AFN launches 11th hour lobbying over Indigenous rights exclusion from climate change

first_img(An all-Indigenous flotilla took to kayaks Sunday on the Bassin de la Villette, which is Paris’ largest artificial lake and connects to the city’s canal system. Photo/Allan Lissner)APTN National News GATINEAU, Que.—The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has launched an 11th hour lobbying effort targeting countries with natural resource investments in Western Canada over the current exclusion of Indigenous rights from the operative text of a global climate agreement under negotiations in Paris, according to a British Columbia grand chief.First Nation Summit Grand Chief Ed John said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be sending letters to the ambassadors from countries like India, Malaysia, China, Japan and the European Union pressing them to back efforts to put Indigenous rights into the text of the climate agreement. John said the AFN wants to remind these nations that they have investments in resource development projects that are on Indigenous territory.The AFN passed an emergency resolution on the issue Tuesday directing Bellegarde to begin lobbying on the issue.“The pressure is still on,” said John, whose organization represents B.C. First Nations.AFN chiefs are currently meeting at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Que.The AFN resolution has been sent to the Indigenous caucus at the Paris climate talks for distribution among the 190 states currently involved in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), said John. The Indigenous caucus is not directly involved in the negotiations which involve only member states.EU ambassadors were also lobbied during a meet and greet at held Tuesday evening, said John.EU countries have been among the states that are against the inclusion of Indigenous rights in the final climate change agreement, which aims to stem the warming of the planet to 2C above pre-Industrial temperatures.Canada is warming at the twice the global rate.The preamble of the draft climate change agreement currently includes a mention to Indigenous rights, but even that is now under threat.The reference to Indigenous rights was removed from the main body of the text during the round of negotiations headed by officials from the countries involved in the negotiation. The negotiations have now moved to the political level and a final agreement is expected by Dec. 11.Canada is backing efforts to include Indigenous rights in the climate change agreement.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Recent financial woes highlight need to revive Doha trade talks – UN

Progress on the stalled Doha round of trade liberalization talks would not only boost the world economy but also confidence amid current economic and financial uncertainties, such as those being witnessed in the United States banking sector, the head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said today.“We are witnessing a confluence of different crises this year,” Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi told the annual session of UNCTAD’s governing Trade and Development board, which is currently meeting in Geneva.“As for Doha, we need this one multilateral effort to be completed successfully. Then we could face these other difficulties with a more optimistic perspective,” he added. Mr. Panitchpakdi joined the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, in stressing that reaching agreement on the Doha talks – which have been going on for seven years – is important at this time not only because it can strengthen the world economy and livelihoods, but also boost confidence in the midst of shaken economies and financial markets.“We are told that this is one of the most serious crises we’ve seen in the last 60 or 70 years. There must be some better rules and regulations to help the financial system as rules help the trading system. Unfettered market mechanisms have led to crises every few years,” the UNCTAD chief told the meeting.Developing countries “can only do so much” in the face of turmoil that is beginning to affect their exports and their economic growth prospects, he added. Recent crises, including rising food and fuel prices, climate change and threats to the global financial and banking systems, “can only be dealt with at the multilateral level. We need international predictability and stability in the global financial system,” he stated, adding that concluding the Doha round will provide a good foundation for facing these other crises. Mr. Lamy stated that “there is far too much on the table, particularly for developing countries, to give up on these negotiations. “A multilateral system offers many solid, important benefits which other ways of trade opening do not offer. Trade is one of the necessary conditions for development – this is clear. Because of this clear view, the pressure for concluding the round on the side of developing countries is now very high,” he told participants. 16 September 2008Progress on the stalled Doha round of trade liberalization talks would not only boost the world economy but also confidence amid current economic and financial uncertainties, such as those being witnessed in the United States banking sector, the head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said today. read more

