Rugby league players consider class action over NRL’s treatment of concussions

first_img Since you’re here… The lawsuit would look at whether the rules imposed by the code took “sufficient steps to protect players against concussion incidents”, as well as whether those rules were “actually implemented” to “allow players time to recover from concussion incidents without sustaining permanent injury”.The code’s historic treatment of concussion has been subject to increased scrutiny following the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease, in two former rugby league players.Researchers and clinicians from Royal Prince Alfred hospital, NSW Health and the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre made the discovery in two donated brains from middle-aged former professionals who played more than 150 NRL games over many years.But former players have long raised concerns about the long-term impacts of concussions suffered while playing.Ian Roberts, a former Australian and New South Wales representative forward who played during the 1980s and 90s, has been outspoken about the toll of what he estimates were more than a dozen concussions suffered playing the game.Last year Roberts was one of 25 retired NRL players who took part in a study into the effects of repeated concussions on the brain, which found repeated head injuries suffered during their careers had left them with long-term impairments.But while in the US former NFL players have previously brought lawsuits against the sport’s administrators over concussions suffered while playing, Roberts told Guardian Australia he had personally never investigated it as an option.“I’ve heard speculation about it for years but no one has ever approached me about it,” he said. “I honestly don’t know why [I haven’t] maybe I’m being ignorant myself to not have thought about it.“Would I consider legal action? I would need to arm myself with some more information. I think major sporting bodies now – and this is just solely about the NRL but any contact sport organisation – they need to make their players aware of the situation, the risks, I think everyone needs a bit of education.” Rugby league Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest NRL Share on WhatsApp Read more Concussion in sport: Peter Sterling to donate brain after disease found in two former NRL players Former rugby league players are considering a class action lawsuit against the code over the game’s historic treatment of concussions.Two Sydney law firms – Bannister Law and Cahill Lawyers – have revealed they are investigating the code’s liability for “reasonably preventable brain injuries” suffered by former players.Charles Bannister, principal of Bannister Law, said the firms have been investigating “the root causes of post-retirement medical issues among numerous former NRL players” for the past 12 months, with a view to a possible class action.“The structures that have evolved within the NRL through the progression of the game mean that we are looking at the clubs’ and associations’ liability for what are, we will allege, reasonably preventable brain injuries,” Bannister said. Linked to repeated concussions, CTE has been found in former players of American football, ice hockey, football, rugby union and others exposed to repeated head injury.The discovery of the disease in two former NRL players prompted a renewed focus of the game’s handling of concussion.After the report’s release, former Parramatta Eels legend Peter Sterling announced he would donate his brain to science, while other players revealed their own concerns about the toll of playing the code had taken.Speaking after the report’s release last week, former Brisbane Broncos and Queensland representative forward Corey Parker said on Fox Sports that he “had moments” where he worried about the impact of his playing career on his health.“To be very honest I’ve had moments where I’ve had concerns, so much so that I’ve initiated conversations [about] going and have some checks done,” he said. “You put up that wall of ‘I’ll be OK, I’ll be OK’ until such time that you do go and have a test or have some scans done … It is the greatest game but along with that comes a price at times.” Health Australia sport Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Share on Messenger Share via Email “We will also allege that ARL, NRL and the clubs have had the resources both medical and paramedical to understand and implement protocols and policies that could and should have protected player welfare long before they were introduced.” The potential lawsuit could see both major Australian football codes facing similar legal action.Greg Griffin, managing partner of Griffins Lawyers, said he had been preparing a class action against the AFL for about five years.“We are way down the track,” Griffin told AAP on Wednesday. “I would say it’s imminent. The next stage is getting things into the court system. There is a raft of claims.”The two law firms investigating the potential class action say they have been in touch with “many senior players over an extended period, all of whom have serious concerns about their brain health” and were investigating “the root causes of post-retirement medical issues among numerous former NRL players”. Topics news Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Concussion in sport Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more


The tie is not over yet – Ronaldo warns Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid v PSG The tie is not over yet – Ronaldo warns Madrid Dejan Kalinic 08:57 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) CristianoRonaldo - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid v PSG Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid PSG UEFA Champions League The Blancos star has insisted there is still work to do in the Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has warned his team that their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain is not over yet, urging them to attack in the return leg.Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals for one club in Europe’s elite club competition during Wednesday’s 3-1 first-leg win at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Portuguese star scored a brace to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s 33rd-minute opener for PSG before Marcelo added a third late on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite his team’s strong position, Ronaldo warned there was still work to do heading into the second leg in Paris on March 6.”The fans have helped us a lot and we felt their warmth. It has to be that way,” he told reporters.”Marcelo’s goal was very important, he played a good match and he deserved it.”When goals are scored and your team wins, it is always special. Today it started and I scored two.”The tie is not over yet. We have to go to Paris to win and to score goals, to be calm and to qualify for the next phase.”After Rabiot’s opener, Ronaldo struck from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time before putting his team ahead with seven minutes remaining.Ronaldo was particularly pleased with his team’s performance in the second half as they took control of the tie.”This was an important victory. We started the match well, but we let in a goal,” the 33-year-old said.”But this is the Champions League and Madrid have the experience. Games last 90 minutes and, at home, we wanted to play a good game. We have a good advantage for the return thanks to those two late goals.”We knew [PSG] were a very dangerous team with the forwards they have. We knew we had to press them to win the ball.”In the second half we waited a little bit, we played better, and we had more opportunities.”last_img read more


