What happens to the victims when child services fail

first_imgEditor’s note: The story below contains some graphic descriptions of sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised.Chris StewartAPTN InvestigatesThe Alberta government is in court fighting a claim for compensation brought forward on behalf of thousands of mostly Indigenous people who claim they were abused either sexually, physically or emotionally while under the protection of Child Services.People like Steven Morin and Clinton John Marty.(Steven Morin talking to APTN Investigates Journalist Chris Stewart about his abuse while in foster care)Morin says that while it’s not easy, he is telling his story in hopes that he can prevent more instances of abuse in the future.He was just five years old when his foster mother’s boyfriend began sexually assaulting him. The abuse continued for five years. He says he was assaulted almost every week.(A young Steven Morin in happier times)He started misbehaving and was taken out of the home.But not before he was threatened by his long time assailant.“The last time I seen him in person, he told me in the shower as he was doing his last . . . his last . . . whatever you want to call it on me. After he was done, he told me. This will be forever engraved into my memory. And I quote, “If you ever tell anyone about the things I have done to you . . . I will find you and I will kill you,” Morin told APTN Investigates.He says he told a group home about the abuse when he was 12 years old.“They ended up getting some investigators. Nothing was done about it. It was a waste of time.”Morin left the child welfare system at age 16. He couch surfed on his home territory, Enoch Cree Nation, just West of Edmonton.One day he saw the face of the man in the newspaper and on the local news. John Edward Beaver was wanted in connection with over a dozen charges of sexual assault.“I don’t know why I couldn’t look away from his photo. I had to look at his photo. I still don’t know why I had to look at his photo. And I remember waiting the next day. Did they find him yet? I remember on the fifth or sixth day, they ended up finding him. I was like ‘wow!’ The relief . . .” Morin recalled.John Edward Beaver was charged with more than a dozen counts of sexual assault. But he would never stand trial for those charges. He died in his sleep in 2014.(John Edward Beaver died before facing over a dozen sexual assault charges, including sexually assaulting Steven Morin)Court records show a conviction for child pornography where he was sentenced to six months prison in 1999. With that conviction, he should have not been allowed to be in the same house with a five-year-old.Morin received a $35,000 dollar injury claim from an Alberta government fund for victims of crime. He says he was too young and foolish when he received the money. One month later, it was all gone.He spent it on alcohol and hard drugs to help numb the pain.“In 2015, I really fell off and I went straight downhill. I went through a really bad breakup and I started using more than just cocaine. I was using meth. I was using heroin. Smoking it. I was drinking.”Clinton John Marty lives with his wife on the Elizabeth Metis Settlement, south of Cold Lake, Alberta.He and his brother were put into a Catholic home in Edmonton.“At eight years old there was a sister there. I’m not going to name her name. She might still be alive today. She did select some of the older boys to come into her room. And there they would select a little boy to go in and have oral sex with them. And once we were done, we were brought back to our bed, and told not to say anything,” Marty said.(Clinton Marty says he was sexually abused while in a Catholic Home. He says the child welfare system failed him.)He said he reported the abuse to the social workers there. But, he added, “nine of out ten times, you were labelled as a troubled kid if you talked about it.”Marty says his own father abused him and his mother informed Alberta Child Protection not to give Marty and his brother to their father. They did anyway.“Child welfare placed us, not once but twice. And he abused us sexually, physically, and very emotionally. And he was charged for that. And he never faced the charges because he committed suicide so he didn’t have to. So we lived with that as well.”When Marty was 12 years old, he and his brother were given back to their mother. That is very rare in cases where the government has a permanent guardianship order.The two brothers began to fight.“We were both very violent towards each other because of the way things were in the homes. And I had kicked my brother in the side of my head. My Mother screams out, ‘Oh my God, What has happened to my boys?’ And I can remember clear as day looking at her and saying those boys are gone a long time ago. This is what they created,” he said.(A young Clinton John Marty)Like Steven Morin, Clinton John Marty was changed forever. Marty can’t hold down a job. He only completed Grade 5. He has nightmares. He was diagnosed with Severe Childhood Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.“There are nights where I sleep two-and-a-half hours a night. When I close my eyes, it’s flashbacks. It’s nightmares. I’m unreliable. Without my wife, who has looked after me for all these years, I probably would have been dead a long time ago,” Marty told APTN Investigates.Lawyer Robert Lee has two class action lawsuits ongoing against the province of Alberta.He has been working to get compensation for victims of the child welfare system for 20 years.“They shouldn’t be living in poverty,” Lee said. “They shouldn’t be living in circumstances where they have to choose between paying rent instead of buying food.”Steven Morin has not yet joined in one of the class actions but he is considering suing the Alberta government. He has talked to Lee several times.“As a five to nine year old, and so he told the child welfare system, this horrible thing, the most horrible thing that could happen to a child, has happened to me. And he gets no help. He goes to the system that put him there and says, you did this to me. Now help me. I’m broken. Now fix me. And they do nothing,” the lawyer said.Lee said the provincial government is fighting him every step of the way.“And what I thought would take six months is going to take two years. And so my clients can’t afford to pay a lawyer. I can’t afford to work for free. And that is the dilemma. If you want to go through our legal system, you better have money. And so if you don’t have money to pay for a lawyer, you are just out of luck. And that is wrong.”Clinton Marty has not had an easy life. But he and his wife have raised four children. He says he quit drinking when they were young. He wanted to be a better parent than his were.“To know that I’ve been with the same woman since I’ve been 16 years old. And that we made a beautiful family together, in spite of everything. I know I’ve set my children up to never ever have to experience what I’ve been through. To let them know the things I went through. I could have brought that upon them. But I didn’t. And I did it for my family, and to make sure the cycle breaks. You can’t have a repetitive cycle of abuse. Alcoholism, drug addiction. It can’t continue. Someone has to be the one to step up and say enough is enough,” Marty said.(Caption Clinton and his wife Carrie Lynn reminisce over old family photos.)As for Steven Morin, he is almost finished writing a book on his life. He says it helps him heal.He has started a non-profit business called the Indigenous Children’s Mentoring Society. He want to offer a mentorship program to Indigenous children, similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is starting in his home community of Enoch First Nation. He is looking forward to starting his own family.(Steven Morin speaking at his event December 2018 called Breaking the Chains. The event was in support of victims of abuse)“I will someday, hopefully, make that family for myself. I can be the father and the parent I never got to have. I can teach my future daughter or son that I wasn’t able to teach. Like how to tie your shoe. How to swing on a swing. I’m loving life right now.“This is healing — the next step on my healing journey. And I hope I can help others heal while I’m at it.”cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

Crudebyrail exports fall in January as Alberta started production cuts

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports in January fell compared with December, but remained more than twice as high as 12 months earlier.The federal agency reports an average of 325,500 barrels per day of oil was exported by rail in January, down from 353,800 bpd in December but well above 145,700 bpd in January 2018.It says total crude oil exports by rail, pipeline and trucking fell to 3.49 million bpd in January from 3.92 million in December, but were higher than the 3.38 million bpd in January 2018.Alberta enacted a crude production curtailment program as of Jan. 1 designed to keep 325,000 bpd off the market to clear up a glut of oil that had overwhelmed pipeline capacity and lowered prices. The curtailment level is to fall to about 175,000 bpd by June.About half of Canada’s crude-by-rail shipments in December were made by Calgary-based Imperial Oil Ltd.The company cut its rail shipments in January and vowed to take them to near zero in February because of market reaction to the curtailment program.Imperial says the curtailments resulted in narrower differences between prices for crude sold in Alberta and in the U.S. and thus impaired the economic case for paying rail fees to win better prices on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Companies in this story: (TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press read more

Shooting in Nagalagam street 4 people injured

A shooting incident was reported from Nagalagam street in Colombo today.The Police said that four people were injured in the shooting incident and were admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette)

Trafficking in women and children focus of UN crime commission session

The 40-member Commission, which formulates international policies and recommends activities in the field of crime control, is expected to spotlight the phenomenon of trafficking just as the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) has confirmed that the majority of victims of human trafficking are women and children, and sexual exploitation is the most common form of such abuse.While there is a dearth of reliable statistics worldwide on human trafficking, UNODC’s newly established global database focusing on such trends has revealed that victims are typically recruited from moderately poor countries, transported through countries which provide safe routes, and end up in more affluent parts of the world.In addition, Asia, the former Soviet Republics and Africa are the major regions of origin, while Central Asia and Eastern Europe currently act mainly as a transit area for trafficked persons. Asia, excluding Japan, is now as much a source as a destination, and the main destination regions can be found in the industrialized world.During its current session – set to run through 22 May – the Commission will discuss trends in trafficking in human beings; investigating and prosecuting such cases, including national and international law enforcement cooperation and assistance; and awareness-raising and social intervention, including victim support and the role of civil society.A workshop on “Trafficking in Human Beings, Especially in Women and Children: Lessons Learned and Policy Implications” is scheduled for Thursday. The event is being organized by the institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme (CICP) network and coordinated by the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). read more

Staff and alumni among Niagaras Top 40 under Forty

There’s no shortage of young people in Niagara helping drive the community forward.Several recipients of this year’s Niagara Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards are Brock University alumni and staff.Alumnus William Parent (BSc ’13), Brock’s hospitality event co-ordinator, says “getting the chance to work alongside and mentor current students is one of the reasons I love working at Brock.”As a student, he developed leadership and business management skills working for several areas across campus including Smart Start, the Brock University Students’ Union and for the event operations team.“As an elected member of the Brock University Students’ Union I learned the importance of governance and working as a team player.”Parent, also an active community volunteer, says giving back to the community comes naturally.“I give when I can, where I can,” he says.Sandy HoweStaff member Sandy Howe is honoured to be named one of Niagara’s next generation of business leaders. As the associate director, experiential education she educates, encourages and mentors students during hands-on learning experiences at work and during her free time.“I encourage current students and new graduates to try new experiences, break out of their scheduled lives and get involved within their communities,” she says.Niagara’s Top 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards will be given out by the Business Link Media Group on May 18 at Holiday Inn & Suites Parkway Conference Centre.Celebrate the achievements of Niagara’s Top 40 Under Forty who consistently make their mark in business and in their communities.The following are the 2016 award winners that are Brock University alumni and/or staff:Jeffrey Aird (BEd ’03)Clinic Owner and Director, Niagara Orthopaedic InstituteNeil Culp (BA ’04, MBA ’06)Associate Director, Organizational Development and Effectiveness , Brock UniversityCarlo DeSantis (BBA ’02)CEO, Emporium Carpet & Flooring – Yes, 2002Dr. Geoff Gamble (BSc ’00)Owner, Niagara Health & Rehab CentreSandy HoweAssociate Director, Experiential Education, Brock UniversityCharles KissiHead Coach Men’s Basketball, Brock UniversityJeff Letvenuk (BA ’08)Media Relations Manager, Pillitteri Estates WineryJames Little, CPA, CA (BAcc ’03)Partner, Tony DiPaola Professional CorporationTikvah Mindorff (BA ’15)Executive Director, Niagara Sustainability InitiativeJennifer Newman (BA ’11, BEd ’12)Designer, Second Dance – ConsignmentSara Palmieri(BA ’03)Programming and Marketing Manager, FirstOntario Performing Arts CentreWilliam Parent (BSc ’13)Hospitality Event Co-ordinator, Brock UniversityJulie Rorison (BA ’10)Executive Assistant to the Mayor, City of St. CatharinesSean Simpson (BA ’06, MA ’08)Owner, Simpsons PharmaSave – Yes, 2008 read more

Prostate cancer could be ruled out with simple MRI scan which prevents

first_imgProstate cancer could be ruled out with a simple MRI scan and prevent one in four men needing an invasive biopsy, a new study shows.Around 100,000 men are sent for a biopsy each year in Britain following blood tests which suggest prostate cancer might be present.But many will not have an aggressive tumour – or cancer at all – and run the risk of developing sepsis or urinary problems through the unnecessary exploratory surgery. 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. MRI scans can reveal the size of the tumour, how densely packed the cells are and how well it is connected to the blood stream, all of which indicate how aggressive the cancer is.In the study, scanning correctly diagnosed almost all of the aggressive cancers (93 per cent), whereas biopsy correctly diagnosed only half 48 per cent, For men who had a negative MRI scan, nine out of 10 either had either no cancer or a harmless cancer, an accuracy rate far highter than surgery.The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) is currently rewriting guidelines for the diagnosis of prostate cancer and are expected to call for initial scans. Some men with no cancer or harmless cancers are sometimes given the wrong diagnosis and are then treated even though this offers no survival benefitDr Hashim Ahmed Dr Hashim Ahmed, of UCLcenter_img Dr Hashim Ahmed, of UCL Biopsies are also notoriously poor at detecting aggressive cancer, missing half of deadly cases and over-diagnosing in 25 per cent of cases.Now a new study by University College London (UCL) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) has shown around 25,000 men could be spared a biopsy and needless treatment, if they were scanned first.A trial of 576 men across 11 NHS hospitals found that scans could help one in four men avoid further treatment.“Prostate cancer has aggressive and harmless forms,” said study author Dr Hashim Ahmed, of UCL.“Our current biopsy test can be inaccurate because the tissue samples are taken at random. This means it cannot confirm whether a cancer is aggressive or not and can miss aggressive cancers that are actually there.“Because of this some men with no cancer or harmless cancers are sometimes given the wrong diagnosis and are then treated even though this offers no survival benefit and can often cause side effects.” Men whose scans came back negative would instead be monitored by the doctors rather than undergoing surgery.“We are searching for better ways to diagnose prostate cancer, the commonest cancer in men in the UK, since PSA alone is an imperfect test,” said Professor Ros Eeles, Professor of Prostate Cancer Genetics at The Institute of Cancer Research, London.”This study provides ground breaking data that the addition of a multi parametric MRI can be used in the diagnostic pathway after PSA to better predict who would most benefit from prostate biopsy.”An economic evaluation will now be needed to demonstrate if this method is cost-effective, and should be taken up as standard of care, since internationally MRI prior to prostate biopsy is not universally practised.”The new study was published in The Lancet.last_img read more

Nokia was blackmailed into paying millions to criminals back in 2008

first_imgNOKIA WAS FORCED to pay several million euro to criminals who had threatened to leak the source code that was used in its phones six years ago.The Finnish police told local TV station MTV that it was investigating the case, which happened in 2008, and that the case was still open.According to Reuters, the blackmailers had acquired the encryption key for a core part of Nokia’s Symbian software and threatened to make it public.If this happened, it would have allowed anyone to write additional code for the operating system, including possible malware which would have been indistinguishable from the actual software.Nokia agreed to deliver the cash to a parking lot for collection, but not before it notified the police about the situation. However, while the money was picked up, the police lost track of the criminals after it happened.At the time, Symbian’s market share was roughly 50% as the software was used by a number of manufacturers. Nokia later replaced Symbian with Windows Phone in 2011 when it launched its Lumia smartphone range.Nokia’s mobile phone business was bought by Microsoft earlier this year for €5.4 billion. When the deal was completed, Microsoft said that it would help “accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones.”Read: Would you give up your smartphone….for this? >Read: Apple has dodged a massive $840 million price-fixing court case >last_img read more

Les voitures ne verront plus le Mont SaintMichel

first_imgLes voitures ne verront plus le Mont Saint-MichelSamedi, les navettes ont commencé à transporter les touristes vers le Mont Saint-Michel. Dorénavant, plus aucune voiture ne pourra accéder au rocher et devra être garée à 3 kilomètres de là. Attention touristes, ne comptez plus accéder au Mont Saint-Michel en voiture, cette époque est désormais révolue. Depuis samedi, seules les navettes sont en effet en mesure d’acheminer le public au rocher. Les touristes doivent ainsi garer leur véhicule dans le parking déplacé à 3 kilomètres de là avant de marcher pour prendre les bus. D’une capacité de 4.100 places, le parking est désormais accessible pour un prix de 8,50 euros par véhicule, au lieu des 6 euros qui étaient demandés auparavant. Une augmentation dont ne se sont pas plaints les touristes interrogés par l’AFP.”C’est superbe. C’est normal qu’on interdise les voitures au pied d’un tel site. C’est plus écologique. Il faut marcher avant de pouvoir prendre une navette mais c’est plat. Notre fils de quatre ans l’a fait”, confiaient Arnaud et Stéphanie Drelon, et leurs trois enfants à leur arrivée au mont samedi matin. A son retour, la famille de l’Oise se disait toujours satisfaite, même si le cadet de quatre ans était sur les épaules de son père. Samedi, les navettes pour le public ont ainsi fonctionné au rythme d’une tous les quart d’heure puis 5 minutes, au gré des flux de touristes.Cette mesure constitue en fait la deuxième étape clé du projet visant à permettre au monument classé au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco de redevenir une île 20 jours en moyenne par an. La première a été franchie en 2009 avec l’ouverture d’un barrage, dont les premiers lâchers d’eau ont commencé à désensabler le mont. La dernière étape sera la mise en service d’un pont-passerelle en remplacement de l’actuelle digue-route qui relie depuis 1880 le mont au continent et doit être détruire en 2015.Des navettes qui ne peuvent se croiser ? À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?Néanmoins, les conditions de ce nouvel accès au Mont sont d’ores et déjà l’objet de vives critiques. Notamment en cause, la longue marche une fois la voiture garée : il faut parcourir au moins 900 mètres, des premières places attribuées au public sur le nouveau parking jusqu’au point de départ des navettes, selon le podomètre de l’AFP, puis 390 mètres, du point d’arrivée au mont, selon Veolia. “Je trouve que c’est un peu long”, a ainsi confié essoufflé, Jacky, 86 ans au début du parcours.Outre ce problème, la mise en service des navettes a également connu quelques difficultés et a dû être retardée de novembre à aujourd’hui. En effet, les navettes réversibles conçues pour le mont n’ont qu’une capacité de 66 places contre 95 promises par Veolia et il semblerait qu’elles ne puissent se croiser sans encombre sur la passerelle un peu trop étroite. Alors que le lancement des navettes hippomobiles a été repoussé, Veolia a mis en service des bus classiques en plus pour compenser mais les Cassandre prédisent des heures d’attente les jours de pointe.”Pour l’instant, ça va. Mais j’attends de voir comment ça va se passer lorsque le premier car de Japonais va arriver à midi”, a expliqué à l’AFP un agent d’un tour opérateur japonais. De son côté, Laurent Beauvais président PS de la région Basse-Normandie et président du syndicat mixte qui gère le projet de rétablissement du caractère maritime du mont, a toutefois indiqué que “la première impression est plutôt bonne. Pour l’instant, tout semble aller bien”.Le 30 avril 2012 à 18:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

19yearold man hospitalized after falling off Ocean Beach pier

first_img Posted: January 12, 2018 January 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 19-year-old man hospitalized after falling off Ocean Beach pier KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 19-year-old man was rescued and hospitalized after he fell off the Ocean Beach pier overnight and lost consciousness in the cold ocean water, but his condition Friday was not known, authorities said.San Diego lifeguards were notified of the accident about 10:20 p.m. Thursday and were told the teen fell into the water from near the Ocean Beach Pier Cafe, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.“Lifeguards responded and found the man face down in the water south of the cafe,” Munoz said. “He was rescued and CPR was performed in the rescue boat.”Lifeguards took the unconscious man to Lifeguard Headquarters in Mission Bay where an awaiting ambulance took him to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, Munoz said. His condition was not immediately available this morning.Media at the scene reported the teen was not breathing when lifeguards pulled him onto the rescue boat. But he had apparently been successfully resuscitated by the time he was transferred to the ambulance.The man was reportedly sitting on the railing of the pier with a group of friends and his brother when he fell. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

300 Villages Mud Bay

first_imgThis week we’re heading to Mud Bay, right near Haines. Melina Shields is an artist and massage therapist who lives in Mud Bay, Alaska.Download Audiolast_img

Twin attacks kill 20 police in Yemens Aden sources

first_imgDubai: Two separate attacks killed at least 20 police in Yemen’s government-held second city Aden Thursday, one by Shiite rebels and the other by jihadists, security and medical sources said. Civilians were among scores of people wounded in the two attacks which targeted the United Arab Emirates-backed police and shattered a year of relative calm in the southern port city. The first attack was a suicide car bombing carried out by jihadists on a police station, which killed three officers and wounded at least 20 others, including civilians, a security source said. Also Read – Leading 22-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested Advertise With Us The second attack was carried out by the Huthi rebels, who used a drone and a ballistic missile to target a parade in a police camp west of Aden and killed 17 officers and wounded scores more, medical sources and the rebels said. The suicide bombing targeted policemen who were gathering early in the morning at the entrance of a police station in Aden’s Sheikh Othman area. “Tens of wounded were hospitalised at Aden surgical hospital after an explosion in the surrounding area,” Doctors Without Borders said on Twitter. Also Read – US states declare emergency over hurricane Dorian Advertise With Us The Huthi rebels said the attack on Al-Jala Camp, about 20 kilometres west of Aden, was carried out with a drone and a ballistic missile. Aden is controlled by the Yemeni government and its supporters in a Saudi-led coalition, who have been fighting the Huthi rebels since 2015. But it also hosts Sunni extremists of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, who have claimed a number of attacks in the city in recent years. In February last year, twin suicide bombings claimed by IS hit a base of an Aden counter-terrorism unit, killing five people, including a child. Advertise With Us Five months later, two people were killed when an attacker blew himself in the city. The government established its headquarters in Aden after the rebels forced it out of the capital Sanaa in 2015. In January last year, the city was rocked by deadly clashes that saw southern separatists seize much of it from other pro-government forces. A former British colony and protectorate, South Yemen was an independent country until it merged with the north in 1990. The two sides fought a devastating civil war four years later that culminated in northern forces occupying the south. Sowing grievances that persist to this day. The UAE is a key partner in the Saudi-led coalition which has enforced an air and sea blockade on rebel-held areas and carried out a controversial bombing campaign that has exacted a heavy civilian death toll. In recent months, the rebels have hit back with missile and drone attacks targeting neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Several rounds of UN-brokered talks, including an accord reached in Stockholm in December, have failed to end the fighting. The conflict has killed or wounded tens of thousands of people and resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. An estimated 24 million Yemenis — more than 80 percent of the population — depend on some form of humanitarian assistance for survival, UN agencies say.last_img read more

Teen Dalit girl gangraped and set ablaze in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgREUTERS/Adnan Abidi [Representational Image]A 14-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped and set ablaze by some miscreants in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar on Friday, May 24. The victim’s body was found in a charred state at her house.According to reports, the girl used to work at a brick kiln and stayed at a makeshift room. The autopsy report suggested that the girl died of asphyxiation and burn injuries.The UP police have booked seven people for the heinous crime, although none of them has been arrested. The police said that they have not yet arrested the accused since they are still gathering evidence of the incident.The girl along with her family used to work at the brick kiln and lived in a room adjacent to it. The victim’s father had gone to the town to get some medicines on Friday evening after her mother fell ill. He left her along with her brother, 12, and the incident took place after he left the kiln. He was informed the next day that his daughter’s body was found in a charred stateAccording to the police, the girl’s family did not suspect rape initially but filed a complaint against the brick kiln owner and six others claiming so. The father claimed that she was taken by two men who work in the area and was gang-raped, after which they burnt her alive. The girl’s slippers and some clothes were recovered from the crime spot.”An FIR has been registered on the basis of a complaint by the victim’s father against the brick kiln owner and six others on charges of gang rape, murder and sections of the SC/ST Atrocities Act. The allegations of rape have not been confirmed. But the investigation is pending and arrests will be made as per evidence,” said the area’s Circle Officer, reports The Indian Express.The girl’s father also claimed that since the makeshift room does not have electricity or any other inflammable materials, how can the room catch fire. He alleged the accused to have set the dress on fire as to misrepresent it as an accident. He claimed that everyone knows what happened with his daughter but choose to remain silent and there is immense pressure on anyone who wants to speak out.The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has taken cognizance of the case, police said. A statement of the girl’s father will also be recorded before a magistrate, adds the report.last_img read more

Number of Aedes mosquitoes increased by 13 times in city

first_imgSource: Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)The number of Aedes mosquitoes that transmit the deadly dengue virus has increased by 13 folds in Dhaka’s two city corporations, leaving people in danger.A study by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) says the density of matured Aedes vector population was 36 before the rain which has increased to 487. The pre-rain study was commissioned between 3 March and 12 March while the last study was conducted between 17 and 27 July in 100 places of the 98 wards of the Dhaka North City Corporations and Dhaka South City Corporation.The study also shows the density of larvae has also been intensified during that period, meaning the number of mosquitoes will surge further.The researchers found that the mosquito larvae were mainly found in water inside abandoned tires, plastic drums, buckets, open tanks and flowerpots.  The DGHS’s communicable disease wing says the dengue patients are on the rise as the adult Aedes mosquitoes and its larvae have increased by many times.The officials at DGHS also said the prevention of the Aedes depends on the intensity of preventive activities, awareness of the public and availability of mosquito repellents.Source: Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)Bangladesh is not alone struggling against the outbreak of dengue. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the dengue situation has worsened in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Laos, Singapore, as well as in Vietnam.Prothom Alo investigation finds so far 85 people have died of dengue fever this year.As many as 15,650 people have already been admitted to hospitals with dengue fever before July, breaking the record of the last year. In 2018, 10,148 were infected with the virus.last_img read more

US Government Records 1468 Billion May Deficit

first_imgFlickrThe federal government recorded a budget deficit of $146.8 billion in May, helping push the total deficit so far this year 23 percent above the same period a year ago.Last month’s deficit followed a surplus of $214.3 billion in April, a month that traditionally ends in the black because of the federal income tax filing deadline.The Treasury Department reported Tuesday that the deficit for the first eight months of this budget year, which began on Oct. 1, totals $532.2 billion. That’s up by $99.4 billion from the $432.9 billion imbalance run up during the same period last year.The deficit increase reflects in part the impact of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that President Donald Trump pushed through Congress in December.The Congressional Budget Office is projecting that the deficit for this year will hit $804 billion, up $138 billion from last year’s deficit of $665.8 billion. And the CBO sees annual deficits rising past the $1 trillion mark under the impact of the 10-year tax cut passed last year, coupled with rising costs for Social Security and Medicare as more baby boomers reach retirement age.In a report last week, the trustees for Social Security and Medicare projected that $416 billion will need to be transferred from the government’s general revenues to pay benefits this year. It will mark the first time Social Security has had to rely on general revenue funds since the Reagan era.The Treasury’s monthly budget report showed that, through the first eight months of this budget year, government revenues total $2.22 trillion, up 2.6 percent from the same period a year ago. Government outlays total $2.76 trillion, up a much larger 6 percent from the same period a year ago. Sharelast_img read more

Top luxury destinations to travel to in 2018

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!Best destination for gay tourism in the USAMalta will host first LGBT+ Tourism SummitRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/luxury-travel/ GAYSTARNEWS- For those that love to travel, it seems as though there is always more of the world to explore. Each year there are several lists compiled urging you to visit new destinations that stand out among the rest, and 2018 is no different.If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury locales, then look no further. These international stops are guaranteed to delight for a variety of stellar reasons. This article won’t cover how to get there or which airlines allow your furry friends to tag along in style, but it will show you new locations worthy of the term luxe (and speaking of luxe –here you can check some private jets pricing because why not have some more fun while reaching your dream vacation!).center_img Viñales, CubaColorful streets and a lush countryside make Cuba a top destination many, not to mention that it’s home to some of the world’s top cigar manufacturers. Viñales places travellers in a location surrounded by the beauty of the island, in a place where live music and dancing can be enjoyed late into the night.Exquisite food, serene walks, and cafes boasting renowned coffee are an incredible part of the experience. However, it is the classic car scene that draws so many to this unique city.Alentejo, PortugalFor the ultimate seaside getaway, consider the coastline of Alentejo. Its clear ocean waves, rock formations, and breathtaking cliffs are one of a kind. For the most part, the beaches remain empty to deliver a level of privacy unheard of here in places like the US. Whether you enjoy surfing or simply basking in the shallow recesses created by the landscape, this warm water spot is the perfect beach destination. Also, when heading for surfing or biking – think about a equipment transport companies, it can make your trip much easier and comfortable.Valletta, MaltaValleta is the capital city of Malta, an island nation, and it happens to be a highly underrated location. Skip the Bahamas and head to this rich cultural wonderland filled with decadent museums, theaters, and circa 1500s architecture. It’s the perfect combination of the arts and tropical living. Tokyo, JapanSpeaking of cultural getaways, Japan is one city that will always make the list of luxury destinations. From premier shopping to unique dining experiences, you can find it all here. It’s the New York of the East, and feels like stepping into a whole other world.Seville, SpainRated the number one city to visit by Lonely Planet, this European locale delivers gorgeous sights and all the trimmings of a luxe vacation. From its awe-inspiring architecture to the exquisite food (their tapas is on point), you’ll feel like royalty just visiting.IcelandIt might not sound like this frozen island could offer anything short of a wilderness trip, but prepare for the exact opposite. Aside from the Northern Lights, which are a must see for any traveler, this country boasts a level of hospitality unlike anywhere else. With more airline companies offering flights to this beautiful location, it’s easier than ever to book a trip.Amsterdam, NetherlandsImagine stepping foot in a city filled with old world charm and small-town warmth. That’s what Amsterdam has to offer its visitors, along with some of the best coffee in Europe. Don’t let the meek appearance fool you, though, this destination is filled with premier restaurants and top-star hotels. Plus, you can hop over to Brussels with ease.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Become An Expert At Web Application Development Using This Ruby On Rails

first_img Share Tweet Submit You want to become a web developer? Are you finding it hard to learn? This course pack will help you achieve your goal. Ruby on Rails is a favorite web developing application among aspiring developers and it is extremely popular. The course is great for students from all backgrounds and all levels and it will provide you with an in-depth tutorial on Ruby on Rails especially Rails 5. The course will also help you understand and come to terms with the application’s newest features like building real-time apps and mastering basic and advanced development techniques.Ruby on Rails Course Bundle FeaturesUsing this course bundle has a lot o advantages including the following:Access to 174 lectures and 20 hours of content 24/7Learn to build web apps using Ruby on Rails and become an expert in back-end developmentBuild automated test suites for complex web appsBecome a confident web app developerCompete for the highest paying junior developer jobsWork with real-time features using ActionCable in Rails 5The course will be taught by Mashrur Hossain. He is a technology expert and has been a professional in this field for over a decade now. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Economics. During his career he has had various roles in analysis, management and development and all of which included working with Enterprise Software Systems. So he is no stranger to the workings. He is extremely passionate about web application development and believes that Ruby on Rails is a very important success factor for this field.Details and requirementsUsers can have a lifetime access to the course after it is purchased. As mentioned before your level of expertise doesn’t matter as long as you are passionate to learn. The course will help you with everything. You can redeem your code after 30 days of purchase. You will also need an internet connection for the course. However, a certification of completion is not included in the bundle. So what are you waiting for? Just visit the site and join Mashrur Hossain as he guides you through the world of web application.last_img read more

Redefining the quintessential Banyan Tree experien

first_imgRedefining the quintessential Banyan Tree experience, Banyan Tree Phuket introduces “Retreat for the Senses”, a holistic experience of rejuvenation, wellness and discovery. Tailored according to individual lifestyles and preferences, “Retreat for the Senses” is the perfect start to achieving complete relaxation without spending a fortune: an all-inclusive package including accommodation, signature spa treatments at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, three sumptuous meals daily, yoga and meditation sessions, and a series of enriching activities that are held in the lush natural surroundings of Banyan Tree Phuket.There are four unique programs to choose from, centered on the themes of Rejuvenation, Wellness and Discovery. The Rejuvenation retreat focuses on healing through relieving daily stresses. When seeking to indulge in Rejuvenation, a series of spa treatments are scheduled after a personal consultation reviewing what is best to replenish each guest’s energy. For a trip centered on Wellness, Banyan Tree Phuket’s experts help to create an itinerary to enhance health and well-being through culinary selections, yoga, and meditation. The Wellness weekend focuses on improving daily life for mental and physical health. The last program focuses on Discovery. It enhances the innovation of your passions through activities such as batik painting, Thai Classical Dance, and preparation of Thai cuisine with culinary masters. All three “Retreat for the Senses” programs provide an all-inclusive way to embark on an adventure to enlighten the mind, body, and soul.During the “Retreat for the Senses”, each individual undergoes a personal lifestyle assessment to determine the best level of attention. The introductory-level experience is the Sense of Bliss program, the intermediate-level experience is the Sense of Heritage program, and the advance-level experiences comprise the Sense of Ayurveda and Sense of Purification programs. Each retreat is designed to relax and rejuvenate each guest throughout their stay.All “Retreat for the Senses” programs include a wellness consultation during the stay with the resident Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Arun Satheesh, who will analyze each individual’s situation to recommend diet choices and lifestyle changes to attain mental, physical and spiritual harmony. Yoga and meditation sessions are also included in all “Retreat for the Senses” programs. Guests will enjoy personalized service from a dedicated Resort Host who will attend to each guest throughout the stay to assist with every request and make recommendations on the best activities and spa treatments.www.banyantree.comlast_img read more

AP source Boone picked by Yankees as next manager

first_imgAP source: Boone picked by Yankees as next manager NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager, a person familiar with New York’s decision told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the decision had not been announced by the team.Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. His 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.Boone was a big league third baseman from 1997-2009 and an All-Star in 2003, when New York acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline.Boone was among six people interviewed for the job and won out over Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens, Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward and former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who retired as a player after winning his first World Series this year with Houston.New York’s choice of Boone was first reported by former Daily News columnist Bill Madden.After missing out on the Yankees’ job, Thomson told the Phillies he is accepting an offer to become their bench coach, a person familiar that decision said. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced.Five days after New York lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Oct. 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 seasons, the team’s 27th World Series title in 2009 and a 910-710 regular-season record. Cashman later said he was concerned over “ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel.”Boone was the fourth of the candidates to interview with New York, going through about six hours of conversations at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 17.“I would say in a way I’ve been preparing for this job for the last 44 years,” he said then.Boone’s career with New York was brief. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a pickup basketball game in January 2004 and was released by the Yankees, who claimed he violated a prohibition against basketball in the guarantee language of his contract. New York replaced him by acquiring Alex Rodriguez from Texas.Owner Hal Steinbrenner said last month a lack of managing and coaching experience was a concern but not an insurmountable hurdle.Boone’s grandfather, Ray, was a two-time All-Star infielder from 1948-60. His father, Bob, was a four-time All-Star catcher from 1972-90, then managed Kansas City from 1995-97 and Cincinnati from 2001-03. His brother, Bret, was a three-time All-Star second baseman in a big league career from 1992-2005.“I’ve been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old, and in a way managing the game from a very young age,” Aaron Boone said. “And then growing up where my dad was in the big leagues from the time I was born to the time I was in a senior in high school and being around great teams, great players, I’ve kind of lived this game as a kid.”Boone had never interviewed previously for a manager opening. He had been at ESPN since his retirement as a player.“I just feel like it’s started to really pull at me,” he said. “Especially the last few years, I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations.”His dad has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and currently is an assistant general manager.“He definitely recognizes how much it’s changed over the last couple years, five years, 10 years, to where — especially with analytics these days, it’s a different job,” Aaron Boone said. “There’s a lot to consider and there’s a lot of great information out there that is instilled into the game today. And it’s I think now more than ever more of a partnership from front office to manager.”“We are an extension of the front office and a part of the front office,” he added, “and how we gather information and get it in the hands of the players is a very important part of the job nowadays.”___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees’ Aaron Boone celebrates his game-winning home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield during the 11th inning of Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in New York. A person familiar with the decision says the Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night, Dec. 1, 2017, because the decision had not been announced by the team. Now 44, Boone has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season. 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Fitch says Cyprus €850m bond issue reduces refinancing risks

first_imgCyprus’ €850m bond issue reduces refinancing risks and demonstrates the sovereign`s improved financing flexibility, Fitch Ratings said, although some factors continue to weigh on the island’s sovereign credit profile.The seven-year bond was priced to yield 2.8 per cent, the lowest-ever rate achieved by Cyprus for a euro benchmark bond, despite the fact that the island is not included in the European Central Bank`s public sector purchase programme. It was offered in conjunction with a simultaneous exchange for three outstanding bonds maturing between June 2019 and May 2020.The US-based rating agency said on Friday that with existing cash buffers estimated at around 8 per cent of GDP, and covering financing needs until 2Q18, the transaction was launched for debt management reasons and to allow Cyprus to benefit from favourable market conditions and low interest rates.According to Fitch, the transaction reduces medium-term refinancing risks by lengthening the sovereign`s debt maturity profile and reducing 2019 and 2020 refinancing needs.Of the €846m in net proceeds, €560m has been used to exchange the 2019 and 2020 maturities, and €280m is earmarked for prepayment of a portion of Cyprus’ IMF loans.This will move Cyprus’ next debt repayment peak of around €1.5b to 2025 from 2019, and the percentage of public debt maturing over the next five years to 34 per cent from 38 per cent.The IMF prepayment will also help reduce debt service costs by locking in the bond’s lower rate against the IMF`s 3.52 per cent floating-rate loan, and will bring the outstanding amount owed to the IMF down to around €720m.The agency said a sustained track record of market access at affordable rates is one of several factors that could lead to an upgrade of Cyprus’ `BB-`/Positive sovereign rating, which Fitch affirmed on April 21.However, Fitch says some factors continue to weigh on Cyprus’ sovereign credit profile.“The banking sector’s exceptionally weak asset quality poses a significant downside risk to economic recovery.”The ratio of the sector’s non-performing exposures to total loans was 46 per cent at the end of February, the highest of Fitch-rated sovereigns.As well as sustained market access, the rating agency says that developments that could lead to an upgrade include a marked improvement in banking sector asset quality, further economic recovery, and a reduction in private sector indebtedness, a lower government debt/GDP ratio, and a narrowing of the current account deficit and reduction in external indebtedness.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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