Accused in death of Indigenous teen not guilty of murder

first_imgWINNIPEG, MN. – A man accused of killing a 15-year-old Indigenous girl and dumping her body in Winnipeg’s Red River has been found not guilty of second-degree murder.Tina Fontaine’s remains were discovered eight days after she was reported missing in August 2014; Raymond Cormier was charged more than a year later.The jury deliberated for 11 hours before coming to its decision.There were gasps in the courtroom when the verdict was read, and Tina’s great-aunt, who raised the girl, was crying.The Crown had argued in its final submission that Cormier, 56, convicted himself with his own admissions on secret police recordings. But the defence said numerous forensic holes in the prosecution’s case had left reasonable doubt.Tina was being sexually exploited after coming to Winnipeg from her home on the Sagkeeng First Nation. Her death prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.There was no DNA evidence linking Cormier to the teen, and doctors who were called to testify said they could not definitively say how Tina died.Here is what the jury heard:THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TINA AND CORMIERCourt heard Tina had a happy childhood raised by a great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, but the girl began to spiral downward when her father was murdered in October 2011. Tina’s mother, who had not been part of her life, re-emerged and Tina started going to Winnipeg to visit her. The girl ended up on the street and was being sexually exploited. Tina’s boyfriend Cody Mason, who was 18 at the time, testified the pair first met Cormier earlier in the summer of 2014 and told him they didn’t have a place to stay. Cormier, who court heard was a methamphetamine and crack user, took them to a house with a basement. Known to some as Sebastian and to others as Frenchy, Cormier supplied Tina with the prescription drug gabapentin, said Mason, who added he and Tina would also drink and take marijuana and cocaine. Tina told a social worker that Cormier was a much older man who was going to get her a bike. Cormier told friends he had had sex with the 15-year-old. One witness, Sarah Holland, testified she once saw Cormier grope Tina while asking her to “just do me.”THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCEThe cause of Tina’s death was undetermined. Dr. Dennis Rhee testified that he found no definitive injuries on her body or to her internal organs. He said there was no evidence of a sexual assault, no signs of a stabbing or major blunt force trauma. It was estimated her body was in the river for three to seven days. There was no evidence that she drowned, but it couldn’t be ruled out. Christopher Keddy, who works at the RCMP forensics lab, testified that tests showed Tina’s body had a level of alcohol slightly above the legal limit for driving. Keddy also said there was a relatively high level of THC — the active ingredient in marijuana. There was no indication of gabapentin, but Keddy said the test the RCMP lab ran might not detect low levels of the drug. Under cross-examination, the defence suggested it couldn’t be ruled out that gabapentin was in Tina’s system at a potentially lethal level in combination with other drugs. There was no DNA evidence linking Cormier to Fontaine.THE DUVET COVERThree people connected to Cormier told police he owned the same type of duvet cover that was wrapped around Tina’s body. DNA testing found no traces linking Cormier to the cover. Court heard police tried to find the source of the duvet cover. It was sold by Costco Canada and 864 had been shipped to the three Costco stores in Winnipeg. Police tracked down 100 people who had purchased covers with the same design to ask them whether they still had them. Under cross-examination, investigators acknowledged Costco had given away some of the unsold duvet covers, and police could not rule out whether similar ones had been purchased elsewhere and brought to Winnipeg.THE ARGUMENT ON THE STREETOn Aug. 6, about two weeks before Tina’s body was found and three days before she was reported missing, witnesses saw her arguing with Cormier in the street and heard Cormier mention something about a river. Holland testified that she heard Tina tell Cormier she was going to call the cops. The Crown argued that Cormier was worried that Tina was going to report that he had stolen a truck. Court heard an audio recording of Tina calling 911 to report a stolen truck. Witnesses also testified that Tina was angry that Cormier had sold her bike for drugs. Cormier acknowledged the argument in an interview with police and said he followed her down the street before turning in the other direction. He said that is the last time he saw her. He also suggested the suspect police should really be looking for was a man who looked like singer Robert Plant who was walking in the same direction as Tina that night. “Don’t focus on me,” he told police.ERNIE DeWOLFEDeWolfe met Cormier in prison and they stayed at the same halfway house for a time. DeWolfe testified he talked to Cormier on Aug. 15 and Cormier said he had met with Tina the previous day to ensure she was not going to call the police. “He just said that he had talked to her and he straightened it all out and took care of it,” DeWolfe testified. “I just presumed that he talked to her and … sorted it out.” Tina’s body was found in the river on Aug. 17. In cross-examination, the defence suggested DeWolfe made the whole story up because he and Cormier had had an argument over money.THE UNDERCOVER TAPESPolice launched a six-month undercover operation against Cormier called Project Styx. Cormier was placed in a bugged apartment for free and an undercover officer moved into a suite on the same floor. Cormier was recorded saying he’d bet the girl was killed because he found out she was only 15 years old. “I drew the line and that’s why she got killed,” he said. Cormier also told a woman that when he last talked to Tina, he told her to go jump off a bridge. At another point, he asked a woman if she had ever been “haunted by something” before he started to talk about Tina and boast that he beat two murders. During another recording, Cormier said during an argument with a woman that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.” Court also heard Cormier in a recording warning people in his apartment not to overdose or they would end up wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the river. In conversations with the undercover officer, Cormier said there were “three rules to crime: deny, deny deny.”THE ARGUMENTSCrown prosecutors contended that Cormier killed Tina, either by suffocation or drowning, because he found out she was only 15 and that would make him a pedophile. They said Cormier’s own words on the undercover tapes should be enough to convict him. The defence said that with no DNA evidence and no cause of death, there were too many holes in the case. It argued that Cormier felt guilt after learning that Tina was only 15 and he wanted to find the real killer.last_img read more

