Police say no danger to the public after arrests in Kingston Ont

first_imgThe Canadian Press KINGSTON, Ont. — The RCMP has arrested two people in what media outlets say is part of a national security investigation in Kingston, Ont.RCMP confirmed the arrests on Twitter, adding that more information will be released on Friday.Kingston police also took part in the operation and tweeted that there are no concerns for public safety.Neither police department could be reached for comment and no other details have been released.The CBC and CTV quoted unnamed officials and sources as saying the arrests are related to national security.last_img read more

Sunny Leone Birth Control Dogs Need It Too

first_imgWith an infectious smile on her face and posing with rescued dog Kaali next to the caption “Birth Control! Dogs Need It, Too. Sterilise Your Dogs and Cats”, Jism 2 and adult-entertainment star Sunny Leone appears in a brand-new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.Sunny Leone’s New PETA AdLeone – who was named the 2003 Penthouse Pet of the Year and made her Bollywood debut last year – wants her legions of adoring fans to know that the only way to fight the worldwide crisis of homeless cats and dogs is always to have companion animals sterilised. The stunning ad was shot by leading photographer Gaurav Sawn, and Leone’s hair and make-up were done by Ayesha Wadiwala.In an exclusive interview for PETA India, Leone says, “I believe that every single dog should be spayed and neutered. You don’t want to continue the cycle of homeless dogs or cats. And spaying and neutering also keeps them healthy. It prevents them from having different diseases that they can get if they are not”.In India, tens of millions of homeless dogs struggle to survive on the streets. Many of them go hungry, are injured or killed, are hit by vehicles or are abused by cruel people. Countless others are kept in animal shelters because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time a dog has a litter, it means fewer homes for the dogs who are languishing in animal shelters or roaming the streets. The answer is simple: always have your dog sterilised. PETA India’s homeless-dog adoption campaign encourages all prospective dog guardians always to adopt from an animal shelter or take in a homeless animal from the streets and never to buy from a breeder or a pet shop – both of which only add to the problem.Leone, who shares her home in Los Angeles with two rescued dogs, has also signed on to star in the sequel to the horror-thriller film Ragini MMS, one of the most talked about sleeper hits of 2011.For more information about the animal homelessness crisis, please visit PETA.org.uk.Source:PETA UKlast_img read more

HC asks Delhi govt to place before Cabinet need for more fast

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking note of the pendency of sexual assault and business dispute cases, the Delhi High Court Thursday directed the Delhi government to place before the Cabinet the requirement for 18 more fast track and 22 commercial courts. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani said the high court had sanctioned certain posts of judges for establishing fast track and commercials courts but the matter has been pending before the government for over two years. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar “Once the high court made the demand, government is duty bound to process it,” the bench observed. The court was informed that as on day, 6,414 cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and over 2,800 cases of sexual offences, particularly rape, are pending in Delhi. It noted that the mandate of Section 309 CrPC contemplates that cases of rape under the IPC and of sexual offences against minors under the POCSO Act should be decided in two months after the filing of the charge sheet. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in Dwarka Considering the pendency, the court said it is “humanly impossible” unless adequate number of courts are sanctioned. The court was hearing a plea for making fast track courts a permanent feature at the district level. Prag Chawla, in his plea, has contended that the Registrar General of the high court has made representations to authorities to make fast track courts (FTC) a permanent feature by sanctioning more posts of judges and ancillary staff, but till date no action has been taken. The petition, filed through advocate Sumit Chander, has claimed that FTCs at the level of additional district or session judge (ADJ/ASJ) was being run on ad-hoc or temporary basis and the Supreme Court in 2012 had directed that either they be discontinued or made permanent. Advocate Anupam Srivastava, representing the Delhi government, gave the details of a written by the state in which it wanted to know how many more courts are required to be set up. The court noted that under the Commercial Courts Act, the state is bound to create these courts and dispose of the commercial disputes and that the demand for 22 commercial courts is still pending with the government. “We direct that requirement for 22 commercial courts an 18 FTCs as demanded by the high court be placed before the Cabinet,” the bench said. The requirement has to be placed before the Cabinet till the end of this month and a report has to be filed before the high court. The matter is listed for further hearing on May 30. The court said if there is any further query, the government will give the details to the registrar general by May 18 and he will then furnish the details to the law secretary by May 20. The court had earlier sought AAP government’s response on the petition in which Chawla has said that after the apex court’s decision, the high court had sent a letter in July 2012 to the Delhi government requesting it to continue the FTC scheme as a permanent feature. In 2013 the high court had again written to the Delhi government to expedite the setting up of permanent FTCs and to sanction 20 posts of additional district and sessions judges along with 95 posts of ancillary staff, the petition has said. The government, however, sanctioned the FTCs only for one more year, the plea has claimed and added that this sanction was given year after year whenever a letter was sent by the high court to make it permanent. “However, no such court (FTC) has become functional against this sanction as no appointment to such courts can be made on an ad-hoc basis,” the petition has claimed. It has also claimed that there is a shortfall of over 200 judges in the subordinate judiciary which has led to an increase in pendency of cases, including those of sexual assault against minors and rape, in the lower courts. The petition has also alleged that there is a shortage of commercial courts at the district-level and has sought creation of 22 posts with ancillary staff for this purpose. “The present petition is necessitated in view of the delay by the Government of NCT of Delhi to take any action or decision in respect of the establishment of FTCs on a permanent basis and its insistence on extending the scheme on an ad-hoc basis,” the plea has said.last_img read more

