Province Releases Gambling Prevalence Study

first_imgNova Scotia has one of the lowest rates of at-risk gambling in the country and fewer people are gambling overall, according to the 2007 Nova Scotia Gambling Prevalence Study released today, Oct. 16. Gambling rates are down in almost every category with the exception of lottery draw tickets. Thirteen per cent of Nova Scotians don’t gamble at all. Of those who do, the majority, 80.9 per cent, are no risk gamblers, meaning they are not at risk of developing problems related to gambling. A smaller group, 6.1 per cent, experience problems with finances, family relationships and more. Within that group, the number of Nova Scotians who are considered problem gamblers has remained stable at 2.5 per cent, while the rate of those at risk of developing difficulties has gone down, from 4.8 per cent in 2003 to 3.6 per cent in 2007. “I’m pleased to see that the majority of Nova Scotians who gamble are doing so responsibly,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “That said, I continue to be concerned about those people who are having problems. We have a provincial Gaming Strategy and we’re working on many initiatives to reduce the harm gambling brings to these individuals and their families.” According to the study, lottery draws, instant tickets and charity raffles are the most popular gambling activities. Age is a factor, with younger adults being most at risk. In the 19- to 24-year-old age group, 7.8 per cent are at risk of developing problems. The risk for problem gambling declines with age. For example, 2.9 per cent of problem gamblers are in the 35 to 44 age range. In terms of money spent gambling, problem gamblers spend $6,414 per year on average compared with $2,256 for at risk gamblers and $458 for no risk gamblers. Results for individual gambling products are also included in the study. Use of VLTs is down from 19 per cent in 2003 to 14 per cent in 2007. Casino slots gambling is down from 22 per cent in 2003 to 16 per cent in 2007. About 1.6 per cent of adults have engaged in Internet gambling. Daily ticket lotteries gained popularity, with the number of adults purchasing tickets doubling to 13.8 per cent. “The number Nova Scotians who are at risk of developing an addiction to gambling is down. The results are telling us that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Mr. Barnet. “They’re also showing us where we need to focus our efforts. We’ll continue to implement our Gaming Strategy, working with community partners, district health authorities, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation and others to further lower problem gambling rates.” The Department of Health Promotion and Protection has invested $4.3 million in prevention and treatment this year alone, in addition to investments by other government departments and agencies. Initiatives include: “We know there are some Nova Scotians who are at risk, who may already have a problem, or know someone with a problem,” said Mr. Barnet. “We are committed to ensuring those individuals know there is help available and where to get it so they can make informed choices for themselves and their families.” District health authorities are also working to reduce problem gambling in their communities using a number of innovative programs. South West Health targeted junior high youth through a two-hour program called Get Your Game On. The program was delivered to 285 students in Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties. After participating, 66 per cent of students said they thought differently about gambling and 89 per cent of teachers agreed it was effective in meeting its intended goals. “Engaging youth early is important,” said John Moore, director of addiction services for South West Health. “This program arms them with valuable knowledge and helps them develop critical thinking about gambling in their lives and communities. We’re very pleased with the success so far and we look forward to expanding the program to other schools.” This is the fourth Nova Scotia Gambling Prevalence Study. Other studies were conducted in 1993, 1996 and 2003. The 2007 study involved telephone surveys with 2,500 Nova Scotians between October and December 2007. The study is available on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp . funding to hire more prevention and treatment staff in the district health authorities more accessible resources for those experiencing problems a campus awareness and education program for post-secondary students in most universities and colleges in Nova Scotia two provincial marketing campaigns, with calls to the problem gambling help line increasing as a resultlast_img read more

