Man sentenced to 23 years for two brutal sexual assaults in Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG – A man was sentenced to 23 years in prison Monday for randomly attacking two women in separate sexual assaults that left both victims with severe physical and emotional trauma.Justin Hudson, 22, was given consecutive sentences for the attacks, which were committed with a teenage co-accused in different areas of Winnipeg on November 7, 2014 — a night that started with a plan to go out and steal cars, court was told.“He was presented with an opportunity and brutalized each woman because he could not control his anger,” provincial court Judge Tim Killeen said in handing down his sentence.“The accused must be separated from society to protect others and to denounce his crime.”Hudson, along with a co-accused who is waiting to be sentenced, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual assault.The first attack occurred when the two were walking down a street and came across a 16-year-old girl. They robbed, beat and sexually assaulted her. She ended up in the frigid Assiniboine River and dragged herself out 100 metres away, only to be beaten unconscious with a hammer and left for dead.She was found the next morning by a passerby and spent days clinging to life in hospital. She later became an advocate for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.Hours after the first attack, Hudson and his co-accused repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman. She spent three days in hospital with severe injuries to her skull and other areas.The victims and Hudson’s co-accused, who was a minor at the time, cannot be named under a court order.The Crown asked for a life sentence at a hearing last year, while the defence sought a sentence of 12 to 14 years.Defence lawyer Amanda Sansregret noted that Hudson was neglected and sexually abused during his upbringing. A psychologist’s report said he has a cognitive disability, had a lot of trouble in school and was bounced between several homes.He was in the care of Child and Family Services and found himself suddenly without any support when he turned 18.Killeen said a lengthy sentence, but not a life sentence, was justified for Hudson.“His background, his limitations, his history of being abused and neglected, lead to a conclusion that his responsibility has not risen to the point where a life sentence is needed,” the judge said.“He will have the possibility of rehabilitation (and) a release at an age where he can have some semblance of a more-normal life.”With enhanced credit for time served, Hudson’s sentence going forward is 19 years and four months.last_img read more

Man leaves Halifax Chihuahua badly injured after throwing sign

first_imgHALIFAX – A passerby allegedly threw a sign at a barking Chihuahua, shattering the small dog’s jaw and causing her to lose an eye.Police say a 36-year-old Halifax man was walking his own large dog on Davison Street on Monday evening when he passed the barking Chihuahua’s house.Investigators say the man picked up a small wooden sign and threw it, striking the dog and causing life-threatening injuries.Police say the owner of the injured dog came out and confronted the man, at which point the suspect threw another sign at the owner, who was not injured.The suspect is facing charges including assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and injuring or endangering an animal.Animal Services took possession of the suspect’s dog.The injured dog’s owner, Lorne Wilson, says 10-year-old Eugenie was sedated after being brought to hospital Monday evening and was bleeding heavily through the night.“She’s lost her eye,” he said. “She has a completely shattered lower jaw that can’t be repaired.”Wilson says the signs on his property asked owners to keep their dogs off of their garden. He says he was walking out of his front door when he saw the man throw the first sign.“I was very upset and I was very, very confrontational with this person,” he said. “I caught him red-handed. He was trying to leave and I was stopping him and blocking him.”Wilson says he and his wife, Natalie, need to have some difficult discussions with their veterinarian about Eugenie’s condition.(Global News)last_img read more

