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After being handed a copy of the court order by an NCC member, Russell said “I suppose this is what we can do with injunctions.”He then tore the document into pieces and laid it on the table in front of him as those in attendance applauded.Two years later, as more than 20 land protectors—including NCC members—continued to fight civil and criminal charges related to the Muskrat Falls resistance, Russell and those who accompanied him on to the Muskrat Falls site that day still have not been charged or summonsed to court to defend their actions.NunatuKavut put politics ahead of values, say current and former membersSeveral current and former NCC members say the incident, and others around that time, indicate Russell was more concerned with striking the deals than he was about the environment or delaying reservoir flooding until concerns around methylmercury were addressed.Denise Cole, a land protector and member of the Southern Inuit community, told APTN News she and others feel they were “used to move forward a political agenda to get to a benefits agreement table, to get to a negotiations table around acknowledgement and land claims that will eventually come to be.”In December 2017 the NCC announced a deal with Muskrat Falls proponent Nalcor Energy, the crown corporation building the dam.Then, in August 2018, the organization held a joint press conference with federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett to announce NunatuKavut and Canada will enter into talks toward the recognition of Southern Inuit Indigenous rights and self-determination, something Russell and many in Labrador have long fought for.The Nalcor deal includes a promise from the NCC that it will no longer oppose Muskrat Falls or any other Nalcor projects over a six-year time period.Southern Inuit land protectors describe how Russell became involved in the 2016 grassroots-led movement to stop Muskrat Falls after the movement gained significant momentum.They also say that through his actions he led Southern Inuit to believe they could follow his lead, and that he then failed to publicly support land protectors after they were criminalized for defending their lands, traditional foods and way of life.Kirk Lethbridge, a land protector and NCC member who has worked with Russell for decades as the organization—previously the Labrador Metis Nation—fought for Aboriginal rights and recognition, was the person who handed Russell a copy of the injunction on Oct. 17.Lethbridge told APTN that when Russell tore it up he made “all of Labrador feel 10 feet tall,” and that Lethbridge and others felt “empowered, emboldened, braver and stronger.”Lethbridge said Russell sent a clear message to his members and others that the injunction was not to be respected.“Then, a few short days later, it means nothing and those people are thrown to the wolves, given a lawyer that will help them plead guilty,” he said.Kirk Lethbridge (pictured here at an October 2016 rally outside the provincial Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay) said Todd Russell made he and others feel “empowered, emboldened, braver and stronger,” after destroying a copy of the court injunction on Oct. 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of TheIndependent.ca.On Oct. 22 many NCC members joined the occupation of the Muskrat Falls site, which lasted until Oct. 26.Lethbridge said the NCC offered some of its members legal support, but that he declined because he had lost trust in Russell.He said Russell tried to approach him about the NCC helping with his legal representation, but that he “personally could not trust anything legal or political from NCC’s leader.”Lethbridge and other Southern Inuit land protectors have told APTN that Russell hasn’t shown up to support them at any of their court hearings over the past two years.Reflecting on the day Russell destroyed the injunction, Port Hope Simpson fisherman and former NCC member Dennis Burden told APTN Russell had joined the grassroots movement “for all the wrong reasons.“He gave us some hope, that we didn’t have to abide by those injunctions. And if we had our group stand with us we could have made a difference,” Burden added.Many who joined the Indigenous-led occupation days after Russell went on to the project site don’t feel they’ve done anything wrong in responding to what they say is a threat to their traditional foods and ways of life.And with Russell and the NCC—which represents 6,000 people in Labrador—on his side, Lethbridge said he felt protecting traditional foods against projected methylmercury contamination, and saving the Lower Churchill River, was achievable.“It felt tremendous, like oh my god we’re going to save this river, we’re going to stop this destruction, we’re going to stop the poisoning of the land and the water — we’re going to win,” he recalled.“We had the might, the power, the numbers, the finances, the leadership of NunatuKavut with us on the front lines.“We felt huge and we didn’t feel so alone.”Elder resigns seat on NunatuKavut councilLearning, a land protector who has been arrested and incarcerated multiple times for resisting Muskrat Falls, told APTN last week he resigned his seat on the NCC council earlier this year after realizing Russell’s thinking didn’t align with his values as a Southern Inuk.Russell was “moving towards an agreement with Nalcor,” Learning said, speaking of the period of time between the Muskrat Falls occupation and December 2017, when Nalcor and the NCC inked the deal that will see the crown corporation transfer $8 million to the group over six years.For years the NCC considered Nalcor an adversary of the Southern Inuit, who have maintained since prior to the project’s sanctioning in 2013 that they were never adequately consulted.NunatuKavut unsuccessfully challenged the Muskrat Falls project twice in federal court and in 2013 launched a direct action campaign during which Russell, Learning and eight others were arrested after slowing traffic headed for the project site.Learning, who is living with cancer, launched a hunger strike while in custody and was released on the sixth day.They were charged with violating an injunction in place at the time but were later successful in having it overturned in the provincial court of appeal.Those charges were dropped in January 2015.Elder Jim Learning was instrumental in the movement to stop Muskrat Falls, but resigned as an NCC councillor after realizing Todd Russell’s values and direction didn’t align with his. Justin Brake/APTN photo.The NCC was relatively quiet from that period until the broad-based movement to halt flooding reached a critical point in October 2016.It was the grassroots occupation of the site that finally got Russell to the table with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball and other Indigenous leaders from the province, said Learning, who sat in on the emergency marathon meeting at Confederation Building in St. John’s that began Oct. 25 and concluded in the early morning hours of Oct. 26.“Todd blew me away, he just wouldn’t say anything. I said, this isn’t right — he’s been protesting against it. He has free reign [because] we have no land claim, recognition or acceptance [by Canada].“But I realized after there was the rub — that’s what he was looking for.”Learning said he “laid it on thick” and “was vicious” with Ball and the Labrador MHAs at the meeting.“How dare you poison our food?” he recalled telling the political leaders, adding they would be voted out in the next election because people in Labrador don’t accept the threats and risks associated with Muskrat Falls.Learning said “everything stopped” when he gave his speech, and that when he was done he left the room.He said Ball followed him out into the hallway, where the two had an exchange.Learning said Ball assured him that if Muskrat Falls would result in mercury contamination of traditional foods, “we will stop the project.”He said Russell “wasn’t strong enough” that evening, and that the leader owed his seat at the table to the land protectors whose occupation of the Muskrat Falls site forced the meeting.Hours later Ball and the Indigenous leaders announced a deal that included the creation of an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to study and make recommendations to government on how best to mitigate methylmercury.In the months that followed the NCC entered into negotiations with Nalcor.Learning said he was not included in the negotiations and doesn’t know if all of the relevant information leading up to the deal was conveyed to him and the other councillors.The deal, which the NCC and Nalcor have called a “Community Development Agreement,” was struck in December 2017.Learning said he gave a 10-minute speech at the announcement of that agreement in opposition to the deal.Days later he announced his intentions to resign, which he formalized in a letter to the NCC last August.Russell did not respond to multiple interview requests for this story and the NCC did not respond to a request for a copy of the agreement.But a copy obtained by APTN reveals that in addition to the money Nalcor will transfer to the organization each year for specific infrastructure, education and cultural programs, Nalcor also reserves the right to audit NunatuKavut’s financial records to ensure the money is being spent for those purposes.It also commits the NCC to ending its resistance to Muskrat Falls and future projects that might arise during the term of the agreement.