first_imgDonegal County Councillor Ciaran Brogan has met with leading Gardai to again express the concerns of local people about continuing crime across the county.Ciaran BroganCllr Brogan impressed upon the Garda representative the need to continue to hold and increase Garda manpower in Donegal.But he said that we must all play our part to ensure that such events as the robbery of a shop in Letterkenny and a knife attack on a business owner do not happen again. This is his report.“As part of an ongoing series of such meetings, I met this week with the Garda Superintendent, Michael Finnan, to again highlight the concerns of local communities and businesses in relation to the levels of crime and the fear that it is generating.“We have had a number of incidents in the Letterkenny area in recent days, including one where a knife was held to the face of an employee of a local takeaway, a terrifying ordeal for the individual involved. Each of these incidents only serves to show what we are dealing with and why it is vital that Garda resources are increased.“I strongly believe that we need a coordinated approach involving the Garda, public representatives, and local communities in the fight against crime. The strongest of messages must be sent out to the criminals that we won’t be found wanting when it comes to fighting back against their illegal activities. “To aid that fight we need adequate Garda resources and that’s a point I strongly reinforced to the Superintendent yesterday.“I am also calling on the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to recognise that Donegal is a border county and therefore requires all the resources it can get.“In addition, I mentioned the Garda Station in Ramelton, the largest town in the local Electoral Area outside Letterkenny. The closure of rural Garda Stations has, quite obviously, played into the hands of the criminal elements. As far as Ramelton is concerned, I am urging that the station there be fully manned – a permanent Garda presence so we can bring the fight to those responsible for crime. I would call on local Minister, Joe McHugh, to use his influence with Minister Fitzgerald, to ensure this becomes a reality and to push the Government into making sure we have the adequate Garda resources in place.“The presence of two Community Gardai in Letterkenny is to be welcomed as is the setting up of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. There are a huge number of Residents Associations in the Letterkenny area and I would ask them to be more pro-active in establishing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in their areas. Again that will send out a strong message to the criminals that communities aren’t going to sit back and accept the current levels of crime.“One of the big issues is that of drugs and while the Gardai may believe they have been to the forefront in cutting down the supplies of the likes of cocaine and heroin, I am convinced this is still a growing problem and one that needs to be tackled head on. Without the proper number of Garda reinforcements, it’s a fight we, as a community, cannot possibly win and that goes for all criminal activity including the problem of counterfeit cigarettes which has been in the headlines again recently. “Let us, as public representatives and members of the community, work together with the Garda Siochana in reducing crime levels but the Government must do its part and take the blinkers off and face up to the fact that crime doesn’t just arrive for an annual holiday and go away again – it’s here all year round and we’ll continue to pay the price unless the resources are provided to fight it.”WE NEED A CO-ORDINATED APPROACH TO TACKLE CRIME IN DONEGAL – BROGAN was last modified: January 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Ciaran Brogancrimedonegallast_img read more

Venezuela Turns To India As Sanctions Cut Oil Flow To U.S., Europe

first_imgVenezuela’s oil exports have tapered off and shifted toward India since new U.S. sanctions began January 28 as state-run oil company PDVSA seeks to replace deliveries to the United States and Europe that were disrupted by payment restrictions. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Yes We Can, and This is Why We Do It Every Day

first_imgWe thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can. We thank and we appreciate because we know the sacrifices and risks of women through the ages are the reasons we are here today.  We know that maternal mortality was extremely high until recently.  Where nothing is done to avert maternal mortality, “natural” mortality is around 1,000 to 1,500 per 100,000 live births.  Dr. Fathalla cited a PRB 2011 paper that estimated the number of humans ever born was 107 billion and the population in mid-2011 was just under 7 billion.   A stunning fact Dr. Fathalla gave is that more women have given up their lives in childbirth, for the survival of our species, than men have ever died in battle.  So our very existence is the gift and sacrifice of women.We regret and we apologize and we cannot expect forgiveness.  Women had to give up their lives when we did not have the means to prevent their deaths in pregnancy and childbirth.  