How are the federal parties tackling public safety and gun violence

first_imgGreen PartyThe Green Party has released its entire platform and focused their public safety initiatives on prison reform and rehabilitation with the following proposals:Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences.End solitary confinement.Re-invest in rehabilitation of prisoners for successful re-entry into society.Reform the record suspensions process, especially for those convicted of minor cannabis possession.Reform Canada’s courts to make them more accessible to Canadians.Re-focus CBSA resources on weapons smuggling instead of residency issues.Launch an anonymous national gun buyback program for handguns and assault weapons. Toronto has seen 342 shootings involving 505 victims this year according to Toronto police data and the numbers continue to rise almost daily.With 2018 being one of the most violent years in Toronto’s history and 2019 almost on par, public safety and specifically gun violence, is top-of-mind for voters heading to the polls this month.The Liberals, Green Party and NDP have all included topics such as gun control, prison reform and support for victims of violence in their party platforms. The Conservatives are yet to release their public safety plans, but have previously proposed measures in the last Parliament session along with responding to the Liberals’ plan and addressing the issue in news conferences. This article will be updated to include new information as it is released.Below is a list of party promises made in relation to public safety and gun violence.Liberal PartyLiberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced last month that a re-elected a Liberal government will “move forward with the strongest gun control measures in years in this country.”“Here’s the hard truth: people are dying. Families are grieving. Communities are suffering. So we’re going to do more, and we’re going to do better. Thoughts and prayers are just not going to cut it,” he said.He outlined the following steps towards stricter gun control in the party platform:Ban military-style assault weapons like the AR-15. Start a gun buyback program for legally purchased assault rifles.Give municipalities the authority to restrict or ban handguns in their communities.Commit $250 million over five years directly to cities to help develop “on the ground” solutions to gang violence.Will not bring back the long gun registry.Require people importing ammunition to show a valid firearms license.Strengthen safe-storage laws to prevent thefts.Work with the RCMP to create a purchase-flagging system when someone buys guns in bulk and to detect straw-man purchases.Limit advertising and marketing of guns to limit the glorification of violence.Strengthen gun-smuggling penalties.Address intimate-partner and gender-based violence by suspending licenses of people suspected of being dangerous to prevent them from possessing or buying guns.Trudeau also put forth some steps to support victims of violence and the wrongfully convicted:Appoint more judges and make sexual assault law training mandatory.Give cash to provinces to hire 425 more prosecutors and 225 new judges.Provide free legal aid to survivors of sexual assault.Establish an independent Criminal Case Review Commission to help those who are wrongfully convicted to have their cases reviewed. NDPNDP Leader Jagmeet Singh focused his public safety policies on keeping vulnerable young people away from gangs and preventing guns from getting into their hands.Speaking in Vancouver last month, Singh said no government has given enough attention to youth anti-gun programs.“It’s just not been done. We know it’s needed, we know people are desperate for investment, but no one has done it,” he said. “These youth organizations have come to me and have said we’ve got programs, we’ve got mentorship programs, everything in place, but we don’t have the core funding, and we need more help.”To that end, Singh proposed the following steps to tackle gun violence:Create a $100 million fund dedicated to keeping kids out of gangs through youth programs.Support innovative models of community policing.Ensure funding for anti-gang and anti-extremism youth projects.Immediately ban carding by federal law enforcement including the RCMP and work with municipalities to end the practice.Initiate a review of how carding info has been shared across jurisdictionsIn addition to policies targeting youth Singh also outlined broader safety policies:Ensure major cities have dedicated hate crime units.Convene a national working group on countering online hate.“Work to keep” illegal handguns and assault weapons off the streets.Tackle gun smuggling and organized crime.Increase restorative justice programs including victim support services in and out of court.center_img Conservative PartyConservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said that a Conservative government will target illegal firearms and how they get into the hands of criminals. Citing Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, Scheer said 80 per cent of guns in the hands of gang members are coming into Canada illegally from the United States.As such, Scheer is proposing the following measures to counter the influx of guns into Canada:Create a Canada Border Services Agency task force to work with colleagues in the United States to disrupt gun smuggling routes.Make it an offence to possess a smuggled firearm with a mandatory sentence of at least five years.Other gun-related measures include requiring the RCMP to ask for and check references when issuing gun licenses, and introducing better ways for police forces to share information to go after illegal guns.Scheer also said most shootings have street-gang connections and put forth stricter penalties for gang activity:End bail for repeat gang offenders.Label gangs as criminal entities in the Criminal Code, to simplify criminal prosecutions.Revoke parole for offenders who maintain ties to gangs.Create new offenses with mandatory minimum sentences specifically for committing and ordering violent gang crimes.last_img read more

Walk of Fame induction most meaningful career event says Corey Hart

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Even with his collection of smash hits, millions in worldwide album sales and countless awards, Corey Hart says his induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame is the ultimate honour.“There’s nothing that comes close to it,” said the Montreal-born singer-songwriter. “This is the most meaningful career event of my life.“I always wanted to write music, and I always wanted to touch people with what I did. To be recognized by my country for my body of work and what I’ve accomplished in my lifetime is beyond humbling.” The “Sunglasses at Night” hitmaker was among six honourees celebrated at the Walk of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday.Joining Hart in the 2016 class were NHL Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, actor-director Jason Priestley, filmmaker Deepa Mehta, veteran fashion entrepreneur and journalist Jeanne Beker, and the late stage and screen icon Al Waxman. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Ride sharing program for Indigenous women taking off in Winnipeg

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsA ride sharing program for Indigenous women in Winnipeg continues to grow in popularity.Ikwe Safe Rides was launched as an alternative to a taxi industry that many women were tired of.In the last year, several women have complained of harassment and discrimination.last_img

Shopping Mall Carré Eden Opens in Marrakech

Marrakech – The Carré Eden Shopping centre on Avenue Mohammed V in Marrakech opened on May 8. The imposing building designed by architect Karim El Achak has a Starbucks Café beside it, the first in Marrakech. There are sixty shops with major brands of casual clothing and fashionable sportswear lining the front and left side entrance, including Adidas, Guess, Lacoste, Moroccan Touch, and Mayoral .On the lower floor, there is a well-stocked Carrefour supermarket, substantial underground parking space for 600 vehicles, and more branded clothing and cosmetic stores, including Flormar, Yves Rocher, and Beauty Secret. The HM clothing store is present on all three floors of the shopping centre. Coming shortly to the mall will be a food court, which will include options such as Dominos Pizza, La Table de Marché, De Gino’s restaurant, Sushi Club, and Wok to Walk. The hotel, residential centre, and shopping centre are major new additions to central Marrakech, and fill a gap in shopping in Gueliz. This grand opening is just the beginning and much remains to be completed— there will be new surprises to come. Be on the lookout for more branded stores selling items such as fashionable leather goods, jewelry, watches, men’s shoes, and more formal attire. Zara and the shops on Marrakech Plaza are also selling casual clothing, though not the same brands.The new part of Marrakech is becoming a burgeoning modern metropolis with wide streets and avenues and superb green parks, such as the Majorelle Garden, The El Harti Park, and the Moulay Arset Cyber Park. To remember the charm of Gueliz as it was years ago, one must remember a small town with lovely villas and shops filled with leather goods—pirated, but beautiful just the same—the Vieille Marché, where you could buy flowers and the roses were everywhere, and the small stores had all you could want for your kitchen.Those days are long gone, as Marrakech has grown and its international reputation booms. However, one hopes that, along with the glitz and glamour, some of those things that have made Marrakech truly special—particularly its architecture in the Gueliz—survive. The Carré Eden Centre remains true to the preservation of Marrakech’s unique architectural heritage because it is stylish, graceful, and blends in very well with the Red City.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Zimbabwean violence threatens credibility of next weeks polls – Ban

