Indigenous legal fund pitch a divideandconquer tactic Senator

first_imgCALGARY – A Manitoba senator says a proposal by Alberta’s United Conservatives to pick up the legal tabs of pro-pipeline First Nations is an example of age-old “divide-and-conquer” tactics.Leader Jason Kenney touted the proposed legal fund in a Calgary speech this month as part of his party’s multi-pronged “fight-back strategy” against anyone wishing to shut down Alberta’s energy sector.“His approach is nothing new,” Sen. Murray Sinclair, Manitoba’s first Indigenous judge and chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation on residential schools, told The Canadian Press.“It’s very typical of the way governments have approached the issue of Indigenous people in the past, and that is to foment division and to ensure that those who are on the side of whatever government policy is at issue or whatever corporate interest is at play are the ones that get the corporate money or get the government money.”In his speech, Kenney said Indigenous people in favour of natural resource development are often at a disadvantage compared with those working with well-funded environmental groups.“If I’m premier, we’ll be writing cheques to allow them to go to court,” he said. “We’ll be supporting pro-development litigation.”Indigenous entrepreneur Calvin Helin — who has proposed a $16-billion oil pipeline between the oilsands and the northern British Columbia coast — thinks the litigation fund is an “excellent idea.”“You have First Nations people who often are natural resource rich but cash poor. They don’t have money for stuff like this. How do we compete against American foundations?”Helin, president of Eagle Spirit Energy Holding Ltd., said a council of 35 chiefs and mayors along the proposed pipeline’s route are fed up with environmental groups coming into their communities and dictating how they should look after their people.He said First Nations have been stewards of the land for thousands of years, but must also find ways to fund social programs and ease economic hardship.“They really resent … these fly-in celebrities interfering in their traditional territories and interfering in their communities by basically hiring local people to be props and puppets for their opposition to most development,” Helin said.Eagle Spirit’s chief council has set up a GoFundMe campaign for a legal fight against federal legislation banning tankers from B.C.’s north coast. It’s raised less than half of its $100,000 goal.“In a lawsuit against the cashed-up federal government, that’s not going to take you very far,” Helin said.An expansion to the Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and the Vancouver area remains in limbo following a Federal Appeal Court ruling in August that quashed its approval. The ruling requires Ottawa to consult more with affected First Nations and to do further study on the impact of increased tanker traffic.Sinclair wonders whether the government will “still run roughshod” if no amount of consultation can sway some First Nations.“The indications I’m getting is that they might be willing to try to do that, but whether they’ll be able to do that is another question.”Sinclair said compromise is possible, including moving the project’s end point away from Vancouver.“Everything needs to be on the table and those that are advocating for the pipeline need to look at all options,” he said.“The communities that are supportive of the pipeline need to be respected in their decision, but the ones who are not supportive of the pipeline also need to be respected.“The question becomes, then, what’s the alternative? And if the alternative is finding a way that doesn’t harm their interests, then let’s find it.”last_img read more

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Kristen Bell Reads Her Favorite Childrens Book for Storyline Online

first_imgKristen Bell took a break from her busy schedule to read her favorite children’s book Quackenstein Hatches a Family for Storyline Online.Kristen Bell Reads QuackensteinWritten by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan, illustrated by Brian T. Jones and published by ABRAMS Books, Quackenstein Hatches a Family is a cute and creepy tale told in rhyme about a bitter old duck who adopts an egg and is surprised by what hatches from inside.Video: Quackenstein Hatches a Family read by Kristen Bell

Bell’s flawless storytelling delivers both cadence and character voices that offer a compelling and animated five-minute read aloud alongside original illustrations brought to life. Bell concludes by sharing why she chose the book, “I really like the rhyming. I really like the language – the big words – but more importantly, I love that Quack felt lonely and he decided to solve his problem by adopting one of these eggs that didn’t have a family.” Bell continues to share that she likes how Quackenstein creates an unconventional, yet loving family for himself and what turns out to be a platypus.

Kristen Bell is the latest actor to join an expanding cast of Storyline Online readers that includes Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Christian Slater, Betty White, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, Rose Byrne, James Earl Jones and more. Storyline Online features actors reading cherished children’s books aloud alongside creatively produced, original illustrations.

“Kristen Bell chose to read a book that is near and dear to her heart. You can tell she has read Quackenstein countless times at bedtime to her kids because she has the voices down pat,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “We cannot thank Kristen enough for volunteering to read for our program. Quackenstein Hatches a Family is an exceptional addition to our digital library and it will be viewed by millions of children in classrooms and homes all over the world.”

The award-winning children’s literacy program of the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Storyline Online streams 45 videos at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide, and receives over 6 million views every month.

