Copies of the independent Sanaa-based weekly Al-Nass seized

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Newscenter_img June 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Copies of the independent Sanaa-based weekly Al-Nass seized Soldiers seized copies of the independent Sanaa-based weekly Al-Nass, one day after security personnel confiscated the latest issue of the daily Al-Oula at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sanaa. last_img read more

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All Saints Church Rector Ed Bacon’s Statement on the Anglican Communion Sanction of the Episcopal Church

first_imgHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News Subscribe Faith & Religion News All Saints Church Rector Ed Bacon’s Statement on the Anglican Communion Sanction of the Episcopal Church From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 15, 2016 | 4:34 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. It is not news that many chief bishops in the global Anglican Communion harbor great offense at the Episcopal Church’s prayerful journey to full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in all the church’s sacraments, especially marriage. What is news is that those bishops have taken that offense to a new institutional level by voting at their meeting this week to “sanction” the Episcopal Church by excluding its members from serving in a number of governance positions for the next three years.For those who have historically been marginalized, oppressed and excluded by the institutional church these actions are both hurtful and harmful. They quite literally wound the Body of Christ by wounding its LGBTQ members and I believe they grieve the heart of God.Those of us who have worked and prayed for the realization of the vision of an Episcopal Church where there would be “no outcasts” will continue with increased commitment and energy thanking God for the graces coming from marriages of same-gender couples.Even though Episcopalians now are not allowed to be official voting representatives in the Anglican institution, we will persevere in expressing the heart of the Anglican witness of not having theological litmus tests and uniformity, preferring instead to have many ways of thinking and practice, united in One Heart in prayer.We trust that in time, the institution will join God’s Movement of Love – Love which is Difference interconnected in Wholeness. That’s what “the Mind of Christ” means. We give thanks for the powerful and prophetic witness of our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as he incarnates that love in both his words and actions.At All Saints Church we will continue in our decades long commitment to welcome all, bless all, and challenge all to live up to the high calling of being beacons of God’s love, justice and compassion in the world. And we will continue to stand with those on the margins of the institutional church as we stand firmly in the center of God’s Movement of Love.For information contact Keith Holeman, Director of Communications, All Saints Church, Pasadena, at (626) 583-2739 or [email protected] Business Newslast_img read more

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Speech: Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion speech at UK-Ghana Investment Summit