Technology companies clash on crossborder flow of digital data under NAFTA

OTTAWA — Some Canadian information technology companies are pushing back at warnings that the personal information of Canadians is being compromised in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.They see nothing wrong with a proposal by the United States that would forbid the storage of sensitive data in computing facilities on Canadian soil.They say data should be allowed to flow freely across borders, like other products, and that the privacy of Canadians would not be compromised.“Privacy and national security elements are part of the discussion, but they shouldn’t be seen as the entire discussion,” said David Messer, a vice-president of the Information Technology Association of Canada.“It’s about allowing businesses to operate how they see fit and not necessarily fragmenting the internet.”That view is clashing with another industry group, the Canadian Council of Innovators, which is calling on the government to resist the U.S. proposal, citing concerns over the U.S. Patriot Act and “less stringent” restrictions on access to data for U.S. companies.The council’s chair, Jim Balsillie, the former head of Research in Motion, said Wednesday in an interview that he worries the government is weak at the bargaining table when it comes to data — an issue he argues is “existential” for Canada.Balsillie has met Canadian negotiators in his role as chair of the council, which represents some of the country’s fastest-growing tech firms and investors.“Based on my interactions, I remain deeply concerned about the lack of sophistication for the 21st century economy with our NAFTA team, and most especially and including data,” said Balsillie.“My fear is our trade negotiators are guided on data policy by the big U.S. tech firms who tell us what’s good for Silicon Valley is good for Canada.”The council wants the government to back “data localization,” which would protect the sensitive personal information of Canadians especially health and financial records — from unwanted American intrusion, by storing it in on servers in Canada.The U.S. rejects that idea, and so do a number of Canadian technology firms.“To me, free trade and NAFTA, it’s all about free flow of people, goods, services, capital and now the fifth one is data,” Dirk Schlimm, executive vice-president of Oakville, Ont.-based GeoTab Inc., said in an interview Wednesday.“What is being proposed here is protectionism, because it now makes it impossible for a global player, like GeoTab, to use our scale and say ‘I want to have central data storage and to sell our system.”‘The company markets a digital tracking system that is being used in 750,000 vehicles around the world to track the movements and performance of commercial fleets. It tracks the route of a vehicle as well as providing engine diagnostics, predicting maintenance needs and measuring fuel consumption. It can detect the speed of a vehicle and whether its driver is wearing a seatbelt, he said.The product helps companies improve transportation safety and efficiency, he added.While some data is clearly private, there’s a vast trove of “non-critical data” that can and should be shared across borders, said Altaz Valani, director of research of Toronto-based Security Compass.“If we talk about everything in terms of, ‘it’s too risky to take the next step,’ the challenge is at what point to we begin to say we’re actually inhibiting businesses from what they need to do?”Widespread global concern has been stoked by fears of U.S. surveillance on private citizens. The post 9-11 Patriot Act gives American law enforcement access to data stored in U.S. facilities. Revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency’s covert surveillance programs have also raised concerns.Schlimm said Canada has strong privacy laws and can’t afford to let those standards slip because firms such as his do business with European firms, which are also subject to the continent’s stringent digital privacy provisions.His company has been able to negotiate higher privacy standards with U.S. companies because “they want to keep the Europeans as clients and that’s why they’re willing to do it for us.”But Canadians have to recognize, especially in light of the Snowden revelations, that being able to protect their data from the NSA is a “fallacy” because Canada shares information to fight terrorism with its Five Eyes allies in the U.S., Britain, Australia and New Zealand, said Schlimm.“If you look at the level of co-operation that is going on now in the international intelligence community … there is a tremendous amount of intelligence sharing going on between Canada and the U.S.” read more

Heavy rain and strong winds to continue tomorrow

Heavy rain and strong winds will continue in several parts of the country tomorrow, the Department of Meteorology said.Fairly strong winds at times (up to 40-50kmph) can be expected over the island (especially in the western slope of the central hills) and strong winds at times in the Northern and Southern sea areas (up to 60-70 kmph). Showers or thundershowers will occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces. Fairly heavy falls (more than 50 mm) can be expected at some places. Showers or thundershowers will likely occur at several places in the Eastern and Uva provinces after 2.00p.m tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette)

In Paris Ban discusses Mediterranean crisis and climate change with President Hollande

