Supreme Court to rule on controversial case of Alberta woman found dead

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court is to rule today on the case of an Ontario trucker acquitted in the death of an Alberta woman in what could set a precedent in Canada’s sexual assault laws.Bradley Barton claimed that Cindy Gladue died after a night of consensual rough sex in an Edmonton motel in June 2011.A jury found him not guilty of first-degree murder and manslaughter, after a trial in which Gladue was continuously referred to as a native prostitute and her preserved vaginal tissue was an exhibit.The Crown appealed following nationwide protests and the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial.The Appeal court ruled serious errors were made in the original trial and in the judge’s charge to the jury about Barton’s conduct and on sexual assault legislation pertaining to consent.The Supreme Court heard arguments last October on several procedural matters, but could also decide for the first time whether an “objective likelihood of harm” cancels out sexual consent.The Alberta Crown, as well as attorneys general in other provinces, argued for such an addition to the law.Barton’s lawyer, Dino Bottos, has said it would be a big deal if the court agreed and noted the Crown brought up a consent versus harm argument on appeal — not at trial — so it shouldn’t affect his client’s case.Barton testified that he hired Gladue for two nights of sex that included putting his fist in her vagina. When he woke up after the second night, he said, he found her dead in the tub and called 911.Court heard Gladue had an 11-centimetre cut in her vagina and bled to death.A medical examiner testified that the wound to Gladue’s vaginal wall was likely to have been caused by a sharp object and, in a rare move, he used Gladue’s preserved vaginal tissue as an exhibit.Some interveners in the case said they believe Gladue didn’t consent and noted the Metis mother of three deserved better at trial.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Polisario Continues Kidnapping Crackdowns on Sahrawi Activists

Rabat –  The Polisario Front arrested Sahrawi journalist and activist Moulay Aba Buzid during a solidarity demonstration on Monday, June 17. The demonstration took place  next to the high commission of refugees in Rabouni near Tindouf, Algeria.Pro-Polisario news outlet FuturoSahara reported that several activists have condemned the “kidnapping” of their colleague who  was “taken to an unknown destination by some members of the ‘national gendarmerie” without an arrest order from the ‘republic’s’ prosecutor.”Mustafa Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, a former Polisario member, confirmed the arrest on his Facebook page. Mustafa Salma said “Keep the journalist hidden if you can. I learned of the arrest of the journalist in Sahrawi refugee camps today.I did not condemn this back then, and I don’t need to condemn it.Read Also: El Salvador Withdraws its Recognition of Polisario’s so-called SADR2019/06/15 Every Moment Buzid spends in detention does not only condemn Polisario, but also the high commission for refugees as he was arrested  immediately after he left their office,” Mustafa Salma.The activist added that Buzid, along with other activists, “went to the commission to hand in a letter, calling for the protection of Sahrawis in Morocco. However, it would have been more appropriate for them to demand their own protection.” Mustafa Salma, who was police officer in the Tindouf camps, said that the High Commission is “required to reveal the fate” of the journalist.“The Polisario Front is required to keep [the journalist) hidden, if it can. A week ago they were widely sharing a report from the  Reporters Without Borders on the arrest of Sahrawi journalists and the crackdown on their activities in Morocco’s southern regions. I challenge [Polisario] them to keep journalist Buzid hidden now,” concluded Mustafa Salma.This is not the first time that Polisario faces accusations of kidnapping and violent arrest of Sahrawi activists in the Tindouf camps.Throughout this year, Polisario has been facing pressure from Sahrawis who have repeatedly condemned the mysterious disappearance of Ahmed El Khalil, a  Polisario member who went missing more than 10 years ago under unknown circumstances.The front claimed that El Khalil is alive after  pressure from his family and activists who have continually protested his disappearance.In February, Sahrawis took to the desert in Rabouni, where the Secretariat of the Polisario Front is located, to condemn the disappearance. read more

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Darfur UNAfrican Union peacekeeping force launches operations in El Fasher

