Eaton Centre shooter seeks new trial over juryselection process

first_imgTORONTO – A man who gunned down two people in Toronto’s landmark Eaton Centre mall is asking for a new trial, arguing the jury that convicted him more than two years ago was improperly selected.Christopher Husbands was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, and Ahmed Hassan, 24.He was also found guilty of five counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the June 2012 shooting that sent hordes of panicked shoppers running for the exits.Husbands, whose lawyers had put forward a defence of not criminally responsible due to post-traumatic stress disorder, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 30 years.His lawyer has said the sentence is unprecedented for second-degree murder.The appeal, which is being heard Friday in Toronto, focuses largely on the manner in which jurors were chosen and refers heavily to an appeal court ruling in a case by the same trial judge.As part of the selection process, prospective jurors may be questioned as to whether they believe they can remain impartial. Two people from the jury pool take on the role of “triers,” meaning they weigh the answer and determine whether there is sign of bias.Lawyers for both the Crown and the defence then decide whether to allow the person on the jury.Each newly appointed juror replaces one of the two triers so that the responsibility is shared, a process called “rotating triers.”At the request of the accused, the court can appoint two people who will assess all the prospective juror responses. These are called “static triers” and do not get to serve on the jury.Husbands’ lawyers say they made it clear they wanted rotating triers but the judge, Superior Court Justice Eugene Ewaschuk, imposed static triers instead.As a result, they argue, Husbands was “tried and convicted by an improperly constituted court.”Crown lawyers, meanwhile, say the judge wasn’t mistaken in choosing static triers. In any case, they say, “any error here occasioned the appellant no prejudice or miscarriage of justice.”Two years ago, the court of appeal called for a new trial over the imposition of static triers in another case over which Ewaschuk presided.In that ruling, the court noted the use of rotating triers has been a feature of the Canadian jury-selection process since the 1900s and that a properly constituted jury is critical to the entire process.last_img read more

Inquiry into relationship between Quebec public services and Indigenous peoples gets underway

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN National NewsThe public inquiry on relations between Indigenous peoples and six public services in Quebec got underway Monday in Val d’Or.It began with a traditional ceremony with two Anishinabe elders and two grandmothers.Their message to the inquiry and participants was about understanding each other and that many need to be heard.Anishinabe Elder Roy Paul also gave an eagle feather to Chief Commissioner Jacques Viens.Elder Phillip Gliddy gives said it’s important the commissioner understands its meaning.“It is a great significance to pass an eagle feather,” said Gliddy. “It will give him strength and it will give him guidance when he does these hearings.”Then Viens opened the inquiry.He said that he and his team will do all that is possible to shed light on discrimination and racism on Indigenous people and that it is very important to establish a climate of trust in order to get themost participation as possible.The two next weeks will be for Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to testify. Testimony for individuals will start in the fall.Viviane Michel, president of Quebec Native Women’s Association was the first to present her organization and her concerns.She highly recommended that the commission give its support to the victims before during and after the testimony.On Tuesday, the commission will hear from AFN Regional Chief Ghislain Picard and Grand Chief Verna Polson from the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation Tribal Council.last_img read more

Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal because of infrastructure work

first_imgMONTREAL – Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could be delayed for up to 45 minutes starting Friday because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Wednesday.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired.last_img

UN wraps up electoral assistance after Nepal polls

7 May 2008The United Nations Electoral Assistance Office in Nepal is wrapping up after providing technical aid and advice to the country’s Election Commission for last month’s Constituent Assembly polls. “The role of the Electoral Assistance Office has ended,” Fida Nasrallah, Chief Electoral Advisor with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), said today. She will deliver a final report in June based on the written reports of electoral advisors. “I would describe the experience overall as having been extremely successful,” she said, adding that it was “very challenging, demanding a lot of patience and diplomacy.”All 25 political parties winning seats in the 10 April polls have now submitted their lists of candidates to the Election Commission, with the percentage of women candidates at just below one third of the elected Constituent Assembly, up from 6 per cent in the previous election.Once the Commission announces the final results of the election, the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly must take place within 21 days, UMNIN said. The Assembly will then be tasked with drawing up a new constitution for the country, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives before the Government and Maoist rebels signed a peace accord in 2006.On election day, UN electoral advisors visited polling centres to monitor the process, and since then have helped analyze the election results. They have also trained political parties in selecting candidates to meet quota requirements, as well as setting up media monitoring for non-electoral periods. read more

