Goa airport casinos to be open to only air passengers CM

first_imgPanaji: Only airline passengers would have access to casinos at the upcoming Mopa international airport, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in the Assembly on Monday. In a written reply to a question by BJP legislator Wilfred D’Sa, Sawant said 232 acres of land at the airport had been earmarked for commercial development. Apart from casinos, hotels of various categories, eco-adventure and wellness resorts, as well as a shopping plaza would be constructed at the airport, he said. The statement comes at a time when the Goa government, under pressure from the civil society and the Opposition, is in the process of relocating six offshore casinos, parked in the Mandovi river. Developed jointly by GMR and the Goa government, the airport in the North Goa district is expected to handle 30 million passengers. The first phase of the airport is expected to be complete in 2020.last_img read more

Lawsuit over sex abuse insurance could have consequences for future cases experts

first_imgA decade-long court battle between an insurance company and an Ontario Catholic diocese over coverage for settlements in sexual abuse cases could have wide-ranging consequences for victims and religious institutions involved in similar cases across Canada, legal experts say.The Catholic Diocese of London filed a lawsuit against AXA Insurance Canada in 2008 claiming a breach of policy after the company refused to pay out claims related to settlements between the church and victims of two priests, Father Charles Sylvestre and Father John Harper, who were convicted of sexually abusing children.The diocese argues it had liability insurance in the 1960s and early 1970s — when the abuse took place — that entitles it to payouts from AXA.But the insurance company argues in its statement of defence that the diocese’s policy is void because church officials knew of, and failed to disclose, sexual abuse allegations levelled at Sylvestre before the insurance policy was enacted. AXA is further demanding the diocese return $10 million already paid out under the insurance policy.Both the diocese and AXA’s parent company, Intact, declined requests for comment on the lawsuit but legal observers say a victory for AXA could have major implications for victims of sexual abuse and for institutions named in similar legal actions.“If the insurer is successful, you’re going to see every single insurance company in Canada filing similar suits,” said John McKiggan, a lawyer unaffiliated with the case who in 2009 secured a $13 million settlement from the Catholic Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, for victims of sexual assault perpetrated by priests.“If I was running an institution like the Catholic Church or a residential institution, I would be concerned because there is rarely a case where at least the allegation isn’t made that persons in authority knew what was going on,” he added.There have been multiple similar lawsuits across the country, McKiggan said.A suit filed by the Diocese of Bathurst, N.B., against its insurer — which refused to pay for a settlement on the basis that diocese officials failed to disclose knowledge of sexual assault allegations — is currently being heard by the province’s appeal court after a lower court ruled in favour of the insurance company, he noted.The Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., filed its own, nearly identical, lawsuit against AXA in 2008. At the time, the diocese had 16 distinct insurance claims related to allegations against seven priests accused of sexually assaulting children, court documents show. A lawyer for the diocese said the suit was “resolved and dismissed,” and said a confidentiality agreement prevented further comment.There could be “huge ramifications” if insurance companies are able to decline institutions coverage for sexual abuse settlements or court-ordered damages, said Susan Vella, a lawyer who specializes in cases of sexual assault.Institutions would be on the hook to pay victims themselves, which could require them to sell property, or go after parties that owe them money, she said. Institutions may also choose to fight victims in court, rather than make large settlements if they know they will have to pay out of pocket, Vella added.“It’s going to require victims to perhaps go to trial and perhaps be re-traumatized through that process,” she said.In the London case, the diocese obtained an insurance policy in 1963 from Great American Insurance — a company since absorbed by AXA — covering liability for “bodily injury” claims including those related to “assault and battery” committed by an employee, court documents show.AXA alleged in its statement of defence that the diocese knew Sylvestre had been accused of sexual assaulting children before the policy was enacted, and discovered while the policy was in place in 1964 that Harper was facing similar allegations.The London Diocese has admitted in court that it was made aware in 1962 that Sylvestre had been investigated by Sarnia, Ont., police for the sexual assault of multiple children in his parish, AXA said in its statement of defence.“If the diocese had disclosed the information it had concerning Sylvestre and Harper, Great American would have refused to provide a policy of insurance or any renewal, would have refused to insure against liability arising from assault and battery, would have included appropriate exclusions, and/or would have increased the quantum of the premium charged given that this information dramatically affected the risk,” the company said in its statement of defence.Instead, AXA argues, church officials actively worked to keep the allegations secret, and allowed both priests to remain in positions of authority over children.last_img read more

