Wayward Alaskan eagle monitored by researchers found in Kamloops BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – Staff at a bird rehabilitation centre in Kamloops, B.C., typically don’t know where their rescued animals originally came from, but a recently discovered golden eagle was able to reveal just that.The young golden eagle was found weak and starving just before the new year on the shore of the Thompson River.Residents who spotted the bird called the Conservation Officer Service, which brought it to Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre — the only facility of its kind within a 400 kilometre radius.Animal care supervisor Adrienne Clay said officers noticed right away that the eagle was both banded and carrying a GPS tracker.Using the number on the band, staff were quickly able to determine the eagle was from Alaska and was born around May of last year, Clay said.They were also able to connect the GPS tracker to Alaskan researchers at Denali National Park.“I honestly had no idea golden eagles migrated from Alaska all the way through Kamloops,” she said, adding it also helped explain the eagle’s poor condition.“They need to be in pretty tip-top shape and trained up for hunting so they can actually make these huge migrations.”Wildlife biologist Carol McIntyre, who is involved in the study, wasn’t immediately available for an interview.A recent article McIntyre published said golden eagles typically migrate to central Mexico for the winter and over a 20-year life span will travel more than 400,000 kilometres.Climate change, habitat loss and urban development are increasingly posing threats to the birds during their migration. Noting there have been declines in reproduction, McIntyre said conservation efforts are important to prevent an irreversible collapse of the population.Clay said in this case, it appears a number of factors played against the bird.A recent cold snap with plenty of snow likely made hunting difficult for the young bird, she said. Flying a long distance without sufficient food weakened it to a point it could no longer fly.“If he had landed anywhere else outside the city, it’s really unlikely he had been spotted,” she said. “He’s a really lucky bird.”The eagle is expected to make a full recovery and Clay said it will be released back into the wild this spring.“Once we get this animal through this juvenile period and give it a second chance at life next summer … I think he’ll live a very long and healthy life.”The GPS tracker will remain on the bird, which Clay said will help answer questions staff at the rehabilitation centre have regarding what happens to animals once they’re released.Having monitored other birds, Clay said she believes they return to their summer home and complete a proper migration the following season.This eagle would help confirm that theory for her.“The researchers always know where this bird is,” she said. “We’re going to follow up with it and see where it goes.”—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

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Edmonton university recovers bulk of money lost in phishing attack

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta university that was defrauded of $11.8 million in a so-called phishing attack says it has recovered more than 90 per cent of the funds.Edmonton’s MacEwan University says in a release that legal proceedings to recover the stolen money have concluded and the institution has recouped $10.9 million.The institution credits recovery of the large sum to the quick response of an internal team at the university, legal counsel in several jurisdictions, fraud units at the banks involved in the transactions and police.The downtown Edmonton school says it has put stronger financial controls in place and is implementing IT security awareness and training programs for staff and faculty.The scam occurred last August when a series of fraudulent emails convinced three staff members to change electronic banking information for one of the university’s vendors.The university didn’t realize what had happened until days later when the vendor — Clark Builders — called asking to be paid.MacEwan spokesman David Beharry said at the time that most of the missing money — $11.4 million — was traced to a bank account in Montreal and to two accounts in Hong Kong.He said $6.3 million was seized from the Montreal account and action was taken to freeze the two Hong Kong accounts.He also said the three employees were not high-level staffers and the university did not believe there was any collusion. He did not say if the three had been suspended or reprimanded.“We really believe this is simply a case of human error,” he said.The Edmonton Police Service says it has not laid any charges in the case, but the investigation remains active.The fraud prompted Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt to instruct all university board chairs in the province to review their financial controls.MacEwan said in Wednesday’s statement that employees are now required to verify — by phone and a followup email confirmation — all changes to vendor master files. The changes are also reviewed by the employee’s supervisor, manager or director.Supplier audit reports that have been implemented show all changes made to vendor information and are used to review and approve those changes.As well, MacEwan is implementing mandatory training to improve employees’ understanding of social engineering attacks, phishing and other online scams.Beharry said he has no information about any of the money that has not been recovered.last_img read more

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Hard to accept Calgary familys vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

first_imgCALGARY – Three generations of a family were on their way to visit relatives in Houston last week when their minivan and a semi-truck collided head-on, killing three and injuring four others.Texas authorities say the van carrying six members of the Minhas family from Calgary appears to have drifted into oncoming traffic Saturday morning northwest of Amarillo.Upinderjit Minhas, who was driving, died in hospital, as did his six-year-old son Mehar Partap. The man’s mother, Nirmal, 68, was pronounced dead at the scene.Minhas’s wife, Jasleen, and daughters Mehakdeep, 10, and Japuleen, 8, were taken to hospital. The mother and her eight-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the girl was released.The eldest daughter was gravely injured with broken bones all over her body and remains in hospital in Lubbock, Tex.The 57-year-old truck driver was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.“It’s very hard to accept this,” Harcharan Parhar, whose brother-in-law is married to one of Upinderjit Minhas’s sisters, said Tuesday.The family was in Texas to visit Jasleen Minhas’s parents in Houston, Parhar said.“I believe their plan was to fly over there. But then they decided instead of flying, why don’t they go by van and then they can visit other places, because they had two weeks?”Upinderjit Minhas would have turned 39 on Tuesday, said Parhar. Minhas came to Canada from India when he was a teenager and studied at DeVry University in Calgary.He had a job with a financial firm that took him all around the world.“He was a very intelligent boy,” said Parhar.He described Nirmal Minhas as a “very nice, very polite lady,” who was always happy and smiling.Parhar said he’ll always remember Mehar Partap’s curly hair and smiling face.“He was a very cute boy.”Parhar said he spoke to Jasleen Minhas on Tuesday and she said she doesn’t remember anything after the van and truck collided with a bang because she was unconscious.“What happened, nobody knows,” he said. “Something happened suddenly in seconds.”He said several relatives have flown to Texas from Calgary and Toronto.Sgt. Dan Beusing with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the collision occurred on a two-lane secondary highway, which was dry at the time. He said the sun is unlikely to have been in the driver’s eyes at that hour.“From the witness statement of the driver of the 18-wheeler, the minivan just turned into his lane,” Beusing said.“Of course he doesn’t know what happened, but he said it looked like someone may have fell asleep.”He said state troopers are investigating, but won’t question the mother until she is ready.“It’s a tough thing to start asking questions at this point. It might be a while before they get a chance to interview her some more.“It’s just a really, really tragic event.”last_img read more