18 June 2008The current violence, intimidation and arrest of opposition leaders in Zimbabwe are not conducive to credible elections, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for an immediate halt to hostilities ahead of the presidential run-off round set for next week. “Should these conditions continue to prevail, the legitimacy of the election outcomes would be in question,” Mr. Ban said in an informal briefing to the General Assembly. The Secretary-General expressed his “profound alarm” at the situation in the Southern African nation, which has witnessed deadly political violence since the first round of the presidential election on 29 March.Compounding the political crisis is “an already deep social, economic and humanitarian crisis,” in a country where as many as 4 million people are vulnerable and in need of help, he told the 192-member body.Adding to the dire state of affairs is rapid economic decline and inflation of 355,000 per cent, collapsing social services, food insecurity and the devastating effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, he added. Earlier today the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that up to five million Zimbabweans could face hunger by early next year unless immediate action is taken to address the country’s food insecurity. The Secretary-General also pointed out that the delivery of humanitarian assistance has increasingly been obstructed by authorities, community leaders, war veterans and militia members, a situation made worse by the Government’s recent decision to ban non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from distributing aid. “It is of utmost importance that the violence is stopped immediately and that humanitarian assistance is facilitated, not prevented,” he stressed, urging the Government to rescind all restrictions on the work of NGOs, to ensure unfettered access to vulnerable populations for all agencies, and to ensure the security of all humanitarian workers. Last week Mr. Ban dispatched Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios to Zimbabwe to discuss those issues with the parties before the run-off on 27 June, in which President Robert Mugabe will face Morgan Tsvangirai from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).Mr. Menkerios has met with both leaders, as well as the Foreign Minister, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, church leaders and civil society groups, including human rights organizations.Following his meeting with Mr. Mugabe yesterday, Mr. Menkerios told reporters the UN will be supporting the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to boost its capacity to observe the election. Regarding the security situation, he said “the reports have been about violence, people being displaced, houses being burned,” adding that the Secretary-General is concerned about what measures can be put in place ahead of the elections. Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today denounced the expelling of a UN human rights official by Zimbabwe as “regrettable, untimely and uncooperative.” Speaking to journalists in Geneva, she added that the move appeared to fit with a pattern which the Government has chosen on non-cooperation with various international agencies. The staff member in question, a Geneva-based desk officer, was on a routine mission, expecting to work with the UN Country Team and NGOs on issues relating to human rights. He was asked to leave Zimbabwe yesterday by the authorities, on the grounds that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had not given them enough warning about his visit. OHCHR says it did alert the authorities, and Ms. Arbour said she would like to see Zimbabwe reverse its decision and allow the staff member to return. read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola futures prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’17 $4.60 higher $509.60; Nov. ’17 $1.80 higher $475.20; Jan. ’18 $1.80 higher $481.00; March ’18 $1.90 higher $486.60; May ’18 $3.30 higher $490.30; July ’18 $3.30 higher $491.80; Nov. ’18 $3.30 higher $477.90; Jan. ’19 $3.30 higher $478.10; March ’19 $3.30 higher $478.10; May ’19 $3.30 higher $478.10; July ’19 $3.30 higher $478.10.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 614,660 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 614,660.

Dubai seeks extradition of two Sri Lankans for roommates murder

The suspects escaped after stealing the victim’s belongings – including gold jewellery. They fled the country a few hours after committing the crime. (Colombo Gazette) The primary probe of forensic experts showed that the victim was killed a few days before his body was discovered.An extensive investigation was launched. It was found that nine days before the incident, a Sri Lankan, identified as S.Sh, had rented the accommodation to two persons – J.O and S.F- after he was approached by a woman – B.M. The victim shared the room with the duo. The police officials swung into action and immediately rushed to the site. They met the caller, N.A, who stays in a room of the same villa, which is shared by a number of tenants. The man said that he left for his job at 6am and on his return around 7.30pm, he felt the foul smell. The police found the door of the room locked. When it was opened, they found a decomposed body of a man – in his fifties – and bloodstains that had dried up. The man had been stabbed in his chest and stomach. The police also found a blood-stained knife in the kitchen. The police identified the first suspect J.O and S.F as his accomplice. The woman – B.M – told the police that J.O was her friend as he had offered her work in a cleaning company. She said J.O and S.F had taken the room on rent and were living there with the victim.She explained that there was a dispute between the two suspects, who came on a visit visa, with the victim. The duo gave Dh6,000 each to the deceased to get them residence visas. However, the victim did not do so, despite repeated pursuance. He also did not return them the money.The woman told the cops that when the visit visa of the two suspects was about to expire, they might have had an argument, which led to the murder. The Dubai public prosecution is taking necessary legal action to seek extradition of two Sri Lankans, who killed their counterpart after they were apparently duped by him and fled the country, Khaleej Times reported.Recently, the operations room of the Dubai Police received a call informing them about foul smell emanating from a room in a villa in Al Badda area. read more

