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Defence lawyer awaiting information from Crown in RCMP secrets case

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgOTTAWA — A lawyer for an RCMP employee charged with breaching the official-secrets law says he is still awaiting details of the allegations from the Crown.Heading into a hearing today, defence lawyer Ian Carter says he has only an initial synopsis of the case against Cameron Jay Ortis.Carter says once he has fuller disclosure in the matter, he will review the material and be in a position to set a bail hearing.Ortis, 47, is accused of violating three sections of the Security of Information Act as well as two Criminal Code provisions, including breach of trust, for allegedly trying to disclose classified information to an unspecified foreign entity or terrorist group.The charge sheet lists a total of seven counts against Ortis under the various provisions, dating from as early as Jan. 1, 2015, through to Sept. 12 of this year, when he was arrested.RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the allegations, if proven true, are extremely unsettling, given that Ortis had access to intelligence from domestic and international allies.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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RCMP warning prompts communities in New Brunswick to threaten drug dealers after

By on October 14, 2019

first_img(One of the pills confiscated in Esgenoopetitj. The pill says Percocet but according to officials, it is fentanyl)APTN National NewsA warning from the RCMP about the deadly opioid fentanyl has pushed two First Nation communities to threaten drug dealers with expulsion if caught selling.The warning comes after there was a death in Esgenoopetitj, from fentanyl.“Today the Chief and Council unanimously passed a resolution on Drug trafficking banishment, if you are trafficking drugs in Tobique,” said a message posted on Facebook Thursday by the Neqotkuk chief and council. “This is your warning. The risk is too high and we felt it was only a matter of time before some takes a fatal dose.”In Elsipogtog a similar warning was released early Thursday evening.“The Chief and council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning those from our community who engage in trafficking in Fentanyl or other deadly opioids,” said the release.In Esgenoopetitj, Chief Alvery Paul posted a picture of a blue pill on his Facebook page.“Here is a picture of the BLUE PILL FENTENAL that is been sold here in Esgenoopetitj,” said Paul. “Looking carefully at the pic it’s labeled PERCOET 5.”He said the community is putting together a crisis team at the wellness centre.“We as parents, family and community must work together to stop the selling of drugs entering our community,” said Esgenoopetitj Chief Alvery Paul. “I undertstand this is a battle that we can’t win overnitebut we have to educate our young children, we are in the process of planning an information session at the school with the RCMP, Alcohol & Drug Program to discuss the dangers of drug abuse.”Communities across the country have been bracing for the arrival of the drug that has killed hundreds of Canadians.The rate of overdose deaths in British Columbia forced officials to declare a public health emergency.APTN has learned that community members in Elsipogtog are policing the community. Warrior Chief John Levi is asking people to report drug dealers to help keep the community safe.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Winnipeg police confirm body discovered east of city is Christine Wood

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first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsThe Winnipeg Police Service confirmed Saturday that remains discovered in Springfield, a rural community east of Winnipeg, are those of Christine Wood.Wood, 21, went missing 10 months ago.A local landowner discovered remains and notified police Thursday morning.Police received a positive identification Friday evening.At the news conference Saturday morning, Chief Danny Smyth addressed the Wood family, who are from Bunibonibee Cree Nation, north of Winnipeg.“To George and Melinda Wood I cannot begin to know your pain. I will ensure Christine Wood is returned home to you as soon as possible,” said Smyth.Wood was last seen leaving a Winnipeg hotel in August 2016. She was staying in the city with her parents.In April, police announced they had charged Brett Overby, 30, with second-degree murder in connection with Wood’s death.At the time police had not located her body. Police said there was enough forensic evidence found in his North End home to charge him.Police will not confirm the cause of death but said she did not die of natural causes.Overby’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 5.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Financial market highlights on Thursday SPTSX 1513500 down 899

By on October 8, 2019

Highlights at the close Thursday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,135.00, down 8.99 pointsDow — 21,553.09, up 20.95 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,447.83, up 4.58 pointsNasdaq — 6,274.44, up 13.27 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 78.47 cents US, up 0.31 of a centPound — C$1.6482, down 0.05 of a centEuro — C$1.4529, down 0.84 of a centEuro — US$1.1402, down 0.20 of a centOil futures:US$46.08, up 59 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,217.30 per oz., down $1.80(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$20.904 per oz., down 49.1 cents$672.06 per kg., down $15.79 read more

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Military takes action on soldiers accused in Haiti

