SNCs court bid to avoid prosecution to proceed through election period

first_imgOTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin’s court fight for a special agreement to avoid prosecution on corruption charges continues to lurch along, despite the prospect of a criminal trial and Wednesday’s explosive report from the federal ethics watchdog on the conduct of the prime minister.The Federal Court of Appeal has set a series of filing deadlines that run through the fall — as the campaign for the Oct. 21 federal election unfolds — for the latest submissions in the engineering and construction giant’s ongoing legal battle for a remediation agreement over alleged wrongdoing in Libya.SNC-Lavalin unsuccessfully pressed the federal director of prosecutions to negotiate an agreement — an alternative means of holding an organization accountable for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt.In a March ruling, a judge tossed out the firm’s plea for judicial review of the director’s 2018 decision.In its ruling, the Federal Court said prosecutorial discretion is not subject to judicial review, except for cases where there is an abuse of process.SNC-Lavalin contends in the Court of Appeal that the process of determining whether to pursue a remediation agreement was completely flawed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Penn West name change approved company plans growth with controlled spending

CALGARY — The CEO of Penn West Petroleum (TSX:PWT) says the oil and gas producer is changing more than its name as it looks to turn its back on its high-spending past and instead pursue affordable growth with spending budgets tightly tied to commodity prices.At its annual general meeting Monday, shareholders voted 92 per cent in favour of changing the Calgary-based company’s name to Obsidian Energy. It is to start trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under stock symbol OBE later this week.Dave French, president and CEO since October, said the 30-year-old producer chose the name because obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass that can be “sharpened and honed.”He said Obsidian has little in common with Penn West.“If you were to go back into the early 2000s, we were probably in the top five producers in Calgary, had tremendous name recognition, but it was time for us to think about who we were going to be going forward,” he said.Four years ago, Penn West was active in 30 operating areas with two million hectares of drilling rights, French said, adding it occupied 24 floors in two buildings in downtown Calgary and had 15 executives and 15 field offices.Today, he said, that has been cut to four key areas, about 500,000 hectares of drilling rights, two and half floors of offices, five executives and four field offices.Production has fallen to about 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from 135,000 boepd. In regulatory filings, it reported 400 workers as of the end of 2016 versus 1,400 at the end of 2013.During the meeting, investor Jeffrey Gauf rose to call for the company to be sold, saying he has no faith in the board of directors no matter what name is on the front door.“If you look at what they’ve done, all they’ve done is take assets that they paid a lot of money for, they discounted them and sold them to get rid of debt,” he said in an interview.He said he has accumulated about half a million shares over the past three years at prices ranging from 60 cents to $3.So far this year, the closing stock price has varied from $1.61 to $2.69 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.French said the company plans to spend $180 million this year to drill about 100 wells, adding it has sold forward contracts on about half of its oil output to lock in prices above US$50 per barrel.Penn West was rocked by an accounting scandal in 2014 that resulted in class-action lawsuits by investors that were settled last year.Asset sales allowed it to reduce its net debt to $384 million as of March 31 this year compared with almost $3 billion at the end of 2013.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

UK to work with Sri Lanka for peace prosperity

The British Government says it looks forward to continue working with Sri Lanka, following the appointment of the new Foreign Minister.While congratulating Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on his reappointment to the post, the Minister of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said he looks forward to continue working with Sri Lanka on peace and prosperity. He said that he would “place economic diplomacy at the centre of Sri Lanka’s foreign affairs – focusing on promoting trade, tourism and investment”.Minister Samaraweera also noted that “restructuring the Foreign Ministry and the rationalization of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic missions abroad was an urgent priority”. (Colombo Gazette) After taking oaths this week, Samaraweera said that he would “build, with even greater vigour, on the tremendous goodwill the international community extended to Sri Lanka after the January 8 revolution”, adding that, “this intensification of engagement and strengthening of relations will be made possible by the political stability arising from the decisive mandate given by the people in the general election”. “Congratulations @MangalaLK on re-appointment as #SriLanka Foreign Minister. Look forward to continuing our work on peace & prosperity,” Swire tweeted. read more

