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News Article | April 24, 2017
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs is alleged to have killed some 8,000 people (AFP Photo/NOEL CELIS) A Philippine lawyer on Monday filed a complaint at the world's only permanent war crimes court against President Rodrigo Duterte, alleging his war on drugs has caused some 8,000 deaths. Lawyer Jude Sabio urged the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate Duterte and senior adminstration officials and bring charges of crimes against humanity against them for "the terrifying and gruesome situation of continuing mass murder in the Philippines". Sabio, who is the lawyer for Duterte's confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, alleged the president "began his strategy or system of eliminating or killing persons suspected of crimes, including drug addicts and pushers" when he became mayor of Davao City in 1988. "The 'repeated, unchanging and continuous' mass murder being conducted by the President Duterte has already resulted into the deaths of not less than 1,400 individuals in Davao City under his Davao Death Squad and not less than 7,000 individuals in his war on drugs at the national level," the filing said. Sabio travelled to The Hague to hand over his 77-page complaint in person to the office of ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Bensouda's office confirmed to AFP it had "received a communication earlier this morning by an attorney from the Philippines," adding it would "analyse the materials submitted, as appropriate" in line with the tribunal's guiding Rome Statute and make its decision later. In October Bensouda said she was "deeply concerned about these alleged killings and the fact that public statements from high officials of the... Philippines seem to condone such killings". She warned that "any person in the Philippines who incites or engages in acts of mass violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging ... the commission of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC is potentially liable for prosecution before the court." Duterte won election by a landslide last May largely on his promise to launch a war on illegal drugs. Although the campaign has proved popular at home, the president has faced international criticism for the thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings. The Philippine government denies the allegations, and presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Monday that police were already probing those suspected "of violating procedures." He also pointed to an investigation by the country's Senate, in which Matobato was a star witness, and said the ICC "as a court of last resort, will only exercise jurisdiction over a case once legal remedies in the Philippines have been exhausted." "The so-called 'extrajudicial killings', are not state-sanctioned or state-sponsored. Police authorities are conducting legitimate operations that require observance of operational protocols," Abella added. According to the latest national police figures, police have shot dead 2,087 drug suspects, while unknown killers have murdered 1,398 others in cases described by investigators as "drugs-related". Earlier official figures had put the death toll much higher, including some 4,200 killed in unexplained circumstances. Since beginning work in 2002, the ICC says the prosecutor's office has received some 10,000 requests from individuals, groups or countries around the world to investigate alleged crimes. It is then up to the prosecutor to decide if there is enough cause to open a preliminary inquiry into whether a full-blown investigation is merited. There are currently 10 preliminary examinations, and 10 full investigations under way. A total of 23 cases have been recognised, securing nine convictions and one acquittal. Five trials are ongoing.


News Article | April 18, 2017
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"The next international crisis could very well come from places where human rights are widely disregarded. Perhaps it will be North Korea or Iran or Cuba," said US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (AFP Photo/KENA BETANCUR) United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday singled out North Korea and Syria over human rights violations and warned at the United Nations that new conflicts could be triggered by abuses in Iran, Cuba and North Korea. US ambassador Nikki Haley made the case at the Security Council that more attention should be focused on rights abuses to prevent conflict, a view challenged by Russia, China and other countries at the UN body. "When a state begins to systematically violate human rights, it is a sign, it is a red flag, it's a blaring siren -- one of the clearest possible indicators that instability and violence may follow and spill across borders," said Haley. Turning to Syria, she recalled that the war, now in its seventh year, began with anti-government protests, and took a swipe at the council for being "reluctant to address" the crisis early on. In North Korea, "systematic human rights violations underwrite the country's nuclear and ballistic missile programs," she argued. "The next international crisis could very well come from places where human rights are widely disregarded. Perhaps it will be North Korea or Iran or Cuba," she said. Haley also mentioned cases of torture in Burundi and Myanmar's crackdown on ethnic Rohingyas as human rights concerns. The United States, which holds the council presidency this month, was able to hold the meeting on human rights following negotiations with countries that did not want it to be a formal agenda item. Seven countries -- Russia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Senegal -- raised objections, with many arguing that the UN Human Rights Council was the venue for such discussion. In the end, human rights were discussed under the existing "international peace and security" agenda item at the Security Council. During the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi devoted his remarks on poverty as one of the root causes of conflict and notably did not mention human rights. "All nations should take development as a first priority," he said. Russian Deputy Ambassador Evgeniy Zagaynov argued that the Security Council would be extending its mandate of preserving peace and security if it were to tackle human rights. Such a move would lead to a "politicization" of the Security Council and "lower trust" in its work, argued the Russian envoy. In a jab at the United States, Bolivia argued that joining the International Criminal Court would help advance human rights. The United States has not signed the Rome statute establishing the ICC. Human rights groups were skeptical of the US push for the meeting, raising questions about President Donald Trump's commitment to ending violations. "If the Trump administration wants to burnish its reputation on rights, it should address problems at home such as its discriminatory travel ban on people from six Muslim majority countries," said Akshaya Kumar, deputy UN director at Human Rights Watch.


