict the outcome of any game. Once that game is in the books, Elo takes rating points away from the loser and gives them to the winner, in proportion with how unlikely the victory was (upsets shift the ratings more than routine wins) and the winner’s edge on the scoreboard (big wins are worth more, although there are diminishing returns to running up the score).In the case of the Chiefs and Patriots, K.C. was a heavier favorite to win Sunday — 73 percent at home versus Philadelphia, as opposed to New England’s 64 percent chance on the road against New Orleans — but ended up winning by fewer points — only 7, as opposed to the Pats’ 16-point margin. So even though the win boosted Kansas City’s Elo rating by 10 points, New England gained 19, enough to erase the Chiefs’ slight Elo edge going into the weekend. (The margin between the teams is still extremely small.)Early in an NFL season, it’s rare to see two teams pass the Elo baton of No. 1 back and forth like this. Before 2017, the last time a preseason No. 1 was overtaken in Week 1 and then reclaimed the top slot in Week 2 was in 1993, when the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers fought over the top ranking. It was a harbinger of things to come that season: The Cowboys and Niners faced off in the NFC championship game, and Dallas went on to win its second-straight Super Bowl. CAR66CAR71CAR+0.7– JAX59TEN52TEN+9.0– PIT71PIT65PIT-7.5– TB76TB73TB-4.1– NYG57NYG50DET+4.2– There was a similar situation in the previous season: Washington, the reigning Super Bowl champions, and San Francisco scrambled for No. 1 in the season’s first month. Washington would stumble that year to a 9-7 record but would eventually meet the Niners in the divisional round and lose.But that kind of duel doesn’t usually last much beyond September. In all but one such case since 1970, one of the two teams quickly seized the baton and ran away with it, dominating the top ranking for most of the rest of the season. The exception was in 1974, when John Madden’s Oakland Raiders and Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers swooped in and stole No. 1 from both Miami and Minnesota. Either Oakland or Pittsburgh ended up holding the top slot for all but one of the season’s final 17 weeks. (“The Steel Curtain” would defeat the Raiders in the AFC championship game, win its first Super Bowl and dominate the rest of the decade.)Given its dynastic pedigree and Tom Brady’s rebound performance against New Orleans, New England might seem the likely candidate to tighten its grip on No. 1 and hang onto it the rest of the way. But take heart, K.C. fans: Even though the Chiefs are No. 2 in the ratings, Elo gives the Chiefs a better chance than the Patriots of making the playoffs (83 percent to 76 percent) and winning the Super Bowl (14 percent to 12 percent).FiveThirtyEight vs. The CrowdIn Week 2 of our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — FiveThirtyEight’s readers fared slightly better than the computer model, scoring some big wins. One instance in which our readers trounced the model was the Tennessee-Jacksonville game, where the average player picked the Titans to win on the road with 52 percent confidence. The model, which failed to factor in the Jaguars’ inherent Jaguar-ness, had the home team winning at 59 percent. The Jags lost, and it wasn’t close.Readers were also more likely to fade the sad excuse for a football team known as the New York Jets. The Elo model gave the Oakland Raiders a 74 percent chance of winning at home, while readers had 88 percent confidence in Oakland — rightly knowing that the Jets (who systematically shed most of their talent this offseason) stood little chance in the Raiders’ home opener.Elo had its wins, too. The model was more confident than readers were that the reigning NFC champion Atlanta Falcons would win at home against the Green Bay Packers; it gave the Falcons a 63 percent chance of winning, while the average reader saw the game as a coin flip (50 percent). Likewise, Elo predicted the Denver Broncos to stand their ground against the Dallas Cowboys despite their being a home underdog according to the Vegas betting line — while the average player (wrongly) backed Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and company.Here are all the games from the second week of the season, in order of how many more points FiveThirtyEight readers earned, on average, than the model (or vice versa): NE64NE75NE+3.9– read more

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LETTER Justification for G606M emergency medical contract is obscene and insulting