Tim Hortons reports strong quarterly samestore sales growth

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons, which will join forces with Burger King in a US$11-billion deal, says preliminary sales for the third-quarter were up in both Canada and the U.S.The doughnut and coffee chain says same-store sales were up 3.6% in Canada and 7% in the U.S., referring to stores that have been open for at least a year.Tim Hortons says it’s releasing the information for the nine weeks ended Aug. 31 in connection with disclosure obligations under its recent deal with private equity firm 3G Capital and Burger King Worldwide.The deal will create the world’s third-largest fast-food company and the corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada. As of June 29, Tim Hortons had 4,546 restaurants, including 3,630 in Canada, 866 in the United States and 50 in the Gulf Co-operation Council. read more

Resistance is futile in slow march to open banking in Canada

“Canada needs to speed things up, frankly,” Matt Flynn, a Toronto-based partner at Bennett Jones, a law firm, told me in an interview on Jan. 23, adding that “90 per cent” of the legal structure that would be needed to support open banking already exists. “It’s better to get ahead and export our prowess (in financial technology) to the rest of the world, rather than have others come, partner with our banks, and eat our lunch,” he said.  Some fintech companies think the legacy banks might be the problem, using concerns about privacy and security as excuses to stifle a competitive threat. Or it simply could be the banking oligopoly’s historic aversion to risk. “Change is not a big word in their vernacular,” said Flynn. And Stephen Redican, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, said in a separate interview on Jan. 23 that “Any industry, if you see a threat to your business model, you are going to work in a way to preserve your business model.”The tech scenes in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are incubating some potential world beaters in digital finance. Redican’s firm includes fintech among eight emerging industries in which it reckons Canada could excel, but only if the regulators keep up. “We have less certain structures for our companies to grow in,” Redican said. Open banking will be an important piece. Take Mobeewave, a Montreal-based startup that added Samsung Group as an investor on Jan. 28. Mobeewave owns patented technology that facilitates contactless payments, so it is well placed to profit off the growth of cashless transactions. An open banking regime would accelerate that shift, as it would create an incentive for entrepreneurs to get into financial services. The bigger the financial services industry, the bigger the market for Mobeewave’s payment system. “It’s going to be really, really interesting for us,” Benjamin du Haÿs, the co-chief executive, said in an interview. We have less certain structures for our companies to grow inStephen Redican, partner, Borden Ladner Gervais Most experts think the shift is coming, eventually. Teresa Scassa, the Canada research chair in information and law policy at the University of Ottawa, wrote that even though there are “a lot of risks,” Finance is “clearly enthusiastic” about the economic potential of open banking, so “resistance probably is futile.” National Bank of Canada, the junior member of the Big Six, has gone ahead and started sharing its customers’ data, if asked. But Lionel Pimpin, senior vice-president of digital channels, makes the point that open banking is a two-way street. National created a digital hub where its clients can display both in-house and external accounts: super convenient for the user, and an opportunity for National to steal some business, as long as its clients grant permission to view the data that they have imported from rival institutions. “We see (open banking) as a major opportunity,” Pimpin said in an interview on Jan. 28. Still, National doesn’t sound like it’s in a rush for new rules. The U.K. forced open banking on the industry before anyone, including consumers, were ready for it, Pimpin said. National prefers a “market-led” approach that keeps government mandates and timeliness to a minimum, Pimpin said. Maybe that’s the way to go? It would be easier to answer that question if Canada’s sheltered banking industry was fully exposed to market forces. Can an oligopoly lead a “market-led” approach? It will be interesting to see what the federal government decides.  • Email: | Twitter: CarmichaelKevin At some point between early April and late September last year, Bay Street realized that the future comes for all of us, even oligopolies. The Bank of Canada conducted its new biannual Financial System Survey of about 100 bankers first between March 26 and April 9, and then again Sept. 24 and Oct. 12. On the big issues, the mood was roughly the same in the autumn as it had been in the spring. A cyber attack was seen as the biggest threat to stability, but most felt the system could withstand a major shock. Federal budget: Ottawa to study merits of ‘open banking,’ a catalyst for fintech Adoption of digital IDs would help unlock Canada’s economy, bankers say RBC launches data sharing portal for app developers in step towards open banking But the central bank observed something in the fall survey that appeared to come out of nowhere. Thirteen per cent of the respondents said open banking — an approach to financial regulation that requires banks to share their clients’ banking information with other service providers if asked to do so — would transform the industry over the next three years. That might seem like a small number. However, the only innovation that inspired more interest — or dread — was the automation of trading. “Open banking appears to be an important emerging development, since in the spring survey, only one participant mentioned it,” the Bank of Canada said. Emerging in Canada, maybe. The innovation has already emerged in most other developed economies; a year ago in Europe, later this year in Australia, and in 2020 in Japan.  We’re still thinking about it. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced in the 2018 budget that he would study the merits of open banking. Seven months later, at the end of September, he appointed a four-person advisory committee that will make recommendations at an unspecified date. Earlier this month, Finance published an overview of open banking and asked the public for input. The consultation period closes Feb. 11, but there is little reason to expect anything definitive from the government this year, given the October election. The EU gave its financial industry a couple of years to get ready for open banking. If Canada were to do the same, assuming the government even embraces the idea, it could be 2022 before Canadian banking upstarts have regulatory clarity. By then, their international rivals in Europe will have had a five-year head start.It’s better to get ahead and export our prowess (in financial technology) to the rest of the world, rather than have others come, partner with our banks, and eat our lunchMatt Flynn, partner, Bennett Jones read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 11 July 2014

