Nova Scotia man charged with drowning litter of kittens SPCA says

first_imgHALIFAX – Two Nova Scotians have been charged criminally in unrelated horrific animal death cases — a man who allegedly drowned a litter of kittens in a bucket, and a woman who allegedly left a dog to die in an abandoned car.“These animals suffered a horrible death,” said Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector for the Nova Scotia SPCA, which announced charges in both cases on Thursday.“The reasons both of these cases went to the Criminal Code as opposed to the Animal Protection Act is because of how severe these were.”The SPCA said a Little Narrows, N.S., woman was charged after a dog was found dead in a vehicle in a Halifax parkade on May 25. No food or water was left for the dog, Landsburg said.“It is our belief that the car was abandoned by the owner and the dog was left inside,” she said.“The dog did not die of heat exhaustion that day. The dog was in that car, for it was probably weeks before it was actually found. It actually died from dehydration and starvation.”The Little Narrows woman was scheduled to appear in court Thursday. She has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering or injury to an animal and failing to provide suitable and adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.In the other case, the SPCA said it received a call in late July about “the possible disappearance of a litter of kittens,” and determined they had been drowned by their owner, an Aldershot man.“It’s what we refer to as breathlessness — so when an animal is drowned, it’s basically the worst sensation you can ever come across is you know you’re about to die,” Landsburg said.She recounted a case earlier this year in which a dead cat was found in a bag in an Annapolis Valley pond, but she said it was the first such mass kitten drowning she has seen.“Maybe 40 years ago it was the norm that people would revert to on farms or whatever — they would fill a feedbag up, and put a litter of kittens in it and drown it. That’s not the way we do things today.”The man is charged under the Criminal Code with wilfully and without lawful excuse killing kittens. He will be arraigned Oct. 24 in Kentville provincial court.Landsburg said the SPCA offers spay and neuter programs at low cost, and also helps find homes for unwanted kittens.“There’s lots of options out there so they don’t have to resort to this heinous crime,” said Landsburg.last_img read more

Insurance company uncovers pervasive auto body shop scams urges action

first_imgTORONTO – Workers at auto body shops deliberately damaged cars, installed used parts but billed for new ones, or invoiced for phantom repairs, according to an investigation by a Canadian insurer that is calling on government to help in curbing the problem.Aviva Canada found about half the total expenses submitted for repairs to crashed vehicles during its investigation in Ontario were bogus — an amount the company estimates adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars a year.“Nobody has ever really sampled the extent of fraud with any kind of accuracy,” Gordon Rasbach, Aviva Canada’s vice president of fraud management, said in an interview. “This is the first time in Canada that we’re aware of that anyone has actually taken a sample, albeit a small one, at random, and used actual cases in progress to put some kind of numbers on it.”In its investigation — results are to be released on Monday — Aviva attempted to simulate typical fender-bender situations involving private passenger cars by deliberately crashing 10 vehicles.The company had experts detail the damage and estimate repair costs, then kitted out the cars with hidden cameras and, at various times last year, put them on highways in the Toronto area. Investigators posed as hapless drivers just having gone through their first crash.Rasbach said he was surprised only one repair outfit acted honestly. The other nine cases showed some degree of “clear cut” fraud, he said. While Aviva’s experts had estimated total damage for the 10 vehicles at about $30,000, the repair shops invoiced Aviva for about $61,000, the company says.Among other things Aviva says occurred were tow-truck drivers who billed for towing and storage that didn’t happen, drivers who were asked to sign blank work orders, cars maliciously damaged at body shops, and shenanigans over repaired or replaced parts.“The video footage and clear evidence of fraudulent invoicing shows just how pervasive the problem of fraud is,” Rasbach said. “Honest consumers are the ones that are paying for it.”Insurance fraud eats into the bottom lines of companies like Aviva.Industry estimates suggest between five and 15 per cent of premiums drivers pay for car insurance go toward covering undetected fraudulent claims. Aviva, whose own tactics in fighting legitimate claims have come under fire by the courts, says more has to be done to combat fraud. Among other things, it wants governments to force insurance companies to report and share information when fraud is identified.“In Canada, insurers are not only not compelled to report fraud, they’re not even compelled to do something about it,” Rasbach said. “The insurers themselves don’t seem to be able to get their act together on this problem.”Banning referral fees to third parties — for example a tow-truck driver who gets paid to take a vehicle to a specific facility — and making it illegal to ask consumers to sign blank work orders are other measures the government should take, Aviva said.A spokeswoman for Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the government was making structural reforms to address fraud but did not comment on any of the ideas put forward by Aviva.Ken Whitehurst, executive director of the Consumers Association of Canada, expressed skepticism the fraud is as extensive as claimed given that repairs are often done at body shops recommended by the insurance companies themselves. However, Aviva deserves some credit, he said.“It’s great that they are illustrating that (fraud) is really happening,” Whitehurst said. “It’s a positive thing that they’re trying to come up with what they hope are low cost ideas (to address it).”The Aviva study comes just months ahead of a provincial election in Ontario, where high auto-insurance premiums have been a perennial hot topic for decades. A report previously commissioned by the province found the average policy for a vehicle in 2015 was $1,458 — double that in Quebec and almost 55 per cent higher than the Canadian average.That report, which focused on curbing sharply rising costs related to crash-related health-care benefits, prompted the province among other things to begin developing standard treatment plans. In addition, Ontario has announced plans to set up a “Serious Fraud Office” to combat fraud with a focus on auto insurance.A previous Aviva investigation into a scam involving claims for accident-related health benefits in the Toronto area prompted a police probe that led to fraud charges against three people.last_img read more

