first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is calling on the Prime Minister to get tough with British Columbia over its opposition to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion.Moe says Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government should withhold sending federal infrastructure money to B.C.He says it has been a month since Trudeau met with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Ottawa and the federal government has not introduced legislation to help get the project built.Moe made the remarks on his Facebook page Tuesday and later expanded on them at the legislature in Regina.The $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project would triple the flow of heavy oil from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C.Kinder Morgan, the company behind the pipeline, has warned it will pull the plug by May 31 if hurdles to the project remain.Moe says time is running out and Ottawa should take action.“The Prime Minister has spent the last two weeks announcing nearly $200 million in funding to Toyota, Rio Tinto, and Alcoa in Quebec and Ontario, while only paying lip service for the last year and a half to Trans Mountain, on which tens of thousands of western Canadian energy sector jobs depend,” he wrote on Facebook.“The Prime Minister can act now and make use of tools available to his government, like withholding of infrastructure funding to British Columbia to get this pipeline built.”At the legislature, Moe says Saskatchewan will be putting forward proposals to reform Canada’s equalization payment system.He says Saskatchewan needs to get its agriculture, energy and other products to market if its economy is to continue to grow.Moe says without better market access Saskatchewan may not be able to continue contributing to equalization. He notes the province contributed $580 million to the program that benefits have-not provinces last year.“I think it is time for us to look at this formula of equalization to ensure that provinces such as Saskatchewan can continue to be contributors, ” he said.Moe declined to give examples of the changes Saskatchewan will seek to the federal equalization program, but says his government will discuss them with other provinces in the months ahead.Speaking in Calgary, Trudeau says his government is looking at legislative, legal and financial avenues to get the federally-approved Trans Mountain project moving.But Trudeau says he won’t negotiate in public.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – It might well be Jagmeet Singh’s secret weapon: a seemingly bottomless well of positive energy that draws fans and followers like bees to a honeypot. Thing is, the new NDP leader doesn’t always remember to tap it.Enter Singh’s other secret weapon: his younger brother, Gurratan.“He’s always like, ‘Jagmeet, are you digging into that positivity?’” Singh said this week during an interview, Gurratan at his side, at NDP headquarters in Ottawa.“‘Make sure you dig into that energy that makes you, you.’”Gurratan Singh can speak truth to power, an important resource for someone who is gradually transitioning out of Ontario provincial politics and into the hard-knock world of Parliament Hill, where the elder Singh has his sights set on becoming Canada’s next prime minister.In his first weeks on the job with the NDP, Singh has had his brother at his elbow — even though he’s not on the NDP’s payroll — at everything from scrums on Parliament Hill to the weekend Ottawa rally where he kicked off a national get-to-know-me tour last week.He knows Gurratan — a lawyer who shares his older brother’s penchant for colourful turbans and custom-tailored suits — won’t hold back in assessments of how he’s doing.“He will not hesitate to call me out if I don’t do well on something,” Singh said.“If I give a speech and people are like ‘That was OK, that was OK’, I’ll be like ‘Gurratan, tell me the truth.’ And he’ll be like ‘It was horrible, man. You did a really bad job.’”Staying focused on his natural positive energy is some of the best political advice he’s ever received, Singh added —advice that the party he now leads would do well to follow as it seeks to turn the page on the disappointments of the Tom Mulcair era in favour of a younger, more energized future.There’s no question Singh brings to the NDP an entirely new, and decidedly younger, perspective, as well as that infectious energy, which is precisely what the party needs right now, said NDP national director Robert Fox.“He is a different personality, has a different profile than Tom did and there are a lot of people who are interested to come and work with us … under Jagmeet’s leadership to elect more New Democrats,” Fox said.“There are a lot of seasoned veterans that are also excited about the prospects and that has nothing to do with Tom. We’ve been in a situation where … we had a leader who we knew would not be the leader up to the next election.”The party is also hoping Singh can help attract fundraising to help pay off the party’s $5.5-million debtload, and also bring with him the organizational prowess his team demonstrated during his successful leadership campaign.“We very much look forward to … raising more money to do some of the things we’ve been planning to do for some time, as well as some of the new, innovative ideas that Jagmeet brings to the table,” Fox said.Of course, all that bright-side stuff can be a little blinding to certain political realities.Gurratan comes in handy there, too.“Sometimes, I might be too light-hearted or too optimistic where I am missing there’s something we realistically need to do right now,” he said. “Gurratan will point that out and say ‘Listen, OK, you can be optimistic, but we need to make sure we deal with this problem right now.’”That candour is a comfort to the new NDP leader.