“It is a great day for the United Nations and the African Union, the day of UNAMID’s launch, which was only an idea three months ago but now it is a profound reality,” said Rodolphe Adada, the UN-AU Joint Special Representative for Darfur.“I am pleased to say that with the cooperation of the Government of Sudan, we are one more step closer to embark on our peacekeeping mandate for the people of Darfur,” he declared.But Mr. Adada cautioned that more support is needed, saying UNAMID is “facing a lack of pledges for specialized units in areas such as aviation and land transport that should be arriving in Darfur as part of the heavy support package” to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), which has been on the ground in Darfur since 2004. The UN and AU are currently conducting pre-deployment visits to some of the troop contributing countries to inspect the uniformed personnel and their equipment, according to the envoy. “I have all the confidence that the remaining steps towards the final assumption of authority by UNAMID will be concluded before the end of this year so that we can start implementing our mandate in 2008 in full gear,” he said. Conflict in Darfur has killed more than 200,000 people and uprooted another 2.5 million. UN-AU mediated talks are currently underway in Sirte, Libya aimed at achieving a lasting political solution to the fighting, which began in 2003 and involves rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed. 31 October 2007The United Nations African Union hybrid peacekeeping operation for Darfur (UNAMID) today began operations at its El Fasher Headquarters in what the senior UN official there called a milestone for the strife-torn Sudanese region. read more

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Woman bites off lovers penis

“About three-quarters of the penis had been bitten off,” a doctor told AFP, asking not to be named. Meanwhile two other men were also undergoing treatment for injuries to their sex organs at another hospital in the same region. Police said they were investigating to see if there was any link between the three incidents.Police did not say how the other men were hurt or their exact injuries.The barber’s case has echoes of American John Bobbit, whose wife Lorena famously cut off his penis with a kitchen knife in 1993. She claimed she had suffered from years of physical and mental abuse. (AFP) “We stopped the bleeding and sent him to a urologist at Karapitiya (a bigger town nearby) to see if the severed part can be re-attached.” A Sri Lankan woman bit off the penis of her 30-year-old lover during a row on Friday, a doctor said, as police investigated two other incidents.The man was rushed to a rural hospital in Andapana, 180 kilometres (110 miles) south of Colombo, after a quarrel with the 45-year-old female turned violent. A police official in the southern town of Hakmana said the man, identified as Chandana Pradeep, a barber, had argued with the woman after she refused to give him money for alcohol.Police had said the couple were married, but later said that the victim had told them in a statement that they were lovers. read more

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Injunction against allowing only NFC to distribute movies in Sri Lanka

An injunction was issued today against allowing only the National Film Corporation (NFC) to distribute movies in Sri Lanka.The injunction issued by the Colombo District Court is valid for 14 days. The distribution of local films, which was handled by four private companies, recently came under the purview of the National Film Corporation.However film distributors opposed the decision. The distribution of movies was earlier handled by the National Film Corporation, and EAP Films and Theaters [Pvt] Limited [EAP], Movie Producers and Importers [Pvt] Limited. (MPI), Cinema Entertainment [Pvt] Limited. (CEL) and Rithma Circuit (NFC). (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Monitoring Board for Iraq finds transportation costs by contractor very high

Stephane Dujarric told the press on Tuesday that the International Advisory and Monitoring Board (IAMB) that oversees the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) last week received follow-up special audits looking into single-sourced contracts in Iraq. “One of the auditing firms, Crowe Chizek, reported that in their opinion the settlements between the company KBR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were reasonable,” he said. The findings also provide additional information about the transportation costs incurred by KBR in providing humanitarian fuel supplies to Iraq from May 2003 to March 2004. “These costs were very high, in some cases as much as 86 per cent of the total contract costs,” Mr. Dujarric said, citing an IAMB press release and noting that the Board “continues to question the reasonableness of these costs and the adequacy of the administration of contracts.” The IAMB, whose mandate expires at the end of this year, plans to hold its final meeting in mid-December. The Board, which operates under a Security Council resolution, is made up of representatives of the UN, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development. The purpose of the Board is to promote the objectives laid out in Security Council resolution 1483 adopted in May 2003. That resolution, in part, underlined that the DFI “shall be used in a transparent manner to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people, for the economic reconstruction and repair of Iraq’s infrastructure, for the continued disarmament of Iraq, and for the costs of Iraqi civilian administration,” as well as for other purposes benefiting the Iraqi people. read more

