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Global BC and CKNW AM 980 to Join Forces

first_img Twitter Global BC and CKNW AM 980 are pleased to announce that Global News Hour at 6, BC’s longest-running and best-known news program will be simulcast on the radio station beginning Monday, November 7. The addition of the hour-long wrap-up of the day’s stories will appeal to radio listeners who have developed an appetite for an extended evening newscast.Corus Entertainment, the parent company of these two powerhouse brands, is committed to engaging audiences and providing access to compelling content, on any platform, at any time. Global BC and CKNW are well-recognized in the Vancouver area and this collaboration is a natural next step in the evolution of Corus’ combined assets.“Simulcasting Global News Hour at 6 on CKNW will help us grow audiences on both our TV and radio platforms,” said Kenton Boston, VP, Global News & Corus Radio, Western Canada. “Whether you’re at work, on the road, at home or on-the-go, accessing the best news coverage and storytelling has never been easier.” Advertisement CKNW AM 980 and Global BC are part of the Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B), a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW AM 980, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Tune in to Global News Hour at 6 PT on November 7 on CKNW AM 980, http://www.cknw.com/, on the CKNW AM 980 app, on Global, on globalnews.ca, http://globalnews.ca/live/bc/, on Apple Music, Apple Carplay or 101.1 FM HD2. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Conservationist changes to Fisheries Act are a bit of a dirty trick

first_imgAPTN National NewsConservationist and biologist Otto Langer has thirty years of experience working for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and he says that planned changes to the Fisheries Act will endanger the health of B.C. fish resources.Specifically, it comes down to one word: “habitat”.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith spoke to Langer about the coming changes and the potential for public input.last_img


October 14, 2019 0

West Africa deadly floods could trigger disease outbreaks UN agency warns

15 September 2009Deadly floods that have swept across West Africa could lead to outbreaks of diarrhoea, malaria and other communicable diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned today, calling for funding to respond to the emergency. Deadly floods that have swept across West Africa could lead to outbreaks of diarrhoea, malaria and other communicable diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) cautioned today, calling for funding to respond to the emergency.The heavy rains that began in June have claimed nearly 160 lives and affected some 600,000 people.While no outbreaks have been reported so far in affected countries including Ghana and Mali, there have been increased reports of malaria and diarrhoea, but WHO cautioned that a complete picture of how many people are suffering health conditions due to the flooding has not been obtained.With the rains limited access health facilities, mothers and children risk getting ill due to lack of services.WHO also noted that the loss of critical services could prove to be life-threatening for some patients. For example, 12 dialysis machines in the central hospital in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, are off-line, putting the lives of dozens of chronically ill people at risk.“Malnutrition could become an important issue as many people had poor nutritional statuses before the crises,” the agency said.WHO’s country offices in West Africa require additional resources to address the emergency, as well as for fixing damaged health centres and medical supplies.For Burkina Faso – where 150,000 people have been affected by floods and nearly 50,000 are seeking refuge in schools, churches and other public buildings – the agency has asked for over $400,000 from the $18 million flash appeal launched last week for the country for medicine, dialysis machines and other supplies.The torrential rains have destroyed crops and infrastructure in a region already hard hit by poverty, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“It’s a very worrisome situation that further weakens already impoverished populations,” Hervé Ludovic de Lys, head of OCHA in West Africa, said earlier this month.“Natural disasters have lasting consequences that will have an impact for decades to come and take us back to square one in terms of the fight against poverty.”UN humanitarian agencies and their partners have been providing emergency relief, including food, medical supplies, shelter material, hygiene kits and disinfection materials to those affected. read more


October 11, 2019 0

UN condemns deadly attack in Afghan capital

“This deliberate targeting of civilians demonstrates once again a senseless disregard for human life on the part of the perpetrators,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. According to media reports, the attacks occurred around 6:30 a.m. local time close to the Kabul City Centre shopping area and the Safi Landmark Hotel. At least 17 people have reportedly been killed.“The thoughts of all United Nations staff across Afghanistan are with the victims and their families,” said the spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Dan McNorton. This is the second deadly attack in the capital since the start of this year. On 18 January, Government buildings, including the presidential palace, as well as shopping malls and other areas were targeted in a set of coordinated attacks for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. 26 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations mission in Afghanistan have strongly condemned today’s attacks in Kabul which caused the death and injury of many Afghan and foreign residents and for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. read more


