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Exski coach Bertrand Charest to appeal sexcrime convictions

first_imgMONTREAL – Ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest is appealing his conviction on 37 sex-related charges, with documents filed Tuesday seeking an acquittal or a new trial.A lawyer for the former high-performance trainer has gone to the Quebec Court of Appeal, alleging a lengthy list of legal errors made by the trial judge.Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lepine called Charest a sexual predator when he convicted him last month on charges involving nine of the 12 women who’d accused him of crimes dating back more than 20 years.The judge said Charest’s actions constituted an unequivocal abuse of trust and power and said the victims, young aspiring skiers under Charest’s guidance, were all credible and reliable.In his appeal, defence lawyer Antonio Cabral took issue with the description of Charest as a “veritable predator.”“No evidence, no complainant, no expert came to establish this fact (that he was a predator) during the trial that took place before him,” he wrote.Cabral has raised nearly 20 legal issues in the appeal, including the credibility Lepine assigned to the victims.“In effect, there were numerous contradictions raised in cross-examination on essential elements of the infractions,” Cabral wrote, noting they were outlined in the defence’s 162-page final arguments.The 57 initial charges against Charest included sexual assault, sexual exploitation and one of sexual assault causing bodily harm. All but one was under the age of 18 at the time of the offences, with the youngest victim being 12.Charest, who didn’t testify at his trial, was acquitted on 18 of the charges, while the court said it didn’t have jurisdiction over two other counts related to incidents that occurred abroad.Some of the victims testified they had sexual relationships with Charest. Others said he touched them inappropriately.Some also said they felt they were in love with Charest at the time but eventually came to believe they had been manipulated.He was described as controlling and manipulative toward the athletes whose careers he managed.One former pupil testified she had to have an abortion when she was about 15 after getting pregnant following unprotected sex with Charest.The encounters continued afterward, with Charest purchasing contraceptives for her and getting a prescription from his own father.She testified she was young and in love with her coach and that Charest advised her to keep their relationship quiet because he would go to prison if it became known.Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions acknowledged Tuesday an appeal had been filed, but declined further comment.Some of the offences took place both before and during Charest’s stint with Alpine Canada’s women’s development team between 1996 and 1998. The national ski organization said in a statement after the verdict was rendered that it sent a message that abusing authority has no place in sports or in society in general.Charest has been detained since March 2015 arrest and the sentencing phase of his case is set to begin Aug. 23.last_img read more

Managing diversity a challenge for all countries says UN genocide prevention official

19 March 2010Even the world’s most homogeneous country faces the challenge of constructively managing diversity, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said today, calling on States to recognize the need to end discrimination and inequalities between different ethnic, racial and religious groups before they result in deadly violence. In an interview with the UN News Centre from Conakry, Guinea, where he is on the first leg of a two-nation West African tour, Francis Deng described genocide as “just the extreme form of identity-related conflicts.”He said it was important for countries to not be defensive about the issue and to not view it as something that only occurs in other States.“I see it as a challenge of good governance, of working towards equality of all groups, regardless of their identity, and of working against marginalization and discrimination.”Mr. Deng is meeting with Government officials, UN staff and representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during this trip in a bid to raise awareness within the region about the need to manage diversity before risk factors for genocide can emerge.Those risk factors include the existence of defined identity groups within a society; the availability of weapons; the level of discrimination towards some groups; and the capacity of a country to either manage the problem or allow it to escalate.Mr. Deng said he has been “very encouraged” by the talks he has held so far, including with Guinean Prime Minister Jean-Marie Doré and other senior Government officials, as well as with key representatives of civil society groups.The Special Adviser, who travels next to Ghana, has cancelled the Nigerian leg of the trip following the recent political developments that led to the dissolution of that country’s Cabinet this week. An earlier stop in Liberia was also cancelled because of delays in leaving New York due to weather problems.He stressed that he was not using the trip to West Africa to “pinpoint any countries,” and he called for a regional approach to dealing with genocide so that countries can work together to identify and tackle similar issues and problems.All countries, he added, can take steps to better manage diversity and to reduce inequalities of wealth, power and development. read more