A muchneeded upgrade

first_imgHealth infrastructure, especially in rural areas, is going to be one of the most challenging tasks ahead for the new government. In its last tenure, it brought the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the government-run health insurance programme which was seen as a major health policy intervention. However, according to experts, the scheme was unable to solve the larger crisis in the health sector. There is an urgent need to invest in building healthcare infrastructure, especially in the periphery, says Joyti Ghosh, a professor in Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) Centre for Economic Studies and Planning. “The much-celebrated insurance scheme has only filled the pockets of the insurance companies but has neither improved health infrastructure nor helped the people,” she added. Also Read – A staunch allyGhosh stressed that the new government must increase its public health spending up to at least three per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, India’s GDP for health is less than 1.5 per cent. With almost all neighbouring countries investing 2-3 per cent of GDP, the country has one of the lowest in the world. Another area to be looked into is the escalating prices of essential medicines. A Parliamentary standing committee report on drug pricing, submitted in February 2019 noted that the government has actually failed to check the rising cost. Also Read – Cuban pathos”The government has allowed the firms to set the prices as per the market-based system rather than what they accrue as costs of production. However, while pharma firms are making a lot of profits, the common man is suffering. The government must without delay ask the firms to go back to cost-of-production pricing system,” Jan Swasthya Abhiyan’s Amitava Guha said. Ghosh pointed out that the practice of granting secondary patents has added to the cost. The new health minister should completely stop it and make the patents’ office more transparent, she noted. Further, the government needs to tackle the acute shortage of manpower in the health sector and triple it, Ghosh suggested. According to a study published by Indian Journal of Public Health in 2017, India would need more than 20 lakh doctors by 2030. But, the sub-centres and Primary Health Centre (PHCs) are short by more than 10,000 Auxiliary nurse midwife (ANMs) and 99,000 male health workers, reveals the Rural Health Statistics 2017. “Any new government must see to it that ASHA workers get a fixed remuneration rather than incentives based on paltry services. They are the backbone of our rural healthcare and we depend on them heavily for improving our health indicators, however, we don’t treat them the way they should be treated,” Ghosh said. Experts also stated that the ultimate goal of the new government should be to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC). For this, they need to cut down the out of pocket expenditure of hospitals as well as of outpatient departments (OPD). According to the recent study by Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, more than 100 constituencies of the country spend more than Rs 763 on ODP in catering to OPD services and another more than 100 spend Rs 559-Rs 763 for the same. OPD services are not part of Ayushman Bharat Scheme. More capital should be invested in providing cheap drugs and diagnostics services to people, they suggested. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Prominent First Nation individuals struggle with Diamond Jubilee nominations

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe year 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne.As a way of honouring the Queen for her service to this country, the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal was created.About 60,000 Canadians have received the medal as a way to honour their significant contributions and achievements to Canada.However, some First Nations recipients are now declining the honour.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf has this story.last_img

ExPMO aide Bruce Carson remained intimate with Stephen Harper government after leaving

