CALGARY – It turns out that publicly shaming violators of provincial securities laws is an exceptionally poor way of collecting unpaid penalties but some Canadian regulators say they will continue to operate the websites anyway.In the five years since the Ontario Securities Commission launched its “delinquent respondents list,” a website page designed to expose violators of securities law who haven’t paid their fines and other sanctions as ordered, only 16 of 432 names have been removed — 13 because they paid up and three because they’ve started payment plans.Similarly, two years after the Alberta Securities Commission announced it was posting the names of violators of securities laws who don’t pay, a total of eight debts for about $525,000 have been collected.That leaves almost half a billion dollars owed by nearly 600 names since 2005 between the two lists as of June.Not even the commissions agree on whether the sites are effective, fair or worthwhile — only five of the 10 provincial bodies use them.“Fining somebody and banning them from the markets — when they weren’t operating in the markets in the first place legitimately, and fining them when you know they’re never going to pay — doesn’t really do much,” said Marian Passmore, director of policy for the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights.She said her organization would like to see more criminal proceedings in financial crimes such as fraud.“Putting them in jail, there’s a real deterrent.”Canada’s provincial securities commissions concede that many people sanctioned for scams, pyramid schemes, dishonest marketing or simply failing to follow provincial financial procedures won’t pay their penalties.But they say naming them online is worthwhile because it offers vital information to investors and is a low-cost way to encourage at least some violators to pay up.“It’s kind of a name-and-shame that puts miscreants under the spotlight,” said James Sinclair, general counsel for the OSC, Canada’s largest securities regulator.He said the commission is trying to work with police to put more fraudsters in criminal courts where they face possible jail sentences.It has also launched a new program to use an outside legal firm to pressure people to pay. And it has recently forced three companies with outstanding unpaid sanctions into bankruptcy, he said.“There’s no guarantee any of this will work — we have respondents who regularly lie about their assets, hide them offshore, put them in their wives’ or children’s names, making it all the more difficult to go after them,” Sinclair said, conceding that the OSC’s budget to enforce collections is limited.Likewise, securities violators who can escape to another jurisdiction or change names to start a new venture likely don’t care if their names are sullied on securities commission websites.However, those who stick around say the shaming does cause real hardship.Two men named for unpaid sanctions — both small business owners — contacted by The Canadian Press would speak only on the condition of anonymity, explaining their reputations can’t take any more damage by being mentioned in this article.“I’m trying to get my life back together. This is going to follow me to my obituary,” said one, adding his securities violation record pops up whenever a new business contact Googles his name.“It’s a process and I’m stuck in that process,” said the other. “I just want to make myself solvent and good and be able to come out of all of this.”In Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, names on the unpaid orders lists are erased when the debt is paid, but in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, the names remain and the agency adjusts the status from unpaid to partly paid or fully paid when money comes in.“I think it’s important out of fairness that it’s publicly known the respondent has paid the sanction,” said Doug Muir, director of enforcement for the B.C. Securities Commission, who said its list has existed for more than 10 years.The B.C. commission’s roster of unpaid respondents has climbed by 122 names to 328 in the past five years while its paid list has grown by just 59 names to 454. It said it could not provide a dollar value for either category.In Quebec, meanwhile, the Autorite des Marches Financiers is currently evaluating adding a delinquent accounts website page, said spokesman Sylvain Theberge. He said the AMF first wants to ensure such a page will better inform investors — and result in a collections boost.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
The Inaugural “Date for the Cure” Gala took place on February 16th at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.This elegant night of dinner & entertainment was produced by the Invent Group. The event was a grand success, while raising funds of the gala benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Los Angeles County.This engaging evening of entertainment was kicked off by host actor & comedian Kevin Nealon taking the stage with one joke after another and set the evening to be about not only awareness, but laughter and enjoyment.Shortly thereafter Paul McDonald (American Idol) shared his musical talents, followed by a swimwear fashion show by A. Ché, and an exhilarating dance performance by Dancing with the Stars’ Paul Barris and Sharna Burgess. Last but certainly not least Josh Krajcik (X Factor) performed over 30 minutes and the guests couldn’t get enough of his powerful set starting with his famous cover of Etta James’ “At Last” and closed the night with a cover of Rolling Stones’ tune “Wild Horses”.The Sheraton Grand Ballroom set the scene for 350 people who enjoyed this unique spectacular evening. During the VIP hour, attendees enjoyed signature cocktails courtesy of Chambord Vodka.Celebrities in attendance included Twilight Star Nikki Reed, Actors Edwin and Aldis Hodge, Kimberly Caldwell, Chelsea Lately’s Chuy Bravo, Torrance, Coombs, Cheryl Burke from DWTS, and many more.Among the attendees were reigning Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether, reigning Miss California USA Mabelynn Capeluj, and many other Beauty Queens such as: Reigning Miss California Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, Reigning Miss District of Columbia Allyn Rose, Miss South Carolina USA 2011 Courtney Hope Turner, Miss Teen Hawaii Melissa Paulino, Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 04 Shandi Fennessey, Miss Teen USA 03 Tami Farrell and Miss Vietnam Deanna Nguyen.Leading up to the event, titleholders Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Miss California USA Mabelynn Capeluj and more donated their time by auctioning a date to the Date for the Cure Gala. Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items all for much needed funds going directly to Breast Cancer research and treatment.Find out more here.
