NEW YORK — In a match-up of old friends from the Far East, Hisashi Iwakuma made one mistake too many.Alex Rodriguez snapped his hitless skid with an early two-run homer off Iwakuma that sent the New York Yankees past the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on April 17 ending their four-game losing streak.Masahiro Tanaka topped Iwakuma in the first major league pitching matchup between former Japanese teammates, a game that was broadcast live on television back home — at 2 a.m. in Tokyo.“I was very excited to face (my) ex-teammate,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “Just watching him, in general, he was pitching with composure and he kept the ball down. Looking at that, I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to keep the ball down, too.’ And I was able to make adjustments, but it was kind of too late.”The 35-year-old Iwakuma, teammates with the 27-year-old Tanaka from 2007-11 on the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, was charged with four runs and eight hits in seven innings.Steve Clevenger had an RBI single for the Mariners, who had won three straight following a five-game slide. Nori Aoki tripled and scored on Seth Smith’s single.Brett Gardner had three hits, including an RBI double that stopped New York’s 0-for-30 slump with runners in scoring position. He scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch by Iwakuma (0-2) in the fifth.New York avoided a three-game sweep thanks in large part to Tanaka (1-0), who yielded three runs — two earned — and six hits in seven efficient innings. He struck out six and walked none, improving to 4-0 in four career starts against the Mariners.“Just extremely satisfied being able to get that win,” Tanaka said through a translator.Hitters in the bottom five spots in Seattle’s lineup combined to go 1 for 17. Aoki had the team’s lone extra-base hit.Tanaka worked out of a bases-loaded jam in a 24-pitch first inning, when Kyle Seager drove in a run with a groundout. The right-hander needed only 93 pitches to get through seven.“He was mixing it up. You never know what he’s going to throw,” Clevenger said. “He’s got good stuff. He commands the zone really well. In and out with his cutter, and his split just disappears on you.”Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined to strike out all six batters they faced on 13 pitches apiece, with Miller working the ninth for his third save.“They’re really good back there,” Mariners Manager Scott Servais said. “It was a good ballgame. We were right there in it, battling. I thought Kumo kept the ball down better later in the game than he did early. Tight game, but the back of their bullpen’s really good.”Rodriguez, dropped three spots to sixth in a struggling Yankees lineup, homered on the first pitch he saw after Iwakuma plunked Brian McCann in the second inning.The 40-year-old designated hitter was without a hit in his previous 19 at-bats, two shy of matching the longest drought of his career.The three-time MVP sent an 86 mph fastball into the lower-deck seats in left field. It was the 689th home run for Rodriguez, who ranks fourth on the career list.A season after hitting 33 homers, A-Rod began the day batting .100 (3-for-30) with one home run and two RBIs.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
After the success of Kaala, Superstar Rajinikanth moved on to his next project titled Petta. Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, the film has Trisha, Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Simran and Bobby Simhaa in prominent roles.The shooting of Petta is currently underway in Varanasi. Photos of the cast from the shooting spot have found its way to the Internet. Looking at the pictures, it is certain that they are filming the flashback portions set in the 80s, in which Rajinikanth will be seen sporting a handlebar moustache.Here are the leaked photos: Rajinikanth’s second look in Petta Rajinikanth and Sasikumar in Petta Trisha and Rajini in PettaAlso, Trisha and Sasikumar were spotted in the leaked pictures. It looks like Trisha plays a girl-next-door character, probably Rajinikanth’s wife in the flashback portions. Sasikumar, who plays a cameo role, will be seen as Rajinikanth’s close aide.It has been reported that Karthik Subbaraj has already wrapped up portions featuring Simran and Vijay Sethupathi. The shooting of Petta is expected to be wrapped by the end of this year.Produced by Sun Pictures, Petta also has young actors Megha Akash, Malavika Mohanan and Sananth in important roles. The film will hit the theatres in mid-2019, according to reports.ALSO SEE | Trisha on Petta: I am a Rajinikanth fan first and only then his co-starALSO WATCH | Suchitra leaks private photos of Kollywood celebrities, KJo slams Kangana for nepotism remark