“NCC will not organize or initiate conduct that is intended to or which prevents, delays, hinders or interferes with the construction, operation or decommissioning of any Nalcor project covered by this agreement,” the document reads.It also frees the NCC from liability if any of its members violate the terms of the agreement “not under the direction or instruction, or as agents for, NCC.”The agreement also mandates Nalcor to negotiate on future projects in Labrador, initiatives for renewable energy generation, workplace environment and cultural accommodations and training, employment and business opportunities.Todd Russell and members of the NCC built a fire on the Muskrat Falls construction site on Oct. 18. 2016. They went on to the site three times that day but have never been charged for their actions despite there being an injunction in place at the time. Photo courtesy of TheIndependent.ca.The NCC does not have a land base formally recognized by Canada but has presented the federal government with land use study documents claiming large portions of Central and Southern Labrador.In August, Russell and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced that Canada would begin the negotiations process with NunatuKavut leadership.Russell said at the announcement his people will “once again have decision-making power over our lands and resources.“It means a greater ability to deliver programs and services like healthcare and education that are aligned with our values and way of life. It means that the government’s projects can only happen on our lands with our consent and participation.”Much of the land the NCC claims is theirs ancestrally dating back hundreds of years overlaps with land the Innu have occupied for thousands of years and have claimed in their own negotiations with Canada.Renouncing NunatuKavut membershipCole, one of 15 land protectors currently on trial to defend against civil contempt charges for violating an injunction after going on to the Muskrat Falls site to do ceremony, is Southern Inuit.But she has not affiliated with the NCC for the past five years.“Back in 2013 it became very clear to me that the stand that NunatuKavut was taking against Muskrat Falls was politically driven,” she said.“It wasn’t about protecting the environment as much as it was about staking a claim.“It felt like they were looking to claim land ownership so they could put it up for sale,” Cole recalled.While Russell and the NCC were defending what they say is their ancestral land from the destruction of Muskrat Falls, Cole points out the organization was simultaneously making deals with mining companies.In June 2013, two months after Russell and other NCC members were arrested while demonstrating outside the Muskrat Falls site, the NCC signed a “Community Participation Agreement” with Alderon Iron Ore Corp. related to the Kami Iron Ore Project in Western Labrador.Cole said she tried to bring forward her concerns about the environment to leadership but felt “they were never really addressed.”So she asked to be removed from the NCC’s membership list.“I could no longer support them,” she said, explaining NCC leadership’s actions did not fall in line with her values as an Indigenous person.“I’ve always been about land protection and about our responsibilities to preserve the land and the waters and the culture, and I didn’t feel we were on the same page anymore.”Cole said she feels, after watching the NCC “position itself in 2016 around the Muskrat Falls resistance, that they’ve used us.”She said while the Southern Inuit have “worked hard with their research” toward a land claim, and while “there are some great people” within the organization, “overall the secrecy is a colonized move [and] not an Indigenous value.”Cole isn’t the only land protector who relinquished membership in the organization in recent years.Several years ago Burden burned his NCC membership card.Now facing civil and criminal charges related to the Muskrat Falls occupation, Burden said he had become “too ashamed, embarrassed and angry to remain a member” after the Labrador Metis Nation sold a fishing boat outside of membership despite having “some of the greatest fishermen on the planet on the coast of Labrador.”Dennis Burden attends provincial Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in October 2018. Justin Brake/APTN photo.Burden, who has been resisting Muskrat Falls since before the project’s sanctioning, said he planned to return to the organization someday, and that Russell’s leadership during the fall 2016 Muskrat Falls resistance gave him “a little bit of hope.”Though in the back of his mind, he said, “I kind of knew this was about land claims and dollars.”Many Southern Inuit, who until recently identified as “Metis” based on an interpretation of the term as signifying mixed European and Indigenous ancestry, have worked hard to revive or strengthen elements of their ancestors’ culture.But politically the NCC is headed down the wrong path, said Burden.“I do not believe that people should be able to play the Indigenous card without respecting Indigenous values and teachings. You just can’t run and cry, ‘Our lands, our lands, protect our lands,’ and then change when you get what you want.”Uneven application of justice, say land protectors Cole said the circumstances around Russell’s actions from October 2016 and the subsequent absence of any legal repercussions, coupled with what she feels is the Southern Inuit leader’s lack of support for his people who are fighting charges after following in his footsteps, together paint a picture of injustice and colonialism.She said Nalcor’s decision not to pursue civil litigation against Russell and the NCC members who accompanied him on to the Muskrat Falls site on Oct. 18, 2016 demonstrates that the province, through a crown corporation, is “picking and choosing who they’re charging.”Cole said Russell’s tearing up of the injunction “was a direct message to everyone else that not only should we ignore the injunction, [but also] that he would support us if we broke the injunction.“I think the fact that Todd Russell has never had any charges against him for breaking the injunction is ridiculous in consideration to the amount of evidence that shows he did,” she added.She said that the events of October 2016, followed by the NCC’s agreement with Nalcor, are a “real shame”.Land protector Denise Cole said she ended her membership with the NCC in 2013, after feeling the organization’s opposition to Muskrat Falls “wasn’t about protecting the environment as much as it was about staking a claim.” Trina Roache/ATPN file photo.“Our leadership should have more Indigenous values than that, and their culture is supposed to mean more than that,” she said.Lethbridge, who faces a potential criminal record for following Russell’s lead in disrespecting the injunction, said it’s no coincidence Russell and the NCC’s decision not to publicly support its members who are land protectors was followed by the deal with Nalcor and a commitment from Canada to finally negotiate a land claim.“It just wrangles me that the elite and the elected seem to be able to walk away scot-free,” he said, “when the frontline people are the ones that are still facing the judge.”APTN asked Nalcor, which is responsible for bringing allegations of civil contempt against individuals it believes violated the injunction, to explain why it did not charge Russell and the NCC members who accompanied him on to the Muskrat Falls site.“Given there are ongoing proceedings before the Courts, Nalcor will not be commenting on this matter while it is before the Courts,” spokesperson Karen O’Neill responded in an email.Similarly, the RCMP said it “would not be appropriate to comment on specific matters that may influence those matters before the court.”They did say, however, that “in matters of civil unrest the RCMP uses a measured approach assessing each situation and its circumstances in determining a response.”The day prior to Russell and the NCC members’ visit to the Muskrat Falls site, RCMP officers arrested eight people–most of them Indigenous women who feared the loss of their country foods–who were blocking the entrance to the project site along a highway. Those who went on to the site after Russell and the NCC’s trip to Muskrat Falls, as well as those who demonstrated outside the site—including elders and youth—have been charged by Nalcor and the RCMP for allegedly violating the injunction.