first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal opposition is forcing the national defence committee to hold an emergency meeting on the case of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.The former second in command in the military had been accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a lucrative $700-million shipbuilding contract, but last week the prosecution stayed the charges against him.In a letter forcing this emergency meeting, four MP’s allege the government had interfered with the contract in question, and then the prime minister inappropriately influenced the investigation against Norman, by saying he expected a prosecution in the case.RELATED: RCMP defends ‘thorough, independent’ investigation into Vice-Admiral Mark NormanThey claim the government tried to inappropriately intervene in this shipbuilding contract, and that the prime minister influenced the case by saying he expected a police investigation would result in prosecution.Conservative James Bezan says he sees similarities between this and the SNC-Lavalin affair.“Corporate cronyism is alive and well within the Liberal cabinet that they will go to any means to roll over anyone that gets in their way,” he adds. “We have a Prime Minister today in Justin Trudeau who thinks he’s above the law, that he’s always trying to put his fingers on the scales of justice to tip it in his favour.”RELATED: Crown to drop breach-of-trust case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman: ReportThe opposition wants to use the meeting to launch an investigation and call the prime minister, the Vice-Admiral and many other officials to testify.The government and the prosecution deny there has ever been any political interference.According to the rules the emergency meeting has to be held this week, but the odds of launching an investigation are slim. Liberals hold a majority on the committee.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission has approved ICBC’s application for a 6.3 percent increase to basic insurance rates on an interim basis for all new and renewal policies with an effective date on or after April 1, 2019.The approval of ICBC’s basic rate change on an interim basis is consistent with past applications and will lessen the depletion of ICBC’s already low basic insurance capital while the BCUC reviews the full application.At the end of the regulatory process, the BCUC will reach a final decision on ICBC’s basic rate application for policy year 2019. The BCUC will determine how any difference between the approved interim rate and permanent rate will be refunded or collected at the time of its final decision.The BCUC has also set the regulatory timetable for the review of ICBC’s basic rate application.There are a number of ways for the public to participate by requesting intervener status, submitting a letter of comment or registering as an interested party.last_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Though Uttar Pradesh is her ‘karm-bhoomi’ for now, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s influence in the Congress is “bound to grow” in the long term, party leader Shashi Tharoor said here.Priyanka, 47, was appointed AICC general secretary of Eastern Uttar Pradesh on January 23 this year, marking her formal entry into politics. The party is hoping that the move will boost its prospects in the politically crucial state which sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”She (Priyanka) is a very impressive lady, who speaks well, speaks with confidence, idiomatic and fluent Hindi. She is very comfortable in public gaze and reminds a lot of people of her grandmother,” Tharoor said when asked about Priyanka Gandhi’s formal plunge into politics.”That’s on the very upbeat side. Perhaps more modestly one should say, she is at the moment general secretary for one-half of Uttar Pradesh. And that’s going to be her karma-bhoomi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”That’s where she will be working in the immediate prospect. But in long term I think her influence in the party is bound to grow and her popularity among the people has already been established,” Tharoor told PTI in an exclusive interview.Priyanka recently launched the party’s polls campaign in eastern UP with her three-day ‘Ganga yatra’ on boat, where she reached out to voters residing along the banks of the holy river.On the poll alliances of the Congress in various states, Tharoor said it varies from state to state. “Each state has got a different logic. We have possible alliance with some parties in some states and are fighting against them in another state,” he said.There was nothing wrong in the adjustments made between the Congress and the CPI(M) in West Bengal, he said.While both the parties are engaged in a bitter fight in Kerala, the national leadership has agreed to some adjustments in West Bengal. The BJP has been using this to accuse the two parties of “double standards”.”There is nothing wrong with that and it’s not the first time. In 2016 Kerala Assembly election, they (state BJP) tried the same argument. But we had a bitter fight against them.”In 2011 elections, that was not much an issue because the CPI(M) and the Congress were fighting each other in Bengal also. But today, each state is reacting to its own political reality. And the political reality in Bengal is very much different from the political reality of Kerala,” Tharoor said.Tharoor, who has been fielded from Thiruvananthapuram again, said the post-poll scenario will be more interesting as there are parties who are running independently but after the polls they are far more likely to support the Congress than the BJP.last_img read more

Responding to the accusations, Lankan police spokesperson, Ajith Rohana told reporters that the police categorically rejects all charges.Rohana said that Sri Lanka had adopted the Convention against torture and cruel inhuman or degrading Act in 1994. Sri Lanka on Sunday dismissed a US report that questioned the human rights record of its police and security forces, saying that the situation in the island nation is “better than most of the countries with five star democracies”.Colombo’s reaction came after the State Department report alleged that “a number of suspects detained by police or other security forces died under questionable circumstances, there were several instances in which police were held accountable for unlawful killings”. “For the last 18 years, only five policemen had been found guilty, not even one per year. This rate is better than most of the countries with five star democracies”, Rohana said.“There has not been a single case of disappearances after police arrest. People have legal redress for any such happening,” the spokesman said.He said those arrested under Prevention of Terrorism Act from the former battle zones in the north and east were handled by three separate units. The report also cited that the Asian Human Rights Council (AHRC) had compiled 1500 cases of police torture between 1998 and 2001. As of October 2011, the AHRC had received 102 reports of police torture. On the charges of police assault at times of arrest, Rohana said that police may have used force when resisted arrest.These incidents cannot be classified under torture and such cases are grossly exaggerated, he said.“We have educated all policemen about international conventions and human rights. Training entails such awareness including legal positions,” Rohana said.  PTI In response to accusations that detainee information had not been made available, Rohana said such information has been released to the close relatives of the detainees. read more

Provincial Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash on Highway 6 in Mount Hope.The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. between Upper James and Chippewa.Burlington OPP were called to the scene and closed the highway in the area for the investigation.Four people were taken to hospital with varying injuries.Collision #Hwy6 closed between Chippewa and Upper James – Hamilton. 3 vehicles 4 people to hospital https://t.co/9HGDXSKQUS— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) September 5, 2018Police now say those injuries are non-life threatening.