Rabat – Morocco’s Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Saad Eddine Ottomani, has reportedly forgone the pension resulting from his ministerial position immediately after leaving office in the fall of 2013.According to Alyaoum24 news website, members of the Party of Justice and Development discovered that former Minister Ottoman has forgone the monetary compensation allotted to former ministers at the end of their terms in the government.The former head of Moroccan diplomacy who is a doctor, reportedly preferred to return to his medical clinic and take care of patients, rather than take advantage of the governmental pension. There is an ongoing debate on whether Ministers and MPs deserve to receive a monthly pension of up to MAD 39,000 and 8,000 respectively, while some civil servants receive less than MAD 3,000 after 40 years of service.The last meeting convened by the General Secretariat of the PJD was marked by a thorough debate on the issue of the abolition of pensions for ministers and parliamentarians.According to the same source, PJD Ministers expressed their support for the campaign to revoke the law relating to the pensions, and said they are willing to set the example and forgo their pensions.Another member of the government, Minister of Tourism Lahcen Haddad commented on a recent statement by Charafat Afilal, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, regarding the controversial pensions.“The issue of the pensions of ministers and representatives is a long subject that needs a serious debate,” he said during a conference at Maghreb Arab Press media forum last month.Minister Afilal stirred outrage when she said in December that MPs pensions were just “two Francs” (peanuts) and that discussing the issue was a “populist matter.”“Several ministers relinquish their pensions when they have other paying jobs,” Afilal said.Opponents of the pensions argue that ministers and MPs are doing a short-term service to the public that does not warrant such high salaries, privileges, or pensions until the end of their lives.The issue was raised after some parliamentarians suggested a draft bill asking the government to permit ministers and representatives to bequeath their pensions to their children after they die.While some former ministers forgo their pensions, there are current ministers who forgo their salaries while serving the country without the State’s remuneration.According to daily Les Eco, Moulay Hafid Elalamy Minister of Industry, Trade & New Technologies, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture, and Mustafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties, have declined their salaries.
The review took place yesterday and today at the Palais Wilson in Geneva. The Committee has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, 7 December at 12:30 at the Palais des Nations to discuss its findings on Sri Lanka and the other States being reviewed. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today told the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) there are no more detainees arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).The Sri Lankan delegation at the session in Geneva when Sri Lanka was reviewed by CAT today, said that anyone arrested under the PTA can file an appeal in court. Sri Lanka today responded to several questions raised by the UN Committee yesterday. Among the other issues discussed between CAT members and the delegation from the Sri Lankan government are allegations of police torture during arrest and questioning, allegations of torture and rape by military and security forces, the state’s failure to provide fundamental safeguards against torture and ill-treatment unlawful detentions and so-called “white van abductions”, eradication of violence against women, including domestic violence, deaths in custody, severe overcrowding, unsanitary facilities and insufficient healthcare in detention centers and poor living conditions in centers for internally displaced persons.
