WINNIPEG – About two weeks before her death, 15-year-old Tina Fontaine asked for a ride from Winnipeg to the home where she had grown up, court was told Monday.Family friend Steven Whitehurst told court he didn’t receive Tina’s social media message immediately and it was the last time he heard from her.“She wanted a ride back,” Whitehurst told the second-degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier. “She was asking if we’d left yet.”Whitehurst said he knew Tina all her life and had been in a long-term relationship with one of her aunts. He testified that he saw Tina a few times the summer of 2014 and, on July 28, was heading to Fort Alexander, a community near the home where Tina had been raised by a great-aunt.He told court he didn’t get Tina’s message on his cellphone for some time because he was already driving through an area with spotty cell coverage. By then, it was too late.Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River in August. She had been wrapped in a duvet cover that also contained rocks to weigh her down.Her death led to renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Crown attorney James Ross told court in his opening statement that Tina grew up in a safe and happy environment near the Sagkeeng First Nation, a 90-minute drive northeast of Winnipeg, but was sexually exploited after going to the city to visit her mother.Other friends and relatives testified Monday they saw Tina in the summer of 2014.One of her aunts, Angie Duck, said Tina appeared well and had nice clothes on when she snapped a photo of family members July 22. Another aunt, Lana Fontaine, recalled Tina sleeping over at her place for two nights on the August long weekend. Tina stopped by another time and was cold so she was given a sweater, Lana Fontaine said.The trial, now into its second week, has to date largely dealt with forensic evidence and experts.The jury has heard from a pathologist who said he could find no definitive cause of death. Tina’s body showed no obvious signs of injuries or blunt-force trauma. There was also no DNA evidence from Cormier on the duvet cover in which she was wrapped.The Crown has produced three witnesses who say Cormier owned the same style of duvet cover. The cover had a distinctive pattern that of scattered leaves and was only available in Winnipeg at three Costco stores.Last week, a woman who lived at a house where Cormier slept in a backyard tent said she saw two hole from cigarette burns in the duvet cover he had.On Monday, the jury got to see the duvet that was wrapped around Tina. Winnipeg police Const. Garrett Carrette showed the jury two holes.Under cross-examination, Carrette agreed with Cormier’s lawyer that the holes looked like rips or tears in the fabric.
Rabat – A court in Taourirt, eastern Morocco, has sentenced three men to three years in prison each for practicing homosexuality, news website Al Youm24 reported.Authorities in Taourirt arrested two men who were caught in the act having gay sex inside a mechanic workshop.The same source said a mediator between the two men was also arrested. The three men admitted to practicing homosexuality. Homosexuality is not tolerated in Morocco and across much of the Middle East and North Africa.
The report, entitled “Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” was released in Brussels by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).The study said that warmer global temperatures are causing profound changes in many of the earth’s natural systems. Approximately 20-30 per cent of plant and animal species assessed so far are likely to be at increased risk of extinction if increases in global average temperature exceed 1.5-2.5 degrees centigrade. According to IPCC forecasts, the earth is likely to warm by 3 degrees centigrade during this century, a temperature that would have largely negative consequences for biodiversity and ecosystem goods and services, such as water and food supply.As a result of warmer temperatures, springtime events are occurring earlier, such increased run-off and peak discharge in many glacier- and snow-fed rivers, “greening” of vegetation and migration and egg-laying by birds. More animal and plant species have also been observed shifting toward higher latitudes.The report found that while some efforts are underway to adapt to climate change, they are, by and large, insufficient in dealing with the scope of the potential problems.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban “expresses his concern that the impacts of climate change are increasingly noticeable, and likely to become more so in the future as extreme weather events intensify.”He called on States which are party to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to act quickly to create a plan to tackle future needs in time to replace the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement requiring 35 industrialized countries and the European Community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which is set to expire in 2012.He voiced hope that countries will take steps towards creating a new environmental framework at the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in December.”Adequate, large-scale adaptation measures have the potential to alleviate some of the worst consequences outlined in the report, if Governments take action without delay,” Mr. Ban said.Climate change presents dangers that could affect the health of millions of people, the report found, for it could lead to increased malnutrition, deaths and disease due to higher concentrations of ground level ozone.The new report noted that changes are affecting regions differently, and in the coming years, the impacts of climate change will be even more dramatic. The IPCC forecasts that by mid-century, the annual average river runoff and water availability will increase by 10-40 per cent at high latitudes and in some wet tropical areas, while decreasing by 10-30 per cent in some dry regions at mid-latitudes and in the dry tropics. The number of drought-affected areas is expected to increase, and regions that currently rely on glacier-fed rivers for their drinking water, presently providing water to about one-sixth of the world’s popuation, will likely see reduced availability.Today’s report is the second of four that the IPCC will issue this year as part of its fourth Assessment Report on climate change. The report, written with the participation of hundreds of scientists from around the world, was endorsed by Government representatives after week-long deliberations in Brussels. 6 April 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has called climate change one of his top priorities, today hailed a new report on the subject, urging nations to make decisive efforts to alleviate the worst consequences brought on by global warming.
