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Panel puts brakes on efforts to unionize Disney Lyft drivers

ORLANDO, Fla. — A labour relations board has put the brakes on a decision allowing the Teamsters to represent scores of Lyft drivers who haul passengers around the Walt Disney World property in Florida.A National Labor Relations Board panel ruled against the Orlando-based Teamsters local last Friday.The panel says the Lyft drivers have different responsibilities than do bus drivers who are already represented by the Teamsters local.The Teamsters demanded the right to bargain on behalf of the Lyft drivers after an NLRB regional director last May ruled the union could represent the “Minnie Van” drivers.Disney World guests can get the private rides using the Lyft app on their phones instead of waiting for Disney buses to drive them around the resort.Neither Teamsters nor Disney officials responded to immediate requests for comment.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

Asian markets rise on ChinaUS trade prospects

SINGAPORE — Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday after a report suggested that the leaders of China and the U.S. could be endorsing a trade deal in weeks.According to Bloomberg, U.S. officials are preparing a final trade deal ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, which could take place as soon as mid-March. It cited unnamed sources close to the matter.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index picked up 1 per cent to 21,602.69 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.4 per cent to 28,738.72. The Shanghai Composite index edged 0.4 per cent higher to 2,953.02 and Australia’s S&P ASX/200 gained 0.4 per cent to 6,192.70.Shares rose in Singapore and Indonesia but fell in Malaysia. South Korean and Taiwanese markets were closed for a holiday.Traders hope that a tariffs battle waged by the world’s two largest economies would soon be called off if a deal is reached.Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day ceasefire in December after raising import taxes on billions of dollars of each other’s goods. The U.S. was set to hit China with a fresh wave of tariffs once the agreement expires on Saturday.While progress on issues like Washington’s unhappiness over Beijing’s technology policy has been slow, Trump said he will postpone the tariffs to give the countries more time to talk. He did not say for how long.Buying in Asia was supported by an announcement by MSCI, a leading provider of indexes and analytics. MSCI said it will quadruple the weight of Chinese A shares in its global indexes by November. It will also add more Chinese stocks to its Emerging Markets Index, giving the country’s foreign inflows a much-needed boost.A private survey also added to Chinese growth hopes. The Caixin manufacturing purchasing manager’s index, which measures growth in the sector, jumped to 49.9 in February, from 48.3 in the previous month. The index is on a 100-point scale, with 50 separating contraction from growth.This comes after China’s official manufacturing PMI fell 0.3 points to 49.2 in February, a three-year low.WALL STREET: Stocks slid Thursday on news that the U.S. economy slowed at the end of last year, although the performance still beat analysts’ expectations. The country’s gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 per cent annual rate in the October-December period, down from 3.4 per cent in the third quarter. The S&P 500 index lost 0.3 per cent to 2,784.49 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3 per cent to 25,916.00. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.3 per cent to 7,532.53, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks also dropped 0.3 per cent to 1,575.55.ENERGY: U.S. crude added 44 cents to $57.66 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It finished 28 cents higher at $57.22 a barrel overnight. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gained 60 cents to $66.91 a barrel. The contract gave up 27 cents to $66.31 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 111.77 yen from 111.39 yen on Thursday. The euro climbed to $1.1374 from $1.1371.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

Heading for Myanmar Ban Kimoon pledges to do utmost to speed aid

20 May 2008As he prepared to leave for Myanmar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will do all he can to reinforce the immediate relief effort in the cyclone-devastated country and will also draw attention to the need for long-term reconstruction and development. “I will do my utmost for the people of Myanmar,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to see the conditions under which relief teams are working and I intend to do all I can to reinforce their efforts in coordination with the Myanmar’s authorities and international aid agencies.” Mr. Ban will arrive in Yangon, Myanmar, early Thursday morning and is set to tour the Irrawaddy delta area – the part of the country most affected by the cyclone. He said the UN had a functioning relief programme in place but cautioned that it is a “critical moment” for the country and said that so far aid workers had been able to reach only about 25 per cent of people in need in Myanmar. According to UN estimates, some 2.4 million people have been severely affected by Cyclone Nargis. On Sunday, the Secretary-General will participate in a pledging conference co-sponsored by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to raise funds for the aid effort from international donors. Mr. Ban said he was travelling to Myanmar to “demonstrate my sympathy to the people and Government at this time of crisis and challenge, and to see for myself the situation on the ground.” He described the disaster caused by the cyclone as “unprecedented in Myanmar’s history.” The Secretary-General said he would coordinate closely with ASEAN and Myanmarese officials and said he was confident that relief efforts could be scaled up quickly. He added that the UN had received Government permission to operate nine World Food Programme (WFP) helicopters which would allow aid workers to reach areas that have so far been largely inaccessible. Mr. Ban also stressed that the international community had to give thought to Myanmar’s long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation. He said that Cyclone Nargis had “devastated Myanmar’s agricultural heartland” and that it may already be too late for farmers to plant the next harvest. “In this sense the economic effects of the natural disaster that has struck Myanmar could be more severe and longer lasting than the 2004 tsunami,” he added. Major relief efforts continue in Myanmar from the WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), who among them have delivered food, medical supplies, shelter materials and water purification equipment, and have been monitoring for the outbreak of disease. read more

