I knew I was bleeding Lawyer who lost hand in letterbomb blast

first_imgWINNIPEG – A lawyer whose hand was blown apart by a letter bomb recalled the few seconds when she hesitated before opening the strange package that had landed on her desk.Maria Mitousis told an attempted murder trial in Winnipeg that she arrived at work on July 3, 2015 and found a puffy envelope on her desk addressed to her.The return address was a law firm where she previously worked.Inside was a voice recorder and a note.“It said that it would help me with my case and that I should press play,” she testified Wednesday.Mitousis thought the package was “weird” and started walking toward the office of the law firm’s managing partner.“But then I thought, ‘No, that’s silly’ … and I read the note again.”She went back in her office, stood by the window, and pressed the play button. A loud bang followed, then shock and confusion.“I remember feeling off balance … dizzy. I remember feeling pain in my stomach and burning,” she said. “I could feel that I had pieces of metal, pieces of plastic — sharp pieces — in my mouth.“I knew I was bleeding from my neck.”Guido Amsel, the ex-husband of one of Mitousis’s clients, is facing attempted murder charges related to the explosion. Amsel is also accused of sending bombs to his ex-wife and a lawyer at another firm who had represented him. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.A colleague has already testified that Mitousis walked to her office doorway and slumped down on the floor while an ambulance was called.In the hours that followed, Mitousis’s right hand was amputated. She underwent extensive surgery to repair her left arm, an ear and other areas.“I woke up and discovered that my right arm was completely wrapped and I didn’t have a hand anymore.”Mitousis testified she is still in pain more than two years later.“My right arm is in a constant state of some kind of pain — throbbing, burning.”Mitousis sat turned toward the Crown for most of her testimony Wednesday. She made eye contact with Amsel, who was on the other side of the room, when asked to identify him.Police found two other bombs in the days following the explosion and disposed of them safely. One was at the workplace of Amsel’s ex-wife. The other was at the office of a lawyer that had represented Amsel in a lawsuit filed by his ex-wife.The couple had been in a bitter divorce battle that dragged on for years, along with a lawsuit over an autobody shop they co-owned.The acrimony appeared to end in the weeks leading up to the explosion. Court documents show Amsel agreed to pay his ex-wife $40,000 and sell equipment from the autobody business. The auction was slated for eight days after the explosion.Amsel’s lawyer, Saheel Zaman, asked Mitousis under cross-examination whether Amsel had been polite during their email exchanges and face-to-face meetings.“The correspondence between you and Mr. Amsel was always cordial?” Zaman asked.“Correct,” Mitousis replied.last_img read more

We need to get our stories straight Millard told girlfriend in letter

first_imgTORONTO – Dellen Millard advised his girlfriend in letters later seized by police on what to say if she was ever called to testify about a young Toronto woman who disappeared five years ago, court heard Thursday.Retired Hamilton police officer Richard Floriani told the first-degree murder trial of Millard and Mark Smich that he seized dozens of letters on April 10, 2014 at Christina Noudga’s house written by her boyfriend, Millard.Millard and Smich are accused of killing Laura Babcock, 23, and burning her remains in a massive animal incinerator in the summer of 2012. The Crown alleges that Babcock was killed because she became the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and Noudga.“Whatever it is you believe it needs to be put aside, this is what happened,” Millard wrote in one of the letters shown in court.“I told you Laura was over doing coke with Mark in the basement. We went to say hi to them. You saw her alive with Mark. There was coke on the bar.”Floriani told court Millard and Smich hadn’t been yet charged with Babcock’s murder at the time the letters were seized.“Later when she was reported missing, you asked me if I knew anything,” Millard wrote. “I told you that Mark had told me that she had OD’d, probably from mixing her prescriptions with Mark’s coke.”In another letter, Millard appeared to reverse course.“That stuff I wrote before about seeing Mark and someone partying in the basement, that was just brainstorming, forget it,” he wrote.“Destroy this letter — to protect me.”He compared the Toronto police investigation to a coming storm.“The investigations of the Toronto police are that north front approaching. It may seem like I’ll be blown against the jagged rocks of an unkind jury,” Millard wrote.In another letter Millard wanted Noudga to become his “secret agent.”“To get out of this bind I need help. I won’t ask you to give testimony that can be disproved. We need to get our stories straight, I need to know what you’re willing to do…You said you wanted to be a secret agent, be mine? …here’s your chance to be a covert operative. Help could be testimony or other things, like secretly delivering a message. Just staying quiet has been an immense help already.”He signed off that letter by saying: “I love you. I am not afraid.”Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty in Babcock’s murder. Her body has not been found.With the submission of the letters, the Crown finished its case against the pair.The judge has given both accused a long weekend to decide if they’ll call a defence on Monday.last_img read more

