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first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Toronto’s reputation as Hollywood North just keeps growing, and one of its biggest film studios is about to get even bigger.The sprawling 300,000 square foot Pinewood Toronto Studios is set to add another 27,500 square feet of mixed-use facilities as part of a long term project that will see the studio’s footprint expanded to 700,000 square feet across 33.5 acres of land in the Port Lands.The newest facilities will include a new sound stage, production office, and workshop area for costume and set design. It’s a 10 per cent increase to the existing studio, but foretells of much more to come.last_img read more

TRC reaches out to inmates about residential school experiences

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the last four years Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been gathering statements from former residential school students about their experiences.And now for the first time the TRC will begin speaking with inmates in the Northwest Territories in the hopes that they too can begin their healing journeys.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

PJD Rallies in Casa to Protest Detention of 5 Members Arrested

Rabat – PJD leaders and members of parliament rallied in Casablanca Friday against the ongoing detention of five party members arrested for praising terrorism.The five members of the party’s Youth wing have been on a hunger strike for 10 days. PJD Secretary General Abdelilah Benkirane has called for the detainees to end the strike.PJD leading members and Members of the Parliament rallied in United Nations’ Square in Casablanca in protest of the ongoing detention of five PJD members after they praised the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in a Facebook post in December 2015. Amina Maalainin, the PJD Member of the Parliament who spoke at the rally said that the arrested members “could have been tried using the Press and Publication Law, which does not contain freedom deprivation sanctions,” but the public prosecution “decided to accuse them of inciting terrorism.”“The terrorist does not belong to a political party,” pointed out the MP, noting that there is no justification for “keeping those young people under detention at the time when all the guarantees are present for them to be released.”Maalainin blamed the public prosecution “affiliated with the Ministry of Defense,” the government, and Moroccan state “with all its institutions” for the “scandal” and the detainees’ health state following their 10-day hunger strike.Amid the slogans chanted by the crowd, the PJD member warned that the detainees might die as a result of the hunger strike and called for attention from human rights organizations and “all those who believe that real reform requires the unification of efforts.”Maalainin pointed to the “unlawfulness of the arrest” and promised the crowd the arrestees will be released “sooner or later.”The families of the detainees paid a visit to the General Secretary of the PJD and former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, who asked the detainees to put an end to their hunger strike.Members of the PJD’s Youth were arrested in late December over Facebook posts deemed to have praised the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey by a Turkish police officer. read more

Ban Kimoon marks 30th anniversary of treaties protecting civilians in war

8 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commemorated the 30th anniversary of two additional protocols to the landmark Geneva Conventions, calling on all States currently not party to the instruments to accede to them. “The 1977 Additional Protocols supplement the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and provide very important legal protections for civilians and others in both international and internal armed conflicts,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Additional Protocol I balances both military and humanitarian needs by bringing two previously separate areas of law: the law regarding the conduct of hostilities and the law protecting civilians and those who are actively participating in hostilities.It prohibits the use of weapons which can cause excessive injury or unnecessary suffering, and reminds parties that the methods and means of warfare are not unlimited.Additional Protocol II is the first of its kind to deal with civil wars, and it prohibits attacks on civilians and materials necessary for their survival.To date, 167 States are party to Additional Protocol I and 163 are party to Additional Protocol II.In a related development, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism – which aims to prevent such acts, bring perpetrators to justice and promote cooperation among countries – will enter into force 30 days from today.Bangladesh became the 22nd State to accede to the Convention, which requires that many ratifications or accessions to enter into force.“The Convention is expected to play a crucial role in preventing terrorists from gaining access to weapons of mass destruction,” said UN Legal Counsel Nicholas Michel, welcoming the latest development.The treaty will also “strengthen the international anti-terrorism legal framework by being a valuable addition to already existing universal counter-terrorism norms and obligations,” he added.With the addition of this Convention, there will be 13 anti-terrorism instruments covering such aces as hijackings, kidnappings, bombings and financing of terrorism.Originally proposed by Russia, the Convention was adopted on 13 April 2005, and outlaws specific and concrete acts of nuclear terrorism. It is intended to protect against attacks on a range of targets, including nuclear power plants and reactors. It is also applicable to threats and attempts to commit such crimes.The Convention – to which there are currently 115 signatories – also promotes cooperation among countries through the sharing of information and the providing of assistance for investigations and extraditions. read more

