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Preventive measures key in planning for disasters

first_img Read Full Story Earthquakes or floods can wipe out infrastructure—including health care facilities, when they’re needed more than ever. Given the risks to public health in the wake of a natural disaster, it’s important for health systems to plan ahead, according to disaster health expert Ali Ardalan.“Health systems have to take a proactive approach, preventive measures to reduce the risk of disasters,” said Ardalan, visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a senior fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, in a March 15, 2016 Reuters article.Ardalan, chair of the Disaster and Emergency Health Academy at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, spoke at a recent Bangkok conference on health aspects of planning for disasters.last_img read more

African Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant

first_imgAfrican Development Bank will not fund proposed Kenya coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters: The African Development Bank (AfDB) will not fund a coal-fired power plant project in Kenya and has no plans to finance new coal plants in future, senior AfDB officials told Reuters.The Abidjan-based lender published an environmental and social impact assessment in May for the Lamu project, which was planned near a UNESCO World Heritage Site but which was halted by a local environmental tribunal.The project to build a 1,050 megawatt plant in eastern Kenya was backed by Kenyan and Chinese investors. Construction was originally planned to start in 2015.Dozens of top banks, insurers and development finance institutions are restricting coal investments, as climate activists and investors voice growing concerns about the impact of burning fossil fuels, particularly coal.AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina told Reuters at a conference in South Africa the bank took environmental concerns seriously and was focusing on renewable energy, adding that coal projects risked becoming “stranded assets” on the AfDB’s balance sheet. The AfDB president had told U.N. climate talks in September that the bank was “getting out of coal,” but he did not give a timeframe or specify whether the Lamu project would be affected.The AfDB’s retreat from coal will make it harder for the Lamu project to progress.More: African Development Bank decides not to fund Kenya coal projectlast_img read more

JPJ transitions to Gamesys Group Plc

first_img Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Submit Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Related Articles Len Fenton – Gamesys PlcThe governance of JPJ Group declares a ‘new era’ for the company, as it completes its £490 million takeover of long-term technology partner Gamesys (transaction first announced 13 June).Completing its enlargement, JPJ Group changes its corporate identity to ‘Gamesys Group Plc’, trading on the London Stock Exchange under the new ticker of ‘GYS’ as of this morning.As previously declared, the new entity of Gamesys Plc will be led by Lee Fenton (JPJ CEO) as Group Chief Executive, supported by Robeson Reeves as Gamesys Chief Operations Officer (COO).Lee Fenton, Chief Executive of Gamesys Group plc, commented on developments; “The combination of two leading and complementary businesses has created an organisation with greater scale and capability which stands the new Gamesys Group plc in good stead as the competitive and regulatory environment continues to evolve. With full operational control of technology and operations, an enhanced brand portfolio and our exceptional combined talent base, we are confident that we are well-positioned to create significant opportunities for future growth.”Further executive team changes declared in the firm’s prospectus, see Simon Wykes, the CEO incumbent of Gamesys transferred to the role of ‘Transition Director’. Wykes will serve on the company board for a 12-month tenure, assisting Gamesys governanceSupporting the firm’s enlargement and transition period, company management has launched a new website – Goulden – GamesysAt a governance level, Gamesys Group will be governed by led by Neil Goulden as Executive Chairman.Neil Goulden, Executive Chairman of Gamesys Group plc, commented: “The completion of the acquisition of Gamesys marks an important milestone for the Company, creating the leading UK and international operator and offering customers an even greater choice of major brands and different games. For shareholders, the acquisition will deliver earnings accretion in the first full financial year of ownership whilst employees will also benefit from the combination of two companies with a strong commitment to responsible gaming. However, the completion of the acquisition and the creation of Gamesys Group plc marks just the start, and the Board and senior management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Lee Fenton, are now resolutely focused on integrating the two businesses and further enhancing our productlast_img read more

