first_imgTORONTO – A 15-year-old student who drowned on a school-run camping trip this summer had not passed a required swim test, the Toronto District School Board said Wednesday, as it apologized to the teen’s family.The board’s director of education, John Malloy, said that of the 32 students who went on the multi-day canoe trip to Algonquin Park in July, 15 had failed the swim test. There was no documentation for two of the students, he said.Jeremiah Perry disappeared under the water after going for an evening swim with other students. His body was found a day later by search and rescue divers.“I’m deeply troubled by these findings, that such a critical safety requirement in our procedures appears not to have been followed,” said Malloy.“On behalf of the TDSB, I offer our most sincere apology and regret. I also want to apologize to the families of the other students who went on the trip, even though they did not pass the swim test.”Malloy said that the initial swim test took place in a lake, and that students who did not pass the first test would be required to take a second test at the C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, the school Perry attended. However, the second test was neither provided nor offered, Malloy said.“The information that we have is the students did not pass the test and should not have been on the trip,” Malloy said.Two teachers who were on the trip have been placed on home assignment as a result of the incident, he added.New procedures have already been put in place, according to Malloy, who said that school principals will now have to see a list of students who passed or failed a required swim test before the trip takes place, and that parents will be notified if their child passed or failed the test.“I know that Jeremiah’s family wants us to take steps to ensure that this will never happen again,” said Malloy.He said that there will be a third-party review of all TDSB excursions that, like a canoe trip, are classified as ‘high care’ activities.Perry’s parents could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, but at the time of the incident, his father, Joshua Anderson, said the he had expected the school would keep Jeremiah and his brother, who was also on the trip, safe.“That was the least on our minds thinking about the safety because we know the school is supposed to have proper supervision, proper protocol, everything in place,” he told a Toronto TV station.Malloy said that an internal investigation is currently taking place to better understand how this incident could have happened. He said that the investigation is still ongoing because some members involved, including the two teachers on the trip, have “exercised their legal right not to speak” at the advice of their legal council.He added that the TDSB has scrutinized every trip scheduled to take place before Sept. 5, and confirmed that there are no similar issues with any of those trips.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — An Ontario court has extended an order that suspended legal proceedings against three big tobacco companies.JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. were granted protection from their creditors last month after they lost an appeal in a multibillion-dollar case in Quebec.On March 1, Quebec’s highest court upheld a landmark judgment that ordered the companies to pay more than $15 billion to smokers who were part of two class-action lawsuits.The companies quickly secured creditor protection in Ontario, putting all legal proceedings on hold so that a global settlement could be negotiated with all those who have claims against them, including the class-action members and several provincial governments.The stay was set to expire at midnight Friday but Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen agreed to push the deadline to June 28.However, McEwen has yet to rule on a motion that could lift the stay and send the matter back to the Quebec court of appeal. That decision is expected the week of April 15.Lawyers representing the class-action members argued earlier this week that the stay in their case should be revoked if the companies intend to appeal the Quebec ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Appealing would mean the companies do not recognize their debt to the class-action members, which means they would not be negotiating a settlement in good faith, the lawyers argued Thursday.What’s more, the possibility of an appeal that would further prolong the case could be used as leverage in negotiations, they said.The lawyers said if the companies intend to seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, they should instead ask the Quebec appeal court to suspend the implementation of its judgment until the appeal process is over.The companies have said they had no choice but to seek protection from their creditors, and said the Ontario court was the appropriate venue to deal with the issue.Lawyers representing several provinces — including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — have opposed the class-action members’ application, saying it would give preferential treatment to claimants in one province over the others.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

