Ottawa proposes 100M classaction settlement for disabled vets over clawback

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a four-year legal battle with disabled veterans, who had launched a class-action lawsuit after some of their financial benefits were clawed back.The settlement, which must still be approved by the Federal Court, would provide more than 12,000 of veterans with payments of between $2,000 and $50,000 depending on when they served and the severity of their disabilities.It is the latest in what could be a string of such settlements as the Liberals have indicated that they plan to resolve several other class-action lawsuits brought forward by current and retired military personnel.“I believe the proposed settlement is fair and provides both sides with needed closure,” Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan said in a statement announcing the agreement in principle.“Now that this matter may soon be behind us, the government of Canada will continue working to better serve veterans and their families. I believe this decision shows that we intend to ensure that veterans in Canada are better off now than they were before.”The lawsuit was launched in 2014 after the federal government clawed back financial assistance from thousands of low-income veterans because they were also receiving disability pensions for injuries sustained while in uniform.The veterans alleged that the deductions, which took place between April 2006 and May 2012, violated their charter rights by discriminating against them because they were disabled.A Federal Court hearing is scheduled for December, where the government and lawyers representing the veterans are expected to ask for the settlement to be approved.The settlement represents the latest win for veterans and military personnel after several previous proposed class-action lawsuits were similarly resolved before reaching trial, most notably an $887-million agreement in 2013 for military pension clawbacks.The Liberals also ordered government lawyers in February to launch settlement talks for three proposed class-action lawsuits filed by former Canadian Forces members who say they experienced harassment and discrimination while in uniform.Yet the community also suffered a devastating loss last month when the Supreme Court opted not to hear an appeal brought by a group of disabled veterans called the Equitas Society, who were fighting the Liberals to bring back lifelong disability pensions.Those pensions were abolished in 2006 and replaced by a lump-sum payment and career-training assistance, much to the chagrin of the Equitas members and other veterans, who said it provided significantly less financial compensation than the old system.The Liberals have promised their own pension plan, which comes into effect next year, but the Equitas members and others have complained that it also falls far short.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

First Nations developer call for return and protection of sacred burial site

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia and parts of the United States gathered at a sacred burial site in Abbotsford, B.C., to call for its protection by the provincial government.From a grassy plateau overlooking farmland in the Fraser Valley, Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver told those gathered they were standing on a mass grave where hundreds if not thousands of their ancestors are buried after a smallpox outbreak. He says the Sto:lo and Sumas First Nations have been fighting for years to have the 65-hectare property known as Lightning Rock returned to them.John Glazema of Cold Water Ranch Developments says his firm was among a group of development companies that purchased the site in 2011 with plans to build an agricultural mall but only learned of its spiritual and cultural significance a year later.Since then, he says they have been in negotiations with the province to return the site to the Sumas people, but have yet to reach a settlement for their $12 million in costs.More than a dozen Indigenous leaders, including former lieutenant-governor Steven Point and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, signed a joint letter to Premier John Horgan calling for its return.Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser was not immediately available for comment.Phillip said the union has successfully advocated for the protection of other sites and he’s optimistic that this one would be, too.“We’re on a mass burial site of our people,” Silver told the crowd.“We’re going to keep pursuing this, to have this place returned to us.”Glazema said the developers stand with the nations, but the process has taken a toll on them and their families.“We attempted to do everything right,” he said. “We’re fighting for our money back and paying huge interest costs.”Two years ago, they signed a letter of agreement with the province that appeared to set the stage for a settlement but it has not been forthcoming, he said.They discovered early on in the process that some First Nations criteria had not been considered during the site’s initial assessment.“We are in unity with the Sumas nation,” Glazema said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stocks edge lower ahead of Federal Reserve policy decision

