Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

first_imgAs the Toronto Raptors gear up for a game that could mark a milestone in team history, fans at home and abroad are making preparations of their own.Social media was abuzz with talk of organizing viewing parties for Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between the Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks, blowing off long-held plans to tune in the game, and finding ways to modify previously scheduled events to include their favourite team.The Raptors currently lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-2, and a win on Saturday night would vault the team into the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.Calgary native Braden Lunn is hoping his friend’s birthday festivities can turn into a Raptors victory party instead.The 26-year-old software developer says he and his Ontario-born girlfriend will be the only Raptors fans at the party, held in honour of an avid Bucks booster.Lunn says he intends to make sure the game is aired at the Seattle-based winery where the party is taking place, adding the drinks expected to flow would make the perfect celebratory touch.“We’re going to roll it into a Raptors win,” he said.But Lunn’s confidence is tempered by what happened the last time he and his girlfriend spent time with the birthday girl and her partner. The two couples got together to indulge their friendly rivalry during the first two games of the Raptors-Bucks series, both Toronto losses.“I’m pretty superstitious, so I’m worried that now that I’m watching games with them again the Raptors are going to lose,” he said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”Closer to the Raptors’ home base, fans were already laying plans to flock to Jurassic Park, the tailgate zone near the team’s home arena that’s hosted game viewings since the playoffs began.Others mused on Twitter about ways they could alter their previous engagements to accommodate what they hope will be a date with destiny.“My daughters wedding is Saturday, do you think she would mind if I missed it?” quipped one Twitter user.“Gonna be streaming Raptors game while DJing Saturday’s wedding,” wrote another.Others are getting ready for the game by placing bets on the prospective antics of Drake, the Toronto rapper who’s become a vocal and polarizing ambassador for his home team.SportsBetting.ag began taking bets on Friday over the Drake-related shenanigans that could unfold during Game six.Possible options included whether Drake touches Raptors head coach Nick Nurse like he did in Game 4, and whether Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will speak to Drake.Other wagers on offer include: Will Drake step onto the court? Will the NBA publicly warn Drake regarding his on-court behaviour? Will Drake be removed from Game 6 by security?Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BTIG Announces Charity Day 2016

first_imgBTIG, LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research and related brokerage services, announced today that it will host its 14th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.The event will take place across BTIG’s 14 global locations including its U.S. offices and affiliate office locations in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a global initiative supported by the firm’s institutional and corporate client base, in addition to employees across four continents and a diverse and growing list of celebrity guest traders. Each year, BTIG donates the day’s commissions to charities, many of them supporting children in need. Throughout the day, cultural icons, all-star athletes, top-recording artists and celebrities from film and television act as guest traders alongside the firm’s institutional trading team, while clients partner with some of their favorite stars to support meaningful causes.“Our participants work to make BTIG Commissions for Charity Day a great success each year. We are honored by the dedication demonstrated by clients and our celebrity partners, and are very proud of our team’s continued commitment to donating to hundreds of organizations around the world,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG.BTIG pioneered its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, raising funds for three charities in the U.S. In the last thirteen years as BTIG has grown, so has BTIG Commissions for Charity Day. Since the inception of the event, BTIG has raised more than US$35 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from this event in 2015. Charities are nominated by clients and celebrity guest traders, and the firm encourages the selection of child-focused charities.Celebrities committed to join BTIG this year so far include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Petra Nemcova, Mark Teixeira, Victor Cruz, Joe Girardi and Bruce Beck. Some of the previous participants have included Allan Houston, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Blake Griffin, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Bridget Moynahan, Brooke Shields, Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chris Mullin, Chrissy Teigen, Damaris Lewis, David Diehl, David Muir, David Wright, Doug Ellin, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Geoffrey Zakarian, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Namath, John McEnroe, John Starks, John Sterling, Josh Capon, K. Lee Graham, Kelly Ripa, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Matt Dillon, Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, Mike Maccagnan, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Robinson, Rebecca Jarvis, Reggie Jackson, Rex Ryan, Rick DiPietro, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Tutan Reyes and Woody Johnson in New York; Barry Bonds, Joe Morgan, Marshawn Lynch, Ronnie Lott and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Jason Collins, Marcus Allen, Michelle Monaghan and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Aled Jones MBE, Brian Conley, Charlie Webster, Francine Lewis, Jamie Laing, Miles Jupp, Pandora, Sinitta and Vogue Williams in London.“Driven by passion to help those in need, we are inspired by the success stories that come from the charities we collaborate with each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of BTIG. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this event and we are grateful for our supporters, many of whom continue to participate year after year.”BTIG plans to announce additional celebrity participants throughout the coming monthslast_img read more

