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Bear spray stun gun used in alleged road rage incident in Ontario

first_imgBARRIE, Ont. – An Ontario police force is looking for help finding a man they allege used bear spray and a stun gun in a case of road rage.Barrie police say two men had been driving on Highway 400 on Sunday night when they had passed a burgundy, four-door Chrysler.They allege the driver became irate at being overtaken and then flashed his lights and rolled down his window to yell.Police say the man followed the two men as they got off the highway and went to their house.They allege the man then got out of his car, shot bear spray at the two men who were trying to get inside the house before attacking one of them with a stun gun.Police say the man got back into his car and took off.last_img read more

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Today Is We Day In California

first_imgStudents can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choice as part of the year-long educational program, We Act. The We Act program supports students and teachers with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the inspiration of We Day into sustained activation. The program enhances a school’s existing service learning initiatives or sparks new ones. Today the world’s largest youth empowerment event of its kind, We Day, will make its official debut in California at Oracle Arena.Thanks to the support of Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft, The Allstate Foundation and Unilever Project Sunlight, We Day will bring together renowned speakers and chart-topping musical acts including Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Magic Johnson, Orlando Bloom, J.Cole and Big Sean along with international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to engage and inspire 16,000 youth from over 400 schools across California to take action on local and global causes that are important to them.An initiative of international charity and educational partner, Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm with events in the US, Canada and the UK and is one of the world’s largest registered charities on Facebook with 3.8 million followers. This year alone, over 180,000 young people will come together in stadium gatherings to take part in this unprecedented educational initiative.We Day California will bring some of the greatest social issues of today to the forefront, and provide the young people in attendance and tens of thousands more watching the live stream of the event online at www.ktvu.com, ways in which every young person can find their place within the movement to create global change. TV stars and siblings Rico and Raini Rodriguez along with Free The Children ambassador, Jesse Giddings and will lead the crowd through a day full of powerful educational speeches, inspirational moments and electric performances. A few must-see moments will include:· Actress and multi-platinum recording artist, Selena Gomez, will speak about the pressure young people face growing up.· Actor, writer, director and producer, Seth Rogen, alongside his wife actress and screenwriter, Lauren Miller, will encourage the young people in attendance to use their talents to follow their passions and create positive change on issues they care about – with a comedic-twist.· Renowned a cappella group from Oakland School for the Arts, Vocal Rush, will perform two songs to sing along to: I Was Hereby Beyoncé and Perfect by Pink.· Known as the ’World’s Cutest Dog’ with 11 million fans on Facebook, Boo will be interviewed on stage by Disney channel’s Raini Rodriguez.Spearheading its arrival in California are long-time Free The Children supporters and We Day California Co-Chairs, Natalie Portman and Magic Johnson along with philanthropic thought leaders Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media and the Skoll Global Threats Fund and Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community.“I have been working alongside the tens of thousands of youth involved with We Day for several years now, and we’ve developed a good group dynamic for social change,” said Magic Johnson, co-chair of We Day Seattle. “This dream team of young trail blazers and student leaders with a like-minded attitude to make the world a better place are inspiring everyone around them to be a part of this movement. When we return next year for We Day California we’ll get to celebrate all the wonderful actions that have been taken and I’m so excited to be a part of this team.”The lineup of acts who will take the We Day California stage include: Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Magic Johnson, J. Cole, Big Sean, Martin Sheen, Orlando Bloom, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Evanna Lynch, Laila Ali, Clemantine Wamariya, Martin Luther King III, Lauren Miller, Jesse Giddings, Hannah Simone, Boo, The Tenors featuring Young Stitch, Spencer West, Hannah Alper, and Craig and Marc Kielburger.We Day California will also see local young leaders and performers take the stage including Vocal Rush, a renowned a cappella group from Oakland School for the Arts, the Oakland Youth Orchestra, dance group, Culture Shock and spoken word group, Youth Speaks. NFL sports teams also lending their voice include the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.We Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and educators in attendance, thanks to the extraordinary support of sponsors, led in California by Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation and Unilever Project Sunlight.last_img read more

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Morocco seventh African customer of Israel

first_imgTaroudant- According to an Israeli public agency for statistics, as reported by Yabiladi, Morocco is the seventh African customer of Israel.  According to an Israeli public agency for statistics, as reported by Yabiladi, Morocco is the seventh African customer of Israel.South Africa is Israel’s first customer with $ 339.6 million during the first ten months of 2013, while Egypt comes third with $ 82.2 million. According to a note from the Central Bureau of Statistics, a public agency, exports from Israel to the Kingdom, recorded during the month of October, reached their peak, in comparison with the same period last year.“They went from only 400 thousand dollars, the same period in 2012, to 18.5 million this year,” says the note.“The Moroccan imports from Israel reported in 2012 increased dramatically by 216% while exports grew by 150%, or 42 million dirhams against 20 million in 2006”, said the Istiqlal MP Abdellah Bekkali on July 23, as reported by the same source.These commercial exchanges have much benefited Israelis than Moroccans, says the same source.The Kingdom imports from Israel mainly agricultural products (tomato seeds, potatoes and insecticides) and agricultural machinery.Despite the calls of some associations and political parties to criminalize any normalization with Israel, trading between the two states seems to be doing very well.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributedlast_img read more

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Elwin Goodpipe appealing conviction DO designation

