Jurors in Laura Babcocks trial never heard of Tim Bosmas murder

first_imgTORONTO – Jurors deciding the fate of two men accused of murdering Laura Babcock and burning her body were never told that human remains were found in an animal incinerator belonging to one of the accused months after the Toronto woman vanished.Those remains belonged to a 32-year-old man killed in May 2013 while trying to sell his pickup truck. The incinerator — called the Eliminator — was found on Dellen Millard’s farm near Waterloo, Ont.The Crown alleges that about 10 months before Millard and his friend Mark Smich incinerated Tim Bosma’s body, they killed 23-year-old Babcock, who had become the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend, and burned her remains in the Eliminator.Jurors in the Babcock murder trial, however, never heard about Bosma, or that Millard and Smich were convicted of first-degree murder in the death of the Ancaster, Ont., man.Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Babcock, whose body has not been found.The two cases were vastly different, Justice Michael Code ruled before the Babcock trial got underway, and including Bosma’s murder in the Babcock trial would be too prejudicial to the accused.“It will be very difficult for the jury to objectively and dispassionately weigh the evidence relating to the Babcock case in these circumstances,” Code wrote in his ruling.Crown attorney Jill Cameron argued in court when the jury wasn’t present that the Bosma murder was relevant to the Babcock case. She said evidence from that trial would prove that Babcock was in fact murdered and to rebut Millard’s claim that she had innocently disappeared. Court heard that Babcock suffered from mental health issues, but was actively seeking treatment, sometimes spoke of suicide and was living a transient lifestyle, bouncing from homes and working as an escort.Bosma’s death, the Crown argued, would also help prove planning and deliberation, as well as refute any possible defence about innocent uses of the incinerator to dispose of animal carcasses or to burn metal and garbage.The judge said he was partially swayed by the Crown’s argument.“The fact that the two accused used the very same incinerator some ten months later to dispose of Tim Bosma’s remains, after he had been murdered, is a distinctive and unusual use of the incinerator, he wrote. “It legitimately helps to infer that Ms. Babcock is likely deceased and that her remains were likely disposed of in the same manner.”However, the judge said the Crown already had significant evidence that Babcock was dead and her remains burned in the incinerator.Cameron, however, didn’t give up.On the last day of the prosecution’s case — and in the absence of the jury — she delivered an impassioned argument in a last-ditch effort to convince the judge to allow her to present the facts of Bosma’s murder to the jury.She outlined a few facts for Code: On July 5, 2012, The Eliminator arrived at Millard’s aircraft hangar in Waterloo, Ont. His mechanic sent him a photo of the massive machine, which Millard dubbed “the BBQ.”Shortly thereafter, Millard texted Smich: “‘The BBQ is the last piece of the 3500 puzzle,’ referring to the Dodge truck Millard wanted,” Cameron said to the judge.“What does the incinerator have to do with a theft of a truck if not to burn its owner?” Cameron told the judge.“These two also burned another human being in that incinerator. That is a fact. And that makes it more likely that they burned Laura Babcock in that incinerator. Not a deer, not a pet, not a farm animal, not garbage — Miss Babcock’s body.”At this point, Babcock’s mother, Linda, broke down and cried softly. Court staff rushed to get her tissues. Babcock’s father, Clayton, put his arm around his wife.Cameron argued that Millard was using the judge’s pretrial ruling on the Bosma evidence as a shield. She wanted to rebut Millard’s evidence that the incinerator was only used for innocuous purposes.“Innocent use is a joke, it’s a lie,” Cameron said.“It’s a difficult thing to conceive for 12 ordinary people that somebody could be so depraved to burn a human being in an incinerator. It’s such a leap without the DNA, without the bones, just a poor resolution photo. That’s my concern. It’s a huge decision to get 12 people to believe that happened.”“I agree, it’s quite an extraordinary set of facts,” Code replied, but still ruled all the Bosma evidence out.Earlier in the trial while waiting for the jury to return, the judge brought Bosma’s name up unprompted.“You should tell the Bosmas that the Babcocks will need their support when the jury goes out,” Code said to the Crown. “That’s important.”Babcock’s parents sat in the first row and smiled.last_img read more

Pharrell Williams Hat Goes Under The Hammer For Charity

first_imgPharrell Williams caused quite a stir with the Vivienne Westwood hat he wore to this year’s Grammy Awards, and now the star has put his unique headwear up for auction to benefit charity.Pharrell Williams and his Vivienne Westwood hatAll proceeds benefit From One Hand to Another whose mission is to help change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential and empower them to nurture curiosity by learning through new technologies, arts, media and motivation! Find out more here.Be quick – this auction ends on March 2. You can access the auction via eBay.last_img read more