Canadian dollar lower amid strong demand for Spanish debt falling oil prices

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2012 4:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar lower amid strong demand for Spanish debt, falling oil prices TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Thursday amid mixed commodity prices and relief on financial markets over the success of a key Spanish bond auction.The loonie lost 0.4 of a cent to 100.48 cents US. But the currency is still up almost half of a cent from Monday’s close, a day before the Bank of Canada hinted that higher rates could be on the way while leaving the current rate unchanged at one per cent.The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds at Thursday’s auction was 5.7 per cent, up from 5.3 per cent at the last auction on April 4.But traders were encouraged by the fact that demand was more than double the amount sold, which suggests Spain will continue to be able to easily tap financial markets to fund itself. That is crucial for the rest of Europe, as Spain would likely be too big to bail out.Worries about Spain have, in recent weeks, seen a flare-up in Europe’s debt crisis. But analysts suggest those concerns about the heavily indebted country will continue to weigh on market sentiment.Oil prices dipped after falling sharply Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much bigger than expected rise in U.S. crude inventories last week, suggesting flagging demand. The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off eight cents to US$102.59 a barrel.Copper prices were unchanged at US$3.63 a pound.A slowing Chinese economy has helped push the price of the metal down almost eight per cent this month. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether as it is used in a wide variety of industries.Gold bullion gained $1.80 to US$1,641.40 an ounce. read more

Syria UN official concerned over news of journalists death in detention

According to international freedom of expression organizations, Mr. Ghazzoul died from injuries sustained under torture. He was a contributor to the Damascus-based Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression. The 26-year-old post-graduate student died at the air force intelligence headquarters, four days after his arrest.“It is important that light be shed on the circumstances of this tragic incident and that all parties to the conflict taking place in Syria respect the civilian status of all journalists and their right to freedom of expression,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.According to the non-governmental Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), conditions for the press deteriorated severely since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. The organization, which presented its yearly assessment of the state of press freedom worldwide at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York today, ranked Syria as the most dangerous country in the world for the press in 2012. It said that although many of the fatalities were at the hands of Government forces, numerous attacks against journalists or news outlets seen as pro-government were attributed to rebel forces.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the crisis in Syria began nearly three years ago. Since the start of the fighting, Ms. Bokova has condemned the killing of 46 citizen and professional journalists, including Mr. Ghazzoul. Efforts aimed at reaching a peaceful settlement to the crisis continue. Yesterday a delegation from the Damascus office of the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, visited the town of Yabroud in Rif Damascus.Led by the head of office, Mokhtar Lamani, the team met with the Commander of the Military Revolutionary Council in the Qalamoun area and representatives of the civil administration and local coordination committee of Yabroud, in addition to civil and religious community leaders.“The purpose of the visit was to establish communication with various stakeholders from the opposition forces and to have a better understanding about the dynamics of the conflict and the reaction to the different political initiatives,” UN spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey told reporters in New York.Earlier this week, the Joint Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, held a meeting in Cairo with Syrian opposition leader Moaz Al-Khatib during which they discussed the latter’s proposal for a political dialogue.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Brahimi have welcomed Mr. Al-Khatib’s “openness and readiness” to talk with representatives of the Syrian Government, according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to end the violence and resolve the conflict through negotiations and a credible process that would lead to a real change, a clear break from the past, and fulfil the legitimate and democratic aspirations of the Syrian people,” the spokesperson added. read more

Condemning latest violence UN chief urges Egyptians to find common ground

The attack in Mansoura reportedly killed at least 15 people and wounded others. In a statement issued last night by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban stressed that no cause can justify such acts of terrorism and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. “The Secretary-General is also troubled by the deteriorating human rights situation and political climate,” the spokesperson added, noting that under the controversial new law regulating protests, three prominent democracy and human rights activists were sentenced to three years in prison on Sunday, and Egyptian authorities last week raided a human rights organization. “The Secretary-General views these actions, in restricting Egyptians’ political space, as contrary to the spirit of Egypt’s revolution nearly three years ago, when calls for freedom and democracy motivated Egyptians to take to the streets so courageously and decisively.” Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests. This past July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the Egyptian military deposing President Mohamed Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up.Egyptian authorities have reiterated their commitment to holding a referendum on the proposed constitution, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections. Mr. Ban reminded Egyptian officials that freedom of assembly and expression are essential elements for credible elections.“The Secretary-General calls on Egyptians to find common ground and renewed consensus around the country’s transition. He continues to underscore the need for political inclusion and due process for those in detention,” the statement added. read more

