No Patent for Dolly the Cloned Sheep, Court Rules, Adding to Industry Jitters

first_imgDolly the sheep enjoyed a brief and highly publicized life as the first mammal cloned from an adult cell before succumbing to lung disease in 2003 at age 6. But an attempt to patent Dolly, and lay commercial claim to animals produced by cloning, survived much longer. But that nearly 10-year-long saga also appears to have ended last week when a U.S. federal appeals court ruled against giving a patent to Dolly’s creators. Although the ruling did not surprise patent experts, it is adding to the jitters that some biotech firms and patent attorneys are feeling over the broader fate of U.S. biomedical patents in the wake of recent court decisions.In 2009, the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh, where Dolly’s creators Keith Campbell and Ian Wilmut made their discovery, received a U.S. patent on the method used to make her: somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). But they had also submitted a second claim on the product: Dolly herself, and any other cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats produced using SCNT. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) turned down that application, however, citing a federal law that restricts the subject matter of a patent to exclude “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas.”Roslin later appealed PTO’s rejection, but it was upheld by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in February 2013. On 8 May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which specializes in patent cases, agreed with that decision. Dolly and other cloned animals cannot be patented, a three-judge panel ruled, because they are identical to animals found in nature—namely, the animals whose DNA is used to make them. “Dolly’s genetic identity to her donor parent renders her unpatentable,” Judge Timothy Dyk wrote in the decision.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“This seems like a pretty straightforward interpretation of the most recent Supreme Court cases, and I don’t find it terribly surprising,” says Robert Cook-Deegan, a genetics policy expert at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. And it is in keeping with past decisions, he notes. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled—in the high-profile case Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics—that isolated sequences of human DNA are not patentable. And in a much older case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty in 1980, the high court established that a natural product could be patented only if it had “markedly different characteristics from any found in nature.”The Roslin Institute argued that Dolly and other clones did, in fact, differ in meaningful ways from the donor animals. Environmental influences on their appearance and behavior might make them unique, as would the mitochondrial DNA they carry, which comes from the egg cell donor, not the somatic cell donor. But such differences were not stated in the broad claims of Roslin’s patent application, the appeals court judges decided.The decision could have some short-run effects in the world of animal cloning, says Gregory Graff, an economist at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, who specializes in intellectual property for the life sciences. For example, the Food and Drug Administration is evaluating ways to use cloned animals in livestock, and the inability to patent such products could influence that industry, if it ever takes off.Alarming trend?Others, however, see the Roslin decision as evidence of a more alarming and wide-ranging trend. “The whole area of personalized medicine is going to get impacted by this sort of rationale,” says Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in Madison, which works to commercialize academic discoveries.The fear, he says, is that if PTO is hostile to granting patents on humanmade products that are identical to products of nature, then investors might back away from promising areas of biomedical research. If similar logic were applied to patent applications on cells modified to resemble human stem cells, for example, or (maybe someday) lab-grown organs, such products might not receive patent protection, he tells ScienceInsider. Although inventors could still patent the methods used to create such products, Gulbrandsen says his own experience suggests “a product patent is much more valuable, and investors are much more comfortable with that than with a method of use” patent.These long-standing anxieties were amplified after this past Thursday’s ruling. “This storm front is about to become even more threatening. Take cover!” wrote patent attorney Warren Woessner in a response to the decision, published online on Friday in The National Law Review. Gene Quinn, a patent attorney and founder of intellectual property blog IPWatchdog, concluded a Dolly-themed post with the pronouncement, “Sadly, until further notice, personalized medicine is dead!”That anxiety is likely misplaced, Cook-Deegan says. “I don’t think [this case] is probably going to have a big echo effect,” he tells ScienceInsider. “I don’t think it has huge implications for other cases.” As for the Roslin Institute, he says its patent on the SCNT method has been enough to protect it from cloning competition. A product patent on Dolly herself would be useful only if the institute wanted to try to sue a company that managed to create cloned mammals by some other technique.Margo Bagley, a law professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, also can’t relate to the “sky is falling” mentality. Roslin’s broad claim to a variety of cloned animals conflicts with long-standing Supreme Court precedent, she says, but a more narrow claim would have stood a better chance. And she predicts that innovations will still find their way to patent protection. “For a while now, people have been able to patent, in a sense, the low-hanging fruit,” she says. “The fruit may be little higher up on the tree, but the fruit is still definitely on the tree.”PTO guidelines draw fireBagley is, however, somewhat more concerned about a new set of guidelines for patent eligibility that PTO issued this past March in the wake of the Myriad case. The Dolly decision came down just as those guidelines were being discussed at a public hearing on Friday in Alexandria, Virginia. At the event, the agency took heat from patent attorneys who felt its interpretation of that decision was too broad. Hans Sauer, an intellectual property counsel for the Biotechnology Industry Organization called PTO’s approach “draconian,” claiming the new guidelines are leading patent examiners to reject applications in fields such as pharmaceutical composition, which are outside of the genetics and diagnostics applications discussed in the Myriad case.PTO officials say they’ll welcome input before finalizing the guidelines and encourage the public to submit written comments through the end of June.last_img read more