With regard to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea, Mr. Ban welcomed “with satisfaction the measures announced last week by the Heads of State and Government of the European countries,” on the Mediterranean crisis. “They represent an important first step towards European collective action,” he added at a joint press conference with French President, François Hollande.“This is a humanitarian crisis, not a safety issue. We need to defeat the criminals who are trafficking in human beings. But we must also concern ourselves with the root causes of migration, so that people are not forced to leave their homes,” the UN chief added.“If there are so many migrants, it is because people fleeing war and persecution. Violent extremism is fuelled by conflict and poor governance.”The Secretary-General said that to “confront this threat against global security; we must deploy comprehensive and complex solutions. In a few months, I will present to the General Assembly at its 70th session, a plan to fight against violent extremism.”Mr. Ban also delivered a speech to students of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, where he encouraged students to express themselves and become global citizens.He urged them to take action on climate change and welcomed initiatives to organize momentum for the upcoming conference on the issue, which will be held later this year in Paris. “Young people have more ideas and I really count on your commitment,” said the Secretary-General. “The world must find ways to adapt to the changes already underway.”“We will need to do is considerable resources. Developed countries must clear path that will allow them to collect 100 billion by 2020 to finance climate action in developing countries. And the Green Climate Fund should start operating effectively and making payments before we meet in Paris,” he emphasized. While he was in France, the Secretary General also announced the appointment of French national Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr Todt is the President of the International Automobile Federation (FIA).Each year about 1.3 million people are killed and nearly 50 million more injured on the roads worldwide. Half of the deaths are pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists, according to the UN. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 20 January 2012

DONWLOAD1. Martin Schultz elected as new President of the European Parliament2. EU new car registrations down 1.7% in 20113. Small companies create 85% of new EU jobs4. On-board diagnostic limits proposed5. EFSF credit rating cut6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State mens basketball topples Indiana 6758

Assembly Hall. Senior night. Facing an Indiana team – ranked No. 2 in the country – that was playing to secure its first outright Big Ten regular season title since 1993. Everything and then some seemed to be up against Ohio State in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday night. But the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes overcame it all, upending the Hoosiers, 67-58. With the win, OSU (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) remains alive in the race for the league championship. If Indiana (25-5, 13-4 Big Ten) loses at Michigan Sunday and the Buckeyes beat Illinois, Thad Matta’s squad will hold a share of the Big Ten regular season title for the fourth-consecutive season. It was junior guard Aaron Craft and sophomore guard Shannon Scott that got it done for OSU down the stretch. Indiana had a 43-40 lead with about 13 minutes left, but a 19-7 run powered by OSU’s guards all but put the game away. Craft, pressured heavily for the majority of the second half by Indiana’s do-it-all junior guard Victor Oladipo, hit tough shot after tough shot. The guard known for his scrappy defense scored 15 points, six of which came in the final seven minutes. Scott was a thorn in Indiana’s side nearly every time the Hoosiers had the ball. The sophomore guard had four steals and contributed to a number of other Indiana turnovers. Scott added eight points – most of which came as a result of his defensive effort – while dishing out three assists and grabbing three rebounds. It was the defense Scott anchored that allowed OSU to stay with, and in front of, Indiana’s usually high-powered offense. The Buckeyes saw what the Hoosiers were capable of Feb. 10, when Indiana defeated OSU in Columbus 81-68. OSU held Indiana to a season-low 25 points and 33 percent shooting in the first half. Part of that was due to the Hoosiers’ go-to scorers, sophomore forward Cody Zeller and Oladipo, getting in foul trouble. Both players picked up two fouls midway through the opening half and had to sit for the remainder of the first. Oladipo was held to seven points, half his season average. The Hoosiers, who have four players averaging double figures on the season, had just two (Zeller and senior forward Christian Watford) hit that plateau Tuesday. The Buckeyes’ leading scorer, junior forward Deshaun Thomas, scored 18 points on 17 shots. Of the eight players that saw the floor for OSU, sophomore center Amir Williams was the only one held scoreless. OSU next is set to face off against Illinois Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. It will be Senior Day for the Buckeyes, with redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel being the lone player to take part in the festivities. read more