The Huffington Post Launches Video Series Celebs Have Issues

first_imgHuffPost Originals announced today the launch of “Celebs Have Issues”, an original video series aimed at solving the world’s problems one comedy sketch at a time.Each star-studded episode spoofs a commercial, promo, or PSA and puts serious causes such as equal pay, transgender rights, and mental health in the spotlight, using wit and laughter as a means to fight the good fight.Each week, celebrities including Kristen Bell, Drew & Jonathan Scott, Mayim Bialik, Ty Burrell and Reid Scott will star in a custom sketch highlighting a cause of their choosing. Each individual episode will align with a charity in order to promote awareness – from I Am That Girl and Straight But Not Narrow to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Kids In The Spotlight. The Huffington Post will work with these celebrities to create a real difference while making audiences laugh along the way.In the premiere episode, debuted this week, Kristen Bell stars as a hilarious advocate for the very unfunny issue of women’s inequality in the workplace. The episode begs the question, “Why outsource all your production to far away countries like India, China and Narnia when we have the cheapest and best workforce right here in the good ole’ US of A: Women.” Looking for employees who smell nice, bring in baked goods and don’t complain about their working conditions? Pinksourcing is the answer for you.Click here to watch the full episode online. New episodes will be available every Wednesday.last_img read more

RCMP investigating double homicide on Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN National NewsA Yukon mother who lost her daughter 10 years ago now joins her on the list of the murdered and missing Indigenous women as Whitehorse RCMP investigate a double homicide of two First Nation women.Police said Sarah MacIntosh, 53, a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and Wendy Margaret Carlick, 51, from the Kaska Nation were found together in the same home.Elaine Shorty lives in McIntyre and has known MacIntosh since they were children.She said it’s devastating and tragic news.“Sarah had a heart of gold and a soft soul, she would never hurt anybody and it’s really shocking,” she said. “Especially Wendy, her daughter was murdered and that’s unsolved almost 10 years ago.”Sarah MacIntosh.A hiker found the body of 19-year-old Angel Carlick in a shallow grave in a rural subdivision outside of Whitehorse in November 2007 six months after she went missing from downtown Whitehorse and just days before her high school graduation.In an interview with APTN during the annual sisters in spirit march held every year on October 4th, Wendy Carlick wore white in honour of her daughter“Everyday I think of my daughter so I want to be dressed in white for Angel for the angel that she is,” she said.Angel Carlick’s death laid heavy on her mother. She would get yearly updates in April from the police.Tributes have sprung up around the city in memory of the slain women and the First Nation has a sacred fire burning in the community for members to gather and pray.Whitehorse RCMP isn’t releasing any more details as they continue to investigate this scene and another suspicious death.Greg Alvin Dawson, 45, also from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation was found in a Whitehorse home on April 6.According to police, foul play could not be ruled out in his death.Elaine Shorty says she’s fearful for her community“The reality is that our community is unsafe and why is it unsafe i don’t’ know it’s been really quiet it’s been very quiet at night, normally you would see people wandering the streets but it’s quiet,” she said. “I think people are really afraid. It’s devastating you don’t’ even see the street people out and who wants to live like that.”RCMP say the public is not at risksmclean@aptn.calast_img read more

BJP to reveal Modi govts works toward fulfilling 2014 promises

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP is set to come out with details of the Modi government’s works toward fulfilling the promises it had made in its manifesto in 2014, with party sources asserting that over 520 of a total of 549 assurances given were either met or work on them is successfully going on. The decision assumes significance as ahead of the coming general election opposition parties have accused the BJP of failing to fulfil the promises it had made before the last Lok Sabha polls. A team of BJP leaders has been entrusted with the task of collating details of the work the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had done in fulfilling these promises, like on generating employment, proving people social security and enhancing internal security. A party leader privy to the development said the BJP had under different agenda items made nearly 549 promises before the last general election. “As many as 520 of them have either been fulfilled or work on them has been going on as their completion require a certain time period,” he said. Another party leader said there are several other “successful” initiatives of the government, such as Ujjwala and Mudra, which were not part of the BJP’s manifesto but have benefited a large number of people. The government provided free LPG connection to the poor households under the Ujjwala scheme while loans are provided for self-employment under Mudra. BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the Modi government stands out for working on a long-term agenda and overcoming the “attraction of quick-fixes by turning its back on populism”. He cited implementation of the GST as an example of the government’s long-term vision and asserted that the BJP has become the only party which has brought into electoral fray the politics of performance and development. “Is an opposition party like the Congress telling people that this is what it had done for them when it was in power so that they should vote for it?” he asked, slamming the BJP’s rivals for their negative agenda. The Modi government has vastly expanded social security umbrella and given dignity, especially to the poor while its track record on internal and external security fronts are also unmatched, Sahasrabuddhe said.last_img read more

