In the news today Feb 5

first_imgFour stories in the news for Tuesday, Feb. 5———BRUCE McARTHUR SENTENCING HEARING CONTINUESA sentencing hearing continues today for Bruce McArthur, a serial killer who preyed on men from Toronto’s gay village for years before he was arrested. Friends and relatives of McArthur’s eight victims are expected to continue reading their victim impact statements. Many wept in court Monday as prosecutors provided previously unheard details of the killings, which took place between 2010 and 2017. Police arrested McArthur in January 2018. He pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder.———THREE WORKERS DIE IN CANADIAN PACIFIC DERAILMENTOfficials with the Transportation Safety Board will provide a briefing in Calgary this morning on the train derailment near Field, B.C., that killed three Canadian Pacific crew members. The westbound Canadian Pacific freight jumped the tracks early Monday, and a union representative says it fell more than 60 metres from a bridge and into the Kicking Horse River. The railway says in a statement that conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer were killed in the derailment. The union said the crew was based out of Calgary.———SAGMOEN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT AGAINST WOMANA man who faces a series of charges including alleged assaults of escorts in British Columbia’s North Okanagan has pleaded guilty to assault in an unrelated incident involving a sex worker in Maple Ridge in 2013. Curtis Wayne Sagmoen was initially charged with assault causing bodily harm but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge Monday in provincial court in Port Coquitlam. The trial was scheduled for five days but was shortened to a day when Crown prosecutor Juan O’Quinn and defence lawyer Lisa Jean Helps made a joint submission agreeing to the guilty plea on the lesser charge and a recommended sentence.———ALBERTA HONOURS FORMER PREMIER JIM PRENTICEJim Prentice, the last premier of Alberta’s 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty, was honoured Monday as a man of courage and vision — and one who couldn’t resist meeting with school tours when they passed by his office. Prentice died in October 2016, at age 60, when the light plane he was in crashed in the lake country just outside Kelowna, B.C. He was Alberta’s 16th premier, taking over in September of 2014 but losing to Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP in the May 2015 election. Notley recalled Prentice as a man committed to alleviating child poverty and honouring the promise of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Quadriga, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is due in court today as it seeks creditor protection in the wake of the sudden death of its founder and CEO in December, and missing cryptocurrency worth roughly $190 million.— Sgt. Paul Gauthier appears at the Toronto Police Disciplinary Hearings Office on charges of insubordination and neglect of duty.— A preliminary inquiry continues in the case of Bassam Al-Rawi, a former Halifax taxi driver accused of a 2012 sexual assault.— WestJet releases its fourth-quarter results before markets open and will hold a conference call with analysts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgInspired by Bong Joon Ho’s futuristic 2013 thriller with Chris Evans, the 10-episode series takes place seven years after a post-apocalyptic Ice Age — the Freeze– aboard a perpetual moving train, which holds the remnants of humanity.Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Steven Ogg, Iddo Goldberg, Benjamin Haigh, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Jaylin Fletcher. Susan Park, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Lena Hall.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Fight your way to the front.TNT ‘s Snowpiercer series start filming in Vancouver under new showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), who replaced Josh Friedman.Filming dates: August 20th to December 22nd. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

32 weather temperature records were broken Monday

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Environment and Climate Change Canada says 32 weather temperature records were broken yesterday, March 18th in B.C and the Yukon.When looking at the Environment of Canada’s website, FSJ’s highest recorded temperature for March 18th was documented between 1942-2012 as 11.8 C and yesterday the temperatures reached 13.5 C. Areas close to FSJ that also saw record-breaking temperatures were;  Chetwynd’s new record is 15.5 from 13.9 in 2015, records started in 1970  Fort Nelson’s new record is 16.6 from 10.6 in 1960, records started in 1937Bobby Sekhon, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says we can expect to see this warm trend in temperatures to continue all this week and into next week.For more information on FSJ warm weather trend; CLICK HERElast_img read more