by Bob Weber, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 16, 2015 10:30 am MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy company fights order over chemically tainted Alberta dairy farm An Alberta energy company is fighting an order to truck water to a family farm the company admits it has tainted with chemicals from its gas plant.Bonavista Energy (TSX:BNP) acknowledges it is the source of the solvent that has contaminated groundwater on the dairy farm near Edson, Alta. But the company is taking on the powerful Alberta Energy Regulator in the Alberta Court of Appeal over a ruling forcing it to truck usable water to the farm.“The (regulator) erred by issuing an order that is not objectively justifiable based on the evidence,” say court documents filed by the company.In late October, the regulator ordered Bonavista to truck water to the dairy farm owned by Ron and Lonni Saken. Those shipments began immediately and still continue.The order came after Bonavista’s own experts had found high levels of sulfolane — a solvent used in processing sour gas — in the farm’s well water. The chemical was traced to a gas plant the company had purchased from Suncor.The company drilled new wells. But that water was highly alkaline and had high levels of both methane and flouride.Milk production cratered. Pregnant cows spontaneously aborted their calves.The Sakens argued the contamination has destroyed their farm’s value. Plans to bring their son into the operation and expand the farm — which has been in the family since 1929 — have been cancelled.But Bonavista argues it has done enough by drilling the two wells, which are free of sulfolane.“While there have been issues related to bacteria, fluoride, and pH levels in relation to the two new wells, those issues are naturally occurring,” says Bonavista’s argument.“Bonavista submits that the fact that there is no presence of sulfolane in the two new wells demonstrates that the (regulator’s) order was not required for the purpose of protecting the landowners or the environment.”The company also argues the regulator has unfairly made any long-term solution subject to approval by the Sakens.“Granting to the landowners what amounts to a veto power is a denial of Bonavista’s legitimate expectation of procedural fairness and a denial of Bonavista’s right to natural justice,” says the appeal.Lonni Saken said Bonavista’s move came days before a scheduled meeting with the company.“I am absolutely shocked that Bonavista would bring a court case against the regulator,” she said.Ron Saken said milk production is up and the abortions have stopped since water was trucked in.“It’s quite exciting to milk again — they want to get milked. It’s good to see.“If I had to go back to that old water, there’s no way I would do it. I would quit farming.”Keith Wilson, the Sakens’ lawyer, called the appeal an attack on the regulator.“This is a company behaving extremely aggressively not only with this family farm, but also with the regulator,” he said. “These steps seek to limit the ability of the regulator to enforce Alberta’s environmental laws.”Wilson has filed a request of his own with the regulator that seeks to have the Saken farm declared a contaminated site. That would broaden the regulator’s enforcement powers and allow it to go after previous owners of the leaky gas plant, which include Suncor and Shell.Spokesmen from Bonavista or the Alberta Energy Regulator were not immediately available.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
Briefing on her recent mission to CAR, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, told the Council that she and Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the African Union on Women, Peace and Security, had aimed to spotlight the plight of women and girls, ensure that gender issues are addressed from the outset in the newly established UN mission, and to promote women’s participation and leadership in local reconciliation, transitional justice, and upcoming elections. “What we saw and heard was terrifying,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, explaining that in displacement camps countrywide, including one visited by the two officials, people sought shelter under plastic covers or even pieces of cloth in inhumane conditions, surrounded by puddles of dirty, stagnant water and garbage, vulnerable to waterborne diseases. As for reports of rape, sexual slavery, and other violations perpetrated by armed actors, she said that such reports had been confirmed last December by a UN fact-finding mission led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and supported by UN Women. “This violence has taken place in house-to-house searches, unauthorized road blocks, military camps, and as part of sectarian violence,” she continued, adding: “We learnt that girls are frequently subjected to forced marriage. Many have become pregnant, miscarried, or contracted sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.” With women and girls facing such miserable conditions, she told the Council there is a great need for medical and psycho-social support in sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs), 90 per cent of which lack services for survivors of gender-based violence. “The very few services that are available assist hundreds of victims of rape every month,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka added. “What I heard over and over again from women was that security and rule of law, healthcare, food, and schools were the country’s greatest needs,” she continued, noting that nearly two-thirds of schools in the CAR remain closed, and hundreds of thousands of children are growing up without an education. In addition, neighbouring countries are struggling to provide adequate support to tens of thousands of refugees. Cameroon now hosts approximately 100,000 newly arrived refugees, of whom 84 per cent are women and children who arrive after traveling for many days or weeks, and are often sick and traumatized. “These alarming and distressing facts are important to highlight because – as of today – less than one-third of the [UN] humanitarian appeal has been funded by the international community,” she said, calling for the urgent and full funding of that appeal. “I also call your attention to a very different side of the Central African Republic,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, explaining that against the odds, many people – including women from all walks of life – are organizing to survive and prosper. Indeed, women leaders across religious and social divides are clear in their resolve to bridge their difference and build a better future. “I urge members of the Security Council to support the women of the Central African Republic, and to implement the gender equality recommendations issued by the UN electoral needs assessment mission,” she said, stressing that the success of reconciliation initiatives, upcoming elections, and national recovery depends upon women’s leadership and participation. As for the UN integrated mission in CAR, known as MINUSCA, she said that when that operation is up and running, priority should be given to special temporary measures and quotas for women’s representation, and MINUSCA protection and security for women’s participation in the elections. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka reiterated further priorities, including that the Council ensure that troop-contributing countries for MINUSCA provide all troops access to the training on prevention of sexual violence; that women are represented in all processes that deal with peacemaking, peacebuilding and reconciliation; that efforts to rebuild the justice system and secure accountability for grave crimes include dedicated sexual and gender crimes experts; and education and economic well-being is also addressed. In his remarks, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for CAR, Babacar Gaye, said that the security situation “remains tense” in the capital, Bangui, and inside the country. The recent attack on the Notre-Dame de Fatima de Bangui church on 28 May, where 11 people including the priest were killed, illustrates not only the dangerous spiral of attacks and reprisals shaking the country, “but also radicalization of both parties and the risk of a worse situation.” “There is no doubt. To achieve lasting security, disarmament and an inclusive political dialogue are essential steps,” he said, noting the recent seminar facilitated by the Centre of Humanitarian Dialogue at the request of the Head of State of the Transition as well as a dialogue initiative of a local non-governmental organization as encouraging developments. “They indicate that many Central Africans are ready for dialogue if they believe it will bring peace,” said Mr. Gaye.