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Gerard Butler returns to Toronto for TIFF premiere of The Headhunters Calling

first_imgGerard Butler‘s TIFF 2016 experience has been a nostalgic one.The 46-year-old Scottish actor is in Toronto for his latest film The Headhunter’s Calling and walked the red carpet in advance of its screening on Wednesday night at Roy Thomson Hall. He was joined by castmates Kathleen Munroe, Anupam Kher, young Max Jenkins and even younger Ethan MacIver-Wright. The film’s director, Mark Williams, also attended. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

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Chris Park leaving job as an MLB EVP for esports company

first_imgNEW YORK — Chris Park is leaving his job as an executive vice-president in the baseball commissioner’s office at the end of the month to become chief executive officer of Gen.G, an e-sports company.Park, 39, was a vice-president in Major League Baseball’s labour relations department, left and returned in March 2015 as senior vice-president of growth and strategy. He was promoted a month later to senior vice-president of growth, strategy and international, then promoted again last December to executive vice-president of product and marketing.Gen.G is the company formerly known as KSV Esports, which rebranded this year.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img

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World skyship race to promote World Heritage sites and environment – UNESCO

24 September 2008Zeppelins and skyships will take part in a global race in 2010 promoting world heritage sites as well as sustainable tourism that reduces the pollution and environmental stress on natural and cultural locations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. The agency, in partnership with the World Air League, has scheduled 16 back-to-back races in which Zeppelins and skyships will cover 30,000 miles stopping at iconic sites including many on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.These include the Taj Mahal (India), the Coliseum (Italy), the Pyramids (Egypt), the Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico) and Greenwich (United Kingdom).The event is designed to generate publicity for world heritage, as well as raise awareness of and funding for preservation, while demonstrating the skyship’s potential contribution to sustainable tourism.Skyships can reduce fuel consumption by 89 per cent when compared to long haul jet aircraft, and can cut energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent when measured up against road transportation, according to a UNESCO press release.UNESCO and World Air League, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the United States, will also use the World Sky Race to develop educational activities, as well as raise awareness of environmental issues, as the skyships make additional stops at notable sites such as Mount Fuji (Japan), and Kilauea Volcano, Golden Gate Bridge and Statue of Liberty (US). read more

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Parliament to hold emergency session on Tuesday

Parliament is to hold an emergency session on Tuesday to discuss the situation in the country.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that Parliament will meet following the deadly bombings in the country

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Lawyer working on settlement claims from Gulf oil spill suspended amid misconduct

Lawyer working on settlement claims from Gulf oil spill suspended amid misconduct allegations NEW ORLEANS – A lawyer working for the court-appointed administrator reviewing claims arising from the Gulf oil spill has been suspended, and a BP official tells The Associated Press that the lawyer has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he once referred claims.The BP official, who has reviewed a report outlining the allegations, says claims administrator Patrick Juneau delivered a copy of the report to U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier during a meeting in his chambers Thursday. The BP official spoke on condition of anonymity because the report hasn’t been made public.The staff lawyer, Lionel H. Sutton III, acknowledged in an email late Thursday that he has been told he is suspended “pending an investigation of an anonymous allegation against me.” He said he wasn’t aware of the substance of the allegation and declined further comment. by Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 3:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Philippines UN official welcomes impact of Governmentrebel peace accord on children in

“This is a major step not only to bring peace and reconciliation to the region, but also to alleviate the plight of children affected by the conflict,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said in a news release issued on Tuesday evening. Earlier this month, the Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino announced that his Government had reached a preliminary agreement of autonomy with the MILF, which has been fighting for decades for an independent Islamic state on Mindanao. The new autonomous region will be named Bangsamoro. At the time of the announcement, a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the accord as a “landmark achievement,” and pledged full UN assistance in helping the parties implement the accord. In August 2009, the MILF and the United Nations signed an action plan to halt and prevent the recruitment and use of children in the armed conflict on Mindanao. The MILF, with the world body’s support, has taken action to build awareness of its international obligations within their ranks and communities, as well as to provide alternatives to children to prevent their association with the armed group, according to Ms. Zerrougui’s office. In Mindanao, children associated with the MILF often perform tasks in support of combatants which expose them to clear risk. “The MILF and the United Nations, with the much needed support of the international community, must seize the opportunity of this peace dialogue to fully implement the action plan to ensure that children have no role in armed groups,” Ms. Zerrougui added. Ms. Zerrougui also expressed concern over reports of recruitment and use of children by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters – a break-away faction of the MILF – and called for the release of children from their ranks as an immediate priority. read more