ONE: Brandon Vera bracing for showdown vs ‘scary’ Aung La N Sang

first_imgPhoto from ONEMANILA, Philippines—Brandon Vera has carried the ONE Championship heavyweight for nearly four years but he’s not settling to be promotion’s top martial artist at the heaviest weight class.The inaugural and reigning World heavyweight titleholder has challenged Aung La N Sang, the middleweight and light heavyweight champion, to become just the promotion’s third double champ.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Vera and N Sang will slug it out for the light heavyweight title in one of the world championships fights lined up for ONE’s 100th event Century in Tokyo on Oct. 13.The Filipino-American fighter admits that he is wary of the Burmese Python.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“As an athlete, he’s a monster,” said Vera. “He’s a scary man, he just keeps going. He doesn’t go away.”“He gets better and better every event, he just keeps improving his skill set. He’s tougher than anyone I’ve seen. He has more heart, he’s got a country driving him.” LATEST STORIES Vera (16-7) has won all four of his fights in ONE Championship and none of those bouts made it past the first round with his longest one lasting 3:54 during his debut match against Igor Subora in ONE: Warrior’s Wayon Dec. 5, 2014.N Sang (25-10), however, is one of the greatest names in ONE Championship history, having won 10 of 11 fights and five of those victories never went a full five-minute round.“Aung La is who motivates me every day to go train when I’m sore, when I’m tired, when I don’t know if I should get up,” said Vera. “He’s the reason why I’m doing this today.”ADVERTISEMENT Migrant workers still exploited in World Cup host country Qatar This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Anyone but England? The bitter truth about football rivalry in the UK

