October 13

Some DavidsTea shareholders express serious concerns over board nominees

first_imgMONTREAL – Some DavidsTea Inc. shareholders are pushing back against a turnaround plan and new board of directors proposed by a large shareholder group controlled by its co-founder, Herschel Segal.A joint letter to the tea chain’s board from Porchlight Equity Management LLC, TDM Asset Management PTY Ltd. and Edgepoint Wealth Management Inc. says they have “serious concerns” with Rainy Day Investments Ltd.’s proposal.RDI, which says it owns 46 per cent of the chain’s issued and outstanding shares, submitted a slate of director nominees for DavidsTea to consider, including Segal and Lorenzo Salvaggio, another former director.The shareholder group also says it no longer plans to propose an offer to buy out minority shareholders, but believes its proposed board can turn around the struggling retailer.The letter says Segal should not be allowed to reconstitute the board with handpicked nominees without consulting the board or other shareholders.It claims several of Segal’s nominees do not appear to have appropriate qualifications for the job and questions the independence of the proposed slate.The letter also highlights the scarcity of detail around RDI’s turnaround plan.“We are not prepared to simply accept RDI’s nominees and believe that there are a sufficient number of other shareholders that would hold similar views,” reads the letter dated March 28.The group calls on RDI to work with DavidsTea and other significant shareholders to agree on the board nominees, and asks the retailer to communicate their concerns to RDI and offer to start a collaborative process.“This approach will save (DavidsTea) and all other parties from unnecessary expense and disruption.”The company’s annual meeting of shareholders will take place on June 14.last_img read more

October 13

Legislative Services Director to talk about upcoming election at Thursdays Chamber luncheon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Janet Prestley, the City of Fort St. John`s Legislative Services Director, will be making a keynote address to the Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week.The Chamber`s executive director Lilia Hansen said that Prestley will be speaking to attendees and giving out information for prospective nominees, as well as who is eligible to vote in the election taking place this fall. Mayor Lori Ackerman was originally scheduled to deliver the keynote address at this month`s Chamber luncheon but had to back out for personal reasons.The Chamber luncheon is taking place on Thursday at the Pomeroy Hotel starting at 11:45 a.m.last_img
October 7

For the 2nd time in two days careless smoking is to

Two fires in two days in Hamilton’s East end were caused by careless smoking. The Hamilton Fire Department says a woman on the 6th floor of 221 Melvin Avenue noticed her couch was on fire around 5 o’clock this morning. She moved it to the balcony but the wind blew the smoke back into the building throughout the floors. Firefighters were able to extinguish the couch before the fire spread. Nearly 100 people from the apartment building were asked to leave the building and they stood in the cold for 45 minutes. A few people, mainly seniors, were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.  Kate Carnegie will have a full report on fire safety tonight on the Evening News at 6. read more

October 7

Canopy Growth executive compensation surges following cannabis legalization

SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. executives have struck it rich as their total compensation surged to $28.5 million last year including the first months since cannabis was legalized in October.Nearly 90 per cent of the payout to the six top officials was in the form of option-based awards, the Smiths Falls, Ont., company said in a regulatory filing.Bruce Linton, who was ousted as co-CEO earlier this year, received $9.33 million in the fiscal year ended March 31, up from $2.52 million a year earlier. It included $8.56 million in option-based awards, a $450,000 bonus, $318,000 salary and $3,568 in other compensation.Linton also received a $1.5-million payout after being terminated without cause as of July 2.CEO Mark Zekulin, who was previously president and co-CEO, received $5.96 million in compensation last year, including $5.2 million in options, a $500,000 salary and a $250,000 bonus. That was up from almost $2.5 million in fiscal 2018.The other executives each received between $2.4 million and $5.93 million. Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)The Canadian Press read more

