In Toronto … we dont run away thousands mourn van attack victims

first_imgTORONTO – The site of a deadly van attack was transformed into a place of mourning Sunday evening, as the streets of north Toronto echoed with thousands of people singing O Canada at a vigil for the victims.Religious leaders of multiple faiths led the speakers’ list at the event, all of them sharing messages of support and strength in the face of the tragedy that left 10 people dead and 16 more injured.Many speakers commended emergency service personnel on their work the day of the incident, including the officer who was able to arrest the suspect without firing his gun.“In Toronto, in Ontario, in Canada, we don’t run away — we run to help others,” said Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of the Beth Tzedec Congregation, the largest synagogue community in Canada.Frydman-Kohl also referenced other van attacks in cities such as Paris, Beirut and Charlottesville, Virginia.“Toronto has felt the pain of other places, and those cities now share our horror and hurt,” he said.Before the vigil, thousands took part in what was billed as a walk of “healing and solidarity,” roughly following the route of last Monday’s attack.“It’s amazing how on this one stretch of street, so many people are connected and affected by it,” said Jennifer Ludlow, who is from the area and attended the walk and vigil.“To come together as a large group really does bring us all together, and shows us there is hope on the other side.”Multiple politicians also took part in Sunday’s ceremony, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor John Tory and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.Singh said it was particularly touching to see how multicultural the event was, with speakers including rabbis, an imam and a Buddhist monk.“I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event that’s been so well represented by such a wide diversity of faiths — and secular thoughts as well,” said Singh.“The fact that despite this act of hate, people came together in really incredible numbers in an act of love is really incredible.”One volunteer said around 200 people worked throughout the day to prepare for tens of thousands of mourners to show up.Kevin Joachin said volunteering was an opportunity to give back to the community after it suffered through a tragedy.“It’s been a great help so far — just by the numbers, the support, the encouragement,” said Joachin.“Today’s event is a great demonstration — not just to the community here, but to Toronto — that we are strong, and we will move forward together.”Adrienne Lyog said many of her friends were traumatized after witnessing the attack, and Sunday’s event would play a large part in helping them move forward.“It’s devastating,” said Lyog. “Hopefully it’ll make them feel like there’s support, that they’re not alone.”Earlier in the day, police said uniformed officers would be present and visible at the event to ensure the public remained safe throughout.“The public needs to get together and start the healing process and somehow relate to each other,” said Katrina Arrogante, a police spokeswoman.“Everybody is affected differently and in how hard they’ve taken this incident.”On Friday, officials released the names of all eight women and two men who were killed in the incident. They ranged in age from 22 to 94, and included a student from South Korea and a man from Jordan.By Sunday evening, a city-organized fundraiser for the families of those affected had raised more than $1.8 million.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident.Police say another three attempted murder charges are imminent.last_img read more

Rocker Bif Naked Wants Canada To Be Cruelty Free

first_imgBif Naked, rock star, writer, humanitarian and passionate animal advocate, joins the growing list of Canadian celebrities to support the #BeCrueltyFree campaign for a federal ban on cosmetics animal testing.Bif joins stars Laura Vandervoort, Tricia Helfer, Lauren Toyota, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Phoebe Dykstra in supporting the Canadian #BeCrueltyFree campaign, a partnership between Humane Society International and Animal Alliance of Canada.Illustrating her commitment to compassionate living, Bif said: “In this lifetime, I believe with all my heart that it is possible for every person to live in a way that encourages, empowers and uplifts others, that cherishes and respects the land and it’s people, protects and adores the animals, while striving to create, and maintain, a compassion-based life, and a cruelty-free world.”Bif’s support for #BeCrueltyFree led her to pen a powerful op-ed for the Vancouver Sun encouraging fellow Canadians to support the recently proposed Canadian legislation, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. The rock star urged fans and readers to add their voice to the more than 80,000 Canadians who have signed the BCF Canada petition, and more than 30 cruelty-free companies in Canada that have pledged support.#BeCrueltyFree Canada campaigner Aviva Vetter added: “It is such an honour to have Canadian icon Bif Naked helping #BeCrueltyFree increase support for the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. Bif, along with most Canadians, knows instinctively that causing animals pain and even death simply to test a new vanity product like a lipstick or anti-wrinkle cream is just wrong. A growing number of countries have already banned it, and it’s time for Canada to do the same. We hope voters will join us and Bif in urging the federal government to pass legislation banning cosmetics testing on animals as soon as possible.”Facts: • According to polling by The Strategic Counsel on behalf of Animal Alliance and HSI, 88 percent of Canadians agree that testing new cosmetics is not worth animal suffering, and 81 percent of Canadians support a national ban on animal testing of cosmetics and their ingredients. • Animal testing for cosmetics is already banned throughout the European Union—the world’s largest beauty market—as well as Israel, India, New Zealand and two states in Brazil. Several of these markets have also banned the import or sale of cosmetic products or ingredients that have been newly animal-tested in other parts of the world. Similar legislation has been introduced in the United States, Brazil, Taiwan and Australia. But the practice remains legal in around 80 per cent of countries globally, including Canada. • More than 500 cruelty-free companies in North America avoid animal testing by relying on thousands of existing cosmetic ingredients already established as safe. • Animal tests are increasingly being replaced by more relevant and efficient non-animal methods. 3D skin models such as EpiDerm™ made from donated human skin (after surgery) have been shown to better predict skin irritation in humans than the cruel rabbit test they replace. Proven non-animal methods are also available for eye irritation, skin allergy, and other safety tests. • Cruelty-free brands available in Canada include LUSH Cosmetics, Lippy Girl, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Cake Beauty and Batty’s Bath.last_img read more

