The province is working with small and medium-sized businesses in the Antigonish area to open up new markets for their goods and services. Buyers from municipal, provincial and federal governments, universities, colleges, school boards and health authorities met with local business operators at a trade show today, May 28th, at St. Francis Xavier University. The trade show was hosted jointly by Economic and Rural Development and the Antigonish Regional Development Authority. More than 40 businesses attended the show to talk to nearly 20 different government buyers. “An important part of economic growth is encouraging local businesses to compete for a larger portion of public sector procurement, both within Nova Scotia and externally to other provinces and markets,” said Rick Draper, director of procurement with the Department of Economic and Rural Development. “We want to help Nova Scotia businesses become more competitive and our trade shows are one of the ways we offer that assistance.” Eighty per cent of the $1 billion that the public sector spends annually on goods, services, and construction is purchased from Nova Scotia businesses. “We are pleased to be joining Economic and Rural Development in bringing this trade show to the region,” said Gerry Grant, executive director of the Antigonish Regional Development Authority. “It is important for our business community to understand how to access opportunities with the public sector, at all levels, as it can be a key way to develop new relationships and expand business.” The trade show offered businesses the opportunity to learn how to increase sales by selling to government. Face-to-face meetings with government buyers to exchange information on products and services were also arranged. The trade show is part of the province’s supplier development program that encourages Nova Scotia companies to sell to government. It helps small-business operators learn how to bid on government tenders and provides outreach services and community workshops on how to access business opportunities with government. For more information on supplier development, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/supplierdevelopment .
London: Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool that retaining the Champions League will be even harder than their incredible march to victory in Madrid last season. Klopp’s side start their bid to win a seventh European Cup with a trip to Napoli for their Group E opener on Tuesday. The Reds have reached the last two Champions League finals, beating Tottenham in the Spanish capital in June after losing to Real Madrid 12 months earlier. But Klopp believes Liverpool face a daunting task to make it to the final in Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium — a venue which carries extra resonance for the club after they won the 2005 Champions League with an astonishing comeback against AC Milan in the same stadium. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBefore Liverpool can dream of emulating Steven Gerrard and company’s triumph by the banks of the Bosphorus, Klopp knows they will have to run the gauntlet in what he expects to be a fiercely contested tournament. Napoli are expected to pose the sternest test to Liverpool in a group which also includes unfancied Salzburg and Genk. Carlo Ancelotti’s team came within a whisker of ending Liverpool’s European campaign in the group stage last season when Alisson Becker’s superb late save denied Arkadiusz Milik to preserve a 1-0 win at Anfield that sent the Reds into the last 16 at the expense of Napoli. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEven if Liverpool should advance to the knockout rounds without so much drama this season, Klopp is wary of the restocked superpowers certain to be lying in wait in the latter stages. “I will have no problem with it (reaching the final) if it happens again, but at this moment I am not too sure it will,” he said when the draw was made in August. “We have the same chance like everyone else, but that is all, and I don’t see us, the English teams, dominating. I really think a lot of teams have a good chance. Look at the squad Borussia Dortmund has and tell me we are stronger than them. That is incredible. They can make five changes and you think: ‘Really, they didn’t play last week? Why?’ There are a lot of quality teams. “Juventus will be there, PSG will be there. Real Madrid? Do you think they gave up already? Bayern Munich now finally brought in Perisic and Coutinho which is a big boost.” While Liverpool will always have a special relationship with the Champions League after the club’s dominance of the competition in the 1970s and 1980s, it is not hard to believe that some die-hard Kopites would happily exchange their continental supremacy for a season of domestic bliss. Having erased the pain of that 2018 final defeat against Real, Liverpool’s main goal this term is to end the club’s long wait to win the English title.