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“Survival sex”Dozens of Haitian women also say they were raped, and dozens more had what is euphemistically called “survival sex” in a country where most people live on less than $2.50 a day, the AP found.Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph has been trying to get compensation for victims of a deadly cholera strain linked to Nepalese peacekeepers that killed an estimated 10 000 people. Now, he is also trying to get child support for about a dozen Haitian women left pregnant by peacekeepers.“Imagine if the UN was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera,” Joseph said in Port-au-Prince. “Human rights aren’t just for rich white people.”US Sen. Bob Corker agrees. The Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been calling for reforms in the United Nations. He may well get them under President Donald Trump, whose administration has proposed a 31 percent reduction to the US foreign aid and diplomacy budget. Corker and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley want a review of all missions.Corker recalled his disgust at hearing of the UN sexual abuse cases uncovered last year in Central African Republic.“If I heard that a UN peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga,” he told AP, “I’d be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family.”The Habitation Leclerc resort was once well known throughout Port-au-Prince as a lush refuge amid the capital’s grimy alleyways. During its heyday in the 1980s, celebrities like Mick Jagger and Jackie Onassis would perch by the pool or stroll past the property’s Voodoo temple.By 2004, the resort was a decrepit clutch of buildings, and several children, either orphaned or abandoned by their parents, were living in its ruins.Suspicious interactionsIt was there that V01 met other victims, two girls referred to in the UN report as “V02” and “V03” and a young boy, “V08.” The boy initially supported them by occasionally bringing food from his aunt, but they were often hungry.The peacekeepers had arrived that year as part of a new mission to help stabilize Haiti in the wake of President Jean-Bertrande Aristide’s ouster. The Sri Lankans, numbering about 900 troops, landed in a historically unstable country in the grip of scattered violence and kidnappings – and a broken government ill-suited to confront the chaos.Some of the peacekeepers in the Sri Lankan contingent were based near the former resort.In August 2007, the UN received complaints of “suspicious interactions” between Sri Lankan soldiers and Haitian children. UN investigators then interviewed nine victims, as well as witnesses, while the sex ring was still active.V02, who was 16 when the UN team interviewed her, told them she had sex with a Sri Lankan commander at least three times, describing him as overweight with a moustache and a gold ring on his middle finger. She said he often showed her a picture of his wife. The peacekeepers also taught her some Sinhalese so she could understand and express sexual innuendo; the children even talked to one another in Sinhalese when UN investigators were interviewing them.V03 identified 11 Sri Lankan troops through photographs, one of whom she said was a corporal with a “distinctive” bullet scar between his armpit and waist. V04, who was 14, said she had sex with the soldiers every day in exchange for money, cookies or juice.During her interview with investigators, another young victim, V07, received a phone call from a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. She explained that the soldiers would pass along her number to incoming contingent members, who would then call her for sex.The boy, V08, said he had sex with more than 20 Sri Lankans. Most would remove their name tags before taking him to UN military trucks, where he gave them oral sex or was sodomized by them.Another boy, V09, was 15 when his encounters began. Over the course of three years, he said he had sex with more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, averaging about four a day, investigators said.“Some days, I imagine strangling my daughter to death”Under Haitian law, having sex with someone under 18 is statutory rape. UN codes of conduct also prohibit exploitation.“The sexual acts described by the nine victims are simply too many to be presented exhaustively in this report, especially since each claimed multiple sexual partners at various locations where the Sri Lankan contingents were deployed throughout Haiti over several years,” the report said.Investigators showed the children more than 1,000 photographs that included pictures of Sri Lankan troops and locations of where the children had sex with the soldiers.“The evidence shows that from late 2004 to mid-October 2007, at least 134 military members of the current and previous Sri Lankan contingents sexually exploited and abused at least nine Haitian children,” the report said.After the report was filed, 114 Sri Lanka peacekeepers were sent home, putting an end to the sex ring.But the sexual exploitation visited upon Haiti’s people didn’t stop there.Janila Jean said she was a 16-year-old virgin when a Brazilian peacekeeper lured her to a UN compound three years ago with a smear of peanut butter on bread, raped her at gunpoint and left her pregnant. She finds herself constantly in tears.“Some days, I imagine strangling my daughter to death,” she said in an interview under the shadow of banana palms near the former Jacmel base.With her were three other women who said they also were raped by peacekeepers. One of them sat on her heels, scraping coconut from its shell and into a large cauldron of water and corn, the barest of meals for the women and their small children.Adm. Ademir Sobrinho of Brazil’s armed forces said at a conference in London that his force had no such cases of rape, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation.But like many, Jean didn’t report the rape. Nearly a dozen women interviewed by the AP said they were too scared to report the crimes out of fear they would be blamed – or worse, would meet their victimizers again.The AP found that some 150 allegations of abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other personnel were reported in Haiti alone between 2004 and 2016, out of the worldwide total of nearly 2 000. Aside from the Sri Lankan sex ring in Haiti, some perpetrators were jailed for other cases.Alleged abusers came from Bangladesh, Brazil, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uruguay and Sri Lanka, according to UN data and interviews. More countries may have been involved, but the United Nations only started disclosing alleged perpetrators’ nationalities after 2015.The litany of abuses is longIn July 2011, four Uruguayan peacekeepers and their commanding officer allegedly gang-raped a Haitian teenager. The men also filmed the alleged attack on their phones, which went viral on the internet. The men never faced trial in Haiti; four of the five were convicted in Uruguay of “private violence,” a lesser charge. Uruguayan officials said at the time that it was a prank gone wrong and that no rape occurred.The following year, three Pakistanis attached to the UN’s police units in Haiti were allegedly involved in the rape of a mentally disabled 13-year-old in the northern city of Gonaives.UN investigators went to Haiti to investigate, but the Pakistanis abducted the boy to keep him from detailing the abuse that had gone on for more than a year, according to one of the investigators in the case, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the UN.Finally, the men were tried in a Pakistani military tribunal in Haiti, and eventually sent back to Pakistan. In theory, the tribunal could have allowed for better access to witnesses, but it’s unclear whether any were called. The Pakistani authorities also refused to allow the UN to observe the proceedings. In the end, one man was sent to prison for a year, according to Ariane Quentier, a spokeswoman for the Haiti mission.Pakistan’s military has refused several requests for comment on the case.UN data during the 12-year period reviewed by AP is incomplete and varies in levels of detail, particularly for cases before 2010. Hundreds of other cases were closed with little to no explanation. In its review, the AP analyzed data from annual reports as well as information from the Office of Internal Oversight Services.