first_imgYour excellencies The President and Vice President of Ghana,Honorable Minister,High Commissioners,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,Good morning.Thank you. I am delighted to be here in Accra to welcome you all here to this first UK-Ghana Investment Summit (Ghana). It is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and partnership between our countries – a joint effort of the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, as well as the UK’s Department for International Trade, International Development, and our Foreign and Commonwealth Office.During her recent visit to Africa, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the UK’s ambition to be the G7’s largest Foreign Direct Investor in Africa by 2022. Ghana will be a key part of that new strategy for Africa. It is a key market for the UK – our fifth largest export and seventh largest import market in Africa.This meeting is the first chance to turn those words into action – and it is fitting that this is the first major event following the Prime Minister’s visit.It brings over 50 major UK companies to Ghana to learn about the opportunities here……talk through in detail the incentives and infrastructure available to support their investment……engage face-to-face with ministers and officials on their specific sector…and to be introduced to potential local partners.It is part of our drive for a stronger, more coherent and more targeted UK approach to Ghana. Only last week, our Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie witnessed the announcement of a joint venture between the UK’s Baird & Co. and the Precious Minerals Marketing Company for the establishment of an assaying plant in Ghana’s International Airport zone – a first for the region.And yesterday, we convened the first UK-Ghana Business Council – a six-monthly government to government forum to take forward our new strategic partnership. But these are only first steps. There are so many opportunities yet to be realised. Because the UK and Ghana have a shared agenda – and complementary strengths. Our mutual ties are built on our shared membership of the Commonwealth, our common language, legal system, shared history, and shared time zone – at least for half a year!More than 100,000 people born in Ghana live in the UK – and the Ghanaian diaspora, including those born in the UK, is likely to be about a quarter of a million. Our two countries are ideal partners to build on these links to foster our mutual prosperity: both catalyzing Ghana’s economic transformation and providing UK business with the opportunity to invest in and partner with some of the most exciting companies and entrepreneurs in Africa.And the UK Government is taking real, practical steps to achieve this – working in partnership with the Ghanaian government to stimulate investment……improving ease of doing business……breaking down barriers to trade……mobilizing Ghana’s own domestic resources……and to support your President’s vision of moving ‘beyond aid’. And we will build further on this shared agenda with the UK-Africa Investment Summit being hosted in London next year. We also have our world leading export credit guarantee agency, UK Export Finance –  for which I am the responsible Minister. It supports overseas buyers of the UK goods and services by helping them access competitive finance. It can provide an additional level of certainty and security for UK businesses, and for those companies who use it, they say it is a ‘game-changer’.UKEF’s support in Ghana is in high demand. It has capacity to offer local currency financing, so firms can ‘buy UK, pay Ghanaian’. UKEF’s impact has already been demonstrated through projects such as the Offshore Cape Three Points oil and gas project, for which UKEF provided US$400 million in finance, and the recently financed Kumasi Airport Phase 2 expansion project. And this is only a part of the wider strategic agenda we have across Africa.Whether in the 0.7% of gross national income we are spending to support investment and job creation in Africa and in developing economies across the world……the ambition of our Development Finance Institution, CDC, to invest £3.5 billion in African nations over the next four years……or the UK’s key role in the International Finance Corporation, investing billions in African firms and financial institutions.And we are radically expanding the UK government’s presence in Africa, opening new missions and bringing in trade experts, investment specialists, and other policy experts. Because the UK supports Ghana’s ambition to be a hub for investment in Africa. And the UK has the companies that can invest in Ghana to help you do just this.As someone coming from a business background, I know how important it is to have the right commercial environment in place to allow the private sector to drive that growth and deliver the jobs that will be at the heart of our partnership……transforming labour markets, opening up opportunity and unleashing entrepreneurial spirit.Yes, the UK has the capacity to leverage sums of private sector investment from the world’s most international capital market. But this is about more than just money. We want Ghana to view the UK as a partner of choice for investment – and that means offering an array of addition skills to help foster the right corporate environment to maximise growth, investment and employment.From our world-class professional services, our internationally leading expertise in sectors like education, science and research, or the business networks and experiences of some of the world’s most innovative companies. The importance of that mission, to be that investment partner of choice, is testified to by the number of UK investors here today.Over the next two days, these investors will be unveiling plans for potential business deals worth over £500 million.They range from infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, water treatment plants and rail refurbishment, to support in facilitating investment to Ghana’s priority industrial sectors, to showcasing the unrivalled financial services and world-class professional services expertise of UK firms.And as you scope out the potential of these projects, I want you here to know that you do so with the full support of the UK Government. The number and seniority of the Ghanaian Government ministers attending this summit – led of course by the President himself [H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo] who will address you shortly – show an impressive commitment to engage.His vision – to take ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ is ambitious and compelling – based on economic transformation, industrialization, such as the One District One Factory initiative, and closer integration with global supply chains.Your vision is one we are keen to partner on. And it’s what this Summit is all about. So let’s make the most of it……Let’s partner the financial strength, services and technical expertise of the UK companies with the potential, ambition and local networks of Ghanaian firms… And build a bright, secure and prosperous future for the people of Ghana and the UK.Thank you.last_img read more

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Automatic Emergency Brake Found on Molecular Motor