October 11, 2019 0

UN resumes repatriation of Liberian refugees from Côte dIvoire

27 May 2011The United Nations refugee agency said today it has resumed the repatriation of Liberian refugees who had been stranded in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, during the recent post-election violence there. Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva that two chartered flights flew 264 Liberian refugees from the southern Ivorian city to Roberts International Airport near Monrovia, the Liberian capital, on Tuesday and Thursday.“These refugees had first sought refuge at our Abidjan office in December, when they were targeted amid allegations that Liberian mercenaries were fighting for ex-president Laurent Gbagbo in western Côte d’Ivoire,” she said.“They asked to be repatriated to Liberia, and one group was flown home in March before growing insecurity forced the operation to be suspended.” Violence erupted in Côte d’Ivoire last December when Mr. Gbagbo refused to step down after he lost the UN-certified presidential run-off election in November to Alassane Ouattara. Mr. Ouattara was sworn in earlier this month after Mr. Gbagbo surrendered in April, and much of the violence ceased.Ms. Fleming said most of this week’s returnees were heading home for the first time in nearly 20 years. Several were born in exile and are more fluent in French than English, Liberia’s official language. “There are still some refugees at our office compound who have not yet made up their minds about repatriation, while new groups have been approaching us to find out more about returning to Liberia,” she said.Ms. Fleming said that as the situation stabilizes in Côte d’Ivoire, the pace of the Ivorian outflow into neighbouring countries is gradually slowing. In the past week for example, she said, the average number of Ivorians crossing into Liberia has gone down from 200 to 130.“However, UNHCR remains concerned about the slow progress of national reconciliation efforts in Côte d’Ivoire,” she said. “Fear of reprisals is preventing hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees from going back to their homes in the west and in parts of Abidjan.”So far this year 434 Liberian refugees have been helped home from Abidjan, Ms. Fleming said. Since 2004, UNHCR has helped more than 170,000 Liberian refugees to return home from the region. “Our staff have been supporting Liberian returnee communities by rehabilitating schools, roads, clinics as well as providing water and sanitation facilities. We have also been helpingpeople to support themselves through income generating projects across the country,” Ms. Fleming said. Although the Liberian civil war ended in 2003, there are still some 24,000 Liberian refugees in Côte d’Ivoire. Cote read more


October 11, 2019 0

Competition Bureau ups bidrigging work to protect federal infrastructure cash

OTTAWA – The Competition Bureau of Canada says its efforts to identify and prevent bid rigging in construction contracts this year has already turned up potential criminal activity — just as new federal infrastructure money begins to flow.Pierre-Yves Guay, the bureau’s assistant deputy commissioner, said some of the educational outreach the bureau has delivered since April has resulted in illegal activities being uncovered and inquiries being launched.Guay couldn’t say if any of the situations were related to projects funded from the new infrastructure program.“I cannot confirm that for now, but … I’m sure you’re going to be able to see some developments in the coming months,” he said.Those projects are overseen by provincial and municipal governments, who own the majority of infrastructure in the country and are responsible for tendering contracts. The federal government’s role is to provide cash once receipts are submitted.The Competition Bureau warned the government months ago that the Liberals’ infrastructure commitment, originally slated at $60 billion in extra spending over 10 years, but now upped to a commitment of more than $90 billion over an additional two years, would prove very tempting for companies looking to illegally boost their bottom lines.Typically, bid-rigging occurs when firms vying for a contract agree to artificially increase their prices, or restrict the supply of goods and services, to drive up the value of a job.Officials at Infrastructure Canada, in a May briefing note to the department’s deputy minister, noted that the increased costs are “ultimately passed on to the public.” The briefing note said an international agency estimates that bid-rigging can increase the cost of public infrastructure by 30 per cent and decrease the quality of construction.“It is uncertain if this estimate is directly applicable to the Canadian context, but it does demonstrate the potential damage these practices can do to public procurement processes,” reads the briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.Guay said it’s simply a matter of supply and demand: There is a whack of cash available, but only so many companies available to do the work.“When you get into conditions like that, it’s very conducive for companies to just try to split the contracts between themselves,” he said.“This is why we are on the lookout at this point and trying to take action with the public procurement community to help decision-makers to acquire the knowledge and tools to prevent, detect, bid-rigging and other egregious cartel activities.”Bureau commissioner John Pecman delivered that message in a written strategy at budget time, outlined in a briefing note marked “secret,” which The Canadian Press also obtained under the access act.Pecman called for a “cross-government, cross-jurisdictional team” to craft and run a strategy to deter and detect potential bid-rigging related to federal infrastructure funds and approved projects. Among the strategies Pecman suggested: increased educational activities and using economic algorithms to screen procurement data to identify problem bids.“There is an opportunity to address a potential threat to public procurement proactively to promote specific and general deterrence, implement best practices in tender design and processing for prevention and provide procurement authorities with the tools to detect bid-rigging if it occurs,” the briefing note reads.“By doing so, the government can demonstrate that it has taken rigorous steps to obtain best value for money for Canadians as it delivers on its commitment.”Normally, the bureau holds about 20 to 30 presentations a year for public procurement professionals, trade associations and law enforcement groups, but this year it is trying to do 35 or even 40, Guay said. Since April 1, the start of the fiscal year, the bureau has run 24 presentations.“By the number of complaints that we get after these presentations, people are on the lookout for any signs of bid rigging that we’ve been providing them,” Guay said.— Follow @jpress on Twitter. by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau ups bid-rigging work to protect federal infrastructure cash read more


