Province Honours 911 Call Takers

first_imgThe province is honouring 911 call takers, who provide a life-saving link to emergency services, during National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, which runs until April 18. When an emergency occurs, prompt response from police, fire and ambulance is critical to the protection of life and property. 911 call takers help ensure a prompt and accurate emergency response through the collection of vital information, including the nature of the call and location. “911 call takers work behind the scene and are the first and most critical contact Nova Scotians have with emergency services,” said Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “This week is an opportunity for us all to thank Nova Scotia’s 911 call takers for their hard work, compassion and dedication on our behalf.” From an initial call to 911 through to the dispatch of emergency responders, these skilled professionals are a key link in the provision of emergency services. There are 180 call takers who handle about 240,000 calls per year. “911 call takers are the unsung heroes in the response to public safety in our communities,” said Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac. “They answer thousands of calls and work tirelessly to connect citizens and first responders, providing vital support when it’s needed most.” The Emergency Management Office administers the provincewide 911 emergency service. The four public safety answering points in Nova Scotia are in Dartmouth, Sydney, Truro and Kentville. For more information on 911, visit http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/911/ .last_img read more

Under Yuva initiative Delhi Police to train transgenders

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking the Yuva initiative to another level, the Delhi Police will impart vocational skills to transgenders. According to police, on April 15, eight transgenders who were found begging on the street were counselled by the police team regarding the vocational courses in Madhu Vihar police station.Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh Srivastava said that they are trying to bring them in the mainstream. “In the past also we have counselled them. Our main aim is to make sure they left begging and live a dignified life,” said Joint CP. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Police tweeted,”It’s never too old, never too bad and never too late, to start from scratch once again. 8 transgenders counseled and enrolled into self employment program. #CreatingEqualOpportunities under #YUVA initiative by @DelhiPolice.” A special Community Policing Scheme ‘YUVA’ launched by Delhi Police, keeping in mind the problems of the youth in Delhi. YUVA aims to wean adults and underprivileged children, who, for want of proper education and sports facilities, tend to take to crime. Delhi Police takes initiatives like organizing sports activities, painting workshops, vocational training etc to channelize the underprivileged children. Recently in Outer North district, more than 700 Yuvas trained at this centre attended the Kaushal Mela and Rozgar Mela and after interviews, more than 200 Yuvas were offered placement on the spot. Besides, more than 500 Yuvas from all the 8 police stations of Outer-North Distt also attended the function for joining the training.last_img read more

UNESCOs World Heritage List now boasts total of 27 new sites

8 July 2008The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed a total of 27 new sites to its World Heritage List, including a Canadian fossil park, a thousand-year-old temple in Cambodia and the lagoons of New Caledonia. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed a total of 27 new sites to its World Heritage List, including a Canadian fossil park, a thousand-year-old temple in Cambodia and the lagoons of New Caledonia. The latest additions include 19 cultural sites and eight natural sites chosen by the agency’s 21-member World Heritage Committee, which is currently holding its 32nd session in Quebec City, Canada.Yesterday’s additions include a monarch butterfly biosphere preserve in Mexico, a historic Alpine railway linking Switzerland and Italy, an Icelandic volcanic island and an archipelago in Yemen, among others.The Committee has also expanded the scope of four existing sites. They include Spain’s Altamira Cave, to which 17 more caves with paintings from the Paleolithic era have been added, and the “frontiers of the Roman Empire,” which will now include a 60-kilometre wall fortification in the United Kingdom that was built in the second century A.D. Added to the List today were the Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee (Israel), as well as the first site to be inscribed in Vanuatu, consisting of three sites associated with the life and death of the last paramount chief, or Roi Mata. Papua New Guinea, San Marino and Saudi Arabia have also had sites inscribed on the List for the first time this year.The List now numbers a total of 878 sites, 679 cultural and 174 natural sites and 25 mixed in 145 countries. read more

