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Tory grandee Boris Johnson accused of pretending to vote in local elections

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first_img Michael Searles Read more: The tangled Huawei web isn’t just about Gavin WilliamsonOnly 100 councils had declared results early this morning, but so far the Tories have lost 434 seats and 19 councils, while Labour have dropped more than 80, as well as control of three councils.The Liberal Democrats saw the biggest gains with eight councils, while the Independent Group and Green Party also made gains. Tags: Boris Johnson People Twitter More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com whatsapp Boris Johnson has been ridiculed for allegedly pretending to vote in the local elections on Thursday, despite none being held in his constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. "I just voted Conservative in the local elections. Make sure you do too! You’ve got two hours left to get out and vote!", Johnson tweeted.  Tory grandee Boris Johnson accused of pretending to vote in local elections However, some media outlets reported that Johnson did vote in the local elections of South Oxfordshire, where he has a home.The Tories lost their control there after a surge in votes for the Liberal Democrats.It comes as both Conservative and Labour suffered losses in the local elections, thought to be punishment from voters for Brexit's ongoing saga.There were around 250 local elections in English councils, with 11 in Northern Ireland, as well as six mayoral elections.With just 100 council having declared results so far this morning, the Conservatives lost 434 seats and 19 councils, with the opposition party, Labour, losing more than 80 seats and control of three councils.center_img whatsapp Share Friday 3 May 2019 11:42 am https://twitter.com/JimMFelton/status/1124047130702827523https://twitter.com/fascinatorfun/status/1124061871160659968https://twitter.com/squeezyjohn/status/1124061524669214724https://twitter.com/DavidLammy/status/1124224448964513792Fellow London MP Neil Coyle tweeted: “Boris Johnson struggles to know what day it is, what town he is in and if he even qualifies for a vote it seems. Lies yesterday, lies today, lies tomorrow.” Read more: Brexit bites: Tories and Labour suffer local election backlashHowever there were no local elections held in London and his tweet was deleted within 30 seconds.The PolitWoops website, which saves deleted tweets from politicians and other public figures, exposed the former foreign secretary's apparent error, opening the door for him to be mocked.One person wrote: "Oh Boris, you are such a buffoon. Caught out again trying to make political capital out of local elections."Others accused the former London mayor of repeatedly lying.last_img

Here’s why London needs an Edinburgh-style tourist tax

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first_img Mitie will take over maintenance services such as Edinburgh Castle under the seven-year deal. City A.M.'s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Look at Edinburgh. Like London, Edinburgh also welcomes an increasing number of visitors. And in a recent Centre for London publication, the leader of Edinburgh Council, Adam McVey, explained why his city has backed a tourist tax, recognising that to maintain its position as a global destination, it needs to invest in the places that make it a success story. Who knows, when the General Election results are in tomorrow and London is able to look ahead to the vote for mayor in May, perhaps the others may follow. Show Comments ▼ Main image credit: Getty Edinburgh also found that affordability is far from the only factor that helps people decide whether to visit somewhere. Neither Edinburgh nor London are primarily budget backpacking locations, and as the proposed increase in the cost of a room per night is relatively small, this should not impact numbers. But while the tourism industry is a boon to the national economy and employment, it also puts a strain on our city. From antisocial behaviour, street litter, and risks to public safety, to over-burdening already crowded public transport, the pressures are growing. Tourism can also impact housing affordability, particularly as the rise of short-term private holiday lets continues.  Share In London, we often hear that businesses would oppose an extra tax making already expensive hotel rooms pricier still, at a time when they face increasing competition from services such as Airbnb.  The idea to introduce a transient visitor levy, or “tourist tax”, on all overnight visitors has won support from many Edinburgh residents. The widespread feeling is that tourism needs to offer something to the city, rather than just contribute to council budget concerns.  Opinion Jack BrownJack Brown is research manager at Centre for London. Still, with at least 16 European destinations already having some form of tourist tax, this idea is worth considering, and London should look to Edinburgh to see how the levy there plays out. London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has already suggested that he’d back the idea, and the Liberal Democrats have also warmed to it.  Thursday 12 December 2019 6:24 am However, Edinburgh Council has found that businesses are less hostile to the idea if they are persuaded that the additional revenue is dedicated to improving the city and its public realm — investing in parks, cleaning streets, and marketing it as a tourist destination. A tourist tax like Edinburgh’s could be the answer to London’s funding squeeze Currently, the mayor and local councils have to address these challenges using public funds. But what if some extra revenue from London’s visitors could be collected to help cover costs? whatsapp Of course, there would be issues to work out with these kinds of taxes. Should they apply to all visitors, or just ones from overseas? Should they be applied to short-term holiday lets and Airbnbs as well as hotels, to ensure a level playing field?  London is one of the most-visited cities on the planet. These visitors bring investment, diversity and vibrancy — and their numbers are rising. By 2025, London is projected to attract over 40m overnight visitors a year, up from 31m in 2016.  How much could such a tourist tax raise? Modelling for Edinburgh has shown that £2 per room per night could generate around £14m a year. Hotel rooms alone could generate more than £80m per year in London if the levy was set at the same rate. That’s more than the annual running costs of the Royal Parks. whatsapp Tags: Taxlast_img

