WINNIPEG – A Manitoba law that forbids provincial politicians from switching parties by crossing the legislature floor is still alive after a judge rejected a request for a fast-track ruling that the law is unconstitutional.The Progressive Conservative government has already said it plans to repeal the law — believed to be the only one of its kind in Canada — in the near future.Steven Fletcher, an Independent member who was kicked out of the government caucus in June, wanted the law struck down before the legislature reconvenes this week following the summer break.“The legislature sits on Wednesday. (Fletcher’s) charter rights are being offended,” Fletcher’s lawyer, Bill Gange, told court Monday.A lawyer for the provincial government said that while the province plans to lift the floor-crossing ban soon — as early as Nov. 9 depending on how quickly legislation can be passed — the government denies the law is unconstitutional.“The government intends to repeal it because it is bad policy. (That) is different,” government lawyer Michael Conner said.Fletcher was kicked out of the governing Progressive Conservative caucus after criticizing the government’s plan to set up a new Crown corporation to promote energy efficiency.The former federal cabinet minister filed a lawsuit in August that asked Court of Queen’s Bench to strike down a section of the Legislative Assembly Act which says politicians who leave or are removed from one party’s caucus cannot join another. The law, enacted in 2006 by the former NDP government, requires such politicians to either sit as Independents in the legislature, or resign their seat and run in a byelection under a new party banner.Fletcher’s statement of claim alleges the law violates his rights of expression and association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Justice David Kroft said the matter warrants a full hearing and court dates will be set aside in the coming months. Both sides agreed the hearing may be moot at that point if the legislation ending the floor-crossing ban is passed and enacted.Fletcher has been coy about whether he would join another party’s caucus. If he were to join the Liberals, it would give them a fourth legislature seat — enough for official party status and the extra funding and staff that comes with the designation.He has also floated the idea of forming an entirely new caucus with disgruntled members of existing parties.“Mr. Fletcher wants to have the liberty to explore all of his options,” Gange said outside court.“Mr. Fletcher has had discussions with various individuals about options that are open to him, and those individuals would be both people within the legislature and people outside the legislature.”
Advertisement Twitter If Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao has his way, streaming giant Netflix could soon have to collect Quebec’s sales tax (QST) from its customers.But Leitao says before that can happen, he first needs to know the details of the deal that Ottawa has struck with Netflix.Last week, the online entertainment company agreed to spend $500 million over five years on Canadian content, in exchange for not having to charge its customers the federal goods and services tax (GST). Advertisement Facebook Quebec’s political parties formed a common front on Tuesday to demand companies such as Netflix pay provincial sales tax. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “We need to know why the federal government may exempt this one company: what kind of an agreement was reached with this company?” Leitao said.He said it’s very odd that Ottawa would exempt a company from paying a tax that all companies are expected to collect.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said it’s very odd that Ottawa would exempt Netflix from paying a tax that all companies are expected to collect. (CBC)Quebec politicians of all stripes agree with the Liberal finance minister.A vote in the National Assembly Tuesday on a motion demanding that all foreign web-based companies collect QST from their customers passed unanimously.Artists in Quebec are also unhappy with the move.Sophie Prégent of the Union des Artistes said Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly didn’t realize the anger her deal with Netflix would cause, especially among the country’s artistic class.“Maybe she underestimated the furor in the industry, on the ground,” she said.READ MORE Advertisement read more
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17 June 2010Political solutions that address the grievances which fuelled the long-running civil war in Sri Lanka are necessary to heal the wounds left by the conflict, the top United Nations political official said today as he wrapped up a two-day visit to the South Asian country. “Bitterness and division that took decades to accumulate will not dissolve overnight in Sri Lanka, but now is the time to make major efforts to begin healing those wounds,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told journalists in the capital, Colombo.The Government has taken measures since the war ended in May last year to show a shift away “from war footing to a peacetime mindset,” such as relaxing emergency decrees, but more opportunities could be taken to diminish the military presence in the former conflict areas.“It is also critical to safeguard the independence of institutions, freedom of the press and the work of non-governmental actors,” said Mr. Pascoe.The Under-Secretary-General held talks yesterday with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in what he termed a “good meeting,” before holding discussions with other Cabinet officials, including Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris and Attorney General Mohan Peiris. He also met with leaders of the political opposition, Tamil and Muslim representatives, civil society organizations and members of the diplomatic corps.In Mullaitivu, a northern town formerly controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and site of the final battles with Government forces, Mr. Pascoe said he saw local officials working “energetically on behalf of the returnees” who number some 60,000 in the camps and 90,000 living with host families.“The United Nations appreciated the Government’s efforts thus far, supported by the international community,” Mr. Pascoe told journalists, commending UN efforts carried out under the leadership of UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne.He praised the reopening of schools and access to food and basic health care, but said one of the biggest concerns is the lack of building materials to reconstruct homes.Turning to accountability for the allegations of humanitarian and human rights violations during the conflict, Mr. Pascoe said that Government officials had assured him that the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission “will provide Sri Lankans with a credible and independent accountability mechanism.”While the Secretary-General intends to “soon” establish a panel of experts that will advise him on international standards and comparative experiences with accountability, “responsibility for carrying out a credible process” rests first and foremost with the Sri Lankan authorities.This was Mr. Pascoe’s third visit to Sri Lanka since last year. read more