October 3, 2019 0

Proposed California climate deal takes aim at toxic air

Proposed California climate deal takes aim at toxic air SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A plan to extend California’s signature climate initiative for another decade looks beyond cutting greenhouse gas emissions and takes aim at toxic air in the polluted neighbourhoods around refineries and factories.The proposal comes as Gov. Jerry Brown moves to bolster California’s reputation — and his own — as a global leader in the battle against climate change, which he has intensified following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.California’s existing program, known as cap and trade, puts a limit on the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions and requires polluters to buy and trade allowances to emit carbon. It aims to encourage polluters to clean up by putting a price on carbon and reducing allowable emissions over time.One of a pair bills negotiated by Brown and top lawmakers would extend that program, which is the state’s highest profile initiative in a suite of policies designed to combat climate change, which needs the support of two-thirds of lawmakers. The other part of the plan is an air quality bill that needs only a simple majority to pass.Both bills could clear the full Legislature by Thursday evening.Critics on the left charge that the cap and trade program leaves low-income neighbourhoods around ports, refineries, cement plants and factories saddled with toxic air even if it helps reduce the state’s overall emissions. That’s because polluters can keep releasing greenhouse gases as long as they pay for emissions permits, known as allowances, and pollution offsets, such as reforestation efforts.For that reason, backers of the plan paired the cap-and-trade extension with a bill to improve air quality. The legislation requires local air quality management districts to monitor and report air quality data around the dirtiest sources of pollution. Some polluters will be required to upgrade equipment to newer, cleaner technology.“There’s some old equipment out there at oil refineries and other facilities, that if it were just brought up to current standards would pollute a lot less,” said Bill Magavern, policy director for the Coalition for Clean Air.Maximum penalties for violating pollution laws will jump from $1,000 to $5,000 per day, and they’ll go up each year to match inflation.The deal has won over some environmental groups as well as liberal lawmakers who aggressively pushed for a focus on air quality.“If I were singlehandedly writing legislation that only I had to vote for I might write something stronger, but I think this is one that is a very progressive, very positive compromise,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, a Democrat from San Diego. “And it allows us to get the pollution language that I don’t think we could get without coming at the same time as cap-and -trade.”But it’s angered others who say the air-quality improvements don’t make up for concessions to polluters. It would prevent local air districts from further restricting carbon emissions of stationary sources, and it would prohibit the California Air Resources Board — the state’s primary environmental regulator — from regulating oil refineries through any mechanism other than cap-and-trade.“It’s California climate policy that’s been written by big oil and it actually takes California’s climate leadership a step backwards,” Amy Vanderwarker, executive director of the California Environmental Justice Alliance, said in a conference call with other environmental justice advocates opposed to the legislation.Several air quality management districts argue the air quality monitoring pieces will require money the state isn’t providing. Tom Addison, senior policy adviser for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, said implementing the air monitoring goals without additional money will force the Bay Area district to focus less on other pollution reduction efforts.“That’s a terrible choice to put us in,” he said.The proposed cap-and-trade extension does list cleaning up air pollutants from stationary and mobile sources as a priority use of money generated from cap-and-trade auctions. But the air quality legislation doesn’t explicitly designate money for monitoring. Specific expenditures are subject to future legislative approval.The Bay Area district has previously floated putting greater carbon emissions restrictions on refineries under its jurisdiction, a move that would be blocked if the cap-and-trade deal passes. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is also concerned about a lack of funding in the bill.Brown and legislative leaders, meanwhile, branded the air quality bill in a Monday night press release as a “landmark program to measure and combat air pollution at the neighbourhood level.”“All communities deserve clean air, benefits from strong climate actions, and a strong green economy. This package does just that,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement.Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, the prime sponsor of the air quality legislation, has not yet commented on it. FILE – In this May 25, 2017 aerial photo, storage tanks from the Standard Oil Refinery in El Segundo, Calif., are seen behind the El Porto neighborhood in Manhattan Beach, Calif. A plan to extend California’s signature climate initiative for another decade looks beyond cutting greenhouse gas emissions and takes aim at toxic air in the polluted neighborhoods around refineries and factories. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) by Jonathan J. Cooper And Kathleen Ronayne, The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2017 7:33 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