Barho tragedy could prompt new safety measures upgraded building code experts

first_imgHALIFAX — Experts say the deaths of the seven Barho children in a ferocious Halifax house fire last week could lead to new fire safety measures and changes to the country’s building code.Phil Rizcallah, director for construction research and development with the National Research Council of Canada, says the country will learn from the tragedy.He says the federal research organization plans to study the fire marshal’s report, and that the house fire could lead to changes to the national building code.Mike Holmes, one of Canada’s leading contractors and a well-known television host, says the tragedy is a wake-up call.He says new homes should be built with fire-resistant products, including sprays that can help reduce the risk of a flash burn.Fire officials are continuing to investigate the fast-moving blaze that left only a charred husk of the Barho home, located in a newly built residential housing enclave in a Halifax suburb.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian light oil prices hit with same discounts afflicting oilsands prices

first_imgHe says there’s also less room for Canadian crude in American refineries, which are running at a 13-year high of more than 90 percent of capacity, because of strong U.S. crude oil production in 2017.Deloitte predicts that Canadian price differentials will start to return to historic norms as the new Sturgeon Refinery northeast of Edmonton ramps up production this year, soaking up some of Alberta’s oilsands crude surplus, and as more refinery room becomes availablein the U.S.It adds that the Alberta government’s recent initiatives to encourage building partial upgrading facilities for oilsands crude, if successful, will also help free up more export pipeline room.About 850,000 barrels per day of Canada’s oil production is conventional light oil, the rest of the 4.5 million bpd total is oilsands bitumen and conventional heavy oil.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The same factors that have inflated the discount paid for Canadian oilsands heavy crude compared with U.S. oil are also driving a substantial rise in the discount for light Canadian oil.Accounting firm Deloitte says in a report that the difference between New York-traded West Texas Intermediate and Edmonton Light oil prices widened to US$7.32 per barrel in January, an 86 percent increase over the average of US$3.93 per barrel in the fourth quarter of last year.Deloitte partner Andrew Botterill says the lower relative pricing for Canadian crude is partly caused by pipeline capacity constraints as oil production rises in Canada. A key conduit to the U.S. market, TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline, remains at lower capacity following a leak in November.last_img read more

Court action taken to free Al Jazeera’s Nigerian journalists

By Kevin KriedemannLondon – Legal action has been taken to declare the Nigerian military’s detention of two Al Jazeera journalists as “illegal and unconstitutional.”The Motion on Notice filed today in Abuja’s high court seeks the enforcement of Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa’s “fundamental rights to personal liberty and human dignity” under the Nigerian constitution. It also seeks a court order for their immediate release from the “illegal military custody” that began on 24 March 2015.The move comes as concern for the pair grew after they were denied access to their phones and contact with the outside world. Al Jazeera said it was extremely concerned about the situation and was seeking guarantees regarding the safety and wellbeing of their journalists.It is hoped that the legal action will help bring an end to the impasse where Idris and Mustafa have been held by military forces in Maiduguri for no apparent reason for the last ten days.Salah Negm, director of news for Al Jazeera English, said, “We want the military to bring this situation to a close, and call on all parties involved in this capture of our journalists to end this now. Nobody appears to be taking responsibility for this grave action and we hope this legal action will help to cut through the haze.”The detention has been condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the National Press Club, and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of organisations working in support of credible and transparent elections. Al Jazeera English is one of the most-watched news channels in Nigeria, with millions of viewers every day.Idris is an experienced journalist who has over thirty years of broadcasting experience. He started working for the Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1983. In 2006 Idris joined the BBC in Abuja and in 2007 until 2010 he was the Bureau Editor. Since 2010 Idris has served as a producer/reporter for Al Jazeera. In 2014 he was the first international journalist to reach Chibok and interview families affected by the mass kidnap of schoolgirls by Boko Haram.Mustafa has been a cameraman with Al Jazeera since 2011. He graduated from the National Film Institute, Jos, Plateau State in 2000 as an Independent Film Maker, majoring in scripting producing and directing. read more

Great opportunities seen at Colombo Port City

Council members were seen questioning engineers in detail on the various aspects of the construction of Port City.They had urged the management to afford them the opportunity of further visits to familiarize themselves with the workings of this new city by the sea. The President of the Chamber, Ranjith Gunatilleke had requested the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd employer’s representative, Wang Hao who was also a member of the council to extend visiting opportunities for aspiring architects and engineers in local universities.He was of the opinion that they could inspect the site and understand the future prospects this gigantic development project held for them.The Chamber of Construction saw great opportunity for these students to be a part of the development of Port City Colombo, which is expected to reach completion by 2040. The Sri Lanka Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) says it sees great opportunities at the Colombo Port City.The council members of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Construction Industry made an observational visit to the Port City Colombo construction site. The council members made positive remarks about the project and they found the tour informative as well as being a new experience. A technical presentation was made followed by a tour of the construction area. The executive council members of the CCI also had their monthly council meeting at the Port City Colombo site office. read more