Warehouse Fire in Salé Kills Firefighter Injures Eight People

Rabat – A firefighter was killed and eight people were injured in a fire that broke out early Sunday in a timber warehouse in Sidi Moussa district in Salé, local authorities said.The fire caused the collapse of a building adjacent to the warehouse, local authorities pointed out, adding that firefighters managed to contain the fire and evacuate the residents of the damaged building.The injured were taken to the provincial hospital of Salé, while the state of one of the firefighters required his transfer to the military hospital of Rabat. MWN With MAP

AsiaPacific nations agree on disaster readiness strategy at UNbacked forum

28 October 2010Recognizing the vulnerability of their region to natural disasters, 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific today agreed at a United Nations-backed conference to make risk reduction a component of their national climate change adaptation policies to cope with extreme weather events. Recognizing the vulnerability of their region to natural disasters, 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific today agreed at a United Nations-backed conference to make risk reduction a component of their national climate change adaptation policies to cope with extreme weather events.The decision, made at the conclusion of the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea, came in the wake of the double disasters of a tsunami and a volcano eruption in Indonesia earlier in the week.The two disasters left hundreds of people dead and forced thousands of others to flee their homes. Last week cyclone Giri caused heavy flooding in Myanmar and Thailand affecting tens of thousands of people.Delegates at the conference approved a five-year regional roadmap to establish climate resilient disaster risk management systems by 2015. The scheme is also intended to foster sustainable development at the regional, national and community levels.“This is the first time that governments agree at a regional level to recognize disaster risk reduction as a main tool to adapt to climate change and adopt a common regional climate risk management approach to reduce weather-related disaster impacts,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.The roadmap, known as the Incheon REMAP, focuses on three main themes – raising awareness and building capacities of communities to better cope with more weather-related hazards; sharing information through new technologies and sound practices in climate and disaster risk management; and promoting integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation as part of sustainable development policies.“I believe that the REMAP can become a guideline for all nations in the region and beyond to follow as a way to contribute to effective disaster reduction and climate change adaptation,” said M. Park Yeon-soo, Administrator of Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency, which hosted the ministerial conference.The roadmap calls for more regional training and research programmes in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and highlights the need to develop an information-sharing platform. It also includes an outline of the steps that need to be taken to attain its objectives.A final declaration of the conference urges governments to use the five remaining years of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action – the global plan to build the resilience of nations and communities by 2015 – to accelerate their commitments to reduce human and economic losses resulting from disasters.The declaration also calls on States and the international donor community to invest more in disaster risk reduction and to step up funding for regional and national disaster risk reduction activities. read more

Sudan UN agencies and partners launch 86 million appeal for flood victims

The humanitarian appeal is intended to meet the needs of people in Kassala, some 280 kilometres northwest of the capital, Khartoum, as well as other affected areas. Excessive rainfall in the Eritrean highlands, along with localized rains, caused the River Gash to burst its banks on 29 July, flooding both the eastern and western parts of Kassala.Thirteen deaths and 56 injuries were confirmed by an assessment conducted in the area last week. Some 7,515 houses were completely destroyed while an additional 6,022 suffered partial damage.The city’s hospital and 17 health clinics were also damaged, while 86 schools were closed down.