Man Utd boss Mourinho pleased to involve Garner, Greenwoodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho was happy to involve Joe Garner and Mason Greenwood in last week’s Champions League defeat at Valencia.The two teens were involved in the traveling party.Mourinho said, “I think it’s always a nice experience for them even if they don’t play, to be involved, to feel a new habitat and, I think, to even feel the pressure of being on the bench and thinking ‘maybe I have to play’. “To feel that extra adrenalin and responsibility, I think it’s always a good experience for them. But they had pre-season with us, they trained with us many, many times. Last week they were training with us almost every day, so it’s not really something new for the boys.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
A chorus of drummers and a parade of flags representing 29 countries opened the 7th International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference today, Sept. 23, at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax. More than 300 presenters and delegates from North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean have gathered for the conference, which brings together people interested in preserving, promoting and protecting African heritage and culture throughout the world. “For hundreds of years, people of African descent have played a vital role in the culture, heritage, and economic well-being of Nova Scotia,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This weekend we look forward to sharing Nova Scotia’s story. We believe great things will come out of this conference that will have a lasting impact far into our future.” Nova Scotia is the first conference host in continental North America. It has previously been held in the Bahamas, Tanzania, and four times in Bermuda. Visitors are being immersed in African Nova Scotian history. The program includes visits to the Black Cultural Centre and the grand opening of the Africville Seaview Church Museum on Sunday, Sept. 25. Today’s opening ceremony featured the premiere of a short film by Sylvia Hamilton called, We Are One, created especially for the conference. “Nova Scotia has been in many ways a small but mighty hub of the African Diaspora,” said Percy Paris, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “Our roots run deep, and our culture deserves to be shared with the world. It is our hope that delegates from around the world will leave this weekend with a deeper sense of our province’s rich African heritage and important role in the Diaspora.” The African Diaspora Heritage Trail is an international tourism initiative started by the Bermuda Department of Tourism in 2002. It is designed to promote socially conscious travel, educate visitors on African culture, and create economic benefits in communities of African descent. “We are pleased to partner with Nova Scotia for the 2011 annual conference,” said Maxine Esdaille, chair of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda Foundation. “The conference creates a unique and inspiring learning environment for all committed to developing African Diaspora heritage destinations.” Conference sessions are also being held Saturday, Sept. 24. An International African Bazaar coinciding with the conference is open to the public at Sackville Landing on the Halifax waterfront. It runs until Sunday at 5 p.m.
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday. Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday night to oppose a parliamentary select committee probe into the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners, and wounded nearly 500. Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis was sacked after testifying to the inquiry last week that the attacks could have been averted. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He also said the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threat from Islamic radicals who carried out the bombings on three hotels and three churchs. Sirisena’s office did not give a reason for the sacking. Halfway through the testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings was stopped on the president’s orders, official sources said. A ministerial source told AFP Sirisena has refused to allow any police, military or intelligence personnel to testify before the committee. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe source added that the heated cabinet meeting ended “inconclusively” without taking a decision on whether to suspend the parliament probe. Sirisena’s office did not comment on the meeting, but said the president had told senior police officers on Friday that he will not allow any serving officer to testify. Sirisena’s defence secretary and police chief have suggested that the president, who is also defence minister, did not follow proper protocols in dealing with intelligence warnings about the Easter Sunday bombings. Sirisena has repeatedly denied he was aware of an impending threat.
