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Police identify two men wanted in Toronto playground shooting

first_imgTORONTO – Police have identified two men wanted in connection with a daylight shooting at a Toronto playground that sent two young sisters to hospital.Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell says police now believe two men opened fire at a quiet co-operative housing complex in an east Toronto suburb, striking the sisters as they played among other children last week.He alleges the two shooters then fled the scene with the help of a getaway driver.Police previously arrested 21-year-old Sheldon Eriya of Markham, Ont., and charged him with a number of offences including attempted murder.Gotell says Terrick Rhoden and T’Quan Robertson, both 23-year-old Toronto residents, are now wanted on many of the same offences.Police had initially indicated that they were only looking for a single gunman and a driver, but Gotell says new information has emerged.“We have two shooters and a driver,” Gotell said. “I’m not going to discuss who did what, but they’re all jointly charged with the offences right now.”He said Rhoden and Robertson are familiar with the neighbourhood where the shooting took place, though live elsewhere in the city. He said both men are considered armed and should not be approached.They are each wanted on one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and discharging a firearm with intent.Gotell said community members have been very co-operative in the investigation, which he said has consumed his team since the Thursday afternoon shooting.He said police have not yet been able to speak to the person targeted in the shooting, which took place next to a space where 11 children were playing at the time.The two sisters, aged five and nine, were taken to hospital with serious injuries, but both are expected to recover. Gotell said he did not have any new information on the girls’ condition.last_img read more

Nanaimo newspaper publisher says racist letter controversy a nonstory

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe publisher of a Vancouver Island newspaper caught in the midst of a flaring controversy after publishing a “hate-filled letter” about First Nations people says the issue is a “non-story” that was an “unfortunate incident” and it was time to “move on.”Nanaimo Daily News publisher Hugh Nicholson said the newspaper had tightened up its vetting process after the newspaper published a letter Wednesday titled, “Educate First Nations to be modern citizens,” which was penned by Nanaimo, B.C., resident Don Olsen.Nicholson said the letter should never have been published and it has been pulled off the newspaper’s website.The newspaper also posted an apology on its website Thursday.“While we would defend Mr. Olsen’s right to hold and express his opinion, the sentiments expressed were entirely his own and in no way reflect the views of the newspaper,” it said. “The letter should not have run. We apologize for any distress this may have caused our readers.”Nicholson said the paper would print the apology “close to the front” of the Friday edition.He said no one in the newsroom would face reprimand over the issue.“Every day we make decisions about stories that we cover and letters that you run,” said Nicholson. “People make mistakes and they are fallible.”The letter has plunged the newspaper into the midst of a raging controversy which has manifested through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and at the doors of the newspaper which saw protesters gather there on Thursday.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo travelled to Nanaimo to express solidarity with the protestors.The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council issued a statement Thursday saying they would be “cutting ties” with the newspaper for printing the “hate-filled letter.”The tribal council said it would cease printing its own newspaper at a press owned by the company that owns the newspaper.“The decision to publish it was meant to offend. And we are offended. It was meant to insult and we are insulted. It was meant to incite and we have responded,” said the tribal council’s vice-president Ken Watts, in the statement.Nicholson said there was no debate in the newsroom around the letter before it was given the go-ahead for publishing. He said the decision was based on a “judgement call” that was wrong.“People are trying to do the best job they can in a limited amount of time,” he said.The letter, written by Olsen claimed First Nations people never invented anything and were incapable of taking care of themselves. Olsen also claimed First Nations people “have a history that is notable only for underachievement.”Olsen is described as being about 80 years-old with an interest in woodcarving, according to members of the Nanaimo Probus club. Olsen is a long-time member of the club. He is the one who usually collects money and crosses people’s names off the list during club events, said the club’s president.“He is fabulous,” said club president Kathleen Saunders. “All I know is that (Olsen) is a really nice guy and has a really great sense of humor.”Another club member who requested anonymity given the controversy around the man said Olsen also tells “racy jokes” and was “up in arms” over Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her protest fast which began last December and ended this past January.“Some older people are more conservative and maybe have biases,” said the club member.At the request of a reporter, the club member asked Olsen if he would be willing to submit to an interview. Olsen told the club member, “He had no comment.”Olsen did not return repeated phone calls.Olsen is also a member of the Mid Island Carving Club and, in an interview last year with the Nanaimo Bulletin, said he considered himself an artist. The article said Olsen liked to carve birds, wolves, deer and moose. He has also won awards for his read more

PGE expects capital spending of 66 billion in 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it expects capital spending of $6.6 billion this year and about $6.9 billion in 2020.PG&E made the disclosure in a filing with regulators on Wednesday. That comes after the company said last week that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it can’t afford to pay at least $30 billion in expected damages due to deadly 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires.On Tuesday, the utility said it has lined up $5.5 billion in credit and loans to continue operating as it prepares for the bankruptcy. PG&E secured debtor-in-possession financing in the form of credit and loans from several banks.The San Francisco-based utility provides electricity and natural gas to about 16 million customers.The Associated Press read more

UN forum aims to ensure adequate funds to meet development goals despite

The four-day meeting, starting on 29 November, is a follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) that took place in 2002 in Monterrey, Mexico, which resulted in the adoption of a landmark partnership agreement for global development.Known as the Monterrey Consensus, the agreement covered a number of topics, including domestic resource mobilization, foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, official development assistance (ODA), debt relief and systemic issues.The Doha conference is taking place at a “very difficult” time for the world economy, Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told a news conference in New York today.“It is clear that we’re heading towards a very difficult 2009 for the world economy,” he said, noting that projections for global growth are being revised downward every two weeks or so by the various institutions that make these projections. The consequences of this for development are serious, he said, stressing the need to act to prevent the current financial crisis from becoming a human crisis – a call made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just weeks ago. “The Doha meeting in this context takes on added significance.”Mr. Ban has invited Heads of State to an advance meeting on 28 November, co-hosted by the Emir of Qatar, to discuss responses to the financial crisis and economic slowdown.The conference, which will bring together heads of State and other government officials, as well as representatives of UN agencies, the private sector and civil society, is expected to result in an agreed outcome document.“It’s more urgent than ever that we do have a good and successful, meaningful outcome of Doha that builds upon what we already achieved in Monterrey six years ago,” Oscar de Rojas, Executive Secretary of the Doha meeting, emphasized. “But it’s not a done deal yet.”The 96-page draft outcome document is still being negotiated in New York and is far from being completed, he noted. “In fact, it’s clear now that it won’t be completed here in New York before delegations depart for Doha. There [are] just too many things that are still outstanding.” Mr. Ban has warned of the negative impact of the financial crisis on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the globally agreed targets to halve extreme poverty and other ills by 2015 – as well as on efforts to deal with climate change.“My chief concern will be to ensure that the interest in well-being of the most vulnerable nations of the world will be fully heard,” he said at a recent news conference. “We cannot allow the financial crisis to become an excuse for not delivering on our commitments to the Millennium Development Goals.” 24 November 2008Representatives of governments, business and civil society are set to meet this weekend in Doha, Qatar, at a United Nations conference focusing on ensuring sufficient financing to meet key development goals amid mounting concern about the impact of the current global economic slowdown on poor nations. read more

New fighting in eastern DR Congo sends more civilians fleeing in panic

“This fighting has sown panic among civilians who are once more in headlong flight along the highways in search of safety,” the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, said of the attacks by the rebel Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) against the Mayi Mayi militia in the Kinyando and Nkwenda area of North Kivu province. “MONUC categorically condemns this actions initiated by CNDP and urgently demands that it comply without conditions with the ceasefire and stop exacerbating further the suffering of the population,” the mission added in a communiqué, referring to the truce that the CNDP first initiated at the end of October. Sporadic fighting has erupted since then.The mission reported that Government forces had pillaged Bulotwa village, north of Goma, the provincial capital. “MONUC also condemns these acts by units of FARDC,” it said. “It calls on the relevant military authorities to apply the full rigours of the law against the perpetrators in conformity with the pledges they have made.”Escalating conflict between the army and CNDP has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people in the past three months, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.Last week, the Security Council authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 UN peacekeepers, over and above the nearly 18,000 already in the vast country, to deal with the violence. MONUC is continuing to patrol the separation zones between the combatants. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency was set to begin moving displaced civilians from the camps in which they were staying at Kibati to more secure locations away from the violence. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced its growing concern for the safety of nearly 70,000 IDPs taking shelter in camps outside Goma.Last week a 20-year-old woman was shot and killed at one of the Kibati camps, and several families were forced to flee their huts, which were then looted by armed men. Tens of thousands of displaced Congolese civilians in the Kibati camps are in a dangerous situation as the warring parties remain in close proximity, according to UNHCR.The voluntary relocation drive could affect as many as 30,000 people and will focus on vulnerable persons, children, the sick and the elderly. They will be relocated to camps where shelter and sanitation and other services are already available. UNHCR spokesman William Spindler noted that MONUC personnel will be positioned along the 15-kilometre bypass to the new site to ensure security. He also welcomed yesterday’s decision by MONUC to start, as soon as possible, regular night patrols in and around the Kibati camps, following last week’s shooting.“MONUC’s decision will increase the security of the displaced Congolese civilians sheltered there and will help to restore the civilian character of the site,” he told a news briefing in Geneva. “We also hope that this move will help combat the rising number of sexual assaults and raids by armed men, extortion and looting by soldiers.”UNHCR is also preparing 5,000 kits for emergency distribution to the 65,000 IDPs currently sheltered at Kibati. These family kits include a kitchen set, blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans, plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and a bag for carrying these items. Each kit is for a family of five, so the kits will benefit a total of 25,000 people.Also in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session on the situation in eastern DRC on Friday.Yesterday the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the eastern DRC, Olusegun Obasanjo, told reporters in New York that he will be returning to the region this weekend to resume talks with the Congolese Government, the CNDP and other key actors. Mr. Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, is expected to visit the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, on Saturday and Goma on Sunday, with other regional stops along the way. 25 November 2008Rebels in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launched new military attacks today under the cover of a so-called police and pacification operation, breaking the ceasefire and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, the United Nations mission reported today. read more

Ban strongly condemns ongoing violence in Egypt

“The Secretary-General once again stresses the importance of peaceful protest, respect for freedom of assembly and commitment to non-violence,” his spokesperson said in a statement in which the United Nations chief also conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed and well wishes to those recovering.Ahead of the announced demonstrations, Mr. Ban on Friday had voiced serious concern at the prospect of violence.“The Secretary-General continues to underscore the need for political inclusion, full respect for human rights, including of those detained in prison, and the rule of law as the basis for a peaceful, democratic transition in Egypt,” the spokesperson said in today’s statement.“These are the same principles to which the Egyptian authorities themselves have committed in the roadmap they have set forth,” he added.Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials have repeatedly stressed that the authorities and the political leaders share a responsibility to end the widespread outbreak of violent protests and excessive use of force which have led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries.The country has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests. In July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the Egyptian military deposing Mohamed Morsy. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim government set up. read more

UN allocates 70 million from emergency fund to assist millions uprooted by

The money comes from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which has provided immediate financial resources, since 2006, for life-saving humanitarian action at the onset of emergencies, in rapidly deteriorating situations and in protracted crises that fail to attract sufficient resources.“With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced around the world, we face a crisis on a scale not seen in generations,” said Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “These funds from CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies window will help sustain life-saving relief in some of the world’s most protracted and chronically under-funded emergencies,” added Mr. O’Brien, who heads the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages the Fund.Some $21 million from the CERF allocation will allow humanitarian partners in Sudan and Chad to sustain basic services and protection activities for millions of people from Sudan’s Darfur region, where the crisis has entered its 13th year. In the Horn of Africa – home to some of the most vulnerable communities facing recurrent cycles of conflict and climatic shocks – humanitarian agencies in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia will receive $33 million. In Somalia, over 730,000 people continue to require emergency food and nutrition assistance, a dire situation now further compounded by the needs of people fleeing conflict in Yemen.Another $8 million will help relief agencies provide assistance, including emergency shelter and improved access to healthcare, for neglected communities and displaced people in Myanmar and Bangladesh. A further $8 million will help sustain humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, where a lack of adequate funding has forced relief agencies to reduce their operations at a time when needs are increasing because of intensified fighting. Mr. O’Brien urged donors to support relief efforts in these protracted and all but forgotten crises, saying that while the CERF grants represent a life-line for some of world’s most vulnerable populations, the needs will continue to increase.CERF pools contributions from donors – mainly governments, but also, foundations, companies, charities and individuals – into a single fund, and then releases them for urgent needs. Since 2006, the Fund has allocated more than $4.1 billion to support humanitarian operations in 95 countries and territories. read more

Third successive monthly boost for production

Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show: CV volume in November 2003 up 0.8 per cent on November 2002. Year to November down by 3.4 per cent on the same period in 2002. SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘November’s CV output was back on par with the strong volume in 2002. The overall monthly change in output has been variable in 2003 with some months of growth and decline. However, the underlying annual total remains broadly stable around the 190,000 unit mark. Weak demand in Europe has blunted the export potential, but at home it has been consistently strong. This has helped plants to refocus some of their activities on the domestic market. We still expect to see some improvement in exports in 2004 as the modest recovery now underway in the EU takes a firmer hold. ‘For further analaysis and comments, please download the full report.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car production in November climbed three per cent to 142,920 units Production for export took a record 77.3 per cent of monthly output Year-to-date volumes rose 0.8 per cent Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive commented, ‘November’s excellent performance puts UK production well on track to reach the 1.65 million unit year-end forecast. Growth throughout 2003 has largely focused on production for export and with one month to go, its year-to-date figure already exceeds 2002’s year-end total. The continued growth clearly demonstrates the strength of UK manufacturing, setting an upward trend that is expected to continue into 2004.Best November production volume since 1998Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show that: read more

Harvard prof to talk impact of data analytics on online retailers

A Harvard Business School scholar will kick off this year’s Goodman School of Business Luncheon Speaker Series with a talk on the added value data analytics services provide to online retailers.On Friday, Sept. 13, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Ayelet Israeli will present her research on the impact that data analytics has in e-commerce markets.More than 1,000 e-commerce websites found an average increase of eight to 29 per cent in monthly revenues after adopting analytics, without changing their advertising spending or pricing strategies. Instead, they installed more prospecting technologies that allow websites to better serve and attract new customers.The Goodman speaker series provides an informal opportunity to listen to and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with international business colleagues.Israeli’s talk will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Goodman School of Business room 310. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend.Brock community members interested in attending the talk can also email Jennifer Brisson at to reserve a seat. read more

Saints Jimmy Graham Fined 30K for Dunking After TDs

If Jimmy Graham thought the NFL was not serious about fining particular post-touchdown celebrations, he likely is now. The NFL fined the New Orleans Saints tight end $30,000 on Friday for twice dunking over the goalpost during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans last week.Graham had said it would be “unfortunate” if he got fined for the dunks in an exhibition game. It turned out to be costly. Still, he does not understand why the league would eliminate a celebration that is “not hurting anyone.”“It’s unfortunate because I just love the game. I have a lot of passion for the game. And when I go out there on Sunday, it’s fun for me,” Graham said. “And I feel like a little kid out there, and sometimes I act like it.”He has to tone down the post-touchdown routine, unless he does not mind paying a price for the hijinks. To make matters worse, Graham’s dunks also drew the ire of his coach, Sean Payton, as the dunk is also a penalty.And because of that, Graham later insisted he would never do anything to hurt the team during the regular season. Translation: No more dunking.Under the league’s fine schedule for unsportsmanlike penalties, players can be fined $11,025 for their first offense and $22,050 for their second if the league feels they’re warranted. Similarly, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench Monday, according to ESPN.Meanwhile, Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson also insisted that he will not celebrate a score by slam-dunking the goalposts, either. “I’m not letting [NFL commissioner Roger] Goodell get in my pockets,” Johnson said. read more

Ohio State splits weekend slate skates by Notre Dame 51

Members of the OSU men’s hockey team huddle during a 3-0 win against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s hockey team learned a lesson of appreciation this weekend. After losing 6-2 to Western Michigan on Friday, the Buckeyes (5-8-1, 1-1-0) were grateful for a scoring explosion in their 5-1 win against Notre Dame on Saturday at the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend, Ind.“I thought it was a big bounce back for us,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “(Friday night) we cheated the game all over. Tonight we just stuck with the systems. We played hard and we played for each other.”Saturday’s victory had an additional significance given the Buckeyes’ performance the previous night. After OSU allowed six goals for the first time this season on Friday, the team matched its largest single-game goal output for the season on Saturday, scoring five for the first time since its season-opener against Providence College.“You have to play with a little swagger sometimes,” Rohlik said on Saturday.OSU junior Blake Doerring opened the scoring on Saturday at 7:05 of the first period, tallying his first goal as a Buckeye and giving OSU the first goal of the game for the fifth time this season.Doerring, listed as a defenseman, played forward alongside freshman forwards Nick Jones and Kevin Miller on Saturday.Rohlik said the decision to move Doerring was a necessity as the Buckeyes were without two injured forwards, senior Matt Johnson and sophomore David Gust.The Buckeyes carried a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, then senior forward Tanner Fritz’s second goal of the game and fifth of the season made it 3-1 after 40 minutes.Backed by sophomore goalie Christian Frey, who finished the game with 29 saves, OSU preserved its lead and added a couple more goals in the third en route to its largest margin of victory this season.“He was solid,” Rohlik said of Frey. “He saw the puck, he made the big saves and he looked confident.”Senior forward Darik Angeli and freshman defenseman Victor Björkung also scored for the Buckeyes, while sophomore forward Nick Schilkey had three assists.OSU’s win was made more impressive given the team played with a shortened bench for the majority of the third period after senior defenseman Justin DaSilva was issued a game misconduct for checking from behind.DaSilva’s ejection was his second of the season as he was tossed from a game earlier this year for a similar play.Saturday’s game came in stark contrast to Friday’s wherein the Buckeyes couldn’t come back from a 2-0 deficit after the first period.Western Michigan took a 5-2 lead past the midway point of the third period, prompting Rohlik to pull sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins with 7:50 remaining in regulation. Tomkins returned to the game after Western Michigan’s next goal.The unorthodox maneuver did not prompt change in momentum as the Broncos tacked on another goal, finishing with a 6-2 final and 36-22 shot advantage.OSU’s first goal came on the power play from junior forward Anthony Greco while senior forward Chad Niddery scored the second.The Buckeyes are set to resume their conference schedule Friday against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.Loose PucksOSU finished 4-5-0 in NovemberThe Buckeyes finished the weekend 2-6 on the power play and 5-5 on the penalty kill.Björkung’s goal on Saturday was the first of his collegiate career read more

Dont try too hard with the selfies average looking men do better

“Men still make the first move online and they tend to have far more confidence about approaching women with high levels of self-rated attractiveness. We hope as society evolves further in the coming years that women feel equally empowered to exercise the same choices around dating and relationships, if they so choose.”Figures released last year by YouGov found that women preferred men to be average looking rather than extremely physically attractive. Its research found that seven per cent of women saw their ideal partner as a “perfect 10”, while just over a quarter said they would score a 5 on the attractiveness scale, the most popular choice. View latest offers from eHarmony Researchers said the findings showed that daters had become “more tolerant” and more open to dating people from different backgrounds than in the past, but that gender roles were persistent online. Taha Yasseri, professor of computational social science at the University of Oxford Internet Institute, who led the research, said that someone who considered themselves a 10/10 might be unattractive in other ways.  “That tell us something about their personality, which is not probably the most interesting, apart from their looks,” he said. He added that people might be intimidated by approaching potential partners who were extremely good looking.”They might think that they have little chance in relation to those people compared to someone who is good looking but not 10/10,” he added. “It also has to do with the self-esteem of the person who is checking the profile. They might think ‘I am not that good looking, and if I take someone who is much better than me, I might have issues, I might be a bit worried about the faithfulness of my partner’.”Romain Bertrand, UK country manager at eharmony said: “While we’ve become far more progressive in terms of dating people from differing religions, cultures and social stratas, traditional gender roles still persist. Pictures carefully taken to show off muscles and good looks are often a staple of men’s dating profiles. But research from Oxford University suggests that hopeful male singletons might as well not bother – as looking “average” could serve them better.Academics suggested that women plumped for men who were less attractive as they might think they were more likely to be a faithful and reliable partner. Data from the Oxford Internet Institute shows that men who rate themselves as 5/10 receive more messages than men who give themselves a 10/10 rating. For women, the ideal rating is higher, at 8/10. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The analysis of messages from heterosexual singles on dating site eharmony, going back over 10 years and sent by more than 150,000 people, also found that women were becoming less and less likely to initiate conversations. Men were six per cent more likely than women to send the first message in 2008, which had risen to 29 per cent this year. Women who initiated contact with men received fewer messages on average, the research found, with their response rate dropping by 15 per cent when they had begun the conversation. Single people had become less likely over time to see a potential match’s religion, wealth or education level as important, though women are more selective across all criteria, including age.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

100 jobs created after Minister Reillys controversial care centre gets goahead

first_imgOVER 100 JOBS have been created in north Dublin after it was announced a €14 million primary healthcare facility has received the go-head to start construction.The location of the facility, in Minister for Health James Reilly’s constituency, was met with controversy last year when it was deemed that it was added to a priority list of towns vying for the new centres at the last minute.Internal government documents shows that Swords and Balbriggan (also in Minister Reilly’s constituency) were only added to the list of towns being considered for primary care centres on the night before the list was released to the public.The Taoiseach Enda Kenny denied that Minister Reilly construed the list saying he “had no function whatsoever in selecting sites from Primary Care centres, as distinct from locations”.80 permanent jobsWhen completed, the Balbriggan primary health care centre will employ over 80 permanent staff in its pharmacy, café, retail units, doctors’ surgeries and offices. It will also house HSE facilities,  including nurses rooms, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social worker offices, dental services, community mental health teams and a mental health day hospital.Fingal County Council has granted planning permission for the new centre on Dublin Street and work is expected to take 12 months.Read: Reilly spokesman rejects SF claims of NAMA talks on Balbriggan site> More: Swords and Balbriggan added to primary care list night before announcement>last_img read more

Fessenheim le réacteur 1 de nouveau à larrêt depuis dimanche

first_imgFessenheim : le réacteur 1 de nouveau à l’arrêt depuis dimancheMardi, EDF a annoncé que le réacteur numéro 1 de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim avait de nouveau été arrêté dimanche dimanche en raison d’un problème de tuyauterie dans la partie non nucléaire de l’installation.A l’heure où l’avenir de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim fait l’objet d’un vif débat, cette annonce pourrait apporter un argument de plus à ses opposants. Mardi, le groupe EDF a révélé que le réacteur numéro 1 de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim avait été arrêté dimanche. Soit moins de quinze jours après qu’il a été remis en marche suite à un arrêt de trois mois pour des opérations de maintenance et de rechargement de combustible.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de Tchernobyl”On a décidé d’arrêter le réacteur pour intervenir sur une tuyauterie dans laquelle circule de la vapeur”, a précisé Christelle Mutschler, du service communication de la centrale qui a souligné que le problème se situait dans la partie non nucléaire de l’installation. “Il faut changer ‘une manchette’, un coude en langage grand public, et cela ne peut être fait qu’en arrêtant le réacteur”, a-t-elle ajouté, estimant que l’arrêt ne devrait durer que quelques jours.Néanmoins, si le réacteur 1 a été remis en marche, le numéro 2 lui, est arrêté depuis début avril dans le cadre de sa troisième visite décennale, à l’issue de laquelle l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) devrait prendre une décision, fin 2012, quant à la poursuite de l’exploitation. En service depuis 1977, la doyenne des centrales nucléaires françaises, dotée de deux réacteurs d’une puissance de 900 mégawatts chacun, est en effet décriée par les écologistes qui mettent notamment en avant des risques sismiques et d’inondation, rapporte l’AFP.Début juillet, l’ASN a estimé que la centrale pourrait être exploitée pendant encore dix ans après des travaux, mais elle a également reconnu que l’audit post-Fukushima, dont les conclusions sont attendues pour la fin de l’année, pourrait changer la donne. Le 22 novembre 2011 à 19:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pharrell Announces Something In The Water Fest Ft Missy Elliott Janelle Monae

first_imgNews The new music festival curated by the GRAMMY-winning producer will get you dancing in his hometown of Virginia Beach from April 26–28Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 4, 2019 – 1:19 pm GRAMMY-winning producer/singer/songwriter/rapper and all-around hit-maker Pharrell Williams announced his latest endeavor today: Something In The Water Festival.The brand-new music festival curated by the musical powerhouse will take over his hometown of Virginia Beach from April 26–28 with a super-stacked lineup including fellow GRAMMY winners Missy Elliott, Diplo, Dave Mathews Band and Anderson .Paak with his band The Free Nationals. GRAMMY nominees SZA, Migos, Janelle Monáe, Travis Scott, J Balvin, Pusha T and Jhené Aiko are also slated to perform. Twitter The three-day beachfront event will feature only one stage, meaning you can actually catch all of the performances. Rising acts include Canadian funky hip-hop producer Kaytranada, Spanish flamenco/pop innovator Rosalía and American singer/songwriter Maggie Rogers, who went viral after Pharrell gave a rave review of her “Alaska” demo during a class at NYU in 2016.Related: Primavera Sound 2019 Features A “New Normal” Equal-Gender LineupThe organizer himself will also perform; he’s listed on the lineup as “Pharrell & Friends,” for what is likely to be a collab-filled set.Speaking of friends, fellow Virginians repping at the fest will be GRAMMY-nominated rapper DRAM, Dave Matthews Band, who formed in Charlottesville, Va., Elliott, who has collabed with Pharrell on multiple occasions, including their hit “WTF,” and Pusha T. Pusha also grew up in Virginia Beach, where he and his brother formed the hip-hop duo Clipse and met and worked with Pharrell, then part of production duo The Neptunes.At the 61st GRAMMY Awards last month, Pharrell earned his 12th GRAMMY win for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. He also won in the same category at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, the same year he earned a win for his work on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which took home Album Of The Year.Tickets for Something In The Water go on sale Fri. March 8; the full lineup and more info can be found on their website.2019 Music Festival Preview: Noise Pop, Coachella, Ultra & MoreRead more Pharrell Announces Something In The Water Fest Ft. Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae, SZA, Rosalia, Migos & More center_img Facebook Pharrell’s New Fest Ft. Missy Elliott, SZA & More pharrell-announces-something-water-fest-ft-missy-elliott-janelle-monae-sza-rosalia Email last_img read more

Delta farmers cry foul over joint water plans with TS

first_imgVijayawada: The farmers, retired irrigation engineers and experts of Krishna delta raised objections over joint proposals of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to shift water from the Godavari to Srisailam. They demanded that the state government discuss with them before finalising plans. In a meeting held here on Sunday, the stakeholders formed into ‘Jala Samrakshana Vedika’ headed by AP Rythanga Samakhya president Yerneni Nagendranath and also passed a resolution expressing their concerns and spelling out their demands. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us On the occasion, Nagendranath said that the state would face threat from Telangana in near future in obtaining water and wondered as to how the AP government would depend on the plans being prepared by Telangana state engineers. The illegal projects of upstream states and a proposed new project on Godavari might pose more challenges to the farming community, he said and recalled that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had made several comments against Andhra Pradesh, especially on water allocations in the past. He noted that the division of combined AP had made resolution of disputes between two sides complicated. Also Read – Civic chief orders erection of YSR statue in Vijayawada Advertise With Us “Recently, some local leaders gave a call to demolish Pattiseema pumps. I request the state government to take steps to prevent disputes between the districts. Pattiseema pumps were also stopped following the demand. If such regionalism is inflamed, how water from Krishna river can be shifted to Rayalaseema districts?,” Nagendranath said and suggested that the state government shift Godavari water through Polavaram right main canal-Pulichintala project-Nagarjunasagar route to Srisailam instead of constructing a new project totally in Telangana territory. Advertise With Us Federation of Farmers Association vice-president Akkineni Bhavani Prasad said that Telangana CM Chandrashekar Rao provoked the people in the name of water, funds and employment during campaign for separate state. He recalled that KCR blamed the people of Andhra Pradesh for their water woes though they were living downstream of the rivers. He wondered as to how the same person was making plans jointly with the AP government for water diversion. “Telangana government has to spend Rs 35,000 per each acre to get water from Kaleswaram project. But unfortunately, farmers cannot that much amount from the crop produced in an acre. I am preparing a document detailing all the facts to be distributed to all the MLAs, heads of governments for sake of future generations,” Bhavani Prasad said and urged the state government to first think about 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh before preparing plans jointly with Telangana on water. BJP leader Velagapudi Gopalakrishna said that the Centre had mentioned the sharing of river water in the 11th Schedule of AP Reorganisation Act. He said that the two CMs should give clarity on whether they were conducting meetings as per the Act or not. The political leaders were misusing the funds in the name of irrigation projects, he alleged. AP Rythu Sangham president P Kesava Rao said that the plans were needed to utilise Godavari water for the needs of all regions. But the state government should protect the riparian rights of downstream areas. He said the state government should convene a meeting with farmers, experts, and irrigation engineers before taking a decision and clear all the doubts. Andhra Pradesh State Water Users Association Federation president A V Gopala Krishna Rao took strong exception to the proposal of KCR to scrap the river management boards. He said that the TS government was constructing two illegal projects on Krishna river at present. “TS has the right to utilise 936 tmc ft of water but it started constructing illegal projects to make use of 1,236 tmc ft. Who will sort out problems that crop up in future? I approached the Supreme Court on illegal projects. It should be resolved first,” he said. BJP state Kisan Morcha state president U Suryanarayana Raju, Ongole Development Board secretary Ch Ranga Rao and several leaders and retired engineers were also present.last_img read more

Recent rains bring new hopes to farmers in Kadapa district

first_imgKadapa: Reservoirs and other water bodies in the district have been receiving water due to rains occurring with the influence of monsoons for the last five days. The availability of water in reservoirs and tanks brings cheers to the farmers. For the past couple of months, farmers have been in despair due to continues dry spell, but the recent wide spread rains have given new hopes to the farmers as they are preparing kharif crop in the district. Farmers of the district proposed to irrigate around 1.50lakh hectares in the current season. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us According to the meteorological department, district has received 149mm average rain fall against total 744mm. Simhadripuram mandal has received 29.5mm highest rain fall. Officials hope that the district will receive more rains in the coming days. But the problem is agriculture department is not able to supply the seeds in time causes unrest among the farming community, said AP Rythu Sangam district secretary B Dastagiri Reddy. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Apart from paddy, ground nut, cotton, red gram, green gram, black gram, jowar, sunflower, banana, mango and papaya are the major crops grown in the district. Ground nut is grown in around 37,000 hectares in the mandals like Rayachoti, Pulivendula, Kamalapuram, Jammalamadugu, Vempalli, Vemula, LR Palli Chakrayapet and Rajampet in kharif season. Advertise With Us In most of the mandals crops are being irrigated under rain fed tanks canals and motor pumps. It has become common practice to the farmers for praying rain god for rains after sowing of seeds. For the couple of weeks the district has been witnessing wide spread rains and it will help us to irrigate crops, said K Venkataramana Reddy farmer in Simhadripuram to The Hans India. Joint Director of Agriculture T Murali Krishna said the administration is initiating all steps for supply of water in the kharif season. He said there will be no scarcity of either seeds or fertilisers as government is keen to supply them.last_img read more

King of clay Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French

first_imgRafael Nadal was king of clay once againRafael Nadal continued his domination on clay as he shunted away the challenge posed by Dominic Theim to clinch his record 12th Roland Garros title. Nadal was stretched on few occasions in the match, but he never went away and kept bouncing back to take down Theim 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in three straight sets.The 33-year-old Spaniard becomes the first player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final. He is now just two behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slams and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals.Theim gave it all but there was little the 25-year-old Austrian could do to stop an absolutely magnificent Nadal from clinching the match in exactly three hours on Court Philippe Chatrier, although he tried all the way to the end.”The first thing I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry because he deserves it here too and I hope he wins here in the future. He is a very hard worker. I want to wish him all the best for the future. It is incredible. I can’t explain what I have achieved and how I feel. It was a dream to play here for the first time in 2005. I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me,” the champion said after the match.Here is how Twitter reacted to this historic achievement:This is his court ??: @Eurosport_UK | @RafaelNadal |— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) June 9, 2019Emperor of Clay! #nadal #RolandGarros19 #nadalthiem— MissyMedia (@MissyMedia) June 9, 2019One man has just won his 12th Grand Slam title at the same place! Has there ever been anyone as dominant in a competitive sport at one place. Extraordinary. What a man. #Nadal #frenchopen— Greg ? (@Gregser76) June 9, 2019A Dozen of French Open titles for the king of clay #Nadal.. #RG19#RolandGarros #Thiem#NadalThiem rivalry at clay is quite similar to Nadal-Federer rivalry at Wimbledon.. For the time being its Rafa yard.. Congrats @RafaelNadal ?✌?— DrSunny (@sunnynoons) June 9, 2019What more you can say about this lad !THE ULTIMATE KING OF THE CLAY.Congrats @RafaelNadal for 12th French Open title and 18th grand slam title.❤❤❤ #RG19 #Nadal— Gooner Chota Pandit™ (@AvdhutIN) June 9, 2019This is outrageous #Nadal— SaferWager (@SaferWager) June 9, 2019Viva #Nadal del Rey de Roland Garros #RG19 living hero with an unbeatable 12 record wins— Jack Wolfskin (@HeiHakan) June 9, 201918 Grand Slams.12 Roland-Garros titles.1 @RafaelNadal.#RG19— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2019last_img read more

Analysis Houston Area Weekend Elections

first_imgPasadena City ElectionsSome closely watched races in Pasadena’s city elections will go to a second round.Voting in Pasadena took place under Justice Department supervision, after a federal judge ruled in January that the city had intentionally discriminated against Latino voters. Councilmember Jeff Wagner racked up the most votes in the mayor’s race. The former Houston police officer polled about 39 percent in the crowded field. Wagner currently represents council district F on Pasadena’s majority-Anglo south side and has been considered an ally of outgoing mayor Johnny Isbell. He’ll face second-place candidate John “J.R.” Moon in a runoff election. Moon, who polled about 18 percent of the vote, is a San Jacinto College trustee and former CFO of Moody National Bank.While the Pasadena contests were officially non-partisan, the Texas Democratic Party did endorse several candidates for city council. Felipe Villareal ran a close second behind Daniel Vela in a three-man race for District A, on the city’s majority-Latino north side. That contest will also go to a run off. In an even closer race, Steve Halvorson lost outright to incumbent Councilmember Bruce Leamon in District B.#ELB: Pasadena, TX: “Latinos in heavily segregated city see limited success in pivotal Texas election”— Rick Hasen (@rickhasen) May 7, 2017 The election in Pasadena on Saturday could have implications beyond the borders of the working-class city.— Texas Standard (@TexasStandard) May 3, 2017For full election results, go here. ERIK HERSMAN / FLICKRSchool Finance ResultsIn a major reversal, voters in the Houston Independent School District changed their minds on how to pay a multimillion dollar bill to the state’s school finance system.Last November, more than 60 percent of HISD voters rejected the traditional method of essentially writing a check to the state.Since then, the amount due has dropped from $162 million to about $77 million and school board trustees put it back on the ballot in a special election.This time around, on Saturday, more than 80 percent of voters approved Proposition 1, authorizing HISD to purchase “attendance credits” to pay the recapture bill.In a statement, HISD Board President Wanda Adams said that the board will continue to work with lawmakers to “fix the broken school finance system.”“We look forward to seeing meaningful changes that ensure all Texas children are provided the resources they desperately need to succeed. We at HISD believe education is an investment, not an expense, and we hope the Legislature views it the same way,” Adams said.The ‘yes’ vote avoids the complicated and unprecedented situation of HISD losing $8 billion of commercial property from its tax base. That process, called detachment, is another way to pay into the state’s so-called Robin Hood system.The previous November vote triggered that scenario, which was scheduled to happen in July.Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, called the vote a major win. The partnership campaigned heavily for a ‘yes’ vote, which both the business group and also HISD’s budget office determined the cheaper of the two options for HISD taxpayers.“We are pleased that voters made the smart choice for all of our community,” Harvey said in a statement. “Keeping HISD’s tax base intact ensures that Houston businesses can continue to help fund Houston’s public schools and its future leaders. Now we turn our attention to advocating for wholesale changes to our state’s outdated school finance system.”Because HISD is considered property wealthy, it has to share revenue with property poor school districts, under Texas’ Robin Hood system.Nearly 13,000 voted early/ absentee for the HISD election— Shelby Webb (@shelbywebb) May 7, 2017 Prop 1’s passage means #HISD keeps its tax base and writes a check to the state to pay our #Recapture bill.— Ashlea Graves (@AshleaGraves) May 7, 2017center_img Votantes de #HISD aprueban la #Prop1 para envíar el pago de #Recuperación al estado via @houstonisd— HISD Español (@HISDEspanol) May 7, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

Three More States Pass Breast Density Notification Bills

first_img Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Mammography images showing, from left to right, BI-RADS breast tissue density scores from 1 to 4.March 22, 2018 – Utah, Washington state and Florida have all recently mandated that patients be notified of their breast density after undergoing screening mammograms.Utah’s bill, House Bill 258, amends a 2012 law that previously did not require patient notification, but encouraged it and offered suggested language to include in a patient’s mammogram results. The amendment not only requires breast density notification, but also clarifies the language to be used in notification. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed the amendment into law this month, and it takes effect May 8, 2018.Washington state Governor Jay Inslee recently signed Senate Bill 5040 into law, and it will take effect Jan. 1, 2019. Unlike other state laws, every patient must be notified of their breast density after screening mammography, regardless of their classification. Patients with heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue will receive specific notification about its effects on their mammogram and cancer risk factors.Florida’s Senate Bill 164, which was unanimously passed by the House and the Senate, requires facilities performing mammography to notify patients of their breast density if they are found to have heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue. Florida Gov. Rick Scott is soon expected to sign the bill into law, and it will take effect July 1, 2018.”I am pleased that the reporting of dense breast tissue as part of a patient’s mammography screening results will now be standardized across the state of Florida. This information will lead to informed conversations between patients and healthcare providers about a woman’s cancer risk and screening options, ” reported Florida State Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-D26), who championed the bill after her constituent, Debbie McCullough of Lake Placid, Fla., was diagnosed with breast cancer within months of her regular mammogram.While all breasts are made of glands, fibrous tissue and fat, dense breast tissue has more glands and fibrous tissue than it does fat. Dense, fibroglandular tissue is normal and affects about 50 percent of women under age 50. Breast density is determined during a screening mammogram and is classified as either fatty, scattered, heterogeneously dense or extremely dense. Those with heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breast tissue have cause for concern, as dense tissue makes reading mammograms more difficult because both tumors and dense tissue appear white on the scans. Additionally, dense tissue increases a patient’s breast cancer risk by four to six times.Many of these breast density reporting laws would not have passed without the work of Nancy Capello, Ph.D., who worked closely with Sen. Grimsley and Florida State Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-D83) to pass the bill. Connecticut’s 2009 bill — the first in the U.S. — was informed by Capello’s advocacy after her own diagnosis of stage 3c breast cancer, metastasized to 13 lymph nodes, that was discovered within weeks of her eleventh normal mammogram. Only at the time of her diagnosis was she informed of her breast density. This experience inspired her to found Are You Dense Inc. and Are You Dense Advocacy Inc.For more information about breast density and notification: www.densebreast-info.orgRelated Content:VIDEO: Personalized Breast Screening and Breast DensityVIDEO: The Impact of Breast Density Technology and Legislation Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more center_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Density | March 22, 2018 | Emily Clemons Three More States Pass Breast Density Notification Bills Thirty-two states now legally require a patient be notified of their breast density after a mammogram  IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more last_img read more