His latest manslaughter conviction relates to the May 29, 2016 death of 56-year-old Aubertin, who was shot by Goodpipe’s accomplice during a botched robbery.Even though Goodpipe didn’t fire the fatal shot, he was found guilty and sentenced as a party to the offence — a fact Goodpipe intends to argue should result in the overturning of his conviction and sentence.“There was little evidence,” Goodpipe wrote in his handwritten appeal. “The test used as a ‘party’ to the offence may have violated my Charter rights. I do not meet the requirements to be a dangerous offender.”The appeal contained no further grounds, although Goodpipe said he intends to arrange for legal representation.If the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal does order a new trial, Goodpipe wants it held before a judge sitting without a jury.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP Facebook / REGwp A man handed an indeterminate sentence following his second conviction for manslaughter is asking the province’s highest court to overturn his conviction and order a new trial.Elwin Michael Goodpipe, 36, filed his appeal early this week, less than two weeks after a Regina Court of Queen’s Bench judge deemed him a dangerous offender and handed down the indeterminate sentence.Goodpipe is appealing both his conviction and sentence.Following a trial in the spring of 2018, a jury found Goodpipe guilty of manslaughter in the 2016 shooting death of Andre Aubertin. The Crown subsequently announced its intention to launch dangerous offender proceedings against Goodpipe, who already had a significant history of violence including a past manslaughter conviction.A hearing was held, at the end of which Regina Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Meghan McCreary decided the Crown had proven its case against Goodpipe.In sentencing him, McCreary referenced Goodpipe’s violent past, which includes having played a role in the 2004 beating and shooting death of Wayne Gerald Friday. REGINA: Andre Aubertin read more

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Security Council urged to reject calls to end UN interim administration in

“The Mission has balanced the competing, and often conflicting, desires of the leaders and people in Kosovo without giving fodder to extremism,” Assistant Secretary-General Hedi Annabi said during his briefing to the Council on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report which highlights the continuing transfer of responsibilities to Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government.During the Council’s open meeting on Kosovo, which also heard from the representatives of nearly 20 countries, Mr. Annabi said perceived weaknesses in the UN’s work in other post-conflict situations have been exploited to unjustifiably discredit the work of UNMIK and its efforts to establish and oversee the development of provisional self-governing institutions.”The report shows that Kosovo has some way to go in establishing representative and functioning institutions, particularly since the Provisional Institutions have been hampered by political inter- and intra-party struggles,” Mr. Annabi told the Council, making the case for continued UNMIK presence.He stated that while the Kosovo Assembly continued to hold regular sessions, it remained unable to bridge political and ethnic differences, leading to several walkouts by Albanian and Serb parties. Separate and mono-ethnic administrative institutions have also been formed, complicating efforts to establish an inclusive Kosovo. Ethnic violence and crime seemed to be on the increase again after a decline in December last year, Mr. Annabi added. “Important minority issues such as freedom of movement, use of language and alphabet, and receipt of fair share financing from the municipalities remained problematic with little tangible progress,” he said.He asked for the Council’s continued support, saying there has been steadily increasing pressure on UNMIK from all sides, particularly seeking to violate UN resolutions and to challenge the authority of the head of UNMIK, Michael Steiner.On the bright side, Mr. Annabi said there have been an increased number of minorities in the civil service, including the judiciary, and the continued development of the Kosovo Police Service. Another positive development has been the transfer of administrative and operational responsibilities of the Tax Administration to the provisional institutions. read more

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New Washington state magazine to target shoppers from southern BC

New Washington state magazine to target shoppers from southern B.C. by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2013 2:00 am MDT VANCOUVER – The fierce competition for the Canadian shopping dollar just across the border in Washington state has spawned an idea to steer the sometimes-myopic Canuck shoppers away from malls and big-box stores, to the mom-and-pop shops.About 30,000 copies of “The Crossing Guide” magazine, which is currently under design, will be distributed throughout Metro Vancouver, BC Ferries’ terminals on the mainland and border crossings in early January, said Marisa Papetti, the magazine’s owner and publisher.But not everybody’s excited about the prospect about more U.S. businesses trying to lure Canadians south of the border.“It’s super competitive,” said Anita Huberman, the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, about the current business environment.Six businesses in Surrey’s south end closed recently because of a drop in foot traffic, and any increase in U.S. advertising will only compromise others, she said.The shuttered businesses, said Huberman, included well-known clothing and electronics retailers and were located in a 60-store residential-commercial development featuring brand-name outlet stores only a few kilometres north of the border.“It’s not that it’s a no-win situation, it’s just that businesses need to think creatively around their different products or services that they’re selling and how to capture markets not only locally but also in other markets,” Huberman said.Statistics provided by the Canada Border Services Agency suggest Canadians may be making millions of same-day return visits to the U.S. each quarter.From April to June of this year, almost four million people passed through the five ports of entry in the Pacific Highway District, followed by 4.6 million between July and September.The district stretches between Abbotsford and Surrey’s Peace Arch crossing, covering the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver.A survey by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University found 30.5 per cent of motorists who were interviewed in July 2013 while crossing the border were heading south to shop.Bill Gorman, interim executive director of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Canadian consumers are important to local economies all the way down the Interstate 5 corridor to the city of Marysville, about 120 kilometres from the Canadian border.In fact, local businesses have traditionally found it easier to attract Canadians from B.C. than shoppers from their own state.“It’s always been a challenge for Whatcom County or Bellingham to attract visitors from the Central Puget Sound to come north,” he said, noting the area is geographically part of British Columbia’s Fraser River Valley system.Gorman said the university also found 72 per cent of the licence plates in the local Cosco parking lot during the last Easter long weekend were from Canada, and a local mall had similar numbers.Papetti said she got the idea to launch the magazine because Canadians shopping near one major retailer were constantly stopping her and others locals, asking for directions to the big-box stores, but they weren’t asking for directions to the city’s downtown where many small businesses are located.“Every now and then you’ll get someone that will say, ‘hey, are there any other good places to eat around here besides like Applebee’s or Olive Garden, are there any other good restaurants you can talk about.“It’s kind of that consistent question where you’re thinking, ‘OK, they’re obviously not getting any good information on all the great places to go, so let’s provide them with kind of that neighbourly local view on other things to do.’”She said many local businesses haven’t advertised north of the border in the past over concerns about advertising costs and distribution. They’ve also been inundated with choices that range from Punjabi radio stations to metropolitan and community papers.“It’s hard to focus on where to spend your money,” she said, “and with mom-and-pop businesses having such small ad budgets, and then also having to advertise here, that makes it tricky.”Papetti said she thinks one-third of Canadian visitors will continue to shop at the big-box stores, but the other two-thirds are a little more adventurous and will be willing to check out other options.Anna Adams who owns the Old World Deli with her husband Christos said Canadians already visit her downtown shop, which has developed its clientele mainly through its website and by word of mouth.But she said she feels like her business has exhausted advertising opportunities in the local market, adding she will be buying space in the new publication.“It will be interesting to see what the turnout is,” she said.If current research holds true, most of the shopping dollar comes from B.C. communities south of the Fraser River.More than half of the Canadians who already make same-day trips into the state live within about 20 kilometres of the border, said Prof. Keith Head of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.Luring Canadians south, he added, is a relatively high exchange rate, which has varied between $0.63 and $1.07 in the last few decades.Still, Head said most Vancouver residents, like those living in Kitsilano, are too far from the border and have to drive through Richmond and the George Massey Tunnel before they even reach the long lineups.“You have to have a pretty low valuation of your time before it makes actual economic sense to be driving down there,” he said.Regardless, the magazine is nearing its final deadline.Papetti said the final cover was shot this week, and while it is being produced in Bellingham, it will be printed across the border in Metro Vancouver.She said the first issue will be published online Boxing Day, and its first print edition will be distributed Jan. 9, 2014. 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UN envoy and DR Congo sign agreement to tackle sexual violence in

