first_imgCanadian snowboarder Laurie Blouin has won a silver medal in the women’s slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Olympics.Sporting a black eye after a nasty crash in training a few days ago, Blouin overcame high winds to nail a clean second run for 76.33 points.The reigning world champion from Stoneham, Que., Blouin was second behind American Jamie Anderson, who scored 83.00 on her first run.Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took bronze with a score of 73.91.Brooke Voigt of Fort McMurray, Alta., finished 21st and Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, B.C., was 22nd.The start of the competition was delayed for about 75 minutes due to the conditions at windswept Phoenix Park.High winds forced the cancellation of the qualification on Sunday. Organizers decided to instead allow all competitors direct entry into the final.Blouin took a hard fall Friday when her board got stuck in a crack after she landed a double jump. She resumed full training Sunday.Canada won two medals in the men’s slopestyle competition on Sunday. Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., won silver and Regina’s Mark McMorris took the bronze.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Via Rail says its trains are back on schedule after a freight train derailment delayed trips between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa for hours on Saturday.The widespread delays came about when two cars at the back of a Canadian National Railway train carrying paper derailed just east of Kingston at 1:20 p.m.The incident caused hours of delays for rail passengers across the province on Saturday, but Via spokeswoman Marie-Anna Murat says there aren’t any delays expected between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa.Murat says 647 people were on passenger trains at the time of the derailment, and more than a thousand were believed to be affected by Saturday’s delays.Murat says all trains on the route were cancelled that evening, and passengers were given the option of either exchanging their tickets or receiving a full refund.She says Via Rail provided buses and other forms of alternate transport for most of the passengers stranded at the time of the derailment.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s correctional services minister said he was “shocked and disappointed” that a woman convicted in the 2009 murder of an eight-year-old girl has reportedly been transferred from prison to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan.Michael Tibollo told the legislature on Tuesday that he will be speaking with federal officials about the decision involving Terri-Lynne McClintic.“Decisions like this made by our federal government can seriously impact the public’s confidence in our correctional systems,” he said. “My ministry will continue to monitor this matter as it unfolds to see what we can do in this unfortunate situation … and try to correct what has been done.”McClintic was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Tori Stafford in 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years.The London Free Press reported Stafford’s grandmother saying Correctional Service Canada notified her family of McClintic’s move to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge.The lodge in Maple Creek, Sask., is run by Correctional Service Canada and is for offenders that require a minimum to medium security level. Women at the facility learn how to live independently by cooking, doing laundry, cleaning and doing outdoor maintenance chores, according to Correctional Service Canada’s website.Tori’s father expressed his frustration at McClintic’s move in several Facebook posts.“She gets her life back in multiple ways and we will NEVER see our little Victoria again,” Rodney Stafford wrote. “Do we not get a notice or a say in ANYTHING?”A spokeswoman said in an email that the Correctional Service of Canada could not comment on the reported transfer due to the Privacy Act.Correctional Service Canada’s website says such lodges are correctional institutions where Aboriginal values, traditions and beliefs are used to design services and programs for offenders.Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders can live at the facilities but all must follow Indigenous programming and spiritually, the website said.“In all cases, we thoroughly assess an offender’s risk to public safety before a decision is made to move him or her to a healing lodge,” the website said.McClintic’s co-accused Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm and first-degree murder in Tori’s death.last_img read more

first_imgCeline Dion is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet her backstage before her show, have a photo taken with her by her personal photographer, and watch her new show from VIP orchestra seats!The winner will be flown in from anywhere in the world and treated to hotel accommodations.To enter, all fans need to do is make a small donation ($5 per entry) to Aid Still Required to help women, children and farmers who are still struggling after Haiti’s devastating earthquake four years ago. Proceeds from this offer will support ASR’s programs for women who have been attacked in Haiti’s notorious shantytowns; at-risk kids in the northern slums; and farmers battling the effects of massive deforestation.If fans choose to donate more or share the campaign with their friends, they can increase their chances to win prizes. The top 3 sharers will each get a CD signed by Celine. Fans can also earn a campaign-exclusive t-shirt for a larger donation.Visit for all of the details and to enter to win!last_img read more