Geography and Tourism prof uses teaching as political tool

Ebru Ustundag thought becoming a professor would allow her to teach students. But in her 11 years at Brock University, she has found it’s the students who teach her.Ustundag, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, believes in teaching as a political tool as well as the concept of the classroom being a contested space.She is grateful to have and use the space, and to both learn from and challenge her students.Challenge takes many forms, from asking students to create their own assignments to inviting them to build curriculum with her; integrating feminist and racialized geographies and asking students to determine what is missing from the course outline.In her graduate seminars, Ustundag sometimes develops 20 weeks of content for a 12-week semester. She then works with the students to decide which topics will be included in this particular iteration of the course, based on the collective interests and priorities of the students.She often emails undergraduate students ahead of the semester to ask what they’re most keen to learn about and encourages students to pursue research that matters to them in a form they can relate to. For example, she has suggested they create an episode of a podcast they like or pitch a show to Netflix on the issue they’ve studied.Ustundag also encourages deep dives into course material. Fourth-year students write reaction papers in response to assigned readings, which they submit ahead of class. Ustundag returns the paper with feedback before the session takes place, so that when discussion starts, the students have already begun working through their ideas.“It’s time-consuming,” Ustundag concedes. “But it creates a different relationship between myself and the students, and between the students and the material.”Her students appreciate her passion, expertise and generosity.“Ebru opened my eyes to a side of geography I didn’t even know existed, and ignited a passion in me that I never knew I had,” says Katelyn Pierce, a 24-year-old master’s student from Niagara Falls.Pierce says that her experience with Ustundag directed her to graduate studies in geography.“She miraculously maintains the perfect balance between a genius professor and a compassionate mentor, never talking down to you and truly valuing your ideas.”Jennifer Williamson, a 23-year-old St. Catharines native who is completing an honours degree in Human Geography, echoes Pierce’s appreciation.“Ebru has a way of infusing humour and light while naming injustice in her academic environments. The way she teaches offers students an opportunity to think deeply and critically in an environment that allows the chance to ask questions and open curiosities that may not have otherwise been accepted in a university setting.”Other students agree — including the anonymous students who nominated Ustundag for an Ontario Undergraduate Students Alliance (OUSA) Teaching Excellence Award, which she received last March.The OUSA Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. On the OUSA blog, a tribute to Ustundag cites her ability to inspire students: One of her students described their experience with her as, “the ignition of a fire within me and my peers; she gave us the courage and the tools to make positive change in our world.”Since 2009, the award has also recognized other Brock professors, including Tim Murphy of Psychology (2010), Hevina Dashwood of Political Science (2012, 2016), Diane Bielicki of Modern Languages (2013), and Tamari Kitossa of Sociology (2014).Ustundag, who is also affiliated with the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies, was touched by the OUSA award, as it represents the connections she seeks to build with students.“I am determined to have a community in my classroom, and I believe we can create change if we trust each other,” she says. “I want to focus on engaging with different stories to show how we make sense of the world.” read more

Charrandas Persaud files 30M lawsuit against Ramjattan

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Investigations at a standstill’ …Ramjattan says ‘no solid evidence’ against Charrandas Persaud to warrant extraditionJune 13, 2019In “latest news”‘They have nothing and will continue to find nothing’ Charrandas on bribe allegationJanuary 14, 2019In “latest news”No-confidence motion: British Envoy calls for free and fair Elections, says democratic process followedDecember 22, 2018In “latest news” Former APNU/AFC Parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud has filed a $30 million lawsuit against Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan for libel committed after the passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018.Minister of Public Security Khemraj RamjattanPersaud voted in favour of the no-confidence vote brought by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo which led to the toppling of the current Government.Following his vote against the APNU/AFC, Ramjattan, who is also the Chairman of AFC, ordered that an investigation be launched into Persaud’s activities leading up to the vote after he was accused by the Minister of a corrupt act, taking a bribe and colluding with the opposition among other accusations. Persaud had responded to the Minister’s accusations by pointing out that he took the conscious vote to eliminate the sufferings of persons in Region Six after the Government unilaterally closed down several sugar estates.Hours after his historic vote, Persaud boarded a plane at the Eugene F Correia Airport, where he left the country for Canada.In an interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) following the vote, Persaud said he made the move to leave Guyana since he was fearful for his own safety because of Guyana’s history of political assassinations.The CBC reported that Persaud added that the feeling only got stronger after the vote when he said another MP told him he would be dead that night.“It was not an idle threat I entertained…Thank God for the advent of cellphones. Too many people were watching internationally and locally,” he told CBC.Persaud added that he did not take any chances and after the sitting, he went directly to the Canadian High Commission in Georgetown where he flew to Barbados and then Toronto.Adding to that, Ramjattan had admitted in January that he initiated the ongoing probe against the party’s expelled Member of Parliament (MP). read more

