first_imgMONTREAL – Evidence found at the scene of a deadly fire at a seniors’ residence in Quebec is leading police to believe the blaze was criminal, authorities said Monday.Provincial police Sgt. Marc Tessier said investigators still need to meet with many more witnesses to the blaze, which erupted at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and killed a 94-year-old woman.Police arrested and questioned a 44-year-old man Sunday but released him the same day, Tessier said.He wouldn’t say what police found at the scene, “but there are elements that indicate it could be suspicious, that lead us to believe it was criminal.”Police released two photos of the back of a man they believe could be important to the case and are asking people to come forward with information about him. They say the man is white, has dark hair and was wearing a plaid shirt.Forty-three people were rescued after the fire at the Oasis seniors’ residence in Terrebonne, just north of Montreal, with more than 10 being sent to hospital.Christian Gagne, deputy head of the region’s health-care agency, said he expected 41 seniors to be placed in new care facilities by Monday afternoon.He added that two men with injuries not considered life-threatening were still receiving treatment in hospital.Quebec’s minister responsible for seniors said the residence was in the process of installing a sprinkler system but could not say whether it had been activated during the fire.Radio-Canada reported Monday the company contracted to install the sprinklers said the system was not yet operational.The company could not be reached for comment.In 2015, the Quebec government made it mandatory for all such homes to be equipped with automatic sprinklers.The province granted residence operators a five-year grace period to retrofit their homes.That regulation came in the wake of a coroner’s report into a tragic blaze in L’Isle-Verte that killed 32 seniors in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgSASKATOON — A promising football player whose dreams of playing professionally were crushed after a deadly school shooting in northern Saskatchewan has been sent to prison and his family says it’s because he didn’t get the mental-health help he needed.They say they watched as the physical pain and the memories from the 2016 shooting in La Loche transformed the teen from a spirited athlete and outgoing student with good grades to an angry and confused young man who started using methamphetamine.“One minute he’d be happy and fine, next minute he’d be miserable,” his grandfather said in an interview in Saskatoon.The Canadian Press is not identifying the victim, now 19, because he was a youth at the time of the La Loche shooting.The victim was 16 and from Saskatoon, but was spending part of the school year with his grandparents in La Loche, a remote Dene community 700 kilometres to the north, when he was shot at the entrance of the high school.In the panicked minutes that followed, a 17-year-old student with a shotgun wounded six others and killed a teacher and a teacher’s aide. He had earlier killed two teenage brothers in a nearby home.The shooter pleaded guilty to charges that included first-degree murder and was sentenced last year as an adult to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. Because he is appealing his sentence, he can’t be named.The gun blasts struck the young football player in the chest and arm, where he suffered permanent nerve damage. He couldn’t grip a football anymore, said his mother.“When it could have been anything else in the body, it was his hand,” she said.He underwent multiple surgeries and tried weightlifting and playing basketball, but grew frustrated and lost his passion for sports, said his grandfather.His mother packed away her boy’s stacks of Sports Illustrated magazines, collection of footballs and other gear. He told her he didn’t care what she did with it.Sitting at a Tim Hortons, the mother swiped through pictures of her eldest son on her cellphone.Images of a past Christmas he spent with his two younger brothers. A photo of him when he was about 12, flashing a big smile at a flag football game.Another photo of him, taller and bigger, dressed in a black-and-yellow jersey on the sidelines of a high school football game. It was taken shortly before he left for La Loche.Growing up his favourite football player, said his grandfather, was former Saskatchewan Roughrider Weston Dressler. Scouts had told the family there was a chance the youth could play professionally.But that never happened.Last week, he was sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to several offences, including assault with a weapon and possession of an unloaded prohibited firearm with ammunition.The young man admitted to using bear spray on his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend during a confrontation in 2018. A few months later, police discovered him inside a vehicle with a sawed-off rifle and rounds of ammunition. Court heard he told friends he wanted to commit a robbery.He was sentenced to three years in prison.Court heard he was a La Loche shooting victim and didn’t get the proper counselling he needed to recover.His grandfather agrees.“He was ditched.”The grandfather said he had asked the provincial government for an advocate to help the family co-ordinate counselling services while the young man recovered in Saskatoon. But that didn’t happen.Most of the help went to La Loche, he said.“It was all about La Loche, La Loche, not really the victims,” the mother added.Counsellors were sent to the village after the shooting, but a year later community leaders complained about a lack of continued support.Earlier this year, after the third anniversary of the shooting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited La Loche and announced $2.2 million in funding for projects and mental-health services for students.Prosecutor Kristin MacLean said in the recent case involving the shooting victim, the court considered the trauma he suffered. The Crown feels the prison term is appropriate given factors such as the risk to public safety and prevalence of firearm-related crimes in Saskatoon.Defence lawyer Logan Marchand said the La Loche shooting sent his client on a downward spiral.