by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2012 6:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Flaherty takes pride in mission accomplished, cooling Canada’s housing market OTTAWA – Canada’s finance minister is taking credit for the recent cooling in the hot housing market, saying a slowdown now is better than a crash later.Jim Flaherty was reacting to the sudden loss of momentum in the Canadian economy and the role housing, with the sector contracting 3.5 per cent annualized in the third quarter, is playing.The government moved for the fourth time in as many years to tighten mortgage availability in July, resulting in a sharp reduction in housing activity, resales and even lower prices in some markets.“The housing market has softened somewhat in part because of steps that I’ve taken and I’m happy about that,” he said.“Less demand, lower prices, modestly, in the housing market are much better for Canadians than a boom followed by a bust. So I’m all for a soft landing.”Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney have been warning Canadians for more that two years they were taking on too much debt, particularly in real estate. But with the economic growth at low ebb, Carney was unable to slow down the market with interest rate hikes without impacting the economy as a whole.That left the policy brake in the hands of Ottawa, and in late spring Flaherty announced government insured mortgages would have their amortization periods cut to 25 years from 30. The impact was to raise the cost of monthly payments on a typical $350,000 mortgage with three per cent interest by $184. The move also reduces the amount a homeowner pays in interest over the life of a mortgage.CIBC economists Benjamin Tal said Flaherty’s latest move, which went into effect in July, was the only one of the four that was done at a time the housing market was already showing signs of cooling.That speeded up the decline, Tal said, adding he does not believe the correction is over. He expects house prices will drop about 10 per cent on average over the next year.“(Still) I do agree it was necessary,” he said. “It’s good to slow housing when you want to slow it, as opposed to having it slow because interest rates rise or there’s another recession.“(The correction) is not insignificant, but it’s not going to push us into a U.S.-style crash,” he added.Flaherty said he is also pleased that Canadians appear to have heeded the message about getting their finances on a more sound basis.Canadian households now hold about 162 per cent more debt than their disposable annual income, a record level. But the growth in credit has been slowing in recent months.“When it comes to consumer debt, I am encouraged by the reaction of Canadians. More Canadians are paying down their mortgages, more Canadians are paying their credit cards on time. This is very desirable,” he said.With housing acting as an unexpected drag, Statistics Canada reported Friday that growth braked to a meagre 0.6 per cent in the third quarter this year, the third consecutive quarterly decline of the year.Flaherty said he was not overly concerned about the disappointing third-quarter result, saying he believes the momentum loss is temporary.“It’s a time in which we are going to be buffeted, there’s going to some months better than others, but overall we will be OK with modest growth next year,” he predicted.“We are on track … for modest growth, moderate growth, in the next fiscal year.”Economists do expect a economic rebound in the current fourth quarter of 2012, blaming part of the third quarter’s losses to temporary shutdowns in the oil patch, but still say the economy will remain weak.
Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine examine the MH17 crash site in July 2014. Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka The global aviation system is of vital importance to economic development and prosperity, and all States must strengthen, both individually and collectively, aviation security measures, in order to secure a stable and peaceful global environment, the United Nations Security Council declared today.Adopting resolution 2309 (2016) at a meeting, this morning, on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, the Council called on States to work within the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ensure that its international security standards are reviewed and adapted to effectively address the threat posed by terrorist targeting of civil aviation. Expressing particular concern that terrorist groups are actively seeking ways to defeat or circumvent aviation security, the 15-member body also called on all States to strengthen and promote the effective application of ICAO standards and recommended practices, and to assist ICAO in continuing to enhance audit, capacity development and training programmes in order to support their implementation. In the resolution, the Council noted with concern that the “terrorism threat has become more diffuse,” with an increase, in various regions of the world, of terrorist acts including those motivated by intolerance or violent extremism. The Council expressed its determination to combat that threat, and also expressed grave concern over terrorist attacks against civil aviation and over the fact that civil aviation may be used as a transportation means by foreign terrorist fighters. Further to the text of the resolution, the Council called on all States to, among other action, ensure that effective, risk-based measures are in place at the airports within their jurisdiction; take all necessary steps to ensure that such measures are effectively implemented on the ground on a continuing and sustainable basis; ensure that such measures take into account the potential role of those with privileged access to areas, knowledge or information that may assist terrorists in planning or conducting attacks; and urgently address any gaps or vulnerabilities that may be highlighted by ICAO or national self-risk assessment or audit processes. In addition, all States should strengthen security screening procedures and maximize the promotion, utilization and sharing of new technologies and innovative techniques that maximize the capability to detect explosives and other threats. Specifically, under the terms of the resolution, States that are able to do so are urged to assist in the delivery of effective and targeted capacity development, training and other necessary resources, technical assistance, technology transfers and programmes. Furthermore, the Council called on all States to strengthen their international and regional cooperation to boost information-sharing, border control, law enforcement and criminal justice to better counter the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters and returnees. By the terms of the resolution, the Security Council also encouraged continued cooperation between ICAO and the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate on identifying gaps and vulnerabilities relevant to aviation security. In addition, the Council requested that its Counter-Terrorism Committee hold a special meeting within 12 months, in cooperation with ICAO, on the issue of terrorist threats to civil aviation. In July 2014, following the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine that killed 298 people on board, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2166 calling for an international investigation into the incident, and demanded at the time that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity was maintained. Later that month, ICAO convened a special Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation arising from Conflict Zones. In September 2014, the Security Council adopted resolution 2178 in response to an unprecedented flow of foreign terrorist fighters and the growth of facilitation networks fuelling conflicts around the world. Under the terms of that resolution, the Council called on Member States to require that airlines operating in their territories provide advance passenger information to the appropriate national authorities in order to detect the departure, from their territories, of individuals designated by the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee.
