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  • Probe ordered into Nova Scotia judge who acquitted taxi driver of sexual

    first_imgHALIFAX – In a rare move, Nova Scotia’s chief justice has ordered an investigation into complaints against a judge who acquitted a taxi driver accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female passenger found partially naked and unconscious in his cab.Justice Michael MacDonald issued a statement Thursday saying a three-member review committee will look into allegations of misconduct against Judge Gregory Lenehan.The provincial court judge faced intense public scrutiny in March when he said the Crown had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman, who had no memory of what happened, did not consent to sexual activity with the driver.Lenehan said a person is incapable of consent if they are unconscious or are so intoxicated that they are unable to understand or perceive their situation.“This does not mean, however, that an intoxicated person cannot give consent to sexual activity,” Lenehan said in his decision. “Clearly, a drunk can consent.”The 40-year-old driver, Bassam Al-Rawi, was found not guilty.Lenehan’s choice of words set off a storm of social media criticism, a letter-writing campaign calling for a judicial council to investigate, and two public protests.One legal scholar suggested the stereotype of the “promiscuous party girl” may have factored into the acquittal. In a draft paper submitted to Canadian Bar Review earlier this year, Dalhousie law professor Elaine Craig said Lenehan deserved much of the scorn he received, though his decision fell short of misconduct.Steven Penney, a law professor at the University of Alberta, said Thursday the chief justice’s call for an investigation doesn’t make sense to him, even though he believes Lenehan’s decision contained legal errors and will likely be overturned on appeal.Penney said the problem is there doesn’t appear to be any evidence to suggest Lenehan’s conduct was unethical or marred by sexist stereotypes.“There’s a very clear difference … between ethical transgressions or misconduct and legal errors,” Penney said in an interview. “Judges make legally incorrect decisions all the time. That’s why we have appeals.”Penney said Lenehan’s case stands in contrast to that of former judge Robin Camp, who asked a sexual assault complainant in 2014 — when he was an Alberta provincial court judge — why the woman couldn’t keep her knees together. Camp resigned from his Federal Court position in March after a removal hearing by the Canadian Judicial Council.In Camp’s case, there was convincing evidence he made disparaging remarks to the complainant, and that he used discredited and sexist myths in coming to his decision, Penney said.“There is no evidence of anything approaching that in the decision of Judge Lenehan,” he said, adding that the decision to appoint a review panel could send a “chilling message” to judges who are faced with making unpopular decisions.Wayne MacKay, professor emeritus of law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, dismissed the idea of a chilling impact on judges, saying they are made of sterner stuff.He said the public controversy sparked by the court case deserves a closer look by a review committee.“By suggesting that I think it’s a good idea to have the inquiry, I don’t necessarily think that there will be any finding of misconduct,” MacKay said. “It’s a process for the benefit of Judge Lenehan to have the whole matter cleared up … I still think it’s a good idea, given all the controversy locally.”The Crown is seeking an appeal of Lenehan’s decision. A hearing is scheduled before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal for Nov. 22.The grounds for appeal include that the judge erred in law in saying the Crown produced no evidence of the complainant’s lack of consent, and that he erred by engaging in speculation on the issue of consent rather than drawing inferences from the facts proven in the evidence.In the meantime, the review committee — which will include a judge, a lawyer and a member of the public — will investigate each complaint and decide whether to dismiss it, resolve it with Lenehan’s agreement, or refer the complaint to a hearing before an eight-member judicial council.Under the Provincial Court Act, if the council decides further action is warranted, it could impose disciplinary measures, which may include: a leave of absence with pay for the judge to get additional training; a written reprimand; or a recommendation to the attorney general for removal from office.However, such a recommendation would require final approval from the provincial cabinet.During Al-Rawi’s trial, the woman testified that she had consumed three drinks at a downtown bar late on May 22, 2015. She told the court that the next thing she remembered was waking up in either the hospital or an ambulance, where she spoke with a female police officer.Lenehan said the woman couldn’t recall being turned away from the bar after midnight, nor did she recall arguing with a friend, texting others or hailing Al-Rawi’s cab at 1:09 a.m.“She doesn’t recall any of that because she was drunk,” Lenehan said in his oral decision.”What is unknown is the moment (she) lost consciousness. That is important. It would appear that prior to that she had been able to communicate with others. Although she appeared drunk to the staff at (the bar) … she had appeared to make decisions for herself.”Court heard that when a police officer spotted the woman in the back seat of the cab at 1:20 a.m., she was lying unconscious, naked from the waist down with her tank top pushed up and her legs propped up on the two front seats.The constable testified that the driver was seen shoving the woman’s pants and underwear between the front seats, As well, his pants were undone around his waist and his zipper was down.Four days after the judge’s decision, Al-Rawi’s lawyer issued a statement saying his client has been pilloried unfairly and racially stereotyped.Luke Craggs said Al-Rawi was found not guilty for legitimate reasons, including a lack of forensic evidence of sexual activity. He said an alarming amount of the public discussion about the case “perpetrated the grotesque stereotype” that Al-Rawi’s Arab background “means he is the type of person to sexually assault a vulnerable person.”last_img read more

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  • Vincent Piazza To Host NAMI Seeds of Hope Gala

    first_imgThe 2015 NAMI Seeds of Hope Gala Awards Celebration will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Metropolitan Building in Chelsea. The event is presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness NYC-Metro and will be hosted by Vincent Piazza of “Boardwalk Empire.” During this event, hundreds of people come together to support and bring awareness to the everyday struggles that people go through with mental illness.The gala raises funds to support funding for the #IWillListen campaign and NAMI-NYC Metro¹s three psychoeducation courses, more than twenty support groups, and public education events that help thousands of New York City residents each year.The awards celebration will honor first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray for her outstanding leadership and commitment to ensuring that mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health. Director of Healthy Minds at American Express, Charles Lattarulo is being honored for his leadership in promoting mental health to American Express employees and their families through the #IWillListen global initiative for American Express employees.Also being honored at the gala is David Spanier, Esq., The Adele Anshien Volunteer of the Year and General Counsel at the Dextra Baldwin Mcgonagle Foundation for his years of service as a board member, providing legal guidance to NAMI-NYC Metro and as a Family-to-Family teacher.Lastly, Wide Receiver of the New York Jets, Brandon Marshall is being honored for his work to spread awareness and understanding about mental illness and commitment to reduce stigma and lead others by encouraging them to seek care.Since its inception in 1979, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country, with NAMI-NYC Metro being the largest affiliate. Their annual fundraising events provide NAMI-NYC Metro with opportunities to increase awareness of mental illness and raise the financial resources necessary to sustain and expand their programs and services. These services are provided free-of-charge and supported by trained family members and staff to educate people about mental illness and provide the advocacy tools they need.For more information on the #IWillListen campaign please visit:http://www.naminycmetro.org/last_img read more