“The mental-health impacts from the PTSD alone, I think, also influences his behaviour,” said Marchand.He had requested provincial jail time and probation so his client could get more help with his addiction and to deal with the shooting.Marchand said his client didn’t get the counselling he needed to help him recover and believes prison will do nothing more to help.“Without some form of intervention … in some ways his presence in front of the courts at some point in the future was almost an inevitability.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgWith filmmaker Dennis Dugan (Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Grown Ups 1 & 2) as emcee, World of Dance’ Derek Hough as a speaker, Youtube music sensation Alex Boyé performing, and Power 106 FM and Los Angeles magazine as media partners, the 20th annual Alive & Running Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention surpassed its goal, raising over $425,000 for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Suicide Prevention Center.Dennis Duggan and Derek Hough The record-breaking event, which wrapped up Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month, took place on Sunday, Sept. 30 and drew over 2,200 participants. This year’s Alive & Running also marked the 60th year that the Suicide Prevention Center has been saving lives.“The fact that so many of you are out here this morning bringing more awareness and bringing more support is incredible,” said Derek Hough, who lost his uncle to suicide in his teens. “The more we talk about it, the more tangible it becomes, and the more tangible it becomes, the more we can help it, the more we can solve it, the more we can be there for one another…” he added. Hough recently wrote and recorded Hold On, with the mission of bringing awareness to the rising suicide rates and the stigma surrounding mental health issues.“It’s time we talk to each other and not be embarrassed,” said Youtube sensation Alex Boyé, who performed his suicide prevention and awareness song Bend Don’t Break. “Suicide is not a VIP event. It is an everybody event that affects us all. We have to get rid of the stigma, the idea that suicide affects only certain people,” added the recording artist who will be heading to Broadway to star as Aaron Burr in Hamilton and who is currently working on an album produced by Randy Jackson.In remarks to the over 2,200 attendees, Didi Hirsch President/CEO Dr. Kita S. Curry shared, “I wanted to run away when I was 15, but I didn’t have anywhere to go, so I tried to run away from life. She added, “I’m lucky I survived. I would have missed out on so much. If anyone here is thinking of suicide, I want you to know you are not alone. I want you to live. That’s why all of us are here today.”This year’s Alive & Running came just months after the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, which along with an alarming study showing that suicide has risen 28% since 1999, caused an unprecedented flood of calls to Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Line.To meet rising demand, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services purchased a building in Century City that will serve as the permanent home for the Suicide Prevention Center. The new building will allow the organization to expand services to include therapy and support groups for children affected by suicide and a training academy for mental health professionals.Comedienne and voice over actress Julianne Grossman, a suicide attempt survivor, announced the names of runners and teams as they crossed the finish line. Didi Hirsch Board members and event co-chairs Andrew Rubin and Pamela Kluft, presented the Corporate Hero Award to First Republic Bank; the Heroes of Hope Award to Lyda Eddington, Mary Halligan, Cynthia Kolodny, April Kubachka, Greg Santilli and Laurie Woodrow; and Media Hero Award to Power 106 and its affiliates KDAY and KWHY TV.Alive & Running remembers loved ones and raises funds and awareness for Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center—the first and only one of its kind in the nation. It is now a world-renowned leader in training, research and services for people affected by suicide. Over the past 20 years, Alive & Running has raised over $3 million for the Suicide Prevention Center. Proceeds keep the 24/7 Crisis Line running, send staffers to the scene of a suicide, help educate and train students and first responders and fund support groups for people who have attempted suicide or are grieving a loss.last_img read more

first_imgCanadians will likely have to pay more for certain food items soon as grocers grapple with the impact of new tariffs in an ongoing trade war and other pressures, said Loblaw Companies Ltd. CEO.“We see a very strong possibility of an accelerating retail price inflation in the market,” said Galen G. Weston during a conference call with analysts Wednesday.The company pointed to new tariffs imposed by the Canadian federal government as of July 1 on $16.6 billion of U.S. imports. The targets include a number of food products, such as yogurt, coffee, soya sauce and mayonnaise.It’s unclear what the financial impact of these tariffs will be, the company said, and the outcome will depend on how both suppliers and Canadians respond.Higher transportation costs and a low loonie add further pressure on the grocery and pharmacy retailer, which indicated it expects to see upward pressure in prices.