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Hima Das wins 200m gold in Poland

first_imgNew Delhi: Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won the women’s 200m gold, while national record holder shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor bagged a bronze in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. Hime, the world junior champion and national record holder in 400m who has been struggling with a back problem for the past few months, clocked 23.65s on her way to the 200m gold. This was Hima’s first competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAnother Indian, V K Vismaya finished third with a personal best time of 23.75s in the race at Poznan on Tuesday night. Asian champion Toor won the men’s shot put bronze with a best effort of 19.62m. His national record while winning Asian Games gold last year stands at 20.75m. Muhammed Anas, the 400m national record holder, was third in the men’s 200m race with a timing of 20.75 seconds. K S Jeevan won the men’s 400m bronze in 47.25s.last_img read more

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David Shepheard named Vancouvers first film commissioner

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: The Vancouver Economic Commission has named David Shepheard as the first Vancouver film commissioner. A specialist in running film commissions in global markets, Shepheard brings 16 years of experience to the position, including his most recent role running the film commission services for Film London, the U.K. capital’s media development agency.The commissioner will market Vancouver and its $2 billion-plus creative industries to strengthen its position as North America’s third-largest production centre, assume an advocacy role for the film and TV industry with all levels of government to keep growing the business, and help bring in future investment.“There are few cities around the world that has both the brand and recognition that Vancouver has, both in day-to-day life but also in this industry,” said Shepheard. “Vancouver has such a successful and vibrant industry with a massive opportunity to grow it further.” Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chowkidar chor hai banners put up near Supriyos house

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread in Asansol after some banners were put up near the house of outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo on Tuesday afternoon, saying ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’.An irate Supriyo pulled down the banners, tore them apart and finally set them on fire. It has been learnt that after returning from his election rally in the afternoon, Supriyo found that a banner had been put up close to his residence in Asansol. The BJP leaders in the districts alleged that some local Trinamool Congress leaders might have been involved in the incident, to trigger violence ahead of elections. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have, however, denied the allegation. It may be mentioned here that Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of the party. EC has already sought a report from the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan regarding the issue. It was alleged that Supriyo and other BJP leaders have been playing the song despite the ban imposed by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). The election officials also instructed the DEO of West Burdwan to take necessary steps in order to check playing of the controversial song. Supriyo had played the song during his election rallies on Sunday and Monday, flouting the guidelines issued by the CEO’s office.last_img read more

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Half of Moroccans Favor Foreign TV Channels

Rabat – The latest report from Marocmétrie, the company in charge of TV ratings in Morocco, revealed that during the first week of 2018, more than half of Moroccans prefer watching foreign channels to national ones. Despite the diversity of national TV programs, the report shows that 50.5 percent of Moroccans viewers prefer foreign channels. Morocco’s TV channel, 2M, leads the national channels with a rate of 36.9 percent, followed by Al Aoula with a low rating of 8.7 percent. Marocmétrie also added that peak audience hours are between 20:50 and 22:30. At this time Al Aoula has an audience share of 19.7 percent and 2M has 35 percent. However, foreign channels have the lion’s share, with 42 percent of the audience. In an April 2017 audience survey, the same company said that 56 percent of Moroccans choose to follow foreign channels, especially in Morocco’s northern cities.In December 2017, the Interprofessional Center for Media Audiometry (CIAUMED) announced that it renewed its collaboration with Marocmétrie to continue measuring television audiences in Morocco.The two sides signed a new 6-year audience measurement service contract, including a transition year. The new audience measurement system is based on an expanded panel of 1,000 households (currently 750), equipped with a next-generation audiometer, and is representative of the Moroccan population on socio-demographic criteria (gender, age, region, socio-professional category…).According to the company, the TV audience measurements provide television channels with “exhaustive, accurate and objective” audience results on the performances of programs broadcast in order to better pilot and adapt their program schedules.This measure also enables advertising market actors such as agencies, boards, and advertisers to optimize their advertising investments. read more

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Air Canada scrubs 737 Max jets from schedule through July as cost