“People are quite happy and comfortable with the peacekeepers”In the wake of the child sex ring investigation, a team of Sri Lankans spent two weeks in Haiti in October 2007. They interviewed only 25 soldiers out of more than 900 in the country and concluded that just two Sri Lankan corporals and one private had sex with two “young” victims. Three soldiers denied sexual encounters but were suspected of lying, according to the UN investigation report.For six months, the Sri Lankan army and the government declined to respond to AP’s questions about the 2007 case. Instead, officials first dodged repeated queries, then gave vague assurances that the scandal represented an isolated incident.Last month, the Sri Lankan government acknowledged its military had conducted inquiries into just 18 soldiers it said were implicated, and that “the UN Secretariat has acknowledged in writing, action taken by the government, and informed that the Secretariat, as of 29 September 2014, considers the matter closed.”Some of the peacekeepers involved in the ring were still in the Sri Lankan military as of last year, Sri Lankan military officials say. The United Nations, meanwhile, continued to send Sri Lankan peacekeepers to Haiti and elsewhere despite corroborating the child sex ring.Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi defended the troops, saying, “People are quite happy and comfortable with the peacekeepers.”Above a rusty bench at an abandoned bus stop in the village of Leogane hangs a sign that reads, “Constructed by the 16th Sri Lanka Peacekeeping Battalion.” It’s one of the few physical reminders of the battalion’s mission – along with children fathered by UN personnel.Marie-Ange Haitis says she met a Sri Lankan commander in December 2006 and he soon began making night-time visits to her house in Leogane.“By January, we had had sex,” she said. “It wasn’t rape, but it wasn’t exactly consensual, either. I felt like I didn’t have a choice.”She said when she first realized that she was pregnant, the Haitian translator assigned to the Sri Lankans told her to have an abortion. Then, she said, UN officials accused her of lying. As she spoke, her daughter Samantha sat on her lap wearing an oversized pair of sunglasses with a missing lens.When she was interviewed in August, Haitis said she had been waiting nearly a decade for the UN to consider her paternity claim to help support her daughter.Finally, early this year, Sri Lankan and UN officials told AP that a onetime payment of $45 243 had been made for Haitis’ daughter. The United Nations said Sri Lanka accepted the paternity claim without proof of DNA and the commander was dismissed from service.But such payments are rare.UN officials said they were unable to find any members of the mission in Haiti who might have dealt with the victims in the sex-ring case and did not know what happened to the children. An Italian non-governmental organization, AVSI, said it helped the children by trying to find homes for them, providing them with counseling and helping reintegrate them into schools, but it also lost track of the children shortly after the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake.Atul Khare, the UN’s head of field support which oversees the conduct and discipline of peacekeepers, acknowledged the scope of the problem and said the global agency must do more to help victims, including gathering accurate information and following up with troop-contributing countries.An AP review of reports into conduct on UN field missions showed haphazard record-keeping. In a 2008 report, for example, 19 allegations were reported in Haiti, but the UN recorded only two incidents worldwide involving minors – a seeming contradiction to the UN’s own investigation report in late 2007 that detailed the child sex ring with at least nine child victims.Some Haitians wonder whether the UN has done more harm than good in a country that has endured tragedy after tragedy since it became the first black republic in 1804.UN personnel say they have contributed to the stability in the Caribbean nation over the years, saved lives during the 2010 earthquake’s aftermath and prevented violence during periods of unrest. The mission, which currently has nearly 5 000 personnel and is expected to scale down by October, has also been credited with training police, providing security during elections and support to the judiciary.“I would not say we have achieved everything we set out to do, but we are engaged in a process of continuous improvement that any harmful effect on the local populations could be minimized, if not completely eradicated,” Khare said.Many in Haiti are not convinced.“I’d like to see my attacker face to face and tell him how he has destroyed my life,” said 21-year-old Melida Joseph, who said she was raped by one peacekeeper and narrowly escaped being gang-raped in Cite-Soleil, a seaside slum. Like others, she never reported the crime.“They’ll look at this as one big joke,” she said. “As far as the UN goes, they came here to protect us, but all they’ve brought is destruction.” (Colombo Gazette) The Army came under fire last week over its alleged failure to deal with the soldiers accused of rape in Haiti.However the military insisted that all those accused and found guilty have been dealt with, including the contingent commander. The Army spokesman said that the remaining soldiers were disciplined as the allegations against were not serious and included withholding evidence.In Haiti, at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers exploited nine children in a sex ring from 2004 to 2007, according to an internal UN report obtained by the Associated Press. In the wake of the report, 114 peacekeepers were sent home. None was ever imprisoned.In March, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other personnel. But the proclamation had a depressingly familiar ring: More than a decade ago, the United Nations commissioned a report that promised to do much the same thing, yet most of the reforms never materialized.For a full two years after those promises were made, the children in Haiti were passed around from soldier to soldier. And in the years since, peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse the world over.In one particularly grim case in Haiti, a teenage boy said he was gang-raped in 2011 by Uruguayan peacekeepers who filmed the alleged assault on a cellphone. “A high level delegation had been sent by the Army to Haiti and an investigation was conducted and those found guilty were dealt with,” Seneviratne said.He said that the contingent commander was sent on compulsory retirement following the investigations and eight others were dismissed. Army spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne however said that while 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers had been accused in the report, investigations conducted at the time the allegations first surfaced, found that only 29 soldiers were involved. The Associated Press, in a detailed report revealed several incidents of rape involving Sri Lankan peacekeepers in Haiti. “Let us declare in one voice: We will not tolerate anyone committing or condoning sexual exploitation and abuse. We will not let anyone cover up these crimes with the UN flag,” Guterres said. read more