Financial release 26 April 2017 Aéroports de Paris SA First quarter of 2017 consolidated revenue up by 1.8%, at €700 million, driven by the dynamism of traffic Upward revision of 2017 traffic assumption Financial information as of 31 March 2017[1] Consolidated revenue up +1.8% over the first quarter of 2017, at €700 million Revision of 2017 traffic growth assumption and confirmation of 2017 forecasts Groupe ADP revenue by segment for the 1st quarter of 2017 Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Aéroports de Paris - Groupe ADP, said: "First quarter of 2017 revenue increased by 1.8%, to €700 million, driven by the dynamism of European traffic and the gradual recovery in international traffic since the end of 2016 that had a favourable impact of aviation fees. The latter will be driven by the 0.97% average increase in tariffs as of 1 April 2017, as provided for under the 2016-2020 Economic Regulation Agreement. The growth in retail activities has been driven by the dynamism of bars and restaurants, partly linked to favourable base effect on the 1st quarter of 2017 due to the setting up of the EPIGO joint venture, alongside slight growth in sales per passenger in airside shops, despite the decrease in tobacco sales following the introduction of plain packets. The recent trends in traffic and growth prospects for the remainder of the year lead Groupe ADP to revise its traffic assumption upwards +3,0%, more or less 0.5 points in 2017, compared with 2016, vs. between +1.7% and +2.2% previously. Based on this assumption, Groupe ADP also confirms its 2017 EBITDA forecast." Over the 1st quarter of 2017, aviation segment revenue was up 4.0%, at €415 million. Revenue from airport fees (passenger fees, landing fees and aircraft parking fees) was up 3.3%, at €229 million, thanks to the increase in passenger traffic (+5.0%). The breakdown of aviation fees is explained by the application of the 2016-2020 Economic Regulation Agreement new tariffs grid on 1st April 2016, accompanied on the same date by a tariff freeze. For information, on 1 April 2017, airport and ancillary fees (excluding fees for disabled and reduced-mobility passengers) increased by 1.51%, excluding the CREWS fee, that decreased significantly. Overall (excluding fees for disabled and reduced-mobility passengers), the increase was +0.97% on average as of 1st April 2017. Ancillary fees were up 11.2%, at €59 million, mainly thanks to the strong growth in de-icing fee (+73.2%, to €14 million). Revenue from airport safety and security services increased by 1.9%, to €116 million. Other revenue mostly consists in re-invoicing the French Air Navigation Services Division and leasing associated with the use of terminals. It was up 2.1%, at €11 million. Over the 1st quarter of 2017, retail and services segment revenue increased by 2.4 %, to €223 million. The revenue from retail (revenue received from shops, bars and restaurants, banking and foreign exchange activities, car rental companies and revenue from advertising) was up 5.9%, at €101 million. Média Aéroports de Paris[9] saw an increase in revenue of 5.7%, to €12 million. Revenue from car parks was almost stable, at €41 million (+0.4%). Revenue from industrial services (electricity and water supply) was down 1.3%, at €37 million. Rental revenue (leasing of space within terminals) was up 5.6%, at €36 million thanks to the opening of new lounges. Other income (essentially internal) was down 20.9%, at €8 million. Over the 1st quarter of 2017, real estate segment revenue decreased by 5.4%, to €72 million. External revenue was down 0.7%, at €62 million[11]. Internal revenue was down strongly, by 26.4%, at €10 million, due to a revision of all internal rents to market price in order to improve the Group financial management. Over the 1st quarter of 2017, international and airport developments segment revenue decreased strongly by 45.5%, to €12 million. ADP Ingénierie revenue decreased by 38.7%, to €11 million due to a slowdown in activities in the Middle East. At the end of March 2017, ADP Ingénierie contractual backlog stood at €51 million for the 2017-2019 period. Aéroports de Paris Management revenue was down sharply by 73.9%, at €1 million, due to the correction of completion revenue. Excluding this correction, Aéroports de Paris Management would be down by €1 million euros. Over the 1st quarter of 2017, other activities segment revenue was up 7.8%, at €56 million. Hub One saw its revenue grow by 8.9%, at €37 million, driven by the increase in activity of the Mobility division. Hub Safe revenue was up by 5.4%, at €19 million, thanks to the positive impact of traffic on the level of activity. Highlights of first quarter events having occured since the publication of the 2016 Registration Document on 3 April 2017 Change in passenger traffic in the first quarter of 2017 Over the 1st quarter of 2017, Paris Aéroport welcomed 22.0 million passengers, an increase of 5.0% compared with the 1st quarter of 2016. 