first_imgMONTREAL — Fifty years after what became known as the Sir George Williams riot, one of the students whose allegations of racism triggered the explosive events says it’s a shame they were never able to receive a fair hearing.Rodney John was one of six black biology students at Montreal’s Sir George Williams University who accused a professor of discrimination. A sit-in that began Jan. 29, 1969 ended with a riot and fire the following month.John, now 77 and living in Toronto, says he is comforted that the events are still being talked about 50 years later, but he fears the focus is too much on the occupation and not enough on the initial grievances.“Because what actually is the matter is that the general public’s awareness of the issues goes back to the occupation — what is lost is that our stories were not told,” he said in an interview.The anti-racism occupation of the computer lab in the Henry F. Hall building — now a part of Concordia University — remained peaceful until discussions about creating a panel to address racism allegations broke down. The university called in police to quell the riot on Feb. 11.All told, 97 students were arrested in one of the largest occupations in Canadian student history. The incident attracted international headlines, accompanied by images of a fire in the ninth-storey lab and computer punch cards floating to the street. Damage to the lab was estimated at $2 million in 1969 dollars.The professor, Perry Anderson, was ultimately exonerated in June of 1969 after an analysis of his notes concluded there was nothing to support the racism claims. He continued with his academic career. In a 2015 National Film Board documentary “Ninth Floor,” Anderson’s son claimed his father was guilty of cultural bias, not personal bias.John said the university’s failure to address such cultural bias was at the root of the incident. Complaints about Anderson raised during a meeting between students and the administration in the spring of 1968 were never properly reviewed by the university, he said, and when students returned to school in September, there was no record of the meeting.“That set the stage for the events that then led up to the occupation and the subsequent conflict,” John said. “It was mishandled from beginning to end.”Among the allegations was that black students routinely received lower marks than their white counterparts and that the professor addressed West Indian students by honorifics versus given names for white students.At a time when getting into medical school was difficult and students faced significant racial barriers, the biology class was an important requisite. John, who went on to become a clinical psychologist, said they were looking for due process in a public forum, but that was not to be.“Students in general had no rights, administrations had no responsibility and black students were to be seen and not heard,” he said.By the time the university agreed in late 1968 to convene a new body to look into the racism complaints, there was no agreement on what form the review should take.“We had no opportunity to say — look this is what we experienced, these are the reasons we were asking for a hearing,” John said. “The only thing people know is that there was an occupation, that the computers were destroyed. That’s the narrative that has survived for 50 years.”In the aftermath of the riot, the university instituted changes to give students a place in decision-making bodies and establish an ombudsman’s office.Among the more notable people arrested was the late Rosie Douglas, an activist who went on to become president of the Caribbean nation of Dominica. Former senator Anne Cools, the first black woman appointed to Senate, was also arrested after taking part in the occupation. She noted that many of the people arrested were white.“Many people have tried to make it sound like a racial incident, but it was not,” Cools said.  “The people who should have taken charge of the matter — those in authority who had power to correct things — were reluctant to act, and as a result the students got more and more aggravated, and eventually a sit-in just happened spontaneously.”A few hundred students started the occupation and as word spread, by the end “every and anybody in Montreal was being drawn to it,” said Cools.How the fire broke out remains unclear. John, who was outside the university as things unravelled, recalled the fear as police held back some members of the public yelling expletives and saying the black protesters should be allowed to burn.“I was among a small group of protesters and we were surrounded by a mob that was out for blood,” John said. “The police protected us from being beaten up or being killed. It was that terrifying.”As for what happened inside the building, Cools said the way unarmed students were dealt with by authorities was wrong. “I view it all as unnecessary,” she said. “The thing is nobody was hurt. In my mind, that was the real salvation.”A new play based on the incident, “Blackout,” will debut Wednesday at the theatre housed in the basement of the same Concordia building in which the events took place. Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jacob Tremblay may only be 10 but he’s proving he has star power.The Room actor was dubbed Best Emerging Actor for his Oscar-nominated performance in Room at the Union of British Columbia Performers and Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Awards ceremony in Vancouver on Nov. 12.Camille Sullivan was named Best Actress for the second year in a row for her role in the drama The Birdwatcher. She was joined by Best Actor Aleks Paunovic for his suspenseful performance in Numb. Lee Tockar was named Best Voice for Slug and Adrien Hein was awarded Best Stunt for his work in the superhero TV show Arrow.Two special awards were also handed out: the John Juliani Award of Excellence was presented to John Wardlow, and the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award went to Joy Coghill.In all, 32 nominees were on the roster this year.ACTRA represents 22,000 members across Canada working in the English-language film/TV industry. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:BNS) TORONTO — Scotiabank has signed a deal to sell its pension and related insurance businesses in the Dominican Republic.The Canadian bank says it will sell Scotia Crecer AFP and Scotia Seguros to Grupo Rizek.Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Scotiabank says the transaction is not financially material to the bank.Grupo Rizek is a diversified business group in the Dominican Republic.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.The sale follows an announcement last month by Scotiabank that it was selling its banking operations in nine Caribbean countries and its insurance operations in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

