Diplomatic Quartet backs renewed political process in Middle East – Ban Kimoon

Welcoming recent signs of progress between Israelis and Palestinians on improving the situation in the Middle East, the high-level diplomatic Quartet, which includes the United Nations, today reaffirmed its determination to promote dialogue between the two sides, while urging both to refrain from any actions that may adversely affect negotiations.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the other Quartet principals representing the United States, Russia and the European Union, attended today’s meeting in Berlin, which was the second such gathering this month at the highest level. Its focus was the 8 February agreement on a new Palestinian Government as well as recent US initiatives in the region.In a statement read by Mr. Ban following the meeting, the Quartet expressed hope that “the result-oriented dialogue initiated between Israeli and Palestinian leaders will continue in the framework of a renewed political process, with the aim of defining more clearly the political horizon and launching meaningful negotiations.”The Quartet also reaffirmed its determination to promote this process, in cooperation with the parties and other regional partners, and urged the parties “to refrain from measures that prejudge issues to be resolved in negotiations.”It also reiterated support for a Palestinian Government “committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map.” The Road Map peace plan, launched by the Quartet several years ago, envisions a two-State solution with Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side in peace.Along with Mr. Ban, today’s meeting involved Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, High Representative for European Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner.Ever since Hamas won elections early last year and formed a Government, Israel stopped handing over tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestine Authority, and international donors suspended direct aid, calling on Hamas to commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. The Quartet reiterated these principles following the Mecca unity government accord, reached on 8 February in which Hamas, Fatah and independents will share portfolios.Speaking at a press conference before today’s Quartet meeting, Mr. Ban stressed the global importance of bringing stability to the Middle East, saying that recent developments had given cause for some optimism, while acknowledging the difficulties that lie ahead.“Peace and security in the Middle East has been longstanding and unresolved. This has great, very serious and important implications for world peace and security,” he said.“I know that this will be again a very difficult process but this time what we need to do is to encourage the parties concerned” in support of the peace process. 21 February 2007Welcoming recent signs of progress between Israelis and Palestinians on improving the situation in the Middle East, the high-level diplomatic Quartet, which includes the United Nations, today reaffirmed its determination to promote dialogue between the two sides, while urging both to refrain from any actions that may adversely affect negotiations. read more

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Deepak Chopra announces hell leave Canada Post in the spring of 2018

OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s postal service has announced he plans to step down next spring, nearly three years before his contract was set to expire.Canada Post says Deepak Chopra has advised the Crown corporation’s board of directors that he intends leave his position on March 31, 2018.Chopra’s signalled departure comes as the federal Liberal government ruminates about whether to restore door-to-door mail delivery to tens of thousands of homes.The former Pitney Bowes Canada executive joined the agency in 2011 as it faced a dramatic shift in revenue streams, from declining mail volumes to a growing parcel delivery business.The previous Conservative government had renewed his contract prior to the 2015 election, effective Feb. 2016, despite criticisms of Canada Post’s cost-cutting moves, including the phase-out of door-to-door delivery.The move to community mailboxes became a hot topic during the 2015 campaign, with the Liberals winning power under a platform that included a promise to review the home delivery decision.Once in office, the Liberals placed a moratorium on any future conversions of home delivery to community mailboxes.A spokesperson for Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote, who has been on leave from her cabinet post, said a decision on the future of home delivery was expected some time before the end of 2017.The president of the union representing postal workers said he hopes Chopra’s departure signals an end to cost-cutting at Canada Post and a renewed commitment by the postal agency to maintain the services Canadians want.Chopra leaves “a legacy of failed cuts,” said Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek.“So, hopefully this will be a new chapter for Canada Post.”Chopra was among dozens of people appointed to plum patronage posts in the dying days of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government who were asked, once the Liberals took power, to voluntarily step down.Chopra, who was reportedly paid an estimated $500,000 annually, declined to do so.In a statement, Canada Post said Chopra has left an enduring legacy that has positioned the corporation as the country’s leader in e-commerce delivery in the face of declining mail deliveries, noting that the agency delivered two billion fewer pieces of mail last year than at its peak in 2006.The agency said Chopra had also co-operated with the government as it reviewed the mandate of Canada Post. read more

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55 million people in Zimbabwe will need food aid UN report

