PEI artist honours deceased Cree activist

first_imgAPTN National NewsNew work by a stained glass artist will honour a young Cree activist who died in 2010.Shannen Koostachin fought for a new school to be built on her remote First Nation in northern Ontario.Koostachin was killed in a car accident at age 15.But her fight for equal education goes on .APTN’s Trina Roache has more.last_img

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RCMP look for help in identifying suspect involved two alleged crimes

first_imgThe RCMP believe this same suspect could have been involved in a robbery that happened on May 25, 2018, at a local lottery kiosk.  The suspect allegedly demanded money and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before assaulting a lottery employee.Surveillance video from both the convenience store and the lottery kiosk has lead the RCMP to believe the same person was involved in both crimes.The suspect is described as a First Nations man in his mid-20’s to mid-30’s, standing between 5’8″ and 5’10” tall, with a heavier build. He was wearing a grey and black hoodie with a Red Dragon Apparel (RDS) logo, grey pants with distinct black striping, and grey high-top Nike runners.The RCMP have released this photo a suspect alleged to be involved with the robbery at a local lottery kiosk – RCMPThe Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about the suspect(s) or these incidents to call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John are looking for the public’s help to identify a suspect that is alleged to have committed two different crimes.On April 25, 2018, the RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle.  Various personal items including a debit and credit card were taken.  The cards were used at a convenience store on 100 Avenue.  The suspect is described as an adult male wearing a grey and black hoodie with a Red Dragon Apparel logo, along with a backward black brimmed hat.The RCMP have released this photo of the suspect taken at a local convince store – RCMPlast_img read more

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Dhawan Bhuvneshwar dropped from highest category of central contracts

first_imgNew Delhi: The BCCI has dropped struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the highest category of central contracts but promoted young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to the second highest A category. The Indian cricket Board (BCCI) announced the annual contracts late on Thursday night with Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar, who no longer are certainties in all three formats, being dropped from the A+ category, where a player gets a retainer of Rs 7 crore. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together India skipper Virat Kohli, ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are now the only three players in the A+ category. It is not a surprise that Dhawan’s contract has been downgraded considering that he is no longer a part of the Test set-up and endured an ordinary last three months in the limited overs format. Pant, on the other hand, has been rewarded for his good show in Test cricket and has jumped directly into the A group after being ignored last year. The A category players get Rs 5 crore. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The southpaw hit hundreds in England and Australia and seems ready to take on the mantle from Mahendra Singh Dhoni once the former captain retires. The other players in the A category are Dhoni, Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, Mohammad Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Chinaman Kuldeep, who has become India’s frontline spinner in all three formats, has also been promoted to A from the B category. Murali Vijay, who was in the A category until last year, has been dropped altogether after a dismal Test tour of Australia. Pujara, despite his stupendous show in Australia, remains in the A category as he is only one-format player. All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul continue to remain in the B category where a player fetches Rs 3 crore. The others in the same category are leggie Yuzvendara Chahal and pacer Umesh Yadav. The C category, where a player receives Rs 1 crore, comprises Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed, Kedar Jadhav and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who missed the most of the season due to an injury and last played for India in January 2018.last_img read more

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Egyptian Scholar Belly Dance Permissible in Islam

Taroudante – Egyptian cleric Muhammad Abdullah Nasr said in an interview with LTC TV channel that the oriental belly dance, known as Raqs Sharqi in Egypt, is permissible in Islam.The Egyptian Muslim cleric, also known as Mezo, called for teaching the dance at Egyptian schools, adding that those who refuse to see it as “an art” and claim that it is prohibited in Islam are required to bring their evidence.The Muslim cleric argued that oriental dance is “much better” than the female students who wear “black tents” at Al Azhar and “ruin its facilities,” referencing women who wear abayat and niqab to cover themselves from head to toe. “When I was young, I watched the videos of Naima Akef, a famous Egyptian belly dancer, and her appearance never caused me to lust,” Nasr said.In earlier controversial statements, the scholar described ?a?i? al-Bukhari, one of the most trusted hadith collections in Sunni Islam, as a “ridicule work” for Islam and Muslims, stressing that some of the sayings attributed to the prophet, along with the dominance of hardline Salafist Wahhabism, are the source of extremism and terrorism.In the interview with LTC, cleric added that a belly dancer’s costume is much more honorable than the hat worn by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamic theologian based in Doha, Qatar, and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.The cleric asserted that “terrorists” deny the arts while at the same time claiming that it is permissible in Islam to capture and kill women.Nasr is also well known for his fierce opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood. In 2013 he accused Mohamed Morsi, the former Egyptian president removed from office by the military, of being a Zionist with Israeli interests.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

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Nova Scotia seeking firms to explore possibility of digging out remaining coal

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s Liberal government wants to retrieve coal from old mines, even as its federal counterpart aims for the phasing out of coal-fired electricity.A provincial request for proposals is asking firms to determine if it would be viable and safe to mine coal left around inactive, underground shafts in the Westville area.Pictou County has many shafts beneath communities — including the town of Westville — where underground coal mining took place for generations before the industry declined.The walls and roofs left around the abandoned, underground shafts contain coal, but questions remain about its grade and the risks involved in removing it through an open pit operation.A spokeswoman for the province says any potential operation would be a surface mine and that the coal would be used for electrical generation.Stephen Thomas, the energy co-ordinator of the Ecology Action Centre, says the proposal makes little sense in the context of a federal goal of ending coal-fired electrical generation by 2030 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“This is a very bad idea. We’re living in the era of the climate crisis,” he said in an interview.“Looking for more coal to dig up and burn is absolutely the wrong move in 2019 from a climate point of view and from the economic point of view.”The federal Liberal government has said it is aiming to cut its carbon-dioxide emissions by about 200 million tonnes by 2030 with policies like the carbon tax and phasing out coal power.Federal regulations call for all coal power to either be converted to natural gas, have capture-and-storage technology, or be closed by 2030.However, Ottawa is looking at equivalency agreements with some provinces that could allow some to continue past 2030 if they can make equivalent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in other areas.JoAnn Alberstat, spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Mines, said in an email that Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas emissions are already close to a third below 2005 levels.“Our approach to phasing out coal reflects the emission reductions we have already achieved, while keeping electricity rates affordable,” she wrote.Sean Kirby, director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, says mining companies have to post reclamation bonds and get government approval of reclamation plans before any permits are issued and before any exploration or mining activity can take place.The lobbyist for the industry said coal mining creates jobs, and locally produced coal would be cheaper than imports of the fossil fuel.“While Nova Scotia has significantly reduced its use of coal for power generation, coal still provides over half of the province’s electricity,” he wrote in an email.Nova Scotia’s Pictou County has been home to many mining operations since the end of the 18th Century, with the best known mine being the Westray coal mine.On May 9, 1992, the facility was the scene of a disaster that claimed the lives of 26 miners when a deadly combination of methane gas and coal dust ignited.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on TwitterMichael Tutton, The Canadian Press read more

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Coaldrying technology to increase energy reduce emissions and save money

first_imgA coal-drying technology that will extract more energy from high moisture coal at less cost and simultaneously reduce potentially harmful emissions is ready for commercial use after successful testing at a Minnesota electric utility. The DryFiningTM technology – developed with funding from the first round of the US Department of Energy’s Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) – uses waste heat from a power plant to reduce the moisture content of lignite, whilst also segregating particles by density. This means a significant amount of higher density compounds containing sulphur and mercury are sorted out and returned to the mine, rather than oxidised in the boiler. As part its CCPI-funded project, Great River Energy tested a 104.3-t prototype dryer in the company’s 546 MW Coal Creek Station Unit 2 in Underwood, North Dakota. Following a successful increase in boiler efficiency and reduction of emissions, Great River Energy expanded the project by building full-scale dryer modules for the entire Coal Creek Station. The Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory manages the CCPI program.Great River Energy has selected the WorleyParsons Group to exclusively distribute licences for the technology. Great American Energy, a 50-50 joint venture of Great River Energy and the North American Coal Corp, will also market the technology, whose first user will be the utility’s Spiritwood Station under construction near Jamestown, North Dakota.At the Coal Creek Station, the technology increased the energy content of the lignite from 6,200 to 7,100 btu/Ib, thereby reducing fuel input into the boilers by 14%. At the same time, sulphur dioxide and mercury emissions were reduced by more than 40%, nitrogen oxide by more than 20%, and carbon dioxide by 4%.Lignite accounts for about 7% of annual coal production in the US, and is an important energy source for electricity generation. In general, lignite has a higher moisture and ash content, resulting in a lower power efficiency and higher rate of emissions than coals with less moisture.last_img read more

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Routine Polish win over Belarus

Poland celebrated the easiest win until now at the Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Krakow by beating Belarus 32:27 (19:13). Without injured Siarhei Rutenka, Belarussian had no power to give a fight to the host team supported by sold-out Tauron Arena, where 15.000 cheered for a success which will bring team closer to the semi-final.Slawomir Szmal (11 saves) and Michal Jurecki (9) had the main role in the winning squad as it was expected.STATISTICSNow it is clear, Poland have to beat Croatia in the last match to secure semi-final. It would be possible even to tie or to lose, but in that case, Norway have to stay unbeaten or to beat FRANCE.STANDINGS:Norway 4 – 7Poland 4 – 6France 4 – 6Croatia 4 – 4Macedonia 4 – 1Belarus 4 – 0photo: ehf-euro.com ← Previous Story Norwegian come-back for a point against Macedonia Next Story → Swiss Handball Federation and Rolf Brack to part ways in June read more

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Plan to turn 5 Fiat vans into mobile garda offices criticised as

first_imgA TENDER HAS been put out to turn five Fiat vans into mobile garda offices – but the move has been criticised as ‘farcical’.The tender from An Garda Síochána was published on 23 February and has a deadline date of 19 March at 3pm. It is for the fit-out of the five Fiat Ducato panel vans to be used as mobile garda offices, and comes following the closure of 100 garda stations around the country.Responding to the news, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn described the initative as “farcical” and a “sticking plaster rather than a real solution”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:This is just farcical. 143 garda stations have closed across the state. Policing is being decimated in rural communities. Garda numbers are being reduced dramatically. The numbers of garda vehicles have been reduced and many of the existing vehicles are not up to scratch due to heavy mileage. We do not need a sticking plaster solution. We need real leadership and a real solution to a growing crisis.He repeated his call for Justice Minister Alan Shatter to engage with the Garda representative organisations and to hear their concerns directly and find a real solution.Read: Closure of 95 garda stations to go ahead today> And what is the solution? Five vans.last_img read more

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Android Developers Worried About Fragmentation

first_imgIn the war between iOS and Android, Apple has repeated three words over and over again: “fragmentation, fragmentation, fragmentation.” The threat of fragmentation is certainly a big point in favor of Apple’s limited device strategy. And, at least to some degree, the company has been vindicated. Things over on the Android side are a bit of a mess these days, as a new survey of Android developers can attest.The William Powers study spoke to 250 develops and found that the majority are worried about Android fragmentation. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed considered fragmentation a “meaningful problem” and 24 percent consider it a “huge problem.” “Somewhat of a problem” and simply “a problem” are at 13 and 17 percent, respectively. We’ve certainly see the issue manifest itself from a user’s perspective, with applications proving more buggy on different devices and manufacturers rolling out OS updates at their own staggered paces.The survey also found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that developers find both iOS and BlackBerry easier to develop for than Android.last_img read more

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Greece returns stolen paintings

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece returned two pieces of mediaeval frescoes stolen from an Italian church more than 25 years ago to Italy. The 13th century religious paintings were handed over to Italian authorities in Athens last week.The two fragments of wall paintings were stolen in 1982 from a chapel at Grotta delle Fornelle, in Italy’s southern Caserta region. The works were retrieved in 2006, during a raid by Greek police on a villa on the Aegean Sea islet of Schoinoussa, in which dozens of illegal antiquities were seized. Greek and Italian authorities are closely cooperating to fight the theft and illegal trade in antiquities and works of art.last_img read more

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Une lionne meurt noyée au zoo de Lyon

first_imgUne lionne meurt noyée au zoo de LyonUne jeune lionne âgée de deux ans s’est noyée lundi dans le bassin qui entourait son enclos dans le zoo de Lyon. Elle venait tout juste d’arriver au parc de la Tête d’Or où elle a été introduite dans le cadre d’un programme européen de reproduction.Comme l’a expliqué David Gomis, directeur du parc zoologique, cet accident est le résultat d’un “enchaînement de mauvaises circonstances”. Malgré le guidage électrique mis en place, la lionne serait sortie très vite de son enclos intérieur, tombant directement dans l’eau. Le personnel du zoo a tenté de l’aider en lui tendant une échelle et en essayant de la diriger vers les marches-pieds du bassin. Malheureusement l’animal ne s’en est pas sorti. “Elle avait déjà dû boire la tasse. Contrairement aux tigres, les lions ne sont pas des très bons nageurs”, souligne David Gomis.À lire aussiUn lion retrouve la liberté après avoir vécu en cage pendant 13 ans (Vidéo)Venue duzoo La Boissière du Doré, en Loire-Atlantique, elle était arrivée à Lyon avec une autre lionne le 5 octobre dernier, dans le cadre du programme européen de réintroduction des lions d’Asie. Elle venait de rejoindre l’unique lion mâle de l’enclos.Le parc zoologique a assuré qu’il mettrait en place dès le mois de janvier un système de grillage, afin d’éviter que de tels accidents de reproduisent. Le 23 décembre 2010 à 19:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Rhinocéros le sort de sept spécimens bientôt relâchés en Chine inquiète

first_imgRhinocéros : le sort de sept spécimens bientôt relâchés en Chine inquièteCe sont en tout sept rhinocéros blancs issus d’Afrique qui vont être remis en liberté dans une forêt tropicale chinoise. Une démarche jugée bien curieuse puisque c’est dans ce pays que la corne de ces mammifères menacés est la plus demandée.En mars dernier, sept rhinocéros blancs africains ont été débarqués en Chine afin d’être hébergés dans le Parc national de la forêt de Pu’er, dans le Yunnan (dans le sud-ouest du pays). Mais aujourd’hui, ils s’apprêtent à être relâchés dans une forêt tropicale chinoise. Si on pourrait se réjouir de cette décision, elle suscite en vérité interrogations et vives critiques de la part des défenseurs des animaux. En effet, c’est précisément en Chine que se vendent le plus les cornes de rhinocéros utilisées dans la pharmacopée traditionnelle chinoise pour les vertus médicinales qu’on leur prête. De plus, certains avertissent que les rhinocéros d’Afrique du Sud auront fort à faire pour survivre dans leur nouvel environnement forestier. “Tout simplement, ils ne pourront pas survivre dans un environnement de type forêt tropicale”, explique Tom Milliken, expert des rhinocéros de l’organisation environnementale Traffic cité par l’AFP. “Nous sommes inquiets à propos de leur nourriture et de leur capacité générale à s’adapter. S’ils n’ont pas d’alimentation supplémentaire, ils peuvent mourir de faim. Ça n’est pas exactement de la préservation” de l’environnement, ajoute t-il. Ces sept rhinocéros ne sont toutefois pas les premiers à vivre une telle expérience puisque 150 autres sont déjà passés par là entre 2007 et 2012. Mais Tom Milliken estime que le parc constitue “un environnement totalement inapproprié” pour ces animaux.Un parc transformé en destination pour touristes ? Selon Qian Fuchun, un des employés chargés de veiller sur les bêtes, l’objectif principal est de permettre aux rhinocéros de se reproduire. “Le projet relève de la recherche scientifique” et “on les relâchera ensuite dans la nature”, a-t-il assuré. Pourtant, son employeur, le Mekong Group, est en train de transformer les 23.800 hectares de forêt du parc, jusque là inviolée, en une destination touristique qui semble à 10.000 lieues des bonnes intentions déclarées par M. Qian. Le professeur Zhang Li, chargé d’écologie à l’Ecole normale de Pékin a ainsi jugé ouvertement qu’”il s’agit d’un projet de nature commerciale d’élevage de rhinocéros, plutôt que d’une démarche scientifique”. D’ailleurs, des routes sont actuellement en construction à travers la forêt, de même que des villas de vacances. Dans les parcs d’Afrique du sud, les rhinocéros ne peuvent pas être approchés des touristes et s’ils sont exceptionnellement autorisés à descendre de leur véhicule, ils doivent être accompagnés d’un “ranger” et rester sous le vent, à bonne distance. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Rien de tout ça sur la “zone de visite des rhinocéros” prévue par le Mekong Group (qui a d’ailleurs refusé de répondre aux questions de l’AFP), des croquis décrivant des visiteurs placés à quelques mètres de rhinocéros couchés sous les arbres.Une menace grandissanteLes rhinocéros blancs sont aujourd’hui classés comme “près d’être menacés”, avec environ 20.000 rhinocéros spécimens restant dans la nature. Mais le gouvernement d’Afrique du sud souligne que le braconnage est passé de 13 animaux tués en 2007 à 668 l’an dernier (et déjà 242 depuis janvier dans le seul parc Kruger). Des chiffres qui révèlent l’ampleur de la menace qui plane sur les rhinocéros. Le 21 juin 2013 à 10:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Google Glass Reborn Enterprise Edition Now Available

first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target Google Glass is back from the dead.And with a much more advantageous ambition.Project lead Jay Kothari on Tuesday announced the new Glass Enterprise Edition, available now to businesses—not tech enthusiasts.“Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy,” Kothari wrote in a blog post.In 2014, the team at X, Google’s moonshot factory, began rebuilding its wearable technology from zero to corporate hero.DHL employees are able to move inventory faster (via Google X)Using GE Aviation as guinea pigs, the company introduced new functions like a heads-up display with instructional videos, animations, and images, “so [users] don’t have to stop work to check their binders or computer to know what to do next.”That simple change, according to Kothari, helped reduce errors and improve efficiency by up to 12 percent.Following General Electric’s lead, more than 50 companies—including AGCO, DHL, Dignity Health, NSF International, Sutter Health, The Boeing Company, and Volkswagen—have adopted Glass in the workplace.AGCO workers can see assembly instructions, make reports, get remote video support (via Google X)“Employees are now working smarter, faster, and safer because they have the information they need right in their line of sight,” Peggy Gulick, director of business process improvement at AGCO, said in a statement.The lightweight, clip-on headset (now with increased power and battery life), has also made its way into the healthcare field.Doctors at California providers Dignity Health and Sutter Health are using Glass-plus-Augmedix to interact with patients while remotely taking notes.Doctors and nurses at Dignity Health can focus on patient care rather than record keeping (via Google X)Google Glass, like many great inventions, has hit a few bumps along the road: Key team members departed, popular apps dropped support, early editions were dubious, and a full product launch never transpired. Not to mention the arrival of Oculus Rift and other, more accessible virtual and augmented reality devices.The sordid history of the headset seemingly came to an end in January 2015, when the tech titan announced it would stop selling the $1,500 portable computer.But you can’t keep a good wearable down.“Based on the positive feedback we’ve received from … customers in a special program we’ve been running for the past two years, we’re now making Glass Enterprise Edition available to more businesses through our network of partners,” Kothari said.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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International group gathers in Unalaska to talk Arctic biodiversity

first_imgThe Arctic Council’s working group for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) is meeting in Unalaska Sept. 5-7. (Credit CAFF)This week, Unalaska is hosting an international gathering of scientists, wildlife managers and indigenous leaders — all focused on biodiversity in the circumpolar north.Listen nowIt’s a meeting of the Arctic Council’s working group for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), currently chaired by the United States.The group conducts habitat research, tracks native and invasive species, and encourages local engagement in environmental issues across the world’s eight Arctic nations.Cindi Jacobsen is CAFF’s chair. She works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage.“We’re halfway through the U.S. chairmanship, so we’re measuring: Have we been doing the types of things we wanted to do and accomplish?” Jacobson said. “And I think we have good indicators that things are going really well.”Jacobson points to the creation of the Arctic Youth Ambassadors program, which is training young Alaskans to advocate for Arctic issues. She also emphasizes China’s increased interest in cooperation — a CAFF priority, as many Arctic migratory birds spend time there.Going forward, Jacobson said CAFF wants to continue building partnerships with communities and indigenous organizations around the state. That’s why the group is meeting in Unalaska, following earlier gatherings in Bethel and Fairbanks.King Cove’s Liza Mack said it’s important that CAFF is spending time in the Aleutian region. She’s the executive director of the Aleut International Association (AIA), created to address environmental and cultural concerns of the Unangan people in Alaska and Russia.“We are the gateway to the Arctic and the Bering Sea,” Mack said. “That’s where we live. That’s who were. And we’re happy to have the opportunity to bring our expertise to the table, because this is where we’ve lived for thousands of years.”As a permanent participant on the Arctic Council, Mack said AIA has the right to weigh in on the council’s decisions and negotiations. That means she’ll be at CAFF’s closed-door meetings Sept. 5-7. at the Grand Aleutian Hotel.Those sessions are not open to the public or news media, but CAFF held a community potluck on Tuesday, Sept. 4. It gave Unalaskans a chance to meet international visitors from Finland, Iceland, Italy, Russia and more.CAFF chairmanship will transfer from the U.S. to Sweden in spring of 2019.last_img read more

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Five including deputy minister killed in Somalia attack

first_imgSomali soldiers arrest a civilian close to the scene of two explosions set off near the ministries of public works and labour in Mogadishu on 23 March, 2019. Photo: AFPFive people were killed including a deputy minister on Saturday after Al-Shabaab militants stormed government buildings in Somalia’s capital, a witness and a senator told AFP.”I saw the dead bodies of four people, one of them in police uniform,” said witness Abdulahi Mohamed.Senator Ilyas Ali Hassan named the deceased minister as Saqar Ibrahim Abdalla, who was killed separately.The attack began with twin bombings of the complex housing Somalia’s ministries of works and labour, which were then stormed by the Shabaab.Police official Ibrahim Mohamed said the attack ended after police killed four gunmen.”There were some other casualties including members of the police,” he said, without elaborating.The attack also left at least 11 people wounded, according to Abdukadir Abdirahman Adan, director of the Aamin ambulance service in the capital Mogadishu.Shortly after the assault began, Al-Shabaab issued a statement claiming credit.Attacks that combine bombings with gunmen have become a speciality of the Al-Qaeda linked group, which is fighting an armed insurrection in Somalia against what it sees as heretic and foreign influence.Earlier this month, at least 20 people died in an attack in Mogadishu which saw Al-Shabaab jihadists battling security forces for nearly 24 hours.last_img read more

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Report Harris County Tops Number Of Exonerations

first_img X 00:00 /01:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share The report from the National Registry of Exonerations says a record 94 of last year’s 166 total exonerations were drug cases. And 48 of those were in Harris County. Tom Berg is with the District Attorney’s Office. “In many cases where there’d been a guilty plea before the controlled substance had been analyzed, sometimes the results came back inconsistent with the guilt. And in those cases, we ended up with exonerations.”  Harris County handles roughly 110,000 cases per year, so 48 is a relatively small number — unless you’re one of those jailed. “There could have very well been circumstances where people plead guilty to get out of jail before the drug results were back. And had they been able to hang out longer, those results would have exonerated them.”  The district attorney’s office and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez agree that the bail system needs to be reformed. Melissa Hamilton is with the University of Houston Law Center. “If somebody can’t bail out, then the pressure on them to plead guilty may be enormous. Allowing more individuals out could be a potential corrector for not only for the drug cases but other cases in which individuals be able to get out to make a living.” Texas had the most exonerations last year with 58. Illinois was second with 16. last_img read more

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Aparna Sen leads team to Bhatpara appeals for calm

first_imgKolkata: A team of intellectuals on Thursday visited Bhatpara, which has been on the boil since the 2019 elections results on May 23, in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and appealed people to restore peace. The team, led by popular actress-filmmaker Aparna Sen, actor Kaushik Sen and theatre artist Chandan Sen, met the residents of Bhatpara and Kankinara areas. They walked from Kankinara to Bhatpara and met residents to gather the first-hand account of violence in the past one month. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata They said the team would submit a memorandum to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi about the prevailing situation. “We have come here with a message of peace. We will submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister and the Governor on the situation. The fight between political parties has turned into a communal battle here. It was not like this before,” Aparna Sen said. Stating that people of different communities in this area were living together peacefully, Sen said, “the fight between the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since the time of elections has communally polarised people. It’s unacceptable.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Actor Kaushik Sen said people of Bhatpara and adjoining areas were living in fear due to continuous violence. They also visited the family of Dharambir Shaw, allegedly killed in the firing last week. Sen said they would also meet leaders of opposing political parties to appeal them to maintain peace in the area. When told that no TMC representatives had visited the area, Sen said the leaders must clarify why they refrained from coming to the area as the ruling party had a moral responsibility for the region. Bhatpara and its adjoining Kankinara, Jagaddal, Naihati areas under the Barrackpore parliamentary constituency have been on the boil since May 23. Former Trinamool MLA from Bhatpara Arjun Singh, who defected to the BJP just before the 2019 polls, won the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat while his son Pawan Singh won the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara. To contain a flare-up on June 20, the police had to open fire that left two persons dead and four others injured. The administration later imposed prohibitory orders in the area.last_img read more

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Varian Begins Equipment Installation for Netherlands Proton Therapy Center

first_img 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 News | Proton Therapy | May 11, 2016 Varian Begins Equipment Installation for Netherlands Proton Therapy Center Brand-new center will feature two treatment rooms plus dedicated research room upon completion next year 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 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 | 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 May 11, 2016 — Varian Medical Systems delivered the cyclotron for the new multi-room HollandPTC in Delft, the Netherlands, which will be equipped with the Varian ProBeam proton therapy system. The cyclotron, a particle accelerator which accelerates protons to two-thirds of the speed of light for clinical use, is a core piece of equipment of the ProBeam system. The delivery marks the start of equipment installation, a key milestone for each new proton therapy center.HollandPTC is part of Medical Delta, the medical-technological collaboration of the universities and university medical centers of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. Due for completion in 2017, the center will feature two proton therapy treatment rooms with full rotational gantries, one for fixed-beam eye treatments, as well as a dedicated research room.Proton therapy makes it possible to treat certain types of cancer more precisely and with potentially fewer side effects than is possible with conventional radiation therapy. With proton therapy, the risk of damage to healthy tissues and potential side effects is reduced because the beam is designed to stop and deposit dose within the tumor site rather than passing all the way through the patient. Proton therapy can be used for many of the most common types of cancer.HollandPTC business director Rob Florijn said, “The arrival of the cyclotron is an important milestone in the realization of HollandPTC. Varian has been a great partner in achieving this, as well as joining us in our research efforts towards a new generation of proton therapy.”Varian’s ProBeam technology is being used to treat patients at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego, the Maryland Proton Therapy Center in Baltimore, the Rinecker Proton Therapy Center in Munich, and at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. Varian also has contracts for system installations at ten other sites around the world.The ProBeam system with Dynamic Peak Scanning is uniquely capable of high-speed intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) which is the most precise form of proton therapy available.For more information: www.varian.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 | 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 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 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 | 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 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 last_img read more

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FlamingoPotrero News

first_imgNo related posts. Even in paradise one needs vacation. Katarina, owner of El Coconut Beach Club in Surfside on the Potrero Bay, is closing the restaurant on May 6. She’ll reopen June 8 when she returns.Maison de Madeleine is a new café that has opened at The Village Commercial Center in front of the Country Day School. The café offers a variety of coffee drinks, homemade beverages, breakfast and pastries. The owner, Julie Corrozzi, has been providing her professional services for 17 years throughout the U.S. She now offers personal private chef and catering services in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo and Potrero. For more information, contact Julie at 8517-2822.Former Surfside/Potrero resident Joanne Clifford has been away from Costa Rica for nearly two years after serving for four years at the Beach Community Church with her husband, Pastor Brett Clifford, and their two children. She returned recently for a week to attend a women’s retreat in La Fortuna and to visit her friends, who all miss her! Hot Topics at The Village Commercial Center include a May 18 talk by M. Psc. Heather Allenby on “Healthy Communication with Children.” On May 19, Terry Lewis will speak on “Personal Protection Training,” and on May 23, Dr. Jutta Heinz will speak on “Menopause and Post-Menopause.” For reservations, contact Pam at info@conchalvillage.com.–Babe Hopkinstbabehopkins@gmail.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Cashstrapped Indian carrier cancels flights

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Indian Airline, Kingfisher is reportedly planning to cancel up to 31 daily flights over the next week, leaving holiday season travellers stranded.Citing a local travel agency, the carrier is said to be struggling with paying the bills and will cancel up to 27 domestic flights on key routes to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Kochi as well as international flights to Bangkok, Live Mint reported.The agency’s official told the new source that up to five to seven percent of the carrier’s flights were being axed until 19 November.“The immediate travel happening in the next two-three days will be worst hit,” Yatra Online chief executive Dhruv Shringisaid told media. “As of now, we are being told it is temporary till the 19th. If this capacity is not put back, you are looking at increases in air fares across the board on certain sectors.”Late last month the Indian carrier was showing signs of financial struggles when its chairman released plans to phase out its low-cost subsidiary, Kingfisher Red. Hoping to attract higher yield and seat factors, chairman Vijay Mallya explained the airline found that its passengers preferred to travel via its full-class service and it was now looking to “drop” its LCC.last_img read more

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