Torontos Shenae GrimesBeech became famous playing teens on 90210 and Degrassi Shes

first_imgAdvertisement After launching her career on teen dramas Degrassi: The Next Generation and 90210, Toronto-born Shenae Grimes-Beech embraced the more mature role of Jacqueline Cooper on CTV’s new police series The Detail.“I’ve literally never even played a grown-up, really,” she said in an on-set interview. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Detail centres on three homicide detectives played by Grimes-Beech, British actress Angela Griffin, who spent many years on the popular soap Coronation Street, and Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope). Vancouver-raised David Cubitt (Medium) also stars in the series, which premieres March 25.Interviewed last July on the Toronto set, Grimes-Beech said the show is about “three generations of women who are brilliantly balancing home life and work life without it even being talked about.”last_img read more

Ban says UN must aid Nepalese Government to reintegrate Maoist child soldiers

The United Nations should give the Nepalese Government all necessary aid to rehabilitate some 3,000 demobilized children who fought with the former rebel Maoist army in the country’s decade-long civil war, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The discharge of child soldiers was a key component of an action plan signed in December by the UN, the Government and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M). Altogether 2,973 persons were disqualified from the Maoist army as minors in a UN verification process after a 2006 ceasefire ended the conflict, but they still remained in temporary camps. Their discharge was completed by 8 February.“I call upon the Government of Nepal and UCPN-M to cooperate closely to ensure the full implementation of the Action Plan,” Mr. Ban says in his report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in Nepal, noting the significant progress that has been made. “Furthermore, the Government of Nepal should be provided by the United Nations with all necessary assistance for the rehabilitation of the Maoist army personnel disqualified as minors.”The UCPN-M should ensure that the minors have unhindered access to the rehabilitation packages offered by the Government, and the UN should continue to monitor the party’s compliance with the action plan, with particular attention paid to whether those discharged are forced into association with groups which engage in political violence.For its part, the Government should ensure adequate resources for the effective reintegration of the discharged minors into society, Mr. Ban writes.He also stresses that continuing strikes and protests by various groups across the country, in particular in the Tarai region, curtail freedom of movement, restricting children’s right to education. The report calls on political parties and agitating groups to stop the closure and use of schools.“All political parties and their affiliated youth wings, including related political and social groups, need to ensure that children are not exposed to or forced to participate in violent activities,” he says. “Armed groups should stop all violent activities including the use of improvised explosive devices and small arms, and stop the recruitment and use of children.”He calls on all armed groups to publicly commit themselves to ending violations of children’s rights, including the recruitment of persons under 18, highlighting the need to strengthen the monitoring and reporting of violations against children in the Tarai, identify responsible armed groups and provide appropriate protection.Public security remains a matter of serious concern, especially in the Tarai and some hill districts in the east, where many armed groups continue to operate in a climate of impunity, he writes, and he urged the Government to expedite the enactment of a child rights bill to ensure the immediate criminalization of recruitment of children to armed groups and armed forces. 23 April 2010The United Nations should give the Nepalese Government all necessary aid to rehabilitate some 3,000 demobilized children who fought with the former rebel Maoist army in the country’s decade-long civil war, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. read more

Ranil orders probe on police action against disabled soldiers

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene had said this week that political forces working against the Government must take responsibility for the incident. The Defence Ministry had this week expressed regret over the incident. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered an investigation into the action taken by the police on a group of disabled soldiers at Galle Face earlier this week.The Prime Minister told Parliament the incident where the police had used tear gas and water cannons on the disabled soldiers during a protest near the Presidential Secretariat will be investigated. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the disabled soldiers who protested near the Presidential Secretariat demanding pension. (Colombo Gazette)

Doug Ford fires back at council meeting

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Rob wasn’t the only Ford under fire at today’s Toronto council meeting. Councillor Doug Ford got into a heated exchange with Denzel Minnan-Wong.“Everyone in this chamber is coming across as holier-than-thou, lily white, none of you have every done anything wrong, have you? Ever? Never, ever. The question is: have you ever smoked marijuana?”As speaker Francis Nunziata tried to interject, Ford answered his own question: “The answer is yes, I guess.”Ford told the other councillors they weren’t entitled to take the moral high ground. “You’re not. Every one of you are not.”“Everyone should be careful about throwing rocks in a glass house.”Here are the files that relate to the censored files from the original police documents released Wednesday: read more

Major Dell stockholder derides companys proposed 244 billion sale as woefully inadequate

