Man drunk and speeding before crash that killed BC Mountie Crown

first_imgCOLWOOD, B.C. – A man who sped his truck through a red light and rammed a RCMP cruiser, killing the officer inside, had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, the Crown said Wednesday.Crown attorney Tim Stokes told Kenneth Fenton’s sentencing hearing the man’s truck was estimated to be going as fast as 90 kilometres an hour in a 50-kilometre zone when it entered the intersection and slammed into Const. Sarah Beckett’s vehicle in April 2016.Stokes told the court, Fenton, 29, had been drinking beer and was distraught over the recent suicide of a friend. He refused to provide a breath or blood sample, but police obtained a warrant within an hour of the crash to analyze blood taken from Fenton while he was at the hospital, the court heard.Fenton’s blood-alcohol reading was .287 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, Stokes said. The legal blood-alcohol limit is .08.The Crown is seeking a sentence of between three and five years in prison. Defence lawyer Dale Marshall said an appropriate sentence would be three years in prison.Stokes said the court must consider Fenton’s level of impairment and vehicle speed in the sentence.“He was quite oblivious to the fact he was entering an intersection where the light was red,” he said.Marshall said Fenton pleaded guilty almost immediately and will address the court to express his remorse.Fenton’s sentencing hearing was expected to be completed Wednesday, but it was adjourned late Wednesday until July 6 to set another date to for the hearing to continue.At the time of the crash, Fenton’s truck was being followed by another RCMP vehicle after that officer noticed the tail lights were out, Stokes said.He described the crash as an explosion of glass and smoke to a full courtroom in Colwood, B.C., as people sitting in the gallery held tissues and wiped away tears.Stokes said the truck hit Beckett’s vehicle on the driver side and an autopsy determined Beckett’s death was caused by blunt force trauma.He said a witness at the accident scene reported hearing Fenton say “one stupid decision.”Fenton pleaded guilty last month to charges of impaired driving and dangerous driving causing the death of Beckett, a mother of two boys who had recently returned to the West Shore RCMP detachment from maternity leave.Beckett’s husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, read his victim impact statement to the court.His hands shook and his voice was low and cracked at times when he told the court about losing the love of his life and the mother of their young sons, Lucas and Emmett.The hardest thing after his wife’s death was telling six-year-old Lucas “mommy wasn’t coming home,” Aschenbrenner said.His youngest son was two years old when his mother died and “will have no memory of her at all,” he added.He said the family tries to celebrate Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving, but “there’s always the undercurrent of sadness and loss.”He has not been able to work, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, he said.Aschenbrenner said he left his family in Idaho to come to Canada to be with Beckett. He is scheduled to get his Canadian citizenship at a ceremony on Friday.In a written victim impact statement submitted to the court, Beckett’s mother, Gurcharn Beckett said she is haunted by her daughter’s cruel and sudden death.“I wonder did she see death rushing at her? Did she have a moment?”last_img read more

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Romaine lettuce particularly susceptible to E coli outbreaks

first_imgGrocery stores have pulled romaine lettuce off their shelves and many restaurants have stopped serving caesar salads after the leafy green has been linked to an E. coli outbreak for the third time in about a year.The lettuce is more susceptible to E. coli contamination partly because of how it’s grown, experts say, and its increasingly tarnished image could shake consumer confidence into not buying the salad green even after non-contaminated produce appears on store shelves and restaurant tables again.“Romaine lettuce is particularly susceptible,” said Keith Warriner, a University of Guelph professor. “In our own research, what we found is that E. coli likes romaine lettuce out of all the other lettuces we have.”There have been 19 confirmed cases of E. coli illness investigated in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick as of Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a public health notice. The sick range from five to 93 years old and most reported eating romaine lettuce before experiencing symptoms.People living in those provinces should avoid eating romaine lettuce for now, the agency said.In the states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered retailers and restaurants to stop selling the product. The strain infected 32 people across 11 states as of Tuesday, according to the agency’s most recent update.Warriner conducted a study that showed romaine lettuce extracts prompted E. coli out of a dormant state, which it can remain in for about a year in soil, and allowed it to flourish.Romaine’s increased susceptibility comes down to several factors, he said.The crop is mostly grown in Arizona and California, Warriner said, which is also cattle country. Irrigation water used on romaine fields can become tainted with bacteria from the animals. It doesn’t help that both states are quite hot and romaine lettuce already requires an abundance of water, he said.Certainly, other crops like spinach and kale are also grown in those areas under similar conditions, however those leaves are “tough as nails,” he said and can better withstand damage.The centralized production also means if an outbreak occurs, it becomes widespread as the product is sent all over Canada and the U.S., he said.Finally, washing lettuce at home doesn’t do anything, said Warriner, and “more likely re-contaminates than de-contaminates it.” Not to mention, the product is consumed raw, meaning cooking can’t kill off any bacteria.Recalls cause a lot of mistrust in consumer confidence in the food chain, said Katy Jones, chief marketing officer at North Carolina-based FoodLogiQ. The company offers technology that helps companies in the food industry track their supply chain and respond to recalls effectively.Some consumers complained on Twitter about consistently being told to throw out pricey packages of products containing romaine. Others said they’ve long since stopped buying the lettuce variety.It’s reminiscent of a 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to spinach, Jones said. In the U.S., 199 people were infected and three died, according to the CDC. Canada had at least one confirmed case.Some have speculated that incident led consumers to shun spinach in favour of kale, she said. The so-called superfood saw a meteoric rise with kale-devoted cookbooks containing recipes of chips and caesar salads made with kale bringing the food into the mainstream.But consumers tend to continue buying from companies that handle such recalls well, Jones said, meaning honestly and responsibly.“As opposed to some of these other types of recalls that we see where they drag on for weeks,” she said. “That’s what’s going to increase consumer confidence is if companies get ahead of the curve.” Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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WWE Teams Up With Drew Brees And Boys Girls Clubs For Kids

