Does Supreme Court ruling create two tier justice system

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada has sent a loud and clear message and that is – if judges don’t take into account an aboriginal person’s history at sentencing – they’re breaking the law.The decision was released Friday.But will this decision create a two tier justice system?We find out from APTN‘s Tiar Wilson.last_img

Experienced academic chosen to head UN antinarcotics panel

Hamid Ghodse becomes the new head of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the Vienna-based panel announced today, and will serve in the post for one year. A professor at the University of London, he is author of more than 300 scientific papers on drug-related issues.Professor Ghodse, who was chosen during the board’s current annual session, has been a member of the INCB since 1992 and during that period has served eight times as its President, with the most recent stint occurring in 2005.This year’s INCB session is expected to review the global supply and demand of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical purposes and discuss the growing problem of chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs. They will also consider drug control situations in Ethiopia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.INCB members serve in an individual capacity and monitor compliance with the provisions of the international drug control treaties. The panel ensures that adequate supplies of legal drugs are available for medical and scientific purposes, and makes certain that no leakage from licit sources of drugs to illicit trafficking occurs. It also identifies and helps to correct weaknesses in drug control systems and determines which chemicals used to manufacture drugs should be under international control. 20 May 2008A renowned Iranian physician and professor who is resident in the United Kingdom has been elected the next President of the independent body which monitors the implementation of United Nations drug control conventions. read more

UN refugee agency assists Pakistan in first registration of remaining Afghans

The United Nations refugee agency is assisting Pakistani authorities with the first-ever registration of Afghans living in Pakistan – there are still 2.4 million – which will result in official identification cards and yield valuable information for continued repatriation efforts.The 10-week exercise, the largest such operation the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has ever been involved in, began 15 October and runs until 31 December, with the UN in both a supporting and monitoring role in the process that will collected bio-data, fingerprints and digital photographs.“The registration will give us a clear profile of the Afghans who remain in Pakistan [and] the information collected – areas of origin, education and skill levels, special needs and intention to return – will help UNHCR and the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to find durable solutions to this protracted situation,” said agency spokesperson Ron Redmond at the press briefing Friday in Geneva. Even after more than 2.8 million Afghans returned home over the last five years Pakistan still hosts one of the largest groups of refugees in the world; there are 1 million Afghans living in camps and more than 1.4 million living in urban areas. The registration is being conducted by Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and is a follow-up to the 2005 census of Afghans who had arrived in Pakistan after 1 December 1979 to escape the Soviet invasion of their homeland. Only those included in the census can register, which will provide a ‘proof of registration’ card, valid for three years, which recognises the bearer as an Afghan citizen temporarily living in Pakistan. It does not confer any additional rights or status.Meanwhile, the UNHCR’s last convoy for the year of returnees left Pakistan Thursday, concluding a repatriation season that saw more than 132,000 Afghans return home with UNHCR assistance. Repatriation from Pakistan will resume next March with new arrangements tied to the ‘proof of registration’ card.UNHCR’s assistance reflects its “efforts to develop proactive strategies to address issues linked to long-term situations of asylum, migration and mixed population flows,” Mr. Redmond added. read more

