Innu communities helping solve mystery of Huntingtons disease

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a terrible disease and it continues to claim victims, especially among Innu in northern Quebec.Huntington’s disease largely remains a mystery.But thanks to the efforts of research foundations and organizations, the illness is slowly revealing its secrets.Small Innu communities are contributing to the discoveries.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has the story.last_img

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New wind farm officially opens northwest of Tumbler Ridge

first_imgAccording to Boralex, this is a 15 Megawatt wind farm which includes the installation of four turbines.During construction, there were some 50 specialized workers on site each day.The wind farm is covered by a 40‑year power purchase agreement with B.C. Hydro.The power production of this wind farm is estimated at more than 58,000 MWh, which will enable it to meet the power needs of nearly 5,370 households and prevent 750 tonnes of CO2 emissions. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – A new wind farm has officially opened on Wednesday near Tumbler Ridge.The Moose Lake Wind Farm, commissioned by Boralex Inc., is located on Crown land approximately 24 kilometres northwest of Tumbler Ridge.This project was developed in partnership with Aeolis Wind Power Corporation, West Moberly First Nations, Saulteau First Nations and the McLeod Lake Indian Band.last_img read more

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DJ found dead in nightclub

The Bambalapitiya police are conducting further investigations. He was found hanging by the neck in the nightclub by the staff.The Magisterial inquiry was conducted yesterday. A Nepalese DJ was found dead at a night club/pub in Bambalapitiya yesterday, the police media unit said this morning.The police said that the Nepalese national was identified as 32 year old Purna Bahadoor, a resident of Kathmandu.

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Middle East UN relief agency warns of humanitarian crisis in West Bank

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) warned today of a humanitarian crisis in the West Bank, where Israeli actions have undermined the Agency’s emergency operations and put its personnel at risk.One UNRWA staff member was arrested and others threatened yesterday by Israeli soldiers after a UN team succeeded in delivering urgently needed supplies of food and medicine to Ramallah hospital, the Agency said in a statement released today in Jerusalem. “Despite prior coordination with the Israeli authorities, the emergency teams were fired upon, endangering the Agency’s emergency operations and putting the staff at great personal risk,” the statement said. UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen expressed his deep concern at the growing deterioration as well as threats to the well-being of the detained and besieged UN staff members. He called on the Israeli authorities to immediately release UNRWA staff members, and allow other UN staff in besieged areas to regain their freedom of movement. Mr. Hansen also pledged that the Agency would continue to provide its emergency humanitarian services to those in need, despite the prevailing dangers, and called on donors to ensure that adequate funding is made available to UNRWA to cope with the added burdens resulting from the current crisis.Painting a grim picture of the destruction in the area, UNRWA said Ramallah lacks running water and electricity, while many buildings have been destroyed. “The accumulation of garbage and the damage to sewage lines in Ramallah and the adjacent refugee camp threatens the public health of the population and adds to the mounting fear that cross-contamination of the fresh water supply is a real risk,” the Agency said.Refugees and UNRWA staff living in refugee camps in the West Bank are reporting a serious shortage of basic food items, baby milk and medicine, according to the statement, which reported heavy shelling in several camps, as well as the arrest of unknown numbers of camp residents.Israeli army units today entered an UNRWA boys’ school in Jalazone camp, tore down the surrounding wall and, as in previous incursions into refugee camps, turned the school into a staging area. Repeated efforts to enter Jenin refugee camp and evacuate the wounded proved unsuccessful, and at least six people were killed in Jenin, the Agency said. read more

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Brock earns five semifinal spots in Canadawide student research competition