October 3, 2019 0

New England Patriots Owner Wanted Tim Tebow to Make

Photo by AP Photo/Michael DwyerNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently said that he wanted Tim Tebow to make his team. Kraft also said he hopes the quarterback gets signed by another team.“I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team,” Kraft said Tuesday in an interview on CBS’ This Morning. “If you look, four of the last five years we’ve only carried two quarterbacks, and you know when a cut-down time comes, you need those last three, four positions for depth.”Tom Brady, who spoke out for the first time since Tebow was cut from the team, said he enjoyed the former Florida Gator as teammate.“I enjoyed being around him very much,” Brady said of Tebow on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” in Boston. “He’s a very talented football player, and to have a chance to spend a couple months with him and kind of become a friend of his was a great thing.”“Yesterday we were talking about a lot of the quarterbacks that have been through our team over the years, and everyone brings a unique skill set and attitude to the table, and I really enjoyed being with him,” Brady said.After Tebow was waived Saturday, it left Ryan Mallett as the only quarterback on the depth chart to back up Brady. read more


September 30, 2019 0

Whoops Duchess of Cambridge catches Countess of Wessex as she falls over

first_imgOn Wednesday, all eyes will be on the Queen as she dashes from the rescheduled State Opening of Parliament, after delivering the Queen’s Speech, to the race meet; one of her favourite annual occasions. The Duchess of Cambridge smiled a lot during the day, appearing to enjoy the Royal AscotCredit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire Tens of thousands of racegoers in the stands cheered as the four carriages carrying the Royals rode past. The Duchess of Cambridge smiled a lot during the day, appearing to enjoy the Royal Ascot Fortunately for Sophie, the Duchess of Cambridge was both quick-witted and good-humoured, shooting out her arms to catch her before bursting into laughter.The Countess appeared to stumble as she got into the Royal Ascot carriage she shared with her husband, the Earl of Wessex, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Falling forwards, she was caught under the arms by the Duchess who helped to steady her with a comical gaped mouth of shock before the pair caught one another’s eye and descended into giggles. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. No harm done! The pair grinned after the awkward encounterCredit: Jason Dawson No harm done! The pair grinned after the awkward encounter As one of the most prestigious society events of the season, Royal Ascot tradition dictates everything from top hat to hemline.There is no etiquette guide in the world, though, which covers the faux pas facing the Countess of Wessex yesterday: falling in the lap of a future Queen. The Countess, who took it all in her stride, turned to the cameras to smile self-depricatingly, recovering her composure even while watched by the world’s media.The Duke and Earl also appeared to share a joke as they settled into their carriage, for a day out with senior Royals including the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. Carole Middleton, the Duchess’ mother, was also in attendance, along with Mike and Zara Tindall who were seen deep in conversation with the Duchess in the afternoon.This year, Royal Ascot got underway with heightened security, with visible armed police patrolling the racecourse, and more extensive dog, bag and physical searches.Racegoers were warned that access to the course will take longer and to allow extra time, but appeared to take it in good humour. The Queen led her family and Royal Ascot racegoers in a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and London and Manchester terror attacks.The racecourse is making a donation of £100,000 to the British Red Cross UK Solidarity and London Fire Relief Funds and local charities to support those affected.Up to 300,000 people are due to descend on the Berkshire event over the next five days, including the Queen who has attended every year since she came to the throne in 1952. The Queen attended in a brightly-coloured coat and hat, covering a pretty floral dressCredit:hris Jackson/Getty Images The Queen attended in a brightly-coloured coat and hat, covering a pretty floral dress The monarch’s address in the House of Lords is due to begin at 11.30am. The Queen is expected to make it in time for the first race at 2.30pm and may even be there for her traditional arrival ceremony, the carriage procession, at 2pm.The State Opening was due to take place on June 19, but was delayed for two days after the inconclusive outcome of the General Election.In 2001, the Queen opened Parliament on the same day as Ascot, changing out of her ceremonial gown at Buckingham Palace before arriving by car 15 minutes before the first race.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Busy day for President Higgins as Central American tour continues

first_imgPRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS has a full day of engagements as he continues his week-and-a-half visit to Central America.The President left Dublin on Saturday ahead of his official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica. He’s being accompanied by his wife Sabina and Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello.He’s set to meet with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto later today for an official lunch, where they’ll be joined by representatives of the Mexican and Irish business and academic communities.Before that, he’s to lay a wreath at an official ceremony at the ‘Altar of the Nation’ in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park, which commemorates the children who died in an 1847 US-Mexican battle.Later on, the President and Mrs Higgins will attend a reception in their honour hosted by the Irish ambassador, Sonja Hyland.Tomorrow, Higgins will attend a business breakfast hosted by Enterprise Ireland before travelling to Guadalajara to make a keynote address at the Mexico Business Summit along with President Nieto.He departs for El Salvador on Wednesday, before travelling to Costa Rica for further engagements on Saturday.The President and his wife leave Central America on Thursday 31 October.Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizensMichael D: ‘The EU will become illegitimate without economic reform’last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

