Prince Harry accepts apology, damages in UK libel suit

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has accepted an apology and damages from the publisher of British tabloid The Mail on Sunday and its online version, MailOnline, in a libel lawsuit relating to articles about his relationship with the British armed forces. Harry sued Associated Newspapers for libel over two articles published in October which claimed he had snubbed the Royal Marines after stepping down as a senior royal. Harry has served for a decade in the British army, and his lawyers said the articles caused considerable damage to his reputation and credibility with veterans. His honorary military titles have been put on hold after he and his wife, Meghan, stepped down as working royals and moved to the U.S. in early 2019.last_img read more

CDC confirms 6 new COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgResearchers are learning more and more from patients who have contracted coronavirus. Broome County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Christopher Ryan says the health department does case investigations, interviewing COVID-19 positive patients which ultimately leads to determining new symptoms. ChillsRepeated shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throatNew loss of taste or smell “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. (WBNG) — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed six new symptoms of coronavirus, as research on the disease rapidly develops. The six new symptoms are: “That’s also why it evolves sometimes because we learn more. we learn more about this virus and this illness every time we interview a patient, every time we investigate a case, we learn more about the illness and it informs the next iteration,” he says. The three original known symptoms were cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and fever. last_img read more

Online grocery shopping to drive e-commerce growth as PSBB reimposed: Experts

first_imgThe platform saw spike in demand in the second quarter this year, he added.“Every time the government announces a new regulation on PSBB measures, we see an uptick in demand, but then it goes down. This is because people are adapting to the new normal and they are not as panicked as before,” he said during the webinar.  David said that HappyFresh saw its first big spike in demand at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in April. The company has since adapted to cater to the growing need, such as by hiring more personal shoppers and increasing its stocks.“More and more people are relying on e-grocery platforms, but the more important thing is how to make it a permanent habit once the pandemic is over,” he added.Read also: Online groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarketA survey by management consulting company Redseer in August found that more than half of Indonesian respondents said their spending on e-grocery platforms had increased during the pandemic, while up to 60 percent said they would continue to buy groceries online in the future.“Online grocery platforms will continue to see good growth, even as other categories such as fashion and electronics start to bounce back in the second half of the year,” the firm’s Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera told The Jakarta Post on Sept. 7.In May, Redseer calculated that the gross merchandise value (GMV) of e-grocery platforms would grow 400 percent this year, while beauty and personal care would grow 80 percent, fashion 40 percent and electronics 20 percent.The firm also predicted that Indonesia’s e-commerce GMV would reach US$40 billion this year, surpassing India’s e-commerce GMV.Similarly, a survey by Facebook and Bain & Company revealed that consumers in Southeast Asia were buying groceries online almost three times more often this year compared to 2019. The study indicated that online grocery platforms were enjoying the highest level of penetration in the online retail market, with other categories such as fashion and personal care growing 1.4 times on average.Last year, only 20 percent of respondents in Indonesia said they bought groceries online, with that number rising to 31 percent this year, the survey showed. Meanwhile, Myanmar had the highest percentage of respondents who said they bought groceries online at 40 percent.Topics : “I believe the demand for groceries and food items will still be high,” he said during a webinar hosted by MarkPlus on Sept. 11. “So, this is an opportunity for sellers to tap into the growing sector.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced at a press conference on Sunday that the capital would return to full-scale PSBB on Monday, albeit with several relaxations, after months of “transitional PSBB”, amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases. The measures will remain in place for two weeks and could be extended.During the PSBB period, schools, tourist sites, recreational areas and public parks, among other areas, will be closed. Meanwhile, traditional markets and malls will be allowed to operate at 50 percent visitor capacity, but restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide takeaway and delivery orders, Anies said.E-groceries platform HappyFresh marketing vice president David Liem said the reinforcement of PSBB measures would lead to a surge in the demand on the platform. The rise in popularity of online shopping, particularly online grocery shopping, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforcement of large scale social restrictions (PSBB) is predicted to be the driving force of growth in the e-commerce sector in Indonesia and Southeast Asia this year, experts have said.Indonesia E-commerce Association (IdEA) chairman Bima Laga said the use of e-commerce platforms to shop would increase again as Jakarta entered another phase of PSBB on Monday.last_img read more

