SASKATOON – A raccoon that scurried into the duct system of an Air Canada jet that was set to leave for Toronto caused a seven-hour flight delay.Ground crews in Saskatoon were connecting an air-conditioning unit to the plane Thursday night and apparently disturbed the furry bandit who had been inside the unit’s hose.“Our crews worked with the animal control experts to extricate the animal which was unharmed,” Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said Friday in an email. “This is the first time we’re aware of such an incident.”Damien Lee, one of 79 passengers, said the flight was due to leave Saskatoon at 2:50 p.m. He said that before passengers boarded, he could see a worker looking spooked as he was inspecting the jet. The worker talked to his colleagues and then started taking pictures under the plane.Passengers initially thought it was funny.“For the most part, it was novelty,” said Lee, an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan, who was heading to Toronto to hunt for an apartment.“People were guessing what it was at first. They were like, you know, holding mock bets, not really for real, but they were wondering and shouting out their ideas of what it could be.”Pilots came down to assess the scene and, within an hour, animal control experts were brought in to try to catch the raccoon. Workers started taking panels off the plane with screwdrivers and hand drills, Lee said.Handlers brought out instruments that looked like lassos to try to snag the animal, he said.“It was a circus,” Lee said in a phone interview from Toronto where the flight finally landed at 3 a.m.“What can you do? It’s not like somebody did this on purpose. This is an animal in there.”Eventually, the raccoon dropped out and was escorted off the property unharmed, said Andrew Leeming, vice-president of operations at the airport. Leeming added that it was like herding cattle.How the raccoon got into the unit’s hose is still a mystery.“It might have been in the ground equipment,” Leeming said. “It’s unlikely that it would have travelled from Toronto, but at the same time, we don’t see raccoons around the property, ever. That was kind of unusual.”Air Canada said it carried out a full aircraft maintenance inspection before the flight finally took off at 10 p.m.Even though this wasn’t Lee’s longest flight delay, he said it was definitely his weirdest airplane experience.“It was like, ‘How the hell did that even get in there?’”— By Ryan McKenna in Regina. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter
Three stories in the news for Monday, April 22———FLOOD WATERS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE RISING IN QUEBEC, N.B.More than 600 Canadian soldiers have fanned out across Quebec, filling and stacking sandbags as officials warn that flood waters are likely to keep rising this week. Urgence Quebec says five major floods are threatening thousands of Quebecers, 1,280 residences have been flooded and more than 1,500 people have left their homes. Meanwhile, about 120 Canadian soldiers have been deployed across western New Brunswick where at least 15 communities remain on flood alert. Officials say flooding is expected this week in an area between Fredericton and Saint John as the Saint John River breaches its banks.———GRASSY NARROWS WORRIES FEDS’ PROJECT STALLEDThe chief of a First Nation in northwestern Ontario long-plagued by the debilitating effects of mercury contamination says he’s worried about the fate of a federally promised treatment facility as the calendar speeds towards this fall’s election. Chief Rudy Turtle says the community wants to see evidence of progress from the Trudeau government and money set aside so the project doesn’t disappear after the October vote. Several residents of Grassy Narrows say they suffer from mercury poisoning linked to a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., that dumped 9,000 kilograms of the substance into the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.———MAY’S WEDDING DRESS A ‘WALK THROUGH A GARDEN’ ON EARTH DAYElizabeth May is getting married today and she’ll be adorning more greenery than just a bouquet. The Green party leader and B.C. entrepreneur John Kidder are set to exchange wedding vows this afternoon on Earth Day at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Sue Earle, who designed May’s wedding dress, says it fits with spring along with Earth Day. Earle says the ivory-coloured dress she stitched together includes handmade tulips, peonies and ferns. Wedding guests are encouraged to arrive to the ceremony by bicycle, bus, train or ferry to minimize their carbon footprint.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Parks Canada holds telephone news conference about the avalanche in Banff National Park that killed three professional mountain climbers.— The case of a former Regina doctor charged with five counts of sexual assault is to be addressed at Regina Provincial Court.— Andrew Berry, charged with the second-degree murders of his daughters, stands trial in Vancouver.———The Canadian Press read more
