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Critically ill Fort St John resident in Vancouver Gofundme account set up

first_imgCorrection to the story; Eric Stutzman is not the sole provider for the family, his wife Jenna Stutzman is employed.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Return It – Manager, Eric Stutzman has been diagnosed as critically ill, and a Gofundme account has been set up to help cover medical expenses.As his battle has been complicated by influenza, pneumonia and a bacterial infection, Stutzman was flown to Prince George Hospital and on Sunday was flown to Vancouver to get additional medical attention. The Gofundme account set up to help cover medical expenses as well as relieving pressure for Jenna, Stutzman’s wife, so she can be by his side, has received $6,290 out of $10,000 goal in under 16 hours.Stutzman who has worked for FSJ Bottle Depot for over 25 years.  After a mini-stroke at work, Stutzman went to the hospital and after many tests, it was determined that Stutzman has Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, which is cancer of the bone marrow.A week after the diagnosis Stuzman caught pneumonia and influenza and was airlifted to Prince George where he was fully sedated and intubated.  During that time he received two blood transfusions and antibiotics. After one week in Prince George, he has now been transferred to Vancouver where there are more resources.With both parents being away, donations will also help provide for Ethan, their youngest son who is in Fort St. John with his sisters, as well as helping Jenna stay on top of the bills at home while also maintaining the living costs of being in Vancouver.Stutzman is known as a happy go lucky, active person that believes in the community as he enjoys playing baseball with his team during the summer (Kalmar Krush) and playing with his five-year-old son, Ethan.To make a donation to the Stuzman Gofundme account CLICK HERE or call Karen Stutzman at 250.262.8633last_img read more

On eve of African development meeting UN official calls for resolute leadership

Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra, the UN Special Adviser on Africa, told a press conference yesterday that Monday’s high-level meeting in New York on African development is expected to be attended by representatives of more than 160 countries, including many world leaders.He said the meeting should serve to help streamline actions and upgrade priorities towards the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the internationally agreed plan to help improve the continent’s economic performance.Mr. Diarra warned that Africa’s economic development still faces enormous obstacles, including violent conflict, internal public mismanagement and, in some cases, a lack of international support.Her added that “resolution and leadership [is needed] to turn existing African and international commitments into results,” urging the international community to show greater support.Many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, are lagging in the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – such as the halving of extreme poverty – by the target date of 2015. 19 September 2008Resolute leadership is needed to transform existing commitments to meet African development needs into action, a senior United Nations official has stressed, days before a major United Nations General Assembly gathering on the issue. read more

December 2013 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 6,942 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for December and the year-to-date. read more

Clippers beat Grizzlies in matchup of early season surprises

LOS ANGELES — Danilo Gallinari hit three free throws with 3 seconds left to tie it in regulation and finished with 20 points, Montrezl Harrell had 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Memphis 112-107 on Friday to end the Grizzlies’ five-game winning streak.Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points. Mike Conley scored 19 points before fouling out with 2:51 left in regulation.Harrell scored five points in OT for the Clippers.The Grizzlies had an opportunity to tie it in overtime, but Avery Bradley stole the ball from Garrett Temple with 5.3 seconds to play. Bradley was fouled and made both free throws to seal the victory.The Grizzlies did not score a field goal in regulation after Conley hit a 3-pointer with 3:26 to play to put them up 93-85.TIMBERWOLVES 112, NETS 102NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Minnesota beat Brooklyn.Rose was 11 for 17 from the field, helping Minnesota get back on track after dropping two in a row. Taj Gibson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, and Jeff Teague finished with 15.Brooklyn had six players score in double figures, but shot 41.8 per cent from the field. Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie had 18 points apiece, and DeMarre Carroll finished with 13.The Associated Press read more

