Federal Court orders second WestJet exec to testify in competition probe

OTTAWA — The Federal Court of Canada has ordered a second senior employee at WestJet Airlines Ltd. to testify under oath, the latest development in a predatory pricing investigation into WestJet and its budget subsidiary, Swoop, by Canada’s competition watchdog.The inquiry, launched by the Competition Bureau in the fall, concerns allegations the two carriers used anti-competitive practices to crowd out B.C.-based upstart Flair Airlines from at least three routes last year.Chief Justice Paul Crampton has ordered WestJet corporate planning manager Michael Claeren to be examined by Canada’s Commissioner of Competition, citing Claeren’s former role as senior leader of revenue and pricing at Swoop. He is set to appear next month alongside WestJet vice-president John Weatherill, who the Federal Court previously ordered to come before a presiding officer to explain the airline’s tactics.Interim competition commissioner Matthew Boswell states in court filings that WestJet’s alleged predatory pricing — when a company offers services below break-even costs to hobble a competitor — constitutes an abuse of its dominant position.The accusation applies routes between Edmonton and the cities of Abbotsford, B.C., Hamilton, Ont., and Winnipeg. On the Hamilton route, Swoop advertised all-inclusive fares for as low as $69 starting last June.Flair Airlines chief executive Jim Scott has said the strategy cost his ultra-low-cost carrier about $10 million between mid-June and mid-October, placing it in jeopardy.WestJet has said it is compiling information in response to the probe, which has seen piles of court-ordered documents and data from the two Calgary-based carriers handed over to the Competition Bureau.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA) The Canadian Press read more

President heads to Indonesia talks with Widoda on Wednesday

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Indonesia today to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit and have talks with Indonesian President Joko Widoda.Widoda had invited President Maithripala Sirisena to pay a state visit to his country immediately after his scheduled participation at the IORA Summit in Jakarta. President Sirisena will attend the IORA Summit on 6th and 7th of March and will begin his State visit on March 8.

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham joins UN effort to achieve world free of

“I dream of a generation free from HIV and I know that Victoria’s support will help us to achieve this shared goal,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Her creativity, innovation and outreach will amplify our efforts and bring us one important step closer towards ending the AIDS epidemic.”In her new role as an Ambassador for UNAIDS, which was announced in New York on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, Ms. Beckham will work towards ensuring that all children are born free from HIV and that children and women who are living with and affected by HIV have access to medicines and care.“This is the beginning of an important journey for me. As a woman and a mother I have a responsibility to support other women,” said Ms. Beckham. “I am proud and honoured to be working with UNAIDS in this new role to help to raise resources and awareness to support and empower women and children affected by HIV.”In February this year, the mother of four visited HIV clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, where she learned about the importance of antiretroviral therapy and about how children are being left behind in accessing treatment. Antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of a mother living with HIV passing the virus to her child to below 5 per cent, according to a news release issued by UNAIDS.However, in 2013, one third of pregnant women living with HIV did not have access to the life-saving medicines and 240,000 children became infected with HIV. Last year, less than half of all children who were exposed to HIV were tested for the virus within the optimum three-month period and only 24 per cent had access to life-saving treatment. Without treatment, half of all children born with HIV will die by the age of two and the majority will die by the age of five.Over the past five years providing access to antiretroviral medicines for pregnant women living with HIV has helped 900,000 children to be born free from HIV. read more

Thursdays Daily Brief UN refugee agency on Venezuelan migrant crisis dramatic resurgence