TORONTO — Some Canadians will be able to get Slurpees, condoms, medicine and ice cream delivered to them at the touch of a button.Berlin-based food delivery app Foodora launched an offering Thursday that will allow customers to order products from convenience store chain 7-Eleven in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.The partnership will make use of 48 7-Eleven locations to facilitate deliveries of snacks and everyday essentials, including milk, bread, fresh fruit, Tylenol, pizza, taquitos, chips and chocolate.“We are excited about this because it has been in the works for some time,” said David Albert, Foodora Canada’s managing director. “We always think about what our customers may want and it was quite simple to offer them new options.”The deal marks the first time Foodora has partnered with a convenience store in Canada and signals efforts by the company to branch out in the market beyond only offering prepared meals from restaurants and quick-serve brands.In recent years, the company has run promotions to deliver boxes of munchies for 4-20 marijuana celebrations, and semi-permanent tattoos, socks and vegan soap for various other holidays.Its rivals Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes have toyed with dropping off cats and dogs for office pet therapy sessions and delivering frozen pizzas and ice cream.Foodora’s 7-Eleven offering will face competition from a handful of smaller delivery services across Canada that specialize in dropping off packaged junk food, convenience store favourites and everyday essentials.FryDayBox covers a small downtown Toronto area with deliveries of products like nuts, Kleenex, pregnancy tests, cigarettes and birthday candles.Yumee and E-panneur will drop off items including fresh fruit, gummy bears, lighters and sanitary products to a swath of Montreal and in Edmonton. L8Nite will bring consumers a wide range of products like chocolate bars, soft drinks, salsa and lozenges.“To us, competition is a good, healthy thing,” said Albert. “If no one were trying to do what we were doing it almost raises the question of does this make sense, so we welcome the competition.”Like most of Foodora’s packaged junk food delivery competitors, the 7-Eleven service won’t be available around the clock. It will run on limited hours, usually from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. or midnight depending on the day and city.“We do have intentions to ultimately be 24 hours, but we have to work within the confines of our current delivery hours,” said Albert.The delivery fee is $4.50 but drops to $3.50 for orders of $30 and more.Despite his high hopes, Albert said there are no plans to expand it right now.However, he hinted this might not be the last innovative partnership the Canadian public sees from Foodora.“We are currently thinking a lot about what other type of options customers may want, but there is nothing specific I can talk about now.”Follow @Tara–Deschamps on Twitter. read more

first_imgA curse to our bank balancesIt ends up costing a small fortune to deck out our houses to look like the inhabitants have all died and returned as demonic undead that don’t have much use for a feather duster. Fake spider webs are reason enough to skip the whole autumn season. Add to that; lights, plastic bats, stick-up skeletons, bloodied fake limbs.It’s become a precursor to Christmas without the peace and joy – and a curse to our bank balance before we’ve even begun buying turkeys and reams of wrapping paper. I’ll give you cardboard cut-outs in return for cash, happily, I’ll even draw a crude corpse on it if you like. Twenty euro, please, cheers.The sweets are the other big expense, stretching our wallets and our waistlines. If we are a country so concerned with our kids getting fatter, why supply each and every one we know or lives nearby with bags and bags of “gruesome gummies”, “creepy chocolate”, calories and e-numbers?Do we really need more sugar?Twenty per cent of three-year-olds in this country are classed as overweight, they haven’t even had the chance to develop a taste for Dominoes and lager yet, so it’s really time we stopped shovelling sweets down their throats. The days when the young were employed and could see their feet will be a distant memory. In fact I’m surprised Joan Burton hasn’t released a statement.You may think your alternative apple bobbing is the ‘healthy option’ but you’d be wrong there too, it’s a health risk according to a leading eye surgeon at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. Dr Kathryn McCreery has warned it can cause scratching to the eyes’ surface as well as infections from dirty water. Not to mention the germs you’d end up covered in from the communal spittoon the bob becomes. Mmmm lovely, who doesn’t want a face full of gob?Booze, booze and more boozeWorse perhaps than giving our kids diabetes is the propensity for the mass population to turn any event into an occasion for boozing. The streets become a