The joint customs and police Port Control Units, work at some of the world’s busiest ports and are trained to combat smuggling of drugs, precursor chemicals, as well as merchandise breaching intellectual property rights and protected wildlife.Recently, the Unit in Ecuador has seized two contaminated containers with over a tonne of cocaine. Similarly, the Unit in the Port of Callao in Brazil, interdicted a container with 1.5 tons of cocaine hidden inside.These units are at the heart of a joint programme launched in 2003 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization.The aim is to train customs and law enforcement officials in Latin America and the Caribbean, and elsewhere, to detect and disrupt the flow traffic of illicit goods, while facilitating legitimate trade and raising State revenues.Every year, more than 720 million containers move around the globe by sea, transporting 90 per cent of the world,s cargo. Most carry licit goods, but some are being used to smuggle drugs, weapons, and other illicit goods.“The Container Control Programme has become one of the most effective and result-oriented programmes worldwide,” said Tofik Murshudlu, UNODC’s Chief of the Implementation Support Section.The Programme also helps Member States build capacities and expertise to identify and seize suspicious container shipments of drugs, firearms, precursors, counterfeit medicines, wildlife species, smuggled goods and many others, he added.According to the UNODC, 18 operations have netted more than 8.9 tons of drugs. In addition, 18 containers have been detained due to intellectual property rights violations.So far, the Programme is operational in 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing site visits, technical assessments, trainings, and other support to create long-term enforcement structures in select seaports. It is also operational in Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Pakistan, Senegal, Togo and Turkmenistan.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In the week leading up to their game against the Bears, the New York Giants insisted the toughest thing about playing against Chicago halfback Tarik Cohen was finding him.The 5-foot-6, lightning quick Cohen must have been invisible to the Giants on Sunday.Cohen caught 12 passes for 156 yards, ran eight times for 30, returned two punts for 15, and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass as time ran out in the fourth quarter to help tie the game in a 30-27 overtime loss on Sunday.The 12 receptions, 150-plus yards and the TD throw allowed him to join Jerry Rice as the only players in NFL history with 150 yards receiving, 12 catches and a TD pass in a game.Despite the performance, Cohen wasn’t happy. Understandably so given the final score.“It’s a hurtful feeling, being that close,” the second-year pro said. “But it all falls on us. We put ourselves in that position. As a team, we dug that hole. It does hurt, still, to almost climb out of it, but not get there.”The play everyone will remember is the tying touchdown pass to Anthony Miller. It came after B.W. Webb of the Giants was called for pass interference in the end zone with :03 to play.Daniel handed off to tight end Trey Burton, who lateraled to Cohen, who had lined up in the slot on the left side. The play called for Daniel to circle out and be the primary receiver — like the Eagles’ Philly special in the Super Bowl that Burton threw — but the veteran backup quarterback who was starting for Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) got picked and wasn’t an option.Running to his right, Cohen looked around and found a wide-open Miller for the touchdown.“That’s a play that we’ve had for a long time,” said Cohen, who also had a 23-yard catch on the tying drive to get the ball to the New York 9 with 11 seconds to go. “I think we put it in (the playbook) in camp or the beginning of the season. It’s designed to go to the quarterback, and there’s a second read on there. They had covered Chase (Daniel), so. in practice, I actually had to throw it this week, even though Chase wasn’t covered (in practice), so it worked out.”Cohen showed a sense of humour after the game. When asked what the play was called he said:“Oompa-Loompa.”For real?“I made that up,” he quickly admitted.Bears coach Matt Nagy said he was not tempted to go for the win after the touchdown.“You can look back after all this stuff happened and say, man, ‘I wish we would have gone for two,’” said Nagy, who added the decision to go for one points was made at the start of the drive.The trick play with Cohen wasn’t the only one the Bears ran. They also used nose tackle Akiem Hicks on a fourth-down 1-yard dive for a touchdown that was reminiscent of William “The Fridge” Perry in the mid-1980s. It was called “freezer left.”“We have had that play in for weeks, and we’ve been practicing it,” Nagy said. “The rain was coming down. There was times where — I don’t know if you guys could tell — but there were some times out there on the field where the ball was slick, and so in that situation, that was the time where we felt like, ‘Hey, No. 1, let’s get this snap under centre. Let’s give (Hicks) a chance,’ and he is hard to stop down there with getting that ball full-steam ahead.”Hicks said he was “super excited” after getting the call.“Super excited to get behind our big fellas, our other big guys, and let them get me to the end zone,” Hicks said of his first career run. “It was pretty cool, man. It was a fun play and it was exciting.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Canavan, The Associated Press