“I am concerned about the scale of sexual violence in conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but I have also been encouraged by the steps taken by the Government and the work being done by the UN and other international and national actors,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, at the end of her 10-day visit to DRC.“Many challenges still remain, however. We are committed to helping the Government address these, and I sincerely hope and believe that the Joint Communiqué will serve as a good tool in this respect.”The Joint Communiqué lists commitments made by the Government, including fighting impunity for crimes of sexual violence, accelerating security sector reform efforts, creating vetting mechanisms when integrating former combatants into the national army, ensuring a better control of mineral resources, and greater support for services to survivors. In the agreement, which was signed by Ms. Bangura and Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon on 30 March, the DRC also committed to working with partners, including State entities, donors, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to prevent sexual violence committed by armed men, which is rampant in the eastern part of the country in particular. “As an African woman from a post-conflict country – Sierra Leone – I recognize the many challenges the Congo is currently facing,” Ms. Bangura said. “Conflict-related sexual violence is among the most urgent of these, and one which requires the leadership, ownership, and responsibility of the Government of this country. I am therefore pleased to note the DRC Government’s readiness to take tackle this head on.”During her visit, Ms. Bangura also met with President Joseph Kabila and other senior officials. She also held meetings with legislative authorities, members of parliament, survivors of sexual violence, and women’s groups.In addition, Ms. Bangura organized discussions with both the leadership and the soldiers of the national army (FARDC), the national police, religious leaders, health workers and NGOs. While in the DRC, the Special Representative also welcomed the Security Council’s extension of the mandate of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the country (MONUSCO) until March 2014, as well as authorizing the deployment of an intervention brigade tasked to carry out targeted offensive operations against armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of the country.“I welcome the adoption of the new resolution, including the authorization of the intervention brigade. The Congo cannot let its image be tarnished and taken hostage by criminals committing sexual violence,” she said. “We need to change the conversation and create a new narrative for the DRC, but only the Congolese, with the backing of the international community, can do this.” read more

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UN senior officials urge action to halt rights violations in Central African