Annan discusses poverty and regional issues with Chilean President

Mr. Annan and Mr. Lagos also conferred over the recent trade talks in Cancún, Mexico, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a UN spokesman in New York.The Secretary-General also spoke today with Chile’s acting Defence Minister, eight former Chilean UN peacekeepers – who served in missions from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor-Leste to Kosovo and the Pakistan-India border – and two key parliamentarians, the President of the Chilean Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies.Mr. Annan gave a speech at the Chamber of Deputies, praising Chile’s contributions to the UN and what he called its active support of multilateralism.In a separate programme, Mr. Annan’s wife, Nane, visited a support centre for victims of domestic violence in the coastal city of Valparaiso.Mr. and Mrs. Annan are scheduled to leave Chile tomorrow afternoon to begin the next leg of their South American tour, which takes in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. read more

New Dean of Humanities ready for the challenge

“This is a great moment in Brock’s history,” says Douglas Kneale, new Dean of Humanities.Every employee is excited about a new job. But Douglas Kneale has inherited a more active portfolio than most.Starting work at Brock on July 1, Kneale is the new Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, a job guaranteed to be anything but boring.He will oversee the Faculty moving in to the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts campus, hailed as a pivotal development for downtown St. Catharines. He will be Dean when Brock hosts the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2014, an event large enough to generate more than $10 million in economic spin-off for the Niagara region. He has a seat on the board for nGen, a Brock-partnered new media business incubator, and is involved in the planning of the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.Kneale also inherits a Faculty of actors, poets, linguists, philosophers and other disciplines spanning the broad range of academia.But the former chair of the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) is undaunted.“I’m delighted to be coming on board at a time like this,” he said.Kneale comes to Brock from UWO, where he taught in the Department of English for 25 years, including five years as chair. His research includes Wordsworth, Milton, psychoanalysis and the history of rhetoric. He began his academic career as a UWO undergraduate student, initially studying natural science. He eventually obtained a PhD in English from the University of Toronto.Kneale’s approach as Dean will be to keep his eye on the basics, which is Brock’s teaching and research missions. The university, he said, has been “boxing above its weight class” in both.“If you keep your eye on those, everything else will fall into place,” he said.A father of two, he enjoys reading for work and leisure, as well as cycling and hiking. “As a Wordsworthian,” he said. “I am more than a bit of a nature enthusiast.” For that reason, “I can’t wait to explore more of the escarpment.”In the two weeks since he started work, he has been busy meeting people across campus and harnessing the learning curve as Dean. He recently got his first tour of the former Canada Hair Cloth building that is the future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. He sees it as a perfect combination of history and future possibility.“The space is remarkable – the windows, the height of the ceiling, the hardwood floors,” he said. “There’ll be huge changes ahead, but this is a great moment in Brock’s history.” read more

Good Hope businessman charged with Mon Repos cocaine ganja bust

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBusinessman jailed for 5 years on narcotics chargeFebruary 12, 2019In “Court”200lbs of cocaine, 132lbs of ganja found on fishing boat, 2 in custodyJuly 14, 2018In “Crime”In excess of $20B worth of narcotics confiscated for 2017, says Anti-Narco AgencySeptember 1, 2018In “Crime” 82 parcels of cocaine weighing 91.132kg (200 pounds) and 98 parcels of cannabis weighing 56.008kg (132 pounds) were unearthed from a fishing vessel after ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted an operation about 04:00h on Saturday last at the Mon Repos channel, on the East Coast of Demerara shoreA Good Hope businessman was today arraigned in relation to the cocaine and cannabis discovered in a fishing vessel at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.The accused, Azim Baksh, known as “Bato”, of Phase One Good Hope, (ECD) denied the allegation when he stood before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.The charge against him alleged that he had trafficked some 91.132kg of cocaine and 56.008kg of cannabis on July 14.His Attorney, Bernard DaSilva, told the court that the drugs were not found on his clients possession but found in a boat where his client was never present.DaSilva further argued that at the time of the discovery, Baksh was in his motorcar on the Mon Repos Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).However, CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford told the Court that the defendant has been under their watch for a lengthy period.On the day in question, he and another man known by the alias ‘dive and shoot’ were reportedly seen by CANU ranks on the boat where the drugs were found.However Baksh was arrested after CANU had issued a wanted bulletin for him.He was remanded to prison until August 10, 2018. read more

