US woman appeals life sentence in Halifax Valentines Day mall shooting plot

first_imgHALIFAX – An American woman who plotted to go on a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall is appealing her sentence of life in prison, calling it “manifestly harsh and excessive.”Lindsay Souvannarath was sentenced in April after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in a plan that would have seen two shooters open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court in 2015.A motion to set a date for the appeal hearing is expected to be considered next week by Justice David Farrar of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.In her notice of appeal, Souvannarath argues that her sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 10 years should be revised to a fixed sentence of 12 to 14 years.The Chicago-area woman provides five grounds for appeal, including suggesting that the presiding judge committed an error by imposing a burden on her to prove she was remorseful and had “renounced anti-social beliefs.”She also argues that Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski was wrong to compare the conspiracy to a terrorism offence and conclude it was equivalent in “moral blameworthiness, gravity and danger” to the public.The 26-year-old woman added that the judge offended the principle of parity by imposing a dramatically lengthier sentence on her than on co-conspirator Randall Shepherd.Souvannarath pleaded guilty last year, several months after Shepherd — a Halifax man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the foiled shooting plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.A third alleged conspirator, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.The conspiracy can be traced back to December 2014, when Souvannarath and Gamble began an online relationship, exchanging explicit intimate photographs and a fascination with mass shootings.Thousands of Facebook messages between the two provide details of the conspiracy and Souvannarath’s obsession with Nazism, the 1999 Columbine shooting and a plot she nicknamed “Der Untergang” — a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Halifax mall.The massacre was to end with their own suicides.Souvannarath left her home in Geneva, Ill., on Feb 13, 2015, and flew to Halifax on a one-way ticket, allegedly carrying her “death outfit” and books on serial killers in her luggage.But the plan began to fall apart before she landed in Nova Scotia.Acting on a tip, police surrounded Gamble’s home outside Halifax. He agreed over the phone to come outside, but instead shot himself in the head.Meanwhile, Shepherd went to the airport on a city bus to meet Souvannarath, but was arrested while waiting.Officers also sent online photos of Souvannarath to border agents at the Halifax airport, instructing them to detain anyone matching her description arriving on a flight from Chicago via New York.When Souvannarath arrived, she was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency.The arrests made international headlines and shocked Nova Scotians. The spectre of shooters opening fire in the food court of a popular mall threatened thousands of shoppers and workers and unsettled the city for months.One judge noted that it was difficult to imagine a crime more damaging to a community’s sense of peace and security, while a Crown lawyer said the “horrible plan would have changed the face of Halifax forever.”Rosinski cited the explicit intention to create mass panic and undermine the community’s sense of security as an aggravating factor in the sentencing.“They intended to maximize dead and wounded casualties,” the judge wrote in his decision.last_img read more

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Receive The JARR Humanitarian Award At Napa

first_imgCelebrity activist couple, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed, were presented with the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award on Thursday, November 9, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville as part of the 7th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival.Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed Receive the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Tribute at the Napa Valley Film FestivalJARR Co-founders, Monica and David Stevens presented an etched Robert Foley Vineyards, Howell Mountain Cabernet 3Liter, 2013 on stage with a special guest, a pig called Mr Moo who clearly stole the show.The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues. The recipients, actors Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries, Lost) and Nikki Reed (The Twilight Saga, Twilight, Thirteen), exemplify JARR’s mission to show compassion to all animals in need and by using their unique platform to bring a spotlight to animal welfare issues help further the work to end animal cruelty in all it’s forms.“Ian and Nikki are changing lives with their outstanding humanitarian and environmental work and we are honored to present them with the award for their incredible work through the Ian Somerhalder Foundation,” said Monica Stevens, Co-founder Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, “They are a beacon of light in a challenging world and we look forward to collaborating with them more in the future. It is the hope of JARR and ISF that we inspire humans to show compassion, reverence and gratitude toward all living creatures.”Visit the JARR website here for more info on their work with companion and farmed animals in need.last_img read more

Alberta premier thrilled Nebraska approved Keystone pipeline route

first_imgAPTN National NewsShortly after learning Nebraska approved an alternate route for Keystone XL pipeline Alberta Premier Alison Redford said it was good news for her province.“We were pleased to see (Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman) carefully reviewed a state report that concluded environmental concerns were minimal, economic benefits to his state were high and that a pipeline carrying oil sands crude should not be treated differently than any other crude,” said Redford.Heinman wrote United States President Barack Obama Tuesday to inform him of Nebraska’s decision.The 1,700 mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region said Heineman in his letter according to USA Today.However, it will cut through the High Plains Aquifer.The deal is far from over, as the State Department must approve the project. Obama blocked a quick approval of the pipeline project last January.“We respect and understand that approval of the pipeline is a US domestic matter and that this is just one step in the process that will ultimately be decided by the president,” said Redford.Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline began to spread last year.The fight moved to South Dakota in March 2012 where the Lakota blocked truckers from passing through their tribal lands.Redford said the pipeline is crucial for Alberta and give them “new market access.”last_img read more