Human rights defenders in DR Congo under threat says UN expert

Human rights defenders, including lawyers and members of non-governmental organizations, “face illegitimate restrictions of their right to core freedoms, i.e. freedoms of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association,” said Margaret Sekaggya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. “Defenders, in particular journalists, who report on human rights abuses committed by State and non-State actors are killed, threatened, tortured or arbitrarily arrested, and their offices are raided,” she said in a statement issued following her 21 May to 3 June visit to the country.Ms. Sekaggya expressed “specific concern at the plight of women human rights defenders whose activities are often hindered by the authorities and who may face discrimination from their male colleagues.”She issued a list of recommended actions to be taken by the Government, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, and the international community to protect the human rights advocates. The Government should “investigate all human rights abuses against defenders, hold fair trials of alleged perpetrators and sentence them if convicted,” she stated.In addition, the Government should openly “give legitimacy to the work of human rights defenders, including women defenders, and acknowledge it as human rights work.” Further recommendations included sensitization training for Congolese police and public condemnations of all attacks on rights workers. Ms. Sekaggya also recommended that MONUC increase the staffing and financial capacity of its human rights offices, and said the international community should help the Congolese Human Rights Ministry’s programmes, and assist it in re-establishing offices in the provinces. The Special Rapporteur, who carries out her duties in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present her report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in March 2010. 3 June 2009An independent United Nations expert has called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to protect human rights workers and prosecute those who threaten or attack them. read more

Ontario Liberals want to drop contempt motion if gas plant documents go

It’s the first time we’ve debated something like this in 104 yearsTORONTO — It will likely be the middle of next week before regular business resumes at the Ontario legislature, with the Conservatives saying Thursday they still had members who want to be heard on the contempt motion against Energy Minister Chris Bentley.“It’s the first time we’ve debated something like this in 104 years,” said Tory Rob Leone, who introduced the contempt motion Tuesday, blocking all other business, including the daily question period, until the debate ends.Leone introduced the motion because the Liberals fought a committee’s request to release documents on their decision to cancel two power plants planned for Oakville and Mississauga, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $230 million.“I know a lot of my colleagues want to speak to this issue because this is history in the making,” said Leone. “They’re going to speak to it until we exhaust that.”The Liberals said Thursday they would agree to send the issue of the cancelled gas-plants to committee, but only if the Tories and NDP agree to drop the contempt motion against Bentley.“The committee’s recommendations shall not include any proposal to punish or discipline the minister of energy, including a finding of contempt of the legislature,” reads a Liberal amendment to Leone’s motion.The NDP haven’t put up anyone to speak to the contempt motion since Tuesday, and said Thursday they wanted to have the vote and send the issue to committee.“It’s time to move the debate from the legislative chamber to committee so we can call witnesses, question them and fully understand what happened in the case of these two politically-driven gas plant cancellations,” said NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns.“We need to have the documentation as requested, and we need to have the testimony of those who actually made the decision about what really happened.”Bentley released 36,000 pages of documents on the cancelled gas-fired plants on Monday to comply with a Speaker’s ruling, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy the opposition parties.The Tories and New Democrats say there were documents missing, especially those that would clarify exactly who made the political decision to scrap the two energy projects.Leone’s original motion, which demands Bentley release more documents on the cancelled power stations, also calls for the recreation of the finance committee to deal with the contempt issue and examine the documents.If the New Democrats support the Leone’s original motion, the minority Liberal government would then have 10 days to set up the committee, likely around Oct. 15.There have been no legislative committees since August because the three parties have been unable to agree on their make-up, so the motion calls for the finance committee to be reconstituted as it was when it last met.However, Thursday’s motion from the Liberals shows they will agree to recreate the finance committee, if the opposition parties drop the contempt motion.The Conservatives rejected the government’s figure of $40 million for cancelling the Oakville project as way too low, and say the documents show taxpayers will be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars more than that.“The government has clearly buried staggering costs of this expensive seat-saver program deep within the contract,” said Leone.“They have not been truthful, and the government continues to defy the will and the authority of the legislature by providing documents that are incomplete and heavily redacted.”The New Democrats called the government’s $40 million cost figure for the cancelled Oakville gas-fired plant a “dramatic understatement.” read more

Arrest warrants for two war crimes suspects transmitted to Belgrade UN tribunal

Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson transmitted the arrest warrants for Radovan Stankovic and Dragan Zelenovic to the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on Wednesday. Both men are charged with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war for their part in the detention, torture and sexual assault, including rape, of Bosnian Muslim women and girls after Serb forces overran the Bosnian town of Foca in 1992. The arrest warrants were sent at the request of the Tribunal Prosecutor’s Office, which believes that the two men are likely to be in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. At the Prosecutor’s request, Judge Robinson also sent Belgrade orders for the surrender of the two men.Judge Robinson’s orders “directed the authorities of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) to search for, arrest and surrender to the International Tribunal” Mr. Stankovic and Mr. Zelenovic, and to advise them of their rights. In a separate development, the Tribunal’s Appeals Chamber today cleared a defence attorney, Anto Nobilo, of contempt charges filed in connection with his examination of a witness who had been granted protection. The court found that although Mr. Nobilo had disclosed protected information concerning another case during his client’s trial, he had not knowingly violated an order to protect a Tribunal witness. In granting Mr. Nobilo’s appeal, the Tribunal revoked the fine that had originally been imposed on him. read more