Nirav arrested… at least two years needed for extradition

first_imgLondon/ Mumbai: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, the main accused in the $2 billion PNB scam case whose escape to the UK has created a huge political uproar against the Narendra Modi government, was arrested from where he was believed to have been living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in West End, London, England, on Wednesday. District Judge Marie Mallon denied Modi bail and remanded him in custody till March 29, saying that there are “substantial grounds to believe that he would fail to surrender if granted bail”. “Nirav Deepak Modi, 48, was arrested on behalf of the Indian Authorities on Tuesday in Holborn,” the London Metropolitan Police said in a statement. He was produced before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, where he contested his extradition to India. His arrest came days after a London court issued an arrest warrant against him in response to a request by India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his extradition in a money laundering case. The news of the arrest sent ripples of excitement through the ruling BJP which described it as “a major victory”. and dared the Opposition Congress to question the developments… ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. However, many legal, strategic and international affairs observers felt that this is a “premature over-reaction”. They pointed out that it would take a long time for Nirav Modi to actually face the extradition process initiated by the Indian government and that actual extradition would take at least two years, if at all possible. Quoting Sarosh Zaiwalla, founder-senior partner at Zaiwalla & Co. LLP, UK, IANS said that issuing the arrest warrant is just a first step of the legal process to extradite Modi. Zaiwalla noted that Vijay Mallya was arrested and bailed out nearly two months later, when his extradition hearings began. “Nirav Modi will be subjected to a re-run of the Mallya case proceedings, starting from being directed to Westminister Magistrate, taken into provisional custody, applying for bail and the then the court will hear his plea.” After the court rules for Modi’s extradition, complications may arise as Modi has reportedly acquired citizenship of Belgium, a European Union country. As Brexit is likely to be delayed till at least June 30, Modi will now enjoy the legal rights of a EU resident in the UK. It would also not matter if Modi remains on UK soil and there could be delays with a long legal battle ahead subject to various international and extraterritorial legalities involved. Zaiwalla said it would be interesting to see if Nirav Modi has applied for asylum in UK as the extradition proceedings are then unlikely to begin until that (asylum) application is rejected. “A person who applies for asylum in the UK is given ‘interim asylum’ and his status as a legal resident of UK remains until his application is finally determined and he is given asylum or rejected,” said Zaiwalla. Calling Nirav Modi’s arrest “an election gimmick”, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned the timing of his arrest on Wednesday and termed it to be a “got-up match”.last_img read more

UN urges Member States to sign up to treaties with global reach

16 September 2009Top United Nations officials have urged Member States to sign, ratify or accede to treaties with global reach in areas ranging from climate change to terrorism and the use of nuclear weapons as the world body begins its annual campaign to promote such conventions. This year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has chosen to highlight 39 treaties on issues of global reach, or those on issues which can not be contained within national borders, during the treaty event, which coincides with the high-level segment of the General Assembly.These treaties include conventions on terrorism and crime, human rights, the protection of environment, sustainable development and climate change, sanitation, disarmament, and the protection of UN and associated personnel. “One of my priorities as UN Secretary-General is to promote global goods and remedies to challenges that do not respect borders,” Mr. Ban said in a letter to Heads of State and Government. He invited them to make use of the treaty event “to demonstrate their continuing commitment to the central role of the rule of law at the international and national levels.” UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien told a press briefing today that 25 countries had already indicated their intention to participate in the event. “The United Nations was founded not only to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, but also to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties can be maintained,” she said. “Encouraging the development of international law as a way to regulate international relations has been a major objective of the UN since its very beginning.” At the same briefing, Craig Mokhiber of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, focused on the new Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which opens for signature on 24 September. Mr. Mokhiber described the Additional Protocol as correcting a “historical imbalance” between civil and political rights on the one hand, and economic, social and cultural rights on the other. “This new mechanism will, for the states party to it, allow complaints to be received of violations by, or on behalf of, victims. It will be extremely important to the international human rights movement that has lobbied so hard for its development,” Mr. Mokhiber said. The annual treaty event was instituted in 2000 as an awareness-raising measure to promote participation in the treaty framework and the rule of law. This year’s event will take place from 23 to 25 September, and from 28 to 29 September. read more