Dear Editor,Even Cabinet members find Minister Volda Lawrence’s explanation for sole-sourcing the G$606M no-tender emergency purchase of medicines from ANSA McAL incredulous. She is being asked to make a second attempt at explaining herself.On Monday morning, she gave another scandalous explanation. Clearly, Minister Lawrence and the APNU+AFC are twisting like pretzel to explain another scandalous, corrupt deal. Who is responsible? The buck has to stop somewhere. The first stop is the Minister of Public Health, the final stop is the President.The President insists that people would be disciplined if wrongdoings were committed. There is now no question that wrongdoings had been committed. So, will Minister Lawrence be disciplined? Or will the “moles” and other staff be the fall guys, taking the rap for corruption that at least Minister Lawrence, by her approval of the sole-sourced contract, is totally complicit in.Minister Lawrence cannot be serious when she justifies the ANSA McAL contract on the basis of a donation of refrigerators worth a few hundred thousand dollars for a transaction of more than G$606 million, with overpayment of almost G$300M. It is apposite to note that for over a decade, the NEW GPC had provided, for free, warehouse space of thousands of square feet, including cold storage worth hundreds of millions of dollars.For good measure, Minister Lawrence defended the high prices charged for the medicines by saying that the supplier had to air-freight the medicines. Again, this cannot justify sole-sourcing, and cannot justify the absurdly inflated prices. The resort to a petty donation as justification for a G$606M contract is obscene and insulting.Minister Lawrence insists that she had to approve the contract because of the shortage of supplies, and was therefore acting in the interest of the people. But these shortages have been chronic since June 2015. In fact, George Norton, the former Public Health Minister, confessed this past week that the Public Health Ministry has been plagued with medicine shortages since June 2015. In early 2016, Norton had explained that the shortages had to do with the implementation of a more accountable procurement arrangement.This makes Minister Lawrence’s explanation an unholy smokescreen, deliberately thrown up as she tries to spin the corrupt transaction as a response to an “emergency”.While rampant chronic shortages of medicines have existed in the public health system since June 2015, the “emergency” claimed by Minister Lawrence was not driven by those shortages, but was an engineered “emergency” designed to provide “rewards” to chosen beneficiaries.The Minister identified “moles” as part of the problem, but “moles” did not cause the shortage; cancellations and delays of tenders compounded chronic shortages. Moles did not sole-source items for an “engineered” emergency worth over G$606M; the Minister approved the contract. The “moles” did not transact a corrupt deal; the GPHC and the Ministry of Public Health, part of the APNU+AFC machinery, committed a corrupt deal.Lawrence further cast blame on rogue staff of the GPHC and the Public Health Ministry for complicity in creating the “emergency”, but shortages of medicines and delays and cancellations of tenders have been ongoing for now almost 20 months, while APNU+AFC have stoutly denied shortages in Parliament and to the public.Minister Lawrence also equated the “emergency” with the non-delivery of medicines by contractors who failed to supply medicines, even though they were given contracts and paid. She neglected to provide information about the delinquent suppliers. Information is available that certain suppliers bid low prices in 2015 and 2016, some through sole-sourced contracts; and they failed to deliver, seeking to renegotiate the prices. One even brought in medicines from questionable sources, only for the Analyst Food and Drug Department to refuse the medicines entry.But these are not reasons for sole-sourcing, unless the Minister is now saying that only ANSA McAL is qualified to supply medicines to the Public Health system.Unfortunately, sole-sourced contracts have become a well-entrenched form of procurement under the APNU+AFC. As the corruption of this deal is further exposed, APNU+AFC and its allies are busy trying to distract and obfuscate. A fake news story in one section of the media charged that the NEW GPC did not deliver all its supplies in a 2015 contract. The New GPC has offered proof in the form of delivery notes to show that the Ministry of Health had received all medicines for which the NEW GPC was contracted to supply. Another fake story claimed that of another G$900M worth of sole-sourced medicines, the New GPC got a G$400M contract. The NEW GPC insists its officials were approached in early March to supply G$20M worth of “emergency” medicines, which was supplied within 24 hours!This is plain and simple corruption, nothing less. The Guyanese people must show unreserved revulsion at the abuse of tax payers’ money.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammy Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$605M Drug scandal: No reason for COI into Lawrence’s involvement – HarmonMarch 24, 2017In “Business”No credible evidence was ever presented to support allegations against NEW GPC- NandlallMarch 18, 2017In “Opinion”$605M Pharma scandal: There are grounds for Lawrence’s dismissal- PPPMarch 20, 2017In “Business” read more