August Bank Holiday 2015 blues for Barclays, RBS and NatWest staff as local branches stay open

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One state takes a novel approach to opioid addiction: access to treatment for all inmates

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first_img Andrew Joseph By Andrew Joseph Aug. 3, 2017 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. CRANSTON, R.I. — As the country reckons with an unfolding opioid crisis, and officials from both parties talk about improving access to care, jails and prisons remain treatment deserts. Few facilities provide any addiction treatment, and when prisoners are released, they return to the same environments — and the same triggers — that fostered their addiction in the first place.Here, at its campus of squat brick buildings, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections is trying something different. Over the past year, it has expanded its so-called medication-assisted treatment program, becoming the first state system to offer such a broad range of therapies — including all three drugs approved to treat addiction — to its entire prison population.For supporters, there’s a simple argument behind the initiative: Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is considered the most effective therapy for opioid addiction, and so providing it is the right thing to do from a public health perspective. And if it can help reduce recidivism, it’s the right thing to do from a criminal justice perspective.advertisement “It is standard of care in the community, so I think eventually it will become standard of care in correctional facilities,” said Dr. Jennifer Clarke, the medical programs director for the corrections department. But researchers studying Rhode Island inmates have found that prisoners who take methadone before their release are more likely to continue their treatment. If they do that, the hope goes, they will be less likely to overdose or to commit crimes.“We cannot afford to keep getting all these people with opioid use disorders coming into these publicly funded institutions and not get treated, because it only fans the flames of this crisis as they are released,” said Dr. Josiah Rich, a Brown University researcher who is assessing Rhode Island’s MAT program.Other states have started to look to Rhode Island to learn from its MAT program, and the Obama administration highlighted it as a national model.This week, the White House’s commission on combating the national opioid epidemic released an interim report recommending that the Justice Department increase MAT in prisons. The panel noted that multiple studies have shown that inmates who received treatment had lower recidivism rates than those who did not.Dr. Jennifer Clarke, the medical programs director for the corrections department in Rhode Island, says she believes medication-assisted treatment will eventually become the standard of care in correctional facilities. Aram Boghosian for STATBut there are challenges to replicating Rhode Island’s system, and the corrections system here enjoys some advantages.It had political support for the effort, with the state government approving $2 million annually for MAT in prisons. And the corrections system is compact: Rhode Island does not have county jails. All inmates are brought to one center here, and the state’s prisons are all on the same campus.“If we start someone on MAT in jail, we’re not worried about them getting sent upstate to prison,” Clarke said. “They’ll go across the street, and they continue or we can take them off slowly.” “We cannot afford to keep getting all these people with opioid use disorders coming into these publicly funded institutions and not get treated, because it only fans the flames of this crisis as they are released.” Related: Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT's top stories of the day. Clarke has worked in the corrections department for 20 years, and she’s been advocating to expand MAT for just as long. But until last year, only people already on methadone when they were incarcerated could get a week’s worth of treatment (except for pregnant women, who have always remained on treatment).Now, inmates are screened when they arrive, and those with opioid use disorders are given the option of treatment. Inmates can take methadone or buprenorphine for up to a year, and restart treatment before they are released. Vivitrol is given a month or two before release. The program also includes counseling.The treatment is provided by CODAC Behavioral Healthcare, a nonprofit with clinics around the