“The Secretary-General is greatly concerned by the deterioration of the humanitarian situation and the continued grave violations of human rights across the country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. “He emphasizes that perpetrators must be held individually accountable for their actions,” he added.Since the Séléka rebel coalition launched an offensive in December, 1.2 million people have been cut off from essential services and human rights violations have been widespread. At least 4.1 million people, almost half of whom are children, have been directly affected by the crisis and more than 37,000 people have fled the country in the past four months due to the violence. Mr. Ban is particularly concerned by reports of clashes between the Séléka movement and the population in Bangui, resulting in the deaths of many civilians, his spokesman said. “He strongly condemns Séléka’s acts of violence against the civilian population. He urges the de facto authorities to restore law and order throughout the country and to ensure the protection of civilians,” he added.Welcoming regional efforts to restore peace in the CAR, the Secretary-General called on the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union (AU) to take urgent measures to address the gravity of the security situation with the assistance of the international community. Ms. Pillay, in a separate statement, also expressed alarm over the violence and lawlessness. “The current state of lawlessness, verging on anarchy, must not be allowed to continue,” she said. “The rule of law must be restored and perpetrators of abuses held accountable. Those carrying out serious crimes, and especially their leaders, should bear in mind that they may be held individually criminally responsible.” Over the weekend, more than 20 people were killed in Bangui alone, and the local Red Cross reported that at least 119 people have been killed since the fall of the former government on 24 March. “We have also received reports of 19 cases of sexual violence against women and girls in the town of Berberati as well as three in Bangui,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that this figure is most likely lower than the actual number of victims due to the absence of a functioning police force and justice system, as well as victims’ reluctance to report crimes due to fear of harassment and stigma.Ms. Pillay said various groups have also been accused of extortion and looting of public property including hospitals, health care facilities and aid offices.“The extensive looting of humanitarian aid agency offices and warehouses, and the disruption of vital humanitarian aid are totally unacceptable and are having a devastating impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians,” she said. “To cite just one of the lethal consequences, as many as three-quarters of women giving birth are believed to be currently not receiving any assistance in a country that already has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, inevitably resulting in avoidable deaths of both mothers and babies.” The High Commissioner called on all parties involved in the crisis to ensure the effective implementation of the Libreville Peace Agreements and to make a serious joint effort to put an end to the prevailing insecurity and violence in the country.The Agreements were signed on 11 of January in Gabon, and call for the establishment of National Transitional Council that would elect a transitional Government.“I also urge the newly established National Transitional Council to move quickly to restore the authority of the State and to take all necessary measures to ensure that civilians are protected and can exercise their rights without fear for their physical safety, property and livelihoods,” Ms. Pillay added. read more

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Drugresistant tuberculosis continues to be serious health threat says UN health agency

The United Nations health agency stressed the critical need for research and development of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the past 50 years, only two new antibiotics addressing drug-resistant tuberculosis have made it to the third phase of trails. These medicines are now tested on patients to assess efficacy, effectiveness and safety, and will still have to pass the final stage before they can be sold. “Addressing drug-resistant tuberculosis research is a top priority for WHO and for the world,” says WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “More than $800 million per year is currently necessary to fund badly needed research into new antibiotics to treat tuberculosis.”Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a condition in which the disease causing organism is resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampin, the two most potent tuberculosis drugs. There were an estimated 580,000 cases and 250,000 related deaths in 2015, about 14 per cent of all tuberculosis related deaths for the year. Only 125.000 were started on treatment, and just half of those people were cured. During a meeting of world leaders in September 2016, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that drug-resistant tuberculosis has been identified in 105 countries.The disease is treatable and curable by using second-line drugs. However, second-line treatment options are limited and require extensive chemotherapy (up to two years of treatment) with medicines that are expensive and toxic. A series of high-level global meetings on tuberculosis have been scheduled. Drug-resistant tuberculosis and research will be major themes at the WHO conference in Moscow this coming November. It will also be a key agenda item at the UN General Assembly high-level meeting on tuberculosis in 2018. read more

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Column In comparison to public sector workers in the US Irish frontline

first_imgTHE RECENTLY NEGOTIATED Croke Park II agreement has further pain in store for all of us who work in the public sector. While commentators are right when they point out that we, at least, enjoy a greater degree of job security than private sector workers, there is no doubting that our pay packets have taken some serious hits over the past several years.The group that may be most severely impacted by the details of the new agreement is frontline workers – including, though not limited to, gardaí, firemen and nurses. Hearing these details and taking note of the widespread anger in their ranks in the wake of Croke Park II, as well as gauging the reaction of nurses and nursing students to the just reset €22,000 starting salary for newly-qualified nurses, got me thinking about their counterparts on the frontline in my home city of Boston.Irish-American workersOn the surface, there are strong connections between frontline workers in the two countries. Indeed, the archetypal Irish cop in the US, famously described in the oft-heard ballad, “The Streets of New York,” is not a mythical figure. Still today, substantial numbers of Boston’s policemen and women, fire fighters and nurses are Irish-Americans.Yet to say that they inhabit two quite different worlds on opposite sides of the Atlantic is an understatement.  New recruits to An Garda Síochána earn approximately €25,000; new Boston police officers earn almost $50,000 (€38,432). New full-time firemen in Ireland earn around €25,000; new Boston fire fighters make about $60,000 (€46,118). Newly qualified nurses in Boston make two to three times what the government has sought to establish as the new starting salary for Irish nurses.And the disparity only increases with seniority. In 2012, 50 per cent of Boston police officers and 75 per cent of Boston fire fighters made in excess of $100,000 (€76,864).  Not many earn six figure salaries here in Ireland. Experienced nurses in Boston hospitals typically make $80,000 (€61,491) and more.Disparity in salaries – why?Why is there such disparity between the salaries paid to frontline workers in Boston and in Ireland?  Well, as ever, context is important.First, frontline workers in Boston are among the most well paid in the US. By some estimates, they are the best paid. That reflects the very high cost of living in the city and the northeast US more generally. Second, public employee unions are extremely powerful in Boston. Any politician who dared to suggest a single pay cut for cops or fire fighters – never mind a series of pay cuts and other changes to employment conditions as successive governments have pushed for here – would be a dead man or woman walking.Third, frontline workers in Boston tend to work longer hours than they do in Ireland. Their high salaries are usually the result of substantial overtime. Police officers also benefit from paid “details” (ie, all public works projects and major event in the city require the presence of at least one police officer) and from undertaking further courses of study for which they receive pay increases. Fourth, it can be reasonably argued, particularly in the case of police officers, that there is a level of danger and risk that inheres in working on the frontline in a large American city that warrants better compensation.Living costs and overtimeOn the other hand, the cost of living in Ireland, and especially in Dublin where a large percentage of Ireland’s frontline workers are based, is likewise very high. And there’s no doubt that policing certain areas of Dublin and other Irish cities does present dangers. Moreover, those on the frontline in Ireland do work hard, and most would probably work additional overtime if they could. As for the strength of the unions representing frontline workers here, the days, weeks and elections ahead will tell the tale.In the end, I can’t fully account for the extraordinary pay disparity between frontline workers in Boston and in Ireland. But I do wonder if the most painful aspect of pay cuts for Ireland’s frontline workers is their sense that these measures might somehow reflect the esteem (or lack thereof) in which they are held by society. I also wonder if the lower salaries and different conditions of employment that have resulted from the Croke Park agreements will be impediments to attracting the “best and brightest” to work on the frontline in future.For my part, if I was one of the not insignificant number of young Irish people in possession of a US passport and I wanted a career in policing, fire protection or nursing, I’d be pricing Aer Lingus flights to Boston.Larry Donnelly is a Law Lecturer at NUI Galway and a political columnist with IrishCentral.com.Read: Taoiseach says Croke Park proposals do not target frontline workers>Read: ‘I have given as much as I can’ – garda speaks out against pay cuts>last_img read more