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Libya ICC Prosecutor warns courts work faces deleterious impact of ongoing instability

“I cannot stress enough the deleterious impact that the unstable political and security situation in Libya has had and continues to have on my investigations,” Fatou Bensouda said as she briefed the 15-member Council earlier today. “While my Office remains steadfast in its commitment to continue to pursue its mandate in Libya, the security situation has significantly hampered our ability to effectively investigate in the country,” she added. Despite last June’s elections, she said, Libya is currently split with two governments vying for legitimacy. This week the country’s Supreme Court announced a ruling that declared the national Parliament unconstitutional.Ms. Bensouda said that a more worrisome aspect of the deteriorating situation is the ongoing spate of assassinations in Benghazi, threats to media workers, human rights defenders and women in particular, as well as to prosecutors, judges and lawyers. Also, an alarming number of people in detention reportedly lack access to due process and may be subject to torture and death in custody. As for the ICC’s work in the country, she said contact with the Libyan Government has been largely confined to liaison with the Focal Point, who has faced difficulty in making effective contacts, and much needed assistance from national authorities to undergo investigative efforts. Progress was made recently when the Focal Point of the Government arranged a meeting outside of the country between members of the ICC team and Libyan authorities. While those talks laid the groundwork for further coordination, the combined effect of instability and lack of resources is “severely” undermining her Office’s work.“We have been obliged to scale down resources for investigations in the country, in effect, limiting our ability to investigate, amongst others, new instances of mass crimes allegedly committed by the rebel forces,” she said. Ms. Bensouda called on the international community to be more proactive in exploring solutions to help restore stability and strengthen accountability for Rome Statute crimes in Libya. “The continuing disparity between resources and expectations, risks systematic underperformance that will not only harm the Court and its mandate, but also the credibility of this Council,” she said.To be more responsive in providing critical assistance, an international contact group on justice issues through which material, legal and other support could be provided to Libya, ought to be explored. This forum could also help focus attention on specific problems facing Libyan authorities and assist supportive States to coordinate efforts with those of the ICC and Libya. She also called on the Libyan Government to “immediately” surrender Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi (son of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi) to the custody of the ICC. The Office was also closely monitoring developments in the case of Abdullah Al-Senussi, former intelligence chief of the Gaddafi regime. The mass displacement of the Tawergha tribe during the 2011 revolution remains a serious concern for the ICC, Ms. Bensouda said, emphasizing the need for the Libyan authorities to facilitate a visit by representatives from the local councils of Misrata and Tawergha to New York to meet with Security Council members. “There is certainly room for all of us to do more. To be sure, we must not fail Libya, but Libya must also not fail itself,” concluded Ms. Bensouda.In 2011, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1970 to oversee relevant sanctions measures including an arms embargo, a travel ban, an assets freeze and measures in relation to attempts to illicitly export crude oil. Late last August, the Council adopted resolution 2174 (2014) which reinforced the arms embargo and expanded the criteria for designation of individuals or entities as subject to the travel ban and assets freeze. read more

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Ban urges all involved in Comoros electoral process to refrain from violence

“The Secretary-General is following with concern the developments in Comoros since the publication by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the provisional results of the primary elections of the President of the Union of Comoros and the first round of the elections of the Governors of the Islands of Grand Comoros, Anjouan and Mohéli,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The UN chief is urges the Government, the candidates and all the other actors and institutions involved in the electoral process to play by the rules and refrain from the use of violence, said the statement. read more

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Ohio State mens basketballs Aaron Craft proves offensive worth against Michigan State