state, and the idea is that inmates will transition to one of those clinics when they are released to continue their care.Some law enforcement authorities have embraced Vivitrol because it is not an opioid, a message touted by its manufacturer, Alkermes, as it has lobbied lawmakers and drug courts. Other experts have questioned the data supporting Vivitrol and noted that there is more rigorous evidence supporting the use of methadone and buprenorphine. (Data from the first study to compare Vivitrol and Suboxone are expected this year.)But for Clarke, what matters most is that inmates find a treatment they will stick with. Giving prisoners Vivitrol, for example, is useless if they don’t show up for another dose when released.“Vivitrol is a great medication, for the right patient,” she said. “Really, the best treatment is the treatment that the patient will engage in.”Experts said they see hints that MAT is becoming more accepted.“There are all these ways to bash the treatment, but none of that is based on an argument about the effectiveness of the data,” said Dr. Joshua D. Lee, an associate professor at New York University School of Medicine. “In general, attitudes are certainly shifting in favor of finding solutions.” Dr. Josiah Rich, Brown University @DrewQJoseph About the Author Reprints Leave this field empty if you're human: Still, there is always concern that buprenorphine and methadone will be diverted and used illicitly. While the medications typically cannot give users a heroin-like high, they can generate a buzz. Some illicit use may also stem from inmates seeking out the medications to assuage their withdrawal symptoms, experts say, meaning the treatments are, in a way, being used for their approved purpose.“So it’s hard, right?” said Dr. Warren Ferguson, an expert in criminal justice and health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who is studying MAT in New England jails and prisons. “If the primary mission of a correctional facility is safety and security, and health care is secondary to that, if you look at it through that lens, you can understand why correctional facilities are enthusiastic about antagonists” like Vivitrol.But, Ferguson said, evidence shows that treatment with methadone and buprenorphine improves outcomes in communities. Now, researchers are trying to replicate that in jails and prisons.“What are some of the facilitators and barriers to establishing those programs?” Ferguson said. “What are some of the adaptations that need to be made for that to be successful?” MAT consists of three therapies. Two, methadone and buprenorphine (often referred to as Suboxone), are opioids that help stave off withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, while the third, Vivitrol, is an “antagonist,” meaning it blocks people from getting high if they use drugs.John Young, a 27-year-old inmate here, said his daily dose of methadone has saved him from the worst of withdrawal’s effects. He began treatment four months ago at the start of a six-month sentence for a probation violation tied to a drug-related charge, and it’s provided him with a level of stability.advertisement Young said he plans to maintain his methadone regimen after he’s released.“It’ll keep me safe — you don’t have to take the risk of getting out there and trying to find heroin or using needles,” he said. Without methadone, “as soon as I got out, I’d probably want to get high.”“I want a good job, I want to succeed, I want to be better for my family,” he added. “I want actual things to be proud of.”An estimated half to two-thirds of all prisoners have some form of substance abuse disorder. Doctors say there’s a public misconception that incarceration, particularly years-long incarceration, can help prisoners break an addiction.But abstinence does not in and of itself treat substance use disorder. And upon release, prisoners generally have a reduced tolerance for opioids; one study found that within two weeks of being released, former inmates overdose at rates nearly 130 times as high as the general population. HealthOne state takes a novel approach to opioid addiction: access to treatment for all inmates Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Privacy Policy John Young, a prisoner at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, says medication-assisted treatment will "keep me safe." Aram Boghosian for STAT How effective is medication-assisted treatment for addiction? Here’s the science [email protected] Tags addictionlegalopioidsstates Trending Now: General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics.last_img

