FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Ethics Committee Chair, Local MP Bob Zimmer, has called an emergency meeting of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee for this Wednesday on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.According to Zimmer, the meeting has been called under two motions, by Conservative and NDP MPs, to hear from the Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, about his report on Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.The Ethics Commissioner appearing before the Committee is pending on the Committee’s decision; a committee which is heavily weighted by the Liberals. Zimmer says he believes Canadians are interested in hearing more details about the affair and that there are a number of details that he feels Canadians are not aware of within the report.“I think what most Canadians are curious to hear is a bit more of the details about the SNC affair and there are quite a few details in the Commissioner’s report that I don’t think have heard. We’ve heard about some big topical areas, about the corruption or the alleged pressure that was put on Jody Wilson-Raybould and those kinds of things but there’s a lot more there that will be talked about on Wednesday.”Zimmer says he will see where it goes and hopes that they will hear from the Commissioner at the meeting on Wednesday.
22 October 2008Efforts to promote economic recovery in countries ravaged by war will not succeed, unless they are based on a sound understanding of local dynamics and are led by local actors, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Efforts to promote economic recovery in countries ravaged by war will not succeed, unless they are based on a sound understanding of local dynamics and are led by local actors, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).“Post-Conflict Economic Recovery: Enabling Local Ingenuity” focuses on three critical factors – the importance of local ingenuity to guide recovery, the state’s role in promoting this ingenuity, and the policies needed to rebuild war-torn economies and reduce the risk of sliding back into conflict.“At the end of the day, recovery has to domestically driven,” UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis told a news conference in New York, as he launched the report.The report states that local actors are the best placed and have the strongest incentive to rehabilitate themselves after war. “Post-conflict recovery policies that harness and build on these local activities are more likely to be successful and self-sustaining than those that offer an imported solution.“International development assistance must therefore be designed to support and complement ongoing indigenous efforts, as well as to lay the foundation for further locally grown initiatives,” the report adds.Some of the major challenges in the period following the cessation of hostilities include reconstructing social and economic infrastructures, generating employment and livelihoods, reintegrating ex-combatants, reconstituting institutions and social capital, and mobilizing financing for recovery.“The challenges are huge. We don’t have all the answers. But I think the report points to some key factors while being careful to underline that one size does not fit all,” said Mr. Dervis. The report highlights examples of success, such as Mozambique, a country that has sustained “remarkable” rates of economic growth in the 15 years since hostilities ceased, he noted. At the same time, there are also examples of countries that have been “trapped into long-term, post-conflict, low-growth situations,” he added.In the latter group is Afghanistan, which, after a quarter of a century of protracted conflict, stands as one of the most impoverished, conflict-prone States in the world, and ranks near the bottom of all human development indicators.Mr. Dervis noted that sustained external support is also necessary, but stressed that such support should focus the main points outlined in the report. It is very important that external support does not create “a long-term dependency on aid processes and international mechanisms that do not support the domestic dynamics.”Kathleen Cravero, Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, highlighted four specific recommendations in the report relating to the involvement of women in post-conflict economic recovery. First, the end of a conflict can offer a very important window of opportunity to redress pre-war inequities, including gender discrimination. “It is a time when we can build back better,” she stated, noting that for example, the property rights of women can and have been advanced in a number of recovery processes.Secondly, women can and should be drivers of their own recovery. “Time after time women have proven their resilience and resolve in war-torn environments, forming collectives that tackle everything from family reunification to micro-credit associations.“These informal groups provide essential services that their governments have ceased to deliver and they build trust within and among communities. It’s a powerful step in the peacebuilding process.”Thirdly, issues that affect women must be integrated in all post-conflict policies and programmes. “Ensuring that girls and women have equal access to employment opportunities, education, health and finance is not only a moral imperative, it makes good economic sense,” Ms. Cravero stressed. Finally, women should be afforded equal participation in peace processes, she stated, noting that of the 12 peace agreements that have been reached between 1991 and 2001, only four – El Salvador, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste – have included a provision directly related to women. “Our experience on the ground confirms that women need to be seen as problem-solvers and decision-makers in achieving both economic recovery and lasting peace.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Legislation signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown last year that offered more generous state tax incentives for film and TV production is being credited for a spike in the number of location shoots across Los Angeles.The local industry is also getting a boost from Hollywood newcomers including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu as they increasingly produce original programming, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday (http://lat.ms/1KQuV5u )There were 2,057 shooting days for scripted television shows filmed on location in the Los Angeles region for the three months that ended Sept. 30. That’s a 54 per cent increase from the same period last year, the newspaper said, citing data from industry tracker Film LA.The law signed by Brown in Sept. 2014 more than tripled California’s tax credit to $330 million a year for films and TV shows produced in California.Behind-the-scenes businesses like caterers, lumberyards and equipment vendors say they are hiring more workers, expanding offices and buying new equipment in response to the uptick in local production. Unions representing crew members say they are operating at or near full employment and are adding new members to meet the demand, according to the Times.