stronghold of antisocial behaviour as scantily-clad Halloweeners take it too far with the Jäger bombs.And don’t say we don’t, because we do. Irish adults statistically binge drink more than any others in Europe, according to Alcohol Action Ireland. St Patrick’s Day wasn’t enough, we had to invent a whole other occasion under the guise of Arthur Guinness for an excuse to drink the local pub dry – and we’ve now commandeered Halloween as an excuse to get plastered too.The streets at night can be scary enough without the fear of being harassed by someone dressed as Osama Bin Laden. When I lived in Belfast (which I did for four years, hello, nice to meet you) our local Centra refused to sell eggs to anyone under 20 around Halloween, knowing where they would turn up – plastered over some poor sod’s front door. We just can’t behave ourselves, and so it’s best for everyone if we all just sit in and watch EastEnders.Playboy-inspired outfitsIf you don’t fancy dressing up as an international terrorist, how about something sexxxy? For women heading out at Halloween the options for fancy dress include a plethora of Playboy-inspired outfits; army girls, superheroes, Disney characters (none of which are even scary!), witches, vamps, devils etc, all in the uniform of short skirt, low neckline and fishnet or no tights.I’m all for free choice when it comes to fashion but these examples make a mockery of the feminist movement. Why sexy? Why?! It’s apropos of absolutely nothing. You think going out dressed like Snow White who’s had to cut off her skirt to clothe the seven dwarfs is the night you’re going to meet Mr Right? Wrong. Also it’s COLD OUTSIDE! You’ll catch your death, and then you will really look a fright.So the streets are full of freaks, kids are out in force and in costume so we don’t know who they are, and we’re encouraged to make our houses look as empty and haunting as possible. Sounds like a burglar’s dream.I’m not a complete scrooge; Christmas is just around the corner and I’m fully on board for that occasion of excessive calorie consumption, sherry-based binge drinking and inappropriate dressing (ie, all-day pyjamas, novelty onesies and tacky jumpers) the more of all, the better, but bah-humbug to Halloween.Kate Bellamy is a TV and features writer online and in print in Ireland and the UK writing on contemporary women’s issues and television – where possible combining the two. Kate was shortlisted for the Vogue Young Writers Talent Contest this year. She can found tweeting @_KateMate DON’T GET ME wrong, I’m not usually one to be dramatic or exaggerate, but seriously, can we just give Halloween a miss this year? The whole week leading up to it has become a monster! It’s too much, unnecessary and unwelcome.For a start, in its modern form, it’s an American holiday – so there’s no reason why we on this side of the Atlantic we should go all bloody silly over crepe paper ghosts and flashing-eyed Euro Shop skeletons. I’m not keen on Americanising anything to be honest – spelling, historical events, the way we drink our coffee – but Halloween really takes the witches hat-shaped, acid-colour iced biscuit.The “holiday” is now completely devoid of the actual meaning of Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve which is the liturgical beginning of the period in which we remember saints, martyrs and anyone else who’s kicked the bucket. You don’t see many ‘sexy Saint Bridget’ costumes, though, do you?last_img read more

first_imgRugby rape trial: Rory Harrison told police alleged victim was ‘fixated on’ Paddy Jackson Judge Patricia Smyth told jurors not to discuss the trial over the weekend. 84,588 Views ONE OF FOUR men facing charges arising from the alleged rape of a woman in Paddy’s Jackson’s south Belfast home told police she was “staring at and fixated on” the rugby player.As a trial at Belfast Crown Court concluded its third week, the jury heard details of a statement given by Rory Harrison (25) two days after the alleged sex attack.After the young woman made a complaint to police that she had been raped by Jackson (26) and his 24-year old teammate Stuart Olding in the early hours of 28 June, 2016, an investigation was launched.A Detective Constable from the Rape Crisis Unit at Ladas Drive in Belfast was called to give evidence, and confirmed he and a colleague went to Harrison’s home on 30 June.At this point, Harrison was not being treated as a suspect and police attended his home to take a witness statement.This six-page statement was read to the jury of nine men and three women by the police officer.In it, Harrison details how he, Jackson, Olding and Blane McIlroy (26) met for drinks in Cutter’s Wharf where they had a few drinks and watched a football match. He said they then got a taxi to Ollie’s, arrived around midnight and “didn’t have to pay in.”Whilst at the club, Harrison said they struck up a conversation with a group of girls, and also “some people in Ollie’s were asking for pictures with Paddy and Stuart because they play professional rugby for Ulster.”Harrison said he and his friends left Ollie’s at around 2am, and as “Paddy is the only one of us who has his own place, it was assumed we would go back there”.He said music was listened to, people “may have been” dancing and “everyone appeared to be in good form.”In his statement, Harrison told police