WalMart buying online retailer newcomer Jetcom

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wal-Mart is buying fast-growing online retailer Jet.com for $3 billion in cash plus $300 million in stock, scooping up a newcomer that launched a year ago with the intention of challenging online leader Amazon.The hefty price underscores how Wal-Mart is trying to compete more aggressively and effectively for younger and more affluent customers as it has seen its online business growth slow, even with big investments in distribution centres and expanding services.As part of the deal, Jet.com co-founder and CEO Marc Lore will oversee both that site and walmart.com, and will report to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Chief Executive Doug McMillon. Lore brings to the role a rich e-commerce resume as founder of Quidsi, the parent of Diapers.com, which was bought by Amazon for $500 million in 2010.Analysts say the acquisition still won’t enable Wal-Mart to catch up to Amazon in sales, but it will help narrow that gap and should widen the distance between Wal-Mart and other online retailers. The deal also reflects the difficulties for startups like Jet.com of making it on their own in a sphere Amazon dominates with its network of distribution hubs and the powerful asset of its Prime membership program.The move follows a series of acquisitions by major traditional retailers of online startups, with Hudson’s Bay, which owns Saks Fifth Avenue, purchasing flash-sales site Gilt Group and Bed, Bath & Beyond buying One Kings Lane. While not a startup, Wal-Mart itself announced in June that it announced it was forming a partnership with JD.com in China to bolster its presence in that market.“This acquisition in tandem with its joint venture in China with JD.com, demonstrates that Wal-Mart is attacking online retail with significant zeal,” said Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea. “As we believe ‘catching’ Amazon online is an unrealistic goal for any brick-and-mortar retailer, Wal-Mart now has a definite leg up on its competitors in the very important race to be No. 2 online.”As part of the deal, which Wal-Mart expects to close this year upon regulatory approval, Wal-Mart and Jet.com will maintain separate brands — for now. Walmart.com will stay focused on the company’s low price strategy and Jet.com will still provide a curated assortment of products. The acquisition will help Wal-Mart grab a higher-income customer who typically is younger than its own shoppers. Jet.com, launched in July 2015, sells 12 million products, from jeans to diapers and has been growing fast. It has more than 400,000 new shoppers added monthly and an average of 25,000 daily processed orders.Wal-Mart says it will incorporate some of Jet.com’s “smart” technology that lowers prices in real time by looking for ways to cut costs. It is built on a pricing algorithm that determines which sellers are the most efficient in value and shipping and adjusts prices based on what items are in the checkout cart, as well as how far the desired products are from the shopper’s home. So shoppers are encouraged to add more to build a more efficient cart and buy items labeled “smart cart” for more savings. For Jet.com, which has been pouring money into splashy TV ads and other marketing, the deal should help accelerate its path to profitability.McMillon said Wal-Mart customers likely will see lower prices and new brands aimed at millennials that have been carried by Jet.com. Wal-Mart customers may also have more control over creating their own basket to save money.“We have some cool ideas on how the two brands can work together over time,” he said. As for perhaps merging the two sites eventually, McMillon said Wal-Mart wants to be thoughtful about how it approaches that. “This is about winning over time,” he said.Lore cited the benefits of Wal-Mart’s purchasing scale, sourcing capabilities, distribution footprint and digital assets together with Jet.com’s team and technology. Jet.com, which touts its service, delivers to two-thirds of the country overnight in its purple boxes. In some high-density regions such as New York City, Jet often can offer same-day delivery at no additional cost.Lore told The Associated Press that he can see helping Wal-Mart with speeding up shipping, among other things.“I’m definitely in this for the long haul,” Lore said. He said he was introduced to McMillon this past spring.In its fiscal year ended in January, Wal-Mart had online sales of $13.7 billion, a fraction of its total revenue of $482.1 billion. And its online figure pales in comparison to Amazon.com’s annual net revenue of $107 billion.O’Shea noted that Apple.com is the only brick-and-mortar retailer that outranks Wal-Mart in online sales in the U.S. But Wal-Mart reported in May that global e-commerce sales rose 7 per cent in the first quarter, weaker than the 8 per cent in the previous quarter and far below the 20 per cent increases seen less than two years ago.So it trimmed its free-shipping pilot program ShippingPass to two-day delivery from three and cut a dollar off the membership to $49 a year in an attempt to answer Amazon’s Prime program. But while Amazon’s Prime membership costs $99 a year, it comes with a lot of perks like streaming music and video and household subscriptions.O’Shea noted Wal-Mart is “paying a lot” for Jet.com, but it was too soon to say if it overpaid. Shares of Wal-Mart slipped 42 cents to close at $73.34 Monday. Its shares are up 3 per cent over the past year.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio FILE – In this Monday, May 2, 2016, file photo, employees at Jet.com work in Hoboken, N.J. Wal-Mart announced Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, that the company has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer Jet.com, which had launched with a splash in 2015 when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. The deal underscores how serious Wal-Mart is about igniting its online business, which has been slowing even as it has been making big investments in new distribution centers and expanding services. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Wal-Mart buying online retailer newcomer Jet.com by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Rolls looks to fill roles in latest apprenticeship initiative

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is seeking candidates for its 2014 Apprentice Programme, which will see successful applicants working with skilled craftspeople across a range of the firm’s manufacturing sections.Launched in 2006 and developed in collaboration with the Learning Skills Council, the Apprenticeship Programme gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to develop their skills with the luxury car brand. Individual apprenticeships can last up to four years, and combine a learning-by-doing approach with study for nationally recognised qualifications. Participants may also have the chance to advance their employment with Rolls-Royce if their placement is deemed to have been successful.Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said, “I am delighted to announce the start of recruitment for this year’s apprenticeship programme. Our new apprentices will join a British luxury manufacturing success story and will be ideally positioned to take advantage of the unique opportunities available at Rolls-Royce.”It emerged in October that more people than ever before are taking part in UK-based apprenticeships, with Automotive Council members anticipating the creation of an additional 7,600 apprenticeships and 1,700 graduate roles in the motor industry over the next five years.Those wishing to apply for the Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme should do so at www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/careers. The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ontario to overhaul laws covering boxing MMA and kickboxing

