Japan urges nuclear plants to prepare for decommissioning era

first_imgTokyo: Japan’s nuclear policy-setting body adopted a report Monday saying the country is entering an era of massive nuclear plant decommissioning, urging plant operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades and billions of dollars. Twenty-four commercial reactors or 40 per cent of Japan’s total are designated for or are being decommissioned. Among them are four reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that were severely damaged by the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan. The annual nuclear white paper, adopted by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, urges utilities to learn from US and European examples, especially those of Germany, France and Britain. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJapan hasn’t yet completed the decommissioning of any reactors and doesn’t have concrete plans for the final disposal of radioactive waste. “Taking into consideration further increase of nuclear facilities that will be decommissioned, new technology and systems need to be developed in order to carry out the tasks efficiently and smoothly,” the report said. “It’s a whole new stage that we have to proceed to and tackle.” Japanese utilities have opted to scrap aged reactors instead of investing in safety requirements under post-Fukushima standards. The decommissioning of a typical reactor costs nearly 60 billion yen ( USD 560 million) and takes several decades. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsCiting the government-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s plan to scrap about half of its 79 research facilities, the report raised concerns about the weakening of basic research on nuclear energy. Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan had 60 commercial reactors that provided about 25 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Despite the government’s renewed ambitions for nuclear power, reactor restarts are proceeding slowly as nuclear regulators spend more time on inspections. Meanwhile, anti-nuclear sentiment persists among the public and makes it more difficult for plant operators to obtain local consent in making revisions to their facilities. Any plan related to nuclear waste storage tends to get strong resistance. Since the Fukushima accident, only nine reactors in Japan have restarted, accounting for about 3 per cent of the country’s energy supply, compared to the government’s ambitious 20-22 per cent target. In July, Tokyo Electric Power Holdings Co., or TEPCO, announced plans to decommission all four reactors at its second Fukushima plant, Fukushima Dai-ni, which narrowly avoided meltdowns in 2011. The move followed eight years of demands by the local government and residents for the reactors’ closure. TEPCO said the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ni alone would cost 410 billion yen ( USD 3.9 billion) and would take four decades, but experts have raised concerns about whether those estimates are realistic for a company already struggling with the ongoing cleanup of the wrecked Fukushima plant, estimated to cost about 8 trillion yen ( USD 75 billion). Japan Atomic Power Co., which has been decommissioning its Tokai nuclear plant since 2001, announced in March that it was pushing back the planned completion of the project by five years, to 2030, because the company still has been unable to remove and store highly radioactive materials from the core.last_img read more

Israeli Soldier Convicted by Tel Aviv Court for Killing a Wounded…

Casablanca – The Tel Aviv military court in Israel has convicted an Israeli soldier of manslaughter after he shot a wounded Palestinian man in the street in cold blood in May 2016.The case of the Hebron incident began in June of last year when Elon Azaria, a sergeant in the Israeli Army, shot an injured 21-year-old Palestinian in the head.Sergeant Elon Azaria arrived at the scene 12 minutes after another soldier wounded the Palestinian Abdel Fateh al-Sharif. Azaria did not hesitate to shoot him in the head, although he was lying on the ground, immobilized. International mass media presented the victim last year as an “assailant” attempting to stab Israeli settlers. However, a video posted on The Independent showed an Israeli settler kicking a knife toward the body of the victim after he was shot dead.The trial took over six months and revolved around the mental state of the Israeli terrorist and the extent to which he was acting either out of self-defense or revenge, reports The Independent.According to the same source, the verdict dismissed the Israeli offender’s defense case and asserted that Azaria was aware of lethal consequence of shooting the Palestinian, who clearly “did not pose a threat.”Despite the many recorded incidents of killings of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, Sergeant Elon Azaria is the first soldier to receive a conviction in the last 12 years. The Human Rights Watch reports that 150 Palestinians have been shot in similar incidents in the last year.Still, many Israelis protested outside the court in support of the Israeli offender. Senior Israeli officials, such as Israeli Justice Minister Ayalet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, also called on the court to pardonthe assailant.Under Israeli law, manslaughter can lead to a maximum sentence of 20 years. read more

UN honours environmental pioneers from Brazil South Africa and Zimbabwe

Ground-breaking research on measuring the environmental impacts of sugar production in South Africa and newsprint paper production in Zimbabwe, as well as assessing impacts on biodiversity in Brazil, were among those recognized today by a new award from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Initiated with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), the “UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Award” recognizes work from academics and private companies in developing and emerging economies that have begun visionary and innovative projects based on the “life-cycle approach,” which concerns the impacts on the environment of a product’s production, use and disposal. “The growing attention to life-cycle issues is a natural outcome of decades of UNEP work on cleaner production and eco-efficient industrial systems,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. This year’s winners include Kevin Harding and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town for their assessment of sugar production in South Africa; Charles Mbohwa and his team from the Mechanical Engineering Department in the University of Zimbabwe for their earlier research on the life cycle of newsprint paper; and Danielle Maia de Souza and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina for their work on adapting life-cycle approaches to measure the impacts of unsustainable practices on Brazil’s biodiversity. Three other projects on waste in Taiwan, chocolate production in Ghana and the creation of a “Brazilian Centre of Excellence on Life-Cycle Thinking” were recognized as runner-ups. “As pressure on the environment grows through mostly unsustainable production and consumption patterns worldwide, there is an urgent need to encourage life-cycle thinking in developing and emerging economies,” said Arab Hoballah, Chief of the Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch in UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, speaking at the awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland. During the ceremony, a new publication entitled “Life-Cycle Management: A Business Guide to Sustainability” was also launched by UNEP. In it, companies such as Airbus, Nokia and Ford explain how it is possible to expand their business while minimising the environmental and social burdens along their entire product life cycles. Today’s ceremony was held back-to-back with this year’s UNEP/SETAC Life-Cycle Management Conference. 28 August 2007Ground-breaking research on measuring the environmental impacts of sugar production in South Africa and newsprint paper production in Zimbabwe, as well as assessing impacts on biodiversity in Brazil, were among those recognized today by a new award from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). read more

