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Will train counting agents to spot EVM tinkering: Opposition

first_imgNew Delhi: Opposition parties have started a coordinated training programme for their counting agents all over the country to prevent any alleged EVM manipulation by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the course of counting of votes on May 23.The last phase of the Lok Sabha election will take place on May 19. For the proposed exercise, 21 opposition parties have already deferred their conclave before the counting of votes on 23rd May. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkEarlier, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had proposed a conclave for opposition parties before the counting of votes. However, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP Supremo Mayawati requested the Telugu Desam Party chief to defer the meeting for the time being. In view of the unfolding political scenario, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata also called for a strict vigil during the time of counting of votes. “Don’t be complacent with the overwhelming response of the people against NDA,” she stated. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe opposition also feels that this time counting may take longer time than usual as was witnessed during the counting of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections. Meanwhile, senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha have prepared a list of queries for all the counting agents to understand the technicalities of the counting process through EVM and to match with VVPAT wherever possible. The leaders are in touch with all the state leaders who are given sole charge for overseeing the counting process. They have prepared a checklist for verifying the correct process of counting of votes. These checklists are sent to the state headquarters and state leaders will hold a training programme for the counting agents two days before the counting. In the six phases of polling, there were reports of EVM glitches from many states. In some cases, defective EVMs were replaced but not all of them were VVPAT-linked. In some booths in Uttar Pradesh, VVPAT machines were not even seen. Last month, the Supreme Court had increased VVPAT verification to five random Electronic Voting Machines in each Assembly segment/constituency. In case of general elections, VVPAT slips of five EVMs in each Assembly segment of a Parliamentary Constituency would be subject to physical counting. In state assembly elections, the VVPAT verification would extend to five random EVMs in each Assembly constituency. The 21 opposition parties wanted that at least 25 per cent VVPATs should be counted which was rejected by the Supreme Court. The opposition parties are planning to train their counting agents. Whenever irregularities are noticed they should immediately lodge a formal protest with the Returning Officer and inform party managers immediately. Congress party has prepared a special cell with some technologists who will monitor the counting process from the “war room” of the party.last_img read more

Jesse Jackson in Southern Morocco

Dakhla, Morocco – Widely circulating in Morocco via YouTube at the moment is the following video of American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, president and founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition, taken earlier today in Dakhla, the capital of Morocco’s southernmost province. He is dancing to a local love song — the entrancing rhythm unique to the people of the Saharan desert; its lyrics in the distinctively lean, local Arabic dialect known as “Hassani.”Why is he having such a good time?The setting is the thirtieth anniversary conference of the Crans Montana Forum, a Swiss NGO devoted to conflict resolution, which enjoys the backing of leading global statesmen, from senior U.N. officials and Mikhail Gorbachev to the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The group convened in Dakhla, in partnership with the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and under the patronage of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, to signal its support for “South-South cooperation” and the development of Africa. More than 800 people representing 112 countries participated: senior government officials, representatives of global and regional bodies, and leaders of the private sector, to grow their networks and plan new ventures on the continent — from charitable works and human development to trade and investment. It seemed fitting to convene in Dakhla, according to a statement by the group: “Even though remote, Dakhla enjoys an exceptional strategic position, and offers an extraordinary model of economic and social development, being the hub of an entire, major region of Africa.” From Jackson’s standpoint, both the gathering and the location embodied the values that underpin his life’s work: tolerance and understanding among races, ethnicities, cultures, and faiths; equal opportunity for the underprivileged; and the development and empowerment of Africa and its peoples. “Like Al-Quds [the Arabic name for Jerusalem], Morocco is a crossroads of monotheistic religions,” he said. Hailing the “leading role of the Kingdom in the areas of economic development, promotion and promotion of human rights, particularly those of African immigrants, and the fight against corruption,” he dubbed the kingdom a “stable country in a changing world.”King Mohammed VI, for his part, conveyed support for the summit in the broader context of his concerns and hopes for the future of Africa. In a speech before the group, he noted the heightened security threats from terror groups and militias, as well as the painful legacy of imperialism which some African nations are still struggling to overcome. In addition to the dangers of religious extremism, transnational criminal organizations traffic in people, drugs, and weapons. But it’s also a continent brimming with opportunity, with a population expected to reach 2 billion by the year 2050. The King called for “harness[ing]- this tremendous demographic asset properly — particularly African youth — in order to consolidate the continent’s standing in the global economy.” Part of what Morocco can do to help achieve these goal, he said, was foster multilateral partnerships with countries below the Sahara and Morocco’s European, North American, and Asian partners. As a geographical “crossroads,” southern Morocco in particular can bring together the kingdom’s extensive human network on the continent and goodwill in the globe’s most affluent economies, to deliver aid, expertise, and investment. But “such cooperation must be rooted in mutual esteem, be based on balanced approaches, and show that the interests of the various partners concerned are duly taken into account.”Reverend Jesse Jackson, a global leader and a force for good in his own rite, has a special role to play in supporting this endeavor. He can encourage more Americans to explore the exceptional opportunities Africa offers, as well as help the continent meet its most pressing needs. And as a veteran of the struggle for civil rights in his country, he can proffer advice on how to advance other just struggles — and heal age-old rifts — all along the Sahara.From Dakhla in the south to Casablanca to Tangier, while Jackson is dancing, Moroccans are cheering. read more