RPSergio RomoTwins0.4 RFShin-Soo ChooRangers1.5 BenchEric ThamesBrewers1.1 SPRyan YarbroughRays1.7 DHEdwin EncarnacionYankees1.9 2BDee GordonMariners0.3 RPAnibal SanchezNationals1.3 RPNick WittgrenIndians0.6 RPAnthony DeSclafaniReds1.5 3BAsdrubal CabreraRangers0.8 RFGiancarlo StantonYankees0.2 RPJason VargasPhillies1.1 CFChristian YelichBrewers6.1 BenchAustin BarnesDodgers0.5 BenchAdeiny HechavarriaMets0.2 SPChris PaddackPadres1.6 2BKetel MarteDiamondbacks4.8 As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Miami Marlins are at it again, trading reliever Sergio Romo on Saturday to the Minnesota Twins for a prospect. We shouldn’t be surprised — trades are essential to the Marlins’ identity: The franchise has won two titles, in 1997 and 2003, but hasn’t made the postseason otherwise. Both titles were immediately followed by major trades of key players from the championship runs.Of the top 25 players in Marlins history by wins above replacement,1According to FanGraphs’ measurement. 23 were traded away, and the other two were meant to be traded, according to Miami executives, but the trades fell through. The team’s history is littered with fire sales and payroll slashes. Some deals were merely ill-advised, such as the buy-now moves that sent away key prospects in 2016 — a season that ended with 79 wins. Others were more absurd, such as sending then-prospect Trevor Williams to Pittsburgh as compensation for a pitching coach who was let go by Miami after two seasons.This got us thinking: Could you make an entire lineup of Marlins trade castaways? An entire roster even?As it turns out, you can. And it’s a fairly good team. A 25-man roster of players who, at one point in their careers, were traded from Miami would project to win at least 90 games over the course of this season, based on the WAR those players have accumulated with their current squads. Through Monday, the team would be roughly 61-43 and in line for a wild card. Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs You could even name a manager in Craig Counsell, who scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series and was traded to the Dodgers in 1999 for a player to be named later.2That player would be minor leaguer Ryan Moskau.We used the current WAR of the former Marlins to construct this lineup, with some slight adjustments for injury: We would start Giancarlo Stanton, even though Cameron Maybin and Jake Marisnick have had better seasons so far, and Nathan Eovaldi, who could be replaced by Anthony DeSclafani in the rotation and Steve Cishek on the roster. And we moved some players out of their regular positions, including stashing the aforementioned DeSclafani in the bullpen and putting regular right fielder Christian Yelich in center field to make room for Stanton.That 25-man roster doesn’t even include two of the most notable traded-away players: future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera, who is at -0.4 WAR for the season, and two-time All-Star Andrew Miller, sitting at -0.1 WAR.3The other active players left off are outfielder Josh Naylor and relievers Cishek, David Phelps, Dillon Peters, Dan Jennings and Kyle Barraclough It’s also worth noting that this roster isn’t one the Marlins could realistically have if they had just stood pat: Some of the players on this list were at one point acquired by the Marlins in a trade for another player on the list: Dee Gordon, for instance, was acquired in a 2014 trade that sent four current major leaguers to the Dodgers, including Kiké Hernandez.The total WAR from this 25-man roster, from their 2019 performances with non-Marlins teams, is 30.3, breaking down to 16.6 for position players and 13.7 for pitchers. The hitting WAR roughly equates to that of the Brewers, and the pitching WAR is close to that of the Astros. Both groups of former Marlins would rank in the top 10 of baseball. Using the winning percentage expected from a replacement-level team,4Roughly 29 percent. we can extrapolate the former Marlins’ WAR to 162 games from the 104 the Marlins have played through Monday. Without adjusting for playing time, we find that the team would project to 95 wins over a 162-game season.5This team would have fewer plate appearances than expected for an MLB team but slightly more innings pitched.If you think all of these trades should have netted the Marlins good players in return, well, they’re last in the National League by four games and have a farm system consistently ranked in the bottom 10 of the majors (though that may be improving).The Marlins aren’t the only team that could fill out a roster of traded-away players: The Seattle Mariners have executed big trades in recent years. A roster assembled of the very best of once-traded Mariners, aided by recent trades of Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce, can compete with the Marlins.6The Mariners’ team has accumulated more WAR this season, but the Marlins have far fewer plate appearances. The Pirates similarly have a potentially solid team of cast-offs, if not quite as good, but they don’t have a catcher (unless someone drags David Ross out of retirement.) BenchJake MarisnickAstros1.4 RPJason VargasPhillies1.1 RPShawn KelleyRangers0.5 SPDomingo GermanYankees1.7 1BJustin BourAngels-0.1 RPAndrew HeaneyAngels0.5 RPEmilio PaganRays0.8 LFMarcell OzunaCardinals1.7 SPMichael PinedaTwins1.8 CManny PinaBrewers0.8 The Mariners also let go of some major playersHypothetical roster of former members of the Seattle Mariners, projected to win at least 90 games based on their 2019 performances through July 29 CFBen GamelBrewers0.7 RPAlex ColomeWhite Sox0.5 The Marlins traded an entire playoff-caliber rosterHypothetical roster of former members of the Miami Marlins, projected to win at least 90 games based on their 2019 performances through July 29 RPPaul FryOrioles0.6 SPTrevor WilliamsPirates1.1 BenchCameron MaybinYankees1.2 LFChris TaylorDodgers1.3 1BCarlos SantanaIndians3.0 SSEnrique HernandezDodgers1.3 Seattle has 50 eligible active players for its all-trade team, so half can be left off the roster; the Marlins have “only” 34. That’s a major difference: The Mariners’ current team is built from their sheer number of trades. Sure, they’d love to have Ketel Marte, but they got Mitch Haniger and Jean Segura, both 2018 All-Stars, in return.The Yankees could