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Chris Gayle wins 300000 in defamation settlement

SYDNEY, Australia — West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle has been awarded $300,000 in damages, three months after a jury found he was defamed in Australian newspaper articles which claimed he had exposed himself indecently to a female masseur.Justice Lucy McCallum levied the damages Monday in a long-awaited ruling after a four-person jury in the New South Wales state High Court found in October, 2017 that Fairfax had not established Gayle had exposed himself in a team dressing room during a Sydney training session at the 2015 World Cup.The jury also found Fairfax was motivated by malice, rejecting the media group’s defence of qualified privilege, which argues the organization acted reasonably by publishing information which is in the public interest.Fairfax Media said Monday it will “immediately” appeal the decision.Justice McCallum awarded Gayle a single sum for a series of articles published in January, 2016 in the Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times and Melbourne Age. Aggravated damages were not awarded and the figure was at the lower end of recent defamation payouts.The judge found imputations in the articles published by Fairfax “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s professional life as a batsman.” But she agreed with Fairfax, the allegations were “not at the most serious end of the spectrum.”“In light of the jury’s verdict I am required to assess damages on the basis that the allegation of indecent exposure was not true and that the attribution of such conduct was very damaging to Mr Gayle’s reputation.”Justice McCallum said Gayle’s evidence that the articles had hurt his feelings was “surprisingly compelling.” A particular source of hurt were calls for Gayle to be banned from international cricket.Fairfax said it would appeal because it is “concerned with the conduct of the trial.”“The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax and Fairfax did not get a fair trial,” a spokesman said.The Associated Press read more

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Can Oklahoma Survive The Opening Half To Compete With Alabama