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  • Nabila Mounib Moroccan Youth Emigrate Because of Countrys Thieves

    Rabat- Nabila Mounib has said that the “monopolization” of the country’s wealth causes young Moroccans to choose to emigrate.During a press conference on Tuesday, the head of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) Nabila Mounib questioned Morocco’s pathway to democracy.Be it high-qualified Moroccans emigrating with the belief that “their country does not encourage scientific research” or unemployed Moroccans seeking jobs abroad, it is all due to “monopoly” and “theft” in the country, Mounib stated. Mounib referred to elections in Morocco, saying that 70 percent of Moroccans prefer not to vote because they see no point in voting, knowing that the elections will only “breed thieves” and “corrupt” individuals.Mounib also addressed the prison sentences given to Hirak activists, saying: “How is it reasonable that we get punished because we demand our rights?”The politician called on Moroccans to stand together and demand the release of the activists sentenced from 1 to 20 years in prison.Hundreds of Moroccans already rallied in protests in cities across the country, including Casablanca, Rabat, and the northern city of Nador, to denounce the “heavy” sentences.Mounib maintained that Morocco deserves a “real democracy” rather than a “fake” one, stating: “We cannot keep watching when the country is at such a disadvantage.” Moroccan youth flee for Western countriesAccording to a study by Moroccan job portal, ReKrute, 91 percent of Moroccan professionals aged 35 and younger are tempted to work abroad, in search of better work conditions and quality of life, including health care and comfort.The study suggests that motivations vary on an individual basis, as many Moroccan companies fall short of employee expectations and do not put strong efforts into winning back the qualified people who have left for other countries like France and Canada.Moroccan news outlet Medias24, indicates that Moroccan physicians and doctors, in particular, experience tough working conditions domestically—being underpaid and under-equipped—which prompts them to emigrate.Many young Moroccans put their lives at risk to cross the Mediterranean to the closest European country with the belief that they could lead a better life.According to a report by Spain’s interior ministry released in August, 10,104 undocumented Moroccans arrived in Spain between 2016 and 2018. The Spanish Ministry of Interior emphasized that more than 250,000 irregular Moroccans are currently living in Spain, with close to 5,000 identified as “unaccompanied minors.”Mohamed Daadaoui, a specialist of North African politics at Oklahoma City University, said that the “Moroccan youth are all too eager to take the risk of crossing [to Europe] given the dire socio-economic situation in Morocco. “Their prospects for jobs and economic empowerment have not improved, especially in the Northern part of the country,” he stated. read more

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  • King Mohammed VI Inaugurates Princess Lalla Abla Mosque in Tangier

    Rabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by his son, Prince Moulay El Hassan, inaugurated a mosque in Tangier and named it “Princess Lalla Abla,” before performing the first prayer in the new mosque on Monday, July 30.The mosque’s name honors the King’s grandmother, Lalla Abla bint Tahar, who was the second wife of King Mohammed V and the mother of King Hassan II.The mosque, built for approximately MAD 26 million, is a part of the integrated redevelopment program of the Tangier-city port area. “Princess Lalla Abla” is located at the end of Avenue Mohammed VI in front of the new fishing port of Tangier that was inaugurated on June 7 by the King. Tangier’s new mosque was built according to Moroccan architectural standards. It has an indoor reception capacity of more than 1,900 people on a plot of 5,712 square meters.“Princess Lalla Abla” has all the necessary amenities for worshipers including two prayer rooms (men and women), housing for the imam and muezzin, shops and an esplanade of 2,720 square meters. read more

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  • 2019 Oscar nominations announced

    This video is no longer available IA: TEACHER ON LEAVE AFTER GRETA THUNBERG COMMENT 4 homeless men dead and 1 injured in New York City attack AZ: TODDLERS LEFT ALONE – TEACHERS SUSPENDED play LI School Janitor Accused Of Sending Love Notes To 7-Year-Old Homeowner sees crash in yard from doorbell camera play “I love to use models that have unique African features” play White House insiders want Trump to be more like (Bill) Clinton play play play play Sia announces she has a neurological disease play play Trump Administration Opens Public Land in Central California to Oil, Gas Drilling play play play play play Rescuing food to feed the hungry play Police: 4 People Killed On The Streets Of The Lower East Side 4 homeless men dead and 1 injured in New York City attack CNN,WABC Four homeless men were killed — and a fifth seriously injured — around Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood when someone struck their heads with metal, apparently while they were sleeping, according to New York City police. Published at: 03:11, Sun Oct 06 2019 play Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk brings hope to grieving families play play play State Department watchdog asks to brief Congress play MA: 2,294 LB PUMPKIN SETS NEW TOPSFIELD RECORD! Kites Take Flight For Childhood Cancer play Photography helped repair what genocide destroyed Gas thieves target Pacific Beach neighbors Democratic lawmaker confronted over impeachment inquiry play Rod Stewart crashes couple’s wedding and sings to them play Comment: What precedent will be set if this goes unpunished? GA REPUBLICANS: IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY A SHAM 9-Year-Old Shot While Riding In Back Seat Of Car Man hit by lightning has shoes blown off, clothes charred play Mike Pompeo addresses defying subpoena deadline Do gambling odds forecast elections better than polls? play play Expert testifies Juul founders used big tobacco tactics Over 50 Vehicles Catch Fire At Blue Island Junk Yard play VIDEO: Movies big and small, black and white and in colour all made the list when the Oscar nominees were announced Tuesday morning. Did your favourite make the cut? Jeremy Roth breaks down this year’s top contenders. #OscarNoms morning! Tune in to see this year’s nominees. https://t.co/H3zRKBtXVl— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 22, 2019 read more

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  • Tributes pour in for slain UN envoy as world body vows to