AAPCongress alliance remains inconclusive talks to continue

first_imgNEW DELHI: After a day-long meeting on Wednesday between AAP and Congress in various phases, the alliance between both the parties remained inconclusive but the sources from both the parties confirmed that the talks will continue. According to the sources, the AAP has accepted the 4:3 seat sharing formula in Delhi but as in Haryana the Congress was not ready to negotiate the talks.AAP’s Sanjay Singh on Wednesday met Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to take the alliance talks to a conclusion, sources said. According to sources, has proposed a 6:3:1 seat sharing in Haryana in which Congress would fight from six seats, while the JJP would field its candidates for three seats and one candidate would be fielded by the AAP. But the Congress has proposed a 7:2:1 seat-sharing formula in which seven Congress candidates, two JJP candidates and one AAP candidate would contest the polls, the sources added. On Wednesday, Singh also met CM Arvind Kejriwal to apprise him about the condition where the AAP national convenor also reportedly agreed with the Delhi pact. Later in the evening, confusion erupted when Singh said, “Congress has refused to form an alliance in Haryana and we do not want a tie-up only in Delhi.” Minutes after the statement, the sources said that the talk will continue and no such decision of calling off talks took place. Earlier, Congress offered four Delhi seats to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to ensure the rout of the BJP. However, in response to Congress’ offer, AAP leadership asked for three seats in Haryana and one in Chandigarh. Sources had told the Indian Express that Haryana was the main demand as AAP believed it has enough support in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Karnal seats to win with an alliance. Meanwhile, sources in Congress denied having any knowledge of AAP’s demand and said the party never put forth any such request when the possibility of an alliance was being discussed earlier. Earlier, AAP sources said if the Congress wants alliance only in Delhi then it has to be in the 5:2 ratio and if an alliance is sealed for both Delhi and Haryana then the ratio can be 4:3 in the national capital and 6:3:1 in Haryana. Amid a continuing blame-game over seat-sharing in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi and CM Kejriwal Monday engaged in a public spat, with the Congress president accusing the AAP of making a “U-turn” over alliance talks, prompting the Delhi chief minister to hit back at him. Gandhi had said while the doors of his party are open, time is running out, but CM Kejriwal slammed him, questioning what U-turn was he talking about as the talks were still on. AAP has already declared candidates on all seven Lok Sabha seats.last_img read more

No data of surgical strikes before September 2016 Army

first_imgNew Delhi: In its reply to an RTI, which sought to know how many surgical strikes on Pakistan were carried out during the UPA era, the Indian Army Tuesday said it does not have any data about them. “This section does not hold any data pertaining to surgical strikes if carried out before September 29, 2016,” stated the DGMO of the Indian Army in response to an RTI filed by Jammu-based activist Rohit Choudhary. The applicant had sought information about how many surgical strikes on Pakistan were carried out between 2004 to 2014 and after September 2014, and how many of them were successful.last_img read more

Key UN forum set to unlock crucial resources needed to boost development

Participants of the first International Conference on Financing for Development from18 to 22 March will try to promote global cooperation in the key areas of mobilizing domestic resources, increasing private international investment and strengthening official development assistance (ODA). They will also push for increasing market access and ensuring fair trade, solving the debt burden, and improving the coherence of global and regional financial structures and promoting fair representation of developing countries in worldwide decision-making.Following intensive talks, countries reached agreement earlier this year on a wide range of issues contained in the “Monterrey Consensus,” the outcome document to be adopted at the conclusion of the Conference. Member States resolved in that text to address the challenges of financing for development around the world, particularly in developing countries, with the goal of eradicating poverty, achieving sustained economic growth and promoting sustainable development as they advance to a fully inclusive and equitable global economic system.As for the resource implications of reaching the development goals, a high-level panel, appointed by the Secretary-General and chaired by former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, estimated last June that annual development assistance would need to be doubled from the current $50 billion, a 30-year low in relation to total world income.Speaking at a UN press briefing in New York, Ambassador Adolfo Aguilar Zinser of Mexico said that in taking on the challenges of eradicating poverty, improving social conditions and living standards, and protecting the environment, the conference aimed to ensure that this century became the century of development.“This financing must cover the basic needs of countries” by channelling resources towards social development, he said. By providing the equivalent of 0.7 per cent of their gross national product, developed countries could help meet such Millennium Declaration targets as cutting poverty in half by 2015 and thus substantially reduce infant and maternal mortality. read more