the woman at the centre of the case “appeared to be staring at and fixated on Paddy … she didn’t appear to take her eyes off Paddy.”Harrison said: “Paddy went to bed first, about an hour after getting home. Paddy went to his bedroom alone.” Share4 Tweet Email Harrison is charged with perverting the course of justice. Harrison said Olding then left the room with a girl at the party, which left him, McIlroy and two other women in the living room.Harrison said Blane then left the room, and after the two girls left in a taxi, he decided it was time for him to go too.He said that after going upstairs, he saw the woman at the centre of the case standing outside Jackson’s bedroom. His statement said: “I couldn’t be sure what she was wearing. I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary at this time.”“I said goodbye to Paddy, who was lying in his bed half asleep. He said he would see me later.”Harrison said he checked another room, where he saw Olding and one of the girls fully clothed and sleeping on a sofa.He said when the woman came down the stairs “a few minutes later”, she was “quite upset and crying. I asked if she was okay and she just sat there and didn’t respond. I told her I would drop her home as I had ordered a taxi.”In his statement, Harrison told police that after they both got into the rear seat, there was “no real conversation between us”, and that the woman “kept crying in to herself and appeared to be unsettled.” He then walked her to her front door.He concluded his statement by saying he, McIlroy, Jackson and Olding met in a cafe on the Ormeau Road at 1.30pm that afternoon, where they: “sat and talked about the South African rugby tour Paddy had just returned from … there was no discussion about the previous evening.”A total of four police officers involved in the investigation gave evidence today. And while one officer confirmed at that stage that nobody directed him to either seize or check Harrison’s phone, another officer confirmed Harrison voluntarily gave a buccal swab  sample.After listening to a full week of evidence, and before sending them home for the weekend, Judge Patricia Smyth issued a warning to the jury members to “be on your guard”She urged that even if they are approached and asked about their jury service by friends or family, she reminded then “you are not permitted to discuss anything to do with this trial … I cannot emphasise that enough.Jackson (26) from Oakleigh Park, and 24-year old Stuart Olding, from Ardenlee Street, have both been charged with rape, while Jackson faces an addition charge of sexual assault.Blane McIlroy (26), from Royal Lodge Road, has been charged with exposure, while Rory Harrison (25) from Manse Road, who has been charged with perverting the course of justice, and withholding information.All four defendants deny the charges levelled against them. The trial is due to resume on Monday.Read: ‘She wouldn’t lie to me’: Rugby rape trial hears about aftermath of incident from alleged victim’s friend >Read: Alleged rugby rape victim was ‘crying and sobbing’ in taxi, court hears > Feb 16th 2018, 3:46 PM Shortly after Paddy left, perhaps about five minutes or so, (the woman) left the living room. I saw her heading up the stairs. I didn’t know where she was going to.center_img No Comments Image: Niall Carson/PA Images Friday 16 Feb 2018, 3:46 PM Short URL By Ashleigh McDonald Harrison is charged with perverting the course of justice. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgPastor He went with Degou and Dego to visit the lunatics at the backyard they first visited Jacob (Hassan) and he prayed for him and sprinkle Holy Water upon him and left for Esau (Hussein) and did the same; the last port of call was Contan (Comics-Omadi) and the same ritual was performed on him. Then Pastor went inside with the two women back to Mama.Wonders As Pastor and the duo tried to give Mama more strength the brothers entered the house and Dego exclaimed, “Mama your children are healed and look at your chaats Hassan and Hussein!” They went straight to them wondering what was happening. “Why are we here?” The twins asked.Comics   “Mama what is happening? Why are we here?” Pastor raised his hands and prayed to God; “It has happened faith healing all praises should go to the Lord.” He said. “It is a long story and you’ll be well informed.” He spoke in parables and let Mama do the rest.Mama  She called her children and gave them advice; “Work as a family and help each other pray together and always do what is right before God and man. Pastor, Dego and Degou will explain the essence of the story to you so as to enable you learn its lesson I was deceived to falter by a close pal whom I believe but all was in the past I have accepted Christ as my Lord and savior.” Her tongue blurred and she passed on. “Mama!”Dego and Degou yelled followed by the boys. Pastor praised the Lord and counseled them. “Praise the Lord! She has already repented and took the Lord as his savior it is okay.”Reconciliation Talk  Pastor called for a family meeting with all the sisters and the wives present. He asked them to take Mama’ wise counseling before she passed on; “Learn from the lesson of her mistake in giving her life to be decided by an evil friend with an agenda, have trust in the Lord as master and savior and also keep God – fearing