Government Releases Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence

first_img “We promised Nova Scotians we would listen, and we did. In year one we engaged with over 1,000 Nova Scotians, and what we heard will set our direction as work on the strategy continues,” said Ms. Bernard. “We need to keep these conversations going and make sure we reach out to people whose voices need to be heard.” “Living in a rural area can create barriers, but with our partners, the Red Door Youth Health and Support Centre is able to support youth, women, men, children and the LGBTQ community,” said Tara Newcombe, co-chair of the centre. “We recognize the importance of engaging youth to truly shift the current culture of sexual violence. In addition, inviting youth to voice their thoughts on how to improve support services will inform our local demonstration project as well as the larger provincial sexual violence strategy.” Last December, government released a summary of what Nova Scotians said during meetings and through an online survey. In April, a summary of youth engagement responses was also released.This month, two provincial committees on training and public awareness have been appointed. A new provincial specialist has been hired to coordinate the work on the strategy. For more information on the strategy and for a list of services for victims of sexual violence, visit . Helping people get urgent support faster through existing crisis lines, online and other new technologies Expanding the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program in Sydney and western Nova Scotia Creating nine community support networks to coordinate counselling and support, visibility of services and help with navigation Establishing a prevention innovation fund to support best practices, research and evaluation Better-coordinated supports for victims, more public education and awareness, and continued community engagement on prevention are among the approaches in Nova Scotia’s first sexual violence strategy. Premier Stephen McNeil and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard launched Breaking the Silence: A Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia, today, June 16, in Kentville. “Sexual violence is a traumatic and pervasive problem in all of society and our province is no exception,” said Premier McNeil. “This strategy calls on Nova Scotians to work together to better understand and prevent sexual violence in our communities.” Some of the actions planned over the next two years include:last_img read more

Ontario man charged with conspiracy to murder couple living in Jamaica

first_imgAJAX, Ont. — Police say a man from southern Ontario has been arrested after he allegedly plotted to murder a couple living in Jamaica.Durham Regional Police say they were notified by the RCMP in May about the allegations involving a 56-year-old man from Ajax, Ont.They say the investigation revealed that the man, who is a Canadian citizen, travelled to Jamaica in May to allegedly help plan the murder.Police spokesman Const. George Tudos says it is believed the man was plotting the murder with other suspects in Jamaica, but he is not aware of any arrests in that country.Tudos says the two Jamaican residents were not harmed and the man was arrested Tuesday morning while he was driving in Pickering, Ont.Police say the Ajax, Ont., man has been charged with conspiracy to murder and counselling offence that is not committed.Tudos says the accused and the couple know each other, but he declined to provide further information on their relationship. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jeffrey Fashion Cares Raises Nearly 800000 for EJAF HetrickMartin Institute and Lambda

first_imgOn Wednesday, April 11, the 2018 Jeffrey Fashion Cares event raised nearly $800,000 to benefit the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Lambda Legal through a spectacular fashion event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.Judith Light, Jeffrey Kalinksky at Jeffrey Fashion CaresCredit/Copyright: Rommel Demano/BFA.comHosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and human rights activist Judith Light, the event paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Catherine Schmid, a 12-year U.S. Army veteran and a key plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ban against transgender individuals serving in the military. Staff Sergeant Schmid received the Jeffrey Fashion Cares Community Leadership Award on behalf of the all the brave plaintiffs contesting the ban and for the continued movement to protect the rights of LGBT people.The event was attended by Diane von Furstenberg, Judith Light, Serayah, J. Alexander, Sean O’Pry, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Pete Nordstrom, Brandon Maxwell, Carson Kressley, Lynn Bann, Eva Fehren, Benj Pasek among others.Since 2002, this highly anticipated fashion industry fundraiser, featuring a cocktail party, live and silent auctions, and fashion show for 600+ guests, has raised more than $15 million for LGBT human rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and research, and breast cancer research and treatment organizations.last_img read more

Watchers of the land scrawled on defaced Canadian flag

first_imgAPTN National NewsImages and video of a defaced Canadian flag are causing a stir in the Northwest Territories.The flag was defaced and flown upside down at the Lutsel K’e Dene cultural camp at Fort Reliance.Written on the flag is “Ni Hat’ni,” which, translated means ‘watchers of the land.”The cultural camp is meant to teach youth about Dene traditions.The flag was apparently defaced by both youth and employees taking part in cultural activities at the site over the summer.The program is partially funded by Parks Canada.No one within the First Nation was willing to comment to APTN National News about the incident.last_img

Ontario law firms allegedly sat on documents supporting residential school clients abuse

