When Kieran Gibbs left Arsenal for West Brom after spending over 11 seasons at the club, he remarked that he would learn how to improve defensively at his new team. Arsene Wenger was asked about those comments shortly after and made an apt statement which has rung true of several players after they departed north London for pastures new.“Once someone takes the decision to leave I wish them well and focus on my squad, but just look at the performances of the players who left us and then come back to me about it,” he said in 2017.Goal takes a look at 10 Arsenal stars who never hit the same heights after leaving the Gunners.
PIRAEUS – Olympiacos’ women’s water polo team won the LEN Euro League title being hosted at their home venue, beating the Spanish team Sabadell, 10-9.It was a tough tourney with the Reds women struggling to get past Kinef Kirishi from Russia, 10-8 in the semi-finals, beating the two-time defending champions.Sabadell led from the start 1-0 and then 3-1, and 4-3 at the half before the Greek women turned it on in the third period, scoring five goals to lead 8-6.Sabadell fought back to score three goals and take the lead at 9-8 before Olympiacos captain Filio Manolioudaki tied it and, just as overtime loomed, scored the dramatic winner.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Who is Philipp Max? The Man City, Chelsea & Man Utd target with more assists than Messi Chris Burton 01:00 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Manchester United Augsburg Manchester City Chelsea Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Everton Bundesliga Premier League The Augsburg defender leads the creativity charts across Europe’s top five divisions, with his form sparking talk of a possible Premier League move In an era of global scouting systems and seemingly bottomless money pits, top talent will never fly under the radar for long.Once a player starts to generate a buzz, regardless of where they may be playing at the time, the vultures will begin to circle and transfer talk will inevitably be sparked.That is the way of the world, and those with the deepest pockets will invariably get what they want as they continue to cherry pick those considered to be deserving of a place on their books. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Among those to be flavour of the month during the current transfer window is Augsburg left-back Philipp Max, with his displays for a middling Bundesliga outfit having piqued interest elsewhere.WHO IS PHILIPP MAX? Born on September 30, 1993 in Viersen, some 60 kilometres outside of Gelsenkirchen, a young Max headed south to spend time with Bavarian rivals 1860 Munich and Bayern Munich prior to returning to his roots to link up with Schalke in 2010.The son of former Germany international Martin Max, he opted against following in his father’s footsteps as a fearsome frontman and instead settled in the more understated surrounds of a left-back berth after being dropped deeper from a role on the wings.Having benefitted from working in an academy system which helped to put Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler on the path to superstardom, Max was handed his senior debut by Schalke in a Ruhr Valley derby date with Borussia Dortmund on March 25, 2014.He was, however, to have to step down into the second tier with Karlsruher to find the regular football he craved, with an impressive one-season showing which almost resulted in promotion to the Bundesliga offering enough to Augsburg to convince them that they should bring him back into the top-flight as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Baba Rahman in the summer of 2015.WHO WANTS HIM? Just about every leading club in the Premier League, it would appear.Manchester rivals City and United have been leading the hunt, with Pep Guardiola in the January market to find cover for the injured Benjamin Mendy while Jose Mourinho is still being linked with several options to fill a problematic position at Old Trafford.Liverpool, who remain unconvinced by Alberto Moreno, are also said to have sent scouts to cast an eye over Max, and have been joined in that mission by Merseyside rivals Everton – with Sam Allardyce looking to put his own stamp on a squad inherited from Ronald Koeman.Elsewhere, Chelsea are considering another raid on Augsburg – following a questionable £14 million gamble on Rahman – while Tottenham are also monitoring a developing situation closely as speculation continues to suggest that Danny Rose’s days in north London may be numbered.WHY DO THEY WANT HIM? Cast an eye over the leading assist-makers across Europe’s top five divisions and it will come as no surprise to find the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar and Leroy Sane among the leading pack.It may, however, come as a shock to find that Max – turning out for a side currently sat ninth in the Bundesliga – sits alongside them with nine goals created for grateful team-mates this season – a better return than the likes of Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Muller.He has also managed one effort himself, meaning that he has contributed significantly towards 10 of Augsburg’s 27 efforts in the Bundesliga to date.Of the aforementioned assists, three have come from corners – highlighting his threat over a dead ball – while nobody in Germany can claim to have bettered his haul of 49 chances created or his tally of 181 crosses – of which 66 have found their intended target.WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? Max is under contract at Augsburg until 2022, but it is unlikely that he will see that deal out as his stock and valuation continues to rise.Premier League suitors may be advised to act now, with it expected that his asking price will increase over the coming months as he continues to impress domestically and forces himself into contention for a place in Germany’s squad at the 2018 World Cup – having only previously represented his country at the 2016 Olympic Games.If he is to stay put, then he will continue to chase down Emil Forsberg’s record haul of 22 assists for RB Leipzig set last season, while seeking to put himself in an even stronger position to follow the lead of his left-back idols.Max admitted to Bild back in April 2014 that he has sought to model himself on Philipp Lahm and Ashley Cole – but the former only managed to reach double figures in terms of combined goals and assists on one occasion across his glorious career at Bayern, while the latter never came close to reaching those figures.Bringing together the best attributes of both would now appear to be the challenge facing Max, and it could be that those skills are honed on a Premier League stage before too long.
