Wanted criminal held after daylight gun battle

first_imgNoida: An inter-state criminal who was wanted in over a dozen cases of heinous crimes has been nabbed by police following a broad daylight gun battle in Noida phase-2 area on Monday.Cops said that the accused was mastermind of the dacoity incident at the corporate office of Mahagun builder that took place in April this year. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Sachin Thakur, a native of Sikandrabad area in Bulandshahr. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The accused was arrested after a joint operation was carried out by Noida crime branch and Phase II police. The arrested accused carried reward of Rs 1 lakhs on his head,” said police officials. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the accused allegedly plotted the dacoity at Mahagun’s corporate office and was absconding while other accused were arrested. “Police has received a tip-off about the movement of accused and combing was performed. Police spotted two criminals on a motorcycle and signalled to stop. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe criminals opened fire on police party and in retaliatory firing, one of the criminals, identified as Sachin Thakur sustained bullet injury in his leg while his accomplice managed to flee,” said Krishna. “Upon sustained investigations, it came to light that the accused is the mastermind of the dacoity incident that took place at Mahagun builder’s corporate office in sector 63 of Noida on the intervening night of 27th and 28th April. The accused was absconding since the incident and a reward of Rs 1 lakhs was declared on his arrest,” added Krishna. The officer further said that over a dozen incidents of loot, attempt to murder, dacoity and gangster act are registered against the accused in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and other nearby districts. Police have recovered a an illegal country made pistol and a few cases of live ammunition from the possession of accused.last_img read more

Take Your Pick!

first_imgFrom film stars to cricketers and political mavericks – this Lok Sabha election will witness debutantes from across professions. The intent – largely to woo masses with their popular appeal. This year, the desperation seems real with a number of high-profile signings and switches across political coloursBJPFirst inningsGautam Gambhir: Speculations are ripe that he will be awarded a ticket from Delhi. He joined BJP earlier this year and has been vocal about his views on governance and politics. On social media, he has been a front-running critic of AAP. Constituency: Undecided; one of the 7 constituencies of Delhi Polling date: Delhi polls on May 12 Jaya Prada: Two-time MP from Rampur for Samajwadi Party, Prada is now Contesting for BJP from the same Rampur seat after being formally included on March 26. Jaya Prada entered politics in 1994 with Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Later, she joined Samajwadi Party but was expelled due to anti-party activities in 2010. Constituency: Rampur, Uttar Pradesh Polling date: April 23, 2019 Deepa Malik: The first Indian woman gold medalist at paralympics, Malik Joined BJP last week from Haryana and could contest polls this time as the state’s BJP candidate list is yet to be declared. Constituency: Undecided, possible from Haryana Polling date: Haryana polls on May 12 Amit Shah: Hardly unknown, Shah will make his poll debut this time from Gandhinagar, a most relevant seat for BJP. Earlier, Advani and Vajpayee have both contested from this seat. He has previously been an MLA from Sarkhej. Constituency: Gandhinagar, Gujarat Poll date: April 23, 2019 Ravi Shankar Prasad: Contesting for the first time in his life as a politician from Patna Sahib constituency, Prasad is replacing Shatrughan Sinha who was earlier denied a ticket by BJP. Constituency: Patna Sahib, Bihar Date: April 29, 2019 Tejasvi Surya: A possible celebrity in the making, Surya, contesting from Karnataka’s high-profile Bengaluru South constituency will contest his first election this year. A 28-year-old lawyer, he is the general secretary of BJP’s youth wing in Karnataka. His fiery speeches and blunt messages across social media have garnered massive support. Constituency: Bangalore South, Karnataka Poll date: April 18, 2019 CONGRESSUrmila Matondkar: A known face, Matondkar’s political ambitions were hitherto unknown. She is up against sitting BJP MP Gopal Shetty, who beat Sanjay Nirupam last time with a 3.8 lakh margin. Govinda was earlier fielded from here against veteran Ram Naik and had won. Constituency: Mumbai North, Maharashtra Poll date: April 29, 2019 Shatrughan Sinha: Sinha quit BJP after being denied the Patna Sahib constituency and will now rally from the same seat for Congress. Had been dissenting against the current dispensation for a while and even attended Mamata Banerjee’s January anti-BJP rally in Kolkata. Constituency: Patna Sahib, Bihar Poll date: May 19, 2019 Manvendra Singh: Son of Jaswant Singh, one of the founding members of BJP, Manvendra had contested from the same Barmer seat with a BJP ticket in 2004 and won. He switched from BJP to Congress in August 2018. Constituency: Barmer, Rajasthan Poll date: April 29, 2019 Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phule: An Uttar Pradesh MLA in 2012, Savitri later joined the 16th Lok Sabha from BJP in 2014. She quit BJP in December, as a reaction to hatred and atrocities against the cause of lower castes, but continues in Lok Sabha. Now, she has joined Congress and will fight her seat from previously-held Bahraich. Constituency: Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh Poll date: May 6, 2019 Tariq Anwar: NCP leader and sitting MP of Katihar, Anwar left NCP in September 2018 to join Congress and will contest elections from the same seat this time but for a different party. He has earlier been very vocal against Congress – things now look different. Constituency: Katihar, Bihar Poll date: April 18, 2019 Satyaprakash Nayak: Primetime TV host in Odisha, Nayak is being fielded against Sambit Patra from Puri. He joined Congress in 2017 and is also its media cell chairman in Odisha. He will contest his first Lok Sabha elections against Patra and the sitting BJD MP, another spokesperson, making the Puri assembly seat fight a battle between media representatives of parties. Constituency: Puri, Odisha Poll date: April 23, 2019 Krishna Punia: MLA from Sadulpur constituency, Arjuna awardee and ace athlete, Punia will contest her first LS poll for Congress from Jaipur Rural against a formidable opponent: Minister of State and sitting MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Constituency: Jaipur Rural, Rajasthan Poll date: May 6, 2019 Vaibhav Gehlot: Son of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Vaibhav is contesting for the first time from Jodhpur constituency against BJP veteran Gajendra Singh Sekhawat. Constituency: Jodhpur, Rajasthan Poll date: April 29, 2019 Regional forcesKanimozhi Karunanidhi: Daughter of DMK patriarch Karunanidhi and Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu, Kanimozhi will make her LS debut from Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in an exciting contest against BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan. Constituency: Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu Poll date: April 18, 2019 Mimi Chakraborty: Adding to this election’s star-studded list is Mimi Chakraborty, TMC’s chosen candidate from Kolkata’s Jadavpur constituency. Earlier held by Harvard Professor Sugata Bose of TMC, she will be up against Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Mayor under CPI-M, and BJP’s Anupam Hazra, earlier expelled from TMC Constituency: Jadavpur, West Bengal Poll date: May 19, 2019 Nusrat Jahan: Another one of didi’s chosen flagbearers, Nusrat is widely loved across Bengal. She is up against BJP’s state general secretary Sayantan Basu and has already been trolled and harassed by you-know-who’s digital soldiers. Constituency: Basirhat, West Bengal Poll date: May 19, 2019 V V Lakshmi Narayana: A former joint director of CBI who was in the limelight for his investigation into the quid pro quo scam involving YS Jaganmohan Reddy and several bureaucrats, Narayana will fight the elections from Visakhapatnam on a Jana Sena ticket. Constituency: Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Poll date: April 11, 2019 Prakash Raj: Multilingual actor Prakash Raj surprised both his adversaries and numerous fans when he announced that he would contest as an Independent candidate from Bengaluru Central Lok Sabha constituency. Constituency: Bengaluru Central, Karnataka Date of Polling: April 18, 2019 Kanhaiya Kumar: JNU’s greatest ‘anti-national’, Kumar has survived the ugly face of this rule. He will make his election debut from Bihar for CPI-M, in a deal that compromised the party’s alliance with RJD. He is up against Tanveer Hasan and BJP’s Giriraj Singh. Constituency: Begusarai, Bihar Date of Polling: April 29, 2019last_img read more

Mano slams bank for suspending employees over event

The bank had reportedly suspended some employees for holding a war remembrance event in the bank premises, without the approval of the top management. #HNB suspending employees for conducting event for “#remembering the #dead & who perished in the #war” is deplorable and definitely a very bad #corporate practice. #HNB motto is “Partner in Progress”. Progress without humanism? Partnership with chauvinistic considerations?” Ganesan tweeted. Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan today slammed a private bank for suspending some of its employees over a war remembrance event.Ganesan said the move by HNB was deplorable and definitely a very bad corporate practice. The move also saw harsh reactions from civil society on social media. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Teen charged with attempted murder

Six Nations police said Wednesday they have charged two Ohsweken men in connection to a shooting June 1 at a home on Fourth Line Road that sent a 23-year-old man to hospital.Police said Sheldon Hill, 18, is charged with attempted murder and Matthew Hill, 22, is charged with being an accessory after the fact.Sheldon Hill is also charged with discharging a firearm with intent, careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of weapons dangerous, unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm.Both men are also each charged with being occupants of a motor vehicle with a firearm.Both were held in custody for a bail hearing.Police said their investigation is ongoing.Police said they responded to a report of gunfire at 6:30 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Line Road where a 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg with a hunting rifle.A second man, aged 21, told police he and the victim were standing in a residential laneway when a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck, with a male driver and a male passenger, pulled up. After a short exchange of words, the passenger pulled out a rifle and shot the 23 year old. The truck raced away.Police found the truck at a First Line Road home and seized it for forensic examination. They also found some evidence at the scene of the shooting.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Six Nations police at 519-445-2811 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

Ontario considers new rules to put community needs ahead of bottled water

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2016 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario considers new rules to put community needs ahead of bottled water firms TORONTO – The bottled water industry in Ontario is facing renewed government scrutiny after a small township was outbid by multinational giant Nestle in its attempt to purchase a well to secure water supply for its growing community.Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday her government will look for ways to put community needs ahead of bottled water corporations.“As we look at the water bottling industry, that has to be a question because we’re talking about what we could argue is our most precious resource,” she said.“There is much pressure on our water, so as we have this discussion about our water, the status of and the treatment of water bottling companies, that needs to be taken into consideration.”Wynne’s comments came after The Canadian Press reported on Nestle’s purchase of a well near Elora from a privately owned company. Nestle said the new site would supplement “future business growth” and support its main-production site in nearby Aberfoyle, where the company has a bottling plant that employs over 300 people.The Township of Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton said they wanted to purchase the well to keep its water supply “safe” from commercial water taking long into the future, and to give the fast-growing community “control of our water source.”The New Democrats said that allowing a corporation to pump out water and sell it across Canada and beyond while a community is lacking water makes no sense.“The danger is you’ll have private companies squatting on water rights, effectively denying citizens access to their water unless they pay a ransom,” said NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns.In Ontario, municipalities, mining companies and golf courses — in addition to the water-bottling companies — are allowed to take a total of 1.4 trillion litres out of the surface and ground water supplies every day.In her mandate letters to her cabinet, released Friday, Wynne tells Environment Minister Glen Murray that “immediate improvements are needed when it comes to water bottling practices, particularly in the face of climate change, the increasing demands on water resources by a growing population and concerns about water security.”It’s time to separate bottled water companies from the many other sectors that have water-taking permits, including mining and construction, Wynne told reporters.“It’s not good enough from my perspective to say there’s lots of industries that need water,” she said.“Water bottling is a different kind of industry and we need to treat it differently.”Nestle, which has 2,500 employees in Ontario, has said it is prepared to pay more if rates were increased, but only if all companies with water-taking permits face the higher fees.“We fully agree that all groundwater users should pay their fair share to fund the management of our water resources and all users must be treated equitably,” the company said.Wynne’s mandate letter also told the environment minister to work with the finance minister on pricing options for water used by the bottled water industry.Ontario charges $3.71 for every million litres of water, compared with $2.50 in British Columbia and $70 in Quebec, the two other provinces with major bottled water operations. But Wynne made it clear she wants to see bottled water companies pay more for the water they take.“One of the reasons I want to make sure we move cautiously on this is I believe the rules need to be changed around water taking for bottled water companies,” she said.“I think we have to look very closely at what those companies are paying, what they’re allowed to take, and that’s exactly the work the ministry of environment and climate change is doing right now.”Meanwhile, Nestle is allowed to keep taking up to 3.6 million litres of water a day for bottling from its well in Aberfoyle, near Guelph, Ont., while the government reviews its application to renew its water-taking permit, which expired in July.Wynne noted Nestle had not been granted a renewal yet, nor had it been given approval for a pump test to determine water quantity and quality at the Middlebrook well, which she suggested is being held up by the review of water taking permits.“I think we need to, not just as a government but as a society, look at the way we use bottled water — of course there are situations where bottled water is necessary — but we need to look at what our expectation is of these companies and how we can put some different limits around it,” she said.A spokeswoman for Nestle said the company agrees that it needs to pay “its fair share as should all groundwater users.”“With only five per cent of permitted users paying 100 per cent of the cost, we believe it is important to look at all water users in Ontario to ensure the protection of the resource for future generations,” Jennifer Kerr said in an email to The Canadian Press.Nestle’s decisions are driven by data and science, Kerr said.“If testing and science proves the (Middlebrook well) water is not sustainable or of good quality, Nestle Waters Canada will evaluate other options.”The Canadian Bottled Water Association wants all commercial operations with water-taking permits to be treated equally under the new rules, and said it would be “unfair” to single it out for different treatment.“It has to include all users,” said executive director Elizabeth Griswold. “What would be quite interesting is to take a closer view, and education of the public, on who’s taking the rest of the water, who’s paying and who is not.”—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

JT Barrett Ohio State make second half turnaround

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett carries the ball during a game against Indiana on Nov. 22 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-27.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorAfter just 11 games as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, J.T. Barrett has his name scattered across the program record books.But the redshirt-freshman — despite finding his name in the Heisman Trophy race — hasn’t been perfect this season.After Barrett threw two first-half interceptions during the Buckeyes’ 42-27 win over Indiana on Saturday, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman stressed that there will always be ups and downs in football.“You play so much, everything’s not gonna be perfect,” Heuerman said of Barrett’s play. “You’re gonna make mistakes, that’s part of the game, that’s part of sports.”As Barrett’s interceptions — along with a fumble by redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — slowed OSU’s momentum, the Buckeyes took just a 14-13 lead into the half after going up 14-0 early. In that first half, Barrett completed 10 passes for just 79 yards and one score.“We had our foot on the gas and then just kind of relaxed after the first two scores,” Barrett said after the game.The touchdown tied the Wichita Falls, Texas, native with Troy Smith for the single-season school record for touchdown passes at 30, but the signal caller said he was more concerned with keeping the game from going in Indiana’s favor.“It’s all about the team and winning games and all the individual stuff and breaking records, that’s cool,” Barrett said. “But it wouldn’t have mattered if we didn’t win.”While their quarterback didn’t turn the ball over the rest of the game, the Buckeyes continued to struggle in the second half. Indiana eventually took a 20-14 lead, giving Barrett and the OSU offense a gap to close.The Rider High School product’s early struggles came after a week during which he was thrust into the heat of the Heisman Trophy conversation. When asked if that conversation might have affected Barrett’s play, coach Urban Meyer didn’t want to give the answer he ended up with.“I’d like to say no, but I’ve done this a long time,” Meyer said after the game. “So I don’t know.”Meyer — who has coached multiple Heisman candidates, including one winner in Tim Tebow — elaborated by comparing the situation to ones he’s seen in the past.“Your mouth starts to go dry and all those kinds of things when you mention Heisman,” Meyer said. “Did that happen with (Barrett)? I’d like to think not, but I also have been around for a while. So probably.”Barrett, on the other hand, said he only wants to focus on what he can control, which doesn’t include the Heisman conversation.“When I think of that, Heisman and all that, I can’t control that,” he said. “I try to handle things that I can control, and one of those things was so the offense could go out there and play well today. And we didn’t start out like that today.”Whether or not postseason awards were on his mind, Barrett said he did what he could to keep himself from getting worked up over his early mistakes.“I try not to get mad,” he said. “If it was a silly one, like ‘come on J.T., you know better than that,’ then I get mad at myself. But then that’s for like a split second, then … go about it because you’ve gotta play the next play.”Barrett’s ability to put those mistakes — and a potential Heisman race — out of his mind helped to spark not only his own performance, but the Buckeyes as they walked away with a win.In the process, Barrett found redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall for his 31st touchdown pass of the season, moving him ahead of Smith in the OSU record books.“J.T. has played well, great all season,” Marshall said after the game. “He definitely deserves the record. I told him just give me the ball and I’ll make something happen for you.”Heuerman — who caught Barrett’s 30th touchdown pass of the year in the first half — said the quarterback’s personal turnaround helped the entire team turn around its performance and come away with the 15-point win.“He did a great job coming back and leading us at halftime and coming out and getting us ready for the second half,” Heuerman said.And with everything that happened in the game — from new school records to costly interceptions — Heuerman described Barrett as “outstanding” and a “good leader,” and said he was just happy to be part of it all.“I’m just so happy for him and all his success,” Heuerman said. “It couldn’t happen to a better person, so I’m just glad to be a part of him and his success and his leadership and everything.”With his new record in tow, Barrett and the Buckeyes are set to cap their regular season Nov. 29 against Michigan at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Future tanks to be camouflaged using Eink

first_imgIt seems like there is a military application for everything these days. That even goes for technology utilized in something as innocent as an e-reader. British-based BAE Systems is pursuing technology which would use E-ink to camoflauge tanks. E-ink is a form of electronics paper developed by the MIT Media Lab and is primarily used in e-readers because of its ultra-low power consumption and its initial limitation to only display graphics in greyscale. In November 2010, a third generation of E-ink called E-ink Triton was announced which would support color. That breakthrough is what now makes utilizing E-ink for camoflauge possible.While tanks are traditionally painted in some form of camoflauge, the technique has its limitations since it doesn’t conform to changing conditions and environments. BAE Systems believes it may be possible to utilize highly sophisticated electronic sensors on a tank’s hull to detect the countryside and project it back on E-ink panels. This would allow the tank to blend into its surroundings in the same way a chameleon does.The technology is being considered as part of Britain’s Future Protected Vehicle program which was first launched in February 2009. The program focuses on seven defense vehicles fitted with heavy artillery with some being manned and others being self-operated to put troops out of harms way. By 2013, E-ink technology is expected to be used in an “experimental operational capacity” while a prototype vehicle is expected to be ready in the next four years. Researchers hope the innovations can be used by British troops fighting in Southern Afghanistan.Read more at PCMag.com.last_img read more

Aruze setting its sights on Europe

first_img VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 RelatedPosts Aristocrat wins battle over intellectual property rights with US$3 million settlement Japanese gaming machine manufacturer Aruze Gaming is targeting sizeable growth in Europe in 2019 as it looks to shrug off past perceptions that its products were too attuned to the Asian market.Coming off a year in which Aruze Europe enjoyed record revenue, the company’s Director of Business Development in Europe, David Meacher, told Inside Asian Gaming at ICE London on Thursday that customers were showing increasing interest in its newly developed product range – headed by the Muso Triple-27 cabinet released in 2018. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline Load More “People have often had a thing in their mind about Aruze but we’re seeing that people are quite surprised when they come and look at our product range,” Meacher said. “They have traditionally seen Aruze with the much bigger cabinets, very glittery, very, very bright cabinets. These are bright but more European and sleek in their design concepts compared to some of the older stuff we’ve done.”Having been granted a license to operate and supply gaming machines in Cyprus in 2018 as well as approval to operate as a gaming related contractor in Greece, Meacher said the company was actively looking to increase its European footprint.“Europe has always been a fairly small market for us but now we’re putting a lot of effort into it, we’re growing it and we’re seeing the performance figures coming back,” he explained. “As people see the performance and the word gets out there that our games are competing, that we’re not just that small niche market player we were in the past, it’s really going to build. Last year was a record year for Europe so we hope to build on that this year.”Among the new games set to be released into the market is “Fu Lai Cai Lai” – a progressive link already proving popular in Southeast Asia that Aruze has high hopes will translate well to Europe.“Our Asian-themed games are doing well,” Meacher said. “We’ve got some strong, high volatility Australian-themed games which generally work well in Europe so we’re bringing a lot of those games to the European market, but we will be bringing out more multi-game and European-specific games too.“I expect in the second half of this year we should have some very focused European games in the market.”last_img read more

Utne Launches Social Curated Magazine

first_imgUtne Reader, a magazine that highlights the best of independent and alternative presses, has launched  Alt Wire, a socially curated digital magazine. Using the R88R platform by Sociative Inc., Utne Reader staff selected a group of twenty core “influencers” to help determine the articles that will appear in Alt Wire. After this group was assembled, Utne Reader worked with Sociative to create an algorithm that pulls in sources the chosen influencers are themselves influenced by, and others they influence (which translates to those retweeting or commenting on influencers’ postings on Twitter). “Certain information is deemed important by the algorithm, because of how many times it’s being focused on by other people who have been named influencers, and this is how an influencer rises in the chain of things,” says Alt Wire web editor David Doody. “The group keeps moving and growing; people will be added and will fall off.”An initial estimate of those who “influence” the content posted on Alt Wire falls somewhere around the 3,000 mark. Each article featured on Alt Wire shows how many times it’s been retweeted, and which influencers are sharing the selected content. Doody says that while it is likely articles from major sources such as The New Yorker will appear in Alt Wire, the majority of content shared will be from sites like Mother Jones and The Nation.last_img read more

Rubio opts to keep his 5 Alaskan delegates

first_imgIn other presidential news, former candidate Marco Rubio, senator from Florida, has asked to keep the five delegates awarded to him during Alaska’s Presidential Preference Poll earlier this month.Download AudioFormer 2016 Republican nominee for president, Governor Marco Rubio (Creative commons photo by Gage Skidmore)Rubio sent the letter to Alaska GOP Chairman Peter S. Goldberg, and the request has been granted. The move leaves Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 12 delegates, and New York businessman Donald Trump with 11 delegates.The letter does not spell out why Rubio wants to retain his delegates. A GOP spokesperson says it is unlikely he’ll re-open his presidential bid. The move could, however, influence the delegate count at the party’s national convention in July.last_img

Strong earthquake hits Southcentral Heres what we know

first_imgAn Anchorage Fire Department crew fights a fire following a magnitude 7 earthquake on Nov. 30, 2018. (Image by Joey Mendolia / Alaska’s Energy Desk)Update, 6:19 p.m.The Anchorage School District announced that all Anchorage School District facilities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec 3-4, as the district continues to assess damage. Only “essential staff” will be reporting to work.Chugach Electric says 240 of their customers are without power. At one point, they had 21,000. Chugach serves 68,000 people. Most of their damage has been tripped transformers, so the crews had to turn them on and off again before restoring power. So far, spokeswoman Julie Hasquet has not heard of any reports of downed power lines. All crews are out to restore power.Currnelty there are less than 1,000 Municipal Light and Power customers without power, spokeswoman Julie Harris says. ML&P serves 30,000. They are still assessing damage. Power plants are fine but they are assessing damage to substations and other infrastructure that distributes the power right now. They have one report of a downed power line in Airport Heights but are currently checking out the report.The Matanuska Electric Association has 12,000 of their 55,000 customers without power. Most of their substations are down due to an emergency mechanism that kicked them off line when the earthquake happened, according to spokesperson Kierre Childers.Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is open and operational according to Trudy Wassel, Division Operations Manager. They are still doing an assessment of the damage; no final reports yet. She says there was a water line break but it’s not the major water line. Drinking water and sanitation are both fine. The terminals are safe to passengers.The Providence Alaska Medical Center Emergency Department remains open for patients after today’s earthquake. There are no reports of injuries at the hospital at this time. However, the hospital suffered isolated damage, such as multiple water leaks. Hospital staff continue to evaluate the extent of this damage. All scheduled elective surgeries have been canceled and will be rescheduled.Alaska Native Medical Center is reporting no significant damage to the building or intake of people coming in with injuries. They said they treated a handful of patients (8) with very minor earthquake related injuries.The public information officer for Alaska Regional Hospital says that they have cancelled all elective surgeries and appointments through the weekend, but their ER is open. In the general assessment they’ve done of the building so far, the earthquake only caused minor damage to the building: leaks in a few places, and damage to ceiling tiles. They currently have a structural engineering going through the building to make sure everything is OK.The following highways have been inspected since the earthquake, have not experienced significant damage, and are passable:Alaska HighwayRichardson HighwayParks Highway MP 98, near Talkeetna, to MP 345 in Fairbanks (inspections ongoing south of MP 98)Tok CutoffGlenn Highway MP 118-189 (inspections ongoing south/west of MP 118)The Parks Highway from MP 0-98 is passable.Check 511.alaska.gov for updates on all other highways.The AP reports the operators of the trans-Alaska pipeline said they shut the system down as a precaution following the earthquake. A spokeswoman with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company says there is no known damage to the pipeline.– Ravenna Koenig, Wesley Early, Rashah McChesney, Krysti Shallenberger, Elizabeth Jenkins and Anne Hillman contributed to this update. Update, 4:45 p.m.Officials with the Municipality of Anchorage gave an update on municipal infrastructure and emergency response operations during a Friday afternoon press conference. Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll said residents should expect to see an increased police presence across town as the municipality continues to respond to the disaster.On Friday evening, Doll said, the department is planning to temporarily shut down traffic inbound to Anchorage on the Glenn Highway to allow for increased outbound traffic.The Egan Center remains open as a warming shelter for people temporarily displaced by the quake, according to the Municipality of Anchorage.Update, 4 p.m.Gov. Bill Walker, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and other Alaska officials addressed the government’s earthquake response during a press conference streamed live on Facebook Friday afternoon. Walker said he’s issued a declaration of disaster. He praised first responders, and said his administration has been in contact with the White House and the incoming administration of Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy. Alaskans’ safety is the state government’s highest priority, Walker said. Listen the the press conference below:“It’s been a 7.2 earthquake, our response was a 10,” Walker said.– Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media / Anchorage Update, 1:20 p.m.Aftershocks continued to rock Anchorage throughout the morning Friday, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.The Municipality of Anchorage has issued an emergency proclamation and activated its Emergency Operation Center, according to APD and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz.The Glenn Highway and Seward Highway were reopened as of 12:45 p.m., according to a statement from the Anchorage Police Department. Detours still exist around damaged areas including the South Eagle River Bridge, the Mirror Lake exit off the Glenn Highway and on Minnesota Boulevard.In a Friday afternoon statement, APD advised residents to keep extinguishers on hand, check gas lines, shelter in place, keep phone lines open and stay off the roads. The Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility encouraged people in Anchorage and Eagle River to boil water before drinking as a precautionary measure. The utility said it’s closed its office for the day while it responds to water line breaks and other emergencies.Governor Bill Walker, Lieutenant Governor Valerie Davidson and Major General Laurie Hummel are scheduled to provide an update on the earthquake’s aftermath at 3 p.m.President Donald Trump addressed the quake in an 11:19 a.m. Tweet:To the Great people of Alaska. You have been hit hard by a “big one.” Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. God Bless you ALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2018– Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media / AnchorageOriginal story:A powerful 7.0 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska Friday morning, shaking town and causing widespread damage.Information is still trickling in, but here is what we know so far.According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the quake hit about 10 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city. The event started at about 8:30 a.m., with multiple aftershocks following.Roads and infrastructure are severely damaged. According to the Department of Transportation’s Shannon McCarthy, rock falls nears McHugh Creek and milepost 112 have closed the south-bound Seward Highway. The northbound Glenn Highway is closed by Eagle River Drive because of damage.In Anchorage, many traffic lights are out, contributing to traffic standstills along major roadways. The overpass by International and Minnesota Drive has partially collapsed. An intersection at 36th and the New Seward Highway has a sinkhole or split in the road.By 10 a.m. the tsunami warning issued earlier had been canceled.The Anchorage School District is telling parents, “When you feel it is safe to pick up your children at your school, please do so.”The Anchorage Police Department says officers have been dispatched throughout town handling incidents. On its Facebook page, the department wrote, “There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged. Many roads and bridges are closed. Stay off the roads if you don’t need to drive. Seek a safe shelter. Check on your surroundings and loved ones.”As of 10:20 a.m. the Ted Stevens International Airport is open, but passengers are encouraged to get flight information from their airlines. Earlier, the airport had closed and canceled inbound and outbound flights.Alaska Regional Hospital has canceled elective surgeries but remains open as staff their inspect for damage beyond water leaks.Chugach Electric is reporting that 21,000 people lost power. As of 10:30 a.m. there are still 15,000 without power.– Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media / Anchorage Correction: This story has been updated to correct the time of Gov. Bill Walker’s afternoon press conference.last_img read more

Hidden hand behind Nawaz Sharifs conviction Pakistan judge who

first_imgIslamabad: A Pakistani anti-corruption court judge on Friday was directed to “stop working” after a top court asked the law ministry to remove him from the post following the surfacing of a video, which purportedly showed the judge saying that he convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a graft case due to pressure from “hidden hands”. The accountability court judge in Islamabad, Justice Arshad Malik, sentenced Sharif to seven years of imprisonment in Al-Azizia steel mills case on December 24 last year. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us In a video released last week by Sharif’s daughter Maryam, Justice Malik was purportedly seen confessing in a chat with a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader that he was under immense pressure from certain elements to convict the three-time premier in the graft case. Earlier in the day, in a letter and affidavit submitted to the acting Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Amir Farooq, Justice Malik denied the contents of the video, saying they were fake. He also requested Justice Farooq to conduct an impartial probe into the matter, IHC officials said. However, Justice Farooq decided to write to the law ministry to relieve Justice Malik from his position as an accountability court judge until an investigation against him is completed, they said. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The IHC has the administrative control of the accountability courts in Islamabad. Addressing a press conference here, Pakistan Law Minister Farogh Nasim said Justice Malik has been asked to stop working on the recommendation of the IHC. “The law ministry has stopped Arshad sahab from working for now,” he said, adding that in his affidavit, Justice Malik has said he issued the verdict against Sharif “without any pressure or intimidation”. The minister said the conviction of Sharif can only be overturned by a high court. Advertise With Us “The sentence (of Sharif) cannot be immediately be suspended, extended or changed in any way until the IHC takes a decision regarding whether the judgement was issued under pressure,” Nasim said. It is important to establish first that the judgment was given under duress to give any benefit to Sharif, he said. Soon after the video surfaced, top PML-N leadership demanded release of Sharif from the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, while the Imran Khan-led government distanced itself from the controversy, saying that the matter pertained to judiciary and it should deal with it. Another video showing Justice Malik purportedly dancing on the beats of an election campaign song of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party was also leaked. Judge Malik is currently hearing several high-profile graft cases, including those against former president Asif Ali Zardari, former prime ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf and Shaukat Aziz. Meanwhile, Maryam tweeted, “I request the top judiciary to revoke the judgment against Nawaz Sharif and set him free without any further delay.”last_img read more

Afghanistan postpones 100th Independence Day celebrations after

first_imgKABUL: The Afghan government has postponed celebrations to commemorate the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan which was scheduled for Monday in the historic Dar-ul-Aman Palace. Presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said the Secretariat tasked to organise the 100th Independence Celebrations of Afghanistan has postponed the event as per President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s instructions in a bid to pay respect to families of deadly bombing attack victims in Kabul, reported Khaama Press. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Sediqqi further added that that the President will deliver a speech and lay wreath in Independence Minaret to honour the 100th Independence Day of Afghanistan and pay tribute to the martyrs of the freedom. This comes as a suicide bomber targeted a wedding ceremony in West of Kabul city late on Saturday night killing 63 or wounding 182. Meanwhile, the victims of the deadly bombing were buried on Sunday. Most of them were laid to rest in groups. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement said: ” I strongly condemn the inhumane attack on the wedding hall. “My top priority, for now, is to reach out to the families of victims of this barbaric attack,” reported Tolo News. Taliban in a statement rejected any involvement in the attack and said they condemn the incidents which target women and children. But Afghan President Ghani said, “Taliban cannot absolve themselves of blame because they provide a platform for terrorists.”last_img read more

KL labour market to be reopened next month Minister

first_imgProthom Alo.File PhotoThe Malaysian labour market will be reopened for Bangladeshi workers within the next month, UNB reports quoting expatriates’ welfare minister Imran Ahmed on Saturday.The first phase of the process has already been completed following discussions with Malaysia, he said.He made the remarks while talking to reporters after paying homage at the mausoleum of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Gopalganj.Malaysia, a rich Southeast Asian country, remains a popular destination for Bangladeshi workers. Many still try to go there illegally by paying large sums to unscrupulous middlemen or brokers and agencies.”My first job would be to catch those who send people overseas illegally. I don’t want our countrymen to die during perilous illegal journeys,” minister Imran said, describing such deaths as ‘murders’.He urged people to remain alert about brokers and hand over them to police.The labour migration to Malaysia has remained suspended since last year.Last week, Malaysian human resources minister M Kulasegaran said Putrajaya is expected to lift a moratorium and resume hiring workers from Bangladesh “within a month or two”.Malaysia suspended the Foreign Worker Application System for Bangladeshi workers, which allowed recruitment under 10 selected agencies, on 1 Sept last year.The move affected several major industries, especially plantation and construction, reports The Star. Lifting the moratorium is expected to ease labour woes.During his visit to Kuala Lumpur last week, minister Imran said the new mechanism and process for the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers would be a transparent one.He estimated that some 400,000 Bangladeshi workers are currently working legally in Malaysia.They remitted $1,197.63 million in the last fiscal year.last_img read more

Govt to rope in FRDC to develop fireworks manufacture in state

first_imgKolkata: Taking a major step to develop manufacturing of fireworks as a major industry in Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government will rope in the Fireworks Research and Development Centre (FRDC) at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to set up a cluster of fireworks factories at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas.According to a senior official of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Textiles department, the decision has been taken to write to the FRDC to prepare the DPR as it is an expert organisation in ensuring quality and safety standards for the entire industry. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe DPR will be prepared to set up the cluster with common facility centre at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. Later, the same model as per the DPR will be replicated to set up such clusters in other parts of the state.It may be mentioned that Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is known as the country’s firecrackers manufacturing hub. In Bengal, too, there are many villages, mainly in South 24-Parganas, where manufacturing firecrackers is the source of livelihood for many. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government has taken the major step in helping the families involved in manufacturing of firecrackers by creating infrastruc-ture that will ensure a “better, safe and hazard-free” environment. “It is the main reason behind roping in an expert organisation like FRDC to prepare the DPR,” the official said.It may be mentioned that a 50-acre land at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas has already been identified and all other processes are also in progress to set up the cluster. Since it is a matter of setting up a cluster of fireworks manufacturing factories, the official said that it will be set up adhering to all norms. Setting up of the same will ensure technological upgradation, which will ensure improvement in the quality of work. Moreover, workers can work without even apprehending any health hazards. There will also be a centre for testing of raw materials for quality control and at the same time, there will also be standardisation of work.Citing an example, the official said that there has to be two separate entry and exit points of each of the units that will be developed at the cluster and as per the norms, those have to be at proper positions. Moreover, the warehouses where the “highly inflammable” materials will be stored, will also have to be planned properly. “So, the planning before initiating the work has to be foolproof,” the official added. The officials of the department will be contacting the FRDC authorities soon.last_img read more

International Womens Day event banned by Vatican over gay speaker

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘Warry understands the tragedy that can happen when the Church excludes persecuted groups rather than joining them in seeking protection, dignity and justice,’ the statement said.‘As a lesbian Catholic woman, she leads the fight for LGBT rights in Uganda, a country where same-sex relations are punishable by life in prison.’International Women’s Day organizers call on Vatican to move forward on equalityThe statement also encouraged the Church to move forward on equality.‘The crises we must confront in our world today demand leaders, women and men, who are prepared to think the unthinkable and who will risk upsetting powerful vested interests and take bold steps forward for the greater good.’This comes as a gay escort has reportedly sent a 1,200 page dossier to the Vatican identifying 40 ‘actively gay’ priests.Cardinal Cresenzio Sepe, the archdiocese of Naples, compiled the document based on findings by the rent boy.The escort has allegedly had sex with many of the 40 priests working in the Catholic Church in Italy. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The event was forced to move after clerics saw Ugandan lesbian Catholic Ssenfuka Joanita Warry and pro-LGBTI advocate Tina Beattie.The Pope rejected an invitation to attend the annual Voices of Faith conference.Senior Vatican official Kevin Farrell said it was ‘not appropriate’ to include the women.The Voices of Faith refused to comply and moved across the seat to the Jesuit headquarters.International Women’s Day event forcibly moved by the VaticanFormer President of Ireland Mary McAleese said, according to the BBC: ‘A Church that is homophobic and anti-abortion is not the church of the future.‘The Catholic Church is one of the last great bastions of misogyny. It’s an empire of misogyny.‘Our voices stir the winds of change, so we must speak out. We don’t want to be what the Pope describes as “the strawberry on the cake.”‘A release from the event made the church aware of the dangers of leaving out minority opinions in religious discussion. An International Women’s Day event was banned by the Vatican over a speaker being a lesbian. GAYSTARNEWS- Pope Francis during press conference aboard papal plane Pope recognises LGBT for first time, but is it repentance?Nearly 10,000 people sign petition to remove pro-LGBTI priest from major Catholic eventCatholic bishop: No funerals for married gays unless they repent on their deathbedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/international-womens-day-event-banned-vatican-gay-speaker/last_img read more

Help find missing dog in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A male black and white Border Collie went missing this morning (August 2) from Willow Drive.The owners are appealing to the community to be on the lookout so they can have their best friend back home again.Let’s all get together and see if we can reunite this dog with its loving family.If you have seen the dog, then please contact the owner on 0810148062 or 0813727990last_img

Brendan Peyper has girls going wild

first_imgGiving out real ‘boeredrukkies’, well-known SA pop star Brendan Peyper took the stage on Friday evening at the Ladysmith Show and caught the attention of all the young ladies in the audience.This 19-year-old is single and lives in Bloemfontein, having brought out one CD already. He started playing guitar at the age of five and began his professional career in music at age 14.This musician can play more than just the guitar though; he can play bass guitar, drums, piano and harmonica, and what’s more, he can even read music.His role models include Chris Daughtry and Elvis Blue, and he lives by the motto: “People never remember what you said, but rather how you made them feel”.This young man does not plan too far into the future, as he believes you only live once, so live in the moment.As a boereseun, Brendan enjoys hunting when he is not on stage.“I really wish I could have seen more of the Ladysmith Show and the people. It is a real lekker vibe,” he said after his performance on Friday night. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Yes, Brendan is his real name and his website is www.brendanpeyper.comWhen asked if he would ever visit Ladysmith again, he said most definitely.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img 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 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 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 | 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 | 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 Related Content 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 | January 19, 2009 Society Honors Innovators in Breast Cancer Radiology, Radiation Therapy News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications January 19, 2009 – The American Society of Breast Disease Pathfinder Lectures will honor Marie Overgaard, M.D., and Steve H. Parker, M.D. as part of the Society’s Annual Symposium, April 2-4, 2009, in Chicago, IL. In announcing the recipients of the Society’s only honorary recognition, American Society of Breast Disease president Julio A. Ibarra, M.D., noted that “through their vision and work this year’s honorees – Marie Overgaard and Steve H. Parker – have established new standards in diagnosis and treatment that have benefited the lives of millions of women around the world.” Marie Overgaard, M.D., professor at Aarhus Hospital in Denmark, is the ASBD’s 2009 Pathfinder Lecturer in Radiation Oncology. Her work in leading the large randomized trials of the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group dramatically reshaped the hypothesis of breast cancer as a systemic disease. Through her research, Dr. Overgaard showed that post-mastectomy radiation with chemotherapy in both pre- and post-menopausal women positively impacted survival. Her studies of postoperative radiotherapy have earned her recognition as an honorary fellow in the American College of Radiology and the Gold Medal Award of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. The honoree for the 2009 ASBD Pathfinder Lecturer in Radiology is interventional radiologist Steve H. Parker, M.D., who is well known in the field of breast diagnosis. Dr. Parker has been a pioneer in the development and study of minimally invasive biopsy. His innovations have included stereotactic-guided core biopsy, ultrasound-guided core biopsy, stereotactic-guided vacuum assisted biopsy (VAB), ultrasound-guided VAB, ultrasound-guided sentinel node core biopsy/VAB and ultrasound-guided percutaneous excision of masses. While serving at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Dr. Parker developed the first use of image-guided percutaneous breast biopsy with a large-core needle. He was the principal author of a multi-institutional study showing that stereotactic and ultrasound large-core breast biopsy is as accurate as surgical biopsy. Dr. Parker further refined this technique by helping to develop additional minimally invasive tools, including VAB devices. Dr. Parker was the course director of the “Breast Imaging and Intervention in the 21st Century” international breast conference for 10 years and has lectured worldwide for the past two decades. 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