As with all Storyline Online videos, Quackenstein Hatches a Family comes with a supplemental activity guide aligned with Common Core Standards that strengthens verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at students in 1st and 2nd grades, these activities encourage students to engage in critical thinking and ponder the themes from the book including family, adoption and responsibility.

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UN appeals to parties in Sierra Leone to avoid incitement to violence

“You must all be aware of recent incidents of political violence,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Executive Representative, Victor Angelo, told the opening session of the National Youth Dialogue Conference.“Continued occurrences of this nature are without doubt most unhelpful for the elections and I would like to use this forum to request political parties to dissociate themselves from all forms of political violence. The political leaders have a special responsibility and should guide their supporters,” he added.Mr. Angelo pledged that the UN and its international partners “will support all efforts to ensure that the elections are transparent, credible and free of any forms of violence.“The support of the political parties, civil society, the media and all segments of the Sierra Leone society, particularly its youths, in achieving this goal is necessary,” he added, noting that 55 per cent of the 2.6 million registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 32.“Young people, who, as is often said, are the future, will have an enormous influence on the outcome of the elections,” he declared, calling on the country’s young people to contribute to the electoral process by ensuring that they vote and by “not allowing themselves to be manipulated by anybody.”“I urge all youths to avoid all forms of conduct that could result in a breach of the peace or a breakdown of law and order.”Sierra Leone is one of the first beneficiaries of the UN’s new Peacebuilding Fund, launched last October to ensure that countries emerging from war and conflict do not relapse back into strife. Earlier this month the Fund approved four new projects to support the ongoing electoral process and improve the judiciary, water, sanitation and health facilities. 26 July 2007The United Nations today appealed to all political parties in Sierra Leone to avoid inflammatory or provocative remarks that could lead to disturbances ahead of next month’s presidential and parliamentary elections, the second since the small West African country emerged from a disastrous decade-long civil war in 2002. read more

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Number of Ivorian voters identified so far passes 4 million mark says

“This is an important step, particularly given the delays and difficulties that beset the identification and census that are currently taking place,” Hamadoun Touré, spokesperson for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), told reporters in Abidjan.Mr. Touré encouraged further efforts to deploy teams to identify more people around the country, which has been divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and a northern area dominated by the rebel Forces Nouvelles.In that regard, he said UNOCI would strengthen its logistical support through special operations that began on Tuesday by air and river and to the interior of the country. The Operation is also supporting the identification process with over 200 vehicles. “The goal is to help the national structures to attain an optimal enrolment of the target population,” said Mr. Touré. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and head of UNOCI, Y. J. Choi, is continuing his contacts with the Ivorian political leaders.Last week, Mr. Choi told the Security Council in New York that the Ivorian parties agreed that the holding of the elections, last scheduled for 30 November 2008, would now await the completion of the identification process and the disarmament of ex-combatants.In a resolution adopted this week, the Council urged all political actors in Côte d’Ivoire to agree as soon as possible on a “realistic” time frame for the polls, as it extended UNOCI’s mandate for another six months. 29 January 2009Preparations for the much-delayed elections in Côte d’Ivoire is making headway, the United Nations mission there said today, announcing that the number of voters identified so far in the West African nation has surpassed the four million mark. read more

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DR Congo UN envoy to push for childrens rights in peace process

13 April 2009The United Nations human rights envoy tasked with protecting the rights of children in armed conflict is set to arrive tomorrow in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for talks to ensure greater protection for children amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis engulfing the country’s east. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, seeks to assess first-hand the situation of children in the vast African nation and will focus on the plight of child soldiers, sexual violence and other crimes against children, and the special needs of internally displaced and refugee children.She will meet with the Government, civil society groups, children affected by conflict and others in the aftermath of the peace agreement signed last month between the DRC and the main Tutsi rebel militia known as the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) and other armed groups.That pact brings to an end the violent conflict which had uprooted some 250,000 people since last year in the DRC’s strife-torn east.Ms. Coomaraswamy’s week-long visit will include stops in the capital, Kinshasa, the District of Ituri and the volatile eastern provinces of North and South Kivu. Since January, the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, has demobilized nearly 1,000 children associated with various armed groups in North Kivu.The separation of children from armed forces and groups is one of MONUC’s priorities, within the framework of its support to the process of the accelerated integration of armed groups into the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC). read more

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Canadian delegation in Sri Lanka to discuss progress on peace