Vadodara: Hard as it may be to imagine, a young leopard has forged an unlikely bond with a mare at a farmhouse in Gujarat.The around one-and-a-half year old leopard has been visiting the farmhouse, located near a forest at Virod village on Vadodara’s outskirts, for last four-five days apparently after taking a liking for the mare kept tied there to a tree. The farmhouse and the mare belong to villager Jagdishbhai Patel, who said the leopard has been coming to his field everyday during the night time. “The leopard rolls on the grass and plays near the mare, who has not resisted the big cat’s move and keeps standing near the tree without any sign of panic,” he said on Wednesday. He said while his family members were worried about the unusual visitor at their field, the other villagers were flocking the place to catch a glimpse of the camaraderie between the two animals. “The leopard has been coming to the farmhouse, located just about 25 metres from my house, after sunset and sits near the mare for some hours before disappearing. The carnivore has not attacked any human being though it bit a dog a couple of days back,” Patel said. He said his farm labourers were scared of going near the mare to feed it and as a precaution, he has shifted his other cattle behind the house. He also requested the forest department to catch the spotted animal. Arvind Pawar of the city-based NGO Wildlife Rescue Trust said they have installed two night vision cameras to capture the leopard’s images. The district forest department’s rescue team member Nitin Patel said the young leopard’s mother was also seen near the farmhouse in a video footage. “While the young feline sits in a water pit dug up near the spot where the mare is tied, its mother was seen climbing a nearby tree,” he said. A cage along with a bait was placed nearby, but the leopard was yet to be caught, he added.
Rabat – The National Education and Vocational Training ministry has set up a National Observatory of Violence in School to track cases of violence in educational institutions.The observatory, set up in collaboration with various public and private stakeholders, aims to collect and analyze data and reports from regions and provinces to establish a national database on violence in schools, the ministry said in a statement.It also aims to share national and international experiences in the field, contribute to devising appropriate responses to the different cases of violence in schools and strengthen coordination between governmental and non-governmental sectors concerned. The Ministry also announced the official launch of a computer system dedicated to monitoring the cases of violence in schools and their surroundings.MWN with MAP
Nova Scotia continues to make changes to reflect the province’s diverse population. Today, July 9 the province is giving people more options for gender identity on a birth certificate, driver’s licence and a photo ID card. People can now choose to have X as an option for gender identity or have no gender displayed. “This is an exciting day for our province and for all Nova Scotians who deserve to have their gender identity recognized and respected,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “People who don’t identify exclusively as male or female have said that the identity documents currently don’t accurately reflect their gender. “As a province that is proud to be diverse and inclusive, we are pleased to introduce new gender identity options in response to the concerns.” These changes were introduced with support and input from the 2SLGBTQ+ community. “This is an important change which allows Nova Scotians the opportunity to see themselves represented on one of the most common forms of government identification,” said Shae Morse, non-binary teacher and community advocate. “Accurate identification, including the option to not display gender, reduces harm faced by intersex, non-binary, and transgender people and for all Nova Scotians. “Enabling this opportunity while waiving the cost, one of the largest barriers faced when accessing these changes, ensures that any one of us from Glace Bay to Yarmouth can do so.” Nova Scotians also have the option to remove the sex designation from the front of their health cards. There is still the option to have M or F on all identity documents. Sex, or gender displayed as sex, will continue to be recorded in the provincial system. The fee to change the gender indicator will be waived for replacement cards. Change of sex indicator services are also now available to people born outside of Nova Scotia but currently live in the province. For more information on how to change gender on driver’s licence or photo ID cards, visit https://novascotia.ca/drivers-licence-gender , for birth certificates https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-birth-certificate and health cards https://novascotia.ca/dhw/msi/health_cards.asp .