Political transition settlement reached in Yemen – UN envoy

Jamal Benomar, the UN Special Adviser on Yemen, told reporters in Sana’a, the capital, that the negotiations on a settlement “have been successfully completed under my facilitation” and the pact was formally signed later in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.Under the agreement, President Ali Abdullah Saleh will hand over his powers to Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi and presidential elections will be staged within 90 days. Over the next two years, a government of national unity will establish a national dialogue to ensure that a broad section of society takes part in determining Yemen’s future, with a constitutional review to follow.Mr. Benomar said in a press statement that new political actors will be able to form political parties and compete in elections held at the end of the two-year transition process.“These steps will, I hope, create a strong basis for a fully inclusive and participatory transition process, giving civil society, including the youth and women, a true stake in Yemen’s future,” he said.“Towards this end, the parties have agreed to engage immediately with the youth movements in the squares to seek their support for and active participation in the transition process.”Commending Yemen’s youth for generating “the momentum for change,” the Special Adviser said “the door is now open for you to make a real difference in the transition.”Today’s agreement follows months of deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of Mr. Saleh and his regime, part of the so-called Arab Spring movement that has swept the Middle East and North Africa this year.Mr. Benomar stressed that the agreement’s success depended on its full implementation, and he urged all sides to honour their commitments to immediately cease all violent acts and refrain from further provocations.He noted that the agreement would not have been possible without the commitment of Mr. Saleh, the Vice-President, the General People’s Congress and the National Council for the Peaceful Revolutionary Forces.He also thanked the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the European Union and Security Council members for their efforts to bring about a peaceful transition.Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was encouraged by the agreement and pledged the UN’s assistance to ensure the pact is fully implemented.“I will do my best to mobilize the necessary resources and support so that peace and stability and democratic order will be restored in Yemen,” he said.In a statement issued later by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban emphasized the “great suffering and hardship” endured by Yemenis and urged all sides to honour their commitments under the agreement.“This will be essential for restoring peace and stability and promoting recovery,” the statement noted. 23 November 2011Yemen’s warring forces have agreed to a political transition settlement, the top United Nations envoy to the country announced today, calling the deal “an important milestone towards restoring peace and stability, maintaining national unity and territorial integrity, and laying the foundation for economic recovery.” read more

Annans adviser meets with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders

The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, met this morning with the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, before holding talks in the afternoon with the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash. Direct talks between the two leaders, in the presence of Mr. de Soto, are scheduled to start tomorrow morning at the Nicosia Conference centre in the UN-protected area. In New York Mr. Annan said he thought it was “a great chance” for both peoples of Cyprus to work hard to come together. “I also appeal to the leaders to really seize the moment and really work in good faith, in a give-and-take spirit, to make it a win-win situation for everybody,” he told reporters upon arrival at UN Headquarters. “I hope the leaders will work with us to produce a plan and a document that is fair and balanced that the people can vote on and enter a united Europe together” on 1 May, he added. Last week the two leaders agreed to continue negotiations until 22 March on the basis of Mr. Annan’s plan. If an agreement on modifications to the plan can be reached, then the entire proposal will be submitted to separate referenda in April for approval by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots. Yesterday, Mr. de Soto was asked in Cyprus what would happen if the Turkish Cypriots or the Greek Cypriots reject the agreement in the referendum. “What we are hoping for is that since it is going to be necessarily a compromise…that the leaders who will continue to participate in this exercise will rise up to their responsibility of helping to explain how a compromise is necessary and indeed unavoidable in order to reach a settlement on Cyprus,” he replied. Asked about the possibility of Mr. Annan intervening should the two parties fail to reach agreement, Mr. de Soto said he still held hope that it will be possible for them to agree to whatever changes they want to make and also to complete the text. “And that failing that, the meeting that the Secretary-General would convene sometime in late March, would be able to resolve anything that remained. We would strongly prefer that it not come to that and I prefer not to get in to what exactly our role would be until then,” he said. read more

