THE SECRET MUSICAL HISTORY OF LONDON ONT

first_imgWhile a student at Fanshawe College, country star Michelle Wright got the funding for her debut album through a talent contest on London, Ontario’s BX 93 station. (CBC Music) Advertisement Read on to find out how Grammy and Oscar-nominated Stephan Moccio first convinced his way into a meeting with Céline Dion, which big-name artists Jack Richardson has helped shaped and just how Michelle Wright got the money for her debut album — which provided Reba McEntire with three new songs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook London, Ont., may be one of Canada’s smaller cities, but it punches like a heavyweight when it comes to music.Some of the biggest musicians in the world are from London, or connected to London: legendary producer Jack Richardson, techno legends John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin, country star Michelle Wright, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and hit-maker Stephan Moccio all have ties to the Forest City.As host city for the 2019 Juno Awards, London is shining a light on its musical hotbed. And as part of its Junos coverage, CBC Music has created a TV show, CBC Music presents London Calling, that tells the story of how influential London is on the Canadian and global music scenes — and why it makes so much sense as a Junos host city. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Dollarama reports 1335M Q4 profit comparable store sales growth slows

first_imgMONTREAL — Dollarama Inc. says it earned $133.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $130.1 million a year ago.The retailer says the profit amounted to 41 cents per diluted share for the company’s third quarter, up from 38 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 42 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 28 totalled $864.3 million, up from $810.6 million, while comparable store sales grew 3.1 per cent compared with growth of 4.6 per cent in the same quarter a year ago.The comparable store sales growth was due to a 4.0 per cent increase in average transaction size, partially offset by a 0.9 per cent drop in the number of transactions.Dollarama says the rate of comparable store sales growth in the most recent quarter reflected its decision to strategically limit price increases in recent quarters. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

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Al Hoceima Development Projects Sacked Ministers Will Not Face Charges for

Rabat – It appears that the King’s move to sack three ministers and two high officials for negligence in overseeing Al Hoceima’s development projects is the only punishment they will receive. In terms of legal sanctions, the King’s attorney general, Mohamed Abdel Nabawi, has found that, despite their projects’ massive slowdowns, they are not guilty of any crimes.In a report presented to the King late October, the Court of Auditors criticized the sluggishness and lack of coherence and cooperation of the ministers responsible for managing the development project. The King responded by sacking them.“I am disappointed in their performance at their respective ministries, and I would never again entrust them with any public missions,” stated the King after reading the report. His attorney general Abdel Nabawi agrees. “Court of Auditors President Driss Jettou’s report was accurate and clear when he revealed the errors observed in the project,” he said during a press conference in Rabat on November 7.However, Abdel Nabawi drew from “his expertise as the Attorney General” to say that “we must distinguish between imbalances in management and crimes.”For the King’s attorney, the dysfunctions in Al Hoceima project are “not embezzlements, but rather imbalances that had to do with the lack of respect for deadlines in the implementation of projects.”Thus, the report is “free of criminal charges” and does “not require any judicial review before the criminal justice.”The Court of Auditors’ report indicated that the development project “did not meet a strategic vision integrated and shared by all stakeholders.”The project’s committee was unable to mobilize the other partners for “actual contribution and reactivity,” nor was it capable of giving “the necessary momentum to launch the program on a solid foundation.” This, the implementation of the project suffered a slow start.From the signing of the project’s framework convention in 2015 until February 2017, the Court of Auditors noted that most stakeholders at both central and locals levels experienced significant delays in carrying out their duties.By the end of 2016, of the total 644 projects planned, there were only five fully implemented projects, at a budget of MAD 146.8 million, and 45 ongoing projects at MAD 565 million. read more

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Morocco is Most Popular NonEuropean Tourist Destination for Spaniards

By zackaria wadghiriRabat – Spain is determined to improve cooperation with Morocco in the tourism sector, Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism Reyes Maroto said Wednesday in Madrid.Spain and Morocco are strong partners “who share a common history and enjoy strong relations,” added Maroto after a meeting with Moroccan Minister of Tourism, Air transport, Crafts, and Social Economy Mohammed Sajid, at the 39th International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid.Read Also: Morocco and Bahrain Discuss Tourism Cooperation“Spain is the second [most popular] market for tourists to Morocco after France and Morocco is the top destination for Spanish tourists outside Europe,” said Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism Lamia Boutaleb. Maroto asserted that the renewed memorandum of understanding between the two kingdoms in tourism, expected in 2019, will add new momentum to this cooperation.Read Also: Tourism in Morocco: High Occupancy Rates Despite Murders of 2 TouristsThrough the new memorandum, said Maroto, “we will be able to formalize the future of our relations in the tourism industry, not least by finding in the common culture, we share a project that will allow visitors who come to Spain to enjoy Morocco” and vice versa.Held for the first time in 1980, FITUR is a global gathering of tourism professionals. The event attracted 251,000 visitors in 2018.Over 12 million tourists visited Morocco in 2018, up 8 percent from 2017. Inbound tourism in Spain dropped by 4.9 percent in July 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, the largest fall in eight years, reported the Telegraph. read more