Three things the CRA has done to streamline this years income tax

OTTAWA — Tax season is upon us once again and the Canada Revenue Agency has implemented several new measures in an effort to help streamline the filing of income tax returns.Tax partner Bruce Ball at BDO Canada says missing slips can be a common problem for many people, but the changes make it harder for them to slip through the cracks.Those registered with CRA’s My Account service can use a new auto-fill service with certain tax software packages that automatically fills in parts of an income tax return.Enter Helvetica: Font choice not the only change to the CRA’s notice of assessment lettersThe CRA is adding auto-fill just in time to speed up your 2015 tax filingHere’s how you can find all your tax info in one placeBall said it will be a “good check” to make sure that people have included everything in their tax filings, especially if they’re doing their own return.“I think that will help increase the accuracy in terms of missing things,” he said.The auto-fill service will help fill in certain information on a tax return including T4 and T5 slips. Filers will still have to check to ensure the information is correct and if they notice a mistake, they’ll have to contact whoever issued the slip.[np_storybar title=”Five things to know when filing income tax returns this year” link=””]Deadline: The deadline for most Canadians to file their income tax return is normally April 30, but because that falls on a Saturday this year, the Canada Revenue Agency will consider it on time if returns are submitted by May 2. If you or your spouse or common-law partner were self-employed last year, you have until June 15 to file. But if you owe money, you must still pay it by May 2.Always file a return: Even people who have no income or only made a small amount last year and don’t owe any tax should file an income tax return. They may be eligible for a refund or other benefits such as the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax credit.New this year: The Canada Revenue Agency is making it easier this year to prepare income tax returns. People are allowed to use a new auto-fill service to fill in tax information for 2015, depending on the software they use.Changes: Were there any big changes in your life in 2015? Did you get married, have a child or maybe move across the country to take a new job? These could mean changes in your income tax return this year.Need help?: People don’t need to pay an accountant for help doing their tax returns. The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program has been helping Canadians with modest income and a simple tax situation prepare their tax returns for more than 40 years. [/np_storybar]The Canada Revenue Agency has also updated notices of assessment.The forms, which are sent after the government processes tax returns, includes an account summary, explanation of changes as well as an RRSP deduction limit and other details.Marc Lacasse, the director of the agency’s international and Ottawa tax services office, said the form has been simplified.“All of the relevant information will fit on one page,” he said.Lacasse said the agency’s mobile apps have been improved to allow people to change their addresses and direct deposit information.If people are using someone to help prepare their tax return, Ball said it’s important to update them on any big life changes. That includes getting married, especially if they are at the lower end of the income range.“It might impact their qualification for credits and that sort of thing,” Ball said.Ball said if people are using a professional for their taxes, they should ensure they have all of their information before they start.“That’s probably one of the things that would make your bill a little higher, if you bring in some of it and then you discover more of it later and bring some more in,” he said.“We tend to give clients an organizer, so we give them sort of a checklist of things that we need to get from them. So for the clients who have been with us for a while, they get the process pretty well too.”The deadline to file tax returns is April 30, but because it falls on a Saturday this year, people have until May 2.For the self-employed and their spouses and partners, the deadline is June 15, but if they owe the government money, they still have to pay it by May 2. read more

Marking World Day UN stresses need for coherent policies to end child

“That child labour has no place in well-functioning and well-regulated markets is evident. But the reality is that today, child labour remains widespread in supply chains,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to mark the World Day against Child Labour. This year’s focus for the Day – which is observed annually on 12 June – is on child labour and supply chains. In his message, Mr. Ryder underscored that of the total number of children in child labour, 85 million are in hazardous work. Child labour is also found in other supply chains, from agriculture – 99 million – to mining, from manufacturing to tourism, producing goods and services consumed by millions every day. The Director-General also noted that child labour occurs predominantly in the rural and informal economies, beyond the reach of labour inspection, the protection of workers’ organizations or the governance benefits of employers’ and producers’ organizations. “It’s not just the lack of institutional protection in the rural and informal economies that increases the risk of child labour in supply chains; in household production and on family farms, children are often highly vulnerable because parents’ incomes are insufficient or because small family enterprises and farms cannot afford to replace child labour by hiring adults and youth,” Mr. Ryder said. “Piece rate production increases the risk with child labour helping parents to make up quotas and to assure family survival when parents are not earning a living wage,” he added. The Director-General emphasized that while global supply chains can offer opportunities for inclusive development for supplier firms, workers and host countries, targeted action is needed to assure just outcomes. “Beyond child labour in high profile, global supply chains, many child labourers are also found in supply chains producing for local and national consumption and they must not be ignored,” he said. “There are encouraging signs of a will to act and to prevent child labour, to achieve greater transparency and visibility along supply chains as well as more effective enforcement of relevant laws,” he added. The Director-General highlighted that ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) has been ratified by 168 Member States and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) by 180 – near universal ratification. In addition, Mr. Ryder said that companies are increasingly exploring how they might contribute to eliminating child labour by strengthening the capacity of enterprises throughout their supply chains – a complex task requiring partnerships involving Governments, industry peers and employers’ and workers’ organizations. In that regard, he noted that forums such as the ILO’s Child Labour Platform allow enterprises to share good practices and develop new models for collaboration. “Global Framework Agreements between global trade union federations and multinational companies are one expression of global cooperation through social dialogue. At the grass-roots of value chains too, rural workers’ and informal workers’ organizations are expanding innovative approaches to strengthen collective representation,” the Director-General said. Mr. Ryder also highlighted that the ILO’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning multinational enterprises and social policy of 1977 recognizes the role of enterprises in the elimination of child labour. With a focus on development and strengthening of enterprise capacity and social dialogue, the declaration holds “great potential to guide action against child labour,” he said. He also stressed that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reaffirms the goal of ending child labour. “Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work a future without child labour,” the Director-General concluded. read more