Over 117000 displaced Bosnians kept from returning home by political disputes –

“Bosnia’s internally displaced need durable solutions to rebuild their lives,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Representative on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Walter Kälin said on his return to Geneva from Sarajevo, the capital. “However, the present political disputes endanger the progress needed to address their humanitarian needs and to remove an important obstacle to a lasting peace.” He stressed that a revised strategy plank of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war sets out a range of measures to assist IDPs, dealing with all relevant elements for a durable solution on issues of housing and property, security, livelihoods, health and education, non-discrimination and reconciliation, but certain political parties have blocked its adoption in the upper house of the parliament.“There are still more than 117,000 registered IDPs who are in need of durable solutions,” Mr. Kälin said, noting the revised strategy reaffirms that return is the preferred solution, while also providing space for local integration, especially of the most vulnerable.“Many returnees need to have their houses reconstructed and connected to infrastructure. It is just as important that they benefit from equal opportunities to find employment. It also needs to be ensured that their pensions and social welfare entitlements are transferred to their place of return,” he added, calling on the Government not to reduce budget allocations for a durable solution and on donors to continue to provide the necessary funding.He recalled that 7,500 people still reside in often dreadful conditions in collective centres. “Most of these people are too vulnerable or traumatized to return. However, they should and can be integrated locally,” he said.“For example, I met a woman who suffered unspeakable atrocities during the war and did not want to return to her home region. When she received a small apartment after spending more than a decade in limbo, she said that the war had finally come to an end for her.” 17 November 2009Political disputes in Bosnia and Herzegovina are impeding the return of over 117,000 people, dooming them to endure the consequences of wartime atrocities 14 years after the end of the Balkan conflict that drove them from their homes, an independent United Nations expert said today. read more

Government tells plantation companies to agree to Rs 1000

Later, the Ministers briefed the plantation trade unions on the progress of the talks with the plantation companies.Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman and State Minister of Plantation Industries, Vadivel Suresh attended the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) The discussion took place at the Labour Department in Colombo. The trade union are demanding Rs. 1000 as a daily wage but plantation companies have refused to agree. At the meeting with plantation companies they proposed Rs. 940 as a daily wage but the Ministers said that Rs. 1000 is a possibility.The plantation companies have said they will have talks among themselves are look to reach a collective agreement. The Government has told plantation companies today to agree to the Rs. 1000 daily wage hike demanded by plantation workers.Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake and Labor Trade Union Relations and Social Empowerment Minister Daya Gamage had separate talks with plantation companies and trade unions today on the demand for a wage hike. read more

Gazette notice issued on resignation of Muslim Ministers

The gazette also notes that the State Ministers have resigned their officers under Article 46(3)(b) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, with effect from June 03, 2019. According to the gazette notice Hakeem, Barthiudeen and Haleem have resigned with effect from June 3rd while Hashim has resigned with effect from June 4th. The State Ministers who resigned are Mohomed Casim, Mohamed Harees, Ameer Ali and Ali Zahir MoulanaThe gazette notice also says that Abdullah Maharoof Mohammadu Mohammadu resigned from his office under Article 46(3)(b) of the Constitution with effect from June 03, 2019. A gazette notice has been issued on the resignation of Muslim Ministers, State Ministers and a Deputy Minister.The gazette notice notes that Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Barthiudeen, Kabir Hashim and Abdul Haleem had resigned as Ministers in the cabinet. read more

Some statistics on Canadas elevator problems

Some statistics on Canada’s elevator problems by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Statistics obtained by The Canadian Press indicate increasing problems with elevators across Canada. Selected numbers:Calls to fire departments for persons trapped in elevator (selected cities):Toronto2000: 1,3862015: 2,862Montreal2010: 1,4152015: 1,532Vancouver2011: 5032015: 428Age of elevators in Ontario (Residential/Office):Over 50 years old: 1,550/65025-50 years old: 10,000/4,75010-25 years old: 3,250/2,1005-10 years old: 1,700/847Under 5 years old: 1,750/700Total: About 18,000/9,000Top 10 trapped-in-elevator calls to fire departments by Ontario city (2014):Toronto: 2,700Ottawa: 314Mississauga: 254Brampton: 127Vaughan: 71London: 63Windsor: 55Hamilton: 41Richmond Hill: 37Oakville: 32Total: 3,694SOURCE: Ontario Fire Marshal, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver fire departments, Technical Standards and Safety Authority read more