In 2018-19, an additional $8 million helped fund sport, culture, arts and heritage programs through the sale of designated lottery products. The money was evenly distributed between Support4Sport, which is managed by Sport Nova Scotia, and Support4Culture, which is managed by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Theatre, in Windsor, was a Support4Culture recipient. The theatre entertains audiences not only in the province, but around the world, including the recent production of the popular children’s book, Good Night Moon, in China. “The Support4Culture program has really made it possible for Mermaid to grow our programs and create employment,” said Danny Everson, executive director of Mermaid Theatre. “We help university students in the performing arts explore and test their newly acquired skills. “We encourage young people to read and discover a new way to learn and we bring back revenue and knowledge from our travels. Mermaid really is a theatre for all voices, whether we’re telling the stories of our Indigenous heritage or performing in different languages for audiences around the world.” Last year, Good Night Moon was offered in Mandarin and seen by more than 15,000 people in 13 Chinese cities.To learn more, go to https://gamingns.ca/AR/ . $145.2 million payment to province $21.3 million in wages and benefits for 502 full- and part-time jobs $38.1 million in commissions for 1,294 small business owners $6.6 million for the prevention, education and treatment of problem gambling Profits from the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, which are used to help fund public services, like health care, education sport and culture, increased this year. In 2018-19, the payment to the province was $145.2 million, an increase of 2.2 per cent from $142.1 million in 2017-18. “The proceeds from gaming are used to pay for important services like roads, health care and education, so sustainability is important and so is social responsibility,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of the corporation. “At Nova Scotia Gaming, we’re committed to both and we take pride in doing good work in gaming because we’re Nova Scotians, too.” Overview of Nova Scotia’s gaming industry for 2018-19:
-30- Voici une mise à jour provinciale publiée le dimanche 8 septembre à 9 h Les gens qui obtiennent leur eau potable de sources non traitées et non municipales, par exemple directement d’un lac, d’une rivière ou d’un cours d’eau, doivent faire bouillir leur eau pendant une minute avant de la consommer. Il n’est pas recommandé de consommer cette eau dans des circonstances normales. Les pompes de puits dans les maisons inondées peuvent causer l’électrocution. Les génératrices, les barbecues et les grils à charbon ne doivent jamais être utilisés à l’intérieur ou dans un garage, même si les portes ou les fenêtres sont ouvertes, en raison du risque d’empoisonnement au monoxyde de carbone. Ne laissez jamais des chandelles sans surveillance. Veillez sur vos voisins pour vous assurer qu’ils ont tout ce qu’il leur faut pour assurer leur sécurité. On demande aux gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse d’éviter de prendre la route et de rester loin des lignes électriques brisées pour permettre aux équipes de nettoyer les arbres et les débris et rétablir le courant en toute sécurité. Environ 395 000 clients de Nova Scotia Power sont sans électricité. Les équipes travaillent maintenant dans la région du sud-ouest de la province où les conditions météorologiques se sont améliorées. Les ponts entre Halifax et Dartmouth sont maintenant ouverts. Tous les vols à l’aéroport international d’Halifax sont annulés jusqu’à 9 h 30 ce matin. Pour des renseignements à ce sujet : https://halifaxstanfield.ca/flight-information/arrivals (en anglais) Composez le 211 pour trouver le centre de réconfort le plus près de chez vous. La MRH continue de gérer trois refuges. Consultez le https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/fire/emergency-management/hurricanes (en anglais) Dans une panne de courant, les aliments qui se trouvent dans votre réfrigérateur et votre congélateur peuvent entraîner des risques pour la santé. Les eaux de crue peuvent également avoir un impact sur la sécurité des aliments. Pour vérifier si votre nourriture et votre eau peuvent être consommées en toute sécurité, consultez les renseignements au https://novascotia.ca/emergency/fr.