October 3

Glam shot gets ugly Mnuchin wife touts style slams critic

FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, file photo, then Treasury Secretary-designate Stephen Mnuchin and his then-fiancee, Louise Linton, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, for the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Linton offered a condescending response to a social media critic on Aug. 21, 2017, telling a mother of three that that she was “adorably out of touch.” Mnuchin and Linton were married in June. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File) by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 6:58 am MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Glam shot gets ugly: Mnuchin wife touts style, slams critic WASHINGTON – It was a glam shot that got ugly.The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dove headlong into a social media skirmish this week, blasting a critic of her Instagram post highlighting her high fashion choices. Calling the commenter “adorably out of touch,” Louise Linton suggested she and Mnuchin contributed more to the U.S. economy and paid more in taxes than did her critic.After a day of mounting criticism, the Scottish actress issued an apology Tuesday. But she had already assumed a starring role in the continuing story of the Trump administration’s enormous wealth.“I think spouses of political appointees are usually not fair game for critics, but with Trump, tensions are heightened,” said Republican political consultant Alex Conant.The drama began Monday when Linton posted a photo of herself getting off a government plane in Kentucky with Mnuchin. In her post, Linton mentioned several designer labels for her white ensemble, including Tom Ford and Valentino.Commenter Jenni Miller responded from Oregon: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”Linton shot back, defending herself and Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund investor.“Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours,” Linton wrote. She went on to call Miller’s response “passive aggressive” and “nasty” before ending her retort with a suggestion that Miller “go chill out and watch the new game of thrones.”Miller told CNN she found Linton’s original post “incredibly offensive,” saying Linton went to a state with high poverty and “chose to brag about her outlandishly expensive clothes. It’s more than tone-deaf, it’s deplorable.”In her apology, Linton said: “I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”Norm Eisen, President Barack Obama’s chief ethics attorney, called Linton a “Marie Antoinette for our age.” In an email, he added that in the Bush or Obama administrations, a spouse of an official who replied that way and the official “would have been counselled.”The White House referred questions about Linton to the Treasury Department, which said Mnuchin and Linton are reimbursing the government for Linton’s travel and that Linton received no compensation from the fashion labels mentioned in her post.Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff for former first lady Laura Bush, said people in high-level government jobs and their spouses must be careful about their public statements.“Fairly or unfairly, you are held to a higher standard on how to respond and what kind of dialogue you should engage in,” she said. “Don’t take the bait.”In a Cabinet with plenty of wealth, Mnuchin is among the richest members. He worked for Goldman Sachs for nearly two decades and later founding a successful hedge fund. He also ran a company that invested in Hollywood movies including such blockbuster hits as Avatar. He married Linton, who has had small roles in television shows and movies, in a lavish Washington wedding in June. Trump attended the wedding and Vice-President Mike Pence officiated.Before the wedding, Linton gave an interview to “Town and Country” magazine to talk about her jewelry, a lavish collection of diamonds and pearls.Like the businessman president, Trump’s team is packed with high rollers, including Education Secretary Betsy Devos, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, both senior advisers.This isn’t the first time their wealth has drawn attention. The president has chosen his lavish Florida vacation home as a place to host foreign dignitaries. During the transition, Ivanka Trump displayed a high-end bracelet on “60 Minutes.” The Washington hangout of choice for staffers and hangers-on is the opulent Trump International Hotel.Still, Trump has always promoted his image as a wealthy mogul, unlike politicians who have tried to downplay their riches. Said Conant: “It has always been part of Trump’s brand and it’s extended to his cabinet.”Mnuchin was visiting Kentucky on Monday for an appearance with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a tour of Fort Knox. Treasury secretaries typically travel on commercial flights for domestic trips. The department did not answer questions about why the couple was using a government plane.It’s not the first time Linton has raised eyebrows. Last year she apologized after being criticized for a self-published memoir of a year she spent in Africa as a teen, and withdrew the book. Critics deemed the book inaccurate in its depiction of life on the continent. An excerpt was published online by The Telegraph, but taken down by the British newspaper “in light of the concerns raised by readers.” read more

October 2

Unanimously approved Security Council resolution demands aid access in Syria

Ambassadors Gary Francis Quinlan (Australia), Prince Zeid Raad Zeid Al-Hussein (Jordan) and Sylvie Lucas (Luxembourg) brief reporters. Credit: UNTVThe Council has asked that Mr. Ban submit a report to the members every 30 days from today specifying progress made towards the resolution’s implementation. Today’s text builds on the Presidential Statement adopted four months ago, which stressed the need for immediate action to protect civilians and give access to people in need.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said she hopes the passing of the resolution will facilitate delivery of aid. In a statement after the adoption, she underscored the importance of protecting ordinary people who have been bearing the brunt of the violence, particularly children. Earlier this month, Ms. Amos noted that despite modest progress on the humanitarian front, the UN and partners have not been able to reach the most vulnerable people in the country. She underscored her plea to Council members to do everything they can to use their influence over the parties to this appalling conflict, to ensure that they abide by humanitarian pauses and ceasefires, give humanitarian actors sustained and regular access, commit, in writing, to upholding international humanitarian law, allow systematic cross-line access, and prevent UN relief teams from being shot at while delivering aid to people in need.Well over 100,000 people have been killed and an estimated 9 million others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various groups seeking his ouster nearly three years ago. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are currently more than 2.4 million refugees registered in the region: some 932,000 in Lebanon; 574,000 in Jordan; some 613,000 in Turkey; 223,000 in Iraq; and about 134,000 in Egypt.In today’s resolution, the Council emphasized that the humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate in the absence of a political solution and expressed support for the UN-sponsored direct talks between Government and opposition representatives.At the end of the second round of talks last week, Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative, expressed regret that only modest cooperation between the sides was reached on humanitarian effort. Mr. Brahimi, who is scheduled to be at the UN Headquarters next week, said the parties had agreed that a new round of talks would focus on violence and terrorism, a transitional governing body, national institutions and national reconciliation. .Through Resolution 2139 (2014), the Council demanded “that all parties, in particular the Syrian authorities, promptly allow rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access for UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners, including across conflict lines and across borders”.The 15-member Council also called for an immediate end to all forms of violence in the country and strongly condemned the rise of Al Qaida-affiliated terror. Members insisted that all parties cease attacking civilians, including through the indiscriminate use of weapons in populated areas, such as shelling and aerial bombardment with barrel bombs, whose use has been condemned by senior UN officials. Mr. Ban, who participated in the rare Saturday meeting, welcomed the resolution but added that it “should not have been necessary” as humanitarian assistance is not something to be negotiated but allowed by virtue of international law. He expressed profound shock that both sides are besieging civilians as a tactic of war, and noted that reports of human rights violations continue, including massacres, as well as sexual and gender-based violence against children.In the resolution, the Council strongly condemned the widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the Syrian authorities, and urged all parties involved in the conflict to lift sieges of populated areas, including in Aleppo, Damascus and Rural Damascus, and Homs.They also underscored the importance of medical neutrality and demanded the demilitarization of medical facilities, schools and other civilian facilities.After the Security Council meeting, the authors of the adopted text, Ambassador Gary Quinlan from Australia, Luxembourgs Sylvie Lucas, and Prince Zeid Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, Permanent Representative of Jordan, highlighted the Council’s commitment to take further steps in case of non-compliance with the resolution. read more

