In the news today July 29

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, July 29———NEW TIP IN MANHUNT FOR B.C. MURDER SUSPECTSA new tip has led police involved in the escalating manhunt for two B.C. murder suspects to another remote community in northern Manitoba.  RCMP have sent helicopters, a plane, heavily armed officers and police canine units to York Landing to investigate a tip that Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and 19-year-old Kam McLeod of Port Alberni, B.C., may have been spotted in the area. The duo are suspects in the death of three people in northern British Columbia. York Landing is about 90 kilometres southwest of Gillam, Man., where the search for the fugitives has been focused for the past week.———B.C. MURDER SUSPECT’S FATHER RELEASES BOOKThe father of a B.C. murder suspect has written a book that sheds new light on his mental health, explains harassment convictions involving his ex-wife and provides insight into the possible impacts the events had on his fugitive son. Alan Schmegelsky, the father of Bryer Schmegelsky, has sent a book to reporters titled “Red Flagged,” which he says is a novelization of actual events and fictionalizes some incidents. Bryer is a suspect in three murders in northern B.C. along with his friend, Kam McLeod. A massive manhunt for the two suspects continues in northern Manitoba.———FOUR FOUND DEAD IN HOME NORTH OF TORONTOA lot of questions remain to be answered today after four bodies were found inside a home in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto. York Regional Police said officers discovered the bodies Sunday afternoon while responding to a 911 call about possible injuries at the home. They said the officers were met at the door by a 20-year-old man who was later taken into custody, but there was still word as of Sunday night whether he’d been charged with anything. And no information was immediately released about the identities of the deceased, their ages, genders, relationship to each other, or how they died.———FOCUS ON SHIPPING IN EFFORT TO SAVE WHALES The shipping industry is under increased scrutiny after two cargo ships were fined for sailing too fast through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where the rising death toll among endangered North Atlantic right whales has been partly blamed on collisions with vessels. There have been eight deaths reported since early June, and examinations of five of the carcasses showed three of them had injuries consistent with ship strikes — a leading cause of death for these rare mammals. Transport Canada says that while the shipping industry has been overwhelmingly compliant in respecting new speed limits, there are still some exceptions, and it is examining all reported cases of non-compliance.———U.S. HOUSE BREAKS WITH NO NEW NAFTA: NOW WHAT?The U.S. House of Representatives begins its summer break today leaving the ratification of the new North American trade deal hanging, rekindling angst that a frustrated President Donald Trump will blow up the existing pact. Trade experts in Canada and the U.S. are divided on whether Trump may be driven to invoke the six-month notice period to withdraw from the current North American Free Trade Agreement — a threat he repeatedly made during the tense renegotiation of the pact that he pushed on Canada and Mexico. Mexico is the only country to give full legal approval to the new accord. Canada is waiting to see what the U.S. Congress will do.———20 DONORS GAVE MAX TO BOTH LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES  The chairman of the board of Bombardier, a scion of the Rotman family, the chairman of a major power company — these prominent Canadians all gave as much money as they’re allowed, or close to it, to both the Liberals and Conservatives in 2018. An analysis of Elections Canada documents by The Canadian Press shows they are among at least 20 Canadians who gave substantially to the country’s two most fiercely opposed parties last year. Such donations are fully legal: a person can give to all the political parties if he or she wishes — but they are unusual.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Green Leader Elizabeth May and candidate Greg Malone host a community meeting in Carbonear, N.L.— Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay makes an announcement in Hamilton about research into chronic pain issues concerning veterans.— Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna makes an announcement in Mississauga regarding clean-transportation infrastructure.— Small Business Minister Mary Ng is in Vancouver to announce the creation of an integrated market in the medtech industry.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mario Batali And Michael Strahan To Host Food Bank For New York

first_imgFood Bank For New York City will host its annual Can-Do Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 20.The star-studded Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America, is instrumental in helping to provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank For New York City’s programs and services. Since its inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than $14 million dollars, helping to provide 70 million free meals. Every dollar donated to Food Bank helps provide five meals to a New Yorker in need.Among those expected to attend are hosts Mario Batali and Michael Strahan, as well as Jon Bon Jovi, Aziz Ansari, Jim Gaffigan, Liam Neeson, Emeril Lagasse, Rosanne Cash, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Michael Kenneth Williams, Peter Cincotti, Marc Marphy, Anne Burrell, Stephanie March, Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos, Gail Simmons, Katie Lee, Lee Schrager, Julia Landauer, Brandon Maxwell, Ming Tsai, Stavros Niarchos III, Stephanie Seymour, Rene Lopez, Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis, and more…WHEN: Wednesday, April 20th, 2016WHERE: Cipriani Wall StreetFood Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 64 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 44,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget.To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

