Cop buys shirt tie for alleged thief who was taking them for

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter after learning the young man needed the clothing items for an upcoming job interview said Tuesday that he wanted to show kindness to someone who had fallen on hard times.Const. Niran Jeyanesan said he wasn’t rewarding the behaviour of a hardened criminal when he made the purchase, but rather using his discretion as an officer in deciding that this case merited credit card charges rather than criminal ones.“He was very remorseful, very ashamed,” Jeyanesan said of the teen. “… I could see that this is truly a mistake and this person wanted a chance at life.”Jeyanesan said the case unfolded on Sunday night when he and his partner were called to a Walmart in the city’s north end in response to a report of shoplifting.Such calls are routine, but Jeyanesan said the details of this incident quickly caught his attention.The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, he said, adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters.Jeyanesan said the unusual merchandise prompted him to try and dig deeper and find out the reasons behind the teen’s actions.The story he heard was of a young man in a time of crisis, he said.His family had recently lost their home after his father — the principle bread-winner — fell seriously ill, he said, adding the 18-year-old felt mounting pressure to fill the financial void and help provide for his parents and younger siblings.Jeyanesan said the teen had secured a job interview for a “service industry position,” but did not have professional-looking clothes to wear.As the interview date approached, he resorted to shoplifting out of desperation and a lack of awareness of other options available to him.“We try to get everybody’s story when we attend calls. Everyone has their own battles that they’re fighting,” he said. “It doesn’t excuse them, but behind every action there’s a reason why this person is doing it.”Before police transported the teen back to the station for some additional questioning, Jeyanesan decided he would acquire some suitable clothes for the teen.He went back into the store to try and select something himself, but didn’t know the teen’s size. He eventually asked the manager to hand over the original shirt and tie, which he purchased for about $40. He opted not to acquire the socks.Jeyanesan did not present the clothes to the teen himself, but rather left them with the other belongings he had surrendered when entering the police station.The teen found his interview outfit waiting for him when he recovered his possessions and walked out of the police station without any charges.Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash praised Jeyanesan’s compassionate approach to the situation, calling it an intelligent use of his officer’s discretion.“He understood the importance of what happened, that this could easily be seen as a crossroads in this young man’s life, and took the very commendable decision to assist in the way he did,” Pugash said.Jeyanesan said he has not been in touch with the teen since Sunday. Not even to find out the results of the job interview, which was set to take place on Tuesday.Follow @mich_mcq on Twitterlast_img read more

North Korea says it released Canadian pastor Ontario congregation celebrates news

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario church congregation is celebrating news of the release of their pastor from a North Korean prison more than two years after he was arrested in the country.A decision from North Korea’s central court freed Hyeon Soo Lim from the prison where he was serving a life sentence for anti-state activities, the country’s Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.The pastor’s release, which came on the heels of an official visit from a Canadian government delegation, was described as “sick bail” by the news agency. No other details were provided.In a brief statement issued early Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Lim had been released.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada, and we are working to ensure that he receives any required medical attention,” said Trudeau.The prime minister also thanked Sweden for its assistance in the matter but said “operational security considerations” prevents the government from discussing the matter further.Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ont., had been sentenced by a North Korean court to life in prison with hard labour for what it called crimes against the state.Charges against him included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to overseas Koreans, and helping American and South Korean efforts to help people defect from the north.Word of Lim’s release drew members of his congregation to their church, just west of Toronto, where they were seen hugging and crying Wednesday morning.Charles Baik, an associate pastor with the church’s English ministry, said members are ecstatic at the prospect of Lim’s return.“We’re so happy he’s been released, ” Baik said from outside the church.Lim, who has a wife and son living in the Toronto area, started the Light Korean Presbyterian Church nearly three decades ago, shortly after he emigrated from South Korea.He grew the congregation from about a dozen people in 1986 to more than 3,000 members. He also runs a smaller church in downtown Toronto that caters to young people.The church has taken on numerous humanitarian projects in North Korea, one of which prompted Lim’s last trip there in January 2015.Family and friends previously said he was visiting an orphanage, nursery and nursing home in the country at the time of his arrest. The pastor had successfully travelled to North Korea more than 100 times over the past two decades, they added.Baik said the pastor’s ordeal would not deter the church from future humanitarian projects in the country.“Missions will never stop, no matter where they may be,” he said.Family members had urged the Canadian government to put pressure on North Korea to secure Lim’s release.Their calls for action took on fresh urgency in June following the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who lived only one week after being released from North Korean custody due to health concerns.Lim’s own health was of concern to his family members, who had said the pastor needed medication to manage his blood pressure.A Canadian delegation led by Daniel Jean, the national security adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang this week to discuss Lim’s case.“Pastor Lim’s health and well-being remain of utmost importance to the government of Canada as we continue to engage on this case,” Cameron Ahmad, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office, told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Neither Ahmad nor Global Affairs responded to request for comment on Lim’s release.Canada does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has advised against all travel there.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alberta premier fed up with federal government for inaction on oil and

first_imgThe current federal government has at least accomplished one thing, she said.“There was decades of factors that were at play which led to the instability that jeopardized that project. We did get the federal government to buy the pipeline. That’s not nothing. There is a vested interest they have now in getting this darn thing built.” “Albertans still need the federal government to step up and support the industry while we are trying to get through this ridiculousness of having not enough capacity to get our oil and gas to market,” Notley said.“We’ve talked about that. We’ve talked about rail. We’ve talked about other interim programs that could come into place, and we’re disappointed we’ve not heard anything from the federal government yet.”Notley announced late last year that her government will buy rail cars to transport an additional 120,000 barrels a day, which would increase the amount of oil being moved by rail in Canada by one- third.Discussions about a purchase agreement are ongoing, she said.She was asked whether the current Liberal government should receive another mandate from voters in a federal election expected later this year.“The facts of the matter is that the previous government, which happened to be from a different political party, also didn’t get it done,” she said. “Quite honestly, the considerations that have led to the ridiculousness that Albertans are so frustrated with right now … has been in the making for decades.”The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down the energy board’s approval. The court said there had been inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on the marine environment.The board’s final report needs to be submitted to the federal cabinet by Feb. 22.Notley said partisanship should have nothing to do with support for the resource sector, which is an economic engine for the rest of Canada.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Premier Rachel Notley expressed frustration again Monday about a lack of progress in completing the Trans Mountain pipeline.Notley’s comments came after a federal cabinet shuffle that left Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi in his portfolio.She said that’s probably a good thing as removing Sohi before the outcome of a court-ordered Indigenous consultation by the National Engery Board would be likely to cause even further delay.last_img read more

UN urges rapid response to measles outbreak in Somali refugee camps in

So far there have been 47 official cases and three deaths from suspected measles in the Kobe camp of 25,000 people over the past week, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release. Other suspected cases have been reported in the other two refugee camps in the area, as well as in the transit centre where there are just over 15,000 refugees awaiting relocation to the newly-opened Hilaweyn camp. “This situation is alarming and we cannot afford to wait. We must act now, urgently and decisively, to arrest and turn around this situation,” said Moses Okello, UNHCR’s Representative in Ethiopia, following a visit to Dollo Ado.UNHCR noted that the health of the refugees, who fled the famine in their homeland, is already fragile. “The mix of measles and high levels of malnutrition can be fatal,” the agency warned. Health experts said high rates of acute malnutrition, low vaccination coverage in Somalia and overcrowding in the camps are some of the aggravating factors associated with this outbreak. Mr. Okello, who said he was “shaken” by the situation in Dollo Ado, held an urgent meeting today with Ethiopian Government officials and UNHCR health partners to agree a plan of action. He said the first priority is a mass vaccination campaign, calling on all UNHCR partners to scale up their capacity to meet the “extremely serious public health challenges.” The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), through Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health, are providing the needed vaccines. Vaccination of all children between the ages of six months and 15 years of age was started Friday for all refugee children being transferred from the transit centre to the Hilaweyn camps. UNHCR and the Ethiopian Government will lead a team of health experts to Dollo Ado tomorrow to support the roll-out of an action plan that includes the preparation of a mass vaccination campaign to begin on 9 August for all children aged six months to 15 years in Kobe camp – the most affected camp. As of 5 August the number of Somali refugees in the Dollo Ado camps had reached 118,400. Nearly 78,000 of them arrived this year. This is in addition to more than 41,600 Somali refugees in the Jijiga area of the Somali region. Ethiopia hosts a total of 237,500 refugees, mainly from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan. 6 August 2011The United Nations on Saturday voiced alarm at the plight of Somali refugees in the Dollo Ado camps in south-eastern Ethiopia following an outbreak of suspected measles, and called for urgent action to assist an already vulnerable population. read more

Asian shares mostly fall taking cue from Wall Street Fed

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street ended last week lower as investors continue to watch for what may be in store for U.S. interest rates.Japan’s Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2% in early trading to 21,415.51. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was little changed but a tad lower at 6,699.70 in morning trading. South Korea’s Kospi inched down but was little changed at 2,094.31. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost nearly 0.6% to 28,606.89, while the Shanghai Composite index gained 0.8% to 2,924.20.U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May as sentiments turned lower after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West.The S&P 500 fell 18.50 points, or 0.6%, to 2,976.61. After setting its record high on Monday, the index see-sawed mostly lower and lost 1.2% for the week. It’s just the second down week for the index in the last seven. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68.77, or 0.3%, to 27,154.20, and the Nasdaq composite lost 60.75, or 0.7%, to 8,146.49.Momentum for U.S. stocks has slowed since early June, when they began soaring on expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates for the first time in a decade to ensure the U.S. economy doesn’t succumb to weaknesses abroad. The Fed’s next meeting is scheduled for the end of this month.“With the markets wholly captivated by the looser the policy, the better the risk opportunities, investors could remain singularly focused on the Federal Reserve, and the European Central Bank policy decision and communications as global equity markets continue to have their ups and down based on the perceived degree of accommodative central bank policy,” said Stephen Innes of Vanguard Markets said in a commentary.ENERGY:Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 37 cents to $56.13 a barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 65 cents to $63.12 per barrel.CURRENCIES:The dollar rose to 107.99 Japanese yen from 107.60 yen Friday. The euro weakened to $1.1212 from $1.1239.___AP Business Writers Stan Choe and Damian J. Troise contributed to this report.Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

Police digest 10000 home theatre stolen

A home entertainment system with an estimated value of $10,000 was reported stolen near Delhi last week.The break-and-enter was brought to the attention of police around 10 p.m. last Wednesday.Police have determined that the break-in occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday. Taken was a projector, a screen and a sound system.“The OPP are continuing to investigate and are urging all community members to contact police to report suspicious activity,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.Police seek suspected thiefPolice have a good idea of who they are looking for after receiving two eyewitness accounts regarding a man who attempted to break into a vehicle in Simcoe.Around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, the suspect was confronted as he tried to break into a Jeep that was parked at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.“Officers arrived and subsequently spoke to witnesses who identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Norfolk County male,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Investigators are continuing to investigate and will seek a warrant for the arrest of the suspect.”Mischief most foul A vandal in Simcoe left a biohazard behind following an incident on Cedar Street.Police were called to the apartment building last Thursday.Police have determined that – between last Tuesday and Thursday – someone smeared excrement on the wall of a stairwell inside the building.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Broken window leads to charges A Norfolk man was charged after a home was damaged in Simcoe last week.Around 2:50 a.m. Thursday, a man and a woman had an argument on King Lane. As the male left the premise, a window was damaged.Police subsequently located the suspect and took him into custody.A 26-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with mischief under $5,000 and causing a disturbance.Home trashed in Simcoe A Norfolk man faces several charges after damaging the interior of a home in Simcoe last week.Police were alerted to the damage around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Norfolk OPP report the suspect engaged a woman in an argument before the damage occurred.Police took the man into custody without incident. However, an incident at the Norfolk OPP detachment on the Queensway West in Simcoe resulted in additional charges against the suspect.Police report the suspect leveled threats against two civilians and a police officer.A 32-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with three counts of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, two counts of mischief under $5,000, and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.Charges laid after cab damaged A Norfolk man was charged after a taxi cab was damaged in Port Dover last week.Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a cab driver dropped off several fares in the area of Greenock Street West.One of the passengers got into an argument with the driver, at which time damage was done to the taxi cab.Police were contacted and a 22-year-old Norfolk man was charged with mischief under $5,000.Vehicle egged near Courtland A vehicle was egged on Jackson Side Road near Courtland this weekend.The situation was brought to the attention of police around 7 a.m. Saturday.Police report the vehicle was also smeared with an unknown foam-like substance.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Shoplifting incident Police would like to speak to a man who entered a local convenience store last week and allegedly left without paying for merchandise.The suspect was captured on video at the Target convenience store and gas bar on the Queensway West in Simcoe around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.Anyone with information that might lead to the identity of the suspect in the photo can share what they know with the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Callers can also share information with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477. Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

Dez Bryant Speaks on Personal Life

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant decided to speak on his personal life Wednesday in regards to his relationship with his mother and ongoing attitude problems.Bryant recently came to the realization that he needed to change his act after a recent summer arrest. On July 16, Bryant was arrested for a Class A misdemeanor family violence charge, for an alleged physical confrontation with his mother Angela Bryant.Last week the Dallas County district attorney’s office shifted the charge to a conditional dismissal. Under the dismissal, the charge will be dropped as long as Bryant attends anger management counseling and is not charged with any crimes for a year.The 24-year-old Bryant says that even after the arrest, he and his mother still have a great relationship.“I don’t want to get into it much, but what happened in our eyes, it was overblown,” he said. “I love my mom. My mom loves me. Everything is great between us.”Bryant was not permitted to discuss the situation because strict rules created by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his adviser David Wells given to him this summer.The stipulations issued by Jones and Wells are appreciated by Bryant because he did not have structure in his childhood. Bryant’s childhood was dysfunctional, partly because his mother had him at the age of 14. His father was in and out of his life, which caused him to jump from home to home until attending Oklahoma State.Bryant does not use his troubled childhood as an excuse for his behavior, but more as learning lesson.“It’s different,” he said. “I just feel like it’s been a learning process for me my whole life, and I’m just getting to it.”Bryant is the father of two sons Zane, 5, and Dez Jr., 2, and trying to be the best role model for them.“I got real responsibilities I feel like I’m handling the right way,” he said. “I’m enjoying my life the way I should have been enjoying it a long time ago.”Jones selected Bryant with the 24th overall pick despite off-field issues prior to the draft. The Cowboy’s owner sees the all-around growth that Bryant is doing in his life.“The point is, without trying to be cute, Dez is improving,” Jones said. “But the risk is here that he’s on the field in the glaring spotlight for the Cowboys and off the field for the Cowboys. So I’m reluctant — we all are — to say, ‘Boy, Dez is doing good.’ Dez is doing better.”Bryant, who has 57 receptions for 735 yards this season, realizes the incident this summer was a sign that he needed to improve his maturity.“Small, positive things turn into big, positive things,” Bryant said. “As long as I keep doing the right things, all the things that happen are positive things.” read more

Ohio State hockeys Cara Zubko focused on making a difference locally and

OSU senior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) during a game against Minnesota State on Oct. 24 2015 at Schottenstein Center. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorWhile most student-athletes are balancing getting to practice and completing class assignments on time, Cara Zubko, a senior defenseman for Ohio State’s women’s ice hockey team, has used her platform to improve communities both in Columbus and halfway around the world in Vietnam.Zubko was nominated for the 2016 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which goes to college hockey’s “finest citizen,” according to the award’s website. Zubko was one of the first 18 nominees across men’s and women’s college hockey, though she did not make the final five released last Thursday. The Preeceville, Saskatchewan, native traveled to Vietnam in the summer of 2013 with a program called Coach for College. Through the program, student-athletes from universities across the United States join forces with students from Vietnamese universities to teach impoverished kids throughout the country life lessons through academics and athletics. Having the opportunity to show the kids a “better view of life” and give them special experiences was the bedrock for Zubko’s future work, she said. “That was really life changing for me,” she said.This is the second year in a row that a Buckeye was nominated for one of college hockey’s highest honors off the ice. Kayla Sullivan was nominated last year as a senior, and she recommended Zubko to take over as the leader for the program’s work with Team IMPACT this year.Team IMPACT is an organization that partners collegiate sports teams with children with chronic diseases. The athletes join friends and family of the child’s support team, and the child is able to become an official team member. Erin Selfe, a middle schooler in Columbus area, is partnered up with the women’s hockey team through the organization. She is an active part of the team, going to every one of its home games, Zubko said. Last season, the Buckeyes held a birthday party for Erin at her house. “We have a great relationship with (Erin),” Zubko said. “We have just become really good friends with her, and that’s been a really great positive impact on us and on her as she is struggling with a rare disease.”Zubko and the team also participate in 2nd & Seven, an organization which has the team read to local second-grade students, and she spends time volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.Assistant coach Carson Duggan praised Zubko’s willingness to always make time for community service.“Every single time that I send out volunteer opportunities or any type of project like that where student-athletes are needed, 99 percent of the time the first person I hear back from within not even an hour is Zubko,” Duggan said.The senior has been one of the stars on the ice for the Buckeyes this season, as well, as she ranks fourth on the team with 17 points, including four goals. It has been a true breakout season in her final year wearing scarlet and gray, as she came into the season with just 16 points combined in her first three seasons.Regardless of what she has been able to accomplish when she laces up her skates, Zubko said she believes it is her duty as a student-athlete to try to make a positive impact on the community around her.“I think with the experiences (we get as student-athletes), it’s the least we can do to give back,” Zubko said.Duggan said she credits Zubko’s upbringing as helping to shape her into the well-rounded leader she is today. “She’s extremely hard working … She grew up on a farm, so you know she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty and work,” Duggan said.Zubko’s grasp of her ability to be a role model has empowered her to lead her team in work throughout Columbus.“Her willingness to help and understanding that (when) we are part of Ohio State athletics, you’re a part of something bigger,” Duggan said. “You have a little bit of a platform, and she really uses that to her advantage and never shies away and understands that part of the duty of student-athletes is to give back, so she is always willing to do that.” read more

Zoo where 500 animals died granted a new licence

first_imgSouth Lakes Safari Zoo A Cumbrian zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years can stay open after councillors granted it a licence.Two months ago a similar application from David Gill, the owner and founder of South Lakes Safari Zoo, was unanimously rejected after Government inspectors pointed out concerns over its management structure and veterinary care which it labelled “inadequate”.But Tuesday’s application from Cumbria Zoo Company Limited (CZCL), which has operated the zoo since January, was approved after licensing committee members in Barrow-in-Furness were told the same inspection team was “highly encouraged” by improvements made under a new management team.Councillors heard that Mr Gill had stepped away from all trading and management activities connected with the zoo. The zoo has remained open during the appeal process. But the inspectors had conceded there “might be some concern” that the present management team headed by chief executive Karen Brewer and senior staff were similar to the same team that worked under Mr Gill.Ms Brewer told the hearing at Barrow Town Hall that it was “a new zoo” and it was the first time before the committee that she could “truly say these are my own thoughts rather than that of my previous employer”.She said the independent inspection team had recognised “significant” improvements in animal welfare, husbandry and veterinary care”, and that the hard work of “dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate” staff members had paid off.The committee granted the licence to CZCL – subject to Mr Gill either withdrawing his own licence appeal or surrendering his licence.CZCL must also ensure an animal director or equivalent is appointed on a full-time basis and must have the ability to make decisions independent of the registered land owner. In June 2016, the zoo – opened in 1994 by Mr Gill – was fined £255,000 at Preston Crown Court after one of its employees, Sarah McClay, 24, was killed by a Sumatran tiger in May 2013.It received an additional £42,500 fine after it also pleaded guilty to other health and safety law breaches when a zoo keeper fell from a ladder while preparing to feed big cats in July 2014.Following the committee’s decision, Miss McClay’s mother, Fiona, from Linlithgow, said: “What we have heard in the chamber is that the council will keep a very close eye that Mr Gill has nothing to do with the running of the zoo.”We heard more than enough evidence to the licensing committee given by the experts and the person appointed as the new director that there will be not just be one person making all the decisions.”I think it’s a positive step for Furness and the zoo. We were never for closure of the zoo, we were for the health and safety of staff and the animals.”That clearly was not in place when my daughter died and I think we have seen today that things are going to be put into place – and if not, we will be back here, won’t we.” David Gill was criticised over the running of the zooCredit:Danny Lawson /PA  Miss McClay’s sister, Lucy, who also attended the hearing, said: “We maintain that we never wanted the zoo to close.”We just wanted it to be safe for everyone who works there and everyone who visits, but it seems now that David Gill will not be involved. That’s hopefully a step in the right direction.” Mr Gill’s application had been turned down in March after inspectors visited the zoo in January and were “dismayed by the obvious deficiencies in the accommodation, the overcrowding and the lack of proper welfare and husbandry”.Inspectors said a post-mortem database, detailing the deaths of 486 animals from January 2013 to September 2016, showed “a clear picture of poor management with uncontrolled breeding and lack of any programme of preventative and curative veterinary medicine, with resultant ongoing welfare issues for the animals”.But the inspectors – Nick Jackson, director of the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Professor Anna Meredith and the borough council’s veterinary adviser, Dr Matthew Brash – had also indicated in January that great strides had been made in many areas of the zoo.Following another site visit in March they concluded sufficient changes were in place so they could be satisfied that modern zoo practices could be met and that accommodation and staffing or management was adequate for the proper well-being of the animals.The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (Caps) spoke out against the application at the meeting.Maddy Taylor, from Caps, said the organisation was “disappointed” that councillors were being recommended to grant a four-year licence to CZCL.The society said recent changes at the zoo “are too little too late” and should have been in place throughout the history and since Ms Brewer had been in a management position.Ms Taylor told committee members that responsibility for past problems could not be “solely placed at the feet” of Mr Gill.She said: “Some improvements may have been made in recent months, but it is not a new zoo. There is a history of suffering and neglect.center_img Sarah McClay was killed by a tiger “It is clear that the right thing to do by the animals, whose lives are at stake here, is to refuse the applicant.”Three ex-members of staff at the zoo had come forward to the society to express their concerns, she said, and a total of more than 270,000 people had signed two petitions which called for the zoo to close.CZCL said it had advertised for the position of a full-time animal director and that a job offer had been made to a candidate, subject to the zoo licence being issued.The new licence holders for the zoo, which attracts up to 300,000 visitors per year, hope to buy the business from Mr Gill.An investigation by the RSPCA into historical animal welfare at the zoo and potential offences under the Animal Welfare Act is ongoing. Sarah McClay was killed by a tiger Credit:Danny Lawson /PA  David Gill Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Tony Blair refuses to offer evidence for claim UK could stay in

first_img“They will make reforms that I think will make it much more comfortable for Britain to fit itself in that outer circle.”Earlier, Mr Blair praised Mr Corbyn’s “remarkable” result in last month’s general election – robbing Theresa May of her overall Commons majority – but warned that his hard left policies would be a disaster for the economy.In an article for his Institute for Global Change, Mr Blair wrote: “If a right-wing populist punch in the form of Brexit was followed by a left-wing populist punch in the form of unreconstructed hard left economics, Britain would hit the canvas, flat on our back and be out for a long count.” Shadow chancellor John McDonnell speaks during a General Election campaign rally in LincolnCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Shadow chancellor John McDonnell President Macron greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in ParisCredit: JULIEN DE ROSA/EPA “The majority of British people voted to leave the EU. The majority of MPs, including Blair’s own Labour Party, voted to trigger Article 50,” he said.”By calling for the will of the people and Parliament to be overturned, Tony Blair is demonstrating once again that he is out of touch.”In his latest foray into the Brexit debate, the former prime minister said the election of French President Emmanuel Macron had opened up the prospect of real change in Brussels which could enable Britain to stay in the bloc.Mr Blair said his contacts with senior European figures had convinced him the EU was ready to change and that the option of Britain remaining a member should be left on the table.”This is a completely changed situation in Europe. I’m not going to disclose conversations I’ve had within Europe, but I’m not saying this literally on the basis of a whim,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. “Europe itself is now looking at its own reform programme. They will have an inner circle in the EU that will be part of the eurozone and an outer circle. 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. Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit, receives a jersey from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as they meet in BrusselsCredit:OLIVIER HOSLET/EPA POOLcenter_img “And I wouldn’t actually be believing those people who are set on destroying our attempts to leave, who are now appearing as wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Tony Blair has refused to offer any evidence for his suggestion that that Britain could remain a member of a reformed European Union, after he was pressed to disclose the identities of those “within Europe” with whom he had had “conversations” that supported the claim.The former Labour Prime Minister faced a furious backlash over the remarks from within his own party last night, with leader Jeremy Corbyn insisting, “We do recognise the results of the referendum of a year ago”.Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said there was no desire to reopen the divisions over Brexit, and suggested Mr Blair appeared to be ignoring the view of the majority of the British public. Speaking at a strike rally for low-paid hospital workers in east London, Mr McDonnell said Labour was confident it would be able to negotiate continued access to European markets after Brexit.”If you listen to ordinary people in this country now, what they want is basically a Brexit that will protect their jobs and protect the economy,” he saidLabour MP and Leave support Frank Field said he did not think Mr Blair was “a person to influence public opinion now”.”We’re now set on the course of leaving [the EU]. We actually need a safe harbour to continue those negotiations when we’re out. Barnier Corbyn Macron His remarks were echoed by Brexit Minister Robin Walker, who suggested Mr Blair had lost touch with voters.”To be frank, Mr Blair hasn’t really listened to the nature of the debate that is going on in the pubs, the clubs and school gates etc.,” he said.last_img read more

SME calls for additional federal investment in US mining schools

first_imgOn March 8, 2013 the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration published a technical briefing paper calling for increased federal investment in US mining schools.  Federal Support for US Mining Schools states that “mining and geological engineering, mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and applied geology and geophysics programs at our universities are national assets that are critical to maintain and encourage the growth of the US energy and minerals workforce. Mining schools have long sought to find sources of funding to support their programs and to continue to provide the personnel and talent needed by industry and government.  A near total lack of funding continues to hamper the efforts of the schools.”“These programs suffer from dwindling federal reinvestment and R&D funding,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy.  “Without an adequate pipeline of qualified graduates and faculty at US universities, the nation is at a distinct competitive disadvantage in the production of basic raw materials and energy.”SME recommends five major federal actions to stave off the crisis in mining engineering schools and to ensure the U.S. has vigorous and respected academic mining engineering departments:There must be dialogue between national, state, and university leaders regarding the importance of mining engineering programs to the US economy and to national security needsFederal funding for minerals-related research needs to be dramatically increased. Centers of Excellence in Mineral Resources should be developed at the existing research universities and funded at a level sufficient to satisfy the academic metrics of each university and to develop a quality pool for the future professorateA national mineral resource strategy should be developed that includes policies that allow the US to continue to produce mineral resources in an environmentally sound and profitable manner, particularly in support of national defense, advanced manufacturing, and competitiveness of domestic manufacturingA consolidated national minerals policy branch should coordinate mineral resource activities of all appropriate federal agencies, optimizing interactions with universities and industry, and advising Congress on actions needed for national mineral and energy securityA positive national public message needs to be conveyed by the federal government that mining is essential to the nation’s economy, mining engineers are in critical shortage, those who work in the minerals industry are valued members of our society, and mining engineering is a career choice that should be encouraged for our young people.last_img read more

PHOTO Bored Macedonian fans celebrate new victory against Austria

MacedoniaQatar 2015 ← Previous Story Viran Morros before Tunisia: We will play against home team Next Story → Group D: Denmark beat Poland – Argentina send Russia to President Cup Macedonian fans have found an interesting way  to celebrate new victory over Austria 36:31, this time at the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Doha. They took the local daily newspapers a few minutes before the end, when it was clear that Macedonia will take the second place in the group  B, and read them instead of watching the last attacks of both teams.Macedonia beat Austria at Men’s EHF EURO 2014, but also in Play-Off for World Championship 2013.PHOTO:

Tobias Karlsson to play his last season

One of the players who will be remembered as iconic face among defensive specialists in handball, Tobias Karlsson, announced that season 2018/2019 will be his last in a proffessional career.The 38-years old member of the new German champions SG Flensburg Handewitt, very important for the squad of Maik Machulla, will have to be replaced by some younger “brain of defense” in the upcoming period.The Swedish NT player came to Flensburg in 2009. He had short experience from THW Kiel, but also HSG Nordhorn.Karlsson’s career: –20022002–20032003–200620062006–20082008–20092009–Hästö IFStavanger IFHammarby IF HandbollTHW KielHammarby IF HandbollHSG NordhornSG Flensburg-Handewitt SG Flensburg HandewittTobias Karlsson ← Previous Story U20 EHF EURO 2018 MVP – Diogo Silva Next Story → RK Vardar with four newcomers in season 2018/2019 read more

Des cellules souches synthétiques pour sauver des espèces menacées

first_imgDes cellules souches synthétiques pour sauver des espèces menacéesDes chercheurs de l’Institut Scripps en Californie, ont découvert une nouvelle solution pour améliorer le processus de sauvegarde des espèces en voie de disparition. Il s’agit de cellules souches synthétiques, exploitables pour améliorer la reproduction et la diversité génétique des animaux menacés.C’est un pas en avant dans la lutte contre la disparition d’espèces menacées. Des scientifiques américains de l’Institut Scripps sont parvenus à synthétiser en laboratoire des cellules souches, similaires à celles de l’embryon, dans l’objectif de favoriser la reproduction assistée tout en assurant la diversité génétique. Cette nouvelle performance génétique a fait l’objet cette semaine d’une publication dans la revue Nature Methods.Pour en arriver à de tels résultats, Oliver Ryder, directeur du département de génétique à l’institut de recherche du zoo de San Diego, en Californie, constitue depuis 1970 une véritable collection de cellules dermiques récoltées sur des animaux du zoo de San Diego. Cette banque de cellules, baptisée “cryozoo” regroupe plus de 800 échantillons d’espèces différentes. Un recueil précieux qui prend toute sa valeur en 2007, lorsque des chercheurs japonais révèlent un nouveau protocole capable de reprogrammer des cellules de la peau en cellules souches embryonnaires. De cette découverte naît le projet Ryder, destiné à générer à partir de cellules dermiques du “cryozoo” de nouvelles cellules pluripotentes. Un travail conséquent, mené en collaboration avec Jeanne Loring, professeur de neurobiologie. Pour l’heure, les techniques de manipulation ne sont que peu rentables. Les cellules embryonnaires générées sont en quantité limitée, sollicitant une multiplication du nombre d’opérations. “Avant tout, il faut concevoir ces cellules souches de synthèse comme une base de recherche pour les expériences à venir”, explique Jeanne Loring, dans des propos repris par le National Geographic. Les cellules souches pourraient repeupler ou soigner une population menacéeLes cellules synthétiques ainsi formées offrent un nouvel espoir pour la sauvegarde des animaux en voie de disparition. Ces éléments pluripotents, peuvent être dans l’absolu transformés en n’importe quel type de cellules incluant les gamètes (ovocytes ou spermatozoïdes), indispensables à la reproduction assistée. Le travail des chercheurs s’axe désormais sur deux espèces menacées: Mandrillus leucophaeus, un primate plus généralement appelé drill, et le Ceratotherium simum, rhinocéros blanc, à partir desquelles ils sont parvenus à obtenir des cellules souches synthétiques. Les scientifiques espèrent dans un premier temps parvenir à concevoir des cellules sexuelles de rhinocéros blanc afin de repeupler cette population de seulement sept individus, tous en captivité. Quant au drill, qui souffre de diabète en captivité, les cellules souches pourraient permettre de concevoir de nouvelles thérapies cellulaires.Un nouvel outil pour sauver les espèces À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”Le meilleur moyen d’enrayer l’extinction est de préserver les espèces et leur habitat. Mais ce procédé ne fonctionne pas tout le temps. Les cellules souches synthétiques redonnent espoir. Le rhinocéros blanc ne sera peut-être plus une espèce en voie d’extinction, bien qu’il ait complètement disparu de son habitat naturel”, déclare Oliver Ryder. “Je ne sais pas comment il est possible de rendre super-fécond un rhinocéros” concède toutefois Jeanne Loring. Selon les chercheurs, la route est encore longue avant d’arriver à sauver concrètement les espèces menacées, à partir de cellules souches synthétiques. Cependant, cette nouvelle étude rend la préservation du patrimoine et de la diversité génétique d’une espèce possible et ce, longtemps après la mort des derniers individus.Le 6 septembre 2011 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

49 Voices James Evans of Chugiak

first_imgThis week, we’re hearing from James Evans from Chugiak. Evans is a former U.S. Navy photographer and will be graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage this month.Listen NowJames Evans from Chugiak (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)EVANS: All I could think that I really wanted to do was be a photographer, a journalist, but I couldn’t see any way to do it. I couldn’t afford to go to school. I was living with my dad in a trailer park. It was like, “This isn’t gonna happen unless I join the military.”I basically shot for the wire like an AP photographer. Photos every day of whatever exercise or engagement we were involved in, plus gripping grins of people getting awards and admirals sipping wine and cocktails and whatever else they wanted me to shoot. The bottom line was, I was working 12-hour days, seven days a week while I was deployed, if not 16-hour days. I’d shoot over 150,000 photos on a deployment. I got out, and I just said, “I’m gonna finish that; I’m gonna go to school full-time.” Cause I’m kinda an all or none kinda guy.When I think about Alaska, I think the contrast between winter and summer, between 24 hours of daylight and five or six like we have today, and the constant changing of the seasons… I never get bored with it. Everything always looks different.I think my wife’s pretty much committed to Alaska as well. I think if I tried to pull up roots and leave, she’d be pretty mad at me. I love Alaska and I don’t have any intention of leaving, but in the end it would take a mutual decision to get me to leave. An amazing job, a mutual decision and options for her too, because she’s supported me emotionally while I was in the military. She supports me financially now that I’m going to school full-time. What she says goes, and I don’t have a problem with that. I owe it to her, after all this time.last_img read more

Aliens visiting Area 51 before planned storming Metallic UFO spotted in skies

first_imgYouTube: FilmGuyIt was around a month back that Matty Roberts, a California resident sarcastically opened a Facebook event page named ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop us All’. The page urged people to storm Area 51, the alleged secretive military base in Nevada so that secrets about hidden alien life in the base can be disclosed. The event page soon went viral, and as of now, nearly 2 million people have expressed their interest to create havoc in Area 51.In the meantime, a video captured using a motion sensor camera that featured a metallic UFO hovering above an area very near to Area 51 has now gone viral on social media platforms. The camera was set up by a woman named Rachel, and she was shocked to see a disc-shaped object speeding across the skies. Interestingly, the UFO spotted in the skies seem very similar to the alien spaceships people have seen in Hollywood movies like ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Mars Attack’.”Unbelievable, not sure if it’s a jet or some aircraft I haven’t seen before. Pretty cool nonetheless,” wrote the video uploader.As the video went viral online, many people who watched the clip claimed that aliens have paid a visit to the secret military base before the planned public raid. Popular alien hunter Scott C Waring also analyzed the clip, and he suggested that the UFO spotted in the clip is a perfect metal disc.”If you put the Youtube video into slow motion, you easily see its a perfect metal disk. I hear the UFO shooting past at jet-like speeds. The sound is just like that of a jet, but clearly, the object is a metallic disk. So perhaps the sound is merely the noise of the UFO pushing aside the wind as it shoots across. Clearly another top-secret Area 51 project. Imagine a fleet of these American craft flying over other countries. Puts the fear into those who see them,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.A few days back, Mavixxx, a popular conspiracy theory YouTube channel had uploaded a video that featured a triangular UFO hovering in the skies of Fontana, California. As the clip went viral, conspiracy theorists outlandishly confirmed that this sighting is authentic proof of alien existence.last_img read more

Of magical transitions

first_img‘It is amazing that Tanuj is able to tap into the mystical and the supernatural to create images that are so deeply embedded into the unconscious mind with such graceful ease to paint images that are forthright and definitive,’ says Alka Raghuvanshi. It is an old adage that simplicity is the most complicated to achieve. It could seem like a contradiction in terms, but there is no better description of Tanuj Bhramar’s paintings. His reds, blues, yellows and greens rub shoulders with stark blacks and shiny greens but instead of grating, have the ability to soothe with their apparent minimalism. Look a little closer and there is great complexity of thought and grace of form in the works. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The structures persuade the viewer to explore a little deeper and the depths incarcerate the curiosity almost at once for the connect is almost primeval as are the colours. His extensive travelling across India and continents capture in his mindscape the heritage and sensibility rooted in the colours of India, Africa, America – albeit at a primordial level.He is very enthralled with the strong definitive colours, the practice, the composition of the artwork, and the simplicity. The woman protagonist is recurring icon in his paintings as she appears, almost unbidden to inhabit his paintings complete with amazing strength of character in her face to add an  aura of mystery to his paintings. The woman’s role is an eternally shifting one in Tanuj’s work. She mesmerizes, coaxes, beckons, allures with her look, the absence of drapes render her strong rather than uncovered and reveal the thoughts that churn in her mind and heart. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn animal lover, Tanuj has spent long years in the lap of nature in Jharkhand and Uttarakhand where his close brush with nature led to an imagery that is rooted in the fauna of these regions. Acutely conscious of giving back to the community, he donates 20 per cent of his earnings from the exhibitions to fund the education of tribal children through Vikas Bharti, a Jharkhand-based NGO. Right now, there is a small art school on the NGO’s premises, and Tanuj hopes that the proceeds from his exhibition will help them build a bigger school.last_img read more

I dont know if going by trends is such a great idea

first_imgAnd we managed to catch him for a candid chat. Here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us a bit about where you started from and your initial years in the industry?I started making my music from my early 20s in Mysore. The story of how I got into music is widely read now, but long story short, I discovered music, loved it so much that I thought it was worth it to quit my job as a scientist and jump into this full time! That was 15 years ago, and in 2011, I got the best New Comer award by Songlines magazine, so I think I am still in my early years in this industry Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ What is ‘your kind of music’? Is there any music that you just don’t like listening to?I’ve always maintained that I think there are 2 genres of music, good music, and bad music. I strive to make as much good music as I can – there is no type of music I don’t like listening to, as long as it’s good. I don’t have any genre based dislikes, though my preference is for folk and world music. How do you think the music scene in India has changed over the last decade? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixImmensely! from being mostly a hobby for everyone involved, today, we have a festival almost every weekend in India and bands that are of such varied genres and musical styles. I think we have come a long way in the last decade and the next decade will make Indie music huge in India. Are there trends that are coming up now that you can foresee as the next best thing in music?I don’t know if going by trends is such a great idea. I know that a whole lot of people are experimenting with music and technology, and there will be a lot of hits and misses.  Do you have a dream project in mind?I am working on a couple of dream projects at the moment and they will be announced soon.last_img read more

Body of middleaged man found on railway track near Jadavpur stn

first_imgKolkata: A middle-aged man was found dead on the railway track near Jadavpur railway station on early Wednesday morning.Police are yet to ascertain if the victim had committed suicide or he was run over while crossing the railway track. The incident took place a little after 4 am on Wednesday. Some of the locals spotted the body lying on the railway track. They reported the matter to the railway police. After being informed, police rushed to the spot, recovered the body and sent it for the post-mortem examination. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt triggered tension among the local vendors and flower sellers who first spotted the body.Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. On seeing the circumstantial evidence, police suspect that the victim might have been knocked down by a running train in the wee hours of Wednesday. According to the preliminary investigation, police found out that he was going to his work place when the incident occurred. Police said the nature of injuries on his body suggested that he was run over by a train. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice has ruled out the possibility of the victim being murdered somewhere and later dumped on the railway track.The investigators suspect that the victim might have been walking along the railway track when the accident took place. Cops are investigating as to why the victim was walking along the railway track. They are also investigating if there was any foul play behind the incident. They are waiting for the post-mortem report which could throw light on the cause of his death.last_img read more

Complete Korea Tourisms Learning Centre to win 1 of 2 seats on

first_img Thursday, June 28, 2018 Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: KTO, Travelweek Learning Centrecenter_img Complete Korea Tourism’s Learning Centre to win 1 of 2 seats on Fall FAM TORONTO – The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has launched a new Learning Centre program to help agents grow their knowledge of Korea as a must-see tourist destination.Korea is more than just kimchi, palaces and Taekwondo, as agents will quickly learn. As “Asia’s most talked about destination”, Korea has much to offer all travellers, says Hyungkwan Park, Director of the Korea Tourism Organization in Toronto.“With the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Korea made news around the world. The Winter Olympics and potential for peace along the border have made Korea the most talked-about destination in 2018,” he says. “There is more interest in our destination than ever before. This is an excellent opportunity for agents to learn about Korea and have a chance to win a seat on our Fall FAM.”KTO will randomly select two lucky agents who successfully complete the ‘Imagine Your Korea Specialist Course’ to have a chance to participate in the Fall FAM trip to Korea, which will take place this September. Highlights of the course include information on getting to Korea, transport, accommodations, activities, upcoming events and much more.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthTake the course today and discover the ‘real’ Korea beyond the news – beautiful, high-tech, friendly and cultured! Visit to get started. Posted bylast_img read more