Five Brock University student research videos have made it to the semifinals of a national competition that showcases science research being done in universities across Canada.The Science, Action! competition features student-produced, 60-second videos on research projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one of Brock’s major research funders.After University students from all over the country submitted videos in January, NSERC chose 75 entries, including seven from Brock, which the agency posted on its website.The videos were available for viewing throughout February. The public was encouraged to ‘vote’ for videos by watching them. The 25 most-viewed entries then advanced to the next round.NSERC announced the Top 25 list of semifinalists, which includes five Brock videos, Monday, March 12.The videos are:Cell Talk (Matthew Mueller, Biological Sciences)DNA: A Mobile Molecule (Zakia Dahi and Jina Nanayakkara, Biological Sciences)Old Crow’s New Arctic (Brent Thorne, Earth Sciences)On the Fly (Taylor Lidster, Biological Sciences)Wildfires of Yellowknife (Josef Viscek, Earth Sciences)“The success of Brock University’s student participants in NSERC’s Science, Action! program is remarkable, but not surprising to anyone who knows the quality of STEM programs and the integration of research and teaching at Brock,” said Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon.In a December interview with The Brock News, Christian Riel, NSERC’s Director of Communications, explained the importance of communicating science research to the public.“Science, Action! challenges students to find new ways of explaining complex research so that anyone from kids to grandparents can understand,” he said. “Students are often surprised at how difficult that can be and they learn very useful communication skills they then carry into their work in the lab or future careers.”Kenyon said NSERC’s competition is very helpful for students.“It can be the work of a lifetime to develop the understanding and complex skills needed both to do significant research and to effectively convey its impact and meaning to a non-specialist audience,” he said. “Brock’s student finalists are clearly learning these skills early, showing the bright future of creative, high-impact science.”Translating complicated research concepts into compelling language readily understood by a general audience is part of an activity called ‘knowledge mobilization,’ which seeks to connect research and the wider society.The students’ ability to convey key messages behind their research to the general public impressed Marty Mako, Acting Manager at Niagara Region Public Health. The organization is a key knowledge mobilization partner for a variety of Brock-based research projects.“In public health, we strive to make evidence-informed decisions,” he said. “This involves distilling the best available evidence, then using that evidence to improve practice and policy development. A challenge, however, can be presenting research and evidence in a way that is clearly understood, so it actually leads to change.”Mako said students took the challenge of explaining their work in simple terms and ran with it, creating “well done” videos that were enjoyable and informative to watch.The knowledge mobilization process is typically informed and shaped by those who would use the research, said Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Officer with Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.“Our students’ videos were so effective because they focused on the co-production of knowledge – working with and from the viewpoints of key partners – while speaking in plain language, highlighting the connections to relevant communities and telling stories that grabbed the audience’s attention,” she said.Morrish said it’s important for researchers to demonstrate their knowledge mobilization efforts in future funding applications and in their careers. “Contests like Science, Action! provide students with a chance to develop their knowledge mobilization skills in an interactive format.”Next month, a panel of judges will select the Top 15 from the 25 videos. The first-place winner will receive $3,500; second place, $3,000; and third place, $2,750. The remaining dozen will receive $2,500. read more

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March Madness Crib Notes Welcome To The Elite Eight

Half the Final Four will be set by the end of day Saturday, and it’s a very good bet one of the schools left standing will be named “Kentucky.” As for the other, the battle between Wisconsin and Arizona for the right to emerge out of the West is probably the best matchup of the entire tournament thus far.Here’s everything else to keep an eye on as the Elite Eight gets underway:No. 1 Wisconsin (39 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 ArizonaLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 6:09 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Arizona 94.5, Wisconsin 93.6Upset probability: 61 percentPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinIn a world where the FiveThirtyEight power ratings ruled all, this matchup would be happening in the Final Four, as Arizona and Wisconsin were Nos. 2 and 3 (respectively) in our pre-tournament team rankings. Instead, the selection committee placed the Wildcats sixth in its S-curve list, handing them the No. 2 seed out West and putting them on a collision course with the Badgers in the regional finals.Don’t let the seedings fool you: Our model favors Arizona by about 2.2 points on the Staples Center’s neutral floor. (Which is, in actuality, slightly less than neutral for Wisconsin due to the effects of travel distance.) We’re not alone, either; of the five different computer ratings that go into the FiveThirtyEight model, only ESPN’s Basketball Power Index ranks Wisconsin higher than Arizona, while the consensus line in Vegas also gives the edge to the Wildcats. So, in an interesting twist, it would be a clear upset if the No. 1 seed advances to the Final Four.And how does Wisconsin pull off said upset? It won’t be by creating havoc with takeaways on defense. Wisconsin ranked 327th out of 351 Division I schools in turnovers forced per possession, and 319th in steals per opponent possession. Nor will it necessarily be through a barrage of 3-point shooting — the Badgers are solid from long-distance, but it’s not the crux of their game plan. The Badgers play a great style for a favorite; they’re big, and they score well inside, hit the defensive glass hard and rarely commit fouls or turn the ball over. But what happens when they’re the underdog?One of the only things about Wisconsin that profiles well for creating the kind of variance necessary to boost one’s upset probability is their trademark slow pace. The fewer the possessions in the game, the fewer chances for Arizona to exert its talent advantage. And it’s more than possible that the Badgers dictate the pace against the Wildcats and grind out the win. (They did force a UNC team that averages nearly 70 possessions per 40 minutes to play, and lose, a 60-possession game Thursday night.) Whatever they do, as underdogs — seedings be damned — they’ll have to shake things up somehow. No. 1 Kentucky (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 3 Notre DameLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 8:49 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Kentucky 99.7, Notre Dame 87.9Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, KentuckyCan Kentucky be stopped en route to 40-0? That’s a question 29 teams have tried — and failed — to answer in the affirmative so far this season. Notre Dame will become challenger No. 30 on Saturday, and the FiveThirtyEight model isn’t very optimistic about its chances, either. Our latest calculations say the Wildcats have a whopping 87 percent probability of dispatching the Fighting Irish just like all the other pretenders to their presumptive crown.For a little perspective on 87 percent probabilities, our model also gave Kentucky an 87 percent chance of beating West Virginia in the Sweet 16, and we know how that turned out. I even called the Mountaineers Kentucky’s “sternest test yet,” which, in a sense, was true — the Wildcats boasted rounded-off win probabilities of 100 percent and 94 percent in the tournament’s first two rounds — but just sounded silly after UK doubled up the score on WVU. Now both Las Vegas and our model have the Wildcats favored by about 11 points against Notre Dame, and somehow that feels too low.What little hope the Irish have rests on their efficient offense, which actually ranked better nationally this season (according to KenPom.com) than Kentucky’s. The Irish are a great shooting team that can knock down spot-up jumpers all over the court, and they also excel in the transition game. Kentucky usually possesses an air of unbeatability, but even it could fall to a hot shooting night from downtown, like the one Ole Miss almost used to stop UK’s winning streak in January. More than perhaps any other trait, good 3-point shooting is a great way for underdogs to engineer upsets.But before the Domers get too carried away, Kentucky’s defense boasts the best KenPom rating in the country, and the team is at its most effective when shutting down (you guessed it) spot-up jumpers and transition chances1According to Synergy data., meaning Notre Dame’s best hope plays right into the hands of Kentucky’s dominant defense. And at the other end of the floor, the 100th-ranked Irish defense looks downright porous next to the Wildcats’ No. 6 ranked offense. Even more than the team’s ability to execute offensively, Notre Dame’s upset chances might depend on whether it can punch above its weight on defense and slow down the Kentucky attack.Most likely, that won’t happen. Kentucky probably won’t win by 39 again — West Virginia’s risky playing style opened it up to a big blowout if things went sour — but it would be a tremendous shock if Kentucky isn’t penciled in as the Midwest’s Final Four representative by the end of the night.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Kids Company trustees could be banned from serving as company directors