Jurors award Hong Kong businessman 70 million in Las Vegas Sands casino

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 2:03 pm MDT Jurors award Hong Kong businessman $70 million in Las Vegas Sands; casino giant will appeal LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A jury on Tuesday dealt another defeat to casino mogul and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson in his nine-year fight with a Hong Kong businessman, awarding the former consultant $70 million for helping Las Vegas Sands Corp. secure a lucrative gambling license in the Chinese enclave of Macau.But Las Vegas Sands says it won’t be paying up anytime soon.Suen claimed he was owed up to $328 million for helping the Las Vegas-based company secure a lucrative gambling license in Macau, the only place in China where casino gambling is legal.Las Vegas Sands attorneys argued Suen was owed nothing because he didn’t make good on a promise to aid company executives and deliver a license.The jury didn’t know it, but the case was a retrial; Suen won the suit in 2008, but the verdict was thrown out on appeal.The jury hearing the retrial deliberated for less than two days before delivering a unanimous consensus. But the fight, now entering its 10th year, is likely to continue through another appeal.“We believe there are compelling and sufficient grounds on which to appeal this verdict, and we will do so aggressively,” Sands spokesman Ron Reese said.Suen remained straight-faced after the verdict was read, as he had throughout the trial, while Sands attorneys pursed their lips and shook their heads. Sands attorney Stephen Peek immediately asked for a retrial, saying a juror had revealed secret prejudices against Adelson.The man in question grew angry during deliberations Monday and taunted a fellow juror, saying she was afraid of Adelson. The woman later asked Judge Rob Bare if she could sit separately from the rest of the jury because she felt disrespected. She was later convinced to sit with the jury and proceed with the deliberations.On Tuesday, Bare said he found the mistrial argument unconvincing and noted Sands could’ve made the objection before the verdict was announced.As he walked out of the courtroom, Suen, 60, said he would be “eternally grateful” to Sin City.“I believe that justice will be served eventually,” he said. “I’ve always kept my faith with the Las Vegas community, and I’ve been proven right. Twice.”Adelson attended court last week for closing arguments but was absent from Tuesday’s proceedings.Las Vegas Sands has opened four resorts in Macau’s Cotai Strip area, and now makes about 60 per cent of its profits in the former Portuguese colony, an hour from Hong Kong by ferry. Sands also operates the Venetian and the Palazzo casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.Suen said he was hired by Las Vegas Sands to curry favour with the Chinese government in the early 2000s and was successful.He first filed his lawsuit in 2004, saying he and his company were promised $5 million and 2 per cent of net casino profits to help the company win a Macau gambling license.Sands does not deny that a high level executive once offered Suen this “success fee” in writing, but the company’s attorneys argued Suen did not hold up his end of the bargain.The jury rejected Suen’s breach-of-contract claim, but found he was owed something for his troubles.In 2008, Suen was awarded $58.6 million, but the Nevada Supreme Court overturned that verdict. Among other things, the court said the district judge shouldn’t have allowed hearsay statements during the trial.In the retrial, Suen asked for more than three times the amount of compensation he requested in 2008 because of Sands’ explosive success in Macau.The second five-week trial could end up costing Sands more than $11.2 million in the award alone. The $70 million award will accrue interest until it is paid or overturned.Adelson, the 79-year-old chairman and chief executive of Las Vegas Sands, offered business lessons and hammy jokes during his three days of testimony in April.The multi-billionaire said his own business sense helped him to see the opportunities waiting in Macau and convince local officials to license his company.Asked why a fantastically successful company would opt to invest time and resources in a third trial over the relatively minor sum of $70 million, Reese declined to answer directly.“The company has stated unequivocally that Mr. Suen played no role in helping the company win its license,” he said.Sands ultimately partnered with Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment and was granted one of three gambling licenses by the Macau government. The companies could not reach a contract agreement, however, and the partnership was dissolved.Macau then awarded Las Vegas Sands a subconcession, a decision Suen’s lawyers said was a result of their client’s earlier lobbying.In closing statements, Suen trial lawyer John O’Malley drew an analogy to a person who hires a real estate agent to sell his home. Even if the homeowner finds a buyer quickly and easily, the agent still is entitled to collect his commission, or at least a portion of it, he said.On Tuesday, O’Malley urged regulators in Nevada and Macau, who have the power to eject Sands, to pay attention to the lengthy legal battle as it again goes to appeal.“This debt has been outstanding for a long time, and I hope folks think about that,” he said.___Hannah Dreier can be reached at http://twitter.com/hannahdreier. read more