Horford out with sore left knee Morris starts in his place

ATLANTA — Celtics forward Al Horford has a sore left knee and will miss a game for the first time of the season.Marcus Morris took Horford’s spot in the lineup against Atlanta, making his first start since last season.Horford was listed as probable with the same injury before Wednesday’s home loss to the New York Knicks but finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Coach Brad Stevens decided to rest him after Friday’s shoot-around.Horford is averaging 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in his third season with the Celtics. The 12-year veteran spent his first nine seasons in Atlanta.Morris is averaging 13.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 17 games.___More AP NBA: and Associated Press read more

Patrice Bergeron Is Doing It All — Except You Know Putting The

The Frank J. Selke Award is given to the NHL forward who most demonstrates a high level of proficiency at both ends of the ice — responsible in his own zone, productive in his opponent’s. Boston Bruins center iceman Patrice Bergeron has won three of the last five Selkes, effectively taking the torch from Pavel Datsyuk as the league’s best two-way forward.Bergeron is not going to win the Selke this year. It’s not because he’s shirking responsibilities on defense — he’s a plus-1 on a team that can’t score — he has simply stopped being productive on the other end. More than a quarter of the way into the season, Bergeron has just eight points (four goals, four assists). But point production doesn’t tell the whole story — Bergeron is actually having a very good season. He just can’t seem to put the puck into the other team’s net.Among NHL players who’ve taken more than 400 faceoffs this season, Patrice Bergeron’s 58.6 win percentage ranks fourth. His Corsi For Percentage of 63.1 percent — a score above 50 implies a player’s team controls the puck more than 50 percent of the time that player is on the ice — is the best in the league among skaters who take a regular shift. His Fenwick For Percentage of 62.4 percent — Fenwick is another proxy for a team’s puck possession against a given player’s ice time — is third only to his linemates Brad Marchand (63 percent) and David Pastrnak (62.7 percent). And yet despite downright sterling possession metrics — faceoff percentage included — Bergeron is scoring at a historically low clip.Bergeron’s eight points in 23 games is good for an anemic .35 points per game — not great for a guy who’s used to scoring points in three of every four games he plays (entering the 2016-17 season, Bergeron had notched 618 points in 820 games). Somewhat bizarrely, linemates Marchand and Pastrnak are each having historically great seasons. Marchand is on pace to notch around 70 points — this would be a career high — and Pastrnak is on pace to tally close to 50 goals, which would shatter his previous high of 15. How is it that the wingers of the Bruins’ top line are each scoring at a hellacious pace while their centerman is struggling to find the stats sheet?It’s not like Bergeron isn’t getting his shots. Entering this season, Bergeron had averaged 2.8 shots per game for his career — in 2016-17, he’s taking 3.5. (It’s hard to tell exactly where those shots are coming from because, somewhat confoundingly, no one is doing a great job of keeping up-to-date shot charts, but it’s hard to imagine that Bergeron, who’s a centerman, is taking the bulk of his shots from outside his preferred slot/high slot region.) Bergeron’s four goals on 80 shots is good for a career-low shot percentage of 5. For reference, he entered the 2016-17 season with a career shot percentage of 10.3. While that’s not the shot percentage of a world-beating sniper, it’s still pretty damn good.Bergeron’s shots-per-goal ratio is necessarily up, too. He usually scores on every 9.9 shots he takes — this season, that number has swelled to 20. His power-play scoring percentage is also down from last year — 25 percent this season vs. 37.5 percent from last. He scored more than a third of his 32 goals in 2015-16 on the man advantage but is only on pace to net just under four on the power play this season.Something is amiss. But what?Part of Bergeron’s scoring dearth might be because of hot goaltending. In the seven games, Bergeron has taken five or more shots and not scored, opposing goalies have a combined save percentage of .931. Take Jake Allen’s .909 and Robin Lehner’s .921 out of the mix, and that combined save percentage rises to .940. If that were an individual goalie’s stat line, it would be good for the third-best mark in the NHL. Some of Bergeron’s drought must be related to the quality of goaltending he’s faced — and some of it could just be due to that beast the hockey gods call “puck luck.”The law of averages and his historical performance and his league-best possession metrics all dictate that Bergeron will right the ship. But the Bruins go as their alternate captain goes, and for a team that’s struggling to score this season — they rank 23rd in goals scored per game — it’s imperative for Bergeron to right that ship sooner than later. Otherwise, they risk missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year, which is something that hasn’t happened since a dismal stretch between 1959 and 1967 saw them miss out on postseason hockey for eight straight seasons.Some second-year guy named Bobby Orr helped end that eight-year slide in 1967-68. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they don’t currently have the second coming of Orr in their system. For now, it’s on their beloved alternate captain to start appearing on the stats sheet. read more