A look at the box score can tell you a lot about how Aaron Craft helped carry Ohio State past Michigan State. It can tell you he had 21 points on 58 percent shooting; that 17 of those points came in a furious second-half comeback. It will tell you he connected on 7-of-8 free throws, some of which helped the Buckeyes’ secure a 68-60 win down the stretch. It’ll tell you his efforts willed OSU (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten) to its second win in nine tries against ranked opponents. The statline can tell you most of what you need to know about Craft’s performance Sunday. But it can’t show you everything. It can’t show you how Craft, known more for his defensive prowess, charged through seams before throwing his body toward the glass for layup after layup. It won’t show you how his six assists set up looks for the likes of sophomore forwards Sam Thompson and LaQuinton Ross. Statistically, it’s clear how Craft’s outing powered coach Thad Matta’s crew to the win. The facts and figures confirm why he’s important, why some pegged him as the player to be OSU’s second-most potent scorer behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. But they don’t necessarily reflect just how much Craft could mean to Matta’s squad heading into the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments if he can come close to replicating Sunday’s performance. Sunday might have been an early omen with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s crew the first casualty. “He beat us every way you could beat us,” Izzo said after the game. “It was a joint effort. It wasn’t one guy who did not cover those ball screens very well.” Craft said OSU saw blemishes in the Michigan State veneer. “Michigan State is a big pressure team and they really thrive off of turnovers and things like that, so that’s who they are,” he said. “And that’s what you come into the game expecting. You can’t change too much to your identity, especially this late in the year. We just took advantage.” OSU did exactly that, turning the ball over nine times compared to the Spartans’ 14 miscues. For Craft’s part, he had just two turnovers. But Matta said Craft’s reads on the court were perhaps the game’s biggest key. “His teammates helped him to get much better spacing than we normally have,” he said. “He attacked the rim well and had a lot of shots going in.” Conversely, Thomas struggled to score throughout the contest – particularly in the first half where he had just two points. The Big Ten’s leading scorer, though, said he trusted Craft to get buckets. “I’m excited for him. Everybody always say, sometimes come to me, and criticize Craft’s offense. But, you know what, I have faith in his offense and I believe in him,” Thomas said. “And it’s good for him to come out and score and attack those guards and bigs like that. “A lot of people talked about, oh there’s only one player who can score. To me, in my eyes, everybody can score on this team.” It’s a concept that has plagued the Buckeyes all season. While players have often rotated the role as Thomas’ scoring sidekick, the need for consistent production outside of the Fort Wayne, Ind., native has eluded OSU. Against the Spartans, that problem didn’t exist thanks to Craft. “I don’t care who’s scoring, putting the ball in the bucket, as long we come out with more points,” Craft said. Perhaps most notably is the juxtaposition between the Buckeyes outing against the Spartans compared to the performance they put on against Wisconsin in a 22-point loss in Madison a week earlier. “This is big for this basketball team, we kind of picked ourselves up from a week ago,” Craft said. OSU will try to carry that momentum when it plays Northwestern Thursday in Evanston, Ill. Tip is set for 7 p.m. read more

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JK Rowlings former PA ordered to repay £18734 after court rules she