Haiti UN welcomes ratification of pact on economic and social rights

The ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) on Tuesday by the Haitian Parliament demonstrates a commitment by the country’s authorities to work towards the realization of Haitians’ rights as well as to continue to fight against poverty and social exclusion, MINUSTAH said in a news release.“The ratification of this international instrument is an important step in broadening the scope of protection of human rights in Haiti,” MINUSTAH stressed, adding that “it also opens interesting perspectives for development cooperation for Haiti.”MINUSTAH emphasized that the agreement commits the international community to do more to support Government efforts to ensure equal access to education, health and a decent standard of living, including access to water, food and adequate housing that contribute to poverty reduction.The mission also reiterated its support for the Government in the implementation of the Covenant by providing technical support on harmonization policies, establishing new programmes, and drafting new laws.Since 2008, MINUSTAH, in particular through its human rights and political affairs section, has encouraged the Covenant’s ratification. The mission also supported the “Haitian Youth Parliament” in its work that led to the symbolic ratification of the Covenant at its last session held in October.The agreement is part of a number of international instruments that had been recommended to Haiti by international bodies such as the UN Human Rights Council. 2 February 2012The United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti (MINUSTAH) welcomed today the ratification by the Government of a pact on economic, social and cultural rights. read more

New dedicated telemetry unit to help patients with seizures

Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Cannabis-based therapy reduced seizure frequency in child patients, Sask.-based trial’s preliminary findings show Shannon Loutitt is “so over the moon.”Loutitt, who began having seizures after a car crash, had a bad experience at Royal University Hospital last year. The hospital had one telemetry bed in the neurological unit, which is often full of trauma victims and people recovering from brain surgeries.Telemetry monitors the electrical activity in a patient’s brain over an extended period of time, which can help determine where the seizures are coming from, and if surgery is beneficial.Loutitt had to be kept awake in order to try to induce seizures. She was sharing close quarters with people on the worst days of their lives.“It was so traumatizing,” Loutitt said. “My last time in there, I was staring into the eyes of a man that was passing away. It wasn’t just the fact that we’re feet away from each other, but the fact I knew everything about him as his family was coming and going, it felt so inappropriate.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Soon, patients like Loutitt will be treated in a new dedicated four-bed telemetry monitoring unit.The provincial government and Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) announced funding for the project at a joint news conference on Monday.“That is exactly what we were hoping for,” Loutitt said. “I am so over the moon. We’re the only province that didn’t have one in the entire country.” Shannon Loutitt is an advocate for a separate epilepsy unit at RUH in Saskatoon, SK on Monday, August 19, 2019. The new setup will offer privacy and allow timelier assessment in a more dignified way.The Saskatchewan Health Authority will contribute $1.35 million and the RUHF will raise $1.2 million for capital and equipment. The unit is expected to open in the 2020-21 fiscal year.Arla Gustafson, the foundation’s CEO, said the news is exciting for patients and families, and also for donors who have already been supporting the Saskatchewan Epilepsy Program. She said the foundation is committed to raising $500,000 this year and $700,000 next year to make the unit a reality.Becky Findlay of Regina, who started having seizures after her first son was born five years ago, waited about three years to get into the telemetry bed at RUH. She had surgery in April and has been seizure-free ever since.She said she’s glad others may not have to wait as long as she did.“It’s so exciting that people aren’t going to have the years and years of waits and just getting what can be their miracle, sooner,” Findlay said.In addition to the four adult beds coming to RUH, two pediatric epilepsy telemetry beds will be available in the fall when the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital opens.Approximately 10,500 people in Saskatchewan live with epilepsy, 700 of whom are children. Loutitt noted that with seizures from other causes such as head trauma, there are probably closer to 20,000 people affected in the province.“I’ve not had any seizures since last year, I’ve been taken off the medication and — knock on wood — I won’t have any more, but if I do, at least I know there’s more resources to help me out,” she said.Related read more

