OTTAWA – A decades-old sore spot in the Canadian federation is days away from another flare-up as the country’s finance ministers prepare to discuss potential tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments.British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said in an interview that the federal government is proposing a change to include non-residential property values as part of the complex calculation.The adjustment would likely make it more difficult for provinces with property values well above the national average — such as B.C. and Ontario — to qualify as recipients of equalization payments from Ottawa.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to those in other provinces. The program is coming due for its twice-a-decade update before the 2019-20 fiscal year — and since it’s a federal program, Ottawa can make unilateral changes.Historically, equalization has been a source of conflict between governments within the federation.Under the current formula, the provinces that received shares of this year’s $18-billion equalization envelope — the so-called “have-not” provinces — included Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Prince Edward Island and Ontario. Quebec easily took in the largest share in 2017-18 at $11 billion.The other provinces — B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador — did not receive anything through the constitutionally guaranteed equalization program.The B.C. government warns that going forward the inclusion of non-residential property values in the formula would make it more difficult for the province to qualify for payments in the event of an economic downturn.The issue is a top concern for James ahead of meetings Sunday and Monday in Ottawa with her federal, provincial and territorial counterparts.“We certainly don’t agree with that direction — we’ve seen no research that has shown that it makes sense to change the weighting in the equalization payments,” James told The Canadian Press.“I’ll certainly be standing up for our province … and telling the federal minister of finance that these aren’t acceptable changes.”James said the update would mean the formula would deem B.C. to have untapped capacity to generate additional property tax revenue. She argued it’s based on the assumption B.C. municipalities could raise tax rates on properties, which have seen their values soar in recent years.To determine whether a province qualifies for an equalization payment, and for how much, the formula measures each province’s ability to raise revenues, or their fiscal capacity.James wants Ottawa to make sure the short- and long-term impacts for all provinces have been explored before it moves forward.With the renewal of the equalization formula scheduled for 2019, this weekend’s meeting will likely be the first of many federal-provincial discussions on the matter.B.C. isn’t the only province with concerns about the proposal.“When it comes to the potential of generating more revenue from the high prices of real estate, which is what British Columbia is arguing, we don’t have the capacity to squeeze out more money from the system,” Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said in an interview.Sousa said his province has lowered its revenue expectations for the real estate sector after the introduction of measures to cool red-hot markets, such as the Toronto region.“So, I agree with British Columbia that we can’t basically assess certain real estate valuations as a means to assess equalization payments,” he said.Ontario has been receiving equalization payments since 2009 as a have-not province. But after improvements to its economy in recent years, the province is expected to return to “have” status some time in the next couple of years.A senior Ontario government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the proposed change could be the difference between whether it collects equalization or not.“Our concern is that if the last years taught us anything, it’s that property values are volatile in both British Columbia and in Ontario,” said the official, who would prefer a phased-in approach.“We would rather have it dealt with in a more tempered way, rather than just jumping right off the cliff on it.”Chloe Luciani-Girouard, a spokeswoman for federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, wrote in an email Thursday that Ottawa will always listen to the concerns of provinces and territories — and will take them “very seriously.”The future of the equalization formula will also be a priority for Newfoundland and Labrador at the meetings.The province’s economy, hit hard in recent years by the commodity slump, still failed to qualify for equalization payments this year and Finance Minister Tom Osborne doesn’t expect it to next year, either.Osborne said in an interview that the current formula only addresses revenue and doesn’t account for the different costs of services between provinces.He says his province, with its small, dispersed population, faces the highest costs of services in Canada — and they’re growing at an “unsustainable” clip.Osborne plans to push his counterparts on the issue in hope of changing the formula so that it reflects both revenue and expenditures.“If anybody can explain to me how we’re a have-province, I’d like to hear it, because we’re certainly not a have-province,” he said.The formula is also based on a three-year moving average of economic growth, so a province’s have- or have-not status can lag economy-altering events.The country’s finance ministers will discuss a range of issues during the meetings — from cannabis taxation, to the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan, to the state of the global economy. The ministers are also scheduled to meet Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.Ahead of the meetings, Morneau will distribute updated figures outlining how much the neediest provinces can expect to receive from Ottawa in the next fiscal year, 2018-19.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
There stood once a Mandir. There stood once a Masjid. Today, neither is there a Mandir nor is there a Masjid. Now, tell what should be there, Mandir or Masjid? One set wants Mandir. The other set says Masjid. The question repeats itself, again and again. Without fail. In private. In public. In court. In Parliament. In cabinet meetings. In newspapers. In television studios. In tea stalls. In drawing rooms. Now, tell what should be there, Mandir or Masjid? Also Read – A special kind of bondLitigation. Strife. Death. Destruction. Still, the question is asked: Now, tell what should be there, Mandir or Masjid? The Supreme Court appointed panel’s brief is to mediate an answer to the question. Not that mediation hasn’t been tried before. Three or maybe four times. Every time a failure. The top court believes one more try will not hurt anybody. Not everybody’s convinced. But everybody’s going along because it’s the honourable Supreme Court’s decision and the honourable Supreme Court cannot be wrong, ever. The best thing is for the honourable Supreme Court itself to make the decision to the all-important question that repeats itself. But, then, it runs the risk of being reduced to dishonourable by a section. Unthinkable! Also Read – Insider threat managementThe problem is the honourable Supreme Court does not want to find itself in such a dishonourable situation. That being said, the issue has been hanging fire for so long, only a dishonourable (to one party to the dispute) decision can bust the Catch 22. It appears the honourable Supreme Court isn’t anywhere in that dishonourable class. So, the three-member panel to mediate a dishonourable compromise (dishonourable to one party) of sorts. Let’s call the spade a spade. Not beat around the bush. Stop being politically correct. Not act shy, coy! One of the parties to the dispute will have to back off and accept a dishonourable exit. Will it happen? Already, dishonourable voices are being raised. If somebody doesn’t like the presence of one particular individual in the panel, somebody else is insisting the mediators shouldn’t miss that there’s one irrefutable parameter paramount to the dispute. That a Mandir existed at the spot and ‘Mandir Wahin Banayenge’. The guy who’s talking of the irrefutable parameter is Hindu. The chap who doesn’t like one particular panel member is Muslim. This second gentleman is a barrister of law and the other one is a pretender in law, an economist never economical with words. Both have inserted themselves into the dispute and are capable of raising hell if one of them doesn’t fancy the final decision. Mediation is not their cup of joy. They share qualities: Intransigent. Stubborn. Obdurate. Unbending. Obstinate. Inveterate. Rigid. Unbending. The Mandir-Masjid issue is essentially a title dispute into which archaeologists dug deep and found more than dirt. But the intransigence and unyielding obduracy is so deep, even proof of existence did not make a difference. A high court took the bull by the horns to try and break the conundrum, but then there was the remedy – the honourable Supreme Court. Ha! The honourable Supreme Court is playing safe. It doesn’t want blood on its hands. It is refusing to do its duty. Lay it out in black & white. The chap with the irrefutable parameter and the guy who doesn’t like one of the mediators because he has a couple of Hindu prefixes to his name, both should be made to pipe down, forced to make dishonourable exits, put on their compromising hats. But then, there is the article Freedom of Expression. So, the top court’s hands are tied. How about posting a posse outside both these gentlemen’s pads? To keep an eye on them and, at the same time, provide them protection! They cannot raise Cain over that, can they? The point is, now that it’s been ruled that mediation will act icebreaker, perceived hell-raisers, like the two gentlemen, should be taken care of, gently reminded that they will be held to account for making irresponsible statements with the entitlement of Freedom of Expression. The top court cannot leave everything to the government and vice versa. A show of spines is in order. The icing on the cake is if the mediators succeed and both parties agree to one party making a dishonourable exit for the honourable apex court to make a decision that will be honoured, then this stubborn issue of incalculable obduracy, unpersuadable tenacity, will be settled once and for all and no political party will be able to use it for electoral advantage. The discomfort is already there for all to see on the faces of spokespersons of this and that party. It’s time nobody asks ever again the question: “Now, tell what should be there, Mandir or Masjid?” (The views are strictly personal)
Mumbai: Actor Sunny Leone, who is gearing up for the final season of the web series ‘Karenjit Kaur – The Untold Story of Sunny Leone’, says she often broke into tears while filming it as she had to go down the memory lane and revisit some dark chapters of her life. “It was certainly not easy for me to revisit some of the chapter of my life that are dark, that I wanted to believe were a nightmare that which would get over soon. When my mother passed away, my father was diagnosed with cancer and within some time, he also passed away. I got married, got an invitation for an Indian TV show…there was too much happening very fast,” Sunny said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Some of the situations were hurtful and I never ever wanted to visit those memories ever again. During the shooting, I broke down so badly. Seeing me breaking down like that, (my husband) Daniel Weber felt terrible and helpless because he cannot fix anything of those chapters of my life. Losing my parents was terrible.” Sunny forayed into Indian showbiz with television show ‘Bigg Boss’. Sunny also appeared in films like Jism 2, Ek Paheli Leela, Raees and One Night Stand. “I think now I know the world of Bollywood a little better. The first few films in my initial years were like being in a Bollywood boot camp.” Asked about the most difficult thing that she has faced in India, Sunny pointed out that it’s the hierarchy in the society. She is working hard to strike a balance between personal and professional life.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Police have arrested 58 airline catering workers for blocking intersections near American Airlines’ headquarters during a protest over low pay.The protest Tuesday was organized by Unite Here, which represents 11,000 workers at the catering company LSG Sky Chefs.The union says one in four workers who provide food for American Airlines flights earns less than $12 per hour. The union is pressuring American, Delta and United to pay more to catering companies so they can improve pay and benefits.American says it’s not part of the negotiations, but it’s confident Sky Chefs and the union will reach an agreement with better terms for employees.A Fort Worth police spokesman says the people arrested were fined $274 each for violating a city code against obstructing streets and sidewalks.The Associated Press
In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said Mr. Ban “extends his sincere condolences to the Iranian Government and people, particularly the families of those who have died.”According to media reports, the 6.3 magnitude quake killed at least 37 people and injured 850. It also destroyed some 700 homes and devastated two small villages.Mr. Ban also expressed his deepest sympathy to those affected by the disaster, and reiterated the UN’s readiness to provide assistance and mobilize international support that may be needed.
RCT has looked to broaden its automation package with three products suited to various levels of technology adoption that can be tailored to mine-specific installations.The company’s ControlMaster® automation solutions encompass surface and underground mines to help increase productivity and profitability on site.In the past year, its solutions have broadened extensively to directly meet industry demands and will continue to do so into the future, the company said.“Unlike other automation solutions on the market, RCT’s offering is unique in that it’s agile across all mobile machines, regardless of make or model; making it ideal for site’s operating mixed fleets and those not wanting to replace existing infrastructure,” RCT says.RCT’s Automation and Control Product Manager Brendon Cullen said: “RCT knows there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to automation. Different mine sites are at different stages and the majority of them are operating diverse fleets.“We wanted to ensure we are able to supply various levels of automation to suit client’s equipment and requirements while empowering them with the options of making staged upgrades if, and when required down the track.”Part of this journey was the ability to adapt and deliver new features to the market to ensure clients get the most out of the company’s autonomous equipment, RCT said.Starting its automation journey is RCT’s Guidance Automation package; driverless technology that allows the operator to control machines from the comfort of an Automation Centre (pictured).Cullen said: “Guidance Automation has already proven to combat operator fatigue considerably as less concentration is required to keep mobile machines from hitting the drive walls allowing operators to focus on the important tasks like digging.”The Guidance Automation package includes Point-to-Point; which allows a machine to tram from one point to the other with the simple push of a button.“It will stay on the optimal path, with no intervention needed. This feature improves tramming time, reduces machine damage and improves productivity and profitability,” Cullen said.In addition to this, the package addresses the demand for more relevant information with – Guidance Dash (G-Dash). This additional screen empowers operators with real-time information on their machine and surroundings, according to the company.Used in conjunction with RCT’s ControlMaster® Guidance, G-Dash gives operators a graphical representation of the machine displaying its articulation angle, waypoint, locations, machine’s speed, RPM and pitch and roll. This ensures it’s placed in the best position for the ideal dig every time, RCT says.RCT’s Guidance Expand is the next package, offering additional optional extras to further enhance Guidance Automation to suit specific mine requirements.“This allows clients to add certain features that are necessary to improve the autonomous process,” Cullen said.“Clients might only have the need for one or two additional features and this option allows clients to select the options they deem necessary to suit their purposes.”Expand comprises of Select, Control, AutoNav, AutoLoad, DigAssist and G-Data, all of which empower operators with more information and enable them to further increase productivity, RCT says.“These advanced options allow sites to implement step-by-step autonomous advancements,” Cullen said.Rounding out the release is RCT’s Infinite package, which combines all the “latest technology available to deliver the full mining solution; allowing clients to stay at the forefront with our technological advancements”, RCT says.At present this includes Automation, Traffic Management, Telematics, Network, People and Asset Tracking, Integration and more.“We are constantly innovating at RCT and our clients on the Infinite package will be the first to experience our advancements,” Cullen said.
Monday 27 Mar 2017, 12:46 PM Our family is so grateful for the first responders, the medical personnel, the assistance of government agencies in the United States and Great Britain along with the generosity and assistance of Delta Airlines in arranging for our travel to and from London. So many people have been so kind, and we are deeply touched by their goodness and generosity. Your notes, prayers, donations and love have helped us so much. Image: Family photo “So many people have been so kind”: Family of US man killed in London 54-year-old Kurt Cochran had been in London with his wife Melissa, who was seriously injured. Short URL 4 Comments Kurt and Melissa Cochran THE FAMILY OF an American man killed in last week’s terror attack in London have thanked the police and emergency services for their help and support.54-year-old Kurt Cochran, from the state of Utah, had been in London with his wife Melissa, who was seriously injured in Wednesday’s attack.Three other people were killed and 50 wounded before the attacker was shot dead by armed police.“This has been a humbling and difficult experience, but we’ve felt the love of so many people during these past several days,” the family statement said. The most difficult part of all of this is that Kurt is no longer with us, and we miss him terribly. He was an amazing individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place. He left a legacy of generosity and service that continues to inspire us. By Daragh Brophy Kurt and Melissa Cochran Image: Family photo Mar 27th 2017, 12:46 PM We are deeply saddened to lose him but are grateful that the world is coming to know him and be inspired by him. Thank you for your many stories that have touched our family and helped us remember and celebrate his life. Thank you.Cochran and his wife were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return to the United States the following day.It was their first trip abroad together.Cochran owned a recording studio in his home state.His friend, Evan Mullaly, told the BBC: “He was always happy-go-lucky, very passionate about his work in the music industry.The kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back, a genuinely kind human being. It’s a tragedy what happened.Police investigating the attack on parliament made a new arrest yesterday as officials set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the messaging service that was used by the killer.A dozen people have been arrested since Wednesday’s attack by 52-year-old Khalid Masood who deliberately ran down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge then stabbed a policeman just inside the gates of the parliament building.Nine people have been released without charge, while a 58-year-old man remains in custody and a 32-year-old woman has been released on bail.- With reporting from AFP Read: UK government demands access to WhatsApp messages after London attack >Read: London attacker: What we know so far about Khalid Masood > 14,954 Views http://jrnl.ie/3308959 It has been a tender experience for our family to be together with Melissa here. Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family. She is so grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity. Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Le blaireau, une espèce méconnue et menacée Espèce méconnue bien qu’en danger de disparition, le blaireau est en France comme dans le reste de l’Europe menacé par la chasse comme par le trafic routier. Alors que sa population serait restreinte à 150.000 spécimens dans l’Hexagone, les défenseurs de l’environnement tentent de sensibiliser le public au danger qui pèse sur l’espèce. Considéré en France comme une espèce faisant l’objet d’une préoccupation mineure, le blaireau est en Italie, comme aux Pays-Bas, en Belgique et au Luxembourg, inscrit sur la liste rouge en tant qu’espèce protégée. “Un scandale” pour l’Association pour la Protection des Animaux Sauvages (Aspas) et l’association Meles, qui étudie et tente de protéger les blaireaux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Elles viennent ainsi de publier une brochure, baptisée Vive le blaireau !, dans laquelle est présentée “la vie secrète” d’une espèce menacée mais encore méconnue. L’Aspas et Meles dénoncent surtout la désinformation menée autour “du blaireau” en France alors qu’il est protégé dans de nombreux pays européens. L’espèce est victime du trafic routier mais aussi des chasseurs, qui les tuent “sous prétexte de garantir la santé publique ou par simple divertissement. Avec violence, avec acharnement, contre toute logique scientifique, mais avec l’appui des autorités”, s’insurgent les défenseurs de l’environnement cités par Libération. Les blaireaux sont en effet tués en raison de la tuberculose bovine, une maladie qui touche pourtant peu ces mustélidés en France.”Ce sont de véritables campagnes d’éradication du mustélidé qui ont lieu, sous prétexte de garantir la sécurité publique, alors que des études scientifiques ont démontré que non seulement la destruction de blaireaux n’enraye en rien la maladie, mais qu’au contraire, elle augmenterait l’incidence de la tuberculose bovine sur le cheptel bovin” affirme l’Aspas. Aujourd’hui, il resterait 150.000 blaireaux dans l’Hexagone. Les protecteurs de l’espèce entendent avec leur brochure sensibiliser public et autorités au sort d’un “animal fascinant et utile dans les écosystèmes où il est présent”. Le 31 mars 2012 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 13, 2018 – Kingston – In another move to bring customers closer to the things they love most, Digicel has partnered with SportsMax, the Official Broadcast Partners of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, to provide exciting sports coverage to over 13 million customers. With 13 channels providing live and delayed content, customers will get the best in sports coverage on their TVs and on-the-go with the PlayGo app.Transforming the way the region experiences the winter games, SportsMax will be broadcasting in full HD and providing multiple viewership options across 25 countries through traditional cable TV, mobile and free-to-air television. Digicel has the largest fibre to the home cable network and fastest internet speeds in the region, so this coupled with the ease of access to TV for all PlayGo subscribers gives SportsMax phenomenal reach across the Caribbean.“We know our athletes will carry their tropical spirit and sunshine to compete in PyeongChang and even though we don’t have winter here, our athletes are still able to compete on a global stage among the best in the world” said Peter Lloyd, Director of Marketing at Digicel Caribbean Limited. He added, “We’re very proud of them and what they’ve achieved so far, because just qualifying for the winter games is an impressive feat and we want to support them in the best way we can, and that is by providing our customers with the best viewing experience to cheer our athletes on.”Olly McIntosh, CEO of IMC and SportsMax said, “As the official broadcast partners of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, we’re excited to bring the best coverage of the games to our viewers across the region. The partnership with Digicel has enabled us to reach everyone, whether they’re at home or on-the-go through the PlayGo app for all Android or Apple users, regardless of network provider.”In addition to the content from the games, SportsMax will produce and air daily shows, features and highlights covering all the activity. Smartphone users everywhere can download the PlayGo app from the Google Play store or Apple Store and watch the games no matter where they are. This puts the control in the viewers’ hands, allowing them to determine how and when they want to experience the games.Customers in select Caribbean markets will also get free access to watch the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games on the PlayGo TV app with an active Quick Pick bundle and can enjoy the games wherever they go with one hour free streaming each day, so they can catch the action on-the-go without sacrificing their data.Release: Digicel
The law enforcers cordoned off the house as they were reportedly conducting the operation at 12am. Photo: Prothom AloThe police said they arrested three female militants from a suspected militant den in Banonpara area of Bheramara upazila early Saturday.The law enforcers cordoned off the house as they were reportedly conducting the operation at 12am.They picked up, among the three, Tithi, wife of neo-JMB ameer Ayub Ali alias Sajib and Sumaiya, wife of second-in-command of neo-JMB, SM Mehedi Hasan, superintendent of Kushtia police, told Prothom Alo.The police also recovered suicide vest and one pistol from the spot.The police officer said a joint team of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and Detective Branch (DB) of police cordoned off a house around 12:00 am suspecting the house as militant den.A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit from Dhaka later joined the operation.
Share SHUTTERSTOCKThe Texas Capitol in Austin.Texas legislators are seeking to deny work-study aid to immigrants attending public college under a temporary residency permit, a move that starkly contrasts with a policy enacted 16 years ago that positioned the state as the nation’s most welcoming place for foreign-born students.Under the proposal, which is on the verge of clearing the Texas Legislature, only individuals eligible for federal financial aid would qualify for the state’s off-campus, work-study program.That group includes U.S. citizens, permanent residents and refugees. It doesn’t include students who came into the country illegally as children and have a work visa allowing them to stay longer, or immigrants granted permission to stay in the country because they were crime victims.It wasn’t immediately clear how many Texas college students would be denied services if the measure is enacted.Sen. Charles Schwertner, who sponsored the amendment, would not respond to requests for comment on the floor of the state Senate. At a hearing earlier this month he said the measure simply served to “ensure that students receiving state-subsidized employment are legally eligible to work in the United States.”“This amendment simply requires that the student qualify for federal financial aid,” he said. “You must have a Social Security card or be a U.S. citizen.”But immigrant advocates said that, to their knowledge, this is the first bill denying work-study aid to foreign-born students who are protected from deportation because of a temporary visa. The young people who benefit are called ‘dreamers’ because the program mimics versions of the so-called DREAM Act, which would have provided legal status for young immigrants but was never passed by Congress.“We were surprised to see this amendment,” said Nicholas Espiritu, a Los Angeles-based staff attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, who said his organization was not aware of another similar law.Immigration attorney Jacqueline Watson, the former Texas chairwoman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, explained that “the state rules for financial aid are historically broader and have broader eligibility requirements than federal financial aid.”“As long as you’re authorized to work you could participate in work study, so a DACA recipient could qualify,” said Watson, referring to Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is the federal program through which the immigrants receive temporary legal status.The new restriction was tacked on as an amendment to a non-contentious bill that cleared both chambers of the Legislature but awaits a final version.Watson said enacting the measure would represent an unfortunate change for Texas. It was the first to offer in-state college tuition for some immigrants in the country illegally back in 2001, under the Texas Dream Act, which benefited about 30,000 students in 2015, according to information compiled by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.“This is a setback from how we’ve been traditionally treating students,” Watson said. “As long as they were Texas students we wanted to make sure they were educated.”Karla Perez, a Houston DACA recipient currently in law school, said the prohibition was one of many state “efforts to undermine DACA,” including a Texas proposal in 2015 to remove in-state tuition for the students, similar to legislation filed this year.“There are a lot of obstacles for DACA students,” said Perez, 24, noting that many of the DACA recipients she knew in Texas had not even realized they could participate in the work study program in the past. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there.”This session, the Legislature approved a law compelling local police to inquire about peoples’ immigration status during routine interactions like traffic stops, and even threaten with jail time sheriffs and other law enforcement officials who refuse to comply. Opponents call it a “show your papers” law similar to one that sparked years of federal legal challenges in Arizona, but top Republicans say it will keep Texas safer.
Even though Portal was released some six years ago, gamers still talk fondly of it and replay the game often. So it’s not surprising to find Portal designer Kim Swift being the focus of attention whenever she is involved with a new game.Swift now works at Airtight Games as creative director, and they have just announced a new and rather unusual title called Soul Fjord. The game is a dungeon crawler with randomly-generated levels, but the twist comes in the form of a 70’s funk theme mixed with Norse mythology and a rhythm-based combat system. Still interested? Good.The team describes it as a rhythm-roguelike game that is rather unique, which I can’t argue with. It’s also unique beyond just the gameplay, though, as Airtight has done a deal to release it as an Ouya exclusive. To me that also suggests it’s going to eventually appear for other Android devices once the exclusivity period is up.There’s no release date announced for Soul Fjord yet, but the Ouya officially launches on June 4 so there’s a possibility it could be a launch title. And just like every other Ouya game out there it will require a free version be made available to try before you buy.This isn’t the first game Swift and her team have worked on together at Airtight. She was also creative director on puzzle platformer Quantum Conundrum released last year on Xbox 360, PS3, and for Windows. It got generally good reviews averaging in the high 70s on all platforms. Lets hope Soul Fjord improves on that and gives Ouya an early exclusive hit game.
Kolkata: Body of a youth was found from a roadside drain in West Port area on Saturday morning. Locals alleged that the deceased, Sarfaraz Alam (19), was missing for the past three days. According to police sources, Alam was associated with several illegal activities in the past. Recently, he had left his connections and was trying to come back to the mainstream.On Saturday morning around 8 am, locals saw a body inside a roadside drain. Immediately, West Port police station was informed. Later, police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy. Sources informed that when the body was pulled out from the drain some locals identified the deceased as Alam. His family members from Lenin Road under Garden Reach police station area were informed. Later Alam’s family members identified the body officially. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHis family members alleged that Alam had been murdered by his former friends who are connected with illegal activities in the Port area. According to police sources, the body was found in a decomposed state. Though it is not confirmed, it is being assumed that there were several injury marks on the body. As the body was already decomposed, it is hard to figure out what kind of injuries were there on his body. According to local sources, Alam used to be a member of a team of anti-social elements. His family members alleged that his old friends had murdered him as Alam was trying to leave their gang. Sources informed that Alam’s family members informed the police about one Sunny who is suspected to be connected with the murder. But police have not confirmed anything yet as they are waiting for the autopsy examination. Primarily a case of unnatural death has been registered at the West Port police station.
Jacob YankeePhoto/submittedShrewsbury – National Garden Clubs (NCG) has awarded a scholarship to Jacob Yankee of Shrewsbury, a student at the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studying natural resources conservation with a concentration in policy.Yankee was selected as one of 35 recipients of the organization’s 2018-2019 college scholarships.The NGC scholarship program offers financial aid to students and promotes study in agriculture education, horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, biology, plant pathology/science, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns, economics, environmental conservation, city planning, wildlife science, habitat or forest/systems ecology, land management and/or other related or allied subjects. Applicants must be majoring in one of these fields of study. All scholarships are advanced one-year scholarships, which are available to junior, senior and graduate students.National Garden Clubs, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with its headquarters in St. Louis. With 175,000 members and 5,000 member garden clubs across the U.S., NGC offers extensive educational programs and resources to promote gardening and environmental responsibility.
2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 12, 2015 Sony is finally joining the cord-cutting club.The entertainment and electronics juggernaut is gearing up to launch its long-anticipated PlayStation Vue streaming TV service within the coming two weeks, reports The Wall Street Journal.Image credit: Playstation VueRelated: Looking to Cut the Cable Cord? Dish Network’s Sling TV Is Now Available to Everyone.News of the imminent offering — available only for Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles initially and eventually coming to iPads and other mobile devices — arrives on the heels of competitor Dish Networks’ Feb. 9 Sling TV launch.The service — aimed at young, streaming-savvy gamers and originally kicked off in beta last November — will launch in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia upon completion of invite-only tests in each city, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House told the Journal. Nationwide availability is slated for the end of the year.Related: Is Apple Getting Actually Getting Into the Web TV Game?Sony hasn’t yet revealed how much PlayStation Vue subscriptions will cost. Dish Networks, however, charges Sling TV customers $20 per month. Underscoring the snowballing exodus away from traditional cable providers, Re/code reports that Sling TV has already attracted at least 100,000 U.S. users in its first month.Setting it apart from Sling TV, PlayStation Vue allows users to not only watch content on demand, but also record shows for playback later. Not surprisingly, the service streams some of the same channels as Sling TV, like the Food Network. Also in Vue’s 75-plus channel lineup are Bravo, CBS, Comedy Central, Fox Sports, FX, MTV, NBC, Nickelodeon, TLC and VH1. Related: Roku Founder: Say Goodbye to Cable Boxes and Hello to TV Apps This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Road to Domestic Isotope ProductionTc-99m has been in use as a medical imaging diagnostic agent for decades and is used in more than 80 percent of nuclear medicine imaging procedures in the U.S. Before this recent FDA clearnance, molybdenum-99, or Mo-99, the parent of Tc-99m, could only be produced from enriched uranium by several facilities outside of the United States. This required a complicated supply chain that involved shipping enriched uranium from the U.S. The FDA and NRC said this left the U.S. vulnerable to possible shortages and/or supply chain issues. To address these challenges, Congress enacted the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012, which contained provisions to eliminate the use of highly enriched uranium for medical isotope production and encouraged the development of U.S. domestic supplies of Mo-99 and associated isotopes. As such, multiple federal agencies – including the FDA, NRC, as well as the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and National Laboratories, among others – have been working together with industry for several years to develop a technology that helps to minimize the industry’s dependence on highly enriched uranium and brings the supply chain within the U.S. As a result of this collaboration, the U.S. medical community will now have a domestic source of Tc-99m through the use of the RadioGenix System, which marks the first non-uranium process for the production of Mo-99 to prepare the Tc-99m.As the regulatory authority responsible for overseeing the production, distribution, possession and use of radioactive materials and products containing radioactive materials, NRC is issuing guidance that will advise medical and commercial nuclear pharmacy users on the license amendments they will need to possess and use the RadioGenix System.”The new technology will reduce the risk of drug shortages and strengthen our national security by creating a U.S.-based manufacturing capacity that is less vulnerable to supply disruptions,” Gottlieb said. “Prior to today, the production process for Tc-99m involved shipping enriched uranium out of the U.S. for irradiation. All of the reactors that produced this source material were located outside of the U.S. creating a complicated, at times uncertain, and potentially risky supply chain,” he said.These foreign facilities were vulnerable to unforeseen shutdowns or closures, deeply impacting the U.S. isotope supply. Additionally, shipping enriched uranium internationally and back was expensive. In some cases, Gottlieb said clinicians shifted to alternative isotopes that may be more expensive or may expose patients to higher radiation doses. This was the case during two supply disruptions in 2009 and 2010 with the temporary closing of the National Research Universal Chalk River reactor in Canada. The reactor, now 60 years old, was shut down for safety reasons and needed repairs and was a major cause for concern in molecular imaging, since that reactor supplied 50 percent of the world’s medical imaging isotopes. There are currently discussions about decommissioning the old Chalk River reactor.“Simply put, this complicated, international supply chain has been precarious,” Gottlieb explained.Read the April 2018 article “Chalk River Isotope Reactor Decommissioning Date Set.” Related Content on Tc99m Supply Issues:FDA Commission’s Statement on FDA Clearnace of Northstar’s TechnologyNew Report Finds U.S. Supply of Critical Medical Isotope VulnerableCardiologists Continue Imaging Despite Isotope Shortage by Using Fewer RadiopharmaceuticalsCongress Passes American Medical Isotope Production ActProducing Medical Isotopes in the U.S.: A Worthy Goal for the Biotech IndustryTime for a New Normal in Nuclear Cardiology?NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Signs Letter of Intent With GE HealthcareRb-82 Radiotracer Grows at Rapid RateNorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Signs Letter of Intent With GE HealthcareCanada’s Nuclear Reactor Down Until 2010Dutch Medical Isotopes Unavailable Until End of OctoberIsotope Crisis Highlights Timeliness of SNM MeetingFirst U.S. Production Facility of Molybdenum-99 Isotope to be Built in FloridaPET vs. SPECT — Will PET Dominate Over the Next Decade? Related Content NorthStar Has Been Preparing for FDA ClearanceIn July 2014, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes built a 50,000-square-foot facility in Beloit, Wis., to house the company’s headquarters and activities related to the production of Mo-99. The facility is phase one in the planned development of a 32-acre corporate campus. It will support the company’s work at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) in Columbia, Mo., where NorthStar is developing a neutron capture process to generate Mo-99. The facility will provide ancillary processes, packaging and products, including final assembly and testing of the proprietary RadioGenix intelligent isotope separation system. Also in 2014, NorthStar signed a non-exclusive letter of intent with GE Healthcare to establish a supply of domestically produced Mo-99 to GE once operations begin.In 2015, the company unveiled the commercial model of its RadioGenix isotope separation system. The RadioGenix system automates the on-site isotope separation process and includes safety features that are absent from all other systems currently on the market. These features include periodic on-site sterilization of fluid pathways, disposable sterility filters and an automated filter integrity test prior to each elution.In 2016, NorthStar enhanced its production operations at the MURR, adding a new filling line that quadrupled the company’s capacity there to dispense Mo-99. It was supposed to be fully operational in 2017.In early 2017, NorthStar received matching funds from the DOE/NNSA for its accelerator method of producing Mo-99. That brought the total funding for the new method to $11.1 million. The award supports the process’ continued advancement toward commercialization and recognizes NorthStar’s progress toward its goal of offering multiple sources of Mo-99 produced in the United States using complementary processes that do not involve highly enriched uranium (HEU). News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Technetium-99m is primarily used for the detection of cancer and to assess perfusion defects in the heart caused by heart attacks or other conditions.February 8, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently took steps to ensure a stable and secure supply of a critical radioactive imaging tracer used to detect potentially life-threatening diseases. The FDA approved the NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes’ RadioGenix System, a unique system for producing the medical radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), the precurser to the making technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used radioisotope in medical imaging. The NRC is issuing guidance and will license the RadioGenix System to enable the Tc-99m it produces to be used for medical imaging.“I’m proud to acknowledge the role the FDA played in the groundbreaking effort to develop a new imaging technology,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “This new technology was the result of a broad collaboration across the federal government and industry, and has the potential to benefit many patients as well as restore the U.S. ability to domestically supply a critical medical diagnostic tool for the first time in 30 years.”Tc-99m is a diagnostic agent that is used with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) nuclear imaging systems to assess diseases like coronary artery disease and cancer. It is also used for evaluating infection, inflammation, and lung, liver, kidney and brain function. Tc-99m emits radiation that is captured by gamma cameras to produce images of the cellular function inside internal organs. Tc-99m is currently the most widely used medical radioisotope in the United States, used in more than 10 million diagnostic procedures annually. Tc-99m-based radiopharmaceuticals are used to diagnose and stage heart disease, cancer, infection, inflammation and other conditions.“Every day, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. undergo a nuclear medical imaging procedure that depends on Tc-99m,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This radioisotope is vital to disease detection, yet healthcare professionals have faced challenges with adequate supply due to a complex supply chain that sometimes resulted in shortages. Today’s approval has been the result of years of coordination across the FDA and with U.S. government organizations and marks the first domestic supply of Mo-99 — the source of Tc-99m — in 30 years, which will help to ensure more reliable, clean and secure access to this important imaging agent used in nuclear medicine.”NorthStar said it expects to be shipping product to customers within several weeks of FDA approval. The company said bringing RadioGenix successfully to the U.S. market has been made possible through the support of private commercial investors and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The RadioGenix System is the first major technical advancement in years in the nuclear medicine market, especially for the production of Mo-99.“As the first, and thus far only company to achieve the objective of being the first U.S. producer of Mo-99 in more than 25 years, we are extremely proud to pioneer domestic production of Mo-99 that is independent of uranium-based product,” said George P. Messina, Chairman and CEO of NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes. “The approval by the FDA will reduce the U.S. healthcare system’s reliance on fragile foreign supply of Mo-99 and the use of enriched uranium target material.” 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Production of Sodium Pertechnetate Tc-99m Today’s FDA actions granted approval for the RadioGenix System to produce sodium pertechnetate Tc-99m injection to be injected intravenously, instilled into the bladder or eye, or used with other FDA-approved imaging drugs to examine specific tissues and organs. This approval did not require new clinical studies because it relied on safety and efficacy information and data from an already FDA-approved Tc-99m generator.The RadioGenix System allows for automated, on-site separation and preparation of U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m Injection from Mo-99. The RadioGenix is also a platform technology that has the potential ability to apply its separation capabilities at the point-of-care to other radioisotopes in the future, including therapeutic isotopes such as actinium-225/bismuth-213, which will require additional FDA approvals. The most common side effects of Tc-99m include allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that have been reported infrequently following the administration of sodium pertechnetate Tc-99m injection. Healthcare providers should monitor all patients for hypersensitivity reactions.The FDA said sodium pertechnetate Tc-99m injection contributes to a patient’s long-term cumulative radiation exposure. Healthcare providers should ensure safe handling to protect patients and healthcare workers from unintentional radiation exposure in accordance with instructions for use in the product labeling.For more information: www.northstarnm.com Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | February 08, 2018 | Dave Fornell FDA Clears Path for First Domestic Supply of Tc-99m Isotope Nuclear Regulatory Commission hopes new FDA-cleared system will ensure stable supply of technetium-99m for nuclear imaging 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 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has unveiled RED, its latest concept restaurant to open at Hamad International Airport (HIA), Doha.RED grill is located in the airport’s North Node, and showcases a distinctive menu reflecting different food cultures from around the world. The restaurant takes its inspiration from the golden age of travel and the unique story of one individual, Passepartout, a charismatic French valet to an American philanthropist. Diners are offered an exceptional culinary experience fashioned from the memories, adventures, mementos, pictures, food and stories of Passepartout’s travels in the 1900s and his memorable exploits will leave guests with a lasting impression.Keith Hunter, Senior Vice-President Qatar Duty Free said, “RED is an exciting and fresh concept, offering a new dining experience for all travellers at HIA. RED is QDF’s first concept restaurant to open in HIA’s North Node and its unique, characteristic theme, and inspired menu, set a new benchmark in airport hospitality, further complementing the comprehensive array of existing food and beverage offerings.”QDF’s newly opened restaurant combines colourful décor, ambiance and food to offer diners a celebration of worldwide travel. RED’s individual design represents the playfulness and vibrancy of the story behind its inception, using furniture and chinaware to evoke global festivals, celebrations and cultures. The signature onyx counter depicts the elegance and style that came with the golden era of the 20th century.Diners will enjoy the contemporary menu, which draws on influences, styles and flavours collected from across the culinary world to stimulate an exploration of food. Guests have a varied menu from which to choose, ranging from the all-American ‘Red Big Breakfast’, to the selection of Almost Famous Sandwiches, such as the ‘Mad Fish’ and ‘Union Street Veg’, ‘The Spicy Goat Burger’, the ‘Fat Boy’ soup, ‘Australian Beef Steaks’ and more. Children will be wowed with their own fairytale menu that includes specialties such as the ‘Monkey Snack’, ‘Mouse Trap’ and ‘Magical’ shakes, all to be enjoyed in the lively ambiance of RED, surrounded by vintage pictures and images showing the memories of old cities, towns and cultures, reflecting how people lived and travelled.RED joins the 30 cafés and restaurants that offer a sumptuous selection of global and local cuisine.QDF offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the retailer as a premier shopping and dining destination. With more than 70 retail outlets offering an unprecedented selection of designer labels, fashion, electronics, gourmet foods and much more, Qatar Duty Free at HIA caters to all passengers’ tastes.
Koh Lanta’s five-star Pimalai Resort & Spa resort has been redefining luxury hospitality on the Andaman Islands since it launched almost two decades ago. The award-winning property, located on the laid-back southern tip, cascades through 40 hectares of tropical jungles to one of Thailand’s best beaches, Kantiang Bay.In the 2019 World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards, announced on 6 July in St Petersburg, Pimalai added not one, but two of the much-coveted World Luxury Spa awards to their trophy cabinet:Luxury Spa Retreat – ThailandLuxury Resort Spa – Thailand The World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards recognise establishments for world-class service excellence. Awards are presented on a country, regional, continental and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote online, providing true recognition that reflects the hard work and dedication exhibited by staff.“We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easily attained. It takes highly efficient and dedicated staff, who are willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that every guest feels cared for and no challenge goes unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. It is what makes the winners shine,” said World Luxury Awards Group marketing director, Michael Hunter-Smith.With no immediate neighbours, the 121-room resort is a serene sanctuary where guests can feel completely at peace in their private surroundings. Guests can indulge in an array of on-site wellness experiences, ranging from traditional Muay Thai classes and early evening tennis matches to pampered afternoons for singles or couples at the signature Pimalai Spa, which offers a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques to rejuvenate body, mind and soul.For the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, select from Pimalai’s one- to seven-day Signature Day Packages. Go back to the enewsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the enewsletter
November 25, 2009 And also at the Scottsdale Green Streets event, right next to the Arcosanti panels, was a beautiful set of panels featuring the planned Paolo Soleri Pedestrian Bridge and Plaza. [photo: Youngsoo Kim & text: hsk] The display was put together by Scottsdale Public Art. [photo: Youngsoo Kim & text: hsk]
Parliament on Friday could not agree on the wording of a resolution aimed at condemning Turkey’s violation of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).The bone of contention was apparently that a paragraph which included European Council President Donald Tusk’s comments on Turkey were erased.They referred to statements made after Turkish navy ships blocked a vessel bound for drilling activities in Cyprus’ EEZ block 3 on behalf of Italian energy company ENI last month.Greens’ MP Giorgos Perdikis said the statement they were called to vote on had been amended three times over the course of 12 hours and as such, MPs agreed to vote on it next week after party leaders meet.Diko MP Christiana Erotokritou questioned why the paragraph was erased and said it was important it remain.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola