Kenya court orders 5 suspects including Canadian held for Nairobi hotel attack

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya — A Canadian national and four other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offences.A judge ordered the five suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into the assault on the dusitD2 hotel complex. The al-Shabab group, which is linked to al-Qaida and based in neighbouring Somalia, claimed responsibility. Kenyan authorities say 21 people, including one police officer, were killed by the attackers, one of whom blew himself up beside a restaurant. Another four gunmen died.Prosecutors suspect the alleged accomplices, including two taxi drivers and an agent for a mobile-phone-based money service, of aiding the attackers who stormed the Nairobi complex on Tuesday afternoon and were killed by Wednesday morning, according to a court document. Prosecutors said they were pursuing more suspects in and outside Kenya.The suspects who appeared in court were identified as Guleid Abdihakim, Joel Nganga Wainaina, Oliver Kanyango Muthee, Gladys Kaari Justus and Osman Ibrahim. Abdihakim is Canadian, according to prosecutors.“The investigations into this matter are complex and transnational and would therefore require sufficient time and resources to uncover the entire criminal syndicate,” said Noordin Haji, director of public prosecutions. He said he has appointed a team of prosecutors to help ensure that the investigations are “meticulous and fast-tracked.”Canada has condemned the attack in Nairobi earlier this week.A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada says Canadian officials are aware of reports that a Canadian citizen was arrested in Kenya and that consular officials are in contact with Kenyan authorities to gather additional information.“Consular services are being provided to the family of the individual,” said Global Affairs spokesman Philip Hannan, adding privacy laws prevent the disclosure of any further information.Police earlier identified a Kenyan military officer as the father of another suspect in the assault. The son, Ali Salim Gichunge, as well as Violet Kemunto Omwoyo, were named as attackers in court documents.“The attackers were in constant communications with several phone numbers which are located in Somalia,” prosecutors said.Gichunge’s father, who is not believed to have been involved in the attack, was summoned for questioning about when he last saw his son and other details, a senior police official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.The official said a total of 11 people were detained as part of the investigation.The attack was denounced on Friday in Eastleigh, a Nairobi neighbourhood that is home to many ethnic Somalis and has been targeted in massive police operations against suspected extremist cells. Shop owners temporarily closed businesses to protest extremism, and crowds gathered.Al-Shabab also carried out the 2013 attack at Nairobi’s nearby Westgate Mall that claimed 67 lives, and an assault on Kenya’s Garissa University in 2015 that killed 147 people, mostly students. While U.S. airstrikes and a multinational African Union force in Somalia have reduced the Islamic extremists’ ability to operate, al-Shabab is still capable of carrying out spectacular acts of violence in retaliation for the Kenyan military’s presence in Somalia.The attackers who stormed the hotel complex opened fire and set off grenades, sending panicked people running for cover as security forces converged. Security camera footage released later showed a suicide bomber blowing himself up in a grassy area.A hotel employee, seen in the footage walking past the bomber just before the explosion, described in an interview with Kenya’s K24 television how he heard the man talking on a mobile phone.“Where are you guys?” the agitated bomber said at least a couple of times, according to Abdullahi Ogelo, the employee. Ogelo, who later concluded the bomber had been talking to his accomplices, said the man was also moving his hand over his chest.Seconds later, the bomber detonated in a flash and billowing smoke.In the television interview, Ogelo said God saved him and gave him a “second chance.”—With files from The Canadian PressChristopher Torchia, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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TIFF 18 Doc trailer roundup part two

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement The trailers follow below, with synopses provided by TIFF:Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben FerenczBarry AvrichCanada; World Premiere; 83 minutesBarry Avrich returns to the festival with a fascinating portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.Putin’s WitnessesVitaly ManskyLatvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic; International Premiere; 102 minutesThrough testimonies from Gorbachev, Yeltsin and the current Russian president himself, Vitaly Mansky tells the story of how Putin rose to power and held his position for nearly two decades.ScrewballBilly CorbenUSA; World Premiere; 105 minutesBilly Corben’s true-crime dramedy investigates the MLB’s infamous doping scandal involving a nefarious clinician and his most famous client: the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. As we approach the start of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, realscreen has collected all available trailers and clips of this year’s feature documentaries (see part one of the ’18 trailer round-up here).With 27 documentary features announced as part of TIFF Docs, the following are a few examples of what you can expect to see during the Canadian festival, which runs from Sept. 6 to 16.Today’s batch of trailers and clips includes Astra Taylor’s What is Democracy?, a far-reaching look at the history of democracy and its place in the present day; Vitaly Mansky’s Putin’s Witnesses, about the rise and two decades-long rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin; and Sharkwater Extinction (pictured), the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart’s follow-up to his 2006 investigation of the illegal shark fin trade. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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Robbie Robertson in conversation with APTN

first_imgAPTN National NewsFamed musician Robbie Robertson was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this past weekend.Here is the fourth part of his interview with APTN National News reporter Donna Smith.Smith asked him if he’s ever been star struck and his answer may surprise.last_img