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Liberals set to unveil socialfinance strategy including 755M in new fund

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is to unveil its promised strategy today, planning to use hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to finance new, experimental ways to deliver social services.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is scheduled to make a mid-day announcement in Montreal.The Liberals have been crafting a strategy for social finance, as it’s known, for years, hoping to bring private money into social services governments provide themselves or directly fund.Under the concept, private backers partner with a group or organization to fund new ways of helping people improve their job skills or health, for instance, with public dollars flowing in if the partnership produces measurable results.What makes the approach attractive to governments is that it shifts financial risk from taxpayers to investors and can turn up more efficient ways of providing social services.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall update included $755 million over 10 years to be seed money for groups that provide services such as housing the homeless or training hard-to-employ people with new skills.The idea is that as loans seeded with federal money are repaid, local intermediaries could hand out more loans and entice traditional lenders to open their wallets. And some of the money will come back to federal coffers.The Liberals hope the spending blossoms into $2 billion in economic activity and creates or maintains up to 100,000 jobs over the next decade.But the development of the strategy appears to have been more rocky than efficient, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the behind-the-scenes talk who have spoken to The Canadian Press under condition of anonymity in order to detail private events.Problems appeared to arise late last year when officials from Employment and Social Development Canada, which Duclos oversees, and the Finance Department disagreed sharply about how the government should use the $755 million.The last version of the plan suggested a fund manager and secretariat be housed inside ESDC with an advisory council of external experts making funding recommendations. Sources say the first bit of money — $50 million to help groups learn how to gain access to larger government sums — was expected to roll out this summer.Less clear is whether the strategy will include changes to the tax system that an expert panel called for last summer.The government-struck panel called in its final report last August for a rewrite of tax rules to help non-profits set up socially motivated companies or take part in social-finance initiatives without fear of losing their tax-exempt status.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mohawk link in major Alberta smokes bust

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe RCMP is trumpeting a major bust of contraband cigarettes in Alberta.The illegal smokes are valued at millions of dollars and were being stored on an Alberta First Nation.Questions are now swirling about how and why two band officials brought the cigarettes into the community.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

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Agriculture Dept launches 2nd round of payments to farmers

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has authorized the Agriculture Department to launch the second and final round of $11 billion in trade mitigation payments to farmers hard hit by tariffs.In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he is fulfilling a promise to protect farmers against “unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.”The Trump administration in July announced it would provide up to $12 billion to offset losses from Trump’s trade disputes with China and other countries.The first round of checks went out in September.In total, producers of almonds, corn, cotton, dairy, hogs, sorghum, soybeans, fresh sweet cherries and wheat will receive roughly $9.5 billion. Soybean farmers will get the largest share.Roughly $1.2 billion is earmarked for a food purchase and distribution program and $200 million to promote trade.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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North Korea holds election

first_imgPyongyang: North Koreans went to the polls Sunday for an election in which there could be only one winner. Leader Kim Jong Un’s ruling Workers’ Party has an iron grip on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as the isolated, nuclear-armed country is officially known. Every five years it holds an election for the rubber stamp legislature, known as the Supreme People’s Assembly. The exercise has all the trappings of votes elsewhere, from electoral rolls to sealed ballot boxes to scrutineers for the count. But in keeping with one of Pyongyang’s most enduring slogans — “Single-minded unity” — there is only one approved name on each of the red voting slips. With portraits of the leader’s father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung looking down on every ballot box, voters lined up to drop their slips inside. There is a pencil in the panelled voting booths for anyone who might wish to register dissent by crossing out a candidate’s name. But no one does. By 6pm, the official KCNA news agency reported, all electors in all constituencies had voted, “except for those abroad or working in oceans”. Turnout in 2014 was 99.97 per cent and the vote was 100 per cent in favour of the named candidates, a result unmatched anywhere else in the world. “Our society is one in which the people are gathered around the respected Supreme Leader with a single mind,” election official Ko Kyong Hak said outside a polling station at the 3.26 Pyongyang Cable Factory. Participation in the election was a citizen’s obligation, he said, “and there are no people who reject a candidate”. An editorial in the Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling party, reinforced the message. Voters “should cast approval ballots with their loyalty to the party and the leader, absolute support to the DPRK government and the will to share their destiny with socialism to the last”, it said. With a total absence of electoral competition, analysts say the election is held largely as a political rite to enable the authorities to claim a mandate from the people. It was the result of “established institutional inertia and a need to legitimise the government by simulating democratic procedure”, said Andrei Lankov of Korea Risk Group. Soviet-style Communist states had a long tradition of holding general elections, he said, even if the ruling party ignored its own rules about holding regular congresses —something the North skipped for more than 30 years. “North Korea is just emulating all other Communist states,” he said. “The early Communists sincerely believed that they were producing a democracy the world had never seen. So they needed elections and it became a very important part of self-legitimisation.” The last significant government of a major country to dispense with elections altogether was Nazi Germany, he pointed out. The North is divided into constituencies for the vote — there were 686 at the last election, when Kim stood in Mount Paektu, a dormant volcano on the border with China revered as the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people. He received a 100 percent turnout and 100 percent in favour according to KCNA. Some of the seats are allocated to two minor parties, the Korean Social Democratic Party and the Chondoist Chongdu Party, which has its roots in a 20th century Korean religious movement. They are both in a formal alliance with the ruling party and analysts and diplomats say they exist largely on paper, with only small central offices maintained for propaganda purposes. Even so, participation in the poll, like other obligatory rituals in the North, does reinforce loyalty to the government and social unity, Lankov said, “because humans love symbolism”. It is a marked contrast to the vibrant multi-party democracy on the other side of the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula, where president Park Geun-hye was ousted in 2017 after mass street protests over a corruption scandal. For North Koreans who defect, the South’s electoral system was “definitely novel”, said Sokeel Park, of campaign group Liberty In North Korea. “The idea that you get to cast your vote and either be on the winning side or the losing side and you don’t know what that’s going to be until the results come in — that’s a big thing.” Sunday’s voting took place in something of a carnival atmosphere in Pyongyang, children in red neckerchiefs parading in the streets to encourage voters to attend. Bands played at polling stations, where voters queued up in numerical order according to voter lists displayed for days beforehand, and women in flowing traditional dresses danced after casting their ballots. Architecture student Kuk Dae Kwon, 18, said he was excited to be taking part for the first time. Ordinary North Koreans always express total support for the authorities when speaking to foreign media, and Kuk told AFP: “At this election we consolidate the single-minded unity around the Supreme Leader and also demonstrate the advantages of our socialism to the world.”last_img read more

