Luxury retailers technology companies push stocks higher

NEW YORK — Stocks rose in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday following strong earnings reports from a range of U.S. companies, led by luxury retailers and technology companies.Ralph Lauren and Estee Lauder surged after reporting earnings that came in well ahead of what analysts were expecting.Apple and Microsoft lifted the technology sector. Agricultural giant Archer-Daniels Midland fell on lower sales.The encouraging earnings reports are driving the market higher, even as economic concerns continue to hang over the market.While corporate profits are still coming in ahead of forecasts, investors are starting to expect a slower pace of growth moving forward.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 8 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,732 as of 10:04 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 125 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 25,363. The Nasdaq composite rose 40 points, or 0.55 per cent to 7,388.LOOKING GOOD: Upscale clothing company Ralph Lauren surged on growth in Asia and Europe. The company’s most recent fiscal results beat Wall Streets’ forecasts. More importantly, it raised its forecast despite some fears about an economic slowdown hitting Europe and Asia. The stock rose 11.4 per cent to $127.53.Estee Lauder, which also reported better results and expects growth in Asia, rose 12 per cent to $152.60.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil fell 0.3 per cent to $54.36 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, 0.3 per cent to $62.31 per barrel in London.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX rose 1.4 per cent. The British FTSE 100 rose 0.2 per cent. France’s CAC 40 rose 1.4 per cent. Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell0.2 per cent. In Asia, most markets were closed for the lunar new year.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Intense activity over recent weeks lays foundation for work ahead – Ban

3 October 2007As the United Nations wraps up a period of “active and intense” activity at its New York Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sees broad agreement on a number of priority issues as providing a solid basis for important work ahead. The conclusion of the annual debate of the General Assembly today caps off three weeks of activity that began with a series of high-level meetings convened by Mr. Ban on Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East and climate change.Over the course of the past week, Mr. Ban continued his discussions on these and other priority issues during one-on-one conversations with more than 130 heads of State and government, foreign ministers and permanent representatives. “Taken together, he believes that we have established a firm foundation for our work during the year ahead,” Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. The priorities are clear, she stated, from the deployment of peacekeepers to Darfur and attaining an agreement on global warming that all nations can embrace to reinvigorating efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in Africa.“And of course we will pursue UN reform… so that we can better deliver – more efficiently and effectively – on all that is increasingly expected of us in this era of proportionately diminishing resources,” Ms. Montas stated.She noted in particular that the climate change meeting, the largest ever gathering of world leaders on the issue, sought to coordinate global efforts to fight global warming under one roof – the UN. “It is a model of how the Secretary General hopes to continue working closely with Member States and the General Assembly in the future,” Ms. Montas said. read more

Darfur Attack on convoy leaves six civilians dead UNAU mission reports

According to UNAMID the seven Sudanese civilian vehicles were travelling from Nyala to El Fasher in North Darfur when they were ambushed by unknown men on camels, suspected to be Janjaweed militia. UNAMID helicopters evacuated eight of the wounded to a private hospital in El Fasher, with the bulk of the remaining casualties being evacuated to Nyala.The mission also reports that more than 170 Gambian soldiers arrived in El Fasher yesterday to take over security duties at UNAMID compounds. Meanwhile, the remaining personnel from an Egyptian engineering company are expected to arrive in El Fasher on 12 August.Last week the Security Council extended UNAMID’s mandate by 12 months until the end of July 2009.Since taking over from an AU peace monitoring mission in the strife-torn region of western Sudan at the start of this year, UNAMID has deployed just under 10,000 uniformed personnel, well short of the 26,000 troops and police officers expected when the force reaches full capacity. 6 August 2008A civilian convoy with seven vehicles was attacked on Monday, leaving six dead and 28 wounded, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported today. read more

