Waterton forest will renew after wildfire but it will take decades Experts

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Lockey Craig figures he’ll be long gone by the time Waterton Lakes National Park returns to its former beauty.“I’m 56 so I’m thinking before I die, it won’t look good,” says the president of Waymarker Hospitality, which runs several hotels and restaurants in the southwestern Alberta park.A powerful wildfire tore through Waterton about two weeks ago. Fire crews managed to save the townsite, but many other parts of the mountainous park were torched, including popular hiking and boating spots.“It will be decades before the forest looks like it used to, no question about that,” Craig says.“The long-term impacts on the guest experience and visitation in Waterton are going to be horrific, no question about it. The backcountry is burned to a crisp.”Craig expects a lot of people will stop by the park next summer out of curiosity and that the biggest dip in tourism will come in subsequent years.Waterton was hosting record numbers this year — thanks mainly to free national park admission to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation — until the fire forced everyone out in early September.Ordinarily, more than half a million visitors visit the park each year. Most trips there take place over the summer and most businesses are closed in the winter.Nikolaus Wyslouzil, executive director of the Chinook County Tourist Association, says it’s too soon to tell how long it will take for the park to bounce back.“Certainly the scenery will be different. If you’re taking the boat down the lake or you’re in one of the areas where you have a good view, that’s going to be totally different from what it was and it will take a number of years to regrow,” he says.“We don’t know what Parks (Canada) might be planning. Will they be doing some reforestation? Will they engage in sort of massive cleanup?”Some have a more positive view on Waterton’s future.University of Calgary professor Edward Johnson, who studies the connection between geoscience and ecology, says periodic wildfires are part of the natural life cycle of a forest.The heat from the fire will cause some pine cones to open and release their seeds. New trees and plants will have the opportunity to regenerate in mineral-rich soil.“In some ways, the fire in Waterton was not a disaster in that ecological sense, but in fact a kind of rare opportunity for us to see this dynamic process in action in the next 10 or 20 years,” he says.Parks Canada has confirmed some animals died in the fire, but says there is still life in Waterton.Populations of mice tend to flourish after a fire, drawn by herbaceous plants that sprout up afterward, says Johnson.It will be about two decades before the trees in Waterton are taller than people walking through the forest, he adds.Mike Flannigan, who directs the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta, says fires help maintain biodiversity and kill off diseases.“It resets the clock. It’s just the cycle of life,” he says.It could take a century for trees to be full-size again.“But you’ll see Mother Nature at work. You’ll see seedlings and then saplings and you’ll see new types of flowers, fireweed,” he says.Flannigan says there are some lessons to draw from a rash of wildfires in Yellowstone National Park almost three decades ago. About 36 per cent of the park straddling Wyoming, Montana and Idaho was affected, U.S. National Park Service figures show.“The park actually took advantage of this and said ‘let’s educate people that fire’s a natural process and see all the changes that take place over the years,’” says Flannigan.“Hopefully Waterton will take a similar approach.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

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Petmate And MuttNation Fueled By Miranda Lambert Team Up To Save A

first_imgIn this season of giving, MuttNation underscores its commitment to animal rescue in a consolidated effort to engage with pet lovers at all levels.Miranda Lambert & BellamyMuttNation Foundation was founded in 2009 to improve the lives of shelter pets. Miranda Lambert and her mom Bev Lambert were not looking to start another business – they were hoping to build a network of like-minded dog lovers who were passionate about making a difference in an animal’s life and placing homeless dogs in forever homes.“All my life I have felt such a strong connection with dogs and never lost that passion for wanting to find homes for them. I couldn’t be more thrilled about all the hard work and accomplishments of MuttNation this year and cannot wait to see the difference we can make throughout this holiday season,” says Miranda Lambert.In addition to rescue and adoption programs, pet lovers can shop MuttNation to help save a mutt. The MuttNation collection from Petmate, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, offers pet lovers a wonderful opportunity to give back to the rescue community while giving love to their own special four-legged family members. All of Miranda’s proceeds from the MuttNation pet collection go directly to MuttNation Foundation.New products for 2017 now available on Petmate.com and Amazon.com include the cutest collection of Mini Rescue Mutts plush toys based on real-life rescue stories, ‘Free Love’ collars inspired by dogs’ unconditional love, and stylish beds, collars, and toys featuring a guitar strap accent inspired by Miranda’s vintage guitar gear.“We proudly share Miranda’s commitment to rescue and adoption efforts,” says Chris Wilson, Petmate’s executive vice president of marketing and new product development. “That commitment has been at the root of our company’s culture since our inception more than 50 years ago. Our partnership with MuttNation and the development of this wonderful collection of products designed with dogs’ well-being in mind, helps us all support the important work of MuttNation.”MuttNation Mini Rescue MuttsIntroducing the newest addition to the Rescue Mutt plush toys collection – the Mini-Mutts, created to raise awareness and support Miranda’s mission to help shelter animals find their forever homes. Each plush toy has their own unique and real rescue story. The collection features Miranda’s Chihuahua Cher a.k.a. her “good luck charm”, Motley, and Tucker.MuttNation Sweepstakes Winner Rescue Mutt – OliverOliver is the latest full-size addition to the Rescue Mutt plush toy collection. Oliver is a Newfoundland mix and the winner of the national #MuttSpotlight sweepstakes held in November 2016. “Don’t forget… love a shelter pet”.MuttNation “Free Love” CollarEvery dog lover knows that a dog comes with the most precious gift of “FREE LOVE” – everyday, anytime and in every way. Designed in a retro distressed blue and red cotton, with a soft cotton backing for extra comfort. Available in three sizes S-M-L.MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset BedThe Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40″×29″) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.MuttNation Guitar Strap Collar and HarnessAlso, inspired by Miranda’s vintage guitar strap, the adjustable guitar strap collar is perfect for any dog looking for some extra swagger. Available in three sizes S-M-L and constructed with extra soft neoprene backing for comfort. The design is also translated into a harness for extra support and safety, available in XS-S-M-L sizes.last_img read more