Paddy Power offer free bet to Torres Arshavin and other benchwarmers

first_imgCheck out the billboards hereBoth London clubs were reportedly considering legal action to get the posters removed.Peter Odemwingie, Darren Bent and Jose Bosingwa also woke up to suggestions on how to get off the substitutes’ bench and better spend their time.A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Despite having had a great response from fans, it seems that some of the players have had their rather expensive feathers ruffled by our billboard suggestions.“We now realise the error of our ways and hope that our offer of a free bet will give them an excuse to take a five minute break from all that exhausting, top-level bench-warming and have a punt on when they might next get into a starting line-up.”Here is the ‘apology’ advert run by the company in two UK newspapers this weekend… PADDY POWER HAVE issued a tongue-in-cheek apology to the five Premier League stars targeted in their recent ’2nd jobs for subs’ campaign.One poster suggesting that Andrei Arshavin should clean the Arsenal toilets appeared just outside of the Emirates Stadium, while Fernando Torres was told that he could easily find an onion bag in the Chelsea burger van.last_img read more

21 steps for the authentic Cheltenham experience… even if youre stuck at

first_img(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)11. Or sing a song(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)12. If you’re hungry, now’s a good time to get that burger(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)13. Or have a pint of Guinness(Barry Batchelor Wire/PA Archive/Press Association Images)13. You don’t need to dress like one though(Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images)15. Check out the horses in the parade ring(David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images)16. And make sure you get your bet on in plenty of time(David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images)17. Once the race starts, scream your heart out(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)18. And if you win, hug your mates (or a randomer)(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)19. Double down on the celebrations if it’s an Irish winner(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)20. Even if this guy is the owner(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)21. And if you lose… well, you know what to do(Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport) EVERY YEAR, THERE’S a mass exodus of Irish punters to Cheltenham — but we can’t all drop everything and spend a couple of days screaming our throats raw at horses and the men on their backs.If you want to have the authentic Cheltenham experience from home, or from the office, here are the 21 steps you’ll need:1. Grab a set of binoculars(Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images)2. And pick out a fancy hat(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)3. You might want to wear something that identifies you as Irish(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)4. But don’t overdo it(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)5. Then you need to find a seat(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)6. And study the form(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)7. If you can’t make up your mind, ask a friend or colleague(Phil Walter/EMPICS Sport)8. Make sure you get a good vantage point(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)(Phil Cole/PA Archive/Press Association Images)9. Waiting around can be a bit nerve-wracking(©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)10. So have a dancelast_img read more

AutoCorrect Love Song shows how texting can ruin your love life

first_imgAutocorrect has become a notoriously frustrating feature we put up with every day while typing on our phones. We posted back in June about an iOS 5 texting shortcut that makes typing swear words easy to do. Normally, if you try to type the word “hell” into your iPhone while texting, the word will turn out as “he’ll.” Another well known correction is one particular four-letter word that is autocorrected to “shot.”Indeed, the autocorrect feature can often lead to some hilarious mishaps, but also some rather awkward ones. We’ve all experienced receiving a text and staring at it in shock for a minute or two before realizing what the person was really trying to say. Often times the sender will realize their error immediately after sending and will reply quickly with a “I mean Heineken, not hermaphrodite!” follow-up text.The good people at CollegeHumor have garnered a representation for spotting what an autocorrect-gone-bad conversation looks like. This video they put together features a guy and a girl flirting, but the guy continually keeps typing rather confusing and inappropriate things as he tries to woo the lady over text messages. He tells her he’s “thinking that you’re so beautiful, you make mucus with you eyes.” Of course, he means “music,” not “mucus.” That’s only the beginning of the 3-minute Auto-Correct Love Song.We definitely suggest watching the video below, but we do have to warn you that it is for mature audiences.last_img read more