Raptors AllStar guard Kyle Lowry out with back injury

CLEVELAND — Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry is sidelined with an unspecified back injury.Lowry will miss Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after his back flared up earlier in the day. Raptors coach Nick Nurse did not give any details about Lowry’s injury or a timetable for when he might be back.Fred VanVleet will start in place of Lowry, who started Toronto’s first 23 games. The Raptors enter riding a seven-game winning streak and are a league-best 19-4.Lowry is averaging 15.4 points and an NBA-leading 10.3 assists per game. He had 10 points and 12 assists in Toronto’s win on Wednesday night over defending champion Golden State.___More AP NBA: and Withers, The Associated Press read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State wins first fiveset match of season against No

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) makes contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.Despite 34 service errors, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team used its high-powered offense to defeat No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne in a five-set thriller, 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 32-30 and 15-9. The Buckeyes (9-18, 4-9 MIVA) committed more errors Thursday night than any other match this season, but a 67-48 kill advantage helped propel them over the Mastodons (16-10, 8-5 MIVA). The win marked Ohio State’s first victory over a top 15 opponent and its lone triumph in four five-set matches this season. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said the win was just what his team needed. “This is a great memory in St. John Arena,” Hanson said. “That’s a great team win.” Hanson praised the offensive production from freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan and sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, but reserved his utmost admiration for junior libero Chase Moothart, who struck three aces during critical moments in the second and fifth sets. The Mastodons and the Buckeyes split the first 14 points in the fifth set before a service error by Purdue Fort Wayne and a kill by junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss gave Ohio State a 9-7 lead. A kill by Purdue Fort Wayne senior opposite hitter Alex Dickmann stalled the Buckeyes’ run, but back-to-back kills by Ryan and an ace by Moothart established a 12-8 Ohio State lead. Kills by Hanes and sophomore middle blocker Austin Gerwig propelled the Buckeyes to match point and a block by Gerwig and Ryan finished the set, 15-9, and the match 3-2 for Ohio State. Ryan, who finished with 16 kills on .444 hitting, recording three blocks and three digs said that enjoying himself helped him execute. “I just had fun, and usually when I’m having fun, that means things are working out well,” Ryan said. “After I got in a rhythm, I knew that if I got my passing down, Sanil [Thomas] was able to make plays.” The Buckeyes opened the second set with a three-point run and never looked back. Ohio State used four more scoring runs of three or more points, including kills by Hanes, Leeson and Ryan, en-route to a 25-16 victory. Moothart served up two crucial aces to close out the set and Hanes provided five kills and got in on four blocks for the Buckeyes. Hanes finished with a team-leading 30 kills, adding two aces, five digs and five total blocks. Despite the turnaround, the Buckeyes struggled to stop the Mastodons in the first set. Purdue Fort Wayne hit at a blistering .706 clip with 12 kills and an ace. After taking a 3-2 lead early, the Mastodons scored 13 of the next 17 points, including five Ohio State errors and kills by junior middle blocker Richie Diedrich and junior outside hitter Pelegrin Vargas, extending their lead to as many as nine. An ace and a kill by Hanes as well as kills by Ryan and freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley helped the Buckeyes cut the lead to five late in the set, 23-18, but two errors halted the Ohio State comeback, handing the first set to the Mastodons, 25-18. Vargas tallied 13 kills, an ace, three digs and three total blocks on the night, while Dickmann led the team with 16 kills and nine digs. The turning point for the Buckeyes came in the fourth set, the closest set of the match, which featured 22 ties and three lead changes. With the score tied at 20, the Buckeyes had back-to-back kill-error sequences, keeping the Mastodons even at 22. A kill by Hanes and an attack error by Vargas brought Ohio State to match point, but two errors ensured the set would go to overtime. After trading points the next 12 points, back-to-back kills by Hanes gave Ohio State the 32-30 victory and guaranteed a fifth set. Ohio State will return for its final match in St. John Arena and the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday against Ball State. read more

Three men arrested and property recovered in Dublin dissident republican investigation

first_imgTHREE MEN WERE arrested and property was recovered during a planned operation in Lucan this morning.The men are aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s.A significant quantity of electronic equipment was also recovered.The men were arrested as part of ongoing investigations into the activities of dissident republicans in the Dublin area.They’re currently being held at Lucan and Clondalkin Garda Stations.Gardai from the Special Detective Unit were assisted by Gardai from the Crime and Security section Garda Headquarters.Read: Probe into dissident republican groups turns up fake money and a printing press>last_img read more