OFFICIAL:Derek Boateng unveiled by Spanish side SD Eibar

first_imgGhanaian midfielder Derek Boateng has been unveiled by SD Eibar on Tuesday, completing his move to the Spaniards.The 31-year-old, who played for Ghana in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, joined as a free agent only 24 hours after his contact with Rayo Vallecano ended.Boateng did not play a game for Rayo after joining from Fulham in June as he was deemed surplus to requirements just two months after his arrival.He has signed a one-year deal with newly-promoted Eibar.”I am very happy to play in La Liga and I want to give my best,” Boateng said.However, he admitted that the club has “a lot of work to do” and must “fight against relegation with humility and be aware of its limitations”.last_img read more

Wellington boys to play for Kingman Tournament Championship; girls to play for 3rd place

first_imgWellington8171415—54 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 295 weeks ago Go Cardinals and Dukes!! Safe travels and play hard. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments •••••In the girls game, Wellington evened its record at 1-1 as freshman Avery Rusk scored 14 points to lift the Lady Dukes to victory.  Conway Springs’ Alicia Carter scored 15.It was close the entire contest with the largest lead being seven points late in the second quarter.  Wellington led 20-15 at the half.After Wellington opened the third quarter committing four straight turnovers, Conway Springs got its first lead of the game at the 5:30 mark in the third quarter, 22-20 on a couple of Sarah Ebenkamp free throws.Wellington will play Haven today at 2:50 p.m. for third place. Conway Springs plays for fifth at 11:50 a.m.Wellington’s JV girls lost to Conway Springs 57-47.Wellington 40 Conway Springs 35WHS:   10   10   11   09—40CSHS:  05   10   13   07—35WHS scoring:  Rusk 14, Snipes 9, Zimmerman 6, P. Adams 6, M. Adams 5.CSHS: scoring: Carter 15, Ebenkamp 10, Echelberry 8 Hilger 2.Follow us on Twitter. Wellington — T. Nance 18, T. Pettigrew 17, A. Snipes 12, C. Phelps 4, I. King 2, W. Gilmore 1 By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys basketball team will be participating in the Kingman Tournament Championship after beating Conway Springs 54-38 Friday afternoon.Earlier, the Wellington girls defeated Conway Springs 40-35 to play for the third place game.Wellington boys will play for the tournament championship at 7:40 p.m. tonight.The Crusaders opened Friday’s game with an 8-3 lead in the first quarter and led 25-10 at the half. Conway Springs produced more than 50 percent of its points in the third quarter outscoring the Dukes 20-14. Wellington would then coast to a 16-point win with a 15-8 output in the fourth.Trevor Nance led the Crusaders with 18 and Tyler Pettigrew had 17 and Antoine Snipes 12.Wellington 54, Conway 38 Conway37208—38 Conway Springs — J. Dugan 13, N. Barkley 10, M. Leddy 5, Z. Barkley 4, L. Shaffer 3, N. Finstad 2, G. Bellar 1last_img read more

