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The Role for Science in Regulatory Policy

first_imgAn expert panel today suggested ways to improve how U.S. regulatory agencies use input from outside scientists. Their recommendations urge the government to be more transparent in selecting and vetting experts, clearer in defining what questions it wants answered, and more rigorous in reviewing the relevant literature. The report, from the Science for Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., also comes with a warning to the Obama Administration: Asking scientists to make policy undermines the science and leads to bad policies.Federal agencies, notably the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, tap scientific experts to guide their rule-making on everything from drinking water to endangered species. But critics say that laws meant to ensure that the system is open and fair are sometimes ignored or twisted to satisfy the political interests of the Administration in power. “Right now we have a mishmash of policies and no uniformity,” says co-chair Sherwood Boehlert, a retired Republican congressman from upstate New York. “What we need is a system that’s as open as possible, and that’s also consistent from one agency to the next.”Co-chair Donald Kennedy, former editor of Science, says that another big problem is asking scientists to go beyond the limits of their expertise. “We need to separate the science from the policy. Otherwise, groups end up criticizing the science because they don’t like the policy.” Or, as Boehlert puts it, “How much risk a substance poses to human health or the environment is a science question. How much risk is acceptable [to society] is a policy question.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The 13-member panel included officials from previous Democratic and Republican Administrations as well as prominent academics, corporate leaders, and regulatory experts. The study was funded by the David and Lucile Packard, the William and Flora Hewlett, and the ExxonMobil foundations.last_img read more

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Ind A vs Aus A: Baba Aparajith five-for, Cameron Bancroft 150 lights up Day 2

first_imgIndia A off-spinner Baba Aparajith struck late with a five-wicket haul, but it was opener Cameron Bancroft’s strokeful 150 that powered Australia A to a crucial first innings lead on Day 2 of the second four-day unofficial cricket ‘Test’ here on Thursday.Responding to India A’s 135 in the first innings, Australia A rode on Bancroft’s fourth first-class century to manage 329 for nine at stumps as the hosts gained a healthy 194-run lead.Sharing a 111-run opening partnership with skipper Usman Khawaja (33), Bancroft gave the visitors a solid start as he stitched another crucial 107-run fourth wicket stand with Callum Ferguson (54). Also read: Ashton Agar said it was  a greater opportunity to get Virat’s wicket But the hard-working Indian spinners then made inroads to check the Australian middle-order batsmen from converting starts into bigger scores.Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (3-99) and off-spinner Aparajith (5-74) shared eight wickets apiece to give the hosts some hope at the end of the day.The Indian fielding though was way below par as Aparajith and India Test captain Virat Kohli floored two chances to give Feguson a longer stay at the crease. Ferguson, who was on 14 and 25 went on to register a crucial half-century. On both the occasions, Shreyas Gopal (1-69) was the bowler to suffer.At close Stephen O’Keefe (6) and Andrewe Fekete (0) were at the crease.Related: Australia A bowl out India A for 135 But Bancroft it was who was the star with a patient 267-ball knock, laced with 16 fours and a six. His decision to play a long innings and to be out as seventh batsman, helped his team to be in a comfortable position.advertisementThe manner in which Bancroft paced up his innings spoke about his patience while six wickets fell at the other end.When the Australians resumed their innings this morning overnight batsmen Bancroft and Khawaja were holding fort.Ojha’s hard work paid off after he trapped Khawaja LBW, and then claimed two more scalps in his very next over.Ojha’s two wickets were Joe Burns (8) and first innings top-scorer Peter Handscomb, for a blob.Later Aparajith brokethrough as he dismissed Marcus Stoinis (10) and then tricked Bancroft, who went on sweep and landed an easy catch to Kohli at leg slip.Egged on by the sparse local crowd, Aparajith kept up the momentum and dismissed three more Australians — Matthew Wade (11), Gurinder Sandhu (36) and Ashton Agar (6).last_img read more

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Easy to forget, critical to remember: Perspective is everything

first_imgIt’s been a long week, so a short thought today.Have you ever noticed how very young kids’ drawings usually don’t feature a person’s neck? Have you wondered why?My theory is that if you’re two or three years old and your perspective is low to the ground, you don’t see people’s necks when you look up. You see a head sitting on arms.I can’t think of a better analogy for marketing. Marketing mandates that we look at the world through the eyes of our audience and communicate from that perspective. The process of pushing into a foreign frame of reference can be hard, but when we do it, we find its value. Everything looks wildly different from that perspective. And our work must meld to its crazy contours. This is the mind-bending fun that is our profession.last_img read more

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CWG a stepping stone, my target is World Cship: Heena