DOWNLOAD1. UK MEP chosen as chairman for IMCO committee.2. €1billion boost for EU-industry partnership projects.3. Juncker wants ‘fair deal’ for Britain.4. Juncker calls for more women in new Commission team.5. UK to miss 2030 air quality targets.6. Week ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Hornchurch fire Two men arrested on suspicion of arson after explosion at

first_imgExplosion at residential block of flats on A127, Hornchurch, East LondonCredit:John McLellan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police, ambulances and fire engines at the sceneCredit:Grant @ SnowAndBeach/Twitter Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to an explosion at a block of flats in east London on Monday evening. The explosion occurred shortly after 5pm in Ardleigh Green Road in Hornchurch and it was thought that there were a number of casualties.As many as 60 firefighters were said to be on the scene, but the cause of the explosion was not immediately known.  Police, ambulances and fire engines at the scene We have treated three patients at the scene of a fire in #Hornchurch and so far have taken one man to hospital.— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) January 23, 2017center_img Police said two people were taken to an east London hospital, two were being treated at the scene, and one went to hospital themselves.Firefighters were dealing with a blaze in a ground floor flat in a three-storey building.The Metropolitan Police later arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. Jason Smedley, 46, managing director of Nail Harmony UK, close to the Bridge Point building, said he was in his office at the time.”We felt the whole building shake,” he said, adding that he could soon see “flames billowing”. Mr Smedley said the front of the flats had been “blown out” across the road.”We pulled people back and told them to get out of the way,” he said, adding that he and his staff brought people back to their office to give them shelter.”Unfortunately there was a woman and her daughter, that were in the flat above, that heard the explosion, ran out, and we brought them back … had just their dressing gowns on, so we just gave them tea and blankets. They’ve got nowhere to live tonight,” he said. A Havering Council spokesman said most residents went to a local McDonald’s restaurant, adding that measures will be put in place to ensure they had somewhere to stay.The council spokesman said the explosion came from a ground floor corner flat, adding that 41 flats had been evacuated, with many residents staying with family and friends.Police said road closures were in place and people were advised to avoid the area.A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Police were called at 17:14hrs on Monday, 23 January to reports of an explosion at a block of flats in Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch.”Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are currently at the scene. We await an update as to the number of people injured.”At this early stage officers are unable to confirm the cause of the explosion but enquires are underway. Residents are in the process of being evacuated from the building. The Local Authority has been informed. Local road closures are in place. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area.” Explosion at residential block of flats on A127, Hornchurch, East Londonlast_img read more

Churchgoer 88 becomes Britains oldest stalker after falling for younger woman after