And yet, when we do have the means, we still leave them to die.  We should plead guilty when we see that 800 women still die every day.  An inconvenient truth is that they die because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives can be saved.We promise we will eradicate maternal mortality, and yes, we can, for several reasons:The work presented by participants at the GMHC Conference 2013 is evidence of the immense body of knowledge and commitment shared across disciplines and throughout all areas of the world.  Dr. Fathalla was gratified and comforted by the “new blood” to carry on this work.  He showed a picture of Malala, the young girl recently shot down for wanting an education and advocating for education on behalf of her peers.  He was gratified that she is recovering and moved by the statements of her classmates that they would not be stopped from getting an education – and “they will win.”He noted the progress the world has made.  Between 1990 and 2010, maternal deaths had dropped by 50%, but there still remains work to be done.The message from the representatives of the host country, Tanzania, that maternal health is a national priority and that it had experienced a 25% drop in maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010.The power of women, making their voices heard.He repeated his message to the Lady of Laetoli: We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can. These written words can do no justice to the presence, dignity and inspiration of this gentle man, a hero who, as a colleague and friend remarked, through his life has saved countless lives.  Another colleague, who sat on my other side during the ceremony, said never in his life had he witnessed such a moving and motivating closing statement.  Throughout the speech you could not hear a pin drop.  Everyone was riveted.  At the end of his speech, he received a long and well deserved standing ovation.  Most of us admitted to having tears in our eyes, hard not to because most of us seemed not to have a tissue!  After the formal closing by the Minister of Health of Zanzibar, many of the participants, especially the younger ones (the “new blood”) rushed to where Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla was to congratulate him, to shake his hand, and to have their photograph taken with him.  We all agreed that this was a reminder of why we get up every day to do the work we do.Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at www.gmhc2013.com. Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this:center_img Posted on January 24, 2013June 12, 2017By: Karen Beattie, Director of Fistula Care and Associate Vice President of EngenderHealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is cross-posted from the EngenderHealth website.Reflections from a lifelong global women’s health advocate on the closing ceremony of the Global Maternal Health ConferenceIt was the end of three days of meetings, and I seriously considered skipping out on the closing plenary session.  But – I knew Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla would be speaking and I have learned that one should never miss an opportunity to hear his thoughts.  For those uninitiated, Dr. Fathalla is a professor at Assiut University in Egypt, a former head of the reproductive health division at WHO, and the father of the Safe Motherhood initiative.  He was also a member of EngenderHealth’s Board of Directors for a long period of time.The Global Maternal Health Conference took place at the Arusha International Conference Center in Arusha, Northern Tanzania.  The Center was for many years the home of the international tribunal that judged the actions of those involved in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.  Arusha is also close to the Rift Valley and Olduvai Gorge, for the longest time considered the cradle of humankind, although a spot in South Africa now holds the “cradle of humankind” title.  At Laetoli, nearby to Olduvai Gorge, footprints of an early human ancestor were preserved in volcanic ash dating from 3.6 million years ago and were discovered in the 1970s.  That brings me to Dr. Fathalla’s speech, entitled “A Message to the Lady of Laetoli.”  Dr. Fathalla noted that one of the sets of footprints was deemed to be that of a lady, and because of the way the print was indented into the ash, it was widely held that she was carrying an infant on her left hip.  He also noted that this individual or one of her sisters was our collective “mitochondrial mother.”Dr. Fathalla’s message to the Lady of Laetoli: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Sélection pour Noël 10 idées de cadeaux scientifiques pour les enfants

