Independence at core of federal prosecution services creation

first_imgOTTAWA — The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is involved in allegations of improper government influence IN two major cases: the prosecutions of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman over allegations he leaked secrets to a shipyard and of SNC-Lavalin on charges of bribery and corruption in Libya.Here are five things to know about the prosecution service and its independence:What is the Public Prosecution Service?The service is “a national, independent and accountable prosecuting authority” whose mandate is to prosecute federal offences as well as provide legal advice and assistance to law enforcement.The office may prosecute in cases covered by 250 federal statutes, although it only regularly uses about 40 of those. Its cases include money-laundering, organized crime, terrorism, and regulatory offences. Many of its cases involve drug charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. It also handles Criminal Code charges in the three territories, cases that are prosecuted by provincial Crown attorneys in the provinces.As of last spring, the service had over 1,000 employees. It is headquartered in Ottawa with regional offices across Canada.Formerly the Federal Prosecution Service, the 2006 Director of Public Prosecutions Act made the service formally independent of the Justice Department — it answers to the same minister but isn’t part of the same bureaucracy.What was the point of that?The prosecution service was created on Dec. 12, 2006 following a Conservative campaign promise that it would be free of political interference. This was after the sponsorship scandal, and the Tories had been elected partly on a promise that they’d clean up political corruption.“There’s going to be a new code on Parliament Hill,” prime minister Stephen Harper said at the time. “Bend the rules, you will be punished; break the law, you will be charged; abuse the public trust, you will go to prison.”Who’s in charge of it?Kathleen Roussel is its current director. A one-time criminal defence attorney who has been a government lawyer for much of her career, including in environmental law and the program that enforces gun-control rules, she was appointed in June 2017 for a term of seven years.“The relationship between the attorney general and the director is premised on respect for the independence of the prosecution function and the need to consult on important matters of general interest,” reads a news release announcing the appointment.What does the justice minister have to do with it?According to the legislation, the service’s director acts under and on behalf of the attorney general, the Crown’s chief lawyer, through whom it reports to Parliament.In Canada, the same person is both justice minister and attorney general. Some other places, such as the United Kingdom, separate the justice minister’s job from the attorney general’s, though both positions are held by politicians.Except for Canada Elections Act matters, the attorney general is allowed to direct or even personally take over prosecutions but must do so in writing and with notice published in the Canada Gazette, the official record of government decisions. For general prosecution directives, the attorney general must also consult with the director.Does this happen a lot?Not very often. But Wilson-Raybould used this power as recently as Nov. 30, with a direction in relation to HIV non-disclosure cases, telling federal prosecutors not to pursue charges against people with HIV who have sex without informing their partners, as long as the circumstances were such that there was virtually no chance of transmitting the illness.The law didn’t change but the instruction to federal prosecutors — which only applied in the handful of jurisdictions where they handle criminal cases — changed the way it is applied.Stephen Cook, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Heroes For Heroes 3rd Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker

first_imgFor 45 years stars from TV, Film, Music and Sports along with community members have come together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve Los Angeles.On September 10, 2017 they will join together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $17 million dollars without any direct taxpayer money. The Foundation takes care of the widows and orphans of Officers killed in the line of duty when they may not have any other means. The Foundation helps ensure the children of Officers killed have the funds available to go to college, and helps with medical costs and other life necessities.This year, the event will feature a surprise 90th Birthday celebration for one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, baseball legend Tommy Lasorda. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment & sports items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers, dinner with Tommy Lasorda and more.PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable arm of PokerStars, (The Stars Group) the world’s largest online poker company has been the event’s biggest supporter since it began in 2013. “Without their support again, we may not be able to hold this event that is currently the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families enduring serious hardships. It means a great deal to us and we are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support.” – Al Atkins, Executive Director. PokerStars Helping Hands also donated the Grand Prize for the Celebrity Poker Tournament. The winner will head to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in January 2018 for a chance to win huge cash prizes. This is one of the most prestigious poker events across the globe where in 2018 participants will have a chance to play with superstars Kevin Hart, Usain Bolt, Sergio Garcia and the top poker players in the world. “PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the LA Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.Poker Central is a new supporter of the event. The company delivers poker’s most premier content when and where you want it including live events such as the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and the WSOP Main Event.Additional Sponsors include: Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association Inc., Charity Bids, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aflac, Original Tommy’s, Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, City Employees Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee LLP, McNicholas Law, Park Regency Realty, Milken Family Foundation, Caliber Photoworks, Candy Vixen, Robo Records, LA Rams, LA Lakers, LA Dodgers.“This has become one of the top celebrity charity poker tournaments around. One of the special things about this event is the diversity of celebrities, sponsors and community members that continually come out to support this worthwhile cause.” -Traci Szymanski, CEO of Co-Star EntertainmentGuests expected to attend this year include: Board of Directors member Jerry West, Larry King, Tommy Lasorda, Al Joyner, Arianne Zucker, Barbie Blank, Baron Davis, Beau Casper Smart, Bill Fay, Brunson Green, Carl Weathers, Chuck Liddell, Corey Maggette, Danny Zucker, Donovan Carter, Galen Gerring, Gilles Marini, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Jamie Gold, Jason Collins, Jayde Nicole, Joanna Krupa, Joey Fatone, John O’hurley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Katie Cleary, Kenny Johnson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Maria Ho, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Cudlitz, Nathan Kress, Nathan Morris, Roger Cross, Ryan Kelley, Shanna Moakler, Shawn Patrick Christian, Shawne Merriman, Shawn Stockman, Steven Bauer, Tito Ortiz, Tony Denison, Torrie Wilson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Verne Troyer, Vanessa Marcil, Willie Garson with many surprise guests.James Gandolfini hosted the Foundation’s first charity poker tournament in 2013 and Don Cheadle in 2016. Additional pasts hosts and supporters of LAPMF throughout the years include Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Elton John, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vin Scully, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Donnell, George Lopez, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Andy Garcia, Gene Simmons, Marlon Wayans, David Hasselhoff, Backstreet Boys, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and more.Tickets here.Discounted tickets available for all current & retired law enforcement.last_img read more

Conservation International Releases Virtual Reality Project My Africa Worldwide

first_imgConservation International has released its latest virtual reality project “My Africa” worldwide on the WITHIN app.Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, “My Africa” transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.Viewers can also journey to “My Africa” in 360-degree video on conservation.org/MyAfrica. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival VR Arcade, and is available in seven languages: English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili.“My Africa” was produced for Conservation International by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 and with the support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Additional support for distribution was provided by glassybaby.The film opens with iconic wildlife scenes: Viewers stand in the midst of a thundering herd of wildebeest migrating across the Mara River, in front of a lioness as she captures her prey, and later, with an inquisitive baby elephant in a community-led sanctuary in northern Kenya.But “My Africa” is ultimately a story about people. A young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe, with narration in English by Lupita Nyong’o, takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun.Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community. In a region where conservation has traditionally been pursued by wealthy outsiders, Reteti, and the surrounding conservancy organization, Northern Rangelands Trust, offer a different model — one grounded in local leadership and traditional knowledge.“‘My Africa’ is about a path forward for saving the miracle that is Africa — the last place on Earth where significant numbers of the world’s largest land animals still roam,” said project Executive Producer and Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan. “If we are going to save nature in a crowded world we need to entirely rethink how we go about it. This film shows a new way, one that unites, rather than divides, people from wildlife. Today, conservation is not about building fences but rather breaking down barriers, so that local communities benefit when nature thrives.”“Tiffany is proud to continue our support of Conservation International and further our wildlife conservation efforts with the release of ‘My Africa,’” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chairman and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “We believe people need to experience what is at risk of being lost in order to understand what needs to be protected. By transporting viewers to the majestic wildlife and natural landscapes of Kenya, we hope to inspire audiences to become more passionate advocates for conservation.”Tiffany & Co. also contributes to wildlife conservation in Africa through the company’s charitable Save the Wild collection.The project comes at a critical time for East Africa’s wildlife. Poaching, land degradation and climate change threaten the long-term survival of many of the region’s most iconic species and strain the resources that people need to survive. In “My Africa,” viewers glimpse a path forward: a place where communities work for the long-term success of the species and reap the benefits, including increased stability, opportunity and improved livelihoods. Here, in northern Kenya, is a new economy, one that enables people and nature to thrive together.“My Africa” is Conservation International’s third virtual reality project, following “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy.” The virtual reality approach, says Sanjayan, is bringing the nature documentary into the 21st century and is aimed at reaching new audiences to grow broader support for conservation. “Virtual reality can give viewers that in-depth experience that is so needed to build empathy and, we hope, inspire action.”Audiences are responding and taking action. Conservation International’s first two virtual reality projects have earned more than 3 million views to date. “Under the Canopy” helped the organization, with the backing of SC Johnson, protect 10,000 acres in an acre-for-acre match program to conserve the Amazon rainforest. Those acres will now kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation effort, taking place in the Brazilian region of the Amazon.The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary featured in “My Africa” opened in 2016 with the support of glassybaby – and in 2017, glassybaby was awarded with Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero award in honor of its commitment to Reteti and for conservation efforts across the globe.last_img read more