BC Supreme Court says Telus can go ahead with share exchange vote

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Telus said Monday that it has been given permission to go ahead with a vote on its share exchange proposal by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, despite an appeals court ruling that sided with a dissident shareholder.The Vancouver-based telecom company (TSX:T) said it will push ahead with its shareholder vote —which is slated for Wednesday, but may be postponed — to end its dual-class share structure after the court reaffirmed the validity of its plan.The assurance comes after hedge fund Mason Capital Management was given the green light by the British Columbia Court of Appeal last Friday to hold its rival meeting of voting shareholders of Telus to consider a premium for the share conversion plan. It’s yet known when that meeting will be held.Telus wants to convert its dual-class share structure, which separates shares that have voting rights and non-voting A shares (NYSE:TU).Mason has repeatedly said holders of Telus’s voting shares should get a premium to approve it, which Telus has said its governing rules don’t require it to do.“We are pleased that the Supreme Court of B.C. has once again provided their support for our share exchange proposal to proceed, rejecting the latest legal manoeuvre from Mason Capital whose net economic ownership position in our company is a mere 0.02 per cent,” chief executive Darren Entwistle said in a statement.New York-based Mason Capital owns about 19 per cent of Telus’s voting stock, making it the largest voting shareholder. However, Mason shorted almost the same amount in non-voting shares, essentially betting the price of those shares would fall if the share consolidation plan was defeated.Short sellers make a profit when the stock price falls.It is a legal trading strategy in Canada based on the traditional gap in prices between the voting and less desirable non-voting shares. Telus has complained that Mason Capital was voting $1.9 billion worth of Telus’s common shares with only a $25 million net economic stake in the company.Telus’s share conversion proposal requires approval of two-thirds of the company’s non-voting share owners and a majority of common shareholder votes.Mason has proposed a minimum premium valuation of either 4.75 per cent —which represents the historic average trading premium of the voting shares over the non-voting shares — or a minimum premium of eight per cent.Mason said Monday it had no immediate comment.Telus first introduced its share-conversion plan in February, but withdrew the proposal right before its annual general meeting in May when it said that Mason’s “empty voting” tactics would prevent the proposal from passing.Telus has said the share conversion plan will give it more liquidity, is in line with good governance and will allow the telecom company to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.“With 92.4 per cent support from our committed investors realized from our first proposal earlier this year and both independent proxy advisory firms, ISS and Glass Lewis, endorsing our proposal once again, we firmly believe this proposal is fair and significantly beneficial to all shareholders. Moreover, this effort is supporting material value creation for our company and both classes of our shareholders,” Entwistle said in his statement.Traditionally, the non-voting shares have been primarily held by Canadian institutional and retail investors.Voting shares in Telus moved 14 cents higher to $62.85 Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while non-voting shares added 33 cents to $63.04 on the New York Stock Exchange. by News Staff Posted Oct 15, 2012 6:08 pm MDT B.C. Supreme Court says Telus can go ahead with share exchange vote read more

Overnight stock market plunge marks a gloomy start to first trading day

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 4, 2016 6:57 am MDT Last Updated Jan 4, 2016 at 7:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Overnight stock market plunge marks a gloomy start to first trading day of 2016 Stock photo. TORONTO – An overnight drop in stock prices in Asia and Europe provides a dismal backdrop for the first trading day of 2016.The Dow Jones futures were down 287 points at 17,054.0, the S&P 500 futures declined 32.4 points to 2,003.0 and the Nasdaq futures fell 89.0 points to 4,498.8 shortly before the North American market open.In Europe, the FTSE 100 was down 147.99 points at 6,094.33, the DAX fell 429.30 to 10,313.71 and the CAC 40 dropped 116.97 to 4,520.09 about an hour before the Toronto and U.S. markets opened Monday.The plunge began on the Shanghai index, which dived 6.9 per cent to 3,296.66, before the market was closed early to avert steeper falls. It was the first time China used a new “circuit breaker” mechanism.The Canadian dollar traded at 71.89 cents US, down 0.36 from Thursday’s close before the New Year holiday.On the commodity markets, the February gold contract was up $16.50 to US$1,076.70 an ounce, the February crude contract was up 67 cents at US$37.71 per barrel and the January contract for natural gas was down three cents at US$2.30 read more

Average US rate on 30year mortgage falls to 371 per cent

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.71 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Mar 24, 2016 8:28 am MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, photo, signs stand outside new townhouses in Houston. On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after three straight weeks of increases. The decline could be a spur to prospective buyers as the spring home buying season gets started.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 3.71 per cent from 3.73 per cent last week. The benchmark rate is above the 3.69 per cent level it marked a year ago.The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages eased to 2.96 per cent from 2.99 per cent last week.After the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to keep a key interest rate unchanged in light of global economic pressures, prices of U.S. government bonds have risen sharply. That has pushed down the yields on the bonds, which mortgage rates follow.The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond stood at 1.87 per cent Wednesday, down from 1.91 per cent a week earlier. The yield declined further to 1.85 per cent Thursday morning.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also held steady, at 0.4 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.89 per cent this week, down from 2.93 per cent last week. The fee remained at 0.5 point. read more

At Security Council senior UN official urges continued political efforts to resolve

