UP Police sirens to play Jaagte Raho

first_imgLucknow: Remember those good old days when the watchman would shout “Jaagte Raho” throughout the night to keep thieves at bay. The Uttar Pradesh Police have now adopted the slogan and all Dial 100 vehicles will play “Jaagte Raho” instead of the routine siren. A trial run has already been started in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow. Residents are applauding the idea. Ramesh Naithani, a business who lives in Hazratganj, said: “It is a reassuring slogan and also confirms the presence of police in the area. The earlier siren was misleading because people have installed in on motorbikes too.” The police have been grappling with allegations of deteriorating law and order situation and insensitive behaviour of the cops. Director General of Police O.P. Singh said: “We have controlled the crime graph to an appreciable extent. We are trying to cultivate a people-friendly image for the police force and are trying out new initiatives. This is one of them.”last_img read more

Manitoba community taking advantage of federal program to build houses

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsA Manitoba Chief is working on a plan with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to build 25 new homes in his community and on a neighbouring urban reserve.Chief Dennis Meeches said the Long Plain First Nation is one of the fastest growing reserves in Manitoba and the need for housing is urgent.“The demand for homes on First Nation communities is huge,” said Meeches. “There’s no way we can offset that demand, so we have to find new ways of looking at building homes”.The plan is to utilize dollars through the First Nations Market Housing Fund, a program created nearly a decade ago that provides working families access to affordable mortgages in order to own homes onFirst Nation land.“We have to look at First Nation housing differently. We’re trying to put the onus on our people to take home ownership and be responsible for their homes and have legal title to the homes,” he said.Meeches said he hopes to build 25 houses in total under the fund both on the Long Plain First Nation and on Long Plain’s Urban Reserve in Portage La Prairie a few kilometres away.The $300 million fund was created by the Harper government in 2008 in hopes of putting a dent in Canada’s First Nation housing crisis.The idea was to build 25, 000 homes by 2018, but there have been significant delays.In May 2015 only 99 houses were built under the fund.Similar initiatives in the past have proven devastating to some communities when mortgage payments fell through, but Meeches says he’s prepared.“We cannot allow housing to drive us into third party management,” said Meeches. “I think there’s going to be some trial and error in that, but at the same time we have no choice because we don’t want toleave that type of challenges for our children and grandchildren.”Meeches said revenue from the community’s numerous economic development projects will allow for some insurance to protect investments.Meeches is hopeful construction will begin this summer.Long Plain will hold two information sessions for band members on Thursday March 2, 2017 in Long Plain and Portage La Prairie.srobinson@aptn.calast_img read more

Driver who struck flagger after Canada Day fireworks suspected of being impaired

first_imgS/Sgt. Perret said that the RCMP’s investigation is ongoing. Police interviewed a number of witnesses at the scene but are asking anyone else with information or who may have witnessed this incident and not spoken to police, to contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250) 787-8100. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – One man was arrested and is suspected of impaired driving after a traffic control person was struck following last Sunday’s Canada Day fireworks display.Staff Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP said that shortly before midnight on July 1st, a traffic controller was directing traffic leaving Surerus Park after the fireworks display and attempted to stop a Toyota pickup travelling northbound on 86 Street when she was struck by the pickup. The woman was taken to the Fort St. John Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.The driver of the pickup, a 30-year-old Fort St John man, remained at the scene. He was believed to have been impaired by alcohol and was brought back to the local RCMP  detachment to provide breath samples. At this point, no charges have been laid, and the man’s identity has not been released.last_img read more

Hollywood star visits Afghanistan to shine light on UN demining campaign

30 June 2010The actor Jeremy Renner, who shot to fame playing a bomb disposal expert in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker, has wrapped up a five-day visit to Afghanistan to highlight the real-life efforts of the United Nations to remove landmines from the war-scarred country. Mr. Renner, whose Afghan trip ended earlier this week, toured UN de-mining projects in Kabul, Bamyan and Bagram, took part in an education session with high school students, spoke with survivors of explosions and even ventured on to a minefield.Afghanistan remains plagued by mines, despite the ongoing efforts of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA), as a result of decades of conflict. Nearly 7,000 separate mines or other hazards are estimated to still exist, and last year and average of 40 people were killed or injured by landmines or other explosive remnants of war – a figure that represents a significant decrease on the numbers of previous years.So far this year UN de-miners have cleared or cancelled 63 minefields and three battle areas, destroying more than 11,000 anti-personnel mines, over 400 anti-tank mines and nearly 400,000 explosive remnants of war in the process. Yet new hazards continue to be found each year.The so-called Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty requires total clearance by a target date of 2013, but at this stage only 39 per cent of the hazards have been removed.Mr. Renner said he saw first-hand the benefits of the UN’s activities, particularly in former minefields where farmers are now growing wheat, potatoes or other crops.“I’m a man of action and that’s why I like what the United Nations is doing here, action – mine action. We are not just talking about it, but taking action to solve this problem,” he said. “I’m here to be educated and then educate people about an issue that can be solved with the proper levels of funding.” read more

