APTN National NewsThe Supreme Court has put new rules in place for the so-called Mr. Big confessions during police investigations making some of them inadmissible.This has put a Saskatoon murder trial possibly in limbo.Douglas Hayes confessed to undercover officers for the 2004 murder of Daleen Bosse, a university student and mother from Onion Lake First Nation.He was expected to hear his verdict later this month but lawyers are meeting with the judge next week to discuss how the Supreme Court ruling affects the case.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has more on the story.
London: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for similar preferential norms for Indian companies and students as those offered to China in order to boost foreign direct investment (FDI) from India into the British capital.The mayor, who reiterated his London is Open message, attacked the UK government’s hostile immigration policies as a barrier to increased investments and students coming from India into London. The government’s got to make it easier for businesses to come to London. Immigration policies have got to change, it’s got to be easier for Indian students and business people to come here, Khan said on the sidelines of the annual Asian Voice Charity Awards here on Friday evening. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe government has made some changes to make it easier for China, and I welcome that, but also India deserves the same sort of preferential treatment I worry because of this government’s hostile immigration policies, we aren’t seeing many talented students coming to London, particularly talented Indians. I am hoping the government realises this is a huge opportunity lost, he said. China being included on a list of countries offered easier UK student visa application norms is one of the preferential routes currently not open to India. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysKhan, a former Labour Party MP who has been a vocal advocate of a second Brexit referendum, said the Theresa May government was a “million miles away” from what was promised during the June 2016 referendum campaign. Parliament is in gridlock, we should give the British public a say on the deal negotiated by the government with the option of remaining in the European Union. I can’t think of anything more democratic than giving the British public a final say, said Khan, who was presented with a Political and Public Life Award at the awards ceremony. The Asian Voice Charity Awards, powered by due diligence network Charity Clarity, reward charities and individuals that try and solve the most pressing social issues in Britain and globally. Some of the winners this year included Indian-origin entrepreneur Leah Chowdhry, who was named the Most Inspiring Young Person for becoming the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel to raise funds to combat child trafficking in India. The Sarvam Trust, which facilitates and supports the work of the Sri Aurobindo Society to help the under-privileged in rural areas of India, was the winner of the Audience Choice Award. The theme of this year’s awards was around combatting knife crime, an issue that has dominated the London Mayor’s agenda. Charities have an important role to play in filling in the gaps in the social safety net, Khan said. CB Patel, Publisher and Editor of UK-based Asian Voice’ weekly newspaper which organises the awards, added: One of the ills that now plagues our community is knife crime, and this requires the collective effort of individuals, families, educational institutions and community organisations to put an end to the menace. His Editor’s Choice Award for the year went to the Damilola Taylor Trust, which provides inner-city youths in Britain with opportunities to play and learn, free from fear and violence. The Charity of the Year award went to Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, an independent medical charity working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer and other severe medical conditions, and the Social Impact Award was presented to Child Rescue Nepal, which works on the ground to free children from slavery and captivity. The awards are absolutely unique in that each applicant goes through a rigorous Charity Clarity rating process before the very best are shortlisted for the judges’ consideration, Pratik Dattani, from Charity Clarity, said.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI held a dinner in honor of French Prime Minister Édouard Philip upon his arrival to Morocco on Wednesday for a two-day working visit.Philippe came with a large delegation of French officials, including the minister of justice, the minister of culture, the minister of national education, the minister of sports and the interior minister.The delegation, which also comprises of high-ranking officials and heads of major French public companies, was welcomed by Head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani. ???? ??????? ??????? #????????_???????? ????? ????? ???? ???? ?????? ????? ????? ???? ?????? ???? ???? ??? ??? ?????? ????? ??????? @EPhilippePM pic.twitter.com/FOhZxhtsHh— ???? ??????? -?????? (@ChefGov_ma) November 16, 2017The French PM was also greeted by Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Youth and Sports, Rachid Talbi Alami, Minister delegate to the Interior minister, Noureddine Boutayeb, secretary of state for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khalid Samadi, secretary of state to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia Boucetta.During his stay in Morocco, Philippe will co-chair with the head of government the 13th Moroccan-French high level meeting, marked by the organization of an economic forum under the theme “France-Morocco: Bridges for growth and employment.”The forum is meant to further assess and examine the different aspects of partnership between the two countries’ business community.On Wednesday evening, King Mohammed VI arranged a dinner in the honor of the French PM.The dinner was attended by the Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament, advisor to the King, Yassir Znagui, members of the government, the ambassador of Morocco in Paris, as well as by several economic stakeholders.It was also attended by the members of the official delegation accompanying the French PM, the ambassador of France to Morocco and numerous other high ranking officials.