14.9 million passengers travelled through Paris-Charles de Gaulle (+4.3%) and 7.1 million through Paris-Orly (+6.6%). Geographical breakdown is as follows: The number of connecting passengers decreased by 3.9%. The connecting rate stood at 24.2%, down by 2.4 points compared with the first quarter of 2016. The load factor was up 3.6 points, at 84.7%. Air traffic movements (159,652) were up by 0.5%. Freight and postal activity decreased by 0.7%, with 541,268 tonnes transported. A conference call will take place today at 8.30am, webcast live on our website. The presentation is available on the website: finance.groupeadp.fr Press contact: Elise Hermant, Medias and Reputation Department Manager +33 1 74 25 23 23 Investor Relations: Aurélie Cohen, Head of Investor Relations +33 1 74 25 70 64 - invest@adp.fr Groupe ADP builds, develops and manages airports, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2016, Paris Aéroport handled more than 97 million passengers and 2.2 million metric tonnes of freight and mail at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, and more than 42 million passengers in airports abroad through its subsidiary ADP Management. Boasting an exceptional geographic location and a major catchment area, the Group is pursuing its strategy of adapting and modernising its terminal facilities and upgrading quality of services; the group also intends to develop its retail and real estate businesses. In 2016, Group revenue stood at €2,947 million and net income at €435 million. Registered office: 1, rue de France, 93290 Tremblay-en-France. Aéroports de Paris is a public limited company (Société Anonyme) with share capital of €296,881,806. Registered in the Bobigny Trade and Company Register under no. 552 016 628. groupeadp.fr Restatement of 2016 financial statements for comparison with 2017 To facilitate understanding of Group performance in 2017 compared with 2016, segmented restated quarterly accounts[15] for 2016 (excluding full year results) have been drawn up. [1] This document is voluntarily made by Aéroport de Paris in compliance with the AMF recommendation - Quarter or transitional financial information - DOC 2015-03. Unless otherwise indicated, all percentages in this document compare the 1st quarter of 2017 with the 1st quarter of 2016. Restated data for Q1 2016 is presented in appendix 1 [2] Excluding stake in Mexican airports, sold in October 2016 (press release available on www.groupeadp.fr. As a reminder, operational assistance contract is still in force. In total, Groupe ADP welcomed 54.8 MPAX in its 23 airports in Q1 2017 [4] Sales of airside shops divided by the number of departing passengers [5] Groupe ADP and Fedex intend to sign in 2017 a final contract for the rental of cargo hub buildings until 2048. This contract having to be qualified as financial lease in accordance with IAS 17 norm, a capital gain on disposal will have to be accounted for by Groupe ADP in 2017 for the buildings leased. [8] Sales of airside shops divided by the number of departing passengers [9] Média Aéroports de Paris has been globally integrated since 2016. 2016 financial statements have been restated - see appendix 1 [10] Generated with third parties (outside Groupe ADP) [11] As of 1 January 2017, ICC is +0.5% [13] Groupe ADP total traffic was up 1.0%, at 54.8 million passengers over the 1st quarter of 2017 compared with 2016 [14] Groupe ADP and Fedex intend to sign in 2017 a final contract for the rental of cargo hub buildings until 2048. This contract having to be qualified as financial lease in accordance with IAS 17 norm, a capital gain on disposal will have to be accounted for by Groupe ADP in 2017 for the buildings leased. [15] Including the global integration of Média Aéroports de Paris, previously accounted for as associates. As a reminder, restated 2016 full-year financial statement have been published on 22 February 2017 and are available on the website www.groupeadp.fr, under Finance/Investor relations


NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. Emblem Corp. (TSX VENTURE:EMC) ("Emblem" OR the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (the "MOU") with ICC International Cannabis Corporation (TSX VENTURE:ICC) ("ICC"), a licensed producer of Cannabidiol ("CBD") and other cannabis derivatives based out of Uruguay pursuant to the applicable regulatory regimes overseen by the Instituto de Regulación y Control del Cannabis ("IRCCA") and Health Canada, respectively. Subject to finalizing a definitive agreement and applicable regulatory approvals, including but not limited to those from the IRCCA, the Uruguayan Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery and Health Canada, commencing in 2018, Emblem will work with ICC to import CBD into Canada to help fulfill the demand in the Canadian market. Under the terms of the Agreement, both parties will be aiming to establish a cooperative framework in order to exchange technical knowledge, information, experiences and best practices regarding the cannabis industry as well as in connection with any other mutually identified opportunities, including the export of CBD by ICC to Canada and the direct purchase of such CBD by Emblem for distribution in Canada. ICC has also agreed to sell 10% of its 2018 CBD production to Emblem subject to and at prices to be determined under a definitive agreement. "This is a unique opportunity for Emblem to tap into Uruguay's lower cost production platform and we look forward to broadening this relationship into a range of diverse products. We are very pleased and look forward to working closely with ICC to further advance our objectives as a premium quality producer of medical cannabis products," noted Maxim Zavet, Vice President, Emblem Corp. "ICC's expertise and production capabilities combined with Emblem's bench-strength in quality growth, production and marketing expertise are attributes which will bode well as we continue to execute on our growth plans and enhance shareholder value." Emblem is licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (the "ACMPR") to cultivate and sell medical marihuana. Emblem carries out its principal activities producing marihuana from its facilities in Paris, Ontario pursuant to the provisions of the ACMPR and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) and its regulations. ICC has operations in Uruguay, and is focused on the licensed production, development and sale of recreational cannabis, cannabinoid extracts and by-products for medicinal uses and industrial hemp. ICC's common shares are listed for trading on the TSXV under the symbol "ICC". For more information, please see www.intcannabiscorp.com. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectation. Emblem cautions that all forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond Emblem's control. Such factors include those described in the Company's Filing Statement dated November 30, 2016 filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and available on www.sedar.com. Accordingly, actual and future events, conditions and results may differ materially from the estimates, beliefs, intentions and expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, Emblem undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information.