63 semiautomatic guns go missing from Labound truck 4 arrested

Updated 7:39 PM ET A shipment of AR-15 Colt Law Enforcement Carbines left Hartford, Conn., home of Colt Manufacturing, on a truck headed south, but some of the guns on board the truck were missing when the truck was inspected in its final destination of Shreveport, La. The missing guns have yet to be recovered. AR-15’s are popular and widely available, and most models retail for around $900 to $1,250. The local Wal-Mart in Shreveport began stocking their first AR-15 as recently as two months ago, priced at $907. The memo from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office says the weapons were among a shipment of five pallets traveling between Connecticut and Louisiana, one of which disappeared along the way. According to the memo, the shipment left Connecticut on Wednesday, October 9th, and checked in at terminals along the way in New York, Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee before arriving at its final destination in Shreveport, La., on October 12th. According to a statement posted on the Caddo Parrish Sheriff’s Office web site, the four men arrested are: Cameron Johnson, a contract security guard who was on duty when the guns were supposed to have arrived at shipping company Con-way, on the charge of theft of a firearm; Luther Williams Jr. for theft of a firearm; James D. Minor Jr., on drug, traffic and firearm charges; and David McNeil for illegal possession of stolen items. All the suspects were not employees of Con-way. Officials from Con-way that misplaced the weapons, told law enforcement that the pallets were scanned as a group, not individually, at each checkpoint. Two days later, employees noticed there were only four pallets, not five. Sixty-three high-powered semi-automatic guns disappeared from a truck two weekends ago, according to an internal law enforcement memo obtained exclusively by CBS News. Four men were arrested in connection to the case, CBS affiliate KSLA Shreveport reported Tuesday. }”Designed specifically for lightweight mobility, speed of target acquisition, and potent firepower capability – the Colt Law Enforcement Carbine delivers,” Colt advertises on its website. “This specially designed law enforcement weapon system features many of the combat proven advantages of the military Colt M4.” The AR-15 is a highly customizable, lightweight and easy-to-use rifle. They can be accessorized with extra scopes, larger clips and can fire as fast as a shooter can pull the trigger. AR-15 style weapons were used in the Sandy Hook and Aurora Theater shootings. Trending News “We’ve been involved in the investigation with the Sheriff’s Office since day one,” said Senior Special Agent Austin Banks of the ATF New Orleans Field Division. Law enforcement has the serial numbers of all missing weapons, which could be used to track guns that turn up on the market, or in criminal incidents. Officials from Con-way Inc. and Colt Manufacturing were unavailable for comment. “The company continues to fully cooperate with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office on its investigation,” said the sheriff’s office on its Web site The sheriff’s office also said the investigation is ongoing and that someone may have purchased a weapon unaware that it was stolen. “Anyone recently acquiring this type of weapon from anyone other than an authorized or legitimate dealer is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office,” it said. Teacher suspended for Confederate flag message Trump order denies visas to immigrants who can’t pay for health care 5 elephants die in waterfall plunge to save calf New “Star Trek: Picard” trailer released at Comic Con 4 homeless men killed while sleeping in New York City read more

Diana Nyad passes halfway mark of 48hour NYC swim

Trending News She told The Associated Press on Monday that one of her swimming companions in Manhattan will be a dog named Roscoe that survived Sandy’s floodwaters. Teacher suspended for Confederate flag message Trump order denies visas to immigrants who can’t pay for health care 5 elephants die in waterfall plunge to save calf New “Star Trek: Picard” trailer released at Comic Con Man led by rope says video of arrest made him feel shame As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nyad had been in the pool for more than 24 hours and had raised more than $56,500. “I’m from New York City and last year I was in town right after Sandy hit…You feel such tremendous compassion for people,” she said last week. “You might sit down and write a little check for disaster relief — whatever you can afford…And then it’s not front page news and you forget about it….Well thousands of people haven’t forgotten about it — Jersey Shore, Staten Island, Far Rockaway — all over New York and New Jersey.” Nyad told last week that she was “more than ready” for the marathon swim. Diana Nyad started her 48-hour swim Tuesday morning in a 40-yard pool set up in Herald Square. Her aim is to raise money for people still struggling a year after Sandy. Nyad on historic swim: “I believed in dreaming big” Contributions are being accepted by the disaster relief agency AmeriCares Foundation, which will distribute the funds. Diana Nyad completes record swim on fifth try 26 photos Last month, the native New Yorker became the first person confirmed to have swum from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. NEW YORK The 64-year-old woman who swam from Havana to Key West has passed the halfway mark in her marathon Manhattan swim to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy. read more