Morocco Ranks World’s Fourth Destination for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism

Rabat – Le Parisien has ranked Morocco one of its top ten destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism, in a report released Monday.Morocco was ranked fourth in Le Parisien’s list of top ten destinations for responsible tourism, after Madagascar in third, Brazil in second, and Costa Rica ranked first.The French newspaper said that Morocco’s Atlas Mountains offer a responsible tourism par excellence. “This piece of land is interesting, since allows visitors discover the rich culture of Morocco and its arts of life, such as the music of Gnawa, and the cosmetics workshops in the Ourika Valley,” wrote Le Parisien.The French newspaper said that travelling over the landscape in this fashion, just as the local people do, provides tourists with a rewarding way to gain insight into the ancient cultures and untamed landscapes of this magical land.Le Parisien also urged tourists to go on excursions on camels to the Moroccan desert to meet local people and discover the area’s extraordinary biodiversity.As for housing, Le Parisien assures tourists it is easy find sustainable accommodation, (such as guest houses, eco-lodges, etc.) thanks to the several ecotourism solutions that have been implemented in Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Colombo Gazette first Sri Lankan content provider on ONEm

About Colombo GazetteHeadquartered in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo Gazette is best known for its unbiased reporting on news in Sri Lanka as well as entertainment. Launched in 2011, within the space of just five years, Colombo Gazette has grown and become the most sought after news service among the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan diaspora around the world.About ONEm Easwaran Rutnam, the editor at Colombo Gazette commented “We at Colombo Gazette are so excited to be the first news service in Sri Lanka to be associated with ONEm. Through our partnership with ONEm we hope to reach a wider audience and deliver important news related to Sri Lanka, including breaking news and political news as well as sports and entertainment. Recognized as one of Sri Lanka’s leading news providers, Colombo Gazette looks to reach greater heights with the revolutionary SMS service provided by ONEm.”Christopher Richardson, CEO at ONEm stated “Sri Lanka has a rich heritage of culture and a diversity of people with many Sri Lankans found the world around. We believe that ONEm will contribute to a greater inclusion of even more Sri Lankans with ordinary mobiles to enjoy great services that until today are only available with smart phones. Colombo Gazette enthusiasm is proof that what people really need are more options and new channels. And for this we are thankful to Colombo Gazette for standing up to serve all Sri Lankans with a service that will help enrich the lives of so many people with ordinary or even smart mobiles.” Colombo Gazette has a significant reach across Sri Lanka and is excited about the prospect of reaching even more people especially those that do not have internet access. The ONEm platform provides news agencies with a unique feature where crowdsourced local news content can be collected from vetted users who are there when significant events take place around them. Colombo Gazette and ONEm are in partnership to provide Sri Lankans with a new news service. Colombo Gazette, one of Sri Lanka’s leading news providers online will be available through the ONEm platform with participating mobile operators. The tie-up allows Colombo Gazette to share their news content not only through their website and social media but also through ONEm ecosystem which can reach any kind of mobile.ONEm is a TTO (Through The Operator) Service which will allow users to keep up-to-date with the latest Colombo Gazette news via interactive SMS and audio through the voice channel. Through interactive dialogues, wizards and menus, users can choose from headlines, search or filter news stories by category or have personalized news sent to their ONEm SMS inbox. ONEm is a plug and play service for Mobile Operators. ONEm delivers an ecosystem of rich interactive content on any ordinary mobile device without the need for data, no downloading or updating and no change for the user nor the Mobile Operator’s network. For more information email read more

Swedish foreign affairs official named new deputy UN envoy to Somalia

Mr. Lindgarde has had an extensive career with the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving most recently with the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi as Minister and Deputy Head of the Mission. Previously, he held the post of Deputy Director and Head of the Section for the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new deputy will support the efforts of François Lonseny Fall, a former Prime Minister of Guinea who has been serving as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative to Somalia since May of last year. read more

