Richard Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Tim Nolan, Senior Vice President, Marketing Lifetime, LMN & FYI Networks; and Ian Harding, star of Pretty Little Liars and Celebrity Awareness Ambassador were honored for their efforts in the fight against lupus to end its devastating impact on millions of families during the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Gala in New York City on October 20.The evening spotlighted the changing landscape of lupus research and awareness with cutting-edge biomedical research and communication platforms opening doors for new opportunities to educate the public about lupus and advance new treatments. Lupus advocate, Allie Gutshall, shared her personal story and sense of urgency and hope for new treatments that will improve the quality of life for people with lupus. Dr. Susan Manzi, the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical Director and Chair, Department of Medicine, and Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence at Allegheny Health Network, highlighted groundbreaking research on stem cells as a potential treatment for lupus.“Our honorees are true visionaries in the fight against lupus,” said Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of the Lupus Foundation of America. “It is only fitting that we honor their many achievements, as we look forward to the future with hope, innovation and determination to end the cruel mystery that is lupus.”Richard Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig, LLP received the Hope Award for the company’s generosity and long-standing support of lupus research and education. Greenberg Traurig, is a unified international law firm of approximately 2000 lawyers and 38 offices around the globe. Rosenbaum’s support of the cause is also deeply personal as his sister is also living with lupus.Tim Nolan, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Lifetime, LMN & FYI networks received the Hope Award. Nolan’s support was driven by his husband who has lupus, and as a leader in the entertainment and media industry he has helped to direct resources and support to increase awareness and understanding of lupus. He was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation’s KNOW LUPUS national multi-media campaign, which to-date has educated more than 625 million about the impact of lupus on individuals and their families.The Foundation presented the Barlin Family Award to Ian Harding, star of Pretty Little Liars and Lupus Foundation of America Celebrity Awareness Ambassador. Harding’s mother is living lupus. He has been involved with the Foundation for several years participating in public awareness campaigns, Walk to End Lupus Now events and raised more than $100K for lupus research and education. The program closed with a fun and interactive performance from the acapella group VoicePlay.The Lupus Foundation of America’s National Gala is an Evening of Hope honoring outstanding individuals who have been champions for those living with lupus and their families. The Foundation thanks its generous supporters and sponsors including: GreenbergTraurig; Pfizer; InsomniaTV and Piper Jaffray. The Gala raises critically needed funds to advance the Foundation’s mission and its comprehensive programs of research, education, and advocacy. To learn more or make a donation, visit www.lupus.org/gala.
(Cree Elder Johnny Grant was charged with tobacco smuggling after he crossed the Canada-U.S. border. APTN/Photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWearing a ribbon shirt and gripping an eagle feather, an Elder from Waswanipi, a Cree community in northern Quebec, told a courtroom in Cornwall, Ont., Tuesday his rights were violated by Canadian border agents when they charged him with smuggling tobacco across the Canada-U.S. border.Cree Elder Johnny Grant was detained at the Cornwall customs border post after he was found with several pouches of pipe tobacco he says he purchased for $360 on the U.S. side of Akwesasne on Sept. 10, a day before his 72nd birthday.“I feel that my rights have been violated. I use this Indian tobacco in my pipe to pray to God, the Great Spirit,” Grant told the courtroom. “My rights have been violated because they took away my prayer.”Grant, an Indian residential school survivor and veteran of the Canadian Navy, made his first court appearance Tuesday before Justice of the Peace Linda Leblanc on three charges under the Customs Act including smuggling, non-reporting and providing an untrue statement.“I am a Cree hunter and fisherman. I use (the tobacco) to thank the water, wind and oxygen that gives me life,” he said, during the court appearance.Grant’s lawyer, Frank Horn, a Mohawk, said the seizure of Grant’s tobacco and the charges constituted a violation of the Cree Elder’s Charter rights.“He, as an Indian in Canada, has certain rights,” said Horn, during the hearing. “One is to practice religion…. This is a violation of not just his rights, but of all the Indian people in Canada.”Leblanc responded saying she could do little on the case besides set the next hearing date.Federal Crown Natalie Trottier told Leblanc the government wanted the charges against Grant treated as summary offences, meaning they are not serious enough to need a trial with a jury. Generally, the maximum penalty for summary convictions is six months in jail, a $5,000 fine or both.Grant’s next court date is set for Nov. 22. His lawyer Horn is scheduled to hold a case conference with the federal Crown’s office on Nov. 11.Grant, who does not smoke, was in a taxi crossing the border back into Canada after purchasing several pouches of Smoker’s Pride and Captain Black’s pipe tobacco when he was stopped by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and ordered into secondary customs inspection.“They asked me if I had anything to declare, I said no,” said Grant, in a separate interview with APTN National News. “But they told me to pull over anyway.”Grant said he was carrying 20 pouches of pipe tobacco. He said he didn’t feel he needed to declare them because the tobacco he carried were prayers yet to be released.