Calif gov allows freedom to woman who killed pimp

Trending News Her aunt told CBS News she is “elated” and plans to taken in Kruzan as soon as she is released. Sara Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard in a Riverside motel room. She contended that he had sexually abused her and groomed her for six years to work as a child prostitute. LOS ANGELESA Southern California woman who received a life sentence as a teenager for killing her former pimp will be allowed to go free after Gov. Jerry Brown decided against blocking a parole board’s ruling that grants her freedom. Sara Kruzan to be released from prison “Given Ms. Kruzan’s age at the time of the murder, and considering the significant abuse she suffered at his hands, I believe Ms. Kruzan’s sentence is excessive,” the governor wrote in his commutation message, “it is apparent that Ms. Kruzan suffered significant abuse starting at a vulnerable age.” The year culminated with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger commuting her sentence to 25-years-to-life with the possibility of parole on his last full day in office. Schwarzenegger said he still considered her guilty of first-degree murder, but he sympathized with her defense that the man she killed had sexually abused her and served as her pimp for years. Updated at 8:55 p.m. ET Yee’s legislation to allow new sentencing hearings for juveniles sent to prison for life without parole became law in January. In September, Brown signed a second bill requiring parole boards to give special consideration to juveniles tried as adults who have served at least 15 years of lengthy sentences. Advocates estimate there are more than 1,000 prisoners already eligible for parole hearings under that new law. “Things happen to us but then we evolve and change and become stronger and we become better and that’s what has happened to Sara,” Rogen said. Kruzan’s case garnered widespread publicity in 2010 after Human Rights Watch posted a six-minute interview with her on YouTube. Brown’s decision on Kruzan’s case came nearly two weeks before the deadline for his action, Westrup said. The parole board was expected to act on the decision on Monday. “It is justice long overdue,” Yee told the Los Angeles Times. He called Kruzan’s case the “perfect example of adults who failed her, of society failing her. You had a predator who stalked her, raped her, forced her into prostitution, and there was no one around.” Kruzan’s case became a high-profile example used by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who sought to soften harsh life sentences for juveniles. “Juvenile in Justice” photo project captures kids behind bars 25 photos Teacher suspended for Confederate flag message Trump order denies visas to immigrants who can’t pay for health care New “Star Trek: Picard” trailer released at Comic Con 5 elephants die in waterfall plunge to save calf 4 homeless men killed while sleeping in New York City Kruzan, now 35, is housed at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. “I remember reading the headline in the Riverside newspaper. It said ‘Teen prostitute kills pimp,” Kruzan’s aunt, Ann Rogen, told CBS News. Rogan said she had no idea of the abuse her young niece endured. “I just could not fathom, I couldn’t understand, I couldn’t wrap my mind around it.” This January, a Riverside judge further reduced her first-degree murder conviction to second degree, making her immediately eligible for release. read more

Security Council stresses need for political dialogue and increased aid for Somalia

Speaking to the press following a closed-door briefing from Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds this month’s Council presidency, said members regarded the situation in Somalia – which has been beset by fighting and widespread displacement in the past month – as one of its top priorities.The United Nations announced yesterday it is sending a humanitarian assessment mission to Somalia’s border area with Kenya, where thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have gathered to escape fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and supporters of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).The assessment team will examine how to re-start humanitarian deliveries into Somalia and how to handle the large-scale population movements that have followed the intense fighting in recent weeks as the Government, backed by Ethiopian troops, has reclaimed the capital, Mogadishu. Aid operations had to be suspended and international staff evacuated because of the dangers posed by the fighting.Mr. Churkin said the Council’s 15 members agreed that inclusive political dialogue among Somalia’s various political forces is necessary to end the deadly clashes and alleviate the humanitarian situation in one of Africa’s most impoverished nations.Last month the Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing the creation of an African protection and training mission to help protect Somalia’s transitional federal institutions.To be known as IGASOM, the new force is to be set up by the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, and will have an initial mandate of six months. No countries bordering Somalia will be able to deploy troops.Mr. Gambari told journalists he stressed during his Council briefing that IGASOM must be deployed as soon as possible to stabilize Somalia, and he added that several countries, including Nigeria, South Africa and Malawi, are considering committing troops. read more