As the market craters, Keros Therapeutics files for an IPO

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first_img Keros Therapeutics is filing for an IPO, according to plans made public Monday — a bold move amid the stock market’s historic nose dive. But it may need to be bold: Until a few days ago, the Lexington, Mass.-based company was very nearly out of money.The company raised $56 million in a recent Series C financing — but it estimates that without that funding, it wouldn’t have lasted more than a few months, according to the prospectus for its initial public offering. The company confidentially filed the paperwork for its offering on Jan. 21. Biotech [email protected] General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. Log In | Learn More What is it? As the market craters, Keros Therapeutics files for an IPO About the Author Reprints By Kate Sheridan March 17, 2020 Reprints @sheridan_kate center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED Kate Sheridan What's included? STAT+ is STAT's premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED APStock Tags biotechnologycancerfinanceSTAT+last_img

Laois Martial Arts adjusting and moving forward

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first_img Facebook Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp SEE ALSO – Laois minor footballers and U-20 hurlers get green light to resume before Christmas Previous articleFree Saturday parking in Laois’s main towns – and new public toilets set to open in PortlaoiseNext articleNovember car sales in Laois slightly up as key New Year selling period moves closer LaoisToday Reporter TAGSLaois Martial ArtsShane Culleton Home Sport Other Sport Laois Martial Arts adjusting and moving forward SportOther Sportcenter_img By LaoisToday Reporter - 2nd December 2020 Electric Picnic Laois Martial Arts adjusting and moving forward WhatsApp Cousins Cailtin Knight, Kayla Leonard, Hannah Dempsey and Ella Leonard Laois Martial Arts continues to adjust and move forward during the challenges of COVID-19.The club which is based in Mountmellick, continues to work within the governmentguidelines, in keeping their club open.The club initially went online for the first major lockdown in March. When the lockdown was lifted the club went back to its base in the Town Hall in Mountmellick, again adjusting the structure of the classes in order to fully comply with government guidelines.Head Coach Shane Culleton stated that the main challenges faced were getting all of theclubs 45 members timetabled and into pods, along with the contact tracing of all of the clubs members.“In some cases it involved dividing the club into upstairs and downstairs, which required a further timetable for our coaches,” he said. “The help and support of the club’s students, coaches and parent has been remarkable.“The club has never stopped training since the pandemic started and this is largely due to their dedication to training. Shane also commented that as a huge competition based club, it has really gone back to what the club initially started out as, which was a positive environment where members of all ages could come to socialise and train.“The social element of the club is a huge part of our club members lives and is so important in these challenging times.“When the 3rd lockdown happened, we took our training outside. This was the first time that we trained outside as a club. Again this took a lot of planning and teamwork, between the clubs members, coaches and parents. This lockdown is particular lead to the club having its first grading examination outside.”This was a huge event for the club, despite the varying adjustments and challenges that they faced.“Martial Arts teaches us to be able to adjust, become resilient and find a way to reach our goals,” says Shane.“Our approach to COVID-19 has been no different. We look at what we have to do to be safe and to help prevent the spread of this virus and we adjust our training to work within the guidelines.“As part of keeping its members focused the club has managed to complete two GradingExaminations outside since July, with over 40 members grading. All students successfullycompleted their test and passed. Two students, Caitlin Knight (11) and Hannah Reinhardt(10) both graded for their First Degree Black Belt.“Amelia Reinhardt (15) successfully passed her 2nd Degree Black Belt examination on the same date.“Grading examinations are very important as they are goals that we set as Coach andStudent, in which we make a plan and work together to ensure the students achieve theirgoals.“This has a massive knock on effect on how students view life in regard to how to plan towards a goal and achieve it. To achieve a Black Belt at any age is a huge achievement and can really show the students that anything is possible when we apply ourselves and work with positive, growth minded mentors.“The return to indoor training in December where it will round off a very unusual year with our annual awards night and their Christmas party for charity. This year the club is donating towards Santas Helpers.“The club would like to extend its thanks to its main sponsors, Taylor and Conroy Oestopathy, who have supported them continuously for the last number of years.”August Grading Presentation 2020Caitlin Knight (11) First Degree Black BeltHannah Reinhardt (10) 1st Degree Black Belt Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img

