April 1 – 7 is Asbestos Awareness Week 2014. Why be aware of asbestos through the Military Families Learning Network? Approximately 8 percent of the nation’s population is made up of veterans. Of those veterans, 30 percent have died as a result of mesothelioma (Asbestos & the Military, History, Exposure & Assistance).Heather Von St. James, a mother, wife, mesothelioma survivor and advocate brought this to the attention to the Military Families Learning Network. She hopes to raise awareness to the military (past and present) who may have been exposed to asbestos through active military service or installations.Heather’s story – videoAsbestos can result in a virulent and fatal form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is consistent with a long period of latency. In fact, in many cases veterans exposed to asbestos that retired from active-duty service decades ago are getting sick today.The U.S. Office of Veterans Affairs Asbestos states:Veterans who served in any of the following occupations may have been exposed to asbestos: mining, milling, shipyard work, insulation work, demolition of old buildings, carpentry and construction, manufacturing and installation of products such as flooring and roofing.Veterans who served in Iraq and other countries in that region could have been exposed to asbestos when older buildings were damaged and the contaminant released into the air.The Federal government began regulating asbestos use (mid-1970s) and began banning all new uses in 1989. Von St. James shared that on July 24th, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Defense Funding Bill that included $16 million in funding eligible to be awarded to mesothelioma research. The bill includes funding for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, including the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program, in which mesothelioma is a topic area.Von St. James points to several resources that may be helpful to share and spread awareness during global awareness asbestos week:Featured Mesothelioma Warriors Speak Out blog posts (starting April 5) by Mavis, Lou, Heather, and Linda through the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s website and blog.Mesothelioma Guide for veterans to learn more about asbestos in the military. (This guide breaks down information by specific military branches and offers assistance on reaching various Veterans Affairs offices for assistance.)A special thanks goes to Heather Von St. James for providing the military community with additional information concerning mesothelioma during Asbestos Awareness Week 2014. For more on Heather’s battle with mesothelioma, go to I Was Given Just 15 Month to Live.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 31, 2014. Contributors, writers, editors: Heather Von St. James, and members of the Military Families Learning Network team: Rachel Brauner, Karen Jeannette, Brigitte Scott, Anne Adrian, Kyle Kostelecky.
The police in Meghalaya arrested one of its own personnel for allegedly raping a woman in her tea shop.“A woman filed an FIR on Wednesday, saying the officer in charge of the Mawngap police station raped her on February 2. The officer was arrested in Kolkata, where he was undergoing training, and brought back to Shillong on Friday,” said A.R. Mawthoh, Deputy Inspector-General, Eastern Range, Meghalaya.The arrest comes barely a week after the detention of five men, including a juvenile, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl. On April 11, the teenage girl was allegedly gang-raped near Tura, headquarters of the West Garo Hills district, after the men gave her a lift in a car. The girl, her mother later said, did not suspect the accused as she knew two of them.The accused were caught and brought to the Tura police station along with the victim, who narrated her ordeal. A police officer said one of the accused, a 16-year-old, has been sent to a juvenile home and will be tried by the Juvenile Justice Board, while the other four were arrested and will be tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.The two cases — barely a week after a video of the molestation of a teenage girl in a car was uploaded on social media — have underlined the matrilineal hill State’s battle with increasing crimes against women. On April 8, a teenage girl was allegedly molested by five people, including two former militants and a forest guard, after getting her drunk. They videotaped her ordeal and uploaded it on social media. The five accused were arrested on the basis of video.Growing crime graphCrime against women in Meghalaya came into focus after two high-profile cases in January 2017, when V. Shanmuganathan had to resign as Governor over an allegation of sexual impropriety, and independent MLA Julius Kitbok Dorphang, an ex-militant, was arrested for raping a 14-year-old.In 2017, the police recorded 238 cases of rapes, including two of gang-rape. There were 137 other cases that included assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, and cruelty by husbands or relatives.The year also saw 298 cases registered under the POCSO Act, though some of them involved boys.
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16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary created history at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Tuesday.Chaudhary, a class XI student and a son of a farmer, became only the fifth Indian shooter to win a gold medal in the Asiads after beating multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals.Chaudhary, who is based in Kalina Village in Meerut, aggregated 240.7 and edged past Japan’s experienced 42-year-old shooter Matsuda to bag the top prize. Matsuda scored 239.7 and settled for silver. While 29-year-old debutant Abhishek Verma shot 219.3 to secure bronze.Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreChaudhary was competing in his first senior event and showed immense maturity and calmness to snatch the lead from 2010 World Champion Tomoyuki Matsuda on the penultimate shot in the 24-shot final.Asian Games 2018 Day 3 Live UpdatesHe also set a Games record with his sensational effort. Chaudhary’s last two shots were 10.2 and 10.4 — giving him a decisive lead in a closely fought match. Saurabh Chaudhary became only the fifth Indian shooter to win a gold medal in the Asiads (AP Photo)Asian Games 2018: Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaExpectations were high from him as he had already made noise in the Junior World Cup in Germany few months back. He had broken the world record on his way to winning gold in Germany and it was expected that he will go well in the Asian Games as well. However, not many thought that he would join the likes of Jaspal Rana, Randhir Singh, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi at such a young age.advertisementBut, it has happened and the youngster said that he did not flinch at all during the tense final, where he was up against some of the world’s best.”I did not feel any pressure,” said Chaudhary, who picked up the sport only three years ago when asked about the competition that included Matsuda and Jin Jingoh from South Korea, the multiple-time Olympic and world champion.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE Saurabh Chaudhary set a Asian Games record with his sensational effort in the 10m Air Pistol Final (AP Photo)He eased through the qualification held earlier in the day, scoring 586 and carried on the momentum in the final, where he almost assured top prize with his penultimate shot.He learnt the tricks of the trade at Amit Sheoran’s academy at Benoli near Baghpat, 53 kilometers from Meerut. Whenever he is home, he helps his father in the farming business.Chaudhary learned shooting at Amit Sheoran’s academy at Benoli near Baghpat, which is 53 kilometers from Meerut. Speaking about his time when he is at home, he said that he likes helping his father in farming.”I like farming. We don’t get much time off from training but whenever I do, I go back to my Village (Kalina) and help my father,” said Chaudhary.(Written by Ranit Das)
