Mounties issue plea for help from small community to find girls killer

first_imgGODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. – RCMP have issued a plea on social media for help from a small, isolated Manitoba community to find the killer in their midst.Manitoba Mounties posted on their Facebook page Tuesday the story of Leah Anderson, a 15-year-old girl who was brutally slain and left on a snowy trail in Gods Lake Narrows, Man., in 2013.Her body was in such bad shape it was initially thought she had been attacked by wolves or dogs, but eventually investigators concluded she had been viciously beaten.At first, RCMP asked volunteers to submit DNA samples, conducted interviews and even did lie detector tests, but one by one the suspects were ruled out.However, on Tuesday, Mounties posted they have made “significant advancements” in the investigation.They said they have narrowed down the remaining suspects and determined that the killer was a male and known to Anderson, but said they need the Cree community to “come together” with any new information that might lead to an arrest.Located 550 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Gods Lake Narrows is accessible only by air or ice road in the winter.The night Leah died started out as a typical one for the “bright, happy” teenager, Mounties said.“Hey hey hey, you you you, how are you?” she kidded with a friend in her last post on Facebook.She had planned to meet up with a buddy to go skating but the plans fell through so she headed toward the rink by herself at 7:30 p.m.“Somewhere between her door and the arena, Leah met her killer,” said the RCMP. “He brutally beat her and left her dead on a snowmobile/walking trail.”Her remains were found two days later.“The popular, funny girl with so much potential was gone,” said the RCMP. “Not only was the community dealing with the grief of losing Leah, they had to come to terms with the brutal manner of her death and the fact that in their isolated community, where the ice road in and out was closed, the killer was still there.”It was another blow for a family that had already endured much heartache. Leah’s father, Gilbert Duke, was slain when she was little, and she and her siblings went into foster care until an aunt and uncle in Gods Lake Narrows took them in.In recent days, friends and relatives have been posting remembrances and pictures leading up to the RCMP’s announcement of a renewed push in the case.For some, it has been tough.“They say they have a suspect but shouldn’t because they have no actual evidence against him,” Eleanor Duke posted to the RCMP page. “I just want my sister to be at rest and for my family to get the justice she so truly deserves.”last_img

Homicide victims sister accuses fugitives dad of failing to take responsibility

first_imgThe sister of an American tourist says the father of one of the British Columbia men named as a suspect in the woman’s death isn’t accepting his share of responsibility for her family’s sorrow.Kennedy Deese, whose sister Chynna Deese was found dead along with her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler near a highway in northern B.C. in mid-July, posted a statement to Facebook on Saturday accusing Alan Schmegelsky of playing the victim.Deese also said Schmegelsky isn’t “cut from the same cloth” as her family, and that he doesn’t acknowledge his own hand in his child’s upbringing and ultimate demise.“Your sorrow is for yourself. You cannot relate to us, as we had no doings in the cause of your pain, when you’ve played a part in the cause of our pain,” Deese wrote.“To the murderers and their family, the appropriate action when mistakes are made is taking responsibility. The proper public response would have been a genuine apology. But we still forgive you and have mercy.”RCMP said Wednesday that they believe they found the bodies of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., in dense brush in northern Manitoba following a massive manhunt that lasted close to two weeks.Police have said they’re waiting for the results of an autopsy before confirming the identities.The two men were named as suspects in the deaths of Deese and Fowler, and were charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver.Alan Schmegelsky told Australia’s “60 Minutes” TV program late last week that he won’t believe his son is a murderer until he gets facts, saying he knows how the families of the victims feel.“I’m so sorry for what’s happened. Whether it’s my son or whether it’s something else, we don’t know. I have just lost my son. I know exactly how you feel,” Schmegelsky told the program.“It hurts a lot. He was my only child. I’ll never get to hug him again. I’ll never get to tease him again. I’ll never get to spend a minute with him again.”“At least I know where he is. His troubles are over.”When reached via Facebook messenger on Sunday and asked about his response to Deese’s post, Schmegelsky said she could go on “60 Minutes” and that he could arrange it.“I manned up. I have nothing to hide,” he wrote.While police were still hunting for the pair, Schmegelsky sent a 132-page book to reporters about his own life. He described it as a novelization of his son’s troubled life and his numerous encounters with police and courts, and said he wanted to highlight how what he called a “broken system” shaped him and Bryer.Kennedy Deese shot back that her own family suffered challenges, but doesn’t “play the victim of a broken system.”“There is no white flag of surrender for my family. We are not defeated by divorce, mental health, violence, poverty and socioeconomic constraints, domestic disputes, alcohol or drugs, social media and bullying, feelings of loneliness, or disparities,” Deese wrote, noting that her sister rose to become the first generation of her immediate family to go to college.“We have the courage to ask for and offer help. We are strong, and stand strong together right now in the face of all of these adversities that have come upon us.”RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett told a news conference Wednesday that determining a motive will be “extremely difficult” if the identities are confirmed through autopsies because investigators can’t interview Schmegelsky or McLeod.He did not commit to providing details of the ongoing investigation.The Canadian Presslast_img