On Deck A Sabermetric Broadcast

Although sabermetrics has substantially reshaped baseball’s on-field product over the past few decades, its progress in the broadcast booth has been slower. It’s not hard to see why the two trends haven’t moved in lockstep: While teams adopted the analytics model out of the need to win games, the same market pressures didn’t apply to commentators. For teams, integrating sabermetrics meant they were more likely to win; for commentators, it meant they were more likely to confuse. But now a younger generation is steeped in analytics, and statistically minded fans obsessively check sites such as Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference and Brooks Baseball to get what broadcasts and talk radio aren’t providing.Broadcasters have taken note. In the past few years, we’ve seen some geeky milestones: Sun Sports produced a special sabermetric broadcast of a Tampa Bay Rays game, and WGN flashed a run expectancy matrix on screen during a Cubs broadcast. And Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver, not exactly standard-bearers for the analytics movement, are off the air.On Saturday, Fox Sports 1 is hoping to facilitate the next breakthrough for on-air stat-geekery. During Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, the channel, working in conjunction with its Just A Bit Outside blog, is mounting a broadcast that promises to focus on “statistics, sabermetrics, and graphics, with plenty of debate and conversation while the action plays out on the field.” The show will feature a split-screen, with the game in one window and in the other a panel that includes longtime sabermetric proselytizer Rob Neyer and ex-players turned stat-friendly broadcasters Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski, not to mention current San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. It’s an experiment in whether mainstream America — or at least the America that watches Fox Sports 1 on a Saturday night — is finally ready for metrics to invade Morgan and McCarver’s former province.Kapler certainly seems to think it is, noting that plenty of numbers now widely used on TV (like WHIP and OPS) were once just as foreign to viewers as xFIP and Ultimate Zone Rating. “Baseball fans are ready to absorb metrics they can use to predict what’s coming,” he said.Along similar lines, Neyer hopes the JABO broadcast can put numbers to the baseball fundamentals that fans are used to. “We’ll be talking about the same things that everybody else talks about, just on a somewhat different — and ideally, higher — level,” he said.Neyer’s pet example is pitch framing. While most serious fans know that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is an expert in what Neyer calls “stealing” strikes on borderline pitches, the NLCS coverage will highlight the fact that Molina’s counterpart on the Giants, Buster Posey, is just as good at that dark art according to the numbers.But it won’t be all numbers. The coverage also aspires to effectively blend advanced statistics with the experience of the former players on hand, as well as Black’s managerial mindset. (For instance, in addition to a studio area, the set will also feature one of those whimsical mini-fields upon which Kapler and Nitkowski can perform hands-on demos.) Host Kevin Burkhardt will guide a running conversation that Kapler hopes will appeal to fans seeking hardcore analysis — statistical or otherwise.There’s a tension in any sabermetric treatment of baseball between the cool empiricism of numbers and the gauzy comfort of narrative. In the post-season that’s even more pronounced, because it’s so difficult to make sense of the randomness that short series bring. Neyer thinks the Fox broadcast can straddle that line.“We’re lucky, given the mix of the people who will be on the set, to do both things,” he said. “Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski are both quite well-versed in sabermetrics. … We can a cite a number, but [when an event] doesn’t fit the statistical narrative, Gabe Kapler can literally jump out of his chair … and demonstrate what happened, and why.”Everyone I talked to — including Kapler, Neyer and producer Matt Schnider — also emphasized that the broadcast will have room for debate between the sabermetric outlook and the conventional wisdom. “Those things do come up,” Neyer said. “One of the tricky things for us will be [when] somebody says something that maybe isn’t supported by the data, we’ve got to be able to jump in (on my laptop or with one of our researchers) quickly and find out if that’s true, and then get it out there and see if we can hash it out.”Perhaps the telecast, then, is better thought of as an update to the way baseball broadcasts are done, rather than a groundbreaking exercise in sabermetric programming. It will be the first televised, in-game manifestation of what Baseball Prospectus’s Dayn Perry famously described as the ideal marriage between sabermetrics and traditional thinking:“A question that’s sometimes posed goes something like this: ‘Should you run an organization with scouts or statistics?’ My answer is the same it would be if someone asked me: ‘Beer or tacos?’ Both, you fool. Why construct an either-or scenario where none need exist?”In a field where traditional broadcasts have clung to more or less the same format for half a century, the beer-and-tacos approach is a refreshing change of direction. read more

