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first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Dec. 7———TRUDEAU DEPARTS CHINA WITHOUT TRADE DEALPrime Minister Justin Trudeau departed China on Thursday without securing the start of free trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, but said Canadians need to lower their expectations about just how quick that will happen. Trudeau said differences need to be addressed on how Canada deals with China’s state-owned enterprises. He also said he is committed to standing up for Canadian values in a “respectful way,” including protecting the interests of Canadians behind bars. “Canadians should be under no illusions that a free trade deal with China will be easy,” Trudeau told reporters before returning to Canada after a four-day visit.———LIBERALS AIM TO DEMYSTIFY G7 SUMMITThe Liberal government wants to lift the mystery surrounding the G7 summit as it prepares to host the gathering next year, in hopes that Canadians will feel more included and less inclined to protest on the periphery. The efforts to open up the process includes Peter Boehm, the Canadian G7 summit sherpa, speaking at a public event tonight at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Heavy — and armed — security presence is a common sight on the edges of G7 summits, where the need to protect the leaders of powerful countries takes on added urgency due to crowds gathered for demonstrations, which have sometimes turned into violent clashes with police.———JUDGE GIVES LEGAL INSTRUCTIONS TO JURY IN BABCOCK TRIALThe judge presiding over the trial of two men charged in the slaying of a Toronto woman begins giving his legal instructions to the jury today. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Laura Babcock. The 23-year-old woman’s body has never been found.———ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE MAY PROVIDE NEW WEAPON AGAINST HACKERSArtificial intelligence is giving companies a new tool in the fight to keep hackers at bay. Previous to cybercrimes often looked for known hacking methods long after they occurred, but artificial intelligence techniques using machine learning can scan huge volumes of data to detect patterns of abnormal behaviour that are imperceptible to humans. Experts predict that machines will become so sophisticated that they’ll develop answers to questions that humans won’t clearly understand.———TORIES AND LIBERALS BATTLE IN B.C. BYELECTIONA federal byelection in a booming Vancouver suburb next week is expected to be a close race between the Conservatives and Liberals. Conservative MP Dianne Watts won in South Surrey-White Rock by just 1,400 votes over the Liberal candidate in 2015, while the NDP placed a distant third. The riding became vacant after Watts stepped down to run for the B.C. Liberals, an informal coalition of federal Conservatives and Liberals. The Liberal candidate is Gordie Hogg, a former White Rock mayor and member of B-C’s legislature. The Conservatives have put forward Kerry-Lynne Findlay, the former National Revenue Minister and Delta Richmond East MP.———NASTY FLU SEASON MAY BE IN THE OFFINGThe influenza season in Canada could be shaping up to be a potentially nasty one, with a mixed bag of viruses already circulating in much of the country, say infectious diseases experts. There are also concerns that this year’s flu shot may not be all that effective in preventing the respiratory illness. “There’s all kinds of speculation going on because of the experience in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control, referring in particular to Australia. “They had quite a substantial epidemic due to H3N2, so there’s a lot of speculation that that’s foreboding a severe season for us also.”last_img read more


Rabat – It’s official. Morocco’s football team will play Malawi in the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca, a qualifier game for CAN 2019. The two countries will play at 9 p.m. September 8 for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifiers, according to a statement by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF).Morocco will play against Comoros on October 10 and 13. The national team will then play against Cameroon on November 16 and a second game against Malawi on March 22, 2019. The Atlas Lions will also play a friendly game against Tunisia on November 20.Herve Renard, Morocco’s coach, is expected to soon release a list of 36 Atlas Lions who will take part in CAN 2019. Renard is already preparing his players for an intensive training.According to Al Mountakhab, the French coach and the players are currently staying in a hotel near Skhirat, a beach town south of Rabat. During the day, the footballers are training in an annex of the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat. The head coach of Morocco’s national football team will select most of the football players who participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, according to Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia.The newspaper added that Renard might call on some players who are part of the Moroccan league, including the stars of the Wydad club of Casablanca: Reda Tagnaouti, Mohamed Nahiri, and Ismail El Haddad. read more


TORONTO — Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) announced plans to expand its Tasiast mine in Mauritania and Round Mountain mine in Nevada at a combined cost of more than US$1 billion.The company says it will spend about US$590 million on Phase Two at its Tasiast mine as it works to increase mill capacity to 30,000 tonnes per day, up from 12,000 tpd, and cut costs.Initial construction is expected to start early next year, with commercial production expected in the third quarter of 2020.Meanwhile, Kinross says it expects to add 1.5 million ounces of gold to its plan at Round Mountain and extend the life of the mine by five years to 2024.The initial capital cost of the expansion project is forecast to be $230 million, plus $215 million in incremental non-sustaining capitalized stripping costs.Kinross noted that additional state and federal permitting for the project is required and is proceeding. read more


“The government will enforce installation of GPS on fishing boats to steer it clear of maritime boundaries of Gujarat,’ she added. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she held consultations with the top Sri Lankan leadership to resolve the issue of fishermen from Tamil Nadu, the ANI news agency reported.She said a meeting of ministers dealing with fisheries of both countries is being convened in May to evolve a mechanism to resolve the lingering issue. The fishermen are urging the government to secure the release of twenty seven Indian fishermen still languishing in Lankan jails after they were arrested by the Lankan Navy.The fishermen also want the government to take steps to secure the release of 71 fishing boats detained by Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Earlier, the fishermen in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry withdrew their strike demanding the immediate release of fellow fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan jails. read more


After more than two decades in provincial politics, Dalton McGuinty has left the house for the last time.Premier Kathleen Wynne was full of praise for her predecessor Wednesday, calling him an “unwavering political force “. But as the former Premier makes his retirement official, opposition parties say McGuinty is leaving a legacy of broken promises, and that he’s quitting politics under a cloud of scandal. But was it really that bad?. Scot Urquhart takes a look back at McGuinty’s decade in charge of Ontario.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09


During the operation by more than 30 UN “blue helmets” in Fataki, their base around 70 kilometres north of the city of Bunia, the patrol came under fire in the market place, the United Nations Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said. The unit returned fire and was able to capture one of the attackers, while the other suspected militia members escaped.The peacekeeper received a gunshot wound to the head and was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, where he was listed in a stable condition, it said.According to local reports, the militia was the Union of Congolese Patriots-Lubanga faction (UPC/L, Union des patriotes congolais, aile Thomas Lubanga), MONUC said.It noted that its operations in Ituri district had removed armed groups, giving as an example its operations in a region north-east of Bunia, in which a UN peacekeeping South African company, based in Gina, disarmed about 100 UPC/L members. read more


At the height of the epidemic late this summer, more than 42,000 infected people, and 702 deaths, had been recorded across eight countries – Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.”It is essential that we contain this outbreak in the sub-region and assist national health systems to eliminate the epidemic in order to prevent its becoming a chronic problem and spreading to neighbouring countries, including Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon”, said Hervé Ludovic de Lys, Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) regional office in West Africa.While the situation in several countries appears to have been brought under control, the sub-region as a whole continues to require increased epidemiological surveillance and prevention support, OCHA added.Many countries have seen the fatality rate of cholera decrease recently, yet the probability of renewed attacks is still high, particularly in Guinea-Bissau. There is also concern that the outbreaks could spread to other countries in Central Africa within the next few weeks.Cholera, an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, causes copious, painless, watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.Apart from significant human suffering, the disease disrupts social and economic structures and puts tremendous strain on already precarious national health systems. Seasonal factors, such as the rainy season, contribute to the disease’s spread.Cholera can be prevented, provided adequate controls are in place, but limited resources have hampered support for a more comprehensive and coherent approach at both the local and sub-regional levels.The $3.2 million appeal seeks to cover epidemiological surveillance and prevention for the next six months. It comprises $158,000 for the Gambia, nearly $1.7 million for Guinea-Bissau, $392,000 for Mali, nearly $228,000 for Mauritania, $238,000 for Sao Tome and Principe and $212,000 for Senegal. The rest will cover monitoring and coordination.Already this year, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), working with national and international health partners, provided support at the country and sub-regional level, including through strengthening surveillance activities, public information campaigns, pre-positioning of emergency treatment supplies and chlorination of water supplies. read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Detective details financial woes of Michael Jackson’s doctor during trial of negligence suit LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The doctor convicted of involuntarily killing Michael Jackson appeared to be on trial again Wednesday as a lawyer for Jackson’s mother tried to show the physician’s desperate financial situation drove him to extremes in his treatment of the superstar.Attorney Brian Panish, questioning a police detective, hammered away at the depths of debt that enveloped Conrad Murray when he agreed to give Jackson what he wanted — infusions of the powerful anesthetic propofol to make him sleep.The pop star offered Murray $150,000 a month to travel with him on his ill-fated “This Is It” concert tour. AEG Live LLC, the concert promoter, reluctantly agreed, according to testimony in the doctor’s criminal case by AEG executives.Panish used the testimony of police detective Orlando Martinez to suggest that if AEG had investigated Murray’s background, it would have found a man so encumbered by debt that he was not trustworthy.The testimony came during the trial of the negligence lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson claiming AEG didn’t properly investigate the doctor who gave her son a lethal dose of propofol. The company denies wrongdoing.Murray is not a party to the high-stakes court contest. He is serving a four-year prison term for involuntary manslaughter.AEG attorneys said they intend to call him as a witness. He remains in jail and is appealing his conviction.A coroner ruled that the 50-year-old star died of the overdose of propofol in his bed on June 25, 2009, while under Murray’s care. The drug was not intended for home use.Martinez, who was lead investigator on Jackson’s death, said he discovered that Murray faced student loans, home loans, child support obligations and credit card payments that were in arrears in 2009. Panish said the debts totalled nearly $1 million.Martinez said he found that Murray had eight children by seven different women and was supposed to be supporting all of them. He said the doctor was about to lose his home and his office in Las Vegas. Without his big payday from Jackson and AEG, he would have been in financial ruin, Martinez said, suggesting this caused him to disregard his medical oath.Martinez testified he found most of the debts against Murray in public records that would have been readily available to AEG.AEG denies it hired Murray, and it is likely to blame Jackson for insisting on having Murray as his doctor because of his dependence on propofol..Millions and possibly billions of dollars are at stake in the trial, which may last 90 court days.___AP Entertainment writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this story. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP by Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press Posted May 1, 2013 5:16 am MDT read more


Federal environmental review wraps up for revised gold-copper mine VANCOUVER – The company behind a proposal to develop a billion-dollar gold and copper mine in the British Columbia Interior lashed out at critics Friday in its parting words to a federal review panel, as well as the long process that has already seen the mine rejected once by the federal government.In a written argument filed ahead of the final day of hearings on Friday, the lawyer for Taseko said panel members have been misled about the mine proposed 550 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.“There is no doubt that a great deal of misinformation was the product of an organized campaign designed not to inform the panel’s decision, but calculated to stop the project from proceeding,” said the submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel that spent the previous five weeks holding hearings in surrounding communities.“Taseko believes that opponents to the mine in aboriginal communities have used culture and heritage inappropriately as a weapon by exaggerating the value of the areas that will be impacted by the mine and their use of those particular lands and resources for cultural purposes.”The company said they also have “fundamental concerns about fairness of process” because of repeated breaches of panel procedures.The company repeatedly criticized a previous federal environmental review panel whose report led the federal environment minister in 2010 to reject a previous plan to develop the deposit that would have destroyed a lake of significance to area First Nations.“Taseko did what it was asked to do by modifying the proposed project in very substantial ways to address the concerns identified by the previous panel, and despite the fact that Taseko believes that several of those concerns were not based on a proper application of the relevant criteria,” the company said in its parting words to the latest panel.The deposit is the 10th largest undeveloped gold-copper deposit in the world — at least nine million wedding rings’ worth — and for half a century since its discovery, it has remained buried among the pristine lakes and mountains of B.C.’s wild Chilcotin region.Estimates indicate 2.4 billion kilograms of copper and about 377,000 kilograms (13.3 million ounces) of gold are at the site. The company estimates the mine would generate 550 direct jobs and $340 million in gross domestic product annually.Opponents — including some First Nations groups, members of the public and groups including Amnesty International and Mining Watch Canada — said the risks for the environment, First Nations culture and wildlife outweigh the rewards.“The cultural impacts of the project alone are significant, immitigable and of tremendous consequence for the long-term mental and physical health of the Tsilhqot’in communities and the survival of the distinctive way of life that they have maintained through generations of resolute commitment and sacrifice,” the Tsilhqot’in National Government told the panel in its final submission.The plan to preserve Fish Lake — Teztan Biny to them —is unproven, they said.“This project cannot be ‘justified in the circumstances.’”Although First Nations have been the most vocal opponents, it’s not an issue of aboriginal versus non-aboriginal, said David Richardson, of the Fish Lake Alliance, in a statement filed with the panel ahead of final submissions on Friday.“We think many residents of the Cariboo have bought into a hollow promise of economic prosperity based on exaggerated rhetoric,” he wrote. “The group that would benefit most if this mine is developed would be distant shareholders and not local stakeholders.”The main issue remains the long-term survival of Fish Lake, which originally would have been drained for use as a tailings pond. Taseko said it can prevent contamination from groundwater seepage from a tailings pond now to be located several kilometres away.Submissions to the panel showed no small amount of support, from councils from the surrounding communities of Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and Quesnel to the area’s Liberal member of the provincial legislature.“Without an approval for Prosperity Mine, the future of the Cariboo-Chilcotin is bleak,” MLA Donna Barnett said in a letter filed with the panel.She noted the devastation wreaked by the mountain pine beetle on forestry, the crux of the local economy.“Lobbyists that oppose resource development are just that — lobbyists — who are opposed to everything,” Barnett wrote. by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2013 4:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 18, 2013 8:41 am MDT US builders break ground on most single-family homes in 6 months, seek most permits in 5 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to build even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains a driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates.Builders increased construction of single-family homes 7 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 628,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That’s the fastest rate since February. And they sought 627,000 permits for future single-family homes, 3 per cent more than July and the best pace since May 2008.Overall, builders broke ground last month on houses and apartments at an annual rate of 891,000. That’s up from a rate of 883,000 the previous month. The gain in single-family homes was offset by a decline in volatile demand for apartments.Total permits fell to a rate of 918,000 from 954,000 in July, also because of a decline in apartments.The longer-term trend is also positive: housing starts are 19 per cent higher than a year ago.The housing market has been recovering steadily over the past year, helped by lower mortgage rates and steady job growth. The gains have contributed to economic growth at a time when consumers and businesses have spent more cautiously.But mortgage rates have risen more than a full percentage point since early May. Some economists say higher rates may be starting to slow the recovery’s momentum. In July, new-home sales plummeted to the lowest level in nine months.Mortgage rates could rise even further if the Federal Reserve decides later Wednesday to slow its $85 billion a month bond purchase program. Most economists expect the Fed will announce that it will reduce its purchases by $10 billion. The bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low.The average fixed rate on a 30-year mortgage was 4.57 per cent last week. That’s near the highest level in two years. Still, rates remain low by historical standards. And most economists expect the housing recovery to withstand the increase in borrowing costs.Homebuilder confidence remained at its highest level in nearly eight years in September, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. But builders are starting to worry that sales may slow in the coming months if rates keep rising, the survey found.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics. read more


first_imgI understand the reasons why my family thought it best to send me away to school, but we all agree now that it wasn’t the right decision. Smyth spotted my vulnerability and was the man I latched on to. He was a regular guest evangelical speaker at the forum meetings that followed college chapel on Sunday mornings. Younger than most of the other speakers, he was about 5ft 10in, with sandy hair, an athletic physique and eyes that darted backwards and forwards: he would say something to you and use his eyes to imply something else – a joke or mild innuendo. When the beatings began, he even made oblique references or winked at us during group conversations with people who were unaware of his horrific actions. He was a renowned and brilliant barrister and involved in some of the most famous cases of the time. But somehow he always found time for our forum meetings and afterwards chatted with us boys over coffee.He’d also invite a few of us back to his house in Morestead, five miles away. Because he knew that I loved films, one of the things he first told me was that his house had featured in a remake of Brief Encounter. Channel 4 challenged John Smyth QC about the allegations this weekCredit:Channel 4 John Smyth QC in his younger days. John Smyth QC in his younger days.Credit: I was 14 when I started to regularly have lunch there with him, his wife, Anne, and their two children, then seven and five. We played “family” games in his garden, which – unusually for those days – had a pool. For a lonely teenager, who was away from home for weeks at a time and yearned for the normality of family life, it seemed like a safe, friendly haven.Gradually, Smyth became a father figure to me and the other boys he invited home. He carefully divided us into small groups and shared secret things, building up a circle of trust in which we all held responsibility – not just to him but also to each other. Looking back, it was like being invited into an exclusive adults club, and I fell hook, line and sinker for it.The beatings were Smyth’s big secret. It was in January 1977, when I reached 16, that Smyth first introduced the topic of being beaten by him. Quoting from the Bible – Hebrews in particular – he said it wasn’t enough to repent your sins; that they needed to be purged by beatings. I had to bleed for Jesus.He was particularly interested in the usual teenage stuff – masturbation, indecent thoughts, pornographic magazines … That got my attention immediately. I was a 16-year-old boy, after all, newly over the age of consent. Sex was what I thought about most of the time.But as I took my clothes off in that garden shed, I slowly realised that sex was not what Smyth had in mind. As soon as I was naked, he asked me to bend over, said a short prayer and then encouraged me to pray out loud while he removed a cane from the stack. I was stunned by how hard he hit me that first time and gasped with what little breath I had left. 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. I found it impossible to indicate to anyone, except for Smyth, that I was becoming overwhelmed. His reaction? He now he told me that I could handle 50-60 strokes too easily, that it was no longer an appropriate marker for true repentance. Some of my beatings now ran to hundreds of lashes. The bleeding and the scarring was becoming more and more difficult to hide. I withdrew from any sporting or social occasion when there was any chance of the marks showing. I became increasingly isolated within a busy university, spending days in my room and only emerging for lectures.Then, for my 21st birthday in 1982, Smyth promised me a “special beating”, by which he meant the most severe I had ever had. Given the severity of what had gone before, I was terrified. I might have been in my third year of university but I was still trapped in the thought processes of a young child, convinced that there was no escape, that I had resigned myself to a future in which these beatings would continue for the rest of my life.I did make one attempt to express my despair. One attempt to tell. As my 21st birthday approached, two weeks before the date for the beating, I sent anonymous letters to both Smyth himself and to David Fletcher of the Iwerne Trust, threatening to expose Smyth to the press unless the beatings stopped immediately. They were that short and direct. I hoped these letters would be my escape, but as I was told afterwards, although both letters were received and read, neither produced any result. Days passed. The beating drew closer. I resolved to kill myself. From the ages of 15 to 18, I also attended the Christian camps at Iwerne Minster in Dorset run by the Iwerne Trust, a Christian charity chaired by Smyth and where Justin Welby, the future Archbishop of Canterbury, worked as a young man and as an officer.  Last week, a Channel 4 documentary alleged that during Smyth’s time in charge, teenage boys were routinely subjected to sadistic beatings. However, in my case and to my knowledge, boys were never beaten there, only at Smyth’s house. I never saw anyone other than Smyth beat anyone.By 1980, and two years before my beatings stopped, I had become very uncomfortable at Iwerne Minster. My “antennae” for predators had become quite well developed through my school days and, to my mind, Iwerne Minster was an “unsafe” place. A holiday camp for boys but also, potentially, one for predators. I’ve often wondered why this aspect of the camps was more obvious to me than the terrible incorrectness that Smyth was exacting on us, something that concerns me still. Something that parents should think very carefully about today. Because, believe me, children, once abused, will find it almost impossible to tell their parents. I certainly did. I was too embarrassed, even the one time my father asked me directly about Smyth’s influence.I left Winchester at 18, but the beatings continued and now more severely than ever; the routine of seeing Smyth so regularly over four years (including two years of abuse) was a chain that I was beginning to appreciate was too tightly wound around me to allow an escape.  John Smyth QC, who ran Christian holiday camps attended by the Most Rev Justin Welby in the late Seventies, told church leaders he was addicted to sleeping tablets when he was accused of assaulting children.Here, one of his victims speaks out about he abuse he received. It was only after seeing Smyth on television in the past few days that I’ve really been able to think of him as an evil person for the first time That was the first of the 8,000 or so strokes he would make on my bared bottom over the next four years; each and every stroke delivered with the same extraordinary ferocity. After 10 strokes, I felt my skin burn. After 20, I felt blood trickling down from my buttocks to my legs. At 30, he stopped and embraced me from behind, leaning against my back, nuzzling his face against my neck and whispering how proud he was of me.I never felt or saw him have an erection and he never touched me sexually, although he, too, was often naked and groaning in spiritual ecstasy while doing the beating. He did the same thing, pretty much every time.It was not the conventional sexual abuse that people might imagine; it was something more complex. It often crossed my mind that in his upbringing in a religious sect, he was repeating an experience from his own childhood.At Winchester, there were about 12 boys being beaten by Smyth. Although we were all friends (and some best friends) we never talked about the beatings outside John’s presence. That says something about the power of his thrall and our own feelings of shame.He would beat us individually and in small groups. For the first year, the beatings were every six weeks – as a “kindness”, he said: it gave time for our skin to heal. Later, it was more frequently. Channel 4 challenged John Smyth QC about the allegations this week I’m too cynical to believe he will ever face justice, although I’d love to be proved wrong. Too many important people have too much to loseSmyth’s victim The physical scars of the abuse took about two years to completely leave my skin but the legacy of the abuse that I suffered at Smyth’s hands has stayed with me throughout adult life. Although for years I buried it quite successfully, and in time was married and had children – the family who have supported me to this very day – I slowly became aware in 2000, particularly New Year’s Eve, the Millennium, that the trauma was beginning to resurface.It might have been the wildness of the celebrations around me or because, at that time, business and family life were more stressful than usual, but I found myself being unable to cope with even the smallest, inconsequential problems. Just like I’d been in my teens and early twenties, I became secretive and withdrawn, my deteriorating mental state not helped at all by the news that Smyth had moved to Zimbabwe and set up Christian camps similar to those at Iwerne Minster. And that rumours of what went on there were similar.I’ve been treated in hospital for depression five times, once for two months. There have been other suicide attempts, too. All cries for help.  I’ve been on sleep medication for 15 years, and only in the past two years have found a therapist who has really started to help me identify the root of my trauma, that the child in me is often more prevalent than the adult.At my most distressed and unbalanced, in 2007, I hatched a plan to kill Smyth. I emailed him in Africa, and it became apparent from our brief email conversation that he was still visiting the UK. I had it in mind to meet up with him, lure him into a death trap. It was only my truly wonderful and resourceful wife, and the love of my children, that pulled me back from the brink. If that hadn’t happened, I’m convinced that both I and Smyth would have died.Only after the Channel 4 news reports were shown was I able to tell my story. I have been able to contact the police, and I now have the confidence to recognise that the cycle of my abuse is completing. That it had a beginning and is moving towards an end.It was only after seeing Smyth on television in the past few days that I’ve really been able to think of him as an evil person for the first time. But I’m too cynical to believe he will ever face justice, although I’d love to be proved wrong. Too many important people have too much to lose.As I said after the final news report in my silhouetted interview, I am hoping that those institutions who have known mine and other victims’ stories for so many years, but merely stepped back and observed, will now reconsider their responsibilities and act in the best interests of the victims, not themselves and their reputations.As for Smyth, only his God could give him the punishment he deserves. It’s taken most of my life to stop blaming myself for what happened, so I’ll make some time now to blame him instead. That may sound very unChristian.I was taught to forgive everyone, but I have not yet reached that place, not on account of what he did to me but for the many other lives that his actions – and those individuals who protected him – have affected: the other victims, their loved ones, their families and friends and all the good people in the institutions involved who have only ever behaved responsibly and who are now victims themselves.These are the last words I will ever speak publicly about this matter, because the truth is being revealed and I am being released back to my family. And to all the good things about “normal” life. As told to Peter Robertson Walking towards the small garden shed tucked away in the grounds of a lavish Hampshire mansion, I thought I knew what lay ahead.Today, as a middle-aged man of 56, I’m not particularly good-looking. But as a boy, I was considered “pretty”, and in the boarding-school world that I grew up in, that meant only one thing: being regularly molested by other boys at prep school and again at the public school in Hampshire, the school to which generations of my family had gone and my parents had a close connection.So I followed John Smyth to the shed, the man I’d met through the school’s then newly revitalised Christian Forum. A shed that also doubled as the changing room for his swimming pool. Inside, I saw the pile of canes in the corner, and I felt my heart thump in shock. “Please take off all your clothes,” he said calmly.People might wonder why, at this point, I didn’t just refuse or run away – I was, after all, 16. But my parents had sent me away to school at the age of seven and, over the years, I’d grown accustomed to not seeing them for up to six weeks at a time, and was already traumatised with loneliness and often desperately homesick; I was ready to latch on to any adult who showed me care and attention. last_img read more


first_imgPresident Barack Obama said today the crash of a Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine was a “terrible tragedy” and said US officials were trying to establish if any Americans were on board.“The world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia/Ukraine border. And it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,” Obama said, before going ahead with a previously scheduled event in Wilmington, Delaware.Obama said his first priority was to determine whether there were any US citizens aboard the crashed jet.“I have directed my national security team to stay in close contact with the Ukrainian government,” Obama said.“The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened and why.“And as a country, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home,” Obama said, before continuing with his remarks highlighting plans to revive America’s transportation infrastructure.Earlier, the White House said that reports that the Malaysia Airlines plane had crashed in eastern Ukraine had come through while Obama was on the phone with President Vladimir Putin, and that the Russian leader had noted them during their conversation.Meanwhile the British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: Source: David Cameron/Twitter Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down near the town of Shaktarsk, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said it may have been shot down.For more on Malaysian Airline’s MH17 crash click here>>>center_img I’m shocked and saddened by the Malaysian air disaster. Officials from across Whitehall are meeting to establish the facts.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) July 17, 2014last_img read more


first_imgFirefox 9 hit Mozilla’s servers yesterday, and now it’s rolling out as an automatic update for both desktop and mobile users. On your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer, you’ll be enjoying JavaScript performance that’s up to 30% faster. The new Android version, however, offers some more in-your-face improvements.The biggest change you’ll notice has to do with Firefox moving from Mozilla’s XUL interface to one built using Android’s native elements. That change has led to dramatically faster start-up times and reduced memory usage in Firefox 9 on Android.The new Firefox tablet interface has finally landed as well. As you may have seen before in looks at the nightly or beta builds, Firefox 9 introduces a thumbnailed tab strip along the left edge for quick switching between web pages. Mozilla has also introduced the Action Bar (at the far right of the Awesome Bar), which you can tap to access your downloads and add-ons. Action items allow you to share pages, save as PDF, and search for text in-page — just as tapping the menu button on your Android smartphone does while browsing with Firefox.There’s also a touch of Boot to Gecko at work in Firefox 9 for Android. Web developers can leverage a bit of direct access to smartphone or tablet hardware, as Mozilla has introduced camera access via HTML5 input fields. If you want to see the HTML5 camera input tag in action, head on over to the demo page Mozilla has posted. It’s a slick example of where things are headed, and it’ll allow web apps to let you do things like scan QR codes for input right inside your browser.More at Mozillalast_img read more


first_img Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 2:17 PM Image: Fianna Fáil By David Raleigh Short URL 21,657 Views Jun 7th 2017, 2:17 PM http://jrnl.ie/3431547 Share71 Tweet Email2 center_img ‘Pure mindless imbecility’: Memorial for Limerick politician stolen 24 hours before its unveiling Joe Crowley’s family condemned the theft as a “mindless act” of vandalism. THE FAMILY OF a Limerick politician who died last year has appealed for the return of a plaque stolen 24 hours before it was to be unveiled in his memory.The stone plaque in memory of Councillor Joe Crowley, which was erected at Westfield Park, North Circular Road, Limerick, was ripped out of the ground by vandals last Thursday night.The plaque was attached to a metal rod which had lain beneath a specially made memorial bench.Speaking today, Councillor Crowley’s daughter Vivienne who replaced her late father on Limerick city and county council, said: “It’s a mindless act of vandalism. You take these things personally, and I was so angry when I found out it was gone.We’ve dealt with worse things over the past year, but this has affected all of us as well as dad’s friends who had been looking forward to the official unveiling.Appealing for information, she said: “We would like to have it back. The bench is still there, and it is a lovely place to go and sit, especially in the summertime when the sun is shining.”Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin led tributes to Crowley, who had been Willie O’Dea’s director of marketing and communications, following his death in February last year.“I’m absolutely horrified by it. It’s sheer mindless vandalism,” O’Dea said today.Paying tribute to Crowley, O’Dea said: “Joe Crowley devoted his life to doing good for people and the community and he died at such a tragically young age.”O’Dea who, along with a group of other close friends of Crowley’s, helped organise the first memorial plaque said they would source another one.This was pure mindless imbecility, but its not going to deter us from organising another plaque. We will be back.Crowley, who worked with Sky TV, was first elected to the council in 2014 and performed the role of Deputy Mayor the same year.The father of three had spoken about issues with his health in 2015 when he was diagnosed with severe anaemia, and that he was returning to good health.Vivienne Crowley said: “My mum went down to look at it for the first time on the Thursday evening and the following morning it was gone.”It must have happened a Thursday night. It was mounted to a metal rod and the metal had been bent; it looked like it was forced out or kicked before the stone was removed.She added: “It won’t be of any value to anybody else. We don’t believe it was a personal attack, probably just somebody doing something silly.”Fianna Fáil Councillor Sean Lynch, a former detective garda, said those who stole the stone “should be caught and exposed, and apologise to the Crowley family”.“It’s the lowest of the low,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll be caught. Its ironic this happened to a plaque in memory of Joe, because he was such a great community person.”Appealing for information, Sergeant Ber Leetch, Crime Prevention Officer, Henry Street Garda Station, said: “It was forcibly removed from beneath a bench. It’s very sad but the bench and plaque were to be unveiled last Friday but of course the damage to the property prevented this.”“Gardai in Mayorstone are investigating this and want to hear any information that would assist them on 061-456981,” Sergeant Leetch added.Read: Major push to add more women to ballot in next general electionRead: Second man arrested in Ireland in connection with London attacker Councillor Joe Crowley Councillor Joe Crowley Image: Fianna Fáil 26 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img 6,778 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 12:04 PM The apartment block after the fire Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA ImagesA number of people were treated for smoke inhalation but no one was seriously injured. Short URL AN APARTMENT BLOCK in Belfast was evacuated overnight after a large fire.Eighty residents had to leave the building. The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 2.10am to attend a fire at 97 Great Victoria Street.Fifty-five firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze, which was brought under control. Apr 3rd 2019, 12:04 PM The apartment block after the fire Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA ImagesThe NIFRS said the cause of the fire is being treated as accidental. https://jrnl.ie/4574557 2 Comments 55 firefighters tackle overnight blaze at Belfast apartment block Eighty people had to leave the building. Share19 Tweet Email last_img read more


first_imgLégionellose : une femme hospitalisée dans un état grave à LimogesMardi, la préfecture et l’Agence régionale de santé du Limousin a annoncé qu’un cas de légionellose avait été déclaré en Haute-Vienne. Il s’agit d’une femme de 52 ans hospitalisée au CHU de Limoges dans un état grave. C’est un nouveau cas de légionellose que l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS) du Limousin a annoncé mardi. Au CHU de Limoges dans la Haute-Vienne, une femme de 52 ans a en effet été hospitalisée après avoir ressenti les premiers symptômes de la maladie entre le 20 et 24 août. Aujourd’hui, elle est en “réanimation dans un état grave”, a indiqué Jean Jaouen directeur de la santé publique de l’ARS cité par l’AFP.À lire aussiGrève des médecins : 70% des cliniques privées seraient touchéesLa légionellose est une infection bactérienne qui s’attrape par voies respiratoires. Le micro-organisme responsable, la légionelle, survit et se développe dans l’eau de condensation des systèmes de climatisation et dans l’eau chaude entre 37 et 50 degrés Celsius. Ainsi, en février dernier, un cas de légionellose avait été déclaré à Limoges où des légionelles avaient été retrouvées dans le réseau d’eau chaude approvisionnant les douches de la patinoire de la ville, rappelle l’AFP.Pas de contamination collective Toutefois, il s’agirait d’ici d’un cas isolé à comptabiliser parmi les dizaines de cas sporadiques observés chaque année, selon l’ARS. “S’il est grave, ce cas ne nécessite pas l’activation d’une cellule particulière par les services de l’Etat. Une contamination collective serait bien plus préoccupante”, a ainsi estimé Philippe Jallet, du cabinet du préfet. Le temps d’incubation maximum avoisinant les quatorze jours, “s’il y avait eu une contamination collective d’autres malades auraient été admis à l’hôpital”, a précisé Jean Jaouen. Néanmoins, l’ARS a décidé de mener une enquête dans l’environnement immédiat de la patiente afin de déterminer l’origine de la contamination qui reste pour l’instant inconnue. Chaque année, près de 2.000 cas de légionellose sont recensés en France, parmi lesquels 15% décèdent des suites de l’infection, selon l’AFP.  Le 31 août 2011 à 10:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_img Astronomers have found a third planet in the Kepler-47 system dubbed Kepler-47d, and according to a new study, it is about seven times larger than Earth.In the study, a team of astronomers used data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope to detect the new Neptune-to-Saturn size planet, which is orbiting between two previously discovered planets, Kepler-47b and Kepler-47c, said a San Diego State University (SDSU) press release. The team, which published their findings in the Astronomical Journal, revealed cool characteristics of Kepler-47d and how it can reveal more insights on the Kepler-47 system in space.#SDSU astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. See details of their research  https://t.co/IOiNmgxSZ8Video courtesy: NASA/JPL‑Caltech/T. Pyle pic.twitter.com/yNwzHxmWZp— San Diego State University (@SDSU) April 16, 2019“We certainly didn’t expect it to be the largest planet in the system,” William Welsh, an astronomer at San SDSU and co-author, said in the press release. “This was almost shocking.”The Kepler-47 system is approximately 3.5 billion-years-old and it’s 3,340 light-years from our planet, Space.com noted. One of the system’s stars resembles the sun, while the other star is much smaller and roughly one-third the mass of Earth’s sun.Back in 2012, Welsh and his team, announced the discovery of the two planets, Kepler-47b and Kepler-47c, circling the two stars. Both planets have two suns in their skies, which are similar to Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet in the Star Wars movies. These planets were detected by the “transit method,” meaning if the orbital plane of the planet is in a straight line, edged-on as seen from Earth, the planet can pass in front of the host stars, resulting in a decrease in the observed brightness. Kepler-47d was not found earlier because of weak transit signals.“We saw a hint of a third planet back in 2012, but with only one transit we needed more data to be sure,” said Jerome Orosz, SDSU astronomer and the paper’s lead author, in the press release. “With an additional transit, the planet’s orbital period could be determined, and we were then able to uncover more transits that were hidden in the noise in the earlier data.”The SDSU team was shocked at the size and location of Kepler-47d, and found that it’s the biggest of the three planets in the Kepler-47 system. Its equilibrium temperature is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considerable warmer than Kepler-47c (26 degrees Fahrenheit). Kepler-47d also takes 187 days to orbit around its sun.Astronomers discover third planet in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system https://t.co/61qwWM2KAo #Kepler #Kepler47d #neuco pic.twitter.com/2YHcHaJIq9— Ewan Lawrenson (@neucoEwan) April 16, 2019Now that they’ve located the new planet, astronomers can better understand how the Kepler-47 system operates.“This work builds on one of the Kepler’s most interesting discoveries: that systems of closely-packed, low-density planets are extremely common in our galaxy,” said University of California, Santa Cruz astronomer Jonathan Fortney, who was not part of the study. “Kepler-47 shows that whatever process forms these planets – an outcome that did not happen in our solar system – is common to single-star and circumbinary planetary systems.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s Cassini Reveals Disappearing Lakes on Saturn’s Titan MoonScientists Find Tiny Fragment of Comet Inside a MeteoriteSpaceX Loses Falcon Heavy’s Center Booster Due to Rough Seas NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgTottenham forward Lucas Moura has told the club fans they have yet to see the best of him as the Brazilian enjoys a blistering start to his career at North London.Moura scored in Tottenham’s 3-2 win away at Wolves, making it five goals in all competitions this season for the Brazilian.“We have to keep believing. It’s not impossible, we just need to believe we can do it and not give up,” Lucas told The Mirror.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I will certainly do everything I can. I feel like I’m playing well this season but I still don’t think the Tottenham fans have seen the best of me yet. I am very demanding of myself and I always want to improve.“I think there is still a way to go before you see the best Lucas Moura possible. But I’m working for it.”Tottenham’s next match is against PSV at Wembley in the Champions League on Tuesday night.last_img read more


first_img My husband and I are expecting our first child together this summer, and that means our friends and family have opinions about the kid’s safety. One of them actually said, “turn that death trap in immediately and get a Volvo, or something else SAFE.”Here’s my problem: Many (all?) of these articles appear to be written by people who don’t have a Model 3 as a daily driver. I do. So I’m going to break it down here and tell you what it’s like to actually drive one, and why I’m not getting rid of it anytime soon. I bought my car almost exactly a year ago, and when I first took possession of it, I was terrified of Enhanced Autopilot. Anecdotally, many of my friends who purchase their first Tesla also have this experience. It’s surreal and kind of scary to have this relatively high level of automation at your fingertips, particularly when you’re navigating the concrete jungles of Los Angeles. You’ve heard about our traffic, I’m sure. It took me a few months to find a happy place with Autopilot, where I didn’t feel annoyed by it and where I was confident working alongside it in my regular driving conditions: Stick to a single lane, try to avoid cruising in lanes with exits (earlier versions of Autopilot struggled a bit with them), and take full control of the car when I needed to exit the freeway quickly or change course for a junction. Enlarge ImageI’m not giving up my Model 3 anytime soon. Ashley Esqueda/Roadshow Then, Navigate on Autopilot came around, and I was excited to test it out. This is where everyone says the car is “dangerous” — automatic lane-change issues cutting off drivers in particular. I’ve been trying NoA since I got the software update, and I can confirm it’s not my favorite way to drive the Model 3; but, it’s not because it feels too aggressive. It doesn’t feel aggressive enough for Los Angeles.It’s not nearly as smooth as I’d prefer, and I generally leave it off. As always, Autopilot and its features are still in beta, and NoA in particular doesn’t quite feel ready for prime time, at least for my personal driving conditions. If I know I won’t hit traffic and have a clear ride ahead, NoA is a great feature. But it doesn’t start merging to change freeways until a mile beforehand — a ludicrously short distance in LA, where getting over from the HOV lane might take two to three miles in heavy traffic (especially when drivers don’t want to let you get over in front of them, which we’ve all experienced). Crowded freeways and a computer trying to figure out how much space it has to merge? It’s clunky. And it sure can be dangerous — just like a new driver might be dangerous, or an older driver who can’t stop pumping the brakes when using an overabundance of caution. But the difference between those examples and Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot is that only one of them allows for an experienced driver to take over immediately, change their settings to help adjust their own preferences, and generally have options to be a safer driver while driving. Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: Auto Tech Electric Cars Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 4:22 ‘Unboxing’ my Tesla Model 3 Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google Tesla More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Hi, internet. Usually I don’t do things like this, but today, I’m making an exception. Recently, there has been a kerfuffle online about how the Tesla Model 3 is “dangerous.” It changes lanes unsafely! It cuts off drivers like a rich guy in a BMW running late for a pitch meeting with a very important client! I’m here to tell you, dear reader, that these claims are ridiculously overwrought. And this week, after fielding multiple emails and texts from family begging me to reconsider my Model 3 purchase, I’ve had it. center_img The TL;DR:Autopilot, particularly Navigate on Autopilot, is in beta, and people should not treat it or expect it as anything more than a helpful hands-on assistant if they own a Tesla.Human drivers who don’t pay attention or drive like assholes (speeding up when my turn signal goes on to try to keep me from merging, for example) are also a major factor in why Autopilot isn’t as safe as it could be.People without experience driving a Tesla regularly tend to write these articles, which inevitably go out to more non-Tesla drivers than owners, often making them unfairly fearful of a pretty impressive bit of technology.Specific state laws (e.g. right-side passing, etc.) will be incredibly difficult for Tesla to address quickly and are definitely something to keep an eye on, but it’s also on the driver of the car to be aware of that and adjust their Autopilot habits accordingly.Oh, and one last thing: I’m not getting rid of my car. Sorry not sorry, fam.  Tesla 50 Photos Share your voice 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Comments 26 8:52 Tesla Model 3 Performance lives up to its name, but still… Tagslast_img read more


first_imgBrent Sass races to a first-place finish at the 2015 Yukon Quest. (Photo: Emily Russell/KNOM)In one month, mushers will set off from Fairbanks for the start of the 2016 Yukon Quest. At the final deadline on Monday, 25 mushers had registered for the 1,000-mile international race to Whitehorse.The roster includes three past winners: Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Hugh Neff of Tok, and the 2015 champion, Brent Sass of Eureka.They’ll be competing against 11 rookies and 11 other veteran mushers, including last year’s third-place finisher, Ed Hopkins of 10 Mile, Yukon. Of the 25 competitors, 12 come from Alaska.The 2016 purse is set at $115,000, and the race will once again include a 36-hour layover in Dawson City. Last year, the mandatory stop was set at just 24 hours, but feedback from mushers, vets, and race officials led organizers to reinstate the 36-hour layover.The 2016 Yukon Quest will start Saturday, Feb. 6 in Fairbanks — as will the shorter Yukon Quest 300. The roster for that 300-mile race includes Iditarod mushers Aliy Zirkle and Jason Mackey.last_img read more