Guideressources pour filles Now Available

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgA popular guide for teenage girls adapted for French-speaking teens in Nova Scotia will be released Friday, May 25. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women worked with the Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse to create Guide-ressources pour filles, based closely on the Guide for Girls published two years ago. “We’re excited about launching the guide and extending our reach to French-speaking girls and women,” Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, said. “We look forward to other plans that help meet the needs of Acadian women.” The guide was adapted by Geneviève Renaud under the supervision of Louise d’Entremont, executive director of the Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. “The Guide-ressources pour filles opens the way to a new conversation between francophone women — mothers and daughters — in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. d’Entremont. “I am proud to have played a role in bringing this project together.” Ms. Renaud met with Acadian teens in communities across Nova Scotia to gain their input for the adaptation. She also researched French-language websites to give girls access to information in their own language. The publication also contains information about celebrating their Acadian heritage. The guide reflects the province’s effort to provide more services in French. Support from the Office of Acadian Affairs and Heritage Canada were essential to its success. The book is being distributed with collaboration from la Fédération des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. It is also available online at the advisory council’s new website at .last_img read more

Options and Opportunities Program Celebrates Annual Showcase

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgOptions and Opportunities students (O2) are displaying innovative projects they created for their annual showcase today, May 27, at the Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth. The O2 program enables high school students to explore careers through hands-on work experience. The program prepares students for the job market, helps them make informed career choices by focusing on career development and supports personal growth. It matches students with qualified employers to give them the opportunity to gain experience in a workplace. They graduate with four co-operative education credits, a certificate in workplace health and safety and a personalized career plan. “O2 students are finding great success inside and outside of the classroom because of this program,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “Students who were once disengaged have become proud and successful members of their school community. They have improved their grades, attendance, self-esteem and self-confidence. “The government is committed to creating good jobs and O2 is the kind of program that helps prepare students for these jobs, and encourages them to stay and build a life here.” According to teachers and parents, Options and Opportunities has been an overwhelming success. Originally piloted in 27 schools in the fall of 2006,the program has expanded to over 105 classrooms and 46 schools across the province. Teachers say they see significant improvements in student grades and attendance, and fewer discipline problems. Parents say relationships with their children are better and students themselves have higher self-esteem and self-worth. “Before I enrolled in O2, I found it hard to pay attention in class, my grades were very low and I was failing all my classes,” said J.L. Ilsley grade 12 student Jessica Albert, who is preparing to be a chef and is enrolled in the culinary arts fall classes at Nova Scotia Community College. “O2 made a big difference in my education. It helped me succeed and has prepared me well for NSCC.” This year nearly 3,000 employers support O2 students through work placements. “This showcase shows employers and potential employers the exciting projects the students have been working on all year,” said Department of Education consultant Peter Smith. “It’s the perfect venue to show everyone what these students are made of.” The showcase begins at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Indias emergence as top scrap importer threatens aluminium industry

Posted On Oct 20 2019 by

first_imgBengaluru: A recent S&P Platts report reveals that India has taken over China as world’s top aluminium scrap importer in the first quarter of the current calendar year. Import of scrap rises by 18.8 per cent year on year to 334,725 million tonnes. In the same period, China’s scrap import fell 32.1 per cent on the back of a restriction imposed by the Chinese Government on environmental concerns. This captures a global trend where a pick-up in the demand of aluminium has encouraged leading economies to protect themselves from import of excess aluminium products with strong policy measures with the intent to boost their respective indigenous industries. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepYet India continues to remain an exception. The economy that enjoys abundant reserves of bauxite and coal – the two key raw materials for aluminium production – continues to depend majorly on aluminium imports. A lax regulation enables nations to divert their excess supplies to India, fueling a glut of cheap, scrap aluminium products in the markets that undermine the potential of the domestic industry. In FY19, aluminium has witnessed the highest ever import of 23 lakh tons, which is 58 per cent of India’s demand, resulting in a forex outgo of Rs. 38,000 crore ($5.5 billion), i.e. 1.1 per cent of total country’s import bill. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn this situation, the Aluminium Association of India has reached out to the government to provide relief in the form of increasing the basic custom duty in the upcoming Union Budget on primary aluminium from 7.5 per cent to 10 per cent, reducing basic custom duty and correction of inverted duty structure on critical raw materials. It has also asked the government to increase the basic custom duty on aluminium scrap from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent to make it at par with primary metal as in the of all other non-ferrous metals like copper, zinc, lead, tin etc., and dissuade the end-users to rely on cheap scrap from USA and other developed economies. Rahul Sharma, Vice President, Aluminium Association of India said, “Aluminium is a metal of strategic importance for the country and plays a vital role in national security and nation building. India’s demand for aluminium is expected to reach 7.2 million tonnes in next five years, and as such the industry has invested over Rs 1.2 lakh crores to enhance capacity to 4 MTPA to cater to increasing demand. The sector is also one of the largest job creators with more than 8 lakh direct and indirect employment and caters to over 4000 SMEs. This data justifies a robust policy support to create a level-playing field for the domestic aluminium industry. “In the current circumstances, Indian aluminium industry requires the government to extend policy measures in line with those extended to steel. Current volatility of aluminium LME prices that saw a steep decline of $550/MT in last one year, and the restrictive measures taken by China, USA and other key markets to protect their indigenous markets from imports are making India more vulnerable as a dumping ground for primary metal, scrap and secondary products, thereby adversely affecting the competitiveness of the domestic industry. Hence, immediate measures like increased import duty on primary aluminium, scrap and downstream aluminium products are required along with rationalization of input costs of critical raw material of aluminium value chain to help domestic industry retain competitiveness.”last_img read more