More Than 111 Million Pledged Following Stand Up To Cancer Telecast

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C) has announced more than $111 million has been pledged collectively so far in connection with the star-studded Sept. 9 “roadblock” fundraising telecast in the United States and Canada.The funds pledged toward the SU2C scientific model will be directed to collaborative research utilizing SU2C’s scientific oversight in both the United States and Canada.“Having more than 60 broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms donate the time to air the show was record-breaking for SU2C,” said Lisa Paulsen, chief executive officer of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and a member of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors. Stand Up To Cancer is a division of EIF, a 501c3 non-profit organization. “That support enables us to make the public aware that lives are being saved by Stand Up To Cancer research, and we are profoundly grateful for it.”The live telecast from The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, aired simultaneously over more than 60 broadcast and cable networks and streaming services across the United States and Canada. The show featured a stellar cast of celebrated figures from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports, and science, as well several cancer survivors who have benefited from SU2C-supported research.In the U.S., SU2C is still gratefully accepting donations at www.su2c.org and at 1-888-90-STAND (78263). The telecast is available at www.su2cshow.org.The broadcast was executive-produced by Bradley Cooper, Academy Award-nominated actor and founder of the Bradley Charles Cooper Foundation, along with the award-winning event producers Done + Dusted in collaboration with SU2C’s production team.“Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to accelerate cancer research may one day mean that virtually all cancer patients can become cancer survivors,” said Executive Producer Bradley Cooper, who lost his father, Charles Cooper, to lung cancer in 2011. “SU2C’s dedication to supporting patients and families through science and innovation is close to my heart. I am proud to join forces with Stand Up To Cancer to help achieve this vision and to be part of a movement dedicated to bringing lifesaving treatments to patients around the world.”ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with American Forces Network, ASPiRE, AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Life, E! Entertainment, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FM, FS2, Fusion, FXM, Great American Country, HBO, HLN, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, National Geographic, Pivot, RLTV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, TBS, Tr3s, VH1, and WGN America, all donated one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast. For the first time, a Spanish-language version of the Stand Up To Cancer telecast aired nationally on Galavision, HBO Latino, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL and Univision Deportes, and locally on Univision Puerto Rico. In addition, the show was streamed live on SU2C’s Facebook page, Yahoo, SU2C’s YouTube channel, MLB.com, and in Spanish on Univision.com. The entire telecast is now available to stream on Hulu.The 2016 telecast also aired on all four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, City, CTV, and Global. Additionally, Canadian services AMI, Bloomberg TV Canada, Blue Ant Media, CHCH, CHEK, Fight Network, Hollywood Suite, Joytv, NTV, and TLN Television also aired the telecast, and it is available on-demand on shomi and TELUS Optik TV in Canada.In addition to Cooper, other celebrities who appeared on the telecast include SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric and Alison Sweeney, Allison Williams, Anna Kendrick, Ben Affleck, Ben Feldman, Bree Turner, Brenda Song, Brittany Daniel, Charlie Wilson, Chris Evans, Clayne Crawford, Colton Dunn, Danielle Campbell, Dave Franco, Dennis Haysbert, Dulé Hill, Ed Helms, Emma Stone, Eric Stonestreet, Eva Longoria, Geneva Carr, Greg Grunberg, Jacob Soboroff, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jillian Michaels, Joel McKinnon Miller, Jon Hamm, Jordana Brewster, Josh Gad, Jussie Smollett, Karla Souza, Katherine Heigl, Kathy Bates, Keesha Sharp, Ken Jeong, Kevin Hart, Klay Thompson, Kristen Wiig, Laverne Cox, Lena Dunham, Marcia Cross, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey, Mayim Bialik, Mel B, Melanie Collins, Odette Annable, Rachel Platten, Rita Wilson, Rob Lowe, Rob Riggle, Robert Patrick, Ryan Destiny, Shannen Doherty, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Viola Davis, Will Arnett, William Shatner, and Zach Galifianakis.Social Media personalities Andrea Russett, Brandon Armstrong, Brittani Louise Taylor, Gemma Stafford, Grace Helbig, Harry Hudson, Joey Graceffa, Justine Ezarik, and My Nguyen, along with entertainment and sports celebrities, interacted with viewers via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as on the phone during the show from a backstage center called “The Hub.” Facebook and YouTube streamed the entire telecast live. All the activity in The Hub was captured via a Facebook Live stream hosted by MSNBC Correspondent Jacob Soboroff. YouTube captured an impressive list of celebrities’ #Reasons2StandUp from the Green Room. Snapchat extended the event’s reach with a national geofilter and live story capturing the red carpet and phone bank calls. Twitter showcased the camaraderie between and support of the celebrities on a dedicated feed using the #SU2C. The @instagram account featured a special Instagram story following patient Mitch Carbon’s experience on and backstage in a live social documentary.Musical performances during the show included Keith Urban with Little Big Town and Dierks Bentley covering David Bowie’s “Heroes” from the Academy of Country Music Honors, and songs performed by Alessia Cara, Charlie Puth and Gallant. Canadian superstar Celine Dion closed the show with a moving rendition of “Recovering,” a song given to her by Pink about rebounding from loss, which she dedicated to her husband, father and brother, all of whom died of cancer.“We are so grateful to Bradley Cooper, one of our executive producers, and to the incredible array of people who contributed their time and talent to make the show a huge success,” said Sherry Lansing, chair of the board of EIF, a member of the SU2C CFA, and founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation. “Hollywood has a heart, and the participation of so many wonderful performers proves it.”The show helps fund SU2C’s groundbreaking approach to translational research, accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across various institutions to work collaboratively. One hundred percent of the donations received from the general public go directly to cancer research programs.“It’s an honor to work with so many well-respected entertainment industry leaders to raise awareness and funding for this important cause,” said Hamish Hamilton, executive producer at Done + Dusted and director of the telecast. “We are grateful for the opportunity to produce the telecast and join the SU2C movement.”During the telecast, SU2C Co-Founder Katie Couric announced plans for a new SU2C Dream Team focused on colorectal cancer, adding to the 19 existing Dream Teams that cover more than 80 percent of cancer cases in the United States and Canada. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. in men and women combined. The organization is also announcing two new Interception Dream Teams focused on cancers of the lung and pancreas. In coming months, Stand Up To Cancer, with support from its scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), will issue a new “Call for Ideas” to the scientific community seeking collaborative teams offering approaches in these three areas.The broadcast also included inspiring stories of cancer patients who have benefited from research supported by SU2C. “It’s inspiring to share the stories of people who now lead full lives after a cancer diagnosis because of treatments available through advancements made by SU2C research,” said SU2C CFA Member Katie Couric. “We’re incredibly grateful to each and every person who contributes to this effort. When we all stand together, cancer doesn’t stand a chance.”The three patients who appeared live on the show include:• Mitch Carbon, 18, of Spokane, Washington, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia five years ago. He was treated but relapsed twice and had few treatment options. By watching the 2014 SU2C telecast, his parents learned of a new treatment pioneered at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with the support of the SU2C-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Dream Team. They took him to Philadelphia for the new treatment, which uses the body’s immune system to fight cancer, and he is now one year cancer-free.• Woods Brown, 75, of Evart, Michigan, was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and received surgery and radiation, but the cancer continued to spread. He enrolled in a clinical trial at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center that was investigating a new treatment supported by the SU2C- Prostate Cancer Foundation Prostate Cancer Dream Team on precision medicine. Brown is now considered cancer-free.• Trina Taylor Isaac, 43, of Baltimore, was treated for colorectal cancer with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but her cancer returned. She joined a clinical trial supported by the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) – SU2C Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team that is investigating drugs that can reverse the cancer’s resistance to chemotherapy. She has seen nearly all of her tumors disappear.Leading up to the live telecast, SU2C invited supporters to share photos or videos depicting each contributor’s personal reasons to stand up. Using the hashtag #Reasons2StandUp, the social media campaign has generated thousands of posts from people who are standing up for a friend, family member, or who have personal experience with the disease. The telecast also featured pre-recorded messages from numerous celebrities who shared their reasons to stand up.“We were thrilled with the way our celebrity ambassadors were able to connect with supporters through the #Reasons2StandUp campaign,” said Pamela Oas Williams, a member of SU2C’s Council of Founders and Advisors. “As the response to our social media campaign demonstrates, when such public figures reveal their personal reasons to support SU2C, it inspires their fans to become supporters, as well.”Both #SU2C and #StandUpToCancer trended on Twitter throughout the U.S. and Canada during the broadcast.“We believe that each and every one of us can make a difference in the fight against cancer, from individuals to foundations, philanthropists, and corporations,” said SU2C CFA Member and Robertson Schwartz Agency Co-Founder Rusty Robertson. “In addition to all the individuals who dug deep into their pockets to donate during the telecast, we are profoundly thankful to the major donors who committed to supporting SU2C’s research.”“From emboldening the brave survivors among us who continue to fight cancer, to showcasing the tremendous success of SU2C’s work through the stories of patients who have benefited from research, our program honored the spectrum of individuals impacted by cancer on a daily basis. These results are not only tangible, but they also lay the ground work for future breakthroughs in the years to come,” said SU2C CFA member Ellen Ziffren.Every day, cancer kills 1,800 people in the United States and Canada—more than one person every minute. SU2C was founded on the belief that the fight against cancer is at a tipping point—a pivotal juncture where transformative progress in cancer research is finally possible because of two trends: breakthroughs made in the understanding of the basic science of cancer, and technological advances that enable these breakthroughs to be translated into new treatments. Today’s cancer researchers need additional funding to fulfill the promise of life-saving discoveries, and Stand Up To Cancer engages the public to support their work.SU2C is a major force in the development of innovative and more effective cancer treatments such as immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. SU2C is supporting advancements in immunotherapy treatments for leukemia, melanoma, and cancers of the pancreas, head and neck, lung, and ovary. SU2C also supports development of precision therapies tailored to the patient’s specific genetic and molecular makeup in prostate and colorectal cancers and melanoma, among others; new technology to accelerate research; early detection of colorectal cancer; prevention of ovarian cancer; and groundbreaking work on cancer stem cells and the epigenetics (processes that control so-called “packaging” of DNA) of cancer, among other new fields.With this telecast, since launching in 2008, more than $481 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s innovative model of collaborative cancer research. Stand Up To Cancer has brought together more than 1,200 of the leading research scientists from more than 140 leading institutions in seven countries to fund 19 Dream Teams, and six translational research teams. SU2C has also funded 36 early-career, innovative scientists carrying out high-risk projects with the potential to yield high rewards. The research is aimed at ending cancer’s reign as a leading cause of death worldwide. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 160 clinical trials involving over 9,000 patients. Work by SU2C-supported researchers has led to FDA approval of two new treatments.“We are deeply grateful that our donors continue to support and embrace SU2C’s innovative model of research, which fosters collaboration across institutional lines and encourages researchers from different disciplines to work side-by-side,” said Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO of SU2C. “We’re proud of the meaningful advances our Dream Teams have made because of this sustained investment in our vision.”As SU2C’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has provided both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer grassroots movement by encouraging fans to get involved. In addition to MLB, SU2C’s “Visionary” donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Genentech, a member of the Roche Group; Mastercard; and The Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, American Cancer Society, CVS Health, Fifth Third Bank, The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, Merck, and Rally Health. Other key supporters and collaborators include Cancer Research Institute, Cancer Research UK, Dutch Cancer Society, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, The Laura Ziskin Family Trust, Lilly Oncology, Melanoma Research Alliance, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, The Parker Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Van Andel Research Institute, and Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Stand Up To Cancer welcomes new supporters, the American Lung Association and Lungevity.Collaborators providing multi-year support for SU2C Canada research through the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada initiative include: Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF), with support from CIBC; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Cancer Stem Cell Consortium; Genome Canada; and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. AstraZeneca Canada and MasterCard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.“The 1200+ scientists who conduct Stand Up’s research, the members of our Scientific Advisory Committee who guide that work, and the American Association for Cancer Research team that oversees the grants – they are our heroes. We were delighted to showcase how what they’re doing benefits people struggling with cancer through this telecast,” said SU2C CFA Member and Robertson Schwartz Agency Co-Founder Sue Schwartz.last_img read more