friends who will not make you go astray also some of you are more blessed as the other therefore share and help each other as Mama’ last wish.” They concurred and promised to be there for each other. Pastor singularly picked Degou out of the lot; “She is the ‘virtuous woman’ in the Bible as she never forsake her husband Jacob (Hassan) and his family she stayed to the last person standing. We salute you our Honour you are a role model for all human beings especially women as the Bible said marriage is for better for worse, in health and sickness until God do you part.” Jacob kissed her and the others salute her she was thrilled and very happy as she shed emotional tears with the other sisters. “Your brother Omadi (Comics-Contan) is the head of the boys but Dego is the eldest sister who should be honoured and respected as dad always advised she is the family cornerstone always with it in tragedy as well as in happiness every other person left but she stood to the end both parents blessed you as well as the Lord keep on your leadership role it was very impressive.” The others salute her as well and they all left on a high note.Omadi  He went back to his house and found it empty the security was surprised to see his boss healthy and sound again as he praised Allah. “Musa! Where is everybody why an empty house?” He asked.Ragal Story  “Madam’ sister from Germany came for them it was emotional she left with your daughter Magal (Marjorie) with a heavy heart.” Omadi as well as Musa shed emotional tears. He entered his house and saw Ragal Angel’ letter.The letter  “I did not leave you I’ll come back but Magal has her life too which should not be sacrificed because of your illness you are in better hands Dego, Degou and Mama will take good care of you. I am very sorry but in Allah’ name all will be well again.” “God help me be with my family again I love them and it is in the best interest of our daughter that Angel left.” Omadi posited.At Omadi’ Office He visited his office and met Ansumana at his desk as he greeted him he jerked from his seat and fumbled with his words; “Omadi! You are well again? Allah be praised for your speedy recovery.” “Thank you I am well, healthy and hearty again! God be praised! Where is Boss Chair?” “He has retired and is in his home I believe.” As soon as he left he panicked; “Back again but I’ll be dammed to let him settle Boss Chair loves him but he dares not threaten my position I can kill you know.” He posited.At Boss Chair’ Home He was very surprised to see him strong, healthy and hearty again; he examined him with cheerfulness; “My boy you are strong, healthy and hearty again! How is your family? I am very happy for you I waited, waited and waited before I gave your position away but all the same you are back upon your feet and Allah be praised for that. Your post is given to Ansu but I’ll pay all your entitlements which will help you create your own company you have the stamina and the knowledge to succeed in life come here and let me bless you.” He came and Boss Chair blessed him.His New Company    With his healthy savings and paid entitlements he was able to set up a new Clearing and Forwarding Company Oma Angel and Heirs which grew rapidly and became a major company employing up to thousand employees all over the country.He meets His Sister- in -law RafetRamou  She was surprised to see Omadi as she exclaimed; “Oma! Are you the one?” “Yes I am strong, healthy and hearty. Where have you taken my wife and daughter? I want to reunite with them now!”RafetRamou                          She confessed;  “I advised my sister to take her daughter to Germany where I secured a place for her in school as my ward she did not want to go to leave you behind but I insisted and called you all sorts of names until she left. I am very sorry for that but all was done for your daughter’ sake now she has done very well and has secured a scholarship for boarding school.” She thought Oma will be mad at her but he instead gave her a big hug; “You have done the right thing for MagalRagal Angel staying behind could not have made me well at the time the healing was a process I was taking psychiatric medicine as well as the faith healing which completed our total cure. Thank you but now give me their address I want my family home and also let’s go to a restaurant and let me treat you well.” She did exactly that. To be Cont.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Pogba revealed Manchester United knew exactly how to take advantage of Tottenham’s “weakness” following their 1-0 win at WembleyInterim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started the game with a diamond formation that saw Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial playing in somewhat wider roles up front.United then set about attacking Spurs on the counter with Pogba releasing Rashford from the right flank with a superb ball to score the match-winner on Sunday in the first-half.Speaking afterwards, Pogba stated that United knew that they were doing against Spurs after preparing well for the encounter.“It was very important,” Pogba told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“It was a big test. We needed the points and Tottenham needed the points. We’re really proud.“It’s a great ball [to set-up Rashford’s goal] but we’ve been training on this. We knew it was a weakness of Tottenham’s when they were attacking on one side.“We needed to get high and attack the opposite side. He makes a great run and I try to give him the perfect pass.“Top four is what we want. We have to keep it up.”United are now level with Arsenal on 41 points in fifth-place in the Premier League after 22 games.last_img read more