9 months agoJuventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus striker Dybala: Liverpool and Atletico Madrid the ‘worst’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Paulo Dybala admits winning the Champions League is their priority this season.Juventus face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16 next month.“The Champions League is the main objective for us this season and we’ll do everything we can to win it,” said Dybala. “Atletico Madrid are, along with Liverpool, the worst side we could’ve picked in the draw.” last_img read more


CBS Gives 1 CFB Head Coaching Hire An “F” Grade

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Tuesday afternoon, CBS Sports broke down all of the new college football coaches and which programs hired the right man for the job. While a few programs hit it out of the park – think Ryan Day at Ohio State and Les Miles at Kansas – several programs were left with more questions than answers.Only one program, however, earned an “F” with its hire. That honor goes to Utah State, which lost head coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech.The Aggies went on to hire Gary Anderson, who previously coached the team.CBS Sports doesn’t like the hire.The Aggies replaced one of the top, rising coaches (Wells) with a retread. Not only is Andersen a retread, he’s walked out on Wisconsin and Oregon State. Somehow, Utah State hired back a coach who was only 26-24 in his first go-round with the Aggies before leaving in 2012. In a 30-year coaching career, Andersen has stayed at one place (Utah) longer than four years. In those 30 years, he’s been at 10 different schools. Utah somehow hired him three different times. Career record: 57-61. Good luck, Aggies.That’s not exactly the reaction you’re hoping for when you hire a new head coach.You can see every coaching grade here.last_img read more


How About Some Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream?

first_img 8 of the Coolest Ice Cream Parlors in the World The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now It’s hot as hell and ice cream is in constant rotation at every outdoor event. Actually, it’s pretty much everywhere (if you live in New York, the Mr. Softee song is unavoidable). I find it hard to go wrong with a sugar cone and a scoop of rocky road. And with so many classic, small batch and organic ice creams on the market these days you can easily find whatever flavor or variety you are craving.However, we all know that there’s something to be said about homemade dessert. The problem is that people imagine making ice cream at home to be hard work. “I don’t have an ice cream maker! How the hell am I going to make my own butter pecan? It’s a valid question, but we at The Manual have found the answer.Or, rather, Chef Leslie Bilderback has found the answer—in her new book No-Churn Ice Cream: Over 100 Simply Delicious No-Machine Frozen Treats. Bilderback is an extremely accomplished chef. She has been an executive chef and pastry chef at highly regarded restaurants all over California (where she is currently based); she is a Certified Master Baker; she’s a former faculty member at the California School of Culinary Arts; and she’s also an award-winning author.Related: Clyde May’s and People’s Pops Bring You Whiskey PopsIn her latest book, Chef Bilderback walks you through the process of making your own ice cream, sorbet and gelato—all without an ice cream maker. The recipes range from the classic to the more complex, such as Pineapple Peppercorn and Sweet Potato Marshmallow Swirl.Bilderback explains the history of the no-churn technique, which is “based on the classic French dessert called parfait.” The goal of her book is to get her readers to “make really good ice cream at home, repeatedly.” It’s a culinary education that leaves you with the skills to develop your own delicious stash of sweet, frozen treats.It may be easy enough to stop and pick up a cone at your local ice cream shop or a pint at the nearest grocery story, but why do that when you can make the good stuff at home?It’s like the old phrase, “teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”—you know, except instead of fish, here it’s a lifetime of excellent, homemade ice cream.Vanilla Ice CreamMakes about 1 Quart of Ice CreamIngredients:1 13 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk1 cup milk½ vanilla bean, scraped1 teaspoon pure vanilla extractPinch of salt1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice2 cups heavy creamMethod:1. In a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, milk, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, salt and lemon juice.2. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it reaches soft peak. Fold the cream gently into the milk mixture, then transfer to a shallow freezable container.3. Cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper pressed directly on the surface of the ice cream, and place in the freezer for 6 hours.4. Scoop and serve the finished ice cream with fresh berries, chocolate or caramel sauce, or a drizzle of Kahlua.last_img read more