Automotive manufacturers pull together to address skills shortage

Nine British automotive manufacturers have today launched a new initiative to help young people find a job in the automotive industry.The Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service (AAMS), supported by manufacturers and funded through the joint government-industry Automotive Investment Partnership, will match prospective apprentices from oversubscribed programmes to other opportunities within the sector. The launch comes after a recent Automotive Council report identified a potential 5,000 unfilled automotive job vacancies due to a lack of available talent.With an expected 10,000 candidates to benefit each year, the scheme will be of particular advantage to supply chain companies who may find it harder to identify new recruits. The AAMS is also supported by the new Automotive Industry Job Framework, which is designed to bring uniformity to job descriptions across the industry, making it easier for companies to employ the right people for the right roles.The launch of the AAMS coincides with the publication of a new report from the Automotive Industrial Partnership which suggests that a shortage of adequate training provision could begin to have a negative impact on industry productivity. The UK’s automotive workforce is currently the most productive in Europe.UK automotive manufacturers already invest heavily in skills and apprenticeships, but after the recession saw skilled employees leave the workforce, companies have struggled to recruit in line with the rapid industry growth.Bentley, BMW, Ford, GKN, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall are all participating in the scheme.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “This is an example of the UK automotive industry working collaboratively to address the skills challenges it faces. While the sector is thriving – the UK has the most productive labour force in Europe and car production is set to reach record levels by 2020 – its future success will depend on the ability to recruit and develop new talent for a huge number of job vacancies. Initiatives such as this will therefore play a vital role in tackling the skills gap and supporting the sector’s competitiveness.”Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, said, “The UK automotive sector is already leading the way as the most productive of all major European producers. Investment in skills by our leading manufacturers has been a key contributing factor. Our apprenticeship reforms are putting employers in the driving seat to deliver the long-term skills our economy needs, and the Matching Service is a great example of industry working collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities that apprenticeships offer.”For more information on the Automotive Apprenticeship Matching Service, visit the website at here to download the report: Assessing Learning and Training Provision Serving the Automotive Industry Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

British sailor rescued from capsized boat in Southern Ocean after Falmouth Coastguard

When she came to, she sent a series of text messages on Wednesday describing her plight.At 8.29am British time she texted:   “Taking a hammering! Wondering what on earth I’m doing out here” and sent her position. Four hours later, she added: “Dismasted. Hull OK. No form of jury rig. Total loss” and updated her position. Then, she wrote: “Interior total wreck. Liferaft OK.” She also alerted officials to her injury, writing:  “Nasty head bang as boat pitchpoled. Unbelievably roly now.”  Susie Goodall, 29, was sailing solo in an around-the-world race when her yacht flipped over and was dismasted two days ago 2,000 miles from Cape Horn.Now, a cargo ship that was sailing from China to Argentina has diverted to reach her, and was with her by Friday lunchtime. The sailor reported that it was dark when the ship got to her but she could see the lights. The sailor, who is the only female and the youngest person in the race, is now said to be “safe and secure” as the Chilean coastguard  reached her boat.Her long-distance distress signal was set up, alerting the Falmouth Coastguard, who quickly got in touch with their Chilean counterparts.A spokesperson from the Falmouth Coastguard explained: “We have what you call a long range search and rescue, so when the alert goes off we get the alert with the information and find out who and where it belongs to, find their position and then alert the relevant coastguard.”We then liase with them to give them information.”It went to us because it was registered to us – she’s from Cornwall so we are looking after the long-range signal from her boat.” A  British woman who was knocked unconscious during a vicious storm in the Southern Ocean has been rescued after the Falmouth Coastguard received a long-distance distress signal and raised the alarm.Susie Goodall, 29, was sailing solo in an around-the-world race when her yacht flipped over and was dismasted two days ago 2,000 miles from Cape Horn.A cargo ship that was sailing from China to Argentinddiverted to reach her, and was with her by Friday lunchtime. The sailor reported that it was dark when the ship got to her but she could see the lights.Hours later, she tweeted her delight that she had been rescued, writing: “ON THE SHIP!!!”Rescuers have reached a British woman who was knocked unconscious during a vicious storm in the Southern Ocean after the Falmouth Coastguard received a long-distance distress signal and raised the alarm. Round the World yachtswoman Susie Goodall 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. Ms Goodall also described her boat as “totally and utterly gutted” and wrote of her need for a cup of tea. Sadly, her cooker was broken so she could not make one.She was taking part in The Golden Globe Race, a back-to-basics competition which bans the use of satellite navigation in celebration of  the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic first solo non-stop circumnavigation. It began on July 1st in Les Sables-d’Olonne, France, with 18 sailors each planning to sail about 30,000 miles alone, nonstop and without outside assistance before returning to the same French port. Round the World yachtswoman Susie Goodall ON THE SHIP!!!— SusieGoodallRacing (@susieBgoodall) December 7, 2018 read more