first_img(Bruce Carson enters the Ottawa courthouse Monday morning. Jason Leroux/APTN)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAfter leaving the Prime Minister’s Office, from his perch in Calgary, Bruce Carson still had direct access to Harper government ministers and their senior staff who gladly entertained his attempts to promote an Ottawa company’s water filtration system as a quick fix for First Nation communities hard hit by water woes, evidence submitted during his criminal trial shows.Carson, who was once part of Stephen Harper’s inner circle, is facing trial on a charge of influence peddling stemming from his efforts to promote an Ottawa-based water filtration company looking to cash in on the water problems plaguing First Nations across the country.The water company, known as H2O Pros and H2O Global, had also signed a deal with Carson’s escort-turned fiancée guaranteeing her a cut of all sales to First Nation communities.Carson said little during the first day of his judge-only trial in an Ottawa courtroom Monday and spent most of the day scribbling notes on a large notepad. The man who once strolled through the corridors of power in Ottawa and supped with the titans of the oil patch in Alberta was clearly diminished as he walked with shoulders hunched into courtroom 20 for his date with justice.The trial continues Tuesday.Crown prosecutor Jason Nicol told Justice Bonnie Warkentin that Carson “had actual influence” in the Harper government despite leaving the PMO and moving to Calgary to head an energy think tank created by a $15 million investment from Industry Canada.Nicol spent most of the day arguing that Carson was trying to influence and receive benefit from “business relating to the government of Canada” by trying to pull all the levers he could at both the bureaucratic level with Aboriginal Affairs and at the ministerial level.Carson’s lawyer Patrick McCann is expected to argue that Carson was simply helping a company sign deals directly with First Nations which had no connection to business relating to the government.The trial, which will not see any witnesses testify, hinges on that question.Carson could face up to five years in prison if convicted of influence peddling.He has pleaded not guilty and none of the allegations have been proven in court.Nicol submitted several emails as evidence showing that Carson had easy access to Harper government cabinet ministers and their chiefs of staff. Carson also claimed in the emails to have discussed the water company’s products with John Duncan, the former minister of Aboriginal affairs, and Peter Kent, the former environment minister.The emails show that Duncan’s deputy chief of staff Ted Yeomans sent Carson the government’s planned media talking points on dealing with the brewing scandal two days before APTN National News reported that Harper’s principal secretary Ray Novak wrote the RCMP requesting a probe into Carson’s activities.‘APTN and you’Download (PDF, 55KB)The March 14, 2011, email was marked “high priority” and came with a personal message from Yeomans “heads up.”Carson forwarded the email the next day to Christine McPherson, the mother of Michele McPherson, who was Carson’s fiancée at the time.The media lines tried to downplay Carson’s interactions with the minister’s office, saying only that ministerial staff was “informally briefed” about the water filtration products.Carson, however, claimed in a Jan. 13, 2011, email that he discussed the project personally with Duncan who he said was in on the meeting via telephone from his British Columbia riding.“Minister Duncan’s office is to track down three bands who have water quality issues in Ontario and money to pay for the (filtration systems),” wrote Carson.Carson later denied Duncan was involved in the call during an interview with the RCMP, court heard.Duncan’s staff, however, did give Carson some leads to chase. Yeomans emailed Carson on Jan. 20, 2011, telling him to contact the department’s “very strong and trusted” Ontario regional director general.“He would be best to help find what you are looking for,” wrote Yeomans. “Because this is a business related issue, the department didn’t want to lock down any recommendations. I wish we could be more helpful.”‘Great leads’Download (PDF, Unknown)Kent and his office also appear to have been more helpful than was initially claimed shortly after the scandal blew up in the spring of 2011.In a Feb. 7, 2011, email to Shawn Atleo, who was national chief of the Assembly of First Nations at the time, Carson said that he discussed “the project” with Kent in an email which included the then-environment minister’s name in the subject line.“Just met with him…he raised the issue of water and waste water on reserves so I talked to him about frustrations with INAC on the project with point of use-he wants to meet with you so I will set it up,” wrote Carson.“Point of use” was code for the water filtration system peddled by H2O Pros.Carson wrote several emails to Kent’s chief of staff Stephanie Machel and commiserated with her over a scandal that had recently hit former international Co-operation minister Bev Oda over a decision to cut funding to a Christian aid group.“Have really felt for you and Bev through all of this nonsense…Look forward to seeing you and Minister in Calgary,” wrote Carson in a Feb. 28, 2011, email.“Thanks, it has been such a tempest in a teapot but unfortunately decisions to not respond directly to this from the get go have resulted in this mess,” wrote Machel, in reply two minutes after receiving Carson’s email.“Neither you nor Bev deserve this—say hi to her for me,” wrote Carson.“Will do,” wrote Machel.Then Carson got down to business and he proposed holding a meeting between Kent, Duncan and Atleo to “push bureaucrats into some action.” He warned that a looming report on the status of water and waste water systems on reserves would show things had gotten worse since the Harper government took over.“When I met with Minister Kent we discussed a matter I have been working on for some time, that is clean drinking water on reservations—drinking water and waste water seem to be of great interest to him,” wrote Carson. “I have been working with Shawn Atleo, national chief of the AFN and INAC (now known as Aboriginal Affairs) to try to implement their new policy wherein point of use water purification systems are eligible for government funding. These systems, which are installed in the individual houses are cheaper than municipal systems and immediately effective.”Fwd: Peter KentDownload (PDF, 33KB)While Aboriginal Affairs bureaucrats were proving difficult for Carson to deal with, the AFN was another matter.The emails show that Atleo directed his most senior staff, including his chief executive officer Richard Jacques and his senior strategist Roger Jones to work with Carson.On Oct. 12, 2010, Jones sent Carson the names of four communities along with their current chiefs and contact information that he could target to sell water filtration systems. Jones also said he would review any draft letters they planned to send the communities.“My suggestion is for a letter to be prepared and sent to the chiefs of these communities setting the proposed pilot project approach to introducing water purification systems into homes in their communities,” wrote Jones. “I will arrange for the chiefs to be informed that a follow-up phone call will be made by H2O. I will let you know when the call should be made. Let me know when the letters have been sent. If you want me to review a draft letter before sending it out I will be happy do so.”The four communities were Slate Falls First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.During his interview with the RCMP, Carson told investigators he was pushing the water filtration systems out of altruism, to help First Nation communities.The Crown said Carson was motivated by something else.“It certainly was all about a pretty girl,” said Nicol.And it wasn’t supposed to end up in a courtroom.‘The start of your fortune’Download (PDF, Unknown)Carson was hoping sales of water filtration systems to First Nations would create a “fortune” for Michele McPherson, who went by the working girl name of Leanna VIP, so she could leave her escort life behind, according to emails filed as evidence.The emails show that Carson pushed to ensure that she was paid a stipend. Carson also hired a lawyer to draft the contract guaranteeing she would get up to 20 per cent of revenues from the sale of water filtration systems to First Nations. The contract was later change to give her a 15 per cent cut.The evidence also shows that H2O Pros president Patrick Hill cut Carson a cheque for $5,000 which was supposed to buy a table at the AFN Christmas party. That money, however, was redirected to McPherson.“The start of your fortune-love bc,” wrote Carson to McPherson’s escort email leannavip@hotmail.com on Sept. 10, 2010.Below, in the body of the email, were messages to and from Atleo and his senior staff.Carson, who was senior adviser to Harper from 2006 to 2009, received his security clearance to work in the PMO despite five previous criminal convictions. He was also disbarred by the Law Society of Ontario.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Israel Palestinians must both take steps on path to peace Ban Kimoon

