Tone and terms of missing murdered women inquiry will be critical Wally

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – A former B.C. attorney general who led the province’s Missing Women Commission of Inquiry says the federal government must strike the right tone and clearly define the terms for its own study of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Wally Oppal conducted hearings and published a 2012 report on how authorities handled cases involving missing and murdered women in the wake of the Robert Pickton case. Pickton is a serial killer convicted in 2007 of the murders of six women and charged in the deaths of 20 others.Oppal says the incoming Liberal government must determine what kind of inquiry it will conduct to ensure it is proactive in nature.“I would think that if you’re going to have an inquiry, you don’t need to have one of the type that we had, where the police were cross-examined for endless days because one of our tasks was to find out what the police did wrong during the Pickton years,” Oppal said.“I think if they’re going to have one, they should have an inquiry that goes to the various communities and the centres, a commissioner or group of commissioners, to get the voice of the communities.“It never hurts to talk to the communities to get their views and to bring them on side.”Oppal also says the Grits should take previous inquiries into account to ensure the new investigation does not retrace old ground.In their election platform, the Liberals committed to “immediately” starting a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.The party said it would seek recommendations for governments, law enforcement and others to help “solve these crimes and prevent future ones.”It also committed to spending $40 million on the study over two years.Oppal said it will be important for the government to spend wisely.“You could not have the type of inquiry that we had, where we had witnesses being called and being examined, you couldn’t do that for $40 million across the country,” he said. “The moment you announce a national inquiry, the lawyers are going to line up. So you have to be careful as to how you’re going to spend the money.”last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis buys stake in Liquor Stores NA plans cannabis stores

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a deal to buy a minority stake in Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd., which plans to launch a brand of marijuana retail outlets as Canada moves to legalize the drug for recreational use later this year.Under the deal, the Edmonton-based licensed marijuana producer will acquire a 19.9 per cent stake in the liquor store operator for $103.5 million through a non-brokered private placement.It will also have an ability to increase its interest in Liquor Stores up to 40 per cent with an additional investment.“This will allow us the speed to market that we were looking for,” said Aurora Cannabis’ chief corporate officer Cam Battley. “It allows us to begin converting stores very, very quickly so that we will be ready on day one.”Alberta, where Liquor Stores has a vast retail footprint, is among the provinces which will allow private retailers to sell recreational cannabis when it is legalized in Canada this summer. Provinces such as Ontario and Quebec, however, have tasked the provincial liquor boards to handle retail sales of marijuana for adult use.Liquor Stores, which operates 231 retail liquor stores in Western Canada and several U.S. states, plans to use the money to establish and launch a brand of cannabis retail outlets. The publicly-listed company has 178 locations in Alberta, 34 in British Columbia, and a presence in Alaska, Connecticut, New Jersey and Kentucky, according to Liquor Stores’ 2017 information circular.The retailer said Monday it will convert some of its existing stores into cannabis outlets and establish new locations.Liquor Stores will also use a portion of the money to strengthen its existing liquor retail brands by renovating its existing outlets and for general corporate purposes.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:LIQ)last_img read more

UN political chief holds talks with Kyrgyz officials ahead of regional summit

15 August 2007Just ahead of a regional summit in Central Asia, the top United Nations political official is meeting with authorities in Kyrgyzstan today on issues of mutual concern, a spokesperson for the world body announced. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe met today in Bishkek with the Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan, and was expected to meet later in the day with the President and Prime Minister, UN Spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. Tomorrow he will attend the Seventh Summit of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – a regional body comprising China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – where he will deliver a message on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He is also scheduled to meet on the margins of the Summit with the Presidents of Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. On his way to the region, Mr. Pascoe conducted two days of talks with Chinese Foreign Ministry officials in Beijing, touching on issues including Darfur, the Middle East peace process, Nepal, Myanmar, Kosovo and the Korean Peninsula, as well as cooperation between China and the UN in Africa, Ms. Montas said. Mr. Pascoe is expected to arrive in Kathmandu this weekend to discuss the peace process with national leaders and to consult with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which is providing critical assistance to the holding of Constituent Assembly elections later this year. He is also expected to meet with Nepal’s Prime Minister and other key political figures. read more