Facebook exec Sandberg urges graduates to build resilience

BERKELEY, Calif. – Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is encouraging graduating seniors at the University of California, Berkeley to persevere in life’s challenging times.Sandberg, who lost her husband in an accident last year, addressed 4,700 graduation seniors on Saturday, speaking publicly for the first time about her husband’s death last year.Sandberg says that for many months after her husband, Dave Goldberg, died in a treadmill accident while on vacation in Mexico, she was “swallowed up in the deep fog of grief.”Sandberg says losing her husband helped her find deeper gratitude for the kindness of her friends, the love of her family and the laughter of her children.She is encouraging UC Berkeley’s graduating seniors to build resilience in themselves, their places of work and their communities.She says that when tragedy strikes, “know that you have the ability to go through absolutely anything.” by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2016 4:17 pm MDT Last Updated May 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaks during a forum in San Francisco. Sandberg encouraged graduating seniors at the University of California, Berkeley to persevere in life’s challenging times, speaking publicly for the first time about her husband’s death during a commencement speech on Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Facebook exec Sandberg urges graduates to build resilience read more

Niagara Catholic students hone drama skills at MIWSFPA

The next generation of thespians flooded the halls of Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Friday to participate in a workshop and take a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.About 100 local high school students from Niagara Catholic District School Board were welcomed to the downtown Brock University venue for a mini-invitational meant to offer a taste of life as a Dramatic Arts student.The teens, from six Niagara high schools, worked with Brock Dramatic Arts students throughout the morning to write and prepare short scenes based on the theme of lending a hand.The scenes were then presented in the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre in the afternoon.Notre Dame College School students Sydney Bergevin, left, and Caitlin Miller, right, worked with Denis Morris Catholic High School student Ally Conlon during a dramatic arts workshop hosted by Brock at Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Friday.This is the first year the yet-to-be-named drama festival has been held, though there are hopes to see it continue annually and eventually expand, said Joe Norris, Chair of Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts.“I’ve always wanted to bridge the gap between the University and local high schools,” he said, adding an event of this nature provides the perfect opportunity to invite students through the doors to see what Brock has to offer.“Building stronger ties between the high schools and the University is a win-win for everybody.”Norris said the day was an opportunity for the teens to get to know the facility better, while also getting introduced to faculty and students involved in the programs they may be eyeing for the future.“For students auditioning to become part of the Dramatic Arts program, we have a full-day invitational,” Norris said. “This gives them a small taste of what that would be like.”Niagara Catholic Arts and Student Leadership Consultant Teri Cristelli said she’d like to see the partnership and the festival continue to grow over time.The board was looking for new ways to engage its drama students, she said, and when Brock was approached about a potential collaboration, it was welcomed with open arms.“It has become an exciting day for our kids and for our teachers,” she said.Students from six Niagara Catholic District School Board high schools participated in a dramatic arts workshop during a visit to Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts on Friday.“It’s a chance for our students to perform in a professional theatre setting, an experience they may not have otherwise.”Melanie Contini, a drama teacher at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines, was hopeful the visit might entice some students to continue their theatre studies in Niagara.“We have this beautiful facility right here in St. Catharines. This may encourage them to say, ‘we can go to school here.’” read more

