Acadian Francophone Students Come Together for Youth Parliament

first_img The students will also network at luncheons, a banquet and opening and closing ceremonies. “It is a pleasure to arrive today at Province House,” said Xavier Lord-Giroux, premier of Parlement jeunesse de l’Acadie 2013. “This year, we have widened our boundaries to include participants from the western provinces and from Québec, and we have found a balance between youth newly interested in politics and youth who already have parliamentary experience.” The event is sponsored by the Société nationale de l’Acadie and organized by the Provincial Youth Council of Nova Scotia. Acadian and francophone students from across Canada will experience the business of the House of Assembly in the country’s longest serving legislative building. Seventy-one young people from the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia will take part in the 2013 Acadian Youth Parliament from Friday, Jan. 4 to Sunday, Jan. 6 at Province House in Halifax. “It is never too early for students to take an active interest in government,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “The Acadian Youth Parliament is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get involved and learn first-hand about the political process. “I wish all of the participants great success on their journey to discovering what government is all about.” Fifty-two participants will be members of parliament representing fictitious parties in the nation-state of Acadie. The remaining students will fill other important roles during the proceedings, such as journalists and staff. “Having the Acadian Youth Parliament totally in French will add a unique chapter to the long history of Province House,” said Acadian Affairs Minister David Wilson. “This event began in Nova Scotia in 2004, and I am proud that we are hosting Acadian and francophone youth once again.” Much like a real house of assembly sitting, the members will have caucus meetings, debate bills and elect a cabinet. The four bills are: prohibition of cosmetics and toxic products waste and landfill site management decriminalization of assisted suicide citizenship and immigration in Acadielast_img read more

Manulife reinsuring business hiking dividend buying back shares

Manulife Financial Corp. says it is reinsuring some of its businesses and boosting the company’s quarterly dividend by 14 per cent.The insurance firm says it has entered into agreements with counterparties to reinsure substantially all of its legacy U.S. individual and group pay-out annuities businesses, and mortality and lapse risk on a portion of its legacy Canadian universal life policies. These transactions are expected to release over $1 billion of capital over the next year.The dividend payout — which is coming a quarter earlier than in recent years — will increase by three cents per share to 25 cents, payable as of Dec. 19 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 30.Manulife shares jump after Saskatchewan rule change lowers risk of hedge fund lawsuitManulife faces investor backlash over failure to disclose side accounts court caseManulife launches Canada’s first medical marijuana program with Shoppers Drug MartThe Toronto-based company also says it has received TSX approval to repurchase up to 40 million of its common shares or about two per cent of the nearly two million shares outstanding.The announcements were made ahead of Manulife’s release of third-quarter results after markets close next Wednesday.Manulife’s shares have fallen about 25 per cent from their 52-week high.The company, which operates mainly as John Hancock in the U.S. and Manulife elsewhere, had more than $1.1 trillion in assets under management and administrations. read more

UN appeals for urgent funds to help Afghan Interim Administration

Speaking at a meeting of the Afghanistan Support Group in Kabul, the senior United Nations envoy in the country told representatives of 15 donor nations and the European Commission that while future donations were welcome, present contributions were also urgently needed. “We thank you for your billions but we need your millions today,” said Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. Mr. Brahimi also emphasized that the Afghan Interim Administration was “in dire need of funds now, [for] the Civil Service and police, and to get the country going, and to get this Administration functioning,” a spokesman for the envoy told reporters after the meeting. “We have started to help the Interim Administration with the basics, and we spoke about that some time ago: cars, desks, chairs, window panes, doors, paper clips, telephones, you name it, they need it,” said spokesman Ahmad Fawzi. “Donor countries need to realize that the infrastructure here was totally demolished and that we are starting from zero,” Mr. Fawzi stressed, adding, “This is like no other operation that we have been faced with before, and there are things that need to be done now, not five years from now – this Administration cannot wait for another five years for the billions to come in.” The spokesman noted that many governments had made pledges and offered expressions of support. “There have been delays in depositing the funds, and it could be bureaucracy – if so, then it is the bureaucracy that we have to get rid of in this case, because lives are at stake,” he said. “The whole country is at stake.” According to Mr. Fawzi, Afghanistan needs $100 million immediately, including $70 million to pay back – and future – salaries for some 235,000 civil servants who had not been paid for six to seven months. “If this Administration is going to have any credibility with the people of Afghanistan it will have to be able to pay the salaries of the civil servants of Afghanistan,” he explained. The remaining funds were needed “to prop up the Administration logistically and physically,” he added. read more

UN agency to issue identity cards for refugees in Congo DR of

Rupert Colville told the press that the effort – mounted jointly by UNHCR and the governments of the two countries – would kick-off in Kimaza, DRC, about 140 kilometres west of Kinshasa, where some 2,000 refugees from Congo will receive identity cards over the next few days. The cards, which will be issued to every refugee and asylum seeker over the age of 14, will help to improve their legal protection and protect them from security problems.After the exercise is completed in Kimaza, the operation will move to Pointe-Noire in the Congo, where identity cards will be distributed early December, and Lumumbashi, in the south-eastern part of the DRC.Quoting government estimates, UNHCR said there are about 440,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the two Congos, most of them in areas bordering Angola and the Cabinda enclave. About 330,000 reside in the DRC while the remaining 110,000 live in Congo, the agency said, adding that the majority of the refugees and asylum seekers are Angolans. The DRC also shelters 75,000 Sudanese, 22,000 Rwandans and other nationalities. read more

Kosovo UN refugee agency remains concerned at persecution risk for minorities

“The fragile security environment and serious limitations these people face in exercising their fundamental human rights shows they should continue to be considered at risk of persecution and should continue to benefit from international protection in countries of asylum,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“Return of these minorities should be strictly voluntary, based on fully informed individual decisions,” he added of UNHCR’s latest position paper aimed at guiding states and others making decisions about whether people from Kosovo should continue to receive international protection in an asylum country. The Ashkaelia and Egyptian Roma communities were taken off the list thanks to positive developments within the inter-ethnic environment, but the paper says their returns should still be approached in a phased manner due to the limited absorption capacity of Kosovo, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1.There are still more than 200,000 refugees and persons of concern to UNHCR from Kosovo in western European and other countries, with an equal number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Serbia, and some 18,000 persons of concern in neighbouring Montenegro.The report notes that although the overall security situation in Kosovo has progressively improved over the past year, it remains fragile and unpredictable. Minorities continue to suffer from ethnically motivated or criminal incidents. Many incidents remain unreported as the victims often fear reprisals from perpetrators. Serbs and Roma continue to face serious obstacles in accessing essential services in health, education, justice and public administration. Discrimination as well as low representation of minorities in the administrative structures further discourages minorities from exercising their basic rights. The UN has administered Kosovo ever since North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting. Talks are now underway to determine its future status and the return of Serb refugees is seen as a crucial factor in reaching a decision. Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned. Serbia rejects independence. read more

Yussufs doubledouble leads LBSU past Southern Utah 8271

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Temidayo Yussuf had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Deishuan Booker scored 17 of his 21 points after halftime and Long Beach State beat Southern Utah 82-71 on Wednesday night.LBSU closed the first half on a 19-6 spurt to lead 33-32, helped by a 15-0 advantage in second-chance points. Yussuf scored 14 points in the half.Andre Adams pulled Southern Utah within 64-61 with 5:41 to go, but Booker answered with a 4-point play. Ron Freeman’s dunk a minute later made it 75-63.Bryan Alberts added 10 points for LBSU (3-7). The 49ers outrebounded Southern Utah 51-35 and had 23 second-chance points. Booker missed all three of his field goals in the first half and was 5 of 6 in the second half with six free throws.Adams scored 18 points, Cameron Oluyitan had 14 and Jacob Calloway 12 for Southern Utah (4-2).The Associated Press read more

British Airways to roll out Wifi on flights but budget airlines insist

first_img“Until now, European airlines have been forced to rely on heavy satellite based inflight internet. EAN requires a few very small and light antennas making it also ideally suited for fitting on smaller aircraft that are typically used on European routes.” The spokesperson, which said the company was in discussions “with all major airlines” about the technology, said it costs hundreds of thousands of pounds to install. Passengers of Britain’s budget airlines might, however, be left disappointed. Ryanair and Easyjet told The Daily Telegraph they had “no current plans” to offer it.”Some [passengers] are delighted to be out of contact during their flight while they get some respite from email and social media,”a Ryanair spokesperson added. British Airways flights across Europe could have wifi on board from June – with passengers able to check emails, tweet and upload selfies from the cabin.The airline’s parent company IAG, which also owns Aer Lingus and Iberia, is introducing new high speed wifi on board selected aircraft this June before rolling it out across 90 per cent of its short haul fleet by 2019.While on-board wifi is common on long haul flights, and is already offered by carriers including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, it is rare in Europe because the the dense airspace makes connection to satellites patchy.IAG is the launch customer of the European Aviation Network, a new system that allows airplane antenna to connect to a system of 300 ground towers across Europe as well as satellites.The system, developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, requires far lighter on-board equipment than before.Previously, an Inmarsat spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph, the weight of equipment had not been fuel efficient for short-haul aircraft, which are often smaller.”We will see airlines able to offer reliable, high-speed and future-proof in flight broadband access across Europe’s high-traffic flight paths,” the spokesperson added.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Georgetown Prison Riot and Fire Incompetence of Govt on full display

The Opposition Leader’s Office today (Monday) slammed the APNU/AFC Government for its “incompetence and lack of accountability” displayed in its response to yesterday’s riot and fire at the Georgetown Prisons.In a statement issued earlier today, the Opposition Leader’s Office said that although there is a paucity of accurate information in the public domain about the events which took place at the Georgetown Prisons; what is clear at this point in time, is that last night, the nation once again witnessed an “outrageous spectacle of a bumbling, inept, incompetent Granger Government in full display”.“All of those who are responsible for these tragic events including particularly the politicians must be held accountable,” the statement added.The Camp Street prisons on fire on July 9The full statement follows: The Office of the Leader of the Opposition extends its condolences to the family of the deceased prison officer who died tragically during the horrific developments at the Georgetown Jail, 12 Camp Street, on Sunday evening July 9th .The Office of the Leader of the Opposition also extends its best wishes for the full recovery of those officers who were injured during the same incident and are currently hospitalised. Their services at that time, again attest to their commitment to law and order under dire situations.Their sacrifices must be contrasted with the unbelievable incompetence and lack of accountability displayed by those with political responsibility for security at the City Jail and Law and Order in our country.Although there is a paucity of accurate information in the public domain about the events which took place at the Georgetown Prison what is clear at this point in time is that last night the nation once again, witnessed an outrageous spectacle of a bumbling, inept, incompetent Granger Government in full display.This incident was repeated not more than one year since a similar episode at the identical location revealed for all, the lack of planning and contingency that prevailed under the Granger Government’s watch. The final report and recommendations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that was commissioned after that event were kept secret by the administration. The nation is yet to learn what recommendation was accepted and implemented.Conducting public policy in secrecy, in spite of public criticism, has now become a defining characteristic feature of this Government.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition also recognises the human rights of both the convicted and remanded prisoners there who were exposed to the terrible event of July 9th and wishes to reiterate that the State bears full responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of those detained.The Office of the Leader of the Opposition calls for a full disclosure of all aspects of this deplorable tragedy at the City Jail on July 9th 2017, and repeats its call for the same full disclosure of all aspects of the identical tragedy, loss of lives and destruction of property that occurred there in March  2016.We urge all Guyanese to extend our full support to our Security Services as they restore Law and Order.All of those who are responsible for these tragic events including particularly the politicians must be held accountable. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPrisons instability: Govt created this moral hazard by their own acts- Opposition LeaderOctober 22, 2018In “Crime”LETTER: Govt must accept responsibility for prison breakoutsJuly 31, 2017In “latest news”Prison unrest: President’s remark that Ramjattan not at fault ‘irresponsible’-PPPJuly 15, 2017In “latest news” read more