Percentage of plays for zero or negative yards25.6%26.6 Notre Dame6940 The Sooners have gotten better under MurrayOklahoma’s offensive production in 2018, with Kyler Murray at quarterback, vs. 2017, with Baker Mayfield at quarterback Oklahoma12854 TeamOffensive SnapsDefensive Snaps 20075.05373.8224.522.626.4 20106.96444.1261.222.133.4 20166.47455.3210.321.031.9 20095.96403.0187.920.630.1 Percentage of first downs or TDs per play41.0%37.6 One year ago, the Oklahoma Sooners fielded the worst defense to ever qualify for the College Football Playoff. Under first-year head coach Lincoln Riley, and behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma took a 17-point lead on Georgia, the eventual national runner-up, before losing in the Rose Bowl semifinal. Twelve months later, Riley has another Heisman-winning quarterback in Kyler Murray and has piloted another one-dimensional Sooners team to a playoff berth.The reward — a date with Alabama, college football’s lead power broker — seems more like a punishment. The Tide, long a defensive force under coach Nick Saban, now boast what’s likely the best offense in program history. Las Vegas oddsmakers cared not for Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak against the Tide and opened with Alabama as two-touchdown favorites. According to FiveThirtyEight’s college football prediction model, Alabama has a 41 percent probability of winning the national title. Oklahoma faces much taller odds, with an 11 percent probability of winning it all.Here’s what to look for the when the two programs meet in the Orange Bowl semifinal Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern.Will Tua Tagovailoa or Kyler Murray win the QB showdown?Seldom do a Heisman winner and his runner-up meet after the winner is crowned. Even given that rarity, this may be the best postseason clash of college quarterbacks we’ve ever seen. Both are coming off of historic regular seasons, with each in line to trump the record for Total Quarterback Rating, which ESPN has tracked since 2004 and is measured on a scale of 0 to 100. Bama rarely plays from behindTotal first-half snaps when trailing for this year’s playoff participants This is Saban’s most dominant Alabama offenseAlabama’s offense by season under head coach Nick Saban 20085.52355.8171.118.825.6 SeasonYardsYardsPassingYards1st DownsOffensive Points Per playPer Game Clemson6324 Metric20182017 20137.15454.1248.523.234.2 As if spring-loaded, Murray’s legs have minced opposing defenses. On a 75-yard touchdown run against Kansas, a broadcaster declared, “You’re not going to catch him,” before Murray had passed the 40-yard line. The junior is the country’s pre-eminent dual-threat wizard, whose 892 rushing yards place him seventh among all Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks this year.At the same time, Tagovailoa has been the figurehead of the Tide’s offensive ascension since replacing Jalen Hurts in last season’s national championship game. Saban has been in Tuscaloosa since 2007, and this year’s offense has been his best in terms of, well, everything. 20126.95445.5218.021.637.2 20116.46429.6215.221.632.1 But it’s not just the quarterbacks. In terms of offensive efficiency, this is the best matchup since the playoff began in 2014. Oddsmakers have taken notice, setting a points over/under total that’s unprecedented in the playoff era.It seemed logical that the departure of Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, would abate Oklahoma’s offensive horsepower. That 2017 team had the most efficient offense ever tracked, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group.1It has measured efficiency since 2005. But in Murray’s first full season as a starting college quarterback, the Sooners’ offense has actually improved. “Kyler Murray has accomplished more in one season and had more impact on the Sooners’ tradition in one season than any other player in our history,” former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer told The Athletic. “He’s broke all the damn records.” Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Yards per play8.88.3 20187.92527.6325.524.643.9 20176.59444.1193.422.236.1 Both Murray and Tagovailoa are having little difficulty stretching the field. If they keep up this pace during the playoffs, each would rank in the top three among all QBs since 2004 in single-season passing yards per attempt, with Murray’s current 11.92 mark in line to set the all-time record.They won’t, however, be competing against equally proficient defensive units. Murray will be staring down a top-flight fortress that spent the past few months razing offensive lines and leveling quarterbacks. The Crimson Tide rank second in defensive efficiency, behind Clemson, and they lead the country in adjusted defensive quarterback rating, which accounts for the strength of the opposing quarterback. The Tide ranks among the 15 best teams in opponent completion percentage (51.8 percent) and yards allowed per pass attempt (5.86).Tagovailoa will have the luxury of playing against a defense that might seem as though it’s providing Alabama an escort to the end zone. Oklahoma ranks 92nd in defensive efficiency, unseating last year’s squad as the new worst defense to make it to the playoff; the Sooners have allowed 56 touchdowns this year, 13 more than Alabama has allowed since the beginning of the 2017 season. Uninspired performances led to the midseason firing of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. But the unit’s play hasn’t improved. After giving up 39 first downs to Oklahoma State, the most allowed by any FBS team this season, interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill found room to praise his team for making “critical stops.”Pass defense, in particular, has been ghastly for the Sooners. No FBS team allows more passing yards per game (291.4), and only five allow more completions (22.3). The Sooners love to give up the long play, having allowed 56 passing plays of 20-plus yards, the fourth-most by any team.It’s unlikely that the turnover margin will favor the Sooners — even though Tagovailoa threw as many interceptions in his last outing as he did the rest of the season total. Oklahoma has generated 11 takeaways all season, the fewest of any qualifying team in the playoff era. Alabama has forced 11 since the beginning of October — and 21 in total.On the opening drive of the SEC championship game, Tagovailoa suffered a high ankle injury, which required surgery the following day. The sophomore has said that he’ll be unencumbered come game time, and given how little he rushes — generating just the 89th-most rushing yards among QBs — he won’t need much mobility. Even a pocket-locked Tagovailoa can still shred an opposing defense.Can Oklahoma survive Alabama’s first-half avalanche to win the second half?Players come and go, and each season carries idiosyncrasies, but the narrative arcs of the Sooners’ two previous playoff appearances were seemingly penned by the same author. In both, a lead evaporated and a dominant first half gave way to a second-half dud.In those appearances — in the 2015-16 Orange Bowl and the 2017-18 Rose Bowl — the Sooners outscored opponents 48 to 33 in the first half and were pummeled 49 to 14 in the second.2Excluding the overtime periods against Georgia in last season’s Rose Bowl. Those losses, Riley said,3Riley was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator during the 2015-16 season. could be traced to physical opponents and conservative play-calling.Rewriting the script, then, will be paramount this time around for Oklahoma.Offensively, the Sooners seem to have the first half covered. No team puts up more first-half yardage than Oklahoma, which averages 313.4 yards a game. The team racks up 9.5 yards per first-half play — nearly a first down on each play. Riley’s offense is outscoring opponents by an average of 11.3 points in first halves this season, the eighth-best mark in the country.Of course, what separates Alabama from Oklahoma is its defense. The Tide allow 7.9 points per game in first halves, 12th-fewest in the nation and 7.9 fewer points than the Sooners. Alabama doesn’t just shut the door on its opponents in the opening 30 minutes — it packs their bags, shuttles them to the airport and ushers them through TSA. Remember when the Tide turned Tiger Stadium into a morgue by the third quarter of November’s top-five showdown with LSU? Or when the Tide took a trip to Oxford, watched Ole Miss score on its opening play and then blitzed the Rebels with 62 unanswered points, including 49 in the first half?4Alabama was playing a third-string quarterback in the third quarter of that one.LSU and Ole Miss aren’t alone. Saban’s squad is outscoring opponents 388 to 103 in first halves this season. On average, the Crimson Tide enter the locker room at halftime with a 21.9-point lead, the second-biggest margin by any team since at least 2004, the first year for which data is available.5The best mark over that stretch belongs to the 2010 Boise State Broncos, with an average 24.2-point halftime lead. Ninety-three teams have scored fewer total touchdowns than Alabama has scored in first halves. Only four teams in the past 15 seasons have scored more first-half touchdowns than the Tide’s 53.These lopsided first halves mean that the Tide hardly ever fall behind on the scoreboard. The average college football team this season played 178.6 first-half offensive snaps when trailing. Alabama played 18 — 32 fewer than the next-closest team. Offensive points per game47.043.6 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Alabama1812 Percentage of first downs or TDs per pass attempt51.1%49.4 20146.66484.5277.924.336.3 20155.89427.1227.121.930.1 National average177129 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Coming into the SEC title game, teams had run a combined 388 first-half plays against the Tide defense. They didn’t have the lead on any of them. Georgia finally broke through in the SEC championship; the Bulldogs ran 43 first-half offensive plays against the Tide and led for 12 of them.The nightmare doesn’t end for Alabama opponents in second halves: Then they’re outscored by a touchdown and a half, on average. In second halves, teams score 0.92 touchdowns per game against the Tide, tied for the sixth-fewest.Conversely, Oklahoma’s dominance tapers off considerably in the final two quarters, when it outscores opponents by only 5.2 points, which ranks 24th nationally.Little if any of that decline is attributable to the offense, which roars from start to finish. But defensively, the bottom seems to fall out for the Sooners after halftime, as they allow an average of 2.23 touchdowns per game in second halves, the most by any team in the Big 12 and tied for the 20th-most nationally. Riley’s defense has allowed 29 second-half touchdowns, the most by an Oklahoma defense since at least 2004.However, should Oklahoma keep the game close down the stretch, it has a peerless crunch-time quarterback in Murray. The Sooners have played seven games decided by 14 or fewer points, while Alabama has played only one. In the fourth quarter, when the scoring margin is within 14 points, Murray has a nation-leading quarterback rating of 99 — that’s on a 1-to-100 scale, mind you.There’s an argument to be made that Oklahoma is better equipped — certainly more experienced — to handle high-leverage situations.6Before the SEC title game, Tagovailoa had played three snaps the entire season in which his team was trailing. But Alabama has been so dominant that it simply hasn’t mattered. read more

