Toronto mayor considering permanent memorial to van attack victims

first_imgTORONTO – A week after 10 people were killed and another 16 injured in a van attack in north Toronto, there’s word there may be a permanent memorial of the tragic incident.Thousands have visited makeshift memorials that sprang up in Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square after a van drove down the sidewalk on Yonge Street on April 23, mowing down pedestrians.Don Peat, a spokesman for Toronto’s mayor, says John Tory thanks everyone who has attended the sites to pay their respects and leave messages of love and support.Peat says Tory will be speaking with the community and the local councillor about a permanent recognition of the tragic event and says Tory is encouraging people to continue to visit the memorial sites.He says the city typically leaves memorials in parks for 30 days, but in this case it is too early to say what will happen with the temporary sites.Peat says city staff have promised they will treat the memorials respectfully and with great care.Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, gathered on Sunday evening in Mel Lastman Square at a vigil for the victims.Religious leaders of multiple faiths led the speakers’ list at the event, all of them sharing messages of support and strength.Many of them also commended emergency service personnel on their work the day of the incident, including the officer who was able to arrest the suspect without firing his gun.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident.Police have said another three attempted murder charges are imminent.last_img read more

Montréals fashion industry dazzles at MAGIC 2018 in Las Vegas

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Designers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers will benefit from an exclusive and dynamic exhibition zone under a unique signature, MontréalStyle gallery (Booth #27140). Located at the heart of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s most important intersection, it will be supported by lounges providing access to Montréal exhibitors in other sections of the show, including womenswear, menswear, footwear, furs and outerwear, denim, intimates, activewear, childrenswear and accessories.AJG Apparel, Alfred Cloutier, Alphi Apparel, Au Noir, FDJ French Dressing, Gorski Group, Importations Rallye (Projek Raw), Lolë, Mitchie’s Matchings, Pajar, Quartz Co, Raffinalla, U Group, Félix Homme (Vincent d’Amérique) and Yoga Jeans are some of the Québec companies and brands in attendance.This initiative, led by members of the industry, has been made possible by the advice and expertise of Export Québec and mmode, as well as on the contribution of strategic partners including UBM Fashion, TVA Publications, the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, Richter, Montréal International, Gorski Group, Yoga Jeans and Pajar.Montréal is one of the three North American leaders in clothing manufacturing, along with Los Angeles and New York. The fashion industry in Québec generates sales of $8 billion in manufactured goods and in wholesaler-distributor sales. With more than 1,850 players, including manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and designers, it is a strategic pillar of Québec’s economy, generating more than 83,000 jobs. Montréal’s fashion industry benefits from cultural and linguistic diversity, a quality workforce, a dynamic education system, a strategic geographical position, and a thriving design and creative community that ensures its continued growth.About mmode (mmode.ca)Created in May 2015, mmode, the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster, brings together and mobilizes players in Québec’s fashion industry by acting as the ecosystem’s main platform for exchange and collaboration. mmode also has a mandate to create business and innovation synergies to help improve the competitiveness and growth of this sector. mmode thanks its proud partners: the Montréal Metropolitan Community (MMC), the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada.About UBM FASHIONUBM FASHION is organized by UBM plc. UBM FASHION is the largest pure-play B2B events organizer in the world. Its team of 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors. UBM FASHION’s deep knowledge and passion for these sectors allow the organization to create valuable experiences which enable their customers to succeed. Please visit www.ubm.com for the latest news and information about UBM FASHION. Twitter MONTRÉAL, Feb. 11, 2018 – In a major first, over 60 Montréal fashion industry companies and brands are participating this week in MAGIC 2018, the largest fashion marketplace in North America. Organized by UBM FASHION, this event will attract over 4,000 exhibitors, including all major international fashion brands, and some 58,000 international visitors to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from February 12 to 14.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook “We are proud that many members of our industry are joining forces at this event to highlight Montréal’s leadership as a fashion go-to city,” says Debbie Zakaib, Executive Director of mmode. “Participating companies, ranging from SMEs to global leaders from Québec, intend to benefit from this unique platform to introduce their 2018/2019 fall/winter collections, meet with key buyers and develop new business opportunities.”“Our government attaches considerable importance to missions such as this one because they enable foreign buyers to discover Québec’s strengths. During this international show, the fashion industry will increase opportunities to showcase their expertise and creativity, strengthen commercial ties, and develop partnerships,” said Dominique Anglade, Québec Deputy Premier, Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Agenda.last_img read more

Brazeau says hes not a thief or a drunken Indian in Senate

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–During an emotional speech that could be his last in the Red Chamber, embattled Sen. Patrick Brazeau said he was “not a thief, a scammer, a drunken Indian, a drug addict, a failed experiment or a human tragedy.”Once described as potential federal Conservative leadership candidate, Brazeau now faces suspension without pay from the Senate for the remainder of the Parliamentary session. The Prime Minister Stephen Harper-backed motion to have Brazeau and Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin suspended is scheduled for a vote Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.Brazeau, however, believes he is the victim of “sensationalist, misleading, tabloid-style” reporting and racism within the Conservative party.“You’re not going to throw this Indian under the bus or else you better have big spokes,” said Brazeau, in a speech delivered late Monday night.Brazeau’s case is different than Duffy and Wallin in that he was expelled from the Conservative caucus after he was charged by Gatineau police for assault and sexual assault against a woman. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.Brazeau also became embroiled in controversy over his housing allowance and expense claims. The Algonquin Senator listed his father’s house in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence despite spending most of his time in a rented house in Gatineau.Brazeau says he didn’t break any rules because the rules are vague, as pointed out by an independent audit.“It is incomprehensible to me that the Senate of Canada does not care that their policies have been found by an independent audit to be so inadequate as to be completely useless, yet I stand here on trial now,” said Brazeau. ”Brazeau said he has been found to have only $144 in questionable expenses.He told the Senate that his suspension without pay would also hurt his children, including one with special needs.“I am about to be suspended without pay, which will severely affect my children, including my special needs child and my family,” said Brazeau.Brazeau also apologized to those same children.“You are too young to understand what is going on here. I am much older than you and I barely understand. It is very important that you understand that I am not guilty of what some of these people are accusing me of,” he said. “It is very important that you know that I am not a thief, a scammer, a drunken Indian, a drug addict, a failed experiment or a human tragedy…Your father is a man who took things at face value, who maybe didn’t question things never…I was trying to follow the rules but, somewhere along the way, something went wrong and I’m here for it know and I don’t understand why…We will get through this. I love you.”Former Conservative government leader in the Senate Marjory LeBreton called Brazeau an “experiment gone wrong” in a recent interview with Global News.Brazeau said in a CBC television interview last week that LeBreton doesn’t like Aboriginal people.“Some honourable Senators will gossip anonymously to the media, casting themselves as saviors out to save a supposedly drunken, drug-addicted Indian, while at the same time appearing before TV cameras and crowing about how disgusted they are with my behaviour regarding my housing claims,” said Brazeau. “This is an interesting way to care for a friend.”Before his legal and expense troubles, Brazeau was one of the more partisan Senators, aggressively defending the Conservative agenda on First Nations issues. Brazeau attacked and mocked Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her Idle No More fast on Victoria Island held between December 2012 and last January.Brazeau only began to publicly change his view on calling a national inquiry to examine the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women last fall. He wrote a song dedicated to the missing and posted it on YouTube.According to a police document filed in court, Brazeau assaulted a woman in the same house where he recorded the song.The police document alleges that during the February assault, Brazeau grabbed the woman’s breasts and pulled her pants down hard enough to break a button and a zipper. He allegedly shoved the woman hard enough to break a staircase railing and spat in her face.Brazeau also allegedly choked the woman.The alleged assault was sparked by an argument over his handling of First Nation issues, the police document said.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty.He was initially placed on a leave of absence following the incident.Harper appointed Brazeau to the Senate in 2008.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Bombing of Syrian Refugee Camp Could be War Crime UN Officials

Geneva – The bombing of a Syrian refugee camp that left dozens of civilians dead and wounded and was blamed on the government of Bashar al-Assad was “despicable” and “could amount to a war crime,” senior UN figures have said on Friday.Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, demanded an immediate investigation. “If this obscene attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of a civilian structure, it could amount to a war crime,” he said.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the high commissioner for human rights, said it was “extremely unlikely that these murderous attacks were an accident” given the tents could be clearly viewed from the air. “My staff, along with other organisations, will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to research and record evidence of what appears to be a particularly despicable and calculated crime against an extremely vulnerable group of people,” he said.The French foreign ministry said in a statement that the bombings “could be constitutive of a war crime and a crime against humanity.”With MAP. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images read more

A 7yearold Child Sexually Abused in Taroudant by Bicycle Mechanic

Rabat – A 33-year-old male bicycle mechanic was arrested on Sunday in Taroudant for sexually abusing a 7-year-old child, according to Moroccan news outlet Le360.Last summer, the man frequently took the child to his home in Sidi Belkass in Taroudant to sexually abuse the boy and repair his bicycle in return.The same source said that the child’s mother just found on Sunday that her son was a victim of child molestation. The child told the whole story to his relatives and confessed that he was sexually abused. The “Matqish Weldi Association,” or in English “Don’t Touch my Son,” said that the child’s medical examination confirmed that the child was molested, noting that the doctors found traces of rape on his body.Meanwhile, the aggressor has been referred to the corresponding authorities to assess his crime. He will appear in court after the investigation is complete. read more

Chief UN weapons inspector briefs Security Council on recent talks with Iraqi

Mr. Blix’s remarks came after he had briefed the Security Council on his talks Tuesday with senior Iraqi officials, during which they agreed to meet again in Vienna in the week beginning 30 September.Also during Tuesday’s meeting, UNMOVIC provided the Iraqis with a list of practical arrangements related to getting inspectors back into the country following a nearly four-year absence. The Iraqi side said it needed some time to study and consult in Baghdad about these practical arrangements.”How do we go about the inspections? How do we get there? Where do we land?” he said today outside the Council’s chambers. “There are quite a few such things that need to be settled and since we want to have successful inspections, and if possible, avoid any clashes, any differences with Iraq, we think this would be wise to talk to them about what our rights are, explain to them so they know what they can expect.”Yesterday evening, Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri to discuss the return of UN weapons inspectors.According to a readout of the meeting provided by Mr. Annan’s spokesman, the Secretary-General stressed the need for Iraq to provide “full and unconditional cooperation to UNMOVIC.” He also reaffirmed his confidence in the Commission and Mr. Blix.The Secretary-General also reiterated his earlier statement that Iraq’s decision “is an important first step towards the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions and expressed the hope that the process of disarming Iraq of weapons of mass destruction could be completed as soon as possible.”For his part, Mr. Blix voiced his wish to get off to a “flying start” and looked forward to finalizing his talks with the Iraqi authorities on the practical arrangements for the swift resumption of inspections. The Foreign Minister, who had requested the meeting with Mr. Annan, pledged his Government’s full cooperation with UNMOVIC to that end. read more

UN Women launches report spotlighting gender equality in global universities

On the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled a report by 10 global universities that lays out their concrete commitments and charts their progress towards achieving gender parity. The first-ever “HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report” highlights three important imbalances that universities can address: the ratio of men to women represented in university faculty and senior administrative positions; the fields of study selected by young women versus young men; and the number of female students at universities compared with their equal access to academic and professional career tracks. “Each generation of university students that emerges from these formative years of education is a new chance for the world to make progress,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, in a press release. “Now that our IMPACT Champions are leading such well targeted initiatives to tackle current barriers to gender equality, we can look to these cadres of HeForShe graduates, and the changing profiles of academia, with renewed hope.” The group of 10 IMPACT universities spans across eight countries on five continents: Georgetown University, United States; Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France; Nagoya University, Japan; Stony Brook University, United States; University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; the University of Leicester, United Kingdom; University of Oxford, United Kingdom; University of São Paulo, Brazil; University of Waterloo, Canada; and University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Press briefing with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova to launch the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report. Credit: UN Photo/Laura Jarriel UNESCO and UN Women have come together to promote the expansion of proposals that would promote equal opportunity and eliminate sexual harassment, gender inequality and abuse throughout boardrooms, classrooms, and society in general. At a press briefing for the HeForShe Impact 10x10x10 initiative at the UN Headquarters, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson highlighted the steps toward equal opportunity and the elimination of violence, along with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.  Launched in 2015, the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative convenes 10 heads of state, 10 global chief executive officers and 10 university presidents to fast-track gender equality in boardrooms, classrooms and world capitals. The release of today’s report marks the completion of the first year in the initiative for participating universities. In the report, University HeForShe IMPACT Champions present transparent baseline figures on the representation of women across their student and faculty populations against which future progress will be measured and published on an annual basis. This dataset includes women at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in faculty and senior leadership roles. In total, the 10 universities have committed to monitoring their progress on 30 commitments. Some 70 per cent of IMPACT Champions have committed to closing the gender gap in administration; 40 per cent have committed to closing the gender gap in academia; 30 per cent have committed to creating centres of excellence in gender equality; and 40 per cent have committed to ending violence on campus. “Sustainable development is not possible and peace will not be lasting, without empowering every girl and woman,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “I see the face of the new global agenda as that of a 12-year-old girl, in school, not forced into marriage or work. It is the face of a 20-year-old woman, at university, creating and sharing knowledge. This is the importance of the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 Initiative.” UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, who participated in the launch of the HeForShe movement in 2014, and also took part in the report launch today, noted that, “A good university is like a tiny utopia – it’s a miniature model of how the whole of society could look. All our IMPACT Champions have chosen to make gender parity a central part of the way they educate their students.” An evening reception to mark the release of the report and the second-year anniversary of the HeForShe initiative will be held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City later today. The event will be co-hosted by three IMPACT 10x10x10 Champions: Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland; Bob Moritz, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited; and Samuel L. Stanley Jr., President of Stony Brook University.Created by UN Women, the HeForShe movement for gender equality provides a targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. read more

At close of 71st General Assembly outgoing President stresses sustainability

In his final address, Mr. Thomson summarized the achievements of his one-year tenure, and urged the international community to raise awareness about the behavioural changes needed to create a more sustainable way of life and to combat climate change, as agreed to in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). “We must embrace the power of innovation and technology to leverage SDG implementation and combat climate change at the speed and scale required,” he said. “We are witnessing exponential change in multiple areas of technology and we must manage the risks and seize the opportunities for the common good of humanity and the planet.” Mr. Thomson also underlined the importance of partnerships and a change in how development is financed, as requirements for achieving the SDGs by the 2030 deadline. “We have not come this far as a species only to be defeated by greed,” Mr. Thomson said, echoing what he told the press in his final press conference on Friday. In that press briefing, Mr. Thomson said that he had written to all heads of government and to some 4,000 universities asking them to teach SDGs in school. We have not come this far as a species only to be defeated by greed Peter Thomson“We are stealing from our grandchildren’s future if we continue to take more from the planetary ecosystem than it can sustainably grant,” Mr. Thomson said in today’s statement. Ahead of his address, Secretary-General António Guterres lauded the outgoing official for overseeing a “productive” session that included the adoption of a landmark declaration on refugees and migrants, the establishment of a technology bank for the least developed countries, and a momentum to save the oceans, among others. “Thank you for helping to steer the Member States to a solid record of achievement over the past year. Day in and day out, you brought us together,” said the Secretary-General. Paying homage to the 16th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and other targets in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., Mr. Guterres noted that this “spirit of unity has particular meaning today.” “This was an assault on the United States. But so many of our Member States saw their citizens murdered that day,” he said. “I know you join me in expressing our sorrow and solidarity on this day.” Following the remarks, the General Assembly stood for one minute of silent prayer or meditation, as is the custom, after which the incoming president, Mr. Lajčák, took the oath of office and received the symbolic gavel from Mr. Thomson. Mr. Lajčák will open the 72nd session of the General Assembly tomorrow afternoon. read more

Brock in the News – May 28June3

Brock to welcome the world as Canada wins bid for global wine summitThe 10th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium coming to Canada was the top story of the week, gaining widespread attention locally and nationally from 97.7 HTZ-FM, Drinks Business, Harpers, Cantech Letter, CHCH News, 105.7 EZ Rock, 610 CKTB and Jewel FM 92. The symposium will take place in July 2020 with Brock University being the host site for the conference.Aristotle’s tomb has NOT been found: Archaeologists doubt claims that philosopher’s final resting place was discovered in GreeceEarlier this week, a well-known archaeologist claimed to know where Aristotle’s tomb is located, with many other archaeologists doubting the validity of his findings, including Brock professor Angus Smith, who commented on the story on the Daily Mail UK and Live Science.Trade with China never comes freePolitical Science professor Charles Burton pens an op-ed in the Globe and Mail discussing Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s surprise visit to Canada this past Wednesday. That same day, Yi’s response to a human rights question caused a stir in the media, with local radio station 610 CKTB bringing Burton on the show to discuss the incident.Why even small businesses can benefit from a basic websiteA business’ online presence has proven to be a factor in influencing customers to buy their products, as professor Antonia Mantonakis’ research finds. She was recently featured in a Central Valley Business Times podcast, explaining the growth of online shopping and how businesses can benefit from it.The science of sports fanaticism; Experts weigh in on how our undying love for our teams really affects usSports fandom and dedication to a team has experts such as Sport Management professor Craig Hyatt discussing the relationship between the fans and their teams. Hyatt explains to the Ottawa Sun that undying loyalty just isn’t cutting it anymore, and fans are all too quick to abandon their team.Making the argument for recognition for historic Canadian womenBrock University professor Lissa Paul has been studying the lack of information available on notable Canadian women. She wrote an opinion piece on the topic for the Globe and Mail. read more

Revealed The airports where youre most likely to be delayed this summer

first_imgThe least punctual international airlines of 2016Hainan Airlines (30.3 percent of arrivals on time)Korean Air (31.74 per cent)Air China (32.73 per cent)Hong Kong Airlines (33.42 per cent)China Eastern Airlines (35.8 per cent)Asiana Airlines (37.46 per cent)Philippine Airlines (38.33 per cent)Air India (38.71 per cent)Icelandair (41.05 per cent)El Al (56 per cent) In all, 38,000 of 199,000 international flights from UK airports over the peak holiday period were late, according to BBC analysis of figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).Though the majority of behind schedule services were from London airports – Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow – the latter did not make the top 10 with the highest proportion of delays. The data did not cover cancelled flights.The CAA’s figures also revealed that the route to suffer the most delays was from London Heathrow to Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with 70 per cent of flights (85 out of 122) late by more than 30 minutes. One in five of all summer flights out of UK airports last year were delayed, with Gatwick the worst offender, according to new analysis.Nearly a third (30 per cent) of services leaving the Surrey airport between June and September 2016 were more than 30 minutes behind schedule, a statistic much worse than those of the joint second tardiest, Belfast International and Luton, where 23 per cent of flights left more than half-an-hour late. Dutch airline KLM scooped the top spot, with 88.53 per cent of its flights arriving on schedule. Spanish carrier Iberia came a close second, while Japan’s JAL and ANA placed third and sixth, respectively.According to the report, a measly 75.17 per cent of British Airways flights arrived on time last year, while 75.12 per cent of easyJet’s arrivals ran to schedule. The ranking of the pair among all international airlines was not revealed. Most delayed routes last summerManchester to DusseldorfGatwick to Cunagua Cayo CocoEdinburgh to Oslo GardermoenJersey to DusseldorfBirmingham to MaltaBelfast International to BurgasBristol to Thira SantoriniGatwick to New York JFKGatwick to Warsaw ChopinHeathrow to Splitcenter_img A spokesperson for Belfast International told the BBC that it does all it can to minimise delays.“Our on-time performance is generally very good but sometimes we, too, fall victims to things that are outside our control.”In January this year aviation insights company FlightStats published data on the worst airlines for delays, using data from 2016.The most punctual international airlines of 2016KLM (88.53 per cent of arrivals on time)Iberia (88.18 per cent)JAL (87.8 per cent)Qatar Airways (86.34 per cent)Austrian (85.74 per cent)ANA (85.54 per cent)Singapore Airlines (85.45 per cent)Delta Air Lines (85.17 per cent)TAM Linhas Aéreas (85.07 per cent)Qantas (84.3 per cent) In terms of the average longest delay, the mammoth wait on the flight to Dusseldorf, above, pushed that route to the top of the table, with Gatwick to Cunagua Cayo Coco in Cuba second and Edinburgh to Oslo third. Jersey to Dusseldorf and Birmingham to Malta completed the top five.A spokesperson for Gatwick said “repeated strike action on the continent” and heavily congested airspace over London and parts of Europe led to an increase in the number of delays, adding “Gatwick has more flights to Europe than any UK airport and is impacted disproportionately by events on the continent”. The longest single delay was for a chartered flight from Manchester to Dusseldorf last September, which took off 779 minutes – or 13 hours – later than planned.The data showed that the average delay at the 25 major UK airports surveyed was 21 minutes, and that most delays took place in June.Three quarters of the 40 most delay-prone routes out of the UK were to European countries, the BBC found, while the non-European countries with the highest number of late flights were Ghana, Canada, US, Israel, Ukraine and Pakistan.last_img read more

Banks DIH rewards 23 NGSA highflyers with bursaries

Banks DIH Limited on Saturday last rewarded 23 highflyers who recorded outstanding performances at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).They were awarded bursaries of monetary donations towards their future endeavours during the presentation ceremony hosted at the company’s Sports Club, Thirst Park, Georgetown last Saturday.Delivering the feature address at the event was, Ramesh Dookhoo, the Business Development Executive of Banks DIH, who congratulated the recipients for their noteworthy accomplishments.Co-managing Director of Banks DIH, George McDonald, along with other senior executives of the company joined by NGSA bursary awardees for 2017In doing so, Dookhoo relayed that, “You must always try to do your best and even in very difficult situations it must not deter you from being successful.” He also encouraged the group to remain enthusiastic in their academic pursuits.Moreover, Sharon Nelson, Banks’ Human Resources Manager, took the opportunity to remind this year’s awardees that the company’s Bursary Awards Scheme has been in effect for over 40 years.With that, she highlighted that this initiative stands as a testimony to the company’s commitment to its social responsibility.Nelson further urged the young students to take full advantage of the opportunities thrown their way.Among the awardees were Jada Christy Ifill, Eryn Naysa Canterbury, Christina Chisomu Oji, Akia Ruth Moore, Sarah Cynthia Manbodh, Treshontay Johnson, Pradesh Dass, Trevonna Hollingside, Latanzia Atoya Stewart, Joel Charles, Talianna Belgrave; all of whom are children of individuals employed with Banks.Adding to that were a number of students who are the children of stakeholders, comprising of Xavier Pratt, Kaden Conway, Savannah Ariana Pieters, Rasha Ramroop, Daniel Dowdlin, Tinisha Allen, Carlos Dey, Osmond Ward, Jabari Lovell, Jada-Marie Foo, Christina Chindu and Jermaine Jacobs.These students are all off to pursue their secondary education at the respective schools awarded based on their performance at the NGSA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt must take responsibility for Banks DIH $28B claim – JagdeoFebruary 4, 2017In “latest news”NEW GPC awards bursaries to employees’ childrenAugust 30, 2018In “Featured”CEO to NGSA students: No time to rest or ‘poverty will come upon you like a bandit’July 27, 2017In “latest news” read more

Hard work has paid off for Greek day school students

first_imgYear 12 secondary students across the country nervously awaited their end of year academic results this week. Neos Kosmos spoke to Greek day schools about their final scores. At South Australia’s St George College, John Babadimas was awarded Dux of the school after achieving a TER of 99.3. The school’s other high achievers included Gerry Palaktsoglou with a TER of 99.25, John Matsis with a score of 97.95, John Paitaridis with a TER of 93.05, Kosta Partou with a TER of 92.1, and Spiros Biris with a TER of 90.85. In NSW, 45 percent of students from the HSC class at St Spirydon College achieved over 80 percent for their final scores. Alexander Vatiliotis was the school’s Dux, with an ATAR of 98.2. The school’s other top achievers were Aleksandra Djordjevic who achieved an ATAR of 94.25 and came first in the state for Serbian Continuers, George Sialepis who achieved an ATAR of 93.5, Felicia Kilias with a ATAR of 91.25, and Natalie Pizanis with an ATAR of 90.75.At St Euphemia college in NSW 50 students sat for this year’s HSC with Neophyta Zervos achieving a score of 95.25. Other high achievers included: Elly Klappas with 94.6, Iliada Heretakis with 94.45, Nicole Kladakis with 94.45, Vicky Pupulas with 94.4, Njegoslava Petrovic with 93.4, Elena Sklavenitis with 93.25, Joanna Heretakis with 91.9.In Victoria, Year 12 students at Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College “scooped the pool with their VCE results”, Head of secondary school, Marina Theodorou said. Twenty percent of the Oakleigh Year 12 cohort achieved an ATAR of over 90, 30 percent scored over 80, and 53 per cent of all Year 12 students achieved an ATAR of 70 or more. The school’s Dux for 2010, Sylvia Korlos, achieved an ATAR of 97.4, while other top achievers included Kerry Gougoussis with a score of 94.7, Kristina Alexopoulos with a score of 93.35, Vasilios Kiatos with a score of 93, Costa Tzoumanekas with a score of 93, and Vanessa Dallas with a score of 92.3. Acting Principal Mary Adams said “scores such as these are not the measure of a total individual but they will certainly enable our students to undertake courses of their choice, and assist them in becoming the people they wish to be.”Alphington Grammar continued their strong upward trend in results with an average ATAR score of 72.4, their highest on record. Of local students, 42 percent achieved an ATAR of over 80, falling within the top 20 percent of Victoria. This year’s Dux of the school, Edward Hurcombe, achieved an ATAR of 95.45. After completing Year 12 subjects English, History, Literature, International Studies and IT, Hurcombe said it’s important for students to do subjects they enjoy the most. “Don’t stress too much, be creative with your studying, don’t make it repetitive,” he said. Nicholas Koutoulis, who achieved the next highest with 90.9, said he was pleased with his result, and more importantly so were his parents. “I think they were more excited than me,” he said. Koutoulis studied Psychology, English, Further Maths, Health and Human Development, History and International Studies. “I thought I’d do subjects I enjoy so it wouldn’t seem like a chore,” he said. Koutoulis hopes to study a double degree in psychology and social work at RMIT. “I’ve always enjoyed Psychology and always wanted to do something where I could help others,” he said. Harrison Bergamin, who scored 90.15, followed a Mathematics and Science strand, studying Physics, Maths Methods, Further Maths, Chemistry, IT and English.“Look at your strengths when choosing subjects,” he suggested to other students about to embark on VCE. “Don’t be afraid, don’t stress, it’s not as bad as everyone says it is. There’s a lot of pressure put on this final year but don’t take it too seriously; you need balance, you can still have a life.” Academic results from Western Australia are yet to be released. Stay tuned for a follow-up on St Andrew’s College in our next issue on January 8. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Iniesta praises Kantes mastery

first_imgBarcelona great Andres Iniesta hailed N’Golo Kante as the centrepiece of the Chelsea and France squadsThe 27-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s finest midfielders over recent seasons and had been linked with a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain.Kante is regarded as a dynamic and hard-working player, who’s energy and excellent ball-winning skills make him an excellent box-to-box midfielder.The Frenchman’s impressive performances have even left the likes of a renown midfield maestro like Iniesta wishing he could have played with him.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” Iniesta told RMC Sport.“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.“His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”Iniesta now plays for J-League side Vissel Kobe.last_img read more

Santee considers banning smoking along 13 hiking trails

first_img John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSantee community members gathered Wednesday to vote on an ordinance to make public trails, paths and routes smoke-free.Santee is the only city in San Diego County to allow smoking in public parks and trails and if Santee votes to create smoke-free parks, then all parks in San Diego County will be smoke-free.KUSI’s John Soderman was LIVE with the story. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 10, 2018 January 10, 2018 Santee considers banning smoking along 13 hiking trails John Soderman last_img read more

Air Force State to Collaborate on Development of Park City Resort

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Air Force and the Utah Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA) plan to develop a four-star hotel near Park City’s ski resorts for use by members of all four services as well as the public.“The goal is to provide a world-class recreational opportunity for our service members and their families,” said David Williamsen, chief of the enhanced use lease office at Hill Air Force Base.The Air Force had been searching for a site for 14 years and finally settled on a location after Wells Fargo offered to donate 6 acres. MIDA hopes to complete the transfer by Sept. 1, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. State law allows MIDA to acquire military property, finance improvements and impose taxes that go back into the development. Financing for the hotel project also could come from the firm that secures a contract to operate the resort.Military personnel likely would pay room rates based on their rank, similar to how the Army operates hotels next to Disney World in Orlando and in Honolulu, according to the story. Retirees also would be eligible for discounted rates.The hotel would operate during all four seasons, with guests hiking and biking on trails when there is no snow.last_img read more

Pleasant Grove Baptist is on a Fitness Journey

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROGood health and staying physically fit are tenets most people want to live by, however it can be a major challenge to consistently embrace a healthy lifestyle.The Rev. Dr. Ronald Williams, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church recognizes this challenge and has vowed to help his congregation get fit and live as healthy as possible.  This year Williams celebrated 15 years as pastor of Pleasant Grove, and on Oct. 7, he rolled out a health initiative for the church, “Lean in 2019.”Dr. Ronald Williams, Pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in East Baltimore and First Lady Cyndi Williams. (Photo: Joi Thomas)Weigh-ins for the “lean teams” will begin Oct. 14 and the contest will end on New Year’s Eve. A Food tasting event was held after the church service last week to show members healthy ways to cook their meals, and information will be accessible throughout the 90 day challenge to help them succeed.  Members are encouraged to invite non-members to join them on their fitness journey.Rev. Williams believes that living a healthy, fit life is based in scripture.  “The first scripture that comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. It speaks of the precious nature of the vessels we inhabit. We are to be the best stewards possible over this flesh; although we know it’s wasting away,” he said. “It’s still the temple of the Holy Spirit. There are many others that speak of moderation, and temperance, and the value of body and spirit. I’m convinced that this age is going to call us back to practices that sustained us in the past. We just have to make sure we’re deploying the practices using all of the information that technology makes available with the scriptural foundation that has always guided us.”The congregation of Pleasant Grove is excited to start this journey with their pastor. In fact, they have seen both their pastor and first lady, Cyndi Williams, transform their bodies. Fitness is nothing new for the couple. Rev. Williams played high school football and the first lady is a certified fitness trainer. However, recently they embarked on a new fitness journey together.   “Last year, we discovered Crossfit together. The Lord laid it on my heart to visit every Crossfit gym in Annapolis and choose one that fit. We did it together,” said Rev. Williams.“One great revelation during the first year and a half of Crossfit was that even with the strenuous workout, I was gaining weight and had reached a lifetime high. That’s when one of the members of the gym introduced us to macro-nutrition and it has changed our lives. I’m back to my high school weight and in better overall condition than when I was playing football.”Williams is using what he has learned to encourage the congregation to begin this new journey. “We simply don’t believe God intends for us to be physically unhealthy. His original plan was unquestionably established for us to be physically whole,” Williams said. He hopes that the congregation will move past this 90 day challenge and make this a lifestyle.  By giving them tools to be successful, they can learn more about themselves and who God created them to be, Williams believes. “Revelation should lead to transformation. Transformation means I’m no longer the person I was,” he said.The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrated their 50th Anniversary, Oct. 6, at Papas Restaurant in Baltimore. Sixteen of the original members were present for the occasion.Lean in 2019 is the current initiative of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, however, the church wants to help any ministry that wants to take a fitness journey together.  You can contact them at: www.pgbcministries.orglast_img read more

Blizzard wants its names back Old World of Warcraft accounts being plun

first_imgBlizzard has realized that there are loads of great character names not in use anymore in its World of Warcraft MMO, and it wants them back. So, as part of a great name liberation initiative, the WoW team is carrying out a name grab.If you’re an active player of WoW, there’s no need to worry. The name liberation is going to happen for any character that has not logged in since November 13, 2008. Chances are if you haven’t played a character for the last 6 years, you don’t really care what has and will happen to it. More importantly, it means all really old accounts that no longer earn Blizzard money from a subscription will be losing their character names.You have to imagine there’s going to be thousands of great names locked up in these accounts. The earlier you subscribed to the game, the more name choice there was. And Blizzard will certainly profit from unlocking them. Not only will new subscribers benefit from more choice, but existing players can pay to change their character names.If you have characters from 2008 or earlier that you’d like to keep, you can. All you need to do is load up WoW and login as each one before the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2) goes live. The expansion is set to release on November 13, and the last pre-patch went live on August 27, so 6.0.2 will be out within the next few weeks. In other words, don’t put off logging into WoW if you have a cool name you want to retain ownership of.last_img read more

Kolkatans land in soup as banks ATMs down shutters for 2 days

first_imgKolkata: Common people were heavily inconvenienced with banks remaining closed on Wednesday, following a call by bank unions for a two day strike.The bank unions have called for the strike on May 30 and 31, protesting against a salary hike of 2 percent.Nearly 9,800 branches of different banks remained closed in Bengal on Wednesday. The ATMs had almost turned dry with people withdrawing money from Tuesday night to ensure that they do not fall short of cash on Wednesday and Thursday. There are around 21,000 ATMs in the state, including 3,200 in Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut it had not become possible for all to withdraw money from ATM machines or bank branches on Tuesday and they landed in a difficult situation as they did not have money even for emergency purposes.There were many ATM counters where “no cash” boards were found displayed since morning and people were harassed as there was no other way to get money.However, people who set out from their home to spend the day in office and returned home in the evening, didn’t face much trouble as they had come out of the house properly prepared. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe situation was worst for the people who came to the city from villages for treatment of their near and dear ones in hospitals and nursing homes in the city.There are hundreds of people, whose close ones undergo treatment in hospitals in the city for months and they need to be present round the clock in the hospital premises itself, so that they can provide necessary medicines as and when required.In most such cases, their family members drop cash in their accounts in the banks in their villages and the person looking after the patient withdraws the same from ATMs in the city. They had a difficult time on Wednesday as they had to approach the medicine shop owners to get medicines, assuring that they would surely give the money on Friday or as soon as someone from their homes reaches the hospital with money.With the banks remaining closed on two days at the end of the month, a large section of people are also apprehensive whether they will get their salary in the beginning of the next month.Monoranjan Das, an employee of a private company, said that he had deposited some high value cheques on Tuesday. But it would take more time for clearance of the cheques, with the banks remaining closed for two days.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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News | May 18, 2009 Siemens Demos New Approach to Stroke Diagnosis at ASNR 2009 May 18, 2009 – Siemens Healthcare approach to stroke diagnosis combines Siemens SOMATOM computed tomography (CT) scanner technology and CT Neuro Engine, offering a solution for all aspects of neuroradiology, at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 16-21, 2009,The CT Neuro Engine is said to make data available in only seconds. With syngo Expert-I findings can be shared with the treating physician or a colleague by simply granting them remote access from any PC in the network. To speed up clinical workflow, 3D evaluations can be performed by simply using syngo WebSpace from any PC or laptop where the Internet can be accessed.Siemens 3D stroke imaging using SOMATOM CT exquisite image quality provides fully automated 3D syngo Volume Neuro Perfusion CT tools to facilitate quantitative volume evaluation for differential diagnosis of ischemic stroke and supports simultaneous multislice processing, as well as the stringent time and workflow requirements in an emergency setting where time is of the essence. The automated guided workflow provides quick and reliable assessment of dynamic cerebral perfusion parameters, such as cerebral blood flow (CBF), cerebral blood volume (CBV), and time to peak (TTP) and mean transit time (MTT). CT Neuro Engine is designed to answer the key questions that stroke team faces in diagnosis of ischemic stroke, such as excluding existence of hemorrhage, understanding of irreversibility of infarcted tissue, and determining portion of potentially salvageable tissue. Siemens Adaptive 4D Spiral technology allows the possibility to adapt the coverage to virtually any organ size, allowing for full brain perfusion information, enabling a comprehensive view whole disease in stroke imaging.Adaptive 4D Spiral capabilities are currently available to more than 300 CT scanners installed throughout the United States. It is available on SOMATOM Definition Flash, Definition, and Definition AS scanners, including the newly introduced, cost effective 20-slice configuration.With Adaptive 4D Spiral, the Siemens CT scanners are able to address functional imaging (perfusion images of blood flow over time) specific to the organ being imaged. This allows Siemens to offer information beyond simple perfusion and into phase contrast CT. In the case of a stroke, physicians can use whole-organ perfusion imaging, not only for a small part of the brain, but for all of it.For more information: http://www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.last_img read more

Christiana Figueres sees lessons for UN leadership in climate talks

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica’s Christiana Figueres honored for UN climate work Costa Rica votes to ratify Paris agreement on climate change Weather disasters have doubled in past 30 years: UN report Anatomy of a deal: How the Paris climate accord was won — and nearly lost Great to see @CFigueres nominated for @UN Secretary-General. She did an amazing job bringing the world together on climate change. #NextSG— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 7, 2016 U.N. secretary-general hopeful Christiana Figueres held up her success as executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as an example of the international organization’s potential and a model for the broad consensus diplomacy she laid out in her nomination speech Thursday.Figueres accepted her nomination to the post during a ceremony at Costa Rica’s National Theater in San José.The former U.N. climate czar, who stepped down Wednesday after six years on the job, said that if chosen as the next secretary-general, she would apply lessons from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, which was unanimously approved by 195 countries.Figueres said the climate negotiations showed that global solutions can be achieved when countries see a common end that benefits everyone. Respecting the specific needs of a given country does not preclude a wider agreement, she said.“This was not an accident, it was strategy and attitude,” she said of the climate negotiations. “The Paris agreement could be an exception or could become the norm for multilateral cooperation in the 21st century.”Figueres said the negative effects of climate change exacerbate already complex problems, especially for the planet’s most vulnerable groups. Still, she outlined an optimistic view about the U.N.’s potential to successfully tackle some of the world’s most complicated problems, from alleviating extreme poverty to ensuring sustainable development to ending armed conflicts through peaceful means.“Impossible is not a fact, it’s an attitude,” Figueres told reporters at a news conference following her nomination. “Because without optimism, the firm conviction that we, humans, are capable of overcoming problems that we ourselves have created, we cannot begin to advance. Without optimism there is no victory.”Figueres called for strengthening the U.N.’s ability to prevent and respond to crises, and to implement her collaborative vision for diplomacy.To achieve these goals, Figueres said the U.N. must be further strengthened with resources and personnel.Her announcement was well received by climate change advocates, including former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.center_img Foreign Minister Manuel González and Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez honored Figueres’ achievement in Paris by submitting a bill to the National Assembly that would ratify the U.N. climate agreement.Figueres admits weakness on securityWhile climate change and sustainable development issues are strengths for Figueres, she acknowledges that security issues are her weak points.To clinch the secretary-general position, she will have to convince other world leaders that she’s a quick student — and do so with limited resources.Foreign Minister Manuel González said Costa Rica would support her candidacy but mostly with the ministry’s current, limited resources. González said the Costa Rican government can’t afford to host galas or cover travel expenses, but that the country’s strong international reputation could be “more valuable than money.”He said Figueres would likely need to travel to some of the five permanent Security Council nations — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and United States — for her campaign to be successful. These countries have veto power over a secretary-general nomination. Figueres’ campaign is turning to the public to crowdsource additional funds through her website, www.christianafigueres.com.At the nomination ceremony for Figueres Thursday, President Luis Guillermo Solís outlined the qualities needed for a U.N. secretary-general.“This person should show leadership capable of creating teams of collaborators with the skills and experience necessary to get results,” Solís said. “I believe she is that leader.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more