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Australia files WTO complaint against Canadian wine sales measures

first_imgTORONTO – Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.The complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union.last_img

Over 10 Million Internet Subscribers in Morocco Report

Rabat- The number of internet subscriber has reached over 10 million, according to a new report.A new report released by Morocco’s telecommunications regulator has revealed that the number of internet subscribers grew by 61.4 per cent in the course of one year.The number of internet subscribers has reached 10.3 million during the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released by the National Agency for the Regulation of Telecommunications, known by its French acronym ANRT. That is a penetration rate of 30.5 per cent. The report has also revealed that customers of internet services have seen a 31 per cent decrease in prices, moving from an average monthly bill of 32 Dirhams in 2014 to 22 Dirhams by the end of March 2015.The number of mobile phone subscribers stood at 43.3 million subscribers by the end of March 2015, a penetration rate of 128 percent compared to 130.5 percent in June 2014.Moroccans spoke 11.68 billion minutes on their mobile phones and sent 4.55 billion text messages by the end of March 2015, a 4.2 and 27.1 per cent increase respectively, the governing body of Moroccan telecommunications sector reported. read more

MP breaks down in the House

(Updated)A bizarre series of events during question period in Ottawa which culminated in an MP crying today. But as people have been digging into the story of Paul Calandra’s non-answer during Tuesday’s question period — which today he took complete responsibility for. Tonight, the CBC is reporting that Calandra’s response to the opposition leader were supplied to him by the director of issues management in the Prime Minister’s Office.Conservative MP Paul Calandra: “I apologize to you and to the entire house and my constituents.”What could possibly make a 44-year old member of parliament break down like Conservative MP Paul Calandra did earlier today?Paul Calandra: “I allowed the passion and the anger with something I read get in the way of answering a question.”That question was posed by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on Tuesday concerning Canada’s mission in Iraq. It was met with this from Paul Calandra: “There’s a great deal of confusion with the NDP position on Israel. I wonder if the leader of the opposition could confirm for me.”For McMaster political scientist Peter Graefe the parliamentary secretary’s lack of an answer was shocking: “We’re used to them evading answers, giving half answers, slipping away — not actually talking about something different.”And he wasn’t alone. Calandra’s comments were challenged throughout the week leading to this moment which has since gone viral.CBC question: “The question was about foreign affairs…..”The CBC is also reporting that a member of the Prime Minister’s Office supplied Calandra with materials that were meant to be used no matter what question he faced. In direct contradiction to what he said in his emotional statement today.Paul Calandra: “Despite what people think about kids in short pants, this was my response and I take full responsibility.”Peter Graefe: “I think it’s consistent with the Conservative government that throughout it’s time has really pushed against the rules of the House and maybe has pushed beyond them.”So what does that say about how the PMO is run?Peter Graefe: “It doesn’t have to answer to Canadians that it should use parliament as a parliamentary platform to attack the opposition.”And according to Paul Calandra, it won’t be the last time that happens: “I don’t think this’ll be the last time that I’ll get up and answer a question that doesn’t effectively respond.”It just hasn’t been Calandra’s week. In another interview, he says that the statement you just heard wasn’t supposed to come out that way. He said that he’ll clarify his remarks on Monday. read more

UN authorized to seek submissions on flag and anthem for Cyprus

The United Nations has been authorized by Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and Rauf Denktash, the Turkish Cypriot leader, to seek submissions on a flag and anthem for Cyprus through open public competition as foreseen in the proposal for a comprehensive settlement put to them by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The parties agreed at their meeting yesterday that this procedure needed to be set in motion if a flag and anthem were to be ready to be included in a completed agreement by 28 February, so as to enable the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots to decide on the settlement in separate referenda on 30 March. “It is understood that the flag and anthem would only be adopted as part of a comprehensive settlement if the entire plan is approved in the separate referenda and a new state of affairs comes into being,” the UN said a statement issued in Cyprus. “This decision reflects a shared commitment to ensure that all preparations are made for a completed agreement in accordance with the timeframe proposed by the Secretary-General. It should not be taken as an indication of the state of play in the ongoing negotiations.” read more

Long list of animals promised new protections at UNbacked meeting

The animals were put on one of two lists at the close of the 8th conference of the parties to the UN Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP/CMS) held in Nairobi, Kenya.Those put on Appendix I are endangered species, and governments should take measures such as improving habitats and breeding sites and removing obstacles to their migration. Appendix II listing calls on nations to establish regional agreements, including memorandums of understanding, to conserve the species.CMS, an intergovernmental treaty concluded under UNEP’s aegis, seeks to mobilize the necessary political and other resources to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of wildlife and habitat loss at the global, regional and national level. Its membership has grown steadily to include 92 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.”Governments, scientists and our partner bodies, such as the World Conservation Union, have demonstrated their commitment to CMS this week,” CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth said. “Hundreds of threatened species throughout the world all gain from the scientific and practical support we can now offer, especially in developing countries over the next three years.”Those put on Appendix I include the eastern lowland, western lowland and mountain gorillas, who are threatened by habitat degradation and killing for bushmeat along with civil wars and unrest and Henderson’s Petrel, a sea bird known to breed only on Henderson Island in the United Kingdom Overseas Territory of Pitcairn, which is threatened by rats and possibly predation by crabs.Among those put on Appendix II are the strange-tailed tyrant, a bird occurring in Paraguay and northern Argentina that is believed to have suffered catastrophic losses in Brazil and the giant mastiff bat, widely distributed between eastern Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa.Others have been put on both lists, such as the short-beaked common dolphin, which moves across the Gibraltar Straits and possibly through the Turkish Straits system and whose number are believed to be declining due to entanglement in fishing nets, and the Bukhara Deer, central Asia’s only true deer inhabiting arid zones and migrating across the borders of countries including Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Numbering less than 1,000 they are threatened by poachers and habitat loss. read more

Fundraising continues for famine relief

The Ghanamma Cultural Troupe performed three numbers at the Band Aide concert for East African famine relief. The dancers are, from left, Sandra Boahene, a third-year Accounting student, and Lydia Taiba Appoh, a first-year biochemistry student.Fundraising for East African famine relief continued today with a noon-hour concert in the Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre.Students and faculty took the stage for Band Aide, a show that raised money for the joint Brock/Niagara College campaign called “East African Famine — Feed a Mouth, Save a Life — Niagara Responds.”The Ghanamma Cultural Troupe, comprised of Brock students, performed a trio of dance numbers. Other performances included:Karin Di Bella, associate professor of Music, on pianoMusic associate professor Harris Loewen and Business professor Don Cyr playing songs from the Beatlesgraduate student Antje Thamm on violinEcho Yu on the HulusiKurt Singer on the pianoThe campaign benefits East Africa, which is in the throes of a famine that has affected 13 million people and killed thousands. In Somalia, nearly 750,000 are at risk of starving to death. (NPR story)There are donation jars around campus, including a jar at the Tim Horton’s in the Schmon Tower. You can also donate online at the Niagara page of the Humanitarian Coalition site. So far, Niagara’s online campaign has raised $5,089.There will be a fundraising hot dog sale at the Avondale across the street from the St. Catharines campus on Friday, Sept. 30.Other recent fundraising events include a Loonie Mile fundraiser held by Brock International.Karin Di Bella performs songs by Franz Liszt and Lady Gaga.Sandra Boahene and Lydia Taiba Appoh read more

Environmental Stewardship Initiative – mine closure and water management

first_imgThe Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) has released two project prefeasibility reports by the Closure Working Group (CWG) and the Water Working Group (WWG) of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI). The completion of the pre-feasibility studies represents a major milestone for the ESI’s work following the completion of an environmental management scoping study (prepared by Hatch), several multi-stakeholder surveys, and ongoing ESI workshops. The objectives of the studies are to assess the initial feasibility of the following project concepts:Closure Working GroupStandardised closure criteria for mine site relinquishment to the CrownPassive systems for managing acid rock drainage (ARD)Water Working GroupNational database / repository of water resources informationRemote, real-time sensors for water quality monitoringThe closure and water working groups held workshops in May 2014 to finalise the results of the studies and to select projects for further project development. Based on the results of the workshops, the CWG decided to conduct feasibility studies on projects 1 and 3, above, from June – December 2014. A similar study will also take place for project 4, beginning in September 2014. Lastly, for project 2, the ESI plans to work in conjunction with a graduate student to answer some outstanding issues that were raised during the course of the prefeasibility study.last_img read more

WATCH Heres how the White House gets decorated for Christmas

first_img WHITE HOUSE undergoes a transformation at Christmas time thanks to the help of US army veterans and military families.The above video released by the White House today gives an insight into the huge task of decorating 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.This year a total of 83 volunteers gathered just after Thanksgiving with the tinsel and ornaments for the various trees around the White House.Some 70,000 people visit the historic building over the holiday season so it’s important to make a bit of a fuss.They’ll also get a glimpse of a magnificent 300-pound gingerbread version of the White House, including mini versions of the Obama dogs Bo and Sunny.Check out how it was made: Read: Obama pardons Popcorn, the National Thanksgiving turkeylast_img read more

Zorba the Greek at the Hellenic Museum

first_imgThe Oscar-winning film, directed by Michael Cacoyannis, will screen at the Hellenic Museum this Sunday as part of its Summer Cinema Festival 2015. The film is a classic not only for the mesmerising music composed by Mikis Theodorakis or the script based on the book by Nikos Kazantzakis. The characters, played by Alan Bates (Basil), Anthony Quinn (Alexis Zorbas), Irini Pappas (widow) and comedian Sotiris Moustakas (village idiot), practically come alive on screen and dance us into the legends of Crete. Basil, a half Greek, half British writer with a very tight upbringing finds he has a small inheritance on the island of Crete, and travels to the island determined to re-open an old lignite mine and cure his writer’s block. At the port of Piraeus in Athens he becomes acquainted with robust peasant Alexi Zorbas. They become inseparable and after many adventures and realisations, Zorbas ends up changing the Englishman’s life forever.For more information phone: +61 3 8615 9016 and for bookings visit Sunday 8 March. Gates open with cafe and bar at 6.00 pm and screenings start just after dusk, around 9.00 pm Where: Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hépatite C de nouveaux espoirs de guérison

first_imgHépatite C : de nouveaux espoirs de guérisonDe nouvelles découvertes et de nouveaux médicaments visant à traiter l’hépatite C laissent espérer les chercheurs spécialisés que le nombre de guérisons pourrait augmenter de 50%.Actuellement 230.000 individus sont touchés par la forme chronique de l’hépatite C en France. Une partie de ces individus ne survivront pas à la maladie, ce qu’essayent de changer aujourd’hui les chercheurs. Plusieurs nouveaux traitements sont ainsi mis au point et étudiés tandis que deux nouveaux médicaments doivent faire leur apparition sur le marché sous le nom de Boceprevir et Telaprevir, deux antiviraux, explique Le Figaro. Ces deux nouveaux médicaments ont pour but de traiter les individus touchés par le virus “de génotype 1” soit un malade sur deux.Les chercheurs pensent ainsi que si ces nouveaux médicaments sont associés au traitement par interféron pégylé et ribavirine utilisé actuellement, le taux de guérison des malades touchés par l’hépatite C pourrait augmenter de 45 à 70%. Et Le Figaro d’expliquer que si une infection au virus de “génotype 1” de l’hépatite C passe souvent inaperçue, il arrive que le corps ne parvienne pas à l’éliminer, ce qui entraine la multiplication du virus dans le foie, la fibrose ou la cirrhose. Il n’existe aucun vaccin contre l’hépatite C aujourd’hui et le virus se transmet par voie sanguine. La meilleure défense reste le dépistage et le traitement précoce qui divise par 7 le risque de cancer.Le 30 novembre 2010 à 17:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mega le site est bien accessible mais reste très lent

first_imgMega : le site est bien accessible mais reste très lentIl est possible d’accéder et de s’inscrire sur Mega malgré des ralentissements conséquents, probablement dus à un très grand nombre de connections simultanées. Kim Dotcom évoque des milliers d’inscriptions par minute.Le site Mega est bel et bien en ligne, nous avons pu y accéder et nous y inscrire, mais il reste encore extrêmement lent samedi soir à 19h20. Il est néanmoins possible de s’y connecter et de commencer à uploader des fichiers, parfois à une vitesse bonne à rappeler à notre souvenir les modems 56K. On peut tout de même noter que le site est déjà disponible en de très nombreuses langues et que l’interface épurée reste très efficace. Le logo Mega est par contre encore accompagné de la mention Béta.Bref, nous vous conseillons pour l’instant de patienter encore un peu avant d’en profiter pleinement à moins de vouloir vraiment tenter votre chance. Kim Dotcom vient de déclarer sur Tweeter que le site était très occupé et qu’il comptait des milliers d’inscription par minute. Ces ralentissements semblent en tous cas être une bonne jauge du succès du site.Le 19 janvier 2013 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Torreira is delighted by Vieira comparisons

first_imgThe Arsenal midfielder is thankful for being compared to football legend Patrick Vieira after his recent appearances22-year-old midfielder Lucas Torreira moved from Italian Lega Serie A club Sampdoria to English Premier League side Arsenal over the summer.And since he got to the Gunners’ squad, he’s been pivotal to the team’s success.Some fans have even compared him to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“If the fans are comparing me and my game to Patrick Vieira, that’s amazing. It makes me very proud but I need to grow a bit before I can be as tall as him!” Torreira told Sky Sports News.“But he’s an amazing player, I remember getting up in the mornings in Uruguay to watch him. I feel very happy and am looking to help the team.”“I’m trying to improve as a player and do what’s best for the team. Right now we’re doing very well so it’s just about doing that,” he added.“I really hope that we can achieve some really big goals this season. We are obviously competing in four competitions, so really it’s a case of so far so good.”last_img read more

Trumps choice to replace Nielsen focuses on southern border

first_img April 7, 2019 Posted: April 7, 2019 Trump’s choice to replace Nielsen focuses on southern border AP, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the department. McAleenan is a longtime border official who is well respected by many members of Congress and within the administration. The decision to name a top immigration officer to the post reflects Trump’s priority for the sprawling department founded to combat terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks.“I have determined that it is the right time for me to step aside,” Nielsen wrote in her resignation letter . “I hope that the next secretary will have the support of Congress and the courts in fixing the laws which have impeded our ability to fully secure America’s borders and which have contributed to discord in our nation’s discourse.”Though Trump aides were eyeing a staff shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security and had already withdrawn the nomination for another key immigration post, the development Sunday was unexpected.KUSI contributor and AM760 radio host Mark Larson joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss Nielsen’s resignation. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsStill, it was unclear how McAleenan would immediately assume the role. The agency’s undersecretary of management, Claire Grady, is technically next in line for the job.Nielsen traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday with Trump to participate in a roundtable with border officers and local law enforcement. There she echoed Trump’s comments on the situation at the border, though she ducked out of the room while Trump spoke. As they toured a section of newly rebuilt barriers, Nielsen was at Trump’s side, introducing him to local officials. She returned to Washington afterward as Trump continued on a fundraising trip to California and Nevada.Nielsen had grown increasingly frustrated by what she saw as a lack of support from other departments and increased meddling by Trump aides on difficult immigration issues, according to three people familiar with details of her resignation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.She went into the White House on Sunday to meet with Trump not knowing whether she’d be fired or would resign. She ended up resigning, though she was not forced to do so, they said.Nielsen, who says she’s staying on until Wednesday, is the latest person felled in the Trump administration’s unprecedented churn of top staff and Cabinet officials, brought about by the president’s mercurial management style, insistence on blind loyalty and rash policy announcements.Nielsen was also the highest profile female Cabinet member, and her exit leaves DHS along with the Pentagon and the White House staff itself without permanent heads. Patrick Shanahan has held the post of acting defense secretary since the former secretary, Jim Mattis, was pushed out in December over criticism of the president’s Syria withdrawal plans. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has held his post since January, following John Kelly’s resignation last year.McAleenan has helped shape many of the administration’s policies to date and is considered highly competent by congressional leaders, the White House and Homeland Security officials. But it’s unclear if he can have much more of an effect on the issues at the border. The Trump administration has bumped up against legal restrictions and court rulings that have hamstrung many of its major efforts to remake border security.Rep. Joaquin Castro, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was critical of Nielsen, saying she spent her tenure “championing President Trump’s cruel anti-immigrant agenda,” and he called McAleenan’s appointment “deeply disturbing.”“He cannot be trusted as Acting DHS Secretary based on his record of prioritizing Trump’s harmful policies that undermine national security and the economy, and hurt vulnerable families and children at the border,” Castro, a Texas Democrat, said in a statement.Tensions between the White House and Nielsen have persisted almost from the moment she became secretary, after her predecessor, Kelly, became the White House chief of staff in 2017. Nielsen was viewed as resistant to some of the harshest immigration measures supported by the president and his aides, particularly senior adviser Stephen Miller, both on matters around the border and others like protected status for some refugees.Once Kelly left the White House, Nielsen’s days appeared to be numbered, and she had expected to be pushed out last November.During the government shutdown over Trump’s insistence for funding for a border wall, Nielsen’s standing inside the White House appeared to rise. But in recent weeks, as a new wave of migration has taxed resources along the border and as Trump sought to regain control of the issue for his 2020 re-election campaign, tensions flared anew.The final straw came when Trump gave Nielsen no heads-up or opportunity to discuss his decision to pull the nomination of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ron Vitiello — a move seen as part of a larger effort by Miller, an immigration hardliner, and his allies at the White House to clean house at the department and bring in more people who share their views, the people said.Nielsen had wanted to discuss the move with Trump during their visit to the border Friday, but when there was no time, she asked for the meeting Sunday. She walked into it prepared to resign, depending on what she heard. The people described mounting frustrations on both sides, with Trump exasperated at the situation at the border and Nielsen frustrated by White House actions she felt were counterproductive.Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed recently. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern border in March, more than half of which are families with children. A press conference to announce the most recent border numbers — scheduled to be held by McAleenan on Monday — was postponed.Nielsen dutifully pushed Trump’s immigration policies, including funding for his border wall, and defended the administration’s practice of separating children from parents. She told a Senate committee that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens “in the United States every day.” But she was also instrumental in ending the policy.Under Nielsen, migrants seeking asylum are waiting in Mexico as their cases progress. She also moved to abandon longstanding regulations that dictate how long children are allowed to be held in immigration detention and requested bed space from the U.S. military for 12,000 people in an effort to detain all families who cross the border. Right now there is space for about 3,000 families, and facilities are at capacity.Nielsen also advocated for strong cybersecurity defense and often said she believed the next major terror attack would occur online — not by planes or bombs. She was tasked with helping states secure elections following Russian interference during the 2018 election.She led the federal agency since December 2017 and was this administration’s third Homeland Security secretary. A protege of Kelly’s, he brought her to the White House after Trump named him chief of staff.Nielsen, 45, previously served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush and worked for the Transportation Security Administration.She rose through the Trump ranks quickly — joining the transition team after the election to help guide Kelly through the confirmation process. She quickly became a trusted aide to Kelly, and the two worked together to impose order on a dysfunctional White House that lacked clear lines of command.House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said her tenure was “a disaster from the start.” The policies she helped create “have been an abysmal failure and have helped create the humanitarian crisis at the border.”His Senate counterpart, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said the government needed “steady, informed and effective leadership in the administration and in Congress to have any hope of fixing our out-of-control border security and immigration problems.”___Associated Press writers Jill Colvin and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.___ Updated: 8:35 AM AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Gorge commission faces a daunting transition

first_imgSTEVENSON — The Columbia River Gorge Commission is facing an anxious transition.On Tuesday, the bistate panel elected a new chairman, Carl McNew of White Salmon, and a new vice chairman, Keith Chamberlain of Carson. It’s the first time in recent memory — maybe ever — that Washington residents of the Gorge have been named to both leadership posts.McNew succeeds Commission Chair Joyce Reinig of Hood River, Ore., the only member who has served on the panel since it was formed in the late 1980s.McNew, who joined the commission in 2007, and Chamberlain, who was appointed earlier this year, confront daunting challenges.Executive Director Jill Arens will leave her post at the end of January. A search for her replacement is under way.Former National Scenic Area Manager Dan Harkenrider, the nonvoting Forest Service representative on the panel, retired a few weeks ago, and interim Forest Service representative Daina Bambe said it’s not clear when another scenic area manager will be appointed. “We are still operating under a continuing resolution,” she said. “Congress hasn’t passed our budget.”The Forest Service is expecting deep cuts in its roads and trails budget next year and even deeper cuts in 2013, she said. The agency manages recreation in the Gorge, handles land purchases and enforces restrictions on development in the most sensitive areas.The Gorge commission has had its budget cut repeatedly over the past two years. Arens learned last week that the commission will see its budget cut by another 5 percent soon as Washington lawmakers convene in late November to slash another $2 billion from state spending. Because any cut made by Washington must be matched by Oregon, that amounts to a $70,000 reduction, she said — the equivalent of one employee’s salary and benefits. The commission staff already has been pared to the equivalent of less than five full-time employees, and its shortage of planners has forced lengthy delays in dealing with land use enforcement issues.last_img read more

Press Talk More dirty laundry exposed

first_imgFar be it from me to air my political friends’ dirty laundry, but … come on, man.What I’m talking about, of course, is a few state legislators who have opted to charge taxpayers for their dry cleaning.You just can’t make up funny stuff like this.Republican state Sen. Ann Rivers appears to be at the top of the statewide laundry heap on this issue, charging taxpayers more than $500 last year.Democratic Rep. Jim Moeller wasn’t far behind with about $450. (They must charge extra for bow ties.) And Republican Sen. Don Benton ran up a $72 bill.In all, seven Democrats and 12 Republicans in the state Legislature charged taxpayers to keep their clothes sparkling. It’s proof positive that no particular party has cornered the market in cleaning out (I hope you’re noticing the laundry terms here) our pockets.Rivers, God bless her, had this to say about dry cleaning: “We’re expected to wear a suit every day. After a while, the dry cleaning piles up. … You should look nice and you should smell nice and you should be doing the work of the people.”Huh?I would say that I believe Rivers will be a huge player in Olympia. She’s that good. But if I were listing the important things a senator should be doing, I would not put looking and smelling nice in the same category as doing the work of the people.last_img read more

Walker not among governors raising concerns about refugees

first_imgWhile some governors around the country have raised concerns about accepting Syrian refugees following last week’s attacks in Paris, Gov. Bill Walker is focused on Alaska’s budget woes.Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says Walker has been focused on solving the state’s fiscal challenges and has not given consideration to trying to stop Syrian refugees from settling in Alaska.Governors in many states are responding to heightened concerns that terrorists might use the refugees as cover to sneak across borders.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, in a Facebook post, said that before allowing any Syrian refugees into the U.S., there needs to be a robust verification system for all asylum seekers to ensure that potential terrorists aren’t being allowed into the United States. He says no such system currently exists.last_img read more

Dr Ravishankar elected president of psychiatrists body

first_imgAmalapuram: Dr Pasam Ravishankar, head of the department of psychiatry of KIMS (Konaseema Institute of Medical Sciences) here has been elected as president of Indian Psychiatrists Association’s AP Chapter. At the programme conducted in Kadapa on July 13, Dr Ravishakar took charge from Dr Teja in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Chand Basha who attended as chief guest for the programme. Dr Ravishankar earlier served in Kakinada Government Hospital as professor and head of the psychiatry department and after retirement extending services to KIMS, Amalapuram. Chairman of KIMS KVV Satyanarayana Raju congratulated Dr Ravishankar for heading the state chapter of psychiatrists.last_img

Five more beaten to death in India lynching

first_imgMap of IndiaIndian police said Monday they have arrested 23 people after five men were bludgeoned to death by a crazed mob in yet another horrific lynching to rock the country.Local media estimate more than 25 people have been killed in recent months in similar cases sparked by false rumours spread on smartphones of child kidnapping or allegations of thievery or sexual harassment.The latest incident saw eight men set upon in Dhule district, 330 kilometres (205 miles) from India’s financial capital Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra on Sunday.Police said the attack began after locals spotted one of the eight talking to a child after they disembarked from a bus near the village of Rainpada.“They were confronted by the locals who had gathered at the Sunday market after suspecting them to be child kidnappers,” Dhule police chief M Ramkumar told AFP.Three of them escaped but five were dragged to the village council office and beaten to death with sticks and blunt objects.Police said they identified the alleged attackers from a video shot during the assault. Another dozen suspects were still on the run, they added.Those killed were from Solapur district of the same state but some 450 kilometres away.The current spate of lynchings started in May last year in eastern Jharkhand state after rumours on WhatsApp about child kidnappers led to the lynching of six men.The rumours have since resurfaced, with attacks reported in at least 11 states.The attacks-usually targeting outsiders-have left authorities scrambling to mount an effective response, with awareness campaigns and public alerts having a limited effect.Last week a “rumour buster” official tasked with alerting the public to such hoaxes was lynched by a mob in the remote northeastern state of Tripura.last_img read more

Update Daughter reunited with her father

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Save A story about a 37-year-old woman looking for her father, which was published just over an hour ago online, has shown the power of social media, creating a little miracle as the pair have been reunited after 13 years.Antoinette Tebbut (37) messaged the Ladysmith Gazette, appealing to us to help her find her long-lost father.Having last seen or spoken to each other 13 years ago, the odds of locating her father seemed near impossible.But within seconds of the story going online, things started falling into place.Richard Bruce Joubert, who is a car guard at the Pick ‘n Pay Centre, expressed gratitude, saying he has been praying for this day for the past 13 years.“I am so happy to have spoken to her today. I have been praying for this day for a very long time. I can’t really explain how thankful I am to the people who helped reunite us. A special thanks goes to the Ladysmith Gazette for making it easy for us to be reunited,” said Bruce.The father and daughter had a long conversation over the phone and plan to meet soon, as Antoinette resides in Johannesburg.An update to the story will follow soon.DID YOU KNOW?center_img Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics. If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them. To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Henry Ford Cancer Institute First in World to Install Viewray MRIdian Linac

first_imgNews | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 19, 2017 Henry Ford Cancer Institute First in World to Install Viewray MRIdian Linac MRI-guided radiation therapy system combines real-time tumor assessment with linear accelerator delivery News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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The system uses a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and linear accelerator delivery for more precise and accurate radiation treatment.The ViewRay MRIdian Linac is the world’s first and only FDA-approved commercially available linear accelerator-based MRI-guided radiation therapy system that can image and treat patients simultaneously, according to Viewray. The FDA approved the company’s next-generation model for use in February.The same model is being installed at the Cancer Institute at Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage in Grosse Pointe Farms. It will be ready for treating patients in July 2017.Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cancer Institute and a national expert, said the system offers “game-changing technology” in radiation therapy.”This is the future in our field,” Movsas said. “This technology will allow us to optimize in real-time the delivery of radiation.”Movsas said while the system will be used to treat all types of cancers anywhere in the body, it is especially beneficial for tumors where there is typically movement during treatment, including tumors in the liver, pancreas, adrenal and lung. Other types of cancer this advanced system will deliver a new level of care to include breast, prostate, kidney and gynecologic cancers, among others.Indrin Chetty, Ph.D., division head of Physics in Radiation Oncology, said the MRIdian Linac system further enhances radiation therapy with:Personalized treatment. By continuously observing and assessing the patient’s tumor and internal organs, clinicians can tailor treatment to each individual;Precision and accuracy. High-quality images and continuous soft-tissue imaging are provided while the radiation beam is on; andReal-time imaging. When clinicians can clearly see the target and watch where the radiation is being delivered, they are better able to adapt to changes in the patient’s anatomy.Over the years, technology has improved the accuracy of radiation treatment while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. However, trying to accommodate for the natural movement of a tumor and the body’s internal organs during treatment has been elusive.The ViewRay system combines the effectiveness of MRI, which produces high-quality images of organs and structures inside the body, with a linear accelerator to map out a therapy plan and deliver radiation at the intended target, while allowing for refinements to be made in real-time during treatment. The result is a more accurate, precise treatment.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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