first_imgWWE will join forces with celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Kids, a global online auction benefiting New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees’ non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs.Superstars for Kids is a part of WWE’s pro-social initiatives celebrating WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans.Beginning today, through a partnership with Charitybuzz.com, the online auction will feature unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, top athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Fans can visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE now through Tuesday, April 8 at 12:00 noon ET to bid on items. Current auction items include experiences with WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, WWE Superstars Triple H and Daniel Bryan, Drew Brees, Michael Strahan, Anger Management’s Charlie Sheen, Jimmy Kimmel, Tyler Perry, Maria Menounos and many more.In addition to the auction, producer and star of the upcoming comedy A Haunted Mansion 2, Marlon Wayans, will join Drew Brees as one of the special guests at the Superstars for Kids red carpet party to help kick-off WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. Wayans will lead a live auction at the party where additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences will be made available for bidding.“I can’t thank WWE enough for their support of The Brees Dream Foundation,” said Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints. “The funds raised will be used to support our ongoing global efforts to help improve the quality of life for Cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.”“Boys & Girls Clubs is honored that WWE recognizes the value of our work, not only in New Orleans but on the Westbank and Northshore, and the deep need of our club kids and the tremendous impact membership has on their lives,” said Frank Sanchez, National Vice President, Sports, Entertainment & Alumni Development. “We are thrilled that Boys & Girls Clubs has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries for this year’s WrestleMania philanthropic activities and look forward to a long lasting relationship between WWE and our organization.”“WWE is committed to using the power of our brand to help improve the lives of children around the world,” said Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer, WWE. “We are proud to support two very worthy organizations that make such a significant impact on so many people.”Online auction highlights include: • Lunch with Charlie Sheen on the set of Anger Management • A chance to be in a Tyler Perry Studios Movie or TV Show • A Bullet Stratosphere Guitar Signed by Maroon 5 • Meet Jimmy Kimmel with 2 tickets and green room access to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in LA • Meet & Greet with Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart at Hogan’s Beach in Tampa, FL • Lunch with Shawn Michaels and a backstage tour of Monday Night Raw • Meet WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin and be a part of his podcast • NXT Full Sail Experience with Triple H that includes lunch, behind the scenes tour and all access to NXT • Be a part of the “Yes Movement” and join Daniel Bryan during his entrance to the ring at a WWE Live Event • The Ultimate Drew Brees Experience including a meet & greet with the New Orleans Saints quarterback • Take over the court at The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden!Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

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Education Minister English Will Not Replace French

Rabat – “French will remain the second language (after Arabic) in Moroccan public schools, at least throughout the next ten years,” said the country’s minister of education, Said Amzazi.During a press conference on Thursday in Rabat, Amzazi ruled out the possibility that English may soon replace French in schools. He said: “Everyone knows that science books are currently available in English more than French, and in French more than Arabic. But we teach in the French language.”Amzazi argued that if Morocco decides to embrace English textbooks while the country “possesses a human capital of teachers competent in French, it will face a shortage in qualified human capital that could not be alleviated for at least ten years from now.” Read Also: Low Standards in Moroccan Schools Puts Children’s Education at RiskInevitably, criticism followed Amzazi’s statements, as Moroccans took to social media to argue that English should be integrated into school curricula as the first foreign language because it is viewed as the “language of globalization.”French remains the dominant foreign language, owing to 44 years of French rule from 1912 to 1956. Many Moroccans believe that the dominance of the French language in Morocco is an unwanted leftover from French colonization, demanding a change.The two official languages in Morocco are Arabic and Tamazight (Berber).More Moroccan university students want to major in EnglishThe new generation of Moroccan youth, however, are showing more interest in English than French, evident by the number of students enrolling in the English department at Moroccan universities.The former head of the English Department at Mohammed V University of Literature and Human Sciences in Rabat, Hassan Belhiah, told Morocco World News that more students seek English degrees than any other at the humanities faculty. “We are the number one sought major. Because of that, we hold one or more diagnostic tests to select a reasonable number of students taking into consideration faculty-student ratio, class size, and available human resources,” he said.Belhiah said that in 2017, the faculty “administered two diagnostic tests to more than 1,000 students and selected 420.” Those not selected could choose another major.Read Also: Morocco’s Education Ministry Denies Neglecting Palestine in SchoolbookOn the other hand, Belhiah believes that the new students’ mastery of English is not as adequate as that of students from previous generations.“I believe that the new students are not as qualified compared to previous cohorts. Although most of them seem to speak English fluently and to be digitally literate, they have severe deficiencies in academic skills, especially in reading, writing, analyzing, and synthesizing,” he explained.Belhiah’s statements reflect a study by Education First’s (EF) 2018 English Proficiency Index, which indicated that Morocco’s proficiency is considered “very low.” The country ranked 60th out of 88 countries with a score of 48.10.‘Free education’ in Morocco equates feesIn regards to free education, Amzazi explained that the government guarantees “free education throughout compulsory school years.” However, the draft law only refers to  “free registration,” for primary, secondary, and high school. “Tuition fees” for university are not included.“Our goal is to help families with limited income with the registration fees which costs MAD 100 at the beginning of the school year.”Read Also: ONDH: Rural Moroccan Adults Have 2.2 Years of Education on Average“Inscription fees will be instilled in some majors of higher public education institutions,” an official at the Ministry of Education told Morocco World News.The payment may also include other costs in universities  and other establishments of higher education, as well as “qualifying teaching” in high schools.Amzazi revealed that the government’s new “emergency program” has improved the situation in some Moroccan universities by “enabling the expansion of university spaces to alleviate crowdedness.” read more

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UNbacked summit urges ceasefire in DR Congo access for aid workers

Fighting in the eastern province of North Kivu between Government forces (FARDC) and the National Congress in Defence of the People (known as the CNDP), a militia led by former general Laurent Nkunda, has displaced as many as 252,000 Congolese in recent months. Today’s summit, hosted by the African Union (AU), brought together DRC President Joseph Kabila and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, which borders North Kivu, as well as the leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and South Africa. In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the heads of State called for “an immediate ceasefire by all the armed men and militia in North Kivu.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – who attended the summit along with his newly-appointed Special Envoy Olusegun Obasanjo and his Special Representative in the DRC, Alan Doss – made a similar call, urging all the militias to stop the fighting and resolve their issues through dialogue. “They must think about the future of their own country and people in the region,” he told reporters after the meeting. He also highlighted the need to deal with the “armed group challenge” in order to end the crisis in the DRC, in his address to the summit earlier today. “For far too long, peace and security in your region has been threatened by armed groups, domestic and foreign, present on the soil of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They have been operating from there with impunity, aggravating strains between your countries and between your peoples,” he told the gathering. In their joint statement, the heads of State also called for setting up a humanitarian corridor throughout North Kivu so that the “humanitarian crisis and tragedy” can be addressed. They also called on the UN and all humanitarian agencies assisting those affected to “continue to sustain and increase their support.” The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the total number of displaced in North Kivu since September is estimated to be 252,000 people, on top of the existing 800,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from previous hostilities. Today’s meeting also called on Mr. Ban to strengthen the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC, known as MONUC, and provide adequate resources to address the volatile situation. The 17,000-strong MONUC has been stretched to the limit in recent weeks trying to carry out its mandate to protect civilians amid the violence. Mr. Ban has requested the Security Council to authorize another 3,000 troops to boost the mission’s strength on the ground. Even as the summit was taking place, there were reports of heavy clashes between FARDC and CNDP in Kibati, which is about nine kilometres north of the North Kivu capital of Goma, leading to further displacements. Meanwhile, a preliminary fact-finding mission from MONUC visited Kiwanja, which is north of the town of Rutshuru, after receiving reports that several civilians were killed there during and after fighting between CNDP and PARECO/Mayi Mayi militia earlier this week. “It is clear that serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law were committed in Kiwanja between 4 and 6 November,” the mission said in a news release, adding that a more thorough investigation is required. 7 November 2008African leaders meeting at a United Nations-backed summit in Nairobi have urged an immediate ceasefire in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the recent crisis can get the assistance they need. read more

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UN helps train antiriot police officers ahead of Sudanese referendum

6 July 2010The United Nations has helped train some 200 anti-riot police officers in southern Sudan, which is preparing for next year’s referendum on whether it should secede from the country. During the three-day course late last month in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, the officers – including 50 women – were trained in crowd control during riots and during peaceful demonstrations taking place before, during and after the plebiscite.The planned referendum on self-determination in the south is meant to be the final phase of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended a two-decade north-south civil war in the African country.The training was carried out by instructors from the UN Police (UNPOL) and Major General James Biel, Commander of Upper Nile state for the Southern Sudan Police Service (SSPS).The course “really boosted the morale of the participants,” said UNPOL Sector Commander Borys Yaschuk.For his part, Mr. Biel voiced optimism that the anti-riot officers will put what they learned into practice. “I hope they will do their duty in a good manner.”An additional 400 SSPS officers are set to receive referendum security training.In a related development, dozens of female police officers from both northern and southern Sudanese forces, as well as UNPOL, graduated from a 10-day course on sexual- and gender-based violence at the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) in the capital, Khartoum.Using role-playing activities and other interactive tools, the training aimed to help officers prevent and respond to reports of violence. It sought to enhance skills such as report-writing, community policing and problem-solving.“Now I will be able to conduct interviews related to rape cases,” said Martha Boyoy, a six-year SSPS veteran.“The course was an eye-opener,” said Cecilia Nzozo, a police officer serving with the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID. “Now it’s our duty to deliver.” read more

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Turkish Foreign Minister in Colombo for talks next week

During the visit, the Foreign Minister will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.Mevlut Cavusoglu will also have talks with International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema. (Colombo Gazette) Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is to visit Sri Lanka next week for talks with the Government, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said today.Mevlut Cavusoglu will be in Sri Lanka on June 14 and 15 on his first official visit to the country.

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NDP demands more details on Vales 1M plea bargain in deaths of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s New Democrats demanded to know Wednesday why six of nine charges were dropped against mining giant Vale Canada Ltd. in connection with the deaths of two workers in a Sudbury mine.An inquest into the deaths of Jordan Fram and Jason Chenier at Vale’s Stobie Mine in June 2011, which was set to begin next month, was called off after the company agreed to pay a $1-million fine in exchange for reduced charges.The community waited a full year before the Ministry of Labour laid charges, only to see two thirds of them dropped just before the inquest, where people would have heard just what went wrong, said Sudbury New Democrat France Gelinas.“It was to be our day in court. That process had been expected by my community for a long time, and then a couple weeks before they come out with a fine,” said Gelinas.“We will never know exactly what was found, why were those charges laid in the first place, but the question that everybody has is who agreed to this plea bargain and who agreed to withdraw those charges.”Premier Kathleen Wynne told the legislature she didn’t have all the details of the plea bargain, but said more details of what caused the accident will come out in coroner’s inquests.“What I do know is that coroner’s inquests are automatic for all mining and construction fatalities, so there will also be a coroner’s inquest into these fatalities so that more answers will be available,” said Wynne. “I think those are the kinds of reviews that need to happen.”But Gelinas said there had been “hundreds” of coroner’s inquests over the past 30 years into fatal industrial accidents, but miners continue to die on the job in Ontario.“There are issues with safety in our mines that must be addressed,” she said.The $1-million fine against Vale is the highest ever levied in Ontario for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, added Wynne.The nickel mining giant pleaded guilty to three charges related to mine safety and was fined $350,000 for each count for a total fine of more than $1 million, plus a 25 per cent victim surcharge.The two men died from “massive crushing injuries and multiple blunt force trauma” from an uncontrolled run of muck, a combination of broken rock and ore, 900 metres underground.The Ministry of Labour said its investigation revealed that Vale Canada Ltd. — a wholly owned subsidiary of the Brazilian mining company Vale — failed to deal with water issues, leading to the deadly accumulation of wet muck clogging the mine.The United Steelworkers International union said the deaths of Chenier and Fram could have been avoided if Vale had not ignored ongoing problems with flooding in the mine.Gelinas said people in the northern community need more answers about the tragedy and the plea deal to drop most of the charges against Vale.“The plea bargain, maybe it was the right thing, maybe it isn’t, but it was all done behind closed doors,” she said. “So for a community that has been waiting to gain closure, we know those men, we know those families, people are grieving. People are suspicious and they think the worst.” by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 4:15 pm MDT NDP demands more details on Vale’s $1M plea bargain in deaths of two miners read more

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QuickList March inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickList: March inflation rate for selected Canadian cities Various vegetables are on display for sale at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal on January 11, 2016. The country’s annual inflation rate slowed to an unexpectedly weak 1.6 per cent last month as the continued decline in food prices played a big role in offsetting the higher cost of gasoline. The latest reading from Statistics Canada shows the pace of inflation decelerated from February’s year-over-year reading of two per cent, which was right on the Bank of Canada’s ideal target. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.6 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 4.0 per cent (4.2)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.5 (1.3)— Halifax: 1.3 (1.5)— Saint John, N.B.: 2.8 (2.9)— Quebec: 1.0 (1.2)— Montreal: 1.0 (1.0)— Ottawa: 1.6 (2.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.4)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.5 (1.8)— Winnipeg: 1.6 (2.3)— Regina: 0.6 (1.6)— Saskatoon: 0.6 (1.4)— Edmonton: 1.5 (2.5)— Calgary: 1.3 (2.1)— Vancouver: 1.7 (2.2)— Victoria: 2.2 (2.4) read more

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Syria UN official urges protection of children following reports of surge in

“The bloodshed in Syria continues and children pay a very high price in the ongoing fighting,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui. “All parties must immediately refrain from targeting civilian areas and take all necessary precautions to protect girls and boys.” Her office stated in a news release that more than 20 children were killed and numerous more injured in the past days due to airstrikes and other indiscriminate attacks on populated areas. Ms. Zerrougui expressed her concern about today’s explosions at the University of Aleppo, which, according to media reports, claimed the lives of some 80 civilians, and reminded all parties that the disproportionate and indiscriminate killing of children in the course of military operations can amount to war crimes.In a trip to Syria last month, Ms. Zerrougui engaged with State authorities and the armed opposition to better protect children. During her visit, the Syrian Government committed to cooperate with the UN in the monitoring of violations against children. More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month and has left more than 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 1 August 2014

DOWNLOAD1. UK government announces measures on driverless cars2. London Mayor calls for improvement on air quality3. All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group launches annual report4. London safer lorries consultation published5. Car clubs receive cash funding6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Mens Basketball Musa Jallow returns from USA training camp looking to make

Ohio State freshman guard Musa Jallow (2) explains a turnover in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe USA U18 basketball team took home the gold in the FIBA Americas Men’s Championship on Saturday, defeating Canada 113-74 for its fifth straight championship.While Ohio State sophomore guard Musa Jallow didn’t make the cut for the team, he was one of 32 players invited to the camp, and he said he learned a lot from the experience.“Any chance you have to put the USA on your chest is just, I’m so grateful for it,” Jallow said. “Unfortunate that I didn’t make the team, but still a great experience, had a lot of fun with the guys and the coaches there.”Jallow was the only player to attend the training camp following a year of college experience, a year in which he averaged 2.5 points a game in 33 appearances for the Buckeyes.Jallow finished high school a year early to join Ohio State as a 17-year-old true freshman, and he said it is a decision he will always stand by.“I love this place,” Jallow said. “You can always look back and see the little things you could improve on from the past, but overall, I’m super satisfied with my choice in coming a year early, wouldn’t trade it for the world.”While at the camp, Jallow worked under Kansas head coach Bill Self, and he said that the year of college helped him adapt quicker than the players coming out of high school.“Coach Self had the practices at a pretty high pace, which is how we practice here, and it’s a lot different than high school or AAU practice and so, some of the guys, they weren’t ready for that,” Jallow said. “I was quicker to act on that stuff and pick it up and kind of coach the guys with it.”Jallow said the players had a lot of questions about college life once they realized he had played for Ohio State last year, asking things like “What was it like? What were the practices like? How intense were they?” as well as questions on how players are treated on campus.He might still be one of the youngest players on the team next season, but Jallow said he is ready for a larger role in this upcoming season.“Having the year under my belt, I definitely feel older,” Jallow said. “I was definitely in the freshman position last year and now that we have new guys coming in and we lost our leadership, I just have to be able to make a big jump and kind of take the reigns a little bit.” read more

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Victims of stalking and domestic violence to get EUwide protection

first_imgThis is particularly important because while people might have a protection order in their own country, they can find it difficult to travel on holidays or to move abroad without either being stalked or harassed by the person that is the subject of the protection order. This will afford that protection no matter what country they travel in. She explained that it was a very simple process. The person who intends to travel and who has a protection order out against someone simply has to fill out a multilingual form, submit it and they will be afforded the same protection abroad, as they would at home.Emer Costello added: Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU’s Justice Commissioner said that their protection will now travel with them, saying, ”An estimated one in five women in Europe suffer some kind of violence at least once in their lives. Sadly, the most common form of physical violence is inflicted by someone close to the woman, usually an intimate partner”.The full interview can be heard here.Raped, beaten, stalked: One woman’s struggle with ongoing domestic abuse>Technology increasingly used by abusive partners to monitor women>Domestic violence victims turned away 2,537 times in 2011 from overcrowded refuges> This is primarily for women who have barring orders or protection orders. I would be aware of women who say they feel nervous about travelling or going on holidays as they don’t have the same protections in the countries abroad. Now if they travel to any European country they will have the full protection of the law of that country when they travel there.Also you have incidences where people are being stalked, being watched or being observed – this directive ensures that anyone who is concerned about being stalked or being watched or is concerned about any threat to their dignity or integrity and their sexual dignity as well, they can ensure they are protected when they travel to other European countries. WOMEN WHO HAVE protection orders taken out against someone – for reasons such as domestic violence or stalking – will now be afforded protection throughout the EU.The European Parliament voted in favour of an EU-wide protection order that aims to protect the victims who have been subject to domestic violence or stalking. Citizens, in most cases women, who have restraining orders against someone can now be assured that the order obtained in their home country will have the same standing wherever they are in the EU.This week, MEPs in Strasbourg  voted in favour of the new civil law rules. Speaking to Karen Coleman of radioep.ie, Labour MEP Emer Costello said:last_img read more

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October data show fleeing bondholders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram October data compiled by the Bank of Greece confirm that foreign investors are letting go of their Greek bonds, as within just one month the country’s central bank recorded an outflow of 1.7 billion euros from bonds and treasury bills. In mid-October Greek bond yields nearly doubled as a result of investor concerns over political developments in the country.BoG figures show that foreign investors sold their Greek paper en masse and the gap was covered by Greek investors – mostly local banks – which increased their holdings in bonds and T-bills to the tune of some 1 billion euros. A year earlier, in October 2013, foreign investors had placed 220 million euros in Greek securities.Also in the first 10 months of the year the trade deficit expanded by 900 million euros from the January-October period in 2013 to reach 15.4 billion euros, according to the Bank of Greece. Exports grew 4.9 percent to 19.7 billion euros, but imports also expanded, at a rate of 5.5 percent, to reach 35.2 billion.Foreign direct investment grew in the year to end-October to 1.3 billion euros, against 979 million euros in the same period last year.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Agencies combat senior isolation

first_imgLoaves & Fishes lunches for seniors:o Countree Kitchen restaurant, 39813 N.E. 216th Ave., Amboy. Noon Wednesdays. 360-567-7670.o Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St., Battle Ground. Noon Monday through Friday. 360-666-9158.o Washougal Senior Center, 1681 C. St., Washougal. Noon Monday through Friday. 360-210-5666.o Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver. Noon Monday through Friday. 360-597-5711.o La Center Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St., La Center. Noon Monday through Thursday. 360-567-7670.o Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Noon Monday through Friday. 360-695-3847.o Ridgefield Communtiy Center, 210 N. Main St., Ridgefield. Noon Tuesdays. 360-567-7670.Other resources:o Meals-On-Wheels: 866-788-6325.o Elder Friends: 360-487-7050.Eighty-four-year-old Marjorie Siwek joined the Washougal Senior Center after her husband died in 2002. She didn’t realize at the time the friends she would make at the center would later serve as her surrogate family.Macular degeneration had impaired Siwek’s vision. She could no longer drive, so her daughter took her to all the places she wanted to go, including the senior center.Then, in September, Siwek’s daughter died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition.Siwek’s friends at the senior center swooped in to help. Sixty-eight-year-old Frances Davis, helped Siwek move into her own apartment and took over the tasks Siwek’s daughter had done, including rides to doctors appointments, shopping and other tasks.“She takes me shopping,” Siwek said. “She mops and vacuums my floors once a week. She does all the things I can’t do. She is just a wonderful friend. I wish I could adopt her as a sister.”Staying socially connected, as Siwek has done, is one of the best ways seniors can maintain their cognitive ability, their health and their happiness in old age, experts say. Yet more than 35 percent of adults, 45 and older, are chronically lonely, according to a 2010 online survey of 3,012 adults by AARP.last_img read more

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Weather balloons help solve climate puzzle in Alaska

first_imgAround the world, twice a day, everyday, more than 700 weather balloons launch into the air. 14 of those balloons are released across Alaska, tracking things like temperature, humidity and wind speed.Listen nowWilliam Wells releases a weather balloon on Alaska’s St. Paul Island. (John Ryan photo)They provide a wealth of information for people like Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist in Anchorage. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of a new segment, Ask A Climatologist.This week, Brettschneider is responding to a question from a listener named Dennis who asked why surface winds can sometimes be traveling in the opposite direction of winds several thousand feet up.Interview transcriptBrian: The listener is correct that they can very often be coming from different directions. I looked at the weather balloon reports yesterday from Anchorage and winds at the surface were coming from the southeast and from several thousand feet up, coming from the Northeast. There are a couple of good reasons for that. It’s actually much more pronounced in the wintertime, but the conditions that drive the winds at the upper levels can be in many cases quite a bit different than what’s going on at the surface.Annie: And weather balloons are the best way to capture these differences?Brian: Yes, the weather balloon program has gone on since 1948, and it’s an important snapshot in time. So the weather balloon’s the gold standard for those types of observations.Annie: And we have a lot of them in Alaska.Brian: Right, we have 14. They ring the coastline and there’s a couple in the interior and they launch twice a day at the exact same time. About 750 to 800 globally all release their balloons at the exact same time, so it’s really important to have that snapshot in time of what’s going on in the atmosphere.Annie: And as a climatologist, how much attention do you pay to what’s going on with these balloons?Brian: I think it’s fascinating. From an operation point of view, the meteorologists, the forecasters at the National Weather Service, they play very close attention to how the weather balloon data looks. From a climatological point of view, it’s also very important. So I was able to look at them historically, and look at, say, the amount of moisture in the air, or the temperatures at 5,000 feet. And again sometimes what goes on at the surface kind of masks what the general state of the atmosphere is.We see that particularly in winter. We can have a very warm air mass at five or ten thousand feet but we have a little bubble of cold air stuck over us at the surface. So in reality, it’s a warm air mass, but we don’t even know it. Without that weather balloon, we would have no idea.Annie: What happens to the balloons?Brian: With the low pressure at tens of thousands of feet up, the balloon pops, it has a little parachute, and it slowly makes its way back down to the earth. It has some instructions on it, for if someone finds it, how to return it- they can be refurbished. Here in Alaska, almost none are ever found. In part because most of our stations are along the coast and there’s a high probability that they fall in the water.A friend of mind actually did find one this summer, in the Chugach mountains, in an isolated spot. That was an uncommon event. I believe less than one percent of the balloons launched in Alaska are ever found. But they’re a very important piece of the climatological puzzle for Alaska.last_img read more

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RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya resigns

first_imgMumbai: RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has quit six months before the end of his term, sources said on Monday. Acharya had joined as the RBI Deputy Governor in January 2017. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not respond to queries on this regard. Acharya is the second top RBI official to quit after Governor Urijit Patel.last_img

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Pakistanbased terrorists JeM LeT join hands with Afghan

first_imgKABUL: Intelligence inputs have revealed that Pakistan-based terror outfits Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have joined hands with Afghan insurgent groups like Haqqani Network and Afghan Taliban after the launch of Balakot air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 26. It is indicated that these terror groups are shifting their base in Afghanistan near the international border in areas including Kandahar and Kunar. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us The IAF jets attacked JeM’s terror camp in Balakot after the February 14 attack by a suicide bomber on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources reveal that Pakistan-based terror outfits are shifting their base across the border in Afghanistan to avoid blacklisting of Pakistan by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) later this year. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Pakistan remains on the grey list of FATF, a global terror financing watchdog which has asked Islamabad to take steps to curb money laundering and terror financing. India wanted Pakistan to be placed on the blacklist, a move that would negatively impact Pakistan’s economy. After facing intense international pressure, the Pakistan-based terror outfits are hiding in safe havens in Taliban-dominated areas in Afghanistan. They are even posing a threat to the Indian diplomatic establishments, including the Indian Embassy in Kabul. Advertise With Us Intelligence sources reveal that the Indian consulate in Kandahar has been kept on high alert against a Taliban attack. The revelation about JeM and LeT treats in Afghanistan came after the arrest of Jaish terrorists Sediq Akbar and Ataullah by Afghan National Security Force from Jalalabad earlier this year. Sources also reveal that JeM chief Masood Azhar was offered shelter in Afghanistan by the Haqqani Network earlier this year. However, Masood feels himself safe under the protection of Pakistan Army in Bahawalpur. A Pentagon report earlier this year revealed that the US considers LeT as one of the greatest threats to Washington and its allied forces in war-torn Afghanistan, where at least 300 fighters from the terror group are active. Responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the LeT is designated as a global terror organisation by the US and the UN. The report said that among the 20 prominent terrorist organisations active in Afghanistan, LeT ranks fifth in terms of fighters along with al-Qaeda and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The rising footprint of JeM will pose more threats to people and security agencies in Afghanistan.last_img read more

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BJP seeks to move noconfidence motion against Kumaraswamy

first_imgBengaluru: The BJP in Karnataka on Monday sought to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-JD(S) government, which is battling for survival after 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition resigned from the assembly. The BJP has issued a notice to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar during the Business Advisory Committee meeting attended by party leader B S Yeddyurappa seeking to move the no confidence motion, party state general secretary C T Ravi told PTI. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Yes, we have given a notice to move a no-confidence motion,” he said. As many as 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S) — have resigned from the assembly while two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy. The disgruntled MLAs, who have turned against the government, are camping in Mumbai. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The Speaker is yet to accept their resignations as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court which will hear the case again on Tuesday. The MLAs have not turned up for the assembly proceedings, which began on Friday last. The Apex Court Monday agreed to hear a plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly speaker to accept their resignation. Advertise With Us With enmasse resignations, the government has been pushed to the brink of collapse. In a surprise move amid the existential crisis faced by his government, Kumaraswamy had also on Friday announced he would seek a trust vote to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was “ready for everything”. The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.last_img read more

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Female teacher in TN arrested for sexually abusing students husband provides evidence

first_img(Representational Image)Creative CommonsIn a shocking incident, a female teacher in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, was arrested on Wednesday for sexually abusing her students. The arrest was made after her husband provided evidence to the District Collector.Nithya, 30, was already reprimanded and was fired from her previous place of employment for her abusive behaviour. However, many called out the school since they didn’t report the incident but just let her go, reports The News Minute.”Instead of taking corrective measures, they transferred her. After receiving her husband’s complaint, we enquired with the headmaster, who concealed the information and gave a report of her good conduct. Only when the social welfare department got involved were we able to unearth these details,” a district official was quoted as saying by TNM.Nithya first joined a school in Arni town of Tiruvannamalai in 2014 as an English teacher. However, she was let go due to her behaviour towards students and has been transferring to different schools since then.Due to problems in their marriage, Nithya and her husband separated in 2016. Since then, the husband visited many police stations accusing Nithya of adultery but the police did not act upon it. In December 2018, the husband came across compromising photos of Nithya on her mobile phone and showed them to the District Collector. According to TNM, she kept the photos to share them online.The Collector ordered an investigation in January and a complaint was filed by District Child Protection Unit (DCPU).Nithya was immediately removed from her post in the school and an investigation was launched. She was at last arrested on March 20, Wednesday. She has been sentenced by Justice Devanathan of Fast Track Mahila Court, Thiruvannamalai, to stay at the Velur Central Women’s Jail till April 4.Nithya has been charged under sections 10 and 14 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act). Section 10 addresses aggravated sexual assault while 14 is punishment for using a child for pornographic purposes.In a similar incident, a male math teacher in Mumbai was convicted of molesting three girl students in a story which came to light in October 2018. When the school principal stood up for the victims, she was removed from her position but was reinstated.However, the convicted teacher was allowed to join the same school in his previous teaching post two months after the court order. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/1:24Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:16?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Girl raped by school principal, teachers and students for seven monthslast_img read more

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