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Nigeria claims fraud in case calling for 96B asset seizure

DAKAR, Senegal — Nigeria’s government is vowing to use all means at its disposal to persuade a British court to set aside a ruling that calls for the seizure of $9.6 billion in assets from the West African nation, saying a contract signed under a past administration had been designed to fail.A Nigerian delegation including its attorney general, central bank governor and national police chief plans to attend commercial court Thursday in London to make their argument.“It’s about not allowing a case based on fraudulence to proceed,” Attorney General Abubakar Malami told The Associated Press on Monday.In August, Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID), a British Virgin Islands-based engineering firm, secured the judgment against Nigeria.P&ID said it entered a gas contract with Nigeria’s government in 2010 to build and operate a plant to refine natural gas into “lean gas” in the southeastern port city of Calabar.Under the 20-year agreement, the government would install the necessary pipelines and infrastructure and receive the lean gas free of charge to power its national grid, the company said. P&ID would sell the by-products of propane, ethane and butane on the international market.In 2012, P&ID took Nigeria’s government to court alleging breach of contract, saying it failed to meet its commitments.Nigeria’s attorney general asserted that the contract had been signed with no clear terms and conditions. It “was engineered to fail” and take money from the state, he said.The Nigerian officials said the contract was signed while late president Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was critically ill and Goodluck Jonathan was acting president. Johnathan has asserted he has no knowledge of the contract.Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said the $9.6 billion — a $6.6 billion award plus interest accrued since 2013 — represents one-third of Nigeria’s 2020 budget.“No country can sit idle when this type of case is calling,” he said.Nigerian Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele warned of “advanced consequences on the Nigerian economy” if the assets seizure goes ahead.On Thursday, P&ID accused Nigeria’s government of intimidation and called on it to accept responsibility and stop its investigations.The call came after the Federal High Court in the capital, Abuja, ordered the winding-up of P&ID Nigeria Ltd. Company representatives had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and other charges.In another case, a former director for legal services at the state-owned oil company, NNPC, pleaded not guilty to financial impropriety in the awarding of the contract.“Today’s sham trial in Nigeria is entirely illegitimate and follows a systematic campaign of harassment, intimidation and illegal detention of a number of individuals associated with P&ID” or the contract, P&ID said in a statement posted to its website asserting that people had been “intimidated by the government into making false statements.”P&ID said none of the individuals involved are current employees and that it hasn’t received communication from Nigerian authorities about the investigations.The company said it will continue its efforts to identify and seize Nigerian assets to recover its money.___Associated Press writers Hilary Uguru in Warri, Nigeria and Sam Olukoya in Lagos, Nigeria contributed.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaCarley Petesch, The Associated Press read more

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UN panel adopts measure on preventing discrimination in criminal justice systems

Acting just before it wraps up the second of its two annual sessions tomorrow, the Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its 80 signatories and 170 State parties, approved the “general recommendation” yesterday.The 18-member body of independent experts is mandated to comment on thematic issues under the Convention, and in this case, they outlined steps to be taken by States parties in order to better gauge the existence and extent of racial discrimination in administration and functioning of criminal justice systems.The Committee recommends searching for indicators attesting to such discrimination, as well as strategies to be developed to prevent discrimination in criminal justice systems and the steps to be taken to prevent racial discrimination with regard to victims of racism and to accused persons who are subject to judicial proceedings.Bearing in mind figures which show that persons held while awaiting trial include an excessively high number of non-nationals and persons belonging to vulnerable groups, the experts recommended that States parties should ensure, among other things, that the mere fact of belonging to a racial or ethnic group or a vulnerable group was not a sufficient reason to place a person in pre-trial detention. With regards to the trial and court judgement, States parties should ensure that persons enjoy all the guarantees of a fair trial and equality before the law, specifically, including, the right to the presumption of innocence; the right to the assistance of counsel and the right to an interpreter; the right to an independent and impartial tribunal; and guarantee of fair punishment. read more

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Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280000 lowest level in 7

In this Oct. 23, 2014 photo, assistant Professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Applications for US unemployment aid dip to 280,000, lowest level in 7 weeks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving.The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 8,500 to 290,250. That average has plunged 16 per cent in the past 12 months.“What we have seen in the data over the past few months looks favourable for the labour market,” said Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The number of people seeking jobless benefits has been at historically low levels — below 300,000 — for 14 of the past 15 weeks. That indicates that companies are retaining their workers and potentially looking to hire with the expectation that economic growth will continue.As applications for benefits have steadily dwindled, hiring has improved. Employers added 321,000 jobs in November, the most in nearly three years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 per cent, down sharply from 7 per cent 12 months earlier.In the first 11 months of this year, employers have added 2.65 million jobs. That already makes 2014 the best year for hiring since 1999.But wage growth remains sluggish. Average pay has risen just 2.1 per cent over the past 12 months, only slightly better than inflation. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2014 6:39 am MDT read more