TORONTO — Namaste Technologies Inc. has reached a settlement with its former chief executive who had taken legal action against the cannabis company over his abrupt firing earlier this month.The Toronto-based firm, which operates an e-commerce platform and a portal that connects patients with doctors, says as part of the agreement Sean Dollinger has withdrawn his application for an injunction against the company.Dollinger, who is also a co-founder of Namaste, has agreed to step down from all formal roles within the company, including as director, but will act as an adviser. Ousted CEO of Namaste Technologies threatens legal action ‘to set record straight’ Namaste Technologies plunges 21% after it fires CEO and launches strategic review Namaste fires CEO, starts strategic review of the cannabis tech company He says the deal is in the best interest of Namaste stakeholders, and during his advisory period he will provide resources and skills to contribute to the company’s “future success.”Earlier this month, shares of Namaste plunged after it announced Dollinger’s firing, plans to take legal action against him and a strategic review process to examine its options including a sale.Dollinger then moved to prohibit his termination without a “proper process” and called for the company and certain board members to retract a news release announcing his firing. read more

Brock University’s Goodman School of Business saw 18 more local municipal professionals graduate from the NextGen Municipal Leadership program this summer, marking the culmination of the sixth cohort of this successful program.The program is run through Goodman’s Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) which provides public and customized corporate business seminars for Niagara professionals.Tailored to fit a training and development gap at the local municipalities, NextGen provides participants with the tools they need to be more effective at their jobs while developing them into business leaders.Among the most recent cohort was Sarah Smith, acting clerk at the Township of Wainfleet, who found the NextGen sessions to be relevant and applicable to her job.“Municipalities are constantly changing and for us to learn how to implement change and respond to it properly is invaluable to developing our management skills,” says Smith.For Frank Fabiano, chief administrative officer at the City of Thorold, the effects on his managers have been immediate and recognizable.“This program is changing the language at our organization in the way our managers communicate to their staff. There is more coaching, they are more open to their employees and their needs and they are more professional – they have a good understanding of budgeting and finance,” says Fabiano.Fabiano was part of the NextGen program development in its early stages and has been instrumental in co-ordinating with the Goodman School of Business to shape the curriculum.“We had a gap in leadership training and needed succession training for our junior employees to get them on their way,” he says.“We wanted to work with the Goodman School of Business so that our employees could take part in a university experience and so that they could be proud that they graduated from a university of this calibre.”The Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) at the Goodman School of Business is set to launch another year of business seminars open to the public in September and will release its 2016-17 schedule later this summer. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drives to the basket after her team’s 82-57 win against Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 2 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team cruised to a 82-57 win against Rutgers to advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell’s 22 point-performance and a 17-4 run to start the third quarter put the game away for the Buckeyes, who went up 28 points and held a commanding 58-30 advantage midway through the third quarter.The tournament’s top seed, Ohio State (25-6, 13-3 Big Ten) will face the winner of Friday’s game between fifth-seeded Iowa and fourth-seeded Minnesota at 6 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. If they win, the Buckeyes would play in the conference championship at 7 p.m. Sunday.A strong defensive second quarter proved to be pivotal for Ohio State, which held a 41-26 lead heading into the third quarter. The Scarlet Knights (20-12, 7-9 Big Ten) shot just 20 percent in the second quarter on 3-for-15 shooting. The 3-pointer would not fall either for Rutgers, which went 1-of-7 from deep in the second quarter and just 1-of-11 in the first half. The Scarlet Knights finished with 32.4 percent shooting, including 22.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Buckeyes managed a 48.3 shooting percentage.The defense for Ohio State did not fall off in the third quarter. It held Rutgers to 2-of-11 shooting and the Buckeyes forced seven turnovers in the quarter. Ohio State outscored the Scarlet Knights 28-7 in the third and held a 69-33 point lead heading into the final quarter of play, which it held onto for the remainder of the game.Redshirt senior Tyler Scaife led Rutgers with 13 points. Scaife was the lone player on her team to reach double-digits. She did not get much help from her other teammates. The Scarlet Knights’ second-leading scorer had just seven points. The Buckeyes played short-handed without senior guard Asia Doss, who is day-to-day with a ankle sprain. Senior forward Alexa Hart, who started in place for Doss, scored 10 points and corralled six rebounds. “I thought we did a good job, Alexa in particular,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “But overall the group responded well and I thought today was a good performance, especially on the defensive end. Our kids played hard and competed. It’s a good win. Rutgers is a very talented and they’ve had a lot of success this year. Overall good first day for us.”Mitchell had to be more ball dominant than usual with the absence of Doss. Ohio State will require a greater reliance on her handing the ball if Doss is unable to play in the upcoming game.“It’s a lot more difficult when our best defender is out, and with that being said, you kind of try to fill out those other things, whether that be in the gap or being in help or apply pressure,” Mitchell said. “Asia was always good for that. It wasn’t a totally different role for me, but I did step out of my comfort zone a little bit.”The Scarlet Knights defeated Purdue 62-60 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals. The Buckeyes had two bye games and were playing their first game of the tournament.This was the Buckeyes’ second win against Rutgers this season. Ohio State came out with a 90-68 victory against the Scarlet Knights in January. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNominees to fill substantive position of top Judicial officials identified- says PresidentDecember 15, 2017In “latest news”CCJ President calls for speedy appointments of Chancellor, CJAugust 2, 2018In “latest news”Former AG says Judicial appointments a matter for JSC not PresidentDecember 19, 2017In “latest news” – cites continuous probation as pressure on independence of office holdersBy Jarryl BryanThe trend of persons being appointed to act in top positions in Guyana’s judiciary for years while their confirmation remains in limbo has attracted the attention of the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George (left) and acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards (right) pose with President David Granger after their appointmentsThe situation is being described as unfortunate, since such office holders have to issue rulings while their confirmation hangs like a ‘Sword of Damocles’ over their heads.In particular, CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron zeroed in on this situation in a recent address to the Guyana Bar Association. He condemned the fact that since former Chancellor Desiree Bernard demitted office, an agreement has not been reached for the substantive appointment of a Chancellor.“This has brought us to the situation today where the number one and number two officials of the Guyana judiciary have not been substantively appointed. This is a most unfortunate state of affairs,” the legal luminary stated.CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron“This situation has moved well beyond what ought to be acceptable in a modern democracy where respect for the rule of law is maintained. The Constitution envisages the judiciary of Guyana to be headed by officials who are substantively appointed and enjoy all the legal and institutional mechanisms to secure their tenure,” he continued, bluntly adding that the delay was a breach of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.Article 127 (2) of the Constitution states: “If the office of Chancellor is vacant … then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of such office…the functions shall be performed by such other of the judges as shall be appointed by the President after meaningful consultation with the leader of the opposition.”Commenting on this, Justice Byron noted that the language of the Act suggests that the appointment was to be a short-term one, before a substantive appointment. He noted that even from a subjective analysis, the Constitution never intended for the years it has taken to fill the substantive positions to elapse.“Of course,” he admitted, “I do acknowledge that there are practical problems in identifying precisely where the liability lies in the failure to come to an agreement. It seems entirely plausible for such liability to lie with either the President or Leader of the Opposition, or both, in accordance with the mandate of section 127(1) and depending on the process that has been followed.“This naturally raises the question of whether an appropriate statutory or regulatory framework to establish agreement is in existence. If the answer to this is in the affirmative, that may be a basis for judicial intervention.”The CCJ President said that if the right framework to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice was not being used, now would be the opportune time to make regulatory or statutory changes. He noted that that too may be a basis for judicial intervention.“The delay in complying with section 127(1) of the Constitution has long (breached) a level of justifiability and the most appropriate authority for resolving this situation is the court system.”“Section 127(1) ascribes an obligation to the President and the Leader of the Opposition that is mandatory in nature and not discretionary (to appoint the Chancellor and Chief Justice).Any failure in fulfilling this obligation must, therefore, be regarded as a breach of the Constitution,” Sir Dennis also said.Former acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl SinghActing Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards was appointed by President David Granger in May of this year. Prior to that, she acted as the Chief Justice from December 2015. She was never confirmed to the substantive position.Cummings-Edwards replaced Justice Carl Singh, who retired after acting as Chancellor since 2005. On the other hand, the current acting Chief Justice, Justice Roxane George, was also appointed to her position on the same day as Edwards. read more

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first_imgThe Surface RT has been revealed, launched, and fondled by reviewers around the globe. Pre-orders are shipping to customers, and Microsoft’s first home-grown PC is now starting to make its presence felt in the real world. Partner’s tablets like the Ativ Smart PC and Vivo Tab are on their way, too. There are still plenty of questions to be answered, of course, like whether or not Windows 8 and RT tablets really stands a chance against the iPad.In the small business world, the answer seems to be a resounding “yes.”According to a new study conducted by iYogi Insights, SMBs are very interested in what Windows 8 tablets have to offer — so much so that many are considering switching. 38% of business owners polled said they were pondering ditching their iPads and moving to an alternative that runs Windows 8. Those who own Android tablets are slightly more interested, with 45% saying they might make the switch.Compatibility is the key. To small business owners, there’s no comparison between “Office compatible” and full-on Microsoft Office. Every Windows RT tablet or convertible that hits retail shelves will include Office 2013, and x86-based tablets running Windows 8 can run the entire Office suite, too. That’s a major selling point to business owners who still lean heavily on apps like Word, Excel, and Outlook for their day-to-day operations.IT budgets are generally tight at SMBs, and that means they’re looking to stretch technology dollars as far as they can. If Windows 8 and RT devices can find the pricing sweet spot, it looks like they can easily muscle their way in to the business sector.If you’re a business owner considering a tablet switch, make sure you factor a possible Office 2013 license into your budget. Windows RT ships with Office 2013 Home and Student — which isn’t licensed for profit-making uses. That means SMBs need to have a package like Office 2013 Home and Business to legitimize its use, which could add another $249 per tablet. You can also buy a $349 1 user, 2 device license that will cover both a desktop installation and second screen like a Surface RT.More at iYogi Insightslast_img read more