UN chief voices alarm at escalation of violence in Syria

3 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his alarm at the escalation of violence in Syria, which has reportedly claimed at least 70 lives over the past week alone, and called for independent and transparent investigations into all the killings. This week’s toll in the ongoing Government crackdown against protesters calling for reform brings the number of casualties to more than 1,000 since mid-March, with many more injured and thousands arrested. The protests are part of a broader uprising this year across North Africa and the Middle East.A statement issued by his spokesperson stated that Mr. Ban is “deeply troubled” by the continued serious violations of human rights, including disturbing reports of the deaths of children under torture, live ammunition and shelling. “All killings should be investigated fully, independently and transparently,” it said.Mr. Ban took note of the announcement by the Syrian authorities of an amnesty and the establishment of a committee to establish a national dialogue. “He emphasizes, however, that violent repression by security and military forces must end immediately for a genuine and inclusive dialogue to take place and lead to the comprehensive reforms and change called for by the Syrian people,” the statement said.The Secretary-General’s concern was shared by his Special Representative on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, who today urged the Syrian Government to ensure the protection of all children amid the ongoing unrest.“Violence against children must stop and children’s safety must be upheld at all times,” she stated in a news release. “Children need to be protected from unlawful arrest, torture and ill-treatment, and their lives should not be put at risk under any circumstance.” Earlier this week, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it had received, but could not independently confirm, information that the use of live ammunition against demonstrators has reportedly left at least 30 children dead.Ms. Santos Pais called on the Syrian Government to ensure the protection of all children from violence. She also called for the thorough and impartial investigation of all reported child deaths and incidents of violence against children, including alleged cases of unlawful arrest in demonstrations, and torture in detention. read more

Las Vegas airport expects 50 million passengers in 2019

LAS VEGAS — Airport officials in Las Vegas say a 3.1% jump in the number of passengers for the first half of 2019 puts McCarran International Airport on record pace to top 50 million passengers for the year.The Clark County Department of Aviation reported the 4.5 million arriving and departing travellers at the airport in June followed an all-time high monthly tally of 4.6 million passengers in May.The airport handled a record high 49.7 million passengers in 2018. McCarran is one of the 10 busiest airports in the nation based on passenger count.Domestic airlines have handled more than 22.8 million McCarran passengers through June, up 2.9% from the first half of 2018.Southwest Airlines is the busiest carrier at the airport, followed by Delta, Spirit, American and United.The Associated Press read more

Annan appeals again for Security Council unity in dealing with Iraq

Video of Kofi Annan’s comments to the press [5min] “I think what is important is that governments have to find a way of working together,” Mr. Annan said in reply to reporters’ questions at UN Headquarters in New York. “Regardless of how this crisis or the current issue is resolved, the Council will have to work together, and the Members States will have to work together to deal with the situation in Iraq, in the Middle East and in many other issues.”The Secretary-General said he had spoken to British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday night and “he seemed very genuinely looking for a compromise and a way forward.” He also said Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva had sent him a message proposing a summit meeting of world leaders, not necessarily Security Council members, who are also searching for “a compromise to get us out of this crisis.”The United States, United Kingdom and Spain have introduced a draft resolution that presents Iraq with a 17 March deadline to cooperate fully with disarmament demands, which France says it will veto. France, Germany, the Russian Federation and other Council members have voiced opposition to action at this time and seek continued and enhanced weapons inspections.After meeting with the Russian and British Ambassadors on Wednesday, Mr. Annan is holding a series of one-on-one meetings with the remaining Council members today. He is “urging them to continue their strenuous efforts to find compromise and exploring with them what might be done to further their objective to define a united position,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing.The Council has scheduled closed-door consultations this afternoon to continue discussions on Iraq. read more