Gee adheres to students seating gripes hopes for louder environment at Schott

Despite continuous requests for more student seating in the Horseshoe, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said he wants to see more support for other Buckeye sports before he will consider upping the allotment of student football tickets.   With that goal in mind, the university announced in late August it will move 800 of the student seats at the Schottenstein Center from behind the baskets to behind the benches and scorer’s table for some men’s basketball games in the upcoming season. “We need to create an environment in which our basketball programs have the same kind of intensity as our football program or other things,” Gee told The Lantern on Oct. 6. “So we needed to make the change, too, because the students made a very important point to me, ‘Well you know if you’re just sitting behind there and (they) have you sitting there in the middle, you’re not a very good fan, Mr. President.’” Gee took the students’ words to heart, as he and fellow faculty members will vacate their previous seats behind the benches for all-Big Ten contests and an additional non-conference game this season to make room for what Gee hopes to be a more boisterous NutHouse student section.     “Now I have every expectation that we’re going to have a ring of fire around our court and I’ll be very disappointed if every game is not sold out by our students,” Gee said. So far, so good. When men’s basketball tickets were released last week, tickets sold out in two hours. Although the 1,400 tickets available to students this year were a drop from last year’s total, senior forward David Lighty said the move could provide a big boost for the team. “I think that’s going to help us out a lot,” Lighty said. “We feed off the crowd. Big plays happen and they are loud and rowdy. … That’s just going to get us excited. I think it’s going to be a good thing for us.” Schools such as the University of Michigan and Michigan State University already have a similar type of seating arrangement. Lighty said he is glad OSU pulled the trigger on the adjustment. “You go to Michigan State and they have a whole student section in the bottom bowl, and my parents are sitting with the students going crazy,” Lighty said. “It’s a more suitable atmosphere for college basketball and something that gives the fan a better experience and makes them want to come and get more excited.” As the students move closer to the action than ever before, senior guard Jon Diebler said he hopes they will have the arena rocking.    “I think we have a great student fan base,” Diebler said. “I think they are excited about the new seating because I think they might feel more into the game instead of being on the ends.” Having become accustomed to verbal lashings from opposing student sections, junior guard William Buford said he hopes the seating change will entice the Buckeye students to return the favor to visiting squads.       “I don’t really pay attention to them too much, but I hope that it will mess with the opposite team,” Buford said. “We get dogged everywhere we go, so they need to do something.” read more

Football Urban Meyer names Parris Campbell Ohio States best playmaker and current

OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) scores a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State seems to already have someone in mind to replace Curtis Samuel at the H-back position. On Tuesday, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer announced redshirt junior Parris Campbell is the leading man for the potential role of hybrid-back.“We moved Parris inside a little bit, and he’s dynamic,” Meyer said. “He was a running back in high school. Big dude that can run and catch — he’s that guy right now.”Although Campbell received the nod as the current H-back favorite, Meyer said redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill has also been in the mix, although the team is still experimenting with moving players around at various positions. As arguably one of the most important positions on the field for the Buckeyes, there will be lofty expectations placed on the shoulders of whoever gets the starting H-back job.Samuel, a now potential second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, was the epitome of dynamic. With 865 yards receiving and 771 yards on the ground, combined with 15 total touchdowns, it was easy to name the Brooklyn, New York, native as the best player on the Scarlet and Gray offense last season.Now, with Samuel gone, OSU has a tough choice to make — take a player who’s been at a different position previously and make him an H-back, or mold a newcomer into the role. Even with Campbell as the current frontrunner, Meyer also named him as one of the leading wide receivers currently.“Well Parris is … I’d put Parris No. 1,” Meyer said. “I’d put K.J. and Terry McLaurin either (No. 2) slash (No. 3). I’d push Ben Victor … he’s as talented as any I’ve ever coached. And then Austin Mack, and Johnnie Dixon’s having a good spring, so they all are. Brendon White’s actually making good plays for us. And Eric Glover-Williams, he’s just got to get everything in order.”Campbell had just 121 yards receiving, and a lowly 54 yards on the ground, although he did score a touchdown once. Mostly a kickoff return specialist and a gunner on punt coverage, there were plenty of moments he showed his speed and athleticism.However, running the ball out of the backfield and being quick enough on the inside is a whole new ballgame. Through he’s played the position in the past, trying to convert a wide receiver to running back bodes a similar challenge to making a catcher a shortstop in baseball.Still, Campbell is in Meyer’s good graces, and could be taking snaps from both the backfield and out wide this season.“He’s one of my favorite players just because he’s so unselfish and goes so hard,” Meyer said. “He deserves to have a great year, and he’s one of our best playmakers right now.” read more

