first_imgOTTAWA – Rural communities and a federal MP are raising concerns about the impact a potential work stoppage at Canada Post could have on Ontario’s municipal elections.The Crown corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers extended their contract negotiations beyond an early-Wednesday deadline for a strike or lockout, providing some hope that new deals can be struck without a service disruption.But in the absence of agreements, small communities that rely on mail-in ballots for the Oct. 22 vote said they were looking for alternative ways for constituents to exercise their civic duty.The Municipality of Dysart et al, in Ontario’s cottage country north of Toronto, said it could be heavily impacted by a postal strike.“Election staff are working on a contingency plan in the event of a postal strike,” the regional community said in a tweet.Just to the west, Brock Township has informed voters not to mail their ballots until there’s confirmation a strike or lockout will be avoided.“We are encouraging people to just hold onto their (election) kit until there’s some direction, one way or the other, from Canada Post,” Tom Gettinby, the township’s clerk and chief administrative officer, told The Canadian Press.There were about 10,000 eligible voters in Brock at the time of the last municipal election in 2014. Of those, roughly 4,400 cast ballots, Gettinby said.And while the township is encouraging local voters to drop off their completed ballots to municipal offices in the event of job action at Canada Post, many eligible electors are part-time residents who live and work in Toronto for much of the year.“What we don’t want to see happen is they put the ballot in the mail and then all of a sudden there’s a disruption in the postal service, and their ballot is in some warehouse in Toronto,” said Gettinby.Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant, who represents the rural Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke riding northwest of Ottawa, said she has heard from several isolated municipalities worried about how a Canada Post shutdown will affect their mail-in votes.“A Canada Post strike during the Ontario municipal elections will result in Canadians being deprived of their say in the election,” Gallant wrote on her website.“Online voting was not an option due to absence of internet coverage in these rural areas.”A postal disruption would impact each community differently, depending on how much they rely on mail services, said the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.“Municipalities use mail services for election-related materials to different degrees, so the impact of a postal disruption would vary across Ontario,” AMO president Jamie McGarvey said in an email.“Municipal clerks understand the importance of ensuring smooth elections. They work hard to plan for municipal elections and anticipate solutions when needed.”The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, or CUPW, said Monday it would not issue a 72-hour notice of job action but warned there could be job action if there was no progress in the talks. Key issues revolve around wages and working conditions.A CUPW spokesman said the union was waiting for comprehensive counter proposals to the wide-ranging offers it presented to Canada Post on Sept. 14. In the meantime, negotiators were still meeting at an undisclosed hotel in Ottawa, said Kevin Matthews.A collective agreement affecting the agency’s 42,000 urban postal workers expired in January. Rural and suburban carriers saw their agreement lapse in December 2017. CUPW is hoping to merge the two contracts in the current round of bargaining.There was a risk of a work disruption at Canada Post in 2016, but it was avoided when both sides agreed to carve out a contentious pay-equity dispute and put it in the hands of an arbitrator, who issued a ruling on the issue last week.The last time the agency locked out its unionized employees was in 2011. The federal government, however, quickly put an end to the lockout through legislation that a court later ruled was illegal.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Jeremy Dutcher. (Photo by Matt Barnes) Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens.As 2018 slowly crawls to its final hours, one of the more joyful things we can reflect on is the undeniable watershed year it’s been for LGBTQ musicians. Thanks to the likes of Troye Sivan, Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monae, Brockhampton and Years & Years, music made by queer folks has found space in mainstream culture — to varying degrees, at least — all around the world like it never has before. And Canadian artists are no exception. In fact, we may have even been a bit ahead of the curve.In September, the Polaris Music Prize for best full-length Canadian album was given to two-spirit musician Jeremy Dutcher for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, an album performed entirely in his native Wolastoq language. Dutcher followed in the footsteps of Kaytranada (2016’s 99.9%) and Lido Pimienta (2017’s La Papessa), making him third Polaris winner straight to…not identify as straight. And while obviously comparing any of these artists to #20GAYTEEN (yes, that’s a thing) pop stars like Troye Sivan is wholly unfair (after all, Dutcher’s album is a post-classical rearrangement of traditional Indigenous music in a language fluently spoken by fewer than 100 people), the fact that they have been the last three winners of what is arguably our country’s most prestigious music prize is wonderfully notable. “It’s so exciting, the kind of space that’s really opened up in this music scene,” Dutcher tells me. “For two-spirited artists, trans artists, queer artists…anyone under the umbrella. It’s really incredible.” Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAfter two days of hearings for the proposed $875-million Sixties Scoop settlement a Federal Court Judge has approved agreement-in-principle.The decision came early Friday evening.Judge Michel Shore told the court he would provide a more detailed decision at a later date.After two days of hearings, many survivors say they felt dissatisfied with the process.Despite nearly 200 survivors filling a makeshift courtroom in a downtown Saskatoon hotel, only roughly 30 men and women got to voice their objections on Thursday.The hearings were scheduled for two days, but survivors found out Shore would only listen to their objections for one day.“It was supposed to be two days and then we were told [Thursday] it’s only one day,” said survivor Coleen Rajotte. “Today they’re hearing arguments around the $75-million fees around the lawyers.“So, today is a day for the lawyers… this is not a day for survivors.”Coleen Rajotte outside the hearings. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTNOn Friday Shore heard from some of the law firms included in the settlement as well as other law firms objecting it.One of the four law firms included in the settlement argued $75-million was a reasonable amount – even about 20 per cent less than what law firms have received in other class-action lawsuits.Rajotte drove from Winnipeg to voice her objections.Since March she has been working with a group of survivors in Manitoba to object to the settlement.The group has travelled to First Nations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta and spoke with dozens of survivors.She says she was disappointed to learn survivors were given a time limit to speak.Shore told the crowd they had three minutes to voice their objections.“This is our first opportunity to appear in a courtroom setting where a judge is presiding over the objections, and you would think he would want to know a little bit about our stories,” said Rajotte.Shore warned survivors if personal stories were included he would have to interrupt because they did not relate to the settlement at hand.In his opening statement on Friday, Shore sympathized with survivors but said, “this wasn’t the venue to tell your stories. Your stories should be told for hours and for days.”He touted the proposed $50-millon healing foundation as the place to share stories. The foundation is included as part of the agreement-in-principle put forth by the federal government last October.The $875-million settlement would see a maximum of $750-million for individual survivors plus $50-million for a healing foundation and another $75-million for lawyer fees.Not included in the settlement are the Metis people and non-status Aboriginals.Robert Doucette is a Metis Sixties Scoop survivor and has been vocal about the exclusion of the Metis people in the settlement.He says the hearings have re-traumatized him and left him with little faith survivors concerns have been taken seriously.“It’s sad how we’ve been treated in the last 50-60 years and it’s sad how we’ve been treated today,” said Doucette.“It’s my prediction that they’re just going to ram this agreement through. They had made up their mind already.”For Rajotte, the hearings brought back memories of being scooped as a child.“We weren’t consulted so everything is set up in basically the colonizers way,” she said.“And once again we were being told what to do.” read more

“When the atom was split over Hiroshima and Nagasaki…we entered a new, terrifying era in which the annihilation of humankind suddenly loomed as a real possibility,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the General Conference of the Mayors for Peace, meeting in Hiroshima to mark the 60th Anniversary of the bombings that killed more than 100,000 men, women and children instantly, and condemned over 200,000 more to horrific and lethal sickness.“And yet, from that shadow, a new hope emerged. Recognition of our interdependence ushered in the United Nations and the concept of our collective security,” he said. But 60 years on, nuclear proliferation remains a pressing global challenge.“Tens of thousands of nuclear weapons remain; many of them on ‘hair-trigger’ alert…and the emergence of a nuclear black market and attempts by terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons and materials have compounded the nuclear threat,” he said.Urging the mayors to press ahead with their valuable work – building bridges of global cooperation at the community level, Mr. Annan said: “All States must do everything in their power to ensure that the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not visited on any peoples, anywhere, ever again.”