Seniors Wont Pay More

first_imgThe government is committed to making life better and more affordable for Nova Scotians. This is particularly important for seniors. I’ve spoken with many seniors, and the cost of prescription drugs is often a concern. The government is committed to keeping program costs as low as possible, which is why we are not increasing Seniors’ Pharmacare premiums or co-payments this year. Seniors understand that drug spending by government has been going up. In fact, the cost of the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program is growing annually by about five per cent – up to $195 million this year. Despite this increase, the co-payments and premiums are not going up. That’s a pretty good insurance program. What’s happening is that more and more seniors at higher income levels are joining the program. This affects what seniors as a group end up paying into the program. Quite simply, higher income seniors pay the maximum premium, which means more money comes into the program from seniors collectively. However, individual seniors are protected when we hold the line on the premiums and co-payments. Here’s how it breaks down. Last year, taxpayers covered almost 74 per cent of the program costs, while seniors covered about 26 per cent. This year, taxpayers will contribute the same overall dollar amount, but cover about 73 per cent of costs overall. Seniors collectively will pay about 27 per cent. While we remain committed to keeping costs for seniors as low as possible, we believe this is a reasonable balance between taxpayers and seniors, who are the direct beneficiaries of the program. Seniors are taxpayers too. They understand the serious financial challenges facing the province. While I’m sure seniors would have preferred to see a reduction in premiums and co-payments, in the face of escalating program costs and a massive deficit, holding the line seems to be a fair compromise. In the long run, the challenge is to find ways to provide access to much needed medications without breaking the bank. That’s why the government is going to create a new drug management unit to lead this work. We are also taking a close look at the various pharmacare programs we offer, so that they are fair for all those who need prescription medications, especially seniors. -30-last_img read more


Jagan Reddy orders demolition of Naidus Praja Vedika

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday ordered the demolition of Praja Vedika, an extension of his predecessor N. Chandrababu Naidu’s residence at Undavalli here. He announced the decision during the district collectors’ conference at the same premises. Stating that Praja Vedika was a structure built in violation of the rules by the then Chief Minister, Jagan Reddy declared that his government’s drive against illegal structures will begin with the demolition of this structure on Wednesday. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “This is the last meeting being held here,” said Jagan Reddy, whose government on Saturday took possession of Praja Vedika, located adjacent to the residence of Naidu, who is now the Leader of Opposition. The collectors’ conference, the first after the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) stormed to power in May, was scheduled to be held in the state Secretariat but the government announced on Friday that it will be held at Praja Vedika. The next day the officials took control of the premises. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The dramatic developments came at a time when Naidu, the president of the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), is holidaying abroad with his family. Reacting sharply to Jagan Reddy’s decision, the TDP called it vendetta politics. Claiming that the structure was constructed by the government as per the rules and regulations, the opposition party alleged that the Chief Minister ordered its demolition so that their leader does not get it. Naidu on June 4 had written to the Chief Minister to allow him to use the structure to hold meetings. Praja Vedika (people’s grievance cell) was built by the government through the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) as an extension to then Chief Minister Naidu’s residence. Built at a cost of Rs 5 crore, it was being used by Naidu for official purposes as well as to hold party meetings. The YSRCP government’s move to take control of Praja Vedika and demolish it came close on the heels of a statement by party legislator Alla Ramakrishna Reddy that Naidu will be made to vacate the house as it was built illegally on the river bed. A petition filed by Ramakrishna Reddy for demolition of Naidu’s house and other structures is pending in the High Court. Chandrababu Naidu has been staying in the house at Undavalli on the banks of the Krishna river since 2016 when Andhra Pradesh shifted its administration to Amaravati from Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana state.last_img read more


Saudi Arabia and UAE vow to back Yemen war effort amid cracks

first_imgDubai: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged Monday to keep their floundering coalition war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels together after an Emirati troop pullout and the rise of the southern separatists they supported. The joint communique came as the Houthis launched at least six ballistic missiles and two drone attacks into Saudi Arabia, keeping up its pressure on the kingdom as online infighting between the Emirati and Saudi intelligentsia exposed growing cracks between the usually lockstep oil-rich nations. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe statement, carried by both the Emirati and Saudi state news agencies, said both nations’ “political, military, relief and development efforts” would continue. It also said the countries both rejected and condemned the “accusations and defamation campaigns targeting the UAE” since its decision in June to begin withdrawing troops. The UAE, an autocratic federation of seven sheikhdoms home to Dubai, has not publicly acknowledged how many troops it withdrew from Yemen. Yemeni officials have suggested Emirati troop strength has dropped by as much as 75% out of around 10,000 troops. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Emirati withdrawal followed rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, suggesting Abu Dhabi worried about having forces at home in case an armed conflict broke out. While Emirati troops often weren’t directly involved in front-line combat, they organized local forces and handled intelligence operations in Yemen’s south. Those forces included separatists seeking their own nation who have swept into areas to seize control from Yemen’s internationally recognized government, leading to clashes between the supposed allies. The withdrawal of Emirati forces drew derision from Saudi-allied intellectuals online.last_img read more