26 March 2007It is crucial that both Israel and the Palestinians take steps to reduce tensions in the Middle East in order to advance the peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Jerusalem today after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. “The long-term safety and security of Israel and the creation of a Palestinian State go hand in hand,” he added, a day after holding talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, noting stressed the need to give some “political space” to the new Palestinian National Unity Government formed by Hamas and Mr. Abbas’s Fatah movement. “We must use the weeks and months ahead to advance the political dialogue, since the alternative is renewed stagnation, which only means more extremism and violence,” he said.A vital first step on that issue is for the new Palestinian Government to take action against the firing of rockets from Gaza and to secure the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit, kidnapped from Israel and taken in to the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants last June, Mr. Ban noted.He also stressed that Israel’s actions are very crucial, particularly as regards settlements, outposts, checkpoints and revenues withheld from the Palestinian Government for the past year.Existing obligations and commitments need to be kept by both parties, he insisted, including those the Road Map, the blueprint drafted by the Diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and United States – that lays out mutual steps to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace.In his meeting with Mr. Olmert Mr. Ban also discussed the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation in Lebanon where Israel fought a 34-day war with Hizbollah last summer. read more

Actor and advocate Charlize Theron named UN Messenger of Peace

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist Charlize Theron has been designated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, tasked with promoting efforts to end violence against women.Ms. Theron will join fellow actors George Clooney and Michael Douglas, as well as seven other internationally renowned individuals, as Messengers who advocate on behalf of the UN and focus global attention on its efforts to improve the lives of billions of people.The actor has been recognized for her work focusing attention and mobilizing efforts on social issues, particularly in her native South Africa, where she has the Africa Outreach Project, which provides funding for a mobile health and computer clinic that visits high schools in rural communities affected by HIV/AIDS.She will be officially inducted as a Messenger of Peace on Monday at ceremony led by the Deputy-Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, on behalf of the Secretary-General who will be in Geneva.Current Messengers of Peace and their areas of focus are: Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan (Millennium Development Goals and hunger); conductor Daniel Barenboim (peace and tolerance); actor George Clooney (peacekeeping); author Paulo Coelho (intercultural dialogue); actor Michael Douglas (disarmament and peace and security); primatologist Jane Goodall (the environment); violinist Midori Goto (Millennium Development Goals and youth); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (youth); and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (human rights and the Holocaust). 14 November 2008The Academy Award-winning actor and activist Charlize Theron has been designated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, tasked with promoting efforts to end violence against women. read more

Raspberry Pi camera boards are now available for the price of a

first_imgWhile you’re sitting around, patiently awaiting the inevitable Raspberry Pi spec upgrade, not knowing what else to do with the little guy, the Pi Foundation has benevolently released the official camera attachment. Now, while your Model B is still sitting pretty at 512MB of RAM with a 700MHz CPU, you can at least take up photography to pass the time.The camera board slips into that thin connector located between the HDMI and Ethernet ports. The installation process is actually a bit delicate, so the Foundation made a handy video to ensure sure we all don’t break our new toy.The installation process does seem a little tedious, as you’re plugging a flimsy ribbon into a thin slot, need to flip down a clamp while keeping the ribbon steady, and also need to keep the extremely lightweight Pi in place while you perform it all.For the price of $25 — the price of a Model A Raspberry Pi — the 5MP camera isn’t a slouch, capable of recording 1080p video.In order to make your tiny, adorable computer recognize the new camera attachment, you need to update the firmware, then boot into the configuration settings and enable the camera. Save the settings, then reboot. The Foundation has a list of commands with which the camera can be used, including recording video and snapping still photography. The camera is also able to stream its feed over the internet, using another set of commands.If the RasPi is a fun little board for you to casually mess around with, and experimenting with the new camera is either a little too time-consuming or complex for your capabilities or attention span, don’t you worry. The RasPi community is quick to move, and you’ll have a bunch of tutorials and plug-and-play project ideas sooner rather than later.You can get the Raspberry Pi camera board from the usual Pi staples, RS Components and Element 14.last_img read more