US proud of assistance given to the people in the North

Following ceremonies at Palaly Airport, Ambassador Keshap,  Sampanthan and Wigneswaran visited the Idaikkadu Maha Vidyalayam site where a medical clinic has been established and observed American and Sri Lankan medical professionals working together to provide free care for local residents. “Americans have been coming to Jaffna since 1816 with the establishment of the first missionary schools and medical centers. We’re proud to continue this long tradition of friendship and assistance to the people in the North;” said Ambassador Keshap.Also participating were, Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan, State Minister for Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian E. Saravanabavan, Health Minister of the Northern Province Dr S. Sathiyalingam, Agricultural Minister of the Northern Province P. Aingaranesan, Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Air Force Commander, Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala, Air Vice Marshal Sumangala Dias and Security Force Commander of Jaffna, Major General Mahesh Senanayake. (Colombo Gazette) The United States (US) is proud of the assistance given to the people in the North, the US Embassy in Colombo said.On behalf of the American people, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap, representing the American people, donated medical supplies brought in by U.S. Pacific Command’s Operation Pacific Angel (PACANGEL) to Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan who accepted the items on behalf of the people of Jaffna. Operation PACANGEL is donating medical and dental equipment and providing free medical care, dental care, optometry, and physical therapy to the people of Jaffna.  The supplies include medication to treat acute symptoms, physical therapy equipment, eyeglasses, dental care supplies, and vitamin supplements.  Approximately 60 U.S. military members, along with local non-governmental organizations and members of the Sri Lanka Air Force, will participate in the week-long programs to assist people in Jaffna. read more

Hawaii tourism industry fears negative impact of rental law

HONOLULU — New short-term rental rules could impact Hawaii’s tourism industry by decreasing the amount of lodging for potential visitors.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that more restrictive rental rules on Oahu were scheduled to take effect Thursday.Honolulu City Council unanimously passed the rental bill that was signed into law June 25.The ordinance bans advertising of unpermitted short-term rentals and enacts penalties resulting in fines of up to $10,000 for persistent violators.Members of the state’s visitor industry have expressed concerns the law will be applied to units in resort districts.Officials say the spread of vacation rentals has added to Oahu’s lodging supply and tourism growth, but the new ordinance could negatively impact those gains.Investors outside Hawaii including airlines have said they are monitoring the ordinance.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

Roman Abramovich splits from third wife Dasha Zhukova

first_imgRoman Abramovich, the Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea FC, has separated from his wife of ten years, Dasha Zhukova.The couple, who have two children, said the split was amicable.In a joint statement, they said: “After 10 years together, the two of us have made the difficult decision to separate, but we remain close friends, parents and partners in the projects we developed together.“We are committed to jointly raising our two children. We will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural center in Saint Petersburg.”Ms Zhukova, an art collector who is 15 years’ Mr Abramovich’s junior, the independently wealthy daughter of a Russian oil magnate, was Mr Abramovich’s third wife. Dasha Zhukova at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013 fashion showCredit:Michel Dufour/Wireimage The couple secretly married around nine years ago.Ms Zhukova, 36, had always been referred to as his girlfriend but in 2015, she revealed in a magazine interview that the couple in fact tied the knot during a private ceremony in 2008.Their first child, Mr Abramovich’s sixth, Aaron Alexander, was born in December 2009 and daughter Leah Lou was born in April 2013, both in the United States.Mr Abramovich, 50, married his first wife, Olga Yurevna Lysova, in December 1987 but was divorced just three years later.He wed Ms Malandina in 1991, before he made his fortune in the Russian privatisation boom, and their marriage lasted 16 years. The couple were first spotted together in 2005 at a Chelsea-Barcelona game in Spain.At the time, Mr Abramovich was still married to his second wife, Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina, and it was thought Ms Zukhova was seeing Lord Freddie Windsor, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, after splitting from long-time boyfriend, tennis player Marat Safin.But the friendship strengthened and Miss Zhukova and her father, Alexander Zhukov, were invited to Mr Abramovich’s New Year party later that year. Roman Abramovic with Dasha Zhukova in PortofinoCredit:Splash News Roman Abramovic with Dasha Zhukova in Portofino 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. Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova at the Punta Della Dogana Gallery in Venice Credit:GETTY IMAGES The couple has a major private art collection and last year, Mr Abramovich got the go-ahead to turn three Upper East Side townhouses into an 18,000-square-foot mega-mansion. Ms Zhukova once owned her own fashion label Kova & T and was briefly editor of avant garde fashion magazine, POP.In 2014, she was pictured sitting on a chair designed to resemble a half-naked black woman.She later apologised, saying: “I utterly abhor racism, and would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by this image.”She now owns runs her own magazine, Garage, -as well as an arts centre in Russia which is part-funded by her husband. Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova at the Punta Della Dogana Gallery in Venice  Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova in 2015Credit:Rex Features Her father is himself an oil, metals and banking tycoon who owns a mansion block in Kensington, west London, where his daughter lived, as well as homes in New York and Moscow. Dasha Zhukova at the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show It was reported at the time that Ms Malandina, a former air stewardess, had consulted leading British divorce lawyers. Had she chosen to pursue her husband through the British courts she could have been entitled to half his £11 billion fortune.Mr Abramovich  made his money from property, steel and mining since the collapse of communism in Russia.  In 1995 he and fellow oligarch Boris Berezovsky acquired the controlling interest in the oil company Sibneft for a fraction of its real worth.Mr Abramovich later acquired stakes in several other companies, including the aluminium giant Rusal and the airline Aeroflot. He went on to sell his stakes in Sibneft and Rusal for billions.The businessman, whose friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin has been likened to a father-son relationship, is ranked as No. 139 on Forbes Billionaires List, with a reported $9.1 billion.The couple own homes in London, Moscow, Colorado, the Caribbean and the South of France and Mr Abramovich famously owns some of the world’s biggest yachts. Ms Zhukova, who is on the board of the Metropolitan Museum, is thought to have converted the football-loving oligarch to the joy of art and he has quietly established himself as the world’s leading collector of modern and contemporary art. Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova in 2015 But the couple were said to have been driven apart by his devotion to his business interests and football club, which he bought for £140 million in 2003.They were given a “quickie” divorce in Moscow in 2007, with the oligarch paying a settlement in the region of £150million, one of the largest ever seen.  Although details have remained hidden under Russia’s secretive legal system, it is thought Ms Malandina was given a lump sum as well as four homes, including the £18million Fyning Hill Estate in Petersfield, West Sussex, which was Abramovich’s main base in the UK as well as two London properties at Eaton Square and Chester Square.last_img read more