TSX plunges 147 points as oil prices hit 3year lows

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market fell sharply Tuesday as a move by Saudi Arabia to cut oil prices to U.S. customers sent crude reeling to three-year lows and sparked a sell-off in the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index tumbled 147.19 points to 14,390.43.The December crude contract in New York fell $1.59 to US$77.19 a barrel after Saudi Arabia made the price cut in order to compete with a surge in oil production in the United States.Prices have been steadily drifting lower since the summer, when they hit US$105 a barrel.David Wolf, portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, noted that oil prices have been pressured by a variety of factors, including renewed U.S. dollar strength, problematic for commodities like crude that are priced in U.S. dollars. And there has been a steady drumbeat of weak economic data from China and Europe.“But this really does seem like a supply-side phenomenon,” he said.“Saudi Arabia is the major oil producer in terms of the swing producer on supply. And if the swing producer is content with prices at these levels, then you’re going to get prices at these levels.”Oil prices drop to 3-year low as Saudi Arabia cuts crude prices againCanadian dollar tumbles to below 88 cents as oil prices slumpThe TSX energy sector fell 4.15%. Major losers included Athabasca Oil, which plunged 9.7% to $3.16 while Canadian Oil Sands dropped 6% to $16.03.“When you get below 80 bucks, you do start to make some of the highest-cost producers uneconomic,” said Wolf, who added that it is “not clear to what extent that will lead to restraint in supply because it just doesn’t make sense to keep pumping if it costs you more to get it in the market.”Falling oil prices pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.41 of a cent to a five-year low of 87.64 cents US.New York markets were narrowly mixed as the Dow Jones industrials gained 17.6 points to 17,383.84, the S&P 500 fell 5.71 points to 2,012.1 and the Nasdaq declined 15.27 points to 4,623.64.The major corporate story of the session involved Scotiabank, which announced it is cutting 1,500 jobs company-wide — about two-thirds of them in Canada.It’s posting a $341-million after-tax charge for the fourth quarter, which will reduce earnings by 28 cents a share. Part of that is for severance costs but Scotiabank is also taking a number of other steps, including an additional $109 million of loan loss provisions related to the Caribbean region. It will also write down the value of its investment in a Venezuelan bank by $129 million and take a $47-million charge related to unremitted dividends from Banco del Caribe in Venezuela. Its shares lost $1.59 to $67.19.Elsewhere on the TSX, other resource sectors registered sharp losses amid data showing the eurozone economy in precarious shape. The European Commission says growth will come in at 0.8% this year, down from the 1.2% growth it forecast this spring.The gold sector declined about 3.35% as December bullion gave back $2.10 to US$1,167.70 an ounce.The base metals sector lost 2.75% with December copper down five cents to US$3.02 a pound.The TSX found some strength from consumer staples, techs and telecoms. read more

Praising advances in Serbia UN official urges political will to solidify human

“It is a positive sign that the authorities are addressing some tough human rights issues in a calm and pragmatic manner,” said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during a press conference in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. She has been in the region since Sunday, 16 June, and will next head to Kosovo before wrapping up her visit on Thursday. Noting that his was her first visit to Serbia as High Commissioner, she praised the country’s recent political advances after more than two decades during which the various wars in the Balkans cast a long shadow over its development and reputation.“Human rights are, of course, a fundamental element in any country’s political, social and economic development, and it is for that reason I am here.” During her visit, Ms. Pillay held meetings with President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Ministers of Justice and Public Administration, of Labour, Employment and Social Policy, and Health. She also held discussions with the Speaker of Parliament, the President of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights and Gender Equality, the acting President of the High Court of Cassation, the Director of the Government’s Office for Human and Minority Rights, the Ombudsman, the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, and civil society. Serbia’s progress on the human rights front was recognized during its recent Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in January, she said, also noting that the country has adopted a strong and fundamentally sound body of laws and standards relating to human rights, including, the Law on the Ombudsman, the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, the Law on Gender Equality and amendments to the Criminal Code. She also welcomed progress being made in drafting the anti-discrimination strategy and the judicial reform, which she hoped will take into account all relevant recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms. “As I see it, effective implementation remains a serious challenge, for a variety of reasons, including a lack of senior level interdepartmental coordination on human rights, insufficient resources and the fact that local services are underdeveloped.” One issue that was raised most often was the lack of access to justice in terms of efficiency and timeliness, Ms. Pillay said, adding that even judges acknowledge serious problems such as lengthy pre-trial detention and court proceedings, the backlog of cases and lack of enforcement of court decisions. “I have offered to cooperate with the Judicial Academy and to provide OHCHR manuals on human rights in the administration of justice in order to enrich its curriculum,” she said. The human rights chief also urged the Serbian Government to clearly define its human rights agenda and priorities, and suggested it bases these on the prioritized recommendations, not just of the UPR, but also of the various UN human rights mechanisms. An agenda developed along these lines will most probably receive support not just from the UN, but also from important regional organizations such as the European Union and Council of Europe, she said. With regard to discrimination against various minorities, including Serbs where they are in the minority, Ms. Pillay declared: “the answer is the full respect of international human rights standards.” Specifically, the situation of Roma featured prominently in her discussions and what became clear was that there remain four crucial areas that need to be better addressed, namely health, housing, education and employment. “My Office is engaged actively on issues related to the housing of Roma in Serbia, and we are pleased to see some progress in that area, although it is not yet sufficient,” she said. The situations relating to lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transgender people (LGBT), violence against women and children, and the human rights of persons with disabilities were also highlighted in her various meetings. “I particularly welcome the understanding shown by President Nikolic towards allowing the Pride Parade and his readiness to exercise his leadership and be an advocate for an end to domestic violence,” she said. Finally, she said that she understood that there were well recognized challenges and issues facing Serbia, many of which require considerable efforts and resources – for example those related to the rights of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees – as well as the social and economic rights of 800,000 unemployed, and the rights of numerous minorities. “But there are also areas where lack of resources is not the obstacle, but where the crucial missing ingredient is a major concerted effort by all those in charge,” said Ms. Pillay, citing the overall human rights culture, and the need to show leadership and to educate the wider public on all aspects of human rights. “Those in responsible positions can and should make the difference by promoting human rights for all people, irrespective of their nationality, origin, gender identity, or social status,” she said, adding that civil society organizations and human rights defenders should be supported, protected and respected, and should be included in all discussions of legislation, projects, and strategies on human rights. read more