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of the latest interest rate policy decision by the Federal Reserve.Health care and technology companies led the market lower as investors favoured safer holdings in the utilities and real estate sectors. Microsoft and Apple edged lower, dragging other technology stocks down with them.Johnson & Johnson and UnitedHealth Group fell 1.1 per cent, weighing down their peers in the health care industry.The market closed on a soft note Tuesday, ending a weeklong rally. The market is still off to a roaring start to the year. The S&P 500 index is up 12.6 per cent so far in 2019. That’s better than the full-year gains for the benchmark index in four of the past five years.Investors are looking ahead to comments from the Federal Reserve after its latest two-day meeting. The central bank has signalled that it will be “patient” in raising interest rates as it weighs a dimmer economic picture globally.Bond prices rose ahead of the Fed announcement. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.59 per cent.Investors are also digesting another snippet of information on trade talks between the U.S. and China. White House officials are saying that top U.S. trade and economic officials will visit China late next week for another round of negotiations. Wall Street is hoping for a resolution to the damaging trade war between the world’s largest economies, which has made goods more costly for companies and consumers.KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 106.2 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,777 as of 10 a.m. The S&P 500 fell 0.3 per cent and the Nasdaq composite 0.1 per cent.DAMAGED PACKAGES: FedEx plunged after the company told investors that weak economic growth and higher costs will continue to cut into profit and revenue.The package delivery company’s third-quarter profit fell more than expected as it dealt with slower economic growth and weak global trade. Revenue also fell short of forecasts. Looking ahead, the company cut its full-year profit forecast for a second time.RISING DOUGH: General Mills blew away profit forecasts for the third quarter as higher prices on some of its products lifted revenue.The maker of Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Pillsbury, has been facing tougher competition as consumer tastes continue to shift to healthier food options. The company has been working to build a broader mix of healthier products, along with raising prices on certain brands.The company now expects adjusted full-year earnings per share to be flat to up 1 per cent from last year’s $3.11. Previously it forecast a decline of up to 3 per cent.OVERSEAS: Germany’s Dax fell 1.5 per cent on bad news for several key companies. Automaker BMW projected lower profits for the year. Also, a U.S. jury found that Bayer’s Roundup weed killer contributed to a California man’s cancer. Other European indexes edged lower and Asian indexes were mixed.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

International task force on global food crisis opens new website – UN

13 May 2008After holding its first meeting this week in New York, the new international task force on the global food crisis, which is chaired by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has opened a new website to provide updates on its activities. The High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis is working on a comprehensive plan to tackle problems caused by the worldwide rise in food prices. It brings together the heads of key UN agencies as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and other international experts. The task force is due to present its action plan at a food summit in Rome to be held in early June. The price of food commodities has risen by 83 per cent over the last 36 months on international markets, and it is estimated that 854 million people are in a state of food insecurity around the world. Next week the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is also holding a special session on the crisis. The new website – – lists task force participants and upcoming events, as well as key statements and documents. read more

Nearly five million children in Horn of Africa now hungry UNICEF says

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sounded the alarm on the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa today, noting that nearly five million children under the age of five in the region are now hungry.This marks an increase of 1 million since May, while the number of people in need of emergency assistance in the region has also risen, climbing from 20 million earlier this year to 24 million, the agency said.During 2009, some 500,000 under-five children will suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition.The food insecurity has been in large part triggered by prolonged drought resulting in less than half the normal rainfall, which has lead to enormous losses in livestock and surging food prices.The El Niño weather pattern is expected to result in flooding in parts of the Horn of Africa, which could lead to further crop failures and raise the spectre of water-borne diseases and acute malnutrition. It could also disrupt education services in a region where schooling is already in flux due to chronic emergency situations.Also contributing to food insecurity in the area is the continuing conflict in Somalia, which has impacts extending beyond its borders, UNICEF said in a news release issued in Nairobi.The agency said that in spite of its joint efforts with regional governments and non-governmental organizations, “our efforts are increasingly being stretched because our emergency programmes are severely underfunded,” said Elhadj As Sy, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.As of the end of last month, UNICEF had received just over one third of the $189 million needed in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and parts of Uganda.Thanks to UNICEF’s support, Ethiopia has made strides in supporting severely malnourished children at the community level, with the number of treatment sites surging from 500 in 2007 to over 3,200 currently.In Uganda, almost 5,000 children have been treated for severe acute malnourishment.“These examples show that much can be achieved even under the most difficult circumstances,” Mr. Sy noted.He underscored the need to address the root causes of the recurrent crises in the Horn of Africa to achieve sustainable results in a region where nearly half of all children under the age of five are chronically malnourished and one in eight children die before reaching their fifth birthday.“If we don’t manage to reduce the severe vulnerability of children and their families, we will see situations like the one we have now occurring over and over again.” 14 October 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) sounded the alarm on the worsening humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa today, noting that nearly five million children under the age of five in the region are now hungry. read more

