Toronto unveils interim safe injection site 3 permanent sites being built

first_imgTORONTO – An interim safe injection site in Toronto — the first such officially-sanctioned facility in Canada’s most populous city — will save lives as the city grapples with a spike in suspected overdoses, public health officials said Monday as the temporary location opened its doors.The site, which can accommodate three people at a time, is at Toronto Public Health’s downtown harm reduction facility, known as The Works. It launched a day after receiving approval from Health Canada and about a week after harm reduction advocates set up an unsanctioned injection site in a city park.“Today is very good day because we’re able to offer this service to our clients,” said Shaun Hopkins, manager of facility. “They really need it and we think they’re going to use it and hopefully we can save some lives here.”The city is currently constructing three permanent supervised injection sites, but they won’t open until some time this fall.The current interim facility — where people can use illicit drugs under the supervision of a medical professional —will operate between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The facility has one table, three chairs, three desk lamps and three containers for sharp objects. Nurses and counsellors are also on site to monitor and answer questions.Toronto received approval for three permanent facilities in June. Recently, however, the city sought approval from Health Canada to open an interim spot due to a worsening overdose crisis, which many officials blame on the deadly opioid fentanyl making its way into the drug supply.Health Canada inspected the small facility late last week, said Toronto’s medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa, with the approval announced on Sunday.“It provides a safe environment for people who are going to use drugs to use their drugs because we know both through research evidence and through lived experience that it’s a very, very high risk — and in fact it’s the highest risk for overdose and for deaths related to overdose — when people use alone,” de Villa said outside the facility.“That’s why we’re creating this safe space — we provide a safe environment for people to use their drugs safely so that they minimize harm to themselves and to others.”Health Canada echoed de Villa’s thoughts in a statement announcing the interim site’s approval.“International and Canadian evidence shows that, when properly established and maintained, supervised consumption sites save lives and improve health without increasing drug use or crime in the surrounding area,” it said.There have been 325 suspected overdoses in the four weeks leading up to Aug. 13, according to the most recent data available from the city’s Toronto Overdose Information System.Police and health officials have warned of a spike of drugs tainted with fentanyl in recent months.For Hopkins, the last year or so has been difficult, she said.“We’re relieved that we’re going to be able to provide this service,” Hopkins said. “We want to be able to offer people a safer, more dignified place to use drugs in an area where can monitor them. We’re tired of hearing about our clients overdosing and dying.”In response to the growing crisis, harm reduction workers set up an unsanctioned safe injection site in Toronto’s Moss Park, citing the city’s growing string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths as the catalyst.Nick Boyce, a harm reduction advocate who has been volunteering at the so-called “pop-up” safe injection site, said five people have been revived from an overdose at or near the area.“This is an emergency situation … and the pop-up site shows the need for this kind of service,” he said.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said Monday that the force has no plans to take down the illegal site.There are safe injection sites currently running in Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Montreal with clinics under review in many other Canadian cities, including Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton.last_img read more