    From Geneva to Gaza to Bangkok to Nairobi to Timor-Leste – a veritable world atlas of places Mr. Vieira de Mello had touched with his humanitarian and peacekeeping work during more than 30 years of service – UN agency chiefs echoed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s expressions yesterday of his own personal grief and the terrible loss the entire international community had suffered with the death of his Special Representative for Iraq and High Commissioner for Human Rights.“This outrageous act of violence was aimed directly at those who are trying to help the people of Iraq to rebuild their damaged country. Our WHO and UN colleagues, from countries around the world, are completely committed to helping restore basic services and rebuild the health system in Iraq,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook declared. “Throughout a long and impressive UN career, Sergio has served the people who needed him most with skill, compassion and good humour. This single act of terrorism deprives the Iraqi people, and people everywhere, of a great advocate and a fine man. He will be sorely missed,” Dr. Lee said in a statement released in Geneva. Noting that many other UN colleagues were killed or injured in “this cruel bombing,” he added: “WHO’s mission, in Iraq as elsewhere, is to provide the highest attainable standard of health for every human being. This work is vitally important and we must now work to ensure that it is not interrupted as a result of this brutal act of violence.” The Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand Ramcharan, who has been standing in for Mr. Vieira de Mello during his absence in Baghdad, likewise emphasized that the highest tribute that could be paid to the slain diplomat was a recommitment to carry out the UN’s humanitarian mission. “The United Nations, Iraq and the world have lost a tireless and selfless public servant who paid the ultimate price doing what he believed in deeply: defending the inherent and inalienable dignity and rights of every human being,” Mr. Ramcharan said in a statement. “We believe the best tribute we could pay to Sergio and the other colleagues who lost their lives in this despicable attack is to carry on with their mission of assisting the people of Iraq to rebuild their country and build a solid foundation of human rights,” he added. Calling Mr. Vieira de Mello “an outstanding and charismatic diplomat,” the Director-General of the UN’s Geneva headquarters, Sergei Ordzhonikidze said the tragedy “will not break the will of the international community or undermine the vital role of the United Nations in Iraq. It will only double our determination to continue assisting the Iraqi people restore peace and stability to their country,” he added.In Gaza, the head of the main UN relief agency for Palestine refugees summoned staff to a special ceremony to observe a moment of silence. “Yesterday’s brutal killing of humanitarian workers, both Iraqi and international, is an especially cruel blow because the UN was committed to help rebuild the lives of the Iraqi people, which have been so devastated by war and sanctions,” said Peter Hansen, Commissioner-General of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). “This was a horrifying and senseless attack on the people engaged in the rebuilding effort,” he added. “In the blast, we lost Sergio Vieira de Mello, a man I knew to be devoted to resolving conflicts and helping its victims, including refugees, recover their independence and well-being. He was in Iraq to do the same.” Mr. Hansen also paid tribute to another UN official killed in the blast, Rick Hooper, who had worked for UNRWA for over five years. Half a world away in Bangkok, staffers at the headquarters of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) also observed a minute’s silence. “We can only express the hope that our dear friends and colleagues who perished in Baghdad did not die in vain and that stability will soon return to the Iraqi nation and its people,” ESCAP Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su said. In the new Pacific nation of Timor-Leste, which Mr. Vieira de Mello helped guide to independence as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, his successor reported “an outpouring of shock, outrage and mourning at the passing of this loved and admired compatriot of the Timorese people.”“With his memorable contribution, Sergio won the admiration and gratitude of the leaders as well as of the people of Timor-Leste of all ages,” Special Representative Kamalesh Sharma said in a message. “All who knew him and of him will be distraught with sorrow.”In Nairobi, Kenya, some 600 staff attended a ceremony of solidarity with colleagues in Baghdad. Expressing the shock and sorrow of all staff in a letter to Mr. Annan, Klaus Toepfer, Director-General of the UN Office at Nairobi and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, suggested that the new UN library in Nairobi be named in Mr. Vieira de Mello’s honour.”The experience, commitment, compassion and diplomacy that he embodied in his long and distinguished career are the very qualities the United Nations, and indeed all humanity, needs more urgently today than ever before,” Mr. Toepfer added.The Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Anna Tibaijuka, also addressed the Nairobi memorial meeting. “In losing Mr. Vieira de Mello, the Iraqi people have lost a friend and the world has lost a champion of justice and freedom,” she said. “The only way we can pay tribute to the man is to continue the UN mission to establish peace and prosperity in Iraq.” In New York, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) joined the long line of mourners. Expressing both sadness and horror, Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid echoed Mr. Annan’s words in praising Mr. Vieira de Mello as “an outstanding servant of humanity, dedicated to relieving the suffering of his fellow men and women, helping them resolve their conflicts and rebuild their war-torn societies.” “It is tragic that he has now given his life in that cause, along with others who, like him, were devoted and much-valued servants of the United Nations,” Ms. Obaid added. read more

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  • Ohio State makes Urban Meyer highestpaid Big Ten coach extends contract through

    Job security won’t be a concern for Urban Meyer, at least through 2020.The Ohio State football coach was given a three-year extension to his contract that will keep him in Columbus through 2020, and make him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten, the school announced in a Monday press release. Meyer’s contract extension comes three months and a day after he led the Buckeyes to a victory over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship.“Urban Meyer has done an excellent job strengthening our culture of commitment to academics, career development and winning championships,” OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in the release.“Additionally, he continues to develop his coaches and attract talented leaders when needed.”Meyer was set to earn $4.9 million in 2015, but under the terms of his new contract he will make $5.8 million in total compensation this year, the release said. His contract also includes annual raises, which will make him average a minimum of $6.5 million each year through the end of his contract.Meyer said in the release that he is “honored to serve as football coach at the Ohio State University,” and he thanked Smith and OSU President Michael Drake.Meyer, entering his fourth year with OSU, has led the Buckeyes to a 38-3 record, including the national title last season. His team currently has the longest active winning streak in the NCAA at 13 games.The Ashtabula, Ohio, native also won two national titles while coaching Florida before winning his first 24 games as the head man in Columbus. His head coaching career has spanned four schools and resulted in a 142-26 record to date. read more

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  • Mens basketball No 8 Ohio State loses 7462 to No 22 Michigan

    Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 74-62 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — Win out and No. 8 Ohio State had nothing to worry — it would be the Big Ten regular-season champion. After Thursday’s derailment at unranked Penn State, the two-loss Buckeyes had no breathing room in Sunday’s matchup at No. 22 Michigan.Now, the conference title at the end of an improbable regular season is no longer in their control.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate scored 20 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds, but the offensive output wasn’t found from other players for the Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3 Big Ten) in their 74-62 loss to Michigan (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten). Michigan freshman Jordan Poole scored a surprising 15 points while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led with 17 and Moritz Wagner added 12.“Losing up here to them, it hurts,” Tate said. “But at the end of the day, we still got two more Big Ten games to play and we just got to learn from it.”Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored 17 points, but struggled from the field, shooting 5-of-17. This is the second game in a row Bates-Diop had difficulty shooting, which has coincided with Ohio State’s issues from the field as well.The issues of ball movement and playing against a physical opponent resurfaced against Michigan in a game Ohio State seemingly had to have in order to win the conference title next week. Now the Buckeyes sit a game back of Michigan State and are reeling a bit coming into the end of the season.“I just think that we haven’t been the team that’s been more hungrier,” Tate said. “We could blame it on thinking that we had a two-game lead in the Big Ten, but I feel like teams have had us on our heels whereas in the past where we’ve won, we are the ones that have been the aggressors. We just got to get back to that.”The Buckeyes were on the track to do just that multiple times in the second half. When Michigan scored the first three points of the second half to take an eight-point lead, the Buckeyes went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 36-34. The Wolverines then grew their lead to nine after back-to-back layups with 10:40 remaining. Ohio State shrunk that to four with a layup from Tate and Bates-Diop’s second 3 of the game.Trailing 55-52 with 7:53 on the clock after a Tate-made free throw, Poole connected on his fourth 3 of the game from the right corner.Ohio State then went nearly six minutes — from 8:30 to 2:53 remaining — without a bucket.Out of the final media timeout, Michigan began to pull away from their rivals. Abdur-Rahman drilled a 3 from the top of the key and Wagner came down the floor on the next possession to complete a 3-point play that put the Wolverines up 68-55 with 2:12 remaining.The Wolverines led since seven minutes remained in the first half, but the Buckeyes were within striking distance until the final minutes. Only when they had their chance, they could never get over the hump.Junior point guard C.J. Jackson scored his lone points on a 3 in the first half and finished with zero assists, following his one-assist performance at Penn State. Ohio State recorded just eight assists on 24 field goals and committed 14 turnovers.Moving forward, Holtmann said he might use Tate and Bates-Diop to alleviate some pressure from primary ballhanders Jackson and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich.“Obviously it was a concern coming into the season, not just our depth, but our ability to manage that,” Holtmann said. “We just have to challenge our guards to make better decisions in some of those situations. I’m confident they will. It’s not necessarily their strength, but I’m optimistic they will.”After both teams shot 41 percent in the first half, Michigan’s offense came to life with 56.5 percent shooting in the second frame, and  its defense held Ohio State to 41.9 percent.Up Next:Ohio State returns to Columbus for its final home game against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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  • Building Stacks Victor Cruz Reportedly Dancing His Way to

    Victor Cruz is reportedly close to signing a long-term deal with the New York Giants before the beginning of training camp, which starts on July 26.Cruz signed his early restricted free-agent clause worth $2.879 million last month, but neither the star nor the Giants were satified with the deal. The wide receiver clearly felt he is worth more, and the Giants said they wanted him to commit to a long-term contract.According to an ESPN report on Monday, after negotiating for months, Cruz and the Giants organization are now putting final touches on the long-term contract and are solidifying the details. read more

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  • OceanaGold expanding plant and reserves at Haile

    first_imgOceanaGold Corp reports an update on exploration activity at its Haile gold mine in South Carolina, USA. Selection of significant drill results within and/or adjacent to pit designs• 46.6 m @ 4.93 g/t between Ledbetter and Snake• 32.3 m @ 10.14 g/t at Mill Zone• 77.7 m @ 4.04 g/t at upper Ledbetter• 21.3 m @ 4.51 g/t at Red Hill• 45.1 m @ 1.17 g/t between Mill Zone and Mustang.Mick Wilkes, President and CEO of OceanaGold said, “I am very pleased to announce the results of brownfields drilling at Haile over the past nine months that are expected to add more low-cost ounces to our reserves.  These results demonstrate the potential for additional mineralisation close to surface between current pit designs and at depth. Comprehensive geological reassessment from mapping and core logging has identified important structural controls that are being applied to our 3D models which will play a critical role in ongoing and future target generation.  Haile’s exploration team is also driving innovative modelling for emerging geophysical targets that will be pursued in 2019.“Since acquiring the Haile mine in late 2015, we have delivered a 70% increase in reserves and, through our exploration program, we continue to learn more about the genesis of the mineralisation. Through this greater understanding, we are improving our mine planning and design which fits well with our continued focus on improving productivities and reducing costs.“In addition to exploration, the company continues to advance the expansion of the process plant with the pebble crusher now fully constructed and commissioned. The Tower and Isa Mills, critical processing equipment for the expansion and recovery enhancement, are scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019.”Since the last exploration update on November 8, 2017, the company has drilled 100 drill holes for a combined 26,149 m at Haile using four surface diamond drills. Resource infill and extension drilling has targeted low-cost reserve growth areas in and around the Ledbetter, Mustang, Mill Zone, Snake, Red Hill, and Haile deposits.Favourable extension drill results are expected to add ore-grade mineralisation between pit designs at low strip ratios. Pit designs will likely be merged between the Mill Zone/Mustang (e.g. DDH0715: 45.1 m @ 1.17 g/t from 91.9 m) and Ledbetter/Snake pit designs (e.g. DDH0669: 46.6 m @ 4.93 g/t from 243.8 m). Drilling below the northwest wall of the Mill Zone Phase 1 pit returned positive results and a Phase 2 layback design is in progress (e.g. DDH0736: 32.3 m @ 10.14 g/t from 59.6 m).Infill and delineation drilling continue to support models and robust mineralisation, notably in the upper Ledbetter area (e.g. DDH0678: 77.7 m @ 4.04 g/t from 173.2 m and DDH0771: 75.9 m @ 1.57 g/t from 203.1 m). Shallow, medium-grade drill intercepts have been confirmed in diamond holes at Red Hill which is scheduled for mining in 2019 (e.g. DDH0805: 21.3 m @ 4.51 g/t from 54.0 m). An 18-hole diamond drill program was conducted outside the reserve pit design at the Snake West extension and returned positive results (e.g. DDH0755: 64.8 m @ 0.97 g/t from 198 m). Further drilling is planned in the second half of 2018 at Ledbetter, Mill Zone and Snake.Assays received from delineation drilling continue to validate high-grade, continuous mineralisation at the Horseshoe underground deposit (e.g. DDH0609: 233.5 m @ 2.87 g/t from 168.6 m).All drill hole data and additional information in relation to the Haile Gold Mine can be found on the company’s website .OceanaGold  is a mid-tier, high-margin, multinational gold producer with assets located in the Philippines, New Zealand and the USA. The assets encompass the Didipio gold-copper mine located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. On the North Island of New Zealand, it operates the high-grade Waihi gold mine while on the South Island of New Zealand, the company operates the largest gold mine in the country at the Macraes Goldfield which is made up of a series of open pit mines and the Frasers underground mine. In the US there is Haile, a top-tier, long-life, high-margin asset. OceanaGold also has a significant pipeline of organic growth and exploration opportunities in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.In 2018, the company expects to produce 500,000 to 540,000 oz of gold and 15,000 to 16,000 t of copper with All-In Sustaining Costs that range from $725 to $775/oz sold.last_img read more