Combat sport laws in Ontario are set to be overhauled in what the government says is an effort to draw more high profile events to the province and bolster athlete safety.Michael Tibollo, minister of tourism, culture and sport, said the government plans to replace legislation that governs sports like boxing, mixed martial arts and kickboxing to allow for the development of regulations that are in line with evolving international standards.The current legislation is outdated, has deterred major combat sport promoters from holding more events in Ontario, and means the international sports are fought under different rules in the province, Tibollo said.“(The change) will allow us to bring to Ontario the things that a lot of people are interested in and either have to go to Vegas or to another jurisdiction to see,” he said. “I think we can capture some of that money we’re losing and keep it in the province.”Tibollo said current combat sports rules are enshrined in legislation, making it hard to update them to reflect changes aimed at protecting participants based on the best available medical science.The government has acknowledged that its rules around things like hand-wrappings standards in boxing, the timing of fighter weigh-ins for mixed martial arts competitions, and even the required pant lengths for kickboxers need to be changed to reflect modern competitive standards.Currently, the government would have to open the law and follow a lengthy legislative process to make even minor changes to those individual rules.The new law, if passed, would appoint a combat sport commissioner and an advisory council to offer recommendations to the minister on the most up-to-date rules for each sport. The government could then update rules through regulatory changes _ a much less time-consuming legal process.The planned change is part of the government’s spring budget, which was tabled last month. Once the budget bill passes, the province can hold consultations on its new proposed combat sport law, and develop sport-specific regulations in early 2020.World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said his organization has raised concerns with the Ontario government over what it viewed as rules that put fighter safety at risk.“We did extensive work for several years to point out the dangers of a few local rules which were not acceptable by the WBC and the boxing community in general,” he said.The WBC said it would welcome Ontario’s adoption of its practices to enhance safety.Noble Chummar, a lawyer who represented U.S. mixed marital arts promotion company Ultimate Fighting Championship when mixed martial arts was legalized in Ontario in 2011, said the government’s planned move will help level the playing field for all combat sports in the province.“The uniformity of rules globally is what allows a sport to flourish,” he said. “The changes are necessary so that UFC can deliver its sport the same way that it does all around the world, as it is for any other professional sports organization.”Former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty’s government faced a very different landscape when it legalized mixed marital arts, Chummar said. The sport was still relatively new, the subject of many misconceptions, and was also being fought in underground events, he said.“It was, frankly, just dangerous for the participants of the sport,” Chummar said. “People were mismatched. There weren’t the regulatory safeguards in place to ensure that there were proper medical attention, weigh-ins, impartial refereeing. All of that type of thing that comes with a robust and strong regulatory regime.”Things have changed since then, Chummar said, adding that he was hopeful the current Progressive Conservative government would engage with various sports organizations, athletes and other stakeholders in developing its modernized approach.The government’s plans will also impact amateur combat sport competitions, in a bid to lift restrictions on the types of events that can be held and ease the burden of liability placed on the shoulders of organizers.Tibollo, who himself holds a fifth degree black belt in taekwondo, said the change would give some organizations ways to alter rules to make competition safer for children and encourage further participation.Under the current regime, some amateur events are taking place illegally because obtaining a proper permit to hold a combat sport event is overly complex and costly, he said. read more