Excerpts from Trudeaus House of Commons speech on new Indigenous policy

first_imgOTTAWA – Excerpts from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech Wednesday on his Liberal government’s plans for a new legislative framework for relations with Indigenous people:___“I just finished up a series of town hall visits in communities all across Canada. And everywhere I went, there was at least one person who wanted to know what our government is doing to combat racism, to help advance reconciliation, and improve the quality of life for Indigenous Peoples.“There were questions about fishing rights, and land claims, and pipeline approvals. Questions about the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, about clean water, and about the alarming number of Indigenous children in foster care.“These were thoughtful questions … and it was immediately clear that every time these kinds of questions were asked, the room shifted. This was, in part, a show of support for the people who stood up and asked some tough questions. But it was also a signal that these are questions that Canadians want answered.”———“One of those questions is how we, as a government, recognize and implement the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We’ve seen those questions grow in number and intensity in just this past week, as more and more Canadians come to grips with the fact that we have so much more work to do.“More work to push back against the systemic racism that is the lived reality for so many Indigenous Peoples. More work to deal with the fact that too many feel and fear that our country and its institutions will never deliver the fairness, justice, and real reconciliation that Indigenous Peoples deserve.”———“Yesterday, I had the honour of spending some time with Colten Boushie’s family. With his mom Debbie, cousin Jade, and uncle Alvin.“And through all their grief and anger and frustration, their focus was not on themselves and the tragedy they have endured, but on how we must work together to make the system and our institutions better. Better for Indigenous youth, for Indigenous families, and for all Canadians.“We have a responsibility to do better. To be better. To do our best to make sure that no family has to endure what they have gone through.“Mr. Speaker, the criminal justice system is just one place in which reforms are urgently needed.“Reforms are needed to ensure that — among other things — Indigenous Peoples might once again have confidence in a system that has failed them all too often in the past.“That is why we will bring forward broad-based, concrete reforms to the criminal justice system, including changes to how juries are selected.”———“Last year marked 35 years since Aboriginal and treaty rights were recognized and affirmed through Section 35 of the Constitution Act.“You might recall, Mr. Speaker, that the government of the day — led by my father — did not intend to include these rights at the outset.“It was the outspoken advocacy of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, supported by non-Indigenous Canadians, that forced the government to reconsider.”———“You see, Mr. Speaker, the challenge — then and now — is that while Section 35 recognizes and affirms Aboriginal and treaty rights, those rights have not been implemented by our governments.The work to give life to Section 35 was supposed to be done together with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. And while there has been some success, progress has not been sustained, or carried out.And so over time, it too often fell to the courts to pick up the pieces, and fill in the gaps.More precisely, instead of outright recognizing and affirming Indigenous rights — as we promised we would — Indigenous Peoples were forced to prove, time and time again, through costly and drawn-out court challenges, that their rights existed, must be recognized and implemented.”———“To truly renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples — not just for today, but for the next 150 years — we need a comprehensive and far-reaching approach. We need a government-wide shift in how we do things.“We need to both recognize and implement Indigenous rights because the truth is, Mr. Speaker, until we get this part right, we won’t have lasting success on the concrete outcomes that we know mean so much to people.“Indigenous Peoples in Canada should be able to drink the water that comes out of their taps. They should be able go to sleep in homes that are safe, and not overcrowded. Indigenous children should be able to stay with their families and communities, where they are known and loved.“And Indigenous youth should not grow up surrounded by the things that place them at elevated risk for suicide — things like poverty, abuse and limited access to a good education and good health care.”———“All of these things demand real, positive action — action that must include the full recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights. We need to get to a place where Indigenous Peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny, making their own decisions about their future.“And so today, I am pleased to announce that the government will develop — in full partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people — a new Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework that will include new ways to recognize and implement Indigenous Rights.This will include new recognition and implementation of rights legislation. Going forward, recognition of rights will guide all government relations with Indigenous Peoples.”———“Mr. Speaker, Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians are ready for change. Ready for a new relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. With a Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, we can build that new relationship, together.“It won’t be easy, Mr. Speaker. Nothing worth doing ever is. But it will be worth it. It will be worth it because we will have taken more steps toward righting historical wrongs.“It will be worth it because we will have replaced apathy with action, ignorance with understanding, and conflict with respect. We will have laid the foundation for real and lasting change — the kind of change that can only come when we fully recognize and implement Indigenous rights.”———last_img read more

Afghan anticorruption efforts receive financial boost with UN grants

23 October 2008Three Afghan civil society groups working to combat corruption in the fledgling democracy will be able to boost their activities to promote accountability and transparency thanks to grants being provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Integrated Approaches for Community Development, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and Saba Media Organization will each receive grants of up to $50,000 to carry out activities in the areas of monitoring, awareness-raising and capacity development, media and access to information, and training on anti-corruption and ethics.The grants are provided through UNDP’s Accountability and Transparency (ACT) Project’s Accountability and Transparency Grants Facility, which seeks to complement anti-corruption activities carried out by the Afghan public sector.The Grants Facility was set up “to encourage the active involvement of civil society and media in the fight against corruption,” said Manoj Basnyat, UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan.The ACT Project is working to facilitate broad public awareness and education initiatives on the complex issues of corruption and to engage more civil society actors and local think tanks in this process.Among other things, it is designed to support the Government in developing a broader anti-corruption strategy, as well as raise awareness and educate civil servants on the scourge.The Afghan Government has taken a number of steps to combat corruption, including becoming a State Party to the UN Convention against Corruption, adopting new anti-corruption legislation and establishing a new anti-corruption body. At the same time, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has noted that corruption must also be tackled “from the bottom up” with the people, Afghan civil society and the media having a crucial role in supporting Government efforts.According to a recent survey by Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the average Afghan household pays an estimated $100 in petty bribes every year – this in a nation where around 70 per cent of the population survives on less than $1 per day. read more