“Coping mechanisms are seriously stressed or largely exhausted after the severe shortages of last year,” states the report released today based on findings of a joint WFP/FAO mission to Zimbabwe from 21 April to 10 May.Although national cereal production is considerably up from last year, a combination of erratic rainfall, limited access to seed and farmers newly settled through a land reform programme failing to utilize all the land due to lack of capital have cut cereal production by 51 per cent compared to 2001. The large-scale commercial sector now produces only about one-tenth of its output in the 1990s.Cereal import requirement for 2003-2004 is estimated at 1.287 million tons, of which maize accounts for 980,000 tons. In the continued absence of private sector imports due to an acute shortage of foreign exchange in Zimbabwe, this would leave a deficit of 610,000 tons of maize to be met by emergency food aid, of which 120,000 tons are in the pipeline, the report says. The Government-controlled price of maize meal was raised almost four-fold in late May, greatly limiting access to available supplies for the most vulnerable people. The mission estimates that 4.4 million people in rural areas and 1.1 million in urban areas will require food assistance. read more

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Economic Outlook forecasts stable oil prices by Fall

ATB Financial’s newest Alberta Economic Outlook predicts the slowest year for growth in the province in six years.In its second quarter update, ATB has reduced its GDP forecast from 2.0 per cent to 0.8 per cent.Energy prices remain discouragingly weak with no sign of recovery just yet, but Chief Economist Todd Hirsch maintains Alberta will not face a recession this year, thanks to the brighter prospects of other industries.“Agriculture — cattle prices are at record highs, Forestry we think will do well — prices there are quite good and a lower Canadian dollar really helps, and then also Tourism — we think (the industry) could have, perhaps, a record year in 2015,” he said.As for the energy industry, Hirsch said three possible scenarios were considered.“Prices could go even lower and stay there, or they could bounce back a little more sharply,” he said. “We don’t think either of those are likely to happen. We think the most likely case is by late Summer, early Fall we’ll see oil prices stabilize, and then gradually climb their way between $50 and $60 U.S. by the end of the year.”Hirsch cautioned Albertans not to feel to gloomy or panicked.“In many respects, this is a very normal cycle for Alberta,” he explained. “It’s not to say it’s pleasant, especially when there are job losses. That is very unpleasant and unfortunate, but in the grand scope of things, this is a very normal pattern, a cyclical pattern that we see in Alberta.Hirsch said the province has gone through these soft spots before, and always comes out the other end in better shape. Economic Outlook forecasts stable oil prices by Fall AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 31, 2015 10:59 am MDT read more

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Safety oversight funding due to expire for National Energy Board

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Safety oversight funding due to expire for National Energy Board by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2015 1:34 pm MDT VANCOUVER – Temporary funding for safety oversight programs at the National Energy Board is set to expire as scrutiny of major pipeline projects winds up.A report from the federal pipeline regulator shows a substantial reduction to staff and planned spending by the 2017-18 fiscal year, which a spokeswoman attributed to the sunsetting of a five-year funding allotment.The board regulates construction and operation of pipelines and power lines, which includes conducting environmental assessments on projects. It has been under fire recently for limiting participation at public hearings into the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline between Alberta and Vancouver.A coalition in Vancouver claims the NEB has violated the charter right to freedom of expression. It recently launched a challenge asking the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn the board’s decision to limit public participation in hearings.The NEB’s 2015-16 Report on Plans and Priorities shows that over the next two years the board faces a nearly 24 per cent decrease in planned spending. Also projected is a 15 per cent drop in full-time equivalent positions, or 73 staff members.The funding difference from the current fiscal year to the end of the budget projection is more than $18 million. The report also attributes the spending decline to one-time expenses that won’t continue and a shift in application submissions.NEB spokeswoman Stacey Squires said Thursday the board instituted a temporary plan for the five-year cash infusion in association with several large projects including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and the Energy East pipeline extension to New Brunswick.A variety of positions were filled for the added work, from market analysts to inspectors to engineers, but the projected funding decline won’t necessarily equate to job loses, she said.Squires said it’s too soon to speculate on whether the board will request more funding.“It would be false to say that we’re not very much live to the need for responsible fiscal management, to use our resources correctly and in an appropriate way,” she said. “But I don’t think that constitutes a crisis.”A message in the report from board chair Peter Watson says the plan is released at a critical juncture for the regulator.“An increasing number of large and highly complex project applications are juxtaposed against the operational realities of legislated time limits, resource constraints and the need for fair, efficient regulatory processes.”Karen Wristen at the Living Oceans Society said her group is shocked by the budget changes, and she criticized the federal government for cuts to the board’s capacity.“The management of the process has just been horrendous,” she said. “The thought that they could continue to manage the number of projects that they’re trying to manage with fewer people and less budget is beyond belief.”Natural Resources spokesman Alain Caccione said in an email that there are no cuts, and that outcomes of future funding decisions will be reflected in the board’s budget exercises.Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter read more

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Stocks end higher on Wall Street bouncing back from a drop the

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market bounced back on Friday as investors picked up companies that had dropped earlier in the week. Major indexes recovered nearly all their losses from a fall the day before.“It’s an odd day in the markets,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. The news out Friday was mostly disappointing, he said. Big corporations’ earnings reports weren’t all that good.Expedia was an exception. The online travel company turned in sales that topped Wall Street’s estimates, driving its stock up $7.46, or 8 per cent, to $101.69.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 22.78 points, or 1.1 per cent, to finish at 2,108.29. That’s after dropping 1 per cent the day before.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 183.54 points, or 1 per cent, to 18,024.06, while the Nasdaq composite rose 63.97 points, 1.3 per cent, to 5,005.39.Charlie Smith, chief investment officer at Fort Pitt Capital Group, cautioned against reading too much into a day with light trading. “The rally is fun,” he said, “but it doesn’t mean much.”The Nasdaq lost 1.7 per cent for the week as investors sold many of the technology companies that have fared well this year. Strong gains for Apple and other tech stocks helped the Nasdaq finally topple a record high last Thursday. So, what changed?Smith said Apple’s earnings had something to do with it. Apple is big enough that its moves can swing the Nasdaq higher or lower. Last week, investors bought Apple’s stock in anticipation of another blowout earnings report when the tech giant reported results Monday. In the three days afterward, Apple’s stock lost 6 per cent.LinkedIn plunged after the online networking service warned of weaker earnings in the months ahead, a result of the stronger dollar and the company’s pending purchase of Lynda.com, an online learning company. Twitter continued a slump started earlier in the week when the company turned in disappointing sales and cut its revenue outlook. Twitter dropped $1.12, or 3 per cent, to $37.84, while LinkedIn lost $46.92, or 19 per cent, to $205.21.Roughly a third of all the companies in the S&P 500 reported first-quarter results this week, and the news was mixed. Falling oil prices and a rising dollar hammered many of them. Analysts expect companies in the S&P 500 will say overall earnings inched up 0.6 per cent compared with the same period of last year, according to S&P Capital IQ, a provider of financial information. But revenue is expected to drop 1.4 per cent.Ablin said that investors are wrestling with a slew of diverging trends. Recent reports have raised concerns about the economy’s strength. On Wednesday, the government said that it nearly stopped growing in the first three months of the year. To some investors that’s not such bad news: Weak economic growth could lead the Federal Reserve to postpone its plans to raise a key borrowing rate. Record low interest rates have helped the stock market soar since the financial crisis.“Economic data has recently been disappointing,” Ablin said, “but that keeps the Fed offstage.”In Europe, the only major market open for trading was in Britain, where the FTSE 100 finished with a gain of 0.4 per cent.Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 per cent, and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4 per cent. New Zealand’s benchmark rose 0.1 per cent. Most markets in Asia and Europe were closed for the International Workers Day holiday.Back in the U.S., government bond prices sank, pushing the yield on the 10-year Treasury note up to 2.12 per cent from 2.03 per cent the day before.In commodities trading, gold dropped $7.90 to end at $1,174.50 an ounce, while silver lost 2 cents to $16.14 an ounce. Copper added 4 cents to $2.93 a pound.Oil fell nearly 1 per cent Friday, the first trading day in May, following a gain of more than 20 per cent the month before. U.S. oil slid 48 cents, or 0.8 per cent, to $59.15 a barrel. Brent crude slipped 32 cents, or 0.5 per cent, to $66.46 a barrel.In other trading:—Wholesale gasoline was barely changed at $2.045 a gallon.—Heating oil crept up 0.2 cent to $1.982.—Natural gas rose 2.5 cents to $2.776 per 1,000 cubic feet. Stocks end higher on Wall Street, bouncing back from a drop the day before by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2015 10:15 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Rudy Giuliani subpoenaed as Trump slams impeachment probe