Ohio State mens basketball looks to build on 2game winning streak with

Junior guard Sam Thompson takes a shot during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBig Ten basketball — especially this season — can mess with any team’s confidence because of the conference’s competitiveness.The Ohio State Buckeyes are no exception to difficulties and frustrations the conference can provide, having won their first two Big Ten contests before dropping five out of six.Now, OSU (18-5, 5-5) has won back-to-back road games against top 20 opponents — a 59-58 win against then-No. 14 Wisconsin Feb. 1 followed by a 76-69 victory against No. 17 Iowa Tuesday — and the feelings around the team have been a bit on the lighter side.“The mood is way better. I mean in the gym, we go to the weight room … the mood is better,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said Friday. “In the locker room, everybody’s laughing, where like a week ago, you come in there and it’s sad in there. You can almost put on some gloomy music in there, it’s been real bad in there for us.”The two wins against ranked opponents on the road, though, has gotten things back to where they should be, Ross said.“I think winning — winning cures all,” Ross said. “We was down, we was at our lowest point this season when we lost those couple games, but I think right now, it’s looking good for us.”While the team’s confidence might be on the upswing, its coach doesn’t want the team to head into a Saturday matchup with Purdue (14-9, 4-6) with the attitude that just because the Buckeyes are returning home, a win is guaranteed.“The fact that you’ve won two games on the road and you’re coming home, I know in this league means absolutely nothing if you’re not ready to play at the level you need to play at,” coach Thad Matta said Friday. “There’s no rhyme or reason with why teams are winning right now. It’s just, ‘Hey, whoever plays best for that 40 minutes.’”OSU was able to hold off the Boilermakers, 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind., Dec. 31, but had its hands full with sophomore center A.J. Hammons, who scored 18 points and snatched 16 rebounds. Hammons also blocked five shots, doing his best to clog up the lane.OSU junior center Amir Williams will likely shoulder the bulk of the responsibility of containing the 7-footer, but taking him out of the game is a team effort, Ross said.“He clogs up the lane. So we’re going to have to find ways to spread him out, get him out of there,” Ross, who scored a game-high 25 points in the win against Purdue on New Year’s Eve, said. “He’s a real big dude. So we gotta work on getting him off the block, and we also gotta give Amir help down there.”A big reason for the Buckeyes’ recent success could be the change in their starting lineup, as junior guard Shannon Scott has been replaced with junior forward Sam Thompson. Scott has come off the bench to average 10 points in the Buckeyes last two games, seeming to be more aggressive than before and give OSU another option offensively.“I think I got my edge back a little bit. I know coming off the bench gotta bring a spark to the team, so I feel like now that’s my role,” Scott said Friday. “And if I’m able to do that by being aggressive, I gotta keep doing that every game.”The Buckeyes have been able to finish off the two close victories on the road by making big plays down the stretch as well as hitting their free throws. That late game confidence for the Buckeyes was missing during their tough run of losses, Matta said.“We’ve been right there in every game that we haven’t won and shots haven’t fell for us in the timely fashion that we needed them to,” Matta said. “I’ve always told our guys and I’m telling them now in late game situations: Be as confident as you possibly can. Take and make a great shot. We’re perfectly fine with it.”Tipoff between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark net

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan jailed for sexual abuse of 276 childrenFebruary 14, 2019In “Court”Taxi driver to spend 3 yrs behind bars for sexually grooming teenagerJune 18, 2018In “Court”How can US rapist win joint custody of victim’s child?October 9, 2017In “latest news” The couple’s sexual exploitation case shocked Germany (faces blurred for legal reasons) (Getty Images)A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany.The Freiburg court also jailed her partner, the boy’s stepfather, for 12 years. The boy was nine when the trial began in June.The German nationals, 48 and 39 years old, had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years.The dark net is an internet area beyond the reach of mainstream search engines.On Monday, the court jailed a Spanish man for 10 years for sexually abusing the boy repeatedly.Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.The couple were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.The boy is now living with foster parents.The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them.Prosecutors say the boy was subjected to more than 60 serious sex attacks, many of which were filmed.On Tuesday the judge told the boy’s mother that she had carried out one of the most brutal sexual attacks.The trial has also raised concerns that officials might sometimes wrongly presume that a woman is incapable of abusing her own child. (Excerpts from BBC) read more

Mindoro earns commendation from Philippines government for its commitment to pilot environmental

first_imgMindoro Resources has announced that a wholly owned Philippine subsidiary, MRL Gold Phils, was recently awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Philippine government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its role in the implementation of a Coastal Resource Management Program (CRMP). The Certificate of Commendation was presented to MRL’s Senior Environmental Officer, Jesalyn Abonates-Guingguing, at a ceremony held during the 23rd anniversary celebration of the Caraga Regional Executive Office of the DENR.In 2007, MRL implemented a pilot program for the protection of the Candila Marine Sanctuary at Barangay village, Lawigan, located in Tubay, Augusan del Norte, Northern Mindanao, within five km of the Agata nickel laterite resource. The program has four components – seminars and training, livelihood generation, marine sanctuary maintenance and protection, and finally monitoring and evaluation.The program has been a collaborative success story between the company, the government and the community. Seminars and training are conducted in partnership with the Coastal & Marine Management Division of the DENR, and local fishermen now volunteer with the sanctuary maintenance program. Monitoring and evaluation is jointly undertaken by the community, the company and the DENR while the company has provided funding for various community livelihood generation programs.The company congratulated its dedicated environmental team, whom it recognizes is largely responsible for the success of the CRMP. Mindoro’s President and CEO, Jon Dugdale, commented, “We will continue to strive to maintain the highest levels of responsible exploration and sustainable resource development.”Mindoro is focused on exploration in the Philippines with a strategy of advancing early stage opportunities to production or joint venture. The company controls major nickel laterite resources in the Surigao District, Mindanao, where potential for a DSO operation to generate early cash flow is being advanced as well as large scale potential for an onsite processing plant.Mindoro has NI 43-101 Mineral Resource estimates on its Agata North nickel-cobalt project totalling Measured and Indicated 26.92 Mt at 1.11% Ni and 0.06% Co and Inferred 3.79 Mt at 1.06% Ni, 0.05% Co. The Surigao regional exploration target is 50 to 70 Mt at 0.9% to 1.2% Ni.Mindoro also has NI 43-101 Mineral Resource estimates on both its Lobo and Archangel (Kay Tanda) gold-silver projects. Mindoro has identified 22 porphyry copper-gold prospects and has three projects in the Batangas area of southern Luzon which are the subject of a farm in arrangement whereby Gold Fields may earn 75% through direct project expenditure. Gold Fields has commenced drilling copper-gold and high grade gold targets on the Lobo project.last_img read more