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End of an era Lone peep show in Las Vegas area closes

By on October 7, 2019

LAS VEGAS — An adult video and bookstore that’s believed to have operated the last remaining peep show in the Las Vegas area has closed, marking the end of an era.Showgirl Video shut down last month after nearly four decades, and the building will soon be torn down to make way for a marijuana dispensary, the Las Vegas Sun reported .It was believed to be the last place in Sin City with a peep show — where dancers perform behind a window that opened when a customer placed $1 into a machine.Las Vegas passed an ordinance in 1992 banning sexually oriented businesses along the Strip, but Showgirl Video was grandfathered in under old code.“Sexually oriented businesses have been supplanted by the internet,” said Raymond Pistol, who sold the business in 2016. “You can get anything you want at any time.”The customers at Showgirl Video came from all walks of life, Pistol said. The performers he hired had little experience in the adult entertainment industry.Victoria Hartmann, director of the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, said efforts in recent years have tried make the city more “family friendly.”A similar move happened in New York City, with an effort in the mid-90s to increase security in Times Square and close its pornographic theatres and peep shows.___Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.comThe Associated Press read more

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Despite agreements Singh May spar on stage during campaigns first debate

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TORONTO — New Democrats and Greens agree on a lot, Jagmeet Singh said near the midpoint of Thursday night’s federal-election debate. Except for four things.They have in common poll numbers that put them in a tight race for third early in this campaign, each with the potential to hold the balance of power if the Oct. 21 vote produces a minority Parliament. So the NDP’s Singh and the Green party’s Elizabeth May also shared reasons to pound each other down on the debate stage.Hence Singh’s list: New Democrats are clearly in favour of protecting abortion rights, he said. They’re in favour of national unity. They don’t believe in leaving workers behind. And they wouldn’t back Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer as prime minister.“Those were absurd statements,” May responded, laughing.“I am not going to go down the little rabbit-hole that Mr. Singh just created,” she added. “None of what he said was true. People can check.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Third place is an exciting position for the Greens, who had a record two elected MPs in the last Parliament, and a disappointing one for the NDP, who formed the official Opposition from 2011 to 2015 after a stunning breakthrough in Quebec.With his four-point attack, Singh was going after May for saying she couldn’t, as Green leader, prevent an MP from proposing a private member’s bill to restrict abortion. She has a candidate in Quebec in Pierre Nantel, a defending MP turfed from the NDP, who says he’s a sovereigntist. And she’s said that in a minority Parliament, she’d decide whether to support a larger party based on its commitment to acting to fight climate change — where Singh has said flatly the New Democrats would not back Scheer as prime minister.May has been in Parliament since 2011 and has led the Greens since 2006, making her the longest-serving current leader of a federal party. Singh is a relative newcomer, going to Parliament in a byelection just this year after becoming NDP leader in 2017. They’ve had few occasions to go head-to-head.Until Thursday evening, when they stood on either side of Scheer in the Maclean’s/Citytv debate, alongside an empty podium to represent the absent Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau.Both parties tout their environmentalism. May even told Singh at one point that he sounds a lot like a Green — except for his not committing to a target for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which the Greens consider fundamental.Both advocate dramatically expanded public health care, investments in cities such as public transit, aggressive anti-poverty programs and revisions to the voting system. But the New Democrats are more firmly rooted in unionism and left-of-centre politics where the Greens have climate-change action at the core of their thinking.That distinction saw May criticizing Singh from the right, including on just how to expand health care.“I agree with Jagmeet about universal pharmacare. It’s essential, we can’t afford not to do it,” May said early on. But she rounded on Singh over a promise for universal dental coverage in addition to drug coverage. The Greens asked for an estimate on the price from the parliamentary budget officer years ago, she said, and worry that a $30-billion price tag is too rich.“I don’t see how, Jagmeet, I don’t see how you’ve found the money,” she said.Singh said the money can be had if Canadians show they want such programs by voting New Democrat.A bit later, Singh went after May for proposing that SNC-Lavalin, the Quebec engineering firm whose criminal charges have led to such grief for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, make up for any bad behaviour by building clean-water systems in Indigenous communities.“No profit,” she emphasized. A form of community service.“It’s a bit ludicrous to suggest that we should build public infrastructure through punishment,” Singh said. It’s too much like a public-private partnership, he said, and these projects are better done by public tenders, with governments taking responsibility for the outcomes.May objected to an NDP news release several weeks ago saying her proposal showed she’s in favour of privatizing water infrastructure. That wasn’t fair, she said.“You can just accept it was a bad idea,” Singh suggested.Then moderator Paul Wells asked Singh whether he still supports a massive project to move liquefied natural gas from Alberta to port in British Columbia. After the New Democrats lost a seat to the Greens in a B.C. byelection, former MP and current candidate Svend Robinson said the party needs to reconsider its backing of the LNG pipeline to Kitimat. What’s Singh’s view now?“What I support is the fact that British Columbia is a province with one of the best climate-action plans in the country,” Singh answered. “They’ve made sure that everything they do is going to fit into their bold climate plan.”May wasn’t having it. Singh, the NDP government in British Columbia and the federal Liberals all support the project and they’re wrong to, she said.“If they understood the peril we are in, as a human family, on this planet, the need to hold global warming to 1.5 C, means you cannot build this pipeline.” read more

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Upcoming Back Surgery Ends Arian Fosters Season

By on September 30, 2019

Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster’s season is officially over as plaguing back issues will force the star player under the knife.Foster sought the advice of multiple doctors who all recommend surgery to repair a bulging disc.Foster has been experiencing chronic injuries since he hurt his calf muscle earlier in training camp. He also had hamstring issues, which led to his back problems. Arian Foster will have surgery to repair a herniated disk on Thursday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins.In the last two Texans’ games, Foster was involved in only 10 plays, all during the first drives of the games.  He was immediately taken out due to pain and couldn’t return.  This season Foster has 121 rushes for 542 yards with 22 receptions and two total touchdowns.His absence is a major blow for a Texans team that has lost six games in a row. The team will have to fall back on Ben Tate, Deji Karim and rookie Dennis Johnson for replacements for the remainder of the season.The Houston Texans are currently 2-7 and have no chance of going to the playoffs.  They play the Oakland Raiders next Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (ET) on CBS. read more