Your crash course in The rise and fall of the Willy Wonka

first_img Nov 26th 2016, 7:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share55 Tweet Email1 “We wanted to improve the performance of the wind generators – they were only about 60-70% efficient – so we experimented with certain generator configurations and then one day one of our guys came in and said: ‘We have a problem. We appear to be getting out more than we’re putting in’.”That was the moment Steorn ‘discovered’ it could use magnets to basically create a perpetual motion machine – a mythical contraption that has fascinated inventors for decades and can supposedly defy the laws of thermodynamics, generating energy from nothing.Just to put that into context, so-called ‘free energy’ would be a monumental discovery – it would eliminate the need to burn fossil fuels and make electricity cheaper and more accessible to people around the world.The author of The Guardian article goes on to reveal that none of the eight electrical engineers and academics “with multiple PhDs” that McCarthy cited would go on the record to confirm they had validated the contraction. Nor would the company that had partnered with Steorn to manufacture a prototype.The journalist was also promised a diagram explaining how exactly the system worked but it is never delivered because of concerns about intellectual property rights.That Economist adIn August 2006, McCarthy took out an infamous full-page ad in The Economist newspaper, which he said cost him £75,000 at the time, or about €88,000 by today’s exchange rate.Emblazoned with a bold quote from George Bernard Shaw – “All great truths begin as blasphemies” – Steorn claimed to have created a technology that “produces free, clean and constant energy”  and was “independently validated” by engineers and scientists – “always behind closed doors, always off the record”.The ad invited scientists to test the battery device for themselves.“We are seeking a jury of 12,” it said. “The most qualified and the most cynical.”Michio Kaku was one of many physicists that dubbed Steorn’s device “a fraud” before the gadget was even tested.“This company here does not use fancy superconductors or lasers, it’s just a simple magnet machine,” he told ABC News at the time.In the end, a jury of 22 scientists – whittled down from 420 – took McCarthy’s challenge.It announced in 2009 that it had wound down its investigation after finding no evidence that the Steorn contraption worked.“Steorn’s attempts to demonstrate the claim have not shown the production of energy,” the group wrote in a statement. 23,480 Views Demo failuresPerhaps the most high-profile misfire in Steorn’s history occurred in 2007. An early prototype of Orbo, its everlasting power device, was to be showcased at a demo, but it failed and Steorn cancelled the exhibit.The malfunction was blamed on “excessive heat from the lighting in the main display area”.“I screwed up,” McCarthy said in a Q&A afterwards, explaining that it had been functioning the days before. “It was a mistake entirely of my making … I have to take it on the chin.” Steorn’s notice in the Kinetica Museum Source: Salim Fadhley/FlickrHe promised to demo the device at a later date and hosted a series of exhibitions in the Waterways Centre in Dublin during 2009 and 2010.McCarthy’s talk at the exhibition – billed under the daunting title ‘Orbo Electromagnetic Interaction COP > 1 –  supposedly proved the existence of ‘overunity’, otherwise known as perpetual motion.Using a oscilloscope device, which is used to measure the change of an electrical signal over time, he claimed that more energy was coming out of Orbo than was going in. Engineers were not convinced that McCarthy had proved anything.ProductsUndaunted, Steorn later launched two consumer products: the OCube, an everlasting USB charging device, and the O-Phone, a simple mobile phone that never needs to be charged.The cube retailed at €1,200, while the phone cost €480. The company started taking orders in late 2015 for delivery in mid-2016.In January of this year, The Irish Times visited Steorn’s East Wall headquarters to have a look at the OCube production line.“This is, in many ways, a self-resolving controversy,” McCarthy told the newspaper. “Ultimately, the controversy that surrounds the fundamental claim of the technology is going to be resolved by consumers, not by us.”In other words, Steorn relied on customers with cash to burn to take a punt on the product and prove that it worked. Steorn’s Ocube device Source: Frank Acland/YouTubeMcCarthy said he had disengaged with the scientific community and revealed that he wasn’t entirely sure how the free energy anomaly worked himself.“We think that we’re converting time into energy … that’s the engineering principle,” he said.“Do we understand the science? No, but we don’t understand gravity either.”McCarthy also said that he never claimed to have created a perpetual motion machine. ”It’s not a machine,” he said. “(It’s) a battery that self-charges.”The Sunday Business Post reported in July that the firm had withdrawn from sales of the two devices because many of the shipped devices didn’t work.A letter seen by the newspaper said that Steorn was “a prospect that has been oversold to its investors … based on a naive optimism on time frames for tasks to be completed”.What next?Steorn has always been loss-making. Its most recent accounts show that it made a loss of €88,600 for the financial year ended 31 December 2014, pushing accumulated losses to more than €20.5 million.The Sunday Business Post reported that it had tapped up investors this summer for more money, saying that it would be forced to wind-down the business otherwise.However company filings to date show the last time shares for Steorn changed hands was in April 2013, when a stake was sold for €1.74 million to a group called The Steorn Orbo Trust.The article also said that McCarthy had stepped down as chief executive, provisionally handing over the reins although he was due to stay on as operations officer.Two weeks ago, the newspaper confirmed in an interview with McCarthy that Steorn had finally shut up shop and is to be liquidated. He said the company had no other choice because investment had dried up.