October 2

Eritrea UNmandated inquiry finds very clear patterns of human rights abuses

“Most Eritreans have no hope for their future,” said Mike Smith, Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, which despite not being granted permission to visit Eritrea, collected testimony from more than 500 members of the Eritrean diaspora. Presenting the Commission’s interim report, Council, Mr. Smith said that in Eritrea national service is universal and of an indefinite duration. From the age of 17, Eritreans could expect to spend their lives in national service, struggling to live on less than two dollars a day. Meanwhile, the Government has curtailed basic freedoms to the extent that, “individuals feel that they have hardly any choice with regard to the main decisions in their lives: where to live, what career to pursue, when to marry or who to worship,” he noted in a news release on the report. For Eritreans, Mr. Smith said, “detention is an ordinary fact of life, experienced by an inordinate number of individuals – men and women, old and young, including children.” Detention centres range from official to the unofficial, located above ground or underground. Some have metal containers where prisoners are kept in extreme heat. “Once in one of them, there is a likelihood that you will be subject to torture to extract a confession or to simply punish behaviours,” he added. Torture is widespread, both in detention and during national service. Some Eritreans interviewed by the Commission had been beaten or tortured simply for asking for medicine, or for drinking water without permission. Mr. Smith pointed out that these violations take place against a backdrop of the so-called “no war, no peace” situation related to Eritrea’s unresolved border issues with neighbouring countries.“This has become the pretext for almost all the State’s actions that generate and perpetuate human rights violations in the country,” he said. “It is an expression abusively used by the Eritrean authorities to disregard international human rights law.”Under this pretext, the entire society has been militarised, the Constitution has never been implemented and there is no rule of law, according to the news release, which added that no one was being held accountable for human rights violations. The Commission of Inquiry, established by the Human Rights Council, is examining a broad range of alleged violations since Eritrea gained independence. It will present a written report of its findings to the Council in June 2015. read more

October 2

Ohio States LaQuinton Ross professional future unclear after conflicting reports

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) skies for a shot during a game against Dayton March 20 at First Niagara Center. OSU lost, 60-59.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorAll season long, Ohio State men’s basketball struggled with scoring.In 19 of the Buckeyes’ 35 games this season, they scored less than 70 points, going 11-8 in those matchups en route to finishing the season 25-10.The team has already lost three players for next season — senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., as well as sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, who is heading back to Europe — and now might be without its leading scorer.According to a report Monday by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, junior forward LaQuinton Ross has decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.Ross, however, took to Twitter to dispel any rumors that he is in fact leaving Columbus after leading the Buckeyes with 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14.“To all the people tweeting me I haven’t said anything so guys are wasting your time!! I didn’t make a decision!” a tweet posted at 3:24 p.m. from Ross’ personal account, @qross2011, read.An OSU athletic spokesman did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Monday afternoon.The report comes two days after sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle announced via Twitter he was leaving OSU to pursue a professional career in Europe.Ross’ departure would leave the Buckeyes with 10 scholarship players on roster for next season, even with the addition of the four players already signed for the 2014-15 season. Among those are guard D’Angelo Russell, center David Bell and forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate.Without Ross, OSU coach Thad Matta would have three scholarships to work with to try bolstering the roster, as NCAA rules allow college programs to have 13 players on scholarship each season.Following OSU’s 60-59 loss to Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Thursday, Ross said he would decide on his future “in the next couple of weeks.”“Just basically how I feel, get insight of where I could go (in the NBA Draft),” Ross said Thursday after the loss to the Flyers about the factors that would play into his decision. “What we would have next year, sit down with my coaches and my family. Taking that advice in.”After losing to Kentucky 62-60 in the Sweet Sixteen as the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed in 2011, former Buckeye stars Jared Sullinger and William Buford elected to come back to OSU for another year — Sullinger’s sophomore year and Buford’s senior year. But after the loss to Dayton, Ross said he doesn’t know if he’d do the same.“I don’t know man. They knew what they was coming back to. They had a great system, a great system for them,” Ross said. “That year that Will came back they brought in our class and they knew they were going to have players around them.”Ross is projected as the 18th pick of the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com. The draft is set for June 26.On his final call-in show of the season Monday with 97.1 The Fan, Matta said he spoke with Ross that afternoon, and then would do the same in the evening to discuss his future. After seeing his team bow out to Dayton in the second round Thursday, Matta said he “always wants what’s best for our guys.”“If it’s right, I’ll be the first to tell him to go,” Matta said. “He’s got to sit down and look at it. I think he’s capable of coming back here and having a great senior year if he wants to do that.”Ross did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Monday. read more

September 25

Fantasist who murdered Sadie Hartley in love triangle obsession faked her own

first_imgThe farm owner, Cllr Mike Cheers, told the Telegraph: “It just shows you can’t trust anyone. The police have been really good with us at the farm. I will be glad when it’s all over.”The murder diary was found hidden in a tree on his land. She then visited his wife, Janet, at their home in May 2012 and told her about the affair. Two weeks later, she sent a letter detailing their relationship to her and pretended she was pregnant and even sent a fake scan picture.Williams went to his home and would “stare” at the house from her car. After months of harassment, his wife reported Williams to the police.But for the police warning her against harassment, his wife could have faced a similar fate to Ms Hartley.Mr Sitiwatjana told The Telegraph: “I made a mistake going with Sarah. I just want to forget it and put it all behind me.”Friends of Williams described her as a “bunny boiler” and she spoke of herself as a “psycho” and a “she-devil”.It was during this time that she met Mr Johnston. He claimed he was single at the time, having split from Ms Hartley.He and Williams had exchanged flirtatious text messages and she arrived at his house in a short skirt and red high heels. Their relationship quickly became sexual.Mr Johnston ended the relationship after a few months when she became “heavy and clingy” and “obsessive”, before rekindling his relationship with his long-term partner Ms Hartley.But, in September 2014, jealous Williams sent Ms Hartley a letter claiming they had been having an affair for more than a year behind her back and having “fantastic sex”. Letter sent by Sarah Williams to Sadie Hartley The 500,000-volt stun gun was found buried in a field Katrina Walsh and Sarah Williams A murderer described as a “bunny boiler”, who spent years taking revenge on the married lovers who spurned her, even faked her own kidnap and sex attack to cover up an illicit encounter, according to friends.Lifelong fantasist Sarah Williams has been jailed for life for killing her love rival businesswoman Sadie Hartley by attacking her with a 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbing her more than 40 times on the doorstep of her home in Helmshore, Lancashire,  on January 14. The alleged kidnapping of Sarah Williams when she was 13 was reported in the Daily Telegraph in January 1995Credit:Daily Telegraph Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley on holiday in Ecuador in 2013Credit:Lancashire Police  Police forensics officers at the scene of Sadie Hartley's murder Walsh describes in her diary how they had “murder practice”, where she would open the door and Williams would pretend to attack her with the stun gun.She wrote of Williams standing behind her with the knife pretending to slash her throat. The pair celebrated their plans by going on holiday to France with Mr Hardwick for Christmas.On their return, they carried out a “dry run” by delivering flowers to Ms Hartley’s home to make sure they had got the right house and knowing she was home alone because Mr Johnston was abroad skiing.Ms Hartley texted him saying it was “worrying” to receive the anonymous flowers late at night. Sadie Hartley, a keen horse rider, was murdered at her home in Lancashire Williams had a reputation for being unable to handle rejection after she repeatedly targeted former lovers and their wives.Just months before striking up a relationship with Johnston, Williams’ behaviour with another ski instructor mirrored what was to come.Between June 2011 and April 2012, Williams had an affair with married martial arts instructor Somapat Sitiwatjana, 47, known as Master A.When he ended their affair, Master A – who runs a gym in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – was targeted by Williams.She let down the tyres on his Mercedes Benz and attempted to get her co-accused, Walsh, to put foam in his exhaust pipe. Katrina Walsh, left, and Sarah Williams, right, who killed Sadie Hartley Sarah Williams recruited her friend Katrina Walsh (pictured) to help plot the murder She was a total fantasist. She was seeing a married guy. I think Sarah concocted the abduction hoax to explain her disappearance over a weekend with himPhil Jones Letter sent by Sarah Williams to Sadie HartleyCredit:Lancashire Police The 500,000-volt stun gun was found buried in a fieldCredit:Lancashire Police Those who knew Williams claimed she was making it up and described her as a “fantasist”. They said the kidnap was a work of fiction to hide the fact she had disappeared with a married man.Phil Jones, the owner of Wirral Riding Centre, said she made up the claims after she left the stables.”Her false claims were the talk of the Wirral when it happened,” he said. “She was a total fantasist. She was seeing a married guy.”They used to disappear into a horse box together. I think Sarah concocted the abduction hoax to explain her disappearance over a weekend with him.”Cheshire Police refused to comment on the claims, but Shelley Williams, Cheshire Police press officer, added: “No one was arrested or convicted. If anyone came forward with new information we would look into it.”Williams continued to ride at the equestrian centre along with her accomplice, Walsh.It was at the centre as a teenager she met her  “sugar daddy”, married businessman David Hardwick, a man three times her age, whom she dated until her arrest.The pair would have weekends away in a mobile horse box, nicknamed the ‘purple passion wagon’, with Walsh and her ex-husband Kevin.Mr Hardwick took her on 12 holidays a year, bought her homes and paid more than a £1,000 a month into her bank account.Despite this, she had three affairs behind his back in the run up to Ms Hartley’s death – all with ski instructors at the Chill Factore in Manchester, where she worked. Mr Johnston denies this and says Ms Hartley believed him and, following the letter, they decided to move in together. It was at this point that Williams recruited her friend Walsh, a riding instructor, to help plot the murder.A diary kept by 56-year-old Walsh, who was addicted to Channel 4 series Hunted, detailed their plans in entries that began in August 2014.One of the first entries read: “Had a long discussion on how to break up Ian from his sugar mummy. Sarah came round so got caught up in endless murder plots for Ian’s other half.””Another said: “We are seriously talking about getting rid of her opponent. I agree is a good play..she does seem to be a totally evil bitch.”As the months progressed, she wrote about “the excitement of plotting the perfect murder”. Initially, the pair plotted a drive-by shooting on a motorbike covered in an Isil flag. It then changed to buying a cattle prod and a knife.The pair even tried to enlist Walsh’s ex-husband Kevin as a hitman believing he could use his archery skills, which he had gained from Viking re-enactments, to kill Ms Hartley.Williams asked him to meet her as she had a job suiting his “particular key skill” but he refused believing it was “dodgy”.Later Walsh wrote: “Wow, I may get to be instrumental in helping remove this awful woman. This may happen. Wow. Am unexpectedly excited by it.”The prosecutor likened the elaborate plot to “the stuff of spy novels” as he detailed how the two women bought a tracking device which they secretly attached to Mr Johnston’s car to find out where their victim had moved to.  Walsh and Williams pictured on a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun that was used to kill Sadie HartleyCredit:Lancashire Police Sarah Williams recruited her friend Katrina Walsh (pictured) to help plot the murder It was the second time the pair had taken revenge on one of Williams’ married ex-lovers. Their plots were more akin to a Hollywood blockbuster than the streets of Lancashire.Williams’ attention seeking began as a child, when at the age of 13 the femme fatale sparked a nationwide manhunt after telling police she had been abducted as she cycled home from Wirral Riding Centre in Chester.She told detectives her kidnapper grabbed her as he pretended to fix his car near the stables in January 1995. A jury convicted horse enthusiasts Williams and her friend Katrina Walsh, both of Chester, of murdering mother of two Ms Hartley.The pair spent more than 18 months plotting the “perfect murder” after jealous Williams could not handle the break-up of her relationship with Ms Hartley’s partner, retired firefighter Ian Johnston. The police first turned their attention to Williams after asking Mr Johnston who would have had a grudge against Ms Hartley.A jury at Preston Crown Court have now convicted them of murder.Mr Justice Turner said the pair had played a “game of death” which led to the “savage butchery of a blameless woman”.”Sarah Williams, over a period of about eighteen months you plotted the murder of a woman whose only crime was to love the man you wanted for yourself, ” he said.”But let no one make the mistake of thinking that this was a crime of passion. It was a crime of obsession, of arrogance, of barbarity but, above all, it was a crime of pure evil.”You Walsh, are every bit as morally degenerate as Williams. No wonder you have been the best of friends over so many years.”They have both been jailed for life, Williams will serve a minimum term of 30 years and Walsh 25 years.He added: “Sadie Hartley died for your amusement. The contrast between her life affirming generosity of spirit and your vile, destructive, resentful and self-regarding hypocrisy could hardly be starker.”The meandering and over-elaborate planning served to heighten your pleasure by deliciously postponing your ultimate and inevitable gratification.”Doubtless, the features of secret agent-style intrigue carried with them elements of fantasy but this was no harmless world of make-believe it was a game of death.”I am in no doubt that her murder was planned and rehearsed down to the finest detail.”Williams’ father refused to comment on the case, adding: “I’ve no comment to make.” Walsh and Williams pictured on a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun that was used to kill Sadie Hartley Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley on holiday in Ecuador in 2013 Williams claimed the man locked her in the boot of a Vauxhall Cavalier and drove her to a house where she was told to cover her eyes as she was led up a path to a house and was allegedly subjected to a serious sexual assault.Then she said the attacker put her back in the boot of the car and dumped her in remote countryside 30 miles from her home, where a passing lorry driver took her to a service station on the M6.Her story of becoming victim to a kidnapper made many newspaper front pages, but despite a major investigation no one was ever caught. A week later, Williams drove to Ms Hartley’s home and attacked her in the head with the 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbed her more than 40 times on her doorstep.It was a day later that the victim was discovered when concerned work colleagues raised the alarm when she failed to attend a meeting.After the murder, Walsh buried the murder weapons at Collinge Farm livery stables in Backford, Cheshire, where she taught and kept her horse. They attached it to his car when Ms Hartley and her partner attended a Christmas party at the ski village. A chilling photo shows them smiling happily as Williams looks on from the background.She then visited the street five times in the five weeks leading up to the murder.Despite claiming his relationship with Williams was over, text messages retrieved from her phone show “sexts” between Mr Johnston and Williams from last December.He claims he was “in a bad place” as his mother was dying of cancer and she “took advantage” of him. After this, Williams pushed ahead with her plans.In the month before the murder, Walsh and Williams got a ferry to Germany to buy the stun gun. Walsh bought the 8″ knife from a local Tesco store and Williams purchased size 10 boots to put police off the scent. The alleged kidnapping of Sarah Williams when she was 13 was reported in the Daily Telegraph in January 1995 Sadie Hartley, a keen horse rider, was murdered at her home in LancashireCredit:Lancashire Constabulary Police forensics officers at the scene of Sadie Hartley’s murderCredit:Lancashire Police 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

September 22

France third team qualified for Poland 2016

France joined Denmark and Poland on their way to the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland. French team showed strength against Macedonia 35:24 (17:10) in Toulouse with Nikola Karabatic in the main role, who scored six goals, while Macedonian biggest star Kiril Lazarov ended match with 9.This was fourth win for the Claude Onesta guys. For the second place in the group will fight Macedonia and Czech Republich, who beat Switzerland 29:25.STANDINGS:France 8Czech Republic 5Macedonia 3Switzerland 0 ← Previous Story Bosnian captain Muhamed Toromanovic leaves NT camp without explanation! Next Story → VIDEO: Crazy finish in Niš – Serbs drop win over Iceland for 120 seconds! read more

September 20

Doodle JeanJacques Rousseau la rêverie dun romantique révolutionnaire

first_imgDoodle : Jean-Jacques Rousseau, la rêverie d’un romantique révolutionnaire Google a décidé de rendre hommage au célèbre philosophe Jean-Jacques Rousseau, à l’occasion de l’anniversaire des 300 ans de sa naissance. On peut voir sur la page d’accueil du moteur de recherche un Doodle représentant un homme se promenant seul, certainement en train de rêvasser.Un homme marche seul, au bord d’un lac en plein milieu d’une forêt. Cette image illustre la page d’accueil de Google ce 28 juin. Et lorsque l’on clique dessus, on tombe sur une page de recherche dédié au philosophe Jean-Jacques Rousseau. On comprend alors mieux la référence : Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire. Un ouvrage a la fois philosophique et autobiographique qui a été publié après la mort de son auteur, en 1778. En réalité, le Doodle de Google ne fête pas l’anniversaire de sa mort, mais les 300 ans de sa naissance. Deuxième fils d’un père horloger, Jean-Jacques Rousseau est né à Genève le 28 juin 1712. L’enfant ne connaîtra pas sa mère, décédé d’une fièvre puerpérale, neuf jour après sa naissance. Le garçon connaît une enfance tourmentée, puisque son père l’abandonne à l’âge de dix ans, pour fuir la justice. Jean-Jacques Rousseau est alors élevé par sa tante et son oncle. Ce dernier le place alors en apprentissage chez un greffier, puis chez un graveur. Ces apprentissages n’enchantent guère le jeune homme qui finit par fuir Genève en 1728. Après quelques jours d’errance, il se réfugie auprès du curé de Confignon, par nécessité alimentaire. C’est grâce à lui que Jean-Jacques Rousseau fait la connaissance de Françoise-Louise de Warens, celle qui deviendra sa tutrice et sa maîtresse.”Maman”, sa maîtresse  Dans les Confessions, Rousseau souhaite que leur rencontre, le 21 mars 1728, soit matérialisée par un balustre d’or. On peut trouver aujourd’hui à Annecy un buste du philosophe, entouré d’un balustre doré sur lequel est écrit “Un matin de Pâques fleuries, Rousseau rencontra ici Madame de Warens”. Après une formation en musique, il donne ses premières leçons en Suisse en novembre 1730. Il devient par la suite maître de musique auprès des jeunes filles de la bourgeoisie et de la noblesse chambériennes. Il restera néanmoins dans le giron de Mme de Warens qu’il appelle “maman”, bien qu’elle soit sa maîtresse. Il passe alors des années “idylliques et insouciantes”, écrit-il dans ses Confessions. C’est en 1738 qu’il écrit son premier livre, Le Verger de Madame la baronne de Warens, une poésie éditée en 1739. L’année suivant la publication, il finit par quitter le domaine de Mme de Warens. Le jeune homme se retrouve à Paris après un détour à Lyon et à Vienne. C’est là qu’il fait la connaissance de Denis Diderot, encore méconnu à cette époque. À Paris aussi, il rencontre Marie-Thérèse Le Vasseur en 1744, qu’il épousera civilement en 1768. Elle lui donnera cinq enfants, mais Jean-Jacques Rousseau les placera tous sans regret aux Enfants-Trouvés, l’assistance publique de l’époque. Il se justifiera plus tard par le manque de moyens. Il jonglait en effet entre les métiers de secrétaire et de précepteur à cette époque. Dans ses Confessions, il précise qu’il a fait ce choix principalement pour soustraire ses enfants à l’emprise néfaste de sa belle-famille.Début de la reconnaissance C’est en 1749 que son ami Diderot lui propose d’écrire un article sur la musique pour son projet de l’Encyclopédie. L’année suivante, il obtient le premier prix d’un concours de l’Académie de Dijon, grâce à son Discours sur les Sciences et les Arts. Deux ans plus tard, en 1752, l’auteur participe à nouveau au concours lancé par l’Académie de Dijon en écrivant son célèbre Discours sur l’origine et les fondement de l’inégalité parmi les hommes. Un texte dans lequel Jean-Jacques Rousseau appuie la thèse que l’homme est naturellement bon et dénonce l’injustice de la société. Un ouvrage qui sera très contesté par d’autres philosophes, notamment Voltaire. L’auteur travaille par la suite sur un roman, Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse, qui obtient un immense succès, puis sur des essais Émile ou de l’éducation et Du contrat social. Ces trois ouvrages paraissent en 1761-1762. À cette époque, Émile et le Contrat social sont interdits en France, aux Pays-bas, à Genève et à Berne. Le premier réfutant à la fois l’athéisme et l’intolérance du dogmatisme religieux. Le deuxième fait l’apologie d’une société reposant sur la souveraineté du peuple et l’égalité civique devant la loi. Le Contrat social est donc à l’origine de l’idéologie pré-révolutionnaire. Rousseau est en réalité l’un des rares philosophe à défendre la démocratie, les autres préférant la monarchie constitutionnelle.L’exil et la solitude Suite à ces interdiction, le philosophe est alors contraint à l’exil durant lequel il écrit Pygmalion et commence une suite à l’Émile : Émile et Sophie. Il fuit alors en Suisse puis en Prusse.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Après un passage en Angleterre, il commence à écrire son œuvre autobiographique en 1766. Il revient néanmoins en France l’année suivante. Il débutera son ouvrage Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire les deux dernières années de sa vie entre 1776 et 1778, mais l’œuvre restera inachevée. Il décède alors à Ermenonville, près de Paris à l’âge de 66 ans.Ses travaux ont influencé grandement l’esprit révolutionnaire français. La postérité retiendra surtout de lui ses travaux sur l’homme à l’état de nature, la société ainsi que sur l’éducation. Aujourd’hui, une édition de luxe de tous ses ouvrages a été édité, à l’occasion de l’anniversaire de ses 300 ans.Le 28 juin 2012 à 17:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 17

South Caicos poised for boom says Member of Parliament

first_img Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Mar 2015 – East Bay resort opens in a few weeks according to South Caicos member, Hon Norman Saunders and the airport redevelopment on that island is expected to begin in a few months. All revealed later in the day when Saunders took the floor in his contribution to the budget communication delivered on Monday by Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick. There was also an update on the island, as the Member shared that the dock is complete, a few jobs have been created and the islanders there await improvement on the Regatta Village including a new wall and covering for the basketball court so youngsters are not forced to play in scorching heat or pouring rain. On a national level, the once Chief Minister commended the Tourism sector for its growth, and applauded the return of the Investment Unit which he anticipates will support small and medium business development among Islanders, but said he is convinced the Turks and Caicos can greatly improve on its market share in the financial services sector and that a policy must be crafted to level the playing field when it comes to TC Islanders securing, especially commercial land. Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Related Items:boom, east bay resort, norman saunders, south caicos, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