UN continues rushing food aid to Kyrgyzstan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute supplies to people who have been affected by the recent deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan.According to the agency, nearly all of the 75,000 ethnic Uzbeks who fled across the border to Uzbekistan after violence erupted in the Kyrgyz towns of Osh and Jalalabad have returned. Many are sheltering in camps or staying with host families since their homes have been destroyed.So far, WFP has reached 270,000 people uprooted by the violence which broke out three weeks ago with food supplies.WFP handed out rations today to some 6,300 people in the central market area of Osh. The agency’s staff members reported that the market was open and crowded, with signs pointing to life starting to return to normal.Yesterday, a 28-truck UN aid convoy crossed from Uzbekistan into Kyrgyzstan, where it was met by UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Daly Belgasmi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East and Central Asia.Eight of the trucks were loaded with 150 metric tons of WFP food – including wheat flour, vegetable oil, pulses and beans – which will be distributed to internally displaced persons (IDPs), returning refugees and others.WFP has called for some $23 million as part of a greater joint UN appeal for more than $70 million to assist those affected by the clashes.The clashes, the latest unrest to hit the country following the violent uprising in April that ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, displaced at least 300,000 people within Kyrgyzstan.“The world was taken by surprise with Kyrgyzstan, we must not be taken by surprise again,” Mr. Guterres told reporters yesterday at a site for returned refugees and IDPs in the country’s south.“Entire communities here have been left fractured and embittered. Immediate and sustained humanitarian help is needed to avert a dangerous expansion of grievance and loss,” he added. 1 July 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to distribute supplies to people who have been affected by the recent deadly ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan. read more

Honduras UNESCO deplores murders of two journalists

20 July 2011The head of the United Nations agency that works to defend press freedom spoke out today at the recent slayings of another two journalists in Honduras, where at least a dozen reporters have been killed in the past 18 months. Nery Jeremías Orellana, who served as manager of Radio Joconguera and as a correspondent for Radio Progreso, was gunned down on 14 July, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported. The 26-year-old had also been a member of the FARP opposition movement.Adan Benítez, a 42-year-old reporter for 45TV and Teleceiba Canal 7, was in the northern port city of La Ceiba on 4 July when he was shot in the head by two gunmen who also robbed him.In a statement UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called for a thorough investigation into the killings of both Mr. Orellana and Mr. Benitez.“The killing of journalists constitutes a crime against society as a whole,” she said. “Democracy and rule of law require a free and independent press to nourish informed debate. I call on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of these crimes to ensure that everyone in the country is free to exercise their fundamental human right of freedom of expression without fearing for their lives.”UNESCO, which began work in 1946, is specifically mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

Magistrate wants blood samples taken from suspects

Vidya Sivaloganathan was found raped and murdered in May this year and nine suspects were later arrested.One of the suspects, who was among the nine produced in court today, claimed that he was forced by the police to accept involvement in the murder. (Colombo Gazette) The Kayts Magistrate today issued instructions for blood samples to be taken from the nine suspects who are in custody over the murder of Jaffna student Vidya Sivaloganathan.The Magistrate gave the order when the suspects were produced in court today. read more