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Hockeys Hokey skating over competition

By on September 28, 2019

“Hokey” and “hockey:” words so similar, they’re often mistaken to be same. Despite the discrepancy of one little “c,” among the women’s collegiate hockey world, “Hokey” and “hockey” are becoming synonymous.Freshman forward Hokey Langan, a 5-feet-4-inch standout from Chatham, Ontario came to Ohio State to play under coach Jackie Barto last year and is having a breakout season.“She’s a dynamic offensive player. She’s a really head-smart, nose in the game [kind of player],” Barto said. “She does the little things out on the ice. She comes to play every night. She’s a determined, aggressive player.”The love of hockey was something Langan always had growing up. Around the age of 3, Langan said she started to play around with her siblings.“It just came. It was something I wanted to do every day,” Langan said. “[I] used to shoot pucks outside with my brother and my sister, and I never wanted to stop playing.”But it wasn’t until Langan developed as a more mature player that the long list of recognition began to grow. In high school, Langan played for the London Junior Devilettes before earning a spot on Team Canada’s Under-18 team. She was a two-time member of the gold medal-winning Team Ontario Red at the ‘07 and ‘08 Canadian U18 National Championships. She served as a captain at the ‘08 championships. In Aug. 2008, Langan competed with Team Canada in a U18 series against Team USA. At the 2009 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, Langan won the silver medal with Team Canada.  When looking at colleges, Langan said OSU offered her multiple reasons to become a Buckeye.“The first time driving in, the campus [was] beautiful,” Langan said about her recruiting trip. “Academics [are] really good here, and [OSU is] known for athletics. Every sport here is developed, so you can get a good crowd.”But OSU’s location was the biggest factor for Langan.“I live four hours away, so my parents can come and watch,” she said. “They’ve been to every single home game so far.”This year, Langan has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice. She tied OSU single-game records for goals with four and points with five in the 5-2 victory over Bemidji State Jan. 22.Barto said she is proud of the girls who have received WCHA honors this season because the individual rewards are a reflection on the team.Langan has moved into the lead for overall points in the WCHA with 39 (18 goals, 21 assists). She’s maintained the top spot in conference-only scoring with 32 points, 16 goals and assists apiece. With 1.42 points per game, she leads NCAA rookies and ranks eighth overall in the nation.Senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque said she likes playing with Langan because she can always count on the freshman to be in the right spot.“[Langan offers] a lot of confidence, a lot of control. You know if you give her the puck, she’s going to make something happen with it,” LaRocque said. “So you can just throw her the puck at any point and time … [and] she’ll knock it off her stick and toss it over there.”With a goal of winning a national championship before she graduates, Langan respects the suggestions and criticisms the coaches offer her after each game.“[In] team meetings with the coaches, Jackie [Barto] tells me what I can do to improve and that’s what I strive to do,” Langan said. “Just to improve as a player in offense, defense. Hopefully I can improve for the next three years.”Still in her inaugural season as a Buckeye athlete, Langan said what makes the experience worthwhile is the people that surround her.“The coaches, as well as the team, they make it really fun,” Langan said. “You go to school, do what you have to do, and then you come to the rink and play what you love.”Barto said she sees Langan as a continual contributor to the team, with a bright futureahead.“[If] she keeps working hard on and off the ice, and improving her game … she’s going to be one of the top players in this country,” Barto said. “[She’s] going to … help this program get to the level we want to get to.” read more

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Caretaker in custody over brutal murder of Jamaican pastor inside church

By on September 25, 2019

James Johnson(JAMAICA OBSERVER) THE police say the caretaker of the Church Of God of Prophecy on Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, has been held in connection with last month’s murder of pastor James Johnson.His apprehension comes weeks after the police have been trying to have a sit-down with him following the brutal killing of James inside the church last month.According to the constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, Johnson, a 29-year-old pastor from Union Estate in the parish, was reportedly in the middle of teaching a class, about 5:00 pm on September 20, when a gunman entered and shot him several times.Acting head of the Major Investigation Division Superintendent Paul Thomas told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the suspect was found hiding in the ceiling of a house in Spanish Town, St Catherine, approximately 11:00 am Saturday.“We have the suspect in custody, who we will be questioning in regards to the murder. There are certain leads which we are following that led us to taking him into custody, and we wish to question him in the presence of his attorney as soon as the attorney is available,” Superintendent Thomas said.“This is someone who we have been trying to reach to have a conversation with him over the past two weeks, and he has been avoiding us in many ways, meaning that he has been speaking to us, making appointments, and not turning up. We actually went in search of evidence and actually found him. Based on that, and other issues, he was taken into custody,” the superintendent said.Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, in condemning the killing of one of the youngest licensed ordained ministers in the Church Of God of Prophecy, said then: “The invasion of murder into a church — a sacred place of worship — is utterly reprehensible”.“James Johnson will be remembered as a bright, passionate Jamaican who was engaged in his community, his church and nation-building,” the security minister said then.The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches had also condemned Johnson’s killing.“As church, we hold dear the sanctity of life in regard to all. We are shocked and disturbed. We note with alarm the setting in which young Minister Johnson was cut down brutally. We also grieve at the violation of the place of refuge and the incursion on boundaries protecting the sanctity of that space which has been dedicated for the things of God and for uplifting people overall,” the group said in a statement last month. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related29-year-old Jamaican pastor killed in churchSeptember 21, 2018In “latest news”Jamaica: 3 suspects in cutody over murder of teen found in garbage bagOctober 26, 2018In “latest news”British woman killed in Jamaica was stabbed nine timesDecember 12, 2018In “latest news” read more