SAN FRANCISCO – Dell Inc.’s decision to sell itself for $24.4 billion to a group led by its founder and CEO is being ridiculed as a rotten deal by a major shareholder who estimates the slumping personal computer maker is really worth more $42 billion.The missive launched Friday by Southeastern Asset Management Inc. threatens to complicate Dell Inc.’s efforts to end its 25-year history as a public company.In a letter to Dell’s board of directors, Southeastern CEO O. Mason Hawkins threatened to lead a shareholder mutiny unless the company came up with an alternative to the deal announced earlier this week.Hawkins vowed to wield Southeastern’s 8.5 per cent stake to thwart the deal currently on the table. Only Michael Dell, the company’s eponymous founder and CEO, owns more stock with a roughly 14 per cent stake.Under Dell’s proposal, Southeastern and other stockholders will be paid $13.65 per share to leave the company in control of Michael Dell, who founded the business in his University of Texas dorm room in 1984. Michael Dell is contributing about $4.5 billion in stock and cash to help pay for the deal. The rest of the money would be supplied by the investment firm Silver Lake, loans from Microsoft Corp. and a litany of banks. The loans will burden Dell with debts that could leave the company with less money to invest in innovation and acquisitions.Hawkins derided the price of the proposed sale as “woefully inadequate” and laid out a scenario that values Dell at $23.72 per share, or about $42 billion. The per-share amount mirrors Dell’s stock price six years ago, when Michael Dell returned for a second go-round as the company’s CEO.A Dell spokesman declined to comment Friday.The company, based in Round Rock, Texas, has previously said that Michael Dell recused himself from all discussions about the proposed deal to take the company private. The board has also said it explored a wide range of alternatives before agreeing to sell the company for $24.4 billion — a price 80 per cent below Dell’s top market value of more than $150 billion at the peak of the dot-com boom 13 years ago.Anticipating possible second-guessing, the board is allowing 45 days for other potential bidders to emerge.Hawkins is worried other suitors will be discouraged from bidding because Michael Dell already has lined up a deal to buy the company for what Southeastern believes to be a steep discount.The transaction that Michael Dell and Silver Lake negotiated “clearly represents an opportunistically timed bid to take the company private at a valuation far below Dell’s intrinsic value, and deprives public shareholders of the ability to participate in the company’s substantial future value creation,” Hawkins wrote.Michael Dell and Silver Lake contend the company will be in a better position to overhaul its operations as a privately held company. That’s because Dell would be able to make dramatic changes without having to worry about Wall Street’s fixation on whether earnings and revenue are growing from one quarter to the next.The proposed sale at $13.65 per share is 25 per cent above where Dell’s stock stood last month, before word of the buyout negotiations leaked out in the media. Dell’s stock has plunged during the past year as PC sales have slumped amid the technological upheaval caused by the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers.Dell’s shares rose 10 cents Friday to close at $13.63.Michael Dell has been trying to wean his company from PCs by expanding sales of technology consulting services, business software and higher-end computers. As part of that process, Hawkins pointed out that Dell has spent $13.7 billion, or the equivalent of $7.58 per share, on acquisitions since Michael Dell returned as the company’s CEO in January 2007. Dell hasn’t taken any charges to reflect that the acquisitions have diminished in value.In his letter Hawkins laid out his rationale for valuing the company’s PC business at $2.78 per share and other product lines at a combined $13.36 per share.Instead of sticking with the current deal, Dell’s board should consider an alternative that would give existing shareholders a stake in a restructured company that would still be led by Michael Dell, Hawkins wrote.Messages left with Southeastern for comment weren’t immediately returned.The 38-year-old firm, which is based in Memphis, Tennessee, manages about $33 billion in assets. In a regulatory filing Friday, Southeastern said it had spent about $2.28 billion to accumulate more than 147 million shares of Dell. That means Southeastern would lose about $270 million on its Dell holdings if the company is sold at $13.65 per share. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Feb 8, 2013 5:42 pm MDT Major Dell stockholder derides company’s proposed $24.4 billion sale as ‘woefully inadequate’ read more

