The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is taking another crack at how it evaluates inventions derived from nature. The agency has been forced to tighten its eligibility rules in light of recent Supreme Court decisions—including a 2013 ruling that struck down patents on human genes—but its first pass at new guidelines for examiners raised a stink. University groups and industry representatives feared the rules would chill investment by rendering potential new therapies and diagnostics unpatentable. A new guidance, released this week, goes a long way to quell those fears, though many are still uncertain how it will be implemented.The document unveiled this past spring was troubling to the biopatent community for several reasons. It went too far beyond the court’s ruling on DNA, critics claimed, by suggesting that other naturally derived products—including chemical compounds, vaccines, seeds, and antibodies—must be “significantly different” from anything found in nature or else be immediately tossed out as patent ineligible. Many also protested the idea that an applicant had to demonstrate structural differences between a product and its natural counterpart. Amid criticism at public meetings and in written letters, the agency vowed to incorporate stakeholder comments into a revised guidance.But while it’s eager to satisfy the applicants that keep it in business, USPTO also has to respect often murky directions handed down from the courts, says Dan Burk, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. Particularly influential were last year’s ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc. that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented and the 2012 Mayo v. 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CLS Bank International, the judges invalidated a software patent by ruling that a method of financial analysis is an unpatentable “abstract idea,” even when implemented on a computer. That June decision may seem worlds away from biotech, but it aimed to lay out a definitive two-step test for deciding patent eligibility, Burk says, and it forms the backbone of the new guidance: If a patent claim describes “a law of nature, a natural phenomenon, or an abstract idea” (step 1), then it must amount to “significantly more” than what’s found in nature—a phrase borrowed from the Mayo decision—in order to be patentable (step 2).Many biotech inventions may now get a green light at the first step, says Hans Sauer, intellectual property counsel for the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, D.C. The guidance lets examiners decide at first look when an application involves a natural product or process, but obviously isn’t trying to claim it in a way that would prevent others from using it. “In practice, that could make a big difference,” Sauer says, and will ease the way for “a lot of claims that people complained about very much.”An examiner can also decide to let an application proceed because the product is sufficiently different from its natural counterpart based on “structure, function, and/or other properties,” which may be reassuring to academia, says Robert Hardy, director of contracts and intellectual property management for the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), a Washington, D.C.–based association of research universities. COGR had submitted a critique of the March guidance to USPTO. Hardy suspects academic technology transfer offices will receive fewer USPTO rejections on grounds of eligibility and believes the agency did “kind of a heroic job of trying to reconcile a great many court decisions.”Still, it’s not clear what kinds of differences from nature will be enough to confer eligibility in the eyes of the examiners, Sauer warns. For example, if you purify an antibiotic from an organism, you might be changing it so that it can be formulated as a medicine for the first time, he says, but you’re probably not changing its essential bacteria-killing abilities. Does that count as a functional difference? “It seems to me that under PTO guidance the answer is probably no,” he says. And demonstrating a functional difference gets even harder, he notes, if a molecule’s original “function” in nature is unknown.Another persistent concern is how evaluators will deal with patents on diagnostic processes or technologies related to personalized medicine. It’s not clear, for example, if the process of analyzing gene expression from a tumor biopsy to decide on a course of treatment can be protected by a patent. “Personalized medicine companies [have been] trying to deal with this for going on 2 years and keep expressing a lot of frustration,” Sauer says. “There have been lots of rejections, and they’ve been difficult to overcome.”USPTO has announced a meeting in January to gather more feedback and may yet tweak its guidelines further. Meanwhile, another decision from the nation’s specialized patent court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., may further muddy the waters. The 17 December ruling upheld a lower court’s decision to deny an effort by Myriad Genetics to prevent another company from developing genetic tests that Myriad says are still protected by its patents—despite the 2013 Supreme Court decision that knocked out some elements of those patents. And the Federal Circuit seemed to emphasize the need for structural differences from naturally occurring products, Burk says, which might just undermine part of the shiny new guidance.
UEFA has also ordered Man City and PSG to limit their Champions League squads to 21 players next seasonBig-spending clubs Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain were fined 60 million euros ($82 million) by UEFA on Friday and ordered to limit their Champions League squads to 21 players next season for breaching the body’s financial fair play rules.In the first series of sanctions handed down by UEFA over its new regulations meant to curb over-spending by wealthy owners, nine clubs in all were handed punishments – but those given to the Premier League winner and the French champion were by far the heaviest.City said it will accept the sanctions and will not appeal, but insisted that the club has a “fundamental disagreement” with UEFA about its “interpretations of the FFP regulations on players purchased before 2010.”PSG also accepted the punishment “in spite of the tremendous handicap they represent in terms of the club’s ability to fully compete on an equal footing against Europe’s biggest teams.”PSG also said in a statement that it “deplores the fact” that UEFA hasn’t recognized “the full value” of its partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority, which the governing body said was inflated.The fines given to City and PSG are the heaviest ever handed by out UEFA. However, UEFA said 40 million euros will be returned to the clubs if they fulfil their financial obligations over the next two years.Those obligations include limiting the deficits to 10 million euros in the financial year ending in 2015 for City, with PSG allowed a deficit of 30 million euros for that period before being obligated to break even by 2016.advertisementCity said it expects to break even by the end of 2014.UEFA said both clubs have agreed to “significantly limit” their spending in the transfer market over the next two years. However, City said it is allowed to spend 60 million euros, plus whatever it earns for selling players, in this summer’s transfer window. It said the UEFA sanction “will have no material impact on the club’s planned transfer activity.”The reduced Champions League squads may not have much of an impact either. Teams are ordinarily allowed 25-man squads for the competition, but few end up using that many. City and PSG both used 21 players on the field this past season – not counting unused substitutes.”Our ambition to build one of the best and most competitive European Football clubs will not be undermined by these measures,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. “We will continue to invest in developing a highly competitive team and will continue our investments in our stadium and training infrastructures while at the same time remaining, as we are today “debt free.”The FFP rules require clubs who play in the Champions League and Europa League to balance their finances, and are meant to curb huge investments by owners and excessive spending on transfers.The sanctions were handed down five years after UEFA President Michel Platini launched the program to tackle “cheating” by overspending. No club was expelled from next season’s Champions League or Europa League, which had been billed as the harshest punishment available.The other clubs to have failed FFP were Galatasaray, Trabzonspor and Bursaspor from Turkey, Russian sides Zenit St Petersburg, Anzhi Makhachkala and Rubin Kazan, as well as Levski Sofia from Bulgaria.Those were handed fines ranging from 200,000 euros – for Galatasaray, Trabzonspor, Levski and Bursaspor – to 12 million euros for Zenit.UEFA was expected to rule against Man City and PSG, which far exceeded a limit of 45 million-euro losses over the first two seasons of very complex accounting rules for FFP assessment. Both clubs tried to balance their finances with inflated sponsorship deals linked to their owners in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, respectively.City was also scrutinized for booking tens of millions in revenue from selling image rights and consultancy fees to third parties.Critics of FFP say it was effectively manipulated during UEFA’s lengthy consultation with clubs who saw an opportunity to lock out emerging rivals whose new, wealthy owners wanted to spend quickly to join the elite.Clubs such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Real Madrid, which have lucrative commercial deals worldwide, will all likely benefit from City and PSG now having to rein in their transfer strategy.
New Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) A 150 gm life threatening tumour, the heaviest recorded so far, was successfully removed from the heart of a 42-year-old man at a hospital in the national capital.The patient identified as Babu Lal Gupta hailing from Uttar Pradesh was brought to Holy Family Hospital with severe breathing difficulties.An emergency echocardiogram revealed a large (70mm x 40 mm) tumour attached to the right chamber of his heart that was severely restricting blood flow to the lungs.”The size and position of the tumour could have resulted in the sudden death of the patient and we decided to excise it in an emergency operation,” said Dr Mohan Nair, Chief of Holy Family Hospitals cardiac unit.Nair briefed that on opening the right upper chamber of the heart, the stem of the tumour was found to be attached to the partition of the two upper chambers of the heart.”It was occupying the whole of the right upper chamber and major portion of the right lower chamber and also passing through the tricuspid valve between the two chambers,” he said.”We extracted the tumour from the right lower chamber and finally excised the stem from its attachment to the partition between the chambers called the interatrial septum,” said another doctor in the team, adding, “we then closed the resulting hole in the partition with a synthetic patch”.”Gupta made a quick and uneventful recovery and is now preparing to return to his village in Gorakhpur,” he said.Meanwhile, the tumour, weighing 150 grams, the heaviest recorded in the right chamber of the heart, been sent to Holy Family Hospitals pathology department to determine its exact nature.advertisementSo far, the record for the heaviest tumour of the myxoma type, was held by one removed from a patient at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York and that weighed only 109 grams.Cardiac tumours are extremely rare. The most common are myxomas with more than 80 per cent of these occurring on the left side of the heart. PTI GJS DV
Back to the court from which it reached the Final Four a decade ago, Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz did it again Tuesday, defeating host Panathinaikos Athens 75-84 before a packed crowd at Olympic Sports Center Athens to sweep their best-of-five playoff series 3-0 and punch a ticket to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague’s crowning event in Berlin, Germany next month! Laboral drilled 7 of 8 three-point shots in the game’s last 8 minutes to run away with what had been a back-and-forth battle until then. Laboral’s victory meant, however, that the Euroleague career of legend Dimitris Diamantidis, who plans to retire at the end of the season, ended with a loss as Panathinaikos was booted from the playoffs for the fourth season running. Diamantidis finished with 2,495 career points, 1 behind his former teammate Mike Batiste, for sixth place on the all-time scoring list and, with 2 rebounds, tied Denis Marconato for 10th place. it will be Laboral that returns to the Final Four for the first time since 2008, however, as Darius Adams scored 14 of his 24 points in the last quarter and Mike James followed with 20 total. Davis Bertans had 13 points for the winners, while Ioannis Bourousis had 9 and 6 assists. Miroslav Raduljica led Panathinaikos with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while James Gist and Elliot Williams scored 11 each. Diamantidis, the Euroleague’s career leader in assists and steals, finished with 8 points and 7 assists. Laboral won despite the ongoing absences of injured starters Fabien Causeur and Adam Hanga. Fourth quarter: Adams, James shoot lights out until Berlin!Diamantidis lobbed to Vince Hunter for an alley-oop layup to open the fourth quarter before Planinic repeated himself with a put-back as Laboral led again. Diamantidis rifled a pass to Gist for an easy layup, but Adams was ready with a triple and a three-point play the hard way for the visitors to lead 59-64. After a timeout, Corbacho blasted from the corner for a 59-67 score. Raduljica dropped a jump hook, but Adams was back with another triple and then a fall-back baseline jumper at 63-72. Gist buried a three-pointer to give Panathinaikos new hope at 66-72 with under 5 minutes left. Diamantidis came out of nowhere for an offensive rebound and assist to Gist for a slam at 68-72, but after a timeout, Adams was unstoppable with a triple from behind a screen at 68-75. Bourousis returned with a monster block as Gist tried to dunk, then went the other way and hit a triple at 68-78. Gist got a basket inside, but Adams fed James for a triple and, when Diamantidis did the same, James came back with another one to make it 73-84 with a minute to go. It was time for the Panathinaikos fans to get on their feet and serenade Diamantidis, who left the game to a standing ovation, a similar one to what awaits Laboral when it gets home to Vitoria.TweetPinShare0 Shares First quarter: No pulling away for either teamAdams drove for a fall-back runner to open the scoring before Raduljica answered inside. Vladimir Jankovic dropped free throws, Nick Calathes threw a long pass to Gist for a fastbreak reverse and Jankovic drilled a long jumper to suddenly put Panathinaikos ahead 8-2. Adams, Darko Planinic and Jaka Blazic made 2 free throws each for Laboral, while Jankovic made 1 of 2 for the hosts, closing the gap to 9-8. Calathes got in the scoring column with a layup that Blazic matched on a fastbreak before Bertans hit 1 of 2 free throws for an 11-11 tie. Ognjen Kuzmic climbed off the Panathinaikos bench and took back the lead, but Bourousis did the same to tie for the visitors. Adams got loose for a go-ahead layup for Laboral that was countered by Antonis Fotsis coming off the baseline for a dunk. When Kuzmic hit another jump hook, Panathinaikos was back in front, 17-15. Bourousis hit 2 foul shots to tie and Bertans blasted his team’s first three-pointer from the corner for the difference in a 17-20 Laboral lead after 10 minutes. Second quarter: Laboral lengthen leadFotsis cut back door for one basket and tipped in another as Panathinaikos regained the lead, 21-20. But James sped to the basket to take it back and then Bourousis fed Bertans with an over-the-shoulder pass to make it 21-24. Raduljica tied it on a three-point play, but