Colombia’s new law guaranteeing the exercise of legal capacity by persons with disabilities signals “a huge step” in the realm of human rights, Catalina Devandas, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, declared  in a statement.Ms. Devandas said, “the newly adopted law eliminates all forms of guardianship in Colombia, while also establishing support mechanisms to fully enjoy this fundamental right.” The initiative joins similar reform processes underway in Peru and Costa Rica, positioning Latin American countries as global leaders in implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Venezuela migrant crisis begs a ‘coherent, predictable and harmonized’ response: UNHCR There is “no end in sight” to the massive movement of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, now at around 4.3 million in number, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) shared on Thursday.The inflow of migrants to neighboring Latin American countries and the Caribbean is exacerbating social and economic tensions in the effort to protect the increasing number of people with vulnerabilities and those in need of international protection, the agency’s Joint UNHCR-IOM (International Organization for Migration) Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants, Eduardo Stein, said in a statement.Mr. Stein stressed the need for a “coherent, predictable and harmonized regional response,” to ensure “countries in the region will be able to meet the unprecented humanitarian challenge of responding to the needs of a gorwing number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants.”Get the full story here.‘Dramatic resurgence’ of measles threatens the European region Security Council President concerned over violent eruptions in Yemen The number of countries having achieved or sustained elimination of measles has declined, the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) warned today.RVC reports that as of the end of last year, 35 countries have achieved or sustained measles elimination, compared to 37 for 2017, and twelve remain endemic for measles. “Through activation of the emergency response, WHO has increased its focus on measles elimination and upgraded its action,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, adding that “this is the time and opportunity to address any underlying health system, social determinants and societal challenges that may have allowed this deadly virus to persist in this Region.”  Get our full coverage here.Report from the former nuclear test site in Kazakhstan Every year on 29 August, the UN and Member States recognize the International Day against Nuclear Tests. This year, the Day coincides with the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb test at the Semipalatinsk test site in Kazakhstan. UN News travelled to the remote region for a look inside Kurchatov City, where for over 40 years, the area served as a venue for 456 nuclear explosions.  Today, the “testing ground” is buried by overgrown grass, some locals remember the “horrible mushroom” cloud, some describe it as “even beautiful.”Meanwhile, scientists and medical professionals continue to investigate whether the elevated rations levels can explain the number of children born with genetic mutations, and other cases of health impediments. Read our full story here. UN expert praises Colombian law guaranteeing rights for disabled persons The Security Council today called on all parties to the conflict in south Yemen to show restraint, expressing concern over recent spasms of violence in the country. In a presidential statement issued by the Council’s President for August, Joanna Wronecka (Poland), the body welcomed Saudi Arabia’s efforts to convene a constructive dialogue in the port city of Jeddah.The Council expressed full support of negotiation efforts, security and political arrangements necessary to resume a peaceful transition. read more

Pensioner loses arm after catching flesheating bug at pilates class as High

“There were 11 hours in which she could have been diagnosed with necrotising fasciitis and received appropriate surgical treatment short of amputation,” he added.Although she would have suffered damage to her arm in any event, she would have escaped the horror of amputation, he continued.”She would have been left with a cosmetically unattractive arm which would have been very weak and very restricted at the elbow, but it would have had some useful, if restricted, function,” he added.The case will return to court at a later date for an assessment of the amount Mrs Austin will receive in damages, if not agreed. A pensioner who lost her arm after catching a flesh-eating bug at church hall pilates class has won her claim in negligence against the NHS at the High Court.Patricia Austin, 78, contracted necrotising fasciitis after injuring her arm at a resistance band workout at a church hall in Aylesbury, on August 8, 2012.Mrs Austin may now receive up to £150,000 in compensation.Having hurt her arm, Mrs Austin saw her GP and – by then very sick – her daughter later called 999, but a paramedic declined to take her to A&E immediately.Instead, the paramedic decided she did not need hospital treatment, in the belief she had an abdominal condition, and advised her to take painkillers, the High Court heard.Mrs Austin had initially thought she had tweaked a tendon during her class, but after eventually getting to hospital the next day, was diagnosed with the flesh-eating bacteria and the arm was removed.She sued the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, claiming her limb would have been saved if the paramedic had taken her to hospital on the previous evening.And after ruling that the delay in getting her to hospital was a breach of the duty owed to the patient, a judge today awarded Mrs Austin the right to damages which could reach £150,000. Mrs Austin’s lawyers argued that the paramedic was wrong not to take her to hospital and that that led to her losing her arm to amputation.Ruling on the case Judge Geoffrey Tattersall QC said the paramedic had decided it was “not necessary” to take Mrs Austin, who had seen her GP earlier that day, to hospital.”She advised that Mrs Austin should continue taking paracetamol and rehydration fluids and that she or her family should contact her GP if the symptoms persisted, or call the ambulance back if they were concerned,” he added.The medic focused on Mrs Austin’s abdomen as the source of her symptoms, he said, and took no steps to examine her patient’s affected arm.”Given the history of pain, it was in my judgment not reasonable for the paramedic not to examine the arm,” the judge found.Mrs Austin, although still conscious and communicating, had lost control of her bladder and bowels and was therefore in a serious condition, the court heard.The judge added: “My finding that she had lost control of her bladder and bowels is sufficient to justify my conclusion that the paramedics were in breach of their duty of care owed to Mrs Austin by failing to arrange for her immediate transfer and admission to Stoke Mandeville.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Jagdeo says no rift between PPP and GAWU

