first_imgSeven Nova Scotia companies won honours at the 23rd Annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. The winning companies had combined export sales that contributed more than $314 million to Nova Scotia’s economy. “I am pleased to congratulate this year’s Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award winners,” said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. “By offering globally competitive products and services, these companies are successful and they are making a difference in our economy.” The winning companies and their awards are: New Exporter, Laurentian Steel Fabricators Long-Term Exporter, Neenah Paper Company Export Growth Through New Markets, Neocon International Export Growth Through Product Development, Focal Technologies Corporation Export Growth Through Partnership, AG Research Inc. Export Growth Through Sales, Secunda International Canadian Market Development, Bulldog Interactive Fitness Secunda International also took home the award for Exporter of the Year. “These companies prove that Nova Scotia businesses are truly global competitors,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “They represent some of Nova Scotia’s finest in the export industry and continue to put our province on the map as one of the best places to live and do business.” In addition to the awards, this year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Ivar Mendez, who spoke about his insight into brain repair as a technology of the future. Dr. Mendez is chairman and one of the founders of the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax, as well as a professor in the surgery (neurosurgery), and the anatomy and neurobiology departments at Dalhousie University. He is also the director of research with the surgery department and the director of the only cell restoration laboratory in Canada.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Most Canadians agree that the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women amount to genocide, a new poll suggests.But the Leger poll also suggests there’s disagreement about when it occurred and who is responsible.Fifty-three per cent of respondents agreed with the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which last week concluded that the tragedy is part of an “ongoing genocide” that has been centuries in the making. Another 34 per cent disagreed.But there was little consensus about what form that genocide took, with respondents citing everything from Europeans giving Indigenous People blankets infected with smallpox to the current-day scandal involving the forced sterilization of Indigenous women.Among the top responses, 17 per cent blamed colonization and the loss of Indigenous lands to European settlers, 15 per cent blamed church-run residential schools and another 15 per cent pointed to the destruction of cultural identity and forced assimilation. Just three per cent blamed racism broadly.As to who is responsible for the genocide, 32 per cent blamed Canada’s British and French founders and 25 per cent blamed Catholic and Protestant churches. Another 21 per cent said all Canadians share responsibility for the injustice while just one per cent blamed government.The poll of 1,528 Canadians who were randomly recruited from Leger’s online panel was conducted from June 7 to 10 for the Association for Canadian Studies. Polling experts say online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not generate a random sample of the population.Association president Jack Jedwab said the survey results suggest that the inquiry report has generated confusion about what genocide means and gives credence to those who’ve argued the report dilutes the grave meaning of the word.“A lot of people seem to me in the poll confused, even if they acknowledged in the majority that, yes, there’s some genocide that’s occurred. But what the nature of it is, by whom it’s been committed, what it means, is it residential schools, is it expropriation of lands … it’s turning the term ‘genocide’ into a bit of a catchall for a lot of Canadians,” he said.Jedwab’s concern was underscored by another finding in the poll: 71 per cent said they’re proud of Canada’s history, including 53 per cent of those who strongly agreed with the finding that Indigenous women have been victims of genocide.“There seems to be like some gap here, a disconnect in terms of how severe and serious the committing of a genocide is,” he said.Respondents were asked to describe in one sentence what they think of when they hear the term ‘genocide.’ About 30 per cent offered some variation on the idea of extermination or mass killing of a specific group of people. Four per cent mentioned the Holocaust, two per cent mentioned Rwanda, three per cent said mass death and one per cent cited wars. Two per cent referred specifically to the treatment of Indigenous Peoples, including missing and murdered Indigenous women.The national inquiry issued a supplementary report explaining why commissioners felt justified in using the term ‘genocide’ to describe the accounts of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It argued that the word can’t be confined strictly to time-limited, state-sponsored mass murder of specific groups, such as Nazi Germany’s extermination of six million Jews.“It is time to call it as it is: Canada’s past and current colonial policies, actions and inactions towards Indigenous Peoples is genocide,” the report said.“The insidious and gradual nature of the obliteration of Indigenous peoples, and the lack of a uniform national policy spearheaded by a totalitarian mastermind, differentiate colonial genocide from our traditional understanding of what constitutes a genocide.“These distinguishing factors have, unfortunately, allowed the Canadian consciousness to dismiss Canada’s colonial policies as racist and misconceived, rather than acknowledge them as explicitly genocidal and, even, ongoing.”The report has caused discomfort for federal political leaders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he accepted the report’s findings but did not repeat the word “genocide.” He later did specifically accept the genocide finding but then suggested it would have been more appropriate to refer to “cultural genocide” instead.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women is a tragedy but “does not fall into that category of genocide.”There are potential legal consequences to accepting the use of the term genocide, which is a crime in international law. The Organization of American States has said it wants to create a panel to investigate the finding that Canada’s Indigenous women have been the victims of genocide.Joan Bryden , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Incident at Brampton Police station leads to pursuit A veteran police officer in Peel has been arrested following a 15-month long investigation by the Peel Professional Standards Bureau.Det. David Warren is charged with one count of obstruct justice and breach of trust by public officer. He has been suspended with pay as per the Ontario Police Services Act.“We hold our employees to a higher standard and we expect them to be exemplary members of the community. These charges are of a serious nature and it is important for the community to know that these allegations do not reflect the good work being done each day by the 2,000 plus police officers within Peel Regional Police,” said Chief Jennifer Evans in a news release.Warren is scheduled to appear in a Brampton court on May 15 at 1 p.m. read more