“The RCMP maintains a balanced and unbiased approach to these matters respecting the rights of all involved,” the federal police concluded in their email@example.com@JustinBrakeNews In the Oct. 18, 2016 video shot by TheIndependent.ca, Staff Sgt. Sandy Goudie with the RCMP in Happy Valley-Goose Bay can be seen speaking with Russell after the Southern Inuit leader and several NCC members returned from a boat trip to Muskrat Falls, where they went on to the site multiple times to assert what they said at the time was their Aboriginal right to be on their ancestral land.Goudie warns Russell and NunatuKavut Councillor and Elder Jim Learning, who accompanied Russell on to the site, that the NCC members could be charged both civilly and criminally.The officer says there is a “criminal element of the breach…of being there [on the site],” and that the RCMP “used our discretion in our approach here.”In a Facebook live stream report by TheIndependent.ca of Russell’s visit to the site, Scott Morrison, head of security for Nalcor, told the visitors that the RCMP “are involved”.Morrison also attempted to hand Russell a copy of the injunction, but Russell refused, saying “I have no court injunction and I haven’t seen a court injunction.”Following the exchange with Goudie in the video, Russell acknowledges that he knew of the injunction’s existence but said he wasn’t aware of its entire substance.“I haven’t seen the injunction—I’ve seen some parts of it, but I’ve never been served a copy of the injunction. I’m unaware of all of its contents,” he said.The day prior, Oct. 17, Russell publicly destroyed a copy of the injunction at a press conference during which he announced the NCC would commit bodies and resources to the growing movement to stop Muskrat Falls ahead of reservoir flooding. NunatuKavut Community Council President and former Liberal MP Todd Russell went on to the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016. Unlike dozens of others who went on to the project site, Russell and those who accompanied him have never been charged. Photo: TheIndependent.ca.Editor’s Note: As a journalist with the online publication TheIndependent.ca, Justin Brake followed the land protectors onto the Muskrat Falls site and covered the occupation. He is facing criminal and civil charges from the event.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsLand protectors in Labrador facing civil and criminal charges related to the Muskrat Falls resistance are questioning the RCMP and a crown energy corporation’s decisions not to pursue charges against an Indigenous leader who went on to the dam’s construction site during a movement to stop the project in 2016.They also say that their leader, NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) President and former Liberal MP Todd Russell, failed to support Southern Inuit who were criminalized after following his lead. They say throughout the movement to stop Muskrat Falls Russell was in pursuit of separate deals with the federal government and a provincial crown corporation.A video taken in October 2016 shows a senior RCMP officer telling Russell the federal police were using “discretion” in not arresting or charging him and other NCC members for going on to the Muskrat Falls worksite in Central Labrador despite there being a court injunction in place at the time that prohibited them from doing so.Watch: Video of RCMP talking with NCC President Todd Russell
Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday, and police said they were investigating the deaths as suspicious.Const. David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies found at the home of Apotex founder Bernard “Barry” Sherman and his wife Honey. But Ontario’s health minister said the couple had been discovered dead.Hopkinson noted that it was early in the police investigation.“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” Hopkinson said at a news conference held outside the couple’s home. “Our investigators are inside investigating and taking apart the scene.”Hopkinson said police were called to the Shermans’ home in an upscale neighbourhood of north Toronto just before noon on Friday in response to a “medical complaint.”He declined to say whether the bodies showed signs of trauma and did not provide details on the time or cause of death.Hopkinson said the deaths are not currently being treated as homicides, adding that more investigation will be necessary.Honey and Barry Sherman, chairman and CEO of Apotex Courtesy of Linda Frum Postmedia Files “There may be suspicious circumstances. It’s an investigative tool,” he said. “Until we know exactly how they died, we treat it as suspicious. Once a determination has been made by the pathologist and the coroner, then we move forward from there.”Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins sent a tweet expressing shock at the death of his “dear friends,” who he described as “wonderful human beings.”“I am beyond words right now,” Hoskins wrote in his tweet. “Incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day.”Barry Sherman founded Toronto-based Apotex Inc. in 1974 with two employees and gradually turned it into the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company.Along the way he amassed a vast fortune, recently estimated by Canadian Business magazine at $4.77 billion, making him the 15th richest person in the country.Sherman faced legal action from family members alleging they had been cut out of the company over the years.As a producer of more than 300 generic pharmaceutical products, Apotex has itself seen a fair number of litigation issues, as companies have pushed back on its efforts to sell cheaper no-name options.One of the most high-profile of those clashes occurred when pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb sued Apotex in 2006 to try and stop it from selling the first generic form of the heart-disease treatment Plavix.Today, the company has more than 10,000 people in research, development, manufacturing and distribution facilities world-wide, with more than 6,000 employees at its Canadian operations. Those include manufacturing and research facilities concentrated in the Toronto area as well as in Winnipeg.Honey Sherman is presented a Senate medal by Senator Linda Frum in Ottawa on Nov. 29, 2017 for her and her husband Barry Sherman’s contributions to the community. Filling more than 89 million prescriptions in a year and exporting to 115 countries, the privately held company says its worldwide sales exceed $2 billion a year.Sherman’s wife, Honey, was a member of the board of the Baycrest Foundation and the York University Foundation. She also served on the boards of Mount Sinai’s Women’s Auxiliary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the International American Joint Distribution Committee.The Shermans were among Canada’s most generous philanthropists and also organized funding of charitable causes through the Apotex Foundation. The couple made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honour.A University of Toronto website lists the Apotex Foundation and the Shermans as donors in the range of $10 million to $25 million during 1995 and 2003. They also donated roughly $50 million to the United Jewish Appeal.In a statement on the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto’s website, the Shermans expressed their particular “obligation” to support the Jewish community.“We are fortunate in being able to contribute,” the couple is quoted as saying. “You can’t take it with you, so the best alternative is to put it to good use while you are here.”The chair of the Sinai Health System’s board said the Shermans’ deaths was a big loss.“Their visible leadership on our hospital and foundation board of directors was infused with warmth, passion and a fierce intelligence,” Brent Belzberg said in a statement. “Their loss will be felt by our organization, our community, and our country.”Apotex called news of the deaths “tragic.”“All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” the company said in a statement.The address where the bodies were found was recently listed for sale for $6.9 million. Neighbours confirmed that the property was the couple’s home.— with files from Michael Oliveira in Toronto and Ian Bickis in Calgary.