I never really had offthefield issues It was more boredom

first_img 15 Comments ‘I never really had off-the-field issues. It was more boredom’ Jack Byrne on the highs and lows of his career so far ahead of a potential Ireland debut against Bulgaria. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 12:00 PM Share3 Tweet Email Short URL Mick McCarthy has been impressed by Jack Byrne’s League of Ireland form. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAsked whether he has made any adjustments in recent times, Byrne adds: “I never really had off-the-field issues. It was more boredom and trying to fill time. It’s a lot easier when you’re at home and you’re around your family. You can just go for a coffee, go out and chat. I go out with the young lad and my sister. My sister’s up the road. You kill time better. It’s just easier to fill the days now. Things are going well and I think it’s showing on the pitch.”The League of Ireland star also played down suggestions that he would ultimately need to move back to England in order to break into the Irish starting XI.I don’t see it as just being England. I played in the top division in Holland. That’s what got me invited to train with the senior team in the first place. I don’t see it as England or nothing. If the opportunity comes up, it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s going to be in England. I’m just seeing where it takes me. I understand the lads here [in the Ireland camp] are playing at a much higher level than I am. They don’t make you feel that way when I’m in here and back in the squad. Without Shamrock Rovers, I don’t think I would be in the squad.”And does Byrne see himself remaining with the League of Ireland club next season?“I don’t see it as a negative if I am. If somebody came in and they spoke to Rovers and they wanted me to go or whatever, it would have to be right for me at that stage.“But I’m not even thinking about it. I love the club, I love playing for the club, the manager there has been unbelievable for me, Stephen McPhail, Glenn Cronin.“These kind of people around me have been great to me, so it would be disrespectful for me to sit here and talk about a move because to be honest, I’m not even thinking about that.“Looking at the likes of Conor Hourihane, who dropped down the leagues and worked his way back up, he’s now playing in the Premier League.“A lot of the players in the squad have played in the League of Ireland as well, so everybody’s route is different.“I’m working my way back to hopefully get to a good level soon, and I feel as if I’m on the right track.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! https://the42.ie/4800915 36,802 Views By Paul Fennessy I think most people [down there] know what went on. They got relegated, I was probably one of the higher earners and they needed me to go.“I needed to go as well to further my career. That was all it was; there wasn’t anything else to it. But it probably could have been handled a little bit better.”A subsequent short spell at Kilmarnock was similarly disappointing. He played just five league matches for the top-flight Scottish side and struggled to win a place in a midfield that included former UCD player Gary Dicker and Dubliner Alan Power.Last December, Byrne’s move back home to Shamrock Rovers was confirmed. Since then, he has thrived, helping the club mount a title bid and scoring seven goals in the league so far this season. Having initially begun life in a deeper role, sometimes on the right-hand side of midfield, in recent times, Byrne has played more centrally as a number 10. Two stunning goals against Waterford last month consolidated the belief that it was an astute move on Stephen Bradley’s part.25: GOAL!Waterford FC 0-1 SHAMROCK ROVERSJack Byrne opens the scoring for Shamrock Rovers at the RSC with a thunderbolt from 30 yards!LIVE now on eir sport 1! #LOI #WFCvSRFC pic.twitter.com/mmSXYbwwpW— eir Sport (@eirSport) August 19, 2019 Mick McCarthy has been among those impressed by the player’s recent exploits. He was selected for the final squad to face Gibraltar and Georgia last March, and was recalled for the upcoming games after some more eye-catching displays with the Hoops.You get the sense, though, that Byrne still has some way to go to fully convince McCarthy that he is ready to regularly compete at this level. Last Friday, as his club team were beating Galway to qualify for the FAI Cup semi-finals, Byrne was the unfortunate one player to be left out of Ireland’s matchday squad versus Switzerland.