HALIFAX – Police say they believe organizing efforts by the Hells Angels in Nova Scotia have taken a “significant hit” with the arrest of an alleged member in a drug raid.David James Bishop, 35, was arrested along with two women at a home in the Halifax suburb of Cole Harbour last Wednesday. All three now face a string of drug and firearms-related charges.“His (Bishop’s) role within the organization is significant, especially here for the London-East chapter out of Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.,” said RCMP Cpl. Mike Kerr of the combined forces special enforcement unit in Halifax.“He comes with an outlaw motorcycle gang background and he’s got a history of drug trafficking and violence, therefore I’m quite confident that we delivered a blow to the local Hells Angels here in Nova Scotia.”Bishop — who police had previously described as having ties to the Bacchus motorcycle gang — was taken into custody and appeared in Dartmouth provincial court on Wednesday.Two women, Jacquelyne Anna Brophy, 33, and Sara Michelle Walker, 28, were released and are to appear in court Aug. 30.Police said they found a large quantity of drugs along with outlaw motorcycle gang-related paraphernalia, firearms and ammunition in the raid. Kerr said the search warrant was obtained after police investigators received information from sources.The lengthy list of charges against the trio includes trafficking in cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis resin, and two counts of possession of a loaded restricted firearm. Bishop is also charged with two counts of possession of a firearm while prohibited.Kerr described Bishop as a “hangaround” member, which is one of the steps in becoming a full-patch member of the Hells Angels.“The whole process can take anywhere from three to five years … but for all intent and purposes he is a member of the Hells Angels.”Police have been warning over the last few years that Canada’s most notorious biker gang has been trying to reassert its influence over the Atlantic region drug trade, after the former Halifax chapter was smashed by law enforcement in 2001.The Angels have since set up a number of affiliate or so-called “puppet clubs” in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.Last year, the affiliate club in Musquodoboit Harbour outside Halifax threw a high profile “welcome home” event attended by as many as 150 bikers.Kerr said the club started off with 16 members — three from the Darksiders and 13 from the Gatekeepers clubs.“That number dwindled down to a dozen or so,” said Kerr.
The SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction, the second in a trio of online auctions benefitting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, is currently on at sagawards.org/auction.Film and television fans will be able to bid on over 100 bleacher seats, from which they can see their favorite stars walk the SAG Awards Red Carpet and have the opportunity to take pictures and request autographs. Special VIP positioning includes two front-row seats across from the People.com platform, two across from the Associated Press platform and two across from the photographers and fashion cameras, among others. The auction closes Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT).“The SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats Auction and the entire auction series allow the SAG Foundation to provide award-winning children’s literacy programs as well as crucial assistance and educational programming for performers,” says SAG Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams. “We are incredibly grateful to the SAG Awards for its commitment to philanthropy and its support of the SAG Foundation for 20 years.”Proceeds from the SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats Auction support the SAG Foundation’s signature children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, attracting over 2 million global views each month. The auction also supports the SAG Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs for performers in need. For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org.The SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, the final auction in the series, is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 16. Featured items donated by this year’s nominees and presenters include autographed scripts, posters, wardrobe and props. Opportunities to visit sets will also be offered, as will packages and experiences from sponsors and entertainment media outlets.Actor recipients will be announced at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 18, 2014, simulcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). A primetime encore presentation will follow immediately on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) / 7 p.m. (PT). A live stream of the SAG Awards can also be viewed online on sagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com, as well as through the Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android. (Viewers must sign in using their TV provider user name and password in order to view the live stream.)SAG-AFTRA members will also be casting ballots for the 2014 honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, the recipients of which will be announced during the annual Red Carpet Pre-Show webcast on sagawards.tntdrama.com, tbs.com] and People.com. The webcast will begin at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT).
Advertisement On Thursday, May 30th, CBC announced at its 2019-20 Upfront presentation that Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean will be returning to his role as host for the upcoming season of hit competition series BATTLE OF THE BLADES (Season 5, 1×120, 6×60), with four-time Canadian and four-time World champion figure skater Kurt Browning also joining the series’ family once again, as head judge. Beloved Canadian Olympic ice dance champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, will be rink-side with him as guest judges for select episodes. Also announced today are four skaters confirmed to compete in the new iteration of the hugely popular format, including hockey players Sheldon Kennedy and Natalie Spooner, and figure skaters Vanessa James and Violetta Afanasieva. In a first for the series, James will participate in the competition while continuing her active pursuit of international titles. BATTLE OF THE BLADES, the highest-rated original English-language Canadian format of all time* and produced by Insight Productions, returns to CBC for Season 5 this fall. Additional skaters will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as the pairings for the competition.MacLean is a Canadian icon and a multiple award-winning sports broadcaster for three decades, known for his roles on Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey. He is a two-time George Gross Award recipient, honouring excellence in sports broadcasting, and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2015, alongside Don Cherry. MacLean has been part of the BATTLE OF THE BLADES family since the beginning, and brings his extensive knowledge of hockey and figure skating to the role of host once again, in addition to his comedic charm and ease of refereeing the pairs’ and judges’ comments.International figure skating icon and an expert in figure skating on and off the ice, the legendary Browning also returns to the BATTLE OF THE BLADES family for the fifth time. He has been inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and was the first to land a quad jump in competition. Browning has contributed to CBC’s coverage of the Olympic Winter Games and World Figure Skating Championships as an analyst, and choreographed programs for dozens of skating stars, in addition to touring with Stars on Ice. Considered to be the greatest ice dancers of all time, Virtue and Moir have won five Olympic Games medals, including gold medals in ice dance in 2010 and 2018 as well as for the team event in 2018. In addition, they are three-time World and eight-time Canadian champions. They will be joining Browning in the judges’ chairs between dates of their “Rock the Rink” tour to participate in BATTLE OF THE BLADES.A Manitoba-born former NHL player, Kennedy played for three teams over the course of his eight-year NHL career – the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. For his tireless work as a spokesperson and advocate for abuse survivors, Kennedy has received numerous awards, including being named a Member of The Order of Canada (2015) and a Member of The Order of Manitoba (2015), and receiving the Hockey Canada Order of Merit (2018). The charity he’s competing for is Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a national charity that works with communities to give kids from families in financial need the chance to participate in organized sports.As part of Team Canada, Toronto-born hockey player Spooner won a gold medal at Sochi 2014 and silver medal at PyeongChang 2018. Also in 2014, she became the first woman in hockey history to claim both the Olympic Games gold medal and the Clarkson Cup for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. She is a spokesperson for the importance of empowering women and encouraging girls to stay active. The charity she’s competing for is Fast and Female, a registered charity whose mission is to keep girls healthy and active in sports by introducing them to inspiring athlete role models at non-competitive, fun-filled events all over North America.A Toronto-born pairs skater for France, James is a six-time French pairs champion, 2018 Grand Prix Final champion, 2018 World bronze medallist and the 2019 European champion, with partner Morgan Ciprès. She is the first active figure skating competitor to join BATTLE OF THE BLADES while continuing her pursuit of World and Olympic Games titles.Russian-Canadian Afanasieva was a fan favourite in Seasons 2 to 4 of BATTLE OF THE BLADES, and she was first runner-up with partner Jason Strudwick in Season 4. She is a talented adagio performer – a form of pairs skating featuring acrobatic lifts – and has skated professionally for 25 years. She and partner Peter Dack won the first-ever World Extreme Figure Skating Championship in 2006.Returning this fall, BATTLE OF THE BLADES combines athletes from two of Canada’s favourite sports — figure skating and hockey — as they pair up in a live, high-stakes figure skating competition for the charity of their choice. First launched in 2009, BATTLE OF THE BLADES was broadcast on CBC from 2009 – 2013 (4 seasons, 57 episodes) and remains the highest-rated original English-language Canadian format of all time.*A CBC original series, BATTLE OF THE BLADES is produced by Insight Productions. The series is executive produced by Insight’s John Brunton, Lindsay Cox, Erin Brock, and Mark Lysakowski and is co-created and executive produced by Olympian and World & Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Famer Sandra Bezic. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production.SOCIAL MEDIA:#BOTBInstagram: @cbcbattleFacebook: /battleofthebladesTwitter: @cbcbattleAbout CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Insight Productions Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer and an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. Insight Senior Vice Presidents Erin Brock, Lindsay Cox, and Mark Lysakowski serve as Executive Producers along with Insight’s Chairman, CEO and Executive Producer, John Brunton, on the new season of Insight’s original format BATTLE OF THE BLADES. With thousands of hours of programming under its belt, the company has created some of the most dynamic and top-rated programs in the world including THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – the most watched Canadian show on record, ratings hit – BIG BROTHER CANADA, Canada’s national music award show – THE JUNO AWARDS, TOP CHEF CANADA, INTERVENTION and original format THE LAUNCH. Insight’s scripted programming includes award-winning READY OR NOT, FALCON BEACH, HATCHING, MATCHING & DISPATCHING, A CHRISTMAS FURY, BUT I’M CHRIS JERICHO! And THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW. In 2017, Insight produced THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. 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New Delhi: Irked over non-cooperation of embattled realtor Unitech Ltd in the forensic audit, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered withdrawal of all the facilities given to its promoters, Sanjay Chandra and his brother Ajay Chandra, who are in Tihar jail for allegedly siphoning off home buyers’ money.The top court said the Chandra brothers should be treated like ordinary prisoners as per the prison manual of Tihar jail here where they have been lodged since 2017. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn 2017, the apex court had directed the jail authorities to facilitate Chandras’ meeting with their company officials and lawyers so that they are able to arrange the money for refunding home buyers as well as for completing the ongoing housing projects. It had also said that visit to the jail should be made within the normal visiting hours as per the rules and Chandras’ counsel could go there to meet him. On Thursday, after the forensic auditors told the court that Unitech has not cooperated with them, the top court said it is left with no other option but to order CBI investigation in the affairs of Unitech. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadA bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah did not order CBI probe in express terms, but said that it would like to have assistance of Attorney General K K Venugopal on the issue on next date of hearing. The court said it would also like to hear from the Attorney General on whether the government can take over the management of Unitech Group and its subsidiaries to protect the interest of home buyers. It said the court would also like to have assistance of the Attorney General on the point whether government would like to complete the stalled projects of Unitech with the help of central construction agencies to provide relief to home buyers, who have invested their hard earned money. During the hearing, the forensic auditors told the bench that officials of Unitech were not cooperating in the investigation or providing details and data of transactions which could enable them to track the diversion of home buyers money to other projects. Advocate Pawan Shree Agrawal, who was appointed as amicus curiae in the matter, told the court that Gurgaon municipal corporation has initiated auction proceedings for selling a property worth hundred of crores of rupees of Unitech. The bench then said that it was staying the auction proceedings for now till the disposal of petition pending before it. The apex court had on January 23, refused to grant bail to Chandra brothers. It said they have not complied with the October 30, 2017 order which asked them to deposit Rs 750 crore with the apex court registry by December 31, 2017. The court had directed the trial court which is seized of the criminal case against the Unitech promoters to proceed expeditiously in the trial. Chandras have sought bail on the ground that they were complying with the apex court order and have deposited over 400 crore till now. On December 7, 2018, the apex court has directed forensic audit of Unitech Ltd and its sister concerns and subsidiaries by Samir Paranjpe, Partner, Forensic & Investigation Services in M/s Grant Thornton India.
LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May is off to Brussels to ask for a delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union. EU leaders want to know she has a plan to break the U.K.’s political impasse, but talks between the British government and its political opponents over a compromise have yet to bear fruit. Meanwhile, Britain is scheduled to leave the EU in two days.With Brexit once again engulfed in uncertainty, a look at what could happen next:DELAY EXIT DAYFor two years, Britain was scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. But after Parliament three times rejected the divorce deal agreed between the U.K. government and the bloc, May admitted defeat and asked for more time.Last month, the EU gave Britain until April 12 — this Friday — to pass a deal, come up with a new plan and seek a further extension, or leave without an agreement or a transition period to smooth the way.Now May wants a bit more time. She has asked the EU to delay Brexit until June 30, in hope that’ll be enough time to secure, approve and implement a deal.The 27 other leaders of the bloc will consider the request at an emergency Brexit summit in Brussels Wednesday evening. Few favour the June 30 date. Some want a longer extension, to avoid repeated crises every few weeks.European Council President Donald Tusk has proposed a “flextension:” a delay of up to a year, but with flexibility to let Britain leave earlier if it approves an agreement.But an extension is not guaranteed. EU countries are exasperated at Britain’s interminable Brexit crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron, in particular, wants to impose conditions on any delay to ensure Britain co-operates with the bloc.___NO DEALAs it stands, Britain is due to leave the EU on Friday — with or without a deal that would cushion the country’s departure.Most politicians, economists and business groups think leaving the world’s largest trading bloc without an agreement would be damaging for the EU and disastrous for the U.K. It could lead to tariffs imposed on trade between Britain and the EU and customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports and shortages of essential goods.A hardcore of pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s Conservative Party dismiss such warnings as fear-mongering. But most are opposed to leaving without a deal. Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit, and even passed a law that forces the government to ask for a delay to Britain’s exit rather than crash out.But a no-deal Brexit is still the legal default position, and could happen if the EU refuses to grant another extension. If that happens the only way to stop Britain crashing out would be for the government to choose the “nuclear option” and revoke the decision to leave.___CROSS-PARTY COMPROMISETo secure a new Brexit delay, May must convince EU leaders that she has a plan to break the deadlock that grips Britain’s political process almost three years after the country voted to leave the EU.After failing to push through her Brexit deal with support from Conservatives alone, May last week began seeking a compromise with her Labour opponents.Labour favours a softer Brexit than the government has proposed and is seeking a close economic relationship with the bloc through a customs union. That’s anathema to many in May’s Conservative Party, who say it would not leave Britain free to strike its own trade deals around the world.Several days of talks have failed to produce a breakthrough, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying the government had not shifted from its negotiating “red lines.” Still, negotiations between senior politicians from the two sides are set to continue Thursday.If they fail, May says she will let Parliament vote on a variety of options, including the government’s proposed deal, in hope something can command a majority.If Britain’s politicians reach agreement around a so-called “soft Brexit,” it could quite likely get through Parliament, and would be welcomed by the EU, allowing Britain an orderly departure in the coming months.But it could also blast open rifts within both Conservatives and Labour. Pro-Brexit government ministers could resign, and pressure would grow on May to quit. The prime minister has already said she will resign if her Brexit deal is passed and Britain leaves the EU, and rivals are already circling, eager to succeed her.Corbyn, meanwhile, would face rebellion from a large number of Labour lawmakers who want a new referendum on Britain’s EU exit.That instability increases the chance of an early British election, which could rearrange Parliament and break the deadlock — or result in still more stalemate.___NO BREXITAmong pro-EU Britons, there is rising hope that Brexit can be stopped.With one Brexit day gone and another likely to follow, the government has lost control of the timetable.This week the government started preparing to take part in elections for the European Parliament in late May — acknowledgement that Britain likely won’t have left the bloc by then, and may not leave anytime soon.Support is growing for the idea that any Brexit deal agreed by Parliament should be put to public vote in a “confirmatory referendum,” with the other option being to stay in the EU. The proposal is backed by Labour and other opposition parties, plus some of May’s Conservatives.The government has ruled out holding another referendum, saying voters in 2016 made their decision to leave. But with divisions in both Parliament and in May’s Cabinet, handing the decision back to the people in a new plebiscite could be seen as the only way forward.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing grew slightly last month and factory hiring increased. The modest gain suggests the economy entered the new year with some momentum.The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity rose in December to 50.7. That’s up from a reading of 49.5 in the November, which was the lowest reading since July 2009, one month after the recession ended.A reading above 50 indicates growth, while a reading below signals contraction. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers.A measure of employment increased last month to 52.7. That’s up from 48.4 in November, which was the first time the employment gauge fell below 50 in three years.Factories have cut jobs in three of the four months through November, according to government data. The jump in employment in the ISM survey suggests manufacturers may have stepped up hiring last month.The Labor Department releases the December jobs report on Friday.Still, a gauge of new orders was unchanged and production grew more slowly, the survey found. Manufacturers also cut back on stockpiles, a sign of concern about future demand.“The trend in manufacturing remains weak,” Jim O’Sullivan, an economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients.The closely watched manufacturing survey was completed before Congress reached a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”The last-minute deal passed Tuesday averts widespread tax increases and delays deep spending cuts that had threatened to push the country back into recession. Still, most Americans will see some increase in taxes this year, which will likely slow consumer spending.Stocks rose immediately after the market opened in response to the deal. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 233 points in morning trading.A gauge of export orders rose above 50 for the first time in six months, according to the ISM survey. That’s a hopeful sign that overseas economies are improving, raising demand for U.S. goods.A survey in China on Monday found manufacturing activity in that country expanded for the third straight month. That adds to evidence that its economy is improving after a slowdown last year.Growth in the U.S. economy is being driven by other sectors, such as housing. A government report showed that construction firms spent more on home building in November.Overall construction spending slipped 0.3 per cent because of a sharp drop in federal government projects. Spending on commercial buildings, such as office buildings and shopping malls, also fell.There have been some positive signs for factory output. In November, companies substantially increased their orders for a category of large equipment that reflects their investment plans. That followed a big increase in the same category in October.The economy grew at a 3.1 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, much better than the 1.3 per cent pace in the April-June quarter. But economists expect growth slowed in the final three months of last year, partly because of the uncertainties surrounding the fiscal cliff, to below a 2 per cent pace. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: US manufacturing expands modestly last month as employment, exports rise by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2013 11:34 am MDT
Freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson rounds the base path during a game against Murray State April 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 7-5.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern photographerIn the midst of a slump on the field, the Ohio State baseball team decided to loosen things up in order to get back on track.The Buckeyes were playing tight in their losses to West Virginia and Ball State earlier in the week, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse said. So to loosen players up and help boost team morale, the coaches decided to have the team play wiffle ball during practice Thursday, which Dezse said helped against Murray State this weekend.“It was nice to just have fun all of us together, I know we’ve been grinding lately. Obviously losing is not fun so that was really nice to do,” Dezse said. “Coming into this weekend, it was the mentality that we’re just playing wiffle ball, we’re out playing a game with each other and it was nice to see us play loose, play fast and play fun.”The Buckeyes (23-18, 4-8) got themselves on the winning side over the weekend, taking two out of three against the Murray State Racers (17-20, 9-9) at Bill Davis Stadium. After cruising to a 3-1 victory Friday, the Buckeyes lost 7-5 Saturday and had to fight to win rubber game Sunday, ultimately winning, 7-3.After Sunday’s win, OSU coach Greg Beals said the team entered the weekend with a new mentality that stayed with it throughout the series.“I liked how our team played today, it was a game that was kind of a must-win situation for us,” Beals said. “When you look at it one walk, no errors, when you look at our team when we do that and force our opponent to get everything on their own, we’re going to be tough to beat.”In Sunday’s game, OSU’s starting pitcher sophomore Jake Post threw three scoreless innings before being pulled because of a back injury.“We’re not exactly sure what it is but we’re erring on the side of caution and got him out of there and started some treatment on him and hopefully we’ve got him back for next weekend,” Beals said.Offensively, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson notched his team-high 17th multi-hit game of the season Sunday. One of those hits appeared to be a two-run homerun in the first inning, however Dawson overran redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis who was standing near first base in case the ball was caught. Dawson was given an RBI-single because Sergakis still scored.Dawson attributed the team’s success against Murray State to “just having fun.”“Everyone was like, ‘Let’s just slow down and go back to the way we were playing at the beginning of the season,’” Dawson said. “We were just having fun down in Florida, everyone is laughing and dancing and just having a great time and that’s what we started doing again.”Sergakis was also efficient at the plate going 3-for-4 with a walk and one RBI.Freshman Zach Farmer came in to relieve Post, pitching five innings, giving up three runs and throwing three strikeouts to pick up his team-high sixth win of the season.Saturday, OSU trailed 7-2 in the bottom of the ninth when the team began mounting a comeback. A pair of errors and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, however, the Buckeyes only got three runs across before recording their final out, losing 7-5.Friday’s game was dictated by OSU’s starter pitcher. Freshman Tanner Tully went seven innings and gave up seven hits, one run and four strikeouts.“We recharged our batteries (Thursday), cleaned our slate and I like how the guys played,” Beals said after the win Friday. “When you’re scuffling a little bit, you need your starter to come out and do what Tanner Tully did tonight. He really set the tempo by throwing strikes and forcing them to do something offensively.”Junior pitcher Trace Dempsey picked up his fifth save of the season after recording three strikeouts as he closed out the game’s final two innings in relief of Tully.Next for the Buckeyes is a weekend series on the road against Purdue. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 6:35 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind.
A comprehensive government-commissioned review into the problems faced by female entrepreneurs found that if women were creating businesses and scaling up at the same rate as men, the boost to the UK economy would be worth £250 billion over the next ten years.“We believe it is the joint duty of Government, financial institutions and the private sector to support female entrepreneurs to ensure that the UK economy takes full advantage of this untapped opportunity,” the APPG report says. “Post-Brexit this could be critical in both supporting and enhancing the UKs future growth potential.”The British Library have already launched a flagship scheme for entrepreneurs which includes a dedicated space on site where startup founders can access support through workshops, mentoring and events.Last year, their Business IP Centre gave face-to-face support to over 5,000 people, of which 62% were women. In addition, their national network of 11 Centres supported over 18,500 people, of which 59% were women.Jessica Rose, who founded the London Jewellery School attended a course at the British Library and said: “It was really helpful for the simple things, like how to register a company, picking your company name, setting up a bank account. All these basic things that everyone needs to know when they are starting a business, but unless you have somewhere to go, it’s really difficult.Ms Rose added that another benefit of the community hub is the chance to network, saying: “It’s amazing to watch their businesses grow alongside yours and there aren’t many places where you can find that. The centre is such an amazing resource and we’re lucky to have that.”Craig Tracey MP said in the report: “The quality and diversity of the UK’s female entrepreneurs is incredible and is something that the UK should be proud of. But there should be more of them. As we prepare to leave the European Union we should be thinking of how we can encourage more women to grow their businesses and export.” Libraries should offer private spaces to women who want to start businesses, a new report by MPs says.In a bid to boost female entrepreneurship in post-brexit Britain, the group say that libraries should be “used more widely across the UK to provide the home of business hubs including specific support for women owned businesses.”The All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise says that “there is a national decline in the traditional use of libraries”, but the “unique reach and accessibility” of the buildings can attract a more diverse audience and host business support services.The hubs could reflect those set up in the United States after the Women’s Business Ownership Act was signed by Ronald Reagan in 1988. More than 100 centres for female entrepreneurship have been establised across the country which provide free workshops, training, advice and mentoring to female founders, supported by the government.The wide-ranging report is the first of its kind from the group, led by Craig Tracey, Conservative MP for North Warwickshire and focuses on what the government and private companies can do to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in Britain. 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. Craig Tracey MP said: ‘As we prepare to leave the European Union we should be thinking of how we can encourage more women to grow their businesses and export’Credit:Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament
So GTA V has been released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, earned over $1 billion already, and set seven world records in the process. But while Rockstar may be very happy, a certain segment of the gaming market isn’t. That segment is PC gamers.Rockstar hasn’t announced anything about GTA V coming to PC any time soon, if at all. There’s a petition at change.org with over 595,000 signatures urging Rockstar to release the game. But according to Intel we really don’t need to worry. The chip giant is very confident GTA V will be released for the PC.Chris R. Silva, Intel’s director of marketing for premium notebooks, did sat down for a chat with PC Gamer and stated that he doesn’t believe GTA V will remain a console exclusive for very long. The reason it is at the moment, is down to money. Silva believes both Sony and Microsoft paid to have the game appear on consoles first and eventually the PC market will be embraced when that exclusivity period runs out.Regardless of whether he’s right about the money blocking a PC launch or not, history tells us the latest GTA game will make the trip to PC. Only this time, Rockstar needs to get the game right before shipping it. GTA IV’s launch build wasn’t great and took a while to get all the bugs ironed out.I’m going to stand by my prediction that Rockstar is polishing the game on PC for a release alongside a PS4 and Xbox One version. The next-gen machines are basically high-end PCs, so optimizing for all three platforms at the same time makes a lot of sense. I expect a release tol happen before the end of 2014, by which time Rockstar will also have GTA Online running smoothly and can also roll that out to PC, PS4, and Xbox One players.
Woman to appeal case of stepson awarded a share of €3.3 million lotto win Mary Walsh’s lawyers argued that she was not obliged to say where the lotto had gone. GALWAY-BASED MARY Walsh intends to appeal a High Court order directing her to pay one sixth of a €3.3m lotto win to her stepson, the court heard today.Mr Justice Richard Humphreys, who made orders preventing Walsh from reducing her assets below €929,000 was also informed in a statement sworn by Walsh that she only has total assets consisting of a house, car and a life insurance policy worth €670,000 including liquid assets of €6991.61.The Judge ruled earlier this month that Mary Walsh, aged 66, must pay the money to her stepson David Walsh plus his legal costs after a judge found he was part owner of and entitled to a one sixth share of a €3.3m winning ticket.Justice Humphreys ruled that David Walsh was part of a syndicate and was a co-owner of a winning ticket and was entitled to approximately €560,000 share of the jackpot.David Walsh aged 52 of Knocknagreena, Ballinasloe in Co Galway sued his stepmother Mary Walsh from Perrsepark, Ballinasloe and argued that he was entitled to his share on the grounds his signature was among six that were written on the back of the winning ticket.Mrs Walsh, who was married to David’s late father Peter Walsh, who died in December 2011, denied this and had argued that the ticket was hers.She claimed that David Walsh was offered and accepted her and her late husband’s house in lieu of €200,000 euro from the win.David Walsh, who claimed he was promised a share of the money by his late father, denied that. The Judge, in finding against her, rejected all her claims.The matter returned before the court today when Mr Justice Humphreys ruled that David Walsh was entitled to various orders.These include an injunction preventing his step mother from reducing her assets below €929,000, to cover the award made in David Walsh’s favour plus his legal expenses, and an order for discovery in aid of execution of the judgment obtained against her.Lawyers for David Walsh sought those orders on grounds including Mrs Walsh would dissipate her assets.She had only accounted for assets of €670,000 out of the €3.3m in her sworn statement.Lawyers for Mrs Walsh had opposed the application in in her sworn statement, where she expressed an intention to appeal the court’s judgment.Her lawyers also argued that her sworn statement was designed to counter the application for a freezing order and that she was not required to provide details at this stage to say where the lotto money had gone.In his ruling Mr Justice Humphreys said he was satisfied based on the evidence Mrs Walsh had given to the court during the seven and the contents of the sworn statement to make the orders sought, including the freezing orders.Noting that more than €2m was unaccounted for in the sworn statement the judge said he was satisfied Mrs Walsh had done “a great deal of what a person would do if they wanted to dissipate assets.”The judge also refused to allow Mrs Walsh make payments out of her assets to cover living, legal and business expenses.She had sought living expenses of €1,050 per month and €4,000 per month to keep her business going, which she said was loss making and had total losses of €53,000.She also wanted to cover her legal expenses so she could progress her appeal, and was involved in litigation with a third party, her lawyers argued.The Judge said it would be “unfair” on Mr David Walsh if those payments were allowed out of the assets.The Judge also agreed with Mr Walsh’s lawyers that Mrs Walsh’s old age pension of €233 a week would cover her living expenses.Neither of the Walshs were present in court for the hearing.Comments have been turned off as this case will be heard before the courts.Read: Stepmum faces hefty legal bill after stepson wins €560k Lotto jackpot caseRead: Stepson suing stepmother for share of Lotto win had his signature on back of ticket > Monday 13 Feb 2017, 7:10 PM http://jrnl.ie/3238255 By Aodhan O Faolain Share Tweet Email 18,427 Views Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL No Comments Feb 13th 2017, 7:10 PM
Donald Trump Jr writes in British paper that Theresa May ‘ignored advice from my father’ on Brexit Donald Trump Jr said the prime minister should now “honour that promise” to the British people and deliver Brexit. By Sean Murray THE SON OF US President Donald Trump has said that UK Prime Minister “ignored advice” from his father and was now leaving the British people in limbo over Brexit.Writing a piece in this morning’s Daily Telegraph, Donald Trump Jr said that Theresa May needs to “honour that promise” to British people that the nation would leave the EU on 29 March.“With the deadline fast approaching, it appears that democracy in the UK is all but dead,” he said.Trump Jr’s comments come with less than 10 days now until the official date the UK is due to leave the EU.However, after House of Commons Speaker John Bercow ruled out holding a third meaningful vote on May’s much-maligned Brexit withdrawal agreement, the prime minister is set to formally request that Brexit be postponed. 62 Comments 26,457 Views Short URL Mar 20th 2019, 8:15 AM Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images Other EU member states are expected to consider her request at a summit in Brussels tomorrow. As well as claiming May had ignored the advice of President Trump, Trump Jr said May is ignoring the will of the British people too. “Now, the clock has virtually run out and almost all is lost – exactly as the European elites were hoping,” he said. “Some pro-Brexit politicians even suggest that Mrs May herself is trying to sabotage Brexit, by insisting that Parliament agree to a deal that essentially keeps Britain bound to the EU indefinitely.”Trump Jr said this situation is important to note for Americans because Brexit is an example of how “established elites will try to subvert the will of the people” when given the opportunity. “In a way, you could say that Brexit and my father’s election are one and the same – the people of both the UK and the US voted to uproot the establishment for the sake of individual freedom and independence, only to see the establishment try to silence their voices and overturn their mandates,” he added.He added that the people of the UK and US must reaffirm their decisions in previous elections and “stand up for themselves against the global elite”. The end of the article lists Trump Jr as executive vice president of the Trump Organization. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images Share145 Tweet Email1 Theresa May to formally ask EU to delay Brexit after ‘blazing row’ at Cabinet meeting As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: https://jrnl.ie/4551231 Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
L’alcool : un inhibiteur de scrupules, pas de conscienceUne équipe de chercheurs américains a récemment démontré expérimentalement une nuance dans l’effet de l’alcool sur notre cerveau : s’il altère notre comportement, il ne réduit pas notre conscience de mal agir, mais seulement la préoccupation ou la gêne que cela nous occasionne. Que se passe-t-il dans notre tête lorsque les effets de l’alcool se font sentir ? Pour le savoir, le professeur Bruce Bartholow et son équipe de psychologues de l’Université du Missouri ont soumis à un test des personnes âgées de 21 à 35 ans, à qui ils ont demandé d’effectuer certaines tâches précises sur ordinateur. Un tiers de l’échantillonnage avait préalablement absorbé de l’alcool, un autre tiers un placebo, et le dernier rien du tout.À lire aussiUne activité électrique détectée dans des mini-cerveaux développés en laboratoireLes chercheurs ont alors mesuré l’activité cérébrale de ces ‘cobayes’, mais ont aussi évalué leurs changements d’humeur, la précision de leur travail et la perception qu’ils avaient eux-mêmes de cette précision. Ainsi, ils ont constaté que si les personnes ayant consommé de l’alcool ont montré la même capacité moyenne que les autres à détecter, en temps réel, leurs propres erreurs (le cas échéant), en revanche, le signal d’alerte émis par leur cerveau était beaucoup plus réduit. De plus, contrairement aux sujets à jeun, ils n’avaient pas le réflexe de réduire ‘instinctivement’ leur vitesse d’exécution à la suite d’une erreur, pour se ‘reconcentrer’ sur leur tâche.”Quand nous faisons des erreurs, l’activité d’une partie de notre cerveau, dévolue au contrôle de notre comportement, s’accroît. Ceci envoie un signal d’alarme à d’autres parties du cerveau, indiquant que quelque chose ne va pas. Notre étude montre que l’alcool ne réduit pas notre prise de conscience de nos erreurs : il réduit l’intensité avec laquelle nous nous inquiétons de faire ces erreurs”, conclut le Pr Bartholow.Le 10 septembre 2011 à 11:06 • Maxime Lambert
KUSI Newsroom, May 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter New study launched to reduce raw sewage flowing in from Tijuana River SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A study is being launched to figure out ways to reduce the amount of raw sewage flowing from the Tijuana River into U.S. waterways, the North American Development Bank announced Friday.Researchers will evaluate ways to improve and expand sewage diversion infrastructure, as well as methods to optimize existing facilities during rain, storms and other weather events that typically increase sewage flows.“We believe that this study will provide the best alternatives to increase capacity while diverting flows and ultimately address this significant transboundary issue in benefit of residents on both sides of the border in this region,” bank Managing Director Alex Hinojosa said.The binational bank finances environmental projects certified by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, an institution created as part of 1993’s North American Free Trade Agreement.The study was discussed Friday during a joint stakeholder meeting between representatives from the bank, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, International Boundary Water Commission, Mexican National Water Commission and a Mexican water utility.The bank will finance the study with a $240,000 grant administered by an EPA-funded program.Sewage flow from Mexico has for decades sickened people and led to beach closures as far north as Coronado, in the process irritating a wide variety of government, environmental and recreational stakeholders.Citing inaction on the sewage issue, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Surfrider Foundation all filed 60-day notices of intent to sue the International Boundary Water Commission this week.If the organizations follow through, they’ll join the Port of San Diego and cities of Chula Vista and Imperial Beach, all of which filed lawsuits against the water commission in March. Posted: May 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.The Oregon Health Authority and the Washington Department of Health said people should eat no more than one meal a week of resident fish — those that live year-round in the same place — between Bonneville and McNary dams. Resident species in the Columbia include bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, walleye, carp, catfish, suckers and sturgeon.A meal is defined as a piece of fish the size and thickness of one’s hand.Officials also recommend not eating any resident fish taken between Bonneville Dam and Ruckel Creek, one mile upstream.The advisory does not apply to migratory fish, such as salmon and steelhead, because they spend most of their time at sea.“We’ve suspected for quite some time that there may be contamination in the Columbia River, and the thing that was missing was measured data,” said Dave Farrer, public health toxicologist for the Oregon Health Authority.Only recently have researchers had the resources available to measure toxicity in Columbia River fish, he said.The states said they’re unsure how long the advisory will last.Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are toxic chemicals that do not break down in the environment. They were widely used in electronic components until they were banned in the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.Officials advised against eating any resident fish caught near Bonneville Dam after researchers measured extraordinarily high levels of PCB contamination in resident fish there. The most contaminated sample measured 183 parts per million, Farrer said, and the threshold for an advisory is 0.047 ppm.
John W. Franklin, senior program manager, National Museum of African American History and Culture, speaks about the upcoming opening of the museum in Washington, D.C. in September. (Photo by Chanet Wallace)The Dubois Circle, a women’s group founded in 1906, held their 110th annual meeting at Martin’s West in Baltimore on May 17.Named after the noted late scholar Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, the Dubois Circle is one of the oldest in Baltimore and prides itself on having notable speakers address issues of the day.In 1926, for example, Langston Hughes, poet and author, spoke before the group.Following a recitation of the group’s achievements over the past year by President Patricia C. Jessamy, who is leaving the group to move to Atlanta, the longest serving members were acknowledged. They are: Helena H. Hairston, Betty I. William, and Roslyn C. Wood.Following a vocal performance by Aleea Powell, a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts, John W. Franklin addressed the group. Franklin, senior program manager, National Museum of African American History and Culture, spoke about the upcoming opening of the museum in Washington, D.C. in September.Franklin gave a brief overview of the struggle to get the museum funded and then discussed highlights from the collection. Among them: Remnants of slave ship recovered off the coast of Mozambique, Emmett Till’s casket, Harriet Tubman’s hymnal, a segregated rail road car, a Tuskegee Airmen training plane and the Mothership used during Parliament Funkadelic musical performances.
The Rams drilled the Colts, 46-9, in the most dominating performance of NFL Week 1. As good as L.A. was, the Colts, led by career backup Scott Tolzein, would have been lucky to beat the Saskatchewan Rough Riders yesterday.In the postgame press conference, Indy head coach Chuck Pagano admitted his team got whooped, and gave credit to the Niners for the beating. Uh, Chuck, small problem, you got beat by the Rams.Maybe Pagano was still shell shocked, but to be fair, they probably wouldn’t have beat San Fran either. Nothing went right for Indy on Sunday, including this.
News | October 07, 2008 Breast MRI Shows Double Digit Growth in 2008 October 8, 2008 – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast continues to show double digit growth in 2008 and is one of the fastest growing procedures in the magnetic resonance departments, reported Arlington Medical Resources (AMR), a provider of premier market intelligence for the pharmaceutical and diagnostic imaging industries. The newly released edition of the Imaging Market Guide also finds that approximately 90 percent of patients undergoing an MRI of the breast received a contrast agent during the study to improve the delineation between normal and abnormal tissues.”In the first half of 2008 the total number of patients undergoing MRI of the breast increased 23 percent over the same period in 2007,” stated Anna Fisher, analyst at AMR. “This boost may be attributed to increased awareness campaigns for early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”For more information: www.AMR-data.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Westin Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International Inc., continues to expand its portfolio with the opening of its eighth hotel in India – The Westin Kolkata, Rajarhat. It is also the second hotel in Kolkata and East India under the Marriott International portfolio and the first under the Westin Hotels and Resorts umbrella.Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, said, “The opening of the second Marriott hotel in Kolkata, and the first under the Westin brand, marks a great milestone for Marriott International. After tapping the luxury market, it was but a matter of time before we presented one of our premium brands to the city of Kolkata. The hotel will offer a restorative retreat in the heart of the new business district of Rajarhat with Westin’s signature offerings that will fuel and energise our guests’ experience.It features 314 well-appointed guestrooms and suites and each room boasts of an unobstructed view of the Kolkata skyline. An all-day dining restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, features live kitchen serving pan-Asian cuisines. The hotel is spread over 50,000 square feet which is ideal for MICE, and wedding banquet, with an upgraded state-of-the-art facilities.Located 8 kilometres from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and a kilometre away from the International Convention Centre, The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat is built over eight acres.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 10:30 am PDT “One Good Deed” (Grand Central Publishing), by David BaldacciAloysius Archer fought in Europe for the Allies, and shortly after making his way back home, he found himself imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s released early for good behaviour and makes his way to the small town of Poca City, where he’s required to routinely check in with his parole officer.Archer meets Hank Pittleman, who offers him a chance to earn some money. Lucas Tuttle borrowed a substantial amount of money from Pittleman, and Archer is asked to take possession of Tuttle’s Cadillac, which was used for collateral. After verifying the loan by seeing the paperwork, Archer goes to meet Tuttle to ask why he hasn’t paid Pittleman back. The answer Archer receives surprises him — and puts the offer in an entirely new light.Archer wants to do the right thing, and stay away from violating the rules he needs to follow as a man recently incarcerated. His parole officer is stern and a stickler for making sure everything he does is on the straight and narrow. When he gets entangled in a mess with what seems like a simple loan, chaos and mystery will have him once again trying to prove his innocence.Author David Baldacci is a master storyteller, and he invokes the classic feel of the post-war 1940s evident in the timeless literature and film of that time. A sympathetic hero and a cast of mysterious citizens in a small town summon familiar themes one expects in a Baldacci novel, and he once again doesn’t disappoint.Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press This cover image released by Grand Central Publishing shows “One Good Deed,” by David Baldacci. (Grand Central Publishing via AP) Review: Baldacci’s latest novel doesn’t disappoint
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