first_img 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. Camila BatmanghelidjhCredit: Camilla Greenwell Alan Yentob and other Kids Company trustees could be banned from serving as company directors following the charity’s collapse.The charity shut down in 2015 amid allegations of financial mismanagement, and has faced a series of damaging allegations. The Government’s Insolvency Service has reportedly written to lawyers acting for Kids Company’s former board members to warn them that it is minded to pursue disqualification proceedings against them. If successful, disqualification proceedings can force board members to relinquish any directorships they hold. Yentob is listed at Companies House as a director of a television production business called I Am Curious, which he established last year. Richard Handover, a former boss of W H Smith, is another former trustee. Yentob, former chairman of trustees at the charity, stepped down as BBC creative director following allegations that he tried to influence its coverage of the charity’s troubles. While defending his actions, he acknowledged the allegations were a serious distraction to the BBC. A damning report by MPs last year blamed an “extraordinary catalogue of failures of governance and control at every level” for Kids Company’s collapse last year. Ministers who were “captivated” by founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, charity bosses who “lavished” money on an exclusive group of children, “negligent” trustees and powerless regulators are all criticised.MPs demanded “radical change” in regulation that would make see independent watchdogs given legal powers to intervene in similar circumstances.The Insolvency Service, which has powers to seek bans on directorships for individuals of up to 15 years, said: “Our investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of Keeping Kids Company and the conduct of the directors is ongoing. It is not appropriate to comment further at this time.” Camila Batmanghelidjhlast_img read more

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Church of England reveals 41 per cent gender pay gap in central

first_imgA spokesman for the Church of England said the figures show that “the pay difference for nearly three-quarters of our staff is less than one per cent, and for half of staff there is no gap in pay between men and women.”He added: “However, the data also shows where we have more work to do in reducing the difference in pay between men and women in more highly paid roles, and improving the ratio of men to women in the most senior and most junior roles.“We are taking steps to address these issues including reviewing our job evaluation and pay methodology and making changes to our recruitment strategy to attract a greater diversity of candidates.” The Church of England has become the latest institution be be embroiled in the gender pay gap controversy as it published figures showing that men are paid 41 per cent more than women in its central office.The statistics, published as part of new rules which require companies to publish data setting out their gender pay gap, show that median pay for men is £45,072, compared to £31,900 for women. The figures, which cover 452 employees of the National Church Institutions, the central office of the Church, also show that in the top pay band almost two thirds of staff (64 per cent) are male, and 74 per cent of the lowest-paid staff are female. The figures, which do not include clergy, also show that bonuses for male investment staff are significantly larger on average, with men receiving £10,150 compared to women’s average of £4,475. The Church also published data based on the mean pay, which showed men earning 27 per cent more than women. All organisations with more than 250 employees must publish data showing their gender pay gaps by April next year. Last month the BBC was criticised after it was revealed that its highest-paid female star, Claudia Winkleman, earned less than a quarter of the salary of its best-paid male star, Chris Evans.  The broadcaster’s gender pay gap is 10 per cent. The national average figure is 18 per cent. center_img 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.last_img read more