Closing political office in Sierra Leone UN shifts focus to longterm development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Foreign Minister Samura M.W. Kamara of Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Freetown, Sierra Leone and is welcomed by Foreign Minister Samura M.W. Kamara. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with representatives of the ten main political parties in Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Freetown, Sierra Leone where he then boards a UN Helicopter to town. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Executive Representative Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen at a working breakfast with UNIPSIL and UNCT senior management. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Sierra Leone represents one of the world’s most successful cases of post-conflict recovery, peacekeeping and peacebuilding,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference alongside Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma in Freetown.“Here we have seen great strides towards peace, stability and long-term development,” he noted, calling on other countries to draw hope from Sierra Leone’s “inspiring example of the power of international solidarity and national resolve to overcome even the most brutal conflicts.”Six years after it was established, the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) formally closed and transferred its responsibility to the UN Country Team, which consists of 19 agencies, funds and programmes, based on the UN Development Assistance Framework, known as UNDAF.“I can confirm here officially that the United Nations will continue to stand together with the Government and people of Sierra Leone in their march toward further and more participatory democracy and sustainable development and also promoting human rights,” Mr. Ban stressed in the press conference.He explained that the UN Country team and specialized agencies will carry forward some of UNIPSIL’s residual tasks, including support for the ongoing constitutional review process. The UNDAF will help the Government press ahead with implementation of Sierra Leone’s Agenda for Prosperity, a social and economic development strategy for 2013-2018. ‹ › For 11 years, Sierra Leone was torn by a civil war after the rebel Revolutionary United Front intervened in an attempt to overthrow the country’s then-President Joseph Momoh. The conflict, which lasted from 1991 to 2002, was often punctuated by acts of extreme brutality as marauding bands of armed youths terrorized the countryside, conscripting child soldiers and used the amputation of limbs as an intimidation method against civilians.In November 2012, the country successfully held national presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. They were the third since the end of the country’s civil war.Sierra Leone also contributes police and armed forces to UN and African Union peacekeeping missions around the world, “a strong vote of confidence in the value of UN blue helmets from a country that once hosted the largest UN peacekeeping operation in the world,” Mr. Ban said.Given such signs of real progress in the country, the Security Council unanimously agreed last year that UNIPSIL would drawdown as of 31 March 2014. During its last year, the political mission focused on three main areas: good offices and the facilitation of political dialogue towards a constitutional review process and towards strengthening conflict prevention and resolution processes; security sector support; and strengthening of human rights institutions.During his visit, his second to Sierra Leone as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban also met with representatives of political parties and civil societies. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holds a Town Hall meeting with UNIPSIL and UNCT Staff. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Afghanistan UN urges respect for electoral processes as candidate questions runoff vote

In a press statement, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it learned of the decision of Abdullah Abdullah to suspend his campaign’s cooperation with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) at his press conference today, in addition to his suggestion that a commission under UN supervision be created to oversee the election process.Dr. Abdullah has reportedly alleged massive fraud in the early tallies from the 14 June run-off vote that also included Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The winner will replace President Hamid Karzai in the country’s first-ever democratic handover of power. In the wake of Dr. Abdullah’s announcement, UNAMA chief Ján Kubiš said “regrettable as this step may be, we will continue to engage closely with both campaigns and the electoral commissions, consulting with them on a way forward.” He also recalled the code of conduct signed by both candidates where they pledged to cooperate with the electoral commissions.“We believe that the electoral process should continue as laid out in the laws passed by the National Assembly. In particular, the mandate of the electoral institutions – [IEC] and the [IECC] – must be respected,” he added. “For their part, the electoral bodies have to demonstrate the highest levels of transparency and integrity and continue to proactively respond to valid candidate concerns,” Mr. Kubiš continued. “All efforts should be made to ensure that all valid votes are counted and all invalid ballots rejected – such efforts will have our full support.”With the utmost concern, the UN Mission noted that appeals to circumvent or abandon the legal process and framework and appeal directly to supporters could incite violence. Indeed, some people have already called for civil disobedience and some incidents have already taken place, UNAMA said in its statement. As such, UNAMA strongly urged the candidates to take all steps necessary to control their supporters to prevent them from making any irresponsible statements and from taking steps that could lead to civil disorder and instability.In addition, the Mission urged the candidates and their supporters to act in the national interest and reminded them of their personal and political responsibility for peace, stability and the unity of the country. read more

Myanmars handling of northern Rakhine lesson in how to make bad situation

In a news release today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that he was deeply disappointed that access by his Office (OHCHR) to some of the worst areas in northern Rakhine had still not been approved, particularly given numerous alarming allegations of rights violations, including killings, rapes and the burning of Rohingya homes. “The repeated dismissal of the claims of serious human rights violations as fabrications, coupled with the failure to allow our independent monitors access to the worst affected areas in northern Rakhine, is highly insulting to the victims and an abdication of the Government’s obligations under international human rights law,” Mr. Zeid said. “If the authorities have nothing to hide, then why is there such reluctance to grant us access? Given the continued failure to grant us access, we can only fear the worst,” he added. Noting that the country’s handling of the crisis in northern Rakhine “is a lesson in how to make a bad situation worse,” Mr. Zeid called on the authorities to reflect on the best approach towards a durable resolution to the long-standing grievances of different communities in northern Rakhine. Further in the release, he also strongly condemned attacks on border police posts in early October by armed assailants as well as the killing of a senior army officer on 12 November. “These are serious crimes for which the individual perpetrators and their masterminds must be brought to account with full respect of their right to due process,” the High Commissioner stressed. “But accounts we have received suggest that security forces may have imposed collective punishment on an entire community, with reprisals against already vulnerable Rohingya Muslims continuing more than two months after the border post attacks, causing some 27,000 people to flee across the border into Bangladesh,” he added. “Sadly, the world today is full of examples where States have responded to security breaches with heavy-handed military responses, with little or no regard for the root causes. The results have been catastrophic, with mass displacement, the nurturing of violent extremism, and everybody ultimately losing,” he cautioned.He also urged the Government to accept the international community’s offer of support to help resolve the crisis as well as by his Office to provide training and assistance to authorities in improving the human rights situation for all the people of Myanmar. read more

