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Canaccord Genuity cuts 125 staff writes down assets and posts 3464 million

TORONTO — The weakness experienced in stock markets around the world has taken a toll on one of Canada’s largest brokerage firms, Canaccord Genuity, which is cutting seven per cent of its workforce and writing down the value of its business assets.As a result, Canaccord (TSX:CF) is recording a $346.4 million net loss for its fiscal third quarter, or $3.91 per share.The company — which has its principle offices in Vancouver and Toronto — says the staff reduction affects 125 people in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The company also closed an office in Barbados during the quarter.Infor’s Neil Selfe believes his indie brokerage model works even as other boutique firms closeNow off to Euro-Pacific, long journey for group of bought and sold brokers continuesThe workforce cuts are part of $4.3 million in restructuring expenses during the third quarter that ended Dec. 31. An additional $14 million of restructuring costs will be recorded in Canaccord’s fourth quarter, which ends March 31.Canaccord also took a $4 million writedown of its investment in Canadian First Financial, which offers mortgage and other financial services to retail customers.The biggest portion of Canaccord’s third quarter loss is a $321 million writedown of the value of its capital markets division, which provides research, advisory, trading and corporate finance services to institutional and corporate clients.“Due to the combined effect of weak equity market conditions globally and in each of our principal operating regions, these reporting units have experienced declines in business activity, revenue and profitability,” Canaccord said.Revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $181.8 million, up nine per cent or $15.4 million from a year earlier.But expenses grew even more, rising by $20.1 million to $204.2 million without the usual items. Including the significant special items, expenses grew by $340.5 million to $532.5 million. read more

India says Lanka owns island

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has opposed the DMK’s attempt to force a discussion on the sensitive issue of India’s agreement with Sri Lanka on the Katchatheevu island.India had recognised the territorial rights of Sri Lanka over the island in 1974, which was a disputed land until then, the Economic Times in India reported today.In a letter to the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker, MEA said the matter DMK sought to raise in the House, “is already settled between the two countries. Discussions of these matters on the floor of the House would not be desirable as this may prove embarrassing for our relations with Sri Lanka, a close and friendly neighboring country”.The MEA move came after DMK gave notice to the office of the Speaker on the eve of the monsoon session of Parliament, seeking a short-duration discussion under Rule 193.The DMK quit the UPA coalition earlier this year protesting India’s refusal to take up alleged human rights violations against ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka at the hands of the Sri Lankan army.As the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils has recently rocked Tamil Nadu politics, the issue of access to Katchatheevu and the legality of the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka has once again come to the fore.In his notice, DMK member TKS Elangovan said his party wanted a discussion on the need “to urge the Government of India to reject and scrap the Katchatheevu agreement which is against the constitutional mandate and not concurred by Parliament and the Government of India”. DMK’s main rival, Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, has filed a writ in the Supreme Court demanding the same. read more

Funding agencies offer competitions for students to pitch research

The work student researchers do can be groundbreaking and life-changing for the general public. To help students spread the word about their own work, there are four national competitions coming up from January to April where students can learn new skills, meet people and possibly win cash prizes.Science! Action! Organizer: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)Deadline: Jan. 18To enter the Science, Action! contest, students submit a maximum 60-second video and a 100-word written description of a research project or initiative at Brock University that is funded by NSERC.“Your video should explain cool research using everyday language,” says the website. “It should be creative, informative and look and sound great.” Cash prizes range from $2,500 to $3,500.See Brock’s entries last year.Science ExposedOrganizer: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)Deadline: Jan. 31This is a photographic competition devoted exclusively to images of scientific research. The competition is also open to faculty. There are three jury prizes of $2,000 and a People’s Choice prize of $1,000.“Showcase your work and creativity to provide Canadians with a whole new perspective on science,” says the website.A Brock University team was a finalist last year.For more information on these three competitions, visit the VITAE Essential Skills site.The StorytellersOrganizer: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)Deadline: Jan. 31In a maximum of three minutes on video or in a 300-word document, student researchers tell Canadians about a SSHRC-funded project they are pursuing at Brock University.“Grab our attention, be creative, push the boundaries: use a podcast, video, infographic—or surprise us with something new,” says the website. The top 25 submissions will receive a cash prize of $3,000 in the first round of judging and the final five winners will receive an expense-paid trip for their presentations to be featured at the 2017 SSHRC Impact Awards event in Toronto.Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Brock’s 3MT Challenge preliminary round, Feb. 16Deadline for presentation abstracts: Jan. 31This annual competition gives grad students three minutes to explain their research in a way that captivates judges and others from outside their discipline. The winner of Brock’s challenge is awarded $500 and runner-up $250. See complete details in The Brock News. read more