Police still looking for two key suspects in SAITM CEO shooting

Senaratne escaped unhurt but the car was damaged in the shooting incident. Sameera Senaratne was temporarily relieved of his duties at SAITM after it was revealed the shooting incident was staged. (Colombo Gazette) The Police are still looking for two key suspects in the shooting incident involving SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne.Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament the police are looking for a former Pradeshiya Sabha member and a driver over the incident. Gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on the vehicle of SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne in Malabe on February 6. Investigations had revealed that the recent shooting incident targeting the vehicle of SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne, was staged. read more

Canadian PM offers support to accountability process in Sri Lanka

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today offered Canada’s full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met.In a statement issued today to mark the ninth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka Justin Trudeau said that the wounds of the war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss. He also invited all Canadians to take time to recognize the important contributions that Tamil-Canadians make to Canada and the adversity they have overcome. (Colombo Gazette) “Today, we mark the ninth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. The war – which lasted over 26 years – resulted in immeasurable injuries, loss of life, and displacement. The wounds of this war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss, including family members and loved ones who have disappeared,” he said. “I reiterate my call to the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the survivors. Canada offers its full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met,” he said.The Canadian Prime Minister extended his deepest sympathy to Canadians of Tamil descent, and all victims of the armed conflict and their families. The Prime Minister said that over the past nine years, he has met many Tamil-Canadians personally affected by the war and their stories are a solemn reminder of the need to attain lasting peace and true reconciliation. read more

Haldimand appoints new CAO

Haldimand County council has appointed a new CAO following the resignation of Don Boyle, who has accepted a private-sector job.Craig Manley, Haldimand’s general manager of community and development services, will take on the title of interim CAO on Aug. 1, until his employment contract is finalized on Sept. 3, when he will officially assume his CAO role.“The county is in a very good place thanks to the dedication of Don, his senior management team and all supporting staff.” said Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt, in announcing the move at a committee-of-the-whole meeting on June 27.“On behalf of council I sincerely thank him for his service and wish him great success in the future.”The mayor said he is pleased too that Manley will be the new CAO.“Craig has consistently demonstrated his strong leadership skills and commitment to Haldimand County time and time again. His attention to detail, foresight, and knowledge of municipal operations – especially planning – will no doubt lead us into further success.”Over the next four weeks, Boyle will work with Manley on the transition.“I am grateful to have worked with council, past and present, my team, county staff and the community,” said Boyle, who joined Haldimand County on Oct. 4, 2007.“I leave the county for a new opportunity knowing we have the right leadership team in place and a Council that is committed to doing what is best for the community.” read more

Shopify CEO calls on federal government to abandon tax plan for stock

Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify, an online store, is seen in the company’s Montreal office, Wednesday, February 18, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 12:31 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shopify CEO calls on federal government to abandon tax plan for stock options MONTREAL – The CEO of one of Canada’s up-and-coming tech companies is calling on the federal government to abandon its plan to expand taxation of stock options, saying the move will make it more difficult for startup firms to attract talent.Tobi Lutke said the Liberal proposal would have it more difficult to launch his Ottawa-based e-commerce company, Shopify.“I think the Liberals should abandon this because it fosters innovation,” the 35-year-old entrepreneur said in an interview Thursday.“It would have been harder to build Shopfiy with the taxation being the way that it’s proposed,” he said in an interview.During last year’s federal election campaign, the Liberals promised to cap how much can be claimed through stock option deductions. The party said employees with up to $100,000 in annual gains would be unaffected, a move it said would protect startups.Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently said he will soon release details about the commitment. The government is expected to release its first budget in mid-March.Lutke said the government promised during meetings with senior ministers and other officials to grandfather existing options.He said many people took massive pay cuts to join his company several years ago in exchange for options to purchase equity. While the business is now mature enough to survive the changes, Lutke said it could have a disastrous impact on younger startups.Lutke also criticized proposed intellectual property clauses in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Despite the government’s promise of public consultations, Lutke believes Ottawa has little choice but to ratify the 12-country trade deal it inherited.“I think it’s a lost fight already. The moment the documents were publicly accessible this was on a one-way train towards ratification.”Lutke made his comments as he opened a new office in Montreal aimed at expanding research and development with 150 new positions.While Shopify continues to grow its revenues, Lutke said it will focus on taking advantage of opportunities to grow before posting profits late next year.“We think Canada needs a tech company of the size that America produces and that’s what we are aiming for,” Lutke said.Shopify provides services to more than 243,000 small- and medium-sized customers in 150 countries. It has more than 1,000 employees working at offices in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, Ont.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version indicated Jim Balsillie has said the deal will undermine Canada’s autonomy to adopt its own software patent rules. A spokesman says Balsillie never made the comment. read more