…concerned that Govt using Union for PR purposesThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, is debunking reports that there is bad blood between his party and the Guyana Agriculture and Workers Union (GAWU). At the same time, however, he noted that recent statements from union officials are cause for concern.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoIn the aftermath of a meeting between the union and the Government, GAWU President Komal Chand was quoted affirming his pleasure with the meeting’s outcome but this has since prompted calls from sugar workers for Chand to resign. According to the sugar workers Chand and more so GAWU in their view did not make adequate representation on their behalf. Commenting on the issue during a press conference, Jagdeo on Saturday affirmed that while the Union went into the meeting and got nothing, the Government got an opportunity at public relations (PR). “GAWU has struggled a very long time. And I’ve always supported their struggle. And GAWU will be there in the forefront of the struggle for workers’ rights in the future. The PPP will always support their struggle,” he related, during his press conference. “I don’t know about any conflict and this contrived thing. I saw Chronicle (newspapers) has been pushing this thing about a conflict between the PPP and GAWU. In fact, they had a headline to that effect. There’s nothing of the sort.”“What I can say is that the same support we share with the Union,” Jagdeo continued. “The sugar workers’ pay their dues, they determine their leadership, they’re free to elect their leaders and they’re free to call for their removal anytime. That is not the PPP business. Some newspaper article was sold by some as the PPP’s position.”Armed with a release from the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) in which Chand was quoted expressing satisfaction with the government’s stance, Jagdeo read excerpts of the release.“I just read a part of the press release. Do I have a concern about the government using the union for PR purposes, the answer is yes,” Jagdeo said. “The government got a huge PR thing out of this. Listen what they said. After more than two hours of discussions, the parties were able to find common ground and the unions agreed to fully cooperate with the government to find a solution which can benefit all stakeholders.”GAWU President Komal ChandBut Jagdeo questioned what this solution was, noting that the union has not clarified this. And since GAWU subsequently stated that it did not agree with the part payment of severance, Jagdeo questioned what this common ground could be? The General Secretary made it clear that he had an issue with the Chand’s quote, as revealed by the MOTP. The Opposition Leader said he has an issue when the President (of GAWU) says “we have listened and we are satisfied that you are concerned with the issues. We are ready to work along with the Government to explore the options and we are going to give our best to see the situation out. You are right that there are no winners in this and we are willing… We are certainly pleased with this meeting. This is the first meeting [for the year] we have been able to have with the Government and we believe that the meeting took place in a positive atmosphere and we recognise that the Government itself pays attention and I think that it is a good beginning….From GAWU, we are very pleased and it spells out that the future engagement are in the interest of the workers, the industry and the country,” Chand said. “What’s the future engagement? Hiring back the 7000 workers? Paying them their severance? Getting the subsidies and land for them? Getting more training, loans for them? What’s this agreement? That bothers me. How can you find them genuine when they just sent home 7000 of your members?” Jagdeo questioned, while adding that “this didn’t come from GAWU. I believe GAWU as a Union has been fighting a very long time.”   He said further “I have personal issues with these sorts of statements. Because it means that all that has gone before, you find them still a good partner to talk with when they decimated half your membership? What is it if not a PR exercise? We’re not going to show up for a meeting to satisfy Granger’s PR when they don’t mean anything. That is what happened here.” Jagdeo stressed that the party will continue to support the Union, whose executives he said included “good, strong, young, bright leaders”.Asked directly whether there was a rift between the party and Chand, he emphasized that the party had none. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGAWU’s New, Militant ModeNovember 15, 2015In “Opinion”Jagdeo blasts Gov’t over impending decision to close LBI estateApril 14, 2016In “latest news”“Cheap publicity, shameless” – Chand responds to NagamootooJune 18, 2015In “Politics” read more