Salé – The first degree criminal chamber at the annexe of Salé Appeal court, in charge of terrorism, gave on Thursday verdicts ranging from acquittal to six years imprisonment with no remission against 25 people sued in separate terror-related cases.The court sentenced one culprit to six years imprisonment with no remission, two to four years, five to three years and five to two years, while the minors were given a verdict of 6 months in jail with no remission.They were sued for forming a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts, defending terrorist acts and failure to report terrorist crimes. The court acquitted 10 individuals sued in detention for defending terrorist acts.With MAP read more
Salé – The criminal chamber in charge of terrorism affairs at the annex of Salé’s appellate court on Thursday handed down sentences ranging from 2 to 7 years imprisonment against twenty-seven people sued in separate terrorism-related cases.In the first case involving fourteen people, the main defendant was sentenced to seven years in prison, while another received a six-year jail sentence and the remaining twelve people got four-year jail sentences.The culprits were sued for “forming a gang to commit terrorist attacks within the framework of a collective plot to seriously undermine public order, and praising terrorist acts.” In another case involving seven people, the court handed a six-year verdict against the main defendant, a five-year sentence against four defendants and three and four-year sentences to two defendants for “forming a gang to commit terrorist attacks, praising terrorist acts and failing to report a terrorist crime.”Regarding the four other cases involving four people, the court handed sentences ranging from two to five years. A minor was sentenced to two years in jail, including a one-year suspended sentence, for praising terrorist acts. read more
Rabat – According to Maghreb Arab Press, the academic consultancy firm also ranked Cadi Ayyad 15th in the Arab world and 12th in Africa.In physics, Cadi Ayyad ranked the best in Francophone Africa, 13th in the Arab world, and 14th in Africa.ShanghaiRanking ranked Cadi Ayyad among the 400 best universities in the world for physics and scientific research.The university attributes the achievements to its research teams working in 30 laboratories on astrophysics, optics, electronics, and energy.Globally, the American universities of Harvard and Stanford ranked first and second, respectively, followed by the UK’s University of Cambridge. According to Times Higher Education (THE), Cadi Ayyad’s great source of pride is its scientific research. The university has become a leading scientific and technological center with more than 1,400 research professors and 146 research facilities.THE ranked Cadi Ayyad University among the top 1,000 universities worldwide. read more
23 November 2007The new United Nations envoy to Côte d’Ivoire and the country’s president have held their first talks on the peace process healing the divide between rebel-held north and government-controlled south. “We discussed the peace process and the elections,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, Y.J. Choi, following his meeting with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo at the Presidential Palace on Thursday. Elections are planned for 2008 in Côte d’Ivoire under a peace accord signed by leaders of the Government and rebel Forces Nouvelles in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Mr. Choi, who arrived in Côte d’Ivoire earlier this week, later discussed the same issues with the President of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire, Henri Konan Bédié, at the latter’s residence, according to the UN Mission in the country (UNOCI). In another development, UNOCI’s Abidjan-based Jordanian battalion recently organized a medical day in Marcory town hall, where five doctors, a dentist and six nurses provided health care to more than 500 patients, about 300 of whom received free medication to the value of several million CFA francs. Speaking at the 20 November event, Jordanian Contingent Commander Colonel Mohammad Mahasneh explained that the humanitarian operation was within the framework of the “directives of the Jordanian command and the support of UNOCI, which encourages actions aimed at alleviating the suffering of the neediest populations.” read more
TORONTO — North American stock markets closed sharply higher Friday as a stronger than expected U.S. employment report trumped worries that the Federal Reserve might start to cut back on stimulus sooner than expected.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 80.32 points to 13,280.72 after the U.S. Labor Department reported that 203,000 jobs were created during November, on top of a revised 200,000 in October, while the jobless rate fell 0.3 of a point to 7%. Economists had expected a gain of around 180,000.The Dow Jones industrials surged 198.69 points to 16,020.2, the Nasdaq rose 29.36 points to 4,062.52 while the S&P 500 index climbed 20.06 points to 1,805.09. “The yin and the yang of it is, on the one hand, great numbers, great reports, but on the other hand, is this bringing on the day of tapering sooner rather than later?” said John Stephenson, a portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“So, for today, it’s a happy day. Monday might be a different story.”The Canadian dollar slipped 0.14 of a cent to 93.84 cents US amid strong Canadian job numbers. Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 21,600 jobs during November, almost double the number that had been expected. The jobless rate held steady at 6.9%.The loonie had initially dropped as low as 93.39 cents US as the greenback advanced and bond yields rose after the release of the U.S. job numbers.Markets have been braced for the Fed to cut back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases but hopes have been high that the Fed wouldn’t move until at least March, when incoming chair Janet Yellen is settled in the job and the central bank would be more confident about steady improvement. But the string of positive data has raised concerns the central bank could act as soon its next meeting on Dec. 18.The asset purchases have supported a strong stock market rally.The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury moved up to 2.91% in the wake of the report, but later backed off to 2.86% by late afternoon.The solid American jobs number added to other data that came out this week showing an improving economy, including strong manufacturing and housing reports, better than expected third quarter economic growth and improving consumer confidence.The financial sector led advancers, as traders also took in the final earnings report from the big banks. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) posted quarterly net income of $1.7 billion, up 12% from a year ago. Scotiabank also says it earned $1.30 per share of net income in the fourth quarter, up from $1.18 a year earlier. Core earnings per share came in at $1.31 a share, a penny short of expectations. The shares erased early gains to rise 66 to $63.98.Other bank stocks turned higher after registering losses during the week as traders absorbed a mixed bag of earnings from a sector that had soared as high as 22% year to date. Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) rose $1.22 to $70.47 and Royal Bank (TSX:RY) was up 88 cents to $69.05.The industrials sector also advanced and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) improved by $2.92 to $164.26 and Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) gained 78 cents to $60.21.Base metal stocks ran up while March copper gained two cents to US$3.25. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 18 cents to C$17.20.The gold sector finished the session flat while February bullion lost $2.90 to US$1,229 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) climbed 30 cents to C$22.44.The TSX finished the session off the highs of the day as energy stocks moved further into the negative column.The energy sector was down as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 27 cents to US$97.65 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) fell 54 cents to C$35.73.Consumer staples also registered losses with grocer Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) off 85 cents to $43.04.The TSX and the Dow both finished last week in the red, with the Toronto market off 0.86% and the Dow down 0.41%. But gains from earlier in the autumn are still largely intact with the TSX up 7% year to date and the Dow ahead 22%.The Canadian Press read more
TORONTO — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust reported its second-quarter profit rose from the same time a year ago, fuelled by higher gains on investment properties.The trust says it earned $253 million in net income or 83 cents per diluted unit, up from $111.4 million or 35 cents during the same period in 2018.Revenue during the quarter ended June 30 amounted to $272.4 million, down slightly from $274.5 million.Funds from operations, a key metric for the real estate trust, amounted to $144.7 million or 48 cents per diluted unit, compared to $145.3 million or a 46 cents a unit one year earlier.RioCan has been working to focus its portfolio on Canada’s six major markets since October 2017.The trust’s chief executive Edward Sonshine says its latest earnings is the result of the company’s “successful execution” of its major market strategy, adding that 87.8 per cent of revenue during the quarter was derived from Canada’s major markets. Companies in this story: (TSX:REI.UN) The Canadian Press read more
Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-2 thanks to a second-half strike by Marcos Alonso in what was an extremely entertaining encounter at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea starting lineup: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, D. Luiz, Rudiger, M. Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata Arsenal starting lineup: Cech, Monreal, Mustafi, Sokratis, Bellerin, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, AubameyangThe first chance of the game came in the 7th minute through Mesut Ozil. The German sneaked in front of Chelsea’s defense and got a touch on the ball following Monreal’s cross, which went just wide off the far post. On the other side, Marcos Alonso got away from Bellerin and received a timely pass on the left flank. Nobody followed Pedro, who was offside when Alonso received the pass, but wasn’t when the left back found him in the middle of the box. The Spaniard was in a position from which he mustn’t miss and he didn’t, scoring Chelsea’s first goal at Stamford Bridge this season.?#CHEARS pic.twitter.com/Tom3ULs3yY— Premier League (@premierleague) August 18, 2018In the 13th minute, Ross Barkley’s left-footed shot went slightly over the bar. The Blues were riding a momentum. In the 19th minute, Aubameyang missed what a striker with his reputation is not allowed to miss. Bellerin sneaked behind Alonso, much like Alonso did earlier. Whether he was offside or not was debatable. What wasn’t debatable was that he gave a ball to Aubameyang in a position from which he shouldn’t have missed, as the Gabonese striker was all alone from around five meters out.The punishment came immediately, exactly as it did after Ozil’s miss before the first goal. Alvaro Morata was behind the midfield line when Cesar Azpilicueta employed him with a long pass. Morata received the ball, switched it on his left foot and beat Cech to give his team a 2-0 lead. Mustafi reacted poorly and was beaten too easily. Cech’s positioning was bad too..@AlvaroMorata after doubling our lead. ?? 2-0 ? #CHEARS pic.twitter.com/mYI1uixwTC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 18, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan must’ve liked Aubameyang’s miss, as he copied what Auba did in the 32nd minute, only from the opposite side. Amazing! Two unbelievable misses in a span of 15 minutes. Mkhitaryan did find the net in the 37th minute with a powerful strike from just inside the box. Kepa got a hand on the ball, but his fingertips weren’t strong enough to deflect it completely.8 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in eight goals in his 13 Premier League games for Arsenal (3 goals, 5 assists), one more than in his last 25 for Manchester United (7). Revitalised. pic.twitter.com/7nEpdoVujq— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 18, 2018Alex Iwobi: “I feel like an Evertonian now” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Alex Iwobi is pleased with how quickly he’s adapting at new club Everton following his prolific start to his Merseyside career.Morata nearly returned the favour a minute later, but Cech was made a great save to prevent him from scoring. We were watching a highly entertaining contest, with both teams exchanging blows throughout the half.Third time was the charm for The Gunners, as Alex Iwobi was in a similar position like his teammates earlier in the half, only he didn’t make a mistake and tied the score at 2-2. Mkhitaryan was the one who provided the assist from the right flank. Chelsea was punished for an overly relaxed approach following the 2-0 lead.? in businessLet’s keep up this momentum, lads ?#CHEARS pic.twitter.com/5A4HLKSnCZ— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 18, 2018Then, Aubameyang had another excellent opportunity. This time, his close-range shot passed centimeters away from the left post. Sarri was furious on the sidelines, as his team looked lost defensively. Arsenal found a hole in their opponent’s defensive tactics and was taking advantage of it at every opportunity. The side backs were getting deep and then sending crosses back towards the middle of the penalty area. Iwobi had another chance go bagging before the referee blew the half-time whistle, a half which went by in the blink of an eye.Lucas Torreira, who probably should’ve started anyway, replaced Granit Xhaka at the break. The second period began the same way the entire first one flew by. First, Monreal missed a header to give Arsenal the lead, then Sokratis blocked Kante’s free attempt at goal. Ross Barkley has a shot saved by Cech in the 56th minute. Defenses on both sides were feeling insecure. Offenses felt that and tried to exploit weaknesses.Mateo Kovacic and Eden Hazard came onto the pitch in the 60th minute in place of Barkley and Willian. Chelsea took over control over the fixture in the second half. They were the ones attacking and trying to find that third goal. Emery took off Ozil, who had another subpar performance and replaced him with Aaron Ramsey. In the 73rd minute, Marcos Alonso fired a precise shot from a free kick which Cech somehow managed to deflect away from the net.Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud were the next players to enter the pitch. Iwobi and Morata came off it. In the 81st minute, Lacazette made a bad pass, giving the ball away to The Blues. It eventually came to Hazard, who made a couple of dribbles, waited for his teammates to set themselves up in the box and then found Marcos Alonso, who put the ball through the legs of Cech to give his team that much wanted 3-2 advantage.This is the first time Marcos Alonso has both scored and assisted in the same #PL match #FPL #CHEARS pic.twitter.com/WfNEGi5RQu— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) August 18, 2018In the 87th minute, Cech kept Arsenal in play with one more save, this time on Giroud’s attempt. Ramsey was close to tying the match at the stroke of 90 minutes, firing a shot a little over the bar. Hazard and Giroud had a two-on-one in the final seconds, but Giroud’s effort was saved by Cech. That was the last moment of interest, as The Gunners paid a heavy price for all those missed chances in the first 45 minutes and lost 3-2. read more
