The Latest Canada pushes for release of jailed citizens

first_imgTORONTO — The Latest on Canada (all times local):12:30 p.m.Canada’s ambassador to China says his message to Chinese authorities is that it’s not in their interest to arrest people and use them as bargaining chips.Envoy John McCallum told reporters on Friday that his top priority is to win the release of two Canadians detained in China and to save the life of a third.China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor in an apparent relation for the arrest of top Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Dec 1. China also sentenced another Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, to death Monday in a sudden retrial of his drug-smuggling case.The arrest of Meng on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States has created a growing diplomatic rift between China and Canada. Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of its founder.The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei’s business dealings in Iran.___10 a.m.Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks.There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or is required to facilitate Chinese spying. The U.S., Australia, Japan and other governments have imposed curbs on use of its technology.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada has been abundantly clear it will not compromise national security.Goodale said: “It’s a difficult challenge but we’ll not be deterred by what we believe to be right and what we believe to be in the interests of Canada.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

3yearold that died had an inoperable brain tumor GPHC Neurosurgery Head

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related3-year-old toddler dies, parents blame GPHC, call for probeSeptember 20, 2017In “Health”Berbice cyclist diagnosed with brain tumor brain dead – motherJune 7, 2018In “latest news”PPP calls for external investigation into children deaths at GPHCJanuary 29, 2019In “Crime” …says parents were in denialThree-year-old Anisha Singh had an intrinsic brain stem tumor that caused her health to rapidly deteriorate but her parents were in denial despite many explanations from the team of doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Dead: Three-year-old Anisha SinghThis is according to Head of the Neurosurgery Department at the Georgetown Public Hospital, Dr Amarnauth Dukhi, who said that the child’s tumor was inoperable and that it would have reached the stage where it began to compress the brain stems thus resulting in the symptoms that Anisha was experiencing. Samantha Kandasammy and Michael Singh, the parents of three-year-old Anisha accused doctors at the institution of serious malpractice, which they claim resulted in the death of their toddler. Anisha, of Lot 2 Edon Street, Tucville, Georgetown, passed away at a private institution at around 02:00h on Tuesday morning after her parents discharged her from the GPHC against her doctors’ advice. The distraught parents said that their baby girl was healthy but had a cold, which was later diagnosed as pneumonia, but the doctors at the GPHC failed to treat her for that which may have caused her death. They added that the hospital also withheld the medical records preventing them from accessing care at another institution and possibly overseas.The neurosurgeon said that the tumor was inoperable and no matter what, no institution would have operated on it. He explained from the initial diagnosis that Anisha’s parents were in denial as they refused to believe that she had a life threatening tumor and as such he organized a multi-disciplined team to address the situation. The team comprised of social workers, the Chef Executive Officer of GPHC, the Director of Medical Services, the pediatric neurosurgeon and several nurses. Dr Amarnauth DukhiDr Dukhi explained that the option of radiology treatment was discussed but the radiologist wanted the tumor to be biopsied which would have been fatal and that was explained to Kandasammy and her husband. He noted that in most case like Anisha’s, the patient would eventually die.He also said that at that juncture, the mother became abusive to medical personnel on his team but that was brushed off in an effort to provide quality care to the family. The hospital expressed its condolences to the family of Anisha. (Lakhram Bhagirat) read more

Here is the moment CBS News announced JFKs death

first_imgWALTER CRONKITE WAS not renowned for his emotion, preferring to present the news with a focus only on facts.When he was standing in the CBS newsroom on 22 November 1963, he was on hand to receive a flash that the President had been shot.Scrambling to get on air in those days was not as easy as it is now and CBS had to cut across their coverage of As The World Turns.Cronkite had cut across the show twice before a camera was set up in the newsroom.He held the fort on camera from 2pm EST, 7pm Irish time. Bouncing between local affiliate KRLD, CBS correspondent in Dallas Dan Rather and New York, Cronkite managed to keep viewers rapt until 2.38pm when the flash became official.Showing rare emotion on air, “Uncle Walter”, brought home the gravity of what had happened and is regularly cited as key in many peoples’ memories.(Becky Ellis/YouTube)Read: The Kennedy Assassination: Timeline of the daylast_img read more

Geek deals Samsung Bluetooth audio dock with 200 gift card 3D LCD

first_imgUpdate: This deal has ended, but you can find the latest Samsung DA-3651 Audio Dock deals & coupons from our friends at LogicBuy.Our other top deals:BenQ XL2420T 24-inch 3D-ready LED-backlit gaming monitor for $399.99 + free shipping (reg. $469.99)Clickfree 2TB C6 USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive for $125.99 + free shipping (reg. $139.99 | use coupon 2SWVM6553NQ6F7)Logitech G27 racing wheel for $246.82 + free shipping (reg. $299.99) Audio used to be restricted to cords, wires, and dedicated players, but the rise of the smartphone changed all that. Now, thanks to the ubiquitous nature of Bluetooth and these miniature PCs, we have the ability to stream music anywhere.Bluetooth audio streaming doesn’t seem to have caught on in the mainstream yet, but once you try it you will probably wonder how you lived without it. Smartphones these days — and several generations prior — support audio streaming via Bluetooth. As long as the device you’re connecting to also supports that, typically with Bluetooth 3.0 and higher or with A2DP support, you’re good to go for simple streaming.Tech manufacturers realized this opportunity long ago and you’ll find Bluetooth integration in a surprising number of audio appliances. Then there are others like this audio dock from Samsung that is designed specifically for Bluetooth streaming.The Samsung DA-E651 is designed to be a standalone audio center, ready to be conveniently placed nearly anywhere for simple audio setup. Just plug this little package into the power outlet, pair your phone to it via Bluetooth, and start streaming away. It doesn’t get much easier to get audio into any room of your house. This 40W speaker set will connect to nearly any Android or Apple phone.It also has a built-in docking port which can fold away. The port supports a Samsung Galaxy S2 or higher and most Apple iPod/iPhone/iPads that use the old connector (not the new Lightning connector). This allows direct audio playback and keeps your device charged.Samsung set the bar high with the DA-E651, asking an MSRP of $349. Dell is offering it for $299.99, but really sweetening the pot with a $200 Dell e-gift card. Assuming you use the $200 Dell card, maybe on a new monitor or even a smartphone, that makes this audio dock just $99.99 and a good bargain on a cool gadget.Samsung DA-E651 audio dock with $200 gift card for $299.99 + free shipping (reg. $349.99 | $200 e-gift card delivered by email in 10-20 days)last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Gabrielle Hovey The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Short URL Jun 9th 2017, 5:05 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #PARTNERS: Theresa May plans to form a minority government with the support of the DUP after her Conservative party’s UK election stumble.2. #LOUGH NA GLACK: Human remains have been discovered as part of the investigation into the death of convicted rapist James Nolan.3. #NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Donald Trump has claimed he has been ‘totally vindicated’ by James Comey’s testimony.4. #FOOD SAFETY: Mars Ireland is recalling a number of its Galaxy products due to the potential presence of salmonella in ingredients.5. #SEPARATISITS: Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain, a move that is not supported by the Madrid government. Share Tweet Email 3 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Gabrielle Hovey By Rónán Duffy 7,710 Views Friday 9 Jun 2017, 5:05 PMlast_img read more

Concentration en manganèse dans leau une influence sur le QI des enfants

first_imgConcentration en manganèse dans l’eau : une influence sur le QI des enfants ? Canada – Des chercheurs seraient parvenus à prouver qu’une trop forte concentration de manganèse dans l’eau potable pourrait réduire le quotient intellectuel des enfants qui la consomment.L’étude en question a été effectuée par une équipe de chercheurs canadiens et a été publiée dans la revue Environmental Health Perspectives. Dirigée par Maryse Bouchard, elle a été effectuée sur une base de 362 enfants, tous âgés de 6 à 13 ans. Sur chaque enfant étudié, la concentration de manganèse dans l’eau de la résidence principale a été calculée, et une série de tests a été effectuée.Mme Bouchard explique à l’AFP ce qu’elle a observé à l’issu de ces tests : “Une diminution très significative du quotient intellectuel (QI) des enfants a été observée en lien avec la présence de manganèse dans l’eau potable, et cela à des concentrations de manganèse actuellement considérées comme faibles et sans risque pour la santé”. Certaines municipalités canadiennes ont d’ores et déjà opté pour l’installation de filtres sur les robinets de leur commune tandis que les chercheurs travaillent aujourd’hui à établir une norme nationale et internationale à respecter.Le 21 septembre 2010 à 11:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stargate Origins Brings the Series Back to its Roots

first_img Stargate: Origins Gets a Swashbuckling Teaser and Release DateSDCC Announcement: Stargate Returns Stay on target It’s been years since we last saw any new Stargate. The long-running Stargate: SG-1 wrapped up its story ten years ago with the release of its two direct-to-DVD movies. I know it’s a weird thing to say about a show that had ten seasons and two movies, but it always felt like SG-1 ended too soon. The beautiful thing about the idea of a Stargate is that you can tell any story you want with it. There’s no limit to the places you can go, and as SG-1 went on, they kept taking the series to surprising new places. Even when the original cast started to leave, their replacements were interesting and the stories were cool enough to carry the show forward. And even then, it was able to support a spin-off series, Stargate: Atlantis which took the franchise in even more fantastical directions. Plus, it had Jason Momoa in it. Atlantis only lasted five seasons, but they were all very good seasons.  Stargate: Universe… also happened.Thankfully, the story of Stargate is no longer over. The first three episodes of Stargate: Origins have been released. The new series is on Stargate Command, a Stargate specific streaming service. Though the first three episodes of Origins are free, the rest will require you to upgrade to their paid tier. It’s not so bad. A one-time payment of $20 gets you every Stargate movie and TV series, so it’s actually a pretty decent deal. Three episodes in, and Origins feels so much like classic Stargate. As in, the original movie Stargate. With a little bit of Indiana Jones thrown in. It follows Catherine Langford as a young woman working with her father. They’ve found the Stargate and he’s been trying to figure out what it is. That’s when the Nazis show up. Like I said, this show is very Stargate by way of Indiana Jones.Using less scrupulous methods than the Langfords ever considered, the Nazi occultist Dr. Wilhelm Brücke has figured out exactly what the Stargate does. He kidnaps Catherine’s father and takes him through to another world. Meanwhile, Catherine recruits her soldier boyfriend and his buddy to join her as she goes after her father and the Nazis. Three episodes in, the show is a lot of fun. Catherine is such a cool protagonist, and I can’t wait to follow her adventure over the next seven episodes. She’s tough, impulsive and smart. By the time you reach episode three, and she’s pushing her companions into an unknown world, she has completely won you over.Ellie Gall plays Catherine, and she took some time to speak with me about the new series and what she enjoyed about playing Catherine. When she first heard about the new series, she says she wasn’t super familiar with it as a series. She knew the original movie, but not much about the TV show. Before her audition, she says she did some research into what kind of TV series it was. After she got the part, she watched the movie, but didn’t want to go too far into the TV series.“It’s an origin story,” she said. “I shouldn’t know all that much about what a Stargate is and what it does, where it takes you and how it works.” She said she decided to not learn too much about Stargate before filming, so she could discover it organically as Catherine does on the show. The same goes for the other portrayals of Catherine Langford in previous Stargates. This is a character who’s been in the franchise before; only she’s appeared much later in life. Gall wanted to make sure her performance was her own. She didn’t want to know where Catherine’s story goes after this series is over. “It’s almost like I went to a fortune teller and asked her to tell me what my future would look like. Not always the best idea. I did a bit of research, and I found quotes other characters shared about Catherine… her values and who she was as a person.” Gall says most of her inspiration came from the script. In serving the words on the page, she started thinking about what Catherine’s life in Egypt was like, what her relationship with her father was and what she was into.(Via Stargate Command/MGM)Though Gall didn’t have all that much familiarity with Stargate, the character of Catherine drew her to the script. “Playing a female character that really just takes charge and doesn’t wait for anyone to give her permission, and isn’t hindered by what she should and shouldn’t do based on what her role is. Especially in 1939, and what was thought was typical of a woman at the time. That was really appealing to me. It was cool to lead two men into the unknown, and take on a challenge headfirst. I think she does things that most people probably just wouldn’t do.”That includes Gall. She says she was excited to play a role that let her do stunts and work in a genre she hadn’t really explored before. “It was really cool to get to be a part of something that already has a fanbase, and already has set rules around the world. That was really cool to see. Also, a little bit intimidating. Working on sci-fi, there’s a lot of elements that come into play regarding what’s going on around you. It’s fun to discover a new world, and be playful. It’s not just a drama about a relationship. It’s not a story that’s grounded in reality. It’s fun to get to play in a world that isn’t like this one.”Working in a new genre gave Gall a ton of new experiences, but one stuck out in her mind as particularly cool. “It was pretty cool to get to shoot a gun. I’m Australian; we have very strict gun laws in Australia. I don’t think I’d even touched a gun… fight scenes also, I loved doing the fight scenes.” she said. She also loved the costumes she got to wear. The late-1930s clothes Catherine wears really helped Gall get into character, she says. “I loved my costumes. When I got to wear the vintage pieces, I really looked like I was from that time.” Gall especially loves her costume right at the end of the series. She couldn’t tell me too much about it or the circumstances in which she wears it. That would be a spoiler. She does say it was a vintage piece of clothing and really difficult to move around in. “I could really analyze more what it would be like as a woman in that time when you do wear clothes that were made like that. Those women did feel very held back and their clothes were a huge representation of what life would have been like.”Philip Alexander, Shvan Aladdin, Ellie Gall(Via Stargate Command/MGM)We can also look forward to plenty of practical effects, which I was happy to hear about. There obviously are CG effects added later, but from the sounds of things, not as many as there could be. “There’s a lot of combat in this world. Because the world we go into is not so different from our own, it doesn’t feel I guess maybe like the series feels, where you’re on a spaceship or a really foreign alien planet. It does feel very grounded in the world we’re in, but there are some slight differences that throw you off and make you a little bit uneasy. Things are a bit weird, and not the same. The Stargate is the biggest effect in the show that you’re gonna see.”Gall says Stargate: Origins feels much closer to the original Stargate film, but also has an old-Hollywood feel to it. “Origins takes on more of that ‘Indiana Jones’-like ‘let’s go get stuff done,’ and going headfirst into it and not thinking about it so much.”As far as whether or not this could lead to more Stargate, I mean I hope it does, but Gall can’t say for sure yet. If it does, she’s not sure there’s a place for Catherine after Origins. “I don’t know where Catherine could go after this story is finished. I’m not sure where she would live in this world anymore, because she comes back in series and there are a lot of things that happen to her through the show. I’m not sure she needs to come back, but there’s so much potential in Stargate to explore other characters’ origin stories.” Whether she’s able to come back for more Stargate, Gall says she’d definitely want to do more sci-fi. Just as long as she didn’t fall into the trap of doing the same role or telling the same story over and over. “There’s so much potential in sci-fi. It doesn’t have to be set in space or set in Egypt. It can be a concept more so than an actual happening situation.”Salome Azizi (Photo via Stargate Command/MGM)I asked if there’s a moment she couldn’t wait for people to see, and she couldn’t get too specific about that. All she could really say was “the end.” It sounds like something pretty amazing happens in episodes nine and 10. “There’s some juicy information that’s revealed there, and really intense emotional stuff that goes down. I want people to get there and see what happens and feel the feels.” She did give me one small hint though. Something that’s been in the trailers for the series. “I shot a gun.”  Alright. Well, we’ll have to see exactly what leads her to that moment.Stargate: Origins consists of 10 episodes, each about 10 minutes long. I know, when I heard there was more Stargate, I was hoping for an SG-1 sized epic. But do the math, and this basically ads up to a whole new Stargate movie. Gall says they shot the 100-minute series as if it were a movie too. And 30 minutes in, it’s a real good one. That’s already more than we ever thought we’d see from the series again. The first three episodes are available now on Stargate Command. New episodes will be released every week. And if 10 minutes of Stargate isn’t enough, you can always rewatch SG-1. That should be more than enough to fill in the gaps between Origins episodes.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Rashford on Barcelonas shortlist alongside Antoine Griezmann

first_imgSource MailOnline-Marcus Rashford is a transfer target for Barcelona as they plan a stunning summer swoop for the Manchester United starlet, according to reports.With Luis Suarez approaching the twilight years of his career, the Nou Camp giants are planning for the future and are said to have Rashford on their striker shortlist.According to Mundo Deportivo, who carry the story on Tuesday’s front page, the England man is alongside Luka Jovic and Antoine Griezmann on the list of options.Underneath the headline ‘Rashford, on the agenda,’ Mundo report that the 21-year-old is seen as a versatile option, but would be expensive to bring to Spain.Suarez is still in fine form for Barca and has scored 23 goals this season, but the club are wary of his age – he is now 32 – and are succession planning.Much has been written about Frankfurt striker Jovic over the past few months, with the Serb being touted for a £43million move to Barca.He is Europe’s most in-form striker, and Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea have all been credited with interest in his services next season.Griezmann, meanwhile, is a long-term transfer target for the club, but after embarrassing them last season with his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, Barcelona may look elsewhere this summer.Rashford, meanwhile, has played 38 times for United this season and has netted 12 goals in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The England man is a big part of the club’s future plans, and it will take a huge sum to price him away from Old Trafford.last_img read more

Gerrard praises club chairman

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has heaped praises on the club’s chairman Dave King for his total support and financial backing.The former Liverpool youth team coach has thanked the Rangers board for their support as he prepares to meet Dave King for more transfer discussions.Rangers have already signed 11 players this summer but Gerrard believes there could still be two more arrivals before the close of the summer transfer window on August 31.The sale of Josh Windass and Declan John could provide the team with more cash flexibility in the transfer market but Gerrard insists he’s happy with the backing he has received from the board since becoming manager of the club on June.King was in attendance during Rangers 3-1 win over Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifier, speaking to Gerrard before leaving for South Africa.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“We has a quick chat about the game last night, we have had two brief discussions so far,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.“I’ll be speaking to him in the coming days about where we’re up to. He has been fantastic to me, he and the board and I’m really grateful for all the support they have shown me.”“It’s not going to be an easy ride, at the moment things are going well but we’ve to be ready for the bumpy road ahead.”Gerrard is keen to bring in at least one central defender before the close of the transfer window.last_img read more

Former Governor Richard Tauwhare To Testify

first_img Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume today Recommended for you TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Related Items:Former Governor Richard Tauwhare, helen garlic, michael misick, rhondalee knowles, Sipt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Oct 2014 – Former Governor Richard Tauwhare will reportedly make up the witness pool in the alleged corruption trial against former government ministers. PTV 8 reporting that the man who served as His Excellency during those years of the PNP Administration is being called in to provide evidence in the high profile cases; it was revealed in court Tuesday by lead prosecutor Andrew Mitchell that Tauwhare and current AG Rhonda Lee Knowles will be among those giving evidence. Over 1000 pages of evidence is said to be provided in the case. Many hold the notion that Tauwhare should have also been charged with alleged malfeasance just as Michael Misick and others have been for that period of government. The challenge with the cases now is whether they will get started at all this year. A litany of issues plaguing proceedings as four attorneys claim they are unable to get paid; one saying he has not seen a cent since January. The pre-trial process was suspended again yesterday and is now pushed back to December 1st by Justice Paul Harrison, who said he believes the current matter at the Privy Council in London needs to run its course. On Monday, Michael Misick and others charged with misconduct in while in office were granted permission to flesh out their position that they cannot receive a fair trial without a jury. Misick and others say 77 year old Harrison, from Jamaica is not impartial and they contend that it is an infringement on the constitution to have Harrison alone determine their fate. It’s now been five years since Helen Garlick was put on this case; it is reportedly costing tax payers $12 million per year to finance this SIPT investigation and trial. Once started, the trial will reportedly last five months. last_img read more

Thiago Alcantara out for several weeks

first_imgBayern Munich will be without Thiago Alcantara for the next several weeks due to an ankle injuryThe Spanish midfielder sustained the damage to his ankle in Bayern’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal win over SV Roedinghausen on Tuesday.Thiago was replaced by Serge Gnabry in the 75th minute and received treatment on the sidelines afterwards for his injured ankle.Manager Niko Kovac admitted afterwards that he was facing an anxious wait for further updates on Thiago.“Thiago faces several weeks on the sidelines,” read a statement on the club website.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“The Spain international tore the lateral collateral ligament and the articular capsule in his right ankle in the DFB Cup tie against the Regional League side SV Rödinghausen (2-1).“That was the diagnosis by the club doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Wednesday after returning from Osnabrück.”Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman are the other players currently sidelined for Bayern.The Bavarians will next face SC Freiburg in a Bundesliga match this Saturday.last_img read more

Exparamedic who groped women gets sentence extended

first_imgPORTLAND — A former Vancouver paramedic who is already in prison for the attempted sexual abuse of four female patients was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for inappropriately touching three other women.Lannie L. Haszard, 65, pleaded no-contest Thursday morning to three counts of attempted first-degree sexual abuse as part of an agreement with prosecutors. His plea resolves the outstanding charges against him stemming from a criminal investigation that dates back to 2007.Criminal and civil-litigation investigators uncovered allegations by as many as 19 women who said Haszard, a former employee for the American Medical Response ambulance company, groped them while they were being transported to the hospital for medical care. The women ranged in age from 28 to 72 and were in some cases semiconscious or incapacitated.The sentence handed down Wednesday by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz is to run concurrently with the prison term imposed in 2008 for fondling four other women. Once that sentence expires in December, Haszard will still have about 33 months left to serve. He was also sentenced to post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender.None of the three victims in Thursday’s case wanted to attend the sentencing, said Multnomah County senior deputy district attorney Donald Rees. But the victims and their attorney, Greg Kafoury, reviewed the plea agreement and are “pleased with this resolution,” Rees said.last_img read more

Britains EU exit campaign backed by 250 business leaders

first_imgThe campaign for Britain to leave the EU has been backed by 250 business leaders, including a former chief executive of HSBC, the Vote Leave group said Saturday, hoping to counter the view UK businesses back staying in the bloc.The camps arguing for and against Britain staying in the European Union ahead of a June 23 referendum on British membership have both made the economic impact of a “Brexit” a cornerstone of their campaigns.Last month, the bosses at more than a third of Britain’s biggest companies, including major oil companies Shell RDSA.L and BP, and its largest telecoms group BT, said leaving the EU would put jobs and investment at risk.Vote Leave, one of the groups supporting a British exit, unveiled Saturday its own list of backers, including Michael Geoghegan, former chief executive of HSBC Group and Tim Martin, the boss of pubs group JD Wetherspoon.”With our growing list of business supporters, Vote Leave will make that case that whilst the EU might be good for big multinationals, for smaller businesses it acts as a job destruction regulatory machine,” Matthew Elliott, chief executive of Vote Leave, said.However, the Sunday Times newspaper reported two of the well-known names on the list — John Caudwell, founder of Phones4U, and David Ross, the co-founder of Carphone Warehouse — had not signed up.”You have to question how this list has been compiled,” the paper quoted a spokesman for Caudwell as saying.Vote Leave also said it was forming a Business Council to argue that EU membership was holding back business.That group will be headed by John Longworth, who quit as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) lobbying group after he spoke out in favour of leaving the EU, accusing Prime Minister David Cameron of trying to scare voters into backing his case to stay in the bloc.Meanwhile, the Times newspaper reported that hedge funds were planning to use exit polls to make big profits on the day of the referendum.Under electoral law, it is illegal to publish the results of such polls while people are still voting, but a private poll could allow traders to exploit moves in the currency market, with the sterling expected to rise sharply against the dollar on the back of an “In” vote but decline if Britons vote for an exit.The sterling fell to multi-year lows this week on a perceived rise in the chances of an EU exit, and on companies and fund investors hedging against it, though the currency later steadied.”There is a lot of interest around Brexit, particularly from the big U.S. funds,” one unnamed broker told the Times.The odds of a Brexit narrowed Tuesday as the Brussels bombings were seen boosting the “Out” campaign.last_img read more

This Ceasefire Weekend House Music Heals

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comSo far in 2019 Baltimore has been averaging almost a murder a day, 26 homicides as of Jan. 26.There have been six days with multiple homicides. There was a homicide every day from Jan. 8 – Jan. 13. We’ve gotten off to a bad start after registering moderately lower crime rates across the board in 2018.It seems Ceasefire Weekend is coming right on time, as usual.“So, the movement itself is based on the idea that Baltimore can collectively put a pause on violence, if we decide as a city, as a community we can do that. We can give one another at least 72 hours,” said Letrice Gant, a co-founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, during a recent conversation I had with her at Impact Hub on North Ave.“The other part of that, the other component we try to stress to people is this idea about celebrating life,” Gant added. “So, one of the things we encourage people to do during Ceasefire Weekend is to plan what we call life affirming events. Life affirming events can be something as intimate as you sitting down with family members and having a conversation about the context of violence and how it impacts you directly.”The essence of Baltimore Ceasefire and perhaps the main reason the Ceasefire Weekends have been so successful (every Ceasefire weekend has seen a significant decrease in homicides and shootings), is that it is grass roots and  community-driven. Ceasefire is not some lumbering entity hovering over the community, handing down edicts to end violence, which the residents of the mostly Black, mostly poor communities most affected by violence would promptly ignore. Ceasefire is of, from and for those communities most impacted by murder and mayhem and the residents of those communities are most important in the battle to change the city’s injurious trajectory.From the beginning (Aug. 21), I’ve thrown my personal and professional support behind the Ceasefire movement led by Erricka Bridgeford, Gant, Ogun Gordy, Jakia Jason, Michelle Herring and Darnyle Wharton.But, this Ceasefire Weekend I’m in the game for real–along with many others creating space for peace and healing.Me and my partner Tiffany Ginyard, (the AFRO’s new managing editor), who happens to be one of the smartest, most talented young people I know, are producing “House Music Heals,” a “life affirming event” at the burgeoning Impact Hub on North Ave.I may not be totally objective here but, House Music Heals is unique in the sense we are convening a community conversation about the impact of violence on our young people, as well as a traditional Baltimore House Party. Both elements of our forum lend themselves to healing.Our conversation about the impact of ubiquitous violence (more than 50 percent of 2018 homicides were people aged 13-30) features five dynamic young leaders. Lauren Bell, a 10th grade a multi-talented artist and writer; Deleciea Greene and Keyma Flight, members of the nationally respected Dewmore Baltimore Youth Poetry Team; Khaneef Goode, a West Baltimore community organizer and Ras Tahuti Missouri, another powerhouse spoken word artist.I first wrote about Missouri in July 2016, when he reflected on the death of murdered West Baltimore rap artist “Lor Scoota” (Tyriece Watson). “He was trying to get away from the street life, he was trying to get away from all of that,” Missouri, who was 15 at the time told me back in 2016. “That was his ticket out of the city…rapping about what he lived…and it’s sad that the reality and what he lived turned around to be his downfall.”And it is a divine twist of fate that we are also facilitating a House Music set across the street from the mythic Odell’s nightclub. Although Odell’s has been shuttered for decades, the creative energy is crackling once again on North Avenue. Our House Music party features two phenomenal DJs: Henry Da Man (Henry Featherstone) and Sunny T (Monica Taylor). I’ve known Taylor since we were both in Middle School and although she’s always had a deep love of music, she just started DJ’ing a few years ago. Featherstone, who I refer to as “the Professa,” is one of the most knowledgeable DJ’s in Baltimore, a bastion of world class House Music talent.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)I wrote about “The Healing Power of House Music” in October 2015, when I referenced the legendary “Deep Sugar” House party, during a special set by Ultra Nate and Lisa Moody shortly after the Uprising of April 2015.I wrote that Deep Sugar was a spiritual salve for many of the city’s disenfranchised; people of color, the LGBT community and many others.We need that healing power every day.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Rick and Morty Szechuan Sauce Sells for Thousands Nothing Matters

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on target It’s been a few weeks since the surprise premiere of Rick and Morty season three but we’re all still just so happy that the totally hilarious, shockingly dark, and absolutely brilliant sci-fi Adult Swim cartoon has finally returned. One joke, in particular, has set the internet on fire. Apparently, everyone agrees that the Mulan Szechuan Chicken McNugget sauce that Rick obsesses over was great and should make a comeback.In retrospect, it was only a matter of time before someone found some of the newly relevant McDonald’s condiment. What we didn’t know was how much someone was willing to pay for this joke, until now. A unopened pack of the Szechuan sauce recently sold for $14,700 on eBay..@McDonalds vintage ‘Sichuan sauce’ sold on eBay for US$14,700— SCMP News (@SCMP_News) April 13, 2017According to the seller, “ I just bought a really old car, while cleaning it I found a packet of this sauce. After watching the recent episode of Rick and Morty, I went online to see if it was worth anything. Turns out it was. Also, this comes with a packet of wasabi as well.” And as for their personal wishes for the sauce’s fate, “I hope somebody who wants to eat some 20-year-old gnarly sauce gets this. I would prefer not to sell it to a collector.”If more packets of the sauce suddenly get “discovered” we’ll see if they also command prices this high. Rick and Morty season three doesn’t begin in earnest until this summer, so this joke is all we have to tide us over until then (unless you’re have a computer and headset that can run the excellent Rick and Morty VR game). If we’re talking about McDonald’s nostalgia that needs a comeback, I wonder what Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon think about Mac Tonight? Rick and Morty, I’m lovin’ it!last_img read more

Police presence increased in Puerto Aventuras to deter crime

first_imgEarlier this year, Estrada Sánchez and Roberto Bravo Peña of the Dirección de Tránsito met with Puerto Aventuras delegate Tomás Flores Benítez to work on strengthening their operational coordination. The increased police presence was ordered by Martín Estrada Sánchez of Seguridad Pública y Tránsito, which he says, reinforces the police and patrol presence in the area. Military police also continue to carry out foot patrol surveillance operations to increase their physical presence and discourage crime. Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — The increased police presence continues for the municipality of Solidaridad with additional officers hitting the streets of Puerto Aventuras. The goal of the security strategy is to maintain the tranquility of the municipality and to better serve the public and strengthen security in the community. “The instruction of municipal president Laura Beristain is to have local police close to citizens. In Puerto Aventuras, we have a permanent presence, however, it is important to strengthen surveillance and prevention with the number of elements,” said the commander. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. May 1, 2014 — Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Heath System have, for the first time, combined real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with novel noninvasive cellular mapping techniques to develop a new biopsy approach that increases the accuracy of diagnosis for patients with brain cancer.“There are many different types of brain cancer. Making an accurate diagnosis is paramount because the diagnosis dictates the subsequent course of treatment,” said Clark C. Chen, M.D., Ph.D., vice chairman of research, division of neurosurgery, UC San Diego School of Medicine. “For instance, the treatment of glioblastoma is fundamentally different than the treatment for oligodendroglioma, another type of brain tumor.”Chen said that as many as one third of brain tumor biopsies performed in the traditional manner can result in misdiagnosis. He cited two challenges with conventional biopsy.“First, because distinct areas of brain tumors exhibit different cell densities and higher cell densities are generally associated with higher tumor grade, biopsies taken from one region may yield a different diagnosis than if another area is biopsied,” said Chen. “Second, because tumors are hidden within the brain, surgeons must use mathematical algorithms to target where the biopsy should occur. As with all calculations, the process is subject to errors that the surgeon cannot easily correct in real time once the biopsy has begun.”The research team applied an MRI technique called restriction spectrum imaging (RSI) to visualize the parts of the brain tumor that contain different cell densities. “RSI allows us to identify the regions of the cell that are most representative of the entire tumor,” said Chen. “By targeting biopsies to these areas, we minimize the number of biopsies needed but still achieve a sampling that best characterizes the entire tumor.”To ensure a targeted biopsy, Chen performs the procedure in the MRI suite while the patient is under general anesthesia. Because conventional biopsy equipment cannot be used in the MRI, Chen uses a special MRI-compatible system called ClearPoint. This system utilizes an integrated set of hardware, software and surgical equipment to allow the surgeon to target and visualize the path of the biopsy as well as the actual biopsy site intraoperatively.“Surgeons have been performing brain biopsies in a near blind manner for the past 50 years. The ability to see where the biopsy needle is located and where the biopsy is being performed in real time is groundbreaking,” said Chen. “This combination of technologies gives me an opportunity to immediately adjust my surgical approach while minimizing risk.”The study and application of RSI is currently being performed at the newly established Center for Translational Imaging and Personalized Medicine and Center for Theoretical and Applied Neuro-Oncology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. The RSI technology was developed by Anders M. Dale, Ph.D., vice chairman, department of radiology, UC San Diego School of Medicine. The ClearPoint system was developed by MRI Interventions Inc., of Irvine, Calif.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | May 01, 2014 UC San Diego Uses MRI-Guide Biopsy to Improve Brain Cancer Diagnoses News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

Dragon logo spearheads Hong Kong brand

first_imgHong Kong unveiled the logo of its revitalised city brand on Saturday at the Shanghai Expo, revealing a refreshed dragon icon.Part of its Brand Hong Kong initiative, the new logo has been plastered across Hong Kong’s trams, buses and ferries since March, and has now made its way to the Hong Kong Pavilion and Hong Kong’s Urban Best Practices Area (UBPA) Exhibition at the World Expo.The new logo was created by internationally renowned designer Alan Chan and features a colourful dragon in the form of three ribbons.The blue and green ribbons represent blue sky and a sustainable environment while the red ribbon symbolises the local mountain Lion Rock, embodying the “can-do” spirit of the Hong Kong people. The pavilion, paired with the revitalised brand and new logo, aims to show Hong Kong is a dynamic and diverse place to live, work and visit. “We will show the world that Hong Kong is an open and tolerant modern metropolis with great potential and opportunities for future development,” said Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) chief executive Donald Tsang. Expo visitors will be greeted by BrandHK’s new logo Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.Llast_img read more

Nitish Kumars Silence Speaks Loud as PM Modi Chants Vande Mataram at

first_img Bharatiya Janata PartybiharBJPJanata Dal United First Published: May 1, 2019, 3:36 PM IST | Edited by: Ahona Sengupta Patna: Silence speaks louder than words. And that was evident at a recent rally of the prime minister when his Bihar ally Chief Minister Nitish Kumar remained seated while Narendra Modi led his supporters in fervently chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”.The video of the rally at Darbhanga that has gone viral shows Modi and others standing and repeatedly raising the BJP’s battle cry “Vande Mataram…” while thrusting their clenched fists into the air. Those following the lead included LJP chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) has made no bones about its differences with the BJP over contentious issues like Triple Talaq and abrogation of Article 370, stayed put in his seat with just a ghost of a smile crossing his face.The footage aired by a few news channels left social media abuzz with speculations about the next move of the canny Bihar satrap who has made many a turnaround in the last about half decade.A journalist tweeted the video footage with the remark.The enthusiasm of Nitish Kumar is noteworthy— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) April 30, 2019 “The curious case of Nitish Kumar. Once the challenger and now a follower”, while another took the microblogging website to sarcastically say “The enthusiasm of Nitish Kumar is noteworthy”.Interestingly, Modi, while addressing the rally had castigated former Bihar minister and RJD candidate for Darbhanga Abdul Bari Siddiqui for his statement that he could not recite the national song as it went against his monotheistic religious beliefs.When asked about the JD(U) president’s gesture, party spokesman Rajiv Ranjan Prasad said his party was of the view that one’s reverence for the country could be shown in many ways and, of course, chanting Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata ki Jai were among those.”But ours is a diverse culture and we ought to respect each other’s customs. People must not be coerced into exhibiting their patriotism in one particular way,” he told PTI.Prasad recalled the sacrifices of Paramveer Chakra awardee Havildar Abdul Hamid in the 1965 war and India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971, made possible by the military acumen of the likes of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw and Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora.”It has to be kept in mind that the country belongs to all and nobody should be forced to do or say anything against his or her wish to prove their loyalty to the nation,” Prasad said.Kumar has been a BJP ally for more than two decades, barring a four-year gap during which he explored alliances with the CPI and, following its failure, forged a coalition with RJD and the Congress which helped him reap a rich electoral harvest but was short-lived.He, however, never tried to brush under the carpet his ideological differences with the saffron party.Kumar kept Modi at a distance when the latter was still the chief minister of Gujarat in the wake of the 2002 communal riots and snapped ties with the BJP when it made him the chief of its election campaign committee ahead of the 2014 general election.Back in the NDA in July 2017, Kumar’s party came out with a dissenting note on issues like the Triple Talaq Ordinance and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.Just a week before the election schedule was announced, the JD(U) national executive adopted a resolution against abrogation of Article 370 which the BJP has promised in its manifesto. last_img read more

After Poll Violence Only Central Forces To Be Deployed at All Booths

first_img 2019 lok sabha electionsBJPCentral Paramilitary forceselection commission First Published: May 1, 2019, 5:38 PM IST Kolkata: The Election Commission will deploy 578 companies of central paramilitary forces and also ensure 100% deployment of central security forces at all booths in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on May 6. The poll panel said no state police will be presence within the polling premises in seven constituencies. Compared to the fourth phase, the number of central security forces has been increased, which will come as a relief for Opposition parties. The BJP had approached the EC on several occasions during the ongoing election, seeking 100% deployment of central paramilitary forces in polling booths.“This is an essential move. People have a right to vote,” said BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose, fighting from the Kolkata South constituency. “In my constituency, people tell me they want to vote but they are scared of a backlash. Central forces are not employed by the EC and they will perform their duty. These forces will act if they have to, unlike the state police who are mute spectators.” West Bengal has seen a spate of violence in the first four phases of elections, which claimed the life of a voter who was caught in clashes at a polling booth in Murshidabad district on April 23. The fourth phase on April 29 was also marred by violence in Asansol and Birbhum constituencies, prompting a BJP delegation to submit a letter to the EC seeking re-polling in all booths in the two constituencies.Asansol BJP MP Babul Supriyo’s car was allegedly vandalised by Trinamool Congress supporters when he went from one booth to another to ensure people were allowed to vote freely. Supriyo had also asked a TMC polling agent at a booth for clarification as to why the BJP polling agent was missing there. A BJP delegation, including Supriyo, had approached the EC on Tuesday morning to bring the particular incident to its notice, apart from other complaints.With cent percent deployment of central security forces, the BJP claims the Trinamool will be unable to resort to rigging of votes. However, the ruling party in the state expressed its apprehension and accused the EC of taking orders from the BJP. “The state government has to incur the expenses for deployment of the central forces. This is going to weigh heavily on the government, which is already under the burden of loans,” said party leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. last_img read more