Fredericton police release scene of shooting spree but damage remains

first_imgFREDERICTON – Residents of the Fredericton apartment complex that was the scene of Friday’s deadly shooting spree are being allowed back into their homes, but many are already thinking about moving out.Four people were gunned down at a four-building complex on Brookside Drive in the city’s north end.Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud died in the shooting, along with responding officers Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns of Fredericton police.Joseph Cartwright was at work that morning when he got the call from his girlfriend to say that there was gunfire and she and Cartwright’s four-year-old son were scared.“I bolted from work. I couldn’t get any closer than the Tim Horton’s. I could hear the shots and I could see the apartment building but I couldn’t get here. As a parent that’s probably the worst feeling in the world, knowing there’s somebody shooting where your four-year-old son is,” Cartwright said Tuesday.They were not in the same building as the shooter, but were only a few metres away. Police were able to get them safely out of harm’s way.Cartwright said police kicked in the doors of a number of apartments in order to gain entry, but maintenance staff have since made repairs.Other buildings still bear the scars of the tragedy. A window is smashed out in the third floor apartment where the shooter was located, while another window in that apartment has bullet holes.A third floor apartment in another building on the other side of a small courtyard also has bullet holes through its windows, and one bullet hole in the wall.Cartwright, 30, said he’s planning to move out.“I can’t let my kid and my girlfriend be traumatized every time they come home … I have to protect my family. That means getting out of here and getting them safe,” he said.Calvin Cole and his girlfriend were in a basement apartment in the same building as the shooter when the shots were fired Friday.He said they hid in the apartment and stayed put until police finally came to get them out.Cole said it’s something he’ll never forget.“It’s probably going to be on the mind for a while. It’s going to be fresh because it’s a rare occurrence here in Fredericton. It makes me concerned heavily about my neighbourhood,” he said.Cole, 26, said he’s on subsidized housing and will move as soon as a new place can be found for him.Another tenant, who didn’t want to be identified, said she was in a basement apartment in another building, and just stayed on the floor.“The scariest time was when the shooting stopped,” she said. “You didn’t know when it was going to start again, or where it would be coming from.”The Canadian Red Cross is concluding its emergency provision of lodging, meals and other support to residents who were displaced by the shooting.Bill Lawlor, the New Brunswick director for the Red Cross, said residents are being advised to speak to counsellors and others as they return to their apartments.“Many of these people, you have to remember, either heard or actually saw this happen. So it was a very traumatic experience for them on that day, and they now have to return to that very same scene,” he said.Fredericton police say a regimental funeral “to celebrate the lives of our fallen members” will be held on Saturday at the University of New Brunswick.An obituary for Burns said the 43-year-old mother of three boys fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer three years ago, after more than 14 years as a stay-at-home mom.“Not a day would go by when she didn’t say aloud, for everyone to hear, ‘I love my job,’” the obituary published on the McAdam’s Funeral Home and Crematorium website said.Lawlor said the Red Cross gained a lot of experience after the Moncton Mountie shootings in 2014, and assisted the hundreds of police and other first responders who attended the regimental funeral. He says they will do the same this Saturday.“We are the second responders in these types of incidents, but we have great respect for the first responder community, so it will be our great privilege to support them during this difficult time,” Lawlor said.Wright is remembered as a compassionate person who “loved to assist others” in an obituary published by Carleton Funeral Home and Crematorium in Jacksonville, near Woodstock, N.B.“Affectionately known as ‘bubbles,’ those that had the honour of knowing her well knew this described her perfectly,” it said.The obituary said Wright graduated from Canterbury High School in 2003 and from New Brunswick Community College with a diploma in medical office administration in 2008. She had previously worked on a tree farm, catered and worked in an office before embarking on a career as a home support worker.A public visitation was set for Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., although there will be no funeral service by request.An obituary for Robichaud said he is survived by a wife and three children, and there will be no visitation or funeral, in keeping with his wishes.Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He is set to appear in court on Aug. 27.During a news conference Monday, police Chief Leanne Fitch urged the public to be patient, saying the investigation is “very much active and is focused on finding facts” — a sentiment she repeated in a statement Tuesday evening.Fitch said she was responding to “media criticism” of police being “tight lipped and not providing certain details of the ongoing investigation.”“As with any criminal investigation, we cannot make assumptions or let rumours and speculation direct us. We must deal with facts and evidence,” Fitch’s statement said. “This protects the integrity of the investigation and it protects the upcoming court case.”She added that the questions being raised “are the same questions the investigators are seeking answers to.”“As your police force, I assure you we are going to get those answers, but we need to do it right. Doing it right means being patient and being thorough so that all investigative possibilities are looked at,” she said.Police have said the man accused in one of the deadliest shootings in New Brunswick history had a firearms licence and allegedly used a long gun that can be legally obtained in Canada.Fitch has also confirmed one of the officers who responded to the shooting was wearing a body camera and that the camera evidence was provided to the RCMP.last_img read more