Most Greeks say worst yet to come

first_imgA massive 99 percent of Greeks say the country’s economic situation is bad, while 76 percent believe that the worst is still to come, according to a Eurobarometer survey published in Brussels on Thursday. This puts Greeks among the most pessimistic people in the 27-member European Union, along with the Irish, the Spanish and the Bulgarians. The survey found serious disaffection also with the political situation, with only 8 percent of Greeks saying they trust their government. Twelve percent said they trust the Parliament. Both figures were down from the previous survey. The EU, which is involved in Greece’s bailout loan, is seen as a more effective actor, with 29 percent of the country’s respondents saying they trust the bloc. The Autumn 2011 Standard Eurobarometer was conducted between November 5 and 20. Former central banker Lucas Papademos replaced George Papandreou as premier on November 11. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

US employers add 175000 jobs rate up to 76

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May — a steady pace that shows strength in the face of tax increases and government spending cuts if not enough to reduce still-high unemployment.The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate rose because more people began looking for work, a healthy sign, but only about three-quarters found jobs.Analysts said the less-than-robust job growth would likely lead the Federal Reserve to maintain the pace of its monthly bond purchases for a few more months. The bond purchases have been intended to ease long-term borrowing costs and lift stock prices.Investors appeared pleased by the evidence that job growth remains steady. The Dow Jones industrial average was up about 167 points in early-afternoon trading.Friday’s job figures provided further evidence of the U.S. economy’s resilience. The housing market is strengthening, auto sales are up and consumer confidence has reached a five-year peak. Stock prices are near record highs, and the budget deficit has shrunk.The U.S. economy’s relative strength contrasts with Europe, which is gripped by recession, and Asia, where once-explosive economies are now struggling.Many analysts expect the U.S. economy to strengthen later this year.“Today’s report has to be encouraging for growth in the second half of the year,” said Dan Greenhaus, an analyst at BTIG LLC.It also eased worries that had arisen after economic reports earlier this week had suggested that the economy might be weakening.Employers have added an average of 155,000 jobs the past three months. But the May gain almost exactly matched the average increase of the previous 12 months: 172,000.last_img read more

Weather Eye Rainy days will herald summertofall transition

first_imgI was looking at the seven-day forecast from the National Weather Service on Wednesday afternoon. Beginning Friday it goes like this: Rain, showers (maybe thunderstorms), showers likely, rain likely, showers likely and a chance of showers, repeated four times.Kind of sounds like a change in the seasons perhaps? Yes it is. The calendar signals the arrival of autumn Sunday. The weather will cooperate as well with clouds, cooler temperatures and rain. Snow will fall above the timberline in the Cascades on Saturday and beyond.Speaking of snow, Fairbanks, Alaska had its first dusting of the season yesterday. It won’t be long before folks look at the start of the snow season. With Thanksgiving arriving late this year on Nov. 28, there probably is a good chance the ski season will begin by Thanksgiving.While we are on the subject of snow and cold weather, I read an interesting article in an online scientific journal about the Arctic ice pack. It says that about a million more square miles of ocean were covered in ice this year than just last year. In August of this year the Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles. In September 2012 it had reached a low point of 1.32 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.Looking at satellite pictures one can clearly see an increase. One brave scientist mentioned that perhaps “global cooling” was here. Oh boy, another topic of discussion!last_img read more

13000 reward offered after father killed toddler injured in Miami Gardens shooting