President says he will not approve pay hike for MPs

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had said earlier there was no final decision on increasing the salaries of Members of Parliament. The Speaker said that any increase of the salaries of MPs must be in line with a decision reached by Parliament in 2006 on the salaries of MPs and High Court judges.Jayasuriya said that the salaries of High Court judges had been increased recently in line with the decision reached on 2006/23/11 and there was a proposal to increase the salaries of MPs as well. In a media statement yesterday, Jayasuriya said that there has been a lot of debate in the media over reports a decision had been taken to increase the salaries of Parliamentarians. President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not approve an increase of the salary for Members of Parliament.The President made these comments while addressing a gathering at an event in Polonnaruwa today. He however said that while the proposal is being studied no final decision has been reached. (Colombo Gazette) read more

2 UVic students dead several seriously injured in Vancouver Island bus rollover

Two University of Victoria students died and more than a dozen other people were injured Friday after a bus on its way to a marine research centre rolled over on a narrow gravel road on Vancouver Island.The incident happened between the communities of Port Alberni and Bamfield, said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which received a call for assistance at around 10 p.m.“It’s pretty austere out there. Lots of trees, lots of hills, lots of rugged terrain, and the weather wasn’t really co-operating,” said navy Lt. Tony Wright, a public relations officer with JRCC.The pilots couldn’t land the helicopters at the scene so ambulances took the injured to an airport in Port Alberni, he said. From there, three people were airlifted to hospital.Two of them were in critical condition and one was in serious condition, said Andrea Visscher, a spokeswoman for British Columbia Emergency Health Services.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Fourteen others in stable condition were taken by ground transportation to local hospitals, she said. BC EHS couldn’t provide an update on any of the injured people’s conditions.“Once they’re admitted into hospital, we don’t get any further updates from them,” Visscher said.A school bus drove 29 others away from the scene, she said.The RCMP is investigating the cause of the crash.The Wilson’s Group, which owns Wilson’s Transportation Ltd., said in a statement that one of its buses was involved in the accident.“Our immediate concern is with the passengers, the driver and their families,” read the statement. “Management and ownership is working with authorities and the University of Victoria to address those immediate concerns.”Wilson’s Transportation is a charter bus company that serves Victoria and Vancouver Island, according to its website. It operates more than 140 vehicles.A statement from the university said the students on the bus were headed to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre.“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to the students’ families and loved ones, to whom we offer our sincerest condolences,” said Jamie Cassels, the university’s president.The research centre also acts as a shared campus of several post-secondary institutions, according to its website.An employee who answered the phone Saturday declined to comment on the centre’s programs or why the students were travelling there, but according to its website it offers summer field courses, as well as a five-course fall semester program in marine sciences.Robert Dennis, chief councillor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, was driving home with his wife when they passed by the scene“There were some people laying on the ground, laying on what appeared to be blankets and were being looked after by the rest of the students,” he said.“They were definitely panicked.”The bus was overturned and about six to nine metres down an embankment, he said, adding that it rested against some trees, which seemed to have stopped it from rolling further down.People were helping remove others from the bus and getting them up to the roadway, Dennis said, adding that he and his wife provided them with water and a rain poncho for warmth. He said he and his wife stayed at the scene to help in any way they could.Dennis said the area has no cellphone reception and he estimates he was at the scene for about two hours until first responders showed up.He said the incident occurred on a “dangerous” narrow stretch of the road, noting that the First Nations community has been asking the provincial government for the road quality to be improved for years. They would like to see it chipsealed, which he says would be a better pavement surface.The road is more than 80 kilometres long and mostly gravel, said Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions. It was once mostly heavily used by logging companies, she said, but now it’s also frequented by tourists and people living in coastal communities.“It’s a challenging road at the best of times. It’s narrow and (winding),” she said, adding its condition is not up to standard. “It’s a concern for sure.”The city has supported the First Nations community’s call for improvements, she said, reaching out to the provincial government as well.She’d like to see it paved or chipsealed, receive regular maintenance and increased lighting, and offer cellphone service for at least emergency calls.But, she noted, the section of road was graded the day before the crash. She said Western Forest Products maintains that portion of roadway, and workers have agreed to continue to maintain it despite currently being in strike action. read more