The adoption of the EU’s “Integrated Border Management (IBM) Agreed Conclusions” in Brussels on Friday is expected to pave the way for the normalisation of the situation at gates 1 and 31 of the border crossings and the restoration of freedom of movement in a peaceful manner, Mr. Ban said.He urged Belgrade and Pristina to further develop and implement, in good faith, arrangements based on those conclusions, which are consistent with a Security Council resolution.“The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to honour the agreements reached in the framework of the dialogue, to refrain from unilateral action, and to actively support the de-escalation of tensions on the ground,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.A dispute between Kosovo and Serbia over the control of the two border crossings in northern Kosovo has led to several violent clashes between local Serb residents and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) in recent months. UN officials have been urging both sides to refrain from unilateral actions and the use of force. 6 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the resumption of the European Union-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, saying he is encouraged by the adoption of the agreement on border controls reached last week. read more

Sirisena said that SriLankan Airlines incurred a huge loss due to the actions of the leaders of the previous regime. He also said that he had ended an era where public funds were wasted.He made these remarks while participating in a ceremony to declare open the newly constructed building complex for the Ministry of Finance, today. “At present I have taken steps to cut down on the expenditures of the Presidential Secretariat by 60%,” the President said, adding that he has never used charter flights for his foreign tours and that he travelled economy class with a small number of delegates. President Maithripala Sirisena says he travels only economy class during his official foreign trips.The President also said that he has fulfilled his duties and responsibilities in an appropriate manner during the last one year. He says as President he has ensured financial discipline and also proper management of the country. “It is the responsibility of the politicians and public officials to pay more attention to the idea of financial discipline and management,” he added.The President pointed out the importance of maintaining strict financial discipline and management in implementing development projects and the importance of fulfilling responsibilities from the very beginning of the year to achieve the annual goals. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Courtesy of Arriagada family / Saskatoon tjames@postmedia.comRelated Mauricio Arriagada’s sisters want anyone with information that could lead to an arrest in connection with his death to come forward. They shared family photos with the StarPhoenix. Mauricio Arriagada’s sisters believe his death was gang-related, so they fear being identified publicly.The 45-year-old was discovered mortally injured in a residential neighbourhood in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill area in early July. They miss him every day, and feel confident someone out there knows enough to help police get answers.“There is someone out there that knows who murdered our brother, they cannot get away with this. Justice needs to be served,” Arriagada’s sisters wrote in a message to a StarPhoenix reporter.First responders were unable to revive Arriagada after he was found in the 300 block of Avenue T South on July 5. His death was deemed a homicide the following day — one of 11 recorded in the city this year.No arrests have been made.Arriagada’s sisters say he enjoyed dancing, drawing and playing guitar, and was known for his sense of humour.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He turned 45 on July 1, just days before he was killed.He grew up in Lloydminster and later moved to northern Alberta, where he lived with another sister, working as a firefighter in the warmer months and as a labourer in winter. After five years, he moved back to Saskatchewan.Arriagada’s life took a turn about 20 years ago when tragedy struck: his first-born daughter was violently shaken while in the care of another man. She was nine months old. The man pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and received a conditional sentence of two years less a day to be served in the community, the StarPhoenix reported in December 2001.Arriagada’s daughter was blinded by the assault. His sisters said she has the mental age of a six-month-old, requires a feeding tube and lives in a care home. She also has cerebral palsy.Their brother started using drugs after what happened to his child, one of his sisters said.“It spiralled, just the stress from it, not being able to care for her.”She doesn’t believe he ever received counselling, she said. His contact with his children was infrequent because of his struggles; when he was not using drugs, he was more involved in the children’s lives, she said.In a written statement, the two sisters described the difficulty Arriagada’s older children are having with their father’s death. They said his mother is grieving the loss of her son just a year and a half after her husband died. Arriagada was the fourth of five children.“He had four sisters by blood and a lot of other people who considered him their brother throughout their lives as he tended to have a soft heart and helped many when they were down on their luck,” they wrote.They want anyone with information about what happened to him to come forward. They believe someone will give Saskatoon police or Crime Stoppers the information needed to make an arrest, they said.“Our father always wanted him home, he has him home now, just not the way it was supposed to be.”  Saskatoon police investigating city’s eighth homicide of 2019 Police vow ‘no limit’ on resources to Pleasant Hill after violence, three homicides Pleasant Hill community association seeks action on boarded-up houses So far this year, Saskatoon has recorded 11 homicides and one suspicious death.When a death is classified as a homicide, that means someone is responsible for causing the death of someone else and evidence could lead investigators to lay a homicide-related charge — manslaughter, first- or second-degree murder.A death is classified as suspicious if evidence has not led investigators to lay a homicide-related charge; it may be reclassified as a homicide later on, if evidence arises that leads police to believe someone is responsible for the death.Police previously reported that nine homicides took place in Saskatoon in 2018, but in July 2019 they announced the number of homicides last year would be revised upwards by four, for a total of 13.In February 2019, Saskatoon city police become the first police service in Saskatchewan to lay manslaughter charges in connection with drug overdose deaths. Three men charged in 2018 with drug trafficking were charged in late February with four counts of manslaughter in connection with four deaths in March 2018. According to police, cocaine used by the four people who died was laced with fentanyl.Saskatoon police spokeswoman Julie Clark said a death would be reclassified as a homicide as soon as police lay a manslaughter charge. There was some confusion about how police should display the charges in their homicide numbers, since the laying of a homicide-related charge in connection with an overdose death was a first for them, she added.Statistics Canada continues to show eight 2018 homicides in its table of police-reported crimes in Saskatoon.The statistics agency calculates the number of homicides based on when the police service deemed a death a homicide. In an email, the agency said the four deaths that were determined in February to be homicides will be counted in Saskatoon’s 2019 homicide statistics.Statistics Canada did not respond to a request for clarification of the 2018 number, which appears to omit one other homicide recorded by city police. read more

