Ten cases dropped due to delays in military justice system auditor

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal auditor general fired a rocket at Canada’s military justice system Tuesday, citing a failure to deal with persistent and unnecessary delays as the reason several serious cases have had to be abandoned in recent years.Michael Ferguson assigned blame to all involved for the glacial pace with which military justice is dispensed, including military police, prosecutors, commanding officers and the Judge Advocate General.Among the problems: lengthy investigations; delays in deciding whether to lay charges; overly long periods of time setting up courts martial; and even issues with regards to letting accused service personnel access defence lawyers.As a result, 10 court-martial cases have been dropped since January 2016 because they didn’t move along fast enough, Ferguson revealed, including one that was already underway and involved a charge of assault causing bodily harm.“Delays run counter to the principle that an accused has the right to a speedy trial,” Ferguson told a news conference after his spring report was tabled in Parliament. “They also leave victims and their families waiting for answers.”The Canadian Forces has known about the problems “for at least a decade,” the auditor added, “but has failed to correct them.”The military has been working to stamp out sexual misconduct in the ranks after some victims complained that their cases were not being properly handled.Tuesday’s report comes only a few weeks after the Trudeau government unveiled proposed legislation designed to streamline parts of the military justice system while better supporting the rights of victims, a bill Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan highlighted on Tuesday.“The auditor general’s recommendations will greatly assist us in ensuring that the military justice system continues to serve the best interests of Canadians and the armed forces,” Sajjan said.“There have been unacceptable delays in the military justice system and we have already started to make improvements.”The Defence Department also said it was introducing a new computer system to better track cases and ensure they don’t suffer from lengthy delays. It is expected to be up and running in September 2019.But Ferguson repeatedly lamented what has become a pattern in which ministers and departments say all the right things in response to his reports by agreeing with his findings and promising to address them, only to have them come up again later.“There were a number of studies done over the last 10 years indicating that the Canadian Armed Forces need to improve the military justice system,” he said.“I don’t think there ever is a good explanation for why recommendations like that are not followed up.”In most of the cases reviewed by Ferguson and his staff, officials involved did not provide any justification for the time taken, even though it often exceeded established standards.The average case that did go to court martial ended up taking 17.7 months from the time charges were laid, the auditor general’s report said — just inside the 18-month limit set by the Supreme Court for most cases in 2016.That limit applies to military tribunals as well.Better communication between the different parts of the military justice system and case management from the top is what’s called for, Ferguson said, adding that a comprehensive review of the system is long overdue.The Judge Advocate General, which acts as superintendent of the military justice system, did conduct a partial review last year in which some senior commanders voiced their own frustration with system, including how slowly it operates.But both the JAG and Ferguson said there were problems with the way that review was conducted.last_img read more

Dismissed BSF jawan’s nomination papers rejected

first_imgVaranasi: Dismissed BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s nomination as the Samajwadi Party candidate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency was rejected on Wednesday, poll officials said. Yadav was served notices Tuesday by the Varanasi returning officer over discrepancies in the two sets of nomination papers submitted by him. In the first set of papers on April 24, he had mentioned that he was dismissed from the Border Security Force. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework On April 29 he submitted a second set of papers this time as the Samajwadi Party nominee for the Lok Sabha seat but did not give out this information. He was also required to submit a no-objection certificate from the BSF, giving reasons for his dismissal. Yadav accused the BJP of resorting to “dictatorial steps” to stop him from fighting elections. “My nomination was rejected today even though I had furnished the NOC from BSF that was required by the RO, he claimed. I am a farmer’s son and I was here to raise the voices of farmers and jawans,” he told reporters. His counsel Rajesh Gupta said, “We will approach the Supreme Court”.last_img read more

What if American Pop Stars Released Cassettes in Morocco?