JK Rowling’s former personal assistant has been ordered to repay £18,734 to the author after a court ruled she obtained the money fraudulently.Ms Rowling sought damages against Amanda Donaldson in a civil case brought under the author’s married name Joanne Murray.In a written determination issued after the case was heard at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll found during her employment Ms Donaldson obtained £18,734 through fraud.He said Donaldson is bound to repay the sum to her former employer together with interest at 8%.In a statement, the Harry Potter author said: “JK Rowling is pleased that Sheriff O’Carroll has ruled that her former PA Amanda Donaldson must repay the money she fraudulently misappropriated from Ms Rowling. Amanda Donaldson has been ordered to repay £18,734 to the Harry Potter author  “From the outset Ms Rowling made it clear that the decision to take this matter to court was a last resort and not for her personal benefit but rather to protect the reputation of her existing staff and to make sure Ms Donaldson is not in a position to breach the trust of another employer.”Terms of the recovery will be decided in due course and the money owed will be donated to JK Rowling’s charity Lumos.”Ms Rowling alleged Ms Donaldson made transactions including more than £3,000 in retailer Molton Brown, £2,139 in card shop Paper Tiger and more than £1,619 in Starbucks and Costa coffee shops on a company credit card without authorisation. Amanda Donaldson has been ordered to repay £18,734 to the Harry Potter author Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA 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. The sheriff said he found Ms Rowling gave her evidence in a “thoughtful, considered, measured, accurate, honest and reliable fashion” and that where there was in her mind any doubt in favour of the defender (Ms Donaldson), she readily gave her the benefit of that doubt.Giving final submissions in the case in January Allana Turley, representing Ms Donaldson, said her client never intended to deceive her employer and believed she was authorised to use the card in the way in which she did.Mr O’Carroll said he did not find Ms Donaldson to be either “credible or reliable”. Ms Donaldson was also accused of fraudulently obtaining £7,742 of foreign currency, more than £1,500 in cash and Harry Potter merchandise worth £3,213.Mr O’Carroll found Ms Donaldson had use of a business credit card in her name but knew and understood it was not to be used for her personal benefit.During her employment, she used the business credit card to make unauthorised cash withdrawals for her own use on a number of occasions, amounting to a total of £1,160, and unauthorised purchases for her own use in a large number of retail outlets amounting to a total of £9,832.She also used her employer’s bank accounts to purchase foreign currency worth the Sterling equivalent of £7,742.The sheriff found there was not enough evidence to prove that Ms Donaldson was responsible for Harry Potter merchandise going missing.Ms Donaldson worked as Ms Rowling’s personal assistant from February 2014 until her dismissal in April 2017.Mr O’Carroll said the expenditure on Molton Brown toiletries of £3,629 was “extraordinary”.Giving evidence during the case, the author said she did not ask Ms Donaldson to buy the toiletries.She explained her husband is allergic to strong perfumes so she would never buy them for home or office use. read more

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Mary Portas separates from wife Melanie Rickey after four years

Mary Portas, the celebrated retail expert, has separated from her wife more than four years after they became one of country’s the first same-sex couples to marry.  The 58-year-old businesswoman announced last night that she and Melanie Rickey had been setting their separation in motion for the past year.They converted their civil partnership into marriage shortly after midnight on December 10 2014, when changes to the law came into force in England and Wales.The couple said in a statement: “After 17 years together we have decided to legally separate. There is no one else involved.“We have spent the last year consciously managing our separation in as good-heartedly, open, and mature a way as possible to ensure a smooth, amicable evolution for us our family and friends.“We remain a family, and are committed parents to three wonderful humans (and Walter the dog) who are our number one priority.We are still good friends, and will share much together going forward.”The couple had one son together during their relationship, while Ms Portas has two other children from a previous marriage. 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. read more

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Apple intern spent 12 weeks porting Mac OS X to ARM

first_imgApple is no stranger to switching its operating system between processor architectures. Until 2005 Mac OS ran on PowerPC before making the switch to Intel. More recently there have been rumors that Apple was considering another switch, this time to ARM, but nothing seems to have come of that…yet.Evidence that Apple is flirting with ARM for its Mac OS X products has appeared, though. In 2010 Apple employed an intern by the name of Tristan Schapp. His 12 week project in the Platform Technologies Group saw him attempt to port Darwin, the open-source core operating system components of OS X, to run on the ARMv5 architecture. His project and subsequent thesis had the amusing sub-heading of “ARMing the Snow Leopard.”Schapp managed to get OS X booting to a multi-user prompt using a Marvell ARM processor, but that seems to be as far as he got. In order for the port to work properly he would have required new drivers be written, the L2 cache to be tweaked, and a number of applications be ported. That’s more work than he, or even a team at Apple could achieve in 12 weeks.Since 2010 we’ve seen nothing from Apple that would suggest an ARM iMac or MacBooks. However, Tristan Schapp does now work for Apple as a CoreOS Engineer. We also heard last year that a switch to ARM was under consideration, but wouldn’t arrive until very late this year, or more likely 2013. Tristan has been at Apple for nearly 18 months, meaning if he was continuing his project then he’ll have been working on it well over 2 years by the time 2013 arrives.Microsoft’s porting of Windows 8 to work with ARM, coupled with ARM announcing a new ARMv8 architecture including a 64-bit instruction set late last year, surely has Apple interested. If the performance is there, and it comes with a significant power saving, I’m sure Apple would consider a switch to ARM for a future MacBook Air.Read more at iMore, via AppleInsiderlast_img read more