PepsiCo vs potato farmers

first_imgThe Gujarat government must not opt for an out-of-court settlement with PepsiCo as the Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers Rights (PPV&FR) Act 2001 lets farmers cultivate any variety they like to, including the patented variety of potatoes, say activists. The food and beverage multinational recently sued farmers in Gujarat for cultivating their proprietary FC5 variety of potatoes that are used to make Lay’s chips. This variety is designed to have less moisture and sugar content than other spuds. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), a farmers’ rights advocacy platform, opposed the state’s attempt to settle the matter saying the Act is applicable irrespective of the source of seed, type of seed, type of registrant, type of crop, and to who and how the harvest was sold. “There should be absolutely no compromise on farmers’ rights and seed sovereignty. The state government should make the Act as the basis of any settlement, if at all, and anything less than that is unacceptable. It would have failed all the farmers in India and not just the sued farmers if it succumbs to corporate lobbying,” said Kapil Shah of Vadodara-based NGO Jatan Trust. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe state is talking about settling outside the court after Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Ratilal Patel, on April 27, 2019, said the state would implead in the case. PepsiCo had also proposed to settle in the last court hearing on April 26. The corporate giant’s offer had two terms. One, farmers should stop growing the registered potato variety and surrender their existing stocks. And if they wished to continue, they must enter PepsiCo’s collaborative farming programme where they buy seeds from the company and sell the produce back to it. “PepsiCo should withdraw the cases unconditionally, explicitly acknowledging that its rights under the law are indeed subject to farmers’ rights. It is PepsiCo that should be asked to sign an undertaking that this will not happen to our farmers again. It should apologise to the defendant-farmers and compensate them adequately for trespassing their farms, breaching their privacy, video-recording without farmer’s knowledge, intimidation, unnecessary expenses and harassment they have been subjected to,” said Kavitha Kuruganti of ASHA. The All India Farmers’ Forum (AIFF) had also earlier demanded that PepsiCo immediately withdraw its lawsuits and apologise to the Indian peasants. “PepsiCo India should understand that this is India and not USA where hundreds of farmers have been sued by giant seed industry like Monsanto Inc that has milked millions of dollars from farmers,” Kuruganti added. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more


French Journalists who Blackmailed King Mohammed VI Face a Minimum of

Rabat – King Mohammed VI’s French lawyer, Eric Dupont-Moretti has revealed that former French journalists, Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet could face a minimum of five years in jail for their attempt to blackmail King Mohammed VI of Morocco.Eric Dupont-Moretti communicated with Moroccan media for the first time regarding this case and informed Media24 that punishment for blackmailing is the lesser of the charges the arrested journalists may face. He added that blackmailing is penalized with up to 5 years in jail and a 75,000 Euro fine.Meanwhile, King Mohammed VI’s French lawyer pointed out that current investigations are seeking clues to uncover the true motives of these journalists. “We are searching for the background of this incident. We may find other things we can use to press other charges against them.” Dupont-Moretti also noted that he has appealed to the French justice to press charges for organized crime against Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet.The French lawyer suspects foul play in Laurent and Graciet’s motives. He believes there is more to this crime than what is known so far. Who are the real beneficiaries? Is there a mastermind behind it? He has expressed money is unlikely to be their only motive.In a previous interview with French TV channel LCI, Dupont-Moretti said the French journalists might have been manipulated by a group. He also brought “terrorism” as a possible ulterior motive.“The geopolitical consequences of this type of scam are considerable,” he claimed.King Mohammed VI’s lawyer confirmed that Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet remain in custody at the BRDP Anti-Crime Unit in Paris (Brigade de Répression de la Délinquancecontre la Personne).At last, he informed the media that more information will be disclosed regarding the future of the arrested journalists as investigations are still searching. The case will be clearer on Saturday afternoon, and Laurent and Graciet will stay in custody another 48 hours.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more