The Cavs Are Trying But The Warriors Are Just Too Good

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 7, 2016), we welcome ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz as a special guest host to discuss the NBA Finals and ask him what is going wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers. We also assess the legacy of Muhammad Ali and wonder whether analytics are useful when trying to understand just how great he was. Finally, Mike Goodman of ESPN FC joins us to discuss the Copa America and the U.S. men’s national team’s chances in the rest of the tournament. Plus, a special segment on the definition of the hot take inspired by Slate’s Stefan Fatsis. Please send your own definition and your favorite examples to We’ll pass them along to Slate!Links to what we discuss are here:Neil Paine writes that the Cavs’ shooting went to hell in Game 1 of the NBA Finals but that they probably won’t get swept by the Warriors.ESPN Stats & Information Group says Draymond Green’s return to form makes the Warriors look unstoppable.The Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg writes that blame for the Cavs’ defeats must lie at the feet of LeBron James.Kyle Wagner says Muhammad Ali can’t be judged by mere statistics.Wesley Morris writes in The New York Times that Ali evolved from a great fighter into the nation’s conscience.BBC Sport tries to assess what it was about Ali that made him so great.According to Tom Dart in the Guardian, this is crunch time for Jürgen Klinsmann as he tries to find a winning formula for the U.S. men’s national soccer team.Mike Goodman explains why Clint Dempsey doesn’t fit into Klinsmann’s new-look attack.Michael Caley says Christian Pulisic might be the key to U.S. success at the Copa America.Finally, here’s a link to the episode of Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” in which Fatsis announced his hot-take-crowd-sourcing project. Get involved! FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Brief Encounter clock stilled by row over racist comments about child migrants

first_imgThe article questioned whether the migrants and refugees arriving from Calais were children and whether they were in any real danger.Peter Crowther, chairman of the Carnforth Station Trust, which runs the heritage centre at the station, told The Telegraph: “A visitor to the station who was with his family complained about insulting and racist comments made by Mr Walker.“He said that if action wasn’t taken he would report the matter as a hate crime to the police.”Members of the trust interviewed a number of witnesses about the incident and decided to ban Mr Walker from those parts of the station it operates and rents from Network Rail.The trust said Mr Walker, who the trust claims refused to attend the meeting at which his fate was decided, has since refused to wind the clock up.“Mr Walker has been given the right to go into the station to get the tools to maintain the clock without having to go into trust buildings and he is not doing it,” said Mr Crowther. “The clock not being wound up is his personal decision and nothing to do with the trust.”But Mr Walker, 71, hit back at the ban, saying: “It’s a matter of free speech. I was talking to a friend, discussing a newspaper article which questioned the comparison being made between the Calais migrants and the Jewish kindertransport children who fled to Britain in 1939.“I said it was a ridiculous comparison because the kindertransport children were being rescued from the jaws of death. I didn’t say anything I’d consider offensive or deserving of what’s happened to me.“No wonder people nowadays are scared to say what they think. They are scared of being labelled racist. Where has the right to free speech gone? It is not as if I was Hitler addressing a rally.”Mr Walker denies he was invited to attend the trust’ meeting which decided on the ban and also denies that he still has access to the equipment needed to wind the clock up.“I can’t get to the ladder without going on trust property and even if I could I wouldn’t do it anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to associate with that nest of vipers.”Whatever the circumstances, Alex and Laura might well have welcomed a similar respite from the relentless tick-tock which brought an end to their fleeting affair. 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. Although Brief Encounter was set amid the narrow confines of an imagined Home Counties town, the station scenes were shot by director David Lean at Carnforth, where the large clock stood above the subway through which the lovers ran to catch their respective trains.Mr Walker, a former fireman and engine driver with British Rail, helped install the clock after his friend Peter Yates, the former chairman of Carnforth station trust, tracked it down to a shop in Twickenham, west London, and returned it to the station 13 years ago, as part of the £650,00 project to save the building from dereliction.But the trust claims relations with Mr Walker have soured in recent years. Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Howard) say goodbye at Canforth station in David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945) Standing above the station platform where they first met it was the timepiece which, with an iron hand, governed Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson’s short-lived affair and determined when they should part.But the clock which played such a symbolic role in the 1945 British cinema classic Brief Encounter has been stilled – the victim of a very modern row over allegedly racist comments made by the man who until now kept it working.Jim Walker has been banned from key parts of the station at Carnforth, in Lancashire, after he was overheard by a member of the public talking about comments about child migrants and refugees.As a result the clock – which in the film signals when Johnson’s character Laura must leave Alec, played by Howard, and catch the train back to her husband – stands permanently stuck at 9.46.The row exploded after a family visiting the station last October overheard Mr Walker making what they said were racist comments about child refugees, in response to a column he was reading in a national newspaper.center_img Jim Walker winding the clock up at Carnforth station, before the row over his remarks on child migrants Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Howard) say goodbye at Canforth station in David Lean’s Brief Encounter (1945)Credit:ITV/REX Shutterstock Jim Walker winding the clock up at Carnforth station, before the row over his remarks on child migrantslast_img read more

