Akili Koro admits attacks on 4 women in Moncton

Akili Koro admits attacks on 4 women in Moncton

Ste-Marie-de-Kent man scheduled for sentencing hearing on Dec. 19 after pleading guilty to 8 charges

CBC News , Nov 06, 2013

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/akili-koro-admits-attacks-on-4-women-in-moncton-1.2415065

 

Akili Olivier Koro of Saint-Marie-de-Kent has pleaded guilty to eight charges involving attacks on four women in Moncton last year.

The charges include assault causing bodily harm, unlawful confinement of two women, sexual assault with a knife and aggravated sexual assault.

Eight other charges were dropped.

In each of the four cases, the victim willingly got into Koro’s car between midnight and 3 a.m. around St. George Street.

He drove the women elsewhere and assaulted them.

Minister Blaney discusses countering violent extremism with Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security

Minister Blaney discusses countering violent extremism with Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security

OTTAWA, November 6, 2013 — The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, released a statement following a meeting with the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security:

“Our Government is keeping our streets and communities safe. I was pleased to meet with the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security this weekend, in order to discuss the very pertinent and timely issue of countering violent extremism. Recent terror-related arrests and activities demonstrate that terrorism is a global threat and that Canada is not immune. These events have exhibited how integral our diverse communities are to helping law enforcement and security agencies in addressing threats.

We are working together to address the issues of violent extremism through the lens of our counter-terrorism strategy and our2013 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada. It is only with the support of communities across Canada that we can truly advance these efforts. Our goal is to continue to collaborate on these issues and to build the resilience of our society to all forms of crime and violence, including radicalization leading to violence and violent extremist ideologies.”

For more information on Building Resilience Against Terrorism: Canada’s Counter-terrorism Strategy, the 2013 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada; the Government of Canada’s response to countering violent extremism, or the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security, please visit the Public Safety Canada website at www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Ted Menzies’ resignation from Parliament

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Ted Menzies’ resignation from Parliament

November 6, 2013 ,Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Ted Menzies’ departure from Parliament:

“On behalf of the entire Conservative caucus, I would like to thank Ted Menzies for his many years of devoted service to his constituents of Macleod in the Parliament of Canada, and for his tremendous contributions to our Government. Since his election to the House of Commons, Ted has been a strong voice and advocate for Alberta, and a valued member within our caucus.

“Ted was first elected to represent the riding of Macleod in 2004, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.  With a strong background in agriculture and international trade, Ted has served in a number of key positions, including as the Official Opposition Critic for International Trade and International Cooperation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, and most recently as Minister of State (Finance). In all of these functions, he has earned the highest respect not just of me, but of all his colleagues in Parliament.  Ted’s expertise, insight and exemplary work ethic will certainly be missed as our Government continues to work towards providing economic stability and financial security for Canadians.

“Together with all of his friends and colleagues, Laureen and I would like to extend our personal best wishes to Ted in all of his future endeavours, and thank him for all that he has done for his constituents, the Conservative caucus, and all Canadians.”

 

Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients

Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients

The Washington Post , Associated Press,  2013 11 05

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/belgium-considering-unprecedented-law-to-grant-euthanasia-for-children-dementia-patients/2013/10/31/67fd55be-4200-11e3-b028-de922d7a3f47_story.html

Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths?

In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.

Advocates argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their parents, is necessary to give families an option in a desperately painful situation. But opponents have questioned whether children can reasonably decide to end their own lives.

Belgium is already a euthanasia pioneer; it legalized the practice for adults in 2002. In the last decade, the number of reported cases per year has risen from 235 deaths in 2003 to 1,432 in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available. Doctors typically give patients a powerful sedative before injecting another drug to stop their heart.

Only a few countries have legalized euthanasia or anything approaching it.

In the Netherlands, euthanasia is legal under specific circumstances and for children over the age of 12 with parental consent. (There is an understanding that infants, too, can be euthanized, and that doctors will not be prosecuted if they act appropriately.) Elsewhere in Europe, euthanasia is only legal in Luxembourg. Assisted suicide, where doctors help patients to die but do not actively kill them, is allowed in Switzerland.

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Japan’s ‘toxic’ monster creeping towards US

Japan’s ‘toxic’ monster creeping towards US

An enormous debris field is creeping toward the U.S. in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in 2011, killing nearly 16,000 people and launching 1.5 million tons of floating objects into the sea.

That most concentrated part of the junk field is easily broader than Texas and centered approximately 1,700 miles off the Pacific coast, between California and Hawaii, although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hasn’t published more precise estimates. The agency estimates that the trash overall is scattered across an area in the ocean about three times the size of the continental United States.

The debris ranges from pulverized particles to entire docks that washed over from Japan, to intact boats, motorcycles, soccer balls, traditional Japanese flooring, and even some Japanese sea creatures never seen on the U.S. West Coast. “High windage” items reached the Pacific Northwest as early as winter 2011. Smaller debris is “sailing” here on the tides — NOAA estimates that the widely scattered detritus may show up intermittently along shorelines for a long period of time, over the next year or more.

In addition to physical junk, a wave of slightly radioactive water released from the broken Japanese Fukushima nuclear reactor is predicted to reach shore in 2014 — but scientists point out that it is so diluted that it is harmless.

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