Canada 200M tonnes away from meeting international emissions promise

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada has just 13 years to cut almost 200 million tonnes of yearly carbon emissions if it hopes to meet its 2015 international climate treaty obligations.Such a reduction would be the equivalent of taking 44 million cars off the road — twice the number of passenger vehicles that were registered in Canada two years ago.The latest national emissions inventory report, published in April, shows Canada’s emissions at 722 million tonnes in 2015, down just 0.7 per cent from the previous year.As part of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Canada agreed to a target of 523 million tonnes by 2030 — 30 per cent less than what the country generated in 2005.The target becomes even more daunting if there is any growth in emissions from industries, such as expanded production in the oilsands or new manufacturing.Indeed, the pipeline projects Canada has already approved in principle could add more than 40 million tonnes from additional oil extraction alone.Nonetheless, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is insisting the government’s climate change plan will allow Canada to meet its target.“If you look at the plan it shows how we are going to get to the target,” McKenna said. “We’ve taken very serious measures.”The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change,, signed last fall by Ottawa and 11 of the 13 provinces and territories, aims to take 86 million tonnes of carbon emissions out annually by 2030.That includes the impact of the carbon pricing regime to be phased in at increments of $10 per tonne starting next year, reaching $50 per tonne by 2022.The government anticipates other measures committed to prior to the framework, such as Alberta’s phase-out of coal-powered electricity plants and Saskatchewan’s renewable energy target, will cut emissions by 89 megatonnes a year.The rest of the road to 523 will come from investments in public transit and green infrastructure, clean technology and stored carbon in forests, wetlands and soils.Michael Cleland, chair of the board at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, said he pegs the odds of those cuts materializing by 2030 at “zero.”“I don’t see events or forces in the offing that are likely to change that in the next couple of years,” said Cleland.He said the climate change framework will get Canada closer, but the trajectory of emissions just won’t change fast enough to cut emissions by more than 27 per cent in 13 years.Cutting coal-fired electrical plants, something Ottawa wants done by 2030, will eliminate 61 million tonnes, but three of the four provinces that still generate electricity by burning coal haven’t committed to that yet.Cleland said there will be incremental growth in electric vehicles and more efficient buildings, but both are only happening “bit by bit.”“I don’t see evidence we’re going to see a massive shift in the next 10 years,” said Cleland.He said the government deserves recognition for its carbon price plan and “there is no question in my mind it will have an impact on people’s decisions.”But he said it’s hard to know whether that plan will actually play out given the differences among the provinces, and the current lack of buy-in from at least two: Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Dale Marshall, national program manager at Environmental Defence, is more optimistic.Consumers are going to buy into electric vehicles far faster than either the government or the industry are expecting, said Marshall, who also expects demand for fossil fuels to drop and opposition to pipeline projects to grow.“I think there is a reasonable chance we’re going to hit our 2030 target,” he said. “There is a gap right now, but I think technology will continue to evolve quite quickly.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Bill And Chelsea Clintons Special Message For Hillary

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgBill and Chelsea Clinton have thanked Hillary Clinton for her work as Secretary Of State in a special message from the Clinton Foundation.“As we welcome Hillary home, we couldn’t be more proud of what she’s accomplished or more humbled by her commitment to making our country and our world stronger, safer, and better.“Over the past four years, she’s traveled to 112 countries, more than any other Secretary of State in our nation’s history – and while this sometimes meant we saw her less often than we’d like, we’re so grateful for the millions of lives she’s touched and the change she’s inspired across the globe.“So as she steps down as Secretary of State, we hope you’ll join us in thanking Hillary for all she’s done.“Through her tireless service, she has strengthened America’s relationships with the world – from our closest allies to emerging powers to developing nations.“She’s transformed the way we practice diplomacy and taken advantage of global trends – engaging directly with people, embracing technology, and championing economics, education, and energy to improve lives and strengthen communities around the world.“As First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, she has dedicated herself to service, and to giving more people in more places, particularly women and girls, the opportunities to live their dreams.“She inspires us every day – and we hope she inspires you, too.”last_img read more