Microsoft urges HTC to ship Windows Phone on its Android smartphones

first_imgLike a creepy stranger in a blacked-out van offering free candy, Microsoft is said to be dangling Windows Phone licenses in front of HTC. Full details have yet to surface, but talks between the two companies are reported to be ongoing.HTC isn’t in great shape at the moment. The company just posted its first quarterly loss in its history despite turning out one of the best phones it ever made in the HTC One. HTC also recently saw Beats buy back its remaining 25% stake for $265 million, effectively ending their two-year partnership.It’s possible, then, that Microsoft feels this is the perfect time to swoop in — weeding out the weak and infirm, as it were. Actual figures are difficult to track down, but it’s believed that putting Windows Phone on a device costs a company, like HTC, between $15 and $35.If HTC builds an Android phone, it pays somewhere around $5 to Microsoft anyway due to the patent licensing deal the two companies struck. The switch to Windows Phone without any incentives, then, normally costs HTC $10-30.But if Microsoft is cutting HTC a special deal now — possibly even offering free Windows Phone licenses — it would actually cost less to use than Android. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has  “asked HTC […] to load Windows Phone as a second option on handsets with [Android].”That can mean a couple of things. Microsoft could be pointing out to HTC that it could sell more units of a phone like the One by selling two variants — one with Android and another with Windows Phone. Unless HTC is selling every single Android unit (and that doesn’t seem likely given last quarter’s financials), this could be a good plan of attack.No, Windows Phone isn’t as popular as Android or iOS, but it has been making steady gains around the globe. The mobile OS is becoming quite popular in some Latin American countries and has reached double-digit market share in some corners of Europe. There may very well be shoppers out there that loved the look of the HTC One but wished it had a tiled Windows start screen right out of the box.Microsoft could also be pitching the idea of dual-booting phones. Let the buyer of the HTC One decide which operating system he or she wants to run on it. Windows Phone wouldn’t get picked every single time, but winning even a small percentage of users would be better than missing out because Android is the only option.HTC could also offer firmware downloads. Got an HTC One and you’ve grown tired of Android? Download the official Windows Phone ROM from HTC and make the switch.However the situation plays out, a couple things are clear. HTC needs to start making more money and Microsoft needs to boost Windows Phone market share. Teaming up isn’t a bad option… unless, of course, that results in Stephen Elop being installed as CEO and running HTC’s handset business aground for a fat payout.last_img read more

Biodiversité lacteur Edward Norton sengage auprès de lONU

first_imgBiodiversité : l’acteur Edward Norton s’engage auprès de l’ONU États-Unis – L’acteur américain Edward Norton été nommé jeudi ambassadeur de bonne volonté de l’ONU. Intronisé parBan-Ki Moon, le comédien s’est engagé à mettre sa notoriété au service de la biodiversité.Fait ambassadeur de bonne volonté jeudi 8 juillet, Edward Norton a déclaré devant le secrétaire général de l’ONU espérer pouvoir se servir de sa célébrité pour sensibiliser le public aux idéaux et à l’action de l’organisation, et plus particulièrement dans le domaine de la préservation de la biodiversité. “Les ambassadeurs de bonne volonté peuvent jouer un rôle de multiples façons afin de mettre en lumière les types d’actions efficaces que l’ONU cherche à promouvoir à travers le monde”, a-t-il souligné.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Au cours des dernières années, Edward Norton a prouvé son engagement en faveur de la protection de l’environnement à plusieurs reprises, en tant que membre du conseil d’administration d’un fonds de protection de la nature en Afrique, le Masai Wilderness Conservation Trust, notamment. L’acteur a également participé au lancement d’un réseau social, Crowdrise, qui vise à encourager le public à se mobiliser au sein d’œuvres caritatives.Edward Norton a expliqué qu’en tant qu’ambassadeur de l’ONU, il entendait travailler avec la Convention des Nations unies sur la diversité biologique, afin de mettre en lumière “la crise de la biodiversité” et encourager les dirigeants à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour protéger la nature.Le 9 juillet 2010 à 18:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Morning Press March for Our Lives Making The Columbian front page Mushroom

first_imgThe sun came out Sunday and made it a pleasant day to be out and about. What kind of weather will the workweek hold? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Clark County students call for tighter gun lawsThe day before hundreds of Clark County residents were expected to march against gun violence, 17-year-old Danielle Asbury wondered if she was safe when her school went into lockdown.At the time, the Evergreen High School senior had no idea what prompted the response. It later turned out to be a bomb scare at a nearby school. No one was hurt and the threat was unfounded. But those few minutes reminded Asbury why, in less than 24 hours, she would be taking to the streets in Vancouver in support of safer schools.“During that time, I reflected on the whole (March for Our Lives) movement and what it means to be a part of it. It really inspired me, because I realize it doesn’t just affect other people; it could affect me one day,” she said.Asbury joined other students in organizing Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Vancouver, the local event for Clark County students and community members to march in solidarity with the victims of last month’s school shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.last_img read more

San Diego Federal Judge expected to get update on separated migrant children

first_img Posted: July 13, 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge in San Diego will hear an update Friday on the government’s effort to reunite young immigrant children who were taken from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, with federal officials claiming they’ve completed the process but the ACLU accusing the government of failing to do so.U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw had ordered the federal government to reunite immigrant children under the age of five with their parents by Tuesday, but the government failed to meet that deadline, citing various logistical and procedural issues.On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen issued a statement claiming they had completed the process of reviewing the cases of 103 children under fivethe custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.As of Thursday morning, they claimed to have reunited 57 children under five with their parents, while the other 46 were determined to be ineligible for immediate reunification. Of those 46, 22 children were determined to be ineligible for reunification due to safety concerns posed by the parents in question, while the others could not be returned because their parents had already been deported, some in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for other offenses, two being held in state jails and one whose location hasn’t been known for more than a year.“Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well- being of the children and returning them to a safe environment,” Sessions and Nielsen said in a joint statement. “Our agencies’ careful vetting procedures helped prevent the reunification of children with an alleged murderer, an adult convicted of child cruelty and adults determined not to be the parent of the child.“Of course, there remains a tremendous amount of hard work and similar obstacles facing our teams in reuniting the remaining families,” they said. “The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly, and we intend to continue our good faith efforts to reunify families.”RELATED STORY: Dozens of immigrant children to be reunited with parentsThe American Civil Liberties Union, however, accused the Trump administration of failing to meet the deadline and failing to follow through on its vow to notify the ACLU of the time and place of each reunification so the organization could verify them.“Not only did the government fail to give notice, we heard reports of troubling situations, including ICE leaving a parent and kids, one of whom is 6 months old, alone at a bus stop,” according to the ACLU. “The government’s lack of communication caused hardship for families who have been through enough.”According to the organization, its attorneys plan to ask that the government be ordered to provide a complete list of all children aged five and older by Monday; complete all background checks and parental verifications by July 19; provide daily reports with the number of completed reunifications; provide advance notice of the time and location of reunifications; offer immediate access to a lawyer for families reunited in detention facilities; and establish a fund for mental health counseling for children who were separated from their families.It will also ask the government to reimburse families “for reunification travel costs and DNA tests.”Sabraw, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, has given the government a July 26 deadline for reuniting all detained children with their families, regardless of age. Federal officials estimated at one point that as many as 3,000 children were in federal custody.In court Tuesday, Sabraw told government attorneys that the dates he has set are “firm deadlines, not aspirational goals.”On Monday, a federal judge in Los Angeles rejected a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to amend a decades-old court settlement that limits the amount of time immigrant children can be held in federal custody. That thwarted a government plan to detain children with their families while criminal proceedings were pending.Federal officials told reporters Tuesday that immigrant parents being reunited with their children are instead being outfitted with ankle monitors and released from custody.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was live at the federal court house downtown with the latest information. July 13, 2018 Ed Lenderman Updated: 8:33 AMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter San Diego Federal Judge expected to get update on separated migrant children Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

Authorities seek public help identifying North County Apple Store burglars

first_img August 8, 2018 Updated: 3:25 PM Authorities seek public help identifying North County Apple Store burglars Posted: August 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in identifying a group of thieves responsible for a seven-month series of grab-and-run thefts at North County Apple store locations.The burglary spree in Carlsbad and Escondido has led to injuries in several cases and is believed to be related to similar crimes throughout California, according to police. In all, the losses statewide have exceeded $750,000, officials said.While carrying out the heists, the thieves — black men who appear to be in their 20s, possibly accompanied by a woman — have generally worn hooded jackets or sweatshirts with the cowls pulled up over their heads and mostly concealing their faces.In most cases, after scooping up high-end merchandise off display tables, the crooks have bolted to a waiting getaway vehicle. On several occasions, witnesses have been hurt while trying in vain to stop the fleeing robbers, police said.Surveillance cameras in the targeted businesses have captured numerous images of the thieves.Anyone who might be able to help identify the perpetrators is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cheshirebased Encirc employees agree twoyear pay deal

first_imgAround 475 staff employed at glass manufacturing organisation Encirc Limited, based at its operating site in Elton, Cheshire and who are members of the trade union Unite, have voted to accept a two-year pay deal.Unite members working from Encirc’s Cheshire site voted 78% in favour of the proposed deal. As a result, a scheduled four-week strike, including an overtime ban, originally due to commence on Wednesday 12 June 2019, was cancelled.Encirc employees who are members of Unite had previously voted 95% in favour of strike action and 96% in favour of industrial action short of a strike.The deal awards Elton-based employees with a 3.1% pay increase, backdated to January 2019. This will be followed by a further pay rise, effective in January 2020, which will align with the consumer price index (CPI) as at September 2019.The agreement also includes a 1% employer contribution match to employees’ additional voluntary contribution (AVC) pension scheme and a 5% bonus, which will be consolidated into basic pay for the second year of the pay deal.Andrew Johnson, regional officer at Unite, said: “After intense negotiations, facilitated by [The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)], we were able to put a new and improved offer to our members, which they voted to accept.“This is a resounding win for our members at the Elton site. I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity our members and reps have shown throughout this dispute, without which we would not have achieved this pay victory. The strike action is now cancelled and we wish to work constructively with the [organisation] going forward.”A spokesperson at Encirc added: “We are pleased that Encirc’s negotiations with Unite have concluded with an accepted offer. We will work towards further developing our relationship with the union going forward and continue to together create a great place to work for all.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Nicole Rosania Named To Deans List At Fairfield University

first_imgFAIRFIELD, CT — Nicole Rosania, of Wilmington, recently received Dean’s List Honors for the Spring 2018 semester at Fairfield University.In order to be placed on the Dean’s List, students must have completed a minimum of 13 credit hours in a semester, have no outstanding or incomplete grades for that semester, and have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Fairfield University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Nicole Rosania Named To Dean’s List At Fairfield UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Rosania Named To Dean’s List At Fairfield UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Teachers Report Stressed Anxious Students In The Age Of Trump

first_imgThis past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.One white student piped up: “Well, that’s what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that’s why we need a wall.”Multiple students agreed. An argument ensued. After class, two Latina students came up to the teacher and said: “He doesn’t need to be saying stuff like that in class. We are worried for our well-being. We’re worried about things not going good for us.”The anonymous anecdote was collected as part of a new UCLA survey. In it, teachers report that in the current political climate, some of their students fear for themselves and their families. Others reported that students seem more “emboldened” to express racist and derogatory views.Even as the first lady spent time this week touring schools to promote caring and inclusion, many are ready to chalk up a new incivility in schools to the Age of Trump.Previous surveys we’ve reported on, including one from the Southern Poverty Law Center, also found increases in school bullying related to overheated political rhetoric.The UCLA survey, unlike those, relies on a nationally representative sample: 1,535 teachers at schools whose demographics reflect those of U.S. schools as a whole, rather than pulling from self-selecting volunteers. Also, the survey was conducted after President Trump took office. Along with the survey, researchers at the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Accessconducted 35 follow-up interviews by phone.Here are some of the key findings:79 percent of teachers reported that students have expressed concerns for their well-being or the well-being of their families because of what is in the news. Most commonly mentioned was immigration, but the list also included the much-publicized travel ban, restrictions on LGBTQ rights, threats to the Affordable Care Act and threats to the environment.51 percent of teachers reported more students experiencing “high levels of stress and anxiety.”44 percent of teachers reported that students’ concerns were affecting learning. In interviews, they spoke about students who seemed stressed, distracted and who were contributing less to class discussion for fear of drawing attention to themselves.41 percent of teachers reported that students were more likely than in previous years to introduce unfounded claims in class discussions, such as from Facebook or talk radio.27 percent of teachers reported an increase in students making derogatory remarks about other groups during class discussions. This included sexist as well as racist and anti-Muslim comments.20 percent of teachers reported heightened polarization on campus and incivility in their classrooms.These last two figures were higher for teachers at predominantly white schools, says John Rogers, lead author of the report and a professor at UCLA’s graduate school of education. He noted that teachers in eight states used the word “emboldened” to describe some white students’ increasingly racist and offensive behavior.The report is not comprehensive, and there’s no easy way to compare its results with those during any previous administration. But it speaks to an ongoing national discussion about civil discourse and civic engagement inside and outside the classroom.White nationalists like Richard Spencer are coming to college campuses purporting to embody free speech, even as their supporters commit violence.Former President George W. Bush, and retiring Repubican Sen. Jeff Flake, each in a recent speech drew a line between the rhetoric that flies on Twitter and television, and what students in school are learning about the bounds of acceptability.“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” Bush said. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”“It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are,” said Flake.Ron Avi Astor, who researches school climate at the University of Southern California, follows Rogers’ work closely. He cautions that teachers may have a “really different” view of what is going on in their schools than students do.A high school teacher, for example, may have 200 students in the course of a day, Astor explains. And if she sees problems happening with one or two of them, that doesn’t necessarily generalize to every student in a school.However, he says the results of this survey conform with what he has been seeing in the field and hearing from administrators and teachers.Astor says he has seen schools in Los Angeles, where he lives and does research, taking steps to protect students who are worried about immigration crackdowns.“You don’t need a big study to know that kids turn on the TV and they see and hear the nastiness that’s going on,” he says.UCLA’s Rogers says the survey suggests that the political climate may be chilling classroom debate. “Teachers said they avoided talking about topics they otherwise would discuss, or had lessons that were more controlling and less engaging than in the past.”One teacher said, “I’d been trained to bring all different student perspectives into the discussion, but I don’t quite know what to do when it creates a threat for other students or undermines a sense of community in my classroom.”Teachers told the UCLA researchers that they wanted more professional development and more leadership from their administrators on how to balance these concerns. “It would be troubling,” says Rogers, “if the lesson was that schools need to back away from civic and political life.” Sharelast_img read more