State responsibility to uphold rights of indigenous people stressed at UN forum

“First and foremost, the nation Member States of the United Nations are to take the initial obligation to begin to adopt policies and legislation… to maintain consistence with the human rights standards that are embraced in the declaration,” said Dalee Sambo Dorough, a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, at a press conference at UN Headquarters.She said the direct and often brutal violations of the basic rights of indigenous people in every region of the world continue, even in areas where success had been achieved, such as in Canada where an agreement over land use between the aboriginal communities in Nunavut has faced implementation hitches.“The reality of the UN declaration is that the rights of indigenous people did not arise out of the goodwill of States,” said Ms. Dorough.“Rather, it is because of the entire history of exploitation, colonization, as well as the full range of human rights violations that the indigenous community has pressed the UN to open its doors in order to for us to take our rightful place not only in the context of the human rights pillar of the UN, but also in the environment, as well as the peace and security pillar,” she told reporters on the sidelines of deliberations in the two-week Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.The forum is aimed at advancing the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous people worldwide. More than 1,300 delegates are participating.Edward Tunyon, an indigenous rights activist from Tanzania, highlighted the plight of pastoralist communities in his country, who, he said, have been losing land as other communities encroached upon their villages and authorities seized land for commercial or wildlife conservations purposes.This year’s forum is focusing on reviewing progress made on issues ranging from economic and social development to the environment and whether indigenous peoples have given free, prior and informed consent to decisions affecting their communities. 18 May 2011United Nations Member States have the responsibility to uphold the human rights principles outlined in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a member of the UN forum focusing on the issues said today, adding that violations of the fundamental rights of those communities persist. read more

Toronto Vancouver home sales fall sharply in March

TORONTO — Home sales in two of the country’s largest real estate markets were down sharply in March compared with a year ago, according to the real estate boards in Vancouver and Toronto.The Toronto Real Estate Board said sales were down 17% at 7,765 sales through its MLS system last month compared with 9,385 in March 2012.[np_storybar title=”Why Canadian banks shouldn’t fear the housing slowdown” link=””%5D Canadian banks continue to report healthy and better-than-expected earnings, near-record profits, and capital levels at all-time highs. Yet valuation expansion for the sector has been muted so far in 2013 due to negative sentiment about the domestic housing market.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The drop came as the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported a decline in sales of 18.3% at 2,347 sales in March compared with 2,874 sales recorded in the same period a year ago.The sales last month were the second lowest March total in Greater Vancouver since 2001 and 30.2% below the 10-year sales average for the month, the board said.“While home sales were below what’s typical for March, we are seeing more balance between the number of sales and listings on the market in the last two months, which is having a stabilizing impact on home prices,” said Sandra Wyant, president of the Vancouver board.The sales-to-active-listings ratio was 15.2% in Greater Vancouver, the first time the ratio was above 15% since May 2012.In Toronto, the drop in sales did not seem to affect house prices as the average March selling price crept higher compared with a year ago.The Toronto board says the average price was $519,879, up 3.8% from March 2012.However, Vancouver reported that the MLS home price index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver was $593,100, down 3.9% compared with a year ago.Home sales in Canada have been heading lower since last summer when the federal government tweaked mortgage lending rules.In July, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty moved to tighten mortgage rules for the fourth time in as many years in order to discourage those most at risk of becoming over-leveraged.The record high levels of consumer debt among Canadians has also raised a red flag from Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and others who have warned that interest rates will rise at some point — raising the cost of borrowing. read more

Minister says nothing done which will adversely affect Tamils

In an effort to bring normalcy into their lives after being affected by the war and giving them the opportunity to establish permanent housing, Ministry of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs presented these land ownership certificates.“ We are committed to ensure the well being of the Tamil Community and all projects implemented in the North are to benefit the people living in these areas. The Tamil community should understand that the present government has not done anything that would adversely affect them,” Minister Swaminathan said. Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V Wigneswaran also participated in the event. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister this week presented land ownership certificates to over 190 families living in the Sidhambarapuram village in Vavuniya. Minister of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D M Swaminathan says the present Government has not done anything that would adversely affect the Tamils.He says the Government is committed to ensure the well being of the Tamil Community. The Sidhambarapuram village was a camp that housed families who were in temporary settlements for the last 25 years. The villagers were temporarily settled in this area in 1990 after they were displaced due to the conflict situation in the North. read more