Stories of residential school survivors told through heart gardens

They tore her away from her family at the age of six.They cut off her hair. Spoke to her only in a foreign tongue.Stripped her of her culture. Forced her to assimilate.This is Ethel’s story, one that is tragically similar to those told by countless survivors of the residential school system.The Indigenous woman, who asked that only her first name be used, shared her harrowing narrative as part of a project recently conducted in an Indigenous Studies Spirituality course at Brock University.Students were tasked with creating 600 paper hearts to be planted throughout Brock’s gardens to raise awareness of the history of residential schools. The art pieces were planted along with cedar, sage, sweetgrass and other sacred medicines to add to the project’s healing approach.Students Suki Malhi, Summer Sayles, Amanda Martin and Madie Payne plant hearts in Brock’s gardens to help raise awareness of the history of Canada’s residential school system.One heart from every student was created to represent the story of a single residential school survivor, learned through interviews or other methods of research.It was 21-year-old Summer Sayles who had the honour of speaking with Ethel.The fourth-year Sociology student, who minors in Indigenous Studies, took inspiration from her story, focusing on the pain Ethel felt when having her braids cut off. Braids in many cultures — many Indigenous communities included — are known to hold one’s spirit and power.“Through my project, I wanted to give Ethel back what was taken from her,” Sayles said as she explained her heart’s design, which features a faceless young girl with long black braids. “She’s faceless because Ethel spoke about having photos of groups of children. She knows she’s in the photos, but doesn’t know which child she is.”While their conversation was both overwhelming and emotional, Sayles also found it uplifting.“You never imagine yourself being in a position to speak to someone who experienced such a significant part of history,” she said. “It meant a lot that she was willing to speak with me about it and let me share it in such an artistic way.”Sharing her story is a part of Ethel’s healing journey and has had an impact on Sayles’ path as well.“Producing this piece of art also helped me on my own journey with how I’m going to navigate myself as a Canadian who’s occupying Indigenous land,” she said.Sayles has long been encouraged by her mother to learn about the history of the country she calls home.“She’s really keen on maintaining an environment that reflects reconciliation in some way,” Sayles said. “I can’t change the entire world, but I can at least change my world. She’s always emphasized that it’s important for me to be educated on who came before me, especially being a first-generation Canadian.”Sayles is hopeful the heart garden project, in place until Wednesday, July 11, will encourage other students to learn more about Canada’s history and to take at least one Indigenous Studies course throughout their studies.Educating the public is all part of the path to reconciliation, said course instructor Sherri Vansickle, a lecturer with Brock’s Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.“Reconciliation is a buzzword right now, but it needs teeth, it needs depth,” she said. “The way you get to that is creating understanding, helping people to understand a good chunk of the roots and why you need reconciliation.”Seven generations were forced through the residential school system and healing from that trauma takes time, she said.“Now I’m using the school system to help with that healing process and for reconciliation.”To help raise awareness of Indigenous world views, traditions, history and current affairs, Brock launched the speaker series, We Are All in Relation.The series began in June and continues through July.Dawn Hill will share her personal experience from the Mohawk Institute Residential School in the next instalment of the series on Wednesday, July 18 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Welch Hall atrium.Details of other events in the series, hosted by the Tecumseh Centre and Office of Human Rights and Equity, are available online.A Brock Indigenous Studies class recently planted 600 paper hearts in gardens across campus to raise awareness of the history of Canada’s residential school system. read more

GECOM discusses March 2020 elections date

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has proposed for elections to be held in March 2020, more than a year after the government was defeated by a motion of no-confidence.After a more than four hours long meeting on Friday, both opposition and government-aligned commissioners disclosed to media operatives that this is one among several timelines proposed by the Secretariat.“We have now at least four proposals from the Secretariat which suggests that elections will be held in March of next year,” Commissioner Robeson Benn stated, noting that the opposition commissioners are not in support of the proposal.GECOM Commissioners; from left, Sase Gunraj, Robeson Benn and Bibi ShadickGovernment-aligned commissioner Vincent Alexander confirmed that March 2020 is one of the dates discussed during the meeting.“The document which was before us, the proposition was March. But that document is under revision,” Alexander explained.“So, I would prefer to not be specific about a date. But indeed, the document before us did say March [2020],” he added.According to the commissioners, one of the activities proposed to be undertaken by GECOM during that period is the printing of new national identification cards. The People’s Progressive Party/Civic on Thursday has called for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to commence preparations for the hosting of General and Regional Elections, saying that too much time has passed already.In a statement, the PPP pointed out that since the appointment of Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh as Chair, GECOM has had over four meetings and yet it is nowhere closer to starting preparations for what was supposed to be early elections.“Too much time has passed already. The party stresses the call for GECOM to begin preparations for elections now,” the missive stated.According to the PPP, it seems as though the Constitution of Guyana and the rulings of the courts are secondary in the considerations of GECOM. It reminded that the Constitution remains the supreme law of the land and that GECOM has a responsibility to uphold it.On August 27, the GECOM has taken a decision to halt the ongoing house-to-house registration process effective August 31.The elections body had acknowledged that the no confidence motion passed in the National Assembly on 21st December, 2018 triggered a number of legal challenges in the local Courts and concluded with a ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice.Newly selected GECOM Chair (ret’d) Justice Claudette SinghThe body further stated that cognizant of all that has transpired over the past months, GECOM has an obligation to produce a credible Official List of Electors (OLE) in the first instance and ultimately credible elections within the shortest possible time.With the halting of the House to House process, the Commission will move to an extensive Claims and Objections Exercise (C&O) before extracting the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Secretariat’s March 2020 election date proposal “shocking”– PSC ChairmanSeptember 8, 2019In “latest news”GECOM claims it is “multitasking” to prepare for electionsSeptember 10, 2019In “latest news”Legitimacy of Govt on shaky ground after Sept 18 – RamSeptember 9, 2019In “latest news” read more