Bramptons Next Artists You Should Know

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Toronto’s music scene has held onto the global spotlight for over a year now. The city boasts a trio of superstars in Drake, The Weeknd, and Justin Bieber, all of whom are responsible for sustaining Toronto’s new image. These three artists are coexisting at the height of their careers, and their dominance of the charts has pushed the six to brave new heights. Naturally, the main artists benefiting from this stimulus package, exist and operate within the downtown core.Brampton is a thirty minute drive outside of Toronto. The sprawling suburb is culturally diverse and home to over 500,000 residents. Some of these Bramptonians have recently risen to success and are now contributing to the Toronto sound. Historically an afterthought, the town is now getting its long overdue recognition, thanks to natives like Roy Woods, Tory Lanez, Alessia Cara, as well as super producers WondaGurl and Eestbound.Finally, Brampton can now be proud of something more than having the best pizza in the GTA (shouts out Mackay Pizza though). Here are the five most exciting artists, coming out of Brampton, Ontario. Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

UNSG Personal Envoy to Brief Security Council on Western Sahara

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat-UN Personal Envoy of the Secretary General, Christopher Ross, will brief this afternoon in a closed-door meeting, the members of the Security Council on the latest developments of the “mediation process” of the ‘Western Sahara’ issue.The briefing comes six months after the adoption of Security Council resolution 2152, which extended the mandate of MINURSO for a year.The resolution urged the parties and neighboring countries to fully cooperate with the UN body and with each other and get resolutely involved to put an end to the current deadlock and move forward towards a political solution. It also called on the parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue to engage in more substantive negotiations and ensure the implementation of its resolutions since 2007 as well as the success of the talk.In recent months, Morocco has been calling on the United Nations show “neutrality” and “professionalism” in dealing with the conflict and abstain from siding with any party.We ask that the UN Secretariat show professionalism and keep equal distance from all the parties,” Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said last April during a press conference following the adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 2152. “In accordance with this parameter, and especially the legal parameters of negotiation, Morocco is willing to go further with the Secretariat and with all the partners,” said the Moroccan diplomat, reiterating Morocco’s trust in the UN Secretary General.“The choice of Morocco to negotiate a mutually acceptable political solution is irreversible, and we will work on that in the months to come,” said Ambassador Hilale.In a letter to the UNSG Ban Ki-moon on April 15, King Mohammed VI called for preserving the Personal Envoy’s mandate of mediation, promotion of political settlement and supervision with precise terms as well as Morocco’s contribution within the United Nations.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Cutting Diplomatic Ties with Iran Dictated by Its Interference in Moroccos

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – Morocco’s decision to sever relations with Iran over the latter’s military support for the Polisario Front is purely bilateral. Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister, denied any influence of regional or international developments.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, stressed that Hezbollah military officers have traveled to Tindouf camps in Algeria to train military leaders of the separatist Polisario Front to use SAM-9 and anti-aircraft missiles.Bourita said that cutting ties with Iran is not related to the situation in Syria or Middle East. “This decision was not taken under influence or pressure,” said Bourita during a meeting with representatives of the national and foreign press, recalling that “[Morocco] had resumed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2014, while it was a crisis with countries that have friendly relations with Morocco.”“When it comes to its territorial integrity, its national security and the security of its citizens, Morocco can only be firm and makes clear decisions,” said the Moroccan official.Bourita said that Morocco would close its embassy in Tehran and expel the Iranian ambassador from Rabat.The minister said in his announcement that Morocco “has evidence that the Teheran-backed Lebanese Shiite militant group, Hezbollah, is arming and training the separatist front through the Iranian embassy in Algiers.”“Morocco has strong [and indisputable] proof, including names and specific incidents, that indicate that Hezbollah is logistically and strategically supporting the Polisario Front,” the minister explained.Read Also: Morocco Severs Ties with Iran over Military Support for Polisario Front“Hezbollah’s actions seek to undwermine Moroccan interests and constitute an attack on the country’s territorial integrity.”Bourita said that the Iran-backed Hezbollah sent military officials to Polisario, provided the front with weapons, and trained its troops on urban warfare.This is not the first time that Rabat has severed ties with Teheran. In 2009, Morocco severed ties with Iran after the latter challenged and threatened Bahrain territorial integrity.Although the two countries later resumed their bilateral relations 5 years after the first rift, in 2014, ties between them were never sturdy, in part because of Tehran rivalry with Saudi Arabia, Morocco’s utmost ally in the Arab world. read more