Darfur UN envoy holds constructive talks with senior Sudanese figures

Jan Eliasson, the former Swedish foreign minister and General Assembly president, described today’s talks in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, as fruitful and constructive, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists.Mr. Eliasson met with Foreign Minister Lam Akol and Minni Minawi, a senior presidential assistant and the chairman of a wing of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) that signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) last May. He also spoke with two presidential advisers.Tomorrow Mr. Eliasson is scheduled to hold talks with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir, who informed the UN last month that Khartoum accepts a three-phase plan culminating in the deployment of a hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force to replace the existing AU monitoring force. Such a force is expected to comprise up to 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers.The envoy is then scheduled to head to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state.Mr. Eliasson was appointed last month to help re-energize diplomatic efforts to obtain a durable solution, based on the DPA, to a conflict that has left more than 4 million people dependent on outside aid.Fighting erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups seeking greater autonomy for Darfur, an arid and impoverished region roughly the size of France on Sudan’s western flank. Several rebel groups have not signed the DPA and deadly clashes have continued since the pact was struck in May.Senior UN officials have repeatedly described Darfur as the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and Mr. Ban has called the crisis one of his top priorities in office.The conflict and resulting massive displacement is threatening the stability of neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR), and this morning Security Council members heard a closed-door briefing from Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi about the work of a UN team examining the situation on the Chadian-Sudanese border.The Secretary-General’s latest progress report to the Council on the situation in Darfur, covering the period from the start of October to mid-December, concluded that “the time has come to turn declarations into actions” so that the violence stopped and Darfur’s inhabitants can “live a normal life, free of fear, with hope for a better future.”The report detailed the grim conditions on the ground, with villages being destroyed, killings and other human rights abuses continuing and rampant impunity for such acts. read more

Jury finds Exxon Mobil liable in NH groundwater contamination trial oil giant

Jury finds Exxon Mobil liable in NH groundwater contamination trial, oil giant must pay $236M by Lynne Tuohy, The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 1:33 pm MDT CONCORD, N.H. – Exxon Mobil Corp. was found liable Tuesday in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination caused by the gasoline additive MTBE, and the jury ordered the oil giant to pay $236 million to New Hampshire to clean it up.The jurors reached their verdicts in less than 90 minutes, after sitting through nearly three months of testimony. Lawyers on both sides were stunned by the speed with which they reached the verdict on liability and even more stunned when the jurors took barely 20 minutes more to fill out the damages verdict.Juror Dawn Booker of Pembroke told The Associated Press that all 12 felt “very, very confident about our decision.”“We’ve been sitting there for three months listening,” Booker said. “It was just cut and dry. We all pretty much had our own decision before we went in there.“Honest to God, we put a lot of heartfelt thought into it,” Booker said. Although the state’s burden of proof was a preponderance of the evidence — or 51 per cent as the judge explained — Booker said “it was way more than 51 per cent for New Hampshire.”The panel awarded the state all $236 million it was seeking from Exxon Mobil to monitor and remediate groundwater contaminated by MTBE. The chemical was added to gasoline to reduce smog but was found to travel farther and faster in groundwater than gasoline without the additive.“We appreciate the jurors’ service during this long trial, but erroneous rulings prevented them from hearing all the evidence and deprived us of a fair trial,” said Exxon Mobil lawyer David Lender. “We have strong legal and factual arguments to make on appeal.”Attorney General Michael Delaney said he anticipates an appeal and doesn’t expect to see the money “anytime soon.” He said the case and the verdict are historic.The verdict is more than twice the $105 million jurors awarded the New York City Water District in 2009 in its case against Exxon Mobil over MTBE contamination. That case is on appeal.Sher Leff, a California law firm that won the New York City verdict, was hired by the state of New Hampshire at the outset of its 2003 lawsuit to try its case against Exxon Mobil.Jessica Grant, the state’s lead lawyer, said it was the largest verdict ever in an MTBE case, though a financial analyst noted that the award represents about two days’ worth of profit for the company.Jurors found that Exxon Mobil was negligent in adding MTBE to its gasoline and that it was a defective product. They also found Exxon Mobil liable for failing to warn distributors and consumers about its contaminating characteristics.The jury determined that the hazards of using MTBE gasoline were not obvious to state officials, who opted into the reformulated gasoline program in 1991 to help reduce smog in the state’s four southernmost counties.Jurors also rejected Exxon Mobil’s defence that more than 300 junkyard and gas station owners not named in the lawsuit were responsible for much of the contamination. They also absolved the state of responsibility for the contamination.The jury found damages in the amount of $816 million, but that award was reduced to 28.9 per cent of the total — reflecting Exxon’s market share of gasoline sold in the state between 1988 and 2005.Lawyers for Exxon Mobil argued the company used MTBE to meet federal Clean Air Act mandates to reduce air pollution and should not be held liable for sites contaminated by other retail businesses.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified MTBE as a “possible human carcinogen.” New Hampshire banned its use in 2007.The state says more than 600 wells in New Hampshire are known to be contaminated with MTBE and an expert witness estimated the number could exceed 5,000.Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil was the sole remaining defendant of the 26 the state sued in 2003. Citgo was a co-defendant when the trial began in January, but it began settlement negotiations with the state and withdrew from the trial. Citgo ultimately settled for $16 million, bringing the total the state has collected in MTBE settlement money to $136 million.Fadel Gheit, managing director of oil and gas research and a senior analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., said the verdict won’t put a dent in Exxon Mobil’s bottom line.“Exxon will probably make close to a $40 billion profit this year, Gheit said. “That’s (the award) two days’ work.”He said it’s no surprise that Exxon Mobil would take the 10-year-old lawsuit to trial, saying the company “will make you sweat for every dollar you think you’re going to get.” Company leaders view it as a matter of principle, he said.“Exxon is the only company I know of that will fight to the last minute,” Gheit said. “I understand their mentality. Everybody thinks they can milk this cow.”The trial was the longest state trial in New Hampshire history and the verdict the largest jury verdict in state history, eclipsing the $21.6 million awarded in 2010 in a drug products liability case.Jurors had more than 400 exhibits to sift through, including memos and reports dating back decades. Those memos included some dating back to 1984 in which Exxon Mobil researchers warned against using MTBE gasoline because of the extensive harm it can do to groundwater.Grant, the attorney representing the state, said it was pleased the jury held Exxon Mobil accountable for widespread groundwater contamination.“The finding of Exxon’s negligence is particularly important because it shows the jury understood that this problem could have been avoided,” she said.Attorney Matt Pawa of the Pawa Law Group in Boston, who has been involved in the case from the start and brought in the Sher Leff firm, said perserverence paid off.“When you seek justice against one of the world’s biggest corporations, you have to stick it out for the long haul.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Four children and their mother die in Essex house fire