Virat Kohli conquered the demons of the past with the bat in England but his ability as a leader or rather the lack of it, was again up for show in the course of the five-match series.In the lead up to the England tour, everyone had just one question: Can Virat Kohli bury the past and come out on top against the fearsome duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in challenging conditions?That was something maybe Kohli was thinking of and maybe that led him to believe that a stint in county cricket will help his cause in the overcast English conditions come the months of August and September. Therefore, a stint with Surrey was announced, where Kohli would have been playing first-class and List A matches to prepare for the tour but an injury in the Indian Premier League meant that was not happening.So, he travelled with the side to Ireland, played two T20Is and the limited-overs series against England and returned with 310 runs from eight matches. His form was intact but facing Anderson and Broad was a different issue altogether.India only played one practice match against Essex prior to the first Test at Edgbaston and questions were again asked about what the team management was thinking but he and coach Ravi Shastri insisted that the team is ready to go.Also read – As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsBut, come the end of the series, it looked like only Kohli was ready for the challenge and while the rest of the batsmen failed.advertisementLEADER WITH THE BAT Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the five-match series vs England (Reuters Photo)Kohli stood out from the rest of the pack by far and handled the swing and pace of the English bowlers with ease. Kohli’s battle with Anderson was supposed to be the highlight of the series but there was only one winner and that was Kohli. Yes! Anderson had his moments and was unlucky many would say but from 10 innings, he failed to get Kohli out even once — a triumph of sorts for the Indian captain, who got out to Jimmy four times in 2014 during India’s tour of England.The Indian captain led with the bat and finished with 593 runs from 10 innings at an average of 59.30, hitting two centuries and three fifties. The next in line in terms of runs scored in the series was England’s Jos Buttler, who managed to hit 349 runs from nine innings. In terms of India, KL Rahul had the most number of runs with 299 after Kohli — a whopping difference of 294 runs. Shocking to the say the least.Also read – Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duckBut, too bad for Kohli, his heroics with the bat were overshadowed by his defensive captaincy on the field. India under Kohli was supposed to be different. Unlike Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli was supposed to be the aggressor and India were going to be the world force in Test cricket…at least according to Shastri, who believes that this is the best Indian touring side in 15 years.CONTRADICTING STRATEGIES Virat Kohli’s captaincy has raised questions amongst former players (AP Photo)However, results proved otherwise and Kohli was anything but aggressive. There are two sides to Kohli the captain — 1. When the team is batting and 2. When he is on the field as a captain.Right from Kohli’s first Test as captain in Adelaide, he showed intent when India looked to chase down 363 in challenging situations and got close before losing out by 48 runs. That match set the marker and it has remained the same till now when they are chasing totals. India were down and out in the Oval Test but KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant struck a 204-run stand and with 166 required from 33 overs, India’s target was to try and go for the kill. Eventually, they got nowhere close and lost the match by 118 runs to surrender the series 1-4. The intent however, had to be lauded.But, what happens to the same man when he marshaling his troops on the field remains a question. From his field placements to his choice of bowlers, Kohli’s tactics have come under the scanner time and again.Also read – Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonAt Edgbaston in the first Test, England were down and out and Ravichandran Ashwin was troubling the left-handers frequently and India were on top…it was a matter of one wicket. Then came a young Sam Curran and hit Ashwin for a few boundaries and just like that! Ashwin was removed. Kohli brought on the pacers and Curran made merry and scored his maiden Test fifty to take England to a defendable total of 193.advertisement”Kohli was phenomenal in this game. He deserved to be on the winning side for the way he played with the tail. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though,” Hussain told Sky Sports after the first Test.”England were 87/7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then — he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?’,” Hussain questioned.Also read – Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 1-4 series defeat to EnglandIn the following Test at Lord’s, the first day was washed out and rain was a persistent theme throughout the five days but he decided to go with Kuldeep Yadav in conditions friendly for pacers and the chinaman proved to be as useless as a lighter without gas and India lost the match by an innings and 159 runs.India came back strong in the third Test and won the match by 203 runs to make the series 1-2 but one of his potent weapons in Ashwin got injured and it was expected that he will miss out the next game because of the injury. But, for the first time in 38 Tests, Kohli went with the same XI and India lost by 60 runs. Throughout the Test, Ashwin bowled 51.5 overs and got three wickets whereas England’s Moeen Ali ran havoc again and got nine wickets in the match. The conditions were there for spin bowling but Ashwin was clearly not at his best and that showed as India went 1-3 down, with the series gone.Kohli’s deficiency as a captain gets clear when he is on the field. From using the DRS at every given opportunity to panicking when a bowler is hit for runs, his ability to deal with pressure has cost India time and again in whites and the series in England and South Africa in particular.SELECTION DILEMMA Shikhar Dhawan has scored only 162 runs from four matches in this series (Reuters Photo)In the last Test match, people were of the opinion that Prithvi Shaw will get a game ahead of Shikhar Dhawan but that didn’t happen and all the Delhi dasher did was play 12 balls and score four runs and get out in similar fashion.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketKohli’s selection of the playing eleven in England, rotation of his bowlers and failure to clinch key moments in the match, also made Gavaskar sit back and reflect on his captaincy skills.advertisement”Everybody would be disappointed looking at the result because when Virat Kohli took over as captain, it seemed like the team would head into a new direction under him. The team looked hungry to win and seemed more hopeful of doing well under Kohli. Everyone thought that he will bring in a lot more josh, a lot more energy into the team. So quite naturally, there will be questions asked about his captaincy,” Gavaskar said.This was again not the first time Kohli’s selection ended up in a mess. India decided to drop Ajinkya Rahane, India’s best overseas player in the recent past, in South Africa for the first two Test matches and lost the matches by 72 and 135 runs respectively. Jinks came back in the third Test and played a match-winning knock in Johannesburg and India won the match by 63 runs.The series in England was supposed to be the watershed moment in his Test career and it did turn out to be so for Kohli the batsman but Kohli the captain’s reputation…went further down the abyss.
Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter: OK @everyone who can do it, let’s roundtable! Question is what would you do to fix/change the playoff, if anything?Kyle Boone: Bring back the BCS system and move it to a playoff format.Sam Aldrich: Expand to 8 teams — 5 major conference winners, 3 wild card spots.Kyle Cox: I have to agree with @sam.aldrich and @porter on that. eight would fix a lot, not all. Maybe just set an actual guideline that makes sense and stick to it? Combine BCS-type system with a committee. Wse the committee only for the tie breakers and to veto any obvious flaws in the system. Has to be high majority to overrule computers.Caleb Deck: Who’s better at math, me or a calculator? Calculator, by a larger margin than I can count. Point being: computers are important and objective instead of biased and subjective. I have no idea why they decided to rebrand the whole championship system for more equality and clarity and removed the most “fair” and objective thing about it all. Makes absolutely no sense. There’s definitely a place for a committee and for a bit of subjective discussion and debate (see OkState vs CMU *loss*) but the computers are important for surePorter: Everybody plays the same number of conference games and has a conference championship. Five conference champs — if the Big 12 is stupid enough to have its teams have a rematch for the conference title, that’s its own problem. Three wild cards so you get the Boise States or this year apparently Ohio State. Top four get home games in first round. Semis and finals are at current bowl sites. $1 trillion idea. Make it rain.Everybody has a path to the title, and you can’t (legitimately) complain if you don’t make it.Aldrich: Texas A&M will still complainPorter: Texas A&M would complain if the national title was an agronomy contest.Justin Southwell: Sorry, @porter, we need a plan that makes a little less sense. It’s too logical. Try again.Steven Mandeville: I like the idea of requiring explanations for placement… at least make them admit the hypocrisy.Cox: How about we take all the schools that are in the top-25 on the last week of the season, give them lottery balls based on blue-blood status. Alabama and Ohio State get more than say West Virginia. Then we do an NBA Draft-style lottery for the rankings. They’ve never had an controversy with that.Porter: What if coaches just competed on Legends of the Hidden Temple and the winners moved on to the playoffs?Chris Knox: Southwell: Any coaches? Like Coach Glass could represent Oklahoma State?Porter: Andre Sexton would crush.Boone: I’d nominate Coach Arroyo…he seems like he could be a warrior in the ring.Aldrich: It’s a Hunger Games scenario, you pick your champion.Porter: Big 12 Hunger Games between football and basketball coaches, who wins?Boone: Bob Huggins would win .. Just sit on his opponents.Cox: I think Shaka would be sneaky-tough to beat.Porter: Bill Snyder wins the Big 12 Hunger Games. Zero doubt.Aldrich: Caleb: Jim Grobe would last a long time. He’s really good at dodging controversial encounters.Porter: Whoooooooo.Boone: That’s fire Caleb. Bringing it!Caleb: I see several Survivor-style alliances starting I’m just not sure who could get more on board or how loyal they would be. Gundy-Stoops-Patterson-Kliff would probably be strong. Underwood-Self-Lon? Not so sure about that….Porter: Who goes out first?Boone: Scott Drew would probably just forfeit. I’ll go with him.Aldrich: It’s not even a question- Bruce Weber immediately eats nightlock berries and dies.Porter: I think everyone would turn on Drew and offer him as a sacrifice to President Snow. Man, how good was the real Hunger Games. I think I got pneumonia because I didn’t sleep for three days because I read through the entire trilogy.Caleb: Can we cite previous coaches? If so, Mangino goes out first. Other than that I’m not sure if Snyder makes it to the start…Aldrich: Is President Snow Bob Bowlsby?Porter: How insane would Dana be in a Hunger Games dome? He’s definitely on point with a bow. Like, in real life. Not in this made-up Hunger Games series.Boone: So Kirby Hocutt is definitely the gamesmaker, right? He just thinks up a bunch of random crap to try and bring down all the participants.Porter: The odds are ever in your favor (if you’re OU and not West Virginia).Aldrich: Too bad the Big 12 Hunger Games would probably get flexed to 11 AM and televised on FS1.Porter: That was a walk off. OK, would you guys rather have Jawun Evans for two more years or Mason Rudolph for one?Aldrich: One more year of Mason — we’ve got a real shot to win the Big 12 next year if he returns, and Underwood will probably need more than this year and next to be a Big 12 title contender in hoops. Plus, we’re in great hands with this guy taking the reins at point.Boone: I’d take Mason Rudolph for one more. BrUnderwood will have Trae Young and Zach Dawson next year, but next year the football team will be ready to take a B12 title. I’m not sure they will be able to do that behind Keondre Wudtee.Southwell: Mason Rudolph for one. We need another Big 12 Championship and he gives us the best chance. Kansas will probably continue to win conference championships in basketball regardless of if we have Evans, as much as I’d like for him to stay.Porter: I’d take Rudolph, too, I think. CFB Playoff is in play next year with Rudolph (unless they change it to Supermarket Sweep rules). That’s not true of OSU in hoops, I don’t think, in the next two years.Aldrich: Rudolph coming back also probably means The President stays. We all know how the stud QB-WR combo returning for one more year turned out in 2011…Boone: With Chuba, Justice Hill and J.D. King next year, he may never even have to throw the ball.Cox: Rudolph for one year just because he means more to the football team than even Evans does to bball. plus football is king at this point. Who knows if it will ever go back to bball.Porter: I just saw this, I’m in tears!SHOCKING INTERVIEW WITH BIG 12 ASSOCIATE REGARDING OKLAHOMA STATE NIGHT GAMES pic.twitter.com/H71zua9CO4— Zachcoin® (@YaaaBoyZach) November 13, 2016Southwell: Lastly, I just wanted to point out that OkState hasn’t lost a game since being crowned the 1945 National Champions.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoomIllustration. Source: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek containership owner Costamare chartered out a total of ten vessels during the first quarter of 2019, benefiting from increases in Post-Panamax rates. “The larger vessels continue to benefit from strong fundamentals with low supply and strong demand,” Gregory Zikos, Chief Financial Officer of Costamare, commented.“The number of idle ships has fallen across all vessel segments as liner companies launch new services. We have been active during the quarter and we have chartered in total 10 ships, benefiting from a rising market in the larger asset classes,” Zikos added.From January 1 until March 31, 2019, the company signed charter deals for five Post-Panamaxes with major container shipping companies. The vessels in question are Cape Tainaro, Navarino, Maersk Kobe, Kokura and Ensenada.In addition, Costamare agreed in Q1 to extend charters for five of its ships below 5,500 TEUs capacity.During the first quarter, the company also sold for demolition the 2004-built vessel Piraeus and the 1991-built MSC Pylos.Costamare ended the first quarter of this year with a net loss of USD 1.7 million, compared to a net income of USD 19.2 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Voyage revenues increased by 21.8%, or USD 20.2 million, to USD 113 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2019, from USD 92.8 million during the three-month period ended March 31, 2018.Ahead of the upcoming IMO sulphur cap 2020, Costamare also agreed to install scrubbers on five 14,424 TEU Post-Panamaxes.“We have 15 Post-Panamax ships opening over the next year which positions us favorably, should market momentum continue,” Zikos concluded.Costamare currently has a fleet of 76 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 541,000 TEU, including five newbuild containerships currently under construction.
San Francisco:In a bizarre incident, several Tesla Model 3 owners protested and blocked the entrance of the company’s factory located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, over the Electric Vehicle (EV) maker reducing the price of the Model 3 since its launch in Europe. “Today I participated in the so-called ‘Red vests action against Tesla’ at the Tesla Factory & Delivery Center in Tilburg,” the Electrek quoted one of he protesters as saying on Monday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “Together with 10 other Model 3 owners from the Netherlands and Belgium, and with interest from the media, we have tried to get attention in a positive way with the aim of motivating Tesla to fulfill its agreements and to get long-paid AP & FSD functions activated.” The owner who was quoted claimed that the EV maker reduced the price of his Model 3 configuration by 5 per cent just a few hours after he ordered it. The protesters organised the protest at the Tilburg factory and 11 Tesla owners joined in. Earlier this year, several Tesla owners protested over drastic price cuts by the EV maker. At the time, it was mostly about the Model S and Model X price drop.
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — SpaceX is laying off 10 per cent of its roughly 6,000 workers, saying it needs to get leaner so it can succeed in enormous projects such as creating an interplanetary spacecraft.The Los Angeles Times reports that the cuts were announced Friday in an email to employees of the Hawthorne, California-based company.In a statement, Elon Musk’s firm says it needs to trim costs in order to take on ambitious projects that would have bankrupted other organizations.SpaceX has a healthy business launching government and commercial satellites into orbit — including a launch Friday from California — and delivering supplies to the International Space Station.But SpaceX estimates it will need billions to build a spaceship capable of sending astronauts to Mars and a satellite system for global internet service.The Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai Motor Co. has reported a 12 per cent drop in its first-quarter net profit as lower sales in China, Russia and Brazil outweighed higher vehicle shipments at home and favourable foreign exchange rates.South Korea’s largest automaker said its January-March net income was 1.7 trillion won ($1.5 billion), compared with 1.91 trillion won a year earlier.The results were better than expected: Analysts expected 1.53 trillion won, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.But the company reported a year-over-year earnings drop for a ninth consecutive quarter.The company blamed weak demand in emerging markets and oil-exporting countries. But the results could reaffirm concerns about its competitiveness in China, the world’s largest auto market.Last year, the rise of Chinese local brands and Chinese consumers’ preference for sports utility vehicles over sedans took a toll on Hyundai and other foreign car makers. The popularity of SUVs in China was not favourable to the South Korean company, whose forte is in passenger sedans such as the Elantra and Avante models.During the first three months of this year, Hyundai’s plants in China, which is the second-largest production base for Hyundai after South Korea, reported an 18 per cent decline in sales. Exports from South Korean plants to overseas dropped while sales in Russia and Brazil fell about 20 per cent each.Sales rose 7 per cent while operating profit dropped 16 per cent. The maker of the Genesis and Sonata sedans has seen its operating income fall year-on-year for the past seven quarters. The logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on a vehicle displayed at the company’s showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Hyundai Motor Co. says its first-quarter net profit has dropped 12 percent over a year earlier as global sales declined.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hyundai Motor’s profit down 12 per cent on China sales
by Dave Collins, The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2016 1:48 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2016 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge dismisses Newtown families’ lawsuit against gun maker HARTFORD, Conn. – A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion by Remington Arms to strike the lawsuit by the families of nine children and adults killed and a teacher who survived the Dec. 14, 2012, school attack, in which a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators with a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle made by Remington.The families were seeking to hold Remington accountable for selling what their lawyers called a semi-automatic rifle that is too dangerous for the public because it was designed as a military killing machine. Their lawyer vowed an immediate appeal of Friday’s ruling.The judge agreed with attorneys for Madison, North Carolina-based Remington that the lawsuit should be dismissed under the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which was passed by Congress in 2005 and shields gun makers from liability when their firearms are used in crimes.Advocates for gun control and against gun violence have criticized the law as special protection for gun makers. It became an issue in the presidential campaign this year when Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic nominee, criticized then-challenger Bernie Sanders for his support of the law in 2005. Sanders, a Vermont U.S. senator, is now backing a bill to repeal the law.Lawyers for Remington said Congress passed the act after determining such lawsuits were an abuse of the legal system.But the families’ attorneys argued the lawsuit was allowed under an exception in the federal law that allows litigation against companies that know, or should know, that their weapons are likely to be used in a way that risks injury to others, and the judge disagreed.“While the families are obviously disappointed with the judge’s decision, this is not the end of the fight,” said Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for the families. “We will appeal this decision immediately and continue our work to help prevent the next Sandy Hook from happening.”Jonathan Whitcomb, an attorney for Remington Arms, declined to comment.The company recently had been fighting to keep internal documents requested by the families from public view. The judge issued an order in August allowing certain documents containing trade secrets and other information to be kept from public view, but she said the order did not apply to all other documents in the case.Besides Remington, other defendants in the lawsuit include firearms distributor Camfour and Riverview Gun Sales, the now-closed East Windsor store where the Newtown gunman’s mother legally bought the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle used in the shooting.Gunman Adam Lanza, who was 20 years old, shot his mother to death at their Newtown home before driving to the school, where he killed 26 other people. He killed himself as police arrived.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo round of fireworks went off and fans loudly chanted “J-T, J-T” while quarterback J.T. Barrett was the final Ohio State senior introduced before Saturday’s game against Illinois.The three-time captain rushed out, showered by the loudest cheers for any of the 19 seniors, carrying flowers to deliver to his parents on the field. But for Barrett, the moment he had talked about during the week, did not happen.“Didn’t see my mom cry,” Barrett said. “I thought today was the day, but no. It’s still 22 years and counting I haven’t seen my mom cry.”Barrett’s entrance through the tunnel onto the field marked the final time he, as a player, would take to the field in Ohio Stadium.In the 52-14 blowout of Illinois, Barrett finished the game quickly, as expected. Barrett had left the game in the second quarter in favor of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but was called back in after the second-stringer proved ineffective. The quarterback, whom some fans wanted replaced with Haskins earlier in the season, was the one to replace Haskins following the backup’s fumble and return for Illinois’ first score.Head coach Urban Meyer said, “I was pissed,” about the mistakes and said he needed to put the starters back in to prevent the game from turning into a “clown show.”“[Meyer] was very upset,” Barrett said. “I saw him and then it was like, well he’s definitely known for sending the starters back in, so let me go find my knee brace and go find my helmet because I didn’t have any of those things. I wasn’t shocked by any means, but I knew when my man [Haskins] fumbled the ball, it was like this is not about to be good.”Barrett entered the game, and after failing to get anything going his first drive back, took the team down the field after Illinois coughed up the punt to extend the Buckeye lead to 45-7.By the time his night finally came to an end, Barrett had completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed five times for 33 yards, including a touchdown.Along the way, he added some more notes to his crowded resume. He set the program record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Braxton Miller’s total of 3,054, and became the first Ohio State quarterback to throw 100 touchdown passes.When it’s all said and done, Barrett willy be among the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the Big Ten, and the most decorated Ohio State quarterback of all-time. He holds 35 total Big Ten or Ohio State records combined, many of them set in Columbus.If he has any more records left to break, they will come away from Ohio Stadium.“There’s a last thing for everything,” Barrett said. “I was trying to do my best while I was playing here in Ohio Stadium and send everyone out there in a good way as far as seniors today.”The end of Barrett’s time in Ohio Stadium is not the end of his journey as a Buckeye. Though it might be his finale in front of the home crowd, Barrett still has at least three games remaining with the upcoming rivalry game against Michigan, the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin and a bowl game or two.“It’s certainly not a goodbye,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “When we say goodbye, it’s going to be a tough one. But that was not a goodbye. That was a chance for him to tip his hat.”Barrett had his moment to tip his hat. And while he certainly will spend time reflecting on his time spent in Ohio Stadium, his attention will quickly have to turn to the week ahead. As the victory bell started to chime and the band began to play, Barrett, wearing a rain poncho and clutching the Illibuck, walked with the rest of his team in front of the Ohio Stadium student section to sing, “Carmen Ohio” one final time.
Alzheimer : un nouveau marqueur pour estimer l’évolution de la maladieUne étude publiée lundi aux Etats-Unis révèle que des chercheurs ont découvert un nouveau marqueur pour prédire la rapidité du déclin des capacités mentales dû à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Il s’agit d’une protéine présente dans le liquide céphalo-rachidien.Devenue un véritable enjeu de santé publique, la maladie d’Alzheimer fait aujourd’hui l’objet de nombreuses recherches à travers le monde. Des travaux qui apparaissent cruciaux tandis que les spécialistes prédisent une sérieuse hausse du nombre de malades au cours des prochaines années. Ainsi, une nouvelle étude publiée lundi aux Etats-Unis révèle qu’un marqueur pourrait permettre de prédire l’évolution de la maladie une fois celle-ci diagnostiquée.En effet, des chercheurs de la faculté de médecine de l’université Saint-Louis ont découvert que la présence d’une protéine appelée VILIP-1 en quantité élevée dans le liquide céphalo-rachidien était liée à une détérioration plus rapide des capacités mentales. Une observation faite chez 60 malades atteints d’Alzheimer qui n’étaient au départ qu’à un stade précoce de la maladie mais qui ont ensuite connu, au cours des années suivantes, un déclin plus rapide que chez d’autres patients.”VILIP-1 paraît être un très bon indicateur des dommages subis par les cellules cérébrales résultant de la maladie d’Alzheimer”, souligne Rawan Tarawneh, professeur adjointe de neurologie qui travaille désormais à l’Université de Jordanie et auteur principale des travaux parus dans la revue Neurology. Mieux encore, les chercheurs estiment que ce marqueur pourrait être potentiellement supérieur à tous ceux utilisés jusqu’à présent pour prédire la progression d’Alzheimer.Un marqueur libéré par les cellules léséesÀ lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Néanmoins, la piste de VILIP-1 avait déjà été révélée auparavant. Une étude précédente également menée par Rawan Tarawneh et d’autres chercheurs avait montré que des sujets sains mais présentant des niveaux élevés de VILIP-1 présentaient un risque beaucoup plus élevé que la moyenne de développer des problèmes cognitifs et la maladie d’Alzheimer dans les deux ou trois ans à venir. D’après l’étude, VILIP-1 pourrait en fait agir comme un capteur de calcium dans les cellules cérébrales. La protéine serait alors libérée dans le liquide cérébro-spinal quant les cellules sont lésées. Plus le taux de VILIP-1 est élevé, plus les dommages cellulaires dus à la maladie d’Alzheimer seraient donc importants. Si les scientifiques jugent nécessaires de confirmer ces résultats par des études plus étendues, ceux-ci estiment ainsi que “ce marqueur pourra être très utile pour prédire l’évolution de la maladie et évaluer de nouveaux traitements dans des essais cliniques”.Le 6 mars 2012 à 11:51 • Maxime Lambert
Time for Murkowski to take a stand on Pebble? She says not yet. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Dunleavy to lawmakers: PFD formula must be approved by popular vote Alaska’s congressional delegation says the state’s fishermen and seafood processors should be included in a federal trade war relief package. The Kuskokwim River has now had three fishing openings for drift gillnets, but many people in Akiak are not happy. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Amid public outcry over homelessness, Anchorage seeks more shelter beds Dunleavy and lawmakers are engaged in a worthy discussion over the future of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings and dividends. Alaska Congress members ask to tap relief funds for seafood The Anchorage Assembly approved an extension to the city’s cold weather shelter program on Tuesday, allowing some facilities to serve as temporary overnight shelters through September 1. Lawmakers say it’s just one part of the plan to address homelessness in Alaska’s largest city. Appellate court rejects Alaskans appeal in Carnival pollution case Associated Press Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks UAF officials say they’ve got a better idea on completion date of power plant Opponents of the Pebble Mine are doing all they can to get Sen. Lisa Murkowski on their side. But Murkowski is not ready to make a declaration about the mine, for or against. Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say the problems they’ve encountered in getting the 245-million-dollar power plant fully operational have pushed the project behind schedule and over budget. If successful, the appeal would’ve effectively delayed the cruise giant’s recent settlement with the Justice Department for multiple violations of its felony probation. Alaska Mental Health Trust plans new land use permit, fees As summer travel season begins, Fairbanks airport reminds locals of parking regulations Fishing regulations on the Kuskokwim: Do they restrict Yup’ik culture or preserve it? Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority owns 1 million acres of land around the state. Now it’s moving forward with a new permit system for recreational users. Following the purchase of Minto Mine, Yukon ore may be shipped from Skagway once again Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks The Yukon’s Minto Mine is expected to resume copper production in the near future. That means Skagway’s ore terminal may begin loading ships with ore after months of inactivity. But this could complicate the other needs of Skagway’s port. Greg Kim, KYUK – Bethel The summer travel season is well under way. Fairbanks International Airport officials say they’re expecting about 2,000 passengers to depart daily during the season. Almost all of them are dropped off at the curb in front of the terminal. And some of the drivers are leaving their vehicles unattended at the curb, causing traffic congestion. That’s prompted airport police and fire officials to renew their warnings about those double-parked vehicles.
‘I think the victim in this matter did an extremely good job of recording the incident; and maintaining early communication with local police to identify a suspect for further investigation,’ Crandell told Gay Star News after the incident.‘Whilst there are universal precautions that can be taken by potential victims of crime like staying in well lit areas and among groups of people where possible, the circumstances of this matter simply shows a good positive reaction, including the recording of a person’s image as the basis for further police investigation.‘I could not ask or expect more from any victim of violence.’Crandell said hate crimes had decreased in Sydney, but if they do happen, people should report them to police.‘I am always concerned about acts of violence and even more so when abuse is accompanied by vilification and bias related comments surrounding a person’s sexual orientation,’ he said.‘Acts of violence in the circumstances described are especially distasteful. Bias crimes motivated by discrimination regarding a person’s sexuality or gender identity is never acceptable.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The alleged perpetrator in a homophobic attack has been charged by police. | Photo: Facebook GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Kurt Johnson and Adrian Kalaiziovksi got out of an Uber in an inner-city suburb last week, when the man allegedly started hurling homophobic slurs at them.After an altercation with the men, he then returned and allegedly physically assaulted them. Paramedics took Kalaiziovksi to the nearby Prince Alfred Hospital with a broken arm.Five days after the incident police arrested and charged a 28-year-old man with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 28 May.Shortly after the incident Johnson launched an appeal online to help track down his husband’s attacker.Report hate crimes to policeNew South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Anthony Crandell said the men’s quick response in reporting the incident helped to track down the alleged criminal. Police have found and charged a man after the alleged assault of a gay couple in Sydney last week. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Married gay man’s arm broken in alleged homophobic attack in SydneyBigot who allegedly knocked two gay men unconscious turns himself inUS teenager charged with starving and terrorizing gay manRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-charged-over-alleged-assault-of-gay-couple-in-sydney/
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PORT ANTONIO — In an effort to develop the Port Antonio area of Jamaica, Sandals has announced that it will be investing US$100 million into the reconstruction of Dragon Bay Resort.According to Travel Weekly, Sandals first acquired the property back in 2002 and it has remained closed since then. Sandals CEO Adam Stewart confirmed that the hotel will not be a Beaches or Sandals, but rather a “brand new concept.”The new 157-suite resort is anticipated to debut in 2019.In December 2016, Sandals first announced a joint collaboration with the Jamaican government to develop Port Antonio, an area where airlift has long been an issue. But as Travel Weekly reports, an expansion of the North Coast Highway from Portland to Ocho Rio has been completed, and plans have been announced by the government to expand the runway at Ian Fleming International Airport, both of which will pave the way for further development in Port Antonio. Tags: Jamaica, Sandals Resorts Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Sandals to reconstruct Jamaica resort into a “brand new concept” Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group
Basquefood & winegastronomyJoy DoddsMediterranean MusingsSpain Read all of JOY DODDS’ previous Mediterranean Musings – from Italy to Spain, and including gastronomic delights …Coastal Euskadi, Basque Spain, exudes tradition and passion.Perched on the Bay of Biscay coast near the border with France, this colourful region – locally known as Euskadi in Basque or País Vasco in Spanish – is an autonomous region with its own government, as well as its own culture and language, its own culinary traditions and a distinctive landscape. Medieval town walls and springtime blossomsThe two largest cities of the region are San Sebastian (Donostia in Basque) on the Bay of La Concha and Bilbao, the provincial capital, both on the coast. San Sebastian’s Old Town (Parte Vieja) is reputed to have the highest concentration of bars per square metre in Spain, and is the undisputed king of Spain’s restaurant scene with countless Michelin restaurants.Bilbao, best known for its architecturally-stunning Museo Guggenheim, a modern art mecca, also boasts the nearby fine arts museum, Museo de Bellas Artes, which holds art works by El Greco, Goya and others. Like San Sebastian, it has a reputation for partying, particularly in the old town, Las Siete Calles, on the right bank of the Ria de Bilbao where the Catedrale de Santiago stands. Bilbao’s beaches, particularly Azkorri, are another great attraction.Neither city, however, is the capital of Pais Vasco, this honour falling to inland Vitoria-Gasteiz, where Spain’s Basque Autonomous Community Parliament building is located. Considered the best-preserved medieval centre in Basque Country, its Renaissance palaces and stone mansions are among its attractions, as well as some of the finest Basque restaurants. Classic Basque farmhousePursuing our easterly coastal route, we passed through both San Sebastian and Bilbao, their attractions well-documented, for the lesser-known but equally fascinating charming coastal town of Hondarribia, or Fuenterrabia in Spanish, in Guipuzcoa province. Perched on Txingudi Bay with Jaizkibel Mountain its magnificent backdrop, this medieval gem, to me, ticks all the boxes as one of the most fascinating sites on the Basque Coast.Puerta de Santa Maria, Hondarribia’s original main gateVoted one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, this former Roman settlement and port is surrounded by magnificent and evocative medieval city walls with huge battlements that overlook the Rio Bidossoa. The original main gate, Puerta de Santa Maria, makes the ideal introduction to the town, the historic centre of which dates from the 15th and 16th centuries. Despite its medieval authenticity, Hondarribia is surprisingly non-commercial in terms of touristy souvenir shops and the like, increasing its appeal.Hondarribia’s historic quarter is a maze of cobbled streets, its elegant buildings in the vicinity of the main plaza, Puerta des Armes, in striking contrast to the joyful colourful houses of the fishermen’s quarter (La Marina), most notably along pedestrian-only Calle San Pedro. Hondarribia’s Fishermen’s Quarter shops and eateriesThe fishermen’s houses have facades painted bright green, red or blue colours, and adorned with wood-carved eaves and wrought iron. The wooden balconies are all cheerfully decorated with flower boxes and pots, creating a picture-perfect scene.Many of these old-fashioned houses now contain bars and restaurants, most serving pintxos (Basque tapas). One of the town’s other great attractions is its gastronomy, its restaurateurs having won countless awards for delicious seafood and pintxos paired with drinks such as txakoli sparkling wine and Basque cider served throughout the village.(See Basque Gastronomy below).The harbourside La Marina is full of seafaring vessels of all sizes, including a huge beached blue and white fishing boat, a tribute to the bravery and persistence of its fishermen and the town’s historic roots.La MarinaOther attractions are the Gothic and Renaissance Castle of Emperor Carlos V, now El Emperador, a brilliant four-star parador and the 16th-century Iglesia del Manzano church. Sandy Hondarribia Beach at the mouth of the Bidasoa River is also picturesque.Out of town, well worth visiting are the 16th century Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary and Hermitage and the Castle of San Telmo on Cape Higuer, while west of the city, on Mount Jaizkibel, is the Guadalupe Fort which was a Spanish Civil War prison.Our comfortable and evocative farm-stay cabinA farm stay in Hondarribia makes a truly authentic experience. Our beautifully-appointed rustic cabin was only five minutes from Pueurta de Santa Maria but located in stunning lush countryside. Exquisitely decorated for comfort and character by our most convivial hosts, our Basque accommodation was perfect. (TEL: B+34 635727120)Rustic decor and well-appointed farm-stay facilities in rural HondarribiaBasque GastronomyHondarribia charcuterie – jambon, cheeses, all proudly displayedWhat can you expect from the highly-acclaimed delicious and distinctive Basque cuisine? Fancy a Basque tapas (pintxos) or ten from our La Marina Bar? Mouth-watering!Menus are rich in meats and fish grilled over hot coals, as well as marmitako (bonito and potato stew) and lamb stews. Monkfish, octopus and cod feature widely along with local specialties such as Tolosa beans, paprikas from Lekeitio, piquillo peppers and artichokes, ideally followed by a plate of delicious Idiazabal sheep’s cheese.We relished the array of pintxos at a brilliant local bar/eatery on Calle San Pedro, not to mention the convivial, laid-back atmosphere and local beer choices. Nearby restaurant La Hermendad de Pescadores is famous throughout Spain for its seafood, the simple blue and white building on the waterfront being best known for its fish soup, or sopa de pecsado. Another Hondarribia restaurant, Almeda, is one of several awarded Michelin stars for fine Basque dining, based on the freshest of locally-sourced seafood.Our choice to explore charming Hondarribia rather than Guipuzcoa Province’s larger well-known icons proved to be an excellent one. All the rich culture and proud traditions renowned in the coastal ancestral lands of the Basque people were there in spades, along with medieval history and acclaimed gastronomy, amid a rugged unspoilt rustic charm. Next week we’ll dig deeper into Basque Country, exploring the Spanish-French mountain regions of the Pyrenees.Coastal view towards France
We’re getting into the spirit of the Winter Olympics here at Skyscanner. Thinking ahead to the 2014 Games, we’ve sponsored one of the up and coming stars of the slopes, Great Britain Junior Ski Team member TJ Baldwin. RelatedBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaBargains of the week: Sofia | Bratislava | LjubljanaEarly Snow: ten ski resorts for early season skiingWant snow? Want it soon? 10 ski resorts for the best chance of early season snowSkiers heading for Eastern Europe: 154% rise in interest for the eastSkiers heading for Eastern Europe: 154% rise in interest for the east The 18-year old from Norfolk is currently among the top 20 World Junior skiers in 3 of the 5 discipline categories: Downhill, Super G & Super Combined. He also collected four medals at the Panorama competition in British Columbia, Canada last year, which are additions to numerous other high-profile medals and awards he’s won over the years in locations across the planet.The young championship skier who started out dry skiing and first ventured onto snowy slopes in 2000 has come a long way in the past ten years, and over that time has caught the attention of some of the best coaches and analysts in the sport, along with the press. He is a warrior when it comes to dealing with injury, blinding runs, frigid temps and iced-over goggles, and won’t let anything stop him from succeeding.After high hopes of getting a spot at the Vancouver Games, he just barely missed his chance of qualifying at the World Junior Championships this month in France. Although, amazingly enough he was still able to come away with the best result in any event by a male from the UK in 30 years, and also set his own personal record for FIS points in Downhill. Now TJ has his sights set on being able to shine in the next Olympics, and other major events as well.As for now, he is headed back to Austria to start the Europa cup race programme again. He is continually looking to improve his own scores and keep winning big, and Slalom specifically is the next event that he aims to master. “There is still a lot more to come in Slalom. I know I can go faster and reduce my points and world rankings more,” he said.And a few more words from TJ: “I would really like to thank Skyscanner for starting to sponsor me again this year. Their financial help is much appreciated and will help pay for my entry to the World Junior Championships. They are the best and easiest to use flight search website. As we have to travel a lot I know of many other skiers who use them all the time.”There are certainly many more great things to come from TJ, and we can all hopefully look forward to seeing him tear up the hills in Sochi in 2014.To keep up with TJ’s latest accomplishments and to learn more about this ultra-talented athlete, check out his website at http://tj-ski.com.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Montreal orchestra board chair “moved” as musicians recall working with Dutoit by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2018 9:23 am PDT Last Updated Feb 4, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email World-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia on October 19, 2011. The chair of the board of directors for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is expressing his sympathy to those who have spoken up about alleged psychological harassment and intimidation by its former artistic director. Several musicians have told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002. Lucien Bouchard, who in addition to his role with the orchestra is also a former premier of Quebec, says in a statement that the testimonies will strengthen the orchestra’s determination to provide a harmonious working environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alex Brandon MONTREAL – The chair of the board of directors for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is expressing his sympathy to those who have spoken up about alleged psychological harassment and intimidation by its former artistic director.Several musicians have told Montreal media outlets La Presse and Le Devoir that Charles Dutoit would repeatedly insult, humiliate and verbally lash out at musicians when he was the orchestra’s artistic director from 1977 to 2002.Lucien Bouchard, who in addition to his role with the orchestra is also a former premier of Quebec, says in a statement that the testimonies will strengthen the orchestra’s determination to provide a harmonious working environment.Bouchard pointed out that the orchestra already launched its own independent investigation into sexual harassment in the workplace in December, the day after it received a complaint of that nature against Dutoit.Dutoit is facing allegations of sexual assault by several women who told The Associated Press that Dutoit assaulted them in the United States, France and Canada between 1985 and 2010.The 81-year-old Grammy-winning conductor has emphatically denied the accusations of sexual misconduct. His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations of psychological harassment.Bouchard said the current administration has worked hard to create and maintain a “climate of respect” in the workplace and will continue to do so.“We are very compassionate and moved by the suffering expressed in these recently published musicians’ testimonies, namely today in LaPresse+ and Le Devoir,” read the statement published late Saturday.“They will serve to strengthen the (orchestra’s) determination to ensure that the dignity and fundamental rights of its musicians and employees are respected at all times.”