Organization representing southern Labrador Inuit condemns jailing of Inuk land protector Beatrice

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe organization that represents southern Labrador Inuit condemned the jailing of Inuk land protector Beatrice Hunter.“Clearly the justice system is flawed,” NunatuKavut President Todd Russell wrote in a statement released Monday. “It has not responded appropriately or fairly to those who have demonstrated their objections to the Muskrat Falls project and been charged as a consequence.”Hunter, an Inuk grandmother, was sent to a men’s penitentiary 1,000 km to the south in St. John’s May 29 after refusing a judge’s request to stay at least one km away from the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam.Hunter was in court for breaking a previous court order stemming from an occupation of the controversial multi-billion dollar mega-project in Autumn.The Muskrat Falls project has been facing fierce resistance from Labrador Inuit who say the flooding of the Lower Churchill River will cause the toxin methylmercury to be released into the land.“I felt like I was being bullied into a corner because of what I believe,” Hunter said to the Independent.ca over the phone from prison. “I felt pressured, in a corner and I was like, ‘No, you can’t do this! You can’t tell me where I can go and where I can’t go!’ I haven’t done anything wrong.”Beatrice Hunter, centre with the headband, sits in a court in Labrador surrounded by fellow land protectors.Hunter is in a men’s prison because Newfoundland’s prison for women is full. There is currently no correctional facility for adult women in Labrador.Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Justice Andrew Parsons said in a statement that the Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) is adequately prepared to handle female inmates.“In many ways, the female unit at HMP is like a separate prison. Renovations were made last year at HMP to appropriately and safely accommodate female inmates. The unit is completely self-contained,” said Parsons in the statement.Aside from calling the punishment of Inuit land protectors such as Hunter unfair, Todd Russell’s statement urges the Ministry of Justice to do more to accommodate Indigenous perspectives in the court of law.“We challenge the justice system to do better and find culturally appropriate alternatives and solutions,” Russell said. “We challenge the justice system to respond in a manner wherein Inuit and other Indigenous peoples can have some measure of comfort that justice is indeed being done and is seen to be donefairly and justly.The Ministry of Justice said it wouldn’t respond to Russell’s statement because the case is still before the courts.More than 2,000 people have signed a petition for Hunter’s release – and daily vigils are being held this week outside the penitentiary she is being held in. Hunter is scheduled to have a hearing on Tuesday.last_img read more

Indigenous complaints about pipeline builder to be probed by government police

first_imgThe RCMP also said it has received complaints from both the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and Coastal GasLink regarding traplines and the removal of personal property items.“We are following up on all complaints and continue to facilitate ongoing and direct dialogue between all parties regarding various issues,” the RCMP said.Coastal GasLink is working to build a natural gas pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to LNG’s export facility on the coast as part of a $40-billion project.Members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation issued a statement Monday saying the company “wilfully, illegally, and violently destroyed” its property this weekend, while the company said its actions have been permitted and lawful.Jen Wickham, a member of the Gidimt’en clan within the nation, said Coastal GasLink bulldozed three tents constructed with timber and canvas in an area along a logging road not included in the company’s plans.“CGL workers just tore down all our stuff, threw them in (shipping containers) and said we had until the end of the day to pick them up or they would be thrown in the dump,” she said. “These areas are active work zones that are lawful and permitted. Any obstruction impeding our crews from safely accessing these work zones is in contravention of a court order,” Coastal GasLink said.On Friday, Coastal GasLink said it stopped work in an area closer to its planned work site because traplines had been placed inside construction boundaries and people were entering the site, raising safety concerns.Jason Slade, a supporter with the nearby Unist’ot’en camp run by Wet’suwet’en members, said Monday that work only halted temporarily and the traplines had been destroyed. He said excavation had begun at the site of a planned “man camp.”The Unist’ot’en allege the actions violate the Wildlife Act by interfering with lawful trapping, as well as an agreement that the Wet’suwet’en hereditary clan chiefs had reached with RCMP allowing the company access to the area and ensuring traditional practices like trapping could continue.The clan also alleges it is violating its permits with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and Environmental Assessment Office by beginning construction work before an archaeological impact assessment has been complete.In a letter to the commission on Friday, Chief Knedebeas of the Unist’ot’en Clan points to an affidavit filed by a company official in November as part of its court injunction application, saying the assessment is scheduled for May.Knedebeas asks in the letter that a stop-work order be issued immediately while the allegations are investigated. VICTORIA, B.C. – The British Columbia government says it will inspect the site of a planned natural gas pipeline southwest of Houston following allegations that the company building the project is violating its permits.Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and supporters have alleged that Coastal GasLink is engaging in construction activity without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents unnecessarily.The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources says in a statement that joint site inspection will be conducted by the province’s Environmental Assessment Office and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission next week.“We anticipate that it will take some time subsequently to determine whether any non-compliances are evident and, if so, the appropriate enforcement action,” the ministry said.center_img The tents were constructed when members erected a barrier at the same location, where RCMP enforced a court injunction on Jan. 7 and arrested 14 people in a move that sparked protests across Canada and internationally.Wickham said members of the First Nation told RCMP they wanted the tents to remain to host cultural workshops.Following the enforcement of the court injunction, a road was plowed around the tents allowing free movement of vehicles.Coastal GasLink said in a statement that all work it’s doing is “approved and permitted and in full compliance” with its environmental assessment certificate issued by the province and the company has met all required pre-construction conditions.last_img read more

Moroccos contribution is crucial for Malis stabilization MINUSMA

Rabat – Deputy special representative of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) David Gressly underlined, on Thursday in Rabat, that Morocco’s contribution is crucial for the stabilization of Mali. Morocco is very committed not only in Mali but also in the whole region, Gressly told the press after a meeting with minister delegate for the Interior Cherki Drais. It is important that Morocco continue playing this support role in Mali, he said. It is a common goal for all of us to reinforce security and stability in the region, mainly in Mali, and promote population’s prosperity, said the UN official. He added that the talks, which he described as very useful, touched on the current situation in Mali and Morocco’s commitments in this regard. read more

Mourinhos Daughter More Glamourous than Her Father

Miami – Her picture is the talk of the day, her revealing outfit the main reason, and her name is Mathilde Mourinho, Jose Mourinho’s daughter.Chelsea’s manager’s oldest daughter, simply known as Tami, accompanied her father to the GQ Men of the Year Awards, where he received the Editor’s Special Award, according to UK’s Daily Mail.18 year-old Tami arrived at the event wearing a revealing design by French fashion brand Balmain, known as the ‘garçon style’. The black ‘velvet tuxedo’ dress has a deep low-cut neckline designed to be worn braless. It is fitted at the waist and hips down to a miniskirt length, closing at the back with Balmain’s signature thick zipper.Tami’s tanned skin and slender, although by the looks of her low-cut style, some may say voluptuous body, fit the gown to perfection, leaving very little to the imagination.The dress by Balmain, favored by many celebrities is valued at £2,145 nearly EUR 3,000, according to Hola.Wearing her brown hair in a simple up-do, small pieces of jewelry and holding a black and red clutch, Tami captured the lenses of the paparazzi and all attendees. The young women, who lives in London and studies Fine Arts, has been seen with One Direction’s Niall Horan at Stamford Bridge, among other events in London’s social scene.According to previous photographs, Tami and her father, as well as his wife and 14-year old son have attended many events together. Yet, this is the first time the young woman dresses in such a provocative fashion.The many pictures taken on the GQ’s red carpet, depict a sexy Tami next to a serious-faced Mourinho.For a man winning such a special award, his attitude, as some sources say, was not too happy with the excessive attention his daughter was causing. Or maybe the ‘Special One’ is just used to being himself the center of attention; only he knows the reason of his less than joyful look.One thing is sure, his daughter won the night’s attention. read more

Middle East countries need to overhaul education systems – World Bank

A new report by the World Bank finds that countries in the Middle East and North Africa need to overhaul their education systems to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive world.“The Road Not Traveled: Education Reform in the Middle East and North Africa,” which provides a comprehensive economic analysis of the impact of education investments on the region, was released today in Amman, Jordan. The report notes that 40 years of education investments have closed the gender gap at the primary school level and resulted in nearly universal education.However, the region – which still lags behind East Asia and Latin America in literacy and in average years of schooling among people 15 and older – faces new challenges posed by globalization and the “increasing importance of knowledge in the development process.”“Since education is the main source of knowledge creation, the task is clear,” the report says. “The education systems must be changed to deliver new skills and expertise necessary to excel in a more competitive environment.”This means that students in the region need to acquire a new set of “soft skills” – problem solving, communications, foreign language – that are critical to further advancement.“In order to become competitive, there has got to be a shift from the ability to perform routine tasks towards those soft skills which are absolutely essential for increasing productivity,” says Michal Rutkowski, Sector Director for Human Development in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa region.“This shift is in the process, but the countries really need to accelerate it in order to remain competitive,” he adds.Mr. Rutkowski also notes that countries in the region are not enjoying the same returns on education investment at the higher-education level as some fast-growing middle-income countries in Asia, such as Malaysia and the Republic of Korea.“What we see in the region is that those who graduate from universities cannot find jobs. The unemployment rate is very high among them. Therefore, the average return that you observe is also not high, and this is a serious problem,” he says. 5 February 2008A new report by the World Bank finds that countries in the Middle East and North Africa need to overhaul their education systems to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive world. read more

UN tribunal upholds life sentence for senior Rwandan politician convicted of genocide

Appeal judges serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, affirmed the life sentence against Tharcisse Renzaho, citing the gravity of the other offences for which he was convicted.Mr. Renzaho, who served as governor of Kigali-Ville prefecture and as a colonel in the Rwandan army at the time of genocide, was convicted of a series of offences by the ICTR in 2009. He participated in a particularly notorious attack at the Sainte Famille church in central Kigali, where more than 100 Tutsis were slaughtered and numerous women were raped.The judges reversed Mr. Renzaho’s convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions in relation to the rapes of three individuals.The conviction for genocide for ordering the killing of Tutsi civilians at roadblocks in Kigali was also overturned.But the judges affirmed multiple other convictions for Mr. Renzaho, including genocide and murder as a crime against humanity for a series of killings between April and June 1994.The Security Council set up the tribunal in the wake of the genocide, during which an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed, often by machete, in little more than three months. 1 April 2011The United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide ruled today that a former senior official in the country’s capital will still spend the rest of his life in prison despite reversing some of its earlier convictions against him. read more

Metro Vancouver condo townhome sales climb as house sales level off

VANCOUVER — Heavy competition for townhomes and condominiums pushed Metro Vancouver home sales up in August.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says 3,043 homes sold in August, a 22.3 per cent increase from the same period last year.Board president Jill Oudil says first-time buyers led the surge with intense competition for homes priced between $350,000 and $750,000 setting off multiple offers across the region.Oudil says real estate conditions for detached homes have entered a balanced market, meaning there is less upward pressure on prices and buyers have more selection.The composite benchmark price for all residential properties covered by the board is $1,029,700, a 9.4 per cent increase over August 2016.The benchmark price for an apartment is almost $627,000, a 19.4 per cent increase from the same period last year, the same month the provincial government introduced a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax. read more

Liberia access to desperate people in Monrovia dwindles with renewed fighting UN

In an interview with UN Radio today, Abou Moussa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s top envoy for Liberia, said that fighting in Monrovia had resumed this morning, but with less intensity compared to yesterday. “So, there’s still hostilities between the two parties,” he said, flagging his team’s strong concern for the victims of the latest fighting.Since earlier in the month, tens of thousands of people have been pouring into central Monrovia to flee the fighting on the outskirts of the city between government troops and the country’s main rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). UN agencies have warned that a “dire humanitarian situation” is unfolding as refugee camps, schools and even the national stadium have become overcrowded with desperate people seeking safe haven. Before fighting erupted in and around Monrovia, humanitarian workers had access to barely 30 per cent of Liberia. With the recent fighting in the capital, aid workers are increasingly unable to assist even those in need. UN offices remain closed today, and national staff have been instructed to remain at home.Amid reports that a major hospital in Monrovia has been closed, a cholera outbreak affecting as many as 500 people, and reports from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) indicating that hundreds of civilians have been wounded or killed, the need for medical care is critical.As the violence has escalated and the security situation has become more tenuous, Mr. Moussa said “unfortunately, we’ve been forced to evacuate our people again…so we are very much concerned about the situation of the population and we do hope that there will be a stop to the war so that we can go back and attend to their needs.”Mr. Moussa added that he feared the renewed violence would endanger the faltering Liberian peace talks underway in Accra, Ghana. Those negotiations between the Liberian Government and rebel leaders produced last week’s ceasefire, which was to have paved the way for comprehensive peace talks and the proposed formation of a transitional administration. read more

Sanderson leaves a wonderful legacy at Brock

Margaret Sanderson was a trailblazer in her role as Brock University’s accessibility co-ordinator. Her last day at Brock was Sept. 4. Margaret Sanderson, a trailblazer in her role as Brock’s University accessibility co-ordinator, is taking another plunge.For Sanderson, that typically would involve a body of water and a wetsuit or scuba gear, but this time it involves a career move to Sheridan College in Oakville as Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, in the Centre for Respectful and Healthy Workplaces. Her last day at Brock was Sept. 4.Sanderson joined Brock in 2006. She has shepherded Brock through the compliance requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 2005. The AODA legally requires persons and organizations to identify, remove and prevent barriers that keep a person with a disability from participating fully in society because of his or her disability.Working closely with Facilities Management and other departments, Sanderson has helped to ensure that everything from campus buildings and learning spaces to websites are accessible, and that students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests with visible and invisible disabilities are welcomed to campus.“It has been really satisfying to collaborate with staff and faculty from all across campus,” she says. “Tangible improvements in the built environment, like door operators and accessible ramps, have been a big part of the process, and it’s wonderful to observe a heightened sense of awareness around removing attitudinal barriers.”Her last few days at Brock included speaking to nursing students about AODA requirements and accessibility.“This has to be the best part of my work – seeing the faces of students light up,” she said. “A very nice way to say farewell.”Kim Meade, Vice-provost and Associate Vice-president, Student Services, said at a going-away gathering that Sanderson “has left a wonderful legacy” at Brock.“We have moved ahead in leaps and bounds in terms of accessibility and inclusion because of Margaret,” said Meade. “We have established community and internal partnerships, and we have made Brock a leader in accommodating persons with disabilities.”As a result of the career shift, Sanderson will be able to connect more often with her parents, who live near the Sheridan campus. She also plans to reconnect with colleagues, friends and family in the area. For the first few months, she will commute to Oakville from her Niagara-on-the-Lake home.One of her first tasks will be to check out swimming pools in Oakville. Sanderson, a masters swimmer, competed in July with 900 other swimmers in Canada’s largest open-water swim in Okanagan Lake, B.C.She promises to visit Brock, including Convocation next year when her son graduates. read more

Gosport Hospital doctors should face criminal charges over scores of patient deaths

Arthur Cunningham who died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital near Portsmouth in 1998, pictured with his wife RhodaCredit:PA Doctors at a scandal-hit hospital should face criminal charges over scores of patient deaths, the daughter of one of one of those who died in suspicious circumstances has said.A long-awaited report into the deaths of 833 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1988 and 2000 will be published next week.Families hope it will finally shine a spotlight on why so many patients died and condemn how authorities have handled their cases.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s publication of the report, Gillian Mackenzie said she hoped it would lead to those involved in the care of her mother Gladys Richards and other patients to face prosecution.She said: “I won’t be satisfied with just a report. I want it to go very much further, on behalf of all the families, because we all need justice.“I shall be pushing for this to go to the criminal court and I would like to see some of the people who were involved behind bars.” The report is the culmination of a four-year, £13 million inquiry headed by former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones, who led the Hillsborough inquiry.It centres around allegations stretching back 30 years that patients at the hospital were “almost routinely” given strong painkillers in high doses, which in some cases led to their deaths. “It cannot be ruled out that a small number of [patients] would otherwise have been eventually discharged from hospital alive,’ his report said.But families have always complained investigations by authorities have progressed painstakingly slowly and failed to reveal the true circumstances around the deaths. Families have suggested their – often elderly – relatives were given excessive doses of the drugs to “keep them quiet” on over-stretched wards and raised fears they may have been deliberately euthanised.The allegations focus on the actions of former GP Dr Jane Barton, who was found guilty of “multiple instances of serious professional misconduct” by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2010 but was not struck off and quickly retired.Inquests into 11 of the deaths in 2009 and 2013 ruled medication prescribed by Dr Barton had contributed to six patients dying.  Dr Barton, who is reportedly accused of prescribing fatal overdoses of opiate painkillers to her elderly patients, is expected to be found responsible for hundreds of the deaths, according to The Sunday Times.Police launched an investigation into 92 of the deaths in 2002 but after a protracted inquiry, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided in 2006 that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.Over the past two decades there have been a number of further police and NHS investigations, as well as a 2013 report into patient care by Prof Richard Baker, which found opiates painkillers prescribed at the hospital since 1988 had “almost certainly shortened the lives of some patients”.  In 2014, then-Health Minister Norman Lamb set up the Gosport Independent Panel and announced an inquiry, originally expected to take two years at a cost of around £3.6million. It has stretched on until now, costing the taxpayer a total of £13million.Mrs Mackenzie was the first family member to go to the police with concerns in 1998, after her 91-year-old mother died suddenly after being transferred to the Gosport War Memorial Hospital to recover following a hip operation.Patient notes showed Mrs Richards was “not obviously in pain” but she was prescribed strong painkillers by Dr Barton. An inquest in 2013 ruled the drugs “more than insignificantly” contributed to her death.But Mrs Mackenzie said when she first reported the death to police she was effectively “patted on the head and told ‘there, there, you’re upset about your mother’”.She added that she hoped the report would “wake up” the authorities, including the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service. Arthur Cunningham who died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital near Portsmouth in 1998, pictured with his wife Rhoda “I’m hoping this report will lead to a case in the criminal court – although it will probably take years and I won’t be around that long,” said Mrs Mackenzie, who has recently undergone cancer treatment. “If the report is done properly it should identify the 15 strongest cases that can be taken to court, and I don’t mind whether my case is one or not, as long as eventually there is a conviction for the people involved.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Police given drama lessons to improve detection of coercive control

Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Rattle Snake is an important play that gets to the heart of domestic abuse and coercive control. “This play is an innovative way to engage police officers and other statutory agency staff, helping them to understand the realities of coercive control for survivors. “It is positive that police leaders are making tackling coercive control more of a priority within Cleveland Police Force. “We call for all police forces to ensure that police staff, from call handlers to frontline officers, receive robust and ongoing domestic abuse training, co-delivered by specialists like Women’s Aid, to improve their response and the support they provide to women who are experiencing domestic abuse and coercive control.”The Home Office has been contacted for comment. Police officers are to receive drama lessons from theatre actors in a bid to improve their ability to “spot the signs” of domestic abuse.Cleveland Police has asked Open Clasp, a women’s theatre company based in the north east, to help train officers to better identify instances of coervice or controlling behaviour. The scheme forms part of a Home Office project, piloted by eight police forces in northern England, to build confidence among domestic violence victims and encourage more survivors to report abuse.Charities described the move as an “innovative” way to help police officers “understand the realities” of controlling behaviour.In Cleveland, which has one of the smallest police forces in the country geographically, there have been 9,879 domestic abuse crimes recorded since the turn of the year.  Charities described the move as an “innovative” way to help police officers “understand the realities” of controlling behaviourCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA A team of seven experts have been appointed by police chiefs to identify what improvements can be made to drive down the numbers.Theatre organisers at Open Clasp say they will use their critically acclaimed play Rattle Snake to deliver drama-based training to police officers and staff to help them pinpoint domestic abuse.Rattle Snake is based on real life stories of women who have survived domestic violence and was written in 2015 when coercive and controlling behaviour was made a criminal offence. 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. However, MPs warned in December last year that just eight of the 43 police forces across England had provided training to officers amid fears they were ill-equipped to deal with offenders.Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The nature of policing is changing and officers are expected to respond to increasingly complex incidents, including reports of domestic abuse and coercive control.“The theatrical nature of the training allows officers to witness first-hand the impact coercive controlling behaviour has on victims and will ensure they can spot the signs of this behaviour when attending incidents.“By improving the way officers respond to domestic abuse incidents, we hope to increase victim satisfaction and build confidence in the police, making victims more likely to report further incidents.”Catrina McHugh MBE, artistic director at Open Clasp, said: “Rattle Snake was created to train frontline police officers in Co. Durham in better responding to sexual and domestic abuse, coinciding with the change in UK law in 2015 making coercive control in relationships a crime. “Today we find ourselves in 2018, living in a world where some still feel a sense of entitlement to take away another person’s liberty, to control, threaten and annihilate so it’s fantastic to be able to support police in Cleveland to tackle domestic violence and help to make a real difference to the lives of families there.” abuse read more

Las Vegass Geekiest Slots

first_imgIt wouldn’t be a trip to Vegas without some gambling, right? But what do you do during ces if you’re like me and you’re not so big on the casino thing? Simple, you take a picture of the geekiest slot machines you can find and compile them into a blog post. Viva Las Vegas!last_img

Most firms plan layoffs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seven out of ten Greek companies are expecting to go ahead with staff cuts in the next few months, the HR Pulse survey by ICAP People Solutions has found. In the same period one in three will also be reducing wages.Already almost two in three firms (64 per cent) have adopted some form of labour cost-cutting measures. For the next few months, the most common of these will be reductions in working hours, although no more than 15 per cent of companies have adopted this strategy to date, the survey shows. Giorgos Haros, managing director at ICAP People Solutions, says this trend is set to grow in the next three months. All survey respondents said they were examining plans to contain labour costs. The report concludes that most companies at this point are opting for layoffs as a radically effective method to reduce their corporate expenses. According to the October 2011 data compiled by the Hellenic Statistical Authority, the unemployment rate has already reached 18.2 per cent. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Insight Editions announces WWE The Official Cookbook set for release on March

first_img Twitter Insight Editions, a company that specializes in creating illustrated books announced Thursday on their website they will be releasing a brand new book on March 19 entitled “WWE: The Official Cookbook” The new cookbook is available now for pre-order and will be sold through various online retailers that sells books.A description about the cookbook from the promotional information can be read below:Can you smell what the WWE is cooking? WWE: The Official Cookbook gives fans a guide to creating a variety of fun dishes and drinks inspired by the WWE Universe of both the past and present. Indulge yourself with killer recipes like The Rock’s Jabroni Marcaroni Salad, John Cena’s Fruity Pebble Treats, and Macho Man’s Savage Nachos. Featuring over 75 recipes and striking, full-color photographs, WWE: The Official Cookbook will feature separate categories for food and drink, from appetizers to desserts, creating the ultimate recipe collection for fans of the WWE. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Judge tosses 2 charges against FBI agent

first_imgPORTLAND — A federal judge has thrown out two of the five charges against an FBI agent who allegedly lied about firing two rifle shots at the pickup of an Oregon refuge occupation spokesman at a roadblock in January 2016.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones on Monday struck one count of making a false statement and one count of obstruction of justice against W. Joseph Astarita.In a trial set to start next week, Astarita still faces two counts of making a false statement and one count of obstruction of justice in the incident in which he allegedly fired two errant shots at the truck driven by Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.Astarita has pleaded not guilty.Finicum was a spokesman for the Ammon Bundy-led group that took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to oppose federal control of land in the Western U.S. The disputed gunshots came as he emerged from his pickup as police moved in to arrest the leaders of the armed occupation.Astarita, a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, is accused of falsely denying he fired one bullet that went through the pickup’s roof and another that went astray, investigators said.last_img read more

Benitez hoping for Liverpool Real Madrid final

first_imgRafael Benitez has revealed that he is hoping that both Liverpool and Real Madrid make it to the final of the Champions LeagueThe Spaniard, who has managed both clubs during his successful managerial career, is hopeful that they can make it to the final in Kiev on 26 May with Real facing a tricky encounter against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, while Liverpool will have to contend with comeback heroes AS Roma for the semi-finals of the Champions League.“In the semifinals all teams have options,” Benitez told Marca.“A Liverpool-Real Madrid final can be played and I think it will be very entertaining.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The Newcastle manager, who recently celebrated his 58th birthday, insisted that he is remaining “calm” on his future with the Premier League side and that plans have already commenced to begin building a stronger squad for the future.“I have one more year on my contract and I am calm,” revealed Benitez.“The board is trying to sit down and talk about the future to create a stronger team.”last_img read more

Give Up Drinking for the Weekend Challenge

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – For those who do, the Department of Mental Health & Substance Dependence is asking if you can you go three days without Drinking alcohol? In celebration of Alcohol Awareness month, the department is calling on residents to observe November 7-9, that’s this weekend as alcohol free days! The organizers say: “The goals are to raise awareness around alcohol-related diseases, and promote healthy lifestyle choices.” Other activities on the calendar for Alcohol Awareness Month are screenings and counseling sessions which will be available at hospitals from November 6; an essay, rap and poster competition on November 22nd at the Gus Lightbourne Gym and school drug prevention programs with this year’s global theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. In the US, 80,000 people die each year in the US from alcohol related diseases. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:alcohol, Alcohol awareness month, Department of mental health TCIG Successfully Host First Youth Expression: “Essay Rap and Poster Competition”last_img read more