MONTREAL — Air Canada says it is removing its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets from service until at least Aug. 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers with summer travel plans.Canada’s largest airline, which had previously scrubbed the planes from schedules until July 1, says it has taken several steps to adjust since Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.Chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette says the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.Air Canada — where 24 Max 8s make up about 10 per cent of its main 243-plane fleet — suspended its high-flying 2019 financial guidance last month due to ongoing uncertainty as to when the aircraft will return to service following software updates and pilot training. Older replacement aircraft such as the Airbus A320 are not as fuel efficient and others can only avoid maintenance for so long before heading back to the hangar, further reducing capacity.WestJet Airlines Inc. has removed its 13 Max 8s from service until at least July 1, with no plans to cancel orders for 37 more Max jetliners.Transport Minister Marc Garneau closed Canadian skies to the Max 8 on March 13 over safety concerns arising from the flight path of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that bore startling parallels to a fatal Lion Air crash off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing a combined 346 people.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press read more

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Conference Boards index of future US economic activity fell 01 per cent

by News Staff Posted Sep 20, 2012 11:18 am MDT WASHINGTON – A measure of U.S. economic activity declined in August for the second time in three months, suggesting the economy remains weak.The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators, designed to forecast future economic activity, dipped 0.1 per cent in August after rising 0.5 per cent in July and dropping 0.5 per cent in June.The weakness in August came from declines in manufacturing orders, consumer confidence and average weekly manufacturing hours. Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says the index depicts an economy still facing significant domestic and international weakness.Hiring has languished this year, and the unemployment rate remains elevated at 8.1 per cent. U.S. manufacturing, which had helped pulled the economy out of the Great Recession three years ago, has weakened. Factories have been hurt by a decline in consumer spending and slower global growth that has cut demand for exports.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.7 per cent in the April-June quarter. Many economists believe growth will stay weak in the second half of this year.Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics, said the leading indicators report suggests “economic growth over the next six to nine months should be relatively modest with little possibility of a robust rebound.”Last week, the Federal Reserve said it would purchase $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed bonds as long as it deems necessary. The goal of the program is to stimulate the economy by making home-buying more affordable. Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed would keep buying the bonds until the job market improves “substantially.” Conference Board’s index of future US economic activity fell 0.1 per cent in August AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Outgoing vicechancellor tells universities Brexit is the catalyst we all need

first_imgUniversities should stop complaining about Brexit because it is the ‘catalyst we all need’, the chair of the Russell Group has said.Sir David Greenaway, who represents some of Britain’s most elite universities, has argued a world where the UK is no longer part of the EU will give universities the freedom they need to exceed expectations.In the run up to the referendum vote in June universities had warned EU students would be put off studying at British institutions.They have also warned academic cooperation could become more difficult in the case of tighter border controls. But these fears are yet to materialise.’Slight unease’Writing for The Telegraph, Sir David said: “Did you know an astonishing 90 per cent of the Higher Education community voted for remain? Compared with the Leave campaign’s winning margin of only 4 per cent, it’s a position of relative unity that would make many people blush. Yet it fills me with a slight unease.“Why? Because it suggests either the academic world knows something the electorate doesn’t or we’re hopelessly out of touch.“While we deal with this sense of loss and disconnect there’s a risk that the opportunities presented by Brexit are overshadowed.“As our future becomes more closely determined by trade and forging new global links, all universities, and not just those in the Russell Group, have a lot to share with Whitehall.”’Sense of breaking free’Sir David, who is also vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham, added: “You may think Nottingham too small to think like this, compared with the Londons and Manchesters of this world.“In fact, we’re the ninth largest city in the fifth biggest economy in the world. Nottingham University has partnerships with Rolls-Royce, Boots, and GSK and we were the first foreign university to set up a campus in China.He added: “The spirit of endeavour that took us there was the same spirit that took me from a Glasgow tenement as a child to Vice Chancellor of this university and I’m keen to rediscover that sense of breaking free and exceeding expectations all over again. We all can.“Brexit might be the catalyst we all need.” 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

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Teenager stabbed to death with Rambo knife for refusing to hand over

A teenager was stabbed to death in the street with a Rambo knife because he refused to give up his bike, witnesses said. Nedim Bilgin, 17, died in Caledonian Road, Islington, north London, shortly before 7pm on Tuesday after he was attacked with a knife.Eighteen-year-old lifeguard Ben Lynch told the Evening Standard how he tried to save the boy’s life. He said: “I heard people say he was stabbed with a big Rambo knife. I did as much as I could to help him.”Another witness told the paper that he heard reports the boy was leaving bookmakers Ladbrokes when two other teenagers tried to steal his bike. “He resisted and they stabbed him,” the witness added. Nedim’s father Nusret told the Evening Standard: “He was a wonderful boy, we are devastated. He went out on his bike and never came home.”We don’t know whether they were stealing his bike or what. That’s what someone said. We were told a car pulled up and they stabbed him. We have no idea why. He was just minding his own business. He was a good boy.”Nedim, who has not been formally identified, was the eighth person to die as a result of violence in the capital so far this year. The scene of the fatal stabbing in Islington Three teenagers aged 16, 17 and 18 have been arrested on suspicion of murder. “The investigation continues apace. My officers and those from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are carrying out a number of detailed forensic and CCTV footage-related inquiries.”I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area. I would urge anyone with information on the attack to contact police without delay.” Police said there were reports of people “running around and on pedal bikes” in the area at the time of the killing, and a section 60 order allowing officers to search anyone for weapons was put in place covering much of Islington, Clerkenwell, Finsbury Park and Bloomsbury overnight.Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley said: “This fatal knife attack took place just before 7pm in a area when lots of people would have been passing through the area on foot and in cars.”We have had reports of people seen running around and on pedal bikes near Caledonian Road junction with Tilloch Street, N1, before and just after 7pm. Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or have your vehicle’s dashcam on?”We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what unfolded.”Police patrols will be stepped up in the area after the murder.Temporary Chief Superintendent Nick Davies said: “Tragically the local community is now coming to terms with the senseless loss of life of a young man who had everything to live for. This teenage victim lived in Islington. The scene of the fatal stabbing in IslingtonCredit:Victoria Jones/PA 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. read more

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Pure Gold looks at mine electrification options for Madsen underground project

first_imgIn another sign that the underground mining space is increasingly going electric, Pure Gold Mining has said it intends to use a combination of diesel and battery-powered load and haul equipment at its Madsen underground gold project in Ontario, Canada.The company said all ramp and level waste development would be performed by an owner-operated fleet of one- and two-boom electric hydraulic drill jumbos, 3 cu.m capacity LHDs, 20-t haul trucks, scissor lift/bolters and other rubber tyred support equipment.Pure Gold said: “Mining will be facilitated by a combination of diesel and battery-powered equipment, with diesel equipment being utilised for upper levels of the mine prior to refurbishment of the existing shaft and installation of a new double-drum production hoist.”Following the refurbishment, battery-powered equipment is likely to be used, with the company explaining that its use will “eliminate emissions associated with the movement of ore and waste and will result in materially reduced ventilation and heating requirements”.This information came out in the company’s press release announcing a feasibility study on Madsen, a former operating gold mine in the renowned Red Lake district.Based on a probable mineral reserve of 3.5 Mt at 9 g/t, containing 1 Moz of gold, the company outlined a 12-year operation at Madsen, producing an average of 80,000 oz/y at an all-in sustaining cost of $787/oz.The initial capital requirement of C$95 million ($71 million) would be paid back with an after-tax net present value (5% discount) of C$247 million (using a gold price of $1,275/oz), the company said.Darin Labrenz, President and CEO of Pure Gold, said: “The Madsen-Red Lake orebody is an exceptional foundation on which to build a gold mining company. With access to existing infrastructure, a high-grade reserve, and exceptional growth potential, Madsen is one of the outstanding gold deposits in Canada.”He added: “The completed study outlines a long life high-margin mine, with low initial capital requirements and a fast timeline to production. In addition, specific exploration targets and satellite resources not considered in the feasibility study suggest an opportunity for near-term growth to potentially further enhance the economics of the project.”The feasibility study supports a high-grade 800 t/d underground mining operation with designed stopes containing 1 Moz of probable reserves, the company said. Madsen benefits from significant mining, milling and tailings infrastructure already in place, resulting in one of the lowest capital intensity, undeveloped gold projects in the world, according to Pure Gold.Mining will be conducted from new ramp development using a combination of cut and fill and longhole mining methods. A new hoist house and double drum production hoist will use the existing shaft infrastructure to hoist ore and waste from the mine, commencing in year four of operations.The Madsen implementation schedule spans a period of 13 months, with underground mine development commencing approximately nine months before the first gold pour. The initial capital outlay of C$95 million (including contingency) supports the construction of an underground mine and associated infrastructure, including the expansion of existing milling capacity to 800 t/d of ore.Assuming the project execution starts in April, the first gold production would be expected in May 2020.JDS Energy and Mining led the feasibility study, which included contributions from consultants such as Knight Piésold, Nordmin Engineering, MineFill Services, Integrated Sustainability, Lorax Environmental Services, Ginto Consulting and Equity Exploration Consultants.last_img read more