James matched him with a single shot to keep Laboral in front. Williams downed 2 free throws for Panathinaikos, but another triple flew for Laboral, this from the hands of Alberto Corbacho, to make it 26-30. Bertans went to the free throw line next, made both, and Laboral had its biggest lead yet, 26-32. Raduljica turned on the baseline and detonated a dunk but Bourousis passed to the corner for a triple by James and then Bertans made 3 of 3 free throws for the first double-digit lead, 28-38. Diamantidis fed Calathes for one layup and Raduljica another to calm the hosts. James got 2 points back with free throws, then took a steal all the way for a dunk and another double-digit difference, 32-42. Fotsis hit free throws before Jankovic fed Diamantidis for a transition triple that cut the distance although the half ended 37-42 in favor of the guests. Third quarter: Greens rally, but Laboral doesn’t breakBourousis threaded a pass to Adams for a layup to start the second half. Jankovic drilled a three-pointer and Williams hit 2 of 4 free throws as Panathinaikos edged closer, 42-44. Williams completed the comeback with a fall-back jumper at 44-44. After Bourousis canned a shot from the lane, Williams fed Raduljica for a layup. James answered with his own fall-back jumper and then Bertans stole a pass and waltzed the other way for a dunk at 46-50. Jankovic made a tip-in for Panathinaikos, Adams answered with a face-up jumper, but then Williams was on the mark with a triple to make it 51-52. Diamantidis took the honor of hitting the go-ahead shot, a long two-pointer. Bertans fed Kim Tillie in close to take the lead again for Laboral, then Kuzmic reclaimed it for the Greens with free throws, 55-54. Darko Planinic put back an offensive rebound as the lead changed hands once more on the last basket of the third quarter for a 55-56 Laboral advantage.
Former Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson has been released just days after being released and re-signed with the Chicago Bears.#Bears informed CB Kevin Peterson he will be placed on waivers. He talked about his wild week in Thought No. 6 here. https://t.co/1al6ZD7oMC— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 2, 2016Peterson was released last Tuesday but was re-signed for the Bears’ preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to The Oklahoman. Brad Briggs reported the next day that Peterson was released again to make room for corner K’Waun Williams. The Bears’ transaction sheet lists that Peterson was one of 12 players officially released on Sept. 3.In other news, former Oklahoma State cornerback Michael Hunter has signed with the New York Giants’ practice squad.CB Michael Hunter has signed with the Giants practice squad, per source.— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 4, 2016Hunter, who played for the Cowboys after transferring from Indiana, signed with he Giants as an undrafted free agent in May. Hunter was one of ten players recently signed to the practice squad. He is officially listed on the practice squad on the Giants’ website.The Giants have concluded their preseason and will open their regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 11.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Real Madrid have confirmed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury to the left iliac muscle.The Belgium international has joined an increasingly long list of players in the treament room at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the likes of Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Mariano Diaz also out of action at present.It’s believed that Courtois’ injury will keep him out for around a fortnight, with Keylor Navas set to deputise for the Galacticos in his absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A Real Madrid statement read: “Following tests carried out on our player Thibaut Courtois today by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a grade I injury in the left iliac muscle. His recovery will be monitored.”Courtois completed the full 90 minutes in Real’s previous match, a 2-0 loss at home to Real Sociedad and he is also believed to have trained for the majority of this week in the build-up to his side’s Copa del Rey tie against Leganes on Wednesday.Navas, who had been Real’s number one goalkeeper up until Courtois’ summer arrival, was expected to start their latest cup clash regardless, but the former Chelsea stopper is now likely to miss both legs of the tie, as well as the club’s upcoming league matches against Real Betis and Sevilla.Santiago Solari’s side are in desperate need of some positive results after their defeat to Sociedad left them languishing in fifth place in La Liga and 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.The 13-time Champions League winners have endured an extremely underwhelming season to date, having only won half of their 18 league matches so far and losing six.Former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui was in charge at the beginning of the season, only to be sacked in late October after a poor start to the season.
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)A former Nebraska quarterback announced his decision to transfer from the Huskers program after Scott Frost took over. Former four-star quarterback recruit Patrick O’Brien announced his intentions to head elsewhere.Although he’s a talented quarterback, O’Brien’s skillset didn’t fit Scott Frost’s offense. He’s a pro-style QB that likes to sit in the pocket, meanwhile the Huskers’ will be running a more up-tempo offense under Frost.O’Brien visited Butch Davis at Florida International, and just two weeks ago he visited Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams.O’Brien decided he likes Fort Collins.I am so thankful to be given another opportunity to play football at another amazing university. With that I am excited to announce my commitment to Colorado State. pic.twitter.com/gowLL8oMXZ— Patrick O’Brien™ (@oneandonlyPOB) June 8, 2018O’Brien was the No. 10 pro-style quarterback recruit in the 2016 class. Many believed he should have taken over for a struggling Tanner Lee during the 2017 season, though that obviously did not end up happening.This way he’ll have an opportunity to fight for a starting spot at his new program.We wish him luck.