“I had nothing physical to declare for my own personal use. It was for the Creator, for God, that I use to pray in my pipe on the land, in the water, in the wind,” said Grant. “I was trying to get my winter supply of tobacco which I put on the land….I view it as very sacred ceremonial Indian pipe tobacco and as soon as it’s in my hand it is blessed and I can use it for the Creator.”Once the CBSA agents noticed the tobacco they questioned him and then put him in a cell for about four hours. He was released after paying $500 cash. Grant alleged agents made him sign a document against the wall in haste as he was leaving. Grant said he doesn’t really know what document he signed.Grant said CBSA agents inflated the amount of tobacco he was carrying at the time he was detained. According to a CBSA document attached to Grant’s charge sheet, he was allegedly carrying 26 kilograms of tobacco.“The amount was incorrect,” said Grant.Joe David, a Wolf Clan member with the Mohawk Nation Longhouse in Akwesasne, was one of about a dozen people who showed up to support Grant at the courthouse.“I’ve been Sundancing for four years and the use of tobacco I believe, in our ways, is a sacred offering to the Creator, since time immemorial,” said David. “That tobacco had the intent of prayer and that was not going to be used to sell or for personal use, but for prayer and to bring people together. It already had its intention from the beginning.”Kenneth Deer, the secretary for the Mohawk Nation Longhouse in Kahnawake, attended Grant’s court hearing. Deer said he was at the hearing as an individual because Grant is a friend of his family.“The issue is fundamental, we should be able to use (tobacco) any way we want. In this case it was for ceremonial purposes. There is no reason he has to be stopped and be charged for bringing tobacco across the border,” said Deer.Deer said Grant’s case could be the key to settling the tobacco issue in Canada, which is a persistent irritant in the relationship between the Crown and First Nations, especially with the Iroquois nations.“It’s a Charter case. It may be the opportunity to make permanent laws, with a court decision, to change the current situation with respect to tobacco,” said Deer.Horn said he planned to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.“Tobacco is a telephone line to the Creator,” said Horn. “It’s a deliberate strategy to attack tobacco.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
Mumbai: Over 1,000 pilots of the struggling private carrier Jet Airways have decided to go ahead with their “no flying” call from April 1 following the airline failing to receive funds from the banks Friday, its pilots guild has said. The airline said in a statement that every effort was being made to restore normalcy of operations. The National Aviators Guild (NAG), the body claiming representation of some 1,100 pilots at Jet Airways, had last week announced its decision not to fly from April 1 if their pending salaries were not cleared and clarity on the revival plan not provided by March 31. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDays after that, the airline’s ownership went into the hands of SBI-led consortium of banks under a debt-recast plan. “A part of the expected interim funding from SBI was supposed to be actioned on March 29. Unfortunately, the fund transfer has not taken place, and there is also no update on salary payment from the management.” “The collective decision of pilots taken at Mumbai and Delhi open house effective 1 April prevails,” NAG president Karan Chopra said in a late evening communication to his members.
TORONTO – More than eight per cent of Ontario households were in arrears with their electricity bills at the end of 2015, owing more than $172.5 million.The Ontario Energy Board reports 566,902 homes were in arrears last year, 263 fewer customers than were behind in their electricity bills at the end of 2014.The board says any account that is 30 or more days past the 16-day minimum payment period is considered to be in arrears.Hydro One Networks, the electricity distribution arm of Ontario’s giant transmission utility, was owed $105,583,215 by 225,952 customers who were in arrears, which is up more than 1,750 households from 2014.Toronto Hydro had the second largest number of clients in arrears, with 60,528 households owing $13,194,511 last year.The Ministry of Energy says there are about 4.6 million residential electricity customers, or households, in Ontario.—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter More than eight per cent of Ontario households behind on electricity bills by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2016 2:31 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The group is part of the first session of the preparatory committee for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in 2016, known as Habitat III.“Urban areas are at the heart of many great challenges, opportunities and promise,” Mr. Ban said, adding that urbanization is a driving force as well as a source of development. It comes as the international community is formulating a sustainable development agenda for beyond 2015, the deadline for achievement of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As the new agenda is being formulated, “the role of urbanization in supporting sustainable development is becoming increasingly important,” Mr. Ban said.“The United Nations should continue to promote equitable urban development in our human settlements, villages, towns, cities and countries,” he added.The first such conference was held in 1976, followed by Habitat II in 1996 and Istanbul+5 in 2001.Habitat III will have an important role to play to make cities and human settlements “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” the UN chief noted. Today’s audience included Joan Clos, Secretary-General of Habitat III Conference and Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).In an opinion piece in the Guardian today, Mr. Clos wrote that Habitat III will be the first UN global summit after the adoption of the post-2015 agenda and – hopefully – a new climate change agreement which will be negotiated next year in Paris. “It is an opportunity to change the way we think about cities and the way they are growing,” he penned. “To put people at the centre of cities and make them work for us.”For that, the international community needs ideas from forward-thinking governments, city planners and citizens, who know better than anyone the challenges and needs of their communities.