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Mar 26 (PTI) Least affected by the recent controversies around her, Indias pistol ace Heena Sidhus primary target is the World Championship, as she looks to use the upcoming Commonwealth Games as a “stepping stone” to achieve success in bigger events. “These Games are important — CWG and Asian Games give you a heads up to Olympics. Its a very important year and the biggest challenge for me is the World Championship,” Heena told PTI. A former world number one in air pistol, Heena added, “Training is going very well and we have accomplished a lot. It is a stepping stone for the rest of the tournaments, especially the World Championship.” The 52nd World Championships will be held from August 31 to September 15 in Changwon, Korea. There are 48 individual Olympic quotas and 12 mixed team Olympic quotas set to be assigned there. A disappointed Heena recently let out her frustration on social media amid reports that the Sports Ministry had called for dropping of 21 names, including that of her husband and coach Ronak Pandit, from the Indian Olympic Associations list of non-athletes as part of the contingent for the Gold Coast Games. Asked if it distracted her from her goal, the World Cup Finals gold-medallist responded in the negative. “I dont feel tension and let these issues distract my training. I am not worried about what has happened and only concentrate on training. Shooting and nothing else.” Ronaks name, though, has been cleared finally, it was learnt. “Ronak is also my coach and has been training me for the past six years,” the Asian and Commonwealth Games medallist said.advertisement “Shooting is a measurable sport, Ronak is a proven shooter and has competed in many tournaments for India, and won. Even if one spends five minutes at the range one would understand who is the coach.” Riding on a highly successful 2017, the 28-year-old Heena enters the Commonwealth Games as one if the favourites, though she is likely to face stiff competition from compatriot 16-year-old Manu Bhaker, who is proving to be a wunderkind, having won double gold in her maiden ISSF senior World Cup and the ongoing junior World Cup in Sydney. “They have shown tremendous potential in recent times and that augurs very well for Indian shooting,” Heena said of the young crop of Indian shooters, who have taken the world by storm, regularly winning medals in top tournaments. Heenas success last year included three gold medals and another at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships. Paired with Jitu Rai, she won the 10m mixed team air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi, the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol series in Gabala, Azerbaijan and ISSF World Cup final in the Indian capital. Individually, Sidhu won a gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships and bronze medals at the 10th Asian Championship and the Grand Prix of Liberation Plaza Shooting Championships in the Czech Republic. Heena has made two trips to the Commonwealth Games in 2010 — winning a gold in the team 10m air pistol event and silver in the individual 10m air pistol — and 2014 where she qualified for the 10m final but failed to leave a mark. Right after the ministrys diktat, the Arjuna awardee had tweeted, “I have never lied, never cheated. I have always stayed true to my sport. I have been shooting for 11 years now and training with Ronak for the past 6 years. And for 6 yrs I have been having this fight. Be it funding for my coach, travel or even acknowledgement. I am mighty tired. “I just want 2 put it out for everyone that Ronak is my TECHNICAL COACH. Anybody who has spent even 5 mins on the range will know i have only one coach and thats Ronak. He is also team manager for shooting.” PTI AH PM PMlast_img read more

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Eriksen agent flattered by Man Utd link

first_imgTransfers Eriksen agent flattered by links with Man Utd & Real Madrid Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 21:17 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Christian Eriksen Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Manchester United Real Madrid Barcelona Premier League The Tottenham attacking midfielder has been in excellent form this season, and has subsequently been linked with a number of top clubs Christian Eriksen’s agent says he is thrilled to see his client linked with such clubs as Manchester United and Real Madrid.Eriksen has been in sparkling form for Tottenham this season, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists in all competitions.Spurs are currently fourth in the Premier League, and are set to face Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash, with the first leg ending in a pulsating 2-2 draw. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Dane has subsequently seen his stock rise, leading to suggestions that he may be the next big-name Spurs star to head for pastures new.And Martin Schoots, his representative, says links with the likes of the Spanish giants and Jose Mourinho’s men are a sign that Eriksen is playing well.”I don’t comment on rumours much,” Schoots told Danish newspaper BT . “But when clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are mentioned, it’s always a compliment.”Since Christian was 14 years old, big clubs have shown interest.”The first were Chelsea, AC Milan and Barcelona, since then there has been no transfer window without any offer or interest.”Schoots insists that there are clubs interested in Eriksen unknown to the public, but he does not expect the attacking midfielder to openly speak about it.”It is not all clubs known by the press. Christian is not a guy who wants to talk too much. He talks with his feet.”last_img read more