first_img Image: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images 31 Comments IT SEEMS LIKE a David-versus-Goliath situation – but Irish digital merchants can take on giants like Amazon this sales period by beating them on service, not on price.So says Alan Coleman, head of digital marketing firm Wolfgang Digital, who warned that if online merchants lose customers to the shopping behemoth today, Black Friday, it could eat into their customer base during the Christmas period and “really hammer them in 2017″ because of changes in how Google displays ads.Black Friday has become a lucrative sales period in the retail calendar and was worth over €100 million in sales in Ireland last year, according to Retail Excellence Ireland.But a recent report by Amárach for Virgin Media found that Irish retailers are losing roughly €4.5 billion throughout the year in online sales to companies abroad – and stand to lose a fair sum in today’s sales blitz.Coleman told Fora that online shoppers tend to be more loyal to merchants that they recognise and trust, but indigenous firms can turn around their fortunes through focused marketing campaigns.For example, Irish retailers can capture data from customers who visit their online store today and use it to target them with special offers during the after-Christmas sales.“There are always opportunities for nimble marketers to out-innovate the competition,” he said.For example, a retailer can build a database of its most loyal shoppers by using email addresses and other information submitted by users through previous transactions and site visits.That list of customers can then be used to create a ‘customer match campaign’ on Google whereby a retailer can tell the search engine to show a specific ad when any of those customers search for ‘Amazon.co.uk’ or other such keywords.“They’re not targeting all the people in Ireland who search for Amazon, only customers who have bought from (their own site) before,” Coleman said. “They can meet that person with a specific ad and try to defend their business.” Nov 25th 2016, 11:55 AM http://jrnl.ie/3102127 By Fora Staff 13,227 Views Share4 Tweet Email3 How small online retailers can beat Amazon on Black Friday Irish sellers should try to win the war on service – and play the ‘shop local’ card. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:center_img Short URL Take me to Fora He also said encouraged retailers to use the recently launched ‘Google Shopping’ product that was quietly rolled out in Ireland a few months ago.“It’s Google pay-per-click advertising,” he said. “If someone searches for an iPad, they’re shown an image, price and other retailer information like reviews. It’s great for advertisers because the clicks are cheaper than normal and conversion rates are higher.”He said shoppers who click on “these image-rich ads are more likely to purchase”. The downside, however, is that Google Shopping is not the most user-friendly platform.Coleman explained that retailers have to create a spreadsheet of all their products with images, prices, descriptions and other data, upload that file to a ‘Google Merchant Centre’ account and link it to a Google AdWords account before they can start experimenting with the ads.Google’s headquartersSource: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/Press Association ImagesSMEs lose outAccording to IEDR, the company that manages Ireland’s dot-ie web domain, the vast majority of Irish SMEs stand to lose out this Black Friday anyway because they don’t have the capacity to process online payments.A study of 500 small- and medium-sized businesses found that just under a third can take sales orders online while just over a quarter have the ability to process payments online.That said, the majority of those surveyed – over 80% – said their website was important for driving future sales.“It is alarming that in 2016, only one third of SMEs can sell or take payments online,” IEDR chief executive David Curtin said.“The failure to properly tap into the growing €9 billion online market may have long-term consequences for Ireland’s economy, particularly for rural communities given their significant dependence on SMEs.”IEDR’s ‘Digital Health Index’ found that one in five SMEs have no online presence at all. The main reasons for being off the digital grid were financial constraints and a lack of time.“This is a shame,” Curtin said. “These problems can be easily addressed. There are plenty of inexpensive, easy-to-use tools that put together websites with basic e-commerce functionality in a few hours or less.“However, there are infrastructural deficiencies and business support issues that can only be properly fixed through collaboration between industry and government, particularly broadband availability.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Wolfgang Digital CEO Alan Coleman Source: Dave Keegan/Wolfgang DigitalColeman said that “if retailers can’t win on price, maybe they can win on delivery”, especially as shoppers rush to buy gifts in time for 25 December.“If Amazon is a couple of days longer on the delivery, there’s a real danger that customers can end up with empty Christmas stockings,” he said, stressing that smaller firms should focus ads on their more generous delivery times or customer-friendly refund policy.Shop localColeman also suggested that merchants should play the ‘buy Irish’ card as much as possible.“The money spent in Ireland goes back into communities through taxes, wages,” he said. “If you’re spending money with multinational companies, it’s going somewhere else.” Image: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images Read: Irish retailers are going big on Black Friday, but is it worth the hype?>Poll: Will you be shopping on Black Friday?> Friday 25 Nov 2016, 11:55 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Halvagis – whose daughter Mersina was brutally murdered by serial killer Peter Dupas in 1997 – says a new law in NSW giving a homicide victim’s family a say in the killer’s sentence is a step in the right direction.“Next time I’ll go to jail for him. For saving young lives, why not?”George HalvagisThe state’s controversial new legislation was backed this week by Attorney-General Greg Smith and approved by the NSW cabinet.“I’m all for it of course,” Mr Halvagis told Neos Kosmos. “The NSW government has taken a step forward.“I would like the Victorian government to consider introducing a similar law.”The NSW law allows judges to consider family victim impact statements when deciding the sentence in murder and manslaughter cases. A state government spokesman said the law had been introduced as a result of consultation with victims’ groups.Mr Halvagis has been a tireless campaigner to change Victoria’s parole system to ensure convicted murderers and sex offenders are not released prematurely, allowing them to attack and kill again.Last week Mr Halvagis was one of a number of supporters who greeted controversial broadcaster Derryn Hinch on his release from jail after serving a 50-day sentence for contempt of court in relation to the case of Jill Meagher’s killer Adrian Bayley.Mr Hinch and Mr Halvagis have been close friends since the broadcaster offered his support to the Halvagis family as they sought justice in the courts and Peter Dupas’ final conviction; a process that took more than 15 years.Mr Hinch told Neos Kosmos that George’s tireless campaign over decades to help other victims of crime had been a source of inspiration. “I’ve supported George and his wife Christina all through those years. He’s showed amazing courage.