Pre-trial to be set in case involving record $2.6M drug bust

first_imgProgress is being made in the case involving a Chatham man facing several charges in connection to a $2.6 million drug bust last April – the largest in Chatham-Kent’s history.Jonathan Toornsta, 36, made a brief appearance in a Chatham bail court, via video, on Tuesday.Toornsta’s lawyer Ken Marley told the court he has received additional disclosure from federal prosecutor Tim Mathany regarding the charges against his client.He requested the matter return to court Friday to schedule a pre-trial.Toornsta is facing 18 drug and weapon-related charges in connection to a raid of a Chatham apartment by Chatham-Kent police on April 10.According to previously published reports, officers seized cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, hydromophone, GHB, ecstasy, morphine and fentanyl, along with an electronic digital scale, packaging materials, and $52,000 in Canadian currency.A 9mm handgun and ammunition were also seized in the raid.Toornsta has remained in custody since his arrest and faces an added challenge if he wants to seek bail.Mathany previously told the court Toornstra is in a “reverse onus position to show cause why he should be released (on bail)” since the drug charges against him are a straight indictable offence He also indicated at that time, the Crown would not be consenting to Toornstra’s release on bail in this matter.last_img read more

Barnes & Noble.com Re-Designed: Adds Some Web 2.0 Elements, But Still Far Behind Amazon.com

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Joe Wikert has a nice review of the re-design, noting that it is “disappointing to see that B&N’s page has nothing to offer on the widget front.” Indeed check our recent review of Random House’s widget and web services program to see what B&N could have done. Wikert also says it is light on customization options.Barnes&Noble has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon.com, the online book store market leader – in both sales and innovation. Also Borders recently announced a beta design, which Joe Wikert has info on (I found a great new feed tonight, subscribed Joe!).Overall, a lot of nice new functionality in the new B&N – but it’s still far from Amazon.com’s level. No recommendation technology, no widgets, no web services, no RSS, little customization. Still, it has some nice multimedia and uses many of the UI elements popularized by Amazon.com (e.g. wishlists). Its current user base will be pleased, although there doesn’t seem to be much to attract new users. Barnes & Noble.com has launched a re-design, with several new web 2.0 features – including “One on One” podcasts, a large tag cloud on the frontpage, a “See Inside” program that offers a virtual book-reading like experience, and a service called “Live at Barnes & Noble” where you can view webcasts of readings at member stores. Another new feature is B&N Review, a daily magazine with reviews and interviews.The goal of the re-design was to add more “motion”, as well as more content, interactivity, and community. The AP report also noted that Barnes & Noble.com “has become increasingly important to Barnes & Noble Inc. […] The online seller’s percentage of the superstore’s total sales have doubled in the past five years to 10 percent.” Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Facebook Confirms Hiring Famous iPhone and Sony Hacker, GeoHot (George Hotz)

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez George Hotz, also known as “GeoHot” on the Internet, is now working at Facebook, the company confirms. Hotz is best known for both his iPhone hacking skills and as the person who jailbroke and reverse engineered Sony’s PlayStation 3, leading to legal battles. In April, Sony announced it reached a settlement with Hotz, with Hotz agreeing to a permanent injunction against publishing any further code.The following month, Hotz was hired at Facebook. Hacker’s New Day JobReportedly, Hotz began work at Facebook as a software engineer in May 2011 and his first day was May 9.  A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the hire but did not provide any other details regarding Hotz’ position or duties.The news was reported by TechUnwrapped and others over the weekend, citing an interview with Chronic-Dev Team member Joshua Hill (aka “P0sixninja on Twitter). The Chronic-Dev Team, for those unaware, is a group of developers who work to release software for jailbreaking iPhones and other iOS devices.In a video interview (see embed below), Hill discussed the upcoming jailbreakers’ convention known as MyGreatFest, During the chat, Hill also mentioned that he recently challenged Hotz to find an exploit for the iPad 2, but Hotz turned him down due to his current employment at Facebook, as well as his desire to escape the limelight after his legal troubles with Sony.Additional confirmation came from Gabe Rivera, founder of the tech news aggregator Techmeme. He did a little sleuthing of his own and discovered that Hotz had announced his employment at Facebook via his Facebook profile. According to this post (viewable by Hotz’ Facebook friends and network only), he began in May and revealed the news to friends in June. Facebook has yet to officially confirm Hotz’ role with the company, only his hire, but speculation has it that he may be involved with Facebook’s mobile efforts, specifically its upcoming iPad app. The New York Times reported earlier this month that the iPad app, in development for nearly a year, may only be weeks away from release. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Government confirms that no plans to make yoga compulsory

first_imgThe term ‘Yoga’ has been applied to a variety of practices and methods, including Jain and Buddhist practices. On Thursday, the government has confirmed that until now there is no plan to make teaching of yoga mandatory at all the educational institutions. According to a report in the Times of India, Ayush Minister Shripad Naik said, “No. However, yoga is one of the subjects along with physical and health education, and is also included as part of the physical activity in all schools affiliated to CBSE across the country.”  He further added that yoga is included as one of the units under physical education curriculum at the senior secondary level.He quoted that while framing the revised 12th plan guidelines on the scheme ofdevelopment of sports infrastructure and equipment at universities andcolleges. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified that yoga has been incorporated in the modules on the health, nutrition, fitness and general well being in all courses at the under graduate and post graduate level.”He concluded that yoga is a subject along with physical and health education for schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). On September 27, 2014, Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga during his address to UN General Assembly.last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace captain Milivojevic: Chelsea deserved their win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace captain Milivojevic: Chelsea deserved their winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic had no complaints after defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to N’Golo Kante’s winner.Looking back over the match, Milivojevic said, “I think we didn’t create enough today, they were the better side for 75 minutes. We tried in the last 15 to 20 minutes to do something, we tried to score and had some chances but I think from my point of view they weren’t clear-cut chances.”They played well and in the end I think they deserved it.”The Serb added: “We all know [what we need to do], we had a lot of chances this season and didn’t convert them. We have to improve. The good thing is we create a lot but still, we don’t score. I think we have to keep our shape, our defensive work as well as our offensive work in the final third, and I think we have to be more clinical. We have to score more and I hope that will change in the future.” last_img read more

20 days agoChelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fit

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard confirms Kante fully fitby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed N’Golo Kante came through the midweek Champions League contest against Lille unscathed.While the boss will be keeping a close eye on his recovery over the coming days due to a lack of match action so far this campaign, there is every chance he will be involved again at Southampton.”It’s something we’ll have to watch over the next 24, 48 hours to make sure he’s okay,” said Lampard. “All the players are on a semi-recovery programme after the Lille game but it’s also the fact he hasn’t played much.”In terms of the injury, he’s fine and there was no fallout with that from the Lille game so it’s just about making sure he’s fit and ready, which is a call for me to make.” last_img read more

Deutsche Bank Sells USD 1 Bn Shipping Loan Portfolio

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Deutsche Bank has agreed the sale of a USD 1 billion portfolio of legacy shipping loans to an entity owned by funds managed by Oak Hill Advisors and Värde Partners.The bank said that the transaction is expected to close in early Q3 2018, subject to relevant regulatory approvals.Deutsche Bank informed that it remains committed to the shipping business.“Following this disposal and other derisking strategies we have implemented, the bank will be left with a performing and a run-off shipping book and can now focus on ship finance areas where it will continue to add value to clients, within defined risk parameters. Shipping continues to be important to the bank,” Deutsche Bank said.The portfolio included both performing loans and distressed assets, Reuters said citing financial sources.Deutsche Bank did not disclose the price agreed for the shipping loans portfolio.last_img read more

Professor Aboriginal committee stand by Lakehead U Dean who quit amid allegations

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsA tenured professor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay is supporting the dean of the institution’s law school who recently quit amid allegations of racism.Dennis McPherson, an Ojibway lawyer from Couchiching First Nation who has been a faculty member in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead for more than two decades, said racism has been alive and well at the institution for a long time.“What’s happening at the law school is certainly not a surprise,” said Dennis McPherson.The comments come following the resignation of the dean of the country’s youngest law school which has revealed allegations of systemic racism and reverse discrimination among staff, faculty and senior administration at Lakehead.Angelique EagleWoman announced her resignation in a letter to the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of the Bora Laskin Law School in March.“I have been the victim of systemic discrimination at Lakehead University because I am an Indigenous person and a woman,” wrote EagleWoman in the letter.Dean Angelique EagleWoman. Photo: Willow Fiddler/APTN“The University has systemically sought to minimize my capacity and authority as Dean,” she stated.McPherson said he has been fighting racism since he arrived at Lakehead.In June of 1995, McPherson camped on the front lawn of the university campus for a month after the University Senate passed a motion that would see his salary paid for with funds from the Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy. McPherson said he warned the president the move would be unlawful and fraudulent.“The Aboriginal Education and Training Strategy dollars were not meant to pay salaries of professors on campus, they were for program development and delivery of programs in First Nation communities,” McPherson said.Also a member of the Senate and the only one with a law degree, McPherson said he voted against the motion but it still passed.In response, he camped out on the university’s front lawn with one question.“How would the university respond if an Indian set a tent up on the front lawn?” McPherson said he asked himself at the time.It didn’t take long to find out.Dennis McPherson Lakehead University. Photo Willow Fiddler/APTNMcPherson described how three fire engines and six police cruisers showed up with sirens blaring because they were roasting hot dogs on an outdoor grill. With a fire restriction in place, McPherson said the firefighters took the grill and hosed it down.“At the time the security guard was standing there looking at me, made the statement he could solve the problem by coming across the street and sticking a tomahawk in my head,” he said.But McPherson said that wasn’t the worst of it.“I think was most notable was for the president of the university at that time, Bob Roseheart, brought the Bishop and a nun across (the lawn) to sit and talk to me.”McPherson would sit with the Bishop, nun, and president of the university, entertaining a discussion.He said he later asked the president why he had brought the Bishop and nun to see him.“His response was that he thought that the Bishop and the nun were knowledgeable in these matters,” recalls McPherson.“And my response to that was, ‘you racist fucking pig.’”It’s been more than 20 years since that occurred but McPherson doesn’t think much has changed.He was on the University’s planning committee that developed the proposal for the law school.McPherson said EagleWoman had no choice but to resign.“I have empathy for her and also sympathy for her because from my perspective she was set up,” McPherson said.EagleWoman joined the Bora Laskin law school as Dean and law professor in June 2016 just in time to witness the Charter Class graduate.She was the first Indigenous woman Dean of a Canadian law school.“Her diverse experience and knowledge will be of great benefit to our students in the Faculty of Law and to Ontario when those students begin practicing law,” Lakehead University said at the time of EagleWoman’s appointment.She would be responsible for leading the law school’s Indigenous mandate which focuses on Aboriginal and Indigenous law, natural resources and environmental law and small-town legal practices.“I understood there would be challenges because the law school was new and stabilizing,” EagleWoman said about taking on the position.But she said she started facing barriers within the first six months of her deanship, including being forced to teach some of the mandatory curriculum.This past academic year she said she was teaching all the mandatory Indigenous courses.“I gave a lot of energy and time to making sure that the Indigenous law curriculum was delivered by an Indigenous person,” she told APTN.EagleWoman said she is the third Indigenous legal scholar to leave the Lakehead law school and that’s a problem.“Indigenous people aren’t being hired and valued to pass on our knowledge, our history, or languages. This idea that Indigenous people aren’t prevalent at all levels of the University I think shows an issue,” EagleWoman said.McPherson said the Indigenous mandate was the selling point for the law school.“As far as Lakehead is concerned we didn’t need then, and we don’t need now another law school in Ontario,” McPherson said.“We need to train lawyers to understand that when they have Native people as clients, they need to understand where the clients come from and what they’re about in relation to the law that’s applicable in that case.”McPherson said the law school has now turned into something it was never designed to be.“I think what’s actually evolved in the four to five years that Bora Laskin has been here is really a sham.”The Aboriginal Advisory CommitteeThe Aboriginal Advisory Committee for the Bora Laskin Law School at Lakehead University. Photo Willow FiddlerCelina Reitberger sits on the law school’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee. She said the committee was set up in the development stages of the law school.“It was the committee that worked on getting the law school in the first place. And without the Indigenous supports there would not be a law school here,” Reitberger told APTN in an interview.“At the time the movement was to put together a law school with the Aboriginal focus,” she said about the committee’s involvement.In 2013 a protocol agreement was signed between Lakehead University and First Nations leaders in the region to establish a relationship that would support a law program inclusive of First Nations andMetis perspectives of law, culture, and language.However, by the second year, the school was in operation, Reitberger said the relationship between the committee and the law school had dwindled.“He wasn’t even asking us to meet anymore, he was trying to get rid of us,” Reitberger said about the founding Dean of the law school, Lee Stuesser.Reitberger said there have been ongoing challenges in terms of the law school implementing its Indigenous mandate.One of those challenges is hiring and retaining Indigenous legal scholars.“This is a widespread backlash against empowering Indigenous people. Indigenous people who are perfectly ready, willing and able to take on these jobs,” Reitberger said.EagleWoman said it’s an example of how racism has infiltrated and is part of the fabric of institutions like Lakehead University.“Where Indigenous people have not had a place before, and now when Indigenous people enter these places when we can’t bring our contributions, our prophecies, our ways of thinking or knowing or knowledge are automatically seen as ‘the other’, resisted and pushed out,” she said.In her resignation letter to the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, EagleWoman said she was also facing a human rights complaint about reverse discrimination.APTN learned the complaint was filed by a former employee of the University, Amanda Trevisanutto, after her contract wasn’t renewed by EagleWoman.EagleWoman told APTN her decision not to renew Trevisanutto’s contract was based on her job performance and several incidents of disrespect.Trevisanutto responded to APTN via email and Facebook and said she egregiously denies these claims and that EagleWoman has defamed her.EagleWoman said she received no support from the University when the human rights complaint was filed.“If I were a white male Dean and my authority was challenged, I would expect that administration would’ve stood behind my decision making,” she said.In a meeting on Friday with EagleWoman, the Aboriginal Advisory Committee said they stand by EagleWoman and have asked her to rescind her resignation.A press conference is planned for April 24, when First Nations and Metis leaders will be calling on Lakehead University to address the issues of systemic discrimination and racism within its institution.“We’re extremely disappointed, frustrated and angry at the treatment that she suffered and the lack of support she received from Lakehead University and her own faculty,” said committee member Evelyn Baxter.EagleWoman goes on stress leave on May 1 and her resignation takes effect in June.“I explained the intense trauma I’ve been under and why it’s untenable for me to stay,” EagleWoman said on Friday.Lakehead University told APTN in an email that it would not comment on the Dean’s resignation because it’s a personnel matter.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State selected as No 3 seed in Spokane regional

The Ohio State women’s basketball team celebrates its Big Ten championship win. It defeated Maryland 79-69 on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFor the 12th time in 14 years, the Ohio State women’s basketball team will compete in the NCAA tournament for a shot at a national title.The Buckeyes will be the No. 3 seed in the Spokane regional and will face No. 14 George Washington in the first round of the tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. No. 1 Notre Dame is the top seed in the regional.If Ohio State is able to get past the Colonials, it will face the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 6 LSU and No. 11 Central Michigan in the second round. The Buckeyes will host both games at the Schottenstein Center.This is the third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for Ohio State under fourth-year head coach Kevin McGuff. His team has never lost in the first round of the tournament, but also has yet to advance past the Sweet Sixteen. After winning both the outright Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, the Buckeyes will be looking to lock down the elusive national championship that has evaded the program throughout its history.With four seniors in its starting lineup — including guard Kelsey Mitchell, the third-leading scorer in women’s basketball history — all graduating after the end of this season, the Buckeyes’ window for claiming that title appears to be closing. Though they bring in four-star guard Janai Crooms, three-star forward Aaliyah Patty and four-star guard Dorka Juhasz, the Buckeyes will lose five current members of its roster. Of the returners, only redshirt juniors Makayla Waterman and Sierra Calhoun averaged double-digit minutes per game in the 2017-18 season.These games will be the final ones in Mitchell’s historic collegiate career. She is currently 30 points from tying former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles for second on the all-time scoring list and is 164 points shy of former Washington guard Kelsey Plum. If the Buckeyes are able to advance to the final four or go as far as the finals, they will return home to Columbus for the two games in Nationwide Arena. read more