Seattle talking about return of Richard Sherman with 49ers

RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll looked to a Seahawks staffer with a bemused expression as he continued to field questions about a player who is no longer part of Seattle’s locker room.“Pretty good love-fest for Sherm,” Carroll quipped.Richard Sherman’s impending return to Seattle this week has dominated the conversation and will dominate the attention leading into Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and Sherman’s new team in San Francisco. For good reason, too. Sherman remains one of the central figures in Seattle’s success during Carroll’s tenure that included the franchise’s only Super Bowl title.Yet, his time in Seattle ended with a messy separation this past off-season. It was a business decision that ultimately led to Sherman finding a new home in San Francisco. And while the relationship between Sherman and the Seahawks was at times contentious, there was respect for what he helped the franchise accomplish.“We had tremendous conversations all the way through the stages of what happened at the end,” Carroll said. “Sherm and I were sitting in my office eye-to-eye talking through everything and it was really straightforward and clear and he was handling his own business and he had to be really on top of it, which he was, and did a fantastic job for himself, too. But our communication was great.”Sherman was a three-time All-Pro during his seven seasons in Seattle. He developed from a lightly regarded fifth-round pick into one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, an anchor for Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary that’s now been completely taken apart due to departures and injuries. Sherman seemed to always find his way into the centre of attention, whether it was talking smack to Tom Brady after beating the Patriots in a 2012 regular-season game, antics directed toward Michael Crabtree after the 2013 NFC championship game, or barking at coaches on the sideline.It was clearly time for a change and it included some critical comments Sherman had for Carroll on his way out. Carroll said he wasn’t bothered.“I know who Sherm is. I know him way differently than you guys probably think I do. I think the world of him,” Carroll said. “There was times (when) he was here where he might have said something that I didn’t agree with and had to work through it and all that. He is his own man. He was a stud of a guy when he was here and whatever came out in the transition came out. I could care less about that.”Cornerback Shaquill Griffin thinks of Sherman as a mentor. When Griffin arrived last year as a rookie, Sherman became a guide to Griffin on how to be a pro.“I didn’t expect him to take me under his wing the way he did. That was all a surprise to me but I’m grateful that he did,” Griffin said. “I came in, he had open arms for me and whatever it took. I remember he told me, ‘I won’t give you so much you can’t handle unless I know you can.’ I remember after the first couple of games he was like, ‘You know what, I see you’re ready. I’m going to give you everything I know and we’re going to go from there.’ It’s not like he got paid to do stuff like that. He doesn’t. So you can tell he’s really a genuine guy.”Bobby Wagner joked there will likely be a lot of trash talking and that he won’t let Sherman get an interception even if that means coming off the sideline to make sure it doesn’t happen. Wagner became serious when asked about what kind of reception Sherman should receive. Sports radio has been filled with questions about whether Sherman should be lauded or booed upon his return.“He should be received with the loudest cheer they could possibly cheer and the warmest of welcomes. It’s not like he said, ‘I hate this team, I want to leave.’ There is a business side of everything,” Wagner said. “I would be surprised if anybody booed. If they did boo him they weren’t a Richard Sherman fan in the first place. I think he deserves the applause. He was part of the team that helped bring the city the first football championship. I wouldn’t expect anything other than respect.”NOTES: LB K.J. Wright is “away from the team” this week doing rehab on his troublesome knee that has caused him to miss the past two games, Carroll said. Wright will not play this week. … Seattle activated RB J.D. McKissic to the 53-man roster. McKissic had been out all season after suffering a foot injury in the preseason and was placed on injured reserve. He returned to practice last week.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTim Booth, The Associated Press read more