Iran nuclear talks hit a snag

first_imgFRANCE TODAY RAISED questions about whether a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program went far enough, complicating negotiations with the Iranians and casting doubt on whether an agreement could be reached during the current round of negotiations.Chances of that appeared to diminish as the day went on.A Western diplomat in Geneva for the talks told The Associated Press it appeared that a new round of talks would be needed to agree on all points of a startup deal meant to lead to a comprehensive agreement to ensure that Tehran’s nuclear work remains peaceful.He said preparations were being made by both sides for an announcement later in the day of a new meeting within a few weeks. He said earlier that the French were holding out for conditions on the Iranians tougher than those agreed to by the U.S. and France’s other negotiating partners, diminishing hopes of a done deal Saturday.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius spoke of “several points that … we’re not satisfied with compared to the initial text,” telling France-Inter Radio his nation does not want to be part of a “con game.”The French position was confirmed by another Western diplomat. Both gave no specifics and demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the diplomatic manoeuvring.Iran, which denies any interest in nuclear weapons, currently runs more than 10,000 centrifuges that have created tons of fuel-grade material that can be further enriched to arm nuclear warheads.It also has nearly 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of higher-enriched uranium in a form that can be turned into weapons much more quickly. Experts say 550 pounds (250 kilograms) of that 20 percent-enriched uranium are needed to produce a single warhead.Read: Iran nuclear talks continue for a third dayRead: Israel “utterly rejects” Iran deal aimed at ending nuclear tensionslast_img read more

10kg of amphetaminelike drug found in parcels labelled clothing and wedding gift

first_img By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article REVENUE OFFICERS IN Portlaoise have today seized illegal drugs worth an estimated street value of €83,050.The 10.1kg of khat and 3.9kg of herbal cannabis were found during routine profiling, with the help of Revenue detector dog Sam in the mail centre in the town.Khat is a plant with amphetamine-like effects.The drugs were concealed in two separate parcels from Kenya and Thailand.Bound for addresses in Dublin city centre, one of the parcels was labelled ‘clothing’ and the other as a ‘wedding gift’.Revenue are continuing to investigate the matter with a view to a prosecution.These seizures form part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting drug importations. If businesses or members of the public have any information, they can contact Revenue in confidence on 1800 295 295. 13,683 Views 10kg of amphetamine-like drug found in parcels labelled ‘clothing’ and ‘wedding gift’ The drugs were concealed in two separate parcels from Kenya and Thailand. Short URL Monday 1 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 7 Comments Apr 1st 2019, 6:31 PM Share1 Tweet Email last_img read more