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  • Nordic Gold cuts ties with Tallqvist Oy puts Laiva on care and

    first_imgNordic Gold has terminated its agreement with mining contractor Tallqvist Oy and decided to place the Laiva gold mine, in Finland, on care and maintenance, months after pouring first gold.The contractor decision follows continued underperformance, resulting in a shortfall in tonnes and grade to the mill, Nordic Gold said. “Despite written warnings, only slight improvements have been made and the contract with the current mining contractor has now been terminated in order to reduce the outflow of cash,” the company said.To further conserve cash, the Laiva mine will be placed on care and maintenance while an alternative contractor is engaged and additional financing is found, Nordic Gold said. Care and maintenance is expected to last for around three to four months, according to the company.Nordic Gold said: “The process of engaging another contractor has begun. A scope of work has been issued and several competitively priced proposals have been received.”Jett Capital Advisors, of New York, has been engaged to help Nordic secure $35 million in debt financing. This money will be used to restart the mine and mill and replace its current lender, according to the company. The company is currently in discussion with several parties interested in providing this capital.In addition to replacing the current lender, these funds will provide working capital for ongoing operations and provide funds for drilling to expand the resource.Since the first gold pour on November 30, Laiva has produced 6,920 oz of gold and received $8.8 million from gold sales.last_img read more

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  • Timeline Heres what happened to the Roma Child T in Tallaght

    first_imgHe had been informed that Child T’s older sister had outstanding warrants in relation to low-level criminality and was currently residing in Romania with her grandmotherHe was of the view that Child T’s father travelled to the UK and Continental Europe on a regular basisHe was aware of other cases in which children had come to he attention of the HSE and the gardaí for child protection reasons and had subsequently been removed from the jurisdiction.He said none of these circumstances in isolation would justify the removal of the child, but “taken as a whole” they provided reasonable grounds for believing that a serious and immediate risk existed requiring immediate action to safeguard Child T’s welfare.5pm: The sergeant explained to the parents that he was going to to invoke section 12 of the 1991 Act.The family then retrieved a birth certificate and an old passport for Child T, but the sergeant said that die to the “lack of corroboration from the Coombe Hospital”, he did not believe at that time that the birth certificate was genuine. Coombe Woman and Infants University Hospital. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandHe told the inquiry that the passport for Child T was issued when she was 11 months old and, as a result, the photograph was not useful for the purposes of visually identifying Child T.The child was then taken to HSE’s offices in Chamber House, accompanied by her older sister.5.45pm: Child T was placed in the custody of the HSE by the gardaí, where the responsibility for Child T, including the decision to apply for an Emergency Care Order or to return her home, rested with the HSE.The report states:When the time came for Child T to be brought to her foster placement, Social Worker F indicated that she explained the situation to Child T and that Child T became very upset, that she was crying, that she kept saying she wanted to go home and that she wanted to stay with her parents.Child T told a social worker that she thought she was being taken away from her family as she “looked different” but said that she looked similar to her brother.The report states that this refers to her brother also having blue eyes.Between 8pm and 9pm: The Coombe Hospital contacted the sergeant indicating the information they had given him was incorrect and that there was a record of Child T’s birth at the hospital.The sergeant told the HSE about the new information but said he felt there were still grounds for concern about the identity of Child T.22 October 2013: Sergeant A, HSE staff and a legal team meet to discuss the application for a care order.Preliminary inquiries were carried out by Social Worker F. She contacted the Coombe about the birth of the child at the hospital. The report states that although they furninshed information to the gardaí the night before and the HSE were informed, Social Worker F was not privy to the update and was not contacted by the Coombe until later that evening.12pm: The report states that the HSE agreed with the concerns raised by the gardaí and an Emergency Care Order was granted for 24 hours to enable a DNA test to carried out on the parents and Child T.23 October 2013Social Worker F got in touch with the Public Health Nurse and the GP listed on the Coombe documents for Child T. The nurse said she could not remember what the child looked like.The ISPCChad also been in touch with the HSE following media coverage. They had been involved with the older siblings case and recalled that Child T had blonde hair and blue eyes.6pm: The results of the DNA tests came in as proceedings in the District Court were ongoing.They showed that Child T was indeed the child of the parents. Child T was returned to her family immediately. Source: ShutterstockImpactChild T was described as being withdrawn, quiet, anxious and upset during the two-day period in foster care.On the first night staying with her foster family she would not change into her pyjamas and would not get under the covers. She cried until she tired herself out and fell asleep.The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said that she was very concerned to hear that Child T, who is just seven years old, has changed her hair colour to prevent her from being taken away from her family again.Timeline: Here’s what happened to the Roma Child A in Westmeath>Now Read: The full findings and recommendations of the report >Read: “Ethnic profiling” a factor in removal of Roma children, report finds> THE REPORT INTO the special inquiry into how the gardaí handled two incidents where Roma children were removed from their families by the gardaí have been published.The report (PDF, 18MB) found that racial profiling played a part in the two cases. The Taoiseach, Minister for Justice and the interim Garda Commissioner have all apologised for what happened in the cases in Athlone and Tallaght.It found that in both cases the gardaí had failed to critically evaluate the information given to them about the children and the families in question.In December 2013, the then Minister for Justice appointed Emily Logan to inquire in to the removal of a two year old boy in Athlone, Co. Westmeath (Child A) and a seven year old girl in Tallaght, Co. Dublin (Child T) from their families.The children were removed from the care of their parents under Section 12 of the Child Care Act by the gardaí and placed in to the custody of the Health Service Executive (HSE).Click here to read the timeline Child A in Althone, Westmeath >Read the full findings of the report >Here’s what happened to Child T in Tallaght:Monday 21 October 20131.10am: A TV journalist sent an email to the Garda Press Office containing a message that had been left by a member of the public on what was described as his “show page” on Facebook. Source: Dave ThompsonThe message read as follows:Hi [Name of Journalist]Today was on the news the blond child found in Roma Camp in Greece. There is also little girl living in Roma house in Tallaght and she is blond and blue eyes. Her name is [Child T] and the address is [Child 1’s address]. I am from [country in Eastern Europe] myself and it’s a big problem there missing kids. The Romas robing [sic] them to get child benefit in Europe.11.13am: The email from the journalist was forwarded by the Garda Press Office to the District Office in Tallaght at 11.13am and then to Sergeant A at 11.36am.2pm: Sergeant A read the email.The Sergeant consulted his own records to establish whether there was any child protection concerns in relation to Child T or her family, and found none.However, child protection records existed for her older sisters dating back a number of years. Those cases had been closed and had no connection with child abduction.He then spoke to a colleague, Garda B, who knew the family as he was a case manager assigned to one of Child T’s sisters. He knew of Child T, but could not furnish any further information to the Sergeant.The sergeant then spoke to the principal of the local national school to establish whether Child T was a student there, and indicated that there was a concern about the identity of the child’s parents.The principalsaid that Child T did attend her school and was a member of theRoma community, but was registered under a different first name “U”.She said that “as far as she knew” she could vouch that the parents were the parents of  Child T.The Department of Social Protection had details in relation to a number of children the household where Child T lived, but that there was no child by the name of Child T, they did have a record of a child named “U” the same name which the child was registered in the national school.Sergeant A then contacted the local HSE social work team who said there were no care orders for Child T and the others for the sisters were not active.The Sergeant then contacted the gardaí to try and get the contact details of the person that left the message on Facebook. The journalist passed on these details that evening at 10.53pm.After carrying out all these inquiries, Sergeant A determined that it was necessary to visit the home of Child T. Source: ShutterstockTwo gardaí and the sergeant called to the home and they were asked to come in.Sergeant A told the parents the nature of their visit, that they were there to make inquiries about the children’s identities “as a follow up to previous child protection concerns”.The report states that Sergeant A’s report on this case indicated that he noted the presence of a young girl, about seven years of age, who had blonde hair and blue eyes and whom he said was “strikingly different in appearance” from the rest of her family.The sergeant then asked the parents for identity documents and birth certificates for the children.The mother gave the documents for her other children but not for Child T, as they were in another room where the children were sleeping and she did not want to disturb them.She did tell the sergeant that Child T was born in the Coombe Hospital, and supplied the gardaí with the PPS numbers for all three children in the home, but the name for Child T was again listed as “U”.4.10pm: Following this, the sergeant went outside to his car and contacted the Coombe Hospital at 4.10pm to attempt to confirm that Child T was born there.4.45pm: The hospital contacted Sergeant A indicating that they had no record of the birth of a child with details matching those provided for Child T.The sergeant then contacted a doctor in Tallaght Hospital to ask his opinion about the possibility of likelihood that of parents with dark hair and dark eyes having a child with blonde hair and blue eyes. Source: ShutterstockThe consultant indicated that such a situation would be very unusual but not impossible.The sergeant then contacted the social worker again, who indicated that section 12 of the 1991 Act may be invoked because of the concerns that he had in relation to Child T’s identity.This contact allowed the HSE to make the relevant preparations for a foster care placement, if such a placement were deemed necessary.Again, the social worker checked the records for Child T.On this occasion they did find a record of Child T. She was listed as a sibling on a record relating to on of Child T’s older sisters. Again, her name was different.The situation in the home got “more emotional and tense” said the sergeant to the inquiry.More family members began arriving at the home, however, the gardaí who were in the house said that the situation remained “calm”.Three community gardaí then arrived at the scene as Sergeant A had requested them to do so.He said he thought this would ease the situation should section 12 of the 1991 Act beinvoked and Child T be taken into care. Source: Photocall IrelandThere were nine gardaí there by the end, some of whom were in uniform, said the report.Sergeant A determined that there were grounds to invoke section 12 of the 1991 Act on the basis of the circumstances cited above.He also said that he felt that in the event that Child T was not in fact the child of the people in whose care she was at that time, Child T might be removed from the jurisdiction because: last_img read more

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  • Drogues la prise de conscience des Français

    first_imgDrogues : la prise de conscience des FrançaisFrance – L’Observatoire français des drogues et des toxicomanies a publié hier une étude sur l’opinion des Français concernant les drogues.Il apparaît que les Français sont de plus en plus méfiants vis à vis des substances addictives illicites (héroïne, cannabis, etc.) ou licites (cigarette, alcool). Cette méfiance s’étend aux consommateurs puisque 84% des sondés les jugent responsables de leur comportement et dangereux pour leur entourage ; 24% seulement les jugent malades. À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeOr, rappelle Étienne Apaire, président de la Mission interministérielle de lutte contre les drogues et les toxicomanies, les addictions doivent être considérées comme des maladies.Cette prise de conscience des Français, bien que parfois un peu radicale, est néanmoins positive. En effet, elle prouve que les campagnes mises en place par les pouvoirs publics depuis des années sont efficaces. Ainsi, les citoyens voient positivement tout dispositif susceptible de lutter contre les dépendances, qu’il soit répressif, préventif ou curatif. Le 22 juin 2010 à 10:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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  • Anglian Water and Protect Line shortlisted for Most motivational benefits

    first_imgWater supply organisation Anglian Water (pictured), insurance broker Protect Line and recruitment business X4 Group have been shortlisted in the Most motivational benefits category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.This award celebrates the most effective motivation or incentive strategy to be implemented by an employer.The full category shortlist is:Anglian Water, Going the Extra Mile (GEM) (Entered by Xexec)Protect LineX4 GroupThe winning organisation will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

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  • Police Suspect in Chilis fatal shooting in custody

    first_imgCo-workers said Reid was the father of eight children.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – The suspected gunman wanted for the killing of a Chili’s employee in Miami Gardens has surrendered to authorities.According to Miami Gardens Police, 31-year-old Arturo Exum turned himself into police, Tuesday morning, just after 10 a.m.Police said Exum, who was on probation for a violent crime, shot and killed 36-year-old Lester Reid inside the Chili’s location, at 19801 N.W. 2 Ave., Monday, at around 2:30 p.m.Lester ReidPolice said Reid had gotten into an argument with a female employee. They said the other employee reportedly called Exum, her boyfriend, who came into the restaurant and opened fire, striking Reid multiple times.“Shot him twice and left,” said witness Alex Escalda. “She left out the front door, got into a green Mustang and took off … I saw a green Mustang take off.”“It’s terrifying man, it’s terrifying,” said a male witness. “I work a couple doors down. I heard everything, not really saw much, because we’re a couple doors down, but it was intense.”Related: Employee killed in shooting at Miami Gardens Chili’s restaurantFire rescue crews responded to the restaurant shortly after. “I saw him being put in the ambulance behind [the restaurant], and he was covered in blood,” said the male witness. Paramedics transported Reid to Aventura Hospital, where he later died.Co-workers said Reid was a cook at the restaurant.The Chili’s remained closed on Tuesday. A sign on the door read, “We are closed today in an effort to take care of and support our team members.”Team members stopped by the restaurant throughout the day. “He’s a good guy,” said William Webb, who worked with Reid in the kitchen.“He was an excellent worker on the line,” Webb added. “Sorry for the incident and condolences to family and friends.”The restaurant chain released a statement that read in part, “We are shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic situation and the loss of one of our team members … We are doing everything we can to fully cooperate with the police and fire rescue teams who were so quick to respond.”Exum turned himself in less than 24 hours after the shooting. Police have charged him with first-degree murder. last_img read more

