Michael Kors Named As World Food Programme Ambassador

first_imgInternationally renowned fashion designer Michael Kors has been named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).A tireless advocate for the world’s disadvantaged, Kors will use his position to continue raising awareness of WFP’s work to build a world with Zero Hunger.Even before becoming an ambassador, Michael Kors has been an active supporter of WFP’s advocacy and fundraising efforts across media platforms and in his stores as a corporate partner through the Watch Hunger Stop campaign.Launched in 2013, Watch Hunger Stop has been raising awareness and funds for WFP’s School Meals programmes by designing and selling limited edition and special-edition Michael Kors watches, with US$25 of each sale going to children in need. Additionally, Michael Kors has used his powerful voice on social media to garner support for WFP’s most urgent emergency operations targeting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Nepal earthquake and Syrian refugees. Since its inception, Watch Hunger Stop has helped deliver over 10 million meals to school children throughout the world.“It’s an honour to be named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger, and a further inspiration to me to continue the important work of ending world hunger hand in hand with WFP,” says Kors. “WFP has a global presence, with people on the ground in countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition, and they’re doing an amazing job helping families and communities build a better future for themselves.”Michael has been a long-time champion in the fight against hunger. Since the 1980s, he has worked with God’s Love We Deliver to provide nutritious meals to New Yorkers who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. The Ambassadorship with WFP extends his commitment to support hungry communities on a global scale.Kors joins a special group of WFP Ambassadors that includes sporting legends such as the Olympic marathon runner Paul Tergat, footballer Kaka; media celebrities such as Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani; platinum-selling musical artists Christina Aguilera and Sami Yusuf; football coach José Mourinho; U.S. philanthropist Howard G. Buffett; and actresses Hend Sabry and Drew Barrymore.last_img read more

Service sector predicts Canadian drilling activity will fall even more in 2019

first_imgOutgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five percent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.On a provincial basis for 2019, PSAC estimates 3,532 wells to be drilled in Alberta, and 2,422 wells for Saskatchewan, representing year-over-year decreases of 221 and 110 wells, respectively. At 255 wells, drilling activity in Manitoba is expected to drop by 16 wells year-over-year, whilst activity in British Columbia is projected to decrease from 415 wells in 2018 to 382 wells in 2019.last_img read more

HC judge recuses himself from hearing lobbyist Talwar’s plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi High Court judge on Monday recused himself from hearing alleged lobbyist Deepak Talwar’s plea challenging his detention by Indian agencies after he was deported from the UAE.Justice Siddharth Mridul, who was heading the bench, also comprising Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, recused from hearing the matter without assigning any reason. “The matter will be heard by a bench in which one of us, Justice Siddharth Mridul is not a member,” he said, adding “less said the better”. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The matter would be listed for hearing before another bench on March 14. In his habeas corpus plea, Talwar has claimed that his arrest and custody from January 30 onwards was illegal detention. He has alleged that his fundamental rights were violated by the authorities. A habeas corpus petition is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or in court, especially to secure his release, unless lawful grounds are shown for his detention. The bench had earlier sought the response of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in which the agency had said that persons involved in large-scale money laundering and serious financial frauds have made it a practice to challenge various provisions of the PMLA, including the agency’s power to arrest. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe ED had contended that a subterfuge was craftily designed by the “unscrupulous litigants” to bypass the exercise of filing a regular bail plea before the court concerned by directly seeking a habeas corpus writ or bail or anticipatory bail under the garb of challenging the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It had alleged that Talwar, who was in judicial custody, acted as a middleman in negotiations to favour foreign private airlines, causing loss to national carrier Air India. The ED had said Talwar was arrested by its competent officers under the PMLA and he was in custody pursuant to a valid remand order passed by a competent court, the jurisdiction of which was not in question, and that the habeas corpus writ was “not maintainable”. Talwar has claimed in his plea that when he was in Dubai, a travel ban was imposed on him by a court there in a commercial dispute, due to which he could not return to India despite repeated requests. His counsel had earlier contended before the court that the government of India had “abducted” Talwar, adding that he was summoned to appear on February 4, but was picked up and not extradited.last_img read more

WatchNAFTA talks have made limited progress Canadas chief negotiator says because theyre

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator says only limited progress has been made in revamping the continental trade pact.Steve Verheul says that’s because the talks are moving “a bit too fast.”The seventh round of NAFTA talks is set to begin later this month in Mexico City with substantial differences remaining on autos, a sunset clause and an investor-dispute resolution mechanism, and U.S. demands for greater market access to Canada’s protected dairy industry.The NAFTA renegotiation survived its sixth round of talks in Montreal, with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer saying enough progress was made to push forward despite American dissatisfaction with some Canadian proposals.Trade turbulence with U.S. will continue even if NAFTA deal reached, Ottawa saysAnnoyed with Canada, U.S. trade czar floats idea of separate NAFTA deals, lawmaker saysNow Justin Trudeau is threatening to leave NAFTA rather than ‘take any old deal’Lighthizer also called Canada’s wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization a “massive attack” against U.S. trading practices.However, Canada had concerns of its own with what the American negotiators were putting on the table, Verheul said — notably a Buy American component that would limit how many public contracts can be won by its free-trade neighbours.Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator Steve Verheul. The U.S. has proposed limiting Canada and Mexico to one dollar of contracts for every dollar in contracts granted by Canada and Mexico to American companies, an idea Canada and Mexico alike have branded a non-starter.The Buy American proposal may well be the worst ever put forth in a trade negotiation, said Verheul, who noted that U.S. negotiators seem to be hamstrung at the table by White House expectations.He also said the worst possible outcome would be for the United States to go it alone — a scenario that Verheul warned would weaken North America, allowing other countries and regions to take easy advantage.Canada will stay at the negotiating table for as long as it takes, Verheul said. But it’s impossible to predict the next move of a notoriously unpredictable president, he warned — a move that could include a NAFTA pullout.Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump complained about Canadian trade practices and threatened an undefined international tax, reviving fears of new American import penalties — a fear the White House has since played down. Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg read more

Bosma Day 17

*In the video we say the date September 7th, just hours after Tim Bosma was last seen.  It should be May 7th.* A Hamilton jury today saw a series of photographs of one of the accused who was followed by police for several days before he was arrested.Mark Smich was arrested on May 22, 2013, almost two weeks after Tim Bosma disappeared after taking two men on a test drive. Smich’s then-friend Dellen Millard had been arrested 12 days before in connection with Bosma’s disappearance.Police followed Smich as he skateboarded around the Kerr and Speers area of Oakville frequently with his girlfriend Marlena Meneses, who is expected to testify later in this trial. Police picked up a cigarette butt Smich dropped to use for DNA comparison.After his arrest, police searched Smich’s mother’s Oakville home on Montrose Abbey drive. One room was described by the officer on the stand as a “pig pen,” and in that way at odds with the rest of the house. The jury saw a photograph of a table in the room covered debris including candy, paraphenalia typically used to smoke marijuana, Mark Smich’s health card and an ipad which opened without password to show messages sent the morning of May 7th, just hours after Tim Bosma was last seen.The judge said he’d decide in the morning when he looks out his window whether court will take a snow day tomorrow, but we started to hear evidence from a video analyst today who spent two and a half months going through electronics seized during this investigation. That’s the evidence that we will hear when court resumes. read more

NetApp Fluor fall Pinterest Redfin rise

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:NetApp Inc., down $11.67 to $46.04.The data storage company cut its revenue forecast for the year after warning investors that its fiscal first quarter results are weaker than expected.Scientific Games Corp., down 22 cents to $20.55.The instant-win lottery ticket maker reported weak earnings and revenue results for the second quarter.Fluor Corp., down $8.24 to $22.67.The engineering, construction and operations company withdrew its forecasts for the year after swinging to a sharp loss during the second quarter.Glu Mobile Inc., down $2.77 to $4.82.The mobile game maker slashed its revenue forecast for the year as it times the launch of new products.Universal Display Corp., down $3.43 to $205.49.The display and lighting company blew past Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts on higher sales in China.Fortinet Inc., up $7.03 to $86.05.The network security company beat Wall Street’s second quarter financial expectations and gave investors a solid forecast.Redfin Corp., up $1.94 to $19.66.The real estate broker reported solid second quarter profit and beat Wall Street’s revenue forecasts.Pinterest Inc., up $5.27 to $33.57.The digital pinboard and shopping tool raised its profit forecast for the year after beating Wall Street’s second quarter financial expectations.The Associated Press read more

CPI to host technology in teaching showcase Thursday

Department of Psychology professor Tanya Martini has watched the evolution of teaching unfold before her during her 18 years in post-secondary education.Awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award at Brock in 2015, Martini admits she’s not the most technology-minded professor out there, but she also knows the important role it can play in effective teaching.“I think technology can be helpful and useful. Do I think it’s absolutely necessary for learning to take place? No, but I find some of the tools, when you learn their ins and outs, can be very effective in helping things move in classrooms,” Martini said. “Overall, I feel like I’m pro technology.”Martini said overheads were still the dominant tool of the trade when she started teaching at the University of Windsor in 1998. Then came PowerPoint, which is still largely in use.Now there are interactive tools such as clicker devices that allow students to answer questions during a lecture and then see their marks immediately posted on a screen at the front of the room.Martini, who has been teaching at Brock since 2003, now uses Microsoft’s OneNote, which allows for everything from course planning to a virtual collaborative space for students.“It’s easy to set up discussion groups and it’s very user friendly. Students have started to use it for other things, like their own notes. It’s not a tool that’s governed by me,” said Martini.It’s this type of technology use that will be highlighted at the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation’s EDTECH Showcase being held Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in ST 103, 105 and 107.The event will be a conversation about the benefits and challenges of using teaching technologies such as: classroom response systems; Office 365; online course evaluations; Sakai; social media; streaming video; and web authoring.Among the specific Brock projects to be highlighted, History professor and chair, Daniel Samson will be showcasing elements of the newly created online course HIST2F90, designed and taught with Michael Driedger.“Trying new educational technology tools has been productive for us as teachers,” said Samson. “It has encouraged us to rethink our philosophy and practice in small but significant ways.”Other educational technology projects showcased will include the use of Open Educational Resources, where faculty supported by Brock’s eLearn initiative created open online textbooks to increase access and affordability for students. Earth Science professors Marie Shmidt, Frank Fueten and Rick Cheel collaborated for ERSC 1P94 Planetary Science.Similarly, History also used the same platform for their open online textbook, HIST2F90: Money & Power in the Atlantic World. read more

New art exhibition the product of student collaboration

While they’re known for correcting errors, erasures are signs of progress and an expanding imagination.Students in Brock’s Visual Arts (VISA) and Studies in Arts and Culture (STAC) programs will explore this theme in a new collaborative art exhibit on view from Tuesday, April 2 to Saturday, April 27.The exhibit, Erasures, will be open to the public in the VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition Space at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. Catharines.An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.Led by Shawn Serfas, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, and Catherine Parayre, Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, students enrolled in VISA 4P03/4P04 and STAC 3P01 worked together to create a show that features paintings and text that thematize different types of erasures.The work ranges from the exploration of scenes lacking important elements, simplified adaptations of existing artworks and abstracted forms of figurative objects.Short written statements commenting on well-known recent artworks accompany the paintings to provide further context.Serfas and Parayre frequently bring students from different backgrounds together to collaborate on creative endeavours.  “It has been an enriching learning experience, for both the students and the instructors,” Parayre said of working with the students on Erasures.The exhibition evokes transformations and process, an important theme in both Serfas’ senior studio courses and Parayre’s Media Transformations in the Creative Arts course.Whether in visual expressions or in texts, Parayre added, erasures are invitations to scrutinize, read and interpret, which is exactly what the public is encouraged to do at the upcoming exhibition.Erasures runs from April 2 to 27 in the VISA Art Gallery and Student Exhibition Space at the MIWSFPA in downtown St. Catharines. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. read more

Elderly Corentyne woman attacked robbed by lone bandit

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMother, daughter shot in New Amsterdam robberyDecember 26, 2018In “Crime”Home invasion: Bandit forces mother of 1 to perform oral sexJanuary 6, 2018In “Crime”Armed bandits terrorise Corentyne familyAugust 13, 2019In “Crime” Jasmattie JagdatA lone bandit who assisted his feeble victim to her valuables after attacking her during a home invasion is now being hunted by Police of the “B” Division.62-year–old, Jasmattie Jagdat of Third Street, Letter kenny Corentyne, Berbice relayed that she was attacked from behind at around 04:30h.INews was told by the woman following the robbery that she was at home asleep in her bed when she was awakened by an arm around her neck.According to the woman, the lone perpetrator began to choke her and in doing so told her that “me come fuh kill you”.Upon hearing that, Jagdat revealed that she attempted to fight but was however subdued and flung to the ground.“Me try to fight back but the person was too strong so he continue to choke me …and then he pushed me down to the ground so I fall and bruised my knee and things” the distraught woman explained.While on the ground, Jagdat reported that she began to beg for her life and questioned the bandit as to what he wanted.The perpetrator reportedly requested money which the victim agreed to give to him.“So me beg him not to kill me, I said whatever you want I’ll give you and he say that he want money. I attempted to walk and me fall so he held me up and let me go for that money which I had in a purse” Jagdat said.Fifteen thousand dollars was handed over to the gunman who quickly made good his escape.Jagdat stated that after the man left, she fell unconscious in her kitchen. After regaining consciousness, her children were called and a report was made to the Police.An investigation is in progress. read more

Windies women hoping to carry form in second ODI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies Women trio make crucial gains in rankingsFebruary 18, 2019In “latest news”T20I: NZ hold on for narrow win over Windies womenMarch 14, 2018In “Sports”Windies women suffer second defeat in T20IMarch 16, 2018In “Sports” Stafanie Taylor and Deandra DottinAfter embarrassing Pakistan in front of their home crowd by 146 runs in the first ODI the Windies women will be looking to carry on their form into the second ODI tomorrow in DubaiThe first ODI resulted in an embarrassing defeat for the hosts as they bundled out for just 70 in a chase of 216.Pakistan bowlers did reasonably well after West Indies women asked them to field first. However, it wasn’t the early overs which put Pakistan in a good position, but the death overs.Sana Mir got rid of Kycia Knight in the sixth over of the game without conceding many.Pakistani bowlers, however, failed to make any inroads thereafter as Deandra Dottin and Stephanie Taylor stitched together a brilliant partnership.Just when the West Indies’ batswomen were looking to launch an assault with nine wickets in hand, Kaina Imtiaz got rid of both of those in quick succession to rock West Indies.Thanks to some brilliant death overs bowling, Pakistan pulled back West Indies’ total to 216 which at one staged was projected to be somewhere around 240.It wasn’t an imposing total to chase by any standards, but Pakistan batting certainly made it look like one.Barring Nahida Khan and Jahira Khan, none of the Pakistani women got to the double figures as their batting card looked more like a telephone number.For the women batting first, Dottin and Taylor added 143 runs for the third wicket which allowed West Indies to set a platform for the late assault.However, Taylor and Dottin were dismissed; it turned out to be a tough road for West Indies Women as they scored at just over a run a ball in the final ten overs.Despite going into the second half with not much momentum with them, West Indies women bowlers bowled exceedingly well upfront.Connell got rid of Sidra Ameen in only the second over the innings. After the lethal bowling by their express bowlers in the first powerplay, their win was set up by Dottin and Fletcher who unleashed themselves and picked up six wickets between them.Overall, the Windies women have done exceedingly well despite playing in unfamiliar conditions. Their batting has done well in almost all the fixtures and bowlers have picked up wickets at regular intervals.They have been a better side in the tournament thus far and it won’t be easy for Pakistan to defeat them tomorrow in the second ODI. read more

Heres one who left earlier All smiles as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore takes

first_imgSource: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeEAMON GILMORE HAS taken his last set of Dáil questions as Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs.There was much giggling as Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett accepted that, although the cabinet reshuffle has yet to be formalised, “I just read the newspapers like everybody else”. Gilmore’s successor as Labour leader, either Joan Burton or Alex White, will be announced tomorrow and he is not expected to remain at the cabinet table.In the final scheduled questions this morning, Gilmore was asked about the continued impasse in Northern Ireland as the Northern parties begin two separate rounds of three-day talks:I have been frustrated, and I’ve expressed this, that there’s been a kind of a stop-go approach to these talks since the new year. I’m glad now that the two three-day sessions have been arranged.He stressed that, although he wanted the Irish Government to be “as close as possible” to the negotiations, he didn’t envisage the Irish or British Governments taking part.Read: Why Eamon Gilmore wants a top EU job, and why it would be a win for Labour if he got it >Read: “Worth considering”: Howlin talks up Gilmore’s credentials for EU job >last_img read more

La migration des saumons fertilise les sols

first_imgLa migration des saumons fertilise les solsCanada – Publiée dans Science, une étude canadienne montre que la migration des saumons aide à la fertilisation des sols. En effet, après avoir remonté la rivière pour frayer, ils meurent et sont dispersés loin de l’eau par leurs prédateurs terrestres. Ils participent ainsi à la diversité du couvert végétal.”Les saumons mourant tous après la ponte, leurs carcasses tapissent les rivières. Cependant, beaucoup d’entre eux sont tués avant par les ours et les loups. Cela représente une énorme quantité de nutriments répandus dans le ruisseau ou sur les berges. La question est de savoir où tous ces éléments nutritifs, consommés par le poisson en mer, finissent”, explique John Reynolds, professeur d’écologie à l’Université Simon Fraser (SFU), au Canada.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasLui et le Dr Morgan Hocking, également de la SFU, ont examiné 50 systèmes fluviaux de Colombie Britannique, au Canada, et constaté que près des ruisseaux, la communauté végétale est dominée par des espèces ayant prospéré grâce aux grandes quantités d’azote issues de la décomposition des saumons.”La plupart des carcasses laissées par les ours et les loups, qui mangent seulement une petite partie du saumon, sont abandonnées sur les 5 à 15 premiers mètres en partant de la rive. Nous avions donc prévu, avant même de commencer, que l’on verrait le plus d’impact (…) près de l’eau. C’est exactement ce que nous avons trouvé. En s’éloignant de la rivière, on a tendance à passer à une communauté d’espèces végétales moins dépendantes de cet azote supplémentaire”, reprend le Pr Reynolds, qui estime que cette étude jouera un rôle clé dans la conservation et la gestion de l’habitat.Le 27 mars 2011 à 20:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Libertarian Party Sees Opportunity In GOP Fractures

first_imgRepublican Senate Candidate Joe Miller did something unusual on Thursday: He spoke out in support of party that was not his own. The comments concerned the Libertarian Party, which could be in a position to gain converts from some dissent within the state GOP.As the state’s biggest organized political party, the GOP represents plenty of different sects. There are big businessmen, and small businessmen, religious conservatives, Tea Partiers, and a slew of other subgroups. The state’s Libertarian Party is not so big. Its membership has hovered around 7,000 voters since the Division of Elections began tracking their registration in the late 1990s. But there may be a perk to that: With fewer members, you can have more cohesion. “It’s obvious the GOP is fractured. Everyone is well aware of that,” says Brad Leavitt, Alaska Libertarian Party vice chair and chair of its platform committee. “And to be honest, we’re reaping the benefits. People are coming over, and they’re disgruntled.”Leavitt says he’s one of those guys. He only joined the Libertarian Party a year ago, and he often voted for Republican candidates before that. Now, Leavitt says he’s seeing more interest in his party from the Ron Paul faction of the GOP. That group took over the GOP in 2012 in a coup, but then lost control a year later to the establishment wing. Because the Republican Party and the Libertarian Party platforms have a lot of things in common, Leavitt sees the organization appealing to some the insurgents who might feel marginalized in the Republican Party. And one of the biggest position differences between the two parties was recently taken out by the Libertarians. Where the Republicans have an anti-abortion plank in their platform, the Libertarian position was that government should stay out of abortion.Leavitt says the decision to remove it from the platform was:LEAVITT: To make it an individual choice. Be it the individual’s decision one way or another. It’s the same for the candidate — not pigeonhole any candidate to say you must be this way or you must be that way. It’s just it’s about liberty.That could make his party friendly to some of the Republican dissidents, including one big one: Joe Miller. A U.S. Senate candidate in a three-way Republican Primary, Miller has had a strained relationship with the Alaska GOP over the years. While he has said he has no intention of running as anything but a Republican, Miller also rejected a pledge to support his Senate rivals if he loses the primary. Miller is running against Dan Sullivan, a former attorney general and natural resources commissioner for the state, and Mead Treadwell, the sitting lieutenant governor. Sullivan has come out ahead in a recent primary poll, and he has also raised over $2 million since joining the race, putting him ahead of Miller and Treadwell.This week, Miller raised eyebrows when he sent out a press release criticizing Mark Begich for remarks the Democratic Senator made about Libertarians in an interview. Miller argued that Begich was misrepresenting the Libertarian Party for political benefit, and Miller also stated he was “proud to share … values with the Alaska Libertarian Party.”While Miller was traveling on Friday and could not be reached, Leavitt says there is no arrangement for Miller to run as a Libertarian should Miller’s Republican bid fail. But the Libertarian Party is open to the idea.“We’d entertain it,” says Leavitt. “We’d talk with him — see what his thoughts and intentions are.”The Alaska Republican Party is not so open to this. Party Chair Peter Goldberg says the whole strategy would be self-defeating for conservatives. “If one of the losers of the Republican Party tried to run anyway, it will hurt the winner of the Republican primary,” says Goldberg. “Surely some votes will move, and if it’s just enough, that means Begich wins again.”Goldberg adds that his party has space for Libertarian-minded members. Earlier this month, the Republican Party changed its rules to make takeovers by party dissidents less likely. The Libertarian Party still has not named its Senate candidate.last_img read more

Khaleda jailed as govt wants another lopsided election

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a rally organised in Khulna city`s KD Ghosh Road on Saturday. Photo: Saddam HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday alleged its chairperson Khaleda Zia has been put in jail as part of an ‘evil design’ of the government to hold another lopsided election to hang on to power.”The government wants to hold another one-sided election as it did in 2014. That’s why they sent Khaleda Zia to jail as part of their blueprint,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Khulna city.Speaking at a rally in the city, he further said, “The government won’t be able to implement its blueprint. We’ll surely restore people’s democratic and voting rights by freeing our leader (Khaleda) from jail.Khulna district and city units BNP jointly arranged the rally in front of the party’s city office demanding Khaleda’s immediate release from jail.The party sought permission to hold the rally at Hadis Park, but police allowed it to stage it in front of the party office.BNP standing committee members Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, vice chairmen Barkatullah Bulu, Netail Roy Chowdhury and central leaders of the party and the 20-party alliance addressed the programme presided over by Khulna city unit BNP Nazrul Islam Monju.BNP has a plan to hold rallies in all divisional cities gradually to have their chairperson released from jail. It was the first divisional rally of the party.The party is also scheduled to hold rallies at Dhaka’s Suhrawardy Udyan on 12 March, Chittagong on 31 March and Rajshahi on 31 March.Fakhrul said they have been carrying out peaceful programmes since their chairperson was sent to jail on 8 February without responding to various provocations by the government and law enforcers.He said the law enforcers are attacking their peaceful programmes and arresting their leaders and raiding their houses to spread panic.Read more:BNP resolute to patiently stay on the streetslast_img

Quader finds Rajib too responsible

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday suggested Rajib Hossain, who succumbed to his injuries a few days after a road accident, might also have been responsible for his life’s sad end as well.”The accident has nothing to do with the condition of the road. The drivers and the passengers are responsible. That boy (Rajib) might have been at fault as well. He probably stood somewhere he should not have,” Quader said while inspecting a mobile court of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation in the city’s Hatirjheel area.A second-year undergraduate student of Titumir College, Rajib was travelling on a double decker BRTC bus on 3 April. He was standing at the doorway at the back of the bus with his hand partially out, when another bus recklessly overtook, severing his hand. The accident took place in the city’s Karwan Bazar area.He died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early Tuesday.”I see an important newspaper blaming it on mismanagement of the roads. What does it have to do with road management?” Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, posed a question.When asked who was responsible for the accident, he said the drivers have to be more careful.”During the demonstrations in demand for quota reform, the vice chancellor’s residence was ransacked. What has the VC to do with quota reforms? This is something like that. The mismanagement of the transport sector is to be blamed. Why would you write about road management?” the minister further said.When a journalist pointed out that his car was parked on the road, he defended himself by saying, “I will not go on the wrong side of the road. You people have also parked your cars haphazardly. Please do not speak this way. I am someone who has gone a four-kilometre distance in 16 hours, but did not go on the wrong side of the road.”On the tendency of the VIPs to use the wrong side of the road, he quipped, “They will face the music when the Anti-Corruption Commission catches them.”last_img read more

Learn From Others Mythtakes Dont Microwave Your Phone

first_imgAirport X-ray machines won’t wipe the memory on a phone or laptop. Macs can get viruses. And, for the love of Steve Jobs, do not try charging your cell phone in the microwave.HighSpeedInternet.com (HSI) has debunked some of the most popular tech myths, including the belief that charging a smartphone overnight can ruin the battery.(This, according to HSI’s John Dilley, is more expired than untrue: “Years ago, overcharging cell phone batteries could cause them to overheat or wear down their life cycle,” he explained, adding that “smartphones and batteries have advanced significantly since then.”)AdChoices广告A survey of people across the US highlights just how easily we can be duped when it comes to our precious devices.Popular tech myths Americans still believe in 2019 (via HighSpeedInternet.com)“Keeping up with all the ins and outs of technology in this rapidly changing world can be difficult,” Dilley wrote in a blog post. “It’s completely understandable (and unavoidable) for a bit of false information to slip into the conversation here and there.“But when misinformation becomes myth,” he continued, “it can persist in the culture for years—long after it’s been debunked.”Fifty-two percent of participants, for instance, are convinced that smartphone manufacturers deliberately slow down existing handsets when a new model is released.Admittedly, Dilley “can’t say for sure” that this doesn’t happen. “But it’s hard to prove that it’s done deliberately,” he said.Not to burst your bubble, but there is no need to shut down a computer every night to ensure it runs more efficiently. And yes, deleted files can be recovered, even after you empty the recycling bin.Most Googled tech questions from coast to coast (via HighSpeedInternet.com)Perhaps more worrying, though, than the 86 percent of people who believe smartphone cameras with more megapixels capture better pictures, are the folks in California thinking about charging their phones in the microwave.(A) It won’t work, and B) it may cause the device to explode. Which is basically the opposite of what you want.)Georgians, meanwhile, are Googling hacked baby monitors—a completely bona fide concern, especially for those using smart monitors that connect to the Web.“Things change so quickly that knowing what’s true in the tech world requires more vigilance and attention than most people have time for,” Dilley said, advising the tech-anxiety-riddled to “keep checking back” for the latest in “mythtakes.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s Robert Frost Busts Space Gravity MythAmazon’s IMDb Launches Free Movie and TV Streaming ServiceThis Smart Mirror Gives You More Time to Admire Yourselflast_img read more

Lyft Delivers CarbonNeutral Rides

first_imgStill, over the past year, Lyft has made genuine efforts to grow into its image as the “woke” alternative to scandal-ridden Uber, to borrow Zimmer’s term. Donations to the ACLU and free rides to anti-gun rallies have bought it credibility among progressives. Going carbon neutral is probably its most significant step in that direction: It is a lasting delivery of one of the company’s most fundamental promises. That really matters, especially as car manufacturers dial back their Obama-era eco-friendly branding efforts and push to weaken environmental regulations. Lyft seems to have real faith in the notion that there’s a market value in socially conscious transportation—that riders will choose Lyft over other apps, or their own vehicles, because they know it’s a better choice.“We’re aggressively pursuing a set of values because one, we think it’s the right thing to do and two, it’s good for business,” Zimmer said last month. “That’s what we’re out to prove.” This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Over the years, John Zimmer, the co-founder and president of Lyft, has often pointed to a class he took as an undergraduate as the source of his ideas about environmental sustainability—and by extension, Lyft’s goals to create greener transportation options.The class at Cornell University was called “Green Cities.” The professor, Robert Young, opened the first lecture by describing how roads and transit systems built decades ago weren’t designed to sustain the rapid growth of urban populations today, Zimmer recalled. “If we don’t fix the infrastructure problem, we’re going to have a major economic and environmental problem,” Zimmer told a roundtable of reporters in Washington, DC, in late March.Founded in 2012, Lyft is now an $11 billion ride-hailing company, second in the industry to Uber alone. Its concept of ride-hailing has long been founded on reducing the need for personal car ownership. But today, the company made perhaps its most meaningful move yet towards reducing carbon emissions: Lyft is promising to offset the carbon emissions of every ride around the world, making all rides “carbon neutral.” From now on, Zimmer and his co-founder Logan Green wrote in a Medium post, “your decision to ride with Lyft will support the fight against climate change.”According to the post, Lyft’s total annual investment will amount to over a million metric tons of carbon, “equivalent to planting tens of millions of trees or taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road,” which will make Lyft one of the largest voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the world. Scott Coriell, a Lyft communications officer, said the company does not have a specific estimate for the cost of the investment, but that it will be in the millions of dollars. According to a 2015 report by the NGO Ecosystem Marketplace, General Motors, Barclays bank, and PG&E were the top three voluntary buyers of offsets between 2012 and 2013, respectively scooping up 4.6 million, 2.1 million, and 1.4 million carbon offsets, which are measured in metric tons, during that period.Carbon offsets have been the subject of some scrutiny and scandal; some companies that take money promising to plant trees and capture emissions have been exposed as worthless or scams. Coriell noted that Lyft will become carbon neutral by investing in offset projects that would not have happened without their backing. These projects will all be US-based and close to Lyft’s largest markets, Corriel said, and will include investments in a manufacturing emissions reductions project in Michigan, oil recycling in Ohio, and a wind energy farm in Oklahoma. These projects are verified under the American Carbon Registry, Climate Action Reserve, or Verified Carbon Standard—all rigorous third-party standard setters of legitimacy. The announcement is not Lyft’s first gesture towards environmental sustainability. In 2017, it signed “We Are Still In,” joining hundreds of states, cities, and corporations (including Uber) in pledging to uphold the US carbon emissions reduction goals set forth by the Paris climate accord, after President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the country’s commitment. At the time, Lyft also outlined plans to make the majority of its fleet autonomous and electric by 2025. “Bringing more electric vehicles onto the platform in the future will help us reduce the needs for offsets,” Coriell wrote.As part of its own efforts to reduce car ownership, Uber has recently pivoted to become a multi-modal mobility provider, building car- and bike-sharing services into its app. It has not announced any plans to offset its carbon emissions. An Uber representative declined to comment on Lyft’s announcement.Lyft’s commitment to carbon-neutrality is especially meaningful, because one irony of the ride-hailing industry is that, so far, it’s likely creating more vehicle miles traveled, not less. Though some studies have suggested that ride-hailing users are more likely to give up personal car ownership, more and more research shows that the convenience and relatively low cost of on-demand rides are leading travelers to take trips and generate pollution that they wouldn’t have otherwise. (Plus, all of those deadheading drivers.) As these services lure passengers off of public transit systems, it has become hard to argue that there’s anything particularly environmentally friendly about hailing an Uber or Lyft. This announcement changes that.Lyft is hardly a perfect citizen, planet-saving-wise. Alongside Uber, it lobbies state legislators to preempt local regulations, which may limit the ability of cities from organizing road space in the most environmentally efficient way possible. And from a sustainability perspective, it would probably be better for Lyft to go carbon-neutral and invest in bike-sharing, as Uber is doing. Even renewably powered electric cars have a sizeable carbon footprint. If customers take a Lyft instead of walking or biking because they think these options are all equally green, they’re wrong.last_img read more

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first_img News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | 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 | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | April 14, 2010 PET Imaging Agent Identifies Patients with Alzheimers 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 | 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 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more April 14, 2010 – Researchers found a new amyloid imaging agent for positron emission tomography (PET) to be efficacious in assigning patients with clinically probable Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI).The multicenter phase II trial, Primary Outcome Analysis of the Multicentre Phase II Trial of 18F-Flutemetamol, a Pittsburgh Compound B Derivative for In Vivo Beta Amyloid Imaging, focused on 18F-Flutemetamol, a Pittsburgh compound B derivative for in vivo beta amyloid imaging. Primary outcome analysis found the agent used with PET identified patients likely to have AD or amnestic MCI. Results also showed healthy controls (HC) were at a raised versus normal uptake category.The viability of the agent, 18F-flutemetamol PET, could augment the impact of beta amyloid imaging on research and clinical practice since its use does not require an on-site cyclotron.In the trial, which GE Healthcare supported, there were 27 patients with early-stage AD, 20 with MCI. Fifteen had HC above and 10 below 55 years. 20 of the AD and 20 of the MCI cases also underwent a 11C-PIB PET. Five central independent readers blinded to the clinical diagnosis assigned the 18F-flutemetamol scans to either raised or normal uptake categories in a binary way on the basis of visual assessment. As a primary outcome, the researchers used clinical diagnosis as SOT to calculate sensitivity and specificity of visual assessment of AD and HC scans. They also determined concordance between visual assignment and assignment based on standardized uptake value ratios in a composite cortical region (SUVRcomp). They found the visual assessment assigned 25/27 scans from the AD group to the raised category, 1/15 scans from the elderly HC, and 9/20 scans from the MCI group. Sensitivity and specificity with clinical diagnosis as SOT (AD vs HC) was 92.6 percent and 96 percent, respectively. The correlation coefficient between 18F flutemetamol SUVRcomp and 11C-PIB SUVRcomp was 0.94. The researchers concluded the study met their primary outcome and supports a role for 18F-flutemetamol PET as a potential biomarker for AD-related amyloidosis. The investigators will present the results from the study on April 16 at the 62nd American Academy of Neurology in Toronto, Canada. For more information: www.aan.com/go/am10 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read morelast_img read more

Tamarindo Talk

first_imgNo related posts. At the most recent meeting of the Asociacion Desarrollo Integral (ADI), the community group had an important conversation about how to save the Fuerza Police here in Tamarindo. Apparently, they didn’t receive the money they needed from the government to pay rent and support their services, so they are, once again, on the brink of losing the building where they are housed here in Tamarindo. Some land has been donated in Villareal, and they are also investigating the work that was previously done to donate some land right here in town near the Tamarindo Gym. If anyone has information on this situation with the Tamarindo Police or would like to donate funds to keep them in Tamarindo, please emailaditamarindo@gmail.com.Poker fiends, there’s great news for you. The 3 Kings Poker League, Kattia Blanco and the Casino Diria are once again hosting the Tamarindo Classic with a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000. The event will take place Sept. 26-28, but Satellite games where the winner gains entry to the Tamarindo Classic began August 7. The packages include the full buy-in of $200, and the format will be a $20 buy-in with one add-on per playing. Tournament begins at 7 p.m., with the last entry at 8 p.m. For more information on the Satellite games, hit the Facebook page for 3 Kings Poker Events.This week, there will be an Open House at Educarte School, which is located in front of The Oakes on the road from Villareal to Tamarindo. On August 22, at 3 p.m., check out their programs for Pre-Maternal, Maternal, Pre-Kinder, Kinder, Prep, 1-6th grade. Contact the school at info@educartecostarica.com.     –Ellen Zoe Goldenellenzoe@aol.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Italys secret antimob weapon witness protection

first_imgAssociated PressROME (AP) – A woman who dares to cooperate with police in the fight against a dreaded Italian mob network is murdered, her body dumped in a barrel of acid in the countryside near Milan. Her 17-year-old daughter steps forward and testifies, helping to send six people to prison for life.The lurid 2009 murder and the court verdict delivered in April gave a rare peek into Italy’s secretive witness protection program, which marked its 20th anniversary this year and is considered Italy’s single most important window into the secretive world of organized crime. Hundreds of mobsters have been given new identities in exchange for information that helped put longtime fugitive leaders behind bars, including the “boss of bosses” Salvatore Riina. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The use of insiders has combined with the seizure of mob assets to help Italy achieve a once unattainable goal: crippling the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.“It has advanced immensely the fight against organized crime,” said Felia Allum, a British academic who studies organized crime.Italy’s famed anti-Mafia prosecutors Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino had fought in the 1980s to establish the two anti-mob weapons, arguing that criminals needed some incentive to step forward and turn state’s evidence. They were killed by mob bombs within two months of one another in 1992, but not before they’d laid the foundations for a crime-fighting system that has largely tamed, if not defeated, the Mafia.Living under state protection does take exact a heavy toll on witnesses.A major problem is that most mobsters in the program are from Italy’s underdeveloped south, and they are generally exiled to what they see as a hostile environment in the prosperous north, because it’s easier to hide them there. There have been suicides. Some return to crime when their collaboration with the state comes to an end.“They are given a new identity and a lump sum of money to start their new life but they are not helped as much as they should be to reintegrate back into society,” said Allum. Still, criminal experts give the program high marks despite the headaches it faces in determining who may be lying, creating new identities and trying to hide the turncoats in Italy, where authorities have fewer options than in the much larger United States.“By demonstrating that its institutions are standing as one in facing the Mafia, Italy is setting an example for the world against organized crime,” Interpol Secretary-General Ronald K. Noble told a convention on organized crime in Sicily over the summer.Until Italy established the program in the early 90s, the most famous witness, Tommasso Buscetta, needed to be sheltered abroad. He helped convict some 350 mobsters in the 1980s before being given a new identity in the United States in the American witness protection program.While the release of criminals with blood on their hands has been contentious, Alfonso Sabella, a former Palermo prosecutor defended Italy’s witness protection program in an interview with the Turin newspaper La Stampa.It was, he said, a “necessary choice _ when it was clear that the Mafia couldn’t be brought to its knees through traditional means.”___AP correspondent Colleen Barry contributed from Milan. Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Prosecutors say that no one who has followed the protection rules has been harmed. Those who stray do so at their own peril, like the son of a Camorra boss who returned to his hometown and was slain.Changing immigration patterns and the spread of international terrorism have led authorities to open the program to eastern Europeans, North Africans and several other nationalities, according to the Interior Ministry report to parliament.Lazhar Ben Mohamed Tlil, a Tunisian who became an Islamic militant and was trained in Afghanistan to kill Americans, entered the witness protection program after providing information to Italian investigators about several detainees at Guantanamo, his court-appointed lawyer, Davide Boschi, told The Associated Press.The lawyer has said that Tlil, considered an important witness by both Italians and Americans, would not talk to prosecutors without firm guarantees of a new identity, documents, a job, medical coverage and a visit to his parents in Tunisia.An Interior Ministry report to parliament acknowledged criticism of the way the program works due to a “large, unexpected influx of people” into the program recent years. Witness protection costs some (EURO)100 million (more than $100 million) a year. It often fails to help former criminals return to normal life. And foreigners in the program face tough bureaucratic roadblocks to creating decent lives in Italy.center_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   The dead woman in the 2009 murder, 36-year-old Lea Garofalo, had left the government program “feeling uneasy” about her protection, her lawyer Vincenza Rando said, adding that she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances from her police guards. “She didn’t feel well protected and risked it on her own.”Garofalo’s daughter Denise felt that her mother’s decision had cost her life, so she decided to put her trust in the program. She was the key witness in the trial and now lives with a new identity in an undisclosed location. The contrasting fates of mother and daughter underscore how critical it is for witnesses in mob cases to obtain new identities. Without one, experts say, turncoats like Lea Garofalo become sitting ducks for inevitable revenge killings.Denise Garofalo is one of nearly 4,700 people in the program — about 1,000 so-called “collaborators” who have turned state’s evidence and the rest family members, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press on figures up to 2010. It is believed to be the second largest program after that of the United States. Most have been witnesses in cases against the Sicilian Mafia, the Neapolitan Camorra and the Calabrian `ndrangheta –the crime syndicate in the Garofalo case. Parents, stop beating yourself uplast_img