Young mother dies after slamming into utility pole

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL worker falls off rotten pole, diesJanuary 5, 2017In “Local News”Motorcyclist dies after slamming into utility poleSeptember 27, 2016In “latest news”1 injured after SUV slams into houseDecember 23, 2018In “latest news” A young mother is now dead after she collided into a utility pole at Sea Well turn, Corentyne, earlier this morning. Shabana AliAccording to reports, 28-year-old Shabana Ali of Corentyne was an employee of GBTI, Port Mourant branch and was heading to Georgetown for training, when she lost control of her motor vehicle, PNN198 and slammed into a pole, killing her on the spot.The accident reportedly occurred around 09:30hrs.Ali leaves to mourn her 4-year-old daughter, husband, and other friends and family. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Greyhound workers to march over strike

first_imgAs a result of this High Court decision we can now generate more public awareness of the cause of the dispute and the effects it could possibly have on the collection of domestic waste in the Dublin City Council area.He condemned the use of outside labour by Greyhound Household during the strike but said that peaceful official pickets will continue to be placed on Greyhound Household plants in Knockmitten, west Dublin and the company headquarters in Crag Avenue in Clondalkin.Dublin city councillors are due to discuss the dispute at Monday’s council meeting.O’Shea said that the SIPTU Greyhound workers will try to communicate to the interim workers that “they are going in crossing the picket line”.Greyhound said in a statement:Greyhound welcomes the court undertaking by the collection crews not to interfere with entry and exit from our depots and are happy the High Court injunction is no longer necessary.​ We would again like to reassure our customers that normal service is being maintained.Read: Greyhound insists striking staff should get back to work> SIPTU MEMBERS WORKING at Greyhound Household are to hold a march over their dispute with the company.The march to Dublin’s City Hall in support of the workers on strike will take place on Monday 7 July to coincide with the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council.SIPTU said that the High Court lifted three interim injunction orders today that were granted to Greyhound Household Ltd on 17 June.The union said that the decision “means that management cannot interfere with official union pickets or prevent workers from describing its actions as a lockout”.One injunction had prevented workers from interfering with access and egress from the plant.SIPTU Organiser, Henry O’Shea, said that the pickets at two Greyhound plants in west Dublin will continue “until the management sits down to discuss and find an agreed resolution”. This dispute arose because management imposed wage cuts from mid-June.O’Shea said:last_img read more

Its nearly over almost half of Garth Brooks tickets refunded in a

first_imgRead: Here are the details of exactly how to get a refund on your Garth Brooks tickets Read: What do you do now if you have a Garth Brooks ticket? TICKETMASTER HAS REFUNDED some 190,000 tickets to the cancelled Garth Brooks Croke Park gigs.The company said in a statement this evening that the refund process is “proceeding as planned” and it is advising customers to allow between seven and ten days for the refund to take effect.“We are continuing to receive refund requests from customers and will be working through those as quickly and efficiently as possible,” Ticketmaster added.center_img Earlier today, Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan defended the council’s handling of the gigs fiasco and challenged a claim he had given assurances the licence would be granted for all five events.Keegan claimed that the decisive factor in refusing the licence was “the failure of the GAA and Aiken Promotions to address the legitimate concerns of residents”.Meanwhile, solicitors for local resident Brian Duff, 43, have issued a statement categorically denying recent reports claiming he received financial or other inducement for lodging an injunction against the Garth Brooks concerts.Read: Owen Keegan: ‘I never gave an assurance that five gigs would go ahead >More: Here’s what people are planning to do with their Garth Brooks money >last_img read more

Mistwalkers The Last Story wont get a Western release

first_imgIn the days of the SNES and Mega Drive it wasn’t uncommon for games released in Japan to never see a release in Western markets. That has slowly changed with most games now getting worldwide releases even if there is sometimes a few months delay. The Japanese games market isn’t getting any bigger, and developers and publishers need to maximize sales whenever possible. Targeting the big European and U.S. markets makes a lot of sense.So it comes as a big surprise that one of the most anticipated Japanese RPGs of 2011 is not getting a release outside of Japan.Mistwalker’s The Last Story has been a long time coming, but finally gets released in Japan on January 27. Why is there so much excitement for this game? Well, it’s an RPG developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, who originally created Final Fantasy (more recently he’s released Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey). It has a lot of elements, even including the logo design, that remind of Final Fantasy, and it has a real-time combat system which a lot of Western gamers would appreciate.But for the moment there are no plans for this game to ever reach Western shores. According to a publisher representative asked about other territories, the response was simply, “We have no plans at present”.Japanese RPGs are always problematic to import as they use text so heavily. Unless you speak Japanese it’s going to be a very tough playthrough.The decision not to bring this game to Western markets seems to have been made by the publisher, which in this case is Nintendo. So there’s little chance that any localization work will be done unless Nintendo can have its mind changed. We’d be really surprised if Mistwalker weren’t upset about this decision.Read more at VG247last_img read more