UN chief relieved at activists return to Western Sahara

18 December 2009UN chief relieved at activist’s return to Western SaharaSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his great relief that an independence activist from Western Sahara has returned home, ending an impasse that led to her hunger strike lasting more than one month. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his great relief that an independence activist from Western Sahara has returned home, ending an impasse that led to her hunger strike lasting more than one month.Aminatou Haidar began her protest at the airport at Lanzarote on Spain’s Canary Islands, after Morocco denied her entry into her native Western Sahara in mid-November.In recent days, Mr. Ban held talks with officials from Spain and Morocco in a bid to break the deadlock as Ms. Haidar’s condition rapidly deteriorated.The Secretary-General is “grateful for the efforts of all parties involved in finding a solution to this situation,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.It added that he “had urged repeatedly that humanitarian concerns prevail in this case and he appreciates the action Morocco has taken in this regard.”Fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after Spain’s colonial administration of Western Sahara ended in 1976. Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option.Mr. Ban also voiced hope in the statement that the parties will now work with his Personal Envoy, Christopher Ross, to re-start negotiations in the near future towards a settlement of the Western Sahara issue.Last month, Mr. Ban voiced concern over the tensions between the parties to status talks after the recent detention of several groups of Saharawi activists. A UN mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, is entrusted with monitoring a ceasefire reached in September 1991 and organizing a referendum on self-determination. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 6.48 points to 15,809.18.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16.03 points to 22,972.99.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 2.22 points to 2,555.42.The Nasdaq composite index was down 5.51 points to 6,618.50.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.71 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 79.81 cents US.

Candidate at army event

CaFFE said that when Elections Department officials arrived at the meeting in Jaffna to investigate a complaint they received, there was a conflict of opinion between the elections officials and army personnel. “Army officers, who are responsible for assuring safety and security, should not involve themselves in elections, which is an intrinsic part of civil administration. This was reiterated during a discussion between the Commissioner of Elections and leaders of political parties where it was agreed that the security forces should not get involved in election related activities. The Department of Elections also agreed not to involve army personnel in any part of the electoral process. In such a context candidates should not attend events organized by the security forces,” CaFFE said.CaFFE believes that the Commissioner of Elections who is currently visiting the North should give the matter the attention it deserves. Concerns have been raised over the alleged participation of a United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate for Northern Provincial Council elections, at an event organized by the army.According to the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), UPFA candidate M. Remedius had attended the event organized by the army in Nawanthurei, Jaffna yesterday. CaFFE accused the candidate of attempting to gain undue political mileage by attending an event organized by the army. read more