“I am heartened, therefore, that you are promoting your vision of a global ban on nuclear weapons by 2020. As representatives of the aspirations of peoples and communities around the world, as a link between the local and the global, you have a crucial role to play,” he added.The Mayors for Peace is composed of cities from around the world that formally support the 1982 call of then Hiroshima Mayor Takeshi Araki for the total elimination of all nuclear weapons. As of May 26, 2005, membership stood at 1,036 cities in 112 countries and regions. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Research In Motion was buffeted Wednesday by news that Nokia Corp. has asked courts in several countries to uphold a Swedish arbitrator’s ruling that could prevent RIM from using certain patented wireless technology.The arbitrator ruled recently that RIM is in breach of the companies’ agreement and should be blocked from making or selling products with WiFi communciations unless it pays royalties to Nokia for certain technology rights.“In order to enforce the tribunal’s ruling, we have now filed actions in the U.S., U.K. and Canada with the aim of ending RIM’s breach of contract,” Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant said in statement.He said Nokia licensed some of its technology to the BlackBerry maker in 2003 and they revised their arrangement in 2008. He said RIM asked a Swedish arbitrator to rule on terms of the deal but Nokia fought back and prevailed.A Research In Motion representative in Waterloo. Ont., said the company doesn’t comment on litigation before the courts but noted the company’s has an “industry leading” portfolio of intellectual property of its own.“RIM will respond to Nokia’s petitions in due course,” Nick Manning said in an email message.Disputes over patents and intellectual property are common in the technology industry and Research In Motion has been an active participant — sometimes prevailing in courts and sometimes paying heavily for technology rights.The legal battles frequently take months, if not years, to run their full course but usual result in a negotiated settlement.RIM has been under the spotlight as the media, analysts, investors and consumers watch to see if the pioneering smartphone company can beat back competition with its new generation of BlackBerry technology.RIM’s shares (TSX:RIM) dropped to as low as $10.15 in early trading Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange but gained strength as the day progressed.The shares were at $11.07 in Toronto with about an hour left in trading, up 37 cents from the Tuesday close.RIM’s stock has languished throughout most of 2012 due to lost market share and the slow introduction of the BlackBerry 10 operating system but recently traded as high as C$12.09 following relatively positive analyst estimates.The dispute with Nokia, if unresolved, could affect how RIM’s products work if Research In Motion attempts a technical workaround, or whether products using the Nokia technology can be marketed if the arbitrator’s ruling is upheld.If the two companies negotiate a deal, as many observers expect, the main impact would be on BlackBerry profit margins or prices.The Associated Press reports that Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies in New York, says Nokia’s filings suggest RIM will likely end up paying royalties of US$2 to US$5 per phone.Nokia has filed a petition with a U.S. federal court for the Northern District of California, where the Finnish company has a U.S. headquarters, saying that Research In Motion continues to violate the arbitration award and breach the underlying agreement through sales of certain RIM products.It noted that a Swedish arbitration tribunal, which held hearings in September on the matter, determined that RIM isn’t entitled to “manufacture or sell” products with the wireless local area network standards known as WLAN, 802.11, or Wi-Fi without agreeing with Nokia on a royalty.Wi-Fi is designed for relatively short-range wireless communications, such as within a home, office or restaurant. It is only one of the features in BlackBerry products, which also provide other types of longer-range wireless communications through telecom networks around the world.Research In Motion has been attempting to battle back from a dramatic loss of market share to rival products such as Apple’s iPhones and devices using Google’s Android operation system.Stock analysts have been reviewing their estimates for RIM’s stock price ahead of the launch of a new generation of BlackBerrys, scheduled for January. The company also releases its next financial report on Dec. 20, for the fiscal third quarter ending on Dec. 1.RIM stock got a boost recently when two Canadian analysts increased their price targets for the shares to $15 and $17, respectively, based on their view that the market had undervalued the company.The stock has given back much of the gain it has made since Nov. 20, when the shares closed in Toronto at $9.70. Their highest recent close came after nearly 12.6 million shares were traded on Nov. 22 and the stock ended the day at $12. Research In Motion shares fall, then recover, on news of dispute with Nokia by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2012 3:18 pm MDT read more

International arrivals rose by 5 per cent in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and the Middle East, and by 4 per cent in the Americas, according to figures released by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The most popular regions proved to be the Caribbean and Oceania, which saw a rise of seven per cent, while Central and Eastern Europe and Central America saw a rise of six per cent.Although only limited data is available for Africa, it is thought that there has been an estimated 6 per cent decrease in the region, with a decline of 10 per cent in arrivals to North Africa and four per cent to Sub-Saharan Africa. African destinations have been affected by terrorist attacks and the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak.As well as safety and security concerns in some regions, the recovery of advanced economies and the slowdown of emerging ones have also affected tourism figures. Lower oil prices and currency fluctuations, such as the weaker currency in the Euro area, have also played a part, says the Madrid-based UNWTO.“These results show that, despite increased volatility, tourism continues to consolidate the positive performance it has had over the last five years and to provide development and economic opportunities worldwide,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “As UNWTO prepares to meet in Medellin, Colombia, for its 21st General Assembly, this is the appropriate moment to call for a stronger support to tourism as the sector has the potential to deliver on some of the most pressing challenges of our time, namely job creation, economic growth and social inclusion,” Mr. Rifai said.In terms of outbound tourism, data for 2015 so far shows a mixed picture in spending overseas.Among the emerging markets, China and India both started the year with double-digit growth in the first quarter. Expenditure from Russia and Brazil reflected slow economic growth in both markets, as well as the depreciation of their currencies against both the United States dollar and the Euro. Demand from the US, France, Sweden, and Spain remained strong, but was weaker in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan wanted for armed robberies found deadSeptember 30, 2017In “Crime”Woman robbed of valuables by armed bicycle banditsFebruary 13, 2018In “Crime”19 – Y – O remanded on armed robbery chargeDecember 10, 2014In “Crime” Three women were on Sunday last robbed by an armed bandit of a quantity of cash and valuables in the vicinity of  La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.Based on information received, the incident occurred at around 19:20hrs on the evening in question.The victims have been identified as 36-year-old Devika Williams of Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara, her 28-year-old sister, Rebecca Petamber of La Penitence Street, Albouystown, Georgetown and their 53-year-old mother, Nerisha Sukhu of the same address.This publication was informed that Williams operates a grocery shop at La Penitence street, Albouystown, where her mother and sister reside.On Sunday last, Williams had just closed the front of the shop and was about to close the back, when an unmasked male, brandishing a gun, reportedly pushed the gate and entered the yard.The man pointed his handgun at Williams and ordered her to kneel down in the yard, behind the shop.The frightened woman immediately complied.The bandit proceed into the lower flat of the building, through the eastern door which was open.He then held Petamber and her mother at gunpoint while escorting them outside and commanding them to kneel alongside Williams.The suspect then went into the shop and allegedly took out $80,000 in cash and a quantity of phone cards from a jar, then went back into the lower flat and stole $180,000 in cash and a gold band valued at $40,000, belonging to Sukhu.He further ransacked the building before stealing Petamber’s Samsung mobile phone valued at $140,000.The perpetrator ordered the three women to lie on the ground and not to move, as he proceeded to flee the scene.No shots were fired.Police are presently reviewing CCTV footage of the area as investigations are ongoing. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS immigration agents target convenience stores to nab illegal C’bean nationalsJanuary 11, 2018In “World”Letter: NY Guyanese edgy on Trump’s immigration round upFebruary 17, 2017In “Letters”Trump draws rebuke for ‘animal’ remark at immigration talkMay 17, 2018In “World” LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US immigration officials said Friday they raided 77 California businesses this week as operations intensify in the state, whose own authorities are defying President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration by not cooperating with federal enforcement agents.The raids took place in cities including San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in the north of California — a “sanctuary state” where, since January 1, law enforcement has been mostly prohibited from working with federal officials seeking to arrest undocumented immigrants.“The actions taken this week reflect … stepped-up efforts to enforce the laws that prohibit businesses from hiring illegal workers,” with a focus on “protecting jobs for US citizens and others who are lawfully employed,” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement.In 2017, the government carried out 1,360 similar raids and arrested more than 300 people — with businesses paying out over US$100 million in restitution and fines, ICE said.“It’s put people in a lot of panic,” Mariela Garcia, with San Jose-based charity Sacred Heart Community Service, told the local Mercury News.“We have people who are quitting their jobs.”US immigration authorities also recently adopted a policy that allows officials to enter courtrooms to arrest undocumented immigrants. Previously, courtrooms were considered “sanctuaries” so as to not discourage witnesses from testifying during trials.Meanwhile last month, ICE agents carried out visible raids on around 100 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country to discourage managers from hiring undocumented workers. read more

first_imgHanging out with @yousuck2020 before the @SpaceX moon mission announcement— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018Musk estimated they’d need about $5 billion to get the BFR off the ground; an undisclosed chunk of that money comes straight from Maezawa’s ticket.“He is ultimately helping to pay for the average citizen to be able to travel to other planets,” Musk boasted. “It’s a great thing.”The Japanese businessman was previously booked onto a circumlunar flight via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket, expected to launch by the end of this year.NASA recently introduced the first U.S. astronauts to fly on commercial spacecraft to and from the ISS. Meanwhile, Elon Musk landed in hot water (and a porno) after smoking pot on Joe Rogan’s podcast. Stay up to date with the private aerospace company here. Stay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas SpaceX will fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the Moon in 2023.The 42-year-old entrepreneur will be the first private citizen to travel beyond low-Earth orbit, SpaceX chief Elon Musk announced on Monday.Maezawa, founder of e-commerce giant Zozo, signed up for a round-the-moon mission aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the Moon,” Maezawa told the audience packed into a SpaceX hangar. “Just staring at the Moon fueled my imagination; it’s always there and has continued to inspire humanity. That is why I [did] not pass up this opportunity to see the Moon up close.”The 14th richest person in Japan, however, doesn’t like to be alone. So Maezawa will assemble a band of virtuosos—painters, photographers, musicians, film directors, fashion designers, architects—to accompany him.“In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon,” he said.Keep an eye on the #DearMoon project website for more details as they are released.Musk, who playfully suggested “maybe we’ll both be on” the flight, stressed the danger of this mission.“This is no walk in the park,” he said on Monday. “When you’re pushing the frontier, it’s not a sure thing.”While the BFR (a whopping 387 feet tall) can fit 100 people, according to, this first trip will carry only a skeleton crew—leaving room for extra fuel, food, water, and spare parts, just in case anything goes wrong.Capable of sending 150 tons into low-Earth orbit, the monster vehicle could one day make obsolete the rest of SpaceX’s fleet—including Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon.“All our resources will turn toward building BFR,” Musk said in 2017. “And we believe we can do this with the revenue we receive from launching satellites and servicing the Space Station.”The CEO also teased alternative plans for ferrying people from one earthbound city to another. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United Legend Paul Scholes believes Mauricio Pochettino is the right man for United and that he could make a big difference if he agrees to manage the team.The Argentine who is currently in charge of Tottenham is reportedly on the wish list as their next permanent manager after Jose Mourinho’s exit.Pochettino has been at Spurs since 2014 and has built them into a consistent top four side on a limited budget.“Pochettino’s the man,” the former United midfielder told BBC Radio 5 Live via The Mirror.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If he wants the job then I think it’s his.“He carries himself brilliantly with the media and with his team. He promotes young players and most importantly he wins a lot of football matches.”“I know people say he’s got a great team at Tottenham. He has,” he added.“But can he ever really win the league with Tottenham? I’m not sure he can. With United, he’ll have the spending power, the money and he’ll be capable of winning the league. I think if he wants the job then he’s definitely the man.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2014 – World Diabetes Day will be marked on Friday and the local association is calling on us all to join in a candle walk from 6pm from The Sands to the Seven Stars roundabout where a human circle will be formed to commemorate and in memory of those with or lost to diabetes. Blue shirts will also be worn to mark the occasion. Red Mist wins Tag Rugby Tournament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:human candle circle, Seven Stars, the sands, world diabetes day World Diabetes Day tomorrow, fun/run at Sunset Recommended for you TCIAA Staff Support TCI Diabetic Associationlast_img

first_img• What: A guided two-hour zip line tour through a canopy of moss-covered firs.Where: Skamania Lodge, 1131 S.W. Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson.When: Opens May 4; runs seven days a week.Cost: $99 per person.How: Reservations are recommended. Call 509-427-3800 or book online at• The seven “zips” range from 100 to 900 feet in length.• Tour includes ramps, stairs, tree decks and short hikes.• No open-toed shoes allowed (hiking boots preferred).• Riders should dress in layers because of varying temperatures.• Must weigh between 75 and 270 pounds.• All gear is provided and the tour is completely guided.• Riders cannot be pregnant, or have prior injuries or surgeries that limit the use of extremities.• The course is closed during times of high winds or lightning.The first step off the ledge, as your stomach plummets, is the scariest.But, sometimes you have to trust in your harness, your helmet and your gut to bring on the adrenaline rush.Skamania Lodge’s new zip line tour features seven “zips” that descend toward the Columbia River and around the golf course.I crowded onto a wooden deck, perched 22 feet up a Douglas fir tree, with six other journalists and two zip line guides. Then, we took turns zooming down a metal cable through the forest canopy at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson. From the parking lot, one might mistake the cables for telephone wires. The zip line tour, however, is the newest addition to the lodge’s slew of outdoor recreation activities and the only tour in Southwest Washington.It’s an unconventional view of the forest that you can’t experience from a trail or viewpoint.People enjoy it because it’s a controlled risk, said operation manager Shayne Large. Riders are safely secured to 1/2 inch galvanized aircraft cable the entire time. The most dangerous part, Large said, is walking to the course with all the roots and rocks in the trails.Construction on zip lines started in the late 1980s, but exploded in the last couple of years with about 50 new courses being built annually in the U.S., Large said. Six years ago, there were about 25 public zip line tours. Today, there’s around 400.Why?“You don’t have to be a super athlete to get an adrenaline rush,” Large said. The first person to sign up to take the tour when it opens to the public May 4 is a 92-year-old woman, who’s looking for a thrill to celebrate her birthday, Large said.The Columbia River Gorge resort looks to the zip line as an activity for both visiting business groups, which make up about 60 percent of their clientele, and families. The weight minimum of 75 pounds puts the youngest riders in the 8- to 10-year-old range.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched for launching a “new mass movement” against single-use plastic from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’, the prime minister said when the country observes the 150 birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, “we will launch a new mass movement against use of plastic”. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us He also called for efforts to ensure proper collection and storage of plastic to save the environment. In his Independence Day address also , Modi had urged citizens to eliminate single-use plastic and suggested that shopkeepers provide eco-friendly bags to customers. His push against single-use plastic is being seen as an effort to prevent environmental degradation.last_img read more

first_imgPiper Kerman, creator of The New York Times best seller Orange Is the New Black, will speak on prisoner rights on May 14, at the Four Seasons in Georgetown, D.C., in support of Voices For A Second Chance, a local nonprofit that provides supports to thousands of incarcerated and newly released men and women in the District’s correctional system. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For more information about programs and services, go to

first_imgCancun, Q.R. —  The emblematic French boutique Hermès will open a new store in the Cancun luxury mall in April, while announcing the opening of another luxury shop in Mexico City.Hermès, known for their leather goods, clothing and accessories, will inaugurated its new store in Cancun in April, while also preparing another opening in Mexico City. With these openings, Hermès will add eight stores in the national market.The new Hermès boutique in Cancun is located inside the Luxury Avenue shopping center. In addition to its opening in the Mexican Caribbean, Hermès has announced another opening in Mexico City, specifically inside the Artz Pedregal shopping center.After these two openings, Hermès resumes its growth in Mexico and is preparing to add eight stores to the national market. Currently, the luxury firm has a flagship store on Avenida Masaryk, considered the golden mile of Mexico City, as well as shops-in-shop in the branches of the departmental chain El Palacio de Hierro in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Perisur , Santa Fe and Polanco, the latter being, until now, the largest of all with 300 square meters.Worldwide, the company has more than 300 exclusive stores, while its watches, perfumes and tableware are also available through a network of specialized stores and duty-free establishments in airports.Hermès registered in 2017, a “historical” profit margin that reached 34.6 percent. This will be the store’s first in Cancun and second for Mexico City.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems U-Systems’ somo-v Automated Breast Ultrasound System January 19, 2010 – Automated breast ultrasound system (ABUS) is used as an adjunct to mammography for B-mode ultrasonic imaging of a patient’s breast when used with an automatic scanning linear array transducer. The Radiology Regional Center is recruiting participants for the national clinical research study designed to evaluate whether digital mammography in combination with the ABUS is more sensitive to detecting breast lesions when compared to mammography alone in women with dense breasts.The initiation of this multi-center study, which intends to recruit over 20,000 women, is an important milestone for U-Systems in evaluating new approaches to improved cancer detection. Screening mammography can be limited in women with dense breasts and these women may have a higher risk of breast cancer. The device used in the study, uses ultrasound (sound waves) at a safe frequency to create images of the breast tissue. Ultrasound may demonstrate cancer not visible with mammography in women who have dense breasts.“We are pleased to take part in this important study evaluating potential new approaches to the early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breasts, which historically have been difficult to screen,” said Mary Kay Peterson, M.D., director of Women’s Imaging at Radiology Regional Center and principal investigator for the SOMO•INSIGHT clinical study. “We strongly believe that early detection is critical and we are excited to be able to provide women in Southwest Florida with access to cutting edge technology that could potentially detect abnormalities earlier in the fight against breast cancer.” The U-Systems somo•v Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) is currently cleared under 510(k). The device is indicated for use as an adjunct to mammography for B-mode ultrasonic imaging of a patient’s breast when used with an automatic scanning linear array transducer. The device is not intended to be used as a replacement for screening mammography.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | January 19, 2010 ABUS Adds Mammography to Put Mammography to the Test News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – The United States announced Tuesday it had indicted 17 alleged leaders and associates of Colombia’s powerful Clan Usuga drug gang, who would all risk life in prison if ever convicted.They are charged with criminal enterprise, international cocaine trafficking conspiracy and firearms charges in New York and Miami.Their alleged crimes took place from 2002 until 2015, in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and elsewhere, U.S. officials said.Among those indicted is Clan Usuga’s leader, Dairo “Otoniel” Usuga. The U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.Kelly Currie, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, flew to Bogotá to make the announcement with a counterpart from Florida.“The indictments announced today are the result of a sweeping national and international effort to stem the flow of drugs across the world and into our communities,” Currie said.Along with Currie making the announcement were U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida and Regional Director Jay Bergman of the Andean Region of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Among those indicted are alleged regional commanders accused of collecting drug taxes and managing armed fighters, coordinating drug shipments and maintaining control over airstrips and ports on the Colombian coast.In all, 25 individuals have been charged in the investigations coordinated by the U.S. attorneys’ offices in Brooklyn and Miami, officials said.Some of the defendants are already charged elsewhere in the U.S.Colombian authorities have said the capture of “Otoniel” would effectively break up the gang, which emerged after 32,000 right-wing paramilitaries were demobilized a decade ago.That was part of an effort to end a more than 50-year war between the army and leftist guerrillas that has spilled over into paramilitary groups and drug trafficking. Facebook Comments Related posts:State Department official: Real improvement in regional security requires ‘new approach’ After 23 years in prison, top assassin for Pablo Escobar is a ‘reformed’ man Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization The New York Times calls for marijuana legalizationlast_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The party served as the military’s proxy in the 2010 general election, when it won 883 of 1,154 parliamentary seats in polls boycotted by the pro-democracy party of Aung San Suu Kyi.However, her National League for Democracy party virtually swept by-elections earlier this year, setting up a more serious challenge for the 2015 general election.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories center_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s ruling party has re-elected President Thein Sein as its chairman at its first convention since he took office last year.The Union Solidarity and Development Party unanimously endorsed Thein Sein on Tuesday in the capital, Naypyitaw. The former general has instituted political and economic reforms, largely succeeding in breaking his country out of its isolation from the international community. This sets the stage for an economic take-off after decades of stultifying army rule. Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism.The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea’s growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. Asia’s fourth-largest economy grew 3.3 percent last year.The outbreak that began last month is having a bigger effect on South Korea’s economy than a deadly ferry disaster last year that plunged the country into mourning. Comments   Share   MERS has killed 29 people in South Korea and thousands are quarantined. People are avoiding busy public spaces. Overseas tourists, Chinese especially, are staying away.The ministry said the MERS outbreak has derailed a recovery in consumption in particular. Revenues at department stores plunged 30 percent during the first two weeks of June and more than 120,000 visitors cancelled trips to Korea.“Even after the MERS outbreak calms down, there could be a negative impact on the entire economy,” Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan said in a televised news conference. “We can’t say the MERS situation has completely come to an end unless the economy revives.”The ministry said it is planning $13.5 billion of economic stimulus to ensure that growth doesn’t fall below 3 percent. The stimulus will target businesses that were hit by the MERS outbreak as well as a recent drought.South Korea’s central bank earlier this month cut its key interest rate to a record low of 1.5 percent.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more

first_imgMarriott International has announced the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Madurai, making it the first Marriott International property in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The newest addition to the growing Courtyard by Marriott brand is centrally located and is within close proximity to the city’s landmark, Meenakshi Amman Temple.“Marriott International is elated to debut in the heritage city of Madurai with the Courtyard by Marriott brand. The addition of Courtyard by Marriott Madurai brings the brand’s footprint in India to 16 hotels. Being the third largest city in Tamil Nadu, Madurai promises a lot of potential for travel and tourism sectors with its increased air, road and rail connectivity,” said Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International Inc. The hotel features 86 guestrooms including four exquisite suites that are designed to perfectly balance form and function. Every guestroom features high-speed wireless internet, an LED TV, and a well-appointed work area with comfort lighting and a snug corner that’s suitable for both working and relaxing. The property also houses a fully-equipped fitness centre, which allows for guests to maintain their fitness schedules, whilst on the road.Narendra Babu, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Madurai said, “The opening of Courtyard by Marriott marks our entry into one of the most renowned cities of India, which is highly regarded for its wealth of cultural heritage and historic attractions. In addition to its cultural relevance, Madurai is also home to various manufacturing industries making it an important tourist destination for both business and pleasure in South India. We are thrilled to welcome guests into our stylish and comfortable spaces, with our warm and friendly hospitality and international quality standards the Courtyard brand is known for.”Madurai Kitchen is an all day dining restaurant and Balcony is a bar that offers a classic selection of hot and cold drinks as well as a light food menu all-day long. Lobby Lounge is the deli at the lobby level offering freshly baked pastries and paninis, along with refreshing frappes and shakes.Courtyard Madurai features 13,800 sq ft of banquet space, catering to an array of corporate events, meetings, weddings and special events.last_img read more