Surpêche une ONG engage les Britanniques à manger moins de maquereaux

first_imgSurpêche : une ONG engage les Britanniques à manger moins de maquereauxSous l’influence de l’organisation britannique de défense de l’environnement Marine Conservation Society, le maquereau a été retiré de la liste des poissons à consommer sans modération. Il s’agit là de lutter contre la surpêche dont sont victimes les espèces.La Marine Conservation Society (MCS) est une influente ONG britannique qui milite pour la défense de l’environnement. C’est dans le cadre de la lutte contre la surpêche qu’elle a réussi à faire retirer de la liste des poissons à consommer sans modération le maquereau et le grondin, malgré les bienfaits reconnus. “Le maquereau ne devrait plus figurer aussi régulièrement dans nos assiettes”, estime en effet cette association, qui préconise plutôt la consommation de sardines ou de harengs.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’explique Bernadette Clarke, responsable de la pêche à la MCS, “les maquereaux ont migré vers les eaux de l’Islande et des îles Féroé, probablement pour suivre leurs proies, petits poissons, crustacés et calamars. Par conséquent, les deux pays ont commencé à pêcher plus de maquereaux que ce qui avait été convenu”. Au final, “les prises totales sont désormais bien supérieures à ce qui avait été recommandé par les scientifiques et convenu par tous les pays impliqués”, ajoute-t-elle.Déjà en 2010, l’Islande et les îles Féroé (qui gèrent ses quotas de pêche de manière autonome) avaient relevé unilatéralement leurs quotas de pêche au maquereau provoquant ainsi la colère de plusieurs Etats européens. “Si les gens veulent continuer à manger du maquereau ils doivent s’assurer que sa provenance est la plus durable possible”, précise Bernadette Clarke.Le 24 janvier 2013 à 20:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWEcom interview with Ambrose Reigns for 81215

first_img Google+ WWE Announces Huge 4-Way Battles For SmackDown Live Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Twitter Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Will Use Roman Reigns To Improve RAW`s Rotten Ratings Is John Cena Retired? Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Now Playing Up Next Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canada Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs John Cena Retired?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Becky Lynch Delighted Ronda Rousey Left WWElast_img

PDM calling for Govt to say something on Desarrollos

first_img Related Items:desarollos, Pdm, rufus ewing, sharlene cartwright-robinson, walter stipa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Apr 2015 – The Premier is being asked why he has not yet addressed the matter involving a striking law suit against Walter Stipa and others of the Desarrollos Hotel Group; the company which recently signed a hotel agreement with TCIG. In a media statement yesterday, the Opposition Party leader points out that it has been nearly a week since the story broke with no word from Government. The PDM says: “We believe that there is sufficient cause for the Government to address the fears and confusion that rests with the people of these Islands. We are therefore calling on the Government to address its people on this important issue.” The PDM, like others are questioning whether due diligence was done with the investor which is expected to begin construction of a Ritz Carlton branded resort in November. While the Department of Justice yesterday confirmed it is not investigating Walter Stipa and Desarrollos directly, it did confirm that a confessed $300 million dollar Ponzi Schemer is suing the group for $15 million dollars it says it gave to them, without having anything given in return. Hon Sharlene Robinson said this news surrounding Stipa and Desarrollos has unsettled the masses: “The signing of this deal and this Government’s multiple announcements over the past years gave comfort …. that due diligence was done and that the Rufus Ewing led PNP Administration was satisfied with the Report. This project has given the country great pause to expect the anticipation of much needed investment…” Only the Governor’s Office has replied, saying that TCIG’s Press Office will issue a statement; that was since Monday. Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for youlast_img read more