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This far and no further

By on September 21, 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed this week not to implement reform measures beyond those already agreed with Greece’s creditors.Speaking on Greek radio, the beleaguered PM warned hardline SYRIZA rebels that he would be forced to call early elections without a parliamentary majority, and proposed an emergency party congress could be held in early September.Tsipras faced a SYRIZA central committee session on Thursday, with many hardliners angry at acceptance of bailout terms more onerous than those voters rejected in the July 5 referendum.Under pressure from the lenders to go beyond the two packages of ‘prior actions’ already passed by the Greek parliament, Tsipras is faced with having to raise the retirement age and cut back on tax incentives for farmers.“I know well the framework of the deal we signed at the eurozone summit on July 12,” Tsipras told Sto Kokkino radio. “We will implement these commitments, irrespective of whether we agree with it or not. Nothing beyond that.”In a setback for his efforts to restore more economic stability, the Athens stock exchange is likely to stay closed for at least a week as Greek banks adapt their IT systems to enforce limits on trading.The ECB has given the go-ahead to reopen the exchange without restrictions for foreign investors, but with limitations for local investors to avoid further capital outflows.Meanwhile, the challenge of piecing together a third bailout deal became harder this week, with doubts emerging whether the International Monetary Fund will participate.At a two-hour meeting on Wednesday, the IMF’s board was told that Greece’s high debt levels and poor record of implementing reforms disqualify the country from receiving a third IMF bailout, according to a report in the Financial Times.As a result, while the IMF will participate in discussions over the bailout, the fund will not reach a final decision on whether to take part until Greece agrees to new reforms and eurozone countries agree to debt relief.This raises doubts over whether Athens and the lenders will be able to reach agreement by the proposed 20 August deadline – the date on which Greece is due to repay €3.5 billion to the European Central Bank.Sources: Reuters, Australian Financial Reviewlast_img read more

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Live Your Best Life With New Stranger Things x Ghostbusters Shoes

By on September 20, 2019

first_img 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality Stay on target I hope you’ve stocked up on Eggo waffles, french fries, and chocolate pudding: Stranger Things season two hits Netflix on Friday.To celebrate the best binge-watch of the season, Sony Pictures and Reebok teamed up for a limited-edition run of the Ex-O-Fit Hi sneaker, featuring Ghostbusters designs seen in the streaming show.The new series opens on Halloween 1984, with the boys—Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will (Noah Schnapp)—dressed as those eccentric parapsychologists known as the Ghostbusters.“It makes total sense that in the fall of 1984 [four months after the film’s release], Dustin and his friends would be nuts for Ghostbusters,” Ivan Reitman, director and producer of the original movie, said in a statement.As part of his costume (or just for funsies), superfan Dustin modifies his Ex-O-Fit Hi by drawing Ghostbusters designs (like “No ghosts” and “Ooooo”) onto the shoes.Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) suited up with his “Ghostbusters” gear and custom sneakers (via Sony Pictures Entertainment)And—because who doesn’t want to dress like a pre-teen boy from the 1980s—Reebok is now launching a line of old-school sneakers, customized with Dustin’s doodles.The footgear is being released first at worldwide BAIT retailers, followed by availability via Reebok and a number of “premium” shops around Asia and Europe. Or, you can just buy a new pair of Ex-O-Fit Hi for $75 and decorate them yourself.“’80s nostalgia is running at a fever pitch,” Reitman said, “and excitement and fondness for the classic Ghostbusters seems to grow every year.”With that in mind, Stranger Things partnered with the Ghost Corps production company (headed by Reitman and Dan Aykroyd) on the show’s themed storyline.Netflix has remained mum about the second season of its hit show. But some pieces of the spooky puzzle have been revealed, including a new (archetypal ’80s) hairdo for Eleven, the casting of a grown-up Goonie, a Canadian tuxedo-wearing bad boy teen with a car, and a Lovecraftian monster.Watch the trailer above for more clues. And head back into the Upside Down with these Stranger Things-inspired T-shirts.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Off Beat Things are looking up for family telescope

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgThe story that inspired the Giovannis’ gift.For the last 10 years, Nick Giovanni’s telescope saw a lot more garage dust than stardust.Now, following a Columbian story about a regional astronomy facility, the 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope has a new home at Goldendale Observatory State Park.His family has been interested in astronomy for 50 years, said Giovanni, who moved to Vancouver in July. It’s not just driveway stargazing, either. His daughter was a University of Arizona student when she discovered a new class of star.“During the 1960s and 1970s, like a lot of people, I became fascinated with space exploration,” Giovanni said. “I read all I could about space and planets.”His brother Chris, also starstruck, bought the telescope in 1985. Nick Giovanni’s daughter Melissa took the family passion another step when she went to the University of Arizona in 1997 to study astronomy.During a session with the 90-inch telescope at Kitt Peak Observatory, she told her instructor about an unusual object. In a science blog, the instructor described it as “the funniest-looking thing I’d ever seen.”It was a newly discovered class of sub-dwarf B star that — as the blog reported — pulsates like Jell-O, quivering in space through hourlong cycles.last_img read more

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Murkowski condemns Trump for offensive remark

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgPhoto: Carrie BraesSen. Lisa Murkowski Friday condemned President Trump for a vulgar term he reportedly used in the White House a day earlier, referring to countries in Africa and elsewhere. Murkowski issued a statement saying what the president said in a disucssion about immigration “is offensive and doesn’t reflect who we are as a country.” She suggested moving quickly to resolve the status of “Dreamers” – undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children – “in a way that truly reflects our values.”Listen nowpic.twitter.com/3HTVNFYapl— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) January 12, 2018Sen. Dan Sullivan issued a statement prasing the contributions of immigrants. His statement does not mention the remarks of the president.pic.twitter.com/i1ptEduRhl— SenDanSullivan (@SenDanSullivan) January 12, 2018last_img read more

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Pakistan Minister Senator hurl abuses in Parliament

By on September 6, 2019

first_imgISLAMABAD: Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Mushahidullah Khan and Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry hurled abuses at each other in Parliament, turning a joint session into a brawl. Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, who was presiding over the proceedings alongside National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Wednesday, had to intervene and order to expunge non-parliamentary words used by the two lawmakers, The Express Tribune reported. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Senator Khan and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader resorted to name-calling after the latter interrupted the senior opposition lawmaker’s speech during the televised session. The Federal Minister got infuriated after being referred to as “dabbu” and hurled a volley of abuses at the PML-N leader. “Can someone switch him off… He’ll take some time in learning how to respect others,” remarked Khan. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Chaudhry, in response, tried to pounce on to the opponent, but, other lawmakers held him back and calmed the two parties down. The session was called on Tuesday to discuss the Indian government’s decision on Monday to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and converted the state into a Union Territory with a legislature. It also split the state by hiving off Ladakh region and making it into a Union Territory without a legislature.last_img read more

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Tripura MLA Dhananjoy marries woman who accused him of rape

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgDhananjoy TripuraFacebook/ Dhananjoy TripuraA Tripura MLA named Dhananjoy Tripura (28) succumbed to political, legal pressure and married a woman who accused him of rape.Dhananjoy confirmed to PTI that the wedding ceremony took place on Sunday at the Chaturdas Devata temple in Agartala. In addition, to this, the woman agreed to withdraw all charges she had filed against him.Dhananjoy is a part of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) and is an MLA of the Raima Valley constituency in the state.According to the complaint filed by the woman in March 2019, Dhananjay had met the woman in 2010 when she was still in school and he was a student at Jirania. Times of India reports that the duo got into a relationship a year later and began a physical relationship.”A year later, we got involved and I had been to his house several times. He had then promised to marry me. I was physically abused but I did not think he would deny our relations,” the woman had told the police, according to TOI.”We have been in an affair for two years and he had raped me several times at a residence in Abhaynagar locality of Agartala. He developed a physical relationship with me promising to marry but discarded me eventually,” the woman was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.She then went to the IPFT president NC Debbarma, who tried to get the duo back together. They had agreed to hold the wedding in March 2017. However, the wedding was postponed due to the assembly elections and after Dhananjoy became the MLA in February 2018, he cut all contact with the woman.Even though he cut contact, the woman’s family organized the wedding for the two of them in December 2018 but Dhananjoy did not show up.”When our family asked what had happened, his elder brother demanded Rs 8 lakh from us. When we refused, Dhananjoy said he would not marry me,” the woman said.The woman and her family members then went to the police and Dhananjoy was charged with rape by promising to marry the girl, cheating and breach of trust under sections Sections 417 (cheating) and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code.Replying to the charges against him, Dhananjoy alleged that he was framed by the opposition parties. He added that this was a bid to malign his name.While talking to the media after his wedding, Dhananjoy said that mistakes were made on both sides and the legal team is working to make sure the cases against him are withdrawn.last_img read more

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Best ways to decorate your space with plants

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgPlants look just adorable and keeping them indoors not only brings life to the entire place but they also improve the air quality by reducing toxins existing in the atmosphere so make sure you are decorating your abode with plants nicely.4Your living room is the best place to be decorated with a lot of greenery. Potted plants are the best choice to be kept in the living room. These pots are available in different sizes and colours to suit your requirements. Ensure that they are visible over the furniture kept in the living room. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The dining area should be graced with plants such as money plants, bamboo plants, and ferns in glass bottles and vases.4Embellish your bedroom with indoor plants such as Sansevieria which increases oxygen levels at night to have a sound sleep. You can keep small potted plants on bedside tables on either side of the bed.4In the open space or balconies, install a shelf or hanging flower boxes along the railings to make it look attractive from outside. Also planter in sync with wall colours and embellishing the place with animal artefacts will increase the beauty quotient of these areas.4Also just to fill in the empty area of your apartment, you can try keeping big plants in colourful pots.4Decorate your living space with indoor plants as they make any area feel bright, lively, calm and beautiful.last_img read more

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Transforming the way we learn