first_imgSélection pour Noël : 10 idées de cadeaux scientifiques pour les enfantsIl y a ceux qui savent depuis plusieurs mois ce qu’ils désirent et ceux qui n’ont pas forcément d’idée très précise. Pour les enfants et ados geeks, scientifiques, aventuriers et surtout curieux, Maxisciences a fait une petite sélection de cadeaux à ajouter sur sa liste au Père Noël « Cher Père Noël, cette année j’ai été (à peu près) sage et c’est pourquoi je me permets de t’adresser la liste des cadeaux que je souhaiterais recevoir … » Sage ou pas sage, ce n’est pas à nous de juger ! En revanche, on s’est permis de suggérer quelques idées qui devraient trouver leur place au pied du sapin. Et il y en a pour tous les goûts et tous les budgets. 1- Quiz pour les neurones Quand une boîte suffit à réunir la famille autour d’une table tout en s’amusant et en s’instruisant, on en redemande !  Les Défis des Cobayes – Grand Quiz Sciences est un jeu qui permet de tester ses connaissances scientifiques avec 250 questions (en physique, chimie, etc.). Idéal aussi pour occuper le temps pendant un long trajet en train ou en voiture. Prix : 9,95 € 2- Des bougies naturelles et DIY Attention ! A n’offrir qu’aux plus grands ou à réaliser sous surveillance avec les plus jeunes. Donnez à votre progéniture l’opportunité de se prendre pour des chimistes des senteurs. Le coffret « Senteur maison – Bougies faciles 100% Végétales » contient tout le nécessaire pour réaliser soi-même desbougies naturelles, colorées et délicieusement parfumées. De la verveine exotique au thé à la pêche, il y en a pour tous les nez. Prix : 25€3- Un avion à énergie solaireAux oubliettes les traditionnelles maquettes ! Cette année, on construit la version modélisée d’un avion à énergie solaire. Le Solar Plane Mobileest le cadeau techno-écolo par excellence. Il ne produit pas d’émission de carbone et il est alimenté par l’énergie solaire. On épate la galerie en lui faisant prendre l’air et son envol et on le suspend au plafond de sa chambre ou on le glisse dans une bouteille pour le recycler en objet de déco. Prix : 24,95 €  4- Docteur pas trop Maboul !On invite (presque) le célèbre docteur Michel Cymes à la maison avec ce Quiz du corps humain ! Imaginé en collaboration avec le plus cathodique des médecins, il propose 360 questions sur son corps, les petits boboset autres connaissances médicales. De quoi peut-être faire naître des vocations chez les enfants. Prix : 12,90 € 5- Les étoiles (même filantes !) dans sa chambre On n’aura plus besoin de crier « au lit ! » 150 fois avant d’être entendu. Avec cet astroplanétarium, perso, les enfants vont vite aller dans leur chambre. A la fois décoratif et instructif, il projette sur les murs et sur le plafond plus de 8.600 objets de ciel, étoiles, constellations de l’hémisphère Nord et même l’intégration d’étoiles filantes ! Pour tous les astrophysiciens en herbe … et en pyjama ! Prix : 89,90 € 6- Un labo à la maison Et pourquoi ne pas suivre les pas du célèbre Backyard Scientist, qui n’hésite pas à tenter toutes sortes d’expériences dans son jardin ? Avec le Coffret 150 expériences de chimie il est possible de créer une éruption volcanique, de faire du savon à bulles, de fabriquer du plâtre à empreintes… en utilisant des produits que l’on trouve dans toutes les maisons : œufs, bouteille en plastique, etc. Un cadeau formidable pour tous les savants fous ! Prix : 29,95 €7- Des livres vraiment pas comme les autres   A défaut d’avoir pu acheter l’un de ses objets mis aux enchères en octobre dernier, offrez à des jeunes ados un tome ou plusieurs des aventures de Georges (Georges et les secrets de l’univers, Georges et les Trésors du cosmos, Georges et le Big Bang et Georges et le Code secret). Ecrites par Stephen Hawking et sa fille Lucy, elles racontent les péripéties scientifiques de plusieurs personnages. C’est génial ! 8- Animations scientifiques en petit comité Depuis 2005, les Savants fous proposent des animations ludiques et pédagogiques pour les enfants dans de nombreuses villes françaises. Alors pourquoi ne pas glisser dans la hotte du Père-Noël, un atelier de produits chimiques, un spectacle scientifique avec des défis à relever ou encore un stage sur la police scientifique ou les changements climatiques ? Tout est (quasiment) possible et l’équipe saura à votre écoute pour concocter le meilleur des cadeaux. Prix : en fonction de la prestation   9- La découverte en illimité À lire aussiBébé : 3 conseils pour être un super papa selon la science Voilà un cadeau qui passera par toutes les cheminées puisqu’il s’agit d’une carte. Mais pas n’importe laquelle ! Un Pass d’un an donnant un  accès illimité à l’ensemble des espaces d’exposition de la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie et du Palais de la découverte, à Paris.Elle offre aussi de nombreux avantages, comme l’emprunt gratuit de documents de la bibliothèque, des invitations à des inaugurations… Bref, un traitement VIP ! Prix : 30 € pour les enfants et les moins de 25 ans 10- Rêvons un peu… Un scooter sous-marin Un hoverboard ? Tellement 2017 ! Cette année, on vous propose d’aller plus loin dans votre quête de sensations fortes et de néo-mobilité. Vous allez vous déplacer sous l’eau pour aller à la rencontre du monde sous-marin grâce à un mini scooter pas comme les autres. On s’agrippe à ce SeascooterYamaha RDS250qui peut descendre jusqu’à 30 mètres de profondeur et qui avance à une vitesse de 4km/heure. Magique et ludique. Prix : à partir de 499 € Par M.MLe 14 décembre 2018 à 16:30 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more