first_imgIn this article, guest writer Ross Anderson (PhD, biochemistry professor) discusses a new finding about how an ’emergency brake’ works in one of the most vital of all molecular machines, ATP synthase. First, he explains the molecular rotary motor and what it does.Review of “Extrinsic conditions influence the self-association and structure of IF1, the regulatory protein of mitochondrial ATP synthase” by Boreikaite et al., PNAS.Evaluated by Ross S. Anderson, Ph.D.First let’s take a brief look at what the ATP synthase (here referred to simply as the Synthase) is and its importance to life. In eukaryotes the Synthase is located in the mitochondrial inner membrane. In prokaryotes, such as E. coli, it is located in the cell membrane as these organisms lack mitochondria.Why ATP Is ImportantAdenosine triphosphate (ATP) is one of several high-energy compounds used by all cells to drive reactions necessary for life. Without it, life as we know it would not be possible. While it is not the only high-energy compound in the cell, it is the one most widely used by cells. To carry out its moment-to-moment activities a cell must have a constant supply of ATP. Most of the cell’s ATP needs are supplied by the ATP synthase molecular motor.In eukaryotes, such as humans, the mitochondria are the “power houses” of the cell as these contain the Synthase. In order for the synthase to synthesize ATP, there must be a steady supply of oxygen. Oxygen is delivered to the cells via hemoglobin in the red blood cells. The oxygen is then transferred to another protein in the cell known as myoglobin (responsible for the red color of muscle), myoglobin then carries the oxygen to the mitochondria where it serves as an electron acceptor to form water. The electrons come from food molecules eaten by the organism. They are removed by a variety of metabolic pathways and given to electron-carrier molecules such as NAD+ and FAD to form NADH and FADH2, respectively.Optimizing the MotorsElectrons from FADH2 and NADH are then transferred to protein complexes also located in the inner mitochondrial membrane. As the electrons are passed from one protein complex to another and ultimately to oxygen, they are used to power what are termed proton “pumps” which pump protons (H+) out of the mitochondrial matrix (the inner most part of the mitochondria) to the intermembrane space (the space between the inner and outer membranes of the mitochondria). This sets up a proton gradient with a high concentration of protons outside (intermembrane space) and a lower concentration inside (matrix).As protons travel back into the matrix down the gradient, the potential energy in the gradient is used to synthesize ATP. The inner membrane is impermeable to the protons, so to reach the matrix, the protons must travel through the Synthase. As they travel through the synthase, they cause an internal rotor, called the γ subunit to rotate in increments of 120°. As the γ subunit rotates, its contacts with the α3β3 subunits that comprise the knob part of the Synthase protruding into the matrix, cause a series of conformational changes in the 3 β subunits leading to the binding of ADP + Pi, the synthesis of ATP, and the release of ATP.The Role of OxygenAs stated above, in order for the synthase to synthesize ATP, there must be an ample amount of oxygen. However, if the blood supply to an organ is blocked, ischemia, then oxygen delivery is compromised. Under such hypoxic conditions, the Synthase would tend to rotate in the reverse direction and degrade precious ATP. For cells of the heart, the brain and other highly aerobic organs this can be life-threatening. To prevent this from happening, a small polypeptide of variable length, depending on the organism, has been designed to become active and bind to the α3β3 and γ subunits in such a way as to prevent the γ subunit from rotating in reverse and consuming ATP. This polypeptide is called IF1 (inhibitory factor 1).Mitochondrial membranes are optimized to concentrate protons where the ATP synthase motors are. They, in turn, are aligned in pairs to optimize ATP production.An Automatic BrakeUnder hypoxic conditions (low oxygen), the pH of the cell decreases (becomes more acidic), and this causes the IF1 to form dimers which are active and bind to the F1 region of two adjacent Synthases and cross-link them. There is a modest investment of 2 ATP consumed per binding of an IF1, but the savings in ATP can be significant. If conditions return to normal, and the pH rises again, the IF1 dimers form inactive tetramers and higher oligomers. One might compare it to the “hill stopper” function found in many newer cars. This mechanism engages the brakes if it senses that the vehicle is starting to roll backwards down a hill. It stops the wheels, allowing the driver to shift gears without fear of rolling into something behind them.Interestingly, under hypoxic conditions the E coli Synthase is allowed to run in reverse and consume ATP to pump H+s out of the cell; i.e., there is not an IF1-like polypeptide. This is because bacteria use proton gradients for many other purposes, not just the making of ATP. Even under hypoxic conditions the maintenance of these gradients is essential. The bacteria can increase their yield of ATP under these conditions by greatly increasing their consumption of glucose, as ATP can be generated from glucose via the glycolytic pathway which does not require oxygen.The energy demands of eukaryotic cells are greater than prokaryotic cells. Consequently, it is imperative that their mitochondria be supplied with ample amounts of oxygen in order generate the necessary quantities of ATP. While eukaryotic cells also have pathways to generate ATP that do not require oxygen; e.g., glycolysis, these cannot generate the sustained quantities of ATP needed. Any situation that would lead to the consumption of ATP unnecessarily without getting useful work out of it would quickly threaten the life of the cell. Anyone can recognize the “hill stopper” function used in many cars is obviously a designed feature. Similarly, the IF1 is also a design feature in living things used to prevent the unwanted consumption of ATP. It had to be in place and fully functional with the first eukaryotic cells.Good Science Doesn’t Need Evolutionary SpeculationNow that we’ve briefly looked at the Synthase and IF1, and their roles in the cell, let’s look at the article in PNAS.This paper is a good example of scientific research carried out and reported without invoking an evolutionary perspective. No doubt the authors believe in evolution, but they refrained from mentioning it here. This illustrates that important research can be done without a belief in evolution to guide it as nowhere in the article did the authors refer to evolution as a guiding principle. Indeed, no mention of evolution was made.Science, as illustrated by this article, is well equipped to address three questions:What is it? The answer to this question is to provide merely descriptive details as to what it looks like, what kind of molecule is it etc. These authors answered this question quite easily in describing the structure of the bovine IF1; an 84 amino acid polypeptide that binds to the F1 region of ATP synthase and inhibits it.What does it do? This question addresses the function of the object of study. This question was also easily addressed by the authors which explained how this polypeptide binds to the F1 portion of the ATP synthase and how this leads to its inhibition. They discussed how pH, protein concentration and Ca2+ concentration influence the formation of active dimers from inactive tetramers.How does it do what it does? This question asks how the object carries out its function. This question, too, was addressed by the authors. Under low oxygen conditions, such as hypoxia due to ischemia, the pH in the mitochondria decrease, the electron carriers in the inner membrane of the mitochondria are no longer able to pass the electrons onto oxygen and thus become progressively reduced. This leads to a collapse of the proton motive force used to power the synthesis of ATP by the Synthase. Under these conditions, the Synthase tends to do the reverse reaction and degrade ATP to ADP and Pi, thus quickly depleting the ATP concentration of the cell. To prevent this from happening, the lowered pH destabilizes the tetrameric complex of IF1 causing it to be dismantled into the active dimeric form. The dimeric form binds to the F1 portion of the Synthase and interacts with both the α and β subunits as well as the γ Interaction with the γ subunit inhibits its rotation and thus prevents the Synthase from working in reverse to destroy ATP.All too often authors of books and journal articles introduce a fourth question into the mix after addressing the first three in some detail. The fourth question is: How did it come to be? Detailed answering of the first three questions leads the reader to unwittingly have confidence in the answers to this fourth question; they assume that the author(s) know what they are talking about and uncritically accept their answers. What many fail to understand is that in addressing the fourth question one steps out of the arena of science and into the arena of philosophy or worldview. To their credit these authors did not do that, but instead they treated the data and its interpretation as they should have without trying to prop up a belief in evolution.Dr. Anderson’s expertise is in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology. He has taught Biochemistry and helped to direct research projects of graduate and medical students at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Dr. Anderson was a post-doctoral researcher in the Molecular Genetics Division of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Houston Neurosensory Center.Dr. Anderson was a member of both the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. There he taught and directed the research activities of undergraduates and Masters of Science degree candidates in Biology. Currently he is professor of biochemistry at The Master’s University in southern California.Dr. Anderson’s research interests include structure-function studies of DNA polymerizing enzymes and the synthesis and expression of synthetic human genes in bacterial hosts. He has authored or co-authored several publications in major, peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi Research Society.(Visited 456 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Surface Pro 3: Meet Microsoft’s New Tablet Hybrid