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first_imgFounded in 1860, and serving the nation since then, the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, has grown into a leading educational institution over the years. Both St Xavier’s School and College are proud of their contribution to educational sector as well as the culture of Bengal.These twin institutions have produced many great educationalists and students who earned regard and respect for their Alma Mater. Millennium Post in an exclusive interview with Rev Dr Dominic Savio, S J, Principal and Secretary, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) discussed this esteemed institute. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow has been your journey so far? I was born in a middle class family, where my village was named after St Xavier. Having studied in a Jesuit school and college, my whole foundation was build in the likes of the Jesuit Community. My uncle and my mother has played a great role in my foundation as a Jesuit priest and a human being. I took the vows as a Jesuit to serve all human beings in this lifetime, and have been doing the same for last 23 years. St Xavier’s was destined to happen, and so I joined this prestigious institution in 2000 as a teacher in Economics. In 2009, I became the Vice-Principal, in 2013 the Rector of St Xavier’s Collegiate School, and finally in the year 2017 I took charge of the institute as the Principal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOur real strength is our faculty, students, student’s council and alumni. We constantly try to improve ourselves in order to serve the community with the best education. I am confident that with the support of Jesuit community, our students, staff, parents, alumni, well-wishers and benefactors, we will continue to flourish and serve the society at large. Tell us about the new campus in Raghabpur… There has been a significant achievement in the last 5 years, with regard to extension activities of the College is the setting up of Raghabpur Campus. Raghabpur, about 25 km away from the main campus, caters primarily to the academic needs of the 700 rural students. We have introduced Masters Degree, B Com Honors, BA General, BA History Hons, and Bengali this year. This campus is 80% subsidised as compared to the main campus, with great faculty and infrastructure for the betterment of students. The building with 15,000 sq ft is ready with all infrastructure facilities and the medium of teaching is Bengali. In our main campus, St Xavier’s College is the only undergraduate College in India with a responsibility of managing an Educational Multi Media Research Centre (EMMRC) of UGC. We are a community of diverse people. How do you reach out to the students from various demographies? The Counselling Cell of St Xavier’s College provides personal and vocational guidance to students of all the departments of the College. There are Personal Counselling Sessions which are conducted at the Centre by qualified and experienced Counsellors to help students resolve any kind of problems that they might face. There are five counsellers appointed at the premises. Besides career-related problems, personal issues are also dealt with great sensitivity. Confidentiality is a legal requirement of counselling, which is strictly maintained. Confidence issues, choosing the right career path, making choices in the various parts of life, self-doubt, peer pressure, relationship issues are only some of the problems that young people often face. Thus the Counselling Cell provides a platform for students to pursue both their professional and personal goals with greater self-awareness, self-esteem, understanding and a focus. What is your philosophy of leadership? ….to work conscientiously and creatively. St. Xavier’s is a college where there is secularism maintained amongst the students, teachers, and professors. We are certain that it will further the prospects for an ongoing dialogue with our peers as we discover dimensions of the future of our College. We are working towards introducing more Phd Courses along with the existing BA, MA and B.Ed courses. This will result in making us a research based institution, and in taking the legacy ahead – promoting a society based on love, freedom, liberty, justice, equality and fraternity.last_img read more

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Ticas reluctant to fund Johnny Arayas presidential bid

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s election authority releases information on party fundraising every three months, with the most recent reports available ending in June. The Broad Front Party has not yet reported fundraising totals for the April-June period, according to the TSE.Overall, PUSC raised the most money of the five major parties in the first half the year, at just below $281,000. Helping PUSC were large contributions from its one-time nominee Rodolfo Hernández and its current nominee Piza. Araya’s party raised just less than $96,000 from direct contributions. PAC raised just less than $68,000. The Libertarian Movement Party raised a little more than $12,000, while the Broad Front Party raised a little more than $8,000, although it has not reported for the second quarter.Private contributions are only a part of Costa Rica’s campaign financing, with parties getting more than 4 percent of the vote or winning at least one seat in the Legislative Assembly receiving access to public reimbursements after the election.Araya still maintained a strong lead according to the latest poll by the daily La Nación in September. Araya polled at 27.5 percent, meaning a second-round runoff election is likely if the polling trend continues. Facebook Comments Former San José Mayor Johnny Araya may enjoy a healthy lead in the 2014 presidential campaign, but with women donors, his party has had the worst fundraising performance of the five major parties in the first six months of 2013.Only 4.2 percent of dollars raised by the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN) in that period were from women donors, according to a Tico Times analysis of fundraising data from the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE). Araya’s party was the worst of the five major parties vying for the presidency, based on recent polling. Other parties include the Citizen Action Party (PAC), the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), the Libertarian Movement Party (ML), and the Broad Front Party (FA).The result is striking, given that current President Laura Chinchilla, also of Liberation, became the country’s first woman president in 2010.Contributions from women totaled 13.2 percent for all five parties during the six-month period.Two parties managed to far exceed this average. PAC, with presidential nominee Luis Guillermo Solís, received 49.3 percent of contributions from women. The Libertarian Movement Party, with Otto Guevara at the top of the ticket, garnered 46 percent of contributions from women. Both parties benefited from having individual women giving large contributions.The Broad Front Party, with presidential aspirant José Maria Villalta, came in a distant third with 8.7 percent of its contributions from women. PUSC, with new nominee Rodolfo Piza, came in just ahead of Araya with 6.3 percent of its contributions from women.last_img read more

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New Zealand triplets age 2 among Qatar mall dead

By on August 18, 2019

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths In all, 19 people died in the fire that broke out late Monday morning in Villaggio mall in the capital Doha. At least some of the victims died as rescuers struggled to reach a child care center at the mall, according to Qatar’s Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani.“Obviously it’s a very tragic day for that family and my thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” Key told reporters.“The pain of their loss is unimaginable,” Labour Party leader David Shearer said in a statement.Turner said her daughter had lived in Qatar for about five years, although she had returned to New Zealand to give birth to the triplets.“They were everything to her. She was a great mum. She was a hands-on mum,” Turner told Fairfax. “I didn’t push her for any information. She just told us what she needed to tell us. It was just that ‘Our babies, they died in a fire at the day care center.’”According to Martin Weekes’ profile on networking site LinkedIn, he works as a senior adviser at Qatar Media Services and was a former chief executive of Auckland’s Eden Park sports stadium. Eden Park Trust spokeswoman Tracy Morgan confirmed that in the late 1990s, Weekes headed the trust that oversees the stadium. Comments   Share   Top Stories Associated PressWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Prime Minister John Key and others offered condolences Tuesday to the New Zealand parents whose 2-year-old triplets were among the 13 children killed in a fire in a shopping mall in Qatar.New Zealand media on Tuesday identified the triplets as Lillie, Jackson and Willsher Weekes. Their parents, Jane and Martin Weekes, previously lived in Wellington.“Our daughter rang. What can you say? It’s absolutely devastating,” the children’s grandmother, Jo Turner, told Fairfax Media. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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