Exhibits released to media in trial of man accused of killing offduty

first_imgHALIFAX – Key videos at the trial of a Halifax man accused of killing an off-duty police officer have been released to the media, including one showing a man wheeling a compost bin that was allegedly used to dump Catherine Campbell’s body.The Crown has alleged Christopher Garnier strangled the Truro, N.S., police constable at a north end Halifax apartment on Sept. 11, 2015, and used a green bin to dispose of her body near the Macdonald Bridge.One surveillance video from a nearby business shows a blurry image pulling a green bin towards the McCully Street apartment, and then away from the area minutes later.Another surveillance video released to the media Friday was captured inside the Halifax Alehouse, where Garnier and Campbell had met hours earlier, and shows what a police officer described as a man and a woman embracing and dancing.Also released were photos from inside the apartment — including what a forensic officer described as suspected blood droplets — a diagram of the apartment, and a large overhead map of the neighbourhood.The 29-year-old Garnier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.The exhibits were presented this week at the trial, which got under way in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Monday before a seven-man, seven-woman jury.The trial resumes Monday.last_img read more

I came here knowing I had it all to learn MacAulay reflects

first_imgOTTAWA — The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Canada’s solicitor general Lawrence MacAulay was yanked out of a gathering of justice ministers in Nova Scotia. A plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York City.As he walked into a private room teeming with RCMP officers, a second plane careened into the complex’s south tower. The deadliest domestic terrorist attack in American history.“Honestly, you would not believe it was true,” MacAulay recalls.The Prince Edward Island member of Parliament was a cabinet minister in Jean Chretien’s Liberal government back then, responsible for Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He had been an elected MP for 13 years at that point. He has been re-elected in every election since and, on Nov. 21, marks his 30th anniversary as an MP.Sitting in his Ottawa office overlooking Parliament, MacAulay eyes well up and his voice weakens he remembers the stark events of that day.“To this day it’s emotional for me to talk about this,” he confides.Told by Chretien to get to Ottawa right away, a police escort took him to the Halifax airport, where he was stunned to see the runway transformed into a “parking lot of 747s.”Once their small plane was in the air, the pilot announced it was one of just five planes in North American airspace flying at that moment — two others were the U.S. president’s Air Force One and a decoy.“We thought we might die,” MacAulay said. “You just wonder every second what might happen. I mean, you don’t know … That was a tough day, I can assure you.”Over his 30 years in federal office, MacAulay has travelled the world as a cabinet minister in numerous portfolios, sat on the government backbench, and survived his party’s crushing loss in 2011. Now 72, he’s returned to the cabinet as minister of agriculture.Despite having been part of some of Canada’s biggest national political moments over the last three decades, the farmer-turned-politician turns to stories about his home province of P.E.I. when asked to recall his most memorable milestones.His eyes sparkle when talking of work that saw the white sandy beaches and forest trails of Greenwich Park become part of the national parks system. This cemented the eastern region of the Island, which he represents, as a tourist destination.He all but takes credit for the continuation of the ferry service from his riding to Nova Scotia — once the only way to travel to or from the Island before the Confederation Bridge.“But the most gratifying thing that you can do (is) probably — a single mother on the 20th or 21st of December, to be able to tell her that she’s going to receive her EI cheques before Christmas,” he says, “because you know for sure that’s all that person has.”MacAulay was first elected in 1988, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Pat Binns — who would later become premier of P.E.I. — in an election fought on the merits of Brian Mulroney’s Canada-U.S. free-trade deal.While knocking on doors during that campaign, MacAulay remembers one windy morning when he came upon a home with about 14 half-ton trucks parked outside — a sign the place was filled with local fishermen, who often feel the sting of regulatory decisions made by Ottawa.“I knocked on the door and a lady opened the door, and I said who I was, and she said, ‘Oh my. There’s a bunch of people in the other room who would love to see you’, ” MacAulay recalls. “I can assure you I wasn’t too brave walking down the hall to meet those fishermen. I figured they’d be pretty tough to deal with.”Years later, he came upon the same woman who had opened the door that day. She remarked that whatever he’d said to the fishermen, it seemed to have worked out for him. A lot about his job in Ottawa has changed over the years, he says, holding up his smartphone and remarking that he couldn’t have purchased it for a million dollars when he was first elected.“I came here knowing I had it all to learn. And in my view, it’s a university on world affairs changing basically on a daily basis,” he said. “If you want to stay around, you have to be able to use the social media, you have to be able to deal with the changes that take place.”MacAulay has had some close elections. In 1997 he won by 99 votes, and in 2000 by a couple of hundred. But in 2015 he soared to an 11,000-vote margin.He is known for attending virtually every birthday party, anniversary, wake, funeral or event in the district when he’s not in Ottawa. And when he’s away, his wife Frances attends in his stead.Being “straightforward and honest” is the key to success as a politician, he says — a rule that led MacAulay to a rare personal admission in the House of Commons in 2016.During an emotional statement paying tribute to a clergyman from P.E.I. who’d recently died, MacAulay shared a story of how the clergyman had helped him battle alcohol addiction before his life in politics.That history was not difficult to acknowledge, he says, although it’s not something he has addressed publicly in detail.Pausing for a moment, MacAulay says he wishes all governments would do more to help those battling addictions. After many years sober, he says it’s a fellowship of support he has received over the years that has helped him live a “a totally free life.”“I could walk in front of a trailer truck or I could take a drink of rum if I wished. But you know, I’m not sure which result would be the worst.”So why, after 30 years of balancing constituency work in P.E.I., high-stakes politics and gruelling cross-country travel, does he wish to continue?“Because I like it,” he says. “You can do things that help your own area and that helps the people. And that’s about all there is for me in this world to do.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Child from BC in custody dispute found near UK three years later

