Yukon justice minister directs review of jail where mentally ill man segregated

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Yukon’s justice minister plans to direct an independent review of how the Whitehorse Correctional Centre handles mentally ill inmates following a high-profile criminal case alleging excessive use of segregation.Tracy-Anne McPhee’s decision follows the conclusion of Michael Nehass’s criminal case, which raised concerns about his treatment at the jail.“I’m very keen to make sure we determine exactly what happened in this case,” McPhee said.“The vast majority of inmates present (with mental health issues), and, as a result, we need to make sure that we are properly providing services for them.”McPhee said officials are working on finding someone with the necessary expertise to conduct a review.There are also concerns that the jail is not serving the needs of First Nations inmates.Nehass, 33, is a member of the Tahltan Nation and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.McPhee said there’s an effort to develop more culturally relevant programming, including incorporating traditional food, cultural workshops, language lessons and a newly established healing room.Nehass was charged in 2011 with assault with a weapon and forcible confinement, among other charges, related to the assault of a woman at knife point in Watson Lake.While he was found guilty of many of the charges in May 2015, he was declared unfit for trial in January 2017.Nehass’s lawyer, Anik Morrow, said his client spent 22 to 23 hours a day in a cell in the segregation unit.When outside, he was kept in handcuffs, belly chains and shackles, even while he showered, Morrow said.In January 2014, guards in riot gear held Nehass naked and shackled to the floor of his cell for a court appearance by video.Yukon Supreme Court Justice Scott Brooker noted Nehass’s time in segregation caused his mental health to deteriorate.Nehass’s nearly six-year legal saga concluded earlier this month, when the Crown stayed criminal charges.Morrow said that amounted to a gag order on many of the issues in the case.He said it also left Nehass stranded in Ontario, where he had been sent via court order to be assessed at a mental health facility in Whitby. A variation of the order meant he would be transferred to a mental health centre in Kamloops, B.C.The Yukon NDP has been calling for a public inquiry into Nehass’s case and an independent audit into the use of segregation at the correctional centre.NDP Leader Liz Hanson said she wants an open and frank public discussion, not only about Nehass’s case, but about the systemic issues involved.“It just begs this government, in the spirit of reconciliation, let’s revisit what’s going on at WCC,” Hanson said.She noted the facility, which opened in 2012 at a cost of more than $70 million, has not met the goals of a community jail and is akin to a maximum security prison.Roger Ellis, who is currently on the jail’s Elders Advisory Group, has also raised issues about the needs of mentally ill inmates and said several elders who have spoken out over the years have yet to receive a response.While Nehass was incarcerated since December 2011, he has never been sentenced for the alleged crimes. (Whitehorse Star)last_img read more

In Mogadishu UN Emergency Relief Coordinator urges aid to civilians

12 May 2007The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today became the highest-ranking UN official to visit Somalia’s capital Mogadishu since the early 1990s, and amid continued violence called for increased relief aid to civilians there. The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today became the highest-ranking UN official to visit Somalia’s capital Mogadishu since the early 1990s, and amid continued violence called for increased relief aid to civilians there.John Holmes undertook the mission to assess the humanitarian situation in the areas affected by the recent fighting, to commit parties in Somalia to respect International Humanitarian Law, and to encourage authorities to allow full and unhindered humanitarian access to populations in dire need of assistance and protection. “It is the authorities’ responsibility to look after civilians, to protect civilians and at the very least not to obstruct aid,” Mr. Holmes said. He noted that access and insecurity have impeded the provision of humanitarian assistance commensurate with the needs of the population. During his visit, Mr. Holmes met President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi. The USG highlighted his concerns about the severity and magnitude of the crisis and stressed that the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) must provide a more enabling operating environment for aid workers. On its part, the TFG noted its desire to cooperate with international organizations. Mr. Holmes also visited a cholera treatment centre which has admitted 308 patients just in the last month, as well as a former embassy now hosting 150 displaced families, some for as long as 17 years. Many are pastoralists and agro-pastoralists who have lost their livelihoods, who are unable to find work in the capital, and who lack the means to return to their former lives. In addition, he met with representatives of civil society in the capital, including elders and women’s groups. Together, they discussed the dire situation that has prevailed in Mogadishu. “I feel enormous sympathy for the suffering that the Somali people have endured,” Mr. Holmes said. “I am here to help, and I will continue to advocate tirelessly on their behalf,” he concluded. A bomb exploded a few minutes after Mr. Holmes arrived in the Somali capital, and two other bombs went off within half an hour, all on the path of his itinerary. Personnel from the Africa Union Mission to Somalia defused a fourth explosive device, also on the route of his itinerary. Mr. Holmes returned to Nairobi today, and plans for a second day in Somalia were cancelled. Mr. Holmes will continue his mission, traveling to Uganda from 14 to 16 May, where he will conduct discussions in the capital, Kampala, and travel to new settlement sites and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kitgum District in northern Uganda. read more