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Durham University student cleared of sex assault charges after apologising to complainant

He had just started studying sport, exercise and physical activities Durham University in October 2017, when the first alleged incident took place. “There would quite rightly be an outcry if other criminal offences could be cleared up following an apology. ““We really hope this doesn’t set a precedent that makes victims/survivors feel they should accept apologies or forgive perpetrators.”A CPS spokesperson said: “The CPS correctly brought this case to court. In consultation with the victim, it was eventually agreed that the public interest was met by an apology and that duly happened.“Proper recording and timely revelation of material is a matter which we will discuss with Durham Police, as part of our ongoing work to ensure disclosure is handled fairly and correctly in the criminal justice process”.  Sarah Green, Co-Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “This case is very unusual and raises a lot of questions. Victims of sexual assault often really want to hear a sincere apology from the offender and to know that they understand the harm they have done.”But, our courts system is not set up to ensure a last minute declaration of regret and apology is delivered in a way that guarantees the victim is truly, freely able to choose whether this is right for her. The victim has no legal representation of her own, and may for example feel rushed or pressured at worst. On the judge’s direction, the jury returned formal not guilty verdict to all three charges.But sexual violence charities expressed concern over the way the case had been handled and said it could set a worrying precedent.A spokeswoman for  The Survivors Trust said:  “Obviously, the wishes of the victim have to be respected, and she is content with the apology following consultations with the prosecution and the defence barristers.  “However, there is a danger that this case could send a message out that puts pressure on other victims and survivors to accept apologies.  “Sexual assault and sexual harassment can have a lifelong impact on the health and wellbeing of victims and the way they are dealt with in court needs to reflect the severity of the damage that can be done.     Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The following month he was accused of assaulting the same woman during a drunken night out with his rugby teammates during which he had been wearing a tutu.He was charged with three counts of sexual assault, suspended by the university and moved back to Cheshire to work for his father’s company.Mr Twigg had denied all the charges and had been expected to face trial at Durham Crown Court.But before the trial got underway, he was given the opportunity to meet with his alleged victim in the presence of both legal teams.Following the brief meeting, prosecuting counsel, Chris Baker returned to the court and explained: “Upon deliberation and consultation with the complainant a view was taken that a heartfelt apology to her would meet the public interest in this case.“This has now taken place and she was content with the apology that she received.“Myself, defence counsel and the officer overseeing this case were present and we were all agreed that it was a heartfelt apology for some dreadful behaviour that took place that night.“The Crown’s view is that we will now offer ‘no evidence’ in the case.”Judge Jonathan Carroll told the defendant: “I understand that you have now apologised to the girl in this case and that both counsel have taken the view it was a genuine and heartfelt apology. “I can only echo that was the very least you could have done. You were in drink and have allowed horseplay to elevate itself.“At the very least it was downright rude and a quite intimidating behaviour which had a very significant impact on your victim.“I acknowledge it has also had a devastating effect on you, ending your university education and damaging your rugby career, so you have learned in a very hard way a very difficult lesson.“Go away and reflect how you behaved in drink so you never see yourself before the court again.” “The judge instructed the jury to return a no guilty verdict in this case, despite what amounts to an admission of guilt, so there is no further sanction or recording of this offence. So there is also a question of how the assessment of likelihood of future offending is made and protection of women.”On broader level, we have got to question what is creating this ugly, thuggish, horrible behaviour among some young men. Why do privileged young men get to university and think they can treat women this way? We need to step up challenges to these attitudes and behaviour in families and in schools before they kick in.” Christopher Twigg played rugby league for Thailand A Durham University student has been cleared of carrying out three sex attacks on a female undergraduate after he apologised to her as the trial was about to get underway.Christopher Twigg, 20, a rugby league international, had been accused of sexually assaulting the woman on two separate occasions while on a drunken night out with his teammates.The jury in the case had been sworn in and the trial was about to begin when he was given the chance to make amends without admitting his guilt.In an unusual legal twist, Mr Twigg met with his victim and offered a “heartfelt apology” for his actions, which she accepted.Following the move, prosecutors accepted that it had been enough to “meet the public interest” and the jury was instructed to find him not guilty.It has also emerged that the defence barrister, Sarah Forshaw, QC, had raised concerns about the disclosure of evidence to her by the Crown.The judge in the case told Mr Twigg his actions in drink had been “rude and “intimidating”, but said he accepted the apology had been genuine and heartfelt.Mr Twigg was a talented rugby league player, who thanks to his grandmother’s Asian heritage qualified to play for Thailand in its inaugural international against El Salvador in February 2017. 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Column The Celtic Tiger mauled Ireland so why are NI politicians trying