Valikamam North land owners threaten to invade HSZ

The discussion focused on the families displaced from Valikamam North and plans to expand the Palaly airport. This message was conveyed to Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran and the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran at a meeting held in Jaffna. Valikamam North land owners have threatened to invade High Security Zones (HSZ) in the area if the land is not released before the April Sinhala and Tamil New Year.People who own land in the HSZ have said that they are prepared to take bullets from the military in the attempt to get back what is rightfully theirs. The owners of properly held by the military in Valikamam North said that they will go by sea and land and attempt to reclaim their land.They said that they will not be happy with an airport or port in the HSZ but only with the return of their land. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Liberals try doover with budget that triggered June 12 election

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2014 9:00 am MDT Liberals try do-over with budget that triggered June 12 election TORONTO – The governing Liberals are presenting their do-over budget Monday, a big-spending plan that triggered the June 12 election after the opposition parties rejected it.Although a debt-rating agency has signalled concerns about the government’s ability to balance the books, the re-elected Liberals say they’re not changing a thing and won’t even bother to put a new cover on the 368-page book.Moody’s changed its outlook on the province’s debt rating after the Liberals returned with a majority government, but the Liberals say the rating agencies are pleased with the election results.“In fact, they have stated that one of the concerns that existed was the instability of government in order to implement the very things that we’re saying we want to propose,” said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.“And having a majority mandate now gives us a little bit more initiative to implement things and expedite them more quickly than what we had before.”The highlights of the $130 billion fiscal plan remain the same: $130 billion for infrastructure over a decade — including $29 billion for public transit and transportation projects — a made-in-Ontario pension plan, $2.5 billion over 10 years in corporate grants to lure businesses to the province and $1 billion to build a transportation route to the Ring of Fire mineral deposit in the north.But there were a slew of details fleshed out during the election campaign that didn’t get much attention.Over the next six years, the Liberals are planning to expand the outer boundary of the Greenbelt — about 800,000 hectares of protected land that largely encompasses an area from Peterborough around the western end of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls — a move some say will hurt farmers.It restricts the use of their land, which is putting many animal farmers out of business, and devalues their property because it can’t be developed, said Tom Black, president of the Ontario Landowners Association.“If you’ve got somebody that’s living close to a city, that land is worth millions and millions of dollars,” he said. “So the value of your land goes to virtually a quarter of its market value once they designate you.”He said he agrees that Ontario shouldn’t be covering up farmland with cities, but the Greenbelt hasn’t stopped that because developers are just going outside the designated land.The Liberals also plan to regulate crowdfunding, create five new business start-up hubs and provide interest-free loans to expand access of rural communities to natural gas supplies in an effort to quell concerns about higher hydro costs.Another pledge was changing the building code to allow six-storey wood-frame buildings.It’s about 10 per cent less expensive than concrete or steel, so the move will make mid-rise buildings more affordable and spur more housing development to densify city cores, said the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.Safety isn’t an issue since the sprinkler requirements for the six-storey wood-frame buildings are more advanced than the rules applied to concrete buildings, the group said.On the health side, the Liberals are pledging to fund 20 more hospices, cap or cut hospital parking fees for frequent visitors and patients and provide more “culturally appropriate care” in hospitals, such as different food and better translation services.They’re also focusing on schools, providing more resources to help high-school students plan their path to a desired career, including revamping the curriculum for the mandatory Grade 10 careers class and giving Grade 7 to 12 students access to their own online career planning tool.They’re putting in $150 million over three years to provide new technology learning tools, like digital tablets, netbooks, cameras and software for classrooms, and spending $10 million on a nine-month paid community work and service program for graduating high-school students.They also plan to revamp the Grade 10 Civics curriculum to get students more involved in their communities and introduce voter registration in high schools.But the Progressive Conservatives say the budget is just a “hodgepodge” of new programs and spending that Ontario can’t afford.“We’re on a road like the Europeans and Greece were at one time where they ignored these warnings from the bankers and the credit raters and we can’t do that,” said interim Tory Leader Jim Wilson.The New Democrats plan to vote against the budget, which some see as tailor-made for the party, even though it’s virtually certain to pass.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she’s concerned that the Liberals won’t address skyrocketing electricity costs and are planning to sell off provincial assets and lay off public sector workers as they struggle to slay the $12.5-billion deficit in three years.“The list is long when you scratch below the surface and see the problems with that budget,” she said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained the wrong dollar figure for the total money involved in the budget read more

Ferris State sweeps Buckeyes OSU to be 9th seed in CCHA Tournament

The Ohio State men’s hockey team’s regular season ended with a shootout loss on Thursday and a 3-1 loss Friday to Ferris State — not how the Buckeyes wanted to wrap it up. OSU men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki showed that with his discouraged look in Friday’s postgame press conference. Of their 14 games following a sweep of then-No. 7 Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 7–8, the Buckeyes (15-16-4, 10-14-4-2 CCHA) lost 10. “It’s a little frustrating knowing that we had a chance, had an opportunity and we didn’t make the best of it,” senior defenseman Chris Reed said. The chance Reed is referring to is the Buckeyes’ ability to get a first-round bye if they were to win both games against Ferris State. The Buckeyes could have moved up all the way into the fourth seed for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. But that didn’t happen. Osiecki said he was unhappy with the way the offense performed. “We just didn’t generate enough offense,” he said. “We get offense from three players; we need to generate more from other players.” Scoring chances in Friday’s game became harder when the Buckeyes lost two defensemen who play significant minutes. Sophomore defenseman Devon Krogh was disqualified for a hitting-from-behind penalty, and freshman defenseman Curtis Gedig had to leave the game with a leg injury. But junior defenseman and captain Sean Duddy made no excuses, saying, “We just didn’t do a good enough job of putting ourselves in a position to create chances.” OSU will be the ninth seed in the CCHA Tournament and face Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., this weekend. Look for the CCHA Tournament preview in Thursday’s edition of The Lantern. read more

Haitis army reborn 20 years after it was demobilised

(AFP) Lined up in two long columns in the courtyard of a military base, hundreds of young men and a few women await interviews to join Haiti’s national army.After decades marked by coups and military interference in politics, Haiti demobilised its army in 1995, long before these potential recruits were born.But now the government wants to rebuild the military, so these young people are stepping forward to do their patriotic duty — and get a job in a country where poverty is extreme and unemployment is endemic.There is an opening for 500 recruits between the ages of 18 and 25 years.“Many young people after the last year of high school can’t find much to do … so for them this is a chance to find work and to serve their country,” said Captain Louicin Dieudonne, in charge of recruitment at the Leogane military base east of the capital Port-au-Prince.The screening for new recruits began Monday and continues throughout the week. Reclaiming sovereignty The poorest country in the Americas is invoking the need to “reclaim national sovereignty” as a 13-year UN peacekeeping mission comes to an end.The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was deployed in 2004 to stem violence following the sudden departure of then-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and is set to leave in October amid an improving security situation and a successful electoral process after two years of political turmoil.It will leave behind a residual training force of international police officers.Like many people lined up, Benjamin Ferry said that patriotism was the driving force that led him to try to sign up.The 24-year-old telecommunications student says he wants Haiti “to be responsible, without having to depend on foreigners as with the MINUSTAH.”With no declared enemy or known terrorist threat, Haitian officials say they plan to deploy troops along the border with the Dominican Republic to fight smuggling.In the country routinely hit by disasters such as earthquakes and flooding, soldiers will also be deployed in vulnerable areas. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHaiti to reform army after 20 years withoutJuly 12, 2017In “Regional”Letter: ‘Those who remain silent in the face of injustice become collaborators’January 13, 2018In “Letters”Trump will allow immigrants to obtain citizenship through military serviceApril 4, 2017In “latest news” read more

Mens OG 2012 ALL STAR TEAM Omeyer Andersson Balic Cupic Aguinagalde…

← Previous Story France Olympic Champion, defends the Beijing Gold! Next Story → THW Kiel wins friendlies in Plock -Jicha 20 goals in two matches! Handball All Star team Right before the final of the 2012 London Olympic Games between France and Sweden, the IHF have announced the All Star Team of this competition. Goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer (FRA) has been nominated for the Olympic All Star team for the second straight time after Beijing 2008. All other players have their debut in an Olympic Games All Star team. Each two players of the finalists are among the seven top stars of the competition, overall five teams are represented.Left wing: Jonas Kallman (SWE)Pivot: Julen Aguinagalde (ESP)Right wing: Ivan Cupic (CRO)Left back: Aron Palmarsson (ISL)Centre back: Nikola Karabatic (FRA)Right back: Kim Andersson (SWE)Goalkeeper: Thierry Omeyer (FRA) read more