Bombardier progressing towards first flight after powering up CSeries

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2013 4:42 pm MDT Bombardier progressing towards first flight after powering up CSeries MONTREAL – Bombardier says it is progressing towards the maiden flight of its new CSeries airplane after fully powering up the main electrical systems on the initial test aircraft and completing stress testing of the wings.“Every milestone builds more confidence,” says Rob Dewar, vice-president and general manager of the CSeries program.“If you look at other programs, this is typically where people have challenges either on the wing testing or on the power-up so we’re pretty comfortable. There’s still a lot to do but getting these milestones behind us definitely builds confidence for the teams.”The Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer said the electrical systems were successfully powered on from a cable on the ground around 2 a.m. on Saturday, a week later than analysts had forecast.The test plane contains more than 200 kilometres of electrical wires.“We have already powered up some of the subsystems and we will progress basically through all of the subsystems in the coming weeks,” Dewar said in an interview from Mirabel, north of Montreal, where most of the testing is taking place.The electrical system has previously been tested at supplier Hamilton-Sundstrand and on the on-ground test plane, Dewar noted.“We had very few snags, less than a handful (which is) better than expected.”Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) also said Monday it has completed two crucial wing tests on its grounded test aircraft ahead of the plane’s first flight, expected by the end of June.It completed up and down bend testing of the aircraft’s wings in March that applied intense pressure on the Belfast-made wings that simulated the maximum load the wings could face.That testing performed was “clean” with no issues surfacing, Dewar said.The company said safety-of-flight tests are progressing well on the integrated systems test rig for the 100- to 160-seat aircraft.After finishing the first test flight aircraft, the CSeries will undergo ground vibration tests and then ground runs where the plane is taxied around its centre near the old Mirabel airport.Bombardier won’t say when that could take place or the window for when the first flight could occur.“Our commitment has been to fly by the end of June and we’re tracking to that plan.”Bombardier has received orders and commitments for 382 CSeries aircraft, including 148 firm orders. It expects to have 300 firm orders from 20 to 30 customers by the aircraft’s entry-into-service in mid-2014.Bombardier Aerospace president Guy Hachey told an investors conference last week that the CSeries is in a “critical execution phase” over the next six to eight weeks as systems integration is ongoing and being tested.Among the main concerns is the navigation system, which needs safety approval before the plane can get off the ground.Several analysts said they remain confident about the June target for the crucial test flight despite the risks.“Given the additional transparency and significant progress in the last few months, we remain confident that first flight can occur by the end of June,” wrote Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.After first flight, Bombardier expects to add one plane in testing a month.The Quebec company expects to produce 20 to 30 aircraft in the first year, ramping up to 120 per year in three to four years.Poirier expects eight deliveries this year.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares closed down 11 cents, or 2.71 per cent, to C$3.95 in Monday trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Beanie Babies billionaire creator avoids prison gets probation in 25M tax evasion

Beanie Babies billionaire creator avoids prison, gets probation in $25M tax evasion case U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon speaks to reporters after the sentencing of Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the federal building in Chicago. Warner was sentenced to two years of probation, but no prison time, for tax evasion on $25 million in income he had in Swiss bank accounts. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO – The billionaire businessman behind Beanie Babies learned Tuesday that he won’t go to prison for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities, and the judge who gave him two years’ probation instead went to great lengths to praise his charitable giving.H. Ty Warner, one of the highest profile figures snared in a federal investigation of Americans using Swiss bank accounts to avoid U.S. taxes, issued a brief apology before he was sentenced in Chicago federal court. The toymaker, who pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion, said he felt “shame and embarrassment” for what he had done.Warner, 69, could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison, and a prosecutor Michelle Petersen asked U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras to give Warner at least a year behind bars.Peterson detailed how Warner meticulously hid his income — more than $100 million at one point — by filing false tax returns for at least 11 years, and pointed out that another area businessman caught in the same dragnet, Peter Troost, got a year in prison from another judge in that courthouse for hiding far less — $3 million.“(Without prison time), tax evasion becomes little more than a bad investment,” Petersen told the judge. “The perception cannot be that a wealthy felon can just write a check and not face further punishment.”Kocoras, though, opted against prison time, and he devoted most of the 20 minutes he spent explaining his sentence praising Warner’s charitable work.“Society will be better served by allowing him to continue his good works,” he said, adding that he believed the Oak Brook toymaker had already paid a price in “public humiliation” and “private torment.”Warner, who grew up poor and had an unhappy childhood, according to his attorneys, created Beanie Babies in the mid-1990s. The small, plush toys resembling bears and other animals triggered a craze that generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his Westmont-based TY Inc. Forbes recently put his net worth at $2.6 billion.Warner maintained a secret offshore account starting in 1996 with the Switzerland-based financial services company UBS — shifting millions to another foreign bank when U.S. authorities began closely scrutinizing UBS. He even instructed the bank, under its rules, to destroy some records, Petersen said.But Kocoras said that, in Warner’s case, his “endless acts of kindness” deserved to “trump” his criminal behaviour.The judge recalled how Warner, after getting lost driving in Santa Barbara, Calif., pulled over to a parking lot fundraiser and told a woman with a kidney ailment that he would pay her $20,000 medical bill. He also mentioned Warner’s $20 million charitable donation from proceeds from a toy he helped design commemorating Princess Diana after her death.As part of his sentence, Kocoras also ordered Warner to do 500 hours of community service at local Chicago high schools. When he pleaded guilty, Warner agreed to pay $27 million in back taxes and interest, and a civil penalty of more than $53 million — one of the largest such penalties ever paid.After the hearing, the U.S. attorney for Chicago, Zachary Fardon, said the sentence “is less than we asked for but is not nothing.” He cited, among other things, the fines, community service and “the abject humiliation” of facing federal prosecution.“I think that’s the message folks should receive — that (tax evasion) is a crime that does not pay,” he said.Just before Tuesday’s hearing adjourned, Kocoras said that as a formality, he needed to advise Warner that he had the right to appeal his sentence. The judge then laughed, adding, “if you think you can get a better deal in the court of appeals.”___Follow Michael Tarm at https://twitter.com/mtarm by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2014 11:07 pm MDT read more