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Hot Takedown Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 12, 2016), we explore the pain of Jordan Spieth’s collapse in the final round of the 2016 Masters with Golf Digest’s Shane Ryan, we argue about Sam Hinkie’s legacy with the Philadelphia 76ers and ask whether his resignation is a referendum on tanking in the NBA, and we preview the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, a significant digit on the Detroit Tigers fan who caught five foul balls at a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:ESPN’s Ian O’Connor says Jordan Spieth’s collapse was the most shocking in golf’s history.Neil Paine explains why Spieth’s choke also required a great comeback from Englishman Danny Willett.Here is Sam Hinkie’s 13-page letter to the Philadelphia 76ers’ investors.And here’s Albert Burneko of Deadspin telling us why Hinkie’s words are self-congratulatory and borderline incoherent.On the other side, 76ers’ blogger Andrew Unterberger says Hinkie gave Philly hope.The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog outlines the fatal flaws of this year’s NHL playoff teams.And Kevin Allen in USA Today says there are no favorites on the way to the Stanley Cup.Significant Digit: about 1 in 262 trillion. That’s the estimated likelihood of catching five foul balls at the home of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park — a feat achieved by Tigers’ fan Bill Dugan at a game on Monday. Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
Junior defenseman Dani Sadek carves through the ice with the puck vs Penn State on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy OSU AthleticsThe offseason in any sport has its drama, and that’s certainly the case for the Ohio State women’s hockey team. Coming off a disappointing 10-25-1 season in 2015-16, OSU bid adieu to three transfers — including its captain Alexa Ranahan, and top scorer Claudia Kepler — and its head coach whose job was terminated amid NCAA violations.On Friday, the Buckeyes are looking to close that chapter and start anew, taking on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, in two games this weekend to ring in the new season.On Sept. 10, OSU named Nadine Muzerall its third coach in as many seasons. Although she hadn’t been on the ice yet with her team, Muzerall will be in New York to coach her new team. Redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve said that the offseason made the team grow up a bit.“As a whole right now, we’re just trying to come together and play Buckeye hockey,” Sauve said. “This is a new era for us. Having everyone rolling on the same page is really important for us right now.”Suave started 20 games her freshman year before suffering an injury. She sat out last season — earning a medical redshirt — following double-hip surgery. Sauve said that each hip took about six to nine months to recover and return to action.“It’s been 581 days since my last game,” she said. “Not that I’ve been counting.”As for the Buckeyes opponent, RPI has already played a pair of games in the 2016-17 campaign, splitting a two-game set with the University of Maine. Similar to OSU, RPI experienced a difficult season, finishing the year with a 10-17-7 record. The Engineers ranked 29th out of 35 teams in the NCAA in goals scored, compared to OSU’s finish at third-most goals allowed last year.RPI senior forward Laura Norwood leads her team with 12 shots through two games. She notched a goal and an assist in the team’s 3-1 win in its season opener. To stop her and the rest of the Engineer attack, the Buckeyes will welcome back redshirt freshman defenseman Jincy Dunne who sat out last year after suffering two concussions in a short period of time.Dunne came into OSU as a highly-touted recruit. She has experience on the international level, playing for U18 Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship, winning silver medal in 2014 and claiming gold in 2015. Although she has yet to see her in game action, sophomore defenseman Lauren Boyle is excited to see her classmate besider her on the ice.“I think (Jincy) is one of the best passers I’ve ever played with,” Boyle said. “She has so much composure and poise on the ice that it’s fun to be out there with her and it’s fun to watch.”OSU was voted to finish second-to-last in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association preseason poll. Last year, Boyle said there wasn’t a lot of emphasis on winning games early, rather than hitting their stride late in the season. That stride never fit, so OSU is attempting to jump out to a quick start in Muzerall’s first season as head coach, along with still working in a new system.But the Buckeyes seem to believe they are mentally prepared after the program changes that occurred in the offseason.“I think going forward this year, it’s going to help us when things get tough and things aren’t always going to go the way we want them to in game situations,” said Lauren Spring, OSU junior forward. “Having to go through adversity early on can be a good thing for teams.”OSU will likely undergo a learning process with a new coaching staff, but two wins this weekend is definitely on the minds of the team.“I think it would put a lot of confidence behind us and have a little more trust in the process of placing the staff and getting the whole program going in the right direction,” Boyle said. “It kind of all depends on how the team all clicks together. We’re all learning new systems.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother of 9 dies while awaiting treatment at GPHC …investigation launchedAugust 24, 2016In “Health”GPHC promises probe following woman’s post-delivery deathJanuary 27, 2019In “Health”10-year-old mysteriously collapses, dies at schoolJune 10, 2016In “latest news” Hours after the tragic death of her newborn, a mother of five succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Friday.The child was reportedly delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Thursday but the mother had to be transferred to the GPHC due to complications.The dead woman has been identified as Karen Shondell Reid, 40, of Lot 42 Sheet Anchor East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).According to the now dead woman’s 14-year-old daughter, her mother claimed that she was prevented from eating and was only given water and cream soda on Thursday.“She said she was hungry and they gave her three tablets and she showed me them and say that the nurse told her that she has to drink the three Cytotec tablets. She said that the doctor and that they have to give her more tablets” the teenager stated.Tracy Limpkin, a cousin, they were told by doctors that the pill Reid was allegedly given is used to induce labour but because of the quantity she was given, it caused an adverse reaction.“It dislocates the placenta and the placenta started to move and that is why she went into shock. The doctor said she was actually brain-dead because her organs started to shut down. He said they gave her blood and the blood started coming out back because it was not clotting because the body was not working well.”<<
