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Ferry Crew Honoured by Minister

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first_imgA swim in St. Anns Bay turned into a life-threatening experiencefor two visitors to Cape Breton earlier this summer. Today, theirrescuers are being honoured by Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. Staff from the Englishtown Ferry launched a rescue boat andplucked the swimmers from the dangerous currents of the bay onJuly 9, quick action that almost certainly saved two lives. “Two young people were saved this summer thanks to the quickthinking and excellent work of ferry staff,” said Mr. Russell.”It is my pleasure to honour these employees for theiroutstanding work.” Mr. Russell presented the four Department of Transportation andPublic Works employees — Kerr MacAskill, Glenn Christie,Charlene Vickers and Nelson Edge — with the Minister’s Award.The award is given to employees for outstanding action in thepreservation of life or the prevention of serious personalinjury. He congratulated the workers for their awareness and ability toquickly launch a boat and rescue the swimmers. The rescue took place around 5:30 p.m. on July 9. A man and awoman in their 20s were trying to swim across the bay, from theferry dock to Jersey Cove. Mr. MacAskill, the shift captain,realized the swimmers were unaware of the currents and quicklylaunched a rescue boat with the assistance of Ms. Vickers. Mr.Edge operated the rescue boat and Mr. Christie plucked theswimmers from the water. Although one of the swimmers had ingested a lot of salt water,thanks to the fast action of the rescue team, neither had to behospitalized.last_img read more

Ellyse Perry 1st cricketer to reach 1000 runs 100 wickets in T20Is

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first_imgBrighton: Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry became the first cricketer of either gender to reach the rare milestone of scoring 1000 runs and taking 100 wickets in the T20 format. Perry (47 not out) and captain Meg Lanning (43 not out) stitched a match-winning partnership to guide Australia to a seven wicket win against England in the second T20 of the Women’s Ashes tour, here on Sunday. A four brought up the 1000-run milestone for the all-rounder, who had picked up her 100th wicket by dismissing England’s Nat Sciver in the World T20 final in November last year. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe 28-year-old , who hit four boundaries and a six, was adjudged player of the match. “I guess it’s lovely, but I wasn’t aware of it. I actually think in T20 cricket at international level, we probably play it as much as the men, so I have played a pretty big volume of games now – over 100,” Perry was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo. “So I suppose when you’ve played 100 games you might get close to it. That’s probably the only reason I’m there – because I’ve played a lot of games,” she added. Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi (1416 runs and 98 wickets) currently stands closest to achieving the feat, while Bangladesh’s Shakib al Hasan, with 1471 runs and 88 wickets, stands next in line to join Perry.last_img read more

Mikmaw Cape Breton moose harvest ends in success despite protest

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first_img(Mi’kmaw hunter Storm Alexander turns as a helicopter draws near to pick up a moose killed during a harvest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo courtesy Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources)Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsOrganizers of a Mi’kmaw moose harvest in a national park in Nova Scotia are calling it a success despite a protest that caused delays last month.According to organizer Clifford Paul, 37 moose were harvested from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.“It was a very humbling experience,” said Paul. “All the eyes of the Mi’kmaq Nation were upon us.”Paul, moose management coordinator for the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources (UINR) called the Mi’kmaq-led harvest historic because it was the first one carried out in a national park in the province.Biologists believe that if the moose population was allowed to grow, the boreal forest would eventually be destroyed.But all the attention came on the heels of opposition by local non-Mi’kmaq who live near the Cape Breton highlands National Park.The harvest was suspended after 30 people marched into the park and confronted the Mi’kmaq.There were tense moments as tempers flared.The protesters carried conflicting messages.On the one hand, they cited concerns over a dwindling moose population.One the other, they wanted in on the hunt.But those rights belong to the Mi’kmaq, said Paul. Their aboriginal and treaty rights are why they were the ones to do it.Though the protesters managed to suspend the harvest that day. Paul said in the end, all the media attention was a good thing for the Mi’kmaq.“What come out of it was that people took a closer look at the Mi’kmaq,” said Paul. “How the Mi’kmaq share the meat. Everything was distributed. That sets an example for a lot of harvesters elsewhere. These harvesters unselfishly did the work as volunteers to put food on the table for both Mi’kmaq and non-Mi’kmaq alike. Despite all the criticism thrown at us, the Mi’kmaq are all about caring and sharing.”The moose harvest wrapped up earlier this week.“Some of the moose meat was donated to the charity Feed Nova Scotia, to the Mi’kmaw Legal Services Network, as well as local families in need. The rest of the meat has been shared by Mi’kmaq communities around Nova Scotia,” said Paul.Concerns among protesters over a fragile moose population didn’t pan out.One of 37 moose harvested in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo courtesy Clifford PaulThe 37 moose were harvested in a 20 square kilometre area. That represents about 2 per cent of the park, which is home to around 1800 moose.“The  harvesters said they found a lot of old moose trails, super highways where moose go through, there’s a lot of damage caused by over browsing,” said Paul.In addition to the Mi’kmaq observations, scientists have studied the area for 15 years and have called the overabundant moose population “unsustainable.”“We talk so much about moose, but really the goal is in forest restoration and forest health,” said Derek Quann, a resource conservation officer with Parks Canada. “One third of the boreal forest in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is severely degraded. About 11 per cent has transformed to grassland.”For the Mi’kmaq, the harvest was always about more than the moose.“It was a lot of responsibility,” said Paul. “This is a part of not only our treaty right, but the responsibility that goes along with that treaty right. So the moose can thrive in the future in numbers that are conducive to sustainability.”The question of charges against the protesters for illegally entering a restricted zone is still up in the air.UINR board member Chief Rod Googoo said, “We have asked Parks Canada to determine if charges will be made and leave it to their discretion.”No word from Parks Canada yet, other than that they are looking into it.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Amazon embroiled in Ontario labour relations board complaint over couriers

