Municipal Government Act Amendments

first_imgHalifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will be able to fund the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and continue to reduce property taxes for some residential property owners. Amendments to the Municipal Government Act were introduced today, May 10, by Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. HRM already provides supplementary funding to the Halifax Regional School Board, but may not have the authority to provide similar funding to Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the French-language school board. The legislation would clarify HRM’s authority to provide either a share of existing funding to Conseil acadien, or to provide additional funding, as it sees fit. Another amendment would authorize HRM council to continue a residential property tax relief measure first introduced last year. The municipality could reduce the property tax payable on a residential property if the assessed value of the property increased by more than a specified percentage.last_img read more

Metro Railway conducts antilittering drives

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway conducted an anti-littering drive last month in its stations last month which revealed that the number of such cases has gone down a lot.According to Metro Railway authorities, since the past few years special anti-littering driver were being carried out to prevent such nuisance practices by the passengers. During May 2018, the highest number such cases was recorded. Metro Railway had earned Rs 1.47 lakh from 576 cases at that time. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLast month, Metro Railway authorities found that the number of such cases has gone down a lot. From May 1 to May 31 only as many as 165 such cases were detected by the authorities. Fines worth Rs 42,000 have been collected. Maximum number of cases, which is 52 has been recorded in Dum Dum metro station. Metro authorities informed that adequate number of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable dustbins have been installed at all the stations to prevent littering at the platforms and the metro tracks. In spite such efforts, a section of commuters have still been littering the stations premises, trains and track beds. To prevent such nuisance activities, drives will be conducted in future as well.last_img read more

Bail decision for former hostage Joshua Boyle expected Friday

first_imgOTTAWA – Former overseas hostage Joshua Boyle, awaiting trial on assault charges, is slated to hear Friday whether he’ll be released on bail.Ontario Court Justice Robert Wadden is expected to hand down the decision following a two-day hearing that wrapped up Tuesday.Boyle was arrested by Ottawa police in December and charged with various offences including assault, sexual assault, unlawful confinement and causing someone to take a noxious substance.The charges against Boyle relate to two alleged victims, but a court order prohibits publication of any details that might identify them or any witnesses.Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were seized in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.The couple — along with the three children they had during five years in captivity — were freed by Pakistani forces last October.After returning to Canada, the family stayed for several weeks with Boyle’s parents in Smiths Falls, Ont. They had been living in an Ottawa apartment for about a month when Boyle was arrested.An initial evaluation found Boyle fit to stand trial, but he underwent a fuller assessment at a mental health centre in Brockville, Ont. The confidential psychiatric evaluation was completed earlier this spring.Lawrence Greenspon, one of Boyle’s lawyers, said earlier this year his client had been taking medication and that he hoped the treatment would continue once Boyle returned to an Ottawa detention centre.Details of this week’s bail hearing cannot be reported due to a publication ban.Boyle attended high school in Kitchener, Ont., and earned a degree from the University of Waterloo in 2005.He was briefly married to Zaynab Khadr, sister of Toronto-born Omar Khadr, who spent years in a U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after being captured in Afghanistan.In 2011 he married Coleman, who grew up in rural Pennsylvania, during a lengthy trip the pair took to South America.The following year, they set off for Russia and travelled through Central Asia for several months, winding up in strife-torn Afghanistan.In an email sent shortly before their capture, Boyle said he was in an Internet cafe in an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.In June 2014, Coleman’s family released two videos of their daughter and Boyle in captivity. In the clips, they called on the U.S. government to free them.Another video was posted to YouTube in August 2016. The couple soberly warned they would be killed by the hostage-takers unless Kabul abandoned its policy of executing captured prisoners. They urged Canada and the United States to pressure Afghanistan into changing its policy.The family’s dramatic rescue last October made global headlines and prompted a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Toy company Spin Master Corp acquires flying ring maker Aerobie Inc

TORONTO — Spin Master Corp. (TSX:TOY) has acquired Aerobie Inc., a maker of outdoor flying discs and other sports toys.Financial terms of the deal, which closed Friday, were not immediately available.Aerobie was founded by Alan Adler, an engineer and part-time Stanford University teacher.The company is best known for its flying ring, but also makes other flying discs and throwing toys.Spin Master is known for its Meccano, Hatchimals, Air Hogs and Paw Patrol brands.It says Aerobie will be managed by its Swimways division. read more