Needs of displaced persons in Colombia must be met top UN official

24 February 2009The United Nations’ top humanitarian official, on the first day of his mission to Colombia to assess relief operations for victims of natural disaster and civil strife, saluted actions taken but said much more must be done to protect civilians and aid displaced persons. “It is clear that there is a serious humanitarian situation in Colombia, particularly the problems ofmillions of internally displaced persons, and that there is a requirement collectively to do more torespond to these needs,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said yesterday in the capital city of Bogotá.During a day of meetings, Mr. Holmes saw ministers and senior officials in the Government of Colombia, as well as humanitarian actors from the UN, Colombian civil society, and non-governmental aid organizations.Government figures visited included the country’s ministers of justice and foreign affairs, its director of the Department for Prevention and Response to Disasters (DPAD) and its presidential advisor for social action. “Mr. Holmes praised the Government’s action and progress achieved, but urged increased dialogue on the humanitarian situation and the necessary response, particularly on protecting civilians,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release. There was also agreement on the need to increase prevention and preparedness for natural disasters, OCHA added.The country has recently suffered the harshest, most destructive rainy season on record, which wreaked havoc on the Sucre, Bolivar and Chocó provinces, affecting one million people and destroying 44,000 hectares of crops.In addition, continued violence has caused large-scale internal displacement in many areas.In a meeting with a large group of representatives from Colombian civil society, includingindigenous people and Afro-Colombian, human rights, women’s and youth groups, Mr. Holmes heard a wide range of concerns about the consequences of such displacement and the continuing violence.Mr. Holmes expressed particular concern about the situation of indigenous and Afro-Colombiancommunities, following the recent killing of members of the Awá group in a remote area in the country’s south-west which the UN refugee agency says suffers from some of the worst forced displacement.“There is a need to pay particular attention to the future of indigenous people and other vulnerable groups that have a special dependency on and attachment to their lands,” Mr. Holmes said.Today, Mr. Holmes is travelling to the Chocó region, where he is expected to meet with Afro-Colombians, indigenous communities, and groups of displaced persons. read more

Search for peace in Darfur has gathered pace says head of UNAU

14 July 2010The search for durable peace in the war-scarred Darfur region of western Sudan has gained momentum and is at a critical stage, the head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today, urging all parties to the conflict to join the process. The search for durable peace in the war-scarred Darfur region of western Sudan has gained momentum and is at a critical stage, the head of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today, urging all parties to the conflict to join the process.“I therefore, wish to call on all who are holding out, particularly, the Justice and Equality Movement under Dr. Khalil Ibrahim, to join the process in the interest of peace and stability,” Ibrahim Gambari told representatives of Darfur civil society organizations who are attending the second round of discussions in the Qatari capital, Doha, to seek ways of contributing to resolving the conflict.Mr. Gambari welcomed the news that Abdul Wahid al Nur, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M), had expressed his support for the peace talks in Doha.“I firmly believe that this decision will positively change the dynamics of the peace process; indeed, only through the active participation of all parties to the conflict will lasting peace and stability be possible in Darfur,” Mr. Gambari said.“Your presence here in Doha can make a difference,” he told the civil society representatives on Monday. “It can be a catalyst for the parties, including the Government and armed movements to speed up the peace process and reach an agreement that addresses the underlying problems in Darfur, sooner rather than later,” said the Joint Special Representative.He welcomed continuing efforts to enhance cohesion among the representatives of Darfur civil society, saying greater coordination and coherence among them was crucial for the conduct of the peace process and for the achievement of an all inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement.He commended Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad Ben Abdallah Al Mahmoud, the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibrill Bassolé and the Government of Qatar for organizing the peace conferences, in coordination with UNAMID.Meanwhile, UNAMID’s Civil Affairs component on Monday met with representatives of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority (TDRA) in El Geneina, West Darfur, to discuss a joint venture aimed at promoting the peace agreement signed between the Rizeigat and Misseriya communities on 28 June to end three months of bloody feuding between them.The UNAMID representatives spoke with TDRA’s chairman of the Peace & Reconciliation Commission Asaad Bahreldin and the Reconciliation Committee’s rapporteur Yagoub Mohammed Ali about a strategy for the publication and circulation of the peace agreement document to remote communities.It is hoped that the project will help defuse residual tensions and encourage commitment to implementing the agreement to prevent another cycle of violence. UNAMID will help fund the plan as a Quick Impact Project.In a related development, following an assessment visit to the Kheir Khanaga Women’s Prison in El Fasher, North Darfur, UNAMID and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) have provided equipment for temporary shelters to help alleviate overcrowding.The prison houses nearly 90 female inmates, some of whom are accompanied by their children. UNAMID plans to work with UNHCR partners and the North Darfur Prison Authority to help improve services, rehabilitate facilities, train corrections officers and provide child-friendly spaces. The mission recently funded the construction of a new women’s wing at the Shallah prison, the second largest in the country. read more