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TORONTO — A union representing Ontario couriers delivering packages for Amazon.com Inc. are alleging the e-commerce giant engaged in unfair labour practices that resulted in the termination of employees, the closure of one courier company’s Mississauga operations and the bankruptcy of another.In a series of applications filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board in July initially reported on by The Logic, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada Local 175 accused Amazon subsidiary Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services Inc. of using its control over sub-contractors to create a “chilling effect” meant to influence them to not “support, assist or co-operate with” the organization of a union.The union is seeking a declaration that Amazon violated the Employment Standards Act and is demanding it reinstate and compensate laid-off courier drivers from two subcontracted companies for lost wages.Amazon, which has expanded its network of warehouses across Canada in recent years, said in documents it filed that it “categorically denies” the allegations and that the claims have “no basis in fact.”The Seattle-based company took issue with the anti-union tactic allegations and with the union’s descriptions of work conditions it says couriers working for companies sub-contracted by Amazon face across North America.The union alleges the couriers are typically paid within Amazon’s suggested wage rate range — between $15 and $17.50 an hour — and work 12 hour days, but can see those shifts reduced or extended depending on the number of deliveries assigned, weather, the time of year and traffic.Every hour a driver must deliver between 15 and 25 packages and if they fall behind, they’ll be texted about their deficiency and directed to catch up, the union alleges. Drivers must work until all their packages are delivered and Amazon has the authority — and allegedly often exercises it — to send couriers back on the road to complete deliveries that were not successful during the day, the union says.It is amid these conditions that the union alleges Amazon acted against workers at Burlington-based transportation company DEC Fleet Services, national courier service All Canadian Final Mile and Richmond Hill, Ont.,-based Stedfasts Inc., which each employed workers providing delivery services to Amazon for their Scarborough and Mississauga warehouses. These businesses and a handful of others are named as respondents in the labour board case.Documents say All Canadian Final Mile’s employees began a union drive in November 2017 and shortly after Amazon reduced the company’s five shifts per day to three, its 12-hour shifts to 10 hour shifts and its number of routes from 25 to about 12. From December 2017 to February 2017, the documents allege couriers were receiving emails from All Canadian Final Mile saying the company had “fewer routes than usual” and a “really low” volume of work.The documents also explain the reductions were initially blamed on the Christmas rush being over and the start of the year’s slow period, but by June, couriers got an email announcing the immediate closure of the company’s Mississauga operation due to “unstable and declining volumes.” The workers were allegedly placed on permanent layoff.DEC’s union drive began in June 2017 and resulted in the company’s owners allegedly warning employees that if they did things Amazon did not like, Amazon would take work away from DEC.Later DEC allegedly terminated about 15 courier drivers, including the union organizer and a handful of supporters. Courier drivers then allegedly received an email saying DEC would be shutting down immediately because it could not afford to operate. A bankruptcy order was allegedly filed against the company soon after.At Stedfasts Inc., documents allege the company has terminated or stopped assigning work to three employees because of their support for the union. Documents say the company pointed at Amazon for the reason it terminated specific employees and is claiming it cannot reinstate the workers.The union refused to comment to The Canadian Press about the incidents and its application, but in its filing says “Amazon has sent an unequivocal message to the courier drivers at its Scarborough and Mississauga distribution terminals that unionization equates to job loss.”In an email to the Canadian Press, Amazon spokesperson Amanda Ip said, “We are fully co-operating with the Ontario Labour Relations Board and will relentlessly fight to disprove these accusations.”In labour board filings the company also maintained that it “has not committed any unfair labour practice.”“Not only did Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services Inc. not discriminate against delivery service providers on the basis of their union or non-union status, but the data is clear that the unionized delivery service providers did not experience any form of differential treatment from non-unionized delivery service providers.”Amazon said that unionization or attempts at unionizations do not factor into what delivery area, routes and shift cancellations its courier companies receive.DEC, Stedfasts Inc. and All Canadian Final Mile’s parent company TFI International also did not respond to The Canadian Press’s requests for comments.In their own filings Stedfasts Inc. and All Canadian Final Mile said they had no knowledge of most of the allegations put forward by the union and denied most of the remaining claims.The matter will be headed back to the labour relations board on Wednesday and Thursday.Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press read more

