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Ban urges more States to adhere to global pact on explosive remnants

“Armed conflict leaves in its wake not only chaos, grief and hardship, but also explosive remnants of war that kill and maim long after the end of hostilities,” he told the opening of the Third Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Protocol V to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). “Protocol V, which provides the legal framework for addressing this horrendous humanitarian and developmental impact, can help us eliminate this deadly hazard,” he added in a message delivered yesterday in Geneva by Sergio Duarte, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. The CCW aims to protect military troops from inhumane injuries and prevent noncombatants from accidentally being wounded or killed by certain types of arms. Protocol V focuses specifically on unexploded and abandoned ordnance which include artillery shells, grenades and gravity bombs. They pose severe threats to civilians because they can explode without cause or accidentally be triggered to detonate. The Secretary-General congratulated States Parties for having established the machinery for implementing the Protocol, and encouraged them to make full use of the mechanism.He also encouraged them to promote information sharing on the use or abandonment of explosive ordinance – bilaterally, through the UN, or through another entity as appropriate.Mr. Ban said he was encouraged to see the “considerable increase” in the number of State Parties to the Protocol since last year, and commended the 61 States that have expressed their consent to be bound by the Protocol.At the same time, he called on those States that have not yet done so to ratify Protocol V without delay, reminded them of their responsibility to provide protection to civilian populations both during and after armed conflicts.“The United Nations will continue to assist you in your noble efforts,” he pledged. 10 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on those States that have not yet done so to adhere to the global pact dealing with explosive remnants of war, noting the deadly toll that these weapons which are left over after conflict takes on society. read more

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US Senators call for war crimes probe

Dear Madam Secretary:We are writing to urge you to call for an independent, international investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE during the civil war in Sri Lanka. We also support a resolution at the upcoming UN Human Rights Council meeting which condemns the Government of Sri Lanka for not abiding by its commitments to seek accountability and reconciliation. During the years following the end of the war, the Sri Lankan people have waited for the government to address these concerns, yet no tangible or substantial progress has been made. Achieving a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka will require continued and sustained leadership by the United States and others in the international community committed to genuine accountability.Sri Lanka has repeatedly rejected any international inquiry into what it believes are domestic issues, and for the last year, the United States has supported the Government of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) process. Notably, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch refused to participate in the LLRC proceedings and called for an unbiased international inquiry. Their concerns were borne out in the LLRC’s report, which exonerated the Sri Lankan Armed Forces from any human rights violations while accusing the Tamil fighters of committing mass atrocities. The report addressed a wide spectrum of issues, including: the demilitarization of civilian functions in the North; the creation of mechanisms to address cases of the missing and detained; and land reform, especially for persons displaced by the conflict. The LLRC and its recommendations, while certainly imperfect, are the Government of Sri Lanka’s own proposed roadmap to peace. Over a year has now passed since the issuance of the report, and the Government has failed to do the difficult and necessary work of implementation. “The Government of Sri Lanka has made many promises to bring to justice those responsible for atrocities during the war, but nothing has been done,” said Senator Leahy. “The defeat of the LTTE was widely welcomed, but an opportunity to bring real peace by upholding the rule of law and promoting reconciliation is being missed.” (Colombo Gazette) SecretaryDepartment of State2201 C Street NW The full text of the Senators’ letter to Secretary Clinton:The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton “The Sri Lankan people deserve better,” Senator Casey said. “Sri Lankans have legitimate concerns about war crimes committed during the civil war that are not being addressed by the government, and an independent, international investigation is needed to get answers.” Two U.S. Senators, Bob Casey and Patrick Leahy, have called for an independent, international investigation into potential war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE during the civil war in Sri Lanka.In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Senators said such an investigation is needed because the legitimate concerns of the Sri Lankan people have not been answered by the government. Washington, D.C. 20520 Last year, the State Department played a key leadership role in the passage of United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 19/2, “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.” This resolution called for the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the LLRC’s constructive recommendations, while noting that the LLRC report failed to adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law. Yet despite the UNHRC resolution, the Government of Sri Lanka has done nothing to address the accountability concerns of the Council or, more importantly, of the Sri Lankan people. In July, the Government released a “National Action Plan to Implement the Recommendations of the LLRC,” but this plan only established committees to “consider” the LLRC recommendations, without mandating or taking any specific action.The Sri Lankan people deserve better. In fact, as the Government of Sri Lanka fails to implement LLRC recommendations, the outlook for human and political rights in Sri Lanka appears to be getting worse. Although the LLRC report criticized the heavy militarization in the North and called for demilitarization of civilian functions, the Government of Sri Lanka has taken no tangible steps towards this goal. Continued military presence on private lands in the North is preventing the resettlement of internally displaced persons who desire a return to peaceful life. Additionally, security forces reportedly attacked Jaffna University students during a non-violent demonstration and submitted four students to involuntary rehabilitation. Such repression violates Sri Lankans’ right to peaceful expression.We are particularly concerned about the recent impeachment of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake. Ms. Bandaranayake pursued judicial independence by issuing court rulings that fell afoul of Colombo’s political elite. As your Department noted in a recent statement, this move by President Rajapaksa and his supporters in Parliament threatens the rule of law and the separation of powers, which are the cornerstones of a healthy democracy.The Government of Sri Lanka has also continued to harass, intimidate, and even imprison journalists and activists that bravely express dissenting views or report on sensitive topics. As a recent Human Rights Watch report states, “The government’s campaign of harassment and intimidation of the media, plus the failure to investigate seriously abuses against journalists, has led to widespread self-censorship and caused many journalists to flee the country.” A truly free press is a prerequisite for holding the Government of Sri Lanka accountable for the implementation of the LLRC. We are concerned that the Government of Sri Lanka will continue to repress dissent unless the international community takes action.In our November 2011 letter to you, we called for an independent investigation if the Government of Sri Lanka “failed to take credible steps to investigate and hold perpetrators accountable for the array of allegations documented in the UN Panel of Experts report.” We urge the State Department to pursue a resolution at the upcoming UNHRC session that would highlight the Sri Lankan government’s failure to implement the LLRC recommendations and decide to stand up an independent international commission of inquiry.Accountability is a necessary precursor to reconciliation and a stable democracy in Sri Lanka. It is clear to us that the LLRC process is mired in bias and delays, and only an independent, international investigation will achieve real accountability. Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your timely response.Sincerely,Robert P. Casey, Jr. Patrick LeahyUnited States Senator United States Senator read more