first_img\R Edinburg, Jul 10 (AFP) For football fans in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it’s often a case of ABE (Anyone But England). It’s tough for them to change the habit of a lifetime and get behind Gareth Southgate’s team in the World Cup. In a sporting quirk, Britain sends a united team to the Olympics, but it’s a different story in football and rugby, where ancient and bitter rivalries run deep. England is the dominant nation in the United Kingdom, with more resources, more players, and more success at sporting level than its smaller neighbours.And that grates. Andy Murray, the Scottish former Wimbledon champion, touched a nerve when he said he would be supporting “anyone but England” at the 2006 World Cup, prompting an angry backlash from English sports fans. Scotland’s political leaders have maintained a jocular tone during England’s progression to the semi-finals in Russia. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party tweeted a photo of herself holding a model of the World Cup trophy, stating, “It’s home already (well, we can dream!!)”, before congratulating England on their 2-0 quarter-final win against Sweden. Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in the British parliament, revealed he was backing eliminated Peru due to their hospitality during a recently friendly match, but pledged to offer his “hearty congratulations” to England if they win the World Cup. The SNP were accused of deliberately time-wasting in the Westminster parliament on July 3 to prevent English MPs from being able to enjoy the second-round win over Colombia.advertisement Political rivalry — and bitterness — is always bubbling underneath the sporting surface. Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling last week got into a Twitter spat after accusing a journalist of “bigotry” over anti-English statements. Rowling — who was born in England but has made Edinburgh her home — later tweeted that she had a “bulging folder of xenophobic and anglophobic screenshots”. Any mention of England’s World Cup victory in 1966 sets many Scots’ teeth on edge. A repeat in Russia would mean further pain. For them, the real red letter day was a 3-2 win over the reigning world champions in 1967. Writing in the Scottish pro-independence newspaper The National, columnist Carolyn Leckie put her “Anyone but England” stance down to the “structural imbalance” of a “dysfunctional” UK. “I am a bit resentful when people desperate to appear tolerant and broadminded demand that we all show how grown-up and open-minded we are by supporting England,” she wrote. “On Wednesday I’ll be defiantly supporting tiny Croatia against mighty England.” – All English now? -==================== In Wales, the “ABE” rivalry was inflamed when people painted England flags on Welsh roads ahead of the quarter-final against Sweden. Wales fan Elis Anwyl, 22, has been flying the flags of every one of England’s opponents at his home. “All my mates think it’s funny, but I have had a few people messaging me about it — someone even called me scum,” he told a local newspaper. BBC Radio Wales was forced to delete a tweet asking listeners “Are we all English now?” as England progressed to the quarter-finals. The Football Association of Wales replied: “We’re still Welsh, are you?” The broadcaster issued a hasty apology, tweeting: “Hands up — we got the World Cup tweet wrong. We’ve now deleted it.” BBC Radio Ulster prompted a similar backlash when Belfast-born presenter Stephen Nolan tweeted “Never have I felt more English” in the early stages of the tournament — sparking more than 200 mostly negative responses. One complicating factor for ABEs is that Southgate and his young team are genuinely likeable, having shed the baggage that has weighed down so many England teams in past tournaments. Whether that’s enough to change people’s minds is another matter. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Neymar targets Romario goal record

first_imgEngland v Brazil Neymar targets Romario’s Brazil milestone Raisa Simplicio Last updated 1 year ago 21:11 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Neymar Brasil Paraguai Eliminatorias 2018 28032017 MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images England v Brazil Brazil England Friendlies Neymar The PSG star can pull level with ‘Shortie’ on official international goals if he can do something he’s never done before – score against England The best Brazilian of his generation, Neymar will be out to make yet more history on Tuesday when he trots out at Wembley to face England on the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour.The 25-year-old has already surpassed Zico in Brazil goals and is now closing in on the record of former great Romario.READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Willian | Neymar moved to tears | EXCLUSIVE: Renato AugustoPSG star Neymar has hit 53 goals in just 82 games for the Selecao. Eternal idol Zico sits just behind him on 48.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And now Neymar, far and away the top scorer among Brazilian players still active in the game, is looking up at ‘Shortie’ Romario, sitting just two goals behind the former PSV and Barcelona man.That he will eventually surpass Romario is inevitable, but if he wants to reach the milestone in 2017 then it will all come down to this evening’s clash at Wembley. To match Romario to night, Neymar will need to do score his first ever goal against England. In two previous matches against football’s inventors, a draw and a defeat, Brazil’s no.10 was firing blanks.With Romario’s record now in sight, a brace against the English would see him draw level and then set about targeting the records of two all-time greats: Ronaldo and Pele. The second-highest scorer in the history of the national team, Ronaldo hit 67 goals, while three-time world champions Pele has 77.#CBGT London – Sunday’s #Brasil training session [via CBF] pic.twitter.com/U4RmqJ3STk— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 13, 2017It is worth mentioning that these figures are only from official matches recognised by world governing body FIFA.Taking into account unofficial matches and those played by teams that were not the full senior international side, Neymar is fifth behind Pele, Ronaldo, Zico and Romario.last_img read more