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Morocco’s Kenitra: a City of Contrasts

first_imgKenitra – Just moved to Kenitra? No worries at all. It is a magic place where you will start feeling at home day by day. Ambiance is a matter of environment and it affects new comers! You develop your own style and you “melt in.”  Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Mouloud Zoubir-MWNEverything is conveniently near: shopping, hospitals, colleges. The hospitals and colleges are not the best, but they’re not the worst in the nation. It has a high crime rate and lots of beggars for a city of its size, but you can still find nice neighborhoods with good places to see and great hospitality of people. Indeed, the social makeup of the entire city is captivating to those who dare interact with its denizens.Kenitra has much to offer. There are many good restaurants, and retail stores with somewhat reasonable prices. There is a gorgeous beach and an awesome lake. It has four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. It is surrounded by farms with organic and local vegetables and fruits. It has beautiful fountains along Mohamed V Avenue, the principal road, and some parks, but still lacks open spaces for children to play. Except for rush hour traffic, which is just as bad as other areas, you can get from point A to point B within a reasonable amount of time. Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Mouloud Zoubir-MWNEven with all its faults, its weaknesses, its malodorous days, Kenitra is [still a wonderful city to live in].  The real estate market in tKenitra is strong, with affordable housing. If you were to buy, you can own a home cheaply. Renting is also an option and the cost varies from one neighborhood to another. In almost every neighborhood, you can find newly constructed apartments really worth renting and living in. Unfortunately, there is a lack of local recreation and park services available to the community for free that would help to keep children off the streets, occupied, and give them some enjoyment. There is a need also for recreational places to go for adults, such as an affordable place for exercise, fitness and conditioning, as an alterntive to sitting in cafés and chatting for hours.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNStill with children in mind, a question pops up in my mind: Why are families with very limited income opting for private schools and struggling hard to devote a large part of their budget to paying the tuition? This may be driven by the fact that the public school system in Kenitra, as in the rest of Morocco, is sinking deeper into crisis. Why? Teacher absenteeism, lack of infrastructure, drug abuse and crime are singled out as causes of the failure of the public schools. Only the poorest parents still send their children to public schools,not only in Kenitra, but everywhere in Morocco. This reality contributes significantly to widening the social gap and increasing the exclusion of the lower socio-economic  segment of society and deprives children of low-income families of opportunities for social development. The educational system in Morocco does not just need restructuring, but rather a profound change.Certainly, Kenitra is in need of free libraries to engage children in reading and give them access to a wide range of books. While there is one library in the La City neighborhood and another one in Saknia neighborhood, they are not enough. The two libraries are in fact empty most of the time because they do not offer any extra activities or programs in which children can engage in exploring their country and their culture through books and discovering new skills.With respect to higher education, Kenitra still does not have any private university. Ibn Tufail University is the only one in this city, founded in 1989, consists of the following institutions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences, National School of Business and Management, and National School of Applied Sciences. it’s the university campus consists of University City and the Maâmora university residence. The harsh reality is that Ibn Tufail University, like others in the country, is also in deep crisis. It has become frozen in time, producing nothing but unemployable and ignorant graduates. In fact, for many, going to the university is simply a waste of time! Others have sought a more successful alternative, opting for vocational and professional training appropriate to the labor market.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWN“What a society deems important is enshrined in its art,” Harry Broudy, prominent American philosopher and educator,stated.  Art is such a large part of our everyday lives, and “art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans.” It is really sad to see people in Kenitra so engaged in everyday activities and completely ignore so many aspects of art in their lives. What I mean is that this city has great minds and talented youth, but unfortunately lacks the resources and guidance to allow them develop their skills and ideas. There are two youth centers in the city.  One is in Saknia, the other in Ouled Oujih. Though they contribute to many youth learning experiences, they still both lack design, structure and organization. While there is a school for music in Kenitra, I know of no school that offers art classes, drawing or craft courses for kids.Theaters, cinemas, and movies are special places for families to go and have a good time. Kenitra used to have three cinemas, however, two of them have gone dark and are now closed. The significance of the arts to a community and to the individual cannot be underestimated.  Everybody knows that music, dramatic and literary exposure help children grow and develop into interesting adults. But Kenitra lacks such programs. Most of Kenitra’s children have never seen a theater or been to the movies in their lives.The Kasbah of Mahdia. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNYet, still on the subject of art, the region surrounding Kenitra has a rich and varied popular folklore that has been passed down orally from generation to generation.  Over time, it is being lost little by little, as it is reduced to folklore exhibitions which lose the context and original meaning reflecting all aspects of traditional local culture: the beliefs, customs, crafts and traditions of the people. Folklore, dance and music were associated with family celebrations, social or religious, but over time they are replaced by other kinds of modern music. Currently, in major celebrations such as engagements or weddings, there is traditional music mixed with modern music from other parts of the Arab world. Kenitra’s traditional music or popular music has been influenced by music from other regions of the country, including Berber-style music and Andalusian music.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNNow what about sport in Kenitra? There are many famous names in sports who have come from Kenitra.  