1000 troops on the streets after Manchester bombing attack

first_imgMajor public events this weekend including the FA Cup final are having their security reviewed after the Manchester pop concert bombing, with thousand of troops on standby to guard them.Parliament was closed to the public and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace was postponed on Wednesday, as the UK’s terrorist threat level was raised to its highest state in a decade. Armed Police will also be deployed to the Chelsea Flower Show.The Army said no date had been set to pull troops back to barracks after around 1,000 soldiers on Wednesday took on guarding duties at high-profile buildings including Parliament, embassies and Sellafield. Troops arrive to guard parliament as part of Op Temperer Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said: “We are there at the request of the police and we will be there as long as the police will need this additional support.”He said it was “too early to say” when the mission would finish.Nearly 1,000 troops took up static guarding duty at locations including Parliament, Downing Street, embassies and Buckingham Palace, relieving 1,000 armed police.The Scottish Government confirmed military personnel would guard 12 sites north of the border, including nuclear installations. Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria said troops had freed up armed police from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary to be sent elsewhere in the country. West Yorkshire police also confirmed it had requested troops. Cressida Dick, head of Scotland Yard and the country’s most senior police officer, said: “Colleagues around the country and in London have been reviewing with event organisers the security around all events.“We are working closely with event organisers. We will be risk assessing every event. We want London to stay open for business. London is open for business. It’s our job to keep people as safe as we possibly can.” Soldiers and armed police on guard outside ParliamentCredit:Eddie Mulholland  The London premiere of the new Wonder Woman film has also been cancelled with Warner Bros saying the red carpet event on May 31 had been called off “in light of the current situation”. Soldiers, armed with SA80 rifles, from the Parachute Regiment, Royal Artillery and foot guards regiments could be seen in London. Small numbers of Royal Marines and RAF police are also deployed.center_img Soldiers and armed police on guard outside Parliament Troops arrive to guard parliament as part of Op TempererCredit:Eddie Mulholland As troops took up position at London tourist locations, visitors said the site of soldiers in camouflage, carrying rifles was reassuring.Tim Baldwin, 53, a project manager at a finance company in Leeds, said the site of soldiers at Buckingham palace was “pretty welcome”.He went on: “At first glance, it is a bit off putting. It is a little bit odd.”But if something happened, it is reassuring that there is help there pretty quickly.”It is a good deterrent really. I think it’s there for both reasons – to deter and to reassure.”Unfortunately, it’s just the times we live in. But I would rather have that visible deterrent than nothing. We will get used to it very quickly.”Christine Millington, 63, who had travelled to London from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, for a day trip with a friend, said the presence of troops was reassuring.She said: “It is a visual thing, and I think it makes you feel more secure.”You cannot let it frighten you, all of this.The Army said all troops were regular soldiers and had been given extra training to work with the police.Gen Sir Mike Jackson, a former Chief of the General Staff, said: “It seems to me that the minor risk, in my view, of a soldier getting it wrong must be far, far less than the greater value to our security as a whole.” Army sources said troops would stand guard at key sites “for as long as necessary” to free up armed police officers for counter-terrorism duty.Troops were on offer to help secure both the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham and the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday,  but a formal request for those events had last night not yet been received.A total of 3,800 troops are available after the Government triggered the Operation Temperer contingency plan as the UK terrorism threat level reached its highest level for the first time in a decade. A terror attack in the UK is now considered to be imminent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Mayer Brown retained to advise on development of mining industry in Afghanistan

first_imgLeading global law firm Mayer Brown has been appointed by the government of Afghanistan to a group of international advisors charged with expediting international investment in Afghanistan’s mineral sector. The group, sponsored by the US Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, also includes technical advisors SRK Consulting and Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie. Mayer Brown says the group “will design and implement a transparent tender process that relies upon internationally-recognised business practices on behalf of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines in order to enable that nation to realise the full potential from its mineral resources – reserves thought to be worth as much as $3 trillion. Reserves are thought to contain a variety of metals including gold, copper, iron ore, lithium and rare earths.”Mayer Brown will assist in the development of a legislative and regulatory framework as well as in the implementation of the tendering process. The Mayer Brown team will be led by London partner Ian Coles, who heads the firm’s global Mining and Minerals practice. Mayer Brown has worked on mining projects in almost 50 countries across the globe, including the first producing mine in Eritrea, the Voshkod chrome project in Kazakhstan, and the Kupol gold and silver mines in Russia. Ian Coles has been involved in the negotiation of government-sponsored mining agreements in Asia, Africa and elsewhere around the world.Coles said: “Afghanistan is a country with incredible natural resources. Unlocking these resources is key to the development of economic stability and sovereignty in that country. The challenges involved in that process are obviously substantial, we are honoured to have been selected to lead the team in addressing the legal issues surrounding the process.”Over the past year the Afghanistan Geological Service, the US Geological Survey and the US Defense Department’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations have documented and mapped Afghanistan’s mineral wealth.  The recent sampling work and remote sensing completed in Afghanistan has created, conservatively, the most extensive mineral dataset ever compiled for a single country. The country has been portioned into 24 areas of interest based on security, scale, market value, infrastructure needs and availability, and time to impact.last_img read more

Opera désormais sur architecture 64bit

first_imgOpera désormais sur architecture 64-bitLe navigateur de la firme norvégienne Opera Software vient d’être lancé dans une version test prenant en charge les architectures 64-bit.Avec cette nouvelle version, plusieurs points seront améliorés: la gestion des plugins (compatibilité avec les plugins précédents sous 32-bit) ainsi que la gestion de la mémoire. Sous Windows, le choix se fera entre 32 et 64-bit alors que sous Mac, un seul fichier sera disponible (sous Mac OS X 10.6). À lire aussiInternet Explorer : les annonceurs s’insurgent contre la fonction Do Not Track Selon le responsable du développement chez Opera Software, Chris Mills, un processus spécialement dédié aux plugins a été mis en place. Avec cette version d’Opera, cela “permet de contrôler exactement les communications entre Opera et les plugins en cours de fonctionnement”. Linux et FreeBSD accueilleraient déjà ces travaux sur leur déclinaisons respectives du navigateur norvégien.N’oublions pas qu’il s’agit d’une version test, ce qui ne montrera pas la qualité finale du produit (on pense notamment à d’éventuels problèmes de stabilité du navigateur). Il vous sera tout de même possible de télécharger cette version ici, directement sur le site des développeurs. Le 17 décembre 2011 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Benja scratches in McGrath

first_imgCharley Benja, pictured here at the Willow restart, has scratched from Iditarod 44. (Photo by Ben Matheson/Alaska Public Media)Charley Bejna has scratched from the 2016 Iditarod. The veteran from Addison, IL pulled out of the race at 11:50 a.m. Thursday at the McGrath checkpoint.According to a press release from the Iditarod Trail Committee, Bejna made the decision to scratch due to concern for his race team.He had 11 dogs in his team when he left the race. Benja is the fifth musher to scratch. Martin Koenig, Jans Steves, Zoya DeNure, and Hans Gatt have also scratched.last_img read more