Peabody makes plans to restart longwall coal production at North Goonyella

first_imgPeabody says it is proceeding with the ventilation of the first segment of the North Goonyella coal mine in consultation with the Queensland Mine Inspectorate.This is part of a comprehensive phased reventilation and re-entry plan, with longwall production expected in 2020, Peabody said.“This marks an important first step in the next phase of activities aimed at resuming normal operations at North Goonyella,” Glenn Kellow, Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “As we move forward in the process, we appreciate the ongoing support of our many stakeholders including our employees, the union, customers, the inspectorate, neighbouring mines, the community of Moranbah and countless others.”North Goonyella has been shut since early September when high gas levels were identified. A fire subsequently broke out at the mine later that month.last_img read more

HandballPlanetcom TOP 15 handball articles in 2018

Another handball year is over. Let’s take a look on what you read the most on Handball-Planet.com in 2018.We present TOP 15 articles in the last 12 months.The “winner” is an article with TOP 100 transfer before season 2018/2019.TOP 100 handball transfers before season 2018/2019On #SharingIsNOTCaring and why Nora Mørk is fighting for us allNora Mork is WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2017Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren i(wa)s replacement?TOP 30 “handball old timers”: Hombrados, Omeyer, Ilic, Sterbik, Nagy, Lazarov…Gilberto Duarte to replace Wael Jallouz at FC Barcelona Lassa?NEW ZEBRA: Harald Reinkind to join THW Kiel?HORROR: Nora Mork to repeat knee surgery!EHF CL 18/19 PREDICTION: Barca, Szeged, RNL and PSG are favorites to open doors of Lanxess ArenaSHOCK IN GYOR: Yvette Broch stops careerPGE Vive Kielce in financial crisis?Nora Mørk: out for at least six monthsTOP 25 “BEST BUY” 2017/2018: Melvyn Richardson takes the crownTOP 100 handball transfers – season 2017/2018EHF RANKING: German and Hungarian teams at the TOP ← Previous Story Handball-Planet.com TOP 50 countries in 2018: Hungary No.1, Germany and Spain win “medals” Next Story → “MR LOANED”: Pawel Paczkowski to join Telekom Veszprem TOP 15 handball articles in 2018 read more

VIDEO Danish gold in 60 seconds

← Previous Story “Daddy, become a world champion!” – Perfect January 19 for Mikkel Hansen! Next Story → VIDEO: Nikola scores for 15th medal in 16 years Danish handball team Actually, it wasn’t final which expected most of the handball planet. Denmark have been too dominant to make boring 60 decisive minutes foe the world’s crown taker.Take a look how it was in 60 seconds.Denmark beat Norway 31:22 (18:11)…MVP Mikkel Hansen speaks…

Kenyan men flee to escape enforced circumcision

first_imgTHE CIRCUMCISION SEASON among Kenya’s Bukusu ethnic group brings a festive atmosphere: music, food and free-flowing beer.For the uncircumcised men from other tribes in the area, however, it is not time to party, it’s time to flee.At least 12 men from other tribes have been forcibly circumcised since the start of the circumcisions in August, according to police and local authorities. Others have sought refuge in police stations to avoid the knife’s cut.The Bukusu ethnic group prefers traditional circumcisions using simple tools and no anaesthesia. But tradition can be disastrous. A 13-year-old boy lost his penis this month after it was chopped off by a circumciser, according to local press reports quoting his parents.Adult male members of the Turkana community living in the Bukusu-dominated town of Moi’s Bridge are the majority of the victims of the forced circumcisions, according to local administrator Moses Okumu. A group of Turkana men wielding swords, bows and clubs held protests last week over the spate of forced procedures.Michael Ngilimo said a family member was forcibly cut by a group moving house to house in search of uncircumcised men.“They pounced on my uncle and circumcised him and left him there bleeding without treatment. I spent a sleepless nights as my uncle was bleeding,” he said. “I woke up very early to go and look for medicine.”To avoid becoming victims, many other Turkana men in the area sleep in the corn fields and others seek refuge in the police station, he said. The Turkana will fight back if the trend continues, Mkai warned.“All of us should respect each other’s customs. If you force someone to adopt your custom it may harm him,” he said. “We are known, we fight with the (rival tribe) Pokot. We fight every day. We have killed. We are not afraid of death.”No one has been arrested for the involuntary circumcisions, said Okumu, the local government official. He warned that those who continue with the practice will be charged.Wycliffe Khaemba, a laborer from the Bukusu tribe, said that because Turkana were living among them and marrying their girls, “we want them to be clean.”“The foreskin keeps a lot of germs and it also prevents them performing in bed,” he said. Khaemba said that while some Turkana men are persuaded to agree to circumcision, others are “cowards” who have to be forced.Circumcision is a big deal among the Luhya community, the second-largest ethnic group in Kenya, said Martin W.W. Waliaula, a local politician and business leader who is Bukusu.“Cows are slaughtered, people feasting and dancing before the ceremony,” he said.Among the Bukusu, when one is circumcised in the traditional way rather than going to the hospital, he is considered a hero, Waliaula said. Communities that do not circumcise which live among them are the Luo, Teso and Turkana. When a member of those communities marries a Bukusu woman the community may force some to be circumcised at the request of their Bukusu wives and in-laws.“The spirit wants but the body is scared,” he said. “So the community helps them overcome their fear.”Read: Uganda tests ‘rubber band circumcision’ in battle against HIVlast_img read more