Great Mines – Petras Kimberley and More

first_imgKimberley underground minesThe company’s two large underground mines of Cullinan (May 2012, pp8-15) and Finsch (June 2012, pp10-13) have already been covered. Kimberley is the other very emotive name in the stable. Here at the home of diamond mining, Kimberley Underground comprises three kimberlite pipe mines in close proximity: Bultfontein (10 ha at surface), Dutoitspan (11 ha) and Wesselton (9 ha). These mines were integral to the economic development of South Africa as their output effectively financed development of the nascent gold industry. They are currently mining at depths of between 845 and 995 m below surface.They have a history of producing large diamonds and fancy yellows, such as the Oppenheimer (253 ct rough and the Kimberley Octahedral (616 ct rough).Petra’s expansion plan at Kimberley Underground envisages production rising from about 57,000 ct in FY 2011 to some 120,000 ct/y by FY 2013. Total resources (inclusive of reserves) amount to 7.1 Mct, to a currently known depth of 1,060 m. All three employ block caving at current depths of 845 m (Bultfontein), 870 m (Dutoitspan) and 995 m (Wesselton). Bultfontein is mined using a slusher drift block cave mining method simultaneously with the rim loading section. The Dutoitspan and Wesselton mines employ a slusher drift block caving method.FY 2011 marked the first full year for Kimberley Underground under Petra management, following completion of the acquisition in May 2010. There was encouragement in the prices achieved for its production, with the average of $333/ct for the period considerably exceeding initial expectations. At the new Joint Shaft plant, which services the Bultfontein and Dutoitspan pipes, Petra experienced some initial difficulties relating to slimes and tailings disposal. To deal with the high percentage of fines material inherent in the Bultfontein and Dutoitspan ROM ore, Petra introduced a scrubber into the processing circuit, and is also introducing an apron feeder to handle material with a high level of mud content. It is anticipated that these measures will ensure adequate fines removal and increase throughput.Joint Shaft plant re-crush circuit at Kimberley Underground – a plant assistant cleaning the crusher sizing screenThe company has built up a ROM stockpile at surface, estimated to be 0.4 Mt in size, which gives flexibility to make up some of the lower recent production levels by processing higher tonnages once the plant throughput issues have been overcome.The plan for processing at Wesselton involves a combination of a mobile pan plant together with a new plant (similar to that constructed at Joint Shaft). The new main plant at Kimberley remains on track for commissioning in Q4 FY 2012.Unit costs of approximately R191/t in FY 2011 were negatively impacted by reduced throughput. These costs were expected to improve once the Wesselton plant is fully operational.Of the $13 million capex in FY 2011, approximately $9.5 million was spent on improvements to the Joint Shaft treatment plant. A further $3.5 million was applied to the acquisition of adjacent land, buildings and infrastructure relating to water reticulation and slimes handling facilities (by assuming a rehabilitation guarantee).De Beers’ Kimberley processing plant that continues to recover diamonds from the tailings dumpsKimberley Underground has a current mine plan of 11 years, which could be extended as Petra more thoroughly investigates the resources of these mines at depth and the East Blow at surface.De Beers continues to manage its surface mining (tailings recovery) at Kimberley, which operates independently of the underground mine workings. It has a custom-built recovery plant developed to efficiently treat and to recover diamonds which produces some 400,000 ct/month. De Beers expects Kimberley diamond recovery operations to continue through 2023.Expanding KoffiefonteinKoffiefontein (11 ha pipe at surface) is one of the world’s top diamond mines by average value per carat and produces exceptional white and coloured diamonds, a regular proportion of which are of between 5 and 30 ct. Underground mining of the high value, low-grade Koffiefontein kimberlite pipe is supplemented by tailings treatment from a 65 Mt tailings deposit and open-pit mining of the 5 ha satellite pipe named Ebenhaezer.Open-pit mining at the satellite Ebenhaezer pipe at KoffiefonteinTotal resources (inclusive of reserves) amount to 6.1 Mct, to a current depth of 690 m, though the orebody remains open-ended at depth. The current mining method is front cave, currently at a depth of 490 m. The mine plan is for 14 years but the potential life could be more than 20 years.Koffiefontein achieved an average value per carat of $564 for FY 2011, up 40% on the comparative period despite the overall average being reduced to some extent by a higher proportion of lower value tailings production in the total sales mix. ROM production for the year was 35,139 ct (H1 FY 2011: 27,390 ct; H2 FY 2011: 7,749 ct). Tailings production was 12,817 ct for the period (H1 FY 2011: 7,110 ct; H2 FY 2011: 5,707 ct). Capex of $11 million for FY 2011 was mostly spent on underground development and mining equipment.Koffiefontein – Mining overviewWaste ingress and reduced production from 52 level significantly affected the ROM grade (3.1 ct/100 t in H2 FY 2011 as compared to 5.9 ct/100 t in H1 FY 2011). As at Cullinan and Finsch, Petra’s development plan at Koffiefontein will establish new production levels where the company will eventually have access to undiluted ore. Once this has been achieved, Petra expects the overall ROM grade at Koffiefontein to improve to about 8 ct/100 t, but it is expected that lower ROM grades could be reported until FY 2014.Extensive stress modelling simulations have indicated that the planned front cave at the 580 m level be changed to a sub-level cave mining method between the 560 and 600 m elevations. It is expected that this plan will be executed within the original timetable and capex forecasts, with annual production expected to reach 1 Mt/y in approximately three years and reach 1.2 Mt/y in about five years, delivering over 100,000 ct/y (ROM and tailings) by FY 2017.Different FissuresThe Fissure Mines consist of three mines Helam, Sedibeng and Star which are unusual mines in that the diamonds are extracted from kimberlite dykes and not pipes. Northland Capital noted in its report on Petra of March 8, 2012 that “dykes are narrower and more difficult to mine and as a result, the mining cost per tonne is around seven times that of a kimberlite pipe. This financial year (2012), Petra is expected to produce 2.2 Mct over all its operations, an increase of 100% on last year. The Fissure’s will contribute around 5% of the total carats and 8% of revenue generated this year. As Petra continues to expand its production to just under 4 Mct by 2014, the Fissures contribution will drop to 3% of the total carats produced and 4% of the revenue.”The Sedibeng operation is an amalgamation of two mines: Messina and Dancarl. The mines are operating at depths of between 600 and 750 m. Plans to increase production from just over 87,000 ct in FY 2011 to 140,000 ct/y by FY 2015 are currently being implemented.The strike lengths of the fissures at surface ae 6 km at Helam (depth of current mining 750 m), 2.4 km at Sedibeng (750 m) and 4.5 km at Star (620 m). Helam and Sedibeng employ full shrinkage overhand stoping, while Star is an open stope underhand operation.Helam and Sedibeng put in a strong performance in FY 2011, with revenue for the Fissures unit as a whole up 62% to $21.8 million and overall production up 18% to 87,488 ct. The average value per carat achieved also increased 32% to $244. For FY 2012, Petra expects a similar level of combined production across the fissure portfolio to FY 2011.At Star, “where operations are challenging, a disappointing performance was recorded for the year, as reflected in the impairment charge incurred,” Petra reported.Unit costs for the Fissures remain flat despite cost pressures specifically relating to electricity and labour. The majority of the $5.2 million capex in FY 2011 was spent on continuing underground development across the fissure mines including a headgear installation at Sedibeng’s Dancarl shaft.Additionally, $11.0 million was spent in respect of the Helam projects manufacturing facility for equipment under construction for other mines and projects within the Group.Northland Capital further reported that “the Fissure mines have a total resource of just under 5 Mct with an average diamond value of $255/ct. The large amount of maintenance capex spent by Petra from 2009 to 2011 has ensured that the mines will continue to produce at their current rate with a low maintenance capex for years to come.” IMlast_img read more

Womens EHF EURO 2014 Daily tickets for Preliminary Round from 6 to

The ticket sale for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia, the European Handball Federation’s flagship national team event, has begun today. Tickets can be bought via www.ehf-euro.com, the tournament’s official website.Tickets for preliminary round match days start from 10 euro in Debrecen, 8 euro in Varazdin and 30 euro in Györ. In the fourth group phase venue, Osijek, prices will start from as low as 6 euro for a full match day.Tickets for main round match days are available from 11 euro (Zagreb) or 20 euro (Debrecen). Tickets prices for the final on 21 December 2014 in Budapest start at 50 euro.Overall there are tickets in four different categories available for matches in Hungary and in two different categories for matches in Croatia.The official match schedule for the final tournament has also been released. It sees 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallists Spain facing Poland in the first match of the tournament at 18:00 hrs on 7 December, before co-hosts Hungary officially open the event with their Group A match against Russia at 20:30 hrs.At the final tournament draw in Zagreb on 19 June 2014 the participating teams were draw in the following groups:Hungary, Spain, Russia, and Poland will play in Group A. The matches will take place at the newly constructed Audi Arena in Györ.Norway, Denmark, Romania and Ukraine will play in Group B at the 9,000-capacity Fönix Hall in Debrecen.Sweden, Germany, Croatia and Netherlands will play in Group C at the 5,000-capacity Arena Varazdin in Varazdin.Montenegro, France, Serbia and Slovakia will play in Group D at the 3,500-capacity Gradski VRT in Osijek.Main round matches will take place in Debrecen and in the Zagreb Arena in Croatia’s capital (capacity 15,200). For the semi-finals and the final the tournament moves to Budapest’s Papp Laszlo Sportarena (capacity 12,500).source: EHF handball qatarQatar 2015Women’s EHF EURO 2014 ← Previous Story Spanish youngstar Ignacio Plaza will play at Men’s U20 EURO 2014 Next Story → THW Kiel squad for upcoming season 2014/2015 read more