World Handball Players of 2010 voting – Bojana Popović finally among the

← Previous Story German Bundesliga (Round 14): The “Lions” finally broke wounded “Zebras” Next Story → EHF CL (Round 7): Barcelona held THW Kiel in crisis Who will be the successors of Slawomir Szmal (Poland) and Alison Pineau (France) as the World Handball Players of the Year 2010? For the first time ever all journalists have the opportunity to give their votes in the newly installed media section of the IHF website www.ihf.info. But also all handball fans around the world can cast their vote for one of the five nominees.An expert jury including famous and successful coaches like Lino Cervar, Heiner Brand, Ulrik Wilbek, Jewgeni Trefilow or Marit Breivik and IHF lecturers have made their proposals for this voting – and now it’s up to the media on the one hand and the fans on the other hand to vote for their favourites. All results – experts, fans and media – will be evaluated in the end. The voting starts on 1 December 2010 and ends on 1 January 2011.You can vote for the following male and female nominees:Men:Thierry Omeyer (France), Igor Vori (Croatia), Arpad Sterbik (Spain), Filip Jicha (Czech Republic), Nikola Karabatic (France)Women:Bojana Popovic (Montenegro), Katrine Lunde-Haraldsen (Norway), Grit Jurack (Germany), Liudmila Postnova (Russia) and Cristian Neagu (Romania)You will find the voting and short portraits of all nominees here The World Handball Players of the Year 2010 will be announced and awarded during the Men’s World Championship in Sweden. read more

Pennsylvania woman fights cancer using purple toilets

first_imgA PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN is using purple toilets to raise money to fight cancer.The Express-Times reports that Rebecca Szabo-Silfies and her two young sons have been leaving the commodes on lawns around Upper Nazareth Township as part of the ‘Flush Out Cancer’ effort.She stakes out a home, leaves a toilet and then waits for the homeowner to find it.The person can then pay $10 to have it taken away, $20 to send it to a friend or $30 to send it to a friend and guarantee it never comes back.The two purple toilets have made 18 stops so far, raising $400.Szabo-Silfies says she found the idea on the Internet.last_img

Man in court after threatening shop worker with knife stealing money and

first_imgA MAN IS due to appear in court after threatening shop staff with a knife.Gardaí said that at approximately 12pm yesterday, a lone male entered a shop on Austin Friars Street, Mullingar and threatened the staff member with a knife.He then left the shop with a sum of money and a number of mobile phones. No one was injured during the robbery.Gardaí who were searching for the culprit later arrested a male in his 30s in connection with the robbery, detaining him under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Mullingar Garda Station.He is scheduled to appear before Mullingar District Court at 10.30 am this morning charged in connection with the robbery.last_img

Minigure keyboard isnt quite cancelled after all

first_imgRemember the Miniguru keyboard project? It was a highly customizable keyboard designed so that the user’s fingers had to leave the home row as infrequently as possible. In terms of keyboard design, it was a bit like the famous Happy Hacking Keyboard, but with a built-in pointing stick and your choice of switches. Anyway, it made a bit of a splash when it was announced, but was cancelled back in June.Here is some good news for all your keyboard fanatics: the Miniguru has been revived. Rather than getting a full production run the keyboard will either be released on a small scale or as a parts kit.From the announcement post:Product and development would be simplified: machined aluminum case (should be better than die-cast anyway)machined mouse buttonsno USB hubuse an existing controller like the Teensyno fancy multi-platform programming software, maybe laterI’d do the mechanical construction and switch pcb development myself.It will take some time. No new deadline!Advantage of a kit would be a simplified legal situation (think EMV testing). The first run is tentatively planned at 100 units, though the limited volume means that pricing will not be “competitive”. This probably means a $200+ price tag, given that HHKB currently goes for $275. Even so, people are starting to queue up in the thread, so you’ll want to watch it closely if you are intent on getting one.Here is the full thread if you want to catch up on the entire project. And you can still live the dream at the Miniguru keyboard configurator.last_img read more