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has died and his 1-year-old son remains in the hospital after they were shot in Miami Gardens.According to Miami Gardens Police, 27-year-old Darin Williams Jr. and his child Darin Williams III were shot on the 2300 block of Northwest 187th Street on Monday, just before 9 p.m.“It was like a barrage of ‘brrrrrr, pop, pop, pop, pop,’” said area resident Maxine Solie, “and I said to the person I was talking to, ‘Them fools must maybe think that it’s still the Fourth of July.’”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews airlifted both victims to Ryder Trauma Center. Williams was listed in critical condition before succumbing to his injuries. His son was last listed in stable condition.Officials said Darin suffered wounds to his chest and hand, but was alert and talking at the hospital. They also said his father died while trying to shield him from the bullets.In total, four guns were used, and 47 rounds were fired.“They just came and just shot him,” said family friend Neema Taber. “They didn’t care that he had his son.” #NEW from #MiamiGardens Police re: killing of this father and wounding of his 1 yr old in shooting Monday night. Please help if able and be eligible to collect cash. ⁦@wsvn⁩ #7News pic.twitter.com/fMjGEWoG0D— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 24, 2018On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan added $10,000 on top of the Crime Stoppers reward, bringing the new total to $13,000.If you have any information on this fatal shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $13,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #NEW: 1-yr old Darin Williams III, has bullet wounds to his head, chest and hand, but was said to be up and talking in hospital according to police and family friends. His father, Darin Williams Jr. died while shielding child, according to detectives. 47 rounds fired @wsvn #7News pic.twitter.com/FGBEOw1Pf1— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 24, 20187News cameras showed bullet holes at a home near where Williams and his son were gunned down.“It’s sad, it’s depressing, it’s alarming,” said Solie. “This used to be a very quiet, nice neighborhood.”Friends of Williams said he graduated from the firefighter academy earlier this year and had aspirations to move to Atlanta with his family to be a firefighter.Pictures provided by his family showed father and son smiling at the graduation.According to a police report, as many as four male subjects with multiple firearms were responsible for the shooting. They fled in a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and a paper tag. Cameras showed a police helicopter searching for the subjects.“As of now, nobody’s in custody, and we have no suspect [information] other than a Honda, dark tinted windows, and that’s all we have,” said Miami Gardens Police Officer Carlos Austin.As of 6 p.m., officers were going door to door asking for answers, as friends and loved ones gathered outside the victim’s home to pay their respects.last_img read more

Students throng Australian education fair in Vijayawada

first_imgVijayawada: AECC Global state head V Chaitanya stated that every year hundreds of students are pursuing higher education in Australia. An awareness programme on higher education in Australia was organised here on Saturday. Students from various engineering, management and degree colleges participated in the programme in huge number. Speaking to the media, Chaitanya said that representatives of top universities from Australia were present to interact with students of engineering, pharmacy and management courses who wish to pursue post-graduation in Australia. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said students joining PG courses in Australia would be given scholarship and the students would get jobs by the time they complete their courses. He said that a good number of students were willing to pursue PG courses in Australia. Representatives of Australia Catholic University, Australia National University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, Kaplan University, Federation University, Melbourne University, RMIT University, University of Canberra, University of Tasmania, University of Western Australia and Victoria University interacted with the students and created awareness about the visa processing, courses, about admission and other details of their universities.last_img read more

Bakrid 5300 tonnes of animal waste cleared

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has disposed of 5,300 metric tons of animal waste during the Bakrid festival in Greater Hyderabad.As part of the Bakrid festival arrangements, GHMC has taken special measures to eliminate biological waste in various parts of the city at a cost of Rs 2.43 crore. In the last three days, 3.69 lakh black covers were distributed exclusively for waste disposal. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us This time bio-degradable bags were distributed in some areas as pilot projects on the occasion of Bakrid. In addition, 22 JCBs, 32 mini tippers and 1,85,000 black covers were distributed to 22 police stations in the city. GHMC Commissioner said that 5,300 metric tonnes of garbage was disposed of on Tuesday evening. The waste has been shifted to the Jawahar Nagar dump yard, he said. The Commissioner also said that a special staff has been appointed to remove the garbage on roads from time to time as Bakrid celebrates the festival for another two days. He added that the total volume of this waste would increase further.last_img read more