NEW YORK — Apple tried to make the new Apple-branded credit card attractive, copying the heft and sleekness of higher-end cards like the Chase Sapphire. But cardholders are discovering that with such a design, they’ll have to give it special care.Leather wallets and loose change pose danger for new Apple Card, for instance. In fact, Apple says its Apple Card shouldn’t come into contact with other credit cards for fear of scratching the white finish.Apple issued special instructions this week: Keep away from “hard surfaces or materials.” Your leather wallet or jeans pocket “might cause permanent discoloration.” Don’t let it touch another credit card or “potentially abrasive objects” like coins or keys.There’s also a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and a list of inappropriate cleaners.The Associated Press read more

“The political process is in crisis,” Mr. Ban told reporters after the closed door session with the UN General Assembly. “After two rounds of talks [in Geneva], neither side is displaying any will to compromise or any true awareness of the suffering of the Syrian people.”“I strongly urge the Syrian Government and opposition to show the leadership, vision and flexibility needed to end the conflict,” the UN chief said.Turning to Russia and the United States, as the initiating States of the Geneva Conference on Syria, he urged those Governments “to take clear steps to re-energize the political process”. The United Nations and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who also participated in today’s briefing to the General Assembly, yesterday asked the Security Council to help push for a political solution through the Geneva process.Mr. Brahimi is due to travel to Iran on Sunday, as part of ongoing consultations with countries in the region. Mr. Ban said Iran could play “an important role, including impressing upon the Syrian Authorities to come to the Geneva conference in a more constructive way”.The basis for the Geneva talks is full implementation of an action plan adopted in the so-called Geneva Communiqué of 2012, the first international conference on the conflict, which calls for a transitional government to lead to free and fair elections.Two rounds of talks earlier this year saw both sides sticking to their positions and yielded only modest cooperation on a humanitarian issue related to aid access in the long-besieged Old City of Homs.In his remarks today, Mr. Ban also called for an end to the flow of arms and fighters fueling the violence. “All those who persist in seeking a military solution are making a political solution even more distant and elusive,” he stressed. Mr. Ban also spoke about the crisis in Ukraine, saying the situation is at a “crossroads” and is at a “great risk of a dangerous downward spiral”. Yesterday, he discussed the need for continued Ukrainian restraint with visiting Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, stressing that any peaceful solution must be in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.On the Central African Republic, Mr. Ban, who met yesterday with three of the country’s most distinguished religious leaders, said the conflict was not about religion.“What we are seeing is the manipulation of religious and ethnic affiliations for political purposes,” he said. Mr. Ban said he had also urged the Security Council act quickly on my recommendations for a UN peacekeeping operation in the country. read more