Man suffers life threatening injuries in Wainfleet crash

A 33-year-old man has been taken to hospital following a single-vehicle collision in Wainfleet. Emergency crews responding to a crash on Regional Rd. 27, just east of Philips Rd., around 10 p.m. on April 26. Police say the victim was driving a Nissan Altima eastbound on the roadway when he lost control of the car and collided with a tree.The driver was transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to an out of town hospital for treatment. A 26-year-old woman who was also inside the car suffered minor injuries. Detectives are currently investigating the collision. Anyone with information that could help police is asked to contact investigators at 905-688-4111, ext. 5500.

Maldives at UN Assembly calls for stronger UN to tackle global crises

“The United Nations is what we all make of it,” Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim said. “It is made up of us, the Member States. Its successes and its weaknesses are determined by how much we put into it. “My country, the Maldives, envisions a United Nations that is fair, that is representative ofits diverse membership, that takes into account the views and opinions of all, and forms consensus, based on compromise and dialogue. A United Nations that commits and delivers.” As the representative of a State made up of low-lying islands, he underscored the dangers of global warming climate change. “There is no bigger global threat than that of climate change,” he said. “Island nations, including the Maldives, are the first to be devastated by these impacts. But, we are not the only ones. Today, climate change is becoming a reality for the rest of the world – whether we choose to believe it or not,” he added, citing he intensity of the recent hurricanes to hit the Caribbean and the United States, and the Pacific islands last year.Full statement available here read more

March Break campus visits underway

There will be plenty of new faces around Brock University during March Break.Prospective students and their families will be touring the campus throughout the week. On Monday, tours will also take place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Tours at the main campus begin in the Cairns Complex Atrium.The following is a list of tour times this week:• Monday, March 14: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and MIWSFPA tour at 12:30 p.m.• Tuesday, March 15: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.• Wednesday, March 16: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.• Thursday, March 17 – no tours• Friday, March 18: noon, 2 p.m.Guests are parking in Zone 1.  Inflatable Badgers will be set up outside both Cairns entrances to guide guests in from the parking area.For questions, or to have any lost guests escorted down to Cairns, please contact Linda Steele at x 4293. read more

Block O tattoo signified early commitment from Buckeyes new quarterback Braxton Miller

Discussing when in the recruiting process he gets a sense a recruit will be joining Ohio State, co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he’s not usually comfortable until he sees that player’s signed letter of intent. That wasn’t the case with Braxton Miller. When Miller, who is ranked as the No. 2 quarterback in his class according to multiple recruiting services, announced in June that he’d be joining OSU’s 2011 recruiting class, he left little doubt in his future coaches’ minds about his level of commitment, as he showcased an OSU Block “O” tattooed on his left shoulder. Though he announced his intentions months ago and has been taking classes for weeks as an early enrollee at OSU, Miller was officially introduced as a Buckeye on Wednesday at a ceremony introducing OSU’s 23-member recruiting class. Wearing his new No. 5 OSU jersey, along with a retro-style Buckeye hat, Miller said he’s still getting the hang of college life. “The first week was hard to adjust to,” he said, “but I’m cool now.” With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season, OSU coaches say they are hopeful that Miller’s ability to adjust carries over to the football field. With the 15 extra practice sessions Miller has received from enrolling during Winter Quarter, he likely will compete with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to fill the temporary void Pryor will leave. Miller said he’s excited for the opportunity to compete right away but that it’s too early to get caught up in the competition. “It’s just an opportunity,” he said. “Just got to get the job done, do the work and see who wins it out.” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano agreed that it’s too early to see when, or if, Miller will contribute in the upcoming season, but he acknowledged that Miller’s decision to enroll early only improved his chances. “That’s all going be determined to how fast he adapts to what we do on an offensive standpoint — our play-calling, our formation setups and all those things,” Siciliano said. “Any time you’re here from any position, it gives you an advantage to play football a little bit more. I think that really is an advantage for a quarterback, to be able to get 15 extra days of snaps.” Like Pryor, Miller has displayed an ability both to throw and run the ball. In his senior season at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, Miller passed for 2,167 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 658 yards and 17 touchdowns. Miller led his team to the Division I state title game. As a three-year starter at Wayne, Miller compiled a 31-7 record. Enrolling early gave Miller the opportunity not only to practice early with his new team but also to bond with Pryor, whom he’ll attempt to replace either this season or the next. “He’s a cool dude to hang out with,” Miller said of Pryor. “I figured I’d learn from the best.” read more