Trop de conventions nuiraient à lenvironnement

first_imgTrop de conventions nuiraient à l’environnementAvec la prise de conscience plus ou moins mondiale de la nécessité de préserver l’environnement, on compte l’adoption de 500 conventions diverses et variées ces dernières décennies. Paradoxalement, tous ces textes s’entrechoquent et ne permettent pas d’avoir une action globale et efficace.Le programme des Nations Unies pour l’Environnement (PNUE) a réuni à Nairobi une centaine de ministres de l’Environnement. Tous ont été d’accord pour admettre qu’un trop grand nombre de mesures pour protéger l’environnement avaient été prises. Comme l’a indiqué à l’AFP le directeur exécutif du PNUE, “en dépit du nombre impressionnant d’institutions, d’accords et de protocoles, la gouvernance de l’environnement est aujourd’hui de plus en plus fracturée et fragmentée”.À lire aussiPour le Sénat, le glyphosate serait “moins cancérogène que la viande rouge”En effet, les conventions internationales sont prises indépendamment les unes des autres et on en compte aujourd’hui plus de 500. “Rien qu’en matière de régulation des produits chimiques, il existe trois textes majeurs. Il a fallu cinq ans de négociations, non pas pour les fusionner, mais pour les rapprocher”, explique-t-on.Les pays pauvres comme le Mali ne peuvent pas suivre le rythme car le personnel n’est pas suffisamment formé pour mener à bien toutes les missions concernant l’environnement. Entre 1992 et 2007, 5.000 décisions ont été prises !C’est face à ce bourbier que la France et l’Allemagne ont une nouvelle fois proposé la création d’une “organisation mondiale de l’environnement” qui serait un acteur international permettant de fournir des efforts dans la même direction. Mais les Etats-Unis, la Russie, l’Inde et la Chine se montrent réticents pour différentes raisons, budgétaires et politiques.Le 25 février 2011 à 15:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Enhanced patrols focus on pedestrian safety

first_imgAdditional law enforcement officers from around Clark County will be in Battle Ground on Wednesday as part of an emphasis patrol geared toward pedestrian safety.The money for the extra shifts comes from a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Officers will be out and about to enforce pedestrian safety laws.Officials reminded non-motorists to be mindful of road safety as well: Look both ways before crossing a street, for example, walk on sidewalks facing oncoming traffic, and only cross at intersections.last_img

More than 65000 lost power this week

first_imgMore than 65,440 Clark Public Utilities customers lost power this week as high winds battered Southwest Washington. Arctic winds pounded Clark County on Tuesday and Wednesday with gusts exceeding 50 mph, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without electricity for days. The gusts leveled massive trunks and limbs, damaging houses and cars, blocking roadways and tugging down power lines. In all, Clark County had more than 300 outages from Tuesday morning onward, said Erica Erland, a spokeswoman for Clark Public Utilities. Several dozen of those outages carried on into the weekend near the Vancouver mall. “A lot of folks were out of power for longer than usual,” Erland said. “It’s rare for people to have an extended outage, but we had people who were out of power for a couple days even.”The tally includes 139 small outages, affecting fewer than 10 customers each. Yacolt, Amboy and other parts of north county were hit the hardest, with several trees falling on single power lines in a number of areas, she said.“Some of the issues we’re seeing are just time-consuming repairs,” Erland said. “You want to take care of that person who’s got a tree in their lawn that’s been waiting for a couple days.”last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers June Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s June 2019 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation about upcoming events and programs, including: Walking Group; Medicare in a Minute; Annual Cook-Out; The Buzz Book Club; Bocce; Line Dancing Class; The 60’s, Moon Memories & More; Day Trips; Game Night; Flower Arraning Workshop; Zumba; Gentle Yoga; Scam Alert with the Better Business Bureau & Officer Paul Chalifour; Caregivers Support Group; Keep Fit Forever; and Memory Cafe.Information about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, & Get Well WishesThe Senior Center’s June Calendar of EventsLike 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… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

BJP will emerge as strong party in AP Kanna Lakshminarayana

first_imgKadapa: AP BJP president Kanna Lakshminarayana said that Bharatiya Janata Party will emerge as a strong party in the state. Speaking to media in Kadapa on Wednesday, Kanna said that many leaders from TDP, YSRCP and Jana Sena are ready to join the BJP. On the occasion, he also said that they are working with the target of coming into power in the 2024 elections.last_img