Not happy with your Leaving Cert results Heres some useful advice

first_imgFOR TENS OF thousands of students around the country, today is one of the most important days of their lives.Whatever they decide to do with their future, be it further education, going into a job, emigrating or repeating, a lot may seem to hinge on their Leaving Certificate results today – but don’t panic.“Regardless of what results lie in that envelope, remember all the dedication and hard work you put in, and that is what really counts,” said Craig McHugh of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union.After the initial craziness of either opening that envelope or checking the results online comes the aftermath: deciding what this means you’re going to do next.For anyone who is unsure about their options, the National Parents’ Council runs an exam helpline from today which is staffed by qualified guidance counsellors who can give advice about the future.The phone number is 1800 265 165.Teachers have urged students to be optimistic about the results, and to see the Leaving Cert as a landmark rather than the end of the road.“The key message today should be that students should be proud of what they have achieved,” said Gerry Quinn, the president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland.Those students who choose to enter the workforce should keep in mind the possibility of further education at a later stage. Students should remember that there is a direct correlation between future earnings and their level of academic attainment. They should look at furthering their studies in areas that excite and stimulate them rather than basing decisions exclusively on where jobs currently seem more likely upon graduation.Best of luck to everyone getting Leaving Cert results today from all of us here at TheJournal.ie. You’ll be grand, we promise. Read: In numbers: The Leaving Certificate results > Read: The results are out: How students got on with the Leaving Certificate >last_img read more