Rohingya crisis UNICEF issues Child Alert outlines urgent action to save lives

At present, UNICEF has no access to Rohingya children in northern Rakhine state, where horrific violence since late August has driven over half a million members of the minority Muslim community to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh. “Many Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh have witnessed atrocities in Myanmar no child should ever see, and all have suffered tremendous loss,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, releasing a new report Outcast and Desperate: Rohingya refugee children face a perilous future.“This crisis is stealing their childhoods. We must not let it steal their futures at the same time.” In the report, UNICEF has called for urgent action in four key areas:International support and funding for the Bangladesh Humanitarian Response Plan and humanitarian response plan for Myanmar;Protection of Rohingya children and families, and immediate unfettered humanitarian access to all children affected by the violence in Rakhine State;Support for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar; andA long-term solution to the crisis, including implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. The most pressing need for thousands of refugees and refugee children is food, safe water, sanitation and vaccinations. Psychosocial support, education and counselling is also urgently needed. Meanwhile, the influx of refugees continues unabated – between 1,200 and 1,800 children are arriving per day (about 60 per cent the total number) and thousands more are said to be on way. VIDEO: Thousands of new Rohingya refugees arrive in Bangladesh. UNHCR VideoTo cope with the crisis, UN relief agencies are working at full tilt, but funding and resources are in short supply. Ahead of an international pledging conference on 23 October in Geneva, UNICEF has urged donors to respond promptly to the requirements of the updated Bangladesh Humanitarian Response Plan released jointly by the UN and humanitarian agencies. We are appealing for $434 million to help address the urgent needs of over 537,000 #Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. We need your support.— William Lacy Swing (@IOMchief) October 16, 2017The Plan calls for $434 million, including some $76.1 million to address the immediate needs of newly-arrived Rohingya children, as well as those who arrived before the recent influx, and children from vulnerable host communities. The ministerial-level conference, organized by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and co-hosted by the European Union and Kuwait, will provide Governments an opportunity to show their solidarity and share the burden and responsibility.More than 700,000 over-one-year-olds vaccinated in massive campaignIn the midst of a crisis which appears to overwhelm any response, UN agencies successfully concluded the first phase of a massive oral cholera vaccine (OCV) campaign, reaching over 700,000 children and people over the age of one with protection against the deadly diarrheal disease. “The coverage is commendable as the oral cholera vaccination campaign was planned and rolled out against very tight timelines,” said Dr. N. Paranietharan, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) presence in Bangladesh. Among the 700,487 people inoculated since the campaign was launched on 10 October, 179,848 are children aged between one and five. “[The campaign] demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Bangladesh, partners on the ground, as well as partners such as GAVI (a public–private global health partnership) and the International Coordinating Group on vaccine provision, to help secure the health and wellbeing of these immensely vulnerable people,” added the WHO official. The second phase is scheduled for early November to give an additional OCV dose to children aged between one and five years, for added protection. The vaccination campaign supplements other preventive measures, such as increased access to safe water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene. To help improve hygiene, a bar of soap was also handed out to each individual administered the vaccine. read more

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Italian Cup Final8 in Pressano next weekend

← Previous Story PROMISED LAND: Norwegian wing Magnus Jondal to Danish GOG Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Only Vardar and Budućnost for “hat-trick” in Budapest The FINAL 8 of 31st Italian Cup edition will be played in Pressano between fourth and sixth of March. Eight best Italian teams will compete for the first trophy of the season in three days. The host is Pressano, the team who will fight for the semi-final against Romagna.SCHEDULE:Quarter-finals:14:00 Junior Fasano – Principe Trieste (A)16:00 | Terraquilia Carpi – Conversano (B)18:00 | Bozen – Teamnetwork Albatro (C)20:00 | Romagna – Pressano (D)Semi-finals14:00 | Placement Round 5°-8°16:00 | Placement Round 5°-8°18:00 | Semifinal A – B20:00 | Semifinal C – DFinal Day – March 609:30 | Finale 7-8° place11:30 | Finale 5-6° place16:00 | Finale 3-4° place18:00 | Finale 1-2° place Italian handballitaly handballPressano handball read more