February new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for February pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in February 2014 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the February 2014 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Nets Paul Pierce Breaks Hand Out 2To4 Weeks

Photo by Brooklyn Nets who were considered a stacked squad that could challenge the Miami Heat have been a disaster. They have lost 10 of their last 13 games. Rookie coach Jason Kidd was caught and fined for trying a trick to, in essence, create a timeout when his team was out of them. And now, perennial all-star forward Paul Pierce will be sidelined for two-to-four weeks with a broken hand.The team released a statement saying Pierce suffered the injury in a loss at Houston Friday. It happened in the first half and no one knew because Kidd benched Pierce and all the starters for the entire second half of a 19-point defeat.Saturday in a win over Memphis, Pierce, 36, did not play. Pierce joins point guard Deron Williams (ankle), guard Jason Terry (knee) and forward Andrei Kirilenko (back) who are out with injuries.“Injuries are a part of the game,” Kidd said. “You just hope that there are speedy recoveries. And for the guys in that locker room that can play, I believe in each one of those guys and that we can find a way to win until we do get whole.”The Nets (5-12) have lost a total of 37 games due to injury to six players. Kidd has had to use seven different starting lineups. Joe Johnson has been the only player to start every game this season.Pierce was shooting only 36.8 percent and 26.8 percent from behind the 3-point arc while averaging 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. He is on pace for career lows in shooting percentages and scoring average in his 16-year career. read more

Body found on Murudi road Man died from injuries sustained by

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPME reveals West Dem man died from multiple injuries to neck, chestDecember 1, 2014In “Crime”Commissioner assures of no cover up in alleged Police BeatingDecember 1, 2014In “Crime”Cummings Lodge man died from multiple injuries consistent with vehicular accident- PoliceJanuary 29, 2018In “Cummings Lodge man died from multiple injuries consistent with vehicular accident- Police” The Post Mortem Examination (PME) conducted on the man, whose lifeless body was found on the Murudi Public Road on Monday morning, revealed that he died as a result of injuries consistent with that received from being hit by a vehicle.This is according to Superintendent, Boodnarine Persaud, on Thursday morning.“He received injuries to his pelvis, kidney and other parts. He got hit hard from behind,” Persaud said.Inews had previously reported that the body of 27-year-old Tobin, a labourer, of Waikabra, Soedyke/Linden Highway was found lying in the middle of the Murudi Public road at around 07:15hrs on Monday last.The labourer’s body was reportedly stiff when police found him, suggesting that he had been lying at the scene for some time.Presently, no one is in custody but police are treating the matter as a hit and run incident.Investigations are ongoing. read more

Was that airliner meant to be underneath me Harrison Ford in piloting

first_img Short URL “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” – Harrison Ford in piloting near-miss The actor, a seasoned pilot, flew in towards a taxiway instead of a runway. 28 Comments By AFP 29,978 Views HARRISON FORD WAS involved in a near-miss at a California airport as he was piloting his private plane, according to officials and US media.Ford, a seasoned pilot and vintage plane collector, was approaching John Wayne Airport in Orange County, NBC reported, when he headed towards a taxiway rather than the runway, passing over a Boeing 737 with 110 passengers and six crew.The 74-year-old “Indiana Jones” star was captured on air traffic control recordings, according to NBC, asking:Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?center_img Share37 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 10:15 AM Source: NBC News/YouTubeThe Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said it did not identify people involved in air incidents but confirmed it was investigating what had caused the misunderstanding.“Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon,” spokesman Ian Gregor said in a statement.The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing 737 that was holding short of the runway.The American Airlines plane managed to depart safely for Dallas just minutes after the incident, according to NBC.The FAA prohibits aircraft landing on taxiways and sanctions for pilots found at fault range from a warning letter to a suspension of their license.Ford suffered a broken arm and minor head injuries when he crash-landed a World War II plane on a Santa Monica golf course two years ago, after the carburetor failed. A World War II-era trainer airplane that actor Harrison Ford crash-landed in 2015 is removed from Penmar Golf Course in the Venice area of Los Angeles. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHe also crash-landed a helicopter during a flying lesson in Ventura County, California in 1999 and, a year later, his Beechcraft Bonanza scraped the runway during an emergency landing in Nebraska.The actor has been in accidents out of the cockpit too, suffering a broken leg three years ago on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship after he was pinned down by the heavy, metal-framed door while reprising his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.A longtime aviation enthusiast, Ford owns several aircraft and claims more than 5,200 hours in his log book. He is certified to fly and land planes, seaplanes and helicopters, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.His representatives refused to comment.© – AFP 2017 Read: White House urged to discipline Conway over ‘free commercial’ for Ivanka >Read: UKIP leader forced to deny own statement that he lost a close friend at Hillsborough disaster > Feb 15th 2017, 10:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Europe Écologie et les Verts scellent leur union