FLINT, Mich. – The Quebecer charged in the stabbing of a police officer at a Michigan airport says he has no mental or physical problems and does not use alcohol or drugs.Audio from Amor Ftouhi’s court hearing was released Thursday and indicates the accused has been working on and off as a truck driver and last worked about two weeks ago.The court was told at Wednesday’s hearing in Flint, Mich., that the married father of three, who has dual Canadian-Tunisian citizenship, has three sisters and two brothers in Tunisia and another sister in Switzerland.It also heard the Montreal resident has lived in Canada for 10 years.David Koelzer, the attorney who represented the accused, said he previously read out the complaint to Ftouhi, who also had a hard copy of the document in which the charge of committing violence at an international airport was outlined.“He certainly appeared to understand what I was reading and indicated to me he understood what I was reading to him and that it represented the facts alleged in support of the charge,” Koelzer told Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis.The Detroit Free Press reported that officials said Ftouhi was wearing a mask at the court proceedings because he had spat on a law-enforcement officer.Ftouhi is charged in the stabbing attack on airport police Lt. Jeff Neville in Flint, which occurred after someone yelled “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”Linsey Carson, a court pretrial services officer, also spoke at Ftouhi’s hearing Wednesday.“He said he was working off and on as a truck driver,” she said. “Last worked about two weeks ago. He indicated no mental or physical health problems and no drug or alcohol use.”His bail hearing is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, when a date for a preliminary hearing is also to be set.Acting U.S. Attorney Dan Lemisch says more charges are coming in the days ahead.The FBI said Thursday that Ftouhi unsuccessfully tried to purchase a gun in the United States before buying a knife.David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit said, authorities “have absolutely no indication that he had any association with anyone in the Flint area or, thus far, in Michigan.”He also said that Ftouhi was “neither on the radar of Canadian authorities or FBI or United States authorities.”In Quebec City, meanwhile, Premier Philippe Couillard said Muslims have a responsibility in the fight against terrorism.One “cannot disconnect this type of event, terrorism, from Islam in general,” Couillard told reporters.“And I think (French) President (Emmanuel) Macron yesterday was very eloquent about this when, addressing the Muslim community in France, he told them, ‘it is also your responsibility to act on the theological front, to explain to your people that this is not part of the religion, that it is contrary to the teachings of the religion.’“There’s a dual responsibility. But any intolerance, any discrimination, of course you know where we stand. We are completely against that and against any generalization of the broader community.”—With files from The Associated Press
OTTAWA — The Senate will sit today to debate legislation that would order postal workers back to work.The bill passed the House of Commons during a special session early this morning by a vote of 166 to 43.Senators will sit today, and tomorrow if necessary, to deal with the bill, which will go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots.Canada Post says it could take weeks — even stretching into 2019 — to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.The Canadian Press
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement If you think it’s tough for a writer in 2018, imagine how Margaret Atwood felt at the beginning of her career. “It was impossible,” the celebrated author says. “I was starting out in Canada in the 1950s. There was no market. I thought I would have to have a day job.”Her back-up plan could have made her into the next Danielle Steel. “I thought I’d write true romances,” Atwood says. “But I tried, and I basically couldn’t do it. I was 18, what can I tell you? It bogged down in the middle. I could do the plots, but I couldn’t do the prose. It was in the age of dots. Something happened on the sofa, and then they were …” She pauses. “Dot, Dot, Dot! I couldn’t do that.”Atwood is one of five honorees at this year’s Variety Power of Women luncheon on April 13. As part of this week’s cover story, Atwood spoke to Variety about the secrets of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on her 1985 dystopian classic, how it plays during the era of Donald Trump, and why there should be one definition of feminism. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What are your memories of writing the first draft of “The Handmaid’s Tale?”I started writing it in West Berlin in 1984. The wall was still in place. Because I was Canadian, we could go across to East Berlin, Czechoslovakia, and Poland, which we did. They were all Iron Curtain countries at the time. That definitely had an influence on the book, most particularly the feeling that people were very reluctant to talk to you until they absolutely trusted you and you were in a place that wasn’t bugged. I had been thinking about this book for a while. I had been collecting newspaper clippings, which one did in those days. There was no internet. So my rule for it was, nothing goes in that didn’t have a precedent in real life — somewhere, sometime.What was your original title for it? Twitter
The security situation is deteriorating in the West African country, with violence in Lomé causing deaths and injuries. Togo has been engulfed in a political crisis since its long-serving President, Gnassingbe Eyadema, died a week ago.Under the Togolese Constitution, the President of the National Assembly should have become acting president until fresh elections were held within 60 days.Instead, President Eyadema’s son, Faure Gnassingbe, a cabinet minister, was appointed Head of State shortly after his father’s death, and the Constitution was hastily amended.In a statement released today by a UN spokesman, Mr. Annan called on all sides “to exercise maximum restraint while efforts continue to find an early and peaceful solution to the country’s current crisis.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, vehicles form a line behind a motorist re-fueling at a gas station, in Newark, N.J. Oil has fallen close to its lowest level in 6 years, and many expect it to fall much further in the coming weeks because supplies are still heading up and the summer driving season is still months away. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2015 10:47 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil is tumbling again, rattling an already-shaken oil industry and heralding lower prices for consumers.The price of oil fell 10 per cent this week, approaching its lowest price in six years. Many expect it to fall further in the coming weeks because supplies are rising and the summer driving season is still months away.The lower crude prices will mean gasoline prices will slide lower in the coming weeks, and many drivers will likely pay under $2 a gallon in the summertime for the first time since 2004.Oil prices had appeared to stabilize in a range nearly 15 per cent higher than the depths they had reached in late January. But on Friday the International Energy Agency called a recent rise in oil prices a “head fake” and a “facade of stability.”“The rebalancing (of supply and demand) triggered by the price collapse has yet to run its course,” the agency wrote in its monthly oil market report.On Friday, oil fell $2.21, or 5 per cent, to $44.84 a barrel, within 40 cents of its low for the year of $44.45. Here’s what’s behind the recent drop, and what else to look out for in the coming months.FLOOD OF OILOil has collapsed from over $100 because rising global supplies — especially in the U.S. — outpaced weak demand. The increase in U.S. production last year was the third-biggest one-year increase in the history of the global oil industry, according to BP.That has pushed oil levels in storage to their highest ever in the U.S. and far higher than normal around the world. Analysts expect supplies to continue to build, forcing prices gradually lower, until refiners ramp up to make gasoline for the summer driving season.But analysts say price of oil could fall sharply — to under $40 a barrel and perhaps even briefly to $20 — if supplies grow so much that storage tanks fill up.WHAT ABOUT MY GAS PRICE?Gasoline prices rise nearly every year around this time. This year has been no different. After reaching a low of $2.03 a gallon in late January, the national average retail price rose every day for more than a month, reaching $2.46 on March 7, according to AAA.But the spring surge is likely over, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. The national average has slipped lower every day for the past week, falling to $2.44 on Friday, and Kloza expects it to fall the rest of March and April.The national average won’t fall all the way to its January low, Kloza said, in part because refiners must still switch to more expensive summer blends of gasoline to meet clean air standards. But he expects drivers in much of the nation, especially in the South, to be paying less than $2 a gallon at times this spring and summer.“This is something unique,” Kloza says. “The market (decline) is going to make it so you don’t even notice when your local station switches from winter to summer gas.”WHAT WILL PRODUCERS DO?Low prices have forced oil companies to slash spending on new exploration and production, and forced oil service companies facing a slowdown in drilling to lay off thousands of workers.When drillers stop sinking new wells into the ground, production begins to fall and prices rise. The number of rigs operating in the U.S. fell for the 14th straight week to their lowest since March of 2011, the oil services company Baker Hughes reported Friday.But it is still unclear whether producers in the U.S. have cut back enough to help rebalance supply and demand. And while some OPEC members have called for the cartel to reduce output in an effort to force prices up, the group’s most powerful member, Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf states have shown little interest in cutting back.Despite the slowdown in drilling, U.S. production is still rising because projects started last year are still ramping up. Many oil companies say they can still make money at low prices if they drill only in their most cost-effective oil fields. But those fields are cost-effective because they produce a lot of oil, and that means output might not fall as much as expected.U.S. production is not expected to start to slip until June, according to the Energy Department, and even then the declines are expected to be slight. And though U.S. production is expected to decline every month in the second half of the year, production in December of this year will still be higher than production during every month last year.___Jonathan Fahey can be reached at http://twitter.com/JonathanFahey . The price of oil is heading down again after ‘head fake’ rally; price of gas likely to follow
TORONTO – Real estate deals helped Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) return to profit despite substantially higher spending on strategic initiatives in the second quarter, which HBC’s chairman says was a “transformative” period for the iconic Canadian retailer.The latest quarter included a $107-million gain from HBC’s contributions of properties to real estate joint ventures. On a normalized basis, HBC had a $53-million loss in the quarter — up from a $28-million loss a year earlier.The higher normalized loss was largely driven by higher overhead expenses, referred to as SG&A, which grew by $131 million from a year ago to $752 million.HBC said the increased costs included strategic investments in its digital business, which includes online and mobile sales, as well as the introduction of its Saks brand to Canada and the expansion of its Saks Off 5th chain in the United States.Nevertheless, HBC’s governor and executive chairman said HBC’s businesses are “in excellent shape” for the fall and holiday quarters — typically the most important part of the year for retailers.The Toronto-based company remains on track to achieving between $9 billion and $9.3 billion of revenue this fiscal year, HBC chairman Richard Baker told analysts Thursday.He said HBC had been able to reduce its debt by $1 billion with proceeds from the transfer of some real estate to joint ventures with Simon Properties in the United States and RioCan (TSX:REI) in Canada.Baker added that an agreement to acquire German department store chain Galeria Kaufhof for $3.36 billion — the company’s first move outside North America — remains on track to close in the current quarter.