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Holidaymakers warned of delays as busiest summer getaway for five years begins

Holidaymakers have been told to allow an extra 90 minutes for their journeys this weekend as they join the busiest summer getaway for five years.Record numbers of motorists plan to hit the road, choosing to take advantage of the good weather forecast for next week and enjoy a staycation rather than travelling abroad.Around five million leisure trips are planned for Saturday followed by a further 3.4million tomorrow, according to the RAC, with travel times expected to increase throughout the weekend.Data from Inrix, the transportation analytics specialists, suggests that the M1 southbound from junctions 16 to six and the M25 anticlockwise from junctions four to one will be the worst affected, with jams of 90 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.Significant queues are also likely on the M40, M5, M20 and M6. Motorists are advised to travel after 8pm if possible to avoid the worst of the traffic.Temperatures are expected to soar across southern England next week, reaching highs of 33C on Tuesday.  Motorists are being warned to expect severe congestion on major routes this weekend Motorists are being warned to expect severe congestion on major routes this weekendCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Met Office forecasters said that after a wet and windy start to the weekend, Sunday would be generally dry with sunny spells and temperatures in the mid-20s.George Flinton from York, the AA’s Patrol of the Year, warned holiday makers that “preparation is key” and urged motorists to take time to check their vehicles, plan journeys and pack essentials before setting off. He said: “Motorways, coastal routes and roads to ferry crossings, airports and the Channel Tunnel are likely to be busy. If you can, set off early to beat the queues or wait until later to miss the daytime heat.”Some 13.4 million leisure trips were expected to take place by car between Friday, as the school holidays began, and on Sunday , according to a survey by the RAC and Inrix.This is around four million more than the same weekend last year and represents the biggest summer getaway since 2014.Experts said it was likely due to the good weather while many were dissuaded from booking foreign holidays due to the uncertainty caused by Brexit.Rail journeys will also be disrupted as a 16-day closure of a major junction on the West Coast Main Line begins today (SAT).Network Rail is carrying out major upgrades of track, signalling and overhead lines at Acton Grange junction, between Crewe and Preston. The work will mean delays between London Euston and Scotland, with rail replacement buses in use for some sections.Rail services will also be disrupted as the first of three strikes by senior conductors on East Midlands Trains begins today (SAT). 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. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out for 24 hours, followed by further stoppages on July 27 and August 3 in a dispute over pay and contract issues.Abta, the travel trade association, said Spain remained the number one destination with strong demand for Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey and Morocco.Families looking for a last-minute deal are advised to head to the Greek islands, the Canaries and Italy’s Amalfi coast.Mark Tanzer, Abta’s chief executive, said: “Thousands of families will be jetting off this weekend as the majority of schools in the UK start their summer break.”The roads in the UK will be very busy and families should leave extra time to get to their departure ports and, if using public transport, check in advance for any engineering work.”Thomas Cook Airlines has 244 outbound flights to 47 destinations this weekend, with more than 54,000 holidaymakers taking to the skies. read more

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I remember a Paddys Day visit by Haughey when four Irish were