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Jailbreak iOS 6 du 22 décembre finalement cest un fake

first_imgJailbreak iOS 6 du 22 décembre : finalement, c’est un fake !Une vidéo du déblocage total des iDevices sous iOS 6 était attendue…Et elle n’a pas eu lieu ! Le programme de jailbreak “Dream JB” n’en était pas un, mais se révèle être, pour son auteur, une “expérience sociale”. Décryptage. Créateur d’un programme censé débloquer de manière totale les derniers dispositifs Apple sous iOS 6 (iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPod Touch…), l’autoproclamé hacker à l’origine du jailbreak “Dream JB” devait, hier soir, donner la preuve vidéo des promesses de son logiciel…Mais le seul rendu fut une intervention sur Twitter qui a dû décevoir bien des utilisateurs d’iDevices.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En substance, le hacker explique que son programme n’existe pas, qu’il s’agissait d’un fake, et qu’il a mené cette campagne de désinformation pour une “expérience sociale”, qui a tout de même conduit la page du farceur à s’agrémenter de 20.000 abonnés, pour 300.000 visiteurs uniques dans la soirée. Belle publicité.Une conclusion un peu abrupte, que certains avaient prévu auparavant.L’expérience a parléDepuis quelques jours, les plus grands noms du jailbreaking (Dev-Team, Chronicle Dev Team et autres MuscleNerd) s’étaient succédées pour faire entendre raison aux internautes, en classant le jailbreak dans les listes des fausses solutions, ou en essayant de faire entendre raison face au “Dream JB”, qui aurait pu tout aussi être un éventuel moyen de diffuser un virus.La patience sera donc l’arme dont devront se munir ceux qui attendent ce jailbreak untethered, la pérséverance et l’obstination celle des “bidouilleurs en herbe”. Mais une chose est sûre, dorénavant : les internautes sauront donc vers qui se tourner pour avoir quelque chose de concret.Le 13 décembre 2012 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Most Haitian Illegals already sent home including four boys

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Mar 2015 – Only 27 of the Haitian illegal migrants intercepted early yesterday morning remain in Turks and Caicos now; the other 88, including four 12 year old boys have been repatriated. The migrants tried to smuggle themselves in but were detected by the Coastal Radar and landed with the escort of Marine Police and Immigration Officers around 1:30am Tuesday. No incident at sea; all were brought into South Dock a group of 18 females and 97 males on board the wooden sloop. As many as three airlines fly to Haiti from Providenciales so swift repatriation of the illegals is relatively easy; though an expensive process. As for that landing at the Five Cays Beach in mid-February where only an old boat was found by officers and a nationwide manhunt was initiated by the Border Control Minister; there have been no captures. It had been strongly suggested that there was something other than human cargo on that vessel. Haitian Flag 213 Years old now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 Recommended for you 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radar Related Items:coastal radar, haitian, illegal migrants, marine policelast_img read more