Before last summer, Osborne had never been known to express extreme views on religion or race. Mohammed Mahmoud, imam at Finsbury Park Mosque, speaks on the steps of Islington Town HallCredit:TOLGA AKMEN /AFP Members of Mr Ali’s grieving family were joined by emergency service workers, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick and community leaders.Also attending the memorial were Labour leader and local Islington North MP Mr Corbyn, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who stressed the hate-filled attack had failed to divide the ethnically-diverse community. Darren Osborne deliberately mowed down worshippers outside two mosques in Finsbury Park on June 19 last yearCredit:Metropolitan Polce/PA “Those around him described how he became obsessed with material that he started looking at online. He was researching high-profile individuals, such as Mr Robinson and Ms Fransen, as well as extreme Right-wing groups that were not proscribed.”It was clear that, in the space of only a few weeks, he had developed a warped and twisted view, to such a degree that he was prepared to plan and carry out an attack,” Mr Haydon said.”I’m not going to call Tommy Robinson a radicaliser, but there is material out there linked to some of the groups connected to him that quite clearly has been an influence in this case.”He said while much of the “unpalatable” extreme Right-wing material available online was not illegal, social media companies could do more to proactively remove it. Politicians join members of the emergency services outside Islington Town Hall after attending a service to mark the one-year anniversary of the Finsbury Park attackCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA Ahead of the event, the Prime Minister said: “Last year’s cowardly attack which targeted innocent worshippers leaving Finsbury Park mosque is an attack on all of us.”As with all acts of terrorism the intention was to divide us but we will not let this happen.”We are a country of many faiths and freedom of worship and respect for those of different faiths is fundamental to this country’s values and these values will never be broken by vile extremism.”Mrs May commended the “bravery and spirit of the community that apprehended the attacker”.She added: “As we remember the victims of this attack, Makram Ali who tragically lost his life, we should take strength that it is London’s diversity and multitude of communities that makes it one of the world’s great cities.”Video: Moment Darren Osborne ploughed into worshippers Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Makram Ali, a father of six, died after the attackCredit:Metropolitan Police “And we would just like to thank everyone for their support and the love that they’ve shown and hope they continue to do so.”Osborne – described as a jobless loner – had been radicalised by far-right material. He is serving a jail sentence of at least 43 years, after being found guilty in February of murder and attempted murder.#LondonUnited lights up landmarks in solidarityThe phrase #LondonUnited, which has been used in the wake of other terror attacks last year, was displayed on the Muslim Welfare House on Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday. Mrs Akhtar said her father will “never be forgotten”, saying: “His laugh will echo the walls of our home and his smile will be reflected in our eyes. His memory will be in our conversation.” There was a strong uniformed police presence in Upper Street, a usually busy shopping and business hub, which was shut to traffic for the intimate memorial.Banners which read “United Against Terror”, “Turn To Love” and “London United” decorated the memorial scene which was attended by members of the community and local officials. Mr Ali was remembered as a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and brother by Mr Khan.He also stated that Mr Mahmoud’s personal actions that night give us all hope.He said: “It shows our values will always be stronger than the hatred of the extremists.” At a gathering earlier in June, Mr Ali’s daughter Ruzina Akhtar spoke of her family’s gratitude for the support they had received from the community since her father’s death.Ms Akhtar addressed those gathered at a street Iftar on what was the one-year anniversary of the incident according to the lunar calendar observed in the Islamic faith.She said: “We’re very happy to be part of this community and to be in this country with such a loving, diverse community around us. When Londoners face adversity, we stand up for our values and remain united. This was clear in the response to the Finsbury Park attack. #LondonUnited pic.twitter.com/MK5kSYppwn— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 19, 2018 Remembering the #FinsburyPark terror attack last year and everyone affected. There will be a minute’s silence tomorrow outside Islington Town Hall at 9.30am https://t.co/ruat1Sh1k0 @Mwh_London @FPMosque #LondonUnited #WeStandTogether pic.twitter.com/pLDbkyKKRb— Islington Council (@IslingtonBC) June 18, 2018 The community @Southwarkcathed joins the community at Finsbury Park Mosque as they commemorate the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. We are #londonunited pic.twitter.com/OB2uDQV52C— Andrew Nunn (@deansouthwark) June 19, 2018 Victim ‘lived without enemies’ before life taken ‘in cruel way’Victim Makram Ali left behind a wife, six children and two grandchildren. His two sons are 13 and 14 years old, a court heard as Osborne was jailed in February.”They will now grow up without the help and support of their father,” his daughter Ruzina Akhtar said. “Without his guidance and assistance in life.”Mrs Akhtar’s son – Mr Ali’s grandson – has also been affected since the attack.She said: “My son is always asking where his grandad is and why he cannot go to the park every day to play with him any more. This is heartbreaking.” He “lived without any enemies” and never hurt or upset anyone, she said.She added: “His life was taken in a cruel way by a very narrow minded, heartless being.”Mrs Akhtar added : “My mum is scared to go out by herself in case she is attacked because she is visibly a Muslim who wears a headscarf.” Killer radicalised in weeks after seeing BBC filmOn the evening of May 16 last year, Darren Osborne, an unemployed father of four from Cardiff, sat down on his sofa to watch a BBC drama about the Rochdale grooming scandal, reports Crime Correspondent Martin Evans.Such was his outrage at the events depicted in Three Girls, that he turned to the internet for more information.Within three weeks, the extreme Right-wing material he found online had radicalised him to such an extent that he deliberately drove a hire van into a group of Muslims, killing one and injuring 12 others.The speed at which he became brainwashed by inflammatory material he found on social media sites has left counter-terrorism experts deeply concerned and has led to calls for technology giants to do more to remove it. Speaking on the steps of Islington Town Hall, Mr Corbyn praised the “absolutely magnificent” immediate response from the local community and emergency services that night. Darren Osborne in the back of a police van after his arrestCredit:Metropolitan Police/PA A minute’s silence has been held to mark a year since Makram Ali, a Muslim father-of-six, was killed and others injured in an attack near a mosque in north London.Most of the victims of the Finsbury Park terror attack had just left night-time Ramadan prayers at the nearby Muslim Welfare House when Darren Osborne, determined to kill as many Muslims as possible, drove a hired van on to a crowded pavement.Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who protected Osborne from angry passers-by until police came to arrest him, was among those praised.To warm applause, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Imam Mahmoud did a brilliant and wonderful job of making sure that hatred of racism did not turn into violence and anger on the streets that night.”He helped to ensure that we came together as a community because that is the only response there can ever be to the racism that seeks to divide us.” A barmaid in his former local pub said: “He was a notorious bad boy, involved in drugs and fighting. People were scared of him. But I don’t remember any racism.”Ellis Osborne, 26, his nephew, who is mixed race, also said he had never heard his uncle express extreme views.But all that changed in early June last year when he began looking at social media and other websites linked to Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League, and Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, the cofounders of Britain First.When police examined his digital devices in the wake of the attack, they found he had spent hours searching for extremist material, which fuelled his growing hatred for Muslims.In the weeks before the attack, he followed Mr Robinson and Ms Fransen on Twitter and Facebook and received direct messages from their accounts.Osborne ‘developed warped and twisted view’Commander Dean Haydon, the head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit, said that while the BBC drama had proved to be the catalyst, Osborne’s rapid radicalisation had clearly been the result of the inflammatory material he had seen online.Mr Haydon said: “This case demonstrates to me that individuals can be radicalised very quickly, within three or four weeks. We have to look at the role of the internet and radicalisation. It does demonstrate the speed of radicalisation … it’s a concern for us. #LONDONUNITED projection on Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park tonight, for the first anniversary of the terror attack @Mwh_London @FPMosque @MayorofLondon @LondonAssembly pic.twitter.com/2DM0oKdmMI— Amy Batley (@AmyBatley) June 18, 2018 Stating that the Finsbury Park attack was an “attack on all Londoners,” Mr Khan said: “Terrorism is terrorism no matter the target and regardless of what motivates the sick and twisted perpetrators who carry out these evil crimes.”The way this community has responded and come together has inspired us all.”Britain’s values will not be broken by ‘vile extremism’Earlier, Theresa May said that Britain’s values will not be broken by “vile extremism”, a year on from the attack.
I write to express grave concerns about the rights of citizens of our country. This morning (May 9, 2017) I attended the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, accompanying my colleague Mohabir Anil Nandlall who is presently before the court.At the hearing, the special prosecutor, hired by the government, said to the court that no statements were available since the investigation was incomplete and statements are yet to be taken in the matter. He assured the court that this exercise will be completed sometime on May 26 and requested May 29 for continuation of the matter. This is what I heard in court myself.A number of questions immediately came to mind and I would hope by way of this letter more informed Guyanese can enlighten me and other members of the public.If there are no statements and the file is incomplete, on what basis was Mr. Nandlall charged?If it is true that charges are to be based on evidence contained in statements on which the prosecution would rely by calling witnesses to testify at the appropriate time, am I wrong to conclude that the charge against Mr. Nandlall therefore has no basis in evidence?Why wasn’t the case dismissed immediately after this information became available to the Court, Is this the way our citizens are treated every day in our courts and is this normal?If this charge is not evidence-based, would it be wrong to conclude that it was instituted capriciously or was driven by some other consideration?What role if any, the professional and independent offices of the DPP and the police legal advisor played in recommending the charge against Mr. Nandlall in the absence of statements in this matter.Would I be wrong to conclude like so many other Guyanese that in the face of the above unanswered questions that the charge against Mr. Nandlall has to do more with politics and political witch-hunting executed by the APNU/AFC government?Editor, after leaving court I was able to access the kaieteur news daily with the screaming headline, “over 200 persons blacklisted from leaving Guyana – SOCU’’ . ….As a citizen of Guyana I have acted to ensure that the fundamental and constitutional rights of Guyanese are upheld and not violated.I have since written to the public authority, namely the Chief Immigration Officer (the Commissioner of Police) under the Access to Information Act of 2011 requesting the identity of these resident Guyanese who have been blacklisted.This trampling on the rights of citizens must be rejected in all forms. In the face of such travesty of justice, silence is not an option. Article 144 of the Constitution of Guyana guarantees that a man is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.I call upon all law enforcement and judicial authorities to uphold the constitution and to resist political pressure and instructions in any form or fashion. Citizens should speak up and don’t wait for you to become the next victim. Let’s stop this madness now.The APNU/AFC Granger led Administration through various ministers have made public statements about who would be charged and when, am I wrong to conclude that this was sending signals to the law enforcement and judicial arms of the State in very subtle forms.One of the first signs of authoritarianism is when the coercive arms of the State are used to silence, intimidate and ultimately eliminate political opponents. We know what happened in the past, we must never allow this to happen again. Stop the abuse now. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLaw Books case: Nandlall’s trial set for June 8, prosecution still to get up statementsMay 29, 2017In “Court”SOCU requests more time to present statements in CourtMay 9, 2017In “Court”PM, AG engaging in ‘juvenile antics’ – NandlallMay 7, 2017In “Local News”
Swedish handball legend Stefan Lovgren has resigned from the position of the General Manager of Swedish handball Federation. Former THW Kiel captain and a member of the most successful Swedish generation in the history with Bengt Johansson, will focus on a job in marketing company, after Sweden got the chance to organize Men’s EHF EURO 2020 together with Austria and Norway. stefan lovgren ← Previous Story Free entrance for brother’s war Serbia – Montenegro, but without key players! Next Story → Denmark wins Golden League
Facebook announced it’s “awesome” new feature this week, and it turned out to be what everyone expected: Video calling. But one curious coder looked through the Java file behind Video Calling, and found something even more interesting–a huge, glaring hint that Facebook has a music offering in the works, called Vibes.Jeff Rose posted the relevant snippets to his blog, and you don’t need to know Java to see that something’s there. Basically, the JAR file used to install Video Calling (referenced in the code as com.facebook.peep), also has code that can be used to install another app named com.facebook.vibes. That alone wouldn’t really say much, but each app has a secondary reference talking about an action that follows; “peep” calls for a VideoChatPlugin window, and “vibes” calls for a MusicDownloadDialog. It can’t get much clearer than that, Vibes not only handles music, but apparently downloads it as well.Facebook Vibes hasn’t been talked about. It hasn’t been referenced or mentioned, and it hasn’t been leaked. Zuckerberg seemed rushed when he announced Video Calling, and many people thought that his “something awesome” remark might have originally been meant for something, well, a bit more awesome than simply lumping a Skype plug-in into a half-baked chat feature.It’s entirely possible that the reason they’ve been sitting on the chat upgrades for so long, is that he planned to release a trifecta later on. Bringing group chat, video chat, and music downloads in one fell swoop would definitely have made a bigger impression on users who might be lured away by Google+.The idea of Facebook diving into the music scene isn’t a new one, or even an unexpected one. With the impending demise of MySpace, it’s almost expected that Facebook would try to carry the torch for socialized music–the only question is how they might go about doing it. For that, we’ll just have to wait and see.More at Life is a graph, via HN
24,718 Views http://jrnl.ie/3195167 File photo. By Tom Tuite File photo. Image: Shutterstock/WilleeCole Photography 30 Comments A CONVICTED killer, who began eating his own faeces after he was arrested for trying to attack a garda at a Dublin station, has been sentenced to 160 hours of community service.Mark Bissett’s “bizarre behaviour” happened when he turned violent during a drink and drug fuelled outburst at Store Street Garda station in the city-centre. In another incident he attacked shop worker after hurling racial abuse at him.Judge Bryan Smyth had heard at Dublin District Court Court that Bissett has attended a residential drug rehabilitation programme. He was furnished with a probation report and finalised the case today ordering Bissett to carry out 160 hours of community service in lieu of an eight-month prison sentence.Bissett (31) from Loughlinstown Park, in Loughlinstown, Dublin, was jailed for six years in 2005 for killing his uncle David Sutherland in Sallynoggin, Dublin, on 20 December, 2003. Mr Sutherland (54), from Ballybrack, Dublin, was beaten and kicked to death in a drunken row following an accusation by Bissett that Sutherland had killed his aunt.In his district court case, Bissett pleaded guilty to breach of the peace, being intoxicated to such an extent he was a danger to himself and others, criminal damage and violent behaviour at Store Street Garda station, on 3 March and 18 March last.AggressiveGarda James Seymour gave evidence earlier that on 3 March last, Bissett, who has 47 prior criminal convictions, was acting aggressively at the front counter in the station.The father-of-three attempted to assault the sergeant in charge and he struck Garda Seymour and his colleagues. Garda Seymour had to strike him twice with his baton before they placed him in a cell.Bissett defecated in the cells and “consumed his own faeces” causing a health hazard and damage to cell walls which were covered with excrement and had to be cleaned at a cost of €400.On 18 March last, Bissett returned to the station in an intoxicated state and lay on the floor. When asked to leave he began hurling abuse at gardai calling them “faggots and c***s”.The court was given a breakdown of his criminal record: 26 convictions for breach of the peace and being drunk in public; one for obstructing a drug search; one for affray; two for possessing knives; two minor assaults, one for assault causing harm, another for assaulting a garda, three thefts; five robberies; one conviction for manslaughter, one for failing to comply with a Garda’s public order caution to leave the vicinity and two for criminal damage.Defence counsel Emmet Nolan had said his client now has mental health issues but is aware that his “bizarre behaviour” at the Garda station was unacceptable. He had taken a large quantity of benzodiazepine tablets and alcohol and has no recollection of the incident but is deeply ashamed, the barrister said.The court was told he has little contact with family and he left school at the age of 13.The barrister had said Bissett was using hostels from the age of 15 and became addicted to benzodiazepine and alcohol. However he had been given a placement in a residential treatment centre for his addiction issues.Read: In full: Martin McGuinness’s statement on why he chose to step away from politics now Image: Shutterstock/WilleeCole Photography Share26 Tweet Email Jan 19th 2017, 6:17 PM Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 6:17 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Convicted killer who ate his own faeces sentenced to community service for attack on garda Mark Bissett’s “bizarre behaviour” happened when he turned violent during a drink and drug fuelled outburst.
Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS), a charity that helps homeless young people, has developed a comprehensive set of low-cost, employer-paid health and wellbeing benefits to ensure that the charity’s 52 employees are physically and mentally fit to cope with potentially harrowing and emotional caseloads.A holistic therapist visits the charity’s offices twice a year when BYPHS pays for employees to have a 45-minute massage or reflexology treatment each. The organisation saw 75% of staff make use of this benefit in November 2016.To target physical health, BYPHS introduced a health cash plan, provided by UK Healthcare in January 2017, with the charity providing a basic package for all employees where certain healthcare costs can be reimbursed up to £100. Individuals can then pay to upgrade their package if they wish.BYPHS will also fund six sessions of private counselling if required, with the employee themselves selecting an independent counsellor. Approximately 30% of staff have used this service since it was introduced.In addition, BYPHS has offered a voluntary benefits scheme, provided by Perkbox, since 2015, which has seen a 60% take-up rate since it was introduced. It also provides twice-yearly team lunches and away days, as well as free fruit.BYPHS ensures each benefit it provides costs the business £5 per employee or less, because this ensures the benefit remains non-taxable. Maura Jackson, chief executive officer at BYPHS, says: “We don’t want to do something that costs people money, that’s just defeating the object.“The idea is to have a variety of tools in [the] toolkit to make sure that people are fit to work, they’re happy at work, that they’re safe, and that they’re healthy. We’ve got a big responsibility, so we’ve got to make sure that staff are absolutely at 100%.”