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Michelle Thrush discusses her new play Inner Elder

first_imgAPTN NewsAcclaimed actress, Michelle Thrush is in the final days of performing her new play.It tells the story of growing up in Calgary as an Indigenous person.APTN’s Tamara Pimentel met up Thrush to find a deeper meaning behind Inner Elder.last_img

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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueNov. 497.10 500.70 494.30 497.20 497.20Jan. ’18 504.00 507.60 500.60 503.90 504.00March 510.60 514.60 507.00 510.50 510.70May 513.10 517.30 511.50 513.60 513.50July 513.60 517.40 511.60 513.60 514.00Nov. 488.10 489.30 483.80 487.00 483.70Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.70 485.40March 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.40 488.10May 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.40 488.10July 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.40 488.10Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 491.40 488.10Barley (Western): Open High Low Close TueOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $230.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $507.20 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $522.20 (November 2017) read more

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Head of Iraqi Governing Council to serve as interim president UN envoy

United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi announced today that Sheikh Ghazi Al-Yawar, the current head of Iraq’s Governing Council, will be President of the interim government that will take over from the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) at the end of the month.That position had been offered to former Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi but he declined for personal reasons, said Mr. Brahimi, who has been in the country since early May meeting with a broad spectrum of Iraqis to help them agree on the administration that will inherit sovereignty on 30 June and guide the country until elections are held in January 2005.He also announced the appointment of Ibrahim Jaafari and Rowsch Shaways as deputy presidents. Mr. Brahimi said he had given his recommendations for the composition of the Cabinet to Prime Minister Designate Ayad Allawi, who was named on Friday. Mr. Allawi is expected to announce those later today.The envoy noted that his month-long consultations have involved the Governing Council, the CPA and “a very large number of representatives of the public, including political parties, professional associations, trade unions, tribal and religious leaders, academics and intellectuals, women’s and youth organizations, and others.”At a ceremony this morning in Baghdad unveiling the new interim government, Mr. Brahimi called the event “the first step of this road which will be, no doubt, long and difficult.”I believe that those who were chosen to perform this mission will be qualified and effective and capable for it,” he added.The envoy also told those present that he did not come to Iraq to work as an international civil servant. “I tried to work as one of you – a brother who believes in this country, a brother who loves this country, a brother who considers this country his, and looks forward to several visits in the future, not for work, but for meeting the brothers and the friends.”A UN spokesman reported that Mr. Brahimi is now working towards the establishment of a Preparatory Committee for a national conference. read more

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Tories want to scrap Liberals plans for more casinos and online gambling

