first_imgOntario’s Progressive Conservative government has unveiled more details on its plan to sell recreational cannabis. Here’s a look at provincial and territorial plans to date.– British Columbia has set the age of consumption at 19. Retail sales to be allowed through public and private stores, but retail licences won’t be approved without the support of local governments. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco. People will be allowed to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted. It will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds. Adults will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and condo councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking on their properties.– Alberta plans will control the online sale of pot, but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators, who will be subject to extensive background checks. Minimum age of consumption to be 18. Private pot stores will have to be physically separate from stores selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals. Pot stores will not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products. The province expects to issue 250 licences in the first year. Stores will have to be 100 metres away from schools and health-care facilities.– Saskatchewan is proposing a minimum age of 19 and is banning consumption in public places. Sales will be handled by the private sector with about 60 retail permits awarded to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nations communities. The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is to regulate cannabis sales and municipalities will have the option to ban sales.– Manitoba plans to set its legal age at 19, a year later than the legal age for drinking alcohol. Government legislation proposes a ban on people growing cannabis at home for recreational purposes. The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba would regulate the sale of cannabis and municipal governments would have the option to ban sales by referendum. People would be banned from smoking cannabis in most public places and people caught driving under the influence would be subject to fines and suspensions similar to those in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.– Ontario will sell pot through a government-run online retail channel when it is legalized this fall and plans to have cannabis in private retail stores by April 1, 2019. A Crown corporation will regulate the marketplace, and the Progressive Conservative government says it won’t put a cap on the number of pot shops that will operate. The legal age to buy recreational cannabis is 19. Legislation proposed by the government would prohibit smoking cannabis in places where smoking tobacco and using e-cigarettes would be prohibited. The maximum amount of recreational marijuana an adult can possess will be 30 grams.– Quebec has passed a law whereby all pot will be sold through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board. Quebec also plans to control sales online. It would be illegal to cultivate pot for personal or commercial use, unless authorized, and possession in a home is to be limited to 150 grams of dried cannabis and to 30 grams on a person. There is to be a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of any drug. The legal age for consumption is 18.– New Brunswick is setting the minimum age at 19 and plans to require users to lock away their marijuana when it’s in their home. The province says people would be able to buy cannabis at a subsidiary of the province’s liquor commission.– Prince Edward Island has set its legal age at 19, and says it will sell marijuana at stand-alone outlets run separately by its liquor commission. P.E.I. plans to allow online sales and restrict marijuana use to private residences.– Nova Scotia says marijuana is to be sold alongside alcohol in nine provincial liquor commission stores, as well as through online sales, to anyone who is at least 19. The province accepts federal rules setting a personal possession limit of up to 30 grams and a personal cultivation limit of up to four plants per household. It plans to establish provincial penalties for youth possession of up to five grams.– Newfoundland and Labrador will allow sales in private stores. Legal age set at 19. The Crown-owned liquor corporation is to oversee distribution to private retailers. Consumption to be restricted to private residences.– Yukon has set its minimum age at 19. Its legislation on legal marijuana would allow the public possession of up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent, and personal cultivation of up to four plants per household. Consumption would be limited to privately owned residences and adjoining properties, as long as the owners permit it.– The Northwest Territories has tabled legislation that proposes the minimum age of consumption at 19. The NWT Liquor Commission will be responsible for distribution and sales at existing liquor stores. Residents will be able to mail-order cannabis to allow access to marijuana in communities that do not have a liquor store. The government will be able to fine stores that don’t post signs about the health risks of pot. Communities will be able to hold a plebiscite on whether to restrict or ban sales. A maximum of four plants per household – no matter how many adults live there – and smoking is to be permitted in public where cigarettes are allowed, including trails and parks unless they are being used for public events.– Nunavut completed initial stakeholder consultations last summer and was holding a public survey to help guide the development of policy and legislative options.last_img read more