Dayan appointed as Ambassador to Russia despite concerns

Secretary to the President Udaya R Seneviratne and Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam also took part in the meeting. Those appointed were Professor, Ms Arusha Cooray as Ambassador Designate to Norway, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka as Ambassador Designate to Russia, M.M. Jaffeer as Ambassador Designate to Brazil, M.K.K.Girihagama as Ambassador Designate to Canada, C.A.H.M. Wijeratne as Ambassador Designate to Poland, S.S.Ganegama Arachchi as Ambassador Designate to Sweden, S.S. Premawardena as Ambassador Designate to Vietnam, Anuruddha Kumara Mallimarathchi as High Commissioner Designate to South Africa, Austin Fernando as High Commissioner Designate to India and Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid as High Commissioner Designate to Pakistan. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Dr Dayan Jayatilleka as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Russia despite concerns raised over his nomination.The President today appointed Jayatilleka and nine other Sri Lankan Ambassadors and High Commissioners. In response to a public notice dated 12 June 2018 issued by the Committee of the High Post of Parliament of Sri Lanka calling for representations regarding nominations including that of Dr. Jayatilleke, the Sri Lankan civil society activists and organisations said that Dr Jayatilleke’s ideology and the ideology that shaped the January 8 2015 movement for change are poles apart. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan civil society activists had earlier raised strong objections to the nomination of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke to the post of Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia.In a letter to the Secretary to the High Post Committee of Parliament, Sri Lankan civil society activists and organisations said they were deeply concerned by public reports indicating that the Government of Sri Lanka has proposed the name of Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke to the post of Ambassador to the Russian Federation. read more

US unemployment benefit applications rise to 360K a level consistent with steady

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2013 8:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US unemployment benefit applications rise to 360K, a level consistent with steady job gains WASHINGTON – U.S. unemployment benefit applications rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, although the level remains consistent with steady hiring.The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average increased 6,000 to 351,750.The weekly applications data can be volatile in July because some automakers briefly shut down their factories to prepare for new models and many schools close. Those factors can create a temporary spike in layoffs.The broader trend has been favourable. Applications have declined steadily in the past year, as companies have laid off fewer workers and stepped up hiring. In the past six months, employers have added an average of 202,000 jobs a month. That’s up from an average of 180,000 in the previous six months.Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist at BNP Paribas, said the volatility will likely continue for the rest of the month and “could mask the true underlying trend in jobless claims data.”“We believe that labour market conditions remain on a gradually improving trajectory,” she added.Employers added 195,000 jobs in June, and revisions showed that an additional 70,000 jobs were added in the previous two months. The unemployment rate was 7.6 per cent, down from 8.2 per cent a year earlier.Applications fell to their lowest level since the recession began in the April-June quarter, according to calculations by Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank. They averaged 346,000 a week in the second quarter. That is the lowest quarterly average since it was 338,000 in the final three months of 2007, when the Great Recession began.About 4.5 million people received unemployment benefits in the week ending June 22, the latest data available. That’s about 50,000 fewer than the previous week. It’s also 23 per cent lower than a year ago, when there were nearly 5.9 million recipients. Some of those who no longer receive benefits have gotten jobs, but many have simply used up all the benefits available.More hiring could help the economy grow faster later this year. The economy expanded at an annual rate of just 1.8 per cent in the January-March quarter. Most analysts think it slowed even further in the second quarter, to about 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent.Greater hiring means more Americans are earning paychecks, which boosts income and potentially fuels more spending. Average hourly wages rose 2.2 per cent in June compared to a year earlier, ahead of the 1.4 per cent inflation rate. Pay gains have started to outpace inflation this year, after barely keeping pace since the recession ended four years ago.That’s helped push consumer confidence to a 5 1/2-year high. Greater consumer confidence is also helping drive up sales of homes and cars. From January through June, car sales reached their highest total for the first half of the year since 2007. And sales of previously occupied homes topped 5 million in May for the first time in 3 1/2 years read more

