Sanctions against Myanmar unjust Prime Minister tells General Assembly

“As sanctions are indiscriminate and of themselves a form of violence, they cannot legitimately be regarded as a tool to promote human rights and democracy,” Prime Minister Thein Sein said in his address to the Assembly’s annual General Debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“Sanctions are being employed as a political tool against Myanmar and we consider them unjust,” Mr. Sein said. “I would like to state that such acts must be stopped.”The Prime Minister stressed Myanmar’s improved socio-economic standing in recent years, saying that without the economic sanctions progress would accelerate at a greater pace. In a meeting with Myanmar’s Prime Minister later in the morning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made it clear that the onus was on the Government to create the conditions for credible and inclusive elections next year, according to a statement attributable to his spokesperson.The Secretary-General stressed the importance of releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – the pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate who has spent a large part of the last 18 years in detention – and all other political prisoners to ensure a free and fair ballot. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe also told journalists today that there was agreement at last week’s meeting of the Group of Friends on Myanmar – attended by 14 foreign ministers – that pressure must be applied on the Government to release Ms. Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.He said that participants in the Group of Friends meeting, which was hosted by Mr. Ban, seemed to indicate that “sanctions as sanctions” would not work, but had to be balanced by positive outreach.In his address to the Assembly, Mr. Sein said “the transition to democracy is proceeding. Our focus is not on the narrow interest of individuals, organizations or parties but on the larger interest of the entire people of the nation.”Peace and stability in the country and the successful holding of the democratic elections are essentials for the democratization process of Myanmar, he noted, stating that a “new State constitution was approved by 92.48 per cent of the eligible voters in a nationwide referendum held in May 2008.”Multiparty general elections will be held in 2010, and in accordance with the new Constitution the parliament will be convened and a government will be formed along the lines of a presidential system, he added.Mr. Sein said that the aspirations of the people will be fulfilled by all citizens participating in the democratic process – “whether they agree with us or not.“Democracy cannot be imposed from the outside and a system suitable for Myanmar can only be born out of Myanmar society. Citizens of Myanmar are the ones who can best determine their future. They can judge the merits of democracy and make adjustments in accordance with their genius.”Mr. Sein also spotlighted the shortfall in funding for the country’s recovery effort in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which killed almost 130,000 people and devastated much of Myanmar in May 2008.The Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) has outlined rehabilitation projects for 2009 to 2011, along with further plans to effectively respond to similar natural disasters in the future, he said.“PONREPP will require $691 million over a period of three years,” said Mr. Sein. “To date, only half of that amount has been committed by the international community.” 28 September 2009Sanctions imposed on Myanmar have no moral basis and create an obstacle to development and economic growth, the South East Asian country’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly today as he called for an end to the measures. read more

UN agencies call for funds to reverse food ration cuts for refugees

“We thank donors for their continued generosity and support, while urging them to further fund humanitarian assistance so that we can give refugees the assistance they depend on,” said Jean-Pierre de Margerie, Rwanda Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).Some 130,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Rwandan camps rely on humanitarian assistance. Full rations of nutrition support for refugees provide 2,100 calories per person per day, the minimum for a healthy life. However, funding shortages forced WFP to trim assistance to 90 per cent in November and December, and since January, WFP has reduced the ration sizes to 75 per cent. Some $11 million are needed to restore full support for the next six months.For its part, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had secured only 19 per cent of its total funding needs as of December 2017.UNHCR, WFP and others have started moving towards targeting to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable are considered, while continuing supplementary feeding and promoting self-reliance by supporting a Government pledge to ‘graduate’ 18,000 camp-based refugees from food and/or cash for food assistance programmes by mid-2018.“Now more than ever is the time to find innovative and long-term solutions for refugees in Rwanda,” said UNHCR Representative Ahmed Baba Fall.A Government-UN joint strategy on economic inclusion of refugees enables more refugees to become self-reliant and contribute to the economic development of their host communities by creating access to formal employment opportunities for up to 60,000 refugees and providing banking services for a similar number of refugees by mid-2018. read more

Ohio State counting on inexperienced receivers to step up against Virginia Tech

Then redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) carries the ball during the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship against Oregon on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAs Ohio State heads to Virginia Tech looking to avenge its 2014 loss to the Hokies, it does so with a relatively depleted and unproven receiving corps. Three key pieces from last year — tight end Jeff Heuerman and wide receivers Evan Spencer and Devin Smith — have moved on to the NFL.Redshirt senior receiver Corey Smith, as well as H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson, are suspended for the season opener.On top of that, sophomore receiver Noah Brown — who coaches were counting on for increased production in 2015 — suffered a broken leg in practice last Wednesday and will miss the entire season.That leaves coach Urban Meyer with only three players — redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas, redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett and sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel — who had double-digit receptions in 2014 available to suit up against the Hokies.It appears the team will be relying heavily on the trio to step up and shoulder the load in the passing game.“Somebody’s got to step up,” Vannett said. “We got a lot of young guys who haven’t really had that game experience, so I think they’re kind of looking to the older guys to play a huge role in this game.”Thomas, who led the team in catches last year with 54 receptions, will have his work cut out for him in Blacksburg, Virginia, though, as he will likely spend most of the game lined up against Virginia Tech’s junior cornerback Kendall Fuller — an ESPN preseason first-team All-American.However the coaching staff is not worried about that matchup.“We aren’t worried about Mike Thomas and him playing a great game and being productive,” offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said. “Although we know the quality of player that, if that’s the guy (Fuller) that covers him, we know how good he is too. That’s one of those big-time matchups.”Samuel, who was used mainly as a running back last year, and Vannett, a 6-foot-6 target who had 19 receptions for 220 yards and five touchdowns last year, will have a much bigger role.Beyond those three, the Buckeyes have a bevy of inexperienced but talented receivers.That group is highlighted by redshirt senior Braxton Miller, a former quarterback now playing H-back.Miller has impressed Meyer lately, prompting the coach to say that the former Big Ten Player of the Year is “darn near ready to go” for the opener against the Hokies.Redshirt freshmen Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin — “all guys that can play at this level,” according to Meyer — will also be counted on to contribute on Labor Day.Dixon has battled knee tendonitis, but Meyer says he is now at full speed.Vannett said he feels that the West Palm Beach, Florida, native Dixon could make his presence felt early on.“He’s a fast guy, he runs good routes and he’s got good hands,” Vannett said. “He could have a good impact in this game.”It’s a large stage for the redshirt freshmen, but Vannett said he thinks they will be ready when kickoff comes at 8 p.m. Monday in Blacksburg.“Even in the offseason, the coaches kind of prepare us for big stages like this. You come to a place like Ohio State, you’ve got to be ready to play in games like this,” Vannett said. “With all the preparation we’ve done in the offseason and up to this point, I think they’re ready to compete.” read more

Photos Three arrested after gardaí discover €200k worth of cannabis in Sligo

first_img Share9 Tweet Email1 By Sean Murray Mar 10th 2019, 1:18 PM No Comments 21,839 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL Source: An Garda SíochánaGARDAÍ IN SLIGO have arrested three people after discovering a large quantity of cannabis.The drugs were found during the search of a house at Cloonloo at around noon yesterday.During the search, they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation, containing around 250 cannabis plants as well as processed cannabis herb. Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 1:18 PM Photos: Three arrested after gardaí discover €200k worth of cannabis in Sligo house Gardaí discovered a significant cannabis cultivation operation in rural Cloonloo. Source: An Garda SíochánaSubject to analysis, the drugs have a street value of €200,000.A man and woman in their 30s, and a man in his late 20s, were arrested at the scene. Source: An Garda SíochánaThey’ve been detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.last_img read more

Urbano Cairo slams Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgTorino chairman Urbano Cairo has publicly criticized Cristiano Ronaldo saying he ‘didn’t act like a champion’ in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus.Ronaldo chided Torino goalkeeper Salvador Ichazo after converting from the penalty spot for the only goal of the game, and Cairo says such behavior is beneath the Portuguese superstar.“A champion like Ronaldo should never do such a gesture,” Cairo said, as quoted by Football Italia.“He taunted a goalkeeper who almost saved his penalty… If he’s the champion he’s supposed to be, he shouldn’t do such things.”The chairman also lamented “unbelievable” decisions that went against Torino, suggesting Juventus have had lots of favorable rulings go their way.“I’ve written down a list of unbelievable decisions that went against us,” he said.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Everyone saw what happened: there was the incident with Blaise Matuidi, who pushed Andrea Belotti, and Alex Sandro holding back Simone Zaza.“They were two incidents that should at least have been reviewed by VAR, although we’re not the only ones who have been penalized this year.“The psychological subordination is still there: in recent years, for example, Juventus, who are stronger than us, have had a series of incredible decisions go their way.“I count at least five going against us. VAR as a democracy is going backward.”last_img read more

Hissing alligator blocks traffic while crossing Central Florida road

first_imgLAKELAND, Fla. (WSVN) — Only in Florida do you get alligators crossing the road instead of chickens.Sherese Walker recorded video of the large alligator on Tuesday blocking traffic as it crossed the roadway, Fox 13 reports.Walker posted the video to Facebook with the caption, “If anyone walks on Sleepy Hill [Road], be careful.”The video shows a shadowy figure in the middle of a grassy median to her left.As the vehicle creeps closer, it becomes clear that it’s a very large alligator. The gator then runs from the car before hers and opens its mouth as it begins walking into the oncoming lane.As it crosses the road, Walker’s car and the car in front of her stop to let the unpredictable reptile cross safely to the other side.A large indentation on the alligator’s tail could be seen that might indicate the reptile was run over by a car earlier. When the alligator makes it to the other side it disappears into a wooded area. Sightings like this can be common, since it’s between a lake and a mall in the Lakeland area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Troopers Continue Holiday Enforcement Efforts Through New Years

first_imgStory as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-troopers-continue-holiday-increase.mp3VmJennifer-on-troopers-continue-holiday-increase.mp300:00RPd They have investigated 159 damage-only crashes, 18 crashes involving injuries and two fatal collisions. The statewide effort, which launched December 13, is part of a national campaign funded through the National Traffic Safety Administration. According to statistics released in a trooper dispatch; between December 13 and December 28, troopers issued 486 citations statewide, including 128 for speeding and 15 for seatbelt and occupant restraint violations, 26 arrests for driving under the influence, with four of those arrests being for felony DUIs. Troopers will continue the effort into the early morning hours of January 1, 2018.  If you plan on celebrating the New Year with any impairing substance, troopers remind you to have a plan to get home safe. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers Facebook Page Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have been out on the roadways for the statewide focused holiday enforcement effort.last_img read more

US Arctic Rep Russias Arctic Buildup Not Necessarily Martial

first_imgDownload Audio Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, says he questions reports that Russia has launched a major military buildup in the Arctic. Papp says he’s asking U.S. intelligence agencies to look beyond Russia’s military swagger for a realistic view of its Arctic activity. Papp says Moscow could be adding infrastructure for general use in the north.“One person can look at what’s going on in terms of what they call ‘military buildup’ and rightfully say they’ve got an awful long border along the Arctic, and if you’re going to have increased maritime traffic you should have search-and-rescue facilities, you should have modern airports and other things — things I’d like to have built in Alaska as maritime traffic increases,” he said.Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno spoke yesterday of Russia’s military buildup in the Arctic.“We have seen over the last several years an obvious increased interest in the Russians in the Arctic,” Odierno said at a U.S. Senate hearing. “There are clear indications … that they are increasing their presence and building bases so in the future they will be able to increase the presence and have an impact in the Arctic region.”Last week, the secretary of defense said much the same, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said Russia is activating four new brigades in the Arctic.The U.S. and other Arctic nations have imposed sanctions on Russia for its incursions in Ukraine. But Papp says the Obama Administration and other Arctic countries also agree it’s important not to shut Russia out.“For the good of the Arctic, for the environment and other important issues, we need to keep Russia in the fold and keep communications open,” he said. “We are all committed to that. ”Papp, a retired Coast Guard admiral, spoke this morning at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Jan Steves scratches in Skwentna

first_imgJan Steves, pictured here at the Sunday race start, scratched from Iditarod 44 after reportedly crashing. Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.Iditarod veteran Jan Steves, of Willow, scratched early this morning at the Skwentna checkpoint – 83 miles into the race.Steves reportedly suffered broken ribs and dislocated collarbone after a crash on her way into the Skwentna checkpoint.According to a press release, due to the injury she was concerned she would not be able to care for her team and made the decision at 4:15 a.m.last_img

Man held for making hoax call at IGI Airport

first_imgNew Delhi : A man was arrested for allegedly making a hoax call on August 8 saying his wife was planning to trigger a bomb at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, police said on Saturday. The police said that the man, Nasiruddin (29), made the hoax call stating that his wife was a “fidayeen” member and was on her way to set off the bomb at the airport. “Nasiruddin was arrested from Delhi’s Bawana area. He made the call in order to prevent his wife from leaving the country,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us On August 8, the authorities at the airport had to temporarily suspended operations of international flights. “The accused revealed that he married Rafiya, his employee, who was planning to leave India to work in the Gulf. When his attempts to stop her from leaving the country failed, he decided to make the call,” the officer added.last_img read more

Bengaluru startup Niramai to develop AIbased tool to detect river blindness disease

first_imgBengaluru-based deep-tech start-up Niramai announced to develop cutting edge Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based software tool to help doctors detect river blindness early.River blindness aka Onchocerciasis is dangerous and yet most neglected tropical skin disease in the world. It is caused by a parasitic filarial worm, Onchocerca volvulus, which is usually hosted by the blackflies ( Simulium damnosum ) which breed in fast-flowing rivers. When human get bitten by the black flies, the tiny parasite gets transmitted to the body and mostly settle in nodules beneath the skin and in some instances go deep inside the muscles of the infected person. If not treated, it can stay there for up to 15 years and in worst cases, the larvae of the parasite can migrate into the eye and cause blindness. Adult Black Fly (Simulium yahense) with (Onchocerca volvulus) emerging from the insect’s antenna. The parasite is responsible for the disease known as en:River Blindness in Africa. Sample was chemically fixed and critical point dried, then observed using conventional scanning electron microscopy.Wikimedia Commons (screen-grab)Understanding the severity of the disease, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded Niramai to develop technology to detect River Blindness disease early so that patients get timely medication before they develop vision disability.The company will be using its in-house innovative AI-based Thermalytix technique, a non-invasive detection method to help assess the efficacy of new drugs being developed to control the disease by killing the adult worms, potentially accelerating the elimination of river blindness, which has today infects close to 17 million people in Africa.”Onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness, is the world’s second leading infectious cause of blindness. NIRAMAI technology can be a valuable tool to detect infectious live worms in a non-invasive way and help with the global effort to eliminate this very disabling disease.” About half a million people are blind or visually impaired due to the disease which is caused by a parasitic worm living under the skin in humans, spread by black fly bites. In addition to blinding, onchocerciasis is a chronic systemic disease capable of causing extensive and disfiguring skin disease, chronic itching, musculoskeletal complaints, weight loss, alteration in host immune responses and possibly epilepsy and growth impairment. Onchocerciasis can have a considerable impact on social relationships in poorest communities. Therefore, its control and elimination have been a high priority,” Professor Dr Christopher L King from The Centre for Global Health and Diseases, Cleveland, who is collaborating with Niramai said in a statement. (Left-Right) Nidhi Mathur and Dr Geetha Manjunath, co-founders of Bengaluru’s deep-tech start-up firm, Niramai.Press KitIt can be noted that Thermalytix technique combines thermal imaging with artificial intelligence which is already under use to detect early-stage breast cancer in many hospitals today.Niramai is a startup offering a radiation-free, non-invasive, non-touch, breast cancer screening solution. It was co-founded by Dr Geetha Manjunath and Nidhi Mathur in 2016. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:56Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Nasa discovers eighth planet in an alien solar system with help of Googles AI technologylast_img read more

Nonprofit Works To Help Struggling Families With A Basic Childcare Need

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:51 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 8At the downtown Houston nonprofit Bread of Life, a line snaked around the corner Wednesday morning as people waited to receive donations of food and household items.Bread of Life Executive Director Catherine Flowers said many of these people are still struggling after Hurricane Harvey’s floods. And because of Bread of Life’s massive distribution efforts they’re now serving people from all over the Houston region.“These are people who just need that extra to make it through the week,” explained Flowers. “People aren’t standing in a line if they don’t have a need. And so being able to meet people where they are certainly not only feels good, it’s why we do it.”At Wednesday’s event, families also received something else that’s desperately needed, and that’s diapers for their babies and toddlers.The effort was coordinated in part by the Texas Diaper Bank, a group working to supply diapers to low-income families. The organization recently got a donation of 250,000 diapers to distribute to families recovering from Harvey.Texas Diaper Bank Executive Director Jorge Medina said some families have gotten so desperate that they actually try to recycle disposable diapers. And that can lead to all kinds of problems.“It creates the propensity for infections, for diaper rash,” said Medina. “And then the parent is going to have to end up taking the child to a clinic or to the hospital.”The cost of diapering isn’t cheap. Medina said it can run as high as $150 a month for just one child.If you’d like to learn more about Bread of Life’s services in Houston you can find details on their website. The Texas Diaper Bank also has information online as well. Xlast_img read more

Bengali talent set to take London by storm

first_imgFilm lovers in London are in for a treat this summer as Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns for its 6th year from 16 – 23 July. The festival is pleased to announce that the Bagri Foundation, a charity whose aims include the advancement of literacy, education and the arts, with an emphasis on those of India, and the appreciation and understanding of Asian cultures, is on board as the Title Sponsor. With some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent, the festival is now in its 6th edition and firmly established as Europe’s largest showcase for South Asian cinema.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Considering the growing popularity of Indian cinema this year, the dynamic festival is also expanding to UK’s second largest city Birmingham. From hard hitting documentaries to gritty Slumdog like dramas, the festival showcases a plethora of talent. This year’s festival will also feature some of West Bengal’s most extraordinary talent. The prestigious British Film Institute who are one of the sponsors of the festival will play host to premiere two of the festival’s finest films – Konkona Sen Sharma starring Gour Hari Dastaan and Churni Ganguly’s directorial debut Nirbashito. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn attendance at the festival will be the versatile actress Konkona Sen Sharma who will present two of her films – Sari Raat, based on renowned playwright Badal Sarkar’s eponymous work directed by acclaimed film maker Aparna Sen. In her debut Hindi film Aparna Sen adeptly uses light, shadow and sound to create a mysterious world in which Konkona plays yet another interesting character, supported by Anjan Dutta and Ritwik Chakraborty. Konkona will also be seen in Anant Mahadevan’s Gour Hari Dastaan, a true life drama about one of the last remaining Gandhian freedom fighters. There are some sparkling performances by an ensemble cast including Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Tannishtha Chatterjee. The festival will also be the UK Premiere of Bengali actor/director Churni Ganguly’s debut film Nirbashito, a powerful story exploring a writer’s forced exile from Bengal. The film also features Saswata Chatterjee and actress Raima Sen in a guest appearance. Churni, whose directorial debut won the Best Bengali film award at the 62nd National Film Awards will be present in London during the festival to talk about the film. The festival is also proud to include Bengali director Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s debut feature film Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love), recipient of Best Debut Director 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. The film starring Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdatta Chatterjee is a cinematically sublime, must-see debut that evokes the legacies of Bengali masters like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Umrika, directed by Prashant Nair and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, starring Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), will be the opening night gala of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (July 16-23). Cricket lovers in India will be thrilled to know, the festival will close with a hard hitting cricket documentary Death of a Gentleman, featuring Ravi Shastri, Kevin Pieterson, Lalit Modi, N Srinivasan and Giles Clarke. Director Sam Collins said: “Death of a Gentleman has been four years in the making, and we are hugely excited to be chosen as the closing film at the 2015 LIFF. This is a very human story about passion, money and power, and we hope to make a persuasive case to cricket fans and non cricket fans alike that the greatest game in the world needs to change its ways.”Other programme highlights include: a rare Screen Talk by one of India’s most acclaimed mainstream film makers Tamilian giant Mani Ratnam, Berlinale winner Dhanak directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, Venice winner Court, Toronto doc. Monsoon. UK premieres continue with Slumdog-like The Crows Egg and the much awaited 31st October starring Soha Ali Khan. Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala will also be in attendance to support a charity event for the Nepal Earthquake. The festival also includes the coveted Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition & Award, supported by the Bagri Foundation.last_img read more

Dominos Introduces Dom a SiriLike Voice Assistant to Process Pizza Orders

first_imgJune 16, 2014 As if ordering pizza for dinner wasn’t already convenient enough.With a new Siri-like feature available today on its mobile app, Domino’s customers will now be able to bypass human interaction completely to place their orders through a computer-generated voice tool.Aptly named Dom, users can tell the voice assistant, for instance, “I’d like a large pizza with extra cheese, pepperoni and onions,” or “I’ll take a 14-piece order of hot wings,” Domino’s said. “You can also use your voice to browse your local store’s menu or coupons.”However, the process is not entirely automated; consumers must still type in their payment information by hand.Related: The One City in America Where You Can Get Domino’s ‘Breakfast Pizza’Available on both Apple and Android devices, technical kinks are still being worked out, said the company’s CEO, Patrick Doyle. “It is not perfect,” he told the AP.While mobile and online ordering already account for an astounding 40 percent of the company’s U.S. sales, Domino’s will continue to invest in digital innovations — being an arena in which its smaller competitors don’t have the resources to compete.What’s next, one might ask — pizza delivery via drone? Too late. The company already unveiled The DomiCopter in the UK last year, which it said takes “deliveries to new heights.” While the copter may have appeared like a publicity stunt at first glance, an accompanying press release insisted that “Domino’s Flight Academy is also rumored to be in the pipeline should the DomiCopter delivery service take off.”Related: Long Seen as Boring, Chicken Is Becoming a Buzz Item for Restaurants Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Illinois Health and Science Completes Acquisition of IBA Molecular North America

first_imgNews | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 10, 2015 Illinois Health and Science Completes Acquisition of IBA Molecular North America Transaction includes all of IBAM NA’s cyclotron sites and R&D facilities News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more August 10, 2015 — IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the completion of the divestiture of IBA Molecular North America Inc. (IBAM NA) to Illinois Health and Science (IHS), a non-profit healthcare system. IBAM NA is the U.S. subsidiary of IBA Molecular (IBAM), a joint-venture owned by IBA S.A. and SK Capital Partners. The acquisition includes all of IBAM NA’s cyclotron sites and research and development facilities.The proceeds will be used to repay outstanding debt at IBAM and to make a distribution to IBAM’s shareholders (IBA S.A. owns 40 percent of IBAM). The transaction is not expected to have a significant impact on IBA’s 2015 profits and loss (P&L) but will generate cash proceeds of approximately EUR 10 million for IBA during the third quarter of 2015.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

Guyana seizes cocaine in fish food bound for China

first_img Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Top Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – Authorities in Guyana have seized $10 million worth of cocaine hidden in bags of fish food bound for China.The director of the South American country’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit says officials confiscated 580 pounds (263 kilograms) of cocaine. James Singh said Saturday that the cocaine pellets were hidden in 1,500 bags and that one person has been arrested.The announcement comes about a week after police seized 350 kilograms (772 pounds) of cocaine in a shipment of soap destined for Nigeria. Guyana is considered a major transshipment point for drugs from South America headed to Europe and the U.S.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

House narrowly passes No Child Left Behind rewrite

first_imgUnder current law, the money goes to school districts and generally stays in schools in the neighborhoods where the children live.Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the proposed change would “solve inequality in America by giving children the opportunity to attend a better school.”Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who co-sponsored the bill, countered that the change would “retreat on our fundamental commitment to make sure that every child has access to a quality education.”Earlier in the House, some Republicans joined with Democrats to defeat a conservative-led attempt to let states completely opt out of No Child requirements without forfeiting federal money. That vote was 235-195.Much like the House bill, the Senate measure also would whittle away the federal government’s involvement in public schools.Both would retain the annual reading and math tests outlined in No Child, but instead would let states — rather than the Department of Education — decide how to use the required assessments to measure school and teacher performance.Alexander told reporters Wednesday that the House and Senate bills aren’t that different, and the goal is to get legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature. 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “We’re not here to make a political speech. We’re here to get a result and fix NCLB,” he said.No Child Left Behind, which expired in 2007, mandated annual testing in reading and math for students in grades three through eight and again in high school. Schools had to show student growth or face consequences. But critics complained that the law was rigid and overly ambitious and punitive, and said there was too much testing.In 2012, the Obama administration began granting states waivers from meeting some of the requirements of the law after it began clear they would not be met. Forty-two states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have been granted waivers.____Associated Press writers David Espo and Erica Werner contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — The House narrowly passed a Republican-led rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law on Wednesday, voting to dramatically lessen the federal role in education policy for the nation’s public schools.The bill, sponsored by Minnesota Rep. John Kline, gives states and local school districts more control over assessing the performance of schools, teachers and their students. It also prohibits the federal government from requiring or encouraging specific sets of academic standards, such as Common Core, and allows federal money to follow low-income children to public schools of their choice, an issue known as portability. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The vote was 218-213, with no Democrats supporting the measure and 27 Republicans voting against it. Passage comes five months after conservatives forced GOP leaders to pull a similar bill just before a scheduled vote. This time around, conservatives had indicated they would support the legislation if they had the chance to offer amendments.Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the bill fails to help struggling schools and the children they teach.“House Republicans have chosen to take a bad bill and make it even worse,” Duncan said in a statement. “Instead of supporting the schools and educators that need it most, this bill shifts resources away from them.”But the leader of the House, Speaker John Boehner, said the measure delivers much-needed education reform by replacing “top-down mandates with conservative reforms that empower the parents, teachers and administrators at the heart of our education system.”The House passed its legislation as the Senate rejected a proposal to turn federal aid for poor students over to the states, which could then let parents choose to spend the money in the public or private school they deem best for their child. The vote was 45-52, short of a majority and 15 shy of the 60 required. FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s something most everyone on both sides of the aisle can agree on _ an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue. This week, the Senate and House take up rewrites of the 2002 law, with lawmakers seeking to finally resolve a key question Congress has struggled with for many years (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

WTTC stress strategic priorities

first_imgThe second strategy, ‘policies for growth’ focuses on the WTTC’s efforts to proportionate taxation. “Asia’s millions of new middle class consumers have the right to travel safely, securely and efficiently across international borders,” Mr Scowsill said. Mr Scowsill said the decision to stage WTTC’s first Asia summit in Korea could not be more appropriate, given the country has been “staying ahead of tomorrow” for a very long time. The third strategy involves planning and foresight, encouraging ‘tourism for tomorrow’. “Our Global Leaders for Tourism Initiative – the Golden Book – plays a vital role in our campaign to keep support for our industry growth high on the agendas of Presidents and Prime Ministers.” Addressing delegates at the first-ever Asia Summit 2013 in Seoul, WTTC president and chief executive David Scowsill highlighted people’s freedom to travel, policies for growth and tourism for tomorrow. “We believe in developing a sustainable, long term approach to our industry,” Mr Scowsill said. “Taxes in our industry need to stimulate growth rather than stifle it… too many governments still view travellers as a soft target for taxation,” Mr Scowsill said.center_img The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have focused its efforts on three strategic priorities, in order to build recognition for and assist the burgeoning global tourism industry. “However, despite an increasing number of visa waiver programmes around the world, too many people still find it too difficult to cross borders as international tourists.” Source = ETB News: P.T. Mr Scowsill said the United Kingdom’s airline passenger duty was the worst culprit, destroying UK GDP by around US$6.3 billion per annum and costing approximately 90,000 jobs. The freedom to travel and better visa facilitation will assist in breaking down established barriers of communication, business and tourism. Visa facilitation, policies for growth and tourism for tomorrow.last_img read more

Smurf Festival – The Hidden Gems of Belgium organised in Mumbai

first_imgOn the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Smurfs, Wallonia in India (AWEX Mumbai), Consulate General of Belgium, Visit Brussels represented by AVIAREPS in the Indian market and Wallonia Belgium Tourism jointly organised a ‘Smurf Festival’ in association with Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) recently in Mumbai.Peter Huyghebaert, Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai and Anoop Mehta, President – BDB inaugurated the event and welcomed guests to spend their evening discovering the Hidden Gems of Wallonia and Brussels.Adding light to the event, Huyghebaert said, “This event was organised, as we realised that even regular visitors to Belgium are not always aware of some of the hidden gems of Belgium. One of those is the new sensation that the capital city of Brussels is creating with the Beer Palace which will be opened near the Grand Place. Another fact includes the city of Dinant, which was voted one of Europe’s Best Destinations in 2019.”Talking on Belgium’s promotional goals for 2019, Huyghebaert added, “We already witnessed an uptick in the number of Indian tourists to Belgium in 2018, but we would like to attract an increased number of visitors from India to our country. We are thereby focusing on promoting a number of less well-known but attractive touristic attractions or ‘hidden gems’, as we call them in Belgium.”During the event, guests including children, who took a plethora of pictures with Smurfs and Tintin, along with getting tattoo designs of their favourite characters. They enjoyed playing Belgian Bingo and entertaining quizzes to win exciting prizes brought straight from the streets of Belgium. The guests got their hunger pangs calmed by indulging in a spread of Belgian delights from chocolates to waffles to ice creams and delicious snacks.last_img read more

ExistingHome Sales Flourishing Despite Headwinds

first_img Existing-home sales in every region of the country jumped in October, and overall existing sales hit their highest point since the middle of 2007. The National Association of Realtors reported that existing sales climbed 2 percent from September and 6 percent from last year. October finished with an annual pace of 5.6 million existing-home sales.Existing sales were most robust in the South, increasing nearly 3 percent from September. The weakest region was the West, which still grew nearly 1 percent.Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, attributed October’s numbers to the release of the “unrealized pent-up demand that held back many would-be buyers over the summer because of tight supply. Buyers are having more success lately, despite low inventory and prices that continue to swiftly rise above incomes.”David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide, said that the months’ supply of homes for sale dropped to 4.3, in response to both the rise in sales and fewer than normal homes for sale.“This is likely due to a combination of a still-large, albeit falling, number of homes with underwater mortgages and households that had gotten rock-bottom mortgage rates in recent years being unwilling lose that low rate by purchasing another home today,” Berson said.Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, said that October’s 4.3 percent drop in inventory over last year is “yet another reminder that the housing market still faces headwinds toward a full recovery.”McLaughlin, however, hopes the new administration will seize opportunities to change tight inventories.“President-elect Trump could help boost inventory by implementing policies that would encourage investors to sell homes they bought during the foreclosure crisis, many of which are suitable for starter home buyers,” McLaughlin said. “Such policies could include a reduction in capital gains taxes for homes sold by investors to owner-occupiers, an increase in tax rates on rental income, or both.”Yun said that the tightening labor market is beginning to push up wages and the economy has lately shown signs of greater expansion‒‒two factors that, combined with low mortgage rates “have kept buyer interest at an elevated level so far this fall.”Yun called the ramp-up in housing starts in October “a hopeful sign that overall supply can steadily increase enough to provide more choices for buyers and also moderate price growth.” November 22, 2016 746 Views Existing-Home Sales Flourishing Despite Headwinds in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newscenter_img Existing-Home Sales Housing Market 2016-11-22 ScottMorgan1 Sharelast_img read more