first_imgA radical cleric living in Birmingham has been accused of using YouTube videos to recruit and lead an Islamic State group terrorist cell based in Spain.Tarik Chadlioui, 43, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday as police in Spain said they had seized four of his alleged acolytes in Majorca.Spanish authorities alleged Chadlioui was a “well-known” radical cleric who recruited fighters for Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) and allegedly acted as the “spiritual leader” of the group.An extradition hearing hours after his arrest was told the father-of-eight faced allegations that “could scarcely be more serious”. Dressed in a traditional Arab robe and speaking through an Arabic interpreter, Chadlioui spoke only to confirm his name and address. Tarik ChadliouiCredit:Central It added that Chadlioui was suspected of “exercising functions ranging from recruiting, indoctrination and radicalisation in favour of Daesh and becoming from that point on their spiritual leader.”Saba Ashraf, defending, opposed the extradition citing his private life under article 8 of the Human Rights Act.Ms Ashraf said Chadlioui had eight children, the youngest a three-month-old baby. Police officers escort a suspect in Palma Majorca who was arrested as part of the anti-terror operationCredit:Atienza/EFE Police officers carry evidence during a search at the residence of a suspect in MajorcaCredit:Atienza/EFE Chadlioui was remanded in custody until another extradition hearing next week.District Judge Shenagh Bayne said: “The allegations in the European Arrest Warrant could scarcely be more serious.”The warrant relates to terrorism offences, the framework list is ticked at participation in a criminal organisation and terrorism.”It is alleged that you are a member of a terror organisation and that you have actively engaged in terrorist activities.  Policemen carry evidence during a search at the residence of a suspect Anti-terror police used a European arrest warrant to detain Chadlioui in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham as part of a wider investigation into support Isil, also known as Daesh.A 28-year-old Spanish man was also arrested in the German city of Dortmund.Spain’s national police said their investigation had been running for two years and began “when a series of videos were discovered on a website which showed the process of indoctrination, recruitment and subsequent journey to Syria of a young Muslim living in Spain. The film promoter was identified as a Salafist imam.”center_img Still image from a Spanish police video showing officers raiding a building in Majorca early on WednesdayCredit:Spain’s National Police 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. “If you are convicted of this offence you face a possible sentence of 20 years imprisonment.” Policemen escort a suspect that was arrested as part of an international antijihadist police operation, in Palma Majorca Benjamin Joyes, representing the Spanish authorities, told Westminster Magistrates: “It is alleged that the requested person with several others as a member of an organisation gave support to the terrorist organisation Islamic State by means of propaganda and incitement of new members to join the organisation.”He produced audio visual material for the recruitment of jihadis on his YouTube channel for indoctrination and posted symbols and banners for Islamic State on social media.”The Moroccan-born imam has been living in Britain with his wife and eight children since 2015 after moving from Belgium.Chadlioui, also known as Tarik Ibn Ali, is reported to have formerly preached at a Paris mosque attended by one of the Bataclan concert hall attackers, Omar Mostefai. Still image from a Spanish police video showing officers raiding a building in Majorca early on Wednesday Tarik Chadliouilast_img read more

first_imgIf you own any of the major games consoles on the market at the moment, then you have access to a motion control input device. PC gamers have been left out in the cold, though, but that may be a good thing dependent on your gaming tastes.PrimeSense, the company who own the rights to the technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral, have decided to branch out and bring motion control to the PC. To achieve this PrimeSense has teamed up with Asus to bring a solution to market.The PC motion control system is called Wavi Xtion and will be on display at CES this week. It uses PrimeSense’s Immersive Natural Interaction system to allow for controller-less interactions on a PC. However, this is not aimed specifically at gamers, more as a solution to general entertainment control.As PrimeSense explains:Users can browse multimedia content, access the Internet and social networks, and enjoy full body interaction in a more user-friendly and natural living room experience. To help support motion control on PC PrimeSense is also introducing Xtion PRO which is aimed at software developers. It will allow for gesture control systems to be developed for software making them compatible with the Asus Wavi Xtion. This should also open the way for game developers to take advantage of it if it’s a system suitable for gaming like Kinect is.Read more at the PrimeSense press release, via SFGateMatthew’s OpinionI think this is going to be a much harder sell than Kinect is on Xbox 360. For one, we know that the technology is not cheap so Asus is going to have to set a price similar to Kinect. Would you pay $100 for a motion controller for your media center PC?Asus isn’t going to run a multi-million dollar ad campaign like Microsoft did to push for sales, and they don’t have a popular games console to bundle this motion controller with either. That’s not to say it can’t be a success, but I see an uphill struggle unless Asus manage to offer this at a price point similar to a mouse and keyboard combo.As with Kinect, Wavi Xtion will get hacked and could make for some interesting projects. Until we know how much Wavi is like Kinect, and how much it costs, we don’t know if this has a chance of being popular with PC owners.last_img read more

first_imgThe rampage of LulzSec continues with another high-profile attack happening yesterday evening. This time the target wasn’t an MMO like the recent Eve Online and League of Legends attacks, instead LulzSec went after the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).The attack was successful with the CIA website for the most part going offline. However, it’s unlikely any sensitive information was found on the public CIA web servers. The targeting of CIA was most likely more just to embarrass the intelligence agency for having less than intelligent website security.Although it may have caused a few more lols for the members of LulzSec, targeting such a high-profile government agency may in the end backfire. This move will have angered some higher ups in the CIA who are now no doubt trying to figure out who this group is. And unlike a games company, the CIA has a lot more resources to throw behind a search campaign.At the time of writing it looks as though the CIA have managed to bring their site back online and LulzSec has clearly moved on to planning its next target.Read more at ReutersMatthew’s OpinionTargeting the CIA isn’t going to make you very popular with the US government and really could turn the tables on members of LulzSec. Yes, they are managing to stay below the radar while carrying out these attacks, but it only takes the right group of people working together to figure out who at least some of the members are. Go after government websites and there’s more chance that group of people will come together and start hunting you down.Saying that, LulzSec is doing a pretty good job of staying anonymous so far. Or is it just a case that no one cares enough to go after them?last_img read more