FARIDABAD: Haryana Congress spokesman Vikas Chaudhary was shot dead by unknown men near Delhi this morning. Vikas Chaudhary was attacked after he came out of a gym in sector 9 in Faridabad. Police said that four men came in a Maruti Suzuki SX4 car and fired more than 10 bullets at him. Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar hit out at the state government over the incident. “It’s ‘jungle raj’, there is no fear of law. Same kind of incident happened yesterday, where a woman who opposed molestation was stabbed. There should be an investigation,” he said. Mr Chaudhary, 38, had recently switched from INLD to Congress. More details are awaited. (Inputs from NDTV.com)
According to a paper published today in Nature Genetics, researchers part of Project MinE’s global gene sequencing effort, funded by The ALS Association through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, have identified a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development.This was the largest-ever study of familial (inherited) ALS, involved contributions from over 80 researchers in 11 countries, and was led by John Landers, Ph.D., of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. and Jan Veldink, Ph.D., of University Medical Center Utrecht, in The Netherlands.ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which leads to total paralysis and death, usually within two to five years of diagnosis. While 10 percent of ALS is familial, meaning it’s genetic, the other 90 percent of ALS cases are considered sporadic, or without a family history. However, it’s very likely that genetics contribute, directly or indirectly, to a much larger percentage of ALS cases.Hundreds of celebrities took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, including Justin Timberlake, Ben Stiller, Lena Dunham, Chloe Moretz, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Robert Downey Jr, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Oprah, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Conan O’Brien and many others“The discovery of NEK1 highlights the value of ‘big data’ in ALS research,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A. “The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available,” she said. “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE’s work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result.”The ALS Association announced funding for Project MinE, an international effort to sequence the genomes of at least 15,000 people with ALS, in October 2014, which established the U.S. arm of the initiative with Dr. Landers’ research efforts. Project MinE was the brainchild of entrepreneur, and person living with ALS, Bernard Muller, who, along with another patient, Robbert Jan Stuit, saw an opportunity to expedite genetic understanding of the disease after a tour of a Research ALS Center in the Netherlands where thousands of DNA samples were stored and not being used because it was too expensive to do the research the Center wanted to do.According to Muller, “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world. Thankfully, The ALS Association brought Project MinE to the United States. This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS. I’m incredibly pleased with the discovery of the NEK1 gene adding another step towards our ultimate goal, eradicating this disease from the face of the earth.NEK1 was discovered through a genome-wide search for ALS risk genes in over 1,000 ALS families, and was independently found through different means in an isolated population in The Netherlands. Further analysis in over 13,000 sporadic ALS individuals compared to controls again revealed an overrepresentation of variants in the same gene. The variations discovered in the gene sequence are predicted to lead to gene loss of function. NEK1 is known to have multiple roles in neurons, including maintenance of the cytoskeleton that gives the neuron its shape and promotes transport within the neuron. In addition, NEK1 has roles in regulating the membrane of the mitochondrion, which supplies energy to neurons and in repairing DNA. Disruption of each of these cellular functions through other means has been linked to increased risk of ALS.“Global collaboration among scientists, which was really made possible by ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, led to this important discovery,” said Dr. Landers. “It is a prime example of the success that can come from the combined efforts of so many people, all dedicated to finding the causes of ALS. This kind of collaborative study is, more and more, where the field is headed.”Understanding NEK1’s role in disease will provide an important new target for therapy development. The ALS Associations is currently funding Drs. John Landers and Catherine Lutz, Jackson Laboratories, to develop novel mouse models to better understand the consequences of the loss of the protein’s function for the ALS disease process. They will provide rapid access to these models for the broader ALS research community as soon as they are generated. These tools are important for ALS drug development.Funding for Project MinE also came through The ALS Association Georgia Chapter, The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter and New Amsterdam City Swim.This August, The ALS Association is seeking to raise awareness and funds to finish what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in 2014: an end to ALS. The new campaign, called Every Drop Adds Up, pays homage to the Ice Bucket Challenge, visually emphasizes the now iconic “bucket,” and builds on the idea that when people come together they can make big, impossible things happen. Visit www.everydropaddsup.org to learn more.