“I was disappointed, but I’m obviously a fan, first and foremost, of the Irish team,” he says. “It was an unbelievable moment to be involved in such a big game. To be in the dressing room before, training all week, and in the dressing room after, seeing how happy everybody was, it gave me a good incentive to try to do well and hopefully play for Ireland.”The midfielder acknowledges himself that he has work to do if he wants to be involved more regularly at this level, but insists he does not feel inferior to other squad members in anyway.The lads have made me feel a part of it,” he explains. “I respect that and they’ve been giving me advice and stuff — same as the manager and Terry Connor have been giving me advice, ‘try this and that’. I don’t feel out of place because everybody has been so good to me.“Although you want to do well, I wouldn’t be putting too much pressure on myself or expecting too much from myself. I’ll just go out and try to enjoy it.”Should Byrne get capped tonight, he would become the third player in the current Shamrock Rovers squad to earn Republic of Ireland recognition, after Graham Burke and Joey O’Brien, while two other team-mates — Alan Mannus and Daniel Lafferty — have represented Northern Ireland on a number of occasions at senior level.Byrne believes more players in the league could follow in his footsteps, but stops short of agreeing when it is suggested that he is in the best form of his career currently.“It’s a tough one. I think I’m getting a lot of exposure now because of the European games. The [Irish] media go to the games in Tallaght a lot and I’m obviously doing well in the public eye. They can obviously write about it or whatever.“I feel as if I played good football wherever I’ve been at. Sometimes my face didn’t fit in certain places. That’s fine. That’s football. You move on and take it on the chin, dust yourself down and go again. At the moment, I’m really enjoying myself — the coaching staff around me, family around me, good people around me. So I’m just trying to work hard and keep my head down.” “EVERYBODY’S ROUTE IS different.” Jack Byrne makes this remark more than once when speaking to the media ahead of Ireland’s match with Bulgaria tonight.The 23-year-old Shamrock Rovers midfielder could well make his international debut this evening, and his excitement is palpable.“It would be a dream come true if it did happen. Hopefully, I’d do myself justice. It’d be an unbelievable honour and probably the proudest day of my life,” he says, when asked about the prospect of representing his country at senior level.Byrne, though, would be forgiven for expecting the opportunity to represent the Boys in Green to have come sooner than now.It is over three years since he was first invited to train with the Ireland squad — linking up with Martin O’Neill’s side in March 2016. At the time, he was still on the books at Manchester City and earning rave reviews during a successful season-long loan spell at Dutch top-flight side Cambuur, hitting four goals in 27 Eredivisie appearances.Since then though, the Dubliner had a few transfers that ultimately didn’t work out. After his stock had risen at Cambuur, he followed it up with another loan move to Blackburn. With the side battling relegation though, manager Owen Coyle appeared reluctant to place his faith in a youngster who was unproven at that level. Consequently, he made just four appearances, with an initial season-long loan brought to a halt in January 2017.Later that month, Byrne left Man City and joined Wigan on a permanent deal. It seemed a repeat of the Blackburn experience, however, and this time, Byrne made just two appearances for another relegation-bound Championship side.The starlet’s next loan move, though, would initially prove altogether more successful. He linked up with Oldham, and ended the 2016-17 campaign with 22 appearances and four goals. He signed on a permanent deal the following season and became a fan favourite at the club, making another 18 appearances in the 2017-18 campaign. All appeared to be going well, until the player was suddenly suspended by his team.“It’s been an ongoing saga. Jack has breached a couple of discipline rules and is no longer training with the first team squad. He’s training with the youth team for the foreseeable future,” said manager Frankie Bunn at the time.“I can’t really say anything on the matter. The club don’t want me to. But my conscience is clear, 100%,” Byrne said in an interview with The National, after his release from Oldham had been confirmed. Follow us: the42.ie Jack Byrne pictured speaking at a pre-match press conference. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Jack Byrne pictured speaking at a pre-match press conference. Tue 12:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Climat Schwarzenegger installe le bureau du R20 à Genève