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsTwo Ontario law firms allegedly failed to produce documents in their possession that could have helped their Indian residential school survivor clients during compensation hearings for abuse suffered at a notorious institution known for using an electric chair on students, according to a document filed with an Ontario court.The two firms—Nelligan O’Brien Payne and Wallbridge, Wallbridge—are named in a request for directions filed with the Superior Court of Ontario as part of ongoing litigation related to the handling of St. Anne’s Indian residential school abuse claims by the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).The IAP was created by the multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement to set compensation payouts for abuse claims.A hearing on the case is scheduled for Friday in Toronto.The request for directions, filed by St. Anne’s residential school survivor Edmund Metatawabin and another survivor known as K-10106, seeks to have the court investigate whether the non-disclosure of documents constituted a breach of the settlement agreement. The court action also seeks to compel Ottawa to disclose remaining documents related to previous St. Anne’s related litigation and settle several other matters related to the IAP and the handing of hundreds of abuse claims by survivors of the institution.Lawyers representing Nelligan O’Brien Payne and Wallbridge, Wallbridge denied the allegations.“The firm denies the allegations,” said Peter Wardle, partner with Toronto firm Wardle Daley Bernstein Beiber LLP, which is representing Nelligan O’Brien Payne. “But would prefer not to comment further while the matter is before the court.”Wardle said he would be representing the firm during Friday’s hearing in Toronto. In a court filing submitted earlier this month, Nelligan O’Brien Payne argued the allegations against the firm did not constitute a breach of the settlement agreement and did not meet threshold for the court’s intervention.“The allegations against the Wallbridge firm are ridiculous,” said Geoff Adair of Toronto firm Adair Barristers, who is representing Wallbridge, Wallbridge. “No further comment.”St. Anne’s Indian residential school is one of the country’s most infamous residential schools where staff tortured students in an electric chair. St. Anne’s originated as a Roman Catholic mission affiliated with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Grey Nuns of the Cross. It began to receive federal funding in 1906 and sat near the junction of the Albany and Yellow rivers along Ontario’s James Bay coast. It closed in 1976.Troubling reports about the treatment of students at the school surfaced throughout the institution’s existence, including in a 1968 letter to Jean Chrétien, who was Indian Affairs minister at the time.The school was also the subject of an Ontario Provincial Police investigation in the 1990s that led to charges and several convictions against former school staff.The records from the OPP investigation were produced and filed before the Ontario Superior Court during a 2003 case launched by St. Anne’s residential school survivors against Catholic Church entities and Ottawa. The lawsuit named 180 alleged perpetrators.The case was heard in Cochrane, Ont. Wallbridge, Wallbridge represented 154 St. Anne’s survivors and Nelligan O’Brien Payne represented the Diocese of Moosonee, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, according to court records.Years later, Nelligan O’Brien Payne and Wallbridge, Wallbridge represented St. Anne’s residential school survivors during IAP hearings for compensation, according to the request for direction document filed as part of the ongoing litigation. During those IAP hearings, Ottawa provided evidence claiming there was no documented proof of sexual abuse at St. Anne’s, according to the request for directions.In fact, Ottawa did have the OPP records along with transcripts and records from the Cochrane, Ont., civil proceedings which substantiated claims of abuse. These same records would have been available to Wallbridge, Wallbridge and Nelligan O’Brien Payne, according to the request for directions.The Ontario Superior Court ordered Ottawa in January 2014 to produce the OPP evidence in its files, along with transcripts of the civil proceedings, pleadings and public documents from the civil action. Ottawa has still not turned over civil proceeding transcripts.Several St. Anne’s residential school survivors filed evidence as part of the ongoing litigation. Five allege Wallbridge, Wallbridge and Nelligan O’Brien Payne failed to inform them of the existence of the same documents before their respective IAP hearings.The survivors are identified in the court records by ID numbers.Claimant K-10106 alleges her claim was denied because the IAP adjudicator was “given the false…narrative about St. Anne’s that stated there was no documentation about sexual abuse at St. Anne’s.” The claimant, who was represented by Nelligan O’Brien Payne, claims they did not know the law firm acted for Catholic Church entities in previous residential school related litigation.“Nelligan O’Brien Payne never sought direction from the court to require federal officials to file the proper disclosure for her IAP hearing and/or review and/or failed to directly file that evidence to support her IAP hearing and review,” said the request for directions.Claimant H-15019, who was represented by Wallbridge, Wallbridge and also saw their abuse claim rejected in the IAP process, alleged they faced a “potential miscarriage of justice arising out of the failure by federal officials, the Church entities and his former legal counsel and/or Wallbridge, Wallbridge to produce the revised and augmented disclosure for St. Anne’s for his IAP hearing and review.”Claimant H-00199, who was represented by Nelligan O’Brien Payne, claimed they were never informed the firm acted for Catholic entities in previous litigation and that “this was a conflict of interest and he would not have retained that firm to represent him.” The claimant also stated “he was never informed of the documents containing similar fact evidence of sexual and physical abuse at St. Anne’s IRS that had been in the possession of Nelligan O’Brien Payne prior to the signing of the (Indian residential school settlement agreement).”Claimant S-11733 stated they filed a complaint against Wallbridge, Wallbridge with the Law Society of Upper Canada.“Federal officials failed to file proper disclosure for her IAP hearing and Wallbridge, Wallbridge did not file a request for direction from the court to compel federal officials to file the proper disclosure for her IAP hearing and/or failed to directly file that evidence to support her IAP claim,” said the request for directions.Claimant E-10044, who was represented by Nelligan O’Brien Payne, stated they were never told the firm represented Catholic Church entities in previous residential school litigation. The claimant stated they would not have hired the firm if they had been provided that information.“He was never told that Nelligan O’Brien Payne had documentation about all the abuses at St. Anne’s,” said the request for direction.A request for directions is a limited legal civil procedure aimed at asking the court for read more

If Parliament rejects Mays Brexit deal uncertainty reigns

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to be on a collision course with Parliament over her Brexit plan.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Tuesday leading up to a Dec. 11 vote on the divorce deal agreed between May’s government and the European Union.May insists the deal “delivers for the British people.” But there’s a strong chance Parliament will reject it, leaving Britain staring at a Brexit precipice: exit on March 29 with no deal in place.Here’s a look at what might happen if lawmakers vote down her deal.___RENEGOTIATE AND TRY AGAINAn EU summit is scheduled for Dec. 13-14, and Britain could go back to the bloc seeking changes to the deal. EU leaders insist it is not renegotiable, but while the 585-page withdrawal agreement is locked down, the declaration on future relations is shorter and vaguer.If that were tweaked, the government could bring the amended deal back to Parliament and hope for a different result.But British lawmakers differ on what a better deal would look like. Many Brexiteers seek a cleaner break with the bloc, and want to change the Irish border “backstop” that would bind the U.K. in a customs union with the EU. It is very unlikely the bloc would re-open this.Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce — the so-called “Norway option” — that keeps Britain inside the EU single market for goods and services. The EU might be open to the idea, but it would mean accepting free movement of people from the bloc to Britain, a red line for many U.K. Brexit supporters.___CHANGE THE LEADERMay insists she has no plans to resign, but she may have no choice if she loses the vote by a wide margin.Alternately, pro-Brexit Conservative rebels who have long wanted to oust her can trigger a no-confidence vote if they amass 48 letters of support. If May lost the vote, there would be a leadership contest with the winner decided by a ballot of party members — a process that would take several weeks.May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much in the way of authority or a mandate, as the clock ticked down to March 29, the day Britain officially leaves the EU.___HOLD AN ELECTIONThe main opposition Labour Party says it will try to trigger an election by calling a no-confidence vote in the government.Winning it would require support from some Conservatives, who may be unwilling to support an election that could well see them ousted from power.If May’s government lost a no-confidence vote, it would have two weeks to overturn the result with a new vote by lawmakers. If that failed, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.Whatever new government emerges would have little time to solve the Brexit conundrum before March 29.___NEW REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side last time around — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.But the government is firmly opposed, and it’s unclear whether a majority of lawmakers would back the idea in a parliamentary vote.And what would the question be? Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option. There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.There also is not enough time to hold a plebiscite before March 29, so Brexit would have to be paused — and that would require agreement from the EU.___NO DEAL“No deal” is the outcome almost no one wants — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that a “no-deal” exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___NO BREXITThe government says stopping Brexit would betray voters’ decision to leave the bloc. But some lawmakers want it to be an option, and have asked Europe’s top court to rule on whether Britain could unilaterally change its mind about Brexit. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice’s advocate general said that in his opinion, it could. The full court ruling is due within weeks.___ALL BETS IN PLAYIt’s difficult to predict which outcome is most likely. Bookmakers certainly don’t know how the Brexit process will end, though they appear to be pretty sure that May won’t get her deal through Parliament next week. Ladbrokes, for example, is offering odds of 4 to 1 against her deal getting approved.“I would not want to bet on anything,” said Rob Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester.“This is a situation of what some probability scientists would call radical uncertainty. We just don’t know what the relative chances of these options are because this is an unprecedented situation in lots of ways, and these outcomes are interacting, they’re dynamic, they’re complex. It’s like a chaotic weather system.”___See the AP’s Brexit coverage at: Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Corus Entertainment reports Q1 profit down TV ads help revenue edge higher

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc.’s earnings came in below estimates as its first-quarter profit fell from a year ago due to an accounting change related to its TV brand assets, but revenue edged higher due to gains in television advertising.The television, radio and production company says its profit attributable to shareholders fell to $60.4 million or 28 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Nov. 30 as amortization charges rose due to the accounting change. The result compared with a profit of $77.7 million or 38 cents per diluted share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $70.1 million or 33 cents per share, down from $78.9 million or 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts had estimated 40 cents per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue totalled $467.5 million, up from $457.4 million and above the estimate of $451.2 million, as television revenue increased to $426.2 million compared with $415.5 million a year ago.Radio revenue amounted to $41.3 million, up from $41.9 million.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.last_img read more

TSX gains on stronger commodities

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market rose in early trading as commodities prices moved higher amid a long list of financial reports from major Canadian companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 35.02 points at 11,816.06, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.27 of a point to 1,185.41.The Canadian dollar was at 100.68 cents US, up 0.14 of a cent.The TSX energy sector led the way, up 1.2%. Canadian Natural Resources shares gained 5%, or $1.53, to $31.10, after it said profits fell sharply in the second quarter to $753 million from $929 million on lower prices.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 58 cents to US$93.93 a barrel.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average decreased 20.20 points to 13,195.84 and the broader S&P increased 2.07 points to 1,404.29. The Nasdaq gained 8.38 points to 3,019.63.The U.S. Labor Department said applications for unemployment benefits fell by 6,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, a level consistent with modest gains in hiring. The less volatile four-week average rose by 2,250 to 368,250 in the week that ended Aug. 4.September copper contracts moved down 0.4 of a cent to US$3.418 a pound while December gold dropped $1.30 to US$1,614.70 an ounce.In the retail sector, supermarket operator Metro Inc. says profits were $144.4 million in its fiscal third quarter, above analyst estimates. Revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% to $3.7 billion. Shares were up 79 cents to $57.31.Tim Hortons Inc. posted a 13.1% increase in earnings to $108.1 million or 69 cents per share, up from $95.5 million or 58 cents per share in the same year-earlier period. Revenue rose 11.8% to $785.6 million. Its shares dropped $1.31 to $50.97Quebecor Inc. net profit rose 21% to $67 million, or $1.05 per basic share. The company’s overall revenue increased by $33 million to just under $1.09 billion. The company’s shares were up 10 cents to $35.35.In financials, interest rate conditions have left a mark on some Canadian firms.Manulife Financial Corp. posted a $300 million net loss in the second quarter from challenging equity markets and the interest rate environment, a stark contrast to the $1.2 billion profit the previous quarter and a $490 million profit in the second quarter of 2011. Losses were 18 cents per share, down from a profit of 26 cents per share a year earlier. After the report, its shares were off two cents to $10.85.Sun Life Financial Inc. reported late Wednesday that second-quarter profits dropped 88% to $51 million, or nine cents per diluted share, from $408 million, or 68 cents per diluted share, in the 2011 period. Revenue grew to $6.05 billion from $5.15 billion, largely due to gains in the fair value of certain financial instruments. Its shares dropped 55 cents to $21.22.Concern about the global economy has come back into focus this week after a brief upswing in optimism earlier this week.In China, hopes are that monetary authorities will do more to shore up economic growth in the world’s second largest economy.With inflation in China falling to 1.8% in July from the previous month’s 2.2%, expectations are rising that Beijing may ease monetary policy to boost economic growth, which has slowed sharply this year. Separate figures on industrial production and retail sales confirmed the slowdown.In Europe, Germany’s DAX was down 0.8% at 6,912 while the CAC-40 in France rose 0.2% to 3,445. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was off 0.1% at 5,844.Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.1% to close at 8.978.60. During the session, the Nikkei had surpassed the 9,000 level for the first time since July 6.South Korea’s Kospi jumped 2% to 1,940.59. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1% to 20,269.47. On the Chinese mainland, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.6% to 2,174.10. The smaller Shenzhen Composite Index added 1.5% to 909.69. read more

Greater Montreal home sales grow 5 from February 2017 as active listings

MONTREAL — The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says home sales in the region grew five per cent year-over-year in February, as the number of active listings dropped 17 per cent.A total of 4,081 residential sales were made last month across the city’s census metropolitan area, marking the 36th straight increase and the busiest month of February since 2012.As was the case in 21 of the past 24 months, condominiums registered the largest increase in sales, jumping by 14 per cent.Toronto home sales plummet 35% as new mortgage rules biteWhy you shouldn’t bet on a Montreal housing bubbleSingle-family homes and plexes posted small increases of one per cent and three per cent, respectively.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $310,000 last month, up six per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $481,500, a one per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price grew by five per cent last month, with half of all units selling for more than $250,000.The real estate board says acceleration in price growth is a direct result of increasingly tighter market conditions. read more

Brock prof tackles what it means to raise a child well

Everyone wants their children to live a good life, but there are many definitions of what that means.Some parents want happiness, wealth, recognition or influence for their children. Others want their children to have love, a connection to family or a desire to pursue service to others.Caitlin Mahy, Assistant Professor in Brock University’s Department of Psychology, will be addressing the question, “What does it mean to raise a child well?” at a Conversation Café taking place Tuesday, April 25 beginning at 7 p.m. at Mahtay Café in downtown St. Catharines.Mahy’s researches cognitive development in children. She focuses on two areas: the development of children’s abilities to think, plan and remember things for the future, called “prospective memory,” and “theory of mind,” where a child is able to recognize that other people can have beliefs about the world that are different than his or her own.Mahy sat down with The Brock News recently to provide insight into her work.The Brock News (TBN): Let’s start with that basic question: What does it mean to raise a child well?Caitlin Mahy (CM): One main value in North American society – but not necessarily in other cultures – is raising a child to be independent, to become an adult able to locate meaningful work, form relationships with other people and find meaning in their life as an adult. Another hope parents have for their child is happiness. I think an important question is: How do you raise a resilient child? A child who can be happy even when life throws some difficulties their way.TBN: How can your “prospective memory” research be applied in child-rearing?CM: This strong focus on independence means raising a child to be able to plan ahead, think ahead and remember to do things on their own. What we found in recent research, which is a bit surprising, is that parents’ reminders might not actually be that effective in helping their child to remember to do things. The research suggests that a child demonstrates thinking, planning and remembering abilities when they are cognitively ready, usually starting around four or five years old.Parents can push as hard as they want, but, depending on where the child is at in his or her cognitive development, it’s not going to produce the outcome the parents’ want; it’s probably just going to put additional stress and pressure on the child. Parents should engage in conversations with their children to gauge whether or not they’re ready to think into the future, plan and remember things. Of course, you can set your child up to succeed by giving them reminders, helping them plan ahead and modelling that behaviour yourself, but realize that it will take time depending on where they’re at.TBN: How can your “theory of mind” research be applied in child-rearing?CM: The goal is to raise a child who can interact with others. Knowing how a child understands other people’s minds and also their own mind really fits with a lot of priorities parents have for their children around social connections: making friends, finding a partner, having a healthy social life.In infancy, it’s very much parallel play; the child recognizes there’s another person there, but there’s not a lot of interaction. Toddlers start to interact and engage with others. Up until about the age of four, a child thinks that everyone should prefer what they prefer. After four or five, the child starts to understand that people have different desires and beliefs, which gives the child a richer appreciation of, and sensitivity towards, others.A child also develops a better understanding of emotions. For example, they learn that, in order not to hurt someone’s feelings when they open a disappointing present, they should at least pretend to like the gift by smiling or saying thank you rather than letting their emotions of disappointment show through. This is really helpful for the child to make friends and have smooth interpersonal interactions during the school years.Research has shown that parent-child conversations about people wanting or believing different things can be very helpful in moving children along. But, you’re not going to be able to engage in conversations with a two-year-old and expect them to have this appreciation. By the time the child is four-and-a-half years old, when they’re approaching that understanding, those parent-child conversations may get the child to the point where they can develop this richer understanding.TBN: You recently became a parent for the first time. Could you share with us some of your personal experience of what it means to raise a child well?CM: One hope for my daughter is that she finds a meaningful path, whether it’s in her work or personal life, the hope that she develops her own interests, understands responsibilities and has some sense of discipline, too.  One thing we do try and do at home is set limits and boundaries, I know that’s controversial with a lot of current parenting practices, which encourage the child to do whatever they want, never say no, but, for us, it’s important to set some limits. This is so that she knows there are things she can’t do for her own good, for safety reasons. But this approach is also enculturating her into society, where you can’t just do whatever you want all the time.My hope for her is that she finds happiness and that she can grow up and explore her own path independently. read more

ICMMs new guidance on local level concerns and Vedanta found in breach

first_imgICMM presents Human Rights in the Metals & Mining Industry: Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns & Grievances, the second in a series of publications designed to help member companies deal with challenging issues in this area. The publication sets out good practice approaches to help companies design and/or enhance existing complaints procedures or mechanisms.  Focussing on this issue, which was highlighted in the recent publication, Human Rights in the Metals & Mining Industry: Overview, Management Approach and Issues, complements ICMM members’ work at the operational level to build strong, trusting relations with local communities around their operations.Meanwhile, a UK registered mining company failed to comply with OECD standards for operating overseas when it did not consult an indigenous group on the construction of a bauxite mine in India, a UK Government examination has found. UK-registered Vedanta Resources plc operates directly or through subsidiaries in India, Zambia and Australia with a focus on aluminium, copper, zinc, lead and iron mining. The company is listed on the FTSE 100.The Government’s examination found that Vedanta acted inconsistently with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by failing to put in place an adequate and timely consultation mechanism fully to engage the indigenous group Dongria Kondh about the construction of a bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, Orissa, India.Trade, Investment and Small Business Minister, Lord Davies, said: “The Government promotes responsible business practices and adherence to internationally recognised standards. Clearly, mining can have an impact on those living nearby so it is essential that UK registered companies maintain an open dialogue with local communities, including indigenous groups, affected by their activities and put adequate means of consultation in place”.A complaint under the Guidelines against Vedanta was made by Survival International on December 19, 2008, triggering the start of the complaint procedure by the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines. The UK NCP’s Final Statement on the complaint made two recommendations:Vedanta should immediately and adequately engage with the Dongria Kondh, on the construction of the bauxite mine. And, Vedanta should include a human and indigenous rights impact assessment in its project management process, paying particular attention to the creation of an adequate consultation process, prior to the finalisation and execution of a project, with indigenous groups potentially affected by the company’s activities.So, the timing of the new ICMM publication is very appropriate as it aims to:Describe a set of ‘overarching design principles’ that provide basic, high-level guidance for companies developing complaints mechanismsOutline some basic criteria to help operations ‘assess the nature of and potential for complaints’ and so to develop a mechanism most appropriate to their situationPresent three possible types of mechanism, with incrementally greater levels of external engagementSet out various ways in which global headquarters of companies can develop ‘group-wide procedures’ to support best practice locally. read more

High Court dismisses TDs challenge to Anglo promissory note deal

first_imgThe Court is fully aware that the decisions made at that time were (and still are) hugely controversial. We would emphasise, however, that neither the enormity of these decisions or their consequences nor their controversial character have any direct bearing on the legal and constitutional issues which we are now called upon to consider.“It is not part of this Court’s function to express any view on and still less to review the political or economic wisdom of the decisions which culminated in the 2008 Act,” they said.In  addressing the right of the Minister for Finance to use funds to in support of the banks, the judges accepted that “while, of course, the Oireachtas did not know precisely the sums which were at stake”, the minister “could only provide such support as was necessary to safeguard the viability of the financial sector and, by extension, the wider economy.”These restrictions satisfied constitutional requirements they said.The full judgement can be viewed here >Read: Challenge to promissory notes dismissed, court says TD could bring case >Read: ‘It’s odious debt’: Dáil to debate ‘burning the bondholders’ tonight and tomorrow >Read: 30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee > THE HIGH COURT has dismissed the case taken by United Left Alliance TD Joan Collins who had challenged the constitutionality of the €31 billion promissory note deal supporting Anglo Irish Bank and Educational Building Society.Collins had claimed that the legislation behind the deal was unconstitutional because it gave the Minister for Finance open ended power to approve the payments without Dáil approval.The court found however that the the Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Act 2008, “does not invest the Minister with an uncontrolled discretion”.The three judge court ruled that it did not breach Article 15.2.1 of the constitution which provides that the “sole and exclusive power of making laws for the State is hereby vested in the Oireachtas.”The 68-page  judgement delivered this morning acknowledged the intense political argument over the promissory note deal but said that this is not something for them to consider:last_img read more

Kinect robot seeks to replace seeing eye dogs for the blind

first_imgThe inventive uses of Microsoft’s Kinect device continue, this time in the form of a four-legged robot from Japanese manufacturer NSK shown at this years International Robot Exhibition.Built to be a mechanical replacement for seeing eye dogs used to help blind people get around, the robot companion has wheels on each leg, and can travel up and down stairs. Guided by a Kinect sensor, it’s able to discern it’s surroundings, allowing it to navigate a blind person through difficult areas. The handle pictured above will self adjust its length and angle to ensure the safety of the robot’s owner.NSK’s reason for building an alternative to traditional flesh and blood companions is based on the fact that seeing eye dogs take both time and money to train, and have a finite life. With it’s robot, NSK is hoping that people who do not like animals, or don’t want to go through the pain of losing a pet every ten to fifteen years, will look to an artificial means for their needs.There is something to be said, however, for the bond that is created by having an animal that is both a companion and a helper in every day life. There is a closeness that develops that improves the mental well being of both parties involved.Emotional bonds aside, the cost comparison of training a dog vs. buying one of these robots is probably pretty close. It will be interesting to see if NSK can develop it to a point where cost becomes a non-issue and the fact you can mass produce these robots instead of training real dogs becomes its killer feature.Read more at Diginfolast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of August 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 5, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Joan E. (McMaster) Dineen, 80William P. Frost, Jr., 91Assunta S. “Sue” (Aprile) Rita, 88Previously Lived In Wilmington:Minnie (Buffett) Bahia, 95Daniel C. Wandell, Jr., 55Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

EVM project approved to rig polls BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has approved a Tk 38.25 billion project to procure 150,000 electronic voting machines (EVMs) to hold another ‘voter-less’ election and ‘plunder’ huge public money.”The prime minister approved a project for buying 1.5 lakh (150,000) EVMs at an ECNEC meeting. The government has relied on forgery machine EVMs abandoning people,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he further said, “The government has two objectives–holding a voter-less rigged election and embezzling huge amount of public money-behind the move to procure EVMs.”On Tuesday, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) cleared a Tk 3,825.34 crore (Tk 38.25 billion) project to procure 150,000 EVMs at its weekly meeting held with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Rizvi alleged that two government officials went abroad to procure the EVMs many days before the Ecnec’s approval of the project despite the strong objection by different political parties and socio-political organisations to the use of the machine in the national polls.The BNP leader said the government has taken such a project as it needs an election, but not people’s votes. “Procuring EVMs is very essential for the government to return to power as voters are not necessary to take votes through the machines.”He alleged law enforcers arrested many BNP leaders and activists and lawyers as they went to Detective Branch (DB) of police office to see arrested BNP Dhaka south city unit president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel on Tuesday night.The BNP leader claimed that police arrested their party’s 93 leaders and activists, including Sohel, on Tuesday from different parts of the country.Rizvi also alleged that the government is creating various obstacles to ensuring treatment of their party’s ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail.”An experienced and senior therapist of Dhaka Medical College Hospital used to provide our leader physiotherapy regularly. But, the government now has appointed an inexperienced and pro-ruling party therapist to do the job dropping the experienced one. It’s a mysterious move of the government,” he said.Rizvi alleged that the government is conspiring to put Khaleda’s life at stake gradually by snatching her human rights and leaving her in serious sufferings.last_img read more