Lloyds Pharmacy workers to strike again after hourlong picket today

first_img Short URL Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM Lloyds Pharmacy workers to strike again after hour-long picket today The retailer rejected a recommendation from the Labour Court that it negotiate with trade union Mandate over pay conditions. Jun 14th 2018, 6:30 PM ACCORDING TO A representative from Mandate Trade Union, Lloyds Pharmacy workers will strike again next week following the one-hour picket that took place today.”We had over 200 people [from 30 stores] on the picket today but unfortunately, it is looking likely at this point that a strike will take place next Friday,” David Gibney, communications officer for Mandate Trade Union said.Mandate plans to escalate its protest next week by increasing the picketing time to two hours and involving more stores.More than 200 workers at 50 Lloyds Pharmacy outlets voted to go on strike after the retailer rejected a recommendation from the Labour Court that it negotiate with trade union Mandate over pay conditions.As previously reported by Fora, Lloyds Pharmacy and Mandate attended a Labour Court hearing at which the union sought various changes to pay, contracts and annual leave entitlements.Among its demands are the introduction of pay scales, the elimination of so-called zero-hour contracts and improved annual leave entitlements and public holiday pay.A statement from Lloyds to confirmed that only four stores closed for the duration of the one-hour strike held today and that all others remained fully operational while the picket took place. The retailer said: Image: Lloyds Pharmacy Workers Facebook 25 Comments center_img Share212 Tweet Email 24,744 Views By Adam Daly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We wish to thank our patients and full team for their understanding and support during this morning’s one-hour industrial action.Lloyds denies that it is not negotiating with staff on pay conditions.It said that on 23 May, phase one of its discussions with its employee negotiating body – the Colleague Representative Committee (CRC) – took place, resulting in an agreement to an increase in pay for the full team, the introduction of a new sick pay scheme and the elimination of the minimum wage.Lloyds says that the next stage of negotiations with will take place today.”As part of this, we have indicated a willingness to explore how further affordable improvements, including pay scales, can be advanced.”Mandate, however, has been critical of Lloyds’ decision to set up an internal negotiating body.Mandate – which represents more than 200 workers at the company – told the court that its demands were “no more than what exists” for staff at rival pharmacy chain Boots, which recognises the union.Zero hour contracts One of the issues Mandate says workers were protesting against today is the so-called zero-hour contracts.A spokesperson for Lloyds pharmacy told that they’ve never had zero-hour contracts.“We do not have and never have had zero hours contracts. To suggest otherwise is deliberately divisive.“All part-time employees know six weeks in advance their working hours. On average, part-time employees work 25 hours a week.”A copy of a contract shared by Mandate states: “Your normal hours of work are flexible as agreed with your Manager, spread over up [sic] 5 days between Monday and Sunday and may include late night and weekend work.” Source: Image: Lloyds Pharmacy Workers Facebooklast_img read more

Dr Melissa Perry QC appointed to Federal Court

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Dr Melissa Anne Perry QC – who is of Greek Cypriot background – was sworn in as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia on Monday night. Dr Perry has followed in her father John’s footsteps, who was also a judge in the Supreme Court of South Australia. Dr Perry is the granddaughter of a Greek Cypriot immigrant who came to Australia in the ’20s and worked as a docker. Her grandfather came from Egkomi. His surname was Pieri and he changed it to Perry. Her appointment was announced in August and she will serve in the Sydney Registry. Dr Perry is praised for her native title experience as well as her specialisation in constitutional and administrative law. “The swearing in ceremony was very emotional and at least twice, the speakers who presented Dr Perry mentioned her Cypriot roots”, said Michael Christodoulou, President of the Federation of Cypriot Communities of Australia and New Zealand, who attended the event. Dr Perry in recent years has developed close relations with the Cypriot community, and became a member of the Cyprus Community of NSW. She had also met the former President of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr Dimitris Christofias, when he officially visited Australia in May 2011. Dr Perry was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a barrister and solicitor in 1985. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) earlier that year. In 1986, following completion of her degree, Dr Perry was Associate to the Hon Justice Matheson at the Supreme Court of South Australia. In 1988 she completed a Master of Laws and in 1995, was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy, at the University of Cambridge, where she won the Yorke Prize for her doctorate in public international law. Dr Perry went to the Bar in 1992 and since that time has practised primarily in constitutional law, administrative law and native title. She was appointed Queens Counsel in 2004 and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. Dr Perry was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge for three months 2005-06, and a part-time Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University in 2003. She is currently a member of various legal and academic organisations, including the Administrative Review Council and the Australian Academy of Law of which she is a Director and Fellow. Dr Perry is also a Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force Legal Specialist Reserves.last_img read more