Widower Frank Chadwick (pictured) had hoped for companionship with Sheila Thompson, 54, after the death of his wife just before their 50th wedding anniversaryCredit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press “She said he was seen by a neighbour and he was loitering around the area, and posted letters and a book through her door.” Widower Frank Chadwick (pictured) had hoped for companionship with Sheila Thompson, 54, after the death of his wife just before their 50th wedding anniversary He was also conditionally discharged for 18 months.The incidents began in 2016 after Chadwick met Miss Thompson after they bumped into other whilst they were out walking in the Salford area.At the time he had a Bible in his hand after being asked to research a question posed by his vicar and she offered to help.Prosecutor Lynn Rogers said: “The two met by complete chance. She was out walking in February 2016, when she saw him and they started to chat, and they had a cup of tea together and arranged to meet for lunch.”She took him to a local centre where she works as a volunteer. He asked if he could also volunteer but was told it would not be appropriate.”He followed her to her place of worship, and would send her hand-written letters, and hand-deliver them through her front door.”At the centre, he was spoken to by staff and asked him if the reason he wanted to volunteer for them was because he wanted to be close to her and he said ‘yes’. He was told not to attend the centre any more.”He was reported in 2016 and March 2017, as she saw him walking down her cul-de-sac. He went up to her house and he knocked on the door and rang the bell to try to contact her. She remained in her house and the curtains were drawn in the front. “This has gone on for a period of around two years. He has a good character and entered an early guilty plea.”He has no previous convictions. Probation do not need to be involved with a man of 88 years of age.” At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Chadwick of Westhoughton, Bolton, admitted a charge of stalking without fear, alarm or distress and was banned from contacting Miss Thompson for 18 months under the terms of a restraining order. A devout churchgoer aged 88 has become Britain’s oldest stalker after he became infatuated with a younger woman he met through their shared interest in the Bible.Widower Frank Chadwick had hoped for companionship with Sheila Thompson, 54, after the death of his wife just before their 50th wedding anniversary.But after the pair had a cup of tea together, Chadwick – who is partially deaf – began hounding accountant Miss Thompson over a period of two years.He asked if could volunteer at a community centre where she worked, but concerns were raised when he began following her to church on a Sunday.When the pensioner was asked to leave the community centre after he admitted the only reason he went was to see Miss Thompson, he began hand-delivering cards, letters and gifts to her home in Salford, Greater Manchester.He was eventually reported to police after being seen repeatedly lurking around her cul-de-sac – forcing Miss Thompson to hide behind the curtains to avoid him.In a statement Miss Thompson said: “Due to his behaviour I am still keeping the blinds shut in my living room as he could still see me if I sat in my chair.”When I approach my house, I check I have my keys ready and check he is not lurking in the area. I avoid answering the phone or door unless I know who it is. I have to consider what he may do before I do things myself.” Chadwick later attended a police station on August 21, 2018 where he was arrested. In mitigation defence lawyer Mr Adam Whittaker said: “He had impeccable character and it is unfortunate we have to be in this situation today.”He just didn’t understand what has happened. He does have difficulties with hearing, and he communicates by letters.”He lost his wife on Christmas Day a few years ago, just as they were approaching their 50th wedding anniversary and she was his life companion.”His family have grown up and he finds great comfort in the church. On the first meeting with her he had his Bible, and he was working on a question from his minister.”She approached him and spoke to him first. After they swapped numbers, she contacted him after that and they met for lunch. They went to each other’s place of workship.”He felt there was more to this friendship than there actually was. He wanted to see her.”She told him to then not contact her for three months and he thought maybe that would salvage their friendship. He didn’t know why or what he did wrong. He just sought after companionship. District judge Khalid Qureshi dismissed the need for punishment, and said: “There was no malice involved and there was no threat, it was just the persistence of the matter, and the letter is very well written – you pleaded guilty at the first instance.”I will make this a conditional discharge for 18 months. In terms of the restraining order, you must not go to her address or contact her in anyway way whatsoever. The restraining order will be in place for 18 months.”In 2016 retired bookie Andrew Trimble, 81, of Garrowhill, Glasgow was placed under supervision for stalking May Fernie, 79. in the same year former sailor Colin Bagot-Hodgson, 78, of Blackburn, Lancs, was given a suspended sentence after harassing a 73-year old woman suffering from cancer with letters, cards, magazines and gifts. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Anger over proposed RSPCA moves to campaign against angling and horse racing