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Popular on Variety The Amazon announcement on the “LOTR”-based game comes after the ecommerce giant’s games studio laid off dozens of developers during E3, according to a report by Kotaku.Amazon Game Studios earlier this year released “The Grand Tour Game,” an episodic racing game based on Amazon Studios’ “The Grand Tour” car show, featuring over 200 playable scenes from the show featuring more than 70 cars and 36 tracks. The studio also is developing “New World,” a sandbox MMO in which players engage in a struggle to conquer and colonize a “new world” wilderness, and “Crucible,” a third-person, last-one-standing game “of trust and betrayal.”Amazon Game Studios is led by VP Christoph Hartmann, former president of Take-Two Interactive and founder of 2K Games, who joined Amazon last summer.“We’re committed to bringing customers games of the highest quality, both with our own original [intellectual property] as well as beloved cultural pillars like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’” Hartmann said in a statement. “Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers — from the same studio developing ‘New World’ — tremendous opportunity to play and create.” Last fall, Leyou-owned Athlon Games announced a long-term licensing agreement with Middle-earth Enterprises, a division of the Saul Zaentz Co. that owns exclusive worldwide rights to Tolkien’s literary works, to develop and publish a video game based on “The Lord of the Rings.” At the time, Athlon said it was “working with a partner developer” — which, it turns out, is Amazon. The MMO game will be set in “a time long before the events of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe,” according to Athlon. Related Amazon announced plans for a massively multiplayer online game set in J.R.R. Tokien’s Middle-earth — but in an era well before the events in “The Lord of the Rings.”Amazon Game Studios has teamed with Leyou Technologies, a Hong Kong-based games company. The companies will jointly develop the free-to-play game for PC and console platforms, and Amazon Game Studios will market and publish the title globally with the exception of China, which will be managed by Leyou.The companies didn’t announce planned release date or other details. The project is separate from Amazon Studios’ massive adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings,” which encompasses a multi-season production commitment produced in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema — but clearly Amazon sees synergies between the two. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Writers’ Favorite Movie Quotes New Zealand Offers Breathtaking Locations, Trained Crews, 20% Cash Grant
Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Later that year, a full-fledged Lego movie quickly became a reality. “In 2011 we were approached to develop an animated pitch to present to the Warner Bros. greenlight committee,” said Naismith. “We had worked with Lego previously on the Star Wars special, and we had an established relationship with Warner Bros. from previous features like Happy Feet and Legend of the Guardians.” They’ve also worked on live action films like The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3.Warner Bros. soon green-lit the film for a 2014 release date. Now it was time for Animal Logic to really get to work, and who better to learn from than the company that had been bringing Lego to life in video games for years. “The creators of The Lego Movie paid us a visit for research and inspiration,” said Woodworth. “They noted that aside from producing exceptional work, we had a very friendly, healthy working environment.”Animators like Woodworth had already developed approaches for making mini-figure motion magic. “As these are Lego characters, those fun toys I used to play with a lot when I was a kid, I find that I first have to work harder at establishing dynamic poses for them so that they will have more appeal on the screen,” he said. “Compared to other types of characters, Lego characters have shorter, stumpy legs, and big heads, so I have to work at creating strong, likable, entertaining character performances without anything clashing or being obscured. That can definitely be a challenge at times.” Woodworth still acts out moves he wants his characters to perform. “Over the years I have started to find it easier as I discover new methods.”But even if some methods and techniques can be shared, ultimately games and movies are two different art forms. What works in one doesn’t always work in the other. So TT Games and Animal Logic diverged as they delved deeper into their respective projects. For example, while TT Games uses a custom game engine with Lego’s supervision, Animal Logic actually used Lego’s own Digital Designer software to simulate brick models before exporting them into animation programs like Maya and XSI.However, when it was time for The Lego Movie to gets its own video game tie-in, TT Games was the only logical choice. And to help keep the project aligned, TT Games and Animal Logic began frequently communicating and working together again. “We supplied all the assets (characters, sets, and props) that you see in the game,” said Naismith. “We informed them of how the story was developing so they could ensure their game tied into the plot.”Of course, TT Games and Animal Logic aren’t the only two companies turning Lego into cinematic art. Animation studio Xentrix constructed a Lego version of Springfield in The Simpsons episode “Brick Like Me.” Family Guy writer David A. Goodman wrote a direct-to-video Lego Batman movie based on the game, and a thriving community of amateur stop-motion animators and Lego fans have been putting out “Brickfilms” for decades.But when it comes to TT Games and Animal Logic, two companies with so much knowledge of the property, it only makes sense for Lego to let them share their knowledge. And with plenty more Lego games and movies on the horizon, the two groups will continue to build off of each other. This was apparent during our demo of the three most recent Lego games: Lego Worlds, the Lego City Undercover remaster, and the new level packs for Lego Dimensions.Finally released after months on Steam Early Access, Lego Worlds is essentially “Minecraft but Lego.” Considering Minecraft became the kid-friendly juggernaut it is today by pretty much already being Lego, this is a slam-dunk concept. By letting players manipulate worlds made entirely of Lego, scanning new objects and building custom structures brick by brick, they can become a Master Builder straight out of The Lego Movie. Meanwhile, the all-Lego aesthetic is hypnotic on a visual level in a way reminiscent of that film. Remember those rolling Lego waves? Previous Lego games combined Lego elements with more realistic objects. But anything seen in Lego Worlds can be built, and the game is better for it.Lego City Undercover is one of the few Lego games not reliant on an existing