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Offhighway Report Scheduled for November

first_imgVOLUNTARY PLANNING BOARD–Off-highway Report Scheduled forNovember The final report and recommendations of the Voluntary PlanningBoard’s task force on off-highway vehicle use in Nova Scotia willbe released in early November. An interim report was released last spring. There was a highlevel of public interest, so the period for comments andsubmissions on that report was extended to the end of July.Nearly 2,000 responses to the interim report arrived betweenMarch and the end of July. “The board thanks the task force members who contributed so muchto this project and all who participated in these consultations,”said Teresa MacNeil, acting chair of the Voluntary PlanningBoard. The volunteer task force members have collectivelycontributed about 1,000 work days to the project. Voluntary Planning — Nova Scotia’s Citizens’ Policy Forum –operates at arm’s length from the provincial government. Membersparticipate on task forces, project teams and sector committees.last_img read more

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Mamata changes district presidents

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle, the Trinamool Congress supremo has changed the district presidents of Jangalmahal and North Bengal where the party has failed to get a single seat in the recent Lok Sabha election.Mamata Banerjee held a marathon meeting with the party’s core committee members, the candidates of the Lok Sabha election, district presidents and observers at her Kalighat residence on Saturday afternoon. After coming to power, Banerjee had visited Jangalmahal and North Bengal maximum number of times to win the confidence of the people. While Jangalmahal was hit by the Maoist movement, Darjeeling witnessed the movement for a separate Gorkhaland. Her repeated visits had yielded results and peace was restored in both the areas. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIn North Bengal, the Trinamool Congress has lost seven out of eight seats which include Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Raigunj, Balurghat, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Malda North seats to BJP while Malda South was won by the Congress candidate. In Jangalmahal, the TMC lost Bankura, Bishnupur, Purulia, Jhargram, Asansol and Burdwan-Durgapur seats to the BJP. Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, has been appointed to look after Jangalmahal, Murshidabad and North and South Dinajpur as the observer. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBirbaha Soren Tudu has been made the president in Jhargram. Banerjee had replaced Uma Soren who became the MP in 2014 with Tudu. She lost to her BJP opponent. Ratna Dey Nag has been appointed the party’s chairman in Hooghly district. Dey Nag who was the party’s MP twice has been defeated by Locket Chatterjee of the BJP. She will be assisted by Prabir Ghosal, Ashima Patra and Dilip Yadav. Subrata Mukherjee will look after the Panchayats and Rural Development department as the minister. He had contested from Bankura and lost. Arpita Ghosh and Kanaia Lal Agarwal have been appointed as the district presidents in South and North Dinajpur. Both Ghosh and Agarwal lost to their BJP contenders. Subhasish Batyabal and Shyamal Santra have been appointed as the presidents in Bankura and Bishnupur districts. Santra was defeated by his BJP rival in Bishnupur seat. Veteran party leader Shankar Singh has been appointed as the president in Ranaghat while Mahua Moitra, the party MP from Krishnanagar, has been appointed as the chairman of Krishnanagar. Mausum Benazir Noor who was defeated on Malda North seat has been made the president in Malda. Abu Taher who was elected from Murshidabad has been made the district president while Subrata Saha has been appointed as the chairman of the district. Firhad Hakim has been appointed as the observer in Howrah, Hooghly and Burdwan West districts while Aroop Biswas has been made the observer in North Bengal. Dinesh Trivedi has been appointed the chairman of Hoogly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) and Apurba Sarkar has been appointed as the chairman of North Bengal State Transport Corporation. Sudip Bandyopadhyay will be the party leader in the Lok Sabha while Kalyan Bandyopadhyay will be the Chief Whip. Abhishek Banerjee will look after the revision of the voters’ list.last_img read more

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NRC final list TMC opposes says Centre will have to take the

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress Saturday hit out at BJP government at the Centre for allegedly trying to drive out Bengalis from Assam in the name of NRC and said it will have to take the responsibility of the 19 lakh applicants who failed to make it to the final list. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed concern over 19.07 lakh people being left out of the final NRC list and said “People have been rendered homeless in their own country”, senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja TMC has been one of the most voracious critics of the citizens’ register and had accused BJP governments both at the Centre and in Assam of trying to drive out Bengalis from the north eastern state. “Our party (TMC) supremo (Banerjee) is very concerned about the future of the 19 lakh people who have been left out of the NRC list. What will happen to them? What is their future? The central government has to take their responsibility,” Hakim said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Last year after the draft NRC list was releasesd, Banerjee had gone all out to oppose it and had even sent a TMC delegation to Assam to talk to the people. “It is a plot to drive out Bengalis from Assam. How can the government be so insensitive that on one fine morning it is declaring citizens, who have been living in Assam for last several decades, as foreigners,” the TMC leader said. The updated final NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was out on Saturday, with over 19 lakh applicants who failed to make it to the list staring at an uncertain future. A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied for inclusion in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the final list and 19,06,657 excluded, according to a statement from the Assam NRC coordinator’s office. Those who have been excluded from the National Register of Citizens have 120 days to appeal against it at the Foreigners Tribunals.last_img read more

