TORONTO — A company in southwestern Ontario has lost its bid to keep its licence to transfer corpses after a contractor stuffed an infant’s remains into a cardboard box.In its decision, a Divisional Court panel found a tribunal had made no errors in ordering the licence revocation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives based in Ridgeway, Ont., which was operated by an unlicensed Patrick O’Charchin ostensibly under his geriatric father, Jerome O’Charchin, who was an authorized funeral director.“There was ample evidence before the tribunal to make the findings it made,” the court said in its ruling this week. “Regardless of how the hospital presented the human remains, Niagara Funeral chose the disgraceful manner of transporting them.”Court and tribunal documents show the case arose two years ago when Patrick O’Charchin retained a licensed funeral director, Paul Scrannage, to transport an infant’s remains from a Hamilton-area hospital morgue to a nearby crematorium. O’Charchin gave Scrannage a cardboard box with various funeral-related supplies and told him to use the box to pick up the remains.At a hearing that revoked Scrannage’s licence last year, witnesses testified the remains were in an adult-sized body bag along with autopsied brain tissue in a plastic pail on a hallway gurney. Video evidence showed Scrannage stuffed the body bag into the cardboard box, which was too small, using black tape to keep the lid closed. He placed the box in his vehicle, retrieved the pail, and delivered them to horrified crematorium staff.“They testified that they had never encountered human remains delivered for cremation in a repurposed cardboard box or in two separate containers,” according to records from the Licence Appeal Tribunal. “They were shocked at the manner in which the remains were delivered — which they characterized as undignified and disrespectful.”Scrannage’s tribunal hearing also heard from witnesses that he had handled other remains roughly, apparently brushing off one complaint by saying, “They don’t feel it.” He denied the accusation and the tribunal concluded it had not been proven.Witnesses also testified that he removed pacemakers or defibrillators without wearing protective equipment and in inappropriate settings. Instead of using a single-use scalpel for the incision, carefully removing the device and stitching up the gash, witnesses said he used a utility knife he carried in his pocket.Scrannage testified it was Patrick O’Charchin who supplied him with a kit that included a utility knife.Ultimately, the tribunal endorsed a proposal from the Registrar, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act to revoke Scrannage’s licence.“Scrannage transferred the remains of an infant in a manner that was disrespectful, undignified and fell below the standards expected in the industry,” the tribunal concluded.Complaints about Scrannage’s handling of the infant remains led to the investigation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives that also turned up other problems related to contracts and pricing, as well as allegations that it was the unlicensed Patrick O’Charchin who actually ran the business, not his father.The tribunal concluded the allegations were valid. It found the younger O’Charchin had instructed Scrannage to use the cardboard box to pick up the infant remains as a cost-saving measure. Revoking Niagara Funeral Alternatives’ transport licence was appropriate, the tribunal found. On appeal to Divisional Court, the company tried to blame the hospital for the infant transfer problem, and denied it was the son who managed the business. It also argued the licence revocation penalty was too severe. The appellate court dismissed the appeal. Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Today’s American mom is resilient and optimistic but deeply concerned about the complexities of modern life and the environment in which she is doing her job according to a non-partisan survey of more than 1,000 mothers released today.The Shriver Report Snapshot: Insight into the Resilient American Mother reveals the modern mother is optimistic in her own strength and resolve to raise independent and caring children but challenged by the shortcomings of the entrenched institutions meant to support her.In America today, more than half of all mothers are living paycheck to paycheck. Nearly two thirds of working moms say that the American business culture makes it “nearly impossible” to juggle work and family life. Mothers are torn on the role of social media and technology and are taking on a lion’s share of housekeeping and parenting responsibilities. Overall two thirds of mothers believe that their children are less safe than they were as children and most say it is harder to be a mother today than it was in their parent’s generation. In fact, a majority (53%) say America is becoming a worse place to raise children while only 15% believe it is getting better.Yet, despite growing concerns about the challenges their children face – including declining moral values, violence in schools, sexual predators and bullying – most mothers express confidence about raising their children and are strikingly optimistic about their children’s future. Nine of ten moms report they are at least “somewhat” optimistic about their children’s future, and over half say they are “very optimistic.” Amidst this backdrop, the conflicted, yet resilient, American mom sees education reform as the best hope for their children’s future and the top priority for leaders and lawmakers to address.These findings are the result of a national survey commissioned by Save the Children, Save the Children Action Network and Shriver Media and conducted online by the national polling group, PSB, in March 2016. More than 1,050 mothers who are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election participated in the survey, with a margin of error of ±2.47%.The findings come in the middle of a turbulent presidential election race in which the gender gap in voting between men and women is likely to become a significant factor in the November general election. In 2012, nearly 10 million more women than men voted for president. The gap could widen even further this fall when more than 20 million mothers with children living at home – more than 1 in 4 of all likely women voters – are expected to vote for president, making mothers who vote a sizable but often overlooked segment of the electorate.According to the survey, most moms believe it is getting harder to be a parent today compared to previous generations and they worry about a host of social ills including a weakening economy, shifting American values, increased violence and a decline in the quality of education. In fact, when asked to identify the most important issue for the next president, mothers overwhelmingly cited education reform including making college more affordable, ensuring a fair chance to succeed in school and increased access to high quality early childhood education. Given all this, the survey also shows that American moms remain remarkably resilient and “optimistic”, believing that their children will achieve success through hard work despite many challenges.“As a mother of four and an advocate for women’s empowerment, I am thrilled to partner with Save the Children and the Save the Children Action Network to share this Snapshot on the modern American mom,” said Maria Shriver founder of Shriver Media and the Shriver Report Special Editions and Snapshots. “American mothers are resilient, tough and optimistic but political and business leaders – all of our institutions – need to adjust to the needs of the modern American family so that mothers and their children can not only survive but can thrive in today’s complex environment.”“Clearly, moms believe it’s much harder to raise kids today than it was in the past. But moms of all political persuasions see education reform as the number one task of the next president,” said Mark Shriver, President of Save the Children Action Network. “In fact, 83 percent of moms – Republicans, Democrats and Independents – said they would likely support a political candidate who is in favor of expanding quality early childhood education programs in the U.S., which they believe is critical to America’s future. These moms know that all kids deserve a strong start in life.”“This Mother’s Day it’s important to not only celebrate moms, but also to really listen to what they need,” said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children. “This poll tells us that women are feeling a lot of pressure, and are demanding more from their partners, workplaces, and elected leaders. I’ve met mothers across the U.S., some hanging on by a thread, and it’s clear that if we want to see stronger families and communities, then we need to support mothers because they are the backbone of society. We can’t underestimate the power of a mother. Some of our most critical programs to support children, schools and communities are created and sustained by moms. As a mom myself, I want to continue to help support mothers because if we support the moms, then we help to create stronger families, communities, and our country.”
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe man accused of killing two Ottawa women and under investigation for the murders of two First Nation women claims to be First Nation himself.Marc Leduc, 56, has been asking for special services while in custody that First Nations receive while behind bars.He is particularly interested in smudging.Leduc was arrested Feb. 6 for the murders of two non-Aboriginal women Pamela Kosmack, 39, and Leanne Lawson, 23. Kosmack was found dead in June 2008 and Lawson September 2011.Leduc was already in custody facing sexual assault charges after it is alleged he broke in the home of a 19-year-old woman and assaulted her at knifepoint in November. The woman was able to wrestle the knife away and run for help.DNA collected from that crime scene matched samples retrieved from the crime scenes of Kosmack and Lawson.Leduc was put in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre awaiting trial on the November incident. It was then that he requested to be given Aboriginal status inside the detention jail.He was never able to get it due to a backlog of requests as there are some 75 Aboriginals looked after by one person.Leduc has since been transferred to the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee, Ont. because he can’t have any contact with Darrin Murch, the brother-in-law of Kosmack, who works as a guard at OCDC. Leduc was ordered by a judge Thursday to have no direct or in direct contact with Murch or his wife Cindy Murch, Kosmack’s younger sister.Due to hearing difficulties, Leduc has to attend every court hearing. That means he’ll have to be transported from Napanee to Ottawa for each appearance. It’s about 200 kilometres.New information has come to light that Kosmack knew Leduc. Kosmack’s family said they have learned Leduc grew up in the same Ritchie Street housing complex in Ottawa and he is said to have frequented the Britannia Pub in Ottawa’s west end where they both lived. Kosmack was also known to go to the same pub.He apparently had the nickname “Toonie” for Kosmack but so far the family has no idea why. They believe it may have something to do with her favourite meal being Kentucky Fried Chicken and their meal deal “Toonie Tuesday”.It’s one of the questions her family wanted answered.They gathered Saturday to remember Kosmack and celebrate the arrest of her alleged killer.Kosmack’s mother Gail Brown believes God finally answered her prayers.Police told the family they had “found their guy” two days before the arrest at Brown’s home. When she heard the words come out of a detective’s mouth she squeezed her daughter Cindy’s leg and leapt up and said “thank you, God!”Police told the family they expect Leduc in other unsolved murders too.Kelly Morrisseau was murdered in December 2006, while Jennifer Stewart was killed in August 2010. Both lived in Ottawa’s Vanier suburb and were First Nation. Their murderes remain unsolved.Leduc’s next court date is in March.firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @afixedaddress (Pam Kosmack’s family gathered Saturday to celebrate her life and the arrest of her alleged killer Marc Leduc last week. APTN photo)
ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Photo credit: Nassau Guardian Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 3, 2017 – Nassau – Fresh off of the now infamous hand gesture, PLP Party Leader and Prime Minister Perry Christie at a political event last night labelled the FNM as an incredibly unreliable choice for government. Christie said he has lost track of how many leaders they have been through and he asked the crowd gathered at the meeting for Carmichael, Southern Shores and Golden Isles, ‘if the FNM was Government of the Bahamas today; who would be running the country, which one?” Mr Christie commended his own team and said, “politics is about working together to accommodate a democracy.”#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
HD Kumaraswamy and Yash.PR HandoutThe battle for the Mandya Lok Sabha seat is heating up with Sumalatha’s supporters and the JD(S) leaders engaging in a war-of-words. People from both sides are using every opportunity to score points over each other. After Nikhil Kumaraswamy mocked Yash’s house-rent issue which recently created a controversy, the latter has now apparently taken digs at the Chief Minister’s two marriages.During his campaign at Ambarahalli, Yash told a TV channel that people should not mistake people’s innocence to ignorance. “If we assume that people are fools, they will give a befitting reply,” he said while stating that the people of Mandya know who is the wife of late actor-turned-politician Ambareesh.”Sumalatha is the only wife of Ambareesh and there is no confusion in it,” Yash pointed out, an oblique reference to HD Kumaraswamy’s two marriages.Anitha Kumaraswamy, the MLA from the Ramanagara constituency, is the wife of HD Kumaraswamy. He is allegedly also married to actress Radhika Shetty. There have enough photos of the Karnataka Chief Minister with the actress that indicate their relationship. However, they have never admitted it in open. Kumaraswamy with his wife Radhika.Radhika Kumaraswamy Facebook PageIn 2011, a public interest litigation was filed for his disqualification from the Ramanagara MP seat for violating the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. But the High Court had dismissed the plea for failing to produce necessary documents in support of the allegations.Apart from Sumalatha Ambareesh, there are two others with the name ‘Sumalatha’ who are contesting in the Mandya Lok Sabha election. Sumalatha and BJP have alleged the JD(S) is using such a trick to confuse the people in a bid to ensure Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s victory.
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), which is the largest integrated iron and steel producer in the country, will shell out Rs. 6,000 crore in the current financial year. The amount will be spent on modernisation and expansion plans, as well as towards research and development (R&D).The public sector entity had forked out about Rs. 4,483 crore as capital expenditure last year.The money invested will be utilised towards energy-saving methods, pollution control, development of mines and to enrich product mix, Press Trust of India reports.”SAIL will spend around Rs. 6,000 crore as capex this financial year. This includes the expansion programme as well as R&D,” a source was quoted as saying by the PTI.The New Delhi-based company is currently in the process of improving its hot metal production capacity from to 23.46 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), which was previously 13.82 MTPA. It also made an investment of Rs. 61,870 crore, which will be completed by the end of the present financial year.The steel-maker will also spend Rs. 10,200 crore towards mine development in Odisha and Jharkhand.Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, during a Steel and Mines Ministry meeting, had asked domestic companies to accept the external realities of the steel sector.”In the long term, industry has to accept external realities and learn to compete and emerge stronger in spite of them (challenges). Time is of essence and all plans and actions by the companies must be well-planned and executed,” Tomar was quoted by PTI as telling the companies.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
BSTIBangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on Thursday cancelled licences of two more companies for producing substandard products, reports UNB.Licences of S M Consumers Products, Chattogram and Kiron Traders of Naogaon were cancelled through a BSTI notice.Besides, it suspended license of 25 other companies.It cancelled the licence of seven products and suspended the license of 18 food products of different companies on Wednesday for the same reason.BSTI recently tested 406 food samples by a surveillance team. Among those 52 food samples were found to be substandard and adulterated.BSTI ordered stopping of production, supply, sale and advertisements of these products within 24 hours.The 25 companies which licences were suspended by BSTI are Ghee of Baghabari Special Ghee, Dakksin Goran Dhaka, Semolina of Nishita Foods, Sylhet, Turmeric Powder of Manjil Foods and products, Sylhet, Honey of Green Lands Milk Products, Khulna, Turmeric Powder of Shan Food, Kushtia, Salt of Madhumati Salt Industries, Khulna, vermicelli of Jedda Food Industries, Jhalakathi, Salt of Noor Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, vermicelli (LacchaSemai) of Amrita Food Products, Barishal, salt (Ayodinjukto Laban) of New Jhalakathi Salt Mills, Jhalakathi, salt of Quality Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Lucky Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Taj Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, chili powder of Kashem Traders, Rajshahi, Turmeric power (Holudergura) of Kashem traders, Rajshahi, chili powder of Amirul Traders, Rajshahi, Vermicelli of Madhuful and Products, Sylhet, Vermicelli of Mithai Sweets, Chattogram, flour of K R Food Industries, Chattogram, vermicelli of Well Food and Beverage, Chattogram, fermented milk of Rupsa Food Products,Chattogram, biscuit of Imtiaz Bread and Food Products, Chattogram, vermicelli of Misti Mela Food products, Chattogram, chanachur of Taiyeba Food Products, Chattogram and vermicelli of Madhuban Bread and Biscuit, Chattogram.
Popular on Variety Carl Chery, Apple Music’s head of artist curation overseeing hip-hop and R&B programming, is leaving the tech giant, Variety has learned. According to sources, Chery is headed for a position at Spotify where the streaming service’s RapCaviar playlist is among its most popular destinations. Last month, RapCaviar curator Tuma Basa left the company after three years for YouTube.At Apple Music, Chery developed popular playlists as well, namely A-List: Hip-Hop and A-List: R&B. He was also responsible for securing two Apple exclusive releases from Chance The Rapper, including the Grammy Award-winning album, “Coloring Book.” Cherry’s additional credits include playing a key early role in breaking such artists as Cardi B, Bryson Tiller, Post Malone, Khalid, Daniel Caesar, 6LACK and H.E.R. A former music journalist who has written for SOHH.com, XXL and BET, Cherry joined Apple in 2014 as part of the company’s Beats By Dre/Beats Music acquisition.As Variety reported, Apple Music recently named Oliver Schusser as new lead for Apple Music worldwide. The service also recently passed 40 million paid subscribers.As of January, Spotify claimed 70 million paying subscribers worldwide. The Swedish company went public on April 3 and its market cap is currently valued at $25.5 billion. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Journal information: Nature Physics Citation: Researchers devise a means to control chemical reactions in individual atoms (2012, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-chemical-reactions-individual-atoms.html © 2012 Phys.org Explore further More information: Controlling chemical reactions of a single particle, Nature Physics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2373AbstractTraditionally, chemical reactions have been investigated by tuning thermodynamic parameters, such as temperature or pressure. More recently, laser or magnetic field control methods have emerged to provide new experimental possibilities, in particular in the realm of cold collisions. The control of reaction pathways is also a critical component to implement molecular quantum information processing. For these studies, single particles provide a clean and well-controlled experimental system. Here, we report on the experimental tuning of the exchange reaction rates of a single trapped ion with ultracold neutral atoms by exerting control over both their quantum states. We observe the influence of the hyperfine interaction on chemical reaction rates and branching ratios, and monitor the kinematics of the reaction products. These investigations advance chemistry with single trapped particles towards achieving quantum-limited control of chemical reactions and indicate limits for buffer-gas cooling of single-ion clocks.via Arstechnica (Phys.org) — In the early days of chemistry, finding out what happened when two or more chemicals were mixed together led to the development of all manner of new materials and to deriving useful events, such as the production of heat or light, or things exploding. As the science progressed however, researchers found they wanted to know more about what really goes on when chemicals react, but were unable to find out due to the massive number of interactions that occur during even the most ordinary chemical reactions. Nowadays, researchers want to delve even deeper, to discover what goes on at the quantum level. To that end, a team working at the Cavendish laboratory in Cambridge, UK has developed a way to monitor and control one of the most basic chemical reactions, the meeting of two dissimilar individual atoms. In their paper published in Nature Physics they describe how they were able to do so by setting up special experiments in a cold environment using a laser. Discovery could pave the way for quantum computing Under normal conditions, when two atoms meet, usually nothing happens. There is no attraction force between the two thus no reason for them to interact. When one or both are ions, things are different of course as the ions have either more or less electrons than stable atoms, causing them to have an electric charge. It was this property that the team used when setting up their experiments, which were meant to serve as an observational study, not to create something new, to see what happens at the quantum level.In their experiments, the team used a magnetic field to isolate two different types of atoms, a ytterbium ion and a neutral rubidium, in a very cold environment to slow things down. But prior to pushing them together with a laser, they first excited the ytterbium ion by shooting it with laser light to inject it, so to speak with kinetic energy. That energy they noted, could result in movement due to heat ejection or in the production of photons.Next, they ran two different types of experiments. In the first, they turned off the lights and watched as the two atoms eventually came near one another, to see if the interaction between the two would result in the release of photons, i.e. light. It did not, instead, it resulted in both atoms moving around in the trap at higher speeds.In the second experiment they used a laser to push the energized ion towards the neutral atom and found that in some, but not all cases, an ion was exchanged, causing the ytterbium atom to become neutral and the rubidium to become ionized; a clear example of a controlled chemical reaction between just two atoms. The researchers noted that the spin state of the atoms made a difference in the outcome of the reaction, meaning that the atomic nucleus of the atom had an impact, which goes counter to conventional thinking.The experiments and results the researchers achieved show that chemical reactions can not only be studied at the quantum level, but controlled as well, a finding that will likely have a major impact on both chemistry and physics research going forward. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The event is being organised by The Great Indian Bazar and will be hosted by Kuwait embassy and NGO Gunjan Foundation. Some of the labels that are exhibiting at the embassy includes Rashi’s Creations, Deb & SHO home Accents, La Femme, Pashm collections, Vani, Zarya, Chic – Tae – Toe, Sonu Nahar, and shimmer jewels by Navneet.For the jewellery lovers A dazzling array of exquisite statement jewellery will be presented by Rashi’s Creations also Shimmer Jewels by Navneet brings silver jewellery for the modern yet traditional look. Chic-Tac-Toe will be a one stop shop for all the budding fashionistas. For ones who love traditional dressing Vani will present ready to wear kurtas, fabric sets, exclusively handcrafted, handwoven and block printed sarees. Label Zarya will present semi western women wear in silk wool and cotton, silk quilted jackets in jewel tones. If you are not looking for clothes but some good home décor DEB & SHO, Pashm Collections and Mairaah are your places to be.When: 18 JanuaryWhere: Embassy of Kuwait