first_imgEurope Écologie et les Verts scellent leur unionSamedi 13 novembre, la grande famille des écologistes s’est réunie à Lyon pour officialiser la naissance du rassemblement Écologie-Les Verts. Les deux partis ont en effet fusionné pour ne faire plus qu’un.Cécile Duflot, Nicolas Hulot, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Eva Joly, ou encore José Bové : il ne manquait personne à l’appel pour célébrer ce grand moment, attendu depuis des mois par les écologistes français. Une fusion dont le nom à rallonge, Europe Écologie-Les Verts, a été approuvé par 53% des adhérents aux deux partis, devançant Rassemblements des écologistes, Alternative écologiste ou encore le Mouvement de l’écologie politique.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauA la tête des Verts, Cécile Duflot a pris celle de ce rassemblement, se réjouissant de constater que son ancien parti ait servi “à ancrer l’écologie dans le paysage politique”.Avec enthousiasme, l’anciennesecrétaire nationale des Verts a déclaré devant les 2.000 sympathisants réunis à Lyon pour l’événement: “Aujourd’hui, nous devons devenir une force majoritaire, qui ne soit plus une simple force de contestations”. Nicolas Hulot avait lui aussi fait le déplacement, se gardant d’en dire plus sur son implication au sein du nouveau parti, pour tirer son chapeau devant la fusion des Verts et d’Europe Écologie, les félicitant “d’avoir mis de côté (leurs) divergences, et fait la démonstration que composer ce n’est pas décomposer”. S’il refuse de révéler si oui ou non il acceptera de représenter les écologistes en 2012, estimant Eva Joly parfaite pour le faire, l’animateur d’Ushuaïa s’est toutefois laissé aller à un lapsus révélateur en lançant : “L’espoir est immense. Je pense que nous y parviendrons… Pardon que vous y parviendrez”. Très apprécié des Français, qu’ils soient de gauche ou de droite, Nicolas Hulot avait été largement plébiscité par un sondage qui le plaçait en tête des candidats au poste de ministre de l’Écologie. Une mission qu’il aurait refusée, et qui a finalement été confiée à Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (voir notre article).Le 15 novembre 2010 à 15:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Zooey Deschanel Rebel Wilson Tapped For Live Beauty And The Beast

first_img Facebook ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Set For Live L.A. Treatment zooey-deschanel-rebel-wilson-tapped-live-beauty-and-beast News Twitter Zooey Deschanel, Rebel Wilson Tapped For Live ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Email Taye Diggs and Kelsey Grammer also added to performance slated for the Hollywood Bowl in Los AngelesRenée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2018 – 1:12 pm Beauty And The Beast has been a fan-favorite musical for decades, and now it’s getting the live treatment at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 25 and 26.Singer/actress Zooey Deschanel has landed the role of Belle and actors Kelsey Grammer and Taye Diggs will portray Lumiere and Gaston, respectively Singer/actress Rebel Wilson will play LeFou, actress Jane Krakowski will reimagine Mrs. Potts and singer/songwriter Anthony Evans will play the iconic role of the Beast.Beauty And The Beast: 3 GRAMMY FactsThe all-star cast will be accompanied by a full orchestra and choir conducted by Michael Kosarin with live imagery projected on the Bowl’s projection screens. In addition, 16-year-old pianist Emily Beardwill perform the 1948 short film “Bumble Boogie” as a live accompanist to the film.”Performing ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ one of my favorite movies growing up, in a special concert at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, is a dream come true,” Deschanel said in a press release, according to Billboard. “I am looking forward to what I’m sure will be a magical event.”Tickets for the two-day event go on sale March 16.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