“It is having the support of someone (who’s) going to be real with me … at the same time, having the comfort of someone I get along with, one of my best friends,” he said. “Maybe my best friend.”“That’s cute,” Gurratan said, grabbing Jagmeet’s arm.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – Health Minister Hossine El Ouardi has announced on Friday that more than 60 percent of Moroccans have now access to health coverage.Speaking during the opening session of an international seminar on health coverage for disadvantaged groups in the capital Rabat, the minister said the number of Moroccans who are now enrolled has expanded to reach 62 percent of the population. He said that 34 percent of them have picked health insurance plans through the compulsory health insurance system which has been available since 2005 while 28 percent through the Medical Assistance Plan known as RAMED.The Minister added that 40 percent of Moroccans are still in need of health insurance for themselves and their families including self-employed professionals working in the private sector as well as students. He said that the Health Ministry is putting the final touches on a draft law that would allow Moroccans working in the private sector to also be included in the health insurance system. They are to be provided with health insurance later this year, the minister said. In his evaluation to the Medical Assistance Plan (RAMED) initiated three years ago, El Ouardi said that the system is still facing a number of drawbacks which reduces its effectiveness, including poor infrastructure, acute shortage in human resources, funding shortages and the lack of governance and management. read more

The UN peacekeeping operation in Sudan (UNMIS) said it was extremely concerned over the bombing campaign which, it said often seemed indiscriminate and had caused great suffering to local civilians and disrupted humanitarian assistance.UNMIS reiterated its call all parties to the conflict to immediately allow access to humanitarian agencies, stop indiscriminate military attacks against civilians, and respect and protect them as required under international law.Heavy fighting between forces of the northern Government and soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) from the southern semi-autonomous region, which is due to formally secede next month, has raged across Southern Kordofan for more than a week.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said its office, warehouse and guesthouse in Kadugli, the capital of Southern Kordofan, were pillaged on Friday, with drugs and medical supplies worth $180,000 looted. Computers, office supplies and personal belongings of the agency’s staff were also stolen and there is no information on the whereabouts of three vehicles and communications equipment, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.“The Sudanese Red Crescent Society and the local NGO [non-governmental organization] Mobadoron, with support from WHO and UNICEF [UN Children’s Fund], have established two primary health-care centres for families camping around the UNMIS base,” said Mr. Jasarevic.“However, the possibility of disease outbreaks among the displaced population is growing due to a lack of clean water and proper hygiene and sanitation. The need for clean water and basic sanitation, including latrines, is now critical.”Most health workers had left Southern Kordofan due to the fighting and the Kadugli Hospital stopped functioning on Sunday. All patients were being referred to the UNMIS hospital.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), meanwhile appealed to local authorities in Kadugli and to the central Government to allow air and road access for humanitarian agencies trying to help thousands of people uprooted by fighting.Humanitarian flights have been denied authorization to land in Kadugli despite UNHCR’s efforts to secure permission. Access by land was hampered by armed militiamen who had set up roadblocks, about which UNHCR had heard reports of harassment of people on the move.As a result, UNHCR has been unable to reach a warehouse just five kilometres from the UNMIS base. “If UNHCR were able to reach it, it could assist at least 10,000 of the displaced people,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming.The agency said it is seeking to gain access to an estimated 41,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) around Kadugli and others areas of Southern Kordofan.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had so far been able to distribute seven-day food rations to 12,000 people in South Kordofan as of yesterday, adding that it could reach a total of 26,000 people in the coming days.The WFP warehouse in Kadugli was reportedly undamaged is being guarded by local authorities, according to WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella.“However, WFP is being restricted from having access and is currently using its food stocks in other locations,” Ms. Casella said. WFP’s premises in Kadugli have been looted and the agency had lost two vehicles and a motorcycle, but its staff are all safe and accounted for, she added. 14 June 2011The United Nations has reported heavy bombardment by Sudanese warplanes during the past week in areas surrounding the towns of Kadugli and Kauda in the troubled state of Southern Kordofan, with planes early today dropping at least 11 bombs on an airfield close to a UN camp. read more