Study Texting While Walking Alters Your Gait

first_img Just the other day, I nearly walked into a lamppost—because I was more focused on my phone screen than the physical world in front of me.And, thankfully for my ego, I’m not alone.A new study, led by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University in England, reveals how mobile phone use affects where people look and how they negotiate floor-based obstacles.Wearing a mobile eye tracker and motion analysis sensors, participants walked toward and stepped over a floor-based object—about the height of a roadside curb—while completing various tasks: writing or reading a text, talking on the phone.By recording where folks look and how they move, scientists found that, when employing a handheld device—”irrespective of how it is being used”—people’s awareness is reduced by up to 61 percent.Hence me almost marching face-first into a very publicly humiliating situation.The research, published late last month in the journal PLOS ONE, also highlights how handsets are actually changing the way we walk.“We found that using a phone means we look less frequently, and for less time, at the ground, but we adapt our visual search behavior and our style of walking so we’re able to negotiate static obstacles in a safe manner. This results in phone users adopting a slow and exaggerated stepping action,” lead author Matthew Timmis, senior lecturer in sport and exercise science at Anglia Ruskin University, said in a statement.So, laugh all you want when someone lifts their foot higher (18 percent) and slower (40 percent) over a hurdle while writing a text. (Results are similar, but less extreme, when reading messages or having a chat.)But just remember: You probably unwittingly do the same thing to avoid tripping.“Our findings indicate that phone users adopt a cautious approach when faced with fixed objects on the ground,” Timmis explained. “Accidents are likely to be the result of objects suddenly appearing that phone users were not aware of, for example other pedestrians or vehicles.China, according to Timmins, has started segregating footpaths with special lanes for those using their phones; sidewalks in Germany, meanwhile, have lights that warn smartphone users not to cross the street.“Initiatives are also being introduced in a number of European countries to place fixed warnings on the ground to alert pedestrians to the presence of roads and tram tracks,” he continued. “These could help to reduce future accidents.”An important step, based on a recent report estimating that pedestrian deaths increased 11 percent last year—partially due to distractions caused by smartphones.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target New Jersey pedestrians may get 15 days in jail for texting while walkingTeen legally banned from mobile phones because he sexted last_img read more