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Despite being an unseasonably wet summer in Fort St. John, the City’s construction and paving projects are on track.According to City Communications Coordinator, Ryan Harvey, all of the City’s summer construction and paving projects are on schedule and will be completed by the Fall deadline.Harvey says the Fall deadline for all City projects to be complete is October 15, 2019. For the paving of the northern end of 100 Street, Harvey says crews have laid down the first layer of asphalt and is expected to be completed by the end of September.For a list of construction projects, and for updates, you can visit the City of Fort St. John’s website.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Wednesday as commodity prices rose amid stronger than expected trade figures from China.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,900.49 +19.50 0.14%S&P 500 — 1,819.26 -0.49 -0.03%Dow — 15,963.94 -30.83 -0.19%Nasdaq — 4,201.29 +10.24 0.24%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 19.5 points to 13,900.49, held back by sliding gold stocks.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.16 of a cent to 90.93 cents US.U.S. indexes were mainly lower following substantial gains Tuesday after both houses of Congress voted to extend the U.S. debt ceiling without any spending conditions. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 30.83 points to 15,963.94, the Nasdaq gained 10.24 points to 4,201.29 while the S&P 500 was 0.48 of a point lower at 1,819.27. Markets were also relieved after the new head of the U.S. Federal Reserve vowed a continuation of low interest rates. Janet Yellen said that while she thinks the U.S. economy is strong enough to weather a cutback in a key stimulus program, rates should stay low to support a still lacklustre economy.Meanwhile, data showed that China’s trade growth accelerated in January as imports rose 10% to $107.2 billion, up from December’s 8.3% growth. Exports rose 10.6% to $126.7 billion, more than double the previous month’s 4.3% expansion and the trade surplus widened to $31.9 billion. All three numbers beat expectations.“Without a doubt, I think it’s a huge positive,” said John Stephenson, a portfolio manager at First Asset Funds. “We think, in general, the market looks good.”Stephenson said that is because “the U.S. has had the best earnings season in two years, U.S. economic growth is likely to be 3% plus, that translates into over 7.5% earnings growth, maybe more. And then you have share buybacks.”There was major acquisition activity as Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo announced it is buying all the shares of Canada Bread Co. Ltd. (TSX:CBY) in a deal worth $1.83 billion or $72 a share. Maple Leaf (TSX:MFI) currently holds 90% of Canada Bread’s outstanding shares. Maple Leaf shares slipped 142 cents to $15.70 while Canada Bread ran up $4.94 to $72.20.On the earnings front, Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) posted quarterly earnings ex-items of $3 million or one cent a share, missing expectations of 12 cents. The carrier also warned that this year’s first quarter will continue to feel the impact of weather-related costs and the effect of the lower loonie. Its shares plunged more to $6.22.Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) fell $2.41 to $43.28 as the media and telcom company posted adjusted earnings of $347 million or 69 cents a share, missing estimates by six cents. Revenue of $3.24 billion also missed estimates of $3.3 billion while the company upped its quarterly dividend by 5%.The Chinese data helped March crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange climb 43 cents to US$100.37 a barrel and the energy sector led advancers, up 1.24%.Financials were also strong, up 0.69%.The base metals group climbed 0.35% while March copper gained four cents to US$3.26 a pound.The gold sector was the major decliner, down about 3.25% while April gold was ahead $5.20 to US$1,295 an ounce. 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As it turned out, all Marshawn Lynch received were eight days off from the champion Seattle Seahawks’ training camp. His holdout for a new contract will end Thursday, according to ESPN sources, with no new deal as part of his return.Seattle, though, is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract, sources indicated.Lynch, 28, is in the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal. He received $6 million of it in a signing bonus. Lynch will make $5 million in base salary this season and $5.5 million in 2015, but he wanted more money up front or more money guaranteed.He is the key cog in the offense that helped Seattle win this year’s Super Bowl. Not having Lynch ready and eager would be a setback for a team with aspirations for a repeat.Lynch showed up for minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine, but made a stand with the start of training camp. He is subject to a $30,000 fine for each day of camp he misses. Lynch has accumulated nearly $500,000 in team fines for his holdout through Thursday, but it is unclear if the Seahawks will collect the fines or waive them.He has rushed for 4,051 yards (along with 39 touchdowns) on 901 carries. He has averaged 300 carries and 1,350 yards over the past three seasons.