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  • Samsung says no Galaxy Fold in July report says

    first_imgSamsung’s launch date for the Galaxy Fold is still up in the air. Angela Lang/CNET Samsung is reportedly denying rumors that the Galaxy Fold will be released in July, leaving the Korean tech giant’s foldable phone launch date still up in the air.Samsung had initially planned to launch the Galaxy Fold in April, but review units suffered from problems including bubbling under the screen and displays breaking. The company then postponed the release of the device. Rumors later surfaced that the Fold would be unveiled to Korean media in June and would go on sale in July, according to Korea Herald. And last week, Samsung’s smartphone business chief Koh Dong-jin told a Korean media outlet that the phone would arrive before July, also according to Korea Herald. But a Samsung official refuted that timing. “Nothing has progressed since the April delay,” the report quoted a Samsung official saying.Commentary: Rushing foldable phones doesn’t work. Ask Samsung and Huawei Share your voice Tags Samsung said in May that the Galaxy Fold will get a new release date in the “coming weeks.”Earlier this week, AT&T sent cancellation notices to those who preordered the Galaxy Fold, citing Samsung’s delay in releasing the device. Customers who preordered the Fold will receive $100 AT&T promotional credit.This followed Best Buy canceling Galaxy Fold preorders in May due to Samsung not providing a new release date. Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier Friday, beleaguered Chinese tech company Huawei similarly delayed the launch of its foldable phone the $2,600 Mate X.The Chinese tech giant is pushing the Huawei Mate X launch date from this summer to September, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.Vincent Peng, a Huawei senior VP, told the Journal that the delay is to improve the quality of the phone’s foldable screen.”We’re doing a lot of tests,” Peng reportedly said.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Samsung hits the brakes on Galaxy Fold release Huawei Samsung Now playing: Watch this: 5 Mobile Phones Foldable Phones Comments 4:56 60 Photos Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hingelast_img read more

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  • Steam streaming Testing Valves inhome game streaming

    first_img 1 2 As Valve enters the living room with Steam Machines, a lot of interesting ideas are coming together to make the entire Steam experience uniquely tuned to the needs of PC gamers. One of those ideas is In-Home Streaming, and it might be in beta but that already works surprisingly well.Game streaming is not a new concept, but it’s something no one else has working particularly well yet. Nvidia’s Gamestream first started out as a beta feature for the Shield handheld, and the experience was never really something that I found particularly enjoyable. Valve’s service works on a similar principal, where you have one PC doing all the heavy lifting elsewhere on the network while it looks like the game is playing on the machine you actually want to play on. This concept is attractive to people with underpowered ultrabooks or tablets, as well as future Steam Machine users who want to play on their televisions. If you’ve been invited to the beta you can check it out for yourself today.Intel’s NUC would be a fine streaming boxIt’s difficult — at least with software like this — to establish a baseline, and not just because it’s in beta. There are a tremendous number of variables in your network that can contribute to either positively or negatively affecting something like device-to-device streaming. Whether or not both machines are wired via ethernet or connected via WiFi is the largest factor, but beyond that there’s the overall performance of the two machines involved to consider. Everything is a factor, the OS you’re running and the apps running in the background can contribute just as much as the network card you have installed on your desktop. It’s unlikely that there are a lot of environments for In-Home Streaming that are totally identical from user to user, which presents an impressive set of challenges.Valve addresses this problem by making Steam the only thing your host machine and your client machine need to have in common. You sign in to Steam on both machines with your lesser machine (say, a laptop), and every In-Home Streaming supported game you have installed on the host machine becomes available on the client machine. The game appears in your library as though you have it installed, and when you click on it you’ll see the “play” icon has been changed to “stream” on the landing page for the game. Clicking that button starts up the game as though it were installed on your machine, and the game launches on the host machine.Something important to keep in mind with In-Home Streaming is that the game is playing on the host machine while you are streaming it. The display on the host machine is filled with the game, and as far as a random onlooker is concerned there’s a ghost playing a game. This can be something of a jarring experience, especially since there’s no audio coming from it. If someone tries to minimize or move away from the game being played on the host machine while you are streaming the game, Steam currently becomes confused and the game just sort of pauses on your end. While you are streaming a game, both machines are completely occupied.Next page: Torture testing In-Game Streaming…last_img read more

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  • Renée Zellweger looks incredible as Judy Garland in upcoming film

    first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Set in 1968, Judy tells the story of the singer and performer Judy Garland a year before her untimely death. During this winter, she performed a series of concerts in London at the Talk of the Town nightclub.It’s 30 years after her revelatory turn in The Wizard of Oz, as she grapples with inner demons.Here’s Zellweger as the legend.#JUDY starts principal photography in London today, starring Academy Award winner, Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland!#judygarland #reneezellweger #london #thetalkofthetown #jessiebuckley #finnwittrock #michaelgambon #rupertgoold #pathe #calamityfilms #bbcfilms #ingenious pic.twitter.com/VJAnMRuzKV— Judy (@JudyGarlandFilm) March 19, 2018 As the tweet states, the film is starting principal photography today (19 March).The film’s synopsis describes Garland during this time as ‘exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids’. She also falls in love with Mickey Deans, her fifth and final husband.Finn Wittrock is playing Mickey. The rest of the cast includes Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, and Jessie Buckley.Rupert Goold is directing with a script from Tom Edge (The Crown).An icon playing an iconPeople are loving Zellweger’s look as Garland and praising the resemblance.I was skeptical about the casting of Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in a new movie, but, at least on a physical level, wow. pic.twitter.com/2M06hrcRYM— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 19, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Please cancel all news today that isn’t about this photo of Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland. pic.twitter.com/J57gIVyZCL— Sam (@mcsammer) March 19, 2018Both Garland and Zellweger are stars in their own rights.Zellweger has been nominated for three Oscars — three years in a row. It began with Bridget Jones’s Diary in 2001, following by Chicago in 2002. Finally, in 2003, she won for Cold Mountain, for which she also won a Golden Globe and BAFTA.While Garland never won an Oscar, she accomplished much before her death at 47. She was expected to win an Oscar at the 1955 ceremony, but Grace Kelly took the statue instead. Garland also earned an Oscar nod for Judgment at Nuremberg.In 1962, at the age of 39, she became the youngest and first female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille awad at the Golden Globes.Judy is set for release later this year.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Can you see the star as Judy Garland? | Photo: Flickr/YourWay Magazine Liza Minnelli does not approve of the upcoming Judy Garland biopicWizard of Oz to be remade with Toto the dog as the main characterJudy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft diagnosed with brain tumorRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/renee-zellweger-judy-garland-film/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… American actor Renée Zellweger is taking on the role of a lifetime. In an upcoming biopic, she’s stepping into the shoes of Classic Hollywood star Judy Garland.last_img read more