Tempur-Pedic buying rival mattress maker Sealy in $1.3-billion debt-cash deal by The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LEXINGTON, Ky. – Mattress company Tempur-Pedic is buying rival Sealy for about US$228.6 million in cash while also taking on hundreds of millions more in Sealy debt.Tempur-Pedic International Inc. said Thursday that it will pay $2.20 per Sealy share, which is a three per cent premium to the company’s Wednesday closing price of $2.14.Sealy, based in Trinity, N.C., currently has about 103.9 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet. Its stock jumped 21 cents, or 9.8 per cent, to $2.35 in premarket trading.Tempur-Pedic says it will also assume or pay back all of Sealy Corp.’s outstanding debt. The Lexington, Ky., company plans to finance the acquisition with debt. Its shares gained $1.32, or 4.9 per cent, to $28.10 before the market open.The companies put the total value of the deal at $1.3 billion, including debt. They say that the transaction will create a $2.7-billion global bedding provider.Sealy operates 25 plants manufacture bedding in 20 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, France and Italy, according to the company’s website.“Tempur-Pedic and Sealy together will have products for almost every consumer preference and price point, distribution through all key channels, in-house expertise on most key bedding technologies, and a world-class research and development team,” Tempur-Pedic CEO Mark Sarvary said in a statement.Tempur-Pedic and Sealy will run independently of each other, with Sealy’s CEO Larry Rogers remaining in that position. Rogers will report to Sarvary.Tempur-Pedic, founded in 1992, makes and distributes mattresses and pillows in more than 80 countries under its Tempur and Tempur-Pedic brands. Sealy, founded in 1881, makes mattresses under brands including Stearns & Foster, Sealy and Sealy Posturepedic.While Tempur-Pedic has a particularly strong presence in North America, Europe and Asia, Sealy has a strong presence in North America, Asia and Argentina. Sealy also has strong brand recognition through its international licensees and joint ventures.Stockholders with about 51 per cent of Sealy’s outstanding shares have put forth a written consent approving the deal. No additional shareholder approvals are needed to complete the acquisition.Both companies’ boards have approved the buyout, which is expected to close during 2013’s first half.Annual cost savings for the combined company are expected to be more than $40 million by the third year.— With files from The Canadian Press read more

“The Maldives has long provided important leadership on global efforts to bring an end to the use of the death penalty, so it is deeply regrettable that a series of steps have been taken to resume executions in the country,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a press release.Since last November, the High Court decided that the President may no longer exercise the power of commuting death sentences to life imprisonment; in June this year, capital punishment regulations were further amended to allow for hanging in addition to lethal injections as methods of execution.Further, in July, the Supreme Court swiftly issued an order cancelling the stay order issued by the High Court and reiterated that its decisions on death sentences are final.“The death penalty is not effective in deterring crime,” said Mr. Zeid, adding that “a judiciary that is unable to consistently apply fair trial standards and is marred by politicisation must not be allowed to have the final say in matters of life and death.”There are currently 17 individuals on death row in the Maldives. Some cases raise serious due process concerns, with three of them at imminent risk of execution.“Maldives has upheld the right to life for more than 60 years,” said the High Commissioner, also urging “the leaders and the people of the Maldives to continue to uphold the moratorium on the death penalty and work towards prohibiting the practice altogether.” read more

According to a statement issued by his spokesperson today, Mr. Ban also extended his best wishes to President Temer as he begins his tenure. “[The Secretary-General] trusts that under President Temer’s leadership, Brazil and the United Nations will continue their traditional close partnership,” said the statement. The UN chief further thanked President Rousseff for her commitment and support to the work of the UN throughout her tenure.

By Julie JohansenA concerned citizen approached the Emery County Commissioners during their meeting on Tuesday regarding a change in the Board of Equalization guidelines. He disagreed with the Emery County Land Guide that states that if a buildable lot has two or more utilities, it should be assessed the same as if it had full utilities, but a buildable lot without utilities value is set at 50% of the assessed value.The county assessor stated that it is used across the board for everyone and has been for several years. The commission made no comment while Emery County Attorney Mike Olson replied that it is the practice at this time.Business licenses for Bowdy Steele Hunting and Pampered Pets Salon were also approved during the meeting. Next, a yearly 2019 Emergency Management Performance Grant was accepted as a cost share agreement with Forest Service regarding Family Friendly Trails signage. The funds for this cost share grant will come from the tourism budget.Emery County will be hosting a wellness clinic for employees on Oct. 30 and 31 in Castle Dale and Nov. 1 in Green River. This will include $30 flu shots for full-time employees. Spouses and children may participate if they choose and pay a $10 co-payment. This clinic will utilize Emery Medical Center and the cost to the county will $250 for 98 full-time employees. This cost will include vision test, BMI, blood pressure check, lab test and a follow-up visit. Also, any full-time employee who participates in the full clinic will receive four hours of additional vacation time. read more