MK Sharma Replaces KV Kamath as NonExecutive Chairman of ICICI Bank

first_imgICICI Bank appointed MK Sharma as its non-executive Chairman on Tuesday replacing KV Kamath, who will leave the bank to take over as the chief of New Development Bank proposed by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations.”The Board of Directors of ICICI Bank Limited at its meeting held at Mumbai today approved the appointment of M. K. Sharma as the non-executive Chairman of the Board for a period of five years,” said ICICI Bank in a statement.Sharma had worked as an independent Director on the Board of ICICI Bank for eight years from 2003 to 2011. Currently, he is an independent director of ICICI Bank’s two subsidiaries – ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company and ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company.Sharma, who was former Vice Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Ltd, is also a member of government committees on corporate law and corporate governance.”The Board felt that Sharma’s long experience & expertise in legal & corporate governance matters as well as companies in diverse businesses would prove invaluable in providing guidance & leadership to the Board, and his long association with the ICICI Group would provide stability & continuity,” the bank said.Sharma’s appointment as the non-executive Chairman of country’s largest private sector bank is yet to receive approval from Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He is expected to assume charge from 1 July, if RBI gives approval before that date.last_img read more

Cancer diagnosis may up suicide risk in patients

first_imgCancer patients may be at a significantly increased risk of suicide in the first year following diagnosis, a study has found.The research, published in the journal Cancer, points to the importance of screening for suicide risk in newly diagnosed patients and ensuring that patients have access to social and emotional support. To estimate the risk of suicide within the year after a cancer diagnosis, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in the US examined information on cancer patients in a US database between 2000 and 2014. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong the 4,671,989 patients in the analysis, 1,585 committed suicide within one year of their diagnosis. There was a two and a half times higher risk than what would be expected in the general population.”Awareness among providers to screen for suicide risk and refer to mental health services is important for mitigating such risk and saving lives, especially within the first six months after diagnosis,” said Ahmad Alfaar, of Charite – Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Moreover, family members and caregivers must be trained to provide psychological support for their ill relatives,” said Alfaar.When studied according to cancer site, the highest increase in risk was seen following pancreatic cancer and lung cancer. The risk of suicide also increased significantly following a diagnosis of colorectal cancer, but the risk of suicidal death did not increase significantly following breast and prostate cancer diagnoses. “Both cancer and suicide are leading causes of death and present a major public health challenge. Our study highlights the fact that for some patients with cancer, their mortality will not be a direct result of the cancer itself, but rather because of the stress of dealing with it, culminating in suicide,” said Hamoda.”This finding challenges us all to ensure that psychosocial support services are integrated early in cancer care,” he said.last_img read more