“The full implementation of Minsk is sine qua non for leading eastern Ukraine and the country out of conflict,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the 15-member Council during his briefing earlier this morning. “The continued non-implementation of various provisions of the agreement entails dangerous limbo.” Sadly, Mr. Feltman continued, since the signing of the Minsk package in February, 400 more casualties have been lost, pushing the death toll from the fighting to over 6,400 people. “We are either looking at a return to a deepening, intractable conflict or a momentary upsurge in parts of the conflict,” he added. “We cannot afford either scenario.”In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 cease-fire agreed in Minsk, the situation in Ukraine has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. In February 2015, the parties in Ukraine and the Trilateral Contact Group signed a “Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”According to conservative estimates put forward by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the hostilities have resulted in at least 6,417 people killed and 15,962 wounded.At the same time, Mr. Feltman warned, the country’s humanitarian crisis also remained “dire” with Ukraine now ranking among the top ten countries in terms of internal displacement with over 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Over a year ago, the country had none, he added. The UN’s Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently reported, in fact, that about 857,000 Ukrainians have sought asylum, residence permits or other forms of legal stay in neighbouring countries – an increase of about 23,000 people in the past two weeks. Life in the crisis-torn provinces of eastern Ukraine is also precarious from a healthcare standpoint as services are increasingly curtailed due to lack of medicine and medical equipment. “Of immediate concern is the now complete lack of humanitarian access across the contact line in either direction,” the UN official said. “This is preventing life-saving humanitarian assistance from reaching those most in need.”Mr. Feltman similarly voiced concern about the current funding shortfall facing the UN’s 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan to assist the victims of the Ukrainian conflict which, he said, when fully funded, would “ensure that the capacity and resources are in place to reach those in desperate need.”Against that backdrop, the Under-Secretary-General expressed some encouragement about movement on the political-diplomatic front, particularly regarding the “diligent efforts” of the Trilateral Contact Group and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s good offices role which saw the UN chief recently travel to Poland, Ukraine and Russia.The Secretary-General, he explained, would continue his good offices role and remained “open” to considering how best to further support the political process. “Although the road ahead would be long and arduous, full implementation of the Minsk agreements is possible if all concerned fulfil their obligations and engage in good faith,” Mr. Feltman concluded. “Neither Ukraine, nor the region nor the international community can afford to have this process fail.” read more

UN food relief agency working with Sri Lanka to end hunger and

The review fulfils “the country’s potential to feed its own people” said the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, who participated in the official launch during a visit to Sri Lanka.“This strategic review provides a framework for the partnerships across sectors that are vital to translate global aims into local actions,” Ms. Cousin said. The Executive Director praised all the Government officials with whom she met – including President Maithripala Sirisena – saying that they are “clearly committed to developing sustainable food systems.” In addition to Government officials, Ms. Cousin called for partnerships with the private sector, civil society, academia, non-governmental organizations and the UN system. The launch is part of Sri Lanka’s effort to reach the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), which aims to end hunger, achieve improved food security and nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. During her visit, Ms. Cousin also travelled to Monaragala, one of the country’s poorest districts, to view WFP’s work to boost the resilience of vulnerable communities. She visited cash for work programmes involving organic home and community gardens and elephant fencing, designed to prevent the loss of lives homes and farms due to elephant-human conflict, which is likely to be exacerbated by the current drought.According to the press release, WFP and the Government are planning to expand existing cash and food for work programmes to support farmers and rural communities who risk falling deeper into food insecurity because of the current drought, which means the upcoming Maha harvest could be the worst main agricultural harvest in decades. read more