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UN envoy tells Arafat words not enough to end terror calls attacks

“In the meeting tonight, I welcomed the statement of Chairman Arafat condemning the practice of suicide bombing, but I told him once again that words are not enough,” Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the press in Ramallah. “I believe that only concerted efforts within Palestinian society turn back the tide of these attacks.” “There is only one word for these wanton and indiscriminate attacks against men, women and children – that is murder,” said Mr. Roed-Larsen. He added that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had consistently reiterated his deep and personal disgust at attacks on Israeli civilians, condemning them as both morally repugnant and violating international law. The UN envoy also pointed to the fact that Palestinian and other Arab voices were starting to say that the real and legitimate aspirations of Palestinians were being held hostage to these inhumane acts.Mr. Roed-Larsen emphasized that he acknowledged the suffering of the Palestinian people. “The economic crisis in the West Bank and Gaza is acute and worsening,” he said. “That suffering, though, will not be helped by suicide bombings.” He stressed that the ultimate way to end to this violence must be a credible peace process leading to the establishment of a viable Palestinian state and permanent security for Israel. read more

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Cyprus talks to review progress SecretaryGeneral says

Asked by reporters about the scheduled meetings with His Excellency Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot, and His Excellency Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Annan voiced hope that both would discuss honestly what efforts have been made to secure progress in the talks.”When I met with them in May, there were indications that we should be able to make progress by the end of the year,” he said. “The end of the year is around the corner, so I want to review with them how we get there.” read more

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Tokelau Annan says he respects peoples decision to keep current status

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that he respected the decision of the people of Tokelau, who voted in a recent poll to remain a Non-Self-Governing Territory administered by New Zealand.“It is important that the 1,500 citizens of the tiny South Pacific Territory have had this opportunity,” said Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, noting that a UN monitoring team had concluded that “the referendum was credible and reflected the will of the people.”Mr. Annan commended the New Zealand Government and the Special Committee on Decolonization for making the referendum possible, Mr. Dujarric said.“The United Nations will continue working to ensure that the people of all remaining Non-Self-Governing Territories have such opportunities to exercise their right to self-determination,” the spokesman added. Polls were open from Saturday to Wednesday to allow all eligible voters from the tiny atolls that make up Tokelau to take part in the landmark election.Last year, the Territory’s main representative body decided to move towards “self-government in free association with New Zealand” but this vote went against that recommendation.There are currently 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories left on the UN’s decolonization list, while there were 72 such territories when the world body was established in 1945. The last Non-Self-Governing Territory that exercised the right to self-determination was East Timor, now known as Timor-Leste, which gained independence in 2002. read more