Kim Visits ‘Children’s Foodstuff Factory’

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first_imgNews Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE By Daily NK - 2014.12.16 3:45pm News News center_img Kim Visits ‘Children’s Foodstuff Factory’ North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitterlast_img

NCU Stages 2-Day Literacy Conference

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A two-day literacy conference, which is aimed at arming educators and parents with the information and skills to improve reading among children, got underway on April 7 at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville.The conference, which is being held in conjunction with Howard University in the United States of America, targets teachers, parents, administrators and policy makers, providing them with the opportunity to garner information and knowledge on both traditional and emerging methodologies in teaching persons how to read.“Educators play a significant role in increasing the percentage of literacy in the classroom and, by extension, the nation. When literacy is improved, national development will be positively impacted,” said Vice President for Academic and Administration at NCU, Dr. Beverly Cameron.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Dr. Patrick Allen, in a message circulated at the opening of the event, stressed the importance of literacy in addressing many of the challenges confronting the country.He said that where low literacy levels exist, the nation’s progress is impeded. “It can contribute to the economic and social development of a country. I believe that Jamaicans can enjoy an improved quality of life by participating in programmes that encourage literacy,” he stated.Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, in a statement, which was provided to the media, stated that his Ministry has taken important steps to deliver high literacy levels in the school system.“I have made the main plank of my tenure as Minister the removal of illiteracy among students. I want all students above a certain level to be literate, and to ensure this, the Ministry is putting in place measures to ensure that no child leaves the primary school system unable to read,” he stated. RelatedNCU Stages 2-Day Literacy Conference RelatedNCU Stages 2-Day Literacy Conference RelatedNCU Stages 2-Day Literacy Conferencecenter_img NCU Stages 2-Day Literacy Conference EducationApril 8, 2009 Advertisementslast_img