by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario should scrap its “empire-building” plans for more casinos and online gambling and focus instead on bolstering the horse-racing industry, the Progressive Conservatives said Thursday.They wouldn’t reinstate the slots-at-racetracks program that brought in $345-million a year if they formed the next government, the Tories said.But race operators, who are still reeling from the Liberals’ decision to cancel the program, should be able to buy existing slot operations at “fair market value.”It could save an industry that employs about 60,000 people, the party said in its so-called “white paper” on rural and agricultural affairs.Shelving the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s plans for online gambling and building 29 new casinos in places like Toronto won’t cost the province new revenue or new jobs, Opposition Leader Tim Hudak argued.The province still needs a “pro-jobs agenda” that will re-ignite the economy and draw investment in the face of a $12-billion deficit, but more gambling is not the solution, he said.“I think in fact closing down racetrack slots across this province is going to compound that problem by tossing 65,000 people out of work,” Hudak said.He also slammed the province’s plans to set up online betting by the end of the year, which the governing Liberals say will bring in much-needed money.It’s a waste of taxpayers’ dollars, Hudak said.“I just think that what the Wynne government is doing is not a jobs plan, it’s a tax plan,” he said. “And I think it’s an effort to increase taxes that will result in about 65,000 job losses across our province.”Gambling should be handed over to private operators, with the government acting as a regulator only, he said.But that would also eliminate a large source of revenue for the province, said New Democrat Taras Natyshak.Hudak is talking out of both sides of his mouth, he said.“In one breath, he says he wants to stop the government from ramming casinos into communities that don’t want them,” said Natyshak, whose party opposes the OLG’s casino expansion plans.“But on the other hand, he’s promising to privatize all gaming and gambling and let the Donald Trumps of the world decide where to build casinos.”The Liberals are advocating “privatization by stealth,” allowing private operators to run all OLG facilities and finance the corporation’s expansion over the next few years.Currently, only four facilities — Casino Rama, Caesars Windsor, Niagara Fallsview and Great Blue Heron charity casino — are privately run.As for his plan for slots, all the Tories would be doing is ensuring the viability of a racetrack, Nayshak said. It does nothing for the horse-racing side.But the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association praised the Tories’ proposal.“Horse racing needs to play a prominent role in any gaming strategy in order for our industry to survive and to continue playing an important economic role as it does in rural Ontario,” president Sue Leslie said in a statement.Last week, the Liberals announced the sector would be integrated into a provincial gambling strategy with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to find new revenue streams.Premier Kathleen Wynne said they’d reached “transition funding” agreements with six racetracks, and is negotiating with eight others.The gambling proposals are among a number of ideas the Tories are floating in a series of so-called white papers. But it’s not official party policy.The paper proposes to wind down the feed-in-tariff program for wind and solar energy projects and give part of the gas tax to all rural municipalities.The Tories are also floating a two per cent biodiesel mandate for all diesel sold in the province, a new regional food terminal and an increase in the amount of Ontario-grown food bought by the broader public sector. Tories want to scrap Liberals’ plans for more casinos and online gambling read more

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Joey Bosa a dominating force for Buckeye defense

OSU sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa sacks Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel in a game Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 50-28Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorWhen Ohio State’s Joey Bosa drilled Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel on Saturday and forced a fumble that ultimately resulted in a safety, the record crowd at Ohio Stadium erupted.Bosa wasn’t even sure where the ball landed.“I just made a move inside and my eyes got big and I ran as fast as I can and hit him as hard as I could,” Bosa, a sophomore defensive lineman, said Saturday following the game. “I actually thought he got the ball off so I stood up and went to walk back to the line, but I saw the ball pop out.”The play not only electrified the fans and gave OSU a 16-7 lead, but it seemed to ignite the defense for a stretch in the first quarter as the Buckeyes forced the Bearcats into two straight punts.Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Monday that the play of Bosa, who leads the Buckeyes with 2.5 sacks, is at least partially because of his 6-foot-5-inch, 278-pound frame.“He is a very dominating force. He is a guy who has the speed to get the edge, but he’s got the power to do some things inside,” Fickell said. “It is an unbelievable combination. I haven’t seen a whole lot of guys like it, but we are still going to expect him to continue to grow.”Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said Bosa’s play on the field makes him glad Bosa’s a Buckeye.“He’s a freak. He is a great player and when you see him (make) those hits like that … it’s like watching greatness,” Reeves said Monday. “I am just happy he is on our side.”Coach Urban Meyer acknowledged Bosa’s physical skills, but added the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., product is also successful because of his upbringing.“He just goes, he practices that way from day one. It’s a product of, you know, his family. His dad’s got an incredible football background,” Meyer said Monday. “I thought we’d have a guy that would be pretty much game-ready because he went to a really quality high school program.”Bosa’s high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, has been known to produce high-quality football talent, including former OSU safety Nate Salley, former Wisconsin player and current New England Patriot running back James White and former Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo, who was the inspiration for the movie “Brian’s Song.”Meyer also said that while he believed Bosa would be ready to play coming out of high school, he is still impressed with how the sophomore has performed so far.“I didn’t imagine it to be this ready,” Meyer said. “He’s extremely strong and quick and relentless. And on top of that. he loves and understands the game.”Meyer has coached an impressive array of defensive linemen in his coaching career, including two at Florida who were first-round draft picks (Jarvis Moss, Denver, 2007 and Derrick Harvey, Jacksonville, 2008), however, he said Bosa reminds him most of a player he has coached at OSU.“I think John Simon. He’s a little more talented than John, a little longer,” Meyer said. “But John Simon had that same — you watch those two play in practice and compete and there’s a mindset.“Those are two good people to be in company, everybody knows how we all feel about John Simon. But to even mention someone in that same vein, who is a few inches taller and a little longer, that’s pretty rare air, those two guys.”Meyer’s comparison could be spot on, as Simon led the Buckeyes in sacks during his senior season in Columbus, something Bosa is on pace to do just two years later.With such high praise and potential, Fickell said he, along with the rest of the coaching staff, is expecting even more from Bosa, who was named OSU’s defensive player of the game following his play against Cincinnati.“The sky is the limit for that guy with his abilities. We are going to continue to put things upon his shoulders,” Fickell said. “He goes hard, he is physical, he does all the things we ask him to do, now we are going to ask him to continue to grow — strive for greatness and not be satisfied with where you are.”Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the field again Saturday at noon against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. read more