Christmas Day bargainhunters to spend three times as much as last minute

first_imgThe last-minute panic dash to the shops on Christmas Eve is an established tradition. But it has been overtaken by a rather more modern phenomenon – the Christmas Day bargain hunt. More than three times as much is set to be spent by online shoppers on Christmas Day this year than by those who are heading to the shops on Christmas Eve. Figures from analysts the Centre for Retail Research suggest that 5.8m people will take to the shops on Sunday spending a total of £284m. Another £150m is estimated to be spent online in the run up to Christmas by last-minute shoppers taking advantage of offers such as Amazon’s two-hour delivery window. But the figure pales in comparison to the total set to be spent online on Christmas Day, which this year is expected to be £895m.  The gap has widened considerably since last year, when around £314m was spent on Christmas Eve and £720m on Christmas Day. Few shoppers go online on Christmas Eve because what they buy is unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas, but Boxing Day sales increasingly start on Christmas Day, tempting bargain-hunters to browse the internet for deals.The fact that Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year is also likely to affect sales figures, with even last-minute shoppers completing their present-buying and food purchases on Saturday or earlier in the week.  Saturday 23 December, dubbed “Super Saturday”, was expected by analysts to be the biggest sales day of the week.Opening hours are restricted for bigger stores on Christmas Eve, with supermarkets operating Sunday hours and many closing as early as 4pm.Sunday trading laws mean shops larger than 280 square metres can open for only six continuous hours between 10am and 6pm.Professor Joshua Bamfield, the director of the Centre, said the change meant Christmas Eve had become more of a day for gathering with family than in the past.”Although I know from watching Hollywood films from my childhood that Christmas Eve is supposed to be the big time, it’s a different world we live in now. “By Christmas Eve it’s about the social aspects of Christmas – people are starting to slow down. It’s been a very unexciting day for several years in the UK,” he said. “Most people have got their stuff. It’s only the mad, harassed male who’s left it to the last minute who’s going to be racing around.” “Individual days become very important, and some are because big discounts are being offered,” added Professor Bamfield. “There’s always been a category of people who leave it to the last minute, and they are still leaving it to the last minute, but people have changed their shopping patterns to take account of discounts,” he said. Many businesses introduce their offers the week before or the week after Black Friday, he said, as tough conditions for shops means heightened competition for customers. “It’s a really murderous market out there. Retailers know it’s going to be a war of discounts, and if you have a successful Christmas then you’re OK for the next year.”center_img Imported traditions such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday also mean shoppers are taking advantage of discounts and finishing their Christmas preparation earlier than in the past.  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

New Species of Blind Swamp Eel Discovered

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverAngler Reels in Strange Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New York center_img Researchers stumbled upon a new species of swamp eel—blind as a bat and slick as a snake.The fish was uncovered in damp soil of the Indian rainforest by researchers searching for an entirely different animal.“We were digging all day every day for caecilians in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, in the north-east of India, when I chanced upon this fish,” Natural History Museum (NHM) of London researcher Rachunliu Kamei said in a statement. “This is the only specimen of the species, as we couldn’t find any more.”The so-called Monopterus rongsaw—so distinct, this individual was enough to convince researchers they discovered a new species—is described in the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters.Swamp eels are a family of freshwater fish, typically found in the tropics and subtropics. Most are able to breathe air and typically live in marshes, ponds, and damp places, sometimes burying themselves in mud if their water source dries up.Some, however, have evolved far more specialized, subterranean lifestyles, according to the Museum. The new species, for instance, was detected some 55 yards from the nearest stream.Which means very little is known about these slithery critters, as folks who study fish tend to be looking, well, in water.CT scans of the fish’s head reveal its formidable-looking skull (via Ralf Britz/Natural History Museum)“More swamp eels have been collected by my herpetologist friends than I have ever collected with my fishing net,” according to Ralf Britz, fish researcher at the NHM and co-author of a paper with Kamei.Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.The M. rongsaw‘s underground way of life has forced certain adaptations, including being blind.“We suspect that the eyes just never really develop,” Britz explained. “We can’t say that for certain for this particular species as we don’t have early life stages, but that is something I would expect.”Their “vivid pink” coloring, as reported by the Museum, is also a result of their sunken existence: The fish have simply lost all pigmentation. Add to that an increased number of blood vessels (allowing for oxygen exchange), and you get a fuschia-tinted, worm-like specimen with disturbingly sharp teeth.One thing these little serpents have in common with their swamp eel brethren is a lack of gill filaments: Oxygen is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and pharynx, which acts as a “lung.”And though full-grown swamp eels have virtually no fins, the larvae are born with large pectoral fins, used to fan water over their bodies before their adult breathing apparatus develops.It remains unclear whether these appendages simply fall off, or are reabsorbed by the fish.The region in which the eel was found is covered in rich rainforest (via Rachunliu Kamei/Natural History Museum)There are only 25 known species of swamp eel, distributed across South and Central America, West Africa, India, and further east. The newest eel was found in a remote part of India, traditionally regarded as a transitional zone between the Himalayas and Indo-Burma hotspots.“But this has turned out not to be true,” Kamei, a Marie Curie Fellow at the Museum, said. “Rather than being a transitional zone, it seems to have its own set of species with deep evolutionary roots. It’s a really fascinating area, but greatly undersampled.”It is now recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot. Scientists hope further studies in this poorly documented region will reveal “a host of hidden diversity to keep the new species of blind swamp eel company.”Researchers found that eels exposed to trace amounts of cocaine in the water suffer health problems. Meanwhile, an expedition to the Atacama Trench uncovered three new species of sea snails. Stay up to date with all things fish here.last_img read more