Wells T.N.C.,ICC Inc
Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets | Year: 2013

A steady increase in the number of antimalarial drug candidates since 2007 follows a call to eradicate malaria from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others. Four new fixed dose combination medicines have been approved by stringent authorities or the WHO in as many years. OZ439, a synthetic endoperoxide currently in Phase II, could reduce treatment to a single dose. Significant challenges remain: while drugs to treat patients suffering from malaria are essential, drugs focused on breaking the lifecycle between human and mosquito host are needed. Effective medicines that are easy to take in the field are needed, together with treatments for infants and for women in the first trimester of pregnancy. Research has concentrated on Plasmodium falciparum infection but there is a need for medicines that prevent relapses of P. vivax infection. In addition, the evolution of pathogen resistance against established drugs poses a threat to existing medicines. Direct testing of compounds against whole parasites as well as target approaches has accelerated the process of drug discovery, and identified new classes of compounds. The most advanced of these, spiroindolone, already in clinical development, kills the blood stages of both P. falciparum and P. vivax by a mechanism unrelated to any current antimalarial. The collaborative model of drug discovery between the Medicines for Malaria Venture, pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions has resulted in the construction of a promising pipeline of new classes of compounds, focused on the needs of the patient. © 2013 Bentham Science Publishers.


Briefly, the present invention relates to a cigarette lighter adapter (CLA) configured to be received in a CLA socket in a vehicle. The CLA includes a positive contact and a negative contact and housing, for example, a plastic housing. The negative contacts are formed as springs, which extend from the housing and are configured to exert spring force against an interior wall of a socket to assure a solid connection. The positive contact is also formed as a spring and is connected in series with a thermal sensor. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, the thermal sensor, for example, a bi-metallic strip, is in thermal contact with a tip, which is serially connected to the positive contact and which extends outwardly from the plastic housing, the thermal sensor causes the CLA to be disconnected from the socket when an excessive temperature is sensed. The thermal sensor is selected to disconnect the CLA from the socket at a safe temperature, for example, a temperature below the melting temperature of the plastic housing. In accordance with another important aspect of the invention, the positive contact is formed as a spring which is connected by way of soldering to a printed circuit board, thermal sensor and the tip in order to eliminate high resistance pressure contact connections.


A preassembled drainage line element is fabricated with one or more flaps. In one embodiment, the drainage line unit is made from a webs of net material and a web of water permeable material and has two flaps at diametric points. The webs are formed about a barrel and the longitudinal edges are secured together, as by sewing a seam, to form a flap. The seam can be sewn at one of a plurality of spacings from the barrel to form a drainage line element of a different diameter from a standard diameter without need to adjust or replace other components of the fabricating machine.


A multiple cell battery charger configured with a parallel topography is disclosed. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, the multiple cell battery charger requires fewer active components than known battery chargers while at the same time protecting multiple battery cells from overcharge and discharge. The multiple cell battery charger in accordance with the present invention is a constant voltage battery charger that includes a regulator for providing a regulated source of direct current (DC) voltage to the battery cells to be charged. In accordance with the present invention, each battery cell is connected in series with a switching device, such as a field effect transistor (FET) and optionally a current sensing device. In a charging mode, the serially connected FET conducts, thus enabling the battery cell to be charged. The battery voltage is sensed by a microprocessor. When the microprocessor senses that the battery cell is fully charged, the FET is turned off, thus disconnecting the battery cell from the circuit. Since the battery cell is disconnected from the circuit, no additional active devices are required to protect the battery cell from discharge. As such, a single active device per cell, such as the FET, provides multiple functions without requiring additional devices. Accordingly, the battery charger in accordance with the present invention utilizes fewer active components than known battery chargers and is thus much less be expensive to manufacture.


A power management system is disclosed for providing an indication of the required available capacity (RAC) available from a backup battery unit (BBU) for backup or peak loading as required by a critical DC load, such as a computer bus. The power management system is configured to repeatedly determine the gross remaining capacity of the backup battery unit (BBU). The system processes this information and other measured or known battery parameters to determine the required available capacity (RAC). The RAC is based upon the required capacity of the critical load to which the BBU is connected. In general, the RAC is the difference between the gross remaining capacity of the battery at a given point in time and the required capacity of the critical load. In accordance with an important feature of the power management system, an indication of the RAC is provided. This indication can be used to indicate that the battery needs to be replaced or that the battery requires service and might indicate that the battery needs to be charged, needs to be warmed up, cooled down, etc.


Patent
ICC Inc | Date: 2015-05-04

The invention relates to a power management system for supplying backup DC power to peak and/or high current demand battery applications, such as motor starting or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) used to power a critical load, such as, a data bus or other critical load, after an event, such as loss of primary AC or DC input, during relatively cold ambient temperatures. Two or more heaters may be provided; for example, a low power heater and a high power heater. In a maintenance mode, the low power heater is used to maintain the batteries at a predetermined temperature. In this mode, the battery charger is used to power the low power heater. In a boost mode, after the primary AC or DC input is restored, and the battery temperature is too low to back up the critical load, the battery charger supplies power to one or both of the heaters. Since the capacity of the battery charger is normally insufficient to heat the batteries to an acceptable operating temperature in a relatively short period of time, a portion of the residual power from the batteries is used to boost the power to the heaters in order to speed up the time to get the battery to its rated operating temperature.

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