Danfoss joins forces with USbased White Drive Products

first_imgThe Danfoss Group has announced its intent to acquire full ownership of privately-held White Drive Products, a leading manufacturer of hydraulic motors headquartered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA. Danfoss says this company “represents an ideal match to the Danfoss business segment, Danfoss Power Solutions. Bringing Danfoss Power Solutions and White Drive Products together will create a strong global player in the hydraulic motor market. “This acquisition confirms our strategic focus on building leading positions in our core businesses. White Drive Products is widely recognized for excellence in hydraulic drive products. With White Drive Products as part of our mobile hydraulics business, we stand even stronger, in particular, in North America and China. Together, we will have an even more comprehensive and competitive product offering that our customers will benefit from”, says Niels B. Christiansen, President & CEO, Danfoss. White Drive Products has a strong presence in the US and China, and Danfoss Power Solutions has a strong presence in Europe – and the two players join forces with the clear ambition of accelerating growth and becoming market leader in all regions.“Joining forces is a great step for both Danfoss and White Drive Products, and this is a unique growth opportunity for both organizations. Together, we will have more capacity and investment for greater innovation, market synergies, and most importantly, growth, by using our increased manufacturing footprint to expand market share. We are proud that Danfoss has chosen to build upon Hollis White’s legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship”, says Rich Maddux, CEO, White Drive Products.White Drive Products was founded in 1976 by Harvey and Hollis White, Jr. It has manufacturing facilities in both Hopkinsville and Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China, as well as sales and distribution offices in the US, China and Europe. Danfoss engineers technologies that enable the world of tomorrow to do more with less. Its products and services are used in areas such as motor control and mobile machinery.last_img read more

Terex TA400 ADTs stand up to Indonesia coal mine test

first_imgTen Terex TA400 articulated haul trucks have been proving their worth removing overburden from a coal mine in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.The trucks are being used by local mine owner PT Tambang Berkat Karunia for a five-year project in Batuah.“We have the machines working for up to 18 hours a day, removing overburden and transporting it across the soft terrain,” said Bhisma Dian Resnadi, Operation Manager for PT Berkarya Abadi Selalu, a subsidiary of TBK tasked with undertaking the work.The Terex Trucks TA400 is perfectly suited to perform in large-scale construction projects, quarries and mine sites, according to Terex. With a maximum payload of 38 t, TBK’s 10 TA400s can collectively haul 380 t, which is equivalent to the weight of around 70 Asian elephants.“With the ground being so soft at the Batuah mine, we needed trucks that could perform in challenging conditions – and TBK’s TA400 haulers enable us to do just that,” Bhisma said. “Some of our operators had never used a TA400 before. They’ve said that they are very impressed with the performance features – especially the engine – as well as how advanced the technology is.”Established in 2018, TBK is still relatively new to the industry. It purchased the Terex Trucks haulers from PT United Equipment Indonesia, the official Terex Trucks dealer in Indonesia since 2009.Bhisma said: “We decided to go with Terex Trucks machines because they are known for being strong and reliable. Price factored into our decision, too. Given the quality of the TA400, the cost is very reasonable. As the project progresses, we might decide to purchase additional Terex Trucks haulers.”The TA400 is powered by a six-cylinder Scania DC13 engine that is both fuel efficient and delivers low cost of operation, Terex says. It also comes fitted with a modulating transmission retarder, teamed with an efficient exhaust brake and fully enclosed oil-cooled multi-disc brakes, resulting in optimum control and increased safety.In addition to this, all three axles are in permanent (6 x 6) all-wheel drive, which enables the TA400 to achieve great traction with minimal driveline impact and wheel spin. This results in reduced tyre wear.To ensure servicing the TA400 is quick and easy, it comes with ground level test points and a fully tilting cab, as well as an electronically raised hood, which also results in reduced downtime.last_img read more