Sabpab un nouveau malware visant les Mac repéré

first_imgSabpab : un nouveau malware visant les Mac repéréAlors qu’Apple tente de lutter contre le malware Flashback et plusieurs de ses variantes via une mise à jour Java, une nouvelle déclinaison du virus a été détectée. Baptisée Sabpab, elle exploite la même faille que les précédentes, et ne représente donc pas de réelle menace.Sabpab, c’est le nom d’une énième variante du malware Flashback récemment repéré par l’éditeur d’anti-virus Sophos. Ce cheval de Troie, également baptisé Backdoor.OSX.SabPub, s’installe avec discrétion sur les Mac, et permet aux hackeurs de prendre le contrôle à distance des machines, et de récupérer des fichiers sur les ordinateurs infectés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois Sabpab exploite encore et toujours la même faille pour s’attaquer aux ordinateurs d’Apple. Pour s’en protéger, il suffit donc d’installer la mise à jour Java publiée récemment par la firme à la pomme afin de combler cette faille et lutter contre Flashback et ses diverses déclinaisons.Quant aux machines déjà infectées, Sophos indique que ce nouveau cheval de Troie peut être détecté dans les sauvegardes Time Machine. Pour repérer sa présence, les utilisateurs des machines Apple sont invités à vérifier si deux fichiers sont apparus dans les dossiers Bibliothèque/Préférences, et le cas échéant, à les supprimer. Ils sont baptisés com.apple.PubSabAgent.pfile et com.apple.PubSabAgent.plist.Le 16 avril 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Alimentation cest quoi être flexitarien

first_imgAlimentation : c’est quoi être flexitarien ?A tous ceux que le végétarisme ou le végétalisme tentaient, sans oser pour autant sauter le pas, ne pouvant tenir un régime drastique excluant toute chair animale, le flexitarisme est pour vous. Ce courant qui tente à se généraliser par son caractère conciliant et pratique, autorise à manger des protéines animales, quand il le faut, avec parcimonie. Il y a plusieurs raisons qui peuvent pousser un homme ou une femme à devenir végétarien(ne). Ne plus vouloir manger de chair animale peut ainsi relever de goûts, de convictions personnelles, d’une prise de conscience, de conditions pratiques voire économiques. Quoiqu’il en soit, c’est un pas que certains tentent de passer sans réussir pourtant à se tenir au régime strict d’une exclusion totale de viande. A tous ceux que le végétarisme tente, sans pour autant séduire complètement, il existe maintenant une nouvelle pratique, le flexitarisme, qui fait de plus en plus d’adeptes. Le principe est simple, respecter l’animal et se tenir à une consommation minimale de viande. Multiplier les fruits et les légumes en se permettant quelques écarts par nécessité ou simplement par envie. Cette pratique alimentaire venue des Etats-Unis s’apparente en fait à un semi-végétarisme, l’occasion de manger des protéines animales devant être rare et contrôlée. Aussi, il n’est pas exclu que bon nombre de personnes soient en fait déjà flexitarienne sans même s’en rendre compte. Autrement dit, le néologisme a plutôt servi à mettre un nom ce qui existait déjà. Que mange un flexitarien ? A l’instar du plus connu végétarien, le flexitarien va faire certains choix dans son alimentation, tout d’abord concernant la viande. Cette dernière ne doit être consommée qu’occasionnellement en privilégiant la viande blanche. De même pour le poisson ou les oeufs. Les fruits et légumes sont en revanche largement consommés, cuits ou frais, de préférence de saison et encore mieux cueillis localement.L’assiette du flexitarien fait la part belle aux céréales et aux légumineuses afin de remplacer les protéines animales. Mais les produits de base doivent être non raffinés, pas de sucre blanc, ni de pain blanc, ni de farines blanches. Les acides gras saturés contenus dans la viande rouge et le beurre notamment doivent être limités. Toutefois, comme son nom l’indique, le régime reste assez flexible. Pourquoi devenir flexitarien ?Les motivations d’adopter une telle pratique peuvent être multiples mais on remarque que ces dernières années, les changements de modes alimentaires ont été conséquents. En Inde, on compterait aujourd’hui 40% de végétariens (2% en France) et la consommation mondiale de légumes et fruits aurait augmenté de 18 à 19% en 2010. Comme pour le végétarisme, les raisons peuvent être d’ordre financier, le prix de la viande et du poisson augmentant sans cesse mais aussi par souci moral ou par conviction. En effet, la cause animale touche de plus en plus de monde, en corrélation avec une dynamique de sauvegarde de la planète et sa biodiversité. Un rapport récent de la FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) dénonce ainsi le rôle important de l’élevage mondial dans le réchauffement climatique : intensif, il serait responsable de 18% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Il causerait également une forte dégradation des sols et polluerait l’eau par les déchets animaux, pesticides, hormones et engrais. A ce jour, les pâturages utilisent 26% des surfaces terriennes mondiales et 8% de l’eau planétaire. Il convient donc pour le végétarien, le végétalien (exclusion de toute protéine animale comme le poisson et les œufs), ou désormais le flexitarien de chercher à protéger la cause animale (20% de la biomasse animale est destinée à l’élevage). Un flexitarisme bon pour la santé Mais la volonté de devenir flexitarien peut également se justifier par des questions de santé. La dangerosité d’une consommation excessive de certaines viandes n’est plus à prouver et les autorités sanitaires nous encouragent régulièrement à réduire l’apport en protéines animales au profit des protéines végétales. C’est pourquoi le régime du flexitarien limite l’apport en plusieurs éléments reconnus comme nocifs pour l’organisme comme les acides gras saturés. À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Le docteur Franck Gigon, auteur de “La méthode flexitarienne” explique que les comportements sont en pleine mutation. Un véritable engouement serait ainsi apparu résultant d’une prise de conscience et d’un comportement écocitoyen. En 2003, l’American Dialect Society a choisi le mot “flexitarian” comme le néologisme le plus utile de l’année, le définissant comme “un végétarien qui mange occasionnellement de la viande”. Une définition qui a sans surprise de quoi irriter quelque peu les véritables végétariens et végétaliens… Mais les sites se multiplient sur la Toile pour faire connaitre cette nouvelle pratique. De quoi convaincre de plus en plus de personnes de faire davantage attention à leur alimentation.  Le 12 juin 2013 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