Ellsworth, MDI, GSA tennis players make All-PVC teams

first_imgELLSWORTH — Tennis players from Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and George Stevens Academy were chosen Friday to All-Penobscot Valley Conference teams.For the Ellsworth boys, the doubles team of Keegan Gray and Will Morin was chosen to the All-PVC first team in Class B. Norman Jodrey, who qualified for last month’s state singles tournament, was a second-team selection.Ellsworth also had multiple selections on the girls’ side, where Miriam Nelson and Brianna Abbott were first- and second-team singles choices, respectively. In doubles, Kaitlin McCullough and Emma Whitney were second-teamers.MDI’s Regitze Jacobsen was a first-team selection to the Class B girls’ team after making the singles tournament semifinals. Jacobsen was also chosen as Girls’ Player of the Year in Class B after going undefeated in team singles play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s Kent Fang won Boys’ Player of the Year in Class C and earned a first-team singles selection in the process. The Eagles’ Chris Bennett and Lars Hooper were chosen in second-team doubles play, and Quinn Stabler received honorable mention.For the GSA girls, senior Julianna Allen was a first-team singles selection. Courtney Bianco and Chloe Politte were second- and third-team singles selections, respectively.This year’s state title matches were held Saturday at Lewiston High School. Falmouth (Class A, 16-0), Yarmouth (Class B, 15-1) and Waynflete (Class C, 13-3) won boys’ titles, and Lewiston (Class A, 16-0), Lincoln Academy (Class B, 15-1) and Mattanawcook Academy (Class C, 16-0) claimed girls’ championships.last_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd job

first_imgSolskjaer: Trophies not most important factor landing fulltime Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can land the job long-term without winning a trophy this season.Solskjaer believes playing with pace and flair, in the club’s traditional way, will determine whether he gets the job full-time, rather than delivering Champions League qualification or silverware.Asked what it will take for him to be a genuine candidate for the job full-time, the 46-year-old said: “Get to summer and people are talking about the way United are playing, the style we’re playing, that it reminds us of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team, it reminds us of the successful times.“It has to start with the way we play, because results you cannot control. You can control how you approach the game and how you play.“And, of course, trophies — if you can get to the final of the FA Cup and get a trophy.“That was my last game for United, we lost an FA Cup Final [to Chelsea in 2006]. That was a tough last year. Let’s see in May if it’s a success or not.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoLeeds owner Andrea Radrizzani eases sale claims

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani eases sale claimsby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has eased recent comments made about a possible club sale.The Italian businessman revealed in an interview that he had been approached ‘by more than 20 parties’ and that three of them were of particular interest.In response to the article, published on Monday, Radrizzani has issued a further statement, claiming he is not actively seeking investment at this moment.”Because of the job we have done in the last two or three years, we have attracted a lot of interest,” said Radrizzani, who will be heavily involved in the club’s centenary celebrations on Thursday.”Obviously the club has modernised on a lot of levels, which is shown by our revenues, which have increased a lot to close to £50million.”Our attendance is the top of the league, the club has modernised the media (department), we have partnerships with Amazon, Wish and Deliveroo – big corporate companies are starting to work with Leeds and before my arrival this was impossible even to think.”We have to be proud of the club and the fact we are attractive to potential investors.”When and if we will open discussions is completely is another story.”It depends on the right moment, a moment where I believe we need support to build the club bigger than what we could do with our own resources.” last_img read more

Campaign aims to reduce stigma discrimination of kids youth with disabilities

first_imgTORONTO – Like any typical teen, Jadine Baldwin loves spending time on her cellphone and laptop, the latter the vehicle for honing her skills as a wordsmith to fulfil her dream of some day becoming a novelist.But what sets the 17-year-old apart from most of her adolescent peers is her physical disability, the result of being born with cerebral palsy.And while she has no intention of letting that stop her from reaching her goal, she continually bumps up against the barrier of discrimination — the stares, the whispers and the social exclusion by those seemingly unable to see past her inability to walk or her somewhat laboured speech.“I think people discriminate against me in the way that they see my wheelchair and not who I am as a person,” said Jadine.“They’ll talk to other people about me, but not directly to me. So people will stop my mom in the grocery store and ask her what my problem is … because they think that because my legs don’t work I’m stupid and can’t understand them.“Then my mom’s always like, ‘Why don’t you ask her?’ And then as soon as I start talking, you see the look on their faces. It’s like they’re shocked. They don’t know what to do because they think I don’t have a brain.”Jadine is part of a new campaign by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, called “Dear Everybody,” aimed at ending stigma experienced by the estimated 400,000 Canadian children and youth with physical or cognitive disabilities and breaking down the barriers that lead to discrimination.“It’s a campaign that’s not only designed to change hearts and minds, but also to inspire action, to get people to think differently about the lives of people with disabilities,” said Julia Hanigsberg, president and CEO of Holland Bloorview.The campaign includes TV and radio ads, as well as a website — www.DearEverybody.ca — that features an open letter written by kids and young adults with disabilities that answers questions and brings Canadians “face to face with their own biases.”The website provides information and resources, including recommendations for teachers, employers and health-care providers, intended to end the stigma that can severely affect these young people’s lives.Hanigsberg said youth with disabilities are less likely to pursue post-secondary education, are vastly underemployed compared to their typically developing friends, and have fewer opportunities for social inclusion.“One of the most startling statistics that I have ever heard is that more 50 per cent of young people with disabilities have zero or one friend.“Young people who are intelligent and dynamic and have a ton to say tell me that they’re spending every day at the school cafeteria sitting by themselves because no one wants to sit next to them.“That’s the day-to-day life impact of stigma.”Maddy Hearne knows all too well what it feels like to be unable to keep up with her friends and classmates after suffering six concussions over the last four years, half of them occurring while the diminutive teen was taking dance classes.The traumatic injury requires resting the brain as much as possible to help it heal, in part by reducing exposure to stimuli like loud noise and bright light.“I had to wear headphones and sunglasses, and because of that people stared at me and they saw I had a bunch of accommodations (from the school) and they’re like ‘She’s crazy. Like I don’t want to be a part of that.’”At lunchtime, she was put in a quiet room as prescribed by her doctor. “No one else was allowed in the room. I couldn’t eat in the room, I just had to sit there,” Maddy explained.“The room was a glass room and I always call it the goldfish room, the goldfish aquarium, because everybody would stare at me. I felt like a zoo animal.“I’d sit there and watch my friends go by.”The Toronto teen said she’s lost a lot of friends as a result of her concussions, which cause symptoms like fatigue that don’t allow her to be as active as she once was. She previously spent dozens of hours a week practising and performing ballet and other forms of dance.Maddy said some friends don’t understand that she has good days when she functions well and bad days when she doesn’t — and that’s just the nature of concussion.“They only want to see you when you’re 100 per cent and at your best,” she said. “So they’re like ‘I don’t want to hang out with Maddy because she can’t do this stuff.’“It’s a very hard, unhappy feeling. A lonely feeling.”Maddy, who is also taking part in Holland Bloorview’s anti-discrimination campaign, believes it will help educate Canadians, providing them with the “right information” about disabilities due to congenital birth defects, disease or accidental trauma.“I think this campaign is going to help kids who are disabled and kids who do have injuries to feel more comfortable and that society shouldn’t look down on them.”For Jadine, education comes naturally: “I take the time to sit people down a lot and explain to them my disability. It’s better that I explain it to them than them making assumptions about me that are not true.”The Georgetown, Ont., teen knows the pain of feeling like a pariah — sitting alone at lunch at school and hearing people talking about her behind her back.“And some people have literally asked me why I’m even here because as they say I’m such a waste of space and I’m an alien and shouldn’t be here.“I’m no less of a person than anybody else,” countered Jadine. “We as individuals with disabilities can do and be anything we want to be.“We have passion and drive and we’re willing to reach our full potential, despite what anybody else thinks about us.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Bryan Brothers Play Charity Ping Pong

first_imgIdentical twins and world champion tennis players Mike and Bob Bryan are recent gold medalists and have racked up 11 Men’s Doubles career Grand Slam Titles and 61 overall titles. And, during the weekend, they went head-to-head with a team of unlikely, but worthy, opponents … firefighters from FDNY’s esteemed units in all five boroughs.Bryan Brothers Play Charity Ping PongUnlike the Bryans recent matches in London, the pros this time met New York’s finest on a different type of “court” – the table tennis court, as part of a ping-pong charity tournament hosted by NESTLÉ NESQUIK.Sixteen doubles teams representing FDNY competed in tournament-style matches to vie for the winning spot in the final round against the Bryan Brothers. The winning FDNY team then faced the champions as part of the final round of competition, culminating with a $25,000 donation made by the Bryans on behalf of NESQUIK to support the FDNY Foundation – the official not-for-profit of the FDNY that promotes fire safety in New York City and health and wellness training of FDNY members.Winning FDNY doubles team members Captain Tom Spade of Brooklyn’s Ladder Company 242 and Firefighter Glenn Brown from Manhattan’s Ladder Company 1, couldn’t prevail against the Bryans in action, but a good time was had by all.The tournament was sponsored by NESQUIK to support the FDNY and to build awareness for ways that athletes and consumers alike can keep their bodies in prime shape following physical exercise. To support their peak performance, the Bryans both drink NESQUIK as their athletic recovery drink of choice after they exercise. Replacing muscle fuel after exercise is essential for an athlete’s recovery – and results from recent studies suggest that low-fat chocolate milk, like NESQUIK, contains just the right mix of carbs and protein to aid in this process.last_img read more

Gladue principles are failing in courts how will they work in correctional

first_imgNation to NationThe number of Indigenous people being incarcerated in this country keeps rising.That’s a phrase heard year after year.Now Indigenous people represent 29 per cent of offenders in the correctional system, a jump of two per cent over a year ago.Female offenders have kept pace, jumping from just under 38 per cent to 40.“We’re talking about a system that is, frankly, profiting off of incarcerating Indigenous people. You know, it’s rife in all steps of the way, systemic racism,” said NDP MP Nikki Ashton on Nation to Nation Thursday. “And we need to counter this. Like these numbers aren’t acceptable.”One way the Trudeau government is proposing to fight the growing trend is to “enshrine” Gladue principles to the correctional system in the hopes of lowering the number of Indigenous people in custody.They want to do so through proposed changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, or Bill C-83.“But now it will be actually enshrined in law that Indigenous histories and backgrounds and characteristics need to be take into account in the custodial, transfer and treatment decisions made by the Correctional Service of Canada,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale this week at the Public Safety and National Security committee.Those same principles are supposed to be applied before Indigenous people ever end up behind bars, also to curb incarcerations rates.But numbers have continued to rise since the Supreme Court of Canada first ordered lower courts to apply the principles in 1999 (Gladue) and again in 2012 (Ipeelee).The Supreme Court said courts needed to take into account the impacts of residential schools and the generational impacts they continue to have.In most jurisdictions they are applied in court through what’s known as Gladue reports that detail an Indigenous person’s history and provide alternatives to jail, such as treatment programs.“I refer to them as sacred stories,” said Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow, a Gladue report writer, on Nation to Nation.“When you look at reports themselves it’s a report from when they were really young … generational and systemic problems, right through to where they are today and how they became involved in the justice system.”Marsolais-Nahwegahbow said the Gladue system is failing, particuarly as incarceration rates rise, and if the federal government really wanted to lower incarceration rates it would properly fund the Gladue report system on the outside.That means long before someone is facing a jail sentence, as the reports are almost always applied when someone has already been found guilty.And in some cases an Indigenous person could have gone years, with multiple convictions, before a report is ever written.That’s the case in Ontario, which is seen as a leader in Gladue, as Legal Aid Ontario provides funding to Aboriginal Legal Services to do most of the reports in the province. That legal firm provides reports to people facing a jail term of at least 90 days.“Let’s be truthful. These (Gladue) reports need to be presented in an individual’s life right from when they are young and involved, even as a young offender or they need to be involved right in their first entry to the justice system,” said Marsolais-Nahwegahbow.“Right now the way legal aid (in Ontario) has it they have loss of liberty 90 days before they are even entitled to having a report. That’s not right.”[email protected]last_img read more

Resource stocks weigh on Toronto market US markets reverse earlier gains

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost ground on Tuesday as U.S. stocks finished off a roller-coaster day of trading in the red.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 72.93 points to 16,298.88, in a largely broad-based decline led by the influential energy and materials sectors.South of the border, losses by industrial and technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower, erasing an early gain that sent the Dow Jones industrial average surging to 26,000 points for the first time.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 10.33 points to 25,792.86. The S&P 500 index gave back 9.82 points to 2,776.42 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 37.37 points to 7,223.69 — with both indices also reversing earlier gains.“There’s bound to be some profit taking given that the rise in the U.S. has become exponential since late last year and coming into this year,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.“It’s an expensive market and there’s a lot of expectations built in, and sobriety is kicking in a bit.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.52 cents US, up 0.02 of a U.S. cent, ahead of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement Wednesday.All eyes will be on the central bank as it decides whether or not to raise the trend-setting interest rate for a third time since last summer.“I think the bank is economically bent and will raise rates tomorrow, but I think they could very well have a bit of a dovish tone,” said de la Durantaye.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR) were down 54 cents, or 0.81 per cent, to $65.96 after the fertilizer giant said it plans to sell all of its holdings in Israel Chemicals Ltd. in a secondary share offering for an expected US$700 million. The sale comes as one of the requirements set out by global regulators for Potash Corp. and Agrium Inc. to merge to become Nutrien.Meanwhile, struggling Yellow Pages Ltd. (TSX:Y) saw its stock rise six cents, or 0.73 per cent, to $8.27 following the Montreal-based company’s announcement that it has cut another 500 jobs across the country.In commodities news, the February crude contract was down 57 cents to US$63.73 per barrel and the February natural gas contract gave back seven cents to US$3.13 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$2.20 to US$1,337.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was unchanged at US$3.22 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more