“We’ve never been this busy in California in the 17 years since we opened,” said Robert Lamkin, whose Chef Robert catering company services film and TV sets.Seven of his eight food trucks are working out of Los Angeles. That’s a big switch from a few years ago, when the majority of Lamkin’s fleet was in Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans and other cities where production crews had moved to take advantage of tax breaks.A revival of these small businesses is a positive sign for LA’s overall economy. The entertainment industry employs about 250,000 people and contributes nearly $60 billion in goods and services annually, or roughly 10 per cent of the county’s gross product, said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.“This is an industry that increases the size of the economic pie here in the region, so to have more activity come back to Los Angeles will have a ripple effect on businesses large and small,” he told the Times.___Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/ by The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2015 11:03 am MDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Film tax credits, new media outlets help revive entertainment economy in Los Angeles
FILE – This May 13, 2015, file photo shows the front of Google’s new self-driving prototype car during a demonstration at Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The self-driving cars needed some old-fashioned human intervention to avoid some crashes during testing on California roads, the company revealed Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, results it says are encouraging but show the technology has yet to reach the goal of not needing someone behind the wheel. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Futuristic self-driving cars travelling along California roads have needed plenty of old-fashioned human intervention to stay safe.California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday released reports filed by seven companies the agency gave permission to test prototype vehicles in public. The documents summarized instances in which a human driver had to take over due to technology problems or other safety concerns.The reports show wildly different levels of success since on-road testing started in September 2014.Experts in the technology said Google, whose cars drove the most by far, performed relatively well, though they also cautioned that the testing typically happened during good weather. Other companies reported frequent instances in which the person who is required to be in the front seat — just in case — had to grab the wheel.Nissan, for example, tested just 1,485 miles in public, but reported 106 cases where the driver had to take control. The automaker has said it plans to have “commercially viable autonomous drive vehicles” by 2020. A spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.Google said its cars needed human help 341 times over 424,000 miles. That would be the equivalent of about 10 times per year, given the 12,000 miles the average U.S. vehicle travels annually.In 11 of the 341 instances, Google said its cars would have gotten in a crash.The head of the company’s self-driving car project said that while the results are encouraging, they also show the technology has yet to reach his goal of not needing someone behind the wheel.“There’s none where it was like, ‘Holy cow, we just avoided a big wreck,’” said Chris Urmson, Google’s self-driving car project leader.“We’re seeing lots of improvement. But it’s not quite ready yet,” Urmson said. “That’s exactly why we test our vehicles with a steering wheel and pedals.”The California Department of Motor Vehicles, which is writing new regulations for the technology, said it was still reviewing in the reports.Google reported 272 cases in which the cars’ software or onboard sensors failed. Though Google did not release detailed scenarios, the problems included issues with the self-driving cars seeing traffic lights, yielding to pedestrians or committing traffic violations. There were also cases where intervention was needed because other drivers were reckless, and several dozen instances of an “unwanted manoeuvr” by Google’s car.Bryant Walker Smith, a professor at the University of South Carolina who closely follows self-driving car developments, said Google’s rate of potential collisions was “not terribly high, but certainly not trivial.” He said it remains difficult to gauge how self-driving cars compare to accident rates among human drivers, since even the best data underreport minor collisions that are never reported to authorities.While Google’s problem rate is “impressively low,” a trained safety driver should remain in the front seat, said Raj Rajkumar, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University who specializes in self-driving cars.According to data in Google’s report, a driver typically took control within one second of the car asking for help.Drivers at other companies often reacted quickly as well, according to their reports, though Volkswagen Group of America reported that, in one case, it was more than 12 minutes before the person took control. A company spokesman did not have immediate comment.John Simpson, a frequent critic of Google who focuses on privacy issues for the non-profit group Consumer Watchdog, said the company’s report “underscores the need for a driver behind the steering wheel capable of taking control of the robot car.”Google has argued to California regulators that once the company concludes the cars are ready for the public to use, they should not need a steering wheel or pedals because human intervention would actually make them less safe.Google released its report Tuesday before the agency posted reports from other companies in what Google described as an effort to be transparent about its safety record. The company had lobbied against having to report disengagements in the first place, saying the data could be misinterpreted.The other companies testing self-driving cars on California streets are Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and parts suppliers Bosch and Delphi.Google’s testing mostly involves driving around the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters or the streets of Austin, Texas. The company’s rate of human intervention has improved in recent months, according to its data, but Urmson cautioned that the rate might again rise as Google subjects the cars to more challenging environments and weather conditions.Google said its cars would have been responsible in eight of the 11 avoided accidents, according to computer modeling the company performed later. In two other cases, its cars would have hit a traffic cone.Google cars have been involved in nine collisions since September 2014. In each case, the other car was responsible, according to an analysis by researchers at Virginia Tech University.___Contact Justin Pritchard at http://twitter.com/lalanewsman .___Online:Read the reports: http://tinyurl.com/jcvjwg4 by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 8:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Futuristic self-driving cars being tested on California roads have needed old-fashioned human intervention
A former Winchester College pupil brought a motorway to a 12-hour standstill after he threw a “Molotov cocktail” on to the carriageway, a court heard.Nicholas Elger, 17, threw incendiary devices on to the M3, near Winchester, Hampshire, on two separate occasions, causing a full closure of the road for most of Saturday, Sept 23, last year. It is estimated that the damage to the local economy was £40 million.The former boarding pupil at £38,000-a-year Winchester College, one of the country’s oldest public schools, shoplifted the ingredients for his “Molotov cocktail” and a second petrol bomb on two different occasions from a Tesco supermarket in the Hampshire city.He then used the ingredients to create the incendiary devices, which he threw on to the motorway on Sept 16 and then Sept 23 last year.Winchester Crown Court heard Elger wanted to kill somebody during the second homemade bomb attack.The court was told that a lorry driver saw a flaming device fall in front of him and was able to pull over on to the hard shoulder during the first incident.In the second incident, a motorist said the “carriageway was ablaze with flames around the size of a person” and lasted for about 30 seconds. She was able to stop 200ft (60m) from the fire and used her vehicle to block two lanes. However, a lorry using the third lane continued driving and reignited the flames. The motorway was then closed “for a lengthy period”. Cars were stranded in traffic for several hoursCredit:Jonathon Marks/Twitter/PA Rob Welling, prosecuting said: “Both [incendiary devices] were done in different ways. Why he changed his methods is because he was not satisfied with what took place on the first occasion.” He added: “He does not regret the incident – he does regret not doing them differently and successfully and killing someone.”Elger, of Winchester, also blackmailed the headmaster of Winchester College in June last year, on both occasions demanding 10 Bitcoin, worth around £20,000. He had been stealing from the school before blackmailing college officials, demanding payment for the burglaries to stop.Robert Morris, defending, said: “These offences coincided with problems in the family home. Those problems, though significant, cannot possibly explain the change from a kind pleasant boy to suddenly change into this awful risk taking [person] without thoughts of the consequences of his actions. He has been expelled … he has lost his friends and lost the opportunity to go to a top university which he was on course to do.”Psychiatrists believe he might be suffering from a personality disorder or a psychotic illness.Judge Keith Cutler, who removed reporting restrictions which had protected Elger’s identity, imposed an interim hospital order meaning Elger can continue his psychiatric treatment.He will be sentenced on May 18 and the hospital order reviewed.Elger admitted two charges of arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and a further 12 charges including eight counts of burglary, two of blackmail with menaces, and two for theft. 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.
PLANNING PERMISSION WAS granted for 1,604 houses and apartments in the first three months of the year – a decrease of 704 on the same period last year.This represents a 30.5% drop on January-March 2013, when 2,308 dwellings were granted permission.Permission was granted for 1,446 houses in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 1,860 in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of 22.3%.Planning permissions for apartments fared even worse. Some 158 applications were granted nationally, compared with 448 units in January – March 2013, a decrease of 64.7%.Figures released from the Central Statistics Office today also show that 386 new units were approved in Dublin (244 in the city), with just 26 given the green light in Cork city and 16 in Galway city.One-off houses accounted for almost half (48.3%) of all new dwelling units granted permission.Burst bubbleThe total number of planning permissions granted for all developments (including extensions and alterations) in the first quarter was 3,833. This figure is up from 3,275 in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 17%.In the same period in 2007 this figure stood at 62,367. Source: Central Statistics OfficeThe total floor area planned in the successful applications was 744,000 square meters. Of this, 45% was for new dwellings, 30.8% for other new construction and 24.2% for extensions. The total floor area planned decreased by 20% in comparison with the same quarter in 2013. Planning permissions for new buildings for agricultural purposes decreased from 157 in the first quarter of 2013 to 93 in the same period this year.Read: Planning permission granted for Cork GAA’s €70m redevelopment of Páirc Uí ChaoimhRead: Eircom to remove 20 ‘hazardous micro pillars’ in Dublin
By Órla Ryan European elections: What constituency am I in? Who can I vote for? We’ve got you covered. Saturday 4 May 2019, 12:05 AM May 3rd 2019, 11:07 PM 65 Comments Share28 Tweet Email5 Source: European ParliamentEVERY FIVE YEARS citizens of the European Union get the opportunity to vote for who will represent them in the European Parliament.The elections will take place across the EU over a four-day period this month – between 23 and 26 May.Each Member State sets its own election day and Ireland will be going to the polls on Friday, 24 May.There are 751 outgoing MEPs who served in the 2014-2019 term, but fewer MEPs will be elected this time around: 705. The reduction is due to Brexit – Britain was due to leave the EU in March but obviously this didn’t happen. A decision was previously made to fill 27 of the UK’s 73 MEP places, and keep 46 vacant for possible future enlargement of the EU. This meant that Ireland got an additional two MEPs, bringing our total from 11 to 13. An additional seat is going to the Dublin constituency, bringing it to a four-seater; and Ireland South, which will become a five-seater; while Midlands North West will remain a four-seater.However, the delay in Brexit could impact those two extra seats. We’re focusing on the European elections here – but Irish people will also be voting in local elections, a referendum about divorce and – if you live in Cork city, Limerick city and county, or Waterford city and county – directly-elected mayors. You can read more about those votes here. Here’s a round-up of what you need to know:Are you registered? First up, are you actually registered to vote? You only have until Tuesday, 7 May, to make sure you are.There’s slightly different criteria for each vote:Referendum: You must be an Irish citizen and over 18European elections: You must be a citizen of the European Union and were 18 years old on 15 FebruaryLocal elections: As long as you’re over 18, you’re pretty much good to go. Irish, British, EU and non-EU citizens are entitled to votePlebiscites: The same criteria as the local elections appliesOnce you have that sussed, these are your next steps:If you think you’re already registered to vote, double-check. Visit CheckTheRegister.ie and input your details there. If you can find yourself, you’re sucking diesel. You may need to try variations of your name and address before your information appears. If nothing works, and you’re fairly sure you are registered to vote, contact your local council’s franchise section and see if they can help.If you’re not registered to vote, you’ll need a RFA2 form. It’s a simple form which you will need to bring to a garda station to be stamped (don’t forget to bring ID and also proof of address, just in case). Drop the completed form in to your local council before close of business on 7 May and you’ll be added to the supplementary register of electors.If you’re registered to vote but have moved recently, get a RFA3 form. This will allow you to add yourself to the supplementary register at your new address. It’s the same procedure as the RFA2 form – grab some ID and proof of address, head to the garda station, get it stamped, and drop it in to your local county council.If you’re already registered to vote but recently became an Irish citizen, update your details with a RFA5 form.Constituencies The Republic of Ireland has three European Parliament constituencies: Dublin, Midlands North West, and South. 50,856 Views Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Dublin is a four-seat constituency covering Dublin city, Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South DublinMidlands North West is a four-seat constituency, comprising Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo and WestmeathSouth is a five-seat constituency which includes Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Offaly, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and WicklowOne constituency covers all of Northern Ireland.CandidatesThere are 59 candidates running across the three constituencies.DublinFrances Fitzgerald TD (Fine Gael)Mark Durkan (Fine Gael, former SDLP leader)Barry Andrews (Fianna Fáil)Lynn Boylan MEP (Sinn Féin)Alex White (Labour)Clare Daly TD (Independents4Change)Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party, Dublin City councillorGary Gannon (Social Democrats, Dublin City councillor)Eílis Ryan (The Workers’ Party, Dublin City councillor)Gillian Brien (Solidarity/People Before Profit)Rita Harrold (Solidarity/People Before Profit)Alice Mary Higgins (Independent, current Senator)Eamon Murphy (Independent, pro-life activist)Hermann Kelly (Independent, founder Irexit Freedom to Prosper)Gemma O’Doherty (Independent, campaigner)Ben Gilroy (Independent, anti-eviction activist)Aisling McNiffe (Independent, carer)Mark Mullan (Independent, humanitarian aid worker)Tony Bosco Lowth (Independent, gardener and social entrepreneur)Midlands North WestMairead McGuinness MEP (Fine Gael)Maria Walsh (Fine Gael, former Rose of Tralee)Brendan Smith TD (Fianna Fáil)Anne Rabbitte TD (Fianna Fáil)Matt Carthy MEP (Sinn Féin)Dominic Hannigan (Labour)Saoirse McHugh (Green Party)Cyril Brennan (Solidarity/People Before Profit)Michael O’Dowd (Renua)Patrick Greene (Direct Democracy Ireland)Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan MEP ( Independent)Peter Casey (Independent, former presidential candidate)Dilip Mahapatra (Independent, doctor)Fidelma Healy Eames (Independent, former Fine Gael senator)Olive O’Connor (Independent, health advocate)James Miller (Independent)Diarmaid Mulcahy (Independent, business advisor)SouthDeirdre Clune MEP (Fine Gael)Seán Kelly MEP (Fine Gael)Andrew Doyle TD (Fine Gael)Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fáil, Wexford county councillor)Billy Kelleher TD (Fianna Fáil)Liadh Ní Riadh MEP (Sinn Féin)Shelia Nunan (Labour)Mick Wallace TD (Independents4Change)Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party senator)Adrienne Wallace (Solidarity/People Before Profit)Jan Van de Ven (Direct Democracy Ireland)Peter O’Loughlin (Identity Ireland)Breda Gardner (Independent Kilkenny county councillor)Diarmuid O’Flynn (Independent, anti-bailout campaigner)Liam Minehan (Independent, farmer)Walter Ryan Purcell (Independent, tour operator)Theresa Heaney (Independent, homemaker)Paddy Fitzgerald (Independent, retired farmer)Dolores Cahill (Independent/Irexit Freedom to Prosper)Maurice Sexton (Independent, scientist)Allan Brennan (Independent, project manager)Colleen Worthington (Independent, homemaker)Peter Madden (Independent, environmental educator)You can read more about the European elections, and how voting rules vary across EU Member States, here. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) invites you to the launch of Sotiris Manolopoulos autobiography A Migrant’s Journey. The book will be launched by the author himself. The presenter will be lawyer, poet and freelance journalist Dean Kalimniou. When: Sunday 6 April at 3.00 pm Where: Pontian Community of Melbourne, 345 Victoria St, Brunswick, Melbourne For more information, visit http://gaclmelbourne.wordpress.com
Bisphénol A : décelé en dose toxique dans les tickets de caisse Monde – L’Environmental Working Group a publié une étude démontrant la présence de bisphénol A (BPA) à un taux dangereux pour l’homme dans les tickets de caisse distribués par la grande distribution.Dans le collimateur des instances de contrôle de la santé au niveau mondial -et de l’Afssa en France-, le bisphénol A est une substance chimique hautement nocive pour l’organisme, qui peut avoir des effets négatifs sur le système hormonal, la prostate, le cerveau, et est susceptible de provoquer des cancers et des maladies cardiovasculaires. À lire aussiDétecter des polluants et des métaux lourds grâce à des nano-poilsSa dangerosité reconnue, particulièrement chez les nouveau-nés, l’a fait interdire dans de nombreux pays -comme la France- pour la composition des biberons. Mais il est pour l’instant toujours autorisé dans les contenants alimentaires comme les canettes et les boîtes de conserve, ou les contenants en plastique.Le 27 juillet, l’Environmental Working Group a publié les résultats d’une enquête alarmante : le BPA a été détecté dans les tickets de caisse de plus de 40% des enseignes de grande distribution aux États-Unis. Sur un seul reçu, on pourrait trouver jusqu’à douze fois la dose tolérée sans risque par un homme adulte. Les facturettes contiendraient ainsi mille fois plus de BPA que les boîtes de conserve. Une vraie bombe à retardement en matière de santé publique.Le 6 août 2010 à 10:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
SEATTLE — A study of Washington state teachers has found that deciding layoffs based solely on which teachers have the least seniority has a significant negative impact on students’ ability to learn, adding to a growing chorus calling for schools to take a hard look at union contracts dictating who gets to keep their jobs.The study comes as tens of thousands of teachers around the country stand to lose their jobs next year as federal stimulus money dries up. In most places, union contracts and other policies generally dictate that the least experienced teachers are the first to go.But that comes at a price, according to the study released exclusively to The Associated Press on Thursday.The Center for Education Data and Research at the University of Washington, which studies the relationships between education policies and student outcomes, looked at the 1,717 Washington state teachers who were given layoff notices in either of the past two years.Most of those teachers were given notices because they had the least seniority; nearly all of them ultimately kept their jobs, but many face layoffs next year as federal stimulus money used to retain them dries up.Researchers compared the actual layoff notice list with a list of teachers who would have been laid off using a measurement of effectiveness known as “value-added,” in which teachers are judged by the improvement of their students on standardized tests.
Nellore: District Superintendent of Police (SP) Aishwarya Rastogi advised the receptionists at police stations to receive the people, who visit for justice, with smile and respect. Aishwarya Rastogi participated in an orientation programme on soft skills at Umesh Chandra conference hall here on Saturday. Speaking at the meeting, Rastogi said that the State government had introduced ‘Spandana’ to resolve grievances of the public as an important programme. He asked the receptionists and other police personnel to receive public humbly, who visit police stations. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The SP suggested them to provide drinking water, seating and other amenities in all the stations. Police officials have to give a receipt to the petitioner soon after receiving complaint from them as a mandatory practice. They should perform their duties with positive attitude and sincere efforts. Every police personnel should feel proud and deliver the best services to the public in their jurisdiction,’ the SP stated. Psychologist Dr Suresh Babu provided special class to the receptionists on the aspects of role and response, body language, positive attitude, organisational ability, good listening skills, how to interact with the petitioner and knowledge on subject. Additional SP (Admin) P Parameswar Reddy, DSPs Kota Reddy, Sridhar and others were present.
A Cuban state airways plane with 110 passengers and crew on board crashed shortly after taking off from Havana on Friday, leaving a mass of twisted and smouldering fuselage, as the country’s president warned many people were feared dead.Cuban state media reported that three women had been pulled alive from the mangled wreckage and were in critical condition in hospital.There was no other official mention of survivors from the nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737, operated by Cubana de Aviacion. It crashed into a field close to a wooded area near Jose Marti airport, sending a thick column of acrid smoke into the air.The 110 people aboard included six Mexican crew, said the Mexico-based company that leased the plane, Global Air, also known as Aerolineas Damojh.Two victims were Argentine, the country’s foreign ministry said. Most of the others were Cuban, according to state media.The plane—carrying 104 passengers—was almost completely destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire. Firefighters raced to the scene along with a fleet of ambulances to put out the blaze.Emergency personnel combed through the wreckage, lending little hope that there could be other survivors.What appeared to be one of the wings of the plane was wedged among scorched tree trunks, but the main fuselage was almost entirely destroyed.Cuba’s president Miguel Diaz-Canel, who visited the scene, told AFP authorities feared the worst.“The news is not very promising—it seems that there is a high number of victims,” Diaz-Canel said.The 58-year-old president, who succeeded Raul Castro as the communist island’s leader only last month, appeared aghast as he surveyed the recovery efforts, wearing a short-sleeved green shirt and surrounded by officials.He said an investigation into the cause of the accident was underway.Cuba declared two days of national mourning.Raul Castro sent condolences to families of the victims of the “catastrophic accident,” a statement read, as Russian president Vladimir Putin and a string of Latin American leaders also expressed sympathy.‘The explosion shook everything’Airport sources said the plane took off at 12:08 pm (1608 GMT) heading for the eastern city of Holguin, 670 kilometres (415 miles) away.From the supermarket where he works near the airport, Jose Luis, 49, said he could see the plane taking off before it banked and plunged to the ground.“I saw it taking off. All of a sudden, it made a turn, and went down. We were all amazed,” he said.Yasniel Diaz, a 21-year-old musician, said the pilot appeared to attempt an emergency landing, but crashed instead.“The explosion shook everything,” he said.“I started running, I was so afraid.”Images from Cuban television showed rescue workers at the scene removing what appeared to be a survivor on a stretcher as rain began to fall.Anguished relativesGlobal Air said the plane was flying with a crew of six Mexicans—the pilot, co-pilot, three flight attendants and a maintenance technician.In Mexico City, anguished relatives and colleagues of the crew gathered outside the company’s offices demanding information—some of them hugging and crying.“I was friends with the captain, with the co-pilot, with the head flight attendant,” said a former Global Air employee, 44-year-old Ana Marlene Covarrubias.“When I heard the news on the phone, I thought it was one of those jokes people play,” she told AFP.Mexico said it had sent two civil aviation specialists to help in the investigation.The Mexican communications and transportation ministry said the plane was built in 1979. Global Air had the necessary permits to lease it, and had passed inspections in November last year, it said.The company, formed in 1990, had a fleet of three planes, all Boeing 737s.Prior to Friday’s crash, Cuba’s most recent air accident occurred in April 2017, when eight military personnel died when a Russian-made AN-26 transport aircraft went down in western Cuba.The country’s last major airline disaster was in November 2010 when a Cuban Aerocaribbean jet crashed on a flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, killing all 68 people on board, including 28 foreigners.
This handout video grab taken and received on 9 November, 2018 via the Instagram account of Chris Newport shows a man fighting with policemen in downtown Melbourne after he stabbed a number of people. Photo: AFPA Somali-born Australian who carried out a deadly knife rampage in Melbourne held extremist views and was known to intelligence services, authorities said Saturday, as they carried out raids and interviewed dozens of witnesses.Australian Federal Police said 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali — who was shot dead after driving a 4×4 laden with gas cylinders into the city centre and stabbing three people — fled to Australia as a child with his family in the 1980s.He stabbed three people before being confronted by members of the public and armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest. One of his victims died at the scene while two others were wounded.Authorities have questioned around 35 people who saw the rush hour attack, which although crude, was said to have been designed to “cause terror and cause maximum casualties” in the heart Australia’s bustling second city.Armed officers raided two addresses in the west and northeast of the city, linked to the perpetrator’s family and associates, although there is not thought to be an ongoing threat.The man killed by Shire Ali was named by local media as 74-year-old Sisto Malaspina, an icon of Melbourne’s thriving culinary culture who ran a famous Italian cafe.Two other men wounded in the attack are still being treated but are expected to make a recovery.Difficult questionsAustralian authorities now face difficult questions about how Shire Ali, who was known to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation for at least three years, was able to carry out an attack.He had his Australian passport revoked in 2015 amid fears he was trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.His brother will go on trial next year on separate terror-related charges — accused of trying to acquire a firearm and kill people in a New Years’ Eve crowd.”The assessment was made that whilst he had radicalised views he didn’t pose a threat to the national security environment,” Ian Mccartney, a federal police counterterrorism official said of Shire Ali.Mccartney described the attack as a “wake up call” even as the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, where Australian forces are part of a coalition fighting the group.”The circumstances of how he and when he moved from having these radicalised views to carrying out this attack yesterday will be a key focus of the investigation,” Mccartney added.The Islamic State group — which often claims responsibility for such attacks — said via its propaganda arm that the perpetrator was an “Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation.”It provided no evidence to back its claim.Witness footage showed police struggling for at least a minute to corral the towering man as he lunged, slashed and stabbed wildly at two officers.At least two members of the public stepped in to help police. One man was armed with a cafe chair while another — swiftly dubbed an “Aussie hero” on social media — repeatedly tried to ram the suspect with an empty metal shopping cart.But the attacks continued unabated before one officer opted for lethal force, shooting the suspect in the chest.Tried to deescalateThe officers “tried to verbally deescalate” said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.”Once the officer is off the view that there is an imminent threat to life,” he added. “That is when firearms are drawn.”Witness Chris Newport, 60, described how he had been returning from a job interview when he heard a loud noise and saw a truck on fire, rolling across the tram tracks before a second, louder bang.”In a split second everything changes” Newport told AFP, describing Shire Ali manically brandishing a knife. “You can’t imagine someone deciding to do that.”Police said that his improvised explosive device was made up of gas cylinders and some form of lighter and “certainly wasn’t sophisticated”.Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said the country would be unflinching in the fight against “radical, violent… extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life”.Shire Ali “sought to instill fear in our nation. Like those who tried before him, this terrorist failed,” he said.He cited more than a dozen foiled terror plots as evidence that Australians could have faith in their counterterrorism authorities.Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, a cosmopolitan metropolis of almost five million people famed for its cafes, bars, restaurants and high standard of living.Friday’s attack was a double blow for the city as it coincides with an ongoing murder trial of 28-year-old James Gargasoulas, accused of ploughing his car into crowds in the same area in 2017, killing six people. The motives for that attack are still unclear.
X Ivanka Perez/Houston Public MediaOn June 18, 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg (fourth from left) announced a murder charge against Andre Jackson for the alleged murder of Josué Flores in May 2016. Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner (center) said at a news conference Jackson had remained a suspect for HPD even though an initial charge was dropped in 2017. 00:00 /00:52 Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted Andre Jackson for the alleged murder of Josué Flores after being presented with new DNA evidence that was examined in a Florida laboratory.Flores’ murder shocked Houston in May 2016 because of its brutality. The killer stabbed the child multiple times at the 1900 block of Fulton Street when the 11-year-old boy was returning to his home after leaving Marshall Middle School in the Near Northside neighborhood.Jackson, a 30 year-old homeless veteran, had previously been charged with Flores’ murder. But Ogg dropped the charges in July 2017 because of insufficient evidence that prosecutors felt could lead to a conviction.If prosecutors had proceeded to trial at that time and Jackson had been found not guilty, double jeopardy would have prevented the new charge announced Tuesday, according to the DA’s office.However, by dismissing the case against Jackson at that time, they reserved the right to charge him again should additional evidence be discovered.Now, the district attorney says there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt against Jackson, but she didn’t provide details about what the new evidence is. She announced the murder charge at a news conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Council Member Karla Cisneros and Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.“We look forward to presenting all the evidence at trial and finally delivering justice for Josue, his family and the community,” Ogg said in a news release.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo released a statement about Jackson’s indictment. He said HPD maintained the belief that “Mr. Jackson was the individual responsible for Josue’s murder.”Acevedo added his department looks forward to “supporting the Flores family as this case proceeds through the criminal courts.”Statement from Chief @ArtAcevedo on update in Josue Flores investigation: #hounews pic.twitter.com/n66yg1vrxy— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 18, 2019Finner said officers arrested Jackson in Baytown and he is in custody. He added Houston police had Jackson under surveillance for several days.Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the 263rd Harris County District Court. If convicted, Jackson faces five to 99 years in prison, or life.Jackson has publicly claimed he is innocent.Flores’ 2016 murder shook residents of the Near Northside, prompting multiple changes in the area. Residents formed Safe Walk Home, a grassroots initiative to look after kids as they walk to and from school.The killing also prompted residents to push for the Salvation Army to relocate its men’s shelter out of the neighborhood.People in the area had long complained about high crime and unsafe conditions associated with the large number of indigent men in the area.The City of Houston also responded by tightening up regulations on boarding houses.You can watch Ogg’s news conference here:Press Conference: Grand Jury Indictment https://t.co/BAFlwhYgJG— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) June 18, 2019 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
Kolkata: Six people were crushed to death and 12 injured when a truck rammed into a tea stall as the driver lost control over the vehicle in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, police said. “A speeding truck rammed into a roadside tea shop near Kharagpur area on National Highway 6 on Thursday evening. Six people were killed in the accident,” an officer from the Kharagpur police station said.The people gathered at the shop for evening snacks.”Twelve people sustained injuries in the accident. They have been admitted to hospitals in Kharagpur and Midnapore,” he said.The truck has been seized while the driver fled the spot.
Photo: PixabayGo to Malta PrideCelebrate Malta as a haven for LGBTI people by attending the annual Pride festival on 15 September 2018. The festivities take place in Malta’s historic capital Valletta, which is also this year’s European Capital of Culture.Immerse yourself in history and cultureMalta is something of an ornate melting pot when it comes to history and culture, owing to the many countries and societies who have ruled the islands through the ages.Among Malta’s most important historical and cultural sites are Saint John’s Co-Cathedral – a 16th century baroque building dripping with opulence – and the Lascaris War Rooms, a complex maze of underground tunnels dating back to WW2. Both are found in the beautiful city of Valletta.Jet2holidays offer ABTA and ATOL-protected package holidays including flights, transfers, rep service and a fantastic range of 2-5* hotels.One such example is this modern, stylish 3*+ in the town of St Julian’s, a 25-minute car ride from Valletta. Many of the chic, comfortable rooms overlook the stunning St Julian’s Bay. The hotel also boasts a sea terrace and pool.Another hotel with a contemporary and funky vibe is the 3*+ beHotel, also in St. Julian’s. This 278-room stopover is in the heart of Paceville, the town’s buzzing nightlife scene. Alternatively, enjoy a drink in the hotel’s own rooftop bar and pool before getting an early night, and enjoying an in-room spa treatment the next day.This three star hotel is found in the lively area of St. Julian’s Paceville, known for its entertainment and nightlife. The hotel is also only a five minutes’ walk from St. George’s Bay and the beautiful Golden Mile Beach. Each room is spacious and modern with a private balcony, perfect for relaxing in the sunshine..Finally to St Paul’s Bay and this gigantic, ultramodern four star hotel. Expect beautiful balcony views among the 484 rooms, including that of St Paul’s Islands. You can look forward to accessing a private beach, six swimming pools, the Myoka Spa, on-site casino, a water sports center and even an accredited diving school!For more information about Jet2holidays, visit their dedicated page on Malta.Jet2holidays is a client of Gay Star News. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Firstly, the location. The three islands that make up the country – Malta, Gozo and Comino – are found almost directly in the center of the Mediterranean, 60 miles from Sicily. As such, temperatures are warm almost all year round.Secondly, there’s Malta famously LGBTI-friendly reputation. Despite being a deeply religious country, (the most popular religion being Roman Catholicism), Malta once again topped this year’s ILGA-Europe ‘Rainbow Index’, which ranks countries by how their laws and policies promote sexual and gender equality.Malta is a major destination for Jet2holidays, the UK’s second biggest tour operator who provide package holidays from nine UK bases – London Stansted, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, East Midlands, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast International.As such, we’ve teamed up with the friendly, customer-focused Which? Travel Brand of the Year for this quick fire guide on what to do and where to stay in the Med’s most stunning archipelago…Go set-jettingSeason One of Game of Thrones was filmed in many locations across Malta and Gozo. Meanwhile Popeye Village Malta, the set of the live action 1980 film, based on the iconic cartoon sailor, is now a major tourist attraction. This beautiful location is the perfect backdrop for blockbuster films and hit series.Attend one of Malta’s amazing music festivalsYou can catch the likes of Rita Ora and Martin Garrix at the epic Creamfields fest, which celebrates its 20-year birthday this year. It takes place from 14-15 August – the perfect excuse for a summer break! Two more huge annual music festivals in Malta include Annie Mac’s Lost and Found and the Isle of MTV, Sadly these have been and gone for 2018, but Lost and Found returns in May 2019, and Isle of MTV in June.Get active on the water (and on land)Last year, Malta was named the second best diving location in the world at the Diver Awards. Furthermore, the temperate, crystal clear waters surrounding the islands are popular for sailing, surfing, swimming, kayaking, paragliding, jet skiing and snorkelling. Meanwhile, on land, Malta’s rocky, scorched terrain is perfect for rock climbing, hiking, cycling, horse-riding and jeep-safaris. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) There are many reasons to visit magical Malta, the world’s tenth smallest country, home to just 400,000 people. GAYSTARNEWS- Why LGBT Travelers love Malta as the number one destination on Europe Rainbow Index?This is the most LGBTI-friendly country in EuropeSeychelles LGBT Chair meets Prime Minister of MaltaRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/malta-lgbti-friendly/ Malta is known for its crystal clear waters Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more April 24, 2013 — Varian Medical Systems and Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) announced a collaboration to further advance motion management techniques for proton therapy. The multi-year agreement, aimed at optimizing treatment strategies for indications such as cancer in the lung, liver, pancreas and breast, will evaluate strategies using a 4-D treatment planning simulator developed by PSI.Proton therapy involves the use of a controlled beam of protons to target tumors with higher levels of precision than is possible with other forms of radiation therapy, potentially limiting damage to healthy surrounding tissue.The Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland is a pioneer in the development of intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) techniques, and specializes in the treatment of pediatric patients. “We hope to exploit our unique methods for simulating clinically realistic organ motions for the study of motion mitigation techniques for spot scanned proton therapy,” says Professor Tony Lomax from PSI. “This project will utilize 4-D motion data sets and dose calculations that can uniquely model patient motion variations that are difficult to capture with conventional data sets.””Varian’s ProBeam proton system was developed in collaboration with the PSI,” says Moataz Karmalawy, general manager of Varian’s Particle Therapy division. “We are delighted to expand our partnership with this internationally respected institute to include the development of indications-specific solutions. This collaboration will support our customers in the fight against cancers that have not typically been treated with proton therapy in the past.”The ability to treat moving tumors is increasingly important for proton therapy facilities worldwide. “When testing motion mitigation techniques, it’s important to have a tool that can simulate the timed dose delivery for realistic tumor cases to determine the relative merit of the different techniques,” says Jan Timmer, marketing director for Varian Particle Therapy. “PSI has developed excellent software for 4-D treatment planning and we want to support its further development and the ongoing evaluation of motion management techniques.”For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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Related posts:Private-sector employers offer 1.33 percent salary hike Private sector employers propose 1.62 percent salary increase for 2015 Government, private-sector unions negotiate wage hikes for second half of 2015 Private-sector employers offer 0.94 percent wage increase for second half of 2015 Unions leaders on Monday presented Labor Ministry officials with a request for salary hikes for the private sector, to be applied in the second half of the year.“Our basic proposal is a wage adjustment of 4.12 percent, corresponding to 3.75 percent of cumulative inflation from the first five months of the year, plus 0.37 percent still pending from previous negotiations,” said Rafael Mora, a leader of the National Association of Public and Private Employees.The unions’ request is a first step in the process of setting wage increases, which will continue next Monday when representatives of employers will present a counter-proposal.On June 25, Labor Ministry officials will present the government’s proposal in a meeting with members of unions and employers’ chambers. The three sectors, combined in the National Wages Council, will try to reach an agreement on a final figure.Mora said unions also would seek to change wage policy so that increases mostly benefit base salaries, or lower ranking workers.“I hope this administration finally changes wage policies and that a change generates a positive influence on social inequality,” Mora said in a statement.Labor Minister Víctor Morales last week said officials may change the formula used to calculate wage hikes, which has been in place since October 2011. The current system uses projected inflation for the first half of the year. Officials may instead use real inflation for the same period.Accumulated inflation through May was 3.75 percent, while the Central Bank estimates first-semester inflation at 1.98 percent.“If we follow the established formula, the increase would correspond to just 0.31 percent. That increase would be unacceptable not only for workers but for this administration as well,” Morales said.Private-sector employees, estimated at 1.3 million, received a 3.78 percent salary increase last October. Facebook Comments
SevenRooms rolling out software in 70 plus Jumeirah Group RestaurantsSevenRooms rolling out software in 70 plus Jumeirah Group RestaurantsAs the hospitality industry’s leading reservation, seating and guest management platform, SevenRooms will be rolling out their software across 70+ Jumeirah Group restaurants and venues, expanding their United Arab Emirates footprint.In an age of increasing competition, hotels are recognizing the importance of guest personalization, with 77 percent of consumers choosing or paying more for a brand that provides a personalized experience.SevenRooms is doing just that, giving Jumeirah Group the data and tools they need to focus on their key differentiator: guest experience.With SevenRooms, Jumeirah Group will have the ability to not only personalize the F&B experience on property, but share data to improve operations and streamline service across the group. Additionally, Jumeirah Group will be able to collect and share detailed guest history and order data through a point of sale integration. This will enable them to remarket and drive business through superior guest experiences.Source = SevenRooms