September 15

Firefighters rescue guinea pig caught in house fire

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – A guinea pig was rescued, Wednesday, after the house it was in caught fire in Miramar.Firefighters saved the guinea pig and treated it with a mini oxygen mask.The family pet is expected to make a full recovery.Flames broke out at the home, near Southwest 35th Court and 63rd Avenue, Wednesday night.The homeowners made it out safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 6

40000 people register for Howdy Modi community summit in

first_imgHouston: Around 40,000 people have registered themselves for Indian-American community summit “Howdy, Modi!” here, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 22 during his visit to the US for the UN General Assembly session, organisers of the event said. “Howdy”, short for ‘How do you do?’ is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Attendance to the summit is free, but passes have to be obtained which is now open for public, said the host Texas India Forum, a Houston-based non-profit body, which expects around 50,000 people to attend the prime minister’s address to the Indian diaspora at the sprawling NRG football stadium in the US’ fourth most populous city. Houston, which has one of the largest concentration of over 5,00,000 Indian-American community in the US, is the energy capital of the world. Energy security is a priority area for the Prime Minister. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “I look forward to welcoming PM Modi to Houston, home to one of the biggest and most vibrant Indian communities in the US.” “This historic visit will strengthen the already robust bonds between Houston and India on trade, culture and tourism — all of which benefit every Houstonian.” Over 39,000 people have signed up in the first two weeks. There are more than 1,000 volunteers and 650 Welcome Partner organisations for the event, the Texas India Forum said. Advertise With Us According to convener of the organising committee Jugal Malani, before the prime minister’s address, the event, with the tagline ‘Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’, will include a cultural programme that puts a spotlight on Indian-American contributions to the United States. “We want the entire city of Houston to come enjoy the festivities and learn about Indian-Texan relations,” he said. This will be Modi’s third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the prime minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May. The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people. US Senator John Cornyn said, “On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Indian-Americans in Texas, and as co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, I welcome Prime Minister Modi to Houston.” “India continues to be a key security and economic partner of the United States, and I look forward to seeing that relationship strengthen with his visit to Texas,” he said. A number group of organisations from a wide spectrum of the Indian diaspora in the United States has mobilised support for the “Howdy, Modi!” event. Sanjay Ramabhadran, the president of the Texas Lyceum said, “The future of Texas is inextricably tied to global trade and strategic relations. As a Texas-wide leadership group focused on civil discourse on the important policy issues facing our state, we recognise that this visit will be a giant step in further strengthening Texas- India relations on numerous fronts.” According to WISERTrade, the US Census Bureau, and the Foreign Trade Division, in 2019 (year to date), India is Houston’s fourth largest trading partner just behind Brazil, China and Mexico.last_img read more

August 30

Man ruins nonromantic baseball marriage proposal by losing the ring

first_imgThere’s no marriage proposal that “gets it” less than the in-game public proposal at a sporting event. What a lucky lady. It’s every little girl’s dream to have one of the biggest moments of her life play out as she’s pressured into marriage on a jumbotron in front of 50,000 fans. How romantic. Where are you taking her if she says yes? For some ice cream in a batting helmet. Nice one, Romeo.The sporting event proposal is cringe worthy if it’s executed perfectly. Yesterday, some guy at the Yankees/Red Sox game went for it and completely butchered it.Watch the video of the special moment. The groom-to-be wore his finest Mariano Rivera jersey to pop the question. Unfortunately, Casanova drops the ring. A panic ensues as he and the fans around him frantically try to find it.The ring was eventually found, and amazingly she said yes.  Maybe she’ll surprise him by serving him with divorce papers during the seventh inning stretch against the Orioles a couple of years from now.Because every proposal story includes searching for the ring: https://t.co/KvxY6WwLEU pic.twitter.com/MLGo5XiATv— MLB (@MLB) September 28, 2016last_img read more

August 27

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August 18

Zimbabwe nurse protesters return to their jobs

first_img Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – Eight nurses arrested on allegations of inciting violent protests against the firing of a popular Canadian doctor from a church mission hospital have been allowed to return to their posts, Zimbabwe court officials said Thursday.Officials said the nurses and 12 other villagers accused of staging the protests at the Salvation Army Howard Hospital, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Harare, are to reappear in a provincial court on Sept. 24 on charges carrying a penalty of imprisonment or a fine. His work at the hospital and his far reaching programs to treat AIDS sufferers in the impoverished Chiweshe district, where the hospital serves a community of 270,000 people, have won accolades from medical professionals in Zimbabwe and worldwide.The well-loved physician was carried shoulder high by villagers during the dispute at the mission over his future. Community elders said they wanted him to stay.Since then, there has been an outpouring of public anger at his dismissal.One of Thistle’s patients reported in a letter to the media last week she was turned away by a main Harare hospital after being told she only had months to live without costly surgery she could not afford.Thistle operated for a minor fee and she was now “up and about, with the problem rectified.”“Salvation Army officials must swallow humble pie and consider the will of the people,” she wrote.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters at the hospital on Aug. 17 demanding the reinstatement of Canadian Dr. Paul Thistle, fired by the Salvation Army for criticizing local church leaders.The nurses had been barred at an earlier bail hearing from returning to the mission.Thistle, from Scarborough in Canada, was given until Sept. 1 to leave Zimbabwe by the Salvation Army but has refused to go.He said Thursday he has not been contacted by state immigration authorities or police to deport him. He dismissed reports he has been holed up in the Canadian embassy in Harare.The Salvation Army has no authority to expel him from the country, he said. Some of those criticizing him likely meant to imply he was a fugitive with political ties, he said.Thistle told The Associated Press he is staying with his Zimbabwean family in Harare and hopes to remain at liberty in the country at least until after the charges against the nurses and his supporters are heard and the crisis facing the hospital eases.Colleagues said Thistle, who served at the hospital for 17 years, had recent disagreements with superiors over hospital development projects and funding, much of it raised by him and Canadian counterparts in the Salvation Army. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