Donald Trump Is Deploying Troops To The Border But Border Crossings Are

first_img Share Martin do Nascimento | Texas Tribune A Border Patrol Agent makes his way through harsh terrain along the Rio Grande River in Starr County, Texas.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday said a recent surge of apprehensions at the southern border justifies President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard units to the southern border, and released statistics the same day showing a double-digit spike in activity in March.But critics of the plan argue that despite the increase, overall crossings are at historic lows. They add that it’s too soon to tell if the latest surge is indicative of a larger trend that will be similar to the heightened level of apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley during 2013 and 2014, when a record number of Central Americans entered Texas illegally through Mexico.Border crossings typically exhibit seasonal variations and tend to increase in the spring. The March 2018 statistic also represents a 37 percent increase in people who were either apprehended between the ports of entry or deemed inadmissible to enter by federal customs and Border Patrol agents from a month earlier, from about 50,300 to February’s 36,700. Those figures include 1,099 unaccompanied minors and 5,127 families in March, increases from February’s 610 and 3,941, respectively.Trump and DHS officials said the increase signaled a “crisis” at the border and argued that last year’s initial drop in apprehensions and attempted crossings after the president took office — the so-called Trump effect — was no longer in play.But U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s own statistics indicate that despite the uptick in March, the total number of people apprehended or turned away since October, when the federal government’s fiscal year began, was lower than during the same six-month time frame in the previous fiscal year. This year, there have been about 237,000 apprehensions, compared to 2017’s 271,000.Trump is not the first president to send national guard troops to the border. President George W. Bush sent about 6,000 national guard troops there in 2006. And President Barack Obama sent 1,200 guard troops to the border in 2010.But many details of Trump’s border plan remain unclear, including how many units will be deployed and where they will be stationed. Administration officials said Wednesday that the discussions with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other border governors are ongoing but stressed the move would happen quickly. But opponents wasted no time in predicting the deployment would be a waste of money and calling it nothing more than a reaction to Congress failing to fully fund complete construction of a border wall in last month’s $1.3 trillion spending bill.“There’s nothing surprising about Trump’s plan to falsely increase fear about our border with Mexico; it’s part of his political origin story,” said Tom Jawetz, the vice president of Immigration Policy at the progressive Center for American Progress. “It is also now clear that Congress will not give him the money to begin construction of his ‘big, beautiful wall.’”last_img read more

Barry Men with Traffic Problems in the News

first_imgFormer Mayor and current DC City Council member Marion Barry, right, with his son Christopher Barry.DC Councilmember Marion S. Barry (D-Ward 8) and his son, Marion C. Barry are back in the news with more traffic problems.According to Gwendolyn Crump, spokeswoman for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, Barry was involved in an accident with injury at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 in the 2900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. He was cited for driving on the wrong side of street, failure to have insurance, and for an unregistered vehicle. Both drivers were transported to the hospital.LaToyer Foster, public information officer for Barry,77, said he suffered a hypoglycemic attack and became disoriented. As a result, he caused a minor fender-bender.The incident became top news when allegedly a police officer notified the press the councilmember was involved in an accident, which is against MPD protocol. Assuming the worst, the press ran to the scene, some leading off news clips speculating the accident was due to drugs.On Monday, Barry fired back with a tweet criticizing police unethical behavior. @marionbarryjr tweeted – “So instead of protecting people, I’m advised that @DCPoliceDept called news media to come film my hypoglycemic attack & accident? Sad.”MPD denied the accusation. “MPD is unaware of this allegation, as this is prohibited by MPD policy. If someone has information about an MPD officer violating policy, we will investigate it. Our Public Information Office did however respond to specific media inquiries, as usual, with general information,” said Crump.Barry was taken to Howard University Hospital where he was treated, observed, and released unharmed. Former Sen. Charles Moreland (D-DC) drove Barry from the hospital to church services and later to an international event with D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and African leaders. “Councilmember Barry came into the office today while calls of support and concern kept coming,” said Foster.Barry released a statement Aug. 6 that said his vehicle registration was valid.On another note, the councilmember’s son, “Christopher” as he is affectionately called, goes back to court on Aug. 7, for a detention hearing for driving with a revoked license. The court appearance stems from a May incident where Christopher, 34, was stopped by police for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was released on his own recognizance. Christopher’s driver’s license was revoked. He was ordered not to drive until further notice.But the younger Barry ignored the court order and was caught driving on July 31, without a permit. According to court records, Christopher was also in the possession of an orange bag with the name “Scooby Snacks” written on it.Scooby Do or K2 as is a synthetic marijuana-like substance. The product is sold in many gas stations and corner stores owned by Ethiopians and Asians. In December, 2012, the council adopted harsh laws to imprison for six months any person in possession of the substance. However, no penalties were passed on the retailer.“In 2012, D.C. Councilmembers ignored community concerns that making possession of synthetic marijuana a crime would put young people at risk of arrest,” said Grant Smith, deputy director with the Drug Policy Alliance. “Possession and use of synthetic marijuana should be treated as a health issue. It has no place in D.C.’s criminal justice system.”Christopher was not charged with the substance. Family attorney Frederick Cooke Jr. could not be reached for comment.last_img read more