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The low range of the Intel-based Surface 3 tablets starts with a Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $799 and increases from there. The most expensive Surface 3 will release with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. See the full specs and prices below.Core i3 – 4 GB RAM – 64 GB Storage – $799Core i5 – 4 GB RAM – 128 GB Storage – $999Core i5 – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB Storage – $1,299Core i7 – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB Storage – $1,549Core i7 – 8 GB RAM – 512 GB Storage – $1,949It’s clear from the specs and price points that Microsoft is not looking to directly compete with Apple’s iPad or various Android tablets. At 12-inches, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is more the size of a laptop than a tablet. For decades, Microsoft’s bread and butter has been building the Windows operating system for PCs, and the Surface Pro family is essentially how Microsoft (re)imagines the evolution of PC; at first blush, Surface 3 doesn’t look to compete in the more mobile-centric world of tablets. The Windows Pro 3 series ships with Windows 8.1, the company’s latest operating system for PCs and Microsoft Surface devices. Earlier this year, Microsoft released an update to Windows 8.1 that allowed it to run on a variety of hardware, from low-end chips and small amounts of RAM all the way up to the top of consumer grade hardware specifications.The Surface 3 comes with a thinner TypeCover with an improved trackpad which is 68% larger than in the previous version of Surface keyboards. Tags:#Microsoft#PC#Surface#Surface 3#Surface Pro#tablet#Windows 8#Windows 8.1 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement At Microsoft, the PC never really dies. Like a hydra, it just grows more heads.Microsoft unveiled a new line of Surface Pro tablets on Tuesday designed to catch the eye of business users everywhere. Microsoft wants to push the message that Surface Pro 3 is both a tablet and a laptop, designed for the needs of both consumption and productivity.“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” said Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate VP of Surface, at a launch event in New York City.The Surface Pro 3, which goes on sale today, features a 12-inch touchscreen tablet/computer and is relatively thin and light at 9.1 millimeters and a weight of 800 grams. The Surface Pro 3 comes with a stylus pen and the kickstand from previous versions of the Surface; the kickstand features a new “friction” hinge to accommodate angles between 22 and 150 degrees, while the stylus is designed to look and feel like a real pen and translates handwritten content into digital font script.last_img read more