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Football Backup quarterback battle too close to call for Meyer after airraid

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow (10) catches a snap during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorAfter the 2016 spring game, then-redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow said he wasn’t ready to assume the role of backup quarterback. Now-redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins wasn’t in the mix for the job yet, having not arrived at Ohio State.On Saturday in the 2017 spring game, the two threw a combined 59 passes, completing 40 of them. Haskins was 21 for 32 with the Gray team and 5 for 5 with Scarlet. Burrow was 14 of 22 for Scarlet. Now exiting spring camp heading toward summer workouts and fall camp, whoever wins the backup quarterback job feels confident enough to be the next man up behind redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.Haskins had the most opportunities in the passing game, playing for nearly the entire game on the Gray squad after Barrett played just the first quarter. Haskins completed five passes for more than 20 yards, throwing for 283 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Burrow connected on three such passes, accumulating 262 passing yards and three touchdowns on the day.Burrow said that the game has slowed down for him quite a bit from a season ago.“I see just about everything that’s going on on defense, know the offense way better — the ins and outs, what’s going on up front,” he said.Burrow and Haskins each stood in the pocket and sprayed the ball all over the field, not being afraid to throw it deep and let the receiver make a play in the air. The effect of a Ryan Day-Kevin Wilson offense was on full display for the first time for the Buckeyes and the passing game reflected that change the most.Burrow came into the spring game as the clubhouse leader for the backup quarterback job, but after a strong performance from both the Athens, Ohio, native and Haskins, OSU coach Urban Meyer will have a decision to make come fall.“I know it is very close. But I’m not prepared to say who is (No.) 2, who is (No.) 3, et cetera, yet,” Meyer said.Meyer continued saying that all four quarterbacks — Barrett, Burrow, Haskins and freshman Tate Martell — have been exceptional during spring camp. He added Haskins and Burrow played well Saturday.In his first time playing in a game scenario, Haskins confirmed beliefs about his arm. He overthrew receivers at time, but dropped in a few long passes on target to redshirt junior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin for his three touchdowns.When asked whether or not he thought Burrow and Haskins are ready to be the quarterback on deck, Dixon emphatically said he’s confident Burrow and Haskins each can be the leader of the offense, if need be.Haskins said that he did what he sought out to do this spring and did enough to win the backup job. But until fall camp, he and Burrow will have to wait to prove they’re the right choice to be the next up after Barrett.“As far as the competition goes, we’re just going back and forth rotating twos, ones,” Haskins said. “Doing everything we need to do to get each other better.” read more

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Signs of life in global minerals exploration