District court chooses new commissioner

first_imgThe Clark County District Court bench has selected Senior Deputy Prosecutor Abbie Bartlett to join them as a part-time court commissioner.Bartlett, who is the unit coordinator for the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s elder justice unit, will fill the seat vacated by Commissioner Todd George, who moved into the full-time commissioner seat last month.“I feel very privileged to be a part of the Clark County District Court bench. Clark County is such a great community, and I intend to work every day to treat people fairly, respectfully and in accordance with the law,” Bartlett said.Bartlett was selected out of 20 applicants.“We had many qualified candidates, but we were most impressed with her qualifications, background and enthusiasm to join us. Abbie also has been volunteering as a pro-tem judge to get experience and is doing a great job. She is going to be a fantastic addition to our Clark County bench,” District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman said in an email.After 11 years with the prosecuting attorney’s office, Bartlett said she’s built a solid foundation and is ready to take those skills to the other side of the bench. In addition to the elder justice unit, she’s worked as an appellate attorney, a team leader in the juvenile unit, and in the domestic violence and general felony units, as well as District Court.“I feel like I have a really unique opportunity, because there’s such a wide variety of people from the community who come before us. I look forward to positively shaping the community’s perception of the judicial system,” Bartlett said.last_img read more

CIBC donates to Bahamas National Trust

first_imgCAPTION: Sean Blyden, Branch Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean Shirley Street branch, presents a donation cheque to Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director, Bahamas National Trust. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew Providence, Bahamas, December 21, 2016 – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has its hands full protecting the nation’s natural flora and fauna at the thirty-two natural parks that it manages across the archipelago.This holiday season, CIBC FirstCaribbean lent a helping hand by making a donation to the BNT to assist with the non-profit organization’s conservation and education programs.  “Corporate sponsorship like the assistance from CIBC FirstCaribbean is really important to The National Trust; we need all the support we can get,” said Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust. “It helps us to keep our programs like our Discovery Club and education initiatives open to the 10,000 kids who participate each year.”BNT conducts a variety of educational outreach activities through sixty Discovery Clubs scattered across eleven islands and through summer camps for students of various ages. CIBC FirstCaribbean has been a continuous supporter for BNT, having sponsored the Discovery Club and other programs in previous years.“The Bahamas National Trust brings together two important ideals for CIBC FirstCaribbean as an active corporate citizen,” said Marie Rodland-Allen, Managing Director of CIBC FirstCaribbean. “Protection of the natural environment and the development of our youth are two central pillars of the bank’s corporate giving platform.  We hope that through this donation we can help the BNT in their goal to not only preserve our environment today, but to cultivate future leaders who will continue to do so tomorrow.” Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

UPDATE Burgerville employees in Portland chase down suspect

first_imgA customer who allegedly snatched money from a till was chased and captured by Burgerville employees Monday.The incident occurred at one of Burgerville’s Portland locations, 3425 S.E. 25th Ave., at 6:40 p.m. Monday.According to Portland police, a man approached the counter and ordered a drink. When the cashier opened the till, the man reportedly reached inside, grabbed a handful of cash, and ran out of the restaurant.Employees chased him out the door and down the street, finally tackling him at Southeast 27th Street and Powell Boulevard. He allegedly punched one employee in the head, causing a minor injury.The suspect, identified as Dewayne Charles Taylor, 31, was booked into the the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of third-degree robbery and two outstanding warrants.last_img read more

Governor Dunleavy Says This Is The Year To Fix The Budget

first_imgDunleavy: “Our budget was built from the bottom up. This has been a longstanding problem in the state of Alaska, in terms of getting a budget that’s in line with its revenues. We are determined, and this is the year to fix this budget.”  Other areas of impact include the University of Alaska system, K-12 public education and health and social services. The governor appeared alongside Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin. In addition to the budget itself, Dunleavy issued five administrative orders. https://www.omb.alaska.gov//html/budget-report/fy2020-budget/amended.html Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal for the FY2020 to close what he says is a $1.6 billion budget gap.center_img Arduin anticipated a potential loss of about 700 jobs though it wasn’t clear if all those positions are currently filled. Governor Dunleavy: “We can’t continue to be all things for all people. Again, it’s a $1.6 billion dollar deficit.”  This is a developing story- check back for updateslast_img read more

Teej festival celebrated in Ramagundam

first_imgRamagundam: The members of the Deepthi Mahila Samithi celebrated the colourful festival of Teej with fervour and gaiety in Ramagundam of Peddapalli district on Thursday.The Samithi members looked vibrant in their traditional outfits and participated actively in the various cultural programmes like songs and dance competitions to mark the celebrations. Deepthi Mahila Samithi in-charge president Sofie Mathew Verghese inaugurated the programme and spoke about the significance of the Teej festival. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us A Teej Queen competition was held on the occasion in which the women participated actively. Neha Verma won the competition and Swetha Gaekwad and Ezilarus Ravindran adjudged as first and second runners-up respectively. Later, Sofie Mathew Verghese presented the Teej Queen Crown to Neha Verma and handed over prizes to the winners of different categories. During this occasion, Mamta Laad, I/c Balbhavan, Aliva Das, I/c Deepthi Kids Corner, Padmasree, Secretary and other office bearers and members of Deepthi Mahila Samithi were present in large numbers.last_img read more