Forestry analyst says quotabased softwood deal possible next month

MONTREAL — The framework for a 10-year softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the U.S. could be reached in the coming weeks, says an industry analyst, citing discussions with unnamed trade contacts.In a report released Thursday, Hamir Patel of CIBC World Markets said a deal setting quotas on Canadian softwood exports could be acceptable to the U.S. lumber industry if Canada drops several demands. That would include withdrawing a request that New Brunswick be excluded from any softwood agreement restrictions, Patel said.“We now believe there is a greater than 50 per cent probability that the two sides could announce an agreed-upon framework by the end of August,” he wrote.He said the U.S. Lumber Coalition could be encouraged by the Trump administration to sign a deal that would gradually reduce Canada’s share of the U.S. market to 27 to 28 per cent over several years from its 31.9 per cent share last year.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland declined to comment on “rumours until a deal is reached that is favourable to both sides.” The U.S. Lumber Coalition also said it wouldn’t comment on speculation.U.S. producers would likely demand that they keep all duty deposits paid to date as compensation for 18 months of free trade since the past softwood agreement expired in 2015, Patel said. Canadian producers received back 80 per cent of their deposits in the 2006 softwood lumber agreement.The quota would likely be divided among provinces based on their historical share of the U.S. market, Patel added.A similar deal rejected by the industry about 10 days ago would have capped Canada’s share at 31 per cent in the first six months, with that falling to 29 per cent over the next 12 months until it were to reach 28 per cent in early 2022.A source close to the negotiations said the two sides were on the verge of a deal until some elements in the U.S. industry balked.The person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the talks said there is little chance now of a softwood deal in place before NAFTA negotiations begin next month, with the Canadian and U.S. governments now eyeing September as the earliest date for a softwood deal to be finalized.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said information that there was a deal in the works is credible, based on his discussions with contacts in the sector.“But until you get a deal it’s all just talk,” Quinn said from Vancouver.“I’m more in the camp that it’s going to be longer than earlier,” he said. “If they don’t get anything done by Aug. 16, really this sits on the back burner until they get NAFTA done.”— With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawa read more


Pride Toronto lifts ban on uniformed police marching in parade

Pride Toronto has lifted a ban on uniformed Toronto Police Service officers participating in the annual event. Organizers says the two sides have made progress and they are seeing signs of a new understanding and active commitment by the force. In a post on Facebook, Pride Toronto said they will allow TPS to submit an application to take part. “When we receive an application from the Toronto Police Service, we will review the application and provided they meet our Rules of Parade Entry, they will be granted a marching permit for the 2019 parade,” said organizers. “This decision is made in acknowledgement that Pride Toronto can only thrive through commitment to a diversity of efforts. The critical conversations that have been started will continue, fostered through the work of organizations in our community that we trust.”The reaction to the decision has been mixed by online followers. Many called the decision short sighted and dollar-driven while others applaud the organization for including the TPS, which has many members of the LGBTQ2 community on the force.During the 2016 Pride Parade, activists from the Black Lives Matter movement staged a sit-in along the parade route. The group demanded Pride organizers sign a commitment to ban police floats from the parade and to hire more black, indigenous and transgender workers. read more


High levels of opium cultivation continue in Afghanistan UN survey finds

UNDCP estimated that opium poppy fields in Afghanistan could cover an area between 45,000 to 65,000 hectares in 2002. This range is comparable to the levels of cultivation reached during the mid-1990s, while remaining lower than the 82,000 hectares recorded in 2000.Calculating the harvest based on average yields over the past eight years, the UN drug control agency estimated that Afghanistan could produce between 1,900 and 2,700 metric tonnes of opium this year.Although the Afghan interim authorities outlawed opium poppy cultivation, most fields had already been sown when the ban was issued on 17 January. UNDCP reported that farmers participating in the survey said they were uncertain about being able to harvest their opium because of the ban, but the agency noted that “high prices offered by local traders create a powerful incentive.”Later this year, UNDCP will conduct a comprehensive survey covering all opium poppy growing villages in Afghanistan to gain more detailed data on cultivation and production in 2002. read more


GloZell Green has a question Obama joins YouTube personalities in search of

by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2015 5:06 pm MDT WASHINGTON – No cringe. No dazzle. No edge.President Barack Obama picked three of the most popular YouTube content creators for an interview Thursday, hoping to reach an audience typically not tuned to the daily give and take of Washington and its politics.After all, these were YouTube personalities with hits such as “The five worst places to vomit,” and “My push-up bra will help me get my man.” But the weirdness, the limit-pushing, the cuteness that has contributed to the questioners’ success in social media was not much in evidence. Instead, Obama encountered fairly mundane questions about current affairs — from North Korea to terrorism, to marijuana laws to police and race relations.If there were viral moments, they came during his session with GloZell Green, a popular YouTube fixture known for her extreme acts like eating a ladle full of cinnamon. She asked Obama about his Cuba policy, declaring that the Castros “put the dic in dictatorship.” Obama smiled.She also offered the president three samples of her trademark green lipstick as gifts for his daughters — and for the woman she called Obama’s “first wife.”“You know something I don’t?” Obama cracked before Green corrected herself and referred to Michelle Obama as “first lady.”Bethany Mota, who has found success pitching advice to young people, asked Obama what super power he would fancy. Obama allowed as to how flying would be “pretty cool.” But then he amended, declaring that speaking any language would be his ideal power. “I don’t think it would make a really good movie,” he conceded.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the approach aimed to put Obama in touch with “particularly popular YouTube creators.”“It simply is an effort to engage as many Americans as possible in various venues,” he said.Indeed, Green, Mota and the third questioner, Hank Green, routinely draw hundreds of thousands of viewers to their YouTube videos.At its peak, though, the Obama session drew slightly more than 80,000 viewers. But those were live, real-time viewers. Social media is about going viral over time.For that, the White House will have to wait. And see.___Follow Jim Kuhnhenn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jkuhnhenn President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to the University of Kansas Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Lawrence, Kansas. Obama was speaking about the themes in his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) GloZell Green has a question: Obama joins YouTube personalities in search of broader audience AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


