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October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMONTREAL – The national office of the Bloc Quebecois threw its support behind its leader on Saturday, days after seven of the party’s 10 members of Parliament quit the caucus over Martine Ouellet’s leadership style.The party’s administration made it clear that Ouellet had their support, despite an open letter published Friday in which more than 20 former Bloc Quebecois MPs called for her resignation.“It is unanimously resolved that the national office renews its full and complete support of Martine Ouellet and relaunches the invitation she made to each of the resigning MPs to participate in a process to allow them to reintegrate the Bloc Quebecois caucus,” Bloc member Benoit Lemieux said on behalf of the group.Ouellet announced that the MPs who resigned will be able to keep their party memberships and are welcome to discuss returning to caucus.“It was never a question of exclusion,” she said at a news conference, flanked by the remaining party members.“The resigning deputies can remain members of the Bloc Quebecois if they wish.”The seven MPs wrote a letter in Saturday’s Journal de Montreal saying that excluding them from the party would contribute to its death.The letter reiterated criticisms of Ouellet’s leadership and said her choice to focus only on independence does not serve Quebec’s interests.“(Ouellet) adds, almost incidentally, that it is also necessary to defend the interests of Quebec, but that this is not the foundation of our presence in Ottawa,” the letter read.“On the contrary, we believe that to serve independence, the interests of Quebecers must be given priority. Without compromise. First and all the time.”But Ouellet remained steadfast in her commitment to independence on Saturday, adding that all the remaining members are on the same page regarding the party’s future.“A Bloc Quebecois that will work towards the promotion and preparation of independence, but also defending the rights of the Quebec nation,” she said.“For us, one doesn’t go without the other.”The seven MPs who resigned stood by their position.“We will meet in the next few days to evaluate all our options and to see how we can continue to serve Quebecers to the best of our capacity,” the statement read.On Friday, more than 20 former Bloc Quebecois MPs published an open letter in Le Devoir calling for Ouellet’s resignation.The letter, co-signed by ex-Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe, says Quebec’s status is feeble within the Canadian federation, with a pro-Canada premier in Quebec City and an “intransigent” and divisive Bloc leader in Ottawa.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEd Begley Jr. will host the 6th annual Experience, Strength and Hope Awards, honoring Joe Pantoliano, on February 26.The Experience, Strength and Hope Award is given in recognition of an individual’s honest memoir including their journey though addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the ‘message’ to a society awash in addiction. This year’s honoree is actor and author Joe Pantoliano for his memoir Asylum.The event includes catered cuisine and 90-minute social soiree. Tickets are $50 with proceeds benefiting The Writers in Treatment Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization grounded in recovery and the arts. The foundation helps men and women in the writing industry suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors get treatment for their disease.WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Catered Reception from 5:30pm – 7:30pmRed Carpet 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Show from 7:30pm – 9:00pmWHERE: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90049Find out more here.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat – The detained beneficiaries of the royal pardon are 162 and are divided into:– 1 inmate who benefited from pardon over his remaining prison term.– 158 prisoners who had their prison terms reduced. – 3 inmates who had their prison sentences commuted from life imprisonment to fixed prison terms.The free beneficiaries of the pardon are 148 and are divided into:– 20 prisoners who benefited from pardon over their prison sentences or remaining prison terms.– 4 inmates who benefited from pardon over their imprisonment terms while their fines were maintained.– 5 inmates who benefited from pardon over their prison terms and fines as well.– 119 prisoners had their fines annulled.Royal pardon is customary in the North African Kingdom to mark national and religious holidays. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana legislator has backed off his attempt to repeal the state’s child labour laws after conflict of interest concerns were raised because his family employs hundreds of minors at a ski resort.Republican Sen. Chip Perfect’s bill would have eliminated work permit requirements for minors and removed restrictions on the number of hours that 16- and 17-year-olds can work. The Senate labour committee approved his request Wednesday to strip those provisions from the bill and seek a special committee to study the topic later this year.Perfect, who is president and CEO of Perfect North Slopes near Lawrenceburg, said the southeastern Indiana resort employees 300 to 400 minors. Perfect’s move follows an Indianapolis Star report about a watchdog group saying his business interests should trigger extra scrutiny and that the ski resort’s human resources director testified in favour of the bill last week.Perfect said Wednesday that the Senate Ethics Committee this week cleared his bill sponsorship and that he was simply using his business background to address what he believed is a burdensome system for young workers and employers. He said he didn’t do anything questionable.“I really failed to consider the new normal that you’re now guilty until proven innocent,” Perfect said. “I apologize to the committee for the distraction that my involvement in this has caused.”Indiana’s current law requires most people younger than 18 years to obtain a work permit from their school and generally limits 16- and 17-year-olds to working no more than 30 hours during a school week or past 10 p.m. the night before a school day. Supporters of repealing the state law point out federal child labour laws, such as minimum wage and limiting work hours for those younger than 16, would still apply.Sally Sloan, executive director of Indiana’s branch of the American Federation of Teachers, told the committee that repealing the state law would hurt efforts to build an educated and skilled workforce.“It appears that the goal is to create, perhaps, a cheap and unregulated workforce populated by teens,” Sloan said.The Indiana Senate’s ethics rules say members should consider “whether the legislation would have a unique, direct, and material effect on the nonlegislative income of the Senator” before voting on a bill.“That’s just the nature of this part-time Legislature,” Republican Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray told the Star . “People have experiences and they come from different backgrounds.”Other Republican committee members defended Perfect’s sponsorship of the proposed repeal.Perfect said he hoped a review panel will study what he calls unnecessary labour rules before the 2020 legislative session.“They will all figure out what I’ve known for a long time — this is an impediment to Indiana moving forward,” he said.Tom Davies, The Associated Press read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Chrysler sold 16,832 vehicles in Canada in February, a two per cent increase over last year as the automaker said Friday that it remained Canada’s sales leader so far in 2013.Chrysler, which sold 16,536 vehicles in the same month in 2012, said the results were the company’s best since 2000 and its 39th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, the longest such streak in its history.Combined January and February sales totalled 33,845 vehicles, also a two per cent increase over the 33,120 sold in the opening two months of 2012.Meanwhile, Ford Canada also reported an increase in vehicle sales in February compared with the same month last year.However, its overall total of 16,301 cars and light trucks, although up 5.4% from 15,461 last year, still remained behind that of Chrysler.Its two-month total of 32,498 vehicles was up 6.8% from the 30,439 in 2012.Ford said its February total included 3,742 cars and 12,559 trucks as the auto maker said it remained the Canadian leader in truck sales.The Canadian Press read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“We wish to bring to your kind attention that there exists no form of armed or other forms of extremism amongst the Muslim community. Your concerns about extremists using Sri Lanka as a transit point may be valid, but we would like to assure you that the Muslim community would never allow extremists from other countries to operate under cover of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka,” MCSL said. Muslims have raised concerns over the comments made by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa where he had said that the government was on alert over attempts to spread Muslim extremism in Sri Lanka.The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) said that the Muslim community has without any hesitation stood by the Sri Lankan State throughout the 30 year conflict and has never resorted to any form of armed resistance. MCSL said that the extremist elements that have been propagating hatred against the minority communities have taken Rajapaksa’s statement as an endorsement of the State’s approval of their stand on extremism amongst the Muslim community. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told a Defence Seminar in Colombo on Tuesday that intelligence agencies and the police have been alerted over the concerns.He said that it is known that some Muslim extremist elements attempt to use Sri Lanka as a transit country and there are fears that in that attempt they may spread their ideology in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) It also said that intelligence units under the Defence Secretary’s command have performed remarkably well during and after the war to ensure that Sri Lanka continues to maintain the hard earned peace.“We welcome any investigation by the law enforcement agencies and take appropriate action against any persons who may violate the laws of the land or support any form of armed extremism irrespective of their religious beliefs. We would like to assure you of the Muslim community’s unstinted commitment to the peace and prosperity of our beloved motherland and would greatly appreciate your kind clarification of your statement,” MCSL said. read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Canada’s largest pharmacy chain and the provider of a blockchain program for tracking medical pot believe their partnership will act as a model for such U.S. drug stores as CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.Shoppers Drug Mart, a unit of Loblaw Cos. with about 1,300 pharmacies across Canada, is partnering with TruTrace Technologies Inc. on a pilot program that will use blockchain to identify, track and verify the source and genetics of cannabis used by medical patients. The goal is to make it more like traditional medicine in order to reassure physicians and patients that pot is a safe treatment, said Ken Weisbrod, Shoppers’ vice-president of pharmacy business development and initiatives.“This is the future for medical cannabis in the world,” Weisbrod said at the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, N.B., in his first-ever public remarks about Shoppers’ pot business. “I know the U.S. is looking at what we’re doing here, and it’s really important that we take this leadership stance.” How to put the bad guys out of business with blockchain Blockchain tomatoes are coming, boosting supply-chain transparency Shoppers Drug Mart gets medical pot licence from Health Canada Los Angeles-based TruTrace sees big opportunities for its track-and-trace software in the U.S. CBD market. The U.S. legalized cannabidiol derived from hemp late last year, but some products have been found to contain less CBD than advertised, or even none at all. CVS and Walgreens, along with such other major chains as Kroger Co., have begun selling CBD lotions and balms at some of their stores.“We think this push with Shoppers will hopefully lead into a similar relationship with the Walgreens and CVSs of the world,” TruTrace Chief Executive Officer Robert Galarza said in an interview at the conference. “There’s skepticism right now from the medical industry and we’re trying to help breach that; it all boils down to information. Information is power, data is power.”Even in Canada, where medical cannabis has been legal since 2001 and recreational pot has been legal since last year, many doctors still won’t prescribe it as a treatment, said Weisbrod.“There are about 85,000 physicians in the country and the majority have not embraced this drug yet,” he said. “Quite frankly, they need more information and more data about the drugs they’re putting their patients on.”Standardized data will help doctors prescribe the right strains to their patients and contribute to the clinical trials that are underway in many parts of the industry.“They can say, ‘This particular product, strain, cultivar has this chemistry component and my patient is consistently on this drug and he’s gotten great outcomes,”‘ Weisbrod said. “Then we can start triangulating that data. This is a huge leap for the industry.”Bloomberg.com Postmedia file photo Shoppers is partnering with TruTrace Technologies Inc. on a pilot program using blockchain to verify the source and genetics of cannabis used by medical patients. read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

After four players committed as a part of the 2020 recruiting class, Ohio State continued to build its 2019 recruiting class Monday after four-star linebacker Kane Patterson committed to the Buckeyes, announcing his intention on Twitter.615614 pic.twitter.com/gjZTZg3sEP— Kane Patterson™ ✞ (@kane_prime4) July 9, 2018One of 11 four-star recruits in Ohio State’s class, Patterson is ranked as the No. 8 inside linebacker in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker is the No. 6 recruit in the state. Patterson will join running back Master Teague, running back Mitch Rossi and offensive lineman Max Wray as the Tennessee natives on Ohio State’s roster. Patterson joins four-star defensive end Noah Potter, four-star safety Jordan Battle and four-star outside linebacker Cade Stover as the defensive recruits in the Buckeyes’ 2019 class. Patterson is one of 11 players from outside the state of Ohio in the class. read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTo connect the El Limón gold ore pit with the processing plant it was necessary to overcome an altitude difference of approximately 400 m of steep terrain. Minera Media Luna (MML), a 100% owned subsidiary of Torex Gold Resources, opted for the RopeCon® as a means to transport 1,000 t of gold ore per hour into the valley over a distance of 1.3 km. Along with other aspects, safety and environment were key considerations in prompting the decisionThe El Limón-Guajes gold ore pit of MML is located approximately 180 km south-west of Mexico City in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The ore mined at the two pits of El Limón and Guajes is processed in one central processing plant. The El Limón pit, however, is some 400 m higher up on a steep ridge. During the planning phase, one of the issues that had to be addressed was the transport of the material from the pit down into the valley. Along with the costs, operational safety and the impact on the environment had to be taken into account.In March 2013, MML decided to use the RopeCon as a means of transport, a system which covers the vertical rise of approx. 400 m and the length of 1.3 km with just one tower structure before unloading the material onto a stockpile. Construction of the RopeCon started in early 2014. Doppelmayr’s assembly team carried out the job in just six months, accident-free and on schedule. The RopeCon started operation as planned in March 2016. It now connects the pit with the processing plant.RopeCon essentially relies on a flat belt with corrugated side walls to transport materials of all kinds. The belt performs a haulage function and is driven by, and guided around, a drum at both ends. To account for the great vertical rise and consequently the steep incline between the El Limón pit and the valley, the belt has been fitted with cleats to prevent the material from slipping. Axles are mounted on the belt at regular intervals to support it. They have plastic running wheels attached to their ends. These wheels run on track ropes with fixed anchoring and guide the belt. The track ropes run over tower structures so that this conveyor system is lifted off the ground, leaving only a minimal footprint. The system features three track rope pairs in total, with the bottom pair supporting the empty belt and the pair in the middle carrying the loaded belt. An inspection vehicle travelling on the third track rope pair at the top serves to provide easy and safe access to any point along the line. Almost all moving parts are attached to the belt and therefore pass through the stations at regular intervals. Service and maintenance works can thus be performed at one central point.The El Limón RopeCon system generates about 1 MW of green energy from braking actions, which contributes to a reduction of the overall operating costs. This, and the fact that no fossil fuel (diesel) is required to operate the system is one of the significant differences between RopeCon and trucks, the other means of transport under consideration for the transport of the ore. Apart from the positive effects on operating costs, resulting from straight-forward maintenance and regenerative operation due to downhill transport, the avoidance of dust and noise emissions is another argument which strongly supports the use of the RopeCon. The automatic transport system will also help to enhance operational safety and its controls can be integrated into the central control system of the mine.The decision to use the RopeCon to transport the crushed ore from the pit to the stockpile in the valley also means that the access road to the pit does not have to be upgraded for truck transport. Access can now be narrower and steeper and can follow a different route. The footprint of the roads can thus be reduced. The RopeCon system as such operates off-ground and does not touch the ground between the loading station and the track rope anchoring point in the valley except with one tower structure. With a height of 44 m, this tower achieves the discharge height required for the stockpile. The span between the loading station and the tower structure is 1,200 m. The conveying angle comes up to 32°. Viewed over the entire life of the mine of an estimated 10 years, the RopeCon will transport approx. 1,000 t of ore per hour from the crusher to the stockpile, from where the material will then be taken to the processing plant.last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe report found that international tourism will perform marginally worse in 2019 due to the slowdown in global economic growth. Nonetheless, global outbound travel will record a 4 per cent increase, with Asia-Pacific remaining the world leader in growth trends.Holidays in the sun and the sea, as well as city breaks, were the dominant trends in 2018.City tourism in the period 2017-2018 recorded a rise of 222 per cent, followed by cruises with a 78 per cent.Holiday trips overshadowed business trips for yet another year. Traditional business travel showed signs of weakness contrary to congress tourism which continued to grow. Greece was found to be one of the world’s 20 safest countries to travel to this year, according to a study by the World Travel Monitor presented on Wednesday at the ITB Convention. Scandinavia, Switzerland and Australia topped the list.Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan were considered among the least safe. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLa grippe se propage et se rapproche du seuil épidémique Les Grog (groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe) sont formels: de plus en plus de Français sont touchés par la grippe et le seuil épidémique pourrait être dépassé la semaine prochaine. Si le Père Noël apportera des jouets dans sa hotte, il serait bien inspiré de déposer quelques médicaments, car l’épidémie de grippe se propage dans l’hexagone. En métropole, “l’activité grippale s’intensifie peu à peu, tout particulièrement en France Nord”, explique le réseau des Grog. Selon le réseau Sentinelles de l’INSERM, plus de 100 000 cas de grippe ont été recensés la semaine dernière contre moins de 40 000 cas les semaines précédentes. Les régions les plus touchées sont l’Île-de-France, la Haute-Normandie,  la Franche-Comté, la Picardie, le Nord-Pas-de-Calais et les Pays-de-la-Loire. “Le seuil épidémique pourrait être franchi la semaine prochaine” prévient l’INSERM. Bien sûr, les personnes à risques ne doivent plus attendre et se faire vacciner rapidement.  Le 24 décembre 2010 à 10:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Close Who is former Russian spy Sergei Skripal? The forensic tent, covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found, is repositioned by officials in protective suits in the centre of Salisbury, Britain, March 8, 2018ReutersThe US imposed its second round of sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom in 2018.The sanctions were imposed under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act). “The United States is announcing the second round of sanctions on Russia for its use of a “novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2018,” US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement released on Saturday.The sanctions include US opposition “to the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance” to Russia by international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It also imposes export licensing restrictions on Department of Commerce-controlled goods and technology.The sanctions will come into effect following a 15-day congressional notification period – around August 15 – and will remain in place for a minimum of 12 months, the statement read.Nerve agent poisoningThe US government had initially imposed sanctions on Russia in 2018 after Russian spy Sergei Skripals and double agent for the US was exposed to a nerve agent.The sanctions included restrictions on arms sales and exports of critical goods as well as the termination of US assistance in Russia. The recent sanctions echo the previous one and details that the act endangered “thousands of lives in Salisbury and Amesbury and caused the hospitalisation of the Skripals, a British police officer and two civilians, one of whom subsequently died from her exposure.” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:04?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 … In September 2018, UK officials arrested Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder of the Skripals.The nerve agent attack which was revealed to be military-grade and developed by the former Soviet Union in the 1970s-80s was highly condemned by the international community for the usage of chemical warfare weapons.Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.Both the US and Russia initiated a diplomatic war resulting in mass expulsions of diplomats from both in Russia and the western countries.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIllustration : Prothom aloThe government has said the anti-narcotics crackdown being conducted across the country for the last 11 days in which 63 people have been killed till date, is based on a list prepared by five government agencies. The agencies, though, say they are running these drives on their own accord.The police headquarters, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and several district police say the drives are based on the list of drug peddlers and patronisers drafted by them. Every night, a number of suspects are being killed in these reported gunfights. The police or home ministry could not specify any time span regarding as per when this operation will end.The law enforcement claimed, the 63 people, killed in 11 days till Thursday, are drug dealers. Human rights activists are questioning the ‘gunfights’.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, “I’m repeatedly saying, our law enforcements never open fire against them unless they are challenged.”Read more: Govt asks RAB to take stern actions against drug abuse: PMHow long will the operation run?Home ministry officials said the strict drives are being conducted to create fear among the drug dealers. They will be conducted until the narcotics business decreases. The decision is to run drives against more than 300 drug peddlers so far. The drives will not end any time soon, only the mode will be changed.Most of the law enforcement officials say, in the current judicial system there’s no other effective method to eliminate drugs. They drew examples of the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico. In these countries, several thousands of suspects were killed by government forces in name of anti-narcotics drives. They say, the people also support this type of anti-narcotics drive that has been launched in the country.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, the drives will run for as long as the situation doesn’t turn normal. The drives will be extended to remote corners of the country. No one’s plea over the issue of narcotics will be taken into consideration. The names are chosen with utmost care and scrutiny.Read more: ‘Anti-drugs drive’ continues, 10 more killedNo joint listThe anti-narcotics drive across the country is being coordinated by the higher level of government, says the home ministry. These drives are chiefly being conducted by RAB and police. But according to the officials of different law enforcement agencies, they do not have communication or coordination with the other agencies regarding the drives.According to the RAB, police and BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) officials, they did not receive any joint list of the drug peddlers.Police said, though drives are conducted against drug peddlers in the country, security of border has not been increased. The drug traders are crossing border after being chased.BGB too confirmed that, they were not running any special operations.Former inspector general of police Nurul Huda stressed that intelligence information is to be given the highest importance for such drives. He said, intelligence information makes it easy to identify source of narcotics and the patronisers. He said both the intelligence agencies and law enforcements can exchange information. All except two agencies are under the home ministry. So the home ministry can coordinate the task.Read More: Extrajudicial killings on in anti-narcotics’ name, says BNPAs per own accordA responsible official of Rangpur range police said, they had been conducting the operations based on their own information. The headquarters has approval too. One has been killed in their drive in the district in a gunfight. Later, after the chase the drug traders crossed the border. The official further claimed the drug business has declined in the district due to this.Police headquarter said, everything about the anti-narcotics operations are in their knowledge. Three officials from the ranks of sub-inspector general and assistant inspector general of police said on Thursday, they wanted to adopt a ‘go-slow’ policy regarding ‘gunfights’ and didn’t want to compete with other forces.The officials observed that a stricter regulation at the border would help the situation. Among the four agencies conducting drives, BGB have the lowest arrests. But, the drug recovering rate is higher for them. They have recovered a lot of narcotics in an abandoned state. Several officials said the matter should be scrutinised too.A top BGB official said, BGB is not running any special drive. They are just doing routine work.Several RAB officials said, they have communication with the police headquarters. But they are running the drives according to their own intelligence reports. Higher officials deliver their decision analysing the field level reports sent by their battalions. Those who have been named in several cases before, or have been arrested several times before, are listed.A director of RAB said, “Already the suspected drug peddlers have left the area. The ‘godfather’ of the drug trade dubbed by the media is being monitored too. But, no evidence of his involvement in drug business has been found so far.”Read More: ‘Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue’Condition in DhakaA battalion commander of RAB in Dhaka said on Thursday, “We are still studying the situation and very soon drives will start in Dhaka.”Another DMP official said, though they were collecting information, the drug traders of the capital are either in hide-outs or have left Dhaka.Whether the drives in Dhaka will be ineffective, in answer to this, he said, “Let it begin first. Then see. The drug peddlers weren’t sitting idly nor were we.”The night these correspondents talked to these officials, one had been killed in a ‘gunfight’ in Tejgaon industrial area. Several DMP officials said that this death in ‘gunfight’ marked the launch of drives in Dhaka.Read more: 10 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40Coordination requiredA narcotics control department official said, yaba is chiefly transported via Teknaf and Chattogram. The narcotics traders and their patronisers deal with millions of yaba tablets and the tablets are delivered to the sub-dealers of Dhaka, Chattogram, Bhairab. The wholesale businessmen then buy these and deliver to the retailers. The long-term yaba addicts generally at one point get involved in yaba business too in order to collect the money for their addiction. So these addicts could be called traders too. But the yaba dealer remains on top of the ladder.National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said, “The way the youth and even the middle aged of the country are being addicted to drugs, it is frightening for the country, it’s a danger signal for the generations ahead.  Steps must be taken against those who are involved in drug business and their godfathers. But that doesn’t mean that, extrajudicial killings are to be incorporated. The things we are learning of late are serious. Extrajudicial killings are acceptable in no way.”*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

September 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital (SSMCH) added a 200-bed ward on Sunday to serve dengue patients, reports UNB.Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque inaugurated the ward containing 100 beds for male and as many for female patients.During the inauguration, he said, “The number of dengue patients has started to fall. We’ve introduced the 200-bed ward as a cautionary measure.”An initiative has been taken to admit dengue patients to Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute while Sheikh Russel Gastro Liver Institute and Hospital is being readied for taking in dengue patients, he said.Minister Maleque also requested the media to raise awareness among the people.last_img read more

September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgStay on target Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornVirginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn As rule 34 demands: if it exists, someone will make a porno out of it. Earlier this year, we brought you a story about a porno based on Pokemon, so it should come as no surprise that the recently released Final Fantasy XV is getting a porn parody too. Unlike porno films based on the Avengers and Justice League, Brazzer’s Full Service Station barely tries to resemble its source material.The film stars Shawn Lawless and Nikki Benz. They don’t appear to have any in-movie names, but I guess that isn’t really important. Lawless is driving his van around in the desert until it breaks down. Lucky for him, Nikki Benz — who sort of looks like FFXV‘s busty mechanic, Cindy — just so happens to show up to fix his vehicle. After doing inappropriate things to herself with repair tools and slaying a random CG monster that appears, the two get down and dirty.I understand that this porn parody is on a limited budget and that ultimately it’s only supposed to be fap material for those who buy it, but a bit more effort could have been made.Look at Lawless for example. The male characters in FFXV all have very distinct and elaborate hair styles, but this man is completely bald! He looks more like Phil Anselmo from Pantera, not the lead of a Final Fantasy game. Then, of course, there’s Nikki Benz. Yes, she sort of looks like Cindy, but why was she fighting monsters? All Cindy does is fix cars in the game. It’s pretty clear the producers of this movie saw a trailer for FFXV and did a cheap cash grab film of it because it’s a popular game at the moment.Poorly production values aside, we can forgive this Final Fantasy parody because it is ultimately harmless. Let’s just pray that someone doesn’t get the idea to do a porno based on The Last Guardian. We do not need that.last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA hotel in Chester, UK, offering royally furnished honeymoon suites is a beloved place for many couples to spend their first days of married bliss. The suites are designed to make them feel like proper kings and queens and prices start from £95 a night. One of the rooms came with an exquisite four-poster bed made of ornately carved wood. The bed served its purpose for 15 years and was finally retired and discarded beside the parking lot dumpster behind the hotel.Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII, and Jane SeymourFortunately, this beautiful piece was found and rescued and with a highly unexpected twist for that matter. As it turns out it actually belonged to a very important royal couple — King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.It turns out that the fortunate hotel guests were sleeping like royals in the most literal sense. Henry VII and Elizabeth of York were the founders of the Tudor dynasty and their marriage signified the end of the long Wars of the Roses.King Henry VII.Henry VII managed to defeat Richard III at Bosworth Field and therefore put an end to the 30-year-long conflict between the factions of the royal family.However, the victory was not enough to secure his power as king. He married a woman of the enemy dynasty, the house of York, and the white and red roses finally united. Their nuptial bed is, therefore, one of the strongest symbols of their rule.Elizabeth of York from Kings and Queens of EnglandBeds in the Middle Ages had a much greater significance than we place on them today when they are just another item of furniture. They were the symbol of royal power and had a strong role in founding and continuing dynasties. Love, death and even political meetings — all important for royal politics —took place inside or in the vicinity of the bed.The heirs were conceived in these beds after all, and this particular one is a place where the first son of Elizabeth and Henry, Arthur, was conceived. The intricately detailed bed abounded with political iconography. Ian Coulson, the man who has restored the bed and saved it from being thrown away, told local newspaper the Hexham Courant, “In an era when the bed was the greatest barometer of social status, this bed was of paramount importance because of what it represented.”Middle Ages bed. Photo by R-E-A CC BY-SA 3.0The Hexham Courant proceeds to share, “Artist Bartholomew Bath designed what became the ubiquitous symbol of Henry and Elizabeth’s reign, the Tudor Rose, for that trip to York, a visit designed to secure Henry’s Northern stronghold.”Related Video: The Cringe-worthy and awkward process of royal wedding nightsAdditionally, the bed is covered with iconography designed to appease God into gifting a male heir to the couple. As Coulson explained, “Henry won the crown of England on the battlefield, but he needed a son and heir to cement his reign and for the dynasty to survive, so there is a lot of fertility symbolism on the bed, such as acorns and grapes. The whole bed is about unity and fertility.”Royal castle of Blois (Loir-et-Cher, France) : King’s bedroom. Photo by Fab5669 CC BY-SA 4.0Ian Coulson bought the so-called Paradise Bed at auction for only £2,200 (roughly $2,900). He then set out on a 9-year-long mission to prove its authenticity. The research data were presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum symposium. DNA analysis has proven the bed’s frame originates from a single oak tree acquired in Central Europe.Royal Bedroom at Chandra Mahal. Photo by Nagarjun Kandukuru CC BY 2.0Additionally, the minuscule traces of ultramarine paint prove the previous owner must have been of high-status. This sort of paint was extremely expensive and hard to get hold of.Back then beds used to travel with their owners. So, Elizabeth and Henry took it with them to Lancashire in 1495. This saved it from the ensuing bonfires Cromwell made of of royal furnishings. This makes the Paradise Bed even more important as only one additional item from this era is known to be saved.Bed of Louis XIV, Palace of Versailles. Photo by Blood Destructor CC BY-SA 3.0The bed was discovered in 1842 by George Shaw, a copyist who did not understand the origin and worth of his find. The Langley Collection who are presently in the possession of the piece share, “Its obfuscation into the twenty-first century is due to the fact Shaw’s smaller, simply varnished and illiterate copies were passed off as the beds of northern aristocrats seeking their family heirlooms.” Shaw was so determined to continue tricking people into believing he was selling the originals that he hid the real one in his house.Read another story from us: Henry VIII Letter that Reflected War Preparations in 1541 AuctionedThe front crest remained concealed in his home, while the bed frame somehow got “hidden” in the Chester Hotel and escaped the attention of historians and the public for so long.last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more January 31, 2011 – An oncology systems provider has launched The Year of Radiotherapy, an initiative to raise awareness of radiotherapy as a cost-effective, cutting-edge treatment that can help cure cancer. Oncology Systems Limited (OSL) launched the program in response to data from Cancer Research UK.According to figures published by Cancer Research UK, only one in 10 people know that radiotherapy helps cure 40 percent of cancer patients. A report from the national charity estimates that only 38 percent of cancer patients in England are getting radiotherapy, although research shows that up to 50 percent might benefit. “We need to dispel the myths about radiotherapy and associated side effects and make people more aware of the benefits of the latest treatments,” said Julie Mead, clinical director of OSL. “But we also need to make sure that these treatments are available across the country. The U.K. lags behind America and Europe in introducing the new, more targeted radiotherapy technology that is available. Rather than update and reinvest in technology that’s essentially been around for the last 40 or so years, it’s time we made sure that every cancer patient in the U.K. has access to the best treatment.””There’s no doubt that our survival rates have risen and our treatment has improved almost beyond recognition,” said Sir Mike Richards, who launched OSL’s latest TomoTherapy installation at Nottingham City Hospital. “Our aim is to match the best in the world. With the TomoTherapy machine there will be treatments that people from the East Midlands and beyond will be able to access for the first time. I’m sure people from other trusts will come here to look for ideas for future treatment.” OSL is the U.K. and Ireland’s exclusive distributor of the helical TomoTherapy treatment machine, which provides precise, targeted, image guided intensity modulated radiotherapy. There are more than 300 installations of the machine worldwide, but just six hospitals using the technology in the U.K. For more information: www.osl.uk.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | January 31, 2011 U.K. Launches Initiative to Promote Radiotherapy News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more last_img read more

August 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTechnology | October 13, 2014 Invivo Expands MRI Portfolio With Breast and Prostate MRI Coils Invivo has expanded its breast and prostate imaging solutions portfolio with the addition of the Sentinelle product line of advanced MRI coils News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more October 13, 2014 – Invivo has expanded its breast and prostate imaging solutions portfolio with the addition of the Sentinelle product line of advanced MRI coils.The use of breast and prostate MR imaging has been rapidly increasing. Technical advancements, such as dedicated coils that achieve high resolution imaging, have aided radiologists in the detection and characterization of breast and prostate lesions under MRI. “The acquisition of the Sentinelle product line of advanced breast and prostate MRI coils will enable us to offer our existing customers an even broader product portfolio,” said Brent Berthy, General Manager Invivo.  “This is also an excellent opportunity for us to reach new customers and markets. Looking ahead, the Sentinelle technology offers promising opportunities for future innovations to help clinicians manage breast and prostate cancer.”The Sentinelle Breast coils bring a new collection of imaging coils to Invivo customers.  Coupled with an existing variety of breast imaging coils, breast immobilization/biopsy systems, DynaCAD for image analysis and interventional planning, and a full line of MRI-compatible interventional instruments.For more information: www.invivocorp.comcenter_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read morelast_img read more

August 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Categories: VerHeulen News,VerHeulen Photos State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker (right), was joined by special guest Rockford Mayor Jerry Coon for the 2015 State of the State address at the Capitol.### 20Jan VerHeulen, local official attend Gov. Snyder’s State of the State addresslast_img

August 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img18Jun House bill to protect firefighters introduced by Rep. Cox Categories: Cox News Legislation to protect local firefighters by notifying them of lightweight building structures has been introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox.House Bill 4740 requires that commercial and multi-unit apartment buildings maintain a placard to notify firefighters that they were constructed with a lightweight structure because it is important that firefighters know how stable a building is, Rep. Cox said.“This legislation aims to provide an additional layer of protection and safety for firefighters across the state,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “These local heroes put their lives on the line every day, and it is our duty to ensure that they are provided every tool possible to maintain their safety.”Livonia constituent Paul DeNapoli — who retired from Livonia Fire & Rescue – brought this issue to the attention of Rep. Cox. DeNapoli currently serves as the director of Fire Science at Madonna University.“Without placards to signify lightweight building structures, firefighters face a greater risk of falling through unstable floors and ceilings,” Rep. Cox said. “This bill will give firefighters pertinent information to aid them as they proceed into a building to save lives.”HB 4740 has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform for further consideration.###last_img read more