Spotify entrepreneur loses legal battle to stop brother sending emails about his

first_imgTanweer, the head of credit and emerging markets at Unicredit Bank, admitted that some of his emails “may have been a bit overzealous”. But he told Mr Justice Nicklin that although Shakil’s claim had been “dressed up” as harassment, the case was really all about protecting his reputation. His behaviour was described as “less than exemplary” but the judge said there was no suggestion that he did not believe the allegations against his brother were true.He ruled that the emails had caused Shakil little more than “annoyance or distress” and did not justify an injunction. He suggested that the businessman could “exercise a degree of self-help” and simply delete them.And he said the order sought against his brother would “represent a very serious interference with his right of freedom of expression.”The judge, who said Shakil played a “significant role” in Spotify and was a close personal friend of Mr Ek, refused to deal with the case anonymously.Refusing an injunction, the judge said: “I do not consider these emails have crossed the line from unattractive, even unreasonable, to oppressive and unacceptable.” He did not make any findings as to whether the emails amounted to harassment, which will be dealt with at a later hearing. Lifting reporting restrictions, so that the brothers can be publicly named for the first time, the judge said: “There is … no justification for a blanket order.”center_img A Spotify entrepreneur has lost a High Court battle to stop his banker brother from sending “harassing” emails detailing his criminal past.Shakil Khan, an investor in the digital music service, argued that emails sent by his brother, Tanweer Khan, should be blocked.The court heard that 70 messages were sent by Tanweer to his brother, as well as Daniel Ek, the Spotify chief executive, and other associates between late 2016 and 2017.Shakil Khan had “a number of spent convictions” dating back to the Nineties, the court heard, including a “serious drugs conviction” for which he was imprisoned for two-and-a-half years. But while the content of some of the emails was described as “strident”, a senior judge concluded that they did not amount to harassment.The two brothers had fallen out over comments made by Shakil Khan in a podcast last year. Tanweer Khan attacked his brother’s public presentation of his criminal record as “a varnishing of the truth” and was said to have been “incensed” when his brother accused their father of beating him up during his childhood in Dagenham.The banker said that “in his culture, disrespecting one’s father is regarded very seriously and all the more so if he is dead”.last_img read more

Gardaí thanks public after finding man who had been missing since Friday

first_img Image: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 13 Mar 2017, 5:58 PM 3 Comments Gardaí thanks public after finding man who had been missing since Friday The man had been missing from Gorey. Image: By Órla Ryan Share Tweet Email Short URL Mar 13th 2017, 5:58 PM GARDAÍ HAVE THANKED the public after seeking their help in finding a 27-year-old man who had been missing since Friday.The man had been missing from Gorey, but has been found safe and well.Anyone with information is asked to contact Gorey Garda Station on 053 943 0690, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Controversial bishop Eamon Casey has died aged 89 15,800 Views last_img read more

Tommaso Ciampa undergoing surgery NXT tour of Northwest announced

first_img WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Fenix suffers leg injury at independent show, AEW All Out Ladder Match may be in jeopardy Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Tommaso Ciampa undergoing surgeryNXT star Tommaso Ciampa is in Birmingham, Alabama and is scheduled to undergo ACL surgery this week according to a report by reported earlier, Ciampa suffered an injury at an NXT live event on May 18 in Kentucky just days before the NXT TakeOver: Chicago event.Ciampa ended up working the TakeOver show in the main event and started a storyline attacking his tag team partner Johnny Gargano. WWE has yet to officially confirm the surgery for Ciampa and it remains unknown how much time he will miss as a result.NXT tour of Northwest announcedTriple H tweeted out that NXT would be running a tour of the Northwest this July.The #NXTRoadTrip hits #NXTVancouver for the first time 7/13& returns to #NXTSeattle 7/14& #NXTPortland 7/15Tickets on sale Fri. at 10am.— Triple H (@TripleH) May 30, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Triple H Twitter Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Facebook Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Pinterestlast_img read more

Attempted horse theft has community on alert

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Attempted horse theft has community on alert Posted: October 23, 2018 , center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRAMONA (KUSI) – You’ve heard of cars being taken for joyrides, but horses?One East county woman is warning the community after she says someone tried to steal her horse.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti detailed what happened, and why horse owners need to be careful. October 23, 2018last_img read more