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No legal representative in SC to defend Forest Act a matter of

first_imgNew Delhi: CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat has written to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, raising questions on theabsence of a senior legal representative of the central government to defend the Forest Rights Act in the Supreme Court. Ever since the February orders of the Supreme Court for eviction of lakhs of tribal families, a sense of deep insecurity and vulnerability haunts the tribal communities as the subsequent stay order is temporary and tenuous, Karat said in the letter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”It is a matter of deep concern and objection that on crucial dates of the court hearing, there is no senior legal representative of the central government to defend the law. Yesterday, that is on September 12th, while taking up the case, the court specifically asked whether the solicitor general was present but he was conspicuous by his absence. “There was no one to argue against the fresh applications moved by the petitioners against the interests of lakhs of tribal communities who are forest dwellers,” she said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKarat said after Wednesday’s court hearing, there is a strong feeling of unease that the absence of top law officials is not by coincidence but by connivance. This feeling gets strengthened when it is known that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs had specifically written to people concerned to ensure the presence of the SG. “In a recent response to my concerns regarding the draft amendments to the Forest Act 1927, you had said that your Ministry is committed to protect the rights of tribal communities. I regret to say that this is not seen in the role of the MOEFCC in most critical issue of challenge to the Forest Rights Act in the Supreme Court case. “The next date of hearing is fixed for November 26th. I hope you will personally give it some attention so as to take corrective measures,” she wrote.last_img read more

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Feds to ease rules on drone flights over people and at night

first_imgFederal officials plan to ease restrictions on flying drones over crowds and at night.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says that her agency will propose letting some drone operators do those things without a special waiver from current rules.For example, waivers for night flights wouldn’t be needed for operators who go through special training and put anti-collision lighting on their drones.The Transportation Department released the preliminary rules on Monday.Chao says she knows that some people fear that drones create safety and privacy issues. But she says the Transportation Department’s actions will help develop the safe testing and use of drones.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Deportation of Lankan stopped

V M P Nehru alias Eela Nehru, a Sri Lankan facing imminent deportation from India, got a reprieve on Thursday, when the Madras high court restrained the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre from deporting him to the island nation and asked them to maintain status quo till August 28, the Times of India reported.A division bench comprising Justice V Dhanapalan and Justice C T Selvam granted the interim relief to the Lankan Tamil on a habeas corpus petition filed by his wife Santhira Leela, who said he faced threat to his life if sent back to Sri Lanka. On Thursday, Santhira Leela knocked at the high court doors saying her husband, who was neither a militant nor involved in terrorist activities anywhere, was facing the prospect of being deported to Sri Lanka by force. Noting that her family was eking out a livelihood by humble means, she said he had been needlessly detained in the Trichy prison following an order by the state public secretary on July 17, 2012. “It is akin to signing a death warrant for them,” said V Suresh, national general secretary of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties ( PUCL). He has written to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa requesting her to persuade the Centre to withdraw the deportation orders against three persons – Nehru, Soundarajan and Chenthuran – and “ensure that they are not forcibly taken back to Sri Lanka”. Her counsel R Sankarasubbu and A Ramesh informed the court that there was a definite threat to his life if sent back to Sri Lanka. Acceding to their requests, the bench said: “The respondents – state public secretary, Kancheepuram district collector and the Union home secretary – are directed to maintain status quo till August 27,” the judges said, adjourning the matter to August 27 for further hearing. read more

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Another sad day in the neighbourhood as Woodstock nurse charged with