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Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras

first_imgIf you’re planning a trip to Kuwait, don’t take your DSLR Camera. The country’s Ministry of information, Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Finance have all effectively banned the cameras in Kuwait, making it illegal to use DSLRs in public places unless you can prove that you’re a journalist and using the camera for journalistic purposes. The ban has left a number of people – mostly outside of the country – confused as to what precipitated the ban, since small compact cameras are still legal, as are cell phone cameras, but there’s naturally going to be a chilling effect as tourists and the general public in the country simply decide not to use their cameras instead of try to explain to the authorities that their specific camera is legal. There’s no official word from the Kuwaiti government on why they banned DSLRs in the first place, or what the effect will be on photographers or artists in the country who want to take photos in public, but if you’re planning a trip to the middle eastern country, what your airline’s baggage handlers will do with your DSLR should be the least of your worries now. [via The Next Web]last_img read more

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Opinion I wanted to pursue my acting dreams but having kids was

first_imgOpinion: ‘I wanted to pursue my acting dreams – but having kids was a huge risk. What should I do?’ Actress Sarah Carroll held off on expanding her family because of her job – but writes about how she eventually managed to make it work. ALTHOUGH I’VE BEEN a Mum since I was 18, it was only in my 30s that I really started to consider expanding our family.In my early 20s, I juggled lots of odd jobs while I was in college and trying to get by as a young mum.Even though it’s not what I studied, I started a job in childcare. It suited me as I could bring my daughter to work every day, not to mention the fact I loved looking after kids.I ended up staying in that job for most of my 20s but somewhere along the way I finally got to thinking about what career I really wanted to pursue, and acting stood out for me.At first, I dabbled mostly in student film and learned on the job. Gradually, as things gained momentum I got some great roles in independent films, as well as commercial, online and TV parts.I was nominated for, and won a Best Actress award in 2011, and was nominated again the following year in 2012. Taking a risk At that stage, my partner and I had been together for seven years and were engaged. We always knew we wanted to have more kids and discussed it regularly.But as an actor, it feels like a huge risk to step away for a period of time so we’d always decide to hold off a little longer.As an actor knows, if you want your next job just book a flight. An audition never fails to land in your inbox on the dates you’ve planned to be away.In 2013 we got married and at that point knew it was our time to grow our family. Stepping away from acting was a huge concern but I had begun to find the roles available to me were limited by age and gender, so the timing felt right in those terms and I hoped I could return to acting later.I left my agent so as not to be lured back by temptation and I was happy with my decision.By early 2014 I was expecting and we were looking forward to welcoming our second child. Sadly, at 13 weeks pregnant, I miscarried. My husband and I were beyond devastated, and the fear and heartbreak stopped us from trying again. We needed time to heal.It was during that time that Alan Mulligan first got in touch about his feature film The Limit Of. To say I was reluctant would be a massive understatement. I was on a hiatus, it was Alan’s debut feature, and as it stood there was zero money in the pot to make this movie.Pregnancy put on the back burner Apr 13th 2019, 7:31 PM 21,930 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Short URL Share2 Tweet Email1 Sarah Carroll https://jrnl.ie/4582950 By Sarah Carroll Sarah in a scene from The Limit Of.But I had previously worked with Alan and knew him well enough to know he had a determination capable of pulling something extraordinary off.So after a little back-and-forth discussing the script, I was committed, and my plan to have more children was put on the back burner.The next stage was to begin working on Alison’s character development. Thankfully Alan was writing the role with me in mind and he was happy to take my input on board. There were many cups of coffee, long discussions, and late night light-bulb moments that contributed to Alison’s journey to the screen.Pre-production was well underway and the shoot dates were fast approaching, but fate had other plans. Alan’s brother Anthony was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to have emergency surgery. Understandably Alan’s priorities immediately changed as he made himself available to care for his brother.The shoot was off the table for the foreseeable future.Some time later I got an out of the blue phone call from Alan to say that Anthony’s recovery had progressed much quicker than expected. Unbelievably, they were both eager to get back to business and see this project come to fruition.I was thrilled to hear the news and wanted nothing more than to resume working with Alan, but this time it was my turn to break some news.Yes, I was expecting.It was early days so the health of my pregnancy was still a concern, plus I suffer from hyperemesis – an extreme form of pregnancy sickness – and was virtually unable to get out of bed at that time. Alan was completely supportive and adamant that no one else could play the role of Alison – even though it meant shooting would have to take place before my pregnancy was showing.I’m certain we were both equally as panicked as we were excited. I was grappling with the thought of pulling a performance out of the bag when in reality I couldn’t even get out of my pyjamas.It’s incredible how the timing worked out in the end. Cameras started rolling just days after I emerged from the bleakest few months of early pregnancy.I was by no means feeling fantastic, but I was upright. I kept my pregnancy relatively under wraps while on set, but I had some incredible support from the crew who really looked after me and saw me through some seemingly impossible moments.Filming was condensed into an intense few weeks. It was a challenge to balance the time pressure against giving our best performance, but Laurence was fantastic to work opposite. We managed to steal quiet moments to focus when we needed but also knew when to lighten the mood and laugh through the sleep deprivation.Once filming wrapped I retracted back into my own world and focused on my pregnancy. We welcomed our baby boy in September 2015 and following another miscarriage we had our third child (a baby girl) in 2017.My IFTA nomination came as a wonderful surprise in 2018 and now, another year on, we’ve just premiered in the cinema.It’s been a journey and a half but the outcome has been life-changing. We’ve been so lucky to have grown to a family of five and now, following the success of The Limit Of things are looking set for a return to acting just as I turn 40.Of course, a bigger family means lots more juggling, particularly if demanding acting roles come my way, as the schedule can be unpredictable.Thankfully I have the best support from my husband – and when you want something badly enough you just find a way to make it work.Sarah Carroll stars as Alison Murphy in Alan Mulligan’s debut feature The Limit Of, which was released in Irish cinemas on Friday, 5 April 2019. Author photo by Laura Fitzsimons. Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 7:30 PMlast_img read more

