Eat Smart brand salad bags recalled due to possible Listeria contamination

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) says certain Eat Smart brand Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bags are being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.The affected product was sold in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and possibly other provinces, in 340 gram packages with a best before date of Feb. 16 2019.Consumers are advised to either throw the product out or return it to the store where it was purchased.The CFIA says there have been no reports of illnesses linked to the salad bags.Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. In severe cases the infection can be fatal. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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ASPCA Launches Valentines Day Contest With Ali Fedotowsky To Promote Adoption

first_imgHey there, cute couples! Do you and your pet look smashing together…or maybe even alike? Maybe you’re the proud pet parent of a charming pair of kitties? Or perhaps your pooch looks too-cute cozied up with his best friend? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this contest is for you!ASPCA and Ali Fedotowsky team up for Cutest Couples contest to promote shelter petsIn honor of Valentine’s Day, the ASPCA has teamed up with E! News Correspondent and star of “The Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky and her rescue pup Owen to launch a Cutest Couples Contest.The winner will receive an ASPCA Tender Voices Paw & Heart Diamond Pendant valued at $265 and be featured on the ASPCA website. Entries will be accepted now through February 28, 2014.The winner will be announced on March 6th. Enter here.last_img read more

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18 Officials Imprisoned in Salé for Bribery and Drug Trafficking

Rabat – Eighteen people, including 14 security officers, have been placed under detention after a hearing by the investigating judge at Rabat’s Court of Appeal on July 19.Different members of the imprisoned were given various charges including “bribery for receiving and participating in money, concealing a wanted criminal, and participating in the transportation and exporting of drugs and revealing professional secrets.”Now in Salé’s prison, the imprisoned include people who formerly worked for the police, customs, and the civil service. Members of the National Brigade of Judiciary Police (BNPJ) had referred them to the crown prosecutor in Rabat. read more

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Nepals peace process entering difficult phase UN envoy cautions

30 April 2010The top United Nations official in Nepal today voiced concern that planned Maoist demonstrations tomorrow could result in violence as she warned that the country’s peace process has reached a “difficult phase.” The Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) has announced that its May Day celebrations will be peaceful. “But after 1 May, the situation is unpredictable, and may seriously endanger the peace process,” warned Karin Landgren, the Secretary-General’s Representative in Nepal.The Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in 2006 between the Government and the Maoists, ended a decade-long civil war which claimed some 13,000 lives in the South Asian nation. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008, Nepal abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. But the peace process has stalled recently, threatened by tensions and mistrust between Maoists, the Government and the army.“There are grave concerns about the direction it may take in the coming days,” Ms. Landgren cautioned.The parties have expressed their willingness to reach an agreement, which she stressed must happen rapidly – hopefully today – to prevent an escalation of the situation.Although the UCPN-M has said that their demonstrations will be peaceful and authorities have said they will not use unnecessary force, the envoy expressed concern that clashes could ensue.Yesterday, the UN human rights office in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) called for restraint by all sides to prevent violence in tomorrow’s protests, while stressing the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.UCPN-M is urged to ensure that demonstrators do not engage in any form of provocation, confrontation or hostile behaviour, including wielding laathis and other weapons that could cause bodily harm.The group has a special responsibility to ensure that children are not put in harm’s way, OHCHR noted.“I appeal to all parties and groups to exercise maximum restraint, and underline that unity amongst the parties has been the driving force of the peace process and remains the best prospect for permanent peace in Nepal,” Ms. Landgren said today.The country’s leaders and people, Ms. Landgren told reporters, have invested so much in the peace process that “it would be a shame and disaster to let this fall by the wayside,” underscoring the need to restore trust and confidence. read more

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Will Trump let Chevron stay in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — Chevron was nearly booted from Venezuela in 2007 during a nationalization drive led by the late socialist President Hugo Chavez. Twelve years later, it faces a similar threat from an unlikely corner: the White House.The Trump administration is facing a July 27 deadline to renew a license granting Chevron permission to continue operating in Venezuela despite U.S. sanctions that are aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro by choking off oil revenue.Chevron has operated in the South American country for almost a century and its four joint ventures with state-run oil monopoly PDVSA currently produce about 200,000 barrels a day.For Trump, it’s a dilemma. The president prides himself on being a booster of Big Oil. But he’s also taken several bold steps to oust Maduro.The Associated Press read more

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Alaska governor cuts 5M in additional ferry service funding