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US home construction jumps 157 per cent in July to 109 million

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2014 6:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home construction jumps 15.7 per cent in July to 1.09 million rate, fastest pace in 8 months WASHINGTON – U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.Construction increased 15.7 per cent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. That was the fastest pace since November and followed declines of 4 per cent in June and 7.4 per cent in May.Applications for building permits, considered a good sign of future activity, also showed strength in July, advancing 8.1 per cent to an annual rate of 1.05 million, after declines of 3.1 per cent in June and 5.1 per cent in May.The July rebound reflected strength in single-family home construction, which rose 8.3 per cent, and in apartment construction, which was up 33 per cent.The strength in July was led by a 44 per cent rise in construction starts in the Northeast. Housing construction was up 29 per cent in the South, recovering from a 26.8 per cent plunge the month before blamed in part on heavy rains in that part of the country. Sales rose 18.6 per cent in the West but fell 24.8 per cent in the Midwest.Economists noted that the July performance was much better than expected, and June was revised significantly higher, both good signs for the future.Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said solid job growth and a recent decline in mortgage rates were helping boost construction. But he said weak wage growth and tight lending standards were still depressing activity, especially among first-time buyers.A report Monday indicated homebuilders are feeling more confident about their sales prospects, a hopeful sign that home construction and sales of newly built homes could pick up after stalling in recent months.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose in August to 55, up two points from a revised 53 for July. That is the third straight monthly increase and put the index at its highest reading since January, when it was 56. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Builders’ views of current sales conditions for single-family homes, their outlook for sales over the next six months and traffic by prospective buyers all increased in August, brightening the outlook.Sales of new homes are running behind last year’s pace. They fell 8.1 per cent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000.A mix of rising home prices, higher mortgage rates and weak wage growth have made it more difficult for potential buyers to buy a newly built home. These factors have particularly depressed demand by first-time buyers.But economists are still looking for a rebound, given the fact that the U.S. economy has been adding jobs at a healthy clip with gains topping 200,000 jobs for six straight months through July.Housing, while still a long way from the boom of the last decade, has been recovering over the past two years. Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the Home Builders. read more

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More People Are Running Fewer Are Playing Bar Sports

Running, jogging and triathlons are in. Football, paintball and horseback riding are out. So are sports that can be enjoyed with a beer — or three.That’s the quick take on the latest survey from the Sport & Fitness Industry Association, released Monday. The group — a partnership of six industry associations — fielded nearly 20,000 surveys in January and February, asking Americans (both individuals and households) about their physical activity last year. Overall activity was flat, a turnaround from declines in recent years.Individual sports and activities, though, showed bigger changes, some of them dramatic. The number of people who participated at least once in adventure racing or a traditional triathlon increased by more than 25 percent last year compared with the year before. Meanwhile, nonmotorized scooter-riding and non-inline roller skating experienced big declines.Even with such a big sample, year-by-year changes in individual sports may not mean much. I limited the analysis to activities with an estimate of at least 2 million participants last year, but that still means a change of 10 percent could be a difference of just a dozen or so respondents. And that’s when looking at total participants. The group also reports more regular participants, but that means an even smaller sample size. (Also, as I noted when writing about this survey in a recent piece, the survey is fielded only in English, which could skew results for activities that are unusually popular or unpopular among U.S. residents who are less comfortable speaking to strangers in English.)We get a more reliable picture when looking at five-year trends.Triathlon and adventure racing still top the gainers list. Kayaking, trail running and yoga are other solitary or noncompetitive endeavors increasing in popularity. Meanwhile, activities popular in bars or in other venues where beer often is sold — including pool, darts and bowling — are losing ground. So are all varieties of football — though touch football sustained the biggest percentage decline, suggesting concussion fears aren’t solely to blame.To sum up: We’re bowling alone — or together — less often, but running, paddling or posing more. read more

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Football Former Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn arrested on rape and

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State running back Bri’onte Dunn has been arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. The incident took place Aug. 20 around the 2800 block of Neil Avenue.According to a case document, a warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday shortly after the complaint was issued. His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday. No bond has been issued for Dunn.Dunn was dismissed from Ohio State’s football team in July 2016 and was later charged with domestic violence and assault. According to court documents, the charges of domestic violence were dismissed, but he was found guilty on charges of assault on Feb. 6, 2017. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 730 days of probation. The 180-day sentence was suspended and not served. read more

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One in three sick notes are for mental health problems alarming report

first_img“If anything, this new data may underestimate the scale of the problem,” he added. “Almost half of benefits claimants of Employment and Support Allowance in England are receiving payments as the result of mental and behavioural disorders.”The new system, introduced in 2010, was supposed to encourage GPs and employers to find ways to get employees back in to work, by finding adjustments to hours or duties, to ease pressures.But the figures show that in the vast majority of cases employees were simply signed off, with just one in 20 fit notes suggesting accomodations that could be made.The figures show that that Knowsley, in Merseyside, had the highest number of notes compared to its working age population, while Richmond in south west London had the lowest.Dr Steve Mowle, spokesperson for the Royal College of GPs, said the figures might reflect changing attitudes, and reduced stigma, with employees feeling more able to speak up about mental health conditions.“We know that working is beneficial for our patient’s long term physical and mental health and wellbeing, and we need a society-wide approach, including involvement from employers, to put measures in place to get people back into work, where possible, safely and appropriately,” he said.A spokesman for the Confederation of British Industry said: “The health and well-being of employees is a key priority for employers. Businesses have a duty of care to their employees that considers mental and physical health as well as safety. Most firms will usually have policies in place – especially if they are large businesses – to help support their staff.”A Government spokesman said: “We’re helping thousands of people to remain in, or get back into work after a period of ill-health.“We’re determined to go further, and these statistics will provide us with a better understanding of why people take sickness absence in different areas across the country.”“Supporting people with mental health conditions is a top priority, which is why we’ve commissioned two expert-led reviews and have invested a record £11.6bn into mental health services.” One in three “sick notes” handed out by GPs are now for mental health problems, amid soaring levels of anxiety across Britain, official figures show.The new data – from the first such investigation across the NHS – reveals that in total, more than 5 million people are being signed off work every year.Mental health and behavioural conditions were the most common reason by far, making up 31 per cent of cases, with a 14 per cent rise in notes relating to anxiety and stress in one year.The Royal College of Psychiatrists said the figures were “alarming,” urging employers to do more to help support staff struggling with common mental health problems such as depression.The head of the NHS said mental health was now “front and centre” of the health service agenda. Musculoskeletal conditions – such as bad backs – were the second most common reason given for issuing the notes, the NHS data shows.The report follows the introduction of a new “fit note” system by the Department of Work and Pensions.  It was intended to end a “sicknote culture” and get employees back to work quicker, by improving access to treatment and finding ways to ensure pressures were manageable.The notes have to be issued by GPs if an employee seeks more than seven days off work.But the new statistics show that one in five of those signed off for mental health problems was off for at least three months.The report, which cover notes issued over a 28 month period, show a sharp rise in the numbers going off sick with anxiety and stress-related conditions, with 573,000 cases in 2016/17, compared with 503,000 cases the previous year. Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said: “These figures explain why the NHS is now putting mental health front and centre, in what was recently independently described as ‘the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses’.He said funding for services had risen by £1.4bn in the last three years, with an extra 120,000 people getting treatment.“When it comes to mental health, what’s good for patients is also good for taxpayers, because untreated mental health problems directly affect work, unemployment and benefits,” Mr Stevens said.Dr Jed Boardman, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “These statistics are alarming.”He urged GPs and employers to do more to help those with mental health problems to get back to work, saying both needed to be far more active in coming up with suggestions to help struggling individuals.  center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Seagate travaillerait sur des disques durs de 60 To

