first_imgVANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court lawsuit accuses the federal government of maliciously supplying false information about terrorist-related activity to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to secure lucrative military contracts for Canada’s defence industry.Perienne de Jaray’s lawsuit claims her life, reputation, fortune and future were critically damaged by the actions of Canadian government officials in an investigation that resulted in criminal charges, which were later dismissed.Her statement of claim filed in August says federal officials acted deliberately and maliciously in order to make an example of de Jaray because of pressure coming from the U.S. State Department to crack down on terrorist activity and create more prosecutions related to illegal exports.A court in the United States granted the British Columbia woman’s application to dismiss a similar legal action in the United States before she filed the lawsuit in Canada.A statement issued by de Jaray through her lawyer says she and her family suffered years of fear and anxiety over accusations that were baseless.The Canadian government has not filed a response to the civil claim.The lawsuit names the Attorney General of Canada as the defendant. The Justice Department referred requests for comment to the Canada Border Services Agency, which said it is reviewing the lawsuit and it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.None of the allegations contained in the statement of claim have been proven in court.De Jaray is a former co-owner and executive of Apex USA, once a multimillion-dollar subsidiary of electronics maker Apex Canada, which her father founded.She has alleged she suffered years of baseless investigation on both sides of the border after the Canadian government told the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009 that it had intercepted a shipment of illegal, weapons-grade electronics from Apex — a claim later revealed to be false.All criminal charges against de Jaray and her father were stayed in 2011. The charges were eventually dismissed.De Jaray’s written statement says there has been no repercussions for the federal government over her treatment, the loss of her home in the United States, or the loss of confidence to pursue her career.“I have been left for dead,” she says.“I suffer from debilitating flashbacks and severe emotional trauma that I have and will continue to spend years in an arduous attempt to manage.”The statement of claim argues the federal government is liable for damages for violating her charter rights, malicious prosecution and infliction of nervous shock.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook In Fargo, North Dakota, in the dead of winter, there’s been a murder. You might think you’ve heard this story before, but Noah Hawley keeps coming up with a fresh, new version of it for each season of his Fargo series on FX. Sure, his inspiration was the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning Fargo film, but with Season 3 now underway it’s obvious that Hawley’s series isn’t simply a spin-off.“Fargo has a very distinct look, feel and sound that you have to maintain,” explains Lee. “The editors, producers and Noah put a lot of work into the sound design and sound ideas while they are cutting the picture. The music is very heavily worked while they are editing the show. By the time the soundtrack gets to us there is a pretty clear path as to what they are looking for. It’s up to us to take that and flesh it out, to make it fill the 5.1 environment. That’s one of the most unique parts of the process for us.”Every season of the Emmy-winning Fargo series follows a different story, with its own distinct cast of characters, set in its own specified point in time. Even the location isn’t always the same — Season 3 takes place in Minnesota. What does link the seasons together is Hawley’s distinct black humor, which oozes from these disparate small-town homicides. He’s a writer and director on the series, in addition to being the showrunner and an executive producer. “Noah is very hands-on,” confirms re-recording mixer Martin Lee at Tattersall Sound & Picture in Toronto, part of the SIM Group family of companies, who has been mixing the show with re-recording mixer Kirk Lynds since Season 2.Season 3 follows rival brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy (both played by Ewan McGregor). Their feud over a rare postage stamp leads to a botched robbery attempt that ultimately ends in murder (don’t worry, neither Ewan character meets his demise…yet??). Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – The Freer Sackler Museum in Washington D.C. is opening the first exhibition centered on the Quran in the United States in an effort to improve the image of Islam in the country.The series of events organized by Freer Sackler, a museum of Asian art, begins October 22 and runs through February 22, 2017 at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery venue, and will exhibit Qurans and Quranic manuscripts written between the 7th and 17th centuries.The manuscripts, whose dazzling designs reminisce about the Islamic civilization’s artistic merit, were owned by rich and powerful Muslim leaders and were entrusted to Freer Sackler Museum, for the most part, by the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum in Istanbul. The exhibition, dubbed the Art of the Qur’an, will host numerous activities, including Quranic recitations, presentations and talks by the exhibition curators, discovery tours around the Islamic Calligraphy Art, artistic performances, and so forth.“We are first an art museum, so the angle of approach is more of a presentation on how the Koran has taken the form of a book and how the arts of calligraphy and illumination have developed around the book,” said the Assistant Curator of the exhibition, Simon Rettig, in an interview with France Press Agency (AFP).Massumeh Farhad, the exhibition Curator, said in a press conference on October 20 that the museum has strived to put side by side various types of manuscripts from different parts of the Muslim world.Farhad explained that the duplication of the same Quranic copy has put hindrances in front the creative process that has marked the Islamic Calligraphy:“Today when you look Qur’ans, they all look the same, a printed copy of standard size. What is remarkable here are the size, scale, and writing. Especially when you consider that the Qur’an is the same text copied again and again and again.”The opening of the exhibition will coincide with election season in the US, which the organizers regard as an opportune period to wash away the negative associations linked to Islam throughout the election campaign.“Now it is true that the exhibition opened at the time of the election, with a strong polarization of public discourse around Islam […] our mission is to promote and disseminate knowledge, it opens at a time appropriate to allow the American public to have a different image of Islam,” explained Simon Rettig. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2013 5:13 pm MDT ICANN targets mid-2013 expansion for Internet names, trademark registration starts next month NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday.The initial ones, expected in mid-2013, will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English, said Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.That will be followed within weeks by English suffixes that do not have competing bidders. Although the specific names won’t be announced until late April, they will come from a pool of single-bidder proposals — among them, “.aetna,” ”.cadillac” and other brand names sought by companies, regional monikers such as “.vegas” and “.quebec” and generic suffixes such as “.like” and “.vacation.”Many proposed suffixes, such as “.app,” ”.music” and “.tech,” will likely take longer, however, because multiple groups have submitted bids to run them and must work out disputes.ICANN is overseeing the largest expansion of the Internet address system since its creation in the 1980s. Last year, nearly 2,000 businesses and groups submitted bids for about 1,400 different names. Proponents of the new suffixes are hoping the expansion will lead to online neighbourhoods of businesses and groups around specific geographic areas or industries. And with easy-to-remember “.com” names long taken, they hope to offer Internet newcomers more choices.In preparation for that expansion, Chehade said Monday that businesses and other trademark holders will be able to declare names they want protected, starting March 26, for an annual fee of up to $150 per name. IBM Corp. and Deloitte will run that system, known as the Trademark Clearinghouse.Trademark holders will have a chance to register names ending in one of the new suffixes before registration opens to the general public. If a company chooses not to register the name right away, the Trademark Clearinghouse will notify the company when someone else tries to do so. The system, however, will not block that name from going through, and parties must work out disputes themselves, such as through arbitration.Still to be determined is whether the system will cover variations such as misspellings or the use of a trademark as part of a longer suffix, as in “iPhoneCases.” In an interview with The Associated Press, Chehade said ICANN did not want to restrict free speech or other legitimate uses.From a technical standpoint, computers don’t really care what the names are, as long as they match to a numeric Internet address that computers need to send email and locate websites.From a business and cultural standpoint, however, the names have come to mean much more. Names are central to many companies’ branding. And the Internet feels less global when Chinese, Arabic and Russian speakers have to use English characters as part of their Internet address.ICANN received more than 100 proposals for names in other languages, the bulk of them for the Chinese equivalent of words such as “company” and “online.” ICANN’s board had agreed to review those first.Proposals for about a thousand English suffixes have only one bidder, so those would be next in line. In making its recommendations, ICANN is considering the bidder’s financial and technical capabilities, as well as any objections raised by the public.Chehade said ICANN’s initial recommendations are expected in late April, after which the winning bidders will work out operational and contractual details. The first of the new names are expected to be activated within months, with additional ones coming at a rate of about 20 a week.For suffixes with multiple bidders, there is no deadline for which parties must reach agreement. ICANN plans to ultimately hold an auction if competing bidders cannot reach a compromise.Meanwhile, ICANN said Monday that it would spread its operations to three locations around the world to cover all time zones. Headquarters will remain in Los Angeles, with hubs expected in Singapore and Istanbul, Turkey, by mid-2013. In an interview from Singapore, Chehade said the change would help ICANN avoid hiring a U.S.-centric staff as the Internet address system expands to accommodate users worldwide. read more

The majority of farmers in the East African country rely on rain to grow crops, but as that rainfall becomes less reliable and drought conditions increase, agricultural production has suffered. These changing weather patterns across the region are testing age-old farming practices, and making it harder for some growers to make a living and feed their families.The Government of Uganda has responded by embarking on an ambitious plan to revolutionize its weather, water, and climate monitoring systems in order to provide farmers with better information about growing conditions. It’s hoped the initiative will help build resilience when rainfall fails to arrive.Click here to see exactly how the climate information is helping Ugandan farmers.

first_imgElaine Ball, CEO and founder of EBTM is due to speak at this years RIEGL Lidar Conference in Hong Kong in May 2015. After the exceptional success of RIEGL LiDAR 2013, Vienna, Austria, RIEGL this year holds its user conference, RIEGL LiDAR 2015, in Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Canton), China. This years LiDAR Conference is sponsored by some of the industries’ top companies including Trimble, Applanix, flying-cam and 3D Laser Mapping. Attendees can expect to hear from some of the industries leading experts, including Lawrie Jordon, Director of Imagery of Esri.The conference will focus on user presentations reporting on projects using RIEGL LiDAR equipment, scientific and partner presentations, as well as the latest developments and product news from RIEGL. Many high ranking international industry experts are going to attend and speak at RIEGL LIDAR 2015, amongst them Elaine Ball, who comments: “I’m absolutely thrilled and honored to be speaking at the LiDAR Conference. Sharing knowledge on strategy, sales and marketing is a key component for a successful business and I’m excited to share this with the attendees and give value input into their strategies.”Johannes Riegl, RIEGL Chief Marketing Officer stated “We are very excited about Elaine Ball joining us for Riegl Lidar 2015 and sharing her knowledge about marketing. Elaine has extensive industry knowledge and background in sales and marketing of highly technical equipment globally.”Elaine Ball was Managing Director of a laser measurement equipment manufacturer, before she started her own consulting firm, EBTM, in 2012, a technical marketing consultancy focused on the geospatial, mining and offshore sectors, offering global strategy, sales and marketing advice; “specialising in helping B2B companies grow and become profitable through focused strategic marketing, business development, marketing planning and marketing implementation.”last_img read more

← Previous Story Iceland takes the win, after a tight affair in Herning Next Story → Main Round (Aarhus): Poland VS Sweden – match of the Day Monday’s last match saw hosts Denmark against Hungary in front of jam-packed audience. Danish coach Ulrik Wilbek was confident before the match. He said ‘Hungary are a good team but they won’t have a real chance of winning’, while Hungary’s coach Mocsai  thought his team’s physical condition had reached a stalemate.Shy Hungary had no answer for fast and effective Danish attacks in the first minutes of the match  (4-1). By the 10th minute however they managed to get back into the match (5-4). Hungary’s wall was working well, goalkeeper Tatai produced some great saves and Ancsin slowly made everyone forget about László Nagy’s absence. His third goal meant that Hungary were one goal up (6-7)! Neither teams were able to obtain significant lead after 20 minutes (10-10). Hungarians succeeded in stopping Mikkel Hansen, who only scored twice yet by the end of the first half the Danes quickly widened the gap thanks to incredible Landin and Christiansen and effictive pivot play. Hungary’s defense seemed to work more or less well but they also should have been more accurate in attack.The second half started better for the hosts and it seemed the fate of the match would quickly be decided thanks to Mikkel Hansen who rapidly scored several times (18-13). They held on to their lead until the middle of the second half (23-18). Both coaches substituted frequently as they tried to preserve their players for the last matches of the EC. The final minutes brought moderate pace, a few minutes before the end Hungary came within 3 goals but Iváncsik missed the penalty while the Danes scored twice and won the match by four goals (28-24).Group winners Denmark can now start preparing for a match of no stakes against Iceland, while Hungary meet Austria on Wednesday.Denmark-Hungary 28-24 (14-11)Best scorers: Mogensen, Mikkel Hansen (5) / Iváncsik (6), Ancsin (4)Text: Gábor Várkonyi, Péter Butty Denmarkeuro 2014 denmarkeuro 2014 handball read more

Slovenian playmaker from HC Meshkov Brest, David Spiler, will be out for the rest of the season. The 32 years-old former member of RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and PPD Zagreb had to go under knife due shoulder injury and won’t be able to help his team-mates in the next five months.Spiler played for Slovenia at the World Championship in Qatar.Meshkov Brest are playing at SEHA F4 in Veszprem this week. David SpilerMeshkov Brest ← Previous Story Steiner Ege is new “Zebra” Next Story → Sead Hasanefendic leads TUS Lubbecke

first_img Short URL Apr 20th 2017, 7:07 AM Image: Kelly P. Kissel Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 7:07 AM Share Tweet Email1 5 Comments Another death row inmate’s life spared in Arkansas Actor Johnny Depp has been one of thousands of protesters to demonstrate against capital punishment. Image: Kelly P. Kissel By AFP A DEATH ROW inmate scheduled to be executed in an Arkansas prison today was granted a stay by the highest court in the US state hours before his lethal injection.Stacey Johnson is the fourth prisoner in Arkansas to receive a reprieve from execution this month, frustrating state authorities’ efforts to run a batch through capital punishment before a key drug in the lethal injections expires.The stay for Johnson stemmed from a bid to have an evidentiary hearing related to his request for DNA testing to prove his innocence.“We are grateful and relieved” at the ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court regarding Stacey Johnson,” said Innocence Project senior staff attorney Nina Morrison, whose group is defending Johnson.She argued that a fellow death row inmate Ledell Lee, also scheduled to die today, deserved the same right to a hearing. 9,371 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And late on Monday, after inmate Don Davis ate what was supposed to be his “last meal” and just minutes before his execution, the US Supreme Court gave a last-minute ruling sparing him.But Arkansas’ attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, has pledged to overcome the stays and haul Ward and Davis back into the death chamber.Last week, Johnson’s lawyer lodged a request for a DNA test to verify whether his client’s protestations of innocence were founded. Johnson, a black man, was sentenced for the 1993 murder of a white woman.Lee, who is also black, was sentenced to death in 1993 for the murder of his neighbour, a white woman.- © AFP 2017Read: Teenage girl (13) mugged at knifepoint on Luas >Read: Real estate agent ordered to pay €3,000 after telling single mother apartment was for couples > As we argued in our brief, there is a significant amount of DNA evidence that has never been tested which could exonerate Mr Lee and identify the real perpetrator of the crime.Arkansas’ Governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, had planned for eight men on death row to be executed within an 11-day period before the end of April, when the state’s stock of midazolam, a sedative used in the lethal injections, expires.But amid public opposition to the death penalty, including protests in the state capital Little Rock including actor Johnny Depp and a judge linked to one of the cases, lawyers obtained stays for three other executions. Actor Johnny Depp at an anti-death-penalty rally on the front steps of Arkansas’ Capitol Source: STEPHEN B. THORNTONJason McGehee, who was to be put to death on 27 April, received a month-long stay two weeks ago because of a parole board’s clemency recommendation.Then, last Friday, Arkansas’ Supreme Court suspended, with no explanation, the execution of prisoner Bruce Ward planned for Monday this week.last_img read more

first_imgThe new authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing military installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services has brought renewed attention to the importance of installation-community partnerships.In an interview about the IGSA signed last month by the city Monterey, Calif., and the Presidio of Monterey, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, emphasized that other authorities also are available for installations and their neighbors to forge partnerships.“IGSAs aren’t the sole way to form a close relationship in a specific area with a community; we do have several other tools that we can use,” she told On Base.Other available authorities include mutual aid agreements, which allow an installation and neighboring municipalities to share emergency services, and memorandums of understanding, which can be used for a variety of smaller initiatives. For example, a host community might agree to install lights at an installation’s baseball field in exchange for the right to use the field for its Little League teams, Hammack said.“You don’t need a very complex agreement for something like that; you can do it in very short form,” she said.“We want to encourage people to be as effective and efficient as possible,” Hammack said.To be sure, the Army is taking advantage of the IGSA authority. As of a month ago, the service had eight active IGSAs generating in aggregate a little more than $1 million annually in cost savings or cost avoidance. Eight more IGSAs will be considered for approval during fiscal 2017, she said. That group also is projected to save the Army about $1 million annually. During the review process for those agreements, officials may decide to convert some to a different authority, however, Hammack noted.“We appreciate this authority [intergovernmental support agreements] and see it as a benefit for the Army and communities,” she said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has been awarded a $13,000 grant to support efforts to combat vaping at the Middle School and High School.The grant was awarded by Community Health Network Area 15, commonly referred to as CHNA 15, a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, hospitals, service agencies, schools, businesses, boards of health, non-profit organizations, and citizens working together to improve the health of their communities.The district’s Vaping Committee applied for CHNA 15’s collaborative grant in April to help fund its “Wilmington E-Cigarette Education and Policy Initiative.”The initiative has three main objectives:To provide additional educational supports for various Wilmington constituent groupsTo institute proactive alternatives to disciplinary infractions and subsequently coincide with disciplinary policy changes through student handbooks in the Middle School and High SchoolTo introduce technological supports to assist school staff in efforts of positive enforcement of e-cigiarette use on school properties“With collaboration between Wilmington Public Schools, Wilmington Police Department, and the Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition, we are eager to continue to work together to address the ongoing concerns around youth vaping in our community,” a statement from the Committee reads. “We are very appreciate of the CHNA 15 team’s consideration of our project, as the funds made available will help support the vaping committee efforts and goals.”The Committee consists of WMS Assistant Principal Jeanette Quirk; Coordinator of Behavioral Services Christine Murray; WHS Assistant Principal Christopher Phillips; WPD Health & Recovery Coordinator Samantha Reif; Director of Nursing Services Doreen Crowe; WHS student representative Jocelyn White; and WHS student representative Patrick O’Mahony.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSchool Committee Tackles Vaping Issues At Wilmington High School & Middle SchoolIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The American Red Cross is conducting the following upcoming blood drives in Wilmington:Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2pm-7pm: Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue)Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 1pm-7pm: Wilmington Masonic (Friendship) Lodge (32 Church Street)Interested donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to book an appointment, but walk-ins ARE welcome. Donors can also visit to book an appointment.Here are some important facts about blood and the blood donation process, from the Red Cross’s website:Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure that it is safe for the donor to give blood.The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.First time donor?  Haven’t given blood in awhile?  Read this checklist so you know what to expect.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRed Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”Red Cross Announces Upcoming Blood Drives In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

first_imgWhat kind of housing will Southeast Alaska communities need in the future?Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority is looking to answer that question with a housing needs assessment due out in September. The nonprofit says it will use the study to secure funds for housing projects, including some targeting rural and Native communities.Download Audiolast_img

first_imgchuadangaAt least 250 leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were sued over allegedly attacking police personnel and creating obstacles to public works on Monday.Mizanur Rahman, sub-inspector of Sadar police station filed the case accusing 28 named -including district unit JCD convener Sharif-ur-Jaman Sijar -and 222 unidentified leaders and activists of JCD.On Monday morning, a clash ensued between police personnel and JCD men when police obstructed them from holding a showdown rally at Sreemanto Town Hall marking the 39th founding anniversary of JCD.Clash between the two sides left Amir Abbas, officer-in-charge (operations) of Sadar police station, among six policemen who suffered injuries.At least 200 or 250 JCD leaders and activists of the district unit gathered at Sreemanto Town Hall area for a procession rally marking the 39th founding anniversary of JCD, but police baton-charged the gathering to disperse the rally, said the UNB report.Following the baton charge, a clash ensued that left at least 40 leaders and activists of JCD injured.Later police filed the case with the police station at night.last_img read more

first_img.At least three children were killed when a boat carrying Rohingyas from Myanmar capsized in the Bay of Bengal in Sabrang area of Tekhnaf on Thursday morning, according to UNB.The boat with around 54 Rohingyas, who were fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh, sank at Khurermukh around 4:00am, said Tekhnaf police station officer-in-charge Moinuddin Ahmed.Although 51 managed to swim ashore, three children went missing, he said.Later, locals recovered bodies of those three children and buried them at a local graveyard, the OC added.Meanwhile, some 86 Rohingyas of 25 families, including the boat capsize survivors, entered Bangladesh through different points of Sabrang on Thursday, said Md Delwar Hossain, a representative of the district administration at Sabrang relief centre.They were given shelter and relief at Nayapara Rohingya camp, he added.“We’d been living a miserable life in captivity at our village without food and treatment. Some of our relatives have already died. So, we ran away from there,” said Salma Khatun, a Rohingya woman, reports UNB.last_img read more

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMaryland lawmakers are taking action to manage prescription drug prices and gouging, by working to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in the state.On Jan. 3 County executives from throughout the state of Maryland met in order to support the proposal for a drug affordability board in hopes of reducing the rising health care costs.“Proud to stand with leaders across the state to support legislation to keep prescription drug costs affordable for all,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks wrote on Twitter.Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks (front row, second from left) and Maryland leaders pose in support of Prescription Drug Affordability Board, in collaboration with Health Care for All, an organization dedicated to expanding affordable and feasible health insurance and care for all Marylanders. (Courtesy Photo)“We know that these drugs can be sold for a lot less money. It’s done in other countries. Maryland has always been a leader, and we can lead on this,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman.Maryland has definitely been a leader in the fight for pharmaceutical prices.  First introduced in spring 2017, Maryland lawmakers worked on legislation, HB 631, to prevent price gouging of generic drugs, the first of its kind in the country. Set to take effect in October of 2017,  HB 631 would have prevented generic pharmaceutical companies from “unconscionable increases,” according to FDA Law Blog.  In addition, the bill authorized the Maryland Medical Assistance Program (MMPA) to notify the attorney general when the Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC) of a prescription drug increases by at least 50 percent from the cost from the preceding year, if the price paid by MMAP would increase by at least 50 percent or if the WAC for a 30-day supply or full course of treatment is more than $80.However the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) filed a lawsuit against the state of Maryland for their efforts to regulate price gouging, particularly in regards to HB 631.  In October of 2018 Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh worked for SCOTUS to review the bill.Despite the battle against generic pharmaceutical companies, other states such as Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and nearby in Virginia were inspired by Maryland’s efforts to combat price gouging, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.The Prescription Drug Affordability Board, introduced by Prince George’s County Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D) and Baltimore County Senator Kathy Klausmeier (D), is yet another means of Maryland stepping up to take a stand against rising pharmaceutical costs.While all the leaders agreed there is a need for regulating price gouging, some mentioned the concern over rising costs as they work to cover County employees.“I remind folks that even on the local government level, really the escalating costs each year, for employees throughout local government, really has become unsustainable,” said the sole Republican County Executive Barry Glassman, who represents Harford County, according to an article featured on the “Health Care for All” website from {The Daily Record}. “Each year we have to choose between whether we are going to give our employees a raise or if, in fact, we are going to cover some of their prescription costs. You can imagine for a local government, a local family, that these costs are just becoming unmanageable for any working family, any working government.”Similarly to HB 631, even if the drug affordability board is supported legislatively in Maryland, it will likely face opposition and legal challenges from pharmaceutical companies.  However, the creation of a board will be a major topic during the upcoming legislative session.last_img read more

first_imgLeading up to the Independence Day celebrations in the Capital, an art gallery has come up with a treasure trove of artifacts that would definitely attract art lovers and history lovers from across the city.  As the title Recalling Pre-Independence suggests, the works of the artist on display are from the 1940’s to 1960’s. The concept behind this show is to showcase the timeline of the Pre & Post Independence. The show is on till the end of this month and the works are up for sale at very competent prices. The exhibition opens on 8th August Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A few important works from this collection will also be part of the upcoming Auction by Art Bull.The Statesman dated 15 August, 1947, confidential Letters from Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru to the first chief minister of West Bengal Dr. Prafulla Chandra Ghosh after the partition of India, photographs by Bidyut Ganguly, Bourne & Shephard, Julian Rust, Sunil Jana, 1940’s works by M. F Husain and paintings, drawings and prints  by Abanindranath Tagore, Balendra, Chittaprosad Bhattacharya, Devi Prasad Roy Choudhary, Gaganendranath Tagore, Gauri, Gopal Ghose, Haren Das, Hemen Mazumdar, Jamini Roy, K. A. Sethna, Lalit Mohan Sen, M. V. Dhrandhar, Manindra Bhushan Dey, Manindra Bhushan Gupta, Mukul Dey, M F Husain, Nikhl Biswas, Niren Sen, Paritosh Sen, Prankrishna Pal, Ramendra Chakravarty, Rashmi Sengupta, Sanchar Chand Sharma, Satish Sinha, Satya Ranjan Mazumdar, Sauren Sen, Sushil Sen, Vasant Pandit and some more artists will be on display at the exhibition.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTwo centuries of British rule in India ended at the midnight on 15 August, 1947. The stalwarts of Indian art during Pre-Independence era were all carrying forward their nationalist ideals at the time of freedom struggle. Unlike the more obvious impact of westernization which was seen in Ravi Varma’s paintings, the pre-independence era artists exhibited the growth of national consciousness. Art for them meant evolving a truly indigenous culture, stripped of its western moorings.  The indigenous artistic revival movement started with Havell meeting the young Bengali painter, Abanindranath who together formed an ideology which later was known as the new Bengal School. In the twentieth century, Gaganendranath brought creative changes through his cartoons and grotesque characters. Chittaprosad also as an illustrator brought social consciousness and campaigning for the freedom struggle into the subject of art by capturing the poverty, famines and massacres by the Britishers through his drawings and graphics. Jamini Roy on the other hand drew his inspirations from Indian mythology and traditional folk art. Other prominent revivalist artists were Nandalal Bose, D.P. Roy Choudhury, Ramkinker Baij, A.K. Haldar, Kshitindranath Mazumdar, Sarada Ukil and A.R. Chugtai.During 1943, Bengal was ravaged by unprecedented famine killing millions. This manmade disaster pushed many artists to find a new language to express their understanding of what was happening around them. Few artists rejected the idealism practiced earlier and formed Calcutta Group. There artists were Pradosh Dasgupta andKamala Dasgupta, Gopal Ghose, Nirode Majumdar, Paritosh Sen, and Subho Tagore and later joined in by Pran Krishna Pal, Goverdhan Ash and many more.Where: Art Bull, F-213C First Floor, S.I.S. House, Lado SaraiWHEN: 8 – 29 August, 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

first_imgCongregation members from various churches in Ladysmith gathered on the hilltop at Platrand Lodge late yesterday afternoon (October 19) for a ‘Mass Prayer for Rain’.Prompted by the drought situation that Ladysmith and the whole of South Africa is currently facing, the prayer started at 5.30pm with Ladysmith Christians fervently asking God to send rain to heal the drought-stricken land.Everyone prayed that the Holy Spirit would pour rain down onto our town.According to a recent notice from uThukela District Municipality, the drought is now at its worst in Ladysmith, prompting them to tighten water restrictions even more. Ladysmith is currently facing its worst drought in 50 years, and people are urged to save water and use this precious resource wisely. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The prayer seemed to have the desired effect, with the heavens rumbling and rain falling last night. A positive sign indeed, but much more of the same is needed if the ‘dry spell’ is to be reversed and water restrictions eventually lifted.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_img The Canadian Press Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Part of Prague’s iconic Dancing House turns into hotel PRAGUE – For many of the millions of tourists who flood the Czech capital every year, taking a selfie in front of the Dancing House has become as important as walking across the medieval Charles Bridge. The unusual building that resembles a pair of dancers is a rare example of contemporary architecture in Prague, which otherwise abounds with picturesque historical buildings, churches and monuments.Originally designed as an office building, access for visitors has been limited. But now a part of it has been turned into a hotel, offering visitors the chance to stay in rooms with magnificent views over the city. The hotel has 21 rooms with fantastic views of the city and will start at 180 euros per night for a single room.The Dancing House is located on the bank of the Vltava river, next to the building where the late President Vaclav Havel lived most of his life. It was built on a plot of land that earlier housed a 19th-century neo-Renaissance building that was destroyed in a World War II air bombardment. Havel is said to have been the first who approached Czech-Croatian architect Vlado Milunic with a request to make an architectural study of a possible arts centre. In 1992, the Dutch company Nationale Nederlanden acquired the land with the aim of construction an office building and Milunic approached famed architect Frank Gehry to participate. Their nine-story project was completed in 1996.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyDue to its shape, the Dancing House has become a widely used nickname for the building, but it is also known as Ginger and Fred after famed dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It’s formed by two central towers; the one known as Ginger is made of glass and steel, while Fred has a concrete body and a metal head. The unusual architecture initially caused some controversy, with critics saying it doesn’t fit its historical surroundings, but such arguments gradually disappeared as it drew the attention of an increasing number of tourists. Apart from staying in an architectural masterpiece, the 21 rooms offer breathtaking views of the city and of Prague Castle in particular. They can be seen from the beds, and in some of the rooms even from the bathtub and the toilet. Some rooms in the Ginger tower have walls made of glass and breakfast is served in the restaurant at the top of the building. Prices start at 180 euros ($201) per night for a single room. Thursday, September 22, 2016 last_img read more

first_img Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Afghanistan had claimed Monday that its forces were fired on in the Goshta district of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, the same place where a firefight between Afghan and Pakistani forces left an Afghan border policeman dead and two Pakistani soldiers wounded last week.Relations between the two neighbors have been severely strained in recent months, and the mountainous region in eastern Afghanistan where the shootings occurred has seen acrimonious exchanges between the two sides over the demarcation of their border.The Pakistani protest, made to Afghanistan’s charge d’affairs in Islamabad, described Monday’s incident as an “unprovoked fire incident” that resulted in the wounding of five Pakistani soldiers.A Pakistani statement said the Afghan diplomat was told that “in case of any further escalation as a result of this situation, the responsibility would be on the Afghan government.”It added that in Monday’s incident “Pakistan security forces exercised maximum restraint.”“Pakistan feels that repetition of unprovoked firing incidents are adversely affecting the friendly relations between the two brotherly countries which have covered a long distance in building trust and understanding in the recent years,” the statement said. Although Afghanistan’s national security forces have swelled to nearly 352,000 in recent years, their size is tiny compared to a Pakistani military that is one of the 10 biggest in the world.Earlier, hundreds of men marched through downtown Kandahar chanting “Death to Pakistan” and “Death to the ISI,” a reference to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, the country’s spy agency.The demonstrators, who dispersed peacefully after the march, were protesting the two shooting incidents along the frontier.In the first incident last week, a border gate built by Pakistan was damaged in the fighting. Afghan officials say the second exchange started Monday when Afghan border police told Pakistani forces to stop repairing the gate, sparking a firefight that ended two hours later with a cease-fire.Pakistan claims the facility is on its territory. But Afghanistan does not recognize the disputed Durand Line, the 19th century demarcation between present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan as its border. Pakistan accepts the line as the boundary between the two sides.Insurgencies in both nations have also contributed to deteriorating relations.Both countries have accused each other of providing shelter for militants fighting on the other side of the border, and Afghan officials have claimed Pakistan has tried to torpedo peace talks with the Taliban. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories In domestic violence, insurgents placed a bomb on a police vehicle in the Khan Abad district of eastern Kunar province, killing two police officers and wounding five _ including two civilians. District chief Hayatullha Amiri said the bomb was attached to the police pickup truck using a magnet.___Amir Shah and Patrick Quinn contributed from Kabul.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Four benefits of having a wireless security systemcenter_img KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – Pakistan warned Afghanistan on Tuesday that it would not be responsible for the consequences if a border spat between the two countries escalated further, even as hundreds of Afghans rallied in a southern city to protest the latest incidents along their country’s frontier.The Pakistani warning came one day after Afghanistan lodged a similar protest with Islamabad, blaming its neighbor for a spate of shootouts near the boundary. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more