first_imgClimat : Schwarzenegger installe le bureau du R20 à GenèveFondé par l’ex-gouverneur de Californie Arnold Schwarzenegger, le bureau exécutif du R20 (un groupe de régions) qui veut lutter contre le changement climatique va être installé à Genève en Suisse et commencera son travail cet automne.Le R20 (R pour régions, 20 pour l’année 2020) représente 30 régions du monde qui s’engagent à prendre des mesures pour éviter une hausse des températures de plus de 2°C par rapport à 1990. Ce groupe, qui veut contribuer à préserver la planète, a été lancé par Arnold Schwarzenegger lors du sommet de Copenhague sur le climat, le 15 décembre 2009.À lire aussiD’après une étude, le Canada se réchauffe deux fois plus vite que le reste du mondeSon bureau exécutif devrait prendre place à Genève en Suisse et être inauguré en novembre prochain, indique l’AFP. “Genève a été choisie par le R20 parce que s’y trouvent une majorité d’agences spécialisées de l’ONU dans le domaine de l’environnement ainsi que de grandes ONG, comme le WWF, l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) et le WEF, mais aussi les banques privées”, a expliqué le directeur exécutif du R20, Christophe Nuttall, cité par l’agence de presse. L’un des buts du R20, rappelle l’AFP, est de faciliter l’accès des régions à l’expertise et au financement dans le domaine de l’environnement. La Charte du R20 a été signée à Sacramento en Californie en novembre 2010.Le 5 mai 2011 à 17:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Steven Naismith confident Hearts can rediscover winning touch

first_imgHearts forward Steven Naismith believes the team can rediscover their early-season winning run.The Scottish Premiership club got their first win since Naismith went down with a knee injury on Saturday.Craig Levein’s side led the Scottish Premiership at some point this season after winning eight of their first 10 games in the league but injury to Naismith coupled with the absence of the likes of Christophe Berra, John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu, has seen them tumble to fourth.But Berra returned to full fitness earlier in the December and with his expected return during the festive period, Naismith is confident that the team can rediscover their winning run.Naismith, whose team are only three points off the top, said, according to SportsMole: “You chop it into blocks. We need to be looking at being still in that mix around the winter break.”News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“It’s shown so far this season that every team can take points off everybody. It’s about building groups of games and getting good performances.”“We have shown over the first three or four months of the season that we are capable of doing that.”“The boys that have been in the team have shown over the last week that they are not just going to sit down and accept it.”“You could easily have gone through the week of the Rangers game, St Johnstone, Motherwell, with no points but we have put up some good fights. On other days we would have got more points but we’ve dug in, we have shown a steeliness.”“The more players come back, you would hope the more competition for places and the performances rise again.”last_img read more

ASAWISHH Hosts US Congressional Staff at AMPLIFIES GHANA

first_imgU.S. Congressional and CSIS staff met with leaders from ASA/WISHH’s AMLIFIES Ghana project on February 26. They saw how ASA/WISHH is improving Ghana’s poultry feed production capacity and increasing efficiency in poultry value chains that will continue to grow following the conclusion of the five-year USDA-funded project. Photo credit: Timothy Adei/Team 1000 WordsThe American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) hosted a U.S. Congressional staff delegation on Feb. 26 for a site visit of the AMPLIFIES Ghana poultry project, where WISHH is connecting trade and development with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding.The bicameral, bipartisan delegation, hosted by the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), a Washington. D.C. nonprofit policy research organization, included three CSIS staff and six Congressional staff. Next month, CSIS will publish a report detailing their observations in the field looking at food security and nutrition programs.Immediately after their trip, CSIS staff shared appreciation that ASA/WISHH’s site visit provided important insight to better understand how USDA fits into the U.S. government’s Feed the Future portfolio, which is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The visit also showcased the importance of U.S. university engagement, agricultural research, and the connections back to American commodity groups.ASA/WISHH took the delegation to the University of Ghana where they met with Dr. Thomas Nortey, Ph.D., who collaborates with Kansas State University on the project. The university is opening a new animal nutrition laboratory where the project is helping increase feed quality analysis.The CSIS team leader, Kimberly Flowers, director, Global Food Security Project, wrote, “The delegation members really enjoyed [the AMPLIFIES meeting], especially talking to the local poultry farmers who benefit from your work.”last_img read more

Conviction in Clackamas grocery store shooting

first_imgOREGON CITY — A man who claimed self-defense for shooting a man in a fight at a Clackamas grocery store was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree assault.Sixty-seven-year-old Jerry Thomas Harryman faces a prison term of nearly six years when he is sentenced next week in Clackamas County Circuit Court.The Oregonian reports Harryman had a license to legally carry a concealed handgun. He says the other man was the aggressor in a fight that broke out in August 2012 in a crowded checkout line. During the struggle, Harryman pulled out his gun and shot him in the leg.Harryman’s lawyer said he was defending himself.Prosecutor Bryan Brock says the use of deadly force was unreasonable and unjustified for the threat Harryman faced.last_img