Mistrust threatens to derail Rohingya repatriation move

first_imgIn this photo taken on 22 July 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFP“The Myanmar government has betrayed us many a time in the past. We don’t trust them anymore” said Joynab Begum, one of the 3,450 Rohingyas set to be repatriated on Thursday, after learning that she is on the list.Distrust of the Myanmar government runs deep among the Rohingyas, who have been forced to flee their homeland in Rakhine State over the years and live in cramped camps in Bangladesh.Dhaka and Naypyidaw signed a deal in 2017 on the repatriation of Rohingyas but there has been very little progress. A 2018 repatriation attempt was halted after protests by the refugees.The Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged Myanmar and Bangladesh to suspend the latest plan “until the returns are safe, voluntary, and dignified”.“Myanmar is yet to address the systematic persecution and violence against the Rohingya. So, refugees have every reason to fear for their safety if they return,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW’s South Asia director.Some of the Rohingyas included in the repatriation list reportedly demonstrated in front of camp-26 on Tuesday afternoon but the camp’s in-charge M Khalid Hossain insisted that there had been no protests.In this file picture taken on 9 November 2017 Rohingya Muslim refugees who entered Bangladesh by boat walk towards refugee camps after landing at the Saplapur beach in the Teknaf district. Photo: AFPBangladesh is currently hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of whom came crossed the border after Myanmar military launched a brutal attack targeting the minority Muslims on 25 August 2017.The refugees and rights groups have accused the army and its local collaborators of killing, rape, torture, arson and loot –- charges Naypyidaw denies. The then top UN human rights official described Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingyas as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.State-sponsored discrimination against the Rohingyas stretches back decades and they are denied citizenship. The HRW says the remaining Rohingyas in Rakhine State are confined to camps and villages with no basic freedoms.Refugees on the repatriation list have raised a few demands before they willingly return. Some of them told UNB that their demands include granting them citizenship, giving back their belongings and houses, releasing imprisoned Rohingyas, trials for killing and rape, and assurance of free movement and security.In this file picture taken on 9 October 2017 a Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang. Photo: AFPThe UNHCR interviewed Rohingyas on the final list at camps 24, 26 and 27 on Tuesday morning. Leaflets were also distributed in the camps on behalf of UNHCR and the government containing information about the repatriation.M Zubair, a resident of block-A of Shalbon camp told UNB that an UNHCR team came looking for family data card. “I didn’t know anything about repatriation but later learned that my name was on the list,” he said.This photo taken on 21 July 2019 shows a general view of the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFPWhen asked if he was willing to return, the Buchidong resident said: “I’ll go back only when citizenship is granted, and security as well as rights to free movement are ensured. My land and belongings must be returned. Otherwise, we’ll surely be killed. In that case, it’ll be better to die here.”Hasina Begum, who is also on the list, echoed Zubair.The HRW said conditions in Rakhine State are not conducive for voluntary, safe, or dignified repatriation of Rohingya and accused Myanmar of doing nothing to improve conditions or address the root causes of the crisis.Meanwhile, refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner Abul Kalam said preparations for sending back the Rohingyas are complete. “We’re optimistic about Thursday’s repatriation programme,” he said.last_img read more

Heres A Look At Whos Interested In Replacing Straus As House Speaker

first_imgBob DaemmrichThe chamber of the Texas HouseIn October, House Speaker Joe Straus announced he wouldn’t be running for re-election in 2018 — a move likely to shake up Texas politics for years.“I believe that in a representative democracy, those who serve in public office should do so for a time, not for a lifetime. And so I want you to know that my family and I have decided that I will not run for re-election next year,” Straus said in a campaign email at the time.Straus’ announcement immediately set off a scramble among members who are considering replacing him at the chamber’s dais. Within hours, several members announced an interest in the seat. Since then, the number of potential contenders has continued to rise. And in early March, Flower Mound Republican Tan Parker became the third House member to file with the Texas Ethics Commission as a contender for the dais. The House elects its speaker on the first day of each regular legislative session. The vote to replace Straus is set for the start of the 86th legislative session on Jan. 8, 2019. If history is any guide, the race could draw a dozen or more potential candidates before then. Here’s a look at who’s already filed paperwork to run for the speaker’s seat and lawmakers who’ve expressed interest in a potential run: Sharelast_img read more

8 Australian men charged with 500 sex offenses against girl

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   The father and the other men, who range in age from 35 to 47, are facing 503 charges, including sexual penetration of a child under 13, stupefying with intent to commit a criminal offense and sexual servitude of a child.Police Detective Superintendent Glenn Feeney, who described the abuse the girl suffered as “horrific,” said one of the men had 200,000 videos and 4 million child pornography images. The victim was featured in 149 images, he said.“It’s disgusting material — there are no words to describe it,” Feeney said. “Any sex offense against a child is just beyond words.”The girl is now safe and receiving treatment, he said.Police are still sifting through the material they seized to determine whether anyone else may have been involved.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Patients with chronic pain give advice Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian man was accused Wednesday of allowing seven men to sexually abuse his 13-year-old daughter over the past two years, with police charging all eight men with more than 500 child sex offenses.Western Australia police arrested the men after receiving a tip-off from the public. Police say the father knew all of the men, and arranged for them to meet his daughter and subsequently assault her when she was between the ages of 11 and 13. The father is also accused of assaulting the girl. Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