also assemble a full roster of players they traded away, though it would project to a sub-.500 team. So it’s definitely hard to argue that they’d be better had they not made those trades. The Marlins, meanwhile, would almost certainly rather have Chris Paddack or Luis Castillo on their team right now than the three months of Fernando Rodney in 2016 or the two seasons of Dan Straily they received in return. Of the five players sent to Florida in the Cabrera trade, Maybin contributed the most value with just 2.3 total WAR in his stint with Miami — and four years later, all the players the Marlins had received were gone. Miami got a disappointing return in the 12-player 2012 trade with the Blue Jays; none of the prospects the Marlins received for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, etc. remain with the franchise or made a major impact. The recent trades under new CEO Derek Jeter have netted some prospects and are probably too early to truly be graded, but they’re still not enough to push Miami’s farm system into the top tier.Of course, there’s another reason the Marlins are so accomplished at trading stars: money. Most trades for the small-market Marlins, last in baseball in attendance by a large margin, have been aimed at cutting costs.The Marlins probably couldn’t have fielded their all-trade team because they couldn’t afford it. The 2019 contracts, according to Spotrac, for the 25 traded-away players total $134 million,7That number doesn’t count Cabrera’s $30 million or Miller’s $11 million contracts since both players have been below replacement and don’t make the top 25. nearly double of the team’s opening-day payroll of $72 million.Check out our latest MLB predictions. RPFreddy PeraltaBrewers0.8 Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, Fangraphs SPWade MileyAstros1.8 CJ.T. RealmutoPhillies3.0 RPJ.A. HappYankees0.9 BenchJay BrucePhillies1.2 PositionPlayerCurrent TeamWAR BenchLuis RengifoAngels0.6 SPPablo LopezMarlins1.6 SPLuis CastilloReds2.3 SPJames PaxtonYankees1.7 RPSam DysonGiants1.1 RPEdwin DiazMets0.4 3BColin MoranPirates0.8 SPNathan EovaldiRed Sox-0.2 PositionPlayerCurrent TeamWAR SSJean SeguraPhillies2.3 RPYusmeiro PetitAthletics0.7
Beatriz Fernández Spain started their Qualifying phase for the EHF EURO 2016 with a 25:15 victory over Austria. The conducted by Jorge Dueñas didn’t show what is expected from European silver medallists at all, but they ended victoriously their first battle. After the match, Spanish back player Beatriz Fernández had a brief conversation with Handball-Planet and she spoke about how the national team is at the moment with the World Championship just around the corner.First match of the Qualifying phase for the EHF EURO 2016 and relatively comfortable victory over Austria. Which are your feelings about it?It has not been a good game, but we have achieved the goal and that is the most important thing. These matches make us see what we still have to improve, and that will make us grow little by little for the European Championship.You have got the first 2 points of this phase. There is still much ahead but I imagine it is important to lead the Group at the end…We have to be ambitious and always have a winning mentality. Our goal is to qualify and if it is as first ranked it would be much better for us, of course.Even if these matches are to qualify for the European competition, up to what point do they help to prepare for the World Cup?The truth is that our minds are set on December. All of the work we are doing now will help us get to the World Championship in good shape. All matches are helpful, some of them to work technical-tactical aspects, others to focus in concentration aspects…Heads are already in Denmark, aren’t they?Yes, of course. We are very focused in Denmark and our objective is to do a great job there so we can dream of qualifying for Rio 2016.What about the injured teammates? How are they?The worst thing is the injury suffered by Lara González. As you know, she has torn MCL of her right knee and she will have to spend time recovering. She will miss World Championship but we all hope she will be back on the courts as soon as possible.TEXT: Nagore Odriozola Juaristi ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatić for HP: Noka kicks our egos – Team’s reaction is positive! Next Story → TWO DEFEATS IN 24 HOURS: PPD Zagreb beat RK Vardar in SEHA GAZPROM derby
A SECOND SUM of money, that was being held at Balbriggan Garda Station as part of evidence to a crime, has gone missing.A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that a “criminal and disciplinary investigation” has now been launched to determine where the money has gone and how it went missing.The spokesperson confirmed that this was a separate incident to the €9,000 that was discovered stolen from the same garda station last month.A detective superintendent has been drafted in to investigate the disappearance of the €9,000 in cash that was being held in the north Dublin station after it was recovered moments after a robbery at a shop in Lusk on 19 January. When gardaí subsequently attempted to return the money to its owner a tear was discovered in the bag and €9,000 was missing.The gardaí’s internal affairs and professional standards units are also looking into the matter of the first theft.However, the garda spokesperson would not say if the same detective would be in charge of investigating the theft of the second sum of money.Read: Garda held over missing €9,000 from Dublin garda station released >More: Detective investigating missing money from Dublin garda station >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As much as Thursday was meant to be a ‘decisive day’ for the reunification of Cyprus, neither the Greek Cypriot nor the Turkish Cypriot sides seem to agree in the talks taking place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.On Monday, the UN received proposals from both sides, as well as from the three guarantor nations: Greece, Turkey, and the UK. Cyprus reunification talks have moved into their most critical phase yet after leaders representing the island’s Greek and Turkish communities agreed it was possible only with equal rights for both communities.The UN is seeking a peace deal to unite Cyprus under a federal umbrella, which could also define the future of Europe’s relations with Turkey, a key player in the conflict that has divided the island since the 1974 Turkish invasion.One of the main thorns inhibiting an agreement is that Greek Cypriots perceive the 35,000 Turkish soldiers as a threat and want them all removed while the Turkish Cypriot side wants the troops to stay as protection. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said this week that a full troop withdrawal was out of the question, Associated Press reports. Greece also wants military intervention rights that Cyprus’ 1960 constitution granted to the guarantors abolished. It also wants to retain some of those rights while demanding to take turns holding the island’s federal presidency.Meanwhile, the possibility of UN troop withdrawal and the prospect of Anastasiades emerging not only as peacemaker but as president of a united Cyprus had focused minds among the UN officials. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci who remains firmly opposed to the proposals presented by the island’s Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades offered nothing substantial and served only to score “points with the public”, describing them as “offensive”.Cavusoglu quoted Akinci to Anadolu Agency, adding that Anastasiades offered his latest proposals as different, “but at the end when you read it, nothing is new” and went as far as to criticise Greek Cypriots for not showing “good intentions and flexibility.”Anastasiades defended his side saying that the proposals were even-handed and addressed the concerns of both the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities.It seems that any accord would have to be put to a referendum and would likely take months to finesse as technocrats draw up a new constitution and treaty of implementation.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A recent discovery of a tomb in the Church of St Nicholas in Demre, Antalya is believed to be that of St Nicholas – the man, the mystery and the legend that created Santa Claus. While conducting “geo-radar surveys” of the 11th Century church as part of a restoration process, archaeologists came across an in-tact temple below the church. Cemil Karabyram, head of Antalya’s Monument Authority told the International Business Times the team believes the “shrine has not been damaged at all” but due to the intricate mosaic pattern on the floor it will be “quite difficult to get to it”. But the archaeologists will continue to find their way to the temple without damaging the Church. The whereabouts of St Nicholas has always been a mystery, as historical records have suggested that he was buried in Myra but his bones were stolen and taken to the portside town of Bari, the capital of Puglia, where St Nicholas was the patron saint. But Mr Karabyram has told the ABC in the US that those bones may have actually been the remains of another priest. Like the mystic nature of Mr Claus himself, St Nicholas seems to have achieved the seemingly un-achievable. St Nicholas was born in Patara, at the time located within Greece. St Nicholas became a Bishop early in his life and was renowned for his generosity, sharing his inherited wealth with the needy, love of children, sailors and ships. The myth of Santa Claus may have just become that little bit more real. And just in time for Christmas.
Cannibalisme : une pratique courante dans l’Europe paléolithique ?Espagne – Dans un article paru mardi 31 août dans National Geographic, un paléontologue espagnol explique que les traces observées sur des os humains âgés de 800.000 ans, trouvés dans une caverne en Espagne, suggèrent fortement un cannibalisme “routinier” chez nos ancêtres du Paléolithique. Des os portant des traces de découpe faites par des outils en pierre, et brisés comme pour en extraire la moelle, des crânes avec des marques de décapitation : autant d’indices trouvés sur les restes d’au moins onze enfants ou adolescents datés de 800.000 ans et qui suggèrent que viande et cerveau ont été consommés par leurs congénères.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ? C’est l’opinion de José Maria Bermudez de Castro, du Centre national de recherche sur l’évolution humaine de Burgos (Espagne), qui a réétudié les ossements de la grotte de Gran Dolina, mis au jour depuis 1994. Ces traces de boucherie sur différents fossiles humains recouvrent une période d’une centaine de milliers d’années, signe d’une habitude alimentaire et non d’un comportement exceptionnel lors d’épisodes de disette. L’abondance de ressources alimentaires dans la région à cette époque du Paléolithique inférieur va dans le même sens. De plus, la présence de ces restes humains pêle-mêle avec ceux d’autres gibiers plaide pour un cannibalisme alimentaire et non rituel ou religieux.Pour le chercheur, tuer les membres – de préférence jeunes et donc sans défense – de tribus rivales pour limiter la concurrence sur un même territoire, et consommer leur chair pour satisfaire ses besoins en protéines, était une stratégie répandue chez Homo antecessor, l’espèce humaine vivant à l’époque dans l’ouest de l’Europe.Le 5 septembre 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was satisfied with the way his side overcame a “useful test” at Valencia to leave with a 2-0 win in their Champions League openerThe 34-time Serie A champions overcame the loss of star man Cristiano Ronaldo, after his controversial 29th-minute dismissal, to silence a raucous Valencia crowd by taking home all three points.Penalties from Miralem Pjanic secured Juventus a 2-0, whilst goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a spot-kick from Valencia captain Dani Parejo to preserve their clean sheet.“This gives us the best possible start, but we can’t let up now,” Allegri told the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We play away on Sunday and then we face Napoli and will need to beat Young Boys. Tonight we were able to dictate the play, get ourselves into the lead and then manage the game well without giving away chances. It’s definitely been a useful test.“We worked hard and we managed not to concede, which is great news. You’re unlikely to concede goals when you’re as focused as we were tonight, plus we’re also becoming more vibrant going forward.”Juventus will next face Serie A new boys Frosinone Calcio on Sunday in the Serie A.
Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 19, 2017 – South Caicos a couple of weeks ago now saw a brand new fire truck landed at its airport, and that should make operations at the aerodrome more reliable and irrevocably up to Civil Aviation Association or CAA standard.This morning, there will be an official commissioning of the new fire truck, says the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority, by Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson. #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Bahamas, September 18th, 2017 – Nassau – The DPM was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said among the issues financial services practitioners are contending with is the move to automatic exchange of information, particularly for matters related to taxation in other jurisdictions.The initial standard in this regard was the Exchange of Information on Request, espoused by the OECD-hosted Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, DPM Turnquest said at the Securities Industry Act, 2011 and Investment Funds Act, 2003 Annual Briefing hosted by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton, Thursday, September 14, 2017.He said The Bahamas implemented a number of key legislative initiatives to ensure the legal and regulatory framework as well as supporting processes and procedures were in place to satisfy the Exchange of Information on Request standard.“These involved, among other things, ensuring reliable accounting records were maintained and accessible, and that the beneficial owners of entities, structures and legal arrangements were identified and properly maintained.“The legislative initiatives included the International Tax Cooperation Act, 2010, which facilitated the implementation of international tax agreements and tax information sharing under those agreements. The Government also implemented a series of legislative amendments including amendments to the International Business Companies (IBC) Act, the Partnership Limited Liability Act and the Segregated Companies Act, amongst others, in 2011, and the IBC Accounting Records Order of 2016, to meet the information exchange standards. After having undergone the Global Forum’s most recent review – the Phase 2 review, the jurisdiction is assessed as Largely Compliant.”The DPM said the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA was adopted by the United States Congress in 2010, and of course, The Bahamas made the necessary legislative and procedural changes to meet the FATCA requirements.He explained that by September 2014, the G20 and leaders of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development had endorsed the Common Reporting Standard or CRS.The CRS facilitates automatic exchange of account information, on a confidential basis with information from financial institutions being exchanged annually. According to an OECD June 2017 report, some 101 jurisdictions had committed to implementing this newest standard on tax transparency and undertaking actual information exchanges by 2017 or 2018.“You would be aware that the Government is committed to adopting the multilateral approach to sharing information under the CRS regime. We simply cannot afford, nor do we wish to have, the reputation of being the ‘last tax haven standing’ as the Head of the OECD’s Global Forum Secretariat on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, Monica Bhatia, referred to the jurisdiction prior to the Government’s commitment to the Multi-lateral approach.”DPM Turnquest said, “We must protect our sector from the fallout of blacklisting, and we want to be singled out for markers such as excellence in service, being business friendly, and product innovation–not for being a place to hide or launder illicit funds of any kind. Undoubtedly, this will impact reporting requirements and hence compliance costs in most, if not all, financial institutions.”PressRelease: BIS The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you
El Cajon Police looking for hit and run suspect KUSI Newsroom, March 14, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) – Police are continuing the search for a suspect involved in a hit and run in El Cajon Wednesday afternoon. The man drove his car into the front of the Ali Baba restaurant on Main Street around 2:30 p.m. yesterday.The suspect then backed the car out of the building and drove away before parking the car and running away.The driver of that car is described as a Hispanic man with collar length dark hair, about 5 – 8, 165 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white shirt.If you have any information, call the El Cajon Police Department. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom
Alaska Regional Hospital is planning to open a healthcare clinic in Mountain View by the end of year. There aren’t any primary care services in the Anchorage neighborhood currently. That’s forcing residents to use Alaska Regional’s emergency room for routine care, according to Medicaid data from the state Department of Health and Social Services. That is costing the hospital in uncompensated care and it’s costing the state in unnecessary Medicaid payments.When Julie Taylor became CEO of Alaska Regional a year ago, the board was already talking about opening a Mountain View clinic. Taylor says it was immediately obvious to her that there was a need.“If we’re looking at how we’re going to be using healthcare dollars effectively, finding ways to reach populations to treat them closer to home at the right level of care is a better use of those funds.”Neighborhood residents have been asking for better access to primary care for years. In 2002, the Anchorage Community Land Trust hosted a summit where the need for local health services was a clear priority.Kirk Rose is executive director of the land trust. He says Alaska Regional has responded in a big way and residents are thrilled:“We’ve been very tough and staunch about fighting for a health presence in the neighborhood so we’re hoping this is a really nice win in that it enhances the quality of life for the people that live here.”Taylor says the clinic will be large enough to offer about 3000 patient visits a year.Alaska Regional is expanding in other ways. The hospital is planning to open two new freestanding emergency rooms, one in South Anchorage and one in Eagle River.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.
Md. Palash Ahmed Photo: CollectedThe alleged hijacker of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft, Palash Ahmed, was buried at Dudhghata village in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.He was buried around 9:10am, said his father Piyar Jahan.Earlier on Monday night, his father was taken to Chattogram to identify his son’s body, said Jahidul Islam, assistant commissioner of Karnaphuli zonal police.Later, the body was handed over to his father after an autopsy at Chittagong Medical College Hospital, he added.A flight of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines was allegedly hijacked on Sunday evening at Chattogram’s Shah Amanat International Airport.The plane landed on an emergency basis and all the 148 passengers on board were evacuated safely. All the cabin crew members were also safe.Later, the alleged hijacker was neutralised in a swift commando operation of eight minutes.