Seequent takes minority shareholding in starts partnership with Canadas Minalytix

first_imgSeequent says it continues its investment in geoscience technology and innovation with a minority shareholding and partnership with Minalytix, a Canadian mining data software company. Seequent’s CEO, Shaun Maloney, says: “We’re actively seeking out ways to foster and grow further innovation for the betterment of our customers. Our shareholding and partnership with Minalytix demonstrates our commitment to investing in technology innovation and furthering our collaborative approach to help solve some of the major challenges facing the mining and minerals sector, today and in the future.”To help companies in their search for the next world class deposit, Seequent will work with Minalytix to maximise the value of the MX Deposit platform for customers across mineral exploration, resource development, mining and closure. To help manage risk, the cloud-hosted solution simplifies how drill hole and sample data is collected, managed, and shared. Customers can log and access data from anywhere in the world.Seequent’s GM Mining & Minerals, Nick Fogarty, says: “Technology innovation plays a vital role in the mining and exploration industries in terms of productivity, risk management and compliance. To support mining innovation, we work closely with our customers to look at areas in the mining value chain where better communication and collaboration can increase efficiencies and unlock value. Partnerships are an important part of our market approach.”“We’re excited to announce Minalytix as our newest partner and to add MX Deposit to our offering. Drilling is one of the largest investments for any mining and exploration company, and advances in digital technology can dramatically increase the value of data generated and how quickly insights can be gained. MX Deposit is a game changer, in a matter of hours customers can create the environment they need to collect and control the drill hole and sample data, and immediately start gaining insights across all projects.”Minalytix Co-Founder and CEO David Peres says the company built its easy-to-use digital platform to close gaps in a project’s data collection in the mining industry. “Seequent are the ideal partner to help us deliver on our mission to positively impact the mining industry, as they have earned a reputation as a trusted mining innovator and have a global customer base.”Peres says demand for its platform is being driven by the need to streamline processes and increase efficiency. “MX Deposit is the only SaaS (software as a service) solution in its class and works anywhere online and offline. Mining industry demand for digitisation is driving this sort of technical advancement.”Seequent’s Director of Product Strategy, Mining & Minerals, Rob Ferguson says mining operations want a single source of truth when it comes to project data, real-time insights and the ability to readily collaborate and communicate with a wide range of project stakeholders.“Our customers want to access the most up to date data and insights across all projects. It’s also important that management and other stakeholders can readily engage and tap into the collective knowledge of the team in a real time way. We design our solutions to ensure we meet these needs, and MX Deposit has been designed with these needs in mind too.”MX Deposit helps users manage workflow around data collection and management to reduce or remove errors and provide an audit trail and data confidence. The solution works around network and connectivity issues that can be experienced in the field – when the internet is not available mobile apps let users log data and work offline. Data can be readily exported and integrated into the solution, providing context that delivers more knowledge.MX Deposit auto-scales to meet the needs of the user basis, with no limits on amount of data that can be stored. Customers are using the solution on a range of projects from greenfield exploration to mining production, with some already logging millions of samples and blast holes and tens of thousands of drill holes.Ferguson says, “We’re looking forward to introducing MX Deposit to our customers around the world. It’s a very flexible solution that is delivering large savings in time and cost on a wide variety of projects, while enabling company-wide consistency in data capture. MX Deposit is a valuable addition to the mining value chain – as innovation that drives productivity and helps protect margins for miners is vital for the success of the industry.”last_img read more

Barminco and Sandvik in mobile raiseboring world first

first_imgBarminco, part of the Perenti Group, says it has become the first company globally to have taken delivery of a mobile raiseboring machine with uphole, downhole, and back reaming capability.The hardrock underground mining services provider has been using Sandvik’s new Rhino 100 Mobile Raise Boring machine for 18 months in Ghana and three months in Australia, and has now added a module enabling back reaming capability to the machine.The Rhino 100 is a fully mechanised and self-contained electro-hydraulic mobile raiseborer designed for slot raising in underground mining. Up until now, a back reaming module had not been used anywhere in the world on this rig, Barminco said.Mick Radi, Barminco’s General Manager of Mining, said the new module – which had already been deployed at AngloGold Ashanti Sunrise Dam gold mine, in Western Australia – would enable safe, efficient upward and downward drilling providing maximum flexibility for clients.“We are thrilled Barminco is offering a world first for our clients. The new plug and play back reaming module gives us the capability to quickly change from an uphole slotting machine to a conventional back reaming raisebore machine,” he said.“The mobile carrier enables the Rhino to be totally self sufficient with no requirement for other fleet to assist in rig moves. Fast set up times and high drilling productivity is helping us to derisk our clients production plans and increase the certainty of meeting targets.”Radi said the company had been successful using our Rhino 100 Mobile Raise Boring machine on its client’s sites in the Goldfields region of Western Australia and its plan was to keep the machine in this region where there is demand for this capability.“The addition of this new module is just one of many ways Barminco is providing innovative solutions for clients, such as AngloGold Ashanti,” he said. “We have been working with AngloGold for 14 years and by providing this new capability we are helping them improve their operations to be even more efficient and safe.”Bryan Watson, Manager Mining from AngloGold Ashanti, said the module was already making a significant difference on site.“This new piece of equipment saves us time, is safer, and will assist us achieving production targets at Sunrise Dam,” Watson said. “We appreciate Barminco’s approach to working with us as a client to help us achieve more efficiencies on site.”The down drilling module drills a pilot hole at 279 mm, up to a depth of 200 m. This can then be reamed to a diameter of 660 mm or back reamed to a diameter of 1.06 m. Back reaming can be achieved to a depth of 100 m with hole angles at a maximum of  15° dump, and 30° to either side from vertical.The setup time for the machine is two hours, compared with a three to four day set up for a conventional raiseboring machine.last_img read more

Quarantines declared in Nigeria over spread of deadly Ebola virus

first_imgThe Lagos hospital where the Ebola victim died said Thursday in a statement that the health institution has been temporarily shut down while the body had been burt according to WHO guidelines.“In keeping with WHO guidelines, the hospital is shut down briefly as full decontamination exercise is currently in progress,” it said.Spread by close contact with an infected person through bodily fluids such as sweat, blood and tissue, Ebola can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhoea – and in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.Advice for Irish travellersIn Ireland, the Tropical Medical Bureau is urging people to use their ‘common sense’ when travelling to Ireland from Ebola-infected areas.The bureau said that while the risk of the disease reaching Ireland is small, anyone travelling from areas infected with the disease should be vigilant about their health and seek immediate medical assistance if they develop any symptoms.“It is important that Dublin airport staff notice Ebola symptoms straight away and that patients with a high fever returning from an at-risk destination be urgently assessed,” said the bureau’s Dr Graham Fry.- Additional reporting by Susan RyanEarlier: Sierra Leone declares “Stay at Home Day” in bid to curb Ebola > NIGERIA SAID TODAY it had quarantined two people who had “primary contact” with a man who died of Ebola in Lagos last week as west Africa battled to tame the deadliest ever outbreak of the virus.Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said “staff or persons who took care of him before the diagnosis” were in quarantine and 69 have been placed under medical surveillance.Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Liberian, died under quarantine in a private hospital in Lagos on Friday, sparking fears the deadly virus could spread to Africa’s most populous nation.“We are tracking all those with primary contact with a view to deciding those who must be quarantined and those who will just remain under surveillance,” Chukwu said.“As at today 69 are under surveillance and two quarantined,” he told reporters in Abuja, adding that “they will remain under the surveillance until a period of three weeks at least”.Video: What exactly is the Ebola virus? >West Africa’s Ebola-hit nations today imposed stringent new rules and agreed to launch a $100 million response plan to stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed nearly 730 people in the region.Sierra Leone joined Liberia in launching far-reaching measures to contain the virus, including quarantining Ebola-striken areas and cancelling foreign trips by ministers.Chukwu said that Nigeria has not closed its borders yet, but will apply the measure if “it becomes necessary”. Source: WHO/Twittercenter_img Scale of ongoing #Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecendented, w/ approx 1323 confirmed & suspected cases reported incl 729 deaths— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 31, 2014last_img read more

Geek deals 40 percent off Dell Latitude E5430 enterprise laptop Apple Earpods

first_imgUpdate: This deal may have ended, but you can always find the latest Dell Latitude E5430 deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:Apple EarPods w/Remote & Microphone (MD827LL/A) for $24.95 + free 2-day shipping using Amazon Prime (normally $29 – free trial signup to Amazon Prime required).Victorinox Swiss Army 64GB Slim USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $44.95 + free shipping (reg. $99.99)Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ 16GB Tablet (refurbished) for $349.99 + shipping (reg. $399.99) Whenever a family member asks for a recommendation on a laptop, they tend to scoff when I mention something they’ve never seen in stores and isn’t colorful and shiny. My recommendation is usually an entry-level business-class laptop for the average user and not many people have heard of a Dell Latitude or even a Lenovo ThinkPad these days.The benefits of a business-class machine over the pretty, shiny models in Best Buy are numerous. Enterprise-level laptops are designed with longevity in mind, utilizing rugged designs, user-replaceable parts, and a long availability of said parts.Laptops like the 14-inch Dell Latitude E5430 are engineered to reduce common failure and problem points, like the display hinges, power plug, and liquid spills. The keyboard is actually spill resistant, designed to minimize any liquid getting to the motherboard, and has drain holes to help siphon away any accidental spills. The chassis has a magnesium alloy internal frame with anodized aluminum display cover to handle day-in and day-out use; even the latches that hold the display closed are a zinc alloy.Performance is strong with the included 3rd gen Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive. It comes with a ton of standard features to keep you computing for years to come, including USB 3.0, ExpressCard, memory card reader, Wireless-N, Bluetooth, and more. Dell even includes one year of next-business-day on-site service at no extra cost, something you won’t find in any comparable consumer laptop. Since this model is pre-built, it will get shipped the next business day after your order, too.Business-class machines like the Latitude E5430 aren’t discounted very often, making this combination of 35% instant savings and a stackable coupon code a very rare offer.Dell Latitude E5430 14-inch Core i5 Laptop for $649 + free shipping (reg. $1.075.38 | use coupon  88KSR26X$74PFT)last_img read more

How Apple should unleash the iPad Pro in 2019

first_imgI’ve written this story before. For years.I sit on a train, in a coffee shop, at the office, on a plane, at a press conference. The iPad is in my hands. I think: this can be my everything. This could be the One Device. And then, something happens. A disconnect, a workflow break, something that makes me go back to… something else.The iPad Pro is a better (but more expensive) tablet now, and it’s getting closer to being a killer device. Its speed, its seamless look, its invisible Face ID? Love it. But it’s not the tablet hardware itself that’s the problem. It’s everything else.I had a list of the features I needed on the next iPad Pro before Apple’s event started. I’m revisiting that now, with a few more additions. I even sketched a few solutions on the train using the new Pencil and iPad Pro.By the way, I wrote this story on the iPad but edited and posted it on a Mac. iPad Pro 2018 review: A tablet that wants to be your everything.5 reasons not to upgrade: Are you sure you need the new iPad Pro? Chrome OS Google Microsoft Apple Now playing: Watch this: 46 Tags Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors The Google Pixel Slate hints at what the iPad Pro needs… Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • How Apple should unleash the iPad Pro in 2019 See All 85 Photoscenter_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The iPad needs its own operating systemThe iPad has too long resembled the iPhone, down to its useless grid of apps on the home screen. That may have been helpful in 2010 when people were learning what a tablet was, but those days are gone. The iPad Pro’s raw power is faster than most laptops I use. But I have nearly no way to harness it in everyday power workflows, beyond split-screening apps that might be optimized. The massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s home screen splits that grid of apps so far apart, I can see endless wallpaper graphics behind the icons. That just makes me think of widgets, pop-up windows or other things that could be there instead. Apple revamped iOS for iPads with split screen, an app dock and other ideas a couple of years ago, but that’s not enough. As to what that killer OS could look like? That’s up to Apple. But it needs to let the iPad be its own thing. And it should support new inputs and accessories at an OS-wide level, including trackpads, mice, Pencil’s new double-tap commands, and everything USB-C could bring to the table.Speaking of which… Sarah Tew/CNET A real keyboard base with a trackpad. This is not a wild and crazy request. But it involves iOS on iPad getting a significant change to support it. It’s worth the effort. Without a trackpad, I’m tapping on the screen to make edits. With a trackpad, I can edit just fine. And for web-based work, it’ll help tremendously. Microsoft and Google (and everyone else, really) support trackpads. If the iPad Pro is ever meant to be a pro tool for writers, this is essential. And while we’re at it, make the keyboard more lap-friendly, and add backlit keys. Google’s Pixel Slate keyboard options are exactly what the iPad Pro needs.An extra USB-C port, so there’s one on each edgeDocking the iPad Pro in future USB-C hubs is key for desktop or laptop transformation. The next iPad will need an extra USB-C port for flexibility. A powerful blank slate is useless without killer ways for it to evolve.65-ipad-pro-2018-improvement-ideas Sarah Tew/CNET A desktop dock for full-monitor second-screen computingThe iPad Pro can use a monitor for screen mirroring at the iPad’s 4:3 aspect ratio, and individual apps can choose to make second-screen solutions. But the iPad can’t add another screen and do what a Mac can do, and it can’t even expand its display to a larger, higher-res monitor when docked, like the Nintendo Switch can do. If trackpad/mouse support existed, a dock would make a ton of sense for a number of apps, or provide a base for it to rest on and connect to other accessories, becoming a small-scale version of Microsoft Surface Studio. Like, for instance, check out this crazy Surface docking station.USB-C support across iOS on iPad and external storage supportPart of being a pro means accessing vast files and time-demanding workflows that need to happen as the pro requires it. Video editing, photos: these require lots of storage. Paying up for an iPad storage upgrade doesn’t make sense, and cloud storage is impractical. The iPad Pro needs to work with storage arrays over USB-C. Imagine if this USB-C hub for the iPad Pro could do all the things you wish it could.Sanho HyperDrive USB-C Hub for iPad ProSanho’s HyperDrive USB-C Hub for iPad Pro would be so much better with improved USB-C support. Stephen Shankland/CNET More pro appsApple should lead the way with bold apps that make the most of its hardware. Oddly, on the new iPad Pro, that isn’t happening. Why not Final Cut Pro X, Logic, or even some new apps and ideas? In order for app developers to come around more, Apple could lead the way.And maybe more clever snap-on accessories. The new Pencil is a brilliant little revision, adding AirPod-like connectivity. The magnetic smart connector on the back is appreciated, too. But there should be more ways for add-ons to work similarly. Consider the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con controllers, which let a basic gaming tablet turn into a versatile handheld. The iPad Pro could transform in different ways if the accessories were there. Does this sound like Moto Mods? It does, but in Apple’s hands on a pro device, it could lead to some really useful solutions.Maybe this will happen in 2019. In the meantime, the iPad Pro hasn’t gotten much closer to doing the things I need it to, even with its new design. And the funny thing is, it’s so close… and so far.(This story was originally published December 24, 2018.) Comments Apple Tablets 4:35 iPad Pro 2018 and its accessories • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voicelast_img read more