02:00 Close How impeachment hearings are hitting home in a Trump stronghold Restore player Link Video Turn captions off Close Twitter Facebook Close Stop Embed Code: Identifier: mediaId 1611365443816 Pause Bitrate: Undetermined Turn captions on Embed Code: Pause Email Watch Asset: Undetermined Close Close Trump’s inner circle subpoenaed for impeachment inquiry Assigned test group: None Play Close Pause Stop Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Link Facebook Pause Close Embed Watch Share this Embed Close Bitrate: Undetermined Close Close Pause Identifier: mediaId 1610206275703 Playback Status: ready How hard is it to impeach a president? Asset: Undetermined Embed Turn captions off Video Identifier: mediaId 1610874435652 Stop Assigned test group: None Streaming URL: Intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff said the whistleblower’s lawyers are still working out their clearances and how to keep the person’s identity secret. 2:01 Impeachment is the political process of removing from office certain elected or public officials accused of wrongdoing. The process is more difficult than you might think. 2:01 “How long you’re on it is a whole different matter,” McConnell told CNBC. According to a Senate Republican leadership aide, any senator could attempt to have the articles dismissed in the early stages of the trial, which would trigger a vote with a majority of the Senate needing to vote in favour for it to succeed. Democrats accuse Trump of pressuring a vulnerable U.S. ally to get dirt on a rival for personal political gain. The phone call with Zelensky came after Trump froze nearly $400 million US in aid intended to help Ukraine deal with an insurgency by Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. The aid was later provided. Schiff said on Sunday he expects the whistleblower to appear before the panel very soon. WATCH – From The National, Trump demands to meet whistleblower: Turn captions on Pause Asset: Undetermined Streaming URL: Assigned test group: None Turn captions off Restore player Embed Code: Video Stop Video Share this Embed Code: Playback Status: ready Close Restore player Turn captions on Asset: Undetermined Link Link Identifier: mediaId 1575939140001 Email Email Restore player Play 02:01 01:47 Facebook Playback Status: ready Email Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Share this Pause Stop The impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill have dominated headlines all week, but how is Trump’s stronghold of Orange County, Calif. taking the news? We asked voters. 2:00 “The Democrats clearly don’t want the truth to come out anymore as it might hurt them politically, but this call relates to a [Department of Justice] inquiry publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in response to the Times story. An Australian government spokesperson said in an email Canberra, “has always been ready to assist and co-operate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation. The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the President.” Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials in Britain and Italy to seek their assistance as well with that investigation, the Washington Post reported. Trump alleges ‘treason’ Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell appeared on Monday to put to rest speculation he would use his position to derail any impeachment effort by the Democratic-led House by avoiding a trial at all. The Republicans control the Senate and have been largely muted about the allegations and inquiries into fellow-Republican Trump. If the House approves bringing charges, known as “articles of impeachment,” against a president the process moves to the Senate which has a trial. “I would have no choice but to take it up,” McConnell told CNBC. “Under the Senate rules, we are required to take it up if the House does go down that path. The Senate impeachment rules are very clear.” Trump spent much of the day directing his ire at the Democrat leading the inquiry, suggesting on Twitter that Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, should be arrested for “treason.” House intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff said on Sunday he expects the whistleblower to appear before the panel very soon. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press) Later, speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump accused Schiff of distorting his July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a House hearing last week. “Adam Schiff made up a phony call and he read it to Congress and he read it to the people of the United States and it’s a disgrace,” Trump said. In those comments, Schiff says the call to Zelensky “reads like a classic organized crime shakedown” and parodies the president’s remarks. A spokesperson for Schiff did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s remarks. ‘Entitled to anonymity’ A U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint citing the July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. The whistleblower has not been publicly identified, but Trump said on Monday that “we’re trying to find out about a whistleblower. We have a whistleblower who reports things that were incorrect.” Trump has also accused the whistleblower and White House officials who gave the whistleblower information of being spies and suggested they may be guilty of treason. CBC ExplainsPresidential impeachment: What it is, and when it’s been usedJagmeet Singh says he ‘wasn’t joking’ on hoping Donald Trump is impeached “The Intel Community Whistleblower is entitled to anonymity,” Andrew Bakaj, an attorney for the whistleblower, said on Twitter shortly after the president’s remarks. “Law and policy support this and the individual is not to be retaliated against. Doing so is a violation of federal law.” House speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to move “expeditiously” on the impeachment inquiry, perhaps paving the way for an impeachment vote on the House floor early next year. A majority vote in favour of articles of impeachment would throw the matter to the Senate. And while McConnell said on Monday that he would be forced to hold a trial, he did not commit to letting it run its full course. Watch: How hard is it to impeach a president? 02:01 Share this Twitter Bitrate: Undetermined Play Close Embed Twitter Stop Close Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Streaming URL: Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Assigned test group: None Play Close Bitrate: Undetermined Close Close Stop Watch Turn captions off Watch Trump demands to meet whistleblower Facebook Turn captions on Pause Twitter Streaming URL: Playback Status: ready Stop Members of Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Rudy Giuliani, have been subpoenaed to testify at the House impeachment inquiry. 1:474619 commentsLatestSenate majority leader says trial will be held if Trump is impeached by HouseSecretary of state was reportedly on phone call between Trump and ZelenskyTrump sought help from Australian PM on finding origin of Mueller probe: NYTThe U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment probe into President Donald Trump intensified on Monday, as Trump raged about the inquiry and news reports suggested he had used additional diplomatic channels to go after his adversaries. Three House committees said a subpoena for documents had been sent to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The former New York mayor had said on television he asked the government of Ukraine to “target” former vice-president Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Trump in the 2020 election. Giuliani said in a tweet the subpoena raised legal issues including attorney-client privilege. “It will be given appropriate consideration,” he added. The subpoena notes Giuliani recently said he has “evidence — in the form of text messages, phone records, and other communications” indicating he was not acting alone and that other Trump administration officials “may have been involved.”  He was given until Oct. 15 to respond. The Democratic-led House initiated an impeachment inquiry against Trump last week after a whistleblower report raised concerns that he tried to leverage nearly $400 million in U.S. aid in exchange for a political favour from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took part in the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky in which the matter was discussed, the Wall Street Journal reported, something likely to draw the attention of House investigators. Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the UN General Assembly. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press) Two U.S. officials also told The Associated Press on Monday that Pompeo was on the call. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal matter. The State Department had no comment. The New York Times reported that Trump had sought the help of another world leader, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, with a U.S. Justice Department probe into the origins of what became special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a recent telephone call, Trump asked Morrison to assist Attorney General William Barr with the probe, which Trump hopes will discredit Mueller’s now-closed investigation, the Times reported. Watch: Trump supporters sound off on impeachment probe read more