There is Said Aouita,.a former world record holder and the only athlete in history to combine medals at both 800m and 5000m sprints. Youssef Chippo, the international soccer player, is also from Kenitra. Amina Ait Hammou, famous as an olympic athlete, was also from this city. The Kenitra Athletic Club (KAC) has been prominent. Kenitrians love it and are proud of it. The club is popular for earning the fifth best record in winning the Moroccan Soccer League, four times, as well as for players like Mohamed Boussati who holds the record scorer in the Moroccan Soccer League, after he scored 25 goals during the season 1981/1982. Again, Kenitra, and the region as a whole, have produced youth with good potential, but they are not equipped or organized to motivate them and move forward. The Municipal Stadium, the only one in this region, is also too tiny compared to the size of this region.Kenitra is indeed a small town, with great history, culture, and an active, young population. There are so many things that are unique and special in this city. That is the reason why I want to go deeper in talking about it. So, let’s dig further into its profile.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNThe city is located on the south bank of one of the largest Moroccan Rivers, “Oued Sebou,” 12 km (or roughly 7 miles) inland from the Atlantic Ocean, at the level of Mehdya beach. This is a newer city, unlike the imperial cities of the Kingdom, since its creation dates back only 120 years. However, many historians relate it to the Kasbah of Mehdya, a temple built by Hanoun in the sixth century and was used by the Phoenicians.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNIt was founded by the French General Louis Hubert Lyautey in 1912, named Port Lyautey after him.  It opened for trade and became the best river port in Morocco. In 1956, with the independence of Morocco, the name changed to Kenitra. In 1970, a major US Naval Air Station was established and shared by the Moroccan military till 1991.Kenitra is now the capital of the Gharb–Chrarda–Beni Hssen region, one of the richest in Morocco, situated in the Northwest of the Morocco, on the Sebou River. Its population is approximately 400 thousand inhabitants, and its surface area is 103,55 km 2 (approximately 39  square miles). Its climate is mild and humid during winter and hot and dry in the summer.It has a diversified transportation network connecting it to other cities of Morocco. This network is boosted by the motorway linking Kenitra to Tangier, Casablanca and Fes. It is half an hour far from Rabat: the administrative capital of Morocco, and one hour from Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. It is two hours from Fez: the spiritual capital of Morocco, and four hours from Marrakech: the touristic capital of Morocco. The TGV (High-Speed Train) line now connects Kenitra to Tangier in just 1 hour. Rabat Airport is located in just 25 km (about 15 miles) from Kenitra. The Kenitra port on the Sebou River is the first and only river port of Morocco.This city has natural resources that add to its assets. Maamora forest, the largest in Morocco, extends over 125,000 ha (482.63 mi²), with the dominant species of Cork oak and eucalyptus.  The lake at Sidi Boughaba, 10 km away from the city, constitutes a very important biological and natural reserve.It also has significant water resources, estimated at 6.75 billion m3 (238.37400036 cubic feet), about half of it — 3.5 billion m3 (123.60133352 cubic feet) — reserved for irrigation.This city represents an area of dominant influence over markets in different sectors. This influence varies from one industry to another, but also from one period of time to another.Agriculture is the most active sector in the region, employing half of the population, though still not totally developed and mainly depending on irrigation. It supplies the Moroccan market with not only the agricultural produce (especially citrus fruits, vegetables, and cereals, primarily wheat), but also a significant amount of livestock composed of cattle, sheep and goat.Fisheries: Kenitra has a very important potential in this sector, though still in need of improvement in its whole structure. It employs just about 2,377 people and the quantity of seafood caught is not yet enough to satisfy the market.Industry: The food industry is the dominant industry in this region, mainly in transformation and conditioning of seafood and agricultural produce. Other sectors that play a significant role as well in the economy of this region are the chemical and para-chemical industry, the metal and mechanical industry, the textile and leather industry, and the electric and electronic industry.Tourism: This region has all the potential of a beautiful tourist site, with 140 Km (86.992  miles) of coastline with beautiful beaches of Mehdia, Moulay Bouselham, Bikmeur, large dunes and plains of cork oak, the biological sites(nature reserves) of Merja Zerga and Sidi Boughaba as well as the historic sites built by the Romans of Thamusida and Banasa. The Kasbah of Mehdia, which looks like a big square one hundred meters wide, marked by towers at the four corners and in the middle of each side, looking up to the sea and the river, is a big attraction to all visitors of Mehdia.  Khabbazat in the old medina, as well as all the neighborhoods around the city (Ville Haute, Ouled Oujih, Fewarat, Maghrib Arabi, Berrami, Ismailia, Seyad, La Cigogne, Saknia, Assam, La City), are also a point of interest for visitors, especially after the creation of many big shopping malls and centers like Asswak Assalam, Marjane, and others.Kenitra has also a good hotel infrastructure, Maamora Hotel (3 stars), Safir Hotel, and Assam Hotel, as well as several other smaller hotels, welcoming every year more and more tourists.Kenitra City in Morocco. Photo by Miloud Zoubir-MWNDuring this decade, additional attention is given to Kenitra and the region as a whole. Many projects have been launched recently and will make Kenitra a major hub of economic and social development, which could have a positive effect on other communities in the region.The Municipal Council, its local team, headed by the Secretary-General and under the supervision of the Mayor, are all aware of the importance of an effective infrastructure that will contribute to economic prosperity and improve quality of lives. They all know that Kenitrians need clean air, potable water, as well as security. They need efficient buildings, a reliable power grid and capable mobility solutions.Kenitra’s urban landscape had seen significant expansion in the last decade. The city’s boom has spurred a need for housing. Many real estate projects have been created by the property developers in collaboration with the banks and other financial institutions, benefiting from tax incentives, such as eliminating capital gains and inheritance tax on real property, designed to stimulate the sector. It is a push by the government to improve accommodation options for lower-income segments of the population and to encourage social housing which has dramatically increased. As a result, Kenitra has recently witnessed the highest increase in real estate prices as well as the most sales. Large industrial projects as well as commercial places and metropolitan facilities have been established and gradually changed the city’s way of life.Now there is the challenging need to keep the balance of the character of neighborhoods, the preservation of open space and the capacity of an area’s transportation networks to absorb more people. It is also high time to reform education, develop better school designs and accommodations, add recreation and community centers and entertainment facilities.With all its faults and weaknesses, as John Ed Pearce once said about “home,” Kenitra is “a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”Photo by Miloud Zbir/Morocco World News Photos by Moroccan Photographer Mouloud Zoubir for Morocco World News© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Kosovo European police phase in as UN phases out