Sex Robot Samantha Upgraded With Moral Code

first_imgStay on target Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future “I ate too much dairy and now I am bloated,” said no sex robot ever.Just because your bang buddy is a slab of silicone and electronics doesn’t mean he or she is always in the mood.Smart sex doll Samantha has reportedly been upgraded with the power to say “no,” as demonstrated to a panel of “sexperts” at the Life Science Center in England.Samantha, built by Barcelona-based engineer Sergi Santos, listens, talks, sets the mood, and, ultimately, whips users into a frenzy.Modeled after what is apparently Santos’s ideal woman—enormous breasts, teeny waist, gaunt limbs, mermaid-esque hair—the intelligent cyborg “likes” to be touched on the arms, hips, chest, and face.But she’s no pushover: Samantha requires a bit of wining and dining before you can get in her pants (er, removable vagina). Even directly massaging the doll’s built-in G-spot doesn’t work unless she feels appropriately romanced.But catch her with a headache, exhaustion, low hormone levels, or during the early stages of menopause, and you may as well grab the lotion and a box of tissues.Actually, the doll’s sensors—which allow her to purr like a kitten and whisper sweet nothings—can now detect when touching becomes too aggressive or disrespectful. If Samantha feels harassed, she simply shuts down, leaving the user with an unresponsive, gaping mannequin.Some might consider this a step toward awareness and empathy in the #MeToo era: Santos has given Samantha a voice to express herself. But low libido or not, there is nothing to stop customers (largely male) from forcing themselves onto the bot—even if she refuses. After all, how much damage can a pair of motionless arms and legs do?Kathleen Richardson, a professor of ethics and culture of robots and AI at De Montfort University, is less than impressed with Samantha’s latest skill.Founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots, Richardson branded the bot “an extension of pornography and prostitution,” according to the Daily Mail. She said it is “a waste of money which could be spent on better things.”I’ll bet Santos, who claims the sex doll helps maintain his 16-year marriage with Martisa Kissamitaki, disagrees.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Update Police catch childkilling father in CBD

first_imgFollowing an intense investigation, a wanted suspect linked to the killing of his two children was arrested in the CBD.Community Service Centre (CSC) officers arrested the father hours after he allegedly slit the throats of his two children, aged four and six years old.Ladysmith police are investigating a case of double murder.On Monday night at about 8pm, the 33-year-old suspect approached the home of a woman with whom he had previously had a relationship. The home is situated in the Gudlintaba area of St Chad’s. The woman lives with her grandmother and two children, who were fathered by the suspect.It is alleged that the father approached the house during the night and in fear, both the mother and grandmother fled the home, leaving behind the two children who were asleep.It is unknown what happened in the house to trigger the man to cold-bloodedly slit the children’s throats and rip open their stomachs.When the mother and grandmother returned home, they found both children dead.Police immediately launched a massive manhunt for the suspect. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The children have been identified as four-year-old Bongukwenza Mdladla and six-year-old Thandiwe Mdladla.The father is set to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court today (Wednesday).DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Mexicos legal soul search after Frenchwoman freed