SAFEmine customer Thiess installs 10000th collision avoidance unit

first_imgDuring the AIMEX mining exhibition in Sydney, SAFEmine presented Thiess Australia with an award to mark the delivery of the 10,000th SAFEmine unit. Accepting the award, Tony Brand, Machine Guidance Technician of Thiess said: “the relationship between Thiess and SAFEmine is a role model for how good support and interactive fine-tuning to customer needs can lead to a painless implementation of a working collision avoidance system”.Greg Green, Sales Director of SAFEmine (Australia), said: “it is a pleasure to work with Thiess, as Thiess has a very clear idea of what they need and how they want it implemented.”Luke Schelosky, GM of SAFEmine (Australia), indicated that many other organisations in Australia are seriously looking into, or have already chosen the SAFEmine system. He said: “we are happy that we can make a significant contribution to vehicle safety in surface mines in Australia”.“Development and successful application of systems that can protect operators from collisions in busy open pit mines has been a major industry focus in recent years, and SAFEmine has been accepted extremely well by surface mines in many countries” added Peter Stegmaier, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer of SAFEmine. “Australia is amongst the most safety conscious countries in the world and we are proud that our customer base, with which we continue to develop extensions and new products, includes Thiess”.SAFEmine is operational at the Thiess sites Curragh North and Tarong. The Lake Vermont and Mount Owen sites already have a functioning SAFEmine stockpile system and will be part of Thiess’ full roll-out plan together with Burton, South Walker Creek, Wilpinjong, Prominent Hill, Yallourn, and Collinsville.The deployment at Thiess follows successful installations in mines on four continents owned by Anglo American, Xstrata, BHP, Glencore, Wesfarmers, and various smaller operators.SAFEmine offers a sophisticated Traffic Awareness and Collision Avoidance System that can provide 360° protection at any speed and in any visibility with a typical range of 500 m. SAFEmine does not require line of sight nor radio or IT infrastructure to function. All SAFEmine products are easy to understand, therefore simplifying training, are compact in size, and are quick and easy to install.Using smart trajectory prediction algorithms well proven in aviation, SAFEmine has minimised nuisance alarms while offering a cost effective and reliable solution for the mining industry.In addition to collision avoidance, SAFEmine provides black box recording of all traffic relevant events and routine data, plus an obstacle map which can include additional functionality, such as stop signs, overhead power lines, and blast areas – all of which can be tailored to the individual mines’ requirements and operational parameters.Recent additions to the SAFEmine product family feature full live monitoring and reporting as well as real-time SMS and e-mail alerts. New SAFEmine options and functions can be implemented without the need to replace existing hardware, thereby protecting previous investments, and will continue to be guided by the SAFEmine philosophy: to provide the most effective information to the operator enabling informed decisions to be made without intruding on normal driving duties.last_img read more

Metso and Ferrostal to deliver new railcar dumper for SNIM iron ore

first_imgFollowing an international tender, Metso and industrial service provider Ferrostaal Industrieanlagen (Ferrostaal) have been awarded a joint contract to build a railcar dumper facility for the iron ore producer Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) in the harbour of Nouadhibou, Mauritania. “SNIM’s ambitious strategy is to boost our annual iron ore production capacity up to 40 Mt in 2025 through the start-up of a new iron ore plant GUELB II in mid-2014. As a consequence we need more loading capacity and facilities in the harbour of Nouadhibou for loading the iron ore onto ships. Metso and Ferrostaal were natural choices for this project as we have worked with both companies for years with great results”, stated a SNIM Director.Ferrostaal and Metso will deliver the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the new railcar dumper. The delivery also includes an automatic positioner to move the loaded wagons into the dumper and also an automatic extractor to remove the unloaded wagons. This new system will boost the facilities’ throughput capacity up to 6,000 t/h. The new railcar dumper facility will be operational in 2015. “Metso is pleased to continue its long relationship with SNIM, having supplied the first railcar dumper to SNIM as long ago as 1963. This new Metso railcar dumper will significantly increase the unloading capacity at the terminal and will be a prestige reference for us” says David Hicken, VP, Bulk Materials Handling, Global Sales, Mining and Construction, Metso. “This project will help to boost the iron ore export of Mauritania. After already having successfully launched two industrial projects for SNIM, this order expresses the trust in the expertise of Ferrostaal for industrial projects”, explained Kay Hanns Ewaldsen, Managing Director of Ferrostaal.Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière’s (SNIM) is a Mauritania state owned company and one of the world’s more prominent iron ore producers and exporters. SNIM is currently operating several iron ore processing plants in the Zouerate region. Ferrostaal acts as a general contractor for the planning and realisation of industrial plant solutions in the oil & gas, processing and mechanical sectors. The company assumes project management responsibility from raw material through to end product and provides services ranging from supplying plant components to installing equipment through to constructing turnkey manufacturing and distribution plants. Ferrostaal Industrieanlagen is a member of the Ferrostaal Group, a global technology-independent, manufacturer-independent and supplier-independent industrial services provider. Some 4,400 employees combine decades of industrial expertise with financing competence on behalf of the customers. Ferrostaal has own companies in around 40 countries.last_img read more