first_imgPOLITICIANS IN NORTHERN IRELAND are intrigued by many things. Sure we have flags, marches and protests. But when it comes to the economy they have a particular fascination with the Irish Republic’s economic success during the Celtic Tiger era.So impressed are the best and the brightest in Belfast with how the Republic managed to achieve such rapid growth in a relatively short period of time, that a new political consensus has developed within the province that Northern Ireland should pursue the same strategy.In fact, this consensus is so powerful that it has not just created some odd political bed fellows but also seen policy positions developing that are confusing – to say the least. We have on the one side Sinn Fein and the SDLP. Both are parties of the left and are committed to give tax breaks to large multi-national firms to settle in Northern Ireland… not typically what you expect parties on that side of politics to be advocating.Then we have parties on the Unionist side of politics; the UUP and DUP. Both of whom are committed to maintaining everything that is British in the province, and yet they are advocating policies that would see more fiscal powers transferred back from London and a break in the taxation harmonisation that has existed within the United Kingdom for decades.Corporation tax and foreign direct investmentSo what has led to this perversion of traditional party principles? In my view it is a misguided notion that Northern Ireland can essentially repeat the same economic strategy that brought the Irish Republic success in the early nineties. Let’s take a look at the issues of corporation tax and foreign direct investment to prove why this is such a flawed approach.At the moment it is the policy of all the main parties at Stormont to achieve the devolution of corporation tax powers from Westminster. The belief that lower corporation tax can be the silver bullet that could help Northern Ireland catch up with the Irish Republic is a widely shared belief among political leaders here. This policy, we need to remember, would cost the province £400 million per year.Yet, despite the huge cost, we constantly see a huge emphasis placed on this missing piece of the jigsaw as being all we need to improve our economic position. However, I feel that politicians in Northern Ireland are being incredibly selective in viewing this policy as the only thing that has brought the Irish economy success. They ignore the strategic use of EU funds to improve infrastructure, while in Northern Ireland we hand millions back due to petty infighting. They also ignore the painful restructuring of the Irish economy that took place between 1987 and 1990, and I have not seen any concrete plans to reform Northern Ireland’s bloated public sector which accounts for nearly two-thirds of all of the province’s economic activity.Success stories of the Celtic Tiger eraThen we have foreign direct investment which again was another success story of the Celtic Tiger era. Our politicians have gone around the world trying to sell brand Northern Ireland to foreign investors. This is very much in the mould of their Irish counterparts who regularly do the same thing. However, while the Irish Republic has succeeded in luring some big firms to their shores, the results in Northern Ireland are mixed; a recent Community Relations Council report found around 60 per cent of Invest Northern Ireland’s job creation has been in contact centres.It is precisely this type of job creation that has led to Northern Ireland’s average private sector wage being 17 per cent lower than the UK average. When compared to the Irish Republic, some sectors see their workers earning up to 60 per cent more than their Northern counterparts.How do we solve this problem? Last weekend we had a major investment conference. If this gathering of business leaders and politicians was  to serve any useful purpose then it should be this; shift your focus from the number of jobs you are creating to the quality of them. The statistics I quoted earlier illustrates that the last thing Northern Ireland needs is another call centre. We need good-paying jobs that can help actually to grow our economy and give our people some sense of hope and aspiration.Supporting local small businessesAnother policy the Executive could pursue would be giving more support to our local small businesses. Northern Ireland actually has a thriving sector in this areas, the only problem is it’s not big enough. Instead of giving £3 million grants to big firms to simply re-create jobs that they cut just two years before, how about allocating that money for some more rate relief for struggling businesses?The bottom line is we need to move away from the Celtic Tiger model. While it worked for a time in the Republic of Ireland, it is patently not working in Northern Ireland. The world has changed a lot over the past 20 years and we are never going to win this race against a sovereign government with more powers than Stormont will ever have. We need to believe in our own capacity to create our own model for success and hopefully raise the living standards of all our people.David McCann is a PhD researcher in Irish politics at the University of Ulster.Read: “We can finally put Priory Hall behind us” – deal is reached on apartment complexMicheál Martin: Social partnership wasn’t equipped for the economic boomRead: 12 golden memories of the Celtic Tiger eralast_img read more

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Watch this Ultra Ever Dry superhydrophic coating is insanely liquid repellent

first_imgSome gadgets, like the iPhone 5, out there claim to be oleophobic, making it easier for the oil to be wiped away from the screen. Imagine if the oil was never allowed to smudge the screen at all, instead just beading up and rolling away on its own? A demonstration of some new superhydrophobic spray might make you want to buy it by the barrel and apply it to everything you own.Superhydrophobic and superomniphobic coatings aren’t new, but they grow more impressive every day. It’s the kind of material that seems like it would be great on everything, applied so that you never need to worry about spills or even getting the last bit of ketchup out of the bottle. The nanoscale coating process usually involved spraying your coating on a perfectly dry substance and letting it sit long enough to dry again. As long as you don’t scuff, scrape, or otherwise damage the surface of the item you sprayed, the coating will protect the surface of whatever you apply it to for years.This new video is one of the first commercial applications of a superhydrophobic material that can be purchased, and I bet the guys at UltraTech International wish they had a consumer ready product to sell after releasing this video. The Every Dry coating demonstrations are all really impressive, showing as any kind of liquid just beads up and rolls away from the coated surface. The coating even works well enough to keep water contained in an area surrounded by coating, as demonstrated towards the end of the video. One of the defining factors of this material is how resistant it is to scuffs and scrapes, measuring 110 on the Tabor Abrasion Method.This material is designed to stand up to daily use, according to the manufacturer, though it’s the kind of thing where each use case will determine how long it actually lasts. Every Dry uses a combination of two different materials, applied in a top and bottom coat, to provide the protective layer you see in the video.It’s the kind of thing that makes you wish your smartphone was completely encased in for the next time someone at a restaurant accidentally spills a drink or you accidentally drop your phone in mud. Given the rate of improvement this technology has seen in the past few years, it makes you hopeful that your next smartphone comes with a shiny superhydrophobic coating.last_img read more

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19 Arrests Made in AntiCrime Operations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 17, 2017 – Nassau – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, large teams of police officers conducted intensified anti-crime operations in several Policing Divisions across New Providence on Tuesday 16th May 2017.Yesterday’s operations was designed to disrupt crime groups and to target persons involved in criminal activities, such as Drugs and Firearms, Persons wanted for various criminal offences, Prolific Offenders, Persons wanted for Outstanding Court Warrants and motorists operating in Breach of the Traffic Laws.The operations resulted in 19 persons arrested for a number of Criminal offences, and Traffic offences; and outstanding Court WarrantsAdditionally, 254 drivers were cited for various traffic violations.#magneticmedianews#19arrestsmadeinbahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#19arrestsmadeinbahamas, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Applications are Now Being Accepted for Awards Recognizing Conservation Achievements

first_imgShare the story of how conservation is part of your farm operation, and you could be honored with a Conservation Legacy Award.This awards program showcases farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable.All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to enter to win a Conservation Legacy Award.Entries are judged on soil management, water management, input management, conservation, environmental management and sustainability.Three regional winners and one national winner are selected.Award Winners Receive:An expense paid trip for two to Commodity Classic, Feb. 27 – March 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif.• Recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic.• A feature on your farm and conservation practices in Corn & Soybean Digest and a special online video.• Potential opportunity to join other farmer-leaders on a trip to visit international customers of U.S. soybeans.The Conservation Legacy Awards are sponsored by the American Soybean Association, BASF, Corn & Soybean Digest, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Valent U.S.A.More information on past winners of the award and how to submit your application is available here. All applications must be submitted by Sept. 8, 2017.last_img read more

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Oregon CRC vote puts spotlight on Washington

first_imgWith an 18-11 vote on Monday, the Oregon Senate moved funding the Columbia River Crossing off the state’s legislative agenda this year.It also moved the spotlight to this side of the Columbia River.“All eyes now kind of focus on Olympia, and what the state of Washington is going to do,” said state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver.The Oregon Senate vote — and Gov. John Kitzhaber’s expected signature — authorizes borrowing $450 million to pay Oregon’s share of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement. The plan easily cleared the Oregon House last week. But the bill also attached several conditions to that money, among them that Washington must pony up a state share of its own. The CRC must also secure crucial federal funding and a bridge permit from the U.S. Coast Guard to move forward. None of those things have happened yet.Moeller, a strong backer of the CRC, called Oregon’s action “great news.” But the controversial project may face a tougher fight in the Washington Legislature, where any funding commitment would have to get by a Republican-controlled Senate. Oregon’s seemingly swift approval doesn’t change the project’s shortcomings, said Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center.“I don’t think it makes a difference,” Rivers said. “The concerns remain strong up here.”In addition to replacing the I-5 Bridge, the $3.4 billion CRC would extend light rail into Vancouver and rebuild freeway interchanges on both sides of the Columbia River. The project’s finance plan calls for $450 million each from Washington and Oregon, plus federal money and revenue from tolling on Interstate 5.Last month, Washington House Democrats rolled out a nearly $10 billion transportation package that would use a gas tax hike and other revenue sources to steer $450 million to the CRC. Republicans, meanwhile, have called for a series of reforms aimed at cutting transportation costs.last_img read more

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How This Company Is Helping Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printing