Bangladeshis bigger threat than Rohingyas in India

first_imgThe speaker of Indian state of Manipur has claimed that illegal immigrants from Bangladesh pose a greater threat to India’s national security than Rohingya Muslims, reports The Times of India.Manipur assembly Speaker Yumnam Khamchand Singh reportedly made the statement in Bhopal on Tuesday as he made a brief stopover there while returning from Vidisha.He spoke to reporters about the problem arising out of migration of Rohingya Muslims and India’s central government’s affidavit in Supreme Court to deport them.According to the Times report, Singh said Manipur shares a 367km porous international border with Myanmar, but it faces a bigger threat of illegal migration from Bangladesh.”Bangladeshi migrants have changed the demography in several districts of Manipur,” Singh was quoted to have said. He took oath as Manipur Assembly speaker in March 2017.”Illegal immigrants from Bangladesh infiltrate the border, learn Manipuri dialect and in a year mingle with the local population.”The Times report said Manipur has a population of 2.7 million, which includes 1.3 million from the local Meitei tribe.To check illegal immigration, the state government cleared a land reform bill which is pending with New Delhi.”We want a new land reform law on the lines Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, whereby only agriculturists can purchase land and non-agriculturists are barred. In Manipur, stricter land purchase rules will protect the rights of indigenous people,” the speaker was quoted to have said.last_img read more

Missing NSU student found dead in Munshiganj

first_imgMunshiganjA student of North South University, who went missing since Saturday night, was found dead at a canal at Bhaterchar in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Saidur Rahman Payel, 20, son of Golam Mawla of Halisohor area in Chattogram district.Being informed by local people, police recovered the body of Payel from the area in the morning and sent it to Munshiganj General Hospital morgue, said Harun or Rashid, officer-in-charge of Gazaria police station.Golam Sarwardi Biplob, a maternal uncle of Payel, said Payel along with his friend Akibur Rahman were boarded on a bus of ‘Hanif Paribahan’ for going to Dhaka from Chattogram around 10 pm on Saturday.When the bus reached near Meghna Bridge area, Payel got down from the bus as it was stuck in a huge tailback.Later, he failed to board on the bus again as the driver drove the vehicle quickly to get rid of the tailback.Biplob lodged a general diary with Narayanganj Bandar Police station.Police suspected that miscreants killed him and dumped the body here, said OC. Bloodstain was found on the face and nose of the body, said police.last_img read more