China plans 30000 km high speed rail network by 2020

first_img Share Tags: China The Canadian Press Posted by BEIJING — The Chinese government plans to expand the country’s high-speed rail network to 30,000 kilometres by 2020, part of public infrastructure spending aimed at shoring up economic growth.The network would connect more than 80 per cent of China’s major cities, Vice Transport Minister Yang Yudong said. Last year, China’s high-speed railway totalled 19,000 kilometres (11,800 miles).Overall, China plans to invest 3.5 trillion yuan ($504 billion) in railway construction between this year and 2020, Yang said. He was speaking at a briefing introducing plans to improve the country’s transportation services.The plans call for the renovation of expressways and faster construction of railways to serve less-developed regions in central and western China.Economic growth has steadily slowed over the past six years as communist leaders seek to wean the economy off manufacturing and exports in favour of more self-sustaining growth based on consumer spending.In the last two years, officials have responded with ramped up spending on construction of highways and other public works.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOn Wednesday, China began operating a new high-speed rail line linking the financial hub of Shanghai in the east with Kunming, the capital of southwestern Yunnan province, a poorer region.The line spans 2,252 kilometres across five provinces, cutting travel time to 11 hours from 35 hours, state media reported.center_img China plans 30,000 km high speed rail network by 2020 Thursday, December 29, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Myanmar signs pact with UN to ban child soldiers

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Task force co-chairman Ramesh Shrestha of UNICEF said at Wednesday’s signing that supporting the demobilized youth with education and jobs is a key task.The U.N. says seven ethnic guerrilla armies in Myanmar also use child soldiers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar has signed an agreement with the United Nations to ban the recruitment of child soldiers and demobilize those already serving.The Southeast Asian nation is one of about two dozen countries worldwide found by the U.N. to violate international law on the rights of children in armed conflicts.The U.N. office in Yangon said in a press release Thursday that the agreement was the result of years of negotiations with a task force on child soldiers comprising U.N. agencies along with the private groups World Vision and Save the Children. 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

Surprise wins a first ever after party and a cow prod 2010

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Gowns, glamour and glitz filled the Westin Hotel on Saturday night as a record 950 travel industry professionals dolled up to celebrate this year’s National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).The highly anticipated evening, hosted by Getaway presenter Jules Lund – who threatened potential winners with a cow prod should their ‘thank you’ speeches run over time – saw some surprise winners take the stage.Accepting “the award we should always win” NTIA major sponsor Qantas Airways won Best Domestic Airline over last year’s winner, Virgin Blue.Creative Holidays’ reign as Best International Wholesaler, came to an end as Qantas Holidays, preferred partners of the Jetset Travelworld Group, snatched their crown.The hard to predict award for Best Tourist Office – International was nabbed by Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Authority.Fittingly, sponsors of the first ever ‘afta’ party, Singapore Airlines won Best Online International Airline.The awards winners were:Rookie of the Year – Agent – Rebecca Duthler, Australia Zoo TravelBest Travel Consultant – Retail – Paul Rickard, Harvey World Travel CaloundraBest Travel Agency Retail – Single Store – Jetset NorwoodBest Travel Agency Retail – Multi Location – Concierge TravellerBest Travel Consultant – Corporate – Carol Chapman, World Travel ProfessionalsBest Travel Agency Corporate – Multi Location – World Travel ProfessionalsBest Travel Agency Corporate – Single Store – Spencer TravelBest National Corporate Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel ManagementBest Innovation in Marketing – Retail Agency – RACT TravelworldBest Travel Writer – Justin Wastnage, Travel WeeklyBest Registered Travel Industry Training Institution – Brisbane North Institute of TAFEBest Hotel/Resort – Australian Property – HaymanBest Hotel/Resort Group – Mantra Hotels and ResortsBest Agency Support Service – Air TicketsBest Tourist Office – National – Tourism QueenslandBest Tourist Office – International – Las Vegas Convention & Visitors AuthorityRookie of the Year – Supplier – Tenille Hunt, Gap AdventuresBest Sales Executive – Industry Supplier – Kim Knight, Qantas HolidaysBest Car/Campervan Rental Operator – Hertz AustraliaBest Tour Operator – International – Insight VacationsBest Tour Operator – Domestic – AAT KingsBest Cruise Operator – International – Holland America LineBest Cruise Operator – Australian – Princess CruisesBest Wholesaler – International Product – Qantas HolidaysBest Wholesaler – Australian Product – Sunlover HolidaysBest Airline Domestic – Qantas AirwaysBest Airline International – Offline – Lufthansa German AirlinesBest Airline International – Online – Singapore AirlinesBest Travel Agency Group (100 outlets or more) – Jetset Travelworld GroupHall of Fame WinnersBest Airline International – Online – Singapore AirlinesBest Tourist Office – National – Tourism QueenslandBest National Travel Management Company – Corporate Travel ManagementCheck out the pictures in today’s Photo GalleryNTIA AwardsNTIA AFTA Partylast_img read more

Viacom sees growth in mPOS transactions

first_imgWith the government’s move towards a cashless society announcing demonetisation over two months back, there has been a big push towards digitisation. Being one of the leading omni channel travel, retail & fintech company, Via.com is facilitating digital transactions for its partners.Aiming to change the landscape of electronic payments to enable its agents, VIA has tied up with various mobile payment solutions start-ups to connect small towns and villages in India with businesses through its mobile Point of Sale (mPoS) services.Talking about the new development, Sanjay Gupta, Business Head – India & Middle East, Via.com, said, “Our endeavour is to develop cost-effective and affordable solutions for our agents that can not only help to spread financial inclusion, but also provide avenues to their other businesses across India. VIA is giving agents options to sell varied products and services through a digital platform. This has helped VIA agents remain unscathed whereas normal retail business saw close to a 50% drop in sales.”The move has also seen an overwhelming response from the agents. “We have deployed 1000-odd new stores on POS machines. The number of transactions has increased to over 2000 a day in the last one month while earlier this number was almost negligible. The worth of transactions is about Rs 1 crore a day,” he added.last_img read more

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff 16 is ta

first_imgLos Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu (32) and Deone Bucannon (20) during the second half of an NFL football game at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Top Stories Bucannon came off the PUP list on Aug. 22 after missing much of the summer following ankle surgery. That was required after he ended up not undergoing surgery the prior offseason and playing in 13 games before landing on the injured reserved with three games remaining in 2016.The 25-year-old then suffered another setback heading into the 2017 season opener. He sprained his ankle before Arizona played the Detroit Lions in Week 1.He missed the next two games before debuting Oct. 1 against the San Francisco 49ers and has since recorded 57 tackles to go with a forced fumble.Bucannon tallied a season-high 13 tackles in Week 11 against the Houston Texans. – / 51 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals dollar linebacker Deone Bucannon left the Sunday game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and did not return after injuring his ankle in the first half of the Week 12 outing.Josh Bynes replaced the fourth-year pro out of Washington State.The team did not announce which ankle Bucannon injured, but it comes after the 2014 first-round pick missed much of the preseason and part of the regular season battling ankle injuries. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

by Michael R Sisak The Associated Press Post

first_img by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2018 9:12 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s lawyers urged a jury Tuesday to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they said were based on “flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence,” arguing he was falsely accused by a “pathological liar” scheming for a big payday.The first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era was nearly in the hands of a jury after the defence declared that Cosby himself was the victim of an elaborate frame-up.Lawyers Tom Mesereau and Kathleen Bliss said in their closing argument that chief accuser Andrea Constand consented to a sexual encounter at Cosby’s home in suburban Philadelphia, then levelled false accusations against the “Cosby Show” star so she could sue him and extract a big settlement.“You’re dealing with a pathological liar, members of the jury,” Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau said. “You are.”Prosecutors were to deliver their closing argument next. The jury was expected to get the case later in the day.The former TV star was accompanied Tuesday for the first time in the trial by his wife of 54 years, who sat in the gallery as his lawyers pleaded with the jury to clear him. Camille Cosby, 74, had been absent from the courtroom as the prosecution built its case that Cosby maintained a sordid double life that involved preying on women sexually.Before the jury came in, she went to the defence table and put her arm around her husband. They embraced, smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek.Toronto native Constand, 45, alleges Cosby knocked her out with three pills he called “your friends” and molested her in January 2004. Her account was bolstered by the testimony of five other women who took the stand and said Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, too — including one woman who asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”Cosby has said he gave Constand 1 1/2 tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to help her relax before what he called a consensual encounter. And the defence ripped into the other women, saying they were motivated by the prospect of money and fame to come forward in recent years with fabricated accounts.Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying up to 10 years in prison.The jury at Cosby’s first trial weighed the evidence for more than 52 hours over six days last year without reaching a verdict.This time, his defence team mounted a far more aggressive effort to stoke doubts about Constand’s credibility and raise questions about whether Cosby’s arrest was even legal.Their star witness was Marguerite Jackson, a former Temple University colleague of Constand’s who testified that Constand spoke of framing a high-profile person for the purpose of filing a lawsuit. Constand received nearly $3.4 million from Cosby over a decade ago — a settlement that Mesereau argued was “one of the biggest highway robberies of all time.”“He thought he was paying for peace. He didn’t get it,” the lawyer said.In a two-hour, tag-team closing argument, Mesereau and Bliss highlighted more than a dozen inconsistencies in what Constand has said over the years. Mesereau, best known for winning an acquittal in Michael Jackson’s 2005 child-molestation case, showed jurors a list of what he said were Constand’s “biggest lies” and displayed excerpts from her police statements and testimony to help back up his claims.He also painstakingly reviewed phone and travel records for Cosby and Constand, as well as a schedule for the Temple women’s basketball team where she worked, saying they are proof the alleged assault couldn’t have happened when she says it did. Prosecutors have noted that Cosby’s travel records have large gaps in time.The date of Cosby’s encounter with Constand is important because of when he was charged. Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015, and he was charged late that year — just before the 12-year statute of limitations was set to expire.Bliss argued that Cosby, once revered as America’s Dad, was an innocent man caught up in the “emotion and anger” of the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. Cosby was arrested years before #MeToo became a cultural force and took down famous men like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.Bliss also suggested that Constand and Cosby were having an affair, and that she was the aggressor, “cavorting around with a married man old enough to be her grandfather.”“There’s no doubt that something was going on here,” Bliss said. “There’s no doubt there was love in the making.”Wearing sunglasses in the courtroom, Cosby’s wife smirked and pursed her lips a few times but otherwise listened stoically.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission. Constand has done so.___This story has been corrected to show that jury deliberations in the first trial took place over six days, not five.___Follow Mike Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak .___For more coverage visit https://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial . Defense witness Roslyn Yarbrough arrives to testify in actor and comedian Bill Cosby’s his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, April 23, 2018. (Jessica Kourkounis/Pool Photo via AP) center_img In closing, defence calls Cosby accuser ‘pathological liar’last_img read more