“In the early days he looked like such a tortured soul, but as the years went by, he gave me a lot of strength,” said Mr Hinch who said the new NSW laws opened a glimmer of light for victims’ families and justice to be done. “Any form of victim impact statement that can impress on a court the devastation a killer has wreaked is a step forward in sentencing,” he said. Following his latest jail term, Mr Hinch’s focus he says is to help prepare a federal law for a national publicly-accessible sex offenders register. He plans to meet Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the issue after drawing up the legislation with a QC.George Halvagis will be doing his utmost to see his fellow campaigner succeed.“He was always there, always with me,” says George.“I support Derryn all the way. Next time I’ll go to jail for him. For saving young lives, why not?”“I still want the Victorian parole board to be changed – for half the board to be made up of ordinary citizens, but I want people also to know that when a prisoner walks out of jail – if they’re a paedophile, murderer or sex offender – that ‘joe bloggs’ is there next to them tomorrow.“In the last 15 years some 20 girls have lost their lives due to parolees.We need to name and shame them. Right now we can’t get that.”As a Crimestoppers ambassador George says his campaign to help prevent serious crime – and hold criminals to account in whatever way he can – will continue.“I’m going to fight until the end of my life. If I can save one person’s life then I’ll be doing some good,” he says.Meanwhile the new legislation in NSW marks a departure from a legal principle that all victims are equal. Its critics say it will result in harsher sentences where a murder victim has a grieving family who can deliver a statement to the court, but George has little patience for such concerns. Asked for his reaction to worries about infringing civil liberties and the need to protect an individual’s rights – albeit the rights of a convicted serial killer – George answers with a simple message: “Who protects the rights of the people we’ve lost? Who protects my daughter’s rights? When they stabbed my daughter they stabbed me. Who protects my rights?”last_img read more

first_imgBlackberry 10 : pas d’appareils avant fin 2012RIM vient d’annoncer du retard pour ses futurs équipements embarquant sa nouvelle plateforme Blackberry 10. Ils ne devraient pas arriver avant le dernier trimestre de l’année prochaine.La nouvelle plateforme du canadien, qui devrait accompagner ses futurs smartphones et tablettes, semble ne pas être totalement prête pour se lancer sur ces prochains produits. À lire aussiBlackBerry Music Gateway : une passerelle musicale sans fil et NFCD’après les dirigeants, ceci s’explique notamment par le fait que la firme souhaite intégrer les processeurs dual-core et la connectivité 4G LTE dans ses prochains produits sous Blackberry 10. La puce utilisée, à faible consommation électrique, ne sera donc pas disponible avant la mi 2012. Peu d’autres informations ont filtré si ce n’est quelques clichés présumés sur un futur Blackberry London et un Blackberry Milan…rien d’autre à se mettre sous la dent.On peut tout de même s’interroger sur la stratégie de RIM et se demander s’il ne risque pas de perdre des parts de marché en proposant tardivement ses futurs produits…Affaire à suivre.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Al79 Twitter “WWE 24” catches tense moment backstage at WrestleMania with Brock Lesnar WhatsApp October 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm Al79 Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. David Sutherland Roman Reigns is in Remission $3,000 to see Braun Strowman main event? Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Triple H on the August 31 date for NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff: “It has nothing to do with anybody else” Now Playing Up Next October 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm Video: Watch the entire WrestleMania 34 event for free courtesy of WWE on YouTube center_img Yeah if the prices don’t go down I don’t think I’ll be able to make this one. Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? 4 COMMENTS It’s unfathomable that people pay thousands of dollars to go to WM. I mean sure if the card was REALLY stacked, and it was somewhat near where I lived, but they are typically the weaker PPVs, and this year someone would be paying a few thousand to see Braun Strowman? Thanks, I’ll stick to 9.99 (maybe) Just insane. Only kind of people that would pay for this is like that guy who goes to every show and dresses in some grey shirt and thinks he’s buff. Videos Articles Brandon J Now Playing Up Next New info on WrestleMania 34 travel packagesWWE released the following information on Saturday on travel packages for Wrestlemania 34 weekend in April 2018 in New Orleans.ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PACKAGE:Each person in this group (maximum two people per group) will receive:WrestleMania 34 TicketMercedes-Benz SuperdomeSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 1-5 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Collectible ChairSunday, April 8, 2018NXT Takeover: New Orleans TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 1-5 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 7, 2018Private Charter Flight with WWE Legends(Superstars and/or Legends will not be announced prior to the event)Fly to New Orleans in style! Board a private jet departing a New York based airport and enjoy the ride in luxury with the undivided attention of WWE Legends.Round-trip flight to and from New Orleans airport from New York airportRound-trip transportation to and from New Orleans airport and New Orleans hotelSaturday, April 7, 2018 and Monday, April 9, 2018Behind-The-Scenes Experience with WWE Superstars(Superstars and/or Legends will not be announced prior to the event)An exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at the Smoothie King Center prior to NXT Takeover: New OrleansFood and Beverages includedSaturday, April 7, 2018Exclusive Reception with WWE Superstars(Superstars and/or Legends will not be announced prior to the event)Reception prior to WrestleManiaFood and Beverages includedSunday, April 8, 2018Each person in this group will share one standard hotel roomTwo-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Saturday, April 7, 2018 / Check out Monday, April 9, 2018Package PricesOne Person: $9,175Two People: $8,525 per personMARDI GRAS PACKAGE:Each person in this group (maximum four people per group) will receive:WrestleMania 34 TicketMercedes-Benz SuperdomeSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 1-5 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Collectible ChairSunday, April 8, 2018WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Floor or Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 6, 2018NXT Takeover: New Orleans TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 1-5 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 7, 2018Monday Night Raw TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 1-5 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 9, 2018SmackDown Live Ticket(only included with 5-night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 1-5 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first served basis by Travel Package Tier)Tuesday, April 10, 2018WrestleMania Axxess TicketsThe Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterAttend One Premium VIP Session and One VIP Session (session selected in January 2018)Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018Exclusive Reception with WWE Superstars(Superstars and/or Legends will not be announced prior to the event)Reception prior to NXT Takeover: New OrleansSaturday, April 7, 2018Mardi Gras Tour Experience with WWE Superstars(Superstars and/or Legends will not be announced prior to the event)Take a tour of Mardi Gras World where you will learn about New Orleans history and culture. Plus visit the Mask Making Workshop where you will have the opportunity to create your own one-of-a-kind mask. Lunch and round-trip transportation included.Monday, April 9, 2018Each person in this group will share one standard hotel roomFour-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Tuesday, April 10, 2018Five-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Wednesday, April 11, 2018Package PricesMardi Gras Package – Five-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $8,250Two People – $7,150 per personThree People – $6,800 per personFour People – $6,600 per personMardi Gras Package – Four-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $7,625Two People – $6,750 per personThree People – $6,475 per personFour People – $6.325 per personVIP PACKAGE:Each person in this group (maximum four people per group) will receive:WrestleMania 34 TicketMercedes-Benz SuperdomeSeating – Ringside Floor Rows 6-9 (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Collectible ChairSunday, April 8, 2018WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 6, 2018NXT Takeover: New Orleans TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 7, 2018Monday Night Raw Ticket(only included with 4 or 5 night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 9, 2018SmackDown Live Ticket(only included with 5-night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Tuesday, April 10, 2018WrestleMania Axxess TicketsThe Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterAttend Two VIP Sessions (sessions selected in January 2018)Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018Each person in this group will share one standard hotel roomThree-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Monday, April 9, 2018Four-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Tuesday, April 10, 2018Five-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Wednesday, April 11, 2018Package PricesVIP Package – Five-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $6,075Two People – $4,975 per personThree People – $4,600 per personFour People – $4,450 per personVIP Package – Four-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $5,500Two People – $4,625 per personThree People – $4,325 per personFour People – $4,200 per personVIP Package – Three-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $4,925Two People – $4,250 per personThree People – $4,050 per personFour People – $3,925 per personPLATINUM PACKAGE:Each person in this group (maximum four people per group) will receive:WrestleMania 34 TicketMercedes-Benz SuperdomeSeating – Central Risers Rows 1-5 or Premium Ramp (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Collectible ChairSunday, April 8, 2018WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 6, 2018NXT Takeover: New Orleans TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 7, 2018Monday Night Raw Ticket(only included with 4 or 5 night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 9, 2018SmackDown Live Ticket(only included with 5-night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Tuesday, April 10, 2018WrestleMania Axxess TicketsThe Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterAttend Two General Admission Sessions (sessions selected in January 2018)Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018Each person in this group will share one standard hotel roomThree-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Monday, April 9, 2018Four-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Tuesday, April 10, 2018Five-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Wednesday, April 11, 2018Package PricesPlatinum Package – Five-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $4,175Two People – $3,100 per personThree People – $2,700 per personFour People – $2,550 per personPlatinum Package – Four-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $3,600Two People – $2,725 per personThree People – $2,425 per personFour People – $2,300 per personPlatinum Package – Three-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $3,025Two People – $2,350 per personThree People – $2,150 per personFour People – $2,050 per personGOLD PACKAGE:Each person in this group (maximum four people per group) will receive:WrestleMania 34 TicketMercedes-Benz SuperdomeSeating – Central Risers Row 6+ (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Sunday, April 8, 2018WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 6, 2018NXT Takeover: New Orleans TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 7, 2018Monday Night Raw Ticket(only included with 4 or 5 night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 9, 2018SmackDown Live Ticket(only included with 5-night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Tuesday, April 10, 2018WrestleMania Axxess TicketsThe Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterAttend Two General Admission Sessions (sessions selected in January 2018)Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018Each person in this group will share one standard hotel roomThree-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Monday, April 9, 2018Four-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6,2018 / Check out Tuesday, April 10, 2018Five-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Wednesday, April 