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Ganguly ready to quit cricket committee to avoid conflict

first_imgNew Delhi: Sourav Ganguly is willing to resign from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after CEO Rahul Johri — on behalf of the board — asked ombudsman D.K. Jain to examine his dual role as member of CAC and Delhi Capitals advisor. Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while the Cricket Association of Bengal president-cum-DC advisor is confident that he is not conflicted, even then, the former India skipper is willing to step down from the CAC which also has Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S. Laxman and Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar as members. “Sourav last attended a CAC meeting during the appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach after the Champions Trophy in 2017. In fact, the committee has not even met in recent times and he is clear that if required, he will step down from the role to avoid any questions of conflict. Even though his stance remains unchanged that he is not conflicted in any way, he will meet the ombudsman and discuss the same,” the source said. Jain has asked Ganguly to depose before him on April 20 with regards to questions of conflict of interest raised against him by three complainants from West Bengal — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee, who questioned how Ganguly as CAB chief was allowed to sit in the Delhi Capitals dug out during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. April 20 will also see DC clash against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroze Shah Kotla. Interestingly, while the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators have through Johri asked the ombudsman to check on any conflict, the letter from Johri also stated that Ganguly should be allowed to continue as DC advisor if he makes full disclosure due to his vast knowledge.last_img read more

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Limited progress made at latest round climate talks says top UN official

14 August 2009Only “limited progress” has been made at the most recent United Nations climate change talks – which are expected to culminate later this year in Copenhagen with a new pact on slashing greenhouse gas emissions – a senior United Nations official said today. With only two more conferences, totalling 15 days, scheduled before the start of the critical event in the Danish capital, “negotiations will need to considerably pick up speed for the world to achieve a successful result at Copenhagen,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The new treaty set to be agreed on in Denmark in December will replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012. Some strides were made regarding the negotiating text at the week-long meeting in Bonn, Germany, that wrapped up today, with countries also discussing how to translate mid-term reduction pledges (for the year 2020) by wealthier nations into legally-binding targets as part of the deal to be clinched in Copenhagen. “Industrialized countries need to show a greater level of ambition in agreeing to meaningful mid-term emission reduction targets,” Mr. de Boer said. “The present level of ambition can be raised domestically and by making use of international cooperation.” He also called for a “clear indication” from these nations on the levels of financing and technology they will provide to help their developing counterparts ‘green’ their growth and adapt to the impacts of global warming. The next session of negotiations will start in Bangkok, Thailand, on 28 September, followed by another round in Barcelona, Spain, in November. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has long made climate change a top priority, will convene what is expected to be the largest-ever gathering of heads of State and government on climate change in New York on 22 September. That gathering seeks to build momentum ahead of the Copenhagen talks. read more

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UN mission confirms renewed clashes in eastern Sierra Leone urges restraint

“UNAMSIL regards these attacks as violations of the Abuja Ceasefire Agreement and as a threat to the peace process,” the UN Mission said in a statement issued in Freetown. “It appeals for the exercise of restraint in order not to jeopardize the progress achieved by all parties at the 2 May Abuja Ceasefire Review.” A UNAMSIL patrol confirmed that the Civil Defence Force (CDU) had attacked Saiama, a town about 8 kilometres from the Guinean border, which until recently was occupied by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). The patrol later met up with CDF combatants at Mangadu – approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Saiama – who confirmed that they had been operating in the area against RUF positions. The combatants were informed of the Abuja agreement and the need to abide by it.From 7 to 9 May, a Bangladesh battalion and a team of military observers, undertook a joint patrol from Magburaka to Koidu, including surrounding areas, the UN Mission said.The UNAMSIL Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, visited the patrols in Koidu and joined their forward movements to Woama and Saiama. Gen. Opande then returned to Koidu and held a meeting with RUF interim leader Gen. Issa Sesay. During the meeting, the RUF leader assured UNAMSIL that his army was fully committed to the Abuja Ceasefire Review Agreement and that it would deliver on the terms of the agreement. He called on UNAMSIL to ensure that the CDF attacks were halted. Meanwhile Ghanaian peacekeepers on a patrol in Bandajuma, some 8 kilometres northwest of Daru, confirmed RUF reports of a CDF attack on 7 May and witnessed ongoing fighting in that location, UNAMSIL said. read more

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Moroccan and Spanish troops set to join UN mission in Haiti this

The Spanish marines number 200 and the Moroccan troops 150, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said, and they will ensure security in Cap Haitien and Ouanaminthe.Haiti was once a Spanish colony, as well as a French one, MINUSTAH said, noting that “it is the first time in almost 300 years” that Spanish troops have landed in the western part of the island of Hispaniola.When some Sri Lankan troops arrive tomorrow, MINUSTAH will have 3,692 of the 6,700 troops the Security Council authorized, it said. read more

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Christian McCaffreys durability keying Panthers offence

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey ripped off a 59-yard run against the Seattle Seahawks, there was no tapping his helmet.He wasn’t coming out of the game.The second-year running back told Cam Newton in the huddle before the next play “I’m ready to go,” then took a handoff on the next play and picked up another 15 yards.“Any other average running back would’ve tapped his head and said, ‘I need a blow,’” Newton said.McCaffrey has been the Energizer Bunny of the Panthers’ offence, playing in 97 per cent of the team’s offensive plays through 11 games — the most in the NFL.And he’s showing no signs of letting up.He became the first Carolina player in franchise history to eclipse 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game last Sunday. Despite the loss to the Seahawks, his 237 total yards set a franchise record.Entering Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay, McCaffrey is fourth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage with 1,365. He has 757 yards rushing and five touchdowns, 608 yards receiving yards on 71 catches and five more TDs.McCaffrey said he never really gets tired — and if he does, he just ignores it.“I don’t think of it,” McCaffrey said. “When I’m in the game there is so much adrenaline. I never really feel like I’m gasping. You have to push through that.”“He doesn’t look like it is wearing on him,” said Panthers coach Ron Rivera, whose team is looking to snap a three-game losing streak. “He works hard at everything he does and takes care of himself the way you expect a pro to do. Our other young guys can learn from that example.”The 5-foot-11, 205-pound McCaffrey is proving to everyone he’s not too small to be an every-down — and basically every-play — running back.Newton said McCaffrey is always out to prove something and bristles when someone calls him a “small” running back.“When they take you at the eighth pick, you have a lot of people counting on you,” McCaffrey said. “So I knew it was going to be a pivotal (role). But at the same time, you still have to earn everything. And that’s kind of my mindset, how it’s always been.”Said Newton: “C-Mac has defied all odds. The thing that has always put me at comfort with C-Mac is he’s always been a workhorse. He’s always been a playmaker. There’s no denying that. C-Mac was everything (we thought he could be), and a bag of chips.”McCaffrey believes that players like McCaffrey, Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley and Alvin Kamara are changing the running back position in the NFL.“Those guys are all-down backs,” Newton said. “And they can take a screen pass, score. They can take a trap, score. They can block in the pass game. They’re everything. And they’re changing the game. My hat goes off to all of those guys knowing that they’re a part of the evolving of the game, just like dual-threat quarterbacks.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSteve Reed, The Associated Press read more

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Celebration of Cypriot food and wine

first_imgCypriot Community of Melbourne and Victoria (CCMV) will celebrate its Annual Wine Festival again this year.This year, the CCMV is proud to provide entertainment for all ages, including rides, performances by various dance groups from difference regions of both Cyprus and Greece, live music, local singers, and of course, the much talked about food and free wine.For all the fun and festivities associated with this celebration of Cypriot food and wine, join the feast at The Cretan Brotherhood.Whether you are coming for the rides, the abundance of delicious Cypriot food, or for the unlimited tasting of authentic Cypriot wines, a fun filled day is guaranteed.The entrance is free. When: Saturday 2 March, and Sunday 3 March, from 12:00 pm to late evening Where: The Cretan Brotherhood, 148-150 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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De nouvelles offres Virgin Mobile proposées sur Vente Privée

first_imgDe nouvelles offres Virgin Mobile proposées sur Vente PrivéeVirgin Mobile a dévoilé de nouveaux tarifs pour ses forfaits. Ils sont vendus sur le site Vente Privée.com.Le MVNO Virgin Mobile a décidé de baisser ses tarifs et de proposer certaines de ses formules au rabais sur le site Vente Privée. Une mesure destinée à faire face aux tarifs pratiqués par Free Mobile. L’avantage de cette promotion est qu’elle n’est pas limitée dans le temps !À lire aussiPanne Orange : l’opérateur penserait à indemniser ses clientsVirgin Mobile a donc décidé de revoir à la baisse les tarifs de son offre Extaz pour les nouveaux adhérents. Le forfait 4h XL (4h d’appels, SMS illimités, Internet bridé au-delà de 3 Go de data consommées) avec à un iPhone 3GS (à 1 euro) passe au tarif de 24,99 euros/mois contre 34,99 euros/mois précédemment. A noter que le même forfait ne coûte que 14,99 euros par mois avec Samsung Wave 575, vendu 1 euro (au lieu de 21,99 euros par mois). Ceci pour un engagement de 24 mois chez l’opérateur.De plus, le forfait Extaz 2h (2h d’appels et SMS illimités) sans téléphone et sans engagement coûte désormais 5,99 euros par mois. Le nombre de ces offres disponibles n’est toutefois pas précisé. Pour en profiter, il faut être inscrit sur le site Vente-privée.com.Le 13 mars 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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USTR Releases NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

first_imgThis week the Administration released the negotiating objectives for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The objectives are comprehensive and cover most sectors and subjects that have been a part of previous trade agreements.The first goal listed under Trade in Goods is to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA countries. This could be problematic depending on how they seek to achieve this outcome. That said, the Administration does not propose withdrawing tariff concessions.  In fact, they propose reducing or eliminating remaining duties in the ag sector. They even propose providing reasonable adjustment periods for U.S. imports of sensitive agricultural products, which implies a willingness to put U.S. tariffs for dairy and sugar-containing products on the table. They also propose World Trade Organization (WTO)-plus Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) disciplines which track with the recommendations the American Soybean Association (ASA) proposed in its NAFTA recommendations.Regarding regulatory policy, the Administration proposes promoting regulatory compatibility, transparency and information-sharing, and developing a mechanism for improved dialogue and cooperation. However, the trade remedies objectives are quite protectionist.  They propose a number of changes that could make it easier to impose duties and safeguard measure on NAFTA parties. While this may benefit the U.S. in some areas, it will also open the U.S. up to duties imposed by Canada and Mexico. NAFTA negotiations will likely begin in mid-August per Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) rules.last_img read more

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NSU receives preliminary accreditation for medical school

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Nova Southeastern University has made a major medical milestone in Fort Lauderdale.The South Florida university’s College of Allopathic Medicine received preliminary accreditation on Wednesday.The accreditation allows the new medical school to accept its first class of 50 students into its doctor of medicine program in the upcoming fall term.NSU is now the eighth MD program in Florida and one of only 148 in the entire country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The New Adjusters Coming To Your Home To Assess That Harvey Damage

first_img“There’s tens of thousands. I don’t know the exact number but the data-point continues to move on a daily basis.” Daga says. Share Jim Wucherpfennig, Vice President of property claim at Travelers Insurance thinks there are many benefits to the “eye in the sky.” Travelers say it has more than 600 adjusters currently working in Texas, 65 of which are trained to use drones when assessing damage. In an effort to quicken the recovery process following Hurricane Harvey, insurance companies are turning to technology. According to Allstate spokesman Justin Herndon there are many advantages to using drones, but perhaps the biggest is the ability to quickly move on to the next step in the recovery process. “After a natural disaster, contractors become pretty scarce because the demand is so high, so the sooner we can get that assessment done for our customers, the faster they get in line.” Herndon says. How many drone pilots are currently assisting in Texas? Eagle View Technologies of Seattle, WA works with 19 of the 20 largest property and casualty insurance companies nationally. They are supplying drone contractors to Allstate Insurance to inspect exterior damage from Harvey. Instead of waiting on an adjuster to come to your home to assess the damage, insurers are now using drones. With the insured’s permission and a high definition camera attached, a single drone can do the work of multiple adjusters.  “If you think of what we’ve built from a drone network standpoint, it’s like an Uber network. And when a catastrophe like Harvey or now Irma happens, we activate our drone pilots and right now there’s lots of pilots activated in both Florida and Houston.” Says Eagle View president Rashi Daga. “Drones enable the company to more rapidly handle claims. We think this enhances the customer experience. It definitely improves the safety for our personnel”,  Wucherpfennig says. Unfortunately, for those that suffered flood damage inside the home, which is covered by federal insurance, drones are not yet capable of expediting that claim process, yet.last_img read more

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Blizzard teases new World of Warcraft expansion reveal on August 6

first_imgWorld of Warcraft continues to chug along with subscriber numbers every other MMO on the market is jealous of. Those numbers are slowly falling, but they get bumped up every time new content is announced. So it should come as no surprise to hear that Blizzard wants to talk about the next expansion a week from now.The reveal is set to happen at Gamescom 2015, which runs between August 5-9. Blizzard has given us an exact date and time of August 6 at 9am PDT (noon EST). It forms part of a World of Warcraft special event that is being streamed live from the show in Germany. After that, a World of Warcraft developer chat is set to happen on August 9 at 8am PDT (11am EST) where there will be further discussion about the new expansion.Blizzard has already made several changes/updates to the its MMO this year. The online game now has a selfie camera, has basically become free-to-play, and introduced WoW Tokens that can be used for gold and game time. Even so, it has been losing around a million subscribers a month.An expansion will certainly reverse that trend, but for how long depends entirely on what exactly it contains. New content, a new playable race, and a new level cap will give it a bump for a few months (if that’s what this expansion contains), but Blizzard really needs something novel to keep new and old players alike subscribing for years to come. However, even if it doesn’t, there’s still millions of gamers enjoying playing every month and for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Take 300 Off Razer Blade 15 w GTX 1060

first_imgShopping for a gaming laptop that performs as good as it looks?  For a limited time, you can get the Razer Blade 15 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop for $1,899.99. Normally, this gaming machine sells for $2,200 so that’s $300 off and the best price we could find for this configuration. It features a 15-inch 1080p display, 2.2GHz Core i7-8750H six-core processor, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a GTX 1060 Max-Q VR ready graphics card.In our Razer Blade 15 review, we loved its svelte design, strong gaming performance, and solid battery life. Although we thought the display could have been a tad brighter, it earned a 3.5 out of 5 star rating. During lab tests, we played Rise of the Tomb Raider and the Razer Blade 15 surpassed the median for premium-gaming laptops with a benchmark at 77 fps. As with most gaming laptop deals, this one won’t last long so act fast to get this Razer Blade at hundreds off its retail price. Advertisement Best and Worst Laptop Brands 2018Lenovo is the top laptop brand for the second year running, and Apple got even worse.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/razer-gaming-laptops-sale?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:1701:17Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭  by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementcenter_img Razer Blade 15 ReviewBest Laptop Deals of Today Gaming Laptops Under $1,000last_img read more

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Scientists Plant Hallucinations In Mouse Brains With Laser Holograms

first_imgClose In a new study, researchers induce hallucinations in mice. They discovered that only about 20 neurons needed to be stimulated to do so.  ( Pixabay ) Stanford scientists have found a way to make mice hallucinate, discovering it doesn’t take a lot of neurons to create perceptions in the brain.The new research highlights the potential of influencing animal perception and, maybe someday, human perception.”Back in 2012, we had described the ability to control the activity of individually selected neurons in an awake, alert animal,” study senior author Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, recalled in a news release. “Now, for the first time, we’ve been able to advance this capability to control multiple individually specified cells at once, and make an animal perceive something specific that in fact is not really there — and behave accordingly.” Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon All ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Bestseller The Magic Of OptogeneticsIn a new study published in the journal Science, a group of neuroscientists from Stanford University School of Medicine used a technology known as optogenetics, which allows scientists to stimulate specific neurons in animals using pulses of light.The team inserted two genes in neurons located in the visual cortex of mouse subjects, one of which encoded a light-sensitive protein causing the neuron to fire as a response to a pulse of light that’s a specific color in the infrared spectrum. The other gene encoded a fluorescent protein that glowed green when the neuron was active.Then, the scientists removed a part of the mice’s skulls to expose the visual cortex, so that they can project holograms (three-dimensional configurations of targeted photons) directly onto this part of the brain. Using a device designed specifically for the study, the team projected holograms on precise spots along specific neurons.During the experiments, the mice were shown random sets of horizontal and vertical bars on a screen. The mice were trained to lick from a tube of water whenever they saw vertical bars.The study authors, who were monitoring the activities of thousands of neurons in the exposed visual cortex, observed which neurons responded to the different orientations of the bars. From their observations, they could pinpoint the specific neurons that were activated by the horizontal bars and the ones activated by the vertical bars.To create hallucinations, the scientists shone a hologram on the neurons that responded to the vertical bars, causing them to fire. Incredibly, this prompted the mice to lick the tube of water as if they saw the vertical bars, despite being in a dark room. When the scientists targeted the neurons responsive to horizontal bars, the mice did not lick the tube.Additionally, the study authors revealed that optogenetically stimulating just 20 or even fewer neurons could prompt the same brain activity or animal behavior as visually displaying the vertical or horizontal bars produces.”It’s quite remarkable how few neurons you need to specifically stimulate in an animal to generate a perception,” Deisseroth said, pointing out that a mouse brain has millions of neurons and a human brain has billions. “If just 20 or so can create a perception, then why are we not hallucinating all the time, due to spurious random activity? Our study shows that the mammalian cortex is somehow poised to be responsive to an amazingly low number of cells without causing spurious perceptions in response to noise.”Future ApplicationsNot only does the new research open up a greater understanding of the brain’s natural information processing, but it also could have implications in psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia. The study authors also brings up the possibility of neural prosthetic devices with a single-cell resolution in the future.As Inverse suggests, the new findings could someday be used for therapy, such as shining light on the anxiety-activated neurons to reduce anxiety or other similar conditions. TAG Mice, Optogenetics, brain, Hallucinations Search AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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Strong Aussie dollar wounds inbound tourism

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2713e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> “The global middle class will triple in size in the current 25-year period and those are the people who will travel, Mr Richardson said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Acenter_img Australian tourism is likely to suffer at the hands of a strong dollar creating a serious trade imbalance said the head of a tourism lobby group.A report from the Tourism and Transport Forum revealed that Australian outbound travel is forecast to further outstrip inbound over the next decade. “The gap between international visitors to Australia and Australians travelling overseas is now forecast to be 1.2 million in 2010,” the report said.Discussing the results of the report at last week’s Tourism Futures conference held in Brisbane, executive director of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Brett Gale, claimed the higher Australian dollar has contributed to the imbalance.Speaking at the same conference, a leading economic forecaster said despite Australia’s short-term challenges, the long-term forecast is bright.“Even if the Australian dollar does settle at a high level, which is eminently on the cards, it doesn’t mean that’s going to permanently hurt tourism growth,” Access Economics director Chris Richardson said.“Over time you can expect world travel to grow because it’s a luxury and there’s a big number of people who are becoming more prosperous in emerging economies.“The trouble is, Australia’s share of that is going to be very much determined by the Aussie dollar.“You can have brilliant marketing campaigns and all the rest of it, but the Australian dollar rules ‘the dollars’ as far as travellers are concerned.”Mr Gale said Australia’s tourism industry needed to better cater for emerging markets by making travel and tourism development easier. “We need to cut through the red tape and regulation and we need to make it easier to come up with new tourism product, whether it is allowing eco-sensitive development in our natural landscapes or new hotels in our cities,” Mr Gale said.”The red tape gets in the way and we can’t offer things that overseas visitors want.”Both Brett Gale and Chris Richardson agree that it is the burgeoning wealth of the global middle class that will improve the outlook for the country’s inbound tourism.last_img read more

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