A tour to find a slice of history in the dust of

first_imgKolkata: A heritage walk and meet on the history of Dum Dum will be held on Friday as a part of celebrations of World Heritage Day, which falls on Thursday. Students from various schools, colleges and organisations will take part in the heritage meet and experts will provide them with valuable information on the importance these historical structures.Deshkal and People’s Green Society have launched the campaign titled Discover Dum Dum to promote this part of the city that boasts of a rich heritage. Moreover, a week-long programme has been chalked out to celebrate the World Heritage Day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDum Dum is one of the oldest cantonments of British India. Historically, it comprised Cossipore, Sithee, Belgachia and Tala areas under south Dum Dum, Dum Dum and north Dum Dum municipalities along with vast areas under Rajarhat and Bidhannagar police stations. A rare historical document map of Dum Dum was recently published. Another rare document —British Dum Dum and Swadeshi Dum Dum (1747- 1947) —will be published shortly. The heritage walk will start at 8am from Cossipore Gun and Shell Factory and this will be followed by the Heritage Meet at the Afgan Monument ground. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe event will be inaugurated by the director of Indian Museum, Rajesh Purohit. The first country house of Lord Clive was built in Dum Dum. Clive stayed in the house from 1767- 69. The house had a dancing hall on the first floor. The two-storied building is situated on a hillock. The house of Mir Quasim and the century-old Jessop Company is also situated in Dum Dum. The Cossipore Gun and Shell factory was set up in 1801. There are important institutions such as Paikpara Rajbari, Cossipore Club, Belgachia Villa of Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, the second Veterinary College and Hospital, the first Protestant Church set up in 1818 known as the St. Stephen Church and the first Catholic Church in Dum Dum known as the St. Patrick Church set up in 1822 and Dum Dum Ordnance Factory set up in 1846.last_img read more

Italy to Invest €1 billion in North Africa for Border Management

Rabat – Italy has announced it will give Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia funds in order to restrict the immigration flow to Europe.The Italian government says it will invest “at least €1 billion” in the countries’ economies, as announced on Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s Twitter account on August 3.Italy should become “a protagonist” on migration policy in Europe, Salvini added. He also announced that he would “soon” visit Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. #Salvini: Sarò presto in Tunisia, Marocco e Algeria, voglio che l’Italia torni PROTAGONISTA!Stiamo preparando un progetto che prevede almeno 1 miliardo di sostegno all’economia e al lavoro in quei Paesi, quello che non ha fatto il Pd in anni di governo lo farà la Lega. #skytg24— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) August 3, 2018Salvini said that the budget will be allocated to investments in agriculture, trade, and fishing.In an interview with Sky TG24, Salvini explained that the Italian government aims to control its southern borders and “to reply to all of those who see me as Satan.”Earlier in June, Salvini refused to let a humanitarian boat carrying more than 600 migrants enter Italy’s ports. “From now also Italy begins to say NO to the traffic of human beings, No to the business of irregular migration,” Salvini tweeted on June 10.“My goal is to guarantee a peaceful life for these children in Africa and for our children in Italy,” he added.The western Mediterranean route from Morocco has been the main passage route that irregular migrants use to cross to Spain and the EU. According to British news outlet Euractiv, by July 30, 23,993 migrants entered Europe through this route in 2018, in addition to 18,298 arriving in Italy alone.The interior minister considered tackling the problem of migration to Europe from within countries of origin.“It is not enough to close [ports] and send [migrants] back home. It is also necessary to create prospects of growth and work in these countries,” Salvini said Friday.According to the news organization Politico, Salvini said he will make “serious and stable agreements” with African countries to deport people who did not qualify for asylum. He will also call for a law to deport asylum-seekers who committed “any sort of crime” in their countries of origin.More than 600,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Italy by boat from Africa in the past five years, Al Jazeera reported.On July 6, the EU approved a €55 million fund to assist Morocco and Tunisia to combat migration. Morocco then requested resources estimated at €60 million for border management and migration control.The Spanish prime minister supported Morocco’s request by sending a letter to the European Union Commission, asking the body to provide Morocco with the resources it requested. EU President Jean-Claude Juncker responded that “Spain and Morocco can be assured of the full support of the EU Commission.” read more

Oregon woman saved after trapped in septic tank for 3 days

There are many things in life that are fun falling into — a septic tank is not one of them.An Oregon woman survived three days trapped in a septic tank after she fell down in a 3-foot (0.9-metre) deep sewage hole.The woman, who wants to remain unidentified, was first discovered in the stinky predicament by her daughter.“She hadn’t been heard from by her family for a couple days, over the weekend, so the family decided to drive up and check on her and that’s when they found her down in the tank and called 911 to get us started to go up there,” Anderson, the division chief of the Estacada Rural Fire District told local news Fox 12.Firefighters found the mom in the sewage hole and called in Clackamas County’s Technical Rescue Team to help with the rescue.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“We could see her in the tank, we could communicate with her,” said Anderson. “We just really needed to get some resources there.”Officials said the woman was “alert enough to grab a ‘D-handle’” and was pulled out within half an hour from the daughter’s 911 call.As a precaution, she was airlifted in a rescue helicopter to a nearby hospital for possible signs of infections and limited oxygen.But how did she get trapped in the tank in the first place?Some firefighters believe the woman was most likely doing maintenance work before her messy fall.“There was a tractor onsite, a hole had been dug to expose the tank, and it looked like she had fallen through the lid but we’re a little bit unsure on how she actually ended up down into the tank,” said Anderson.The woman is reportedly expected to make a full recovery. Washington state girl revives toddler pulled from septic tank read more

Lumber Liquidators stock plunges on revised CDC report

FILE – In this March 12, 2015 file photo, a man walks past a Lumber Liquidators store in Philadelphia. Lumber Liquidators’ stock plunged Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says people exposed to certain types of the company’s laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Lumber Liquidators stock plunges on revised CDC report by The Associated Press Posted Feb 22, 2016 11:01 am MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lumber Liquidators’ stock plunged Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says people exposed to certain types of the company’s laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted.The CDC said that in its original report it had used an incorrect value for ceiling height. It said that resulted in health risks calculated using airborne concentration elements about three times lower than they should have been.It now estimates the risk of cancer at six to 30 cases per 100,000 people. It previously estimated two to nine cases per 100,000 people.The agency said that its recommendations will likely stay the same — that people take steps to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emitted from the Chinese-made flooring.Formaldehyde was added to the government’s list of known carcinogens in 2011. It is a colorless gas with a pungent smell, used among other things to manufacture building materials and household products. It’s a common indoor air pollutant. Researchers say the amount of formaldehyde given off by new products ebbs over time.Lumber Liquidators said in a statement Monday that it has strengthened its “quality assurance procedures,” such as testing sample products.The company stopped selling the Chinese-made laminate floors in May, a few months after CBS news show “60 Minutes” reported that those floors contain high levels of formaldehyde. Lumber Liquidators, based in Toano, Virginia, also began providing customers with free air quality tests.The CDC says homeowners can reduce the amount of formaldehyde in their homes by letting in fresh air for a few minutes every few days and choosing products with low or no formaldehyde. The health agency said it’s not necessary to test homes unless there’s a strong chemical smell or someone is having symptoms — burning of the eyes, nose and throat — and only experiencing them in the home.Earlier this month, it was announced in a separate case that Lumber Liquidators would pay more than $13 million for illegally importing hardwood flooring, after the company pleaded guilty to environmental crimes last year. The company pleaded guilty to environmental crimes in October.Shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. slid $2.81, or 19.8 per cent, to close at $11.40 on Monday. Its shares have fallen more than 83 per cent over the past year. read more

Cannibal killer taken off suicide watch despite noose being found in his

first_imgGordon Semple exiting Blackfriars station, London, before meeting Stefano Brizzi Cannibal killer Stefano Brizzi was taken off suicide watch despite police finding a noose and suicide letter in his cell, an inquest heard.Italian national Brizzi, 50, died at Belmarsh high-security jail in Woolwich, south-east London, on February 5.Brizzi, who was HIV-positive, was for a time on a programme for prisoners considered at risk which provided a care plan and monitored mental health issues, a pre-inquest review hearing at Southwark Coroner’s Court was told. The crystal meth addict was taken off the programme on December 28 and several days later on January 4 “suicide watch ceased”, senior coroner Dr Andrew Harris said.A noose and a letter “indicating he was thinking about death” had been found in a cell he occupied on his own, the hearing was told.Dr Harris gave the cause of death as hanging, adding there were no injuries “implying altercation with another party”.A full inquest will seek to determine the “management of information found in his cell indicating he was thinking about death”, Dr Harris said. The noose was said to have been discovered on December 6 while he was still on suicide watch.It was unclear whether the letter was found on December 10 or was dated December 10 and discovered later, the court heard. Stefano Brizzi in the dock at the Old Bailey, London  Dr Harris queried the potential “non-disclosure” of the letter to healthcare staff and said it had been suggested Brizzi made the noose out of boredom.He said: “It is important to understand the way that risk was assessed at the time.”A date of April 23 next year was given for the opening of the inquest, which will have a jury.Dr Harris added: “Given the nature of his crime we need to understand … whether he was assessed as a violent prisoner.”It may relate to the fact he was in a single cell and whether he had been exposed to risk by other prisoners.”Brizzi strangled police officer Gordon Semple, 59, during a bondage sex session and then cooked and tried to eat him.The former Morgan Stanley IT developer met his victim on gay dating app Grindr, inviting him for a “hot, dirty, sleazy session” at his flat near London’s Tate Modern gallery on April 1.The Breaking Bad fan admitted being inspired by the TV series as he tried to get away with killing the Inverness-born officer by dissolving his flesh in an acid bath. Stefano Brizzi in the dock at the Old Bailey, London Credit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire 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. Gordon Semple exiting Blackfriars station, London, before meeting Stefano BrizziCredit: Metropolitan Policelast_img read more

ICCL cap lamp recognised for its fitforpurpose design

first_imgMine Site Technologies (MST) has been recognised by the Australian International Design Award organisation for the fit-for-purpose design of its underground mining cap lamp. The lamp is a component of MST’s ICCL (Integrated Communications Cap Lamp) system. An ICCL provides every miner working underground with a complete single system solution for light generation, personnel tracking, and the receiving of emergency communications and alerts. The cap lamp design went up against formidable competition in the Business and Technology category and was judged by a panel of world renowned design and engineering experts. For additional information regarding the award go to http://www.designawards.com.au/. The MST cap lamp replaces the traditional incandescent bulb type lamp with a modern LED lighting and optics technology. The result is a ‘fit for purpose’ product providing extensive improvements in battery life and lighting efficiency. The MST LED design essentially doubles the run-time battery life of the traditional incandescent lamps. In addition the ICCL cap lamp provides a clean beam of spectrally balanced white light.A cap lamp is an essential safety tool; arguably the most important piece of a miner’s PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). It must function flawlessly for 12 hours or more on a single charge. The MST cap lamp has been designed, thoroughly tested, and certified to the requirements of underground mining. The design of the ICCL battery pack received this same prestigious award in 2005. The result is a system which provides an integrated solution (light, tracking, alerts) for improving the safety and efficiency of every underground miner. Mine Site Technologies has sold over 20,000 units.last_img read more

International Mining Myanmar Conference

first_imgThe Myanmar Federation of Mining Associations (MFMA) has provided more background for this event which will bring together the leaders in the domestic mining industry and visitors from overseas in a great networking experience October 30-31 this year, alongside Mining Myanmar – 2nd International Mining and Minerals Recovery Exhibition, http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents/; www.miningmyanmar.com. John@im-mining.com is calling for abstracts.MFMA confirms that current mining is still predominately small-scale and using basic mining methods.Small scale investors, which make up some 95% of miners are defined by three- to five-year leases on a maximum of 8 ha for gold, or up to 20 ha for other concessions.Large scale investors, approximately 5%, are defined by 10 to 25 years leases on 20+ ha, including gold and other minerals.The main mined minerals are: gold, antimony, tin, silver, lead, zinc, copper and tungsten.The industry’s main problems are lack of finance and a lack of advanced mining technology. Particular sectors lacking technology are:•              Underground mining – this needs big improvements•              Blasthole drilling•              After blasting mechanised machines are needed to muck the broken ore and waste. Currently a lot of this is done by hand•              Good ventilation equipment and practice is required to clear fumes after blasting•              Conveyor systems to move materials. Once again a lot of this is done by hand•              Crushing and grinding mills, to all sizes•              Education and technical support regarding better modern, more efficient mining practicesIn terms of mining education Myanmar’s miners need:•              How to run a mining business•              Book keeping•              Replacing traditional methods with modern advanced technologyIn general, the industry currently export raw materials but wants to do more refining locally. They need education and equipment to do this. For example, gold, most refining is still done by hand.Myanmar has large deposits of marble. Currently they export raw materials but they want to change to exporting refined products.The Myanmar Mineral Commodity Exchange is due to open in 2015 and they are starting from ground-zero.last_img read more

Awards for the Greek tourism industry

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 300 industry leaders from around the world gathered in Morocco, last Saturday, where the annual World Travel Awards were held, at the luxurious setting of the Masagan Beach & Golf Resort. Established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, the Awards are recognized as an international hallmark of quality. The glamorous ceremony resulted to 24 Greek hotels and a management company leaving with the prestigious awards, including one on a global level, four on a European level and 18 on a national level. The big winner was Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort & Spa (in Agios Nikolaos, Crete) which won the award for the World’s Leading Family Hotel 2015. Other recipients in the European category include Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas (Europe’s Leading Beach Hotel award), Hotel Brain (Europe’s Leading Hotel Management Company Award), Aldemar Royal Mare (Europe’s Leading Spa and Wellness Resort Award), Porto Zante Villas & Spa (Europe’s Leading Villa Resort Award). WINNERS FROM GREECEIn the National Category Awards, Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort & Spa was also the leader, winning the Award for Greece’s Leading All Inclusive Resort. Other winners in this category include Domes of Elounda (Greece’s Leading All Suite Hotel and Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel Awards), Iconic Santorini (Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel Award), Hilton Athens (Greece’s Leading Business Hotel Award), The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort (Greece’s Leading Conference Hotel and Greece’s Leading Family Resort Awards), Mideast Travel Worldwide (Greece’s Leading Destination Management Company Award), Hotel Grande Bretagne (Greece’s Leading Hotel Award), HotelBrain (Greece’s Leading Hotel Management Company Award), Diamond Residences at the Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel (Greece’s Leading Hotel Residences Award), Presidential Suite at the Arion Resort & Spa, Astir Palace, Athens (Greece’s Leading Hotel Suite Award), Katikies Hotel (Greece’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotel Award), Villa Royal Blue Mansion at Mykonos Blu Grecotel Exclusive Resort (Greece’s Leading Luxury Hotel Award), Ravdoucha Epavlis Villas (Greece’s Leading Luxury Private Villa Award), Porto Carras Grand Resort (Greece’s Leading Resort Award), Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso (Greece’s Leading Spa Resort Award) and Porto Zante Villas & Spa (Greece’s Leading Villa Resort). WINNERS FROM CYPRUS Cyprus hotel industry was also celebrated in the ceremony. The winners in the National Category include Londa Beach Hotel (Cyprus’s Leading Boutique Hotel Award), Hilton Cyprus (Cyprus’s Leading Business Hotel and Cyprus’s Leading Hotel Awards), Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences (Cyprus’s Leading Hotel Residences Award), Royal Suite @ Four Seasons Hotel (Cyprus’s Leading Hotel Suite Award), St Raphael Resort Cyprus (Cyprus’s Leading Resort Award), Elysium Beach Resort (Cyprus’s Leading Spa Resort Award) and Drakos DMC (Cyprus’s Leading Travel Agency Award). The title of World’s Leading Airline went to Etihad Airways, further cementing the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier’s impressive performance, as it won the award for the seventh consecutive year. last_img read more

MORE MEASURES TO PROTECT COUNTRY FROM CYBERCRIMES

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Recommended for you Related Items:cyber crime, Cyber Emergency Response Team, jamaica, Julian Robinson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Nov. 10 (JIS): The Government is putting in place more measures to protect the country from cybercriminal activities, with one set to come on stream by mid December, and the launch of the Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT) by next year.Technical and other support for the cyber defence mechanisms have been provided by the Organization of American States (OAS), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).“The Government has developed a strategy…the document is pretty much complete, and we anticipate launching in the first or second week of December,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson.He was delivering the opening address at the start of a three-day workshop on Cyber Incident Investigation and Analysis, held today (November 10) at the National Intelligence Bureau in downtown Kingston.“We are also quite advanced with the implementation of our Cyber Emergency Response Team. We are in the process of procuring the equipment, and I anticipate, sometime next year we will be able to launch the CERT, even at a basic level,” the State Minister noted.Mr. Robinson pointed out that the Government is investing heavily in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and with that, the country also has to beef up its capability to respond to cybercriminal activities, by putting in the necessary infrastructure, as criminals focus on countries with weak cybercrime detection.“We have a responsibility to ensure that all citizens are aware of the cyber threats out there. We are investing a lot in technology, we are doing our Tablets in School project, we are moving transaction online, and there is an increased danger ofcybercriminal activities with those activities going online,” he said.The State Minister informed that intensified public education will be ongoing, so that the public can protect themselves from criminal activities on the Internet, and pointed out that amending the Cybercrimes Act will close existing “loopholes” for criminals.“This is to ensure that it represents best practices internationally, so that we can empower our prosecutors and our law enforcement officials to successfully go aftercybercriminals,” Mr. Robinson emphasised. Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

Awards open for women who head households

first_imgClark County — Women who have overcome tremendous obstacles and who provide primary financial support for their families while attending a college or vocational school are eligible for the Women’s Opportunity Award.The award is given by member groups of the Soroptimist International of the Americas.Each year, more than $1 million is disbursed through cash awards at various levels of the organization. Many recipients are emerging from poverty, drug abuse and domestic violence and are able to use the money to pay for their education.Locally, Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington will accept applications and do the first round of vetting.The application requires a personal statement, career goals and financial information. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and cannot have earned an undergraduate degree already.Learn more by visiting http://sisouthwestwashington.org/apply-for-award. The deadline for applications is Dec. 15, 2011.last_img read more

Assembly to decide on AO37 on Tuesday still discussing possible alternative

first_imgAssembly members and union representatives met on Monday to discuss the latest revisions of a proposed new version of Anchorage’s controversial labor law, AO-37. The Assembly has to make a decision by next week, or it will be up for a public vote in November.Earlier this summer Assembly Member Jennifer Johnston set forth a new version of Anchorage’s labor laws. The ad hoc labor committee is working with union members to refine the details before the next Assembly meeting. Jason Alward, with Operating Engineers Local 302, says he’s optimistic about the conversations, but this ordinance isn’t ready yet.“The biggest concern for all of labor is one thing, and it’s kind of the elephant in the room that no one’s discussed until today, and that’s current bargaining unit members no longer being part of the unit.”Alward says the new definitions of “confidential” and “supervisory” employees could push some people out of their unions.Other union representatives are concerned that Johnston’s version does not allow “past practices” to be considered during arbitration. Assembly member Bill Evans says removing it could be problematic. Johnston says leaving it in stifles innovation.Assembly member Dick Traini says the conversations about this version of the labor law have been productive. “Had we had this process you saw today with Labor there, saying ‘We have problems with this line, this line.’ And management saying ‘Well we can work on this if you do this,’ then this whole thing wouldn’t have happened the way it did.”But Traini says now they just need to start over. He plans to put forth a motion to repeal AO-37 in its entirety.If neither Johnston’s version nor the repeal pass the Assembly with eight votes on Tuesday — enough to override a veto from the mayor — then the issue will go to the ballot box in November. But Traini says that has ramifications.“If it goes to the voters in November and they repeal 37, everything that’s written in there, the current code, is locked in for two years. Can’t be adjusted.”The municipality must decide by August 18 if the repeal will be on the November ballot, which would cost the city $30,000.The Assembly will have a work session on Friday at noon to continue the conversation. Then they’ll take public testimony and vote on the issue on Tuesday, August 5.last_img read more

Canvassing freedom

first_imgEncouraged by an understanding father, Dutt’s years of study and initial work as a commercial artist formed a solid bed-rock for a future of hard work, struggles, recognition and rewards. With his new exhibition Art Sutra he tries to capture life itself on canvas.  Explaing the theme of his works artist says ‘art is about freedom. Captivity is inimical to creativity, shrivelling the seed even before it can germinate. Limits and boundaries suffocate and snuff the life out of free expression. And thus Art Sutra was born, a progeny of freedom.’ The artist feels, it’s about unshackling art from the limits and boundaries imposed by surface, medium, technique or even dimension. Lines, forms and colours adding as much soul and spirit to the flat canvas as they do to the contours of a three-dimensional object. It is about making art independent of the vehicle of expression and allowing it to dwell in the creativity of creation itself.Amit Dutt innately realizes the relation of the visible art to the external world, the sheer necessity of harmony in form and tone and the inborn human desire to connect beauty with truth. His work imbues all this and something more, a wholesomeness that remains intangible in magnitude but all pervading in perception and influence.WHEN: 18 to 24 NovemberWHERE: Rabindra Bhawan Gallery no 1 and 2, Mandi Houselast_img read more

Mastercard introduces new sonic branding at the British Open

first_imgMastercard introduces Sonic branding As a main sponsor and Card of the British Open, Mastercard launched its new sonic branding in the Royal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland last week.Outside – brilliant golf activity on the lush green fairways, with Irishman Shane Lowry leading the way. Inside – consumerism at play, avid purchasing of golf clothing and memorabilia in the Golf superstore at the Royal Portrush golf course.Nearby in the Mastercard Clubhouse there is a new sound emitting from the electronic cash registers. The sound of Mastercard’s new sonic brand, a 3 second track called “Acceptance”. See and hear below. The Mastercard sound of acceptance is described as “a short, unique and memorable sound”. It is played when a transaction takes place. And is intended “to connect consumers with the Mastercard brand in a new way – as well as “providing audio reassurance that their payments have been made successfully. (The sound for unsuccessful payments is not detailed).Together with Global Payments and Ingenico, Mastercard has developed technology to enable payment terminals play its sound of acceptance whenever a Mastercard or Maestro Card is used.“Sound adds a powerful dimension to our brand identity” said Mark Barnett, President UK and  Ireland at Mastercard. “We are thrilled golf fans at Portrush will be the first in Ireland and Britain to experience our sonic brand when they use their Mastercard at the British Open.”Earlier this year, Mastercard debuted its sonic brand identity. Described as “a comprehensive sound architecture with a distinct melody. And providing simple and seamless familiarity across physical, digital or voice payments.” The sonic brand is wide ranging, includes variations of the Mastercard melody from regionally modified styles to an opera version.Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry, with a processing network in more than 210 countries and territories.ChampionAnd yes. Golfer Shane Lowry led the British Open from start to finish. Congratulations to the man from Clara, County Offaly, Ireland.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homecenter_img If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

No offices or 95 workdays Ricoh survey reveals future of the Irish

first_imgForty-two per cent of Irish office workers believe that a physical office will be unnecessary in the next five to ten years, according to new research from Ricoh. In fact, the study found that 57% of respondents believe they will soon be able to work effectively from any location. The research, commissioned by Ricoh Europe and conducted by Coleman Parkes, involved 4,580 office workers from across 24 countries, including 150 from Ireland.The survey also examined how younger generations are shaping the future workplace. When asked about the impact of Gen Z and their expectation of more flexible hours, a third (33%) of those surveyed  in Ireland revealed that they think the typical 9-5 working day will cease to exist.In terms of preferred workstyles, it appears agility is high on most people’s agenda with more than half (51%) of Irish workers revealing they would be attracted by the flexibility of a gig economy role. Gen X were most drawn to this workstyle (59%), followed by Gen Z (52%), Baby boomers (50%) and Gen Y (41%).However, despite the demand for more versatility, two in five (40%) Irish office workers cited a lack of flexibility as one of their top three workplace frustrations.Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland & UK, said: “It’s quite clear from our findings that Irish office workers see the concept of the traditional workplace as a thing of the past. Employees no longer want to sit at a desk for eight hours a day. Instead, people want to use their time wisely and work smarter, wherever they are.“Furthermore, the youngest generations in the workforce have grown up with technology and want more fluidity in their roles. The workplace needs to adapt to this and accommodate everyone. Before getting to that stage, however, business leaders need to identify and understand the priorities of their people.“As our research shows, a lack of flexibility remains one of the top frustrations for Irish office workers, yet versatility is seen as a defining element of the “office of the future” – it’s clear that there is a gap here and perhaps organisations aren’t doing enough to enable new and individual workstyles. “In a world where technology can connect people from across the world in an instant and allow them to complete tasks much more quickly, there is no excuse for not empowering employees to work in a way that suits them. Moreover, businesses will see the benefits of this in terms of attracting talent, increasing job satisfaction, boosting productivity and supporting company growth.”last_img read more

Update Man wanted for herbalist scamUpdate Man wanted for herbalist scam

first_imgAccording to Ladysmith police, the incident in which a woman was robbed of her pension money by a herbalist occurred between October 6 and November 15 last year.The resident went to see a “prophet/herbalist” who promised to double her pension money. She was scammed out of around half a million rand (R500,000).The matter was reported to police and a case of theft was opened. Police are currently investigating and believe that the individual appearing in the photo may be in a position to assist them in solving the case.Anyone who knows his whereabouts is requested to contact the investigating officer, Sergeant SS Mabaso, on 036-638-3325 or 073-246-4587.The 08600-10111 Crime Stop number can also be contacted. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Five OClock Shadow – Mascot Fight Edition

first_imgNews & NotesLouisville regent Johnathan Blue and his wife Tracy have reached a settlement in their divorce, meaning Texas head coach Charlie Strong will not be provide evidence or testimony. That sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief coming from Austin.Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has signed a $17 million extension. More details here.Sean Payton told Pro Football Talk today he is close to finalizing a new contract with the Saints.And now for the rest of the story….Interesting words of wisdom here from Bob Stoops.“I tell my players every year, there are three ways to make your team better…” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Everything the light touches, Fluffy…Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, February 25, 2016 Being Bret Bielema Episode 1 has dropped.Being Bret Bielema – Episode 1: The SetupThis is some brutal honesty from former Auburn receiver Duke Williams.Auburn WR Duke Williams: I’m first-round pick but my character is seventh round –> https://t.co/sHqAgrgaA3 pic.twitter.com/K8ozmfYc8P— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 25, 2016Rumors of Tiger’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.Progressing nicely. pic.twitter.com/HKnnluR1OW— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 24, 2016Allow Kirby Smart to help you avoid making this mistake in your own interviews.Kirby Smart shares a story of an embarrassing mistake he made during his first coaching interviewMASCOT FIGHT!!!!!Whole Madison vs. Highland fight #RoadToState pic.twitter.com/3FXzeCItMx— Redge (@redge_south) February 24, 2016These North Dakota uniform concepts are straight fire.These two North Dakota logo concepts are spectacularBaylor has an interesting way of positioning its coaching staff relative to its rivals.Graphic: Baylor has an interesting way of promoting its coaching staff It looks like Tom Brady’s off-season is going well.last_img read more

Shanghai China – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgShanghai, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOn October 28th Corum launched another bout ique in China, in the famous shopping mall Plaza 66, in Shanghai. Opened in partnership with Swiss Prestige, Corum’s new boutique reinforces the cont inuity of the brand’s distr ibut ion strategy and demonstrates its desire to consolidate its presence in the long term.Mr. Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum, Mr. Heinrich Schellenberg, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai, Mr. Alain Chung, famed timepiece connoisseur and collector, Mrs. Jacqueline Ng, CEO of Swiss Prestige Group, as well as Mrs. Iris Tsui, Plaza 66 Senior Leasing Manager, all being honored guests, officially cut the inaugural ribbon at the boutique opening ceremony.The new Corum Shanghai boutique is situated in Plaza 66, the city’s most prestigious luxury brand shopping mall. Located in the international, modern, high-end commercial hub of Nanjing Xilu, with an impressive height of 288m tall, 66 floors and a total of 30,788 square meters, Plaza 66 is one of the landmark buildings of the Shanghai Puxi area. It is even considered as China’s trend-setting platform, gathering many of the world’s largest luxury brands. The Corum boutique measures approximately 700 square feet, with its refined yet friendly interior design illustrating the brand image. Under the slogan of ‘Unlock & Conquer’, customers enter the world of Corum, discovering the history of the brand, as well as its timepiece making expertise and philosophy. Boutiques offer unique buying experiences for customers enabling them to experience the brand’s spirit and boutique-exclusive collections.Since 2007 the sales figures from the Far East market have been increasing in double digits, making up a steady 40% of Corum’s whole business worldwide. For more than ten years, Corum and the Swiss Prestige Group, one of the brands major partners for fine watches, have merged their skills and strengthed to reposition and establish the brand in China. Having much confidence in the Asian market, Corum has been setting up new retail points in the area since 2009 to reinforce its distribution network, and at the beginning of 2010 Corum opened its first brand-name boutique in Hong Kong.Antonio Calce, CEO of Corum said: “Three boutique openings in less than one year! This is an obvious sign of Corum’s determination towards a more qualitative and global presence and to build a distribution network with a perspective on the long term. This new boutique shows the immense faith Corum places in the development of the Chinese market and the significant investments the brand is determined make to support it. Convinced by the brand awareness amongst Chinese consumers and their deep knowledge for high-end horology, Corum will continue to strengthen its presence, providing us the means to grow. The next step is planned in Beijing.”www.corum.chlast_img read more

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