Loonie loses ground as markets look to Bank of Canada interest rate

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie loses ground as markets look to Bank of Canada interest rate announcement by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2014 6:47 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Tuesday as markets speculated about what message the Bank of Canada will deliver in its next scheduled interest rate announcement.The loonie fell 0.1 of a cent to 91.66 cents US.The key rate, which will be announced on Wednesday, is expected to stay unchanged at one per cent, where it’s been since September 2010.Yet economists will still look to see if the central bank continues to flag concerns about low inflation being the No. 1 concern since inflation has been heading higher recently.Canada’s annual inflation rate climbed to its highest level in two years, reaching two per cent in April, largely driven by an unusually big jump in energy prices.“An improving fundamental backdrop is complicated by uneven data and a BoC, which is likely to suggest that rates are on hold for an extended period even with inflation back at two per cent as economic slack decreases medium term inflation risk,” said Camilla Sutton, Chief FX Strategist, Managing Director Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.Statistics Canada will also release the merchandise trade balance for April on Wednesday. Economists expect it to show a $100 million surplus.Traders will also look ahead to other key domestic data coming out this week.Canadian job figures for May come out Friday and economists expect about 21,000 jobs were created after the economy shed 29,000 the previous month.In the U.S., economists also forecast another month of strong job gains. They expect the U.S. government’s non-farm payrolls report coming out Friday will show that the American economy cranked out about 219,000 jobs following a much stronger than expected gain of 288,000 in April.The April report on U.S. factory orders showed a gain of 0.7 per cent, better than the 0.6 per cent rise that economists had expected.Meanwhile, further weak inflation data from the eurozone raised expectations that the European Central Bank will move to take action to support a fragile recovery.The European Union’s statistics agency said that inflation in the eurozone came in at 0.5 per cent in May, down from 0.7 per cent in April and short of forecasts for 0.6 per cent.The data raised concerns that the 18-country eurozone could fall into outright deflation, a sustained drop in consumer prices that chokes off growth as consumers delay purchases and businesses postpone investment.It also elevated expectations that the ECB will announce stimulus measures as part of its scheduled rate announcement on Thursday.A commentary from Barclays Research said the ECB’s inflation projections coming out the same day are expected to contain significant downward revisions.Many analysts expect the bank to cut its main interest rate from its current record low of 0.25 per cent.Commodities were mixed with June crude up 19 cents at US$102.66 a barrel, July copper declined three cents to US$3.14 a pound while August bullion rose 50 cents to US$1,244.50 an ounce. read more