first_img‘I remember a Paddy’s Day visit by Haughey when four Irish were put on a London-bound flight in handcuffs’ It took Trump’s sledgehammer assault on travel and the right of refugees to seek shelter for us to take notice, writes Ray O’Hanlon. Friday 3 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Ray O’Hanlon Feb 3rd 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3217155 Share109 Tweet Email center_img 19 Comments By Ray O’Hanlon Short URL I WAS IN Manhattan on 9/11. Ever since that day I have not envied any American president. The burdens of the office would keep anyone awake 24/7.Barack Obama would stay up late reading. Donald Trump stays up late tweeting. They are very different men. But not entirely so. The idea of Obama being some kind of goody two shoes Walter, and Trump being Dennis the Menace, will only take you so far.Obama was no shrinking violet when it came to wielding power. But he would do so quietly. Sometimes very few noticed. Like those who never heard or saw the drone overhead in the desert night sky.Extra scrutiny applied by ObamaIt took Trump’s sledgehammer assault on travel and the right of refugees to seek shelter in the land of the free, to make Americans see that the seven Muslim majority countries on Trump’s banned list were actually borrowed from his predecessor.Obama and his team had singled them out for special attention, extra scrutiny, “extreme vetting” to borrow a two word term from the new President, who likes to keep his terms short.There was no outright Obama travel ban, no de facto wall built in the face of the frightened and desperate, seeking to escape Syria or Iraq. Obama, in this context, was Trump lite. He only applied the brakes on admitting people from the seven countries. Trump switched off the engine. For the time being at least.It is the case that none of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of the seven nations on the Trump/Obama list. And yes, no Muslim majority country where the Trump organisation does business has been singled out for the President’s very busy fountain pen. But, hey.Trump sells newspapersIt is probably better for bodily and mental health not to get too worked up over all this. At one level, as a journalist, I see Donald Trump as the mouth that keeps on giving. The man has done more for the “failing” New York Times than all the brightest minds in that paper have been able to do this past decade or more.On another level, as an American citizen (the naturalised version) I have to accept the fact that Donald Trump is my President. As a naturalised citizen – and unlike the natural-born variety – I had to pledge to bear arms to defend the United States. I would have been happy enough with one on 9/11. But the pen sufficed.But I don’t have to defend the policies of any president. And I don’t feel inclined to defend much of what Donald Trump has done thus far.It’s a dangerous time for the undocumentedAs a citizen, of course, I am relatively secure in any critical position. One can only imagine how the undocumented or illegal are feeling less than two weeks into what could well be the longest four years of their edgy lives.During his campaign, Trump pledged to unleash the federal authorities on the eleven million who live in the shadows. And his eye was cast well beyond “criminal aliens”. This is a perilous hour for the undocumented, the Irish undocumented included.If Trump is to make a serious move in the direction of mass deportations, it will likely begin sooner rather than later. Trump is not a man who does later.Haughey presented the shamrock despite deportationsI remember a St Patrick’s Day visit to the US, many years ago, by then Taoiseach, Charles Haughey. By coincidence, or maybe not, the then Immigration and Naturalisation Service decided to mount a series of raids in Boston and New Hampshire.Agents led six young Irish women out of a Boston bar in handcuffs. Four Irishmen were picked up on a construction site in New Hampshire and put on a London-bound flight in prison garb and cuffs. The shamrock presented by Haughey to President George HW Bush looked a little limp that year.For Enda Kenny’s sake, hopefully President Trump will declare St Patrick’s Day 2017 a holiday free from all harm, a green-tinged Saturnalia. Don’t bet on it.Ray O’Hanlon is Editor of the New York-published Irish Echo. A native of Dublin, O’Hanlon has reported from three continents in a newspaper career spanning 38 years. His book, The New Irish Americans (Roberts Rinehart, 1998), was the recipient of a Washington Irving Book Award. ‘A country that invaded and destroyed my dad’s home is now telling people like him they are not welcome’>‘Trump is a bully. And we have to stand up to bullies’ – Mary Robinson> 74 Views last_img read more

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ISIS member plotted to attack Anzac commemoration at Gallipoli

first_imgTurkish authorities have arrested a suspected Islamic State member that they believed plotted to attack an Anzac commemoration at Gallipoli, where hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders gather each year on 25 April.Turkish police allege that the attack was in retribution to the mass shooting by a white supremacist at Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had cited the Gallipoli campaign in his pre-election campaign. In scathing comments, Mr Erdogan warned Australian and NZ citizens who came to Turkey with anti-Muslim sentiments that they would be sent back in coffins, and he also criticised Anzacs for their role in Gallipoli.Police say that the suspect, a Syrian national, was detained in Tekirdaq, and was among several Islamic State members that have been detained. Two SIM cards are central to the case against him.Local Turkish media have released a name and a blurry photo of a 25-year-old believed to be the suspect of the planned attack.The threat was assessed as serious, but Turkish police have yet to release further details about the nature of the planned attack. It was due to take place at a special service at the memorial at the area where the failed 1915 military campaign by Anzac and allied forces took place at Gallipoli.READ MORE: The Greeks that fought with the Anzacs for their new countryTurks banned from visiting Anzac commemorations at GallipoliTurkey has heightened security at commemorative events amid fears for an attack. Turkish nationals, including bus drivers and tour guides, are forbidden from the peninsula for the service.“It’s actually not unprecedented for the Turkish authorities to recommend that Turkish nationals not attend the service, it’s happened in previous years,” Australia’s Veteran Affairs Minister Darren Chester told ABC News Breakfast.“I’m sure there’ll be a very solemn, very respectful commemorative event on the peninsula which will be well attended by visitors from mainly Australia and New Zealand.”READ MORE: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s scathing comments about Anzacs Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Nikki Bella eliminated from Dancing with the Stars competition this week