first_imgSEATTLE — The first person to get a double lung transplant at the University of Washington is still breathing strong 20 years later.Ken Price had been living with cystic fibrosis since he was 1 year old. He was the first cystic fibrosis patient at the University of Washington Medical Center to receive a double lung transplant.In the 20 years since then, Price and his lungs have won tennis tournaments, ridden his bike from Seattle to Portland eight times and run a marathon.“Without the amazing gift of my donor family, the nurses, doctors, clinicians, pharmacists, I would have been dead 20 years ago,” Price said.Lungs are one of the most difficult organs to transplant. Only about one in five from deceased donors is viable for transplantation. About 55 percent of patients survive five years post-transplant and a third of them live 10 years.“To be one of the earliest lung transplant patients, and to survive 20 years with these same lungs, is quite remarkable,” says Kevin O’Connor, CEO of LifeCenter Northwest.When Price was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Pennsylvania doctors told his parents he wouldn’t live past the age of 10. If his life was going to be short, Price’s parents wanted it to be as close to normal as possible. They sent him outside to play and encouraged him to pursue all his interests.last_img read more

first_img “I am thrilled to be appointed to lead America’s largest B2B Exhibitions business,” said Schulman in a statement. “UBM’s ‘Events First’ strategy provides an excellent framework for further developing UBM Americas and I am excited at the opportunities to enhance the business and deliver more for our customers.” Effective immediately, Schulman assumes control of all UBM operations in the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico, including the implementation of the company’s “events first” business strategy. Scott Schulman has been named CEO of UBM Americas, the global B2B events and information firm announced this morning. Most recently, Schulman was president of Rodale, a position he held for two years before his departure in October as part of a series of staff changes at the Emmaus, Pennsylvania-based publisher. Prior to Rodale, Schulman spent ten years at Dow Jones in a variety of leadership roles, including president of the corporate markets group. He also serves as chairman of the advisory committe for Simon Foster will return to his previous role as CEO of UBM EMEA after serving, temporarily, as CEO of UBM Americas since June.last_img read more

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a 26–year-old inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died.KTVA reports two nearby inmates told corrections officers that Alexis Hathaway was have difficulty breathing Thursday evening.Medics were called and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m. Thursday. He was jailed Wednesday morning on a felony driving under the influence charge.No other information was immediately available from the state corrections department. Alaska State Troopers are investigating Hathaway’s death.last_img read more

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloA man was killed and four others were injured as a minibus of a furniture company plunged into a roadside ditch on Dhaka-Aricha highway at Boliarpur on Saturday morning,reports UNB.The deceased is Himu, 25, an accounts officer of Hatil Complex.The accident took place in the morning when the driver of the minibus of ‘Hatil Furniture’ lost control and plunged into a roadside ditch, leaving Himu dead on the spot and four others injured, said A F M Sayed, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station.The injured were admitted to Enam Medical College and Hospital.last_img read more

first_imgFor me, growing up in the 1970’s Halloween was a really big deal. We actually went trick or treating for days (not just on Oct. 31), often hauling away trash bags full of candy. In the early 1970’s my family moved to Baltimore County and back then there were very few Black families living in Randallstown; hard to believe given the demographics of Randallstown today (more than 80 percent of the population is Black).The point is when I was a little Black boy dressing up for Halloween, in the midst of an overwhelmingly White environment, I don’t remember one White kid who dressed up like a member of the Ku Klux Klan, or some White kid who smeared black shoe polish on their face while pretending to be Black. I’m not saying it never happened, but I never saw it.However, in the last few years, many of us have witnessed a growing number of social media posts, usually around Halloween featuring young White people dressed up like, to let them tell it, as, “ni–ers.