Yellen says continued economic improvement may trigger the start of Fed rate

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yellen says continued economic improvement may trigger the start of Fed rate hikes this year by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2015 1:48 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that continued improvement in the U.S. economy means an increase in the Fed’s key interest rate could come later this year.But Yellen stressed that any rate increases would likely be very gradual.The Fed has kept its benchmark rate at a record low near zero for more than six years. Yellen said in a speech in San Francisco that the time to start raising the rate could occur “sometime this year,” though she said the time hasn’t yet arrived.In her speech, Yellen said that the Fed’s first move would depend on how the economy performs. She said that when the Fed does start raising rates, policymakers expect the increases to be “rather gradual” for the next few years.Yellen said Japan’s experience over the past 20 years argues for a cautious approach. Over that time, Japan has struggled with anemic economic growth as well as deflation — a period of falling prices that’s been hard for its policymakers to overcome.Yellen said a key reason for a gradual approach to higher rates is that the danger of raising them too fast is greater than the risk of doing so too slowly. If the Fed were to tighten loan rates too quickly, the economy could stall and, with rates still relatively low, the Fed would have little room to cut them.But she did say that taking a “gradualist approach” to raising rates carries its own risks. One is the possibility that it might undermine the Fed’s credibility as an inflation fighter and could risk instability in financial markets by allowing an excessive buildup in borrowing.“At this point, the evidence indicates that such vulnerabilities do not pose a significant threat, but the (Fed) is carefully monitoring developments in this area,” she said.Yellen’s comments offered an elaboration on signals the Fed sent after its latest policy meeting last week. It said then that it was content to move slowly to raise rates because it wanted to see further improvement in the job market and an increase in inflation levels.Inflation recently has fallen further below the Fed’s 2 per cent target for annual price increases.On Monday, Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said in a speech in New York that he expected the central bank to start raising rates sometime this year.Both Yellen and Fischer stressed the Fed’s expectation that rate hikes would be incremental and that the Fed’s action would depend on how the economy performs.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said Yellen’s remarks didn’t alter his view that the Fed will start raising rates in June, though many other economists foresee no increase before September.“We still think that sizeable gains in payrolls over the next few months will prompt the Fed to start raising rates in June,” Ashworth said.He predicted that while rate hikes this year would be gradual, the increases would pick up in 2016 as the Fed responds to stronger wage growth and higher inflation.In its policy statement last week, the Fed said it wouldn’t be appropriate to start raising rates until the job market improved further and Fed officials were “reasonably confident” inflation would return to their 2 per cent target.In her speech, Yellen stressed that Fed officials don’t envision raising rates in a predictable way, as they did during the string of 17 quarter-point increases they carried out from 2004 to mid-2006.Rather, the Fed’s policy will evolve as economic conditions do. Rate increases could speed up, slow down, pause or even reverse course depending on the direction of the economy and inflation, she said.In answer to a question after her speech, Yellen said the Fed was monitoring the rising value of the dollar. She said that while this trend would likely dampen demand for U.S. exports, it could also fuel economic growth in other countries, which, in turn, could boost demand for American products. read more

Book industry looks to hold steady in turbulent time

Book industry looks to hold steady in turbulent time NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sen. Al Franken looked out on hundreds of publishers and booksellers gathered for their annual national convention, BookExpo, and summed up the news of the time.“Oy.”“Say it with me, ‘Oy,’” repeated Franken, author of the bestselling memoir about his years in Washington, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate,” and a liberal hero during the Donald Trump administration.The laughter, nervous and restrained, wasn’t only about politics.The publishing industry, which from Wednesday-Sunday met for BookExpo and the fan-based BookCon at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is anxious to remain stable during an otherwise turbulent moment. Sales of printed books are up modestly for the year so far, independent booksellers continue to expand after decades of shutting down, audiobooks are soaring and the e-book market has softened to where few talk anymore of the death of words on paper.“When digital books were new, they were the shining penny. Everybody enjoyed them and bought stuff they never actually read,” said Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy. “The idea that everyone’s only going to read digital has kind of faded away.”But Trump’s election and the ceaseless headlines before and after have unsettled the literary community even if the president himself has spared it the scorn he’s given journalists and celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep. He has yet to tweet about “overrated Toni Morrison,” who has assailed him as a symbol of white entitlement, or labeled Penguin Random House “failing” for releasing such popular anti-Trump works as Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny.”Publishers and booksellers say the unpredictable Republican president has opened a bull market for warnings of dystopia, whether Snyder’s book or George Orwell’s “1984,” while disrupting the reading public’s concentration and making it hard to know what will sell in the future.Becky Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois, said she noticed “weird little dips” in sales whenever the news was especially eventful, as if customers were “too glued to MSNBC” to think about books. Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch also believes that business has been hurt.“People are transfixed by their newsfeed,” he said. “People are reading on their phones and on their screens in a way that I think is usurping some book reading.”Convention attendees heard from numerous authors and public figures affected by Trump’s election. At a lunch hosted by Hachette, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush explained how Trump’s win helped motivate them to collaborate on the memoir “Sisters First,” an October release the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush hope will have a positive message for women.Louise Erdrich, speaking at a HarperCollins dinner, recalled how Trump’s win drove her to take another look at a novel she had set aside years earlier, “Future Home of the Living God.” The book, coming out this fall, tells of a society in which women’s rights and democracy itself are endangered.And the convention’s most prominent guest would surely have been elsewhere if the 2016 campaign turned out as expected. Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated in November, spoke at an event hall jammed with cheering book-sellers as she discussed an essay collection she will release this September and what’s she been doing over the past few months.Interviewed on stage by “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed, Clinton said that one way she consoled herself was by reading some good mysteries, naming such favourite authors as Louise Penny and Donna Leon.“It was very comforting because it (solving the crime) was somebody else’s problem,” she said.Attendees otherwise anticipated such upcoming works as Dan Brown’s “Origin,” Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach” and a debut novel, Gabriel Tallent’s “My Absolute Darling,” that has been praised by Stephen King and National Book Award winner Phil Klay among others. They also speculated about BookExpo.Square footage for the show has shrunk noticeably in recent years and the large gaps on the convention floor at times gave BookExpo the look of an idled factory. Publishers have wondered for years whether the convention was necessary in the Internet Age, when deals once negotiated at BookExpo are now accomplished online.“BookExpo doesn’t need to be noisy, it needs to be focused,” said BookExpo event director Brien McDonald, who cited “the ability to build buzz” and the chance to network as reasons to continue with the trade show.It returns to New York in 2018.Meanwhile, BookCon looked to a busy and happy future. Thousands of young readers, some literally jumping up and down in excitement, filled the Javits centre over the weekend. They took in talks by Jeff Kinney and R.J. Palacio among others, stood in long lines for autographs and befriended fellow attendees.Emily Frashure and teen daughter Lara, residents of Derwood, Maryland, left home early Saturday and drove for hours so they could celebrate Lara’s birthday at BookCon and meet such favourite authors as Marissa Meyer. Three high school students from Great Barrington, Massachusetts, started their day before dawn and by mid-morning Saturday had purchased signed copies of Rainbow Rowell’s “Carry On.”“I’m a huge book nerd,” said one student, Eliza K., who declined to give her full last name. “There are so many authors that I love so much, all in the same place, that I can just go to in one day. It’s just a giant day of love.” by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2017 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Flat Earth conspiracy theorists gather to discuss proof at first UK convention