AMSA Detains Bulker for Not Paying Wages to Crew

first_imgThe Australian Maritime Safety Authority has detained the Panama flagged bulk carrier MV Apellis after an inspection revealed a number of deficiencies relating to the working conditions of the crew.“The vessel has been detained on the matter of non-payment of wages and it will remain under detention by AMSA until this deficiency is rectified,” AMSA said.AMSA inspected the vessel at Esperance grain jetty after receiving a complaint from the International Transport Workers Federation raising concerns about the welfare of the crew.Once on board, the AMSA surveyor discovered a number of deficiencies including seafarers not being repatriated as required by their employment agreements, seafarers not being provided a monthly account of wages for the month of August and not being paid monthly as required by their employment agreements in addition to inadequate quality or nutritional value of food on board.AMSA’s General Manager of Ship Safety, Allan Schwartz, said that the proper treatment of seafarers is just as important as the proper maintenance of ships’ equipment – a failure in either system can lead to serious accidents.“All ships in Australian waters need to comply with Australian standards,” Schwartz said. “Seafarers live difficult lives often spending many months at sea away from their families and friends. Any vessel which is found to be in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) or other Australian standards will be detained by AMSA and repeat offenders risk being banned from Australian waters.”All Australian registered and foreign flagged vessels within Australian waters must comply with the standards set out in the MLC.The MV Apellis is operated by Pyrsos Shipping Co Ltd and chartered by Hudson Shipping Lines.last_img read more

Reporting of Child Pornography Now Mandatory

first_imgNova Scotians will be required to report suspected child pornography to help reduce the sexual exploitation of children under a new law that comes into effect today, April 13, 2010. The new law requires anyone who encounters child pornography material or recordings to report it to the police. It also protects people who report child pornography from any retaliation they could suffer for reporting child pornography Nova Scotia has specialized units in the RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police who investigate tips from the public. “We know that Nova Scotians want to do their part to help catch anyone who is exploiting children through child pornography and this law compels them to do that,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry.last_img read more

UN council to discuss report calling on Canada to address antiblack racism

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The UN Human Rights Council is set to discuss a report on issues affecting African-Canadians that makes recommendations to the federal government, including that it apologize for slavery and consider providing reparations for historical injustices.A UN working group will submit its final report on the human rights situation of people of African descent in Canada to the council Monday based on its consultations with government officials and interest groups during an October 2016 mission to Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax and Montreal.Some report findings released in August raised deep concerns about Canada’s legacy of anti-black racism, which traces its origins to slavery in the 16th century and reverberates into the present day.“History informs anti-black racism and racial stereotypes that are so deeply entrenched in institutions, policies and practices, that its institutional and systemic forms are either functionally normalized or rendered invisible, especially to the dominant group,” the UN officials wrote.“This contemporary form of racism replicates the historical … conditions and effects of spatial segregation, economic disadvantage and social exclusion.”Slavery was abolished in the British colonies in the 1830s.The working group laid out dozens of recommendations to redress past and present wrongs affecting African-Canadians, the first among which calls on the Canadian government to apologize for slavery and consider issuing reparations.“It is important to underline that the experience of African Canadians is unique because of the particular history of anti-black racism in Canada,” the report said. “(The government of Canada should) take concrete steps to preserve the history of enslavement and the political, social and economic contributions of African Canadians by establishing monuments in their honour.”The report draws a through-line between Canada’s history of racial segregation to the structural racism that “lies at the core” of many Canadian institutions today, manifesting itself in the form of poverty, health problems, low educational attainment, higher rates of unemployment and overrepresentation if African-Canadians in the criminal justice system.This history is particularly poignant in Nova Scotia, where over the course of generations, African-Nova Scotian have demonstrated “resistance and resilience” to develop a distinct culture, the report said.In Halifax, the community of Africville thrived despite “the harshest opposition,” the report said, and most of its residents were landowners.The working group said city officials employed “deplorable tactics” to displace Africville’s black residents when the neighbourhood was razed in the late 1960s, marking a “dark period” in Nova Scotian history.The city offered a formal apology in 2010 and allocated $3 million to build a museum on the site, which members of the working group welcomed as a recognition of its significance to the African-Nova Scotian community.Socioeconomic conditions in African-Nova Scotian communities remain “deplorable,” they said, and the provincial government is falling short in its efforts to establish land titles for the descendants of the black loyalists.The authors appealed to the federal government to provide financial support to help claimants cover the costs involved in resolving land disputes, centuries after their ancestors were denied title to the rocky plots where they settled.The report also suggested that Ottawa work with provincial and municipal authorities to develop legislation regarding what it called “environmental racism” — the risks created by environmental hazards like landfills, waste dumps and pollutants that are disproportionately situated near black communities.The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is expect to address the UN report on Monday.At the national level, the working group said the Canadian government should develop a strategy to address anti-black racism in the criminal justice system.Between 2005 and 2015, the number of black inmates in federal prisons rose by more than 71 per cent, the report said.The authors were troubled by statistics suggesting that black people are “extraordinarily overrepresented” when it comes police use of lethal force, and noted that the lack of race-based data about these incidents makes its difficult to assess the scope of the problem.Racial profiling is “endemic” in strategies used by Canadian law enforcement, the working group said, and called for practices they said disproportionately affect black Canadians — such as street checks and solitary confinement — to be abolished.The report recommended the creation of a federal department of African-Canadian affairs and create special measures to compensate for the impacts of discrimination, such as targeted hiring policies similar to those for Indigenous Peoples.It said existing federal anti-discrimination legislation relies on terms such as “visible minority” that obscure the degrees of disparity faced by different ethnic groups and fails to fully account for the specific human rights concerns of African-Canadians.The working group encouraged federal lawmakers to legally recognize African-Canadians as a distinct group “who have made and continue to make profound economic, political, social, cultural and spiritual contributions to Canadian society.”last_img read more