France une chaîne humaine pour sortir du nucléaire

first_imgFrance : une chaîne humaine pour sortir du nucléaireDimanche 11 mars, un an exactement après l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima, des milliers de Français formeront entre Lyon et Avignon une chaine humaine de 230 kilomètres pour exprimer leur volonté de sortir du nucléaire. Pas moins de 230 kilomètres, c’est exactement la distance qui sépare Fukushima de Tokyo et la distance que parcourons dimanche des milliers de citoyens en France. A l’occasion de la commémoration de la catastrophe de Fukushima débutée il a près d’un an, des habitants de la Vallée du Rhône ont en effet décidé de lancer un vaste projet : organiser une chaîne humaine entre Lyon et Avignon dans la région la plus nucléarisée de France pour faire entendre leur volonté de sortir du nucléaire. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylCela fait des mois que des dizaines de mobilisations locales, avec le soutien du Réseau Sortir du nucléaire, sont organisées pour préparer l’évènement auquel sont conviés les militants engagés comme les simples citoyens. Pour cela, plus de 140 bus convergeront de toute la France vers la vallée du Rhône et des centaines de covoiturages sont également prévus. Les organisateurs attendent ainsi des dizaines de milliers de personnes qui se répartiront sur les 10 tronçons de la chaîne humaine.  Des rendez-vous thématiques seront également organisés dans divers endroits. En outre, une conférence se tiendra à partir de 12H à Montélimar et réunira  les organisateurs, les participants étrangers et plusieurs candidats à l’élection présidentielle. “Tenue à 15 kilomètres de la centrale nucléaire de Cruas, cette conférence permettra de faire témoigner des organisations internationales des réalités du nucléaire dans leur pays. Une journaliste japonaise, membre de Sortir du nucléaire Paris, fera aussi le point sur la situation à Fukushima, un an après”, précise Sortir du nucléaire dans un communiqué. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site dédié : 9 mars 2012 à 11:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Pick Star Wars Millennium Falcon Wall Mirror

first_imgLooking for more Solo? Read MovieBob’s full review, watch this beautiful LEGO recreation of the first trailer, and see our other geek pick on Lando’s fancy dishware. See all Star Wars news here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Despite Solo, the Millennium Falcon remains one of the most iconic starships ever. Beaten up, well-used, scrappy, roguish, and apparently missing a shuttle on the nosecone because that was a really necessary retcon. Well, it’s still a cool enough ship to want to hang on your wall. And, if you want some utility, you can hang it on your wall and enjoy a handy mirror in the process with the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Wall Mirror from ThinkGeek.Like so many home decor items from ThinkGeek, this is exactly what it sounds like: a wall mirror that looks like the Millennium Falcon. Well, it has the classic Falcon outline (classic outline, again without the retconned shuttle on the nosecone) and some molded 3D design elements and a paint job that makes it reminiscent of the shit. Gray, red and black accents scattered around the top, the cockpit clearly shown with three black “windows,” just enough detail to make the ship unmistakable.Of course, instead of the quad-barreled blaster turret or sensor dish in the middle of the top of the ship there’s a big circular mirror. Because this is, again, a wall mirror. The mirror measures 7.25 inches wide, large enough to check your hair and facial piercings but not big enough to give you a full-body view to make sure your scoundrel game is on-point. Here’s hoping they make a six-foot Star Destroyer wall mirror in the future.The mirror is as easy to hang like a picture, with a basic slot on the back for a nail. It weighs 2.6 pounds, so you can easily use a 3M Command picture hanger (the Sawtooth and Universal picture hangers have more than enough weight capacity, and should disappear easily behind the Falcon.).Also, it’s a Correllian YT-1300 Light Freighter. It was named the Millennium Falcon by Quip Fargil, who then lost the ship to Lando Calrissian in a game of sabacc, who later lost the ship to Han Solo in another game of sabacc. Eight years after the Battle of Yavin, Solo used the ship to kidnap Leia Organa from Prince Isolder of the Hapes Cluster, eventually winning her heart and killing the Fondorian warlord Zsinj. Bite me, EU for life.The Star Wars Millennium Falcon Wall Mirror is $39.99 on ThinkGeek. That’s pretty reasonable considering most sabacc games have a buy-in of $50.center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

New 108m building opened by FortisTCI a 24hr state of the art

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:#magneticmedianews, FORTIStci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Three storeys tall, over 20,000 square feet, build at just under $10.8 million dollars and completed on time and on budget in 20 months; among the vital statistics of the newly opened FortisTCI Operations and Engineering Center.    A grand Grand Opening event was held just outside of the new building on Wednesday and in country for the ceremony were a slew of Fortis international and regional executives including Barry Perry, CEO of Fortis Inc in Canada.“Fortis is ready for what’s ahead, we’ll integrate new technologies and infrastructure and find ways of cleaner energy solutions across our territories.   We will continue to focus on our people by investing in them, we’ll focus on our customers and customer service delivery and of course we will continue to be good stewards of the community and give back.”There was prayer for the new structure which is home to the engineering team, environmental health and safety team, Transmission and Distribution, Energy Production administration, the new Systems Control Room and site services.    A tour revealed training facility with smart boards, elevator, board rooms, domestic facilities, a truly state of the art set up for the multi-purpose building which will function around the clock; a significant investment which #FortisTCI says is in anticipation of a forecast 3% annual growth for the Turks and Caicos over the next five years.Eddinton Powell, FortisTCI CEO was beaming.“This company has invested approximately $340 million dollars in capital infrastructure over the past eleven years.    Most of that aggregate investment was made directly in the local economy.  Let us conservatively estimate that  40% of that investment was paid for goods and services locally, that would represent some $130 million dollars injected into TCI economy by this company.”Minister of Infrastructure, Hon Goldray Ewing was unable to attend the opening but his greeting was presented by VP of Finance for FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes.“This and previous ingenuities displayed by FortisTCI not only inadvertently strengthens the economy but builds domestic capacity and contribute to the initiative of putting our society on a more prosperous and sustainable path.”The Operations and Engineering Center on Energy Street is designed for FortisTCI staff, customers will continue to be served at the main headquarters on Leeward Highway.#MagneticMediaNews FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEOlast_img read more