5 talking points from Irelands loss to New Zealand

first_img1. Ireland’s licence to competeThe best Irish performances in recent years have invariably been down to aggressive defence. Our players thrive on being given the freedom to come off the defensive line with speed and Ireland excel when they compete ferociously at the breakdown too. Both of those aspects were present against the All Blacks.The visitors seemed genuinely put out at Ireland’s competitiveness in every area of the game, particularly in the first half. In the closing stages the Irish effort did wilt and that allowed New Zealand to make the 60 metres or so they needed for the winning try. Still, this is the template Ireland’s defence should operate under from now on.2. All Blacks accuracy under pressureIreland’s excellence managed to restrict the Kiwis in terms of the usual attacking genius they show, but the final passage of play was a prime example of what makes them the best team in the world. There was no panic, just steely determination to get the score they knew they were capable of.The handling skills were sublime and there was pure patience in the build-up, before Dane Coles finally released Ryan Crotty to cross the whitewash. Rucks were cleared out with precision and the fitness Steve Hansen’s men showed was impressive. Ireland didn’t deserve to lose, but the passage of play summed up the All Blacks’ power, accuracy and belief.3. Ireland’s players are good enoughMuch of the frustration around Ireland’s form in the last three years was down to the fact that there are world class players in this country. Ireland has failed to be the sum of its parts far too often in recent seasons, but today we saw just how good Ireland can be when their players are used to best effect.Sean O’Brien did damage with his explosive power, as did Cian Healy. The sight of the prop running over the top of Richie McCaw will stick in the memory, but actions like that need to become a more common occurrence. Gordon D’Arcy was magnificent, as was Rob Kearney. Joe Schmidt now needs to ensure this level of individual performance continues. When Ireland’s best players turn up, they are a match for any team in the world.Rob Kearney shows his dejection after one of his best Ireland displays ever. ©INPHO/James Crombie.4. An incredible Test matchThe All Blacks Rugby Championship clash against South Africa in October has been lauded as the best game of the year repeatedly, but this thriller in Dublin had everything to offer. Smashing tackles, searing line-breaks, deft offloads and an ending nobody could have made up.The sheer physicality of Ireland’s challenge allowed them to dominate the first half, but the All Blacks grew into the game and enjoyed a large majority of possession in the second 40. Both teams showed their strengths, and both demonstrated weaknesses too. For sheer drama, Dublin has never seen the likes. An unforgettable game.5. The Aviva Stadium comes to lifeThis was the encounter Ireland needed to finally make this stadium their home. Never before has the re-built Lansdowne Road crackled with such excitement for the Irish rugby team. The atmosphere as Ireland strove in vain to close out the game was deafening.The memory of this encounter will live on into 2014, and there will be a keen appetite to fill the Aviva for the Six Nations. Ireland fans showed that they need no encouragement from the PA system, but rather an injection of passion from the players themselves. Ireland didn’t win, but this was still a special game and the real beginning of the Joe Schmidt era.Ireland create Lansdowne experience we can be proud ofIf you can bear to watch: Highlights of Ireland’s 22 – 24 loss to New Zealandlast_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Jill Meagher accused denies murder pleads guilty to rape

first_imgTHE MAN ACCUSED of the murder and rape of Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne, Australia, last October has pleaded not guilty to her murder.Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, was in court at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today when he entered his plea.The Herald Sun is reporting that he also pleaded not guilty to two of the other three rape charges that he is facing.He did, however, plead guilty to one charge of rape. The husband of the murdered woman, Tom Meagher, is believed to have stormed out of the courtroom following Bayley’s not guilty plea.Bayley is next set to appear in the Supreme Court for a directions hearing on 25 March.Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are active.Read: Jill Meagher accused faces two other assault charges >last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Imagine finding €87mn in an old wallet Bitcoin exchange MtGox did just