From Bill 6 to sliding poll numbers Notley discusses first full session

by News Staff Posted Dec 10, 2015 5:42 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email From Bill 6 to sliding poll numbers, Notley discusses first full session Wikimedia Commons Following her historic victory in the provincial election in May, it certainly has been an interesting first full legislative session for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.Along with the falling price of oil and thousands of job losses, her government has faced backlash from the Bill 6 saga and the ongoing royalty review.She spoke to reporters today about the experience and how it compared to being in opposition.“It’s both exciting because we win some votes, which never used to happen when I was in opposition, but it’s also a great deal of work and there’s no question you have a tremendous sense of responsibility, a tremendous sense of obligation to all the people of the province,” she said.Following the amendments and ultimate passing of Bill 6 Thursday, Notley was mostly asked about what the legislation now excludes, which is coverage for children of farming families, along with neighbours and volunteers helping out.Notley was asked about this year’s incidents of children who died in farming accidents, which wouldn’t come under OHS investigations under the current legislation.“That’s about the relationship between parents and children and that’s not what this bill is about,” she said. “This bill is about correcting the long, unmet need to protect vulnerable, paid farm workers who are obliged to follow the instructions of their employers at risk of losing their job if they don’t.”“That’s a different issue than the one you identify, not unimportant, but that’s not what this bill is about and it’s not what it’s ever intended to be about.”She was also asked if she’s thinking of going beyond Bill 6 in terms of protecting farming children.“The relationship between a paid worker and a farmer is that between employer and employee, between adult and adult, where there’s legal obligation of one adult to asceed to the direction of the other adult and that’s very different than reaching into families and saying you’re parenting well or you’re not parenting well,” she said. “As government, we do that already, we do that through child protection and there are other ways in which these issues are dealt with, but it’s simply not an issue that was planned to be covered under this bill.”As a recent ThinkHQ poll shows government support dropping outside of Edmonton for the NDP, Notley said popularity will ebb and flow.“We have three and a half years before the next election, so I’m going to focus on governing in what I believe is in the best interest of Albertans,” she said.Notley was also asked if she’s worried her government’s actions could lead to a more united front from the right in the next election.“I’m not terribly concerned,” she said. “We’re almost at the one-year anniversary of the last most concrete iteration of this desire to blend these two parties and I think we all know that it didn’t exactly enjoy tremendous endorsement by Albertans.”Notley also confirmed the royalty review will not be presented at the end of the month as originally scheduled, saying the short delay is regrettable, but necessary and the hope is to have it in early January.After Independent MLA Deborah Drever was booted from the NDP caucus for controversial photos, Notley said she’s shown good progress with her recent domestic violence bill and she’ll continue to keep an eye on it.“She went out and talked to people as far as I understand and asked for advice on what would be the most helpful bill that she could bring forward and she came up with that idea,” Notley said.On climate change and talk of the 1.5 degree Celsius climate change target, Notley was asked about what could mean for the Alberta economy.“Our plan I think stands on its merits and it is a plan that brings about significant, real, measurable change and a significant reduction in what would’ve happened otherwise,” she said. “The reason we brought in this plan was to avoid the scenario where we had plans and rules imposed upon us that might have otherwise hurt Alberta’s economy.”“I’ve certainly received fairly strong indications from the federal government that they perceive that the step that we have taken is a major one, they see it as a good thing, one that they will support and not one that they will be planning to ask us to amend.” read more

LNG Canada delays final decision on Kitimat project no new timeline set

LNG Canada delays final decision on Kitimat project, no new timeline set by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:08 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Instability in global energy markets has caused international partners in a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C., to delay their final decision on the venture.LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz said in a conference call Monday that a drop in natural gas prices around the world, particularly in Asia, has made the project too expensive for now.“The whole global energy industry is in turmoil,” he said.The LNG Canada project would export up to 24 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year and cost up to US$40 billion to build.Royal Dutch Shell (TSX:SHC) owns a 50 per cent stake in the project along with partners Korea Gas Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., and PetroChina Co. Ltd.All four companies jointly decided to put off the final decision, Calitz said, and representatives from each company are currently in Canada to look at a range of options for the project.“In the coming months, LNG Canada will continue key site preparation activities and work with its joint venture participants, partners, stakeholders and First Nations to find a revised path forward,” he said.A timeline for when a final decision will be made has not been established, but LNG Canada still sees the project on B.C.’s northwest coast as a promising opportunity.“It is important for the community to understand that the project has been delayed and has not been cancelled,” Calitz said.However, global oil and gas prices will have to recover before the companies involved can move forward, he added.Doubt was cast on the LNG Canada project last month when Shell announced it was shifting away from growing its LNG business after acquiring the gas giant BG Group in February.In 2014, BG put an LNG project slated to be built near Prince Rupert, B.C., on hold indefinitely.B.C. Premier Christy Clark has repeatedly said LNG development throughout the province will boost the economy with new jobs and gas revenues.But some projects, such as the Pacific NorthWest LNG export facility proposed for Prince Rupert, have faced opposition from environmentalists who say LNG development would come with dire environmental consequences. read more