view more view less 2nd ODI: Jos Buttler blasts century as England edge PakistanJos Buttler scored an unbeaten 110 as England defeated Pakistan by 12 runs in the second one-day international and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series scorecard graphs No data available! advertisement commentary Reuters SouthamptonMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 08:38 IST Jos Buttler scored a century as England beat Pakistan by 12 runs in the second ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat Pakistan by 12 runs in the second ODIJos Buttler scored an unbeaten 110 from 55 ballsPakistan’s Fakhar Zaman scored 138 but it was not enoughEngland batsman Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 110 off 55 balls as the hosts beat Pakistan by 12 runs in a thrilling run-packed second one-day international on Saturday.Buttler’s blitzkrieg and half-centuries by Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan helped England to a huge total of 373 for three wickets in 50 overs.Pakistan, who made their best ever score when chasing in ODIs, fell short despite Fakhar Zaman’s superb 138 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after the first game was washed out.GET IN! What a game!Scorecard/Videos: https://t.co/6xjh2fShWF #EngvPak pic.twitter.com/oLtISXGvxd England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 11, 2019Asked to bat first on a flat pitch, England laid a solid platform for Buttler to build on, with Roy scoring 87 and Bairstow 51 in a 115-run opening partnership.Joe Root fell for 40 following a brief rain interruption, bringing Morgan and Buttler together and the pair put on 162 for the fourth wicket with the captain contributing an unbeaten 71 off 48 balls.Buttler did most of the big hitting, smashing nine sixes and six fours en route to his eighth ODI century and getting there with a fierce hit over the ropes which the new father celebrated by rocking his bat in his hands.But Pakistan, whose previous highest score batting second was 344-8 in a loss to India in 2004, were not giving up without a fight.Zaman took the attack to the bowlers, hitting four sixes and 12 fours before he was caught by Buttler off Chris Woakes to leave Pakistan at 227 for two.advertisementFifties from Babar Azam and Asif Ali and captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s unbeaten 41 took Pakistan close to their target but England hung on for the win as they continue preparations for the World Cup on home soil starting later this month.Meanwhile, Ireland, who did not qualify for the World Cup, scored 327 for five in 50 overs in a five-wicket defeat by twice champions West Indies in Dublin.Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie hit 135 to give his team a chance of an upset but the West Indies prevailed with their highest successful chase in ODIs thanks to Sunil Ambris’s 148.Also Read | Sanath Jayasundara charged under ICC anti-corruption codeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jos ButtlerFollow Fakhar ZamanFollow England vs PakistanFollow 2nd ODI
zoom Dutch gas tanker shipowner Anthony Veder has signed an agreement with Finnish natural gas importer Gasum for construction and a long term charter of an 18,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.The new ICE Class 1A Super LNG carrier will be built at German shipyard Neptun Werft and delivered in the last quarter of 2017.Once completed, the LNG carrier will deliver LNG to two terminals at Tahkoluoto in Pori, and Röyttä in Tornio.The LNG terminals are currently under construction. The Tahkoluoto terminal is expected to be completed in 2016, while the Röyttä terminal should be operational in 2018.Since the Röyttä terminal in Tornio is located in the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea, the vessel will have the highest ice class notation (1A SUPER) and COLD notation to allow the vessel to safely and reliably trade in the extreme winter weather conditions that occur in that region regularly.Furthermore this vessel will also use the LNG boil-off gas as a fuel for its main and auxiliary engines, which makes the vessel fully compliant with the most stringent emission regulations and environmentally friendly in operation.This is Anthony Veder’s third small-scale LNG carrier chartered out to Gasum and its subsidiary Skangas.”For Anthony Veder this will be the fifth small-scale LNG carrier operating in the Northern European area. Furthermore this brings the total of LNG fueled vessels in our fleet to seven. But this agreement primarily and most importantly allows us to enter into cooperation with Gasum and further expand our existing strong relationship with our well respected customer Skangas,” said Jan Valkier, CEO of Anthony Veder.
Getting to doctors’ appointments, a job interview or to work will become easier for seniors and people with disabilities in Annapolis, Digby and Kingston-Greenwood. The province is providing $20,000 to the Trans County Transportation Society to help purchase a new wheelchair accessible bus. The new bus will serve residents in Annapolis, Digby and Kingston-Greenwood. The purchase means there will be two buses to serve nursing home residents, seniors, single mothers getting back into the work force, disabled and other Nova Scotians who require accessible transportation services in the area. “Lack of transportation is a prime barrier to quality of life and one of the single biggest roadblocks to accessing health care, education and employment opportunities,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Organizations like the Trans County Transportation Society are making a big difference in people’s lives and government is committed to continuing to support that success.” Last year, community-based organizations funded by the province provided more than 90,000 rides to seniors and people with disabilities in Nova Scotia. Most of these rides were for people with disabilities looking for a job and taking seniors to medical appointments. “We’re excited to receive the funding to better serve our clients,” said Debbie Decker, a Trans County Transportation employee. “The funds will help to purchase a much needed new wheelchair accessible vehicle.” The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program helps to improve existing transportation services through the purchase of an accessible vehicle or modification of an existing vehicle. The program is one way the province is demonstrating its commitment to equal opportunity and improving access to community facilities and venues for persons with disabilities. Under this program, cost-shared grants are available to community groups for accessibility-related improvements. For more information on the community and municipal accessible transportation programs, visit the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/infr or call toll-free 1-877-305-RIDE (7433).