2000 sailors head to Port Everglades as Fleet Week begins

first_img“It allows us an opportunity to take the Navy to the rest of the country,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Brent Devore, the New York’s commanding officer.The welcoming party will be held in Fort Lauderdale on Monday night.Widely believed to be Fleet Week’s most popular event is the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, which is set to take over the skies above Fort Lauderdale Beach on Saturday and Sunday.Fleet Week runs through May 6.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PORT EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) – Fleet Week is back in South Florida.Military warships arrived at Port Everglades just after 7 a.m. Monday for the annual event.Thousands of sailors are expected to pour into the port in the coming days to take part in the event on its 29th year in Fort Lauderdale.“We’ve done this every year, and the reason we keep coming back is because it’s very meaningful for us,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Brad Skillman.7News cameras captured sailors in full uniform after they arrived on ships and submarines.The ships will be docked for curious South Floridians to get a firsthand view and to meet the 2,000 sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members in town.Those who sign up for free tours of the ships will have the opportunity to do so all week. “All the sailors and Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be in uniform this week, so they’re very obvious out in town,” said Skillman. “They’re here as ambassadors for the services, so they like to be greeted, and the city is always very, very accommodating and very, just, kind.”Skillman said it’s always heartening to hear South Florida residents’ kind words.“They’ll come up and thank us for our service. It makes you want to blush a lot,” said Skillman, “but it’s really fun to do that.”The biggest ship in port is the USS New York Amphibious Assault Ship, which can transport more than 1,000 sailors and soldiers.What makes this battleship unique is that it was built with more than seven tons collected from the World Trade Center after 9/11. The ship’s interior is filled with various kinds of tributes to the tragedy.But military officials said Fleet Week is a celebration, a thank you to service members and a chance to see how they work up close.According to the Broward Navy Days website, the event’s goal is to honor the visiting sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. last_img read more

7 MPs quit Labour Party over Brexit antiSemitism

first_imgFormer Labour party MPs, (From Left) Ann Coffey, Angela Smith, Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna, Mike Gapes, Luciana Berger, and Gavin Shuker pose for a photograph following a press conference in London on 18 February 2019, where they announced their resignation from the Labour Party, and the formation of a new independent group of MPs. Seven MPs from Britain`s opposition Labour Party on Monday announced they were breaking away in protest at the party leadership`s support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism. Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference in London, the seven attacked party chief Jeremy Corbyn for leading the party to the far left and said they would sit as an independent group in parliament. Photo: AFPSeven MPs from Britain’s opposition Labour Party announced on Monday they were breaking away in protest at the party leadership’s support for Brexit and its failure to stamp out anti-Semitism.Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference in London, the seven attacked party chief Jeremy Corbyn for leading the party to the far left and said they would sit as an independent group in parliament.The group included Chuka Umunna, who has led a cross-party campaign for a second referendum on Brexit and was once seen as a potential Labour leader.”If you want an alternative please help us build it,” Umunna said.”Politics is broken. It doesn’t have to be this way.”Corbyn said he was “disappointed” by the MPs’ decision.”Now more than ever is the time to bring people together to build a better future for us all,” he said.Another MP, Luciana Berger, who has been the victim of anti-Semitic abuse for years, said: “This has been a very difficult, painful but necessary decision.”Berger said the party had become “institutionally anti-Semitic”, adding: “I have become embarrassed and ashamed to represent the Labour Party.”I am leaving behind a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation,” she said.MP Mike Gapes said: “I am furious that the Labour leadership is complicit in facilitating Brexit”.His colleague Chris Leslie, said he was leaving because of “Labour’s betrayal on Europe”.last_img

Britains Pompeii reveals new clues about life during the Bronze Age

first_imgThought the site is no longer situated on a river, it is quite wet, which is helping to preserve artifacts. The researchers plan to remove them all because it is believed the water level in the areas is likely to fall, removing their natural protective blanket. © 2016 Phys.org Glass beads thought to have been from a necklace. More information: Press release Bronze Age textile made from plant fibres. The site was first discovered back in 2006, but it was only recently that excavations began—a joint effort between the University of Cambridge and Historic England. Items from the houses which sit approximately two meters below ground level, have been dated to approximately 1000-800 BC, which puts them near the end of the Bronze Age—a time dominated by tools and weapons made by mixing copper and tin, from roughly 2500, to 1000 BC. In Britain, the Bronze Age has been extended to approximately 800 BC—it ended when visitors from overseas introduced implements made of iron. Because of the arrangement, the researchers believe the houses were abandoned very quickly, likely due to the fire, which allowed for the preservation of objects as they existed in the everyday lives of people during that time period.Thus far, workers digging at the site have uncovered pots and pans of varying sizes, spears and daggers, exotic glass beads and even textiles that had been fashioned from tree bark. They have also uncovered the charred remains of the timbers that once served as stilts, allowing those living in the house to exist as if on their own tiny island. A human skull has also been found near one entrance, but it has not yet been studied in detail, thus it is not known if it might have belonged to one of the inhabitants of the house. The team has also identified footprints in the sediment. Detail on a 6.3m oak logboat. Close up of stilts and collapsed roof timbers. Explore further Close up of stilts and collapsed roof timbers. Close up of charred wooden bucket base. Citation: Britain’s ‘Pompeii’ reveals new clues about life during the Bronze Age (2016, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-britain-pompeii-reveals-clues-life.html Late Iron Age baldric ring with La Tène style decoration, probably part of a shoulder belt for carrying a sword. Shifting sand dunes reveal hidden Bronze Age settlement (Phys.org)—A team of archeologists working at a dig site in Cambridgeshire in Britain has found what they are describing as Britain’s ‘Pompeii’—evidence of everyday life in an ancient society, covered by mud—and the best preserved Bronze Age dwelling ever found in that country. The find consists of two circular wooden houses that once stood atop stilts over a river—when the houses caught fire, they collapsed into the river and were covered by silt, which preserved everyday items inside, such as tables and chairs and jewelry, and even food in bowls. Glass beads thought to have been from a necklace. Bronze Age textile made from plant fibres. Late Iron Age baldric ring with La Tène style decoration, probably part of a shoulder belt for carrying a sword. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