US job openings quits rise pointing to modest hiring ahead

WASHINGTON – U.S. employers posted more jobs in November and quitting also increased — signs that job gains and wages may increase in the months ahead.The number of available jobs rose 1.3 per cent in November from the previous month to 5.5 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That’s below a post-recession peak of 5.8 million in April. Hiring rose 1.1 per cent to 5.2 million.The number of Americans who quit their jobs increased 1.4 per cent to nearly 3.1 million, the second-highest total since the Great Recession. Quits are generally a good sign that workers are confident enough to leave their positions for new jobs. Rising quits can also point to higher pay, since most people take new jobs with bigger paychecks.The figures echo last week’s jobs report, which showed a moderate gain of 156,000 new jobs in December and the biggest annual wage gains in more than seven years.Last week’s jobs figure is a net gain after layoffs, quits and retirements are subtracted from overall hiring.Tuesday’s data comes from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, and are more detailed and provide a fuller view of the job marketWith the unemployment rate at 4.7 per cent, near a nine-year low, employers are facing pressure to raise pay in order to keep and attract workers.The number of available jobs is also high, which suggests businesses are having trouble finding the workers they need to fill their open positions. That trend may also force employers to offer bigger paychecks.Job openings rose in only two industries: Hotels and restaurants and state and local government. Openings were little changed or down slightly in manufacturing, construction, retail, financial services, and education and health. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US job openings, quits rise, pointing to modest hiring ahead read more

Football What defenders will emerge in 2017 for Ohio State

OSU then-junior cornerback Damon Webb (7) wags his finger at MSU after a big play during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOffense wins games, but defense wins championships.The Ohio State football team struggled at times last season in moving the ball down the field, but was bailed out on multiple occasions by one of the stoutest defenses in the country. Allowing just 15.5 points per game, the Buckeyes and their Silver Bullets were as tough as any defensive unit in the nation. Now, it’s a new season. Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, Malik Hooker and Raekwon McMillan have departed, leaving enormous holes for OSU on defense.Going into the Fiesta Bowl last season, the Buckeyes’ defense was the backbone of the entire team. And yet, it failed.Even with the potential top-10 picks in this year’s NFL draft, Clemson’s offense paraded up and down the field, racking up 470 total yards of offense. After being embarassed 31-0, some players took the chance to leave early for a shot at competing at the next level.Some of the biggest components of the defense now gone, and a bad taste still in the mouths of fans after the last lackluster performance, but there is still hope for the Buckeyes. A bevy of young talent is emerging during spring practice, and will soon be on display in Ohio Stadium.Ahead of the 2017 spring game, here are three players who could make a name for themselves this season.Dante BookerArriving as a four-star recruit from St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker has yet to live up to his initial hype. After appearing in 11 games as a freshman and playing 197 snaps as a sophomore, Booker missed virtually the entire 2016 season after suffering an MCL sprain in the first game. Replaced by then-sophomore Jerome Baker, who eventually emerged as a star, Booker is now slated to be the starting SAM linebacker after making it through camp unscathed. And he has high-praise from his teammates.“I see a guy that has a burning desire to be great,” said redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley. “That’s something you look for in a team and in a coach on a team, honestly. A lot of times you see guys get hurt and they walk around with their head down and just feel like, ‘Aw, maybe next year.’ I saw last year a guy that wouldn’t take no for an answer. It just happened to be his body wasn’t ready for it.”Booker has the body size to be an intimidating force at nearly any linebacker position, and the speed and lateral quickness to effectively play on the strongside. If he can remain healthy, expect big things from Booker, who’s been patiently waiting for his turn to prove he can be the heir to Joshua Perry’s throne.Tracy SprinkleAfter appearing in the lineman rotation during his redshirt sophomore season, then-junior Tracy Sprinkle was poised to take over the primary defensive tackle duties for OSU. After waiting for three years for the chance to be the leading man, his body had other plans. A right patellar tendon tear ended Sprinkle’s season. In the end, then-redshirt freshmen Dre’Mont Jones and Robert Landers took over and handled the duties well, but it’s now Sprinkle’s time once again. “First thing first, thank God I am here to see another day,” Sprinkle wrote on Twitter after his injury. “Time was invested, endless hours of work was put in and sacrifices were made in order to have the best season I could have. Unfortunately God has another plan for me. It left me lost, confused, hurt and discouraged.”Now, fresh off of rehab and a productive spring camp, Sprinkle could be a difference maker.“Sprinkle is the one, he’s gonna be the X-factor when we can throw him in there,” Meyer said on April 4.He might not be the starter during the season, but expect big things from the guy who’s last name is an ice cream topping. Don’t let the name fool you.Damon WebbCall him the forgotten member of the 2016 OSU secondary.Senior safety Damon Webb lined up opposite of Hooker last season, and was overshadowed by the freak athleticism of his counterpart. However, Webb should be a defensive stalwart for the Buckeyes this fall. After totaling 57 tackles and returning his only interception of the year for a touchdown, Webb will be tasked with helping lead a secondary replacing three starters. However, his veteran presence and ability to bring down the ball carrier while defending the pass should make his last season in Columbus a productive one.Earlier this month, Webb claimed he had yet to secure a starting position. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs did not name anyone as a front-runner, and even mentioned the possibility of rotating as much as possible.“When you have a talented team, the more guys you can play, keep fresh, keep healthy and get experience, the better you’re going to be defensively,” he said. “I would say there’s no reason to say those three kids can’t do the same thing in the back end.”Still, it’s Webb’s job to lose. And while he probably won’t produce Hooker-esque numbers, expect big things from the Detroit native.The spring game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more

Here is Alan Shatters quick guide to the Court of Appeal referendum

first_imgJUSTICE MINISTER ALAN Shatter has said that the proposal to establish a Court of Appeal is the most fundamental reform to the court structure in Ireland since the State’s foundation.He has called for the Court of Appeal referendum to be given more visibility as it has so far been overshadowed by the debate on the Seanad abolition vote.Shatter was speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s referenda campaign launch yesterday.All four main political parties are calling for a Yes vote in the court referendum and there has been no visible signs of dissent to the proposal as yet.The proposed 33rd Amendment of the Constitution provides for the establishment of a new Court of Appeal which will aim to reduce the workload of the current Supreme Court.Shatter said yesterday that the current court structure means a lengthy delay in cases being dealt with by the Supreme Court.“If someone launched an appeal today they would be lucky to have their case heard by 2018,” he claimed saying there are 664 cases presently outstanding in the Supreme Court.Though 77 of these have been given a priority hearing it will take a year for these cases alone to be determined, Shatter said.‘Basic human right’If the referendum is passed a new court will be set up at the level between the High Court and the Supreme Court. It would deal with most appeals which are currently dealt with by the Supreme Court.“The Court of Appeal will have a facility to determine cases with a bit more speed than they are presently determined,” Shatter said.He said it is envisaged that if the referendum is passed the Supreme Court will be able to determine which cases may be determined by the Court of Appeal.While cases of “general public importance or where it is necessary in the interests of justice” will be heard by the Supreme Court, the highest court in the State.The Court of Appeal, if established, will have a criminal and a civil division. The current Court of Criminal Appeal sits only “sporadically” the Minister claimed but would be more regular if the referendum is passed.Shatter has four “basic reasons” why people should vote Yes. They are:It will modernise the court system.It will speed-up the process of appeals.It is in the interests of everyone in the country that court proceedings are rapidly resolved and not delayed by as long as four years.It is a basic human and civil right under article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Shatter said that it is “not in interests of the State that the current situation continue” and also claimed that passing the referendum would be good for Ireland’s reputation among multinationals looking to invest here.“Please give space to reporting this particular referendum so that people who are asked to vote know what the issues are,” Shatter requested of the media yesterday.More: The Court of Appeal referendum is one thing all political parties are agreed onRead: Levels of activity in courts ‘overwhelming’ and ‘unsustainable’ – Chief Justicelast_img read more

We wont be treating these games as friendlies – ONeill ready for

first_imgHE HAS ALREADY shown during his short time in charge that he enjoys the odd joke, but Martin O’Neill is under no illusions that the laughs will quickly dry up if Ireland aren’t getting the right results.O’Neill leads the Boys in Green into an international match for the very first time against Latvia at Lansdowne Road tonight before a meeting with Poland on Tuesday.And although he won’t have the opportunity to test himself in a competitive game until next September, the Derry native says he will not be treating the upcoming double header as friendlies.From a personal point of view, there is no doubt that he would love to get off to a winning start. Looking at the grand scheme of things, it is also vital for the team to put the disappointment of the last qualifying campaign behind them and two wins would help do just that.“I don’t want them to be treated as friendly games,” O’Neill said at his pre-match press conference yesterday.“It’s a bit like the way I would have treated pre-season. Every game becomes important because you have to make judgments on players. I feel the same about these matches coming up.“They are important, even though there isn’t a competitive point or two to be gained.”On paper, a Latvian side ranked 117th in the FIFA rankings shouldn’t cause Ireland a huge amount of trouble.With the experience of how his last job with Sunderland ended still clearly fresh in his mind however, O’Neill knows poor results over the next few months would soon see the optimism shown by fans this past week disappear. Bobby (Byrne, head of security) has been looking after me the last few days,” O’Neill explains. “I said it’s fine now but it’s after we lose a few games that I’ll need you.“It has been great but I’m well aware that this is the 10-minute honeymoon.”O’Neill oversees training last night. Credit: INPHO/James CrombieAfter what has been a whirlwind week for the new management team, O’Neill, who will name his team this evening, admits they haven’t had time to do a “huge amount” over the past four days but outlined the style he intends to play.“The overriding theme, without giving away too many secrets, is that I would like us to try and press reasonably high up the pitch. If we can win the ball closer to their goal it will give some of our ball players opportunities.“It’s a great thought in theory but maybe a different thing in practice. We’ll try and get some enjoyment out of it. For me the best enjoyment is to go win the game.“We’ll try and play with a bit of drive, enthusiasm, determination… all the things that I’m hoping you would expect from the side.”He was also quizzed about the fact that his strikers haven’t been in great form this season.“Shane Long scored last weekend,” he replied. “He got in front of everybody else and got a great jump to score the goal.“I know the game seems to be just full of stats nowadays. Stats for passing, stats for picking your nose. The important stats are scoring goals.I could have one or two players who statistically would be better than Xavi in their passing. But they wouldn’t actually be as good as Xavi. So the important stats are scoring goals.”Has he had time to study tonight’s opposition in detail?“Our statistician Brian (McCarthy) has given us a number DVDs that I’ve had a look at. He has only given me about 35!” he joked.“I think he thinks I’ve got more hours in the day than anybody else. He has been terrific and has narrowed it down. It’s good to have a knowledge of that.”O’Neill set to experiment in his first outing with IrelandCaption time: What are Roy and Robbie saying at Lansdowne Road this evening?last_img read more

Dog bites horse woman brought to court

first_imgTHIS HERE IS Quixote, the police horse.While the four-year-old was out at a park in London for training with a Mounted Branch police officer yesterday, he was bitten by a dog.The French bull terrier cross staff’s owner – a 26-year-old woman – now faces a court appearance for her pet’s actions.Scotland Yard has also used the incident to warn other owners about keeping their dogs under control.Detectives today confirmed that she will receive a summons for “allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place” and for “criminal damage to police property”.Quixote was being ridden towards the entrance of the park when the dog ran towards him. According to the police report, he kept barking at the horse before leaping at it. He the bit his upper front leg, inflicting two puncture wounds. A member of the public intervened, removed the dog from continuing to bite the horse and managed to restrain him before Safer Neighbourhood officers from Greenwich attended to assist.Quixote was treated by a vet back at police stables. The dog was also taken to a vet as he had sustained injuries when the horse tried to stop the attack.Luckily, Quixote is now said to be doing well…and looking great.Making the incident public, PC Katherine Smith said:“Although the vast majority of dog owners do behave responsibly, there is a small minority who still fail to control their dogs.All dogs, especially certain breeds, need to be properly managed so they do not become aggressive and it is the responsibility of owners to keep their dogs under control.“Responsible dog ownership is important for the safety of everybody. If you believe a dog has a tendency to bite, always think about safety,” she concluded.Images: Metropolitan Police ServiceRead: Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from GodMore: Sue Perkins’ loving letter to her dog Pickle will have you in floodsDailyEdge.ie: Adorable pets play dead after being ‘shot’ with finger gunlast_img read more

Clark County crackdown yields 392 speeding tickets

first_imgThe results are in for the latest police crackdown on speeders in Clark County, with extra officers on patrol in the three weeks between July 15 and Aug. 7.Officers wrote 392 tickets for speeding, 14 for aggressive driving, 19 for cellphone violations and 40 for lack of liability insurance, according to a bulletin from Kristina Moy with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.Four motorists were arrested on suspicion of DUI.In addition, 11 drivers had suspended or revoked licenses. One driver was arrested for a previously issued felony warrant and two for misdemeanor warrants.The extra officers were with the Washington State Patrol, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Battle Ground Police Department and Ridgefield Police Department.The Clark County Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force supported the officers, using overtime funds from the Traffic Safety Commission.last_img read more

DCs New Gun Concealment Law Concerns Residents

first_imgAdvocates of the Second Amendment celebrated an announcement May 26 that struck down the District’s gun law requirement to show “good reason” to get a permit to carry a concealed firearm.  However, the celebration may be short lived as city attorneys filed an immediate appeal.In a ruling last week, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, called the regulation an “unconstitutional burden,” and  issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily bans enforcement of the city’s “may issue” laws while the case works its way through the court system.The “may issue” permitting platform allows D.C. residents and nonresidents to apply for concealed carry permits by showing proof that they need to carry a weapon for self-defense.  While concealment advocates like retired military officer and Ward 7 resident William Murray believe better oversight is necessary in granting permits in general, upholding the Constitution is more important. “Our Founding Fathers did not write out in the language of the Constitution that I had to have a good reason for carrying a firearm, they simply said I had that right as a function of my citizenship,” Murray said.  “As the random violence in this city moves from one area to another and begins to happen in places like the bus and subway, residents should have a right to defend themselves within the law.”The city has filed for a stay of the order arguing that the laws are “necessary to prevent crime and promote public safety.”Janay Thompson, a Ward 8 resident, said while she believes in the Constitution, the vagueness of the concealment law would encourage people who feel threatened by the presence of teens, or are intimidated by their surroundings, to the shoot first and ask questions later. “A lot of residents feel the need to protect themselves, but access to guns – concealed or otherwise – has led to a lot of unnecessary violence that escalated because someone felt threatened and had access to a gun,” Thompson said. “We are sending mixed messages about rights versus responsibilities.”“The risk of a gun-related tragedy – accidental or deliberate – involving new licensees who have no particularized fear of any specific danger to their safety outweighs plaintiffs’ speculative fears about any imminent need to defend themselves from a random, public attack during the pendency of this litigation,” city attorneys wrote in their motion for a stay of the order.last_img read more