Dont give them a blade of grass 8 classic Munster v Leinster

first_imgScribe and coach take on LeinsterEddie O’Sullivan and Tony Ward combine for a Munster attack in 1986. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Leinster ‘turn the corner’ in 2001Former Leinster and Ireland hooker Shane Byrne told that the Celtic League Final win over Munster was the moment the province ‘turned the corner’ as a rugby outfit. Byrne and his teammates played more than 60 minutes with 14 men after Eric Miller was sent off but battled to an impressive win.Byrne, Reggie Corrigan, Paul Wallace, Malcolm O’Kelly and Brian O’Driscoll are all pretty happy about it. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Munster make the final cut in 2006Lansdowne Road was, once again, the setting for a Heineken Cup semi-final, with Biarritz in-store for the winners. Leinster were blown away by the Munster pack in a 30-6 reversal. They leaked three tries to Trevor Halstead, Denis Leamy and this nifty incision and score from Ronan O’Gara:(Credit: imgur)Munster ‘whip’ the Blues in 2008Munster arrived in Dublin in late September and pummeled Leinster 18-0 thanks to tries from Doug Howlett, Justin Melk and eight points from O’Gara. The match report on the Reds’ website was entitled ‘Munster hold the whip hand at the RDS’. Their next trip to the capital would not be as enjoyable.Howlett adds the exclamation mark try in the last minute. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)O’Driscoll’s 80-metre try in 2009Leinster, shorn of Felipe Contepomi’s services, stunned Munster to lead 18-6 after the hour mark. With Munster attempting to mount a comeback at Croke Park and salvage their Heineken Cup season, Brian O’Driscoll pounced on a Ronan O’Gara pass to race clear and send the Blues into their first Heineken Cup Final. (Credit: imgur)Drinking on Good Friday?Much of the build-up to the 2010 league clash at Thomond Park centred around the ‘will they, won’t they’ debate over serving beer to match-goers as the game was being held on Good Friday.After politicians, publicans and thirsty supporters all had their say, alcohol won out and the bars were able to open for a limited period.Not a dry throat in the house. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)As for the match itself, Ronan O’Gara kicked all 15 points for Munster but a Jonathan Sexton penalty on 66 minutes gave Leinster a one-point win.Magners League Grand Final, 2011Nobody ever thought Leinster’s task of overcoming the Reds at Thomond Park was going to be easy but an early Doug Howlett try made it nigh on impossible. A late try for the home side sealed a dominant win:YouTube credit: schultzjeanbaptisteSpot the ballIsa Nacewa, Andrew Conway, Ian Madigan, Simon Zebo and Conor Murray all went airborne last time the two sides met – a 30-21 Leinster win.Eyes on the prize. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)* will be liveblogging all the action at Thomond Park from 6pm on Saturday.Leinster steel themselves for heavy-hitting Munster duo, Downey and LaulalaReports in Wales linking Shaun Edwards to Ireland head coach joblast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img Share1 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH Preparations are underway for TG4’s 20th birthday celebrations tomorrow. Source: Eamon Ward Photography LtdAlmost 20,000 people took part in this year’s Dublin Marathon – here are some of the best pictures of the event.US Secretary of State John Kerry was awarded with the 2015 Tipperary International Peace Award and questioned over Clinton’s emails.Minister for Trade Charlie Flanagan welcomed the controversial trade deal between the EU and Canada, which was signed today.Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said contingency plans will be put in place to deal with both garda and teacher strikes.The chief executive of Tusla said that the agency wants families to share more power and responsibility, and to “own their problems”.‘We still have the value, the talent, and come 2018 we’ll have the tax!’: Comments made by the North’s Arlene Foster today, addressing the Irish Government.A Sunday Business Post/Red C Poll puts support for the Anti Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit at 9% – up three points since the last poll.WORLD Source: Frank Augstein#ICELAND: Confusion builds after the anti-establishment Pirate Party and its allies fell short of a majority in snap elections, as the Prime Minister announced he’s to resign.#ITALY: The country’s most powerful earthquake in 36 years sent residents fleeing for the third time in nine weeks – and flattened a revered six-century-old church.#NORTH AMERICA: Hillary Clinton lashed out at the FBI’s handling of a new email review, as Democratic leaders called the actions “deeply troubling”.INNOVATIONThree astronauts landed safely in Kazakhstan today following a 115-day mission aboard the International Space Station.PARTING SHOTIf you saw the James Bond film Spectre, these scenes from Mexico City’s Day of the Dead might look familiar, as the country took inspiration from the 2015 Hollywood film for this year’s celebrations. Source: Marco Ugarte No Comments 11,262 Views Get our daily news round up:center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 7:42 PM Oct 30th 2016, 7:42 PM Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Pirates in Iceland, skeletons in Mexico, clowns in Brussels – and that’s just the news. It’s the Evening Fix. Short URLlast_img read more

Last minute chances

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram President Karolos Papoulias is due to meet the heads of Greece’s three leading parties at noon today in a final attempt to secure a deal for the formation of a government, as Athens comes under increasing pressure about its future in the eurozone.Papoulias will call together the three leaders that each received a mandate to form a government but failed: New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras, Alexis Tsipras of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos.PASOK and ND have suggested that they would cooperate in a unity government with SYRIZA and the smaller, pro-European leftist party, Democratic Left (DIMAR), but the leftist coalition has rejected their overtures. It is opposed to the terms of Greece’s loan agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund and believes the May 6 election result “delegitimizes” the bailout.SYRIZA says there is no way it will join a government without guarantees that austerity measures will be abandoned. Democratic Left has proposed all four parties create an administration with the aim of keeping Greece in the euro and forming a plan to disengage from the EU-IMF memorandum.However, DIMAR says it will not participate in a government just with New Democracy and PASOK. Without the leftists, ND and PASOK are just short of the 151 seats needed to form a new government.Greece’s political leaders are being under increasing pressure from EU officials, who insists funding to Athens will be cut off if it does not abide by the terms of its loan deal.European Central Bank policymaker and head of Germany’s Bundesbank Jens Weidmann told Sueddeutsche Zeitung in an interview on Saturday that the ball is in the Greek court.“If Athens does not stand by its word, then that’s a democratic decision. The result is that there is no more basis for further financial aid,» Weidmann said.“For Greece the consequences would be much more grave than for the rest of the euro zone,» he said. «I think it is too simple to think Greece’s problems would be solved by leaving the euro area.”“The donor countries also have to justify themselves toward their own population,» Weidmann said.Outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos suggested Greeks should take the threat of bankruptcy seriously, adding that the government would run out of money next month.“There is a school of thought that says the Germans are bluffing. They need Greece and will never throw us out of the eurozone. But what will happen, which is almost certain, is they will not give us the money to pay our debts,” Pangalos told The Sunday Telegraph.“We will be in wild bankruptcy, out-of-control bankruptcy. The state will not be able to pay salaries and pensions. This is not recognised by the citizens. We have got until June before we run out of money.Germany is ready to consider additional measures to promote growth in Greece but the struggling economy must still carry out agreed reforms, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview with the Welt am Sonntag weekly on Saturday.“If the Greeks have an idea of what we could do, in addition, to promote growth, we can always talk and think about this,» Schaeuble was quoted as saying. «But ultimately it is about making Greece competitive again, allowing the economy to grow and opening the path to the financial markets again.”“That requires the agreed, fundamental reforms being carried out, otherwise the country has no prospects.”He added that staying in the eurozone was Greece’s own choice and that it must not stray from austerity if it expects to get international cash.“I can understand the Greeks well … they are suffering a lot,» said Schaeuble. «There is no comfortable path for Greece.”“There is not a better solution. Greece must now show if it has the power to get the necessary majorities for this. I can only hope that those responsible in Greece will quickly see reason.”SYRIZA’s European policy spokesman Yiannis Bournos told The Sunday Telegraph that Greece’s partners could not afford to force it out of the eurozone.“Mr Schaeuble [Germany’s finance minister] is pretending to be the fearless cowboy on the radio, saying the euro is secure [against a Greek exit]. But there’s no way they will kick us out,» he said.“If we left the euro, the financial markets would attack Italy. If you owe 3000 euros to the bank and don’t pay, they will kill you. If you owe 10 billion euros, they will do everything for you.”Inconsistencies in the public comments made by SYRIZA officials over the past few days led to Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis issuing a statement on Saturday asking his the leftist coalition to clarify its position on a number of issues.Chief among these was whether the party advocates a unilateral rejection by a government it will participate in of the terms of the EU-IMF loan agreement. Kouvelis also asked SYRIZA to explain what it would do following new elections that are unlikely to give any party a clear majority. He also called for SYRIZA to respond to written opinions from members of 10 parties that are part of its coalition, which advocate that Greece returns to the drachma.After meeting Samaras, Tsipras and Venizelos on Sunday, President Papoulias will also hold talks, individually, with the other leaders of parties that won parliamentary seats in Sunday’s vote. Apart from Kouvelis, these are Panos Kammenos of the nationalist Independent Greeks, Aleka Papariga of the Communist Party (KKE) and Nikos Michaliolakos of the neofascist Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn). Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Thousands of Abandoned Flamingo Chicks Rescued in South Africa

first_imgStay on target Kamfers Dam is home to tens of thousands of lesser flamingos, but harsh summer heat and a reported lack of water being pumped into the dam caused water to drop to low levels. It’s not clear exactly why this caused flamingo parents to abandon their chicks.“These chicks arrived in a very bad condition since a lot of them were dehydrated, they were tiny — some of them were just coming out of their eggs — so we had a little bit of a problem with infections,” Katta Ludynia, the research manager at SANCCOB, told CNN.A volunteer feeds one of the rescued Lesser Flamingo chicks, treated at SANCCOB rescue center, on Feb. 6, 2019, in South Africa. (Photo Credit: Rodger Bosch / AFP / Getty Images)According to Ludynia, many of the baby birds are in stable condition, and receive medical treatment and regular feeds. In between feeds, they are also fed electrolyte fluids to aid their rehydration.In videos posted by SANCCOB to their social media pages, the chicks can be seen getting fed, walking, and preening in the sunshine at the facility, after spending time under incubation heat lamps to aid their development.On Wednesdy, SANCCOB said there are still 49 chicks incubated and receiving intensive care treatment in the facility’s Chick Rearing Unit. Conservationists are caring for 2,000 flamingo chicks after they were abandoned by their parents in a dried-out dam in South Africa.Rescuers airlifted the baby birds from Kamfers Dam, in the northern Cape province, on Jan. 28 in a desperate attempt to save them, the BBC reported.They are being currently being looked after at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) rescue center in Cape Town, where they are being treated and fed liquified mixture of sardines, shrimp, eggs, and porridge, until they are healthy enough to return to the wild. One video showed the chicks interacting with a donated flamingo plush toy, which has served as a “parental figure.”The baby flamingos are expected to remain at SANCCOB for another “three to four months,” although it’s not known exactly if they would be returned to their birthplace or released elsewhere after they are strong enough.South Africa, including the southern city of Cape Town, has been struggling with extreme water shortages in recent years, with the southern hemisphere summer of 2018 particularly dry, according to CNN.In an interview with CNN last year, geographer and climate expert at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg Jasper Knight said: “The situation in Cape Town is almost a foretaste of what is likely to come in cities worldwide.”More on‘Frozen’ Cat Brought Back to Life by Veterinarians in MontanaWatch: Lost Sea Otter Pup Reunited With MotherLittle Blue Penguins Stolen in’Late-Night Raid’ in New Zealand Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

LAPD officer runs to rescue man inside of burning car

first_imgLOS ANGELES (WSVN) — A car burst into flames on a Los Angeles highway and one man found himself trapped inside.Video taken by another driver shows several others pulled over, trying to help the man inside the car engulfed in flames. “Get him out of there,” screamed one bystander. “Is there anybody else in the car?”As the flames grew higher, one man could be seen hopping over the center median toward the burning car. That man was Los Angeles Police officer Donald Thompson.Thompson said he was driving into work when he saw the car slam into the concrete barrier. “Really hard. Hits it. Bounces off of it,” said Thompson to a reporter. “After it hit, a huge ball of fire.”The officer said he knew the driver was trapped. “There was fire. Fire was everywhere,” he said. “What you instinctively want to do is turn around and just run away because you’ve got pain, you’ve got all of this heat.”The driver was unconscious inside the car and Thompson said he couldn’t get his seatbelt off. “You never gave up,” said the officer. “Reached around the door and grabbed him, pulled him out of the car. He weighed over 200 pounds, but he was so light. He felt like he only weighed an ounce or two. Adrenaline is absolutely amazing.”“Wow, they saved that guy’s life,” one person can be heard saying while taking video of the rescue. The man was carried to safety. Officials said he suffered a medical emergency, causing him to black out. “I was shocked. I was dismayed. I didn’t know where I was,” said the victim Bill McWhorter.Although he suffered burns and couple of cracked ribs, he said he’s just happy to be alive. “It’s difficult to be unhappy when you’re grateful,” said McWhorter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TMobileSprint deal faces even more wrinkles thanks to Dish

first_imgDish declined to comment on the reports when contacted by CNET. The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On a separate front, four additional state attorneys general — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada — joined the multistate lawsuit brought by New York AG Letitia James and nine other AGs to block the deal on anticompetitive grounds. The total now stands at 13 states opposed to the deal, plus the District of Columbia.  “The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint would stifle competition, cut jobs and harm vulnerable consumers from across the country, so unity among the states will be key in defending our citizens against this power-hungry corporate union,” James said in a statement. “We welcome the support from these four additional states, which should serve as a reminder that, all throughout the nation, we have much to lose if we do not take action to protect our people from this megamerger.”A tentative trial date of October 7 was set Friday, with the trial expected to go two to three weeks. That length, however, might change depending on how the DOJ rules.  T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint took another turn Friday.  Josh Miller/CNET Will Dish be the savior to T-Mobile and Sprint’s $26 billion merger? It depends on which report you want to believe. After recently being rumored to have interest in swooping up the assets T-Mobile and Sprint would divest, on Friday the New York Post reported that Dish CEO Charlie Ergen could be “months away” from completing the deal. By combining the divested assets with spectrum that Dish has accumulated through the years, Dish would be in a position to potentially become a new fourth wireless carrier to replace Sprint. While this would help the Department of Justice allay antitrust concerns, thereby giving T-Mobile the merger it wants, the new report claims that Ergen may wait to try to get a better deal from both T-Mobile and the DOJ. The current rumored price for the divested assets is $6 billion, and Dish currently faces a March 2020 deadline to utilize the spectrum, or wireless airwaves, holdings it has built up or risk losing the license. A different report Friday, tweeted by Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, says that Ergen is hoping to use his position to get an extension on the timeline to build out a 5G network. Gasparino says Ergen and the DOJ are in “final negotiations” for this deal, suggesting a closer timeline for completion.  NEW: 4 states are joining the multistate lawsuit to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada. The companoes and the states have tentatively agreed on a trial date of Oct. 7 and expect it could last 2-3 weeks, though that depends on the judge.— Brian Fung (@b_fung) June 21, 2019 Tags 1 SCOOP-@JusticeATR in final negotiations w @dish Chief Charlie Ergen on @TMobile @sprint assets purchase looking for 5G buildout guarantee for an extension on the timetable to buildout his unused spectrum. Also discussed: Penalties if Ergen fails to deliver more today @FoxBusiness— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) June 21, 2019center_img Comment Share your voice Mobile Phones 5G Sprint T-Mobilelast_img read more

Ganja worth Rs 4 lakh seized one arrested

first_imgThane: The Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) seized ganja worth more than Rs 4 lakh from a man from Karnataka, an official said Friday. Sleuths of the ANC of the Thane police arrested a man, Prakash Pawar (27), here on July 3 and recovered 10.5 kgs of ganja valued at Rs 1.70 lakh from him, senior police inspector Vijay Powar said. The police later searched his home at Bidar town in adjoining Karnataka and Thursday seized another 15 kgs of ganja valued at Rs 2.40 lakh, he said. Value of the total ganja seizure stood at Rs 4.10 lakh, the police officer said. Pawar, an autorickshaw driver, has been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, he said, adding further probe was on.last_img read more

Twitterati have a field day as PM Modi roars back to power

first_imgAmit Shah right now .. ??#ElectionResults2019 #ModiAaRahaHai— Kejriwal Jong Un (@LagbhagSecular) May 23, 2019 Political bigwigs Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting from Varanasi while Congress President Rahul is contesting from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala.File photoThe Narendra Modi ‘wave’ and Bharatiya Janata Party’s clean sweep in the Lok Sabha elections has prompted the ever creative social media users. They have come up with memes, videos and GIFs describing the election results and trends coming in. Here are some of the best ones:last_img read more

To dad with love

first_imgSome super heroes don’t have capes; they are called ‘fathers’. Sunday is father’s day, the day when you celebrate the man who made you. You may love your old, super-cool dad, but there is certainly a doubt on the observance of the day. The day is half as popular as the mother’s day.Every year, we observe a number of such days to honour mothers, daughters, siblings and grandparents but barely do we consider and recognise the contribution fathers and fatherly figures make to our lives. Albeit the exact origin is not known, it is rumoured that around 4,000 years ago Elmesu, a young boy carved a message on a clay palette and wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life and this marked an initiation to the celebration of the day.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The widely accepted story remains of Sonora Dodd, from Washington, who came up with the idea to commemorate fatherhood after hearing a Mother’s day speech in 1910. There after the day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, birth month of Dodd’s father.Apparently, the concept of father’s day is hardly a decade old in India and is not recognised in a large extent as much as mother’s day. It is not about acknowledging their efforts just on a particular day, but the point is the comparative difference in popularity and celebration of the two days as that shows the two individuals are at different pedestal for children. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen asked why mother’s day is more famous than father’s day, Anam, a 19 year girl said, “It’s psychological; children are likely to be close with the figure (mother) who’s more supportive and active throughout their lives. Whereas my father was surprised, when I went up to him to get my tenth board form signed. He never had an idea in which class I studied.” It’s true that fathers do not express their emotions and feeling whereas mothers are more considerate. “It was my teacher who reminded me about mother’s day and insisted us to make a card. But now during the vacations no one told me regarding father’s day”, said a little boy who promised to make a card for his father, on coming to know about Sunday being  father’s day. It’s happy to note that mothers, the full-time caretakers are given appreciation and acknowledgement for the love they shower, but fathers too deserve the same. They have an equal contribution to our achievements and are happy albeit they look not interested; they are just fatigued by the day’s work. “The day my children start working hard and achieve great  heights, that day will be father’s day for me, this is the only gift I wish for,” said S.K. Anand, Vice President at a FMCG.last_img read more

Spellman High Voltage to Exhibit at ASTRO 2016

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more September 14, 2016 — Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp. announced that it will exhibit at the 2016 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting and technical exposition, Sept. 25-28 in Boston. This year, Spellman will present their extensive array of high voltage solutions for  image-guided radiation therapy applications, including: complete X-ray imaging subsystems; standalone X-ray generators; Monoblock X-ray sources; power supplies for accelerators and pulse power applications; and high-precision X-ray detector power supplies, as well as power supplies for photomultipler tubes (PMTs) and image intensifiers (II’s). Representatives will be on-hand to answer questions, discuss custom requirements and demonstrate select equipment.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | September 14, 2016 Spellman High Voltage to Exhibit at ASTRO 2016 Component manufacturer will feature a variety of high-voltage solutions for image-guided radiation therapy applications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more 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 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Artificial Intelligence Advances Will Help Machines Understand Human Thoughts Using Brain Computer

first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  February 24, 2017 — Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision Growth Partnership Service program released a new report, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) – R&D and Applications Roadmap” detailing the potential future growth of AI across several industries, including healthcare.The concerted efforts toward making artificial intelligence (AI) technology capable of human-like cognitive behavior such as learning, reasoning, problem solving, planning and self-correction have received a huge boost with advances in deep learning and neural networks, according to Frost & Sullivan. The technological complexities inherent in developing perceptions for machines, as well as the verification and validation of these tools, have been eased to a large extent by the advancements of AI technology. These developments will open up a plethora of opportunities for AI in smart applications that can make critical decisions autonomously and accurately, without human intervention.“With brain computer interface (BCI), AI can power future machines to understand human thoughts and emotions, even without physical or vocal communication,” noted Frost & Sullivan TechVision Senior Research Analyst Debarun Guha Thakurta. “Instead of simply mimicking the human brain structurally, AI will be able to impart human-like intelligence to machines.”Leveraging convergent ideas with technologies, AI can open up new horizons in groundbreaking applications. Moving beyond syntactical understanding of human words, future applications will understand the semantics hidden in human language, and observe, understand and detect objects accurately in their surroundings, making them more responsive. Additionally, the study explores the roadblocks to technology implementation.AI has complex hardware and software infrastructural requirements, as the intelligent algorithms require exceptional processing capabilities to process large data sets in real time. Innovators, with incremental technology evolution, are successfully meeting these needs, according to the report. Innovations in natural language processing, robotics, cybersecurity and computer vision will spawn novel applications that transform the way humans interact with smart devices.Academia and corporations all over the world are conducting extensive research to make AI more intelligent. The United States is responsible for almost 35 percent of the patents in AI, according to Frost & Sullivan, followed by China, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Japan, Europe and South Korea.“AI is being widely used across sectors like healthcare, automotive, banking and finance, and aerospace and defense due to its ability to understand patterns in data and make highly accurate predictions and simulations,” noted Thakurta. “In due course, it will be an integral component powering future cognitive computing systems that have processing power and intelligence similar to human beings.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr 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 Related Content 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. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | February 24, 2017 Artificial Intelligence Advances Will Help Machines Understand Human Thoughts Using Brain Computer Interface Frost & Sullivan report suggests AI will present growth opportunities by leveraging thought-controlled interaction with machines News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more