GM ousts 15 employees over deadly ignitionswitch scandal will compensate crash victims

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GM ousts 15 employees over deadly ignition-switch scandal, will compensate crash victims by Tom Krisher And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 10:09 pm MDT WARREN, Mich. – General Motors said Thursday that it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the debacle on engineering ignorance and bureaucratic dithering, not a deliberate coverup.GM took more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with bad switches that are now linked to at least 13 deaths by the automaker’s count.“Group after group and committee after committee within GM that reviewed the issue failed to take action or acted too slowly,” Anton Valukas, the former federal prosecutor hired by the automaker to investigate the reason for the delay, said in a 315-page report. “Although everyone had responsibility to fix the problem, nobody took responsibility.”GM CEO Mary Barra said more than half the 15 employees forced out were senior legal and engineering executives who failed to disclose the defect and were part of a “pattern of incompetence.” Five other employees have been disciplined, she said, without identifying any of them.The automaker said it will establish a compensation program covering those killed or seriously injured in the more than 50 accidents blamed on the switches. GM said not say how much money will be involved, but a Wall Street analyst estimated the payouts will total $1.5 billion.Barra called the report “brutally tough and deeply troubling.”The report lays bare a company that operated in “silos,” with employees who didn’t share information and didn’t take responsibility for problems or treat them with any urgency.Valukas also portrayed a corporate culture in which there was heavy pressure to keep costs down, a reluctance to report problems up the chain of command, a skittishness about putting safety concerns on paper, and general bureaucratic resistance to change.He described what was known as the “GM nod,” in which “everyone nods in agreement to a proposed plan of action but then leaves the room and does nothing.”Valukas exonerated Barra and two other top executives, Mark Reuss, chief of global product development, and general counsel Michael Millikin, saying there is no evidence they knew about the problems any earlier than last December.Since February, GM has recalled 2.6 million older-model Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other small cars because their ignitions can slip out of the “run” position and shut off the engine. That disables the power-assisted steering and brakes, making it difficult to control the car, and deactivates the air bags.Trial lawyers suing the company put the death toll at more than 60.“It’s somewhat comforting to realize that they do know that some things were done incorrectly and they’re aware of that. They made the appropriate measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said Ken Rimer, whose 18-year-old stepdaughter, Natasha Weigel, was killed in a 2006 Cobalt crash in Wisconsin.Last month, GM paid a record $35 million fine for failing to promptly report the bad ignition switches to federal highway safety regulators. Federal prosecutors are also investigating and could bring criminal charges against the automaker and some of its employees.Deep within the company, engineers and others believed the ignition switch flaw was a “customer convenience” issue rather than a safety problem, the report said. Engineers believed that the cars could still be adequately steered when the engines shut off, and they didn’t realize the air bags became disabled — even after police, academic experts and others outside GM had recognized the problem, according to the report.Around GM, engineers were instructed not to use words like “dangerous,” ”defect” or “safety” when describing problems in writing, which contributed to the lack of urgency in dealing with the problem, Valukas wrote. In addition, some workers told Valukas they did not take notes at safety meetings because they believed GM lawyers didn’t want a paper trail.In 2005, according to documents supplied recently to Congress, GM failed to make a repair of the switch that would have cost just 57 cents.In his report, Valukas said he found no evidence that any employee made “an explicit trade-off between safety and cost” in dealing with the switch. But he said there was “tremendous cost pressure” at GM at the time, and he left open the possibility that it influenced the automaker’s handling of the problem.The report could hurt GM in legal proceedings and complicate matters for lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, the compensation expert hired by GM to settle some of the many lawsuits, said Carl Tobias, a law professor and product liability specialist at the University of Richmond in Virginia.But plaintiffs’ lawyers already know most of what’s in the report from depositions in previous cases, and Valukas was “careful not to open too much liability exposure,” Tobias said.Under a judge’s order, GM is shielded from legal claims from before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, and company officials wouldn’t say Thursday whether they will use that protection against death and injury lawsuits. Lawyers are trying to overturn the shield, alleging GM deceived the judge.Barra, who took over as CEO in mid-January, didn’t directly answer a question about whether she should have figured out the switches were a deadly problem. Before the took the top job, she was product development chief for three years, and safety reported to her through GM’s chain of command.“I wish I had known, because the minute we knew, we took action,” she said.Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., criticized the investigation as “the best report money can buy.”“It absolves upper management, denies deliberate wrongdoing and dismisses corporate culpability,” he said.Barra said Valukas interviewed 230 employees and reviewed 41 million documents to produce the report, which also makes numerous recommendations for handling safety problems more effectively.Barra has already named a new safety chief and pledged to work quickly through a backlog of potential recalls. As a result, the automaker has recalled a record 15.8 million cars and trucks in North America so far this year.In addition, GM has put procedures in place to make sure that departments communicate and that safety issues get reported to the top. Barra said people who don’t think such problems are being addressed should contact her.Barra, who testified on Capitol Hill in April but deflected many questions by saying she was waiting for the results of Valukas’ investigation, is certain to be called back.Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said she intends to hold a hearing this summer.“I won’t be letting GM leadership, or federal regulators, escape accountability for these tragedies,” she said in a statement. “The families of those affected deserve no less.”Barra, a 34-year GM veteran, told 1,000 employees gathered at the automaker’s suburban Detroit technical centre that the report was “enormously painful.”“I want you to never forget it,” she said in a speech that was also broadcast to the company’s 212,000 employees worldwide.___Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis and Jeff Karoub in Detroit contributed to this report. read more