Miliband calls for bizonal solution on Cyprus division

first_imgBritain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband last week expressed his support for a Cyprus settlement in the form of “a bizonal, bicommunal joint entity” following talks with his Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis in Athens.Questioned by a reporter about Britain’s stance on the latest round of talks between community leaders on Cyprus, aimed at ending the island’s longstanding division, Miliband noted that his country would play “only a supportive role,” stressing the importance of a solution to the Cyprus problem “by Cypriots and for Cypriots.”Asked if Britain intends to withdraw from a guarantors’ treaty signed in 1960 now that Cyprus is a European Union member state and there is no longer a security issue, and whether it will relinquish the areas currently occupied by the British bases on the island, Miliband noted that the “details” of the treaty could be discussed later and that the focus should be the progress of the talks toward a solution.Bakoyannis put the onus on Ankara for progress in talks, saying that “a more constructive stance” was needed from the Turks if the process was to move forward. Her comments came in the wake of fears expressed last week by Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias that Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat was being undermined by Turkish military authorities.The British diplomat, who also met with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis before travelling on to Ankara, reiterated Britain’s desire to bring Turkey into the European Union and said there was no reason to postpone a scheduled review of Turkey’s EU-oriented progress in December. Bakoyannis conceded Turkey’s accession course was at “a critical turning point” but stressed that there are specific conditions Ankara still needs to meet before it can join the EU. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Archéologie la dinde à travers les siècles

first_imgArchéologie : la dinde à travers les sièclesA l’honneur dans divers pays au réveillon de Noël, la dinde – et son histoire – est aussi le thème d’étude d’une doctorante irlando-canadienne, dont les travaux ont étés présentés cette année lors d’un festival universitaire.”Aussi peu importants que puissent paraître des os d’animaux, comparés à de belles céramiques ou à des métaux, ils peuvent nous révéler des aspects de la vie humaine passée qu’aucun autre matériau  ne peut nous montrer”, a déclaré Brooklynne Fothergill, étudiante en paléo-pathologie à l’Ecole d’archéologie et d’Histoire Antique de l’Université de Leicester (Royaume-Uni).À lire aussiOstéoporose : traitement, symptômes, causes, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?”Les os d’animaux peuvent être de précieux indicateurs sur le régime alimentaire humain. La présence d’animaux d’origine lointaine témoigne d’échanges commerciaux sur de longues distances. Nous pouvons apprendre sur les méthodes agricoles, essayer de savoir comment [les animaux] étaient perçus dans le passé et ce qu’ils pouvaient symboliser”, ajoute-t-elle.Originaire du centre et du nord de l’Amérique, la dinde a été importée par les conquistadors espagnols vers 1500, et par les colons anglais vers 1600. Elevée en premier lieu par les Aztèques, elle revêtait pour eux une grande importance : ses plumes servaient dans la confection de vêtements, de couvertures, d’objets de culte, et ont même été retrouvées dans certaines sépultures. Une légende veut qu’une dinde se soit brûlé les plumes en tentant d’atteindre le soleil, et l’un des avatars du dieu aztèque Tezcatlipoca est Chalchiuhtotolin, qui a l’aspect d’une dinde. Le 24 décembre 2010 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

VIDEO Brock Lesnar returns to WWE on the 1215 RAW

first_img Google+ Video from the 12/14 WWE RAW featuring the return of Brock Lesnar. Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Pinterest WhatsApp Braun Strowman Facebook Brock Lesnar Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 Now Playing Up Next Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Twitter Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy?last_img read more