UN Legal Counsel discusses closer cooperation with tribunal chiefs in The Hague

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Under-Secretary-General Patricia O’Brien, the UN Legal Counsel, is midway through a three-day visit to The Hague, where she has met representatives of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). In her meetings with officials at the courts and tribunals, Ms. O’Brien stressed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s high regard for their work and his strong support for the pursuit of international criminal justice. At the ICJ, also known as the World Court, Ms. O’Brien met with Judge Hisashi Owada, the court’s President, as well as with other judges. They discussed cooperation between the UN’s Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) and the ICJ, the role of international law in the modern era, and other issues, according to a press release issued by the court. Ms. O’Brien said that the UN Secretariat respects the ICJ, one of the world body’s principal organs, “not only for the court’s crucial role in the peaceful settlement of international disputes between States, but also for its major contribution to the development of international law.” Yesterday the Legal Counsel visited the ICTY for meetings with Judge Patrick Robinson, the tribunal’s President; Judge O-Gon Kwon, the Vice-President; and Serge Brammertz, the Prosecutor. The so-called completion strategy for the ICTY, which seeks to ensure that all trials are wrapped up within deadlines set by the Security Council, was the focus of those discussions, as well as the court’s plans to preserve its legacy across the former Yugoslavia once the trials are finished. Meanwhile, closer cooperation topped the agenda during talks yesterday between Ms. O’Brien and Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the President of the ICC. The two discussed the Review Conference of the Rome Statute – which more than a decade ago led to the court’s founding – that is slated to take place in Kampala, Uganda, in May. Ms. O’Brien also met ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. While in The Hague, Ms. O’Brien met with the STL’s President, Judge Antonio Cassese; Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare; and the Head of the Defence Office, François Roux. She also held talks with the members of the trial chamber of the SCSL that is currently hearing the trial of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor. 26 January 2010The United Nations legal chief and the heads of courts and tribunals based in The Hague have held talks this week on how to improve cooperation between the UN and the tribunals set up to deal with war crimes and other grave violations of international law. read more

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Thursdays Daily Brief STIs worldwide food safety and food prices updates on

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Listen to or download our audio News In Brief for 6 June on SoundCloud: Unsafe food kills an estimated 420,000 people every year, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, just ahead of the first-ever UN World Food Safety Day. Children under-five are the most at risk, carrying 40 per cent of the foodborne disease burden, amounting to 125,000 deaths every year.“These deaths are entirely preventable,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.Find out how in our complete story here.Global food prices continue to rise More than one million sexually transmitted infections occur every day: WHO Every month this year, global food prices have increased, primarily due to adverse weather conditions driving up the cost of cheese and maize, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Thursday. The information is contained within the latest FAO Food Price Index, which tracks the international prices of the principal food commodities. It showed a 1.2 per cent increase between April and May.With millions of pigs culled in Asia due to African Swine Fever, the pig meat index is up, but other major foodstuffs saw a dip in price. Reduced demand for biofuels, and prospects of increased output in India, saw a fall in sugar prices, and a glut in palm oil has contributed to a drop in the overall cost of vegetable oil.UNICEF reopens thousands of schools in Iraq, but situation ‘remains bleak’ The global scale of sexually transmitted infections (STI) should be a “wake-up call” to governments, UN health experts said on Thursday, citing data showing that one in 25 people today have “at least one” curable STI, which occur at a rate of more than one million a day worldwide.Highlighting the “concerning lack of progress” by countries in stopping the spread of these and other STIs, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that if left untreated, they can have a profound impact on the health of teens, adults and unborn children.Read our full story here.‘From farm to plate’, first-ever World Food Safety Day demonstrates the need to take unsafe food off the menu The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is concerned about the impact on people’s livelihoods that dozens of incidents of farmland in Iraq being set on fire may have. Nearly 50 cases of presumed arson have been reported since May, mostly in Salah al-Din, Ninewa, Kirkuk and Diyala.In Ninewa’s Sinjar district alone, thousands of acres of wheat fields have burned this week, destroying the main source of income for several hundred families who had previously been displaced by the conflict with Da’esh. That group has claimed responsibility for some of the fires.Authorities are facing difficulties extinguishing the fires due to their scope, coupled with high winds and hot weather conditions.UN allocates $45 million to help families facing food shortages in East Africa On Wednesday, the UN allocated $45 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), to help people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya facing food shortages following another season of low rainfall and drought.The bulk of the funds – $30 million – will go to Somalia, where 2.2 million people may face acute food insecurity by September, marking a 40 per cent jump from January.The UN chief of humanitarian coordination, Mark Lowcock, said that the forecasts predicted an average rainy season this year in Somalia, but that it turned out to be the driest on record in nearly four decades.As droughts remain a repeated weather phenomenon across the Horn of Africa, Mr. Lowcock has been calling for more systematic early action, including the release of funds, based on early warnings. On his return from a visit to Iraq, Lord Jack McConnell, Vice-President of UNICEF UK, has hailed the efforts of the UN’s agency in the re-opening of about 2,000 schools, in areas formerly controlled by the so-called Islamic State terror group.Lord McConnell visited a UNICEF-supported school in west Mosul, one of the areas most affected by conflict and where children’s needs remain immense. He also visited camps hosting Syrian refugees and displaced people from Sinjar and Mosul.However, the UNICEF Representative to Iraq, Hamida Lasseko, who met Lord McConnell in the country, emphasized that the situation for children and young people in these regions remains bleak, and their future under threat: some 2.6 million are either out of school or at risk of missing out on their education.Livelihoods at stake as more and more Iraqi farmland is set on fire read more

Pacers Beat Knicks in Overtime

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Knicks had pretty much won the game against the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night, until a foul on Paul George within the closing seconds changed the nature of the competition.George made three foul shots to tie the game with 5.2 left in regulation. He then took over in overtime, scoring nine points in the extra minutes and leading the Pacers to a 103-96 victory over the Knicks.“Heck of a win for our guys,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “A grind-it-out kind of game. That’s sometimes when we’re at our best. The offense wasn’t really flowing, but our defense really buckled down.”George had 35 total points and George Hill added 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers.Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for New York, who were disappointed after not scoring with a few seconds left in regulation and being forced into overtime.“I thought we had the game won,” Anthony said. “And in overtime, I don’t know, they just walked away with it.” read more

Kielces coach to be decided until end of February – Magnus Wislander

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Vive Targi Kielce will get  a coach for the next season until end of February. That is conclusion of an statement of president Bertus Servaas without proper answer about future of Bogdan Wenta in the team. So, Vive Targi Kielce with or without Wenta, decision will be taken soon:– There are a few suggestions, but do not forget about what Bogdan has done for this club. His work is also one of the reasons why the club is so developed in recent years. There are always problems, but I just need to talk about it. As I said, the end of February all will be revealed – said Servaas.Some rumours are connected with the name of Swedish legend Magnus Wislander. Famous “postman” is sacked by his domestic team Redbergslids IK three months ago due bad results. One of the best handball player in the history of our sport never hide his wish to leave Sweden and work in some of the TOP handball teams:– My kids are still in school, so I don’t want to go abroad before they grow up. That is the main reason why I decided to stay out from proffesional coach story, but I am still active in Gothenburg.  I hope that in few year I will work in some good team. Real team – said Wislander to Balkan-Handball.com in 2011. Magnus WislanderVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story Csurgoi KK extends deal with Szabolcs Szollosi until 2015 Next Story → WISLA TV, Walther: “Happy with win in Norway” read more

ONLY 16 GOALS FOR HOME TEAM THW Kiel storm over Leipzig

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Alfred Gislason brought THW Kiel in proper form in the most important part of the season, but only for EHF Champions League, as DKB Bundesliga trophy is already lost. However, “Zebras” have chances to finish third at German league if they continue to play on the level which has been seen in Leipzig last night, where domestic team was totally smashed by defensive machine led by Domagoj Duvnjak.At the end, THW Kiel won 28:16 (14:8) with only 12 goals conceded for 50 minutes of the clash.SC DHfK Leipzig: Vortmann (31.-45.), Putera ( 4 odb); Jurdzs, Krzikalla, Binder (4), Janke (1), Pieczkowski, Kunkel (1), Roscheck, Weber (7/3), Rivesjö (1), Strosack, Remke, Meschke, Milosevic (1); Trainer: BieglerTHW Kiel: Landin (7 odb), Wolff (6/1 odb); Duvnjak (1), Firnhaber, Dissinger (1), Wiencek (4), Ekberg (1), Frend Öfors, Rahmel (5), Zarabec (n.e.), Vujin (3/2), Bilyk (6), Nilsson (5), Santos (2); Trainer: GislasonTABELA:Rhein-Neckar 28 24 0 4 876:680 48Flensburg-H. 30 23 2 5 891:758 48SC Magdeburg 29 21 2 6 878:778 44Kiel 30 21 1 8 870:748 43Fuchse Berlin 28 20 3 5 805:728 43Hannover-Burgdorf 29 19 3 7 813:766 41MT Melsungen 29 15 3 11 803:759 33Leipzig 30 15 3 12 771:758 33Lemgo 30 11 7 12 777:827 29HSG Wetzlar 29 12 3 14 765:755 27Goppingen 30 10 7 13 801:820 27Minden 30 8 8 14 794:856 24Erlangen 29 7 7 15 713:789 21Stuttgart 30 7 4 19 749:836 18Gummersbach 30 7 0 23 752:851 14N-Lubbecke 29 3 6 20 668:787 12Huttenberg 29 3 6 20 717:844 12Ludwigshafen 29 4 3 22 688:791 11 Domagoj DuvnjakTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Josip Peric to Frisch Auf Goppingen Next Story → PLAY-OFF DRAMA in Denmark: Skjern Handbold with -9 from Holstebro read more

Gardaí investigating murder of Mikolaj Wilk ask driver to come forward

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first_img Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 1:55 PM 12 Comments Gardaí investigating murder of Mikolaj Wilk ask driver to come forward The father of two was brutally murdered in his home in a rural part of Ballincollig, Co Cork last weekend. Jun 17th 2018, 1:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share31 Tweet Email Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha A RENEWED APPEAL has been issued for information relating to the murder of Mikolaj Wilk at his home in Cork last weekend.The 35-year-old father-of-two was attacked by men with machetes in a rural area of Ballincollig, Cork, last Sunday morning. The attack lasted up to 10 minutes; his wife Elzbieta was also injured in the attack. Gardaí are still searching for a motive for the brutal murder.In the past week, number of people have come forward with information to date and Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance.Today, they renewed their appeal for taxi and hackney drivers that were operating in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas on the night of the incident who have not come forward.In particular, they wish to speak to a driver who picked up three women at a pub in the Wilton area through a booking on a taxi app and drove to Waterfall, dropping two of the women along the way.Witnesses, or anyone who can assist with the investigation, are asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda Station on 021 494 6200, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. http://jrnl.ie/4075491 34,693 Views last_img read more

ASA Supports CREAATE Act in Senate

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first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Vice President John Heisdorffer signaled the association’s strong support today for legislation that would double the funding for the Foreign Market Development program and the Market Access Programs, two federal cost-share efforts at the core of the soybean industry’s overseas market development work. Heisdorffer, who farms in Keota, Iowa, welcomed the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act, introduced by his home state senator Joni Ernst, along with Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). The Senate version of the CREAATE Act accompanies similar legislation introduced in May by Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).“MAP and FMD are two of the real success stories when it comes to partnerships between American farmers and the federal government. We work together with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to leverage MAP and FMD funds to establish and expand markets for American soy in all corners of the globe, and the CREAATE Act will go a long way to ensuring that good work can and will continue.“These are programs that yield exponential benefits for farmers and for our economy, generating almost $30 in net return for every dollar invested. Those dollars have gone to expanding overseas demand in the fields of animal agriculture, cooking oils, and the emerging field of aquaculture, which will be key as our industry works to provide protein to a growing global population in places like Southeast Asia and Latin America.“We applaud Sens. King, Ernst and Donnelly for introducing the CREAATE Act in the Senate, and we take the time to again thank Reps. Newhouse and Pingree for their version in the House. We hope that leadership in both chambers will commit to moving this important legislation forward as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Stalled immigrant bill could impact Washington elections

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first_imgSEATTLE — The state House’s swift move to advance an immigrants’ rights bill on the first day of this year’s legislative session could create a wedge issue that might affect the results of the November elections, some political experts said.Lawmakers in the House on Monday approved with strong bipartisan support a proposal that expands state financial aid for college students in the country without legal status. The measure, however, is likely going nowhere in the Senate because Majority Leader Rodney Tom, the Democrat leading the predominantly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus, said his caucus has other priorities to focus on during the 60-day session.“I’m looking for more dollars for state need grants, but not expanding the pool (of eligible student applicants) at this time,” said Sen. Barbara Bailey, Republican chairwoman of the Senate education committee.Spokespeople for Republicans in the House and Senate said their caucuses don’t have immigration-related bills they are putting forward this year.Inaction this session on bills important to immigrants and minorities, such as the so-called Washington Dream Act, could become an election issue in November, when 24 spots in the Senate are contested. Ten of those Senate seats are expected to be challenged vigorously by both parties. Roughly half a dozen of those seats are in suburbs in the greater Puget Sound area, including Tom’s.“It’s an issue that can dramatically affect the swing races in suburban districts,” said Chris Vance, a Republican political consultant who has worked with immigrant-rights groups, like OneAmerica.last_img read more

Collector Rajat Kumar Saini ITDA PO Goutham visit Godavari tank

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first_imgBhadrachalam: District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini, Integrated Tribal Development Agency Project Officer VP Goutham and Sub-Collector Bavesh Mishra visited the tank bund of river Godavari on Friday.During their visit, architect Samruth Pradhan from Bombay also accompanied them. The officials discussed the beautification of tank bund and nearby places of the temple. The Collector asked Samruth Pradhan to submit a detailed project report for the project.last_img

BSE closes points 2394 down on Jan 28

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 28 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 23.94 points down to stand at 20683.51. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 9.60 points down to stand at6126.25. HDIL and Apollo Tyres were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 6.09% and 6.07% along with Future Retail and IPCA Lab with an increase of 4.26% and 3.89% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Maruti Suzuki and IRB Infra with a decrease of 8.12% and 5.19% along with Suzlon Energy and Pipavav Defence with a decrease of 4.59% and 4.43% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 18.64 points at 11,574.00 while the banking sector is down 36.58 points at 12,020.48 and the realty sector is up 13.17 points at 1,231.23. The Indian currency is up 0.67% at Rs 62.68 per dollar.last_img read more

Howard Names Prince as New Coach

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first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer,  mgray@afro.comTwo years ago, it would’ve been hard to imagine any prominent FBS coach would be interested in the Howard University head-coaching job.  The program was beginning its recovery from three consecutive losing seasons with the dark shadows of dysfunction hovering as Mike London was set to take reigns of the Bison football program.For the second time in recent history Howard introduced a former major college head coach to lead them as Ron Prince was hired to replace London and continue the transformation that London started. Prince, who most recently was the offensive analyst at the University of Michigan, is no stranger to Howard after being recruited by former coach Willie Jeffries to play there. In fact, 30 years to the day after he was supposed to take an official visit to Howard, he signed his deal to become the University’s latest head coach.Howard University’s new head football coach Ron Prince is flanked by athletic director Kery Davis and President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick after replacing Mike London who resigned to take the same post at William & Mary. (Photo By Mark Gray)Prince takes over a Howard program that is ready to win now and contend for a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.  That alone marks a significant upgrade from when London arrived in 2017.  London immediately revamped the entire program with an aggressive recruiting class that landed two Walter Payton Award finalists – quarterback Cailyn Newton and wide receiver Jequez Ezzard – and with their victory over UNLV to open last year credibility was restored.“There are few institutions in America who are positioned to help student athletes excel athletically and academically as Howard is,” Prince told the AFRO.  “We’re in a great media market. We get to compete in great conference and have a chance to play championships.”Howard’s athletic department followed the same script when trying to recruit London in landing Prince.  Both coaches began as successful FCS (I-AA) assistants then spent time as head coaches in FBS (Division I-A) power five conferences before landing in Northwest, D.C. They were groomed by legendary lower Division I coaches before stepping into the pressure of leading major college programs on their own.However, London inherited what appeared to be a wasteland of underachievement on the field and dysfunction off it.  He changed the culture by installing an atmosphere of discipline, respect, organization and accountability. The Bison immediately became a winning program while remaining committed to the academic integrity of the institution.As London began having success at Howard the quiet echoes of coaches around the country began taking notice.  Coaching at “The Mecca” was intriguing because of its location and the intangibles that come with leading a team who plays in the nation’s capital.  London changed the perception of what could be accomplished at Howard while Prince’s link to the Willie Jeffries era – when the Bison first gained national prominence – made him the perfect fit.“I know Mike extremely well and if he hadn’t taken the job before me, I probably wouldn’t be here right now,” said Prince.Prince was not a desperation-hire by Howard either.  His Michigan offense finished 10-2 in the B1G despite a disappointing performance in their season finale against Ohio State.  His collaboration with former Howard quarterback and Wolverine offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton – who reportedly was a finalist for the Maryland head coaching job that ultimately was filled by Mike Locksley – led to the Wolverines having one of the top offenses in the nation.Prior to his season at Michigan, Prince refined his skills in the NFL.  He was the assistant head coach, tight ends coach, and offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions and offensive line coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts.  Prince was also a head coach at Kansas State and offensive coordinator at Rutgers.last_img read more

Open Block A 21year old flows her imagination

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first_imgPablo Picasso once said: ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.’ Inspired by these lines, artist Nehmat Mongia has created a genre of artworks that are truly unique. Curated by Shobha Broota, the artworks will be displayed as ‘Open Block, a flow of imagination’ at the Convention Center Foyer, The India Habitat Center, New Delhi from April 27 – 30.The 21-year old artist who is in the third-year graduation says, “The most powerful way of my expression is through Forms of Art. For me, it is as spontaneous as my imagination. The beautiful ensemble of nature created by the ‘creator’ is the provider for the inspiration of my artworks.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Often, hearing my grandparents talk about how they would sleep under a sky full of stars or dance around in the rain without being worried about toxins pouring onto the Earth fascinated me.” She spent her schooling years discussing and working for many programmes related to issues of global warming, planting trees, spreading concepts of re-cycling/ re-use/ reduce, saving the tiger and banning of the use of plastic. Through her canvas, she still endeavors to create the simple small pleasures of life and that “we all may have missed out on” being the children of this millennium. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”A search to find new forms within the matter of living or nonliving, which may have existed or may be striving to exist even today, kindled the curiosity within me, leading to this ensemble.”The Creator’s Ensemble uses the pen and pencil on canvas. This work of art is an amalgamation of realism, observation and imagination. It follows an academic study of ‘animals’ running towards a natural habitat, which has been created on the basis of observation with underlining realism. While on the other side of the forest are the ‘robotic figures’ of my imagination representing the creations of mankind themselves charging towards the forest, in turn, causing large-scale upheaval known to be as ‘Kalyug”. In addition, there are about 100 artworks – 8 inches by 8 inches each. Nehmat says she loves to explore a variety of mediums to innovate unique techniques to express herself. Since 2009, she has taken part in several art exhibitions and even displayed her works in France and Germany. Her many achievements include working as an Art Director, Assistant Director of Photography and Illustrations on making of the Film A Tribute to Vande Mataram.last_img read more

The Globetrotting Adventures of the Man who Inspired the Character of Tintin

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first_imgIn a world of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, or Wonder Woman, we have the wonderful Tintin, a cowlicked teenager from Belgium who doesn’t possess any superpowers but wins every fight and always does the right thing. He goes everywhere with his fox terrier, Snowy and sometimes gets help from his loyal friend Captain Haddock, the Thompson twins, and Professor Calculus.Edinburgh, UK – November 21, 2012: Close-up of an officially produced small plastic figurine of the fictional character Tintin. Tintin was created by the Belgian writer Georges Remi, who was better known by his pen name Hergé.Tintin travels around the world and acts in the name of justice by foiling bad criminals. He is one of the most beloved characters in Europe and even Charles de Gaulle once declared that Tintin was his only international rival, saying that “nobody notices, because of my height. We are both little fellows who won’t be got at by big fellows.”Tintin made his debut in January 1929 in Le Petit Vingtiéme, a kids’ supplement of a Belgian newspaper.Tintin and his fox terrier Snowy appeared for the first time on 10 January 1929.He was created by the Belgian artist Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, who never expected that his character would gain such popularity.Tintin appeared in an independent comic book that sold more than 200 million copies; on television; and even on the big screen, in the animated movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn by Steven Spielberg.Believe it or not, Hergé was inspired by a real-life person for Tintin’s adventures. Although there is a debate about who is the real Tintin, many believe that it was Palle Huld.Palle Huld, during his trip around the world in 1928, almost certainly influenced Hergé to create Tintin.Back in 1928, the Danish newspaper Politiken came with a brilliant idea for a competition. To mark the centennial of Jules Verne, it offered the award of a globe-circling voyage, just as Phileas Fogg did in Around the World in 80 Days.The competition was opened only to teenage boys. The winner was to complete the voyage unaccompanied, without using planes, and due to safety reasons to return in 46 days instead of 80.Jules VerneThe 15-year-old Palle Huld, freckled, fresh-faced, with a turned up nose, won the prize and on March 1, 1928, he left Copenhagen. He traveled by rail and steamship through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Manchuria, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany.After 44 days Huld returned to his homeland and was greeted by a crowd of 20,000 admirers and his worried mother who, according to the Copenhagen Post “had been prescribed sleeping pills for the duration.”Vancouver, Canada – December 15, 2013: A statuette of the character Tintin against a lunar background. The model is created by Moulinsart.As soon as he got back, Huld wrote a book about his journey. The book was quite popular in Europe and was translated into several languages. Apparently, the book got in the hands of Hergé who decided to illustrate the story.Palle Huld went on to have a 40-year-long career as an actor in the Danish Royal Theatre and died in 2010 at the age of 98. It looks like he always believed to have been the inspiration for Tintin as he mentioned it on several occasions.Aix-en-Provence, France – May 31, 2014: A variety of French-language books are for sale at the popular Saturday market in Aix-en-Provence, France.However, there are people who dispute such claims. Pierre Assouline, the writer of a biography about the famous cartoonist in 1996 – Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin – said that he had never heard of Mr. Huld. Hergé died in 1983 and never truly identified who or what was the inspiration for creating Tintin.Some people suggest that the real Tintin was actually the French travel photojournalist Robert Sexé. In fact, Tintin and Sexé have many similarities – they both rode a motorbike; both of them had a best friend, and both toured the same countries in the same order.Sexé toured the Soviet Union, the Congo, and the U.S.,  in exactly the same order as Tintin in the first three books.According to the BBC documentary Tintin’s Adventure with Frank Gardner, some of the photos that Sexé took on his travels match the scenery that Hergé drew, replacing Sexé with Tintin.Read another story from us: The Boys who Inspired the Character of Peter PanIn the end, it could have been both. Both Sexé and Huld sound like very brave and cool people who had interesting lives, immortalized through Tintin’s adventures.last_img read more

Karmanos Cancer Institute Now Offering Fusion Biopsy System for Prostate Cancer Detection

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more March 23, 2017 — Urology specialists at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit) have begun using the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System, which fuses three-dimensional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images of the prostate with live ultrasound images to precisely target prostate biopsies.”An MRI is better at seeing tumors in the prostate,” said Michael Cher, M.D., professor and chair of urology at Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine. “MRI images are highly detailed, and our radiologists are experts at finding tumors on the images.  Our urologists are also skilled at performing prostate biopsies using live ultrasound images. “With this new MRI-ultrasound image fusion system, our urologists are able to biopsy suspicious MRI-detected areas while doing live ultrasound.”Those who are eligible for this technology are men who have elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results and have never had a prostate biopsy, or men diagnosed with a small amount of cancer who are considering active surveillance. The system also is used to detect tumor progression in men who have been on active surveillance for several years. Cher said these are common scenarios in the Karmanos urology clinic. Demand for the system is increasing rapidly.Patients typically have an MRI performed first, which takes about an hour. Radiologists then analyze the images and identify suspicious areas using a standardized scoring system. At the time of biopsy, which occurs after the MRI, urologists import the MRI images digitally into the UroNav system where they are fused with the live ultrasound images captured during the biopsy procedure.Through the use of software, the UroNav machine takes the two images and fuses them together in a three-dimensional fashion. The images move and change in real time as the urologist performs the biopsy procedure.”Previously, we used ultrasound alone for biopsies,” Cher said. “The biopsies were distributed throughout the prostate in a systematic fashion. Now, with the fusion of the MRI and ultrasound images, we perform targeted biopsies of suspicious areas. We are better at finding cancers, and therefore better at determining the best treatment plan for each patient.”Cher mentioned that prostate cancer detection methods have evolved over the years, from digital rectal exams, which were a very poor method of detecting prostate cancer; to the PSA blood test; to ultrasound, which could see the prostate well but wasn’t very good at seeing tumors within the prostate.”This technology is huge for urology,” said Cher. “We’re going to more accurately determine if the patient has cancer and how much cancer the patient has. We can give more personalized treatments tailored towards the patient based on more accurate diagnosis and staging.”For more information: www.invivocorp.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | 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 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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Las Vegas breaks tourism record with 429 million visitors

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first_imgLas Vegas continued its historic visitation growth, setting a new all-time record. The ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said, “Las Vegas continues to see increased interest in the destination, and we are excited to announce that once again we are celebrating record visitation. Together with our resort partners, we look forward to aggressively marketing the destination around the world to continue attracting more visitors and break the record again this year.”In addition to hosting millions of leisure travellers, Las Vegas celebrated record-breaking convention visitation in 2016. The destination welcomed more than 6.3 million business travellers during the year, contributing to the overall increase in visitor traffic.The destination continues to enjoy industry-leading occupancy rates with an extremely large base of nearly 150,000 available rooms.last_img read more

The Down Payment Habits of Millennials

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first_imgThe Down Payment Habits of Millennials Down Payment Home Homebuyers HOUSING Millennials Savings Zillow 2018-12-18 Radhika Ojha December 18, 2018 689 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img They might be the largest generation of homebuyers in the market today, but fewer than half of millennial buyers put down 20 percent down payment on their first homes, according to a study by Zillow.For the study, Zillow surveyed homebuyers nationally and in five major metro areas about their down payment decisions including how much they put down on their homes and where they got the money from.While 43 percent of buyers nationally put down the conventional 20 percent or more in down payment, the least number of buyers following this rule was in Atlanta and Phoenix at just a little above 30 percent, the survey revealed.Among buyers in these two cities, Atlanta homebuyers were likely to put down less than 5 percent more often than at least 20 percent, opening them to a greater risk of becoming underwater on the mortgage. Buyers in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., the other three of the five metros in the survey, were at least as likely as the typical national buyer to put down at least 20 percent.”There are many mortgage options that require less than 20 percent down, but buyers should be careful that they don’t set themselves up to be underwater,” said Aaron Terrazas, Senior Economist at Zillow. “Interest rates are rising, of course, but for many, waiting a bit longer and saving for a larger down payment might still be the way to go as they weigh their current stability and housing needs against their long-term futures.”In terms of the time taken to save up for their down payment, the survey revealed that it took more than seven years for homebuyers to save the amount for a 20 percent down on an average home.When asked how they looked to fund the down payment, savings accounted for the largest chunk with 70 percent buyers nationwide saying savings made up at least some portion of their down payment. Approximately 39 percent said that they used the proceeds from a previous home sale towards their down payment. Among first-time homebuyers, 51 percent said that their down payment amount included gifts or loans from friends and families.Among millennials, about half used a gift or loan from family or friends for at least a portion of their down payment, accounting for about one-fifth of the down payment on average. Other responses included investments and retirement funds. Sharelast_img read more