No summer break at Ontario legislature

(Update)It was back to work at Queen’s Park as the 41st parliament of Ontario was sworn in — after Kathleen Wynne won her Liberal majority government last month. And while it was mostly a day for preliminaries — the opposition Progressive Conservatives indicated they’re looking for some big changes and a new direction in their party.The Conservatives here are smarting from that election defeat. An election they might have won if it hadn’t been for unpopular Conservative policies. And the Tories here are saying some of those policies were just as unpopular with Tory MPP’s as they were with voters. And they’re not doing that again.Before the legislature could get down to the business of laws and budgets, there were a couple housekeeping items to get out of the way.MPPs were sworn in by the Lieutenant-Governor.Then they chose the new speaker — with the NDP’s Paul Miller of Hamilton East Stoney Creek one of the candidates for the job: “Probably gives you a little more motivation from your community in reference to the respectability the job carries with it.”In the end, Brantford-area Liberal Dave Levac was re-elected speaker on the third ballot: “This is the beautiful place. It represents who we are as a province.”He says the new majority government will be working with the opposition: “There will be some reaching out to the opposition to provide the opportunity to have their voices heard.”But while the legislature was dealing with preliminaries, former Conservative leader Tim Hudak was a no-show, his seat left empty.He’s still an MPP, but resigned as leader after his party’s election defeat. With the party now saying things are going to change.Jim Wilson: “There’s no need to pick on particular groups and we’ve done that for no reason in the past.”Former cabinet minister Jim Wilson was chosen interim leader while the Tories select a new permanent leader — and expressed anger over Hudak’s leadership from Conservative MPP’s who’d felt pushed aside and bullied: “Policies they were asked to sell that probably weren’t ever popular in their own ridings — and they certainly didn’t believe in the policies in their hearts.”Wilson singled out Hudak’s election promise to cut 100-thousand government jobs. And he said it’s time for renewal for Ontario Pc’s: “We’ve been attacking people for a decade and in my heart and in my colleagues hearts we’re not that type of people.”That idea was echoed by possible Conservative leadership candidate Lisa MacLeod: “There is an opportunity for fresh leadership in our party that listens to the caucus but also listens to the grassroots of our party.”MacLeod says she’s thinking of running for the leadership but hasn’t decided yet. The only declared candidate so far is MPP Christine Elliott. And the party hasn’t decided when a leadership convention will be held. As for the legislature, they get down to serious business Thursday with a speech from the throne setting out the legislative agenda, then the government will reintroduce its budget later this month.So what can we expect in the throne speech tomorrow?It will be called ‘Building Ontario Up’. The Liberals say the only new thing will be the announcement of a trade mission to China in the fall. But it will have the same priorities as before the election — the economy and jobs, building transit and infrastructure and the Ontario pension plan. read more

DR Congo UN mission says police arrest more than 200 suspected of

The announcement came just hours before the UN Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement that “strongly condemned the recent attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Beni territory, brutally killing over 100 civilians, mostly women and children.”The Security Council also expressed its deep concern over the lack of progress of the voluntary disarmament process of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), recalling the 2 January 2014 end date set and calling on the DRC government, in coordination with the UN mission known as MONUSCO, “to immediately undertake military action against those leaders and members of the FDLR who do not engage in the demobilization process and who continue to carry out human rights abuses.”In addition, the Council, in the three-page comprehensive statement, expressed its “grave concern” at the decision of the DRC government to expel the head of the UN joint Human Rights Office and recent threats made against other staff members in that office.Earlier today, according to an announcement on Radio Okapi, created by the UN mission known by its French acronym MONUSCO, and the Swiss non-governmental organization Fondation Hirondelle, MONUSCO spokesman Charles Bambara said among those arrested were members of the Ugandan-based ADF rebel group who are believed to be responsible for the attacks in and around Beni. Weapons, ammunitions, bombs, radio sets and other military equipment were seized in the operations, according to Mr. Bambara.He said more than 200 people had been arrested in the operations carried out by the National Police and MONUSCO police, while UN mission forces are also intensifying their patrols in the region.Briefing the Security Council in New York last month, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC and the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians.Mr. Kobler noted that despite initial hopes that “the seeds of peace” would spread throughout the DRC’s eastern regions, recent outbursts of violence in villages in and around the city of Beni in North Kivu reminded the world “just how fragile those hopes can be.” He was referring to a series of massacres committed by ADF rebels between 2 October and 17 October. read more