non-Lego franchise. It tells its own, original, 1980s cop-themed comedy adventure that totally feels like a tale that could exist within the world of The Lego Movie. Octan is even involved. This Lego-meets-Grand Theft Auto open-world romp was originally one of the better early Wii U games. Now that a visually enhanced version with added co-op is coming to PC, Xbox, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch (a version which, contrary to the box art, doesn’t require an additional download), hopefully, more folks will get a chance to check it out.But the biggest intersection between Lego movies and Lego games is still Lego Dimensions. Not only does the starter pack come with Batman and Wyldstyle (two of the stars of The Lego Movie), but the collection of Lego Batman Movie levels within this remaining toys-to-life game serve as the official game adaptation of that film. The developers even joked about the differences between Will Arnett’s Lego Batman and the Lego Batman of the previous three Lego Batman games.Besides Batman, the Lego Dimensions team continues to chip away at its dream list of properties to adapt. Between TT Games and Telltale, the industry finally figured out how to make licensed games correctly. What is it about two letter T’s? We played through an upcoming Goonies level pack, but kids and parents alike should also dig levels based on The Simpsons, The Powerpuff Girls, Knight Rider, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, and Sonic the Hedgehog of all things. Lego Dimensions is a great platform for adapting franchises that may not deserve entire games of their own. It also lets the team recreate a wider variety of classic cinematic moments, like the Truffle Shuffle, in brick form. Some developers we spoke to jokingly suspect Animal Logic animators are taking “inspiration” from bits like that in the games when working on the movies.Lego movies and Lego games are now stuck together, and that’s fantastic. No matter your medium of choice, it’s a great time to be a Lego fan. Around this time three years ago The Lego Movie arrived in theaters and everything was awesome. No one would ever imagine that a feature-length toy commercial could actually be one of the funniest, smartest, and most imaginative movies of the year, even if it totally got robbed of an Oscar nomination.Since then, the Lego cinematic universe has only expanded. By the time I stop laughing at jokes from February’s Lego Batman Movie, it’ll be time to laugh at jokes from The Lego Ninjago Movie hitting theaters this September.But as fans of Lego in all kinds of media, we couldn’t help but notice how these films’ wild sense of humor reminded us of the long-running series of Lego video games and its wacky cutscenes. And after playing three of the most recent Lego games (Lego Worlds, Lego City Undercover, and Lego Dimensions), the movie-game connections seemed even stronger. Was it just a coincidence that these two branches of the Lego tree resembled each other? Maybe, or maybe not. So to get to the bottom of this, we went to the source and talked to employees at TT Games, the developer behind the Lego games, and Animal Logic, the animation studio behind The Lego Movie and its sequels.TT Games first got into the Lego business in 2005 with the release of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game. “Gamers everywhere responded really well to the uniqueness of that title,” said TT Games cutscene animator Chris Woodworth. “So the Lego franchise continued and developed from there.” Soon heroes like Indiana Jones, Batman, The Avengers, and Harry Potter all got the Lego treatment.Six years later, Lego partnered with Animal Logic, once again through Star Wars “Lego wanted to make a number of Star Wars specials,” said Amber Naismith, Associate Producer on The Lego Movie. “Our in-house director, David Scott, pitched the story and visual concept to them, which they loved.”The special became Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace, a short film that coincided with the release of TT Games’ Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars. “It established our relationship.” But despite the similar aesthetic and subject matter of the game and the film, at this point, the only thing the groups had in common was a shared connection to Lego. 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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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems August 28, 2013 — Medical software developer Blackford Analysis announced that picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) integrated with its automatic alignment technology deliver significant time savings when matching lung nodule locations across current and prior chest computed tomography (CT) exams. Preliminary results indicate a time saving of greater than 50 percent with automatic deformable alignment over manual alignment of current and priors.Lung nodules, a common finding in chest CT exams, are routinely followed by serial chest CT where the radiologist must assess individual nodules for change. Manually matching nodule location across exams is burdensome due to differences in pulmonary anatomy caused by variance in patient positioning and breath hold.The Stony Brook study, which will be published later this year, retrospectively identified 27 subjects from Stony Brook Medical Center with nodules in two chest CTs within three years. The study measured the time taken for board-certified radiologists to match each of the 112 nodules in prior exams to the same location in current exams in PACS using two volume alignment methods:Manual Rigid, where the radiologist synchronized scrolling manually at the most superior slice where air was visible in the right lung.Automatic Deformable, where Blackford Analysis’ PACS-integrated software performed automatic deformable alignment of current and prior chest CT exams.Preliminary results show that automatic deformable alignment provided by Blackford Analysis significantly reduces lung nodule location matching time when compared with conventional manual slice synchronization. Preliminary data has shown that automatic deformable alignment can reduce location match time by greater than 55 percent compared to manual alignment.“Lung nodule studies can be quite a challenge to compare due to the differences in pulmonary anatomy caused by variance in patient positioning and breath hold,” said Matthew A. Barish, M.D., FACR, clinical associate professor of radiology; director, body imaging; director, body MRI (magnetic resonance imaging); Stony Brook Medicine. “Using a PACS integrated with Blackford Analysis has made a clear difference to our ability to quickly identify nodule locations across exams, and our early data confirms a significant reduction in the time spent locating nodules in follow-up studies allowing for quick determinations of nodule stability or growth.”The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently issued a draft recommendation in favor of low-dose CT lung cancer screening for individuals aged 55-79 with at least a 30 pack year smoking history who currently smoke or quit within 15 years.