Queens Baton to arrive tomorrow July 11th

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#QueensBatonInTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 10th 2017: It’s almost here, The Queen’s Baton which will arrive tomorrow, Tuesday 11th July here in the Turks and Caicos. While it will make its way across the islands, several sporting teams will participate in the 20 plus leg event, starting at Heaving Down Rock, TCI Ferry to Entrance at Flamingo Cafe with the TCI Cycling Federation. From there it will be one person relay from the road to the beach.At Flamingo Cafe Beach, the Swim and Triathlon Federation will take the Baton to Royal West Indies beach. Bradley Walkine will then receive the Baton from the beach to the street. The route then follows to Casa Blanca Casino then to Coco Bistro and several other points until its final stop in Providenciales on Thursday before its leaves the TCI.Sportsmen and women from various leagues including the Volleyball Federation, Softball/baseball federation, Basketball and Rugby will be on hand to receive the baton along the route.The Baton’s visit to these shores will culminate in Providenciales for the famous Fish Fry.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

2017 is costliest storm season record breaking

first_img Related Items:#hurricaneseasonofficiallyends, #MagnetidMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends today, November 30 and it was a record breaker with 17 named systems and it is said to be by far be the costliest season in history.   Nearly $370b in damages and lives lost were put at 441.From the designated names of Arlene to Rina, the season is historic with some of the strongest storms ever recorded.#MagnetidMediaNews#hurricaneseasonofficiallyends Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

JAMAICA Persons must be aware of connection between Obesity and Sleep Apnea

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 31, 2018 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is encouraging persons to be aware of the connection between overweight/obesity and sleep apnea, which can affect your health.Consultant Cardiologist at the Foundation, Dr. Marilyn Lawrence-Wright, told JIS News that obstructive sleep apnea is directly related to overweight and obesity.“We do know that the cardiovascular risk is increased in these patients.  They are more predisposed to arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) and they can be predisposed to sudden death,” she said.Dr. Lawrence-Wright pointed out that one of the more common ones is atrial fibrillation, which, if undetected, increases the risk of forming clots in the heart, which can predispose persons to having a stroke.“Sleep apnea is a respiratory condition in which the airways close down while you are sleeping.  The breathing rate slows or the person stops breathing completely; oxygen level goes down and it increases cardiovascular risk,” she explained.Dr. Lawrence-Wright warned that persons do not have to be obese to have sleep apnea, and pointed out that an increase in body mass improves the risk and severity of the condition.  She said persons should look out for the signs of sleep apnea, such as snoring, morning headaches and daytime somnolence (sleepiness).  Dr. Lawrence-Wright explained that the sleepy feelings come about when sleep is interrupted throughout the night.“As oxygen level falls, it lessens the depth of your sleep and very often persons with sleep apnea are sleepy during the day.  If they are sitting unengaged they will fall asleep very easily” she said.Heart Month will be observed during the month of February with a focus on healthy nutrition.Release: JISlast_img read more

Gorge anglers anticipate metro influx for Bonneville pool sturgeon

first_imgTHE DALLES, Ore. — Columbia Gorge anglers say they expect to see an invasion from the Portland-Vancouver area come January when sturgeon retention opens in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River.That’s because sturgeon retention will stay closed in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam in 2014, making the reservoir upstream of the dam the closest spot to the metropolitan area where a legal-size sturgeon can be kept for the table.“I think the effort shift will be huge,” said Jess Zerfing of Always Catching Guide Service of Cascade Locks at a public meeting here Tuesday with the Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife.Sturgeon retention is scheduled to reopen Jan. 1 in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.Washington and Oregon are projecting a 20 percent increase in angler effort in Bonneville pool, but admit that the figure is little more than a guess.“We really won’t know until we get there,” said John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.Herb Good of Hood River also said a 20 percent estimate of effort shift is too low.“I just sit here and wonder how competent you are,” Good said. “People want to fish that time of year.”North said Bonneville pool is expected to have an annual catch quota of 1,100 sturgeon, with the harvest likely to be split about equally between fishing periods in January and mid-June.last_img read more