NWT chief faces sexual assault trial

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Yellowknife judge says there is enough evidence to send Yellowknives Dene Chief Edward Sangris to trial.Sangris will be tried by judge and jury.He is accused of sexually assaulting women over a period of nine years in the community of Dettah.A publication ban prevents APTN National News from reporting on the evidence presented in the preliminary inquiry.last_img

Bands can impose 250 fee for chief and council candidates under Ottawas

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsFirst Nation councils may soon be able to impose a $250 entry fee for candidates seeking to run for chief and council positions, according to regulations proposed by the federal government.The regulations are part of the recently passed First Nations Elections Act. First Nations can’t hold elections under the opt-in legislation until the regulations get approved by the federal cabinet.The proposed regulations were published in the Canada Gazette on Friday.Under those regulations, band councils, through a resolution, may impose an up to $250 fee for anyone seeking to run in a band election. The electoral officer would then hold the candidacy fees in trust until after the election.“The requirements will result in committed candidates, some of whom will become dedicated leaders. Committed and dedicated leadership making sound decisions in a First Nation can have significant impacts on the overall well-being of the First Nations and their members,” states an analysis on the proposed regulations written by the Aboriginal Affairs department.Candidates who get more than five per cent of the vote would get their money back. The band gets the candidacy fees of all candidates who get less than five per cent of the vote. Any candidate who withdraws before the election would also lose their money.Proposed regulationsDownload (PDF, Unknown)Other proposed regulations would tighten control of mail-in ballots, which will now only be sent to individuals who write in requesting them. The proposed regulations also provide bands the ability to hold advance polls.The regulations also give band councils the power to appoint electoral officers, which is currently a ministerial power under the Indian Act. The minister will still be able to appoint electoral officers if the band council fails to form a quorum to decide on the issue.The proposed regulations were developed in consultation with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs and the Chiefs of Ontario.Aboriginal Affairs also created an “online consultation process” on the regulations, but, as of November 2014, received “fewer than 10 comments” and most of them “did not pertain” to the regulations. The department’s analysis said one comment “was very supportive” and the other “acknowledged that the proposed regulations would address some of the issues with First Nations elections.”The Atlantic Policy Congress received any input through their “online consultation process.”The First Nations Elections Act gives cabinet the power to set the regulations. The law received royal assent on April 11, 2014.Under the law, First Nations can set four-year terms for their band councils. The law also sets out and defines electoral offences and creates penalties that can range from fines to jail terms. The law also takes the department out of the equation when it comes to appealing electoral results and makes the courts the final arbiter.Of the 617 First Nations in Canada, 238 hold their elections under the Indian Act rules, 343 have their own custom codes and 36 are governed by self-government agreements.The public now has 30 days to respond to the proposed regulations. Aboriginal Affairs senior policy analyst Marc Boivin is the point person for receiving the public comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Gaza: Morocco urges immediate cessation of cowardly Israeli assault, diplomat