By Liam Casey (with files from Paola Loriggio and Colin Perkel in Toronto)THE CANADIAN PRESSWOODSTOCK, Ont.Members of a southwestern Ontario community that is no stranger to tragedy expressed shock and outrage Tuesday after learning that a local nurse was accused of killing eight seniors in her care by using drugs. Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, of Woodstock, Ont., was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths, which police said took place between 2007 and 2014.“The victims were administered a drug,” said Det. Supt. Dave Truax of the Ontario Provincial Police. “We’re not in a position at this time to comment further on the specifics of the drug as it forms part of the evidence that is now before the courts.” He would only say that a number of drugs were stored and accessible in nursing homes.The victims have been identified as James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, Maureen Pickering, 79, Arpad Horvath, 75.Horvath’s daughter, Susan Horvath, said she felt something was amiss before her father died. “I’d seen my dad and the condition he was in and he had a lot of fear – he had a lot of fear – and just things about him and everything I noticed on his body and stuff, I just had a feeling and I told mom,” she told radio station AM980 in London, Ont., on Tuesday.“And then when he passed on – and how he passed on -that’s when I knew: This is not right.” Daniel Silcox, of Pontypool, Ont., said he found out about his father being among the alleged victims while listening to the radio Tuesday morning.“We’re living my father’s death right now,” Silcox told The Canadian Press. “It’s horrific.”Silcox said police had told his sisters about an investigation and briefly interviewed one of them, but the family had no idea what it was about. His father didn’t like living at the home, had broken his hip at the facility, but the family otherwise had no suspicions that his death might have been a murder, Silcox said.“We don’t want him to become the poster boy of this tragedy but we would like the story out there: (He was) a wonderful man, a World War II vet, just the best father in the world.”Arpad Horvath lived at a Meadow Park facility in London, Ont., while the other seven alleged victims lived at the Caressant Care Woodstock Long-Term Care Home in Woodstock, Ont.Police said they believe Wettlaufer also worked at other long-term care facilities in the province. Investigators could not specify which facilities, nor would they speak to a motive.The parking lot of the Woodstock facility happens to be where eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford was abducted in April 2009. Her disappearance and murder captured national attention and left the city of roughly 37,000 people grappling with fear and grief.Sabrina Sabic, who worked as a student nurse’s aide at the nursing home, stood near the facility with friends shortly after news of Wettlaufer’s arrest broke.“It’s shocking and sad to know that this happened to so many people and it just seems with my experience there that people working there should have paid closer attention,” the 17-year-old said. Her mother, Indira Sabic, who lives across the street from the nursing home, said she’s happy her daughter no longer works there, having quit in 2015.“It’s also so close to where Tori was taken,” Sabic said. “It’s another sad day in the neighbourhood.” As she walked by the nursing home, another resident, Stacey Adams, said she struggled to make sense of the deaths. “It’s hard to imagine. Did these people suffer? I really hope they didn’t, but for this to happen so close to Tori – I just don’t have words,” she said.Sam Lamb, 89, expressed shock at news of the murder charge involving Granat, a long-time friend who was an automotive body man in Tillsonburg, Ont.“Wow,” Lamb said. “But I really don’t know what he died of.” Woodstock Police Chief William Renton recognized that the case might stir up distressing memories.“It’s very difficult for a community to have to endure these types of tragic incidents but the community is strong and the community will rally and we’ll work together to get through it again just as we have in the other major incidents,” he said.Police said the case marks the highest death toll they have seen in the province since the 2006 massacre of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, which saw eight bikers gunned down at a southwestern Ontario farm.Charlene Puffer, who said she lives down the hall from Wettlaufer’s apartment, described her neighbour as a decent person. “I knew something was up with all the police coming around here the past few weeks and they came one day in all their Hazmat suits,” she said. “It’s terrifying to know someone who supposedly killed that many people lived right near me.”Wettlaufer told Puffer she liked her job as a nurse. “Then your mind starts going, thinking is there a body in there? And then you think, how did this go on for so long? But to look at her and know her a bit, you would never think she could do something like this,” Puffer said.News of the arrest spread to the provincial legislature, where Premier Kathleen Wynne was asked how the killings went undetected for so long.Wynne said it would be inappropriate for her to comment on an ongoing police investigation, but she said it is an “extremely distressing and tragic, tragic thing for all of the families involved.”Police said they were first alerted to the deaths on Sept. 29 and arrested Wettlaufer on Monday. They said she appeared in court Tuesday morning and was remandedinto custody until Nov. 2. A lawyer for Wettlaufer could not immediately be reached.The investigation is ongoing and police said more charges could be laid in the future. Records from the College of Nurses of Ontario show Wettlaufer was first registered as a nurse in August 1995 but resigned Sept. 30 of this year. She is no longer a registered nurse.A LinkedIn profile for someone of the same name showed an employment history that included working as a charge nurse at Caressant Care in Woodstock from 2007 to 2014, a job the page said involved assessing patients, administering medications and performing prescribed treatments.The profile also showed a bachelor’s degree in counselling from the London Baptist Bible College. Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes, which operates 15 facilities in Ontario, said Monday it is co-operating with police. read more

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Poilievre flogs enhanced child care benefit as boost to the economy