first_imgNASA has released a new browser-based game made to let you build a computer network that spans the globe and then orbits it with satellites in low earth orbit.NetworKing, developed at the Ames Research Center’s Information Technology Office, lets players take on a role not unlike the one played by the real-world office. Players set up command stations worldwide as they acquire resources and clients. All the while, players do “gamey” versions of actual IT operations including monitoring usage, upgrading components, and fixing disasters.Eventually, the terrestrial network is connected to satellites and telescopes orbiting the planet. Once in space, it’s possible to achieve multiple levels of progress. Players begin with a Near Earth Network, which includes geosynchronous satellites like those used in the Global Positioning System (GPS). Later on, a Deep Space Network supports interplanetary communication. At the highest levels, missions culminate in actual NASA projects including the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope.The game uses 3D graphics, but is playable in a browser thanks to the popular Unity graphics engine plugin. A browser-based game also means that it is cross-platform, meaning it’s playable on your OS and browser of choice as long as Unity is supported. Players can get started playing the game right now.NASA’s previous game release, Moonbase Alpha, was an MMO set on the moon. It was perhaps best known for a text-to-speech feature in its in-game chat channel that soon became something of a playground for trolls as the video below demonstrates:Read more at Layer 8last_img read more

first_imgJust last week we posted a leak of what appeared to be the Windows 8 logo. The commenters we’re pretty vicious and even the people that didn’t doubt it were pretty disappointed with the result. As it turns out, that leaked logo (seen below) was legitimate, and it’s what Microsoft will use to represent the next version of their operating system.In a Windows 8 Team blog post written by Sam Moreau, the Principal Director of User Experience for Windows, the logo was officially revealed alongside an explanation of how it came to be. As you can clearly see, the flag effect is gone and the design is greatly simplified. In addition to being monochromatic it is flat and looks more like an actual window than it has in the history of the operating system. The logo was handled by Pentagram a design and branding agency that has worked on many high profile accounts, including Walgreens, the University of Southern California, Grey Goose, and multiple museums. On the tech side their work as been used for Guitar Hero, microprocessor company Freescale’s iPad app, and the cover of the Wired UK “100” issue (April 2010). Moreau notes that with the Windows 8 logo the company is returning to its roots — the Windows 1.0 logo actually looked like a window. With Windows 3.0 and beyond, that windows was wave-shaped, which eventually evolved into more of a flag, thanks to shadowing and other effects. With Windows 8 all the extraneous elements are gone, including the the button often seen around Windows Vista and 7 logos. The color is an neon blue — it’s better than the one that was leaked, but it’s still seems more in the range of what you’d expect for a cool, consumery product (like the Zune) than for Windows. If nothing else the new logo is clean, clear, simple, and easy to reproduce. The blog post notes that it’s “Authentically Digital” in that it’s completely free of any analog materials, presumably like brushed aluminum or linen (this is probably a light poke at Apple’s preference for these things after all). So what does everyone think? Best Windows logo ever? Or just too simple?More at Windows 8 Team bloglast_img read more