first_imgSAANICH, B.C. — A four-year-old girl from Vancouver Island has been found on a small island off the coast of England after allegedly being abducted by her mother more than three years ago, police said Thursday.Police in Saanich, B.C., said Lauren Etchells boarded a flight leaving Canada in 2016 with her young daughter Kaydance, her new partner Marco van der Merwe, and their newborn son, in violation of a court order.Tasha Brown, Kaydance’s other mother, contacted police who say they learned that Etchells travelled with the children throughout Europe and the Middle East, and at some point broke off her relationship with van der Merwe.Interpol published a red notice — an international flag that a person is wanted — and Saanich police received a call on Monday advising that Etchells, her son, Kaydance, and Etchells’ parents had been picked up by police.Police said the group was spotted landing a four-metre inflatable dinghy on the shore just south of St. Catherine in Jersey, a small island in the English Channel, and officers believed they were trying to avoid passport control on U.K. soil.Etchells and her parents pleaded guilty to offences in Jersey and Etchells remained in custody as a result of a provisional arrest warrant for her extradition to Canada, Saanich police said in a news release.Jersey police said in a statement that a 33-year-old woman had pleaded guilty to child neglect and immigration offences, and that a man and woman, both 67, had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting as well as immigration offences.The two children have been placed in foster care and the process of bringing the girl back to Canada has begun, police said.“We are extremely pleased to report that four-year-old Kaydance has been located and is in the care of the appropriate authorities in Jersey. She is in good health, is happy and appears to have been well cared for,” said Sgt. Julie Fast of Saanich police said in the news release.Etchells has previously denied abducting her daughter, telling the Victoria Times Colonist in 2016 that Brown is not legally a parent to Kaydance.She said they conceived Kaydance through a sperm donor and Brown’s name was taken off the birth certificate when the two were planning a move to Qatar, where same-sex marriage is illegal.The two married in 2012 and separated in 2015, and Etchells said she was given full custody but Brown was fighting for equal custody rights. She said in 2016 she feared that if she returned to Canada, Kaydance and her son would be put in foster care.“I am a good mother who has done nothing but love and care for her children and it would not be in either of my children’s best interests for me to be separated from them,” she told the newspaper in 2016.Van der Merwe also told the newspaper earlier that year that when he boarded the flight in 2016 he did not know Etchells and Kaydance were barred from leaving Canada.Brown said in a statement released by Saanich police on Thursday that she is grateful to learn that Kaydance is in good health and good care.“I am celebrating today,” Brown said, adding that she is meeting with her lawyer and other agencies to bring the child to Canada.“But I can’t celebrate 100 per cent yet. Not until Kaydance is back in Canada.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sara Bareilles To Perform At NASCAR Foundation NYC Fete

first_imgThe NASCAR Foundation will host their first-ever NYC fete to celebrate 10 Years of Giving and to honor its Founder Betty Jane France, who passed away unexpectedly last month.Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will perform at the gala.Expected to attend are honoree Mark Lazarus (Chairman, NBC Sports Group); Hosted by The France Family, including Brian France (CEO and Chairman of NASCAR) and Amy France; featured performer Sara Bareilles; NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Rusty Wallace; NASCAR Champions and Rising Stars including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., Julia Landauer, Mike Helton; and special guests Lesa France Kennedy, Krista Voda, Ben Kennedy, Adrienne C. Moore (Actress, “Orange is the New Black”) and many more.The evening will honor those who have demonstrated admirable commitment to and support of children’s health initiatives through numerous awards, including first-ever NASCAR Foundation Founder’s Award, honoring one who has made significant contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children; the Speediactrics Children’s Champion Award to a medical professional who has showcased significant contributions, leadership and dedication to enriching the lives of children; the Betty France Humanitarian Award, presented by Nationwide, to the NASCAR fan who has shown tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children in their communities;The benefit will also launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund and present a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner Jeff Hanson.WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 
WHERE: Marriot Marquis 1365 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets)NYCMORE: For more information and tickets, visit www.nascarfoundation.org/Honorsgala.last_img read more