There was strong speculation that the police had been placed on alert in the Western Province this evening. However the police formally denied the claims.Sources told the Colombo Gazette that police officers working in the Western Province were instructed to be on their guard. However it was not clear as to why the police was placed on alert. Sources said that the decision was not related to terrorism but was political.A Government source said that there were reports the police had been placed on alert as a precaution but the source could not elaborate further. (Colombo Gazette)
With the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone winding down, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has commended the West African country’s Government for its efforts towards consolidating peace, but said many root causes of the 14-year conflict, such as youth unemployment, have not been addressed.”The Government of Sierra Leone has made commendable efforts towards the consolidation of constitutional order and State authority throughout the country. The effective devolution of State functions through decentralization has ensured that an administrative machinery is now in place, contributing to overall political stability in the country,” he says in his 26th report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).Commendable progress has been made in licensing and substantially increasing the official exports of diamonds. The Government should be encouraged to generate additional revenue, including development projects for local communities, from the vital diamond-mining sector, he says.Relations between the local councils and the traditional chiefdoms, while needing a legislative framework and clarification of financial control, are evolving satisfactorily, he adds.Many root causes of the conflict in Sierra Leone are yet to be addressed, however, and the long-term sustainability of the gains achieved so far will require international support, especially through joint efforts by the UN and the donor community, Mr. Annan says.Such involvement will be particularly important for Government programmes addressing key socio-economic issues, including poverty, youth unemployment, illiteracy and lack of basic infrastructure, he says, adding that the successor to UNAMSIL, the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), will assist the Government in overcoming such challenges.On the question of human rights, he says a culture of respect for those rights has yet to be fully established. UNAMSIL began a countrywide distribution of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) last month, but while the Government has published a White Paper reflecting most of the TRC recommendations, it “has yet to embark on concrete action towards implementing them.”The July summit of the 32-year-old Mano River Union, comprising Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, was a welcome development in the negotiations over the Yenga border between Guinea and Sierra Leone, but the failure so far to begin the agreed border demarcation proves that further efforts are required to help remove a potential source of conflict, he says.In this regard, he has instructed Special Representative Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago to intensify his efforts to help both Governments reach a mutually acceptable solution before the closure of UNAMSIL on 20 December, if possible.As UNAMSIL’s mandate ends, “the Ghanaian battalion will depart by the end of September. The Pakistani battalion will be repatriated by the end of October and the Nigerian battalion, supporting arms and services, by 15 December,” Mr. Annan says.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 5:18 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,680.76, up 76.60 points):Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Up one cent, or 11.76 per cent, to 9.5 cents on 16.2 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation. Down five cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $3.64 on 13.9 million shares. Bombardier’s shares are expected to remain under pressure while the airplane manufacturer determines the cause of a CSeries engine problem late last week that has grounded its fleet of four test aircraft.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Down 26 cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $38.15 on 5.4 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down six cents, or 0.54 per cent, to $11.14 on 4.3 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.38 per cent, to $2.62 on 3.6 million shares.Timmins Gold Corp. (TSX:TMM). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 7.97 per cent, to $1.49 on 3.1 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (978.47, down 5.52 points):Xmet Inc. (TSXV:XME). Miner. Up one cent, or 33.33 per cent, to four cents on 4.9 million shares.Theralase Technologies Inc. (TSXV:TLT). Medical devices. Down one cent, or 2.94 per cent, to 33 cents on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG). Miner. Down 91 cents, or 19.74 per cent, to $3.70 on 5.8 million shares. The company threatened Monday to shut down its Kumtor project if it doesn’t receive approval from Kyrgyz Republic authorities for mine plan and related permits by June 13.TransForce Inc. (TSX:TFI). Transportation. Down 36 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $23.34 on 1 million shares. The trucking and delivery company says it has a US$310-million deal to buy Minnesota-based Transport America, Inc., which offers transportation services across the United States. TransForce says the acquisition is expected to generate annual revenues of about US$350 million for the Quebec company.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Drug manufacturer. Up $3.83, or 2.69 per cent, to $146.17 on 633,343 shares. Pershing Square Capital Management LP is seeking to replace a majority of directors at Allergan Inc. at a special meeting of shareholders as part of a plan to back a proposed takeover of the company by Valeant. The investment firm headed by Bill Ackman is the largest shareholder at Allergan with a 9.7 per cent stake in the company and has agreed to accept less for its shares than other shareholders in an effort to see the Valeant deal done. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Today, SMMT released figures for July pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in July 2011 that were defined as pre-registrations.The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.Download release Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