Rabat – Memories from the era of Super Mario video games, boy bands, frosted tips, home computer, walkmans and rollerblades are making a comeback – this time in the form of cassette tapes, but with a little twist.A young Moroccan artist designed a set of cassette covers portraying American pop stars, not only if they were in the 90s, but also if they were Moroccan.The results are amusing. From a Snoop Dogg tape produced in Ketama (a region in north-eastern Morocco known for the production of hashish), to “Chaba Adele” who no longer sings “Hello”, but rather “Salam”, to Maroon 5’s ”Sugar”, which becomes “Al Hlawa.” Other famous songs like “Work” by Rihanna and Drake or “Sorry” by Justin Bieber were literally translated into Arabic. Several other humorous impressions were designed.The artist behind this work is Marouane El Ouakil , a 19 year-old designer from Casablanca, who is a student at the Higher Institute of Graphic Arts (ISAG) and an artist in the collective Palette 30, which first shared the photos on its Facebook page. read more

Couple commit suicide

A couple committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Galle last night, the police media unit said today.The police said that the couple had jumped in front of the train travelling to Matara from Galle. Both the boy and the girl suffered serious injuries and were admitted to the Karapitiya hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.The boy has not yet been identified while the girl is said to be 21 year old Nirosha Jayasuriya, the police media unit said. The girl is a resident of Kandy. The Galle police are conducting further investigations. read more

Closing arguments set in Oklahomas case against drugmakers

NORMAN, Okla. — Closing arguments are scheduled to begin in Oklahoma’s case against Johnson & Johnson alleging the consumer products giant and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis.Each side will have about two hours Monday to make their cases to Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman, who is expected to issue his ruling at a later date.Oklahoma’s is the first state case to proceed to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments that have been consolidated before a federal judge in Ohio.Oklahoma claims the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company aggressively marketed opioids in the state in a way that overstated their effectiveness to treat chronic pain and understated the addiction risks.Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson say the company acted responsibly.The Associated Press read more

Troy Smith earns starting nod for 49ers

Former Ohio State Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith will get the third start of his career — and his first since the 2007 season — when his San Francisco 49ers take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday in London. Cut by the Baltimore Ravens after the last day of training camp on Aug. 20, Smith was claimed off the waivers by San Francisco. He spent the team’s first seven games as the third-string quarterback. “The way that you prepare as a professional athlete, you have to be prepared when your number is called,” Smith told local media in San Francisco after practice Wednesday. “And that’s exactly where I’m at.” Smith faces the difficult task of turning around San Francisco’s 1-6 start. Starting quarterback Alex Smith separated his non-throwing shoulder when he was sacked in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 23-20 loss at Carolina. Backup David Carr took his place and threw a costly interception. “I think Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game,” coach Mike Singletary told media in a press conference Wednesday. “He’s been studying since we got here and he’s been getting with the coaches as much as he possibly could. He has enough of the offense to play.” Joining the 49ers this offseason, Smith reunited with former OSU and high school teammate Ted Ginn, who was acquired by the 49ers in an offseason trade with the Miami Dolphins. Ginn was one of Smith’s favorite targets in his 2006 Heisman campaign and was on the receiving end of nine of Smith’s 30 touchdown passes. “We just did so much together for so many years and had great success,” Ginn said. “He’s always been big brother and I’ve been little brother. It’s not really going to ever change, no matter how old we get.” Smith said he is prepared to play and knows that things can’t get worse for the struggling 49ers. “I think the easiest way to get through to your teammates is to show that you know exactly what your job is, what everyone expects of you and to go out there and execute,” Smith said. “We have a tremendous group of guys around us and we can do nothing but get better.” Smith has made two starts in his four-year NFL career. He took over for an injured Kyle Boller and went 1-1 in the last two games of the 2007 season. In those contests, he completed 32 of 60 passes, throwing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Singletary hopes Smith can bring some stability to a 49ers team that has been viewed as a disappointment in the shaky NFC West. “The No. 1 thing I like about him … is leadership,” Singletary said. “That is his ability to get everybody on the same page.” Although Ginn is excited to join his Buckeye counterpart in the huddle, he said that it will take time for Smith to shake off the rust. “It’ll take some time,” Ginn told Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area. “We can’t expect him to go in and be a Tom Brady. We just want him to go in and be Troy Smith, enjoy his time and make a difference.” read more