National Bank reports fourthquarter profit up from year ago raises dividend

first_imgMONTREAL – National Bank of Canada raised its dividend as it reported fourth-quarter net income grew to $525 million.The bank (TSX:NA) increased its quarterly payment to its common shareholders by two cents to 60 cents per share.The move came as National Bank says its net income amounted to $1.39 per diluted share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up from $307 million or 78 cents per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $1.70 billion, up from $1.57 billion.Excluding specified items, the bank said it earned $531 million or $1.40 per diluted share in the quarter, up from $463 million or $1.24 per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of $1.38 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.“The fourth quarter concludes a record year for the Bank in which its net income exceeded $2 billion for the first time,” National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon said in a statement Friday.“This excellent performance was driven by revenue growth across all of the bank’s business segments and by an effective management of operating costs.”Provisions for credit losses in the fourth quarter totalled $70 million, up from $59 million a year ago, due to its Credigy subsidiary, partly offset by lower provisions recorded for commercial banking loans.Personal and commercial banking earned $239 million in the quarter, up from $191 million a year ago, while wealth management earned $116 million, up from $92 million.Financial markets earned $186 million, up from $176 million, and U.S specialty finance and international earned $55 million, up from $21 million.For its full financial year, National Bank earned $2.02 billion or $5.38 per diluted share, up from $1.26 billion or $3.29 per diluted share in the previous year.Excluding specified items, the bank earned $2.04 billion or $5.45 per diluted share, up from $1.61 billion or $4.35 billion.Note to readers: CORRECTS figures in pentultimate graflast_img read more

Trudeau talks trade with Mexican president ahead of meeting with Pence in

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Two of the three political leaders with the most at stake at the NAFTA table huddled Friday behind closed doors, their most senior trade lieutenants alongside, in hopes of unlocking a mutually beneficial solution to the cross-border conundrum posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto gathered on the sidelines of a major international summit in Peru’s capital, along with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pulled out of the summit at the last minute, sending his deputy, C. J. Mahoney, in his place.The sit-down, the first face-to-face between the two leaders since November, comes at a critical time, with Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all looking for a breakthrough in the ongoing effort to update the North American Free Trade Agreement — and Trump’s wild-card trade strategies doing little to clear the air.It was also a chance for Trudeau to take stock of Mexico’s position — and perhaps share strategies — before the prime minister heads into a meeting Saturday with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence.Pence is in Peru instead of Trump, who was originally scheduled to attend but decided against it at the last minute, ostensibly to deal with the American response to a chemical attack in Syria.Freeland described the conversation between Trudeau and Pena Nieto as “a good one,” even as she expressed optimism about the state of NAFTA negotiations, which are continuing in Washington this weekend.“Canada and Mexico found that we’re very much on the same page in believing that now is the moment to very, very intensely engage and to really enter a new stage, a new rhythm, a new level of negotiations,” she told reporters after the sitdown.The meeting between the Canadian and Mexican leaders came one day after U.S. officials indicated they were willing to soften their demands on autos, which Trump followed by warning that he was willing to renegotiate “forever.”Freeland refused to speculate on these apparently competing messages, even as she said all trade negotiations are subject to “moments of drama.”“There certainly have been moments of drama in the past,” she said of the NAFTA talks. “And I will make a prediction … there are more dramatic moments (coming) in the days to come. And we should not be distracted by those.”Trudeau’s meetings with Pena Nieto and Pence come as the three are attending the Summit of the Americas, which is held every four years and brings together leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.The prime minister started his day Friday by meeting Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who served as Peru’s ambassador to Canada before the previous president was forced to resign over a scandal last month.Trudeau delivered a 10-minute address to business leaders from across the Americas encouraging them to invest in Canada, noting that the country has free trade agreements with dozens of countries around the world.Even as his government struggles to deal with a pipeline crisis at home, one that has forced him to return to Canada on Sunday before resuming his travels to Europe, Trudeau pitched his country as a great place to invest, telling hundreds of business leaders “that big things can get done in Canada.”More than half the countries with which Canada has free trade agreements are in the Americas, Trudeau said, and the hope is to add a deal with Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, to that tally.“Even in this age where the value of trade is being questioned by some, we have successfully negotiated landmark agreements with Europe and with Asia,” Trudeau added – a not-so subtle dig at protectionists like Trump.The prime minister went on to emphasize Canada’s skilled labour force, low unemployment and debt-to-GDP ratio, recent federal investments in infrastructure and a new investment agency as proof that Canada is open for business.The message appeared well received, and Kenneth Frankel, president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, said the region offers a natural opportunity for Canada – particularly as it looks for a northern partner who isn’t Trump.Yet Siegfried Kiefer, president of Calgary-based engineering firm Atco Ltd., said Latin American leaders have told him they need massive new investments in infrastructure to grow their economies first.On that front, Canada’s own record on infrastructure and “national-interest projects” has room for improvement, Kiefer said, including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, which is at the centre of a fierce battle between the Alberta and B.C. governments.“The business community is generally looking for proof in the pudding,” he said.“The public unrest relative to some of these projects is really what you’re trying to deal with. And that in my mind deals with how do you gain the trust of the people of the country that you have looked at the merits of the project objectively.”Trudeau’s day also included hosting a lunch with representatives from the 15-country Caribbean Community, where he announced $25 million in new funding to help the region deal with natural disasters such as hurricanes.The prime minister also met with Chilean President Sebastien Pinera, who took office in March and whose country is an important political and trade partner with Canada.– Follow @leeberthiaume on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had a typo in Siegfried Kiefer’s first name.last_img read more