The Ancient Greeks first argued the earth was round more than 2,000 years ago while Ferdinand Magellan proved it with the first successful circumnavigation in the 16th century.  Yet 500 years on, a growing number of conspiracy theorists are convinced that every single mainstream scientist since then has got it wrong. The planet, they insist, isn’t spherical at all. The earth, they maintain, is flat. Fuelled by social media and a growing conviction that the authorities are not to be… This weekend, more than 200 believers – among them an NHS manager and a special needs educational worker – attended Britain’s first ever Flat Earth Convention, held in a nondescript, three-star hotel in Birmingham. read more

LHC la collision de protons a réussi découvrez les images

first_imgLHC : la collision de protons a réussi, découvrez les images Suisse – Une collision de protons à haute énergie dans le Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) a été effectuée avec succès hier, mardi 30 mars. Elle devrait permettre d’en apprendre davantage sur les origines de l’univers, et notamment expliquer “comment la matière s’est transformée en masse après le Big Bang”.Issu d’un projet de 7 milliards d’euros, le LHC est le plus grand accélérateur de particules du monde. Il a pour but d’éclaircir certains mystères concernant l’origine de la formation de l’univers. Il s’agit d’un tunnel de 27 km situé à environ 100 mètres sous terre. Hier, il a produit une collision à 7 TeV (téraélectron-volts) entre deux protons : un record.L’expérience est prévue pour durer plusieurs années. Des milliers de scientifiques recueilleront des informations via Grid, un réseau informatique. Peut-être découvriront-ils les secrets de la matière noire laquelle, selon les scientifiques, représente 25% de la matière de l’univers.Olivier Buchmüller, l’un des chercheurs impliqué, confiait à Reuters : “Dans le courant de 2010 et 2011 […] nous nous attendons à faire de réelles découvertes”. Le directeur de recherche du Cern, Sergio Bertolucci, a quant à lui ajouté : “Il y a des inconnues célèbres là haut, comme la matière noire ou de nouvelles dimensions sur lesquelles nous espérons apprendre. Mais il est possible que nous trouvions des inconnues inconnues, qui pourraient être extrêmement importantes pour l’humanité. Avec le LHC, nous avons l’outil dont nous avions besoin”.À lire aussiBoson de Higgs, chèvre et masque maya, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 30 aoûtLe LHC permettra peut-être aussi de lever le voile sur le boson de Higgs, d’ici 2013, date à laquelle la puissance de collision pourra aller jusqu’à 14 TeV. L’existence de cette particule n’est que supposée pour l’instant, et pourtant : elle serait à l’origine de toutes les masses de l’univers, y compris la sienne. Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/lhc/nouveau-record-et-nouveau-succes-pour-le-grand-collisionneur-de-hadrons_art6686.htmlLe 31 mars 2010 à 13:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sarri familiar with busy festive fixtures