first_img May 12th 2019, 5:31 PM By Associated Press A Houston Police Dept photo of Derion Vence. Source: AP/PA ImagesVence, aged 26, told police last Saturday that men in a pickup truck abducted him, Maleah and his 2-year-old son before freeing him and the boy. But Sugar Land police, who initially interviewed him, said his story kept changing and didn’t add up.Houston police said that some of his claims were false.Vence reported that his silver Nissan Altima was taken in the abduction but surveillance video showed that vehicle was used to drop Vence off later at a hospital, where he first reported the abduction, police said.“His story turned out not to be the case, including the fact that there was that blood evidence in the apartment linked to Maleah,” Smith said.He said authorities have not found the girl and the investigation is continuing.The police statement said Vence was observed carrying a full laundry basket from the apartment. That basket was later found in the trunk of the Nissan along with a gas can.Maleah’s mother Brittany Bowens, said through a spokesman that Vence is her former fiancé. Bowens appeared outside her apartment on Friday as Quanell X, a local civil rights activist, addressed reporters on her behalf.Quanell X said that Vence had abused Maleah and that Bowens believes Vence harmed the girl.Police have described Vence as Maleah’s stepfather. But Quanell X said that Vence and Bowens were recently in a fight and she broke off their engagement.Child Protective Services removed Maleah and her brothers from the home Vence and Bowens shared in August after the girl suffered a head wound, but the children were returned in February, according to an agency spokeswoman. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man (26) who reported Texas girl missing arrested in her disappearance Derion Vence, who is the former fiancé of the girl’s mother, was arrested near Houston yesterday. 9 Comments Share7 Tweet Email1 center_img Sunday 12 May 2019, 5:30 PM 39,180 Views Image: AP THE MAN WHO reported last weekend that 4-year-old Maleah Davis had been abducted was arrested near Houston in connection with her disappearance and police said they found her blood in his apartment.Derion Vence, who had lived with Maleah and her mother, was arrested yesterday without incident at his brother’s home in Sugar Land, Texas, about 35 kilometres southwest of Houston, a statement from Houston police said. A court document said he was charged with tampering with a human corpse.Asked if police believe Vence killed Maleah, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said: “At this point in time those are the charges we have filed and I can’t say any more than that.”After his arrest, bond was set at $999,999 for Vence, according to Harris County Jail records. Image: AP Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgTonight thousands of hopeful students will head to Federation Square in anxious anticipation of their tertiary offers. Whilst it may be a crushing day for some, ex-Doncaster Secondary College student, James Anagnostidis, 18, says he is confident that he will get into his first preference, a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University. “I got the score I needed so I’m just waiting for the piece of paper,” he says. “I might go into the city to get an early edition of the paper otherwise I will get it at home the next day.” Johnny Caracacidis, 18, may not have obtained the near perfect ENTER score to be accepted into a course in veterinary science however is confident that he will be able to gain entry into the course in the near future. “I have applied for animal technology as my first preference and I think my chances of getting in are pretty high,” he says. “Once I am accepted, I will be able to transfer so that I can become a vet.” Third year University of Melbourne Biomedicine student, Stefan Dimou, 20, agrees that there are many options to get into one’s chosen career path and advises students not to get too worried if they do not get into their first preference. “My first preference was medicine but at the end I had no offer on the table,” he reminisces. “Sometimes that happens in life and you have to shrug your shoulders and put your effort into it. I ended up doing an irregular offer and was accepted into Biomedicine where now I am hoping to get into post graduate medicine.” Students can obtain an early release copy of the 2010 Tertiary Offers at Federation Square tonight at 6.30pm, or get a copy of the daily newspapers at selected newsagents. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pedestrian Crossings Civilised Safer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 24, 2017 – Providenciales – In the Turks and Caicos, our highways are unique because they run through our neighborhoods.   The two main highways are called Leeward Highway – which runs east to west and the other is Millennium Highway and it runs, north to south.   Everything from schools to grocery stores, banks and churches, apartment complexes and houses, gas stations, utility companies, mechanic shops and day care centers, retail outlets, court houses, medical facilities, law firms to social services, pharmacies and restaurants line these major thoroughfares.Yet, upon inspection, Magnetic Media is awed by the fact that there is not one single pedestrian crossing on any of these roadways.   No not one in nearly 20 miles of road stretching almost the entire length of the developed part of the most developed island in the country.While the argument can be had that the absence of these vital cross walks is due to the fact that the strips are ‘highways’ – the more compelling argument and frustrating reality is that there is nothing typical or traditional about our Leeward and Millennium Highways.Our highways are home to homes and business directly.   There are no exits to enter to access the services or one’s home.   No, you pull off the highway right into a front yard or to turn into a neighborhood or you can park at the entrance of a school or daycare or drive right up to a business- directly off the highway.  But to cross the whoppingly wide four-lane Leeward Highway or the frantically busy, two lane stretch which is Millennium Highway there is no civilized way to do so.Every day, the missing crossings put thousands of people who make up both the walking and motoring public at deadly risk.On Friday, October 21stwe got a case in point of the worst kind.   The horrible death of a woman who was trying to cross the Leeward Highway, where there is no median, are dim lights and often the area is a vehicle speed zone.   She was hit by a car, then rolled over by a jeep and died on the spot.   The drivers both stopped, but the woman is dead and gone.I wonder how many times this will have to happen before some remedy is introduced to make it safer for those living in these islands who have to walk to get to and fro.It is a sickening trend where the planning of this emerging economy has obviously and irresponsibly disregarded the pedestrian public.  Most people who live here and who visit here are not owners of a vehicle.  There is no public transportation.  There are hardly any sidewalks where the residential or indigenous populations reside, accommodations for wheelchairs is as rare to find in Provo as a mango tree and there are limited sidewalks across the island of Providenciales with virtually none for the home population.In high tourist zones like Grace Bay and Turtle Cove, there are six pedestrian crossings.  Four of them in Grace Bay, two crosswalks in Turtle Cove.  Both areas are relatively small compared to the vast spaces where thousands of walking employees, senior citizens and students live.Grace Bay has four cross walks, Turtle Cove has two and the Airport, which we tossed in just because –  has four pedestrian crossings.Down Town, there are two and one on the airport road.  Glass Shack area has two for sure, there is one in the heart of The Bight near Ianthe Pratt Primary School; three in the Clement Howell and Oseta Jolly schools zone and one in Five Cays, at the Enid Capron primary school there.   We tried not to miss any.  But if we have, it is inadvertent.The point of this report is not to tally-up the pedestrian crossings, because without question there are not sufficient of them anyway.  The purpose here and our hope is to encourage us as residents and citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands to demand a remedy to the problem.  Maybe highways cannot have pedestrian crossings.  But we do not have real highways.  What we do have is a real and deadly problem which requires rectification.We cannot have thousands of residents residing in the largest populated community of Blue Hills/Wheeland without a safe and legal way to cross the street just because someone decided they wanted to name it Millennium HIGHWAY.We cannot have thousands of residents put at life threatening risk when they decide they want to cross from a visit at the Cheshire Hall medical Center to their home in Plantation or go into the NIB for their benefit cheque.We cannot continue to live in a society which disregards the fact that most people visiting ScotiaBank’s ATM live in the hugely populated Cheshire Hall district and will need to cross the HIGHWAY to get back home.We cannot rest on our laurels as leaders in the various spheres and distance ourselves from the fact that a person with their grocery bags after shopping at Graceway IGA will need to cross the thoroughfare to get home to The Bight.We do not have a hovering public, I mean people aren’t floating around.  Everyone does not have a vehicle.  Plus we say we want to encourage walking and activity to reduce the prevalence of non communicable diseases and there is a boom in exercising on our streets.  But it is not safe.I mean, if we are serious about creating a civilized, caring, healthy and safe society… then let us get serious and make the changes which will lead to a better quality of life for all residents of the Turks and Caicos – drivers and walkers, locals and tourists – because all lives matter. 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first_imgAn investigation of the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy, the son of a Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy, has been completed and sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.Ryan Owens died in a hospital very early on Sept. 15, hours after reportedly shooting himself in the head with a handgun belonging to his father, Detective Ed Owens, officials said at the time. The incident occurred about 10 p.m. the previous night, in the deputy’s home in Battle Ground.Deputy Owens was off duty and home at the time, and it was initially unclear how the boy obtained the weapon. The gun was the deputy’s personal one, not one issued by the sheriff’s office.Earlier this month, investigators said they were awaiting the return of DNA tests to complete their inquiry.On Wednesday, Lt. Roy Butler with the Battle Ground Police Department said the investigation had been completed, with help from the Vancouver Police Department and Major Crimes Unit. The details of the shooting won’t be made public until after a deputy prosecutor is finished reviewing the reports, he said.Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve said Wednesday that he received the investigation reports Tuesday and didn’t yet know how long his review will take, but said it would take several days at least.last_img read more