Zac Brown Designs Custom Ram 2500 Commando To Benefit Camp Southern Ground

first_imgGRAMMY Award-winning artist Zac Brown has custom designed a 2015 Ram 2500 Commando to be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson on October 15th in support of his non-profit passion-project, Camp Southern Ground.Rick Hendrick and Zac Brown in front of the Ram 2500 Commando being auctioned off for Camp Southern Ground While Zac took command of the design for the project, he worked closely with his in-house design team, Zac Brown Customs, to bring to life this truly one-of-a-kind truck.The truck was generously donated by Rick Hendrick. This is the third vehicle the auto dealer and NASCAR team owner has donated this year to be redesigned and sold at auction to support Camp Southern Ground. Rick was given an early sneak peek of the truck stating, “If someone wants a rugged, one-of-a-kind piece, this is an incredible opportunity. You won’t ever find a truck like this again. Zac Brown Customs has done an amazing job, and the work is going to benefit a great cause. Zac has created a special place at Camp Southern Ground.”Designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind, the interior of the truck has been outfitted with Mississippi Hornback Alligator skin on the seats, center console and steering wheel. The floor mats and sun visors liners feature Brazilian Bovine hair-on-hide, while also being equipped with knives courtesy of Zac’s metal works shop, Southern Grind. On the outside you’ll notice immediately the rugged off-road accessories generously donated by Greg Adler of 4 Wheel Parts, and the hand-painted Kryptek Camo rear truck bed, which also features a hidden tailgate step. Most notably on this truck is the front grill, which features 33 GranDaddy knives, also from Southern Grind.“It’s very generous of Rick to donate the truck, and I think anyone who truly appreciates something that is totally unique is going to like this a lot. The team at ZB Customs really outdid themselves this time. It’s always amazing to see a project like this come together in support of Camp Southern Ground,” said Zac.Camp Southern Ground is located on over 400 acres in Fayetteville, Georgia. Its focus is on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), such as Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD including Dyslexia, and children with family members serving in the military.To register to bid on the Zac Brown 2015 Ram 2500 when it goes to auction, click here.last_img

Morocco Adds Entry Permit Requirement for African Countries

The measure is due to the large numbers of migrants arriving in Morocco and wishing to complete an undocumented journey to Europe.The Moroccan foreign ministry will now require all African travelers, except Tunisians and Algerians, to fill out an online form on the ministry’s website to get a permit, Reuters wrote.The measure will impact countries that currently have visa-free access to Morocco: Mali, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Côte d’Ivoire. According to a documentReuters saw from the Moroccan embassy in Mali, the move aims to help Moroccan authorities identify incoming travelers and “facilitate passenger traffic.”According to a document issued by Royal Air Maroc, the new regulation came into force Thursday, November 1, for citizens of Congo, Guinea, and Mali.Morocco may be adopting the move as an alternative to the European Union’s proposal to build reception centers in Morocco to process migrants’ asylum applications. Morocco has rejected the proposal.An estimated 40,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean from Morocco since January.

Maldives UN helps protect children against neglect and abuse

30 December 2009Child neglect and abuse, subjects that were long hidden behind closed doors in the traditional society of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives, are now being dealt with thanks to a United Nations-backed social services programme. For the first time, social services are being delivered throughout the atolls by Family and Child Service Centres staffed by personnel trained by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).“People are more open about these issues now, and then they tend to report these cases,” UNICEF Child Protection Officer Hawwa Zahira said. “In doing so, the young recruits to this new service have helped to bring about real societal change in their communities. They were resented initially, but now they are feeling accepted.” Ahmed Hussain, a regular sight on his motorbike through the streets of his island home in Raa Atoll, is part of a transformation in child protection services which are helping families in even the remotest parts of the Maldives. “Before we would only hear about cases indirectly from others,” he recalled. “But now we hear from the families and even the victims themselves.”Five years since the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami washed over some of the atolls, change can be seen everywhere in the Maldives. Not only has UNICEF been working to create a safe environment for children, it is also working towards creating a cleaner and healthier place for children to live. A new state-of-the-art sanitation project on Ungoofaaru Island linking all homes to a centralized sewage treatment system is an example of this effort, and is making a huge difference in the level of cleanliness. UNICEF-supported water and sanitation systems and now social services for children have all helped this tsunami-affected island to “build back better.”

Quick progress in new IsraeliPalestinian talks vital to thwart spoilers – UN

“After many setbacks and delays, we are entering a new phase in the efforts for Israeli-Palestinian peace,” Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council in a regular monthly briefing on the crisis in which he repeated calls for Israel to end its blockade of Gaza and urged international donors to make up for deep shortfalls in both Palestinian and UN budgets for the region.“But let us all realize that we do not have the luxury of time,” he said of the talks initiated last week under United States mediation after an 18-month gap in negotiations following Israel’s military offensive against Gaza. “There is distrust and scepticism among peoples on both sides. Their leaders face multiple challenges. And there are powerful elements who will seek to derail progress. Negotiations need to address core issues and cannot be allowed to stagnate.”Speaking to reporters later he voiced cautious optimism at the renewal of talks, albeit indirect. “It is not always that often that I come here to bring at least some good news from the region,” he said. “After all it is since a long time, I think 15 months, that I was able now to announce the beginning of proximity talks which we hope, if they are held in a serious manner, should soon also transition onto direct talks.” In order to make the indirect talks successful, “it is essential for the parties to indeed address the core issues. That means that Jerusalem, the refugee issue, security, all these issues now will have to be addressed earnestly by the parties,” he added. Mr. Serry called for positive actions on the ground, including the flashpoints of Gaza and Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, subject to a three-year-long Israel blockade after Hamas seized power from the Palestinian Authority, the UN is seeking to be a catalyst for a new strategy, he added, noting some easing in Israeli restrictions and an increase in permitted imports but warning that much more is needed. He cited urgent needs in water, sanitation, school and health services construction and restoration of market conditions. He condemned continuing indiscriminate violence in Gaza over the past month, noting that militants fired 12 rockets towards Israel – the reason Israel cited for its offensive 18 months ago – while Israeli forces conducted 19 incursions and eight air strikes, injuring nine Palestinians and killing three. He also condemned five recent extra-judicial executions by Hamas, calling for an end to any further such killings. On East Jerusalem, Mr. Serry noted that no new settlements had been approved or tendered and Israel had publicly stated that there would be no construction in the Rarnat Shlomo settlement for two years, but the Government continued to state its intention to build settlements there and settlement activity was continuing.“Construction in existing Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem is particularly provocative,” he warned. “I stress the utmost importance of all parties showing restraint and responsibility in words and actions regarding Jerusalem.”On the West Bank, Mr. Serry cited “worrying trends, in particular a rise in [Israeli] settler violence,” noting that two mosques were vandalized by unidentified assailants. While Israel has condemned these incidents and ordered investigations, no one has yet been held accountable. “I strongly urge Israel to do more to combat violence by settler extremists,” he added.In Lebanon, he noted Israeli concern over alleged transfers of sophisticated weaponry to Hizbollah. Meanwhile, Israeli air violations of Lebanese airspace continued on an almost daily basis, sometimes more than 30 over-flights a day, mostly by fighter jets.Turning to the financial situation, Mr. Serry urged increased support for the Palestinian Authority, which has so far only received $380 million out of the $1.24 billion required for 2010.Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which cares for some 4 million Palestinian refugees in the Near East, also faces a $90-million deficit, “a financial crisis that threatens the sustainability of essential operations, from employing teachers to providing medical care to improving precarious camp conditions,” he said.“I urge all those in a position to assist, in particular countries in the region, to provide additional support to UNRWA this year.” 18 May 2010As new indirect peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians get under way, a senior United Nations official warned today that rapid progress is vital in light of multiple challenges, including efforts by militants on both sides to derail the process.

Petronas threatens 15year delay on LNG project in BC if tax deal

CALGARY — Petronas said Monday a multibillion-dollar investment in B.C. liquefied natural gas could be delayed by at least a decade unless it can reach an agreement with its government counterparts on taxes and other matters by the end of this month.The CEO of the Malaysian state-owned energy giant issued his warning on the same day the British Columbia legislature was set to kick off its new session, which is expected to be dominated by legislation that focuses on LNG, including taxes and emissions’ reporting.“In order to remain competitive, Petronas needs to secure consensus on key principles vital to the success of this project by the end of October,” Shamsul Abbas said in a statement.“Missing this date will have the impact of having to defer our investments until the next LNG marketing window, anticipated in 10 to 15 years. At this juncture, Petronas firmly believes in the urgent need for stakeholders to collaborate and come to an agreement, rather than act as opposing parties at the negotiation table.”There are more than a dozen projects proposed for the West Coast that would chill natural gas piped from northeastern B.C. into a liquid state, enabling the resource to be shipped to customers across the Pacific by tanker. It’s unlikely more than a handful will be built, but Petronas’ Pacific Northwest LNG proposal has been perceived as one of the frontrunners.B.C. says LNG legislation to be unveiled by end of OctoberB.C. ‘not concerned’ about Petronas threat to pull out of LNG project, citing progress in talksCanadian LNG players are vying against numerous competitors for a share of the market, including ones in Australia and the United States. B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government has been banking on LNG becoming an economic bonanza for the province, with details of a new tax regime for the nascent industry expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.When Petronas last reviewed its global portfolio, it found the economics of Pacific Northwest LNG appeared “marginal” and that it would have a “tough time” deciding by the end of this year to build it without major cost reductions.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck “The proposed fiscal package and regulatory pace in Canada threatens the global competitiveness of the PNW LNG project,” said Abbas. Weaker commodity prices and a higher cost for contractors relative to global competitors are further squeezing the economics.Abbas told the Financial Times last month that Petronas may call off its B.C. LNG plans because of the proposed LNG tax and sluggish regulatory pace. At the time, Clark chalked Abbas’ remarks as being part of the negotiating process and that she was confident a deal would be reached.On Monday, Abbas said he was “encouraged” by discussions it had recently with Clark and Natural Gas Development Minister Rich Coleman and that Petronas will continue to work with Ottawa and federal agencies on ways to advance the regulatory process and clarify the fiscal framework.The next few weeks, he said, would be “critical” in ensuring B.C. follows through with commitments it made during the most recent meeting to create “a tangible environment which stimulates competitiveness and investor’s confidence in British Columbia,” he added.Petronas leads the Pacific Northwest LNG project with a 62 per cent stake. Other partners are players from China, India, Japan and Brunei.The fate of another major project, called Kitimat LNG, was called into question this summer when one of its partners, U.S. firm Apache Corp., announced it’s getting out of the LNG business. Apache’s partner, fellow U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp., has expressed no interest in moving forward with the plan on its own, so it must now find other players with which to advance the project.

New daily shuttle service runs from Hamilton airport to Toronto

A new shuttle bus service is now running from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport to Toronto’s Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport.The Hamilton Airport Shuttle Bus is operated by Toronto-based company King Shuttle and offers riders pre-arranged scheduled pick-ups.Dina Carlucci, Director, Marketing & Communications for John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport said in a news release, “the Airport is continuing to see a growing demand for transportation between airports like Hamilton International and Toronto Pearson mega hub as well as with the Greater Toronto Area. This new service provides more choices for passengers originating from the Greater Toronto region or connecting through the Southern Ontario Airport Network”.Riders can book tickets at a cost of $60 per person each way but can add additional riders for $25 per person. According to their website, King Shuttle says travel times range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.The company says if your flight is delayed they will re-allocate you to the next available pick-up time.Tickets can be purchased online at

UN agency reaches Donetsk after months of restricted humanitarian access

In a press statement, the UN agency said that two truck convoys, carrying enough food for nearly 16,000 people for one month, had reached Donetsk over the past five days.“This food will help people who have been displaced by the conflict, who have lost their jobs and left their homes, and who have been deprived of humanitarian assistance for the past three months,” said said WFP Head of Office in Ukraine Giancarlo Stopponi.More convoys will be bringing food to provide assistance to 20,000 vulnerable people. WFP is coordinating the food distribution through its partner People in Need, an international non-governmental organization.The agency also highlighted the challenges humanitarian organizations are facing in getting access to nearly 5 million people who are affected by the conflict that began in the region in April 2014.During the three months of suspension, WFP said that it continued to provide assistance to people in Government-controlled areas of both Donetsk and Luhansk and in areas near the frontline and in buffer-zone villages.The agency added that it is concerned about the needs of the most vulnerable people and those who had to flee their homes, especially since winter is approaching.

Receiver aims for early playing time at Ohio State

Bradley Roby might have been one of the last recruits to commit to Ohio State, but don’t expect him to be overlooked again anytime soon. The three-star athlete was ranked as the 43rd best cornerback prospect by and originally committed to Vanderbilt in July of 2009. But after an impressive senior season, scouts began to take notice of the wide receiver/cornerback prospect from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga. “He originally committed to Vanderbilt as a diamond in the rough and then blew up at the end of the year,” said Jared Kamrass, a contributor to piled up impressive statistics in his senior season at Peachtree Ridge as he played on both sides of the ball. On offense, Roby caught 29 passes for 536 yards and recorded 42 tackles and six interceptions on defense. The 6-foot tall prospect has also been timed at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash.   “He could play as a wide receiver at Ohio State, but I like him better as a cornerback,” said Bill Greene, the Ohio recruiting analyst at “He’s that type of long, quick athlete.”Kevin Noon, managing editor for, agrees that Roby will eventually play cornerback.“I definitely think he will be a defensive back out of need,” Noon said. “He has good hips and he should be able to really acquaint very well to that position. There is more of a need for him in the defensive backfield just because there is a lot of wide receivers that they have especially around his size.”Most scouts agree that Roby is athletically gifted to play at the next level, but all of them conclude that he is more than just a football player. “There is no doubt he fits athletically at Ohio State,” Greene said. “What I like about him the best is that he is such a quality kid. He is very special in terms of his work ethic and his integrity.” Roby had a 3.86 grade point average in high school, was a member of the DECA club, and was a four-time scholar athlete. The scouting process didn’t go quite as planned for Roby. He originally wanted to go to Ohio State, but didn’t receive any offers. The Buckeyes originally decided to go on a different path. “Ohio State didn’t offer him until late,” Greene said. They chased Lamarcus Joyner out of Florida and Josh Shaw out of California.” After both prospects chose other colleges, the Buckeyes decided to offer Roby a scholarship. This would have been ideal for Roby, but he had already verbally committed to Vanderbilt, placing him in a difficult situation. It is quite common for a high school prospect to initially commit to a smaller school but then rapidly switch commitments if a football powerhouse such as Ohio State comes calling, Greene said. “Roby wanted to be at Ohio State, but he felt that he had given his word to Vanderbilt. He really struggled with that.”Roby told Greene in an interview after he signed with Ohio State that it “hurt him to do that to the Vanderbilt staff.”The cornerback prospect wouldn’t even talk to any reporters about his commitment to OSU until he had a chance to speak to the position coach and head coach at Vanderbilt. Ohio State recruiting experts believe that Roby will surely spend his first year on the sidelines for the Buckeyes.“He’ll probably redshirt as a freshman to get some weight on, get the whole college experience and coaching under his belt,” Kamrass said. Kamrass has very lofty expectations for Roby. He compared him to a recent Super Bowl-winning cornerback who wore scarlet and gray. “The best analogy for him right now is Malcolm Jenkins, who was another guy that was unheralded coming in,” Kamrass said. “But Jenkins was able to put on some weight, learned from some good coaching and obviously became an All-American and a first round draft pick.”Roby could be a difference-maker to take the field for the Buckeyes for years to come. Greene has one simple conclusion to define why the new Buckeye prospect will shine throughout his career at OSU.“I think he is just such a quality individual, and that’s usually the difference when people succeed or fail at the college level,” Greene said. “Someone who gets it from a work ethic standpoint and an intelligent standpoint. That is where Bradley Roby will set himself apart from other players.”

Road trip a turning point for Ohio State womens soccer

Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefAs the Ohio State women’s soccer team prepares for this weekend’s matches at Minnesota and Wisconsin, coach Lori Walker said her team is at critical point in the season.“Every team has a turning point, and for us this is (going to) be a fork in the road … we’ve got to decide who we’re (going to) be from here out,” Walker said.The Buckeyes (7-2-2, 1-1-1) fell to Purdue Sunday 1-0, giving up the match’s lone goal in the opening minute.Despite being shut out, junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said she saw some positives for the Buckeyes moving forward.“We got (to the) end line a lot, we attacked and earned a lot of corners, but we didn’t finish any of the corners,” Gruber said. “But we got our chances, and they’ll come.”Walker said she wants to see more out of her team in terms of leadership and emotion.“We need to make sure we are checking our leadership and finding a bit more heart, because (Sunday) we played down to a level that I haven’t seen us play in many years,” Walker said.First up for the Buckeyes on their road trip is a match against Minnesota, scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. Heading into the match, the Golden Gophers are 8-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play, and are coming off a win in the road against then-No. 13 Michigan Sunday. Junior midfielder Katie Thyken leads Minnesota offensively, with five goals and one assist on the season.After the Buckeyes split their matches last week, they are now tied for fourth in Big Ten play with Michigan and Illinois. So far in conference play, OSU has yet to outplay their opponent for an entire match, senior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman said.“We still need to play 90 minutes of good soccer,” Middleman said after the Buckeyes 3-1 win over Indiana Sept. 26.The road trip continues in Madison, Wis., as the Buckeyes take on No. 18 Wisconsin (7-1-2, 2-0-1) Sunday afternoon. Defense will be key as OSU tries to slow down a Wisconsin attack that is averaging 2.6 goals per game.“We are (going to) work on defensive communication, so we know where everyone is at a time and who needs to mark,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.The match against Wisconsin is scheduled to kick off Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Police called to parent protest outside school after 50 children sent home

first_imgWilliam King, 11, was sent home for wearing black trainers because of joint pain that he has suffered with after having a hip replacement following a car accident last year.His mother, Sharon, referred to the strict new order at the school as ‘The Tate Regime’ and claimed the new headmaster was “trying to make a statement”.She said: “Mr Tate said he’d rather William was in pain and wearing school shoes than wearing trainers in front of other parents, but then afterwards said to me that my kids would be okay in trainers.“Now he’s lost respect before he’s even started – it’s his first day, and he’s backed himself into a corner and done the damage.”Mrs King, 41, who has complained to Ofsted, added: “The issue isn’t the uniform, because I totally agree with it. The problem is that he handled it like a Gestapo.”One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think this has been handled badly especially the head teacher being so strict with the children.”But head teacher Matthew Tate, who has just started at the school, claims to have warned parents of the rules before the summer holidays.He said: “We wrote to parents to say we would be ensuring our uniform policy is adhered to and that if children were not in perfect uniform today they would be sent home.”The majority of our parents are pleased with that.”They feel the school needs to be better for their children and I’ve had several parents tell me how pleased they are that they can see that actually we want to be different.”We want to be a school that they can be proud of sending their children to.”There is a minority of parents who are not happy with that and I understand it has inconvenienced some.”A few have lost their temper.”The parents who have been here protesting for two hours when they could have popped home and got things sorted.”The Academy’s on site police community support officer called in colleagues to help resolve the conflict.Mr Tate added: “The police were passing by and dropped in to help us encourage parents to go home and get the uniform sorted.”Mr Tate said 20 of the children sent home had returned to school after getting the uniform correct.A police spokesman said: “At 11.03am police received a report of a disturbance at an educational establishment in George V Avenue, Margate.“Officers attended and no offences have been disclosed.” 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. Police were forced to intervene today as parents protested outside a school after 50 children were sent home for wearing the wrong uniform.Officers were called to Hartsdown Academy, in Margate, Kent, at 11am this morning, as parents voiced their anger after pupils were turned away from lessons.Year 7 pupils, arriving for their first day at school, were reportedly among those who were sent home, with teachers citing frills on socks, white sock and Velcro shoes among breaches in uniform policy.Angry parents campaigned for two hours outside the academy before police were called to defuse tensions. Police were called after parents protested Police were called after parents protestedCredit:KMG/SWNS.comlast_img

British catwalk star Olympia Campbell Photographers blacklist models who refuse to date

first_imgFollowing the outcry over Richardson’s working methods Edie Campbell, 27, who has appeared in campaigns for brands including Burberry, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, and was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in December 2013, wrote a heartfelt letter to the industry over the issue. 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. She stated: “We have a problem: We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits. We have come to see this as simply a part of the job.”Edie, the goddaughter of Conde Nast chairman Nicholas Coleridge, was discovered by Testino when she was aged 15.Viva London, which represents both the Campbell sisters, did not return a request for a comment on Olympia Campbell’’s claims.The agency, based in Shoreditch, east London, also failed to respond to questions about whether it still sends models to work with the same photographers it had warned them about, or whether it refuses to work with them. Olympia Campbell attends a VIP preview of the Dover Street Market in March 2016 in London Olympia Campbell attends a VIP preview of the Dover Street Market in March 2016 in LondonCredit:David M Benett/Getty Images Europe Mr Richardson later admitted to The Telegraph that his controversial working practices involve “interacting” with models in a sexually explicit way.That was followed by claims last month that fellow photographer Mario Testino, famous around the world for his pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales, sexually exploited at least 13 male models since the 1990s. Bruce Weber, another fashion photographer, was accused of similar claims stretching back to 1982.The claims, denied by Testino and Weber, led to both photographers being dropped by Condé Naste, the publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ. One of the brightest talents on the British catwalk has accused a number of fashion photographers of threatening to blacklist models who refuse to date them.Olympia Campbell says she has been warned by her own model agency, Viva London, about a number of photographers in the industry who are “renowned for trying to make a move on some of the girls”.And she said this kind of sexual harassment was putting some models’ careers at risk.Miss Campbell, whose sister Edie – also a model – wrote an open letter last year urging the industry to tackle the problem of sexual abuse, suggested some photographers were abusing their influence.In an interview in today’s Telegraph magazine the 22-year-old said: “There are definitely photographers – and I’ve been warned by my agency – that are renowned for trying to make a move on some of the girls.” But Miss Campbell, who has modelled for Balmain, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, went on to say: “If you don’t go you’re probably not going to get booked on the job again. That doesn’t matter so much for me because I’m doing other things, but I can’t imagine what it’s like for people who do really want the next job.”She voiced her fears at a time when the fashion industry is still reeling over revelations about the predatory and abusive behaviour of veteran photographer Terry Richardson, who was banned by Vogue magazine last October after disturbing allegations resurfaced that he had engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour with young models during photo shoots. She said that while she had not been warned that a specific photographer was “dangerous”, but said she worried about the impact their approaches might have on young models.“I don’t know who they’ve made a move on, so I don’t know if those were appropriate moves to make,” she said. “It might be that this person’s very flirty, he’ll meet you for a casting and book you for a job and maybe ask you out for a drink.”last_img

Skills shortages already showing evidence of dampening minerals outlook

first_imgIn many parts of the world, the resources sector’s ageing workforce profile coupled with slow growth in the availability of suitably skilled employees is dampening prospects. In a great example of this, Queensland, Australia noted that as a the state its prospects of taking full advantage of the next ‘supercycle’ of global minerals and energy demand, were being hampered according to a recent survey of sector chief executives.Commenting on the latest Queensland Resources Council State of the Sector report, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Skills Policy, Greg Lane, said with the rebound from the global financial crisis gaining momentum among Queensland’s traditional trading partners and continuing demand growth from emerging economies, the resources sector would have a battle on its hands to find the right people for an estimated 41,000 new sector jobs by 2020.“The skills shortage is an issue that has risen very sharply in importance since the last quarterly survey of member company chief executives,” Lane said. “The development of the coal seam gas and LNG industries in Queensland at the levels being proposed will need to be matched by the direct and indirect employment of more than 18,000 new employees over the next decade.“Alongside that, labour force outlook studies are pointing to the demand for additional operational workers in the coal, bauxite, copper, lead, zinc and gold sectors in Queensland exceeding 23,000 by 2020. Most in demand are tradespersons and related categories, labourers and related workers and intermediate production and transport workers.”Lane said the federal government’s launch of a National Resource Sector Employment Taskforce in 2009 was welcome recognition of the urgency to have appropriately skilled workers available to support minerals and energy sector growth. “The QRC welcomes the government’s initiative, especially since it has long advocated a more strategic focus from governments on future skills requirements.” In addition to skills concerns, industry leaders are troubled by the continuing uncertainty around carbon pricing and emissions trading, evident Australian Government interest in a new resource rent tax on the sector, and infrastructure issues, particularly the Queensland Government’s proposed float of Queensland Rail’s coal haulage arm as an integrated business.last_img

1 in 4 ATT iPhone users plan to move to Verizon

first_imgA ChangeWave survey, conducted in December days before Verizon’s official iPhone announcement, points to a desire by many U.S. subscribers to jump ship from their current wireless carrier.Out of the 4,050 consumers that participated in the survey, 10% said they were planning on switching providers within the next 90 days. The greatest number of defections are expected to come from T-Mobile (15%) and AT&T (15%) followed by Sprint/Nextel (10%) and Verizon Wireless (4%). The latest numbers for AT&T continue a pattern of escalating churn which has been steadily increasing and has now peaked with a 5% increase since September.AdChoices广告AT&T has been plagued by accusations from some subscribers that the carrier has poor reception and coverage which is probably why 42% cite that as the primary reason why they would leave the carrier. That’s even after AT&T has shown improvement in the area of dropped calls, according to the survey.When asked how frequently calls were dropped AT&T received a 4% rating in December compared to the wireless carrier’s all time worst rating of 6% in September. Even with the improvement, churn is still increasing which demonstrates improvements aren’t happening fast enough to keep subscribers.When AT&T subscribers were asked point blank if they would switch to Verizon upon its announcement of the iPhone, 16% would,  60% would not, and another 23% didn’t know. Among those switching, 41% said they would do it within the first three months of the Verizon iPhone’s release while another 31% would within the first year. Not surprisingly, the biggest group that would switch to Verizon are current AT&T iPhone users. Out of that group, one-in-four or 26% said they would switch.Read more at ChangeWavelast_img

Amazon yanked the Kindle Fire HDiPad mini comparison because it was wrong

first_imgOne of the most effective marketing tools that companies use when there are a myriad competitors in the market is to provide consumers with a side-by-side comparison of its products next to those of its rivals. Obviously these companies are only going to highlight the areas where it has a competitive advantage, but consumers do tend to give them the benefit of the doubt that the information presented is at least accurate if a bit lopsided.When Apple officially introduced the iPad mini, Amazon was quick to jump on that kind of tactic when it posted a comparison of its own Kindle Fire HD to the 7-inch iPad competitor.Among the features that were featured were that the Kindle Fire HD has 216 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to the iPad mini’s 163, and that users can watch HD movies and high-def TV shows which are unavailable on the Apple product.One other item was that the Kindle Fire HD has dual stereo speakers but the iPad mini only has mono speakers. Well, someone at Amazon didn’t really look at the iPad mini spec sheet closely enough because it actually does have the ability to play mixed stereo.The iPad mini does in fact only have speaker, but using the phrase “mono speaker” makes it sound like a device from the early 1990s. Because of a lot of criticism from various blogs and even from Apple itself, Amazon has decided to pull that side-by-side comparison.Of course, the most notable part of that comparison is that the Kindle Fire HD is $199 and the iPad mini is $329, and that is certainly nothing that can be disputed.via 9to5maclast_img

Five people arrested in connection with scam that cost Dublin Zoo €500k

first_img Image: Garda Press Office Share53 Tweet Email3 By Órla Ryan Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 4:30 PM Feb 28th 2018, 2:30 PM 30 Comments 59,810 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Gardaí involved in the searches Gardaí involved in the searches Image: Garda Press Office Five people arrested in connection with scam that cost Dublin Zoo €500k Searches were carried out at properties in Tipperary and Dublin today. Short URL Updated 5.20pmFIVE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested as part of a garda investigation into a scam that cost Dublin Zoo close to €500,000.It was reported in December that the zoo had fallen victim to an invoice fraud scam that involved the theft of almost half a million euro. It is understood that as part of the scam, some businesses were sent invoice emails purporting to be from suppliers and providing false bank details.Gardaí said the investigation into the series of invoice redirecting frauds amounts to in excess of €750,000 and affects a number of organisations.This morning, three searches were carried out at properties in Tipperary and one in Dublin as part of the ongoing investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB).The GNECB, assisted by the Cyber Crime Unit and gardaí from Tipperary and Blanchardstown, carried out the searches.Three men and two women, ranging in age from their 20s to 60s, were arrested in connection with this investigation into organised criminal activity. They are being detained at Clonmel, Cahir and Tallaght garda stations under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.A spokesperson for Dublin Zoo told that it is “co-operating with An Garda Síochána on a case of invoice redirect fraud”.“No Dublin Zoo customer details have been compromised,” they added.“As this is an ongoing investigation by An Garda Síochána, we cannot provide further comment at this time.”- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Police still trying to confirm number of victims after ‘ferocious’ house fireRead: Here are your rights if your flight gets cancelledlast_img

My heart was broken for them Mothers anger as GamerCon founder apologises

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article #GamerConCurrent scenes— Craig Jocelyn (@CraigOJocelyn) March 18, 2017 We were there waiting for 90 minutes or thereabouts in the wind and the rain and then security came and said we’d be better off going home. We were sent away. The kids were there in their fancy dress and everything. It broke my heart.“It’s not the money aspect really. How can you pay the price on the kids disappointment? It was sad to watch your child look forward to something for so long and then have it taken away from him.” The email Susan Forsythe was sent.The founder of GamerCon released a new statement this morning personally apologising for what happened over the weekend.Ferdi Roberts said he is responsible for what happens and takes “full responsibility” for the chaos that ensued. He said he wanted to apologise to “the kids and families” who were let down. ‘My heart was broken for them’: Mother’s anger as GamerCon founder apologises for chaos GamerCon founder Ferdi Roberts has said he is “incredibly sorry”. By Garreth MacNamee Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 12:40 PM 35,855 Views Zach Forsythe and his friend Daniel. Source: Susan ForsytheTHERE ARE CONCERNS that ticketholders who were unable to access the GamerCon event in Dublin city last weekend will not receive a full refund.Scores of people have told how they have only received partial refunds over the event which saw thousands of people unable to gain access to the Convention Centre on Saturday morning.Large crowds stood in the wind and rain for a number of hours only to be told by security that the venue was at capacity and they would be better off going home. There have been claims that the event was oversold leading to large queues forming from early on Saturday morning. The event was billed as “Ireland’s largest and most exciting convention for the computer gaming community”.A Facebook page with just under 1,000 members details a number of examples of people who have not received the full refund amount.One of those is Susan Forsythe. She had brought her nine-year-old son Zach and his friend Daniel from Belfast to the event. She described how “devastated” the boys were when it emerged that they were not going to get into the venue to see their favourite YouTube personalities. Forsythe had paid extra for VIP passes when it emerged a meet-and-greet with the online vloggers could only be secured with the more expensive tickets.“To see the devastation in their wee faces was horrible. We had a family ticket which we had saved up for as a Christmas present for him. He was so excited, it was like another Christmas. He was counting down the days and then he was devastated when we got to the front door and were told we’d be better off going home,” the mother said. Queues on Saturday morning for GamerCon.In total, she paid €82.75 for a family ticket, an extra €32.06 for two VIP passes, €26 for car parking, €45 for diesel in getting to and from Dublin from Belfast and €7 in toll fares.Forsythe had been saving for weeks to afford the Christmas present and also incurred expenses from travelling down to the event from Belfast. All in, she paid over €200 for the day out. She said the refund of a little over €65 doesn’t do much for her. 59 Comments center_img Mar 21st 2017, 12:40 PM Source: Craig Jocelyn/Twitter The number of tickets sold was based on an underestimate by the organiser of the amount of time people would remain at the event.  This meant that for much of Saturday the number of people wanting to enter the venue at the same time was too high.Read: GamerCon fiasco: Convention Centre hits back after organisers blame venue >Read: Chaos at gaming event in Dublin as crowd queues for hours before being turned away > “To everyone who attended GamerCon Dublin this past weekend, I would like to personally apologise to those of you who had a bad experience queuing for, or at the event. I am the event organiser, and I accept full responsibility and am deeply, deeply sorry to the kids and families whose day was ruined by long queues both outside and inside the venue.” Ticket sales for every event held at The CCD are managed by the event organisers, not by The CCD, who are contracted to provide the venue. The organisers of this event hired an event management company and a security company to run the event. I accept completely that I got it wrong, and that the social response is largely justified in light of the experience that many people had. While I witnessed people enjoying the event on both days, that was completely overshadowed by the fact that many of you queued for hours and ultimately read more

ALP at the crossroads

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the leadership of the Labor Party to be decided within days, ALP members of the Greek Australian community have declared their unanimous support for the first-ever open ballot of party members. Many of those voicing their support for the new system are seniors who have supported Labor for most of their working lives. Christos Tsirkas (69), former president of the the once numerous Greek-speaking ALP branches in Victoria, says the change is long overdue. “I support it very much. The problem we faced in the last four years was the way we changed the leaders – people lost confidence in the party. “Now the members have the choice. It’s not a good idea for three of four persons to put anyone they like on the top of the party.” Mr Tsirkas, who has been an ALP member since 1972, has decided where his vote will be going. “Both are good enough to run the party, but I’m in favour of Shorten,” says Mr Tsirkas, who has worked as a booking clerk at Flinders Street station for nearly 40 years. “He’s a Victorian and he’s been a long time in the public eye. He’s a smart man too.” Asked what he expected Labor’s new leader to deliver, Mr Tsirkas says it’s all about their ability to deliver Labor’s core values – its mission to protect the most vulnerable. “The issues for me are how do we get low-paid workers enough money to live, social security, how we help disabled people, and keep up the economy. “I expect him to unite the party as much as he can, be in touch with the roots in the community, not just do what some advisers tell him.” A member of the Rail Tram and Bus Industry Union, Christos admits that some trade unions have previously had too much say. “Some, not all of them, had a lot of influence in the party but we have to go democratically when we appoint the leader.” “In my union we want the people to choose the one they want.” In Sydney, another ALP stalwart is Dimitris Foundas (75). A former Olympic Airways cargo manager and PASOK branch secretary for NSW, Mr Foundas is backing the party’s former deputy leader. “Both are very good, but I’ve already voted for Albanese,” said Mr Foundas. “Firstly I believe he has the abilities to be a good leader, and secondly I’m a friend of his.” Mr Foundas says by opening out the leadership ballot to party members, the ALP is taking a leaf out of Greek politics. “We did that with PASOK in Greece and this is very good. I believe in democracy.” A vocal supporter of Kevin Rudd rather than Julia Gillard, Mr Foundas is not alone in suggesting the new man’s top priority. “The most important thing is that he creates unity,” he says.   Longtime Labor supporter Nick Bantounas in Oakleigh is equally impressed with the reformed voting system – but picks Bill Shorten as the man who could lead Labor to electoral victory sooner. “I’m glad they took it on board. This new system makes it more democratic,” says Mr Bantounas (77). “Albo’s a good man but I believe Shorten has more qualities and can build the party. “I want the new leader to do what the members want. Members should be involved in pre-selection. We need to be active.” While Mr Bantounas and others may look back to the 1970s as Labor’s finest hour – “Whitlam was the best, not just for the Greeks but for everybody,” he says – how the party attracts more younger members – with the same fiery determination as their parents and grandparents – is the ALP’s challenge. Emily Ioannou (22) reflects a new generation committed to the Labor cause. Ms Ioannou – a student from Meadow Heights, Victoria – is yet to make her mind up on which candidate is best suited to carry Labor’s torch forward, but one thing’s for sure – she welcomes the chance to have her say. “It means that we have a voice as to the leadership of the party that we support,” says Ms Ioannou. “I know from party members that I’ve spoken to, and for myself, it’s a development that has reinvigorated party members’ support of the ALP – especially in the wake of the election result.” Emily’s comments speak volumes. Real ownership of the party by its members will define ‘new’ Labor and its electoral fortunes for years ahead. Meanwhile, interim leader Chris Bowen announced on Thursday that the closing date for votes had been extended to 5pm next Friday ”to ensure every vote counts”. Labor’s new leader will be announced on Sunday, October 13.last_img

3 millions de téléchargements par jour pour les smartphones Nokia

first_img3 millions de téléchargements par jour pour les smartphones NokiaOvi Store, la plateforme de téléchargement d’applications pour smartphones Nokia est en pleine expansion. Elle enregistre 3 millions de téléchargements par jour à l’heure actuelle. Le monde des smartphones est décidément un marché en expansion constante. La preuve avec Ovi Store, la plateforme de téléchargement de la marque finlandaise Nokia, concurrente de l’App Store d’Apple. Elle ne cesse de progresser puisque les derniers chiffres indiquent que le nombre de téléchargements journaliers a atteint les 3 millions, soit plus d’un milliard sur l’ensemble de l’année. Nokia a également indiqué que ce ne sont pas moins de 195 millions d’utilisateurs dans 190 pays à travers le monde qui utilisent Ovi Store.Quelles sont les raisons d’un tel succès ? La principale réside dans l’augmentation considérable de sa communauté de développeurs, via le Forum Nokia, qui s’est agrandie de 400.000 nouveaux membres durant les douze derniers mois. Parmi eux, 92 ont vu leur application atteindre le million de téléchargements. Les trois applications les plus téléchargées par les utilisateurs de smartphones Nokia sont Q Torch qui transforme votre mobile en lampe de poche, développée par CellApp Technology d’Inde (gratuite), AngryBirds un jeu d’adresse fort sympathique développé par Rovio Mobile de Finlande (payante) et Need for Speed HD, un jeu de voiture développé par Electronic Arts (payante).Le 20 novembre 2010 à 15:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img