Teachers from Escondido Union School District meeting about fair pay new contract

first_imgTeachers from Escondido Union School District meeting about fair pay, new contract KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 14, 2019 Posted: March 14, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A packed house at tonight’s Escondido Union School District’s meeting with many passionate teachers out in full force asking for fair pay and a new contract. They have been working without a contract for a while and now they are coming together to change that.Teachers from around 17 elementary schools and five middle schools attended, wearing bright red for their cause and holding signs demanding action.The District’s Superintendent gave a statement saying, “the negotiations have been cordial and positive, and we are confident that we are making progress, we are listening and we are working toward a fair resolution.” KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For Selectman

first_imgDear Editor,Election Day is approaching quickly on Saturday, April 27, 2019. I am asking you, the voters of Wilmington, to cast one of your two votes for Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo. I’ve known Rob and his parents since 1984 and I remember when Rob’s Dad, back in 1985 when he and his whole neighborhood of Broad Street and King Street were opposed to a developer who wanted to put close to 200 condos at the cul-de-sac of Broad Street. I served on the Wilmington Planning Board back then, and we won. For the record, I was the only member of the Wilmington Planning Board that voted against this development and worked with the neighborhood to defeat this measure at town meeting. Back then, Candidate Rob Fasulo was only 9 years old. Two years later, Rob’s father was the very first person who threw a coffee hour for me when I was a candidate for the Wilmington Board of Selectmen in 1987. I’ve seen Rob grow up over the years to become a model citizen, a man of integrity and someone I know who would be a great selectman with an unshakable determination and a great sense of fairness. As an adult, Rob is a state investigator who knows the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rob cares deeply about the quality of life of people and the environment of this town. Rob and his wife Melissa own a small business and they both work with the town’s bees and trees and make the best honey and maple syrup around. Rob is happily married to Melissa and they have three great kids who will all attend the Wilmington Public Schools.Last year, Rob ran for selectman and earned close to 1,100 votes. Needless to say, he is undeterred and is out there again running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Rob is looking out for your best interest and feels that the little guy in town should be represented and treated just as fairly as the big guys.If you vote for Rob, I assure you he is a person who will listen to what your concerns are and will do his very best to make sure you are well-represented. I’ve witnessed him personally talking one-on-one to people with genuine interest and concern. There is no doubt in my mind that residents will be well-represented by Rob Fasulo on the Board of Selectmen starting on day one.Thank you,Michael V. McCoy30-year incumbentWilmington Board of SelectmenLike 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? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob FasuloIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Retired Colonel Implicated In Guard Scandal

first_imgA recent federal investigation documented a whole host of abuses in the Alaska National Guard, ranging from mishandling of sexual assault to embezzlement. While the report largely focused on structural problems and took a broad look at the crisis of confidence in Guard leadership, it made a few references to some particularly egregious examples. Now, some of the alleged perpetrators of those abuses are being called out.Download Audio:TOWNSEND: Since the National Guard Bureau report came out, Parnell has asked for the resignations of his Adjutant General Thomas Katkus and Deputy Commissioner McHugh Pierre. But the abuses weren’t limited to those two men. Can you tell us a bit about the new players in the Guard crisis?GUTIERREZ: The federal investigation really raised more questions than it answered, and one of the most attention-grabbing sections refers to a senior officer who retired with high military honors. The report says this officer, who was awarded the Legion of Merit, improperly interrogated a sexual assault victim. The report also says that he took helicopters out for personal reasons and that the Department of the Army Inspector General was able to substantiate this. While the National Guard Bureau wasn’t able to confirm that this section of the report refers to Col. Timothy DeHaas, the details are identifying enough that they single him out, and whistleblowers have corroborated that he’s the man in question.TOWNSEND: What allegations have these whistleblowers made about DeHaas?GUTIERREZ: It’s some pretty shocking stuff. I spoke with Sgt. Melissa Jones, who is now serving in Illinois but who says she was raped while in the National Guard, about Dehaas and she had harsh words for him. While Jones is now publicly identifying herself as a sexual assault survivor, she says she was trying to keep the matter private when it happened to her and that DeHaas violated her confidentiality.She also says that DeHaas wanted victims to come to him instead of going to law enforcement first.A flight chief I spoke to, who doesn’t want to be named for fear of reprisal, said that he inappropriately used aircraft on more than one occasion and gave an account of DeHaas taking a Black Hawk helicopter out on a bear hunt.Ken Blaylock, who was a lieutenant colonel with the National Guard and one of the original whistleblowers who went to Sean Parnell, also suggested that DeHaas may have been involved in the illegal smuggling of AK47s from Iraq, and that he tipped off soldiers when investigators were going to catch them.It the sort of stuff that would sound completely crazy if the Office of Complex Investigations Report didn’t suggest there was merit to these claims.TOWNSEND: Today, there was a press conference that was specifically focused on DeHaas. Who was involved and what are they asking for?GUTIERREZ: The press conference was called by three people with Guard experience, but none of them had actually interacted with DeHaas. Bruce Dougherty retired from the Guard four years ago, but he said he only learned of the abuses after his retirement because he was in the medical section and not really involved with what happened at headquarters. Kevin McGee, who also heads up the NAACP served in the Guard for eight years, but retired long before any of the current leadership came into power. And the third person, Shaina Kilcoyne, was with the National Guard in Wisconsin. Because none of them really had any personal connections with the stuff documented in the OCI report and because this issue has become so politically charged, there were a lot of questions about their motives, and if they had any connections to the Democratic Party or the Bill Walker campaign. They said they didn’t but that they do want to take the Governor to task for his response to this. They basically want him to acknowledge he was wrong to award the Legion of Merit to DeHaas. For its part, the Governor’s office is saying that’s it’s pretty routine for that award to be giving to someone of DeHaas’ rank at retirement.TOWNSEND: And you talked to DeHaas today. What is he doing now and what is his response to these allegations?GUTIERREZ: He’s still working for the federal government. He’s with the Forest Service in Idaho, and working with the smokejumpers program. He denies all of the allegations.TOWNSEND: Do we know if any further investigations of him are being done?GUTIERREZ: I didn’t get an answer from the Guard on that, and usually when investigations are happening, they won’t confirm they’re happening even if they are. And that’s actually one of the big tensions with all of this. There are so many questions that are in the public interest to address that came up with the OCI report. And usually when there are reports of wrongdoing or criminal activity, there’s a standard process for having information put out there while justice is served in a responsible and deliberate way. But in this case, it’s taken so long for allegations to be taken seriously that people are angry and want answers now.last_img read more