Michigan governor opposes zero coverage option for drivers

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she opposes Republicans’ proposal to let drivers fully forgo mandatory, unlimited medical benefits covered by their auto insurance premiums, saying she must “draw a line” but is open to requiring a minimum level of coverage.The Democrat made her comments after touring a rehabilitation facility for people with brain injuries, including those injured in car crashes, as the GOP-led Legislature considered efforts to cut the country’s highest premiums. She reiterated that she would veto the bills without changes and suggested that $250,000 of base coverage is “worth consideration.”Michigan is the only state to mandate unlimited personal injury protection, or PIP, benefits — which on average makes up half of premiums.“People don’t think it’ll ever happen to them,” Whitmer said of the potential for sustaining serious injuries in car accidents. “That’s why we’ve got to have a base level that everyone buys into so that we can get the savings that we want but also protect the system.”Under differing measures that won approval in the House and Senate last week, motorists could choose zero PIP coverage or higher levels as long as they have other health insurance.Whitmer warned that a full opt-out could “bankrupt” people with severe crash injuries, shift costs to the government-funded Medicaid system, and undermine hospital trauma centres and rehab clinics “that are doing the critical work of helping people become independent again and get their lives back.”Staffers for Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders were continuing to discuss the legislation on Thursday.Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of Clarklake, said while Whitmer’s statements suggesting some options is “always a good sign” in negotiations, Shirkey would be “very reluctant to say that we’re not willing to give every person in Michigan the opportunity to fully opt out, fully realize as much savings as possible on car insurance.”A University of Michigan study released last month found that car insurance is unaffordable in 97% of Michigan’s ZIP codes. The average premium in Michigan — $2,693, according to the most recent report from The Zebra, an insurance comparison website — is 83% higher than the national average of $1,470. Detroit’s premium on average is $5,464, far surpassing any other U.S. city.___Follow Eggert on Twitter at Eggert, The Associated Press read more

Commission on Matale grave

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced the appointment of a special commission to investigate the Matale mass grave.President’s secretary Lalith Weeratunga said that the commission will be led by former Justice S.I. Imam, Retired High Court Judge Bandula Atapattu and former Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Kitulgoda. The international police INTERPOL had in May been asked to assist in the investigations into the Matale mass grave. The Magistrate Magistrate had said in May that INTERPOL assistance had been sought and once that is obtained then DNA tests will be carried out on the skeletal remains found at the grave site.The Magistrate also ordered that public notices be issued in all three languages to ensure than anyone who has more information or wants to give evidence in the case comes forward. The UNP, which was in power during the 1987-89 period, said it will back an independent investigation into the mass grave. The UN had also been called to assist in the investigations into the mass grave. Over 150 skeletal remains and human bones have been unearthed from the mass grave in Matale. Forensics had determined that the remains were of those killed sometime in the late 1980′s and the area has now been marked as a crime scene.At least 10 skeletal remains were first found from the site near the Matale hospital in November last year by construction workers when land near the hospital was being dug-up to construct a new building. Following police investigations excavation work began to look for skeletal remains at the site and more remains were found.The JVP had demanded that the government carry out investigations on the mass grave following fears the remains maybe that of JVP members or supporters killed during a 1987-89 insurgency. In a written statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, ahead of the 22nd session last March, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a nongovernmental organization, had said that the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances should, through their experts, study the situation and the conduct of inquiries relating to the remains of the 200 or more persons found in Matale and assist the Sri Lankan government to ensure that these inquiries meet international standards. (Colombo Gazette) Weeratunga told media heads at a breakfast meeting that the commission has been asked to investigate all angles into the mass grave. read more

School safety symposium

Posted On Oct 7 2019 by

It’s been more than five months since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Since then, many U.S. schools are shifting to a new approach to keep kids safe. At a symposium in Toronto Wednesday, Kelda Yuen spoke to school safety experts on how the U.S. approach can also work on this side of the border. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UN starts search for abandoned radioactive sources in Georgia

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing the two-week search for Strontium 90 generators in a 550 square kilometre area of western Georgia. The effort will involve some 80 people, mostly Georgian nationals, as well as radiation experts from the IAEA, India, France, Turkey and the United States, who will set out on horseback, foot and by car.Six highly radioactive Strontium 90 sources, which were used as thermo-electric generators for communication stations in remote areas, have been recovered so far, and the IAEA believes that two more remain at large. The Agency has been working since 1997 to upgrade levels of radiation safety and security in the country, where over 280 radioactive sources have been recovered since the mid-1990s. Some of these sources were discovered on abandoned Soviet military bases and all have been placed in safe storage.The search marks the first operational phase of an action plan to conduct IAEA-supported radiological surveys of selected areas in Georgia. The action plan covers two phases of a campaign to survey selected areas of Georgia with sensitive radiation detectors and instruments to locate so-called “orphan” radiation sources that are outside of regulatory control.”The situation in Georgia may just be an indication of the serious safety and security implications orphaned sources may have elsewhere in the world,” said Abel Gonzalez, IAEA Director of Radiation and Waste Safety. “The IAEA’s work in Georgia is part of a comprehensive plan that includes Agency assistance to States to help them regain control of such orphan sources.”The second phase – an aerial and road survey covering different territory – is scheduled to begin in early September. The objective is to locate and recover other known or suspected orphaned radioactive sources in the country. read more