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Star Teases Major OnScreen Reunion

first_imgStay on target Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars dropped major teasers about the movie this week, including Luke’s force ghost and Rey’s potential shift to the Dark Side. Adding to the excitement is Kelly Marie Tran, who recently teased that the film will feature a major on-screen reunion that will bring characters together in ways never shown before.In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Tran, who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), discussed how “everyone’s together” in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. “J.J. [Abrams] has done a really good job of bringing a lot of things together, in terms of having [characters] from the older films. Everyone’s together in this movie, which isn’t something that’s happened before,” Tran explained. “So it’s really exciting.”‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ cast members at a D23 Expo panel on August 25. (Photo Credit: Jesse Grant / Getty Images)Tran, along with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast members John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, attended Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, last weekend.At the event, Disney dropped a Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser, which showed the “story of a generation coming to an end.” The sneak peek footage teased the appearance of many characters, including Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), who may play a role in the Resistance’s final showdown with the First Order.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which also stars Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and Mark Hamill, hits theaters on December 20.More on Hamill Teases Luke’s Force Ghost in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ PosterNew ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Pulls Rey to the Dark SideDisney Unveils First Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ ‘Star Wars” Series Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

NIA 9 CASE Witness Battles With Defence Lawyer On Statements

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowCommissioner Abdoulie Sanneh, the third prosecution witness (PW3) was held to struggle by the defence lawyer Christine E. Mene on testimonies he gave as PW3.When the case was called before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court, lawyers Antouman AB Gaye, Yassin Senghor, Combeh Gaye, Rachel Y Mendy and Lamin S. Camara appeared for the State whilst CE Mene and EE Chime appeared for the 1st, P. Gomez 2nd, Ibrahim Jallow for the 3rd, A.Y. Ama for the 4th and 7th, U Achibgue 6th and D. Darboe for the 8th accused person.Counsel Mene asked the witness what was the specific order that was given to him as the he was going to Westfield where Solo Sandeng and others were holding protest, in his response, the witness said he was given an order to go and find out by the Regional Commissioner, Kebba Bojang. Mene asked whether there was any need to go with a whole task force just to go and find out, the witness responded in the affirmative. Mene asked what he found out, Commissioner Sanneh told the court that he found a crowd with a banner ‘we need proper electoral reform’.“Is it true that when you reached the place you forced your way into the crowd” Mene asked.The witness in his response said ‘I did not force my way into the crowd, I asked them who the ring leader was’.  Mene asked whether he had entered inside the crowd, PW3 said ‘not inside, I just went to the crowd’. “How do you know Solo Sandeng was the ring leader”? Mene asked. Commissioner Sanneh said he talked to the crowd who told him that Solo Sandeng was the ring leader. “Is it the crowd that told you Solo was the ring leader” Mene asked. “The person I talked to, I cannot remember him” PW3 responded.Mene also asked how many people he spoke to, in his answer, the witness said he cannot remember how many of them because the time he asked they were saying “Solo Sandeng is our leader”. Mene asked whether it is correct to say ‘several people’ told him(PW3) that Solo Sandeng was their leader, the witness told the court that he cannot say how many people in the crowd told him that Solo Sandeng was their leader.The witness also refused Lawyer Mene’s statement that he used forced in the crowd to take Solo Sandeng away and that his efforts were resisted by the crowd which resulted into push and pull. The witness told the Court that he has never mentioned that in court. Lawyer Mene referred the Court to its sittings dated 7thNovember 2017 when the witness in his evidence in chief told the Court that Modou Ngom, one of those who were arrested alongside Solo Sandeng stood between him (PW3) and Solo Sandeng and was pushing him. The witness told the Court that he never said that in Court and that he can’t remember anyone pushing him.Lawyer Menne also referred the court to many statements that the witness gave in his evidence in Court which in cross examination, he countered. One of the statements was the witness told the Court that when he came to Westfield and the crowd told him that it was one Ebrima Sandeng commonly called Solo Sandeng was their leader, he decided to speak to Solo who was in the middle of the crowd, when he approached him, Solo Sandeng called him officer though he was not in uniform. In yesterday’s trial, the witness denied that Solo Sandeng was in the middle of the crowd, but instead told the Court “Solo Sandeng was in the crowd whether in the middle or not I cannot say that”.Commissioner Sanneh told the Court that he cannot remember anyone apart from himself and his senior, Commissioner Kebba Bojang in their team that went to Westfield during the protest. Lawyer Mene still asked whether Momodou Sowe, a senior officer that he (PW3) mentioned, was part of the team, the witness said Sowe was part of it.The witness also denied Solo Sandeng calling him ‘officer’. Lawyer CE Mene referred to his statements when giving evidence on 7th November that when he approached Solo Sandeng who was in the middle of the crowd, he was not on uniform but Solo recognised him and called him officer. The witness told the Court yesterday that he and Momodou Sowe were together by the time Solo Sandeng called ‘officer’, so he does not know who Solo referred to when he called ‘officer’. “I said Solo said ‘officer’, I thought he knew me” Commissioner Sanneh said.The matter was adjourned to today and tomorrow at 12 noon for continuation of cross examination and further hearing.last_img read more

Average advertised salaries fall by 06

first_imgAverage advertised salaries in the UK fell by 0.6% between June 2016 and June 2017, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: July 2017, which analyses online job vacancy data in the UK from over 500 sources, found that the average advertised UK salary decreased by 0.7% between May 2017 and June 2017, falling from £32,743 to £32,519.Average advertised salaries in London increased by 0.2% between June 2016 and June 2017 to reach £39,232. This is the first time since July 2015 that an annual average salary increase has been recorded for the capital. In the south east of England, average advertised salaries decreased by 2.3% between June 2016 and June 2017, with average advertised salaries currently recorded at £30,986.Average advertised salaries for the HR and recruitment sector increased by 10.8% between June 2016 and June 2017 to reach £33,710. Healthcare and nursing jobs have seen a 5.4% increase in average advertised salaries between June 2016 and June 2017, compared to a 5.1% increase in the travel sector, and a 4.6% rise for graduate jobs. Average advertised salaries for teaching positions increased by 4.1% between June 2016 and June 2017, and legal jobs recorded an average advertised salary increase of 3.5% to reach £40,190. Average advertised salaries for scientific and quality assurance positions increased by 1.8% between June 2016 and June 2017, reaching an average salary of £38,926.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “Although salary growth remains stagnant in most regions, it is encouraging to see London join eastern England, Northern Ireland and Wales as an area where the green shoots of recovery are visible. With more than a quarter of a million openings in London at present, there are plenty of opportunities for modern day Dick Whittingtons to see if the capital’s streets really are paved with gold.”last_img read more

OBITUARY Patricia E ONeil Bedell 83

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Patricia E. Bedell (O’Neil), “Pat”, age 83, of Haverhill, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018.Patricia was born on July 28, 1935 in Lowell, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Edward and Helen O’Neil. Pat was raised and educated in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Following High School, Pat, went on to earn her Nursing License at the Tewksbury State Hospital Nursing Program; she was so proud to be a nurse and was eager to start her career.Pat spent many years as a nurse for the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford; she had such kindness and compassion for the Veteran’s that she took care of. Pat treated her patients as well as their families as her own; she went above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable.Pat lived in Wilmington for many years where she raised four wonderful children; “family” was everything to her. Pat cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren whether she was at a school or sporting event, hosting a family holiday, or enjoying a family vacation; she loved every minute of it.Pat will be fondly remembered and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.Pat was the beloved mother of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell and his wife Christine all of Haverhill. Loving “Nanny” of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell. Cherished daughter of the late Edward P. and Helen M. (Hannon) O’Neil, dear sister of the late William and Edward O’Neil. Pat is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844..Patricia E. (O’Neil) Bedell(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Patricia (Patti) Ann Griffin, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Fairbanks Resolution Endorses Fukushima Radiation Monitoring

first_imgThe Fairbanks city council passed a resolution Monday in support of state, federal and international monitoring for radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.Download AudioReactors at the facility were damaged during the major earthquake in Japan three years ago this week, and there’s concern about continued long range radiation. Fairbanks borough assembly member John Davies testified in support of the resolution.He said he has no evidence that there’s currently a problem with radiation impacts in Alaska, but that monitoring is warranted.last_img read more

Caribou Reindeer Compete For Space On The Seward Peninsula

first_imgMale caribou running near Kiwalik, Alaska. (Photo: Jim Dau)For decades, caribou have posed a threat to reindeer herders on the Seward Peninsula — their numbers swelling, even as the reindeer population shrinks.Now, a new front has developed in the turf war between reindeer and caribou.Download AudioAn unidentified herd of animals has settled near Serpentine Hot Springs, in close proximity to several reindeer herding operations. And the animals’ presence has both wildlife managers and reindeer herders asking: Are they reindeer or caribou?“Nobody knows if it’s a caribou herd reestablishing itself on the Seward Peninsula, or if it’s a group of reindeer that have run off and gone feral,” said Greg Finstad with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Reindeer Research program.In order to solve the mystery, UAF’s Reindeer Research Program is teaming up with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to genetically test the animals.The two agencies are soliciting small tissue samples from hunters who harvested game — caribou or reindeer — near Serpentine Hot Spring this summer. Those samples will then be compared with relatively “pure” reindeer samples from St. Lawrence Island, and caribou samples from the Interior, to determine whether the Serpentine herd is more closely related to caribou or reindeer.Jim Dau is an ADF&G biologist working on the project. He said while the distinction between the two animals may seem slight — it makes a big difference to reindeer herders in the region.“The reindeer industry has lost a tremendous number of reindeer, especially since the mid 90s. And those losses have occurred primarily when caribou that winter down there leave in the spring. They can just overwhelm a reindeer range and when they leave in the spring they take reindeer with them,” he said.According to Dau, if the animals are caribou, they’ll likely be viewed as a new threat — especially since they appeared at an unusual time of year: Summer, rather than the typical winter migration period.On the other hand, if the animals turn out to be reindeer, the reaction would likely be more optimistic.“If they are feral reindeer, then a reindeer herder can go out and recover them,” said Finstad.A definitive I.D. would also make it clear which agency is responsible for the animals — for instance, caribou are public resources within the purview of ADF&G; while reindeer are under the stewardship of private herders — and who will have to foot the bill when it comes to monitoring them.According to Finstad, monitoring is particularly important in the case of caribou. There is very little reindeer herders can do to protect their reindeer from a group of several thousand caribou — but early warnings do help.“If you have a group of reindeer, and you know where the caribou are, then you do have a chance and you can maybe move them out of the way,” he said.Still, Dau with ADF&G noted that tracking costs time and money. Warning systems rely on expensive radio collars, plus transportation costs and hours spent placing those collars on the animals.The total Western Arctic caribou herd is over 200,000 strong. Dau said it’s hard to justify placing a several collars in a relatively small area like Serpentine Hot Springs when he has such a large group to worry about — as well as other stakeholder interests in the region.“There’s another whole aspect to this,” he said. “There are a lot of people on the Seward Peninsula who are not reindeer herders. They are absolutely delighted to have access to caribou. They want to go caribou hunting and get meat.”But when it comes to the Serpentine herd, identification is still the first step. Dau said ADF&G is still collecting tissue samples from game harvested between May and August of this year in the Serpentine-Shishmaref-Cape Espenberg area.Hunters interested in donating samples can bring them to the ADF&G office in Nome.last_img read more