first_imgRead: Firefighters come under bottle and firework attack as they attend scene> – © AFP, 2012 Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Divisional Officer Steve Foster said: This is the still the early stages of our investigation into the tragic death of five members of one family — a mother and four of her young children.At this time we are investigating to see whether this fire was started deliberately and need anyone with information to contact us.center_img Crews arriving at the scene did everything they could — they were faced with a rapidly developed fire and went straight into the burning building wearing breathing apparatus to bring people out as quickly as possible.Once casualties were out, they worked alongside ambulance teams to do all they could. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING whether a house fire that led to the deaths of a mother and four of her children in Essex was started deliberately.Two boys aged 13 and six and a girl aged 11 along with their mother were declared dead at the scene after firefighters were called to the two-storey terraced house in Harlow in the early hours of the morning.Two other children were taken to a hospital in a “critical” condition in hospital and one of them subsequently died. A man was also treated for minor injuries.Chief fire officer David Johnson said the fire had taken hold rapidly, raising the possibility that some kind of fuel had been used.He added that the father of the family was not in the house when the fire started and was now helping police with their investigation into what caused the blaze.Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson, the senior investigating officer in the case, said:last_img read more

Facebook brings in trending topics feature for news stories

first_imgFACEBOOK HAS TAKEN another step towards creating a more public site by highlighting which stories are trending on it.The feature, which is similar to Twitter’s own Trending Topics, will be positioned at the top-right hand corner of the news feed.The company says that the list is personalised, and will include topics that you will be interested in as well as topics that are rising in popularity across the site. Users will be able to see the three most popular topics trending and have the option of expanding the feature.Each topic will include a heading that provide context as to why it’s trending in the first place. Clicking on a heading will bring up articles, public status updates, and friends’ posts that relate to the topic.The feature is rolling out first in the US, UK, India and Australia, but it’s expected to roll out to all countries over time. Facebook is also working on bringing the version to mobile, saying that it’s still testing out the feature there.Trending topics is another part of Facebook’s efforts to become a central hub for news and discussion. As well as changing its news feed algorithm to prioritise news articles and introducing hashtags, it’s also said to be releasing a mobile reader called ‘Paper’ which will feature news articles and status updates posted on your news feed.Read: Facebook sued for allegedly using your private messages to tailor ads >Read: Facebook an unreliable way to judge future employees, study finds >last_img read more

Apple fait des concessions sur la Nano SIM

first_imgApple fait des concessions sur la Nano SIMEn pleine bataille avec Nokia pour obtenir le feu vert des instances européennes sur le projet de la Nano SIM, la marque à la pomme a décidé de mettre toutes les chances de son côté…La bataille pour séduire l’European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), afin qu’il choisisse quel standard sera adopté pour les futures puces Nano SIM, fait rage entre Nokia et Apple. À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleCette technologie, qui diminue de 30% la taille de la carte SIM par rapport à une micro puce, représente en effet un intérêt stratégique pour les deux firmes et tous les moyens sont bons pour parvenir à imposer sa vision des choses…La preuve avec l’initiative de la marque à la pomme, qui a promis que si l’ETSI choisissait son standard, elle accorderait des licences gratuites sur ses brevets essentiels au standard Nano SIM, explique Business Mobile. Une annonce qui a fait immédiatement réagir du côté du constructeur finlandais: “La proposition d’Apple d’une licence gratuite n’est rien de plus qu’une tentative de dévaluer la propriété intellectuelle des autres”. Reste qu’une telle proposition ne peut laisser complètement insensible. Assez pour remporter la bataille ? Réponse jeudi… Le 28 mars 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark County reports two new suspected measles cases one exposure site