The NCAA women’s tournament bracket is out, and the Connecticut Huskies have a 52 percent chance to capture their 12th national championship and seventh undefeated season under coach Geno Auriemma, according to our March Madness predictions.This would be their fifth championship in a row and their third championship since last losing a game of any sort, on Nov. 17, 2014 — 847 days ago. If they win this tournament, that run will extend to over 1,000 days before they have another chance to lose next fall.Their 107 consecutive wins is already a record for NCAA basketball, and it’s moving up the ranks of the longest streaks in all of college sports. They recently passed North Carolina’s record streak in women’s soccer of 103 consecutive wins from 1986 to 1990, and they are in striking distance of Penn State’s record 109 wins in women’s volleyball from 2007 to 2010. (Though the Huskies are still a long way from the longest win streak in college sports: Trinity College men’s squash team had 252 consecutive wins from 1998 to 2012 that included 13 national championships.)VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it The Huskies’ chance of winning this year’s tournament is not what it has been in the past, though. It’s well down from the 70 percent chance we gave them at the start of the tournament last year, and the 74 percent chance we gave them the year before — both of which, to be honest, felt a little low.This year, there’s good reason to think they really do have a lower probability of winning. After losing team stars Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck — who were the first, second and third overall picks in the WNBA draft last year — it would have been reasonable to expect their performance to drop a bit. And it has — though the Huskies managed to stay undefeated, they haven’t been quite their dominant selves. They carried a 75-game win streak into this season, having won every game by double digits. But they opened the year with a 2-point victory over Florida State (who’s now a No. 3 in its region) and two other wins this season have come by 6 and 3 points — the latter to unranked Tulane, whom they had beaten in January by 44! Related: Hot Takedown Hot Takedown’s March Madness Special The Huskies are scoring fewer points per possession on offense and allowing more points per possession on defense than they did a year ago — though they are first and second, respectively, in those categories this season anyway.Their biggest obstacle is probably that some of the other contenders are stronger than they have been in the last few years. Baylor (23 percent chance to win, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions) is the next strongest team on paper, and the Lady Bears are in UConn’s neighborhood for both offensive and defensive efficiency — although they have looked vulnerable of late (such as when losing to West Virginia last week). The Huskies have played all three other No. 1 seeds (Baylor, South Carolina and Notre Dame) this season and won all three games by 11. Another threat might be No. 3 Maryland, who is in UConn’s region, have had a UConn-class offense this year and have only lost to the Huskies by 6 and 10 in their past two meetings. Two vanilla losses may not look like something to hang your hat on, but against this powerhouse — even in its mildly weakened form — that’s about as good as it gets.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

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. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT. Remembered, the umbrella charity for the There But Not There campaign, hopes the Chancellor will reimburse the expected £3 million the Treasury will gain from VAT.Credit:News Scan Most notably, VAT was returned to charities benefiting from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies that had been planted at the Tower of London and were then sold for £25 each. A defence minister has taken the unusual step of backing a campaign urging his own Government to refund VAT on an Armed Services charity’s fundraising project.Tobias Ellwood, the minister for veterans, is calling on the Treasury to ensure all money raised from a commemoration marking the centenary since the end of World War One goes to help veterans.Sales of ‘Tommy’ figurines, miniature replicas sold as part of the ‘There But Not There’ campaign, have raised nearly £4 million, with the final figure expected to reach £15 million. However, £800,000 has so far been paid in VAT to the Government.In a move backed by Mr Ellwood, General Sir Lord Dannatt, the patron of Remembered an umbrella organisation for six veterans’ charities, has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to use money from the Libor fund to repay the VAT.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––It follows the 2013 decision by the then chancellor George Osborne to give £1.1 million raised from fines imposed on banks involved in rigging interest rates as a VAT rebate to Armed Forces charities. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There. It emerged earlier this year that £326 million of other Libor funds which had been earmarked for Forces charities had been used to plug shortfalls in ministerial budgets.In his letter sent last month, Lord Dannatt said he wanted to remind the Government that he and the charities Remembered represents were well aware that Libor funds promised them had still not been handed over.He wrote: “In light of the recent, and very disappointing, revelation that £326 million of the Libor money intended for charities has been used to top up central Government funds, we believe the Government needs to demonstrate fully the value placed on the service and sacrifice paid by our veterans.”In a statement issued through the charity, Mr Ellwood said he personally wanted to ensure that the sale of Tommy figurines was exempt from VAT.“With estimated sales expected to reach £15 million, then divided between six charities, the net beneficiary will actually be the Treasury on £3 million, with just £2 million going to each charity,” he said.“I hope you agree, given the optics of this and the good causes supported, that there is a strong case for VAT to be exempted.” The Telegraph understands that The Lord Dannatt spoke to Treasury officials a week ago and had been assured the Chancellor would respond within seven days. No such response has been forthcoming. Former British Army officer and defence select committee member Johnny Mercer said: “We know not all the money pledged to military charities from LIBOR made its way to those that needed it most. Questions still need to be answered.“It would go some way to help temper the mood of military charities however, if the Treasury supported this campaign – as it has with others – and pledged to match-fund money raised or at the very least donate the amount paid in VAT.”The First World War commemoration campaign There But Not There was launched in February 2018 after artist Martin Barraud had first exhibited a 6-foot Tommy silhouette in a church in Penshurst, Kent.Proceeds from the sales will be shared among The Royal Foundation, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Walking with the Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes and Project Equinox, a veterans’ housing project in Plymouth.Rowley Gregg, the Director of the There But Not There campaign, former Army Officer and recipient of the Military Cross said: “I would urge the Chancellor, the Prime Minister and the wider Government to each listen to their conscience”. The life-size outline statue of a First World War soldier stands at the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as part of national art installation, There But Not There.Credit: Brian Thompson read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share26 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 12:04 PM Jan 24th 2017, 12:04 PM 26,170 Views Updated 12.51pmTHREE MEN HAVE appeared in court charged in connection