EY awards staff 1m through global recognition programme

first_imgEY has rewarded the achievements of staff through its new global employee recognition programme, Better begins with you.The initiative recognises employees that have found innovative and impactful ways of fulfilling the organisation’s aim of building a better working world.More than 75 finalists in its Better begins with you programme attended an Olympic-themed reward day in December, which involved Olympic gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Denise Lewis.A total of five winners were selected across four categories. They were awarded $1 million between them to further develop the projects they were recognised for.The winners are:‘Pursuing innovation’: Melissa Edwards, advisory, US, for leading EY’s adoption of the digital tool ThinkTank.‘Strengthening our communities’: EY Poland Employees’ Foundation team for providing foster children’s legal guardians with assistance, such as financial and psychological support.‘Developing outstanding leaders and teams’: Jonathan Zhao, Asia-Pacific Financial Services, Hong Kong, for building an Asia-wide actuarial and insurance risk team of more than 200 in just 10 years.‘Driving exceptional client service’: P&G client team, US, and EY projects team at Germany’s Federal Employment Agency.Nancy Altobello, global vice chair, talent at EY, said: “Not only are the prize and scope of the awards unique, but the Better begins with you programme embeds our purpose at the heart of our organisation by involving all EY people in nominating and selecting the finalists and deciding on the overall winners.“This means that sharing inspiring stories of success, achievement and change are now becoming a more visible part of our organisation’s culture.”last_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Beyond TOPS On October 10

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Beyond TOPS is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the non-profit if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.Beyond TOPS is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a sole purpose to integrate children with mental and physical disabilities into the community through sports. The organization strives to bring children of all abilities together, through physical activity, to make the community  stronger.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community”last_img read more

Two students suspended for shooting Tik Tok videos at Gandhi

first_imgHyderabad: Two physiotherapy students from a private college doing internship at Gandhi Medical Hospital were suspended by the Superintendent Dr Sravan Kumar, as they were found to shoot video clips for Tik Tok app while at work. The videos of these students went viral on social media and WhatsApp groups on Friday. The superintendent clarified that no doctors or medical students from Gandhi were involved in this incident. Recently, the staff at Khammam Municipal Corporation were found to be callous at work, spending time making videos for Tik Tok. Following public outcry after their videos went viral, officials suspended them. Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Responds On Junior Doctors TikTok | hmtv00:11/00:36 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×Gandhi Hospital Superintendent Responds On Junior Doctors TikTok | hmtv00:00/04:23 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×last_img read more

Protests Held in Pittsburgh After Cop Cleared in Shooting

first_imgBy Mark Scolforo, The Associated PressThe father of a slain Black teenager pleaded for peace March 23 after the acquittal of a White police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney’s office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh.Police put officers on 12-hour shifts until further notice.The verdict late March 22 in the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II angered his family and civic leaders and prompted hundreds of people to gather Saturday afternoon at an intersection called Freedom Corner in the Hill District neighborhood, the historic center of black cultural life in Pittsburgh. One man held a sign with the names of Black men killed by police around the U.S.Marchers move through the streets Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The group was calling for justice the day after former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted in the homicide trial where he was charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last summer near Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)“It’s very painful to see what happened, to sit there and deal with it,” Rose’s father, Antwon Rose Sr., told the crowd. “I just don’t want it to happen to our city no more.”Afterward, he told reporters: “I want peace, period, all the way around. … Just because there was violence doesn’t mean that we counter that with violence.”The mostly white crowd then marched through downtown Pittsburgh and other city neighborhoods, periodically blocking streets as they chanted, “Who did this? Police did this!” The protest soon moved onto the University of Pittsburgh campus. Police reported no immediate arrests or injuries.Early March 23, five to eight shots were fired into the building where the officer’s attorney, Patrick Thomassey, works, police in nearby Monroeville said. No one was hurt. Police said they had been staking out the place as a precaution, and the gunfire erupted after they left to answer another call around midnight.Former East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld had been charged with homicide for shooting Rose as the unarmed teenager ran away from a traffic stop in June. Rosfeld testified that he thought Rose or another suspect had a gun pointed at him and that he fired to protect himself and the community.“I hope that man never sleeps at night,” Rose’s mother, Michelle Kenney, said of Rosfeld after the verdict, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I hope he gets as much sleep as I do, which is none.”Rose’s family is now pressing ahead with a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh, a small municipality about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Pittsburgh, where the trial was held.Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Rose’s mother in the litigation, said the verdict was based on Pennsylvania law regarding the use of force that he considers unconstitutional.“The protest is an appropriate response to injustice,” Merritt said, adding that he believes the state law is why jurors reached their verdict of acquittal.He also called the shots at Rosfeld’s attorney’s office “an act of cowardice and barbarism that does nothing but perpetuate the stereotypes often used to justify police brutality.”Thomassey told reporters after the verdict that Rosfeld is “a good man, he is.” The defense attorney said he hopes the city remains calm and “everybody takes a deep breath and gets on with their lives.”The leaders of two major Pittsburgh charities issued a statement expressing “shock and outrage” over the verdict.“Pittsburgh now sadly joins a disturbing and ever-growing catalogue of cases across the United States where law enforcement or security officials have walked free after the killings of young black men under questionable circumstances,” wrote Maxwell King, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, and Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments.“We have asked the question, ‘Would Antwon Rose be alive today if he had been white?’ We, his family and African American community leaders believe that more than likely he would be.”Pittsburgh was in the spotlight less than five months ago, when a gunman ranting about Jews killed 11 people at a synagogue.Rose was riding in an unlicensed taxi that had been involved in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier when Rosfeld pulled the car over and shot the teenager in the back, arm and side of the face. Neither Rose nor another teen in the taxi was holding a weapon when the officer opened fire, though two guns were later found in the vehicle.Rosfeld had worked for the East Pittsburgh Police Department for only a few weeks and was sworn in just hours before the shooting.The 12-person jury — including three Black members — saw video of the fatal confrontation. The jury took less than four hours to reach a verdict.Prosecutor Jonathan Fodi argued that the video showed there was no threat to the officer. But a defense expert testified Rosfeld was within his rights to use deadly force to stop suspects he thought had been involved in a shooting.The prosecution did not call its own use-of-force expert, a decision the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania questioned. But Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said prosecutors were confident they had what they needed to make their case.Shortly before the traffic stop, another person in the taxi, Zaijuan Hester, rolled down a window and shot at two men on the street, hitting one in the abdomen. Hester, 18, pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault and firearms violations. He said he, not Rose, did the shooting.Prosecutors had charged Rosfeld with an open count of homicide, meaning the jury had the option of convicting him of murder or manslaughter.___Associated Press journalists Michael Rubinkam in northeastern Pennsylvania, Ramesh Santanam in Pittsburgh and Keith Srakocic in Pittsburgh contributed to this story.last_img read more