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Ohio State faces second classaction lawsuit pertaining to doctors alleged sexual abuse

Ohio State now faces its second class-action lawsuit in a matter of days regarding the sexual abuse of a former Ohio State doctor after a former Ohio State athlete who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Dr. Richard Strauss filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the university. He is being represented by Sauder Schelkopf LLC and Karon LLC.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoThe complaint comes from a former wrestler at Ohio State from 1982 to 1984 who said he was sexually abused by Strauss while seeking medical treatment before dropping out of the university. He is listed only as John Doe in the case filing.Joseph Sauder, one of the lawyers from Sauder Schelkopf LLC representing the client in the suit, told The Lantern this is separate from the one filed by four former wrestlers on Monday. He said at this time his group has not contacted the other group.Ohio State also faces a third class-action lawsuit over allegations a former diving coach for the Ohio State Diving Club sexually abused a 16-year-old athlete.Though the lawsuit is listed as a class-action, Sauder Schelkopf is currently representing just one client in the case.“We are filing on behalf of one individual at this time, but have been in contact with others who we will likely add at a later time,” Sauder told The Lantern. He did not confirm how many additional people might be involved.The lawsuit said the nationwide class encompasses “all individuals who were examined by Richard H. Strauss, M.D. at The Ohio State University.”University spokesman Ben Johnson said Ohio State is aware of the allegations made that Ohio State ignored claims of sexual abuse in a statement made to The Lantern Tuesday.“We are also aware of the lawsuits filed today by former wrestlers and we are reviewing them as we do all litigation,” Johnson said. “The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has appointed Michael Carpenter of Carpenter Lipps & Leland to represent the university in this lawsuit.”The claims for relief listed in the lawsuit are a violation of Title IX, invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, negligence, gross negligence and/or wanton and reckless misconduct, negligent supervision, negligent hiring/retention and negligent failure to warn, train or educate.The alleged abuses suffered by the victim listed in the lawsuit were but were not limited to: “sexual harassment and inappropriate touching during examinations, including regularly touching Plaintiff’s genitals and breast area, often at the same time, regularly measuring Plaintiff’s scrotum, and taking photographs of Plaintiff.”The lawsuit claims he received care from Strauss on at least 20 occasions. It said the plaintiff was young and believed Strauss’ treatment to be “medically necessary.”According to the lawsuit, the victim is seeking appropriate relief on behalf of other individuals who experienced similar mistreatment by Strauss and Ohio State.As with the class-action suit from the four former wrestlers, this lawsuit said the plaintiff believed Ohio State coaches were aware of Strauss’ conduct yet chose to ignore it. It said the university received reports from students as early as the late 1970s, but that, despite repeated accusations from students, Ohio State kept the reports secret “to avoid negative publicity.”“This is not what you expect to happen when our children go off to college. Our client is courageously adding his voice on behalf of the many individuals who have been victimized while students at OSU. We look forward seeking compensation for our client and all individuals who were sexually assaulted by Dr. Strauss. We also will be seeking to implement changes at OSU so this never happens again,” Sauder said.Sauder Schelkopf LLC also represents current and former students from the University of Southern California who were sexually assaulted by Dr. George Tyndall, USC’s gynecologist.Johnson urged anyone with information about sexual abuse from Strauss while he was at Ohio State to contact investigators at osu@perkinscoie.com.Updated at 6:53 with the statement from Ben Johnson. read more

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Football Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller misses game against Oregon State

Sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) awaits the snap during the second quarter at the OSU-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorOhio State junior safety Jordan Fuller will not play against Oregon State, due to a hamstring injury.Redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint and sophomore Isaiah Pryor started in place of Fuller, with both Wint and Pryor fighting for the starting safety position alongside Fuller in the offseason.Fuller was out on the field early, participating in warm-ups before the rest of the team.Fuller was named a team captain for the Buckeyes earlier this week. read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State hopes to rebound in two home matches against