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Dublins Macken Street reopens after earlier incident

first_imgDublin’s Macken Street reopens after earlier incident The street was closed earlier. No Comments Image: Google Street View May 2nd 2019, 8:07 AM 95,813 Views By Stephen McDermott https://jrnl.ie/4616211 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Share6 Tweet Email2 Short URL Macken Street Image: Google Street View Updated May 2nd 2019, 5:20 PM DUBLIN’S MACKEN STREET has reopened to traffic after earlier being closed as emergency services dealt with an incident.The street had been closed in both directions between Pearse Street and the south quays as gardaí and members of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene.Gardaí tweeted this evening that the incident had been resolved and the street had now fully reopened after the incident.  Thursday 2 May 2019, 5:20 PM Macken Streetlast_img read more

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Underground Lake of Liquid Water Discovered on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System “Water is [on Mars]. We have no more doubt,” co-author of a new study Enrico Flamini told a press conference. This is definitely not a drill. Thanks to new data from Mars Express, a 15-year-old satellite, researchers have announced that there is a 12-mile wide lake of liquid — yes, seriously — water below the Mars’ South Pole. If that sounds bonkers to you, it does come with some caveats, but it’s legit. So, the main things are that the lake could mean any number of things here including a slush of water and sediment. The water is also chock-full of perchlorates, toxic chemicals to us that occur naturally in Martian soil. It also dramatically lowers the freezing point of water — which is good, because that region is about -60 Celsius at the surface.Even so, this is water. On Mars. And the new research is published in Science, one of the most legit journals around. Now, the big question for a lot of people will be: If this probe is so old… why are we just now figuring this out? Well, the new data is essentially a radar analysis of this region of Mars. The scan took place between May 2012 and December 2015. Essentially, it used subsurface radar like the kind we use to scan Earth for deposits and caves of all kinds.And in this case, the scans produced a “radar profile… similar to that of lakes of liquid water beneath the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets on Earth.” The paper adds that this suggests “that there is a subglacial lake at this location on Mars.”So yeah. That’s it. This also substantially improves the chances that we may find microscopic life on Mars. After all, there are plenty of organisms on Earth that can not only survive in a perchlorate heavy environment, but some even metabolize the salts as food. Similar organisms could survive just fine in the lake. Unfortunately, though, it’ll probably be at least a decade before we can investigate further. Now that it has been discovered, NASA’s planetary defense team will need to do quite a bit to clean probes and craft before sending them to prevent cross-contamination. STILL. IT’S WATER. LIQUID. MARS. WE. FOUND. IT.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Goldberg being advertised for the upcoming WWE Fastlane PPV on March 5

