BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – This small Nova Scotia town is reckoning with the long shadow of a criminal prosecution involving so many of its children.Under a national spotlight because of an intimate photo ring that ensnared more than two dozen teenagers — some as young as 13 — Bridgewater is now trying to find a way to move on.On Wednesday, a judge handed conditional discharges to six young men who had shared 19 girls’ images on Dropbox without consent.But in his decision, Judge Paul Scovil implicitly acknowledged the case’s profound impact on the town — and chastised those who gossiped about the girls.Scovil said the young men had accepted responsibility, but others in the town blamed the victims.During sentencing, he relayed comments from the mother of one victim who called the experience “complete hell.”“She described walking into meetings to hear co-workers talking about the Dropbox and calling the girls ‘sluts’ and ‘whores’ and listening to comments such as ‘What kind of parents are they, to have their daughters involved in such a thing?’” said Scovil, adding that the woman eventually took a leave of absence from work over the constant gossip.Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell said Thursday his constituents needed to find a way to end the judgments.“This is a small community where people know the victims and people know the perpetrators,” said Mitchell in an interview. “There has to be some caution in our community that we’re not going to go down a road of ruining lives through gossip and public shaming.“It doesn’t move us forward as a town. It’s not productive. For the victims, we need to move on as they are moving on.”The case of the six young Bridgewater men was one Canada’s largest involving a relatively untested law introduced in 2015 to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. The law came after the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, whose family says a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour.The six boys — whose identities are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act — made headlines country-wide as their case wound its way through the court, drawing the ire of the community of roughly 8,500 on the province’s South Shore.In an agreed statement of facts, the girls cited a variety of motivations for sending the images. Some young women felt pressured by what they described as persistent requests for intimate images, while others said they were vying for boys’ affections or just joking around, the statement said.Mitchell said the problems revealed by the case weren’t unique to Bridgewater.“Having our town in the national spotlight for something like this, it’s disheartening. For some, it’s been maddening,” he said.“But this can happen to anyone. These weren’t bad kids, and it still happened. It could happen anywhere. Kids today face social pressures that we as adults simply did not have and probably don’t fully comprehend. To move forward, we need to talk to our kids about what happened because it’s happening everywhere in the country.”During Wednesday’s sentencing, Scovil said the young men’s actions and the overall reaction from the community has brought “pain and anguish” upon the young girls.None of the girls were present in court as Scovil appeared to allude to Parsons’ suicide.“We in Nova Scotia have recent experience on a very tragic level dealing with young women who have had their intimate pictures exposed to others,” said Scovil.“It’s discouraging that (society), after all we have gone through in this province, would still look to women and blame them for what took place.”He took defence lawyers to task for arguing in their joint submission that the girls should have known photos shared through Snapchat could have been saved. He said that wrongfully blamed the victims.“Such thinking and such comments harken back to a time of sexual stereotyping that anyone who has been offended against sexually must have put themselves in that position and be asking for it,” said Scovil. “I wish to make it clear to each and every one of the victims and their families: These girls did nothing wrong. It is not their fault.”But defence lawyer Stan MacDonald said that was not the intent of their arguments. He said what the six lawyers did was present an “alternative view.”“At no point in time did we make any attempt whatsoever to blame any victims. I take issue with the comments that the judge made,” said MacDonald outside of court on Wednesday.The boys, who are all from the Bridgewater area, admitted to forming a private Facebook group to exchange photos of the girls, who ranged in age from 13 to 17.Scovil acknowledged that the young men involved in the incident have completed a restorative justice program and have showed remorse for their actions.“I strongly stress that at no time did these young men attempt in any way to place blame on the victims. I am very appreciative of that. The same, however, cannot be said in relation to both (defence) counsel submissions on their behalf and the community at large,” he said.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
Perth: Young striker Sumit Kumar Jr struck a brace after comeback-man Rupinder Pal Singh opened the scoring as India’s men’s hockey thumped Australia ‘A’ 3-0, here Friday. Drag-flicker Rupinder, competing after nearly eight-month injury layoff , scored in the the sixth minute to give the visitors the lead. Sumit found the back of the net in the 12th and 13th minutes, helping India win their second game in a row. The aggressive Indians dominated the first quarter, constantly looked to break into the striking circle. The tactic worked as all three goals were scored in the first quarter putting the home team on the back-foot. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju India’s first goal came when the team won their first short corner of the match. Rupinder showed good nick, as he timed the flick well with good power and speed to send it past the opposition goalkeeper. Defender Harmanpreet Singh’s skillful tackling saw Australia ‘A’ lose ball possession which led to India’s second goal. A fine assist by skipper Manpreet Singh to Sumit saw the youngster score a superb field goal in the 12th minute. The home team were left stunned when India converted their third goal in the very next minute when striker Akashdeep Singh set-up the goal scored by 21-year-old Sumit. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters With a formidable 3-0 lead in the first quarter, India did well in terms of stitching together good defence to hold off the Australian attack. Harmanpreet remained a vital cog of Indian defence as he won possession from Australian ball-carrier on several occasions that broke the home team’s rhythm. Australia’s lone goal-scoring opportunity came in the second quarter when they created a PC but India goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was up to the task. “It was a very good first quarter with the basics right. After a 3-0 lead, it was important we stayed focused on the process. The second and third quarter was tight. I was happy with the things we have been working on, we created a lot of opportunities and I believe we can still do better in our finishing,” Indian chief coach, Graham Reid said. India will play their next game on Monday where the team will look to continue their fine run in the tour. “The next game will be harder and we are looking forward to it. The team will be stronger from today’s which had about seven national players from Australian senior team. But it’s a good progression,” Reid added.