EVERETT, Wash. – Police in Everett, Washington, say they have searched a portion of a Boeing aircraft plant after two employees reported seeing what appeared to be an armed man, but officers found nothing to substantiate the reports.More than two hours after the 7 p.m. reports of a man possibly carrying a rifle, police spokesman Aaron Snell said Thursday night that the search was over. He said police feel confident “there is no threat to employees here at Boeing.”Snell says officers interviewed both people who called 911. He says Everett police and officers from several area departments searched.He says the callers saw something suspicious and “did the right thing by calling 911.”A number of Boeing workers were evacuated during the search.Boeing tweeted that both police and company security completed their search and “are confident there is no threat.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2014 9:16 pm MDT Police search Boeing aircraft plant in Washington after reports of armed man; nothing found read more
SAN ANTONIO — Jordan Davis and Jonah Radebaugh scored 20 points apiece and Northern Colorado rolled to a 90-64 win over Incarnate Word on Wednesday night.Davis also had five rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Bears (3-0). Bodie Hume added 13 points and eight rebounds and Jalen Sanders had 10 points and five boards.Northern Colorado shot 56 per cent from the field compared to 42 per cent for Incarnate Word, made 18 of 20 of their free throws (90 per cent), and had a 41-21 rebounding edge.Hume drained three 3-pointers and Radebaugh added a fourth as part of 14-3 start for the Bears and they never looked back, building to a 49-31 advantage at the break.Incarnate Word closed to 51-43 early in the second half but Northern Colorado came alive again on 3-pointers by Radebaugh, Davis and Trent Harris to stretch it to 62-45 with 12:53 to play.Christian Peevy scored a career-best 26 points to lead the Cardinals (4-4). Augustine Ene added 16 points and seven boards.The Associated Press read more
Instagram told the sister of murdered 14-year-old Breck Bednar that he would have to make a complaint himself for a new profile set up by trolls in his name to be removed. Breck’s mother, Lorin LaFave, said that episode had left her daughter “desperately upset” and called for the new Duty… The family have condemned Instagram for ignoring their pleas to ban the account for almost a month after it was discovered by Breck’s 17-year-old sibling. The account, which garnered more than 50 followers, had a mocking bio that read: “I am a 14-year-old gamer that owns a 2 million dollar bitcoin company although I am currently deceased.” Instagram took the account down after being contacted by the Telegraph.
The Doe Run Co’s Missouri-based mine rescue teams recently captured the highest mine rescue honors in the US – as well as the company’s best finish in its 35-year mine rescue contest history. From July 27 to 29, Doe Run’s Maroon and Gray teams competed in the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) 2010 Metal/Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Contest. Doe Run’s Maroon Team prevailed against 38 other teams from 16 states to win the field competition, capturing the national championship title. Doe Run’s Gray Team also qualified for the final round, marking the first time in history that both teams advanced. “Safety is paramount to our business, so all of us at Doe Run not only appreciate, but also applaud the employees who dedicate their time to this critical area,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run’s Vice President, Domestic Operations and COO. “Although Doe Run’s mine rescue teams won the awards, the real winners are our employees working underground, who go to work every day knowing the best mine rescuers in the nation are at the ready.”To win, the team managed a simulated mine emergency that tested how well its members adhered to mine rescue procedures and how quickly they completed specific tasks. The Maroon Team consists of Luke Davis, Denny Dickerson, Andrew Hampton, Steve Kearns, Jerry Laramore, Ricky Martin, Shawn Pratt and Steve Setzer.Two members of Doe Run’s Gray Team, Garry Moore, Jr. and Kenny Wood, were also awarded honours with a third place finish in the two-man technician competition. That event tests the team’s skills on mine rescue equipment, including breathing units, gas detectors and communications systems. Recently, Moore and Wood earned third place in the same event at the 40th Southern Regional Mine Recue Classic in New Iberia, La. The Gray Team includes Brad Beck, Randy Hill, Kevin James, Wayne Marlin, Garry Moore, Jr., Kenny Sherrill, Charlie Walker and Kenny Wood.“Competitions like these are invaluable, because they simulate the same type of pressure the teams face underground in a real emergency,” said Bob Roscoe, who served on Doe Run’s mine rescue team for 20 years, and currently serves as Doe Run’s Vice President of Mining. “By training and testing year-round, mine rescuers have already been drilled on multiple situations. If an event occurs, they respond cohesively, efficiently and almost naturally.”Staying at the top of their game requires rigorous training. For preparation, Doe Run’s mine rescue teams train eight hours monthly. They’re drilled on emergency scenarios using the most current technology available. The regimen increases to 40 hours monthly during competition season, which sharpens skills and brings rescuers together to share best practices. Doe Run’s teams train by simulating emergency response disasters at the company’s West Fork Mine, located in southeastern Missouri. Scenarios are often created by the opposing team or team alumni. Team members then collaborate and critique each other, and learn from the expertise and best practices shared by tenured team members.This fall, both of Doe Run’s mine rescue teams will compete in the 28th annual Southeast Missouri Mine Rescue Contest at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo. Last year, the Maroon Team