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)This week is Halloween 2017, and here we go again. This time it’s White kids at Baltimore area private schools celebrating “All Hallows Eve” disguised as “ni–ers.”My friend Khadijah sent me a post on Facebook, with a photo of a young White female and young White male dressed up in orange jumpsuits, standard prison garb. The caption attached to the photo read, “Ni–as broke out.” The White girl flashed faux (I suspect) gold teeth (grills) and the White boy flashed a “gang sign” for good measure; the girl is a student at Roland Park Country School, the boy a student at Gilman School, both in Baltimore.In another photo a White boy donned another orange jumpsuit, but the back of his costume was adorned with the name “Freddie Gray” on his back. He is a recent graduate of Boy’s Latin High School in Baltimore. The caption for that photo read, “ur going to jail tonight.” In a third photo, another White male is shown shirtless, his back scrawled with graffiti, but the word ni–er in red is clearly discernable. I guess this was his clever idea of a Halloween costume. He is a student at the St. Paul’s’ School in Brooklandville, Md.All of these young people were partying recently (not on the campuses of any of the schools mentioned), celebrating Halloween, dehumanizing Black people, who were the brunt of their twisted, racist humor.On background, I received internal communications from two of the schools, Gilman and the Roland Park Country School. Both, Caroline Blatti, the head of Roland Park Country School and Henry P.A. Smyth, the headmaster at Gilman outlined in detail the offenses of their students, as well their school’s, “commitment to promote inclusivity…and to foster a diverse and inclusive community that treats others with mutual trust, respect and empathy.” The schools say they are still investigating the incidents and ascertaining possible disciplinary measures. Both heads of school claim that an unknown third party, not affiliated with their schools, added racist captions to the pictures.St. Paul’s School sent the AFRO the following statement in response to the racist Hallowen incident:“St. Paul’s School does not tolerate any form of hate or discrimination. The School is investigating an incident that occurred off campus and outside of school hours, and will take the necessary and appropriate steps. Privacy policies do not permit us to provide any further information. We remain committed to fostering an inclusive community whose members respect themselves and one another.”Christopher Post, headmaster at Boys’ Latin sent the following response to their alumni and families:“Over the weekend, Boys’ Latin was identified in connection with a series of images on social media that contained inflammatory language and depicted individuals in costumes, wearing clothing that imitates that worn by inmates in prison. One of these individuals had the name ‘Freddie Gray’ displayed across his back and was identified as a BL alumnus.I am deeply troubled that an individual would choose to act in this way, and I am so sorry for any hurt or pain that these actions have caused. Boys’ Latin denounces the insensitivity and intolerance depicted by these images. In no way, shape or form will Boys’ Latin support or tolerate actions or behaviors that demean or belittle another person, a group of individuals, or the suffering that one may endure.”Simple question, what the hell is wrong with these kids? The most convenient one syllable answer: Trump.Although many argue the 45th president has added gasoline to an already raging inferno of racial intolerance in America, he certainly didn’t start the fire. And White kids didn’t just start dressing up like “ni–ers” for Halloween after Trump entered the White House.I remember reporting on a story in October 2006, when students at Johns Hopkins University, specifically from the Sigma Chi fraternity, were suspended for hosting a, “Halloween in the Hood.” Revelers were encouraged to dress in “regional clothing,” for example, “bling bling ice ice grills,” and “hoochie hoops.” There was also a skeleton dangling from a rope at this particular party. I can cite many more examples of this kind of stupidity.Some people I’ve talked to seem genuinely shocked that White boys and White girls from some of the state’s most prestigious private schools got busted for acting like little Klansmen and Nazis. I don’t understand why they are so shocked.Again, Trump didn’t create the peculiar and ubiquitous American system of White supremacy (although he has worked prodigiously in a short period of time to help it thrive).But, if Trump can masquerade as the leader of the free world, why can’t rich, White, privileged, private school kids dress up like so-called “ni–ers,” for Halloween?Happy Halloween Black people.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor, and host and executive producer of The AFRO First Edition w/Sean Yoes on the AFRO’s Facebook  page.last_img read more

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first_imgSeventeen immigrants were picked up by police in the Kaimakli area of Nicosia and taken to Omorfita police station at 5.45am on Tuesday morning.Police are working on trying to identify them. According to Cybc, they said they were Syrians.Three unaccompanied minors were picked up in the same area ten days ago.  Large swathes of Kaimakli are interspersed with parts of the buffer zone.You May LikeCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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