It also requests the government to present a comprehensive action plan as expeditiously as possible, detailing the steps the government has taken and will take to implement the LLRC recommendations and also to address the violations of international law. The full draft resolution submitted by the US today: The draft US resolution on Sri Lanka submitted today also encourages the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures to provide, and the government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing those steps and requests the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report to the Council on the provision of such assistance at its 22nd session. The United States submitted a resolution on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today despite pressure mounted against the move by the Sri Lankan government.The draft resolution submitted to the 19th session of the council notes with concern that the report of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) does not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law during the war in Sri Lanka. The resolution calls on the government to implement the constructive recommendations in the LLRC report and take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equality, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans. read more

Some 70,000 more people have fled their homes in South Sudan since a 9 May agreement was signed to end the fighting that has ravaged the world’s youngest nation for over six months, the United Nations refugee agency said today.“In South Sudan, the number of people fleeing fighting continues to rise almost three weeks on from a truce agreement,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a press briefing in Geneva.Since the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Addis Ababa, Mr. Edwards said, the number of internally displaced people has grown by 46,000 people to 1,005,096. Over the same period, the number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda has risen by over 20,000 to 370,000 people.South Sudan has been enmeshed in a crisis which began in mid-December 2013 as a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy president, Riek Machar, who had been forced from office earlier that year.The in-fighting has since erupted into a deadly conflict forcing tens of thousands of people to seek refuge at UN bases around the country. The political rivals signed an ‘Agreement to Resolve the Crisis’ last month with the aim of ending the violence. At today’s briefing, Mr. Edwards said that Ethiopia currently hosts the largest South Sudanese refugee population at 131,051 people, mostly women and children. Recent arrivals say they have fled fighting in neighbouring Jonglei and Upper Nile states, fearing attacks or lack of food.To accommodate the refugees, UNHCR and the Ethiopian authorities have opened three new camps this year. “With an average of 1,000 South Sudanese arriving daily in Ethiopia, we have already started looking for additional land for a fourth camp,” Mr. Edwards said.Commenting on those displaced within South Sudan in a press briefing in Juba today, a spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping mission known as UNMISS said that as of today between 75,000 and 80,000 civilians have sought safety in the Mission’s main protection sites.Stressing that those sites were never meant to be a durable solution, the spokesperson reported that rain, along with clogged drains and congestion, have turned them into breeding grounds for water-borne diseases, including cholera.The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it was working closely with its partners and the South Sudan Ministry of Health to stem the cholera outbreak in the country, where, the agency said, more than 514 cases have been reported so far. read more

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing rose 36.8% in April with 8,629 vans, trucks and buses built.32,064 CVs produced so far in 2015 – an increase of 23.6%.Exports surge 50.1% in April as EU market recovery continues.Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show an uplift in UK commercial vehicle production in April, with output up 36.8% on the same month last year. Following restructuring in the market, productivity has returned to form, with year-to-date growth of almost a quarter at 23.6%. Volumes have also been driven by rising demand from operators in the UK – and increasingly across Europe too.While the production increase in the first quarter was built mainly on growth in the UK market, April saw a 50.1% surge in manufacture for export. This is evidence that the UK is taking advantage of a rallying European market, with CV registrations across the EU having risen 13% so far this year*.“These figures are further evidence that commercial vehicle manufacturing in the UK has turned a corner after a period of restructuring,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “April’s significant rise in exports is particularly encouraging, as the industry capitalises on increasing demand for vans, trucks and buses across Europe.”*ACEA statistics Click through to download the UK CV manufacturing news release for April 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State then-junior wrestler Myles Martin faces off against Arizona State’s Kordell Norfleet. Martin won the match and the Buckeyes won the meet 31-12 on Nov. 12. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team will try and continue a strong start to the season when it heads to Las Vegas to compete in the 37th annual Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The event will feature more than 30 different Division I teams inside of Cliff Keen Arena. Ohio State senior captain Myles Martin will be competing for the first time since the U23 USA World Championships in Romania that concluded on Nov. 18. He said this tournament is exciting because it puts him in a good position to see where his skill level is at since he will be having matches against some of the same opponents again. “I’m pretty familiar with a lot of these guys,” Martin said. “I wrestled some of them at the tournament last year and some of them I wrestled at the Big Ten tournaments. I’m excited to wrestle, especially after not doing as well at the U23’s as I would have liked to.” For years, this invitational has been known as one of the most taxing and toughest college tournaments in the country. It will feature other Big Ten schools such as Rutgers, Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska. The tournament will be comprised of more than 100 ranked wrestlers, including seven ranked Buckeyes. With the opponents Ohio State will face, head coach Tom Ryan will have to prepare his team for stiff competition.“We’re really excited about Vegas. This is a test to see if we got better,” Ryan said. “I don’t focus so much on winning as much as seeing the development. If I see someone who’s not developing in a certain area, that’s something we can nip in the bud early.” Despite Ohio State’s 3-0 start to the season, Ryan said he still sees room for his team to improve. “Despite having guys who are All-Americans, have won state titles and are some of the top recruits in the country, they can still get better,” Ryan said. “We just try to get one percent better every day. We have to work on being really gritty and tough. Sometimes when you have an abundance of talent, you can lose the grit side of it. We have to make sure we’re the toughest team in America.” The action will begin at noon on Friday in Las Vegas. read more

first_imgWe have a lot of documents and records of clerical sex abuse, both in the past and the present and we are going to release them all to a human rights organisation so that everyone can see that we are serious on this issue and we don’t care about the consequences, because, at the end of the day, the protection of children is more important that lawsuits – the truth is more important than anything.If the church were to take that step I am sure they would get more followers and many would return. But it’s funny how power works, I have looked at it in my other documentaries and you see it over and over again; the psychological dysfunction of power is that the powerful see themselves as victims.The role of journalists, film-makers and whistle-blowers is hugely important in questioning those powerful people in society. Where would we be without those efforts? The powerful abuse their power because they think they can, because they don’t think that anyone will hold them to account.Justice for victimsThat is why an abuser like Father Murphy, who is featured in this film, can be hiding in plain sight. Because there was a social agreement that – because these people were priests – they were given them a free pass; or because, like in Father Murphy’s case, he raised so much money for the deaf school that we are going to let him away with this; or they are getting old, so wouldn’t it be nice to just let them go and let them die in peace rather than get justice for victims. It takes people that are going to raise their voice and say no, and it is hard to do that.While making this film with me, the victims told me they learned that the only way to heal themselves was to speak, because by keeping it inside they were burdened by all this shame and guilt and it was eating them alive. By speaking out they were saving themselves.(YouTube via tiff)Alex Gibney is an American Academy Award winning director. His works as director include Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature). Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God goes on release on February 22. Read: Government publishes final sections of damning Cloyne report>Read: ‘I didn’t go too far’: Taoiseach defends Cloyne report comments> Touted widely as one of the most important documentary makers of our time, Alex Gibney tells the story of how deaf boys abused in a school in Wisconsin, USA, unleashed wide-spread investigations into the cover-up of paedophile priests, not just in America, but worldwide. Speaking to’s Christina Finn about his new documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, he says the only way the Church can move on is to be totally and unequivocally honest about past and present child abuse cases – because the safety of children should be paramount.MY NEW FILM is not just about the crimes of the cover up of these sexual abuse, but it’s about the people that fought back. One of the things that was interesting about the Irish story over the past 10 or 15 years is how a country, which had very little division between church and state, suddenly had the civil society rise up, whether via journalists, angry parents or just the victims that felt they had to speak out.Finally, we saw civil society take charge. The reports that were done, like the Murphy and Cloyne reports, told the truth – and that can make a huge difference. When there is suddenly a radical truth-telling going on, the whole of society changes and the people can take control. And what happens then is the power of the church is not so powerful any more; that was pretty important and inspiring to me.Ignoring the truthIn the church, there are a few people that rise up. But the likes of Diarmuid Martin, who allowed the release of those documents – if more members of the hierarchy were like that, the church would have a better reputation.When it comes to outing child sex abuse there are still constant obstacles that people face. I think the shame of the church is that it’s not really reckoning with the the depth of the scandal. You can see it in the film when there is an