Correction: In an earlier version of this story, the “Win Forecasts: American League East” chart mistakenly showed the win probabilities of the American League Central. The values for the American League East have since been updated (apologies to any Blue Jays fans who were filled with false despair). The ESPN Forecast panel released its first-ever set of Major League Baseball predictions last week, and the editors were kind enough to provide us with the raw voting data. FiveThirtyEight had just published an article about preseason predictions, so we were eager to dig into the panel’s results.With the raw votes from the panel’s more than 140 members, we can calculate each team’s odds of winning its division and each team’s chances of making the playoffs. We can also forecast a range for the number of wins each team is likely to end the season with. We can do all this based on the assumption that the ESPN Forecast is roughly as accurate as Las Vegas’ over/unders (meaning the root-mean-square error on these predictions will be about plus or minus nine wins).How can we make that assumption for a brand-new forecast? It would seem more than a bit hubristic. But the ESPN Forecast has a strong track record in basketball, for which it actually beat Vegas over a five-year span. In the absence of any additional information about the MLB forecast, a RMSE of 9 is not a bad prior, especially given that Sports Illustrated’s similar wisdom-of-a-crowd-of-experts method fared just as well as Vegas and computer models at picking teams’ divisional placements.
Working on special teamsFreshman punter Cameron Johnston was named Big Ten special teams player of the week after planting all six of his punts inside Wisconsin’s 20-yard line.Meyer said he was pleased with the Australian’s performance against the Badgers, but that improvement is still needed.“I’ve graded him about a C- (through five games),” Meyer said. “His average hang time was just under four seconds, which is completely unacceptable.”The punter agreed with his head coach, despite having a 55-yard punt late in the game that gave the Badgers poor field position as they tried to tie the game.“It’s great to finally get out there and be able to finally have a really good game, but there’s still plenty of stuff to work on,” Johnston said. “But right now, that’s really good.”Coombs said the entire special teams unit must be efficient, not just the punter.“We want to cover kicks, we want to split the field and make sure the other team doesn’t return the ball,” Coombs said.The Buckeyes and Wildcats are set to face off Saturday at 8 p.m. at Ryan Field. Big Ten recognitionFor the third week in a row, an OSU player has been named Big Ten offensive or co-offensive player of the week. Earning the honor against the Badgers was junior quarterback Braxton Miller, following in the footsteps of redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton, who won the award while filling in for Miller the previous two weeks.Miller threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns against Wisconsin and added running 83 yards rushing on 22 carries.“I thought his preparation for the game was one of the best he’s had,” Meyer said of Miller. “His practice was one of the best he’s had as far as Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday. I thought his accuracy on the deep ball was outstanding.”OSU’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tom Herman was a little harder on the Buckeye signal caller.“Not great, he still made some mental mistakes that can be corrected in terms of some reads,” Herman said. “We’ve still got to do a better job of when he does decide to scramble of going vertically, not losing yards. It’s much easier to call second and eight than it is to call second and 14.”Herman mentioned how OSU would rather run the ball than throw it, saying “when we throw it, it’s because you have inhibited our ability to run it.” Prepping for the Wildcat defense is similar in that sense.“There’s a lot of different ways that you can say ‘let’s stop the run,’” Herman said. “How they decide to do it and how they have, at least on video, is a little bit different than Wisconsin, but I think that the commitment to stopping the run is not going to change.” Redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown (3) warms up before a game against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games as they head into their first Big Ten road game of 2013.The Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) are set to face an opponent whose record is also unblemished — the Northwestern Wildcats — and will be playing under the lights for the second week in a row.OSU coach Urban Meyer has faced Northwestern only once in his coaching career, winning a 43-42 thriller in 2001 while at Bowling Green. ESPN College GameDay will be in Evanston, Ill., for the game, and the Wildcats will have had an extra week to prepare, coming off a bye week. Who will replace Christian Bryant?Coming off a physical matchup with the Wisconsin Badgers, Meyer said the team is being careful this week in practice.“We had to be very cautious on how we operated (Sunday),” Meyer said. “I’m going to be very smart how we do Tuesday and Wednesday, because that’s usually very physical. Today (Monday) I’m getting a feel for how our guys are when they are going through the training room and treatment. It is what it is. It’s part of the season.”Meyer and his staff have the task of replacing senior safety Christian Bryant, who broke his left ankle late in the 31-24 win.Likely to replace Bryant is redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown, who Meyer said has a bit of advantage over other players like freshman Vonn Bell or redshirt-freshman Tyvis Powell because of his experience.Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs agreed.“I think as we sit here (Monday) afternoon that “Pitt” Brown will go in there and play,” Coombs said. “I don’t know exactly the configuration of how all those guys are fit going into the week and some of that will be developed and discussed during practice.”