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook “Unspeakable is a powerful, character-driven drama that will shine a light on a dark chapter in our recent history through Robert’s passionate and deeply personal storytelling,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “We look forward to partnering with SundanceTV and AMC Studios to bring this remarkable original Canadian story to audiences at home and around the world.”“SundanceTV has a reputation for bringing our viewers the best programming from around the world, and the ability to do that with a creative partner like Rob, who has done such remarkable work with our sister network BBC America, is something truly special,” said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “This drama, while set in Canada, really is the kind of story that will resonate around the world and, while it took place 30 years ago, is very current in its themes and ability to capture audiences today.”A CBC and SundanceTV original series, “Unspeakable” is produced by Mezo Entertainment, with Cooper and Meridian Artists’ Glenn Cockburn serving as executive producers. Cooper is currently showrunning season two of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” for BBC America, Netflix and AMC Studios. CBC and SundanceTV have greenlit a new eight-part drama miniseries UNSPEAKABLE, focused on the tainted blood SCANDAL in Canada in the early 1980s. Created by Robert C. Cooper (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer, the project is produced by Cooper’s Mezo Entertainment and will be filmed in Canada in early 2018 for broadcast on CBC in Canada and SundanceTV in the U.S., with AMC Studios managing worldwide distribution outside of Canada.Based on first-person experience and two non-fiction books, BAD BLOOD by Vic Parsons and The Gift of Death by Andre Picard, “Unspeakable” chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were unnecessarily infected by tainted blood. One of the largest medical disasters in Canadian history, the blood SCANDAL triggered a federal inquiry and precedent-setting lawsuit resulting in BILLIONS of dollars of compensation to victims. The series is a passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood.“I am thrilled and, frankly, somewhat daunted by the opportunity to tell this story that has deeply affected so many people,” said Cooper. “CBC is the perfect place for this project and I am grateful to Sally Catto and everyone at the broadcaster for their support. I am also extremely excited to have SundanceTV and AMC Studios on board and thankful to Jan Diedrichsen of SundanceTV and Rick Olshansky and Stefan Reinhardt of AMC Studios for their enthusiasm for the project.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement
The island houses 86 cottages, which in the summer can house up to 200 people. By September, the number of visitors begins to die out, leaving Rogers as the only resident. It’s an idyllic life on Cockburn Island. In the summer, the tiny Ontario island hums with life. Parents relax in folding chairs set out on the sandy beaches, keeping an eye on their children swimming in the waters of Lake Huron. Beavers come out of their dens to enjoy the sun, while deer look for the best patches to graze in the woods. In the evenings, older couples stroll arm-in-arm through the streets of Tolsmaville, the cosy cottage community nestled on the island. And then winter arrives and the lake begins to freeze. Chairs are folded away, cars are loaded, cottages locked up and soon the last boat pushes off from the island, headed for Thessalon and Meldrum Bay. As the snow sets in, the only sign of life is a light in the cottage where sits Darren Rogers, the island caretaker.He will be the only person living on the island for the rest of winter.“I’ve never been a fan of crowds,” says the 52-year-old with a chuckle. “And then if you show up during winter, there’s not a lot going on here — there’s only one person,” Rogers said during a telephone interview. (He isn’t exactly easy to find; despite having a phone number, he suggests emailing him with a scheduled time to call as he often works in parts of the island with no cell service.)As island caretaker, Rogers looks after road maintenance, building repairs, safety equipment, tending to the needs of the summer residents — “it’s all rolled into one job,” he says. His years working as a farm hand on various dairy farms in Ontario and operating heavy equipment have prepared him for the physical labour. But his work experience wasn’t the only thing that got him the job. “The biggest thing here is you have to be willing to live out here,” he said. “It’s not a five-day-a-week job, it’s 24/7.”It might sound ideal at first. But the idea of living by yourself in the dead of winter, away from mainland can quickly turn daunting. According to Rogers, an older couple had been originally hired to try out the job for a year. “They didn’t like it,” he said, “and gave it up.”Lee Chappell, the last island caretaker, lived on the island since the early 1980s with his late wife Lynne and a maintenance employee. It was Chappell’s “penchant for privacy” that led him to make the island his home for 32 years, according to a 2009 Sault Star headline. Nevertheless, he moved back to the mainland in 2009 to live out the rest of his days in Thessalon. So far, Rogers has lived alone on the island for 14 years, ever since taking up post in 2006. While he has no complaints, he said the township has hired another person to give him a hand. However, it remains to be seen whether the person will be able to get through the first winter. “He hasn’t made it through the year yet,” said Rogers.Help or no help — this is it for Rogers. “Nowadays when you want a quieter life and you want to relax with no drama, this is the place to be,” he said. For Rogers, living on Cockburn Island is life come full circle. Ever since he was 10-years-old, his family would take a boat to the island during summers. “My father had a deer hunting camp and would bring us kids over,” he said. “I enjoyed it.”Decades later, he first learned of the job through an advertisement posted in the North Shore Sentinel, the local paper for Thessalon. He was working on a horse farm in Sault Ste. Marie at the time, but was open to trying “something different.” “At the time I was just bumming around,” he said. “I had no big career goals, so thought I’d give it a try.”It helped that he knew most of the local town council in charge of filling the vacancy and vice-versa. “It wasn’t like I was going into an interview with a bunch of strangers,” he said. “They knew who I was … and that’s the only way you’re gonna know if a person is going to like it (on the island) or not,”Unlike the couple before him, Rogers said he found the transition from mainland to island fairly easy, thanks to his years on the farm and his love for camping. “This was just a camping trip extended,” he said. Chappell had also stayed for the first year of his employment and showed him the ropes. Cockburn island makes up part of an archipelago that separates Lake Huron from Georgian Bay. “The only time I miss them is at Christmas,” he said. He spends Christmas alone, celebrating with a home-cooked meal of turkey and roast potatoes. “I don’t do the Christmas tree and all that, just the supper,” he said. “I usually make a phone call during the day when everybody is having their supper and talk to them then.”Does it ever get lonely? Not really, according to Rogers. “Everyone knows I’ve always liked doing things on my own,” he said. The only challenge he says, is in planning for the winter. “You don’t have a store to run to,” he said. “So if you’re planning on doing any projects over the winter then I gotta sit down now and figure out all the parts I need and what I’m doing.”If anything, having the whole island to himself is about as good as it gets. “Snowmobiling anytime I want, four-wheeling anytime I want,” he said. “It’s why I have no drive to get back to the North shore. There’s nothing for me there.” Darren Rogers Waves roll in at a sandy beach on Cockburn Island. Located in Northern Ontario, Cockburn is part of an archipelago stretching out into Lake Huron, with Meldrum Bay on one side and the Canada-U.S border on the other. The island covers 170 square kilometres, on which stand 86 cottages that make up the community of Tolsmaville. In the 1800s, its population grew rapidly with the construction of sawmills and peaked at 1,000 year-round residents during the Second World War. But in the 1960s, it began to dwindle as ferry services stopped altogether and the island became increasingly isolated. Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.As of 2013, the official population is zero — Statistics Canada’s practice is to round off populations in communities smaller than 15 people. The census data and the island’s isolation has mislead some into calling Tolsmaville a ghost town.