The move is part of the reconfiguration of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), which was set up in 1999 to run Kosovo after NATO forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid deadly fighting with the majority ethnic Albanian population there.EULEX is set to police throughout Kosovo under the overall authority of the UN after UNMIK succeeded in establishing from scratch a local police force that is well respected in Kosovo and the region.The UN is neutral on the question of the status of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence in February this year in a move that Serbia rejects.In his latest report to the Security Council last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the reconfiguration of UNMIK in response to the “profoundly changed reality” on the ground.He noted the EU’s preparations to undertake an enhanced operational role with EULEX and said his Special Representative for Kosovo Lamberto Zannier was facilitating its deployment. 9 December 2008After nine and a half years of policing Kosovo, the United Nations mission has started phasing out its police component, handing over to European Union’s Rule of Law Mission known as EULEX. read more

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UN probe into alleged massacre in remote northeast of DR Congo continues

29 March 2010United Nations inquiries are continuing into a recent massacre of civilians in the remote northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reportedly by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a UN spokesperson confirmed today. The killings are reported to have occurred in the village of Mabanga in December, and human rights groups say at least 320 people were murdered. Machetes, axes and heavy wooden sticks were apparently used to carry out the killings.Martin Nesirky, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, told reporters in New York that the UN cannot confirm the exact number of victims until the formal investigation by the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (known as MONUC) has been completed.The extreme remoteness of the area and the fact that witnesses may have moved were delaying efforts to gather reliable information, he said.Mr. Nesirky said that MONUC strives to provide protection to all civilians in the area, but given the vast size of the territory, peacekeepers were only able to concentrate their efforts on the most populated areas.The mission, however, continued to provide support to Government troops carrying out operations against the LRA, a notorious rebel group formed in Uganda in the 1980s whose leaders have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes charges.Asked about MONUC’s strategy in dealing with the LRA, whose members often cross the border into the DRC and other neighbouring countries, Mr. Nesirky noted that the head of MONUC, Alan Doss, had reiterated that the area involved was equivalent to the size of Spain and protecting all civilians at all times was not feasible. read more

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EDC says it regrets 41million loan to back Bombardier jet sale to

OTTAWA — Canada’s export credit agency says it regrets its 2015 decision to lend US$41 million to a South African company owned by members of a family facing corruption allegations related to their ties to former president Jacob Zuma.In the months and years that followed, the agency became increasingly concerned about the loan it provided to Westdawn Investments to backstop the sale of a Bombardier luxury jet, Export Development Canada executive vice-president Carl Burlock said Wednesday.Over that time, he said, allegations related to corruption and political interference were mounting against members of the Gupta family, which owns the company. EDC says independent probe clears staff after corruption claim related to SNC-Lavalin A nation of traders? Not yet, but the head of the EDC has plans to get us there Export Development Canada’s new climate-change policy means coal investments are off the table “We do regret this transaction, which resulted in us having a business relationship with the Gupta family,” Burlock said in an interview following the agency’s release of a public statement admitting its error.“It’s true we did see risks during our due diligence prior to providing the loan and we chose to proceed. And we acknowledge now that that decision was a mistake.”The deal was first reported by the Globe and Mail newspaper in August 2017. The Globe reported that the money helped the wealthy Gupta family, which has been closely connected to Zuma, buy a $52-million Global 6000 jet from Montreal-based Bombardier.Export Development Canada, a Crown corporation that backs loans and provides insurance, ended its business relationship with Westdawn in December 2017.The agency’s decision to support the purchase, Burlock said, was in line with its international commitments under the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. It also relied on the fact there were no formal charges or active investigations related to the allegations.The process flagged political influence concerns, but he added that it lacked an in-depth probe into the risks related to people who hold, or have held, powerful public positions.Burlock insisted the Westdawn deal has taught the agency some “powerful lessons,” helped it fill gaps and make changes to how it makes its decisions.He said the agency decided to make a public statement of regret after hearing from its stakeholders that they expected a higher level of transparency.“We have learned and taken things away from this transaction,” he said. “It’s resulted in improved screening and today we would not proceed with a transaction that features the same kind of risk profile.”Zuma resigned as South Africa’s president in 2018 after a near-decade-long tenure marked by persistent corruption allegations.Westdawn has filed a lawsuit in the United Kingdom against the agency to contest the deal’s termination, he said. The litigation is still before the courts. read more

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Soirée draws more than 300 guests

Music students Elana Laing, left, and Kaz Simaitis perform at the Soirée.Decked out in their formal finery (or, occasionally, in period dress), more than 300 guests filled The Market on Saturday evening (Oct. 16) for the third annual General Brock’s October Soirée.The black-tie gala, held each autumn to commemorate Brock University’s namesake, celebrates Niagara and themes of 1812-13, when Isaac Brock commanded British troops during the War of 1812.The fundraising event featured an actor in character as Maj.-Gen. Brock, who welcomed guests. It also featured musical and interactive performances by artists and students from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.This year’s Soirée also featured Canada’s most famous chef, Michael Smith, who was on hand to craft the menu for the affair and conduct food preparation. He also joined in on the festivities.In thanking the crowd who turned out for the $200-a-plate evening, Brock President Jack Lightstone said all funds raised will go to support student awards, improvements to the University’s learning environment and teaching capacity for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.“Events like this support the University in its mission to develop, enrich and partner with the community here in Niagara and beyond,” he said.The Soirée raised more than $55,000 to support a Bold New Brock. This amount will grow to more than $70,000 when matched by the Ontario Trust for Student Support program, which provides matching funds based on how much universities raise for awards for students with financial need. read more

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Bucks hunt down Nittany Lions

It was a game between two teams headed in completely opposite directions.Penn State, losers of all nine of its conference games this season, arrived in Columbus to face an Ohio State squad that had won five in a row in Big Ten play.Neither streak came to an end Wednesday night, as the Buckeyes won, 75-62.On a night that the Ohio State football team was honored at halftime for last month’s Rose Bowl victory, the basketball Buckeyes took a page out of the football playbook and beat the Nittany Lions.The game figured to showcase two of the Big Ten’s best players, Penn State’s Talor Battle and OSU’s Evan Turner. Neither guard disappointed. Battle had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, all team highs, but it was Turner who stole the show.Once again, the National Player of the Year candidate led the way for OSU. Turner scored 27 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out six assists. Like Battle, he led his team in all three categories.“Stuff kind of opened up in the second half,” Turner said of his 22 second-half points. “It allowed me to go to work and to my thing for the most part.”The Nittany Lions made it close down the stretch, closing to within three points with less than two minutes to play. But junior guard Jon Diebler, who had been held scoreless for the first 38 minutes of the game, hit a three-point shot to end any hope of a Penn State comeback.“I was just thinking one is bound to go in,” Diebler said. “In years past my confidence would have went down and I probably wouldn’t have shot it. “Better to make one late than never I guess.”Sophomore William Buford added 19 points on 5-10 shooting. Buford continued his recent tear on the offensive end and over the course of the last two games he has made 62 percent of his field goal attempts, going 15-24. In addition, Buford has made all 10 of his free throw attempts.As for the Nittany Lions, coach Ed DeChellis said it was just more of the same from his team, which has made a habit of losing close games this season.“History kind of repeats itself,” DeChellis said. “We just tried to hang in there as long as we could, but I don’t think there are any moral victories.” read more

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Sandvik delivers compact bucket wheel excavator to Bükkábrány mine in Hungary

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction has successfully completed assembly of the compact bucket wheel excavator, including the beltwagon for, mining company, Mátra Kraftwerk in Hungary. After completing the detailed design and the fabrication of the main components, the assembly of the entire unit started at the beginning of November. Assembly was conducted according to a demanding schedule of only eight months, with up to some 130 erectors working on the site every day.The first extraction level of the Bükkábrány open-pit mine trial operations commenced on schedule at the end of June with both machines beginning normal operations as early as September. The new unit will increase production capacity and raise productivity at the open-pit lignite mine.The new bucket wheel excavator has a total weight of around 1,500 t and a 28-m boom on which the 12-m diameter bucket wheel is located. The power output of the bucket wheel alone, fitted with 16 buckets, is around 1,100 kW with the machine’s entire power output amounting to 3,200 kW. The unit is designed to generate a conveying output of around 6,700 m3 (loose) or an annual capacity of 12 million m3 (bank).In July 2007, the Materials Handling business division of Sandvik Mining and Construction, was awarded a contract to supply these machines from Mátra Kraftwerk. Sandvik’s cooperation and excellent business relationship with the customer goes back many years. In 1986, Sandvik supplied the customer with three giant open-pit mining units, a bucket wheel excavator, a beltwagon and a spreader; these units have been operating successfully for the last 20 years.According to Sandvik Mining and Construction, this project was of great significance to the company. Sandvik: “It has enabled the company to take another important step into the European open-pit mining sector and once again demonstrated its competence as a leading supplier of open-pit mining equipment.”last_img read more

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Surfer Dies at Upper Trestles at San Onofre State Beach

first_img SAN CLEMENTE (KUSI) – A surfer was found dead in the water just south of San Clemente, authorities said.The man, believed to be middle-aged, was found face-down in the water at the Upper Trestles early Saturday, authorities said. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.Rich Haydon, the South Sector superintendent of State Parks, told the OC Register the man was seen struggling as he paddled out into the surf at the break, just south of the San Clemente border.Nearby surfers pulled him out and then performed CPR on him, Haydon said, and Camp Pendleton Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and continued life-saving efforts before declaring the man dead at the scene.It’s unclear if the man was struggling because of the surf conditions or because of health issues.The cause and manner of his death is still under investigation by San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office. Surfer Dies at Upper Trestles at San Onofre State Beach Updated: 8:17 AM Posted: December 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img December 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Police make second arrest in SW MiamiDade shooting child abduction

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have made another arrest in a Southwest Miami-Dade shooting and children abduction.Authorities arrested 17-year-old Christopher Edwards on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and armed burglary.Edwards and 34-year-old Candi Johnson are both behind bars, after police say they stormed a home and shot a woman last Friday.Related: Mom charged in children’s abduction, shooting of foster mother faces judgeThe victim was the 77-year-old foster parent to Johnson’s two children.Police say they opened fire and took off with the kids.The children were safely recovered while the victim was rushed to the hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Exclusive morgxn On Carry The Weight His Mantra For Vital And Home

first_imgIn an inspired and thoughtful moment, the singer/songwriter opens up about his latest album and breaks down two of its most impactful songsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 4, 2018 – 7:07 pm “In order to have something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”So goes the mantra morgxn took on during the making of his latest album, Vital. As the piano chords and melodies started falling into place on songs like “Carry The Weight” and “Home,” so did the transformational album that contains them. As he travels across the country sharing the very personal material from the new album, one conversation with the singer/songwriter and you can plainly see he means every word. News Email Exclusive: morgxn On “Carry The Weight” & More exclusive-morgxn-carry-weight-his-mantra-vital-and-home Facebook Exclusive: morgxn On “Carry The Weight,” His Mantra For ‘Vital’ And “Home” center_img Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 4, 2018 – 7:06 pm morgxn On ‘Vital’ & His Journey “Home” Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more We spent some quality time with morgxn backstage at Lollapalooza with morgxn to delve into the process of making the album and focus on two of its standout songs.last_img read more

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LIBRARY LINEUP Great Public Gardens Of New England On May 23 Lawn

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsPoetry Circle *RRSaturday, May 18, 9:15 am-11:30 amLove poetry? The poetry circle is a great opportunity to meet other poets and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.Well Read Wednesday Book Group *RRWednesday, May 22, 10 amFeatured Book: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James BrownThis book group will discuss contemporary books, both fiction and non-fiction, led by Library Director Tina Stewart. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Great Public Gardens of New England*RRThursday, May 23, 7 pmSpring is the perfect time of year to plan vacations and visits to local public gardens. Join avid gardener, photographer and lecturer Suzanne Mahler, and take a colorful journey through the Coastal Maine, Tower Hill, and Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Elm Bank, Heritage Gardens, and several other lovely public venues.Creative Writing Skills Group*RRTuesday, May 28, 7 pmLearn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. Led by local writing enthusiast Barbara Alevras.Garden Stepping Stone *RRThursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm (16+, $25)Create your own garden stepping stone in this stained glass mosaic workshop led by Leslie Doherty, Ways of Color. No experience is necessary, all tools and materials are provided. Register at the main desk.Kids & Teen EventsKids Kraft: Stained Glass Art *RRSaturday, May 18, 2 pmHave the opportunity to create pretty and colorful stained glass art! This craft is led by 3 Wilmington High School students. Grades 1-5Little Movers *RRMonday, May 20, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around!Ages 1-2Teen Trivia Night *RRTuesday, May 21, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes and bragging rights! Snacks provided.Crafternoons: Edible Slime *RRWednesday, May 22, 3:45 pmFind the right combination of gummy bears, marshmallows, Jell-O, and cornstarch to create tasty, sticky-sweet slime. Grades 4-8Music and More with Bernadette Baird *RRWednesday, May 22, 6:30 pmBernadette Baird presents music and movement for toddlers and young children through age three. Sing, play musical instruments and dance. Ages 1-3Kindergarten Book Club *RRThursday, May 23, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.Library NewsLawn Games and Pop Up TentLooking to add some fun lawn games to your Memorial Day cookout? You can borrow bocce, horseshoes, ring toss, or croquet for seven days.  If you are going camping for the weekend of just want to sleep outdoors in the backyard, you can borrow the Sundome tent.Memorial Day Weekend ScheduleThe library will be closed on Saturday May 25 through Monday May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Please note that the library will be open on Saturdays year round beginning this summer.(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash On August 15; Coffee With A Cop On August 21In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21In “Community”last_img read more