La Grèce veut vendre son énergie solaire

first_imgLa Grèce veut vendre son énergie solaire Le Premier ministre grec, Georges Papandréou, a indiqué hier que le pays était prêt à vendre l’électricité produite par ses parcs photovoltaïques.A l’heure où l’énergie solaire connait un essor considérable, la Grèce, pays très ensoleillé, dispose d’un atout majeur, qu’elle a vraisemblablement décidé de partager. Dimanche, Georges Papandréou, le Premier ministre grec, a indiqué qu’il rencontrera prochainement la chancelière Angela Merkel pour évoquer la possibilité de vendre l’électricité produite par les parcs photovoltaïques nationaux à l’Allemagne.À lire aussiEn mars, le Portugal a produit 103% de son électricité grâce aux énergies renouvelablesLors de la conférence qu’il tenait à Salonique, le Premier ministre a insisté sur les besoins énergétiques allemands (du fait de l’abandon des programmes nucléaires) et sur les besoins grecs en termes financiers. Selon lui, la Grèce pourrait ainsi fournir aux Allemands entre 10.000 et 15.000 mégawatts, rapporte Toutefois, il précise qu’il faudra lutter contre la corruption et la bureaucratie qui ont déjà, par le passé, fait échouer d’innombrables plans d’investissements. Par ailleurs, il a également indiqué que le projet de mise en place de panneaux solaires au Sahara était remis en question en raison des évolutions politiques.Le 12 septembre 2011 à 13:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Zelda

first_img Zelda Gets Wise!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Zelda. Stay on target Who Are They?Even though you play as Samus, those games are still called Metroid because of the life-stealing alien parasite. And even though you play as Link, those games are still called The Legend of Zelda because of the wise and loving Princess Zelda who is also reborn in every new era of Hyrule. Whether she’s a perky pirate or doomed member of the royal family, Zelda is an integral part of Zelda.Smash HistoryZelda became playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee as the counterpart to Sheik. They remained conjoined in Brawl, too. But since Smash Wii U/3DS they are now wholly separate characters unable to transform into each other. This hurt Zelda the most as she is considered to be the much weaker character.What Looks New in Ultimate?Previously sporting designs from Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, Zelda now has her Link Between Worlds look, itself inspired by her classic Link To The Past look. She retains her newer moves from Smash Wii U/3DS like the ability to conjure an armored Phantom to aide her. And she has a new sealing Final Smash move. But most promising is just general consensus that Zelda is faster and stronger all around.Our Hopes?A magic-wielding princess from one of the best game series of all-time sounds like a super appealing character for a fighting game. One of Zelda’s best moves is a little kick that blasts foes with lightning if you space it right and that’s awesome! So we’re hoping Smash Ultimate finally does justice to Zelda’s legendary potential.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

OBITUARY Judith Elaine Sias Guertin 76

first_imgWOODSTOCK, VT — Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76, died on Saturday afternoon August 10, 2019 at Woodstock Terrace in Woodstock, Vermont.Judith was born on October 10, 1942 in Winchester, MA the daughter of John Edward and Dorothy Ruth (Blair) Sias.Judith grew up in Reading, MA and attended both Boston University and Westbrook College.After college Judith worked in Washington, DC, then enjoyed the role of Army officer’s wife in Alexandria, VA and Buffalo, NY. She raised her family in Acton, MA, where she was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal church. She and Joe moved to Quechee, VT 20 years ago.Judith worked for the Central Intelligence Agency in McLean, VA, AVCO Missile Systems Division in Wilmington, MA, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, and Powers Gallery in Acton, MA.Judith enjoyed being a collector and student of art, with an eye and appreciation for all things visual. Proud of her New England and Maritime roots, she cherished childhood memories of summers at Good Harbor, Gloucester, MA, loved her family and friends, and possessed a wicked sense of humor.Judith is survived by her husband of 53 years, Joseph Guertin, recently of Quechee, VT now living in Hanover, NH, her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson – Amy Guertin Flockton, Christopher Flockton, and Nathaniel Sias Flockton of Hartford, VT, her sister and nephew, Donna Sias Beaudoin and Edward Beaudoin, both of Wilmington, MA.A memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Cabot Funeral Home, Woodstock, VT.A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Old South United Methodist Church, Reading, MA, with private burial in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Reading, MA.In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hitchcock Foundation-Parkinson’s Center, 1 Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH 03756.The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting in arrangements. An online guest book can be found at Elaine Sias Guertin(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Cabot Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janice Kay (Humbarger) DeLap, 74In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Numerous blazes battled near Ft Yukon

first_imgWildfire season is holding on in Alaska as warm dry weather persists later than normal. The Alaska Fire Service reports that water scooping planes and smoke jumpers corralled a new blaze north of Ft. Yukon over the weekend.Listen nowThe Shovun Lake fire was detected Saturday afternoon, burning within a mile and a half of Native land allotments. The AFS said four water scoopers made drops on the fire, which was mopped up Sunday by smoke-jumpers at under four acres.Another new blaze southeast of Ft. Yukon was discovered Sunday morning. The Sucker River Fire is burning in a remote area of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, and being monitored.Correction: This story’s headline has been updated to prevent confusion. Alaska Fire Service is affiliated with the Federal Bureau of Land Management, not the state.last_img read more