Pioneering legal pot states aim to ease rules on industry

SEATTLE — Washington and Colorado took a strict approach when they launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition five years ago. Now lawmakers in both states are on the verge of easing the rules.Licensed pot businesses say they’ve been stifled by restrictions on out-of-state ownership and investment.Many of the other eight states that have since legalized recreational marijuana have taken a more permissive approach, and that has Washington and Colorado worried their industries could fall behind as investment dollars go elsewhere.Lawmakers in both states are considering legislation that would ease bans or restrictions on out-of-state ownership and capital.Washington lawmakers are also considering a more lenient view of rules violations, making it less likely businesses will lose their licenses for things like sloppy record-keeping.Gene Johnson, The Associated Press read more

US sales OKd for cigarette alternative that heats tobacco

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials will allow Philip Morris International to sell a cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it.But the Food and Drug Administration has not yet decided whether to allow the device, iQOS (EYE-kose), to be advertised as less harmful than cigarettes. Without that key marketing pitch, analysts expect limited use of the penlike device.The device is the centerpiece of the company’s effort to shift the shrinking market of U.S. smokers toward alternative tobacco products.FDA regulators stressed Tuesday that the device is not safe, but studies submitted by the company did show it produces fewer toxic byproducts than traditional burning cigarettes. It will be sold in the U.S. by Altria, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, and subject to laws that ban television and radio advertising of cigarettes.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press read more

Iran Ban troubled by reports of violent extinction of election protests in

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply troubled” by reports of excessive force, arbitrary arrests and possible torture in the suppression of protests over the disputed Iranian presidential elections, in a report to the General Assembly on the country’s human rights situation that was released today.Mr. Ban urged the Government and the opposition to peacefully resolve their differences through dialogue and legal means, while describing the public debate during the election campaign, the high level of participation of the electorate in the 12 June polls and the peaceful post-election demonstrations as positive signs of the vitality of civil and political life.“The handling by authorities of the protests that followed has raised concerns about respect for freedom of expression, assembly and association, the use of force in policing demonstrations and the treatment of and due process afforded to detainees,” Mr. Ban wrote in the report.Mr. Ban said that following the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory, tens of thousands of supporters of the other candidates took to the streets over several days to protest the result, with national television reporting the death of seven people after violence erupted.“There is no accurate measure of the number of casualties during the protests, but numerous media reports have cited at least 20 people killed and many more injured during the demonstrations,” stressed Mr. Ban.He noted that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay led a chorus of UN rights experts voicing concern over the use of excessive police force, arbitrary arrests and killings, in particular reported acts of violence by members of the Basij militia.As the protests grew, authorities restricted the media by blocking websites, banning them from unauthorized demonstrations and implementing new restrictions requiring journalists to obtain permission before leaving the office to cover any story. Iranian authorities also sought to block the use of social networking and other websites that had been used to broadcast information and visual images of the protests internationally. Mr. Ban highlighted the death of Neda Agha Soltan, a young woman who was shot in the chest during a demonstration in Tehran. The incident received widespread international attention as a result of its wide circulation via the Internet.Among the other human rights issues covered in the report, the Secretary-General spotlighted the execution of juveniles as a specific area for concern.“The imposition of the death penalty on individuals who commit crimes while under the age of 18 is a breach of both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the Islamic Republic of Iran is a party.”Iranian authorities executed eight teenagers in 2008, and by the end of September three juveniles had been put to death in 2009, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group also said that from 1990 to 2009 Iran had executed 41 juveniles, accounting for more than half of the reported executions of children worldwide.On 11 October, Behnoud Shojaie was executed for the murder of another boy in a street fight when both were 17 years old, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 15 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply troubled” by reports of excessive force, arbitrary arrests and possible torture in the suppression of protests over the disputed Iranian presidential elections, in a report to the General Assembly on the country’s human rights situation that was released today. read more