QuickList November inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2015 6:42 am MDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickList: November inflation rates for Canadian provinces, territories OTTAWA – Canada’s national inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in November, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories. (Previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.1 (0.5)— Prince Edward Island: 0.2 (-0.8)— Nova Scotia: 0.5 (0.3)— New Brunswick: 0.7 (0.3)— Quebec: 0.9 (0.7)— Ontario: 1.3 (0.9)— Manitoba: 1.8 (1.9)— Saskatchewan: 2.1 (1.4)— Alberta: 2.0 (1.4)— British Columbia: 1.7 (1.3)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.1 (0.2)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 1.6 (2.0) read more


CPI hosts Teaching Excellence project presentations

The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) is hosting five Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project presentations from Brock’s Chancellor’s Chairs for Teaching Excellence.The presentations will take place on Tuesday, March 6 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in ST103. Online registration is now open.The topics of the presentations are:A Focus on Faculty: Building a Contemplative Campus One Classroom at a Time — Paula Gardner, Department of Health SciencesUsing Sakai to Flip the Instructional Focus — Camille Rutherford, Department of Teacher EducationDo Students Believe They Can Become Industry Leaders? A Longitudinal Study — Kirsty Spence and Shannon Kerwin, Department of Applied Health SciencesProject-based Learning in Universities — David Hutchison, Centre for Digital HumanitiesOutdoor/Experiential Pedagogy: Greening Niagara’s Schoolyards — Mary Breunig, Department of Recreation and Leisure StudiesThe event will also include a snapshot of the Teaching Culture Perception Survey running March 5 to 26 and the upcoming Making Sense of Open Educational Resources events. read more


Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 10 Tyvis Powell

Then-freshman defensive back Tyvis Powell intercepts a pass during a game against Michigan Nov. 30, 2013. OSU won 42-41. Credit: Lantern file photoWith the 2014 Ohio State football season quickly approaching, The Lantern is kicking off a 10-week series that will highlight the 10 most important OSU football players heading into the season.The countdown consists of a weekly column and will be based on a list of players compiled by the sports staff at The Lantern Media Group.Each of the staff members put together their own individual list of the 10 most important players going into the 2014 season and upon the completion of each, a final list was made combining the cumulative rankings in a point-based system.No. 10 Most Important Buckeye: Tyvis Powell, redshirt-sophomore defensive backIt’s rare that a redshirt-freshman, with so much time in the scarlet and gray ahead of him, might have already made his signature play as a Buckeye.For redshirt-sophomore defensive back Tyvis Powell, however, that could very well be the case.With just 32 ticks on the clock and the Buckeyes up by a single point in Ann Arbor, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner caught the shotgun snap at the eight yard-line, looking to give the Wolverines the late lead.After three quick steps Gardner turned to his right and delivered a pass, as the cities of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Columbus held their collective breaths.As the ball wobbled through the air, No. 23 in white jumped in front of the pass and cradled it into his chest before falling to the ground, securing a win against “That Team Up North,” and a second-consecutive perfect regular season for the Buckeyes.Powell instantly earned a certain sense of fame in Columbus following his game-saving play, but if the Buckeyes are to succeed in 2014, he may need to make a couple more plays similar to the one that put him on the map.Coming off of a season in which the Buckeyes ranked 112 out of the 125 teams in NCAA Division I football, the OSU pass defense is in dire need of a complete overhaul and the emergence of Powell at the safety position could certainly help that process.With Christian Bryant, Bradley Roby and C.J. Barnett heading to the NFL, experience may be hard to come by for the OSU defensive backs, and leadership is going to play an important role if the pass defense is to make any kind of turnaround in 2014.Powell is going to need to become one of those leaders.Last season, Powell made a name for himself as a hybrid-type player, combining his 6-foot, 3-inch frame with his dominant athleticism to play the role of a linebacker and safety simultaneously. In that hybrid, “nickel” role, he made 48 tackles in 14 appearances for the Buckeyes, but had just one interception outside of his heroic effort in Ann Arbor.While his redshirt freshman campaign proved that he has the tools to become a perennial playmaker, this season, Powell is going to be handed the task of expanding upon those numbers while adjusting to a new position.The loss of Bryant and safety Corey “Pitt” Brown paves the way for Powell to become a starting safety – a position in which he’s yet to see a significant amount of playing time.Again, it seems as if the physical tools are all there for Powell, but how will he adjust to the mental aspects of a new position? He’ll need to learn new coverage’s, new terminology and perhaps even new technique as he embarks on this new path.Will that lack of experience cause problems for Powell? Will it allow him to expand upon his first season in the secondary?These are the questions that have yet to be answered, but while experience may be a the main question mark for Powell, it’s an even bigger question mark for the guys behind him.In other words, it’s up to Powell to pick up where he left off at a new position or we may again see a struggle from the Buckeye defensive backs.Powell has shown he can make the big play in the biggest of moments. He’s shown flashes of brilliance as an athlete and playmaker. He could be exactly what newly coined co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash needs to help the Buckeye secondary return to it’s “Silver Bullets” ways, but it all remains to be seen until he takes the field on Aug. 30 against Navy.If he steps in the right direction on that day, well, OSU could return to it’s place as one of the premier pass-coverage units in the country.And that’s exactly why Tyvis Powell starts off this countdown of the most important Buckeyes heading into 2014. read more