Rural groups and sporting associations have hit back at moves by radical animal rights activists to push the RSPCA to campaign for a ban on fishing and horse racing.The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that key figures on the charity’s ruling body are attempting to steer it towards taking a hardline stance against two of Britain’s most popular pastimes.But that has threatened to lead to a backlash from groups representing thousands of anglers, as well as the thousands who work in the horse racing industry and enjoy watching the spectacle.They are now understood to be lobbying behind the scenes for the RSPCA not to take a more radical turn.In a letter to the RSPCA seen by this newspaper the Angling Trust, which represents game, coarse and sea anglers in England and Wales, said: “Far from launching attacks on anglers and angling we would hope those who care for the future of our wildlife would want to work with us and other conservation bodies on countering the myriad threats caused by pollution, over exploitation, abstraction and habitat destruction.“It would be good hear confirmation from you directly that the RSPCA does not intend to seek to ban angling and to criminalise up to two million people who currently enjoy this healthy pastime.”The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which governs the sport, is also understood to have been in regular dialogue with the RSPCA in an attempt to pre-empt any moves by the charity to campaign for a ban on racing. Some on the RSPCA ruling council reportedly want to see a ban on horse racing  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some on the RSPCA ruling council reportedly want to see a ban on horse racing Credit:Michael Steele/Getty Images In a statement the BHA said: “British racing has a long history of collaboration with recognised welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and SSPCA, which over recent years has resulted in a number of measured, evidence-based enhancements to the sport’s high welfare standards.”The controversy is just the latest to surround the RSPCA, whose patron the Queen is a known lover of country pursuits.Moderate elements within the charity are understood to be concerned that any moves to campaign against horse racing – which is one of Her Majesty’s favourite leisure activities – would threaten to undermine the relationship between the organisation and its patron.It could also lead to questions over whether that royal patronage can continue when the Prince of Wales Charles becomes king.In recent years Prince Charles has voiced concern over its campaigning against countryside sports, raising questions over its royal patronage, first granted by Queen Victoria in 1840.In 2016 the Telegraph revealed that Prince Charles had privately raised his concerns that the emphasis of the charity was moving away from animal welfare towards campaigning against countryside sports.The RSPCA has until now taken a more moderate approach to both pastimes, by working with the horse racing industry to improve welfare standards and seeking  to educate anglers about the risk to wildlife posed by discarded fishing line and hooks.But a group of activists on the charity’s ruling council, including it’s vice chair Jane Tredgett, are understood to be seeking to persuade it to take a tougher line on both activities.Ms Tredgett’s current allies on the RSPCA council include Bob Baylis, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who frequently posting tweets in support of the Labour Leader and has allegedly offended colleagues with criticism of the Queen. According to his RSPCA biography his commitment to animal rights dates back to the early 1980s, when he was a director of  Animal Aid and the anti vivisection and animal experiments group BUAV, now named Cruelty Free International.Mr Baylis has referred all questions to the RSPCA and dismissed reported he had criticised the Queen during RSPCA council meetings, saying: “I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous in my entire life.” Ms Tredgett did not respond to requests for comment.Asked if the RSPCA was discussing whether to campaign for angling and horse racing to be outlawed, a spokesman said: “All our policies are regularly reviewed and things will have been discussed. We won’t go into details of our discussions but regular discussions do take place of all topics regarding animal welfare.”The charity added: “The RSPCA has no plans to campaign for a ban on angling or horse racing. We work constructively with the relevant bodies in these sectors to improve animal welfare standards.” read more

WikiLeaks Defended By Ron Paul

first_imgWell, you sir can consider yourself uninvited from any and all future Palin family pool parties. Whatever you might of think of Ron Paul’s take on the issues, there’s something to be said for taking a stand, no matter how politically unpopular it might be. Certainly no one can accuse the man of kowtowing to political pressure.The Texas congressman today sent out a note to his nearly 20,000 Twitter followers, defending whistleblowing site Wikileaks in the wake of overwhelming political criticism at its release of thousands of classified government documents. Paul wrote,Re: Wikileaks- In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.last_img