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a month agoSNAPPED: Ex-Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan hits Fiorentina U19 double

first_imgSNAPPED: Ex-Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan hits Fiorentina U19 doubleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan is off the mark for Fiorentina.He scored twice for the Under-19 side in their 6-3 win over Bologna.Duncan made an impressive debut in a friendly against Perugia last week and then scored a header and a coolly-taken penalty on Sunday for the U19s.The 18-year-old, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, posted a picture of himself with Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso after Sunday’s game.Happy to score my first goals for the club today and even greater to catch up with Mr Commisso after the game. Looking forward to giving my all for the club. #forzaviolapic.twitter.com/33uQmhuS93— Bobby Duncan (@bobbyduncan999) September 15, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Fort Nelson vandalism at the Demonstration Forest

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – While Municipal staff were conducting routine maintenance at the Demonstration Forest, the staff uncovered a potentially hazardous electrical situation.Staff noticed the boxes attached to power poles had their locks removed and a ‘pigtail’ device was connected to one of the boxes.Unauthorized accessing of power is an extremely unsafe activity which poses a danger both to the perpetrators and other residents using the area for regular recreation shared the Municipality. Repairs are underway to the boxes and the Municipality wants the public to know when damage is done to public property it affects many people. They suggest discouraging those you see about to damage something and to report those who have damaged property.The Municipality is reminding residents to protect the community from the few who choose to put others at risk and incur costs to taxpayers.If you have information about the person(s) who were involved in this or any other act of vandalism to community property, you can report tips anonymously to the RCMP Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or complete and submit the online tip form.last_img read more

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Northern BC murder victims sister accuses fugitives dad of failing to take