CEO of African telecom giant MTN resigns as 52 billion Nigeria fine

People buy MTN accessories on a street in Lagos, Nigeria Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Africa’s biggest telecommunications company is locked in a nasty battle with one of the most powerful governments on the continent, with billions of dollars at stake. MTN Nigeria, MTN Group’s subsidiary here, was fined $5.2 billion for failing to meet an August deadline to deactivate 5.2 million unregistered cellphone SIM cards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) CEO of African telecom giant MTN resigns as $5.2 billion Nigeria fine looms by Lynsey Chutel, The Associated Press Posted Nov 9, 2015 2:46 am MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JOHANNESBURG – The CEO of Africa’s biggest telecommunications company resigned on Monday because of a $5.2 billion fine meted out to MTN Group’s Nigerian subsidiary.Sifiso Dabengwa was quoted in a company statement as saying he resigned “due to the most unfortunate prevailing circumstances occurring at MTN Nigeria.”Former group president Phuthuma Nhleko will act in his place for the next six months, the company said. Nhleko promised to “proactively deal” with the Nigerian Communications Commission, the regulator that fined the subsidiary for failing to meet a deadline to deactivate 5.2 million unregistered cellphone SIM cards. It’s considered a security threat in Nigeria, where authorities say cellphones are used to co-ordinate suicide bombings and other militant attacks by Boko Haram Islamic extremists as well as in rampant kidnappings and armed robberies.Risk analyst Eurasia Group on Monday suggested Nigeria likely will “sharply reduce” the fine by more than half, or face “a chilling impact on foreign direct investment.”The share price of the company based in South Africa and listed on the Johannesburg Stock exchange has lost about a fifth of its value, according to South Africa’s Business Report.“Shareholders are advised to continue to exercise caution when dealing in the company’s securities until a further announcement is made,” MTN said.On Monday, the price dipped on news of Dabengwa’s resignation. When the fine was first announced at the end of October, MTN’s share price tumbled. Last week, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange halted trade of MTN shares until the company assured shareholders that it was negotiating the fine with Nigerian authorities.Nigeria’s 60 million-plus MTN cellphone subscribers provide about one-third of profits for MTN Group, which has 233 million subscribers in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, according to the company website. read more