Citing economic toll on Palestinians Ban calls for end to Israeli occupation

“Economic progress cannot be reached and sustained absent a credible political solution on the horizon,” Mr. Ban told participants at the UN Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, which is taking place in Cairo and organized by the General Assembly’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.Mr. Ban got a first-hand look at the situation on the ground and challenges on the road to peace during his trip to the region last week that included stops in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. “During my visit, I clearly saw the high economic cost of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory. I reiterated my long-standing call for an end to the occupation that began in 1967 and an end to the conflict,” he said in his message, which was delivered by Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Maxwell Gaylard, who is also Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory. “The issue of settlements, which are illegal and hurt prospects for a negotiated solution, clearly has an economic dimension. Settlements and their infrastructure severely restrict access to land and natural resources by the Palestinian people,” he said. This is further compounded by settler violence, he said, adding that Israeli restrictions on free movement remain another vast impediment to Palestinian economic viability in the West Bank.“This situation is unacceptable,” stated Mr. Ban. “As I said during my visit, notwithstanding Israeli steps to facilitate economic growth, occupation measures which stifle Palestinian life must be rolled back.” This is especially important, he noted, as the Palestinian Authority has built the institutions essential for a functioning democracy and a future Palestinian State. “Now is the time to build on that progress. Israel can make a critical contribution to consolidating these achievements, preparing the ground for a negotiated, two-State solution.” The Secretary-General also voiced concern about the “fragile” financial situation of the Palestinian Authority, warning that continued shortfalls could challenge the “impressive” progress in institution-building. He called on donors to deliver their 2012 contributions to the Authority as soon as possible.He also called once again for immediate action on the closure of the Gaza Strip, stressing that the full opening of legitimate crossings for the import of construction materials is critical for Gaza’s economic recovery, and would enable badly needed reconstruction activities. “Exports, a critical component of any economy, should be allowed to resume at scale, including transfers to the West Bank and Israel,” he stated. “All these policy changes can be implemented with due consideration for Israel’s legitimate security concerns, while making a significant difference in the lives of many ordinary Gazans.”Mr. Ban voiced the hope that the direct talks begun last month between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will soon lead to substantive negotiations aimed at reaching an agreement for a two-State solution by the end of this year, as envisaged by the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping consisting of the UN, European Union, United States and Russia.“Both Israeli and Palestinian leaders must show the vision, courage and determination necessary to overcome the current mistrust and reach an historic peace agreement that meets the legitimate aspirations of both sides,” said the Secretary-General. “A two-State solution is long overdue. The status quo is unacceptable; it only guarantees continued conflict and suffering.In a related development, Mr. Ban today spoke by telephone with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and voiced hope that he will remain engaged in the dialogue facilitated by King Abdullah II of Jordan in an effort to resolve the Middle East conflict.Discussions also touched on unity talks between Mr. Abbas and the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, in Qatar and the formation of a new Palestinian unity government.“The Secretary-General emphasized that the United Nations has consistently supported Palestinian reconciliation within the framework of the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] principles and under the leadership of President Abbas,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Ban pointed out that the two tracks – Palestinian reconciliation and negotiations with Israel – should not be seen as contradictory and mutually exclusive.Media reports earlier today indicated that Mr. Abbas would lead a Palestinian unity government following a meeting in Doha with Mr. Meshaal. The new interim administration would then make arrangements for elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, according to the reports. 6 February 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call for progress in the Middle East peace process, citing the toll taken on the economy and lives of the Palestinians by the ongoing Israeli occupation. read more

Financing for development key to ensuring human dignity UN panel told

“We must pursue, both individually and collectively, strategies that aim to give everyone decent life chances and that seek to ensure realization of all human rights – civil and political, economic, social and cultural as well as the right to development,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson told a committee preparing for next year’s International Conference on Financing for Development.The Preparatory Committee, meeting for the second day at UN Headquarters in New York, also heard from Angela King, the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, who said that formal programmes to promote savings and entrepreneurship had tended to neglect women.According to Ms. King, that situation was largely a result of the perception that women were dependent on men, and their income was supplementary and of less importance for household survival. Contrary to that view however, studies had shown that women’s income was critical for family well-being, as women tend to allocate a greater share of their income to health, education and nutrition-related expenditures.The Conference, to be held from 18 to 22 March 2002 in Monterrey, Mexico, will seek to address broad development concerns, primarily, obstacles faced by developing countries in mobilizing the resources needed to finance their development and to fulfil the social and humanitarian goals set by global conferences of the past decade. Other key issues include cross-border investment; international trade; official development assistance; debt relief and the international financial architecture. read more

Tiger Woods Voted PGA Tour Player of The Year

Tiger Woods has officially been voted by his peers PGA Tour Player of the Year for the 11th time, based on five big wins and his return to No.1 player in the world.Friday morning, the PGA announced the results and Woods had the votes.“It’s been an incredible year to have won five times, two of those World Golf Championships and one Players,” Woods said on a conference call Friday. “It’s been just a fantastic year all around. It’s also an incredible feeling to be voted by your peers, and to have that type of respect is something that’s very humbling.”On the ballot with Woods was British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar. The PGA does not release the percentage of votes, so we will never know who finished second.Also, this is the third time that Woods has won the Jack Nicklaus Award while losing the majors. He is the only player to win the award more than twice, since it began in 1990. read more

