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Thunder Bay police investigating alleged racedbased sexual assault against Ontario First Nations

first_imgAPTN National News THUNDER BAY, Ont.-Thunder Bay police say an investigation has been launched into an alleged race-based sexual assault against an Ontario First Nations woman who was reportedly grabbed off a city street as she walked to a store.A description of the alleged attack was spreading Sunday across social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.When APTN National News contacted Thunder Bay police an individual, who would only identify himself as Cadet Doucette, said the matter was being looked into and asked if the APTN reporter had any information to pass along. Doucette said police were also aware of a Facebook posting that described the attack.“We can’t give any information regarding this, but it is being look into,” said Doucette. “I can tell you that someone is working on it.”Doucette said police also know about a Facebook post describing the attack.The family has asked that the woman’s identity and her home community remain private for now, said Christi Belcourt, a family friend who is also acting as a spokesperson.Belcourt, an acclaimed artist who designed a stained-glass window in memory of residential school survivors now installed in Parliament Hill, also said police were investigating the incident.“It is in fact a true case, it is real,” said Belcourt. “The case is currently under investigation.”Belcourt said the woman spent a night in hospital and underwent the required tests for sexual assault victims.Belcourt said the woman, who is in her mid-30s and also a single mother, was walking to a store in Thunder Bay on Thursday at about 9 p.m. when she was grabbed by two men described as Caucasian, pulled into a car and taken to a secluded wooded area.“She was sexually assaulted, she was beaten and strangled and she was left there,” said Belcourt. “She doesn’t know where she was taken. It took her about four or five hours to walk home.”Belcourt said the attackers made references to the ongoing protests.“It was targeted to a First Nations woman,” said Belcourt.Belcourt said the family and the victim wanted to come forward with the information to warn other women and to appeal for calm.“They want people to be safe, the victim herself said she wants women to look over their shoulders and make sure they do not walk alone,” said Belcourt. “They urge all supporters of Idle No More under no circumstances to be violent…they just don’t believe in violence.”Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee, whose organization represents 39 Ontario communities, including the victim’s, also issued a call for calm.“This cowardly attack is evidence of the racism that pervades Canada, but we don’t believe that the perpetrators are representative of most Canadians,” said Madahbee. “We offer our support to this woman and her family and ask all our citizens to respect her wish that we do not resort to violence or vengeance.”last_img read more

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US and them America the elephant in room at climate talks

first_imgWASHINGTON – How’s this for awkward? The United States has a delegation at international climate talks in Bonn that will be telling other nations what they should do on an agreement that the president wants no part of.President Donald Trump has promised to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate pact where nations set their own goals to reduce the emissions of heat-trapping gases, but because of legal technicalities America can’t get out until November of 2020.“It’s like having a guest at a dinner party who complains about the food but stays anyway,” said Nigel Purvis, who worked climate issues in the State Department for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — and dealt with a similar situation.In 2001 Purvis was a climate negotiator for the U.S. State Department when the new president, George W. Bush, had pulled out of a landmark global warming agreement the previous administration had championed.The U.S. position is not just awkward, it’s potentially bad for the environment, scientists say.Most of the Bonn meeting will be coming up with rules on how countries report emissions of heat-trapping gases and how transparent they are. The United States used to be the leading force in pushing for tougher rules and more openness, Purvis and other experts said. The rules probably won’t be as strong now, Purvis said.“If it’s left to Chinese leadership, which is what’s left, you will have less transparency,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology management professor Henry Jacoby, who co-founded the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.The United States government is becoming increasingly isolated on climate change. On Tuesday, the Syrian government, mired in war and the last United Nations country not to sign the Paris accord, announced it would sign the pact. That means the United States will be alone when it pulls out.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert responded to the Syrian decision by attacking its government. “If the government of Syria cared so much about what was put in the air, then it wouldn’t be gassing its own people,” she said.In a not-so subtle jab at Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron plans a separate “One Planet Summit” in Paris to push his “Make Our Planet Great Again” agenda on Dec. 12, the anniversary date of the climate accord. He invited more than 100 world leaders to his event, but not Trump. Instead, he invited lower level U.S. diplomats.“The rest of the world needs to get on and negotiate … and treat the U.S. as more of an observer in the process and the U.S. should act that way,” said Greenpeace International Director Jennifer Morgan, who has been at these negotiations for more than 20 years.That’s not what the U.S. plans.As meetings started on Monday, U.S. negotiator Trigg Talley said, “The president has made clear that we will engage countries on energy and climate change related issues and we look forward to working with colleagues and partners to advance the work here over these two weeks and beyond.”The administration is hosting a panel on “the clean and efficient use of fossil fuels and nuclear power,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Tuesday. “It is undeniable that fossil fuels will be used for the foreseeable future, and it is in everyone’s interest that they be efficient and clean.”Of the major fossil fuels, coal is by far the biggest climate change culprit. In 2014, coal accounted for 46 per cent of the globe’s carbon dioxide emissions, but was only 29 per cent of its energy supply, according to the International Energy Agency.Three U.S. governors, some mayors, corporate leaders and students will also be attending the Bonn talks.“We have one major major player who is on the sidelines,” California Gov. Jerry Brown told The Associated Press. “The rest of us will do everything we can to keep advancing efforts and keep doing what is needed to reduce carbon emissions. There is no time to wait.”Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday he will spend $50 million to help non-United States countries move away from coal. Bloomberg, Brown and others on Saturday will unveil a report called “America’s Pledge” on how much the United States can do without the federal government.At a “We’re Still In” event Thursday at the climate talks, James Brainard, mayor Carmel, Indiana, joined in criticizing the Trump climate policy, saying the U.S. will cut emissions regardless of the president.“He talks about greatness a lot,” Brainard said. “Great countries keep their word when they sign agreements. Great countries care about the condition of the planet they are going to hand off to their children and grandchildren.”If the U.S. remains out of the Paris accord and tries to dismantle President Obama’s initiatives to curb emissions, the Earth will warm by an additional one or two tenths of a degree, said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who is part of the Global Carbon Project.Scientists say that even a few tenths of a degree of warming can have dramatic impacts on ecosystems and even day-to-day life for people.Purivs said “countries will be frustrated and resentful” toward the Trump administration at the negotiations. But he added: “Many nations will understand the rules of the Paris agreement are going to be more important and more durable than any U.S. administration and there will be a strong desire to get it right.”___Frank Jordans in Berlin, Maria Murru in Rome and Matt Lee and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this story.___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears . His work can be found here .last_img read more

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Advani Jaitley cast vote in Ahmedabad

first_imgAhmedabad: BJP patriarch L K Advani and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have exercised their franchise in different localities here in Gujarat during on Tuesday’s single-phase Lok Sabha elections in the state.After casting his vote at a polling booth in a school in Shahpur locality, Advani, who is the sitting MP from Gandhinagar constituency in the outgoing Lok Sabha, predicted victory for the BJP in elections. Shahpur area falls under Ahmedabad (West) Lok Sabha constituency. Jaitley, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, voted at a polling booth set up at Chimanbhai Institute in Makarba locality in the city which is part of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP president Amit Shah is in the fray from Gandhinagar while Ahmedabad (West) MP Kirit Solanki is seeking re-election from the reserved constituency. Advani, who flew from Delhi to Ahmedabad, reached a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School located in the Muslim-dominated area in the noon with his daughter Pratibha Advani. Solanki also accompanied Advani. They were greeted with slogans of “Jai Bhim” as they emerged from the booth. Before leaving, Advani expressed confidence of BJP winning the elections. “We will win,” he said while refusing to take questions from reporters. In the run-up to the elections, the BJP brass dropped 91-year-old Advani from Gandhinagar contest and instead fielded Shah. Advani has represented Gandhinagar six times. Voting is underway for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat for which a total of 371 contestants are in the fray. The BJP had won all the 26 seats in the state in the 2014 general elections.last_img read more

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Moroccos Economic Growth to Reach 44 in 2017 Unemployment Rate to

Rabat – Morocco’s economic growth is expected to reach 4.4 percent in 2017, while unemployment rates is expected to rise to more than 10 percent, according to Bank Al-Maghrib (BAM) forecasts. In 2017, the Moroccan economy is expected to grow more vigorously than in 2016. In a communique published Tuesday, the central bank expected Morocco’s economic growth to witness a healthy jump to 4.4 percent, compared to 1.6 percent in 2016. The BAM however, forecasts this increase to slow down in 2018 and economic growth to settle back down to 3.1 percent. Driven by a rebound in cereal production estimated by the Department of Agriculture at 102 million quintals, agricultural added value would increase by 13.4 percent, while the rate of non-agricultural GDP would improve by 3.1 percent to 3.3 percent, BAM said on Tuesday after its quarterly meeting.In 2018, the recovery in non-agricultural activities would continue with a growth of 3.6 percent and, assuming an average agricultural season, agricultural added value would decline by 0.9 percent, with overall growth falling to 3.1 percent, the Central Bank said.“For the full year of 2017, inflation would average 0.9 percent before accelerating to 1.6 percent in 2018,” while its underlying component is expected to increase to 1, 6 percent in 2017 and 1.9 percent in 2018, “reflecting improved domestic demand and rising inflation among key partners,” says BAM.Unemployment on the riseMeanwhile, the BAM’s report shows that unemployment rate rose by 0.3 points to reach 10.7 percent at the national level and by 0.7 points to 15.7 percent in urban areas. Budget deficit, however, is expected to ease down to 3.6 percent of GDP by 2017 and to 3.4 percent by 2018.As for external trade, the central bank confirmed that the trade deficit at the end of May, which increased year-on-year by MAD 9.1 billion dirhams, was “mainly due to a significant increase in energy bills.”Finally, BAM notes that “the real effective exchange rate has virtually stabilized during the first quarter of 2017, and is unlikely to experience any significant change in the medium term.” Hence, “there should be no devaluation of the Dirham,” says the governor of BAM Abdelatif El Jouhari. read more

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Moroccos ONCF Launches a Special Train Program for EidalFitr

Rabat – According to ONCF, The “Eid- al-Fitr Special” is set to be implemented from May 31 to June 9, and it will concern both conventional trains and the high-speed train known as “El Boraq.”In order to facilitate travel, ONCF has also announced the addition of 320 trains each day, as well as an increase in the number of seats to reach 123,000 passengers per day.To avoid overcrowding, The ONCF stated that ticket sales will be closed once the seats are 100% filled. The Office is looking to improve travel conditions by reinforcing the team responsible for receiving and guiding travelers on stations and onboard.Read also: Princess Lalla Zineb Chairs Partnership Between ONCF, LMPEIn that context, and to avoid chaos at the train stations, the ONCF urges its customers to make the following arrangements: Plan trips in advance by obtaining all the necessary information either by contacting their customer service or their website, by consulting their mobile app, “ONCF traffic,” or through their social media outlets. Purchase tickets no later than the day before departure on the ONCF website or directly from the train stations. Purchase round trip tickets to avoid long queues at the station. The Office has a MAD 49 ticket promotion for travelers who will board the “Atlas” trains headed to Marrakech-Casablanca-Rabat-Fez-Tangier-Fez-Oujda-Nador. read more

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Security concerns keep UN from reaching refugee camp in Ethiopia

The camp, home to some 28,700 refugees, was the scene of violence in late November when 41 Sudanese refugees were killed in reportedly ethnic clashes. Fugnido is the largest of five refugee settlements in Ethiopia’s Gambella region, which hosts a total of 85,000 Sudanese. UNHCR personnel have been ordered to keep clear of the camp since 25 November.At a press briefing in Geneva, UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski called for additional security in the area. “The clashes in Fugnido highlight the need for ARRA [the Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs] and the Ethiopian Government to ensure the basic principles of refugee protection and monitoring,” he said.Last week UNHCR representatives and the regional head of its main partner, ARRA, went to Fugnido to speak with residents in a bid to restore calm. The UN agency reported that the situation remains tense, with over 200 refugees who had been residing in the camp taking refuge in the nearby UNHCR-ARRA compound.The clashes reportedly mirror tribal and political conflicts among members of the Ethiopian host community, while the refugees’ affiliations with various factions of the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) are said to be fuelling the dispute. UNHCR indicated last week that it was studying the possibility of shifting some tribal communities out of Fugnido to other sites in order to ease the long-simmering ethnic tensions in the region. read more

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US consumer spending surged a strong 09 per cent in March biggest

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers ramped up their spending in March at the fastest pace in 4 1/2 years, a sign that the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown.The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 per cent, the largest monthly gain since April 2009. The department also revised up its estimate of the spending increase in February to 0.5 per cent from 0.3 per cent.Consumers spent more on manufactured goods last month. Autos and furniture led much of the gains, according to a separate retail sales report released last month.Income rose 0.5 per cent in March after rising 0.4 per cent in February.Higher spending points to stronger growth ahead because consumer activity accounts for roughly 70 per cent of the economy. During last quarter as a whole, harsh winter weather curbed spending, and the economy barely grew at an annual rate of just 0.1 per cent.But Thursday’s report suggested that last quarter’s slowdown was confined mainly to January and February, before consumers stepped up spending in March.For last quarter overall, consumer spending did grow at a 3 per cent annual rate. But that gain was dominated by a 4.4 per cent rise in spending on services, reflecting in part higher utility bills during the unusually cold winter.Economists say warmer weather likely encouraged people to make purchases last month that they had delayed because of snowstorms earlier this year.“The weather-related rebound may now have run its course,” said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.Dales projects that consumer spending will increase at a 4.5 per cent annual clip this quarter and will help the overall economy grow at a 3.5 per cent annual rate over that time.Employers added 192,000 jobs in March and 197,000 in February, after slight gains in the preceding months. The hiring should help to drive income and spending gains in March.On Friday, the Labor Department will issue the April employment report. Economists have forecast that 210,000 jobs were added, according to the data firm FactSet.Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 220,000 jobs in April, the most since November, after adding 209,000 in March. US consumer spending surged a strong 0.9 per cent in March, biggest monthly gain in 4 1/2 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2014 6:37 am MDT In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 photo, shoppers check out the sale at an ALDO store in the Mall at Robinson, in Robinson Township, Pa. The commerce department on Thursday, May 1, 2014 said U.S. consumers ramped up their spending in March at the fastest pace since April 2009, a sign that the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) read more

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Alberta pork producers prepare for Russian sanctions

Alberta pork producers prepare for Russian sanctions Alberta pork producers are bracing for a significant hit to their bottom line following a Russian ban on Canadian food products.The ban, announced by Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev, is a response to western sanctions and covers all produce typically imported from Europe, Australia, and North America.Executive Director of Alberta Pork Darcy Fitzgerald said Alberta producers export nearly $500-million worth of pork per year.He says the ban is cause for concern, producers are taking a wait-and-see approach to Thursday’s announcement, noting Russian consumers will be isolated and meat processors in that country will struggle as well.“It’s not a good road to go down,” said Fitzpatrick. “For our producers I guess it’s just wait and see. We have many other countries we try to market to, but to try to move a half a billion dollars worth to other countries is pretty tough.”Russia relies heavily on imports.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said Canada is prepared to impose further sanctions if the Putin government’s military aggression in eastern Ukraine continues. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 7, 2014 12:42 pm MDT read more

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Digital spring cleaning 4 cyber hygiene tips to stay safe

Digital spring cleaning: 4 ‘cyber hygiene’ tips to stay safe FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Spring is a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure that you’re adequately protected against hackers. A personal cybersecurity clean up should involve evaluating all your passwords, updating your software and taking stock of exactly where all your personal information is stored. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Spring cleaning isn’t just about tossing old furniture and torn clothing: It’s a great time to clear out your digital clutter and make sure you’re protected against hackers.That means evaluating all your passwords — and changing them if you haven’t in a while. You’ll also want to update your software and take stock of your personal information on devices and online.A little “cyber hygiene” can go a long way in guarding yourself from identity theft or other Internet attacks. Earlier, we shared some tips on securing your smartphone and protecting yourself against phishing attacks . Now, you can keep the rest of your digital life clean.___CHECK (AND CHANGE) YOUR PASSWORDSThe more complicated and lengthy a password is, the harder it will be for hackers to guess. Long and random combinations of letters, numbers and other characters work best. Don’t include your kids’ names, birthdays or references to any other personal details that people might find on social media. Hackers routinely troll Facebook and Twitter looking for clues to passwords like these.Obvious and default passwords such as “Password123” are also bad, though experts say it’s surprising how often they get used.Regardless of how tough your password is to crack, it’s important to change it at least every few months. And don’t be tempted to recycle an old one. The longer a password sits around, the more likely it is to fall into the wrong hands. You should also avoid using the same password for multiple sites, so that a break of your school’s PTA site wouldn’t lead hackers to your online banking account.Multi-factor identification — which asks users to enter a second form of identification, such as a code texted to their phone — will provide additional protections at services that offer it.Think that’s too hard? Many experts recommend password-manager services such as LastPass or DashLane. They remember complex passwords for you — but you have to trust them. Last June, LastPass disclosed “suspicious activity” and told users to change their master passwords.___BACK IT UPThere’s a growing threat of ransomware, where a hacker locks down a computer and threatens to wipe the data if the owner doesn’t pay up. The attacks often stem from malicious software, which can result from clicking on a link in a phishing email or fake online ads.Because you have little recourse when this happen, it’s more important than ever to back up your data.You can automate this. Services such as Carbonite let you continuously back up your files to the Internet for a monthly fee. Mac and Windows PCs come with tools for backing up to external drives. It’s called Time Machine on Macs. On Windows 10, look under “Update & security” in the settings. On Windows 7, try “System and Security” or “System and Maintenance.” Make sure you unplug the drive after each backup, so that malware doesn’t creep into those copies as well.___KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UP TO DATEWhether it’s a new iPhone or an ancient PC, software updates are critical, as they fix flaws that could otherwise give hackers a way into your device. This applies not just to operating systems but to common apps like browsers and media players. Better yet, turn on the auto-updating feature that most software now comes with. Dump software that you no longer use or that’s no longer updated. That includes Apple’s QuickTime player for Windows, as Apple no longer supports it.Don’t forget about your wireless router and your assorted “Internet of things” devices such as smart TVs and thermostats. While some devices may automatically do this or let you do so through a phone app, consult your manufacturer’s website for older devices.___THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, LIKE IT OR NOTLock down your social media accounts by restricting your posts to just your actual friends. You can adjust that in the settings. Nonetheless, assume that everyone everywhere can see what you’re posting — even if you restrict your audience.As mentioned before, personal tidbits can help hackers crack easy passwords. They also can be used to answer supposedly personal questions to reset passwords for many services.Beyond security, Facebook and Twitter are among the first places employers look when researching a job candidate. You don’t want anything embarrassing to pop up.Woe to those who attended college after the advent of social media. Bet you’re regretting all those keg-stand selfies now.___Online:AP video: https://youtu.be/v7LKcl1FlPwAP’s tips on securing smartphones: http://apne.ws/1RWxo5oAP’s tips on avoiding phishing: http://goo.gl/NZTldV___Follow Bree Fowler at https://twitter.com/APBreeFowler . Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/bree-fowler . by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2016 1:30 pm MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Bride whose brother died weeks before wedding has him added to miracle

first_img“She asked if I could add her brother to her wedding photos and I thought it would help,” she told the BBC.”I gave her a warning that I was sending the photos over and asked her if she was ready, just in case, and she said she cried all over the phone. I never knew how much it would mean to Catherine.”Hundreds of people have commented on Mrs Flower’s enhanced pictures, saying they wanted loved-ones added to their own photographs, after she posted them online. Seeing him in the pictures was a miracle, I couldn’t stop cryingthe new Mrs Flower Ms Duncan – who creates personalised gifts for birthdays and weddings – responded to many of the posts, urging them to send her their family photos to be enhanced.She added: “I could never have imagined the response I have had since this was posted online.” Shaun Carter, who died in a construction site accident, is pictured with his arm around the bride, his sister, in this graphically-enhanced photograph When Catherine Carter’s brother died in an accident just weeks before her wedding, she was devastated that he would miss her big day.But, thanks to a graphic artist, the bride’s wish for her late sibling to stand beside her in the family photographs has come true.The full-time mother commissioned Rachel Duncan to enhance the pictures from her marriage to John Flower so they incorporated her brother Shaun. His sister married at St Paul’s Church, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, in July before deciding to ask Ms Duncan, of Aberdeen-based firm Jelly Penguin Graphics, to incorporate her brother into the pictures.”Seeing him in the pictures was a miracle, I couldn’t stop crying,” said the new Mrs Flower.”I really wanted him to be in my pictures. He was supposed to be there and it looks like he is there – I love them so much.center_img “It means so much to me to have a photo of him standing with us. I’ve framed it and have it in my living room now.”Ms Duncan, who charges £25 per image that she enhances for customers, said Mrs Flower’s request had been “heartbreaking”. 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. In one adapted picture, a faint ghost-like image of the late Shaun can be seen with his hand on his sister’s shoulder while she stands next to her mother and step-father after tying the knot.Another enhanced photograph shows an image of Shaun, who was 29 when he died in an accident at a construction site in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in May, with his arm around the bride. Shaun Carter, who died in a construction site accident, is pictured with his arm around the bride, his sister, in this graphically-enhanced photographCredit:JELLY PENGUIN GRAPHICS/ CATHERINE FLOWER last_img read more

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Britains biggest parking fine woman given £245k fine as judge scotches online

first_img 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. Ms Mackie had been parking in an area reserved for residents when she visited the property rented by her mother and step-father, since at least 2015.Sheriff Way said she had parked outside the garage and would not accept the offer of a parking permit for a space nearby for £40 per month.Parking tickets from private companies are not fines but by parking in a restricted area a motorist can be considered to be agreeing to a contract. Failing to pay can be seen as a breach of contract and the car parking firm can take the motorist to court to recover their losses.Debt Recovery Plus Ltd, which acted on behalf of the parking company, said: “This is understood to be the highest value parking charge case ever awarded in the United Kingdom.”As some people in Scotland believe that parking charges are unenforceable (despite the landmark 2015 Supreme Court judgment ruling in favour of a parking operator) a record number of court cases are now being pursued in Scotland.”We are happy to work with any Scottish motorist experiencing financial difficulties who would like to make a payment arrangement to settle historic charges before court action is taken. “Ms Mackie has not responded to a request for comment, but speaking in 2015 she said: “We have a right to park in front of our own property. I’ve considered moving out. It just makes my life so hellish.”I always make a point of parking in front of my own garage, where nobody else could park, and never parking on the double yellow lines on the road.” The garages in Dundee where Miss Mackie parked her car Credit:Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS.com A woman has been given Britain’s largest ever parking penalty of £24,500 by a judge who warned against the myth that private parking charges are unenforceable.Carly Mackie, 28, parked outside her mother’s home and ignored the almost-daily parking charge notices on her windscreen.She wrongly believed she was entitled to park her Mini on the spot in front of her family’s garage near their Dundee home and the tickets were unenforceable.But private firm Vehicle Control Services took her to court last year when she racked up an £18,500 bill for ignoring more than 200 penalties.The firm said Ms Mackie has not challenged a single fine and was not entitled to leave her car there without a permit.In a written judgment Sheriff George Way said Ms Mackie had “entirely misdirected herself on both the law and the contractual chain in this case” and ordered her to pay £24,500. The garages in Dundee where Miss Mackie parked her car  In the ruling handed down at Dundee Sheriff Court, he said: “She knew perfectly well what the signs displayed and that she was parking in breach of the conditions.”She stated that (effectively a protest position) that parking charges were illegal and unenforceable in Scotland and that she could park where she liked as her father’s guest.”The defender is not the tenant. The defender’s car was an additional burden on the parking facilities and she was the same as any other interloper.”She was offered a permit by the factors (at a reasonable charge I think) but she refused on principle.”He added: “Parking is not only an amenity but a valuable commodity in modern life.” The 28-year-old wrongly believed she was entitled to park her Mini on the spot in front of her family’s garage near their Dundee home and the tickets were unenforceableCredit: Steve MacDougall / SWNS.com The 28-year-old wrongly believed she was entitled to park her Mini on the spot in front of her family's garage near their Dundee home and the tickets were unenforceablelast_img read more

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GroundProbes GMLUnderground offers accurate and precise monitoring

first_imgUnderground environments are very dynamic by nature, with the effectiveness of ground support always changing. Through monitoring, areas of high risk can be identified and rehabilitated in a targeted way. At a large, well-known, hard rock mine in Queensland, Australia, visual inspections on the rear wall of this shaft showed cracking in the shotcrete. On-site geotechnical engineers were uncertain if the entire shaft was moving, if the pillars were moving, or indeed if the entire drive was on the move. The potential for rock falls in this shaft was a safety concern; however shutting down the shaft for rehabilitation would involve shutting down the entire mine which would detrimentally affect production levels.To help manage the risk, GroundProbe’s GML-Underground was deployed and began monitoring to determine where movement was occurring within this area of concern. “Through the data gathered by the GML’s scans, which were then analysed in SSR-Viewer, it was determined that convergence was indeed occurring in this particular area, predominately around the cracked areas. The data  showed that there was linear to regressive movement occurring in the area, but it was certainly on the move in those structurally controlled areas,” said Peter Saunders, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, GroundProbe. The data also proved that other sections of the wall, which were thought to be moving, remained stable.With this information, the mine site was able to implement targeted ground support in the area, only needing to concentrate their efforts to the areas they knew were moving. As a result, they only needed to close the shaft for the shortest amount of time possible. Following the installation of the targeted ground support the Geotechnical Engineers began to monitor the area again using the GML.“The results of the targeted ground support could be seen immediately,” said Saunders. “It was effective, targeted ground support that stopped the movement in the area altogether. The appropriate identification of areas most in need of ground support also ensured the stress was not just moved to a different location.”Operationally insignificant but nonetheless interesting, while the GML was monitoring the area, a small rock fall was detected in the drive near the shaft. The GML detected the movement 45 minutes before it fell. This shows the highly accurate and precise nature of the GML as a real-time, underground monitoring solution for convergence.last_img read more

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Even Shane Dowling didnt know whether his goal for Limerick yesterday was

first_imgSource: Cathal Noonan/INPHOLIMERICK’S SHANE DOWLING admitted that even he was unsure as to whether his second goal in Thurles yesterday was legal.When Limerick’s Thomas Ryan ran forward before half-time and fed Dowling, the ball hit the Na Piarsaigh club man’s hand before rolling into the net.There was some confusion initially as to whether the goal should stand but referee Barry Kelly allowed it after consulting his umpires.The decision was correct according to the rule book with the unusual strike helping Limerick claim a 3-15 to 0-8 half-time lead over Wexford in their All-Ireland quarter-final. “That goal, I don’t know if it is legal really,” admitted Dowling afterwards. “I’m not sure but whatever it is I didn’t mean to palm it in to the net.“I meant to catch it, it just bounced off my hand. Is it legal? Is it illegal? I don’t know. I’m sure the boys upstairs will have it well analyzed.”Dowling also had sympathy for Wexford’s Matthew O’Hanlon who was shown a red card for a late strike on the Limerick attacker.“I certainly didn’t make a meal of it. I wouldn’t have liked to see Matthew get sent off. I don’t think he’s that type of player.“There wasn’t a dirty blow throughout the game. I probably thought there was no need to send him off. There was a bit of a clip all right. I didn’t play to get him send off.“He came up after and shook hands and said there was nothing meant in it. I don’t know him very well but I know he’s a very good strong hurler and by no means would I hold that against him anyway.” Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO5 talking points after Limerick’s win over WexfordTipp v Dublin talking points: Dalo’s future and Premier ambitions Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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Airline keeps losing money

first_imgGreece’s Aegean Airlines has reported a net loss of 23 million euros in 2010 and is expected to keep losing money in 2011. The loss was caused by poor economic conditions, increasing fuel prices and international expansions, said Aegean Airlines’ management. Proton Research said that the airline should be stable during the year through domestic demand. The airline – which has an operational fleet of 26 aircraft – announced that they will launch flights from Cyprus to London Heathrow. The European Commission blocked a planned merger with Olympic Air so the airlines could survive the economic downturn. Both airlines said this month that they will appeal this decision. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Battle Ground district settles with classified employees

first_imgAdministrators at Battle Ground Public Schools announced Thursday that the district had reached a settlement with the union representing more than 570 classified employees.The new three-year contract includes salary increases of 6 percent for the current school year, 3 percent for the 2019-2020 school year and another 3 percent in 2020-21, according to a district announcement. The new agreement was approved Monday by the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors .“I would like to compliment both sides in the bargaining process,” Superintendent Mark Ross said in the announcement. “It was a very collaborative process, with both sides working well together. I want to thank PSE for having an open discussion about the budget and considering the sustainability and stability of our budget with this three-year agreement.”Classified employees include clerks, secretaries, paraeducators and other education support professionals.The district remains in negotiations with teachers represented by the Battle Ground Education Association, which represents the district’s certificated instructional staff.last_img read more

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Farmers Industry Meet to Discuss Policy Issues at ASAAP Meeting in Minnesota

first_imgMembers of the ASA Action Partnership (ASAAP) met in the Minneapolis suburb of Chaska this week to discuss important issues impacting the soybean industry. ASAAP members met Wednesday and Thursday with representatives from industry solutions providers, state and federal agencies and academia to address policy matters including trade with China, biotechnology and the new GMO Answers campaign, and water quality issues in Minnesota and nationwide.Dr. Sherry Gray of the University of Minnesota, Elanco Animal Health’s Dennis Erpelding, and USDA-FAS’ Oliver Flake discuss the agricultural impacts of U.S.-China relations at this week’s ASAAP meeting in Chaska, Minn. (ASA photo by Patrick Delaney)ASAAP brings together the farmer members of ASA with the industry partners that provide the solutions they use everyday. Attendees included representatives from Dow AgroSciences, Elanco Animal Health, Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, Archer Daniels Midland, Co., Syngenta, FMC, BASF, and DuPont Pioneer, as well as farmers and staff from ASA, the United Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council, the host Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Tennessee Soybean Association, and the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association.Presenters this week include USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Biotech Industry Organization, public relations firm Ketchum, the University of Minnesota and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.last_img read more

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ASA Signs Brief Opposing Vermonts Biotech Labeling Law

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), along with the National Corn Growers Association, the National Cotton Council and the Corn Refiners Association signed an Amici brief supporting the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and others in challenging Vermont’s law requiring that food products containing biotech ingredients be labeled.The law, enacted in 2015 and due to go into effect in June 2016, would require food manufacturers to place a pejorative “contains GMO” label on products sold in Vermont.  ASA and other farm organizations are supporting GMA’s argument that the law would disrupt interstate commerce and be expensive for consumers, who would pay the cost of labeling and repackaging products sold in Vermont.ASA is an active member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which is supporting federal legislation to establish a voluntary national standard for labeling non-GMO products, and to preempt state biotech labeling laws.last_img read more

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Financial services and domestic services employees are the most stressed in the

first_imgAccounting and financial services employees, and those in the cleaning and domestic services sector, are the most stressed in the UK, according to research on behalf of insurance organisation Axa.An online survey of 2,000 UK adults, conducted by Opinium in September 2018, revealed that 87% of workers in both sectors are stressed at least some of the time during a typical week. In addition, 12% of cleaning and domestic workers and 7% of accounting and financial services employees said they felt stressed all the time.Employees in the training and education sector are the UK’s least stressed, according to the survey, with 29% of staff never or rarely stressed, followed by workers in the manufacturing sector (27%).The survey also found that common causes of stress for UK employees included concerns about being contacted outside of working hours (65%), work-life balance (64%), current salary prospects (47%) and worries over redundancy (36%).Two-fifths (41%) of respondents said they felt anxious due to stress, more than a third (36%) said they felt tense, and 29% reported feeling restless. More than a quarter (27%) said they were unable to get enough sleep because of stress, and the same percentage said the condition was leading to unhealthy eating. Just under a quarter (24%) said stress was causing a lack of interest in everyday activities.Eugene Farrell, mental health lead at Axa PPP Healthcare, said: “This research shows that Britain’s workers are struggling to manage their levels of stress. Even in the least stressed sectors, such as training and education and manufacturing, the vast majority of staff are stressed at least some of the time during a typical week.”According to the study, while some respondents comfort eat (21%), drink alcohol (19%) and smoke (8%) to relieve stress, others favour healthy pursuits such as exercise (28%) and gardening (12%).Farrell said: “It is promising that many respondents are turning to healthy ways to manage stress. It is important that anyone struggling to cope seeks help, for example from their GP or from the helplines provided by mental health charities such as Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Samaritans. Those whose employer provides access to an employee assistance programme can speak in confidence to a qualified counsellor or therapist, too.”last_img read more

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White Houses Disaster Relief Request includes 12B for Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Military installations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and nearby areas would obtain funding to repair and rebuild facilities damaged during hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, under a $44 billion emergency spending request submitted by the White House on Friday. The aid, which would benefit all of the military’s branches, primarily would be added to operations and maintenance funds, but some would be military construction funding, reported Army Times. The Navy would be one of the largest beneficiaries, with $478.9 million requested for repairs and rebuilding at active-component facilities including Naval Air Stations Corpus Christie and Kingsville, in Texas; NAS Key West and NAS Jacksonville in Florida; and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Hurricane aid requested for the other services’ active-component facilities includes:Army — $20.1 million to repair buildings and other structures at Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas, and Fort Benning, Ga.;Marine Corps — $17.9 million to fix damage at Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Fla., and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina; andAir Force — $20.9 million to fix damage at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, and Patrick AFB, MacDill AFB and Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, and Joint Base Charleston, S.C.The aid package was criticized by key Democrats and at least one Republican as insufficient, indicating a likely battle over funding levels, reported the Washington Post. The final aid probably would be attached to must-pass legislation such as a second continuing resolution or an omnibus spending bill, reported CQ.last_img read more

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Who is the new iPod Touch for

first_img See It Now playing: Watch this: 54 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Who still uses an iPod? There are actually a number of businesses that use the iPod Touch in numerous ways. Pretty much every employee at an Apple Store has an iPod Touch inside a special bar code/credit card swipe case to ring up your items. Keeping the new iPod the exact same size as the previous one makes it easier for Apple employees to swap out devices without the need of replacing those special mobile register cases. Apple did something similar when it updated the iPad Mini in March and the Mac Mini last year. These are three recent examples of Apple focusing on convenience and cost savings for a product update. The new iPod Touch held by a nine-year old. Angela Lang/CNET Another target audience for a new iPod Touch is kids. Before hand-me-down iPhones and iPads were a thing, many parents gave their kids an iPod as a less expensive and less connected option. This is going to be especially pertinent now that Apple has introduced Apple Arcade. If you gave your kid a new iPod Touch for $199 and an Apple Arcade subscription (let’s say it’s $5 a month, but that’s just an educated guess since we still don’t know the pricing) you’d have a solid gaming experience with access to 100 games — and one that’s a lot cheaper than a $299 Nintendo Switch where a single flagship game can cost $50 to $60. For younger kids, an iPod Touch seems like it would be easier to hold than the much larger Switch. It’s also worth mentioning that Apple Arcade games don’t include in-game purchases, so your credit card is protected too. Phew. No iTunes, no problemWith Apple finally starting to back away from iTunes, it raises even more iPod existential questions. But I have a secret: I downloaded Spotify onto the iPod Touch. Even though at first it felt wrong, it was actually a delight to use. The tiny iPod was more manageable to bring along on a workout or carry on the train than my iPhone XS Max. The iPod Touch lacks a cellular antenna, which meant I could only stream music when I was on Wi-Fi. Other times I had to use Spotify Premium to download songs before a journey through a Wi-Fi-free zone. 64-ipod-touch-2019On both your computer and mobile device, Apple Music will be your one-stop shop for songs. Unless you prefer Spotify, which also works. Sarah Tew/CNET The iPod is a device out of its timeOverall, it’s weird trying to use the iPod Touch like my iPhone XS Max. Maybe it’s because of the smaller screen, which better focuses my attention, but I rarely used it when I was bored to aimlessly scroll on Instagram or watch YouTube videos. In fact, when I used the iPod at home my activities were more purposeful instead of the distracted meandering I normally do on my iPhone. However, I can’t guarantee that substituting an iPod Touch for your iPhone will make you less obsessed with being on your phone. Despite its niche target audience, the iPod Touch is still a solid device, but I’d recommend really thinking about how you’d use it before you buy one. $132 reading • Who is the new iPod Touch for? • Spotify Nintendo Apple The new iPod Touch looks just like the old one and it’s kind of nice Comments See it See All Review • Apple iPod Touch review: 2015 specs packed into a tiny 2012 body Who still uses an iPod in the golden age of the iPhone? It’s a question that crossed the mind of more than a few people when Apple announced a new 2019 iPod Touch a few weeks back. But yes, there are still several situations where the new iPod makes perfect sense, like as a kid’s mobile gaming system (especially once Apple Arcade is out) or for hospitals to track medical records and translate different languages or in retail and food service as a mobile register.See iPod Touch at Amazon(Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.) 23 Photos Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 5:39 iPod Touch 2019 review: A device out of its time Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Walmart Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple iPod Touch 2015 (16GB – blue) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Tags Apple Mobile $219 Apple iPod Touch 2015last_img read more

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