Fresh allegations of sexual abuse made against UN peacekeepers in Central African

“The blue beret or the blue helmet you wear represents hope for the vulnerable population of the CAR,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Parfait Onanga-Anyanga said, laying out new measures to help identify perpetrators and deter new cases, as well as renewing his commitment to protect whistle-blowers.The allegations are the latest to have been made against UN peacekeeping missions in recent years. Mr. Onanga-Anyanga met in Bangui, the capital, with the military and police components of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), which he heads, stressing that there will be no complacency for perpetrators or accomplices of such crimes which tarnish the UN flag, the peacekeepers’ identity and their country’s honour.Today’s meeting follows Mr. Ban’s pledge last month to urgently review recommendations of an independent panel which found that the UN did not act with the “speed, care or sensitivity required,” when it uncovered information about crimes committed against children by soldiers who were not under UN command.In the spring of 2014, allegations came to light that international troops serving as peacekeepers had sexually abused a number of young children in exchange for food or money. The alleged perpetrators were largely from a French military force known as Sangaris, which was operating under authorization of the Security Council but not under UN command.Reaffirming his commitment to Mr. Ban’s policy of ‘zero tolerance,’ Mr. Onanga-Anyanga stressed that all international personnel and units will be held accountable to the highest standards of behaviour and conduct. “There is no place in UN peacekeeping for those who betray the trust of the people we are here to help,” he said.He announced on-going discussions with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to carry out joint actions as part of the reinforcement of MINUSCA’s ability to combat sexual exploitation and abuse. Other measures include the establishment of a Police-Force joint brigade to identify sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrators and deter the occurrence of new cases. He underlined the need to conduct patrols in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in close collaboration with internal CAR security forces. The Mission continues to investigate each and every allegation of misconduct, and a fact finding mission is currently underway.The National Authorities have been informed in Bangui and the Troop Contributing Countries in question have been informed officially in New York. Mr. Onanga-Anyanga called on them to conduct their own national investigations immediately and the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services will also be involved as appropriate.“The entire UN family is collaborating in addressing [sexual exploitation and abuse] in the broader context of upholding highest standard of conduct and discipline within the organization,” MINUSCA said in news release.“Over the past week, UNICEF staff (UN Children’s Fund) from the office in Bangui have undertaken four visits to meet with four alleged minors victims. UNICEF is working with a local partner to help the girls receive medical care, and is assessing their psychosocial needs. The girls were also provided with clothes, shoes and hygiene kits,” it added.The nearly 11,000-strong MINUSCA, set up in 2014 after fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups erupted in early 2013, killing thousands of people and driving hundreds of thousands more from their homes, played a major role in providing security last month for the first round of presidential and legislative elections. read more

Man in his 60s killed in Waterford road crash

first_imgMan in his 60s killed in Waterford road crash The man’s van collided with a 4×4 at around 10am this morning. http://jrnl.ie/3869891 Feb 24th 2018, 1:39 PM A MAN IN his 60s has been killed in a road crash in Co Waterford.The collision occurred at Ballyhest Cross in Rathgormack at 10am this morning.The deceased was the sole occupant of a van that collided with a 4×4. He was taken to Waterford University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.The two occupants of the jeep also attended hospital for a medical assessment.Gardaí said the road has been closed to facilitate a forensic investigation and diversions are in place.They are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact Tramore garda station on 051 391620, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Woman (48) killed in two car collision in Laois>Read: Woman injured after being hit by a taxi in Rathmines> 1 Comment 13,513 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Images Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 1:39 PM Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Michelle Hennessy Share28 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgHighlight: trop de partage tue le partage ? Auparavant, tout était une question de chance. Vous rencontriez quelqu’un, par hasard, et vous engagiez la conversation. Désormais, avec les nouvelles applications, ce phénomène pourrait bien devenir de plus en plus rare…Et bien, cette époque est sur le point d’être révolue ! Avec l’explosion des médias sociaux, chaque rencontre est programmée, calculée… Mais où est passé le spontané, la rencontre improbable ?La semaine dernière, au festival SXSW 2012, une nouvelle application a fait son entrée sur le marché des réseaux sociaux. Highlight, basée sur la géolocalisation, vous permet d’obtenir des informations sur les personnes qui vous entourent, histoire d’engager la conversation plus facilement.Créée par Math Camp, une start-up californienne, l’application est disponible uniquement sur iPhone pour l’instant. Et elle s’avère, bien évidemment, très pratique pour tous ceux qui sillonnent les festivals et adorent rencontrer plein de gens. Autrement dit, tous ceux qui n’ont aucun problème avec le fait que toutes les personnes d’eux sont au courant que leur activité favorite est de faire du footing avec leur chien.Utile dans un concert, mais dans la rue ?Ainsi, Highlight fait partie d’une nouvelle tendance, qui est tout juste en train d’émerger: rencontrer des gens proposés par une application. Et donc sélectionner les personnes susceptibles d’avoir les mêmes centres d’intérêts que vous. D’autres applications commencent d’ailleurs à rejoindre le mouvement, comme Banjo, Glancee, Kismet ou encore Sonar.On pourrait donc s’attendre à ce que cette application fasse des miracles dans les plus grandes métropoles. Pourtant, Paul Davison, PDG de Math Camp, explique “l’application a pour objectif d’aider les gens à rencontrer d’autres personnes, notamment dans les petites villes et les aéroports” précise USA Today.Certes l’application peut être utile pour pendant un concert, un match de foot ou une conférence, mais dans la rue ? Non seulement, vous n’avez pas forcément envie que chaque personne qui vous croise sache tout de votre vie. Mais est-ce-qu’en allant au travail, vous avez vraiment envie de faire connaissance avec la personne en face de vous ?Highlight a un mode de fonctionnement assez simple. Vous pouvez visiter les profils de tout un tas de personnes, vérifier vos amis en communs, si vous avez les mêmes centres d’intérêts. Une petite carte vous indique même tous où se trouvent vos amis au moment où vous surfez sur l’application. Highlight vous notifiera de la présence d’une personne qui partage vos goûts, des amis… Mais l’application peut aussi vous signaler la présence d’une personne qui n’a rien en commun avec vous, juste parce-qu’elle trouve la personne intéressante.Paul Davison précise le prochain objectif est de rendre “l’application plus attractive pour les femmes et les couples mariés”. Car le problème de la vie privée se pose, encore et toujours. Tout connaître de tout le mondeEn effet, l’application fait le plein de tout ce qui lui passe sous la main, autrement ce qui passe sur Facebook: amis, goût, situation professionnelle… De plus, elle a accès à tout moment à votre localisation, soit si vous la mettez en pause.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’instant, une grande partie de ceux qui ont testé Highlight, l’ont vite abandonné, explique USA Today. En effet, la géolocalisation a tendance a grignoter toute la batterie de votre smartphone, et rapidement en plus.Pourtant, Paul Davison, voit son application “comme une sorte de sixième sens, où vous connaissez tout de la personne que vous venez de croiser”.CNN précise que cette nouvelle mode consistant à tout partager pourrait bien être “la tendance techno la plus effrayante de 2012″… Alors, totalement enthousiaste ou carrément effrayé ? Le 22 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Trump could face civil fines over taxes

first_imgNEW YORK — Though President Donald Trump insists he did nothing wrong on his taxes, experts say he could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in civil fines if state and federal authorities substantiate a New York Times report that found he and his family cheated the IRS for decades.The statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges has long run out, but civil cases have no such limits, and the financial penalties could be staggering. Civil fraud charges for intentionally underpaying taxes, as the Times alleged the Trump family did, could include a penalty of up to 75 percent of the unpaid federal taxes and double the unpaid state amount, experts said.The penalties “could be substantial, and if the allegations are proven in court, they should be levied,” said Norman Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and former chief ethics counsel in the Obama administration.The New York tax department said it is studying the Times’ 15,000-word report and “vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation.” New York City also said it would investigate. A spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service declined to comment.Trump tweeted that the newspaper did “a very old, boring and often told hit piece on me.”The White House dismissed the report as a “misleading attack against the Trump family by the failing New York Times,” but spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the newspaper got one thing right: Trump’s father not only did deals with his son but heaped praise on him by saying “everything he touched turned to gold.”last_img read more

Burnley captain hails the addition of Hart to the team

first_imgBurnley captain Ben Mee has praised the addition of former England number 1, Joe Hart to the Lancashire team.Hart’s arrival means the Clarets & Blue can boast of three of the last five goalkeepers capped by England on their books.The former Manchester City shotstopper spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham, but was first choice for much of his 12-year association with the current Premier League holders and and Mee feels he has been a great addition.“He’s well thought of at the club for what he did over the years. He was there a long time, yeah, I’m sure he will get a very good reception.” He said, according to Burnley Express.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I get on well personally with him, so it’s good to have him around.”“He’s looked at us, how we train and how the club’s developed and thought he could come here and maybe get back on track to where he was a couple of years ago. ““That’s testament to the club.”“He’s a good personality, he’s a big personality in the squad. He brings experience to our game.”last_img read more

Team TCI off to Commonwealth Games

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 17, 2017 — The team of athletes representing TCI at the Commonwealth Youth Games left for Nassau, Bahamas yesterday where the games will be held from July 19 – 23. This is the sixth edition of the international sporting event hosted by the Commonwealth Games Federation every four years and open to athletes aged 14 to 18. This year’s edition of the Games marks quite a few firsts. Beach volleyball and soccer as well as Judo will be added to the competition which now has a total of 10 categories. Meanwhile, the 2017 Games also marks the first time that the African nation of  Rwanda will be sending a contingent. Joining the Turks & Caicos team will be Colby Jennings who recently won the island’s second medal at the IAAF World Youth Games in Nairobi, Kenya.#MagneticMediaNews#CommonwealthYouthGames Related Items:last_img read more

Diocese of Juneau taps panel to investigate claims of sexual misconduct

first_imgThe Roman Catholic Church’s historic archives in Southeast Alaska will be opened to an independent panel investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by church personnel, the Diocese of Juneau announced Wednesday.A commission of two retired judges and a retired police lieutenant will have unfettered access to personnel files dating back to the diocese’s formation in 1951.“We just want to bring everything to light and be transparent,” Diocese of Juneauspokesperson Dominique Johnson said. “That’s why we put the commission together to review these files so that they will know, as well as us, if there were any allegations against any ministers or people who have worked on behalf of the diocese.”The three-person commission will be retired Superior Court Judges Patricia Collins and Thomas Schulz and former Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell. According to the diocese’s press release, they’ll begin work on Jan. 7. The diocese estimates that the commission’s review will be completed by June 1, 2019.After a full review is complete, the commission will submit a report that will include any credible claims of sexual misconduct, along with the names of those accused. That report will be forwarded to the bishop and the president of the diocese’s review board for the protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.“From there we will publish that list of names for the public to see,” Johnson said.Juneau Bishop Andrew Bellisario’s decree follows a similar move by the Archdiocese of Anchorage, which appointed its own independent panel in October.The Diocese of Juneau counts about 10,600 Catholics within its geographic area, making it the smallest diocese in the U.S. by that measure. It oversees Catholic churches and shrines from Yakutat to Ketchikan.last_img read more

Goway offers savings with 2017 Europe EBB

first_imgGoway offers savings with 2017 Europe EBB Travelweek Group Tags: Goway Travel << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img TORONTO — Goway is taking 10% off many of its most popular Europe tours for departures next year.“This is a great offer. These tours sell out quickly, especially in Ireland, so booking in advance is key,” says Goway’s Europe Product Manager, Nadya Phelan.Featured destinations include Provence, the Loire Valley, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Andalusia, the Cotswolds, the Dalmatian Coast, Bavaria and the Ionian Islands.The average group size is 12, with a maximum of 18, says Phelan. Travellers dine in authentic restaurants and have the opportunity to meet traditional producers and mingle with locals. The deal is valid for new bookings and tours must be paid in full by Sept. 30, 2016. See goway.com. Friday, August 19, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

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