CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — As JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers ran down the left sideline after taking a lateral from teammate James Washington, Raiders quarterback and straight-arrow Derek Carr insisted he wasn’t thinking of a swear word.But there was an accompanying physical reaction with seeing all the Raiders’ hard work potentially go for naught.“I almost threw up,” Carr said as he walked off the podium …
20 January 2014 Just over a thousand rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2013, the equivalent of nearly three animals a day, making it the worst year ever for rhino poaching in the country, the Department of Environmental Affairs revealed on Friday. A total of 1 004 rhinos were poached in 2013, the department reported, compared to 668 rhinos poached in 2012 and 448 in 2011. Thirty-seven rhinos have already been illegally killed since 1 January 2014. “The number of rhino poachers arrested during 2013 increased considerably, with 343 being arrested, 133 of them in the Kruger National Park,” the department said. “In 2012, 267 alleged poachers were arrested. Since the beginning of 2014, six alleged poachers have been arrested.” According to independent conservation organisation WWF South Africa (WWF-SA), the increase in poaching is bringing South Africa’s rhino population “ever closer to the tipping point when deaths outnumber births and they go into serious decline”. The organisation’s rhino programme manager, Jo Shaw, said in a statement on Friday that the criminal networks behind the poaching “are threatening our national security and damaging our economy by frightening away tourists. Rhino poaching and rhino horn trafficking are not simply environmental issues, they represent threats to the very fabric of our society.” According to WWF-SA, rhino horns are smuggled by organised transnational criminal networks to Asia, mainly Vietnam, where they are primarily used as a status symbol and health tonic. “There is growing evidence of links between the criminal gangs and other forms of organised crime, including the trafficking of people, drugs and weapons,” WWF-SA said. In December 2012, South Africa and Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding on tackling wildlife trafficking between the two nations, and later developed a joint rhino action plan. South Africa signed a similar agreement with China in 2013, and is developing others with Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Hong Kong. South Africa is also due to sign a memorandum of understanding with neighbouring Mozambique, which borders South Africa’s Kruger National Park and serves as a transit point for rhino horn exiting Africa. “The bottom line is South Africa’s rhinos are up against the wall, facing a genuine crisis, and international agreements like these have to translate into meaningful action on the ground,” said Shaw. South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime Line on 32211. SAinfo reporter and WWF-South Africa
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ San Beda brushed off a poor third set and dismantled Technological Institute of the Philippines in four, 25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13, to start its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cesca Racraquin led all scorers with 19 points to lead the Red Spikers but she wasn’t a one-lady show for San Beda as Satrriani Espiritu became a reliable second option finishing with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Gayle Layug led the Engineers with 13 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Soltones still adjusting to new role as assistant coach for San Sebastian Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Twins Jiezela Viray and Nieza Viray were capable troublemakers for San Beda as they put up 15 and 10 points, respectively.Red Spikers head coach Nemesio Gavino knew of his team’s problem of dropping down whenever it gets a lead and he aims to fix it in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That’s our sickness, whenever we get a lead we tend to relax and our opponents see that,” said Gavino of his team’s poor performance in the third set. “That’s what we need to improve on.”“I think the kids were excited because this is the PVL and it’s a fairly big league.” View comments
VANCOUVER – Nearly two decades after a landmark court decision on sentencing Indigenous offenders, lawyers say there are no national standards for implementing the ruling and too many Aboriginal people are still behind bars.The Supreme Court of Canada’s Gladue decision in 1999 said judges must take note of systemic or background factors when determining a sentence for Indigenous offenders in order to address their “serious overrepresentation” in prison.Indigenous people often feel removed from the justice system, said Mitch Walker, vice-president of the Gladue Writers Society of British Columbia, which promotes the best practices for writing Gladue reports that lay out the Indigenous background of an accused in pre-sentencing.“For First Nations people, justice just kind of happens to them. It doesn’t happen with them, it doesn’t happen for them, it doesn’t happen for their benefit,” he said. “And their interactions with the justice system have historically and contemporaneously been so negative that there’s a lot of fear.”That may change if a Gladue report is written in their case, which requires getting in touch with an offender, their family and community, Walker said.“It’s a very delicate and awkward conversation to phone somebody and introduce yourself … and then proceed with some very, very personal questions, questions that they wouldn’t discuss with their closest friends and family members,” he said.The accused is also interviewed and it’s often the first time they think deeply about how they ended up in trouble, Walker said.“Gladue report writers are sometimes the first contact that these individuals have with the criminal justice system who aren’t immediately making them feel as though they are a criminal, making them feel as though they’re being listened to.”But some in the justice system say the reports have been underutilized.Signa Daum Shanks, a lawyer and director of Indigenous outreach at Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto, said Gladue principles should be applied whenever an accused has Indigenous heritage, but it’s “stunning” how often lawyers decide the background information isn’t relevant to a particular case.Courts are consistently provided with context about an accused, she said, such as if someone is struggling with English. But that doesn’t always happen with Indigenous people, despite the Supreme Court ruling, Daum Shanks said.It’s “gut-wrenching” that the data in those reports isn’t making its way into courtrooms, where judges could use it to tailor sentences that could help prevent crimes from happening again, she said.Gladue principles are not intended to add an element of sympathy in sentencing an Indigenous person.