Canada wont extend peacekeeping mission in Mali Freeland

first_imgOTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Trudeau government will not extend Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali despite a UN appeal for it to stay longer.The eight Canadian helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali are scheduled to cease operations on July 31.However their Romanian replacements won’t be ready to take over until mid-October and the UN last month formally asked Canada to stay on to prevent a gap in the provision of lifesaving medical evacuations for injured peacekeepers.Freeland wouldn’t explain why Canada is refusing to extend the mission except to say that the government is honouring its commitment to Canadians, the UN and allies.Critics have pointed to the Liberals’ refusal to extend the mission as emblematic of the government’s failure to make good on its larger promise to support the UN and peacekeeping.Freeland’s comments came at the end of a major peacekeeping summit in New York today, where Canada pledged $15 million to increase the number of women deployed on UN missions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grits Tories start election campaign in dead heat NDP Greens tied Poll

first_imgOTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives were running neck-and-neck during warm-up laps for the start of the 40-day federal election campaign, a new poll suggests.The Leger poll — released just hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to fire the starting gun Wednesday — suggests Jagmeet Singh’s NDP and Elizabeth May’s Greens were also in a dead heat, competing for a distant third place.It put Conservative support at 35 per cent nationally to the Liberals’ 34 per cent — essentially a tie.The NDP and Greens were also tied at 11 per cent, with Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party bringing up the rear with just three per cent.The poll of 1,546 eligible voters selected from Leger’s online panel was conducted Sept. 6-9. Internet-based surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because online polls are not considered random samples.The poll suggests the Liberals were ahead in Ontario and Quebec, the two provinces that account for almost 60 per cent of the 338 seats up for grabs, but the battle among the smaller parties could ultimately decide which of the two main parties wins the big prize.In Ontario, support for the Liberals stood at 37 per cent, compared to 31 per cent for the Conservatives, 15 per cent for both the Greens and NDP and two per cent for the People’s Party.In Quebec, the Liberals enjoyed the support of 37 per cent, well ahead of the Conservatives at 22 per cent, the Bloc Quebecois at 21 per cent, the Greens at 10 per cent, the NDP at six per cent and the People’s Party at five per cent.The Liberals are counting on making gains in the two largest provinces to compensate for losses elsewhere. But Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said Liberal hopes of cashing in on a possible NDP collapse in Quebec could be stymied by the Conservatives and the Bloc. Both were in the range needed to pick up seats in the province.The Liberals were also leading comfortably in Atlantic Canada, with 53 per cent support compared to 28 per cent for the Conservatives, nine per cent for the NDP, seven for the Greens and three for the People’s Party.The Conservatives were the overwhelming favourites in Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, with 60 per cent and 57 per cent respectively — provinces where they already hold the vast majority of seats and have little to gain.British Columbia was more of a toss-up, with the Conservatives at 36 per cent, the Liberals at 33, the NDP at 15, the Greens at 10 and the People’s Party at four.Twenty-six per cent of respondents said they’re likely to change their minds before election day on Oct. 21, with supporters of smaller parties most likely to shift.That compared to 68 per cent of Liberals, 67 per cent of Conservatives and 61 per cent of Bloquistes who said they’ve already made their final choices. Just 50 per cent of Greens, 42 per cent of New Democrats and 22 per cent of People’s Party supporters were firm.The poll suggests the Liberals still have hope of picking up Green and NDP supporters, although that’s somewhat diminished by the fact that the Greens and NDP are now more likely to trade votes. Among Green supporters, 31 per cent picked the NDP as their second choice, 22 per cent the Liberals and just five per cent the Conservatives. Among New Democrat supporters, 33 per cent picked the Greens as their second choice, the same percentage as picked the Liberals, with just 14 per cent choosing the Conservatives.The Conservatives were the preferred second choice only of the small band of People’s Party supporters (40 per cent).The national numbers suggest that on the eve of the election call, neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives were in position to win a majority of seats and that the Tories, with the least potential for second choice votes, face the hardest climb to get a majority.Yet, 57 per cent of respondents said they want a change in government and 56 per cent said they want a majority government.Twenty-five per cent picked Trudeau as the best prime minister and 23 per cent picked Scheer, with just eight per cent choosing May, seven per cent choosing Singh and four per cent choosing Bernier.Asked to choose the two most important issues that will determine which party they’ll support, 35 per cent picked the level of income taxation. Another 35 per cent chose job creation and economic growth and 30 per cent chose fighting climate change. Public finances, debt and seniors issues followed with 20 per cent each. Nineteen per cent named fighting poverty as a top issue and 17 per cent named immigration.The poll also asked respondents to choose the best campaign slogan.The Greens’ “Not left. Not right. Forward Together” was preferred by 22 per cent, followed by 19 per cent for the People’s Party’s “Strong and Free,” 16 per cent for the Conservatives’ “It’s Time for You to Get Ahead,” 13 per cent for the Liberals’ “Choose Forward” and six per cent for the NDP’s “In it for you.” Joan Bryden, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Moroccan and Iranian Pilgrims Top the Death Toll at Hajj Fatal

Rabat – A partial list of the victims’ nationalities in the deadly stampede in Mecca on Thursday morning has been announced. Morocco and Iran are the countries with the highest death tolls so far.According to a report by AFP and Al Arabiya news, 87 Moroccan nationals died in the stampede, and 131 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives.Saudi authorities are still investigating the catastrophe that occurred in Mina at the crossroads of Street 204. The stampede claimed the lives of 717 pilgrims and left over 1,000 others injured. On Thursday, Saudi authorities had issued a statement saying that the Kingdom of Morocco did not suffer any casualties. However, the current figures have created anxiety amongst Moroccan families waiting to receive further information about their family members.It should be noted that Moroccan authorities have not made any official statements to confirm the number of deaths of Moroccan pilgrims.According to the same report, foreign officials and media have compiled a list of deaths by country.In the North Africa region, Morocco has an alleged 87 dead, Tunisia has 10 to 12 dead, and Algeria 3.In the Middle East, reports indicate 131 deaths from Iran, 8 deaths from Egypt, and 7 from Pakistan.As far as Europe, the only death comes for the Netherlands with 1 casualty.In Africa, Somalia has 8 dead, Senegal 5, Tanzania 4, Kenya 3, and Burundi 1 victim.The Asian continent’s count so far is 14 deaths from India, and 3 from Indonesia.This is the second tragedy to strike this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. The collapse of a massive crane on the roof of the Grand Mosque took 107 lives, and the Mina stampede had 717 fatal casualties. read more

How The World Cup Semifinalists Match Up

Source: Football Whispers Argentina0.233.930.69 Australia0.003.730.31 Morocco0.303.951.22 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank England is striking gold from the set pieceTeams with the best rate per 90 minutes of shots from set pieces (corner kicks and free kicks) in the World Cup France3.636 teamGOALSSHOTSSHOTS ON GOAL Switzerland0.233.670.46 Source: Football Whispers How England and Croatia match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Germany0.304.231.51 Croatia3.194 TeamPasses per possessionrank Croatia, which takes on England in the other semifinal, had just a 3 percent pre-tournament chance of winning the tournament and an SPI of 80.4, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. The team is now at 18 percent with an SPI of 82.0, which reiterates the impressive run it’s been on, despite having to ride its luck in two consecutive penalty shootouts. Gareth Southgate’s young England squad, up to 85.2 in SPI, has fulfilled its pre-tournament dark horse expectations, taking advantage of a relatively easy draw to increase the chances of it finally “coming home.”The brutal truth of knockout soccer, though, is that team strength counts for only so much; just ask Spain and Brazil, which went out to Russia and Belgium, respectively. Soccer is a random game, and this is exacerbated in situations where one win carries such importance.Tactics also play a big part. Belgium was lucky in its 2-1 win over Brazil, to the extent that the South Americans had 3.01 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.52. But Roberto Martinez set his side up in a way that was designed to exploit Brazil’s limited weaknesses. Romelu Lukaku — normally the team’s central striker, with four goals already this World Cup — was moved out to the right wing to exploit the space behind Brazil’s marauding left back, Marcelo. Kevin De Bruyne, whom Martinez had underused in a deep midfield role, was shifted to the “false nine” position — in which an attacking midfielder plays nominally as a striker but drops deeper than typical to receive the ball — so that he could receive the ball behind the Brazilian midfielders and launch counterattacks quickly. The Red Devils may have ridden their luck, but they had a plan.In the two semifinals, the stylistic clashes should make for an entertaining spectacle.Belgium vs. France: divergent defendingBelgium and France are both comfortable teams on the ball. They both average more than four passes per possession, according to soccer media and technology company Football Whispers, putting them both in the top third of teams at this World Cup. The Red Devils tend to be slightly more patient, holding the ball for about 1.5 seconds more when they get it than France does, and they switch play from side to side more, with possessions that are wider (in terms of the distance between how far right and left they go) by about 3 yards. England4.3621 TeamPasses per possessionRank Uruguay0.924.601.84 The World Cup in Russia has become one of European dominance. The four teams that remain all hail from the continent: France, Belgium, England and Croatia will be battling in the semifinals Tuesday and Wednesday for a shot at glory in the final Sunday in Moscow. In this World Cup of Upsets, the French are the only consistently successful team left. Croatia and Belgium have never reached the final, while England’s only appearance was in 1966.The first semifinal, France vs. Belgium, features the two strongest teams remaining in the competition, each with a Soccer Power Index rating of 87.5, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. Belgium’s rating has improved steadily from before the tournament began, when it stood at 85.4, to after the dramatic quarterfinal win against Brazil, the tournament favorite. France, meanwhile, has strolled to the semifinals relatively easily, apart from a dramatic 4-3 victory against Argentina in the round of 16. While Les Bleus’ World Cup average of 1.12 expected goals per 90 minutes is the worst of the remaining teams, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, their 0.67 expected goals conceded per 90 leads the semifinalists and is fourth best in the tournament: Belgium4.689 Spain0.645.341.07 When they don’t have the ball, the two teams behave very differently. Belgium is much more willing to press high up the pitch, taking risks and committing men in the hope of a valuable turnover: They’ve regained the ball in their attacking third 5.2 times per game compared with France’s 2.6, while their possessions start an average of 48.92 yards from their own goal, compared with France’s 47.28 yards.The downside to this sort of pressing, though, is that if the initial Belgian press is broken, its opposition can keep the ball under a lot less pressure and start to probe in attack. Belgium’s opponents have the ball for 2.61 seconds longer on average than France’s opponents do. Belgium’s opponents average well over four passes per possession, whereas Didier Deschamps’ side allows opponents just 3.63 passes, the sixth lowest of all teams in Russia.Martinez will need a characteristically proactive game plan to avoid allowing France the room to counter that Argentina did — speedster Kylian Mbappe needs no second invitation. Martinez will also have to find a replacement for Thomas Meunier — his first choice to play right wing-back, who is suspended for receiving his second yellow card against Brazil — in a squad thin on full-backs. Deschamps will probably avoid tinkering, hoping that his balanced side will frustrate Belgium while relying on individual talent in attack.England vs. Croatia: intense pressing and set playsDespite being blessed with arguably the most talented midfield in the competition, Croatia doesn’t dawdle when it gets on the ball, moving it to the attackers quickly: Croatia has had the fewest passes per possession of the four teams remaining. England, conversely, has had the most. Some of this is because of the quality of opposition each side has faced, but it’s also a fair reflection of their respective directness: Gareth Southgate’s men hold the ball for more than 3 seconds longer when they get it, often using possession as a defensive tactic. England0.865.711.73 From Set Pieces (Per 90 Minutes) How France and Belgium match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group England4.846 Portugal0.693.880.69 Belgium4.3822 Croatia3.8916 Off the ball, both teams implement an aggressive press — but in subtly different ways. England looks to stunt its opposition’s attacks, allowing it to cycle the ball in its own half but not advance much: The Three Lions regain the ball, on average, 54.81 yards away from their own goal, the second highest distance of any team in Russia this summer, but they allow their opponents well more than four passes per possession. Zlatko Dalic’s team, on the other hand, regains the ball in the attacking third just 1.8 times per game compared with England’s 5.6, but Croatia allows its opposition only a little more than three passes per possession, the lowest of any side remaining. In other words, it’s easy to pass into Croatia’s half but difficult to do anything once you get there.The stylistic factor most likely to influence this semifinal matchup, though, is England’s skill when it comes to set plays (corners and free kicks). Southgate has spoken about his focus on them as an opportunity for England to gain an advantage over opponents, with this strategy bearing fruit: England has scored five goals from them already, nearly half of of its total so far. France4.2212 Brazil0.184.231.10 Croatia has conceded only one goal from a set play — Russia’s equalizer in extra time of the quarterfinals. But it has conceded 22 shots from them so far, which is tied for the most in the tournament. This suggests that some luck has been involved — Russia, for instance, gave up the same number of shots from set pieces as Croatia did, but five of those shots resulted in goals against.The game will probably be tense and closed off, with England’s willingness to patiently pass the ball in its own half combined with Croatia’s indifference to pressing high resulting in an overall lack of openness. The beauty of high-stakes knockout stage soccer, though, is that one goal can change everything.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Johnny Depps Irish mobster brother

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet A location in Cambridge has been transformed into Triple O’s Lounge, which was Whitey Bulger’s hangout and headquarters in South Boston. Source: necn.comThe film is based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, which was written by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.Read: Everything you need to know about the infamous Whitey Bulger>Whitey Bulger receives life sentence for murder, extortion and money laundering> BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH HAS replaced Australian actor Guy Pearce in a film about Irish-American mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.Cumberbatch will play Billy Bulger in the film, which features Johnny Depp in the main role.Last November Whitey Bulger received a life sentence for murder, extortion, and money-laundering at the age of 84. He’s linked to a string of murders in Boston in the 1970s and 80s.Black Mass is already filming in Massachusetts and the Boston Globe reports that some scenes are set in Northern Ireland, with IRA graffiti visible on location.Guy Pearce has left the project due to scheduling issues, with Cumberbatch stepping into the role at the last minute.center_img Cumberbatch plays former Democratic Party politician Billy Bulger (right, pictured with former Boston mayor Ray Flynn) Source: Wikimedia CommonsJoel Edgerton, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson also star.Johnny Depp has undergone a transformation to play the role of Whitey Bulger, who was tracked down in Santa Monica in 2011 after being on the run for 16 years. A 1959 mugshot of Whitey Bulger Source: Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more

FSecure leads the pack in AVComparatives antivirus review

first_imgOne of the most popular questions in our forums is “What is the best free anti-virus?”. While many people rely on free tools for PC security, and it’s certainly possible to keep a machine clean with a range of free software, others don’t want the hassle and would rather pay for protection.In return for that yearly payment you usually get a complete suite of tools that work in the background checking every file and every mouse click in a browser to ensure you remain safe. But if you’re spending money you want to know which security suite is the best, and that’s where independent testing comes in.AV-Comparatives is an independent security software testing company, and they regularly pit the most well-known and popular suites against each other. The results have just been announced for their 2010 product review, and the winner of the Product of the Year award is F-Secure Internet Security 2011.AdChoices广告In case you are wondering, Symantec won last year and Avira won the year before. F-Secure took the top spot this year because not only did the suite manage an Advanced+ rating (something only F-Secure and Avira could achieve this time round), but it also did not require any user input to achieve it. So it got the highest rating while remaining completely transparent to the user which is exactly what we all want.Andreas Clementi, Chairman of AV-Comparatives, commented:The Whole-Product Dynamic Test is the closest possible simulation of real-world malware protection, or what the average PC user would experience in real life. Beside the On-Demand Detection Test it may be regarded as the most relevant single test. Consequently, we felt this was another good reason to give the Product of the Year award to F-Secure. F-Secure is understandably very happy about this with Mika Stahlberg, Vice President F-Secure Labs, saying:We are excited and proud that F-Secure has been recognized by AV-Comparatives as the Product of the Year. We have been among the top players in all of the comparative tests in 2010, as we continue to strive to be the best in breed. This recognition by AV-Comparatives proves that we are able to consistently and efficiently provide the highest quality of protection for everyone. Although F-Secure came out on top there are a handful of security suites worth considering if you decide to pay for your protection. The AV-Comparative website is a good, independent place to start when looking at the options.The AV Comparatives Summary Report 2010 is also available to view.Read more at F-Secure press release and ReadWriteWeblast_img read more

New Youth programs for Greek Welfare Club in SA

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Welfare Centre of South Australia is the welfare agency of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia in South Australia. As part of of its platform to support the Greek Community, it has recently established a youth program. “We are running this program on behalf of the Archdiocese which has a 12 month government funding, which goes through till June,” said manager Gale Sulicich. “The program is designed to encourage Greek youth to maintain their Greek culture, as well as engage in healthy lifestyle choices.” As part of these healthy lifestyle choices, “There are some movement classes for example. Last year we had Greek Dance classes. But we also would like to organise some outside activities, like to the park or to the beach for surfing,” explained Sulicich. Sulicich then went to say that one of the aims is to develop competencies and self confidence in Youth and to essentially provide them with the tools that will help them deal with the challenges and adversities that they will undoubtedly face in life. This will be achieved through activity based programs, education, training, and through the mentors that will support the programs, for example: Drug & Alcohol & Gambling awareness meetings as well as cooking and music lessons. The centre is a non-profit; community based human services organisation, established in 1979. It provides a range of services and programs for people from Greek speaking backgrounds. Their vision is for excellence in the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, care, advocacy and support to the Greek community. To achieve this vision the Greek Welfare Centre is working in partnership with Government, service providers and other organisations to ensure that Greek South Australians are offered support and assistance. For further information regarding the centre’s Youth Programs please email kchakiris@greekwelfaresa.org.au or Pharpas@greekwelfaresa.org.au, or phone the office on 08 8212 5100.last_img read more

Combien pèse le panier des ménages en contenu carbone

first_imgCombien pèse le panier des ménages en contenu carbone ? Selon une étude publiée par le ministère du Développement durable, les produits non alimentaires qui représentent 11% du poids total des courses des Français comptent pour 26% de leur contenu carbone.Le ministère du Développement durable vient de publier une toute première étude qui tient compte des émissions de gaz à effet de serre intégré dans le panier des ménages français. Pour cette étude (basée sur des chiffres de 2009) seules les émissions de gaz à effets de serre liés à la production, la distribution et l’usage des produits ont été pris en compte. Les émissions dues au déplacement pour faire ses courses n’ont pas été intégrées.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?On apprend ainsi que les produits non-alimentaires concernent 11% du poids total des paniers des ménages alors qu’ils représentent 26% du contenu carbone dudit panier. Pour les fruits et légumes c’est l’inverse. En effet, ils sont lourd (20% du poids total) mais ils n’impactent le contenu carbone qu’à hauteur de 7%. Les emballages comptent à eux seuls pour 8% du contenu carbone des courses, ce qui représente une production annuelle de 100 kilos de papiers, plastiques, verre et cartons. La contribution carbone la plus forte vient des eaux minérales, boissons gazeuses, alcools et produits laitiers.On constate également que les agriculteurs sont de bons élèves en terme de “bilan carbone”. En consommant les produits de leurs fermes (œufs, légumes, volailles etc.), ceux-ci présente un contenu carbone bien plus faible (- 23%). En revanche, le panier d’un retraité peut être jusqu’à un quart supérieur parce qu’il se prépare essentiellement ses repas à domicile avec des produits achetés.Dans le même ordre d’idée comme l’explique l’AFP, un couple avec deux enfants adolescents consommera plus de viandes et produits laitiers avec un plus lourd contenu carbone qu’un couple de personnes âgées plus porté sur les fruits et légumes et poissons et produits pour animaux. Le 12 avril 2012 à 15:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Northwest Pipe defends its place on Nasdaq exchange

first_imgNorthwest Pipe Co. expects to defend its place on the Nasdaq stock exchange today. But even if it succeeds, the remaining problems the Vancouver company faces will still stack up like cordwood.The maker of steel pipes has been hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing the company’s leaders of making “false and misleading” statements that artificially inflated its stock.The company is also under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.And it has received repeated delisting threats from the Nasdaq stock exchange. Though its hearing is today, the Nasdaq hearing panel may take several weeks to make a decision.The company’s situation has left some observers scratching their heads and wondering about the financial health of a roughly $400 million company with global reach that had been reporting new water transmission projects and a bright outlook for months.What is clear is that Northwest Pipe is still doing business. “At least what I know from some competitors I talk to, the landscape hasn’t changed,” said Brent Thielman, an analyst in the Lake Oswego, Ore. office of D.A. Davidson & Co., who regularly tracks the company. “They’re still competing on projects out there. They’re still operating. I don’t think that’s materially changed at all.”last_img read more

Firefighters knock down blaze near Vancouver Plaza

first_imgFirefighters knocked out a structure fire in a home near the Vancouver Plaza shopping center.The fire was reported around 11 a.m. at a home off Northeast 79th Avenue, a small road near Fourth Plain Boulevard. The fire at 3409 N.E. 79th Ave. was spotted by residents of a nearby apartment complex, said Capt. Scott Willis, with the Vancouver Fire Department.Several units from Vancouver fire arrived on scene and found an 800 square-foot, single-family home with a working structure fire in the attic, according to emergency traffic monitored at The Columbian. Engines, trucks and SUVs with flashing lights lined the right eastbound lane of Fourth Plain.Police were called to the scene to help direct traffic.No one was home at the time of the fire, Capt. Willis said.The home is owned by Detlev J. Pyle, according to county property records.The fire caused $30,000 in damage to the structure of the home and an additional $10,000 in damage to contents, Willis said. The fire marshal who is investigating the case is trying to get in touch with the homeowner or occupants to narrow down the cause of the fire, he said.This story will be updated.last_img read more

Worker falls after failing to secure safety harness

first_imgPuerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A man who was working inside the roof of the Super Chedraui in Puerto Aventuras has fallen nearly six meters. Civil Protection arrived to investigate the work area, while paramedics were also on site. The injured worker was rushed to hospital with severe head trauma. There is no word on his condition. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The man was installing a network system inside the roof when he fell. Reports say he failed to correctly secure his safety harness, and when he slipped, he fell to the floor. last_img

DOJ to Pursue Employees for Role in the Financial Crisis

first_imgDOJ to Pursue Employees for Role in the Financial Crisis Share The U.S. Department of Justice issued a memo on Thursday containing new guidelines stating that it will pursue the prosecution of individual employees, and not just their companies, for their role in precipitating the financial crisis in 2008.Many have wondered why the DOJ has not previously made the prosecution of these individuals a priority while the Department has entered into multi-billion dollar settlements with the nation’s largest banks in the last two years. The DOJ has settled with JPMorgan Chase (a then-record $13 billion in November 2013), Citi ($7 billion in July 2014), and Bank of America (a record $16.65 billion in August 2014) for selling toxic-mortgage backed securities to investors in the run-up to the crisis.The memo was sent to all U.S. attorneys general and the rules outlined are effective immediately.”One of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is by seeking accountability from the individuals who perpetuated the wrongdoing,” deputy attorney general Sally Q. Yates wrote in the memo. “Such accountability is important for several reasons: it deters future illegal activity, it incentivizes changes in corporate behavior, it ensures that the proper parties are held responsible for their actions, and it promotes the public’s confidence in our justice system.”According to Yates, the guidelines outlined in the memo reflect six key steps in the DOJ’s pursuit of individuals as opposed to just corporations:Corporations must provide the DOJ with relevant facts relating to the individuals responsible for the misconduct in order to qualify for any cooperation credit;From the inception of the investigation, criminal and civil investigations should focus on individuals;Criminal and civil attorneys who are handling these investigations should be in routine contact with each other;The DOJ will not release culpable individuals from civil or criminal liability when resolving a matter with a corporation, barring extraordinary circumstances;DOJ attorneys should have a clear plan to resolve related individual cases before the statute of limitations expires when resolving matters with a corporation, and declinations as to individuals in these cases should be memorialized; andCivil attorneys should consistently focus on individuals as well as corporations in their investigations and should consider more than just that individual’s ability to pay when evaluating whether to bring suit against an individual.Click here to view a complete copy of the memo. Employees Financial Crisis U.S. Department of Justice 2015-09-11 Seth Welborncenter_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News September 11, 2015 569 Views last_img read more

This combination photo shows from left musician

first_img This combination photo shows, from left, musician Bruce Springsteen, comedian Jon Stewart, comedian Jim Gaffigan and late night talk show host Seth Meyers who are headlining this year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, benefitting injured veterans and their families. The comedy event will be held at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. (AP Photo) Bruce Springsteen, Seth Meyers headline veterans fundraiser by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2018 7:01 am PDT Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Seth Meyers are headlining this year’s Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.Jimmy Carr and Eric Church are also on the bill for the Nov. 5 comedy event at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Stand Up for Heroes was first held in 2007. The event produced by the New York Comedy Festival is the brainchild of festival founders Caroline Hirsch, Andrew Fox and ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who was nearly killed during a 2006 attack in Iraq while embedded with U.S. troops. He calls the event a chance to “put aside our differences” to “honour those who have and continue to sacrifice so much.”Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon Eastern.last_img read more

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first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 1:35 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Megyn Kelly apologizes for suggesting blackface OK NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC’s Megyn Kelly swiftly apologized Tuesday for a morning show segment that questioned why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong.Following a social media backlash, Kelly wrote in an email to NBC News colleagues that she realized such behaviour is wrong, that the history of blackface in culture is abhorrent.On her morning show, the 47-year-old news host said that dressing up in blackface was OK when she was a kid as long as you were impersonating a character. She questioned why it had been considered racist when a character on “The Real Housewives of New York” darkened her skin for a Diana Ross costume.“I felt like, ‘Who doesn’t love Diana Ross?’” she said.On social media, several critics drew comparisons to Kelly’s insistence while at Fox News Channel that Santa Claus was white. “I was born in the same decade as Megyn Kelly and do not recall blackface being acceptable anywhere, anytime,” tweeted Alex Wagner of CBS News.In her email, Kelly said that she’d never been a “PC” person, “but I understand that we do need to be more sensitive in this day and age. Particularly on race and ethnicity issues which, far from being healed, have been exacerbated in our politics over the past year.“This is a time for more understanding, love, sensitivity and honour, and I want to be part of that,” she wrote.Kelly’s transition from Fox News to her own 9 a.m. hour as part of the “Today” show has been anything but smooth, and Tuesday’s incident doesn’t help.She had an edge from the beginning of the offending segment, where she discussed Halloween costumes with a panel that included Jenna Bush Hager, Melissa Rivers and Jacob Soboroff.“The costume police are cracking down like never before,” she said, ridiculing a college that suggested wearing a cowboy outfit was inadvisable. She noted that one safe suggestion was to go dressed as a letter of the alphabet, and that she had discussed that with her husband.“I’m going to go as ‘F’ and he’s going to go as ‘U,’ she said.last_img read more

The joy of gardening

first_imgWith the arrival of May expect the riot of colours in your garden to continue Once May arrives most of the hard graft in the garden has been done and although there are a few jobs still to complete, they should not be as onerous as those in the mad rush of spring! It is all so glorious now and the air is still full of fragrance from the citrus trees, humming with bees among the flowers, as they go about their work. High above them, the dainty lilac flowers of the melia tree gently wave in the breezes, while their stunning blooms also perfume the air. It’s a pity about the resulting yellow fruits, which hang from the branches for the rest of the year. The birds will not touch them because of their narcotic properties, but in the days before fridges, melia leaves were used to line food cabinets, because of their insect repellent properties.Jacarandas are always the last deciduous trees to lose their leaves and the new ones don’t appear until mid-April, later than other trees. Those that haven’t been watered during the winter (other than by rain) will have flowers first, while those that were cosseted, will have their leaves first, and then the flowers. If they are reluctant to flower then the old remedy of giving the trunk a whack might chivvy them along! When in full flower, their lilac panicles shower petals downwards onto the garden below, about which my under-gardener complains every year! Sweet peas scramble up posts and fences and clamour to be brought indoors to be enjoyed there. Unlike those grown in northern Europe, their season here is short, so enjoy them while you can.For me May means the start of the main flower shows in the UK, Chelsea being the most prestigious of course. Having participated in many flower shows I know the anguish that the growers go through, trying to get the flowers to perfection for just a few days. Some of them open too quickly, while others drag along and you wonder if they will ever open in time. Plants react to being in marquees quite differently from growing outside, so some may wilt by the time the show opens, but there are usually substitutes behind the scenes to make quick replacements. For the hobby gardener this would take most of the fun out of gardening, but if you are a commercial grower and your livelihood depends on gaining acclaim with your exhibit, there is so much status to be obtained from winning a Gold Medal for a perfect display!Are flower shows what gardening is all about? To me, they are rather like those old Dutch-Flemish paintings featuring flowers grown by Dutch nurserymen at different times of the year, but painted in a vase together. Every plant should have its season and in your garden, you can enjoy them at leisure, as they show off their flowers in turn. When they fade, others naturally come into flower to take their place, which is as it should be. The real joy of gardening is the anticipation of what comes next.Asian Citrus Leaf Miner damageWHAT TO DO IN THE GARDEN THIS MONTH There is one major job left to do before you can relax completely, and that is to give the fruit and nut trees their last feed until December. 20.0.0 fertiliser is impossible to buy now, so use 20.10.10 and scatter 900g around the feeding area of large trees and 300g for smaller ones. Solomou Gardens is selling bags of sheep manure, which I understand older Cypriot gardeners prefer, but a word of warning about using it. Try not to breathe in the dust or you may have respiratory problems! With all the attractive new foliage around, green flies and black flies appear daily and may descend upon your trees with a vengeance. Later on that other menace the Asian Citrus Leaf Miner will appear. A tiny moth lays its egg on the leaf, which when hatched, burrows its way inside, distorting it. Spraying the leaf at this point will not kill the grub, as it is secure inside. The old remedies, lighting fires under the trees to deter the moths, hanging mothballs among the branches or spraying with human urine are not great deterrents either. My under-gardener suggests that squeezing the grub inside the leaf before it gets a chance to mature, is a more effective method. ‘Peach Leaf Curl’ when the leaves become distorted and blistered may start to appear. This will cause the leaves to fall prematurely and may mean that the fruit set is poor. The treatment is usually spraying the leaves with a copper-based fungicide mixed in water, as the flower buds start to swell, and then again two weeks later as long as the flowers haven’t opened. If you have had this problem before, then it might be an idea to spray again in the autumn. Take care when spraying and wear eye protection and gloves, and wash skin thoroughly afterwards. It’s lovely to be able to pick fresh fruit straight from the tree, but there are many problems along the way. Weeding and deadheading among the flower beds are ongoing jobs and osteospermum flower heads especially go over almost every day. They have been flowering for such a long time that eventually some of the plants become weakened and straggly, so look for new growth towards the bottom of the stems and cut back to there. This will give them a new lease of life and you may get some new flowers appearing before it becomes too hot. Carissa and plumbago flowers will be emerging now and as they come into bloom, and as the flowers on rosemary and lavender bushes continue to go over, they may need a trim to remove the dead heads. If you have grown those bright yellow-flowered shrubs that herald spring here, like medicago and winter jasmine, now is the time to prune them back. Topiaries, which are rather expensive items due to the time it takes to make them attractive, may also need a trim at this time. I know that I said that most major jobs should have been completed by now, but by doing this trimming you will make the garden more attractive. Tomato and lettuce plugs are readily available in garden centres, so just buy a few at a time or you will have a glut of produce all at once. Leave a couple of weeks between each planting. There is such a choice of plugs these days that you can replant at any time of the year. It certainly removes the hit and miss that comes with seed sowing. Some veggies like carrots, beetroot, peas and beans still have to be sown straight into the ground though. They need to be thinned out, rather like annual flowers, as that will allow the strongest to grow to maturity. I have tried runner beans, which are my favourite vegetables twice, and managed to get one crop each time. However, runner beans, originally introduced into Europe for their flowers and not the beans, need deep trenching and lots of water. They cannot cope with temperatures above 28C, so unless you can get them started off in early spring, when they may not like the colder weather, you will have to make do with the frozen variety!Plant of the Month: Moluccella laevisThis spring and early summer flowering annual, a member of the mint family, is an ideal plant to grow in our Cypriot gardens. Do not be misled by its common name of Bells of Ireland, as it was originally found growing at this end of the Mediterranean – Turkey, Syria and the Caucasus (between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea), and a long way from Ireland! It is thought that the common name came about because of the green calyces (sepals), which surround the tiny white flowers, reminiscent of green Irish gardens.Used extensively by florists for its longevity in floral displays, this is also a good border plant. Beware of the thorny foliage though, as some people can have allergic reactions to being pricked. If the stems are to be used in floral art, it is better to remove the leaves. Moluccella is equally attractive when dried, when it turns a light beige colour. The small number of tiny seeds, tucked deep down in the dried calyces, are awkward to remove and sometimes very slow to germinate. Try putting the seeds into the fridge or freezer for a few days before sowing, as this can sometimes stimulate them into growth.The upright and sometimes branching stems can reach upwards of one metre in ideal conditions of well-drained, fertile soil, but they are not fussy at all about the soil content. While they may grow well in a sunny spot in northern Europe, some shade in the hottest part of the day is preferable in our summer gardens. 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Slovak FM celebrates 30 years of bicommunal mediation

first_imgSlovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said on Monday the status quo in Cyprus cannot continue and the only option is a reunited and sovereign Cyprus.He was speaking after a meeting with his Cypriot counterpart, Nikos Christodoulides at the foreign ministry in Nicosia.Lajcak, who is on the island on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the bicommunal meetings of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties under Slovakian mediation, said the international community should not allow a solution beyond the framework of UN resolutions and UN Security Council proposals.He also said Slovakia would continue to offer its assistance as an objective mediator in the dialogue and with its presence in Unficyp to support peace on the island.Christodoulides said that he briefed Lajcak about the latest developments “and shared our commitment to resuming the talks as soon as possible in order to reach a solution based on a bizonal, a bicommunal federation that will reunite Cyprus so that it can remain a functioning and efficient EU member state.”Regarding Turkey’s activities in the EEZ of Cyprus, he said that he informed his Slovak counterpart about the latest developments and shared with him “new information”.He said that Lajcak assured him that Slovakia’s position is fully in line with the statement by the European Commission’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, and that this statement is the framework for all member states with regard to the EU’s foreign and security policy.He added that they agreed with Lajcak, in order for negotiations to resume, Turkey must stop its illegal and provocative actions in the EEZ of Cyprus, “a flagrant violation of international and European law and the sovereign rights of the Republic”.They also exchanged views on issues of common EU concern such as Brexit, the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, and issues related to European defence.Lajcak also said Cyprus is a country with great strategic and geopolitical importance in the Eastern Mediterranean, and regional security and stability which is strengthened by tripartite agreements with Arab countries.He said that Slovakia is well known for its long-standing commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the Cyprus problem.The Cyprus News Agency also reported that according to sources, Slovakia had expressed its support for Cyprus to take measures against Turkey from the EU for its illegal activities in the Cypriot EEZ.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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