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Vacancy available in Ladysmith

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Modeling the brain with Lego bricks

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Information Technology | June 16, 2017 Modeling the brain with “Lego bricks” A new simulation tool for brain surgeons News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Stéphane Bordas, Professor in Computational Mechanics at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication of the University of Luxembourg, and his team have developed methods to train surgeons, help them rehearse for such complex operations and guide them during surgery. Image © Legato Team / University of Luxembourg.Researchers from the University of Luxembourg, in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg, have developed a computational method that could be used to guide surgeons during brain surgery.Surgeons often operate in the dark. They have a limited view of the surface of the organ, and can typically not see what lies hidden inside. Quality images can routinely be taken prior to the surgery, but as soon as the operation begins, the position of the surgeon’s target and risky areas he must avoid, continuously change. This forces practitioners to rely on their experience when navigating surgical instruments to, for example, remove a tumor without damaging healthy tissue or cutting through important blood supplies.Stéphane Bordas, Professor in Computational Mechanics at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication of the University of Luxembourg, and his team have developed methods to train surgeons, help them rehearse for such complex operations and guide them during surgery. To do this, the team develops mathematical models and numerical algorithms to predict the deformation of the organ during surgery and provide information on the current position of target and vulnerable areas. With such tools, the practioner could virtually rehearse a particular operation to anticipate potential complications.As the brain is a composite material, made up of grey matter, white matter and fluids, the researchers use data from medical imaging, such as MRI to decompose the brain into subvolumes, similar to lego blocks. The color of each lego block depends on which material it represents: white, gray or fluid. This colour-coded “digital lego brain” consists of thousands of these interacting and deforming blocks which are used to compute the deformation of the organ under the action of the surgeon. The more blocks the researchers use to model the brain, the more accurate is the simulation. However, it becomes slower, as it requires more computing power. For the user, it is therefore important to find the right balance between accuracy and speed when he decides how many blocks to use.The crucial aspect of Prof Bordas’ work is that it allows, for the first time, to control both the accuracy and the computational time of the simulations. “We developed a method that can save time and money to the user by telling them the minimum size these lego blocks should have to guarantee a given accuracy level. For instance, we can say with certainty: if you can accept a ten per cent error range then your lego blocks should be maximum 1mm, if you are ok with twenty percent you could use 5mm elements,” he explains. “The method has two advantages: You have an estimation of the quality and you can focus the computational effort only on areas where it is needed, thus saving precious computational time.”Over time, the researchers’ goal is to provide surgeons with a solution that can be used during operations, constantly updating the simulation model in real time with data from the patient. But, according to Prof Bordas, it will take a while before this is realized. “We still need to develop robust methods to estimate the mechanical behavior of each lego block representing the brain. We also must develop a user-friendly platform that surgeons can test and tell us if our tool is helpful,” he said.The researchers published their findings in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical EngineeringFor more information: www.uni.lu/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.last_img read more

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Awardwinning X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere makes waves

first_imgSource = X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere Award-winning X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere makes wavesAward-winning X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere makes wavesX2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere, the stylish millennial hotel on Thailand’s idyllic Eastern Seaboard, is making waves in the industry for its award-winning architecture and design.The contemporary seafront property, which occupies a stunning seafront spot in Na Jomtien, just a short drive from the popular resort town of Pattaya, has won two major awards for its cutting-edge design and eye-catching architecture and is ready to welcome all guest to experience the new trendy vibe from November 1st, 2017 onwards.Developed by the Habitat Group, one of Thailand’s leading premium property developers, X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere won the “New Small Hotel Construction and Design for Thailand” award at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017-2018 and was highly-commended in the “Best Residential Interior Design” category at the Thailand Property Awards 2016.These awards reflect the sharp, sleek design of X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere, which weaves edgy urban elements seamlessly into its natural surroundings. All aspects of the property are intended to be open to nature, with an open-plan layout and use of natural materials such as wood and stone. All rooms feature large floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood in, while the elevated infinity pool appears to blend seamlessly into the azure sea beyond.Chanin Vanijwongse, CEO of the Habitat Group, said he was delighted with the result of the project, which is perfect in tune with X2 Vibe’s modern millennial concept. Guests at the hotel are typically young professionals aged between 25 and 40, who are seeking a fresh, fun approach to hospitality and design.“X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere has made a major impact since it opened, not only among our guests but also in the world of architecture and design,” said Khun Chanin. “We are extremely proud of the awards we have received, which are a great credit to everyone involved in the project – especially our partners at makeAscene and VV Desine.“Our shared vision was to create a modern, sophisticate lifestyle experience in harmony with the natural seascape. The hotel’s curved lines and freeform elements represent the ripples of the beach, while the ground floor reflective ponds and eighth floor infinity pool merge with the sea. The sleek interiors and high-tech amenities are also perfect for X2 Vibe’s trend-setting millennial guests,” he added.With its award-winning design, idyllic location and cutting-edge amenities, X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere is developing a strong reputation within the industry, and is set to continue delighting millennial guests for many years to come.last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories He performed at the NFL Combine, coming in a 6-foot-4, 254 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds.Related LinksReport: Arizona Cardinals worked out South Carolina OL Zack BaileyHe could fill a depth role for the Cardinals behind Chandler Jones and newly acquired Terrell Suggs.Arizona is expected to transition from a 4-3 defense back to the 3-4. Last season, the Cardinals made the opposite switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3, but did not select any defensive front-seen players in the draft to disastrous results.The 26.6 points per game allowed by the Cardinals ranked No. 26 in the NFL last season.Arizona was also reportedly linked to a work out with Texas A&M All-American tight end Jace Sternberger.According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Sternberger worked out with the Cardinals and Bengals and is set to meet with several other NFL teams.The Cardinals lacked a real pass catching threat last season and acquired former Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay to help sure up the position this offseason. 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Most of the NFL universe is fixated on what the Arizona Cardinals will do with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but Arizona has 10 total picks in the draft and it has been active on figuring out who to take with those selections.ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Cardinals will visit with Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller.Miller was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017 and selected as the Penn State defensive MVP in 2018. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) is tripped up by Penn State defensive end Shareef Miller (48) during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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Musician R Kelly emerges from his Chicago studio