“It’s about making sure some things don’t happen again.”There are still significant misconceptions about what Gladue principles are, even among people working in the criminal justice system, said lawyer Michelle Brass.“It’s not a get-out-of-jail-free card, for example. It’s not a creation of a second justice system,” she said.Brass is working with the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan to research how and when the reports are used by looking at about 250 cases across that province. Part of the project’s aim is dispelling misunderstandings by providing education for those in the justice system.At stake, Brass said, is the continued overrepresentation of Indigenous people in jails and prisons.Data from Correctional Service Canada shows Aboriginal people made up about 18 per cent of all federal inmates in 2001, but accounted for less than three per cent of the country’s total population.Indigenous offenders made up 23 per cent of the total offender population last year. About five per cent of people across the country identified as being Aboriginal in the 2016 census.For years, there’s been a substantial need for more Gladue reports across B.C., said Mark Benton, executive director of the Legal Services Society, the province’s legal aid office.The society traditionally used non-governmental funding for the reports and, with each report costing about $1,740 and taking about eight weeks to complete, there was only enough money for about 80 per year.Funding was dedicated to writing Gladue reports last year by the province, Benton said.In 2017, there were 131 Gladue reports written in B.C. and about 400 will be produced this year.Benton said he was concerned about the system a year ago, but now there’s real progress being made in B.C.“I believe that we’re headed in the right direction now and I believe there are people who are in a position to make the needed changes who are committed to doing that,” he said.Some other jurisdictions are focusing on better utilizing Gladue reports, too.Earlier this year, Yukon set aside $530,000 for a pilot project to train writers based in the territory to produce standardized reports and cover the costs of writing them.Reports had previously been written by untrained personnel, which led to uneven quality and some reports were tossed from court, causing delays in the justice system, the government said.“Yukon First Nations are over represented in the criminal justice system and it is our hope that a Gladue report program will assist in raising awareness and understanding about the unique systemic factors faced by First Nations, while recommending restorative and healing options,” Grand Chief Peter Johnston of the Council of Yukon First Nations said in a statement.But there’s still work to be done when it comes to implementing the Gladue decision, Benton said, including the lack of national standards for the reports.The ruling affects all of Canada, he said, so there’s an expectation for a common approach across the country.The federal Justice Department said it’s up to each jurisdiction to determine how to implement the Gladue principles in the Supreme Court decision.The department runs the Indigenous justice program, which includes projects that raise awareness about the Gladue decision.Many details in Gladue reports could be standardized, Benton said, including what they should include, who’s qualified to write them and how long they should take to prepare.“As always in Canada, there is some benefit to a diversity of approaches when it comes to how justice works,” he said. “But I think after basically 20 years since the Gladue decision, it would be timely for a consolidation of the best practices to come together. And I think many of us are hoping that the federal government will take that on.”— Follow @gkarstensmith on Twitter
KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate conference (all times local):10:45 a.m.No global climate summit would be complete without a few celebrities.Monday’s gathering of ministers and national leaders for the start of the U.N. talks on tackling global warming is getting a dose of glitz.Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has long campaigned against climate change, is expected to draw crowds, while there are reports that other Hollywood celebrities will make an appearance as well.Other VIPs attending the meeting in Katowice, Poland, include adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first solar round-the-world flight, and Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, whose climate campaigning has received support from students around the globe.___8:45 a.m.Leaders from around the world are arriving for the ceremonial opening of the climate conference in southern Poland that will discuss ways of curbing climate change.The two-week conference in Katowice is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce green gas emission and keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), as agreed in 2015 in Paris.Host Poland will propose a declaration Monday for a “just transition” away from coal mining, the supplier of its main source of energy, to take into consideration the situation of people employed in the sector.Critics say the declaration should more broadly cover all aspects of transition from fossil fuels to green energy.The Associated Press
MUNCHO LAKE, B.C. – The Liard River Hotspring Provincial Park is closed after heavy snow.A snowfall warning remains in place for Fort Nelson and the Muncho Lake regions. The forecast is calling for up to 35 cm of snow before the storm moves out of the area Monday.According to a post on it’s Facebook page, the campground and the hot springs are closed due to several trees that have fallen after the heavy snowfall. The post goes onto say “There is No ACCESS to the campground or hot pools under any circumstances.As soon as the park has been made safe the BC Parks website and this page will be updated.” Snow has been reported from Pink Mountain on the Alaska Highway all the way up to Watson Lake, Y.K.With the heavy snow from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, camping or travelling in the area is not recommended.A cold arctic airmass and Pacific moisture associated with a low on the North Coast will result in continued heavy snow for higher elevations between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake. Further snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 cm are expected through Sunday and into Sunday night. The town of Fort Nelson should receive rain while areas south of Fort Nelson may see up to 10 cm.
Just one hour a week of brisk walking may stave off disability in older adults with arthritis pain, aching or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle or foot, according to a study unveiled on Monday. “This is less than 10 minutes a day for people to maintain their independence. It’s very doable,” said Dorothy Dunlop, a professor at Northwestern University in the US. “This minimum threshold may motivate inactive older adults to begin their path towards a physically active lifestyle with the wide range of health benefits promoted by physical activity,” said Dunlop, lead author of the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAbout two in five people with osteoarthritis – most of whom have it in their lower joints – develop disability limitations, researchers said. The study found an hour of weekly moderate-to-vigorous physical activity allowed older adults to maintain their ability to perform daily tasks like getting dressed or cross a street before a traffic light walk signal changed. The weekly hour of exercise reduced their risk of mobility disability by 85 per cent and their risk of activities of daily living disability by almost 45 per cent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFour years after the start of the study, 24 per cent of adults who did not get the weekly hour of brisk physical activity were walking too slowly to safely cross the street, and 23 per cent reported problems performing their morning routine. The researchers analysed four years of data from more than 1,500 adults in the national Osteoarthritis Initiative from Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. All the adults had pain, aching or stiffness in lower extremity joints from osteoarthritis but were free of disability when they began the study. Their physical activity was monitored using accelerometers. “Our goal was to see what kind of activity would help people remain free of disability,” Dunlop said. Guidelines in the US recommend older adults with arthritis should participate in low-impact activity. For substantial health benefits including reducing the risk for heart disease and many other chronic diseases, these guidelines recommend older adults participate in at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity activity. However, that level of activity can be daunting for inactive older adults with lower extremity pain, Dunlop said. “We hope this new public health finding will motivate an intermediate physical activity goal. One hour a week is a stepping stone for people who are currently inactive. People can start to work towards that,” Dunlop said.
Sidi Ifni, Morocco- Following the bitter controversy that rape prosecution avoidance law has caused in Morocco, the Justice and Human Rights Commission of the country’s Parliament has proposed to eliminate a paragraph from the Moroccan penal code. Article 475 permits a rapist to avoid prosecution for rape if he marries the underage victim.Morocco’s conservative society has traditionally preferred to permit a rapist to marry his victim rather than permit the victim’s family to suffer the dishonor and shame of rape. The case of Amina Filali, a sixteen year old girl who killed herself by ingesting rat poison after being forced to marry the man who raped her, went viral on social media two years ago, and has spurred women’s rights associations to call on the government to intervene and revoke the rape law, which many think is an infringement of women’s rights. The proposal to revoke the rape avoidance provision has come as one of the promises of the current Islamist-led government to restore dignity to underage victims of rape.Amending Article 475 of the penal code gained much international attention after the Filali suicide, and the suicides of other girls who were forced to marry their rapists.While some wronged families have had no other choice but to agree to a judge’s decision requiring their raped girl to marry her rapist in order to protect the family’s honor, women’s rights activists have deemed forced marriage under the provision a serious threat to girls’ dignity, life, and human rights.Since 16-year-old Amina al-Filali was married to her 23-year-old rapist and committed suicide in 2012, calls for revocation of the provision have escalated to address the injustice.According to some Moroccan women, marrying a raped girl to the man who raped her is tantamount to rewarding the rapist, not penalizing him for his heinous crime.It is now up to the Parliament to vote on the Commission’s proposal to Amend Article 475 and repeal the paragraph once and for all.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Richarlison wrote a farewell message to the staff at Watford following his transfer to fellow Premier League side EvertonTne Brazilian winger completed his move to Goodison Park on Tuesday after successfully passing his medical and signing a five-year deal.The transfer came about after a difficult first season in the Premier League with Watford that had seen Richarlison only manage to score five goals throughout the entire campaign.But, even so, the 21-year-old leaves Vicarage Road with some fond memories.“It has been only for one season, but I will be glad forever. I just have to thank you for the all kindness since my first day at Watford. Fans, direction, managers, teammates… everyone! Thank you for helping me to be a better player and man, and for letting me bring some joy to you all! Thank you again and again, Hornets!” he wrote on Instagram.Richarlison was signed by Everton boss Marco Silva in 2017 from Brazilian side Fluminense, while the Portuguese coach was still in charge of Watford, and he will undoubtedly be hoping that his former manager will be able to unlock that potential that he had failed to show last season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Richarlison scored five goals and registered four assists in his first 12 Premier League games under Silva at Watford last season.