Studio Ghibli Brings Ronja the Robbers Daughter series to Amazon Prime

first_img AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant Stay on target Hold on to your mystical forest creatures, because Studio Ghibli is amping up to set loose another of its fantastical forest adventures onto Western audiences.Ronja the Robber’s Daughter is set to premiere for Western audiences on Amazon Prime, a TV series originally aired in Japan back in 2014. Now with its own English dub, narrated by X-Files‘ Gillian Anderson, Ronja looks to carry on the tradition of Ghibli’s whimsical nature stories.However, Ronja is actually a joint effort between Studio Ghibli and Polygon Pictures, which is best known for Knights Of Sidonia and Transformers Prime. The series is directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro, who also helmed Tales from Earthsea and From Up On Poppy Hill.The result of this joint venture is a cel shaded CG animation series that retells the Swedish children’s story originally written by Astrid Lingren, who also wrote the Pippi Longstocking books.The animation looks strikingly like that of Ni no Kuni, the game that Studio Ghibli collaborated on with Level-5 in 2010 that also used cell shaded CG animation to create the look of the forest and its fantasy creatures.Although the animation quality of Ronja isn’t as detailed and expressive as Studio Ghibli’s other hand-drawn works, we can see in the trailer the other hallmarks of a Ghibli story, such as adorable forest creatures, a colorful cast of characters, and what looks to be a moving story about family.The story centers on a band of robbers, and the daughter of their leader, Ronja. The setting is medieval Scandinavia, with a forest full of magical beings that Ronja sets out to explore. She soon learns that her father’s trade is not the most honest, and Ronja begins to struggle with its complicated nature after she meets a boy from a rival clan named Birk.There is no set release date for the 26 episode series just yet, but it will be available on Amazon Prime streaming soon, we hope, as they have just finished up the dub at their studios in London.Via Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter: “Back at Tamborine in London for final review of all 26 eps – Ronja in English, adapted and directed by @dmaxfreedman”last_img read more

Grant to aid Free Clinic of Southwest Washington immunization program

first_imgThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $2,000 grant from the ReMax Equity Group Foundation.The grant helps cover costs associated with the clinic’s children’s immunization program, which, on average, hands out 500 immunizations each year for uninsured children in the community. The funds will be used to purchase medical supplies for vaccinating patients.“We’re grateful to the ReMax Equity Group Foundation for its ongoing support,” said Ann Wheelock, interim executive director of the Free Clinic. “This will help us make sure that low-income children in our community have access to medically important vaccines.”last_img read more

FSC confirms staff changes at ScotiaBank TCI Emergency executives brought in

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 1, 2018 – The Financial Services Commission is aware of the reports which have residents and depositors of ScotiaBank Turks and Caicos concerned.  Managing Director of the FSC, Niguel Streete told Magnetic Media, the situation is being closely monitored.“The Commission is aware of changes at the senior management level of the bank and is closely monitoring these developments to ensure a smooth and controlled transfer of responsibilities.”   For days now, there have been murmurings about staff problems at popular ScotiaBank and the accusations have been wide ranging and potentially damaging for those involved.The FSC is legally tasked with protecting the public’s interest on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, this includes depositors.  The shocking collapse of TCI Bank in 2009 has left the market leery of troubling news emanating from the banking sector.While many of the claims by public pundits have not been substantiated, Magnetic Media was able to confirm that there is an emergency team in country, reportedly from Canada, to help during this staff crisis.A customer of the bank shared, on Tuesday, that the Providenciales Leeward Highway branch and the Grand Turk branch of ScotiaBank, has been for weeks now, sharing staff.The FSC did not expound on any rumors in the public domain but Mr. Streete did say, “The Commission’s oversight and risk monitoring/supervision framework extends to working closely with the bank’s parent company and its regulator on effective supervision of the bank’s operations in the TCI.”Magnetic Media has reached out to ScotiaBank for comment on what is going on, but up to publication time, there had been no reply. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks & Caicos: FSC: Over 1000 companies unregistered, first deadline two weeks away Related Items:fsc, Scotiabank ScotiaBank Grace Bay closed today, nationwide downsize begins ScotiaBank TCI to become one location, Grace Bay to close July, Grand Turk to close Septemberlast_img read more

ASA Calls on House to Move Quickly to Conference on Farm Bill

first_imgFollowing this afternoon’s vote in the House of Representatives on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, ASA called on the House to quickly name its conferees with the Senate and get to work reconciling the farm and food legislation in the two chambers. The House bill represents the nutrition portion of farm legislation split off earlier this summer in an attempt to pass individual, freestanding bills.“Now that the House has moved through its farm and food bills, it is time to get to work passing a single piece of comprehensive legislation that provides farmers the certainty they need to continue producing and making the long term investments needed for a steady and reliable source of safe and affordable food, fiber and fuel on which our friends and neighbors in communities across the country depend,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “This process has gone on for more than three years now, and we still have no long-term legislation in place. That is entirely too long. The current farm bill, which already been extended once by Congress, expires on September 30 and with it authority and funding for key market development, conservation, agricultural research, and price support programs. These are the real consequences of Congressional inaction, and we expect the House to appoint its conferees as soon as possible, and we call on both chambers to work across party lines to craft a bill that addresses the needs of both farmers and consumers.”last_img read more

55 of employers have increased salaries to improve staff retention

first_imgMore than half (55%) of employers who are experiencing difficulties in retaining employees over the past 12 months have increased staff salaries, according to research by The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Adecco Group.The Labour Market Outlook report, which surveyed 2,001 employers, also found that 30% of respondents struggling with staff retention in the past year have raised salaries for the majority of staff, compared to 25% who are only raising wages for key employees. Around 42% of respondents have not raised salaries at all despite rising retention difficulties.The research also found:Employers’ median basic pay increase expectations in the 12 months up to June 2019 are 2% and the mean basic pay rise expectation has risen from 2.1% to 2.2% in the last three months.Employers’ median basic pay increase expectations in Scotland are 3%.44% of respondents who are planning to make a pay decision in the next 12 months expect basic pay to increase at their organisation, compared to 8% of respondents who intend to freeze pay.32% of respondents believe it is too hard to tell how pay will change in the next 12 months.34% of respondents anticipate a basic pay increase of between 2% and 2.99%, and 22% of respondents plan to give a basic pay rise between 1% and 1.99% before June 2019.16% of respondents predict basic pay to increase by between 3% and 3.99% before June 2019; 11% of respondents expect basic pay to rise by 4% or more.47% of respondents cite inflation as a key factor behind their ability to at least match the Bank of England’s inflation rate target of 2% in their basic pay award. This compares to drivers such as the going rate of pay elsewhere (41%), the ability to pay more (30%), recruitment and retention pressures (26%), union and staff pressure (23%) and other labour costs (22%).Gerwyn Davies (pictured), senior labour market analyst at the CIPD, said: “Despite the declining unemployment rate, it seems that the downward pressure of persistently weak productivity growth is dominating any upward pressure on pay from labour and skills shortages. The battle for productivity growth and higher wages in the UK will be won or lost in our workplaces.“Poor skills development, skills mismatches, lack of [employee] autonomy and inadequate management all have a significant impact on people’s productivity at work, which affects organisational performance and employers’ ability to increase wages. To help address this ongoing challenge, the government needs to ensure its industrial strategy has a much greater emphasis on supporting improvements in leadership, people management capability and skills development, particularly through the provision of better support for small businesses at a sector and local level.”Alex Fleming, country head and president of staffing and solutions at The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, added: “With Brexit looming we’re seeing a talent shortage and a more competitive marketplace. In this candidate-short landscape the pressure is on employers to not only offer an attractive salary, but also additional benefits.“In today’s environment employment benefits such as healthcare, a strong pension, flexible working and a collaborative and empowering work culture give employers a strong competitive advantage in attracting the best talent. Retention also remains key; it is imperative that employers develop and promote their staff so they don’t fall short and feel the impact of the dwindling growth of the UK’s talent pool.”last_img read more

Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security Improve Load Management

first_imgThe advanced microgrid to be built at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is still two years away from completion, but officials already are excited about the project’s potential to demonstrate the value of microgrids.The project, awarded to Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric last week, will allow operations at the San Diego-area installation to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged.But the project is about more than simply providing backup power to enhance energy security; it can also help the installation manage fluctuations in demand and benefit the larger electric grid.Mick Wasco, the base’s installation energy manager, says he is excited about collaborating with the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System Operator, reported Microgrid Knowledge. “My proposition to these organizations is that the government is spending money on energy security to make its own grid redundant and secure. There is no reason why we can’t multipurpose those assets to support the grid and make the grid more distributed,” Wasco said.The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation as well as manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate distributed assets already on base, including 1.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy and 3.2 megawatts from landfill methane gas. Schneider and Black & Veatch will add two diesel and two natural gas generators, totaling 7 megawatts.In addition to providing backup power, the generators will provide support services to the central grid and help the installation reduce its utility demand charges, manage load and participate in demand response programs. The generators also will help provide a guaranteed level of renewable energy, according to the story.“For us that’s a huge economic opportunity,” said Wasco, who said that spikes in demand created by the intermittency of landfill gas cost the installation up to $300,000 per year in demand charges. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Oil falls as August price rally seen overblown China fuel exports jump

first_imgOil prices fell on Monday as analysts doubted upcoming producer talks would rein in oversupply, saying that Brent would likely fall back below $50 a barrel as August’s more than 20-percent crude rally looks overblown.Soaring exports of refined products from China also pressured prices, as this was seen as the latest indicator of an ongoing global fuel glut, traders said.China’s July exports of diesel and gasoline soared by 181.8 and 145.2 percent respectively compared with the same month last year, to 1.53 million tonnes and 970,000 tonnes each, putting pressure on refined product margins DUB-SIN-REF.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $50.22 per barrel at 0224 GMT, down 66 cents, or 1.3 percent.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude Clc1 was down 51 cents, or 1.05 percent, at $48.01 a barrel.Analysts cast doubt on an August price rally, saying that much of it was a result of short-covering and anticipation of upcoming producer talks to discuss means to curb oversupply.”Positioning data seems to confirm our view that the latest oil bounce is more technical and positioning-oriented than fundamental. In fact, new buyers have been mostly absent the past few months,” Morgan Stanley said.Regarding the upcoming producer talks, the bank said a agreement was “highly unlikely” and that there were “too many headwinds and logistical challenges to a meaningful deal”.Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers like Russia are set to meet in September to discuss a freeze in output levels in order to rein in on oversupply, but analysts said animosity between OPEC-members Saudi Arabia and Iran made a deal unlikely.”Though Iran now sits roughly 200,000 barrels per day away from its monthly pre-sanctions peak in May 2011, we do not see it accepting restraints on its output, and without Iran’s inclusion, Saudi Arabia will not take part,” Barclays said.As a result, the bank said that “the stars remain misaligned for an OPEC/non-OPEC freeze agreement”.Because of the ongoing production and storage overhang in fuel markets, Barclays said that the 20-percent price rally in August was unwarranted, and that oil prices of $50 or higher were unsustainable.”Oil prices will likely experience another short-term dip in the coming weeks, in our view, before more sustainably moving to average $50 in Q4,” it added.Adding to the outlook of plentiful supplies, the U.S. oil rig count increased by 10 last week.”Since its recent trough in May 2016, the U.S. oil rig count is up 28 percent at 406; this rebound has been driven by the increase in horizontal rigs,” said Goldman Sachs.last_img read more

Brain injury can alter parentchild relationships

first_imgAn incidence of brain injury in a child can have adverse effects on the quality of relationships shared between the parent and the child, finds a study.The findings revealed that concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is particularly high in the preschool years—up to around 2 per cent of children aged 0 to 5 years per year. “The young brain is particularly vulnerable to injury because the skull is still thin and malleable. In the months following the injury, one of the first visible signs of social difficulties in young children is a decline in their relationship with their parents,” said one of the researchers, Miriam Beauchamp, professor at University of Montreal in Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Given the relatively limited social and cognitive skills of preschoolers, a concussion at this age can slow the development of new abilities, for example, certain communication skills. “It may be due to specific neurological mechanisms, to changes in parenting, or to stress caused by the injury,” said lead author Gabrielle Lalonde, doctoral student at University of Montreal. The study published in the Journal of Neuropsychology, aims to assess the quality of parent-child interactions six months post-injury. The team recruited a group of 130 children aged between 18 months and 60 months and divided them into three categories: children with concussion, children with orthopedic injury (usually a fracture or sprain of the arm or leg) but no concussion, and a control group of non-injured children.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results revealed that the quality of parent-child interactions of injured children following concussion was significantly reduced compared to non-injured children. Parents should monitor behavioural changes in their child in the weeks that follow the trauma and adjust accordingly during this period.“If, as parents, you notice the effects of the accident on your own psychological state, or behavioural changes in your child that make them interact differently and that persist more than a few weeks, you should talk to your family doctor or a neuropsychologist,” Beauchamp suggested.last_img read more

Tips to include diamonds in day to day look

first_imgThe biggest problem that women face is how to wear diamonds without being too flashy. It is important to know how much is too much, and going for one accessory at a time to look elegant, say experts. Here are a few tips you can swear by to not look flashy:Without even giving it a second thought, women can wear diamond rings in day to day life and look elegant. When diamonds are worn in day to day life they need to be subtle, which doesn’t take away your limelight and become too distracting. When you’re not sure if you’re wearing too much jewellery, go with the fewest pieces possible. A general rule of thumb is that it is okay to wear a watch or bracelet, a ring, and a pair of earrings. Anything more than that is probably too much for day to day wear. For day to day wear, noisy bracelets are not a good option rather one can opt for a delicate looking diamond studded bracelet.Wearing too much jewellery at once or wearing all the wrong kind can make you stand out in a way you don’t want to. Perhaps the most common jewellery faux pas is wearing too much jewellery. A stack of bangles worn with layers of bead and chain necklaces and large dangly earrings and several rings is just too much of a good thing.last_img read more

The US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The United States are withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today (19 June). GAYSTARNEWS- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced the decision at the State Department.BREAKING: Trump envoy Nikki Haley says US withdrawing from UN Human Rights Council, calling it ‘not worthy of its name.’— The Associated Press (@AP) June 19, 2018In March, the Trump administration threatened to leave the council, arguing a bias against Israel.Haley released a statement about the consideration at the time.‘When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,’ she said. ‘Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights.’Today, Haley and Pompeo once again cited bias against Israel as the reason to quit.[embedded content]‘I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,’ Haley said. ‘On the contrary. We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img United Nations flags | Photo: Flickr/United Nations Photos The decision comes midway through a three-year term. They could have decided to remain a nonvoting observer member, but instead chose to leave altogether.No toleranceThe decision comes in the midst of the Trump administration’s controversial Zero Tolerance Policy.This policy separates families attempting to cross the US border illegally. Reports from these actions contain horrifying photos and audio of children being separated from adult family members and kept in cage-like facilities.Donald Trump and his administration are blaming this on a non-existent law from Democrats. In fact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions created this policy in April 2018.The US’ has a complicated history with the UNHRCThe UNHRC was first created in 2006. However, the US President at the time, George W. Bush, refused to join, believing the council wasn’t an improvement upon its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission.At 60-years-old, the original Human Rights Commission was replaced by the UNHRC when it came under criticism for allowing counties like Sudan and Zimbabwe, with bad human rights records, were allowed to join.When President Barack Obama took office, his administration announced a plan to apply for a seat on the council.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . LGBT rights are human rights and the United Nations finally agreesUnited Nations LGBT rights expert warns of ‘global crisis’ as homophobic crackdowns continueFor the second year in a row, Trump administration ignores Pride monthRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/united-states-withdraws-united-nations-human-rights-council/last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Horizon Medical Imaging Mammography Plus from McKesson offers a flexible solution to leverage investments already made in a radiology information system and picture archiving and communication system (RIS/PACS) to serve the full field digital mammography domain.To know where you are going generally requires knowing where you’ve been, and this is as true for medical technology as for most anything else. Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) are now ubiquitous, found in just about every radiology department in the United States. Those of you who read my blog (www.DoctorDalai.com) probably see me as “an average radiologist in an average practice in an average town in the South.” But there is one thing that sets our group apart from many others around the nation — the fact that we were early adopters of PACS.Whether we were the twentieth or the fiftieth to take the leap, I cannot begin to say. But we were up there, which gives us a good deal of history to review.Where We’ve BeenI’ve contacted many folks who were involved with PACS in the early days, and we relived some interesting times. I realized that there was a lot going on in the background of which I, a lowly new partner in the group at the time, was only dimly aware. There were many people whose involvement was critical.First — and perhaps the most important factor in adopting a disruptive technology like PACS, even more critical than the funds to pay for it — is having a champion to lead the group and the hospital involved into the abyss. This person sets the tone for the move into the unknown, and success or failure often lies in his or her hands.As a freshly-minted partner, I was nowhere near savvy enough to be our group’s PACS champion. Still, with the advantage of hindsight, when I take a look back critically today, there are things I would have done differently.John, our PACS hero, was a well-educated body-imager, whose vision in things technical was second-to-none. Sadly, he often concentrated on what he thought would work for him, so his foresight sometimes resembled tunnel-vision more than anything. Even so, John had the inspiration to move us to soft-copy reading.  I’m not sure just how he convinced our group — and our hospital — to proceed. I suspect the fact that the hospital was bearing the financial burden of this sea-change probably had much to do with our acceptance. Most of the group was comfortable and even enthusiastic about the new paradigm. Even our senior partner, who finished residency before computed tomography (CT) was a reality, fully embraced the technology. But there were some…Let me digress a moment, and amend my earlier statement about the importance of a champion to add that for something this new, it is equally important to have a guru, someone who can actually implement the technology. We were fortunate to have such a fellow. Mark initially was one of my nuclear medicine technology students, later one of my techs. When the PACS project hit the airwaves, Mark quickly became the genius behind the project. Without Mark, we might still be using film.I also must mention Greg, the department administrator, who was instrumental in facilitating the process. He became immersed in IT and networking discussions and had to learn the language quickly. In the end, he became a staunch PACS advocate. So as with most endeavors, successful PACS adoption requires buy-in from several key people.An Early Visit to the PACS MeccaWell before wires were pulled and monitors placed, we visited one of the incubators for what is now PACS — the Radiology Dept. of the University of California at San Francisco. No doubt many other facility leaders made the same pilgrimage to see Dr. Bernie Huang, one of several “fathers” of the technology.The UCSF department was really a big experiment in how PACS might develop. There were monitors from one vendor over here and controls or whatnot from another vendor over there. I was fascinated by a huge robotic magneto-optical drive juke-box.Ironically, our patron who took us to see Huang was a fellow named Les, who owned the archival facility for our old film-jackets. Les was a visionary, seeing that this “electronic stuff” would eventually replace the tons of celluloid and silver that had made him rich. In our post-trip debriefing, I gave him the secret to making the whole thing work. The formula, I thought, was to put it all in one box. Having one vendor brand and sell everything was the key to ease of adoption and, frankly, I still think I was on target.We finally brought our system online in 1993; it was small, with an early version of Agfa that formed a mini-PACS covering CT only. From there, we branched out to ultrasound, fluoroscopy and, eventually, computed radiography (CR) and nuclear medicine. Mammography, of course, did not go digital in our place for many more years. There were, of course, multiple incremental improvements.Fast forward to 2003, when multi-slice CT necessitated a complete upgrade. John implemented a band-aid solution and then rather abruptly left us for a better place. (No, he’s not dead. He moved to Florida.) I documented much of this journey in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion on my blog, www.DoctorDalai.com, which also has my “Laws of PACS.” Rather than rehash those posts here, I think it is more valuable to share a few other reflections.For one, PACS was full of surprises, many of them financial. As Greg now puts it: “I will say, in hindsight, that we vastly underestimated the initial cost and the ongoing cost. I thought it would be like purchasing any other piece of imaging equipment. With a scanner, you buy it, install it and then in several years you look at replacing it. We had no idea of the ongoing cost, system upgrades, system expansions and dollars it would take to ‘complete’ the [PACS] install.  “In reality, I don’t think PACS is something that is ever finished,” he added. “When you reach one milestone, there is another area that needs change. For example, it has been nearly impossible for me to stay on top of what version of the software we are using. We had software upgrades, then more upgrades, then more, then conversion to Web-based, cacheless systems, etc. PACS is forever changing.”The cost, to us end-users, is only one facet of what we didn’t know at the start. We also had no way of knowing which vendors would survive and which would fail; which interface would please the radiologists and which would get in our way, and so on. And we didn’t know the questions to ask on any of this.The Human SideLet me tie up these discordant historical threads speaking from the end-user (dare I say human) point-of-view. What we learned as early adopters of PACS has significant impact upon everyone who touches it.I was lucky to enter this business with an engineering background. While this didn’t directly impact my PACS experience, I did learn to think like an engineer, and having my feet in both camps is invaluable. For example, an engineer (or IT type) may believe the more buttons on an interface, the better, as this allows for more precise control or options or whatever. But as a radiologist struggling with various graphic user interfaces (GUIs), I can tell you that a cleaner, streamlined interface is preferable for day-to-day reading in a production environment. The interface must not get in the way of the image. This is something many vendors have yet to grasp, too.Personalities Make a DifferenceWhen deploying a radical change in technology such as PACS, the abilities, nuances and even the feelings of the personnel involved have to be taken into consideration. Above, I alluded to the fact that “some” of our radiologists might not have quite been with the program. There was one superb imager, for example, who insisted that we all continue to read magnetic resonance (MR) images on film for several years into the PACS experience. One other fellow, not quite as savvy, continued to use an optical magnifying glass to enlarge images on the screen.The second situation was just funny, but the first delayed our progress toward a filmless department, and for no good reason other than comfort and familiarity. Here, we see what can happen when someone refuses to adapt and adopt.Conversely, John’s band-aid solution to multi-slice CT reading worked well for him, but for no one else. The lesson is simple: PACS has to work for everyone in the group, and certainly it cannot just be whatever IT and the vendors’ engineers think might work. Assuming something will work is a huge mistake.Who Rules? Who Picks?I often rail against “IT tyranny.” This is why I proposed that PACS be run by a consortium of radiology and IT, although sadly, we did not implement this partnership in our own department. Mark, our PACS boy-wonder, had to be moved from radiology to the auspices of IT. We (radiology) lost control of PACS and never really got it back. IT made most major decisions, investing a lot of time and money into one particular vendor’s products. Radiologists’ opinions (all right, my opinion) were rarely sought, especially when moving to PACS 2.0.To negotiate this minefield, the only successful strategy I have found is to keep in mind just whom is targeted by PACS. To me, the radiologists and technologists are the proper end-users, while patients are the ultimate customers. We must be involved in the decision-making, but we have to drill down to what will work best for the majority of us. To this end, I’ve tried to expose as many of the end-users as possible to whatever change I want to make, although this doesn’t always work as well as I would like.  Journey ForwardHaving almost 20 years of PACS experience hopefully has given my group the wisdom to proceed into the next 20 years of service with fewer pitfalls. Going forward, we will try our best to maintain a partnership with IT, which will probably manifest itself as me bugging them until they listen to my point of view.Looking back, it’s amazing to think of the profound effects this technology has had on radiology. I doubt I’ll see another complete upheaval in the way we do business that is even minimally comparable to the effect PACS has had upon us — unless, perhaps, IBM’s Watson finishes his Radiology residency.Samuel E. Friedman, M.D., is a nuclear radiologist and chief technology officer at Pitts Radiology, Columbia, S.C. He also is a well known blogger about everything to do with PACS, with an alter-ego as the Dalai Lama of PACS. On his blog at www.doctordalai.blogspot.com, Friedman describes himself as “just an average private practice radiologist in an average town in the Deep South.” Visit his blog for a rich archive of information and advice about PACS. He also serves on the ITN Advisory Board. 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