Sentencing of Peru 2′ postponed due to judges strike

first_imgUpdated at 11.22pmTHE SENTENCING IN PERU of Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid — the two young women from Northern Ireland and Scotland, respectively, who have admitted trying to smuggle drugs — has been postponed due to a judges’ strike.The two women pleaded guilty in September to attempting to smuggle just over 11 kilograms of cocaine out of Peru. Initially, they had denied guilt, claiming they had been coerced into smuggling by a shady international cartel after being kidnapped.They later changed their story stating they “knew they were going to transport drugs, and that they regret having participated in such an act”.They were due to be sentenced today, but the BBC is reporting that the hearing has been delayed as a result of the strike, and that no new date has been set.Meanwhile, it’s being reported this evening that prosecutors in the case are ready to sign-up to a deal that would see the pair receive shorter sentences.According to an article by Gerard Couzens running on both the Irish Independent and Scotsman websites this evening, the new prosecutor in the case has told the judge that he’s happy with the statements of guilt made to date, meaning the women could each serve a sentence of 6 years and eight months.“We have submitted our report to the judge in charge of the case and state in that report we are happy for Melissa and Michaella to benefit from the early termination process,” prosecutor Gustavo Carvajal is quoted as saying.He added that a reduced sentence was not a foregone conclusion, and depended on the outcome of the sentencing hearing.The previous prosecutor stated in September that fuller confessions would be needed if the two were to benefit from the early termination scheme.The women were arrested on 6 August at the international airport in Lima, when 5.7 kilograms of cocaine were found in Connolly’s luggage and 5.8 kilograms in Reid’s. They were trying to board a plane for Spain, where they had been working on the island of Ibiza.Originally posted at 8.05pmRelated: Michaella McCollum Connolly pleads guilty to drug offences in Peru>Read: Peru pair face sentences of six years and 8 months>last_img read more

Opinion Would stricter guidelines for trial judges encourage more consistent sentencing

first_imgTHE CURRENT CASE concerning Anthony Lyons highlights the role of the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) in reviewing sentences imposed by lower courts. It is well known that in criminal cases, if the accused is acquitted, there can be no appeal by the prosecution. This is to some extent related to the idea that an accused should not be subjected to “double jeopardy” – the risk of being tried twice for the same offence.However, if the accused is found guilty, he or she may appeal against the severity of the sentence, or appeal the conviction itself, for example on the grounds that the trial judge applied the law incorrectly.Uniformity in sentencing is virtually unattainableIn 1993, the law was changed to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to apply to the Court of Criminal Appeal for a review of what is referred to as an “unduly lenient” sentence. This is a limited provision, which is intended to be used sparingly.There is widespread recognition that sentencing is a complex matter, involving such diverse factors that complete uniformity in sentencing is virtually unattainable, which means that courts’ independence in sentencing decisions needs to be respected. But some sentences may appear to be so inconsistent with principles of sentencing that they require review. The DPP bears the onus of proof in such applications, and will only apply for a review where he or she believes that the sentence is seriously out of line with established principles.The CCA has stated that “nothing but a substantial departure from what would be regarded as the appropriate sentence would justify the intervention of the Court”. It is not the role of the CCA to tinker with sentences and make minor variations. The decisions of the CCA in such cases act as useful guidance for future courts dealing with similar cases.The purpose and application of criminal sanctionCriminal sanctions serve various purposes such as: deterrence, punishment, reform and rehabilitation, reparation and incapacitation. In Ireland, a very wide discretion is vested in the trial court regarding the sentence to be imposed. In most cases, the only guidance in legislation will be a maximum sentence laid down in the relevant legislation.Sentencing principles developed in case-law include taking account of the nature of the offence, the impact on the victim, whether the offender pleaded guilty, the offender’s previous criminal record and the offender’s personal circumstances. The courts have stated that sentences must be proportionate to the gravity of the offence committed and to the circumstances of the offender.There may be aggravating or mitigating factors in a particular case. Aggravating factors might include, for example, the use of a weapon, targeting of vulnerable victims, intrusion into a victim’s home, premeditation and planning or abuse of trust or power. Mitigating factors might include whether the offence was committed under circumstances of duress, whether the offender was provoked, whether the offence was committed on impulse or whether the offender was of reduced mental capacity when committing the offence.Sentencing guidelines: friend or foe?There are no central guidelines on sentencing in Ireland, apart from statements of principle made in some judgments of the CCA or Supreme Court. In the USA, detailed sentencing guidelines have been developed at federal level, which have been criticised as being overly-rigid. A less rigid system of sentencing guidelines has been set up in England and Wales, and there have been moves recently to improve the situation in Ireland.More detailed statistical information on sentencing is now provided by the Irish Sentencing Information System (ISIS) and the Law Reform Commission has proposed that a Judicial Council be empowered to develop and publish suitable guidance on sentencing. Interestingly, the Commission also recommended that the presumptive minimum sentencing regime applicable to certain drugs offences be repealed.The ability of the DPP to apply for a review of unduly lenient sentences is a useful means of improving consistency and fairness of sentencing, but additional reform is needed, along the lines suggested by the Law Reform Commission.Dr Darius Whelan is a senior lecturer in Law at University College Cork.last_img read more