first_img Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella: Artem Chigvintsev will make an `amazing` dad Nikki Bella Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipArtem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:51/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:47 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 WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE star Nikki Bella and dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev were eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday night on the seventh week of the competition. WWE issued the following press release on Nikki’s elimination.Nikki Bella is eliminated on “Dancing with the Stars” Nikki Bella danced her way into America’s hearts on Monday night, but the Mirror Ball Trophy won’t be hers on Season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars.” While Nikki scored a season-high 46 points from the judges last week, that score combined with viewer votes still eliminated her from the competition in a shocking double-elimination, where the Superstar was voted out alongside Vanessa Lachey. Nikki won the hearts of the judges and America on Monday’s Halloween Week episode, however, performing a spooky jive with professional partner Artem Chigvintsev. The dance earned her just a 24, but the audience gave her a standing ovation. Can’t get enough of Nikki? Don’t miss her on Wednesday’s Season 7 premiere of E!’s Total Divas this week.Here is video of Nikki’s final performance and elimination on Monday night. Vince McMahon refers to AEW during conference call: “We’re hoping… that they are competition” Now Playing Up Next Artem Chigvintsev says Nikki Bella is his ‘soulmate’ Nikki Bella’s boyfriend already has baby fever Google+ Videos Articles Nikki Bella Ready to Get Serious With Artem Chigvinstev Facebook The Bella Twins to appear on ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” airing August 18 Twitter Nikki Bella Confirms Relationship With Artem Chigvintsev Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson talks about missing wrestling, his childhood, Hobbs and Shaw Now Playing Up Nextlast_img
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Niko Kovac challenges James Rodriguez

first_imgThe Bayern Munich coach wants the 27-year-old to show everything he has in his last six months at the Bundesliga club.Colombian footballer James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan from Real Madrid.And lately, he has had some problems, which have kept him on the bench, or even on the stands.And now that he’s healthy, Bayern’s coach Niko Kovac has challenged him to show everything he has in his six last months at the club.“He’s playing for his future. Everyone, who wants a new contract, has to put in their best performances. That also applies to him, but I am sure he will do it,” said Kovac to the AFP.“I have talked to him several times and I can see that he’s motivated and focused.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He wants to play and has to prove that he is able to help the team,” he added.“Hoffenheim is dangerous, as we found out in our last match when they equalized and we had to work hard to win the game,” said the coach about tomorrow’s match.“It will be tough and we need to win to keep the pressure on Borussia Dortmund.”“I have to admit the injury to Kingsley Coman hit us hard,” he added.“Although it’s impossible to prove, I think if Coman had not been missing, we wouldn’t have dropped six points in the first half of the season and maybe we would be top of the table.”last_img read more

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Kazuo Okada pleads innocence after Philippines court issues warrant for his arrest

first_img RelatedPosts Japanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has accused his former company of trying to ruin his reputation after a Parañaque City court issued on Friday a warrant for his arrest over three counts of fraud.Okada is accused of misappropriating around US$3.1 million salaries and fees from Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc (TRLEI) – the subsidiary of Universal Entertainment Corp that operates Okada Manila – during his time as Chairman and CEO. According to a TRLEI complaint, Okada received almost US$950,000 in salaries and US$2.2 million in consultancy fees between late 2016 and early 2017 in violation of the company’s by-laws. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Also named on the arrest warrant is Aruze Gaming’s Group CEO and former TRLEI President and COO Takahiro Usui, with the court ordering enforcement of the warrant by the Makati and Parañaque police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Bail has been set at Php348,000 (US$6,640) for each defendant.Okada was quick to plead his innocence over the weekend, sending a strongly-worded statement to Inside Asian Gaming in which he said the accusations are “only intended to destroy my reputation in the business community and discredit all the hard work I have put into the establishment, rise and success of Okada Manila, which is now operated by my accusers.”Describing the charges against him as baseless, Okada added, “How can I defraud the company that I own?“TRLEI is 100% controlled by Universal Entertainment Corporation (UEC), 67.9% shares of which is controlled by Okada Holdings Limited (OHL). OHL is a corporation which I essentially own as I technically have control over all of OHL’s shares. OHL holds 100% of the shares of Tiger Resort Asia Limited (TRAL), which in turn, owns 99.99% of TRLEI.“As owner of Okada Manila, it is absolutely absurd for me to ‘unlawfully take’ these salaries and fees. I was responsible for the investment of more than US$2 billion in Okada Manila. How would I commit estafa against TRLEI and Okada Manila for a measly amount of salaries when I was the one who established and caused the rise and success of Okada Manila?“These disbursements underwent the proper procedure and were processed by the concerned offices within the company.”The issuance of arrest warrants for Okada and Usui come after the Philippines Department of Justice overturned a previous ruling by the Office of the City Prosecutor in Parañaque dismissing the case. Load More Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19last_img read more