LGBTQ community grieves while celebrating Pride

first_imgPicnic goers hold a moment of silence to commemorate victims killed in the Pulse Orlando nightclub. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Members of Juneau’s LGBTQ community celebrated the beginning of Pride week with a picnic at a local park. The festive mood was darkened by collective mourning for victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. At least 50 people were killed.Download AudioJeff Rogers said he learned about the tragedy earlier that morning and it blew him away.“It hits home awfully deep for the queer community during Pride to see an event like that. Our heart goes out to the victims, and the families, and everybody involved,” Rogers said.Rogers said the shooting in Orlando reminds him why the LGBTQ community celebrates Pride.“We celebrate Pride in memory of and as a commemoration of Stonewall where gays and trans-women were victimized and brutalized in night clubs in New York,” Rogers said.The Stonewall Riots of 1969 are widely recognized as the start of the modern gay civil rights movement. The riots began when gay men and women resisted arrest in New York’s Greenwich Village during a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar.Jeff Rogers at Savikko Park on Douglas Island. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)Rogers said in a way, Pride has always been about overcoming adversity and will continue to be as the country recovers from the shock of the attack.Richard Carter and Heather LaVerne were also struck by the timing of the attack.“You can’t be selfish except in hindsight but I felt a little bit selfish to be out celebrating when other people were experiencing that,” Carter said.Laverne said, “I woke up and read an article about it and started doing all this research, reading and looking to see what I can find out, but at the same time, I mean, it doesn’t help you wrap your head around it. You can’t read enough to understand why somebody would do something like that.”State Representatives Sam Kito, Cathy Muñoz and Juneau Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl offered words of encouragement to picnic goers and denounced the attack in Orlando. Kiehl and Muñoz highlighted policy changes they’ve proposed to support LGBTQ rights.Muñoz is a sponsor of a bill to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation in the state and Kiehl has proposed a similar Juneau ordinance.Audience applauds Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl for proposing anti-discrimination law. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)“Right now there’s nothing in Juneau law that prohibits discrimination based on race, or sex, or sexual orientation or pretty much anything else; and that’s a gap in our law right here in the capital city,” Kiehl said.Kiehl said his ordinance would plug gaps in protection on all those fronts as well as for marital status, age, disability and gender identity.“It will apply in housing, it will apply in credit, it will apply in the workforce and it will apply to public accommodation,” Kiehl explained.Kiehl said he’s been told by a number of people that discrimination is a problem in Juneau.Richard Carter agreed that discrimination should be outlawed in Juneau. He says everyone no matter their color, sex or sexual orientation is mindful of whether the community they move or travel to will be tolerant.“Even if you’re just going on vacation out of the country you pick countries that you know you’re not going to be attacked or oppressed in,” Carter said. “I’ve been called faggot on the streets of Juneau but it doesn’t happen very often and I don’t feel in danger here and I don’t feel unwelcome here. I think overall Juneau’s been an amazing place.”Kiehl’s ordinance is scheduled for introduction to the Juneau City Assembly Monday. The public will have an opportunity to testify on the ordinance on the Tuesday, June 21.last_img read more

Muslim leaders preach love after mosque attacks

first_imgHigh school students embrace as they give hugs to Muslims waiting for news of their relatives at a community centre, following Friday`s shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand 18 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersNew Zealand Muslim leaders on Monday conveyed messages of love, compassion and appreciation for the community support they had received after a lone gunman attacked two mosques, killing 50 people and injuring dozens more.Mustafa Farouk, the President of Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said the community was in shock and mourning, but was resilient.”We know we are living in a country that we are welcome, that loves us. One of the most beautiful and most peaceful countries in the world,” he told a media conference in Christchurch, where the attack took place on Friday.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.Farouk said the message for those who pedalled hatred was that they had “failed woefully”.”Because what they have done, if anything, is to increase the love and the feeling we have for our own country and we have also seen the tremendous outpouring of love, what we call aroha here in New Zealand.”Some families have expressed frustration that the bodies of almost all victims have not been released while authorities carry out post mortems and investigations.Under Islam it is customary to conduct burials within 24 hours.Rehanna Ali, coordinator of womens affairs’ Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, described the process of preparing the bodies for burial.”These people died in prayer, on their way to prayer, on our holy day, a Friday, in the precincts of our holy places. And faith was what they died for. And so faith is now part of the healing process for their loved ones.”Over the weekend and into Monday, tens of thousands of people flocked to memorial vigils around New Zealand and a victim support website raised more than NZ$5.5 million ($3.8 million).Hundreds visited the sites of the shootings, performing songs, bringing flowers and food, and offering condolences.”Through all of this we try to remember that what we are bringing back to this tragedy, this horror, is a sense of compassion,” Ali told media. “The response to so much hate, has been love.”last_img