WrestleMania reference during Last Week Tonight on HBO

first_img Pinterest John Oliver Regrets Awkward Confrontation With Dustin Hoffman Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Opens Up About Birth Of Second Child John Oliver takes on the anti-vaxxers Now Playing Up Next Google+ John Oliver Shames Jay Leno For Relentlessly Shaming Monica Lewinsky Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Facebook WWE stars respond to John Oliver, Early look at WWE Chronicle, WWE stars get engaged center_img John Oliver Bashes ATamp;T For Paying Cohen To ‘Understand’ Trump Twitter Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview reader Ron Maple sent this in.On the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (which aired on March 8th), host John Oliver (who used to be a correspondent for The Daily Show) brought up WrestleMania. In a segment about voting rights for American citizens in American territories, Oliver named many accomplishments people had done in the last 114 years. He named holding 30 WrestleManias as one of those achievements, as they were “logistical nightmares” to plan.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver takes on the anti-vaxxersVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:52/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:48 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list John Oliver WhatsApp Videos Articles Wrestleview Weekly: WrestleMania and TakeOver picks, “Last Week Tonight”last_img read more

Weather Eye Transitional month Octobers weather is still a tossup

first_img “It is beginning to feel a lot like autumn, everywhere you go, take a look in your retail store, they have leaf rakes, and Halloween supplies, rain boots and more!” Okay, I was building on the Christmas theme song of it is beginning to look like — you know.This week looks damp with occasional rain or showers, cool temperatures and blustery winds at times. We may survive with a dry day Thursday, maybe. Beyond that into the weekend it looks like more of the same. One reliable forecast model shows a break with dry, warm weather this weekend, keeping the storm track just to our north. But I am sticking with the cool and wet models. We will update the forecast Thursday.October is a transitional month and perhaps one that has more weather changes than any other month. It can be warm and dry or wet and cold. It can have wind storms and snows in the mountains. When we started the month our average high was only 70 degrees and by month’s end we average around 56 degrees.Have you turned the heat on yet or thrown another blanket on the bed? I confess, I did.I am also wondering if this is the beginning of the autumn rains. New weather predictions for the last half of the month from the National Climate Center indication drier and warmer than normal. That is a 180 from last week.Our annual rainy season usually gets underway the last week of October. Last year in Vancouver Halloween was wet — really wet with 1.52 inches. With that big storm we ended just over average for the month otherwise it would have been a dry month. So you just never know during this weather ‘trick or treat month’. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

Police activity prompts lockdown at Mountain View High School

first_imgMountain View High School was placed on lockdown briefly Friday afternoon after someone reported seeing a teenager in the area with what appeared to be a firearm.Vancouver police were called to investigate at about 1:40 p.m. in the 900 block of Southeast Park Crest Avenue after someone at an apartment complex believed they saw a male in the parking lot put a gun in his waistband. The teen then started to walk toward the school grounds, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The school was placed in lockdown as a precaution for 15 to 20 minutes, Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman Gail Spolar said.Multiple officers responded, contacted the teen and took him into custody. Officers found an airsoft-type replica firearm in the area. Kapp said the 17-year-old was booked at the juvenile detention center. His booking charges were not immediately available.It’s unclear if the teen is a student at Mountain View High School.last_img read more

Partick Thistle Football Club recruits for best job in the world

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Scouring online sites for a dream job could be at an end, as Partick Thistle Football Club advertises for what it describes as the best job in the world: taking on the role of club mascot Kingsley, a large yellow thistle.Looking for a candidate who is over five feet eight inches tall and over 16 years old, the Glasgow-based club seeks a candidate who does not mind taking part in multiple selfies, who is able to entertain superstars and school children at the same time, and who is capable of winning any mascot race on the planet.As well as leading players out of the tunnel, the new club mascot will be the main focus at games and head up the club’s legion of fans. Experience of whipping large crowds into a frenzy is required.Applicants can send in their CV, cover letter and demonstration video to be considered for the role. The successful candidate will be paid with a 2016/2017 Partick Thistle season ticket.Ian Maxwell, managing director at Partick Thistle FC, said: “We’ve decided to turn to our fans to find our next Kingsley. We want to see passion, creative thinking and ideas that are a bit out there, just like the mascot should be.“We have exciting plans for Kingsley next season that we hope will help keep the momentum around the club moving in the right direction. With that in mind it’s vital we have our mascot here to stand alongside not only our players but also our fans to carry on the momentum built over the past 12 months.“Kingsley is the face of the club and we can’t wait to find the right person to make sure he remains the centre of attention, not only at Partick Thistle but also within Scottish football as a whole.”Here at Employee Benefits, we certainly haven’t seen a job description like this before. We can think of a few people who would view a football season ticket as a highly-prized employee benefit indeed…last_img read more

Dozens opposing cruises to Cuba protest in Downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Dozens of protesters concerned about the effects of the tourism industry on the people of Cuba took to the streets of Downtown Miami, Saturday.About 50 people gathered outside of Bayside Marketplace to voice their opposition to the growing number of Americans choosing to travel to the Caribbean country.Demonstrators with the group “Mothers and Women Against Repression for Cuba,” or M.A.R. por Cuba, chanted “no to cruises, yes to freedom.”“All the tourists, all their money is going directly to the Cuban government to further oppress the people,” said protester Claudia de la Vega. “In the past months, there’s been instances where there wasn’t water for the people, for the average Cuban to drink, because everything was being sent to the hotels.”The group was mostly comprised of Cuban exiles.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Roku eases signin with Hulu Sling TV dresses up search results bolsters

first_img $49 New voice commands: Roku’s own voice system will support commands for “replay” (goes back a few seconds) and “turn closed captions on/off” (mistakenly enabled captions are a common issue). It will also add “turn display off” for Roku TVs, allowing the TV’s screen to go dark while music keeps playing in apps such as Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. $59 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Roku users, get ready to see some minor upgrades on your TVs and streamers. Media Streamers TVs Owners of streamers like the Roku Express and Roku Streaming Stick Plus will get the update in the coming weeks starting today, while Roku TV owners will see them in early summer. Here’s what to expect: Autoplay on Roku Channel voice search results: If you use voice to search for a show or movie that’s available on the Roku Channel, the company’s free-to-watch collection, it will automatically begin playing, as opposed to just displaying search results. So will shows and movies from the premium subscriptions inside the Roku Channel, such as HBO. Tags Categorized search results: Currently, searching by categories such as “action movies” or “comedies” presents a text-based list of uncategorized results. After the update some category results will be presented with thumbnail art and broken down into sections like “new releases” and “free” (see above). Better results by category are coming with the latest Roku software update. Roku $49 Which Roku player should you buy? 0 Walmart Post a comment Review • Roku Streaming Stick Plus review: Our 4K HDR streamer pick Now playing: Watch this: $52 In a blog post Tuesday the company outlined upgrades in its latest free software update, version 9.1, which adds a selection of incremental tweaks and conveniences to Roku streamers and Roku TVs.  Best Buy TCL’s entry-level Roku TVs stream cheap and easy Share your voice Crutchfield My Offers: Roku will add a section to the home screen with discounts on Roku hardware and other offers. The company didn’t specify whether that option could be hidden, like it allows with some similar sections like Featured Free and the Fandango Movie and TV stores. See It Mentioned Above Roku Streaming Stick Plus See It 39 Photos Roku Streaming Stick Plus 3:20 See it Sign in-across Roku devices: With a handful of apps, including Hulu, Sling TV and Pandora, signing into one Roku device will automatically sign you into all of the others associated with that Roku account. Roku says it has “nearly 10 subscription streaming services” on board and expects to add more soon. Hulu Rokulast_img read more

Senate Finance rolls out proposal meant to spur talks

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee has proposed a version of the budget similar to what lawmakers passed in late April as a way to force negotiations between the House and Senate on a spending plan.The proposal was rolled out Sunday, one day before notices are scheduled to be sent to state workers warning of possible layoffs if a fully funded budget is not passed by July 1.Committee co-chair Pete Kelly called the panel’s proposal part of a strategy to get the budget into a conference committee where House and Senate negotiators can try to come to terms. To reach a conference committee, the House would have to reject the Senate plan.The House passed a compromise between the majority and minority but senators balked at some of the terms.last_img

Respond to RTI query seeking to know illegal Bangladeshis in

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Home Ministry to respond to a three-year-old RTI application seeking to know the number of illegal Bangladeshi nationals in India and action taken against agencies which failed to send them back. An RTI applicant had approached the Home Ministry asking for information on three points — the number of illegal Bangladeshis in India, the authority responsible for sending them back and action taken against the authority for failing in its duty. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The matter was referred to the Intelligence Bureau (IB), which denied the information citing its exemption from the RTI Act being a national security and intelligence agency. During the hearing at the commission, the highest adjudicating body in RTI matters, Bureau of Immigration, which works under the IB, said it only monitors and collects statistics pertaining to those immigrants who overstay. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Seeking unconditional apology, the Burea said the matter does not pertain to it and should have been returned to the ministry. In view of this, the commission directs the respondent to transfer the appellant’s RTI application under Section 6 (3) of the RTI Act to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), MHA within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order under intimation to the appellant, Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava said. “The commission further directs the CPIO, MHA, New Delhi, to provide correct and complete information to the appellant within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of the RTI application from the CPIO, Bureau of Immigration under intimation to the commission,” he said in a recent order.last_img read more

Review Battlefield 3 Close Quarters DLC

first_imgLast week we told you about Battlefield Premium, a package that not only gave you access to all upcoming expansion packs on release but also gave you them 2 weeks early. Due to Sony’s agreement with DICE and EA, Playstation Battlefield Premium users were given access to the newest expansion, Close Quarters, last week and this week is the turn of the 360 and PC Premium users.I’m a recently converted PC gamer and got BF3 free with the graphics card I purchased — I used this freebie to justify paying $49.99 for Premium as in the long run it works out cheaper than buying each expansion and there are a great many more benefits beside.  Close Quarters adds four new maps, two new game modes, five new dog tags, and 10 new assignments and weapons. As the name suggests the new maps and game mode are all designed for close quarters combat.Mode: Gun MasterGun Master is one of the new game modes and was originally seen in Counter Strike but was also implemented in CoD: Black Ops. Each player starts at level 1 with the same pistol, but to advance a level you need to kill two people with that pistol. You are then given a different gun with which you have to kill another two people and so on, until you reach the last level (17) in which you have to kill someone with a knife. If you’re the first to do this then you win.In my brief stint with this game mode I actually quite enjoyed it. I can’t see myself playing it all the time but every now and then it’s nice to take a break from the strategy involved in some of the other game modes and not have to think about which loadout to choose. And while it’s very easy to come from behind in this mode, it can get a little disheartening to see everyone moving on levels and coming at you with assault rifles while you’re still struggling on the Magnum. A couple of lucky encounters can come straight after each other and put you right back into mid table, but that doesn’t always happen.Map: Ziba TowerZiba Tower is set on the top floors of a luxury hotel, there are two floors of interiors which provide the three walls surrounding an outdoor pool area. There are a couple of long empty corridors — just long enough for you to start sprinting along then have an enemy come round the corner shoot you in the face before you can even aim down the sights of your gun. There’s an open balcony running around the pool area on the second floor which is great to pick off some unfortunate soul who is trying to sprint their way across. There’s also a little pool bar in the middle of the open pool area which is great to take cover in if you find yourself being picked off from the heavens with no idea which direction it’s coming from. As frustrating as running into an unexpected enemy can be, it’s the same for all the new maps and I found this one to be one of my favorites. The surprise drop can just as easily be swung the other way round with you coming out on top. If you find yourself being shot from behind more often than not you can jump into a side room and lie in wait as your predator comes bundling through swiftly becoming the prey.Map: Operation 925Operation 925 is one of the maps I’ve played most in my time with Close Quarters, purely by chance. It’s not my favorite but it’s the one I seem to perform best on, probably because I know the layout that little bit better. Navigating your way around any of these maps can be tough at first because of the many corners, you may also find yourself getting frustrated at your K/D ratio because you weren’t expecting to suddenly bump into an enemy or spawn and find one stood not ten feet away ready to pick you off.This map is set in an office building which is probably where the operation name came from (working 9 2 5), my favorite part of the map is the blocks of office desks just next to a long walkway. You can easily take cover in between these desks popping your head up just long enough to fire a clip into an enemy soldier who hasn’t taken cover. Most action takes place on the middle of the three floors with some people using the underground car park or upper floor to try and navigate round the back of oncoming infantry.Map: ScrapmetalScrapmetal is an interesting map, set in two warehouses connected by two bridges with multiple levels and numerous nooks and crannies that I’m still getting lost and disorientated in it. I tend to head for the two connecting bridges as there’s some strategically placed obstacles that can be used in a firefight between you and an enemy at the far end and more often than not you’ll end up in a duel whenever you take the bridge. There are also a number of metal staircases with gaps in between the steps leaving you vulnerable from both fire above and below so be sure the floor you’re on is clear before moving up.Map: Donya FortressDonya Fortress is a beautiful map set  in a huge mansion, with ongoing restoration projects on and under the ground floor. The map reminds me a little of Villa from Black Ops but on a grander scale. Again, much like the other maps, always be expecting to run into an enemy especially on the inside as there’s plenty of sharp corners here too. There’s an exposed courtyard too but there’s not much cover here so best to stick to the edges if you need to get across. There’s a vantage point on the upper floor for picking off people in the courtyard but not many people will be running through and you’re more likely to have an enemy chance upon you than you are at taking someone out.Up close and personalI’ve focused my play time on the 16-man Gun Master mode so far, so I’m not sure if the maps get bigger depending on the mode and/or number of players, I imagine it would get pretty hectic on all of these maps if not. The other game mode is Conquest Domination which is similar to CoD‘s Domination mode as players may spawn in a random location, because of this, capturing control points becomes a lot quicker. Throw this in with with the Close Quarters maps and some RPGs and you’ve got all out mayhem on your hands.All of the maps do feel like they should be in a Call of Duty game but that’s down to their close quarters nature instead of the sprawling expanse of the maps we’re used to in BF3, especially on the 64-player PC maps.All in all I’m enjoying this release so far and for anyone looking to purchase it I’d definitely recommend putting in the extra and getting yourself Premium, the early DLC and monthly double XP events alone are worth it (even if none of us really wants to give anymore money to EA).last_img read more