A sneak peak of the future is in store for the Ohio State’s women’s track team as it makes its way to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the SPIRE NCAA Division I Invitational this weekend.At the invitational, the Buckeyes are slated to get a preview of the facilities that are also scheduled to host the Big Ten Indoor Championships Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1.While all outdoor tracks remain constant, many indoor tracks vary depending on the facility.The French Field House, home to OSU’s men’s and women’s track teams, has a 200-meter track. SPIRE Institute’s facility houses a 300-meter track.Coach Karen Dennis said she’s happy to get a sneak peak at the track two weeks prior to the championship meet so the team can fine tune its skills and put the finishing touches on its preparedness for that specific track.“We’re going to familiarize ourselves with the venue,” Dennis said. “While at the same time, there will be probably eight of the Big Ten schools there, so we will get a chance to get a real good feel where we are at versus that quality of competition.”Junior sprinter and jumper Abie Ehimwenman said acquainting the athletes with the facility beforehand will help get rid of the nerves and make the venue not feel so “foreign.”“If you are able to do your best at a meet where most of your competition is going to be two weeks later, (that) gives you confidence that you can perform well against your rivals and the people you need to beat,” Ehimwenman said.Running at the SPIRE invitational this weekend can also help the Buckeyes identify where they should be moving forward.“Once the team does get a preview of the meet, they will start to get that mental picture in their head,” redshirt-senior sprinter Ashlee Abraham said.Abraham identified an area the team has been working on throughout the season — mental toughness.“Last week, I had the best 60-meter race of my life. I (had a personal record). I won. I was feeling great,” Abraham said. “But yay, all that happened, but now it’s like OK, back to Monday.”The formula for success, Abraham added, is to mentally train your mind to keep pushing and preparing for what comes next.Dennis agreed that while many of the Big Ten competitors are strong on paper, she is not focused on matching up against them.“I have to look at my strengths and how to maximize our ability to score. My focus is totally on this team and how this team can do in the championship,” Dennis said.The meet is set to begin Friday at 2 p.m. and continue through Saturday.
Talking to Spencer Smith, it’s quickly obvious that he is a family man. But mention his brother, Connor Smith, and his face brightens, his eyes widen and a toothy grin takes shape. When they were younger, Spencer Smith, a redshirt sophomore fullback, and Connor, a redshirt junior offensive lineman, played many sports together, including soccer, basketball and baseball. But football is where they have always shared their strongest bond.The two played high school football at Colerain, a perennial public school powerhouse on the outskirts of Cincinnati, where they were coached by their father, Joe Smith. The brothers have since migrated 90 miles north to play at Ohio State.“I’d say first of all, my brother’s probably my best friend,” Spencer Smith said. “That’s one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here in the end is because of my relationship with him.”Connor Smith has truly relished the time spent with his brother even though they have always lived under the same roof and live together off campus.“Me and my brother, we’ve been on every team together growing up,” Connor Smith said. “We hang out all the time; it’s really a neat situation.”Considering all the quality time the brothers enjoy together, it comes as no surprise that OSU football is truly a family affair for the Smiths. Joe Smith was an offensive tackle and four-year letterman at OSU from 1979-1982. For him, the experience of playing OSU football has come full circle.“It’s been great for me, but truly it’s about them, the experience that they get a chance to go through,” said Joe Smith, now a veterinarian at College Hill Animal Hospital in Cincinnati. “It gives you something in common for the rest of your life with your boys.”The relationship between the two only seemed to strengthen on the football field, especially at Colerain high school. They were only on the field together for one season, but they did not waste any opportunity to line up side by side.“My junior year, when we played right next to each other, that was an unbelievable experience just knowing that I had a lot of trust in him. It’s something that’s almost indescribable,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s got your back, you’ve got his back. It’s like a bond that’s even stronger than just a teammate’s bond.”Now that they are at OSU and play different positions, the brothers don’t see much of each other on the field. But they manage to run into each other through alternative means.“When we played in high school, we were together a lot,” Connor Smith said. “We’re sort of coached by the same people now, so we’re in a lot of our meetings together now.”Because Joe Smith coached his sons in high school and was also available at home, the brothers picked his brain to get a sense of his football acumen.“He always pushed us hard. When we wanted to be pushed, he pushed,” Connor Smith said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He was a very good model for me and Spence.”Spencer Smith said his father was often a closed book when asked about his experiences playing at OSU. But Joe Smith always referenced an OSU coaching icon.“He’s a very humble man. I’d learn stuff through other people because he was so humble,” Spencer Smith said. “But he talked about Woody Hayes. He was recruited by Woody Hayes, and he played his redshirt year for Woody Hayes. That’s who he came to play for at Ohio State.”In Joe Smith’s mind, the brothers had enough of an innate desire for success that he did not need to get his point across often. However, that does not mean that he treated his sons differently than their teammates.“There were a few times when I had to get after them for effort, and I certainly made it publicly known. Me and the [Colerain] head coach both had sons on the team, and we had to make sure we didn’t play any favorites,” Joe Smith said. “You actually overcompensate because you’re harder on your own kids, but you do that to make sure there isn’t a prejudice there with the other kids.”For Spencer and Connor Smith, the coaching continued well after practice. Not only could they turn to their “coach” for advice on strategy and technique — but for guidance and life lessons, too. “I talk to my dad, if not every night, six out of seven nights of the week,” Spencer Smith said. “He’s always there to encourage me. It’s good because he’s been where I’ve been. Maybe different positions, maybe [at a] different time, but when it comes down to it, the tradition and excellence of how good either of our teams were, we’ve been in a lot of similar situations. “He’s probably been the biggest influence of my life, and he always has the right things to say. He knows what I’m going through, and it’s nice to always talk to him.”Spencer, Connor, and Joe Smith might have gone through many of the same exhilarating victories and heartbreaking losses, but according to Joe, the game has changed since his playing days.“Things were different then,” Joe Smith said. “There were more kids on scholarship, more kids to compete against. Spring ball was a lot longer. We didn’t have a mandatory academic day on Monday. We practiced every day. “The time commitment was more back then, just from what I can see. I think the way the coaches have to coddle the athlete now is much different.”But what hasn’t changed is OSU football’s tradition of excellence. Surviving the rest of the season will be tough Spencer Smith said, but he believes the team has a great foundation for success.“It takes an effort to manage your time, but you have all the support staff around you that makes it possible,” Spencer said. “It would be tough to do it all on your own.”Both on the field and in their family, support will never be an issue for the Smith brothers. They hope to carry their unbreakable bond to a national championship and use it to further the tradition of the OSU football family.