OSHAWA – Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor on Friday across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit.The 11 a.m. protest against the company’s decision to close a plant in Oshawa coincides with a General Motors investors meeting.Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London.The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant’s closure.Earlier in the week, unionized workers at the Oshawa assembly plant staged two work stoppages to protest their employer’s decision to close the facility.The protest came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.Approximately 2,600 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.Related content:GM rejects Unifor proposals to keep Oshawa plant open; workers walk off the jobGM workers back to work after 2nd sit-in at Oshawa plantGM working to retrain employees affected by Oshawa plant closure
Autoworkers to protest during GM investors meeting in Windsor
Natalie Cole And Smokey Robinson To Perform For Gabrielles Angel
Denise Rich will host the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s Angel Ball 2012 on October 22.Along with performances by Natalie Cole and Smokey Robinson and DJ Cassidy, the evening will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight correspondent Christina McLarty. Also expected to attend are Estelle, Roberto Cavalli, Lorraine Schwartz, Ethan Zohn & Jenna Morasca, Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, Jessica White, Star Jones, Ivana Trump, Lorraine Bracco, George Hamilton, Simon de Pury, Amare Stoudemire & Alexis Welch, Tyson Chandler & Kimberly Chandler, Mark Linn-Baker, Tamara Eccelstone, Suleika Jaouad and many others…The Angel Ball is a black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated song writer Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, and will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, show and both live and online auctions. This year’s gala will honor three individuals for their outstanding philanthropic contributions to cancer research: Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Trustee of The Charles Evans Foundation and Lester and Sue Smith, Founders of The Lester & Sue Smith Foundation.Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research was created in 1996, when Grammy-nominated songwriter and philanthropist, Denise Rich lost her daughter Gabrielle, a vibrant 27-year-old actress and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, to acute myelogenous leukemia. Gabrielle’s mother and sisters, Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, believed the best way to honor Gabrielle’s memory was to create a Foundation that would fund the best and brightest scientific investigators with the hope that less toxic treatments, and ultimately a cure, might be discovered.Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation funds young scientific investigators conducting research in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers. Since its inception, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $20 million to over 100 of the top physician-scientists in America. Acknowledged by the Better Business Bureau as an Accredited Charity and recognized as one of the “Best in America” by the Independent Charities of America, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation maintains its status as one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support for blood cancer research in the United States. In 2011, the Foundation announced the creation of its sister chapter, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation UK, which will expand its mission to fund similar research in the United Kingdom.WHEN: Monday, October 22, 2012WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street 55 Wall Street, New York CityFind out more here.
Local company Beescause recognized on a global platform
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local company Beescause has been recognized by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in their ‘Forces for Change’ campaign.Beescause was created as a way to help change the future for bees as bee populations are declining at what the company shares, is at an alarming rate.By manufacturing be hives and facilitating placement for people to ‘foster hives’ the hives the company is bringing back bee colonies with the help of foster placements and the sales of bracelets to fund the making of hives. Beescause was highlighted on a global platform when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry put out to their Instagram followers to help them find 15 grassroots organizations that are lesser-known forces of change, to help shine a light on them.To view Beescause, CLICK HERE To view the Duke and Duchess Instagram; @sussexroyal
Spanish Coast Guard Abandons Search for 35 Missing Migrants
Taroudante – Spain’s Coast Guard said on Friday that it has called off the search for 35 missing migrants after having rescued 15 migrants whose boat was shipwrecked off the coast of Morocco on Thursday, according to AFP.The same source said that the Spanish Coast Guard vessel rescued two women and 13 men who were clinging to the remains of their boat, which sunk some 39 nautical miles northwest of the town of al Hoceima in northern Morocco.“The search has ended and it will not be resumed,” a coast guard spokeswoman was quoted by AFP as saying.“One of the rescued women said the boat had lost its floor at around two in the morning, and many people who were travelling in it were lost,” the statement said. Helena Maleno of Caminando Fronteras, the NGO that first sounded the alarm, said that most of the migrants on the boat – about 54 in total – were from the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Mali, Guinea, and Cameroon.The activist criticized the way Spanish authorities treated the migrants who were “presented before a judge on Friday and deported from Spain without taking into account that “they just had a huge shock.”“They are people who have been displaced due to tragedy and conflict. They are not met with the respect of international conventions,” said Maleno.“If they had been French victims of a bus accident in Spain, they would not be treated like this.”Thousands of migrants have died in Mediterranean Sea in attempts to reach Europe.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Mining projects getting close look in foreign aid review says Bibeau
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau responds during Question Period in Ottawa in a December 9, 2015, file photo. Bibeau says she wants to see what more can be done to help indigenous people who are affected by Canadian mining operations abroad. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The international development minister says she wants to see what more can be done to help indigenous people who are affected by Canadian mining operations abroad.Marie-Claude Bibeau says that is one potential change in Canada’s foreign aid policy as she embarks on a sweeping review of the country’s international development assistance.Bibeau announced the terms of wide-ranging public consultations on revamping aid policy this week, as the Trudeau government faced international pressure to boost overall aid spending to meet a UN target.Bibeau stressed the need to help women and girls — a “feminist approach,” she called it — as well as recognizing the need to help failing and fragile states and deal with the impact of climate change.She also plans to take a closer look at so called public-private partnerships that have seen aid dollars spent in conjunction with resource companies.The previous Conservative government pushed these partnerships over the protests of many non-governmental organizations, while some Canadian companies have periodically faced accusations of riding roughshod over the rights of local indigenous people in developing countries.Natural resource exploitation is important for the economic growth of many developing countries, Bibeau explained in an interview Thursday.But she said she plans to review the preliminary reports on the five pilot projects involving Canadian resource companies in aid partnerships.“We have a role to play … let’s say to protect mining workers and to have these companies have the best positive impact in their communities.”The Conservatives were also accused of linking Canada’s trade ambitions too closely with its aid policy.Bibeau said helping the poorest of the poor — her mandate — is separate from that of her colleague, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, which is to foster Canadian business and investment opportunities abroad. But Bibeau said those two interests are not mutually exclusive.“There’s always more that can be done for vulnerable people, so I really look forward to working in partnership with minister Freeland because we have different objectives but we share the same concerns in terms of human rights.”The review will examine the 25 countries of focus where the majority of Canada’s development spending is targeted.The decision to include countries such as Peru and Colombia, both of which have free trade deals with Canada, or Mongolia, where Canadian mining companies are heavily invested, has also been questioned by critics.Without giving specifics, Bibeau said she expects some of those countries to change but added it’s too early to tell which.Santiago Alba-Corral, the senior director of international development for CARE Canada, told a House of Commons committee earlier this week that the time had come for Canada to re-evaluate its countries of focus.While the amalgamation of the now defunct Canadian International Development Agency with foreign affairs and trade under the new Global Affairs Canada banner might pay dividends, Alba-Corral warned of one possible risk.“International development itself is undermined if it’s seen to support trade and diplomatic outcomes,” he told the Commons foreign affairs and development committee.The government launched an on-line consultation this week that extends to the end of July.Bibeau said she’s reaching out to civil society groups, and will leverage Canadian missions in developing countries to get on-the-ground input from local people.She plans to deliver a five-year plan to cabinet later this year and she’s also consulting with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who has also embarked on his own defence policy review. Mining projects getting close look in foreign aid review, says Bibeau
UN rights chief calls for murder investigation after Philippine President admits to
Stressing that the killing of “about three” people, which the President of the Philippines admitted to personally committing, while serving as the Mayor of the city of Davao clearly constituted murder, the United Nations human rights chief called on the judicial authorities in the country to uphold the rule of law and investigate the self-professed crimes.“The killings committed by [President Duterte of the Philippines], by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.“It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer,” he added.According to the UN human rights arm, Mr. Duterte told business leaders last week that he had patrolled the streets personally on his motorcycle and killed people. On Friday, in an interview with the BBC, he confirmed that he had personally killed “about three” people during his term as the mayor of Davao.“The killings described by President Duterte also violate international law, including the right to life, freedom from violence and force, due process and fair trial, equal protection before the law, and innocence until proven guilty,” underscored High Commissioner Zeid, adding that if Mr. Duterte, as a government official, encouraged others to follow his example, he may also have committed incitement to violence.It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killerHigh Commissioner ZeidMr. Zeid also said that Mr. Duterte’s repeated calls for the police, military and the general public to engage in a ‘war on drugs’, bringing people in ‘dead or alive’, has emboldened an environment of alarming impunity and violence and that repeated statements indicating immunity for police officers who engaged in human rights violations in the line of duty were “a direct violation of all democratic safeguards that have been established to uphold justice and the rule of law.”UN’s human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged the Philippines judicial authorities to launch investigative processes following last week’s admission of murder by the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. The High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) said that since Mr. Duterte’s assumed presidency on 30 June, more than 6,100 people have reportedly been killed either by police, or by vigilantes and mercenaries, apparently acting in response to the President’s ‘war on drugs.’“In his public comments last week, Mr. Duterte promised ‘For as long as there are drug lords, this campaign will go on until the last day of my term and until all of them are killed.’,” OHCHR noted.“Credible and independent investigations must be urgently re-opened into the killings in Davao, as well as into the shocking number of killings that have occurred across the country since Mr. Duterte became president,” underlined the UN human rights chief, stressing:“The perpetrators must be brought to justice, sending a strong message that violence, killings and human rights violations will not be tolerated by the State and that no one is above the law.”Mr. Zeid also called on the Government to lift a series of preconditions it imposed on a planned visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions to investigate alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug dealers.
The Biggest Surprises Of WildCard Weekend
The Packers’ ground game delivered against Washington. For all the pregame chatter about Green Bay’s offensive struggles of late, the Pack ranked 10th in rushing efficiency during the regular season, closing the year with 100 or more yards in three of its final four games. Helping matters, Washington was the 11th-worst rushing D in football by DVOA. Sure enough, after 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, Green Bay had run its way into the divisional round. Minnesota’s run defense stuffed Seattle. The Seahawks get a little leeway here because they were playing on the road, in frigid conditions, with neither Thomas Rawls nor Marshawn Lynch. But they also had the NFL’s fourth-best rushing DVOA during the regular season — with a lot of the way paved by their offensive line — and they were facing a Vikings team that ranked 18th in rush defense. So it was extremely unlikely that they’d be held to 3.5 yards per carry and -5.9 expected points on the ground Sunday. The Chiefs destroyed Houston on special teams. Special teams play is notoriously difficult to predict — and that’s at the season level, let alone in a single game. So although the league-worst Texans specialists were facing the seventh-ranked Chiefs, that should have granted only a razor-thin edge to KC. Instead, Kansas City’s special teams were worth almost a full touchdown by EPA on Saturday, giving KC the 18th-best playoff special teams performance of the past decade. For all the effort that’s gone into developing sophisticated statistical measurements of football, it remains a highly unpredictable sport. As my buddy Chase Stuart once wrote about the NFL, “we don’t know anything and we never will.” And yet, while we may not know anything for certain, we’ve learned enough that from week to week, we can make sense of some of the chaos (though not all).With that in mind, let’s take a look at what transpired over wild-card weekend. How much did it differ from what the advanced stats would have predicted before the game? Some outcomes were easy to see coming; others illustrated just how little we can predict about a single NFL game.What the stats saw comingThe Chiefs ran the ball all over the Texans. KC came into its game against Houston with the league’s top rushing attack according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, and the Texans boasted a decent but not great rushing D during the regular season. So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that the Chiefs ran for 141 yards during their 30-0 annihilation of the Texans. KC’s passing game was good, not great. As well as Kansas City played in other phases of the game, its passing attack was not the most crucial element of its win. Alex Smith averaged 5.9 adjusted net yards per attempt against a team that allowed 5.4 during the regular season, so the Chiefs pretty much passed to expectations, despite the lopsided win. Cincinnati’s special teams played well. The Bengals lost in excruciating fashion, but you can’t blame the special teams, which outplayed their Steeler counterparts by 1.2 expected points added (EPA) in the game. During the regular season, Cincy ranked ninth in special teams DVOA while Pittsburgh was dead-average — so in at least one regard, the game played out exactly as expected.The biggest surprisesHouston’s passing was horrific. The Texans ranked 22nd in passing DVOA during the regular season and the Chiefs had the NFL’s fifth-best defense against the pass, so this matchup looked lopsided before the opening toss. But Houston’s quarterback was Brian Hoyer, who had more passing success than the other three QBs the team used during the regular season. The hope was that the Texans would outplay their regular-season numbers; instead, Hoyer had the fourth-worst passing game in postseason history, an outcome no metric could have predicted. Cincinnati’s passing game struggled badly. This comes with an injury-related asterisk as well: Cincinnati had the league’s best passing offense during the regular season, but most of that was done before quarterback Andy Dalton was injured. However, backup QB AJ McCarron had been doing a reasonable impersonation of Dalton down the regular-season stretch, and on Saturday, he was going up against an average Steeler pass D. If McCarron hadn’t helped Cincinnati post the 34th-worst playoff passing game of the past decade by EPA, Cincinnati’s defense wouldn’t have been put in a position to hold a 1-point lead on the game’s fateful final drive.One final note: These unlikely performances are also the most valuable. Of the 10 cases this weekend where a team added 5 or more expected points in a single phase of the game, all had less than a 30 percent probability of happening based on the teams’ regular-season numbers. Eight had a 15 percent chance or less of occurring; four had a 10 percent probability or less. Some of this can be attributed to randomness and game-to-game volatility, and some is due to individual matchups and planning.In other words, the performances that fuel victory are often also the toughest to see coming. And with the playoff field’s Super Bowl odds becoming more tightly bunched than ever this weekend, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.Read more: After Wild-Card Weekend, There Is No Super Bowl Favorite
Jason Abdulla jailed for faeces assault on Freddie Kissoon
…McCoy, Hinds found not guiltyKwame McCoy and Sean Hinds were found not guilty of committing common assault on Columnist, Freddie Kissoon, while Opposition People’s Progressive Party member Jason Abdulla was jailed for six months.Jason AbdullaMcCoy, 41, of 336 Section ‘A’ Great Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Hinds, 52 of 2548 North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and Abdulla, 25, of 56 James and Barr Streets, Albouystown, Georgetown were all charged in February of last year for allegedly throwing faeces on Kissoon in May of 2010.City Magistrate Judy Latchman in her ruling on Monday sentenced Abdulla to six months in prison emphasising the need for similar offenses not to be committed. She also noted to the Court that the victim will forever remember what happened to him.However, before the sentence was handed down, Attorney for Abdulla, Glenn Hanoman pleaded for leniency for his client.Kissoon was driving on the corners of Robb and Light Street, Georgetown on the day the reported incident occurred.Freddie KissoonKissoon had detailed that he was at the time of the attack returning to his parked car after stopping at a supermarket.He said that as he was about to enter his car at around 07:00hrs that evening, he was approached and a bowl of faeces was thrown to his face.The columnist reportedly attempted to follow the culprit; however the man allegedly boarded a white car in the vicinity of the Merriman’s Mall. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMcCoy makes court appearance for allegedly throwing ‘faeces’ on Freddie Kissoon – six years agoFebruary 22, 2016In “latest news”Kwame, Abdulla, Hinds charged for throwing ‘faeces’ on Freddie Kissoon – each granted $100,000 bailFebruary 22, 2016In “latest news”Were they forced? …PPP activists allegedly confess to dumping faeces on KissoonFebruary 19, 2016In “latest news”
3rd suspect arraigned with Bourda Market vendors murder
Murdered cheese vendor, Troy RamalhoA third person who was implicated in the shooting to death of Bourda Market cheese vendor, Troy Ramalho was on Friday arraigned with the heinous crime when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennnan.Thirty-two year-old, Roy Stanford of ‘A’ Field Sophia was not required to plea to the indictable charge which stated that on August 15, he along with others attacked, robbed and murdered Ramalho.Recently, two other men, including a taxi driver were arraigned with the murder and remanded to prison. However, during today’s court proceedings, taxi driver, George Patron told the court that he is innocent while noting that he was the taxi driver who was hired to take the men to the location.The trio is expected to make their next court appearance on September, 24.Reports are that, after the killing, Patron allegedly admitted to investigators that he had transported Morris along with two others to Bourda Market on the day in question.He further stated that he was instructed to park on Alexander Street between Regent Street and North Road and wait on them.According to him, moments after the men excited the vehicle, he heard gunshots following by the man running back to the car. He admitted that he was paid $40,000 to do the drop. The now dead man was shot and killed moments after the closed business for the day. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAccused in “cheese vendor” murder remandedDecember 28, 2018In “Court”Bourda Market vendor shot dead by armed robbersAugust 16, 2018In “Crime”Injured suspect arraigned for taxi driver’s murderFebruary 8, 2019In “Court”
The 42nd Struga tournament with strong lineup
One of the handball tournament with the biggest tradition in Europe in Macedonian city of Struga will be organised 42nd year in a row! Huge interest for the handball in this Balkan country followed by fantastic results of two men’s teams RK Metalurg and RK Vardar, but also ZRK Vardar as well and Men’s NT, put the handball as sport No.1 in Macedonia. Organizing team is aware of that fact and prepare to raise tournament level up. Open court “Women’s beach” in Struga, on the magnificent Ohrid Lake. The “Struga 2014” will held from August 13 to August 16.– Our aim is to make further progress in infastructure way and to make all the conditions to become one of the best tournaments in Europe – says tournament secretary, Gjoko Iljoski.The next step is improving capacity of the stands due fact that tournament is sold-out every summer:– We don’t have empty seats during tournament. We want to raise capacity on 3.000 seats in upcoming period, but also to make some “easy roof” in order to save court from the rains. Tradition of playing at the open court won’t be changed.Beach handball tournament is also something about handball people of Struga thinking…– Yes, we want to help progress of the new handball discipline – concluded Iljoski.Teams who will compete at “Struga 2014”:RK Vardar (Macedonia)RK Metalurg (Macedonia)Azoty Pulawy (Poland)RK Metaloplastika (Serbia)Sankt Petersburg (Russia)US Creteil (France)Handball-Planet.com is STRUGA 2014 media partner. If you want to promote your tournament, please, contact us! ← Previous Story Norwegian right wing Thomas Kristensen to Ademar Leon Next Story → Men’s U 20 EURO 2014 Countdown: Slovenia beat Austria and Kuwait struga 2014Struga handball
New Stranger Things Photos Reveal Changes to Come
Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer We’re only a month away from “Stranger Things 2,” and details about the new season are starting to come out. Entertainment Weekly revealed some new photos from season two that show off some of the changes coming to the series. Among them, Eleven has a new hairstyle, the cast includes a grown-up Goonie, and a bad boy teen with a car. Every ’80s movie needs one of those. First, let’s look at Eleven, back from the Upside Down with a brown, curly mop on her head.Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven (TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX, via Entertainment Weekly)Next, Mike, Dustin and Lucas have apparently seen Ghostbusters, and had pretty much the same reaction we all did.Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson nd Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair (Photo: JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX, Via Entertainment Weekly)Sean Astin, who had his own ’80s adventure as a kid, also joins the cast this season. He’ll play a nerdy character named Bob Newby, and if the photo is anything to go by, he’s taking an interest in Joyce Byers.Sean Astin as Bob Newby and Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers(JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX, via Entertainment Weekly)Another new cast member is Dacre Montgomery, who drives a Camaro, has a mullet and wears a denim tuxedo. You know, a cool guy. From the sound of things, he’ll play an antagonistic role this season. Maybe he’s the new bully in town.Dacre Montgomery as Billy (TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX, Via Entertainment Weekly)More photos are available at EW. That’s not the only Stranger Things news to come out of this week’s issue, though. The site also revealed a few new details about that giant shadow monster we saw in the trailer for the new season. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer elaborated on how the new monster will be different from season one’s Demogorgon.“Our big reference for [the demogorgon] season 1 was mostly Jaws. It’s a shark, and the other dimension is the underwater. So there has to be something more sentient, and that’s that thing in the sky,” Matt said. The brothers still wouldn’t elaborate on the new monster’s true nature. From the sounds of things, we’ll be a ways into season two before we find out. We will see plenty of it, though. Most of the season will be spent with this ominous shadow overhead.Ross told the magazine, “I think the difference is you don’t really see how it’s all tied together until later. But it’s all connected to this singular threat which is tied into this shape that Will sees in the sky. Will is the way through which we’ll be able to understand what’s going on.”Sounds like Will will have a much larger role in the second season then. That’s good. The rest of the kids took center stage in last season’s adventure, and Will missed most of it. It’ll be cool to see him share the spotlight more this season. The Duffer Brothers don’t reveal too much about the nature of the shadow monster, but they did say they took inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft, suggesting “and inter-dimensional being beyond human comprehension.” So you’re telling us it’s Cthulhu?Shadow Monster (via Netflix)Entertainment Weekly also asked them about an earlier report that they had four seasons planned. When the Duffers told Vulture that they were “thinking it will be a four-season thing and the out,” it didn’t go so well at Netflix headquarters. Producer Shawn Levy said they were suddenly getting calls from actors’ agents, and had to calm their fears. The show isn’t for sure going to end after season four. The Duffers say that the narrative of Stanger Things wasn’t built to sustain a long-running show, and they don’t want to wear out their welcome. That said, they don’t have a for sure end point just yet. Levy says they can all see the possibility of a fifth season, but the show probably won’t go much further beyond that.“It’s not wrapped up this season,” Ross Duffer told EW. “I think [season two] will be a satisfying end but there’s still danger out there. There’s too much to deal with in one more season. If we’re able to, there’ll be at least four, there could be more. I think there’s going to be a point where we stretch credibility, like why aren’t these people leaving Hawkins?”Whatever future seasons bring, they’re still a long way off. For now, we have more 80s childhood adventures and a giant shadow monster to look forward to in season two, premiering on Netflix October 27.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Messi might be available Valverde
The Barcelona coach believes the Argentinean superstar could play tomorrow against Italian Lega Serie A club Internazionale MilanBarcelona star Lionel Messi broke a bone in his arm in the October 20th win over Sevilla.And after ten days, he returned to train, although he doesn’t have the full medical permission to play.He and the Blaugrana traveled to Milano for tomorrow’s match against Internazionale Milan, as part of the UEFA Champions League season.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Leo’s at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait until after the training session [on Monday to decide],” coach Ernesto Valverde said in a news conference as reported by ESPN.“We have to see if he’s OK to play. In terms of his play and his movements, he’s fine, but we have to wait. Of course, it’s necessary to get him back as soon as possible — it’s always better if he’s there.”“There are three or four possibilities that we’re studying. One is that he plays from the start, another that he comes on … What we will not do is take any risks,” he added.
Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana
DENVER (AP) — The opening months of Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions and injuries as pot users try to make the drug’s intoxicating oil in crude home-based laboratories.Since Jan. 1, when sales began, the state’s only certified adult burn center has treated 10 people with serious injuries they suffered while making hash oil, compared with 11 in 2013 and one in 2012.Law enforcement and fire officials, meanwhile, are grappling with how to respond, as the questionable legality of the process has made it difficult to punish amateur chemists. Some prosecutors are charging them with felonies, while others say hash oil production is protected under a provision of the new legal pot law.“These today are the meth labs of the ’90s. We have to change our thinking and what we’re looking for,” said police Sgt. Pat Long in Thornton, a Denver suburb where officers were puzzled by the city’s first hash oil explosion in January.Hash oil is typically made by packing the castoff leaves and stems of pot plants into a pipe and pouring highly flammable butane through it. The concoction is heated to make the potent oil for far cheaper than it can be purchased in stores.
UPDATE Lightning Ignites Multiple Wildfires On Kenai Peninsula
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of Friday, more than 50 wildland firefighters are responding to a 126-acre wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula, one of several wildfires on the Peninsula started by lightning associated with afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday. Fire managers will be conducting detection flights today on the Kenai Peninsula and in southwest Alaska to scout for any new fires started by yesterday’s lightning. The Tustumena Lake Fire was one of eight new wildfires started by lightning Wednesday on the Kenai Peninsula and in southwest Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. Alexandrou: “We had two new fires; one fire was called the Bear Creek Fire up by a fire near Swan Lake. The Bear Lake Fire was spotted by a helicopter. Both fires area tenth of an acre and are both in monitor status.” The other four fires reported on the Kenai Peninsula are burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and fire mangers are assessing what, if any, action to take. One of those fires, the Kolomin Lake Fire, is located about six miles north of the Tustumena Lake Fire. The Tustumena Lake Fire is located in the Caribou Hills approximately 30 miles south of Soldotna. The fire was discovered at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, by a helicopter en route to check on a lightning strike in the area. That fire was estimated at 1 acre and will likely be staffed today. State forestry is also checking on another remote fire that was reported near Mile 71 of the Sterling Highway north of Skilak Lake. The Watson Fire was reported at two-tenths of an acre but forestry personnel couldn’t access it because there are no roads into the area and lightning prevented aerial reconnaissance. The fire received rain associated with the storm. Andy Alexandrou, Division of Forestry: “The Tustumena Lake Fire, we still have 50 people on that fire, and the acreage is 126. The acreage went up by five due to proper mapping. That fire is pretty much contained, they estimate full containment by the end of the shift tonight.”
Haritha Haram launched at Chanchalguda prison
Chanchalguda: As part of the Haritha Haram programme, Director-General of Prisons and Correctional Services Sandeep Shandilya inaugurated the programme on Wednesday. He planted teak, rose and ornamental plants on the premises of central prison. He was accompanied by B Saidaiah, Inspector-General of Prisons. According to officials, as part of this initiative, 600 saplings of different varieties will be planted during this week for the overall forestation and raising greenery in the premises. Sandeep Shandilya said that the programme to increase the green cover across the State remains an admirable initiative, which asks every individual to take part in this act of social responsibility. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us “Plantation of saplings helps in maintaining the ecological balance apart from beautifying the premises and this institution will take up necessary measures to enhance the green belt by planting several varieties of plants in the premises of Central Prison and shall maintain effectively,” he said. Superintendent D Srinivas, Deputy Superintendents S Srinivas Reddy and M Sampath, Jailors V Shashikanth, K Sriman Reddy, Y Ramaiah, Danunjay, S Vijaykumar and other officers were present.
Meghan Markles apology to old school friends why the Duchess wouldnt meet
Meghan MarkleSuits Official FacebookMeghan Markle would do well to mend fences after the birth of baby Archie. But it looks like the Duchess of Sussex got proactive on that front prior to the birth of her baby.Apparently, Meghan issued a heartwarming apology to her school friends after being forced to turn down an invitation to her high school reunion. Reportedly less than 24 hours after the event was due to take place, she gave birth to her and Prince Harry’s first son Archie. Meghan Markle had been invited to attend the all-girls Catholic school event, which marked 20 years since they graduated. But as she was due to give birth and unable to take part, she instead sent a letter of apology to the school.According to the MailOnline, the envelope was marked ‘Kensington Palace’ and addressed to the reunion class of 1999. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesAn old school friend said: “Everyone was disappointed that they did not get to catch up with Meghan given everything that has happened to her….But the whole group was super excited about her giving birth to the first British-American prince, it was all anyone talked about.”It was unlikely that Meghan would have been able to attend the event even if she hadn’t gone into labour as she was on maternity leave. But if anyone breaks rules to connect with old friends it would be Meghan Markle. After the birth of baby Archie, the school celebrated Meghan and Prince Harry by posting a note to the happy couple. It read: “The school community extends best wishes of happiness to the Royal Family on this joyous event!”Meghan Markle may have become one of the most successful and prominent alumni of the school. And as such an appearance from the Royal would have been a big deal for the event.
Harris County Moves To Crack Down On Environmental Crime
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Florian Martin /Houston Public MediaThe smoke plume caused by the fire photographed from ITC’s facility in Pasadena.Just over two months have passed since a fire broke out at the ITC chemical plant in Deer Park, sending a plume of black smoke over much of Houston. It’s one of the latest such fires that has ignited new calls for accountability from both Harris County officials and residents.Forty-year-old Ebunoluwa Akinola remembers the day the fire started all too well. “My mother called and woke me up and said, ‘Hey, are you alive?’” he says. “And I was like, ‘Wait a minute. What do you mean am I alive? Good morning.’ She was like, ‘Well, I just saw that there was a plant that blew up, and I was hoping it wasn’t the one directly next to your house.’”Akinola lives next to another chemical plant, one of many in southeast Houston, and about a dozen miles west of ITC. He sheltered in place after the ITC fire, but he says within days that his eyes burned, his throat clogged up and he grew nauseous. And when the fire reignited on March 22, he says things got much worse.“My whole left side of my body was going numb, and it was freezing cold,” he says.Akinola says he sought medical attention and says he was told he’d had a minor heart attack and had developed acute bronchitis. He wants to know if ITC is to blame. If so, he wants Harris County to do something.“Is this something that we’re going to investigate for another four or five years and get no compensation, no retribution?” he says.Akinola’s not the only one seeking accountability. Late last month, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced five environmental misdemeanor charges against ITC. The next day, the County Commissioners Court approved $850,000 to triple the number of environmental prosecutors and hire two full-time investigators. All that followed multiple indictments against officials at another company, Arkema, for their roles in the fire at that company’s Crosby chemical plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Attorneys for the Arkema officials say they’re not criminals but heroes who did all they could. Alexander Forrest, chief of the DA’s environmental crimes unit, says the additional resources are long overdue. “One of the reasons I asked for more prosecutors in 2017, before these incidents occurred, was because I did recognize that we were not equipped with the tools we needed to have intelligence-based investigations,” he says.Forrest says that will help the office spot bad actors quicker and potentially head off future disasters. “We need to cultivate relationships with people that may be whistleblowers. We need to have better air monitoring abilities in areas where we know there are more regular complaints of air pollution,” he says.Christel Bastida takes that as encouraging. Bastida lives on the Northside with her son Jeremy. Ten-year-old Jeremy has a long history of respiratory ailments. Bastida says he was finally showing improvement, but she says he suddenly got worse, and she blames the ITC fire.“When he told me that he remembered now what he had gone through as a small, small child, yeah, in me that started feelings that these people need to be prosecuted,” she said in testimony before Harris County Commissioners Court. “Giving these small fines or suing for $100,000 is not going to cut it.”News 88.7 reached out to ITC’s attorney, who declined to comment for this story. But Alexander Forrest of the Harris County DA’s Office says the county will need all the extra artillery it can muster, because corporate opponents can afford to hire the toughest legal counsel available. And even if the county wins, the state has capped fines at a fraction of what many critics say such companies might afford.“Not all corporations are going to be deterred by a $1 million fine or a $500,000 fine,” Forest says. “The fine needs to take into account the question of, ‘Does this hurt? Will this send the right message?’ It needs to be a percentage based on revenue and not just a flat number.”That’s Bastida’s concern as well. She believes the new makeup of Harris County Commissioners Court will be more receptive to residents’ concerns about environmental threats. But she says she’s not so sure anything will change in Austin.“There are a lot of state reps that I’m very hopeful about and I think will push for accountability and transparency as far as these polluters go. But at the top of the state Legislature, I’m not really convinced that they care too much about enacting restrictions or any kind of accountability for these companies,” Bastida says. “And the last thing I want to see is these polluters taking a fine and going, ‘Eh, here’s $1 million. Who cares?’”The Legislature has no plans to address raising penalties for environmental crimes in the current session.ITC is a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsui, a $30 billion company.UPDATED (May 21, 2019): An earlier version of this story stated that Ebunoluwa Akinola lives about a mile away from the ITC plant. The post has been updated to reflect the actual distance. It has also been updated to include attribution for Akinola’s account of his medical visit. Share 00:00 /03:56 X
The Rising Danger of Cyber Crime in Healthcare
The radiology landscape is pocked with cyber mines. And it’s getting worse. Legacy imaging systems are connected to picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), which are being linked to electronic medical record (EMR) systems and best of breed IT systems, as hospitals increasingly move to enterprise imaging. These make tempting targets for hackers. And the worsening situation is being caused by the best intentions.Extending the life of a legacy system to save money is one. Another is patient engagement. Spurred by patient demands for increased access to their data, as well as “Meaningful Use” mandates from the federal government, providers have created a plethora of patient portals. “This is where the real vulnerability is,” said Krishna Kurapati at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 meeting in February. Kurapati, the CEO of QliqSOFT, a provider of secure messaging for doctors and nurses, noted that patient portals typically are tightly integrated with the EMR system. This makes patient portals a prime target for hackers. Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Understanding RiskAlthough there is no sure way to protect patient data or medical systems from cyber attack, much can be done to keep attackers at bay or, at least, mitigate the damage they do. In his HIMSS presentation, Wirth recommended five steps to improved security. First, identify assets and risks; second, protect against attack by training staff about cyber risks and installing protective technology; third, monitor assets continuously to detect attacks; fourth, plan a response to mitigate the effects of an attack; and fifth, plan how to recover from an attack. When it comes to ransomware, the U.S. Department of Justice recommends training employees to recognize danger so as not to click on e-mails that may be carrying malware. Strong spam filters can stop such phishing attempts, just as outgoing and incoming e-mails can be scanned for executable malware. Firewalls can block access to known malicious IP addresses. Security holes in operating systems, software and firmware can be patched. Drives and servers can be regularly scanned for viruses and malware.But planning and preparation to increase cyber safety take time and money, Wirth said. This is why the organization’s leadership has to establish its tolerance for risk. Once established, defenses should be fortified to that level. The trick is to minimize risk and maximize response to an attack, he said.Now is the time to do so.“I think healthcare just got into the crosshairs of the bad guys as an opportunity to make money,” Wirth said. “So I believe it is going to get worse before it gets better.” itn Enterprise VulnerabilitiesAs noted by the FDA in its postmarket cybersecurity guidance, Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices, “networked medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.”This vulnerability, according to a statement issued early this year by the FDA, “increases as medical devices are increasingly connected to the internet, hospital networks and to other medical devices.”Attacks against a patient portal might come if a patient accesses medical records while on a public network. In his HIMSS 2017 presentation, Kurapati used the example of a Starbucks patron accessing clinical data. Anyone hacking the public network, regardless of its physical location, could plant malware capable of invading all connected IT systems, he said.Patient portals are also vulnerable to denial of service attacks during which thousands, even millions of “bots” attack a site. This kind of attack can bring down not just the patient portal, but the EMR and all other connected IT systems. In his HIMSS presentation, Joe Carson, senior director of sales engineering at TrapX Security, described the risk as shared among providers and manufacturers: “Healthcare organizations (have to) do their part to prevent attacks from being successful, to mitigate attacks and put controls in place; and device manufacturers have to ensure that they are patching and applying everything they can to mitigate attacks against devices.”Barrett recommends that providers look for and implement ways to reduce the risk of a successful cyber attack. He also suggests they seek ways to mitigate damage after a breach occurs. At HIMSS 2017, Barrett told ITN that “it is not a matter of if you will ever get hacked, it is a matter of when. And when you do get hacked, it’s how quickly you can recover from the attack.” Mitigating the damage means more than just minimizing the monetary cost, he said: “You want to minimize the damage to the practice’s or hospital’s reputation.”Barrett advocates an audit to identify gaps and vulnerabilities; putting in place policies, procedures and controls to mitigate the damage; and training staff in the use of them, “whether that is through internal or a third-party assisting your organization.” The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) offers such services to vendors who then assist customers, he said. Overall Risk RisesThe risk of cyber attack is growing with the rising popularity of ransomware. This particularly insidious type of cyber attack encrypts rather than steals patient data. After successfully infecting a system, typically by enticing an employee to click on an e-mail carrying malware, cyber criminals encrypt patient data then demand payment for its decryption.Standing up to such an attack takes planning, according to Symantec. At HIMSS 2017, the cybersecurity company — through sponsored speakers — advised backing up computers and servers regularly so that replacement data is available; securing mapped network drives with a password and access controls; downloading the latest patches and plug-ins for operating systems to boost security against known malware; and using an e-mail security product to ward off spam e-mails that may contain malicious attachments.If a computer is infected and its data encrypted, isolate the infected computer and replace the encrypted files with backed up files that are known to be good, Symantec advised. What you should not do — but many do anyway — is pay the ransom.There is no guarantee the attacker will unlock your computer or decrypt your files, Symantec warned. And you can be sure the money will be used to fund more attacks.“It is estimated that the bad guys invest 40 percent of the money they make into developing new attack technologies,” said Symantec executive Wirth. Feature | Cybersecurity | May 05, 2017 | By Greg Freiherr The Rising Danger of Cyber Crime in Healthcare How radiology can fight back News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Attacks On ImagingLegacy imaging equipment and outdated medical IT systems are easy targets. Often kept functioning years beyond their expected lifetimes, these systems serve as “pivot points” for cyber criminals. They are weak links by which hackers can get into medical information technology systems.What makes them weak is their reliance on obsolete operating systems (OS) like Windows NT and XP, which do not have up-to-date security. Even attacks with outdated malware like Conficker can succeed.Conficker, a computer worm that exploits weaknesses in early versions of Microsoft Windows, was first detected in 2008. “It basically disappeared in early 2009, but in healthcare we see it over and over again because of legacy systems,” said Alex Wirth, a healthcare solutions architect for Symantec, who spoke at HIMSS 2017.OS, like NT and XP, are no longer being patched for security vulnerabilities. An outdated operating system made a C-arm X-ray system vulnerable, according to a report by TrapX Security, a cybersecurity firm. In this instance, the security company traced the malware to a backdoor in a fluoroscopy workstation running Windows XP. The intent of the attacker was to steal patient data, according to TrapX.The attack was one of several in the oncology department of a hospital. Each attack targeted medical devices running out-of-date Windows OS. These are “quite vulnerable and have no endpoint detection cyber defense installed,” according to the TrapX report.In one attack, a hacker gained access to a hospital network through a backdoor in an X-ray system running Windows NT. A different attack was foiled by TrapX, which created a decoy PACS system. The decoy led the attacker to believe the hack had succeeded. TrapX traced the malware to a backdoor in an MRI system running an unpatched OS. Related Cyber Security Content:VIDEO: Cybersecurity in the Medical Imaging DepartmentBuilding A Cybersecurity Team in RadiologyProtecting Patients From HackersHealthcare’s Growing Cybersecurity ThreatsBalancing Needs In The Fight Against CybercrimeRaising the Bar for Medical Device Cyber SecurityRead other related healthcare cybersecurity stories at “The State of Healthcare Cyber SecurityWhy Radiology Should Be Very Afraid Of Cyber CriminalsHow Radiology Can Fight Cyber CrimeHealthcare Industry Lacking in Basic Cybersecurity Awareness Among Staff News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Cloud Dangers Driven by the need to collaborate, as well as increase efficiency and lower costs, processing operations and data are moving into the cloud — or, more exactly, to data centers that are accessed over the internet. “People are taking advantage of the fabulous opportunity to collaborate and get their jobs done using cloud applications,” said Deena Thomchick at HIMSS 2017. The problem, according to Thomchick, senior director of cloud security at Symantec, is that “your data is going all over the place.”Not surprisingly, a big concern is data compromise. But patient data may actually be safer in some clouds than in on-premise archives, said Clifton of BridgeHead Software. Few hospitals perform penetration tests as often as large public cloud providers do, he said.The hurdle for putting all patient data on the cloud has more to do with efficiency than security. Cloud-based systems are not fast enough, according to Clifton. “The data simply can’t travel across the wire in time,” he said.This is why the ideal solution may be a hybrid, according to Clifton — an on-premise archive of patient data with a backup copy in the cloud, ready to be used in the event of a denial of service attack or serving as a backup in case of a ransomware attack. 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The common denominator is their outdated OS.Medjackers may be political operatives or disgruntled employees, according to Wirth. But usually they are cyber criminals motivated by money.Patient records can be sold on the black market for many times that of a credit card number. And cyber criminals don’t even have to steal patient data. They can hack an information system, encrypt the data, then demand payment to decrypt it. This kind of attack, called ransomware, is growing in popularity. Ransomware attacks against all industries, not just healthcare, quadrupled from 1,000 per day in 2015 to 4,000 per day in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The malware is usually delivered through “spear phishing,” in which an unsuspecting person in the network opens an e-mail from what appears to be — but isn’t — a known person.Once the data is encrypted, it can’t be decrypted by anyone other than the cyber criminals. And not all legacy systems are X-ray machines or scanners. Many are holdovers from the last PACS or IT upgrade, according to Jamie Clifton, director of product management at BridgeHead Software. Installers of the more efficient IT systems are either unable or unwilling to bring all the data into the new equipment, Clifton told Imaging Technology News (ITN) in an interview at HIMSS 2017. “Every time you do an EMR migration, you generate a vast number of legacy applications,” Clifton said. “It is a spawning ground.”The interfaces often become so complicated that, when problems occur, the IT staff has trouble finding the root causes. That can be a nightmare from a cybersecurity perspective. “If you can’t tell what’s going on with your system, you won’t be able to tell if they are being attacked,” he said. Healthcare providers should sack these legacy applications as soon as possible, according to Clifton. Yet there is a general sense of apathy working against doing so. “We have too many healthcare organizations not paying attention to this,” he said.
Agent incentives with Sunwings destination of the month Jamaica
Posted by Tags: Sunwing TORONTO — Through March 31 agents selling Jamaica packages with Sunwing can earn double the STAR Agent Reward Points – that convert into cash – on all new bookings to Jamaica.As an added bonus, each time an agent makes a booking to any participating resort, their names will be entered into a weekly contest for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two in Jamaica. The more bookings agents make, the more chances they have to win.Sunwing is also reminding agents about its Jamaica webinars. The English-language webinar will take place Thursday, March 8 at 2 p.m. EST, while the French-language webinar is on Wednesday March 7 at 2 p.m. EST. Participants of each webinar will be entered into a draw to win two air seats to Jamaica with Sunwing.All participating resorts are offering client incentives for the month of March, ranging from reduced rates and deals for groups to credits for air seats. Vacationers can look forward to reduced rates at a number of Royalton Luxury Resorts, and other properties such as: Riu Montego Bay, Riu Reggae, Riu Negril, Riu Palace Tropical Bay, Riu Palace Jamaica, Riu Ocho Rios, IBEROSTAR Grand Rose Hall, IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites, IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach and Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAgents can also take advantage of daily deals for clients when they book properties including Sunscape Splash Montego Bay, Sunscape Cove Montego Bay, Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay Jamaica, Secrets St James Montego Bay, Sensatori Azul Beach Jamaica and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, depending on the day they book.Good options for groups include Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort or Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa, says Sunwing. Couples can enjoy a romantic vacation for less at Couples Tower Isle, with deals including $300 credit towards flights, plus the seventh night is complimentary.Vacationers who choose to travel between now and April 1 can take advantage of savings worth up to 30% with a stay at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa, or save up to 25% for travel April 2 – Oct. 31. Clients can get the same savings during the same time windows should they choose to book Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemSunwing offers flights to Jamaica from 14 gateways with all year round service from Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal. Friday, March 2, 2018 Agent incentives with Sunwing’s destination of the month: Jamaica Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Australian envoy returns to Jakarta after execution protest
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian ambassador to Indonesia has returned in a sign that the anger and tense relations that followed Indonesia’s execution of two Australian drug traffickers has eased.Paul Grigson in April became the first Australian ambassador to be recalled from Indonesia in protest after Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight drug convicts executed by Indonesian firing squads. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Grigson returned on Monday after a five-week absence because he had been gone for an appropriate time, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday.“Our relations with Indonesia are strong and getting stronger. Obviously there was some stress as a result of the execution of two of our citizens and obviously we made the strongest possible representations at the time,” Abbott told reporters.“We thought that those executions were unnecessary and counterproductive, but we also made it crystal clear at the time that we weren’t going to let this permanently damage what is a very good friendship and a very important relationship,” he added.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said ministerial visits to Indonesia which were suspended after the executions had not yet been resumed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments Share Top Stories