Share That initial group has since expanded into two additional entities, the Texas Pastor Council and the US Pastor Council, though the distinctions between the groups can be murky. Welch — who himself no longer preaches, instead referring to himself as a “pastor for pastors” — leads all three groups, and the main phone number for the US Pastor Council is a direct line to Welch.The group, according to Welch, has taken on a range of issues, from criminal justice reform to child foster care. But over the course of his career, Welch and the group have had a decided preoccupation with attacking LGBT rights, what Welch describes as “the continued tide of the radical political LGBTQ movement trying to work to undermine traditional marriage and traditional family.” On the US Pastor Council website, the only “current issue” listed is “Woman’s Privacy Protection,” a page that features a number of talking points in favor of a bathroom bill.“They have made anti-LGBT activism their primary focus,” said Dan Quinn, communications director for Texas Freedom Network, a liberal watchdog group. “They’ve had their most public efforts trying to defeat anything that protects equality for LGBT Texans.”Over the course of several years as a columnist for World Net Daily, a far-right website known for hosting conspiracy theories, Welch railed against same-sex marriage and legal protections for LGBT individuals. In a 2009 post titled “When the Wicked Rule,” Welch attacked a new federal law that protected LGBT individuals from hate crimes as condoning “every possible form of sexual deviancy.” He denounced the “radical sexual-deviancy jihad” in a post called “My Gay America” in 2010.“Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker has gone above and beyond to now extend protection through executive orders to ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression,’” he wrote at the time. “Keep your wives and daughters out of Houston city restrooms.”That rhetoric against Parker – the first openly gay mayor of a large American city — and legal protections for LGBT individuals in Houston would eventually become talking points against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” including sex, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.During that fight — which concluded with Houston residents voting overwhelmingly to strike down the nondiscrimination ordinance — Welch played a leading role in both the electoral and legal campaigns against the city. Jared Woodfill, one of the lead organizers against the HERO ordinance in Houston, said that Welch and his organization were “extremely instrumental” in gathering the signatures that would ultimately prompt the lawsuit and referendum overturning the ordinance.Indeed, organizing and mobilizing voters is a key part of the Pastor Council’s mission. Its website boasts pages titled “Every Christian Votes” and the “AMERICA plan.” Under the “AMERICA plan,” pastors are encouraged to communicate with congregants about political issues, distribute voter guides and register “every eligible adult” to vote.In other words, Welch had already established an infrastructure for turning out voters before the HERO referendum — a battle that helped elevate his organization and its platform. Randy Wilson, national field director for Church Ministries for the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, which has worked with the Pastor Council, said this is easier said than done.“Dave has to have an established and billed credibility with the pastors, a very untrusting demographic, really,” he said.That credibility and visibility would only grow when the city issued subpoenas for sermons and other statements Welch and other members of the Pastors Council had made in support of a 2014 failed petition drive aimed at repealing HERO. That incident drew national attention, energizing conservatives across Texas and the country and landing Welch on national media. (In response to that incident, the Texas Legislature passed a lawearlier this year shielding pastors’ sermons from government subpoena power.)“It certainly escalated some elements of what we do to a much higher level because of the visibility of that Houston battle,” Welch said. “That achieved national attention.”With that momentum, Welch, Woodfill and other conservative activists began to look to the the Legislature as the next battleground for the issue. Welch would begin to use tactics that had worked in Houston — hosting workshops to educate pastors, blasting out emails on the issues and hosting rallies — on a statewide level.“The network of churches that has become involved in this issue has become very, very important,” Woodfill said.“The same model is being used across the state of Texas.”But that model has had its limits. In the Legislature, efforts to pass a bathroom bill have failed against stiff opposition from the House, in particular that of House Speaker Joe Straus.Despite those setbacks, the US Pastor Council itself has continued to grow, Welch said. According to tax documents on a database maintained by ProPublica, the US Pastor Council, which is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and does not disclose its donors, saw its revenue more than double from $329,696 to $833,749 between 2014 and 2015, the last year for which data is available and the year of the HERO ordinance vote in Houston.Welch said the group does not buy large ad campaigns, instead focusing resources on hosting workshops and organizing among pastors.“There aren’t many religious groups that overtly have this partisan affiliation or policy preference as pronounced as the Pastors Council,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. “That’s been a major change we’ve seen since 2013 or 2014.”With primary season approaching, members of the Pastor Council are preparing to take their campaign to the ballot box and unseat Republicans who did not do enough to challenge Straus’ opposition to a “bathroom bill.”Steve Riggle, a pastor to a congregation of more than 20,000 at Grace Community Church in Houston and a member of the Pastor Council, said he and others are talking about “how in the world do we have 90-some Republicans [in the 150-member Texas House] who won’t stand behind what they say they believe.”“They’re more afraid of Straus than they are of us,” he said. “It’s about time they’re more afraid of us.”“This is not over”In early August, in the midst of the special session, Welch and dozens of other pastors descended on Austin. Hundreds of pastors had signed a letter in support of the bathroom legislation, and before heading inside, the group that had made the trip gathered on the Capitol steps for a brief rally.Throughout his campaign for a bathroom bill, Welch has enjoyed easy access to the state’s elected officials. He hosted a policy briefing in February that featured, among others, Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The August rally, which the Texas Pastor Council had promoted as a response to “opponents of God’s created order,” was no exception.State Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, the authors of bathroom bills in their chambers, both spoke to the importance of the bill as Welch acted as the effective emcee of the event, leading the crowd in chants of “Let the House vote.” “We’re going to take this letter to the House as the voice of the state of Texas and our churches today,” Welch said.But even as he represents pastors across the state, Welch and his work enjoy far from unanimous support from Christian and other religious leaders. During the regular session, about 50 faith leaders of various denominations lined the stairs outside the Texas House in protest of bills targeting LGBT Texans.And just days before Welch arrived in Austin for the rally this month, dozens of religious leaders gathered in the very same spot to denounce the bill as discriminatory and hypocritical. In front of a crowd of more than one hundred supporters, an imam from Austin, as well as pastors and rabbis from across the state spoke about how their faith led them to oppose the legislation.For Steve Wells, a self-described conservative pastor at the South Main Baptist Church in Houston, the campaign for the “bathroom bill” represents “bad theology.” He says he wishes that Welch and other like-minded pastors would focus more on the common dignity granted human beings.