“The goal is to win the national championship. We’ve been pretty close the last couple of years,” Spencer Smith said. “The Big Ten championship is always one of our team goals. You win the Big Ten championship, you’re always in the national title hunt.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJIA fees increase: Initial expansion plans could have offset expenses – JagdeoApril 26, 2019In “latest news”CAL ultimatum withdrawn as ‘dumping of duty-free items’ issue resolvedJune 21, 2016In “Business”Travelspan to partner with American Airlines for NYC/Guyana flightsSeptember 26, 2018In “latest news” With effect from April 1, 2019, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport announced that there will be an increase in its airport security fees and the introduction of an airport passenger’s service charge.In light of this new development, Caribbean Airlines in a statement issued stated that the new fees/charges for a round trip will be US$35 or an equivalent of GUY$7,315.Departing passenger will be required to pay US$17 while arriving passengers will pay US$15 payable in Guyana Dollars at the prevailing foreign exchange rate.The CJIA has reportedly advised all airlines that these increases are to support improvements at the airport. The Caribbean Airlines stated that to minimize to its valued customers, from April 15, 2019, the airlines would facilitate collection of the new fees at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.For departing passengers, these fees will be collected at the check in counters and for arriving passengers, it will be collected in the arrival hall.The airline noted that for tickets purchased after July 1, 2019, the fees will be automatically included in the cost of the ticket at the time of purchase. Attempts to contact the airport’s Chief Executive Officer, Ramesh Ghir for a comment proved futile.A US$150 million contract was inked to upgrade the CJIA in 2011 and catered for a new arrival terminal, four passenger boarding bridges and other amenities. This project was expected to be completed in 2018 but the deadline was adjusted to March 31, 2019.A model of the new CJIAHowever, an additional 86Million was pumped into the project for the construction of an access road and several other infrastructure works.
Domestic violence has shown its ugly colours once again, as a mother of six was stabbed to death on Thursday evening by her reputed husband.The dead woman has been identified as 39-year-old Farida Khayum of Lot Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast.Dead, Farida KhayumBased on reported received, the now dead woman and her reputed husband were involved in a heated argument during which he armed himself with a knife and dealt her several blows to her body.She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Suddie Regional Hospital.Inews understands that after committing the heinous crime, the suspect, Devanand Narine reportedly ingested a poisonous substance.He is presently under guards at the Suddie Hospital. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCarpenter arraigned for murder of reputed wifeMay 24, 2019In “Court”MP urges abused women to seek helpMay 28, 2019In “Crime”Man sentenced to 30 years for 2012 murder of reputed wifeJuly 19, 2019In “Court”
Shawn Roberts, 45, was sentenced to six months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to stealing a several food items from a vendor.The charge read that on June 2, 2019 at the Ferry Stelling at Stabroek Market, he stole a quantity of salt fish, ground provisions and carrots valued at $59,000 from Janel Jupiter.The unrepresented man told that court that he stole the food items in order to get money to buy medicine.“I was involved in an accident and after leaving the hospital I decided to steal the salt fish in order to sell it to buy my medication,” he stated.The sentence was handed down by Magistrate Faith McGusty. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan gets 9 months jail for stealing hardware itemsNovember 1, 2016In “Court”Fish Vendor granted bail for allegedly stealing from CousinApril 23, 2014In “Crime”Clothes vendor accused of stealing gold band placed on $30,000 bailApril 5, 2016In “Crime”
An early morning fire today (Saturday 10 August, 2019) destroyed the home and vehicles of the newly appointed Police Commander of ‘G’ Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands), Crystal Robinson.INews understands that the fire started sometime after midnight on Friday at the Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, residence.The Commander told this publication this morning that she was at the Police Pageant at the National Cultural Center, when she received a call around 00:30h, informing her of the fire.However by the time she arrived at the scene, her two storey home was already completely engulfed in flames. Unfortunately, they were unable to save anything from the blaze.Robinson related that she lived in the house for 51 years with her parents and other relatives. Luckily, none of the five occupants were at home at the time of the fire.According to the senior police woman, a neighbor had observed flames in the garage, which contained three vehicles that were all destroyed. She noted that the Guyana Fire Service was immediately summoned but took some time to get there.“When I got here then is when they start [to put out the fire]. They said they had some problems. The first fire tender stick in some mud, the second came without water and when the third one came I don’t know what happened with them but when I got there the building was already flat. They were pumping water from the trench,” Robinson recalled.So far, the Commander said she was visited by at least three different sets of investigators, who told her “the experts” would have to be called in to conduct some examination to determine the cause of the fire since this is yet to be confirmed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPF pledges full support to G Division Commander after fire guts homeAugust 13, 2019In “latest news”Mother, 2 children escape WCD fireOctober 19, 2017In “Crime”3-year-old perishes in early morning fireDecember 30, 2016In “latest news”
The University of Guyana recorded an estimated 4000 new student enrollments for the new academic year 2019/2020, which is the largest to date.Entering into its 57th year of existence, a fresh batch of students entering UG were formally welcomed to the facility during a ceremonial orientation exercise.The significance of attaining a university education was underscored by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed during her keynote address.“A university education will set you immediately from others who have not had this opportunity. A university education is the first of all life changing indicators and this confers mobility and lifelong opportunities that are not available to others,” Professor Mohamed stated.On this note, Mohammed charged the students to take advantage of the opportunities offered.“Your university education is funded in large parts by the people of this country, many of those people on whose backs we stand will never see the inside of a university. They work hard, they pay their tax and those taxes come to us and so for that reason we must take every opportunity,” she emphasised.Held at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre, the ceremonial opening wraps up a packed week of orientation activities, and acts as a medium of motivation for those pursuing their tertiary education. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS based family gifts land, property to UG towards bursary for Berbice studentsJanuary 20, 2018In “Business”Over 3,000 new university students enrolled at Turkeyen CampusAugust 29, 2018In “latest news”52nd convocation…Valedictorian calls for improved services at UGNovember 11, 2018In “latest news”
ASK THE AVERAGE Irish person on the street about Iceland, and there’s a general perception that the country was far more proactive at tackling its financial meltdown than we were.The island nation of roughly 300,000 people suffered the largest systematic banking crisis of any county, relative to its size, in October 2008. It’s managed to keep its finances in order since then, largely due to government-imposed capital controls introduced to protect the currency.But coming up to the fifth anniversary of the collapse, there are fears that the country has merely prolonged its problems rather than solving them; a recent article in Fortune described Iceland as “Europe’s ticking time bomb,” and speculated that another meltdown could be on the cards.According to the man who sparked the 2008 ‘Kitchenware’ protests that helped bring down the country’s government, life for the average Icelander hasn’t improved much either in the last few years — in spite of the optimism that followed the elections of April 2009.“It feels like we’re at the bottom,” Hördur Torfason tells The Journal.ie as we meet for an interview in the lobby of the Clarence Hotel (the location was supposed to be the Grand Social, which would have been far more fitting, but it’s closed this early in the afternoon — even for leaders of foreign revolutions). “There’s no target, we don’t really know when its going to end”.One thing that is certain, Icelanders were far more organised when it came to protesting and demanding answers from their government in the wake of the 2008 collapse. Torfason — a musician, artist and actor by trade — organised mass rallies outside the parliament in Reykjavik calling for the resignation of the administration that had overseen the economic crisis. He’s been on sort of a World Tour of Protest in the last few years, following the success of the ‘Kitchenware Revolution’.Torfason says he felt compelled to stage the demonstrations, after the public of Iceland were left reeling with confusion after the events of October 2008.“On October 6th, the Prime Minister of Iceland came onto national television, telling us a speech that ended in the words ‘God Save Iceland’.“I asked the guys around me — it was in a barbershop — ‘do you know what he was saying?’”(One of the ‘Kitchenware’ demos in January 2009. BRYNJAR GAUTI/AP/Press Association Images)The following Friday, Torfason says, there were people “shaking with anger” outside the parliament building. An ad-hoc protest had been organised via Facebook, but the young man behind it had been overwhelmed by the depth of feeling of those turning out. Torfason took over the effort, and organised a protest for the following day.The mass rallies took off, with between 3,000 and 6,000 attending for the next few months.“This is something people had never seen before. I said to people ‘do you want another meeting a week from now’ — the response came ‘yes’, from thousands of people.”Torfason says that at the beginning of the movement “it was all about controlling the anger”. Soon, though, he began crowdsourcing possible solutions Icelanders might want to see.“There was a long list of demands, but eventually it got down to three — that the Government should resign, that the board of the national bank should resign and the board of the money supervisory authority should resign.”The weekly rallies continued. The administration headed by Geir Haarde resigned the following spring; that was after the head of the Central Bank had been forced out in February of 2009 and the director of the Financial Supervisory Authority was told to stand down in January of the same year.Torfason, as you might imagine, is keen to talk up the role the protests played in influencing this fallout. There was, of course, wider pressure from throughout society too — but it’s difficult to argue that the presence of a large group of demonstrators outside a country’s parliament might focus the minds of those within its corridors.Now a semi-retired revolutionary, Torfason has visited twelve countries in the last three years, answering calls from groups keen to learn from his experience.“I do a talk for an hour, about the way I see my experience in protesting.”Property tax hunger striker Tony Rochford (Photocall Ireland)He’s in Dublin to help out with a demonstration planned for next Wednesday, organised by Meath-man Tony Rochford, who hit the headlines earlier this summer as he staged a hunger strike over the property tax.“I’m not coming here to take over. I’m here to share my experience, to share how I work. It’s brought me around the world so far… I’m going to Greece next.“When this came up, I thought — finally, because in 2008 I was contacting people in Ireland, Denmark, France asking ‘what are you doing over there?’. They were like, ‘what are you talking about?’“We were the first ones to react to this bank crisis but it took the rest of the world almost two years — it was the end of 2010 when I began to get these calls from around the world.”Torfason will be giving the politicians in Leinster House a taste of what their Icelandic counterparts experienced back in 2008 when he addresses Rochford’s planned rally this Wednesday. The stated aim of the demonstration is to “lock the Government out of the Dáil” — however, organisers insist they’ll be taking a peaceful approach, and that “the amount of people that show up will dictate what happens on the day”.As for the advice Torfason has been giving them, he stresses that it’s all about listening — listening, and distilling the feedback into a clear call to action:“The confusion is in favour of the government that’s what I understood, so that’s why I asked people what they want, what they could get behind”So, if you happen to be passing through Kildare Street this Wednesday and a softly-spoken man with an unplaceable accent asks for your take on the state of the country, spare two seconds and let him know what you think.You never know what might happen.Read: Three thousand sign up to ‘lock the Government out of the Dáil’ >Read: Property tax hunger striker: ‘I’d say I won’t last too long’ >
GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN have discovered a large haul of cannabis plants after attending a fire at a house in Inchicore in the early hours of this morning.The fire broke out on Tyrconnell Street in Dublin 8 at around 1.50am today. When Gardaí entered a house beside the blaze as part of the investigation, they found what has been described as an ‘elaborate’ cultivation site.The house contained cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €80,000 as well as cultivation equipment.The scene at the house has been preserved for a technical examination.Gardaí said no-one has been arrested in connection with the investigation.