TORONTO — When Joshua Jackson was offered a role i

first_img TORONTO — When Joshua Jackson was offered a role in the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” he jumped at the opportunity to work with acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay.The Vancouver-born star of “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Affair” had brushed shoulders with the Oscar-winning “Selma” director a few times, though he was mostly an admirer from afar. He once invited her to watch him on Broadway in “Children of a Lesser God,” but her packed schedule got in the way.So when DuVernay contacted Jackson last year to gauge whether he’d be interested in playing a part in her limited series about the Central Park Five trial and rape case, the actor was surprised, to say the least.“I was walking through my bedroom and my phone rang, and on my phone was Ava DuVernay,” Jackson recalled.“She said: ‘I’ve got this thing I want you to do.’”DuVernay saw him as one of the lawyers in “When They See Us,” a tragic story of racial injustice based on a 1989 case in which five teenagers, four black and one Hispanic, were falsely accused and convicted of the brutal rape of a white female jogger in Central Park.Their trial became a media obsession in 1990 when Jackson was only a child, too young to understand the social context or the significance of Donald Trump buying full-page newspaper ads calling on the death penalty for the teens.Long after they became adults, the five men’s convictions were vacated when an incarcerated murderer confessed to the rape. They were awarded US$41 million in a settlement with the city.The case has come to represent inherent problems within the American criminal justice system and how racism within police departments can affect the outcome of an arrest.When the 2012 Ken Burns documentary “The Central Park Five” began making rounds, Jackson revisited the case with the context of adulthood.“It’s complex, and then it’s also tragically simple,” he says. “This was a concerted effort by adults to rob children of their liberty, of their youth, of their innocence.”Jackson appears in the second episode of “When They See Us” as Mickey Joseph, a real-life defence attorney who represented one of the teens. It’s among the first times he’s played a living person, and he found Joseph to be an invaluable resource.“Mickey’s alive and funny and a raconteur,” he said. “Literally you have walking, talking source material.”But Jackson was especially affected by the five young actors who portray the teens, worn down by police interrogations and ultimately dragged through the justice system. Having been a teenage actor himself, most notably in “The Mighty Ducks” franchise, Jackson said he knows how difficult it must’ve been for the young actors to bear their emotions in front of a film crew of mostly strangers.“Just about everything in your teenage life tells you ‘don’t do that,’” he said.“For these young men to show up and be present, be raw and vulnerable… at that age, was just incredibly impressive to watch.”With the Netflix series available to a worldwide audience, Jackson is eager to see how the conversation evolves in the coming weeks and months. He suggests viewers who aren’t unfamiliar with the Central Park Five case watch the miniseries in parts, because its emotional heft isn’t favourable to an afternoon binge.“I watched all four on a Saturday, which is maybe not the best way to do it,” he said.Jackson said he still grapples with the facts of the case. After meeting the five men during the production, he was impressed with their resilience “to not just survive something like this… but to thrive on the other side of it.”“There’s no easy resolution, there’s no good reason why,” he said of the circumstances.“It is as difficult and as ugly as it looks on its face.” Joshua Jackson on the ‘tragically simple’ circumstances of the Central Park Five case by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 12:10 pm PDT Joshua Jackson as Mickey Joseph and Caleel Harris as Young Antron McCray are shown in the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” in this undated handout photo. When Joshua Jackson was offered a role in the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” the Vancouver-born actor didn’t hesistate accepting an opportunity to work with acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Netflix, Atsushi Nishijima center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

ENIKOGAS continues exploration despite Turkish taunts

first_imgBy Jean ChristouENERGY Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Wednesday there has been no problem so far in terms of Turkey’s  EEZ violation interfering with the ENI-KOGAS drilling in Block 9.At the same time, he said, no one could predict how far the Turkish provocation would go.The Turkish seismic exploration vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa entered the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on Monday. The move came after Ankara issued a maritime notice, or NAVTEX, reserving certain areas of the EEZ for surveys from October 20 to December 30.After moving further into the island’s EEZ on Tuesday, the Barbaros was only some 30 nautical miles south of Limassol and approximately the same distance north from the ENI-KOGAS drillship Sapiem 10000.On Wednesday, the vessel was 35 nautical miles east of Cape Greco and 78 nautical miles north-east of the Sapiem.“We are in daily contact with the company [ENI] and we are monitoring the developments both electronically and manually,” Lakkotrypis told CyBC’s morning programme.“[Energy ministry]… officials are receiving the relevant training so that they can stay on the platform from the beginning of next month,” he added.He said the drilling venture was primarily being informed about the developments from its local offices in Cyprus. He expects to meet with the companies’ representatives within days to discuss the developments but mainly to talk about the next steps in the drilling process.Lakkotrypis said that the first results of the drilling from Block 9 in the Onasagoras field were expected by December.The minister said there had been no repercussions in a business sense, in that interest from international companies had not waned in any way. He said many companies were used to operating under difficult conditions, political and otherwise.“They have not been discouraged in any way. Besides, we all know that during the licensing round and after expressing their intention to submit a tender for operating in the blocks of the Republic of Cyprus, there had been interventions on behalf of Turkey, which the companies ignored,” he said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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