first_imgThe Frenchwoman served seven of a 60-year sentence as part of a kidnapping ring when Mexico’s Supreme Court voted 3-2 on Wednesday to release her because of procedural and rights violations during her arrest, including police staging a recreation of her capture for the media.President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday ordered the secretary of the interior and attorney general to take all measures necessary to ensure police and judicial procedures are followed in future cases to prevent something similar from happening again. The leftist Democratic Revolution Party explored prosecuting former Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna, who headed the federal police unit that staged Cassez’s 2005 arrest.As one of the first reactions Friday, the interior ministry announced that it is instructing Federal Police to read detainees their rights and reasons for detention, much like Miranda Rights in the United States, as part of new measures to ensure that authorities follow the law.Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said he would reopen the case just to study what went wrong. “It’s my duty to see if the bad handling is the product of an act that could be a crime,” he said. Comments   Share   The Frenchwoman has said she lived with her then-Mexican boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, at the ranch where the kidnapping victims were held, but didn’t know they were there. At least one victim identified Cassez as one of the kidnappers, though only by hearing her voice, not by seeing her.She told BFM television on Friday that she may have been naïve to get involved with Vallarta, who is still awaiting trial, but added: “Who at 30 hasn’t had a relationship like that?”After Cassez was detained and held incognito for a day, Mexican police hauled her back to the ranch and forced her to participate in a raid staged for the television cameras, a display that is not unusual in Mexico.Mexico also has long been plagued by police torture and the fabrication of evidence, and over the years countless prisoners have been convicted on faulty evidence.Such corruption remains rampant despite a 2008 constitutional amendment to reform the antiquated system from a written, closed trial system to open proceedings with oral arguments. Most of Mexico’s 31 states have yet to implement the changes. Even in one that has, Chihuahua, judges were punished for freeing a defendant the public believed to be guilty. They said they were forced to because of improperly gathered evidence. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexicans are engaged in national soul searching over their country’s flawed justice system as newly freed Florence Cassez, earlier convicted of and sentenced for being part of a kidnapping ring, makes the celebrity circuit in her native France.While Cassez received a hero’s welcome home, meeting with French President Francois Hollande on Friday, many in Mexico used the same word to describe their reaction to her release: “Indignation.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Few, however, seemed to believe that Cassez’s release will lead to any meaningful change in a system where an estimated 98 percent of crimes go unprosecuted. Innocent people frequently are jailed in Mexico while criminals behind the country’s astronomically high kidnapping rate are seen to enjoy widespread impunity.Isabel Navarrete, a 33-year-old mother feeding frozen yoghurt to her baby on Mexico City’s broad Paseo de la Reforma, boulevard blamed the country’s institutions.“There is no credibility in the institutions of justice and lot of pain and indignation among the families who suffered,” said Navarrete, calling the national handwringing over the case a “smoke screen.”“If anything, it will get a little worse,” she said.Roberto Hernandez, director of the film “Presumed Guilty,” a documentary about a Mexican man falsely imprisoned for murder, said both the experts and the people are right. “The public has every reason to feel betrayed,” he said. “The process the Supreme Court followed and the judicial process in general is so poor, it’s designed to create mistrust.”In France, Cassez was greeted by a red carpet and television cameras upon her return. The 38-year-old looked rested and buoyant after seven years in a Mexico City prison. “I was cleared,” she declared to the throngs of journalists waiting to receive her, though the justices pointedly did not rule whether she was guilty or not.center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix It’s unclear what impact the Cassez ruling will have on defendants’ rights and due process in other cases, said John Ackerman of the Institute of Legal Research at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.“The hope is that both the criminal justice reform and this kind of decision would create a demand that crimes be investigated in a more professional manner,” Ackerman said. “Just new rules and decisions are not enough. You need institutional transformation and political will and political independence for these investigators, which is something we haven’t achieved yet.”____Associated Press writers Lori Hinnant, Sarah DiLorenzo and Elaine Ganley in Paris and E. Eduardo Castillo in Mexico City contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The case had severely strained relations between the two countries under former President Felipe Calderon. Two French presidents, Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, had fought for the woman’s freedom.Edgar Martinez, 36, of Mexico City, believed her release had nothing to do with legal proceedings.“Bilateral favors between countries supersede the pain of whatever family,” he said Thursday, walking near the iconic Angel of Independence monument.Headlines and an unscientific newspaper poll reflected Mexicans overwhelmingly opposed the ruling and belief that the court protects criminals, not victims. “The court fails and frees a kidnapper,” one headline read. Cassez and her father had to leave the country in bullet-proof vests.Meanwhile, legal experts called the focus on defendants’ rights and due process good for the beleaguered justice system.“I understand that right now we are in a difficult and confusing moment, but the message has been given: the procurement of justice has to follow due process,” said Ricardo Sepulveda, a constitutional and human rights expert who heads the National Citizens Observatory for Security, Justice and Legality. “There is no other path for us to get out of the security crisis that we have in this country.” Top Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Man remanded over arms cache including grenade launcher

first_imgA 38-year-old man from Famagusta was remanded in custody for eights days on Wednesday in connection with possession of arms and explosives, including an anti-tank missile launcher.The arms cache was found by police during a search of the man’s home in a rural area of Paralimni on Tuesday.Officers found an RPG launcher along with its missile and propellants, a fragmentation grenade, a loaded pistol, three grammes of cocaine, and a bulletproof vest.Police also seized two hunting shotguns and 330 cartridges, a metal detector, 119 limesticks and two electronic devices that mimic bird calls used in trapping, and 1,649 50-gramme packages of hookah pipe tobacco.Famagusta CID and the drug squad continue their investigation into the case. You May LikeLuxuryLevels.com15 Cities where it is Actually Really Expensive to Live and Travel toLuxuryLevels.comUndoHealthy Food10 Best Exercises for Killer AbsHealthy FoodUndoBusiness Loans | Search AdsAre You Searching Businesses Loans? Find the Best Results with searchnow.comBusiness Loans | Search AdsUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

EU official holds meetings over cybercrime

first_imgEuropean Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King is set visit Cyprus on Tuesday and meet with Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou.The two are set to discuss security related issues such as the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cyber security.According to a press release by the EU Commission, King will have a meeting with chairman of the House foreign affairs committee chairman Yiorgos Lillikas and deputy chairman of the House legal committee Demetris Demetriou.King will then meet with police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou where they are set to discuss organised crime and information exchange which will follow with King’s visit to the cybercrime centre. You May LikeWomenDrama7 Things Ladies Do to Attract MenWomenDramaUndoMy Daily DiscoverySee Why This Travel Safe Is The Product Of The Year!My Daily DiscoveryUndoLoveMoneyHow You Can Build Your Dream Home For Less Than $50KLoveMoneyUndo High temperatures increase risk of firesUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more