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent a

In a report covering 13,000 firms in 70 countries, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said that globally, around six in 10 agreed that gender diversity improved their business, with almost as many citing gains in creativity, innovation and reputation. In terms of profits, almost three-quarters of companies that tracked gender diversity in management positions reported increases of between five and 20 per cent, while the majority saw 10 to 15 per cent growth. Firms with more women in management:💵‍ are more profitable👩🏼‍🔬‍‍ have an easier time attracting talent🏆 have a better public imageCheck out our latest report:— ILO (@ilo) May 22, 2019 In addition to higher profits, report author Jae-Hee Chang also underlined that having more women in the boardroom also led to more female managers at the entry, medium and senior level. Despite these positive findings, less than a third of company boards globally have at least 30 per cent female participation – the “critical mass” where the positive effects on the bottom line of more women in senior management begin to kick in, according to ILO. “What happens at the very top leadership does trickle down,” she said. “It does have an association and connection to business performance.” “It’s clear there are still fewer women in those type of (senior) roles than in the workforce as a whole, and the higher you go in the chain of command in a company… the less likely you are to find a woman”, said Deborah France-Massin, Director of the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities. At a national level, the UN report also found a correlation between more female employees and increased production, based on data from 186 countries from 1991-2017.  “We expected to see a positive correlation between gender diversity and business success, but these results are eye-opening”, Ms. France-Massin explained. “When you consider the efforts companies make in other areas to get just an extra two or three per cent in profits, the significance is clear: companies should look at gender balance as a bottom line issue, not just a human resource issue.”  Despite the “conscious and unconscious bias” today that prevents women from being exposed to the full range of tasks in businesses that help to ensure career progression, there is some evidence that this discrimination is being addressed, Ms. France-Massin insisted. This is in part owing to increased education levels that are gradually creating a larger number of talented girls everywhere, she said, before warning gender discrimination in the workplace was potentially a bigger problem than previously thought. It “goes above and beyond the workplace,” she said. “Workplaces are a microcosm of the societies we are operating in and the culture we are born into. Companies can do so much, but it’s also about societal change and the role of women in society and the acceptance that as the workplace progresses, companies need talent to move forward, and some of those barriers that used to be there need breaking down even further.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball trying to right the ship before postseason play

Senior forward Sam Thompson (right) keeps his eye on the ball during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWith just four regular season games remaining before tournament play takes over the college basketball landscape, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is limping back to Columbus.Having played eight of its last 12 games on the road, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games including back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. The good news for OSU is that three of its last four games are set to be played at the Schottenstein Center, with the last road game coming against Penn State next Wednesday.OSU coach Thad Matta said he knew months ago that the current stretch of road games could make or break the Buckeyes’ season.“I knew in July when the Big Ten schedule came out, I said, ‘My God, coming out of Ann Arbor if our heads are above water, and we’ve got a decent mojo about us, we’ve got a shot,’” Matta said Wednesday. “The biggest thing that I’m at right now is, ‘Hey guys, look, we’re OK. We know what we’ve gotta do, we know how we’ve gotta do it, now let’s walk out on the court and get the job done.’”Doing just that will be key if the Buckeyes want to make their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.OSU, which has slipped to a No. 8 seed in ESPN’s most recent bracket projections, has not been seeded that low since the 2009 tournament when the Buckeyes fell to No. 9 seed Siena in double overtime.That team, which lost in Dayton, boasted just one senior (a walk-on) and had little NCAA Tournament experience.Despite that, Matta said he doesn’t believe he has to do anything extra to motivate or educate his current freshman-laden roster about the big dance.“Times have changed. I remember, I don’t know if it was ‘08, I had a team meeting one time and said, ‘How many of you freshmen know how to get in the NCAA tournament?’ They didn’t know,” Matta said. “Now, that’s been seven years ago and everybody knows. I like where they (the current freshmen) are in terms of how they’re playing and how they are getting better. I would hope the four seniors that have been here would be telling them those things. I am sure they know that, I don’t like to bring it up.”One of those seniors, forward Sam Thompson, has been as far as the Final Four in the tournament.Thompson, who played 12 minutes in a 64-62 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2012 semifinal as a freshman, said getting back to the NCAA Tournament remains in OSU’s sights.“Obviously the end goal is to make the NCAA Tournament. For the seniors that have been deep in the tournament, we know that there is no better feeling,” Thompson said. “For the young guys, they all came here for an opportunity to play in the tournament. We know that we have some work to do, as far as our résumé, but our goal is to get better, our goal is to play our best basketball. We know if we do that, everything else will work itself out.”The Buckeyes are getting set to try and right the ship Thursday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who have dropped their last five games.Despite the Cornhuskers’ poor form, Thompson said he expects a motivated and fired-up squad coming in from Lincoln, Neb.The Cornhuskers might have extra motivation coming from the fact that coach Tim Miles revoked the team’s access to their locker room after a 74-46 loss at home to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday.“I didn’t hear anything about it until coach Matta told us when he was sort of setting the stage,” Thompson said of Nebraska’s lockout. “We know they are going to come in and play hard. I guess their locker room is on the line now. We know they are going to come in and give us their best shot. We know that we have to be ready to play. Our mindset doesn’t really change.”The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers are set to tip off at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. read more