More than 180 women accuse Massage Envy therapists of sexual assault

first_imgThe company told the news outlet that it has a zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – More than 180 women have reportedly said that they were sexually assaulted by therapists at Massage Envy locations across the United States.The alleged victims have filed lawsuits against the individual spas, massage therapists and the company alleging various incidents of sexual assault over a 15-year period, according to a BuzzFeed investigation.Massage Envy is the largest spa chain in the country, with 1,200 locations. The company employs more than 20,000 massage therapists.Related: Coral Gables massage therapist accused of sexual batteryMore than 100 women reported that a therapist groped their genitals, groped their breasts, or committed other explicit acts, according to the report.“Each of these incidents is heartbreaking for us and for the franchisees that operate Massage Envy locations, and we will never stop looking for ways to help our franchisees provide a safe environment at Massage Envy franchise locations,” the company said in a statement in response to the report.Message therapist James Deiter, who was employed at a location in West Chester, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to in 2016 to indecently assaulting nine women. He was sentenced to up to 13 years in prison.Several incidents reportedly happened at Massage Envy locations in Florida, including Coral Gables. last_img read more

Ravi Shankar Prasad replaces Shatrughan Sinha in Patna Sahib will the latter

first_imgIn the Mahagathbandhan rally, organised by West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, Sinha was seen taking centre stage with the Opposition leaders. This could have been a reason for the snub since he must have rubbed the BJP in a wrong way.In many recent tweets, the ex-Patna Sahib MP also hinted that it was time for new leadership.Speculations are rife that Sinha will soon be joining the Congress party. Sinha had in many instances shared a dais with the Opposition.”It is almost final that Shatrughan ji will join Congress either on March 24 or 25…Congress is a better option as it would provide Shatrughan ji the opportunity to be in national politics,” reported a source close to the situation was quoted as saying by Times of India.The source went on to say that Sinha would contest from Patna Sahib Constituency, his previous one with BJP.BJP released its first list on Thursday evening with Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from Varanasi while the BJP chief Amit Shah will contest for the first time in the elections from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.The second list, which was released on Saturday, saw Nawada MP and Union minister Giriraj Singh replacing Syed Shahnawaz Hussain in the Bhagalpur constituency. Rajiv Pratap Rudy still has his BJP candidature from Saran Lok Sabha seat. While LJP Chirag Paswan will be fielding his votes from the Jamui Constituencies. Shatrughan Sinha during a meeting of the Rashtra Manch, in Patna on April 21, 2018.IANSThe National Democratic Alliance (NDA) released its second list of candidates contesting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on Saturday, March 23. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has replaced actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha for the Patna Sahib constituency.On multiple occasions, Shatrughan Sinha, known as the black sheep of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has publicly criticised various policies, including demonetisation, GST, among others. Recently, he also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before Holi.last_img read more

2 women slaughtered at Munshiganj shrine

first_imgTwo women, including a khadem (caretaker) of a mazar (shrine), were found dead at a mazar(shrine) in Sadar upazila of Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased are Taijul Begum, 48, and Amena Begum, 60, a khadem of a shrine of Shilmandir area and hailed from Bakchar village in Sadar Upazila.On information, police recovered the throat-slit bodies of the two women, who might have been slaughtered sometime at night, around 9:30 am, said additional police super Mustafizur Rahman.Law enforcers collected some evidences, including a wallet, from the crime scene, he added.None has been arrested yet in this connection.last_img