“You will never in your lifetime meet someone who was not created in the image of God,” he said.And in July, leaders of the national Episcopal Church sent a letter to Strausasking him to remain “steadfast” in his opposition to the legislation, also denouncing it as discriminatory.Terri Burke, the executive director of the ACLU in Texas, described the “bathroom bill” as the latest frontier for far-right groups opposed to LGBT rights. Now that sexual orientation is largely protected under the law, she said, gender identity has become a target.“I think those who want to discriminate have figured out LGB are hard to discriminate against, so they’ve pulled the T out,” she said.To Welch and his fellow members on the Pastor Council, though, the group’s positions are is well in line with the teachings of the Bible. And even if the death of the “bathroom bill” in the special session represents the loss of a single battle, the broader war continues. “This is not over,” Riggle said.Disclosure: The Texas Freedom Network has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here. Marjorie Kamys Cotera | Texas TribuneDave Welch speaks during a press conference in favor of a bathroom bill at the Texas Capitol near the end of the special session on August 14, 2017.A day before the Texas Legislature ended its special session this week, a session that included a high-profile fight over a “bathroom bill” that appeared almost certainly dead, David Welch had a message for Gov. Greg Abbott: call lawmakers back to Austin. Again.For years, Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastor Council, has worked to pass a bill that would ban local policies that ensured transgender individuals’ right to use restrooms in public schools and government buildings that match their gender identity. The summer special session, which was quickly coming to a close, had been Welch and other social conservatives’ second chance, an overtime round after the bill — denounced by critics as discriminatory and unnecessary — failed during the regular session that ended in May. But with the Texas House unlikely to vote on a bathroom bill, Welch gathered with some of the most conservative Republicans in that chamber to make a final plea. The bill, they argued without any evidence, would prevent men from entering bathrooms to sexually assault or harass women.“If this does not pass during this special session, we are asking for, urgently on behalf of all these pastors across the state of Texas, that we do hold a second special session until the job is done,” Welch said at the press event, hosted by Texas Values, a socially conservative group. Though the group of lawmakers, religious leaders and activists were still coming to terms with their failure to get a bill to Abbott’s desk, for Welch’s Pastor Council, the years-long fight over bathroom restrictions has nonetheless been a galvanizing campaign.The group, which Welch founded in 2003, has grown from a local organization to a burgeoning statewide apparatus with eyes on someday becoming a nationwide force, one able to mobilize conservative Christians around the country into future political battles. If Abbott doesn’t call lawmakers back for another special session to pass a bathroom bill, the group is likely to shift its attention to the 2018 elections. “Our role in this process shouldn’t be restricted just because people attend church,” Welch told The Texas Tribune. “Active voting, informed voting, is a legitimate ministry of the church.”A pastor for pastorsWelch has made a career out of mixing the religious and the political. Before founding the Pastors Council, he spent time at the Christian Coalition and Vision America, a controversial national evangelical group led by Rick Scarborough, a Texas pastor. And just before he founded the Pastor Council, Welch briefly worked as the executive director of the Republican Party in Harris County, where he would get to know many of the politicians that would animate his later campaigns. Welch said he has known Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, one of the most outspoken proponents of a bathroom bill in state government, since he was a radio host in Houston.But it was with the Pastor Council — at first a small group of Houston pastors — that Welch would begin to make his deepest mark in Texas politics.“We formed the Houston area pastor council in 2003 as a group of 12 pastors, across racial and denominational lines, to engage together on a variety of social moral cultural issues,” he said.
Why Bing Video Search is better than YouTube Search by Martin Brinkmann on June 03, 2017 in Internet – 33 commentsYou have a lot of options when it comes to watching videos on your devices. Most users seem to use YouTube more or less exclusively for all their family friendly video needs, but sites like Vimeo or Dailymotion are popular as well.Search on YouTube, with YouTube being a Google property, should be one of the strong features of the video streaming site, but it is not really.While it works, and even lets you filter by upload date and some additional features, it is nowhere near where it could be. It has no preview feature for instance, and while you can add it using extensions, something like it should be built-in in my opinion.I run all my video searches on Bing Video Search instead, and have two core reasons for that which I would like to explain in detail in the coming paragraphs.Note: I understand that the comparison between a single-site search engine (YouTube), and a multi-site search engine is not entirely fair. Google’s own Video Search seems to focus heavily on YouTube as well however.Bing Video SearchBing Video Search is a feature of Microsoft’s search engine Bing. While I don’t use Bing at all for Web searches, as I find the search engine lacking in that regard — especially for non-English queries — I find some of Bing’s other features quite useful and often superior to Google’s offerings.You can use the following URL as your entry point to run video searches on Bing: https://www.bing.com/videos/Simply enter the term you are interested in, and wait for Bing to return results to you. Results are listed with thumbnails, the source site they are hosted on, and information on views, play time, uploader, upload date and title.While most videos may be hosted on YouTube, you may get results from other sites such as Vimeo, Youku, VM, and lots of other video hosting sites as well. This depends largely on your query. This is the first advantage that Bing Video Search offers over YouTube’s or Google Video’s own search function.Sites like Vimeo host exclusive content for instance sometimes. A search on YouTube won’t find those videos, while a search on Bing will.The second feature that makes Bing Video Search superior in my opinion is its preview feature. You can hover over any video on Bing Video Search to get a preview of the video. This preview includes sound, and is a great way to quickly determine a video’s quality, and whether it matches what you are looking for.These two features are not the only ones that Bing offers. Here is a short list of other features that you may find interesting:Better filters: You can sort by date, length or resolution, or filter by a specific source.If you turn off SafeSearch, you will get NSFW results.Save videos to your Microsoft Account, and get personalized feeds based on your savings and activity.Closing WordsBing Video Search is a handy multi-site search engine for videos that returns both family friendly and NSFW results based on SafeSearch settings. Its preview feature is the feature that I like the most, as it does away with the “opening video > realizing it is not what I was looking for > going back” workflow on YouTube.Now You: Which video search engine do you use, and why?SummaryArticle NameWhy Bing Video Search is better than YouTube SearchDescriptionThis article discusses why Bing Video Search is superior to YouTube Search, or Google Video Search when it comes to finding videos.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement