October 18, 2019

Exam question on climate change draws anger memes from Quebec students

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec high school French exam question that asked students about adapting to climate change has drawn a torrent of online criticism, as teens used memes and videos to denounce what they see as government inaction on climate issues.The question on last week’s ministry exam for Grade 11 students asked: “Can we adapt to climate change?”It quickly drew the ire of students like 17-year-old Francis Claude, who feels the way the question was phrased suggests the government has accepted climate change.“It’s like they want to abandon the fight against climate change, and just make do and adapt,” said Claude, whose Facebook group dedicated to the exam has exploded to almost 37,000 members in recent days.Claude said the members of his generation are committed to fighting environmental destruction, not adapting to it.“What’s the point of studying for a future we’re not going to have?” said Claude, who attends Mont-Ste-Anne School in Beaupre, 40 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Claude said he started the Facebook group so students could exchange study tips and share jokes and memes about the exam process. But it has now morphed into a sort of environmental forum, where students direct their anger at the government and its perceived inaction.He said many students find it ironic that the Quebec government is testing them on climate change at all.“I couldn’t believe that they’d dare to give us that question when we are the ones who are most concerned with climate change,” he said.Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge reacted on Twitter last week, saying it would have been better had the exam asked students how to fight climate change, rather than how to adapt to it.“On the other hand, I’m proud that the youth are so sensitized and mobilized on this issue,” he wrote.Olivia Ralston, another student at Mont-Ste-Anne school, said some students found the question confusing since it didn’t really match up to the study materials. She also questioned the use of the word “adapt.”“We are living in this world, and we’re not going to live anywhere else, so why shouldn’t we try to change it?” she said.Ralston said some students put a green dot on their exam to signify climate change, and others have since started wearing the symbol as a call for action.Seventeen-year-old Montreal student Kiaira Morand-Tremblay says many young people are frustrated that older generations don’t seem to feel the same sense of urgency.“We’re able to raise, I don’t know how much money to rebuild the (Notre Dame) Paris cathedral, but for the climate, it’s like they do nothing,” she said.The controversy comes as tens of thousands of students across Canada have been staging demonstrations and school strikes as part of a global youth-led movement to demand action on environmental issues.Claude said many of the students commenting on the exam are planning further action, including another major protest in Montreal and Quebec City on May 17.Organizers’ demands include a government commitment to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius and to partner with environmentalists to establish an education program to sensitize the public to the climate crisis, he said.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Susan Sarandon To Feature On CNNs Impact Your World

first_imgSusan Sarandon will feature on today’s edition of CNN’s Impact Your World, and will talk about her work with Heifer International, a nonprofit focused on ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.“Heifer International works to empower women in their communities until they overcome hunger and poverty. I watched this amazing work in progress on a trip with Heifer in Cambodia, and will be sharing my experience on CNN’s Impact Your World on Tuesday, October 22,” says Sarandon.Susan Sarandon was recently honored by Heifer International at the Beyond Hunger event in LA for her long-time support of the organization. Susan even traveled Cambodia with her daughter, Eva Amurri, to meet with women empowered by Heifer International’s work.Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.CNN’s Impact Your World is an empowerment initiative that gives people an opportunity to interact with and respond to the news. CNN connects our worldwide audience to the interests, passions and causes they care about through the people and stories covered by our award winning journalists, as well as by those presented by prominent figures and celebrities.It’s a movement inspired by the audience’s desire to be a part of the solution as they consume CNN news coverage on television, online and on their mobile devices. People are informed and connected to organizations that allow them to act easily and on demand, and then share with the CNN community their own personal impact on the world.To find out how you can watch CNN’s Impact Your World, click here.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,076.65, up 72.25 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 22 cents, or 3.76 per cent, to $6.07 on 12.5 million shares.IC Potash Corp. (TSX:ICP). Agriculture. Up one cent, or 16.67 per cent, to seven cents on 6.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $3.09 on 5.4 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $1.12, or 2.44 per cent, to $47.07 on 4.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down eight cents, or 2.05 per cent, to $3.82 on 4.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 1.68 per cent, to $12.28 on 4.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN). Grocer. Down $1.37, or 1.22 per cent, to $110.76 on 218,424 shares. The bakery and grocery store owner says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the U.S. by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business. The company says some of the work will move to a facility in Cobourg, Ont.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Down 14 cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $68.94 on 299,423 shares. Canada’s competition watchdog closed a 3 1/2-year civil investigation and concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support allegations that Canada’s largest grocer abused its dominant position in dealing with its suppliers.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down nine cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $100.92 on 1.3 million shares. Canada’s biggest bank became the first Canadian lender to be added to the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail.Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA). Miner. Up 24 cents, or 1.70 per cent, to $14.34 on 52,232 shares. The company says a federal agency has dismissed a complaint by Alaskan conservationists against the company’s massive KSM mining project in northern British Columbia. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council had appealed to Canada’s National Contact Point within Global Affairs Canada to look into whether Seabridge had violated international guidelines on consultations with stakeholders, due diligence on environmental and human rights impacts, and disclosure of mitigation plans.last_img read more

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Kosovo UN chief meets Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister for wideranging talks

UNMIK chief Hans Haekkerup, along with the commander of the international force in Kosovo (KFOR), Lt. Gen. Thorsten Skiaker, emphasized to Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic the importance of implementing the key Security Council resolution throughout Kosovo, especially the need for ensuring that no parallel security and administrative structures were present in the province. Mr. Haekkerup and Gen. Skiaker also welcomed Belgrade’s positive attitude regarding voter registration for the upcoming Kosovo-wide elections and encouraged full participation by the Serb community in those elections.In other news, UNMIK has confirmed – following an investigation – that there was no evidence of a refrigerated truck containing bodies at the bottom of a lake, as reported in the Serbian media.The UN police Missing Persons Unit and a fully-equipped KFOR diving team participated in the investigation, and said that nothing was found at the bottom of Radonijicko Lake, near Djakovica.UN police have also failed to uncover – after more than a year of searches – any evidence to support reports of places in Kosovo where Serbs are being illegally held, UNMIK said. read more

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UN Volunteers to step up relief efforts on behalf of displaced Afghans

With 19 UN Volunteers already in Pakistan to help agencies assisting Afghan refugees, UNV said today that 24 additional experts were on standby for deployment in Afghanistan or neighbouring countries. These experts include water and sanitation engineers, site planners and public health specialists.Thanks to a financial contribution by the German Government of DM 800,000, UNV will set up a Rapid Deployment Facility for Afghanistan to support the most urgent humanitarian relief and recovery efforts. The initiative aims to mobilize international experts as well as Afghan nationals to serve as UN Volunteers. The Bonn-based agency said it has a “solid roster of qualified experts at its disposal who stand ready to assist in initial humanitarian measures as well as longer-term reconstruction and development initiatives.” read more

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In Kabul Annan meets Afghan citizens thanks UN staff members for their

“There is lots of support around the world for the work that you are doing here,” the Secretary-General told some 200 mostly local staff members at the UN compound. Singling out the Afghan staff, who carried on the UN’s humanitarian work under war conditions after the international staff had to be withdrawn, he said: “Do us proud,” adding, “You have done a lot already and I urge you to carry on.” Speaking to the Secretary-General, one local staff member urged the UN to spend donor funds on building Afghan capacity rather than bringing in thousands of international staff. Joining the discussion, a female Afghan staff member said women were “enjoying their freedom and they’re enjoying the visible change that took place within the initiative of the United Nations.” At the same time, she added, “they really need more attention.” Also today, the Secretary-General visited the Zarghuna Girls’ School, which is receiving support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). There, young women ranging in age from 6 through 16 were preparing to resume their education after a Taliban-imposed break of five years. They held up handwritten signs in English and Dari saying, simply, “PEACE.” The Secretary-General also met with other members of civil society, including representatives of women’s groups, who overwhelmingly emphasized their concern over security in the country. “I hope you’ll remain a vibrant civil society,” Mr. Annan said, adding, “I know there may be times when it is us – the UN – you’ll be criticizing, but if we deserve to be criticized, why not?” In addition to meeting with UN staff members and ordinary Afghans, the Secretary-General held talks today with Afghanistan’s interim leaders. On Saturday, he is scheduled to begin an official visit to Iran, meeting in Tehran with senior officials, including Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, President Seyed Mohammad Khatami and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khameini. read more

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Funds needed to help hurricaneravaged countries in Central America – UN official

Only $677,000 has been committed out of a needed $22 million in Guatemala, and $2.1 million out of $7.9 million has been pledged to El Salvador, according to the UN Relief Web’s Financial Tracking Service.At a press briefing in New York, Hans Joerg Strohmeyer, the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said that funding remains a critical issue.According to Guatemalan authorities, more than 650 people are dead, hundreds more are feared dead, and thousands have been reported injured and in need of food and shelter since at least 100 communities have been hit by mudslides and flooding from Hurricane Stan the 8 October.Access for relief workers continues to be a problem in Guatemala, and now with rains predicted for the rest of the week, there is concern that the region will become even more vulnerable to mudslides, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.Health and sanitation have also become precarious, and government sources have indicated that most of the shelters are overcrowded and collapsing due to the great numbers of people in need. The High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Margareta Wahlström, is planning on travelling to the region next week to make an assessment of the relief effort, Mr. Strohmeyer said.WFP said today that the situation remains critical in El Salvador, Honduras, and particularly in Guatemala where many of the hardest-hit areas are still inaccessible to humanitarian agencies.As of Wednesday, the WFP had provided the government with 1,700 tons of food, enough to feed nearly 87,000 families for 7 days, and assistance will be provided to the most affected areas, in the Departments of Escuintla, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Totonicapán, and several othersFamily rations consisting of maize, beans, corn soy blend, and vegetable oil as well as 5 tons of locally purchased biscuits are being airlifted today to the most isolated areas of Guatemala, the agency said.In addition, as of today 14 tons of high energy biscuits have been distributed to 8,000 people in the isolated Department of San Marcos, where chronic malnutrition rates average from 49 to 89 per cent.In El Salvador, the 32,000 people who were evacuated either as a result of Hurricane Stan or due to volcanic activity in Santa Ana remain in shelters. But worries about renewed activity from the Santa Ana (llamatepec) volcano continue, as it registered increased activity on Thursday night, WFP said.In addition, the National Service for Territorial Studies reported increased activity coming from the Chaparrastique (San Miguel) volcano, which is located 10 kilometres west of the third largest city, San Miguel, and is historically one of the most active in the country, the agency said.The UN country team in El Salvador and the World Bank were informed by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) that they will be sending a damage assessment team to the country on 25 October, with a report early next month. To date, 304 tons of food supplies have been delivered to 77,000 people in 402 shelters and communities, the WFP added. read more

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Amid rising violence UN agency advises against forced returns to northeast Nigeria

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling on States to keep their borders open for Nigerians fleeing the escalating violence in their country and who may be in need of international protection. The Geneva-based agency is also advising States against forced returns of people to the region, spokesperson Dan McNorton told reporters. “Our recommendations are contained in a newly issued Return Advisory, which seeks to ensure that humanitarian and asylum principles are upheld in light of the worsening security situation in north-eastern Nigeria,” he stated. Conflict between the Nigerian army and insurgents in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe has led to deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in the region, which has been under a state of emergency since May. According to UNHCR, violence is estimated to have displaced an estimated 5,000 people within the region, but as humanitarian access has been hampered by the attacks, the agency believes the actual number of people affected could be significantly higher.Some 10,000 Nigerians have also crossed into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months. Most – around 8,100 – have sought refuge in Cameroon, according to local authorities who say that Nigerians are continuing to arrive. The number of Nigerian refugees in Niger is 2,700, and in Chad 150.Mr. McNorton said UNHCR has been “alarmed” by reports of the attempted forced return of 111 people from Cameroon to Nigeria on 5 October, during which 15 people were killed and another seven wounded. The remaining 89 individuals immediately fled back to Cameroon and were detained. “UNHCR is working with the Government of Cameroon to assess whether there are people in the group in need of international protection,” said Mr. McNorton.He noted that in light of the security situation in north-eastern Nigeria, people fleeing are likely to meet the criteria for refugee status as outlined in international treaties. UNHCR said its Return Advisory will remain in effect until the security and human rights situation in north-eastern Nigeria has improved sufficiently to permit a safe and dignified return. read more

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In Christchurch UN chief calls for tolerance solidarity to extinguish wildfire of

He said that like so many around the world, he had been moved by the poignant stories of compassion and grace from Christchurch. “But in many ways, I was not surprised. This community reflected a spirit that I have always known to be deeply embedded in Islam – a faith of love, compassion, forgiveness and mercy,” he said.He recalled that as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, he had witnessed the generosity of Muslim countries opening their borders to people in distress in a world where so many other borders are closed.“This is in line with what I regard as the most beautiful prescription for refugee protection in world history. It is found in the Surah Al-Tawbah of the Holy Quran: ‘And if anyone seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he can hear the words of Allah. Then escort him where he can be secure,’” quoted Mr. Guterres. He also recalled that, during a visit to Cairo last month, he had been honoured to meet the Grand Imam, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and had thanked him for his recent interfaith meeting with Pope Francis in the United Arab Emirates. The declaration signed by the two leaders calls on people of faith to recognize and respect one another and work together for the good of humanity. “We must stand together in this period of difficulties,” said the UN chief, adding that: “Hate speech is spreading and public discourse is being coarsened. Social media is being exploited as a platform for bigotry. We must all show solidarity in response to this dangerous upsurge in hatred.” There is no room for hate speechThe Secretary-General spotlighted two recent initiatives he has set in motion, respectively to protect holy sites and to address hate speech. He has asked the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Moratinos, to develop an Action Plan for the UN to be fully engaged in support of safeguarding religious sites.Meanwhile, Mr. Guterres has also asked his Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, to bring together a UN team to scale up our response to hate speech and present a global plan of action. “Hate speech is spreading like wildfire in social media. We must extinguish it,” said the Secretary-General, declaring: “There is no room for hate speech – online or offline.” UN Photo/Mark GartenThe UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, lays a wreath in Christchurch memory of the victims of a mass shooting in the New Zealand city in March 2019. (May 2019)Again quoting the Holy Quran, he said: ‘We … made you into races and tribes so that you may know one another.’ Thanking the Christchurch Muslim community “for doing what you’re doing to help us better know each other – and see our shared humanity,” Mr. Guterres said: “In these trying times, I am here to say with a full heart: You are not alone. The world is with you. The United Nations is with you. I am with you.”The Secretary-General’s visit to New Zealand is part of a tour of the Pacific Island States in which the urgent issue of climate change figures strongly. On Wednesday, he will address the Pacific Islands Forum, being held this year in Fiji, before moving on to stops in Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Mr. Guterres is convening a major UN Climate Summit to be held at UN Headquarters in New York in September. Calling for solidarity to  counter the recent upsurge in hate speech, the UN chief visited both Linwood Mosque, where he laid a wreath, and Al Noor mosque. On 15 March, a lone gunman killed 51 people at the two places of worship while livestreaming the attacks on social media.At Al Noor mosque on Tuesday, Mr. Guterres told the Muslim community that while there were no words to relieve the hurt and sorrow and pain, “I wanted to come here personally to transmit love, support and total and complete admiration.”The @UN chief @antonioguterres calls for tolerance, solidarity at New Zealand mosque where dozens of Muslim worshippers were killed, to extinguish the “wildfire” of hate speech. pic.twitter.com/7G8zjRmdc7— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) May 14, 2019 read more

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How USCs Upset Of SMU Rattled The East Region

10Marquette0+1000 Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN 4Florida000+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… 5Virginia00+100 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 2Duke0+4+1+10 1Villanova00+1+10 read more

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Education Secretary Justine Greening says she was turned down for a banking

first_imgMs Greening indicated she will press ahead with controversial grammar school plans in the face of stiff opposition. A consultation on expanding selective education closed before Christmas and the responses are being analysed by officials.The policy has divided Conservatives and angered teaching unions. But Ms Greening insisted education reforms cannot be put “on one side because people feel that there are things we shouldn’t be looking at”.She also said she does not support a ban on unpaid internships, which was recommended this week by the all party parliamentary group on social mobility.Ms Greening said her social mobility programme will expand to target more areas where youngsters are failing to achieve their potential. Justine Greening is targeting students who do not fulfil their potentialCredit:Keith Morris /Alamy  Gap years are usually taken by wealthier studentsCredit:Getty  Exam hall .@JustineGreening announces new Opportunity Areas as she sets out role of education in tackling #SocialMobility  https://t.co/7GHj9Ms8xK pic.twitter.com/tx4ee6A33L— DfE (@educationgovuk) January 18, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Companies have been criticised for favouring job applicants who have taken gap years, since they are more common among affluent students. Ms Greening, who went to a comprehensive school in Rotherham before reading Economics at Southampton University, said she had never met a lawyer until she was an adult. She urged businesses to take on more “rough diamonds” like her and help to “polish them up”.“After my exams, I looked at going into the City. I remember a final interview with a long-established City bank,” Ms Greening said in a speech at PriceWaterhouseCooper’s London offices on Wednesday, at an event co-hosted with the Sutton Trust.“I was sat in a wood-panelled office, being quizzed by one of their most senior managers at the firm. He wasn’t very impressed with my extra year of research post-university, doing research that was funded by Ladbrokes, looking at gambling behaviour.“He looked me in the eye and said he felt I didn’t have enough of the ‘world experience’ that they wanted, and pointed out that I hadn’t had a gap year travelling. That was correct. At the time I was too embarrassed to admit that I simply couldn’t afford one.” Woman on hammock The Education Secretary Justine Greening has revealed she was once turned down for a job in banking because she had not taken a gap year.She spoke of an interview at Barings Bank, one of the world’s oldest merchant banks until it collapsed in 1995, where she was allegedly told that she was not suitable for the job as she had not travelled to enough exotic countries.Speaking at the launch of her new social mobility strategy, she recalled how at the time she was “too embarrassed to admit that I simply couldn’t afford one”.Taking a year out has become so common that it has prompted the mocking term “gap yah”, which arose from a comedy sketch about an upper class student boasting of his travels in far flung countries. Doncaster, Bradford, Fenland & East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, and Stoke will join the six existing “opportunity areas”, including Blackpool and Norwich, in the £72million scheme.The “opportunity areas” programme focuses on bolstering teacher support and improving schools as well as careers advice, mentoring and apprenticeship opportunities.A new fund, made up of £1.5million of Department for Education funding and £2million from the Education Endowment Foundation, will be used to create new “research schools” in each area that will share evidence about the best ways of boosting the performance of disadvantaged pupils.Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said it is “highly disingenuous” and “misleading in the extreme” for the Education Secretary to suggest that the funding is “new”.  “The £72million will not go far compared with the impacts of the worst funding crisis in decades for all schools and sixth form colleges,” he said.last_img read more