UN labour agency partners with retailer HM on social sustainability

“Issues in the garment industry are systemic and require action that helps develop effective industrial relations and promote respect of international labour standards,” said Guy Ryder, Director-General of ILO, stressing that “there is therefore an urgent need to establish strategic and comprehensive collaborations with companies that have experience in these fields, such as H&M.” The new partnership will focus on industrial relations and wages, training and skills development for workers at H&M source factories, as well as strengthening employers’ and workers’ organizations in the global garment industry.“ILO, with its unique tripartite composition, is the perfect partner for addressing issues such as wages and training and skills development in the textile industry,” said Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M. He also considered this cooperation as a great opportunity to further ramp up their work as the foundation of well-functioning industrial relations on all H&M’s strategic production markets.Under the new agreement, the more comprehensive and strategic partnership will promote a wide range of activities in training and skills development at the global, national and enterprise level in a larger number of countries, until the end of 2018.Capacity building for the social partners and skills development project between ILO and H&M was first launched in 2013 in Bangladesh, aiming to improve the quality of work and productivity in factories, as well as enabling workers to record and have their skills formally recognised. Further, not only is the partnership intended to establish a positive and innovative model for other brands, but it also creates a global alliance to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda in the supply chain of the global garment industry.The cooperation between the ILO and H&M dates back to 2001, when H&M joined the agency’s Better Factories programme in Cambodia. In 2013, the cooperation was expanded to specifically address industrial relations and wages in the country, including actions at the governance level. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State outlasts Stanford 7971 at PK80

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop attempts a 3-point shot in the second half against Northeastern on Nov. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State (5-1) rode a strong ending to the first half and took the lead early in the second half to beat Stanford (3-4) 79-71 in the second round of the Motion Bracket in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon.The Buckeyes opened up the second half with a 3-pointer from junior guard C.J. Jackson to give Ohio State the 35-32 lead. Ohio State held the lead for the remainder of the game. Jackson finished the game going 7-for-14 from the field for 23 points, three assists and six rebounds.The two teams traded punches the remainder of the game, finishing on a near-even, Ohio State 44-37 run.A 3-pointer by redshirt junior guard Robert Cartwright with 10:45 left in the first half gave the Cardinal a 10-8 lead. The Cardinal then went on a 21-13 run over the next 6:54 to extend its lead to 31-21.Ohio State finished the second half on an 11-1 run to tie the game at 32, fueled by three 3-pointers from redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop. He hit a deep 3 to tie the game with seven seconds left in the first half.The Buckeyes were led by Bates-Diop, who finished the game with his fifth double-double of the season. He went 6-for-13 from the field — including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc — for 18 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Buckeyes went 25-for-61 (41 percent) from the field, compared to just 22-for-61 (36 percent) from the Cardinal. Ohio State outrebounded Stanford 43 to 38.The Buckeyes will next take on Butler at 3 p.m. ET Sunday in its last match in the PK80 Invitational. read more

Defensive struggles cost Buckeyes in loss to Spartans

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) make a tackle during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio State defense allowed six touchdowns and 603 total yards to the Michigan offense in the two teams’ regular-season finale Nov. 30, but that didn’t cost OSU its chance at a second consecutive undefeated season.One week later, the 34 points it gave up to the Michigan State offense in the Big Ten Championship Game did.That defense allowed 438 total yards, four touchdowns and two field goals Saturday as OSU (12-1, 8-1) fell to the Spartans (12-1, 9-0), 34-24.Although the Buckeyes were able to score 24 consecutive points and put up 374 total yards against a Spartans defense that came into the game allowing just 11.8 points and 237.7 total yards per game, the plays allowed by its own defense proved to be too much.OSU gave up five plays of 20 or more yards to the Spartans on Saturday. Three of those — a 72-yard pass from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook to redshirt-junior wide receiver Keith Mumphery, a 33-yard pass from Cook to redshirt-junior wide receiver Tony Lippett and a 26-yard run by redshirt-junior running back Jeremy Langford — were touchdowns. A 48-yard pass completion from Cook to sophomore wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. set up the Spartans’ other touchdown, while a 34-yard run by Langford set up one of the Spartans’ field goals.“It is what it is,” defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said of his unit’s struggles. “Guys got to make plays. We got to put them in situations where they can make plays. There’s no finger-pointing.”For the second straight week, the OSU defense allowed its opponent’s quarterback to have a career-best performance. After giving up 451 passing yards and four touchdowns to Michigan redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner Nov. 30, the Buckeyes allowed Cook to throw for 304 yards.“Disappointed with our pass defense,” coach Urban Meyer said after Saturday’s loss. “We have to get this fixed. We’re going to get back to work.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the defense’s struggles to defend the pass against Michigan State were a result of miscommunication.“We just got to do better,” Shazier said. “Everybody did their best out there, and we just got to rally up and just get ready for the next week, just keep practicing.”That struggling pass defense’s cause was not helped when redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. He would eventually return to the game, but Meyer said it hurt the OSU defense not to have him on the field for a stretch.“Take a great player off the field, that’s an issue,” Meyer said of Roby, adding that sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves “didn’t screw it up” and played fine when he entered the game in Roby’s place.Although the Michigan State offense ranks just 83rd nationally with 384.6 total yards per game and 60th nationally with 29.8 points per game, Fickell said the quality of that unit was another factor in OSU’s defensive struggles.“You got to give (Michigan State) credit,” Fickell said. “They did a good job. (Cook) threw the ball in the right spots and guys got to cover, guys got to rush, guys got to get there when they pressure.”Still, as OSU prepares to finish its season in what will likely be a BCS bowl game, its defense has to bounce back. After giving up 34 or more points just twice in its first 11 games, OSU has allowed that many points in each of its last two games.Fickell said the defense has to “get better as a group.”“Football’s the greatest team sport known to man because it takes 11 guys,” Fickell said. “You have 10 (defensive players playing well) out there and they’re going to find that one guy. That’s what we got to make sure we do a better job (of) is all stick together through those adverse situations.” read more