Rising star Hetmyer teams up with BCB to launch Intermediate Cricket

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019: 5 Berbicians in Warriors’ power-packed teamMay 31, 2019In “latest news”BCB/Shimron Hetmyer Intermediate 40 overs: Albion stroll into final after 127-run win over Tucber ParkMarch 31, 2019In “latest news”Powell; the interim ODI Captain: Was it the right decision?December 7, 2018In “latest news” Shimron HetmyerBerbice Cricket Board (BCB) President Hilbert Foster and Windies rising star Shimron Hetmyer recently met to discuss the development of cricket in the county as they plan the launching of the Shimron Hetmyer Intermediate Cricket Tournament.Hetmyer readily agreed to sponsor the Intermediate Tournament as the BCB strives to host 30 cricket tournaments in 2019 after successfully completing 25 of the 30 tournaments started in 2018. The Intermediate Tournament will be opened to all teams in Berbice and will see teams being allowed to play four First-Division Players per game.Only Berbicians will be allowed to play while a player who has played more than three 40-Over, 50-Over and Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise matches in 2019 shall be called a First-Division Player.Under-19 players shall be considered First-Division while a list of senior players has been debarred. They include Hetmyer himself, Veerasammy Permaul, Clinton Pestano, Romario Shepherd, Devendra Bishoo, Assad Fudadin and Gajanand Singh.Teams such as Rose Hall Town Bakewell, Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant, Young Warriors, Blairmont Community Centre, Achievers, Tucber Park, Rose Hall Canje, Skeldon, Edinburgh and Mount Sinai are expected to be part of the Tournament, which will be played on a 50-over knockout basis.The BCB President heaped praises on Hetmyer for giving back to the county and urged him to continue being a positive role model to the thousands of youths in Berbice who looked up to him for inspiration. Foster committed the Board to organising a high-class tournament with the final scheduled to follow Hetmyer’s return from the Indian Premier League (IPL) Tournament in India.Foster announced that 2019 will be another record-breaking year for Berbice as the Cricket Board builds on the remarkable progress made in 2018. Foster also stated that cricket would be played at the Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Under-21, Second-Division, Double-Wicket, First-Division, female, intermediate, internal zone, primary school, and secondary school levels while dozens of developmental programmes will also be organised.Hetmyer, the 18th male to play Test Cricket from Berbice, stated that he was delighted to sponsor the tournament as he strongly believes in giving back. The BCB, he stated, was doing a great job at promoting the game, and he recalled playing a similar tournament during his early days at the Young Warriors Cricket Club. He committed himself to playing a major role in the development of Berbice cricket while discussing other areas of interest with the BCB President. read more

Dont Worry Theres A New Giant Gundam Statue Coming to Tokyo Once

first_img It’s been a little while since Japan was originally without its original life-sized Gundam statue, but it’s getting another one as we speak. There’s another giant robot coming to roost in Tokyo, Japan. On September 24, the new statue will finally have been completed in the Odaiba neighborhood of Tokyo, where the full-size statue of the Unicorn Gundam mecha has been completed and is waiting for more people to come and take photos with it. That’s what it is, after all, a tourist magnet. I’m already ready to go check it out.The RX-0 has been under construction on the 64.6-foot behemoth or some time now, working what seems like around the clock to bring it to fruition. As you can see from the Twitter user’s snap below, it looks like it only needs a little bit of work to complete the total package, like some special graphics and other coats of paint that still need to come together, and then it looks like it’s on its way to being ready.職場が近いといつでもこれていいなすげぇ迫力あってかっこいい(*´ω`*)#ユニコーンガンダム立像 pic.twitter.com/FLZ2G4xCzu— ゆたか@ほんの少し (@aixeg100_ng) August 23, 2017Thinking about visiting? The good news is that you’ll be able to as long as you’re in the vicinity pretty much at any time since it’s so huge anyone can walk up, snap a photo, or take a selfie while basking in the statue’s grandeur. And who wouldn’t be impressed by a giant Gundam in real life? If you’re making the otaku’s required sojourn to Japan, make sure you head to Tokyo and keep a lookout for the giant mech statue hanging out around you.Just a hunch, and I’m no expert, but you probably can’t miss that huge thing. Next, let’s have an enormous Evangelion statue hanging out in the city. We can slap it somewhere in the United States. I’d be totally fine with that.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Most Awesome ‘Gundam’ ToysThe 11 Dumbest Character Names in Mobile Suit Gundam last_img read more