An Irishwoman on converting to Islam It excited me It wasnt anything

first_img Share1698 Tweet Email I believed there was a God, but I couldn’t find God in the Catholic religion, it didn’t make sense for me. Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM It’s a part of the religion and there are a lot of different meanings to it, but it all gets collapsed into one symbol of religion. Short URL 48,918 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha I wasn’t a practising Catholic but I still believed in God, and life was fine but I needed an element of purpose. I started reading the Bible, and felt like their was a total lack of clarity.BRIGID AYLWARD, A paediatric nurse at University Hospital Waterford, grew up as a Christian, but wouldn’t have given much consideration to what that meant.It was after she left home that she started thinking more about where she was was going and for what purpose she was here.She decided that she would travel to a Muslim country where she would work as a nurse in the hope that in isolation, she could reconnect with God, confirming her belief.“When I got to Saudi Arabia, I realised that I had a very western mindset, a western culture. I had so many questions: ‘What the heck is with these women who covered head; I thought it was sad to look at, and that women had no place in society.” Source: Shutterstock/Aisylu Ahmadieva‘Mothers behind the veil’Brigid says that working as a paediatric nurse in a Muslim country she got to know the “mothers behind the veil”, and disspelled myths she had about the veil.“They don’t have to cover – it’s their choice, they prefer to. They’re human, they’re normal. I started to read about Islam purely to do my job better and to understand these women better. 177 Comments Muslim mother teach her daughter reading koran inside the mosque. Source: Shutterstock/leolintang“It’s the woman who wants to wear a hijab,” says Brigid. “When you actually wear it then you realise the benefits.“As well as fulfilling the religious requirements, for me I’ve gained more confidence when I speak, they’re not looking at me at what my hair is like, I have an inner confidence.”Woodlock wears a hijab everyday, but recalls donning a face veil (nijab) when she was visiting a Muslim country, and she says it gave her an deeper understanding of why women wear it.“I really got a sense of the privacy of it – I feel I’m able to look out at the world and operate in the world without the world intruding on me.“But I wouldn’t wear it in the West, in case it creates a fear and apprehension.”Aylward and Woodlock took part in the only registered event in Ireland to mark World Hijab Day last Wednesday at Waterford Institute of Technology. The an annual global event was set up by New Yorker Nazma Khan in 2013 in order to fight prejudice and discrimination against Muslim women.Article was updated at 23.55Read: Austria promises ban on face veil in public placesRead: Vegetarianism, communal living and ‘plenty of craic’: How do Irish Buddhists live? Feb 5th 2017, 9:00 PM An Irishwoman on converting to Islam: ‘It excited me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was’ We spoke to a Waterford woman about why she converted to Islam and the benefits of wearing a hijab. It started to make sense to me – it excited to me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was before.In November 2008 Brigid accepted Islam. There were some fears she had that were associated with it, about what her mum would say and what her family would say.Her husband, who she met while working in hospital in Saudi helped her deal with her fears and she says her family have seen the sense of purpose the religion has given her.“I’ve only ever had positive reactions. I knew people would be surprised at a big change. I’ve only experienced niceness, that’s the great spirit of Ireland.”Brigid says that the news of Donald Trump’s travel ban saddened her, but that she’d be sad no matter what religion they were.“What Trump has done is put a mark on Muslims that says ‘We’ve a reason to be afraid of these people’. This is what we’ve been working against, it’s putting fuel on a fire.” Muslim worshippers attend a service for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York. Source: Mark LennihanMisconceptions about MuslimsDr Rachel Woodlock is an Australian Muslim academic who lives in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. She’s been studying attitudes about Muslims and opinions of Muslims themselves, and says that there are many misconceptions around Islam – one of which is not all Muslims are really religious.“[In Catholicism] you’re meant to fast during Lent, but not all Catholics fast, not all Catholics go to church, and it’s the same with Islam. Muslims are a lot more heterogeneous – there’s no Vatican equivalent that prescribes what you do.”Woodlock says that a survey was done of a population in Victoria, Australia that showed rates of ‘religiousness’ was the same in the general population as it was with Muslims.“[Some Muslims] go to mosques the same way some Christians go to church at Christmas time.Woodlock said that there were different attitudes towards Islam before the Lindt café siege – states like New South Wales started an ethnic force, while Victoria set-up a ‘multicultural liaison unit’.“The thing about the attacker though, the Muslim community had been saying this guy is crazy, we’re worried about him, he doesn’t represent us. At the Quebec shooting this week, the attacker was called a ‘lone wolf’. Well Man Haron Monis was our lone wolf.”She says that in Australia, the coverage of Muslims feels moch different compared to Ireland: “It’s as if Muslims make up 2% of the population but take up 30-40% of the media coverage, while in Ireland, about 1% of the population is Muslim and half a percent is covered in the media”.“I think the history of terrorism in the north means Ireland can contextualise a national crisis a bit better than most.”‘The veil’ used as political props Source: Shutterstock/Saida ShigapovaIn traditional Muslim cultures, both men and women covered their bodies. It later evolved so that it was reserved only for upper class women. This then eventually spread out to all families as a symbol of culture and identity in the 18th century.“Europeans argued for the emancipation of women,” Woodlock says. “But ironically, people like Lord Cromer who were arguing that these women needed to be set free, were also opposing the suffragette movement in England.”In the Ottoman empire, women were a representation of the Muslim world; the Hijab was seen as the last barrier of defence. “So the veil took on a political current that it wouldn’t have had in previous eras.”Even more so now – with burkini bans in France causing a debate over how to deal with the fear of terrorism and a recent ruling by a Swiss High Court that means Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys as part of their education, the issue of how to make room for tradition in a modern setting is becoming more and more tricky.“Most Muslim women in the west chose to wear a veil as part of their identity – it’s not a fundamentalist act,” says Woodlock. 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Minister Robin Scott to attend GCMs Christmas party