Cognizant going the Infosys way CTS may layoff 6000 Indian employees to

first_imgCognizant is fairly aggressive in its acquisition strategy as it plans to strengthen various domains.WikiMedia CommonsCognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) has made the headlines once again. It is being said that the American multinational corporation is looking to lay off about 6,000 workers in India to ramp up hiring in its home country.This might be the company’s way to appease the Donald Trump Administration, which has expressed displeasure over US firms outsourcing jobs to other countries as well as addressing the charges against it taking up a major share of the H-1B visas offered. After speculations about the layoffs made news, Cognizant Chennai employees are now planning to take up the matter with Tamil Nadu’s state labour department.While Cognizant president Rajiv Mehta told the Economic Times that the company had no layoff plans, he had earlier revealed that it does intend to ramp up hiring in the US. “We are shifting our workforce rapidly in the US with more US jobs and US delivery centres,” he told PTI. Additionally, he attributed the shift to “clients’ need for co-innovation and co-location.”Speaking about taking up a large share of the H-1B visa, Mehta said the company has plans to try and reduce its dependence on visa.Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Cognizant might also let go of its senior employees through a voluntary retirement scheme. The firm has reportedly given its senior employees an option to accept a six or nine months’ severance package, whichever is applicable.”We are offering a voluntary separation incentive to some eligible leaders, representing a very small percentage of our total workforce. It is related to our overall company strategy to accelerate our shift to digital and to deliver high-quality, sustainable growth,” a Cognizant spokesperson told ET. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileSimilar story with InfosysNot just Cognizant, Infosys. too has been in news for similar reasons. On May 2, the company said that it plans to ramp up hiring in the US and will also set up four technology hubs in the country. The hiring of about 10,000 employees is likely to take place over a span of two years.”Infosys is committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the United States,” Vishal Sikka, chief executive officer, Infosys, said in a statement.Sikka also explained how Infosys, through this decision, aims to improve its clients’ businesses and bring new kinds of opportunities to American workers. Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb, too, seems pleased with the idea and said that it will benefit the state in a big way.”It’s so good to welcome Infosys to Indiana, and to expand our growing tech ecosystem with the addition of their estimated 2,000 Hoosier jobs. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level,” he said.last_img read more

Prothom Alo remains committed to courage

first_imgMedia Star Limited chairman and directors with Prothom Alo employees at the auditorium of CA Bhaban. Photo: Prothom AloThe Bangla daily celebrated its 19th anniversary with a commitment to uphold courage and values of true journalism.The anniversary event was organised at the CA Bhaban auditorium at Karwan Bazar in the capital city on Saturday.Prothom Alo has continued for 19 years with integrity and courage in the arena of journalism. The theme of this year’s anniversary is ‘courage’.During the anniversary commemoration, Prothom Alo highlighted the various instances of courage including the liberation war, the nineties’ mass movement and the triumphs in cricket.Singers Bappa Majumder, Imran, Sabbir, Kishore, Dinat Jahan Munni, Kona, Priyanka Gop, and Anima Roy perform at 19th anniversary of Prothom Alo. Photo: Prothom AloSpeaking on the occasion, the chairman of Prothom Alo’s publisher Media Star Limited, Latifur Rahman, said there have been changes in politics, the economy, the society, and journalism over the last 19 years. This change has been brought about through the combined efforts of the people, the public and the private sector and civil society.He said Prothom Alo’s pursuit of journalism with courage and ethics and has brought it to this height.Latifur Rahman pointed out that a reader can discern between genuine news and news that is motivated and biased.Referring to the sacrifice of Faraaz Ayaz Hossain, he said, “We are inspired by example the courage and morality Faraaz set at the young age of 19.”Singer Konal presents a song at the event. Photo: Prothom AloModerating the event on Saturday morning, associate editor Anisul Hoque said, “We want to move with courage along the path of light and want to enlighten the nation.”Prothom Alo throughout the year runs reports to prevent child marriage and other social evils. A documentary on preventing child marriage was screened, depicting seven girl students from Mymensingh who played a courageous role in resisting child marriage.Media Star Limited chairman Latifur Rahman speaking on the 19th anniversary of Prothom AloEditor and publisher of the Daily Star Mahfuz Anam said that Prothom Alo has turned into the very best newspaper in 19 years through true journalism.Former adviser to the caretaker government Rokeya Afzal Rahman congratulated the employees of Prothom Alo for forging ahead despite all odds.Editor Matiur Rahman said, “At the very outset our aim was to become the number one newspaper. Fresh problems and obstacles invariably crop up along the way. Despite that, Prothom Alo is going ahead. Prothom Alo will turn 20 next year. It is working to striving to present a new look to its readers.” Matiur Rahman thanked the readers, the advertisers and well-wishers.Directors of Media Star Limited Saifur Rahman, Atiqur Rahman, Arshad Waliur Rahman, Simeen Hossain and her son Zaraif Ayat Hossain, among others, were present.After the discussion, crests were distributed among the best performing employees of Prothom Alo. Managing editor Sajjad Sharif conducted the ceremony.The event also included a musical performance by popular singers Bappa Majumder, Imran, Sabbir, Kishore, Dinat Jahan Munni, Kona, Priyanka Gop, and Anima Roy.last_img read more