UN telecom agency launches partnerships for Pacific Island countries

20 February 2009The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today launched new partnerships to help 13 Pacific Island countries develop information and communications technology (ICT) in the region. In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the Pacific ICT Ministerial Forum, held in Tonga, senior officials from the 13 countries called for greater coordination to minimize overlap in ICT initiatives and maximize the impact of investments in development projects.The ministers, including two Prime Ministers, called for rapid implementation of regional connectivity projects and for reinforced efforts to create more ICT professionals and a workforce with technical skills.“The Pacific Island countries have clearly stated their objectives and priorities,” said Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid.“ITU is fully committed to work with our partners in delivering results for the Pacific Island States,” added Mr. Al Basheer, who announced several new partnerships to assist the countries.“We are building on the expertise and resources of all interested partners to reinforce our collective impact on ICT development in the Pacific.” The Pacific Island ministers also directed officials to work towards establishing a shared regulatory resource centre and encouraged regional States to make full use of ICT for early warning and response systems to improve disaster preparedness. read more

Plantation Minister and CWC leader meet

The meeting took place even as a stalemate continued on the wage issue of the plantation sector.Trade unions led by the CWC and others have been demanding Rs. 1000 as a daily wage but plantation companies have refused to agree to the demand. (Colombo Gazette) Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman had talks with the Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake today.Thondaman met the Minister at the Plantation Industries Ministry.

Air Canada to resume flights to Delhi as IndiaPakistan tensions ease

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it is resuming daily flights to northern India in the coming months as tensions with Pakistan continue to ease following a standoff between the two nuclear powers earlier this year.The airline plans to restart non-stop daily flights between Toronto and Delhi on Oct. 1. after Pakistan reopened its airspace to all traffic last week for the first time in nearly five months. Air Canada says its daily Vancouver-Delhi route will resume on Aug. 1.The two routes were among thousands disrupted in February as airlines cancelled or rerouted flights that pass through the heavily travelled India-Pakistan air corridor.The routes were quickly reopened, but suspended again in April as Pakistan’s ongoing airspace closure along its eastern border with India prompted longer, costlier flights that involved stopovers along with more landing fees and frustration from passengers.Pakistan shut its airspace in February after an Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan to carry out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops. Pakistan retaliated, shooting down two Indian aircraft and capturing a pilot, who was later returned to India.Over the past week United Airlines Inc., Air India and other carriers have also announced they will resume service to parts of the country.Air Canada vice-president Mark Galardo notes the renewed service will come in time for celebrations of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. Seasonal flights between Toronto and Mumbai will also resume on Oct. 27.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)The Canadian Press read more

East Timor UN official hails civility and peacefulness in leadup to elections

“Through their participation in community debates, the constitutional commissions’ hearings, and actually inviting various parties to present their points of view, [the East Timorese] have proved once again to the world that they are ready to be active participants in deciding what type of country they want and how it should be administered,” said Carlos Valenzuela, Chief Electoral Officer for the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).Speaking at a press conference in Dili, Mr. Valenzuela noted that there had been very few allegations of incidents between political parties. “I can say that in over 14 elections in which I have worked, I have never seen such a peaceful and orderly campaign,” he said.Approximately 425,000 East Timorese are eligible to vote in the ballot, which will elect an 88-member Assembly that will have 90 days to write and adopt a constitution for an independent and democratic East Timor.Meanwhile over the weekend, the head of UNTAET, Sergio Vieira de Mello, expressed satisfaction with the announcement by East Timorese leader Xanana Gusmão that he would agree to be a candidate in a future presidential election.”I am extremely delighted,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said Saturday afternoon. “This is the right decision. It will appease and give confidence to the people of East Timor, helping to dissipate the climate of uncertainty and speculation that we have had over the past few months.”Mr. Vieira de Mello, the heads of 15 political parties and national and district independent candidates for Thursday’s elections were present when Mr. Gusmão, the former head of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT) and National Council President, publicly announced his decision.”I declare here and now that I will accept to be nominated by the parties to the office of President of the Republic of East Timor, if the same parties commit themselves to accepting the outcome of the elections,” Mr. Gusmão said.”This means that each party must promote, through their structures at the grassroots level, the policy of tolerance and of mutual respect, in the democratic spirit which we are all engaged in developing,” he added. read more