New York (UN)  –  The Kingdom of Morocco closely follows the tragic situation in Gaza and calls for an immediate cessation of the cowardly Israeli assault which targets unarmed Palestinian civilians, said, on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, Morocco’s ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale.Morocco, which condemns and deplores the Israeli military escalation targeting the Palestinian people in a blatant violation of international law, urges the international community to fully shoulder its responsibility and urgently intervene to stop immediately this cowardly assault against unarmed civilians, said the ambassador before the UNSC.Hilale, who was speaking at a public session by the UN body on the situation in the Middle-East, added that it is up to the international community to protect the Palestinian people and secure their legitimate rights, calling Israel to observe international law.The ambassador recalled that King Mohammed VI, president of Al Quds Committee, talked last Sunday over the phone with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on the unprecedented tragic situation prevailing in Gaza, in flagrant violation of human values and humanitarian international law. The King expressed his sincere condolences to the Palestinian martyrs’ families and denounced, once more, the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, their lands and properties, and reaffirmed the support of Morocco, King, Government and People, to Palestine, he said.The King rushed emergency humanitarian aid worth 5 million to the Palestinian population in Gaza and offered the wounded the possibility to get admitted and receive health care in Moroccan hospitals, Hilale recalled. read more

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday as bond yields rose off their recent lows, easing concerns about a troubling drop in long-term yields over the past week.Gains in financial, technology and industrial stocks outweighed losses in utilities and communications companies. Small-company stocks did better than the rest of the market.On Thursday:The S&P 500 gained 10.07 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,815.44.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 91.87 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,717.46.The Nasdaq composite added 25.79 points, 0.3 per cent, to 7,669.17.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 12.87 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,535.10.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 14.73 points, or 0.5 per cent.The Dow is up 215.14 points, or 0.8 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 26.50 points, or 0.3 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 29.18 points, or 1.9 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 308.59 points, or 12.3 per cent.The Dow is up 2,390 points, or 10.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 1,033.89 points, or 15.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 186.54 points, or 13.8 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Head of UN agency defending press freedom deplores murder of Indian journalist

16 June 2011The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the recent murder of an Indian journalist whose killing is believed to be linked to his reporting about the oil mafia in the western city of Mumbai. Irina Bokova urged the authorities to investigate the 11 June murder of Jyotirmoy Dey and bring the perpetrators to justice.“This is vital if journalists are to meet their duty to serve as watchdogs reporting professionally on the work of government, civil society and business. Journalists need to be supported as they ensure that informed citizens are able to take an active part in society,” Ms. Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), stated in a news release. Mr. Dey was a senior journalist and special investigations editor of the daily newspaper Midday. The veteran Mumbai crime reporter had recently published articles about the city’s oil mafia. He was shot dead as he was riding his motorcycle in a suburb of Mumbai, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). read more

Goodman School of Business wants to create new graduate diploma program

The Goodman School of Business has submitted a statement of intent that it wishes to introduce a new graduate diploma program.As part of the approval process, the statement is being made available for the information of the University community to allow the opportunity for comment prior to moving to the next step of the internal quality assurance process.Please review the statement of intent online and provide comments before 4:30 p.m. on March 24, 2014 to ARC-SOI@brocku.ca or ebiktimi@brocku.ca. read more