Cannabis legalization voted Canadian Presss Business Story of the Year

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s trailblazing move to legalize cannabis for recreational use, which sparked an entirely new industry and had wide-ranging implications for nearly every facet of society, has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year.The term “disruption” in business has become so overused that it has become an empty cliche, but it is warranted in the case of pot legalization, said Andrew Meeson, deputy business editor at the Toronto Star.“It’s hard to think of an area in Canada that hasn’t been shaken up: not just commerce (from criminal act to booming startup to takeover target in the blink of an eye), but also policing, health care, justice, politics. Even culture (just ask Tommy Chong),” he said.“If that doesn’t make it the business story of the year, I don’t know what would.”In an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide, with 60 per cent of the votes cast.The terse negotiations between Canada, U.S. and Mexico towards a new North American Free Trade Agreement was a distant second with 30 per cent of votes.Canada’s pipeline conundrum, with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now in limbo after a court overturned its regulatory approval in August and a U.S. court throwing out the Keystone XL pipeline’s presidential permit in November, came in third out of eight possible candidates with 10 per cent of the vote.“Pipelines would have won, hands down if it weren’t for the creation of an entirely new industry in Canada,” said David Blair, a business columnist with CBC Radio. “Rarely, if ever, do journalists get to cover the opening of a new market, especially one that is as controversial as cannabis.”The world was watching when the country made history with the first legal sale of non-medicinal pot just after midnight on Oct. 17 in Newfoundland and Labrador, due to its time zone being 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Canada.It marked the beginning of what the New York Times dubbed Canada’s “national experiment,” and the culmination of months, if not years, of preparation by legislators and law enforcement officials at all levels and in each province, territory, and municipality.While Oct. 17 represented an extension from the initial target set for July, and licensed producers ramped up production in the lead-up, long lines of customers were met with widespread product shortages online and in the relatively few bricks-and-mortar stores that were ready on day one.Still, many Canadians were simply elated to be able to buy government-sanctioned pot after nearly 100 years of prohibition.“My new dealer is the prime minister!” said Canadian fiddler and pop star Ashley MacIsaac, who in 2001 had been arrested for possession in Saskatchewan.But cannabis mania had been bubbling for months before legalization, with retail investors rushing to invest in the latest pot company to list its stock. Cannabis company valuations in the lead up to Oct. 17 soared and some of the banks’ online direct investment platforms were bombarded with unprecedented trading volumes.At one point producer Tilray Inc.’s stock on the Nasdaq exchange in September hit a peak of US$300, giving the Nanaimo, B.C.-company a market value higher than established Canadian conglomerates such as Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc.Pot will be cited for years to come as many Canadians’ first experiences with investing, said Pete Evans, senior business writer for CBC News.“Cannabis mania deserves some credit — and maybe blame — for ushering an entire new generation of primarily young people into making their first stock market investments ever,” he said.A flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the sector, even before legalization, fuelled investor interest as well.Aurora Cannabis Inc. was on an acquisition spree this year, buying rival CanniMed Therapeutics for $1.1 billion after a terse takeover battle and later MedReleaf for $3.2 billion.Alcohol giant Constellation Brands in August announced it was upping its investment in pot producer Canopy Growth Corp. — in the largest strategic investment in the pot space to date — to increase its ownership stake to 38 per cent. The Corona beer-producer also received warrants that, if exercised, would up its stake to more than 50 per cent.And earlier this month, Big Tobacco came calling, as the number of countries that legalized cannabis for medical use continues to grow.Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said it planned to invest $2.4 billion in pot producer Cronos Group Inc. for 45-per-cent ownership, with an option to increase that stake in the future.The Altria-Cronos deal gave the overall sector a slight lift, but pot stocks have largely come off their highs after legalization as reality set in and concerns mounted about lofty valuations.Canadian marijuana companies have found themselves in the crosshairs of short-sellers, as well.Aphria Inc. earlier this month saw its stock value more than cut in half over three days after two short-sellers targeted the Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer with a raft of allegations, including that its recent international acquisitions were “largely worthless.” Aphria has called the allegations “inaccurate and misleading” and is confident in the deal in question, but has appointed an independent committee to review their claims.Meanwhile, recreational pot supply shortages continue to linger. Several cannabis producers in part blamed supply chain issues for contributing to the shortage and have said they are aiming to increase their production, but it will likely take more time fresh product to hit the market.Quebec’s cannabis corporation stores continue to be closed from Monday to Wednesday as a result. And in Ontario, where the only legal way for residents to buy adult-use pot is through the government-run online portal, the provincial government said it will hand out a limited number of retail licenses due to the shortages.The Ontario government initially said it would not cap the number of licenses, but now says it will only be able to issue 25 licenses by April via a lottery system. This deals a blow to a slew of companies who have been putting down deposits to secure prime real estate locations in the country’s most populous province in anticipation of obtaining a license.“Seemingly overnight, activity that always existed on the margins of society has come into the centre,” said Evans.“It’s been fascinating to watch the growing pains that have ensued… It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years how and if the reality lives up to expectations for the industry.” Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

School District 60 presents first reading of Amended Annual Budget

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first reading of the 2018/2019 Amended Annual Budget was presented at a recent School District 60 meeting.Dori Alger, School District Controller, presented the Amended Annual Budget to Board Trustees.Alger says the budget is primarily based on student enrollment for the year, adding that it is very difficult to determine student enrollment. “A key piece of our budget is always based on student enrollment. For the 2018-19 year, we are anticipating 6,193 students. It is very difficult to truly predict how many students we are going to have, but we definitely do our best and we deal with the consequences as the school year progresses.”Amended operating revenues for the School District are $64,046,589.The operating revenues include items such as Provincial Grants and rental and leases of School District property.Amended operating expenses for the School District are $64,287,592.Operating expenses include items such as staff salaries, utilities, and student transportation.The total of the Amended Annual Budget is $76,707,361. The Board gave and passed the first reading of the Amended Budget. The Board made a motion to do the second and third readings in short form.The Amended Annual Budget must go through three readings before it can be accepted by the Board.last_img read more

Yankees Ban Reggie Jackson From Club

Reggie Jackson’s back-peddling and apologizing were not enough to prevent the New York Yankees from banning the Hall of Fame slugger from being around the team indefinitely.Jackson, a special adviser to the team, was quoted in Sports Illustrated blasting Yankee Alex Rodriguez, saying, among other things, that Rodriguez’ statistics are tainted because of his admitted use of performance enhancing drugs and that old timers would not vote for him for the Hall of Fame.On Friday Jackson called Rodriguez, manager Joe Giradi and team officials to apologize. That did not temper the team’s anger. Jackson was not in Boston over the weekend, where the Yankees played the Red Sox.“A cooling-off period, but not a death penalty,” a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking called it Jackson’s banishment to ESPNNewYork.com.At some point, Jackson is expected to be back with the team, the source said.Rodriguez said he heard from Jackson but would not get into details of the conversation. “We’re going to keep that very private,” Rodriguez said Friday.In the Sports Illustrated article, Jackson said “Al’s a very good friend,” Jackson said of the Yankees’ third baseman, who has 642 career home runs, placing him fifth all-time.“But I think there are real questions about his numbers,” Jackson said. “As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.”He went on to say that Rodriguez and Barry Bonds and others who have been part of the steroids scandal should not be in the Hall of Fame.“If any of those guys get in, no Hall of Famer will attend,” Jackson told SI.Rodriguez handled the disrespect with aplomb. But he did say, apparently jokingly, “With friends like that, who needs enemies?”He might have offered that in jest. But if Rodriguez was serious, who could blame him? read more