Police Forces Crime Prevention Tips

As part of its Crime Prevention Strategy the Guyana Police Force is hereby releasing to the general public, Crime Prevention tips.Crime can happen anywhere. Protect yourself, others and property by staying alert, safety conscious and informed. Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.SIGNS OF SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR– Attempting to enter a residence or vehicle without proper access.– Body language that suggests being watched or chased.– Forcibly attempting to enter a locked vehicle or building.– Transactions conducted from vehicles, especially near schools or parks.– One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning an area.– A person seemingly forced into a vehicle.– An individual displaying unusual mental or physical symptom.– Unusual noises, including gunshots, screaming, sounds of fighting, barking dogs or anything suggesting foul play, danger or illegal activity.ATM SAFETY– Try to plan ATM visits during the day, rather than after dark.– Choose an ATM location that is in a busy, public place.– Be ready with your card handy but not in plain view.– Go with a friend, especially if you must use an ATM at night.– Stand directly in front of the machine to conceal your personal PIN number.– Cancel you transaction and walk away if anything seems suspicious.– Pocket your money immediately. You can count it later.– Immediately report lost or stolen ATM cards.JOGGING SAFETY– Jog with a companion in familiar and public areas facing traffic.– Do not jog during dark hours.– Vary your route and pattern.– Remain alert. Don’t wear stereo earplugs or headphones.– If you think you are being followed, go to a well-lit public area, store or residence and draw attention to yourself.– Wear bright clothing.– Do not jog near bushes and structures where someone could hide.SAFETY AT NIGHT FOR STUDENTS– Try to avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.– If you must work or study late, let someone you trust know where you are and when you will be alone.– Keep your room or office door closed and locked.– Close and lock the door when leaving your office or room, even if only for a few minutes.– Never prop any door open or allow others to enter with you.– Keep emergency phone numbers handy in case of intrusion, fire or other emergency.– Use campus/colleges transportation services.PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SAFETY– Stay alert to your surroundings.– Do not fall asleep while riding public transportation.– Try to maintain a schedule that ensures plenty of people are at your bus or car park.– Beware of pickpockets. Place wallets in front pocket and carry a purse that has a secure, strong strap. Be aware of loud commotions that may be staged distractions for pick-pocketing.– If possible, sit near the driver or operator.– If someone bothers you, say in a loud voice, “leave me alone,” and move to another area of the bus or car park. Be rude if necessary.– If you are followed when you exit, cross the street and go to the nearest well-lit populated area, yell for help or contact the police.RESIDENCE SAFETY AND SECURITY– Always lock your door – even during short naps or when you are just down the hall.– Use the peephole (if got) and identify who is at the door before you open it. If you don’t have a peephole try to identify who is it by questioning or picking up voices.– Immediately report suspicious activity to the nearest Police Station.– Do not prop secured doors open to let non-residents follow you in.– Take time to familiarize yourself with building evacuation and fire safety plans.– Keep items such as checkbooks, wallets, cash, jewelry, etc. out of plain sight.– Do not keep large amount of cash in your house or person.VACATION SAFETY AND SECURITY– Do not publicize travel plans. Do not announce vacation absences in voicemail, automated email response or on social networking sites.– Make sure you secure or remove valuables in your home or room (i.e. jewelry, computers, electronic gadgets, etc.)–Before leaving, close and lock all windows, close all shades/drapes and lock and bolt the entrance door.– Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your place and pick up mail, newspapers and packages while you are away.– Leave your itinerary with a trusted neighbour or friend.– Use timers to turn on lights or a radio. Turn phone ringers down or off.– While on vacation, don’t carry large amounts of cash and keep a charged cell phone with you.VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITY– Keep doors locked.– Park in a well-lit and well-travelled area.– Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle and look in your backseat before entering.–Make sure your car runs well and have sufficient gas.– Keep a charged cell phone with you when driving.– Never pick up strangers and never go with a stranger.– If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter, blow the horn continuously to attract attention and drive away.SAFETY TIPS FOR TAXI DRIVERS– The most important equipment in your taxi is your Radio which connects you to the dispatcher.–Be alert and aware.– Do not flash or display your money.– Greet and maintain eye contact with the customers when picking up.– Know the city/community.– Trust your instincts.– Always keep you doors locked.– Be extra careful late at night.– Be aware of passengers who give you “vague” instructions.– Be careful of passenger seated behind you.– Keep an eye on suspicious passengers.– Never tell customers you had a good shift.– Never, ever, drive into alleys or back lanes.– Know your location at all times.– Check all emergency equipment at the start of shift.– Do not be aggressive or argumentative.– Keep calm – do not panic.– Communicate with your dispatcher. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPF issues crime prevention tips for using ATM, jogging, among othersOctober 1, 2018In “Crime”As crime heightens: GPF issues Crime Prevention Tips to aid the general publicMarch 20, 2017In “Crime”98 murders recorded; 10% increase in crimeAugust 14, 2015In “Crime” read more