“We don’t think it’s going to be meaningful, you know, super significant,” Weston said, “but it certainly will be higher than what it is today.”The comments came after the company released its second-quarter financial results.The grocer’s adjusted earnings outpaced analyst estimates, but it also recorded an 86.1 per cent decline in net profit due to a number of unfavourable items including an acquisition expense at its Choice Properties division.Net profit available to common shareholders dropped to $50 million or 13 cents per share for the 12 weeks ended June 16, from $359 million or 90 cents per share a year earlier, the company said.Excluding $100 million or 26 cents per share of costs related to the acquisition of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust, $192 million or 51 cents in adjustments to the fair value of a liability as well as other items, Loblaw’s adjusted net earnings were down a less dramatic 5.6 per cent to $421 million, or $1.11 per share.Analysts had estimated $1.09 per share of adjusted earnings, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was in line with analyst estimates at $10.92 billion for the 12 weeks ended June 16, down $157 million or 1.4 per cent from the second quarter of 2017 — reflecting the sale of the company’s gas bar operations last year.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities wrote that the second-quarter results are evidence that the company “is hyper-focused on ensuring its sector-leading market position while driving operating efficiency and productivity.”Same-store sales growth at the food retail division — which operates under a number of banners — was 0.8 per cent, excluding gas bar operations, while drug retail same-store sales growth at Shoppers Drug Mart was 1.7 per cent.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:L)last_img read more

By Yasyn MouhirRabat – The US travel company Thrillist established   a ranking of the 18 best gastronomic cities in the world, in which Marrakech ranked sixth.Gastronomy is one of the criteria that could tip the balance of travelers and tourists from one destination to another. In which cities do you eat the best? This is the question that the US website Thrillist attempted to answer. Thrillist, specialized in lifestyle, travel, and gastronomy, has established a ranking of the “18 best gastronomic cities in the world” (The World’s 18 Best Food Cities). The exclusive list includes Marrakech, Morocco’s main tourist destination and one of the world’s best tourist destinations.The Red City is, indeed, the sixth city in the world where you dine the best, according to Thrillist. “Marrakech is not famous just for its architecture, but also for its culinary art prepared in the kitchen”, according to the specialize website.The “mixture of flavors of Africa and the Middle East” seems to seduce the American site to the point of inviting every traveler to Morocco to try the gastronomy of the Red City.The full ranking of “the 18 best gastronomic cities in the world” is as follows:1-Bordeaux (France)2-Bologna (Italy)3-Mumbai (India)4-London, England)5-New York (USA)6-Marrakesh (Morocco)7-Cartagena (Colombia)8-Istanbul, Turkey)9-Tokyo (Japan)10-Barcelona (Spain)11-Hong Kong (China)12-Copenhagen (Denmark)13-Montreal (Canada)14-New Orleans (USA)15-Buenos Aires (Argentina)16-Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)17-Melbourne (Australia)18-Penang (Malaysia)© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

The scourge “is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace,” according to The World’s Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).“In all societies, to a greater or lesser degree, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class and culture. The low social and economic status of women can be both a cause and a consequence of this violence,” the report, whose release coincided with the first-ever UN World Statistics Day, notes.The publication also provides the latest data on the status of women in the areas of population, health, education, work, power and decision-making, environment and poverty.“This 2010 report finds overall progress in many areas, including school enrolment, health, as wells as economic participation, but it makes it very clear that much more needs to be done to close the gender gap in public life and to prevent many forms of violence against women,” Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, at the launch of the report in New York.Other highlights of the report include the fact that there are approximately 57 million more men than women in the world, with some regions having less numbers of men and others lower numbers of women. Europe in general has more women than men, while the ratio in China is 108 men per 100 women.“The trend of women marrying later and later continues throughout the world. This has obvious consequences for fertility which has declined globally to 2.5 births per woman,” said Mr. Sundaram. “But there are parts of the world where women marry early and bear more than five children on average. This has the effect of diminishing opportunities for women in education, employment and life chances,” he added.According to the new publication, in the realm of health, women are more likely than men to die from heart diseases globally. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 270,000 maternal deaths in 2005 – half of the world’s deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth – were recorded, despite increases in the proportion of women receiving prenatal care.Globally, the rate of girls of primary school age enrolled in school increased from 79 to 86 per cent between 1999 and 2007, with Central and Western African regions having the world’s lowest rates with less than 60 per cent of primary-school age girls enrolled.The report also notes that while more women between the ages of 25 and 54 are working in most regions as compared to 1990, women’s wages represent between 70 and 90 per cent of the wages of their male counterparts.Their participation in decision-making remains an area of concern, according to the report. In 2009, for example, only 14 women in the world held the positions of head of State or government, and out of the world’s 500 largest corporations, only 13 had female chief executive officers.The publication also shows that households with single mothers with young children are more likely to be poor than those of lone fathers with young children, and that existing laws limit women’s access to land and other property in most countries in Africa and roughly half of the countries in Asia.Srdjan Mrkic, head of DESA’s Social Statistics Section, noted that there have been improvements in the collection of data on the status of women around the world, but more needed to be done on that score.“In preparing the World’s Women 2010 report, we were hampered by the fact that adequate and comparable statistics in certain domains are not routinely available for many countries,” he told reporters at the publication’s launch.Also unveiled today was a UN Population Fund (UNFPA) report, entitled State of World Population 2010, which found that discrimination against women not only exposes them to the worst effects of disaster and war, but also deprives their countries of a prime engine for recovery, according to a new United Nations report launched today.“This year’s report is about the three Rs: resilience, renewal and redefining roles between boys and girls and men and women,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said at the official launch in London of the report, which uses stories of individuals affected by conflict or catastrophe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Liberia, the occupied Palestinian territory, Timor-Leste and Uganda to bring home its message.It shows how communities and civil society are healing old wounds and moving forward, while stressing how much more still needs to be done to ensure that women have access to services and have a voice in peace deals or reconstruction plans. 20 October 2010Violence against women remains widespread across the world, exacerbated by traditions and customary practices that determine the way women are treated in families, places of work and communities, according to a United Nations report unveiled today. read more

Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that showers will occur at times in the North, Eastern, North-central, Northwestern and Uva provinces today. The death toll from the bad weather rose to 45 by today, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today while 8 people are missing.According to the DMC, 3052 people are in evacuation centers across the island following the heavy rain, floods and landslides over the past 3-4 weeks. Monsoonal winds may strengthen up to 60 km/hr over the country and surrounding sea areas. Thundershowers will develop at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Mathara districts during the afternoon and night.

Mr Kulasekera and the local girl were then taken to the police station for questioning and remanded in the police custody.They were later released the same night.According to sources within the bank, the Sri Lankan was supposed to go to court on a given date but he did not turn up. Pan Oceanic Bank’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Suresh Amerasekera was asked on 14th December 2016 about the incident.He replied and confirmed the accident which also involved a girl who was correspondingly a staff of the bank. They hit a street light post located opposite the Honiara Casino, when travelling eastward to town in a black car owned by the bank – both were believed to be drunk. Solomon Star was tipped about the incident in early December 2016, where an inquiry was carried out thereafter. Sources have relayed the information and urged the police to investigate him after noticing that the investigation into the accident has vanished completely – where they think some fishy dealings might be the cause. Solomon Island Police have been urged to investigate a Sri Lankan, who was allegedly involved in an accident at the Mendana Avenue in Honiara on the night of Saturday October 29, 2016.The Sri Lankan Yugan Kulasekera who was in his mid-40s was the Information Technology (IT) Manager of the Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) and was drunk at the time of the accident, the Solomon Star reported. “We are aware that there was an accident involving a local staff member on holiday, outside normal working hours.“Bank will do whatever it takes to ensure the wellbeing of any staff member of the bank,” Mr Amerasekera stated in a reply emailto the Solomon Star.It was further stated that the incident occurred after the pair attended the crowning of the Miss Solomon Islands Pageant 2016-2017 at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino. Solomon Star was told that Mr Kulasekera left the country towards the end of November, seeking medical attention in Australia after falling ill after the accident.After over a month away from the country, he returned on January 18th 2017, a fortnight ago.When the Solomon Star contacted him to comment on the incident, he denied being involved in any accident. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Maxar Technologies Inc., the once-proud developer of the robotic arm used on U.S. space shuttles, hit a record low as the new year began where the old left off — with a continuation of bad news.The stock fell as much as 32 per cent Monday, the most intraday since October, after the company reported one of its imaging satellites, WorldView-4, failed, can’t collect images and “will likely not be recoverable.”A large chunk of the company’s near-term growth was dependent on WorldView-4, which will result in a loss of sales and potential earnings growth in 2019 and 2020, Raymond James analyst Steven Li wrote in a note. Meet the New York investor who’s making all the right calls in shorting Canadian stocks Space systems company Maxar sees shares crater on earnings miss Canadian space company makes $3 billion bet on satellite imagery market Maxar changed its named from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. and its head office from Vancouver to Westminster, Colorado, after it completed the purchase of DigitalGlobe Inc. in 2017. The $3.1 billion (US$2.3 billion) deal was supposed to give the company access to lucrative government customers.But the stock has lost about 81 per cent of its value since the deal closed on Oct. 5, 2017. Short seller Spruce Point said the stock as a “strong sell,” then the company missed third-quarter earnings and has faced cash flow issues, even after amending its credit agreement. Maxar is carrying total debt of US$3.1 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.The company’s business includes satellites, robotics, spacecraft systems, imagery and data and is perhaps best known for the space arm that was used on NASA space shuttles.Canadian investors were already selling the stock after the company recently concluded its incorporation to the U.S. and before the loss of the satellite, Li said. The company should see U.S. investors buying the stock, but that’s unlikely to happen right away to match the Canadian selling, he added.For Maxar then, it seems “when it rains, it pours,” according to Li.Bloomberg.com read more

MONTREAL — The U.S. arm of CGI Group Inc. has been awarded a six-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. government, worth a total of US$530 million.The contract builds on work that CGI Federal Inc. has already done to enhance the cybersecurity posture of agencies participating in a multi-year program overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.The latest contract was awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration.Montreal-based CGI Group says its U.S. subsidiary, based in Fairfax, Va., will create a centralized view of security risks at a group of agencies of the U.S. government.The contract is part of Homeland Security’s continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, which provides tools to identify cybersecurity risks on an ongoing basis and to identify which high-risk risks should be addressed first.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A) read more

first_imgThose deaths brought the number of murders in London so far this year, where the Metropolitan Police have publicly released details, to around 59.The most recent incident has not yet been classed as a suspected murder.It also comes after 11 homicides involving teenagers in London since the start of 2018. These include the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne-Blake earlier this month. The schoolgirl was shot dead on a residential street on Easter Monday.On the same evening, Amaan Shakoor, 16, became the youngest murder victim of the year so far when he was shot in an attack in Walthamstow.Eighteen-year-old Israel Ogunsola was stabbed to death in Hackney just days later. Officers are still in the process of informing the victim’s next of kin of Monday night’s stabbing and formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course. No arrests have been made. Crime scene in Chestnut Avenue, Forest Gate, east London, after the stabbingCredit:Vickie Flores/LNP  Crime scene in Chestnut Avenue, Forest Gate, east London, after the stabbing Police are investigating another fatal stabbing in the capital as a spate of violent crime continues.The victim – believed to be an 18-year-old man – was discovered with serious injuries in Forest Gate, east London, on Monday.Officers, paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance were called to Chestnut Avenue at about 10.50pm.The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene just over half-an-hour later.It follows the fatal stabbings of two people in separate domestic incidents in the capital on Sunday. 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.last_img read more

← Previous Story MKB Veszprem close to sign Carlos Ruesga! Next Story → Hapoel Rishon Lezion is the new Israeli handball Champion! Ferenc Ilyeshandball transfersPick Szeged Hungarian vice-champion Pick Szeged will make some changes as the biggest rival Veszprém a year before. The new coach, Juan Carlos Pastor brings García Parrondo, Niko Mindegía and Vladimir Vranjes from Spain. Club officialy announced signing of former Veszprem’s left back Ferenc Ilyés from Polish Wisla Plock. Wisla’s line player, Muhamed Toromanovic is also close to sign deal with Hungarian team.VIRAG FARKAS / D.P

first_img Image: Christophe Ena/PA Louvre reopens 24 hours after machete attack Investigators are examining a Twitter account that posted messages referencing Islamic State just before the attack. Share23 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017 By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3222553 9,843 Views THE LOUVRE REOPENED today, 24 hours after a soldier patrolling the museum shot a machete-wielding attacker, believed to be an Egyptian who entered the country on a tourist visa a week ago.The incident has thrust security and the terror threat back into the limelight three months before elections in France, with authorities saying it was a “terrorist” assault.The attacker, in a black t-shirt bearing a skull design and armed with two 16-inch machetes, lunged at four patrolling French soldiers while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”), Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference.One of the troops was struck on the head and another fell to the ground outside the famous Paris museum after the assailant attacked. The second soldier managed to open fire and hit the machete-wielder in the stomach.“The attacker fell to the ground, seriously wounded. He has been taken to hospital and is fighting for his life,” the prosecutor said.A source later said that the suspect’s condition had stabilised. Security forces said one soldier had suffered a minor head wound. Source: Christophe Ena/PAPolice held hundreds of tourists in secure areas of the world famous attraction after the assailant was shot five times around 10am in a public area near one of the museum’s entrances.‘Terrorist nature’The attacker, who is thought to be aged 29 and living in the United Arab Emirates, is believed to have entered France legally on a flight from Dubai on January 26, a source said.An Egyptian passport, thought to be the suspect’s, was found during a search of an apartment in an expensive district of Paris near the Champs-Elysees.Investigators are examining the Twitter account of an Egyptian man named Abdallah El Hamahmy after around a dozen messages were posted in Arabic between 9:27 am and 9:34 am, just minutes prior to the attack.“In the name of Allah… for our brothers in Syria and fighters across the world,” El Hamahmy wrote, before making reference to the Islamic State jihadist group in another tweet a minute later. Source: Christophe Ena/PAThe UAE government condemned the “hateful crime” and assured France of its “full solidarity”.As French authorities probed the attacker’s background, President Francois Hollande said that “there is little doubt as to the terrorist nature of this act,” an assessment echoed by Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.France was already reeling from a string of terror attacks over the last two years and the country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015.The economy, immigration and security are major issues for voters ahead of this year’s presidential and parliamentary elections forecast to confirm the country’s shift to the right after five years of Socialist rule.US President Donald Trump, commenting on the attack, warned Americans that they must “keep evil out of our country”.center_img Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 10:16 AM Short URL Image: Christophe Ena/PA Witnesses described scenes of panic as people fled the Louvre complex following the incident.“We heard gunshots. We didn’t know what it was about. Then we evacuated the employees and we left,” one man who works in a nearby restaurant told AFP.A female colleague said: “We saw death coming for us, with everything that’s happening at the moment. We were very, very scared.”- © AFP 2017.Read: Investigators believe Louvre attacker is an Egyptian tourist>Read: Indonesian women seeking to become IS suicide bombers> Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Feb 4th 2017, 10:16 AM 40 Comments last_img read more

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man was airlifted to the hospital after police said, he drove into a canal in Hialeah, Friday evening.Witnesses told police that a car stopped began rolling from a stop sign on West 56th Street and eventually went into a nearby canal.An off-duty Miami Police officer and two Hialeah Police officers dove into the canal and pulled the male victim to safety. He was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in “extremely critical condition,” Hialeah Police Officer Carl Zogby said.“Almost at the same time a City of Miami officer, I heard he didn’t hesitate,” said Zogby. “He jumped right in the water, found the driver. Two Hialeah officers jumped in after him; they were able to cut the seat belt and pull him out of the water, onto the bank of the canal and start CPR.”It is unknown why or how the man didn’t stop the vehicle from going into the canal.Four Hialeah Fire divers also went into the water but didn’t find anything.“He’s the only person in there,” Zogby said. “Right now we’re gonna fish the car out and see if we can find any evidence of what may have happened here.” Miami-Dade Police have been called out to assist in pulling the car out of the canal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAs of June 30, 2008, according to the filing, the Nielsen Company carries a total debt of $8.7 billion and has $403 million in cash balances. In April, Nielsen Business Media laid off several staffers as part of a previously announced restructuring effort. In June, the company sold four arts-related magazines to Aspire Media’s Interweave Press. The Nielsen Company, parent of Nielsen Business Media, reported first half revenue of $2.5 billion, up about 12 percent from $2.2 billion during the first half last year, according to its 10-Q report filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company posted a net loss of $67 million, down from $135 million during the same period last year.Second quarter revenues this year were $1.3 billion, up about 12 percent from the same period in 2007. Nielsen’s Business Media segment, which publishes Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter, among others, reported $253 million in revenue over the first half of 2008, down about 3 percent from $261 million during the same period last year. The Business Media segment accounts for roughly 10 percent of the company’s overall revenues. Nielsen’s other segments-Consumer Services and Media-accounted for 57 percent and 33 percent of overall revenue, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgIncisive Media announced plans this week to merge two of its legalpublications—the National Law Journal and Legal Times—into one title.The combined publication, which will operate under the National LawJournal brand and debut in May, will offer print and online nationallegal news and analysis. David Brown, editor and publisher of LegalTimes, will serve as editor-in-chief.According to Stephen Lincoln, national group publisher of IncisiveMedia’s legal division, there were two reasons for the merge. “With anew administration and topics like the economic stimulus package,there’s a tremendous amount of things going on D.C. that affect attorneysall over the country,” he said. “So we felt the change was verytimely. On the other hand, part of what made Legal Times so successfulwas its classified advertising section. But because of the economy andbecause classifieds have mostly gone online, things are not as great asthey were before.”Legal Times currently has a total circulation of 5,000, while theNational Law Journal has a total circ of 15,000. Lincoln saysthat the new publication will have a combined paid circulation ofapproximately 17,000. (Part of the Journal’s currentcirculation is non-paid controlled distribution and will be decreased.) In conjunction with the merger, the NLJ Web site will be redesigned and include the popular BLT Blog of LegalTimes Lincoln said that both brands will continue to have a separatepresence online, at least for now. “We’re going to maintain separateentities online for both Legal Times and the National Law Journal andsee how it works out,” he said. “We’re hoping to eventually take thebest aspects of each and incorporate them together.”According to Lincoln, NLJ.com averages of 429,000 page views per month, while LegalTimes.com gets about 463,000 page views.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University has declared Nazrul Hoda, Son of Md. Qamrul Hoda qualified in Doctor of Philosophy in Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy. He has worked on the topic “Women in Unorganizsed Retail Sector: A Study of Muslim Women in Hyderabad” under the supervision of Dr. Nageswara Rao, Asst. Professor, Al Beruni Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy.last_img

first_imgNallakunta: A 23-year-old woman went missing from her apartment in Nallakunta police station limits on Sunday. According to police, D Poornima, who is doing household works, went missing from evening hours. The incident came to light when her brother Ravi Teja returned home and did not find his sister there. Immediately, he informed about it to his father Srinivas who works as a watchman in an apartment in Nallakunta. They searched for her in the locality, made enquiries with friends and visited relatives houses, but could not trace her. Later they complained to police, suspecting the role of one Kiran who is a washing machine technician and resides in Malkajgiri. A case was registered and investigation is on.last_img

first_imgTribune Publishing Co, owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, said Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has invested $70.5 million in the company, becoming its second largest shareholder.Tribune also rejected Gannett Co Inc’s latest takeover offer of $15 per share, but said on Monday that it would allow Gannett, the publisher of USA Today, access to some confidential corporate information. Reuters first reported the news Sunday.Tribune’s shares closed down 15 percent on Monday.Soon-Shiong, through his fund Nant Capital LLC, will hold about 12.9 percent in Tribune and join the publisher’s board as vice chairman on June 2.Soon-Shiong, a South African-born surgeon, is part-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and a founder of two drug companies, which he sold for a total of $8.6 billion.Nant Capital has also entered into a standstill agreement with Tribune, limiting its ability to raise its stake in the publisher.Soon-Shiong is also chairman and chief executive of biotech company NantKWest Inc and is one of the highest paid chief executives in America. He took NantKWest public last June.TRIBUNE WANTS NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTWhile Tribune rejected Gannett’s latest takeover offer, it invited Gannett to agree to a “mutual non-disclosure agreement” to share information about a potential deal. The agreement, which has not been signed by either company, has become a source of contention.Gannett first said in a statement that the proposed non-disclosure agreement “would require Gannett to effectively cease any public proxy solicitation or other public pursuit of a transaction.”Tribune, in response, said that the agreement it offered does not prevent Gannett from continuing to pursue its withhold campaign or other proxy contests.Gannett responded by saying the agreement does not have a restriction against a proxy contest, but it does restrict public disclosures that could inhibit a proxy fight. It said Tribune is asking Gannett not to include references to discussions or negotiations in proxy statements or tender offer documents, and that its advisers are preparing a revised version.Last week, Gannett asked Tribune Publishing shareholders to withhold support for the latter’s eight nominees to the board of directors at its annual meeting June 2.Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services Inc recommended that Tribune shareholders vote for the nominated directors.Oaktree Capital Management LP, a major shareholder of Tribune, is also pushing for a deal with Gannett and urged the company to form an independent board to consider the proposal.last_img read more

first_imgAn idealized representation of the structure of NU-1000 based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Credit: (c) 2015 PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1514485112 Mechanically interlocked molecules have several features that make them ideal candidates for molecular switches. These interlocked molecules, known as rotaxanes or catenanes, typically involve two molecular components that have distinct orientations based on interactions between them. Scientists can control which orientation the interlocked molecules take using stimuli, such as electrochemical potential or light. Redox active interlocked molecules are compelling candidates for a molecular switch. However, in solution, these molecules are unpredictable, and when it comes to designing circuitry, controlling the molecular switch is vital. This is where MOFs can be helpful. MOFs are highly porous materials. Other molecules can be trapped within the pores, and these pores can be chemically tailored to select for certain molecules. A group of researchers from Northwestern University in collaboration with Intel Labs and King Abdulaziz University have successfully captured a redox-active rotaxane within the pores of a premade MOF via post-synthetic building block replacement. Their paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”As chemists, we have become proficient at manipulating molecular switches and rudimentary molecular machines in solution during the past quarter of a century,” said co-author Dr. Fraser Stoddart, “What we would really like to be able to do now is mount these switches inside porous solids in a rapid and changeable manner. This task has turned out to be easier said than done!”Previous research with mechanically interlocked molecules that are stabilized in a metal-organic framework involved building the MOF around the interlocked molecules in such a way that the “struts” of the MOF were also part of the interlocked molecule. There were several drawbacks to this process, including the need to optimize conditions so that a crystal would form, and in some cases, the molecules did not move, a necessary property for molecular switching. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Solid-state molecular switches using redox active molecules in a porous crystal (2015, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-solid-state-molecular-redox-molecules-porous.html (Phys.org)—A group of researchers have provided a proof-of-concept procedure for making a solid-state molecular-sized switch. They combined a mechanically interlocked molecule with a pre-synthetized metal-organic framework (MOF). Explore further McGonigal, et al. wanted to design a mechanically interlocked molecule that would fit within the pores of a pre-made MOF, rather than incorporate the molecule into the architecture of a novel MOF. They accomplished this by capturing a redox-active rotaxane within the pores of a zirconium-based MOF (NU-1000) post-synthetically using solvent-assisted ligand incorporation (SALI). Their model system provides a proof-of-concept.The first step in their procedure was to design the system. NU-1000 has hydroxyl groups that are oriented toward the center of a hexagonal channel. McGonigal, et al. realized that these hydroxyl groups could be displaced by carboxyl groups present in a rotaxane using solvent-assisted ligand incorporation (SALI). In this way, the carboxyl groups act as attachment points for the rotaxane. Their rotaxane needed to serve as a model system and work with their SALI procedure. They used a viologen-based molecule with a “stopper” on one end to ensure it becomes mechanically interlocked. Viologens are linear molecules comprised of two aromatic rings (pyridinium). This viologen was substituted with benzoic acid on one end to coordinate to the zirconium, and a benzene ring substituted with two tert-butyl groups to act as “stoppers.” Under reducing conditions, the viologen will complex with a tetracationic macrocycle containing two viologens as a result of radical-radical pairing interactions. The resulting semirotaxane was verified using spectroscopic methods.The newly formed mechanically interlocked molecule was then coaxed into the functionalized MOF. The semirotaxane diffuses through the channel of the MOF and is captured by coordinating to the Zr clusters. The t-butyl bulky end served as a “stopper.” Characterization studies verified that the semirotaxane was successfully incorporated into a post-synthetic MOF. The system was more stable than the semirotaxane in solution. Further, their studies indicated that the proportion of semirotaxane-to-MOF was not as expected. Rather than four semirotaxanes to one zirconium cluster, they observed a 1:1 ratio. Modeling showed that fewer dumbbells per channel allowed for packing in the channel without distorting the MOF architecture. Finally, electrochemical studies were done to confirm the switching behavior of the semirotaxane. McGonigal, et al. used electrophoretic deposition to deposit microcrystals of NU-1000 on conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide transparent electrodes. They then used their SALI procedure to obtain a thin film of the semirotaxane-MOF compound. Electrochemical studies confirmed that a large portion of the semirotaxane maintains its redox activity.According to Dr. Stoddart it was the simplicity of this this method that his group found appealing, “We make the molecular switches in solution, where we are already very comfortable with the chemistry, and then just mix them with some porous crystals. The switches insert themselves into the porous interiors of the crystals by means of some strong chemical bonds and that’s it! Switchable molecules slotted into crystals full of apace at the drop of a hat!” More information: “Electrochemically addressable trisradical rotaxanes organized within a metal-organic framework” PNAS DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1514485112AbstractThe organization of trisradical rotaxanes within the channels of a Zr6-based metal–organic framework (NU-1000) has been achieved postsynthetically by solvent-assisted ligand incorporation. Robust ZrIV–carboxylate bonds are forged between the Zr clusters of NU-1000 and carboxylic acid groups of rotaxane precursors (semirotaxanes) as part of this building block replacement strategy. Ultraviolet–visible–near-infrared (UV-Vis-NIR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies all confirm the capture of redox-active rotaxanes within the mesoscale hexagonal channels of NU-1000. Cyclic voltammetry measurements performed on electroactive thin films of the resulting material indicate that redox-active viologen subunits located on the rotaxane components can be accessed electrochemically in the solid state. In contradistinction to previous methods, this strategy for the incorporation of mechanically interlocked molecules within porous materials circumvents the need for de novo synthesis of a metal–organic framework, making it a particularly convenient approach for the design and creation of solid-state molecular switches and machines. The results presented here provide proof-of-concept for the application of postsynthetic transformations in the integration of dynamic molecular machines with robust porous frameworks. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. 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