“This data is particularly relevant in light of recent developments, as the USPSTF recommendation on lung cancer screening is going to have a big impact on radiologists across the United States,” said Ben Panter, CEO, Blackford Analysis. “Once a reimbursement code is issued, there will be a massive increase in low-dose chest CT screening studies for lung cancer, with an increasing number of priors to compare for change in lung nodules, which will present a significant increase in workload for radiologists, and that’s where our software can really help make a positive difference.”Designed to be seamlessly integrated into any PACS, the Blackford software suite uses algorithms to allow rapid alignment of current and prior cross-sectional exams, including those from different modalities such as CT, MRI and PET (positron emission tomography).For more information: www.blackfordanalysis.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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News | August 28, 2013 Automatic Deformable Alignment Significantly Reduces Radiologist Time to Match Lung Nodule Locations Study data particularly relevant in light of USPSTF recommendation for low-dose CT screening for lung cancer 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. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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. 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Quick workouts for men NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Resort security personnel on Sunday foiled an attempted robbery inside the casino of one of the Caribbean’s largest and best-known destinations.Three bandits tried to rob a cashier’s cage in the casino of the Atlantis mega-resort in the Bahamas after inundating it with pepper spray, according to a statement from Kerzner International Bahamas, which manages the resort.Resort officials said the robbery attempt was not visible to casino patrons. It occurred in an employee-only area behind the kiosks where people collect winnings. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments Share Top Stories The three Bahamian suspects were quickly caught by resort security and taken into custody by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Their identities were not immediately disclosed.As a precaution, 16 resort employees were taken to a local hospital after breathing in pepper spray. They were all expected to be treated and released.Kerzner executive George Markantonis said “security teams did an outstanding job in apprehending the perpetrators.” Earlier in the day, Markantonis had said the robbery did not involve the casino.With roughly 4,000 rooms, Atlantis is among the largest Caribbean resorts. It is known for its water slides and fantastical pink towers and covers about three-quarters of Paradise Island, just off the capital of Nassau. It’s the largest employer in the Bahamas, with more than 7,000 workers.It is owned by Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management and managed by Kerzner.Bridge access to Paradise Island was reportedly restricted following the botched heist.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has re-rostered its pilots’ flight schedules after receiving complaints of being too tired from the crew.The carrier’s director of operations Captain Tim Berry told a Senate inquire into the airline’s safety late last week that up to 17 staff had filed a complaint since the beginning of last year, stating that their hours were causing fatigue.Captain Berry added that the carrier had last year put new rosters into place and said the carrier was keen to receive feedback from pilots over rostering and their health.Despite re-arranging staff, Captain Berry said that while Tiger was not working with a “world-class fatigue management system” that would notify the company on outside sleep disturbance, such as pilots that care for small children. “There are airlines that are much further down the track of fatigue management than we are,” he said.Captain Berry concluded that the carrier had complied with Australian fatigue management requirements.
Go back to the e-newsletterWith help from its guests, Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney promises a brighter Mother’s Day this year for the less fortunate women residing at Manly Women’s Shelter.Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney has pledged to donate 10 per cent of the revenue raised from its Mother’s Day High Tea transactions to the Manly Women’s Shelter in an effort to raise some much-needed funds for the women living there. In addition, the hotel will also be donating 10 per cent of all the room revenue generated on Sunday 8 May.The Manly Women’s Shelter is a non-government organisation, which has been assisting distressed women since 2010. Its aim is to provide short-term homeless women with security, support and assistance to ensure they feel safe.President of Manly Women’s Shelter, Julia Lever said: “We help all women over 18 in crisis including many mothers. The funds Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney raise on Mother’s Day will assist us greatly to help them re-build their lives. Every dollar helps us and we appreciate this thoughtful initiative”.The Mother’s Day High Tea will be served from midday on Sunday 8 May in the Lady Fairfax room and offers a range of sweet and savoury treats.High Tea costs range from $49 – $69 per person.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedAir India moves Amritsar flights to HeathrowAir India moves Amritsar flights to HeathrowRyanair launches new Dusseldorf routeRyanair will be launching a new flight to Dusseldorf from Birmingham for the winter season.Work begins on £45 million Birmingham extensionConstruction has started on a £45 million expansion plan at Birmingham International Airport. Bilga Air is to begin flying to the north of India from Birmingham Airport this winter.The route to Amritsar will be launched on October 9th and replaces the flights originally provided by Air India before they were pulled by the carrier.Cheap flights will depart twice weekly from Birmingham International Airport and will take up the reigns of service in a “very popular market”, according to Peter Vella, the airport’s business development director.He told the Birmingham Post: “Bilga Air’s operation will help to fill a very popular market which exists in the Midlands, and follows the disappointing news that Air India will temporarily suspend its flights between Birmingham and India from the end of October.”Birmingham International Airport celebrated reaching its one millionth passenger milestone in July.The UK hub also announced a record increase of 7.5 per cent in scheduled and charter flight passengers compared to last year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map