Royal Marines veterans rally at Parliament in support of BlackmanCredit:Dinendra Haria/Rex Sgt Alexander Blackman was given a life sentence and told he must serve at least eight years in prisonCredit:Andrew Parsons/PA Blackman’s wife, Claire, told the Telegraph she and her husband were now “cautiously optimistic”.She said: “It needs a little bit of time to sink in, but we are both delighted and incredibly grateful that the CCRC has given Al this chance.”It’s just the first step. We have got a long way to go and we can’t afford to be carried away, but we are cautiously optimistic.”Lawyers for the 42-year-old former sergeant hailed the move as a “very significant” step and announced they would immediately mount a bail application to try to have him home by Christmas.Jonathan Goldberg QC, leading Blackman’s legal team, said the odds had now turned in has favour, with nearly three quarters of cases reaching this stage eventually being quashed.The CCRC decision follows a high-profile campaign by Blackman’s wife, Claire, and supporters who argue he should have faced a manslaughter charge because of the strain and appalling conditions he endured before the September 2011 incident in Afghanistan’s Helmand province. 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. New evidence relating to Blackman’s mental health at the time and the fact that an alternative verdict of unlawful manslaughter was not available during the trial means the case will return to the Court Martial Appeal Court.David James Smith, lead CCRC commissioner on the case, said the body had looked a Blackman’s case “in minute detail” after being given 1,100 pages of new evidence and legal argument.He said: “After a thorough investigation we have concluded that there are new issues – principally relating to Mr Blackman’s state of mind at the time of the shooting – which in our view raise a real possibility that an appeal against conviction would now succeed.”On that basis we are sending the case back to the Court Martial Appeal Court so that a fresh appeal can be heard.”Blackman has already served more than three years in prison and his legal team believe if an appeal reduces his conviction to manslaughter, he will be freed immediately.Mr Goldberg said: “Of course, we still have a long road ahead, but there are strong grounds for optimism that Sgt Blackman will have his murder conviction quashed. The odds have turned in our favour, as 73 per cent of all such referrals by the CCRC succeed.“I fear the legal profession will not find itself covered in glory by the end of this saga.“We will now mount a bail application as soon as possible, in the hope of getting him released before Christmas.”Blackman was given a life sentence and told he must serve at least eight years in prison after a 2013 court martial where he was identified only as “Marine A”.Helmet camera footage showed him shooting the gravely injured insurgent fighter in the chest at point blank range, before quoting Shakespeare. He then turned to his patrol and told them to keep quiet because he had broken the Geneva Convention.Blackman, of 42 Commando, told his trial he believed the unnamed Taliban fighter was already dead when he shot him in the chest.Two other marines were acquitted of murder at the same court martial.Blackman was dismissed in disgrace after his conviction and told he had “betrayed your Corps and all British service personnel who have served in Afghanistan, and you have tarnished their reputation”.Blackman’s appeal is now expected to be heard in the middle of next year.A Ministry of Defence Spokesman said: “We will continue to co-operate fully with any legal process involving Sergeant Blackman’s case.” A Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a Taliban captive has a “real possibility” his conviction will be quashed, an independent review has found after examining new evidence.The legal body which examines possible miscarriages of justice has given Alexander Blackman the right to appeal his conviction after it spent a year studying his case.Investigators at the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) ruled the case should be heard again because of new evidence about Blackman’s mental health and concerns his court martial had no option to hand down a lesser manslaughter verdict.