In that regard, the Chair of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Yasmin Ratansi MP, stated “I am pleased to be leading another delegation of Canadian parliamentarians to Sri Lanka. This will be my second visit in 2017 and I look forward to another opportunity to advance economic and political ties, discuss the role of the Commonwealth in today’s world, and to see first-hand the progress being made in reconciliation.The delegation will meet with a range of senior ministers, officials, civil society leaders and the Canada-Sri Lanka business community. The delegation will also visit a Canadian-funded International Organization for Migration (IOM) project in Ratnapura, providing humanitarian and reconstruction support to those most affected by the devastating floods earlier this year. (Colombo Gazette) A delegation from the Canadian branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is in Sri Lanka for a three day visit.The multiparty delegation’s presence will strengthen bonds with an important Commonwealth partner with which Canada has deep and longstanding, economic, social and people-to-people ties, the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka said. The delegation is led by Ms. Yasmin Ratansi, MP.  She is accompanied by Matthew Jeneroux, MP, Thomas Mulcair MP, Sen. Salma Ataullahjan and Sen. Marilou McPhedran. In welcoming the delegation, the High Commissioner of Canada, David McKinnon stated “the Government of Canada believes that the Commonwealth plays an important role in promoting and upholding its core values of respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law, which are critical for the development, prosperity and well-being of all countries.  This visit will reinforce the historic ties between our two countries and their national parliaments, and allow for an exchange views on progress on peace and reconciliation, which is crucial to Sri Lanka’s future. ” read more

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Crude jumps above 102 a barrel on Ukraine unrest lower forecast for

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2014 4:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude jumps above $102 a barrel on Ukraine unrest, lower forecast for US output The price of oil climbed above US$102 a barrel Tuesday, supported by renewed unrest in eastern Ukraine and a lowered domestic production forecast from the U.S. Energy Department.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery gained $2.12, or 2.1 per cent, to US$102.56 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its highest closing price since March 7.Brent crude, used to set prices for international oil varieties, rose $1.85 to US$107.67 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Tensions in Ukraine escalated again Tuesday as security forces ousted pro-Russian protesters from an occupied government building in the eastern city of Kharkiv, while regional administration headquarters in Donetsk remained under the control of protesters. They are demanding referendums on the regions’ status, which could pave the way for further annexations by Russia.“Any further escalation of the situation would intensify tensions between Russia and the West and could lead to tighter sanctions being imposed on Russia,” said analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt in a note to clients. “So far, the market appears to believe this to be unlikely, though that means the price would react all the more strongly if sanctions actually were imposed on the Russian oil and gas sector.”Meanwhile, the Energy Department slightly lowered its prediction for domestic oil production this year to 8.37 million barrels a day from 8.39 million barrels. U.S. oil production has been surging thanks to improved methods of drilling for oil in shale rock formations. Last year, the U.S. produced 7.44 million barrels of oil a day.Wednesday, investors will also be monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products. Data for the week ended April 4 are expected to show a build of 2.5 million barrels in crude oil stocks and a draw of 1.3 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline rose five cents to US$2.98 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added four cents to US$2.93 a gallon and natural gas gained six cents to US$4.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Farmer blockades continue into fourth week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The farmers blockades have continued into their fourth week despite the decision on Thursday by a key farmers group to call off their blockades.Farmer protests continued to cause problems at the Greek-Bulgarian border crossing in Promachonas on Sunday, where hardline farmers voted to once more close the border post to truck traffic after 15:00 in the afternoon. The blockade at Promachonas is the last in Serres after the road blocks at Strymonikos and Kerdyllia dispersed on Friday morning.Only the passage of trucks is being blocked at present, with cars and buses free to cross the border in both directions.Earlier on Sunday, in a meeting held at Tyrnavos in Larisa at midday, farmers taking part in the 12 remaining road blocks in Thessaly and Macedonia decided to stay put until the government backed down and met their demands.They will meet again on Monday afternoon at Nikaia.Some new roadblocks sprung up, too. Producers in Achaia prefecture parked their tractors at the Rio toll gates on the Patras-Corinth national road, causing traffic problems.The farmer blockades are continuing despite the decision by one of the key farmer groups, the Pan Hellenic Coordinating Committee in Veroia, on Thursday to remove their blockades.The committee which represents farmers on 14 blockades made their announcement following three weeks of actions to protest against what they argue is a lack of government support for farmers and agriculture.The decision tfollows an earlier decision by farmers aligned with independent farmers groups at the major crossing in Strymonikou to also abandon their blockade.Farmer representatives met twice with the Agricultural Development Minister Katerina Batzeli without success.The Minister made clear that a successful resolution of the issues raised by the farmers depended on the farmers and not on the government.Batzeli called for farmers representatives to commit to an on-going process of face to face dialogue with the Greek Government rather than protests on the streets and on television.Batzeli and Prime Minister George Papandreou have both insisted that austerity measures dictated by the European Commission leave them no scope for handouts to farmers.last_img read more

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More job cuts on the cards

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anger over austerity among ordinary Greeks is matched by bailout fatigue among north European creditor countries, especially Germany, Finland and the Netherlands, which are taking the toughest line on strict conditions for more money. The European Union and International Monetary Fund increased pressure on Athens to deliver on pledges to slash its deficit even as the economy heads for a fourth year of recession. The IMF has told Athens this week to cut the public workforce and payroll, shut inefficient state entities, fight tax evasion and sell billions of euros of state property to plug its budget gap. A set of austerity measures to be applied immediately, were announced by the government this week as it tries to convince the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, known collectively as the troika, that it is serious about meeting its fiscal targets and should receive its next loan tranche. After a cabinet meeting lasting some seven hours, government spokesman Ilias Mossialos set out in a written statement the steps to be taken, pending Parliament’s approval in the next few days, to reduce Greece’s deficit. “These choices send the message to our partners and the markets that Greece wants and is able to fulfil its obligations, always remaining in the central core of the euro and the European Union.” The Cabinet decided the tax-free threshold on income should drop from 8,000 to 5,000 euros. It also approved a unified pay structure for the public sector, whose details were not announced. The government will not touch state pensions below 1,200 euros but anybody in retirement earning above that threshold will see the extra amount reduced by 20 percent. Any pensioners under 55 will have anything they earn above 1,000 euros reduced by 40 per cent. Some 30,000 public sector workers will be placed in a labour reserve by the end of the year, according to the plans announced. This means they will earn a reduced salary for a limited period before the government has the right to sack them or re-employ them. In his statement, Mossialos also said the Cabinet had approved several structural reforms and privatisations but did not give any details. He said a new tax code would be presented to Parliament next month in a bid to rectify “inequalities and injustices that have existed for decades.” The government hopes these measures will be enough to convince top troika officials, who will be back in Athens next week, that Greece should receive its next loan instalment of 8 billion euros. Without it, the state will run out of money by the middle of October. Speaking in Parliament before the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos admitted that a series of failures and the worsening recession made it necessary for the government to go on a new austerity drive.“Do we have to take additional measures? Yes we have to take supplementary measures… because of the recession, because of the difficult task, and the weakness of the central administration have not produced the required results,” he said, while adding that the troika’s presence in Greece was necessary if the country wants to improve its public finances. “If we did not have the supervision of the troika… we would have again unfortunately slipped off the fiscal track,” he said. “It’s not a question of intent. It’s a matter of mentality, lack of ability, management structure, methods, habits and inertia.” PUBLIC FRUSTRATIONPublic protests against the cuts have dwindled since early this year when Athens saw bloody clashes between police and rioters, but frustration is growing again as the crisis worsens. “They have crippled us,” said 44-year-old public sector employee Niki Playannakou, a single mother. “We accepted the cuts last year, we put up with some things for the sake of the country. But as time goes by we don’t see things improving. How much can a family take?” On Tuesday evening, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos began a second phone call in as many days with EU and IMF inspectors -known as the “troika” – on austerity measures. Greek government officials said a first call on Monday had been “productive and substantive” and they expected to clinch the release of an eight billion euro aid tranche despite consistently missing the conditions that were set.The IMF/EU mission had abruptly left Greece on September 2 in a disagreement over the extent of the slippage, and what Athens must do to make good on its pledges. Officials close to the troika said the IMF/EU monitors would need to return to Athens to seal any agreement. “They have to come to Athens to conclude,” one official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity. Officials close to the troika had said before the call that Greece needed to flesh out details of how to prevent slippage from next year’s budget deficit target of 6.5 per cent of GDP. Athens also denied a report in the Kathimerini daily that Prime Minister George Papandreou was considering holding a referendum on whether Greece should tackle its debt crisis within the single currency or leave. The government has long said it is planning a referendum this autumn on political reforms, but has repeatedly denied that it would concern euro membership. “No. We haven’t discussed such an issue, definitely not,” deputy government spokesman Tolkas said. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

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Sharks Bite 2 Surfers Minutes Apart at Florida Beach

first_imgStay on target On Saturday, two surfers were attacked by sharks minutes apart at the same Florida beach, according to authorities.Officials were notified in the afternoon that a 23-year-old woman had to receive stitches after a shark bit her left hand and wrist at New Smyrna Beach, which is located on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Fox News reported. Then, as the woman was leaving in an ambulance, a 21-year-old man reported that he was bitten by a shark, noted. The male surfer, who had minor cuts on his foot, was treated on the scene.Both shark bites were not life-threatening, according to authorities.Both incidents weren’t the only shark attack incidents at New Smyrna Beach last weekend: On Sunday, a third person was bitten by a shark while he was standing in the water, WFLA News Channel 8 reported. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said the 68-year-old man from Nashville received minor injuries on his foot and he was given a bandage and dressing at the scene.According to National Geographic, New Smyrna Beach has been dubbed as the “shark attack capital of the world.” Approximately 1 out of 25 shark attacks worldwide occur at the Florida based-beach.The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) says the most unprovoked shark attacks in Florida occur in Volusia County, with 303 reported in this area since 1882. Bull sharks and Blacktip sharks are the most popular shark species involved in unprovoked shark attacks that take place in Florida.More on White Shark Caught Swimming Near Beach in Aerial PhotoWatch: Mako Shark Does Backflips, Stuns Boat Crew Members Florida Surfer Bitten By Shark Goes to Bar Instead of Hospital Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida last_img read more

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Brock Lesnar shows up at UFC 226, Challenges Daniel Cormier to a future fight…

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp SPOILERS: 9/6 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Twitter Pinterest Current WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar made an appearance at UFC 226 earlier tonight in Las Vegas. Lesnar took a seat at ringside joining UFC President Dana White before the Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier main event.#WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has just taken a seat at ringside with #UFC President Dana White for tonight’s main event in Las Vegas #UFC226— (@wrestleview) July 8, 2018The main event, which featured Miocic defending the UFC Heavyweight Championship against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier in a champion vs. champion bout, saw DC knock out Miocic at 4:33 of the first round of the fight.Following the fight, DC invited Lesnar inside the octagon after celebrating his victory by becoming a two division champion. Lesnar, smiling, jumped inside the octagon and immediately pushed DC away. The two were then separated by security and UFC staff.Lesnar then immediately cut a promo seeming to accept a title match against Cormier.“I walked into this building and watched the Heavyweight disasters from the beginning…Ngannou’s a piece of shit, Miocic, the piece of shit, DC…I’m coming for you motherfu*ker.”Brock Lesnar in the cage at #UFC226: “I walked into this building and watched the Heavyweight disasters from the beginning…Ngannou’s a piece of shit, Miocic, the piece of shit, DC…I’m coming for you motherfu*ker” #UFC226— (@wrestleview) July 8, 2018While the UFC has yet to officially confirm a championship match between Cormier and Lesnar as of this writing, it would indicate that previous rumors of Lesnar heading back to the promotion to continue his mixed martial arts career is indeed taking place.Lesnar, who is still the current WWE Universal Champion, last appeared for WWE at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in April in another win over Roman Reigns. It’s been long expected that Lesnar would defend the Universal Championship at the upcoming SummerSlam PPV in August in what will likely be his final WWE appearance.center_img WWE reportedly planning to hold a draft for RAW and SmackDown this coming October SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

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1 hospitalized after rollover crash in Miami Lakes

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – A rollover crash along State Road 826 sent one person to the hospital.Florida Highway Patrol and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash on SR 826, just past Northwest 154th Street, Tuesday afternoon.Officials said one person inside the flipped over vehicle was transported to a nearby hospital.The incident is now under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Trumps trade war Amazon Toyota working to counter tariff plans

first_imgFILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds his signed memorandum on intellectual property tariffs on high-tech goods from China, at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 22, 2018REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoCompanies in the United States from Amazon to Toyota and Alcoa are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration’s trade policies and to head off new tariffs. Companies are attempting to avoid any confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump but want to exert as much influence as they can to dissuade him from tearing up trade agreements or introducing tariffs on a wide swath of imports.Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer and cloud-computing company, which could be hurt by tariffs on items sold through its website and components for its data centers, is discussing industry-wide advertising campaigns and more extensive government lobbying, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity.Toyota Motor North America, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyota, which could suffer if Trump follows through on a plan to impose tariffs on imported vehicles and parts, flew workers to Washington for a rally this week in front of the U.S. Capitol while the unit’s chief has met key members of Congress in recent weeks to discuss the potential impact of tariffs.Executives from General Motors, which could be hurt if Trump pulls the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement or if he imposes auto tariffs, have also held meetings with the administration and Congress over the last year to raise its concerns about trade issues. Tariffs would lead to “a reduced presence at home and abroad,” the company said in June.The largest U.S. automaker is set to hire Trump’s former deputy director of the National Economic Council and adviser on international economic affairs. Everett Eissenstat, who left the White House earlier this month, will head GM’s public policy efforts, according to sources familiar with the matter. GM told Reuters it had an opening but declined to confirm the hire. Eissenstat could not be reached for comment.The chief executive of Alcoa told investors on a conference call this week that the aluminum producer was in “active discussion” with the Trump administration, the Commerce Department and members of Congress about the elimination of tariffs or getting an exception for Canadian aluminum. Amazon logoReutersIn addition to the steel and aluminum tariffs already imposed, the Trump administration has threatened 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods which would affect thousands of imported products from furniture to network routers.Seattle-based Amazon is concerned such tariffs would hit shoppers during the crucial holiday shopping season, the person familiar with the matter said. High among its concerns is an increase in import costs for components used in data centers or other items that would make its cloud computing division less competitive, two people familiar with the matter said. Amazon Web Services is the company’s most profitable unit.Lobbying administration officials and members of Congress can be costly with no guarantee of victory, but some have succeeded. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:39Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Justin Trudeau Slams Trump Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum As ‘Totally Unacceptable’last_img read more

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China Pakistan slam Indias move to change Kashmirs special status

first_img Watch | Opposition’s Remarks on Revocation of Article 370 Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/4:42Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-4:41?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … People chant slogans during a rally expressing solidarity with the people of Kashmir in Lahore, Pakistan August 6, 2019.ReutersIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to change the status of Kashmir ran into fierce opposition from China and its ally Pakistan on Tuesday as the disputed territory lay under a telecoms blackout to forestall protests for a second day.In a move to tighten its grip on Jammu and Kashmir, parts of which are claimed by Pakistan and China, India dropped a constitutional provision that allowed the country’s only Muslim-majority state to make its own laws.The changes imposed by Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government are the most sweeping in the nearly 30 years that India has been battling a revolt in Kashmir. The government also broke up the state into two federally administered territories.China said it opposed India’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status and that New Delhi needed to be cautious on border issues.”India’s action is unacceptable and would not have any legal effect,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement, drawing an immediate rebuke from Delhi that Kashmir was an internal affair.The Himalayan region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated region around Jammu city, Pakistan, which controls a wedge of territory in the west, and China, which holds a thinly populated high-altitude area in the north.China urged India to strictly abide by the agreements reached by both countries in order to avoid any actions that would further complicate boundary issues, Hua said. India and China have a longstanding dispute over the border including in Ladakh, the high altitude area.Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said splitting Jammu and Kashmir into federal territories was a domestic issue.”India does not comment on the internal affairs of other countries and similarly expects other countries to do likewise.”Thousands of paramilitary troops have been deployed in Kashmir and phone and internet services have been suspended, prompting criticism the government is trying to stifle all dissent. Video images by ANI showed deserted streets on Tuesday in Srinagar, the main city of the region at the heart of the decades-long armed revolt which India accuses Pakistan of helping. Islamabad says it gives only moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination.After a meeting with top commanders in the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan’s army chief expressed support for the people of Kashmir, and the prime minister said he was weighing an approach to the United Nations Security Council.”The Pakistan Army firmly stands by the Kashmiris in their just struggle to the very end,” said General Qamar Javed Bajwa. “We are prepared and shall go to any extent to fulfil our obligations in this regard.”The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars over the territory, and engaged in an aerial clash in February after a militant group based in Pakistan claimed responsibility for an attack on an Indian military convoy.”We will fight it (Modi’s policy) at every forum. We’re thinking how we can take it to International Court (of Justice) … to the United Nations Security Council,” Prime Minister Imran Khan told Pakistan’s parliament.HINDERED DEVELOPMENT The Indian government has said Kashmir’s special status hindered its development because it barred people from outside the state from buying property, investing and settling there.”We will make Jammu and Kashmir into one of our most developed states,” Home Minister Amit Shah told parliament to loud cheers from supporters.Armed police on Tuesday patrolled every few hundred metres in Srinagar, where a ban on public gatherings of more than four people stayed in force. Educational institutions and most shops in residential neighbourhoods were shut.Some shopkeepers said stocks were running out after days of panic-buying.”No provisions are left in my shop, and no fresh supplies are coming,” said grocery store owner Jehangir Ahmad.At a Srinagar hospital hit by the crackdown on telephone, television and internet communications, staff were working overtime, with ambulances sent to bring in doctors and nurses.”We are managing for now,” said a senior official at the 500-bed Lal Ded hospital who sought anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.In Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-governed Kashmir about 45 km (28 miles) from the neighbours’ contested border, protests entered a second day, with hundreds of people, including children, shouting anti-India slogans.Many Kashmiris have relatives on both sides of the border, but those on the Pakistani side say they have been unable to reach people in India for days.Tanveer-ul-Islam, who migrated to Muzaffarabad in 1990, said he had lost touch with his mother in Indian Kashmir since Sunday.”You can’t even imagine my pain,” he added. “We do not know about the well-being of anyone across the divide.”last_img read more

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City dwellers suffer in rains

first_imgThe people of Dhaka city, especially commuters, on Wednesday faced serious troubles due to water-logging, traffic congestion and poor infrastructure facilities amid incessant rains. Photo journalists from Prothom Alo have captured a few moments of public sufferings in the capital.A schoolboy is crossing the waterlogged road on his way to school with his guardian in Banasree area of Khilgaon. Photo: Abdus SalamThe road in Shantinagar area is waterlogged, a common scene if it rains. Photo: Saiful Islam A father carries his son on his shoulders while crossing the waterlogged area at the connecting road of Dhanmondi 27 and Mirpur Road. Photo: Sabina YesminWater reaches the knee height due to excessive rains in Khilgaon area. Photo: Abdus SalamTwo boys wearing raincoats are going to school riding with father in South Banasree area of Khilgaon. Photo: Abdus SalamA scene of waterlogged Baily Road area. Photo: Saiful IslamWater level reaches the knee height in some places of Baily Road. Photo: Saiful IslamStudents as well as their parents suffer in the waterlogged Shantinagar area. Photo: Saiful Islam Office-goers and students experience severe water-logging at the connecting road of Dhanmondi 27 and Mirpur Road following heavy rains. Photo: Sabina Yesminlast_img read more

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Web abuzz with claims that Hubble sought to censor Lemaitres paper

first_imgEdwin Hubble ( — In one of those odd scientific debates where people who ought to know better, speak up, and in this case, print articles on arXiv, making claims about personal issues rather than science, buzz has been created that might lead to little more than rhetoric. In this case, it’s first Sidney van den Bergh, a Canadian astronomer, who has published a paper on arXiv citing evidence that Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaitre’s paper on cosmological observations appeared to have been intentionally censored when translated into English, and then David Block, a South African mathematician and amateur historian adding fuel to the fire by publishing to the same site an article where he asserts he has proof that American, Edwin Hubble (of whom the Hubble telescope is named) was involved in a conspiracy of sorts, to censor the paper previously mentioned by van den Bergh. Block offers as proof, a letter written by Scottish astronomer William Marshall Smart (editor for MNRAS), that he says, shows that it was Lemaitre himself who performed the translation, but because Smart only asked for certain sections to be translated, the end result wound up an abbreviated version of the original. Block then goes on to say he believes it was pressure on Smart, from Hubble, that caused him to do what he did, though he offers little evidence to support such a claim.At this point, professional historians are not convinced, and so, this argument, as with many others of its kind in the science field, will likely rage on, with little gained, but perhaps something lost, as energy that could be spent on science, is wasted on meaningless squabble. © 2010 Zeroing in on Hubble’s constant Georges Lemaitre The entire argument centers on a paper first published by Lemaitre in 1927 in Belgium; written in French it wasn’t read much outside of his home country. In the paper, Lemaitre outlined his theory that the universe appeared to be expanding, and also offered a constant that could be used to determine the rate. In 1929, Hubble published a paper that offered the same theory and constant (which came to be known as the Hubble constant) and was at the time given full credit for the discovery. Later however (1931), Lemaitre’s paper was translated into English and published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), which of course gave some credence to Lemaitre’s work, but not entirely, because it was subsequently discovered that certain sections of the original paper had been omitted, the most important of which, was the part where Lemaitre derived the constant for which Hubble was ultimately credited. Citation: Web abuzz with claims that Hubble sought to censor Lemaitre’s paper (2011, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A Hubble Eclipse: Lemaitre and Censorship, David L. Block, arXiv:1106.3928v2 [physics.hist-ph] of the greatest discoveries of modern times is that of the expanding Universe, almost invariably attributed to Hubble (1929). What is not widely known is that the original treatise by Lemaitre (1927) contained a rich fusion of both theory and of observation. The French paper was meticulously censored when printed in English – all discussions of radial velocities and distances (and the very first empirical determination of “H”) were omitted. Fascinating insights are gleaned from a letter recently found in the Lema^itre archives. An appeal is made for a Lemaitre Telescope, to honour the discoverer of the expanding universe.via Nature Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Paschim Vihar is buzzing

When star properties started opening up in far-flung areas like Rohini, Janakpuri etc, the first question that cropped into my mind is that why would that make business sense. Friends in the business told me of the tremendous business restaurants of these hotels have been doing — sometimes, I am told — much more than south Delhi five stars. I still shook my head in disbelief. But the feeling lasted till the time I visited a star-property in Janakpuri and saw people from that part of the town coming over in hordes for a lazy meal. Since then, whenever I have gone to these ‘far-flung places’ [and any south Delhiite will call them that], I have always found the restaurants choc-a-bloc, doing brisk business. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Which is why I travelled to Paschim Vihar to check out Level 2, the multicuisine all-day diner at Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar! At about 9.30 pm, people were waiting outside, since the restaurant was already packed. Which spelt good news to me. Level 2 is spread over quite a large area, with comfortable seating. The all-glass bar room is certain to catch your eye and displays a wide selection of alcohol. The fastest moving items here are mostly Indian, apart from popular dishes like pasta and pizza. The menu card is chunky so that people are spoilt for choice. They also have a section for the health conscious. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI tried a mix of Continental and Indian. However, I preferred the Continental dishes over the Indian ones. The kebabs were just about okay but the dim sums were good. If you are a light eater, I would recommend the Steamed sea bass in lemon sauce. Check it out.  DETAILAt: Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar, Plot D, District Centre, Outer Ring Road, Paschim Vihar Timings: All day Phone: 4639 9999 Cost: Rs 1,500 + taxes [for dinner] read more

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Learn Languages with Google Translate for Chrome

first_imgLearn Languages with Google Translate for Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on February 22, 2019 in Google Chrome – 5 commentsLearn Languages with Google Translate is a browser extension for Google Chrome that combines Google’s translation service with options to record and practice vocabulary.The extension is maintained by Wordeys and available as a free limited version and paid subscription-based versions.The free is good enough for creating lists and words, and practicing using two different testing methods. Subscriptions start at $1.99 per month; they add new features such as translation suggestions or private lists to the service.Learn Languages with Google TranslateLearn Languages with Google Translate requests access to the Google Translate website as an extra permission. The extension adds an icon to the Chrome address bar which you interact with.A click on “Go To Google Translate” opens the modified Google Translate interface. You may add new words to a list with a click on the favorite icon next to the entry.A click on the Wordeys button opens the saved entries and you may use the voice icon next to any word or phrase to listen to its pronunciation.Note that you need an account, free or higher, to save lists that you create. You may export the listing as a spreadsheet on Google Sheets without an account, however.You find a new “Practice with Wordeys” button at the bottom of the page that you may activate to start a new learning sessions.Wordeys supports the two learning methods flashcards and test currently. Flashcards displays a word and phrase to you, and it is up to you to remember the translation (and pronounce it if you like). A click on flip displays the translation.Test on the other hand requires user input. The extension displays a word or phrase, and you have to type the translation in the box on the page and hit the check button to have it verified by the extension.You may save these lists to your account if you have one, and create lists on the Wordeys site as well; there you are limited to a certain number of translations, however if you are a free account user.The developers plan to make lists publicly available at one point. It would then be possible to subscribe to lists that someone else created to use them to learn the language or memorize words and phrases.Closing WordsWordeys approach is quite interesting but fairly limiting at this point. It is a good service for users who use Google Translate regularly, as it makes it easy to create word lists that way while using the service.Is it better than language learning apps like Duolingo or Memrise? The approach is very different. Right now, I’d say that the apps do a better job if you want to learn all major words of a language quickly.Wordeys strength is that you can create custom lists with words that other language apps may not teach at all.Now You: Do you use language learning apps or services?Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 7 votes Software Name Learn Languages with Google TranslateSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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Carestream Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence for Clinical Collaboration Platform at HIMSS18

first_img 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 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 | 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Analytics Software | March 19, 2018 Carestream Demonstrates Artificial Intelligence for Clinical Collaboration Platform at HIMSS18 Software designed to boost quality and speed as part of radiology reading and reporting workflow News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more center_img Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 March 19, 2018 — Carestream Health demonstrated advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and imaging analytics software tools designed to enhance both the quality and speed of diagnosis and reporting for radiology imaging exams at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2018 tradeshow, March 5-9 in Las Vegas.Carestream currently incorporates third-party algorithmic results for osteoporosis, lung emphysema, coronary calcification and fatty liver as part of its Clinical Collaboration Platform.Thierry Verstraete, Carestream’s global product manager clinical solutions and analytics, said that by using an algorithm-enabled Radiology Assistant, users can boost diagnostic confidence while simultaneously improving productivity and containing costs.The Radiology Assistant, using the Coronary Calcium Scoring (CCS) algorithm (pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] 510(k) clearance), provides detailed findings with key diagnostic images available to radiologists a few minutes after image acquisition.“Artificial intelligence can calculate and provide incidental findings, critical findings or quantitative assessments to help streamline radiologists’ reading workflow and allow early treatment that can reduce the impact of a disease or condition. Early treatment also may reduce the increased financial burden for patients, governments and healthcare providers that will come with these complications,” Verstraete explained.As part of its Clinical Collaboration Platform, Carestream’s Workflow Orchestrator directs the study to the best radiologist for each case based on subspecialty, location and affiliation. The Workflow Orchestrator fabric contains a vast array of sensors that generate data on a continuous basis.For more information: News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | 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 morelast_img read more

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