Russian model who was victim of Salisbury poisoning scare claims Putins henchmen

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. Police cordon off the restaurant in Salisbury Police cordon off the restaurant in Salisbury on Sunday nightCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Theresa May has accused Russia of being behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on Col Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33.Prezzo was closed until recently due to the death of Dawn Sturgess, 44, who died after being exposed to the nerve agent. A Russian model who claims she was one of two people who fell ill at a Salisbury restaurant says she was targeted by assassins sent by Vladimir Putin.Anna Shapiro, 30, reportedly became violently ill at a Prezzo restuarant in the city on Sunday night, sparking fears of another nerve agent attack following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.Wiltshire Police said two people were not exposed to “any kind of nerve agent” and enquiries are ongoing.But The Sun reported security sources suggesting their illness may have been caused by a suspected rat poison attack. Ms Shapiro, who says her father was a “general in the Russian army who played for the military orchestra”, claimed her husband Alex King, 42, collapsed in the toilet of the restaurant and was “foaming at the mouth”. He remains in hospital. Police are not linking their illness to the recent poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury. She said she may have been targeted because she has renounced the Russian president.She told The Sun she believes the Russians think she’s a British spy, adding: “I was targeted by Putin’s henchmen. They want me dead as I oppose Putin and have turned my back on my country. Russia is capable of anything.”Officers in bio-hazard suits evacuated nearby restaurants and pubs after the incident on Sunday. read more

Manoeuvrable transport of longwall mining equipment

first_imgThe new FBL-55(H) high-capacity diesel-powered shield hauler features the world’s highest lift capacity in its class and is designed to lift and carry longwall shields and equipment weighing up to 60 t. The machine, manufactured by Bucyrus, is fitted with a six cylinder diesel engine and wet-exhaust system package, which, in tandem with particulate filtration, inline purifications and a catalytic converter – all controlled by the Diesel Control System – reduce emissions.The machine’s safety features include exhaust-emission filtration, falling object protection (FOPS), and maximised visibility. It is highly compact with a low profile, allowing greater manoeuvrability in tight roadways. Additionally, a removable cookie plate and fixed forks allow the shield hauler to be used in underground roof support installation and for transportation of heavy equipment.Horizontally mounted radiators and fans allow clean air to be drawn in at the top of the machine eliminating fan blade damage and increasing operational flexibility as the direction of mine ventilation has no adverse effect on its performance. This layout also gives the operator good visibility.The FBL-55(H) is a further development of the company’s FBL-55. Both products feature identical operator compartment design and control layout. Shared features help reduce the quantity of spare parts held on mine site and allow operators to switch between various Bucyrus vehicles with a very short learning curve.last_img read more

Découverte du seul crâne fossilisé dun grand singe du Miocène

first_imgDécouverte du seul crâne fossilisé d’un grand singe du MiocèneEn juillet dernier, des paléontologues ougandais et français ont mis au jour, dans le nord-est de l’Ouganda, un crâne fossilisé qui s’avère être le premier découvert pour l’espèce Ugandapithecus major, un ‘ancêtre’ des grands singes déjà connu, mais dont les chercheurs vont pouvoir préciser les caractéristiques.  C’est dans les cendres du volcan Napak, vieilles de 19 à 20 millions d’années, dans le Karamoja, au nord-est de l’Ouganda, que l’équipe française de Brigitte Senut et Martin Pickford (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle/CNRS), des chercheurs du Collège de France et l’équipe ougandaise du Muséum de Kampala, ont découvert, le 18 juillet, ce crâne presque entier d’un Ugandapithecus major, un grand singe du Miocène. Une première pour cette espèce.À lire aussiUn jeune Américain de 22 ans survit miraculeusement à une “décapitation interne”Appartenant à un jeune mâle adulte, comme le montrent ses puissantes canines et ses dents définitives encore peu usées, ce crâne est de la taille de celui d’un chimpanzé mâle. Les scientifiques pourront en déduire, notamment, le volume cérébral de l’animal, et, dans une certaine mesure, son régime alimentaire ou les caractéristiques de son appareil visuel et olfactif. D’autres fossiles de cette espèce, trouvés antérieurement dans la même région, suggèrent qu’il s’agissait d’un primate largement arboricole.Le site de la découverte, appelé Napak XV, fait partie d’un ensemble de gisements de fossiles où, depuis 1985, dans le cadre d’un accord entre les autorités scientifiques ougandaises et françaises, de nombreuses découvertes paléontologiques ont pu être faites, notamment concernant l’évolution des grands singes et de l’homme.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 17:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lacazette reveals Griezmann friendship