According to Allan O’Dette, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, “Ontario’s economy is at a historic crossroads. Its value proposition in the global economy has shifted dramatically. Ontario, now more than ever, must identify and champion opportunities where it can be a global leader. The Ring of Fire is such an opportunity. We believe that this globally significant deposit of minerals in Ontario’s Far North is one of the province’s greatest economic development opportunities in a generation.”The Ring of Fire was covered in detail in International Mining magazine, December 2012, pp3-4. The Ring of Fire is a mineral resource-rich area of some 5,120 km2 located in the James Bay Lowlands region of Northern Ontario.The chamber has released a new report, Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire. The action plan for this region includes many points, that include:“Ontario should develop a long-term infrastructure plan for the Far North, based on input from northern and First Nation communities and the mining sectorThe provincial and federal governments should commit funds dedicated to building transportation infrastructureEquip the Ring of Fire Development Corporation with the tools and resources it needs to deliver on its mandateIn the near-term, the Government of Ontario and the private sector should consider alternative modes of transportation that facilitate year round access to the Ring of FireAs an immediate next step, the Government of Ontario should conduct a rigorous cost-benefit analysis of a special electricity incentive to locate mineral processing plants in Ontario. This analysis should be made publicThe Government of Ontario, in partnership with the mining sector, Aboriginal groups, and key stakeholders, should undertake a comprehensive review of regulations that apply to mining. Unnecessary regulatory barriers that impede the development of the Ring of Fire should be removed to the greatest extent possibleThe federal government should take on a more active role in the development of the Ring of Fire. At a minimum, it should match any provincial investments in Ring of Fire infrastructure
KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:36 PM ENCINITAS (KUSI) – A lawsuit alleges that four women were sexually assaulted by therapists at four separate Massage Envy locations, including Encinitas, the plaintiffs’ attorneys announced today.The suit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, accuses Massage Envy of negligently hiring and supervising five therapists accused by the plaintiffs, and ignoring the “known risk of assault they posed to customers” by allowing them to remain employed or transferring them to another franchiselocation.The plaintiffs also allege that Massage Envy has a policy of concealing sexual assault reports, does not require that sexual assaults be reported to law enforcement or state massage therapy boards, and did nothing more than internally investigate each reported incident.Massage Envy declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company adheres to established safety and best practice policies regarding sexual assault.“We cannot comment on pending litigation, but we believe we have established best-in-class practices to address the types of issues alleged in this lawsuit, with the help of the Massage Envy Safety Advisory Council — made up of leading experts — and our work with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S,” the statement reads. “These and other concrete actions underscore our commitment to promoting a safe environment for members, guests and service providers at each of our nearly 1,200 franchise locations, and we will never stop working to have industry-leading safetypolicies.”The lawsuit alleges the sexual assaults occurred at Massage Envy locations in Encinitas, as well as Corona in Riverside County, Daly City, near San Francisco, and Cotati, a community in Sonoma County.In the Encinitas case, a therapist allegedly ejaculated onto the victim as she lay undressed on a massage table, according to the complaint. The suit alleges that the customer contacted the manager, who apologized to her and offered her a free massage.“Employees who went to management were told not to complain, which sent a message to those speaking up that such conduct was acceptable,”plaintiffs’ attorney Elizabeth Graham alleged. “In at least one instance, male therapists shamed women clients, claiming they obviously wanted sex by seeking a massage, even though massage treatments are standard at virtually every spa and nail salon in the country. The misconduct itself is disturbing enough at franchise locations, but compounded by the parent company’s lack of reporting and rooting out of the abusers — not unlike the wider sex abuse scandals we’ve seen at the U.S. Gymnastics Association or even the Catholic Church.