Air Canada WestJet filled planes with record load factors in October

Posted On Oct 6 2019 by

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2012 4:50 pm MDT Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both flew their planes with record percentages of the seats full in October as passenger traffic increased with only slight increases in capacity.The country’s largest carrier (TSX:AC.B) said planes in its domestic and international system were 82.9 per cent full in the month, up 3.5 percentage points from 79.4 per cent a year ago.System traffic, including regional airlines, increased 4.9 per cent on a system-wide capacity increase of 0.4 per cent.“This record load factor for the month and strong traffic results overall underscore the effectiveness of our ongoing disciplined approach to managing capacity and our award-winning product that continues to earn customers’ loyalty,” stated CEO Calin Rovinescu.Traffic grew by 7.1 per cent on Atlantic routes, by 6.8 per cent on Pacific routes and by five per cent in Canada where planes were 83.2 per cent filled, up from 80.6 per cent a year earlier.Traffic on routes to Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America decreased 2.2 per cent.WestJet Airlines flights flew 81.2 per cent full in October — the fourth month in a row of record high load factors for the Calgary-based company.Traffic increased 5.9 per cent from last year while capacity grew 0.9 per cent.WestJet said it flew 113,000 more passengers in October than a year ago.“We are very pleased with the October results which easily outpaced the previous October load factor record of 78.1 per cent set in 2007,” stated CEO Gregg Saretsky.The load factor was up from 77.4 per cent in October 2011.“Forward bookings remain healthy and momentum continues at WestJet.”Year-to-date, WestJet’s load factor is up by more than three per cent to 82.9 per cent. Traffic is up 8.2 per cent on a 4.2 per cent increase in available seat miles.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said WestJet’s traffic numbers are a “clear indication that air travel demand remains very healthy so far in the fourth quarter.”WestJet (TSX:WJA) will report its third-quarter results on Wednesday, followed a day later by Air Canada.“The record October traffic reinforces our positive outlook for WestJet,” Doerksen wrote in a research note.Porter Airlines, which flies turboprop planes on regular scheduled flights in competition with the other airlines, reported that its load factor dropped 8.3 points from last year to 59.4 per cent.The privately owned regional carrier based in Toronto said its traffic or revenue passenger miles grew 5.5 per cent while its capacity shrunk 7.5 per cent.“We are currently focusing on maintaining higher yields, so the change in load factor is expected with this approach,” stated CEO Robert Deluce.He added that hurricane Sandy has affected the airline’s service to key markets, especially Newark, N.J., in November, but noted that Porter has resumed regular service to all airports.Based at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Porter flies to cities in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada as well as a handful of destinations in the United States.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed up four cents, or 2.27 per cent, to $1.80 in Monday trading. WestJet’s shares gained nine cents to $17.90. Air Canada, WestJet filled planes with record load factors in October AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Man convicted of killing 5 in Denver bar to be sentenced to

Posted On Oct 3 2019 by

Dexter Lewis sits quietly, at left, as his defense attorney Christopher Baumann, center, returns to his seat following closing arguments in the sentencing phase in Denver District Court on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Jurors have spared Lewis the death penalty, and he will instead be sentenced to life in prison. Lewis was convicted Aug. 10 of five counts of murder for stabbing five people to death in a bar robbery in October 2012. (Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; NEW YORK POST OUT; NEW YORK DAILY NEWS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT DENVER – A man convicted of stabbing five people to death at a Denver bar and setting the business on fire will not be executed and instead will serve a lifelong prison sentence, a jury decided Thursday.It is the second time in a month that a Colorado jury has decided against execution for a mass killer. Earlier this month jurors choose not to give the death penalty to James Holmes, who attacked a movie theatre in suburban Denver in 2012.Lewis was convicted Aug. 10 of five counts of murder for stabbing five people to death in a bar robbery in October 2012 that netted $170.Prosecutors said Lewis led a four-man robbery crew at Fero’s Bar and Grill. He killed the bar’s owner and four customers. Two of the men at the robbery testified that Lewis, 25, went down a line stabbing his victims while they were held at gunpoint.“He simply went down the line, not caring about them, not showing any of them any mercy,” prosecutor Matt Wenig told jurors when they began considering execution for Lewis.The bar was set ablaze before the men fled.Lewis’ defence carefully detailed his abusive childhood, which included Lewis watching his father brutally treat his mother and taking beatings and verbal abuse of his own.His mother, Tammesa Jones, described beating the boy while she abused drugs and alcohol.“I’d hit him with a belt, hit him with my fists. … I would hit him all over,” Jones said, breaking down in tears. “I hit him, probably like, every day.”Killed in the robbery were the bar’s owner, Young Suk Fero, 53, and four customers — Daria M. Pohl, 21, of Denver; Kellene Fallon, 44, of Denver; Ross Richter, 29, of Overland Park, Kansas; and Tereasa Beesley, 45, of Denver.Denver Chief Deputy District Attorney Joe Morales said the victims’ relatives knew it was possible Lewis would not get the death penalty and they have accepted the verdict.“We believe the death penalty was the appropriate punishment but the system worked and we have no regrets about what we have done and what we saw in this case,” Morales said. He added: “Nobody is walking away a winner or a loser today.”Lewis’ accomplices, brothers Joseph and Lynell Hill, pleaded guilty to murder under deals with prosecutors and received lengthy sentences. The fourth man, Demarea Harris, was a confidential informant at the time for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and reported the slayings to authorities. He was never charged in the case.Harris and Lynell Hill testified that Lewis stabbed all five people. Joseph Hill refused to testify.Earlier this month, a separate jury in suburban Arapahoe County rejected the death penalty for Holmes, the theatre shooter, who killed 12 people and injured 70 others.In the Holmes case, the defence argued not that Holmes was abused as a boy but that he was mentally ill.Under Colorado law, juries must unanimously agree to impose death sentences. In this case, at least one juror sided with Lewis’ defence team that his abusive childhood was a mitigating factor that favoured a life sentence over execution.No Denver jury has sentenced someone to death since 1986.Colorado has not executed anyone since 1997. by Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2015 4:51 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 6:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Man convicted of killing 5 in Denver bar to be sentenced to life in prison without parole read more

Ahead of elections UN expert calls on Kenya to prevent internal displacement

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The Kenyan Government and the international community must significantly scale up their efforts to prevent internal displacement resulting from possible violence ahead of the general election next week, a United Nations independent expert stressed today.“Instances of localized violence likely to result in the arbitrary displacement of persons in Kenya have steadily increased in the run-up to the elections, although intervention by Government has helped to improve the situation,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Chaloka Beyani.Internal displacement in the country has historically followed each election cycle since 1991/1992. The previous general elections were held in December 2007, and were followed by post-election violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced.This year’s elections are the first under the new 2010 Constitution, which introduced major political reforms after the last post-election violence. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the root causes of past displacements have been mitigated by the new Constitution. However, challenges remain, including the slow pace of the implementation of the Constitution as well as increasing ethnic tensions in the country. “I urge the Kenyan authorities this time around to strengthen the measures being led by national disaster and crisis management to prevent displacement, together with its national and international partners, and to intensify emergency preparedness and coordination efforts to that end,” Mr. Beyani said, calling on donors in particular to support preparedness efforts that will ensure the safety and dignity of IDPs in the possible event of displacement in the country.Mr. Beyani commended the Government for the progress it has made since his last visit in September 2011. Since then, the Government has facilitated returns for IDPs and adopted the IDP Act, which seeks to assist and protect displaced communities.“Solutions for the internally displaced have to be sustainable. The voices of displaced Kenyans must be heard on all matters affecting their future, in keeping with the new law,” he said. “The IDP Act clearly obliges the Government and others to guard against violence and prevent internal displacement.”Mr. Beyani also warned that inter-communal tension increases the risk of violence at a local level after the elections. Last year alone, more than 116,000 persons were displaced as a result of inter-communal violence in the country.“Elections this year are not only about national positions, but also about local ones. Power struggles over political representation at the local level have already resulted in new displacement in some instances,” Mr. Beyani said. “This complexity makes it all the more necessary to take strong steps to combat electoral violence, and measures of preparedness to prevent any ensuing internal displacement during the 2013 election cycle.” read more

UN Treaty beginning of the end for nuclear weapons say Nobel Peace

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

The award represents a special recognition for the efforts of the “new generation” of campaigners – “people who grew up after the Cold War and don’t understand why we still have the [nuclear] weapons,” said Beatrice Fihn, the Executive Director of ICAN. In particular, she highlighted that it is also a huge recognition of the efforts of the Hibakusha (the Japanese word for the surviving victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) in realizing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Adopted on 7 July at a UN conference in New York, the Treaty is the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament in two decades. Quoting Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, Ms. Fihn added: “7th of July marks the beginning of the end for nuclear weapons.” Also at the press conference, which was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, was Ray Acheson of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, an ICAN member organization, who said diplomacy for dialogue and cooperation is all the more necessary right now given rising tensions in many parts of the world. “I think it’s more important than ever for us to be emphasizing the importance and the utility and the practicality of working together,” she said, recalling the partnership between the civil society, governments and the UN in the realizing the Treaty. At the press conference, the speakers outlined the dangers of by nuclear weapons as well as the rising tensions, including due to the nuclear weapons development programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the discussions over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concerning Iran’s nuclear programme.Expressing that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons offered an alternative – a world without nuclear weapons – Tim Wright, the Asia-Pacific Director of ICAN, hoped that the Nobel Peace Prize win will help ICAN to get countries to sign and ratify the Treaty. “We’ll be working over coming weeks and months to persuade governments to do just that,” he added. read more

Seriously ill boy becomes Bobby for the day after Met Police grant

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

first_imgTo find out more about Starlight, visit The Metropolitan Police have granted a wish for a young seriously ill boy to be a policeman for the day in London.On Saturday 22nd July, national charity Starlight Children’s Foundation granted seven-year-old Charlie Peebles’ wish to be a policeman with the help of the Metropolitan Police.When Charlie was six-months-old, he was diagnosed with a serious condition called hereditary spherocytosis. This means his red blood cells are oval shaped rather than round so his spleen thinks they’re foreign bodies and attacks them. A simple virus or infection, like an ear infection, can be very dangerous for Charlie and he needs blood transfusions to fight them.As well as hereditary spherocytosis, Charlie also has another genetic blood condition called Type 1 Von Willebrands disease. This is a bleeding disorder like haemophilia and Charlie needs medication to help his blood to clot.Ally, Charlie’s mum, said, “The weekend has been fantastic especially watching his face light up. It’s been amazing to see Charlie’s Starlight Wish granted because being a policeman is all he ever talks about and all he has ever talked about. Most children don’t get to have their dreams come true until they grow up so it’s amazing that Charlie’s have come true at this early stage.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Last train for Germany – EHF EURO 2012 qualification decisions

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

← Previous Story Kristina Bille Hansen in Krim Mercator Next Story → Germany and other four qualify for the EURO2012! Four teams have already qualified for the Men’s EURO 2012 in Serbia; reigning champions France and hosts Serbia, whilst Hungary and Croatia have already qualified from their groups, both with a 100% record of four wins from four in their qualification matches so far.Round 5 features 12 matches on Wednesday and two matches on Thursday, whilst Round 6 features two matches on Saturday and 12 on Sunday.All the matches are decisive for all the teams involved as by Sunday (12th June) all final 16 EHF EURO 2012 participants will be known.11 of those teams could be known by Sunday, with Group 5 one of the toughest groups to call.The top two of all seven groups qualify for Serbia, with the draw for the final event taking place on Wednesday 15 June in Belgrade.Austria v Germany, Lithuania v Spain and Iceland v Austria will be streamed live on, whilst most of the remaining games are being shown live on TV, click HERE for the latest listings.Fixtures(All times local)Group 1Round 5:Estonia v FYR Macedonia (Wednesday, 20.00 hrs)Bosnia Herzegovina v Hungary (Wednesday, 20.15)Round 6:Hungary v Estonia (Sunday, 12.15)FYR Macedonia v Bosnia Herzegovina (Sunday, 20.15)Hungary have already qualified for Serbia with four straight victories in four matches, but the fight for second position is tough.If Estonia (currently on four points) beat FYR Macedonia (three points) on Wednesday the Baltic team will qualify for the EHF EURO for the first time in their history.However, if FYR Macedonia win this encounter, like they did in the first match at home (30:25), their fate will be in their own hands in the final Balkan duel against Bosnia Herzegovina (one point), as they know a win will see them through to Serbia. Hungary will be clear favourites in both matches against Estonia and Bosnia Herzegovina.Group 2Round 5:Romania v Croatia (Wednesday, 20.00)Lithuania v Spain (Thursday, 18.45)Round 6:Croatia v Lithuania (Sunday, 18.00)Spain v Romania (Sunday, 18.00)Like Hungary in Group 1, the Croatians have already booked their ticket for EHF EURO with four straight victories and a 100% record.Fighting for the final place behind them are Spain and Lithuania who each have four points, but if the Iberians win on Thursday they are through to Serbia, as their victory against Lithuania in their first match (33:17), will count towards their position.To qualify for EHF EURO 2012 the Lithuanians need to beat Spain by a margin of more than 16 goals, as the Iberians are favoured against Romania (0 points) and Croatia are nearly unbeatable on home soil.Group 3Round 5:Ukraine v Poland (Wednesday, 18.00)Portugal v Slovenia (Wednesday, 20.25)Round 6:Poland v Portugal (Sunday, 14.45)Slovenia v Ukraine (16.30)Slovenia (six points) and Poland (five points) are in the best position for EHF EURO 2012 qualification – and by winning on the road both would qualify for Serbia on Wednesday.Ukraine (two points) are out of the qualification race already, but Portugal (three points) still have hopes of making it, but will need to beat both Slovenia and Poland be secure.Group 4Round 5:Montenegro v Sweden (Wednesday, 20.00)Israel v Slovakia (Thursday, 19.00)Round 6:Slovakia v Montenegro (Sunday, 16.00)Sweden v Israel (Sunday, 18.15)If Slovakia and Sweden (both with six points) draw their Round 5 away matches then that would be enough for both teams to qualify for Serbia ahead of Montenegro and Israel (both with two points), but if both teams end up on equal points then Sweden will finish top, thanks to the better direct encounter (a goal difference of +3). Group 5Round 5:Latvia – Iceland (Wednesday, 19.35)Austria – Germany (Wednesday, 20.15)Round 6:Germany – Latvia (Sunday, 15.00)Iceland – Austria (Sunday, 16.30)Group 5 is the toughest group of them all with many possible outcomes of who makes it to Serbia and who stays at home. If Austria (seven points) beat Germany (five) they qualify for Serbia directly, no matter what the result is in their final match with Iceland (four points), whilst Latvia are out of contention as they have not managed to pick up one single point so far.If Germany and Austria tie their match, Iceland win both of their matches and Germany beat Latvia, Germany, Austria and Iceland will all have eight points.In this scenario Germany would qualify for Serbia, whilst the second qualifying team will be decided by the goal difference of the Iceland v Austria game.If Iceland beat Austria with a margin of more than five goals following their 28:23 loss in Austria in the first match, the Nordic teams are both through. If not, Austria qualify.Germany can be eliminated if they lose in Austria, and Iceland beat Austria, but they will be hoping that Austria beat the Scandinavians.Group 6Round 5:Greece v Czech Republic (Wednesday, 18.30)Netherlands v Norway (Wednesday, 19.30)Round 6:Czech Republic v Netherlands (Saturday, 15.00)Norway v Greece (Saturday, 16.15)In a similar situation as Group 4,  the Czech Republic and Norway lead Group 6 with six points each ahead of Greece (three points) and the Netherlands (one point).If the Czechs get at least a draw in Greece, and Norway win in the Netherlands, both teams will qualify on Wednesday for Serbia.As the Netherlands are out of the race to qualify, Greece need to win both their matches to make it to Serbia. If Norway and the Czech Republic find themselves equal on points at the end of the group, the Czechs will finish top due to their results in their matches against Norway (29:26 and 22:24).Group 7Round 5:Switzerland v Russia (Wednesday, 20.00)Belarus v Denmark (Wednesday, 21.15)Round 6:Denmark v Switzerland (Sunday, 16.50)Russia v Belarus (Sunday, 17.00)Three teams can still qualify for Serbia from Group 7, with Denmark and Russia (each with six points) in the best positions, ahead of Belarus (four points). If Denmark and Russia win both their away games in Round 5 then they will qualify for Serbia before the weekend, whilst Switzerland, who have failed to gain any points, are already out.If Belarus beat the Danes, despite losing the first match 41:33, they can still make Serbia, but will need another victory against their neighbour Russia.If Denmark and Russia finish equal on points at the end of the group stage, the Danes will go through as group winners, as they have the better record after both matches against Russia (36:29, 27:31).For more information on the Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, please visit the official website HERE.Used text: Bjorn Pazen / EHF EURO 2012handball fantasy read more