A former student of the Anna Regina Multilateral School died on Monday while receiving medical attention for a pain to the ankle at the Suddie Public Hospital.The dead teen has been identified as 14-year-old Ramindra Khagaram of Lot 14 Henrietta, Essequibo Coast.Based on reports received, the young man started to cry out for a pain to his left ankle on Sunday and as such, he was taken to the hospital to have a checkup. On Sunday, he would have celebrated his 14th Birthday.At the medical facility, the teen was reportedly given an injection and antibiotics.Dead, Ramindra KhagaramHe returned home and immediately went to sleep after feeling drowsy. His mother told Inews that soon after her son woke up and started to cry out for chest pains and without hesitation, he was rushed to the same hospital.He was seen by another doctor who give him another injection and some tablets. At about 2:00h on Monday morning, the mother reportedly went to her son’s room to check on him but found that his body was extremely cold and he was perspiring heavily.Again, she took him back to the hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but took his last breath a few hours later.The grieving parents said that their eldest son was a strong child and believed that he was given the wrong treatment.“He went to the hospital in high spirit and good health just a little pain in the left ankle, he was anxious to come home to celebrate his birthday with the family and friends”, the mother cried. The parents said that they are awaiting the results of the post mortem before taking any legal actions against the hospital.The young man leaves to mourn his parents and one brother. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibo teen died from blood poisoning – PMEJuly 24, 2019In “Crime”‘Thorough probe needed’ – says father of teen who died after being treated for ankle painAugust 7, 2019In “latest news”Hospital suicide: man’s family blames staff at the facilityJune 5, 2017In “Health”
Red Dot Europe has welcomed Trysome Auto-Electrical Engineering Ltd into its global network of heavy-duty mobile HVAC units and parts dealers to reach customers throughout southern Africa.The new partnership enables Red Dot to expand its global footprint while granting aftermarket customers greater access to Red Dot’s selection of leading products for operator comfort and safety, it said.Trysome, southern Africa’s largest single-source supplier of heavy-duty auto-electrical components and collision avoidance systems, provides specialised auto-electrical and replacement components, technical services and collision avoidance systems for construction, agricultural, trucking and mining machinery.Following this agreement, customers can now purchase Red Dot products through Trysome’s branches located in South Africa provinces Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape and across the border in Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and Namibia.“We are thrilled to partner with Trysome as a global Red Dot distributor,” said Andy Elshaw, Managing Director of Red Dot Europe. “This new relationship presents a tremendous opportunity for both Trysome and Red Dot to serve heavy-duty fleets throughout the region, and foster relationships in this leading market for construction, mining and agricultural equipment.”Red Dot offers a range of industrial mobile heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, parts and components for transport and heavy machinery.The company said: “With heating and cooling solutions developed for trucking, agriculture, industrial and construction applications, all Red Dot units and parts are built to last in any demanding environment.Not only does Red Dot design and manufacture complete HVAC units and kits for rooftops, trailers and cabins, it is also a full-line distributor of condensers, compressors, filters, thermostats, switches, fans and many other replacement parts for OE units.
POPE FRANCIS TODAY prayed for the victims of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines at a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a mosaic image of the country’s youngest saint in St. Peter’s Basilica.The ceremony was attended by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, who helped coordinate aid efforts after the storm, which left around 5,500 people dead or missing and 4.4 million homeless.In an improvised speech, Pope Francis said:I have been close to your people, I have seen how great the pain has been but also how strong the people have been.Faith emerged from the ruins, it came from solidarity in the moment of hardship. Irish humanitarian agency GOAL has said meanwhile that the humanitarian situation and devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is as bad as any of the natural disasters GOAL has responded to since its foundation 36 years ago.As part of the relief effort Aer Lingus will this Sunday fly 40 tonnes of GOAL aid, including much-needed emergency medical supplies, water, food, shelter materials and other essential items to survivors of the typhoon to Dubai, for onward distribution to the Philippines.