WASHINGTON — The president and his reelection campaign are mocking efforts to replace plastic straws with paper ones and turning that disdain into a fundraising gimmick.The president’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that he was “so over paper straws. #LiberalProgress.”He says liberals would do the same to the economy: “Squeeze it until it doesn’t work.”Later, Parscale tweeted a link to the campaign’s online store, where supporters could buy a pack of 10 recyclable and laser engraved “Trump Straws” for $15. Sure enough, the site now says the straws have already sold out.Some cities are banning plastic straws because of their impact on oceans.The president weighed in as well Friday before departing for New Jersey, saying, “I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws.”The Associated Press read more

Lawmakers have a critical role to play in translating an ambitious new strategy for Africa’s development into concrete initiatives that will improve the lives of the continent’s people, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to African parliamentarians meeting in Cotonou, Benin. “As their representatives, you must craft laws that respond to their needs and aspirations; you must show your commitment to democracy, good governance and effective public administration; and you must serve as an institutional bridge between the state and civil society,” the Secretary-General said in his message, which was delivered by Zephirin Diabre, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to the gathering of officials discussing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). “Indeed, increased participation by Africans in the decisions affecting their lives will be a key factor in the success of NEPAD and the development of the continent,” he stressed. While NEPAD was first and foremost a partnership between African leaders and their peoples, and between States within Africa, the Secretary-General noted that it also envisaged a new partnership between Africa and the international community – especially the highly industrialized countries. That new relationship would be based on “mutual respect and interdependence, as well as transparency and accountability, including peer review and performance monitoring among both African countries and international partners,” he said, pledging the UN system’s strong commitment to providing the fullest possible support to this endeavour. read more

“Liberian militias were running rampant and drugged kids with guns were committing every kind of atrocity possible,” said Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, told a press conference in Geneva. The “no-go” areas in the west are inaccessible even to the UN’s traditional partners, such as the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and Doctors without Borders, according to Ms. McAskie. The health situation was deteriorating rapidly and communicable diseases, particularly yellow fever, meningitis and cholera, were on the rise. The anti-polio campaign had ground to a halt.Ms. McAskie said she would report to the Secretary-General, mainly on the humanitarian situation but would also make recommendations in other areas due to the complexity of the regional humanitarian, economic and political crisis. She added that keeping Côte d’Ivoire stable was “critical” for the stability of the region, which would suffer “disastrous” economic and political consequences should the country fall.The humanitarian envoy said the fact that the peace accord was holding was a credit to the international community and the West African States. She also commended the press for the coverage they had given the Côte d’Ivoire crisis and its regional implications.Along with Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. McAskie visited Ghana, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Mali and Guinea. read more

In a statement to the press, the so-called Group of Friends of Secretary-General Kofi Annan – France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – also welcomed the parties’ participation as a sign of their interest in pursuing a practical approach to outstanding issues related to security and political matters, return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and economic cooperation.“The Friends encouraged the parties to follow up with renewed discussions in the relevant task forces and working groups,” the statement said. They assured the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Georgia, Heidi Tagliavini, of their continued support and reaffirmed the importance of the “Geneva Process” in the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process.The meeting was chaired by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, and also heard from a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who outlined a proposed strategy on promoting solutions to displacement related to Abkhazia, Georgia. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen ID’ed as the main suspect in murder of Top Cop’s brotherMarch 4, 2017In “Crime”‘Known character’ wanted for murder of Top Cop’s brotherMarch 3, 2017In “Crime”Teen facing breaking and entering charges gets bailOctober 15, 2018In “Court” A 15-year-old Sophia, Greater Georgetown teen, who allegedly killed Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud’s brother was slapped with a murder charge on Tuesday.Killed: Hemant PersaudThe teen appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The teen, who is accused of killing Hemant Persaud on February 19, 2017, was sobbing throughout the court proceedings.The prosecution is contending that on the day of the murder, the juvenile in the company of another at the Stabroek Market Square, noticed Persaud in a drunken state. The court was further told that the deceased had reportedly just returned from the interior and was seen making “wild” purchases from a vendor, after which he (the teen) trailed him to the back of the market and attempted to