Poilievre flogs enhanced child care benefit as boost to the economy Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 25, 2015. Poilievre touted the Conservative government’s enhanced child care benefit as boost for the economy while warning Canadians should take heed of offshore financial chaos. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2015 12:42 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre is touting the Conservative government’s enhanced child care benefit as boost for the economy while warning that Canadians should take heed of offshore financial chaos.He used an event on Sunday at an Ottawa-based department store chain to flog the benefits of the lump sum payment, which will be paid out on July 20. The new benefit cheques are retroactive to Jan. 1 and provide a pre-election cash bump for families with children under 18.With parents and young children, as well as aspiring Conservative candidates as his backdrop, Poilievre said the cash will prompt a welcome boost of consumer spending in the economy at a time of uncertainty, which includes the bankruptcy of Greece and the meltdown of the Chinese stock market.Although, when asked, if it could be considered economic stimulus, he seemed reluctant to directly characterize it that way.“This $3 billion injection into the mailboxes and bank accounts of Canadians comes at a perfect time to support not only our families, but our retailers, as they generate thousands of jobs for Canadians,” he said.The enhanced benefit provides almost $2,000 per child per year in families with kids under six years of age, and $720 per year per child between the ages of six and 17.Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged this weekend that the Canadian economy is in a downturn, but noted that the rest of the world is in the same boat.The slump has caused four major banks to state they believe Canada is in recession. Additionally, a Statistics Canada report last week showed the economy lost 6,400 jobs in June.There have been calls for stimulus spending, but Harper rejected the pleas during an event in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday.Poilievre also made one last pitch for families who’ve not registered for the enhanced to benefit to get their paperwork in. The government estimated in the spring as many as 200,000 families had not signed up and it has been engaged in a PR campaign to get the word out. read more

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At Crime Commission UN official urges steppedup responses to curb human trafficking

“At-risk migrants, especially children, have become easy targets for abuse and exploitation, and clearly more needs to be done to reduce vulnerabilities, enhance protection and stop the criminals,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. “The continuing crises which we’re witnessing makes it even more critical that we take steps to address these shortcomings and strengthen criminal justice responses,” he addedGlobal Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (2015-2019), or GLO.ACT, aims to prevent and address the two crimes within 13 strategically selected countries by identifying proven good practices and lessons learned. These nations are Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, South Africa and Ukraine.The event was held in Vienna, Austria, on the side-lines of this week’s 25th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).“Together with UNODC we can stop a culture of impunity for those who treat human beings as commodities,” said EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou.The current migration and refugee crisis has made it all the more important to jointly and comprehensively address these distinct, yet often overlapping, complex crimes. Criminal networks seize opportunities to generate illicit profits at the expense of States and people and right now, organized crime groups are taking advantage of the gaps that exist in the laws, strategies and operational capacities of States.The four-year initiative marks a significant milestone in the global fight against trafficking and smuggling, and being delivered in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).UNODC’s work, moreover, is directly relevant to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the facilitation of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration, such as through decreasing profit opportunities for criminal networks, the provision of access to justice for all, and the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. read more

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Pensioner arrested over suicide after body found beneath Cornwall cliffs

A 73-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of aiding or abetting a suicide following the death of another woman, police have confirmed.Officers were called to Hell’s Mouth at Gwithian, near Camborne, Cornwall, at about 4.25pm on Friday after a member of the public spotted a body at the bottom of the cliffs.The body of a woman, believed to be a 74-year-old from Wiltshire, was located after emergency services attended. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the woman’s next of kin had been informed and the death was not being treated as suspicious.”In connection to this matter, a 73-year-old woman from Westbury, Wiltshire, has been questioned on suspicion of aiding or abetting a suicide, under the Suicide Act 1961,” he said.”She has been released under investigation pending further inquiries.”It is understood the woman was interviewed under caution over the weekend and a file is being prepared for the coroner. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Pics Gardaí find stolen art from the 1980s but arent sure where

first_img Source: Garda press officeGardaí say that their investigations are at an early stage and, despite one person being at the location when the seizure took place,  nobody has yet been arrested or charged.The items were found at the home of a convicted art thief.They have also yet to pin down whether the thefts were carried out by a particular group but say that it appears that hotels and stately homes were targeted.As part of efforts to track down the owners of the items, and those responsible for the thefts, gardaí have been working with with Interpol and international art experts.Superintendent Paul Moran says that anyone who may recognise the artworks or had artworks stolen up to 20 or 30 years ago should contact gardai at Pearse Street.They’ve also urged people who have an original copy of one of the paintings to check the painting as they have reason to believe that the thieves may have stolen the originals and replaced them with copies in a number of cases. Source: Garda press office.FORTY-EIGHT PAINTINGS, some identified as stolen up to 30-years-ago, have been discovered by gardaí in a premises in West Dublin.The seized paintings are by famous artists like Robert Ballagh, William Ashford, Brian Ballord, and Graham Knuttell and have been valued at over €100,000.Gardaí have confirmed six of the paintings as stolen and have identified their owners. Today they held a press briefing as they attempt to locate the owners of the remainder of the artwork.The six paintings placed gardaí come from locations as diverse as Belfast, Yorkshire, Dublin and Carlow with the thefts occurring as long ago as the 1980s and 1990s. These pieces are valued at €35,000.As well as the artworks, gardaí seized a number of books and other antiques and are looking to return all of the items to their owners.last_img read more

