Hot and dry weather making way for possible thunderstorms later this week

first_imgThe BC Wildfire Service says that says that while no new human-caused wildfires were started in this corner of the province over the Victoria Day long weekend, a number of lightning-caused fires were started north of Fort St. John after a band of thunderstorms erupted on Sunday evening. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Environment Canada forecasters say that the Peace Region won’t be getting a much-needed dump of precipitation anytime soon, and an unstable airmass could exacerbate the current dry conditions later this week.Meteorologist Cindy Yu says that a ridge of high pressure will be bringing sunny skies and temperatures into the high-20’s or even low 30’s to Fort St. John during the first half of the week. Yu said however that temperatures will start to return to the low- to mid-20’s in the latter half of the week, as a low pressure trough moves across B.C. from the Alaska Panhandle.She said however that the passing front will be followed by an unstable airmass that could result in thunderstorms across Northeast B.C. Yu said that while those possible storms would cause localized precipitation, the region isn’t forecast to see any significant, steady rainfall that would help lower the current fire danger rating, which is sitting at between high and extreme in much of the northeast.last_img read more

Association of tech professionals reverses policy on Huawei

BEIJING — The world’s largest association of technology professionals has reversed a decision that would have excluded employees of Chinese tech giant Huawei and its affiliates from some editorial and peer review activities.The announcement by the IEEE followed a clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce that employees of Huawei and its affiliates can participate as peer reviewers and editors in the organization’s publication process.The U.S. has put Huawei on an “Entity List,” effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology.The IEEE, IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E,”stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.It said all members, “regardless of employer,” can participate in all of its activities.It said an earlier, “more restrictive” stance, publicly condemned by Chinese experts, was meant to protect members from legal risk.The Associated Press read more

Schools in Middle East must be zones of peace UN envoy on

Completing a three-day fact-finding mission to Lebanon, the United Nations envoy for children in armed conflict today called on all sides in the Middle East to respect international humanitarian law and ensure schools are “zones of peace” where children are protected. After visiting the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said she was shocked to see the destruction caused by last year’s conflict between Hizbollah and Israel and its considerable impact on children. “All parties should respect International Humanitarian Law with regard to the protection of children and ensure that schools are zones of peace. For the sake of future generations, a framework for a permanent peace should be negotiated with Israel,” she said. Ms. Coomaraswamy said that she felt very encouraged by the response of the Lebanese authorities, civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international community to the crisis with regard to children. She also welcomed commitments made by Prime Minister Fuad Siniora on behalf of Lebanon’s Government and by Parliamentary Deputy Mohamed Raad on behalf of Hizbollah to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. Ms. Coomaraswamy stressed that children should not be used in political mobilization or armed violence. During discussions with these officials, she also raised the issue of cluster bombs and unexploded ordinance and asked Lebanon to take a leading role in the development of and advocacy for an International Protocol on Cluster Munitions. After visiting the Shatilla Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, she expressed concern over refugee children and called for better access to social services, education and employment, while also recognizing the efforts made by the Government to address the issue of living conditions in the camp. “It is crucial for the future of the country to encourage children to continue to go to school especially the most vulnerable and marginalized ones,” she declared. 12 April 2007Completing a three-day fact-finding mission to Lebanon, the United Nations envoy for children in armed conflict today called on all sides in the Middle East to respect international humanitarian law and ensure schools are “zones of peace” where children are protected. read more

Anusha Palpita removed from post following pressure

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) had said Palpita’s appointment was a “shameful” act as he was previously accused of being involved in corruption when Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power.Palpita was accused of being involved in the misappropriation of Rs. 600 million belonging to the TRC during the last presidential election campaign. (Colombo Gazette) Former Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Anusha Palpita has been removed from the post of additional secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs following pressure against his appointment.The Government was slammed for appointing Palpita as a Ministry Additional Secretary. read more

Standard Poors downgrades SNCLavalin citing charges and diplomatic feud

MONTREAL — The woes won’t stop piling up for SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.Debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the company Tuesday, citing diplomatic tensions and criminal charges against the beleaguered engineering giant as among the financial headwinds buffeting a firm now swept up in a political firestorm.A pair of slashed profit forecasts from SNC-Lavalin in the past three weeks — which first halved the per-share earnings target and then cut it again by more than 40 per cent — will make for a higher debt ratio, the agency said, prompting the downgrade to BBB- from BBB.An ongoing feud between Canada and Saudi Arabia, where the company has 9,000 employees, is jeopardizing future contracts in a volatile oil and gas industry, the agency suggested.“In our view, tension between the two countries has weakened SNC’s competitive position in the Middle East, and will likely affect a meaningful share of the company’s future growth.”The company generates between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of its revenues in the region, the agency estimates.Standard & Poor’s also highlighted the prospect of a ban of up to 10 years on contracts with the federal government in Canada.The ban is one possible outcome that could flow from a conviction on fraud and corruption charges stemming from alleged dealings with the Libyan regime under Moammar Gadhafi between 2001 and 2011. The company has pleaded not guilty.In 2013, SNC-Lavalin was debarred from bidding on any construction project backed by the World Bank for up to 10 years, constraining its options.“The pie’s getting awfully small to survive,” said Ian Lee, an associate professor at Carleton University’s business school. “They’re going through very, very tough times.”Adding to the “modest degree of uncertainty in the company’s earnings” are problems at a mining project and the risk of a global economic slowdown, the agency said.The Montreal-based company has halted all bidding on future mining projects following a contract dispute with Chile’s state-owned copper mining company Codelco. Now entering arbitration, the tiff could yield a $350-million loss for SNC-Lavalin’s mining and metallurgy business in the fourth quarter of 2018.The downgrade came after the federal ethics commissioner launched an investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office put pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the company avoid a criminal prosecution.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied directing Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from cabinet Tuesday, on the matter.Analyst Yuri Lynk of Canaccord Genuity said the reputational damage of a looming corruption case could hurt the company more than a decade-long ban on federal contract bidding.“In my mind, it’s worse just to have this hanging over the company’s head for another several years. It hurts their reputation,” he said. “Their competitors would always be reminding clients that you’re dealing with someone with outstanding charges against it in its own country.”Lynk said a remediation agreement would likely lead to a major stock bump, sorely desired after shares dove to a 10-year low of $34 on Monday.It might also lessen the appeal for SNC to sell part of its 16.77 per cent stake in Ontario’s 407 ETR highway. The company has been mulling a partial sale for at least six months, which would hand it a slice of the $2.2 billion some analysts say the stake is worth.“They’ve got a lot on their plate, but I would say trying to get the 1/8remediation agreement3/8 settled would be at the top of their to-do list,” Lynk said.Nearly one-third of SNC’s revenue stems from work in Canada, though much of it through contracts that are not with the federal government, said Laurentian Bank Securities analyst Mona Nazir.A remediation agreement could stick SNC with a potential fine of between $200 million and $500 million or more, analysts say.“The upside from signing a remediation agreement far outweighs any potential fine that SNC would have had to pay,” Nazir said.Analyst Derek Spronck of RBC Dominion Securities noted that the rating downgrade will result in pricing increases on the company’s $500-million term loan.Further clouding the legal and fiscal horizon are court documents that show Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC) read more

Ameryst Alston and Raven Ferguson lead Ohio State womens basketball to upset

Junior guard Raven Ferguson drives to the basket during a game against Michigan Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 64-49.Credit Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Indiana Hoosiers came into their game against the Ohio State women’s basketball team undefeated and ranked in the top-25 for just the second time in team history.They left Assembly Hall with a loss to the unranked Buckeyes.OSU sophomore guard Ameryst Alston led all scorers and tied a career high with 29 points as the Buckeyes took down the No. 22 Hoosiers, 70-51, Saturday.Coach Kevin McGuff was not shy in his praise of his star guard after the victory.“She (Alston) was in attack mode for 40 minutes tonight,” McGuff said in a press release following the game. “We are a different team when she is playing with that type of aggressiveness.”The Buckeyes also got quality minutes from junior guard Raven Ferguson, who came off the bench to record a career-high 18 points.“This was Raven’s best game all year,” McGuff said. “She generated a lot of offense for herself and her teammates.”The efforts of Alston and Ferguson also made an impression on Indiana coach Curt Miller.“The one-on-one ability by Ameryst and the one-on-one ability by Raven Ferguson was the big difference in the game tonight,” Miller said in a postgame video for Indiana athletics. “They created havoc with their penetration.”The OSU defense was a big factor in the victory, as it held the Hoosiers to just 28.8 percent shooting from the field.“I thought we were particularly good on the defensive end today and I think our players did an excellent job executing what the game plan was and playing with great intensity,” McGuff said. “Our communication was better and we were just much, much better on the defensive end.”Another area of success for the Buckeyes was scoring inside, where the Buckeyes outscored Indiana 38-14 in the paint.“Ohio State’s big,” Hoosiers senior center Simone Deloach said in a postgame video. “They did a really good job of getting the ball inside and … passing out of the post too.”The game seemed to be in hand midway through the second half as OSU led 56-37 with 10:46 remaining.But the Hoosiers then scored 11 straight to cut the lead to eight with just more than eight minutes left.The crowd at Assembly Hall roared, but the Buckeyes had an answer.The Buckeyes finished the game on a 14-3 run in the final eight minutes to seal a victory, much to the delight of McGuff.“That was really great to see,” McGuff said. “They certainly could have crumbled and quit doing the things that allowed us to get the lead we had prior to that run.”The win over Indiana gave the Buckeyes their second road victory this season, the other coming against West Virginia Nov. 8 when they beat the Mountaineers 70-61.“We still have a long way to go,” McGuff said. “But this was a good performance for us.”OSU is scheduled to travel to Penn State Thursday. Tipoff between the Buckeyes and No. 14 Nittany Lions is set for 7 p.m. read more

What is thirdparty ownership in football and why is it controversial

first_imgGianni Infantino, the Fifa president West Ham was found guilty of acting improperly and withholding key documentation over Tevez and Mascherano’s ownership, and the club was fined £5.5 million.TPO was banned by the FA at the start of the 2008-09 season. The Premier League concluded that the practice “raises too many issues over the integrity of competition” and “the development of young players”.Gianni Infantino, now the Fifa president, said it was unacceptable for companies to “trade” economic rights to people. West Ham signings Carlos Tevez, left, and Javier Mascherano, hold up their new shirts at a press conference in September 2006Credit:Jane Mingay/AP Photo Third party ownership (TPO) of football players has been described as a form of modern-day “slavery” by some of the most senior figures in soccer.It involves a third party, such as a company or an agent, owning all or part of the financial rights to a player, so that the third party, rather than a football club, benefits from transfer fees every time the player is sold.It is in the third party’s interests to sell the player as often as possible to generate as much money from transfers as they can. Gianni Infantino, the Fifa presidentCredit:Walter Bieri/EPA Michael Platini, the former Uefa president, described the practice as “a type of slavery”. However, its proponents insist the practice provides a source of income for cash-strapped clubs.A global ban on third party ownership of players was introduced by Fifa in 2015.But agents found loopholes including buying shares in a club, with a view to cashing in with a cut of transfer fees netted by the club; providing a “loan” to a club and being repaid plus “interest” from sell-on fees; and acting as an agent in order to receive a cut from sell-on fees as “commission”. West Ham signings Carlos Tevez, left, and Javier Mascherano, hold up their new shirts at a press conference in September 2006 The practice came to prominence in 2007 when it emerged that West Ham United had breached Premier League rules over the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano the previous year.The economic rights of the two Argentinian stars were part-owned by a London-based fund, in a practice that was common in parts of Europe and South America.In itself, TPO was not then out of bounds. But the Premier League concluded that the contracts signed for the transfers gave the fund the right to decide whether a player moved to another club and for what fee. This was a breach of existing rules banning third parties from having influence over the transfers of players. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Pharmacies to dole out emergency prescriptions to ease NHS crisis

first_imgEvery year, around 200,000 people call 111 because they have run out of medication which is urgently needed.The national scheme will also see the phoneline refer increasing numbers of patients with minor ailments to community pharmacies for advice and medication.Health minister David Mowat said: “Community pharmacists already contribute a huge amount to the NHS, but we are modernising the sector to give patients the best possible quality and care.”This new scheme will make more use of pharmacists’ expertise, as well as freeing up vital time for GPs and reducing visits to A&E for urgent repeat medicines.” Patients in need of an emergency prescription will be able to bypass their GP under new plans intended to ease pressures on the NHS.A pilot scheme means that patients who call 111 because their medication has run out will be referred directly to chemists.Ministers said the change would free up time for GPs and reduce the number of patients turning up at Accident & Emergency departments because they could not obtain medication. Under the plans, patients will be given advice about how to obtain repeat prescriptions from their pharmacist in future, reducing the numbers calling 111 in an emergency, officials said. Health officials hope the scheme will free up time for GPs Credit:PA  GP consultation  ‘This new scheme will make more use of pharmacists’ expertise, as well as freeing up vital time for GPs and reducing visits to A&E for urgent repeat medicines’David Mowat, Health Ministercenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Health officials hope the scheme will reduce pressures on A&E departmentsCredit:Chris Radburn/PA  A&E sign  Keith Willett, medical director for acute care, NHS England, said: “Directing patients to go to a community pharmacy instead of a GP or A&E for urgent repeat medicines and less serious conditions, could certainly reduce the current pressure on the NHS, and become an important part of pharmacy services in the future. This pilot will explore a sustainable approach to integrate this into NHS urgent care.”It comes as latest figures show record levels of “bedblocking” in hospitals and longer waiting times in A&E this summer than in almost any winter for a decade.This week a report by regulators found eight in ten hospitals are not safe enough, with rising numbers overloaded by a crisis in care of the elderly which is approaching “tipping point”.last_img read more