A tiny brewery is planned for Dublins docklands and it looks to

first_imgA tiny brewery is planned for Dublin’s docklands and it looks to belong to BrewDog The Scottish maker of Punk IPA beer is staying tight-lipped on the matter. The application did not disclose the name of the microbrewery operator and referred to the tenant only as “an operation that has been successfully established in other cities across the UK and Europe”.BrewDog did not respond to repeated requests for comment this week. A Kennedy Wilson spokesperson declined to comment on the matter. Source: Shutterstock/Douglas PfeifferGrowthThe craft beer maker – whose portfolio includes dozens of ciders, spirits and beers including Punk IPA and Dead Pony Club – last year registered a local company. It previously announced plans to open its first bar in Ireland at the end of 2018, but the project was postponed due to a “challenging” property market.In October, BrewDog’s international marketing boss, Dan Jones, told Fora that plans for the Dublin pub would be reignited in 2019.According to the company’s ‘blueprint’, published late last year, the pub is scheduled to open in June – on top of seven other locations.BrewDog was established in 2007 in north-east Scotland with two employees. It currently employs more than 1,000 people.In 2010, the company opened its first bar in Aberdeen. By last year, it was running more than 50 outlets across the UK, the US, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland and Belgium – and one hotel.Its pubs feature a wide range of on-tap BrewDog offerings, as well as guest beers from other craft beer makers. The outlets also provide food. Currently, it runs four breweries in Scotland, Australia and the US. The company doesn’t yet have a physical presence in Ireland, but it has exported to here for several years.In 2017, BrewDog recorded sales of more than £111 million and an operating profit of £2.7 million. Last month, it appointed Andrew Shaw as its new CEO. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM “It will offer an artisan element and bring social and cultural elements to the traditional pub experience,” the plans stated. A PLANNING APPLICATION has been submitted for a tiny microbrewery in Dublin’s docklands area – and it looks to form part of Scottish craft beer maker BrewDog’s plan to open a pub in the capital.The application for an “in-house micro-brewing facility” was earlier this week submitted on behalf of US real estate group Kennedy Wilson, which recently completed construction of the 690,000 sq ft mixed use development, Capital Dock, at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.According to a Sunday Times report, BrewDog recently applied for a licence to operate a bar and restaurant at the development in a two-storey building at Three Locks Square.Kennedy Wilson submitted an application in December 2018 seeking retention permission to change the use of the building from a cafe or restaurant to a public house with “ancillary restaurant use” and a craft beer offering.Dublin City Council is due to make a decision on whether or not to approve the proposed build on 1 April.Separately, Kennedy Wilson has this week sought permission for an “in-house micro-brewing facility” measuring 50 sq ft and external seating that is intended to serve as an add-on to the planned pub. Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images 14,086 Views Share41 Tweet Email3 By Fora Staffcenter_img 10 Comments Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images Mar 16th 2019, 1:00 AM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Australia is going backwards

first_imgWhen someone receives a Lifetime Achievement Award, it is usually an opportunity to think back on their life’s journey and their origins. For Maria Dimopoulos, this means remembering how it was coming from Florina to Australia aboard the Patris when she was no more than five years old. “I remember the space”, she says of the first impression the new country made on her. “We grew up in Geelong,” she remembers. “When I arrived my brother and I spoke no English – we picked it up in the schoolyard and now we speak better English than most Aussie-born people we know. I don’t know how we did it, but we did; kids are especially resilient. My brother and I were among a handful of migrant children in a predominantly overwhelmingly Anglo Australian school. We tended to get into fights about our cultural identities; not a day would pass when we weren’t involved in a fistfight. One thing I’ll always remember is the time when there was a case of nits, head lice, at school and my brother and I were immediately dragged out and had this lotion poured over us in front of the school. And we actually didn’t have lice. Things like that can change you. You develop an incredible sense of fighting for justice and that’s what we ended up doing.” Fast forward to March 2017, when the Migration Council of Australia presented Maria Dimopoulos with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual migration and settlement awards ceremony, offered in recognition of her excellence working as a human rights advocate, fighting for migrants and refugees. “I’ve worked in the sector for 30 years”, she says. “I pretty much started working on migration issues when I was studying law at Monash. I actively chose subjects like human rights law. I emerged out of all of that with a law degree and a real desire to go beyond private practice and engage in community education, in law reform work and lobbying governments to improve access to justice for migrant and refugee communities. Most of the work I’ve done is on two fronts: building legal literacy for newly arrived communities who are often caught up in the criminal justice system for no other reason than they don’t understand the law. The other part of my work is judicial education; I do this in partnership with an amazing judge, Justice Emilios Kyrou. We deliver educational programs to judges across Australia, on issues around racism, cross-culture and equality before the law.”So, how does it feel to get a lifetime achievement award for all this work?“If anything, I’m hoping that the award acts as a symbolic statement, as a reflection of the migrant women who I know are never going to get that level of acknowledgement, who are doing the hard yards but don’t speak English well,” she says. “I’m privileged by virtue of having a law degree. I know my parents did it tough; they worked two or three shifts in factories to get us to university and that’s why I dedicated the award to them, but at the end of the day it’s now up to me as a privileged integrated Greek Australian to be able to give back to those communities that are more marginalised than ever before.”To her, this sense of duty towards the community is bigger than the joy of getting an award. “The irony is that, here I am, at Parliament House and the Prime Minister gives me this award and makes a speech on the importance of multiculturalism,” she says. “And then proceeds to support amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act that literally say to Australians that it’s acceptable to be racist. I’m not sure if this is due to lack of leadership or not; maybe it is a very distinct type of leadership that believes that division in communities is the way to go”, she explains before adding: “We haven’t learned the lessons of the past. After 30 years, I think we’ve gone backwards, I’m actually seeing progress diminish.” Would she go on to proclaim that the status of multiculturalism in Australia is fragile?“At a formal level it is fragile, but what I’m seeing at a grassroots level, particularly in Muslim communities and the most marginalised, is a sort of mobilisation that actually excites me. We can’t rely on government, we have to be building capacities of our one community and this is quite inspiring for me.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hanley Wood Elevates Goldstone to President

first_imgPeter Goldstone, who served as president of Hanley Wood’s business media unit, has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of the company.In a memo to staffers, Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton said that in addition to continuing to oversee the media business division, Goldstone [pictured] will lead the exhibitions group and help “forge a much tighter integration of the company’s go-to-market strategy with its magazines, Web sites and trade shows.”“We’re getting more serious about being a fully-integrated media company,” Anton told FOLIO:. “As we see it, this promotion will give us a significant competitive advantage in good times and bad.” As president, Goldstone will continue to report to Anton, as will marketing president Jeanne Milbrath, Market Intelligence group president Andy Reid, CFO Matt Flynn, CIO Jeff Craig and human resources vice president Bill McGrath.Last month, exhibitions group president Galen Poss and group executive vice president Michael Green resigned. Their departures marked a change in reporting structure within the group, as Poss’ replacement—former exhibitions vice president Rick McConnell—began reporting to Goldstone, not Anton. Hanley Wood’s new leadership structure is similar to the period between 1995 and 2005 when Mike Wood served as CEO and Anton served as president, reporting to Wood, Anton said.last_img read more

RMLD Launches New MobileFriendly Website

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile-friendly website. The site, which went live on June 1, 2018, also offers improved navigation and search functionality, and is intended to provide customers a more user-friendly online experience. RMLD’s web address remains’s website contains information on RMLD programs and events, energy efficiency tips, and allows customers to pay their electric bill, report an outage, sign up for service, and more.To further improve operating efficiency and customer communication, RMLD is implementing an Outage Management System (OMS) within the next few months. Once implemented, customers will be able to access an outage map through to get real time information and updates on area outages. A customer notification system that sends specific outage information to affected areas via multiple channels such as phone, text, and email is also being evaluated and is expected to be implemented within the next two years.(NOTE: The above press release is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

French president considers trip to Iran after Rouhani invite

first_imgFrench president Emmnauel Macron talks with French minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on 13 October 2017. Photo ReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron is considering visiting Iran after speaking by phone with his Iranian counterpart as US president said he was “decertifying” the nuclear deal with Tehran, the Elysee presidential office said Friday.Macron told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that France remained committed to the 2015 nuclear agreement which, besides the USA, was also negotiated with Britain, China, Russia and Germany.“A trip to Iran by the president, at the invitation of president Rouhani, has been considered,” the Elysee said, while the Iranian presidential website said the visit would happen next year.Macron said the US decision “will not put an end to the Iranian nuclear accord and that together all the parties in France and its European partners will continue to meet their commitments.”Rouhani assured Macron that Iran in turn “will continue to carry out its commitments” in the nuclear accord, the Elysee said.The French leader added that it was also necessary to have a dialogue with Iran on other strategic issues including Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and stability in the region.Macron also spoke to Rouhani of his “wish to work with Iran for a lasting political solution to the Syrian crisis.” Tehran is a supporter of president Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Macron’s visit to Iran would be the first by a French head of state or government since 1976. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is set to travel to the Islamic Republic in the next few weeks.Earlier on Friday, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain issued a joint statement saying they were “concerned” about Trump’s decision while reiterating their commitment to the deal.last_img read more

No barrier to probe atrocities against Rohingyas ICC team

first_imgRohingya refugee carries an elderly man at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoThe Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) does not see any barrier in carrying out “preliminary examination” and subsequent investigation into alleged atrocities committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar military though Myanmar is not a State Party to the Rome Statute, reports UNB.”The ICC process is not about Myanmar, it’s not about Myanmar as a state. It’s about individual’s criminal responsibility,” ICC’s director of Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division Phakiso Mochochoko told reporters at a city hotel on Monday evening.The delegation from the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to leave Dhaka on Tuesday.Explaining further about individual criminal responsibility, he said it is all about the people who are responsible, who have given instructions, who have commanded and the people who did all other things and facilitated to commit these alleged crimes.Mochochoko said it will not in any way be a hindrance despite the fact that Myanmar is not a State Party and will not cooperate with the Office of the Prosecutor into this.Expecting cooperation from everyone, he said Myanmar’s noncooperation might present a little bit of challenge for them in terms of investigation but there is no barrier to go ahead without cooperation from Myanmar.Mochochoko said this is not the first time they engaged in this kind of process but they had got many other situations where they had been engaged. “Almost all of them have come to fruition – in one way or another.”He said the independent and impartial preliminary examination of the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar is going on and will follow its course.”A preliminary examination is not an investigation, but an assessment of the Rome Statute criteria to decide whether an investigation into the situation at hand is warranted,” he said.Therefore, during their Bangladesh mission that ended on Monday, he said the delegation did not collect any evidence or perform any other investigative activities as it is the standard practice of the Office.Meanwhile, they had interactions with relevant ministers and meetings with representatives of international organisations, and visited Rohingya camps.Earlier, the ICC wanted to know Bangladesh’s opinion on whether The Hague-based court has the jurisdiction to run a case on atrocities against Rohingyas.The pretrial chamber of the ICC sent a letter to Bangladesh in this regard on 7 May 2018 seeking opinion on three specific matters by June 11, either publicly or confidentially.Bangladesh responded to the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Rohingya issue, as the country is seeking a “sustainable solution” to the crisis.last_img

Political Roundup Rep Conyers Resigns And Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill

first_img Share It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Some of the stories we discuss this week include Senate Republicans passing a $1.4 trillion tax bill, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) stepping down from Congress amid allegations of sexual misconduct, and the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case of a baker who refused to create cakes for same-sex weddings.Our panel of experts this week includes: Jeremi Suri from UT-Austin and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7. 00:00 /12:42 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Sony is Creating its Own SpiderMan Cinematic Universe

first_imgStay on target What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Now that Spider-Man is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony is looking to capitalize on the excitement as fast as they can. How? The studio has announced two movies that are Spidey-adjacent but won’t feature the wall-crawler. Most recently, Sony announced that a film about Black Cat and Silver Sable is in development.Black Cat, for you non-comics readers out there, is basically Marvel’s answer to Catwoman. She’s a skilled burglar occasionally teams up with Spider-Man when a larger threat rears its head. She’s not a bad person; she just isn’t entirely a hero all the time. She has an on-again-off-again romantic past with Spider-Man, further complicated by the fact that she isn’t interested in the man beneath the costume. She likes Spider-Man. Not Peter Parker. At some point in the comics, the Kingpin gave her bad luck powers, making things go wrong for pretty much everyone around her. She has since had the powers removed by Dr. Strange. I doubt any of that will make it into the movie, though.Silver Sable is the CEO of mercenary group Silver Sable International and is also a talented mercenary herself. She hunts down terrorists, war criminals and has teamed up with Spider-Man many times to take down supervillains. She has also been a member of the Wild Pack, a group of mercenaries led by Cable. Though since Cable is tied up in the X-Men universe, that detail probably won’t make it into this movie.It’s still too early for any plot details, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that Chris Yost is writing the script. MCU fans may recognize that name as the writer of Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Sony has been trying to build a Spidey universe for a long time and given Black Cat alias Felicia Hardy’s brief appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s possible they’ve been kicking around a movie like this since then. Sony is hoping to get a director in place and begin shooting this fall.Cover of Venom #1, Artist: Sam Kieth. (Photo via Marvel)Of course, one Spider-Man spinoff doesn’t make a cinematic universe. That’s why Sony is also developing a Venom solo film that also won’t involve the web-slinger. Venom will be the first movie in Sony’s universe, and it’s already off to an intriguing start. It’s going to be an R-Rated science fiction horror movie, according to a listing on Not only is that sort of movie a perfect fit for Venom, Sony appears to have a sci-fi horror veteran writing it. Dante Harper of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant is writing the script, according to Collider, who also confirmed the R rating.Though the movie has no direction yet, it’s surprising that a studio like Sony would be willing to kick off their fledgling universe with an R-rated movie. It seems thanks to the successes of Logan and Deadpool at the box office, R-rated superheroes aren’t seen as quite the risk they once were.It’s also worth noting that these movies will have no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man won’t be making an appearance at all. Despite whatever deal allowed Spidey to appear in Marvel’s movies, it appears the film rights for the rest of the Spider-verse characters are still a tricky issue. Man, lawyers ruin everything. It does raise the question of how Eddie Brock (we’re assuming it’s still Eddie Brock) will get his suit. If it doesn’t attach itself to Spider-Man first, will it just go straight to Brock? And if that’s the case will it still have the spider emblem on its chest and the web-shooting ability? Will Spider-Man be able to sense its presence if they ever make a movie together? Or will this be an entirely different story featuring the symbiote?We’ll have to wait a while to find out, but maybe not quite as long as you’d think. Venom is set to open on October 5, 2018.last_img read more

Step to check mental illness in schoolchildren

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights will propose the state education department to issue instructions to all the schools to create an additional column in the school dairy where a guardian has to mention the details if his/her child suffers from any mental problems.West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti on Tuesday said that they will soon submit the proposal to the education department so that both the private and government aided schools can adopt a new system thereby leaving an extra column in the school dairy where parents can mention if the children are affected with any mental ailments. The patients will have to mention some details as what sort of treatment a child has been undergoing and what medicines a child has been taking. It has often been found that the children suffer from some problems but the school authorities do not have any clues about the mental traits of the students. Chatterjee Chakraborti said that in our country, the mental traits of a child are often ignored as a result these problems remain unaddressed. A proposal would soon be submitted to the education department so that the new system can be introduced in both private and government schools. The school authorities will get to know a student’s mental condition by going through the extra column in the dairy. The school will also be able to assess if a student suffers from mental depression or any psychological problems. It was learnt that the education department will implement the proposal after going through it. The move has been taken after Kritika Pal, a Class X student from a renowned school in the city committed suicide inside the washroom of the school on June 21. The post mortem report confirmed that she died of suffocation and multiple cut injuries were found in her wrist. It became clear to the police after going through her suicide note that she was under some mental pressure but the school authorities were not aware about it.last_img read more