Youre not welcome Mixed reaction ahead of Taoiseachs visit for inner city

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3114355 ‘You’re not welcome’: Mixed reaction ahead of Taoiseach’s visit for inner city Christmas ceremony The Taoiseach is set to turn on the lights next week. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 54 Comments Dec 4th 2016, 7:15 AM Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 7:15 AM Image: Niall Carsoncenter_img 29,946 Views TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has been told he should not show up to turn on the Christmas lights in the north inner city of Dublin this year.The Taoiseach has been scheduled as the guest of honour next week, a position usually filled by a well-known member of the community.This decision has caused anger among many locals who say Kenny and “his false promises” shouldn’t be given any recognition.Anthony Flynn, director of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) said Kenny’s appearance should be seen for what it is – a political stunt designed to promote the idea that Kenny cares about the inner city.Flynn believes this could not be further from the truth, describing Kenny’s talk as “just soundbites”.While there has been critics of the plan, there have been those who’ve welcomed the Taoiseach’s approach.City councillor Nial Ring said he has no problem with Kenny coming down as he “has shown a great commitment to the north inner city in recent months”.He said: “I’ve no problem with it at all. He’s been down here four or five times this year. He has shown great commitment to the inner city in ecent months and that’s good enough for me. Now I’d prefer if Bertie would come down and do it but we’ll have to wait and see if he comes back first.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, homeless activist Flynn said he doesn’t understand why “the red carpet is being rolled out”.He said: “Enda came out with us two years ago after Jonathan Corrie died on the streets. He was all caring and compassionate and then he disappeared.”Flynn described how there is a lot of anger and opposition to Kenny’s scheduled appearance but many will welcome him as their organisations have something to gain from “massaging his ego”. ICHH Director Anthony FlynnFlynn added: “Usually, the person who lit the tree would be someone from the community. The tree is in remembrance of people who died from drugs. He’s done nothing to address that problem . There’s been an awful lot of talk and absolutely no action. I think he shouldn’t turn up. He’s not welcome, in my opinion. I’ve been speaking to a lot of people in the area who feel the exact same way.The Taoiseach has been seen on a number of occasions in recent months in areas of the city which have been hit by gangland violence.Last month, Kenny visited a shut down garda station on Fitzgibbon Street in the inner-city and met with Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy.The Government intends on reopening the station which is located in the heart of the city.ReopenKenny was looking at the structural issues with the building and quipped: “I’m sure it won’t be cheap.”He called it an iconic building and added:  ”It will be a very significant demonstration of the intention of government. It’s just a stone’s throw from the unfortunate incidents in the area.”There is also another inner city task force meeting tonight and the report is being finalised by Kieran Mulvey.Read: Pat Hickey set to return to Ireland after Olympic organisation lends bail money >Read: Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine in lab > Share Tweet Email Image: Niall Carson By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

Decrease in registered jobless at OAED

first_imgThe number of registered unemployed at the Greek Manpower Organization (OAED) posted a small annual decline of 1,171 workers in March, bringing the total to 1,057,050 people. In February it had come to 1,061,221.However, the number of long-term unemployed is continuing to grow while that of unemployment benefit recipients keeps decreasing as the allowance is only handed out to those without a job for up to 12 months. In March they totaled 107,623 people, down from 153,602 in February, the OAED data showed on Monday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