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  • Republicans want to ban rainbow flags flying at US embassies

    first_imgRepublicans introduced a bill banning any flag or emblem from flying at United States embassies other than the American flag. This includes flags like the rainbow one for pride. ‘There’s no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying over our embassies and posts around the globe.’History of this important flagThe late Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag as a symbol for the LGBTI community.As Baker wrote in his upcoming memoir, before the rainbow flag, the symbol of the community was the pink triangle. This image, however, had a dark history in its association with World War II and the Holocaust. Nazis made gay men in concentration camps wear pink triangles to label them.‘I thought of the American flag with its thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, the colonies breaking away from England to form the United States,’ he wrote.‘I thought of the vertical red, white, and blue tricolor from the French Revolution and how both flags owed their beginnings to a riot, a rebellion, or revolution,’ before continuing, ‘I thought a gay nation should have a flag too, to proclaim its own idea of power.’Flying it provides specific connotations and support for the community.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Rep. Jeff Duncan of the House Republicans led the introduction of the bill.He introduced the Old Glory Only Act on Thursday (19 July) and by Friday, 26 other Republicans signed on to it.While the bill bans all flags and emblems, not just the rainbow flag, it does come after various embassies raising the rainbow as a sign of LGBTI solidarity.The US embassy of Belize flew the rainbow flag just last month to honor Pride Month. In 2016, the US embassy of Jamaica flew the flag following the Pulse nightclub shooting.‘The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known,’ Duncan told the Washington Examiner. Puerto Rican designer creates new Pride flag to include trans and people of colorGame of Thrones star says its ‘terrible’ local council won’t fly rainbow flagLouisville flying high during colorful Pride WeekRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/republicans-ban-rainbow-flags-embassies/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Rainbow and American flags at the US embassy in Jamaica | Photo: Flickr/IIP Photo Archive GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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  • Mubarak loyalists acquitted in attack on protest

    first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up The Feb. 2, 2011 assault left nearly a dozen people killed and was a major turning point in the 18-day wave of protests that led to Mubarak’s downfall.It came a day after Mubarak spoke on national television, saying he would eventually step down. The emotional speech won him sympathy and drained the numbers of protesters in a days-long sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the heart of the uprising.But then the attack came. A crowd of Mubarak supporters waded into the young activists at the sit-in. Amid the melee, a number of men on horses and camels swept in, trying to beat and trample protesters. The assault, widely aired on TV, turned into an all-out battle that lasted two days, with more protesters flooding into the square to defend it in clashes that saw the two sides pelting each other with stones, bricks and firebombs. In the end, the Mubarak supporters were driven away.The attack and the images of young protesters fighting back reversed sympathies and galvanized the uprising. Many Egyptians who were sitting on the fence saw it as a desperate last ditch attempt to crush the revolt, and many accused Mubarak officials and pro-regime businessmen of paying thugs to carry out the attack. The wave of protests grew and on Feb. 11, 2011, Mubarak was forced out. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Judge Mustafa Abdullah said the defendants were acquitted because the testimony of the witnesses was weak and “driven by grudges between witnesses and the defendants due to partisan differences.”Abdullah also said some of the witnesses had criminal records, including one who had a record of perjury. Despite the list of known victims, the judge said he trusted the testimony of a general who was a member of the council that ruled Egypt during the transition, who said that no one was killed in the square during the battle.The defendants’ lawyers had asked for an acquittal because they said there was not enough evidence incriminating their clients. An official in the prosecutor general’s office said an attorney has been commissioned to review the reasons for the verdict, a sign it will likely appeal.A senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed el-Beltagi, said in comments published on its party’s online newspaper that the acquittal is a “farce” and called on Egypt’s new president, the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi to intervene to retry the defendants.Gamal Eid, a human rights lawyer whose center was involved in the case, said some evidence presented to the court was not taken into consideration and other evidence was tampered with. Some witnesses in the case changed their testimony from what they had given earlier to investigators, Eid said, blaming pressure from still powerful ex-regime loyalists. “The eyewitnesses said that there was a specific assignment to clear the square by any means,” the report said.Sorour paid thugs anywhere from 50 to 500 Egyptian pounds ($9 to $90) and provided them with meals and drugs to attack the crowd, the commission said.Witnesses told the investigators they saw ruling party members among the assailants, inciting them against the protesters, and even some on the camels and horses, the report said. “Snipers also took positions on rooftops of residential buildings overlooking the square and they opened fire at protesters.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 5 treatments for adult scoliosiscenter_img Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – An Egyptian court on Wednesday acquitted 24 loyalists of ousted President Hosni Mubarak who had been accused of organizing one of the most dramatic attacks on protesters during last year’s uprising, the “Camel Battle,” in which assailants on horses and camels charged into crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.The 24 were found innocent on charges of manslaughter and attempted murder. The defendants included some of the biggest names of Mubarak’s regime, including the former parliament speaker and the head of the now-dissolved ruling party, along with government ministers and businessmen. A 25th defendant died during the course of the trial. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   “The acquittal doesn’t mean this didn’t happen or that so and so did not commit the crime. It means the evidence is not enough,” he said. “This is the case in most of the other trials concerning the killing of protesters, because the police, who are accused in the killings, are the ones collecting evidence.”Ragheb said the fact-finding mission has collected new evidence, but that anything short of an overhaul of the judicial system would not mete out justice for the protesters.“The current judicial system is not qualified to try the state. It is part of it,” he said. “We need a new justice system that can protect the revolution,” and implement a system of transitional justice to bring former regime officials to trial.Chief among the defendants in the “Camel Battle” trial was Safwat el-Sherif, one of Mubarak’s most trusted aids and secretary-general of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, and Fathi Sorour, who served for decades as speaker of parliament.Last year, a government-appointed commission investigating the Feb. 2 events released findings, based on testimony from 87 witnesses. The commission said el-Sherif masterminded the attack, making phone calls to ruling party lawmakers and their supporters and telling them to “curb anti-Mubarak protests in Tahrir Square with violence.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Activists are planning a large rally on Friday criticizing Morsi’s 3-month-old rule, and the acquittals of some of the most hated figures of Mubarak’s regime are likely to fuel calls for justice.Nearly 1,000 protesters were killed in the uprising against Mubarak, mostly during clashes with security forces in the early days of the protests, which began on Jan. 25, 2011. But almost none of the officials and policemen brought to trial for the deaths have been found guilty. Most were released for lack of evidence and poor investigation. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the violence.Lawyers and activists have questioned the impartiality of the investigations into the killings, which were conducted in the days following the uprising by Mubarak-era officials who still held their posts and by police officers embittered by the protests. The multiple acquittals have fueled calls for reforming the judiciary, which is still made up of judges appointed under Mubarak.Morsi has promised to hold new trials on new evidence and appointed a new fact-finding mission to investigate the deaths of protests.Ahmed Ragheb, a human rights lawyer who is participating in the fact-finding mission, said Wednesday’s verdict was not a surprise, considering numerous flaws in the procedures leading up to the trial and reported pressures on witnesses and investigating judges from ex-regime officials.last_img read more

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