successfully captured the Best in State title for a record fourth consecutive year. In November, the Maroon and Gray technician teams will compete against the best in the world, in the International Mine Rescue Competition near Sydney, Australia.Doe Run’s success in mine rescue contests correlates to its overall safety record. Because of Doe Run’s commitment to safe mining practices, the company’s six underground lead mines, located in Missouri’s Viburnum Trend, have earned MSHA’s prestigious Sentinels of Safety Award more than 24 times since 1971.All new mining employees undergo 40 hours of in-depth safety training on MSHA guidelines. In addition, Doe Run has built emergency safety features into the mines, including a number of secondary escape shafts and ventilation holes. The mines, many of which are interconnected by miles of underground roadways, have also established a number of underground designated points of safety. These safe areas contain breathing air, drinking water, first-aid supplies and phones.Lead mining in Missouri is conducted entirely underground, usually at a depth of 245 to 365 m below the surface. At this level, the mines consist mainly of dolomite, a strong type of rock with natural geologic properties that make it naturally stable. For added safety, Doe Run uses careful and methodic mining practices, including the room-and-pillar mining method in which rock pillars (up to 10.7 m wide and 36.5 m tall) support the ground above. Mine ceilings are also secured with roof bolts, which help support up to 18 t of rock in active mine areas. Doe Run also uses remote mining, in which an electronic remote control unit allows miners to safely operate a loader and excavate blasted ore from hundreds of metres away (international Mining, December 2008). read more
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help after, they said, a man went missing while heading home in Miami.According to Miami-Dade Police, 61-year-old Romas “Dogman” Washington went missing on Friday. He was last seen along the 5200 block of Northwest 29th Avenue.Washington was last seen wearing a red sweater, blue pants, one black shoe and one brown shoe. Police said he is also missing all of his teeth.If you have any information on Washington’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Johnson Publishing announced an awaited new wave of editorial leadership for its flagship monthly, Ebony. Emily Stokes has been named articles editor. Most recently, she had been senior features editor there. Newsday announced that Ed Bushey has been promoted to senior vice president, general manager of Newsday Media Group. Bushey had been senior vice president of audience and operations. Jessica Derschowitz has been named weekend editor at EW.com. Previously, she was a producer at CBSNews.com. Mayo will work closely with Kyles, who steps into a newly created role after joining Johnson Publishing in 2011 as senior editor for Jet, and most recently as its editorial director. So what can we expect from the two? Forbes announced today that Peter Macey has joined Forbes Media as Midwest sales director. Prior to joining Forbes Media, Macey was the vice president of Midwest sales at PointRoll and, from 2008-2012, Macey was a national ad director for WIRED where he developed cross platform solutions for a variety of brands. “Get ready for a new Ebony,” says Mayo in a statement. Ebony’s Mitzi Miller, quickly exited in February just months after her predecessor, Amy DuBois Barnett, left in 2014. The company has been battling instability ever since, now onto its third EIC in one year. Jet also ceased to exist in print anymore. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Although the announcement of Mayo’s promotion was just released, she has already produced three issues since Miller’s departure. Nicholas Blechman has been appointed creative director of The New Yorker. He is the art director of The New York Times Book Review, a position he’s held since 2006. He has also been the art editor for the Times’s Upshot web pages. Whitney Vargas has been named executive editor at T where previously she had been deputy editor. Isabel Wilkinson has been named senior online editor at the magazine. She had been senior editor at New York’s The Cut. Hannah Goldfield has been named staff editor at T; she had been associate editor at NewYorker.com. And Hanya Yanagihara has been named deputy editor at T. She had been editor at large at Condé Nast Traveler. There have been a number of promotions and hires, this week, at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Hillary Busis has been named deputy entertainment editor at Mashable. Most recently, she was digital news editor at Entertainment Weekly. Kierna Mayo is now editor-in-chief and Kyra Kyles is head of digital. Mayo had been editorial director since 2011, while Kyles was the editorial director of sister publication, Jet. These two promotions fill a gap that’s existed since a series of editorial exits last year. read more
Tehran: A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader says the Islamic Republic is ready to enrich uranium beyond the level set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal, just ahead of a deadline it set Sunday for Europe to offer new terms to the accord. A video message by Ali Akbar Velayati included him saying that “Americans directly and Europeans indirectly violated the deal,” part of Tehran’s hardening tone with Europe. European parties to the deal have yet to offer a way for Iran to avoid the sweeping economic sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump since he pulled the U.S. out of the accord a year ago, especially those targeting its crucial oil sales. All this comes as America has rushed thousands of troops, an aircraft carrier, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets to the Mideast. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Mysterious oil tanker attacks near the Strait of Hormuz, attacks by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen on Saudi Arabia and Iran shooting down a U.S. military drone have raised fears of a wider conflict engulfing the region. In the video, available Saturday on a website for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Velayati said that increasing enrichment closers to weapons-grade levels was “unanimously agreed upon by every component of the establishment.” “We will show reaction exponentially as much as they violate it. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us We reduce our commitments as much as they reduce it,” said Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser on international affairs. “If they go back to fulfilling their commitments, we will do so as well.” Under the atomic accord, Iran agreed to enrich uranium to no more than 3.67 per cent, which is enough for peaceful pursuits but is far below weapons-grade levels of 90 per cent. Iran denies it seeks nuclear weapons, but the nuclear deal sought to prevent that as a possibility by limiting enrichment and Iran’s stockpile of uranium to 300 kilograms (661 pounds). On Monday, Iran and United Nations inspectors acknowledged it had broken the stockpile limit. Advertise With Us Combining that with increasing its enrichment levels narrows the one-year window experts believe Iran would need to have enough material to build a nuclear weapon, if it chose to do so. “This would be a very worrisome step that could substantially shorten the time Iran would need to produce the material needed for nuclear weapons,” said Miles Pomper, a senior fellow at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies’ James Marin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. “Both Iran and the Trump administration should be looking for ways to de-escalate the crisis, rather than exacerbate it.” It remains unclear to what level Iran will choose to up its uranium enrichment. However, Velayati in his remarks made reference to 5 per cent enrichment. “For Bushehr nuclear reactor we need 5 per cent of enrichment and it is a completely peaceful goal,” he said. Bushehr, Iran’s only nuclear power plant, is now running on imported fuel from Russia that’s closely monitored by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran stopped producing uranium enriched above 5% in January 2014 amid negotiations for the nuclear deal. Outside of Bushehr, higher-enriched uranium could be used for naval ships and submarines, something Iran has said it would want to pursue. Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said in 2016 that nuclear power plants for naval vessels need uranium enriched to at least 5 per cent. The U.S. said its ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, Jackie Wolcott, had requested a special meeting of the IAEA to discuss its “latest, concerning report on the Iran regime’s nuclear program.” That meeting is planned for Wednesday. Iran’s diplomatic mission to Vienna, where the IAEA is based, called the U.S. move “a sad irony” as America had unilaterally withdrawn from the deal a year ago. read more
A throng of holidaymakers at Kamalapur Railway Station. Photo: Saiful IslamAs the Eid-ul-Azha is getting closer, homebound people thronged the railway stations, and bus and launch terminals in the city on Wednesday to reach their respective destinations for celebrating the festival with their near and dear ones.Kamalapur Railway Station, three major bus terminals and Sadarghat Launch Terminal were seen overcrowded with the home-goers waiting for catching their transports.Police said the vehicular movement on Dhaka-Tangail, Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet highways remained almost normal till Wednesday evening.Many passengers were seen travelling on the rooftops of buses and trains defying the instructions of the law enforcement agencies.Deputy Commissioner (Media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Masudur Rahman, said around 1.5-2 million city dwellers are expected to leave the city by Wednesday night.Homebound people at Gabtali Bus Stand. Photo: Zahidul KarimHe said around 2.5-3 million other Eid holidaymakers have already left the city over the last one week. Contacted, police super of Highway police (Comilla), Paritosh Ghosh, said vehicles on both sides of the Dhaka-Chittagong highway were running smoothly as no tailback was seen since the morning to till 7:00pm.The traffic situation improved compared to Tuesday as the government imposed restrictions on the plying of heavy and long vehicles on the national highways from (Wednesday). Highway police SP (Dhaka), Shafique, said the Dhaka-Tangail highway and Aricha-Daulatdia ferry route remained almost normal till the evening as long and heavy vehicles are banned on the highways.Meanwhile, a different scene was seen in Shimulia-Kawrakandi ferry route in Munshiganj as over 300 vehicles got stuck in the Shimulia ghat to cross the river. read more
Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/01124038/VZLA_0501.mp400:0000:0001:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are taking to the streets in dueling anti- and pro-government demonstrations as an intensifying protest movement opposing President Nicolas Maduro enters its second month.Ther working people of Venezuela joins in a single demonstration to defend the achievements of the Bolivarian Revolution. #DiaDelTrabajador pic.twitter.com/GlbkjQkbsH— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) May 1, 2017Opposition leaders have called on supporters to converge on government buildings in downtown Caracas on Monday. For weeks security forces have prevented protesters from reaching the heart of the capital. At least 29 people have died in the growing unrest.The embattled socialist administration called its own march in downtown to celebrate May Day. The government also set up checkpoints that snarled traffic along main highways, and closed the city’s subway system. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Maduro was vainly trying to hamper the march with those measures. Maduro accuses his opponents of conspiring to overthrow him.Venezuela is collapsing into socialist induced chaos, yet it remains a Corbynista poster child https://t.co/kYWKANUAp6 pic.twitter.com/qD6UM1A6S9— Telegraph Politics (@TelePolitics) May 1, 2017Over the weekend, Maduro hiked wages and handed out hundreds of free homes Sunday amid his efforts to counter a strengthening protest movement seeking his removal. On his regular television show, “Sundays with Maduro,” the president ordered a 60 percent increase in the country’s minimum wage starting Monday. It was the third pay increase the socialist leader has ordered this year and the 15th since he became president in 2013.It is small solace to workers who seen the buying power of their earnings eroded by a sinking currency and the world’s highest inflation — forecast to accelerate to 2,000 percent next year, according to the International Monetary Fund.Protesters in Venezuela mark one month since they took to the streets https://t.co/Ci0antZrKF pic.twitter.com/dsasf1kVvp— FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) May 1, 2017With the latest wage increase and mandatory food subsidies, the minimum take home pay for millions of Venezuelans now stands at 200,000 bolivars a month — or less than $50 at the widely used black market rate.“We’re here to take care of the workers, those who are most humble, and not the privileges of the oligarchs,” Maduro said.In addition to the pay hike, he announced a special “economic war” bonus to retirees to make up for what he says are attempts by the opposition to sabotage the economy.The president also watched as officials in several states handed over the keys to hundreds of new apartments, some built with Chinese funding, bringing to 1.6 million the number of public housing units built by a program started by the late President Hugo Chavez.The announcements came as government supporters and Maduro’s opponents prepared for rival marches to commemorate May Day on Monday.Venezuela’s president raises minimum wage again in response to the country’s ongoing economic crisis https://t.co/XoD9imHZbK pic.twitter.com/0CXdizdZWn— CNN International (@cnni) May 1, 2017Twenty-nine people have been killed, hundreds injured and more than 1,300 arrested during a month of protests that are the bloodiest to hit Venezuela since anti-government unrest in 2014 resulted in more than 40 dead.Protesters accuse Maduro of taking Venezuela down the path of dictatorship, unrest triggered by the government-stacked Supreme Court stripping congress of its last vestiges of power. They are demanding early elections and freedom for dozens of political prisoners as a way out of the stalemate.The opposition blames the recent deaths on security forces and pro-government militias for the deaths. The government has complained of what it considers biased media coverage that will pave the way for some sort of foreign intervention in Venezuela.Pope Francis urges a negotiated fix to Venezuela violence, says it’s “exhausting the people” https://t.co/5VvYHoupsK pic.twitter.com/RWmxhDbZW3— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) May 1, 2017On Saturday, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez met with foreign correspondents for a second straight week to present the government’s case.Rodriguez sought to “completely disprove” the opposition’s claim that security forces fired a tear gas canister which hit the chest of 20-year-old college student and killed him died during a protest in Caracas last week. She said there were strong indications that the youth, Juan Pablo Pernalete, might have been killed with a cattle stun gun used against him by fellow protesters.As political tensions have mounted, Maduro, a former bus driver, has worked hard to reinforce his everyman image. In recent days he has appeared on state TV tossing a baseball around with aides, rapping with a hip-hop group and taking first lady Cilia Flores on a popular tourist gondola to the top of Avila Mountain overlooking Caracas.But the campaign to project business as usual has sometimes backfired.For example, last week he posted to his more than 3 million followers on Twitter a video showing him driving a car at night through a neighborhood that hours earlier experienced street clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces. It didn’t take long before someone noticed that passing by the open passenger window was a large graffiti scribbled on a wall that read “Maduro: Assassin of students.”Venezuela wage increase: President Maduro announces a 60% wage increase #NTVAtOne pic.twitter.com/XHwNc4KnMj— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) May 1, 2017Maduro on Sunday repeated his call for dialogue, which the opposition has rejected after Vatican-sponsored talks collapsed in December with little progress.He also repeated a pledge to hold gubernatorial elections soon, perhaps as early as this year.Many in the opposition consider Maduro’s offer of gubernatorial elections an empty concession and are pushing for an early presidential vote after the government cancelled regional races last year. Maduro’s allies currently govern in 20 of Venezuela’s 23 states but polls indicate the opposition would likely win the next election after it took control of congress in December 2015 by a landslide. Share read more
Brave the summer heat in style with added comfort by dressing up in breathable fabrics like linen and chambray, experts suggest. Here are few summer fabrics for men you can opt for: 4Linen: Linen is considered as one of the best fabrics for summer. It is made of flax plant fibers and is a good absorbent of moisture. The material is loosely woven and is extremely lightweight and breathable. Shirts and formal suits made of linen are well-liked during summer as it remains cool and absorbs sweat. Choose among soothing shades like greys, sky blues and you are all cool in the fiery heat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Cotton: Made of a cotton plant, cotton has a soft touch. Even when blended with other fabrics, it is considered as a great option during hot weather. Our body breathes in cotton apparels and combat heat. One of the important features of this fabric is that it is easily washable and is durable.4Chambray: This soft, luminous and light weight cotton fabric is a great choice for that fresh yet elegant look, while still keeping it cool from the inside. Being look-wise similar to denim, you can pair it with chinos and suitable accessories for that smooth, versatile ensemble that works from desk to dinner. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Twill: A popular weave, twill stands out for its distinctive diagonal ribbed texture. Twill fabrics are soft, more durable and drape easier as well. These shirts work well for situations that call for smart casuals which are perfect for summer getaways.4Denim: A sturdy and blunt fabric, often dyed with indigo, denim is in vogue this season. Denim shirts, however, are softer and lighter than jeans and work very well for a number of occasions. Don that classic denim shirt for a smart, cool and a timeless look. You cannot go wrong with this one.4Silk: An abstract of luxury, silk is one of the lightest fabrics one can go for this season. The delicacy and luxe inherent with it give the wearer a refined, elevated look at all times. read more
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been fierce rivals for the better part of the last decade, but instead of facing off in the finals of a grand slam, the two teamed up in a doubles match to smash some overmatched opponents at the Laver Cup in Prague. The duo was appropriately coached by European team captain, and fellow tennis all-timer, Bjorn Borg.The two legends ended up drilling the far less legendary team of Sam Querrey and Jack Sock, 6-4 1-6 10-5 in their super team debut. Not bad for the first time out.We aren’t really into tennis, but we appreciate greatness. Here are the highlights from the historic dream team debut.
Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more November 12, 2015 — Candelis Inc. announced the installation of a comprehensive image management solution at Hospital Universitario San Rafael in Bogota, Colombia.The 400-bed hospital was dissatisfied with its previous image management and workflow solution, which was causing inefficiencies in workflow, storage limitations, greater likelihood for patient data inconsistency and error, and was unable to accommodate their growing needs.“We have a staff of over 1,300 radiologists, surgeons, physicians, nurses and technologists that operate on behalf of hospital needs. Our previous PACS [picture archiving and communication system] was just not adequate. We needed a modern solution that could optimize our workflow, help us go completely paperless and establish more efficient electronic communication between the radiology staff. After extensive evaluation of various medical informatics options including all enterprise providers, we chose Candelis,” said Clinical Director Andres Lopez.Some advantages included Candelis’ global support footprint, competitive cost, turnkey solution, localization and regulatory compliance. Additionally, Candelis systems are compatible with all vendors, support viewing of all modalities’ DICOM images, and can be customized to best suit the hospital’s needs.Candelis Director of Marketing Tricia Buenvenida said the hospital is also using Candelis’ ASTRA cloud infrastructure.“The support we received from Candelis was fantastic. We had resources on-site for two months while the implementation of this scale was underway. Candelis ensured we had a Spanish interface, in addition to other customized work needs,” added Lopez.With customized features from Candelis, San Rafael was able to integrate the software application into its hospital operation, optimize efficiency and eliminate unnecessary redundancy when populating patient data.In addition, the Candelis solution provided a one-stop shop for the radiologists to interpret studies with patient history, physician’s order and technologist’s clinical notes at their fingertips, allowing for efficient and accurate retrospective analysis by consultants and key specialists. Finally, with the implementation of ASTRA cloud services, automated backup for images, study and report distribution was established.For more information: www.candelis.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more 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 | Enterprise Imaging | November 12, 2015 Candelis Provides Modern and Comprehensive Image Management Platform to Colombian Hospital Solution provides one-stop-shop for radiologists backed by ASTRA cloud infrastructure Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more ASTRA image courtesy of Candelis Inc. read more
Related posts:White people are more likely to deal drugs in the US, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it Prescription-drug battle fuels rise in heroin use in US US drug czar approaches challenge from a different angle: as a recovering alcoholic White House seeks nearly $1.2 billion for drug prevention, treatment, overdose response Alcohol is killing people in the United States at a rate not seen in at least 35 years, according to new federal data. Last year, more than 30,700 U.S. boozers died from alcohol-induced causes, including alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis, which is primarily caused by alcohol use.In 2014, there were 9.6 deaths from these alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people, an increase of 37 percent since 2002.This tally of alcohol-induced fatalities excludes deaths from drunk driving, other accidents, and homicides committed under the influence of alcohol. If those numbers were included the annual toll of deaths directly or indirectly caused by alcohol would be closer to 90,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In recent years, public health experts have focused extensively on overdose deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers, which have risen rapidly since the early 2000s. But in 2014, more people died from alcohol-induced causes (30,722) than from overdoses of prescription painkillers and heroin combined (28,647), according to the CDC. A beer vendor works the crowd at game four of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Oct. 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPPhilip J. Cook, a Duke University professor who studies alcohol consumption patterns and their effects, notes that per-capita alcohol consumption has been increasing since the late 1990s.“Since the prevalence of heavy drinking tends to follow closely with per capita consumption, it is likely that one explanation for the growth in alcohol-related deaths is that more people are drinking more,” he wrote in an email.The number of U.S. adults who drink at least monthly rose by a small but significant amount between 2002 and 2014 — from 54.9 percent to 56.9 percent — according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The change has been especially pronounced among women. The percent of women drinking monthly or more rose from 47.9 in 2002 to 51.9 in 2014. And the percentage of women reporting binge drinking — defined as five or more drinks on at least one occasion — rose from 15.7 to 17.4 percent over the same period.Cook notes that when you adjust the alcohol fatality rates for age, the increase narrows somewhat. That’s because older Americans are at more risk for alcohol-induced diseases, like cirrhosis, and the U.S. population has gotten older over the past several decades. Once you adjust for age, the increase in alcohol-deaths “could plausibly be accounted for by the growth in per capita consumption,” Cook said.The heaviest drinkers are at the greatest risk for alcohol-induced causes of mortality. And some drinkers consume plenty of alcohol indeed. Prior research by Cook indicates that the top 10 percent of U.S. adults consume the lion’s share of alcohol in this country — close to 74 drinks a week on average.For people who drink less, alcohol’s effects on health are less clear-cut. A large body of research seems to indicate that moderate alcohol consumption — around a drink or two a day — is associated with decreased risk of mortality.But with alcohol, the line between “moderate use” and “dangerous use” can be a thin one. A recent study quantified the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of common recreational drugs. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.The reason? The ratio between a toxic dose and a typical dose is extremely narrow with alcohol. If you’re happily buzzed at say, three drinks, three more might make you sick, and three after that may put you in alcohol poisoning territory.For this reason, some researchers are starting to urge public health officials to focus more on the dangers posed by alcohol, and less on the dangers of less toxic drugs, like marijuana and LSD. One way to rein in problem drinking would be to simply raise federal alcohol taxes, which are currently at historically low levels.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments read more
Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments Share 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Ispahani, who also holds American citizenship, called the decision to strip her of her seat earlier this year political. “Once again, unelected individuals are trying to overturn the result of elections,” she said in an email to The Associated Press. Supreme Court justices in Pakistan are appointed following vetting by multiple bodies.In recent months the court has also targeted Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik. He resigned his spot in the Senate, renounced his British citizenship and then recaptured the seat, but the court is still looking at prosecuting him on suspicion of not revealing his full status when he first won the seat.Overall, around a dozen lawmakers have been disqualified and face criminal action on charges such as giving false statements, said Syed Sher Afgan, a senior official with Pakistan’s Election Commission.At the direction of the court, the commission has sent requests seeking declarations of citizenship from more than 1,100 federal and provincial lawmakers. Election officials had hoped to get a sense later this month about how many lawmakers were ineligible, but this week it emerged that some legislative bodies asked to obtain the declarations from members are resisting the request. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The citizenship controversy echoes another recent Pakistani scandal, one involving lawmakers alleged to have faked their educational degrees to meet a requirement for office. Afgan, the election official, said more than 50 fake degree cases were pursued. It’s questionable if the notoriously slow courts will ever resolve them all. The degree requirement has since been canceled.The political maneuvering could foretell a bitter election season in Pakistan. Elections are expected at some point in the spring, though the vote may be called earlier.The ruling People’s Party is likely to lose seats, but it still could win more than any other party in parliament. Analysts expect other factions, such as the Pakistan Muslim League-N of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former cricket star Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party to do well. Sharif’s party has a strong shot at defeating the People’s Party.Political analyst Rizvi said the next government is likely to be another coalition. Depending on the number of seats each party wins, it’s possible the lead grouping will have to make even more compromises than today’s People’s Party has had to. Rizvi said the best case is that the government will be as weak as this one. Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories “The judiciary is using all possible means to stretch its power,” said Hasan Askari-Rizvi, a Pakistani political analyst. “This is going to be a serious issue, and it is quite possible that different political parties will get together to frame a law through parliament to save their skin.”Experts agree that the law forbids Pakistanis who hold other nationalities from holding elected office. Nonetheless, amid all of Pakistan’s other problems, the laws were largely ignored for years.During the 1990s and 2000s, when there was a military coup and other political turbulence, many in Pakistan’s political elite left for Britain, Australia, the United States and other countries, where some obtained citizenship. The return of civilian rule in 2008 drew many of them back to Pakistan, eager to win elected posts.The government, led by the Pakistan People’s Party of President Asif Ali Zardari, has been in a power struggle with the military ever since it took office nearly five years ago. In recent months, the Supreme Court, too, has emerged as a forceful player, using various legal tools to pursue politicians and, in some cases, the military.Among the first to be targeted on the nationality issue was Farahnaz Ispahani, a member of parliament and wife of the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani. He resigned last year after becoming a target of the high court in a separate affair. Associated PressISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court is demanding the nation’s lawmakers disclose whether they are also citizens of other countries, a status that could cost them their seats. Already, around a dozen legislators on the federal and provincial levels have been pushed out, and that might be just the beginning.The developments suggest institutional power struggles are deepening in Pakistan ahead of an election season that some say could produce an even weaker government than the one in charge now. The dispute also adds to political instability in a nation the United States considers a crucial, though unreliable, ally in the battle against Islamist extremists as it winds down the war effort in Afghanistan. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Opinions among lawmakers are divided about the principle of letting people with other nationalities run for office, and consensus on what to do about the existing law may be tough to achieve. A government attempt to change the law to allow foreign citizenship-holders to contest office has stalled.Supporters of the court’s actions question the loyalty of Pakistanis with other passports, asking whether they can truly represent the people in this country, where the majority live in poverty and have little chance to travel abroad. Others insist that Pakistanis with foreign ties often retain strong bonds to their homeland and can offer resources and expertise the country needs.“Loyalty is a subjective thing,” said Faisal Subzwari, a top official with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a party in the ruling coalition which supports letting Pakistanis with other nationalities run for office. “People who have been looting and plundering our resources, people who have been trying to harm the motherland _ the vast majority have not had dual nationality.”Citizenship requirements for officeholders vary widely across the world.In the United States, dual citizens have held top offices _ former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hung on to his Austrian citizenship while also being a naturalized American, for instance. But in Egypt, a presidential candidate whose late mother held U.S. citizenship was disqualified in accordance with a law that bans presidential hopefuls, their spouses and their parents from holding another nationality. “It will be either as weak, or weaker. It seems very clear it can’t be a stronger government,” he said.___Nahal Toosi can be reached at http://twitter.com/nahaltoosi. read more
What’s the Greenprint? Ask Beyonce AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — So, what’s all that Greenprint stuff on Beyonce’s Instagram feed?Bey stirred up the beehive Thursday when she advocated plant-based living in a rare social media endorsement. It helped that she also announced to her 123 million followers a sweepstakes for lifetime concert tickets to her shows or those of hubby Jay-Z after she asked the question: “What is your Greenprint?”Well, “The Greenprint” is the title of a new book by the superstar couple’s personal trainer, Marco Borges, a plant-based guru who has also worked with Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Pharrell, Diddy and Ryan Seacrest. The title refers to the impact on the planet that one can make by going plant-based.Borges, a Miami-based exercise physiologist and father of four, first got Bey going with “The 22-Day Revolution” on the same subject. She wrote the foreword for that book in 2015. She and Jay-Z penned the introduction for the new book, out in time for the New Year’s resolution season from the imprint Harmony Books.We went to Borges himself to explain his approach to health, life and saving the planet after 25 years in the business:AP: That’s some pretty good buzz Beyonce just gave you for your book.Borges: Yeah, it’s really an amazing time right now. I have to pinch myself, honestly. I’m living a dream. It’s absolutely magical. She’s only done a link-in-bio once before. The first time was when she told people she was going to go vegan 44 days for Coachella. People there are going insane there. We’re getting emails, DMs, text messages saying, ‘Oh my god, I never thought I could do this. I need some help.’AP: What got you started on plant-based life?Borges: I wasn’t born and raised on a plant-based diet. Growing up I wanted to be a doctor but I found myself in pre-med realizing that medicine was far too reactive, that we needed a more proactive approach to wellness. I decided to practice wellness through exercise and nutrition. As I immersed myself in all the science, the data and the clinical trials, I realized that if you were looking for optimum wellness, improved performance and your best chance of survival, you had to move toward a plant-based diet. I’ve been living plant-based ever since and it’s been 14, 15 years now.AP: How does your approach stand out in the cacophony over veganism and plant-based nutrition?Borges: We have to meet people where they are. You can’t expect for every single person to want to adopt a plant-based lifestyle day one. The truth is it doesn’t have to be all in from the start. The Greenprint is plant-based living defined by you, whether it’s one plant-based meal a day, two or three. Or just simply meatless Mondays.AP: How do you help people ensure that they won’t fail?Borges. We’ve designed a step-by-step approach. It’s not a one size fits all. It’s customizable. We have three tiers. We guide you, provide you recipes, give you tips. We’re trying to help people rewire their behaviour a step at a time.What’s happening is that Joe Meat Eater is coming through the door of this part and vegans are saying, ‘You can’t come in because you’re not 100 per cent vegan.’ For me it’s about getting people to start looking at it from whatever angle interests them, whether it’s the environment or better health. We can’t have a conversation if I turn you away at the door because you’re not vegan.AP: You write about kaizen, or the Japanese approach to small, incremental improvements. Can you explain that?Borges: I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I was a kid. It’s continuous self-improvement. We can all be better versions of ourselves every single day. Whatever it is, you’ve got to work toward it. That includes me.AP: Some perceive the costs of a truly plant-based diet as restrictive. Do you agree?Borges: I’d love to meet the person who made that up. It doesn’t make any sense. When we go to the supermarket, we know that the foods that cost most are typically the steaks, the fish, the animal protein. That’s 10 times more expensive than avocados and broccoli. That’s preposterous. We live in a society where people love to hear good things about their bad habits.The reality is it’s less expensive to live a plant-based lifestyle.AP: To what do you attribute the popularity of the Keto approach to eating?Borges: Phenomenal marketing and the fact that we live in a world where people want to hear great things about their bad habits. I mean, don’t eat carbs! Carbs are bad for you! I mean brown rice, broccoli, carrots, all fruits. Don’t eat that. Well guess what? We’re eating twice as much protein as we should be eating and we’re taking in half the amount of fiber we should be taking in on a daily basis. And what about leaving the planet a better place? It’s why I wrote the book.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2019 11:05 am PDT read more