11, 2018Package PricesGold Package – Five-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $3,525Two People – $2,425 per personThree People – $2,075 per personFour People – $1,875 per personGold Package – Four-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $2,975Two People – $2,100 per personThree People – $1,800 per personFour People – $1,650 per personGold Package – Three-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $2,400Two People – $1,750 per personThree People – $1,550 per personFour People – $1,425 per personSILVER PACKAGE:Each person in this group (maximum four people per group) will receive:WrestleMania 34 TicketMercedes-Benz SuperdomeSeating – 100 Level Sidelines (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Sunday, April 8, 2018WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 6, 2018NXT Takeover: New Orleans TicketSmoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 7, 2018Monday Night Raw Ticket(only included with 4 or 5 night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 9, 2018SmackDown Live Ticket(only included with 5-night hotel accommodations)Smoothie King CenterSeating – 100 Level (Seat, Row and Section assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Tuesday, April 10, 2018WrestleMania Axxess TicketsThe Ernest N. Morial Convention CenterAttend two General Admission Sessions (sessions selected in January 2018)Friday, April 6, 2018 – Sunday, April 8, 2018Each person in this group will share one standard hotel roomThree-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Monday, April 9, 2018Four-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6,2018 / Check out Tuesday, April 10, 2018Five-Night Hotel Accommodations – Check in Friday, April 6, 2018 / Check out Wednesday, April 11, 2018Package PricesSilver Package – Five-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $3,250Two People – $2,150 per personThree People – $1,800 per personFour People – $1,600 per personSilver Package – Four-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $2,700Two People – $1,825 per personThree People – $1,525 per personFour People – $1,375 per personSilver Package – Three-Night Hotel AccommodationsOne Person – $2,125Two People – $1,500 per personThree People – $1,275 per personFour People – $1,150 per personTribute to the Troops dateThe 2017 WWE Tribute to the Troops special will be taped on December 5 in San Diego as part of the Smackdown Live taping that night according to a new report by Mike Johnson. The special will then air on USA Network on December 14.WWE usually does not announce the date and location of the Tribute to the Troops specials in recent years as a safety precaution since beginning the annual honoring of the US military in 2003.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgGlobal science organisation DuPont has launched a new paid parental leave policy for its 33,400 worldwide staff, providing at least four weeks of fully-paid leave.The policy allows new birth, adoptive, or same-sex parents to take up to four weeks of leave at full pay in order to care for a newborn. This leave can be taken continuously at one time or can be used intermittently during the child’s first year. The policy is also applicable for each child an employee has, not just for their first baby.The new policy, which was announced on 14 May 2019, has been introduced to provide a global minimum level of parental leave that will apply for all employees across the business.The paid parental leave benefit will be effective from 1 June 2019 for employees based in the United States; the policy will then be rolled out to all global locations by the end of 2020. DuPont operates across North America, Asia Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America (LATAM).Birth mothers working at DuPont will also benefit from the organisation’s enhanced paid maternity leave provision, which has been extended to offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave.Marc Doyle, chief executive officer elect at DuPont and chief operating officer at DowDuPont, speciality products division, said: “We are proud of our employees and when they become a new parent, we are excited to help them thrive at work and at home.“Great [organisations] care about their employees. This policy demonstrates that we care about our employees’ wellbeing, empowering them with the flexibility to make it easier to choose both family and career. What’s more, it will enhance our ability to attract and retain top talent and lead to the continued success of our [business] as we transform our workplace.”last_img read more

first_imgMore than 20 publishers have already signed on to new custom content “matchmaking” service Junta42 Match since its beta launch last week. The online service is designed to connect publishers seeking new custom business with marketers seeking a provider, replacing the lengthy and laborious RFP process which takes “anywhere from a couple days to a couple months” and “boiling it down to fifteen minutes,” says Junta42 Match founder Joe Pulizzi.The service—which, according to Pulizzi, is based on a LinkedIn-style platform custom-built by Junta42—requires member publishers to complete profiles that list their areas of expertise and experience, including specific client and project history information. The profiles are audited by Junta42 Match via Web verification and phone calls, when necessary. Marketers, who can access the site for free, will be able to search the profiles according to their needs and specifications. Participating publishers can opt to pay $400 per month or $4,000 per year for the service, following a free 60-day trial. Pulizzi aims to have at least 100 publishers in the database by June 15, when he expects the site to officially launch and be open to marketers.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, October 17, 2018:A broken down tanker was leaking coolant on Main Street. Police notified MassDOT and Fire Department. (6:55am)Animal Control Officer freed a squirrel stuck in a dumpster outside Abundant Life. (9:20am)Animal Control Officer took an injured seagull to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (10:20am)A caller reported she was sideswiped by a black pickup truck and knocked over while walking on Chestnut Street yesterday. (11:00am)A caller reported an operator of a vehicle was opening the door and hanging out of the vehicle while operating down Salem Street. Police spoke to operator of vehicle, who checked OK. He stated he was trying to get a bee out of the car. (11:56am)Fire Department responded to a small gas spill at Cumberland Farms. (12:37pm)A Nickerson Avenue caller reported someone just tried to break into her home. A male party set off motion lights, moved a ladder against the home’s exterior, and ran off. A partial footprint was noted on the storm door of the residence. Witnesses saw a man wearing a hoodie flee, described as tall, slender, and waring dark pants and dark grey hoodie. (8:27pm)An Aldrich Road resident reported her TV was stolen while she wasn’t home. She believes it was her ex-husband. (10:32pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 17: Issues At Teen Group Home; Wedding Album Found In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /02:21 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gissella is a Latina high school student in Spring Branch. During a support session with teachers and other students, she admitted she has struggled with depression since the 7th grade.“Some days I would just, like, wake up and start crying,” Gissella said.  After a relationship ended, Gissella started cutting herself. She started injuring herself again after a fight with her mom.  Gissella didn’t say whether she had attempted suicide or even thought about it. But 15.1 percent of Latina teenagers have attempted suicide.  That’s compared to about 9.8 percent of white girls and 10.2 percent African-American girls. Among all teens, the suicide attempt rate is 8.6 percent.“The latest numbers from the CDC don’t surprise me,” said Luis Zayas, Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the foremost expert on Latina girls and suicide.“It’s been like that since 1991, when the CDC first began its survey of youth risk behaviors,” he added.It’s not clear why Latina girls are so vulnerable compared to other teens, Zayas said. But his research focuses on the problem of suicide among adolescent Latinas, and he has learned they experience stress on several fronts, including pressure from their parents.“In traditional Hispanic cultures, there are clear demarcations along gender lines, about socialization: what a daughter does, compared to what a son does,” Zayas explained.  The culture in American middle and high schools is oriented around autonomy and independence. That can create emotional conflict for some Latina girls who face stricter expectations at home.Typically, those social expectations involve “having the girl be more oriented towards family and home than outward-looking, involvement with the younger siblings, taking care of things at home while the parents work,” Zayas said.This tension is more common for girls whose parents are immigrants, Zayas says. But the pressure can be relieved by teaching parents and daughters how to recognize the dynamic and discuss it.“(In) those families who communicate well with their daughters, and make room for them to grow, we have less of a risk of a suicide attempt,” Zayas said.  Zayas calls the problem “hugely unknown” and says a national organization should launch a campaign to raise awareness. Xlast_img read more

first_img Share File photo by REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. first lady Melania Trump delivers remarks at the launch of her Be Best initiatives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque – HP1EE571KALQJFirst lady Melania Trump underwent a “successful” procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her staff said. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted that his wife was in “good spirits.”Mrs. Trump, 48, had the embolization procedure Monday morning. The president spoke with Mrs. Trump before the procedure and with her doctor afterward, the first lady’s office said.The president tweeted shortly before arriving at Walter Reed outside Washington, saying it was a “successful procedure,” describing his wife as being “in good spirits” and offering his thanks “to all of the well-wishers!”Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018The White House did not offer any additional details on Mrs. Trump’s condition. In opening remarks in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sent well wishes for “a speedy recovery to the first lady.”She was last seen in public on Wednesday at a White House event where she joined the president to honor military mothers and spouses for Mother’s Day.Two urologists who have no personal knowledge of Mrs. Trump’s condition said the most likely explanation for the procedure is a kind of noncancerous kidney tumor called an angiomyolipoma.They’re not common but tend to occur in middle-aged women, and if they become large enough, they can cause problematic bleeding, said Dr. Keith Kowalczyk of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.“The treatment of choice” is to cut off the blood supply so the growth shrinks, added Dr. Lambros Stamatakis of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Doctors do that with an embolization, meaning a catheter is snaked into the blood vessels of the kidney to find the right one and block it.Most of the time, these benign tumors are found when people undergo medical scans for another reason, but sometimes people have pain or other symptoms, Kowalczyk said. Many times, embolization patients go home the same day or the next.The president had no public appearances scheduled for Monday and declined to answer shouted questions from reporters about how his wife was feeling as he departed the White House for Walter Reed.The former model from Slovenia is Trump’s third wife, and the couple has been married for 13 years. They have a 12-year-old son named Barron.Mrs. Trump, who has been gradually raising her profile as first lady, recently hosted her first state dinner and launched a public awareness campaign to help children.With the president watching, Mrs. Trump last week unveiled the “Be Best” campaign, which she said will focus on childhood well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.Mrs. Trump joined her husband last month to host the prime minister of Japan for a two-day summit at the Trumps’ Florida estate, and the Trumps hosted the president of France at the White House on a three-day state visit, including a lavish state dinner. Mrs. Trump also represented the administration at the April funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.The Trumps and their marriage have been under scrutiny in recent months after revelations that a porn actress was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about claims she had sex with Trump in 2006. Trump has acknowledged reimbursing his lawyer for the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels but denies her allegations. Separately, a former Playboy model has revived her allegations of a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006. Trump also denies the allegations from Karen McDougal.Mrs. Trump has, at times, has been noticeably absent from her husband’s side. But both made a point of displaying affection during last week’s Rose Garden event where the first lady announced her “Be Best” initiative.The first lady lived full time in New York during the administration’s opening months so Barron would not have to change schools midyear. She and Barron moved into the White House last June.last_img read more