Une nouvelle école pour les élèves et les familles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) renforcera l’apprentissage en français langue maternelle à l’échelle de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Cette école appuiera la communauté francophone croissante tout en contribuant à réduire les pressions liées aux inscriptions dans les autres écoles du CSAP de la région d’Halifax. Le gouvernement provincial investira 28,5 millions de dollars pour acheter et rénover Newbridge Academy. L’école accueillera des élèves à compter de septembre 2020. « La communauté acadienne et francophone de la province est en pleine croissance, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Cette nouvelle école contribuera à répondre à la demande pour une éducation en français langue maternelle dans la région et offrira aux élèves et aux familles un environnement d’apprentissage moderne. » Une deuxième école est également prévue pour les familles du CSAP. Ce projet était inclus dans le plan quinquennal d’investissement dans les écoles annoncé en 2018. -30- Citation Nous sommes ravis de l’annonce effectuée aujourd’hui. Cette école nous permettra non seulement d’offrir à nos élèves un établissement d’enseignement moderne, mais aussi d’aborder les problèmes d’espace dans les écoles de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Michel Comeau, directeur général, Conseil scolaire acadien provincial Plan d’investissement dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse : https://www.ednet.ns.ca/fr/capitalplan Conseil scolaire acadien provincial : https://csap.ca/ Ressources supplémentaires Le CSAP compte environ 6100 élèves à l’échelle de la province. La nouvelle école située à Dartmouth accueillera environ 900 élèves. Le CSAP gère actuellement sept écoles dans la région d’Halifax et 21 écoles à l’échelle de la province. Faits en bref
Shanghai: Denis Shapovalov defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-2 at the Shanghai Masters on Monday, setting up a second-round encounter with defending champion Novak Djokovic. The first game of the match stretched to 15 minutes before Tiafoe held serve, but Shapovalov eventually took control with a break in the first set and two more in the second. “The start of the match was really important and I was trying to step up from the first game,” Shapovalov said. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “I think the first game helped me find a rhythm on his serve.” The 36th-ranked Shapovalov played the top-ranked Djokovic on two previous occasions, with both matches taking place this year. He took Djokovic to four sets in the third round of the Australian Open, but only won four games in the second round at the Rome Masters. “He’s beaten me twice so there’s not much for me to lose, so I’ll just go out there and enjoy myself,” Shapovalov said. “I’ll go out there and give it all I have. Also Read – Mayank plays fearlessly like his idol Virender Sehwag: VVS Laxman “It’s going to be a tough one, but I have a great game and I think I have a chance to beat him.” A Canadian citizen, Shapovalov was born in Israel and is currently a resident of the Bahamas. He said he hasn’t been back home since Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands in August. “Obviously it’s terrible what has happened to the Bahamas,” he said, adding his home didn’t sustain much damage. “I’m going to try to see what I can do to give back.” Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil upset 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-2 in another first-round match. The 10th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy faced little resistance from American Sam Querrey in a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Andy Murray, playing on a wildcard, faces Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero in Monday’s first night match.
Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Enrico Colantoni, the Veronica Mars regular with a role in the upcoming Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, has been cast in the world premiere of Fear, an Off Broadway psychological drama written by Roseanne and Home Improvement creator Matt Williams.Also starring will be Obi Abili (Billions) and and Alexander Garfin (2015’s The Peanuts Movie). Advertisement
Tamara Wilson and Sergei Skorokhodov appear in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of Turandot, beginning Saturday in Toronto. (Michael Cooper/Canadian Opera Company) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Even if you’ve never set foot in an opera house, you’ve likely heard Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot. One of the opera world’s instantly recognizable arias, Nessun Dorma (None shall sleep) has also had crossover success: it’s Hollywood’s soundtrack shorthand for bombastic, climatic scenes; a soccer stadium favourite, and a staple for male singers eager to show off their vocal chops. Aretha Franklin — as a last-minute replacement enlisted to deliver ailing tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s signature tune — tore down the 1998 Grammy Awards with her rendition.An opera house go-to, Turandot is being seen by a wider audience than ever, but that increased exposure has also meant that Giacomo Puccini’s final work has joined other classic operas being re-examined through a modern lens.