first_imgInside Asian Gaming has announced it will launch IAG Japan in January 2019.IAG Japan will see the company’s highly popular monthly print magazine, IAG, published as a bi-lingual magazine in Japanese and English for distribution throughout Japan, including a number of articles focusing specifically on the country’s burgeoning IR industry each month. Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Daily e-newsletter IAG Breakfast Briefing will also be expanded to include a daily Japanese-language version, titled IAG Daily Briefing, to be sent to Japanese readers at midday Japan time every business day.In launching IAG Japan and IAG Daily Briefing in 2019, Inside Asian Gaming has hired a team of native Japanese-language journalists based on the ground in Japan as well as a high quality Japanese translation team, significantly expanding the company’s Japan presence and expertise.This exciting news follows Monday’s announcement that IAG has signed an MOU and Cooperation Agreement with Japan’s leading B2B hotel and restaurant industry media brand, Ohta Publications Co., Ltd, that will see the two organizations work together on the development of media to cover Japan’s Integrated Resort (IR) industry.Ohta Publications is publisher of the highly-acclaimed HOTERES magazine for Japan’s hotel and restaurant industries.The agreement provides for a number of cooperation initiatives such as content and editorial space exchanges, information and business contact sharing, distribution list development, cross-jurisdictional operations cooperation and business costs minimization.The Japanese Diet enacted the long-awaited IR Implementation Bill into law in July, paving the way for the government to issue the nation’s first casino licenses. Japan’s first integrated resorts are anticipated to open in the mid-2020s RelatedPosts Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macaulast_img read more