“It’s unconscionable that such brazen client abuse would take place in just one Massage Envy franchise — let alone multiple locations across California,” Graham said. “This is a by-product of a toxic work culture, where abuse persisted and was tolerated even after the problem was well recognized within the company, and yet customer complaints went smothered and unreported.”The lawsuit was announced the same day that Orange County prosecutors filed criminal charges against a massage therapist charged with sexually assaulting two women during massage treatments at a Massage Envy location in Mission Viejo. Russell Bernardino, who is also a licensed home health care provider, was additionally charged with raping a 77-year-old woman while serving as her caregiver at her home in an Orange County retirement community. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lawsuit alleges sexual assault at the Massage Envy in Encinitas and three of its other locations July 18, 2019 Posted: July 18, 2019
Well, OK, I didn’t see that coming.County Commissioner Steve Stuart is out. Or he will be, that is, by this time next year. He’s opted not to run for re-election this fall.Look, politicians come and go. And mostly I like the “going” idea because — frankly — these guys just … stick … around … too … long. Do your thing — whatever that might be — then leave already. Please.But Stuart — in my humble opinion — needed to stick around. At least a little longer. Why? Well, we have this thing going on with the other two commissioners, David Madore and Tom Mielke. You know them better as the M&M boys.They’ve created a bit of a mess in the county. As an example, they can’t seem to shake their back-door hiring of their buddy state Sen. Don Benton as the county’s environmental services director. They sneaked him in the $100,000-a-year job before any sane person could say, “What the … “I mean, Benton couldn’t tell the difference between air pollution and au gratin. Still, he got the environmental job.So, it was Stuart who brought a measure of mothering to the M&M boys. Sure, it wasn’t easy, and, frankly, it was a losing battle. But someone had to do it. And that was Stuart.
WILMINGTON, MA — August is designated “Ice Bucket Challenge Month” until a cure for A.L.S. is found. Last year’s enormous success was terrific, but further monies are needed for continuing the research into curing this hideous disease. Towards that end, the Wilmington Rotary Club will be holding the fifth Community Wide Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9am. The Challenge will be held, rain or shine, at Rotary Park and everyone is welcome to come and join with Rotarians for this Challenge.A.L.S., commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the Brain and Spinal Cord, and is always fatal. Unfortunately too many of us have been visited by this disease, through family, neighbors or friends.Perhaps you did the Challenge last year or perhaps this would be your first time? Please plan on joining us either as a participant, or spectator. People of all ages will be able to join in the fun. We will have plenty of buckets, ice and water. If you have a favorite bucket, please bring it. As this is a fund raising event for A.L.S. research, we ask that you bring a donation of any amount with you on August 19th.If unfortunately you’re unable to join with us, donations in any amount can be sent to Wilmington Rotary Club, P. O. Box 503, Wilmington, Ma. 01887 or https://theangelfund.org/ and please respond ”Wilmington Rotary” in the message section. Be assured that 100 % of all funds raised will be donated toward Angel Fund for A.L.S. research.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington Rotary Club.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Wilmington Rotary Club’s 5th Annual Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For This Saturday, August 17In “Community”VIDEO: Watch A PSA For This Year’s Wilmington Community Ice Bucket Challenge Set For August 17In “Videos”Wilmington’s Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $5K For ALS Research, 100+ WHS Students ParticipateIn “Community”
Share jamesavery.comJames Avery, founder of James Avery Artisan Jewelry, died on Monday, April 30, at the age of 96.James Avery, a World War II bomber pilot who grew his artisan jewelry business from his in-laws’ two-car garage to a national retail chain, has died. He was 96.A statement from the Kerrville, Texas-based business said Avery died Monday but provided no details.Avery began fashioning his mostly Christian-themed creations himself with his wife in his in-laws’ Kerrville garage in 1954. He didn’t hire his first outside employee until three years later.Today, James Avery Artisan Jewelry operates 80 stores in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and sells designs through more than 200 Dillard’s department stores in 28 states.Avery retired from active management of the business in 2007 and turned control over to two of his sons.