20 flurelated deaths reported last week flu season total rises to 251

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A total of 20 influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season’s total fatalities in the region to 251, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.Last week also brought another uptick in the total number of lab- confirmed cases. There were 941 cases last week, up from 835 the week before, which brought an end to a weeks-long downward trend in the number of cases.“Influenza activity continues to be widespread and, unfortunately, more people are dying from the flu,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures to prevent getting sick.”The predominant strain this season is H3N2, which has a more severe impact on the elderly and very young children. County health officials said 87 percent of deaths in the region this season have been those over the age of 65.Wooten said while the use of detailed reporting systems contributes to high numbers compared to prior years and in other parts of the country, this continues to be one of the region’s worst flu seasons on record.At this time last year, 44 deaths and 3,368 total confirmed cases had been tallied, compared to the  251 deaths and 16,078 cases this season.Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and retail pharmacies. Those without insurance can go to a county public health center to get vaccinated. For a list of locations, visit or call 211. February 14, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 20 flu-related deaths reported last week, flu season total rises to 251 Posted: February 14, 2018last_img read more

Driver hurt after wrongway hitandrun in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the driver who, they said, was heading against traffic when he crashed into a car in Miami, then fled the scene on foot, leaving the other driver injured.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Northwest 17th Avenue and Eighth Street, early Sunday morning.Officials said the wrong-way driver hit the victim’s car head on and then ran off.Paramedics treated the driver of the other car at the scene. He is expected to be OK.If you have any information about the whereabouts of the driver who fled, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Young Bishop Describes Harrowing Encounter with City Police Bishop Mark-Anthony Wilson of Love and Liberty Ministries .Bishop Mark-Anthony Wilson of Love and Liberty Ministries shared an unnerving experience he had last July in the parking lot of the Madison Park North Apartments (MPNA), where he was renting commercial space for worship and meetings.Wilson says the incident occurred after two officers on foot patrol in the complex observed Wilson’s 13 year old nephew having a somewhat loud conversation with Wilson’ 26 year old brother after leaving a meeting at the church.“One of my nephews was playing with my brother, his uncle,” said Wilson.  “The police come rushing out there in the parking lot.  [My nephew and brother a]re just laughing a little bit, talking about some things that just went on in the meeting, that’s all. . . . The police come rushing out with guns.  Actually, two police officers, one African American, one Caucasian.“The African American guy knew that we were just playing, that there was no serious issue.  However the Caucasian officer pursued—I mean he has his gun out, he’s screaming and hollering.“So I say to him—of course I’m going to protect my family—so I say to him, ‘No, no, no, they’re family.  They’re just playing, they’re family.’  He then tells me to pull out my ID, he’s going to arrest me because I am causing a public disturbance, or something like that.“So I say to him I’m not, and he says I’m trespassing.   Which I’m not doing and I informed him that I pay almost $2500 a month to be in this space, so I’m definitely not trespassing.“He continues and pursues, and he calls for back-up because I’m ‘disturbing the peace,’ so within minutes there were about maybe 15 cars, and maybe about, I’d say at least 25 officers on the scene harassing me with lights and running background checks, warrant checks, and all that to find a reason to arrest me.“And as I’m arguing with him and persisting, ‘You have no reason to ask for my ID, you have no reason to harass me this way,’ he’s continuing to tell me that I’m an embarrassment to the church, I’ve embarrassed my family, I’m an embarrassment to my race.“He continued to be disrespectful to me as the other officers, they came—and some of them left but the others stayed and, you know, ‘You should respect this police officer, he has a right to send you to jail;’ and I’m explaining to him, ‘Jail doesn’t scare me especially if I have done nothing.“‘You came out here, screaming and hollering at me, and I’m talking at you back in the manner in which you’re talking at me, and you’re waiving guns and screaming and hollering, so I have a right to speak back to you the way you’re speaking to me.  You can’t talk down to me just because you’re a police officer.’“So that issue continued.  He wound up checking my license, running my license plate, running my tags, and then, as we were leaving—he runs everybody’s tags that are there, he runs my license—and while we’re leaving he pulls over one of our deacons, about a block up the street, and harasses her.  No ticket, nothing.  Just to be, I guess, irritating; just to cause a scene.”Wilson says that he reached out to the head of security at MPNA after the incident and was told that the White officer in question would not be returning to patrol the area.  Wilson says the officer was back on duty at the apartment complex the next day.The AFRO has reached out to the Baltimore Police Department regarding this incident, but to date, has not received a response.last_img read more