first_imgThings are looking set to heat up for both Alexandre Lacazette and Antoine Griezmann over the coming week with the two friends set to face each other for their respective clubs in the semi-finals of the Europa LeagueThe France internationals will line up at the Emirates, as Arsenal host Atletico Madrid for the first leg of their semi-final tie in the Europa League on Thursday.While they will be rivals during the semi-final encounter, Lacazette has revealed that their bond has been around for a decade already.“Griezzy is a very good player who I met nearly 10 years ago now,” Lacazette told the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We developed a strong bond and we see each other every year, either on national duty or elsewhere. We get on really well.“You can’t really explain why you get on well with someone. It’s instinctive. Perhaps we share the same values and the same jokes.“We laugh a lot. We like to, quote-unquote, poke fun at people but always respectfully and in a kind manner. We are both jokers. We talk about our current lives and our families. Normal stuff.“In everyday life, we both have a laugh, we are always pretty lively. And for faults, I would say that he would stress that I like to relax and I’m very slow on the uptake, quote-unquote!”last_img read more

Late night two car collision involving taxi

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Police move to charge man for weekend traffic fatality Providenciales, 08 Feb 2016 – A traffic accident around 9:30pm last night on Leeward Highway could have been a lot worse and onlookers say they believe speed was a factor. A white taxi-bus and a white Honda civic collided and the driver of the Honda was taken to hospital; his injuries are believed non-life threatening. One media account is that the taxi driver lost control and the ambulance was very long in getting to the scene of the smash-up which did clog traffic along the highway near Courtyard Plaza. Speed is also believed behind a traffic wreck last week, where a white sedan was found turned upside down in the bushes north of Maranatha High School on Millennium Highway. Related Items:millenium highway, traffic accidentcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Wife away, husband and father dies in Long Bay smash up Traffic Death claims life of TCI manlast_img read more

Morning Press Benton job and foe CRC fatal wreck coop

first_imgThe current Interstate 5 Bridge, seen here looking toward the Oregon shore from under the lift span, is actually two bridges. The upstream bridge is older. Check out the weekend’s weather forecast for Clark County here.This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Environmental services director job description alteredThe job description for Clark County environmental services director — the position state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was hired to May 1 — was altered on Clark County’s website in September, and county officials are currently working to figure out why that occurred.The changed job description came to the attention of Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart last week when a county resident queried the county on why the changes had been made.Stuart said he’s looked into the matter and said former County Administrator Bill Barron requested the changes be made in his final weeks before his Sept. 10 retirement.Stuart said he asked Barron on Monday why he made the request for the changes, but that Barron told him he couldn’t recall the reason.Stuart said he intends to take the current job description to the board to “be clear if the updated job description is what the board expects.”last_img read more

Miami Beach aims to shatter Guinness record for largest circuit training class

first_imgWe deserve brunch after this workout 🏋️‍♀️🌴 #MBRecordBreaker pic.twitter.com/iEjLZlp5et— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) March 23, 2019As of Saturday night, there was no word on the final count.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds worked up a sweat to help the City of Miami Beach break the Guinness World Record for the largest circuit training class.Held at Muscle Beach, Saturday morning, the 30-minute exercise class needed 2,062 participants to beat the current record, held by Guy Leech from Melbourne, Australia.last_img