first_imgClark County Public Health reported two new suspected measles cases and one new exposure site Tuesday.The count now sits at 70 confirmed cases and two suspected cases since Jan. 1, according to a Public Health press release.Public Health says people may have been exposed to measles at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Emergency Department, 400 N.E. Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver, between 8:45 p.m. Sunday and 1:45 a.m. Monday.For a complete list of exposure sites, visit our measles exposure site webpage at the 70 total confirmed cases, 51 involve children younger than 11. There are 15 cases between the ages of 11 and 18, one between the ages of 19 and 29, and three between the ages of 30 and 39.In 61 cases, the patients were not immunized, and the immunization status of seven others remains unverified. There are two cases in which patients had received one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine.For more information on the outbreak, visit Clark County Public Health’s measles investigation webpage at read more

Minister Williams pledges right resources to DDME

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – A commitment to better resource the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies was made by its Minister, Hon Delroy Wiliams as the country and others around the world marked Earthquake Awareness Week last week.Minister Williams said:  “…my government is committed to improving and saving the lives of all residents and visitors to the TCI and we will be taking steps to ensure that the DDME can effectively carry out its functions with the requisite resources…” It was also explained that the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies and its partners are not the only ones responsible for disaster readiness.Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Williams in his message for Earthquake Awareness Week said true success in country preparedness comes when everyone realizes that it is everybody’s business to be ready in the event of a disaster like an earthquake.   He called on churches, public and private sector stakeholders to take their place as leaders in disaster management strategies.Yesterday, Cuba recorded an earthquake of 5.5 magnitude.   The country is about 90 minutes away by flight and the tremors were reportedly felt for up to 100 miles. Recommended for youcenter_img #MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

UPDATE TWO Man with shotgun detained after standoff outside Salmon Creek hospital

first_imgSWAT Team members took an armed man into custody about 9 p.m. Wednesday outside Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, -following a 1 1/2 -hour standoff in the hospital’s northwest parking lot.No shots were fired and no one was reported injured, said Sgt. Linda Hayes with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The tense standoff began about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, when sheriff’s deputies radioed that a man outside the hospital had a gun and could be suicidal, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The man’s former wife had called 911 to say she’d spoken with him and he was suicidal in another parking area of the hospital.The man, in a Ford SUV, was found in the northwest parking lot. He called the hospital’s front desk to say he had a gun and needed mental-health assistance; hospital employees then called 911.Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies took positions outside the hospital and told hospital officials to lock the doors and not let anyone out.The man’s name was not immediately available, Hayes said. He is thought to be about 45 and, after the standoff, was not arrested but was taken to a hospital for a mental-health evaluation, Hayes said.last_img read more

United Ways Stacey Stewart Challenges Lincoln Graduates to Give Back

first_imgDr. Stacey Davis Stewart, the first black woman to serve as President of United Way Worldwide, challenged the more than 350 undergraduates and 150 graduates at Lincoln University’s 155th Commencement to protect their personal brands, maintain pride and commitment as well as be grateful for what they have been given and subsequently give back to help others achieve their dreams. Dr. Stewart, who along with Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller of Enon Tabernacle Baptist – the largest African American church in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – were also awarded honorary doctorate degrees during the Commencement ceremonies in the university’s stadium. “Why is it so important for Coca Cola to spend a $100 million to promote its brand?” she asked, explaining that the company had been in business for about 127 years. “They should be able to coast, right? Coke knows that the moment you stop defining your brand the world starts defining your brand for you.” Dr. Stewart, who works to protect and enhance the United Way Worldwide’s brand and reputation, emphasized that graduates must protect their brands by understanding their own core values and core skills as well as recognizing how important their brands are to employers and as graduates of The Lincoln University. She explained that they must maintain a certain pride and commitment to protect their brands and to achieve their goals. “Sadly, today there are too many people who would love to see our community fail, but nothing gives those same people greater pause than by seeing us sharp and committed,” Dr. Stewart said. She referenced the pride and commitment it took for alums, Lillian Fishburne, who became the first African American female U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Thurgood Marshall, who became the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and lastly Fritz Pollard, while not an alum, but the former head coach of Lincoln’s football team during the 1918-20 seasons, who became the NFL’s first African American head coach. “This is the most competitive world today,” Dr. Stewart said. “You are going to need every drop of pride and commitment you can muster. Nobody is going to give you anything you have not earned.” She encouraged graduates to thank those who sacrificed, cried and prayed to get them to graduation and that it was that same gratitude that will be demonstrated in how they live the rest of their lives. “I’ve committed myself to a career where I give back to millions of people across the country,” Dr. Stewart said regarding her position with the United Way, where she drives the strategic direction for.last_img read more

Mathurapur businessman shot at two goons die in crude bomb blast

first_imgKolkata: A businessman at Mathurapur in South 24 parganas was shot at by some miscreants on Sunday night.While fleeing the spot, two miscreants died after a crude bomb explosion took place on the spot. The bomb was reportedly carried by the accused persons. According to sources, Ramzan Molla, a resident of Shibgunj at Lalpur in Mathurapur, ran a construction material business. It is alleged that recently a miscreant identified as Nazrul Baidya demanded extortion money from him. But Molla had refused to pay him. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Sunday night, when he was in his shop, five to six miscreants came on a bike and an auto rickshaw and fired two rounds aiming Molla. Molla’s right hand was injured during the incident. After firing, miscreants hurled a few bombs to trigger panic among local residents and tried to escape. But seeing Molla was shot at, some local residents gave the miscreants a chase. The miscreants riding the auto-rickshaw managed to escape but two of them who were on a bike lost control and skidded off the road. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs soon as they fell down from the bike an explosion took place. It was found that the duo were carrying a crude bomb with them. The bomb exploded on one of the miscreants hand. They was rushed to Mathurapur hospital where they were declared brought dead. Molla was also admitted to the hospital with bullet injuries. Late on Sunday night, a team from Mathurapur police station went to the spot and started a probe. On Monday, seven miscreants were arrested from different parts of South 24-Parganas in this connection. Sources informed that all of them were notorious criminals. All of them were recently granted bail recently. Meanwhile, a minor fire broke out at the dialysis ward of M R Bangur hospital on Monday night. Around 7:30 pm, staff of the hospital noticed smoke coming out from a portion of the dialysis ward. At that time, there were five patients admitted in the ward. Immediately all of them were evacuated safely and fire brigade along with Jadavpur police station were informed. But before any fire tenders could reach the spot, fire was doused using the fire extinguishers around 7:45 pm. None was hurt in the incident. It is suspected that the fire broke out due to short circuit.last_img read more

Apple Sells RecordBreaking 9 Million New iPhones in First Weekend

first_imgSeptember 23, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readcenter_img Apple sold more than nine million new iPhone 5S and 5C models this weekend due to ‘incredible’ demand, though hackers are already testing the iPhone 5S’s fingerprint reading technology.Apple announced this morning that it has sold nine million new iPhone 5S and 5C models since the phones became available on Friday.”This is our best iPhone launch yet — more than nine million new iPhones sold — a new record for first weekend sales,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a press release. Last September, Apple sold more than five million iPhone 5 its first weekend. The simultaneous release of two new phones — Apple has not released separate numbers for the 5S and 5C models –- has contributed to the increase of sales from last year.Demand for the iPhone 5S in particular has exceeded the initial supply. The Apple website reports that the 5s will not be available to ship until October. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly,” Cook said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”The iPhone 5S is available in silver, space gray and gold, with the golden model gaining substantial press. The camera has been updated to take better pictures in low light, automatically stabilize images and shoot slow motion videos. The iPhone 5S is reported by Apple to run up to 40 times as fast as its predecessor with the addition of a new 64-bit chip.Related: Apple Upgrades the iPhone With New 5S and 5C ModelsThe biggest physical difference between the iPhone 5S and other iPhones is the home button, which is equipped with Touch ID fingerprint reading technology. While Apple claims the button will improve iPhone security, Reuters reports that a group of German hackers claim to have already found a way to crack the technology. The group, Chaos Computer Club, posted a video on Sunday of a hacker unlocking the iPhone 5S using a fake finger. The fake finger was reportedly easily created with the photograph of the fingerprint on a glass surface.In addition to the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C, Apple also released the redesigned iOS 7. More than 200 million iOS devices have already downloaded the software upgrade. Last year, only about100 million devices were updated with iOS 6 the first weekend the operating system was released.  Related: From the Original to the 5S and 5C: iPhone Mania Through the Ages Register Now »last_img read more