A new report highlights a growing fear among Canadians that’s tied to the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence. An online study conducted by Environics Research Group revealed that 77 per cent of Canadians are concerned that AI is advancing too quickly to properly understand its potential risks. The survey of 1,200 Canadians was sponsored by TD Bank back in May, and also indicated a growing concern around biases in how the technology is developed. Additionally, sixty per cent of Canadians worry about a lack of diversity in the growing field of AI. The results don’t shock Tomi Poutanen, chief AI officer for TD and co-founder of Layer 6, but he said they do signal a growing awareness of AI’s transformative capabilities, and people are looking to banks to validate its adoption. “People look to banks to innovate,” said Poutanen, who also participated in a roundtable with a dozen other industry leaders to explore the opportunities and challenges facing the financial sector in the adoption of AI. Nearly 90 per cent of Canadians want banks to be innovative. ”There is a big need for us to educate the public.” But several experts suggest banks still have a lot to learn about cloud before they can fully embrace AI and quell public fears. Scott Mullins, head of worldwide financial services and business development for AWS, said he frequently has to discourage banks from adopting machine learning because they’re simply not ready. They think because they’ve migrated parts of the bank to the cloud that they’re ready for one of the most compelling branches of AI, but the data in those workloads is usually scattered, meaning it’s not ready to be funneled through an algorithm. “Banks quickly realize that they’re not ready for it,” he told IT World Canada during a visit to Toronto, where AWS hosted its third cloud symposium of the year. Mullins said data lakes, such as AWS Lake Formation, is a good stepping stone to AI. Lake Formation is a centralized, curated, and secured repository that stores data, both in its original form and when it’s prepared for analysis. Banking executives globally overwhelmingly agree that AI will have the greatest impact on their organization over the next three years. Forty-eight per cent of them, to be exact, expect AI to have a greater impact compared to blockchain (17 per cent) extended reality (15 per cent) and quantum computing (19 per cent), according to Accenture’s Banking Technology Vision 2019 report, which surveyed 785 banking executives from 30 countries including Canada. But AI capabilities that detect fraud and money laundering or turns chatbots into helpful consultants requires massive data storage capacity and scalable compute power. That’s where cloud comes in. John Painter, the chief innovation officer for Sourced Group, an AWS partner. Photo by Alex Coop.Sourced Group, One of AWS’s most qualified partners when it comes to dealing with organizations in highly regulated industries, has had a front row seat to other banks’ digital transformation. And while Canadian banks have worked hard to catch up to their international neighbours around cloud and AI, they’re still noticeably behind understanding the risks associated with both, especially cloud. “Understanding the risk profile of what cloud presents, then understanding how to certify those services in the cloud, is done very well in other jurisdictions,” according to Painter. “Canada is a little further behind.” Sourced Group is a global IT consultancy specialising in large-scale cloud transformations for regulated industries with a growing team in Toronto. In 2017 it also helped launch the first public facing retail bank app on AWS in Australia. The firm also recently closed a CAD$20 million round of financing. The round was by Round 13 Capital with participation from Comerica Bank and HSBC, and is the first institutional investment for the privately held firm, which has been self-funded since its founding in 2010. The company has experienced serious growth since then, including a 267 per cent increase in revenue and a four-fold increase in headcount over the past three years. Painter attributed much of their success to the proliferation of cloud computing in Canada during that time period, and said he’s confident Canada’s banks can achieve similar levels of innovation found in Australia and Singapore, where banks have fully embraced digital banking. QUICK FACTS Canadians are hungry for more digital services. A December 2018 survey conducted by Abacus Data found that 56 per cent of Canadians used mobile banking in 2018 — an increase from 44 per cent in 2016 and 31 per cent in 2014. Thirty-two per cent of financial transactions are done with a mobile device, according to the Canadian Bankers Association. Roughly half of Singapore’s population performs transactions online with DBS Bank, a Sourced Group customer, and more than a quarter by mobile. A decade ago, DBS stood for “Damn Bloody Slow”, according to at least one taxi driver quoted by Forbes, and it had the lowest customer satisfaction score of any bank in Singapore. But by 2016, it earned financial services magazine Euromoney’s top digital bank award. “The same markers that we saw in Australia, such as early stage adoption that led to more systematic progress in cloud, exist in Canada,” he said, indicating there are dozens of workloads belonging to Canadian banks that are now running in public clouds. “In Australia and Singapore, banks have entire lines of business running in the cloud. To the best of my knowledge, based on our client base, that hasn’t been achieved yet in Canada,” said Painter. Mullins agreed that Canada is seeing progress in the financial sector. Even widely publicized breaches aren’t scaring off banks from the public cloud. “I had a conversation with a bank CEO after the breach,” said Mullins, referring to the Capital One breach. “He was asking me ‘what should I do to make sure I’m ready’. My answer was regular architecture reviews on your applications. Not just the ones running on AWS, but also the ones that are running on-premises and on other cloud providers.” He said other reasons why Canada’s banks are experiencing slower adoption of cloud and AI is because they’re still largely focused on building their own products and digital experiences, rather than leaning on fintechs to do some of that heavy lifting for them through formal partnerships. Canada’s Competition Bureau has emphasized a need for banks to better utilize the fintech community, but when they do reach out to fintechs, banks don’t make it easy, explained Mullins. “A bank will get all excited about your technology, they’ll say ‘that’s wonderful this is going to solve all our problems!’ But then they go, ‘by the way, can you fill out this due diligence questionnaire and run it on-premises?’ Having to customize a solution for them and retrofit it so it functions on legacy systems makes it hard for fintechs to be successful,” he said. Michael Rhodes, TD Bank’s head of innovation, technology and shared services, said in its sponsored study that the concerns highlighted by the public around emerging technologies and the contributions of the fintech community are important steps in the right direction. “We believe this is a critical time to advance an industry-wide discussion that moves beyond principles to create world-class services for Canadians in a responsible way, while unlocking the full potential of AI,” he wrote. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. Related Stories:Who should the CISO report to, and other CloudSec 2019 takeaways
The four-day Council mission, led by Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, is scheduled to arrive tomorrow in Kosovo, where it will meet over the weekend with senior officials of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) and with the province’s political and civil society leaders.On Monday, the mission will head from Pristina to Belgrade, where it will meet with Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic and other senior officials.The team is expected back in New York the following day, and will brief the Council on its trip on 19 December.
Political, religious and traditional leaders are supporting the operations as tens of thousands of health workers go house to house to inject every child in Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Togo. Cameroon started its campaign on 20 February and Chad will launch its efforts in March.Children were recently infected by the paralyzing disease in seven of the countries after years in which polio had been virtually wiped out in the region, with 388 children infected in all of 2003, down from 205 daily, UNICEF said.”After eight years of incredible collaboration and investment, Africa is standing on the verge of a well-deserved triumph in public health,” said Dr Ebrahim Samba, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the African Region. “But the disease is now threatening to make a comeback and the whole continent is on the brink of re-infection unless these campaigns stop the further spread of the virus. Africa has proved it can stop polio – now is the time to finish the job.”Nigeria was forced to suspend polio immunizations in key northern states because of unfounded rumours that the vaccination was unsafe for girls and young women. A polio outbreak subsequently followed and affected neighbouring countries, UNICEF said.In October 2003, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) unanimously resolved to eradicate polio by the end of 2004. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently announced that the Islamic Gulf countries would make a multi-million dollar contribution to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.The Initiative was launched in 1988 by WHO, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
by Jeff Horwitz, Michael Biesecker And Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 6:25 am MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive said the president personally promised him.The Energy Department says it considered issuing the order sought by companies seeking relief for plants it says are overburdened by environmental rules and market stresses. But the department ultimately ruled it was unnecessary, and the White House agreed, a spokeswoman said.The decision is a rare example of friction between the beleaguered coal industry and the president who has vowed to save it. It also highlights a pattern emerging as the administration crafts policy: The president’s bold declarations — both public and private — are not always carried through to implementation.President Donald Trump committed to the measure in private conversations with executives from Murray Energy Corp. and FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. after public events in July and early August, according to letters to the White House from Murray Energy and its chief executive, Robert Murray. In the letters, obtained by The Associated Press, Murray said failing to act would cause thousands of coal miners to be laid off and put the pensions of thousands more in jeopardy. One of Murray’s letters said Trump agreed and told Energy Secretary Rick Perry, “I want this done” in Murray’s presence.The White House declined to say whether Trump did initially agree to Murray’s request for help. But in a statement on Tuesday, administration spokeswoman Kelly Love wrote that the proposal was not the right way to support the coal industry.“Whether through repealing the Clean Power Plan and the ‘Waters of the U.S. Rule,’ removing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, or signing legislation to overturn rules and policies designed to stop coal mining, President Trump continues to fight for miners every day,” she wrote in an email to the AP.Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said the agency was sympathetic to the coal industry’s plight, but likewise did not support the proposal.“With respect to this particular case at this particular time, the White House and the Department of Energy are in agreement that the evidence does not warrant the use of this emergency authority,” Hynes said in a statement Sunday.A spokesman for Murray Energy, Gary Broadbent, declined to comment on the letters or the administration’s response.The aid Murray sought from Trump involves invoking a little-known section of the U.S. Federal Power Act that allows the Energy Department to temporarily intervene when the nation’s electricity supply is threatened by an emergency, such as war or natural disaster. Among other measures, it temporarily exempts power plants from obeying environmental laws. In the past, the authority has been used sparingly, such as during the California energy crisis in 2000 and following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Obama administration never used it. The Trump administration has used it twice in seven months in narrow instances.Murray’s company is seeking a two-year moratorium on closures of coal-fired power plants, which would be an unprecedented federal intervention in the nation’s energy markets. The company said invoking the provision under the Power Act was “the only viable mechanism” to protect the reliability of the nation’s power supply.Murray told the White House that his key customer, Ohio-based electricity company FirstEnergy Solutions, was at immediate risk of bankruptcy. Without FirstEnergy’s plants burning his coal, Murray said his own company would be forced into “immediate bankruptcy,” triggering the layoffs of more than 6,500 miners. FirstEnergy acknowledged to the AP that bankruptcy of its power-generation business was a possibility.Murray urged Trump to use the provision in the Federal Power Act to halt further coal plant closures by declaring an emergency in the electric power grid.After a conversation with Trump at a July 25 political rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Murray wrote, the president told Perry three times, “I want this done.” Trump also directed the emergency order be given during an Aug. 3 conversation in Huntington, West Virginia, he said.“As stated, disastrous consequences for President Trump, our electric power grid reliability, and tens of thousands of coal miners will result if this is not immediately done,” he wrote.Murray’s claims raise the possibility that Trump was warned against the move by his advisers — some of whom are known to be more cautious — or that he simply made assurances to Murray to avoid immediate confrontation. The people who worked on the decision most directly were Perry, Michael Catanzaro, who works under National Economic Council director Gary Cohn as the top White House energy adviser, and Perry’s chief of staff, Brian McCormack, U.S. officials told the AP. They spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss internal policy considerations by name.Murray and his company have been impassioned supporters of Trump, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to his campaign and inauguration, hosting fundraisers and embracing him as the rescuer of the Appalachian coal industry. The friendliness has been mutual: When Trump repealed an Obama administration regulation barring coal companies from dumping mine waste in streams, Murray and his sons were invited for the signing.The Energy Department has already informed Murray it will not invoke the law, an official with knowledge of the decision told the AP.Coal has become an increasingly unattractive fuel for U.S. electricity companies, which have been retiring old boilers at a record pace. At least two dozen big coal-fired plants are scheduled to shut down in coming months as utilities transition to new steam turbines fueled by cleaner-burning natural gas made more abundant in recent years by new drilling technologies.Trump, who rejects the consensus of scientists that burning fossil fuels is causing global warming, has made reversing the coal industry’s decline a cornerstone of his administration’s energy and environmental policies. Since taking office, he announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and he has moved to block or delay Obama-era regulations seeking to limit carbon emissions.Other coal executives have urged similar government intervention to save their businesses. In a speech last week, the CEO of Peabody Energy Corp., the nation’s largest coal producer, also said a two-year moratorium on coal-plant closures was needed.Perry has already twice invoked the Federal Power Act in narrow ways at the request of utilities seeking to keep old coal-burning plants online past their planned retirement dates. In both cases, the utilities were allowed to continue operations at plants amid concerns that shutting them down could lead to regional shortages in electricity.___Darlene Superville contributed to this report.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at www.Twitter.com/mbieseck , Matthew Daly at @matthewdalywdc and Jeff Horwitz at @jeffhorwitz___Online: Letters from Murray Energy to the Trump administration: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3936141-Murray-s-letters-to-Trump-administration.html FILE – In this June 7, 2017 file photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally at the Rivertowne Marina in Cincinnati. President Donald Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down, a top American coal company said. The Trump administration now says it has no plans to do so. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet
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