POLICE LOG for May 18 State Police Makes Arrest Driver Issued Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 18, 2018:Police checked on a male party sitting on a guardrail on Main Street and Glen Road. Man checked OK. (1:31am)Josue O. Posada-Dubon, of Wilmington, was issued a summons for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Signal. (5:19am)Resident reported she heard 3 gunshots from the wooded area behind their house on Main Street. Police responded and deemed the call unfounded. Police told resident to call back if she hears anything else. (7:19am)Police received report of ducklings weaving in and out of traffic in Wilmington Plaza lot. Caller escorted them out of harm’s way into the woods next to the bank. (11:14am)State Police reported they had a routine traffic stop on 93 South Exit 41, near the Avalon complex, a male party took off on foot towards the Avalon complex. K9 and Airwing enroute. State Police eventually located man and took him into custody. (11:33am)Animal Control Officer assisted Jere Road resident with animal in ceiling. (12:56pm)A bird flew into a classroom at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center. Animal Control Officer called. (2:11pm)Police, Fire and State Police responded to multi-vehicle accident prior to Exit 41 on 93 North. State Police handled scene. (2:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 31: Man Issued Summons For Assault & Battery; Missing Teens Return To Group HomeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Rape case withdrawn on governments decision

first_imgSixteen years ago a teenage girl rape victim in Dhaka’s Keraniganj area filed a case. The police arrested four miscreants including the main accused and sent them to jail. The victim who is very poor also gave a statement before a magistrate at the court.However, in the ninth year, as the public prosecutor upon the decision of home ministry decided against continuing the case, it was withdrawn from Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 1. Earlier the girl and her family agreed to a compromise after being threatened by the accused.The girl is now a housewife. Last October, this correspondent traced her address. She told Prothom Alo that when she was bathing in the nearby Dhaleshwari river, five neighbours including Billal Hossain raped her.The rape case was filed with Keraniganj police station on 21 July 2002. Next year, sub-inspector of Keraniganj police station Abdul Kader gave charge sheet against four accused- Billal, Iqbal, Mursalin and Abul Hossain after investigating the case.On 22 March 2003, the case was sent to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 1. However, in 2010, the home ministry decided to withdraw the case. On7 October that year, the then assistant secretary of home ministry Mohammad Abu Sayed Molla sent a letter to the inspector general, Dhaka’s superintendent of police and the public prosecutor. He wrote:  “It has been decided not to continue the case.” He asked them to take necessary measures in this regard.As per section 494 of Code of Criminal Procedure, the public prosecutor can backtrack from any case after taking permission from the court. In that case, the accused are freed. It is written in the registrar of the tribunal that the case was withdrawn by the home ministry on 6 January 2011.The Awami League government after assuming office in 2009 decided to withdraw cases filed “under political consideration” against its leaders and activists during the previous government. A committee formulated by the home ministry withdrew 7,000 cases during 2009 to 2013.There were allegations of irregularities about preparing the list of the cases that were withdrawn. Many rape and murder cases were included in the list and this created controversy. The process was stalled after the controversy. A Prothom Alo investigation last year shows that the accused Billal got bail from the court and he does not live in this area at the moment. The rest of the accused are now outside the country.The victim girl does not know about this fate of the case. She also does not know whether the accused are involved in politics or not. She can only remember that a few years back when the accused were freed from the court, they put huge pressure on them.She said that they are poor. A local leader and influential people put huge pressure on them to compromise. At one point, she and her family members had no other option but to compromise. They were given around Tk 15,000 or Tk 20,000.The family is still poor. All their neighbours have electricity connections but they still use oil lamps.     “We went to every place from police station, hospital and court to get justice. Later, we saw no other option but to compromise,” said the mother of the victim.The victim said, “The poor have no other option but to compromise.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadud.last_img read more