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US millionaire sets plane on autopilot for having sex with teen faces

first_imgThe accused Mell was approached by the girl’s mother so that he could give her flying lessons.A New Jersey-based millionaire could reportedly get five-year jail time after pleading guilty to engaging in sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl. He even stooped so low that he once put his private plane in autopilot for the explicit purpose.53-year-old Stephen Bradley Mell of Bedminster, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to federal charges of engaging in interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct and receiving child pornography in December 2018 and is now due for sentencing on Tuesday.The victim’s mother had approached the accused so that he could give her flying lessons but the father-of-three, Mell, who had a brokerage firm, was accused of committing sex acts with a 15-year-old girl.The accused began chatting up with the girl in 2017 when he allegedly “performed oral sex acts” on the girl and reportedly brought an emergency contraceptive pill. In a text message, Mell is said to have told the girl, “If you are nervous it will hurt more. When you are turned on is when it will feel ok.”Ahead of his sentencing, Mell’s legal team has argued he is a ‘humble man’ who was on ‘multiple anti-depressants’ after falling into ‘a spiral of depression’ brought on by survivors’ guilt over giving up his seat on a fatal helicopter trip with friends in 2012.Mell also faces sentencing in July on a state charge related to sexual activity with the teen, which he pleaded guilty to earlier this month.The millionaire started his own charity, Air LifeLine, which flew children with medical needs anywhere in the US for treatment.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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How Houston Plans To Help Fix The Statewide Shortage Of Computer Science

first_img Evans said that half the money will support student scholarships. And they’ll especially encourage women and students of color to join the field.The grant will ask current computer science majors to consider teaching and will embed more computer science instruction for all teachers-in-training. UH also plans to target people who want a career change and working professionals who are interested in teaching. While it can be hard to compete with the private sector –where computing jobs make up over half of all projected new jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM– Evans said that they ask students to just try out teaching.“Basically they’re not giving up on their computer science. They’re adding another option, which is a teaching option. There are a lot of people out there that love to teach,” she said.The goal is to prepare 240 new STEM teachers over five years, including about 60 instructors to teach in the Houston area. 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X Listen Students in technology class at Walnut Bend Elementary school. There’s growing demand for computer science teachers at all grade levels in Greater Houston.Computer science is one of four areas where the Texas Education Agency has declared an official teacher shortage.“All of our area school districts on a regular basis are asking for computer science teachers. And not just secondary computer science teachers, they’re asking for elementary and middle school,” said Paige Evans, who works with the teachHOUSTON program at the University of Houston.For 10 years, Evans has coached students majoring in math and science to try out teaching in the classroom. Now, with a new $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Houston plans to step up their recruitment efforts for computer science teachers.last_img read more

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CPIM veteran faces ire of people on own turf

first_imgKolkata: Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, the CPI(M) candidate contesting the election from Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency, had to face an unprecedented agitation by the people on his own turf on Sunday morning.For Bhattacharya, the day began with a poignant mood as a large number of voters staged protest demonstration at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. In the morning he went to Maricha village of Bhangar block I during his election rally, where he had to face the wrath of the villagers. It may be mentioned here that Bhangar is known to be a stronghold of Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe villagers asked Bhattacharya as to why he had visited the place during the election. They also said that the Bengal government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has carried out a host of development schemes, while the erstwhile Left Front government did little for the people. “Your government, in all its 34 years, failed to match what Didi (Banerjee) has done in the past eight years. How have you come here to seek votes? The daughters of poor families are getting married only because of our Chief Minister. Did your government ever spare a thought to start any such project?” questioned the irate villagers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBhattacharya has, however, brought a counter allegation against the local Trinamool Congress activists, saying that flags with CPI(M) symbol which were put up at various places in Bhangar, were removed by TMC workers. While holding the election rally in the morning, he went to the house of a Trinamool Congress supporter, who he believed was involved in the incident. As the TMC worker was away from home, Bhattacharya urged his family members not to indulge in such acts. He also talked to some Trinamool Congress supporters in the village. He also reminded that if such incidents are repeated, the situation may turn worse.last_img read more

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Cancun inspectors visit real estate land owners for irregularities

first_imgTheir efforts have resulted in the closure of several land sellers as well as the removal of illegal billboards and awning structures. Permit review notifications were also placed on properties of landowners who were unavailable at the time of inspection. Cancun, Q.R. — The city council of Benito Juárez has sent inspectors to real estate land owners to ensure legal permits to sell and rent their properties. Cancun mayor Mara Lezama Espinosa says that the inspections were to provide protection to the public in a bid to avoid fraud that can generate uncertainty in the real estate market. She says it is also to control urban sprawl where landowners sell or lease land without basic facilities such as drainage and waste treatment, contaminating underground water systems and creating a negative environmental impact. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Photo: Protección Civil The large undertaking involved 27 inspectors from several organizations including the direcciones de Desarrollo Urbano, Asentamientos Humanos, Protección Civil, Comercio y Servicio en la Vía Pública y Fiscalización who inspected facilities selling and/or renting their land. The group also included a topographer as well as 20 city police officers, 10 police units and four officials from Municipal Ecology who worked together to inspect real estate developments and plots of land for any irregularities. The goal of the inspections was to ensure those offering to sell or lease their land for the purpose of commercialized real estate are legally able to do so, since some land cannot be regularized for sale or lease. last_img read more