(WSVN) – The Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida is organizing a Hurricane Maria relief drive for the island.“We are looking for all nonperishable foods, anything that has to do with first aid kit, medications, baby food,” said the organizer, Natscha Otero-Santiago. “Anything that has to do with batteries, flashlights any power packs for cellulars. Just think if you were camping — any kind of camping gear.”If you’re interested in helping the recovery effort in Puerto Rico, you can drop off supplies at 15201 N.W. 79th Ct., in Miami Lakes.Drop off times are as follows:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
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Representational Image: Woman Abuse/PixabayThe Pollachi rape case has rocked the state of Tamil Nadu to its core. In the first week of March, the Tamil Nadu government has carelessly revealed the name and details of the rape victim in a press conference in two separate incidents. The Government Order (GO) also gave out details of the college where the victim was studying and also revealed the name of her brother.This GO has violated the law, according to which any information related to the victim cannot be disclosed. Neither the government authorities nor the law officials or the media can disclose any pieces of information. These laws are in place to protect the victim from harassment which she would eventually face at the hands of her family, friends and society in general.However, this is not the first time that the authorities let slip the name of the victim. On March 1, Coimbatore SP R Pandiarajan, in an interview mentioned the name of the victim. If this wasn’t enough, the police had given a statement to the press which contained the details of the victim, including her name, her educational background and where she stayed. The image of the statement is making its rounds on social media. The law bans naming of victimsName of any rape victim cannot be disclosed, according to law. The police are also not allowed to reveal the name of the victim even if the concerned people have given permission. The cases here include offences under Sections 376, 376A, 376B, 376C or 376D of the Indian Penal Code. These include all sexual offences. However, many feel that the Pollachi rape case comes under Section 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault or use of criminal force against a woman with intent to disrobe) of the Indian Penal Code. Basic ethics tell us that it is not the right thing to reveal the name and details of the victims.The victim has sent a petition to the Coimbatore District Collector. The letter asked them to help her to protect her identity since she did not want to be the subject of mocking.The petition, which was published by The News Minute read, “Sir, nobody, including political parties, media and electronic media, should use my name based on what happened to me. If they do, they are adding to my mental trauma and humiliation. They are, thereby, responsible for the consequences of such actions. The justice I deserve should not be re-directed by political parties for their political opportunism. They should not hamper justice. I humbly request that action be taken on those spreading false messages regarding this.”The petition was submitted on Tuesday, March 12. The Pollachi Rape CaseIn February this year, the 19-year-old victim was forcefully disrobed and filmed by four men in Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. Sabarirajan, one of the accused along with Thirunavukkarasu, another accused asked the 19-year-old victim to get into their car saying that they wanted to talk to her.When she got into the car, the trio was joined by Sathish and Vasanthkumar. The men took the victim to an isolated location, removed her clothes and filmed her. They then threatened her that the videos would be circulated if she did not do as they said, including providing them with sexual favours and money.This continued for a few days before the victim told her family members when the situation got out of control. Her brother had tracked and beat them up and found out the exact details of the incident. He then lodged a complaint with the Pollachi police. During his altercation with the assaulters, her brother also took their phones which contained videos of his sisters and at least three other women.Upon investigation, the police discovered that the men could have been carrying out this racket for at least seven to eight years. Other evidence suggests that there could be a political hand in the situation as well. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:56Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Who Was Viktoria Marinova? TV Host Raped and Murdered Close read more