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s governor has vetoed additional funding for the state’s ferry service that was placed in the budget by the Legislature.CoastAlaska reported Monday that Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the Alaska Marine Highway System budget by the Legislature.The Legislature had previously cut $43 million from the ferry system’s budget.A fiscal note attached by the governor’s office called the budget item “premature” ahead of a $250,000 study commissioned to reshape the ferry system.The note says the ferry study is due in mid-October.The Alaska Department of Transportation released a statement following the governor’s announcement saying it is finalizing the winter ferry schedule.A draft schedule released last month did not propose ferry service on Prince William Sound between October and May.___Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.orgThe Associated Press read more

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ADT being purchased by Apollo Global for 694 billion

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2016 5:44 am MDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Home security services company ADT has agreed to be purchased by affiliates of Apollo Global Management for about $6.94 billion.ADT Corp.’s stock surged almost 50 per cent in afternoon trading Tuesday.ADT shareholders will receive $42 per share. That’s a 56 per cent increase from Friday’s closing price of $26.87.The companies said that ADT will be merged with a subsidiary of Prime Security Services Borrower LLC, which is also owned by Apollo.The combined business will operate primarily under the ADT brand and be based in Boca Raton, Florida.ADT has a 40-day period in which it can actively seek out alternative proposals.Its board has approved the acquisition, which is targeted to close by June. It still needs ADT shareholder approval.Shares of ADT rose $13.13, or 48.9 per cent, to $40 in afternoon trading Tuesday. ADT being purchased by Apollo Global for $6.94 billion read more

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NagornoKarabakh and Syria among issues Azerbaijan minister discusses at UN debate

“We sincerely believe there is no alternative to peace, stability and mutually beneficial regional cooperation,” the Foreign Affairs Minister told the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. “Azerbaijan is the most interested party in the earliest negotiated settlement of the dispute.” In his statement, Mr. Mammadyarov also addressed his country’s participation in the Security Council in the 2012-2013 term, highlighting how his country, which served as President of the 15-member body in May, organizing a meeting under the so-called Arria Formula – a mechanism that allows Member States greater flexibility in the way they are briefed on a particular issue – to “encourage a frank exchange of views… on the role of mediation, judicial settlement and justice in promoting durable and international law-based peace and reconciliation.”The Foreign Affairs Minister expressed Azerbaijan’s concern over the Middle East peace process, which he said has “been at a standstill,” and called on the parties to create the necessary conditions conducive to the resumption of negotiations.In addition, he said Azerbaijan remained “deeply concerned” over both the violence and the “socio-economic and humanitarian situation” in Syria, and expressed deep concern over the “recent escalation provoked by blasphemy against Islam” – indirectly referring to a recent anti-Islam video made in the US which led to violent reactions in various cities around the world.Azerbaijan’s Foreign Affairs Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends Oct. 1. read more

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Avanti Chamber Singers preparing to end Brock Music season on a high

The Avanti Chamber Singers will close an eclectic Brock Music season with their final performance, The Road Home.Led by Assistant Professor Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Brock’s Ensemble-in-Residence will perform at St. Thomas Anglican Church on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Viva Voce! Choral Series.Rensink-Hoff explained this concert is quite different from Avanti’s first two performances this season.“We’ve had a very diverse year,” she said. “We did the big classical piece at the beginning of the year and have explored probably every style chorally that we could throughout the season.” The concert repertoire was inspired by This House of Peace, a choral number by contemporary composer Ralph Johnson, commissioned for the opening of the Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield, Ore. The song reflects on conversations Johnson had with people staying in a medical centre guesthouse while their loved ones were in hospital.As well as Johnson’s number, the choir will also perform songs that reflect on the idea of “home” as a space where individuals feel at peace. The opening piece, titled Ambe by Indigenous composer Andrew Balfour, is rhythmic in style and based in an Ojibway dialect.The program also includes All of Us by Craig Hella Johnson, and Stephen Paulus’ The Road Home, for which the concert is named.The Avanti Chamber Singers will also be joined by oboist Marta Agnieszka for a few pieces during the performance, including Gabriel’s Oboe arranged by Jon Washburn.This is the third and final performance of the season for the choir, who have spent the last eight months rehearsing and growing together as singers.“Concert themes can be quite personal and so, as I work with Avanti and get to know them more, it’s easier to create programs that I believe will resonate with the members of the choir,” said Rensink-Hoff.The Avanti Chamber Singers will perform for the final time this season on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario St. in St. Catharines.Tickets purchased in advance for the show are $20 for adults and seniors. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. There is also a discounted price of $5 for students and eyeGo program members. Tickets are available through the Avanti Chamber Singers website, at Thorold Music, Booksmart Books or from choir members. read more