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) makes contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.After losing back-to-back home losses, Ohio State will attempt to bounce back with two home matches against McKendree. The Bearcats (6-7, 3-3 MIVA) enter into the match with the same ledger in their last two matches as the Buckeyes (5-11, 1-5 MIVA): two home court losses at the hands of Loyola Chicago and Lewis. While McKendree has three conference wins against Lindenwood, Quincy and then-No. 11 Ball State, Ohio State has a single league win against Quincy. Despite McKendree’s superior conference standing, Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said that he’s looking forward to this weekend in large part because sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes is expected to return to the floor. “That’ll give us a little more offense,” Hanson said. “We can run our offense through Blake [Leeson], through Jake and [sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand] some, so we feel like we’ve got enough offense with those three guys.” Prior to his injury, Hanes led the country with 115 kills. Since Hanes’ injury in the Jan. 26 match against Ball State, the Buckeyes have mostly struggled offensively, hitting above .250 just twice in the Feb. 1 victory over Lincoln Memorial and the Feb. 16 win over Quincy. Hanson said Hanes’ return means redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter would step back into an outside hitter role and out of the opposite hitter role he served during Hanes’ absence. Alter accrued 41 kills, two aces, 25 digs and eight blocks in Hanes’ absence. When Hanes returns to the floor on Friday night, he won’t only be contributing on offense. Senior libero Aaron Samarin said Hanes’ return will also bolster the defense as well. “It’s great to have that big guy on the back,” Samarin said. “He’s a big guy, takes up a lot of court when he’s blocking. He can get out to the pin. With a quick offense that’s coming in, it’s nice to have that guy that can get out to the pin quick.” The Bearcats bring in some offensive firepower of their own. Freshman outside hitter Patrick Ross and junior opposite hitter Zach Schnittker lead the team with nearly identical numbers, contributing 109 kills and 11 aces, and 104 kills and 12 aces, respectively. McKendree also has a stout defense, leading the league with 2.5 blocks per set, which is fourth-best in the country. The only team Ohio State has faced with a better mark is Lewis, who slammed home 14 blocks en-route to a five-set victory against the Buckeyes in St. John Arena on Feb. 21. Despite a difficult week of lineup changes, Hanson said the bottom line for a successful weekend is focus. “We just have to take care of our business,” Hanson said. “We have to worry about what Ohio State does and less about what McKendree does.” Ohio State takes on McKendree at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at St. John Arena. read more

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Puerto Rico governor resigns after mass protests

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean braces for passage of Hurricane IrmaSeptember 5, 2017In “latest news”Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricaneOctober 19, 2017In “World”Venezuela opposition leader Capriles banned from politicsApril 8, 2017In “Regional” [BBC] Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló has announced his resignation after days of mass street protests in the US territory.Mr Rosselló, who had only on Sunday insisted he would stay on, said he would continue working until 2 August to allow an orderly transition.He has been at the centre of a group text message scandal that has already led two top officials to resign.The leaked messages revealed sexist, profane and homophobic comments.The chat, which contained 880 pages of exchanges between the governor and 11 male allies, was leaked on 13 July and led to days of protests outside the governor’s mansion in San Juan.Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49102274 read more

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Kwakwani teen nabbed hours after robbing Chinese restaurant

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPopular Chinese restaurant at Craig robbed by armed ‘customers’August 24, 2016In “latest news”Chinese restaurant owner beaten, robbed by armed bandits in CorentyneOctober 16, 2018In “Crime”Bandits rob Chinese restaurant in BerbiceOctober 10, 2016In “Berbice Chinese restaurant robbed” Two armed men carried out a brazen robbery on a Chinese restaurant at Kwakwani, Upper Berbice, in the wee hours of Monday, carting off with close to $700,000 in cash.Based on information gathered, the incident occurred at about midnight after the owner of the restaurant, 47-year-old Huang Yahgng, ventured to the customers’ washroom located in a section of his restaurant.The suspects, who were armed with cutlasses, reportedly sneaked behind the restaurant counter and allegedly removed $700,000 from a drawer before making good their escape.The police were summoned to the scene and went in pursuit of the bandits but they escaped. The police had recovered a cutlass and a part of black Levi slippers at the scene.The police have since confirmed that one of the bandits was identified as a 17-year-old Kwakwani resident.He was later arrested at a popular drinking spot in the area but none of the stolen money was found in his possession. The police are on the hunt for the other suspects. read more

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Avesoro and Orkun Group enter openpit mining contract at Youga

first_imgAvesoro Resources has made further headway on turning around operations at its Youga gold mine, in Burkina Faso, having entered into an open-pit mining contract with Orkun Group Sarl.The mining program under the contract, secured by Avesoro’s Burkina Faso subsidaries, Burkina Mining Company SA (BMC) and Netiana Mining Company SA (NMC), is based on the excavation of between 800,000 to 900,000 bank cubic metres (bcm) of material per month, including a minimum of 120,000 t/mth of ore delivered to the run of mine (ROM) pad.Youga, in the June quarter, saw production fall 19% quarter-on-quarter as falling grades and a stoppage in mining activities during June, which followed a transition to contractor mining, hit the operation.Over the life of the Youga mine, the contract is based on the excavation of a minimum of 42 million bcm of material (Minimum TMM), which can be increased, at the company’s option, to 60 million bcm on the same terms. The contract price of excavation during this TMM period is $4.26/bcm (around $1.60/t) reducing to $3.75 per bcm thereafter (approximately $1.41 per tonne) for the remainder of the contract.As part of the deal, Orkun will pay an earn-in fee of $0.51/bcm to acquire BMC’s existing heavy mining equipment fleet. The earn-in fee will be offset against the amounts invoiced by Orkun.Upon completion of the Minimum TMM, ownership of BMC’s HME fleet will transfer to Orkun. However, Orkun assumes full responsibility for the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the fleet from commencement of the contract, Avesoro confirmed.“Orkun has also committed to supplement the existing HME fleet with $5 million of additional equipment at its own cost,” Avesoro said. This includes five excavators, 15 haul trucks and auxiliary equipment to ensure the contracted material movement is achieved. The first batch of this additional HME is due to arrive at Youga early in the September quarter.BMC and NMC retain responsibility for mining geology, planning and certain other costs, Avesoro said.Serhan Umurhan, Chief Executive Officer of Avesoro, said: “This contract will enable Avesoro to significantly reduce its future mining costs at Youga. Outsourcing the mining activity will also enable us to reduce our direct employee headcount and overall business complexity thereby reducing G&A costs.“The responsibility for future fleet maintenance costs has also been transferred to Orkun, thereby significantly reducing the company’s 2019 funding shortfall that was announced on June 10, 2019.“To achieve the material movement targets set out in the contract, Orkun will also supplement the existing Youga mining fleet…This should ensure a minimum of 120,000 t of ore is delivered to the ROM pad each month and that the Youga processing plant is maintained at full operating capacity.”last_img read more

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LASE senses mining growth options in Australia South Pacific

first_imgLASE, a leader in laser-based sensor and measurement applications, has opened a new office in Perth, Western Australia, as it looks to support its growing base of Australia customers in mining and other industries.Lars Mohr, who has previously worked as Sales Manager at the LASE branch office in Bremen, Germany, has been appointed General Manager for LASE’s expansion into Australia and the South-Pacific region, which is focused specifically on the mining, port, steel and logistics industries.LASE’s technology is used in several applications within mining, including measuring material on heap leach pads,  checking the fill level on wagons and optimising the distribution of material for stackers/reclaimers.From the new location, LASE’s 2D and 3D laser measurement systems will not only be distributed within Australia, but also to New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.LASE is also the distributor within the mentioned regions for two other well-known German brands also active in the mining, port and steel industries. One of the two companies is the coupling technology manufacturer MAT Malmedie Antriebstechnik and the other is encoder manufacturer Johannes Hübner Fabrik elektrischer Maschinen.In addition to its German offices and recently added Australia base, LASE has offices in Shanghai and Kolkata.last_img read more

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DO Handball 9 interview – Manolo Cadenas Argentina and Meshkov Brest

The Argentinian national team and Meshkov Brest coach Manolo Cadenas was a guest in DO Handball series of interviews (project of Balkan-Handball.com). Experienced coach talked about his experience with Argentina at World Championship 2019 in Germany and Denmark, where thew ended at 17th place, but also future of South American handball, rivality with Brazil, work in Belarus and questions related to improving handball rules…Take a look on it… ← Previous Story Powerful RK Vardar win in Mannheim! Next Story → EHF Cup 2018/2019 Main Round to start in Tatabanya Manolo Cadenas read more

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Karacic to Stoilov – the best assist of the EHF CL 20182019

Igor Karacic to Stojance Stoilov is the best assist of the season at VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019.Duo of the golden RK Vardar Skopje squad made a brilliant action for their fans in the most important moment of the season, VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 final clash against Telekom Veszprem.Take a look and enjoy… PHOTO: Jozo Cabraja, kolektiff Igor KaracicRK Vardar SkopjeStojance Stoilov ← Previous Story Filip Ivic to stay with VfL Gummersbach in 2nd Bundesliga Next Story → Jicha calls for the first time in Kiel read more

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Proper procedures at Castlebar District Court in Celyn Eadon murder case

first_imgON 16 FEBRUARY 2011, Celyn Eadon was remanded in custody at Castlebar District Court but, despite the order, he walked out of the courtroom.About three weeks after his release, he was charged with killing his mother Noreen Kelly-Eadon at her home in Derrynacrieve, Islandeady, near Castlebar.The 46-year-old died from multiple stab wounds.A report into what happened during the court hearings in early 2011 was undertaken by Judge Michael Reilly earlier this year following a request from then-minister Alan Shatter.Publishing the report today, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said it found that “proper procedures had operated in Castlebar District Court”.Justice Reilly also said he was satisfied with improved protocol that has been put in place for the handling of warrants in provincial district courts.The report did not have the remit to look at the conduct of members of An Garda Síochána, a matter that was dealt with under the statutory disciplinary procedure.GSOC is also still examining the practice, policy and procedure in relation to dealing with persons who are committed to custody on remand by a court.Commenting on the report, Fitzgerald said:“I very much regret the tragic situation that has occurred. The primary concern at this stage is to ensure that such a serious breakdown at operational level should not happen again.  In this context I note that Judge Reilly has expressed satisfaction with the manner in which these matters are dealt with by the Courts Service.  With regard to the Garda Síochána the relevant procedures are currently the subject of a review by GSOC and I hope to receive its report with the results of the review at an early stage.”The Eadon family were given a copy of the report prior to its public release today.The TimelinePrior to 16 Febuary 2011: Eadon was before the District Court numerous times for traffic offences.19 January 2011: Eadon failed to appear in court and a warrant for his arrest was issued.2 February 2011: The Bench Warrant was executed and Eadon was brought to Castlebar District Court. He was remanded in custody to Harristown District Court on 4 February 2011. He was not granted bail.4 February 2011: Eadon was remanded in custody to Castlebar District Court on 16 February with consent to bail on a number of terms, including a bond of €300, an independent surety of €600 to be approved by court, a curfew, strict sign-ins, to be resident with his mother and to stay off drugs and alcohol.He was unable to take up bail so he remained in custody to Castlerea Prison.16 February 2011: Eadon was further charged on Charge Sheet No 11298126 with theft. On this charge, he was remanded on his own bail of €50 to appear at Achill District Court on 10 March 2011. He signed the bail form.But, on the other charges, he was remanded in custody on the seven sets of summonses referred to above from 19 January.Despite the court order that he was remanded in custody – and the prepared warrants that were given to the gardaí, he walked out of the District Court.9 March 2011: Noreen Kelly-Eadon was found dead in her home.11 March 2011: Celyn Eadon, then 19, was charged with the murder.February 2014: Eadon was convicted of the murder.More: Man appears in court charged with mother’s murder in Co Mayolast_img read more

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Its great news that child beauty pageants have been axed Senator

first_imgTHE DECISION BY US beauty pageant organisers not to proceed with two contests in Dublin and Cork has been welcomed by Senator Jillian van Turnhout.It is believed that the Toddlers and Tiaras-style child pageant will go ahead in Belfast.Last year a motion put down by the senator condemning child beauty pageants was passed by all members.The Universal Royalty Beauty Contest caused commotion last year, as the organisers found it difficult to find a premises that would agree to hold the contest.CancelledSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Turnhout said that it was “great news” that the pageants in the Republic had been cancelled, saying that “it really shows that if the people of Ireland get together something like this can be achieved”.She urged her colleagues in Belfast to follow suit and condemn child pageantry.She added that the Irish hoteliers also had to be commended for not letting pageants like this to go ahead on their premises.“I did meet with the pageant representatives and I made it clear that I would push for legislation on this,” she said.Childhood “This gave us the opportunity to debate the wider issue of what define childhood as here in Ireland. We got to see the extremes of what happens in the US and we were able to take a step back. Adults have a responsibility to protect children. Childhood goes by so quickly, so really this matter was a catalyst for a wider issue of child protection,” she said.“It shows that we don’t always have to go down the legal route when there is such support for an issue. The message received was that they were not welcome here. The fact they decided not to come to Ireland is a real tribute to the Irish people for taking a stand,” she added.Read: ‘Beauty pageants do not sexualise children’ says contest organiser>Read: Heavy makeup, high heels and frilly dresses ‘inappropriate’ on pageant children>last_img read more

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Body found in Portrush believed to be that of missing man

first_imgTHE PSNI HAVE found a body in the Portrush area of Northern Ireland.The body is of a man in his early twenties, and although is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be the body of missing person Marc Mackay.Mackay, whose real name was Adam but who went by Marc, has been missing since the start of the month.Mackay was last seen in the Harbour area of Portrush at around 1am in the morning on Sunday, August 3. Police have said that they are not treating the death as suspicious.The 24 year old is described as having a thin build with short spiky hair. At the time of his disappearance he described by the PSNI as having been wearing a short sleeved denim shirt and light blue denim jeans.last_img read more

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