first_imgAhead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal clash with Bournemouth, manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed he has experience of managing busy Christmas fixtures.Chelsea will welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge tonight for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal game, and then Leicester City on Saturday.The Blues will then play 4 Premier League matches starting from boxing day to January 2, but Sarri is unfazed by the challenge after his experience in Serie B.“When I was in Serie B in Italy we played three matches: on the 22nd, 27th, 31st,” Sarri told the club’s website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It was fantastic. The atmospheres in the stadium I remember being really good. I like very much to play in that period.“Of course, here it’s very difficult: we have to play 22nd, 26th, 30th, 2nd January and 5th. It’s not easy but I am looking forward to it because I like it very much.“The period is very difficult, but we can see it as an opportunity, not a problem. It’s an opportunity to gain points.”last_img read more

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein announces separation from Republican Party

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 3:47 PM Posted: January 24, 2019 January 24, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, who represents the northeastern San Diego County area, announced Thursday that he has left the Republican Party and has re-registered as a Democrat.In a statement regarding his re-registration, Maienschein issued a rebuke to a political party he feels has become too partisan, namechecking President Donald Trump. However, the former San Diego city councilman also stated that his policy positions have changed, noting his support for labor unions, universal healthcare and a belief that the safety of local communities should be held above the right to own automatic weapons.“Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to the extreme on issues that divide our country, but his leadership is not the lone reason for my change in party affiliation,” Maienschein said. “I, too, have changed. As the Republican Party has drifted further right, I — and my votes — have changed.”Local Democrats have aimed for Maienschein’s seat in recent elections, but the four-term assemblyman has voted in favor of Democratic and even progressive causes in the recent past, such as voting in favor of a 2017 bill that recognized nonbinary as a legal gender. The law went into effect on Jan 1.Maienschien narrowly won re-election in November, defeating Democratic challenger Sunday Gover by a margin of 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent. Maienschein was one of the last Republicans representing San Diego County in the Assembly and now leaves Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, and Randy Voepel, R- Santee, in that position. Should Gover run for his seat again next year, it will be harder to paint him with the Trump brand the way local Democrats attempted to do so in 2018.“Leaving the Republican Party is not easy,” Maienschein said. “I can either keep fighting to change the Republican Party or I can fight for my constituents. I choose to use my energy and skills for the people I represent.”Local Republicans argued Maienschein’s move invalidates his re-election, with Waldron calling him a turncoat, according to The Associated Press. The Republican Party of San Diego County went a step further, calling for Maienschein’s immediate resignation.“Brian Maienschein has shown himself to be the absolute worst kind of politician; someone making decisions based on politics instead of principles,” said Tony Krvaric, chairman of the county Republican Party. “By running for re-election as a Republican, he was making a statement about who he was and now he is switching parties for self-preservation and politicalgames.”Maienschein’s re-registration further strengthens Democrats’ vast supermajority in the Assembly, which now totals 61 of the chamber’s 80 seats.Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron said in a statement:“It’s unfortunate that Brian’s takeaway from his extremely close reelection was that his political future depended on becoming a turncoat. Unfortunately some people run for office simply because they want a job, regardless of political philosophy.  It appears that Brian falls into this category. Running away from the fight for a more affordable, efficient and accountable government for hardworking Californians is not the answer.” Assemblyman Brian Maienschein announces separation from Republican Party KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Physician Received Portion of Drug and Medicaid Profit Claims