Scholarship Fundraiser for children with autism at Mango Reef

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Tonight features the first Blue Gala of the Hope Autism Awareness Foundation which is raising money for its scholarship fund and the upkeep of its Autism classroom, which is located at the Mills Institute.   The gala is set for Mango Reef restaurant and will also showcase fabulous prizes in a silent auction.   That gets started at 7pm and tickets are $70.#MagneticMediaNews#BlueGalaEvent#HopeFoundationfundraiser Related Items:#BlueGalaEvent, #HopeFoundationfundraiser, #magneticmedianewslast_img

Bianchi wants Napoli to overcome victim mentality

first_imgNapoli legend Ottavio Bianchi has urged his former side to get rid of the “victim mentality” if they want to make exploits in the modern game.Bianchi who won the Scudetto with Napoli believes It’s the only area where they haven’t grown exponentially ahead of tonight’s game with Milan.“In some ways, the only area where Napoli haven’t grown exponentially over the years is in their victim mentality. That’s just an extra chance given to the opposition. He disclosed to Football Italia.“In my days, Napoli would fight to avoid relegation one year and finish mid-table the other. At that time, you knew you were representing a great city, but now you are representing a big club too.“Now the club has been at the top for years, a side with a precise identity and Carlo Ancelotti can now ‘make the most’ of Maurizio Sarri’s work, adding his own ideas to build on the existing project.Do not miss out on the Serie A action tonight!⚽️📢AC Milan takes on Napoli by 7:30 pm.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Searching for high odds?🤔Bet on our https://t.co/OUHKpAWnGj Special Pick👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/ZTABnFL8Bb— BLACKBET.NG (@BlackbetNG) January 26, 2019“Ancelotti has done really well to not completely tear it down and start again. He is getting the best out of his players with squad rotation, not going overboard. They say the best Coach is the one that does the least damage.”Nonetheless, Juventus are still streaking out in front on their way to a potential eighth consecutive Scudetto.“Juve are putting together results that can never be repeated, but it’s also because all their challengers have fallen at more or less the same time. If Inter, Milan and Roma return to playing at a certain level, it’ll be easier also for Napoli to challenge Juve.”last_img read more

Shining light on sunscreen

first_imgWalking down the sunscreen aisle can be intimidating. Sunscreen bottles advertise a range of protection, from SPF 15 to SPF 100. Some sunscreens are aimed at children, others are specifically for use on the face. There are sunscreen creams and sprays and gels and wax sticks. And there are dozens of brands offering some or all of the varieties. “People can be paralyzed by the choices,” said Dr. Craig Hersh, a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente.Hersh points to the recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology when it comes to selecting the right sunscreen. The academy recommends using a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or greater and water resistance. Sun protection factorSunscreen with an SPF, or sun protection factor, of 30 will block 97 percent of the sun’s rays. Higher SPFs offer slightly more protection — fractions of percentage points — but nothing can block 100 percent of rays. For those reasons, SPF 30 sunscreen is usually sufficient, Hersh said. “Anything higher than that doesn’t really add anything,” he said.Regardless of the SPF, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating, Hersh said. An adequate amount of sunscreen is about 1 ounce — the size of a shot glass — for the body and one tablespoon for the face, he said.Sunscreen should be applied about 15-20 minutes before going outside, Hersh said.Broad-spectrum protectionSunlight consists of two types of ultraviolet light: UVA and UVB. Over-exposure to either can lead to skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.last_img read more

Dont scrap PG courses in SRBGNR College SFI

first_imgKhammam: Students Federation of India (SFI) has appealed to the government to continue post graduate courses in SR&BGNR College.A delegation of SFI leaders met the local MLA Puvvada Ajay Kumar at his camp office and submitted a memorandum in this regard. The federation leaders appeal to the MLA not to scrap the Post-Graduation (PG) courses at SR&BGNR College in Khammam. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us They said that the government is planning to scrap the PG courses in the college from this academic session, and added that the students who are want to pursue the PG courses will be in great trouble if the courses are not discontinued in the college. MLA Ajay Kumar, who gave the patient hearing to the delegation, promised that he would do his best to solve the issue. Federation Ch Ramesh, Nagaraju, J Ashok, B Hemanth and B Praveen were present.last_img read more