Christmas Day could be the warmest on record with some parts of

first_imgChristmas Day could be the warmest on record with some parts of the country expected to reach 15C.Forecasters are predicting balmy weather in areas in the south – rivalling the record of 15.6C registered in Devon in 1920. Ho, ho, ho, Fleur here, Merry Christmas! Mild for many but windy in north with Storm Connor drawing in from the NW:— Met Office (@metoffice) December 25, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It could maybe reach 15C which could make it the warmest Christmas day of record in the last 100 years.”For Scotland though, we could still see a touch of snow.”Forecaster Charlie Powell also said there would be amber warnings for the first part of Boxing Day and a yellow warning covering northern areas.He said: “As Conor pulls away on Boxing Day the winds will increase. The temperatures will drop down to 8C and it will be sunny but crisp.” Members of the public head into the freezing sea for the annual Brighton Swimming Club swim Met Office meteorologist Chris Page said: “Because of the wind direction from the south west, Storm Conor brings up some milder air which means temperatures will only drop to lows of 9 (48F) and 10C (50F), making it a very mild start to Christmas day.”We’ll see some clearer, drier spells in Scotland but the sunshine will be in the south and with south-westerly winds dragging up more mild air we could even see some records broken.center_img A Christmas Day swimmer skips out of the cold waters on Brighton beach A Christmas Day swimmer skips out of the cold waters on Brighton beachCredit:EPA But while some parts of England will be bathed in sunshine, there could be snow in the north of Scotland, brought in by Storm Conor as it approaches the UK.With winds expected to reach 80mph, the Met Office has raised its weather alert to amber.The latest storm is set to follow in the tracks of Barbara, which brought travel disruption and power cuts to the north of Scotland on Friday. Members of the public head into the freezing sea for the annual Brighton Swimming Club swimCredit:PA last_img read more

HBC Nantes with 6 over Skjern to keep French dream about three

← Previous Story VIDEO: Maqueda scores winning goal in Kiel Next Story → EHF CUP: Saint Raphael and FA Goppingen close to Final4 HBC Nantes concluded the first round of VELUX EHF Champions League quarter-final matches with a win over Skjern Handbold 33:27 (18:12).Team of Thierry Anti made a good job in front of home fans, but in some point of the second half it looked that French team can make even more convincing win when Nicolas Claire netted for 26:17.The Danish team managed to get back in the match and raise chances for the second match in Skjern. Three French teams at EHF CL Final4 in Cologne. Is it more realistic than before the first matches of TOP 8? HBC Nantes read more

Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine

first_imgSeveral hours after being blasted on Twitter for his comments, Shkreli was more gracious in a short YouTube clip released today.“These Australian students are proof that the 21st century economy will solve problems of human suffering through science and technology,” he said.“We should congratulate these students for their interest in chemistry and all be excited about what is to come in this stem-focused 21st century.”With reporting by AFP.WATCH: Despised ex-drug CEO smirks his way through questioning by US politiciansRead: Drug company wants Simon Harris to intervene in row on life-changing drug Orkambi Former Pharma exec, Martin Shkreli Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 42,777 Views Share138 Tweet Email Friday 2 Dec 2016, 10:24 AM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 125 Comments Man who hiked price of HIV drug mocks schoolkids for recreating medicine in lab Martin Shkreli’s company raised the price of HIV drug Daraprim from €13.50 to €750 per pill. A GROUP OF Australian school children working on a shoestring budget have recreated the HIV drug whose price was controversially jacked up 5,000 percent by a former hedge fund manager.US drug company chief Martin Shkreli became a global figure of hate after buying the rights to Daraprim and then raising the price in the United States from $13.50 a tablet to $750.Shkreli opted to use Twitter to mock the school children, saying that he should use secondary school kids to make his medicines in future.Making a pointYoungsters at a Sydney school decided to draw attention to the scandal and went to work creating pyrimethamine, the active ingredient for Daraprim, an anti-parasitic used to treat people with low immune systems such as those with HIV, chemotherapy patients and pregnant women.Student James Wood said he and his friends had started off with just $20 of the drug, and in one reaction had produced thousands of dollars’ worth.“So we really just hope this makes a point about the nature of the pharmaceutical industry,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.University of Sydney research chemist Alice Williamson helped the boys synthesise the medicine using an online platform Open Source Malaria.The pupils “shared the outrage of the general public,” Williamson said.“The original recipe, if you like, to make this molecule was from a patent that was referenced on Wikipedia,” she said.Turing Pharmaceuticals continue to sell the only FDA-approved form of the drug in the US, but reportedly cut the price in half for hospitals after the outcry.Daraprim, which figures on the World Health Organization list of essential medicines, is cheap in most countries, with 50 tablets selling in Australia for $10.Hate figureAfter it emerged that Shkreli had increased the price of the HIV drug by 5,000% overnight, the unapologetic pharma boss has become a hate figure in the US.At a meeting before US congress officials, Shkreli infuriated members by staying silent and smirking throughout.Since the controversy surrounding Daraprim emerged last year and the similar case of another firm hiking the price of an essential medicine in the US this year, Shkreli has been seen as symbolic of the problem of just how expensive medicines are.Reacting to the news of the Australian school children, Shkreli tweeted some sarcastic remarks about the students’ successful recreation of the drug.“Labor and equipment costs? Didn’t know you could get physical chemists to work for free?” Shkreli tweeted. “I should use high school kids to make my medicines!“And why buy my equipment when I can use the lab’s for free?! And those teachers who told them what to do, they’ll work for free, right.” Short URL By Sean Murray Former Pharma exec, Martin Shkreli Image: Susan Walsh AP/Press Association Images Dec 2nd 2016, 10:24 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Trash collectors ordered to return to work

first_imgSome 3,000 civil mobilisation orders had been issued by Wednesday night for Athens sanitation workers, who have been on strike last week, but unionists warned that even if the municipal employees return to work, it could take more than a month to collect all the rubbish that has piled up on the city’s streets. The government issued the civil mobilisation orders on Tuesday after failing to convince the sanitation workers, who are protesting the latest austerity measures and any attempt to allow private contractors to collect refuse, to end their protest. However, the civil mobilization order is unlikely to lead to any speedy collection of thousands of tons of rubbish on the streets of the capital. City of Athens general secretary Theodoros Livanos said it would take a few days to ensure that all the municipal employees had received their orders. The process is a fairly complicated one as the papers will have to be issued by the Attica Regional Authority, which will then deliver them to the capital’s various municipalities, which in turn will have to ensure that the orders are handed to a total of some 7,500 workers. Giorgos Harisis, the vice president of POE-OTA, the federation of municipal workers’ unions, told Skai Radio that even if the employees are forced back to work, it could still take a month to clear the 9,000 tons of rubbish that is estimated to have amassed on the streets of the capital. City of Athens officials, however, said that the collection should take no more than five days. A similar process is under way in Thessaloniki, where officials estimate that some 3,500 tons of trash has to be collected. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

ALP Greens oppose cuts to aged pension rights

first_imgThe federal Opposition and the Greens have condemned moves by the Coalition government to change the aged pension.Of particular concern, they say, are measures which would mean a significant reduction in the pension for many Australians from migrant backgrounds.Shadow Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin and Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland claim that the Turnbull government is cutting the pension for elderly pensioners who need to travel overseas. President of Greek Friends of Labor-Hellenic Caucus, George Houssos, also slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to deny pensioners the right to travel for more than six weeks without having their hard-earned pensions cut.“This is an absolute insult to the people who built this country,” said Mr Houssos.“Restricting members of the Greek and other migrant communities of their freedom in their retirement shows the Liberals simply do not understand ethnic communities,” said Mr Houssos.The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 passed the House of Representatives last week and makes it harder for migrant pensioners to continue to receive their pension while they are overseas.Currently, pensioners can stay overseas for 26 weeks and receive their full pension. Following that time, the pension is reduced to a rate that depends on the number of years they have worked in Australia. Under the Turnbull government’s changes, from 1 January 2017 pensioners will have their pension cut after just six weeks. Labor Candidate for Chisholm Stefanie Perri said the change will disadvantage thousands of elderly Greek and other migrant pensioners in Chisholm who will now be unfairly penalised for visiting their families back home.“Many pensioners living in our community moved to Australia with nothing, they worked hard, paid their taxes, built new lives and raised families. They helped make our community a better place and they deserve their pensions,” Ms Perri said.“I know many elderly people throughout our community who have waited decades for the chance to make an extended trip back to where they were born, to see loved ones and reconnect with the families they don’t often get to see.“They are entitled to visit their families and they have a right to receive their full pension while they do,” Ms Perri said. Labor voted against the cut to pensions and says it will continue to fight this unfair change. “Sadly this is just the most recent assault the Liberals have made on pensioners; they’ve made it harder to receive a part pension, they’ve cut concessions for pensioners and they’ve increased the pension age to 70, the oldest in the world,” Ms Perri said.“I will stand up for the rights of pensioners in our community to be treated fairly.”Michael O’Neill, the chief executive of an advocacy group for older Australians, Nationals Australia, says it is unfair.“It would, in my view, be very difficult, for example, to see how you differentiate between someone who’s lived and worked in this country for 25 or 30 years. That’s a very significant contribution. And to just rule the line at 35 years seems to be very unfair to people in those circumstances of quite long contributions,” said Mr O’Neill.Greens treasury spokesman Adam Bandt agrees.“We’ve got a large number of people in my electorate who came to Australia many, many years ago from Greek communities, Italian communities, Vietnamese communities, who are now reaching the ends of their – or have reached the end of their – work life and presumed that, if they did the right thing here, that they would be able to get the pension and then enjoy it as they saw fit, and they’re going to be hit hard. And given that around 40 per cent of aged pensioners weren’t born in Australia, this is a measure that’s going to impact on a lot of people,” he said. Labor’s pensions and families spokeswoman, Jenny Macklin, says the Opposition, too, opposes the proposals. “We understand that, for many pensioners, they’ve saved up for years and years to go on one big trip in their retirement. Other people who’ve contacted us are wanting to visit family and friends. Some migrant pensioners, of course, need to go and see their families as they are getting much older, and we know that people have worked very, very hard all of their lives and deserve respect at this time of their retirement,” said Jenny Macklin.The Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales opposes these changes as discriminatory and unfair.It says a public meeting will shortly be called to give the community an opportunity to express its views on these issues and others that vitally affect them. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Local foundation uses scuba diving to uplift military veterans with injuries

first_img KUSI Newsroom Local foundation uses scuba diving to uplift military veterans with injuries Updated: 10:50 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A program aimed to help service members dealing with PTSD is also making waves with the Wounded Warrior Project.Now, thanks to a local foundation, more than 150 military veterans who suffered life changing injuries are learning about a whole new life underwater. August 15, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

First Alaskans Institute helps revive Yupik traditional Qasgiq teachings at Camai

first_imgStarting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Bethel Regional High School in classrooms C-22 and C-23, a men’s and women’s house Qasgiq will be hosted by First Alaskans Institute, with Torin Jacobs [left] hosting the men’s house and Andrea Sanders [right] hosting the women’s house. (Christine Trudeau / KYUK)For the first time ever, this year’s Cama-i Dance Festival will have traditional Yup’ik talking and healing circles for men and women on opening day.Several years ago, the First Alaskans Institute decided to tap into cultural strengths and traditions by bringing back the use of the Qasgiq annually at the statewide Elders and Youth conference that precedes the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Listen nowNow this custom is being taken back to the Y-K Delta, where it originated.First Alaskans’ Policy Center Director Andrea Sanders, whose Yup’ik name is Akalleq, said that the Qasgiq is the men’s house, and they decided to bring the women’s house with that.“It’s a chance for our young people to really sit and listen and learn from the guidance of our elders,” Sanders said.Sanders says that what’s talked about in the Qasgiq is determined by the participants. Everyone pays attention, and each person speaks in turn.“Taking the time to share knowledge, love one another, and make sure that nobody is feeling alone or unheard, or isolated, with the way that modern society can make our young people feel,” Sanders said.Sanders will host the women’s house with Institute CEO Liz Medicine Crow and staffer Angela Gonzalez. Hosting the men’s house will be Samuel Johns and Torin Jacobs of Bethel.“One of the things that the men’s house has done in the past is to lay everything out, to teach the boys how to be men, not just as hunters, not just as fathers, but as husbands, as lovers, as educators, as everything that you could possibly think of to make a human being proper,” Jacobs said.Jacobs describes the experience as “strengthening,” and Andrea Sanders speaks of “interconnectedness” that she hopes young people will be able to feel as Cama-i gets underway.“There’s a reason that we’re still here, that we still dance, that we still gather,” Sanders said. “That we still celebrate our traditions and that if our youth are able to tap into that inner strength and that inner spirit, that they will feel that connection, that they will feel that they’re part of something really powerful that is healing, that is strength, that is love. I hope they’ll feel that if they join us in the Qasgiq.”That starts tonight at 6 p.m. at Bethel Regional High School in classrooms C-22 and C-23, and is open for all to attend.last_img read more

Duterte approves autonomy law for troubled Muslim region

first_imgPhilippine president Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines 23 July 2018Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday approved a long-awaited law to allow minority Muslims in the south to start moving towards self-rule by 2022, a bid to tackle extremism and defuse a half-century of separatist conflict.The green light is the culmination of a lengthy and rocky peace accord with separatists, during which militants linked to Islamic State have expanded their influence, most notably in their devastating occupation of Marawi City last year.Duterte signed the measure into law after a visit to a southern city, his spokesman, Harry Roque, told reporters.Ebrahim Murad, chairman of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said he was confident the law would help bring splinter separatist groups back into the political fold and eliminate prospects of any incidents like Marawi.The Bangsamoro Organic Law, as the measure is known, has broad public backing, making it harder for foreign extremists to form alliances and win support, he told reporters.”All these splinter groups are a result of the frustration with the peace process. The moment the small groups no longer accept the foreign elements, they can no longer come (to the Philippines).”The Bangsamoro area includes part of the Philippines’ second-largest island of Mindanao, and a chain of dozens of small islands to the west notorious for piracy and banditry.An estimated five million Muslims live in the region, which has the predominantly Catholic nation’s lowest levels of employment, income, education and economic development.The momentum behind the autonomy process was “a long-awaited dream coming true”, said Jesus Dureza, Duterte’s top peace adviser.The new law gives the new entity, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, political and economic powers that successive governments have promised separatists, in order to halt conflict that has killed about 120,000 people, displaced 2 million, and helped radical Islam gain a foothold in the region.Mindanao remains under martial law until the end of this year, to allow security forces to halt a regrouping by a pro-Islamic State alliance that held Marawi through five months of air and ground assaults, in a battle reminiscent of Raqqa or Mosul in the Middle East.The MILF has condemned the extremists and its fighters have been helping government troops to disrupt their activities.Next comes an October referendum, where a positive result would let Duterte appoint an 80-member panel to set up a parliamentary system loosely patterned on Malaysia’s federal government.MILF leaders have welcomed the Bangsamoro law, even if all their demands were not met.”We will not stop there, we will continue to engage government until amendments are made in the law later to get what we really wanted,” Mohaqher Iqbal, the MILF chief negotiator, told Reuters after the final text was agreed.Iqbal said the rebels were expected to decommission 30 percent of their 40,000 weapons after the referendum.last_img read more

BJP wont be able to saffronise Bengal with money power warns Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Friday launched a scathing attack at the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre, stating that saffronisation of Bengal will not be possible by using ‘money power’.”The other states can be purchased by the use of money. But saffronisation of Bengal in similar fashion will not be possible,” Banerjee said, while addressing a rally held in the city to protest against the rising price of petrol and diesel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The Panchayat election results in Bengal, in which Trinamool Congress won all the Zilla Parishads convincingly, has set the stage for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The Karnataka results have indicated clearly that it is time to bid farewell to BJP. All Opposition leaders have indicated that Mamata Banerjee, who visited Karnataka recently, will lead from the front in the Lok Sabha elections. We have to vow to capture all the 42 seats in Lok Sabha,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe announced that the party will hold rallies in all the districts on Saturday and Sunday, to protest against the skyrocketing price of petrol and diesel. “We will continue our agitation until the price drops. We will go to the last limit but will not retreat until our demands are met,” he maintained.Alleging that BJP is using money power for disturbing communal harmony, Banerjee said, “We are prepared to fight a political battle as our poll plank is the all-round development of Bengal. The government at the Centre has failed in development,” he added. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee referred to the promise of Modi’s ‘Acche Din’ as ‘Kaala Din’ (Black Day). “They have slashed prices in other states but not in Bengal. So we had no other alternative to taking to the streets in protest. We will fight the anti-people decisions of the Centre in district level to the booth level across the state,” Chatterjee said.He maintained that party supremo Mamata Banerjee has always been vocal against any anti-people decision taken by the Centre. “From retail businessmen to common people, everybody is suffering because of the price rise,” he added.Apart from Chatterjee and Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress rally that started from Subodh Mallick Sqaure and ended at Park Street, saw participation by senior leaders like Subrata Bakshi, Shashi Panja, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay and Chandrima Bhattacharjee among others.last_img read more

Delhi Tourism celebrates Teej at three Dilli Haats

first_imgThe monsoon season is a festive celebration of the spirit of strong family ties and happiness. Keeping the festive spirits high and with an aim to promote the feeling of communal harmony within the hearts of local masses, Delhi Tourism’s is back with the Teej Festival at all the three Dilli Haats.In sync with the festivities, the three Dilli Haats at INA, Pitampura, and Janakpuri have been decorated to put forth the best of this season. The long festive extravaganza will have stalls adorned by artificial jewelry, handicrafts and handloom products. Unique delicacies like ghevar, Rajasthani thalis alongside savoury treats from across Delhi will be available. Teej Bazaar, the highlight of the festival, is one of a kind flee market that offers a variety of colorful Rakhis and traditional decorative items. Mehandi artists, bangle and jewelry stalls will also be showcased during the festival. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCultural performances in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad, Rajasthan Tourism etc. have been scheduled during the evening hours of the festival. The evening will showcase enthralling performances by folk artists, the ceremonial Rajasthani dance and traditional arts for the the visitors. Upholding traditional practices, Dilli Haat, INA and Janakpuri will also host a Mehendi and Rangoli competition including a special Bindi Making competition at Janakpuri, thereby allowing the younger generation and visitors of different background to experience India’s cultural richness. The event will go on until August 4 at Dilli Haat, Pitampura and Janakpuri, whereas it will conclude on August 7, 2019 at Dilli Haat INA.last_img read more

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first_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more June 17, 2009 – Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals Inc. presented clinical data on a radiolabeled, small-molecule molecular imaging pharmaceutical in development for diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer at the 2009 annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) in Toronto. Trofex, which targets prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a protein highly expressed by prostate tumor cells, has the potential to both detect and, when labeled with a therapeutic isotope, to treat metastatic prostate cancer. In 2008, Molecular Insight initiated clinical studies of Trofex in patients with documented prostate cancer and confirmed hormone refractory metastatic disease. Two internally developed Trofex compounds, MIP-1072 and MIP-1095, were evaluated for their capacity to visualize the disease and to define their pharmacokinetic profiles. Both agents rapidly detected metastatic prostate cancer lesions in soft tissues and bone, confirming that targeting the extracellular domain of PSMA is a viable approach for the molecular targeting of this cancer. The compounds were uniquely able to detect metastases within one to two hours after injection.As John W. Babich, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and President of Research and Development at Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, indicated, “Not only does this data demonstrate the capability to rapidly visualize bone metastasis and soft tissue lesions — that may be missed by conventional imaging techniques — imaging can be done in a single day, which is not possible with some of the products currently on the market for imaging recurrent metastatic disease. Abstract Title: Targeting Metastatic Prostate Cancer (PCa) in Patients using 123I-MIP 1072 & 123I-MIP 1095Authors: J.A. Barrett1; N.D. LaFrance1; R.E. Coleman2; S.J. Goldsmith3; J.B. Stubbs4; N. Petry2; S. Vallabhajosula3; K.P. Maresca1; F. Femia1; M. Stabin4; J.W. Babich11Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Cambridge, MA, 2Duke University, Durham, NC ,3Cornell Medical Center, NY, NY 4, Radiation Dosimetry Systems, Inc, Palo Alto, CAFor more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more center_img News | June 17, 2009 MI Pharmaceutical Detects, Treats Prostate Tumor Cells News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Related Content Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more last_img read more

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first_img 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content March 13, 2012 – Fischer Medical Technologies LLC (Fisher Medical), announces from the National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference that it has been named exclusive U.S. distributor of GIOTTO’s Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) systems.After receiving 510(k) clearance by the FDA in November 2011 for the GIOTTO FFDM system, I.M.S. Srl (Internazionale Medico Scientifica) of Bologna Italy and Fischer Medical of Broomfield, Colo. signed a multiyear distribution agreement.  The newly-formed Fischer-GIOTTO division is headed by Bob Rusk, who formerly managed GIOTTO-USA.The unique design of the GIOTTO system makes it possible to dedicate a single room for both upright mammography, as well as prone stereotactic biopsy.  The innovative tilting gantry ensures optimal positioning so that more breast tissue is included in the imaging field, increasing the ability to detect small cancers on the chest wall.  It also enables the mammogram procedure to be done “face to face;” a benefit to radiologists, technologists and patients alike.  The ring design of the GIOTTO system allows easy positioning of disabled wheelchair patients – the only known mammography system with this capability.Morgan W. Nields, chairman and CEO of Fischer Medical said, “We are delighted with this agreement since the GIOTTO FFDM system has been installed in over 500 sites around the world and has demonstrated a proven track record of superb image quality and reliability.”Vice President of International Sales at IMS in Bologna, Achille Alabanse said, “We have been gaining market share throughout the world and are very pleased to join forces with Fischer Medical. This agreement leverages Fischer’s deep knowledge and installed base of prone biopsy systems in the United States.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | March 15, 2012 Dual-Function Mammography, Prone Stereotactic Biopsy System Cleared by FDA News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more 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 | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more