Hillsborough families say fine for club official values lives of the 96

Jason Beer QC, defending, said: “Thirty years has elapsed since this offence was committed, but Mr Mackrell was told in August 1990 that he wasn’t going to be prosecuted and lived his life accordingly.”He has spent two years with this hanging over his head.” He said senior police officers had also been aware of the arrangement for turnstiles on the day.He added: “He wasn’t part of any cover up, he wasn’t part of any concealment of facts. He was blameless for the delay of 30 years.”He said at the time, Hillsborough had been regarded as one of the safest stadiums in the country.Judge Openshaw said if Mackrell had been sentenced under the guidelines of today he could have faced a maximum of two years in prison.He said Mackrell had been exposed to public “vilification” since the disaster.He said: “The disaster and its aftermath has had a serious and lasting effect on him and his family.” Mackrell, of Stocking Peltham in Hertfordshire, had originally faced three charges relating to the disaster, but two counts of contravening terms or conditions of the ground’s safety certificate were dropped during proceedings.He stood trial alongside match commander David Duckenfield but, after deliberating for 29 hours and six minutes, the jury failed to reach a verdict on whether the former chief superintendent was guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 of the victims.A hearing to decide whether Duckenfield will face a retrial is expected to be held next month.Judge Openshaw said Mackrell would be given a fine which was 600% of his weekly income.The court heard he made £700-a-week in his job as administrator for the Football League Managers’ Association and earned an additional £670-a-week from pensions.There was laughter from the public gallery as Mr Beer said Mackrell had “modest” savings of £5,000.Mr Beer told the court: “Mr Mackrell made a mistake and he made the same mistake that others may have made.” “He went on to bigger and better things, he was promoted. This is a man who has been paid very well and gone on to do other things. That should not have happened.”She said she was “absolutely livid” when reference was made in court to Mackrell’s good character and said if he was “any kind of professional person and decent man” then he would have answered the 22 questions put to him by officers from Operation Resolve – the criminal inquiry into Hillsborough – rather than give no comment.The court heard there were seven turnstiles available for the 10,100 Liverpool fans with standing tickets.Judge Sir Peter Openshaw said: “He should have realised there was an obvious risk that so many spectators could not pass through seven turnstiles in time for kick-off.” Families of the Hillsborough disaster victims have reacted angrily to the £6,500 fine handed out to a former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, saying it values each of the 96 at just £67.70. Graham Mackrell, 69, who was safety officer for the club at the time of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, was sentenced on Monday after he was found guilty of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act in respect of ensuring there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up outside the ground.But outside Preston Crown Court, an enraged Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died at Hillsborough, said: “Our 96 are dead and all its worth is £67.70 each. Shameful. Thirty years to get to this.”Our 96 deserve better than this and us families deserve better than this. We are all getting on in age and enough is enough.”My weekly shopping costs more than £67.70.”Speaking of Mackrell, Christine Burke, whose father Henry died in the disaster, said: “When Hillsborough happened he was in charge of the safety certificate at the time and he should have been sacked straightaway. There should have been no way that he could have pursued his career as he did do after Hillsborough. Mackrell, wearing a suit with blue shirt and purple tie, sat in the well of the court rather than the dock for the sentencing.In a statement, Mackrell said: “I am grateful that today the judge recognised my conduct did not cause or contribute to the death of any person or cause any person to be injured on that tragic day.”Despite that, I do wish to take this opportunity to make clear my sympathy to all those impacted by this appalling tragedy. No-one should have to go through what the families have experienced. 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. “Due to the ongoing legal processes involving other defendants, I will not be making any further comment.”About half a dozen family members sat in the public gallery and nine members of the press were also in court, with others watching from an annexe.Three members of the jury returned to hear the sentencing.The former club secretary, the first person to be convicted for an offence relating to the disaster, was found guilty of by a majority of 10 to two on April 3 following an 10-week trial.Ninety-six Liverpool fans died following the crush in the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, after exit gates to the ground were opened to relieve a build-up of crowds outside.But, Judge Openshaw said Mackrell’s offence did not directly cause the disaster inside the ground.He said: “The defendant’s offence was at least one of the direct causes of the crush at the turnstiles outside the ground but it was not a direct cause of the crush on the terraces inside the ground that resulted in the deaths of 96 spectators and injury to many more, to which the crush outside the ground did no more than set the scene.” read more

EHF EURO 2010 For the fifth place Montenegro vs France

← Previous Story Torsten Laen until 2013 in Fuchse Berlin Next Story → Younger Lijewski won’t be ready for the WC 2011? Montenegrin girls didn’t achieve semifinal matches and battles for the medals, but their handball fans can be proud. Montenegro beats Denmark 30:29 and won third place in really tough Main Group I in front of Russia, Croatia and Spain. That means that players of coach Dragan Adžić will play against France for the fifth place, what is a great result for a debutant in big international handball competition.Results of the Round 3 – Main Group 1Montenegro – Denmark 30:29Croatia – Spain 23:22Russia – Romania 35:20Standings:Denmark 8Romania 6Montenegro 6Russia 4Croatia 4Spain 2Semifinals (Saturday – 18.12.):Denmark – NorwayRomania – Sweden