with illegal immigration at Dublin Airport.The three – two Aer Lingus employees with Irish addresses and a man from China in his 20s – appeared before court at the Parkgate Street complex in Dublin this morning.All three have been remanded in custody.Peter Kernan, 56 with an address at Old Rectory Lodge, Church Road, Celbridge, Co Kildare, was charged at Swords garda station last night.He faces two charges of facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State on the 9 and 22 of January 2017.A garda in court said it is alleged he – along with others – organised to facilitate the illegal entry of non-nationals into the State by ‘bypassing passport control and exiting the airport without having any contact with security personnel at all’.Gardaí objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charge and the suspect’s alleged association with organised, criminal gangs who have access to false documents.Judge Cormac Dunne remanded him in custody at Cloverhill for the consideration of bail terms which include €2,000 bail sum, plus another €20,000 independent surety, along with conditions including surrendering his passport, providing a mobile phone contact number to be available at all times, signing on three times a week at Leixlip garda station and having no contact with his co-accused, Frederick Chan.Kernan’s two adult sons and his partner and her daughter were in court this morning.61-year-old Frederick Cham, with an address at Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch, Celbridge in Co Kildare, was charged at Ballymun garda station under the Illegal Immigrants Trafficking Act.28-year-old Xing Wang (no fixed address), who was provided with an interpreter, has been charged with possession of a fake passport, failure to produce a passport or ID and failure to present to immigration officers upon arrival in the State.Both Cham and Wang were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill on Friday when bail will be discussed.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.  By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Two Aer Lingus employees and Chinese national in court over alleged illegal immigration operation The three appeared before the Criminal Courts of Justice. No Comments last_img read more

first_imgGrippe : un vaccin universel bientôt mis au point ?Un vaccin universel pour la grippe ? Une réalité qui semble se rapprocher… Des chercheurs tentent actuellement de développer un vaccin universel après avoir étudié la pandémie de 2009. Selon eux, cette dernière aurait servi d’expérience naturelle afin d’expliquer pourquoi certaines personnes résistent mieux à certaines maladies comme la grippe. Et si vous étiez définitivement protégé contre la grippe ? Si vous n’aviez plus besoin de penser, chaque année, au début de l’hiver, à vous faire vacciner ? Une idée qui devrait séduire en particulier les personnes considérées à risque telles que les seniors, mamans et personnes atteintes de problèmes respiratoires. Objectif ? Mettre au point un vaccin unique qui protégerait les personnes des virus de la grippe, fléau annuel hivernal, à long terme. Dans cet objectif, les chercheurs de l’Imperial College de Londres ont effectué des prélèvements sanguins et nasaux sur 342 volontaires pendant l’épidémie de grippe H1N1, en 2009. Les participants devaient également signaler tout symptôme apparaissant durant les saisons 2010 et 2011 de la grippe et envoyer un échantillon si besoin était.Stimuler des cellules immunitairesAprès observation, les scientifiques se sont aperçus que les personnes n’ayant pas souffert de la grippe possédaient un plus grand nombre de cellules CD8 T (lymphocytes T cytotoxiques) dans leur sang avant le début de la pandémie. A l’inverse, ceux ayant souffert des symptômes possédaient un taux plus bas de cellules CD8 T dans leur système. Ces cellules font partie des défenses immunitaires et sont chargées de reconnaître et détruire des virus comme la grippe.Aujourd’hui, les vaccins poussent le système immunitaire à fabriquer des anticorps reconnaissant les structures situées à la surface des virus (antigènes) appartenant aux souches les plus communes circulant. Néanmoins, dans la mesure, où la surface des virus est très variable, il faut changer de vaccin tous les ans. C’est pourquoi les chercheurs estiment qu’un  vaccin capable de stimuler la production des cellules CD8 T par le corps pourrait être efficace afin de combattre tous les virus liés à la grippe, y compris les nouvelles souches.D’autres études préliminaires suggéraient déjà que les lymphocytes cytotoxiques étaient capables de protéger le corps contre les symptômes de la grippe. Mais ceci n’avait jamais été vérifié sur des hommes au cours d’une pandémie. “Nos résultats suggèrent qu’en forçant le corps à produire plus de cellules CD8 T, les personnes seront protégées contre le virus. Ce dernier ne pourra donc pas se transmettre. Cela pourrait endiguer la grippe saisonnière et prévenir les pandémies”, précise le professeur Ajit Lalvani, qui mène l’étude.Un long processus d’élaborationÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ces résultats ne sont qu’un projet pour un vaccin. Nous connaissons le sous-groupe du système immunitaire impliqué et nous avons identifié les éléments clé situés au cœur du virus. Tout cela sera pris en compte pour le vaccin. En réalité, nous sommes au moins à cinq ans d’une élaboration viable du vaccin. Nous devons encore déterminer comment, ce dont nous avons besoin, etc.”, explique Ajit Lalvani cité par la BBC. En effet, les scientifiques sont conscients qu’il sera plus difficile de produire un vaccin pour stimuler les cellules T que pour provoquer une activité des anticorps. L’objectif sera de stimuler assez les cellules CD8 T pour offrir aux vaccinés une protection durable. Plus sceptique, le professeur Jonh Oxford, de la Queen Mary University, affirme que “l’action de ce type de cellule ne doit pas être si puissante, sinon nous n’aurions pas de pandémie”. “Il est probable que cela ne résolve pas le problème de la grippe”, estime t-il ainsi. Le 24 septembre 2013 à 18:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgThe 10th Annual Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast will start at 7 a.m. Thursday in the main ballroom of the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St.Woodland Mayor Chuck Blum is this year’s host mayor. Around 800 guests are expected to be in attendance, including all other mayors from the county and other public officials.Joseph Anfuso will be the keynote speaker. Anfuso is the founder and president of Forward Edge International, a local, faith-based organization that provides international relief and development in the U.S. and other parts of the world.Registered nurse Jackie Gust will be the testimonial speaker.The event is sponsored by the Clark County Chapters of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America.Tickets are $30 each. For more information or reservations call 360-944-7523 or visit read more