“Years ago, you would have called it a ghost town because not many people were coming,” said Rogers. “But now we have a lot of younger retirees and so the population is staying pretty stable over the summer.”Thanks to the efforts of Harold Reeve, a former Tolsmaville mayor, the island was revived as a summer recreational community by the 1980s. Between May and September, the island can house up to 200 people, mostly during weekends. But after the annual fish-fry in August, the number of visitors begins to die down. Mhairi McFarlane/Nature Conservancy of Canada Ian Anderson “Most days are just going to work like a regular job,” he remarked.Back then, the job was mostly supervising the various contractors who’d come to maintain the island. As the township downsized, more of the work fell to him. “Being a younger guy, I was able to take over most of the road-work job over the years,” he said. Summer life on Cockburn flows at its own pace. There is no formal scheduling, no major plans made — everyone does as they please, when they please, according to Rogers. “Ninety percent of the time they’re sitting on the porch watching as the day goes by,” he said.Late afternoons are spent making social calls, stopping in at different cottages for the customary catch-ups and a drink or two. “It’s very informal — that’s how you get to know everyone,” said Rogers. Everyone knows everyone here and it’s not uncommon to see two cars pause in the middle of their respective drives around the township to say hello. The easy pace of island life affords Rogers a gift longed for by many living in the big cities — time. “If I have to do something today or put it off till tomorrow, that’s no problem,” said Rogers. “That’s my philosophy.”Nevertheless, the man is no lazy bones. He begins his work days early — out of bed by 5:30 a.m. and out the door an hour later. He treats his job as a regular eight-hour-a-day shift, finishing up in the early afternoon. His job includes a myriad of tasks, ranging from helping newcomers dock their boats to working on the community infrastructure. “Right now, I’m out working on the grader,” he said, during a phone call. The rest of the afternoon is spent completing some household chores, after which he might take himself on a drive around the island, to spot whatever wildlife he can find — which helps him plan for his annual deer and bear hunts. “I got the time to observe (the animals) so I know when they’re coming and going,” he said.A couple who visited Cockburn island in 2008 — two years into Roger’s reign — describe a curious experience with “the guy with the pickup truck.” “As we were coming in, though, a pick-up truck appeared out of nowhere, and a guy jumped out to help us with our lines. Another guy from a neighbouring boat came over to help as well. Then, after ensuring we were secure, they quickly left, barely giving us time to thank them,” wrote the couple on their blog. “The next morning, Darren the Harbormaster — the guy who drove down in his pickup to help with our lines — appeared out of nowhere again to help us with our lines again …. He faded away waving us a farewell (even now, we aren’t sure he was real),” they added. Rogers is a person of few words — yet, many belly laughs — and happiest when he is on his own. So much so, that he’s building a house in the middle of the island, farther away from the populated township, that he plans to move into in the next five or six years.“It’s a running gag around here,” he said with a chuckle. “Everybody knows I like it when everyone takes off.”His trips to the mainland are few, short and spread out — twice in the winter and once in September, mostly for stocking up on supplies and making necessary appointments. “I try to get them over with,” said Rogers. His family still make the annual trip to Cockburn island every August, for the community fish fry. “They all love the island, it’s a getaway from everything,” he said. Apart from the occasional trips, he doesn’t see them much but keeps in touch through daily phone calls. The community centre at Cockburn Island. 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Speaking to reporters following closed-door consultations, the Council’s current President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, said the members had “deplored the looting of UN offices, and the Taliban’s takeover of humanitarian relief sites, including food and supply warehouses.”Noting that the UN and its agencies were the main providers of humanitarian relief inside Afghanistan, Council members called on the Taliban not to impede the aid effort, she said. The members commended the humanitarian agencies and their staff, while emphasizing the importance of the safety and security of local and international humanitarian workers.Council members urged relief personnel to continue to do all possible to assist the most vulnerable people of Afghanistan, particularly women, children and the elderly, and “stressed the need to continue to find innovative ways of delivering much-needed supplies to the region and distributing aid to those in need,” said the President. Members urged the international community to continue its financial support for relief efforts, and appealed for the quick disbursement of funds that have already been pledged, she added.Concerning the regional picture, Council members expressed appreciation to the Governments of Afghanistan’s neighbours, which have agreed to open access routes for the delivery of relief supplies. The members also expressed support for the efforts of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, who is now holding consultations with officials of several countries of the region.
“I am greatly saddened and appalled by all that we see in Syria – the tremendous loss of life, the massive destruction and displacement,” said Mr. Ban, adding that the UN is doing “everything in its power” to end the fighting. “I want to thank all of you for sharing your stories and experiences. I commend you for your strength and resilience,” Mr. Ban said. “I know that the global response often focuses on immediate needs – and yet a growing number of Syrian students are unable to pursue their dreams and aspirations of higher education,” he added. The Secretary-General underscored that of the many Syrian students who are now refugees, only a small percentage continues their education in exile. Recalling that his own school was destroyed when he was a child, the Secretary-General acknowledged that the war is taking a “severe toll” on education throughout Syria. “Education is vital for the future of individuals, and for the future of a country,” he stressed. “It unleashes innovation and entrepreneurial skills that are important for economic activity and job creation, all critical for stability during times of reconstruction and for longer-term sustainable development.” Mr. Ban said he was encouraged that the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul later this month would provide an opportunity to highlight the importance of education in emergency situations. In addition, he said that the high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, to be held on 19 September, would also provide an opportunity to agree on equitable responsibility-sharing by Member States in responding to the refugee crisis created by wars. This should include discussing the creation of more legal pathways, such as scholarship visas, which will allow young people to escape persecution and wars and continue their education, Mr. Ban said. “The only sustainable solution to the education crisis in Syria is ending this horrible war. Until then, we must do all we can to provide young people with the educational opportunities that they and their countries need,” the Secretary-General said. “I have no doubt that the expertise, skills and knowledge you will gain in Portugal will contribute one day to rebuild Syria,” he added. During the meeting, the Secretary-General thanked the chairman of the Global Platform for Syrian Students, Former President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio, for his leadership and long-time commitment to “build bridges of understanding and inclusion among communities around the world.” The non-profit organization was founded in 2013 with the support of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the International Organization for Migration and the Institute of International Education. The Secretary-General gathered with the students following a meeting with Augusto Santos Silva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, in which they discussed the current political situation in Guinea-Bissau, as well as Mozambique and Brazil. Mr. Ban is also scheduled to meet today with the Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Luis Santos da Costa.