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Lloyds Banking Group and Unilever commit to living wage

first_imgLloyds Banking Group and Unilever have been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as living wage employers.The employers have committed to paying all staff the living wage rate, which today (2 November 2015) increased to £8.25 an hour and £9.40 in London.Although Lloyds Banking Group already pays its permanent employees above the living wage, it is now working with third-party contractors and suppliers that regularly work on its premises to ensure that they also receive at least the living wage rate.George Culmer, chief financial officer at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “As a responsible business, we believe in long-term investment in our colleagues to retain the right talent and therefore have been paying above the living wage.“More importantly, we believe our values should be extended to everyone who works for Lloyds Banking Group and therefore we have been working closely with our third-party contractors and suppliers to ensure these colleagues are also in line with our commitment.”While Unilever UK also already pays its employees at least the living wage rate, it has committed to encouraging its key suppliers to pay the living wage and ensuring that all regular contractors that work on-site receive the living wage rate over the next 18 months.Tim Munden, HR director at Unilever UK, said: “As an [organisation] committed to making sustainable living commonplace we believe it is right to raise the floor on wages. That is why we have been committed to paying our UK employees at least a living wage for some time.“We are therefore delighted to take this next natural step in gaining accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation; it underlines our commitment to a living wage approach across our supply chain and it will ensure that hundreds more people working with us will be paid the living wage by the end of next year.”Sarah Vero, director at the Living Wage Foundation, added: “[Unilever UK’s] accreditation means that more than a quarter of the FTSE 100 are now part of the living wage movement.“They join 2,000 other responsible businesses that voluntarily pay the living wage rate that is based on the real cost of living in the UK.”last_img read more

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Weird Al Yankovic Announces SelfIndulgent IllAdvised Vanity Tour

first_imgNews Email “Weird Al” Yankovic Announces “Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” “Weird Al” Yankovic Announces “Ill-Advised Tour” weird-al-yankovic-announces-self-indulgent-ill-advised-vanity-tour Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 9, 2015 – 12:06 am “Weird Al” Yankovic Wins Best Comedy Album The comedy singer has a surprising new concept planned for his 2018 U.S. tourBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 12, 2017 – 11:35 am 4-time GRAMMY winner “Weird Al” Yankovic’s live shows are well-known for their high production value. Twitter The comedy singer and purveyor of parodies often employs huge props and carefully-timed theatrical gags. However, just today, when Yankovic announced his new tour on Facebook, he revealed that all of that will change when he hits the road in 2018.”If you’ve really got your heart set on seeing fat suits and Segways and hearing all your favorite parodies… this probably isn’t the tour for you,” Yankovic explains in the post. “I know that there’s a small but enthusiastic subset of fans that literally have been waiting decades for this kind of a show, so… this tour is for them.”The full list of show dates for what Yankovic is calling “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour” will be announced tomorrow, Oct. 13 on Yankovic’s website.Portugal. The Man On “Feel It Still,” ‘Woodstock,’ Music With A MissionRead morelast_img read more