Canada introduces legislation respecting United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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first_imgCanada introduces legislation respecting United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples From: Department of Justice CanadaToday, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced the introduction of Bill C-15, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced the introduction of Bill C-15, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. The Ministers were joined by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed, and Métis National Council National Spokesperson David Chartrand, among others, for the announcement.In 2016, the Government of Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the “Declaration”) without qualification, and committed to its full and effective implementation. Bill C-15 proposes to affirm the Declaration as a universal international human rights instrument with application in Canadian law. The Bill also provides a framework for its implementation by the Government of Canada.If passed by Parliament, Bill C-15 would require the Government of Canada, in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples, to take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the rights of Indigenous peoples set out in the Declaration, as well as to develop an action plan to achieve its objectives.This legislation responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 43, which calls on all orders of government to fully adopt and implement the Declaration as the framework for reconciliation. It also responds to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice.Using former Bill C-262 as a starting point, the Government of Canada worked closely with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council over the last several months to shape this legislative proposal. Valuable input was also received from modern treaty and self-governing nations, other national and regional Indigenous organizations, rights holders, organizations representing Indigenous women, two-spirit and gender-diverse people, and Indigenous youth. The input received from these collaborative engagements informed the development of the Bill. The Government of Canada also held discussions with provincial and territorial governments and industry stakeholders to better understand and reflect their perspectives.Bill C-15 is about protecting and promoting the rights of Indigenous peoples including rights to equality and non-discrimination, self-government and the inherent right to self-determination. It also highlights the importance of respecting and promoting the rights in treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.The Government of Canada has already taken action to reflect the Declaration in legislation, including An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families and the Indigenous Languages Act and Bill C-15 represents another step forward.If passed, this Bill will represent another important step forward in our collective reconciliation journey- one that would open the way to greater opportunities for lasting relationships with Indigenous peoples, closing socio-economic gaps and promoting greater prosperity for today and for future generations.Quotes“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to build a stronger, fairer and more just society for today and for future generations. Bill C-15 represents an important step forward in our collective reconciliation journey- rooted in the recognition of Indigenous rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. Working in full partnership with Indigenous peoples, the bill will chart the course to full and effective implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the inherent rights that it protects and promotes. Once passed, this will bring us another step closer to a brighter future for Canada, one where all our children and grandchildren can prosper and thrive.”The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada“The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirms the human rights of Indigenous peoples and provides all of us with an important roadmap for advancing reconciliation in Canada. The implementation of the Declaration will accelerate progress in addressing our colonial legacy and moving to an approach that affirms Indigenous Peoples’ inherent rights. Building on the work of the former Member of Parliament, Romeo Saganash, the proposed legislation will help us to further implement the Declaration in partnership with First Nation, Inuit and Métis partners. Today is another step forward as we continue to chart a new path together toward a renewed relationship and a better, more inclusive future based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.”The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.Quick factsThe United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an international human rights instrument that affirms the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples throughout the world.The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration in 2007 by a vast majority of member states and is now supported by an even larger number of states, including Canada.The Declaration is the result of almost 25 years of collaboration between UN member states and Indigenous peoples from around the world. Indigenous leaders from Canada played a significant role in its development, including the drafting and negotiating.The Declaration includes 46 articles that affirm a broad range of collective and individual Indigenous rights, including rights related to:self-determination and self-governmentequality and non-discriminationculture, language and identitylands, territories and resourcesIndigenous institutions and legal systems, among other rights Implementing the Declaration responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 43, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don't put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:attorney-general, building, Canada, Commission, future generation, Government, grandchildren, Human Rights, Indigenous, language, legislation, parliament, President, resources, Rome, United Nationslast_img

Deep ice cores show past Greenland warm period may be ‘road map’ for continued warming of planet

