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Court case seeks details of how Nova Scotia man wrongfully convicted of

first_imgHALIFAX — A court case is underway today over the release of key evidence explaining what led to the wrongful murder conviction and imprisonment of a Nova Scotia man who spent almost 17 years in jail.The Canadian Press, CBC and the Halifax Examiner are asking Justice James Chipman of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court for access to federal documents with details of how 63-year-old Glen Assoun was improperly convicted of second-degree murder on Sept. 17, 1999.It’s a case where Canada’s minister of justice has already declared there was “reliable and relevant evidence” that wasn’t disclosed during criminal proceedings.On March 1, after a two-decade struggle by Assoun to overturn his conviction, a judge found Assoun innocent in the 1995 knifing death of 28-year-old Brenda Way.A lawyer with Innocence Canada, a group that works to free the wrongfully convicted, has said police didn’t disclose key evidence before Assoun’s unsuccessful appeal in 2006.The struggle to release the information goes back to 2014, when the Justice Department determined in a preliminary report there may have been a of miscarriage of justice and Assoun was released on bail.At the time, Chipman refused a media request to see the report, and sealed the hundreds of pages of information.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Exclusive Interview Smitty From The Imagination Movers

first_imgScott “Smitty” Smith, from the Emmy-winning, child-oriented indie rock band the Imagination Movers, talks exclusively with Look To The Stars, about his support of children with Down syndrome.October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Smitty, why do you feel it is a worthy cause?Anytime you can get a bunch of people united for a good cause, it is a great idea. I was most inspired by other supporters’ passion for this issue.Out of the dozens of Down Syndrome organizations out there, what about the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) attracted your support?I have a friend who has a granddaughter who has Down’s. It was his story of how much our TV show and music meant to his family that got me interested. Interestingly enough, it was a story that the Movers had heard from other fans with Down’s during our tours, as well.It wasn’t until my fellow firefighter friend called me that I thought about trying to lend some support. Being apart of National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk was the least I could do—it was a lot of fun.Were you raised to think about others, or was there a certain event in your life that inspired you?I would have to say that I was lucky enough to have a family to raise me to think of others.What do you get out of volunteering your time?Quite simply the satisfaction that you are helping to make a difference in another person’s life. Positivity is a great thing.Why should all your fans get involved?Because nothing feels better than giving and making a difference.If you could ask all your fans one thing, what would it be?Be nice to other people. You can take a simple statement like that as far as you want—it is a good way to live.Do you believe in issue placement, incorporating worldly issues in music lyrics?Yes, music is a great way to raise awareness about any issue.Does any of your recent work reflect your and your band’s feelings on certain issues?We write music for kids, and our music sometimes addresses their issues. (Kids have enough pressure on them. It’s important that they are given the opportunity to just be kids.)The Imagination Movers is currently on its World Tour. The Movers will allow families at various concerts to take the stage to promote the “Buddy Walk” in their town. For more information, visit www.ndss.org.This interview would have been impossible without the help of Joshua Page, Marilyn Laverty and Scott “Smitty” Smith.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Mens Journal Ad Reps Swim with Sharks

first_imgHere’s to taking customer satisfaction to the extreme.Each year, the Men’s Journal advertising staff participates in what it calls the “Dare Your Rep” campaign, an initiative to help engage their clients and to promote the magazine’s May “Adventure” issue. So what awaited the magazine’s eager sales staff this year?Firewalking? No. Winter surfing off Montauk? Nah. Taking more than 40 percent of clients’ votes was swimming with sharks. Of course. So, last week, 15 advertising reps donned wetsuits, hopped into a tank at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, and got up-close-and personal with several varieties of sharks. Even publisher Will Schenck got in the tank.Swimming with sharks is apparently just another notch on the belt for the Men’s Journal ad staff. Last year they ate from a menu of tasty delectables such as honey-glazed spiced tarantulas, herbed cream cheese with glazed scorpion, filo dough pastry cups with prickly pear cactus jelly and roasted ants. Anything for a sale.last_img read more

This black hole spits out jet beams like a weird spinning top

first_img Tags “This is one of the most extraordinary black hole systems I’ve ever come across,” explained Associate Professor James Miller-Jones, lead author of a study recently published in Nature.”Like many black holes, it’s feeding on a nearby star, pulling gas away from the star and forming a disk of material that encircles the black hole and spirals towards it under gravity.”What’s different in V404 Cygni is that we think the disk of material and the black hole are misaligned.”This appears to be causing the inner part of the disk to wobble like a spinning top and fire jets out in different directions as it changes orientation.” Think of the black hole in V404 Cygni as a gigantic, light consuming Beyblade that’s starting to run out of juice. It’s no longer spinning straight, it’s wobbling all over the place.You can read more about the ground breaking discovery here, at ICRAR’s official website. Post a comment 14 genius Stephen Hawking quotes that will make you question your place in the universe (pictures) Trippy. ICRAR The year 2019 has been a big one for black holes. To begin with, we saw one for the first time. We also discovered 83 of them at the edge of our universe. No big deal.Now recent research is uncovering more about the insanely dense, spacetime bending bad boys of the universe. Get this: while most black holes are thought to “spin” (thanks to the space dust and gas in orbital motion around the black hole) scientists have discovered a black hole that does things a little differently.V404 Cygni is a binary system in the constellation of Cygnus. At its center is a black hole that is currently in the process of absorbing a low mass nearby star. Astronomers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Perth, Western Australia noticed that the black hole in V404 Cygni was spitting out bright jet beams of matter into space. That’s relatively normal, what wasn’t normal was the direction the matter was being sprayed. As a result of the way black holes normally spin, the matter tends to spray out in the same direction. This time it was being sprayed out at different angles. The jets appear to be rapidly rotating.You can see this visualized in the below animation. The conclusion: this black hole is spinning a little differently than the rest. 0 Share your voice 14 Photos Sci-Techlast_img read more

Bangladesh capable to conduct fair polls

first_imgA two-member election expert mission representing the European Union (EU) will arrive in Dhaka on Tuesday to monitor the situations before and after the national election scheduled to be held on 30 December.”Yes, they’re arriving. They’ll stay until 15 January,” a senior official at the foreign ministry told UNB on Monday.The election expert mission comprising David Noel Ward and Eirini- Maria Gounari might stay for longer period, if necessary, depending on the evolving situation.”I can’t tell you their day-to-day programmes. But I can tell you they’ll have wider discussions with political leaders on election issues. They’ll also visit places outside Dhaka,” said another official.The two election experts of the EU will meet key interlocutors, including chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, media, candidates and voters.Such an expert team usually submits a report to the EU headquarters in Brussels on its observation.Meanwhile, a visiting European parliamentary delegation on Sunday hoped that the next national election in Bangladesh will be held in a free and fair manner.”I’m confident that the coming election will be free and fair,” said Rupert Matthews, conservative member of the European Parliament sharing his thoughts based on the impression he got after talking to political leaders of Bangladesh.The delegation of the European Parliament also met prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.While interacting with media at a city hotel, he said the European Parliament believes that Bangladesh is well-prepared to handle the election on its own.Matthews said the European Union parliament believes that Bangladesh is capable to follow its own rules to conduct a free and fair election.Therefore, he added, they do not need to send observers.He said the delegation had talks with a wide range of people of Bangladesh, including government officials and politicians and common people.Though it will not send any observer team because of a lengthy preparatory process, the European Union (EU) will closely monitor the next national election in Bangladesh, said a diplomatic source.The EU will be keeping eyes on the developments in the coming weeks, the source said, adding that not sending an observer team does not mean that they are not going to follow the elections.The EU thinks sending a credible observer mission is a very big operation as it involves a good number of observers and needs a long preparation.It, however, expects free, fair, credible and transparent elections in Bangladesh.”We’re looking forward to free, fair, credible and transparent elections in this country,” said managing director for Asia and the Pacific at European External Action Service Gunnar Wiegand during his Bangladesh visit in July last.last_img read more