OPP release image of a man suspected of exposing himself

Brant OPP are looking for man who was seen exposing himself at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 8 at an address on Rest Acres Road in Brant County.Police said Monday that a woman sitting in her vehicle in a parking lot said she saw a man exit a white SUV, remove his clothing and expose himself. The man then walked to the rear of the vehicle and put on a pair of swimming shorts.The suspect is described as tall, 20 to 30 years old, with tanned skin, muscular arms and short dark hair.The SUV was pulling a single Sea-Doo on a trailer, covered in a black tarp that was held down by orange straps. The tarp had “spark” written in grey lettering.The woman said she contacted police after reading about an Aug. 3 incident in Norfolk County where a man got out of a vehicle naked and exposed himself twice to a woman in Simcoe.The suspect in the Simcoe incident also is described as between 20 and 30 years old, with tanned skin, short dark hair and muscular arms. The vehicle in that case was a white SUV, pulling a Sea-Doo on a trailer that was covered in a black tarp held down by orange straps. The tarp had the word “spark” written in grey letters.Anyone with information to identify the suspect or the vehicle is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.crimestoppers-brant.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

13 million people worldwide endorse UN conventions on drugs

“We are convinced that you all feel and acknowledge the enormous world-wide support you have received, and will continue to receive, in your important work to fight drugs and addiction – be it in the United Nations or in your national parliaments,” one of the campaign organizers from Sweden, MaLou Lindholm, told delegates gathered at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UNODC) in Vienna. The “No to drugs – yes to the UN Conventions on drugs,” campaign collected signatures from youth, as well as 294 parliamentarians and 185 organizations around the globe. Young people from five countries presented the signatures to UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. “This is a magnificent example of the power of partnership with civil society in drug abuse prevention,” Mr. Costa said reiterating the crucial role non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in drug abuse prevention as he accepted the signatures. He also echoed the call by the young people to delegates to fulfil their responsibility to safeguard the Conventions and to protect the youth of the world. read more

Poor will feel greatest impact of climate change scientist tells UN commission

Changes in weather patterns and extreme weather events due to climate change will have the greatest impact on the world’s poorest people, the head of the leading scientific panel on the issue told the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York today.R.K. Pachauri, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, noted that so far the emphasis in confronting climate change has focused solely on mitigating the causes that have been responsible for a warm-up of the earth’s atmosphere.But he said far more must be done to support technological advances – such as the development crops that can withstand droughts or floods, use less water, and withstand greater salinity – that would allow the poor to adapt to the effects of climate change. He also called for attention to power sources. “Unless the energy needs of the poor are met, we will not be able to attain sustainable development,” he said.Mr. Pachauri said the earth’s atmosphere can heat up from 1.4-5.8ºC by the end of the century and in the same time period, sea level can rise anywhere from 9 to 88 cm. At the same time, he said the frequency, intensity and location of extreme weather events such as storms, droughts and floods, is expected to change. “The poorest of the poor are likely to be most affected as a result of climate change,” he emphasized.The IPCC is presently working on a new assessment which he said “should fill in some of the gaps” in international knowledge.Halldor Thorgeirsson, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the biggest challenge, right now, was to influence investment decisions that could affect the development and implementation of cleaner technologies by the private sector.“The economics are not right,” he said. “The cost of emissions is not carried by the emitter, but by the rest of humanity.” The Commission on Sustainable Development is presently holding a two-week session focusing on the inter-related issues of energy, air pollution, industrial development and climate change. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 2:44 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,619.46, down 78.47 points):Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 31 cents, or 2.59 per cent, to $12.30 on 14.2-million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $1.58 on 6.6-million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.26 per cent, to $3.83 on 4.9-million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up five cents, or 0.92 per cent, to $5.50 on 4.6-million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 1.38 per cent, to $5.02 on 4.2-million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up 51 cents, or 2.13 per cent, to $24.46 on 4.2-million shares.Companies reporting major news:TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Down 62 cents, or 0.98 per cent, to $62.34 on 751,305 shares. TransCanada is offering about US$848 million cash to buy all the equity in Columbia Pipeline Partners LP that it doesn’t already own, strengthening its grip on a pipeline network that stretches from New York to the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s offer to other investors in the Houston-based limited partnership follows TransCanada’s purchase of the Columbia Pipeline Group. That deal was valued at US$13 billion, including US$2.8 billion in debt. Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