UFC sold for 4 billion

first_imgUFC has gone from being labeled “human cockfighting” to the goose that laid the golden egg. Sunday, it was announced that Dana White and Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta have sold the UFC to an investment group led by the mega talent agency WME-IMG for approximately $4 billion. White had recently denied the pending sale.In 2001, Dana White and the Fertitta brothers purchased the fledgling bloodsport for a mere $2 million. The sport has grown exponentially in the face of legislative opposition from the likes of Senator John McCain, who labeled it “human cockfighting, and the New York State Athletic Commission, which, until recently, had refused to sanction fights in the state.With White at the head of the organization, UFC has gained a foothold in the mainstream sports world with a revolving stable of marketable superstars, from Randy Couture and Chuck Lidell, to Ronda Rousey, and Conor McGregor.The deal WME allows for White to continue to serve as President and continue his role of promoting and organizing fights. White joined the Herd and discussed the topic of a potential UFC sale in May. Advertisementlast_img read more

WATCH Gronk chugged a bottle of water at an elementary school assembly

first_imgGronk is a big kid, so it makes sense that elementary school kids love him. He showed up at a Boston area elementary school to speak to some young Pats fans, but the students’ focus quickly turned to the bottle of water in his hand.The students began chanting “Chug it!” until Big Rob chugged the entire bottle and capped it off with a signature Gronk spike. Apparently, no one at the school had a beer bong. What the hell kind of operation are these people running?Here’s the video of Gronk and his PG partying antics:Elementary students cheer “chug it” for @RobGronkowski to drink his water in Turners Falls. He obviously finished with a spike. pic.twitter.com/fmzdqSvQQv— Amanda Keane (@AmandaKeaneNews) March 7, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

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first_img News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s.center_img News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more August 14, 2008 – TeraMedica Healthcare Technology’s Evercore Enterprise Suite has been fully tested and certified for use with IBM’s Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS) storage management system, TeraMedica announced yesterday.The Evercore solution allows physicians and other healthcare caregivers to obtain instant access via an existing EMR to both medical images and patient studies, including MRI scans, X-rays and cardiograms, together with digital content such as electronic reports. IBM’s GMAS is an integrated storage solution that provides hospitals, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies with a virtualized, automated and secure repository for medical images, patient records and other critical healthcare information. The integration of these two solutions should provide physicians with a more complete view of a patient study while optimizing productivity and lowering costs for IT.The Evercore Clinical Enterprise Suite of software modules can reportedly connect and manage the digital image infrastructure of a healthcare system from the imaging device or PACS to the electronic health record (EHR) and the clinical desktop. IBM’s GMAS adds a virtualized and automated enterprise storage archiving system said to ensure fast and consistent delivery of images and other imaging reference data, automate storage dministration, protect clinical information for life and help reduce total cost of ownership.For more information: www.teramedica.com, www-03.ibm.com/linux/grid/medical_archive_solution.shtml FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | August 13, 2008 TeraMedica Software Certified for Use with IBM’s Grid Medical Archive Solution News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more last_img read more