Image: DPA/PA Images Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:03 AM The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s everything you need to know as we start Wednesday http://jrnl.ie/3346411 By Rónán Duffy 10,527 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #CRUSH THE SABOTEURS: The British press has been ramping up the discourse as the UK prepares for a snap election.2. #RHETORIC: US Vice President Mike Pence has promised an “overwhelming and effective” response to any attack by North Korea.3. #HOMELESSNESS: A transplant patient has spoken about being homeless and living in his car on Killiney Hill in Dublin.4. #MICROBEADS: The government is to bring forward legislation banning the sale of products that contain microbeads.5. #FACEBOOK KILLING: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has paid his respects to the family of a man whose murder was posted to the social networking site.6. #PRIMARY CITY: New stats show that Dublin Airport is taking passengers from Cork.7. #INSENSITIVE: Adidas has apologised for sending out a marketing email praising customers it said “survived” this year’s Boston Marathon.8. #DUBLIN TO DOHA: There’s to be a new link between Ireland and the Middle-East with Dublin getting a new direct route to Qatar,9. #KILLORGLIN: Gardaí are appealing for information over the unsolved murder of 58-year-old James Cahillane at his home in Kerry in 2012. Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Apr 19th 2017, 8:03 AM Image: DPA/PA Images
Shimla: Three people were killed after their car fell into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district on Thursday, police said. The accident took place on the Bhekhali-Beasar stretch of road this morning, Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, said. The victims were residents of Jindor village in Kullu, she said.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Daniel T. Ksepka et al. Early Paleocene landbird supports rapid phylogenetic and morphological diversification of crown birds after the K–Pg mass extinction, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1700188114AbstractEvidence is accumulating for a rapid diversification of birds following the K–Pg extinction. Recent molecular divergence dating studies suggest that birds radiated explosively during the first few million years of the Paleocene; however, fossils from this interval remain poorly represented, hindering our understanding of morphological and ecological specialization in early neoavian birds. Here we report a small fossil bird from the Nacimiento Formation of New Mexico, constrained to 62.221–62.517 Ma. This partial skeleton represents the oldest arboreal crown group bird known. Phylogenetic analyses recovered Tsidiiyazhi abini gen. et sp. nov. as a member of the Sandcoleidae, an extinct basal clade of stem mousebirds (Coliiformes). The discovery of Tsidiiyazhi pushes the minimum divergence ages of as many as nine additional major neoavian lineages into the earliest Paleocene, compressing the duration of the proposed explosive post–K–Pg radiation of modern birds into a very narrow temporal window parallel to that suggested for placental mammals. Simultaneously, Tsidiiyazhi provides evidence for the rapid morphological (and likely ecological) diversification of crown birds. Features of the foot indicate semizygodactyly (the ability to facultatively reverse the fourth pedal digit), and the arcuate arrangement of the pedal trochleae bears a striking resemblance to the conformation in owls (Strigiformes). Inclusion of fossil taxa and branch length estimates impacts ancestral state reconstructions, revealing support for the independent evolution of semizygodactyly in Coliiformes, Leptosomiformes, and Strigiformes, none of which is closely related to extant clades exhibiting full zygodactyly. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Ryan Williamson (left) and Taylor Williamson (right), the twin sons of Thomas Williamson, discovered the fossil site while on a weekend fossil collecting trip with their father when they were 11 years old. Credit: Thomas Williamson. Fossil bones of Tsidiiyazhi abini, a 62.5 million-year-old fossil representing the oldest arboreal species of crown bird. Credit: Thomas Stidham Citation: New species of ancient bird discovered in New Mexico (2017, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-species-ancient-bird-mexico.html Explore further Approximately 65 million years ago, planetary scientists believe, a large asteroid struck the Earth near what is now the Yucatan Peninsula. The impact and its aftermath were so massive that it caused the extinction of approximately 70 percent of plants and animals on the planet. Scientists have been able to piece together what happened to many land animals in the millions of years after the great extinction, but little progress has been made regarding birds. Because their bones are smaller and more fragile, birds do not fossilize as well as other animals. Thus, they leave behind fewer traces of their existence. That is why the new find is so important—because it is helping to fill in the phylogenetic tree.The discovery of the fossil (which the team has named Tsidiiyazhi abini) was actually made by Ryan and Taylor Williamson, 11-year-old twin sons of co-author Thomas Williamson, as the family was out on a fossil hunting expedition. The father and his colleagues returned to the site to unearth the fossil remains and then to study them. They were not in good shape, the team reports, but there was enough material to get a feel for what the bird looked like. The team was also able to date the fossil and to compare it with the few other fossils that have been found in other locations from roughly the same time period. That allowed the team to flesh out the family tree to include as many as 10 major bird groups existing as early as four million years after the great extinction—much earlier than previously believed. The bird was dated to approximately 62 to 65 million years ago, which, the team notes, suggested birds recovered rapidly from the asteroid strike. They note also that the bird closely resembles the modern mousebird, and had the unique ability to turn its fourth toe. This allowed it to turn its body completely about-face—a feature seen with modern owls. © 2017 Phys.org Artist’s rendering of Tsidiiyazhi abini. Credit: Sean Murtha. Group builds most comprehensive family tree of birds to date (Phys.org)—A new species of ancient bird has been discovered by a trio of researchers working in the New Mexico desert—its fossilized remains were found in the Nacimiento Formation in the San Juan Basin. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daniel Ksepka with the Bruce Museum, Thomas Stidham with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Thomas Williamson with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History describe the fossil that was found and how it contributes to better understand bird evolution after the massive die-off that led to the extinction of most of the dinosaurs.