2020 Range Rover Evoque looks more like a Range Rover than ever

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

How To Help Victims Of The Sutherland Springs Massacre

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_imgAP Blood donations, as well as financial donations, are the main ways in which people can help the victims of the Sutherland Springs massacre and their families.Texans are helping the victims of the Sutherland Springs massacre through blood donations and also financial donations.The San Antonio Express-News reports that several blood drives are being hosted in the San Antonio area and its surroundings.San Antonio’s University Hospital will host a blood drive until 7 p.m. in the hospital lobby.Additionally, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is asking for people who have O-positive or O-negative blood types to donate.STBTC is also asking for donations of blood platelets.The Conally Memorial Medical Center, located in Floresville –19 miles southwest of Sutherland Springs— is also hosting a blood drive.The Lackland Air Force Base’s Blood Donor Center is taking donations as well until 2 p.m., according to the San Antonio Express-News.As for financial donations, the Wilson County District Attorney Aubrey Louis said officials are setting up two bank accounts to help families impacted by the massacre.Bee Clean Car Washes, a San Antonio business, has donated $10,000 to help victims of the church shooting, according to KENS 5, and the owner is setting up accounts at Bank of America so that others can donate to the victims.Additionally, Smokin’ Angels BBQ Ministry and St. Mark Lutheran Church in Adkins are hosting a benefit on Saturday, November 11, at St. Mark, which is about 17 miles from Sutherland Springs’ First Baptist Church.One hundred percent of money raised from the $10 barbecue plates sold will go toward victims and their families.HEB said its San Antonio stores are accepting donations for “a relief fund at the Sutherland Springs church.” The rest of its stores across Texas will be able to accept donations “shortly.”“We are loading all stores across the company this evening to accept donations at our registers statewide to collect donations,” said HEB’s Leslie Sweet.” HEB is also donating $150,000 of its own money to family members of the victims. Sharelast_img read more