On-site mainline railway station and international airport at NEC. The support of every tyre trade and industry association.In addition, one of the industry’s leading social events, the NTDA Dinner will be held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotel on the evening of Tuesday 1 May 2001. Over 600 leading business people will attend. For more information on the dinner, please contact the NTDA on 0870 9000 600.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Easy access to NEC by three major motorways, rail or air. Weekend opening, enabling the independent tyre business to attend. · Free on-site parking for up to 26,000 cars. Free entry to InterTyre and the European Automotive Trade Show, which runs alongside. Free InterTyre Show Guide for every visitor. One of Britain’s leading tyre industry trade associations today gave its full endorsement to InterTyre, which looks set to be Britain’s biggest and best tyre show when it runs at NEC, Birmingham from 29 April – 2 May 2001.In an historic agreement the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has signed and given its exclusive backing to InterTyre – the only Show to enjoy such strong support across the whole industry.The announcement was made earlier today at a briefing in London. Richard Edy, Director of NTDA joined SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan to outline their plans to the tyre press.Richard Edy said ‘NTDA is delighted to give its full support to InterTyre. This important new Show will give the tyre exhibition scene a much-needed boost, and is certainly the major event on next year’s business calendar. We’re looking forward to working with the team at SMMT to deliver an exhibition the industry will be proud of.’Christopher Macgowan added ‘SMMT is delighted to receive the full support of NTDA for this important Show. Our exhibitions team has been busy planning InterTyre for months, and we are sure that the very best in the whole tyre industry will be on display at only one place next year – the NEC. InterTyre looks set to be one of the leading tyre exhibitions in Europe for the foreseeable future.’InterTyre is the only tyre exhibition to offer exhibitors and visitors a full range of benefits including:
Demand for heavy mining, earthmoving and construction equipment has staged a rebound in the 15 months leading up to the end of last year, according to accounting giant EY and reported in The West Australian. The paper said the EY 2017 Yellow Goods report noted a 41% recovery in the Australian mining fleet value index in the 15 months to the end of last year and a 20-25% increase in values for late model, low hours equipment since September 2015.Overall supply of equipment in both the mining and construction sectors recovered in 2016 resulting in a reduction in overall clearance rates which are currently sitting at 57% for mining and 60% for construction. However, EY said capital expenditure delays had contributed to a recovery in used asset values, while the supply of quality used assets had remained constrained. The report noted the demand for equipment with modern technology and greater efficiencies continued to grow.EY Oceania Mining & Metals Transaction Leader Paul Murphy said the limited number of new builds in the recent past, particularly in the mining market, extended beyond ultra-class equipment. The West Australian quoted him: “This unfulfilled demand for newer equipment should be good news for original equipment manufacturers, who can hope for stronger order books than they have seen in the last few years. A partial recovery in commodity prices and demand for iron ore and gas are expected to assist market recovery, along with a growing trend towards automation. The benefits of automation appear significant, with a strong positive impact on utilisation and maintenance costs. We expect to see the trend towards automation for large fleets becoming the norm, however the price of adopting automated systems remains prohibitive for smaller operations in the foreseeable future.”He added: “At the same time, the global push to raise emissions standards could have a negative impact on non-complying equipment, and recent technologies such as AC drive trains could also impact the attractiveness of older, less efficient stock. After a difficult period in the Australian yellow goods market, the uptick in value over the last quarter reflects a cautious optimism that the worst is behind us. Against this backdrop, management teams face key decisions on whether to overhaul existing machinery, procure new equipment or hire from third parties.”
The Danish Handball Federation announced program of the Bygma Golden League tournament which will be held between October 26 and 29. The Olympic champions will have chance to raise their form in the months before the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia against teams like France, Norway and Poland.Here is the full schedule of tournament which will be held in three different halls:October 26 in Brøndby Hall18.15: France-Poland21.00: Denmark-NorwayOctober 28 in Ceres Arena, Aarhus16.10: Denmark-Poland19.00: Norway-France October 29 at the Jyske Bank Box, Herning18.00: Poland-Norway20.15: Denmark-France ← Previous Story Tauron stops title sponsorship in Vive Kielce Next Story → Youth WCh 2017 in Georgia: Denmark and Egypt make agreement about final result
There have been convertible tablet PCs in one form or another for years now, but slate-only versions were never practical due to the plain and simple fact that Windows was never very suitable for touch interaction. This has all changed with the introduction of Windows 8 and now consumers have the opportunity to carry around a full-fledged PC experience in a very similar form factor as their Android or iOS tablets.Dell’s Latitude 10 is one of these new tablets and, being part of the Latitude line, is designed for business users. Inside, it is powered by one of Intel’s latest Atom dual-core processors, giving sufficient performance to handle the full-fledged PC version of Windows 8 and your typical office and web tasks. While Windows RT, Android, or iOS may be suitable for some users, many of us still need the full Windows experience.The 10.1-inch display supports multi-touch and sports HD resolution, with a layer of Gorilla Glass ensuring added durability. It even has a mix of the ports and connectivity you find in both PCs and tablets, including a full-size USB port, full-size SD card slot, micro-USB for charging, and mini-HDMI video out.One thing we really like about the Latitude 10 over nearly any other mobile device on the market is its removable battery, making it easy to extend run-time and replace a worn out unit. An optional docking station allows you to hook up a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and other peripherals when at your desk.You get all of these features and capabilities in a machine that is only a hair thicker and heavier than an iPad, but starting at a mere $499. Other goodies like more storage (32GB SSD is standard), the docking station, fingerprint reader, and others cost more, but $499 gets you everything we’ve mentioned above and a standard next-business-day on-site warranty.Dell Latitude 10 32GB Windows 8 Tablet for $499 + free shipping (reg. $712.85) Our other top deals:HP Spectre ONE 23-e010se 23.6″ Core i5 Ivy Bridge Slim All-in-one PC w/ Trackpad for $1,149.99 + shipping (reg. $1,299.99)Western Digital 3TB Red 3.5″ SATA Internal HDD (WD30EFRX) for $149.99 + free shipping (reg. $169.99)Krups B100 BeerTender Kegerator for $142.49 + free shipping (reg. $187.49)
25,027 Views To conclude I want to once again reaffirm what the Taoiseach said earlier – a suitable person was appointed by a lawful process.“The government circumvented the law”In response, Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan dismissed the claim that Cabinet confidentiality prevented the answering of essential questions on the matters.“There have been hundreds of judicial appointments,” he said. “Only two people were appointed having not gone through the proper process. This happened yesterday.The reason the law was changed is because it is known there is political controversy when an attorney general seeks judicial office. The government circumvented the law. It is laughable to suggest they followed the correct procedures.He asked a series of questions on who in Cabinet knew in advance of the decision to appoint Whelan, why did no one else in Cabinet say this was unusual and who decided that Whelan’s name was the only one to be brought forward.“This is a sorry saga, but the fault lies with government,” O’Callaghan concluded.Questions for Fianna FáilSinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, meanwhile, said that Micheál Martin – who wasn’t present for the debate – had serious questions to answer based on a telephone call he had with the Taoiseach on the matter last Sunday. Updated 10.30pm Source: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ieTHE ROW OVER the appointment of Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal persisted in the Dáil this evening, with the government again coming in for strong criticism from the opposition.It was announced last Tuesday that Whelan would leave her post as Attorney General after six years, a day before Leo Varadkar took office as Taoiseach.It was confirmed to Gavan Reilly of Today FM that she had not applied for the position.The Cabinet approved Whelan’s appointment this week, leading to much criticism from the Opposition. However, the government has insisted all correct procedures were followed.The controversy rumbled on this week, with the government promising to quickly bring through new legislation on judicial appointments.This has done little to satisfy the opposition, however, with another series of claims and counter-claims across the benches this evening.“Suitable person… lawful process”The new Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan spoke first.The Minister said that the government appointed the best person for the job in Máire Whelan, as is its prerogative to do.He said that he was surprised that experienced people were “bandying about information that x or y numbers of High Court judges may have expressed interest in the Court of Appeal vacancy”.“Not only is that also covered by Cabinet confidentiality,” he said, “but, in fairness to any such member of the judiciary who had expressed such interest in respect of any such vacancy in the past, we are hardly going to lay out for political and public consumption the names and details of serving judges who have chosen to put themselves forward for more senior posts.”He promised that the new bill was part of the government’s aim of “entirely reforming the judicial appointment system”.Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald also provided a robust defence of the government’s actions later on.She said that she referred the vacancy to the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board but it was “not in a position to recommend any applicant”.Where others expressed interest in the role, she said: “While of course such expressions of interests are always considered, constitutionally the Government cannot be bound by any such expressions of interest in exercising its prerogative to advise the President on an appointment.It is also in accordance with the law and the Constitution for the Government to nominate for appointment an eligible and qualified person who is not already a judge, even if there are existing judges who have expressed interest in the appointment. Jun 21st 2017, 10:50 PM She said: “The manner in which Máire Whelan was appointed bypassed the proper procedures for such appointments and we called on her to stand down in order to allow for a proper appointments procedure to take place.Unfortunately, the Taoiseach had other ideas and he rushed through the trip to the park in order for Ms Whelan to receive the seal of office from the President.“However, the revelation by the Taoiseach today of a phone call between himself and Deputy Martin on Sunday evening, in which Deputy Martin questioned Ms Whelan’s suitability for the position, suggests that the Fianna Fáil leader was trying to influence this appointment,” McDonald said.She questioned whether Martin attempted to use his influence on the government to prevent Whelan being appointed, and asked if he believes the confidence and supply agreement gives him the authority to have a say on who gets appointed to the bench.McDonald says that the appointment “stinks to the highest of heavens” and that Martin is only concerned that it wasn’t “his appointment”.“He doesn’t have the right legally or constitutionally to intervene in that way,” she said.“Unfortunate saga”Before Labour Leader Brendan Howlin spoke, he was interrupted by a Fianna Fáil member criticising the “smear” made against Micheál Martin by McDonald.Howlin said that he had no doubt that Whelan would do an excellent job in her role. “But that does not mean that I think that the events that lead to her appointment to the Court of Appeals were in order,” he said.“The lack of a transparent process was absolutely wrong,” Howlin said.Howlin was similarly critical of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and also the Independent Alliance in his statement.“Frankly, it has become embarrassing to hear Fianna Fáil’s successive claims of outrage,” he said.On the Independent Alliance, he said: “A year on in power, they still have little concept of how Cabinet Government works.They clapped through an appointment that they now oppose.He called for fundamental change to be brought in terms of legislation, and how such issues are approached in future to ensure that “some good will come from this unfortunate saga”.“Not the right person”Clare Daly said she wanted to “put a bit of balance on Howlin’s earlier eulogising” by saying that Whelan was not the best person for the job and criticised the judge for her statements to the Fennelly report.She said that it was a “red herring” to say that the appointment was illegal:This was a political appointment. If it was the correct process, why are ye in such a rush to change it? … How you have the brass neck to defend it is beyond me.Bríd Smith said that, “at worst, it is dishonest to the people of this country”. She suggested that Whelan step aside from her role before giving evidence on garda whistleblowers to the Charleton Tribunal, and then resuming it again.Eamon Ryan heaped on the pressure, adding that “we need answers” and that there “are perfectly valid questions that haven’t been answered yet”.Mattie McGrath joked that Enda Kenny is probably sitting enjoying a drink or a cup of tea having left the new Taoiseach with a “nice mess”.McGrath said he welcomed new legislation coming in, and got very heated on the matter.“What about the ordinary people?” he asked. “Laws for the rich, but none for the poor. They have to take the medicine… These people [homeless] may be as well on death row waiting to get shelter.The public are sick and tired of Fianna Fáil and the government… They haven’t the courage or conviction to cause an election… The truth hurts.This statement caused mayhem to erupt in the Dáil with McGrath warned by the Ceann Comhairle.He replied “New politics, my foot.”Question timeAffairs got heated again when the floor was opened for questions.Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien got into a war of words with Minister Charlie Flanagan, after asking how many others applied for the role.When both looked to the Ceann Comhairle, he said it wasn’t his responsibility if the Minister answered the question or not.Brendan Howlin, similarly, got heated with Frances Fitzgerald.On each occasion, the government ministers refused to say how many people applied to the role.When Fitzgerald was asked who in the government put forth the name of Whelan alone to government, she said that “all applications that were in the system were considered in due process”.When Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy attempted to interject on Fitzgerald’s behalf, he was rebuked by the Ceann Comhairle.The Ceann Comhairle angrily asked Brophy to withdraw the insinuation that he was denying government back benchers speaking time, which Brophy duly did.A common theme from the opposition benches throughout this latter part was that Fitzgerald and Flanagan were refusing to directly answer their questions, who said on numerous occasions that the events at Cabinet were covered by Cabinet constitutional privilege.Read: Máire Whelan officially appointed to the Court of AppealRead: The honeymoon’s over: Leo’s facing loads of challenges on his first working week on the job 90 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3456852 Share224 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Sean Murray ‘New politics, my foot’: Mayhem in the Dáil as TDs get heated on Máire Whelan row The government again faced fierce criticism for its handling of the appointment this evening. 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