Tidal motion found to influence Antarctic subglacial seismicity

first_img Scientists pioneer wireless sensors to explore little known glacier phenomenon This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image: National Science Foundation (Phys.org) — An American team of researchers has concluded that a period of rapid-succession small earthquakes in Antarctica over a several month span back in 2002-2003 was likely due to a glacier passing over some rough terrain and its periodic nature likely came about because of the impact of ocean tides. The team has published a paper describing their observations and conclusions in the journal Nature Geoscience. Explore further More information: Motion of an Antarctic glacier by repeated tidally modulated earthquakes, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1555AbstractBetween debris-laden glacial ice and bedrock, basal seismicity can develop that yields information about bed properties1, stress distribution, outburst flooding, and crevassing and calving. Basal seismicity in response to glacial motion is linked to variations in both stress and lubrication of bedrock by water and till. Here we analyse data from the Transantarctic Mountains Seismic Experiment array in 2002–2003 to investigate seismic behaviour at David Glacier, a large outlet glacier that drains 4% of East Antarctica’s ice sheet into the Ross Sea. We identify about 20,000 seismic events that are larger in magnitude and duration than typical for glacial sources and repeat at regular intervals of about 25 min. These events are consistent with stick–slip behaviour of debris-laden ice moving over a single obstacle of rough bedrock, modulated by relatively small stress changes from the ocean tides. In the years before and after the interval of repeating events, seismic events with irregular and generally longer intervals were detected at the same location, and are consistent with combined stick–slip and continuous sliding of the subglacial interface. We suggest that the observed transitions in seismicity patterns capture the dynamic behaviour of the ice stream, and that—despite lower ice-flow velocities—sliding in the stick–slip regime enhances subglacial erosion.center_img There are a lot of seismic sensors in Antarctica, continuously monitoring the continent and its movements. Scientists have found over the years that glaciers tend to produce small earthquakes as they move over rocky protrusions. Such activity is generally random and irregular and for that reason a series of small earthquakes occurring beneath David Glacier roughly every twenty five minutes, for several months, stood out.The researchers note that small earthquakes that occur due to glacial movement generally come about as a result of stick-slip action. The glacier encounters an obstacle that causes part of it to slow or stop until the momentum of its mass is enough to overcome the obstacle, at which point it suddenly lurches forward, causing the ground to shake a little bit. Normally such actions occur without any discernible pattern. With David Glacier however, the stick-slip shaking, recorded by the Transantarctic Mountains Seismic Experiment array under the glacier in East Antarctica (which drains into the Ross Sea) was so predictably periodic that it warranted further research.The team identified 20,000 small earthquakes during the time frame, all coming within about 25 minutes of each other. By comparing the seismic data with other glacier slip-stick recordings, they confirmed that the shaking was due to the glacier moving over something below, rather than conditions beneath the surface of the land mass. Then they noted that the periodicity of the earthquakes matched up with ocean tides, which made sense, because scientists already know that glaciers tend to slow a very small amount during high tide (because of buoyancy) and speed up at low tide. That they say, accounts for the regularity of the earthquake activity during the time period under study.The researchers say their findings indicate that tidal activity likely plays a role in other glacial areas as well and suggest that it might play an additional unknown role as global warming causes a rise in sea levels around the world. Journal information: Nature Geoscience © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Tidal motion found to influence Antarctic sub-glacial seismicity (2012, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-tidal-motion-antarctic-sub-glacial-seismicity.htmllast_img read more