WATCH 40 Years Later Photographer Helps Commemorate The National Womens Conference

first_img Share The National Women’s Conference was held November 6 and 7 on the University of Houston campus. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the event.Four decades after the first event, some of the original activists returned to Texas to join a series of panel discussions about gender, politics, activism and more.Watch the video above. Diana Mara Henry, a photographer from the 1977 conference, reminisces about the event and capturing the feminist movement. Use Of Images Courtesy:Copyright © Diana Mara Henry / www.dianamarahenry.comlast_img

MultiMedia Consultant Makes Marketing Affordable for DC Nonprofits

first_imgEmmett Williams, CEO of Mission Man Media (Photo by Jay Mallin)After several years producing and writing for television in New York City, Emmett Williams decided to do something different. “I wanted to make documentaries that I cared about and films for non-profits,” Williams, CEO of Mission Man Media, told the AFRO.D.C. is the perfect place to do it. “There’s a great supportive film and arts community here. There’s Women in Film and Video, Docs in Progress and the D.C. Film Office, so there are just a lot of opportunities to do whatever you want to do,” says Williams, referring to organizations and a government agency that enables filmmakers to create, produce, and broadcast their art. Williams is also an internationally known musician, nationally exhibited photographer, and published writer.While there are thousands of nonprofits in the region, many lack the funds for dedicated visual marketing. “What I try to tell nonprofits and small companies is that video is obviously super important as far as getting their messages out and people shouldn’t be afraid to take the steps they need to make it professional,” he says.With Williams’ ability to shoot, edit, write, and produce projects independently, he is able to price Mission Man Media projects at more affordable rates than other film companies. Further, his knowledge of varying media tools allows for several approaches to projects, “so you don’t just get a film, you get a photography exhibit, web series, documentary, and social media updates,” he says.To date, Mission Man Media has worked with several D.C. area companies including the Children’s Law Center, the World Bank, The Barker Adoption Foundation, Circle Yoga Cooperative, Center for American Progress, Howard University, Primary Care Coalition, Nawal Rajeh Peace Camp, Sunrise Academy, and Nuclear Information and Resource Service, among others.Williams has also traveled internationally to capture stories from Ghana and Peru to Scotland.In July 2015, Emmett will produce the Fargesn Media Project in partnership with rabbinical student and activist Sarah Barasch-Hagans and the Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis, Missouri.Fargesn (Yiddish for ‘forgotten”) will explore the rebuilding processes in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. “We’re going to create the space for people of Ferguson to come and tell their story without any influence from the media. They’re going to sit in front of a microphone, tell their story and we’re going to put it up online – whatever they want to say they get to say,” says Williams.The project will also produce a 7-episode documentary web series exploring the past and present relationships between African American and Jewish communities – two groups that have joined forces in Ferguson over the past year.To donate to this venture, search FARGESN MEDIA PROJECT on To learn more about Mission Man Media, visit read more