first_imgFAILED BITCOIN EXCHANGE MtGox says it has found 200,000 coins worth €87 million in an old “digital wallet”, after it collapsed in February admitting it had lost half a billion dollars in a possible theft.The Tokyo-based digital currency exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan last month, saying it had lost 850,000 coins worth nearly €368 million at present prices.But 200,000 Bitcoins were left in a “wallet” used before June 2011, the company said in a statement on its website.Bitcoin wallets are used for online transactions between currency holders.The new find would be worth $87 million, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin price index. The discovery has been reported to the court overseeing the case, the statement said.MtGox, which at one time reportedly processed 80 per cent of global Bitcoin transactions, said that the 200,000 Bitcoins, discovered on 7 March, had been moved to an offline wallet.“Taking into account the existence of the 200,000 BTC, the total number of Bitcoins which have disappeared is therefore estimated to be approximately 650,000 BTC,” the statement said.The company filed for protection under US bankruptcy law earlier this month, 10 days after doing the same in Japan after a huge loss of the digital currency.MtGox’s lawyer said 750,000 Bitcoins belonging to customers had gone, along with MtGox’s own store of the currency, which she said was around 100,000 units.Closely monitoringJapanese officials have said they were closely monitoring MtGox’s bankruptcy proceedings, as they try to get a handle on how and why the exchange imploded.The global virtual currency community was shaken by the shuttering of MtGox, which froze withdrawals in early February because of what the firm said was a bug in the software underpinning Bitcoin that allowed hackers to pilfer them.Unlike traditional currencies backed by central banks, Bitcoin is generated by complex chains of interactions among a huge network of computers around the planet.After trading for cents per Bitcoin for the first two years of its existence, it began a frenzied climb in 2011 that took it to $40 a coin in late 2012 and $1,100 last year, before falling off to the current $580 level.Its relative anonymity and lack of regulation has been attacked by critics who fear it could be used to finance organised crime or terrorism.© – AFP 2014Column: The two sides of bitcoin – is this virtual currency a boon or a threat? >Read: Bitcoin or bit-con? Meet the crypto-currency that’s taking over the internet >last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

The family of a previously unidentified injured Irishman in Bali have been

first_imgTHE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN Affairs are providing consular assistance in the case of an Irish man who was found with injuries in Bali a number of days ago.A Facebook appeal by expats on the Indonesian island as well as in Australia was launched in an attempt to identify him and contact his family.It had been reported that he had said he was Irish and and that had been working in Australia but details about his identity remained unclear. He is believed to be in his 20s.It’s understood now however that he has been identified and the department has been in contact with his family.The department confirmed that they were alerted to the case and have been providing assistance.Read: Australian surfer caught with marijuana in Bali released after 9 years in prison >Read: Irishman in Dubai to be deported for flicking his middle-finger at a motorist >last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Sidiropoulos gets pride of place in town hall

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just as you enter Collingwood Town Hall in Melbourne, right near reception, you will now find a public room with a small plaque at the entrance. It says: “A leader both locally and in the Greek community, with a strong belief in social justice, Theo Sidiropoulos stood up and spoke out for migrants and minorities.”The Theo Sidiropoulos room, newly minted after the Collingwood Town Hall finalised its renovations, honours the legacy of its former mayor.The late Theo Sidiropoulos was quite a figurehead in the inner city suburbs of Melbourne, always fighting for migrant rights and supporting the Greek community. Working as a tram conductor for a number of years and becoming a small businessman taking care of take away shops and milk bars like many Greek migrants at the time, Theo’s ideologies would push him to a life of public service. He eventually became Collingwood’s mayor in 1977, the first that spoke English as a second language. A friendly man and always up for a chat, Theo campaigned for everyone, but especially for those disenfranchised or neglected by those in power. Nothing was above or beneath him.Numerous migrants came to him with their problems even if it was out of the jurisdiction of the council. People would ask for help with their monthly electricity bills, filling out taxation returns, passport application and immigration issues, even filling out papers to register their pets. Theo’s door was never closed.He was a Collingwood councillor for ten years, and became an even bigger personality when he was elected as the member for Richmond, for the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 1978, where he would serve for the next 11 years before retiring. Current councillor for the City of Yarra council, Phillip Vlahogiannis had Theo as his local member of parliament when he was growing up in Richmond. Today he is inspired by Theo’s tenacity and willingness to help his fellow man and his community.“What Theo Sidiropoulos’ legacy is about and the way I reflect upon it is, there was a person who was trying to build those bridges of those sections of the community of which he himself was part,” Cr Vlahogiannis tells Neos Kosmos. “He contributed not only to the Greek community broadly, but the local community especially, back in a time when a very large proportion of the community was of non-English speaking background.” He realised how important it is to have someone who is of the people representing the people. For Cr Vlahogiannis, he’s seen that just having a foreign name has helped his local members open up. “Recently I had a woman call me and she was a bit tentative at first, and she asked ‘are you Greek?’ and I said yes and all of a sudden, she just opened up and without hesitation was able to discuss with me her concerns,” he says.Looking back at Theo’s mayorship, Cr Vlahogiannis says it would have been a huge help having a migrant represent a community that was mostly made up of working class migrants.“I think it helped having a member with an ethnic background, because sometimes it’s just familiarity,” he says.Theo took on the role of a multicultural spokesperson seriously. As a local member, he campaigned tirelessly to bridge the gap between the local Australian community and the migrants of the time.He himself saw the inadequacy of multicultural services, of a system that sometimes hindered the rights of migrants thanks to lack of language services.Coming to Australia in 1955, Theo was sent to the Bonegilla migrant reception centre, a place that gave him the first taste of what it was like to be considered foreign in a new country. That experience would have certainly stayed with him and would have encouraged him to seek office. He was the first to change the look and make up of Victorian parliament, drawing attention to the plight of migrants and calling for respect for all. His legacy remains in a special memorial park next to the Town Hall. A special commissioned artwork created by Jenny Steiner was unveiled in 2007 that has the word ‘freedom’ in multiple languages including Greek.As a fighter in the Greek resistance and a military officer, Theo understood the deep need for freedom and championed that right in his political life. Now taking pride of place in Collingwood Town Hall, Theo’s legacy will act as a cautionary reminder to keep championing the rights of minorities.“It’s a fitting tribute, but it’s a very important reminder that there are also older immigrants and new ones who need services that are culturally and linguistically specific,” Cr Vlahogiannis says. The Theo Sidiropoulos room will be officially opened in a special closed event at Collingwood Town Hall on September 2. Theo’s wife Popi and daughter Andrea will be given a tour of the town hall and will open the room.last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Police looking for band of eight robbers Outten gets bail despite serious

first_img Police make significant arrests; Five Cays man charged with illegal guns Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:crimes, lavardo outten, stolen goods, supreme court Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Aug 2015 – An alarming police report today as officers are trying to find a band of eight men who forced a driver off the road in Five Cays and then robbed him. The incident happened Tuesday night and the 24 year old driver says his vehicle was struck from behind twice by a red colored car; this was around 9:20pm after he left Noah’s Bar. The eight men reportedly pointed cutlasses at the young man’s face, demanded valuables and fled… the vehicle had no license plate and fortunately that unsuspecting driver was not harmed in the ordeal. Police say they need public help in finding that car… but civilians are asked not to pursue the car, but to contact police immediately. Up to news time the hunt for the red car, which is believed to have been stolen, was still on. Other incidents include two armed burglaries where a pair of masked suspects entered a home on Boddle Street and with a knife and gun and a pair, also with a knife and a gun entered a home on Bible Street. Both addresses are in Blue Hills, and they happened within an hour of each other – around 4am yesterday – so it is possible that the culprits are the same, though police have not confirmed that information. The vital statistics of the men are similar, one suspect said to be about 5ft 2 inches tall. The thieves took cash, cell phones, jewelry and a set of car keys to a silver Honda. Additionally, the Financial Crimes unit is investigating a bank robbery, but not one done physically… instead by hacking a client’s account and taking cash from it. The matter was reported yesterday to the Chalk Sound Police Station. There is also an update on the Five Cays man accused of having two guns and ammunition; Lavardo Outten. Outten has been released on bail after appearing in the Supreme Court. Initially the 34- year old man was remanded to HMP, but with certain conditions Outten, who is charged with two counts of Keeping Firearm, one count of Keeping Ammunition and one count of Handling Stolen Goods, was given bail. Police getting more money, Opposition Leader says Govt should do better for the Force Big time Customs Officer fined and fired for theftlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Del Mar bluffs pose threat to train tracks

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The bluffs in Del Mar are a serious threat for beach-goers and they have also threatened the train tracks for some time.The train tracks run along the ocean, on top of the cliffs.Over the weekend, there was a cliff collapse in Solana Beach and, just a few weeks ago, a different cliff collapse in Encinitas caused fatalities.The Del Mar bluffs have the same geological layout as the cliffs in Solana Beach. This poses a potential threat to hundreds of people. Posted: August 20, 2019 Del Mar bluffs pose threat to train tracks KUSI Newsroom August 20, 2019center_img Updated: 5:20 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Fairbanks airfields convert to alternative firefighting foam over contamination concerns