Schools almost out Celebrate with Sunwings Family Vacation sale

first_img TORONTO — With summer school break just around the corner, Sunwing is giving parents some much-needed vacation inspiration with a new promotion on all-inclusive vacation packages.Available to book from now until May 25, these packages are available at top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Depending on the resort they select, families can make their summer travel budget go even further with Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, special teen pricing, rooms that sleep families of five and more.Included in the promotion is the new Royalton Bavaro Resort and Spa in Punta Cana, situated on the legendary Bavaro Beach. There’s also the Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, a family-friendly property that’s home to Montego Bay’s largest water park, on-site kids clubs and the 18-hole Runaway Bay Golf Club.One of the tour operator’s most consistently popular resorts is Family Club at Grand Riviera Princess All Suites & Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which offers spacious rooms for families, some of which include bunk beds for kids. Other amenities include an on-site water park, Mini and Teen Clubs, 12 pools, tennis, basketball, soccer and more.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaAll vacation packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines, which include a welcome sparkling wine toast, buy-onboard Sunwing Café menu with selections inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford, and backpacks for children filled with games and toys. Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: Sunwingcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, May 18, 2018 School’s (almost) out! Celebrate with Sunwing’s Family Vacation salelast_img read more

Christopher Herbert Elected to Freddie Mac Board of Directors

first_img in Government, Headlines, journal, News Share April 4, 2018 640 Views Christopher Herbert Company News Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Board of Directors 2018-04-04 David Whartoncenter_img Freddie Mac announced that Christopher E. Herbert was elected as a director on the company’s board of directors. Herbert, 57, has extensive experience relating to housing policy and urban development.“We are very pleased that Chris is joining the Freddie Mac Board,” said Christopher S. Lynch, Freddie Mac’s Non-Executive Chairman. “His deep understanding of housing issues and policy will help the Board advance Freddie Mac’s mission to support the stability of the housing market and promote housing affordability.”Herbert has been the Managing Director for Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and a lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design since January 2015.  Prior to his appointment as Managing Director, he served as Research Director from 2010-2014 and was a Research Analyst from 1993-1997.  From 1997 to 2010, Herbert was a Senior Associate at Abt Associates, Inc.Herbert currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Homeownership Preservation Foundation and is a Trustee of Greenpath Financial Wellness. Herbert also is a member of the Advisory Board of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging and the Advisory Council for the Center for Responsible Lending and is a fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Financial Security.  He is a former member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Research Advisory Council.Herbert holds a PhD and master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Christopher Herbert Elected to Freddie Mac Board of Directorslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter AccorHotels Pacific tod

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAccorHotels Pacific today confirmed a major multi-million dollar refurbishment project is scheduled to commence in late November at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Denarau Island Fiji, including expansion plans for the resort’s exclusive adults-only, Waitui Beach Club. The project was foreshadowed by LATTE earlier this month.“To enhance the overall guest experience, the rejuvenation project centres around increasing the footprint of the resort’s popular Waitui Beach Club, with the addition of 24 new beach cabanas, a welcoming arrivals area, a new beachside cocktail bar to capture Fiji’s famous sunsets, and an undercover dining space for up to 40 guests. Waitui Beach Club’s guestrooms and suites will also undergo an entire refresh as well as its restaurant space,” AccorHotels Pacific said.Upgrade elements now confirmedIn addition, a new offering for children will see the development of an “Adolescent Zone” and a Waitui Beach Club for Kids.Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa will also embark on an upgrade of its Luxury guestrooms between April and June next year, whilst upgrades to Superior and Family guestrooms will follow in the second half of the year.All five restaurants and four bar outlets with new and exciting concepts, soon to be announced. Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa’s main restaurant Lagoon will undergo a revamp to a fully interactive experience for both breakfast and dinner.The resort’s beach restaurant, Salt, will be transformed with a Mediterranean-inspired feel and a new beach bar, to be called Rum Shak, which will serve over 150 varieties of rums and Fijian tapas.Denarau Island’s first night club will be a key feature of the resort’s transformation, with Breeze Bar set to evolve from a cocktail bar to a late night venue with a DJ playing between 9:30pm and 1am.Major enhancements are also earmarked for the resort’s entrance, lobby, gym, Fiji Airways desk and ticketing counter, conferencing rooms and ballroom, and the addition of a new yoga deck.General Manager, Vincent Macquet, expressed his excitement over the announcement of the resort’s rejuvenation project and is confident that the final transformation will not only enhance the overall guest experience but the hotel’s luxury appeal.“We’re delighted to announce the highly anticipated rejuvenation of the resort, which already appeals to a loyal clientele and we are certain the transformation will attract a new market of discerning travellers looking for that next level of luxury, which is sure to draw more attention and visitation to Denarau Island.“I’d like to reassure our guests with holidays planned over the festive season that works will completely halt between 22 December and 13 January for the Christmas/New Year peak period, to ensure our guests enjoy a relaxing break with no disturbance,” concluded Vincent.The development will see the closure of Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s chapel, with couples that were booked at the venue offered to relocate their ceremony to with the Sunset Wedding Bure, North West Lawn or Spa Garden, all onsite, or to the chapel at the soon-to-open Pullman Nadi Bay for weddings from 1 February 2019 onwards.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more