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Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are several recent Wilmington Little League game summaries:Rookies: Braves vs. Astros on Wednesday, May 30 at North IntermediateThe Rookie Braves and Astros continued their intense season series this past Wednesday night. The Braves were led on defense by Bart Zaino and Tommy Roofe, who both turned unassisted double plays.  Ben Sawyer was also solid in the field.  David Collins, Sean Witalisz, and Vinny Demirev provided plenty of pop at the plate with solid hits. The Astros were led by Danny Tildsley and Ryan Doherty at the plate with excellent defense from Jack Salvador and Joslyn Coughlin.AAA: Astros beat Cardinals, 12-9, on Thursday, May 31 at Boutwell FieldThe Astros and Cardinals played another exciting game filled with late inning comebacks.  JR Haggerty pitched two solids innings for the Cards limiting the Astros to 3 runs.  Connor Lynch made his pitching debut and settled down in his second inning to keep the game close, recording two strikeouts to get out of a jam in the 4th inning.  Ian Heos pitched one inning limiting the Astros offense and giving the Cardinals a chance to rally.  Offensively the charge was led by Jacoby Tibbets with two hits as well as a stellar defensive play at 3rd base to end an Astros rally.  The rest of the offense was led by Andrew Almeda, Connor Lynch and a big double by Ethan Laconte that started the Cardinals scoring.  Almeda played particularly well behind the plate.  The Astros were led on offense by Joe Gronemeyer (two singles, a double, and two runs).  There were many other contributors as well, including Kevin Pruslin, Luke Kitanov, and Will Poyant, all of whom had a single and two walks.  Evan Cummings, Jake Cronin, and Ethan Afthim added singles while John Roofe doubled.  Joe Fennelly and Ronnan Scafiddi also reached base.  Kitanov scored three runs, Fennelly and Afthim scored two each, and Cummings, Cronin, and Roofe rounded out the scoring.  Kyle McDonald, Kitanov, Gronemeyer, Fennelly, Cummings, Cronin, Scafiddi, Pruslin, and Poyant were busy on defense keeping the Cardinals at bay.  Gronemeyer was his usual dominant self on the mound striking out five in three innings.  Roofe struck out two in his inning and Cummings struck out one in his.AAA: Giants beat Astros, 14-3, on Saturday, June 2 at Boutwell FieldThe Giants continued their excellent play this season with a well-rounded game against the Astros.  Ronan Uftring pitched five dominant innings with nine strikeouts and Ryan Gray shut the door in the last inning.  The versatile Gray also went three for four.  Shane McDonald belted a huge triple and Mickey Moroney had a line shot to left.  Nolan Richards scored twice.  The Astros’ Will Poyant had another great outing on the mound, keeping the Giants at bay for three innings (which included four strikeouts and a nice play in the field).  Tim Watson struck out one and Ethan Afthim threw well once again (also making a great catch while on the mound).  Joe Gronemeyer blasted a triple while Poyant, Luke Kitanov, and John Roofe supplied the only other hits.  Afthim and Watson were the only others to reach base.  The Astros had one of their better defensive games as some great plays, throws, and alert positioning by Joe Fennelly, Evan Cummings, Jake Cronin, Ronan Scafiddi, Kevin Pruslin, Roofe, Poyant, Afthim, and Watson among others kept the game within reach.Single A: Cardinals vs. Astros on Monday, June 4 at North IntermediateIn front of an enthusiastic crowd, the Cardinals had a great game with Tommy MacGilvray, Zach Maiella, & Tommy Demers among many contributing hits.  Brendan Cohen and Justice Eutsay caught great games and made some stellar stops behind the plate. Max Glazer flashed gold glove caliber defense with a pair of great stops at the hot corner, and Matthew Norton and Spencer Walker each came out firing with top-notch pitching performances.  The Astros had big games from many of its players.  Sam Beaudoin, Jackson Cipolle, Joe Mytych, and Dante Capozzi all had big hits for the Astros .  In the field, CJ Morad, Robby DeMedeiros, Jake Grylick and Caden Merritt all made strong defensive plays for the slick fielding Astros.  Nicholas Maninos made his pitching debut and the game was closed out by Dylan Costantiello.  Masen Voner did a fine job defensively behind the plate for the Astros.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)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… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

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TRS MLC Karne Prabhakar slams BJP leaders

first_imgHyderabad: TRS on Tuesday criticised the BJP leaders of Telangana for giving religious colour to every small incident in the state alleging that the newly elected MPs of the Saffron party were talking irresponsibly. Addressing a press conference here TRS MLC Karne Prabhakar on Tuesday lashed onto the BJP leaders for giving religious colour to every incident in the state. “The BJP leaders, who have won four Lok Sabha seats, are thinking that they have strengthened in the State. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us They are giving religious colour to every small incident and trying to provoke people to get benefitted,” alleged Prabhakar adding people of Telangana have been with Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao in all the successive elections. The TRS leader lashed onto the BJP MP from Adilabad for his comments against Muslim minorities. He alleged that the BJP MP should apologise or his party president should condemn his comments. The MP is trying to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in Adilabad, alleged Prabhakar.last_img read more

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