interview with cardinal Timothy Dolan, one of the highest ranking cardinals in the US, when he is talking to the 60 Minutes news programme. He tells the interviewer that yes, the church had these scandals, but that’s all behind them now. If that isn’t shocking enough, he goes on to say he thinks that on a whole, he thinks they have handled it pretty well – I mean, you have to be kidding me? How delusional is that.They called Ratzinger the ostrich because he stuck his head in the ground over the scandals, even though every child sex abuse case had to cross his desk – but the Vatican are the ostriches; they don’t get it. Their heads are constantly in the ground. The church is under the mindset that you either follow the rules or get out.People must vote with their feetIt is funny that this film is called Silence in the House of God because this church has not only been silent about the sex abuse crisis for the most part, but it also doesn’t seem to be a church that listens very well – certainly not to the cries of survivors. At some point, the people that sit in the pews are going to question and wonder ‘what are these people doing on our behalf? Who appointed them to set the rules?’The church are quick to move on people that stick their head above ground and say ‘maybe we should have a discussion about female ordination’. No, you’re out. ‘Maybe we should have a discussion about the role of women in the church’ – No, out. It’s shocking. Churches can have any kind of rules they want, as long as they don’t commit crimes. People really have to vote with their feet.The recent resignation by Pope Ratzinger is the best thing about his papacy. I don’t think the church can move forward on the subject of sex abuse unless he is gone, because he is so much associated with the knowledge of it and his inability to reckon with it in some kind of meaningful way. He never took responsibility on the part of the entire Catholic Church or the Vatican – he just criticised the Bishops. His culpability is never mentioned.The pope is just a manI think the other powerful thing about his resignation is that it sends the message that the pope can resign – even if he is the first to do so in 600 years. The reason I say this is the best thing about his whole papacy is that it sends a message that yes, this is just a guy that is doing a job – and he can resign. Maybe in the future he can even be fired. Maybe the shareholders of the church, the people, will be able to hold the CEO to account.I am, however, very pessimistic about changes his resignation might bring. The hope is the church, as a whole, does what Diarmuid Martin did in Dublin. We need them to say:last_img read more

first_imgBack when the iPhone 4 launched on Verizon Wireless, people wondered whether or not it would sell well, considering we were likely months away from an iPhone 5. Then on launch day, reports of short lines and tepid response were metered against the fact that Apple and Verizon Wireless had stocked up in case demand was extremely heavy. Now, in Verizon’s Q1 financial report, the company revealed that they sold over 2.2 million iPhones in the first two months they were available, and added over 1.8 million new wireless customers to its list of subscribers. Not a bad showing at all. By contrast, AT&T announced that it activated 2.6 million new iPhones in the first quarter. Still, Since Verizon only got the iPhone in February, AT&T had a month or so headstart on the competition.  The real test will come when the iPhone 5 is unveiled: then we’ll have the opportunity to see how many AT&T customers are patiently waiting for the new model to switch carriers. [via All Things Digital]last_img read more

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Southern California Edison has replaced the current chief nuclear officer at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station with an Edison executive who used to work at the plant, it was reported Tuesday.Effective Nov. 12, Douglas Bauder will take over as project leader, heading operational and contract services, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.Bauder’s responsibilities include overseeing all transfers of spent fuel canisters and handling efforts to decommission the facility, according to the Union-Tribune.The current vice president of decommissioning and chief nuclear officer at the site, Tom Palmisano, will remain at the plant but will focus on external engagement efforts, like communicating with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, California regulatory bodies and the Community Engagement Panel that meets quarterly to address questions and concerns of those who live and work near the plant, according to the Union-Tribune.Bauder, who currently serves as vice president of operational services and chief procurement officer at Edison, has almost three decades of experience in the nuclear industry and served as San Onofre plant manager from 2009 to 2013. The leadership change comes as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting a special inspection at the plant following an incident in August when a 45-ton canister filled with spent nuclear fuel ended up being lodged in a storage cavity as it was transferred from a wet storage pool to a dry cask storage facility at the site.Contractors for Holtec International at first thought the canister was safely lowered but it was actually caught on an inner-ring of the enclosure, about 18 feet from the floor, for about 45 minutes to an hour, the Union-Tribune reported.Palmisano told the newspaper that the incident posed no danger to workers or to the public. However, he suspended all future transfers until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission completes its inspection report.In October, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued preliminary findings of its inspection that mentioned a series of “deficiencies involving training, equipment, procedures, oversight and corrective actions” on the part of Edison regarding the Aug. 3 incident, the Union-Tribune reported.Edison intends to move 73 canisters from wet storage pools to the newly constructed dry storage facility.Twenty-nine have been moved so far and the company expects to transfer the remaining 44 canisters by the middle of next year, according to the Union-Tribune.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to release a final inspection report later this month. Southern California Edison makes changes at San Onofre nuclear plant KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, November 6, 2018 Updated: 10:45 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgEntrance to the park and the observatory are free, but make sure to bring the proper eye wear.“We do have a camera hooked up to one of our telescopes, and we’re going to live stream through the Science Museum in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, and we’re going to be live streaming to the libraries of Broward County,” said Nikole Bosch, a volunteer.Miami-Dade libraries will be hosting events across the county, including Coral Gables. They have a limited supply of safety glasses, so don’t forget to reserve your spot.Make sure to check out the library closest to you for special eclipse-related events.“We will be streaming NASA’s live stream here in the auditorium of the actual eclipse,” said Miami-Dade Public Libraries representative Leila Khalil. “We’ll go outside to the gardens, weather permitting.”If you choose to stay home, you can catch our special live coverage of the eclipse. It begins Monday at 1 p.m., right after 7News at noon.And while Miami-Dade and Broward public schools are holding regularly scheduled classes on Monday, district officials in Broward have said that if parents want to keep their child home, it will be considered as an excused absence. MIAMI (WSVN) – We’re just days away from the long-awaited solar eclipse, and there are plenty of South Florida spots to get the perfect view of the sight in the sky.From colleges to museums, several South Florida locations will give residents the chance to see the solar eclipse safely on Monday.Florida International University is celebrating the first full U.S. solar eclipse in 99 years, which is set to start around noon, Monday. You can join faculty and staff at their on-campus observatory — the Stocker Astroscience Center in West Miami-Dade.There, you can check out their solar telescopes, talk about the eclipse and enjoy some music.“We will have about 100 pairs of solar glasses that you can borrow and look at the sun with. We will also have solar telescopes set up, so you can see through our telescopic view,” said Dr. James Webb, FIU astrophysics professor, “so it’s going to be a good time. We’ll have music, information and we’ll have a solar eclipse party.”The Frost Museum is also gearing up for one of the biggest events of the summer.“It’s the first time in 99 years that a solar eclipse is going to cross the USA, all the way from the West Coast to the East Coast,” said Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, Science Curator of Astronomy at the Frost Museum. Experts will be on hand to make sure you’re watching the sun safely with their viewing glasses and through solar telescopes.And they will be live streaming NASA’s eclipse mega-cast.“Of course we planned an event of astronomical proportions. The museum will have a viewing party, and we will have a few of our telescopes out to look safely at the sun through our telescopes,” Perez-Gallego said, “and we’ll have solar glasses. We’ll be giving solar glasses to our guests.”And across county lines, Broward College is having a free event open to the public at the Buehler Planetarium and Observatory on Central Campus in Davie.“Here at the observatory, some wonderful volunteers and myself will be out on our observing patio all afternoon,” said Buehler Planetarium director Susan Barnette. “We will have telescopes with appropriate filters. We will have welder’s glass people can use under our supervision to make sure you are using them safely and a few pairs of glasses.”They are kicking off the event at 1:15 p.m. but make sure to get there early because it is the first day of school.Visitors are also welcomed at Fox Astronomical Observatory in Markham Park. They’ll be open from noon to 5 p.m. center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVOLUNTEERS NEEDED: WCTV Looking For Camera Operators & Commentators For WHS Fall SportsIn “Community”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”VIDEO: Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos” WILMINGTON, MA — Watch the Wilmington High School’s Varsity Football team defeat Watertown High, 33-7, last Friday night, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television.Running back Peter Marino rushed for 249 yards on 19 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Andrew Sullivan threw for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one to Connor Benoit and another to Stephen Anthony.—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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 read more

first_imgDownload AudioThere was an officer involved in a fatal shooting in Barrow early Wednesday morning. According to the North Slope Borough Mayor’s office, the incident happened around 4:00 a.m. A North Slope Borough Police Officer was responding to a call for assistance when the shooting took place. The Mayor’s office identified the victim as Vincent Nageak  III, the nephew of State Representative Ben Nageak (D-Barrow).Nageak, age 36, was a lifetime resident of Barrow. Along with serving as fire chief, he worked for the Department of Corrections in Barrow for over 10 years.In a statement, Representative Ben Nageak says the family “still [doesn’t] know all the facts.”The Alaska Bureau of Investigation arrived on the scene in Barrow on Wednesday afternoon.last_img

first_imgTheresa May .Photo AFPBritain’s government weighed the possibility of military action against Syria on Thursday, agreeing the “need to take action” despite polls showing the public remains wary of military intervention.Prime minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss joining mooted strikes by the US and allies, with ministers agreeing “on the need to take action”, her Downing Street office said in a statement.Her office said that May had talked with US president Donald Trump by telephone on Thursday evening to discuss Syria.In the call, the two leaders had agreed that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “had established a pattern of dangerous behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons”, Downing Street said.May and Trump had also “agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.“They agreed to keep working closely together on the international response,” the statement concluded.Trump is considering his military options in Syria after Saturday’s alleged chemical attack against the rebel-held town of Douma.His French counterpart Emmanuel Macron said he was in daily contact with Trump, stating France has evidence that Assad’s regime was behind the attack.But British involvement in further military intervention is controversial at home, in a country still haunted by its role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.The government said it is “highly likely” that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing “it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged”.But rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues have called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it is “vital that parliament has the chance to debate and decide in advance” of any military action, which he warned “risks a dangerous escalation of the conflict”.Corbyn has also evoked memories of the Iraq War, when lawmakers approved joining in the face of strong public opposition.A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 per cent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 per cent unsure and only 22 per cent supportive.Calls for parliament voteFormally, the prime minister has the right to go to war without approval from parliament, but a convention has been established in previous conflicts where MPs have a vote either before or shortly after military action begins.A separate YouGov survey on Thursday found 61 percent of people think it would be necessary for parliament to vote on military action against Syria, with just 18 per cent saying it was not necessary and 21 per cent undecided.British lawmakers voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force.But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to Islamic State (IS) group targets.Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes.Opposition Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable told the BBC that parliament “can and should be recalled immediately” to hold a vote on the latest possible action.“The position is a very dangerous one because of Russian involvement, also because we have an erratic president of the United States.”Anti-conflict coalition Stop the War called on Britons to lobby their lawmakers to prevent an “escalation of the war” and planned a Friday protest outside Downing Street.Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of international law and could not be allowed to go unpunished.Conservative former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith tweeted: “We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage”.Other members of May’s Conservative party have urged restraint in a highly fraught situation.“What we’ve got here in Syria is a choice between monsters on the one hand and maniacs on the other,” Julian Lewis, the chairman of the House of Commons defence committee, told the BBC.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Port Trust, for the first time in its history, is embarking on a mission to highlight its rich heritage in the best possible way. Come Sunday and KoPT will take you on a heritage tour on board its vessel to explore various places in and around river Ganga, most of which have been shielded from public view.”Kolkata Port is intrinsic with the history of Kolkata and we feel that remembering Kolkata’s glorious past cannot be without having knowledge about the port that was officially born 147 years ago. We have set up a museum at the Fairley Warehouse, an early 20th century peer of the Strand Warehouse that was lost in a fire on February 14, 2010, which will throw light at various landmark memories associated with the port. Our heritage tour will begin right from there,” KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsElaborating on the tour, Kumar said that the three and half hour journey will start from the museum and then visitors will be taken to Princep Ghat, from where they will board a vessel. “We will be taking them on a guided tour of various jetties and constructions on the bank of river Hooghly. The tour will end at the Indenture Memorial,” Kumar said.The Indenture Memorial has been set up at the Suriname Jetty. It was from this place that the indentured workers from India set sail in ships to the small country located on the north-east Atlantic coast of South America from 1873 to 1910. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGifted by the Surinamese Government, the memorial is a bust of ‘Baba and Mai’ – a depiction of male and female indentured workers known as father and mother – and a replica of a monument in Suriname capital Parimaribo. It symbolises the first Indian man and woman to set foot in the Dutch-speaking nation.”How many of us know the jetty where Sister Nivedita had landed or that Uttam Kumar was an employee of KoPT, or have witnessed a piece of important history of the city overlooked by a tower peaked by a Cooke and Kelvey turret clock dating back to 1899? All these will be part of the tour,” Kumar added.The tour will be conducted weekly. The rate per person will be Rs 1,399, while that for foreigners will be Rs 2,499 each, including refreshments.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- He’s always been a charmer on the ice. | Photo: YouTube/WNEP-TV eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) At 13, he competed in the International Skating Union’s Spring Cup in Luxembourg — and won. He came in second in his short program, and won the long program.‘The next day was the long, and I won that. I did a triple and two double-axels. It was the first time I did a triple in that kind of competition, so I was really excited as soon as I did that.’His win came from hard work and listening to coaches.‘All the little things your coach tells you, you always have to remember them. As long as you remember everything your coach tells you, you’ll be okay.’Skating wasn’t the only highlight of the experience, though.He adorably explains the trip also provided his first plane and train rides too.After the competition, he and his mother enjoyed a European vacation, and already his eyes were set on the Olympics.‘We went to the Olympic museum [in Lausanne, Switzerland] and when you see all these things about other people who have won the Olympics, you think you’ve done a great thing, but you’re still so far away.’Well, he may have been far away then, but now he’s an Olympic medalist.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Adam Rippon is already one of the stars of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Adam Rippon missed second Olympic medal but won the hearts of the worldThis is what my straight, male friends think about Adam RipponGay Winter Olympian Adam Rippon makes dramatic U-turn on Mike PenceRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : As the first openly gay US athlete to compete in the winter games, the figure skater earned his first Olympic medal on Sunday (11 February) night.He’s even made Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon proud of him.However, like every other Olympian, his path to stardom and success is made of hard work and lifelong dedication.A news clip recently released from WNEP-TV, a news station in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Rippon’s hometown, shows a 13-year-old Rippon with his eyes already on the Olympics.[embedded content]‘You’re still so far away’Rippon started skating when he was nine, going on 10.last_img read more

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This… read more July 26, 2013 — Worldwide healthcare cognitive computing markets are poised to achieve continuing growth as the healthcare delivery system responds to new products. Growth is achieved in response to changing technology, better analytics, new information systems that leverage natural language and changing market conditions.Healthcare decision support markets consist of traditional market participants led by McKesson and Watson from IBM. IBM Watson offers structured and unstructured data in combination. This represents a major breakthrough in what kind of decision support can be offered.IBM Watson can provide a far more differentiated testing assessment and knows what tests are relevant to further characterize a particular patient condition and what tests are not. Having an assistant that is able to have read the latest journal articles and is loaded with medical information to recommend what tests may be relevant in a particular situation is a great help to physicians. Wrong tests, tests that are not useful in a particular situation, account for 30 percent of the costs of healthcare delivery in the United States. IBM Watson is initiating a new era of cognitive computing that extends the tabulator and application program intensive enabling new market opportunities based on cognitive performance. Watson is comprised of a powerful core engine. The first purpose that Watson has been put to is to improve healthcare delivery. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Pseudocolor accentuated CT scan image of a liver tumor. 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first_img October 9, 2012 471 Views Share White Van VP Earns Third Term on NAMFS Board The “”National Association of Mortgage Field Services””: (NAMFS) re-elected VP of “”White Van Real Estate Services””:, Kris Katoa, for a third term as a board member. [IMAGE]Katoa was elected to the 2012-2014 board of directors for NAMFS, a trade association representing the mortgage field service industry. [COLUMN_BREAK] Katoa has been a member of NAMFS for more than 13 years and previously served two terms on the organization’s board and on the committee for its 2011 National Conference. Katoa joined White Van, a subsidiary of “”Carrington Holding Company””:, in 2011. Currently at White Van, she is responsible for client relations and vendor management and holds 22 years of experience in the field services industry. “”I’m pleased to once again have Kris Katoa serve on our board, where her keen industry insight and passion for customer service have long been recognized as valuable assets to meeting our goals,”” said Eric Miller, executive director for NAMFS. “”Our organization appreciates White Van supporting the field services industry by allowing her to participate.”” White Van Real Estate Services, L.P. offers a range of inspection, property preservation, maintenance and repair services to lenders, servicers and asset managers, as well as institutional clients, private real estate investors and real estate agents.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-09 Esther Cholast_img read more

first_img RelatedSkyscanner revenues double as global markets soarSkyscanner has announced growth rate of 2.3x for the first quarter of 2010.Skyscanner quarterly revenue tops £3mSkyscanner quarterly revenue tops £3mSkyscanner reports flight search traffic up 54% in first quarter 2009Skyscanner reports flight search traffic up 54% in first quarter 2009 While the UK alone accounted for nearly 10 million visitors across these three months, it is the strong international performance that is largely responsible for the company’s continued buoyant growth, with 68% of search traffic now coming from overseas. Skyscanner receives traffic from over 200 countries worldwide – 30 of those each delivering over 50,000 visitors to the site every month.Skyscanner has performed particularly well in Europe. Year on year traffic figures are up 47%, with Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Ireland, the Netherlands and Poland all in the top 10 ranking countries. The USA is another top 10 market, with year on year figures up 45%.“Creating a robust international business model has always been a fundamental element of our business strategy,” said Gareth Williams, CEO of Skyscanner.“Skyscanner’s strong international growth – in Asia and the Pacific Rim as well as Europe and the USA – is fuelled by highly profitable core markets and our expanding network of direct commercial partnerships with airlines, online travel agents and other travel companies throughout the world.“We’re also particularly proud of the fact that growing our user base has not been at the expense of existing users – over 50% of our monthly sessions are sourced from repeat users. As we move forward we are keen to ensure that continues, by making sure that our development is focused on delivering a brilliant core offering first and foremost.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map announces another record quarter. Revenue for July-September 2010 topped £3.5 million, up 90% year on year.last_img read more

first_img by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Nov 8, 2018 7:34 am PDT Last Updated Nov 8, 2018 at 8:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Charles says he’ll keep views to himself when king LONDON – Britain’s Prince Charles has pledged not to interfere in the affairs of state when he becomes king, seeking to dispel concerns about his past activism on issues ranging from global warming to architectural preservation.In an interview for a documentary marking his 70th birthday, the heir to the throne told the BBC that he understands he will have to act differently when he becomes king. Britain’s monarch is barred from interfering in politics.“I’m not that stupid,” Charles said when asked if his public campaigning would continue after he succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. “I do realize that it is a separate exercise being sovereign, so of course I understand entirely how that should operate.”The prince has caused disquiet in the past by expressing his commitment to organic farming, traditional architecture and environmental causes. In 2015, he lost a long court battle to prevent the disclosure of 27 letters sent to government officials on matters such as badger culling, fish protection, military readiness and the preservation of historic buildings.The “black spider” memos, so called because of Charles’ cramped handwritten greetings and closings, were controversial because some saw them as inappropriate lobbying by the heir to the throne.But Charles defended his past actions, including establishing the Prince’s Trust in 1976 to help disadvantaged young people, saying he had always steered clear of party politics. He wondered aloud whether his interventions were really “meddling.”“If it’s meddling to worry about the inner cities as I did 40 years ago … if that’s meddling, I’m very proud of it,” he said.The documentary captures the prince in both public and private, including images of him feeding vegetable scraps to his chickens and collecting their eggs at his Highgrove home.It includes an interview with the prince’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, who said Charles is driven by a need to help others.“He’s pretty impatient, he wants things done by yesterday as I think everybody who works for him will tell you. But that’s how he gets things done. He’s driven by this, this passion inside him to really help,” she said. “He would like to save the world.”center_img Britain’s Prince Charles, stands by a Commonwealth Walkway plaque during a reception at the British deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba) last_img read more

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