first_imgThe Minister for Finance and Multicultural Affairs of Victoria, the Hon. Robin Scott, will attend and address the Christmas party and the student award presentation of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM).During the event, the GCM will award students who excelled in Modern and Classical Greek in this year’s VCE exams. The awards will be presented not only to students of the GCM schools but also to students of other educational institutions.The education convenor of the GCM, Mr Theo Markos, stated that the Community encourages and promotes the teaching of Greek in all sectors, and acknowledges the fine work done by all education providers. He especially noted the need for the Greek language to be taught in the public sector, thus making it accessible to students of all ethnic backgrounds.“Achievement awards will not only be given to the students from our Community schools, but also to the top student in the state as well as the top achiever within the public sector. Greek is a widely-spoken language within the Australian community and this should be reflected in our Victorian state education curriculum. We are also excited that this is the first year that our students will be assessed at VCE level in the subject of Classical Greek. “We see this as the beginning of a new era where once again, classical and community languages will regain their rightful place in our education system.”The event will be held on Thursday 17 December and will be attended by students, parents, teachers, GCM benefactors, members and friends, board members and staff. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lépidemie de grippe enfin terminée

first_imgL’épidemie de grippe enfin terminéeLe réseau Sentinelles et les GROG (Groupes Régionaux d’Observation de la Grippe) ont fait savoir dans leur dernier bulletin épidémiologique que la grippe qui sévissait en France depuis plusieurs semaines était enfin terminée.Voilà neuf semaines que l’épidémie de grippe sévissait dans l’Hexagone. Mais pour la première fois, la maladie est passée sous le seuil épidémique estimé à 141 cas pour 100.000 personnes lors de la semaine du 21 au 27 février 2011. Lors de cette période, l’incidence de la grippe a été de 126 cas pour 100.000 habitants, ce qui confirme la fin de l’épidémie annoncée il y a quelques jours.De plus, les réseaux Sentinelles et Grog ont également fait savoir que d’après leurs premières estimations, le nombre de cas de grippe recensés lors de la période allant du 28 février au 6 mars restait également sous le seuil épidémique, passant sous la barre des 100 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Seul bémol à cette annonce, la région Auvergne est encore en situation épidémiologique. Au total, durant neuf semaines, 2,2 millions de personnes auraient consulté un médecin pour des syndromes grippaux, explique le réseau Sentinelles, tandis que l’âge médian des patients atteints de la grippe était de 20 ans.Le 10 mars 2011 à 13:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Website Offers Beard Bouquets for Valentines Day

first_img Because guys are notoriously difficult to shop for, one website is offering the “solution” for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift — a Beard is selling beardy blossoms that clip on to men’s face fuzz for a festive look that “will provide the perfect fertilizer for a blossoming romance.”EM-Firebox is selling #Beard Bouquets for Valentine’s Day. The 9-pack of mini, fake roses can be inserted into a man’s bushy beard. The beard bouquet costs $15.— Jewel 92 (@Jewel_92) January 23, 2019Beard Bouquets come with nine, red rose clips for facial hair and cost $14.99. According to the site, the clips are comfortable and won’t tug or pull at beards.The site also says the bouquet “lasts longer and gets more attention than boring real flowers” and provides “instant guaranteed pulling power.”Who could resist a man with a face of beautiful, romantic roses? “Only an idiot, that’s who,” says your Beard Bouquet here.More on Sanctuary Lets You Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine’s DayHeinz’s Fancy ‘Caviar’ Ketchup Is All You Need for Valentine’s DayGet Cuddly With Our 11 Favorite Comic Couples This Valentine’s Day Stay on target This Bird Attracts His Valentine With His Heart-Shaped Red Throat SacThe 11 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant Other last_img read more

Russian River Scheduled To Open June 11th For The Season

first_imgRussian River is open from June 11–August 20, these waters are fly-fishing-only waters, according to the Department of Fish and Game. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Russian River is scheduled to open on June 11th for the season. The Russian and Kenai River make up one of the most popular sport fishing spots in Alaska. Oftentimes, best success is early morning or late evening, when the sun is not directly shining on the river. Sockeye also tend to hug the bank, and long casts are not necessary. Good numbers of fish aren’t usually present until the last week of June, according to DF&G. Legal tackle in the Russian River area is a single-hook, artificial fly, with hook gap no larger than 3/8 inch. Most anglers use a bucktail streamer fly, such as a Russian River Coho Fly, with enough weight at least 18 inches ahead of the fly so that the hook travels close to the bottom of the river.center_img The construction project on the roadway from the Sterling Highway into the Russian River Campground is expected to be completed by June 8 prior to the river opening. Fishing areas are managed between multiple different agencies who all work cooperatively to keep anglers informed of forecasts, and to ensure the areas are maintained and regulations followed.last_img read more