first_img WWE and the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee are both advertising Goldberg for the upcoming WWE Fastlane PPV (RAW brand) on March 5.WWE.com is currently advertising Goldberg for the PPV, while the official Twitter account of the BMO Harris Bradley Center sent out this tweet earlier today.See @Goldberg and your favorite superstars in Milwaukee at @WWE #Fastlane on March 5! #WWE #Goldberg #WWEMKE pic.twitter.com/GDQrCFpFCb— BMOHarrisBradleyCntr (@BMOHBC) January 11, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 January 12, 2017 at 9:57 am Facebook Twitter WWE SummerSlam Results – 8/11/19 (Lesnar vs. Rollins, Kingston vs. Orton, Goldberg returns) Google+ Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? For the third year in a row the award for dumbest name for a wrestling PPV goes to WWE Fastlane. Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Zach Steven Whitlow WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto Thomas Costello Bill Goldberg Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR January 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm The theme itself makes sense with the whole Road To Wrestlemania deal but I agree if I were a wrestler, it would just sound weird saying I am going to fight you at Fastlane. Just doesnt carry the same intensity as Backlash or Judgment Day or Armageddon Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhich Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 40.09%0:04Remaining Time -0:38 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 2 COMMENTS Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed.last_img read more

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ASA Joins Letter in Support of Farm Bill Energy Title Funding

first_imgASA joined more than 130 national, regional and state groups in a letter to congressional agriculture committee leaders, urging them to include mandatory funding for Energy Title programs in the farm bill. Specifically, ASA supports mandatory funding for the Biobased Market Program and the Biodiesel Education Program.Both programs were funded in the Senate bill, but were only authorized in the House bill, which provided no mandatory funding for Energy Title programs.  The Senate bill provides $3 million per year for the Biobased Market Program and $1 million per year for the Biodiesel Education Program.The letter, spearheaded by the 25x’25 Alliance, the Ag Energy Coalition and the Environmental Law and Policy Center, can be viewed here.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Farm-Bill-Energy-Title-25×25-letter-November-20131.pdf”]last_img read more

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Virgin Galactic flies a surprise passenger to suborbital space

first_imgVSS Unity achieved a speed of Mach 3.0 and coasted into suborbital space, reaching nearly 56 miles (90 kilometers) above Earth. “Welcome back to space,” Virgin Galactic tweeted. NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyond 23 Photos Tags 0 SpaceShipTwo, welcome back to space— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 22, 2019 Share your voice Enlarge ImageThe VSS Unity arrived safely back on the ground after achieving a test flight milestone in December 2018. Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic laid claim to spaceflight in December when its rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo reached 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers) above Earth’s surface. The space plane headed out for a fifth supersonic powered test flight on Friday, this time with a third person on board. It successfully reached suborbital space and returned safely.The company is testing some aspects of its customer cabin designed for tourists. Virgin Galactic revealed there was a third crew member besides the two pilots. The surprise addition was Beth Moses, the company’s chief astronaut instructor, who spent 24 years working at NASA.”She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back,” Virgin Galactic tweeted. The company had not mentioned her in its releases prior to the flight. Sci-Tech NASA Space Richard Branson Virgin Galactic We have a 3rd crew member in the cabin of SpaceShipTwo today, Chief Astronaut Instructor, Beth Moses. She will provide human validation for the data we collect. Including aspects of the customer cabin and spaceflight environment from the perspective of people in the back. pic.twitter.com/WiUxhuf2zv— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 22, 2019 null WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo take off for our fifth supersonic powered test flight pic.twitter.com/05rxbe1j14— Virgin Galactic (@virgingalactic) February 22, 2019 SpaceShipTwo had four NASA research payloads along for the ride during the Friday flight. The experiments involved life support systems and electromagnetic fields. “The spaceship will be a little heavier than last time, and very close to a full commercial weight,” said Virgin Galactic.Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson said last year he hopes to be one of the first passengers. Today’s successful test flight gets space fans one step closer to experiencing microgravity for themselves. The plane VSS Unity is the same one that earned its pilots commercial astronaut wings after its last flight. The space plane works by hitching a ride on Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, and then separating and rocketing off under its own power.   Virgin Galactic posted a look at the mothership and VSS Unity after takeoff from a runway in Mojave, California.last_img read more

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Government committed to improve sports infra in rural areas

first_imgSrikakulam: The State government is committed to improve basic facilities at all sports stadiums across the state, said Minister for Roads and Buildings (R&B) and Sports and Tourism D Krishna Das and M Srinivasa Rao respectively. Inaugurating the indoor stadium at Kondamulagam village in Ranastalam mandal on Friday, the ministers said the government would encourage rural talent and provide all basic amenities at mini-stadiums across the State. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us The indoor stadium was constructed with Rs 2 crore under the supervision of Police Housing Corporation’s engineering wing. “To encourage rural talent, we are going to provide all required facilities and Srikakulam is famous for sports persons and athletes” they added. The ministers also assured to complete Kodi Rammurthy stadium modernisation works by January 1, 2020. The ministers said that sports and games would improve confidence among students. The ministers appealed to parents of the students to encourage their children to participate in sports and games. MP B Chandra Sekhar, Etcherla MLA G Kiran Kumar, Collector J Nivas also spoke. Later the ministers had a darshan of Sun God at Arasavalli in Srikakulam city.last_img read more

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Road transport bill to be placed before cabinet Monday

first_imgObaidul QuadeRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the road transport bill will be placed before the cabinet meeting on Monday for approval, reports UNB.The draft bill will be placed before the cabinet meeting following the directives of the prime minister, he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.The law ministry has already completed the vetting of the road transport bill, said Rezaul Karim, public relations officer of the law ministry.The document of the proposed bill was sent to the road transport and bridges ministry today, he said.last_img read more

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Families of arrested cry on court premises

first_imgA mother, whose two sons are in jail, cries in chief metropolitan magistrate’s court premises on Saturday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasOutside the courtroom, seven-year-old Mumtahina fights for space with six or seven adults for a chance to look through the five by four foot window, to have a glimpse of her father inside.Yards away stands Rokeya Begum, her mother. Tears are rolling down her cheeks, an 11-month-old boy in her lap.Nine people, arrested in different parts of Dhaka between Friday night and Saturday morning, were being produced before the court on Sunday and their friends and family gathered outside.Many of the arrestees are activists of the opposition parties. Some allege their near and dear ones have been arrested as their rivals influenced the policemen.Ibrahim Monir is a teacher at Haji Malek Matobbor Kindergarten. On Friday night, he was checking exam scripts while his daughter was sitting next to him.Police picked him up at around 8:00pm. Since then Mumtahina has been crying. “They said they will only take baba to the police station and he will then be freed. Why is he here now? When will he return home? My daughter keeps asking me these questions,” said Rokeya.”He is a teacher, but they have picked him up in an explosives case. He does not even know when any bomb blasted. He has heart problems,” Ibrahim’s lawyer told Prothom Alo.An elderly lady was sitting on the floor outside the court room. Seeing her son, Swapan Bepari, she rushed to him. He urged her not to worry, but she could control her weeping.  His wife Rina Akhter said, “We asked the police what was his fault. They said we would know about it in the court.”Selina Akhter Parveen, the wife of Swapan’s brother, said her husband was loyal to BNP.He was arrested about one and half months ago for allegedly vandalising cars. Now his brother is also arrested. They are six brothers, and the other four are now on the run.Sexagenarian Rahmat Ali was moving around with a blue paper in his hand. He needs this paper to get to see his jailed son.The arrestee, who owns a cattle farm and a fish enclosure in Savar, was arrested a few days after he joined a BNP meeting.When asked why his son was arrested, he said, “It’s a political case.”last_img read more

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