Trafo transforms fortunes at KwaZuluNatal mining operation

first_imgTrafo Power Solutions recently came to the aid of a mining company in KwaZulu-Natal, South, Africa, suffering from a transformer failure.Following the incident, dry-type transformer specialist, Trafo, designed, built and delivered a non-standard cast-resin replacement for the company – in just five weeks.David Claassen, Managing Director of Trafo Power Solutions, said: “Once the situation with the old transformer was assessed, it was decided it would be more economical to replace the unit than to embark on major repairs.“We were able to accommodate the customer’s specifications in our replacement design, and have the unit manufactured by our European partners (the TMC transformers facility, in Italy, pictured) in just four weeks. After that, it took just a week to fly in the transformer and deliver it to the customer.”Claassen said it is not uncommon for transformer replacements of this scale to take anything from 12 to 14 weeks, with Trafo’s rapid turnaround time highly valued by the customer.The mine required a 1,600 kVA dry-type DYN11 transformer that stepped 33 kV down to 550 V, with a non-standard tap setting arrangement of seven tap settings instead of the normal five.Dry-type transformers – also called cast-resin transformers – are growing in popularity as users recognise their safety benefits, as well as their economy and flexibility of placement, according to Trafo. To meet this demand, Trafo works in close collaboration with established and well-resourced manufacturing partners in Europe to source tailored designs that meet customers’ exacting specifications, it said. This comes on top of ongoing after-sales service.last_img read more

METS Ignited backing analytics automation and robotics technology developments

first_imgMETS Ignited, an industry-led, Australia government-funded, growth centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, is making A$4 million ($2.8 million) available to companies focused on the application of analytics, automation and robotics in mining operations.The investment is part of the fourth round of METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds for METS solutions able to help demonstrate the productivity, competitiveness and innovative capacity of the sector in Australia.METS Ignited Acting CEO, Ian Dover, said: “Australian METS companies have a long history of supplying reliable and innovative solutions to the mining sector. This round of funding is focused on accelerating the adoption of analytics, automation and robotics into Australian METS and mining with the objective of making a significant contribution to the economy and creating more jobs in our domestic mining supply chains.“The time is now, for Australia to get ahead of the curve and make the most of our home-grown advantage.”Round four of the Project Funds invites METS companies to collaborate with a minimum of two other METS companies and an end user, to deliver projects with real commercialisation potential, METS Ignited said.last_img read more

Amplats set for shockbreak and coarse particle recovery technology trials

first_imgAnglo American Platinum, in its June quarter results presentation, has provided further detail on a range of initiatives it is working on as part of its “P101” and FutureSmart™ initiatives.The company has been pursuing these developments to “drive improvement in operational performance from current levels”. The P100 benchmark represents “best in class in the industry”, while P101 represents operating assets and equipment at levels beyond what is currently thought to be possible in the industry.Amplats has previously mentioned several technologies it is working on as part of its FutureSmart development, including “coarse particle flotation, which can reduce energy intensity by over 30%; advanced fragmentation and shock-break technology at concentrators, which has the potential to also reduce energy intensity by 30%; and fine recovery of chrome and PGMs, in conjunction with bulk sorting, which can lead to a 10% increase in feed grade and recoveries”.In the June quarter results presentation, the company said it had made some headway on many of these.In terms of bulk sorting technologies, which majority-owner Anglo American has been using in trials at the El Soldado copper mine, in Chile, Amplats said technology evaluation was progressing at its Mogalakwena PGM mine, in South Africa.With the shock-break technology, Amplats said it had an “evaluation unit” installed at its Baobab concentrator, also in South Africa. Amplats has access to this concentrator through an agreement it signed with Lonmin (now part of Sibanye-Stillwater) a few years ago, with the company, previously saying use of the concentrator would allow it to process excess ore and unlock value at Mogalakwena (dispatch control room pictured).The shock-break technology Amplats refers to uses VeRo Liberator® technology from PMS GmbH. Gregor Borg from PMS told attendees at MEI’s Physical Separation conference in Falmouth, UK, in June, that on an industrial scale, Amplats had already applied two customised VeRo Liberators at its South Africa platinum operations and had ordered a third which is due to be shipped. All three were specially designed to be used in industrial‐scale pilot tests at the miners’ operations, he said.Coming back to P101, Amplats said its Shovel Performance project was in progress at Mogalakwena. This is seeking to increase the rope shovel performance at the mine from 26 Mt/y to over 45 Mt/y.The coarse particle recovery technology – a core part of the company’s plan to ultimately eliminate tailings dams, according to Anglo American Technical Director, Tony O’Neill – is set for trials at Amplats’ operations in 2020, the company said.At the same time as this, there was a fine particle recovery concept study in progress, as well as a prefeasibility study on fine chrome recovery, Amplats said.last_img read more

EHF CL 20182019 knockout stage starts in Mannheim

VELUX EHF Champions League knock-out stage begins in Mannheim tonight with the clash of Rhein Neckar Lowen and HBC Nantes. Two teams will play for the quarter-final in which one of them will chase FC Barcelona Lassa, who won “free weekend” by taking first place in the Preliminary Round like PSG Handball.Here is the schedule of TOP 16Rhein Neckar Lowen – HBC Nantes 19.00Saturday:Motor – PGE Vive Kielce  17.30Meshkov Brest – SG Flensburg Handewitt 18PPD Zagreb – RK Vardar 20.30Sunday:Orlen Wisla Plock – Pick Szeged 16.00Sporting CP – Veszprem 18.00 EHF Champions League 2018/2019 ← Previous Story MT MELSUNGEN BRING “BAD BOYS” TOGETHER: Kai Hafner to join team in 2020 Next Story → BLOG: Sander and Kiel? That could be a Love Story read more

Ulster Rally cancelled after competitor killed in a crash

first_imgTHE REST OF this year’s Ulster Rally event has been called off after one of the competitors was killed today in a crash during the race.Police confirmed the fatality in a statement this evening, adding that a second competitor has been airlifted to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where his condition is described as serious.The Northern Ireland Motor Club, which runs the annual rally driving event, issued the following statement this evening:As a mark of respect to family and friends of the competitor who was involved in today’s fatal accident in the Ulster Rally, the organisers have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2014 event.last_img read more

Archbishop Makarios enthronment on Saturday followed by plans to visit Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia received a warm welcome from the Greek community of Australia when he arrived at Kingsford Smith airport on Tuesday evening. And over the last few days he has been busy preparing for his enthronement and meeting with church stakeholders from around the world.The enthronement of the new Primate will take place on Saturday 29 June, at the Holy Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos with pomp and pageantry. A happy day for the church, the Greek Orthodox community at large has been urged to attend.The announcement of the Australian Archdiocese states: “It is the duty of every Orthodox Christian to be present at this historical and sacred event. No one should be absent. It is important for our children to witness this historic and memorable day for our Church in Australia.”The real work begins following the enthronement as the 6th archbishop of Australia will have his work cut out for him with estimations pointing to 700,000 Greek Orthodox Australians under his jurisdiction – most of them in Melbourne.A source from the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Victoria told Neos Kosmos that Archbishop Makarios has expressed the wish to visit Melbourne around August, however the actual date has yet to be confirmed. It will be the first city that he will visit outside Sydney and plans to “meet with as many members of the clergy and parishioners as possible”. The visit will also include meetings with other stakeholders of the Greek and Australian community.In a recent interview with Neos Kosmos, he said: “Each local church has special characteristics and its own needs, which require different management, just as is the case with individual people.” For this reason, the archbishop plans to personally visit as many of the dozens of Melbourne churches as possible.last_img read more

Les produits de beauté responsables dune puberté précoce chez les filles

first_imgLes produits de beauté responsables d’une puberté précoce chez les fillesLes résultats d’une étude américaine, publiée dans la revue Human Reproduction, montrent le lien entre l’âge de la survenue de la puberté chez les filles et l’exposition in utero à des perturbateurs endocriniens. Des travaux qui peuvent expliquer l’augmentation de cas de puberté précoce qui a été constatée ces dernières annéesEn septembre 2017, les chiffres publiés par Santé publique France révélaient une hausse des cas de puberté précoce chez les filles et les garçons. Le rapport indiquait également qu’elle est « suspectée d’être favorisée par une exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens (PE) et son incidence a été retenue, par un panel de scientifiques au niveau international, comme étant un indicateur-clé à surveiller ». Une suspicion qui vient d’être confirmée par les résultats d’une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Berkeley en Californie (Etats-Unis). Phtalates, parabens ou les phénolsPubliés dans la revue Human Reproduction, les chiffres révèlent effectivement un lien entre l’âge de la survenue de la puberté chez les filles et l’exposition in utero à des composants chimiques. « Nous savons que certaines choses que nous appliquons sur notre peau pénètrent dans notre corps, soit parce qu’elles traversent la peau, soit parce que nous les respirons, soit parce que nous les ingérons par inadvertance, a rappelé Kim Harley, coauteure de l’étude. Nous avons besoin de savoir si ces composants chimiques ont un impact sur notre santé ». Les chercheurs de l’Université de Berkeley se sont surtout intéressés à la présence de phtalates, parabens et phénols que l’on trouve dans des produits de soins et de beauté comme les déodorants, les parfums, les vernis à ongle ou encore dans les emballages plastiques. Ils ont analysé les données de 338 duos mères-enfants récupérées auprès du CHAMACOS (Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas) qui se situe dans la Vallée de Salinas, en Californie. Les enfants ont été suivis du temps de la grossesse de leur mère jusqu’à leur adolescence. L’urine et leur développement ont été étudiés lorsque les garçons et les filles étaient âgés de 9 à 13 ans. 90% des échantillons récoltés auprès des mères et des enfants contenaient les 3 composants chimiques mentionnés plus haut. Développement précoce chez les fillesÀ lire aussiCatécholamines : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Il a été constaté que lorsqu’il y avait une plus forte concentration de phtaltate (MEP) dans les urines prénatales, les petites filles développaient 1,3 mois plus tôt des poils pubiens que la moyenne.  Lorsque le taux de phénols était plus élevé chez les mères pendant leur grossesse, les premières menstruations survenaient un peu plus tôt (environ 1 mois) chez leurs filles.  Une concentration plus élevée de parabens est également associée à la survenue précoce des premières règles, du développement des seins et des poils pubiens chez les filles. L’impact sur la puberté des garçons est moins visible. « Alors que d’autres recherches sont nécessaires, on doit être conscient que les produits chimiques contenus dans nos produits d’hygiène peuvent perturber notre système hormonal », prévient Kim Harley.  Le 6 décembre 2018 à 16:49 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Grocery Store Puts a 25000 Square Foot Organic Garden on Its Roof

first_imgThere are plenty of grocery stores out there that sell locally-grown fruits and vegetables in their produce sections. Few take things to the level that one IGA in Canada, however.Tasked by the local government with putting a green roof on their 25,00 square foot store, the Duchemin family decided to go about as green as a roof can get. They turned it into the largest rooftop garden in Canada.And yes, they really did design the pathways in the shape of the IGA logo. Why? To grab the attention of air travelers flying in or out of Montreal’s nearby Pierre Elliot Trudeau International.The certified organic farm grows more than 30 different vegetables, including beets, tomatoes, eggplant, and kale. They’re all grown in dirt, too, not hydroponic grow trays. The store’s dehumidification system pulls excess moisture from the store and delivers to the garden’s irrigation system. It’s the first system of its kind in Canada, according to IGA.Customers can purchase the hyper local produce in the store’s ‘frais du toit’ — fresh from the roof — section. Vegetables and herbs aren’t the only things produced up there, either. There are also eight beehives which the store says will yield about 600 jars of honey each year.Coming soon: fresh cut flowers. They’re going to be planted to help keep unwanted insects at bay, but the IGA may eventually start selling them, too.In addition to providing a creative advertising opportunity and stock for the store’s shelves, owner Richard Duchemin says that the rooftop conversion has also yielded nice energy savings for the store. It’s really quite an amazing project… and hopefully one that helps convince other business owners to capitalize on the eco-friendly opportunity that’s right over their heads.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

FortisTCI engineer leaves Monday for one year in Canada

first_img Related Items:daylon joseph, eddinton powell, engineer, fortisalberta, FORTIStci Recommended for you FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Jul 2015 – Daylon Joseph, an engineer with Fortis TCI will leave for a one year on the job training stint in Canada and among the experiences for him will be designing and maintaining electrical and distribution standards and solving technical problems associated with design and operation of lines and equipment. FortisTCI in a media release explained that this opportunity is among the benefits of having a link to the Fortis Group of Companies. Over the year, Daylon will work temporarily at FortisAlberta and the other six months at Fortis Canadian Utilities. CEO of FortisTCI, Eddinton Powell congratulated Daylon Joseph as he explained that the electricity industry is undergoing unprecedented transformation which brings challenges and creates a range of opportunities; he added that “our workforce must be ready to meet these challenges and opportunities.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Editorial: Listen to your Mamalast_img read more

Police identify man killed in singlevehicle crash on SR94 in La Mesa

first_imgPolice identify man killed in single-vehicle crash on SR-94 in La Mesa , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities identified a man killed in a single- vehicle crash on a La Mesa freeway Sunday.Charles Dilhalla III died when he apparently struck a concrete barrier while traveling at over 100 miles per hour.It happened after 9 a.m. on westbound state Route 94, directly under a ramp to state Route 125.Dilhalla was in the slow lane of the 94 when he lost control of his vehicle and it struck a concrete barrier, ejecting him.Witnesses pulled over and attempted to give him CPR. Paramedics arrived and continued CPR, but were unable to revive Dilhalla, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.Three lanes of the freeway had to be blocked while authorities investigated, but all were reopened by the afternoon. Posted: December 10, 2017 UPDATE: All lanes have reopened to traffic on WB SR-94 at SR-125. #SDCaltransAlert— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) December 10, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 10, 2017last_img read more

Rohit Sharma slams century against Bangladesh equals massive World Cup record eyes

first_imgVirat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first on a pitch which seemed conducive for stroke play. India got off to a stellar start as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put together a superb century stand for the first wicket. While Rahul was not entirely fluent, Rohit Sharma was at his best and after he was put down by Tamim Iqbal on 9, he never looked back.He galloped along to his fourth century in the World Cup and thus equalled the feat of former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara as the player to have scored four centuries in one single edition of the World Cup. Sangakkara smashed four centuries on the bounce in the last edition in 2015. Overall, the Indian opener now has five centuries in World Cup and is now tied with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and is one century short of Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who has 6 centuries to his name. Rohit joined Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive list Rohit SharmaICC TwitterAlso, during this innings, Rohit joined Sachin Tendulkar in an exclusive club as the Indian opener became the second Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 500 runs in a single edition of the World Cup. The batting icon achieved this feat twice during the course of his illustrious career (673 runs in 2003 and 523 runs in 1996).It has been a brilliant tournament for Rohit so far as he started the campaign with a brilliant unbeaten 122 against South Africa and followed it up with 57 against defending champions Australia. He then smacked a superb century against Pakistan in Manchester. After stuttering in the two matches against Afghanistan and West Indies, he hit form again in the match against England, where he scored 102.Despite India’s stellar start and a solid platform, the middle order stuttered once again and Mustafizur bagged a 5-wicket haul as Bangladesh managed to pull things back considerably as India could only manage 314. Rohit SharmaICC TwitterSpeaking at the end of the innings, KL Rahul said that the pitch was slow where the bowlers can restrict the scoring and apply pressure on the batsmen.”It will come and it is due. (The surface is) Pretty similar to what we played on a couple of days ago against England. It is really slow. The bowlers have bowled here before and know what lengths to bowl, what pace to bowl and hopefully, we will come out and execute our plans,” Rahul said after the Indian innings.last_img read more

Texas Sen Carlos Uresti Indicted On Fraud Bribery Charges Update

first_img Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Senator Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, at a Texas Tribune legislative preview on Dec. 2, 2016. Uresti’s San Antonio office was raided by the FBI on Feb. 16, 2017.Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.State Sen. Carlos Uresti, accused of misleading a former client who invested in a company in which Uresti has a financial stake, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 11 charges over his involvement in the alleged investment Ponzi scheme, and he also faces a separate indictment alleging bribery surrounding a government contract.In the first indictment, the federal grand jury charged Uresti, a San Antonio Democrat, with eleven counts of wrongdoing over his complicated saga involving a now-bankrupt company. The company, FourWinds Logistics, purported to sell sand used in hydraulic fracturing, a process that extracts oil and gas from shale rock, but has been accused of misleading investors and grossly misspending funds. The grand jury indicted Uresti on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; five substantive counts of wire fraud; two counts of securities fraud; one count of engaging in monetary transactions with property derived from specified unlawful activity; and one count of being an unregistered securities broker.A separate indictment centered on a contract to provide medical services to a correctional facility in West Texas. That indictment alleges that a colleague of Uresti’s, Vernon C. Farthing III, paid Uresti $10,000 per month as a marketing consultant and that half of the money was given to an unspecified Reeves County official to win over his vote to award the contract to Farthing’s company. It was the culmination of a 10-year scheme to commit bribery and money laundering, prosecutors argued.In a prepared statement, Uresti said he would plea not guilty to the charges.“I am hard at work representing District 19 in the 85th Legislative Session,” he said. “The charges against me are groundless and I look forward to proving my innocence in a court of law at the appropriate time.”It was the frack sand case that received the most scrutiny in recent months.A lengthy investigation published by the Express-News in August first detailed the involvement of Uresti, a personal injury attorney, in the company and fraud allegations it faces.FourWinds’ supposed intent was to buy sand and sell it at a markup to oil and gas companies, but investors have accused the company’s leadership of misrepresenting its financial health and spending their money on frivolous, personal expenses. It now faces millions of dollars in claims from investors and other companies.Uresti’s alleged wrongdoings trace back to one of his previous legal clients. Uresti represented Denise Cantu in a wrongful-death case after Cantu’s 13-year-old daughter, four-year-old son and two friends were killed in 2010, when a tire on her SUV blew out, causing the vehicle to roll over. Cantu received $900,000 in a settlement, but she said she lost most of the money after she invested it in the now-bankrupt FourWinds firm at Uresti’s suggestion.Cantu has said she was not initially aware that Uresti would get a piece of her investment, though Uresti has suggested otherwise.With allegations of serious financial mismanagement detailed in bankruptcy court, the FBI last year opened an investigation. Federal agents raided Uresti’s law offices in February in connection to the case.Documents in the company’s bankruptcy proceedings list Uresti as owner of a 1 percent stake in FourWinds. Also, the company granted Uresti a $40,000 loan in June of 2014, and hired him to perform legal services, the documents show.At least four former FourWinds employees have now been indicted for their involvement in the company: chief executive Stanley Bates; Eric Nelson, the former marketing director; Shannon Smith, who held a 48 percent stake in the company; and Laura Jacobs, who worked as its comptroller. Gary Cain, a company consultant, was also indicted.Three months after the Express-News story, Uresti coasted to re-election, winning his San Antonio seat with 56 percent of the vote against Republican and Libertarian challengers. Uresti is among the Legislature’s most powerful Democrats. He is vice chair of the Health and Human Services committee and sits on three other high-profile committees: Finance, Education and Veteran Affairs & Border Security.Uresti’s indictments put Texas Democrats in an awkward position. The fraud charges bear similarity to another high-profile case: that of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican. Paxton is similarly charged with misleading investors and failing to register as a securities broker.A spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler was quick to condemn Uresti in a prepared statement: “As I’ve said before, there is an unprecedented amount of corruption among Texas Democrats, and Senator Uresti’s indictment only further proves that they are clearly incapable of being entrusted with governing in the state of Texas.”Uresti could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of the fraud-related charge, and the money laundering charge carries prison time of up to 10 years. If convicted of being an unregistered securities broker, Uresti could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.In the Reeves County case, Uresti could face up to five years in federal prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery, and up to 20 years if convicted of the money laundering charge.Uresti is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad at 11 a.m. tomorrow in San Antonio.Julián Aguilar contributed to this report.Read related Tribune coverage:Three members of the Texas Legislature, all Democrats, easily won their re-election bids in November despite a cloud of ethics questions hovering over their campaigns.More than two dozen former elected officials convicted of felonies may be receiving taxpayer-funded retirement pay. But state law keeps the details secret.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/16/texas-sen-carlos-uresti-indicted-fraud-charges/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

More Than 15000 Texas Families Still In Temporary Housing After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /01:12 Listen Wikimedia CommonsFEMA has deployed more than 800 trailers for Texans displaced by HarveyMore than 15,500 Texas families or individuals are still in temporary housing at more than 1,200 hotels.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended their stay to January 16th and it could be extended again.FEMA has been following up and is notifying people about their continued eligibility this week.“It’s based on their application,” the agency’s Bob Howard said. “Whether or not they still have a need for temporary housing, if they have been able to find other, more permanent housing, if they have been able to do repairs on their house.”In addition to hotel rooms, FEMA –in cooperation with the Texas General Land Office— is working to provide mobile homes and trailers.More than 700 families are currently in these mobile units, another 83 trailers are ready for move-in, and 58 are in the process of being connected.“It’s not just putting a unit out there and then people move in,” FEMA’s Ken Higginbotham said. “The unit has to be set up to see if there’s plumbing, electrical hook-up.”So far, more than $11 billion in state and federal resources have been approved for Harvey victims. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share last_img read more