We spend more time watching food on TV than we do cooking

first_imgMedia psychologist, Emma Kenny, said: “Cooking programmes have been a part of our television viewing pleasure since the 1950s. Fast-forward to 2016 and there are over 18 days worth of cookery shows available on our screens each week plus social media offering so much delicious content. It seems that, as a nation, we are fixated with any activity related to food culture.”The study also found that despite our love of cooking shows and magazines, over a fifth of people have never cooked an evening meal from scratch. And those who do cook from scratch say only three of their evening meals a week are made using fresh ingredients.She added: “We’re being brainwashed into thinking that cooking is too difficult, takes too long and costs too much and it’s turning us to convenience food.” Woman cooking Those surveyed also spent a total of three-and-a-half hours digesting food content on digital platforms every week; 44 minutes on Facebook, 20 minutes on Twitter, 19 minutes on Instagram and Pinterest and 34 minutes on YouTube.It’s estimated that Britons also spend 58 minutes reading food websites and blogs, 15 minutes snapchatting about food and nine minutes browsing recipe books each week.Although seven in ten enjoy watching cooking programmes, only half have been inspired to try and cook something they’ve seen on screen. Another one in ten say it’s been at least a year since they tried to make a recipe they spotted online or on TV. We need to get stuck in to cooking – as opposed to eating ready meals on the sofaMark Sergeant One in five also admitted to making a dish at home just to take a photograph and share it on social media sites like Instagram.Michelin-starred chef, Mark Sergeant, said: “This is really interesting and I hope it’s not actually true. We need to get stuck in to cooking – as opposed to eating ready meals on the sofa.”Let’s transfer this love of onscreen cookery into our real-life kitchens.”A whopping 56 per cent of people wished they cooked the recipes they saw online more often, so there is an appetite for change. The nation’s obsession with cookery shows, famous chefs and new cookery books continues to grow:  it turns out that Britons now spend more than five hours a week consuming ‘food media’ – but only four hours actually cooking, a study has found.The average adult spends more time watching, scrolling and reading about food on social media than they do cooking their daily meals. 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. More than half of the 2,000 people surveyed by Lurpak admitted they would rather watch a meal being cooked on TV, or look at photos online, than cook, with many saying they’re too short of time, or the dishes look to complicated to manage.The study found the average adult spends one hour and 37 minutes a week watching food-related shows, with the Great British Bake Off, Masterchef and Come Dine with Me being the most popular. Many people think the recipes they see online or on TV are too hard to make at homeCredit:Alamylast_img read more

Continental appoints Global Business Development Manager Earthmover

first_imgContinental Commercial Specialty Tires has appointed T. Shawn Rasey as new Global Business Development Manager Earthmover. In this role he will be managing the international expansion of all earthmover activities. Rasey brings an extensive background in the earthmover tyre business ranging from sales, marketing, key account management, product planning, manufacturing, and strategy.Rasey joins Continental after an extensive career spanning more than 36 years in the OTR/earthmover tyre industry, notably as Vice President – Mining Solutions at Bridgestone America and previous positions in the mining tyres business at Bridgestone from 2005-2012, as well as President of BKT Americas OTR Division 2014/2015; and prior to 2005 in a range of other roles including at Yokohama. Rasey holds a Bachelors of Arts degree Management & Human Relations.last_img read more

Woman in her 70s dies in Killarney crash as man airlifted to

first_img GARDAÍ IN KILLARNEY are investigating after a woman in her 70s died in a car crash this afternoon.The incident happened on the N72 Killarney to Mallow Road at around 2.25pm. Gardaí said the woman died when her car was in a crash with another vehicle.The driver of the other car, a man in his 20s, has been airlifted to University Hospital Limerick with serious injuries.A garda spokesman said: “The road was closed to facilitate a garda forensic collision investigation but has since reopened. Witnesses are asked to contact Killarney on 064 71160, the garda confidential line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.Read: Mother releases harrowing video of daughter suffering seizures in bid to access medication >Read: 15% of workers in Galway’s hospitality sector say they have been sexually abused at work > By Garreth MacNamee 3 Comments Share Tweet Email1 16,962 Views Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3274094 Monday 6 Mar 2017, 7:37 PM Image: Google Maps Woman in her 70s dies in Killarney crash as man airlifted to hospital with serious injuries A man in his 20s was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 6th 2017, 7:37 PM last_img read more

SpaceX Teases RunwayReady Astronaut Suit

first_img For decades, space travel focused on substance over style. But that is changing.The lumbering suits of the ’70s are being replaced with more fitted ensembles, as illustrated by early photos of SpaceX’s new astronaut outfit.Elon Musk last month shared the first image of an operational suit—complete with human hanger and spacecraft backdrop.The white-and-silver costume has already been “tested to double vacuum pressure,” ensuring the wearer’s safety in case of emergency. Though, as Space.com pointed out, these suits are likely not intended for use outside of the Crew Dragon capsule.Musk was also quick to point out the difficulty of balancing aesthetic with function—a subtle promise that SpaceX values panache as well as protection.“Easy to do either separately,” Musk wrote in an Instagram caption. But “incredibly hard” to harmonize. In three weeks, the picture has racked up more than 407,700 likes, and probably just as many comments—most praising the futuristic suit and Musk’s contribution to the U.S. space race.SpaceX and Boeing are well on their way to becoming the first private companies to send humans into space; both won contracts with NASA to shuttle people to the International Space Station.You can’t exactly cruise to Mars wearing jeans and a hoodie, though.A second look at SpaceX’s modernized suit—a full-body shot next to the Crew Dragon—landed online five days ago, whipping up even more excitement for the future of intergalactic travel (without providing any additional details). ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas The aerospace manufacturer last year hired Marvel costume designer Jose Fernandez to sculpt the new SpaceX suits.Musk’s teasers don’t exactly shout superhero-in-space; I’m getting more of a Top Gear Stig vibe. But the stark suit certainly looks more combat-ready than the Boeing Blue outfit intended for NASA astronauts.Customized to maximize individual protection, capability, and comfort, the Boeing uniform will be worn by all crew members traveling to and from low-Earth orbit destinations.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA Astronaut Stumped by GoPro Camera

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target I can’t leave for a weekend without fearing I’ve forgotten to pack something important. Never send me to space.A NASA astronaut became a meme this week when, during a simulcast spacewalk, he confessed to having forgotten a crucial piece of equipment.“Hey, uh, Houston, I gotta ask a question about the GoPro real quick,” the unidentified explorer said. “Pushing the button, I see a ‘No SD’ [alert]. … Do I need that to record? And if it’s recording, is there supposed to be a red light on?”Following a lull from mission control (probably because they turned off their comms for a good laugh) and some unintelligible astronaut mumblings, an Earth-bound flight controller pipes in:“I’m told that if it has the card in it, it should have a red light if it’s recording,” the ground-team worker said.“And if it says ‘No SD,’ what does that mean?” the confused astronaut asked again.“I think that means no card,” mission control answered calmly.“Well, let’s just forget it for now. I’ll get it later,” the cosmonaut said. “Let’s just not worry about it.”It’s unclear whether the memory card is actually somewhere on the International Space Station, or gathering dust on someone’s desk at the NASA Johnson Space Center.The video, originally streamed live Wednesday on NASA’s official Twitch account, has been shared across the Internet—as is a lot of embarrassing public moments.NASA did not immediately respond to Geek’s request to confirm the anonymous astronaut. But an exchange at the end of an extended clip points to Andrew Feustel, currently aboard the ISS as part of Expedition 55, which launched in March.With a Ph.D. in geological sciences and two spaceflights under his belt, Feustel appears to have been bested by technology most 10-year-olds could understand.Having served in 2009 on the fifth and final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope and again in 2011, the cosmonaut has logged more than 29 days in space, and 42-plus hours of spacewalks.After this week’s GoPro crisis, though, Feustel may be confined to in-ship work only.center_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more

Apples Sexy New iPhone Lineup Includes XS XS Max and XR

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week While going over the relevant details from the Apple event, it’s actually crazy to realize how much of these new iPhone plans were rumored as early as this February. I was even thinking about using the same XXX moonshine joke. We were told to expect three new iPhones: a new X, a bigger X, and a cheaper X. And that’s precisely what we got.The iPhone XS ($1,000) mostly resembles last year’s model, with its 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display and now-familiar FaceID camera notch. The iPhone XS Max ($1,100) ups the screen size to a whopping 6.5-inch display with a 2,688 by 1,242 resolution. The phones resist liquids like salt water and beer, and can allow for dual SIM cards for when you just need two phone numbers at once.Whichever you pick (on September 21) you’ll also enjoy the benefits of the new A12 Bionic Chip and its five trillion operations per second. That computational power allows for neural learning in apps that assess your basketball shots, place your selfies inside movie scenes, let you play augmented reality versions of Galaga as well as the upcoming Elder Scrolls Blades from Todd “The Boy” Howard himself. That power allows for very impressive camera tricks, too, like adjusting depth of field in a photo after the fact.Many of these benefits also found their way into the iPhone XR (October 26), which starts at $750 instead of an exorbitant $1,000. There’s only the one screen size, 6.1 inches of LCD instead of OLED, and the phone’s body is made of a durable but cheaper aluminum and glass combo. However, the XR is still part of the iPhone X family, complete with its physical home button swapped out for “haptic touch.” Plus it comes in brighter colors like yellow and blue and coral.Last year’s iPhone event was a bit strange because after announcing the iPhone X after the iPhone 8, Apple had already made one of its phones look out of date before it had even released. But this unified year, although the phones vary in price and specs, the only new iPhone you can get is an iPhone X of some sort. This is the $1,000 future. For more on smartphones check out why the iPhone SE is the last good iPhone as well as some upcoming Android phones worth checking out. Although the names of the new iPhones had leaked out earlier, giving us some time to prepare for their ridiculousness, let’s all take to a moment to really appreciate the absolute nonsense Apple expects us to call its new mobile lineup. We’ve got the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, pretty reasonable given Apple’s past history of upgrade names. But now we’ve also got the iPhone XS Max, which sounds like nothing less than a Championship Edition fighting game re-release. And that’s on top of the fact the “X” is supposed to be said like “ten.”That gaming comparison is apt though because instead of completely reinventing their smartphone offerings, this is the year where Apple doubles down to improve what they already have. And while they may not be as radical a change as the iPhone X was last year (or bring back highly requested features like normal headphone jacks) these new iPhones do present their own unique improvements. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man beaten to death by villagers in Jharkhand on suspicion of

first_imgDUMKA (JHARKHAND): A man was beaten to death by villagers when he along with three others was allegedly trying to escape after stealing goods and valuables from a house at Chihudia in Jharkhand’s Dumka district.Jharkhand: A thief was allegedly beaten to death in Chihuntia village of Dumka district. Dumka SP says “There were 4 thieves, 3 managed to escape. The thief who died was a most wanted criminal. FIR registered & 4 villagers have been taken into custody. We’re questioning them.” pic.twitter.com/eXvuLi2lyW— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2019 Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Bhola Hazra and three of his “accomplices” were caught by locals and thrashed on Wednesday night after they were seen escaping a villager’s house, Superintendent of Police YS Ramesh said here on Thursday. They dropped all that they had taken in their bid to escape, he said, adding that police were yet to take a note of the goods and valuables that they had apparently stolen. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Hazra, who has been jailed in the past in connection with a robbery case, died on the spot while the others managed to flee from the clutches of the villagers, Ramesh said. Hazra was also wanted by the Punjab police for his alleged involvement in cases of burglary, the SP said. Four villagers have been taken into custody in connection with Wednesday’s incident, he added.last_img read more

Student Of The Year 2 SOTY 2 box office collection Day 3

first_imgTiger Shroff in Student Of The Year (SOTY 2)InstagramStudent Of The Year 2 (SOTY 2) starring Tiger Shroff, Ananya Panday, Tara Sutaria and Aditya Seal took off to a flying start at the box office and ended its opening weekend on a good note.The movie, which marks the debut of two young actresses – Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria, had earned Rs 12.06 crore on day 1 becoming the fifth highest opener of 2019 after Kalank (21.60 crore), Kesari (21.06 crore), Gully Boy (19.40 crore) and Total Dhamaal (16.50 crore).On day 2, SOTY 2 showed growth especially in multiplexes in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi – NCR and minted Rs 14.02 crore taking the 2-day box office collection to Rs 26.08 crore.”#StudentOfTheYear2 witnesses growth on Day 2, but lacks the appreciation for a solid jump… Mumbai, Delhi, NCR plexes performing better… #IPL2019Final today [Sun] will hit biz, evening onwards… Fri 12.06 cr, Sat 14.02 cr. Total: ₹ 26.08 cr. India biz. #SOTY2,” Taran Adarsh tweeted.On day 3, the movie witnessed a small dip because of the Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) but still managed to earn in double figures. According to Taran Adarsh, SOTY 2 collected Rs 12.75 crore on Sunday.”#StudentOfTheYear2 saw limited growth on Day 2, while the sixth phase of polling [cinemas were shut till evening] + #IPL2019Final [evening onwards] affected its biz on Day 3… Fri 12.06 cr, Sat 14.02 cr, Sun 12.75 cr. Total: ₹ 38.83 cr. India biz. #SOTY2,” Taran Adarsh tweeted. The second installement in the SOTY franchise had received mixed response from both critics and audience alike because of weak storyline. But the performances from the lead actors, especially Tiger Shroff, turned out to be the saving grace at the box office.Though a major growth in collection is least expected, it remains to be seen if SOTY 2 manages to stay strong in the weekdays and rake in moolah at the box office.last_img read more

The price of beauty 1m fine for US firm over fake eyelashes

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 11 September, 2005, A model gets false eyelashes applied backstage at the Diesel Spring 2006 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Photo: AFPCalifornia firm E.L.F. cosmetics has agreed to pay a nearly $1 million fine for importing fake eyelashes containing materials from UN-sanctioned North Korea, the US Treasury Department announced.Between 2012 and 2017, the company imported “156 shipments of false eyelash kits from two suppliers located in the People’s Republic of China that contained materials sourced by these suppliers” from North Korea, the Treasury said in a statement.”E.L.F.’s compliance program and its supplier audits failed to discover that approximately 80 per cent of the false eyelash kits supplied by two of E.L.F.’s China-based suppliers contained materials” from North Korea, it said.The company faced more than $40 million in penalties but the Treasury took into account mitigating circumstances including the small amount involved and the fact that E.L.F. reported the violation of sanctions, which were imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”This enforcement action highlights the risks for companies that do not conduct full-spectrum supply chain due diligence when sourcing products from overseas, particularly in a region in which (North Korea), as well as other comprehensively sanctioned countries or regions, is known to export goods,” the Treasury said.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday September 21

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll talk to Prince George’s County Congresswoman Donna Edwards about her bid to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, as well as her thoughts on the Iran Nuclear Deal and another looming government shutdown. We’ll also talk to Diane Bell-McKoy, CEO of Associated Black Charities and Dayvon Love, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about a local advertising campaign that encourages the dismantling of structural racism in Baltimore.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

GitHub for Unity 10 is here with Git LFS and file locking

first_imgGitHub for Unity is now available in version 1. GitHub for Unity 1.0 is a free and open source Unity editor extension that brings Git into Unity 5.6, 2017.x, and 2018.x. GitHub for Unity was announced as an alpha version in March 2017.  The beta version was released earlier this year. Now the full release GitHub for Unity 1.0 is available just in time for Unite Berlin 2018, scheduled to happen on June 19-21. GitHub for Unity 1.0 allows you to stay in sync with your team as you can now collaborate with other developers, pull down recent changes, and lock files to avoid troublesome merge conflicts. It also introduces two key features for game developers and their teams for managing large assets and critical scene files using Git, with the same ease of managing code files. Updates to Git LFS GitHub for Unity 1.0 has improved Git and Git LFS support for Mac. Git Large File Storage (LFS) replaces large files such as audio samples, videos, datasets, and graphics with text pointers inside Git. Previously, the package included full portable installations of the Git and Git LFS. Now, these are downloaded when needed, reducing the package size to 1.6MB. Critical Git and Git LFS updates and patches are distributed faster and in a more flexible way now. File locking File locking management is now a top-level view within the GitHub window. With this new feature developers can now lock or unlock multiple files. Other features include: Diffing support to visualize changes to files. The diffing program can be customized (set in the “Unity Preferences” area) directly from the “Changes” view in the GitHub window. No hassles of command line, as developers can now view project history, experiment in branches, craft a commit from their changes and push their code to GitHub without leaving Unity. A Git action bar for essential operations. Game developers will now get a notification within Unity whenever a new version is available. They can choose to download or skip the current update. Easy email sign in. Developers can sign in to their GitHub account with their GitHub username or the email address associated with their account. GitHub for Unity 1.0 is available for download at unity.github.com and from the Unity Asset Store. Lead developer at Unity, Andreia Gaita will conduct a GitHub for Unity talk on June 19 at Unite Berlin to explain how to incorporate Git into your game development workflow. Read Next Put your game face on! Unity 2018.1 is now availableUnity announces a new automotive division and two-day Unity AutoTech SummitAI for Unity game developers: How to emulate real-world senses in your NPC agent behaviorlast_img read more

Transat extends EBB on select winter packages

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, September 14, 2017 Transat extends EBB on select winter packages Sharecenter_img Tags: Transat Travelweek Group TORONTO — Transat has extended its Early Booking Promotion until Oct. 16, applicable on all-inclusive South, Florida, Duo or cruise packages as well as on guided tours this winter.Clients who book Luxury or Distinction Collection packages by Oct. 17 for travel between Dec. 15, 2017 and April 30, 2018, will benefit from Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee and an Option Plus upgrade. For all packages, benefits include a reduced deposit of $100, a $50 future travel voucher, the change to modify travel dates up to three hours before departure, and one month of free language lessons with the Babbel app.Clients who book Luxury or Distinction Collection packages by Oct. 31 will benefit from Transat’s Price Drop Guarantee. For all packages, they’ll receive a reduced deposit of $100, a $50 future travel voucher, and the chance to modify their travel dates up to seven days before departure.For more details go to airtransat.com or Get Connected.last_img read more

Netanyahu at UN urges wariness of Iran

first_imgNo related posts. UNITED NATIONS – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged foreign dignitaries Tuesday to view Iran’s latest diplomatic charm offensive with distrust and warned that Israel would act alone, if necessary, to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.“Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map,” Netanyahu said in an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. “I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”Speaking just days after President Obama’s historic phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Netanyahu appealed to a gathering that included Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to cast a skeptical eye on Iran’s pledge to strike a nuclear deal, saying that Tehran has repeatedly employed diplomatic outreach in the past to disguise its plans to build a nuclear bomb.The Israeli leader said that while Rouhani’s conciliatory rhetoric sets him apart from his confrontational predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both men remain committed to the same goal, developing a nuclear bomb.“Now I know Rouhani doesn’t sound like Ahmadinejad,” Netanyahu said, “but when it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing: Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”An Iranian diplomat with Iran’s U.N. delegation, Khodadad Seifi, responded swiftly, warning that “the Israeli prime minister had better not even think about attacking Iran, let alone planning for that.”Netanyahu, Seifi said, should take care to avoid misunderstanding Iran. “Iran’s centuries-old policy of nonaggression must not be interpreted as its inability to defend itself,” he said.The Israeli leader’s remarks to the U.N. General Assembly followed a week of intensive diplomatic exchanges between the United States and Iran, including a meeting of major powers’ foreign ministers that brought Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif together at U.N. headquarters to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. The flurry of exchanges culminated with Obama’s phone call Friday to Rouhani, marking the first direct conversation between U.S. and Iranian leaders in more than 30 years.Obama is exploring a possible diplomatic opening with Rouhani, who has pledged to rebuild Tehran’s relationship with Washington and its Western allies. The two leaders have instructed their top diplomats to work with other world powers to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear intentions.“We have to see if in fact they are serious about their willingness to abide by international norms and international law and international requirements and resolutions, ” Obama said Monday, following a meeting at the White House with Netanyahu. “But we enter into these negotiations very clear-eyed they will not be easy and anything that we do will require the highest standards of verification.”The United States, its European allies and Israel say that Iran is enriching uranium to fuel a nuclear-weapons program. Iran maintains that it has no intention of building a nuclear bomb but needs an indigenous capacity to enrich uranium to meet its own energy needs.Netanyahu accused Rouhani — who served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator from 2003 to 2005 — of having been the “mastermind” of a diplomatic strategy that allowed Tehran to advance its nuclear weapons program “behind a smokescreen of diplomatic engagement and very smooth rhetoric.”“He fooled the world once, now he thinks he can fool it again,” he said. “Rouhani thinks he can have his yellow cake and eat it, too.”The Israeli leader recalled that the international community had once placed its hopes in the prospect of a diplomatic resolution to another nuclear crisis — this one in North Korea. In 2005, the Bush administration reached an agreement with the North Korean government to dismantle it nuclear-weapons program in exchange for sanctions relief, fuel and other commercial incentives. A year later, he recalled, the North tested its first nuclear bomb.The “only diplomatic solution” to the nuclear crisis, Netanyahu said, is to “fully dismantle Iran’s nuclear program and prevent it from having one in the future.”A meaningful deal, he said, would require the cessation of Iran’s uranium enrichment, the transfer of enriched uranium out of the country and the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure to eliminate its ability to produce plutonium and establish a “break-out” capacity to quickly start a weapons program. In the meantime, he said, the international community must maintain tough sanctions and a credible threat of force.Seifi, the Iranian diplomat, said that Netanyahu’s “inflammatory” remarks were calculated to “mislead” the U.N. General Assembly about Iran’s intentions, only this time “without [the aid of a] cartoon drawing,” a reference to Netanyahu’s visual representation at the United Nations a year ago of Iran’s progress toward a bomb.“All Iran’s nuclear activities are, and have always been, exclusively for peaceful purposes,” Seifi said. “We believe building mutual trust is possible only by resorting to the force of logic, not the logic of force. The solution is neither through threat or sanctions.”© 2013, The Washington Post  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Related Best places for New Year partyingBarcelona

first_img RelatedBest places for New Year partyingBarcelona, Edinburgh and Iceland are the places to head for the best New Year parties, say Skyscanner users.Top New Year Destinations: most popular New Year Cities for 2009Top New Year Destinations: most popular New Year Cities for 2009Top New Year Party Places: Skyscanner reveals most popular destinations for UK revellersSkyscanner reveals the most popular* New Year destinations for Brits. 1. LondonNew Year flights to London from £73 (from Edinburgh 30 Dec – 2 Jan)In recent years London has become one of the world’s most popular cities for seeing in the New Year thanks to the midnight firework display at the iconic London Eye (free), which can be viewed from across the city. If you haven’t been invited to a party with a suitable viewing area (free), several London hotels have rooftop bars perfect for the occasion.2. EdinburghNew Year flights to Edinburgh from £76 (from London Stansted 30 Dec – 3 Jan)Tens of thousands of people, snogging in the streets, and Simple Minds: what more could you wish for? ‘Hogmanay’ is one massive night of getting merry, eating steak pie and singing Auld Lang Syne. Attend the famous Street Party (£15) to be entertained by the legendary Scots stadium rockers as fireworks fill the sky. Or watch the fireworks from Calton Hill (free). You will need to act quickly as hotels in Edinburgh will be much in demand.3. BarcelonaNew Year flights to Barcelona from £110 (from Liverpool 30 Dec – 2 Jan)The Catalan capital bursts with the party spirit throughout the year, but New Year’s Eve sees the locals really extend themselves as they indulge in the ‘eating of the grapes’ tradition. When the clock strikes midnight, locals eat one grape (under two euros a bunch) per chime, each one symbolising a month of good luck. Get a cheap deal on Barcelona hotels with Skyscanner’s comprehensive search.4. ParisNew Year flights to Paris from £111 (from Birmingham 30 Dec – 3 Jan)New Year in Paris needn’t be expensive. The traditional Parisian way to celebrate on New Year’s Eve is, in inimitable Parisian fashion, to go out for dinner. Unsurprisingly, prices rocket, as many places serve special six or seven-course menus, but it’s possible to find a reasonable restaurant doing three courses for 10 euros – browse the myriad places in the maze of streets off Boulevard St. Michel on the Left Bank. Paris hotels don’t have to be expensive, unless you demand a view of the Eiffel Tower5. AmsterdamNew Year flights to Amsterdam from £111 (from Edinburgh 29 Dec – 1 Jan)The cheapest place to spend New Year’s Eve is on the streets. That’s what many, many Amsterdammers do, getting Amsterdam-aged in the company of a fine local brew – either Heineken, which is brewed in the city, or a Dutch ‘white beer’ – a refreshingly fruity delight. Partying in the streets isn’t for the faint-hearted for it is traditional, especially among the young and exuberant, to let off fireworks, so watch out! Amsterdam hotels outside the most touristy areas can be good value – try an area like De Pijp for a good deal.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more