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Parents fret as World Book Day costumes wasted as schools closed and

first_imgParents who have toiled over intricate costumes for their children have spoken of their dismay as the snow meant World Book Day events were cancelled across the country.Some schools remained open, but called off the dressing-up event because they feared pupils would get too cold in their fancy dress.Others have closed altogether, and parents have worried the effort that has gone into the costumes was wasted.Hundreds of schools have been closed this week due to snow storms, with red weather warnings issued by the Met Office for some parts of the country.Many parents have let their children dress up in their costumes anyway during their “snow days” at home, and have set up fun activities in the home such as themed painting.  The weather has worsened throughout the week, with the Met Office issuing rare “danger to life” warnings in Scotland and the south west. School cancelled until Monday. Am I the only one doing a happy dance that we miss World Book Day? #badmum #WorldBookDay— The Old Fishwife (@Cla_BoHo) February 28, 2018 Libraries announced that schools and nurseries which had planned to visit had cancelled the celebrations, as pupils stayed at home because of the weather. Hurrah! Due to bad weather, the school have cancelled The Parent Hungergames aka World Book Day.— Katherine May (@_katherine_may_) February 28, 2018  There were reports on Twitter that children were crying after they were no longer able to wear their costumes, which some families had spent days making. However, luckily for some children, a few schools across the country promised to reschedule World Book Day. Skelton School will be closed today, Thursday March 1st. World Book Day event tonight also cancelled. Please keep safe and warm.— Skelton School (@skeltonsch) March 1, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. #WorldBookDay Thought this costume was weather appropriate. pic.twitter.com/NUlJCwXCFZ— Sarah Prescott 🐧 (@lovepenguins126) March 1, 2018 The Met Office said: “A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds, leading to severe drifting.”Some places could also see significant ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area. Long delays and cancellations of public transport seem highly likely.”Some roads are likely to become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are very likely to occur, along with damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice.” The Highway Rat was a baddie, the Highway Rat was mean; they cancelled world book day because of the snow now his costume will never be seen! #WorldBookDayUK pic.twitter.com/WT2Uz3SEXx— Michael Peacock (@coqdepois) March 1, 2018center_img No school tomorrow doesn’t have to mean no #WorldBookDay costume. #secondwinteriscoming pic.twitter.com/PsGPvVZPxn— Kim 👩🏼‍💻👩🏼‍🎓👩🏼‍⚕️ (@TherapeutiKimbo) February 28, 2018 Some parents were happy that it was cancelled, as they said the event becomes competitive as people judge each other over who made the most intricate costumes for their children. I’d love to send pictures, unfortunately in the last 30 minutes of school Rivington and Blackrod High, Bolton told all the children they have cancelled world book day. My son was in tears after spending 4 evenings making his outfit. So disappointing.— Jen jen (@historyjenn) February 28, 2018 My son’s school is closed so he can frolic in the snow, but it’s #WorldBookDay so I’ve insisted that he still wears his costume. You should see little Mowgli out there, shivering.— T’Other Simon (@TOther_Simon) March 1, 2018 Poor Sophia missed #worldbookday at her school today, closed due to bad weather. But hay, that didn’t stop my “little lass” trying on her costume! ☠💣💎🗡 pic.twitter.com/DioHk6tZM9— Liv (@HeeromaLavinia) March 1, 2018 The schools which did remain open warned parents to make sure the costumes they dressed their children in were sufficiently warm. Our World Book Day events have been cancelled today, Thursday 1 March since the nurseries for whom we were opening specially have cancelled their visits. Stay safe everyone! The library will be open at 10am tomorrow as usual.— Newby/Scalby Library (@NewbyScalby) March 1, 2018 Our World Book Day is postponed until Friday 9th March! If we are in school tomorrow it will definitely not be costume and pyjama weather ⛄️Also, dance club and cookery club will be cancelled, we’ll let you know when we have confirmed a rearranged dance date.— Calder Primary (@CalderPrimary) February 28, 2018 Caed was so excited to be going to school until it was closed due to the snow. So he stayed in his World Book day costume and is painting his potatos! @Penninewayja #WorldBookDay2018 #WorldBookDay #painting #art #crafts pic.twitter.com/8ar4cHTViQ— Deb Brutal (@DebBrutal) March 1, 2018 #RHS is open today. Please take no risks with your safety and ensure that World Book Day costumes are sufficiently warm. Due to snow forecast today, after-school clubs are likely to be cancelled 🌨️— Rupert House School (@ruperthouse) March 1, 2018last_img read more

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Komatsu acquisition of Joy Global completes

first_imgKomatsu America Corp, a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd, has completed its acquisition of Joy Global Inc, a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions. Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, Joy Global will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu. The company says it will continue to promote and invest in the P&H, Joy and Montabert product brands. Komatsu also says it remains committed to directly servicing the global mining industry and through its products, services and technologies is focused on helping customers improve productivity and safety in their operations worldwide.“The combination of our Komatsu-brand surface mining equipment with the P&H, Joy and Montabert brands of surface and underground products will allow us to offer a complete range of mining solutions for our customers,” said Tetsuji Ohashi, President and CEO of Komatsu. “We plan to build on the strength of our shared cultures, including our unwavering belief in safety first and our passion for providing innovative solutions, to become an unrivalled mining solutions and services provider.”The close of the transaction adds to the Komatsu team more than 10,000 people with deep knowledge and experience in the mining industry, bringing the company’s global total to more than 57,000 employees. “With a focus on providing uninterrupted and unrivalled service and products for its customers, Komatsu plans to leverage the best practices of both companies while aligning the organisation and operation for optimal customer support.”Komatsu Mining Corp will be led by Jeffrey Dawes, formerly leader of Komatsu Latin America. Dawes and the management team will be based in Milwaukee. Following the close of the transaction – valued at approximately $3.7 billion, including Joy Global’s outstanding indebtedness – Joy Global shares will be delisted from the NYSE and will no longer be publicly traded.last_img read more

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Clarity sought after Registered Employment Agreements deemed unconstitutional

first_imgIn that context, today’s judgement releases not only employers but also the trade union movement from certain constraints which have co-existed with the benefits of Registered Employment Agreements. Employers would be very ill-advised to greet today’s decision with complacency. I am seeking confirmation from the Government that there will not be a surge in employers suddenly moving to unilaterally slash the wages of workers who have been covered by REAs until now.Read: Bus Éireann workers to strike from Sunday > On the contrary, today’s ruling heralds a new age in industrial relations, and Unite will now consider itself free to lodge pay claims following consultation with our members.IBEC described today’s ruling as a “devastating blow to all REAs made prior to 2012″, saying that it left “major question marks” over the legal status of REAs agreed after the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012Unsure as to whether new REAs could be agreed under the 2012 legislation, the business and employer association called on the government to provide legal clarity for employers in light of the judgement.Despite the uncertainty that now existed, the organisation said that they were broadly supportive of the government’s efforts to reform the REA system.Sinn Féin Deputy Peadar Tóibín said that the rights of low paid workers had to be protected as a result of the judgement. “This government has not hidden its disregard of low paid workers or its support of high earners,” he said.The Minister needs to respond to today’s judgement and the proposals of the labour court. It is imperative that he moves quickly to provide clarity and safeguard the rights of low paid workers.Similarly, Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary said that government needed to provide clarity on the pay and conditions of workers currently covered by Registered Employment Agreements.I welcome a move beyond outdated employment agreements that were set decades ago, in the absence of other protections for workers. However, we cannot allow a free-for-all for employers as a result of this ruling.center_img AGREEMENTS THAT SET pay rates for several Irish sectors have been deemed unconstitutional in the Supreme Court.Put in place under the 1946 Industrial Relations Act, Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) essentially sought to make minimum pay and conditions within a given sector legally-binding.These would then apply to every worker of the particular class, type or group that was outlined in the agreement, regardless of whether any such worker or employer was party to the agreement or not.Responding to today’s judgement, a statement by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said that government would study the decision and take legal advice on it before commenting in detail.The statement did say, however, that the existing contractual rights of workers in the affected sectors would not be impacted by today’s ruling, saying that these could only be altered if the two parties reached agreement.DecisionWhile a High Court challenge that was brought by a number of electrical contractors in 2010 – related to an employment agreement that was registered in 1990 – was dismissed, the Supreme Court today found that these agreements essentially allowed parties to make any law they wished in relation to employment which, once in place, sought to bind all to whom it applied.ReactionThe Unite trade union said that today’s decision had heralded a new age in industrial relations.Unite construction official Tom Fitzgerald said that “while today’s news will understandably come as a shock to thousands of construction workers who fear their conditions of work may be under threat, the fact is that current terms and conditions continue to apply until re-negotiated.”last_img read more

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Dislike The more time you spend on Facebook the worse you will

first_imgEVERYONE’S BEEN THERE. Scrolling through Facebook at two in the morning, feelings of vitriol and hatred building within, your news feed awash with pictures of Thai holidays and wedding announcements. If you have ever wondered why using the social media site can leave you in such a bad mood, it appears science may now have the answer.A new study has shown that there is a causal relationship between the amount of time spent on Facebook and a person’s mood. The research found that one of the reasons people feel worse after using the social media site is that: The study received criticism for using people as subjects in the experiment without their knowledge. Agreement for participation in Facebook’s experiment was buried in their rather overwrought terms of service.READ: Facebook is testing a way to let you purchase items directly from your news feedREAD: 12 brilliantly sarcastic comebacks to Facebook posts “Facebook isn’t just the place you see pic of your friends —it’s also an exciting research lab, with all of us as potential test subjects.”— Alba Mora Roca (@albamoraroca) June 29, 2014 People commit an affective forecasting error in that they expect to feel better after using Facebook, whereas, in fact, they feel worse.According to the authors of the study, part of the reason people feel worse after browsing Facebook is that, “compared to browsing the internet, Facebook is judged as less meaningful, less useful, and more of a waste of time, which then leads to a decrease in mood”.The study was carried out by Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. The assertion that exposure to Facebook will always affect a person’s mood negatively contrasts with the company’s own controversial study carried out in January 2012 and announced last month.In the study, Facebook claimed to find that it was possible to alter peoples mood by changing what they viewed on their news feeds. By manipulating the mix of status updates, photos and news articles, the research claimed to find that a positive Facebook posts puts you in a better mood and negative ones did the opposite. Source: Alba Mora Roca/Twitterlast_img read more

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Google blocks kids 2yearold account for signing up to Google

first_imgThe feedback from Google’s launch of Google+ has for the most part been very positive. Google may finally have a true competitor to Facebook with Buzz and Wave clearly being experimental, flawed trial runs for this latest real attempt at a social network.But Google+ isn’t perfect, and there is a problem with using it if you are under the age of 13. Facebook doesn’t allow you to have an account if you are younger than 13, but in that case you are just locked out of Facebook completely. Google on the other hand, has the same 13+ rule, but has multiple services it offers through a login.  The problem is, the sign-up procedure is different depending on which service you sign up with first.AdChoices广告With a service like YouTube, a date of birth is required at sign-up, so anyone under 13 cannot get an account. But with a Gmail sign up you instead just agree to the Terms of Service which do state you need to be of the required age, but doesn’t check that age at account creation. That means someone under the age of 13 can create a Google account not realizing they are too young to do so.As an example of this, a 10-year-old named Alex already uses Google for Google Chat and Gmail for keeping in touch with his family, and has done so for two years. This isn’t allowed by Google, but because they didn’t check his age at sign-up he was allowed through. Then Google+ appeared and required a date of birth through a Google Profile. Alex supplied this, a Terms of Service breach was flagged, and now he has been locked out of his Google Account completely.This has clearly upset Alex and has also shown another failing of Google. It has no real-person support to deal with this issue, and Alex has no way to get those two years of emails and chat logs back. Unless he can prove he is 13 or older within the next 30 days his account will be terminated.Read more at Legends of the Sun PigMatthew’s OpinionAlex should not have a Google account based on the terms of service, but this is not Alex’s failing–it’s Google’s. By not having a consistent sign-up procedure across its services young kids can quite innovently slip through the net and establish an account. To later remove access to that account without warning, or any way to retrieve data from it, is also not a great response.Hopefully Alex’s mother can get in contact with someone who can sort this out. He may not get his Google account back, but he should at least be able to export his data.I also have to question the logic of not allowing someone under the age of 13 to have access to Google services. If Google is trying to get Google Apps into schools then surely they already make allowances for younger kids, why not in all cases then?last_img read more

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TSA agent caught stealing passengers iPad hides it in his pants

first_imgIs that an iPad in your pants or…oh, it is?In what seems like more of an Onion article, this real news first made us chuckle and then made us worry about the safety of our precious cargo when flying. You’d never think to worry about that two-minute separation from your bags as TSA agents watch them through the X-ray machine. However, one TSA agent found a way to make a few extra bucks by stealing up to $50,000 in electronics from unknowing passengers.AdChoices广告30-year-old Nelson Santiago was caught red-handed with an iPad down his pants. As awkward as that sounds, Santiago has apparently been stealing electronics over the past six months from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 1. A Continental Airline employee caught Nelson taking the iPad out of someone’s luggage and stuffing it down his trousers.Nelson was then arrested and admitted to stealing all sorts of electronic devices, including GPS devices, computers, and video cameras. We wonder how it’s possible for someone to not notice that their computer is missing. Most laptops weigh a decent amount, and we’d hope that you’d notice your bag was much lighter when picking it up at the end of the TSA check. However, it seems that some people were unaware and Nelson managed to increase his electronics collection, which police said he would immediately take pictures of and upload the photos online to sell.Police say that the stolen goods would usually be sold before his shift was even over. Ah, technology.He’s currently out on bail, and of course, Santiago was fired by the TSA. Still, we can’t help but wonder how many other TSA agents out there are doing similar things. It’s rather unsettling to think that our personal property is not safe with the country’s own security agents.Via Brodward Palm Beach New Times and Macgasmlast_img read more

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Le Pen promises to suspend all immigration if elected

first_imgLe Pen promises to suspend all immigration if elected “I will protect you. My first measure as president will be to reinstate France’s borders.” Image: Marechal Aurore/ABACA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,994 Views Short URL Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 9:17 AM https://jrnl.ie/3344835 By Paul Hosfordcenter_img Image: Marechal Aurore/ABACA FRENCH FAR-RIGHT Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has promised to suspend all immigration if she wins the presidency.The Telegraph reports that, speaking to around 5,000 National Front supporters, Le Pen said:“I will protect you. My first measure as president will be to reinstate France’s borders.”The pledge comes just days before Sunday’s vote in which Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron are expected to qualify for the 7 May final voting round.Macron and Le Pen, who have both scored as high as 25% in voter surveys, stood at 23% and 22.5% respectively in the latest Ifop poll updated daily, while radical leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon has surged to 19.5%, equal with scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon.Rallies Source: ABACABoth front-runners held rallies yesterday, with Macron telling the crowd at his that the country needs the EU, but has to rework it. His European Union would be “less bureaucratic” and would protect both “industrial and agricultural interests”, he vowed.In a reference to Le Pen, Macron said French voters had the choice of “hope and courage over resignation”.For her part, Le Pen promised to tighten France’s borders and crack down on immigration.“Behind mass immigration, there is terrorism,” she said.With © – AFP, 2017 reporting.Read: Three people ‘extremely lucky to survive’ boat overturning on River BoyneRead: Work to start today on the largest commercial development outside Dublin Share Tweet Email Apr 18th 2017, 9:17 AM 102 Comments last_img read more

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Eau douce les réserves du ProcheOrient ont chuté de façon alarmante

first_imgEau douce : les réserves du Proche-Orient ont chuté de façon alarmanteSelon des informations communiquées par la NASA, les parties arides du Proche-Orient ont vu leurs réserves d’eau douce baisser de manière alarmante au cours des 10 dernières années.Alors que l’accès à l’eau constitue encore un problème majeur sur la planète, c’est une découverte préoccupante que viennent de révéler des chercheurs américains. Dirigée par Jay Famiglietti, professeur d’hydrologie à l’Université de Californie à Irvine, une étude révèle que des zones étendues dans les parties arides du Proche-Orient ont vu leurs réserves d’eau douce baisser de manière alarmante au cours de la dernière décennie. Des mesures effectuées par des satellites de la NASA montrent en effet qu’en 7 ans (2003-2010), des parties de la Turquie, de la Syrie, de l’Irak et de l’Iran dans les bassins du Tigre et de l’Euphrate ont perdu 144 kilomètres cubes d’eau, soit l’équivalent de la mer morte. Un cinquième de ces pertes a résulté de l’assèchement du sol en partie en raison de la sécheresse de 2007. Un autre cinquième s’explique par l’évaporation de l’eau à la surface des lacs et réservoirs. Le reste est dû à l’assèchement des nappes phréatiques en raison du pompage. “Cela représente assez d’eau pour satisfaire les besoins de dizaine de millions de personnes chaque année…”, relève M. Famiglietti cité par l’AFP. Comme il l’explique, “les données des satellites montrent une baisse alarmante des réserves totales d’eau des bassins du Tigre et de l’Euphrate, qui subissent actuellement la deuxième plus rapide perte d’eau douce sur la planète après l’Inde”. Il faut dire que lorsqu’une sécheresse vient réduire les disponibilités d’eau douce en surface, les autorités se replient sur les réservoirs naturels dans le sous-sol pour faire face aux besoins.Une gestion de l’eau inadaptée À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le Proche-Orient n’a déjà pas beaucoup de ressource en eau et c’est l’une des régions du monde qui aura le moins de précipitation en raison du changement climatique”, souligne Jay Famiglietti. Aussi, “le Proche-Orient doit gérer les ressources d’eau disponibles au mieux…. alors que la demande continue à augmenter”, indique-t-il. “Mais les pays de la région ne coordonnent pas leur gestion de l’eau en raison de différentes interprétations des lois internationales” et des tensions politiques ce qui risque de poser très rapidement de gros problèmes, ajoute t-il soulignant ainsi l’importance de réagir au plus vite.Le 14 février 2013 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 8, 2018 to July 15, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierGoFundMe page for wheelchair-accessible van by Lizzy HillMexican restaurant comes to Wilmington by Lizzie McDermottAnalog Tax Increment Financing approved by state by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunAnalog Devices expansion will bring 450 jobs by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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