Curated by MyArtWorld, Pakistan, the show is a part of the Lifestyle exhibition “Aalishan Pakistan” organised by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan(TDAP), to promote Pakistani contemporary art across the border and give established and emerging artists a platform to showcase their art. The participating artists are – Amin Gulgee, Ali Azmat, Tapu Javeri, Scheherzade Junejo,Summayya Jillani, Dua Abbas, Zehra Javeri, Ramzan Jafri, Sahyr Sayed, Syed Shahabdullah and Rabia Ajaz. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Issues of gender, problem of identity, place of body, question of tradition and the role of politics in a post colonial society are a few themes evident in the works being presented. The show projects the diversity in terms of artists’ ideas, approaches and positions. The exploration of themes within this broad spectrum illuminates the breadth, complexity and beauty of works produced in the region. When: 11-14 September Where: Art Junction, The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place Timing: 11 am – 8 pm
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple fans hoping for an imminent release of the company’s home automation platform, HomeKit, will have to wait. Sources participating in the program tell Fortune that the launch date has moved back from an anticipated May or June time-frame to something closer to late August or September.To be clear, Apple has never announced a launch date for HomeKit, but partners had said during this year’s CES, the annual consumer electronics trade show, to expect something in spring. One partner had told Re/code to expect products in time for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.That has changed. Sources close to the situation say is planning a smaller announcement around HomeKit in the near term, but not the official launch. Apparently, making it easy to sign in and get your devices (door locks, light blubs, et cetera) online is much harder to do than Apple anticipated. One source says the code base associated with that part of the process “blew up” and required way too much memory for smaller, battery-powered devices, so Apple is trying to shrink the code back down to size.Apple announced the HomeKit platform almost a year ago at its Worldwide Developer Conference to much fanfare but with relatively little information. In fact, most of what we know comes from from leaks. For now, the basic information is that Apple is building out a platform that will let consumers control HomeKit-compliant products using Siri, its speech-recognizing assistant, or the notification screens of their phones, tablets, and watches.At CES in January, electronics companies showed off plugs, light bulbs, and other gadgets that turned on with a quick tap on the iPhone notification screen. A consumer can also create “scenes” that combined several products together and let an individual control a group of lights or a group of products with a single tap. A good example of this might be an “away scene” that could lock your door and turn off your lights as you leave the house. Other products on the market offer similar functionality, but setting them up can require a more time-intensive process of buying different devices, making sure they work together with the hub you’ve chosen, and then programming it all.Apple’s HomeKit promised to make the set-up process as easy as plugging in the device and putting it on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone. The user would still have to set up scenes but, again, the Apple UI expertise would presumably make that experience a joy as opposed to a test of human patience. (As someone who has installed more than half a dozen home hubs and owns an Android phone, even I was looking forward to what Apple would do.)But it looks like consumers will have to keep waiting.HomeKit-certified products will rely on the Made for iPhone/iPad program to meet the security and standards associated with getting on the network. Vendors hoping to sell HomeKit products must apply for the program and use certified hardware in their products.Recently, a bit of information trickled out as to how HomeKit plans to handle Bluetooth, the wireless protocol, which is important for the makers of light bulbs and smart locks (such as Apple HomeKit partner August). When Broadcom recently launched new software for its silicon, it said: “HomeKit devices will be able to bridge from a non-WiFi device such as a Bluetooth Smart light bulb to connect to a smart plug containing Broadcom’s software module, creating a bridge from the light bulb to the user’s HomeKit-supported app on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.”Another question Apple has yet to publicly address: What role Apple TV will play in the HomeKit ecosystem. If the phone or tablet is the brains of the “smart” home, your home will become “dumb” once the owner leaves—bad news for any scheduled events or security monitoring.At its developers conference next month, Apple is expected to address this with what observers believe will be an Apple TV refresh. But as for a proper launch of the HomeKit system and related devices? Instead of planning for a summer project, consumers should hope for a back-to-school launch instead.Apple did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine May 14, 2015 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read