A history of capital punishment 50 years since last hanging took place

first_imgUpdated, 13 August 8amTHE UK SAW its last capital punishment 50 years ago today.On 13 August 1964, Peter Anthony Allen (21) and Gwynne Owen Evans (24) were hanged for the murder of 53-year-old laundry van driver John Alan West a few months previous.The 8am executions were the last to take place in the UK. The men were hanged in separate prisons – one in Manchester, the other Liverpool – but the two gallow traps were opened at the same time.The men did not know their names would go down in history books. In fact, neither did the judiciary. Other people were sentenced to death after 13 August 1964 but all were reprieved.Technically, capital punishment was still legal under military law until 1998 but hanging was abolished with a vote by MPs in 1969.BBC News reported at the time:MPs have voted by a big majority for the permanent abolition of the death penalty for murder.A great cheer went up in the Commons as the final result was announced shortly before midnight. The voting was 343 in favour, 185 against, a majority of 158, to permanently end hanging in Britain.Press Association Images has dusted off its archives to take a look back at the history of capital punishment in the UK.1812 Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesThe assassination of the Right Hon. Spencer Perceval – in the lobby leading to the House of Commons, while on his way to take part in a debate on the Orders in Council passed by Portland’s ministry, Perceval was shot in the lobby of the House of Commons by John Bellingham.Bellingham, who had been trying unsuccessfully to obtain government compensation for debts incurred while he was in Russia, gave himself up immediately. He was tried at the Old Bailey and condemned to death: he was executed on 18 May 1812. Perceval was buried in the family vault in St. Luke’s, Charlton, on 19 May 1812.1910 Source: PAA crowd surges forward to get a glimpse of Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen and Miss Ethel Le Neve as they arrive, under arrest, at Liverpool in August 1910.Crippen was hanged for the murder of his wife Cora Henrietta Crippen, who he claimed had returned to America after a party in their house in January 1910. He then moved his lover, Le Neve, into the home where she was said to have started wearing the deceased’s clothing and jewellery.Cora’s remains were eventually found buried under the brick floor of the basement of their family home.1915 Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesHenry Williams (George Joseph Smith) and his new wife Beatrice “Bessie” Mundy.George Joseph Smith, the Brides in the Bath murderer, was executed at Maidstone Gaol in Kent on 13 August 1915 for the murders of Mundy, Alice Burnham and Margaret Elizabeth Lofty.All three women were found dead in their bathtubs after marrying Williams, or whatever name he was using at the time. The case was one of the first to use similarities between murders to prove deliberation. It is also significant in the history of forensic pathology and detection.1922 Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesEdith Thompson was 28 years old when she was executed. A passage to explain why from the Watford Observer:It is late evening on 3rd October, 1922, and Percy Thompson and his wife, Edith, are walking home from Ilford railway station, having been to the theatre in London’s West End. The streets are dark, lit only by the occasional gas lamp. Suddenly, a man emerges from the shadows and Percy Thompson falls to the ground. The man disappears into the darkness, leaving Mrs Thompson screaming that her husband has cut his head. A doctor is called and declares Mr Thompson has died of a haemorrhage. He was right, but it wasn’t discovered until an examination in the mortuary revealed he had been stabbed three times so severely death was instantaneous.That man was Thompson’s lover, 20-year-old Freddie Bywaters. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesDespite there being no proof of her culpability in the murder, both Thompson and Bywaters were sentenced to death by prosecutors.1916 Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesThe photo above depicts the trial of Sir Roger Casement on Bow Street in 1916. He was executed for treason at Pentonville Prison the same year. His remains were disinterred in 1965 and buried in Ireland after requests from Dublin.1946 Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesWilliam Joyce (24 April 1906 – 3 January 1946), the man generally associated with the nickname Lord Haw-Haw, was a fascist politician and Nazi propaganda broadcaster to the United Kingdom during the Second World War. He was controversially executed for treason by the British as a result of his wartime act Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesWilliam Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) on a stretcher, he was shot in the thigh when arrested, being carried into a British 2nd Army hospital.1949 Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images1950 Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesAnother execution and another pardon arriving too late.Timothy Evans was convicted of killing his wife Beryl Thorley and their baby Geraldine in 1950 and hanged in the same year.Confused stories given to police by Evans, who had known intellectual difficulties, were used to prosecute and hang him. However, three years later a number of women’s bodies were discovered at the house where Evans and Thorley had lived. The murderer was fellow resident John Christie, who himself was hanged in 1953. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesIt is understood that Christie abused the bodies of the women after they died and then left them around the house. The thigh bone of one of his victims was used to prop up a fence – a piece of evidence not noticed by police when they first visited the property.Two inquiries in the 1960s led to a royal pardon for Evans following a strong campaign by his sister and journalist Ludovic Kennedy.The case was used extensively as an example of why the death penalty should have been abolished in the UK.1955 Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesRuth Ellis was the last woman to be sentenced to the death penalty in the UK.She was executed for killing racing driver David Blakely. But the prosecution made a lot of the population uneasy, with large protests organised outside courtrooms and prisons. Thousands others signed petitions to ask for the death penalty not to be applied.The former model shot the 25-year-old outside a pub. It has been said that their relationship with abusive with reports that he beat her up in fiercely jealous rows. There were also reports of a miscarriage following a punch in the stomach.Here’s her story. Source: PatheNewsreels/YouTube1962 Source: PAJames Hanratty, 25, was hanged on 4 April 1962 for the A6 murder in Bedfordshire in which scientist Michael Gregsten was shot dead and his mistress, Valerie Storie, shot five times and left paralysed.The case did not close until this century when Hanratty’s guilt was confirmed.His family and some opponents of capital punishment continued the campaign until 2002 when his body was exhumed and DNA testing confirmed he was the culprit.First published 10 AugustPoll: Do you agree with the death penalty?Column: A view to a kill – Why lawyers and judges should witness executions Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association ImagesThis photo shows John George Haigh, a 39-year-old company director making his 5th appearance at Horsham magistrates court on 1 April 1949 for the opening hearing on a charge of murdering wealthy widow Mrs Oliver Durand-Deacon, 69. Evidence from 34 witnesses was heard by 12 magistrates.Haigh became known as the Acid Bath Murderer who killed for profit. He was eventually prosecuted for six murders – however, he says that he killed nine people. Their bodies were destroyed in acid baths.He was hanged on 10 August 1949. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesA crowd gathered outside the gates of Wandsworth prison to read the notices posted following his hanging. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images1953 Source: PNRDerek Bentley was hanged in 1953 following a strong campaign to have him pardoned.Four-five years later, he would receive that pardon, much much too late.He had initially been sentenced to death over the death of Pc Sidney Mills. The policeman died during a bungled break-in at a property in Surrey.According to BBC News:The court was told his co-defendant, Christopher Craig, fired the fatal shot but because he was still a juvenile in the eyes of the law he escaped the death sentence and was ordered to be detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure.last_img read more