Google Duplex Makes Phone Calls For You

first_img Finally, artificial intelligence is being put to good use: making phone calls.Google this week unveiled Duplex, a new technology for conducting natural conversations to carry out specific tasks over the phone.No, you can’t employ it to call your mother once a week. But if you need to schedule an appointment or book a reservation, Duplex is your man … er, software.Unlike the choppy, emotionless voice assistants we’ve come to know and love, Duplex sounds organic; the system barely betrays its robotic side, speaking as smoothly as anyone with a firm grasp of the English language.It even throws in the occasional “um…” to give the impression of an unprepared human.“The Google Duplex technology is built to sound natural, to make the conversation experience comfortable,” project lead Yaniv Leviathan and engineering VP Yossi Matias wrote in a blog announcement.A task easier said than done.In spontaneous speech, most people talk faster and less clearly, and use more complex sentences than when speaking to a machine.“So speech recognition is harder and we see higher word error rates,” the blog said, lamenting the addition of loud background noise and sound quality issues.The process becomes even more difficult in longer conversations, when sentences more often rely on context.Enter Duplex: At its core is a recurrent neural network, trained on a collection of anonymized phone conversation data; the RNN uses the output of Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) tech, as well as other features.The system, Leviathan and Matias boasted, is “capable of carrying out sophisticated conversations and it completes the majority of its tasks fully autonomously, without human involvement.” (Google’s emphasis, not mine.)A built-in self-monitoring capability allows Duplex to recognize tasks out of its purview—like scheduling an unusually complex appointment—and tag teams a human operator.As ever, Google isn’t limiting its service to just one set of users: Businesses can benefit from Duplex by allowing customers to book through Google Assistant, while customers can call businesses to inquire about information or an appointment.“Allowing people to interact with technology as naturally as they interact with each other has been a long-standing promise,” Matias and Leviathan wrote. “Google Duplex takes a step in this direction, making interaction with technology via natural conversation a reality in specific scenarios.“We hope that these technological advances will ultimately contribute to a meaningful improvement in people’s experience in day-to-day interactions with computers.” Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

Social media needs to better target China SinoTech

first_imgUsing social media platforms to target the burgeoning Chinese travel market is an effective way of drawing visitors to a destination, but tourism authorities should not underestimate the value of empirical social media research to guide their decision making, according to Dr Mathew McDougall, chief executive of SinoTech Group.Dr McDougall, who founded the social media analytics and consulting firm, said that whilst there was evidence of social media making a direct impact in “developing awareness and influencing the Chinese traveller’s consideration of a destination”, organisations needed to utilise “simple research” to ensure their social media campaigns targeted the right audiences.   “The Chinese social media platform that is ultimately used by a tourism authority to reach Chinese travellers should be determined by the audience you are looking to reach,” Dr McDougall said, highlighting sites SinaWeibo (the Chinese version of Twitter), Renren (the Chinese version of Facebook) and travel blog sites like China Travel or TravelBlog.“Some simple research can help refine your site selections but it is critical that your social media campaign does not start and stop at this stage,” the SinoTech boss added.“Simply put, you need to undertake your social media programs in a planned, measured and methodical approach that ensures your good intentions are not disrupted or sabotaged by disgruntled netizens looking to right a wrong or promote negative messages regarding your destination.”Dr McDougall also said that organisations needed to be aware of the different user behaviour social media forms would attract in the East, even if the platforms “looked and felt” the same as the ones in the West.“My parting thought is that what works in the West is not a measure of what will work in China,” Dr Mc Dougall said.“Therefore cutting and pasting social media campaign ideas from Facebook to Renren or Twitter to Weibo may not result in the same outcomes.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

MBA CommercialMultifamily Originations Up in Q2

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Commercial Real Estate Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-07-30 Krista Franks Brock in Origination MBA: Commercial/Multifamily Originations Up in Q2 July 30, 2013 505 Views center_img Commercial and multifamily loan originations are up both quarterly and over the year, according to the Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations released Tuesday by the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””: (MBA).[IMAGE]Originations increased by 36 percent from the first quarter to the second quarter, with the greatest increase in activity occurring among hotel properties, which experienced an 89 percent increase over the quarter. A significant increase in originations also took place among office properties in the second quarter, when originations spiked 75 percent from the previous quarter. Retail property originations were up 48 percent; industrial property originations were up 44 percent; and multifamily properties were up 22 percent over the quarter. [COLUMN_BREAK]Despite a “”slower start to the year, lending by life insurance companies surged in the second quarter to the highest quarterly volume on record for that sector,”” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s VP of commercial real estate research. Life insurance companies upped their commercial/multifamily investment by 100 percent in dollar volume over the quarter. When comparing the first half of the year to the first half of last year, MBA calculated an 8 percent increase in commercial/multifamily originations this year. “”The apartment market continues to be the belle of the ball, with multifamily mortgage originations running 31 percent ahead of last year’s first half total,”” Woodwell said. Hotel property originations are up 13 percent when comparing the first six months of this year with the first six months of last year, and industrial property originations are up 1 percent. On the other hand, office, retail, and health care property originations are all down, by 2 percent, 19 percent, and 27 percent, respectively, according to MBA. Conduits for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), GSEs, and commercial bank portfolios all increased their activity in the commercial/multifamily sector over the first half of the year compared to the first half of last year. By loan volume, CMBS increased activity 22 percent; GSEs increased their activity by 20 percent, and commercial banks increased activity by 11 percent. Life insurance companies kept their activity relatively even with last year. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. – The injury bug bit the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week. Fortunately, it never returned in the days leading up to Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup with the Green Bay Packers at University of Phoenix Stadium.The Cardinals reported seven healthy scratches among their inactives announced 90 minutes before kickoff.“That’s unusual for this time of the year, but you put two guys on IR that kind of makes two other guys healthy real quick,” head coach Bruce Arians said earlier in the week, referring to the season-ending injuries to linebacker Alex Okafor and defensive tackle Cory Redding. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Last week (the) three days were just like they had been all season,” Arians said of practice. “This week was even more amped up. The attention to detail was, I thought, very good on the practice field.”So there really is no downside to having a bye, is there?“I can’t think of one, I really can’t,” Arians answered. Comments   Share   center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Losing both Okafor and Redding is big, but the blow is softened some with the return of linebacker Markus Golden and defensive tackle Josh Mauro. Golden (knee) sat out the regular-season finale, while Mauro (calf) missed the past two games.Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker is also good to go despite being limited all week in practice with an ankle issue. He had been listed as questionable on the final injury report Friday.The Cardinals’ inactives included quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Corey White, running back Kerwynn Williams, linebacker Shaq Riddick, defensive tackle Red Bryant, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries and nose tackle Xavier Williams.Williams and Bryant had been active participants in recent weeks.For the Packers, receiver Davante Adams (knee) is out due to injury.The others not in uniform for Green Bay are quarterback Brett Hundley, cornerback Robertson Daniel, cornerback LaDarius Gunter, running back John Crockett, linebacker Andy Mulumba and offensive guard Josh Walker.Cornerback Sam Shields is available after missing the past four games because of a concussion.The Cardinals have not played a game in 13 days.Their status as the No. 2 seed in the NFC earned them a first-round bye plus an extra week of work—in addition to time to rest—to further prepare for the playoffs. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Lufthansa Black Friday Deals