Kanakanak Hospital pharmacy puts patients in immediate jeopardy survey finds

first_imgCredit Isabelle Ross/KDLGThe Kanakanak Hospital pharmacy in Dillingham puts patients in “immediate jeopardy,” according to a survey the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conducted in September. During the three-day survey, CMS said it observed practices that placed patients at risk of adverse effects and death from medication errors.Listen nowThe survey describes issues including missing labels, unsystematic labeling of medication and incompetence among the staff. The specific instances of errors included in the report were numerous and, in some cases, grievous. In July and August, 45 medication errors were reported to the administration and were not investigated.According to the report, a patient went into anaphylactic shock due to a medication that was filled incorrectly. A nurse told the survey team that medication had several times been pulled from the automated dispensing system under a fictitious name. In another instance, the pharmacy gave a patient morphine at a dosage five times greater than the doctor prescribed.The survey states that multiple staff expressed concern of retaliation for reporting concerns to the hospital administration.Four unnamed physicians at the hospital told CMS that they had on multiple occasions expressed concern to hospital administration that pharmacists lacked experience and that medication errors were on the rise.In a press release Friday, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation said that it is addressing these issues by training new staff and updating processes and procedures.The Curyung Tribal Council said after receiving the survey that it is circulating the survey to other interested Bristol Bay area tribes, the Indian Health Service and CMS.last_img read more

Expensive two months for worlds 500 richest people Lost 436 billion

first_imgExpensive two months for World’s 500 richest people: Lost $436 billionReutersThe beginning of 2018 has been tough for the wealthiest people on the planet. The combined net worth of 500 richest people fell $181 billion this week as the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered their steepest weekly drop in more than two years amid heated rhetoric over tariffs and retaliation, a Bloomberg report noted.Since the market peaked on January 26, the wealth of the richest 500 people has declined $436 billion.Social networking app Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison took the biggest tumble, the report added.About $10.3 billion was wiped from Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. After the news about Cambridge Analytica allegedly misusing private information of more than 50 million Facebook profiles, Facebook’s market value dropped and Mark Zuckerberg fell three places to seventh on the ranking.Following reports of alleged data breaches, shares of Facebook scrambled by 14 percent.Larry Ellison suffered a drop of about $7 billion after Oracle Corp forecasted slowing sales growth in cloud-related products.American business magnate and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway – Warren Buffett, Inc.’s Jeff Bezos and Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page have lost a combined $17 billion, Bloomberg report added.On Tuesday, Amazon surpassed Google parent company Alphabet Inc. in market value to become the world’s second-most valuable company in the United States. The move was backed by the American e-commerce giant’s growing and profitable cloud computing business, groceries, physical stores and new data centers and warehouses.last_img read more

200 doctors deprived of promotion

first_imgDr Qazi Shafiqul Halim has recently been promoted as associate professor at the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine. Dr Md Iqbal Kabir headed the ‘fit list’ of qualified candidates. However, the concerned health ministry committee did not give him a promotion.Iqbal says he has no ties with any political party. Shafiqul, on the other hand, says he was the president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Rangpur Medical College unit. At present, he is the publication secretary of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA).Rumours have it that Iqbal was deprived of the promotion because Shafiqul was promoted on political considerations. Before the Eid-ul Azha holidays, over 500 physicians were promoted to the rank of associate professor from assistant professor.Professor Abul Kalam Azad, director general of the health directorate, said they published the list of promoted physicians before Eid to add to the festivity.However, a comparsion between the ‘fit list’ and the list of promoted physicians show around 200 have been deprived and the authorities did not consider them.This trend of not giving qualified people the promotions they deserve is proof of the unprecedented corruption prevailing in the health sector, said Professor Rashid-e-Mahbub, a former pro-vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and a former secretary general of BMA.This was observed during the rule of BNP, and the AL regime is not free of this malpractice either, he observed.Health secretary Serajul Huq Khan, president of the committee for promotion-related issues, claimed that the decisions were based on documents at their disposal.”Someone who has not been promoted is prone to make allegations,” he said.Superceding seniorityOfficials at the health directorate said the ‘fit list’ is prepared on considerations of seniority, experience and publication. As per the ‘fit list’, Md Iqbal Kabir joined Bnagladesh Civil Service in 1995 as a cadre of the 17th batch. He has five papers published in international journals and three in local ones.Qazi Shafiqul Halim, on the other hand, joined the Bangladesh Civil Service in 2001. He has only one paper published in an international journal and three in local ones.Health directorate documnets say Shafiqul has a PhD, but our investigations say he has never done it. Although he has been made an associate professor of epidemiology, he has no post-graduation degree on this.Iqbal Kabir, on the other hand, has both post graduation and PhD degrees in epidemiology. However, he refused to comment on the issue. He only said that many of his batch mates became professors long ago.In the ‘fit list’ of surgery, there were 80 names, but only 36 were promoted. The first three on the list were deprived of promotion.In the ‘fit list’ of neurosurgery, there were 12 names while six among them got promoted. The third physician in the list, who is an officer of the 13th BCS, did not get a promotion, but someone who was 13th in the list, was promoted despite being an officer of the 21st BCS.There are allegations of such anomalies in almost all the departments, including psychiatry, chest disease and gyaenocology.Deprived doctors have apprehended that such trends of irregularities will not stop in the future.Those who were promoted to the rank of associate professor with low quality will be again promoted to professors.Physician Nurjahan Begum, who has recently retired, was not even promoted to associate professor, let alone professor.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Nurjahan said, “I met all the prerequisites, including publications. I was deprived of promotion on political grounds.”Professor Mahbub-e-Elahi said qualified physicians become frustrated if they are not duly promoted. They lose enthusiasm and are ultimately deprived of services, he pointed out.last_img read more