Joe Biden and other candidates speak to diverse faith leaders activists

first_img By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Share This! Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,New report urges congregations to aid family caregivers As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a major forum on faith and poverty issues Monday afternoon, fielding questions from faith leaders and low-income Americans during a gathering organized by the Poor People’s Campaign.“We have the greatest income inequity … in the United States of America since 1902,” Biden told the crowd of hundreds assembled on Monday (June 17) at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. “But the fact of the matter is there is plenty, plenty to go around.”Biden, the current front-runner among Democrats, according to most polls, was also asked questions by the co-chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign — the Rev. William Barber and the Rev. Liz Theoharis — as well as MSNBC host Joy Reid.Attendees at the gathering of religious progressives peppered the onetime Delaware senator with questions about how he would address issues impacting the poor, including whether he would campaign in the South — a region that faces some of the largest issues of poverty.“I plan on winning Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina,” he said. “And I believe we can win Texas and Florida.”Biden also discussed the issue of health care, saying as president he would make sure “that every single person in the United States has access to Medicaid right off the bat.” He later argued that “you have no dignity when you cannot provide health care for your children.”During the question-and-answer session, one woman, Francine Jefferson, stood up and said she hailed from a county in Mississippi that is one of the poorest in the country. She asked Biden how he would address the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.He responded by describing global warming as a “gigantic unfairness to people in poverty.”Biden was also asked by Barber if he would advocate for a formal debate on poverty, to which Biden said yes.When Religion News Service asked Jefferson how she felt about Biden’s answer to her question about natural disasters and climate change, she said he “didn’t really answer it.”Instead, she pointed to other candidates who spoke at the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress, which lasts from June 17-19 in Washington, D.C.Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2019. RNS photo by Jack JenkinsAmong them: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who made a direct connection between climate change and poverty.“Environmental issues are poor people’s issues,” Warren told the crowd, explaining that as president she’d put a moratorium on things such as offshore drilling.When asked about militarism by Theoharis, Warren replied: “We have to cut our military budget.”She added, “No great nation fights endless wars. … We have to spend here at home on our people, on our future.”Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a Poor People’s Campaign event in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2019. RNS photo by Jack JenkinsSen. Bernie Sanders, another leader in the Democratic field, also addressed the crowd, repeating parts of the message he has honed on the campaign trail.“In my view, there will never be any real change in this country unless there is a political revolution,” he said in his opening remarks. “The way we bring about change is when all of us stand together and fight.”Asked by Rev. Nancy Petty, a pastor in North Carolina, what he would do to address gerrymandering, Sanders called Republican governors “political cowards.”“They refuse to participate in a free, fair and open elections because they know that if poor people and people of color and young people are allowed to vote and vote in large numbers, then they will lose,” he said.He then advocated for automatically registering any person who is 18 years old to vote, and later argued that “economic rights are human rights.”Sanders was followed by Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who led with a discussion of the biblical parable of the good Samaritan, which she said helped clarify who one’s “neighbor” is.“Neighbor is not about having the same ZIP code,” she said. “What we learn about in that parable is that neighbor is someone you are walking by on the street. … Neighbor is about understanding and living in service of others — that we are all each other’s brothers and sisters.”Sen. Kamala Harris addresses a Poor People’s Campaign event in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2019. RNS photo by Jack JenkinsWhen asked by a formerly homeless young person about housing, Harris outlined plan for a Rent Relief Act, which would establish refundable tax credits in cases where rent and utilities exceed 30 percent of a given household’s income.Harris also criticized the Trump administration for its practice of detaining children along the U.S.-Mexico border.“We have babies in cages because of the policies of this administration — talk about morality,” she said with visible frustration. “It’s a human rights abuse committed by the U.S. government.”Other, lesser-known candidates who addressed the forum included businessman Andrew Yang, who fielded a question from two Native American crowd members by saying that the treatment of indigenous people has been “immoral and criminal.”Spiritual author Marianne Williamson impressed some in the crowd, noting her policy on reparations and arguing that the “forces of immorality are on the march.”Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado was asked how he would overcome potential challenges to poverty-focused legislation from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell if elected president. Bennet said Democrats should outmaneuver McConnell.“I wouldn’t want anyone to be a malevolent … as Mitch McConnell,” he said. “But can we at least be as strategic as Mitch McConnell?”Rep. Eric Swalwell of California opened his talk by crediting Barber with helping Democrats take back control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 election. He also said that neither party had a monopoly on faith.“Faith movements help us move our feet about the issues that matter,” Swalwell told Religion News Service after his talk. “I’m a person of faith, and I remember the story of the weary traveler from Jerusalem to Jericho, and who helped him and who didn’t. That’s just who we are as Americans, is (people) who want to help each other out.”Poor People’s Campaign co-chair Rev. William Barber addresses a meeting at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 2019. RNS photo by Jack JenkinsBarber, for his part, said throughout the forum that the Poor People’s Campaign is nonpartisan, noting that if Barack Obama were still president or if Hillary Clinton had won “this campaign would have still launched.”Mayor Wayne Messam of Miramar, Fla., also appeared at the forum. He addressed the issue of immigration, saying that as president he would “do everything in my power … to make the plight of undocumented immigrants” a focus.Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro was originally slated to speak at the forum. But he had to cancel at the last minute due to flight complications, according to Poor People’s Campaign officials.Organizers said President Trump was also asked to attend the forum, as well as other Democrats, but they were not there on Wednesday.Barber revved up the crowd with hymns and chants before Biden spoke. Theoharis name-checked participants who flew in for the event from Alaska, California, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Alabama, New York, Colorado and elsewhere.She noted that many people had to “save” to attend the event, which is also co-organized with Repairers of the Breach and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice — groups led by Barber and Theoharis, respectively.Theoharis laid out the “fusion” of overarching, intersecting issues that brought participants together — ranging from poverty to environmentalism.“We are a movement that is building power among the 140 million and (low-income) people,” she said. “We are confronting systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and this distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism.”Barber also took questions from Reid. The MSNBC host asked what he would say to those who argue that churches should tackle the problem of poverty instead of the government.“The prophets of the Bible would call that dumb,” he said. “And the Jesus that I serve would call that hypocrisy.”He later added: “You cannot say that something that was created by government policy can’t be un-created by government policy.”Several White House hopefuls have gravitated to Barber and his events over the past two years, often to do more listening than speaking.When the pastor and a bevy of other faith leaders held a protest last week outside the White House decrying the Trump administration, Pete Buttigieg — presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Ind. — showed up to pay “silent witness” to the proceedings.(This is a developing story and will be updated.) Share This! Catholicism Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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To meet these ongoing needs, Toshiba America Medical Systems has introduced upgrades across its ultrasound product line and showcased these upgrades at the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM) annual convention. The latest features available on the Aplio XG, Aplio MX, Xario XG and Viamo systems include Auto IMT, 4-D imaging improvements and workflow protocol enhancements. Additional upgrades to the Viamo include ApliPure, TissuePure Imaging and DICOM structured reporting.“The upgrades offered across Toshiba’s ultrasound product line are designed to further enhance clinical capability and productivity, ultimately allowing clinicians to diagnose more patients in a shorter period of time and improve overall workflow,” said Tomohiro Hasegawa, director, ultrasound business unit, Toshiba.Auto-IMT (available on the Aplio XG, Aplio MX and Xario XG ultrasound systems) can determine the thickness of the near and far arterial walls from three segments of the carotid artery: at an optimal angle of incidence and two complementary planes. Auto-IMT traces the two complementary planes automatically and calculates the distance between them in order to help with early detection and monitoring of cardiovascular disease. Auto-IMT uses the collected images following the American Society of Echocardiography’s (ASE) consensus statement for the diagnosis.Toshiba is improving 4-D image quality across its ultrasound line to enable clinicians to see all dimensions of the anatomy being imaged more clearly and accurately. During biopsies, 4-D imaging allows for more accurate guidance of the biopsy needle. Precise visualization of the needle path creates safer exams and reduces potential complications.Workflow enhancements, including the easy setup of protocols that streamline the imaging process for many routine exams, can be customized to the customer’s workflow. The protocols standardize image output and increase exam efficiency by reducing the number of tasks per exam. Sonographers have the ability to add custom annotations and reshuffle images. Sonographers can exit the protocol when additional images are required and re-enter at the same place to continue the protocol with just the click of a button. Finally, the company offers upgrades to the Viamo, with advanced radiology capabilities, previously unavailable on point-of-care systems. These upgrades include ApliPure, TissuePure Imaging and DICOM structured reporting. The new upgrades enable clinicians to perform advanced exams with greater image definition and clinical accuracy without compromising on patient access, making it ideal for high-end radiology, vascular and OB/GYN exams and procedures at patients’ bedsides. Its portability and exceptional imaging performance raise the bar in the rapidly growing point-of-care markets, such as interventional radiology, emergency medicine and anesthesia.Viamo also offers the ability to interchange Toshiba transducers from other ultrasound systems, such as the Aplio MX, thus improving productivity and flexibility while saving healthcare costs by reducing the need to purchase multiple transducers. Additionally, a new industry-best 40-cm depth setting allows imaging of even the toughest of patients.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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So this just happened Woman and her peacock denied boarding a United