“It’s not that our existing investors didn’t show willingness to give more support,” he said, “but their capability to give support just kept diminishing.”He said that would now earn a living through online poker and described himself as “unemployable” because of his association with Steorn. Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 7:45 AM HE WAS CALLED the ‘Willy Wonka of energy’ and claimed to have defied the laws of physics.But after 16 years in operation, Shaun McCarthy confirmed in a recent Sunday Business Post interview that his controversial tech firm, Steorn, has shut its doors and will be liquidated.The company claimed to have created an everlasting battery device that generated energy from nothing, as well as a mobile phone that never needed to be charged.Even though its technology was lampooned by sceptics, Steorn managed to raise a reported €23 million from 400 private investors throughout the last decade.With that in mind, let’s look at the rise and spectacular fall of Steorn, the company that tried to kill the battery.‘Discovery’Steorn set up shop in 2000, initially cashing in on the dot-com boom and working on a number of e-commerce platforms.It was co-founded by engineer Shaun McCarthy, consultant Mike Daly, solicitor Francis Hackett and Shaun Menzies, of tech recruitment firm Zartis, who, incidentally, once travelled to the South Pole.One of Steorn’s early projects was, a much-hyped but ill-fated fruit trading site created by Fyffes.A testament to the madness of the dot-com days, Fyffes’ company secretary at the time said it planned to float WorldofFruit on the Nasdaq market and projected $300 million in annual sales. Instead it lost nearly €5 million in its first year of trading when the bubble finally burst. Steorn CEO Shaun McCarthy Source: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA ImagesBy 2006, Steorn had moved on from building internet platforms and shifted its focus onto the consumer electronics market. It said it was developing a device that would lengthen a mobile phone’s battery life.The ‘eureka’ moment occurred three years earlier, according to an interview with McCarthy in The Guardian.Steorn had been recruited by a bank to develop a system to prevent ‘skimming’, which is when an ATM machine is compromised to counterfeit cards and PIN codes.The firm claimed to have invented a device made up of 16 mini CCTV cameras that could record the identity of fraudsters and catch them red-handed.McCarthy told the newspaper: “We wanted the cameras to be independently powered, so we tried out small solar and ambient wind generators. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Short URL Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Your crash course in… The rise and fall of the ‘Willy Wonka’ energy firm that claimed to defy physics The company, set up by the ‘Willy Wonka of energy’, reportedly raised €23m from investors. Take me to Fora “The general perception is (that I’m either) a conman or an idiot because clearly the tech can’t work,” he said.That said, he didn’t write off Steorn’s technology completely and insisted that it still had potential.“Whoever the liquidator turns out to be, hopefully will get a bidding war for it,” he said.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on By Fora Staff 21 Comments last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img Get our daily news round up: Comments have been turned off as one of the reports relates to a matter before the courts. Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Share2 Tweet Email Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday More political wrangling for Fine Gael and an Irish woman in court over the murder of her fiancé in Sydney. No Comments Feb 19th 2017, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Liberals “are complaining that Trump calls people names, but they turned into some mean people.” via @nytopinion— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 19, 2017 IRELAND Source: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA ImagesTaoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will make no further comment about his future until he speaks to parliamentary colleagues on Wednesday.Irish woman Cathrina Cahill will appear before an Australian court on Wednesday, charged with the murder of her fiancé David Walsh.Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade battled a blaze at a house on Sean MacDermott street in the north inner city.A murder investigation was launched in Belfast after a young football coach succumbed to head injuries sustained on a night out.A top UN general has said that Irish peacekeepers are potentially the target of ‘jihadist threats’ in south Lebanon.A man was arrested after a robbery at a shop in Ringsend yesterday.A new poll has found support for Fianna Fáil surging, while Fine Gael slumps.The Youghal RNLI rescued a kayaker who’d been stranded in the water for 45 minutes off the coast of Cork today.A family face eviction from their rental home after a council “admin error”.Galway mathematicians have found a way to make Batman’s cape.Many businesses in Dublin are looking to the future when the Luas works will be finished.INTERNATIONAL A Millwall football fan wore this Trump-influenced t-shirt while supporting his team this weekend. Source: Jonathan Brady PA Wire/PA Images#SWEDEN: Donald Trump made some bizarre references to a terror attack in Sweden – which didn’t happen – during a speech last night.#HACKING: Russia has been accused of cyber attacks in another election – this time in France.#MOSUL: 350,000 children are facing “grim choices” as Iraqi forces launch another offensive against Islamic State in Mosul in what is being described as “the most brutal fighting yet”.PARTING SHOTThe “failing” New York Times, as Donald Trump calls the publication so regularly in tweets, had this measured piece today on why lumping all Trump supporters in together isn’t such a good idea. Source: The New York Times/Twitter 15,329 Views Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Lyon WWF y labellise son premier quartier durable