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Saviles celebrity visits were seen as a boost to morale in hospitals

first_imgOver the years, he became an unremarked-upon presence in the hospital, relatively unnoticed by staff and management, generally perceived as part of the Infirmary ‘family’ owing to the longevity of his relationship with them.His visits would mostly be unannounced and could occur at any time of the day or night. He was considered to be popular with patients but would also chat with staff.It was this familiarity, this taking his presence for granted, that enabled his sustained and unquestioned access, including to the most vulnerable individuals in the hospital, to continue.One witness said that he “sort of basically had the run of the place, you know”, while another added, “He had a passport to go anywhere”.During the late 1960s and 1970s, Savile had wide-ranging access across the Infirmary and there was little evidence of any challenge or controls of his whereabouts.He achieved this through grooming of certain groups, such as giving gifts to the porters, and becoming accepted by understanding different subcultures in the hospital.What he achieved was invisibility. A powerful trait that provided him with opportunities to abuse.On occasions, he would help give bed baths to patients and regularly visit the mortuary. As a volunteer porter, he would pick jobs that would bring him into contact with the young and vulnerable.“He’d [Savile] just turn up, ‘Right, what’s on the board?’ [on which there was a list of patients waiting for a porter], and he would go and get a patient, he would choose his own,” one witness recounted..That is how he did it, if a patient were ready to go it would save going back to the ward, and he would take his pick. Nobody questioned it.Thirteen of his Leeds victims had abusive encounters while he worked alone as a porter.As part of the unfettered access, Savile was also allowed to use car parking spaces for the overnight parking of his campervan, where some of the offences occurred.“He had access to offices, to on-site residences and to other restricted areas via his relationships with the Head Porter and other senior managers in the late 1960s,” reads the report.“This access remained unchallenged for the entirety of his association with the Infirmary.”Savile had three offices allocated to him from 1992 to 2011 and up to the 1980s used the hospital as his postal base. A member of staff even helped him with his correspondence. This arrangement was reinstated as late as the 1990s.A sex pest and a good fundraiser Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS ArchiveToday’s report into goings on in Leeds looked at how other staff members viewed Savile and investigators came across disparate views.The staff in the wards “tolerated” him because of his celebrity and popularity but many saw him as a “nuisance, a disruptive presence in the clinical areas and a sex pest”.Among senior managers, though, he was seen as a “force for good, a great and positive publicist, a morale booster and a welcome fundraiser”.Altogether, sixty instances of abuse were uncovered by the recent investigations in Leeds, with victims aging from five to 75 years old. The incidents took place between 1962 and 1999 in various locations, including the wards, the offices, a nearby café, Savile’s campervan and his mother’s home.The investigation shows that while he acted “mostly alone”, there were some occasions where he was assisted by a small number of individuals thought to be employees.He was “most active” in the 1960s and 1970s, when he was at the height of his celebrity.The report’s authors looked at the impact of celebrity in the time period, noting that it was different to what we experience today, especially in terms of profile and longevity of those who appeared on television.“With only three TV channels, and no internet or social media, there was less choice and a greater collective engagement with fewer TV programmes,” they write.“Because of his TV and radio profile, and the huge and enduring popularity of programmes like Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix It, Savile had a far longer career as a famous person than many of today’s fleetingly famous celebrities.”Savile also used his close proximity to famous singers and pop groups to gain attention from teenage girls. The investigators note that in a time when ‘Beatlemania’ was everywhere, teenage girls were “overcome by the emotional intensity of their desire to see and have contact with their idols”.They believe that this is accompanied by a particular vulnerability, which still persists today when examining the adulation of young singers, such as One Direction. The hearse bearing the coffin of Sir Jimmy Savile moves slowly as crowds of fans look on, in Leeds, November 2011. Source: JON SUPER/AP/Press Association ImagesSavile understood the power of his celebrity and used it, honing in on that vulnerability and later using tactics of humiliation and intimidation.“He knew that if he was photographed running a marathon for charity, or launching a particular fundraising campaign, publicity would follow,” the report states.“Generally such publicity was uncritical, respectful and superficial, and this type of publicity followed him throughout his career.”Today, hospitals are run very differently but the reports still have recommendations about security and control, with particular attention on high-risk areas and secured areas.Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that VIPs and celebrities do not have open access in and around the hospitals.“They are registered at every visit and accompanied at all times,” it said in a statement today.Tighter controls can help but society also need to understand the perpetrators of such horrific abuses.Support group CARI has drawn parallels between Savile and many other offenders whose victims they have treated over the past 25 years.“He shares the same features as most offenders; namely, is a pillar of the community or family, charming, persuasive but with a ruthless streak and never, ever admits guilt,” explains CEO Mary Flaherty.“Victims are often not believed, young, disabled and whole families and institutions are groomed to silence. It is also a little-known fact that a single offender will abuse multiple victims – sometimes across generations.”She points to the nefarious Fr Oliver O’Grady who has admitted he did not know how many boys and girls he had sexually abused. And to Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí who has been dubbed Ireland’s Jimmy Savile because he had used a respectable organisation as a valuable hiding place.She also noted that Savile’s most recent offence was 2009, just five years ago.“There remains in Irish and UK society a tendency to assume that sexual abuse is primarily a historical problem.”But it is still in our midst. The recent harrowing Longford case, where a woman and her neighbour abused her young daughter, is just one example. There, Judge Tony Hunt said that what was particularly distressing was that the abuse did not come from “other eras”.His parting words were that nobody should be complacent about child abuse and neglect.“Oh, that’s Jimmy, that’s just his way” – how staff at hospitals enabled Savile and refused to believe his victims‘Depraved and exploitative’: Jimmy Savile abused vulnerable people aged between 5 and 75 NOW UNCOVERED AS one of the most prolific sexual abusers in the UK’s history, Jimmy Savile hid his depraved activities in plain sight for his entire lifetime.Details of his crimes only came to light after his death in 2011 when a documentary aired claims by a number of women that they had been sexually assaulted by the BBC star.Today, 28 reports detailing the scale of his abuse have been published by hospitals where he was seen as a patron and celebrity.He raised millions of pounds for various facilities across the country and his numerous ward visits were, as the Leeds report states, seen by many as a “boost to morale”.According to investigators, Savile regularly visited wards and departments at Leeds General Infirmary  – both as a porter and as a celebrity over five decades, particularly the 1960s,’70s and 80s.last_img read more

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Google to bring 10x faster WiFi to all 7000 US Starbucks locations

first_imgStarbucks seems to be on a mission to improve the technology inside its coffee shops recently. Yesterday we heard about wireless charging pads being integrated into tables at Silicon Valley Starbucks locations, now the company has done a deal with Google to provide much faster WiFi access.The collaboration will see Google deliver up to 10x faster WiFi to not just a few, but all 7,000 Starbucks-operated locations across the US. And better yet, if any of those Starbucks fall within a Google Fiber area, Google is aiming to increase speeds 100x.Upgrading 7,000 locations is quite the undertaking, but Google believes it can get the job done over the next 18 months. After that, visit any US Starbucks and you’ll apparently get to enjoy much faster access.Google says it is investing to help the Internet grow stronger. It also points to Starbucks web access as being important not only for students and people who choose to work from such locations, but also because they can act as key communication points during a disaster such as when Hurricane Sandy hit.Indeed, Google isn’t new to the idea of investing in Internet infrastructure for no real monetary gain. You may remember back in 2009 the search giant decided to offer free WiFi access across 47 US airports.While these upgrades may be great news for coffee drinkers, they could cause Starbucks a bit of a problem. If you’re offering faster Internet access than people get at home for free, free gadget charging, and all it costs is the price of a coffee, why would anyone want to leave? We could see a lot more people testing how long a tall coffee can last just to sit there surfing the web all day.[Image credit: matley0]last_img read more

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No sole factor in cluster of fatal birth defects

first_imgYAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — State health officials investigating a cluster of fatal birth defects in central Washington have not been able to identify a cause for most of the cases.The Yakima Herald-Republic says that the state Department of Health concluded that there was no sole factor to blame for the elevated rates of the anencephaly, a rare neural tube defect.However, the report released last week said women whose pregnancies were affected by neural tube defects showed low folic acid use compared with other women in Washington.Between 2010 and 2016, 45 babies in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties were born with anencephaly. The rate in the three-county area was about four times the national average.Investigators looked at exposure to nitrates in drinking water, radiation and pesticides. The report said none of those analyses identified a potential cause.Health officials suspended its investigation in late 2016 into the cause of the elevated rate of anencephaly. They’re now focusing on surveillance, outreach and prevention.last_img read more

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