first_imgFrom a dog fight between two sitting MLAs in northern Alberta to a conservative grudge match near Calgary, hear are 10 constituencies to watch in Tuesday’s Alberta election:Chestermere-StrathmoreThis redrawn constituency on Calgary’s eastern boundary is a grudge match between Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrandt and United Conservative candidate Leela Aheer. Fildebrandt says he was told by UCP Leader Jason Kenney in late 2017 that he would not be allowed to run in the constituency, shared with Aheer due to the redistribution, because the party felt it was Aheer’s best chance to win and they needed female candidates. Kenney denies there was an ultimatum and Fildebrandt was later expelled under a cloud of controversy.Edmonton-McClungIf the Alberta Party hopes to escape the outer rim of Alberta’s political universe, it needs its leader, Stephen Mandel, in the legislature. Mandel is well known in Edmonton, having served as its mayor and as a health minister in the former PC government of Jim Prentice. His opponent, Lorne Dach, is a backbench NDPer who won the constituency with 55 per cent of votes in 2015 but does not have a high profile. The UCP candidate is Laurie Mozeson.Calgary-Mountain-ViewA wide open race among all four parties found itself in flux when United Conservative star candidate Caylan Ford, an Oxford-trained international governmental relations expert, quit the race amid reports she made online comments sympathetic to white nationalists, a charge she says is untrue and distorted. The constituency was the only one held by the Liberals at dissolution, but MLA David Swann has retired and Liberal Leader David Khan hopes there is residual support there to get him into the legislature. He is challenged by NDP Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley and Angela Kokott for the Alberta Party, a well-known broadcast journalist. Jeremy Wong is running in Ford’s place for the UCP.Drayton Valley-DevonThis area southwest of Edmonton has become the face of the debate over intolerance in the election. Midway through the campaign, homophobic and anti-abortion statements made by UCP candidate Mark Smith surfaced in the media. However UCP Leader Jason Kenney, while denouncing the remarks, resisted calls to toss Smith overboard as a candidate. Smith, the UCP’s education critic, captured the constituency for the Wildrose party in 2015. NDP member Kieran Quirke, Gail Upton (Alberta Party), and Ron Brochu (Liberals) hope to capitalize on the controversy.Calgary-ElbowThis constituency includes a fight between high-profile politicos Greg Clark and Doug Schweitzer. Clark was the only Alberta Party member elected to the legislature in 2015, winning it handily with 42 per cent of the vote. Schweitzer ran as a candidate for the UCP leadership and was a campaign manager for former PC premier Jim Prentice. Janet Eremenko is hoping to win it for the NDP and Robin Mackintosh represents the Liberals.Edmonton-MeadowsThe UCP candidate is former Edmonton Eskimos president Len Rhodes. Kenney appointed him in February, bypassing three grassroots candidates. One of those candidates, Arundeep Singh Sandhu, said Kenney had encouraged him to run, and the decision sparked a protest rally. Rhodes does not live in the area but Kenney said it was a one-off decision to recruit a star candidate. Rhodes is running against Jasvir Deol of the NDP, Amrit Matharu of the Alberta party and Maria Omar of the Liberals.Calgary-South EastThe Alberta Party is hoping name recognition and controversy surrounding the UCP will help it win this seat. The Alberta Party candidate is legislature member Rick Fraser, who briefly joined the UCP after his Progressive Conservatives merged with the Wildrose party. Matt Jones replaced UCP candidate Eva Kiryakos during the campaign after Kiryakos quit over her comments about Muslims and transgender washrooms. The Liberal candidate is Leila Keith and Heather Eddy represents the NDP.Calgary-BuffaloThis redrawn central constituency is a bellwether for NDP fortunes in Calgary for those who subscribe to the theory of vote splitting. Finance Minister Joe Ceci is running again and is the only NDPer who won in Calgary in 2015 with more votes than the combined totals of rival candidates for the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservatives. Those two parties have since merged to become the United Conservatives. Ceci is up against the UCP’s Tom Olsen, a former journalist and spokesperson for former PC premier Ed Stelmach. Omar Masood is running for the Alberta Party and Jennifer Khan represents the Liberals.Central Peace-NotleyThanks to boundary redistribution, at least one sitting legislature member is guaranteed to lose on Tuesday. Marg McCuaig-Boyd, the energy minister, is running in this rural northern area against UCP legislature member Todd Loewen. In 2015, McCuaig-Boyd won the seat despite polling far behind the combined vote of the now-merged Wildrose and PC parties. Loewen, running then for the Wildrose, edged out the PC candidate in the now-defunct Grand Prairie-Smoky. Travis McKim is the Alberta Party candidate and Wayne Meyer represents the Liberals.Lethbridge-WestEnvironment Minister Shannon Phillips, the face of Alberta’s climate change and carbon tax program, is seeking re-election for the NDP. She won the constituency handily in 2015 with 59 per cent of the vote. The Progressive Conservatives and Wildrose party combined for just 37 per cent. She is running against UCPer Karri Flatla. The UCP has made the carbon tax the focus of its election campaign and has promised to repeal it as job one in the first legislature sitting. Pat Chizek is the Liberal Party nominee and Zac Rhodenizer is running for the Alberta Party.— By Dean Bennett in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img(Emile Highway, (left) and Steven Ross, at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs Tuesday in Ottawa. Photo: Lucy Scholey/APTNLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsEmile Highway wanted nothing to do with his military uniform after he retired in 1982.The member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan said he felt he didn’t get adequate support after serving 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.“I didn’t feel comfortable in talking to former military personnel (or the) Veterans Affairs department. I didn’t want anything to do with the uniform anymore,” he told the House of Commons standing committee on Veterans Affairs on Tuesday.“I completely wanted to isolate myself from that culture.”Emile Highway served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 20 years.Once known as the “forgotten soldiers,” Indigenous veterans campaigned for recognition of their services and proper benefits, leading to a federal government apology and compensation package for First Nations in 2003.But in the complex realm of veterans benefits, many former Indigenous military members say they still face a unique gap when it comes to receiving supports, particularly those living on northern remote reserves.“I think part of the problem with Veterans Affairs is there’s a sort of assumption that, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ But in this case, you have to go to them,” said Scott Sheffield, an associate professor in history at the University of Fraser Valley.“We’re talking about a significant cultural divide here for Aboriginal communities and for government services. It’s not a neutral divide. There’s a history of suspicion, of distrust, of really difficult relationships over decades, many decades, for many communities.”Sheffield wrote a 2001 federal report on First Nations veterans issues, which lead to the government’s apology two years later. He said the problems with Indigenous benefits compensation have roots in the Veterans Charter, which was drafted during the Second World War to help soldiers transition back home.The charter was designed so that those fighting overseas could return to their jobs and gain access to land and university tuition fees. But those provisions depended on whether those soldiers already had pre-war education, land and work experience. Most of the Indigenous military members did not.A liquor ban on anyone identifying as a Status Indian meant that many Indigenous veterans could not access Legion Halls for support or advice on post-war benefits, Sheffield said.Status Indian veterans were also told to return to their reserve and get information from Indian agents, instead of a Veterans Affairs advisor. In many cases, Sheffield added, those agents were overworked and ill-equipped to provide advice.Similar problems remain for Indigenous veterans today, whether on- or off-reserve.“Many veterans are unaware of the services available and how to access them,” said Steven Ross, Grand Chief of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association. He wants to see a study for an all-nations veterans wellness facility that provides in-house treatment for returning veterans, a cross-Canada veterans association and more support for widows and families.Steven Ross, Grand Chief of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association.The barriers for Indigenous veterans range from linguistic to physical, as members of remote northern reserves can be situated hundreds of kilometres away from Veterans Affairs services.Danny Lafontaine, a Metis veteran and public relations officer with the Association des Vétérans Autochtones du Québec, works on the ground with homeless veterans in Montreal. He said some reserves are doing what they can to care for their former servicemen and servicewomen, but there’s no coordination between northern communities and southern health services.“They’re having more help on the street in Montreal, right now, than on their own reserve,” he said.Highway said post-Afghanistan War veterans have had more access to benefits and services now than when he left the military. He said he didn’t receive any counselling after two of his friends died in a training accident in the 1960s. He also didn’t have access to career skills training when he was transitioning out of the military, recalling how he asked his superiors to help him draft a resume.“They simply kind of snickered and walked away,” he said.Highway has since donned his uniform again and done advocacy work as president of the Prince Albert branch of the Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans Association.This formerly “forgotten soldier” has hope, as the federal government studies ways to improve the benefits and services offered to Inuit, Metis and First Nations veterans. The standing committee on Veterans Affairs is travelling the country, gathering input for a final report with recommendations.“I think it’s a very encouraging sign that maybe the gap that we’ve been talking about for quite a while may be beginning to close.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