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UN steps up patrols probing alleged human rights abuses in South Sudan

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is working throughout the country to collect evidence and document abuses including in the capital Juba, and Bor, Jonglei State, where UN police and peacekeepers are sheltering more than 10,000 civilians.Overall, 79,000 civilians are sheltering at eight bases throughout the country, according to a UN spokesperson. Briefing journalists at UN Headquarters in New York, a spokesperson cited UNMISS confirming that it had conducted 264 military and 61 police patrols in various parts of the country in the last 24 hours.In Leer, in Unity State, the Mission has received credible reports of ongoing fighting in the town, but it is not in a position to verify and confirm this independent1ly at this point, the spokesperson said.Fighting between anti- and pro-Government troops has displaced more than 100,000 South Sudanese, the majority of whom have fled to neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.Acting on the recommendation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council last month unanimously approved a temporary increase in the strength of the UNMISS of up to 12,500 military and 1,323 police from a current combined strength of some 7,000, through the transfer of units if necessary from other UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Darfur, Abyei, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. read more

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Yemen UNESCO deplores destruction of Sanaa heritage site bearing soul of Yemeni

The United Nations announced that consultations on Yemen, previously scheduled to kick off Sunday, would instead begin on Monday, 15 June, in Geneva and that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would attend.“Coordinated by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Consultations mark an important step as the parties embark on the road towards a settlement,” UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters at the UN briefing in Geneva.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) welcomed the announcement of an allocation of $100 million by Kuwait to allocate to help the people of Yemen. This is party of a larger donation from Kuwait that also included $200 million for strife-torn Iraq.The World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, reported that the most recent casualty figures in Yemen as a result of the conflict was 2,584 deaths and 11,065 people injured.UNESCO reports that the early hours of this morning, the Old City of Sana’a, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was hit by a bombing raid and several houses and historic buildings were destroyed, causing human casualties. “I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as by the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement.The agency reported that in this morning’s raid on the Yemeni capital, the buildings destroyed, the agency said, was the “magnificent complex of traditional houses” in the Al-Qasimi neighbourhood. “I am shocked by the images of these magnificent many-storeyed tower-houses and serene gardens reduced to rubble,” Ms. Bokova said. “This destruction will only exacerbate the humanitarian situation and I reiterate my call to all parties to respect and protect cultural heritage in Yemen.”“This heritage bears the soul of the Yemeni people, it is a symbol of a millennia history of knowledge and it belongs to all humankind,” she said.UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value as part of its mandate to protect heritage and support for cultural diversity.Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years and bears witness to the wealth and beauty of the Islamic civilization, according to UNESCO. By the first century, it emerged as a centre of the inland trade route and its houses and public buildings are an outstanding example of a traditional, Islamic human settlement. Sana’a’s dense rammed earth and burnt brick towers, strikingly decorated, are famous around the world and are an integral part of Yemen’s identity and pride.Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, UNESCO reported, several houses within the heritage city of Sana’a have suffered damage and collapses as a consequence of shelling and explosions. On 9 June, the Ottoman era Al-Owrdhi historical compound, located just outside the walls of the Old City, were severely damaged. Historic residential buildings, monuments, museums, archaeological sites and places of worship have not been spared. “The historic value and memories enshrined in these sites have been irreparably damaged or destroyed,” it said.On the humanitarian front, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said there were disturbing reports regarding stranded migrants in Yemen in the city of Haradh who were in a life threatening situation.And WHO said between 27 March and 4 June 2015 there had been more than 3,000 cases of Dengue fever recorded in Yemen. Unconfirmed reports from the national authorities suggested that the number of cases of Dengue fever, especially in the Aden Governorate, could be much higher. read more

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Weak world economic growth lingers with only modest improvement seen – UN