John Gardiner column Cork Tipp from Thurles 91 Killarney 04 to Croke

first_imgBrendan Maher and Lorcan McLoughlin will be in opposition tomorrow. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSO WE’RE LEFT with the old guard. If you were to pick the All-Ireland semi-finalists at the start of the year, then Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny would have made the cut. Clare would have been the tip to complete the semi-final line-up, instead Limerick came forward to contest the last four.The three traditional counties are left with Kilkenny already safely through to the final. The prize is massive tomorrow between Cork and Tipperary, and I think whoever wins will be the favourites on September 7th.RivalryTipperary are Cork hurling’s biggest rivals. The first game I remember being at against Tipp was back in ’91 when we went up to Thurles. When we won the All-Ireland minor in ’01, we lost to Tipp in the Munster final but came through the backdoor to beat Galway in the final.Cork love playing Tipperary and it’s vice-versa. It’s always guaranteed to be a good game. The counties are similar enough in their approach to hurling. It’s generally 15 on 15, a traditional game with the absence of sweepers.Tipperary was the crucial game when we won the All-Ireland back in 2004. We’d lost the Munster final to Waterford and had a couple of meetings to regroup afterwards in Páirc Uí Rinn. We were drawn against Tipp and we ended up going down to Killarney to play them.It was a strange situation, we’d never played there before. There was a massive crowd there, huge traffic jams coming everywhere into the town. We were under pressure in the first-half but Timmy Mac came on and turned the whole thing around. He was the Cork hero that day and that win over Tipp changed our season. John Gardiner and Benny Dunne battle it out in 2004. Source: INPHOWe won the following two Munster finals against Tipp but the dynamic has changed since Tipp won in 2008. They’ve taken over in terms of the rivalry and dominated. The one day we got it right was in 2010. We’d one main tactic that day, get the ball in to Aisake at the edge of the square. He was on fire and showed how a big man could cause trouble for the Tipp defence.Target ManYou look at Tipp this summer and there’s still signs that they can’t get to grips with a big full-forward. Johnny Glynn got a lot of joy in getting goals for Galway against Tipp in the qualifiers from that tactic. Paul Curran is Tipp’s number one choice, he steadies the ship for them yett has had injury problems.Padraic Maher has done a job there but he looks more comfortable in the half-back line. James Barry got the nod the last day but he’s inexperienced. Cork could look to exploit that and I think Seamus Harnedy could be a guy who does that for them.I think Paudie O’Sullivan will have a big role in this game for Cork. He’s had a good few weeks of training under his belt and he’s ready for this now. He’ll bring players into the game and he showed his scoring worth with a well-taken goal against Limerick. Paudie O’Sullivan celebrates after hitting the net against Limerick. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOSome of the Cork players have had disappointments since the Munster final, the footballers lost to Mayo and the U21 hurlers lost to Clare. I don’t think there’ll be many hangovers. I remember as an U21 player, you always had one eye on the senior games and focus wasn’t a problem.Alan Cadogan’s coming off a heavy Munster U21 final defeat but I don’t think that will effect him. He’s a brilliant player. I’m involved with the Na Piarsaigh U21 hurling side this year and we played Douglas recently. We won the match but Cadogan was a big danger for them.Scoring ThreatHis turn is brilliant, he gets out in front and the minute the ball hits his hand he’s gone away with it. That always gives him an opportunity to grab scores. I’d like to see him go straight for goal more often and force defenders to make defenders make a decision on whether to leave the space or go to him which could result in a foul.Tipp need Michael Cahill back in defence. He’s their best corner-back and one of the best in the country. Eamon O’Shea could do with his availability to handle that Cork threat with Cadogan and Hoggy close to goal. Michael Cahill missed Tipperary’s win over Dublin through injury. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOSeamus Callanan is the main guy that Tipperary are looking to in attack. He’s been really good in the qualifiers but this is a big pressure situation now. He has all the talent but Tipperary have been dependent on him. I think Stephen McDonnell is best suited to him. He’s physically stronger than when he first came on the Cork panel, is a really good marker and you don’t see him waste the ball when he’s in possession.Bonner Maher is going to take some watching by the Cork defence. It’ll be interesting to see how they manage. I think they’ll leave Mark Ellis in his holding role – which has been a major success for Cork so far – but Bonner can do damage and they need to cut off his direct runs.The big thing for Tipperary is getting their half-back line to combat the Cork half-forward line. Harnedy, Cooper and Lehane all did fierce damage against Limerick. They won the game for Cork and they’ll want to replicate that. I think Tipp will put Padraic Maher on Harnedy to quieten him and that’ll leave Cork to focus on pucking the ball down on Cooper and Lehane while trying to bring Hoggy out to pick up the breaks. Patrick Horgan will be a key figure for Cork against Tipperary. Source: James Crombie/INPHOI think Tipp slightly have an edge coming into this game with the momentum of the qualifier wins behind them. We saw with Kilkenny last Sunday that it takes teams a while to get going after winning the provincial finals. Cork have been slow to start in games this year and have had to cope with a break again.There’s going to be a big buzz about this game. Moving this rivalry to Croke Park makes it a huge occasion and both teams won’t have seen anything last Sunday to leave them fearful for the final. Who’ll reach the first Sunday in September? I’ll go with Cork based on the fact that I think they have a better forward unit that can trouble the Tipp backs more than the other way around. It’s going to be tight though. Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Eoin Kelly will be in opposition on Sunday. Source: James Crombie/INPHOOpinion: Limerick made hurling progress in 2014 but this defeat is going to hurtJohn Gardiner column – Epic battle in rain leaves Limerick heartbroken as Kilkenny survivelast_img read more

Ridgefield lawyer to lead Schwabe Williamson Wyatt

first_imgAs a patent attorney with clients at the cutting edge of tech, Graciela Gomez Cowger said she’s often humbled at work.“It has the dual challenge of keeping up with law and keeping up with technology,” she said of her case work. “You’re always the dumbest person in the room.”Many would disagree with that last claim. The Ridgefield resident had earned an electrical engineering degree before embarking on a career in law and was just recently named CEO of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, one of the largest law firms in the region.The promotion makes her the first woman to lead the 125-year-old firm. In a note to the firm, Cowger said she was honored by the appointment.“I am excited to lead this firm, providing our clients with unrivaled legal services and supporting our lawyers with the tools they need to succeed,” she said.Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt has six attorneys based in Vancouver and more than 100 in Portland. Peppered from Seattle to Mountain View, Calif., the firm has more than 170 attorneys in seven cities. Among its Clark County clients is the Port of Vancouver.last_img read more