More families flee unrest near Colombias border with Panama UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that increasing numbers of families are fleeing unrest near Colombia’s border with Panama.Citing the example of one victim of stepped up violence in northern Colombia, the agency profiled “Maria,” a 22-year-old who fled her home village with her three children after her husband was killed by members of an irregular armed group. They had been living in Arquía Limón, a tiny community right on the jungle-covered border with Panama. Like other border regions in Colombia, Chocó is unstable – irregular armed groups vie for control of territory and the jungle’s rich natural resources, UNHCR said. Communities living on rivers cutting through the jungle are subject to frequent blockades, threats, forced recruitment and killings – sometimes targeted and sometimes indiscriminate. No one knows why Maria’s husband and the three other men died in Arquía Limón last month, but the UN refugee agency said the impact of the killings was immediate: within hours, the community’s 23 families had fled. In all, UNHCR estimates that more than 500 people have arrived in Unguía since late July from Arquía Limón and surrounding communities. Further south on the Atrato River, the small town of Ríosucio has also seen a growing number of families arrive in recent weeks after fleeing stepped up violence further up the river. Local authorities tell UNHCR staff that many families are so terrified they will not even come to register as displaced because they do not want their names to appear on a list. Those who do speak say that up to 14 plantation workers were killed by members of an irregular armed group in Taparali in late July, according to UNHCR, which reported that their surviving colleagues are too scared to go back to work. As well as displacement, the violence is causing serious economic problems for people who are among the poorest in the country. Many of those displaced in Ríosucio are of Afro-Colombian origin and UNHCR said there is growing concern about the fate of indigenous communities along the river. Throughout Colombia, ethnic minorities are suffering disproportionately from the conflict and are forced to leave their homes in large numbers. There are an estimated 2.5 million internally displaced people in Colombia – the largest population of concern to UNHCR in any country in the world. The refugee agency has been working on behalf of displaced people in Colombia since the late 1990s to find durable solutions for those already displaced, guarantee the protection of the rights of displaced people and avoid new forced displacement. read more

BCs softwood lumber envoy says longterm deal needed with US

B.C.’s softwood lumber envoy says long-term deal needed with U.S. by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 8, 2017 3:38 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – British Columbia’s trade envoy on softwood lumber says the province is ready to fight on behalf of its lumber producers, but isn’t looking to become embroiled in a costly and lengthy legal battle with the United States.David Emerson was in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with U.S. trade officials, senators and representatives of the National Association of Homebuilders about the expired trade deal between Canada and the U.S.“We’re not negotiating, but we’re certainly setting the table, and I conveyed to the people I met with that British Columbia, as much of the rest of Canada, is not anxious to take a long, costly damaging (litigation) process,” he said in a telephone news conference Wednesday.“We would like to see softwood lumber resolved in a more reasonable, fact-based framework.”Emerson described his hour-long meeting with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, one of the U.S. Lumber Coalition’s chief advocates, as “prickly.”The coalition representing lumber producers filed a petition last November asking the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission to limit Canadian lumber shipments.The group claimed Canada unfairly subsidizes its lumber industry, harming American workers who are experiencing mounting unemployment.Emerson said he’s leaving the meetings feeling the Americans are aware that B.C. and Canada are looking to find a deal and are prepared to fight.The former federal cabinet minister said he also sensed the U.S. is still transitioning to President Donald Trump’s administration and is not yet ready to begin trade talks on softwood lumber.“All told, it was a very good trip, but the administration is still far from stabilized,” Emerson said.Emerson also held meetings this week in Ottawa with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Quebec’s representative to the U.S., Raymond Chretien.The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States expired on Oct. 12, 2015.Premier Christy Clark has said about 40 per cent of B.C.’s rural communities are dependent on forestry and the industry provides more than 60,000 direct jobs in the province.The value of lumber exports from B.C. to the U.S. last year was $4.6 billion. B.C. is Canada’s largest producer of softwood lumber, accounting for about half of national production.Emerson said the forest sector supports jobs on both sides of the border and is a “critical part” of America’s home-building industry.“Litigation will only disrupt the market and create artificial constraints on timber supply that will benefit a select few timber barons and sawmill owners at the expense of American workers and consumers,” he said in a statement. read more

Essential CO2 enquiry service for fleet managers

*AFRL – Automated First Registration and Licensing. The new company car tax regime comes into effect in April 2002. The rate of tax payable will be based on list price of a car adjusted by its carbon dioxide output. Cars emitting less than 165 g/km CO2 will be taxed at the lowest rate, 15 per cent of list price. Increments of 5 g/km will add one per cent to the taxable rate. For example, a car emitting 170 g/km CO2 will incur 16 per cent tax on list price, 195 g/km will incur 21 per cent. The maximum rate will be 35 per cent. Diesel cars attract an additional three per cent levy. The new CO2 based system replaces the current ‘mileage adjuster’ where company car tax is based on the list price adjusted by the number of business miles driven in a year. SMMT has an unrivalled reputation for delivering tailor-made industry data, and detailed statistical reports based on CO2 emissions are now available. Examples include linking CO2 values to volume registrations, focusing on different market segments and CO2 breakdown by private and fleet sectors and by fuel types. Example reports:New car fleet registrations by market segment. Lowest CO2 emissions by model segment Segment See attachment for details)Notes to editors SMMT today launched a new improved CO2 enquiry service designed to supply the most accurate and up-to-date information at the click of a mouse. Fleet buyers can assess the company car tax liability of more than 10,000 model variants via the SMMT web site – information for new cars is now sourced directly from first registration forms. It is received electronically via the AFRL* system, or from the V55 form, cutting down on data input errors. The entire database is refreshed every month as new models and model variants come on stream, making this the most comprehensive CO2 information service available in the UK. Existing CO2 data for older models has also been updated, ensuring that all the information is as accurate as possible. Commenting on the improved service, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘A great deal of work has gone into ensuring that this service provides the best guide to CO2 emissions in the UK. The fleet industry in particular needs a reliable source of CO2 data, and we are now in a position to supply this. Dramatic improvements have been made in both the quality and detail of the data’. Fleet buyers focus on CO2New cars with low CO2 emissions are becoming more popular, as fleet buyers focus on changes to company car tax rules. Under the new system, which comes into effect next April, cars which emit up to 165 g/km CO2 will be taxed at the lowest rate. So far this year 237,516 cars which qualify have been registered to fleets, a rise of more than 14 per cent on last year. The number of model variants on the market has also risen from 833 in June 2000 to 1,157 today, an increase of 39 per cent. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) For further information on CO2 reports, or any other industry data, contact Tim Bruin on 020 7344 1655 or E-Mail read more

The Oakland As Have Managed To Exceed Expectations … Again

The Oakland A’s don’t spend much time in the spotlight. They have few household names on their roster, and they’re the No. 2 team in a West Coast market in a stadium that they’re trying to leave as soon as possible. Even as the A’s have climbed to rank as the fourth-best team in the majors by FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, in recent weeks the club might be most known for the G-shaped beard of Mike Fiers that captured the public’s attention. But Oakland should be able to keep baseball’s attention now, as it is again on the cusp of securing an American League wild-card spot, one of the few unsettled postseason races in the majors. Despite owning just the sport’s 25th-ranked payroll, Oakland has a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.Prior to last season, we saw the A’s as a 76-win team, FanGraphs had the A’s at 78 wins, and Vegas placed the over-under at 74.5 wins. The A’s would win 97 games. This spring, we pegged the A’s as an 83-win team, FanGraphs made an 85-win call, and Las Vegas placed the club’s over-under win total at 83.5. The A’s are on track for another 97-win season. How are they again exceeding expectations? It’s a formula similar to last year’s — with a few different players leading the charge and a new unconventional strategy.The A’s have already changed baseball once: In the early 2000s, they helped accelerate the embrace of analytics in baseball by exploiting market inefficiencies. And now, they’re arguably at the forefront of major shifts in the sport once again. Last season, they got ahead of other teams in keeping balls off the ground on offense and leaned on a strong bullpen that combined for the second-most innings in the majors. This year, the A’s again have a strong bullpen and an offensive lineup with one of the lowest ground-ball rates in baseball.The A’s position players are again excellent, ranking fifth in the majors in wins above replacement1By the FanGraphs version of the metric. and offensive efficiency (107 weighted runs created plus)2Where 100 WRC+ is considered average. entering Wednesday. The team has already set a franchise record for home runs in a season, but they’re also fourth in baseball in defensive efficiency, which is the share of balls put in play by opponents that are turned into outs.After five A’s players posted at least 3 WAR last year, they’ve already matched that this season. The A’s have five of the 66 players who have produced at least 3 WAR this year; only the division rival Astros have more, with six.Sluggers Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have been standouts for multiple years, but the best player on the A’s this season has been shortstop Marcus Semien, who has broken out for 6.8 WAR. He ranks seventh among the most improved players by WAR this season. He’s reduced his strikeouts while adding power, and he’s also gone from being a below-average defender earlier in his career to an above-average one, according to advanced metrics like ultimate zone rating. Outfielder Mark Canha is another unlikely star — acquired by the A’s with a Rule V draft selection — who has become a middle-of-the-order slugger, and outfielder Ramón Laureano is yet another improved hitter who also boasts a tremendous throwing arm.3And might have made the throw of the year.The A’s pitchers are also zigging in another area where clubs have zagged. Teams are favoring four-seam fastballs up in the zone, and the league, as a whole, has moved away from throwing sinkers. But the A’s lead baseball in sinker usage, which has perhaps helped them sport the lowest home run-to-fly ball ratio in the majors, as well as the fourth-best differential in home runs hit versus allowed (55), through Sunday.4They also get the effects of playing in a favorable pitcher’s park.And while the A’s have dominated this season without a rotation ace, they did recently welcome back Sean Manaea, perhaps their most talented arm, who has been excellent in his return from shoulder surgery. Maybe Manaea and the rest of the relative unknowns can keep up momentum going into where A’s haven’t exceeded expectations: the playoffs.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

First scalp of Florian Kehrmann HSV sack Christian Gaudin

Christian Gaudin is the first coaching scalp for the fresh guy on hot bench – Florian Kehrmann. Legendary German right wing began his coaching career with TBV Lemgo with an unexpected triumph in Hamburg over HSV Handball 32:28, which was the reason for home team to sack their head-coach.French head-coach Gaudin came to Hamburg last summer. Despite bad start, Management believed in his capability to make things better, but that didn’t happen.  His successor is assistant coach Jens Hausler.Both teams, TBV LEMGO and HSV Handball are in really bad position in the middle of the season in DKB Bundesliga.STANDINGS: 4.SC Magdeburg181215518:47725 16.Friesenheim186012452:52712 13.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten187110444:47515 5.Goppingen181026489:48322 15.Erlangen195311466:52113 10.HSG Wetzlar18738464:45817 14.Bergischer187110468:52115 3.Flensburg-H.171313518:43227 7.Gummersbach18927502:50120 2.Rhein-Neckar191603571:46332 17.Minden185013467:52610 19.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern183114468:5547 6.MT Melsungen18927535:49920 18.Lemgo184014511:5328 1.Kiel181602530:43232 11.Hannover-Burgdorf18738503:50717 9.Hamburg19829521:50718 8.Fuchse Berlín18828488:50218 12.N-Lübbecke18729507:50516 Christian GaudinFLORIAN KEHRMANHSV Handball ← Previous Story TWO MINUTES SUSPENSION? Estevana Polman injured by Suzana Lazovic! Next Story → Montenegro second semi-finalist in Budapest! read more

Microsoft Tablet OS Due Out in 2012 Report

first_imgMicrosoft is finally issuing its full-fledged answer to the iPad. Next year. Word is that the company’s long awaited consumer tablet OS will finally be hitting the market, just in time for back to school 2012, which will likely put the tablets in direct competition with the third generation iPad.According to “people who declined to be identified because the plans haven’t been disclosed publicly,” cited by Bloomberg, Microsoft is set to begin public testing on the tablet-friendly version of the OS later this year. The update will be designed specifically to work on touchscreens, taking advantage of tablet screen size and battery concerns.Apple, of course, currently dominates the market, with the latest figures somewhere in the neighborhood of 90 percent of tablet sales in the U.S. Google’s Android is set to make a big grab, thanks to the recently released Motorola Xoom and a slew of upcoming tablets that will take advantage of Google’s tablet-oriented Android Honeycomb. Unless Microsoft hits back with a downright revolution, the timing certainly doesn’t bode well for the software giant’s chances in the market. Sure the company got good reviews and even some moderate sales with Windows Phone 7 devices, but failed attempts to offer tablets to consumers in the past aside, Microsoft is really starting from scratch on this one.last_img read more

A new cultural festival will reach every county in Ireland this Easter

first_img Mar 24th 2017, 9:54 AM 11,375 Views Image: Artur Widak SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray Image: Artur Widak SIPA USA/PA Images Share41 Tweet Email3 A new cultural festival will reach every county in Ireland this Easter Monday Organised by RTÉ and Creative Ireland, the Taoiseach gave a speech at the launch of Cruinniú na Cásca. Friday 24 Mar 2017, 9:54 AM Short URL 16 Comments ON EASTER MONDAY this year, a series of cultural events will take place across the country as part of a new national day of culture and creativity.RTÉ and Creative Ireland will spearhead the events in Dublin for Cruinniú na Cásca, a large-scale free public festival across four zones in the city centre, as well as elsewhere around the country.The festival aims to “celebrate culture and creativity in contemporary Irish society” through live music and dance, coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings and more.It is intended to make Cruinniú na Cásca an annual free festival that celebrates culture and creativity, with a special focus for families and children.A statement from the Department of Arts said that this festival would build on RTÉ’s Reflecting the Rising that was held in Dublin last year to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.Events will include:A céilí mór and an international dance zone at the Custom House.Live music at Dublin Castle, Stephen’s Green and Smithfield Square.Robot workshops in Smithfield, an interactive playground at Stephen’s Green and a food village at the Custom House.A full programme of archery, juggling, drums, sambas, as well as Irish music, song and dance in Athenry.Local artists will take over at dusk at the 12th century Cistercian Abbey in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford.Siamsa Tire will take over Tralee town park, with visitors able to enjoy Beautiful Beasts, an exhibition of sculpture for children.Speaking at the launch of the festival, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the initiative is something that is close to his heart.He said: “The theme for Cruinniú na Cásca 2017 is diversity and inclusion.As people, as communities, we can only benefit from taking a day every year to think seriously about ourselves, to have important conversations – but also to share our experiences and to come together to enjoy our cultural heritage and the work of our artists and performers.Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said that Cruinniú na Cásca – which means “a meeting at Easter” – was top of an ambitious list of projects planned by Creative Ireland, a government initiative in its first year.Events will take place in each of the 31 local authorities nationwide this Easter Monday, 17 April.Read: A spy novel set in Dublin during the 1940s Emergency chosen as this year’s One City One BookRead: Four-year-old Irish garda with leukemia marches in New York St Patrick’s Day paradelast_img read more

County District Attorney releases officerinvolved shootings report

first_img Posted: August 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The District Attorney’s office has released a comprehensive report on officer shootings in San Diego County history.The new analysis takes a detailed look at confrontations with police that ended with people being shot or killed over the last 25 years.The data reveals trends that follow racial lines, and shows that many shootings involve drugs or mental health.According to the study, 451 people were involved in violent confrontations with police in San Diego County between 1993 and 2017, which makes for an average of about 18 per year. County District Attorney releases officer-involved shootings report KUSI Newsroom August 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Revoking Crown gaming license would be last resort Australian regulator

first_img“I don’t find it surprising that once an operator is given a license, the chances of losing that license is very low. If the regulator has done their job well, then they have issued that license with the idea of it being held for a long time.“That’s not to say problems don’t arise from time to time. That can happen in a number of ways – pulling them aside for a chat, fining them or even issuing a censure. But we are very well regulated in Australia so the chances of a loss of license is very low and if there is a significant issue it usually comes down to individuals, so those individuals just part ways with the company.”Although Queensland regulators don’t have any direct relationship with Crown Resorts given that the Australian casino operator lacks any physical presence in Queensland, the issue has nevertheless found its way onto Sarquis’ radar in recent days after Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier was forced to defend his company’s use of Asian-based junkets. Star operates The Star Gold Coast and is developing the AU$3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane.Asked what the Queensland regulator’s response to those reports might be, Sarquis said, “In a direct sense there is nothing that we have a specific incentive to look at but whenever anything like this happens we step back and look at the control processes we have in place, make sure we’re comfortable with those both from our point of view and from Star’s point of view and make doubly sure that controls are appropriate.“We liaise with other regulators and other organizations and just make sure there are no red flags there. Of course we’ll keep an eye on the Crown investigation and make sure there are no issues highlighted there either.” Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable to hold NSW gaming license Hong Kong Jockey Club cites “serious integrity concerns” in complaint over Crown Resorts-owned betting exchange RelatedPosts Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Load More While Crown Resorts finds itself under the blowtorch following recent news reports alleging links to Asian crime syndicates and questioning its relationship with junkets, an Australian regulator says the chances of Crown’s Victorian gaming license being revoked is next to none.“Theoretically it’s possible but it would be a last resort,” said Michael Sarquis, Acting Deputy Director-General Liquor Gaming and Fair Trading, Department of Justice and Attorney-General in Queensland, in an interview with Inside Asian Gaming at the Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australia conference in Sydney on Monday.last_img read more

Court orders probe into Ministers negligence

first_imgPatna : A Bihar court on Monday ordered an investigation into charges of negligence against Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey that left nearly 150 children dead due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district over the past fortnight. Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Suryakant Tiwari ordered the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate to investigate the charges based on a case filed by social activist Tamanna Hashmi. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us Hashmi alleged that the Ministers did nothing to sensitise people in Bihar about AES though the disease had been killing children in the state for years. Filing the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), she also accused the Ministers of having failed to fulfil their duties to control the outbreak of AES on time. The court has fixed the next hearing in the case on June 28. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us Prevailing heat and humidity conditions coupled with malnutrition has “contributed substantially” to the deaths of hundreds of children due to acute encephalitis syndrome in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, an IMA team has said. The Supreme Court said the deaths of more than 150 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) is a matter of “grave concern” and directed the Centre and the Bihar government to file their response on medical care facilities there within a week. Advertise With Us A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai asked the Bihar government to file an affidavit on the adequacy of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation and the hygiene conditions in the state. “This public interest litigation relates to outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome virus that has caused deaths of about 150 children in different districts in the state of Bihar. The writ petition raises issues of grave concern and importance relating to public medical care facilities, nutrition and sanitation or hygiene. “The respondents will file their response within seven days specifically dealing with the question of public medical care facilities, nutrition and sanitation or hygiene.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 23 The JJ Watt Parkway Harvey Recovery

first_img 00:00 /17:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xcenter_img APDwight Chandler walks through his devastated home in Highlands, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. Chandler, 62, said he worried whether Harvey’s floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pits that were designated as a U.S. EPA Superfund site just a couple blocks from his home. The Highlands Acid Pit site near Chandler’s home was filled in the 1950s with toxic sludge and sulfuric acid from oil and gas operations. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus explain what’s happening in Texas, post-Hurricane Harvey:Donald Trump Jr. to speak at the University of North Texas for $100,000 dollars Congressional District 23, the state’s most competitive district, whose in the running?Voter ID case continues and redistrictingUS 99, the Grand Parkway being renamed the JJ. Watt Parkway?Then, the profs talk about Tropical Storm Harvey recovery, including funding from Congress and next steps by city and county government to prevent major flooding from happening again. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listenlast_img read more

Facebook Launches New Music Features Including Lip Sync Live

first_img Popular on Variety Months after Facebook struck licensing deals with prominent music companies, the social-media platform announced today the first results of those deals.First, the platform is beginning to roll out the a function whereby users can include music in their personal videos, which it is testing in serveral markets and “looks forward to making it available more broadly soon.”It is also launching a new feature called “Lip Sync Live,” which is testing now in several markets, and (obviously enough) allows users to lip sync songs live, accompanied by camera effects and backgrounds if so desired. According to the announcement, hundreds of songs are currently available including “Havana” by Camila Cabello, “Welcome to The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses, “Happier” by Ed Sheeran and “God’s Plan” by Drake, which would be a good one to lip-sync while wearing a Kanye West mask. To try it out, users can choose the “Lip Sync Live” option when starting a Live video. After selecting a song from the song list, they can also add a description and customize your video with masks or a background.The announcement, made via a blog post from Tamara Hrivnak, Head of Music Business Development & Partnerships, and Fred Beteille, Head of Product, Music & Rights, concludes by saying, “In the coming months, we’ll start testing options for adding the music you love to Facebook Stories, and this is just the beginning. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the music industry to create new ways for people to connect and express themselves through music across our family of apps.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers feed white blood cells microlasers causing them to produce light

first_img Citation: Researchers feed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light (2015, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers working at the University of St Andrews in Scotland has found a way to place a laser inside a living human cell. In their paper published in the journal Nano Letters, the team describes their technique and the ways in which the new procedure may be used for future medical applications. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Nano Lett., Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02491 New discovery sheds light on research tool © 2015 Scientists have been working with lasers based on single cells for a number of years, but until now, all of them required optical resonators that were actually larger than the cell—in this new effort the researchers used a resonator so small that it was able to fit inside the cell. The point of such research is to create fluorescing cells in living organisms, which would allow researchers to track them as they go about their business, and that would offer insight into such things as how cancer cells get their start.In this new effort, the researchers have expanded on prior research where green fluorescent proteins (normally found in jellyfish) were introduced into human cells and then light was amplified using a resonant cavity. In this new work, cells were coaxed into “swallowing” a whispering gallery mode micro-resonator, which forms a tiny bubble inside the cell—a fluorescent dye inside the resonator grows excited when hit with a laser beam causing the light to bounce around inside the bubble which causes it to be amplified. The result is light emitted at a different wavelength, i.e. a tiny implanted laser. The color that is emitted depends on the size of the bubble and refractive index.Because the procedure allows for modifying large numbers of cells, and because the light is emitted for a protracted period of time (days or weeks), the researchers believe that it might be used for distinguishing and tracking cells over a prolonged period of time inside of a living organism, potentially giving researchers a means for performing intracellular sensing, adaptive imaging and perhaps actually watching the process by which tumor cells grow.Thus far, the technique has only been used on cells living in a Petri dish, but the team is hopeful that further research will lead to a cell tracking system for test animals, and then perhaps eventually, for humans.last_img read more

Interpol seeks Guatemalan businessman linked to government corruption scandal— CICIG Guatemala (@CICIGgt) May 18, 2015 GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Interpol issued an international warrant for the arrest of a Guatemalan businessman accused of being involved in a tax fraud network that caused the resignation of Vice President Roxana Baldetti, an official source said Monday. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a UN entity designated to eliminate illegal structures inside the government, published on Twitter the arrest warrant for 68-year-old businessman Luis Mendizábal.Mendizábal is charged by the CICIG and the Guatemalan Prosecutor’s Office of being the intermediary for a group of lawyers who bribed a judge in exchange for judicial benefits for defendants in the corruption case. Dozens of high level officials are accused of being involved in the case.The businessman’s name came up after the two entities presented some 25 wiretaps as evidence of Mendizábal’s negotiations to secure reduced bail and house arrest instead of jail for the accused.Many Guatemalans remember Mendizábal for his role in a bizarre murder mystery in 2009, which was covered in a story by The New Yorker.The leader of the customs tax evasion network has been identified as Juan Carlos Monzón, who was former Vice President Roxana Baldetti’s private secretary. Baldetti resigned on May 8 in the wake of the scandal. Monzón is currently at large and Interpol has also issued an international warrant for his arrest.The disclosure of the illegal structure caused indignation among diverse sectors of Guatemalan society. Thousands of citizens took to the streets in large demonstrations calling for an end to government corruption and the resignation of President Otto Pérez and ex Vice President Roxana Baldetti, accusing them of knowing about the customs fraud network.Last Saturday, one week after Baldetti’s resignation, tens of thousands of Guatemalans across the country went back to the streets to again demand President Pérez’s resignation. Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemala’s Alfonso Portillo gets six years in prison in US Guatemalan president sacks 3 ministers amid graft scandal Genocide case against former Guatemalan dictator could be dismissed Guatemalan president faces judgment day in Congresslast_img read more