first_img Musician R. Kelly emerges from his Chicago studio Friday night, Feb. 22, 2019. R&B star R. Kelly arrived Friday night at a Chicago police precinct, hours after authorities announced multiple charges of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP) Case against R. Kelly may be stronger this time CHICAGO — Tears streamed down R. Kelly cheeks as a court official read a jury’s not guilty verdict to all 14 counts of child pornography at his 2008 trial in Chicago. The R&B superstar had successfully dodged up to 15 years in prison and likely financial ruin.Eleven years later, Kelly, now 52, is headed back to the same Cook County courthouse to face even more serious charges . He’s due in bond court Saturday, when a judge will decide if he can be released on bail pending trial.A grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charges him with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. In 2008, there was one alleged victim. This time, there are four — including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.Most critically, this time, prosecutors seem to have victims willing to co-operate. If convicted, the Grammy Award-winning singer could be sentenced to up to 70 years behind bars.Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told The Associated Press in a phone interview Friday that his client is devastated to be facing charges once again.“He is extraordinarily disappointed and depressed,” he said. “He is shell-shocked by this.”He added that prosecutors had “succumbed to the court of public opinion, who’ve convicted him,” adding that Kelly looked forward to being acquitted at another trial.One of Kelly’s victims in the new case was allegedly assaulted by him within just a year or two after his 2008 trial ended; the other allegations date to the late 1990s and early 2000s, according to the indictment.Prior to the 2008 trial, prosecutors didn’t state publicly why they chose not to charge and try Kelly for sexual assault. But legal experts widely agreed it had to do with victim’s unwillingness to testify. Child pornography was, or should have been, far easier to prove without a co-operating victim.At the heart of that child pornography trial was a VHS recording that prosecutors said showed Kelly, in his 30s at the time, having sex with a girl as young as 13 sometime between 1998 and 2000.Prosecutors played the 27-minute VHS tape — entered as “People’s Exhibit No. 1” — nearly every day for jurors during the monthlong trial. In it, a man has sex with a young female, who is not wearing any clothes for most of the recording. He speaks to her in a hushed voice, and she calls him “Daddy.” At one point, the man urinates on the girl.There are indications video evidence may be available in the new case. Attorney Michael Avenatti said he recently turned over to prosecutors a VHS tape of Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old. He said the girl is one of the alleged victims in the new case against Kelly.All prosecutors had to prove at trial in 2008 was that the girl was underage, that it was, in fact, Kelly in the video and that he had possessed the recording. At a future trial, prosecutors may enter video evidence, but proving the charges would depend first and foremost on testimony of victims.The atmosphere of intolerance for sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, may have emboldened Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx leading up to charges. And the loss at trial in 2008 stung the office, before Foxx headed it, said Monu Bedi, a professor at the DePaul University College of Law“Her office may feel justice wasn’t done and they may want to take another stab at it,” he said.Kelly’s attorney earlier criticized Foxx for using strong language in a public statement in January to characterize the allegations against Kelly before charges, saying it potentially showed bias against the singer.Foxx was speaking to reporters after watching a Lifetime documentary examining a history of abuse allegations Kelly, and she made an appeal for any victims to come forward.“I was sickened by the allegations. I was sickened as a survivor,” she said last month. “I’m sickened as a mother and I’m sickened as a prosecutor.”Kelly’s across-the-board acquittal in 2008 stunned many legal observers, and a future Kelly trial team may try to use similar defence strategies.Prosecutors then faced high legal hurdles they ultimately could not surmount, despite what appeared to be compelling video evidence. While grainy, it was otherwise good quality and the man appeared to be Kelly.Defence lawyers in 2008 focused on Kelly’s insistence that the man in the video was not him. They showed jurors that Kelly has a large mole on his back but played excerpts of the video in which a mole was not visible on the man appearing on the screen.One of Kelly’s attorneys, Sam Adam Jr., told jurors during closings there was no mole on Kelly’s back and that meant one thing: “It ain’t him. And if it ain’t him, you can’t convict.”Kelly’s alleged victim, who by then was around 23, did not testify. She denied before trial that she was on the video. Instead, prosecutors relied on friends of hers and four relatives to identify her as the girl in the video. Prosecutors also called on Kelly acquaintances who said the man in the video was clearly Kelly.Jurors who spoke to reporters after the trial ended said they had difficulty convicting someone when the alleged victim didn’t testify. One said jurors had reasonable doubts about the identity of the people in the video.“What we had wasn’t enough,” said one juror.___Follow Michael Tarm on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mtarm___See the AP’s full coverage of the investigations into R. Kelly.Michael Tarm, The Associated Presscenter_img by Michael Tarm, The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2019 4:09 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2019 at 7:15 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Bratislava hopes Republic of CyprusTurkey relations to normalise soon​ Lajčák tells CNA