rob him of his valuables. In the process of the robbery, the teen stabbed Persaud.The 51-year-old of Affiance Village, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) by public spirited citizens where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The teen when arrested on March 3, at his Sophia, Georgetown home, had allegedly admitted in the presence of his family and Police officers to committing crime.It was previously reported that a woman suspected to be involved in the stabbing to death of Persaud, was arrested but was released since at that time, the Police were unaware of the identity of the man.Persaud remained unidentified for approximately two weeks at the GPHC mortuary, as his family had believed he was in the interior. However, it was not until Police released information seeking the public’s assistance in the identification of the man, that the body was confirmed to be that of Hemant Persaud.Meanwhile, the teen was remanded to the Sophia Juvenile Detention Centre until March 15, when the matter will continue. (Guyana Times) read more

first_imgOutotec has been awarded a contract by Acacia Maden Isletmeleri AS, a subsidiary of Ilbak Holding, for the delivery of process equipment to the greenfield Gökirmak copper project in Turkey. Outotec’s contract value is approximately €14 million and the order has been booked in Outotec’s 2016 second quarter order intake.Outotec will deliver basic engineering and key process equipment of the concentrator as well as supervision services. Once operational the new plant will process annually 2 Mt of ore. The equipment will be delivered during the year 2017. “Outotec has a comprehensive portfolio of technologies for treating various copper ores. We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to deliver our energy efficient minerals processing technologies to Acacia Maden Gökirmak copper project”, says Kalle Härkki, head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business Unit.last_img read more

first_imgONE POLITICAL ERA  ended and a new one began today as Martin Walsh was sworn in as the Boston’s mayor, succeeding Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving chief executive, who retired after more than two decades in office.“I will listen. I will learn. I will lead,” said in his inaugural address at Boston College, his alma mater.The former Democratic state representative is the son on of Irish emigrants who left Connemara in the 1950sHe called Boston a city of courage, of champions and of big dreams, noting that he was once just a kid from the city’s Dorchester neighborhood and joking that even his mother was surprised at how far he had come.Walsh, 46, outlined a series of broad policy goals, including improving public safety and ending “senseless gun violence.” While noting that the 40 homicides in Boston last year were fewer than the year before, Walsh the number was still too high.“No parent should worry that a bullet will stop a daughter or son from coming home,” he said.“No woman should be scared on our streets. No senior should be afraid in their home. And no child should be forced to live with trauma and the indelible scars of violence.”Walsh also said he would work to strengthen the economy and create jobs, improve the city’s schools and increase transparency at City Hall, including new conflict-of-interest and personal financial disclosure rules for city officials. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh raises his arms as he leaves the podium following his swearing-in ceremony. (Pic: Michael Dwyer) Walsh thanked Menino, who first took office in 1993, saying his “legacy is already legend and his vision is all around us.”Menino left City Hall for the last time as mayor Monday morning to applause from staffers and city workers. Later, he tweeted: “Thank you Boston. It has been the honor and thrill of a lifetime to be your Mayor. Be as good to each other as you have been to me.”Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren were among those who spoke at the inauguration, with Patrick cautioning the new mayor about the pressures that lay ahead in the high-profile job.“You won’t remember precisely the day your jokes became so funny, when you became so photogenic, and when you were expected to have an opinion on absolutely everything,” Patrick said.Walsh who overcame childhood cancer and struggled with alcoholism as a young adult, emerged from an initial field of 12 contenders to succeed Menino.An inaugural celebration featuring the Boston Pops, several bands and local comedians is scheduled to be held Monday evening at the Hynes Convention Center.Read: Irish-American ‘underdog’ elected mayor of Boston >last_img read more

first_imgThere are times when a video comes along that makes us really frustrated because the product on display isn’t available yet. Falling squarely into this category is the video above from the Wonder Years creative agency. It demonstrates “smart” Lego bricks that would allow users to visualize and interact with their creations on an iOS or Android device. This is definitely one of those “shut up and take my money” projects that we hope Lego picks up on right away.A concept that seeks to merge physical and digital play, these so-called BrainBricks allow small chips to be inserted into Lego bricks that wirelessly communicate their exact configuration. While the video doesn’t go into detail how this would be done, it means anything you create with real Lego can appear in digital form on your tablet or phone.Ultimately the idea behind BrainBricks is to allow you to model a racing vehicle in the real world that would then be converted into a digital version automatically so you can test it out against other people’s creations in a sort of Mario Kart-esque experience. There are a number of possibilities with this concept, since a person could perfect a build for rocky or watery terrain, or create a sleek vehicle that looks to squeeze as much speed out as possible. And what’s to stop other types of vehicles being created?Currently the BrainBricks concept is posted on the LEGO Cuusoo site in hopes that it will get picked up and funded . It’s safe to assume that the interest in this product will be high, so here’s to hoping that Lego notices and picks it up.Read more at the Lego Cuusoo page, via Pocket-lintlast_img read more

first_img By Various Is staying on top of the news important? One married couple give polar opposite views Are we constantly bombarded with details we don’t need to know about? Or are we more informed and educated than ever before? WE LIVE IN a world where endless amounts of information on the latest news and events is at the touch of our fingertips.News alerts and notifications can often let us know about what’s happening around the world as it unfolds, but is this too much information? Are we constantly bombarded with details we don’t need to know about? Or are we more informed and educated than ever before?Ultimately, is staying on top of the news important? One married couple talk about their very different opinion on news consumption.‘I don’t feel the need to be always in the know’First things first. I don’t ignore the news, I just choose how and when I engage with it.I have one news app on my phone, the one you’re reading this on but I have opted out of receiving push notifications or anything like that. I’ll read the news maybe every third or fourth day and watch it on RTÉ once a week, but I’m not obsessed by it the way some people are.Take Donald Trump for example. My husband is obsessed with what he’s up to and how it’s an outrage that he was voted into office and how he should be impeached for this, that and the other.But, the way I look at it, what’s the point in reading about his latest indiscretion when nothing’s going to change? He’s still going to be the US President no matter what he does and me reading about it is not going to change anything. I had a very low opinion of him before he was elected so him proving he is unfit for the job isn’t going to change that. And if he is going to cause World War III or something, I’m sure I’d find out about it without a news alert.Of course, I know I do miss out on some things. I only found out Dolores O’Riordan had died, for example, three or four days after the fact. It didn’t change how I felt about the news though. I was still sad for her and her family but, again, I’m not sure I was any more or less upset than someone who found out straight away.I’m not on social media so, unlike my husband, I suppose I don’t feel the need to be always on, always in the know. But why shouldn’t I just engage with it when I want, when my head is in the right space to deal with whatever it throws up? News doesn’t haven’t to be new to make an impact.‘It’s good to be informed and not live in a bubble’I’d say the biggest arguments my wife and I have is when she gives out to me for being on my phone, checking the news, but I’ve always been nosey.I used to sneak around my house listening to my parents’ conversations just in case I missed out on anything and I even volunteered in primary school to help out in the staff room just so I could get any juicy gossip.I think that has stayed with me as an adult and it’s probably the reason I’m obsessed with the news and I don’t just need to know what’s going on, I need to know straight away. That’s why I’ve news alerts set up for every media organisation in Ireland and a good few in the UK and US too.I also religiously check Twitter as soon as I wake up and before I go to bed, just in case I miss something so, I suppose, I probably am a little obsessed with the news but I think it’s good to be informed and not live in a bubble just because a lot of the time – even most of the time – the news is a little depressing.Take Donald Trump for example, seeing as my wife mentioned him. The reason I’ll read everything about him is not that I expect my opinion to change – I still can’t believe he was elected – but because this feels like a seminal time in history and it’s fascinating to watch it play out in real-time.My question would be, how can someone not be interested in that? Various Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:33 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article center_img 29 Comments Feb 24th 2018, 7:34 PM Short URL Share17 Tweet Email 26,238 Views last_img read more

first_imgAlgues bleues : elles prolifèrent en Dordogne et dans la LoireFrance – Tandis que les algues vertes se sont faites relativement rares cet été en Bretagne, des algues bleues potentiellement toxiques pour l’homme sont apparues au bord de certains lacs en Dordogne et dans la Loire. Alors que l’accès au lac artificiel de Villerest, le plus grand sur la Loire, est interdit depuis près d’une semaine suite à la prolifération des cyanobactéries, surnommées algues bleues, l’étang de Saint-Estèphe (Dordogne) a dû lui-aussi être fermé mardi pour les mêmes raisons. “Les analyses réalisées récemment par l’Agence régionale de santé ont révélé une concentration de cyanobactéries supérieure au seuil normalement toléré”, a expliqué la préfecture.À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ansD’après Jean-Claude Frochen, ingénieur sanitaire à la délégation de Dordogne de l’Agence régionale de santé, la concentration en cyanobactéries dépasse le million par millilitre dans cet étang, quand la fermeture à la baignade est prévue à partir de 500.000. “Les cyanobactéries peuvent libérer des toxines qui irritent la peau, mais aussi des hépatotoxines ou des neurotoxines” précise-t-il.Les algues bleues prolifèrent sur les plans d’eau ensoleillés, chauds, calmes et riches en azote et en phosphore, ce qui est notamment la cas de certains milieux aquatiques dégradés par les activités humaines.Le 28 août 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Twitter 20 episodes of WCW Saturday Night from January to May 1993 added to the WWE Network Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Triple H WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Courtesy of to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016For 14 years, sports-entertainment fans the world over could only dream of Sting competing inside a WWE ring. In 2015, The Icon added that missing accolade to his legendary resume by competing on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania 31. This year, on the eve of WrestleMania 32, Sting will receive an even bigger honor and take his rightful place in sports-entertainment history, as he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented, and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on Saturday, April 2, the night before WrestleMania 32, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas at 6:30 p.m. local time. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT.Sting’s enshrinement is the crowning achievement of a career that dates back to 1985. A Californian bodybuilder, he was recruited to join Power Team USA, a faction of hulking grapplers looking to make their mark on the wrestling world. Within the team, he joined forces with another powerhouse and fellow future WWE Hall of Famer, Ultimate Warrior. The two rookies traveled through the territories before settling in Bill Watts’ Universal Wrestling Federation.Clad in black tights and face paint, the towering duo known as The Blade Runners bulldozed over opponents in the Mid-South region. However, just months after arriving, Sting’s partner left to blaze a Hall of Fame trail on his own as a singles competitor, becoming The Ultimate Warrior. Left to his own devices, Sting created a path of destruction by himself in the UWF.Sting revamped his look, adding a multitude of colors to his ring gear and paint while adapting a high-energy, hard-hitting persona that instantly endeared him to fans. His star continued to grow after Jim Crockett Promotions – the company that would become World Championship Wrestling – purchased UWF from Watts, exposing Sting to a national audience on cable television. Though he was just a few years into his career, the painted warrior was catapulted into superstardom when he headlined the first-ever Clash of the Champions in March 1987, a cable TV special that went head-to-head with WWE’s WrestleMania IV. Sting battled “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to a 45-minute draw for the NWA World Championship, a thrilling battle that cemented him among sports-entertainment’s elite. Sting and Flair were both rivals and allies over the years, with Sting dethroning The Nature Boy to capture his first World Championship at The Great American Bash 1990, as well as joining the infamous Four Horsemen.Throughout the 1990s, Sting firmly established himself as WCW’s premier competitor, capturing the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the United States Championship and the WCW Tag Team Championship on multiple occasions while having classic matches with the likes of Vader, Rick Rude and Lex Luger. His status as the standard bearer in WCW led to him being dubbed “The Franchise.” Yet, as the New World Order took over WCW in 1996, his fellow competitors questioned Sting’s loyalties to the company as they fought off the nefarious invaders.That mistrust drained the color from Sting’s vibrant persona. Ditching his flashy ring gear, Sting painted his face in black and white, took a vow of silence and did not compete for over a year. He kept a watchful eye over WCW from the rafters of arenas around the world, dropping in to even the odds against the nWo with his trusty baseball bat. WCW’s dark knight finally returned to the ring at Starrcade 1997 to capture the WCW Championship and weaken the nWo’s grasp.Sting was a 6-time WCW World Champion when the company was purchased by WWE in March 2001. The Stinger also had the distinction of competing in the final match in the history of WCW Monday Nitro, taking on Flair one last time.The Icon competed on and off over the next 13 years, as his fans wondered if he would do the one thing that eluded him during his illustrious career: Step foot in a WWE ring. They got their answer at Survivor Series 2014, when Sting emerged to help Dolph Ziggler vanquish The Authority, drawing the ire of Triple H. The shocking incident led to Sting’s first appearance at WrestleMania, where he took on The Game in an epic battle that saw D-Generation X and the nWo collide at the 31st edition of The Show of Shows.Though Triple H was victorious, Sting was not done with The Authority. He returned following SummerSlam 2015 to challenge WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. Though he was entering the 30th year of his career, The Icon showed he could hang with the current crop of Superstars, and took Rollins to the limit.Now, Sting will be immortalized as he enters the WWE Hall of Fame.Tickets for the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available starting Friday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. ET through all Ticketmaster outlets,  or by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister said he and his team would work until 2am this morning to ensure they contained that fire now restricted to the landfill, but which still has smoke polluting nearby Jubilee Gardens.Minister of Environment, Kenred Dorsett said it was to be another long night until they ensured the dump could resume operations.  Residential waste will be accepted at the dump from today; Industrial and Commercial trash will not be accepted until the dump is ready for it.   In speaking to media, the Minister said the problem is that the dump expanded over the years, gradually eating away at the buffer which existed between it and the nearby communities.There are currently two groups in negotiations with government to take over management of the Harold Road dump; one  is a consortium which has been in talks with The Bahamas Government for nine months now.  Hundreds were displaced by Sunday’s fire, which was exacerbated by the 35 mph winds on that day.#MagneticMediaNes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticMediaNeslast_img read more

first_imgThe Hooper Bay youth dancers practice in late winter. A memorial to one of their members adorns the wall. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)About six years ago community members in Hooper Bay worked together to revive a Yup’ik dance group for young people. The idea was to help reconnect kids to their culture, teach about the effects of alcohol and drugs, and prevent suicide. And it has worked –but not with every kid.In early March, the youth group gathered at the Youth and Elders Building in Hooper Bay for dance practice for the first time in a long while. One of their members died by suicide in the fall. Memorials to the young man named Patrick adorned the walls of the one-room building. A psalm and a drawing of a brightly colored rainbow were dedicated to him. On the opposite wall, a butcher-paper banner was covered in handprints and notes saying how he helped everyone and had a wonderful laugh.That evening, the dance group started their practice with one of his favorite songs. His friend, Gideon Green, led the group, saying practice isn’t the same without him.“He was like my right-hand man,” he said between songs. “Like, if he was still here, our voices would have been louder. It would have been more fun. I almost didn’t want to come back to the group after what happened, but then it just…something told me to.”Hooper Bay youth dancers practice in late winter. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Gideon is a leader in the dance group and one of the main singers. He and Patrick were some of the first kids to join about six years ago. Community members started the group after a couple of local people died by suicide to help support the youth and give them hope and something to do.People around town, they say it has helped. One young woman said it stopped her from misbehaving and spending too much time with TV and video games. Now, she teaches the little ones to dance and sew. Gideon passes on the songs he learned from the elders and teaches the boys to drum.Drumming helps him relax, he said. “It releases stress. It makes you feel better.”And that’s part of the reason why people dance. There’s an adult dance group in town as well as the youth group. Hooper Bay elder and dance leader Margie Bell participates in both. She explained through a story that dancing heals. One Sunday her body was aching but she went to dance practice anyhow, not intending to participate.“While they were dancing the elders were saying, ‘Come on. We don’t know some of the songs. We need you.’ So even I was having body ache I just danced. I got healed.”Joe and Margie Bell, two elders from Hooper Bay. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Margie said it’s not just the physical movements and the connections with history that help. Dancing is nourishing because people are together to share their feelings, talk through what’s troubling them, and connect on a spiritual level.Since becoming involved with the youth dance group over the past six years, she said she has seen changes in some of the young people. “Through dancing — Eskimo dancing — we could see that difference. They’re more lively and more willing and really pushing.”But that doesn’t mean a youth dance group is a cure-all for the entire community. Being in a dance group won’t fix everything. Adolescence, life, and suicide are complicated. But it provides support that keeps young people, like Gideon, coming back. And on the days he doesn’t feel up to it, he said he doesn’t really have a choice.“Because if I don’t come, my phone’s gonna be crazy. They’re gonna be like ‘Come to practice. We need you!’ ‘Hurry up and get up here!’ They’ll start texting me like crazy,” Gideon said, laughing.A child practices her photography skills during dance practice for the Hooper Bay youth group. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Gideon misses his friend. They grew up together. They drummed together. He’s coming to accept that his friend has passed.“But you know, things happen for a reason,” he said. “I know he’s here with us. Watching us. Laughing with us. Smiling at us.”And with that, he and the other young men started singing another song.If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call Alaska’s Careline at 1-877-266-4357. You can ask for help.last_img read more

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Image courtesy of Penn MedicineOctober 26, 2015 — New data from clinical trials conducted at Penn Medicine’s Robert Proton Therapy Center demonstrate the technology’s potential advantages over conventional radiation, including less side effects and survival in some cases, for several harder-to-treat tumors. This includes pancreatic, late-stage non-small cell lung and chordoma and chondrosarcoma, two rare cancers found in bone or soft tissue.The research was presented at the 57th American Society for Radiating Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting, along with over 20 other abstracts from faculty and researchers in Penn’s Department of Radiation Oncology.The first study — presented by Pamela J. Boimel, M.D., a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and co-authored by John P. Plastaras, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of radiation oncology, and James Metz, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology — investigated the use of proton therapy in pancreatic cancer patients whose cancer returned. Local recurrence happens in nearly 25 percent of these patients following other treatments, such as chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, and is associated with a very high morbidity.Researchers looked at 15 patients with locally recurrent pancreatic cancer who were re-irradiated with proton therapy, 10 of whom were also on chemotherapy (5-fluorouracil or capecitabine-based). The median time since the original conventional radiation was 26.7 months. Most of the patients tolerated the radiation well, with minimal side effects. The median survival was 15 months and overall survival at one year was 71.5 percent. The local-regional progression-free survival and distant-metastatic-free survival at one year was 72 and 63.8 percent, respectively.This more than doubles the median survival for re-irradiation with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), which is six to eight months. The median survival in the study also far exceeds the historical survival of patients with unresectable disease treated with chemo alone (about nine months), which is the main treatment modality offered to patients with recurrent pancreatic cancer, the authors reported.”Our data suggests that pursuing proton re-irradiation may benefit these patients who have no other good treatment choices, and does so with minimal side effects,” said Plastaras. “While these results are promising, larger follow-up studies are needed to establish which people with recurrent pancreatic cancer stand to benefit most from this therapy.”Another study — presented by Jill Remick, M.D., a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and co-authored Charles Simone, M.D., an assistant professor of radiation oncology, and Abigail Berman, M.D., an instructor in the Department of Radiation Oncology — provides the first clinical report of proton therapy versus intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in the post-operative setting for late-stage, non-small cell lung cancer.Radiation is typically given to these patients after surgery to remove a tumor; however, studies have shown the toxicity of conventional radiation can outweigh its benefits. Proton therapy appears to be well-tolerated, while maintaining the positive clinical outcomes witnessed with IMRT, the authors report.A total of 34 patients were part of the clinical trial: Seventeen underwent IMRT, while 17 underwent proton.Patients who underwent proton and IMRT had similar, excellent short-term outcomes: One-year overall survival and local recurrence-free survival were 85.7 and 94.1 percent for proton and IMRT, respectively. Side effects occurred (two patients had radiation pneumonitis and esophagitis in both sets of patients), but were less severe in the proton group.A team from Penn Medicine also presented results from a prospective clinical of proton therapy for chordoma and chondrosarcoma. Chordoma is part of the sarcoma family, and occurs in the bones of skull and spine, while chondrosarcoma is a type of bone cancer that begins in cartilaginous tissue. Both are rare, difficult cancers to treat.Proton therapy, with its ability to deliver high doses of radiation while sparing healthy organs, has emerged as a preferred treatment for these patients. The standard of care is surgery followed by conventional radiation, but that treatment can fail.For the study — presented by Brian Baumann, M.D., a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and co-authored by Michelle Alonso-Basanta, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Penn — the team studied 20 patients with non-metastatic chordoma and chondrosarcoma who underwent proton therapy between 2010 and 2014. Of the patients, 10 had skull base chorodomas, five had sacral chordomas, three had cervical spinal chordomas and two had skull base chondrosarcomas.The study yielded positive survival outcomes for the patients: Local recurrence-free survival, distant metastases-free survival, and disease-free survival at two years were 92 percent, 95 percent and 87 percent, respectively. All patients were alive at last follow-up in February 2015. Some toxicities were reported in the patients, including fatigue, epistaxis and gastrointestinal issues. That toxicity data is encouraging compared with historical results using conventional radiotherapy, the authors reported.The researchers also reported that further follow-up is warranted to confirm long-term efficacy and morbidity.”When the Roberts Proton Therapy Center opened in late 2009, we called for an increased capacity for harder-to-treat cancers, and to open new clinical trials that help pinpoint the best uses of the technology,” Metz said. “These studies are prime examples of that mission, providing the field with more data to help establish the effectiveness and clinical benefits of proton therapy in more cancers.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | October 26, 2015 Penn Medicine Studies Point to Clinical Advantages of Proton Therapy Studies demonstrated lower toxicities, positive survival outcomes for lung, pancreatic and spine cancers News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more center_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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