INCHR Celebrates Africa Human Rights Day

first_imgINCHR staff and participantsPromises to Ensure that rights prevailThe Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) over the weekend celebrated Africa Human Rights Day, promising to ensure that human rights is at the center of everything done throughout Africa.Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms of every person from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. Those rights can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example, when a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security.The day was celebrated at the William V. S. Tubman High school under the theme, “Enhancing Youth Contribution Towards Effective Implementation of the Action Plan of the Human and People’s Rights Decade in Africa.”  The day is celebrated on October 21 every year throughout Africa to ensure that the rights and freedoms of every citizen are protected.This year the INCHR celebration looks at the youth as the drivers of change in every African society as they constitute 60 percent of Africa’s 1 billion population with the view that if the youth take part in human rights then the future of promoting and protecting them can move forward.Marcel Akpove, chief of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Human Rights and Protection Section, through a proxy, said “This is the time for the young people to take center stage in protecting human rights in Africa, because people’s rights are being violated around the world and Africa is no different.”Akpove said that youth in Africa face underemployment and lack skills and education; a situation that is preventing them from participating in the promotion of human rights. He said this is the reason why the African Union (AU) decided to focus this year’s theme on the youth.He said if 60 percent of the population is not participating in what is happening in Africa, then it is a troubling result that may lead to disaster that needs to be addressed in order to secure the future of the younger generation.The deputy head of AU Mission, Prosper Addo, said the day is about giving value to human life, and getting the youth involved in society, “because it is important to know what human rights is all about.”Mr. Addo then challenged the youth that after the day’s celebration, they  must play a major role in promoting the right of others.He said human rights can be successful through constant awareness and knowing what it is about, and how important it is to the growth of the society where the action plan gives the youth their role in promoting and making decisions for the promotion and upholding of the human rights of all.Mr. Addo said that impressive efforts have been made in Africa to promote and protect people’s rights, and how to contribute to enhancing the rights of others.In Liberia, he stressed the importance of maintaining the peace as citizens go to the second round of elections, noting that where one’s rights ends the rights of others begin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool set to battle for disgruntled Barcelona defender

first_img1 Arsenal and Liverpool target Martin Montoya still wants to leave Barcelona despite starring for his current club in the Spanish League Cup.The full-back has made just one La Liga appearance this season having fallen behind Dani Alves, Adriano and Douglas in the pecking order.Montoya had the chance to leave in the summer when a number of clubs were interested, including Juventus, but he chose to stay in Catalonia and fight for his place.Now, however, he has come to terms with the fact he will have to move on to find regular first-team action and even an impressive performance in the 8-1 win against Huesca on Tuesday has not changed his mind.The player’s agent, Juan de Dios Carrasco said: “Martin playing in the Cup does not change anything; he wants to start and Barcelona know it.” Barcelona defender Martin Montoya last_img read more

South African literature on stage

first_imgIt has been a tumultuous two decades and South Africa today is a place of great variation. In the literary world, there is a generation of newcomers joining the older voices in unpacking the human condition. (Image:• Fai SuthipinittharmConvenor“Writing South Africa Now”[email protected]• Nadine Gordimer, South Africa’s genius of literature, turns 90• Homegrown artistic talent honoured • The Iliad goes local• South African writes best world children’s book • Festival of poetry and art, wine farms and musicMelissa Jane CookDiversity and freedom will be acknowledged at a one-day colloquium held by the British universities of York and Cambridge to mark South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy.Since the first democratic elections in 1994 and the signing of the Constitution, the country has racked up two decades of realising human rights in a transformed society. With the title “Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On” the universities are calling for papers reflecting “on the complex changes and continuities concerning South African literature and literary studies”.It has been a tumultuous two decades and South Africa today is a place of great variation. In the literary world, there is a generation of newcomers joining the older voices in unpacking the human condition. The big names Ivan Vladislavić and Antjie Krog are joined by Niq Mhlongo and Kopano Matlwa in grasping and embracing the complex challenges of social inequality, HIV/Aids, and violent crime. These contentious issues continue in the post-apartheid era. Jonny Steinberg interrogates and explores prisons and Aids clinics, and Lauren Beukes gives a South African spin to cyberpunk. Zoë Wicomb investigates racial identity and inclusion, and Mike Nicol’s characters tough it out on the streets, while JM Coetzee casts his eye to other shores.The 20-year milestone is a time for reflection on the complex changes and continuities in South African literature and literary studies. Questions that will be asked at the colloquium will include ways that post-apartheid texts have responded to the socio-political changes following the downfall of formal apartheid. It will also seek to list the noteworthy new voices of the past two decades, and interrogate how their texts draw on and depart from South African classics. How should scholars go about identifying contemporary currents in a critical landscape that often simplifies or elides any substantive scholarly or social distinctions between “now” and “then”?“Writing South Africa Now: Twenty Years On” will be held on Saturday, 7 June at the University of York, in the city of York, in northern England. The event is the second in a series initiated by the University of Cambridge aimed at making heard new critical voices from the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Convenors will privilege proposals from post-graduate students and early-career researchers dealing with any aspect of South African textual cultures. Possible research fields include but are not restricted to: literature, media, theatre, film, spoken word, publishing, and translation studies.The University of York says that although the conference will be in English, considerations of South African texts produced in other languages are welcome. A range of submissions will help to achieve the colloquium’s overarching goal to facilitate critical conversations across literary genres and relevant disciplines. For this reason, the convenors will also accept proposals based on research being conducted now on South African literature of any period. This will help to place contemporary research projects within broader historical, national and transnational contexts. A concluding interview with professors Derek Attridge and David Attwell from the University of York will encourage questions and further discussion on the conference theme as a whole.last_img read more