first_imgLyon : WWF y labellise son premier quartier durableLyon, France – Le quartier “Lyon Confluence”, situé à la pointe de la Presqu’île lyonnaise, va devenir le premier quartier labellisé “durable” par l’association de protection de l’environnement WWF.WWF a lancé le projet “One planet living” afin de créer des quartiers de démonstration, exemplaires en matière de développement durable. C’est le quartier “Lyon Confluence” qui va inaugurer la concrétisation de ce projet puisqu’il s’apprête à devenir le premier certifié durable par l’association.WWF a fixé des critères très exigeants pour l’obtention de ce label dont le but est d’inciter la population à adopter des comportements écologiquement responsables. Dix principes de base ont ainsi été définis : zéro carbone, zéro déchet, transports durables, matériaux locaux et durables, gestion durable de l’eau, mixité sociale, qualité de vie, bien-être, biodiversité ou encore sensibilisation des habitants. Ces critères sont inscrits sur le cahier des charges des constructeurs qui souhaitent obtenir le label.C’est à la mi-juin que le Grand Lyon, la société publique locale d’aménagement et le WWF signeront une convention pour la certification écologique du quartier Confluence.Le 11 juin 2010 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Airlines sue state over sick leave law

first_imgSEATTLE — A coalition of airlines including Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest has sued Washington over its new sick leave law, saying it’s part of a mishmash of state and local measures that could increase costs and delays for travelers — and which are blocked by federal regulation of air travel and interstate commerce.Airlines For America filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Tuesday. The organization said at least six other states — Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont — and 30 cities have paid sick leave laws.“Airlines cannot operate their nationwide systems properly if flight crews are subject to the employment laws of every state in which they are based, live, or pass through,” Airlines for America said in an emailed statement Wednesday.The complaint put it this way: “A flight crew departing from SeaTac International Airport, landing in Portland International Airport, and continuing to San Diego International Airport is subject to three different paid sick leave laws in a single duty period, each with its own accrual, compensation, reporting, and leave requirements.”The lawsuit seeks a ruling that federal regulation of air travel precludes Washington state’s sick leave law from applying to the airlines’ pilots or flight crews.last_img read more

Court date not likely for high school basketball players

first_imgNearly three weeks after a fight broke out between boys basketball players from Hudson’s Bay and Mountain View high schools, juvenile prosecutors say the case is still under review, but the players involved likely won’t see a day in court.Deputy Prosecutor Rick Olson said Tuesday that the Jan. 8 case is being reviewed by Clark County’s juvenile services. But, Olson said, it appears the allegations would only result in, if anything, misdemeanor assault charges, which are not handled by a prosecutor.Minor misdemeanor cases are reviewed by juvenile intake officials. First-time offenders are offered a diversion program. Once it’s completed, the case is dismissed.Olson did not offer any more details on a timeline for the case to conclude.“I don’t know because I don’t make that decision,” he said.Olson did say that the case was complicated because there are conflicting reports on who instigated the confrontation. Three Hudson’s Bay athletes, ages 14 to 17, were disciplined by the school and two Mountain View players were hurt in the melee following the Saturday night game in which the Thunder beat Hudson’s Bay 56-54 at Mountain View. The players required medical attention but were not seriously injured.The fight broke out about 30 minutes after the game when Bay players were leaving the school and there were three Mountain View players nearby. Words were exchanged — the confrontation was captured on security cameras but there is no audio available — before it escalated into a brawl. A coach from each school was present but they were unsuccessful in stopping the fight.last_img read more

Talks fail to produce deal to avoid government shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a compromise to cut spending and head off a midnight Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want.Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all said the differences had been narrowed in a pair of White House meetings during the day. They directed their aides to work through the night in pursuit of a deal.“I expect an answer in the morning,” Obama said in an appearance in the White House briefing room shortly after the meeting ended. The comments capped a day in which the president, Reid and Boehner bargained and blustered by turns, struggling to settle their differences over spending cuts and other issues at the same time they maneuvered to avoid any political blame if they failed. With the economy just now beginning to create jobs in large numbers, the president said a shutdown would damage the recovery, adding that “for us to go backwards because Washington couldn’t get its act together is just unacceptable.With an agreement elusive, Republicans passed legislation through the House to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week. “There is absolutely no policy reason for the Senate to not follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and to keep our government open,” said Boehner.last_img read more

GE Healthcare Recalls Millennium Nuclear Medicine Systems

first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more NGS014; NMH815; GE Healthcare has determined that the incident was caused by an improperly functioning primary motion stopper and a missing mechanical stopper which would limit the detector’s travel beyond its limits during normal operation.In June 2013,a patient was killed because a portion of a GE Infinia Hawkeye 4 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/computed tomography (CT) scanner fell during the scan at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y.  The weight of nuclear imaging cameras are around 1,300 pounds or more due to it being lead-lined, plus additional lead used in the construction of the internal collimation system. This significant weight poses design challenges in these systems because of the fatigue on its supports. It is an issue that all vendors face.The death prompted the company to initiate a Class I recall of several of its nuclear imaging systems in 2013 so they would be retrofitted with additional support. The recall, which can be read here, was expanded to most of GE’s SPECT/CT systems in July 2013.Read the article “Patient Killed During Nuclear Imaging Scan.”Healthcare professionals and consumers may report adverse reactions or quality problems they experienced using these devices to MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program. Healthcare professionals employed by facilities that are subject to FDA’s user facility reporting requirements should follow the reporting procedures established by their facilities.For more information:, News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more NMH802; NMH801; News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more November 15, 2018 — GE Healthcare announced it is recalling its Millennium Nuclear Medicine Systems due to an incident in which the the top detector detached and fell onto the detector below it. No patient injuries have been reported, although there remains a risk of potential life-threatening bodily harm if the detector were to detach and fall during a patient exam. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.The Millennium MG, Millennium MC and Millennium Myosight Nuclear Medicine Systems are devices used to take images of a patient’s organs or tissues to help diagnose or treat a health condition or disease. These systems are intended for use as diagnostic imaging devices which allow the user to acquire data for high-resolution, three-dimensional images.On Sept. 14, 2018, GE Healthcare sent customers an “Urgent Medical Device Correction Letter.” The letter instructed customers to stop using the Millennium MG, Millennium MC, and Millennium Myosight Nuclear Medicine systems until the company could complete a full and free inspection of all systems. On Nov. 6, GE Healthcare reported they had completed inspections on all Millennium MG, Millennium MC and Millennium Myosight Systems and confirmed no related issues were found.The recall affects a total of 996 devices with the following model/item numbers: NMH817; NGS012; All affected devices were manufactured between Jan. 1, 1997 and July 1, 2012, and distributed between Jan. 1, 1997 and Sept. 1, 2018. Manufacturing Dates: January 1, 1997, to July 1, 2012 Related Content NMH800; NMH816; Distribution Dates: January 1, 1997, to September 1, 2018center_img NGS005; and NMH803; FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more NGS009; Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Nuclear Imaging | November 15, 2018 GE Healthcare Recalls Millennium Nuclear Medicine Systems Class I recall initiated due to risk of detector detaching and falling; no patient injuries have been reported News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more NMH814; Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 996 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more NG00.last_img read more