HTC Introduces Vive Pro Eyetracking VR Headset MobilePowered Vive Cosmos Headset

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 There is no word yet on how much the Vive Pro Eye will cost, or when exactly it is being made available, with HTC saying Monday that it would ship in the second quarter of the year. Popular on Variety As for the Vive Cosmos (pictured above), HTC kept mum on many details Monday, but suggested that it could be powered by “more than just a PC” while a photo of the headset in conjunction with a mobile phone flashed across the screen. The Vive Cosmos will also include inside-out tracking, and is apparently being positioned as a consumer device.The company plans to make Vive Cosmos developer devices available soon, and announce details around the commercial availability later this year.In addition to the headset announcements, HTC Vive also unveiled the next version of its Viveport VR subscription service. Viveport Infinity, as the service is being called, will give consumers unlimited access to a catalog of more than 500 apps and games.“Think of it as your Netflix in VR,” said Viveport president Rikard Steiber. Viveport Infinity will launch on April 5. It will effectively replace the existing Viveport subscription service, which currently offers access to up to five titles a month for around $6.70 per month.HTC also announced two new partnerships for its VR endeavors: The company has teamed up with Amazon to simplify the development of web VR experiences, and partnered with Mozilla to make Mozilla Reality the default browser for all of the company’s VR headsets.Update: 6:40pm: This post was updated with more information on Viveport Infinity.center_img HTC used its CES press conference in Las Vegas on Monday to introduce two new headsets: The company introduced an updated version of the Vive Pro, dubbed the Vive Pro Eye, as well as a headset named the Vive Cosmos that can be powered not only by PCs, but potentially also mobile devices.The new Vive Pro Eye promises increased speed of VR interactions, and more efficient use of computing resources. The headset will also enable what is known in the industry as foveated rendering, which means that it renders the areas of an experience where users currently look in high-resolution, while rendering areas that are out of focus at lower resolutions.HTC first announced the Vive Pro headset at CES 2018, and has been positioning it as a device for prosumers and professionals. “We entered the market extremely well, it was well received by enterprise and professionals,” said HTC Vive Americas general manager Dan O’Brien. CREDIT: Janko Roettgers / Varietylast_img read more

FilMart Jim Packer Says Liongate Ready to Support Starz Global Rollout

first_imgA keynote speaker at Hong Kong’s FilMart this week, Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide TV and digital distribution, shares plans to support Starz’ international expansion. And he recounts his experience of watching Netflix change up through the gears.Back in 2012, when Lionsgate was still casting “Orange is the New Black,” Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president worldwide TV and digital distribution, described the show’s buyer Netflix as “a great new digital partner.” Seven years later, Netflix is the platform everyone wants to work for and everyone else wants to beat.“Netflix is no longer new, but they remain a trusted partner. They have such a huge appetite. And they are very easy to do business with,” said Packer. “But they have disrupted a lot of business models.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Liongate has announced a growing emphasis in India, with multiple, shifting elements. It currently provides movies to Amazon Prime Video, and a Lionsgate branded block on Sony Liv. But Packer chose not to comment on the prospects of a Starz launch in the already crowded Indian market. “The fact that we opened an office in India, headed by Rohit Jain, is a clear indication that we think India is an important country for us to lead in on.” “I did licensing deals with them when I was at MGM. They initially said we just want to buy your back catalog. Stuff that you can’t really sell. It was an interesting way to go around Hollywood. They license a lot of content. Then they immediately started morphing and realized what they did need. They bought newer movies, then new TV shows, such as ‘OITNB,’ which was one of their first new productions. They adapted as they learned how people used their product.”Packer said the companies that have entered the business in recent years have helped accelerate the pace of change. “At Disney, losing movies to basic cable was a process that took several years. Now change happens in one season, or with one deal.” Packer said he is watching carefully as Netflix increases its focus on local markets.He is also watching carefully for what Disney does with its anticipated launch of streaming platform Disney Plus. He predicted that Disney too will learn and adapt. “I’m hearing that they are creating more of their own product. I don’t underestimate Disney on any kind of endeavor. That brand will travel. [Disney topper] Bob Iger said that (Disney’s) entire catalog is going to be available on Disney Plus, and I remember one of my children saying ‘Dad, how do we not get that.’ It is a compelling offering.“We are really expanding the Starz brand internationally. They are leading the charge with the Starz Originals and the Starz brand, and are using a lot of the Lionsgate catalog. 15,000-17,000 titles is a great launchpad when you are trying to figure out a product offering. It is a premium channel brand that has not been in international territories,” he said. “We’ll go where the opportunities are, but you’ll see it everywhere over time. In the U.K. we are using the Amazon channel, another trusted partner, and on Virgin. In Germany we are on Amazon.”Packer avoided identifying the companies he considers direct competitors among pay-channels and nimble regional streaming upstarts. He preferred to focus on the content. “We are competing against high quality, significant budget, premium TV shows,” Packer said. “The quality originals we are doing for Starz in the U.S. will increasingly have international appeal… We will market our shows in the way that we market our movies, in a big picture way, with a long lead time. That builds what I call ‘stake IP’.” And he said the focus will be tighter than at Netflix. “It is hard to market 100 shows per year.”last_img read more