first_imgThe latest Monthly Industry Monitor from SNL Metals & Mining reports a welcome improvement in exploration activity in March. SNL Metals & Mining’s Pipeline Activity Index (PAI, see graph) improved last month despite a continued decline in commodity prices and a sharp fall in the mining industry’s overall market capitalisation. The commodity markets have mirrored a stubbornly slow global economic recovery and the oversupply for many metals. SNL’s indexed metals price fell to 105.5 in March, compared with over 150 at the end of 2012. The price index (May 2008 = 100) measures the relative change of a basket of eight metals, weighted by annual exploration spending.These commodity prices are reflected in mining equity values, and the 2,700 companies tracked by SNL saw a month-on-month decline of 6.7% in market capitalisation to $1,263 billion at the end of March. The value of the industry’s listed companies had peaked at $2,415 billion in April 2011.Despite this gloomy scenario, SNL’s PAI rose to 58.4 in March after five consecutive months of decline. The index hit a low of 40.2 in April 2014, recovered to reach 77.3 in September 2014 before falling to 49.0 in February.There are four constituents of PAI; the number of significant drill results, initial resource announcements, significant financings and project development milestones. Two of these constituents of the index improved last month, and two declined.There was a jump to six in the number of positive project milestones during March, although this was from the remarkably low base of only one announcement in February. The in-situ resources positively affected were valued at $9.6 billion, compared with only $2.7 billion in February. Unusually, there were no negative milestones in March; a welcome relief from the six negative announcements in February, valued at over $875 billion.There was also a near doubling to nine in the number of initial resource announcements. The value of these initial resources, using SNL’s methodology, soared to $16.5 billion, compared with only $2.7 billion in February.In contrast, there were fewer significant drill announcements in March, compared with February, and there was also a decline in the number of completed financings in the sector. SNL recorded 18 financings by junior and intermediate companies last month, worth only $89 million, compared with 21 financings in February, worth $642 million.last_img read more

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PSG Handball in Cologne second year in a row

Paris Saint Germain reached EHF Champions League Final4 for the second year in a row. Team of Zvoimir Serdarusic saved 30:27 from the first match in Hungary against Pick Szeged at home – 30:30Paris Saint-Germain Handball-MOL-Pick Szeged 30-30 (16-17)PSG: Skof – Rémili 2, Abalo 4, L. Karabatic 5, N. Karabatic 4, M. Hansen 6, Gensheimer 4/3., Omeyer (kapus), Nielsen 1, Kounkoud, Narcisse 1, Stepancic 3,  Vezetőedző: Zvonimir Serdarusic.MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Sostaric 1, Balogh 8/3, Skube 3, Bánhidi 3, Gorbok 4, Källman 2, Sego (kapus), Thiagus Petrus, Gaber 1, Buntic, Bodó 4, Obranovic 3, Pedro 1, Zubai.  ← Previous Story Sweet Barca revenge thanks to Perez de Vargas Next Story → VELUX EHF FINAL4: Newcomers from Vardar chase Barca read more

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Shot at Six Nations title swings into Irelands view after successful November