“We are also continuing to experience significant growth in digital sales, which were up 30 per cent during the quarter, and are pleased with the traction that our digital businesses are achieving,” Baker said.HBC — which traces its history to the fur trade before Canada was a country — operates the Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters stores in Canada, Lord & Taylor in the United States and Saks Fifth Avenue, a global luxury brand based in the United States.HBC’s net income for the second quarter ended Aug. 1 was $67 million, which compared with a loss of $36 million in the second quarter of 2014 and $33 million in the first quarter of 2015.HBC’s retail sales under all banners totalled $2.04 billion — up $269 million or 15.2 per cent from a year earlier.Part of the increase in retail sales was due to the higher value of the U.S. dollar and an increase in digital sales. There was also same-store sales growth at some banners, including Off 5th — although the Saks brand saw flat revenues.Jerry Storch, HBC’s chief executive officer, said Saks Fifth Avenue “continues to struggle a bit with the global tourist and the slowdown in spending because of the strong (U.S.) dollar.”In contrast to Saks, the Off 5th brand was one of the fastest-growing segments of the HBC business in the quarter.HBC bought Saks and Off 5th nearly two years ago. Storch, a former Toys R Us chief executive who joined HBC in January, said plans are on track to open the first Saks and Off 5th stores in Canada next spring — as previously announced.Chief financial officer Paul Beesley said that the company is on track to achieve $100 million in “synergies” from the Saks purchase — a term that usually refers to expense reductions and sometimes to increased opportunities.In addition to synergies, Beesley said is working on a program to cut sales, general and administration expenses starting in the current quarter, although he declined to provide analysts with details on how the savings would be achieved.— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitter. by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 10, 2015 5:51 am MDT Last Updated Sep 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Real estate deals return HBC to profit but strategic initiatives push up expenses
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2017 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Interac taking e-Transfer service off-line temporarily to address technical issue TORONTO – Interac says it has temporarily taken its e-Transfer service off-line to address an “internal technical issue” that has seen service disruptions for a number of customers trying to transfer money online.“Financial institutions will not be able to process any transactions while we have the system off-line, nor will consumers be able to send or receive any Interac e-Transfer transactions,” Interac spokeswoman Colleen Harasymchuk said.“The system and data remains secure,” she added.The company first announced the problem Thursday evening via Twitter, saying the service was unavailable and that teams were working to resolve the issue.Interac announced about an hour later that the service had been restored, but then followed up with another tweet several hours after that saying that it was continuing to experience an issue.Earlier on Friday the company said the service was operating but was experiencing “intermittent issues.”Several customers took to Twitter in search of answers, with some saying they were unable to pay their rent for the next month.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.
https://jrnl.ie/4615606 “She refuses to discuss our affair and says it is in the past. She has confessed it to her new lover, while I have no closure and am forced to carry this dark secret alone. I now feel a tremendous amount of grief, and shame, for a lost love – and am possibly suffering postponed grief for a dead friend – all in silence.”He said he loved his wife but was not “in love” with her and wished he could transfer his feelings for this other woman back to his wife.In garda interviews Quirke talked about his anger towards Mary Lowry, complaining that she had deceived and abandoned him.When Quirke’s son died in a tragic accident in August 2012 he said Mary did not support him. Bowman also pointed out that he was caught on CCTV at Lowry’s home in December 2012.She had gone out that morning and Quirke could be seen in her yard and shed. He peeked in her windows, took underwear from her line and looked into her post box. Then he used a key to open her door, triggering the house alarm.Lowry had installed the CCTV due to her house alarm having been triggered multiple times in the previous months.Her passport had gone missing in September 2012, taken from her home. She was planning a family holiday and realised the passport was missing when it was too late.After viewing the CCTV footage in December of that year Lowry confronted Quirke about the passport and he replied: “I sold it and made money off it.” He would later tell gardaí this was sarcasm and deny the theft.Quirke also reported Mary to Tusla, the child and family agency. Deirdre Caverley, who took the call, said Quirke told her Ms Lowry’s children were being left unsupervised for long periods of time mostly at weekends.He said she had “lost the run of herself” and become fixated on her new relationship. Tusla found nothing untoward going on in the Lowry home. This, according to Bowman, was the accused man’s second attempt to scupper the relationship between Mary and Bobby.Quirke’s defence counsel Bernard Condon SC told the jury that evidence of motive, even if it were accepted, is not evidence of murder. He further pointed out that there was no independent evidence to support Lowry’s claim that Quirke stole her passport or that he assaulted her during a discussion over whether she should compensate him after his cattle was infected by a disease from her late husband’s herd. Bobby Ryan’s children Robert and Michelle holding a photo of their father outside the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin today. Source: Leah FarrellQuirke’s financial dealings with Lowry formed another aspect of the prosecution’s case with Bowman telling the jury that the accused relied on Lowry financially and emotionally.Soon after Martin’s death Quirke used €80,000 of Ms Lowry’s money to invest in Contracts for Difference. He made, he said, about €80,000 over 18 months on that investment and split the profits evenly with Lowry.It also emerged that he had taken a €20,000 loan from her without drawing up a repayment agreement. He further told her that his herd had been infected with Bovine Venereal Diarrhoea by one of her late husband’s cows and that she should compensate him.He would go on to claim that Lowry agreed to let him keep the €20,000 as compensation, something Lowry strongly denied. She said he harassed and intimidated her looking for the money and insisted they did not agree on compensation.Following Bobby Ryan’s disappearance Quirke claimed his affair with Lowry was “rekindled”, something she strenuously denied in the witness box. She said she couldn’t remember staying with Quirke at the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford in September 2011 despite evidence of a payment from her bank account to the Cliff House for more than €400.She accepted that she spent a night with him in Fitzpatrick’s Hotel in Killiney, south Dublin in January 2012.She didn’t want to be there, she said, adding that she got drunk, woke up with a sore head and went home. She added: “We did not rekindle our relationship.”Quirke gave a different version to gardaí. They had, he said, made love about three times, and although he noticed she was unhappy the following morning he put it down to guilt rather than drink.On St Patrick’s weekend 2012 Lowry met Flor Cantillon and they started dating. A recording of a conversation between Lowry and Cantillon was found on a hard drive in Quirke’s home by gardaí who searched the house in May 2013 following the discovery of the body.‘What the guards will know’During that search gardaí also seized a computer which they found had been used to search for “human body decomposition timeline” in December 2012, four months before the discovery. It had also been used to look at an article about the limitations of DNA evidence and several articles about body decomposition.When this was put to Quirke in interview he told gardai that his son had died, adding: “That is all I’m saying.”He also told gardaí that if he had known where Bobby Ryan’s body was and wanted to know its condition he could have just opened the tank to look.Gardaí put it to him that a search relating to decomposition was carried out before his son’s death in August 2012.He said his explanation did not cover all the searches, but did explain the search in December 2012. He denied that this “blew out of the water” his explanation for why he was looking up information on body decomposition.As part of their search gardai also found an A4 sheet which revealed a handwritten note with the words “what the guards will know”.It contained references, Bowman said, to what Quirke had told gardaí in interview following the discovery of the body including details about Mary Lowry and how it was strange that she couldn’t say how long it took for Bobby Ryan’s car to leave her drive that morning. Also written down were the words “murdered poss in house” and “dispose of clothes \ phone \ any other evidence.”Bowman said this note was written before 30 April which would mean that Quirke was preparing for his garda interviews before the discovery of the body.Defence counsel Bernard Condon SC said it was more likely the note was written after the interviews and suggested to the jury that his client had essentially been accused of murder by gardai and so it was normal for him to write down what had happened.In his closing speech Condon told the jury that the evidence against Quirke was enough only to arouse suspicion and not enough to convict a man of murder.He pointed out that the searches contained no references specific to this case, such as decomposition in water or in a sealed tank. He questioned the evidence of Lowry, who he said was a liar, a dangerous witness and that part of her evidence was “a piece of the most devious poison that has been delivered across the face of the Central Criminal Court for many a year.”He particularly noted that in 2011 she told gardai that she saw Quirke at Fawnagowan at 8:30 on the morning Ryan went missing and that it would be normal for him to be coming and going at all hours.She knew he was going away that weekend and probably wanted to get jobs done early. In 2013, she changed her position to say it was unusual for him to be there so early and she had noted he was “hot and sweaty and bothered looking”. In the witness box she denied knowing that he was going away for the weekend.Condon told the jury that the computer searches raised nothing more than suspicion and that is not enough to convict a man of murder. The evidence of Lowry, he said, was unreliable.The prosecution said the evidence of Quirke’s jealousy and his emotional and financial reliance on Lowry formed the motive. He had the opportunity, he was the only person with full access to the tank and his explanation for why he opened the tank on April 30, 2013 did not hold water. Neither, Bowman said, did his explanation for searching for information relating to the decomposition of bodies.As the trial came towards its close there was heightened tension in court. On the third day of the jury’s deliberations there was a scuffle at the front door as Quirke felt photographers were blocking his entry to the building. His legal team raised concerns that members of the jury might have seen what happened and Justice Creedon ordered the media to give Quirke space.Throughout the trial the heightened interest around the country was reflected by the number of people who showed up every day to listen and watch from the public seats.They travelled from all over the country, many pensioners using their free bus and rail passes. Some complained to gardaí that they had been queuing since early morning while others expected to be seated despite arriving just as the day’s proceedings were about to start.It was a packed courtroom that finally heard that Quirke had been convicted, by a majority verdict, of the murder of Bobby Ryan. Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6:44 PM Patrick Quirke walks past gardaí at the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) in Dublin. Image: Leah Farrell FROM THE OUTSET the prosecution said there was “no smoking gun” that would link Patrick Quirke to the murder of Bobby Ryan but Michael Bowman SC for the prosecution said that strands of circumstantial evidence would be woven together to prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.During 13 weeks of evidence that was frequently interrupted by legal argument the jury learned that Mary Lowry was married to Martin Lowry, who was best man at Quirke’s wedding. Martin died in September 2007 leaving Mary widowed with three young boys.Quirke soon started farming Martin’s land at Fawnagowan and helped Lowry with her finances and farm issues. In 2008 he took a seven-year lease on what was now her land at a cost of €12,600 per year.It later emerged that a Single Farm Payment from the EU of €11,000 meant that the net cost of the lease to Quirke was €1,600 per year.In early 2008 Quirke and Lowry began a sexual relationship, one that Lowry described to the jury as “seedy” and “sordid” and something she regrets. She described Quirke as overpowering and insisted she did not choose to have an affair but was led to have an affair.Defence counsel Bernard Condon SC described the relationship as consenting, between adults and suggested to the jury that Lowry’s description of it as sordid was based on hindsight and due to the fact she now regrets what she did.In August 2010 Lowry met Bobby Ryan at a dance. They kept in touch and he helped her to get tickets to the All-Ireland hurling final and they started seeing each other more regularly. Mary Lowry leaving the Central Criminal Court Dublin (CCJ) in Dublin, file photo. Source: Leah FarrellWhen Quirke found out, he told gardaí, he was angry and hurt. He took Lowry’s phone and texted Ryan to tell him that he was in a relationship with Mary and she had not been honest. He then called Ryan and told him: “I’m the man.”Lowry had to plead with Quirke to get her phone back. She spoke to Bobby about her affair with Quirke and he accepted her explanation and offered to speak to Quirke, to help him.Ryan had suffered following the break-up of his own marriage and felt he could be of assistance. They met at Hayes’s Hotel in Thurles, spoke for about an hour and shook hands.Lowry said that following that meeting Quirke told her that Bobby “smells”. In garda interviews Quirke said the meeting went well and he was glad to be able to let Ryan know he wasn’t a “monster”.Lowry described Bobby as a “breath of fresh air”. He was fun and funny, they shared a love for dancing and music and he loved her three boys who also loved him.She was happy that she didn’t have to hide the relationship and lie to her family. When her late husband’s family found out she was seeing someone they were happy for her and wished her well.On 2 June, 2011 Bobby Ryan called to Lowry’s home some time after 9pm. He stayed the night and Lowry said he awoke at 6am or 6.15am. They made love before he left at about 6.30am.She waited to hear his van cross the cattle grid at the end of her drive and would later tell gardaí that he took longer than usual to drive away. She got up some time later, brought her children to school and dropped her mother-in-law Rita Lowry into town, as was her routine every Friday.The alarm was raised when Ryan failed to show up at Killough Quarry where he worked as a truck driver. He was described by his employer Niall Quinn as a perfect employee and punctual.When Ryan’s daughter Michelle found out he hadn’t turned up for work she was immediately concerned. Her brother Robert Jnr called to Lowry’s home, thinking his dad was planning to head to the beach with his girlfriend as it was a beautiful day.Lowry was by now also worried as Bobby had told her that following the break-up of his marriage he had suicidal thoughts. Robert said Lowry was “shaking” when he saw her, and looked like a person who had just been in a car accident.Michelle went to a hospital looking for her dad and then to gardaí to report him missing. Lowry drove to Tipperary Town where she met Michelle and together they drove towards Fawnagowan after Mary suggested they go for a cup of tea.On the way Michelle said she wanted to go to an area known as Kilshane Wood or Bansha Wood because she had a feeling she would find her dad’s van in a wood. She couldn’t explain why she thought this. When they arrived at the car park to the woods they immediately saw Bobby’s van with the “Mr Moonlight” sticker across the top.His DJ equipment was inside but the doors were unlocked and Michelle noticed it was parked in gear and the seats were in an unfamiliar position. She told gardai her dad was not the last person to drive the van.A search focusing on the woods began and within a few days gardai searched the land and farm buildings at Fawnagowan but found nothing. The defence was critical of gardaí for not searching Lowry’s home, the last place he had been reported alive.22 months later, On 30 April, 2013, Quirke’s wife Imelda phoned Garda Tom Neville to say that her husband had discovered a body in a disused waste water tank on the land he was renting from Lowry at Fawnagowan.Quirke was interviewed under caution that day and told gardaí he was intending to spread slurry from a cow shed and needed water to agitate the slurry. He planned on drawing water from that tank as he knew it would be full after a leak from the mains had poured water into it for two days some weeks earlier.Part of the tank was covered by two movable slabs of concrete, each weighing about 25 stone (160 kilos). Over the rest of the tank was a larger piece of poured concrete not designed to be moved.Quirke told gardai he used a shovel to prise one of the slabs away just enough to allow him to place a pipe from his vacuum tanker in. As the vacuum tanker sucked, he said he noticed something in the tank that looked like a carpet or inflatable doll.He moved the second slab to get a better look and immediately knew it was a body and guessed it was Bobby Ryan’s. He phoned his wife Imelda who came, confirmed what he had seen and phoned her friend Garda Neville.Engineer Michael Reilly told the jury that the tank was porous and incapable of holding water. In his closing speech Bowman said the discovery of the body was “staged”, that there was no more than a few inches of sludgy water at the bottom of the tank and if Quirke was looking for water he would have seen that and immediately closed up the tank to look elsewhere.Quirke told gardaí that the tank was half to two-thirds full and he watched as the water was sucked out.The prosecution also relied on the evidence of Dr John Manlove, a forensic entomologist. Dr Manlove looked at fly larvae on the body and said they proved that the body had undergone a single infestation at least 11 days but more likely some weeks prior to the discovery on 30 April.The prosecution suggested this was evidence that Quirke opened the tank. which was made airtight by muck and cow waste across its surface, to check on the body before April 30. The defence argued that the water leak reported by the accused could have broken the seal on the tank creating enough of a gap for flies to get through.Bowman pointed to Quirke’s desire to rekindle the relationship with Mary Lowry as his motive to kill Bobby Ryan. In interviews Quirke repeatedly told gardaí that he loved Mary Lowry and in a Dear Patricia letter to the Sunday Independent he described how he had made a “right mess of my life” after falling “deeply in love with” his friend’s widow.He complained that he was left broken-hearted and angry after this woman started seeing another man and everything seemed to be working out for her.He added: 40 Comments Share4 Tweet Email5 Image: Leah Farrell May 1st 2019, 6:44 PM Patrick Quirke walks past gardaí at the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) in Dublin. The evidence that convinced the jury that Patrick Quirke murdered Bobby Ryan Quirke was found guilty by a ten to two majority jury verdict at the Central Criminal Court today. 59,415 Views By Eoin Reynolds Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The main points of the talks that the Finance Ministry will hold with the country’s international creditors when they return to Athens next week will concern expired debts, property taxation and objective values, indirect taxes, capital repatriation.Following the serious shortfall in state revenues for the first month of the year, the ministry is eagerly anticipating talks with the representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund – known as the troika – and it has ready plans to present on most issues.The troika, for its part, is set to insist on an immediate restructuring of the ministry’s mechanism, asking also for the new general secretary for revenues, Haris Theoharis, to be given more powers.First up on the agenda will be taxpayers’ debts to the state, with the government wishing to lower expectations. According to sources, in cooperation with the General Secretariat for Revenues, the Commission’s Task Force for Greece will deliver to the minister a proposal on new repayment terms by the end of the week, adjusted to the profile of each debtor.The ministry is examining all aspects of the new property tax imposed on buildings, plots and farms, seeking an optimum solution so as to avoid taxing those with small properties. Ministry officials say the bill will be tabled in Parliament in early June and apply from the second half of the year.By the end of the month, a special working group will also submit to the minister its conclusions on the new system to determine each property’s so-called “objective” value, used for tax purposes. These values are set to go down in major cities and and increase in rural areas.Indirect taxes will also return to the table, as the increases in value-added tax and special consumption taxes have not resulted in the anticipated revenues. Changes may come from October in taxes on fuel and tobacco.The other topics on the negotiating table will concern the lack of progress in the restructuring of the tax collection and monitoring mechanism, and plan to woo capital from abroad to be used for investment in Greece, which will be discussed with European Union authorities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Fireworks are to be used only for personal and private use on real property owned by the person, or other private property with the consent of the property owner. Fireworks are not allowed on public spaces like the beach, ballparks, etc. The Kenai Fire Department took to Facebook to remind residents if you are going to do fireworks, do them safely. “We would hate to respond to a fireworks related injury as the last call of 2017 or first call of 2018. Be safe out there!!” The Kenai Fire Department is asking revelers to be careful and considerate of their neighbors. KFD Chief Jeff Tucker: “Unless you’re in an area that has no neighbors, you do have neighbors who may or may not appreciate fireworks at 2 o’clock in the morning. Just be cognizant of being a good neighbor with folks. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the third year in a row, fireworks will be allowed within Kenai city limits this New Year’s Eve. On the days of December 31st and January 1st only, a 48-hour period, a person over the age of eighteen may use salable fireworks within the City of Kenai. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kenai-to-allow-fireworks-for-New-Years.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kenai-to-allow-fireworks-for-New-Years.mp300:00RPd
News Email Celebrate Maya Angelou With Google Doodle google-doodle-celebrates-maya-angelous-90th-birthday Google Doodle Celebrates Maya Angelou’s 90th Birthday Facebook Twitter In honor of the visionary writer’s 90th birthday, hear a reading of her iconic poem “Still I Rise” with some special guests courtesy of GoogleRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 4, 2018 – 1:48 pm “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” — Maya AngelouWe owe much of our contemporary wisdom and grace to activist, poet and author Maya Angelou, so it’s fitting we celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday with a Google Doodle.Upon clicking on the Google Doodle, you’re treated to a reading of Angelou’s iconic poem, “Still I Rise,” accompanied by beautiful graphics. The reading starts with Angelou’s powerful voice, with other stanzas read by Alicia Keys, Martina McBride and Oprah Winfrey, among others. While perhaps some of Angelou’s best-known work includes 1969’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, she penned influential literature throughout her career. This includes the works that earned her three career GRAMMY Awards for her audio book narration: On The Pulse Of Morning (1993), Phenomenal Woman (1995) and A Song Flung Up To Heaven (2002).Though she died in 2014 after a long and unparalleled career, not only can we celebrate her legacy today in honor of her 90th birthday, but her words are a gift that will keep giving for generations.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
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The platform is designed to help doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. Users decide if they want to participate in a study and how their data is shared.ResearchKit turns iPhone into a powerful tool for medical research. When granted permission by the user, apps can access data from the Health app such as weight, blood pressure, glucose levels and asthma inhaler use, which are measured by third-party devices and apps. HealthKit is a software framework Apple introduced with iOS 8 to provide developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. ResearchKit can also request access to the accelerometer, microphone, gyroscope and GPS sensors in iPhone to gain insight into a patient’s gait, motor impairment, fitness, speech and memory.ResearchKit also makes it easier to recruit participants for large-scale studies, accessing a broad cross-section of the population – not just those within driving distance of an institution. Study participants can complete tasks or submit surveys right from the app, so researchers spend less time on paperwork and more time analyzing data. ResearchKit also enables researchers to present an interactive informed consent process. Users choose which studies to participate in and the data they want to provide in each study.”We’re excited to use these new ResearchKit tools from Apple to expand participant recruitment and quickly gather even more data through the simple use of an iPhone app. The data it will provide takes us one step closer to developing more personalized care,” said Patricia Ganz, M.D., professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of cancer prevention & control research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Access to more diverse patient-reported health data will help us learn more about long-term aftereffects of cancer treatments and provide us with a better understanding of the breast cancer patient experience.””When it comes to researching how we can better diagnose and prevent disease, numbers are everything. By using Apple’s new ResearchKit framework, we’re able to extend participation beyond our local community and capture significantly more data to help us understand how asthma works,” said Eric Schadt, Ph.D., the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and founding director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. “Using iPhone’s advanced sensors, we’re able to better model an asthma patient’s condition to enable us to deliver a more personalized, more precise treatment.”Developed by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions, the Asthma Health app is designed to facilitate asthma patient education and self-monitoring, promote positive behavioral changes and reinforce adherence to treatment plans according to current asthma guidelines. The study tracks symptom patterns in an individual and potential triggers for these exacerbations so that researchers can learn new ways to personalize asthma treatment.Other health apps already designed include:The Share the Journey app, developed by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Penn Medicine, Sage Bionetworks and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a research study that aims to understand why some breast cancer survivors recover faster than others, why their symptoms vary over time and what can be done to improve symptoms. Share the Journey uses surveys and sensor data on iPhone to collect and track fatigue, mood and cognitive changes, sleep disturbances and reduction in exercise.Developed by Stanford Medicine, the MyHeart Counts app measures activity and uses risk factor and survey information to help researchers more accurately evaluate how a participant’s activity and lifestyle relate to cardiovascular health. By studying these relationships on a broad scale, researchers will be able to understand better how to keep hearts healthier.Massachusetts General Hospital developed the GlucoSuccess app to understand how various aspects of a person’s life – diet, physical activity and medications – affect blood glucose levels. The app can also help participants identify how their food choices and activity relate to their best glucose levels, enabling them to clearly see correlations and take more active roles in their own well-being.Developed by Sage Bionetworks and the University of Rochester, the Parkinson mPower app helps people living with Parkinson’s disease track their symptoms by recording activities using sensors in iPhone. These activities include a memory game, finger tapping, speaking and walking. Activity and survey data from the phone are combined with data from many other participants to fuel Parkinson’s research at a scale never before possible, making it the world’s largest and most comprehensive study of this disease. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more
March 6, 2018 626 Views Community Bank Reporting Relief Act Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act Congress financial services House of Representatives Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act Strategy for Combating the Financing of Transnational Criminal Organizations Act 2018-03-06 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Servicing All eyes were on the Senate Tuesday afternoon as it took up discussion of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that would scale back and modify certain regulations put in place by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As debate continued on that much-discussed reform, the House of Representatives passed not one, but four new bipartisan bills affecting the financial services industry.The Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (H.R. 2226), sponsored by Representative Andy Barr (R-Kentucky), will modify the Truth in Lending Act to “allow certain mortgage loans that are originated and retained in portfolio by an insured depository institution or an insured credit union with less than $10 billion in total consolidated assets be considered as qualified mortgages.” The bill passed by a voice vote.The Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act (H.R. 4607) was sponsored by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia). It amends the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 to include both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Credit Union Administration, as well as requiring reviews of the affected agencies to be held every seven years, up from the current standard of every 10. The bill passed the House by a vote of 264-143.Sponsored by Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Illinois), the Community Bank Reporting Relief Act (H.R. 4725) amends the Federal Deposit Insurance Act so as to “direct federal banking agencies to issue regulations that allow a reduced reporting requirement for depository institutions with $5 billion in consolidated assets or less, and that meet certain other criteria when making the first and third report of condition for a year.” H.R. 4725 passed by a voice vote.Finally, H.R 4768, the Strategy for Combating the Financing of Transnational Criminal Organizations Act, “requires the President, through the Secretary of the Treasury, to develop a national strategy to combat the financial networks of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) not later than one year after the enactment of this Act and every two years thereafter.” The bill was sponsored by Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tennessee) and passed by a voice vote.Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President and CEO Jim Nussle said in a statement, “Both of the bills are common-sense, pro-consumer pieces of legislation that will facilitate more efficient regulations and increased access to mortgage credit.” Share Four Financial Services Bills Pass the House
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