Kavanaughs Civil Rights Views Studied Ahead of Confirmation

first_imgBy JESSE J. HOLLAND and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh emailed his White House colleagues in June 2003 with an alert: The U.S. Supreme Court was about to release opinions on the University of Michigan’s use of race as a factor to admit students.It was an issue of great interest to his boss, President George W. Bush — who favored race-neutral admissions — and one Kavanaugh had followed for years. Staff prepared a response anticipating the practice would be struck down, saying, “We must be ever mindful not to use means that create another wrong and thus perpetuate our divisions” in the pursuit of diversity.In this July 26, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)But the next day, justices released a 5-4 opinion written by Reagan appointee Sandra Day O’Connor that upheld the university’s law school admissions policy, a disappointment that prompted then-Bush policy adviser Joel Kaplan to email Kavanaugh, then a White House attorney: “What’s going on???” In a separate 6-3 opinion, the court said race could be a factor in undergraduate admissions, but not the deciding factor.There is no evidence of a reply from Kavanaugh among the tens of thousands of pages of emails released by the Senate Judiciary Committee from his time in the White House counsel’s office.But as President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, his views on affirmative action, along with voting rights and discrimination, are coming under intense scrutiny by civil rights organizations as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to begin confirmation hearings Tuesday.“We are confident that if he’s confirmed to the court, he would undermine the court’s integrity and would prove a grave threat to civil rights, racial justice and the marginalized communities that the Legal Defense Fund represents,” Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, said Thursday as the organization officially opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination and asked the Senate to place its consideration on hold until more documents from his career were made available.Civil rights organizations that have been combing through Kavanaugh’s 300-plus decisions during 12 years as a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., his work as a lawyer and his time inside Bush’s White House say there are red flags. He co-wrote a brief as a private attorney in a case involving native Hawaiians that they fear signals his personal opposition to affirmative action, and he wrote the appellate court opinion upholding South Carolina’s voter ID law.Kavanaugh’s record also includes opinions that civil rights advocates would praise in other candidates — including that a single utterance of a racial epithet toward a Black employee could create a hostile work environment under federal law, and a suggestion that federal courts should make it clear that discriminatory actions by employers violate the Civil Rights Act.That contrasting record underscores the challenge facing groups that already opposed Kavanaugh because he was on a list of potential nominees put forward by the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, essentially certifying them as appropriately conservative for Trump, who has vowed to move the high court to the right while replacing retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.The White House had no comment for this story but referred The Associated Press to a former Kavanaugh law clerk, an African-American, who said Kavanaugh is attuned to civil rights and racial justice issues.“In my experience with him, he’s someone who approaches cases fairly and with an open mind,” said Luke McCloud, who clerked for Kavanaugh from 2013 to 2014 and is now in private practice. He praised Kavanaugh’s efforts to recruit and mentor minority lawyers, adding that Kavanaugh “acknowledges the history and current reality of race in this country and takes it into account as he can within the confines of his role as a judge.”Kavanaugh’s keen interest in affirmative action is evident in the released White House emails. Although he appeared careful to withhold his own opinion, he clearly was interested in Bush’s anti-affirmative action views, often emailing and receiving articles and opinion pieces on the issue.Also, while in private practice a few years earlier, Kavanaugh wrote a brief along with failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork challenging a law banning non-native Hawaiians from voting in Office of Hawaiian Affairs elections. He also wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal sharply criticizing the policy, but during confirmation hearings for the appeals court post, he said he wrote the piece to advance his client’s position and refused to say whether he agreed.The case involved a $300 million public trust fund set up by Congress to compensate ancestors of native Hawaiians whose land and cultural heritage were taken by the U.S. The state said only blood relatives could vote in board of trustees elections, while Kavanaugh challenged that as discriminatory to non-indigenous residents. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the law amounted to racial discrimination.Kavanaugh’s brief and other comments around the case indicate that he thinks government will ultimately end up race-blind, which “could signal where his own thinking is” on affirmative action, said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who also opposes Kavanaugh. “His record is deeply disturbing … but there is a lot we don’t know.”Opponents point to other issues that trouble them, especially his 2012 ruling on South Carolina’s voter ID law. Kavanaugh said the statute was legal because those who had difficulty getting a photo ID still could vote by signing an affidavit. The law had been blocked by the Justice Department, which sided with those who said such laws make it more difficult for minorities to vote and are pushed by conservatives to dampen minority turnout.Critics also question his record on employment discrimination, citing an appellate court case in which Kavanaugh disagreed with the majority of judges, who said that a Black woman fired from a job as House of Representatives deputy budget director could pursue claims of racial discrimination and retaliation in federal court.“We’re mostly concerned about whether Judge Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would approach civil rights issues with the appropriate understanding and respect for the history of racial discrimination in this country,” said Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.___Webber reported from Chicago.last_img read more