According to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2016 report, launched today at UN Headquarters in New York by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, world gross product will grow by just 2.4 per cent in 2016, the same pace as in 2015, marking a downward revision of 0.5 percentage points from UN forecasts released in December 2015. “The report underscores the need for a more balanced policy mix to rejuvenate global growth and create an enabling environment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in a said. Specifically, the report found that persistent weakness in aggregate demand in developed economies remains a drag on global growth, while low commodity prices, mounting fiscal and current account imbalances and policy tightening have further dampened prospects for many commodity-exporting economies in Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America and the Caribbean. This has been compounded by severe weather-related shocks, political challenges and large capital outflows in many developing regions. The report further highlights the prolonged economic downturns in Brazil and the Russian Federation, with significant regional spillovers. In the Russian Federation, gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to contract by 1.9 per cent in 2016, due to fiscal tightening, further declines in private consumption and investment, and continuing international sanctions. In Brazil, a contraction of 3.4 per cent is projected, reflecting a deepening political crisis, rising inflation, a surging fiscal deficit and high interest rates, DESA said. In the least developed countries, GDP growth is forecast to reach just 4.8 per cent in 2016 and 5.5 per cent in 2017, well below the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of at least seven per cent GDP growth. This may put at risk much-needed public spending on education, health and climate change adaptation, as well as progress in poverty reduction, DESA said. The Department highlighted that in per capita terms, the slowdown in GDP growth in many developing regions is particularly stark. In Africa, GDP per capita growth is expected to average just 0.4 per cent during 2015-2017. On the positive side, global energy-related carbon emissions remained flat in 2015, suggesting a potential delinking of economic growth and carbon emissions growth, as highlighted in “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016,” released in January. In addition, investments in renewable energy sources reached a new record in 2015, mainly due to increased commitments and policy support in many developing countries, DESA said. Global growth is projected to rise marginally to just 2.8 per cent in 2017, remaining well below pre-crisis trends. “The protracted period of slow productivity growth and feeble investment weigh on the longer-term potential of the global economy,” DESA said. The report warns that downside risks to the global economy remain elevated. Large developing economies remain prone to capital flow volatility and exchange rate pressures, which may intensify in response to a widening divergence in global interest rates, while a further deterioration of commodity prices could exacerbate debt-service burdens of certain commodity-dependent economies. Greater policy coordination among countries can mitigate the negative spillover effects of policy misalignment and contain financial market volatility, the report also noted. Looking ahead, the report advocates that governments should “fully and effectively utilize available fiscal space, while broadening the tax base, strengthening tax administration and increasing compliances in many developing and transition economies,” DESA noted. read more

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Goodman students set to show school spirit at JDCC

Co-captains Dayna Stephenson and James Fioretti will lead a team of 47 students selected to represent the Goodman School of Business at the JDC Central (JDCC) 2016 competition Jan. 8 in Toronto.Hosted by the Canadian Association of Business Students (CABS), the competition will see teams take part in academic case competitions, debate rounds, social challenges and sports.The Goodman delegation, led by Stephenson and Fioretti, along with godparents Heather Bernie and Srujal Patel and Faculty advisor Najlaa Rauf, is ready to show their Goodman spirit in January. Until then, there are hours of preparation to put in: everything from working on their case analysis and presentation skills to sharpening their debate techniques and practicing their team co-ordination for the sports and social categories. Goodman will compete against delegates representing business schools across Ontario, Québec and the Maritime provinces.Stephenson and Fioretti have both competed in JDCC previously and describe the experience as invaluable.“Competing is about self-development. You might not know what you’re capable of, but you find out through JDCC,” says Stephenson. “It’s an exhausting experience but if you work hard for it, it can pay off in the end.”The Goodman delegation has had impressive results at JDCC over the past several years, with last year’s team placing first overall in accounting, finance and marketing and third overall in human resources and debate.“Last year’s results are a lot to live up to, but I’ve been so impressed with our team’s school spirit and the overwhelming number of Goodman alumni who have returned to help us,” Stephenson says.A big component of the Goodman delegation’s charity involvement is the Groovin’ for Charity dance-off that will take place at Sobeys in Fonthill Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Fioretti is also raising money through JDCC for the Canadian Cancer Society by running from Port Colborne to Port Dalhousie on Saturday, Nov. 14.“I will start with one foot in Lake Erie and I will not stop until my other foot is in Lake Ontario,” he says.His goal is to raise $1,000 and he has already been overwhelmed by the support shown by his former colleagues as well as Brock students, faculty and staff. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 30. Click here to donate.Making up the 2016 Goodman JDCC team are:Accounting: Ahsan Saleem, Adam Campagnolo, Namarata MistryBusiness Strategy: Ishani Sinha, Rudy Ambrosio, Matt YoungEntrepreneurship: Shahrukh Iqbal, Nick Hollard, Julia WoodFinance: Jacqueline Kope, Sean Pereira, Joseph JacobHuman Resources: Rhea Menon, Mikayla Zolis, Amanda GiesenInternational Business: Gerda Kruckauskaite, Sabrina Jancsi, Shayyaan JafriManagement Information Systems: Bryan Dizon, Zurian Malik, Alexandra PongMarketing: Nicholas Weller, Dan Giddings, Amy RudnickiDebate: Allison McConnell (chair), Sean Bouwers, Chase Anderson, Karlo VisatickiSocial: Ciara O’Connell (chair), William Spence, Joe Ross, Edna SoSports: Mike Fortaleza (chair), Bennett Magnacca, Nicholas Welch, Tyler Chin, Justin Falco, MJ Kisirye, Kristy-Anne Wytenburg, Alyssa DiCienzo, Danielle GriffinAcademic Chair: Sean BouwersCharities Chair: Kristy-Anne WytenburgThis year’s volunteers are Nisha Nayyar, Karen Lau and Dana Cronin.Helping prepare the students for the academic portion of the competition are the following faculty coaches:Accounting: Prof. Sangeeta HolloEntrepreneurship: Prof. Glenn SkrubbeltrangFinance: Prof. Lewis StevensonInternational Business: Prof. Peter YannopolousManagement Information Systems: Prof. Teju HerathMarketing: Prof. Eric DolanskyStrategy: Prof. Wes Helms read more