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Nineteen yearold son of fourth plinth model Alison Lapper found dead as

The teenage son of a disabled artist who posed while pregnant with him for a Trafalgar Square plinth sculpture has died as his family urges others “not to hold things in”.Parys Lapper was just 19 when he was found dead on August 13 at a house in Worthing, Sussex.He was the son of Alison Lapper, who has shortened legs and no arms. Nearly 20 years ago, she was the model for the marble artwork which appeared on the Fourth Plinth in London and at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.In a statement on Facebook, Si Clift, Ms Lapper’s fiance, said the teenager “died suddenly”, before urging others to seek help if experiencing difficulties. Sussex Police is investigating the cause of his death.Mr Clift wrote: “Why does it take a passing of life cut short to prompt our hearts to be moved in such a way?“Please take away from this a realisation that you are not alone, that you can talk and not to hold things within. Whatever it is, there is help.” Alison Lapper alongside the sculpture in Trafalgar Square Ms Lapper was born with phocomelia, a condition that causes defects similar to Thalidomide. In 2000, his mother posed naked while eight months pregnant for the artist Marc Quinn.Ms Lapper had been initially reluctant to be the model for the artwork because she was concerned about how her disability would be portrayed. However, Quinn told her that numerous sculptures existed where limbs were missing.  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. Marc Quinn’s sculpture ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ in Trafalgar SquareCredit: Ian Jones His sculpture, called Alison Lapper Pregnant, was displayed in Trafalgar Square from 2005 to 2007, and a replica featured at the opening of the Olympics when held in London. In 2003, Ms Lapper, who obtained a first-class honours degree in fine art, was awarded an MBE for her services to art.In his statement, Mr Clift described Parys as a “mischievous, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy.”He has urged local motorcyclists to join a procession following Parys’s coffin to Worthing Crematorium because the teenager was a motorbike fan. “Ali has expressed a dear wish that she would absolutely love to see as many noisy motorbikes as possible to escort Parys on his final journey from her home to celebrate his life.”He added:  “Ali Lapper and I are blown away by your kind responses and so appreciative of your kindness … Keep Parys in the forefront of your minds and hearts for a long while.”A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Parys’s death, adding that results from a post mortem examination are still awaited.  Alison Lapper alongside the sculpture in Trafalgar SquareCredit: Ian Jones Ms Lapper, a respected artist from Brighton, had described Parys as “my greatest piece of artwork and creation” after facing considerable opposition to bringing him up on her own.She has never named Parys’s father, who was understood to have left before he was born. After his birth in 2000, she said: “When I saw him, I just cried and  cried. The emotions I felt were indescribable. I had never imagined I was going to be a mother, never thought it could be possible. “But when they placed him on my shoulder and I gave him a little kiss on his head and said hello, I was overwhelmed.”In 2010, Parys appeared in the BBC series Child of Our Time, presented by Professor Robert Winston, which charts the lives of 25 children as they reach their 20th birthday.  He added that Ms Lapper, 54, had been “blown away” by people’s kindness since the death of her son, whom he described as “his own man” and a “good son”.  Marc Quinn's sculpture 'Alison Lapper Pregnant' in Trafalgar Square read more

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Victorias Multicultural Awards for Excellence now open

first_imgNow in their 16th year, Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence are presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, honouring individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to strengthening Victoria’s multicultural community. The awards are presented to individuals who value diversity, including people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have made a positive impact in strengthening multiculturalism as well as to organisations that promote cross-cultural understanding, support new Australians, celebrate and enhance social cohesion. “Victoria’s multiculturalism is one of our state’s greatest assets and touches our lives every day,” VMC Chair, Helen Kapalos said. “It enhances the diversity of skills and knowledge we bring to our work, and enriches the cultural life of our cities and towns. It also helps foster acceptance and understanding of one another, and promotes a spirit of sharing and celebration that supports our Victorian values.”Nominations are now open and invited across 10 award categories, highlighting paid and voluntary work in the areas of business, government, education, youth, media and policing. Nominations must include a 600-1000 word Statement of Support addressing specific questions detailed on the nomination form, in addition to the contact details of two referees. In certain categories, individuals and organisations can nominate themselves. The awards will be presented at a ceremony later in the year to be attended by high-profile Victorian dignitaries, community leaders and the families and friends of recipients. Applications for the below categories close midnight, Monday 21 August 2017:-Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll – Meritorious Service to the Community – Premier’s Award for Community Harmony – Multicultural Business Award – Education and Early Childhood Award – Youth Award – Community Innovation Award – Government and Civic Leadership Award – Media Award – Police AwardsNominations can be submitted via email rsvpvmc@vmc.vic.gov.au or by postal mail to Awards Coordinator, Victorian Multicultural Commission, GPO Box 4698, Melbourne VIC 3001 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Museum event planned at Columbia Springs

first_imgVANCOUVER – The Clark County Historical Museum is planning a field trip for its next First Thursday event.The Museum After Hours program, held on the first Thursday of the month, will be at 6 p.m. at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway.Columbia Springs is a nonprofit with a mission of providing a setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world. The goal is to inspire stewardship and work toward a community that protects the environment for future generations.This First Thursday program will be free, since the site is a park within the city limits of Vancouver; it is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk.The historic elements of the site are linked to its role as the Vancouver Trout Hatchery, which was built in 1938 as part of the Works Progress Administration during President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.As a natural resource, the site contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River and provides habitat for wildlife.Contact the museum at info@cchmuseum.org or by phone at 360-993-5679.last_img read more

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Republicans say they want net neutrality rules too

first_img Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know Net Fix Rep. Doyle says that his bill forebears or cuts out portions of Title II regulation that ISPs say gives the government too much authority, such as the potential to regulate rates or provisions that might force them to share their infrastructure with competitors.I disagree with the Title II regulation of the Internet because it gave the FCC overly broad authority. While I believe the FCC can be the enforcement agency, their authority should be specific and limited to the bright-lines, which is what my bill will do. Title II gave too much authority to the FCC. It included a vague and arbitrary General Conduct Standard, and led to overly broad authority that allowed the FCC to regulate rates, unbundle services, prevent zero-rating. I don’t support the Democrats’ bill because it does not prevent those same authorities from being used in the future. But my hope is that we can reach a bipartisan solution where Republicans and Democrats sit down and say we need to take action. It’s time for Congress to legislate. For too many years we’ve seen different chairmen at the FCC decide how to handle net neutrality concerns rather than the elected representatives of the people.Rep. Doyle has criticized Republicans for taking a partisan approach to their legislation. He said he hadn’t heard from any Republicans before your bill and the two others were introduced in early February. Did you reach out to Rep. Doyle or other Democrats before introducing your bill?Republicans have been in the majority the last few years, and we have been reaching out to Democrats and wanting to work in a bipartisan fashion. I really believe there is an opportunity here. This is all part of the legislative process, and hopefully this will lead us to having more conversations and allow us to move forward to an agreed-upon bill. Have you had any discussions with Rep. Doyle or anyone else on the other side?I will. But it works both ways. He’s the chairman of the subcommittee. And if they desire to reach a bipartisan solution and not just have a political talking point, then we need to open up lines of communication. But the Democrats gave us very little heads-up that they were introducing this bill. And they are moving it extremely quickly. So far they are doing it without Republicans. What if you can’t work out a bipartisan solution? Should states continue to pass their own net neutrality laws, as your home state of Washington has done?I believe that the federal government needs to act; that Congress needs to act. This is an issue that’s been debated at the FCC, the courts, the states, which just shows the need for Congress to clarify what the law is. Consumers expect us to take action to ensure there is no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization.Just to clarify, the Federal Appeals court for the DC Circuit actually did uphold the FCC’s authority to reclassify broadband under Title II. But the court made it clear in two previous decisions that the agency’s authority could not come from Title I.The best way to clarify all of this is for Congress to act. And I will reach out to Mike Doyle. Updated 5:27 p.m.: Rep. McMorris Rodgers clarified her position on the Democrats’ proposal to keep parts of Title II regulation. • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., introduced one of three Republican-backed net neutrality bills in the House. Tom Williams Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says it’s time for Congress to put net neutrality protections into law. McMorris Rodgers, of Washington state, last month introduced legislation to restore net neutrality safeguards that the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission dismantled in late 2017. In an interview with CNET, she said politicians on both sides of the aisles need to come together to pass legislation that codifies the three “bright line” rules that were part of the Obama-era net neutrality regulations adopted by the FCC in 2015. Like her Democratic colleagues, McMorris Rodgers agrees that rules are needed to ban internet service providers from blocking or slowing web traffic on their networks. She even agrees with Democrats and consumer advocates that broadband providers shouldn’t be charging companies for speedier access to consumers. But she stops short of supporting the Democrats’ net neutrality bill — the Save the Internet Act — that’s been introduced in the House and Senate, because she says it gives the FCC too much authority. Her bill, as well as two others introduced by Republicans in February, includes the bright-line rules, but still strips the FCC of oversight.  Instead, it makes the Federal Trade Commission the net neutrality watchdog. Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality reading • Republicans say they want net neutrality rules, too Now playing: Watch this: See All 1:07 Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House Tags Internet Share your voice Net Fix Comments Democrats like Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who chairs the subcommittee in the House Energy and Commerce Committee that’s considering the bill, says McMorris Rodgers’ bill and the other Republican efforts don’t do enough to protect consumers. With Democrats controlling the House and with Republicans in charge of the Senate, the two sides seem to be at a standstill. But McMorris Rodgers says she’s hopeful a bipartisan solution can be hashed out. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.What does your net neutrality bill do?McMorris Rodgers: The legislation that I introduced is based upon a law passed in Washington state that enjoyed bipartisan support. It codifies the bright-line rules — the ban on paid prioritization, no blocking, no throttling — and it includes a transparency provision. It addresses what most people will point to when they are talking about the importance of Congress taking action. Why do you oppose the Democrats’ Save the Internet Act, which also puts the bright line rules into law?McMorris Rodgers: I am most concerned about a regulatory approach that classifies the internet under Title II [of the Telecommunications Act] and applies 1930s regulations to the internet. I am concerned about the impact on innovation and investment. When we saw the [2015] FCC regulations put in place, it resulted in a pulling back of investment among small and medium-sized ISPs. These are the ones that operate largely in rural and underserved areas.  I represent a district that still has some tremendous broadband needs. We need more deployment, and I am concerned that these areas are being left behind and that this kind of an approach will have even more of a negative impact on those deployments. Congress needs to clarify what the law is. Consumers expect us to take action to ensure there is no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization. 13 Apr 9 • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate Net neutrality FCClast_img read more

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North Korea fires 2 more missiles despite Kim Jonguns beautiful letter to

first_imgA missile is launched during testing at an unidentified location in North Korea, in this undated picture provided by KCNA on August 7, 2019.KCNA/via REUTERSNorth Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Saturday, South Korea said, in a “show of force” against US-S Korea joint military exercises.More missile launches are highly probable, as the North Korean military is conducting its own summer drills, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.The launch came a few hours after US President Donald Trump said he had received a “very beautiful letter” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.North Korea has fired a series of missiles and rockets since Kim and Trump agreed at a June 30 meeting to revive stalled denuclearisation talks.A US official said that at least one projectile was launched and that it appeared to be similar to previous short-range missiles fired by Pyongyang.Two missiles flew about 400 km (250 miles) at a height of about 48 km, according to the South Korean military.Trump played down the recent North Korean weapons launches when he spoke to reporters earlier on Friday, saying: “I say it again: There have been no nuclear tests. The missile tests have all been short-range. No ballistic missile tests. No long-range missiles.”NOT HAPPY Kim has said the weapons tests were a response to US-South Korean military drills being held this month.Trump said Kim had written in his letter that he was “not happy” about the war games and missile tests. He added he could have another meeting with Kim.The United States and South Korea have kicked off largely computer-simulated exercises as an alternative to previous large-scale annual drills that were halted to expedite denuclearisation talks. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:47Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:47?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … North Korea decries such exercises as a rehearsal for war aimed at toppling its leadership.The projectiles were fired at dawn on Saturday from an area around the northeastern city of Hamhung, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.Large solid-fuel rocket engines for North Korea’s ballistic missile program are most likely being produced at a factory complex in Hamhung, monitoring group 38 North said last year. Hamhung also has a testing site for those engines.The missile launches on Saturday were apparently testing capabilities of a new short-range missile Pyongyang is developing, South Korea’s presidential office said.”Because of concerns that North Korea’s series of launches can raise military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, ministers called for North Korea to stop it,” the Blue House said, citing a meeting of South Korea’s top security officials.Kim Dong-yup, a former naval officer who teaches at Seoul’s Kyungnam University, said the weapons tested on Saturday could be related to the completion of North Korea’s new rocket artillery system that required multiple launches of the same kind. Trump Becomes First U.S. President To Step Inside North Korea, Sets 3rd Meeting With Kim Jong Unlast_img read more

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Houston Mayor Says Hes Been Asked To Get Very Very Involved With

first_img X 00:00 /01:00 In Austin, state officials said that they want local districts to take the lead on developing these partnerships. But there are certain standards they must meet.Associate Education Commissioner Joe Siedlecki  said that they’ll look for things like: “what is the education plan, what is the capacity of the partner to execute the plan?”  Siedlecki said that if partners get the OK in June, they would run the schools, starting with the top staff. “The selection, the hiring, assignment, or approval of assignment of the principal and instructional staff, as well as making decisions about curriculum, calendar and the like,” Siedlecki explained.The big benefit to HISD is it can get a two-year break on state sanctions — and maybe even more money for 10 schools on the state’s must improve list.Siedlecki added that the two-year pause on state accountability would apply for the 2018 and 2019 school years, essentially giving any partner one academic year to turn-around schools.Under the state law known as HB 1842, HISD must improve chronically failing schools this school year, or it must close them down or outside managers could replace the entire school board. The partnership route under SB 1882 offer a third alternative. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Listen Houston Public MediaThe Houston Independent School District is pursuing partners to help save its 10 most struggling schools, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he’s been asked to get “very, very involved” in those schools.The state law authorizing these kinds of partnerships, called SB 1882, allows for a range of partners. They can include charter schools, nonprofits, higher education institutions or a governmental entity, like a city.Last week, HISD’s Grenita Lathan gave the board of trustees a preview of the kind of partners the district wants for 10 schools that HISD must improve or be forced to close: “Our local universities being able to partner as it relates to the academics and then also having a governance structure with another partner,” said Lathan. She’s since been tapped as interim superintendent.HISD’s spokesman Tracy Clemons said that the district is “still exploring partnership options.”But when News 88.7 asked at City Hall Wednesday if the city of Houston would consider becoming an official partner, Turner demured.“Let’s just say that I’ve been asked to be very, very involved by multiple individuals and then I’m deciding to what degree and to how far I’m willing to get involved in the day-to-day operation of any of the schools,” Turner said.HISD has to send any partnership plans to the Texas Education Agency by April 30th for approval. X Share 00:00 /00:51last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews SKYSCRAPER 2018