first_imgSeagate travaillerait sur des disques durs de 60 ToIl faudra peut-être attendre une dizaine d’années pour voir les recherches du fabricant s’accomplir, mais Seagate travaillerait actuellement pour étendre la capacité de ses disques durs. L’un des principaux constructeurs de disques durs l’affirme: les limites du stockage des disques peuvent être repoussées, mais pas à très court terme. Pour se faire, il faut en fait agrandir la densité de stockage, l’élargissant de 5 à 10 To par pouce carré (2,54 cm par pouce). Or, Seagate dévoile déjà avoir atteint une densité de 1 To par pouce. Ce travail repose sur la technologie HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording) qui se démarque du PMR, enregistrement perpendiculaire classique des données. Cette méthode permettrait donc à des disques durs 3.5 pouces d’atteindre théoriquement les 60 To, alors qu’aujourd’hui le maximum est de 3 To.Très bientôt, la firme américaine espère commercialiser des disques durs de 6To (3.5 pouces) et 2To (2.5 pouces). Un premier pas vers l’avancée technologique sur laquelle planche Seagate depuis déjà dix ans. Le 21 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Permit Center to close temporarily in October

first_imgBattle Ground – The city of Battle Ground’s Engineering and Community Development offices, including the Permit Center, will be closed Oct. 23 -25, according a news release.While the offices are closed, staff will participate in a Washington State Lean Academy to look into ways to improve department processes. The Lean Academy was developed by Washington state government to help local governments be more efficient in their processes and deliver better services to citizens.The focus of the Lean Academy will be on the Community Development and Engineering Departments’ concurrent land-use and engineering review process. According to the news release, the process involves simultaneous review of both land-use entitlements and civil engineering and it is one of the most complex processes the department encounters.While Community Development and Engineering offices will be closed for the three-day Lean Academy, code compliance, and building and construction inspection requests and services will remain active and available, according to the news release.Code compliance requests can be made by using the city’s online Citizen Action Request at or by calling 360-342-5048. Building and construction inspection requests are available online at or by calling 360-342-5085. Building permits will not be issued during the closure nor will applications be received. For assistance with permitting prior to or after the three-day closure, please contact the Community Development Department at 360-342-5047 or at read more

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Portland developer DeMuro dies

first_imgArt DeMuro, a Portland developer and historic preservationist who served as consultant to the Fort Vancouver National Trust on its purchase of the historic Academy building, died Saturday after a battle with cancer.DeMuro and his firm, Portland-based Venerable Properties, served as consultants in the Fort Vancouver trust’s due diligence for the Academy purchase, said Mike True, the trust’s chief operations officer. While the due diligence work is nearly completed, Venerable Properties’ staff will continue to consult with the trust on a vision for the Academy’s future, True said.“Art gave specific instruction to his staff to please carry on this project,” True said. “That was one of his wishes.”True described DeMuro, who was 57, as “an incredibly inspirational guy, and one who had the true passion for historic preservation.”DeMuro began work on the Academy project in June, and his health problems were not known to the trust’s staff until very recently. “It was just an incredible shock to all of us,” said Elson Strahan, the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s president and chief executive officer.DeMuro came to Portland in 1991 with formal training as a history teacher and experience with a family real estate business in Phoenix, The Oregonian reported. Venerable, the company he founded, developed the former White Stag building near Portland’s Burnside Bridge into the University of Oregon’s Portland center, among other Portland projects.Earlier this year, DeMuro donated $2.8 million to the University of Oregon’s historic preservation program, The Oregonian reported.He also served for 10 years on the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty in burglary tied to murder case

first_imgA 23-year-old Vancouver man, who is linked with a local murder suspect, pleaded guilty Friday to burglarizing a Battle Ground home Sept. 24 and trafficking stolen property.Samuel A. Scory will be sentenced April 12 by Clark County Superior Court Judge Daniel Stahnke.Scory; Kirk M. Hernandez Sr., 42, who is also accused of murdering Matthew Clark on Oct. 1; and a third person were allegedly accomplices in the burglary. Guns stolen in the burglary were allegedly the cause of a dispute that prompted Clark’s murder, according to court documents.They stole numerous firearms, night vision goggles, a sheriff’s badge and other items from the home, the documents state.Mykel Bru, 25, of Vancouver was acquitted Feb. 14 of being the third accomplice in the burglary after a three-day trial before Judge Scott Collier.Scory was also accused of burglaries Sept. 19 in Vancouver and Oct. 16 in Camas. The Camas burglary made national newsbecause a quick-thinking 10-year-old girl, Paityn Mock, was inside the home at the time and called 911 while hiding in a kitchen pantry.Charges for those crimes were dropped in exchange for Scory’s guilty plea. He would have been put on trial for them, had he and the prosecution not reached a bargain.Scory pleaded guilty to trafficking a Taurus .357 revolver, a model of gun stolen in the Sept. 19 burglary.His attorney, George Marlton, said Scory made an “Alford” plea, which means he believes he is not guilty but acknowledges that the prosecution has evidence that could convict him in a trial and is pleading guilty to avoid a higher sentence.Paris Achen: 360-735-4551;; read more

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TCS says no IP infringement in Epic Systems case to appeal 940

first_imgUpdateIn a statement issued on Saturday, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) said the verdict on liability and damages in the Epic Systems case was “unexpected.” “The jury’s verdict on liability and damages was unexpected as the company believes they are unsupported by the evidence presented during the trial. The company did not misuse or derive any benefit from downloaded documents from Epic System’s user-web portal. TCS plans to defend its position vigorously in appeals to higher courts,” the statement said.Original storyTata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata America International Corporation (TAIC) have been ordered to pay $940 million compensation by a U.S. grand jury in a trade secret lawsuit. The case was filed against them for “brazenly stealing the trade secrets, confidential information, documents and data” belonging to an Epic Systems, an American healthcare software company, reports PTI.The compensation was awarded by the federal grand jury in the U.S. State of Wisconsin, who directed the two entities to pay $240 million to Epic Systems for “ripping off its software” and $700 million in “punitive damages.”In the lawsuit filed in October 2014, Epic Systems had accused TCS and Tata America International Corp of “brazenly stealing the trade secrets, confidential information, documents and data” belonging to the company.Epic Systems claimed it got to know through an informant that TCS  employees were “fraudulently accessing” its software beyond what the consulting contract (between TCS and Epic) envisaged, and used it to improve its own software. It further alleged that a TCS employee’s account in India and various locations in the U.S. was used to download 6,477 documents. TCS is India’s largest IT software services exporter by sales.Tata America International Corporation and its affiliated companies in the United States provide certain outsourcing services in information technology, infrastructure support, business process outsourcing and other support services to corporate customers in Europe, according to the company’s website.”In connection with the provision of such services, TAIC receives in the U.S. certain personally identifiable information about individual employees, consumers, and other end users of such customers in the European Union and Switzerland,” says the company’s profile.The Tata Group comprises over 100 independent operating companies operating in more than 100 countries. Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company and promoter of Tata companies.last_img read more

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Amber Rose slams trolls for calling her 5yearold son gay for liking

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend shared a video of five-year-old Sebastian reacting to concert tickets sent to him by Delicate singer Taylor.When the adorable kid opens the box the star sent to him, he reacts by saying: ‘Oh my god, she sent me a letter! Taylor sent me these!’However Amber, who is openly bisexual, quickly attracted (completely unwarranted) criticism for the post.‘This is also why our society is so f**ked up’Later posting an Instagram story, Amber said: ‘Shout out out to all the hyper masculine men and ignorant dumb asswomen [sic] that will call a five-year-old gay for liking Taylor Swift.’She furthermore added: ‘This is why young kids kill themselves. And this is also why our society is so f**ked up. Liking a certain type of music will not make you “pick” your sexuality you dumb f**k.’ Amber Rose | Photo: Instagram/amberrose Referring to Sebastian’s dad, Amber’s ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, the model continued: ‘We allow him to be himself. he can listen to whatever music he likes, he can like whatever cold he wants and we let him be passionate about whatever his little heart desires.‘We don’t make our son live by society norms’She also said ‘We don’t make our son live by society norms that’s why he’s so special’ and ‘he also has more money in his bank account than any of you trolls could ever imagine Lol’.She furthermore added: ‘Let’s do better for the next generation people. Grow the f—k up and teach ur kids to love and not hate. P.S.S. Regardless if he’s gay or straight when he gets older he will be around the most amazing loving people that will support him no matter what.’She finally added: ‘P.S my son just got accepted into the most prestigious private school in Los Angeles because he’s smart as f*** and being creative as f*** like his parents.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Amber Rose has clapped back at online trolls who called her infant son gay for liking Taylor Swift. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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MEC Kaunda and mayor of UmvotiGreytown visit Msinga after horror crash

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Our condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mr Mxolisi Kaunda and the mayor of Umvoti/Greytown held a media briefing on the R33 at the scene of the minibus crash that claimed the lives of 14 people and left three seriously injured.Many media houses were on scene for this briefing.The MEC will also be visiting the families.Read initial story: Breaking News: Multiple fatalities in horror crash in Msinga areaUpdate: Update: Death toll rises in horror crash in Msinga arealast_img read more

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