Maliksi’s scoring prowess delivering results for Blackwater

first_imgLATEST STORIES Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The former NBA veteran offered high praise for Maliksi, whom he also credited for his big fourth quarter production.“”He keeps the defense honest. That fourth quarter, I was able to get a lot of one-on-one and I feel like I could score on anybody,” said Walker, who finished with 19 points in the final frame.“In the end, it was just fitting that the new game that came in and giving us that new weapon, he put it in and it was a great shot. I felt more happy about that than any of my points,” he added.The 29-year-old Walker marveled at Maliksi’s demeanor even in the pressure-packed situations.“Just how calm he was, he was ready. He’s just cool and confident. He’s never out of character and he’s always under control. He’s just a scorer.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Source: Wade to sign with Cavaliers, reunite with LeBron E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img PBA IMAGESAllein Maliksi has made a name for himself as a reliable scorer—never gun shy and always ready to shoot.And Maliksi has been everything the Elite had hoped for him to be when they acquired him from Star in a four-player trade a little over two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ “Maliksi is indeed a big help on the offensive end. Only in his third game, still getting confused on our set plays but he’s a fast learner and we expect him to blend with the other players as we play more games,” Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac said after the Elite stunned the Meralco Bolts, 92-91, at the start of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Tuesday.Since his arrival at Blackwater, Maliksi has been averaging 22 points per game through three outings, including a 29-point debut in a victory over GlobalPort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaliksi scored 15 points in the upset victory over the Bolts, delivering his team’s last four points in the final 33 seconds, none bigger than his game-winning jumper with 9.5 ticks left.Maliksi and import Henry Walker came up big in the fourth quarter. Walker scored the Elite’s first 18 points in the period while Maliksi provided the finishing touches. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

No. 1 spot, last playoff berth at stake in crucial NCAA stretch

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut if the Pirates triumph on Thursday, that will turn the playoffs into a stepladder semis, with the Intramuros-based crew earning an outright berth in the best-of-3 Finals.Meanwhile, Arellano (9-9), Letran (9-9), and San Sebastian (8-9) are all making their case for the last semifinal ticket, and after Tuesday’s playdate, the Chiefs and the Knights are tied. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa However, it can still be a three-way logjam for the fourth spot if San Sebastian topples Perpetual in the final eliminations game on Thursday, giving them identical 9-9 marks.In that scenario, the Golden Stags will have a bye owing to their superior plus-30 quotient over the two, leaving the Knights (minus-9) and the Chiefs (minus-21) facing off in the first playoff on Friday.The winner of that duel will take on San Sebastian next week with the fourth semifinals seat hanging in the balance.One thing’s for sure, all NCAA teams still in the Final Four race will have their eyes firmly locked in on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the last remaining teams  in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woes