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The BlackBerry of the future Handson with the BB10powered Z10

first_imgThe company formerly known as RIM took to the stage yesterday with plenty of new things to share. It was clear, however, that the star of the show was the new BlackBerry Z10 running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. It’s been a while since a BlackBerry phone has been cause for excitement, so I went hands-on to see what this smartphone was made of.The Z10’s HardwareThe BlackBerry Z10 is an unfortunate slab of plastic and glass. I say unfortunate because it looks like every other phone out there. The first few comments on social networks regarding the phone when the BlackBerry logo was covered up mislabeled the phone as either an iPhone or any of a half dozen of Android phones. Laying on a shelf with any other circa-2012 smartphone, there’s nothing about the design that makes the Z10 stand out.Once you pick the phone up, however, you begin to feel the character of the Z10. The back of this handset is textured so that you can comfortably hold it without resorting to any kind of death grip. The 4.2-inch screen is flush against the bezel, offering just enough texture at the edges of the display to let you know you’ve reached the end of the screen. You have to reach just a bit to hit the power button in the center of the Z10’s top, but the phone is otherwise perfectly comfortable to hold with one hand.The BlackBerry Z10 is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with 2GB of RAM. The phone supports Bluetooth 4.0 as well as NFC, with a dual-band 802.11n WiFi connection as well. Depending on which carrier you are purchasing the phone on, you’ll have access to HSPA+ as well as LTE. The IPS LCD display offers a 1280 x 768 resolution at 356ppi. With the microUSB and microHDMI ports on this phone side-by-side, it wouldn’t shock me to see a dock in the future for both work and play.On paper, this phone is more than comparable to the iPhone 5 and most Android phones on the market today. When you hold the phone in your hand, the combination of these specs builds a phone that slows down for nothing. Even with the maximum number of running apps, which are called Active Frames in BB10, the phone’s animations never stutter or slow. Every gesture is just as smooth as the last, from the BlackBerry Hub through to the sliding animations when flipping through pages of apps. It’s clear that BlackBerry 10 was optimized for this hardware, and the Z10 has sufficient hardware to last the user for a while.The Z10’s OS: BlackBerry 10BlackBerry 10 is an interesting combination of things that you have already experienced if you’ve used Android, iOS, and WebOS before. BlackBerry has clearly been paying attention as the mobile ecosystem has evolved around it, and the team responsible for the latest version of the software has clearly taken cues from that research. The pulldown settings menu feels very much like Android, while the “breathing” pulse of apps that move as you shift them around on your home pages is a page right out of iOS.The infamous Cards UI from WebOS is perhaps the most prevalent in the way you interact with running apps. Any time you swipe up from the bottom screen, the current running app is sent to the Active Frames section of the homepage. While the app continues to run in the background, displaying information in its shrunken format, you can bring it back any time by tapping on the center of the frame.The only obvious downside to this system is that, unless your Active Frames are full, you never close an app when you leave it. To close an app, you must tap the “x” in the bottom right hand corner of the Active Frame. This isn’t such a big deal for most things, but aesthetically it seems wasteful to have an empty search box sitting in the Active Frames.BB10 AppsBlackBerry World is not a new approach to digital content by any stretch. Like the Google Play Store for Android, BlackBerry world exists as a unified location for apps, music, and movies. Where BlackBerry world stands above the Play Store is in searching for content, though a lot of that is likely due to the staggering difference when it come to the volume of content available on Google Play versus BlackBerry World. I did not find myself wanting for anything when searching for apps in BlackBerry World.When compared to the apps I use most, save for Google Apps, there was either the exact app I was looking for or a reasonable facsimile. I’m sure that if I went item for item down the 100 most popular apps on iOS or Android I would find more than a few missing, but all of my day to day apps were there. If BlackBerry is able to keep developers actively contributing to the platform, they should have no problem being competitive compared to Windows Phone 8.Can it claim third place?In the past, the things that kept users hooked to BlackBerry was the office. BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Enterprise have long since died for many people. The security features and encryption features in BlackBerry 10 may be reasons to keep existing BlackBerry users, but it’s not going to be a significant pull for new users. Those who have already left BlackBerry for another platform have found a way to keep their personal and professional lives on one piece of hardware already, and as more and more companies support the Bring Your Own Device philosophy that group of people is only going to increase.The BlackBerry Z10 is an attempt to bring consumers back to BlackBerry, and I think that the phone does a great job providing everything a user needs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide a compelling reason for an iPhone or Android user to decouple themselves from the ecosystems that Apple and Google have built, and that will be the biggest reason users will not give the Z10 more than a few seconds of attention in the search for their next smartphone.More: iPhone 5 vs. the BlackBerry Z10last_img read more

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This will save lives Grieving father and husband who campaigned to change

first_img A CORK MAN whose wife and daughter were killed in a road crash involving an unaccompanied learner driver has said he campaigned for a change to the law so that “no one else would stand in [his] shoes”.Speaking to Patricia Messenger on C103′s Cork Today Show, Noel Clancy said that car holders need to be held responsible for their vehicle and that it was unacceptable that members of his family had died.Earlier this week, Minister for Transport Shane Ross sought approval for an amendment to the Road Traffic Bill, dubbed the ‘Clancy amendment’. This amendment would see car owners who allow unaccompanied learner drivers to use their vehicles face prosecution.Clancy’s wife, Geraldine Clancy (58) and his daughter, Louise (22), and were tragically killed in an incident involving an unaccompanied learner driver in December 2015.Noel Clancy came upon the scene of the crash near their home in Kilworth initially not knowing his wife and daughter were inside the stricken vehicle.The driver, Susan Gleeson, was subsequently given a three-year suspended sentence.Since their deaths, Noel Clancy has been campaigning for a change in the law that would make the car owner and driver equally accountable in the law.Speaking about being in court on the day of Gleeson’s sentencing, Clancy said he decided he wanted to do something about the current laws.“The gardaí gave me a choice that day,” he said. “To go out the back door where there was a car waiting, or we could go out the front door and face the national media. 94 Comments Image: RIP.ie Friday 16 Feb 2018, 11:02 AM ‘This will save lives’: Grieving father and husband who campaigned to change learner driver laws Noel Clancy has campaigned for car owners who let unaccompanied learners drive their cars be prosecuted. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3855379 22,082 Views Short URLcenter_img You couldn’t describe it. To lose a child goes against nature. To lose your life partner at the same time it’s indescribable. I can’t put it into words.Clancy added that the new proposed law will save lives, and explained the reason why he has campaigned since the death of his family members for it.“It’s to stop anybody else standing where we’re standing,” he said. “Let me tell you it’s not a good place. You’d not wish it on your worst enemy.”Read: Car owners who allow unaccompanied learner drivers to use their vehicle to face prosecutionRead: Grieving father and husband calls for tougher rules on unaccompanied learner drivers Feb 16th 2018, 11:02 AM Louise Clancy and her mother Geraldine died in the 2015 crash. Image: RIP.ie Share357 Tweet Email I knew I would harness that media attention to try to change the law. [To] make sure no other family would go through what we had to go through.On that day, Clancy made a direct appeal to the Minister for Transport to implement laws so that allowing a learner to drive your car unaccompanied would be an offence, as happened in this case.He said that, no matter the inconvenience, he always accompanied his daughter and son in the car when they were learners. “The law applies to you,” he said. “It doesn’t just apply to your neighbours.”He said that school students should be taught about the dangers of going out unaccompanied and made aware of the laws around this.Clancy said that his life has been completely changed since the death of his wife, and one of his daughter.“[It changes] in any way you can imagine, and in ways you can’t imagine at all,” he said.He’s since rolled back on his farming work and stopped going to church.He said: “I won’t say that I was overly religious, but I went to mass every Sunday.At this stage I would say I have lost my religion. I can’t bring myself to go to mass. Everything has changed. In the house, on the land. Every facet of my life. Louise Clancy and her mother Geraldine died in the 2015 crash. By Sean Murraylast_img read more

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Two Lithuanian men due in court after raid of cannabis growhouse in

first_imgTwo Lithuanian men due in court after raid of cannabis growhouse in Leitrim The growhouse was discovered during a search of a property. By Cormac Fitzgerald 12,581 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/4599766 Image: Shutterstock/Lifestyle discover No Comments center_img File photo. Image: Shutterstock/Lifestyle discover TWO MEN ARE due in court this morning charged in relation to the discovery of a growhouse in Leitrim earlier this week. A growhouse was discovered during a search of a rented property in the Manorhamilton area by gardaí on Tuesday night. Cannabis cultivation equipment along with 50 fully mature cannabis plants, 90 plants in the early stages of growth and 1kg of processed cannabis herb was seized, with a combined estimated value on €60,000.Two Lithuanian nationals (aged 49 and 22) were arrested during the operation. The operation was led by gardaí from Manorhamilton supported by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU).The men will appear before a special sitting of Carrick on Shannon District Court this morning at 10 am charged in connection with the incident.  Apr 19th 2019, 9:43 AM File photo. Friday 19 Apr 2019, 9:43 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Fr Adams cancels Aus trip to fight Ebola outbreak

first_imgFaced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Australian raised rock star turned missionary Fr Themi Adams, has cancelled a fundraising trip to Australia, to help 3,000 families in Freetown through the terrifying spread of the virus.At the same time, Sierra Leone’s government said last week that it would deploy hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and family members who may be infected remain isolated.The New York Times is reporting that a battalion of 750 soldiers will be sent to clinics housing Ebola patients in areas where the disease is most virulent, and the police presence will be reinforced at homes where family members are at risk of having contracted it, said Abdulai Baratay, a government spokesman.“Sierra Leone has become the centre of the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has instilled fear across West Africa and has spread to four countries. Sierra Leone, a country of 5.7 million people a has recorded the highest number of cases, 646, and the second-highest deaths, 273,” the Times reported.Despite the fact that the Ebola mortality rate is so high – up to 90 per cent – and lawlessness has broken out on the streets of Freetown, where Fr Themi runs several campuses of the Orthodox Mission, he says that, after agonizing about returning to Australia, he cannot forsake the people he is taking care of.In a message to Louis Toumbas, international director of the charity Paradise 4 Kids, Father Adams said “as you know my return annual fund raising trip to Australia this year was booked for August 7th. This booking was made 12 months ago well before the recent lethal and tragic Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.“Therefore, following from our recent telephone conversation, I would like to explain my reasons for the firm and even hard decision I have made to postpone this year’s return trip to Australia.“Our Lord Jesus has taught that the shepherd of the flock does not run away when danger or an enemy approaches but remains to protect the sheep. The hireling runs away. ‘But he that is a hireling and not the shepherd… seeing the wolf coming leaves the sheep and flees….the hireling flees because he cares not for the sheep. (St. John 10. 12-13). I am not a hireling!“Consequently since the next 30 to 60 days are the most crucial in this current Ebola crisis my natural place for the next few months or as long as the emergency period remains is here in Sierra Leone.“Our Mission is serving over 3000 families – school pupils, college students, two congregations, and mission staff. We are in the front line of this incurable epidemic.”Fr Themi, who was born to Greek parents in Egypt, said that there is “much to do” to ensure the protection of his people.Ebola education and sensitisation is top of the list, while making the mission secure, safe and ready for an outbreak is just as important Fr Themis says.The Greek Orthodox priest went on to say, “I am sure you understand and I know you agree with my decision and reasons to remain. Indeed I feel relieved and encouraged that strong believing Christians like yourself agree with the postponement or even perhaps complete cancellation of my return to Australia for 2014. With the help, grace and protection of our Lord Jesus Christ I will monitor the situation. When the emergency period is over here we can consider if I return for a few weeks back home. God knows when.“Given the crucial significance of our annual fundraising events in Australia for the financial survival of the Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone, my only concern is that my absence from the fund raising functions not affect the indispensable Australian assistance to our Mission. I pray and hope that our Mission’s friends turn out in full force in support of our work here.“However you have my sister Mary there who is imminently arriving in Australia having recently stayed in Sierra Leone. I am positive that she will prove more than a capable replacement. Thank you for all your help. Please send my warm regards and blessings to all our friends.”*Dan Woods is an award winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British Missionary parents, now living in Southern California. This article was first published in the assistnews.net website. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Succès des ZMP chez les tortues de mer

first_imgSuccès des ZMP chez les tortues de merLes Zones Maritimes Protégées (ZMP) plaisent aux tortues de mer semble-t-il. Selon une nouvelle étude internationale, elles y trouvent de quoi se nourrir tout en se protégeant contre la pêche.Les résultats d’une étude internationale présentés dans la revue Global Ecology and Biogeography montrent que plus d’un tiers des tortues vertes sont localisées dans les ZMP. Il s’agit d’une proportion beaucoup plus importante que ce que l’on ne pensait, surtout au vu du faible nombre de ZMP océaniques peu profondes.Dans ces régions, les activités humaines sont réglementées par des ONG et des gouvernements, rappelle notre-panete.info. Plusieurs catégories de ZMP ont été définies, et les plus strictement protégées sont réservées à un usage scientifique.Ainsi, les déplacements de 145 tortues vertes depuis 28 sites de ponte ont été observés. Sur les milliers de kilomètres que peuvent parcourir les tortues vertes, l’équipe a constaté que 35 % des tortues se nourrissaient dans les ZMP. Dans l’ensemble, 21 % des tortues ont été trouvées dans les AMP (Aire Marine Protégée), plus strictement protégées.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?« Malgré les limitations actuelles du suivi par satellite, les résultats montrent clairement que les tortues vertes adultes se nourrissent plus fréquemment dans les ZMP que s’il s’agissait d’une répartition aléatoire », soulignent les auteurs. « Notre étude mondiale révèle que les zones marines protégées hébergent bien plus de tortues marines qu’on ne pourrait le penser », déclare le professeur Brendan Godley du Centre for Ecology and Conservation de l’université d’Exeter.« La valeur des ZMP a été mise en question, mais ces travaux apportent la preuve qu’elles pourraient apporter efficacement un lieu de nourriture à de grandes créatures marines comme les tortues vertes. L’université d’Exeter a eu un rôle remarquable dans le développement de la méthode de suivi par satellite qui nous a permis d’évaluer la valeur des ZMP d’une façon impossible jusque là. »Le 23 avril 2012 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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East county woman dies of possible carbonmonoxide poisoning

first_imgEast county woman dies of possible carbon-monoxide poisoning KUSI Newsroom POTRERO (KUSI) – Suspected cases of carbon-monoxide poisoning in a rural East County neighborhood south of Barrett Lake left a woman dead today and sent a man and a girl to a hospital.The medical emergency at a home in the 24000 block of Hartley Hill Road in Potrero was reported shortly after 9 a.m., according to Cal Fire.Medics found a 38-year-old woman unresponsive at the residence, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.The personnel tried in vain to revive her with CPR before pronouncing her dead at the scene.The man and child were taken to a trauma center for treatment of symptoms consistent with carbon-monoxide poisoning, including lightheadedness and nausea.Firefighters tested the air in the home and found elevated levels of the toxic gas, Issac said.Its source was not immediately clear.The deceased woman’s name and the conditions of the survivors were not released. Posted: February 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, February 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at age 99

first_img Updated: 5:46 PM July 16, 2019 Posted: July 16, 2019 AP Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at age 99 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News AP, WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court for nearly 35 years and became its leading liberal, has died. He was 99.Stevens’ influence was felt on issues including abortion rights, protecting consumers and placing limits on the death penalty. He led the high court’s decision to allow terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay to plead for their freedom in U.S. courts.As a federal appeals court judge in Chicago, Stevens was considered a moderate when Republican President Gerald Ford nominated him. On the Supreme Court he became known as an independent thinker and a voice for ordinary people against powerful interests.He retired in June 2010 at age 90, the second oldest justice in the court’s history. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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26 killed in suspected US drone strikes on PakistanAfghanistan frontier

first_imgA second suspected US drone strike on Tuesday killed six people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, after a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said.The attacks came days after a Canadian-American couple held hostage by the Taliban were freed from the area in Pakistan’s northwest, striking a rare positive note in the country’s often-fraught relations with the United States.On Friday, US drones were seen hovering near where American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children, all born in captivity, were freed, after having been kidnapped by the Haqqani network while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012.“Four unmanned drones fired six missiles in Monday’s attack and two more were dropped on Tuesday,” said Baseer Khan Wazir, the top administrative official in the Kurram Agency, part of Pakistan’s restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas.The drones fired missiles on Taliban hideouts, killing at least 26 people over two days, he added, with both attacks taking place on the Afghan side within 300 metres (328 yards) of the frontier.“Twenty people were killed yesterday, mostly from the Afghan Taliban, and six more were killed in today’s attack,” Wazir told Reuters.Taliban sources said 18 members of the Pakistan-based Haqqani militants, allied to the Taliban, were killed in Monday’s strike and six more on Tuesday.“There were some mud-built houses which were being used by the mujahideen (Afghan Taliban fighters),” said a member of the Afghan Taliban, who asked not to be identified.“The drones fired six missiles on Monday and two more today, targeting two, three different compounds.”No prominent militants were in the area, he said. Another Taliban source said two commanders were killed in the attack, however.Witnesses said they heard the drones and saw plumes of smoke before seeing 20 makeshift coffins moved out of the area.“There are always drones hovering over this border area, but this was the first time four drones were noticed at the same time,” said Kurram resident Gulab Sher.last_img read more

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What Will Become Of Confederate Statues Taken Down At UT

first_img Share Abner Fletcher“Destroy the Confederacy” protester at Sam Houston Park.The Houston Chronicle reports a Houston man has been arrested for allegedly trying to plant explosives at a Confederate statue in Hermann Park.A 25-year-old man was taken into custody Monday (Aug. 21) for attempting to destroy the General Dowling Monument located in Hermann Park, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. A complaint was filed in Houston federal court Monday charging Andrew Schneck.And across Texas this weekend, symbols of the Confederacy fell — the latest at the University of Texas in Austin — where crews took down four Confederate statues overnight.READ: FULL STATEMENT FROM UT PRESIDENTThree of them have been moved to the university’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The center’s executive director, Dr. Don Carleton, joins us to explain which of the four statues are now at the center and what’s planned for them.And, we hear what protesters and counter-protesters had to say at this weekend’s rally here in Houston, where the “Spirit of the Confederacy” statue remains in place Sam Houston Park downtown.Michael Hagerty“The Spirit of the Confederacy” statue in Sam Houston Park downtown, erected in 1908.last_img read more

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Krispy Kreme Commemorates Apollo 11 Anniversary With New Filled Doughnut

first_imgStay on target Krispy Kreme Japan Now Sells Delicious Premium Donuts Krispy Kreme is celebrating 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing in the most delicious way.The doughnut maker this week introduced new filled pastries—a twist on the brand’s iconic original glazed.“Krispy Kreme was at the launch of Apollo 11, serving fresh doughnuts to Americans witnessing liftoff of this monumental mission,” Chief Marketing Officer Dave Skena said in a statement.AdChoices广告(I mean, I doubt aproned employees were on the ground at the Kennedy Space Center, handing out sweet ring-shaped fried cakes to hungry spectators.)“As America prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we want to give our fans a new taste experience that is out of this world,” Skena continued.“We choose to fill out Original Glazed doughnuts, not because it is easy, but because it is hard (no disrespect intended, JFK),” the company said in an inspiring speech. “Actually… it’s not hard, it’s melt-in-your-mouth delicious.”Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket in the summer of ’69, sending astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon.During the eight-day mission, Armstrong and Aldrin made history as the first people to step foot on Earth’s satellite—ending the Space Race and fulfilling a national goal.Try one for free on June 22, National Doughnut Day (via Krispy Kreme)Five decades later, 1 million lucky customers can experience a different kind of launch: On June 22, aka National Doughnut Day, Krispy Kreme will hand out free stuffed snacks (one per guest) at participating U.S. locations in 33 states.Or, you can fork out $1.29 for your choice of original or chocolate cream filling.Then, wash it all down with Budweiser’s limited-edition Discovery Reserve American Red Lager—inspired by an old recipe from the time of the Apollo missions.“Budweiser Discovery Reserve is our tribute to this epic moment in history,” Ricardo Marques, vice president of marketing core and value brands at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. “One that will certainly continue to inspire generations of present and future explorers.”More on Geek.com:LEGO Launches Stunning 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo 11USPS Celebrates Apollo 11 Anniversary With New StampsGo Behind-the-Scenes of Apollo 11 With New Audio Recordingslast_img read more

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