first_imgHmmmm*orders an emotional support peacock immediately* https://t.co/ZDDP728FXK— Sam Fishwick (@Fish_o_wick) January 31, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, January 31, 2018 This is getting ridiculous an emotional support peacock? If you need a peacock for emotional support you shouldn’t be free to walk the streets with the rest of the population https://t.co/HZaKrshc3A— Paul Wrenn (@AGoalScorer) January 31, 2018 NEWARK — You mean I can’t bring my peacock on the plane? You don’t say.A female passenger attempting to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport with United Airlines was denied boarding due to her very strange travel companion: a living, breathing, strutting peacock.The unnamed woman, a New York-based photographer, told United employees that Dexter the bird was, in fact, her “emotional support peacock” and that she was willing to buy a separate ticket for him. But despite her repeated attempts at boarding, the airline said Dexter was too big and heavy to travel in the cabin.“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size,” United said in a statement to Fox News. “We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.”United’s policy on support animals requires passengers to provide documentation from a medical professional as well as provide 48 hours advance notice prior to their flight.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalTwitter, not surprisingly, reacted in full, with people poking fun at the passenger and questioning how they, too, can get their hands on a feathered sidekick.Im a firm believer in aupport animals, but a peacock?? RT @ABC: Woman arrives with an “emotional support peacock” at Newark Airport. United Airlines allegedly refused to let the woman board the aircraft with her peacock. https://t.co/CTuzfJ0wxF pic.twitter.com/Y9t4HpV7ln— Gerrad McConnell (@_Gerrad) January 31, 2018 I wish the United agent had let the “support peacock” on the plane if only for the priceless subsequent video of the peacock being dragged off the plane.— Kevin Koster (@NotCostner) January 31, 2018 So this just happened: Woman and her peacock denied boarding a United flight Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Feeling left out that I don’t have an emotional peacock to take on trips with me #UnitedAirlines— Gary Humphrey (@garyhumphrey11) January 31, 2018 Tags: LOL, WTF This is the most Newark Airport thing to ever happen and I’m in love with it https://t.co/PIQTnI0i7N— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 31, 2018United’s stance comes at a time when other airlines are doubling down on rules and restrictions for support animals. Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines announced that any passenger who wishes to bring emotional support animals onboard their flight must show proof of vaccinations 48 hours in advance, and also prove that the animal is trained well enough to handle a flight.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsLast November, a woman and her emotional support pig was kicked off a US Airways flight after it went hog wild in the aisle. Also, in 2016, an angry-looking turkey was caught on camera flying in Delta’s Comfort+ cabin.last_img read more

Police arrest suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz

first_imgJudicial Investigation Police (OIJ) arrested six people Tuesday morning allegedly responsible for the killing ofGerardo Cruz, a young man stabbed days after publicly shaming a video voyeur on Facebook. Police said one of the suspects, a woman, had recently ended a romantic relationship with Cruz at the time of the attack against him.OIJ Director Walter Espinoza told reporters the eight-month investigation determined that Cruz’s death was a crime of passion and not related to the now famous Facebook video, in which Cruz filmed a man walking through downtown San José with his cell phone camera apparently pointed up a woman’s skirt.“There is absolutely no relation between the man caught on the video and the killing of Gerardo Cruz,” Espinoza said.The alleged former lover and her daughter were the crime’s masterminds, investigators said. The mother, last name Fonseca, 41, was romantically involved with Cruz, investigators said, but the relationship ended badly. The breakup prompted the woman and her daughter, last name Valerín, 19, to plot the attack on Cruz, according to Espinoza.The women allegedly contacted three of the men arrested Tuesday who acted as middlemen to hire the two men suspected of stabbing Cruz in October 2015.Tuesday’s arrests came two weeks after OIJ released a video compiled from recordings of various surveillance cameras showing Cruz’s alleged killers. Related posts:Video shows suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz, who confronted man filming up skirt Salvadoran man deported from United States suspected in murder at San José hotel Woman records video of man reaching down her shirt on bus; receives no help from driver Canadian tourist stabbed to death on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast A 22-year-old detainee with the last name Ledezma is believed to be one of the killers. A sixth man voluntarily surrendered soon after the raids and OIJ’s Espinoza said police are still on the lookout for another suspect.“The suspects attacked Mr. Gerardo Cruz at Parque Kennedy on October 7 and took some of his clothes and other belongings as proof of the crime for the women,” Espinoza said at a news conference Tuesday.Cruz’s video of the man filming a woman’s behind while walking went viral last year. He was stabbed on October 7, shortly after leaving his job in San Sebastián, a suburb south of downtown San José. Cruz spent over a month at Calderón Guardia Hospital, where he underwent three open-heart surgeries and died of a heart attack on November 19, 2015.The violent attack on Cruz triggered a national debate on the sexual harassment of women in public in Costa Rica, including marches and calls to penalize street harassment. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Filipino activists protest Chinas islandbuilding

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Filipino activists hold anti-China slogans as they march towards the Chinese Consulate during a rally at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines Thursday, June 4, 2015. More than 100 left-wing Filipino activists demanded that China stop its increasingly assertive actions in the disputed South China Sea Thursday, warning during a rally that they can target “Chinese economic interests” with protests. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) Comments   Share   Protest leader Renato Reyes Jr. from the the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan group said that while the Philippines could easily be overwhelmed by China’s powerful military, “there are other means to express protests,” including rallies and a possible boycott of Chinese products.The protesters condemned China’s seizures of Mischief Reef in the mid-1990s and Scarborough Shoal in 2012. The two Manila-claimed territories lie west of the Philippine archipelago. Filipino fishermen say a Chinese coast guard ship had used water cannon to drive them away earlier this year from Scarborough, a rich fishing area.“We are serving notice to the Chinese government that Filipinos from different walks of life are united in opposing China’s incursions in Philippine waters,” Reyes said.China claims a huge chunk of the South China Sea, which is also claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.China has said it has the right to carry out the island constructions in a number of reefs and atolls in what it says are its territorial waters since ancient times. Washington has demanded that Beijing stop the massive construction work, saying that the islands could be used by China’s military against America’s allies and interests. Four benefits of having a wireless security system 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 100 Filipino activists demanded that China stop its increasingly assertive actions in the disputed South China Sea, and warned during a rally Thursday they could target Chinese economic interests.Waving red flags and yelling “China out now,” the left-wing protesters rallied in front of the Chinese Consulate in metropolitan Manila against China’s island-building and other actions in disputed waters. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories last_img read more