Army Working to Boost Quality of Life

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Army is working on several efforts this year to enhance quality of life for military families, according to“We enlist soldiers, but we retain families,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said this week at an Association of the United States Army event.The Army is planning to improve access to child care and reimburse the costs of spouses’ professional credentialing. It will also consider longer assignments to keep a family in a community longer.“We can stabilize the force,” Esper said. “Particularly if the spouse has a great job, if the kids are in good schools and the parents are happy, we want to reduce turmoil” caused by moving to a new duty station.Photo by AUSAlast_img

Tata Motors subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover to hire 5000 staff in Britain

first_imgPhoto taken on July 6, 2016 shows the displayed Jaguar XE car at the 7th International Auto Exhibition 2016 in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.IANSBritain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will hire 5,000 staff as it boosts its skills in autonomous and electric technology, a welcome business endorsement as Prime Minister Theresa May starts Brexit talks after a botched election.JLR, which employs more than 40,000 people globally, said it would hire 1,000 electronic and software engineers as well as 4,000 additional personnel including in manufacturing, most of whom will be based in Britain.The recruitment process will take place over the next 12 months, during Britain’s talks to leave the European Union, which carmakers have warned must result in a deal which retains free and unfettered trade to protect jobs.May lost her parliamentary majority in the June 8 general election that her Conservatives fought on the promise of a clean break with the EU single market and customs union.The renewed political uncertainty has seen business confidence tumble in recent days, according to surveys and business groups.Hours before the talks were due to begin in Brussels, the heads of the UK’s biggest business lobbies called on the government to engage “continuously” with UK business interests and strike a deal that preserves the benefits of EU membership including tariff-free trade, guarantees for EU citizens living in the UK and minimal customs formalities.Finance minister Philip Hammond said leaving the EU without an agreement would be a “very, very bad outcome for Britain” and he wanted an exit that would support employment and investment.”When I talk about a Brexit that supports British jobs, British investment and British business I mean a Brexit that avoids those cliff edges,” Hammond said in an interview with BBC television on Sunday.JLR, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, will build its first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, in Austria but has said it wants to build such models in Britain if conditions such as support from government and academia are met.Automakers are racing to produce greener cars and improve charge times in a bid to meet rising customer demand and fulfil air quality targets but Britain lacks sufficient manufacturing capacity, an area ministers have said they want to build up.JLR, which builds just under a third of Britain’s 1.7 million cars, has said half of all its new models will be available in an electric version by the end of the decade, requiring new skills among its staff.last_img read more

New Shake Shack Location Will Have a Robot Kitchen

first_img Yet another robot-powered restaurant is opening soon. This time, it’s one of former president and cheeseburger lover Barack Obama’s personal favorites: Shake Shack.Now, the image above isn’t from Shake Shack’s media folk. It’s clearly Bender working the kitchen in the Futurama episode “My Three Suns.” Still, it would be awesome if the kitchens were actually being staffed by humanoid robots rather than a bunch of disembodied mechanical arms and conveyor belts, wouldn’t it?Like Cafe X on the other side of the country, the new Astor Place Shake Shack location will still have human workers on staff. CEO Randy Garutti says their official job titles will be “hospitality champs” and they’ll focus on customer interactions instead of food prep chores.The restaurant will also be the company’s first completely cashless location. Customers will input orders at kiosks and pay with a card or app, and the “hospitality champs” will be at the ready to assist with any technical difficulties that arise.Once the automated kitchen has finished preparing a customer’s food a notification gets sent via SMS. That means you’re not limited to waiting within range of one of those clunky buzzin discs. You’re free to roam anywhere you want as long as you’ve got signal. Presumably, you’ll want to stay fairly close so you don’t return to a room-temperature burger, soggy fries, and a runny shake.As for fears that the modernized ordering system and robot kitchen will mean fewer jobs for humans, Gerutti says that’s not the case at all. “We’re doubling the amount of kitchen equipment and hiring a similar number of staff members because we’re expecting higher volumes to come with the shorter lines,” Eater reports.They’ll be paid decently, too. Staff at this particular location will be hired on at $15 an hour, which is $2.50 higher than the Shake Shack average. That’s partly to prepare the company for minimum wage hikes that are coming shortly.As for the extra kitchen equipment, Garutti says it should give the Astor Place Shake Shack enough capacity to add delivery options in the near future. No word yet on whether humans or robots will be doing the delivering.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on targetlast_img read more