first_img 17 Comments Billy Vunipola in doubt for Six Nations after undergoing knee surgeryWallabies flanker Mumm cited for dangerous lifting on Ireland’s Furlong 16,158 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Nov 28th 2016, 6:30 AM By Murray Kinsella Shot at Six Nations title swings into Ireland’s view after successful November Joe Schmidt is happy to have built more depth in his squad this month. http://the42.ie/3105830 Follow us: the42.ie Share8 Tweet Email Monday 28 Nov 2016, 6:30 AM “I AM EXHAUSTED all right,” said Joe Schmidt as the dust settled after his side’s frantic win over the Wallabies on Saturday eveningQuite probably heavily sleep-deprived after a run of four Test matches this month – two of them against the best team in the world – Schmidt could be forgiven for taking some time off and forgetting about rugby. Ireland celebrate Saturday’s win over the Wallabies. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOYet there he was in UCD yesterday with his wife, Kellie, showing their support for the Ireland Women as they faced his native New Zealand.There may be a breather early this week, but already Schmidt will be thinking of the Six Nations – just over nine weeks away – and Ireland’s plan to regain their title after a disappointing 2016 campaign.Schmidt will travel to each of the provinces this week to speak with each and every one of the players who have featured for Ireland over the past month, as well as with those who have been on the periphery.“[I will] have a bit of a chat to them about how they have gone so far and where we need them to get to, because if you ever stand still you will get run over,” said Schmidt. “We have got to keep pushing on.”This time of the season is always a frustrating one for Schmidt, as he is forced to part ways with his players after an intense month in camp with them.Ireland will meet up for a short stint in December, but Schmidt will only get the squad properly back together in the run-up to the opening Six Nations fixture against Scotland on 4 February.“We don’t have them again for two months,” said the Kiwi. “I know that it’s one of the frustrations when I came into this job; there was such a continuity coaching club or provincial rugby where, week to week, you could plot progress, you could work with individuals.“You could know where you were looking to head but, inevitably, when you get them back in together in that last week in January, there is going to be a lot of improvement.” Schmidt on the move at the Aviva Stadium. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOHaving won the Six Nations in his first two years as Ireland head coach, Schmidt tasted disappointment in 2016 as his side managed to win only two of their five games.2017 sees Ireland travel to Edinburgh, Rome and Cardiff, while England and France come to Dublin for the other two fixtures.“Certainly, our group wants the title, but you want the title every year,” said Schmidt when asked about Ireland’s ambitions for the 2017 tournament.Hebelieves that Scotland continue to improve under his old mate Vern Cotter, while he points to Wales’ win over South Africa and England’s long streak of victories as further proof that nothing will come easy in this Six Nations.From Ireland’s point of view, confidence will have been boosted greatly by the wins over New Zealand and Australia, while their depth looks much better than this time a year ago.The likes of Paddy Jackson, Ultan Dillane, Josh van der Flier, Joey Carbery, Garry Ringrose and Tadhg Furlong have all gained valuable experience this month, while Schmidt handed out nine new caps in total.“We are working hard and trying to make sure the spine has a few more vertebrae in it, so we can slip a few more guys in and out of it,” said Schmidt. “But inevitably you get a guy, a leader like Rory Best, and you don’t suddenly replace him.“You get a guy who can control a game like he did in Chicago – Conor Murray – you don’t suddenly slip somebody in, even if he is a good little winger [Kieran Marmion]. You don’t necessarily slip him straight in and expect him to play well at scrum-half at the same level as Conor Murray.“I think no matter what teams you look at in the world, there are players who make a difference every time they play.” Paddy Jackson and Conor Murray celebrate. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIndeed, Schmidt was happy to point out that injuries meant that many of the opportunities for less experienced players this month were “a needs must.”“It would have been more tempered with Garry Ringrose playing at 12,” said Schmidt as an example. “Robbie Henshaw would have been playing at 12 [against the Wallabies].“Robbie was unbelievable in Chicago and I think that one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. You cannot fault Garry for doing a great job, and he has done a great job.But where their big boys really started running we did not quite have the firepower to stand square on the line and knock them back, where Henshaw has done that for us superbly, Jared Payne does it well.”Van der Flier’s performances over the course of the month were another example of a young player seizing an opportunity when injury struck down a more experienced man.“It was no surprise he got man of the match tonight,” said Schmidt. “Well, it was a bit of a surprise because I thought Besty would be hands down to get it. I thought was going to be rigged for sure!“And to be fair, I do not think it would have had to be rigged, I thought Besty was superb.”Lots of good memories for Ireland in November 2016. As ever, they will be immediately looking to the future for the next challenge.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

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Storm breaks over aged care bed reforms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Budget documents released this week by the Victorian government shows that it expects to save $75 million over two years as a result of private and not-for-profit providers taking over the management of the state’s aged care beds in Melbourne. The state runs 25 residential aged care units in the city with a mixture of high-care and low-care beds. They include facilities in Caulfield, Heidelberg, Burwood, Brunswick, Flemington, St Albans and Bundoora. This week the State Opposition raised concerns over the reforms with Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Jenny Mikakos, telling the media that the move towards privatisation would limit choice for Victorian families. “Mr Napthine’s plans to privatise aged care will limit choice for those living in outer suburban and regional areas, which could lead to people paying more or having to move to another area. “The comparison couldn’t be clearer: under Labor we redeveloped more than 40 aged care facilities across Victoria and expanded the system to meet the rising demand,” she said. “Mr Napthine mustn’t allow the care of seniors to be sold off to the highest bidder.” Ms Mikakos said that Labor remained committed to keeping public aged care facilities “to ensure Victorians have a choice about where they are cared for”. In a strong riposte, Health Minister David Davis, speaking specifically about the government’s plans for aged care beds and the Greek community, told Neos Kosmos: “We believe in metropolitan Melbourne there is an opportunity to work with the not-for-profit sector such as Fronditha, and other culturally appropriate aged care providers, as well as the private sector, to work through the best way to deliver culturally appropriate aged care.

 “Contrary to recent assertions, services will be more tailored and appropriate to Greek seniors under the government’s initiative. The minster cited the case of Southern Cross Care now running aged care beds that were previously run by Peninsula Health. “That has been a very successful collaboration and we are prepared to look at that around other areas of metropolitan Melbourne,” said Mr Davis.

 “We think the private sector and community sector can run aged care services as well and often better.” 
 The Minister added that the 2012/13 budget update announced that the Victorian government would be growing non-government provision of aged care beds in metropolitan Melbourne, and that the total number of beds would increase under the government’s initiative as the federal government allocates additional licences each year. 