first_imgEmergency-service officials at Fairbanks International Airport, Eielson Air Force Base no longer train with firefighting foam containing PFAS. Fort Wainwright also have all taken measures to respond to infiltrating and contaminating groundwater around Fairbanks. (KUAC file photo)Fairbanks International Airport and Eielson Air Force Base no longer use a type of firefighting foam containing a chemical compound that’s contaminated groundwater around the city, and that poses a potential threat to human health.Listen nowWhen Fairbanks International emergency personnel conducted their annual firefighting training exercise last week, they did not use a type of fire-suppressing foam that contains PFAS. That’s the abbreviation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the chemical compounds that have contaminated groundwater in at least two areas around Fairbanks.“Back in November, the airport procured the newest foam that’s out there, and basically, the difference is it doesn’t have PFAS and PFOA,” Airport spokeswoman Sammy Loud said.Loud says instead of PFAS and its chemical cousin, PFOA, the airport now uses a type of fire-suppressing foam that’s known as Phos-Chek. That’s a variant of the fire-suppressing slurry that’s dropped from aircraft onto wildfires. Loud says the Phos-Chek is safer than PFAS because it’s formulated in a way that doesn’t allow it to be absorbed into the environment as easily as PFAS.“It can’t break down into other compounds that can be harmful,” Loud said.PFAS and related chemical compounds have been linked to cancer, autoimmune disorders and other threats to human health. Loud says that’s why Fairbanks International stopped using PFAS last fall, after testing showed it had infiltrated groundwater around the airport after years of use. Loud says the Phos-Chek does, however, contain chemical compounds related to PFAS.“It doesn’t have PFOS and PFOA in it, but it does have other PFAS compounds that aren’t regulated. But it’s the safer of the options that we have at this time that’s we’re allowed to use,” Loud said.Eielson Air Force Base, where PFAS was first discovered, also has discontinued use of foam containing PFAS. A base spokesperson says emergency personnel there have removed foam with PFOS and PFOA from all fire-response vehicles and replaced it with a high expansion foam that does not contain PFOS or PFOA. The spokesperson said in an e-mail that Eielson is in the process of renovating fire-suppression systems in all hangars at the base to use the new type of foam.A Fort Wainwright spokesperson could not confirm Friday whether post officials have discontinued use of PFAS at Ladd Army Airfield. Samples of groundwater around Wainwright have shown the presence of PFAS, and more testing is scheduled. Post officials are working to acquire a type of system that will not allow fire-suppressing foam used during training to escape into the environment.Loud says officials at Fairbanks International also are considering ways to contain fire-fighting foam used for training.“We are researching different options for the future to have an even more secure containment system for when we foam-test each year,” Loud said.Loud says foam with PFAS has been used in years past at the burn pit that airport emergency personnel used for the May 30th firefighting training exercise. She says airport officials hope to have a new system in place for next year’s exercise that will contain any type of foam used in training.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Henrietta Lacks House of Healing Legacy Community Forum

first_imgThe Henrietta Lacks House of Healing (HoH) and the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group (HLLG) are sponsoring a community engagement informational forum on cancer in observance of Cervical Cancer month on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Turner Station, Md. 21222.The program honoring Henrietta Lacks will be led by Dr. Eva McGhee, of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, Calif. During lunch, participants will consider next steps in precision medicine and ideas to address health disparities in minority communities.  The program is free. For more information and to RSVP, send an email to hlackslegacy@gmail.com or call 904-614-3238.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more April 8, 2009 – For enterprise-wide access to clinical images and clinical applications, Philips highlighted at HIMSS 2009 its enterprise image management solutions, which include XIRIS’s newest version is 7.0 and iSite PACS, and also improves clinical decisions and organizational efficiency throughout and between hospitals. With Philips’ Enterprise First deployment approach, hundreds of leading hospitals and imaging centers are increasing overall productivity and bottom line — but most importantly — they are improving the level of care delivered to their patients.XIRIS’s version is 7.0 features include an intuitive application requiring minimal training and setup; state-of-the-art technologies and open standards which deliver secure tools for managing staff and resources, including statistical and auditing information as well as biometric authentication; streamlined and flexible scheduling process designed with the scheduler in mind, including “next available appointment” options and other enhancements inspired by our clients; and access to patient, exam, film, mammography and workflow tracking. Designed to increase your efficiency and accuracy, XIRIS takes your imaging facilities further into the era of filmless and paperless radiology.iSite Enterprise is an enterprise-wide web-based image distribution solution that delivers the power of radiology to the point of patient care. iSite Enterprise provides clinicians and referring physicians access to instant diagnostic-quality images anytime, anyplace throughout your healthcare environment.Philips’ iSite PACS is reshaping the medical imaging and information industry landscape. iSite PACS is proving digital enterprise distribution is possible — without the prohibitive up-front capital expenditures and limiting technology associated with traditional PACS. iSite PACS integrates into a healthcare institution’s existing infrastructure enabling all departments to prove ROI (return on investment) at each stage of deployment.For more information: www.healthcare.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | April 08, 2009 Philips Provides Image Access Across the Enterprise News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more


August 27, 2019 0