August 17

South Africa to investigate allegations of accommodation pricefixing

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X South Africa will be investigating claims that hotels have been artificially inflating prices during the World Cup, as allegations of price-fixing begin to pile up.This latest news couldn’t come at a worse time, as airlines are already facing charges of collusion during the FIFA 2010 World Cup, but the tourism minister has urged travellers not to jump to conclusions.Urging travellers to realise that prices will naturally lift in peak periods, and that June and July are South Africa’s high season, Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, South African Minister of Tourism says that the price increases could be natural.“In recent weeks we have noted allegations that accommodation establishments in the tourism industry are not responsible, and are inflating prices excessively,” said Minister Van Schalkwyk. “Until now our impression has been that this is not the case, but we believe it should be investigated and the results of the investigation made public. “I therefore believe that as a responsible government we should conduct an independent and scientifically sound survey to avoid a case where perceptions are created based on anecdotes.”He admits that there will “always be establishments” that will take chances with higher prices. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2082b/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=132&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a238f441″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

August 11

The writer went on to say the most important facto

first_imgThe writer went on to say the most important factor for the Cardinals in 2017 will be their defense, which was dominant at times in 2016 but wore down over the course of the season.Arizona finished second in yards allowed while leading the league in sacks and tying for fourth in takeaways, but the 22.6 points per game they surrendered placed them 14th.With that in mind, King believes the team’s best chance for success in 2017 is to rely on the defense while once again riding running back David Johnson, who in 2016 tallied 2,118 scrimmage yards with 20 total touchdowns.As for a prediction in 10 words or less, King offered:This team has a last-gasp feel to me. Opinions of the Arizona Cardinals are mixed, and with good reason.Two years ago they won 13 games and reached the NFC Championship Game, and after returning basically the entire team posted a 7-8-1 record and missed the playoffs.This past offseason saw them lose a handful of key players, but between free agency and the draft it appears as though they may not take a significant step back because of it.So, as they head into the 2017 season, what kind of team will they be? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals NFL football head coach Bruce Arians signals his players during a voluntary team workout, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   That’s the question The MMQB’s Peter King struggled with when compiling his offseason power rankings, in which the Cardinals are placed 15th.Noting their additions, such as draft picks Haason Reddick and Budda Baker, along with the defections of Calais Campbell, Tony Jefferson and Marcus Cooper, King writes that the team appears to have enough talent to win.He points to the continuity along their coaching staff and in the front office as a plus, before saying we’ll know plenty about the Cardinals’ chances early in the season.Decisive schedule span: The first three weeks: at Detroit, at Indianapolis, Dallas at home. Three contenders, but none Arizona shouldn’t have a good chance to beat. And for the Cards to shrug off the ghosts of 2016, they’ve got to exit September at least 2-1.The schedule makers certainly gave the Cardinals a bit of a test early, with their first two games on the road and their third being a Monday Night tilt against one of the NFC’s best teams. If they can get through that early stretch, however, the team enters a part of its schedule that includes home games against San Francisco and Tampa Bay with road contests at Philadelphia and Los Angeles (in London) before a Week 8 bye. Despite King’s belief in the Cardinals, however, he admits he has the team 15th because he has no idea where to put them.There are quite literally two significant changes in personnel—in the front office, on the coaching staff, in the starting lineup—from last year’s 7-8-1 team to this year’s team. Last year the Cards were yo-yos: They started 3-3. They finished 3-3. After Thanksgiving, they scored 85 on the Saints and Rams; they gave up 86 to the Falcons and Saints.At times, such as in victories over the Buccaneers, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals looked the part of a playoff team. But they also struggled in losses to the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, showing the flaws that ultimately doomed them.And the only significant losses were a giant of the front seven—6’8”, 300-pound defensive end Calais Campbell—and versatile safety Tony Jefferson. That’s it. So even if top draftees Haason Redick and Budda Baker and a healthy Tyrann Mathieu make up for the dearly departed in impact, are the Cardinals better than the team that finished the season? That will be the question that veteran coach Bruce Arians and 37-year-old quarterback Carson Palmer have to answer from day one. For most of 2016, this didn’t look like a team that was four quarters from the Super Bowl in 2015.King’s not wrong, you know. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

August 10

July 26 2002 Every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm Sc

first_imgJuly 26, 2002 Every Tuesdayafternoon at 3 pm, “School of Thought” happens at Cosanti. This is anopportunity to have a philosophical dialogue with Paolo Soleri and opento the public. The same forum is also scheduled at Arcosanti, everyWednesday afternoon at 4 pm. [Photo & Text: SA] in Scottsdale in 1956. All the buildingsthere were experiments in earth-casting techniques and were builtduring a series of silt-pile workshops between 1956 and 1968. Cosantiis an Arizona Historic Site, open to the public 7 days a week from 9 amto 5 pm. There are metal and ceramic studios and a gallery. The generalaccounting office and shipping department are also located at Cosanti.Soleri lives at Cosanti 5 days a week and for 2 days a week he stays atArcosanti. [Photo: JAM & Text: SA]last_img read more