Lululemon Genesco gain Domo Science Applications fall

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:Lululemon Athletica Inc., up $14.73 to $203.14The athletic apparel maker handily beat Wall Street’s fiscal second quarter profit expectations and raised its profit forecast for the year.DocuSign Inc., up $10.02 to $56.27The provider of electronic signature technology raised its revenue forecast for the year after reporting strong revenue and billings growth in the second quarter.Science Applications International Corp., down $7.36 to $83.08The information technology company reported disappointing second quarter revenue results.Brady Corp., up $2.50 to $51.05The identification and security products reported a surprisingly strong fiscal fourth quarter profit and raised its profit forecast for the year.Genesco Inc., up 79 cents to $36.14The seller of footwear, hats, clothing and accessories posted a second quarter profit that topped expectations and boosted its outlook for the year.Domo Inc., down $9.44 to $15.77The business software company warned investors that its loss for the year will be wider than previously expected.Zumiez Inc., up $3.11 to $30.71The clothing retailer handily beat Wall Street’s second quarter financial expectations and raised its profit forecast for the year.Devon Energy Inc., down 15 cents to $23.35Lower oil prices broadly dragged down energy company stocks.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO head deplores ferocious and systematic attacks on media in Iraq

The “ferocious and systematic attacks” on journalists and media outlets in Iraq undermine any attempts to establish democracy in the war-torn country and overcome decades of oppression and violence, the head of the United Nations organization entrusted with defending freedom of the press has warned. “The international community and the authorities in Iraq must take determined action to support the media in this appalling struggle over freedom of expression, a basic human right that is the cornerstone to all human rights,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said, deploring last week’s assault on Baghdad’s Shaabiya satellite television station, which killed 11 people. Among the dead was the channel’s General Director, Abdul-Rahim Nasrallah al-Shimari.“The reconstruction of a democracy and the return to peace and rule of law in a country that has suffered so much violence and oppression over decades depend to a significant extent on the ability of both public service and independent media to carry out their work,” said Mr. Matsuura in the latest of many statements condemning the slaughter of media personnel in Iraq since the United States-led invasion in 2003. “Improving the safety of the valiant professionals who work in such appalling conditions and at such personal risk must be recognized as a priority.”He noted that last week’s assault was the second attack on an Iraqi TV station in as many weeks, after a car bomb exploded outside the Al-Rafidain TV station killing two pedestrians and injuring five station employees. Also this month the body of a kidnapped reporter, Azad Muhammad Hussein of Radio Dar Al-Salam, was found, reportedly showing signs of torture.Since then, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported that unidentified gunmen kidnapped the editor-in-chief of the private weekly Nabad Al-Shabab, Ali Kareem, and have demanded $50,000 ransom from the journalist’s family. read more

CPPIB commits US500 million to Indian joint venture managed by IndoSpace

by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2017 7:33 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CPPIB commits US$500 million to Indian joint venture managed by IndoSpace TORONTO – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it has committed about US$500 million to become the majority partner in IndoSpace Core, a joint venture with IndoSpace that will buy and develop logistics facilities in India.The partnership has committed to acquire 13 industrial and logistics parks in India, including Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.The new entity will be managed by IndoSpace Capital Asia.IndoSpace currently has 21 industrial and logistics parks across India. read more

Womens Basketball The 113 run that propelled Ohio State past Minnesota and

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Trailing Minnesota 85-79 with 4:40 remaining in fourth quarter, the Ohio State women’s basketball team had a sliver of hope to come back for a victory.A six-point lead does not seem like much on paper, especially with nearly five minutes left. But on a night in which free throws were not falling and baskets suddenly seeming hard to make, six points seemed like a lot to overcome. Coincidentally enough, a game full of runs was decided by one final run to close out the game. Ohio State made an 11-3 run in the final four-and-a-half minutes of the game to advance past the upset-happy Golden Gophers in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The full 40 minutes almost weren’t enough to decide the outcome of the back-and-forth matchup filled with 16 lead changes and 11 ties. But midway through the fourth quarter, it seemed like there would finally be no more lead changes.A layup with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter by redshirt junior guard Kenisha Bell resulted in a timeout called by Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff. At that point in time, the Buckeyes were shooting 2-of-11 in the quarter and had not scored in more than two minutes.He only had one message to his team: keep fighting.“I thought both teams played really hard, and for a stretch in the third quarter I thought Minnesota played harder than we did, and I thought we played harder in the fourth quarter,” McGuff said. “They were getting a lot of 50-50 balls, then we were getting them down the stretch. That was what we kept emphasizing, just make sure we play hard.”A jumper by redshirt senior Linnae Harper on the Buckeyes’ second possession after the timeout sparked a much-needed run. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell followed the bucket up with an and-one, pulling Ohio State within one point.The Buckeyes clamped up forcing Bell to miss her second shot in as many possessions. After a missed layup by senior forward Alexa Hart and redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga’s missed put-back attempt, Hart got a second opportunity after sophomore guard Jensen Caretti’s offensive rebound and buried a shot from the block to give Ohio State an 86-85 lead with 2:40 remaining.After a defensive stop, the Buckeyes did not score, but had a possession McGuff called “probably the possession of the game.”Mavunga essentially killed a minute-and-a-half of time by herself. Strong effort on the glass resulted in two offensive rebounds by her. The rebounds didn’t result in points, but they minimized the Golden Gophers’ chances of a comeback. With the rebounds, she became the first player in Big Ten tournament history to pick up at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in one game. “It’s really an honor, I had no idea,” Mavunga said. “I wasn’t even going after trying to get a certain number of stats, whatever the team needed me to do is what I was there to do.”Mitchell ended the possession with a missed jumper, and Minnesota finally got a defensive rebound and pushed the ball in transition. Mitchell was the only player able to get back in time and as Bell went up for a layup, she stuck her hand in and pried the ball out. With only 34 seconds left, initially it was ruled Minnesota’s ball, but after a couple minutes of review, the officials was determined the ball came off Bell’s knee as it went out of bounds. For the remainder of the game, Minnesota played the foul game, in hopes of Ohio State slipping up. But the Buckeyes, who shot 50 percent from the free-throw line, did just enough to come out with a win.A pair of made free throws put the Buckeyes up three with 29 seconds remaining. Mavunga was forced to defend guards as a result of switching onto them and blocked two shots in the final 20 seconds of the game.Minnesota made a late 3-pointer to pull within two points with five seconds remaining and Ohio State missed four of its final six free throws, but the Golden Gophers missed their final shot and allowed the Buckeyes to move on to the tournament final Sunday against Maryland. read more

Queen bounces back from illness that saw her cancel St Pauls Cathedral

The Queen watched the 2017 Remembrance Sunday service from a balconyCredit:Samir Hussein /WireImage  A guard of honour for the Queen at the palace was formed by Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of ScotlandCredit:PA A guard of honour at the palace was formed by Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.Pipes and drums were provided by The Highlanders, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland with music by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.The ceremony on the palace forecourt marks the traditional start to the monarch’s stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Last Tuesday, Her Majesty met a host of people at Buckingham Palace including David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry for the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony.A day later, she hosted the the High Commissioner for Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tu’ivakano, and her husband Siaosi Kiu Kaho at the palace.But Thursday’s royal engagement was a step too far for the Queen. The Telegraph understands no doctor was called and Her Majesty was not taken to hospital.A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace last week said: “The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of Michael and St George.”Her Majesty will be represented by the Duke of Kent as the grand master of the order.”The event was attended by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, who was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order, which is granted by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. Queen Elizabeth II during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at The Cenotaph  She caught measles when Prince Charles was two months old in 1949 and had to be separated from her baby son. The Queen in Edinburgh on Monday The Queen has bounced back from an illness that saw her cancel engagements last week to take part in an ancient ceremony which formally welcomed her to Edinburgh at the start of Holyrood week.The annual Ceremony of the Keys saw the monarch handed the keys of the city and welcomed by Edinburgh Lord Provost Frank Ross.On Thursday, Her Majesty pulled out of a service at St Paul’s Cathedral because she was feeling “under the weather”.But she battled through her sickness, thought to have been a cold, and is scheduled to complete a full itinerary in a sun-drenched Scotland this week. As part of Monday’s ceremony, The Queen was symbolically offered the keys to the city by the Lord Provost and tradition dictates that she then returns them, entrusting their safekeeping to Edinburgh’s elected officials. Holyrood week includes an investiture and garden party at the palace while the Queen will also host a reception for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force 603 City of Edinburgh squadron and attend the annual Order of the Thistle Service at St Giles’ Cathedral. 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. The first time the Queen was actually admitted to hospital was in July 1982 when she had a wisdom tooth extracted at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.The Queen’s no-fuss approach to injury and illness was perfectly illustrated in 1994. She broke her left wrist when her horse tripped during a ride on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.The break was not diagnosed until almost 24 hours later when her arm was X-rayed and set in plaster at a hospital.It was the first time she had fallen in many years and the Queen had simply brushed herself down, remounted her horse and trotted on back to Sandringham. Her first hospital stay in 10 years came in 2013 when she was 86 after she suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis and missed an engagement in Swansea when she was due to present St David’s Day leeks to the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh.On March 3 2013, she was admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital to be assessed. A week of engagements, including a two-day trip to Rome, was cancelled. The Queen leaves the King Edward VII hospital in March 2013 following a short stayCredit:Alastair Grant /AP There was a short gap between May 4, when she held an investiture, and May 15 when she undertook a series of jobs including hosting a garden party and welcoming the President of the Republic of Turkey and Mrs. Erdogan to the palace. The Queen, who is in good health, is known for her robust constitution. In 2013, she had her first hospital stay in 10 years when, at the age of 86, she suffered symptoms of gastroenteritis and missed an engagement in Swansea.A week of engagements, including a two-day trip to Rome, was cancelled and the Queen spent one night in hospital. She usually attends hospital for an annual routine check-up. A guard of honour for the Queen at the palace was formed by Balaklava Company, The Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland The Queen, who placed great importance to her role as Head of the Commonwealth, did however attend the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House on the evening of March 11 to sign the new Commonwealth Charter.Buckingham Palace insisted it was just the “tail end” of the symptoms and that her condition had not worsened.But the next day she cancelled her engagements for the rest of the week, with her son, the Duke of York, saying later that it was sensible not to risk her coming out, but that she was not ill.Her illnesses have been few and far between over the years. She has suffered from back pain, and also had operations to remove torn cartilage from both knees. The Queen was not well enough to attend the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church and also missed the New Year’s Day one. She later described it as a “particularly grisly mixture of cold and flu”. At the beginning of the month, it was revealed the Queen had undergone eye surgery to remove a cataract, but wore sunglasses in public rather than cancel her long-planned engagements. The Queen wears sunglasses during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle on May 13Credit:Steve Parsons /PA She turned 90 in 2016 and, the same year, used the lift rather than stairs to enter Parliament for the State Opening, avoiding the 26 steps of the royal staircase at the Sovereign’s Entrance.Buckingham Palace said the “modest adjustment” to arrangements were made for “the Queen’s comfort”. The decision was attributed to the Queen suffering from knee pain.In 2014, the Prince of Wales stood in for the Queen for part of the Order of the Bath service to avoid her having to make an extra journey up and down some steep steps in full regalia.In November 2013, the Duke of Cambridge stepped in to represent the Queen at an investiture ceremony after she suffered some “mild discomfort” with her ankle after a busy weekend of engagements including the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph.Video: The Queen’s life on screen The Queen’s robust health over the yearsThe Queen is known for her robust health. Her son the Duke of York once described her as being incredibly fit for her age, and the 92-year-old monarch still rides her Fell ponies at Windsor, and drives, mainly around her private estates.She has called time on her overseas travels, leaving long-haul destinations to the younger members of her family. But she still has a busy diary of events, and in 2017 carried out 296 engagements.In November 2017, the Prince of Wales led the nation in honouring the country’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph.It was the first time that the Queen, as head of state, had watched the ceremony from a nearby balcony, and was seen as a sign of the royal family in transition and an acknowledgement of her age.Just before Christmas 2016, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh both fell ill with heavy colds, forcing them to delay their trip to Sandringham by a day. Angelina Jolie arrives at St Paul's Cathedral II leaves the King Edward VII hospital following a one-day stay caused by a stomach ailment Angelina Jolie arrives at St Paul’s CathedralCredit:Leon Neal/Getty The Queen spent one night in hospital and left thanking staff and smiling before being driven to Buckingham Palace to rest.It was thought her public appearances were back on track until Buckingham Palace announced on the morning of the Commonwealth Day Observance service on March 11 that she regrettably could no longer attend “as she continues to recover following her recent illness”.It was the first Commonwealth Day Observance service she had missed in 20 years, the last occasion being when she had flu in 1993. The 92-year-old monarch underwent the successful procedure in May, Buckingham Palace confirmed, and in the following weeks the Queen has been seen wearing sunglasses at a number of events including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Buckingham Palace garden parties.It was business as usual for the head of state, who did not cancel or postpone any engagements.The Court Circular, the public record of the working life of the Royal family, shows no major break in the Queen’s work in May, from receiving official visitors at Buckingham Palace to attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the Duke of Edinburgh, who had recovered from a hip replacement operation. Queen Elizabeth II during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle The Queen in Edinburgh on MondayCredit:PA read more

Asking prices up nationally for first time since peak of property boom

first_imgASKING PRICES FOR homes all across the country are up for the first time since the peak of the market almost eight years ago.In the latest survey from, the mix adjusted average national asking price was up 1.3% to €190,000 in the second quarter of this year.In Dublin, the average asking price increased by 4.5%, hitting €255,000. The median asking price, which said is the better way of estimating the price of a typical house, was up a considerable 7.4% in Dublin.Changes in median asking prices across the rest of the country can be seen in this chart: Source: MyHome.ieClick here for a larger version of this imageThis is the capital’s fifth consecutive quarter of positive growth and the survey said price rises are likely to continue for some time.The author of the report Caroline Kelleher from DKM Economic Consultants said that while the recovery in national prices was encouraging, the stronger price growth in Dublin means the divergence between the capital and country is continuing to widen.Supply constraints are clearly a key factor in Dublin and other key markets and these would appear to be driving the current price increases. Given the time lag in addressing supply issues it is likely prices will continue to rise in these areas for some time to come.Angela Keegan, Managing Director of the property website said it was “heartening” to see asking prices rising nationally for the first time in almost eight years. Source:“While this is an important landmark on the road to recovery, we are still much closer to the start of that journey then the finish,” she commented. “The average mix-adjusted asking price in Dublin is now 34% higher than the national figure. This is on a par with trends seen at the height of the boom when the difference stood at 35%, albeit prices are at a much lower base.”She said it is clear that affordability in Dublin is set to deteriorate further over the course of this year and addressing supply issues is key if we are to return to a normal functioning market.Read: Why is this house so expensive?>Sold: €5m worth of property and land snapped up in “intensive” Galway auction>last_img read more

Woman injured in crash

first_imgA woman was transported from the scene of a two vehicle wreck Wednesday night at the intersection of Northeast 152nd Avenue and 119th Street.Firefighters from Clark County Fire District 3 and the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. A Honda Accord and Land Rover SUV collided in the intersection. The injured driver was transported by an American Medical Response ambulance to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries were not known. An accident report by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office was not available Thursday.last_img read more

NASAs image of asteroid Eros resembles pornographic picture claims researcher

first_imgNASAIn Greek mythology, Eros is one of the children of Aphrodite and Ares, and he is widely believed as the God of Love. Interestingly, an image of Eros asteroid released by NASA seems so eerie, and at first glance, it looks like a pornographic photo featuring a woman’s nude bottom half.The weird finding is made by popular alien researcher Scott C Waring. In a recent post on his website ‘UFO Sightings Daily’, Waring revealed that the NASA image appears to be showing the pelvis and hip of a nude woman.”In the NASA photo index, I found an erotic looking photo that appears to show the pelvis and hips of a nude woman. When I did further research I found that the photo was of asteroid Eros. This sounded odd…since Eros is an ancient Greek god of love. Eros is supposed to be a male, so it’s bit off base. But what if this close up photo is of a much larger figure carved into the asteroid, Eros?” wrote the self-proclaimed researcher on his website.In the post, the researcher based in Taiwan added that there could be a huge sculpture of the Greek God carved in the asteroid. He also outlandishly claimed that this weird shape and sculpture on the asteroid might have compelled NASA to name this asteroid Eros.”It’s possible that there is a huge sculpture of the Greek god on this asteroid. I don’t believe in coincidences. It seems to me that NASA is hiding the rest of this sculpture and they accidentally published this particular photo of it. Either way, this asteroid has a fitting name indeed,” added Waring.This is not the first time that Waring is spotting anomalies on NASA’s images of asteroids. A few weeks ago, after analyzing images of Bennu asteroid, the researcher claimed that aliens are living in this space body. In an unbelievable website post, he revealed that this asteroid has lots of artificial structures like towers, buildings, and even pyramids.Earlier, after discovering fossil-like structures on Mars, Waring urged US President Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA and assured him that he will open up all secrets regarding alien life as the head of the US space agency.However, sceptics are not convinced about the claims made by Waring. They say Waring’s findings are clear cases of pareidolia where the human brain forms familiar figures on recognizable patterns.last_img read more

China dismisses Soros criticism of Xi

first_imgHungarian-born US investor and philanthropist George Soros delivers a speech on the sideline of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, on 24 January 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo: AFPUS billionaire George Soros’ criticism of Chinese president Xi Jinping was “meaningless”, China’s foreign ministry said on Friday, after the investor and philanthropist called Xi the world’s most “dangerous opponent” of open society.Soros, who promotes liberal causes through his charities, said during a speech on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that China was the wealthiest, strongest and technologically most advanced authoritarian regime in the world.”This makes Xi Jinping the most dangerous opponent of open societies,” Soros said.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, asked about the comments, said remarks by some individuals that “invert right and wrong” were “meaningless and not worth refuting”.”We hope the relevant American can correct his attitude, not be shortsighted, and hold an objective, rational and correct opinion of China’s development,” Hua told reporters at a regular briefing.Xi has presided over a crackdown on dissent since coming to power in 2012, with hundreds of rights lawyers and activists detained. Dozens have been jailed.Soros said Xi was wielding Chinese technology companies to develop artificial intelligence and a nascent social credit system that would allow China’s “one-party state to reign supreme”.He said US president Donald Trump should drop trade disputes with other countries and focus on China, while cracking down on Chinese technology firms, such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, which could be used to assert authoritarian control.China has said it would create a “social credit system” by 2020 to reward or punish individuals and corporations, using technology to record various measures of financial credit, personal behaviour and corporate misdeeds.The system’s rollout has attracted international headlines, sparking comparisons to George Orwell’s novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, with critics saying it could massively increase the ruling Communist Party’s already strict control.Some experts say the system remains in its early stages and could help tackle social problems like fraud or food security.The US government under Trump has pursued a strategy to counter what it sees as China’s growing threat to US economic competitiveness and security.That includes tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods, based on US findings that it is misappropriating US intellectual property through forced technology transfers and other means.A bipartisan group of US lawmakers recently introduced bills that would ban the sale of US chips or other components to Huawei, ZTE, or other Chinese telecommunications companies that violate US sanctions or export control laws.ZTE and Huawei are viewed with suspicion in the United States because of fears their switches and other gear could be used to spy on Americans.China has called the legislation “hysteria” and denies US accusations of trade abuses.last_img read more

NFL Super Bowl LI Charitable Giving Launched

first_imgHouston Super Bowl Host CommitteeHouston Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Ric Campo introduces the Charitable Giving program at Pro-Vision Academy on April 8, 2016.Several foundations are partnering with the NFL to launch Touchdown Houston, a charitable giving program for Super Bowl 51 next year here in Houston.“Touchdown Houston is focusing on education, community enhancement and health and wellness,” said Hasting Stewart, executive vice president of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.According to Stewart, $5 million has already been set aside, including $1 million from the NFL to distribute as grants to nonprofit 501C3 organizations serving the Greater Houston community. “The whole idea is that the Super Bowl is roughly a nine day series of events culminating with the game on February 5,” Stewart said.  “But what we’re really interested in doing is providing some things that can live well beyond the Super Bowl.”Stewart says it’s really about giving back to the city and leaving a lasting legacy. 00:00 /00:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share Xlast_img read more

11M Awarded to Preserve AfricanAmerican Historic Sites

first_imgBy REBECCA SANTANA, Associated PressNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location central to the slave trade and civil rights locations in Birmingham, a preservation group announced Friday.The money from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is part of an effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve and promote African-American historic places.This photo taken Oct. 31, 2013 shows a person walking past the Freedom House Museum in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)Brent Leggs, who directs the fund, says African-American historic places have traditionally been undervalued and underfunded.“Through the action fund we have the opportunity to raise the visibility and the full contributions of African-Americans to our nation. We have the opportunity to highlight stories and places of activism achievement and community, to rewrite history and tell a new story about a Black America,” he said.He says the group and outside advisers narrowed down the 830 applicants from 42 states to 16 awardees. The grants are given in four categories: capacity building; project planning; capital; and programming and interpretation.The trust plans to raise a total of $25 million over five years to preserve and highlight African-American historical contributions.The recipients constitute a range of sites and needs across America. Some like Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia, are connected with the slave trade while others, like the John and Alice Coltrane Home, in Huntington, New York, are connected with African-American artistic contributions.Historic Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is part of a consortium of civil rights sites in the city that received a grant. Martha Bouyer of Bethel Baptist says the church, home to famous civil rights activist pastor Fred Shuttlesworth, will use the money for a historic structures report — a detailed accounting of the building which can guide future preservation efforts.“I’ve been trying for years to get this done,” Bouyer said of the grant.Paul A. Ellis Jr. is executive director of the August Wilson House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which pays homage to the African-American playwright who wrote such works as “Fences.” Ellis, who’s also Wilson’s nephew, said the organization will match the $50,000 grant from the trust and use it to create a series of interpretive exhibits and interactive techniques that “tell the story of August Wilson and the community that served as the inspiration for his plays.”“That’s why it means so much to get this grant, to keep moving forward with this project,” he said. “We’re here in August Wilson’s hometown and we want the world to know his story.”Leggs said the fund was created in “the aftermath of Charlottesville last summer where heritage, culture and public spaces collided” as a way to “tell the whole history of our nation and to foster understanding, healing and reconciliation.”In Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, a “Unite the Right” rally drew hundreds of White nationalists to the college town, where officials planned to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. After vicious brawling broke out between White nationalists and counterdemonstrators, a driver ran his car into a crowd of counterdemonstrators, killing one and injuring many. He currently faces federal hate crime charges.__Follow Santana on Twitter @ruskygal.last_img read more

Politician on track to become first openly gay US governor

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Record high number of LGBTI people running for public office in USLGBTI women running for US Congress up 160% since 2016Civil Rights hero John Lewis endorses gay candidate running for governorRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Colorado voted for gay candidate. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Polis won the Democratic primary for governor in Colorado. If he goes on to win the US midterm elections in November this year, he’ll enter the history books.Primary win: Polis now looking to November midterms.The five-term House member will face Republican state treasurer, Walker Stapleton, in the 6 November election. Stapleton is related to the family of former US presidents George senior and junior Bush.If he wins, 43 year-old Polis will take up residence in the Colorado state governor’s mansion accompanied by his husband and two children.Polis and his partner, Marlon Reis, have two young children. A son called Caspian Julius and daughter Cora Barucha.Polis is a successful businessman who has set up and sold a number of internet startups. He’s thought to be one of the richest democrats in Congress. His net worth is around $388m, according to trans woman elected to public office in MarylandSeparately, Sharon Brackett has become the first trans woman to be elected to a public office in the State of Maryland. She triumphed in a contested primary against 14 other candidates. US politician Jared Polis won a Democratic primary contest on Tuesday that could eventually see him make history as the first openly gay governor to be elected in the country. ‘I would like to believe that being trans is the least interesting thing about me,’ she said, ‘but I recognize the significance and the importance that this moment brings especially to thousands of trans individuals like myself who may have previously thought public office was unattainable.Sharon Brackett (centre) campaigning in Maryland. Photo: Sharon Brackett, Facebook‘Tonight’s victory is a testament that with hard work, dedication and an ‘infectious optimism’ that regardless of gender identity one can serve the public in any capacity.’A computer engineer and business executive, Brackett was elected to the 46th District Democratic Central Committee representing neighborhoods across Baltimore City. She secured 3,901 votes and placed third out of 15 candidates in her first run for office.Brackett has been an activist for LGBT rights in Maryland for most of the last decade. She is a founder and board chair of Gender Rights Maryland and was Baltimore Pride’s activist of the year in 2014.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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first_img A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Related Content Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more February 6, 2009 – The governing boards of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) have reached an agreement in principle for a strategic integration that would leverage the strengths of each organization and provide the potential for enhanced service to radiologists and medical physicists seeking continuing medical education, quality and safety programs and a strong voice in Washington. Under the agreement, the educational missions of ARRS and ACR will be integrated, with ARRS taking the lead in developing and delivering scientific and educational programs for members of ACR and ARRS. ACR will focus its strengths in the areas of government advocacy, economics and health policy, quality and safety and clinical research.“ACR and ARRS have worked collaboratively for years, and this bold step will serve to strengthen and unify our efforts even further,” said James H. Thrall, M.D., chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors.“The guiding principle of the affiliation is to build on the complementary strengths of both organizations while adding value to the membership,” said John K. Crowe, ARRS president. Both governing boards will continue their respective roles and responsibilities with cross representation on each board.Members of both organizations can expect uninterrupted access to the offerings that they have previously received as members of their respective organizations. By combining forces, ACR and ARRS can expand and enhance these respective member services and devote greater resources to innovative new programs to better meet the needs of radiologists and medical physicists nationwide and around the world.Approval of the agreement in principle is a step forward. Once the details are finalized, the proposal will be presented to the ARRS membership in April for consideration. If approved, the new framework will take effect July 1.For more information: and FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more News | February 08, 2009 ARRS, ACR to Make Strategic Integration Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. 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Annual EDGE conference kicks off with 2000 in attendance

first_img Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Travelweek Group Share Tags: EDGE Conference, Las Vegas, Travel Leaders Network Posted bycenter_img LAS VEGAS – Travel Leaders Network’s annual international conference is in full swing in Las Vegas, where more than 2,000 travel professionals from across Canada and the U.S. are participating in workshops and career development sessions.Taking place at Caesars Palace from June 12-16, the five-day EDGE (Educate, Discover, Gather, Evolve) conference features a long lineup of educational seminars, technology showcases and guest speakers. Of the 2,000 attendees, nearly 200 are TL Network Canada Members and suppliers, said Christine James, Vice President of TL Network Canada.“There will be many opportunities to meet with exceptional agents, a lot of learning and professional development into the next several days, along with some exciting entertainment and thought-provoking guest speakers,” she added. “2018 has been dubbed the Year of the Travel Agent and the vibrancy of the agency industry will be highlighted throughout this exceptional annual event.”New this year is a Luxury Forum, where agents who are luxury specialists have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with luxury suppliers. Also new is the Hotel Marketplace, a specialty trade show where agents can interact with hotel properties and learn about their latest offerings.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesMore than 200 workshops during the conference range marketing honeymoons and destinations weddings, selling active and adventure travel, and making money selling air travel, to targeted advertising strategies for social media, effective management and leadership, and organizing successful consumer events. The sol-out trade show will feature nearly 200 exhibitors spanning a wide array of companies from cruise lines, hotels and rental car companies to tourism boards and tour operators.This year’s guest speakers include keynote speaker Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, motivational guru Stuart L. Cohen, and sales, marketing and business author Mike Marchev.But it’s not going to be all work and no play; entertainment highlights include a special performance of ‘Beautiful: the Carole King Musical’, and an off-site event at the Park Theater, a three-level venue within the new MGM Park Resort.“Our annual conference is a unique opportunity for our agents to network with the most prestigious suppliers, tour operators and companies serving the travel industry as well as share best practices in one can’t miss event,” said Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network, which has approximately 6,800 travel agency locations in North America. “EDGE is one of the many advantages of being a member of Travel Leaders Network and the participation we receive from supplier partners and others speaks volumes to the scale of business our travel agents generate and the vitality of the travel agency profession.” Annual EDGE conference kicks off with 2,000 in attendance << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

FHFA August Marks 19 Months of Home Price Gains

first_img Marking 19 consecutive months of appreciation, the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index””: rose 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis in August. On a yearly basis, the index is up 8.5 percent. [IMAGE]Prices are now 9.4 percent below their April 2007 peak, according to FHFA. [COLUMN_BREAK]Of the nine census divisions, FHFA detected the greatest monthly price increase in the Mountain division, where prices increased 1.3 percent in August. The greatest monthly decrease took place in the South Atlantic division, where prices declined 0.5 percent. On a yearly basis, prices in all nine divisions were up, with the greatest increase taking place in the Pacific region, where prices rose 18.2 percent over the year. The Pacific division was followed by the Mountain division–the only other region to report a double-digit gain over the year–at 13.8 percent. Price appreciation was lowest in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions, where prices increased 4 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. The FHFA relies on price data from homes sold to or guaranteed by the GSEs for its House Price Index each month. price,FHFA: August Marks 19 Months of Home Price Gains Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-10-23 Krista Franks Brock October 23, 2013 420 Views center_img in Origination Sharelast_img read more

First American Launches equiRisk

first_img First American Mortgage Solutions have announced the launch of equiRisk for home equity originations. According to First American, this “unique and user-friendly” data information report optimizes First American’s proprietary data assets to help lenders reduce risk, stay compliant, and accelerate closing to improve the borrower experience.equiRisk combines ownership, real estate tax, open voluntary and involuntary lien data and vesting deed documents. Unlike traditional property reports, equiRisk also pulls from multiple proprietary and third-party data sources to create a comprehensive borrower profile and risk assessment within a single, consolidated structure to create process efficiencies and reduce origination costs. This innovative offering is part of the company’s equiSolutions suite of products covering the home equity mortgage lifecycle, from prospecting and origination to post-closing and portfolio management.“By levering the most complete and accurate information, underpinned by First American’s unmatched data, equiRisk enables lenders to maximize business opportunities and minimize risk like no property report can,” said Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions.quiRisk offers an at-a-glance analysis summary that calls out potential higher risk data and provides hyperlinks directly to the report section for deeper review. The report presents information associated with a borrower, including property type, listing status, homeowner association data, other owned properties, identity/SSN discrepancies, and Watchlist and FEMA checks, alleviating the need for additional research or inquiries to the borrower and helping lenders reach quicker decisions.First American Mortgage Solutions, together with First American’s broader capabilities, serves as a single source for title and settlement, data and analytics, fraud and verification, regulatory compliance, valuation and collateral risk, quality control, fulfillment services, and default services. More information about First American Mortgage Solutions can be found at September 24, 2018 536 Views First American Launches equiRisk in Newscenter_img First American 2018-09-24 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more