In major announcement Nasa confirms seven Earthlike planets have been discovered

first_img By Associated Press Short URL In major announcement, Nasa confirms seven Earth-like planets have been discovered “We will never be completely sure” if there’s life there without going to these planets, researchers said. Feb 22nd 2017, 6:32 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Artist’s conception of what the surface of Trappist-1 might look like Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech via APBut the Belgian astronomers decided to seek them out, building a telescope in Chile to observe 60 of the closest ultracool dwarf stars. Their Trappist telescope lent its name to this star.While faint, the Trappist-1 star is close by cosmic standards, allowing astronomers to study the atmospheres of its seven temperate planets. All seven look to be solid like Earth — mostly rocky and possibly icy, too.They all appear to be tidally locked, which means the same side continually faces the star, just like the same side of our moon always faces us. Life could still exist at these places, the researchers explained.“Here, if life managed to thrive and releases gases similar to that that we have on Earth, then we will know,” Triaud said.Chemical analyses should indicate life with perhaps 99 percent confidence, Gillon noted. But he added: “We will never be completely sure” without going there.Read: Last-minute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left on countdownRead: NASA scientists to spend eight months in Hawaiian dome for ‘Mars simulation’ 30,655 Views The ultracool star at the heart of this system would shine 200 times dimmer than our sun, a perpetual twilight as we know it.And the star would glow red — maybe salmon-colored, the researchers speculate.“The spectacle would be beautiful because every now and then, you would see another planet, maybe about as big as twice the moon in the sky, depending on which planet you’re on and which planet you look at,” Triaud said yesterday in a teleconference with reporters.Tiny, cold stars like Trappist-1 were long shunned by exoplanet-hunters (exoplanets are those outside our solar system). http://jrnl.ie/3253525 78 Comments An artist’s conception of what the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system may look like Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech via APFOR THE FIRST time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to Nasa and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery today.The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter.Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist.The others are right on the doorstep.Scientists said they need to study the atmospheres before determining whether these rocky, terrestrial planets could support some sort of life.But it already shows just how many Earth-size planets could be out there — especially in a star’s sweet spot, ripe for extraterrestrial life.The takeaway from all this is, “we’ve made a crucial step toward finding if there is life out there,” said the University of Cambridge’s Amaury Triaud, one of the researchers.The potential for more Earth-size planets in our Milky Way galaxy is mind-boggling.“There are 200 billion stars in our galaxy,” said co-author Emmanuel Jehin of the University of Liege. “So do an account. You multiply this by 10, and you have the number of Earth-size planets in the galaxy — which is a lot.”Last spring, the University of Liege’s Michael Gillon and his team reported finding three planets around Trappist-1. Now the count is up to seven, and Gillon said there could be more. Their latest findings appear in the journal Nature.This compact solar system is reminiscent of Jupiter and its Galilean moons, according to the researchers.Picture this: If Trappist-1 were our sun, all seven planets would be inside Mercury’s orbit. Mercury is the innermost planet of our own solar system. Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 6:32 PM Share1679 Tweet Email1 last_img read more


Bahamasair returns to normal operations

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 13, 2017 – Nassau – Bahamasair wishes to advise the traveling public that it has resumed its normal scheduled service to all its destinations.We wish to remind those persons who would have purchased tickets and werescheduled to travel during the period September 4th to September 11th that change fees and penalties will continue to be waived until September 18th 2017.All customers impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma are advised to contact ourReservations Department at (242)-702-4140. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more