Starwood launch online lifestyle portal for guests

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Starwood Hotels & Resorts launched this week a new online portal dedicated to food, beverage, spa, weddings and events.The portal,, gives guests access to a range of lifestyle concepts across the Asia Pacific, some of which can be experienced at a Starwood hotel brand.Guests will be able to experience branded food and beverage concepts at a range of Starwood hotel brands including Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, Four Points by Sheraton, St Regis, W hotels and Aloft.“Working with various experts in the food and beverage industry including designers, chefs, food journalists and consultants has provided us with great insights into the creation of an outstanding food and beverage experience” said Chairman and President of Starwood Asia Pacific, Miguel Ko.Other lifestyle options include spas, fitness, weddings and events with more to be added gradually in the coming months. For more information visit last_img read more

Royal Caribbeans newest ship unveiled

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson Royal Caribbean has announced details of their newest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which is set to launch in April 2016.The ship will be the third in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, the largest cruise ships in the world.Royal Caribbean International president and chief executive officer Michael Bayley explains the company’s philosophy behind the new ship.“We are orchestrating a medley of new exciting concepts with the best Royal Caribbean innovations to strike the perfect chord for adventurous holidaymakers,” Mr Bayley said.Royal Caribbean Cruise Limited chairman and chief executive officer Richard D. Fain says the Oasis class ships continually impress their guests, both new and existing.“They shatter preconceived notions of what cruising can be and continue to stand in a category by themselves,” said Mr Fain.“With Harmony of the Seas, we are making the most exciting experience at sea even better.”The Harmony of the Seas will feature the Oasis class’ signature design of seven distinct neighbourhoods and span 16 decks. The ship will carry 5,479 guests at double occupancy and feature 2,747 staterooms.The new ship offers guests a range of experiences and amenities including three multi-storey waterslides, classic games arcade, a climbing play area for children and a Starbucks café.The Harmony of the Seas will also feature new technology such as the use of Royal WOWBands, which allows guest to make purchases and access their rooms via an armband. Also onboard is a new Bionic Bar, where guests are served cocktails by robot bartenders.Guests are offered a range of dining options including new restaurants Izumi Hibachi & Sushi, Sabor Modern Mexican and Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine.The Harmony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s third new ship to launch over the next 18 months alongside Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas.Itineraries for Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will be released next month.last_img read more

this text by David DeGomez

first_img[this text by David DeGomez] November 11, 2011For the last concert of the Colly Soleri Music Center 2011 season Louisiana blues man Walter Parks graced the stage in the Arcosanti cafe last week Thursday, November 3. He opened the season with a wonderful performance on February 5. [see posting on February 7. 2011] and his second visit was very much looked forward to. The evening started with a delicious dinner. [photos by Tomiaki Tamura] Walter Parks presented an eclectic mix of roots blues and plaintive ballads delivered acoustic with an amazing finger pick style guitar all wrapped up in a very nice guy.center_img This was the first concert at the beginning of a solo acoustic tour through the United States and Canada, interspersed with concerts opening for Judy Collins. In the later part of November he begins a tour with Swamp Cabbage through Spain, see the Walter Parks web-site for dates.Our best wishes to Walter and Emily Parks and we look forward to their next visit. Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career over the past three decades, as lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues outfit Swamp Cabbage. last_img read more

Dont give Christmas tips to dustmen

first_imgMunicipalities have urged members of the public not to offer Christmas tips to dustmen or other members of their staff this year.Nicosia municipality on Thursday urged residents of its area to report anyone showing up at their doors asking for a Christmas tip on behalf of municipal rubbish collectors.In an announcement, the municipality said that if members of the public are asked for a tip by workers of its cleaning services, they should not comply.The announcement added that workers had been forbidden from going from door to door asking for Christmas tips.“Even though this phenomenon is becoming rarer each year, it still exists,” the municipality said.It warned that some people who do not even work as dustmen may exploit this tradition and trick people into giving them money by pretending they work for the municipality’s cleaning services.Members of the public are urged to phone in and report such cases to the municipality at 22 797007Limassol municipality also issued an announcement informing people that it has strictly forbidden its staff “from distributing cards and receiving money or gifts” from members of the public.“Therefore, members of the public are urged not to offer any money to those who attempt to do so (ask for a Christmas tip) and at the same time inform the municipality so that it can take the necessary measures,” it said.For years, municipal dustmen have been going from door to door asking for a Christmas tip, usually giving the household a card with wishes for the festive season. This previously established tradition has more or less died out.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more