Google Pixel phone embraces the headphone jack

first_imgGoogle’s long-rumored Pixel phones have finally been announced alongside a raft of other products including the Google Home smart assistant and a 4K version of the Chromecast. When it announced the new Pixel and Pixel XL, Google alluded to something we all know deep down in our hearts — having a headphone jack is a good thing. So, Google took a subtle shot at Apple for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7. The Pixel phones are Google’s latest attempt at making in-house hardware. Whereas the Nexus phones it offered in previous years were explicitly created with OEM partners, the Pixels are being marketed as a fully Google-run operation. You can get all the gory details from our sister site, ExtremeTech. As it was running down all the new features of the Pixels, Google threw up a graphic that said, “3.5mm headphone jack satisfyingly not new.”Pointing out that your phone has a headphone jack hasn’t been necessary for the better part of a decade when the first few Android phones launched without a standard 3.5mm jack. They had adapters, which is exactly what the iPhone comes with. A lot of people are not pleased about the change. Talking about the headphone jack is Google’s way of burning Apple just a little. Of course, it’s not just Apple that Google is poking fun at. It’s also inadvertently burning Motorola, which it sold to Lenovo a few years back. Moto released its new flagships the Moto Z and Moto Z Force a few months ago, and they both lack headphone jacks. They come with a USB type-C to 3.5mm adapter instead. The day will come when it’s feasible to ditch the analog headphone jack, but Google doesn’t think it’s today.last_img read more

Holbox Exotik Apartments proposed for the island

first_imgHolbox, Q.R. — A company has requested building permission to develop apartments on the island of Holbox.Holbox Exotik Apartments SA de CV has submitted its request to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) their Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) of its Holbox Sunset project.If approved, the apartment complex would consist of a group of two properties with a surface area of 872 square meters. The site where the project is to be developed is located on the corner between Calle Caguama and Calle Pez Vela in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas.Holbox Exotik Apartments is requesting permission to build 24 apartments over three levels with a common rooftop pool area, palapas for private use and roof-top terraces as well as a garden-hammock area, administrative area, laundry room, waste storage and general services area.Holbox Exotik Apartments is said to have an investment value of 25 million peso.In December, municipal authorities reported more than 50 new projects were awaiting approval for the island of Holbox in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas with the municipal president saying the island was not ready due to lack of stable infrastructure.In April, an announcement came that approximately 22 kilometers of protected natural area has been earmarked for tourism development projects on Holbox in the region of Yum Balam.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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This release… read more News | December 07, 2009 Diffusion Tensor Imaging Navigates Pediatric Brain Surgery center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more December 4, 2009 – Operative plans for removing juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, or JPA, tumors in the thalamus of the brain can be augmented with diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI, according to a new study published in last week’s issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Operating on patients with deep-seated tumors such as JPA, a benign tumor most frequently observed in children and young adults in the thalamus, remains a neurosurgical challenge. Conventional imaging techniques, such as structural MRI, has helped to reveal major anatomical features of the brain, primary gray matter. DTI, a variation of MRI, can help identify white matter, or nerve fiber bundles, using specific radio-frequency and magnetic field pulses to track the movement of water molecules of the brain. In most brain tissue, water molecules diffuse in all different directions. But they tend to diffuse along the length of axons, whose coating of white, fatty myelin holds them in. Scientists can create pictures of axons by analyzing the direction of water diffusion. The sensitivity of DTI imaging allows for the visualization of nerve fiber bundles in the brain. This information can maximize the potential of completely removing the tumor, while avoiding damage to the fiber bundles that are directly related to motor functions of the patient.“This study of six children with thalamic JPA showed that using advanced MRI technology can help identify distorted nerve fiber bundles around brain tumors,” said Jeffrey H. Wisoff, M.D., director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. “This allows an otherwise inoperable tumor to be completely removed which can hopefully lead to a cure.”The co-authors of the study include Yaron Moshel, M.D., Ph.D., of the department of neurosurgery, David J. Monoky, M.D., clinical assistant professor in the department of radiology and Robert E. Elliott, M.D., in the department of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.For more information: www.communications.med.nyu.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Diffusion tensor imaging increases ability to remove benign tumors in children. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more