Luke Kuechly being carted off the field in tears was a sobering

first_img Hopefully Kuechly is okay. No matter what PR spin the league puts on it, or regulations that are put in place, it’s unavoidable that football is a violent sport. Last night was an unfiltered reminder of that reality.Luke Kuechly seen sobbing after suffering a knee injury. He was carted off the field. Awful. pic.twitter.com/UCYTmkxPCo— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 18, 2016 Panthers’ All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly was carted off the field after suffering an undisclosed injury while making a tackle in the 4th quarter of the Panthers 23-20 win over the Saints on Thursday night.Kuechly was visibly sobbing, and struggled to catch his breath as he was carted off the field. Players from both teams solemnly gathered around in support as he left the field. Everyone in the NFL is always one hit away.The sight of the indestructible tackling machine crying while being carted off left the crowd at Bank of America Stadium in complete silence.The specific nature of the injury hasn’t been disclosed by the team, but whatever it was left Kuechly shaken up to the point where he couldn’t hold back the tears. Advertisementlast_img read more

Armie Hammer shares video of preOscars chest wax and we love it

first_imgArmie Hammer and Call Me By Your Name lose out on awardsAlas, the gay love story that took the world by storm, Call Me By Your Name missed out on a win in most of the major categories.But screenwriter James Ivory became the oldest winner of an Oscar when he won for his adapted screenplay of the book by the same name.Ivory hit the red carpet wearing a shirt adorned with an illustration of Call Me By Your Name’s lead character, Elio.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . It’s Hammer time | Photo: Today Show Armie Hammer may be one of the sexiest men in showbiz, but even he needs a good pre-Oscars ritual to prep for the big day. However, poor Armie never made it to the Independent Spirit Awards after all that pampering.He came down with a mysterious bug, meaning he was laid up at home. The Call Me By Your Name actor shared his makeover ahead of the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (3 March) on Instagram.He shared an image of him getting his hair done and also getting his skin buffered and polished. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) WATCH: Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet dance with fans in ItalyArmie Hammer admits he got excited kissing Leonardo DiCaprio in J. EdgarArmie Hammer shares adorably unrecognizable throwback photoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/armie-hammer-shares-video-shaving-chest/center_img ‘I may be too sick to be at the Indie Spirit Awards, but thanks to @elizabethchambers I am toasting you guys with pedialyte and chicken soup! Go get em guys!’Although he missed Indie Spirit, Hammer made a swift recovery in time for the Academy Awards at LA’s Dolby Theatre.He took the time to boast about his specially made Giorgio Armani suit. But his sexy video actually showed a practice known as Fascia scrapping.The painful technique is said to go deeper than a massage or roller, hitting the connective tissues around your muscles that may feel tired and strained.‘This looks painful AF,’ wrote Insecure star Jay Ellis. ‘…Who is seeing your chest at the Oscars?’The actor replied: ‘Depends how well I play my cards…’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- The next image showed what appears to be him getting his hairy chest deforested.last_img read more