first_imgSlovakia’s position with regard to Turkish actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus is in line with EU calls to Ankara to abort plans for offshore drilling operations, Slovak Foreign and European Minister Miroslav Lajčák said, while expressing hope that relations between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey will normalise soon.This is a precondition to re-launching peace negotiations, the Minister remarked, before starting his contacts as part of his two-day visit to Cyprus, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the bi-communal meetings of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties under the auspices of Slovak diplomacy.In an interview with CNA, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister said that “there is no alternative to the bi-zonal bi-communal federation” and adds that a solution along those lines is “within reach.”With regard to the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, he said that Slovakia strongly supports further strengthening of UN peacekeeping operations and assures that his country will remain involved in UNFICYP “for as long as necessary.”Lajčák also noted that the bi-communal dialogue is “almost the only communication channel between people” in divided Cyprus and assures that the Slovak Republic is ready to continue playing its role as an honest broker and an impartial mediator.Asked how he evaluates developments in Cyprus, following Turkey’s intention to start offshore drilling in the country’s exclusive economic zone(EEZ), Lajčák responded that “Slovakia´s position is in full compliance with the declaration of the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini who has called on Turkey to abort plans for offshore drilling operations in Cyprus’ EEZ.” He added that Mogherini`s statement has formulated a framework position for all EU member states on the fundamental issue of the EU foreign and security policy.“Slovak diplomacy, as an impartial mediator of dialogue between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, hopes that relations between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey will normalise soon as this is a precondition to re-launching peace negotiations” the FM said.Asked about the benefits of a solution, he said that “a Cyprus settlement would be not only a victory of international law, or justice” but first and foremost “a victory of humanity, with huge benefits for the people.”He pointed to the benefits for ordinary people, saying they will be able to travel freely, decide where they want to live, where to make their business, while feeling safe and protected as part of the greater European Union family. Lajčák also said that a solution would be also a significant contribution to regional safety and stability, and an impetus for further economic growth in the wider region, with emphasis on energy security.Slovakia’s Foreign Minister, who is also the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, said that “finding a political solution to the longstanding situation in Cyprus would be the best way to ensure security.”He remarked that the EU provides a framework for enhanced security through various instruments, “but the primary responsibility for security remains with every member state.”“Despite the failure of recent negotiations, the current peace on the island is a result of long-term efforts. It is a consensus between the two communities, the UN, the European Union and other international actors. We have to protect this fragile peace on the island. Therefore, a synergic effect of multilateral organizations as the UN, ICRC and OSCE is needed in Cyprus” Lajčák says. This is also the reason why the Slovak OSCE Chairmanship has chosen effective multilateralism as one of three main political priorities during its mandate, he remarks.As for his message to Cypriots, the Foreign Minister said “there is no alternative to the bi-zonal bi-communal federation ”with Cyprus being a part of the greater European Union family.“This project is a result of long-lasting negotiations among all key stakeholders. We believe that the solution based on the UN Security Council resolutions and convergencies achieved by both leaders in negotiations is within reach. What is still missing is a courage and political will to bear responsibility for its implementation” he addded. According to Lajčák, Slovak diplomacy is patient and ready to maintain its role as an impartial facilitator for as long as Cypriots find this useful and necessary.Moreover, he talks about the need to maintain ownership of the peace process among Cypriots and make decisions about the future, without external interferences. “It is necessary to invest in a new generation by raising and educating young people to humanity, respect, tolerance, mutual understanding and reconciliation in order to prevent new conflicts” he underlined.Miroslav Lajčák also says that Slovakia actively follows the peacekeeping reform debate in UN, especially among the UN Security Council permanent members in connection to UNFICYP, and strongly supports further strengthening of UN peacekeeping operations within the ongoing reform of the UN peace and security pillar. “In particular, we appreciate the vision and leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres in making UN peacekeeping operations a more effective instrument within the UN peace and security toolbox” he added.He also said that Slovakia remains committed to the implementation of the Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping, aimed at mobilizing all partners and stakeholders in support of more effective UN peacekeeping.He also noted that since 2001, Slovakia is not only active in UN peacekeeping in Cyprus, but is from the beginning a leading nation, while more recently it took over the whole of Sector 4 in UNFICYP with the aim of strengthening command and control. Slovakia’s robust presence in UNFICYP, with 220 men and 22 women is according to the Minister “yet another confirmation of our strong commitment to peace and stability on the divided island.”The Slovak Foreign and European Minister said that he does not expect another major re-configuration of UNICYP in the near future, “but the relevant decisions remain with the UN Security Council and we fully respect them.” He assures that “Slovakia will remain involved in UNFICYP for as long as necessary, therefore, we are currently not re-evaluating the participation of Slovak soldiers in Cyprus. ”The Minister says that Slovak soldiers are already preparing for regular rotation in autumn. “At the same time, we sincerely wish for the political process to yield results. If it does, we will not be unhappy to see UNFICYP becoming redundant” he remarked.As for his assessment of Bratislava’s engagement in facilitating bicommunal dialogue on the island for the past 30 years, the Minister says that his country has always stood in solidarity with Cyprus, with regard to the Cyprus issue. “We have been involved for 30 years in the bi-communal dialogue between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties. The Slovak peacekeeping forces have been active in the UNFICYP mission for 18 years. This engagement reflects our deep interest to create peaceful and constructive platform for Cypriots, to give both sides a fair opportunity and room for exchange of their views and positions on the Cyprus problem” he says.Lajčák notes moreover that the most tangible result of Bratislava´s engagement and effort is the “still existing and alive” bi-communal political forum. “It developed and implemented a number of confidence building measures, such as visits to places of worship, to cultural heritage sites, to the crossing points in construction. It seems nowadays that this dialogue is almost the only communication channel between people living in the two parts of the divided island” he says.He notes, moreover, that the Slovak Republic is ready to continue playing the role of an honest broker and an impartial mediator, adding that a United Cyprus could serve as an important pillar of peace and stability in the fragile region of Eastern Mediterranean.Asked about Cyprus’ involvement in trilateral initiatives in the region, the Minister notes the country’s strategic geographical position in the Eastern Mediterranean “where the interests of big powers compete.” Cyprus plays an extremely important role in European foreign and security policy, the Minister continues. “As the OSCE´s Chairperson-in-Office I appreciate very much a set of all trilateral initiatives promoted by Cyprus with its neighbors. It strengths regional stability, security and cooperation in this part of the world. I have no doubt that the resolution of the Cyprus problem would revolutionize the prospect for the development of political, energy, trade and social cooperation among the countries of the region, including Turkey” he says.Finally, Lajčák says that the OSCE highly appreciates the positive example of CBMs completed in Cyprus and strongly supports the exchange of lessons learned and practices among UN and OSCE, as well as EU mediating teams.Slovakia’s Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák is paying a visit to Cyprus, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the bi-communal dialogue of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, held under the auspices of the Embassy of former Czechoslovakia initially and the Slovak Embassy subsequently.Lajčák will meet, among others, with Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and the President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris, and he will also attend the meeting of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties.Together with Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Cyprus and Chief of UNFICYP, they will be the keynote speakers at an international conference, on Tuesday, on the “30 years of the dialogue between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties in service of peace in Cyprus.”The Slovak Foreign Minister will also inaugurate a photo exhibition, marking 30 years of peace dialogue under the auspices of Slovak diplomacy.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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