Thousands Of Voters Mistakenly Flagged For Citizenship Checks Federal Funds For Harvey

first_imgWednesday, January 30, 2019Top afternoon stories:Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis March 2016 file photo shows voters in line to vote in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood during Super Tuesday.Thousands Of Voters Mistakenly Flagged For Citizenship ChecksHarris County has found that thousands of county residents who were initially included on a list of potential non-citizens registered to vote shouldn’t have been placed on that list.The Texas Secretary of State’s Office had distributed the names of about 95,000 registered voters who were not citizens when they obtained their driver’s license or state identification. But they later reached out to local officials across the state, including in Harris and Galveston Counties, advising them that some people on the initial list shouldn’t have been there.In Harris County, according to Special Assistant County Attorney Douglas Ray, the state’s initial list flagged 29,822 people for citizenship checks.The county first discovered more than 400 duplicate names on that list, and then removed thousands of others from the list after the Secretary of State’s Office said some had in fact already confirmed their citizenship with the state. According to Ray, the state also said people who registered to vote at a citizenship naturalization ceremony didn’t need to be on the list.“We were able to remove nearly 18,000 of the names from the list,” Ray said, “giving us less than 12,000 to investigate further.” Ray said Harris County will continue to review the remaining names before asking those people to prove their citizenship.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media Volunteers perform a rescue in northwest Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017, during Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath.Federal Funds Worth $900 Million For Harvey Recovery The Harris County Commissioners Court accepted Tuesday more than $909 million in federal funds to support local rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The funds, which represent the first of two tranches coming to Harris County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be disbursed over the coming months to residents with qualified claims.The majority of the funds will go toward housing related projects, starting with home repair, reconstruction, buyout and reimbursements for homeowners on repairs made at their own expense. Additionally, funds will go toward repair and new construction of rental property, and toward building affordable housing options in the county.Applications are already being accepted at the Harris County Project Recovery Website at www.harrisrecovery.org.  For questions call 832-927-4961 or email RebuildHarris@csd.hctx.netWikimedia CommonsThe American Lung Association gives Texas an F grade in its latest tobacco control report.American Lung Association Says Texas Is Failing To Control Tobacco UseTexas received all “F” grades in the American Lung Association’s latest tobacco control report.The group is calling on the Texas legislature to restore funding cut from tobacco use prevention programs in 2017, in addition to raising the age of sale from 18 to 21 and passing a smoke-free air law.“In Texas, our smoking rates remains at 15.7%. Tobacco use is a serious and deadly addiction and we need to invest in the proven measures to prevent and reduce tobacco use,” American Lung Association Advocacy Director JoAnna Strother said in a press release.Texas differs from most states most notably in its restrictions on where people can smoke and how much it spends on smoking prevention services. Currently, Texas has no state-level restrictions on public smoking except in schools, childcare facilities, and recreational/cultural facilities.In funding smoking cessation programs and services, Texas spends $0.60 per smoker while the median investment among all states in the country is $2.21, according to the group.Texas General Land OfficeTexas Land Commissioner George P. Bush.Bush Criticizes Delay In Arrival Of $4 Billion For Harvey Recovery And Flood MitigationTexas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is complaining about the bureaucracy that’s delaying the arrival of federal funds worth $4 billion for Harvey recovery and flood mitigation projects in the state and is asking President Donald Trump to cut the red tape.In response to the massive devastation Hurricane Harvey caused, Congress appropriated $4.383 billion to Texas to help rebuild and mitigate against future storms through Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery on February 9, 2018. That’s almost a year ago.In order for Texas to receive these funds, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) must publish rules governing the use of the recovery dollars in the Federal Register, which enables the Texas General Land Office to move forward drafting the state’s action plan.“Mitigation should be a top priority to prevent future damage from hurricanes and storms while maximizing the use of recovery dollars, yet the federal bureaucracy is slowing recovery in Texas,” Bush wrote in the letter, which has the ultimate goal of asking Trump to call on HUD to publish the rules governing the $4.383 billion appropriated to Texas immediately. Sharelast_img read more