first_imgThe sister of murder victim Chynna Deese said on Facebook that Alan Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and demise.The sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the B.C. men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting his share of responsibility for her family’s sorrow.Kennedy Deese, whose sister Chynna Deese was found dead along with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler near a highway in northern British Columbia in mid-July, posted a statement to Facebook on Saturday accusing Alan Schmegelsky of playing the victim. “It hurts a lot. He was my only child. I’ll never get to hug him again. I’ll never get to tease him again. I’ll never get to spend a minute with him again.”“At least I know where he is. His troubles are over.”When reached via Facebook Messenger on Sunday and asked about his response to Deese’s post, Schmegelsky said she could go on “60 Minutes” and that he could arrange it.“I manned up. I have nothing to hide,” he wrote.While police were still hunting for the pair, Schmegelsky sent a 132-page book to reporters about his own life. He described it as a novelization of his son’s troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts and said he wanted to highlight how what he called a “broken system” shaped him and Bryer.Kennedy Deese shot back that her own family suffered challenges, but doesn’t “play the victim of a broken system.”“There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities,” Deese wrote, noting that her sister rose to become the first generation of her immediate family to go to college.“We have the courage to ask for and offer help. We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us.”RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to providing details of the ongoing investigation. The two men were named as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, and were charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.Alan Schmegelsky told Australia’s “60 Minutes” TV program late last week that he won’t believe his son is a murderer until he gets facts, saying he knows how the families of the victims feel.“I’m so sorry for what’s happened. Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know. I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel,” Schmegelsky told the program.center_img Deese also said Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family, and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and ultimate demise.“Your sorrow is for yourself. You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” Deese wrote.“To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology. But we still forgive you and have mercy.”RCMP said Wednesday they believe they’ve found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.Police have said they’re waiting for the results of an autopsy before confirming the identities.last_img read more

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From doctors across borders

first_imgOnce again, India and Pakistan stood at the brink of war over Kashmir, and have only just begun to tone down the posturing and threats. With nuclear weapons uncomfortably close at hand, almost 2 billion people in the region face the risk of nuclear catastrophe. For well over three decades now, multiple simulations and projections have suggested that an India–Pakistan nuclear escalation could lead to millions of deaths in the region, rivaling past great famines. The consequences of a nuclear exchange of any magnitude could affect generations to come. Kashmir has proved to be an especially intractable political predicament for the two countries. As Arundhati Roy wrote in her 2017 novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the confrontation over Kashmir is “a perfect war—a war that can never be won or lost, a war without end”. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe threat of war is a matter of urgent public health concern. Health workers have a duty to speak out and plead for peace. Why would these two populous and proud nations risk disaster by such brinksmanship? The region is one of the poorest in the world with human development ranking for India and Pakistan standing at 130 and 150, respectively, in 2018. An estimated 40 per cent (59 million) of the world’s stunted children and 53 per cent (27 million) of all wasted children live in south Asia, and 34 per cent of the population has no access to sanitation. Investments in health and education remain less than 4 per cent and 3 per cent of respective gross domestic product (GDP) in the region. Yet successive governments and military establishments have escalated military spending—in 2017, it was US$64 billion in India and $11 billion in Pakistan. Also Read – Insider threat managementPerhaps the greatest disappointment is the jingoism and warmongering that have gripped both countries, with some reckless parts of the media baying for blood. We have witnessed almost hysterical calls for retribution after the deplorable suicide bombing in Pulwama, Kashmir, on Feb 14, 2019, that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Perhaps the current escalation of air and ground skirmishes along the military Line of Control (the de facto India–Pakistan border) was inevitable. But civil society representatives and activists have been silenced. Contrarian views, including calls for peace, have been ridiculed and shouted down. With the release by Pakistan of the downed Indian air force pilot on March 1, 2019, temperatures have begun to cool somewhat, yet the situation remains extremely tense. We call upon the governments, political parties, mass media, and civil society in India and Pakistan to step back from the edge of conflict and to exercise constraint. The real causes of conflict in the region—important contributing factors to instability and the rise of extremism—include rampant poverty, inequalities, illiteracy, and lack of investment in human capital. Pakistan has lost more than 60 000 lives in fighting domestic terrorism in its tribal areas and Baluchistan, costing its economy at least $120 billion. Economic losses to the region are massive and simply unsustainable. It has been estimated that an additional terrorist incident per million persons reduces GDP per capita growth by about 1.5 per cent. These resources could have been spent on human development, religious harmony, and the promotion of grassroots democracy. Political leaders in both countries must move away from conflict and pursue diplomacy, dialogue, and the promotion of person to person contact and engagement between civil society representatives and youth. There is no conflict that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table. As the two countries once again stare into an abyss of disaster, we fervently call for peace, pragmatism, and the prevention of further violence. (The authors are: Dr. Arun Mitra, Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development; Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, The Aga Khan University, Karachi 75500, Pakistan (ZAB); and Dr. Arun Mitra, Zulfiqar A Bhutta and Richard Horton, The Lancet, London, UK (RH). The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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