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Skyscraper any good?It’s serviceable.What’s it about?It’s about 90 minutes long, maybe longer with trailers.Ha ha. Wait – 90 minutes? Aren’t action movies longer than that these days?Yeah, not a lot of fat on this one – which, for a change, is actually kind of a problem. First movie like this I’ve seen in awhile that feels like it could’ve stood to gain weight.How so?Well, the skyscraper in the movie isn’t just a building. It’s a new “tallest building ever” with a supposedly unique structure, it’s own wind turbines, basically an entire vertical city inside (including a whole park with trees and a waterfall!) and a bunch of top-secret virtual-reality “stuff” on the super-secure top floors and a whole bunch of special security systems keeping it all running. So you’d expect in most movies a big chunk of Act 1 being scenes taking us through all this, so we get a sense of where everything is in relation to everything else when for when the action gets going.But they don’t do that?They do not. It pretty much jumps right from a few “Wow, that’s a nifty building!” establishing shots and a two-sequence walkthrough of a weird V.R. thing they need to explain for the finale and then it’s time for all hell to break loose. Not a lot of time to get situated or have a real sense of space.Got it. So… what’s the story?Die Hard, but on fire.Okay, enough with the jokes…Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a one-legged ex-FBI hardass turned security-expert consulting on an ultra high tech “tallest building ever” skyscraper in Hong Kong that finds itself under attack by heavily-armed mercenaries for not-immediately-clear reasons whose plan involves setting fire to the middle-floors to disable the fire-control systems for… other reasons. This in turn traps Johnson’s wife and two children in what was supposed to be a deserted residential floor, meaning he has to figure out a way to climb the building, get back inside, rescue them, figure out what the bad guys want and stop them all while evading an attempt to frame HIM for the whole scheme.Wait – if the bad guys are already covering their attack/robbery/whatever with a fire, why are they framing someone? Isn’t that more suspicious and attention-drawing?Because if the authorities weren’t held back by suspicions of the guy who’s also the one man in a position to save the day. It would be harder to still depict the Chinese police, military, and government authorities as hyper-competent, ruthlessly-efficient stalwarts of effective justice. It’s the Die Hard “every authority figure but McClane sucks at their job” thing ain’t going to fly in current Chinese co-productions.” So they are wholly capable of handling the situation but… don’t, so that the visiting Western megastar can still be the hero.Ah. So this is like that second Pacific Rim where the fact that they even shot this in English and bothered opening it wide in the States is almost kind of a courtesy?Certainly seems that way.How are the actors?Fine, I guess? It’s mainly coasting on Johnson’s seemingly-bottomless reserves of charisma and screen-presence. It has the occasional infusion of “Wow, she’s usually in better things than this!” class from Campbell. And the icy gravitas (and “hometown” star-power) from Singaporean superstar Chin Han and some occasional left-field Bond Girl-style sex-appeal courtesy Taiwanese star Hannah Quinlivan. But it seems she’s slipped in from a different, more interesting movie as a henchwoman who ends up overshadowing a fairly dull main bad guy (her scenes all feel like a more “traditional” home-grown Hong Kong actioner, all slick posing and absurdly casual mass-murder of police/guard/worker extras.Any standout sequences?A few. The two big “The Rock has to figure out how to climb a building without climbing gear” scenes are both pretty great. And there’s a big bit once the family is reunited where they have to work together to get out of a jam that’s ridiculous but interestingly-staged enough that I started to wonder why that wasn’t the whole movie instead of just doing Die Hard again. A lot of the rest is pretty forgettable, though I did like the meta-gag of having a huge crowd watching the whole thing below in the street to encourage the movie-audience when and how to react.But do you recommend it?I mean… I don’t “not” recommend it? Like a lot of Johnson’s second-tier vehicles, it feels a little bit like something that’s supposed to look like a “grown-up” movie, but the target audience is really closer to 8 year-olds. It’s not a chore, but maybe don’t go full price.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Treble treat on strings

first_imgThe Capital was mesmerised by magic of strings in a rare evening featuring the trinity of mohan veena, sitar and sarod in a never-like-before musical extravaganza. Musical night titled, The string Trinity presented renowned mohan veena played Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who played along with Aayush Mohan Gupta and Lakshya Mohan Gupta.Shree raga marked the inaugural performance by Lakshya Mohan Gupta on sitar and Aayush Mohan Gupta on sarod.Lakshay and Aayush Mohan Gupta have won the hearts of music lovers throughout country with their music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The evening took an exciting turn as next in line was much awaited Grammy award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s solo performance. His performance spellbound the audience in Kamani auditorium. The evening ended with the finale set The String Trinity where Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the young maestros Lakshay  and Aayush Mohan Gupta performed together and presented raga Charukeshi and raga Mand. The finale presentation left the audience awestruck with the electrifying music.last_img read more