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Costa Rica declares national emergency over drought in northwestern province of Guanacaste

first_imgCosta Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste has faced the worst drought in 50 years, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) said. In response, President Luis Guillermo Solís on Tuesday declared a national emergency in the province and other cantons across the country.National Emergency Commission (CNE) President Iván Barrantes announced a national Yellow Alert, which allows the president to order resources to affected areas and coordinate government response. The CNE president said that no set budget has been allotted for the government’s emergency response, and the dimensions of the effort would be determined by conditions in coming months.Rainfall in Guanacaste was 60 percent below average in August, according to the IMN, the worst since 1950. The Agriculture and Livestock Ministry reported that the region’s cattle industry has been hit especially hard, with more than $16.8 million in estimated loses. The ministry estimated another $9.3 million in losses in agriculture in Guanacaste.IMN Director Juan Carlos Fallas said that despite September rains, the institute expects 20 percent less rainfall in Guanacaste in October.In addition to a lack of drinking water and damage to crops and livestock, officials said the drought portended forest fires in coming months as the dry season approaches in November. The National System of Conservation Areas has put a fire contingency plan into effect for Costa Rica’s protected areas. The lack of rainfall also is stressing the country’s hydroelectric dams, which account for 73 percent of Costa Rica’s electricity production, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.Costa Rican meteorologists have blamed an “El Niño” phenomenon for the drought, which has taken a toll on countries across Central America this rainy season. In Costa Rica, the phenomenon warms the waters of the Pacific Ocean, decreasing rainfall in the western and central parts of the country while causing torrential rains along the Caribbean coast. (Note: There seems to be some disagreement between Costa Rican meteorologists and their colleagues in the United States over when to officially declare an El Niño phenomenon. U.S. meteorologists have not yet declared El Niño to be in effect, and they put the chances that it will happen later this year between 60-65 percent. Read more here, here, here and here. )The emergency decree also covers the cantons of Orotina, San Mateo and Atenas in Alajuela, and Aguirre, Garabito, Montes de Oro, Esparza and the Central Canton of Puntarenas.“[El Niño has] a progressive effect on these regions, and according to the National Meteorological Institute it could extend through next May,” Barrantes said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center Light rains in many areas of Costa Rica prompt concerns for next year Low rainfall in Central Valley, northern regions; La Niña still a no-show Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for Maylast_img read more

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Vendorly Launches Contract Management Feature

first_img December 3, 2018 561 Views Vendorly, a vendor oversight platform for financial institutions, announced the launch of its Contract Management feature to enhance insights into contract terms, performance, and spend analysis within the vendor management solution. Contract Management is available as a new feature for existing customers using the VendorlyTM platform, or as an independent software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering.In a Vendorly survey conducted earlier this year, 44 percent of banking and mortgage professionals surveyed said their organizations were responsible for managing at least 100 vendors. When asked how often their organizations monitor and assess vendor performance, 30 percent of respondents said annually. With the addition of the Contract Management feature, Vendorly makes it easier to gain valuable insights into contract terms, performance, and spend analysis of third-party vendors. Financial institutions can proactively manage key metadata within a contract and create action date triggers to automate reminders to help avoid missing renewal and other relevant dates and terms.In addition to offering customers a SaaS solution, the Vendorly platform also offers its customers managed vendor oversight services including vendor due diligence, document management, annual assessments, information security assessments, financial condition reviews, and on-site audits.“Contract management is an essential component of a robust third-party risk management program (TPRM) because many controls and best practices stem from the contract language,” said Jim Vaca, SVP of Vendorly. “As TPRM gains more focus from the C-suite, it is important to offer insight into the vendor contracts to help mitigate contractual and compliance risks by ensuring that relevant contract clauses, such as indemnifications, performance levels and assignment terms, are in place and managed appropriately. Having a single-vendor contract repository with reporting functionality will enable insight into not only vendor spend, but the contract terms and associated requirements.”Vendorly is part of the Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. family of businesses, based out of Luxembourg and with U.S. offices in Arizona, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Banking HOUSING Jim Vaca Lender mortgage SaaS software-as-a-service third-party risk management program TPRM Vendory 2018-12-03 Rachel Williams in Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img Vendorly Launches Contract Management Feature Sharelast_img read more

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