Police stabbed assailant shot at UK parliament

first_imgPolice tapes off Parliament Square after reports of loud bangs, in London. Photo: ReutersBritish police shot a suspected attacker outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday after an officer was stabbed in what police said was a “terrorist” incident.The building in the heart of the British capital was immediately sealed off and MPs and staff ordered to remain inside.David Lidington, the leader of parliament’s lower House of Commons who is responsible for arranging government business, told MPs: “What I am able to say to the house is there has been a serious incident.”It seems that a police officer has been stabbed, that the alleged assailant was shot by armed police.”There are also reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster,” he said.He said he could not go into further details until there was confirmation from the police and security authorities.Prime minister Theresa May is safe, a statement from her Downing Street office said, and she was seen getting into a car and being driven away from parliament.Lidington said an air ambulance was at the scene to take away casualties.TV pictures showed traffic halted on the nearby Westminster Bridge and emergency vehicles swarming around. The busy bridge was completely shut off to traffic.Armed police swarmed to the area which was quickly sealed off to the public.The incident came on the same day that Belgium was marking a year since its most deadly attack, when 32 people were killed in suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and a metro station.In July 2005, four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attacked London’s transport system during rush hour, killing 52 people.Two weeks later, there was an attempt to carry out a second wave of attacks.A spokesman for the House of Commons told AFP: “We can confirm that the sitting has been suspended in the Commons at the moment. We are aware of a security incident that has taken place.”London’s metropolitan police said on Twitter: “We were called at approx 2:40 pm to reports of an incident at Westminster Bridge. Being treated as a firearms incident — police on the scene.”Officers — including firearms officers — are on scene and dealing with the incident.”A staff member in parliament, who did not want to be named, told AFP: “I definitely heard shots. I saw someone in dark clothing go down.”Westminster station on the London Underground train network, which is opposite the Houses of Parliament, was closed over to the incident.Read more:UK parliament in lockdown after ‘shots fired’Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament: Reuterslast_img read more

7 Musts to Maximize Your Companys Mobile Strategy

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read For the first time, mobile devices outnumber people. This milestone underscores one crucial fact for entrepreneurs: as the number of mobile devices rises, so do their importance.Eighty-five percent of consumers believe their mobile devices are essential to daily life. Clearly, the mobile interface is crucial for consumers, and the savvy businesses that hope to connect with them increasingly choose to do so via smartphones and tablets. A mobile strategy can help companies of all sizes reach more customers and help maintain a strong industry advantage.Related: Do You Need an App for That? Take This Quiz to Find Out.But creating a mobile strategy involves more than building an app. A great strategy ensures that your in-person, mobile and traditional online experiences communicate a cohesive message that motivates customers to interact with your business. Here are seven ways to maximize your mobile efforts:1. Align your strategies.You might be tempted to jump on this month’s trend, but if that fad doesn’t align with your growth strategy, it’s worthless. My company, for instance, has developed a mobile strategy to meet our goal to better connect with customers.Also keep in mind that the average paid app only brings in $500 a month in revenue to a developer. That amount is a waste of time for most businesses, so ensure your app is anything but average to make your mobile strategy worthwhile.2. Design great experiences.Focus on delivering a customer experience that enables users to interact with your brand in new and exciting ways. The majority of users expect their apps to load within two seconds, and 85 percent of users prefer an app to a mobile website. You’ve probably experienced the frustrations of viewing a mobile website with a distorted layout and difficult navigation. So develop your app with the goal of alleviating these frustrations.3. Use application programming interfaces.APIs allow two systems to communicate with each other, which helps you avoid building features from scratch. Up to 75 percent of Twitter’s traffic is a result of its API, meaning much of its user growth stems from third-party apps. Think about how you can leverage the existing user network of other apps to grow your user base.Related: 3 Ways to Grab an Early Piece of the $500 Billion Opportunity in Mobile Marketing4. Make your strategy scalable.The smartphone market is forecasted to grow by more than 10 percent every year for the next four or five years, and the number of mobile app downloads is projected to double in the next three years. Given these rates, your mobile strategy must be flexible, so allow and plan for rapid growth.5. Foster a streamlined experience.Align your mobile experience with your webpage experience so users can switch between devices. Only 16 percent of users will try a buggy app more than twice, so the transition should be smooth. Spotify, for example, has a seamless mobile and desktop component. If users are listening to a song during their commute, they can pick up where they left off when they sit down at their desktop.6. Build a strong team.A bare-bones app can cost $10,000 to develop, and developing a graphics-intensive app can cost millions. Having a solid team of developers is critical to building successful apps. An in-house development team is a start. It’ll give you the technical chops to execute your plan, and you won’t have to go back and forth with an outside contractor to get a feature implemented.7. Secure your customers’ data.If you handle client data, information security is crucial. Implement data encryption, and address customer privacy when you consult with cloud vendors. With an increase in bring-your-own-device practices, the array of devices and platforms makes you vulnerable, so do everything you can to secure confidential data and give your customers the peace of mind they deserve.Flipboard is an example of a brand that’s effectively implemented a mobile strategy. The digital magazine is completely mobile. In many ways, it transformed magazine reading into an enjoyable experience for smartphone and tablet users. Its features even allow users to create their own magazines, enabling individuals with similar interests to unite.A mobile strategy that’s tailored to your startup’s goals and connected to your customers’ needs can help you connect with your target audience on a deeper level. A strong mobile strategy can also accelerate your company’s growth on a promising trajectory. Related: 5 Ways Mobile Web Games Can Amp Up Your Marketing March 10, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more