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first_img Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  March 11, 2009 – With the joint development of the Ziehm NaviPort 3D interface, the medical technology manufacturing companies Ziehm Imaging and Stryker have succeeded in importing 2D and 3D C-arm image data into Stryker’s active infrared navigation systems. Stryker now supports image import from Ziehm Imaging’s new flat-panel C-arm, the Ziehm Vision FD Vario 3D. Users in the fields of minimally-invasive orthopedic, trauma and spinal surgery particularly benefit from the new level of quality in image-guided navigation. With the new interface there is a link to the active Stryker navigation system with fully automatic registration for image-guided surgery, the companies said. For the first time, doctors are able to integrate intraoperative X-ray images from the latest generation of mobile C-arms into Stryker navigation. The new Ziehm Vision FD Vario 3D flat-detector offers excellent distortion-free 2D image quality as well as efficient intraoperative 3D imaging. The Stryker navigation station can access the most recent fluoroscopic datasets and use them immediately for further procedural interventions. Surgeons and the OR team benefit from an improved visual orientation to patient anatomy during surgery and reduced radiation exposure. Due to these combined technologies, X-ray dose levels can be kept to a minimum. The companies said the imaging capability may also make a postoperative CT scan unnecessary. The Stryker navigation system is unique in its use of a high-precision, active 3-CCD camera system, which enables much more accurate localization of anatomic structures as well as the instruments deployed in surgery, when compared to traditional solutions. In minimally-invasive surgery, navigation provides the surgeon with a comprehensive overview of the intervention in spite of very small incisions. High-resolution C-arm images contribute to providing precise information to the surgeon, resulting in improved OR safety and improved clinical results. For more information: www.ziehm.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 11, 2009 Ziehm, Stryker Develop Intraoperative C-Arm, Infrared Navigation Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Related Content 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Image courtesy of GE Healthcare News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 01, 2019 | By Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, M.D. Mobile C-arm Technology Helps Build Efficiency A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read morelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more March 30, 2009 – Improving upon the success of its current X-ray technologies, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. is introducing a new addition to its Infinix-i cardiovascular system offering – the Infinix VF-i with mid-sized flat panel detector (FPD) and Next Generation AIP technology, and will demonstrate these new additions at this year’s American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, March 29 – 31, 2009 (Booth # 2629).The system includes a new 12-inch-by-12-inch flat panel detector (FPD) and a new digital processor. This system will incorporate all the technology that the Infinix line provides for unprecedented access, including complete head-to-toe and fingertip-to-fingertip coverage, and comprehensive system configuration.“The new addition to our Infinix product line will greatly improve the resolution and visualization for cardiac procedures,” said Robert Micer, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “This system not only provides increased visualization but will also improve system utilization, an important feature for today’s cath lab.”The Infinix VF-i incorporates new features into the digital processor to expand on Toshiba’s proprietary Advanced Image Processing (AIP) technology. This exclusive Toshiba technology enhances overall resolution, improves visibility over dark anatomical areas and virtually eliminates image lag. These enhancements assist clinicians with device and stent visualization and are especially important while using fluoroscopic imaging during diagnostic and interventional procedures.The newly added 12-inch-by-12-inch FPD covers more than twice the anatomical surface area of a traditional cardiac FPD making it an important feature for today’s cath labs. This mid-sized panel increases system utilization by allowing cardiologists to increase their working field-of-view and more easily perform procedures outside the heart while minimally impacting the angulations, which can be compromised by larger pan.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | March 30, 2009 Toshiba Rolls Out New Flat Panel Detector, Image Processing for Cardiac Procedures Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more center_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field. last_img read more

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Duh DEA finally admits marijuana is safer than heroin

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s official: the U.S. government’s top drug cop has acknowledged that marijuana is less dangerous than heroin.At a meeting with reporters this week at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration, acting chief Chuck Rosenberg said that “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana,” Matt Ferner of the Huffington Post reports. This clarifies a statement he made last week, when he told reporters that marijuana was “probably not” as dangerous as heroin, adding “I’m not an expert.”This shouldn’t be news. Researchers have known for decades that marijuana is a much safer substance than heroin — and nearly all other psychoactive drugs, for that matter. Heroin overdoses kill thousands of people each year, while marijuana has no known toxic dose. It’s considerably less habit-forming than heroin, alcohol, nicotine and other drugs. And medical marijuana treatments hold a lot of potential — particularly as an alternative to dangerous prescription painkillers.As far back as 1972, a federal report commissioned by U.S. President Richard Nixon recommended that marijuana use and possession be decriminalized, arguing that “neither the marihuana [sic] user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety.”But Nixon ignored the report’s findings. Marijuana was left on Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, the most restrictive category, reserved for drugs that “have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.” Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and LSD.In recent years as public opinion on marijuana has shifted and the science on the drug becomes more settled and accepted, the DEA has stuck with its anti-marijuana stance. Former DEA administrator Michelle Leonhart, who resigned under a cloud of scandal and managerial lapses earlier this year, famously refused to say whether marijuana was less dangerous than crack or heroin in a 2014 congressional hearing. The exchange drew widespread ridicule.Under Leonhart, the DEA also repeatedly challenged the White House on marijuana reform measures, aggressively pursued medical marijuana raids in defiance of congressional mandates, and was ridiculed by congressmen for its opposition to industrial hemp.And in that context, Rosenberg’s cautious acknowledgement on the relative safety of marijuana is indeed news. It’s a small sign that under its new leadership the DEA may start staking out policy positions that are more in line with the White House, Congress, and the U.S. public.Former DEA administrator Michelle Leonhart famously refused to say whether marijuana was less dangerous than crack or heroin in a 2014 congressional hearing. The exchange drew widespread ridicule. Watch: © 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change. The New York Times calls for marijuana legalization 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana workslast_img read more

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