 Aged care is regulated and funded by federal government. Identical accreditation and quality of care standards apply in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, said the minister. The government, he said, has no plans to roll out the privatisation in rural areas.
 Council of the Ageing (COTA) Australia – the peak national organisation representing the rights, needs and interests of older Australians – have responded positively to the reforms. Its chief executive Ian Yates told reporters this week that Victoria was one of the few states to retain ownership of residential aged care facilities, particularly in major cities. Mr Yates said tight regulation of the sector meant the cost and quality of care for residents should be unaffected by any change of ownership.last_img read more

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Hépatite C Act Up déverse 260 foies de porc devant le ministère

first_imgHépatite C : Act Up déverse 260 foies de porc devant le ministère de la SantéFrance – L’association militante de lutte contre le sida Act Up a déposé hier matin 260 foies de porc sur les marches du ministère de la Santé. Les organes symbolisent les 2.600 victimes de l’hépatite C enregistrées chaque année en France. Par cet acte, Act Up a souhaité dénoncer le manque de volonté politique du gouvernement de venir à bout de cette épidémie. L’hépatite C entraîne en effet chaque année 4.400 contaminations, concernant à 70% des usagers de drogues.Pour l’association, l’engagement du gouvernement est insuffisant à tous les stades de la prise en charge de la maladie, que ce soit au niveau de la prévention, du dépistage ou encore du traitement.Act Up demande notamment au gouvernement d’investir autant d’argent dans la lutte contre l’hépatite C qu’il en a déboursé pour la grippe A, soit près de 2 milliards d’euros, de mettre en place de nouveaux dispositifs pour une meilleure prise en charge des malades, ainsi que d’apaiser les conflits développés avec les usagers de drogues. Le 20 mai 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hubble photographie la mort dune étoile

first_imgHubble photographie la mort d’une étoileLe télescope spatial Hubble a pu capturer des images de la mort d’une étoile. Celle-ci s’est effectuée dans un nuage de fumée verte à quelque 160.000 années-lumière de la Terre. C’est un léger voile de fumée verte vacillant qui a attiré l’attention des astronomes. L’image datant de 2006, en provenance du télescope spatial Hubble, montre l’amas d’étoiles NGC 1846. Ce groupe d’étoiles scintillantes est situé à la limite du halo du Grand Nuage de Magellan, une galaxie naine, elle-même voisine de la Voie lactée et visible depuis l’hémisphère sud. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADistante de la Terre de 160.000 années-lumières, cette galaxie vient de voir une de ses étoiles s’éteindre. Selon l’équipe d’astronomes témoins de cette image, la teinte verdâtre qui a pu être observée proviendrait en fait des émanations de gaz, essentiellement d’oxygène, provoquée par la mort de l’étoile. Toutefois, à l’étude de l’image, les scientifiques ne sont pas sûrs que la fumée proviennent bel et bien de cet amas d’étoiles. Selon eux, il pourrait aussi s’agir d’un phénomène qui s’est trouvé dans la ligne de mire du télescope spatial, laissant alors penser qu’il fait partie de NGC 1846. Un porte-parole de la Nasa a ainsi confirmé : “l’étoile mourante centrale a pu être observée à l’intérieur du nuage. Les mesures du mouvement de l’ensemble d’étoiles et de l’étoile centrale de la nébuleuse planétaire suggère que cela pourrait être un membre de l’ensemble”, cite le Daily Mail. Le 28 novembre 2011 à 15:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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West Hills High School student arrested for posting threat on social media