11 Demons and Devils to Name Your Baby After

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. It’s your boy J. Thor Kensen back with another list for you, and this one’s topical because it’s always topical. Why’s that? Because people are always having babies. Seriously. They’re doing it pretty much constantly, all over the planet. And no matter where they do it, they tend to, sooner or later, name that baby something. The thing is, most baby names are lousy. Really lousy. Names like “Chris” or “Sheilah” or “Jordan” or “Aubrey.”Instead of naming a kid after your aunt or a Happy Potter character or a compass direction or, I dunno, whatever the celebs are doing these days, why not name them after something that can really help them out? More than your great aunt’s inheritance even. That’s right; your old pal J. Thor is talking about demons.And devils. And, if we’re being 100% honest with you, evil gods. But six one, half dozen the other, right? Collected here are the top eleven demons and devils, not to worship or summon or anything crazy like that, but to simply name your baby after. And because we consider ourselves extremely woke here at Geek.com, it’s our contention that any of these names can be used for male, female or non-binary babies, for those enlightened folks out there who plan on raising their spawn gender-free.AdChoices广告View as: One Page Slides1. Paimonvia commons.wikimedia.orgLet’s start with a classic, shall we? Paimon shows up in a ton of different grimoires, but most of them agree on how good looking he is. Naming your kid Paimon is a great way to hedge your bets that they’ll end up being a looker and/or riding a camel.2. Baphometvia commons.wikimedia.orgBaphomet gets brought up whenever someone starts talking about demons, but that’s just because Baphomet is kinda the best. Part man, part woman, part goat, part, I dunno, crow or something, but all demon. You could call your baby “Baph” for short, or do that weird British thing and call him “Omet.”3. Lucifugevia commons.wikimedia.orgLucifuge Rofocale isn’t just a demon, he’s the demon that runs the government of Hell. Guess that makes him doubly evil, am I right? More importantly, however, Lucifuge is also the name of Danzig’s best album.4. Amonvia commons.wikimedia.orgLet’s stop beating around the bush, huh? If you’re naming your kid after a demon, chances are you want them to get some magic out of the deal. If that’s the case, you could do a lot worse than Amon, which is the demon that gave Akira, of classic manga/anime character Devilman, his powers.5. Kassogthavia tumblrAny of these names work for every gender, but you might find yourself looking for something a little more traditionally feminine. In that case, opt for Kassogtha, who was the mate of the legendary Cthulhu. It’s a moniker so lovely that you’ll forget it refers to a slimy pile of tentacles.6. Barbatosvia commons.wikimedia.orgAnother goetic demon, Barbatos has a full bag of tricks, including the ability to chat with beasts and find a treasure hidden by magic. Really though, the big advantage to naming your kid Barbatos is that it’s a lot easier to come up with a nickname (Barb, Barbie, etc.) than with Paimon.7. Balorvia thepicta.comTechnically, Balor is more a god than a demon, but seeing as he’s the god of nasty stuff like drought and blight and destruction, our editors said we could include him. Plus, it’s an excuse for us all take a nice long gander at the abs on WWE Superstar Finn Balor.8. Tenguvia totaljapandemonium.wordpress.comThough this list has been unfortunately Eurocentric thus far, that changes with the inclusion of the Tengu. Some Japanese traditions see them as less demonic than others, but listen: They’re red, magical and have giant schnozzolas. What would you call them?9. Mammonvia commons.wikimedia.orgIf you’re trying to land on a name that will predict success for your precious babe, Mammon is an excellent choice. Yeah, it’s a demon or god of all-consuming greed, but there’s no ethical consumption under late capitalism, so I say you just run with it.10. Etriganvia toonopedia.comIt’s not the first Jack Kirby character that we’d suggest you name your baby after (that would be Murder Machine), but if you’re committed to the whole demon thing, you could do a lot worse than that infernal poetry enthusiast, Etrigan.11. Asmodeusvia irock.clAnother demon included in the Ars Goetia, Asmodeus also has something else very important going for him: His name is sung in the chorus of Ghost’s song “Year Zero.” Imagine what a kick your child will get out of that when they find a recording of the song in the blasted, ruined nightmare landscape that you’ve damned them to by bringing them kicking and screaming into this world.J Thor Kensen is the illegitimate brother of K. Thor Jensen. ‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From HellGo to Hell With ‘Darksiders’ and These Other Nintendo Switch… center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

ASA Discusses Soy Sustainability Awareness in EU

first_imgASA and others in the ag industry have formed the Globally Based Initiative (GBI) alliance as part of ongoing efforts to boost awareness of sustainable production practices and engage European Union stakeholders.In its first outreach mission, representatives from USSEC, ASMI, USDEC and USA Rice met with stakeholders in London, UK and Berlin, Germany, where the U.S. alliance representatives gave presentations, held discussions at well-attended workshops and met with officials and media.ASA Vice President Ron Moore represented USSEC on this mission.The alliance is led by USSEC on behalf of the American Soybean Association (ASA).“The goal of the EU GBI mission was to share information about the US AG industry’s efforts on sustainability that many in the EU are not aware of. The dairy, soybean and seafood industries have developed extensive metrics that confirm that these products are produced very sustainably,” Moore said. “Both the British and German industry stakeholders were very happy that the US ag industry were sharing our efforts with them.”Other partners are USA Rice Federation (USA Rice); the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA); Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI); the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC); USA Poultry and Egg Council (USAPEEC); Food Export Midwest; Food Export Northeast; the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC).last_img read more

Woman drives 17 miles in wrong direction on I5 near Tumwater

first_imgTUMWATER — An impaired motorist drove about 17 miles in the wrong direction on Interstate 5 at speeds as high as 100 mph before troopers stopped her early Wednesday, the Washington State Patrol said.While several drivers reported near-misses, there were no collisions and no injuries.The driver got on the freeway about 2 a.m. Wednesday near Tumwater, heading north in the southbound lanes, Trooper Guy Gill said.Driving at speeds ranging from 38 mph to 100 mph, she evaded several spike strips. Troopers closed the lanes in Tacoma and sent patrol cars down to intercept her, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Gill said the driver finally stopped “bumper to bumper with a patrol car.”Troopers encountered a “calm, 60-year-old female who had no idea where she was,” Gill said. Her statements led troopers to suspect a combination of alcohol and prescription medications might have been involved, he said.Pamela Drawsby of Olympia was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence. The Seattle Times reported she was charged later Wednesday in Thurston County District Court with DUI.Gill said the arrested woman’s blood alcohol reading showed her to be above the .08 legal intoxication threshold in Washington but he didn’t have the exact figure. He said the investigation continues and additional charges are possible.last_img read more