The nonprofit works directly with court involved youth, through the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) and Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn).A Washington, D.C. nonprofit is among the awardees of $59 million in grants recently awarded by the Department of Labor to organizations who help to foster employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated adults and youth.In announcing the grants, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said that giving a second chance to those involved in the criminal justice system is smart policy from which the nation benefits – the economy is strengthened, the grants provide a good return on investment for taxpayers and they answer a moral imperative by fighting poverty and expanding opportunity.“The president has been relentless in his pursuit of smart criminal justice policy,” Perez said during a press call. “Until very recently, the assumption was that we could build our way to public safety. We spent millions and millions of taxpayer dollars on fences and barbed wire. But at the end of the day, 95 percent of those we locked up were returning home worse off than before. We’re finally getting smart on crime, recognizing that not every tool in your arsenal has to be a hammer. We can’t just lock people up, we also have to unlock their potential.“Strong investments like the ones we’re making today, give families and communities renewed hope and renewed vitality.”Such hope is a much needed commodity in the District’s Black community. African Americans represent 90 percent of the current inmate population in a city that is only 55 percent Black, according to the D.C. Department of Corrections. And, most of those inmates hail from the impoverished Ward 8.Every year more than 600,000 Americans are released from state and federal prisons and 11 million cycle through local jails, according to White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz. And, too many cycle right back into the system. For example, two-thirds of state prisoners are re-arrested in three years. In the District, 23 percent of those imprisoned for more than one year are re-incarcerated.A key contributing factor to such recidivism is lack of access to well-paying jobs. “Research tell us what we intuitively know, which is that stable employment is a very important predictor of successful re-entry and avoiding crime,” Muñoz said. “But that is particularly tough for this group because they’ve been out of the job market, and on average have more limited education and skills, and there’s also strong evidence of significant discrimination by employers against people with a criminal record.”The grants are targeted to areas with the highest need. “The grants focus on the places that need them the most – high-poverty, high-crime communities,” Muñoz said.One portion of the disbursement, $27.5 million is being awarded through the “Training to Work” program which assists men and women enrolled in state or local work release programs. The nonprofit organizations are ones that have established connections to employers, and the program participants will be trained for “in-demand” jobs, increasing their chances of immediate employment.The remaining $31.5 million will be divided into 15 grants through the Department’s youth-focused “Face Forward” program. Grantees are expected to offer a range of services, including case management with family support, mentoring, training that leads to industry recognized credentials, and work-based learning opportunities.The D.C.-based Institute for Educational Leadership received a little under $5 million under the latter program. More than 50 years old, the organization’s mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, systems, and communities to work together to prepare all children and youth for postsecondary education, careers, and citizenship. Through its Center for Workforce Development, the nonprofit works directly with court-involved youth, including those with disabilities, in 10 states and the District of Columbia through the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) and Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative (Right Turn).“Youth involved in the juvenile justice system represent one of the most vulnerable populations in our country and youth with disabilities make up a disproportionate number of this population,” said Curtis Richards, director of the Center for Workforce Development. “A revolving door exists between the juvenile justice system and the youth’s communities which are illequipped to educate, support, and employ them, a fact illustrated by juvenile recidivism rates as high as 80 percent in some states and youth unemployment rates over triple the adult rate. [And] rates for youth of color, those with low educational attainment, and/or those with disabilities are even higher.”IEL will award its funding to four sub-grantees through its Right Turn program, which is expected to serve 800 youth, ages 14 – 24: at least 720 court-involved youth (with no adult convictions) and up to 80 in-school youth with no criminal records who are at-risk of dropping out.Programs, like IEL’s, will also be expected to offer services such as help in sealing juvenile records and providing opportunities to handle delinquency complaints outside of the juvenile justice system. “One mistake by a youth should not take away the chance for them to rehabilitate, train and get back on good footing for a lifetime,” Muñoz said.For more information about these programs, visit: http://www.doleta.gov/ REO/. read more
Confirmed: Pulse massacre shooter was NOT gay, never used GrindrDonald Trump is spreading misinformation about the Pulse shootingMan found with assault rifles and explosives on his way to LA Pride sentencedRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pulse-victims-suing-orlando-police/ In the lawsuit, it also says some of the deployed officers remained outside the club. Other officers, meanwhile, unlawfully detained uninjured victims, according to the suit.‘I think they were worried about personal safety instead of the safety of others,’ Radner added.The city of Orlando released a statement.‘On the morning of June 12, 2016, federal, state and local law enforcement officers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible,’ they said. ‘Our first responders are committed to the safety of this community, and they stand ready to protect and serve.’However, grieving family members disagree.Berto Capo, who lost his brother Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo in the shooting, said to reporters: ‘It pains me to think my brother might still be alive if the defendants in the lawsuit acted differently.‘What if the Pulse security guard stopped the shooter from ever coming inside Pulse? Would my brother still be alive? What if the Orlando police officers who responded to the shooting were aggressive with the plan to rescue hostages and victims and killed the shooter? Would my brother still be alive?’See how the Pulse nightclub memorial is coming to life GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In the lawsuit, these plaintiffs argue that the defendants, including officer Adam Gruler who was providing security for the nightclub that night, ‘acting under the color of the law… deprived Plaintiffs of their interest in life, liberty and property by violating Plaintiff’s right to personal security and substantive due process as described herein, which caused Plaintiffs to suffer injuries’.It also specifically condemns Gruler of ‘abandoning his post and therefore being unable to provide security to Pulse’.The lawsuit describes these actions as ‘so egregious and outrageous that it shocks the conscience’.On 12 June 2016, Omar Mateen, opened fire in the gay nightclub. He killed 49 people and injured another 58. It was one of the deadliest mass shootings by a single gunman.The city has been hosting events memorializing the tragedy all week.‘Would my brother still be alive?’The plaintiffs’ lawyer, Solomon Radner, said in a news conference that Gruler wasn’t at this post when the shooter opened fired.‘He should have done what he was there to do: protect the club,’ he said. Memorials left at Pulse | Photo: Flickr/Walter Victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre, including the estates of those who died, are suing the city of Orlando, Florida and local law enforcement. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . read more
Mexico’s apple tariff repeal to boost Washington’s … August 27 , 2018 Unlike other major apple-growing states like Washington, Smith said Michigan does not export to Mexico, which in June implemented a 20% duty on U.S. apples. However, she says that Michigan could still be adversely affected.”We’re definitely concerned about that long-term, not necessarily from a Michgian standpoint – we don’t export to Mexico or Canada, we do a little bit to India, but Washington does and they have quite a large crop and f they don’t have a place for those apples they could potentially go into the domestic market, which could cause some instability,” she said.Central America is Michigan’s largest export market region, and exports are growing steadily. With production set to increase over the coming years amid a greater focus on high-density plantings, Smith said the state was also looking to Southeast Asia, South America, the Middle East, as well as expansion in India.Consumer tastingsSmith also highlighted that in consumer focus studies conducted by the Michigan Apple Committee through a research consultant over the last decade, in 15 out of 18 studies people ranked Michigan Honeycrisp number one in taste and appearance.Michigan Fuji and Jonagold were consistently ranked among the top four, according to the study.Apples included were from Michigan, Washington, New York, and New Zealand.One focus group was conducted entirely in Spanish, with a group of consumers who are Hispanic in Houston, Texas. In that test, Michigan Honeycrisp and Fuji tied for the number one ranking, and Michigan Jonagold was ranked third.Consumers said they select apples based on appearance, size, and convenience, the study showed. Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples … NZ now forecasting smaller apple crop than 2018 du … The Michigan apple industry is expecting a large and high-quality crop for the 2018-19 season which had just got underway, although there are concerns over the potential knock-on effects on the domestic market from the country’s trade issues.The state is forecasting a 28-million-bushel crop, putting in above the 25.2 million average but below the record of 31 million achieved a couple of years ago.Michigan Apple Committee executive director Diane Smith said the crop would definitely be above the average 25.6 million bushels but would not reach the record 31 million achieved a couple of years ago.Growers started picking early varieties around mid-August and are expecting a “good, healthy crop” going into the fall, said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee.”We’re looking at great quality fruit, nice finish, we haven’t had any weather issues or anything that could change the crop in any way, size-wise or quality-wise,” she told Fresh Fruit Portal.While the summer heatwave did not affect Michigan as much as other states, Smith said the weather had been dried over recent months which meant growers have had to use more irrigation than normal.”But we’re now getting into the time of year where the nights are getting, colder, the color is starting to come on, and everything’s working out pretty great at this point,” she said.Market concernsOn market conditions, Smith noted that it seems all U.S. growing regions are going to have above-average crops this year, and so the industry will be ‘hitting the domestic market pretty hard’ over the coming months.U.S. apple growers are now subject to much steeper tariffs going into China and Mexico, with India saying it might follow suit from September. T&G apple harvest underway amid expectations … You might also be interested in read more
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The defence in the corruption trial involving former central bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou raised objections on Tuesday over a prosecution expert witness who would have testified on the route of a €1m payment.Demetris Loucaides, a graduate of the London School of Economics who worked in the banking sector for the past 30 years, had prepared a report regarding a €1m payment made by a company in Greece to a company controlled by Christodoulou in Cyprus.Christodoulou is accused of accepting a €1m payment to turn a blind eye to the takeover of former Laiki Bank in 2006 by late financier Andreas Vgenopoulos.The defence objected to Loucaides’ testimony, arguing that his conclusions suggested Christodoulou and shipowner Michalis Zolotas, the owner of Focus Maritime Corp, were guilty, something which was the court’s duty to decide.The prosecution countered that Loucaides’ testimony would shed light on how the cash ended up in Christodoulou’s account. It argued that Loucaides’ professional experience made him an expert who can testify in court on specialised banking issues and transactions.The court said it will announce its decision on Wednesday.Earlier, human resources manager at Laiki Bank at the time Polikarpos Votsis testified about the recruitment of Andreas Kizourides by the lender.Kizourides was Christodoulou’s son in law at the time and was among the defendants in the case until recently when he turned state witness and the charges were dropped.Votsis said Kizourides had been hired by Vgenopoulos directly to head the lender’s communications and corporate affairs department.In his testimony, Kizourides said he had been hired after his former father in law spoke to Vgenopoulos.Votsis said that Kizourides’ employment application carried his name and that of the chairman of the union of bank workers Etyk Loizos Hadjicostis as the individuals recommending him for the position.Votsis said his name was placed on the application as a formality since Kizourides had already been hired.Christodoulou, daughter Athina Christodoulou, Zolotas, former Laiki official Michalis Fole, and companies AC Christodoulou Consultants Ltd, Marfin Investment Group (MIG), and Focus Maritime Corp. face a total of 24 charges including corruption, bribery, abuse of authority, abuse of trust, and money laundering.Zolotas faces a single count relating to money laundering.The money was paid into the account of the consulting firm technically owned by Christodoulou’s daughter, and it is alleged that it was actually done on behalf of former Laiki strongman Vgenopoulos in exchange for the former governor’s collusion during the Greek financier’s 2006 takeover of Laiki. Laiki closed down in 2013, while Vgenopoulos, widely held responsible for the collapse, died in November 2016.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoCity BeautyLift Sagging Skin And Jowls Without Surgery (Do This)City BeautyUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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