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Discovery of lost VC reveals stories of heroism and tragedy

first_imgMr Neto, who lives near the Thames at Putney, is convinced that Byrne threw the medal in the Thames “in a fit of regret and despair”.Byrne was buried beneath a simple gravestone in the Saint Woolos Cemetery, in Newport – his story forgotten until now.Kate Sumnall, the finds liaison officer at the Museum of London, suggests the lost medal could also have belonged to a Scottish soldier called John McDermond – the other recipient of a VC from Inkerman which has not been accounted for.During the battle, McDermond saved the life of Colonel Haly, of the 17th Foot Regiment, who was lying wounded on the ground surrounded by the enemy.With no thought for his own safety, 22-year-old Private McDermond rushed to the rescue and killed the Russian who had wounded the colonel.A few weeks earlier, he had been wounded in the left hand by grapeshot during the Battle of Alma on Sept 20, 1854.McDermond spent a total of 15 years in the British Army, serving in Malta, Turkey and Gibraltar, as well as the Crimea, before being invalided out of the army at the age of 33 as a result of injury.Records held by the Royal Chelsea Hospital show he was registered as a Chelsea pensioner in July 1862.Some accounts have him buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave in Woodside Cemetery, Paisley – a hero unrecognised in his homeland.Ms Sumnall said: “Given how few VCs have been awarded over the years, this was by all measures an incredible discovery. We may never establish with certainty to whom it belonged, but the stories that lie behind this medal are truly fascinating.” But Byrne clearly interpreted this as grave slight. His landlady, Eliza Morgan, told the inquest how, on returning to her lodging house, he slammed the table in fury, saying: “I served my Queen and country for 21 years and I’ll never be insulted by a curr puppy.”She said Byrne then stormed out, declaring that Watts “isn’t fit to black my boots”.A few hours later Byrne – having shot Watts – found himself holed up at the Crown Inn, where he told the landlord, Salter Davy, that he had shot the youth “by accident”.Mr Davy tried to persuade Byrne to give himself up, but – confronted by a local Sergeant – the soldier, his back to the fireplace, took his gun, put the barrel into his mouth and pulled the trigger.Byrne’s troubled state of mind may explain how the VC in which he took so much pride came to end up in the Thames mud.A Lieutenant Barklie gave evidence that Byrne had arrived in Bristol the previous October in a state of destitution and looking for work, having spent time in a lunatic asylum in the Straits Settlements – in what is now Malaysia and Singapore – before returning to Britain.It appears that, by the time Byrne arrived in the south west, he may have lost or even sold his prized medal.A report of the inquest, carried by the Monmouthshire Merlin and South Wales Advertiser of July 18, 1879, states: “When Byrne came to Bristol for his pension Lieut Barklie asked him if he knew why he had not had his cross, and he seemed rather embarrassed so the question was not pressed.” Buried in Thameside mud and only unearthed more than 160 years later, the Victoria Cross found by a lucky treasure hunter had an incredible story to tell.Tobias Neto stumbled on the VC in December while examining the foreshore with his metal detector.With the help of the Museum of London, Mr Neto discovered that the medal he found was one of 16 awarded for gallantry to British forces at the Battle of Inkerman on Nov 5, 1854.The story that has now emerged from his chance discovery is one of both tragedy and heroism, culminating in the shooting of a young work colleague by a decorated veteran of the Crimean war who then turned the gun on himself.With the whereabouts of only two of the Inkerman VCs unaccounted for, the one found by Mr Neto in all likelihood belonged to a private called John Byrne – a man who appears to have been so tormented by what he had witnessed in battle he suffered a catastrophic breakdown.Byrne, from County Kilkenny in Ireland, was awarded the VC for returning to the front line to rescue a wounded comrade under heavy fire during the battle.But following his return from the Crimea, his life appears to have spiralled out of control, as a result of suffering what would now be diagnosed as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. While working as part of an Ordnance Survey team, Byrne became convinced his medal had been taunted by his work colleague John Watts.In a fury, the former soldier pulled out a revolver and shot the terrified 18-year-old, wounding him on the arm.Hours later, surrounded by a large crowd and several police officers, Byrne turned his gun on himself and pulled the trigger, taking his own life rather than give himself up.The inquest into Byrne’s death, following his suicide inside the Crown Inn, in Newport, in July 1879, heard that he had probably imagined the insult.Watts denied making the insult and told the Coroner he had simply advised Byrne to put out his pipe while on parade, as the men had previously been instructed by their commanding officer. 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. John Byrne’s grave in Newport John Byrne's grave in Newport Given how few VCs have been awarded over the years this was by all measures an incredible discovery.Kate Sumnall, Finds Liaison Officer, Museum of London I served my Queen and country for 21 years and I’ll never be insulted by a curr puppy.John Byrnelast_img read more

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Facebook might be working on VoIP calling ahead of Facebook Phone push

first_imgFacebook is already the most popular social network on Earth, and it’s instant message and IM systems are so relied upon that Facebook will soon be opening them up by doling out official @facebook.com email addresses associated with every account, directly challenging the likes of Gmail and Hotmail in the webmail space. But is Facebook about to do the same thing, this time competing with Google Voice or maybe even Skype? At least one sign is pointing to yes. A leaked screenshot posted to the Daily What clearly shows a ‘Call’ button alongside existing options for text-based chat and messaging on a Facebook user’s profile page. According to the What, the functionality briefly appeared yesterday, then quickly disappeared… long enough for someone to take a screenshot, but not long enough to test the functionality.It’s an interesting development especially in light of the fact that HTC plans to unveil two Facebook branded Android phones next month at Mobile World Congress. Early rumors have suggested that these phones would have Facebook calling ability alongside Facebook IM and messaging, but it’s been assumed that this just meant Facebook would plug into the Contact system of the Android operating system somehow. Maybe, though, Facebook has a more dramatic feature up their sleeves? [UPDATE: Facebook just denied they licensed Facebook software to HTC, so it looks as if calling functionality — while possible — isn’t officially coming to branded smartphones anytime soon]Read more at The Daily Whatlast_img read more

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LA Noire reviewed many times over looks like a mustplay

first_imgRockstar’s highly awaited L.A. Noire comes out tomorrow, May 17th, in the US and the 20th in Europe, but reviews have already been posted by all of the usual suspects. All the available evidence is pointing towards Rockstar’s monster new game being another excellent addition to the company’s catalog and one of the must-play games of 2011.And here are the links…Wired – 8 / 10CVG – 8.9 / 10Attack of the Fanboy – “Liked”Joystiq – 4.5 / 51UP – AEurogamer – 8 / 10IGN – 8.5 / 10, Editor’s ChoiceGuardian – 5 / 5There are more reviews out there, but you probably get the point. We expected L.A. Noir, with its awesome facial animation technology, to be a very good game and it looks like it ended up being just that. The reviews pointed out the that its setting is excellent, its attention to detail is quite deep, and the game is quite lifelike in how things like evidence and questioning are handled. There don’t seem to be too many shortcomings, but some reviews noted that the shooting controls weren’t great (this wouldn’t be a first for a Rockstar game), in parts of the game the plot is slow, and that there are some framerate issues on the Xbox 360. It seems like the combat ended up being the game’s most glaring weakness.If you are curious about length, Wired said to expect about 20 hours. Another review noted that the game has about two television seasons worth of content, so apparently more is there if you want it.L.A. Noir was developed by Team Bondi and Rockstar Games. It puts the player in 1947 Los Angeles where you play as a detective. The post-war setting is reminiscent of James Ellroy’s LA Confidential, which was actually set in the 1950s. Something else the might seem familiar to player is the main character, Cole Phelps. Phelps was played and voices by Aaron Staton, who also played Mad Men‘s Ken Cosgrove.last_img read more

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Arrest made in connection with death of man in Bray

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4087325 Share19 Tweet Email Friday 22 Jun 2018, 9:39 PM The Royal Hotel in Bray, Wicklow. Image: Google Maps 18,882 Views 3 Comments The Royal Hotel in Bray, Wicklow. Jun 22nd 2018, 9:39 PM center_img Arrest made in connection with death of man in Bray Vincent Kelly died after suffering a severe head injury at around 2am on Saturday 9 June. Short URL A MAN IN his 40s has been questioned by gardaí investigating the death of 45-year-old Vincent Kelly in Bray, Co Wicklow, earlier this month.Kelly, who was originally from Newtownmountkennedy in Wicklow, was found with a severe head injury outside the Royal Hotel on Bray’s main street at around 2am on Saturday 9 June.He was treated at the scene before being removed to Beaumont Hospital where he died of his injuries.The man was arrested this morning and detained at Bray Garda station.He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Gardaí renewed their appeal for information about the incident this evening.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station on 01-666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. By Ceimin Burke Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

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Mindulle le typhon tue neuf personnes au Vietnam

first_imgMindulle : le typhon tue neuf personnes au VietnamVietnam –  Des pluies torrentielles se sont abattues sur les provinces littorales du centre du Vietnam. D’après les autorités, neuf personnes sont mortes, et douze autres ont été portées disparues.Un responsable du comité national de lutte contre les tempêtes et inondations, qui s’est exprimé sous couvert d’anonymat, a annoncé que le typhon a fait neuf victimes lors de son passage au Vietnam. Il a par ailleurs précisé que parmi les douze autres personnes portées disparues, dix sont des pêcheurs.C’est sur une bande côtière, s’étendant des provinces de Thanh Hoa à Quang Tri, que les victimes du typhon ont été recensées, la province de Nghe An ayant été la plus touchée. Les dégâts matériels n’ont quant à eux pas encore été évalués.Mindulle a frappé le Vietnam mardi, en fin d’après-midi. Depuis, il a perdu en intensité pour être rétrogradé en dépression tropicale.Le 26 août 2010 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Cygnus Sells Ag Group to American Farm Bureau

first_imgThe American Farm Bureau Federation, the largest trade association in the U.S. agriculture industry, will acquire Cygnus Business Media’s agriculture group, FOLIO: has learned.An official announcement is expected on Monday. Cygnus announced in February that the group was for sale.The group includes four agriculture events in a group called IDEAg: Dakotafest, the Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show, the Northern Illinois Farm Show, Farmfest and the Interconnectivity Conference. Two publications associated with the group, Feed & Grain and Farm Forum, are said to be included in the deal.Sources say all 12 staff members in the group will remain in place and the events group will continue to be led by Senior Director Ray Bianchi.Terms have not been released. Corporate Solutions, an acquisitions advisory firm, arranged the sale.Cygnus Business Media CEO John French told FOLIO: earlier in the year that the decision to put the agriculture group on the market was easy because it is not core to the company’s affinity group structure. “We don’t have anything else around it,” French said in February.At the same time, he said, “We’re going for a good market price and, if we don’t get it, then we’re not selling and it’s business as usual.”last_img read more

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Mega Man Looks Glorious in 25D

first_img ‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card GamesThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Mega Man Stay on target Classic Mega Man is… well… classic, but that doesn’t mean that someone can’t come up with a different way of playing as the original Blue Bomber. A team of Mega Man devotees has taken the gameplay we’re all familiar with and added a whole new dimension to it (pun most definitely intended). Though we’ve all seen countless fan-made versions of old-school games over the years, it’s safe to say that this project is one of the more unique ones out there.For the past eight years, a team of developers led by creator Peter Sjostrand has worked hard on creating a greatest hits-type Mega Man game. What makes it stand out is that it is presented in 2.5D. This isn’t the type of 2.5D that you usually see in other games, however. Instead of using 3D polygons and locking them into a two-dimensional point of view, the 2.5D in this game is more like that of Paper Mario. It can appear a bit odd at first, but it all works beautifully. You can see for yourself in the trailer below.On top of having a unique perspective that also affects gameplay, Mega Man 2.5D has a co-op mode. Here, one player controls Mega Man while the other plays as the (arguably cooler and more bad-ass) Proto Man. The two characters have to work together to solve the game’s puzzles. Mega Man titles are known for being solo affairs, so having the ability to play with a friend is certainly welcome.If you want to try out Mega Man 2.5D for yourself, you can scoot on over to this page and grab it. While you download the game, please feel free to check out it’s cover art which is styled after the god-awful box art of the first Mega Man game.last_img read more

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Kids Under 13 Could Soon Get Their Own Gmail YouTube Accounts As

first_imgAugust 19, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. I set my daughter up with her first-ever email account yesterday. She’s nine. Google age restrictions be damned, the girl gets what the girl wants. After all, email requires reading and writing, right?Spoiled by texting and IM, my impatient digital native checked her new Gmail account about a dozen times in the first five minutes for inbox action. “I texted my BFF to email me back twice already. Why isn’t it here yet?!”Give the post-millennial time. She doesn’t “get” email yet. I’m surprised she asked for it in the first place. Isn’t emailing as lame as actually calling people?Related: The Hidden Opportunity: Toys That Bridge the Gender Gap“Make me born in the ’90s so I look old enough,” she giggled during the half-a-minute Gmail signup drill, fully aware that we were outright lying to Google about her age. “And let’s give me a fake name because of strangers and stuff, k?” “Marketers, too,” I clucked.Compared to most of her soon-to-be-fifth-grader friends — and to her brothers, who both scored Gmail accounts when they were only seven in order to sign up for National Geographic Kids’ cursed Animal Jam online world — my daughter is years late to the email game. But for Google, she’s right on time. Kids like her, the 13 and younger set, are Google’s next big target market, reports The Information.Rumor has it that the tech giant might soon open its personal data-gobbling gates to pre-teens and kids even younger. That is, officially, because countless young children aren’t already all over Gmail and they’re not hooked on YouTube or anything.Related: 4 Tools to Help Protect Your Online PrivacyWe reached out to Google for confirmation, but the it remains tight-lipped, with a spokesperson saying the company “does not comment on rumor or speculation.”Google reportedly wants to make its relationship with users 13 and under legit, as in legal, and market new ones. If it does officially court kids that young, it will have to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).Per the FTC, the law’s main goal “is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online.” While COPPA requires parental consent, it lets companies off the hook if customers fudge their ages.Related: Google, Barnes & Noble Just Made a Big Play in the ‘Instant Gratification’ RaceCompanies that collect information from and interact with kids 13 and younger that violate COPPA — by hawking their information to third-parties, like advertisers, for example — can be slapped with fines of up to $16,000 per infraction.Google’s potential new, family-friendly leaf could include allowing parents to snoop their kids Google services-related activities, as well as mandating that people who sign up for Google services accounts divulge their age on Android devices, also according to The Information. People already have to fess up their “age” when signing up for Google services on their computers, fake or not. Google is also reportedly working on a kid-friendly version of YouTube.As it is now, without a single parental control in place, YouTube is the opposite of child-appropriate. It’s a parenting nightmare.Related: A Netflix for Legos — Building a Startup Brick by BrickMaybe we hang out with the wrong people, but I don’t know any kids who don’t zone out on YouTube daily, often unchecked by their parents. At my house, watching painful fails and lolcat vids (and, yep, how to light farts on fire) on YouTube has replaced hours of Lego building, BMX riding and even swimming on the hottest of days. Who knows what my kids watch on YouTube via their smartphones when they’re out and about with their friends? Fire tricks with lighters much?And it’s not enough just to watch YouTube videos. Millions of kids make their own, too. My friend’s 11-year-old posts his own Minecraft mods and Call of Duty cheats vids every day on the 1 billion-member video Pandora’s Box, the second most visited website on all of the Internet.But, remember, Google accounts are not for kids. Not yet. You have to be 13 or older to have one, YouTube, Google+ and Gmail included. Riiiight.Related: Why Google’s Privacy Changes Are Good for AdvertisersMy young, wannabe viral YouTuber friend doesn’t know this. Neither does his mom. Do most parents? And, even if they did, would they care? Probably not. Google does nothing to stop parents from signing their kids up for accounts, nor their kids from signing themselves up. I doubt it will when it openly markets to kids either.At the moment, age restrictions don’t warrant a single word in Google’s Gmail Terms & Privacy details. Google does, however, spell them out on YouTube, buried down in item 12 of its Terms of Service. “If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Service. There are lots of other great web sites for you. Talk to your parents about what sites are appropriate for you.”Related: 6 Things You Should Know About ‘Anti-Google’ Search Engine DuckDuckGoHmmm. I’m confused. If YouTube is exclusively for teens and up, why does Google offer so many branded kids’ channels, like BabyTV, Sesame Street and Sprout? Sesame Street’s channel hit 1 million subscribers just last week. Don’t watch if you’re under 13, but, hey, check out our popular children’s shows.Google obviously knows it has underage users and lots of them. When and how it will expand its services to officially include them remains to be seen, but you can bet it will fall within the letter of the law.Related: Which Age Group Is Most Likely to Get Hacked 6 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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IBA and Philips Step Up Commercial Collaboration in Brazilian Proton Therapy Market

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The Brazilian market for superior medical imaging solutions and advanced forms of radiotherapy treatment such as proton therapy is a key focus for both partners. The commercial collaboration between Philips and IBA has already led to the successful execution of proton therapy contracts in Europe, Asia and the Middle-East. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The two companies offer unique integrated solutions for proton therapy and molecular imaging centers. They are currently installing state-of-the-art proton therapy solutions at three compact proton therapy centers in the U.K., one compact center in the Middle East, and one large proton therapy center in India. Depending on the proton therapy center, the installed solution can include IBA’s proton therapy systems, such as; the Proteus One and Proteus Plus, and Philips’ imaging and clinical informatics solutions, such as Philips’ Big Bore CT (computed tomography) and positron emission tomography (PET)/CT systems and Philips’ Pinnacle3 Treatment Planning System.For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com, www.usa.philips.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | July 03, 2017 IBA and Philips Step Up Commercial Collaboration in Brazilian Proton Therapy Market Companies plan to escalate joint sales and marketing activities in the region News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more July 3, 2017 — IBA and Philips announced in mid-June they are stepping up their combined effort for proton therapy in Brazil.Both companies agreed to escalate joint sales and marketing activities in Brazil, for the promotion of Philips’s imaging and clinical informatics solutions in oncology, and IBA’s proton therapy solutions. The agreement merges their respective expertise in image guidance and therapy with the ultimate objective of enabling more effective and personalized cancer care. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.last_img read more

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