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With the switch to semesters approaching, most students have been gearing up for the change by deciding what to pack into their 72-day summer, and planning for the effects of the shorter break. For Ohio State student-athletes, the shorter summer and semester switch bring different adjustments and challenges, but also several advantages and opportunities. Starting Aug. 22, student-athletes in winter and spring sports will be able to begin out-of-season skill and instruction work. Previously, winter and spring athletes had to wait until the quarter started in late September to begin this work. The NCAA will still govern the football team’s and all fall sports’ practice start dates in accordance with NCAA rules. “Under the quarter system, OSU student-athletes in the winter and spring sports could not begin this instruction until the quarter began, leaving them at a considerable disadvantage to other schools, whose student-athletes in those sports were able to start the first day of their fall semesters,” OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said in an email. Beginning in 2013, the end of Spring Semester will be followed by a four-week May class session. Following this accelerated session, which some refer to as a “Maymester,” there will be a one-week break, and then the regular seven-week summer session will begin, Emig said. There is no May session in 2012. Emig said the “Maymester” period will give many student-athletes an opportunity to participate in several learning opportunities, such as internships, study abroad programs and research efforts that were difficult to fit into their schedules during the quarter system. Steven Fink, the associate executive dean for curriculum and instruction in the College of Arts and Sciences and co-chair of the Semester Conversion Coordinating Committee, said each university department will handle the four-week May session differently, creating several different opportunities for students. “The curriculum is still being developed since it is not beginning until next summer, but we have a number of departments who are already designing courses for it,” Fink said. “I think it’s particularly well-suited for certain kinds of special topics or intensive experiences. A lot of programs are using it for study abroad, service learning, internship experiences or co-ops. Every department is going to decide on its own how it wants to handle that instructional period.” Although the teams will not have any additional or any fewer actual practice days or hours because of the switch, student-athletes may feel the effects of the change most in their free time. This year, fall athletes will begin classes about two weeks after they begin fall camp, as opposed to under the quarter system, where athletes did not start classes until about six weeks after the start of camp. Each OSU sports team has a different schedule and practice routine over the summer break, which bring varying changes depending on each athletic team’s agenda. Grayson Overman, a junior middle blocker on OSU’s volleyball team, said not much will change for him personally, but he’s excited for the switch. “I’m pretty stoked for (the change),” Overman said. “It’s going to be a lot slower pace which will be a break and might make volleyball more exciting.” OSU women’s golf coach, Therese Hession said that although there are no team-oriented events in college golf during the summer, the players are on their own schedule qualifying for tournaments. With the semester switch, the student-athletes will not get much of a rest. “We will just get started a little bit earlier than we normally do,” Hession said. “They’ll be coming right back and jumping into school.” Summer classes begin on June 18 and conclude Aug. 3. Exams will take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8.
Currently celebrating its 100th year of operation, engineering and construction company, Clough, is pleased to announce the award of the construction of the Ore Handling Plant (OHP) for the BHP South Flank Project. This builds on its announcement in 2018 of an early works EPC contract to progress the non-process infrastructure (NPI) at South Flank.Clough CEO and Managing Director, Peter Bennett said: “We are pleased to continue to grow our relationship with BHP on the South Flank project, and indeed, within the Mining sector in WA. The delivery of this project will create 300 new roles and will be self-performed by Clough’s Western Australia based team, with the scope including structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation for the Ore Handling Plant (OHP) structures, including the interconnecting conveyors and transfer stations.” Bennett said. “Clough is a proudly Western Australian engineering and construction company with a proven history of delivering world-class projects and critical infrastructure both in Australia and overseas.”The South Flank deposit is located approximately 130 km by road north-west of the town of Newman, and approximately 8 km to the south of the Company’s existing Mining Area C operation. The South Flank project will fully replace production from the 80Mtpa (100 per cent basis) Yandi mine which is reaching the end of its economic life.,Currently celebrating its 100th year of operation, engineering and construction company, Clough, is pleased to announce the award of the construction of the Ore Handling Plant (OHP) for the BHP South Flank Project. This builds on its announcement in 2018 of an early works EPC contract to progress the non-process infrastructure (NPI) at South Flank.Clough CEO and Managing Director, Peter Bennett said: “We are pleased to continue to grow our relationship with BHP on the South Flank project, and indeed, within the Mining sector in WA. The delivery of this project will create 300 new roles and will be self-performed by Clough’s Western Australia based team, with the scope including structural, mechanical, piping, electrical and instrumentation for the Ore Handling Plant (OHP) structures, including the interconnecting conveyors and transfer stations.” Bennett said. “Clough is a proudly Western Australian engineering and construction company with a proven history of delivering world-class projects and critical infrastructure both in Australia and overseas.”The South Flank deposit is located approximately 130 km by road north-west of the town of Newman, and approximately 8 km to the south of the Company’s existing Mining Area C operation. The South Flank project will fully replace production from the 80Mtpa (100 per cent basis) Yandi mine which is reaching the end of its economic life.
European Commission to investigate whether Insurance Ireland is operating a cartel Insurance Ireland said it is confident its practices are fully compliant with competition law. Tuesday 14 May 2019, 11:28 AM 87 Comments By Michelle Hennessy 36,769 Views Short URL May 14th 2019, 11:28 AM Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has opened a formal investigation into Insurance Ireland’s data pooling system.The investigation will assess whether the association is operating a cartel with the conditions of access to its data pooling system. The Commission will look at whether these conditions restrict competition, which would be a breach of EU rules.“Insurance is essential for all car drivers in Europe,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager today.“We are investigating whether companies wishing to offer their services on the Irish motor insurance market may have been unfairly prevented from accessing a data pool managed by Insurance Ireland for its member companies.“This could potentially reduce Irish drivers’ choice of motor insurance policies at competitive prices.”The launch of this anti-trust investigation follows inspections carried out in July 2017 in the Irish motor insurance market. Antitrust investigations are designed to assess whether agreements of decisions of associations are anti-competitive.‘Effective competition’Insurance Ireland is an association that brings together a number of insurance firms in Ireland. It manages a database called InsuranceLink which contains information provided by member companies about insurance claims.The Commission said the stated purpose of the system is to facilitate the detection of potentially fraudulent behaviour by claimants and to ensure the accuracy of information provided by potential customers to insurance companies and/or their agents.“The Commission does not question that data pooling arrangements can contribute to effective competition. The participation in and access to a data pool by insurance service providers may directly benefit consumers in terms of ensuring more suitable products and competitive prices.”The investigation will assess whether the conditions imposed on companies wishing to access this database may have put these companies at a competitive disadvantage on the Irish motor insurance market in comparison to companies that already have access to it.If proven, the practices may breach EU competition rules which prohibit agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the EU single market.Insurance Ireland has noted the decision to open a formal investigation and said it is important to note that the commission has not reached any conclusions or made any findings. “Insurance Ireland understands that the investigation is focused on the InsuranceLink database, which is a secure database that holds claims information as a tool to assist in fraud detection. InsuranceLink is accessed by Insurance Ireland members and non-members and has been in operation since 1988,” it said in a statement.“Insurance Ireland is cooperating fully with the European Commission in its enquiries and is confident its practices are fully compliant with competition law.” https://jrnl.ie/4633705 Share155 Tweet Email5
GoFundMe Raises Money For Gov’t Workers During ShutdownCrowdfunding Campaign Raises Money For Girls to See ‘Captain Marvel’ A couple who became famous last year for raising more than $400,000 on a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless man after he helped with their car, allegedly conspired with each other to concoct a false story to raise money for themselves, according to a complaint obtained by NBC 10 Philadelphia.Prosecutors believe the couple Mark D’Amico and Kate McClure conspired with the homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt, to create the story for a get-rich-quick-scheme on the fundraising platform. All three face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception, according to NBC10’s source.D’Amico and McClure turned themseleves in on Wednesday to Burlington County, New Jersey, authorities, but Bobbit was still at large, the news station said. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s office is expected to make an announcement in the case on Thursday, reported The New York Post, citing multiple reports.The original GoFundMe campaign started by the couple in November 2017 claimed that Bobbitt, a homeless drug addict, spent his last $20 to fill up McClure’s gas tank after her car broke down on I-95 near Philadelphia. The campaign went viral, and raised thousands of dollars just days after the campaign went live. McClure, 28, and D’Amico, 29, ultimately raised more than $400,000.Johnny Bobbitt was reportedly a homeless drug addict in November 2017 when he gave his last $20 to Kate McClure, who was stranded in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)But the story began to look suspicious after Bobbit sued the couple in August last year, claiming that they were withholding the funds raised on GoFundMe from him, and using the money as a “personal pigggy bank.”The couple initially denied Bobbitt’s claim and accused Bobbitt of being on drugs and refused to give him the money until he was clean.In September, a lawyer for Bobbitt, Jacqueline Promisli, told The New York Post that the couple spent the money on shopping sprees, including a Louis Vuitton bag, Chanel sunglasses and a new iPhone 10.GoFundMe ultimately gave Bobbitt roughly $75,000, which he used to purchase a camper and SUV — both of which he no longer has, according to reports. The company has said they will provide Bobbitt, who was recently sleeping under a bridge, the full amount he is owed regardless of the civil case’s outcome.Last week, investigators with a search warrant went to the couple’s home in Bordentown, New Jersey, and seized a 2015 BMW, several Louis Vuitton bags and “anything else of value,” the Post reported.The lawyer for the couple had no comment Thursday, according to NBC10.The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office has said it will announce new developments in the case Thursday afternoon.More on Geek.com:How to Help Victims of California WildfiresDrone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost HikersAt MIT, Machines Learn Language the Same Way Kids Do Stay on target
BATTLE GROUND — About 25 people are standing next to chairs in the Battle Ground Community Center.They walk through exercises like side stretches and lateral arm raises, while a handful of their peers at nearby tables read, drink coffee and chat. This is the scene on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the community center, when EnhanceFitness classes take place.EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based group exercise program aimed at older adults, and free to those 60 and older. The fitness class utilizes easy-to-learn movements that aren’t too intense with a group atmosphere, which promotes bonding and keeps people committed to coming back.Hourlong sessions begin with a five-minute warmup, followed by 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, a five-minute cool-down, 20 minutes of strength training with soft cuff weights and, finally, 10 minutes of stretching. Dynamic and static balance exercises are peppered throughout.The class is offered by the Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington to help the area’s growing aging population.Laurie Porter started teaching the Battle Ground class almost nine years ago and said some of the original members still attend.“It includes all components of fitness. Cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance and flexibility, and it’s a well-designed program,” Porter said after a class. “A lot of people just want to stay in shape. There are a lot of people who want to come in and lose weight. Or they want to regain their strength and balance.”Battle Ground resident Susan Zoller started attending Battle Ground’s EnhanceFitness around October — there are also classes in Vancouver, Camas and Washougal. Zoller tries to make as many classes as she can in between doing consulting work and her grandkids.