HU Gets First Free Campus Barbershop

first_imgNicholas Gentry said he knows all too well about the challenges of being a broke college student. Gentry, from Odessa, Texas, became a Howard Bison three years ago, and says he has become intimately familiar with ramen noodle recipes, 2-for-1 restaurant specials, and borrowing his roommates’ books to stay on budget. One thing Gentry will not have to forego in future, though, is a fresh . . . and free haircut.Howard University’s President Wayne A.I. Frederick gets a haircut at the new barbershop located in Charles Drew Hall by Nelson Malden, the former barber to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Courtesy Photo)On Aug. 25, Howard’s Charles Drew Hall cut the ribbon on a new barbershop, installed to provide free haircuts to students whose budgets occasionally fail to cover grooming. The facility, which will open for 15 hours each week, also provides a mentorship program for aspiring entrepreneurs from Howard alumnus LaMont Russell.“Howard University remains committed to providing exceptional services and experiences to its students,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement. “This barbershop is an excellent amenity and we appreciate the work Corvias has done to meet our expectations.”In addition to mentorships, the barbershop, along with Corvias, an East Greenwich, R.I.-based organization that partners with higher education and government institutions nationwide to solve their most essential systemic problems, is scheduled to host “Barbershop Talks” on modern issues, informational sessions, and special programs throughout the academic year.“The shop creates a small community within the dormitory that would strengthen ties between students – especially those of us from out of state who don’t meet new people easily,” Gentry told the AFRO. “It is also convenient and free, which helps me immensely.”The total cost of the barbershop, according to a statement from Howard University, was approximately $25,000, with constructions costs covered through institutional investors as part of the University’s partnership with Corvias. Other funding was provided by Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF) – a charitable non-profit for public benefit – which in 2016, operated four grooming projects at agencies in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. The projects produced a combined total of 380 haircuts, seven hairstyles, and 39 other hygienic services to a total of 284 individuals.“We discovered that accessibility to ongoing grooming services has been a long-standing concern for students who live on campus,” said Cradle, managing director of RBCF. “Addressing grooming related barriers in our communities is a part of our mission and we are very proud to play a role in providing this service to the student residents at Howard University.”Evan Ellen, community management director with Corvias, said the barbershop constitutes more than mere grooming for students, but a place of learning and fellowship. “The installation of this barbershop goes beyond providing haircuts and grooming services to students,” says Evan Allen, community management director with Corvias. “Historically, barbershops have played an essential role in promoting unity and tradition in our communities, all characteristics that we want to continue to uphold with the residents in Drew and Cook Hall.”The barbershop is only one of several grooming services launched by Howard students and graduates. HausCall – created by Howard graduates Morgan Winbush, Killian Lewis, and Crystal Allen-Washington – allows busy customers to download their app, and book either on-demand or scheduled appointments for haircuts. Lauded as the Uber of Black male hair grooming, users can track their barber to their locations, make payments and leave tips through the app.last_img read more

Twitter Reorgs ContentPartnerships Group Folds LiveVideo Team Into Regional Structure EXCLUSIVE

first_img Popular on Variety A Twitter rep confirmed the changes. In a statement, the company positioned the restructuring as a way to streamline its content strategy.“Over the past year, our global content partnerships team has made significant progress in bringing the best selection of content to Twitter, helping our partners better extend, scale, market, and monetize,” Twitter said in the statement. “To further accelerate this positive momentum, we’re taking steps to streamline this organization to enable increased efficiency around the world and better align with our global strategy and vision.”In the staff memo, Madati announced Laura Froelich as the new head of U.S. partnerships. A four-year veteran of the company, Froelich previously was global director of sports partnerships. David Grossman, formerly Twitter’s global head of entertainment, is now head of U.S. entertainment, reporting to Froelich.With the reorg, Peter Greenberger, formerly Twitter’s head of global news, is exiting Twitter.In addition, Todd Swidler, the former Bloomberg Media exec Twitter hired to lead the live-video group one year ago, also is leaving the company. The lead members of the live-video team (Katie Wells, Nick Sallon and Bo Han) are moving into Twitter’s Content Partnerships group. Meanwhile, Lara Cohen — who rejoined Twitter this past February as global partnerships solutions leader — remains in the same role, reporting to Madati.As part of the overhaul, Twitter is looking to hire a head of global live program management to oversee a centralized team focused on live-video operations as well as Twitter’s Live Brand Studio for live-streaming branded content campaigns. Twitter also is looking to hire leads for U.S. sports and news, and the company plans to hire new execs to cut live-programming deals in international markets as well, according to Madati’s memo.The move by Twitter to integrate the standalone live-content group into the regional-focused structure comes after the company announced around 30 new or expanded video pacts at its 2018 Digital Content NewFronts event Monday in New York City.Those include deals with NBCUniversal, Disney/ESPN, Viacom, Vice Media and Will Packer Media. The partnerships span entertainment, news, lifestyle, music, gaming and sports, including expansions of existing deals with Live Nation Entertainment, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer. While Twitter says it’s not shifting gears on its video push, insiders say the reorganization reflects disagreement among Twitter’s top leaders on how hard to drive into live premium programming. Ex-COO Anthony Noto, who left the company in January and had hired Swidler in May 2017, was bullish on live video as driving overall user growth and engagement for Twitter. But CEO Jack Dorsey is said to be less enamored with the strategy.Last month, signaling a pullback in its live-video streaming investments, Twitter shut down video-based apps for Roku, Android TV devices and Microsoft’s Xbox. Twitter is maintaining apps for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.At the same time, video has become increasingly important to Twitter’s business. In announcing Q1 2018 results, Twitter said video now accounts for more than half of its ad revenue and was again the fastest-growing ad format in period. In its presentation to Madison Avenue buyers in April, Twitter said video views have nearly doubled in the past year, but it declined to provide specific numbers.Under the Twitter content partnership group’s new regional structure, Madati also announced managers for the non-U.S. territories: Theo Luke is interim head of EMEA; Christopher Doyle is interim head of LatAm/Canada; and Jennie Sager is interim head of APAC and Japan/Korea (in a role that will eventually be split into two separate positions). Twitter has disbanded the live-video business unit responsible for deals with programming partners like Disney/ESPN, MLB and BuzzFeed, moving to consolidate those functions under its content-partnerships team, Variety has learned.The move is part of a larger reorganization under Kay Madati, Twitter’s global head of content partnerships, to adopt a regional management structure rather than the previous one based on categories like news, sports and live video.Madati announced the changes in an internal memo Monday, which was obtained by Variety. Under the new structure, the global content partnerships team will be run by execs for five regions — the U.S.; Latin America/Canada; Europe/Middle East/Africa; Japan/Korea; and Asia-Pacific — each reporting directly to Madati, who joined the company last fall from BET. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Whats Up With Wireless

first_img How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opportunities to be productive outside the office have been growing for decades, as has the number of workers taking advantage of them. But lately, this trend has been kicked into high gear by the fact that we no longer have to be tethered to a wall to get work done. Invisible radio waves let us use idle moments in airports, hotel rooms and taxicabs. Here are some of the major new pathways making that possible. EV-DO: CDMA providers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel are spending billions to create 3G cellular networks nationwide. Verizon already streams video over its network at 400Kbps in more than 170 markets. As with voice calls, though, your experience could vary. EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA: GSM providers are also spending billions on HSDPA upgrades to their EDGE/ UMTS networks. Cingular Wireless hopes to extend its 60-city, 400Kbps-plus service nation-wide by year-end. These providers’ 100Kbps-plus EDGE and 1xRTT networks already cover most of America. Cellular is being added to laptops and smartphones alongside Wi-Fi radios, with seamless voice and data handoffs between the two networks expected before the year’s up. Fixed WiMax: Any day now, you’ll see wireless ISPs using 802.16d fixed WiMAX to beam data at Wi-Fi speeds over distances previously attained only by narrowband cellular. Speeds and prices should be in the neighborhood of wired broadband, but it will be available to neighborhoods beyond the reach of cable and DSL. Mobile WiMax : Imagine downloading your e-mail to your laptop while you’re in the number-two lane of your favorite freeway. That’s the promise of Mobile WiMAX: wireless broadband to objects in motion. Alack and alas, 802.16e is still snarled in traffic and won’t arrive before 2007. 802.11g with MIMO: “Pre-n” 802.11g adapters are jumping the gun on the upcoming 802.11n standard by using MIMO to bounce multiple signals around a site. These Super G adapters achieve 108Mbps data rates and better coverage for only about $50 more than 802.11g alternatives. 802.11n : Wireless bandwidth is about to take a quantum leap: 802.11n will deliver network-quality digital audio and video using a MIMO schema that delivers data farther and faster. Expect true interoperability among brands, too–but probably not for several months. Wireless USB: If your data has only a short distance to travel–say, 10 to 30 feet–Wireless USB’s 480Mbps data rate could make it a very quick trip. Entirely compatible with its wired counter-part, WUSB promises a power-efficient way to move big music, video and data files between computing and entertainment devices. March 17, 2006 3 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 21, 2009 Siemens’ New PACS Combines 2D, 3D, 4D Reading News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Siemens will highlight a new development in picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) with a new PACS that complements and integrates Siemens advanced imaging offering. This solution combines 2D, 3D, and 4D reading – allowing fast reading in any dimension – together in one place.Siemens will be displaying its latest enhancements to PACS, computer-aided detection (CAD) in the PACS workflow, radiology information System (RIS), and the newest features to its OB/Ultrasound and cardiology IT system.In support of these innovative technologies and to complement ever-advancing products and solutions, Siemens will highlight its continued comprehensive technical and clinical service offerings. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more last_img read more

Less noise hopefully from Billy Bishop Airport

first_imgTags: Airports, Billy Bishop Airport, Porter Airlines Travelweek Group TORONTO — PortsToronto’s new Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is designed to dampen aircraft engine noise and represents a key component in the airport’s Noise Mitigation Program.PortsToronto says the three-sided, 14 metre high GRE will dampen the noise impact of ground engine run-ups mandated by Transport Canada following engine maintenance to ensure safety. These engine run-ups have been cited by the community as a primary source of noise. Construction began in fall 2016 and the project cost $9 million, paid for by PortsToronto. The enclosure absorbs noise with specialized acoustic panels.he Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport joins PortsToronto CEO Geoffrey Wilson and PortsToronto Chair Robert Poirier to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Ground Run-Up Enclosure at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport joins PortsToronto CEO Geoffrey Wilson and Gene Cabral, Executive Vice President of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on a tour of the new Ground Run-Up Enclosure.“Aircraft noise is a complicated issue faced by airports and communities, one that must be managed while ensuring that aviation safety remains paramount. As our cities grow and airports become a part of our neighborhoods, it’s important that we work together to ensure a balance between the important economic role that airports play, with the well-being of our communities,” said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, in attendance at the GRE’s launch.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?The GRE’s completion marks another milestone in the Billy Bishop Airport Airfield Project, a three-year rehabilitation initiative currently underway at Billy Bishop Airport to modernize the airport. Some 2.7 million passengers who travel through the airport each year. Posted by Less noise (hopefully) from Billy Bishop Airportcenter_img Share Thursday, April 20, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

January 28 2019

first_imgJanuary 28 , 2019 Leading British supermarkets and food service chains have warned that a no-deal Brexit will lead to higher prices and empty shelves in the short-term.The British Retail Consortium (BRC) made its latest warning in a letter sent to lawmakers. It was also signed by the bosses of supermarket groups Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and Lidl and fast food chains McDonald’s, and KFC. The U.K. is currently due to leave the European Union on March 29, but Parliament two weeks ago voted heavily against a deal reached by Prime Minister Theresa May regarding the country’s future relationship for when it leaves the economic bloc.If the country leaves the EU without a deal, many laws in place governing trade would cease to apply, and experts have warned that there would be widespread disruptions. You might also be interested in ‘Cooperation, communication and education’ key … LPS19: Despite challenges, Britain and Holland’s f … Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … In the letter, the groups say there will be “significant risks” to maintaining the choice, quality and shelf life of food.“While we have been working closely with our suppliers on contingency plans it is not possible to mitigate all the risks to our supply chains and we fear significant disruption in the short term as a result if there is no Brexit deal,” the letter said.“We are therefore asking you to work with your colleagues in Parliament urgently to find a solution that avoids the shock of a no-deal Brexit on 29 March and removes these risks for UK consumers.”The letter noted that nearly one-third of the food eaten in the U.K. comes from the EU. The situation would be even more acute in March when British produce is out of season, with 90% of lettuces, 80% of tomatoes and 70% of soft fruit sourced from the EU at that time of year.“As this produce is fresh and perishable, it needs to be moved quickly from farms to our stores,” it said. “This complex, ‘just in time’ supply chain will be significantly disrupted in the event of no deal.”The BRC noted that even if the British government does not undertake checks on products at the border, there will still be major disruption at Calais as the French government has said it will enforce sanitary and customs checks on exports from the EU.last_img read more