EnableTalk gloves translate sign language to speech

first_imgFor many deaf and mute people, sign language is the easiest way to communicate with others. However, relatively few people can understand sign language — not all deaf people even use it. At Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in Sydney Australia right now, a group of Ukrainian students is showing off a possible solution. The EnableTalk gloves would allow a wearer to have their signs instantly translated into speech.The gloves are fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers to pick up all the movements the wearer makes. There are also integrated solar cells to increase battery life. The software associated with EnableTalk creates text from the signs, and then uses a text-to-speech engine to speak the words out loud. The entire system is connected wirelessly via Bluetooth.There are a number of EnableTalk prototypes in existence which already surpass the functionality of similar products on the market. These other products mostly rely on fewer sensors, wired connections, and often lack first-party software. The going rate for sign language translation gloves is $1,200 or more. The EnableTalk gloves could go for as little as $75 when completed (just the effect of disrupting a vertical market).Strangely, the software running on EnableTalk is not based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform (this is a Microsoft competition, remember). Redmond has opted not to give developers full access to the Bluetooth stack in Windows Phone, so the students have had to rely on Windows Mobile. Let’s hope the code is portable enough to make it to a more future-proof platform.via TechCrunchlast_img read more

Slowdown at licensing office may not mean fewer newcomers

first_imgWhat appears to be a disappointing slump last year in 2010’s resurgence of Clark County newcomers may be partly the effect of a new driver’s license requirement meant to prevent fraud.The number of out-of-town arrivals who obtained driver’s licenses in Clark County spiked by 22 percent from 2009 to 2010 after a three-year slide then declined by more than 10 percent to 2011.The number of newcomers seeking driver’s licenses dipped by 5.6 percent statewide last year, too.But the slowdown could be the result of a Department of Licensing rule change in November 2010 requiring driver’s license applicants to prove they reside in the state. Applicants now have to submit a utility bill, credit card statement or other form of verification before being granted a license.“It was to reduce the number of people fraudulently obtaining a state driver’s license,” said Christine Anthony, a spokesperson at the state Department of Licensing.The department started the requirement after noticing an unusually large number of out-of-state applicants, Anthony said. Washington, New Mexico and Utah are the only three states in the nation that don’t require proof of legal U.S. residency to obtain a driver’s license.last_img read more

Dating app Paktor appoints ShangHsiu Koo as CFO

first_imgDevelopers of smartphone dating app Paktor log in to their accounts to show their Paktor profiles at their office in Singapore July 16, 2015.Reuters fileSingapore start-up Paktor Group has appointed Shang-Hsiu Koo as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Koo brings to Paktor Group more than 10 years of executive experience working with both public and private companies across the digital and financial sectors. For six years, he served as the Chief Financial Officer at NASDAQ-listed Jiayuan.com and took the company public in 2011.Prior to joining Jiayuan, Koo was an equity research analyst at Piper Jaffray, Oppenheimer & Co., and Pacific Epoch, covering China online games and media.”I am excited to join the largest social entertainment and dating company in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. Live streaming and dating in Southeast Asia and Taiwan is in its early stages but will become a multi-billion-dollar business in the next few years. I look forward to helping the company invest and grow its operations in the region,” Paktor Group, which runs a dating app, quoted Koo as saying in a statement.Joseph Phua, CEO of Paktor Group / 17 Media, said the appointment would be a key factor in driving growth for the dating app.Shang-Hsiu Koo, CFO of dating app Paktor.Paktor”The appointment of Shang-Hsiu is a big boost to our plans in becoming a dominant player in the global social entertainment and dating scene. With his previous experience as CFO at Jiayuan, I believe Paktor Group’s financial planning as well as financial management are in good hands. We are excited to have him on board to contribute in the growth of the company and guide us to the next stage,” the statement quoted him as saying.Since its founding in 2013, Paktor Group has expanded beyond Singapore to the rest of Southeast Asia and Taiwan, becoming the largest social dating group in the region.The company recently acquired a controlling stake in Taiwan live streaming company 17 Media to expand its business to social entertainment. Along with its other acquisitions in social dating such as Down, Inc and Goodnight, the group’s social entertainment and dating assets combine for 20 million users in Asia.last_img read more