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61 year old charged with rape

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have charged a 61 year-old male of Providenciales with three (3) counts of rape in connection with a report made on Wednesday 16th March 2017.The man was taken to court and was not allowed to enter a plea.   A sufficiency hearing is set for next month.   He is on a $10, 000 bail.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items:last_img read more

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People On The Move 53013

first_imgPoetry has promoted Don Share to editor. Share was serving as a senior editor at the magazine.The Hearst Corporation has named Lincoln Millstein as a senior vice president and special assistant to the CEO. Millstein was serving as an executive vice president and deputy group head at Hearst Newspapers.Drea Bernardi has been named director of content development at Magnet Media. Bernaldi was previously a production coordinator for Mario Batali. Also, Paul Kontonis is now general manager. Kontonis was a vice president and group director of brand content at The Third Act.Modern Luxury Interiors has tapped Drew Limsky as its editor-in-chief. Limsky joins the publication from Mariner, where he was also editor-in-chief. Devin Tomb is now an associate lifestyle editor at SELF. Tomb was formerly an associate editor at Seventeen. And Deirdre Daly-Markowski was named intergrated digital director. She was previously corporate partnership director at Conde Nast Media Group.Real Simple promoted Lindsay Hunt to associate food editor. Hunt was previously serving as an assistant food editor.Time Inc. Branded Solutions has named Tom Kirwan vice president of digital sales. Kirwan was an associate publisher for the company’s entertainment group.last_img read more

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Juneau Library to launch Alaska Native stories project

first_imgStoryCorps interviews will take place at the Juneau Public Library system starting in May. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The Juneau Public Library system embarks on an oral history project this spring collecting Alaska Native stories on educational experiences. The capital city’s library is one of ten picked from more than 300 national applicants to bring StoryCorps to the community.Download AudioFreda Westman is a product of Juneau’s public school system, a 1974 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School. Westman is Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood.One of her strongest childhood memories is from when she was in middle school.“I asked a teacher at the end of the year why my grade was a C and could we go and look at the grade book, and we did and averaged it out and my grade was really a B, and so it was changed. That took a lot of courage for me to do that,” Westman says.At the time, she learned that teachers, who she greatly respected, could make mistakes and those mistakes could be fixed. She learned the value of standing up for herself.Freda Westman, right, at a school board meeting in November 2014. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Now, Westman looks back on that situation and realizes those types of errors were likely made on a regular basis.“Expectations for Alaska Native students were low, so maybe that was the motivation,” she says.Westman’s mother stopped going to school in the 8th grade to care for sick family members.“She was not allowed to speak Tlingit in school and was not only not allowed to do that but was punished for doing that. She told us that that is why she didn’t want to teach us Tlingit. She didn’t want us to experience that,” Westman says.These are just a couple of memories that exist in Juneau’s Alaska Native community, stories that the public library hopes to capture through StoryCorps interviews.StoryCorps is a national oral history project based in Brooklyn, New York. You’ve likely heard snippets ofStoryCorps interviews on National Public Radio.Juneau librarian Andrea Hirsh says the interviews aren’t formal. It’s a conversation between two people.“A lot of people pick a family member, a grandparent, a child, a sibling, a neighbor and they tell their story,” Hirsh says.The theme of Alaska Native educational experiences sprang from an issue that took place last year concerning the Juneau School District’s elementary language arts curriculum.Community members raised concerns about school texts depicting Alaska Native and Native American tragedies, including the boarding school experience in Alaska. From the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, the federal government split families and forced Native children into boarding schools to assimilate. The texts were called distorted, inaccurate and insensitive.The district eventually decided to remove the controversial texts and replace them with locally developed materials. The superintendent invited Alaska Native community members into the classroom to tell their stories.Library program coordinator Beth Weigel hopes the StoryCorps project can help fulfill this need and others.Juneau Public Libraries librarian Andrea Hirsh and program coordinator Beth Weigel. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“Oral history is a big part of the Alaska Native tradition so if we have it available then those are available to teachers if they want to use those as part of the resource materials in their classroom,” Weigel says. “And they’ll stories by Alaska Natives, their stories that they tell in their own words.”Before applying for the project grant, Weigel and Hirsh sought advice and supportfrom members of the Alaska Native community in Juneau, like Sorrel Goodwin.Goodwin is a librarian at the Alaska State Library. He says the project is an opportunity to get Alaska Native perspectives on the American educational system. In the mid-1990s, Goodwin interviewed Alaska Natives on that topic for a teaching course at the University of Alaska Southeast.“Most of their perspectives were largely negative, dealing with such issues as racism and assimilation, and the degradation of Alaska Native cultures, languages, histories, going right on into flat out physical, mental and sexual abuse in many of the boarding school contexts,” Goodwin says.He hopes the library’s project will include interviews of the younger generation, Alaska Natives who are currently going through the educational system.“A lot of our parents’ and grandparents’ negative experiences in the American education system have been carried forward. It created a sort of intergenerational post-traumatic stress in the ways that many of our people are either able to engage or not engage with the dominant society’s system of educating people,” Goodwin says.Sorrel says the more stories that are told, the more understanding will take place. He thinks the StoryCorps project can help the community work through issues that still remain.One of the library’s goals is to capture a range of voices.“We would love to talk to people who are still in school and this could be grade school, middle school, high school, college, technical school. It could be young adults, it could be older adults. We want to hear everyone’s story,” Hirsh says.With permission of the participants, all of the StoryCorps interviews will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and locally at the Juneau Public Library and Sealaska Heritage Institute.last_img read more

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Feds charge Utah man with wifes murder aboard cruise ship in Alaska

first_imgPassengers wait aboard the Emerald Princess moored on the South Franklin Street Dock in Juneau on Wednesday, July 27, 2017. The FBI investigated an alleged murder after a Utah woman died the day before on the ship. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)Federal authorities are charging a Utah man in the murder of his wife aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Southeast Alaska.Listen nowKenneth Ray Manzanares, 39, of Santa Clara, Utah, is charged in the death of Kristy Manzanares, who died Tuesday.After about 15 FBI agents conducted approximately 200 passenger and crew interviews in Juneau, the agency announced the charge at a news conference today and released their account of what happened.The FBI criminal complaint laid out this timeline and cited eyewitness accounts.Witnesses aboard the Emerald Princess entered the couple’s cabin and saw blood on Manzanares’ hands and clothing. A witness asked what happened, to which he reportedly replied, “She would not stop laughing at me.”According to the FBI, the witness watched Manzanares drag the woman toward a balcony. The witness pulled her back into the couple’s cabin.Soon after, at about 9 p.m., Emerald Princess security and medical staff arrived. The woman was dead with a severe head wound. Blood was throughout the room on multiple surfaces. A cruise ship security officer restrained Manzanares and he was arrested the next day.Alaska’s acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said Manzanares is charged generally with murder under a federal statute that includes a first- and second-degree component.The FBI noted in its complaint that Manzanares at one point said, “My life is over.”Schroder said that’s not necessarily an admission of guilt.“I don’t think you can burrow into the mind of someone who is a potential defendant in a case with a comment like that and make any real conclusions,” Schroder said.Schroder could not confirm whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the incident.FBI special agent-in-charge Marlin Ritzman talks during a joint news conference Thursday with the Coast Guard, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in regards to the charges in the death of Kristy Manzanares. Her husband, Kenneth Ray Manzanares is charged in her murder aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship in Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)Manzanares made an initial appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday in federal court in Anchorage via video conference from Juneau, where he’s being held.If convicted, Manzanares could face life in prison or the death penalty, and a fine of up to $250,000. He’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in Anchorage.Schroder gave the alleged crime some context.“I don’t remember the last time that we’ve had a murder on a cruise ship in Alaska,” Schroder said. “I’ve been here for 12 years and I’m a retired Coast Guard officer so it’s the kind of thing that would mean something to me and I don’t think we’ve had one since I’ve been here.”Special Agent in Charge Marlin Ritzman said in Juneau, FBI specialists are providing assistance to family members.Schroder and Ritzman wouldn’t directly confirm that children are involved. But a reporter asked if there was support for “the girls.”The reporter said, “These girls potentially don’t have parents. I mean they don’t. One’s in jail and one’s dead.”Ritzman responded, ”They have family members. There’s other family members.”The investigation is ongoing.Editor’s note: The story has been updated and expanded to include information about the alleged crime and details about Manzanares’ first appearance.Alaska Public Media’s Wesley Early contributed to this report.last_img read more

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36 killed in China road crash

first_imgMap showing Shaanxi province in China where a bus crashed Thursday night leaving at least 36 people killed. AFP At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a packed bus slammed into a tunnel wall on an expressway in northern China, state media said Friday.The coach crashed in Qinling tunnel in Shaanxi province on Thursday night, according to Xinhua news agency, which cited local authorities.The bus had departed from Chengdu in southwest Sichuan province en route to the central city of Luoyang.The injured have been rushed to hospital, Xinhua said. According to Sina news website, the bus had a 51-passenger capacity and was carrying 49 people, including two children.Sichuan province is already reeling from another tragedy as 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured in an earthquake that struck the region on Tuesday night.Deadly road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced by police.The country’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities.There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015, authorities said in December.Traffic law violations caused almost 90 percent of the road accidents where people died or were injured in 2015, with the total number of such infractions reaching an astonishing 442 million.Last month, 11 people died and nine were injured when a bus carrying 19 people collided with a lorry on a national highway in northern Hebei province.Ten people were killed and 38 injured in March when a bus collided with a cement truck in the southwestern province of Yunnan.At least 18 people were killed when a minibus plunged into a lake in the central city of Wuhan in December.Last November, a pile-up on an expressway in the northern province of Shanxi killed 17 people and damaged 56 vehicles.And in July last year, a coach crashed through a highway guard rail and plunged into a canal near the northern city of Tianjin, killing 26.last_img read more

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Synthetic Drugs Affect Community Law Enforcement in Different Ways

first_imgA community conversation with youth and adults on the topic of synthetic drugs took place Aug. 31 in the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at the St. Elizabeth’s East campus in Washington, D.C.The program, entitled “Back to School with No K2,” focused on the powerful synthetic drug K2, also known as spice. The event washosted by former Peaceaholics co-founder Ron Moten, now part of the Eleuthera Institute Art of Peace.Underscoring the District’s ongoing issue with the substance, the day after the program Metropolitan Police Department detectives, along with Homeland Security Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration special agents, arrested two men in the largest synthetic drug bust in D.C. history.Siraj Issa, 33, of Northwest D.C., and Yenework Abera, 41, of Alexandria, Va., were charged with possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids. The two were found with packets of K2 totaling 265 pounds, and possessing an estimated value of $2.3 million dollars.“As I have said, we must intercept illegal drugs at the source. The seizure of such a large amount of synthetic drugs is a relief to both the MPD and the community,” Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a statement. “The hard investigative work that our members pride themselves on has potentially saved countless lives and helped to stem the violence that goes hand in hand with the selling and consumption of illegal drugs.”Saving lives was also the focus of the Back to School K2 meeting, in which two videos were presented showing youth actors demonstrating the negative effects of synthetic drugs on he body.“I’m a living testimony, I was trying to duck the dirty urine,” said one youth who used K2. “But this summer I was part of the D.C. Bosses Program and I’m here to tell you, K2 is not good for you. I know a few people who cared about me in the community that saw me going down the wrong path and it’s like man, you doing the wrong thing, you smoking K2.“You’re looking bad, you’re losing your blow, you looking like a bum,” he added.Questions arose regarding what synthetic drugs really are, marijuana terminology and how they relate to arrest procedures, police-community interaction, and snitching someone out in the community. One youth pointed out that no one was going to snitch on someone when they see the police coming.“They gonna say, the police is coming and I’m being honest; nobody ain’t gonna let nobody get locked up,” said the youth. “It’s up to people like you to fight this and send a message to our community that synthetic drugs will not, will not, break or discourage this community down any more than it has,” Anacostia Coordinating Council Executive Director Phil Pannell responded.last_img read more

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Labour laws leave a lot to be desired

first_imgEven though the Prime Minister has championed importance of labour in India’s long march to progress and has wielded a new mantra ‘Shramev Jayate’ in his arsenal of verbal quick fixes to economic woes, it seems the government is in two minds when it comes to reconfiguring labour relations in the country. On the one hand, it is diluting MGNREGA and moving funds to make the scheme more capital intensive than labour intensive. However, on the other, it has brought in significant changes in the draft Small Factories (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Bill 2014, released by the ministry of labour and employment recently, that look to reduce the red tape and make it easier to obtain jobs in the unorganised sector. Also Read – Working on improving tiesWhile it is making a single comprehensive law to take care of small factories employing less than 40 people, freeing it of various complicated laws such as factories act of 1948, industrial disputes act of 1947, there’s a flipside to the proposed legislation. It is also taking the small enterprise sector out of the purview of important legal safeguards such as the minimum wages act of 1948, the payment of bonus act of 1965, the maternity benefit act of 1961 and the employees compensation act of 1923. Unless the comprehensive law gives equal credence to these crucial clauses, which attempt to bring in a semblance of parity and justice in the much-skewed employer-employee relations, how can we say that the newly introduced changes are reformist in nature? Also Read – Political parties and our RepublicWhile digitisation and forming a unified labour portal are commendable moves, bringing in transparency, accountability and portability in labour inspection and job circuit, what does the scheme say about minimum wages or guaranteeing employment? As PM Modi stresses on skill development and improves accessibility to vocational training in lieu of white-collar jobs, why is he also inclined to take away safety nets that ensure at least hundred days of employment for the rural poor? It seems the PM is shifting the state gaze from rural unorganised sector to its urban counterpart. Moreover, digitisation and technologies of better record-keeping, while extremely important to ensure transparency, will not guarantee increase in minimum wages or better working conditions, particularly in smaller factories. How does the new law plan to combat ritual flouting of safety norms and hazardous conditions in our industries?last_img read more

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PC Chandra Goldlites Diva 2018 hosts first Cluster Finale

first_imgP.C. Chandra Goldlites Diva hosted the first cluster finale of the 2018 season on Sunday evening at Srijani Auditorium, Durgapur, in presence of a star-studded jury. Celebrated actor Chaiti Ghoshal, renowned photographer Ashish Saha and S.S Chatterjee, GM, Sales and Administration, P.C. Chandra Jewellers were present on the occasion. As the evening started, 20 contestants – the winners from the districts of Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia – walked the ramp in western wear and introduced themselves, followed by an ethnic round. From there, contestants were picked for the final Q&A round. Nine winners (three from each district) from this cluster finale received gift vouchers from P.C. Chandra Jewellers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs a run-up to this event, the Goldlites DIVA contest was taken to the colleges in the three districts where willing candidates were registered. The fourth edition of this much-anticipated pageant was started with a series of intra-college contests. The winner from each campus came to the next round, Cluster Finale along with the Wild Card entrants. Winners from each cluster finale will then compete in the semi-final, which will be held in Kolkata. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveStarted in 2014, the PC Chandra Goldlites Diva is not simply the search for a pretty face, but also a journey that changes the life of a young woman, enabling her to achieve her inner potential. It is a platform for young girls that gives them the confidence to bring out the Diva that is hidden within them. This year, in its fourth edition, the PC Chandra Goldlites Diva 2018 has now spread across West Bengal, attaining registrations in around 80 colleges covering all the districts. The young girls are given lessons on how to walk on the ramp, public speaking, lessons to hone their special talent and learn something new. Therefore, the ultimate focus is holistic personality development of every individual participant. The Goldlites Diva winner will be one of the faces of P.C. Chandra Jewellers’ future communication.last_img read more

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Glendale Adventist Medical Center Opens Temporary Radiotherapy Vault

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. July 19, 2017 — RAD Technology Medical Systems announced their most recent project at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, Calif.  RAD Technology has provided Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) with their patented Temporary Radiotherapy Vault (TRV). The TRV will be on site for about 150 days while GAMC renovates their department and upgrades their existing linear accelerator.GAMC will install a Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, currently scheduled to begin service in Fall 2017. The system is able to destroy cancer cells with more precision and greater accuracy, and often in less time and with fewer treatments.”We are very excited about the installation of the RAD TRV,” said Dennis Quagliani, director of cancer services. “It was important for us to have this temporary facility available while we work on upgrading the cancer center so we do not have to stop or hinder patient care. It will also eliminate the need to send our patients outside of the Glendale area for daily treatments that can extend up to 5-6 weeks. The project couldn’t have been easier, as RAD Technology provided full turnkey services, handling everything from start to finish.”In collaboration with hospital administration, RAD Technology managed the permitting, site preparation, installation of the below-grade patented foundation system and electrical service connections. Once those were in place, the company’s project team coordinated the delivery of the eight modules comprising the temporary cancer center, assembled the facility in under 10 days and managed the remaining site work to completion.The TRV is a comprehensive solution that arrives on site and is typically ready to make beam in 5-7 days. It comes fully furnished with a pre-commissioned linear accelerator, reception area, waiting room, office space and restroom.The TRV offers all the comforts of a permanent facility and is relocatable, according to the company, allowing organizations to use the facility to support their upgrades at multiple locations.For more information: www.radtechnology.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | July 19, 2017 Glendale Adventist Medical Center Opens Temporary Radiotherapy Vault California hospital continues treating patients while upgrading linear accelerator 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 | 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 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 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 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 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 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.  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 Related Content 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 | 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 | 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 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more

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Costa Rica is failing to stop brain drain Tico expats say

first_imgCosta Rica has failed to address the migration of its highly skilled workers and “lacks strategies to take advantage of Costa Rican talent outside the country,” a recent survey noted.Luis Muñoz Varela, a researcher at the University of Costa Rica’s Institute for Educational Research (INIE), surveyed Tico professionals working and living abroad in order to conduct the report. Muñoz contacted 145 expat professionals and academics who are affiliated with the Costa Rican Talent Abroad Network (Red Ticotal), part of the National Academy of Sciences.Most respondants said they don’t see institutional or governmental interest in bringing them back to Tiquicia or taking advange of their research and work, Muñoz told The Tico Times.Ticos participating in the survey recommended the Foreign Ministry establish a program of periodic meetings, workshops and similar events to share findings with local professionals. The meetings could be held either in the countries where expats reside or in Costa Rica, they said. They also said local universities should offer more exchanges in order to bring Tico researchers, academics and other professionals to Costa Rica to share their knowledge with students.Another suggested priority is the creation of government programs to help generate new jobs in Costa Rica to persuade expats to move back home. “There are very few incentives to return to the country, and most respondents believe the number of talented professionals seeking opportunities abroad is increasing,” Muñoz said.Costa Rica does not have recent data on the “brain drain” phenomenon, but research funded by the World Bank in 2009 determined that from 1990-2000, 9 percent of Costa Rica’s population with higher education moved abroad each year.The figure was lower than the Central American average, which at the time was 13 percent. “But it is logical to think that figure has increased, considering factors such as economic globalization and increased interest by local students to pursue post-graduate degrees abroad,” Muñoz said.Another factor of Tico brain drain is the increased presence of foreign companies in Costa Rica, which eventually send local employees abroad for training. Many employees also are relocated to other countries.An easing of immigration policies in some countries also has boosted the trend.  The United States, Germany and the U.K. are among countries that recently reformed immigration laws to facilitate the arrival of highly qualified professionals from other countries, Muñoz said.Prior to the survey, Muñoz researched local agencies and organizations in an attempt to locate records of work being done abroad by Costa Rican professionals, but he didn’t found a single document or statistic.He decided to conduct the survey of members of Red Ticotal, an organization of Tico scientists and other professionals living in 20 countries. More than half – 54 percent – live in the U.S., followed by 9 percent in Germany, 5 percent in Canada and 5 percent in Spain.While some may be alarmed at the study, when compared to other countries, Costa Rica’s brain drain seems miniscule.A report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (OECD) in October 2013 indicates that countries facing the biggest human capital flight usually show rates of 70 percent or more. Ethiopia is experiencing the worst brain drain in the world, with the country losing some 75 percent of its skilled professionals in the past decade. Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Iran, China, Mexico, Jamaica, Malaysia and the U.K. follow as the top brain-drain countries, each falling above 70 percent, the OECD report states. Facebook Comments Related posts:San Carlos hackathon aims to boost women’s roles in technology development Some members of Costa Rica’s business sector alarmed over ‘historic’ jump in unemployment Bacardí opens regional service center in Costa Rica Intel hiring for new Costa Rica operationlast_img read more

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Slow Food fair to offer Costa Rican specialties

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Cultural Center anniversary, vegan fair, and more events around Costa Rica Thousands flock to Barrio Escalante’s La Luz outdoor festival on Sunday International Film Festival, The Nutcracker, and other happenings around Costa Rica A food fair, free and open to the public, will celebrate Costa Rican examples of the “Slow Food” movement this Friday in western San José.The Mercado de la Tierra, or Earth Market, will feature foods from Turrialba cheese and pejibayes to traditional dishes and indigenous artwork.“We’re promoting high-quality projects that are developed with clean technologies that minimize the damage to human, animal and environmental health, said Patricia Sánchez, coordinator of the Agromática program within the National High Technology Center (CeNAT), in a news release.The Slow Food movement began in Italy in 1980 to defend regional culinary traditions, proper nutrition and the pleasures of a mindful, slower life. Today it has inspired projects in more than 160 countries, including Costa Rica, the statement said.This Friday’s fair will run from 9 am – 4 pm at the Franklin Chang Building in Pavas, 1.3 km north of the U.S. Embassy. For more information, call 2519-5835.last_img read more

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