first_imgThe Merc with a Mouth rose from humble origins as just another small-footed badass in the pages of Rob Liefeld’s X-Force to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters primarily because of his willingness to push the boundaries of what was acceptable in superhero comics. Wade Wilson is a wise-cracking, fourth wall breaking murder machine who starred in some of Marvel’s zaniest adventures before getting a surprise hit feature film – and now a sequel.And with popularity there must come fan art. Unlike some of the other fan art horrors we’ve excavated on this website, though, we don’t think Deadpool would terribly mind appearing in these weird fetishes, inept MSPaint and more. He’s so easy-going it’s practically a superpower of its own. So let’s hold hands and dive deep into the weirdest and worst Deadpool fan art out there.View as: One Page Slides1. DeadfurrYou’re going to see a lot of fursonas in this piece, obviously, and a lot of attention paid to Wade Wilson’s butt for some reason. It’s that tight-fitting bodysuit, I guess. This shot depicts a fox (maybe) Deadpool getting very friendly with his unicorn companion.2. Harley’s Tickle TortureThere is a lot of fan art pairing Deadpool with DC’s Harley Quinn, presumably because two wacky psychopaths would have a very stable romantic relationships. This artist is really into armpits and maybe less into actually drawing backgrounds.3. Deadpool’s Bare ButtSo this is from a gallery of literally dozens of images of Deadpool in the exact same pose, just with different underwear and pants situations – thongs, briefs, boxers, you name it. What would inspire someone to do this? Your guess is as good as mine.4. Deadpool’s Muscle GrowthTypically Wade Wilson is portrayed as a pretty skinny dude (Liefeld notwithstanding), but some people have a Thing for big beefy inflated muscles (and whatever’s going on below the belt) and it was just too much for my dude’s poor costume to handle.5. Relationship CounselingI really don’t know if I’d go to Deadpool to talk about problems in my relationship. If you want someone (or several someones) gruesomely murdered, sure, he’s your guy. Definite props to this artist for putting both Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon in booster seats though.6. Deadpool & Celine DionHow exactly Ryan Reynolds got Celine Dion of all people to take part in Deadpool 2 is one of the great mysteries of the modern age, but at least we got some happening fan art out of it.7. Deadpool The HedgehogAt this point we might as well call it Jensen’s Axiom: where there is a sufficient quantity of fan art, there will be Sonic the Hedgehog. The proportions on this unwanted cross-over are a little intense – this dude would tower over Sonic and all his pals.8. Deadpool’s Stinky SocksBear with me here, because I think this image raises an important question: if you have a healing factor like Deadpool does, do you still get body odor? It’s caused by bacteria feasting on sweat and other excretions, but what if your body purges said toxins mutagenically? Or is your foot stank worse because of it? Marvel, we need a Scratch & Sniff issue immediately.9. SexypoolThere are a lot of drawings of Deadpool nude on DeviantArt in varying levels of skill. Some of them leave out the grotesque cancerous boils and scars all over his body, while others embrace them. Give special attention here to his Sharpied-on six-pack and his tremendous hog.10. Deadpool Vs. ChicaNot only is the subject matter here pretty horrifying – Deadpool sharing what appears to be an intimate moment with one of the homicidal animatronic fursuits from Five Nights At Freddy’s – but the rendering style makes the whole thing look like an 80s Stephen King knock-off book cover.11. Lady Deadpool’s PieYes, “Lady Deadpool” is a real character, a masked mercenary named Wanda Wilson from Earth-3010, a reality wracked by civil war. It’s good they created her because it gave weird fetishists a hetero outlet for their inflation fantasies and the like.12. MerpoolApparently it’s “Mermaid May” which isn’t a thing I knew existed, but there are several interpretations of Deadpool as a half-fish ocean-dweller. This one’s my favorite.13. Who Let What OutBoy, it’s sure convenient that whatever bizarre event massively inflated Deadpool and Spider-Man’s musculature (and their nipples, yikes) didn’t tear away the costumes around their groin areas. Nobody needs to see that.14. SexypoolIt’s wild how many people out there have horny feelings for Deadpool. If Wade can get some, you have no excuse.15. Fox/Disney MergerWill the Marvel Cinematic Universe be made whole once more if the massive media merger goes through? Apparently some of Uncle Walt’s best-loved characters aren’t so enthusiastic about the deal.16. XenopoolI mean, sure, why not at this point?17. I Made Myself CrySo the biggest genre of Deadpool slash art and fiction seems to be “Spideypool,” which postulates that young Peter Parker, instead of going with Mary Jane Watson, the Black Cat or any of the other hotties that populate his life, would opt romatically for a horribly scarred sociopathic murderer. Sure, we can see it.18. Playing Darts With FelipeI literally have no idea what’s going on here. I think I have to go lay down. Enjoy Deadpool 2.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. “Four stories of love and lust from comics’ coolest artists and writer ALEX de CAMPI! First, a demon prowls the 1978 New York disco scene in “OLD FLAMES,” drawn by KATIE SKELLY. Then, a curvy photographer’s assistant falls in love with someone way out of her league in “TWINKLE & THE STAR,” with art from ALEJANDRA GUTIÉRREZ. A spacefleet captain captures a most infuriating pirate in “INVINCIBLE HEART,” drawn by CARLA SPEED McNEIL. And a princess runs away with a dragon in “TREASURED,” featuring art by TRUNGLES. Plus steamy prose romance stories from awesome folks like MAGEN CUBED and VITA AYALA, and more comics shorts about love from MEREDITH McCLAREN, SARAH HORROCKS, MARGARET TRAUTH, and SARAH WINIFRED SEARLE.”TWISTED ROMANCE(W): Alex de Campi, Megan Cubed, Vita Ayala, Meredith McClaren, Jess Bradley, Naomi Salmon, Sarah Horrocks, Margaret Trauth, Sarah Winifred Searle (A): Katie Skelly, Alejandra Gutiérrez, Carla Speed McNeil, Trungles, Meredith McClaren, Sarah Horrocks, Margaret Trauth, Sarah Winifred SearleWe all love. We all have different experiences, wants, and needs when it comes to the wacky world of romance. It’s beyond confusing, but can also be lovely and downright terrifying as well. Love is something the binds us all together. In Twisted Romance, we’re told about stories of love in a way that’s clever, unique, multilaminate and downright beautiful. Twisted Romance bleeds charming, heartbreaking and seductive parts of what romance is and can be.Twisted Romance carries an ensemble of immeasurable talent. Every story is something that’s so unique and wonderful, but also fascinating and hopeful. It’s so hard not to talk about these stories one by one. For the sake of this review, I’m going to have to try my hardest. Alex de Campi, again, brings together a set of the dopest and brilliantly talented artists and writers to show you what love is.via Image ComicsThe most captivating thing about the anthology as a whole is how much of a vast and extensive range the comes and stories are. They’re not laced in JUST typical rom-coms, but they carry in different genres like science fiction, horror, avant-garde, coming of age and more. The stories are also very different in the way that their writer or artist shape their narrative. Campi curates this anthology not only to include comics but long-form prose as well. The mixing of the two mediums side by side is outstanding and allows to show different ranges of what the romance genre can bring. The structure aside, the stories inside of Twisted Romance will give you a whole new range of feelings, mystique, and excitement that you’ve never felt before.Let’s break down some of my favorite stories in Twisted Romance. Campi lends her voice to four stories sprinkled throughout this anthology, but the two that very much captured me was “Twinkle & The Star” with art by Alejandra Gutiérrez and “Treasured” with Trunlges. Twinkle & The Star focuses on a curvy photography assistant who happens to like one of the hottest actors in town who (slight spoiler) turns out to be ace or asexual.This story captured me for some reasons, but the overall narrative shook me. I don’t see many ace characters, especially men saying their ace in comics, so it was refreshing to see that with such casualty. Twinkle’s a character that’s so unapologetic but also laced with insecurities because of her work environment. This was also VERY refreshing to see. This story became a heavy stand-out for me with Campi’s narratives. It’s a coming of age story, but one that feels tremendously real.via Image ComicsAlejandra Gutiérrez’s art is another that instantly drew me in. She has a unique style that can’t be compared anywhere else. I love her character designs, the quirky characteristics she attaches to them and everything about their expressions. She does wonders within her panels. Gutiérrez does something different in, out and around the panel. Things are framed differently than you would expect. She also provides a different layout from the characters. It’s an out of this world style that’s so abstract and off the rails.I’m speechless with Trunlges and Campi’s story “Treasured,” to be honest with you. There’s so much to say about it, but it speaks so much on its own. Trungles and Campi team up to bring readers a fairytale of a princess who gets into an abusive relationship and has to save herself. The narrative will leave you holding your breath until the final moments. You’ll hope this princess makes it out of her capture and lives a life away from this dragon.It’s also a brilliant reimagining of a fairytale that fits so well within message at hands. Trungles art is made for a fairytale of any kind. Trungles indeed has a that is his very own. His art floats and breezes, but also has a high layer of detail that you find yourself astounded by. I found myself reading this story a couple of times and, honestly, it almost made me cry. I’m a softie, what can I say?via Image ComicsI said this before, but there are some incredible prose within this anthology. Vita Ayala, Jess Bradley, Naomi Salmon, and Magen Cubed do an utterly outstanding job in crafting these long (but short) prose for this comics. The two stories that genuinely got me were “Leather & Lace” by Magen Cubed and “Unbound” by Naomi Salmon. For “Leather & Lace,” Cubed mixes vampires, wendigos, and an old-fashioned monster hunt turned on its head. Magen’s writing is so vivid. You find yourself wanting to be a part of her world yourself. Cubed is an incredible writer that can mix that level of saucy romance mixed with outright horror that will blow your mind and leave you crawling back for more.Unbound by Naomi Salmon is the complete opposite of Cubed’s Leather & Lace. It tells the story of a man who finally gets a chance to let go when he starts a new life. He meets a new neighbor, who may or may not own a sex club, and learns more about himself with said neighbor in the way of bondage. There’s something about this story that held my attention from start to finish. Delio, our main character, feels like he could fall apart at any second. The ropes hold him together. It’s a different kind of story that’s not exactly all about sex but involves that aspect as well as keeping YOU together. Salmon does an astonishing job with this story. It feels like such a lively and humbling character study. It makes you want to know the before and after of Delio’s journey.Last, but certainly not least, Would You Even Know It? by Meredith McClaren was a story that made you think a little bit more afterward. The story revolves around a girl and her AI. At first, it becomes a tug of war, but eventually, they grow close and might have even fallen in love. It explores the different types of ways that you can tell if you may be in love and would you even know you were in love when it came? It’s such a small and quiet story that speaks so much more. McClaren makes you look inside yourself a little bit to figure out if you’ve ever been in love. Will you know it if it happens? What are the signs? It’s a quiet little retrospective type of comic that allows your brain to almost malfunction because of its cuteness and brilliance.via Image ComicsTwisted Romance has TONS more stories that I didn’t get to mention. Every one of them is something special that gives another side of love that we don’t get to see every day. We’re stuck with the same old, same old, but in Twisted Romance, they’re the romantic stories we never really get to see or be told. It redefines the genre into something that woos you and makes you melt. Twisted Romance is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.8/22/2018 Releases – In addition to TWISTED ROMANCE, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Kim Reaper: Vampire Island #1 by Sarah Graley (W+A+CA) Oni PressRocko’s Modern Life #8 by Ryan Ferrier (W), Ian McGinty (A), Fred C. Stresing (C), Jorge Monlongo (CA) BOOM! StudiosThe Dreaming #1 by Simon Spurrier (W), Bilquis Evely (A), Mat Lopes (C), June Chung & Jae Lee (CA) VertigoBorder Town #1 by Eric M. Esquivel (W), Roman Villalobos (A), Tamra Bonvillain (C) VertigoWWE: NXT Takeover: The Blueprint by Dennis Hopeless (W), Jake Elphick (A), Doug Garbark (C), Lucas Werneck (CA) BOOM! StudiosThe Further Adventures of Nick Wilson by Marc Andreyko, Eddie Gorodetsky (W), Ian Churchill, Stephen Sadowski (A) Image ComicsPrism Stalker Vol. 1 by Sloane Leong (W+A+CA) Image ComicsAsgardians of the Galaxy #1 by Cullen Bunn (W), Matteo Lolli (A), Dale Keown (CA) Marvel ComicsQuicksilver: No Surrender #5 by Saladin Ahmed (W), Eric Nguyen (A), Martin Simmonds (CA) Marvel ComicsLooking for the best variant covers this week, Snotgirl #11 is wonderful! Want to support great indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. Read our review on Planet of the Apes: Visionaries, before you grab the new Boom! book. But as always stay on top of all things graphic novel here.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, will sit with the councillors of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) next week to select the Mayor. Sabyasachi Dutta recently resigned after the councillors moved a no-confidence motion against him for his anti-party activities. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Krishna Chakraborty, chairperson of the BMC, Tapas Chatterjee, Deputy Mayor and Debashis Jana, a senior BMC councillor at Nabanna and discussed the steps that should be taken to resolve the impasse. Firhad Hakim was also present in the meeting. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt was decided that he would meet the councillors next week to select the Mayor. Some councillors have expressed their reservation over the appointment of Tapas Chatterjee as the Mayor. Chatterjee was an active member of the CPI(M) and was the chairman of Rajarhat Gopalpur municipality. In 2011, Chatterjee contested in the Assembly elections with a CPI(M) ticket from Rajarhat-New Town constituency and was defeated by Sabyasachi Dutta. After Chatterjee joined the Trinamool Congress, differences with Dutta came out in the open. There had been stormy meetings of the Mayor-in-Council members. On July 1, Dutta refused to share the dais with Chatterjee to commemorate the birth and death anniversary of Dr BC Roy which was organised by the BMC.last_img read more

first_imgThe new Qantas and Emirates extensive aviation partnership announced yesterday will see “greater opportunities” for Australia’s inbound markets, according to tourism leaders.Qantas said commencing April 2013, the agreement would see the carrier move its flights to Europe from the Kangaroo Route with British Airways and onto the Falcon Route with Emirates. Still subject to regulatory approval, the Australian flag carrier explained the agreement would give its customers the option to fly one of 98 weekly flights between Australia and Dubai as well as access to up to 70 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The increase in air access announced by the carrier is “critical” to increasing Australia’s tourism numbers, according to Tourism, Transport and Forum (TTF) chief executive John Lee, and will likely improve travel times for travellers coming to Australia from Europe. Mr Lee added that the new partnership would also strengthen both carriers to host an “unrivalled global network” which will provide new opportunities to the Australian tourism industry. “It [the partnership] will allow both carriers to focus on the future and ensuring they can grow sustainably in the years ahead,” he said. Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy concurred, adding that that while the agreement had “potential” to increase international visitor numbers, its success “would need to be judged fully over time”.He explained that although Qantas should “do whatever” to survive, the loss of flights between Singapore and Frankfurt would “be a loss” for Australia and its effect should not be underplayed. “Tourism Australia will work closely with the industry including those carriers that continue to serve Western Europe to ensure we best manage this change,” Mr McEvoy said. “We’re pleased to hear that no other Qantas international services have been cut and that there is a commitment over the medium term to open new routes – including Trans Tasman and into Asia, the fastest growing tourism region to this country.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgThe Audit Office said on Wednesday it uncovered no evidence that President Nicos Anastasiades unduly influenced or stood to gain financially from a planned development in the village of Pera Pedi in Limassol.Weighing its words carefully, the Audit Office said: “No audit evidence has been presented before us, nor have we found any audit evidence indicating that the President of the Republic had, or has, in any way any involvement, be it by interest or by abuse of power, in the promotion of the development in question.”Immediately after the report’s release, deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos crowed that “yet another attempt by the known mudslingers and fake news producers has collapsed like a house of cards”.In late October it emerged that land belonging to Anastasiades and his family was included in the large tract of forest acquired by Parnitha Development Ltd, a company first set up in 1979 but now belonging to one Leonid Buryy, who has been granted Cypriot citizenship.The president owned approximately one-twelfth of a 83,279 square metre parcel in Pera Pedi which the developers bought. The company’s acquisition of the land involved purchasing some of the real estate from the president’s brother and sister.In the wake of the political controversy after the reveal, Anastasiades denied any wrongdoing and requested that the auditor-general investigate the case.In its report, the Audit Office confirms that the share of parcel 57 that is registered under Anastasiades’ name is not included in the planned development project.The development will be built on an expanse totalling almost 200,000 square metres, of which construction will cover more than 24,000 square metres, including a hotel, a spa, five villas, a church, and a stable to host up to eight horses.The development would require some 3,000 trees to be felled. The developers say they intend to plant 1,800 new trees to compensate.The Audit Office also found no evidence of suspicious dealings between Anastasiades’ relatives and the developers.The price (per square metre) at which the plots were sold by the president’s relatives to the company were in line with – and in some cases lower than – the prices of adjacent parcels, some of which formed part of the planned development and others did not.Moreover the auditor-general found that the share of the parcel owned by the president is not eligible for development because it lacks any road access, per regulations. This could change in the future, the report added.However, the report does point out an irregularity, in that the planning application for the development filed to the Limassol district town planning office on January 17, 2017 is not signed – as it ought to be – by all the registered owners of the land slated for the development.Specifically, the signature missing from the application is that of Anastasiades. His signature is required as well, because formally he is still part-owner of parcel 57, pending approval of a separate application for separation of the parcel’s plots.“It is therefore our position that the [planning] application should not have been advanced without Mr Anastasiades’ signature,” the Audit Office states.The report also raises questions about the granting of Cypriot citizenship to the Russian national  Buryy and his spouse via the investment-for-citizenship scheme.The citizenships were approved by a cabinet decision on December 14, 2015.Citizenship is granted to foreign nationals who buy a residence in Cyprus worth at least €500,000 and who “demonstrably participate in a special collective investment scheme, provided that the total value of the investment is at least €12.5 million.”The ‘collective investment scheme’ was the criterion by which Buryy and his spouse received Cypriot citizenship.But according to the Audit Office, the investments for which the naturalisations were approved appear to be unrelated, and therefore cannot be considered a collective investment scheme, and thus should have made the applicants ineligible for Cypriot citizenship.  You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchEarly Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Learn About Treatments & Symptoms. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more