Ultra Street Fighter II The Final Challengers Kicks Ass on Nintendo Switch

first_img The Nintendo Switch lacks modern fighting games like Street Fighter V and Injustice 2. However, it more than makes up for this deficit with an impressive collection of classic fighters. Samurai Shodown IV, King of Fighters ‘98, and Garou Mark of the Wolves (among others) help make Switch the go-to system for fans of old-school fighting games. That list is about to become even more prestigious when Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is released late next week.Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers (which I’ll refer to as USFII from this point onward) is an update of 2008’s Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD. Unlike Street Fighter V at launch, USFII is packed with a great variety of modes. Users can now play the entire game with the original sprites and music — something that was sorely lacking with the 2008 release. There are even some Switch-exclusive modes. Though some modes are better than others, all of them help make USFII a feature-rich fighting game.As a lifelong fan of the Street Fighter franchise, I was curious to see how this game would play on Switch. I honestly expected USFII to be all but unplayable with anything besides the Pro controller. After spending the better part of a week playing USFII, I can say that my assumptions were completely wrong. This game controls like a dream on Nintendo’s latest console.As wild as this may sound, USFII works great with the joy-con controllers attached to the Switch. I had a hard time adjusting at first, but after three short rounds, I was able to play the game just fine. All of the moves I’ve been doing for decades came naturally. As long as my thumb covered all of the direction buttons, I was able to pull off fireballs and sonic booms with ease. Shockingly, I preferred the broken D-pad over the analog stick. Playing USFII in handheld mode is a perfectly viable option.As nicely as the joy-con controllers work when attached to the Switch, the same cannot be said when they are detached from the unit. Though I’m sure some may be able to play this way, I couldn’t. Having my hands separated from each other while playing USFII just didn’t feel right. Performing even the most basic attacks took some effort. Again, some may be fine playing the game with detached joy-cons, but I couldn’t do it.The game can also be played with a single joy-con. Unfortunately, this is the worst of the four available controller options. I’m a fully grown adult with relatively large hands. Because of that, it was nearly impossible for me to play the game on a single tiny joy-con. This method of playing is useful in case you have a friend over (with each of you using one joy-con). While it’s great that you don’t need to buy extra joy-cons or a second controller to play USFII with friends, this option isn’t very comfortable.As expected, playing USFII with the Pro controller is the way to go. While the controller doesn’t have six face buttons like dedicated fighting game controllers do, it is still the superior option for playing this game. The Pro controller has one of the best d-pads on the market. Because of that, pulling off characters’ super moves is a breeze. The controller’s large face buttons and easy to reach shoulder buttons ensure all of your attacks come out when you want them. Playing with the joy-cons inside of the controller-shaped grip works well, but if you want to experience USFII the best way possible, you need the Pro controller.USFII has a number of standard modes you would expect from a fighting game. These include Arcade, Versus, and Training. There is also a gallery that collects art from past Street Fighter games. The color editor allows you to colorize characters however you want using buttons or the touch screen. Senior Editor Jordan Minor used this feature to create a vaporwave-themed cast.Player data gives you specific stats on how you play with each character, and the game manual breaks down the title’s mechanics. All of this would have been good enough, but USFII includes two modes exclusive to Switch.Way of the Hado is a first person mode where you get to play as Ryu. You perform fireballs, dragon punches, and hurricane kicks by doing specific movements with the joy-cons. If you’ve played with Wii controllers before you’ll be right at home. I personally wasn’t a fan of this mode since movements didn’t seem to register consistently. Plus, I felt like a complete idiot as I threw fake fireballs at my TV.In Buddy Battle, you and a friend get to face off against CPU opponents. A two-on-one battle seems extremely one-sided, but the A.I opponents provide a decent challenge. This mode is on the short side, with only has four challengers to face. Truth be told, Buddy Battle isn’t entirely necessary, but like Way of the Hado, it makes the Switch version of this game unique.I’m pleased to say that Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers is now my favorite game on Nintendo Switch. A competent entry in the series would have been fine, but USFII goes above and beyond to deliver a solid experience for fight game enthusiasts. I can’t wait to play this bad boy online with others when the servers go live on May 25.Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers will be released on May 25. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Stay on target ‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne…‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card Games last_img read more

Doctor nursing home asked to pay Rs 20L as compensation

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Roy Nursing Home in West Midnapore and a doctor to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the family members of a patient who died of medical negligence.The incident took place in November 2013 when the victim, Banamali Samanata, was taken to Dr T K Biswas, a local doctor from Rabindra Nagar in the same district after he complained of severe abdominal pain. A resident of Barmunibgarh village under Kharagpur police station, Samanta was asked to take admission to Roy Nursing Home. After the patient was admitted to the nursing home under Dr Biswas, various clinical tests were performed on him. Medical tests confirmed that the patient had gallbladder stone and CBD stone as well. Dr Biswas conducted a surgery on the 59-year-old patient at the nursing home. Following the surgery, the patient started vomiting and also complained of respiratory problems. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members of the patient informed the doctors about the deterioration of his health condition. The doctor told the family members that this was nothing unusual and his condition would improve in the next few days. Prasenjit Samanta, the victim’s son, said the patient was released from the nursing home on November 14 after which he developed serious complications. He complained of severe respiratory distress accompanied by vomiting. When his family tried to readmit him to that nursing home for the second time, admission was denied. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn November 16, the family members rushed him to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where USG and several others tests revealed that the CBD stone had not been removed then and the patient had already developed sepsis due to lack of proper treatment. The patient was later shifted to a private hospital near EM Bypass where another surgery was conducted. The efforts went in vain as he died of sepsis on December 10. The patient’s family later started a case with the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) in September 2014.last_img read more