Watch BlackMonday farmers protest on N3 near Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Farmer shot in farm attack near LadysmithWhat do you think? Are farmers entitled to protest and block national roads?Let us know in the comments section below.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Under the banner #BlackMonday, farmers in the Ladysmith, Winterton, Estcourt, Colenso and Weenen areas are protesting against violence against farmers and farm workers this morning (October 30).“It is not just the farmers, but workers on the farms who pay the price during farm attacks,” one farmer can be heard explaining in the video below.Over 200 farmers, with heavy equipment, will be travelling along the N3 between the two intersections of the R74; a five kilometre section of the N3.Also read: Police, together with Elandslaagte farmers, foil farm attacksAlso read: Update: Farmer in a stable condition after farm attack near Ladysmithlast_img read more

Protests in Nicaragua renew tensions with Costa Rica

first_imgGovernment reforms of the Institute of Social Security (INSS) prompted the protests; a protester and a policeman were killed in the Nicaraguan capital after demonstrations over pension reform turned violent Thursday night, officials said. The deaths came after protests by both opponents and supporters of a new law, which increases employer and employee contributions while reducing the overall amount of pensions by five percent, rocked the capital for a second day. Facebook Comments Ongoing protests in Nicaragua caused renewed diplomatic tension between that country and its southern neighbor, Costa Rica, on Friday after officials in San José called on Managua to respect human rights and reconsider the closure of media organizations reporting on the protests.The two countries have experienced border tensions in recent years, mediated by the International Court of Justice at The Hague.Costa Rica’s response to a wave of protests in Nicaragua against public pension reforms did not sit well with Managua.“We call for all human rights to be respected so there are no acts of violence, and above all so that all this can be resolved through peaceful means and dialogue,” said Christian Guillermet, Costa Rica’s director of foreign policy, on Thursday. He questioned the closure of four private television channels on Thursday as they reported on the protests. (Three of the four returned to the air on Friday.)“Curtailing freedom of expression doesn’t contribute [to a positive resolution], so we call on the government of Nicaragua to… reconsider the closure of some media,” Guillermet said.The Nicaragua Foreign Ministry responded in writing.“The particularities of our internal policies and the circumstances in which our government takes state decisions are not concerns of the state or government of Costa Rica,” the note read.It went on to criticize Costa Rica for “the discriminatory, denigrating, exclusive and often racist treatment” that Nicaraguan immigrants receive in Costa Rica.San José did not respond. Related posts:Peace vigils for Nicaragua continue in Costa Rica Nicaragua’s Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition Nicaraguan death toll hits 100 as Ortega vows to remain Costa Rica’s Epsy Campbell speaks out against Venezuelan electionslast_img read more

Rwandan convicted in Germany could face more prison time

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men In its ruling, the lower court said Rwabukombe incited his followers to slaughter 400 members of the Tutsi minority in the town of Kiziguro on April 11, 1994.Ruling on an appeal of the verdict, however, the Federal Criminal Court said the evidence presented in the three-year trial showed he was involved in planning the massacre, told followers to “begin your work,” brought armed Hutus to the church grounds where the victims had taken refuge and urged the attackers to continue to kill.Those details, the court said, constituted the “material elements” of participating in genocide. It sent the case back to the Frankfurt state court.Rwabukombe, who sought asylum in Germany in 2002, was arrested in 2010 on an international warrant, but wasn’t extradited after authorities concluded he couldn’t receive a fair trial in Rwanda.During his trial in Germany, some 15 witnesses from Rwanda were heard by the court.The Federal Criminal Court said a full retrial was not necessary, but it was not immediately clear when the lower court would take up reconsidering the verdict and sentence.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s top criminal court ruled Thursday that there was sufficient evidence to find a former Rwandan mayor guilty of participating in genocide and sent the case back for the lower court to reconsider his conviction last year on a lesser crime.Onesphore Rwabukombe, a 58-year-old former Hutu mayor of a district in northern Rwanda, had been convicted last year in Frankfurt state court of being an accessory to genocide and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. If convicted of genocide, he could get a life sentence. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more