Android Auto is getting updated looks and you should be excited

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageAndroid Auto’s design gets slicker, less cluttered and pleasingly dark compared to the old version. Google Android Auto has been a game-changer for drivers who just want to get into their car and have the infotainment system work seamlessly with their Android phone. It’s powerful, simple to use and generally around a zillion times better than most manufacturer’s own infotainment systems but it was never as slick looking as that other system from Cupertino.Until now, that is. Google announced on Monday that Android Auto is getting a comprehensive visual overhaul and frankly, we like what we see. While it’s definitely nicer looking than previous versions (all hail Dark Mode!), it isn’t so much of a change that it will seem unfamiliar.Aside from the purely visual enhancements, Google added a bunch more functionality to the system. First, Google overhauled the navigation bar so that it requires fewer taps to access apps. Next, you will be able to see your turn-by-turn directions while also controlling your phone and apps without needing to go to separate screens.the-new-launcher-introduces-a-familiar-way-to-easily-discover-and-start-apps-compatible-with-android-autoEnlarge ImageAndroid Auto’s new app launcher wouldn’t seem out of place in Apple CarPlay, and that’s a compliment. Google Android Auto will also continue playing whatever it was you were listening to before you plugged it in and it will pop up your navigation app immediately when you plug it in and start your car. This saves the amount of fiddling around you have to do before pulling away.Probably our favorite new feature is the fact that Android Auto will now tailor itself better on vehicles with wider screens. So, instead of the image on the screen getting larger or smaller, wider screens now feature more information on them. Android Auto uses all the real estate to give you the most information possible.The only downside to this update that we can see is that it won’t roll out to users until later this summer. News • Hands-on with the new and improved Android Auto 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 9 Photos Auto Tech Car Games and Apps Share your voice Preview • Android Auto offers easy nav, voice control Commentscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 21 More about Google Android Auto Android Auto 2016 updates in pictures Tags Googlelast_img read more

State Alaska seafood is radiationfree

first_imgAlaska seafood has not been tainted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster four years ago, according to test results announced today by a state agency.Download AudioAlaska health authorities working with the federal Food and Drug Administration pronounced Alaska salmon, cod, halibut and other species free from radioactive contamination connected to the power plant damaged in Japan more than four years ago.A 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, generated a 130-foot wave that devastated Japan.Among the damaged facilities was the nuclear plant complex at Fukushima, and meltdowns created fear that radionuclides, or radioactive isotopes, might drift east.Sampling has never detected radioactive contamination from Fukushima in Alaska, but that has not stopped the rumors. Misinformation spread online has caused concern in the last four years, according to the Division of Environmental Health.last_img read more

Deadly Chinese kite flying strings on sale despite ban

first_imgNew Delhi: The sale of Chinese kite flying thread, coated with glass or abrasives, is banned in the national capital but the dangerous cord continues to be available freely under the counters in neighbourhood stores. At least 17 incidents of people getting injured with these threads (”manja”) were reported on August 15 when the kite flying activities peak on Independence Day. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2016 had put a ban on Chinese-origin ”manja” which is coated with tiny pieces of glass that often cause fatal cuts. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The court only allowed the use of cotton threads or any natural fibre that is free from metallic or glass components. The Chinese ”manja” is made of nylon or synthetic thread treated with glass and metal to make it sharper. Unlike the cotton thread, it does not break on impact but cuts through the skin. These strings are also heavy conductors of electricity. Any violation of the ban attracts a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or both. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Some Delhi Police officials claim that the ”manja” is still being sold in many areas such as Patel Nagar, Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Mayapuri, Shadipur, Tilak Nagar, Narela, Alipur, Mundka, Bawana, Kanjhawala, Kiradi, Begampur, Prem Nagar, Mangolpuri and Sultanpuri. These threads mostly come from Western Uttar Pradesh cities like Bareilly where they are not banned. Advertise With Us On August 15, 17 cases were reported in the national capital, including one where an engineer died, while the others received severe deep cuts. The police said they raided at least 17 shops on Thursday and booked them for selling the banned item. Not just humans, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) received 1,000 calls of injuries to birds due to kite strings on Thursday. Their wings were cut. In many cases, wings got completed separated. One of the officials included in the policy making at PETA, which was part of the committee formed by Delhi”s Lieutenant Governor in 2016 to look at imposing a ban on ”manja” said: “Banning manja in one state is no solution. It has to be done across the country because manufacturing is done in Bareilly and other parts of Uttar Pradesh. There must be a tight vigil on Delhi borders through the year.” Even power discoms have reported outages due to kite thread. A BSES spokesperson said: “People should enjoy kite flying, but they should do it responsibly. We advise residents not to fly kites near electricity installations, including overhead cables, and certainly avoid using metal or metal-coated ”manja”.”last_img read more