Campus intruders have been taking unauthorized videos

Members of the Brock community are being asked to help Campus Security protect the campus against unwanted intrusion, by reporting the presence of these non-students (see photos). Their identities and home addresses are known, all three have been issued trespass notices banning them from the campus.They, along with a third accomplice, have been on the main campus on different occasions this month, recording video of themselves conducting pranks on unsuspecting staff, students and visitors, without consent. They have posed as students moving into residence, or as custodial staff who have interrupted active lectures and disturbed students working in the Computer Commons.The University is committed to ensuring that it provides a safe and respectful environment for all staff, students and faculty and that its teaching and learning activities are not obstructed, impaired or interfered with by unwelcome visitors.Persons seeing these people or anyone else appearing to conduct pranks or recording video of students, faculty and staff without permission is asked to immediately contact Campus Security at or call ext. 3200 and report the location, to determine if the behaviour violates Brock policy or procedure. read more

Were Almost Done with American Horror Story Cult

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks American Horror Story: Cult isn’t the worst season the show’s ever had. Though it certainly looked that way at the start, it had a string of great, terrifying episodes that really got into how cults form and how hard it is to escape from them. It’s hard to think of a season that’s had quite the lows that this one did. Even with multiple episodes I’ve genuinely enjoyed, I cant’ remember a season I’ve wanted to end quite as much as this one. I really think that Cult has had some of the least enjoyable episodes in the show’s history. Some of that may be by design, but it doesn’t make me look forward to watching it each week. At least at 11 episodes, it’s relatively short. I probably should have expected something like last night’s episode. We’ve seen such wide swing’s in quality this season. With last week’s being decent and the season finale coming next week, there almost had to be one more episode that forced us to ask, “what the hell did I just watch?”This was the flashback Ryan Murphy and Co. have been teasing since they first revealed this season’s title. Evan Peters is going to play Charles Manson. He actually does a decent job of it. Peters is a great actor and the one unequivocally good thing about this season is that we got to see him play so many different characters and versions of a character. How necessary was Manson’s appearance though? That’s less clear. Manson’s only real purpose in this episode seems to be to show us how far gone Kai is. Like we didn’t know that already. The part where they show the Manson family murders is tasteless, but the taste has never been part of this show.(Photo via FX)Ryan Murphy has always gone out of his way to offend, and he certainly accomplished that goal here. The fact that these murders actually happened, and we know who committed them made it more disturbing than anything AHS has shown in the past. Even the Zodiac killings didn’t feel as exploitative because that story was so obviously fictionalized. We don’t know who the Zodiac Killer was, but we can be pretty sure it wasn’t Valerie Solanas. I feel like nobody took Murphy aside at any point and explained to him that real people died here. I realize that nothing is sacred to this show, and that’s partly why I respect it. It truly is an equal opportunity offender in a way the likes of South Park wish they could be. But even this show crosses the most generous of lines sometimes. I’ve brought it up before, but remember that season one played a school shooting like a John Hughes comedy. It really didn’t fly then and it holds up even worse now. This is another one of those times where the subjects it’s playing with, even if it is purely for shock value, require just a little bit of nuance and sensitivity. Those things aren’t in American Horror Story’s toolbox.And it is purely for shock value. The entire point of Kai’s story is so he can scream out the line, “night of 1,000 Tates.” Just in case the reenactment, where you see a pregnant woman get stabbed in her belly, wasn’t tasteless enough. And the show doesn’t even try to deliver on that awful premise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we didn’t see these guys murdering a bunch of pregnant women, but it only reinforces how pointless the whole sequence was. The whole thing was meant to get Garry to allow himself to be murdered in a Planned Parenthood for The Cause. Kai stages the body to look like the Manson murders and blames it on leftist radicals. The “night of 1,000 Tates” could still be coming though. During a news report by an utterly broken Beverly, Kai suggested that these “leftist” would target pregnant women next. God, I hope that’s not where the next episode is going.Evan Peters, Billie Lourd (Photo via FX)There’s a way the Manson stuff could have worked. If they had built it up from the beginning. If Kai’s copying of Manson’s tactics had been focused on as a way he built the cult. If you’re going to tell the story of Charles Manson, do more with it. Instead, it’s given about as much weight as the suicide cult triptych and used far less effectively. Instead of being an examination of how violent murder cults are formed, it was a cheap shock. Watching Evan Peters chew the scenery at himself as Manson was a decent way to portray his increasingly addled mind. That’s the nicest thing I can say about it.Another massive disappointment comes in the form of Bebe Babbitt. After she fired the women up into an angry cult of their own, it was revealed she was working with Kai. That was interesting. Immediately, we were paying attention. What could that possibly mean? As it turns out, not much. The episode begins to take it somewhere cool. In a flashback, we see that Kai slapped one of Winter’s friends during an argument over one of the Trump-Clinton debates. He’s forced to go to anger management, where he meets Bebe. She’s the one who sets him down the demagogue path, saying that if he and Donald Trump keep winning, the women of America will get angry enough to rise up and take over. That would add an intriguing layer to Kai’s character, but lol nope. The power goes to his head, and he decides he doesn’t want to spark a full-scale women’s revolution. The two start arguing and Ally ends up shooting Bebe. Wow AHS, you almost told a decent story there. Good thing you dodged that bullet.Sarah Paulson (Photo via FX)There comes a point in every bad horror movie/TV show/novel where you can tell the writer just gave up. It’s where nothing is scary anymore. The story has straight up run out of ideas to scare you. Instead, it goes for the gross-out. I think we’ve reached that point in American Horror Story: Cult. Nothing about last night’s episode was all that scary. Disturbing, sure, but mostly it was just gross. When a series has managed to take all the terror out of knife-wielding clowns, you know something’s wrong. Gary’s death felt more inevitable than anything else. Winter’s death was worse. It’s a shame because the scene that preceded it, where she’s shaving him with a straight razor, was tense as hell. Both actors were playing ulterior motives, and you knew the subtext was about to boil over into text at any moment. It was a really well-done scene. Then, it gives way to a long, drawn-out closeup of Kai strangling Winter. It’s so telegraphed, it doesn’t even come as a shock. It’s not scary, it’s not even that disturbing. It’s just gross. Between this and the mishandling of Bebe’s storyline, it really feels like the writers just gave up on this episode.I don’t know where the season finale can possibly go from here and frankly, I don’t think AHS does either. Maybe it’ll be great. This season has surprised us before. Mostly, I’m just glad there’s only one more week of this. Coming off of this episode, it’s hard not to look at Cult as anything but a disappointment. Even if the finale is something truly amazing, these big swings in quality are too much to deal with. But hey, we’ve come this far, there’s no reason not to see it through to the end. Especially since Ally’s newfound villainy continues to be the best part of the back half of the season. Plus, I’m intrigued by the discovery that Speedwagon is actually a mole. Who is he working for? What is he planning? Will it be any good? We’ll find out all those answers in one week. One. More. Week. 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4 killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