11 Indie Games We Want To See On The Switch

first_img ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target Of all the stereotypes about Nintendo, one of the most enduring has been the belief that their consoles are only worth buying for first-party games. And certainly in past generations that was mostly true – how many Wii games were third-party shovelware compared to the Mario and Zelda entries? But starting with the Wii U and moving forward to the Switch, the big N has started to loosen the reigns a little bit for smaller developers, resulting in numerous exciting indies finding a new home on the hybrid platform.Recent weeks have seen the release of games like World of Goo and The Binding of Isaac for the Switch, and in the future we can expect indie titles like Mini Metro and 2064: Read Only Memories to hit the system. All this small-game goodness has inspired us to put together a list of lesser-known games that we home get the same treatment.CupheadThe run and gun platformer genre got its start on the original NES with Capcom’s Mega Man games, and we’d be very surprised if 2017’s breakout indie hit didn’t make its way to the Switch sooner or later. Cuphead has a window of exclusivity on Windows and Xbone, but when that contract’s up it’s only logical that the devs will want to wring every penny they can out of their painstakingly hand-drawn art. But this one’s more than just a pretty face – the difficulty is finely tuned and there’s a wealth of power-ups and modifiers you can equip to give yourself more challenge – or less, if that’s what you’re into.Dead CellsRetro-styled games do well on Nintendo platforms – just look at Shovel Knight – but Dead Cells has a lot more going for it than mere nostalgia. The bone-hard side-scrolling roguelike is a great distillation of some of today’s hippest trends. As you progress through dungeons, you pick up a wide variety of weapons with unique effects, bonuses and drawbacks and use them to slaughter the bizarre beasts that hinder you. As with any great roguelike, each run feels different, forcing you to really learn the systems to survive. The developer has dropped hints about a possible Switch release, so our fingers are crossed.Heat SignatureThis PC indie hit seems perfect for the Switch’s unconventional controls and mobile capability. Playing something like a Hotline Miami with considerably more tactical depth, you control a group of mercenaries taking on jobs in deep space that can easily cascade into all-out chaos. Every mission seems different, giving you a wide variety of weapons and gadgets to solve problems your way. It’s nail-bitingly hard, surprisingly funny and eminently replayable. Porting it to the Switch might be a tough job for the small team – it’s still in Early Access – but it would definitely be worth it.SpelunkyOne of the most lauded indie games of all time, Spelunky‘s mix of airtight side-scrolling platforming and roguelike exploration through randomly generated caverns made it a massive hit across multiple platforms, including the PS Vita, PS3 and PS4. It hasn’t wound up on any Nintendo system yet, though, which is a little perplexing as it feels in many ways like a strange synthesis of Metroid and Mario. There’s a sequel coming sometime this year, but they’ve only announced it for PC and PS4. Surely being able to delve into caves on the go is a worthwhile thing to pursue?Rain WorldAdult Swim dropped this long-awaited tale of exploration and survival on PC and PS4 last year, and we haven’t heard any rumblings about ports since then. This one is probably the most polarizing game on the list, with players either loving or hating its uncompromising style. As a “slugcat,” a weird little creature with few defenses against predators, you must fill your belly and get to shelter before the toxic rains come each night, contending with a complex ecosystem that really isn’t interested in your survival. It’s a compelling and brave take on the Metroidvania concept that deserves more exposure.Slime RancherNintendo has made their bones by caring about casual players as well as the hardcore, and sometimes you just want to sort of bliss out and perform repetitive tasks in a candy-colored world while numbers go up. Few indie games scratch that itch quite like Slime Rancher, which casts you as an astronaut who travels to a faraway planet to care and feed a flabbergasting variety of cute little slimes. By feeding them different stuff, they evolve and morph into all sorts of critters with different personalities. It’s gently addictive and a perfect choice for the Switch.Keep Talking And Nobody ExplodesThe Switch was definitely sold as a social gaming experience, and one of the most compelling multiplayer games of recent years would do great on the portable platform. The basic gimmick of Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes is simple: one player must defuse an on-screen bomb, but they don’t have any idea how to do it. The other players have access to a detailed bomb-disposal manual, but they can’t touch the bomb. What results is a wild and frenzied cooperative experience that’s unlike anything else the system has to offer.Hidden FolksThis beautiful and charming experience is like “Where’s Waldo” given a shot of mutant growth hormone. Developers Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg created a hand-drawn universe teeming with life and set gamers loose to discover everything they could inside it. Hidden object games got a bum rap due to PC shovelware, but Hidden Folks is something different – it’s overflowing with personality and charm and would be a great addition to Nintendo’s stable. Porting it from iOS to the Switch’s touchscreen seems like a pretty simple proposition, but we’re not codemasters so we can’t say for sure.Butt Sniffin’ PugsTaking inspiration from Animal Crossing, quirky indie Butt Sniffin’ Pugs lets one or two players morph into squish-faced canines and sets them free to explore a huge and detailed park stocked with humans, other dogs, birds and plenty of stuff to sniff. The developers have demoed the game using a bespoke controller shaped like a huge tennis ball with a dedicated “sniff” button, which lets you learn new abilities from your pug buddies. It’s a sweet and funny game that would land right in the sweet spot for Nintendo’s audience.Caves Of QudVisually low-fi and complicated as hell, Caves of Qud doesn’t seem like a natural fit for a Nintendo system. But this deep, bizarre role-playing adventure actually hearkens back to the earliest days of the company’s software, where games weren’t terribly concerned with being “friendly” and depended on the grit and gumption of players to work out their secrets. And there are a lot of secrets to be found here. This game is “Nintendo Hard” in the best, truest sense, and although it’s quite a longshot we’d love to be able to tote it around on our Switch, even if the baroque control system needed to be simplified a bunch.UndertaleProbably the most beloved indie game of the last decade, Toby Fox’s Undertale takes major inspiration from the big N’s classic Earthbound, but creates a role-playing experience that’s quirky and unique. As a lost child in a mysterious underground world, you encounter dogs, robots and other creatures. The big gimmick – that you don’t have to kill anyone to complete the game – manifests in the unique combat system that features action-based dodging coupled with negotiation, conversation and more. It’s already on Sony platforms so the Switch shouldn’t be any more difficult.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

CCI dismisses case against Gurgaonbased realtor DLF

first_imgDLF, the Gurgaon-based real estate group, got a relief when fair trade regulator, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), dismissed allegations that two DLF Group entities indulged in anti-competitive business practices.The complaints were made against DLF Qutab Enclave Complex Educational Charitable Trust and DLF for leasing plots earmarked for developing and running crèches and play schools in residential areas.”The potential developer of a crèche/play school does not necessarily require to develop/run the same with the residential colony/complex only. Therefore, considering that the relevant product market is not restricted to the plots earmarked for amenities in the residential colonies, the Commission does not find OP1/DLF Group to be dominant,” the CCI said in its order.The complaint was filed by Geeta Kapoor of Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, who had entered into a lease agreement with the Trust to set up and run a crèche in DLF Qutab Enclave Complex, in 1993 on a 95-year lease.The CCI order said DLF was not in contravention of section 4 of the Competition Commission of Act, 2002 and order the case to be closed under section 26 (2) of the Act.The DLF stock was trading at Rs 117.85 on Tuesday on the BSE, up 2.30%.last_img read more

Man held for injuring 7 with axe at German station

first_imgMan held for injuring 7 with axe at German stationGerman police arrested an axe-wielding attacker believed to be suffering from mental health issues after he injured seven people at the main train station in Dusseldorf Thursday.The 36-year-old man is from the former Yugoslavia, according to police, who said he suffered serious injuries when he jumped from a bridge while trying to escape.“An assailant probably armed with an axe attacked people at random” at about 8:50 pm local time (1950 GMT), city police said in a statement, adding that he “apparently suffers from mental problems”.“Out of the seven injured, three were badly hurt and four were slightly injured,” they said.Due to his injuries from the bridge fall the suspect was not yet able to be interrogated, the German news agency DPA reported.His reasons for carrying out the attack are unknown.In the wake of the rampage, large numbers of police including heavily armed police commandos in balaclavas and bullet-proof vests were deployed at the station. Bild newspaper reported that helicopters flew overhead.“Interruption at the central station in Dusseldorf. We can’t say when the trains will start running again,” regional police said on Twitter.Police originally said several attackers were involved, but after determining the man was the sole person responsible and taking him into custody, the station was reopened shortly before midnight Thursday.‘Blood everywhere’ -“We were on the platform waiting for the train. The train arrived and suddenly someone with an axe came out and started attacking people,” an unnamed witness told Bild.“There was blood everywhere,” the witness was quoted as saying.Peter Altmaier, a close adviser to Angela Merkel, wrote on Twitter: “What happened at the central station in Dusseldorf, our compassion and our thoughts go out to the injured.”The city’s mayor Thomas Geisel also reached out to victims.“It’s a huge blow for Dusseldorf. Many people are in shock. I’d like to thank the police. My thoughts go out to the victims and their families,” he reportedly said.German authorities have been on alert for terror attacks, especially since an assault claimed by the Islamic State group in December when a hijacked truck ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people.According to German security services, there are about 10,000 radical Islamists in the country, of whom 1,600 have suspected links to terror groups.However, there have been several attacks in Germany recently where the assailants have turned out to simply be psychologically unbalanced.In July last year, a 17-year-old migrant wielding an axe and a knife went on a rampage on a train in Bavaria, southern Germany, seriously injuring four members of a tourist family from Hong Kong and a passer-by.That attacker was later found to be mentally unbalanced.In February, a 35-year-old German national, who according to media was also suffering from psychiatric problems, drove his car into passers-by in Heidelberg, south-west Germany, killing one and injuring two.last_img read more

Entertainment Software for Lonely Children is the App Store oddity of th

first_imgIf you’re not really into the jump scares of the surprisingly popular Five Nights at Freddy’s and are looking for a more subtle type of creepiness, Folmer Kelly’s Entertainment Software for Lonely Children will do the job in less than a minute. The psychologically unsettling game — thanks in part to the simple, droning tones of the soundtrack — is a very strange take on the classic Pong, but meant to represent the frustration of being a lonely child, attempting to play a multiplayer game by yourself.As Kelly puts it in the app’s description, ESFLC is a game about Kelly talking to himself when he played two-player games by his lonesome. It’s a simple take on Pong, but the controls are deliberately frustrating to simulate the experience of attempting to manipulate two controllers by yourself — one paddle goes up, the other goes down. If there’s a traditional game here, it’s to maintain a rally to increase your score, but the real point of the game becomes clear when you fail: you get advice. It’s not normal advice, though — it’s advice you wish you could go back and tell the younger version of yourself.Taken out of context, the lines of advice are more sad than creepy, representing both major and minor insecurities you could have as a kid — from your family’s monetary struggles to hoping the boys at school don’t find out you have pink curtains in your room. However, the tone quickly becomes creepy when you realize the crude, 8-bit face is a representation of you giving advice to your younger self, while you play a two-player game with yourself — especially with that soundtrack droning on.The game is $0.99, which seems like too much considering ESFLC isn’t really a game, and especially because other games with the same price offer much more content. Compared with a $2 cup of coffee, though, the nervous laughs when you show your friends the game are worth a buck.last_img read more

Research trio crack RSA encryption keys by listening to computer noise

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —A trio of researchers in Israel has discovered that it is possible to crack 4096-bit RSA encryption keys using a microphone to listen to high-pitch noises generated by internal computer components. Adi Shamir (co-inventor of RSA), Daniel Genkin and Eran Tromer have published a research paper describing the technique on a Tel Aviv University server. More information: RSA Key Extraction via Low-Bandwidth Acoustic Cryptanalysis: Computers make noises, the researchers explain, far beyond the whirring of the fan. The CPU, for example, emits a high pitched noise as it operates, fluctuating depending on which operations it is performing—other components do likewise. Suspecting that they might be able to exploit this characteristic of computers, the researchers set about creating software to interpret noise data obtained using simple microphones and very little other equipment. They also focused exclusively on trying to achieve one single feat: deciphering an RSA encryption key. After much trial and effort, the researchers found it could be done without much effort.Listening and detecting the noise made by a computer as it processes a single character in an encryption key would be impossible, of course, so the researchers devised a method that causes the noise to be repeated enough times in a row to enable capture of its signal. And that can only happen if the attacker is able to send a cyphertext to the machine that is to be attacked and have it processed. The cyphertext contains code that causes looping. By listening to how the computer processes the cyphertext, the researchers can map the noises made by the computer as it crunches different characters, thereby allowing encryption keys sent by others to be cracked.What’s perhaps most frightening about this method is how easily it can be ported to various machines. The researchers found, for example, that by using a laptop and simple hardware and software they were able to crack encryption keys on a second laptop. Next, they did the same thing using a cell phone as the listening device. They suggest it could also be packaged completely in software and sent out as malware, hacking encryption keys on infected devices and sending them back to the hacker.As a side-note, the researchers also found that low-bandwidth attacks on computers are also possible by measuring the electrical potential of a computer’s chassis while the circuitry is busy doing its work. Researchers at Toshiba design quantum network for secure communications Explore further © 2013 Physical setup of a key recovery attack. A mobile phone (Samsung Note II) is placed 30 cm from a target laptop. The phone’s internal microphone points towards the laptop’s fan vents. Full key extraction is possible in this configuration and distance. Credit: Daniel Genkin et al. Citation: Research trio crack RSA encryption keys by listening to computer noise (2013, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Police and paramedics called to two incidents in town

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services have been dealing with two incidents in a Stoke-on-Trent town this evening. Police and paramedics were called to Newcastle Street in Burslem at around 2.45pm following a three-vehicle accident. West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed one woman had been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital following the collision. Paramedics are also treating a man after being called by police to Jenkins Street in the town. An air ambulance was also called but was called off before arriving, West Midlands Ambulance Service have said. Read MoreMotorcyclist taken to hospital after accident on A500   A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:  “We were called by the police by around quarter past four. “We currently have one ambulance and a paramedic officer at the scene and are treating one man. “An air ambulance from Cosford and a doctor were both called but have now been stood down.” Staffordshire Police said they had made an arrest on Jenkins Street after stopping a man wanted in connection with other offences. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.center_img Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

The HyperDrive USBC with 4K HDMI Support Is Up For An Amazing

first_img Share Tweet Submit USB-C is gradually increasing in importance especially after the increasing usage of the new MacBook Pro. The removal of USB 3.0 ports made the USB-C more important than ever. Even today many devices are still not supporting the USB-C and despite wanting to use this type, you can’t. HyperDrive USB-C with 4K HDMI Support will help you do this. So what does this device do? It will help expand the ports on your MacBook and you will then have an HDMI, 2 USB 3.0 and an extra USB Type-C port all in one place. Wccftech is offering amazing discount on this device. Get your hands on one and multitask like a pro.HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support featuresHyperDrive USB-C with 4K HDMI Support is gradually growing in importance, so why don’t you get one too and make your work process even smoother than before. Here are highlights of what the device has to offer: Expand your new MacBook’s ports to accommodate HDMI cables, syncing cables, camera cords, flash drives, microSD cards and much more Play 4K HDMI video on external monitors with 4K HDMI support Charge your laptop with pass-through charging, without having to remove the hub Carry anywhere easily thanks to a portable, sturdy designDetails and RequirementsHere are some other details that you would want to know about what the deal has to offer. USB Type-CHDMI 2 USB 3.0 Material: aluminum Does not support Apple SuperDriveCompatibility 2015/2016 12″ MacBook2016/2017 MacBook Pro Chromebook PixelIncludes HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI Support (silver)Get a 25% discount on the device and avail all these amazing features. The deal will be expiring in a few days so get your hands on it now. Otherwise you will have to get the device on full price and let’s admit, no one likes to do that.Original Price HyperDrive USB-C with 4K HDMI Support: $59.99Wccftech Discount Price HyperDrive USB-C with 4K HDMI Support: $44.99last_img read more

STORY REMOVED BCEU–VaticanGay Marriage

first_img Top Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Pope’s meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The story was mistakenly resent on Friday. The same story was originally filed on June 14, 2013.The AP(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more