July 7 2006 Interior finishing proceeds in the

first_imgJuly 7, 2006 Interior finishing proceeds in the Unit 10 lightscoop apartment on the second floor of the East Crescent complex. There are four lightscoop apartments in various stages of completion. [Photo & text: sa] The lightscoop apartments are small studios with the possibility of installation of a sleeping loft. Volunteer Mika Kawai finishes, muds and sands drywall before painting. [Photo & text: sa] Crew leader Virginia Schutte instructs volunteer Mikyung Son in finishing drywall. The small bathroom is dry-walled and prepared for tiles. More on this Unit will follow on 7/12. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

European Greens share Cyprus concerns over Turkish nuclear plant

first_imgThe European Greens share Cyprus’ concerns over construction of the nuclear plant Akkuyu in Turkey, party member and Belgian MP Evelyne Huytebroek said on Saturday.Huytebroek, who is currently visiting Cyprus, said the construction of nuclear plants knows no borders.  Following her meeting with House President Demetris Syllouris and Green Party leader Giorgos Perdikis, Huytebroek compared Belgium to Cyprus saying that construction of plants in France concerns Brussels in the same way Akkuyu’s construction concerns Nicosia.“This is an area, where we want to show our support to our Green friends and all the people in Cyprus,” Huytebroek said.The Belgian MP added that it is important for the European community to show support and solidarity while there are many questions regarding the future of Europe.“We Greens, are sure that we cannot build a strong, a better Europe if we are not all together, from Cyprus to Belgium, from Spain to Sweden,” said Huytebroek, who will be attending the 11th Cyprus Green Party Conference on Sunday.For his part, the Cyprus Green Party leader said that the European presence was important in highlighting their alignment.  Perdikis added that Huytebroek will be informed further on the environmental issues facing the island at the conference on Sunday, as well as on Cyprus issues and the economy of the island.Earlier in April, Turkey’s state-run atomic agency TAEK granted Russia’s Rosatom a license to begin construction of the first unit of the nuclear plant, sparking criticism from the Cypriot government.“Unfortunately, Turkey has not taken into account the serious reservations expressed by many, or the call from the European Parliament to terminate the construction plans, since the area is seismologically sensitive,” said government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou.Prodromou had also said that Turkey did not take into account last year’s EU progress report, which stated that Ankara would consult with the governments of neighbouring countries Greece and Cyprus.“With such actions, Turkey is creating, in yet another way, the unstable conditions and potential dangers, while seemingly ignoring obligations arising from its relationship with the EU, and the need for good neighbourly relations,” Prodromou said.According to a report by Cyprus Institute researchers in collaboration with scientists from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the emissions from Akkuyu, ‘show that the risk for surface-level concentration, deposition and human dose in the Eastern Mediterranean region is relatively large due to the prevailing northwesterly winds that affect the island.’The radioisotopes expected to be emitted, which are expected to affect the city of Mersin in Turkey, are also expected to reach Nicosia, and to be at a comparable level, according to the report.You May LikeHabit TribeThe One Trick New Parents Need To KnowHabit TribeUndoTrendingStock.TodayThe 10 Highest Paying Jobs in United StatesTrendingStock.TodayUndoSimbalyDogs Meet Their Owner’s Baby For The First Time And It’s Absolutely AdorableSimbalyUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more