first_img KUSI Newsroom February 28, 2018 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 SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) — A West Hills High School freshman is facing a charge of issuing a criminal threat for allegedly insinuating online that a shooting was going to occur at the Santee campus, authorities reported Wednesday.The 14-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of posting a likeness of an AR-15-style rifle made out of Lego bricks on Instagram, along with a caption reading, “Don’t come to school tomorrow,” according to sheriff’s officials.“Another student asked the (boy) to take down the post due to its threatening implications, but he refused,” Lt. Chris Steffen said.The assistant principal of the school alerted law enforcement to the situation about 10 p.m., reporting that “other students were in fear of (the suspect),” Steffen said.Deputies who tracked down the alleged perpetrator in Lemon Grove spoke with his mother and stepfather and determining that the youth had access to hunting rifles, according to Steffen.“The investigation is ongoing to determine if this student has access to other weapons,” the lieutenant said.After being questioned, the teen was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.The alleged threat came a day after a Westview High School student was arrested on suspicion of making similar menacing statements regarding gun violence that supposedly was going to occur this week at the campus in the Torrey Highlands neighborhood of San Diego.That teen, whose name, age and gender were withheld, also allegedly warned classmates to stay home from school due to the purportedly planned violence. Several of students who heard the comments reported them to school officials, who called the police.Last week, alleged threats against Torrey Pines High School led to the arrests of a 14-year-old freshman enrolled at the Del Mar Heights-area campus and a 16-year-old non-student.The local incidents have played out amid a spate of direct and veiled threats — most of them seemingly unfounded — occurring nationwide in the aftermath of the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Posted: February 28, 2018 Updated: 10:20 PM West Hills High School student arrested for posting threat on social media KUSI Newsroom, In response to media inquiries, here’s a photo of the toy rifle that was mentioned in the threatening social media post about West Hills High School in @CityofSantee. If using this photo in your stories, please credit: “Courtesy of @SDSheriff. ” pic.twitter.com/yee5fuLb33— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) February 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Connecticut Governor Cuts Magazine Subscriptions Out of State Budget

first_imgConnecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell won’t be reading Glamour, People or any other magazine for that matter, on her lunch breaks anymore. As part of a wide-ranging plan to save taxpayers $21.3 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30, Rell is canceling a number of state contracts for goods and services—including magazine subscriptions. “Services such as car washes, giveaways like magnets and pens, niceties like magazine subscriptions and luxuries such as new office furniture are simply not affordable at a time when our budget shortfall grows every day and taxpayers are wondering how they will make their own paychecks stretch from month to month,” Rell said in a statement.So how much exactly will Connecticut save by cutting magazine subs for state workers? As much as $40,248, Rell said. With annual subscriptions at many major magazines at or below $10, Connecticut workers must have been getting a ton of magazines. I wonder how much recycling all those magazines cost.last_img read more

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In Our Communities

first_imgCommunity leaders were on the inaugural Contour Airlines flight Feb. 12 from Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to St. Louis. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership said the daily jet service will support military mission and boost tourism….The new director of veterans services in Ohio is prioritizing transition readiness, so veterans are ready for new jobs “the moment they step out of uniform,” according to the Dayton Daily News. Deborah Ashenhurst said helping with employment will also reduce homelessness, drug abuse, mental health problems and suicide among the state’s 800,000 military veterans….Buckley Air Force Base pumped almost $1 billion into the Aurora, Colo., community last year, an increase over the year before. The base supports about 4,300 jobs, according to The Sentinel….Bids are due March 11 for a “transit-oriented development” study at a train station site near the south gate of Aberdeen Proving Ground. The Office of Economic Adjustment is funding the project, according to the RFP from Harford County, Md.Photo by Sustainable Ozarks Partnership ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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10yrold India rape victim gives birth to baby girl

first_imgA 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India’s Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday.The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested.Last month her parents asked the country’s top court to allow her to have a late-term abortion but the request was turned down.Indian law does not allow medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to either the life of the mother or her child.“She gave birth through C-section today (Thursday). Both the girl and her baby are doing fine,” doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.“The surgery was uneventful. There were no complications whatsoever. The baby weighed 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) and is in the neonatal ICU for now.”The Press Trust of India news agency said the girl was unaware that she had delivered a child and the parents had decided to put the baby up for adoption.Her parents have told her that she had a stone in her stomach and had undergone surgery to remove it, PTI said.India has a grim record of sexual assaults on minors with 20,000 cases of rape or sexual assaults reported in 2015, according to government data.last_img read more

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Chevron Phillips Issued All Clear After Incident At Baytown Facility

first_imgwikimedia commonsChevron Phillips has reportedly issued an all clear after an incident at its facility in Baytown.An “upset unit” incident occurred at the facility at around 11 last night, according to the East Harris County Manufacturers Association website.An all clear was given just before midnight.The alert said that flames, flaring, noise, sirens and smoke were noticeable during the incident.Viewers reported a loud BOOM that shook houses around Chevron Phillips #Baytown plant. Facility says it was an “UpsetUnit Incident.” Won’t explain further. Ppl as far as Liberty heard/felt it! Details on #abc13 all morning. pic.twitter.com/dHSS5jz4cH— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) April 2, 2018The company hasn’t released any additional information about the incident. Sharelast_img read more

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