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 2, 2015 This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Chicago’s 3D Printer Experience is aptly named: It aims to educate and engage the public by offering a relaxed setting to learn about a beneficial new technology, as well as playful activities like the ability to scan and print one’s own head.  Founded as an LLC in late 2012 and converted to a benefit corporation in 2014, the 3D Printer Experience offers design and manufacturing services for both first-time and experienced entrepreneurs. Founder and CEO Julie Friedman Steele walked us through the process. Who is your ideal client?People who are driven by new ideas. We like to see clients who are ready to embrace change. Because not only do we focus on 3-D printing as a democratizing agent of manufacturing, but also on the effects of other futurist and open mindsets. The accelerating rate of technology is affecting our world in ways that most people aren’t even thinking about. Those things are going to radically change our world, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible get to be a part of that and understand what’s happening. My favorite ones are always the social entrepreneurs; not only are we helping them, but we are also making a difference in the lives of others. One company, Portapure, worked with us to create a piece of a water bottle with a filter inside to provide clean drinking water to people in Haiti.Julie Friedman SteelePhoto courtesy of 3dpxWhich of 3D Printer Experience’s services might be of specific interest to entrepreneurs?We offer consulting, which involves project feasibility and recommendations. We offer design and manufacturing. We have industrial-grade 3-D printing and laser sintering capabilities in-house. And we offer continuing education and private events. Our site functions as a full-service event space during hours not open to the public. Entrepreneurs love to have a place available to them that isn’t a typical banquet facility and to be around future technologies.Through our experiences, education, and ideation sessions, we work with many entrepreneurs to understand not only how 3-D printing functions today, but how it will impact our future as well. After working with us, most of our clients come back with even better ideas. Also, we are very encouraging to first-time entrepreneurs by supporting their ideas and by teaching them how to use 3-D printing to develop their concepts. My favorite thing to tell them is how 3-D printing is democratizing manufacturing. This means that they have the same access that large corporations have. Supply and demand: A sample of the variety of materials that can be used in 3-D printing.Photo (C) Kevin AntnenHow do your design services work?We take an individualized approach with our clients and are willing to go back and forth to ensure that the finished object exceeds their expectations. The steps we follow include ideation, 3-D modeling, prototyping, manufacturing and post-processing.Many clients are very sensitive about their intellectual property, and we make sure they get to keep that. We are in the business of helping them succeed, not putting up roadblocks that would prevent them from seeing their vision come to life.Is there anything about 3-D printing that you wish more entrepreneurs understood?I want more entrepreneurs to know that they can raise funds through means like crowdfunding and compete with the big guys. It’s hysterical to me to see publicly traded companies putting their projects on crowdfunding sites masquerading as independent entrepreneurs. However, it’s also very telling that there is slowly becoming very little difference between them and any entrepreneur with a new idea.I also let entrepreneurs know that if they love what they do, they don’t need to have an exit strategy. It’s possible now to launch financially sustainable businesses on their own and make an impact on the world. last_img read more

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NSA warns users of BlueKeep vulnerability urges them to update their Windows

first_imgLast week, the NSA published an advisory urging Microsoft Windows administrators and users to update their older Windows systems to protect against the BlueKeep vulnerability. This vulnerability was first noted by UK National Cyber Security Centre and reported by Microsoft on 14 May 2019. On May 30, Microsoft wrote a security notice to its users to update their systems as “some older versions of Windows” could be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. On May 31, MalwareTech posted a detailed analysis of the BlueKeep vulnerability. “Microsoft has warned that this flaw is potentially “wormable,” meaning it could spread without user interaction across the internet. We have seen devastating computer worms inflict damage on unpatched systems with wide-ranging impact, and are seeking to motivate increased protections against this flaw,” the advisory states. BlueKeep(CVE-2019-0708) is a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop (RDP) protocol. It is present in Windows 7, Windows XP, Server 2003 and 2008, and although Microsoft has issued a patch, potentially millions of machines are still vulnerable. “This is the type of vulnerability that malicious cyber actors frequently exploit through the use of software code that specifically targets the vulnerability”, the advisory explains. NSA is concerned that malicious cyber actors will use the vulnerability in ransomware and exploit kits containing other known exploits, increasing capabilities against other unpatched systems. They have also suggested some additional measures that can be taken: Block TCP Port 3389 at your firewalls, especially any perimeter firewalls exposed to the internet. This port is used in RDP protocol and will block attempts to establish a connection. Enable Network Level Authentication. This security improvement requires attackers to have valid credentials to perform remote code authentication. Disable remote Desktop Services if they are not required. Disabling unused and unneeded services helps reduce exposure to security vulnerabilities overall and is a best practice even without the BlueKeep threat. Why has the NSA urged users and admins to update? Ian Thornton-Trump, head of security at AmTrust International told Forbes, “I suspect that they may have classified information about actor(s) who might target critical infrastructure with this exploit that critical infrastructure is largely made up of the XP, 2K3 family.” NSA had also created a very similar EternalBlue exploit which was recently used to hold the city of Baltimore’s computer systems for ransom. The NSA developed the EternalBlue attack software for its own use but lost control of it when it was stolen by hackers in 2017. BlueKeep is similar to EternalBlue that Microsoft compared the two of them in its warning to users about the vulnerability. “It only takes one vulnerable computer connected to the internet to provide a potential gateway into these corporate networks, where advanced malware could spread, infecting computers across the enterprise,” Microsoft wrote in its security notice to customers. Microsoft also compared the risks to those of the WannaCry virus, which infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world in 2017 and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. NSA said patching against BlueKeep is “critical not just for NSA’s protection of national security systems but for all networks.” To know more about this news in detail, head over to Microsoft’s official notice. Read Next Approx. 250 public network users affected during Stack Overflow’s security attack Over 19 years of ANU(Australian National University) students’ and staff data breached 12,000+ unsecured MongoDB databases deleted by Unistellar attackerslast_img read more

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