first_imgMake your travel dreams come true by nabbing a bargain in the Lufthansa Black Friday sale. Europe’s largest airline flies to 220 destinations across the globe. Find cheap Lufthansa flights, reduced airfares and Black Friday deals all weekend.  Subscribe to our newsletter: we’ll email our subscribers as soon as the deals go live, so make sure you’re on the list by signing up now You’ll find the top Lufthansa Black Friday promotional fares here once they go live. Keep checking back, we’re updating all weekend. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Keep on top of the best Black Friday travel deals: Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels, trains, and car hire all year round: not just on Black Friday. Our newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear when the Lufthansa Black Friday sale kicks off. Subscribe now so you don’t miss out. Search Black Friday flight deals from the UK Lufthansa isn’t the only one getting in on the action. Visitour Black Friday and Cyber Monday hub pages during the 23rd November weekend tofind plenty of other travel bargains. BERLIN, GermanyCheap flights to Berlin Exploring China is made easy with Lufthansa BANGKOK, ThailandCheap flights to Bangkok Discover Africa: these 12 luxury resorts will make you want to book a flight right now FARO, PortugalCheap flights to Faro The best Black Friday deals, brought to you by Skyscanner FRANKFURT, GermanyCheap flights to Frankfurt MUNICH, GermanyCheap flights to Munich Black Friday Lufthansa promotions ORLANDO, USACheap flights to Orlando How to Find Lufthansa Black Friday offers on Skyscanner Fares published on 23rd of November 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. For all promotions, always check the airline’s terms and conditions for up to date information. Once you’ve snapped up a cheap Lufthansa Black Friday flight, head over to our hotel and car hire booking pages. There are deals to be had all Black Friday weekend, so it’s easy to put together a luxury holiday on a bargain budget. Lufthansa hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage If you need a cheap flight for your next holiday, the Lufthansa Black Friday sale is the place to find it. With low-cost flights from the UK to a range of global destinations, your next adventure could be cheaper than you think. We’ll be adding Lufthansa Black Friday flights in real time from the 23rd to 26th November, so keep this tab open. SHANGHAI, ChinaCheap flights to Shanghai Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesCheap flights to Dubai RelatedNorwegian Black Friday DealsSave money and see the world with the Norwegian Black Friday 2018 sale. The budget airline will be slashing their prices during the weekend of November 23rd to 26th, and this is wehre you’ll find their very best offers. From long-haul city breaks to short-haul beach trips, keep your eye…Aer Lingus Black Friday DealsIt’s time to snap up a travel bargain in the Aer Lingus Black Friday sale. Explore Ireland, mainland Europe and beyond with cheap flights from the Emerald Isle’s flag carrying airline. Keep refreshing this page from November 23rd to 26th 2018 to see reduced airfares, discounts and brilliant bargains from…Air France Black Friday DealsSave money and see the world with the Air France Black Friday sale. With flights to destinations across five continents, this is your chance to nab a long-haul bargain or a cheap European city break. Check back all weekend for the best prices. Find a cheap flight for your next… Top Cyber Monday flight deals LOS ANGELES, USACheap flights to Los Angeles Read more about Lufthansa NEW YORK, USACheap flights to New York Visit this page from November23rd to 26th for our pick of the top Lufthansa Black Friday flight deals,updated in real time. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend is whenairlines like Lufthansa slash their prices. We’ll be keeping track of the bestbargains right here, just like we did last year. Find out as soon as our Lufthansa Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals go live  Download the Skyscanner app for Apple and Android: to find the best prices on-the-go  Why wait for Black Friday ? We’ve picked some of the most inspiring Lufthansa destinations so you can get your wanderlust on early. Click the images to see the cheapest flights available from the UK. Top Black Friday flight dealslast_img read more

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