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp says West Ham midfielder Rice can fix England woesby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJamie Redknapp believes West Ham midfielder Declan Rice can fix England’s defensive woes.Michael Keane’s poor form at international level continued in Friday’s loss to Czech Republic.And Redknapp thinks Rice, who operates in midfield for club and country, can do a job alongside Harry Maguire at centre-back.In his column for the Daily Mail, former Three Lions midfielder Redknapp wrote: “Is Declan Rice the answer to England’s problems in defence? I suspect he could be.”I see a centre back in the 20-year-old and that is where his future could lie for club and country, rather than being used solely in midfield.”In the modern game, players are being told to pass it out from the back, and Rice is capable of executing that.”He’d be more than happy to get on the ball and has the intelligence needed to form an effective centre back partnership.”Watch West Ham and you’ll see this young man is excellent at what he does. In the Premier League this season, only two midfielders have made more tackles than Rice.”He also ranks fourth for interceptions and seventh for ball recoveries. I believe he could apply those talents to central defence, too, while being the proficient passer Gareth Southgate wants.” last_img read more

Bomb threats made in Canada and across US appear to be hoax

first_imgAuthorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of businesses, schools, universities and other locations across Canada and the U.S. appear to be a hoax.Over 10 threats have been made across Toronto, according to police. Details of the threats have not been made available. King subway station in Toronto was also evacuated due to a bomb threat, but it was not immediately clear if it was similar to the other threats. It has since cleared. Police across the GTA have also received several reports of bomb threats. York regional police say they have responded to several unfounded email bomb threats demanding bitcoin sent to local businesses and individuals. Those who receive a threat are asked to contact police and not respond to the demand. Several local businesses across Peel have received unfounded bomb threats, according to police. The emails demanded bitcoin payment in exchange for locations of the bombs. Police in Halton say they have also responded to several email bomb threats demanding bitcoin similar to the ones across Canada Thursday. They have classified the threats as unfounded as well. Provincial police also released a statement saying they are investigating several bomb threats across Ontario that were sent via email to businesses and institutions and demanded a payment in bitcoins. Ottawa police say they responded to more than 10 bomb threats sent to local businesses and individuals in the Ottawa area where the sender also demanded a bitcoin payment. All the threats have been deemed unfounded at this point. Police are encouraging anyone who receives an email, not to respond and to call police. Winnipeg police say reports of bomb threats to businesses have been spread across the city and add while they are taking the threats seriously, none of them have been substantiated. Calgary police have determined the multiple bomb threats sent out are a hoax and believe there is no threat to public safety. They responded to 15 incidents, but believe there are many more who received threats. Five different companies in Montreal received threatening emails, but police say nothing suspicious was found at any of the locations. Agent Jean-Pierre Brabant, a police spokesman, said the emails were the same as those received elsewhere in North America. They warned in imperfect English that unless $20,000 in Bitcoin was paid, a bomb would go off.“Each call was taken very seriously,” Brabant said. “We sent police officers to the site, they searched the premises. We found nothing suspicious. There were no explosives.”It was not necessary to call in the bomb squad, he added.He said there was nothing connecting the companies, which were spread across the city.“It appears to be a hoax, but we are not taking any chances,” Brabant said.Manitoba and Alberta RCMP are working to determine the origin and validity of bomb threats made to multiple businesses in communities across the two provinces. Several received email bomb threats also demanding bitcoin payments. All police services say they are aware of similar events happening across the continent.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is aware of the multiple bomb threats and encourages anyone to report anything suspicious to local law enforcement. Statement from the federal Public Safety Minister’s office on the bomb threats made in multiple cities across Canada #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 13, 2018Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. also dismissed the threats, which they said were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.Some of the emails had the subject line: “Think Twice.” The sender claimed to have had an associate plant a small bomb in the recipient’s building and that the only way to stop him from setting it off was by making an online payment of $20,000 in Bitcoin.“We are currently monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city,” the New York City Police Department’s counterterrorism unit tweeted. “These threats are also being reported to other locations nationwide & are NOT considered credible at this time.”Other law enforcement agencies also dismissed the threats, which were written in a choppy style reminiscent of the Nigerian prince email scam.The Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff’s office and the Boise, Idaho, police said they had no reason to believe that threats made to locations in those areas were credible.The FBI didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Across the country, some schools closed early and others were evacuated or placed on lockdown because of the hoax. Authorities said a threat emailed to a school in Troy, Missouri, about 55 miles (88 kilometres) northeast of St. Louis, was sent from Russia.The bomb threats also prompted evacuations at city hall in Aurora, Illinois, the offices of the News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, a suburban Atlanta courthouse and businesses in Detroit.“Organizations nationwide, both public and private, have reported receiving emailed bomb threats today,” Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shannon Banner said. “They are not targeted toward any one specific sector.”Penn State University notified students via a text alert about threats to a half-dozen buildings and an airport on its main campus in State College, Pennsylvania. In an update, the school said the threat appeared to be part of a “national hoax.”last_img read more

Unifor says ruling on its Suncor Energy random drug testing injunction on

first_imgEDMONTON – A judge hearing an application from a union for an injunction to stop Suncor from starting random drug tests at oilsands facilities in northeastern Alberta is to make his ruling next Thursday.Unifor Local 707-A says such random testing would be a violation of the worker’s rights and privacy.The union says Suncor Energy already tests workers who are involved in accidents.Calgary-based Suncor has said random tests are needed to bolster safety at its work sites.Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012, including at arbitration hearings and in court.Unifor says it has also filed for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court an Alberta court ruling in September that was in favour of the energy giant.Unifor Local 707-A President Ken Smith said the case could set a precedent for other safety-sensitive workplaces.“Random drug testing of workers that have done nothing wrong is a violation of their basic rights,” Smith said Thursday in a statement.“We will work with Suncor to achieve the highest possible levels of workplace safety with education and prevention, not invasive medical procedures.”Suncor (TSX:SU) officials were not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Strike at Globe and Mail averted at last minute with tentative agreement

first_imgTORONTO — A strike has been averted at the Globe and Mail just hours before the deadline.Unifor, which represents 320 reporters, editors and other staff at the national newspaper, says the two sides have reached a tentative agreement.The union says details of the deal won’t be released until the agreement is presented to members for ratification.Unifor had said it was seeking pension protection and an end to what it says is a pay gap between the Globe’s male and female employees.The two sides had been negotiating for six months, but Unifor said talks had not moved forward for the past two months.Members had given their bargaining committee a 94 per cent strike mandate two weeks ago.———A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of Montreal’s La Presse.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Parkour Park Vandalized

first_imgCity staff updated the post sharing there is video surveillance in the area and the video captured has been given to Fort St. John RCMP and is now under investigation.The budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds.To view the FB post; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recently opened ‘Parkour Park’ that was opened at the Centennial park was vandalized with graffiti, this past weekend.Reported to the City of Fort St. John’s FB page on Sunday, August 25th, 2019, the vandal’s used spray paint to tag the new play structure.last_img read more

Delhi Police busts gang of robbers

first_imgNew Delhi: The team of Safdarjung Enclave police station busted a gang of robbers on Monday near Arjun Nagar T-point, solving at least five pending cases in the process. A loaded country-made pistol, two live cartridges, one stolen scooty, and two stolen mobile phones were recovered from them.The team led by SHO Shivraj Singh Bisht was set up under the supervision of ACP Ishwar Singh (Safdarjung Enclave) to asses the inputs of security threats.Police were deployed at Arjun Nagar T-point to keep an eye out for the accused persons when they noticed a white scooty at about 7 pm coming from Aurobindo Marg with three people on it, all without helmets.When asked to stop their vehicle, the three sped away in the direction of Ring Road riding on the wrong side of the road. Following a motorcycle pursuit, the police apprehended all three suspects namely; Abhishek, Suraj, and Sunil.Police investigations revealed that Abhishek was the lock picker while others used to steal vehicles and used them to commit other crimes. It was also revealed that the mobile phones stolen by the gang would be sold by another of their associates named Om Prakash, who is on the police radar.South-West District DCP Devender Arya said that the meticulous planning and execution of the team has led to the successful busting of the gang.A case under sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act and 411/34 of the IPC has been registered at the Safdarjung police station against the three apprehended.last_img read more