Scorers for Donegal: Colm McFadden 1-3 (0-2f), Ross Wherity 1-0, Michael Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), Patrick McBrearty 0-2, David Walsh, Rory Kavanagh 0-1 each.Scorers for Tyrone: Sean Cavanagh (0-1f), Mattie Donnelly 0-2 each, Conor McAliskey, Niall Morgan (0-1f), Justin McMahon, Martin Penrose, Stephen O’Neill, Colm Cavanagh 0-1 each.DONEGAL: Paul Durcan (Four Masters); Paddy McGrath (Ardara), Neil McGee (Gweedore), Eamonn McGee (Gweedore); Anthony Thompson (Naomh Conaill), Declan Walsh (Malin), Frank McGlynn (Glenfin); Neil Gallagher (Glenswilly), Rory Kavanagh (St Eunan’s); David Walsh (St Brigid’s), Leo McLoone (Naomh Conaill), Ryan Bradley (Buncrana); Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar), Michael Murphy (Glenswilly), Colm McFadden (St Michael’s).Subs: Mark McHugh (Kilcar) for McGlynn, Martin O’Reilly (Sean MacCumhaill’s) for Bradley, Karl Lacey (Four Masters) for Thompson, Ross Wherity (St Eunan’s) for McLoone. TYRONE: Niall Morgan (Edendork); PJ Quinn (Moortown), Conor Clarke (Omagh), Cathal McCarron (Dromore); Justin McMahon (Omagh), Joe McMahon (Omagh), Conor Gormley (Carrickmore); Colm Cavanagh (Moy), Sean Cavanagh (Moy); Mark Donnelly (Carrickmore), Peter Harte (Errigal Ciaran), Matthew Donnelly (Trillick); Martin Penrose (Carrickmore), Stephen O’Neill (Clann na Gael), Conor McAliskey (Clonoe).Subs: Patrick McNeice (Coalisland) for McAliskey, Dermot Carlin (Killyclogher) for Quinn, Kyle Coney (Ardboe) for Mark Donnelly, Aidan Cassidy (Augher) for Justin McMahon.Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill dejected.Pic: INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh surrounded by 9 Donegal playersAs it happened: Donegal v Tyrone, Ulster SFC quarter-final Donegal 2-10Tyrone 0-10DONEGAL issued a strong statement of their intentions in their opening 2013 championship tussle in Ballybofey this afternoon.The reigning All-Ireland champions squeezed the life out of Tyrone’s challenge in the second-half to triumph in their Ulster quarter-final clash.In a match that had been heavily billed beforehand, it took goals from Colm McFadden and substitute Ross Wherity to help Donegal claim the spoils against a Tyrone team that finished the game with 14 men after Joe McMahon was sent off after being shown a second yellow card.In a high quality opening period – despite the wet weather conditions – Donegal lead by 1-6 to 0-7 at the interval. Both Mark McHugh and Karl Lacey were late pre-match withdrawals for Donegal yet both players still came on as substitutes during the match.McFadden’s 32nd minute goal was the key score of the half as he slotted home a right foot shot after a beautiful knock down into his path by Patrick McBrearty. McFadden and Michael Murphy also fired over some excellent points but Tyrone kept in touch thanks to quality efforts from the likes of Colm Cavanagh, Stephen O’Neill and Mattie Donnelly.Tyrone began the second-half impressively as they tied the game through early points from Sean Cavanagh and Justin McMahon. But they would then endure a scoring drought of 32 minutes with their shooting letting them down in attack and goalkeeper Niall Morgan enduring a poor afternoon from frees.Donegal took control aided by a 50th minute goal by substitute Ross Wherity as he palmed the ball to the net after a terrific run by Patrick McBrearty cut open the Tyrone defence.From there Donegal closed out the game and ran out convincing victors to set up a semi-final meeting with Down or Derry.Tyrone’s Joe McMahon involved in an incident with Ross Wherity of Donegal.Pic: INPHO/James Crombie
Underworld figure Tony Mokbel has accused the Australian government of knowingly violating international law when it extradited him from Greece four years ago. Mokbel’s lawyer, defence lawyer Debbie Mortimer, SC ,argued the Australian Government ignored its obligations under international law and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. She argued Australian and Greek officials had unlawfully rushed through Mokbel’s extradition following his arrest after 15 months on the run in 2008, despite knowing he was taking steps to present his case to the European court. Ms Mortimer said the two governments had an obligation to allow Mokbel time to present his case to the human rights court, even though it might have taken years to reach a conclusion. Mokbel, 47, is now seeking to appeal his conviction and 30-year jail sentence on the basis he can never get a fair trial and seeks a permanent stay on any retrial. An email from the Attorney-General’s department to the Australian Federal Police has been submitted as an example of Mokbel’s efforts to put his case to the human rights court being “consciously frustrated” by Australian officials. The May 2008 email states: “It would be advisable to arrange [with Greek authorities] for surrender as soon as possible and if possible prior to Greece’s notification of the application by the ECHR.” It has been submitted by his lawyers that the email “can be read in no other way than as an exhortation to the AFP to arrange for the applicant’s return quickly, before he could obtain interim measures, and in any event in order to avoid the delay which might result from the ECHR determining the merits of his application”. Mokbel’s defence lawyers have also submitted that he had planned to argue to the human rights court that he would have been forced to endure “inhumane or degrading treatment and punishment” upon being extradited to Australia and placed in the high-security Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison. He intended to submit that his life would have also been placed in danger. The prosecution has submitted that Mokbel’s appeal must fail as he had not established that an earlier Supreme Court which found the extradition was lawful, was unreasonable. The appeal hearing continues. Source: The Age, ABC Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
L’iPad : source de problèmes techniques sur les réseaux universitairesÉtats-Unis – Les universités George Washington, Princeton et Cornell ont décidé d’interdire l’iPad dans l’enceinte de leurs établissements. Celui-ci serait à l’origine de problèmes techniques sur les réseaux.Il y a quelques semaines, le gouvernement israélien bannissait de son territoire la dernière création de la marque à la pomme. Motif invoqué : l’iPad serait source d’interférences avec les réseaux de l’armée. Aujourd’hui, les universités américaines accusent la tablette d’induire des problèmes techniques sur les réseaux. D’après ce qu’a révélé hier le Wall Street Journal, l’iPad bloquerait les intranets et réseaux privés des établissements. Apparemment, l’iPad, comme l’iPhone et l’iPod touch, empêcherait l’usage d’environ 20% des appareils en service sur les réseaux. Suite à la découverte de ce dysfonctionnement, des experts de Princeton coopèrent avec ceux d’Apple pour résoudre ces difficultés.Le 20 avril 2010 à 11:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Nassau – If you are wondering what happened to hurricane Irma, well she died or dissipated over the southern United States since Tuesday. Irma is blamed for the deaths of 79 people, including 43 in the Caribbean. The storm, which was historic for so many reasons, first caught forecasters attention on August 27th as a tropical wave off the west African coast, after which she quickly developed into one of the strongest storms in history, wind speeds were put at 185mph which is well above Cat 5 qualification.While some countries have not yet reported on the cost of the storm to their nation, it is already estimated that hurricane Irma left a damage price tag of over $62 billion. It was one week ago today that Hurricane Irma touched down in the TCI and South eastern Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto credit: ABC7 New York Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Recommended for you August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews