Body Scanners Purchased to Protect Inmates and Staff

first_imgBody scanners will soon be used in adult correctional facilities across the province to help protect inmates and staff from drugs, weapons and other contraband. “Safety and security within our correctional facilities is our top priority,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey. “These body scanners will enhance security, protect inmates and provide safer environments for our Correctional Services staff.” The tender for five body scanners was awarded Wednesday, Jan. 31. In the coming months two will be in place at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Halifax Regional Municipality), and one each at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Pictou County), Southwest Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (Yarmouth County), and Cape Breton Correctional Facility (Cape Breton Regional Municipality). Body scanners have been proven to detect drugs, weapons and other types of contraband that is attempted to be smuggled into facilities. The cost of the five body scanners is about $1 million. The purchase of the body scanners supports Nova Scotia’s Opioid Use and Overdose Framework, which was put in place in 2017 to tackle the immediate impacts and long-term effects of opioid use and overdose in Nova Scotia. Naloxone kits are also available in all correctional facilities. For more information about the framework visit www.novascotia.ca/opioid.last_img read more

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Cinema Spectacular in Vancouver

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Vancouver, BC – Billed as An All Canadian Motion Picture Variety Show, Cinema Spectacular has been carving out a reputation as a compelling and unique event with a stellar line up of shorts, live music, and mingling galore in the Vancity Theatre atrium. Meeting with founder Laurel Brown in her airy Mt. Pleasant kitchen, her zest for filmmaking is palpable as we sip coffee in kitschy cups. After graduating the film program at SFU and struggling to get her own films made and into festivals, she started looking for other options. In 2014, she decided it was time to showcase indie shorts from outside the mainstream festival circuit, invited fellow filmmakers to submit their work and booked the VIFF theatre on Seymour in the heart of the city. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Julian Fantino new Conservative candidate

first_imgAPTN National NewsTYENDINAGA, Ont.–Few people know the former head of the OPP and the Conservative Party’s newest candidate Julian Fantino like Mohawk activist Shawn Brant.Fantino announced Tuesday that he would be running in an upcoming by-election for the Toronto-area riding of Vaughan.“If the good society of Canada decides to put Fantino in, those are consequences that they will have to bear,” said Brant. “We should only hope that this government doesn’t place him in charge of Aboriginal affairs… I don’t think his running for office will serve the people of Canada or their values and principles.”Brant and Fantino squared off several times over the past decade.Their first interaction came shortly after attacks of Sept. 11 when Brant was an activist with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty in Toronto and Fantino was police chief of Toronto.Brant was asked to respond to a letter from Fantino who had requested that poverty activists end their campaign against Ontario’s Mike Harris’ government in light of the terror attacks in New York City and Washington DC.“I said the circumstances of First Nations people were not affected by what happened on Sept. 11 and that plans would be continuing as they were,” said Brant. “I penned that letter in 2001 and that was the start of Fantino’s campaign against not only us, but First Nations people as well.”Their most intense confrontation, however, came on June 29, 2007, the first National Day of Action.Brant and several Mohawks had blockaded Canada’s busiest thoroughfare, Hwy. 401, along with a secondary highway and a main railway.Fantino’s OPP were preparing to raid the Mohawk positions if the blockades didn’t come down.Transcripts of Fantino and Brant’s telephone conversation during the early morning hours of June 29 have since been made public. They offered a rare, unvarnished glimpse of the former OPP commissioner in action.“(Fantino) doesn’t have any regard or consideration for Aboriginal people,” said Brant. “I think that became clearly apparent and evident in the nature of the conversation I had with him.”During the conversation, Fantino threatened to “destroy Brant” and warned him that “your world’s going to come crashing down.”Brant said Fantino was threatening him with death. A threat also issued to Brant’s brother.“He said to a family member, my brother, that the next time he would see me would be in a morgue,” said Brant. “That’s who he is and I don’t think that he will serve the vast majority of the Canadian public well.”The Vaughan riding was vacated when former Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua gave up his seat to run for mayor of Vaughan.last_img read more

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Morocco Reaffirms Commitment to Fostering Ties with African Countries

Rabat  –Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida reiterated Morocco’s commitment to fostering ties with African countries according to an active, solidarity-based approach, as part of HM King Mohammed VI’s strategic vision.Bouaida, who was speaking at a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Sao Tome and Principe Antonio Alvaro Da Graca Dias, also expressed the readiness of Morocco to further relations with Sao Tome and Principe, especially in promising areas of cooperation such as sea fisheries, vocational training, health, drinking water, tourism, agriculture and transport, mining and energy.Highlighting the Moroccan commitment to strengthening the legal framework governing relations between the two countries, including through the conclusion of other cooperation agreements, the Minister stressed the importance of the Morocco-Sao Tome Joint Committee as a mechanism for dialogue and consultation for the consolidation of bilateral relations. Bouaida underlined Morocco’s support for peacekeeping and stability initiatives in the African continent and reaffirmed the support of the Kingdom for all actions in favor of economic and social development as part of South-South cooperation. read more

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General Assembly condemns coup in Honduras

According to media reports, President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales was ousted by the military on Sunday, hours before a referendum was slated to be held on changing the Honduran constitution.Today’s Assembly resolution, which was adopted by acclamation, deplored the coup, which it stated has “interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras.”The resolution – sponsored by Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico and the United States, among dozens of Member States – also stressed that it will not recognize any Government other than that of Mr. Zelaya’s.“It is the participation of the citizenship that empowers democracy,” the Honduran leader said in the Assembly before the resolution was adopted, praising the United Nations for “[upholding] freedom and democracy.”On Sunday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his deep concern over the takeover in Honduras and voiced his strong support for the Central American nation’s democratic institutions.In a statement, Mr. Ban urged “the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country and full respect for human rights, including safeguards for the security of President Zelaya, members of his family and his government.” 30 June 2009The General Assembly today condemned this weekend’s coup d’état in Honduras, calling for the restoration of the democratically-elected President and constitutional Government. read more

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Most TD Bank executives saw their pay shrink last year after missed

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2014 9:23 am MDT TORONTO – Most top executives at TD Bank (TSX:TD) saw their pay shrink last year, as the financial institution’s performance missed its own targets.Retiring chief executive Ed Clark received $10.3 million in direct compensation, a decrease of four per cent from $10.75 million in 2012, the bank said in its proxy circular released on Thursday.Chief operating officer Bharat Masrani was the only one from the bank’s top six executives to get a pay increase. His total compensation rose 13 per cent to $6.7 million.Masrani took the new executive position mid-year as part of his transition into the CEO role when Clark retires in November.“During the year, despite achieving record results, the bank did not achieve all of the financial and non-financial objectives that were established,” the bank said.“In addition, the bank did not outperform peers in a manner consistent with prior years.”Other executives like Tim Hockey, head of Canadian banking, saw his pay drop 1.5 per cent to $4.53 million, while direct compensation to chief financial officer Colleen Johnston fell 3.4 per cent to $2.95 million.Clark will also receive a lifetime pension valued at nearly $2.5 million that “will continue unreduced to Mr. Clark’s surviving spouse for her lifetime following his death,” the bank said.In 2013, TD Bank’s net income slipped to $6.66 billion from $6.47 billion a year earlier. Total revenue increased to $27.26 billion from $25.55 billion.Adjusted earnings per share fell short of the bank’s expectations, rising 0.4 per cent for the year to $7.45 per share. The bank had an annual growth target of seven to 10 per cent.Last month, Royal Bank (TSX:RY) reported that chief executive Gord Nixon received a pay increase of about one per cent to $12.7 million in 2013. Most TD Bank executives saw their pay shrink last year after missed targets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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11 internet firsts you probably never heard of

first_img FOR PEOPLE OF a certain age, it can seem like the the internet always existed.For those of us who are a little more, how shall we put this, mature, we remember life before the World Wide Web.But how many remember all the firsts that came with it? Here’s some of the more interesting ones…The first… picture uploaded to the internetWas… an image of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes. And the person who uploaded it? None other than the man who invented the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.The first… email sentWas… sent by Ray Tomlinson – to himself – in 1971. “The test messages were entirely forgettable… Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said.The first… spam emailWe can blame the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) – the first network to implement TCP/IP – for the first spam email, that was sent to 393 people on 3 May, 1978. (Monitor screen showing email spam mailbox – Shutterstock)The first… domain name ever registeredWas… symbolics.com. The date? March 15, 1985.The first… online banner adWas… created by Joe McCambley. It went live in October 1994 on hotwired.com, and it promoted seven art museums.The first… item sold on eBay (then called AuctionWeb)Was… a broken laser pointer for $14.83 in 1995. The man who bought it told founder Pierre Omidyar he collected broken laser pointers.The first… book bought on AmazonWas… Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought in 1995.Try saying that five times fast.The first… sentence uttered on SkypeWas… in Estonian in April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was “Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?” or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.The first… person of FacebookWas… Mark Zuckerberg, who was given ID number four. The first three Facebook accounts were test accounts.The first… YouTube videoWas… posted by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and has been watched over 10 million times. (jawed/YouTube)The first… tweetWas… written by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006.- Alyson Shontell Read: 11 ways social media is ruining your life > 10 things in tech you need to know today See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more

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Delinquent Colorado Bear Breaks Into Car ButtShifts It Downhill

first_imgStay on target Authorities are warning drivers to keep their car doors locked after a bear broke into a vehicle, “butt-shifted” it into neutral, and caused it to crash in Colorado last week.According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the “four-legged suspect” managed to open the driver’s side door of an unlocked car on July 4. Once it entered the automobile, the”delinquent” animal became stuck inside when the door accidentally closed behind it, Fox News reported. However, that wasn’t all for the bear’s “joyride.” The creature then dug through all four doors and reportedly “butt-shifted” the car, causing it to roll back and go off the driveway. Once the vehicle rolled about 100 feet down a hill, it brushed past a tree and was completely damaged. The bear managed to escape the scene by popping a door open and fleeing on foot.According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, bears love to hang out where there are good food sources, including campgrounds and cars. It’s recommended that you never leave food or garbage where it is easily accessible, secure waste in a bear-proof container, and protect any livestock/beehives in a locked enclosure. Plus, always keep vehicles closed and locked if they’re parked outside in bear country.More on Geek.com:Brown Bear Put Down After It Breaks Into Lodge in AlaskaPhotographer Captures ‘Best Bear Fight Ever’ in Wild VideoSleepy Black Bear Sneaks Into Montana Home to Take a Napcenter_img Watch: Young Black Bear Breaks Into Bathroom, Falls Asleep in SinkWatch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster last_img read more

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WWE World Title tournament kicks off on tonights 119 RAW

first_img Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Pinterest Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WhatsApp Twitter Seth Rollins Videos Articles Cesaro Videos Articles 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itcenter_img Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Courtesy of WWE.com:Tonight at 8/7 C Wyatt to unleash mayhem in ManchesterAs Raw moves overseas to the United Kingdom, Bray Wyatt seeks to extend the reach of his startling new powers. Now that he’s evidently in possession of The Undertaker and Kane’s very souls, can The Wyatt Family be stopped? Plus, who will compete in a tournament, beginning tonight, to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Survivor Series?NOTE: The RAW preview also notes that the tournament will continue on this week’s 11/12 Smackdown as well.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

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Police locate missing Vancouver woman 74

first_imgVancouver police reported that they have found a 74-year-old woman who was reportedly missing and endangered.Sandra Wright was last seen in east Vancouver at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, but she failed to return to a location to collect personal items, police said. Wright is endangered due to medical problems.By 10 a.m. today, police reported that she was found and is safe.last_img

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1 dead 1 injured after SW MiamiDade shooting

first_imgPolice are still questioning suspects. This is an ongoing investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a shooting in a Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood that left one man dead and another injured.Officers responded to a call of a woman in distress after shots were fired inside a home along Jackson Street and Graham Drive, at around 7 p.m. Friday.Once they arrived, they met with the woman, her daughter and another man.Police entered the home and found a 39-year old man suffering from gunshot wounds and another dead.Police blocked off the area surrounding the home as they looked for evidence. 7News cameras captured homicide detectives and forensic technicians searching for clues outside the residence.“The detectives right now are doing the investigation,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Colome. “We have no idea who’s the shooter, who’s the victim or any subjects. We don’t have that information at the moment, but as soon as we get it, we’ll send it to you guys.”The injured man was taken to Jackson South Hospital and is listed in stable condition. last_img read more

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MDFR working to repair gas line in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A worker accidentally struck a gas line, causing it to leak in North Miami.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene along Northeast Fourth Avenue and 125th Street, Wednesday.People in the area were forced to evacuate.“I was working, and the guy was digging and hit the gas line, so we had to leave the premises of the gas,” said Wayne, a worker in the area.Crews are still on the scene working to cap the leak.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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North Star School Board reconsiders banned sex ed websites

first_imgWebsites previously banned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board as resources for sex education, have been reinstated. On Jan. 17, the school board reversed itself after hearing from the public. Most of the objections centered on Planned Parenthood.Listen nowBack in October, the school board denied sex educators access to three websites, including Planned Parenthood. The idea was the educators could submit parts of the websites for school board approval, but teachers couldn’t exercise their own judgement. Some teachers found that confusing, since the board has approved other websites, so on Jan. 17, the board reconsidered the ban. Those who testified like Stephanie Braygo, a parent and secondary health teacher, wondered why the district was not following its own policy.“It was decided, so I thought, that general sites were not going to be approved and that we had to submit specific pages on sites,” Braygo said.Others, like former school board member Cam Carlson targeted material on Planned Parenthood’s site.“This stuff is pornography,” Carlson said. “Do we want pornography in our schools?”Indeed most of the testimony centered on Planned Parenthood, with defenders like retired school teacher and librarian Nikki Eiseman telling the board those condemning Planned Parenthood were cherry picking information.“The first thing it said, ‘Planned Parenthood believes that parents and guardians should be the primary sexuality educators of their children,’” Eiseman said.And Reverend Leslie Fails said having counseled abused and sexually assaulted women it was vital to give teachers access to responsible information.“Many of the pages of these sites do offer teachers a way to have these very complicated conversations with kids and teens who may be in difficult relationships or in danger,” Fails said.When it came for the board to vote that last point resonated with school board member Sharon McConnell, who said she is a survivor of sexual violence. And board member Mike O’Brien said the sites addressed contemporary needs.“When I was in school to be gay was to either suffer in silence or maybe to kill yourself,” O’Brien said. “To be transgender was not allowed.”Col. Sean Williams didn’t disagree but pointed to explicit content on the Planned Parenthood site which is contrary to proposed school policies.“Even among teachers and counselors within the district, that we don’t agree on on what is inappropriate and what is not inappropriate,” Williams said. “We don’t agree on that.”At the end of discussion the board voted four to two to reinstate the websites. Because of the lengthy public testimony, it was the only substantive issue the board addressed before adjourning.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 4 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowRep. Young votes for health care bill, says he won pledges for moreLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.A bill to replace the Affordable Care Act squeaked through the U.S. House today, with help from Alaska Rep. Don Young. He denounced a prior version as bad for Alaska. Now he says he’s won assurances there’ll be more for the state.Murkowski: Senate had duty to approve spending bill, avoid government shutdownCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on Thursday touted the Senate’s passing of a spending bill, avoiding a possible government shutdown.With two weeks remaining, legislators still slow on budget processAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThere are two weeks remaining until the legislative session is scheduled to end, but there are few signs of progress on reaching compromises on the budget and a long-term plan to pay for it.Hilcorp announces project to bypass oil terminal by Redoubt volcanoElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAn environmental group is praising oil and gas company Hilcorp after it announced a new pipeline project in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp said the project would eliminate the need to store oil at the Drift River Terminal.Attorneys indicate agreement close in Pebble mine lawsuitAssociated PressAttorneys say they’re close to reaching agreement in a case brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the company pursuing a massive gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska.Years of budget cuts hamper monitoring of Alaska earthquakes, including Monday’sMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauAlaska seismologists say continuing budget cuts are affecting their ability to quickly detect and pinpoint earthquakes.Fifth Russian aircraft interception in a month, but experts not alarmed Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the fifth time in less than a month, Alaska based U.S. fighter jets have intercepted Russian military aircraft.Fairbanks Borough taking comment on budget as budget teeters near capDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly takes public comment tonight on the proposed budget for the upcoming new fiscal year. Borough spending is up against a cap on property tax revenue, forcing a discerning look at budget priorities.Mat-Su Borough approves budgetCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMeanwhile, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Assembly members voted to approve a roughly $400 million budget plan on Wednesday.Off-duty Bethel police sergeant was driving vehicle that left one pedestrian dead, injured anotherAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelAn off-duty Bethel police officer was the driver in a car accident last month that left one pedestrian injured and another dead.State Tustumena ferry delayed to JulyKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe state Tustumena ferry will be out of service for longer than anticipated.Debate continues over role of Suboxone in primary careAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBuprenorphine is one of the medications used to treat opioid addictions. A speaker at a recent medical conference in Anchorage says getting the medication to heroin users thru their primary care providers is an essential way to reduce overdose deaths. But some addiction treatment professionals in Alaska say not so fast.Federal budget deal maintains Alaska arts funding, state lawmakers OK arts restructuringEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe federal budget deal cut by Congress includes some good news for arts in Alaska.last_img read more

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Check out the beguiling art from one of Turkeys leading gay illustrators

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Artwork for Sadi Güran‘Always fighting for ourselves’How scary a situation is it? Do LGBTI people feel fearful of what is going on in the country at the moment?‘LGBT people are always fearless because we are always fighting for ourselves: We are living in a Muslim country,’ he says. ‘Everything is political. Just holding my boyfriend’s hand in the street is political. My family always love me for who I am and a lot of other people are OK with it, but conservative people and the Government are always doing something bad and negative about it.’There is a determined effort to prevent queer events taking place, and local LGBTI communities – and the wider population – are wondering what a snap election taking place 24 June will bring. Will it bring an end to Erdogan’s reign or extend it further?Artwork for Sadi Güran‘Everyone is waiting for the election. We don’t know what’s going to happen because everything can change so easily here.‘Our government has to go. I’ve never seen something like this, and I’m 40 years old. It has to change immediately, not only for the LGBT community, but for everyone in Turkey.’Sadi Güran (Photo: Aylin Güngör)Güran says much of Instanbul, compared to many parts of Turkey, is relatively safe for gay people.‘There are areas that you can live your life freely, like in Istanbul, where I live.‘But elsewhere, yes, there have always been hate crimes against LGBT people and trans murders. It’s really dangerous out there, but again, in certain areas. Istanbul is a different story.’Younger generations more open He says he doesn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up around the forthcoming elections, but believes change is coming.‘We see it at the Occupy Gezi Park incidents in Istanbul five years ago. There we fought side by side with LGBTI+ groups and groups of football fans, along with many other groups. We stood together. That was beautiful. It shows that we can change a lot of thing if we stand together.‘And last year I remember saying “Yes!” when a group of girls with headscarfs took selfies at my exhibition with all these naked homoerotic portraits. You see, people, especially younger generations, are open to loving each other.’Sadi Güran’s design for the Gay Star News Pride bagIt was in this spirit that he was happy to design this year’s Pride bag.‘My design comes from my belief in that the core beauty of humankind is in its diversity. And when we get together, despite all our differences, we create magic.’Follow Sadi Güran on Instagram and Facebook. Check out Bant magazine online.See also11 stunning portraits of hot, queer Istanbul men, starring this very sexy couple (NSFW) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img The designer of this year’s Gay Star News Pride tote bags is Turkish artist, Sadi Güran. Approximately 20,000 bags, featuring Güran’s unicorn-inspired design, will be given out at Pride festivals in the UK over the summer months.Güran’s design will feature on Pride bags given out at UK Pride festivals (Photo: Dan Beeson) Güran is a 40-year-old gay man born, raised and living in Istanbul. He studied art at High School and then textile design at a fine arts academy. It was at the academy that he began to produce illustrations.He has since done work for several publishing companies, including children’s books and magazines, and had a couple of solo exhibitions.Artwork by Sadi GüranHis beautiful work is characterized by delicate, sometimes fragile figures – sometimes reminiscent of the work of Austria’s Egon Schiele or Gustav Klimt.Güran namechecks Klimt, alongside Norman Rockwell, Kent Williams, Jamie Hewlett and Enki Bilal among his favorite artists. Handcrafted pieces are produced using watercolors, while other work is now produced on computer.Two portraits by Sadi GüranFifteen years ago, he co-founded Bant magazine. The publication covers alternative culture, arts, music and cinema. It also features plenty of illustration work from a wide range of artists.The situation in TurkeyIn recent years, Turkey has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.The country is currently under the rule of controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the summer of 2016, the country experienced a bloody attempt at a coup to overthrow Erdogan from power. Instead, the failed coup only led to him tightening his position: rounding up and imprisoning many perceived to oppose him.Erdogan’s influence over the country extends to all corners of life, but LGBTI communities have been especially prone to hardship.In a country that is split between Muslim and Christian influences, LGBTI people have little to no legal protections to discrimination. But the situation has deteriorated in the last couple of years.Artwork for Sadi GüranCrackdown on LGBTI expressionThe annual Pride march in Istanbul was banned from going ahead by authorities in 2016 and 2017. Authorities had banned the march citing security fears. When some campaigners attempted a public demonstration last year, they were met with tear gas and arrested by police.‘They are banning Prides because of the security situation,’ Güran says in a Facetime call from his home. ‘Which is funny because it is their job to protect us. But they are saying “We are banning this because we can’t protect you.”Earlier this year, an LGBT Film Festival was also banned from taking place, just days before commencing.Güran says LGBTI people just want to live their lives. However, it’s hard to escape the feeling that any attempt to express themselves is viewed as a political act – even a simple demonstration of affection. Turkish artist features on the 2018 Pride bags from Gay Star NewsSkittles release funny, yummy clips to celebrate Pride monthGay Star News took over London Pride pop-up shop and here’s what happenedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sadi-guran-turkey-illustrator/last_img read more

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AlcatelLucent makes 10 million payment to Costa Ricas ICE in corruption settlement

first_imgRelated posts:For 2nd time, appeals court overturns conviction of Costa Rica ex-President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Court overturns acquittal of Costa Rica’s former President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez on influence-peddling charges, orders new review of case Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina dismisses ‘spurious’ corruption case Scandal-plagued Honduras needs dramatic overhaul, say analysts The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) on Tuesday reported that on July 30 telecommunications company ALCATEL-Lucent paid $10 million in damages in a settlement agreement over a corruption trial here known as the ICE-ALCATEL scandal.ICE’s board of directors on June 8 authorized an out-of-court settlement in the civil case. The criminal case, however, will continue, ICE said in a press release.The ICE-ALCATEL case originated in the late 1990s when Costa Rica began a transition from TDMA mobile telephone technology to GSM. Following studies and public bids, ICE in 2001 awarded French telecommunications giant Alcatel a $419 million contract to supply 400,000 GSM lines.In 2004, an alleged corruption scandal made headlines as the daily La Nación revealed that ALCATEL executives paid bribes to win the contract. Indictments at the time involved top government officials including ex-President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría (1998-2002), ICE managers and Alcatel top executives.The trial began later that year and the criminal case is still pending, as defendants were first convicted, then acquitted. But last year, an appeals court ordered a review of the acquittals.ALCATEL and Lucent Technologies merged in 2008, and the new company began negotiations to reach an out-of-court settlement in the civil case for damages against Costa Rica and ICE.That same year the company made a first payment of $10 million to the Costa Rican government. But between 2012 and 2013, the government rejected various additional settlement proposals, all under $5 million. Earlier this year, ICE accepted the $10 million proposal that was finally paid last week.“The agreement with the telecommunications company is a milestone for ICE. This is the first court case where the [Costa Rican] government claims damages that are compensated at this magnitude,” ICE attorney Germán Calderón said on Tuesday.Criminal caseFormer President Rodríguez in April 2011 was sentenced to five years in prison for influence peddling that led to the granting to ALCATEL of the contracts, but an appeals court in 2012 overturned the conviction and acquitted him.Last November, justices of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala III, overturned the ruling that acquitted Rodríguez and ordered the appeals court to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Rodríguez’s conviction and issue a new ruling.Various ICE and government officials also were convicted and then acquitted during the ICE-ALCATEL trial. Guido Sibaja Fonseca, Edgar Valverde Acosta, Luis Adrián Quirós received sentences of 15 years, while Joaquín Fernández Alfaro, Eliseo Vargas García and Eduardo Fonseca García were sentenced to two years each on charges of aggravated corruption and illicit enrichment.Christian Sapsizian Auvignon, former vice president of ALCATEL Latin America, was not prosecuted in Costa Rica. He pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to paying more than $2.5 million in bribes. In 2008, he was sentenced by a Miami court to 30 months in prison for conspiring to pay bribes to Costa Rican officials.He was required to forfeit $261,500 and serve three years of supervised release.The Attorney General’s office still maintains a $52 million civil action against the defendants, which is at a stalemate pending results of the criminal case. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Homebuyers Adore February

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Homebuyers 2017-01-30 Timothy McNally Property data provider ATTOM Data Solutions released an infographic concerning the best times to purchase a home. According to their data, February is the best month for those looking to buy a home at a discounted rate.By analyzing historical data for 50 million single family homes and condos for sale from 2000-2016, ATTOM was able to pinpoint February as the optimum month to buy a home. As the report notes, homes in February were sold with an average 6.1 percent discount per square foot compared to the rest of the year. 3,087,974 homes were sold in the month of love at a median price of $103.9 per square foot.   The report also notes that the five days with the largest historical discounts all fall in February as well.“What many buyers and sellers—and even real estate industry professionals—may not realize is that there is a seasonality to the real estate market,” stated Daren Blomquist, SVP at ATTOM Data Solutions. This is clearly true in the case of the data provided by ATTOM, as the four months which made the list are the first four months of the year.“This is because the spring and summer selling seasons have not yet kicked in, so demand from buyers in general is tepid. At the same time, sellers are starting to post homes for sale in anticipation of the spring selling season, providing more inventory than might be available in and around the holidays (November through January),” he continued.”February always seems to be a good month,” said Ruben Peña, President of TC Austin Residential Group and Chairman of the Five Star’s FORCE (Federation of REO Certified Experts) Advisory Council.  “By February, people who have had their house on the market since December think, ‘If I get an offer, I’ll take what I can get even if I have to give a little discount.'”It seems that this sentiment begins to build in January, as the month ranked second on ATTOM’s list, with 3,177,564 homes being sold during the 16-year period at a median price of $104.5 per square foot. That equates to an average discount of 5.6 percent when compared to all homes sold within a year.March, with 4,108,321 homes being sold in the 16-year period, came in third place with an average discount of 3.6 percent, amounting to median square foot price of $106.7. April closed out the list in fourth place, with 4,254,871 homes being sold at a 1.8 percent discount or a median per square foot price of $108.8. Sharecenter_img January 30, 2017 602 Views Homebuyers Adore Februarylast_img read more

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first_imgPut it all together, and it should come as no surprise that the Cardinals are listed among the best offenses in the NFL. According to an ESPN Insider piece, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA, Arizona actually has the third-best offense in the league, behind only the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals.No, Arizona’s offensive improvement this year is not just about Carson Palmer finally being healthy. The Cardinals’ offensive numbers in 2014 were certainly dragged down by a few disastrous weeks of Ryan Lindley under center, but the Cardinals weren’t exactly a juggernaut when Palmer was healthy, either.Arizona finished last year with minus-9.3 percent offensive DVOA, which ranked 23rd in the league. In the six games started by Palmer, they had minus-8.5 percent offensive DVOA, which would have ranked… 23rd in the league.In reality, everything in the Arizona offense has improved this season. That does include Palmer, who is playing better than he has in years. But it also includes the receiving corps and the running game, where Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson both seem to have found the fountain of youth.The Cardinals also are getting great play on the offensive line, which had been a major weakness for years. Arizona ranks second in adjusted line yards and sixth in adjusted sack rate. Between the better blocking, the re-emergence of CJ2K and the fine rookie performance of David Johnson, the Arizona running game has gone from 30th in DVOA a year ago to 10th this season.It’s possible this ranking comes at a bad time for Cardinals fans, who just saw their team score just 13 points in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, Arizona did rack up 469 yards of offense in the game, with Palmer passes accounting for 421. Though they had trouble getting the ball into the end zone, the Cardinals had little issue moving up and down the field — which is a sign of just how good their offense can be. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates with Larry Fitzgerald after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Through six weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have tallied the most points in the NFL at 203. That equates to an average of 33.83, which is a number any team would be pleased with.Of the 25 touchdowns the team has scored this season, 21 have come from the offense, which has featured a nice balance between a dynamic passing game and an effective running game.Carson Palmer has thrown 14 touchdown passes, which is tied for the second most of any QB in the league, to six different players, while Arizona’s top three backs — Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington and David Johnson — have all reached the end zone at least two times via a rush. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Of course, having all the offensive firepower in the world does not mean much if it does not equate to points, which is something the Cardinals know they have to do a better job of. Still, it’s not like they’re incapable, and that has to be viewed as a positive. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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