SSKM security staff assaulted by family members of patient

first_imgKolkata: A security staff at the SSKM Hopsital was allegedly assaulted by family members of a patient on Thursday morning.Later, two accused persons were arrested andwere produced at the Bankshall Court, one of them was granted bail and the main accused has been remanded to judicial custody. According to sources, on Thursday morning a patient identified as Narayan Chandra Bagchi from Howrah was brought to SSKM Hospital in critical condition. After reaching the emergency ward, security staff were asked to provide a trolley. It is alleged that the security person took a lot of time to bring the trolley whereas security person claimed that he brought the trolley within 2-3 minutes. Due this, one of the relatives of Bagchi allegedly slapped the security person on his ear. He ear started bleeding. The police personnel from SSKM Police Out Post intervened and detained two persons. Soon, police from Bhowanipore police station reached the hospital and arrested the duo. Later, they were produced at the Bankshall Court and the person who had allegedly slapped the security person has been remanded to judicial custody. According to police, as per the instruction from senior officials, a case in non-bailable section has been initiated. Approximately a month ago, situation turned worse after relatives of a patient assaulted junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital, which triggered a massive protest by the doctors across the state. After several days of impasse in the medical sector, due to cease-work by the doctors, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee intervened and managed to bring the situation under control. She had met a team of doctors and heard their demands. Later, Banerjee instructed police to increase security and asked the Commissioner of Police Kolkata, Anuj Sharma to appoint a nodal officer for security in the city hospitals. She had also instructed police to take stringent action and lodge cases in non-bailable sections against the accused persons who were involved in assaulting hospital staff and other employees.last_img read more

Nvidia releases GeForce Hotfix driver 37872

first_imgNvidia releases GeForce Hotfix driver 378.72 by Martin Brinkmann on February 18, 2017 in Windows – 7 commentsNvidia released a Geforce Hotfix driver recently that addresses two issues in the GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers released on February 14, 2017.The GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers for Nvidia video cards was released on February 14th, 2017. It added optimizations for the games For Honor, Halo Wars 2, Sniper Elite 4, and Nvidia Ansel for Paragon, new features, and a number of fixes.Game Ready drivers are designed to improve the experience of players, usually through optimizations for the supported games.Among the new features are support for high-bit depth decoding (VP9/HEVC), H.264 ME-only mode enhancements, and several fixes for games (Battlefield, Heroes of the Storm), and general video card issues.Reports about issues with the new GeForce 378.66 driver began to appear shortly after release. One reason why reports started to appear this fast is Nvidia’s focus on pushing out drivers via the company’s own GeForce Experience software.GeForce Experience gets installed by default alongside other Nvidia drivers and software when a GeForce display driver is installed. The latest versions of GeForce Experience work only if you register an account.We suggest you select custom installation, to install only the Nvidia drivers you require, as it keeps the system lean.GeForce Hotfix driver 378.72Nvidia released the GeForce Hotfix driver 378.72 on February 16th, 2017. It fixes two issues in the WHQL driver the company released two days earlier:Fixed hardware encoding in Steam (In-Home Streaming).Resolved PhysX being forced to CPU when “Optimize for Compute Performance” setting is OFF.If you have installed the Nvidia WHQL 378.66 driver already, you may want to download and install the hotfix on PCs to fix these issues. It is not necessary to download the hotfix if you don’t use the video card for gaming however.The hotfix is offered for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.Note that you may want to uninstall the old Nvidia driver completely before you install the hotfix.A thread on Reddit suggests that the two issues are not the only Nvidia GeForce 378.66 issues the driver causes. Several users mention issues in Google’s Chrome web browser, among them a crash issue when skipping videos on YouTube. Text may also be bold on Google sites such as YouTube or Google Search after the update.Not all Google Chrome users appear to run into the crash issue. Those who do may want to try and disable hardware acceleration in the web browser for the time being as it is said to resolve the issue.You do this by loading chrome://settings/ in the Google Chrome address bar, clicking on “show advanced settings” on the page, and removing the checkmark from “use hardware acceleration when available”.Nvidia GeForce driver 378.66 is not the first driver that caused a series of issues in recent time. Both Nvidia GeForce driver 375.57 and driver 375.86 were causing issues as well.Now Read: Disable Nvidia Telemetry on Windows PCsSummaryArticle NameNvidia releases GeForce Hotfix driver 378.72DescriptionNvidia released a Geforce Hotfix driver recently that addresses two issues in the GeForce Game Reader 378.66 WHQL drivers released on February 14, 2017.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more