first_imgST. LOUIS — The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least four lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of river towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to and near record levels in some communities.The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Friday along a large swath of the Mississippi River, as well as flash flood watches for parts of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas after recent rounds of heavy rain.The body of a missing kayaker was found Friday afternoon in a swollen southwest Missouri creek. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. John Lueckenhoff identified the man as 35-year-old Scott M. Puckett of Forsyth, Missouri. The body of his friend, Alex Ekern, 23, was found Thursday.Puckett and Ekern were among three men who began paddling Wednesday afternoon in Bull Creek near the small town of Walnut Shade. The patrol said they were swept over a low-water bridge and caught in what is called a hydraulic, which creates a washing-machine effect that is hard to escape. One of the men survived.Flooding also claimed the life of a camper found Wednesday after he was caught in waters from an overflowed creek near the town of Ava, also in southwest Missouri. And in northern Indiana, a 2-year-old was killed when his mother drove onto a flooded road.last_img read more

Aulas suggests other big clubs are interested in Fekir

first_imgLyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says Real Madrid are not the only big club that is interested in signing Nabil Fekir.The 24-year-old France attacker who was jubilant over coming close to signing a deal with Liverpool before the World Cup began, had the move crashed when Lyon declared they had pulled out of a proposed deal.Fakir’s agent, though, has since indicated a transfer could yet be completed, while new Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui is reportedly interested in taking him to the Santiago Bernabeu.Speaking to RT France via FourFourTwo via Fou, Aulas said: “It was expected, at some point, that he could leave for Liverpool.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I gave the green light, but things did not happen because they took too long.“Nabil is an exceptional player. The fact that things did not come to fruition with Liverpool aroused the interest of many clubs, not just Real Madrid and their new coach.“Everything is possible. My goal is to make him stay. I hope he will stay, but if he absolutely wants to leave, we will try to find the biggest club in terms of efficiency and size.”Fekir has come off the bench in France’s two World Cup games so far and will be hoping to start their final Group C game against Denmark on Tuesday.last_img read more

71 quake hits Indonesia waters tsunami minimal

first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong undersea earthquake hit eastern Indonesia today, triggering a small tsunami and some panic but no casualties or major damage.The 7.1 quake occurred west of Halmahera island, which is about four hours’ flight from the capital, Jakarta. The earthquake had an initial magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded slightly by the United States Geological Survey.Indonesia’s meteorological agency said a tsunami wave of 3.54 inches washed onto the small island of Jailolo but caused no damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later lifted its advisory for potential hazardous waves for coastal communities. The quake was strongly felt in several cities in eastern Indonesia, sending many people to run from homes and other buildings, officials and residents said. The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, a monster quake off the tip of Sumatra Island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.last_img read more

Painters family rendered aid

first_imgNacharam: The Painters Association provided financial support to the family of painter Prabhakar, who recently died of heart attack. Co-painters along with painter Raju donated Rs 17,500 and paint contractor Karunakar donated Rs 10,000 to Prabhakar’s family. Rebel Raju, Madhu, Lakshman, Anjayya, Uppayya, Srinu, Rama Chandra and others were present.last_img

Harting Touches Sixth in 200M Fly Comerford and Dahlia Win Silver

first_imgStory Links University of Louisville swimmer Zach Harting finished sixth in the 200M butterfly in a race that shattered Michael Phelps long-standing world record at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. Teammates Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won silver as for swimming the preliminaries as part of the 4×100 mixed medley.In Harting’s race, South Africa’s Chad le Clos blasted out from the start, posting 24.13 first split, and was still under world record pace at 100-meter mark, turning in 52.55. Top qualifier Kristof Milak was in hot pursuit and turned at a world record pace at the 150 at the 1:21.57, to take the lead.Milak pulled away from the field and shattered Michael Phelps’ World Record of 1:51.51 to board a time of 1:50.73. Japan’s Daiya Saito won silver in 1:53.8 and on bronze in 1:54.15, edging Italy’s Federico Burdisso, who touched 4th in 1:54.39.Ukraine’s Denys Kesil finished 5th in 1:54.79. Zach Harting finished sixth in 1:55.69. Brazilian Leonardo de Deus of Brazil was seventh with a time of 1:55.96, and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary, finished 8th in 1:57.10.In the relay prelims, Americans Matt Grevers, Andrew Wilson, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford put up the top qualifying time of 3:41.23 in the 4×100 Mixed Medley Relay, putting up a time of 3:41.23. In the finals, Ryan Murphy, Lilly King, Caleb Dressel and Simone Manuel took silver in 3:39.10.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

WBSU to offer tuition fee waiver for speciallyabled students

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State University (WBSU) in Barasat is all set to offer complete waiver of tuition fees for physically-challenged students pursuing post graduation in the varsity.The university will also be providing the same benefits to another 50 students, who are meritorious but under financial constraints to continue their studies . The university is hopeful that the step will encourage them in pursuit of higher studies. “The measure is in accordance with our new ideas of inclusivity in the university. We are roping in corporate houses, who are interested to provide funds to the university under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The money they are providing will be used for similar exercises of inclusivity in education,” said Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA leading corporate organisation at Woodburn Park in Kolkata has already given Rs 2 lakh as part of their CSR to WBSU. Some other houses have also verbally agreed to give funds to the university which will be utilised to encourage meritorious students of weakfinancial background to carry out their higher studies. During the 2017 convocation held in the university , Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi while awarding degrees to two students learnt about their financial stringency to pursue further education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Governor later gave them Rs 10,000 each for continuing their studies and also urged the varsity to take measures to provide fellowship for needy yet meritorious students. There were around 800 students who had enrolled in the university for post graduation in 2018. The university is introducing PG degree in Urdu from the current academic year. “We had Urdu department since 2008 but could not start offering PG degree because there were no teachers. We have recruited teachers and have already released notification regarding commencement or Urdu in PG from this year,” a senior university official said. WBSU has 46 affiliated colleges in North 24-Parganas under its aegis with an average enrolment of nearly 55000 students. The university accounts for a huge number of first generation learners with more than 90 percent of such students in its affiliated colleges located at Basirhat and Chadraketugarh. Even in its affiliated college Ramkrishna Sarada Mission at Nagerbazar there is 60 percent first generation learners. “I have reached out to a number of our affiliated colleges in remote areas and have found out that students opt out in the middle of their study as they have to take the burden of their family,” Chaudhuri said.last_img read more

Mercy Medical Center in Long Island Installs LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging System

first_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | 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 April 4, 2017 — Gamma Medica announced in late March that Mercy Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, has purchased and installed New York’s first clinical LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) system.MBI is a secondary screening and diagnostic tool that is particularly useful for women who have dense breast tissue and women with a high risk of being diagnosed with cancer. It is a supplementary screening method to mammography, significantly increasing early detection in women who are at a higher risk due to dense breast tissue.Approximately 50 percent of U.S. women are reported to have dense breast tissue. However, many women do not realize they have dense breasts or what it means for their increased risk of breast cancer. Because dense breast tissue and cancer both appear white on mammograms, cancer detection through mammography alone is difficult and may lead to false negatives or delayed diagnoses. Over 40,000 U.S. women die from breast cancer annually, making early detection imperative.“The acquisition of the Molecular Breast Imaging system will better enable the detection of cancer to save lives,” said Mercy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Ron Steimel. “This is just the latest milestone in Mercy’s longstanding dedication to the fight against cancer.”While mammograms may fail to detect breast tumors due to tissue density, MBI highlights metabolic activity in these tumors despite breast density, leading to an earlier diagnosis. A retrospective clinical study published in the August 2016 issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology confirmed MBI’s high incremental cancer detection rate: MBI was able to detect 7.7 cancers per 1,000 women screened that were not found using mammography. Approximately 85 percent of these cancers were node negative, meaning they were detected at an earlier stage and presented a better prognosis.“Mercy Medical Center is thrilled to add Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM to our suite of leading breast imaging technology,” said Conellia Ha, M.D., director of radiology at Mercy. “As a supplement to 3-D mammography, MBI will help us detect cancers in dense tissue that may have been missed by mammography alone. We feel confident that LumaGEM will support our mission to provide the best diagnostic care for our patients—the data behind MBI speaks for itself.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | April 04, 2017 Mercy Medical Center in Long Island Installs LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging System New secondary screening method enables early cancer detection in women with dense breast tissuecenter_img 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 Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

Streamlined Treatment Planning at Northern Centre for Cancer Care

first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 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 Chris Walker, head of radiotherapy physics, with the team at NCCC.Established in 2009, Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) is the largest center of its kind in the north of England. It provides a regional service for specialized radiotherapy treatments including TBI, TSEI, SRS and pediatrics. The radiation therapy department receives over 4,500 new patient referrals per year. A wide range of treatment techniques is offered, including IMRT, IGRT, total body irradiation, brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, chemoradiation, lung and spine SABR and CHART treatment for lung cancer. NCCC has made substantial investments in state-of-the-art equipment to expand and improve its radiation therapy service. The center is equipped with the latest radiation therapy technology, including new Varian TrueBeam linacs, TomoTherapy, superficial radiation therapy and HDR brachytherapy. RayStation was selected as the optimal treatment planning system and has been used clinically at NCCC since 2016. Optimizing Resources“Efficiency is increasingly crucial in the U.K. healthcare climate,” said Chris Walker, head of radiotherapy physics at NCCC. “Growing numbers of cancer cases and a national shortage of radiation therapy professionals have made it paramount to leverage our available competence mix as fully as possible. RayStation’s capabilities enable us to mitigate these skills shortages.” According to Walker, the gains have been better than expected.“RayStation has enabled us to significantly increase plan production. The use of RayStation, coupled with improved treatment delivery technologies, has resulted in a net gain in daily treatment capacity. But it’s about quality as well as quantity — we have also been able to achieve more consistent and homogeneous plans irrespective of the experience of the planner.” Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 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 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 Chris Walker, head of radiotherapy physics, with the team at NCCC. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2018 Streamlined Treatment Planning at Northern Centre for Cancer Care Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. PreviousNext 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 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 center_img 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 Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Major GainsThe results speak for themselves. NCCC has freed up significant time and shortened some patient pathways by up to 50 percent, for example breast and prostate, with a process that requires just one clinician session instead of two. The efficiency of RayStation, coupled with new delivery technologies, has also enabled the center to increase the percentage of fractions delivered as IMRT from 30 to 55 percent. “We have achieved outstanding efficiency gains with RayStation at the same time as improving the quality of our treatment plans,” Walker said. “By optimizing our workflow and automating parts of the process, we have saved significant time and increased capacity, enabling us to plan for and treat more patients each day. Being able to do more with the same resources means we can put additional focus into more complex cases and activities such as training.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC). The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Efficient AutomationTemplates and scripting have enabled NCCC to achieve optimal plans in less time, Walker said. “We embraced templates using auto-segmentation as an excellent way to save time and improve consistency. Previously, we had to create each volume from scratch, which is extremely time-consuming. Now we can ensure that everyone uses the same conventions for naming and color coding, which makes the peer review process much easier.”NCCC made an efficiency breakthrough by developing an automated plan checking routine, based on the scripting capabilities of RayStation. Generic and protocol-specific checks are run automatically for every plan, covering parameters such as patient identifiers, clinical goals, beam geometry and margins for target volumes. “This automated self-check before clinical evaluation increases safety and plan homogeneity and consistency, as well as saving 20 minutes per patient,” Walker said. “It’s also valuable as a training tool. I’m impressed by how much can be achieved with scripting in RayStation and how customizable the system is. We now use scripting for many aspects of the plan production process.”Scripting is also at the heart of NCCC’s automated breast planning approach, based on the rayAutoBreast module but customized to the center’s preferences. The approach has resulted in plan quality improvements and patient time savings of up to 1.5 hours, as well as savings in clinician time. Previously, the center treated around 30 breast patients per day with its older treatment delivery technologies. This has increased to around 39 as a consequence of fully utilizing the new equipment — an increase of approximately 30 percent. Related Content Speed and FunctionalityTechnology is an important tool for NCCC in optimizing resource usage. “Radiation therapy is a technology-led specialty,” Walker said. “Technology helps make the most of the skills we have onboard. Specialists need to be able to focus on their areas of expertise rather than getting bogged down in routine tasks. RayStation’s scripting and automation capabilities make a strong contribution.” Walker said RayStation’s high calculation speed provided an immediately noticeable improvement over the center’s previous treatment planning system. “In the PACE prostate VMAT SABR trial, RayStation cut the time for optimization and calculation of final dose from 40 minutes to just 3 minutes.”This high speed also makes it possible for the planner to perform a reoptimization while the clinician is still present, ensuring a highly effective process. “Calculation speed was a big draw for us,” Walker said, “but it was important to enable a clear understanding of the plan; to know exactly where the compromises are. RayStation is highly interactive. It performs complex dose calculations, yet you can still see how it happens. This transparency makes it ideal for staff training.” Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | 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 last_img read more

Hillary Clinton promises to be the US renewable energy president

first_imgRelated posts:What you need to know about Obama’s biggest global warming move yet Obama’s new greenhouse-gas rules will pay off US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says 51 countries just released their climate plans – and they’re still not strong enough WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hillary Clinton was set to lay out an ambitious plan Monday to invest in solar and other renewable energy sources if elected president, drawing a contrast with her fossil fuel-loving Republican rivals.The Democratic front-runner was to speak at 1500 GMT at the main bus station in Des Moines, Iowa, where she has been campaigning since Saturday.“First, I will ensure we hit a target of having more than half a billion solar panels installed across the country by the end of my first term,” Clinton said in a video released Sunday.“Second, we’ll set a 10-year goal of generating enough renewable energy to power every single home in America.”According to her campaign, those goals translate into an installed solar energy capacity of 140 gigawatts by the end of 2020, or a 700 percent increase over the number of solar panels installed today.Her plan calls for using all forms of renewable energy to generate a third of all electric power in 2020, along with investments that her campaign says will put the U.S. economy on the road towards “deep decarbonization by 2050.”In 2014, about 67 percent of the electricity generated in the United States came from fossil fuels, principally coal, according to the Energy Information Administration.Only about 13 percent comes from renewables, and only 0.4 percent from solar. The rest, almost 20 percent, is generated by nuclear power plants.In the video, Clinton said future generations will ask “what were we thinking?”“I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain and I know what’s happening in the world is going to have a big effect on my daughter and especially on my granddaughter.“It’s hard to believe there are people running for president who still refuse to accept the settled science of climate change,” she said.On how she plans to accomplish her goals, Clinton proposes giving states, towns and rural communities financial incentives to fight climate change, either by placing more stringent curbs on emissions than the law requires or through stepped up investments in renewable energy.Climate change is a hyper partisan issue in the United States, with many Republicans questioning whether human activity is contributing to global warming.In Congress, the Republican majority has fought anti-pollution standards put in place by President Barack Obama, notably for coal-fueled power plants. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Video shows suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz who confronted man filming up

first_imgRelated posts:Police arrest suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz Woman records video of man reaching down her shirt on bus; receives no help from driver New campaign targets sexual harassment in public places Salvadoran man deported from United States suspected in murder at San José hotel Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on Wednesday released a video of two men suspected of killing Gerardo Cruz Barquero, the 22-year-old man who in October became famous for posting a video to his Facebook page of himself confronting a man who had been trying to film up a woman’s skirt with a smartphone camera.Cruz was stabbed two days later and died on Nov. 19 after spending a month and a half in critical condition at a hospital in San José. The OIJ video compiles footage from three surveillance cameras showing the two suspects fleeing the area where Cruz was stabbed at around 7 p.m. on Oct. 7.The attack ocurred in the southern San José suburb of San Sebastián, shortly after Cruz left his job at a local bakery, while he was on his way to grant an interview to a local TV news show.Guillermo Fonseca, operations director for the OIJ, also released a composite portrait of one of the suspects, “with the help of a description of a witness who saw the men flee the area at around the time of the crime,” he said.Investigators’ analysis of the video and the witness description concludes that one of the suspects is a thin male between 25 to 30 years old and about 1.8 meters (5.9 feet) tall, with dark skin and short hair. Composite portrait of one of the suspects. (Via OIJ)The other suspect has dark skin, is about 1.60 m (5.2 feet), has short dark hair and is around 35 years old.Fonseca called on the public to provide any details to identify the suspects by calling OIJ’s confidential hotline, 800-8000-645, or by writing to spent 44 days in the Intensive Care Unit of Calderón Guardia Hospital in downtown San José, and underwent four heart surgeries.Numerous groups of people during that time staged vigils in front of the hospital and at public parks and also marched along the capital’s streets, demanding justice for Cruz and stronger actions against street harassment.The man in the video, a Finance Ministry employee identified by the last name Umaña, granted interviews on various media outlets apologizing for his behavior and denying any involvement in Cruz’s attack.The Finance Ministry last April 25 reported in a news release that Umaña was suspended without pay for 22 days while it conducted an investigation into his behavior. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

May 26 2003 WORKSHOP 3 The April 13 workshop gr

first_imgMay 26, 2003WORKSHOP 3: The April 13. workshop graduated on May 16.: >>from left top>> Robert Clyde, Dave Puritz and Diana Bolander. >>from left bottom>> Bethany Erfouth, Gianni Scavaglieri and Sarah Beth Kurzhals. [Photo & text: sa]last_img