Changing environment caused some isolated kangaroos to evolve separately

first_imgA team of researchers with the University of Queensland in Australia has found that a group of kangaroos living along the Sunshine Coast in that country have some distinct genetic variations—they are not a separate species from the other kangaroos (they are still close enough that they can interbreed when given the chance) but instead have genes that show they evolved separately from others in other parts of the country. In their paper published in PLOS ONE, the team describes the genetic studies they undertook and their hopes that additional study of the unique kangaroos will offer some insights into how such animals adapted to a changing environment. Journal information: PLoS ONE Lefties are all right with kangaroos Explore further Citation: Changing environment caused some isolated kangaroos to evolve separately (2015, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-environment-isolated-kangaroos-evolve.html The discovery was made as the team was studying eastern grey kangaroos hoping to learn more about their genetic history—they collected 317 fecal and tissue samples from 39 sites throughout Queensland and New South Wales and brought them back to their lab for analysis, in all a total of 256 samples were successfully sequenced which included 108 unique haplotypes. That allowed them to see that one small group had a distinct genetic variation. It also allowed them to trace the lineage back in time, which showed the kangaroos branching off after the last ice age.Grassland became more widespread during the last ice age, the team notes, allowing the kangaroos to move about at will. But then, as temperatures warmed, some of those grassy areas became rainforest, cutting off travel and essentially trapping one small group of kangaroos in areas along the Sunshine Coast. The separation over those thousands of years led to some genetic differences compared to those that were not trapped. But of course, it was not as simple as that, the kangaroos had to do something to survive, the team notes—it appears they migrated to what is now North Queensland and other locations farther south.Learning more about how one group of kangaroos survived major changes to their environment, the team explains, may offer clues regarding the fate of the species (and perhaps others as well) as the planet heats up and wild grasslands give way to urban development. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Coghlan BA, Goldizen AW, Thomson VA, Seddon JM (2015) Phylogeography of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Macropus giganteus, Suggests a Mesic Refugium in Eastern Australia. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0128160. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128160 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Adam Rippon cruises Europe with boyfriend in pics

first_img‘Twice the fun, twice the party’Instagram/celebritycruisesLisa Lutoff-Perlo, the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, commented: ‘Celebrity Cruises has been and always will be dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusivity and equality, and part of the dedication includes knowing when to take time to celebrate the hard work and successes of the LGBTQ+ community.Instagram/celebritycruises‘Pride Month is the perfect time to celebrate. And, with all of the fun we had last year, it made perfect sense that we’d continue the tradition. Only this time it will be twice the fun and twice the party.’Adam Rippon furthermore said: ‘I’m honoured to be an ambassador for Celebrity Cruises’ second annual Pride Party at Sea! It’s great to collaborate with a brand that is so dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community.’ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Adam Rippon has served as a celebrity ambassador for Celebrity Cruises‘ second annual Pride Party at Sea event. Adam Rippon shares Finland holiday snap and people are thirstyAdam Rippon shows off ripped physique in thirsty photoAdam Rippon’s boyfriend is going to move in with himRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pride-party-at-sea-ambassador-adam-rippon-hits-the-med-with-boyfriend-in-pics/ Jussi-Pekka Kajaala and Adam Rippon | Photo: instagram/adaripp GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The star was joined by his boyfriend Jussi-Pekka Kajaala on board, and shared a picture of the two of them frolicking in the sun.Instagram/celebritycruisesThe Olympic bronze medallist was joined by fellow figure skater Johnny Weir for the cruise company’s LGBTI extravaganza.Instagram/celebritycruisesThe festivities began on 5 June on Celebrity Constellation and Celebrity Reflection in Sicily, Italy, and Cartagena, Spain.last_img read more

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first_img FILE – This June 5, 2019 file photo shows Lauren Akins, left, and Thomas Rhett at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Rhett announced on social media that his wife is pregnant with another girl. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE — Country singer Thomas Rhett will have a trio of daughters as he announced on social media that his wife is pregnant with another girl.Rhett on Tuesday posted a photo of his other two daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James, posing with their hands on his wife Lauren Akins’ belly. He added that he was “excited to share that I will now be paying for 3 weddings.”Rhett, who won male artist of the year twice at the Academy of Country Music Awards, often writes about his wife and family on his hit country songs including “Die A Happy Man” and “Life Changes.”The Associated Press Country star Thomas Rhett announces 3rd daughter on the way by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2019 6:24 am PDTlast_img read more

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