A50 to close for three nights due to bridge demolition

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA bridge over one of the Staffordshire’s busiest roads is set to be demolished as part of a multi-million pound project. The original A522 bridge above the A50 near Uttoxeter will be destroyed next month, meaning the dual carriageway will close for three nights to allow the work to be completed. The new bridge is already in place as the project to deliver a safer and better junction for the two roads continues. A closure, between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 McDonald’s roundabout at Uttoxter, will be put in place from 8pm on Friday September 28 until 5.30am on Monday, October 1. Read MoreArmed police called to city street after ‘firearm’ spotted in car Mark Winnington, cabinet member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council – which is delivering the project on behalf of Highways England, said: “This is one of the final steps in a major project which will benefit the residents of Uttoxeter and improve one of the main road links across the Midlands. “We have done as much of the preparatory work as possible in advance to reduce the amount of time the A50 needs to be closed, but the knock-on effect from the diversion will mean some local roads will be busier than usual that weekend. “I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding and suggest they allow extra time for your journeys.” Advance notices will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network, including the M1, M6 and A38, to encourage traffic to take alternative routes and signposted diversions will be in place, suitable for all vehicles including HGVs. The diversion route will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions. From the east, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 at Uttoxeter on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Read MoreControversial payday lender Wonga collapses into administration Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along The Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent, before joining the A500 and then the A50 to Blythe Bridge. The route is reversed from the west. The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522, which will be completely open.last_img read more

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first_imgfamiliesHello KittyhotelsKeio Plaza HotelkidsShinjukuTokyo Tokyo’s Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, in Shinjuku, has strengthened its relationship with Sanria Co. Ltd to expand its facilities and services featuring Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters.Two new themed rooms – “My Melody” and “Little Twin Stars” (Kiki and Lala) – will open on 15 June 2019, with bookings open now. The hotel now has eight Hello Kitty themed rooms.The Hello Kitty rooms have been popular since the first opened in 2014, with average occupancy rates of over 70%. Hello Kitty cakes, desserts and drinks are also part of the services offered to fans. Little Twin Stars RoomThe Keio Line Tama Center train station, which is a one minute walk from the Keio Plaza Hotel Tama, was renovated in 2016 to include Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters and designs, and two airport shuttle buses stopping near our Tama hotel are also decorated with Sanrio characters. TOP IMAGE: My Melody Room Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyolast_img read more

Coop posts €8m in net losses amid restructuring slowdown

first_imgThe state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank said it generated a net loss of almost €8 million in the first six months of the year compared with a €49.8m net profit in the respective period of 2016.The loss was mainly on reduced net interest income, which fell in January to June to €125.9m from €143.1m a year before and an increase in provisions by €67.9m against €22.5m in the respective period of 2016, the lender which said in an emailed statement on Friday. All this more than offset the reduction in overall expenditure to €81.5m from €86.5m.The bank, which is working on its Cyprus Stock Exchange listing to prepare for a capital increase next year, said its non-performing loans stock fell by €38.1m to below €7.2 billion in June and account for 59.4 per cent of its loan portfolio. Still, loans with more than 90 days in arrears increased in the second half of the year by €64.3m to below €5.8bn.The bank which announced in July an agreement with Spain’s Altamira governing the management of its delinquent portfolio said that it restructured a total of €377.1m in non-performing loans in the first six months of the year against €667.7m in the respective period of 2016.Its common equity tier 1 (CET1) ratio rose to 15.42 per cent in June from 15.42 per cent in December, the Co-op said.Customer deposits stood at €12.2bn at the end of June compared with €12.6bn in December, the bank said. Total gross loans stood in June at over €11.9bn compared with over €12bn in December.“The Cyprus Cooperative Bank while in a difficult business environment, manages to maintain its size and market share in the two balance sheet categories, deposits and loans,” the bank’s chief executive Nicholas Hadjiyiannis was quoted as saying.He added that the recent agreement with Altamira, as well as that with Citigroup which will serve as global coordinator in its capital increase, ‘support the strategy and business plan” of the corporation’. The Co-op is committed to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition to reduce the government’s stake, currently at over 99.2 per cent, to below 25 per cent with successive capital increases until 2020.In March, the Financial Ombudsman ruled that the lender had to return €111m to overcharged borrowers, which forced the bank to revise its past years’ earnings.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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