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first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 23, 2013 A new study by an international team of scientists analyzing ice cores from the Greenland ice sheet going back in time more than 100,000 years indicates the last interglacial period may be a good analog for where the planet is headed in terms of increasing greenhouse gases and rising temperatures. The new results from the NEEM deep ice core drilling project led by the University of Copenhagen and involving the University of Colorado Boulder show that between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago during the Eemian interglacial period, the climate in north Greenland rose to about 14 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today. Despite the strong warming signal during the Eemian -- a period when the seas were roughly 15 to 25 feet higher than today -- the surface of the north Greenland ice sheet near the NEEM facility was only a few hundred yards lower than it is today, an indication to scientists it contributed less than half of the total sea rise at the time. The NEEM project involves 300 scientists and students from 14 countries and is led by Professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, director of the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of Ice and Climate.  CU-Boulder geological sciences professor and ice core expert Jim White is the lead U.S. investigator on the project.  The National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs funded the U.S. portion of the effort. The new Nature findings showed that about 128,000 years ago, the surface elevation of ice near the NEEM site was more than 650 feet higher than present but the ice was starting to thin by about 2 inches per year.  Between about 122,000 and 115,000 years ago, Greenland’s surface elevation remained stable at roughly 425 feet below the present level.  Calculations indicate Greenland’s ice sheet volume was reduced by no more than 25 percent between 128,000 years ago and 122,000 years ago, said White. A paper on the subject was published in the Jan. 24 issue of Nature. “When we calculated how much ice melt from Greenland was contributing to global sea rise in the Eemian, we knew a large part of the sea rise back then must have come from Antarctica,” said White, director of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. “A lot of us had been leaning in that direction for some time, but we now have evidence that confirms that the West Antarctic ice sheet was a dynamic and crucial player in global sea rise during the last interglacial period.” Dahl-Jensen said the loss of ice mass on the Greenland ice sheet in the early part of the Eemian was likely similar to changes seen there by climate scientists in the past 10 years. Other studies have shown the temperatures above Greenland have been rising five times faster than the average global temperatures in recent years, and that Greenland has been losing more than 200 million tons of ice annually since 2003. The Greenland ice loss study was led by former CU-Boulder scientist Isabella Velicogna, who is currently a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. The intense melt in the vicinity of NEEM during the warm Eemian period was seen in the ice cores as layers of re-frozen meltwater.  Such melt events during the last glacial period were rare by comparison, showing that the surface temperatures at the NEEM site were in a cold, nearly constant state back then. But on July 12, 2012, satellite images from NASA indicated 97 percent of Greenland’s ice sheet surface had thawed as a result of warming temperatures. “We were quite shocked by the warm surface temperatures observed at the NEEM ice camp in July 2012,” said Dahl-Jensen. “It was raining at the top of the Greenland ice sheet, and just as during the Eemian period, meltwater formed subsurface ice layers. While this was an extreme event, the present warming over Greenland makes surface melt more likely, and the predicted warming over Greenland in the next 50-100 years will very likely be so strong that we will potentially have Eemian-like climate conditions.” The Greenland ice core layers -- formed over millennia by compressed snow -- are being studied in detail using a suite of measurements, including stable water isotope analysis that reveals information about temperature and greenhouse gas levels and moisture changes back in time. Lasers are used to measure the water stable isotopes and atmospheric gas bubbles trapped in the ice cores to better understand past variations in climate on an annual basis -- similar in some ways to a tree-ring record. The results from the Nature study provide scientists with a “road map” of sorts to show where a warming Earth is headed in the future, said White.  Of the nine hottest years on Earth on record, eight have come since the year 2000.  In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that temperatures on Earth could climb by as much as 11 degrees F by 2100. Increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from sources like vehicle exhaust and industrial pollution -- which have risen from about 280 parts per million at the onset of the Industrial Revolution to 391 parts per million today -- are helping to raise temperatures on Earth, with no end in sight, said White. “Unfortunately, we have reached a point where there is so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere it’s going to be difficult for us to further limit our impact on the planet,” White said.  “Our kids and grandkids are definitely going to look back and shake their heads at the inaction of this country’s generation. We are burning the lion’s share of oil and natural gas to benefit our lifestyle, and punting the responsibility for it.” In the past, Earth’s journey into and out of glacial periods is thought to be due in large part to variations in its orbit, tilt and rotation that change the amount of solar energy delivered to the planet, he said. But the anthropogenic warming on Earth today could override such episodic changes, perhaps even staving off an ice age, White said. While three previous ice cores drilled in Greenland in the last 20 years recovered ice from the Eemian, the deepest layers were compressed and folded, making the data difficult to interpret.  Although there was some folding of the lowest ice layers in the NEEM core, sophisticated ice-penetrating radar helped scientists sort out and interpret the individual layers to paint an accurate picture of the warming of Earth’s Northern Hemisphere as it emerged from the previous ice age, White said. In addition to White, other CU-Boulder co-authors on the NEEM paper include INSTAAR scientist Bruce Vaughn and graduate student Tyler Jones of INSTAAR and CU-Boulder’s Environmental Studies Program. “It’s a challenge being on the ice sheet, because we are out of our comfort zones and are working long, physical hours in an environment that is extremely cold and where the sun never sets,” Jones said.  “Being a member of the research team allowed me to understand the ice core recovery process and the science behind it in terms of learning more about past climates and the implications for future climate change.” Other nations involved in NEEM include Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Other U.S. institutions involved in the effort include Oregon State University, Penn State, the University of California, San Diego and Dartmouth College. For more information on INSTAAR go to http://instaar.colorado.edu/. Additional information, photos and videos on NEEM can be found at http://www.neem.ku.dk. http://
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