Lucien Bouchard not pleased with PQ over its apparent hostility to shale gas by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2012 5:03 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The new Parti Quebecois government is earning some unflattering reviews from one of its former leaders even before completing its first half-week in office.Lucien Bouchard issued a statement Friday condemning comments about shale gas made by the new PQ minister in charge of the industry.While an environmental review process is only barely underway, Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet has already said the resource can never be developed safely. Before entering politics, Ouellet was an environmental activist, mechanical engineer, and official at Hydro-Quebec.She can now add another line to her CV: Bouchard foe. A popular former leader of the PQ and premier from 1996 to 2001, Bouchard is now the president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association.“Confusion reigns,” Bouchard said.He listed six questions raised by Ouellet’s comments: Is the ongoing environmental review cancelled? Should that review be allowed to complete its work? What did Ouellet mean by the “complete moratorium” she appeared to be announcing this week? Has the government already written off the industry?Bouchard also asked why Quebec would have such an attitude when, in the U.S., the Obama administration is eager to exploit the resource in order to reduce fossil fuel emissions and achieve energy independence. Finally, he asked, why not consider studies that suggest shale gas can be exploited safely while creating jobs?“In any case a government decision to formally impose a moratorium would be a little bit like kicking in an open door,” Bouchard added.“Because for the last two years, and certainly for the next two or three, there has not been and there won’t be any exploration — let alone production — of shale gas on Quebec’s territory.”Ouellet was not available Friday to comment on Bouchard’s remarks, according to a staffer who answered the phone at her riding office.In interviews Bouchard gave after the Sept. 4 provincial election, he criticized some of his old party’s campaign promises and he suggested it was time to focus on priorities other than achieving independence. The PQ took office Wednesday.The remarks about shale gas also drew criticism from another ex-leader of the PQ, Andre Boisclair, who also works for the industry. Premier Pauline Marois has since tried to downplay the remarks, saying the government is keeping an open mind.The reaction of Marois’ predecessors echoes a frequent complaint from the PQ’s opponents since the cabinet was sworn in.Much of the opposition attacks since Wednesday, and media punditry, has focused on the notion that the composition of the PQ cabinet tilts heavily toward environmental activism but isn’t quite so business-friendly. Bouchard has in the past lamented that his old party has shifted too far to the left.But environmentalists have celebrated the PQ’s shale comments.Exploitation of the resource has been linked to water, soil and air pollution, along with an increase in earthquakes.When it comes to PQ feelings toward Bouchard, there has been no love lost for him from some members of Marois’ brand-new cabinet.A video posted on YouTube in October 2011 shows Daniel Breton, who was named environment minister this week, tearing into Bouchard for comments the former PQ premier made about the shale-gas industry.Breton, an environmentalist who spearheaded the provincial Green Party and ran for the federal NDP in 2008, was not an elected politician at the time.In the footage, he calls Bouchard’s support of shale gas “truly ridiculous.”“It really takes dinosaurs to push the same old solutions of lazy intellectuals who say, ‘Rather than digging up new ideas, let’s dig holes in the ground like our ancestors,’ ” Breton says. read more

“Durable solutions need long-term mutual understanding that transcends religious, national, cultural and ethnic boundaries. Such understanding comes from responsible leadership – the theme of this forum,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks to the opening of the Fifth Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. “From the world stage to local communities, leaders need to speak the language of tolerance and respect, not division and defamation,” he added. “Wherever tensions divide communities, the opportunity exists for the Alliance to build bridges and to help people move from conflict to collaboration.”Launched in 2005 through the initiative of Spain and Turkey, and under the auspices of the UN, the Alliance seeks to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide. The theme for this year’s forum, which comprises decision-makers, experts, and a variety of stakeholders in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue, is ‘Responsible Leadership in Diversity and Dialogue.’Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, said he believed responsible leadership can create the necessary social cohesion, where every man and woman feel included.“I believe that the Alliance can enhance international cooperation and contribute to the efforts of the United Nations to address the challenges facing humanity today, particularly when they are rooted in identity and cultural underpinnings,” he stated.Mr. Ban noted that among the areas where the Alliance is “well placed to contribute” is the conflict in Syria. As the situation there continues to worsen, he said he is “extremely concerned about the risk of sectarian violence and mass reprisals” in a country that is an “extraordinary mosaic of tribes, ethnicities, languages and religions.”He said Syrians will need help from the Alliance, particularly from religious leaders from all denominations, to foster healing and to rebuild damaged relationships.The Alliance, he continued, could also help “to re-stitch Mali’s tattered tapestry” by engaging religious and community leaders, grassroots organizations and youth in the country, which has been beset by fighting since January 2012. Mr. Ban also said that Israelis and Palestinians remain polarized, while movement in the Middle East peace process is “overdue.” He added that he was particularly concerned about the region’s youth, who are at risk of growing up with a “demonized, dehumanized – and utterly false – concept of their neighbours.” He urged the Alliance to support peacemakers on both sides, such as Aziz Abu Sarah. A Palestinian whose brother was killed, Mr. Sarah leads tours of the conflict areas that show both sides of the conflict and plans to expand to Egypt and Jordan, with the Alliance’s support. The Secretary-General, in separate remarks to the media, said there is a growing understanding that the politics of division, hatred and misperceptions, particularly the language of hatred, “tear the fabric of our society.”Also addressing the opening session, the President of the UN General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, called the Alliance a ‘soft-power tool of preventive diplomacy’, which contributes to overcoming tensions among cultures, faiths and societies, while also guarding against globalization. “It is my deeply-held view that enlarging the common denominator of values and principles which bind us to each other truly serves the cause of peace,” Mr. Jeremic told the more than 1,200 participants gathered for the two-day event. Mr. Ban also addressed the Alliance’s Intercultural Innovation Award Ceremony, organized by the BMW Group and held last night at Vienna’s Opera House. Noting the work of the ten finalists, Mr. Ban said: “The creative solutions being showcased tonight hold lessons for all communities and for organizations such as the United Nations.”The first place winner, Puerta Joven of Mexico, received a $50,000 prize for ‘Lenguas Jóvenes’ or Languages of Youth, which brings together indigenous youth groups who are discriminated because of their cultural identity or language. While in Vienna, the Secretary-General has held a series of bilateral meetings with visiting dignitaries, including the Emir of Qatar, the Spanish Foreign Minister and the Turkish Prime Minister. He also met with the Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, with whom he discussed the situation in Syria and the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.In a meeting with the President of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, Mr. Ban exchanged views on the status of negotiations regarding the “name” issue between Athens and Skopje. read more

OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorNine Ohio State football players, including redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the first three-time captain in program history, were named team captains Monday evening.The players, which include five defensive players and four players on offense, were voted captains by their teammates.Redshirt senior center Billy Price and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis join Barrett as multi-year captains. Only 10 players in Ohio State football history have been named team captain more than once.Three underclassmen — redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard and redshirt junior receivers Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell — and three other upperclassmen — senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes, redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle and redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley — were also named team captains. read more

first_imgHad you begun to shoot I have no doubt that serious injury and death who have resulted and it is impossible for me to predict how many might have been hit.Judge Andrew Lockhart QC He told call-handlers he felt “white hot anger” and intended to harm “anyone” before adding: “I don’t know why I have it, I just had to get it out.”The boy pleaded guilty to possessing the shotgun and the cartridges with intent to endanger life in June and was sentenced today to a six year detention order. A teenage boy was “moments away” from carrying out a high school massacre after going to class with a shotgun, knife, balaclava and 200 rounds of ammunition, a court has heard.The “polite, model student” armed himself with the intent of carrying out “a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes” committed in Britain – but had a last minute “change of heart”, Warwick Justice Centre was told.The boy, who cannot be named, took the double-barrelled shotgun and 200 cartridges from his dad’s cabinet as well as a knife, balaclava and ear defenders.He then spent his first lesson with the firearm concealed in his trousers at Higham Lane School, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire before excusing himself from class and going to a side room. As he was putting on ear protectors in preparation of his massacre he suddenly saw sense and phoned 999. Upon hearing his fate, the boy’s mum burst into tears, while he sat emotionless in the glass-panelled dock.Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told the youngster: “You have lived a good life and it is plain to me that this event was outside the character that you have exhibited for your whole life.”You had led a good and productive life up until this point, being a model son and pupil.”You had been suffering social anxiety disorder and severe depression, and had often felt yourself to be angry or hopeless.”Very sadly you had not shared that with your parents or anyone else, which doubt contributed to the condition worsening.” 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.center_img A moment in time separates the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible eventJudge Andrew Lockhart QC Prosecutor Nigel Stelling said: “In a report given to the court, the deputy head of the school said he was regarded as a polite, model student.”Up to the morning of June 13 neither his parents nor anyone at the school were aware of any significant difficulties.” He added: “Had you begun to shoot I have no doubt that serious injury and death who have resulted and it is impossible for me to predict how many might have been hit.”Once an incident of shooting begins it is impossible to predict how it will end.”The consequences of what might have occurred had you carried your plan into effect are too awful to contemplate.”The event was, on your own admissions made at the time, just moments away.”A moment in time separates the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible event and a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes committed in this country.”last_img read more

A judge has allowed three criminals who seriously injured a man over an unpaid debt to walk free from court, saying their punishment had been waiting almost three years to have their case heard.Abul Azad, 49, Shahedul Bhuyia, 53, and Abul Hannan, 41, were convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to Azad’s former employee Abdul Basit in December 2016.Azad, who owns an Indian takeaway in Plymouth, travelled with his accomplices to Truro to recover a £1,000 debt from Basit, who used to work for him as a chef. During the confrontation they viciously attacked Basit, leaving him with a broken jaw.Judge Simon Carr, sitting at Truro Crown Court, said the offence was certainly serious enough to send the men to prison, but the “very real effect” of having a criminal charge “hanging over” them for two years and nine months was sufficient to teach them a lesson.He said the legal system in England and Wales was “beyond the point of collapse” and that the delay was a “disgrace”.”It’s that punishment that allows me to suspend what would have been immediate custodial sentences,” the judge said.”It’s evidence of a system having gone beyond the point of collapse that a straightforward case takes so long to go before a court.” 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. “He was then spat on again, punched and kicked before the three defendants left.” More than half of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have closed since 2010, making it very difficult for cases to be dealt with quickly and putting the system under increasing strain.Detective Sergeant Mark Jenkin, the officer in charge of the case, admitted outside court following the sentencing hearing that there were delays in getting cases to the Crown Prosecution Service and therefore delays in getting cases to court.Azad and Bhuyia, both of Wolseley Road, Plymouth, and Hannan, of Morshead Road, also in Plymouth, were each given a 15-month prison sentence suspended for two years.They must also carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.Prosecutor Hollie Gilbery previously told the court: “The victim is a man named Abdul Basit and in the early hours of December 16, 2016, three gentlemen, the three defendants, went into his room and assaulted him, leaving him with a broken jaw among other injuries.“Mr Basit is a chef and used to work for Mr Azad at his restaurant in Plymouth. Their professional relationship broke down and Mr Basit moved on.“Mr Azad said that Mr Basit took money from him, both stolen and borrowed.”The three defendants walked in and Mr Basit was spat on, told to hand over money and told if he didn’t he would be beaten up and his daughter who was living in Plymouth would be kidnapped. read more

first_img No (1546) THERE HAS BEEN calls this morning for a “fast-track plan” to build the thousands of homes needed to meet growing demand.In an interview with the Sunday Independent, developer Paddy McKillen said this is now essential, while the Construction Industry Federation boss said the Government needs to entice major players in property development to build again to kick-start the industry.A stimulus package was already announced earlier this year, but there are still fears that any such action could lead to another property bubble.We want to know what you think: Should more action be taken to kick-start the property industry? Yes (1782) I don’t know (230)center_img YesNoI don’t knowVote Poll Results:last_img

first_imgMotorola’s scored all manner of accolades last week with the introduction of the Xoom tablet. Even during a show in which some 80 different iPad competitors were launched, the company garnered all manner of buzz and took home a handful of Best of Show awards over the course of the week.According to a new report from Taipei-based tech rumor source DigiTimes, the company is expected to ship between 700,000 and 800,000 of its Honeycomb-based Android tablet in the first quarter of the year. The site hasn’t named any sources, but suppliers Catcher, Apple contributor Foxconn, Taiwan Chi Cheng, and Silitech are all said to be involved in the manufacturing process. Motorola’s tablet will hit store shelves in the first quarter of this year. It features a 10.1 inch screen, front and rear facing cameras, and packs an Nvidia Tegra 2: 1 GHz dual-core processor inside.last_img read more

first_img Sasha Foo, Class action lawsuit filed against USD, other schools in college admissions bribery scandal Updated: 3:48 PM Sasha Foo Posted: March 15, 2019center_img March 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The University of San Diego is being sued in a class action lawsuit, stemming from the alleged fraud and bribery scheme that allowed wealthy parents to buy admissions at elite universities.On Thursday, eight students and parents filed a class action suit against eight schools, saying they did not receive what they paid for, because they did not get “a fair admissions consideration process.”The suit is asking for the application fees from students who were rejected to be returned.As spelled out in the complaint, “Had Plaintiffs known that the system was rigged by fraud, they would not have spent the money to apply to the school.”San Diego attorney Keith Greer who has experience in other class action lawsuits.said he did not believe a judge would allow the class action complaint to go forward.He said the judge would have consider if all student applicants who were rejected were harmed or adversely affected in the same way.“It would require, if I took this as a class action, we’d agree there’s fraud across the board that affected everybody, but then I would have to go through and look at every single individual applicant and see to what extent that fraud caused them harm – if any – and that makes this an unmanageable case. Dismissed,” Greer said.Greer also said it would not be easy for the plaintiffs to hold the universities responsible, since prosecutors in the criminal case have not cited evidence that directly implicates the universities.In a statement issued to KUSI, USD’s communications office said, “We have no reason to believe that any members of our admissions team, our administration or staff, or our current coaching staff were involved in the alleged wrongdoing.”The university said it is conducting an investigation into the allegations and will take appropriate action if it finds wrongdoing by anyone associated with the university. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgInformation provided by a USDA news release. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers now through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land.The results will help further develop the science-based solutions for managing the agricultural landscape to improve environmental quality.The American Soybean Association (ASA) encourages soy growers who are contacted to participate in the survey.By documenting the work of America’s farmers to conserve natural resources while producing the food, fuel and fiber the world requires, participating farmers and ranchers support the case for continued science-based conservation programs that protect natural resources while supporting farm-related jobs. Survey results will guide USDA conservation policy and program development and help conservationists, farmers and ranchers more efficiently and effectively conserve natural resources.In addition to helping determine the effectiveness of existing conservation practices, CEAP analysis also provides estimates of resources farmers may need to further protect the soil, water and related resources. Additional information about CEAP is available at the Conservation Effects Assessment Project survey web page.“The survey gives farmers and ranchers the power to provide a more complete and accurate picture of the conservation practices on their operations,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “If contacted, I encourage farmers and ranchers to participate. Their collective responses can directly benefit themselves and all producers by helping leaders focus on what producers need to install conservation practices that are best for their operations environmentally and financially.”NASS conducts the National Resources Inventory Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP) survey under a cooperative agreement with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRI-CEAP results help determine not only the effectiveness of existing conservation practices but also what resources farmers may need to further protect the soil, water and related resources in selected watersheds and to document on-farm conservation accomplishments.For example, a recent CEAP report for the Western Lake Erie Basin shows voluntary conservation is making significant headway in reducing nutrient and sediment loss from farms, but there is opportunity to improve conservation management across the basin and no single conservation solution will meet the needs of every field and farm. Based on that report, it is estimated that the new Western Lake Erie Basin Initiative will help landowners reduce phosphorus runoff from farms by more than 640,000 pounds each year and reduce sediment loss by over 260,000 tons over the course of a three-year investment.The NRI-CEAP survey will be conducted in two parts. In the first survey, which is shorter, NASS will determine eligibility for the more in-depth survey that will take place between October 2016 and February 2017. The privacy of all respondents is safeguarded, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified, as required by Federal law.last_img read more

first_imgIt is one of the most prestigious honors in high school sports, and Reilly Hennessey found out about it all alone, after practice Thursday evening, checking his Twitter, when some guy from Tennessee he had never heard of broke the news.Reilly Hennessey, quarterback from Camas, is the Gatorade Washington Football Player of the Year. “Wow, this isn’t happening,” Hennessey said to himself as he looked at the link provided by that person from Tennessee.Oh yes it is.Hennessey became the first player from Camas to claim the honor and second from Clark County. Travis Claridge of Fort Vancouver was named the state player of the year in 1996.By being named the state POY, Hennessey is nominated for the national player of the year. Last year, Skyline quarterback Max Browne took the national honor. That is all Hennessey knew about the Gatorade award, from Browne’s performance. “I didn’t even know I was up for it,” said Hennessey, an Eastern Washington University commit. “My coach nominated me. My dad sent the transcripts. It honestly never crossed my mind.”The award, according to a press release from Gatorade, recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.last_img read more

first_imgHouse Democrats plan to use their increase in numbers as leverage when pushing for Medicaid expansion.Download AudioWith the last election, the House Minority caucus grew from ten to 13, making support from at least some of their members necessary for any action that requires a three-fourths vote. The most significant of these actions is a vote to allow the Legislature to cover a shortfall through the Constitutional Budget Reserve, a hard-to-tap rainy day account that is worth $11 billion.At a press availability on Tuesday, House Minority Leader Chris Tuck said that requirement could help his caucus push for Medicaid expansion. While the federal government would pay the added costs of Medicaid expansion through 2016, the Legislature must accept the money through a line in its budget.“We do know that that’s going to be a bargaining strength for our side,” said Tuck. “We’re going to use that vote very cautiously. We want to make sure that we’re doing the best for Alaska, making those lasting opportunities not just in health care, but in education.”Expanding Medicaid to include Alaskans with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level has been a priority for Democrats in the Legislature and for unaffiliated governor Bill Walker. According to a report commissioned by the state in 2013, Medicaid expansion could bring more than $2 billion in federal funding to the state over the next six years. But opponents of expansion — including former Gov. Sean Parnell and some Republican lawmakers — note that same report concludes the state would be obligated to pay over $200 million over that same time period.With a projected deficit of over $3 billion, the Legislature’s financial analysts have determined that it will be necessary to access the Constitutional Budget Reserves. The withdrawal could be structured in such a way that education funding is tied to a vote, making opposition to use of the reserves more difficult.last_img read more

first_imgThe High Court (HC) is set to deliver its verdict on Sunday on the death reference and appeals of 152 convicts filed against the death penalty in the Pilkhana BDR mutiny case, reports UNB.The death reference and appeals have been kept as item No 1 of High Court’s cause list for Sunday.A two-member HC bench comprising justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder will pronounce the judgment. Earlier on 3 April, a three-member special HC bench, led by justice Shawkat Hossain, kept the verdict as Curia Advisari Vult (CAV) after concluding the hearing on the appeals and the death reference. A Dhaka court on 5 November, 2013 sentenced 152 soldiers of the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles and two civilians to death, and 161 others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the BDR mutiny.A total of 257 appeals were filed with the High Court against the lower court verdict.Seventy-four people, including 57 army officials, were killed in the BDR mutiny on 25-26 February in 2009 at the Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka.The paramilitary force was later renamed Border Guard Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_img When you own four companies and are the 54th-richest person in the world, you can do whatever you want—including change the name of your space-bound rocket.Elon Musk this week announced he is “renaming” SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (also known as Big F*****g Rocket, or BFR) to Starship.He tweeted the news on Monday, later clarifying that “Starship” is the name of the spaceship itself; the rocket booster will be called Super Heavy.AdChoices广告 Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterSpaceX’s Starhopper Is Ready for Its Biggest Hop Test Starship Elonprise— ฿Ɽ₳Đ ⱧɄ₦₴₮₳฿ⱠɆ (@bhunstable) November 20, 2018One eagle-eyed follower pointed out that the name is erroneous, “unless this ‘starship’ is sent on a mission to another star system.”“Later versions will,” Musk wrote in a response, teasing a future in which the spacecraft may leave the Solar System. Our closest known neighbor is Alpha Centauri, some 4.3 light-years from Earth. Super Heavy Accelerated Zenith Ascent Machine would be better.— Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) November 20, 2018 Technically, two parts: Starship is the spaceship/upper stage & Super Heavy is the rocket booster needed to escape Earth’s deep gravity well (not needed for other planets or moons)— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2018Fans responded with requests for more information, queries about the change, and a few choice words for the South African entrepreneur. Later versions will— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2018Another suggested this may not be the last time this spaceship is rebranded. So Starship + name of each rocket?— Kim Paquette (@kimpaquette) November 20, 2018 Stay on target Starship has a nice ring to it. — Nick (@NickEllis) November 20, 2018 Yep, new name sucks. Flat out cheesy and makes me much less enthused than BFR.— Sad Universe News (@TruthSeekerZach) November 20, 2018 pic.twitter.com/cs6Wt3cxNd— Mike Mongo (@MikeMongo) November 20, 2018 As no one else has asked, is this named after 1980’s band Starship and will the first mission be called Knee Deep In The Hoopla. Please say yes.— jackson ryan (@dctrjack) November 20, 2018 Name changes so far:MCT (2015) → ITS (2016) → BFR/BFS (2017-2018) → Starship (?)— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) November 20, 2018The BFR, er, Starship, is designed to be a sustainable interplanetary spaceship.A whopping 387 feet tall, the monster vehicle could one day make obsolete the rest of SpaceX’s fleet.Built for up to 100 people, its first trip will carry only a skeleton crew—including Yusaku Maezawa, the first private citizen to travel beyond low-Earth orbit.The 42-year-old Japanese billionaire will assemble a band of virtuosos—painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, architects—to accompany him on a round-the-Moon mission.“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said in 2017, estimating the company will need about $5 billion to get the ship off the ground. An undisclosed chunk of that money comes straight from Maezawa’s ticket.More SpaceX coverage on Geek.com:SpaceX Rehearses Recovery of Astronauts During Ocean LandingsWhy SpaceX’s Next-Gen Rockets are Powered by MethaneSpaceX Nails First West Coast Falcon 9 Rocket Landinglast_img read more

first_imgAnker, a popular if battery and cable company, recently announced the Mars II projector under its Nebula brand. The company, which primarily sells via Amazon, is expanding out of batteries and cables and is now creating audio and other portable AV gear. This compact, battery-powered DLP projector is their latest creation and it has found a place of honor at our family barbecues.The projector is actually an Android 7.1 device stuffed into a case about as big as a Bluetooth speaker. A physical lens cap slides down and turns on the system and you control everything from he included remote or the buttons on the top of the device. You can also download an app that mimics a mouse and keyboard for choosing videos and information entry. It projects at a maximum of 300 lumens and projects at 720p. You can also connect an HDMI device like a game console or stick in a USB drive full of videos to view on the fly.Again, the real benefit here is the ability to stream from various apps. I have YouTube, Netflix, Plex, and other apps installed and you can install almost any other Android app you can imagine. It has speakers built in and you can cast to it via Miracast but you cannot insert a Chromecast.If all you want to do is throw up a little Santa Clarita Diet or Ice Age on a sheet in the back yard, this thing is perfect. Because the brightness is fairly low you need solid twilight or a partially dark room to get a good picture. However, the picture is good enough and it would also make a great presentation device for a closed, dark conference room. Because of its small size and battery life – four hours on a charge – it makes for a great alternative to a full-sized projector or even a standard TV.At $539 the Mars II is priced on par with other 720p projectors. The primary use case – connecting a computer or console via HDMI – works quite well but streaming user experience is a bit of a mixed bag. Because Anker didn’t modify the Android installation much further than adding a few default apps, some apps require a mouse to use and others can be controlled via the arrow keys on the remote or body of the device. This means that some apps – like Plex, for example – let you pick a video via the arrow keys but require you to press the “mouse” button to begin simulating a mouse cursor on the screen. It’s a bit frustrating, especially in poor lighting conditions.One of the interesting features is the automatic focus system. Instead of fiddling with a knob or slider, you simply point this at a surface and the system projects a bullseye focus ring until the picture is in focus. The focus changes any time you move the device and sometimes it gets caught up if the screen or projector are moving. However in most cases it works perfectly fine.Like most portable projectors you aren’t buying the Mars II to watch 4K video in 5.1 surround sound. You buy it to offer an alternative to sitting on the couch and watching a movie. That means this is great for on-the-road business presentations, campouts, outdoor movie viewing, and sleepovers. It is cheap and portable enough to be almost disposable and it’s not as heavy and hot as other, larger devices. In short, it can go anywhere, show anything, and works really well. Anker also makes the Mars, a more expensive 1080p device, but this one works just fine for about $400 less – a big drop in just about a year of brisk sales. It’s nice to see a good, low-cost manufacturer dabble in the world of complex consumer electronics and come up with a product that is truly useful and fun.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:gospelsinginggospelsingingUP NEXT: Click for Sound We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday April 19. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsThe £8m cost of 200 patients a DAY missing hospital appointments10:21Accident at Smallthorne roundabout this morning07:3019:48Slow traffic continues on M6Very slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area.18:46Very slow traffic on the M6Very slow traffic on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford). In the roadworks area. 18:16M6 closed tonight for roadworksA Highways England spokesman said:Southbound carriageway closed tonight for M6 junctions 17 – 16 from 22:00 to 06:00. Make sure you plan your journey. “17:37Police name man who died in A50 crash – as teenage passenger fights for her life Investigators are examining police vehicles involved in Stoke-on-Trent chase. More here. The scene on the A50 (Image: Lyz Sweetland Stubbs)16:53Slow traffic on the A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road Southbound between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout).16:17One lane shut due to broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.16:15Police dealing with accident on busy road – and asking motorists to avoid areaCheshire Police are asking motorists to avoid Middlewich Road near the junction with School Lane in Sandbach. More here.16:06Police dealing with accident in SandbachA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Officers are currently dealing with a road traffic collision on Middlewich Road, Sandbach near to the junction of School Lane. Please avoid this route if possible.” 16:05More than 300 homes without powerMore than 300 homes are without electricity due to a power cut in Stafford this afternoon. More here.15:54Slow traffic on A50 in BurslemSlow traffic on A50 Wedgwood Street at B5051 Market Place. 15:37Reports of second accident on A50Inrix reports queueing traffic and road partially blocked due to accident on A50 Eastbound at A5005 / Baths Road / Foley Road (Longton / Blurton), congestion to A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 15:12Accident on A50The accident involves a motorbike at Blythe Bridge roundabout. More here.13:20Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 11:55Broken down vehicle on M6…One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of four) is closed. 11:30Quiet across the city…For the first time since 5.30am there are no incidents popping up on our system!11:12Busy in Hanley…Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 10:36More delays on Midlands trains…Delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Coventry and Birmingham New Street due to speed restrictions and signalling problem between Coventry and Birmingham International. 10:21KEY EVENTThe £8m cost of 200 patients a DAY missing hospital appointmentsHospital bosses say missed appointments are costing them £8 millionAn average of almost 200 patients a day are failing to turn up to hospital appointments – costing the local NHS more than £8 million a year.Shock new figures show 68,913 outpatient appointments were missed at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford Hospital in 2016/17 – an average of 89 a day.Read more here.10:18Delays on the trains in Manchester…Delays and services at a stand on Northern due to signalling problem between Manchester Piccadilly and Guide Bridge. 09:34Accident near UttoxeterReports of heavy traffic due to accident on A50 Uttoxeter Bypass around B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout). 09:00As the temperature is set to rise over the next few days, please don’t leave your dog/s locked in your car, the temperature can rise inside it quite quickly even if its been left in a shady place #dogsdieinhotcars #warmweather pic.twitter.com/Ge0D9bkphO— Crewe Police (@PoliceCrewe) April 19, 201809:00Still busy on the A50…Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 08:51Heavy traffic in Endon…Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A53 Leek New Road Eastbound between Stanley Road / Moss Hill and B5051 Clay Lake / Hillswood Drive.Affecting traffic between Endon and Leek. No reported incidents. 08:48Broken down vehicle in BeamhurstQueueing traffic and lane closed on exit slip road due to broken down vehicle on A50 Eastbound at A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean). In the roadworks area.A vehicle is straddling the exit slip and the verge side as you exit towards JCB. 08:41Heavy traffic inbound to Hanley…Heavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:22Queues building on junction 17 slip roadQueueing traffic on exit slip road on M6 Southbound at J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area.Caller reported J18, however confirmed with sensors as J17. 08:05Slow traffic in Nantwich RoadSlow traffic on A534 Nantwich Road Northbound at A532 Weston Road / A534 Crewe Road / A532 Macon Way (Crewe Arms Roundabout), congestion to Somerville Street.Due to traffic diverting around the closure of Hungerford Road on approach to the Crewe Green Roundabout. 08:04Broken down lorry in Weston Coyney…Reports of queueing traffic and partially blocked due to broken down lorry on A520 Weston Road Southbound between A5272 Park Hall Road / Caverswall Road (Weston Coyney traffic lights) and A50 / A50 Uttoxeter Road (Meir Tunnel Interchange).Affecting traffic from Weston Coyney to Meir. 07:51Temporary traffic lights causing issues at Chatterley WhitfieldQueueing traffic on A527 Biddulph Road near Peck Mill Lane. In the roadworks area.Temporary lights in operation on the Chatterley Whitfield bends. 07:50Delays in Cobridge…Queueing traffic on A53 Leek New Road Westbound between A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge) and A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights).Usual delays towards Cobridge lights. Watch Next We Are Stoke-on-Trent Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to playTap to playcenter_img The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Share this video Watch again Video will play in last_img read more

first_imgFrom the print editionStep into the home of an Iranian family. Attend the performance of a gringo mariachi. Witness the birth of psychoanalysis with Freud. And by all means, do it from a theater seat in San José, as these diverse experiences are part of the 2012 International Film Festival in Costa Rica. Made up of workshops, lectures and 80 films under the theme “Peace with the Earth,” there’s entertainment for all interests.“Films reflect the personality and identity of the countries they represent,” said Culture Minister Manuel Obregón. “This festival strives to renew human dignity and contribute to … a collective critical spirit.”Some of the films aim to bring understanding to different forms of violence, such as abuse of natural resources and disrespect of human life, he said. The films were selected by Nicole Guillemet, who was co-director of the Sundance Film Festival for 15 years.The festival’s guest of honor is Mexico, a trendsetter in Latin American film for more than 100 years. Accordingly, a film series entitled “What was seen in Guadalajara” will be included. The films will be judged by a jury panel, and Costa Rica’s Jaguar Prize will go to the top picture. The festival’s epicentre is La Antigua Aduana in San José’s Barrio California, where films, lectures and workshops will take place. Other locations include Magaly Theater, Plaza de Cultura, National Theater, the Children’s Museum and the Central Market, among others.Films will be shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles. General entrance is ₡1,500. The festival will be held in theaters across San José, from July 27-Aug. 5. For schedules, tickets and more info, visit www.costaricacinefest.com. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

first_imgPope calls Palestinian leader “angel of peace” during visitPope France calls Palestinian leader Abbas an “angel of peace” during Vatican audienceBy NICOLE WINFIELDAssociated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See’s warm relations with the Palestinians as it prepares to canonize two 19th century nuns from the region.Francis made the compliment during the traditional exchange of gifts at the end of an official audience in the Apostolic Palace. He presented Abbas with a medallion and explained that it represented the “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.”Francis said he thought the gift was appropriate since “you are a bit an angel of peace.” During his 2014 visit to Israel and the West Bank, Francis called both Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres men of peace.Abbas is in Rome for the canonization Sunday of two 19th-century nuns from what was then Ottoman-ruled Palestine. The new saints, Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, are the first from the region to be canonized since the early days of Christianity. VATICAN CITY (AP) — VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a story May 16 about Pope Francis meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, The Associated Press erroneously omitted two words when quoting the pope. Francis told Abbas “you are a bit an angel of peace,” not “you are an angel of peace.” The original Italian quote was, “Lei e un po un angelo della pace.”A corrected version of the story is below: Church officials are holding up the new saints as a sign of hope and encouragement for Christians in the Middle East at a time when violent persecution from Islamic extremists has driven many Christians from the region of Christ’s birth.In a statement Saturday, Abbas praised the two new saints as inspirational models for today’s Palestinians and urged their fellow Christians to remain in the region.“We call on Palestinian Christians to stay with us and enjoy the rights of full and equal citizenship, and bear with us the difficulties of life until we achieve liberty, sovereignty and human dignity,” he said.Abbas’ visit comes days after the Vatican finalized a bilateral treaty with the “state of Palestine” that made explicit its recognition of Palestinian statehood.The Vatican said it had expressed “great satisfaction” over the new treaty during the talks with the Palestinian delegation. It said the pope, and later the Vatican secretary of state, also expressed hopes that direct peace talks with Israel would resume.“To this end, the wish was reiterated that with the support of the international community, Israelis and Palestinians may take with determination courageous decisions to promote peace,” a Vatican statement said. Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   It added that interreligious dialogue was needed to combat terrorism.Israel didn’t comment on Francis’ “angel of peace” compliment but complained that Abbas was using the trip to score political points.“It is regrettable that Mahmoud Abbas uses international forums to attack Israel and refrains from returning to negotiations which is the right way to implement a political vision and a solution of peace,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon.Israel earlier had expressed its “disappointment” that the Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in the treaty, which covers the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory.___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfieldCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more