Firefox 54 new preferences and Ghacks userjs changes

first_imgFirefox 54: new preferences and Ghacks user.js changes by Martin Brinkmann on June 15, 2017 in Firefox – 33 commentsThis article offers information on changes made to the Firefox 54 preferences, as well as new, deprecated, or removed Ghacks user.js preferences.Mozilla released Firefox 54.0 this week to the Stable channel. The major change of the release was the enabling of multiple content processes.You can download the latest version of the Ghacks user.js file from the official repository over on GitHub.For new users: the user.js file is a configuration file that Firefox may load on start. It modifies browser settings and features based on the configuration, similarly to how you can modify the configuration using Firefox’s settings, or the about:config page of the browser.My thanks goes to Earthling for creating the changelog, to Pants for keeping the chu chu train running, and for all other contributors for contributing to the project.Firefox 54.0 Changes to preferencesNote: You find the full changelog listed here. It concentrates on the Ghacks user.js file. If you use it already, you may want to check out the changelog before you download it from GitHub and add it to your Firefox installation. As always, it is suggested that you go through the listing of preferences to adjust the default configuration for your requirements. Read the getting started guide if you are new.You find discussion on several of the preference on GitHub. You may also ask questions about those here on Ghacks in the comment section below.pref(“browser.formautofill.enabled”, false);pref(“browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.enabled”, false);pref(“browser.urlbar.usepreloadedtopurls.enabled”, false);pref(“”, “”);pref(“”, “”);pref(“browser.safebrowsing.provider.google4.reportMalwareMistakeURL”, “”);pref(“browser.safebrowsing.provider.google4.reportPhishMistakeURL”, “”);pref(“dom.ipc.processCount.extension”, 1);pref(“extensions.screenshots.system-disabled”, true);pref(“”, true);pref(“network.http.referer.hideOnionSource”, false);pref(“privacy.firstparty.isolate.restrict_opener_access”, true);pref(“security.sandbox.logging.enabled”, false);pref(“security.data_uri.inherit_security_context”, true);Removed, renamed or hidden in Firefox 54.0pref(“browser.safebrowsing.reportMalwareMistakeURL”, “”); pref(“browser.safebrowsing.reportPhishMistakeURL”, “”);“dom.archivereader.enabled”, false);pref(“media.eme.apiVisible”, true);Changed in Firefox 54.0pref(“extensions.blocklist.url”, “”); // prev: “” => Migrate the blocklist preferences to new URIpref(“”, true); // prev: false – ab7dfb7New Preferences (ignored by Ghacks user.js)pref(“apz.allow_with_webrender”, false);pref(“browser.formautofill.loglevel”, “Warn”); // see master switch to disablepref(“browser.urlbar.usepreloadedtopurls.expire_days”, 14); // see master switch to disablepref(“browser.storageManager.pressureNotification.minIntervalMS”, 1200000);pref(“browser.storageManager.pressureNotification.usageThresholdGB”, 5);pref(“devtools.gridinspector.showGridOutline”, false);pref(“devtools.source-map.locations.enabled”, false);pref(“”, true); //“dom.ipc.plugins.forcedirect.enabled”, true); // we do not support flashpref(“dom.moduleScripts.enabled”, false); // ECMAScriptspref(“dom.timeout.max_consecutive_callbacks”, 5);pref(“dom.vr.puppet.enabled”, false);pref(“dom.vr.test.enabled”, false);pref(“extensions.e10sMultiBlocksEnabling”, true); // leave e10s experimental staging alonepref(“gfx.downloadable_fonts.keep_variation_tables”, false);pref(“gfx.downloadable_fonts.otl_validation”, false);pref(“gfx.webrender.enabled”, true);pref(“image.mem.animated.discardable”, false);pref(“image.mem.shared”, false);// ^^ ^^“intl.tsf.associate_imc_only_when_imm_ime_is_active”, false);pref(“intl.tsf.hack.ms_japanese_ime.do_not_associate_imc_on_win10”, true);pref(“intl.uidirection”, -1);pref(“layers.advanced.border-layers”, false);pref(“layers.advanced.caret-layers”, false);pref(“layout.css.text-justify.enabled”, false);pref(“layout.scrollbars.always-layerize-track”, false);/* ***/pref(“marionette.enabled”, false);pref(“marionette.forcelocal”, true);pref(“marionette.log.level”, “info”);pref(“marionette.port”, 2828);pref(“marionette.prefs.recommended”, true);pref(“media.eme.vp9-in-mp4.enabled”, false);pref(“media.ffmpeg.low-latency.enabled”, false);pref(“services.sync.engine.bookmarks.validation.interval”, 86400);pref(“services.sync.engine.bookmarks.validation.maxRecords”, 1000);pref(“services.sync.engine.bookmarks.validation.percentageChance”, 10);pref(“signon.masterPasswordReprompt.timeout_ms”, 900000);pref(“network.throttle.enable”, true);pref(“network.throttle.resume-for”, 2000);pref(“network.throttle.suspend-for”, 2000);Removed or hidden preferences in Firefox 54.0pref(“browser.newtabpage.remote”, false);pref(“browser.newtabpage.remote.content-signing-test”, false);pref(“browser.newtabpage.remote.keys”, “”);pref(“browser.newtabpage.remote.mode”, “production”);pref(“browser.newtabpage.remote.version”, “1”);pref(“devtools.sourcemap.locations.enabled”, false);pref(“devtools.toolbox.toolbarSpec”, ‘[“splitconsole”, “paintflashing toggle”,”scratchpad”,”resize toggle”,”screenshot –fullpage –file”, “rulers”, “measure”]’);pref(“gfx.font_rendering.cleartype.always_use_for_content”, false);pref(“gfx.font_rendering.cleartype.use_for_downloadable_fonts”, true);pref(“”, “rtl”);pref(“intl.uidirection.fa”, “rtl”);pref(“intl.uidirection.he”, “rtl”);pref(“”, “rtl”);pref(“intl.uidirection.ur”, “rtl”); //“layers.allow-d3d9-fallback”, false);pref(“layers.prefer-d3d9”, false);pref(“layout.css.object-fit-and-position.enabled”, true);pref(“layout.css.unprefixing-service.enabled”, true); // remove HTTP1 Pipeline Support:“network.http.pipelining”, false);pref(“network.http.pipelining.abtest”, false);pref(“network.http.pipelining.aggressive”, false);pref(“network.http.pipelining.max-optimistic-requests”, 4);pref(“network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”, 32);pref(“network.http.pipelining.maxsize”, 300000);pref(“”, 30000);pref(“network.http.pipelining.reschedule-on-timeout”, true);pref(“network.http.pipelining.reschedule-timeout”, 1500);pref(“network.http.pipelining.ssl”, false);pref(“network.http.proxy.pipelining”, false);pref(“pointer-lock-api.prefixed.enabled”, false);pref(“”, false); //“services.sync.jpake.firstMsgMaxTries”, 300);pref(“services.sync.jpake.lastMsgMaxTries”, 300);pref(“services.sync.jpake.maxTries”, 10);pref(“services.sync.jpake.pollInterval”, 1000);pref(“services.sync.jpake.serverURL”, “”);pref(“services.sync.log.logger.service.jpakeclient”, “Debug”);pref(“services.sync.log.logger.userapi”, “Debug”);pref(“services.sync.miscURL”, “misc/”);pref(“services.sync.privacyURL”, “”);pref(“services.sync.scheduler.sync11.singleDeviceInterval”, 86400);pref(“services.sync.serverURL”, “”);pref(“services.sync.statusURL”, “”);pref(“services.sync.syncKeyHelpURL”, “”);pref(“services.sync.termsURL”, “”);pref(“services.sync.userURL”, “user/”);  // renamed to ‘services.sync.engine.bookmarks.validation.*’pref(“services.sync.validation.interval”, 86400);pref(“services.sync.validation.maxRecords”, 100);pref(“services.sync.validation.percentageChance”, 10); //“toolkit.identity.debug”, false);pref(“toolkit.identity.enabled”, false);SummaryArticle NameFirefox 54: new preferences and Ghacks user.js changesDescriptionThis article offers information on changes made to the Firefox 54 preferences, as well as new, deprecated, or removed Ghacks user.js preferences.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Colombian president talks trade environment and organized crime in Costa Rica

first_imgPresidents Juan Manuel Santos, of Colombia, and Laura Chinchilla, of Costa Rica, began this Friday discussions for a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, which could lead to millions of dollars in investment. After a private meeting, in a west San José hotel, the leaders signed a framework agreement setting out the principles governing the negotiations, which will begin in July in the Colombian capital of Bogota.“I hope we finish as soon as possible, that will depend on the dynamics of the negotiations, but Costa Rica and Colombia have plenty of experience in free trade and I do not see many problems,” Santos said in a conference press with Chinchilla, after the meeting.Chinchilla highlighted that Costa Rica and Colombia shared the “same vision of development,”  and the similarities “ provide the basis to form a deep and lasting business partnership.”“Our relationship keeps growing stronger in the political arena, and now in the commercial, that will lead us to join efforts in forums where we share interests,” Chinchilla said.Costa Rica’s exports to Colombia grew by 12.1 percent in 2011 compared to the last two years, but the trade balance is very unfavorable, according to official figures.In 2011, Costa Rican sales to Colombian were $48.2 million, against $455.7 million imports.The two presidents, accompanied by their foreign ministers, trade ministers, environment ministers and security ministers, discussed further aspects of bilateral interests like fighting narco-trafficking, migration and the protection of marine resources.Chinchilla also promised to review the visa requirement necessary for Colombians to visit Costa Rica. Colombians make up the second largest foreign population in Costa Rica, after Nicaraguans. Of the 386,000 immigrants living in the country, 4.3 percent are Colombians, according to the 2011 census.In the topic of environment, both governments agreed to continue cooperating against illegal fishing and shark finning and the defense of the sea.“It is precisely the theme of the oceans that will be one of the specific topics at the Rio+20 Summit (going on in Brazil), because if we continue to destroy the seas we will have waters without fish.”  Santos said..On the issue of security, Santos stressed that the countries must join efforts to prevail in the battle being waged against organized crime.“This is a transnational crime and the more cooperation we have the more effective we will be. Colombia has managed to accumulate, at a high price, great experience in this fight and we want to share it with Costa Rica,” he said.Costa Rica, like the rest of Central America, is a bridge for Colombian cocaine cartels that are transporting the product to the world’s biggest drug consumer, the United States.Santos left Costa Rica that same afternoon. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Golfclub attacker referred for trial

first_imgA 56-year-old man who allegedly hit and seriously injured his 42-year-old roommate with a golf club last week was referred on Thursday for trial to the Paphos Criminal Court.The suspect was arrested and remanded for eight days last week for the attempt of murder of his roommate following an argument. The trial was set for September 19.The 42-year-old is being treated in the intensive care unit of Paphos hospital after sustaining severe chest trauma when he was allegedly attacked by the 56-year-old with a golf club. The suspect had been reportedly angered when his roommate returned home an hour after midnight and started making noise.In the ensuing argument, the 56-year-old allegedly grabbed a golf club and attacked his roommate. The club broke in two and the suspect allegedly stabbed his roommate with the sharp edge.The suspect claimed that the victim had fallen on the broken golf club he was holding by accident.The victim underwent surgery and his condition was described as serious but not life-threatening.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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