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Michael Don Robertson, 67, an Anchorage physician, plead guilty on Wednesday to one count ofconspiracy to commit controlled substance fraud and one count of healthcare fraud. The sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 25, in Anchorage. Robertson faces a maximumsentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or both, on the charges. In a scheme to obtain money from Medicaid, Robertson caused claims to be submitted to Medicaid regarding these 790 prescriptions, resulting in Medicaid paying $3,286.87 to Robertson’s medical practice. Further, Medicaid paid $3,601.52 to pharmacies for these 790 controlled substance prescriptions. Meperidine, commonly known as Demerol, is a Schedule II controlled substance, and is an opioid with an abuse liability similar to morphine. Robertson knowingly and intentionally distributed controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, according to U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason.center_img The investigation further revealed that Robertson failed to make and preserve accurate records regarding approximately 790 prescriptions for controlled substances, and failed to keep any medical records whatsoever regarding five patients to whom he wrote prescriptions for controlled substances. The investigation revealed that Robertson issued the meperidine prescriptions as part of a conspiracy in which the recipients filled the meperidine prescriptions and, then, distributed the meperidine to Robertson. In exchange for the recipients diverting the meperidine to Robertson, Robertson provided prescriptions for controlled substances, including fentanyl and oxycodone, to the recipients. According to court documents, from May 2015 to March 2018, Robertson issued 465 prescriptions ofmeperidine to 30 different recipients, totaling 32,109 meperidine pills, knowing that the recipients did not truly need the medication for a legitimate medical purpose.last_img read more

FUN ON THE FOURTH 13 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — During the upcoming Fun on the Fourth celebration, don’t forget to visit the food booths on the Town Common and support some of the 13 participating Wilmington community groups.  This year’s lineup and map is below:(NOTE: The above information is from the Fun on the Fourth Committee.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: 15 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths (SEE MAP)In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: 15 Community Groups To Fundraise At Food Booths (SEE MAP)In “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect On Friday, July 5In “Community”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Oct 20 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio UAF comes clean about disciplinary failures in sex abuse, rape casesLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe University of Alaska Fairbanks violated its own policy regarding sexual misconduct cases between 2011 and 2014. University students responsible for rape, and other sex crimes, were not expelled or suspended during that time.City unveils plan to combat escalating Spice emergenciesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz is proposing a new measure the administration says is necessary for combating a wave of emergencies connected with Spice.Unalaska museum closes after ancient Bible found in director’s houseGreta Mart, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska remains closed after theft allegations against the museum’s executive director disrupted normal operations last week. The museum board voted to close the museum and place director Zoya Johnson on paid administrative leave.Murkowski’s irate; Interior nominee heard all about itLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageIn Congress this morning, an Interior Department nominee got the brunt of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s displeasure over a string of decisions by Sec. Sally Jewell limiting development in Alaska.Under US chairmanship, Arctic Council convenes in AnchorageLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe United States has taken the helm of the Arctic Council and the eight-nation body is meeting in Anchorage this week.Fairbanks Police Department under fire at city council meetingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks Police Department came under criticism at last night’s city council meeting. During citizen’s comments, Fairbanks resident Daisy Stevens questioned the department’s handling of recent and past homicide investigations.Alaskan stuck in Russia after visiting relatives thereMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeA man from the Bering Sea island community of Savoonga is stuck in Russia after traveling to visit friends and relatives under a unique visa-free program for Alaska Natives. The chartered flight that was set to bring Sivoy Miklahook to Alaska was canceled.last_img read more