Paramedics treated two men at the same address in Tillsonburg this weekend for opioid overdoses.A 21-year-old male and a 29-year-old male went into medical distress within five minutes of each other. Each overdoses warranted its own 911 call.The first 911 call came around 5:37 p.m. Sunday. When Oxford OPP arrived, they were told that Oxford paramedics were tending to the situation. Police report that someone inside the apartment administered two doses of the opioid antidote naloxone before first responders arrived. The victim was taken to hospital for additional treatment.The second call for the 29-year-old male came in around 5:42 p.m. OPP officers responding to the second call administered two doses of naloxone and began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.“Not only were officers and paramedics attending this address able to quickly identify an opioid overdose, a resident also observed the signs and immediately administered naloxone prior to emergency services arriving,” Insp. Tony Hymers, head of the Oxford OPP, said in a news release. “When someone is overdosing, minutes can make the difference between life and death.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban, waiting for new season, faces trial on insider trading claim by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2013 1:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DALLAS – With the Dallas Mavericks’ season-opening game still a month away, the pro basketball team’s outspoken owner, Mark Cuban, will be seeing a different kind of court this week.The government’s insider-trading case against Cuban goes to trial Monday in federal court in Dallas. Cuban is expected to testify, and experts say the verdict could come down to whether jurors find the billionaire and regular on the ABC reality show “Shark Tank” to be likable or smug.Cuban is accused of using insider information to dump his stock in a small Internet-search company in 2004 just before the shares fell in value. He avoided $750,000 in losses. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants Cuban to give up the money and pay a civil penalty.The SEC’s key piece of evidence is a phone call between Cuban and the CEO of Mamma.com. According to the SEC, the CEO told Cuban he had confidential information to share and Cuban agreed to keep it to himself. When the CEO said the company planned an offering of new stock, the SEC alleges, Cuban became angry because the offering would reduce the value of his 600,000 shares — and there was nothing he could do about it.“Well now I’m screwed. I can’t sell,” Cuban said, according to the SEC.But over the following two days, that’s exactly what Cuban did, unloading his shares before the company publicly announced the stock offering.Cuban disputes the SEC’s version of the facts, and his lawyers argue that insider-trading laws didn’t prohibit him from selling his shares.U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater agreed and dismissed the lawsuit in 2009, but his ruling was overturned by an appeals court, which sent the case back to Fitzwater for trial.James Meyers, a former enforcement attorney at the SEC now in private practice in Washington, said that insider-trading cases are hard to prove because they rely on circumstantial evidence — a phone call, a stock trade, and a presumed link between the two — and because some jurors don’t believe there’s anything wrong with insider trading.Cuban is expected to testify.“A lot of it will come down to how Cuban comes across,” Meyers said. He said that if he were Cuban’s lawyer, “I would tell him to come across as humble and affable and not as master of the universe.”Sports Illustrated listed Cuban among the 50 most powerful people in sports. He’s known for building the Mavericks into a winner and drawing at least $1.5 million in league fines, mostly for berating referees.When the SEC sued Cuban in 2008, he went after the regulators. He accused SEC staff of bias — targeting him because of his political views and wealth. The SEC’s inspector general, a government watchdog, said staffers made inappropriate comments about Cuban, but judged that their conduct didn’t affect handling of the case.James Cox, a law professor at Duke University who specializes in securities law, predicted that the SEC will win and said that Cuban should have settled. The stakes are high for the SEC too, he said. If the agency loses at trial, it might hesitate before filing the next insider-trading lawsuit.The SEC has some recent victories, including an August verdict against a former Goldman Sachs trader for misleading investors in a huge deal involving risky mortgage-backed securities. But the agency could use a high-profile win in Dallas. The regulator has taken years of pounding for failing to uncover Bernard Madoff’s massive investment fraud or bring charges against any top executives of Wall Street banks whose conduct contributed to the 2008 financial crisis.
Alcoa reaches low-cost electricity agreement with Hydro-Quebec AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2014 9:55 am MDT Alcoa and Hydro-Quebec have reached a long-term agreement that will see the multinational’s three aluminum smelters continue to receive low-cost electricity as the company tries to tap into growing demand for the lightweight metal from the automotive industry.Alcoa had threatened last October to close its facilities in Quebec if the provincially owned utility refused to lower its electricity rates.As rumours of a spring provincial election intensify, Premier Pauline Marois travelled to Baie-Comeau on Tuesday to participate in the announcement of the deal with the U.S. metal producer.No details were released on what Alcoa will pay for electricity.The agreement runs through 2030 for smelters in Becancour and Deschambault and through 2036 for the smelter in Baie-Comeau.As a result of the agreement, Alcoa says it will proceed with $250 million of planned investments at the smelters over the next five years to improve productivity.The aluminum company said the investment will allow it to increase production of aluminum used for auto manufacturing while reducing production of commodity-grade aluminum at the Baie-Comeau casthouse as automakers turn to the lightweight metal for more fuel-efficient vehicles.Alcoa said automakers expect that aluminum content in North American vehicles will quadruple by 2015 and increase tenfold by 2025 from 2012 levels.“The agreement will help Alcoa achieve its goal of moving down the global aluminum cost curve and the casthouse optimization will help meet growing demand for aluminum in the North American auto market,” said Bob Wilt, president of Alcoa Global Primary Products.However, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) said it will no longer modernize the Baie-Comeau facility by building a new potline to replace the two Soderberg potlines it closed last year.In a news release, Marois said the challenges facing the aluminum industry required that the 2008 energy supply agreement be reopened to preserve 3,000 Alcoa jobs in the province.“I am particularly proud of the signing of this agreement, which marks a new beginning in our relationship with Alcoa in addition to ensuring the sustainability of its operations in Quebec and maintenance of quality jobs in our regions for at least 15 years,” she said.Under the agreement, Alcoa will provide its expertise in the design of vehicles using lightweight aluminum to support the Quebec government’s electric transportation strategy by considering the Baie-Comeau facility as a potential source for emerging technology applications, including aluminum-air batteries.Alcoa recently entered into a joint development agreement with clean technology company Phinergy to further develop its battery, which can be used in electric vehicles. Alcoa will also provide financial support and lend technical expertise to government-led programs focused on the use of aluminum to reduce vehicle weight.“We want to use this new agreement as a springboard to make Quebec a world leader in electric transportation,” Marois added.In October, the premier accused Alcoa of being alarmist by threatening to close its factories unless it secured lower electricity prices.Rio Tinto Alcan, another large aluminum producer with large smelting operations in Quebec, welcomed the deal with Alcoa and hoped it signals the province will be receptive to its request to have lower electricity prices for future projects.“It shows us that the government sees the importance of regional development and the aluminum industry in the regions, so it’s great news for us because we are mostly in the regions and we are investing lots of money year after year,” spokeswoman Claudine Gagnon said in an interview.The Montreal-based division of Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) expects to spend about $200 million this year to maintain its operations after completing a couple of large investment projects in Quebec, such as a new AP60 pilot production facility and turbine upgrade at Shipshaw. Several large investments are temporarily on hold until market conditions improve.Gagnon said the company has asked the province to reduce the electricity rate for these projects to less than 2.65 cents per kilowatt hour, from the L-rate of 4.3 cents.“We are asking that our future projects have a competitive price,” she said. “When we look at the aluminum industry around the world, 75 per cent of the industry is paying less than what we are paying right now.”The agreement with Alcoa comes as Quebec’s electricity exports face pressure from declining demand in the United States.Electricity consumption stopped growing in the past few years in the U.S., according to a study released Tuesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.Retail electricity sales in 2012 were 1.9 per cent lower than in the peak year of 2007. For the first 10 months of 2013, retail electricity sales were down 0.7 per cent from the same period in 2012.The decrease is partly attributed on the 2008 economic recession, but the council said that energy efficiency programs also played a role in lowering demand.— With files from Alexandre Robillard.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter
In the podcast the singer told Mr Corbyn he has an “obsession” with compost and when the opposition leader questioned him further asking: “Do you turn the compost? … and do you put rods in? and do you water your heap?”, the star replied: “I wee on it!” His prized produce, which includes sweetcorn, leeks and artichokes, is complemented by his special compost, he revealed. In a surprising revelation the Labour leader revealed in a podcast to singer Will Young how adding urine to compost is “excellent” and says “everyone in allotments does”. Far from being shocked, Mr Corbyn responded: “Well that too,… Jeremy Corbyn has revealed the secret to his flourishing allotment – how he ‘waters’ his compost.
The death of a student who took ecstasy as a “final fling” following the end of her university exams has prompted a pathologist to warn young people against fooling themselves into believing they are immortal.Joana Burns was with a group of friends celebrating the end of her final year of a maths degree at Sheffield Hallam University when she took £7 worth of the drug.Miss Burns rolled the powdered drug, also known as MDMA, into ‘bombs’ and took one before she went into the union building on June 6 last year.But after taking another bomb in the early hours of the morning the 22-year-old vomited it straight back up and began fitting before being rushed to hospital, where she later died.Pathologist Kim Suvarna told an inquest into her death on Wednesday that Miss Burns died from drug toxicity after the MDMA reacted with enzymes in her body, causing it to overheat.Dr Suvarna, a Consultant Histopathologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said people up and down the country, like Miss Burns and her friends, take the drug without paying too much thought to the dangers.But he added: “There’s no such thing as a safe drug, particularly with this kind of psychoactive substance. 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. “If you are susceptible, they will kill you. The young tend to believe they can do things they wish because they are young and immortal. Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply.”Lewis Birch, Miss Burns’s boyfriend, told the hearing at Sheffield Coroner’s Court that she had taken the ecstasy willingly and he thought it was probably the third time she had done so.He said they were with a group who decided to go to the Tuesday Club at Sheffield University students’ union – an event he said was known for the use of ecstasy.Mr Birch said he had paid £14 for two quarters of ecstasy – cheaper than the price he had previously paid – and that nobody else who took the drug in the group suffered any adverse effects.There had been reports at the time of Miss Burns’ death that one of her friends had also collapsed.Mr Birch, a former biomedical sciences student who said he had been in a relationship with Miss Burns for three years, said the group had decided to go out that night as a last celebration of their time at university.The night out was described by Detective Constable Elizabeth Cooper, who investigated Miss Burns’ death, as a “final fling”. Assistant coroner Abigail Combes recorded a verdict of misadventure.Following the inquest Miss Burns’s mother Mosca Burns, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, urged youngsters to resist the temptation to experiment with drugs.Speaking outside court she said: “I would prefer it if nobody took MDMA again because I don’t really think you can assess the risk.”It’s different every time you take it. It can have a different effect on your body, it’s made in different ways, in different recipes, in different places, by different people, with different ethics. So, it’s not worth the risk.”Mrs Burns has previously expressed the hope that her daughter, who wanted to be a maths teacher, would be remembered more as an inspiration for girls to take up maths rather than as another victim of illegal drugs.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBlairmont Estate sugar workers down tools, protest for better wagesNovember 27, 2018In “Business”Albion Estate cane harvesters picket GuySuCo’s ‘gang merger’ impositionAugust 4, 2017In “Business”Uitvlugt estate workers, pensioners protest new bank account requirementJune 27, 2018In “Business” Workers protesting at Albion on Wednesday, following GuySuCo’s decision to cut their wagesReeling from the unilateral move by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to reduce their earnings for canal cleaning by some 75 per cent, workers attached to the Albion Sugar Estate, after protesting the reduction, say the are now jobless.The workers expressed great frustration over the wages, outlining that to clean a four-foot canal, they are being paid $56 to clean each rod.“The rate before was $225 per rod and somebody came from the office in Georgetown and set that rate down. They cut it by 75 per cent without saying one word to us that they paying you that; no consultation,” said Gopaul Singh, one of the operators.Singh added that management at the Estate promised that there would be full consultation in the future.However, the workers staged a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday and when they informed management that they were going to resume work on Wednesday; they were reportedly told that the Estate had no work for them.“We are contending that they should pay the $225 until they have such matters resolved as to a rate they want to pay,” Singh stressed.Another worker, Nazir Hussain told this publication that what was done to workers was us unfair.“They did not ask us anything. They just came to a conclusion at $56, which is wrong and we and management tried to discuss it but it going in a circle,” he said.The sugar industry has been encountering significant challenges over the last several years with European markets having shelved preferential payments for sugar.Government after assuming office has implemented several austerity measures including the closure of several estates – Wales, East Demerara, Skeldon and Rose Hall. However, many of thousands of workers who lost employment say they have been finding great difficulty in garnering alternative employment.For those who remain, they have been complaining about not seeing wage increases or Annual Production Incentives (API).The three estates that remain in operation are Uitvlugt, Albion and Blairmont.
At the recent 40th African Mining Network dinner, Chris Griffith, CEO – Anglo American Platinum Ltd, gave a presentation which included updates on the range of continuous mechanised mining projects it is implementing. The presentation was titled Driving the future of the PGM industry – modernisation is an imperative.The Epiroc (Atlas Copco) 22H Mobile Miner or as Anglo refers the machine, the Rapid Mine Development System (RMDS) is designed to mine declines on reef to rapidly drop down & open new mining areas. It is starting production at the Twickenham mine with targeted advance rates of 200 m/mth.On the reef hard rock cutting side, the Sandvik MN220 machine operations continue at Twickenham with the machine designed to operates in 1 m high stopes, delivering low volume ore at the desired grade. Anglo is targeting a cutting rate of 3.9 m/shift and 1,200 m2/mth. This machine was first tested at Bathopele then modified before moving to Twickenham.The Sandvik Continuous Hauling System that will operate behind the RMDS consists of an 86 m flexible & mobile belt targeted to remove 100 t/h of material (particle size 250 mm x 70 mm x 70 mm). It is currently being assembled at Twickenham.Anglo Platinum has also tested a fleet of ultra-low profile (ULP) equipment at Twickenham consisting of a drill rig, roof bolter, dozer, sweeper and continuous loader. The ULP equipment aim is to achieve stoping rates of 4,000 m2/ mth from a half level.In the future, a new fuel cell dozer that runs on hydrogen carried in liquid form is expected to make its debut underground in 2019. A drum of the liquid fuel can power the dozer for several days. The aim is to allow dozer operations on a steep dip that has been very difficult to handle to date for mechanised trackless mining.
EHF Champions LeagueKIF KoldingVive Tauron Kielce After a pretty tight game, Vive Tauron Kielce beat at home KIF Kolding Kobenhavn 33:31. The Polish champions didn’t began their performance too well; KIF took the lead but a couple of Szmal’s saves allowed Kielce to equalize and they started gaining advantage right away. It may have seemed that leading 8:5 in 15 minute was an indication of one-sided game but Danes just made Kielce let their guards down and went ahead. This time it was Kolding’s goalkeeper Hvidt who was in the foreground and his team got the halftime lead (13:14 for Kielce).The second half was even more tight than the first one. Both teams surged back and forth, not being able to stabilise the result. The situation started getting more and more tense when with 10, 5, and finally 2 minutes to go the level was still draw. However, for these last moments it was Kielce that pushed ahead. When in the 60. minute Zorman gave his team 2-goal lead, the match was decided and 2 points went to Kielce.Vive Tauron Kielce – KIF Kolding 33:31 (13:14)Vive: Szmal, Sego – Jurecki 6, Tkaczyk 1, Jachlewski 3, Zroman 3, Bielecki 8/3, Lijewski 4, Strlek 1, Cupić 3, Aquinagalde 3, Chrapkowski, Reichmann, Kus 1, Vujović, Bis.KIF: Hvidt, Asmussen – Karlsson 3, Laen 6, Jorgensen 1, Spellerberg 10/3, Viudes, Andersson 6, Augustinussen, Igropulo 4, Kuhne, Landin 1.MARTYNA USNARSKA ← Previous Story SPARTA: FC Barcelona survive Skopje’s hell! Next Story → Men’s EHF CUP: Fuchse Berlin in danger in France
Pour célébrer la biodiversité, envoyez nous vos photos d’animaux sauvages !A l’heure où la liste des espèces menacées ne cesse de s’allonger, Maxisciences a décidé de faire appel à vos talents de photographe pour révéler la beauté des animaux qu’abrite notre planète. Espiègles ou craintives, minuscules ou majestueuses, rares ou très nombreuses, notre planète répertorie plus d’1,2 million d’espèces animales réparties aux quatre coins du globe. Mais si la liste des espèces connues s’allongent d’année en année, celle des animaux en danger se fait aussi de plus en plus fournie. Des spécimens victimes de la chasse à ceux décimés par la destruction de leur habitat, certaines populations animales accusent de graves baisses, bien que d’autres se portent à merveille.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pour rappeler cette fantastique biodiversité et par là-même l’importance de la préserver, Maxisciences a une nouvelle fois décidé de faire appel à vous et à vos appareils. Amateurs, passionnés ou professionnels, nous invitons tous les photographes à envoyer leurs plus beaux clichés d’animaux capturés dans leur milieu naturel dans les alentours, lors de petites escapades ou de grands voyages. L’occasion de redécouvrir les espèces qui nous entourent et celles qui se cachent dans les contrées les plus éloignées. Les photos doivent être envoyées avant le 2 mai à l’adresse : firstname.lastname@example.org.Si vous le désirez avec la petite anecdote qui va avec. Les plus belles seront sélectionnées et publiées sur le site la semaine suivante. Alors tous à vos appareils ! Le 19 avril 2012 à 18:03 • Maxime Lambert
Two families who live near two closed bases outside of Philadelphia can resume a lawsuit seeking to force the Navy to cover the cost of a medical monitoring program needed to assess the health impact of their years-long reliance on groundwater contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), following a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia reversed a portion of a July 2017 U.S. District Court decision, allowing the families to pursue their claim that the Navy fund a trust to cover a private party medical monitoring program, reported the Philly Voice. The appeals court, however, upheld the remainder of the district court’s decision, which dismissed the families’ request for a health assessment as it represented a “challenge” to the Navy’s ongoing cleanup effort under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).The two families used private wells for their drinking water. Testing showed that each had elevated levels of PFAS believed to stem from past use of firefighting foam at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster. Following the discovery that the wells were contaminated, the Navy provided the families with bottled water before connecting them to public water supplies. In both cases, though, the municipal sources also were contaminated with PFAS.Don’t miss the 2018 Base Redevelopment Forum next week in Portland, Maine! The event will include a special focus on how the military services and communities are tackling PFAS issues and collaborating to move forward. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dashboard Confessional Return: First LP In 8 years dashboard-confessional-return-anthemic-new-single-we-fight News Facebook The heartfelt emo stylings that helped Chris Carrabba & Co. build the indie scene of the early aughts mature toward more anthemic songwriting on new singleBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2017 – 1:16 pm Open your heart up and pull your feelings back down off that dark corner shelf, Dashboard Confessional are back in business. Today, the soul-baring emo rockers dropped a brand-new single and announced their first studio LP since 2009.”We Fight,” the lead single from Dashboard’s forthcoming Crooked Shadows, sees a turn toward a more anthemic, universal brand of songwriting than we’ve previously seen from frontman/chief songwriter Chris Carrabba.”Every album is personal, but as this album was coming together I realized, especially as the world’s political climate was rapidly changing, that ‘personal’ did not necessarily mean ‘mine,'” said Carrabba via a press release. “Suddenly, ‘Me’ became ‘We’ and that realization was empowering, comforting and terrifying all at once.” Email Twitter Dashboard Confessional Return With Anthemic New Single, “We Fight” On the topic of the band’s new single, Carrabba revealed that the song’s meaning has evolved in his own mind since first penning the track.”I thought it was just about the music scene that I came up in — a place where people who’d never quite fit in anywhere felt they actually belonged,” he revealed. “When we began playing the song live on our summer tour, I realized … it’s a song for people who, in spite of their differences, can find common ground in their convictions and foster those into something bigger than themselves. That, to me, is something worth fighting for.”Dashboard Confessional’s Crooked Shadows is due out on Feb. 9, 2018. The band will embark on a radio tour of the U.S. starting Nov. 16. The tour will kick off with a free “No Dough” show in Chicago, and will run through early 2018, wrapping in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Jan. 28. Tickets are available now.See Björk’s New Ethereal Music Video For “Blissing Me”Read more
19 Bella A quick housekeeping note: If you’ve been wishing for a better way to find Cheapskate deals in the CNET app, your wish is granted! The latest iOS version of the app (Android update coming soon!) features an all-new Deals tab, with all the latest Cheapskate posts right up top. Check it out!Today’s deal isn’t my usual cup of stew, but it’s too good to pass up — especially if you like stew.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Macy’s has the Bella 13973 5-quart programmable slow-cooker for $25 shipped. A $15 mail-in rebate (PDF) drops your total price to just $10. It normally sells for $45. Update: Not surprisingly, this is sold out.See it at Macy’sA mail-in rebate? Man, haven’t seen one of those in a while. And this one does indeed need to be mailed; there’s no online option (though you can track the status that way, at least). The $15 comes back to you in the form of a prepaid Visa card. Although the turnaround time isn’t specified on the rebate form, expect it to take anywhere from six to 10 weeks.If you don’t already own a slow-cooker, do yourself a favor. They’re ridiculously easy to use — just dump stuff in and let it cook — and they’re good for everything from soups and stews to bread and hot wings. Here’s a Kindle ebook with 1,001 slow-cooker recipes for just 99 cents.Read more: 10 easy and delicious slow-cooker recipesThis model is noteworthy not just for its spiffy stainless-steel finish, but also because it’s programmable: You can set a countdown timer anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 hours. Bella backs the unit with a two-year warranty.Also noteworthy: Over 500 buyers collectively rated this 4.6 stars out of 5. And it’s a good bet many of those were based on a higher price.Your thoughts? Are you willing to deal with rebate hassles in order to score a killer crock-pot deal?Read more: 3 unexpected ways to use your slow-cooker Freshen up your house for the holidays with a slow cooker Bonus deal: If one smart outlet is good, four must be better, right? That’s the idea behind the Incipio CommandKit, which might otherwise be mistaken for a traditional four-outlet power strip.Four smart (for Apple HomeKit) outlets for just $10. Incipio It debuted at CES 2017 with a rather steep $100 price tag. Today, however, and for a limited time, Daily Steals (via Facebook) has the Incipio CommandKit Power Strip for just $9.99 shipped.See it at FacebookJust to be clear, this isn’t a surge protector, and it doesn’t appear that Incipio added Alexa support, as originally announced at CES. Instead, the CommandKit supports Apple HomeKit (and, by proxy, Siri), though you can also use the CommandKit app to set up automation for the outlets.That app also lets you monitor energy consumption, which is kind of cool. Just take note that this now-discontinued product doesn’t even exist on Incipio’s site, and reviews for the app aren’t great. (As for the power strip itself, I haven’t found a single review to speak of.) But if your home is already doing the Apple/Siri-automation thing, this is an awfully cheap way to add some smart outlets.Bonus deal No. 2: Game time! If you like Metroidvania-style games — tricky action-platformers that combine elements of Metroid and Castlevania — you’ll love this: For a limited time, the Epic Store is offering Axiom Verge (for Windows) for free. Regular price: $13.99.See it at EpicThis retro indie platformer debuted in 2015 to mostly glowing reviews. To get it, you’ll need an Epic account and the Epic client on your desktop. Now playing: Watch this: Tags The Cheapskate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 0:43 Share your voice 23 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 22 games we want to see on the Nintendo Switch Comments Small Appliances Video Games Smart Plugs and Switches
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday registered an FIR against unknown people for negligency in the fire incident at AIIMS here. Unknown persons have been booked under Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code (endangering life).The fire broke out on Saturday in the hospital and caused extensive damages to the first, second and third floor of the PC Block. “As per Delhi Fire Services and AIIMS Fire Division, the fire at Teaching Block of AIIMS, New Delhi has been put off completely. There has been no loss or damage to life,” read a statement from the hospital. The police investigation in the case is underway.
BNP senior joint general secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe assertion of the BNP that the 2016 cyber heist of the Bangladesh Bank money was a “state-sponsored” act, has ultimately proved to be true, a senior leader of the party said on Saturday.BNP senior joint general secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the contention, referring to America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation of late that called the incident of hacking the central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve as “state-sponsored”.Read more: BB heist was ‘state-sponsored’: US official“The FBI has confirmed that the heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve was a state-sponsored act… Thus the BNP’s allegation has come out as true”, Rizvi said in a news conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.He mentioned that the Awami League government has not even regretted the heist.“They (AL leaders) haven’t implemented any developmental activities except robbing the public money,” said the leader of the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).In reference to rumour that the government is unable to take action against the key person behind the heist, Rizvi said findings of the FBI clarifies the reason why the finance minister shelved the probe report on the world’s biggest cyber heist so far.“The people’s money vanishes because a superstate is active within Bangladesh. The countrymen know the members of the superstate,” he said.Rizvi added, “The government will lose power if it irritates them.”He pointed out that, “FBI said it is close to revealing the names of perpetrators involved in the biggest ever reserve heist.”“The country will not come out of its bad fortune as long as the Awami League remains in power. Actually, the Awami League is the pseudonym for corruption,” Rizvi said.BNP leader Khairul Kabir, Ruhul Kuddus Talukder, Abdus Salam Azad and Aminul Islam also were present in the news conference.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the Pentagon plans to send another 3,000 troops to strengthen his country’s military presence in Afghanistan, local media reported.“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told a group of reporters on Monday.In late August, Washington confirmed that the US planned to send more troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the Asian country, though at that time the exact number was not specified, Efe news reported.The announcement by Mattis comes after Trump announced last August 21 that the US would continue fighting the longest war in its history, a war that has gone on for almost 16 years.At that time, the president said he would prefer not to “talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities”, considering it “counterproductive” to give the enemy information that, in his opinion, could be used to its advantage.Nonetheless, late last August the Pentagon confirmed that the US had 11,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan.During the conflict that began at the end of 2001, some 2,400 Americans have lost their lives and Washington has spent more than $700 billion between military operations and reconstruction.
The world’s richest one per cent raked in 82 per cent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world’s elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos.A new report from the charity also found that the wealth of billionaires has grown six times faster than that of ordinary workers since 2010, with another billionaire minted every two days between March 2016 and March 2017.Oxfam used its findings to paint a picture of a global economy in which the wealthy few amass ever-greater fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are “struggling to survive on poverty pay”.”The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system,” Oxfam executive director Winnie Byanyima said in a statement.Oxfam also emphasised the plight of women workers, who “consistently earn less than men” and often have the lowest paid, least secure jobs. Nine out of 10 billionaires are men, it added.The report, titled “Reward Work, not Wealth”, used data from Credit Suisse to compare the returns of top executives and shareholders to that of ordinary workers.It found that chief executives of the top five global fashion brands made in just four days what garment workers in Bangladesh earn over a lifetime.”The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food are being exploited to ensure a steady supply of cheap goods, and swell the profits of corporations and billionaire investors, “said Byanyima.To fight rising inequality, Oxfam called on governments to limit the returns of shareholders and top executives, close the gender pay gap, crackdown on tax avoidance and increase spending on healthcare and education.The study was released on the eve of top political and business figures meeting at a luxury Swiss ski resort for the annual World Economic Forum, which this year says it will focus on how to create “a shared future in a fractured world”.”It’s hard to find a political or business leader who doesn’t say they are worried about inequality,” said Byanyima.”It’s even harder to find one who is doing something about it. Many are actively making things worse by slashing taxes and scrapping labour rights.”
Sisters Academy of Baltimore invites the public to a traditional neighborhood block party on April 14 at the Montgomery Park, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD. The annual event is a fundraiser to benefit the Sister Academy of Baltimore. For more information call Martha Kendall at 410.242.1212.
Luckily for us, according to experts, it’s possible to harness this concept and increase our appeal in things like negotiations and career advancement. So if you find yourself becoming overzealous over every little opportunity that comes your way, here are a few ways to keep things in balance: Read the whole story: The New York Times And while conventional wisdom tells us we should eagerly embrace every opportunity that comes our way, playing a little hard to get has its advantages. “What the scarcity principle says is that people are more attracted to those options or opportunities that are rare, unique or dwindling in availability,” Dr. Cialdini said. The reason behind this idea has to do with the psychology of “reactance”: Essentially, when we think something is limited to us, we tend to want it more. Back in college, I was always the first to raise my hand in class (a behavior that didn’t win me many friends, let me tell you). Now as a freelance writer, I’m no stranger to that same overeagerness when it comes to work — translated in prompt replies and more than the occasional emoji. Emails, tweets, Slack messages — you name it — being affable and amenable is kind of my thing. Study after study has shown that opportunities are seen to be more valuable as they become less available, meaning that people want more of what they can’t have, according to Robert Cialdini, a leading expert on influence and the author of “Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade.”