Congress Fails to Appreciate How the BRAC Ban Is Hurting Communities Analyst

first_imgOver the past four years, lawmakers have come up with multiple reasons to reject the Pentagon’s request to hold one or more rounds of base closures, but none of them have held up under scrutiny, especially as DOD faces severe spending constraints, says Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute.“Congress has dug in for too long on opposing the long-overdue next base closure round. The irony is that this is hurting communities and the military — not helping them, contrary to popular opinion,” Eaglen writes in a commentary published in Forbes.The argument that BRAC does not save money is refuted by the $12 billion the first five rounds are saving annually, she writes. Even the 2005 round, with its emphasis on realigning missions rather than closing facilities outright, is saving $4 billion each year.Lawmakers’ insistence that the department conduct an “overseas BRAC” before pruning its domestic infrastructure ignored the progress all three services have made in shrinking their footprint in Europe over the past 10-plus years as the U.S. presence overseas has been significantly curtailed.The latest rationale for rejecting the administration’s request is that the ongoing drawdown of the armed forces may need to be reversed and, as a result, the department will need more space to accommodate its personnel.“But here again, the numbers just don’t add up,” Eaglen writes. Even if a hawkish administration captures the White House in November, the size of the armed forces is unlikely to grow by more than 4 percent.“[That] does not make a dent in the argument for why over 20 percent excess infrastructure cannot still be reduced to more manageable levels,” Eaglen states.While Congress believes it is protecting defense communities by resisting a new BRAC round, “the hundreds of defense communities across America with a military presence are strongly on the record in favor of outright base closures over the slow bleed that is currently hollowing out many posts and bases from within,” she writes.“Inaction and uncertainty is actually worse than the potential for bad news in the overwhelming majority of communities affected,” according to Eaglen’s commentary.She concludes that it’s time for lawmakers to “finally start to listen to what is best for the U.S. military, the taxpayer, and the constituents back home when it comes to base closures.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

UN rights chief sharply criticises Israel over Gaza killings

first_imgPalestinian mourners carry the body of Arkan Mezeher, 15, during his funeral in Deheisha refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, 23 July 2018. Mezher was fatally shot in the chest when clashes erupted during an Israeli military arrest raid on the camp. Photo : APThe UN human rights chief sharply criticized Israel on Monday, calling recent killings by its soldiers during Palestinian demonstrations along the Gaza border fence “shocking” and saying living conditions inflicted by Israel’s 11-year blockade of the territory are “grossly inadequate.”Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a video address to the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People that the situation in Gaza has escalated dramatically in recent months with “the potential to generate threats to peace across a far broader region.”Zeid, who heads the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said it is essential for all parties to cooperate with the independent, international commission of inquiry into the recent deadly events in Gaza that his office is helping to establish. It was authorized by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council on 18 May “to advance accountability” for the killings and violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, he said.Zeid said there are “serious concerns” that Israeli accountability mechanisms don’t comply with international standards of “independence, impartiality, and effectiveness.””Very few investigations ever occur,” he said. “In the rare cases where an investigation has led to an indictment, the sentence has been extremely lenient in light of the gravity of the crime committed.”Zeid said it is vital to address the root causes of the Gaza demonstrations, which have resulted in the deaths of over 100 Palestinians, including 17 children, and the wounding of more than 4,100 others with live ammunition since 30 March.In addition to “grossly inadequate living conditions” caused by Israel’s blockade for the residents of Gaza, most of whom are refugees, restrictive measures have also been imposed by Egypt that have “exacerbated these conditions,” Zeid said.He added that the situation in Gaza may be “severely aggravated” in the coming months by the financial crisis facing the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, as a result of dramatic cuts to its budget by the Trump administration.Zeid criticized last week’s approval by Israel’s parliament of a bill defining that country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. He said that it “anchors inherent discrimination against non-Jewish communities,” most notably the Arab citizens of Israel and residents of occupied East Jerusalem. He warned that it “could also further inflame tensions.”Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the bill’s passage a “historic moment in the history of Zionism and the history of the state of Israel,” saying: “Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, which honors the individual rights of all its citizens.”Zeid also criticized Israel’s approval, planning and construction of settlements across with West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.He called Israel’s detention of hundreds of Palestinian children, some without charge, under a system of “administrative detention,” a “fundamental human rights violation.””It should be absolutely clear that international law requires detention only be used for children as a last resort,” he said.And whether for children or adults, Zeid said, detention without trial “contravenes Israel’s obligations under international law.””An estimated 440 Palestinians are being held in ‘administrative detention,’ according to the latest figures,” he said. “Israel should immediately charge, or release, all of them.”last_img read more

Minthra helps the blood flow for 40 years

first_imgMinthra Omapershad has been serving the community of Ladysmith in an incredibly important role for the last 40 years.If you are a blood donor, then you will know that she is a dedicated and helpful employee of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and you can find her at the Ladysmith Blood Donor Clinic, San Marco Centre, hoping you come in to donate life-saving blood.As you walk through the doors of the local blood bank, you will instantly be greeted by her friendly smile that makes you feel right at home.This is just what you need, as no one likes the thought of a needle being stuck into their arm!Minthra was born and raised in Ladysmith, and has always been passionate about helping others.Hence, what better job to choose than one that saves people’s lives… And this is exactly what she does, with the help of all the regular and new donors. “I am always determined to get people to come along and donate blood. The success of what we do depends on the public, so we need people to be ‘heroes’ who selflessly give of their precious blood to save someone they have possibly never seen before,” she says.Happily married with four children, Minthra started doing volunteer work at the blood bank after she matriculated.Her position at the blood bank soon became permanent as a Blood Donor Attendant.She loves her job, especially being able to interact with different types of people on a daily basis, and finds it rewarding to know that every pint of blood will save someone’s life. Starting work at the blood bank in January 1976, she is still not tired of it. Her hobbies outside work include going to the temple and spending time with family.“Sometimes I don’t have a social life because I love working so much. I’ve also been a student at the Bhagavid Gita for three years now and I’m still doing classes,” explains Minthra. “I am blessed with an awesome, loving family at home and at my workplace,” she adds with a smile.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_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.  September 22, 2009 – At the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting Royal Philips Electronics today announced that it will integrate the MAQUET ‘Magnus’ surgical table with Philips’ cardiovascular X-ray systems to create an efficient ‘hybrid operating room’ environment for a full range of minimally-invasive and open surgical procedures.Worldwide, there has been a shift away from open surgical procedures as hospitals increasingly move towards more same-day and minimally invasive surgery. As a result, over half of patients leave hospital on the same day as their operation. Catheter-based cardiac treatments have also seen a large rise in comparison with open vascular procedures. As a result, hospitals today require rooms for minimally invasive procedures that are flexible and easily adaptable, and are able to accommodate the full range of current and future surgical technologies. The solution provided by Philips and MAQUET will offer a cost-effective response to this changing healthcare landscape by optimizing workflow and simplifying the room planning and installation process. The tailored, simplified work environment will help increase the efficiency of procedures and decrease the amount of time that the patient spends in hospital.“As a global leader in providing X-ray solutions for minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures, we work closely with our customers to listen to and act on their feedback. One message that came back strongly was the need for hybrid operating rooms that offer greater flexibility,” said Bert van Meurs, senior vice president of Cardiovascular X-ray at Philips Healthcare. “By integrating MAQUET’s Magnus table we can allow both minimally invasive procedures and open surgery to take place in a single space, simplifying the clinicians’ work environment.”At TCT Philips also unveiled the ‘3D Heart Navigator’ interventional tool, which combines 3D CT images of a patients’ cardiac anatomy captured before a procedure into a single image with an overlay of the live X-ray fluoroscopy information. Clinicians attending TCT will be able to view a percutaneous aortic valve device implantation procedure using the 3D Heart Navigator solution that will be broadcast live from Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.“The combined emergence of transcatheter valves and sophisticated interventional tools like Philips’ 3D Heart Navigator means that we’re able to have a major positive impact on the lives of a group of patients who we would’ve previously been unable to help,” commented Dr. J.J. Koolen, head of the department of cardiology, Catharina Hospital. “Replacing a valve in a beating heart is a very challenging procedure. By combining static 3D images with the live 2D image we get a much better understanding of the patient’s anatomy, helping us to achieve the best clinical outcome.”The solution combining Philips’ Allura interventional X-ray solutions and MAQUET’s Magnus OR table, as well as the Philips 3D Heart Navigator Tool, are scheduled for commercial release in 2010. 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first_imgNew York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTo celebrate the upcoming release of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park is offering a two-night “Wall Street Style” package that’s perfect for professionals. Available for the weekend of October 1 to 3, guests can live like a tycoon thanks to exclusive amenities and extras.The package includes: – Two nights’ accommodation in a Statue of Liberty View Executive Suite – Bottle of champagne in guest room on arrival – Style consultation at Saks Fifth Avenue with Style Director and Personal Shopper – $1,500 shopping credit at Saks Fifth Avenue – For men: A shaving consultation and Signature Full Service experience (scalp massage, shampoo, conditioning treatment, hot towel, haircut, manicure and shoe shine) at John Allan’s Club at Saks Fifth Avenue – For women: Hair style at Saks Fifth Avenue Salon and Spa and makeup consultation at Dior – “Dine with Confidence” workshop – Five course dinner with alcoholic beverages (to apply their new found skills) – Private town car service between hotel and participating locationsRates start from $4,500.www.ritzcarlton.comlast_img read more