Cooperation More Money for Children Balanced Budget Highlight Session

first_imgMore money to keep children active and healthy, increased support for education, health care and infrastructure, and a fourth-consecutive balanced budget are the highlights of the spring session of the provincial legislature. The House of Assembly concluded Thursday, May 19, after passing 25 new government bills and six opposition bills into law thanks to the co-operation of all parties. “Passage of what is a very positive budget for Nova Scotians was only accomplished thanks to the continued co-operation of all MLAs,” said Premier John Hamm. “It is another example of how our government and the opposition are keeping our collective commitment to make minority government work for this province.” Budget 2005 also invests more money to strengthen the Nova Scotia economy, help struggling families make ends meet, and help seniors and people with disabilities live more independently. The budget contains no new taxes and will mean the year ends with a $63.3-million surplus. In a measure called for by both businesses and municipalities, legislation passed this session will axe the business occupancy tax, with a phase-in of April 2006. Law and order measures include a change to clamp down on some teenagers who use vehicles to break the law. This means 16- and 17-year-olds will be treated as adults in court if charged under the Motor Vehicle Act. Changes were also adopted to assist cross-border policing efforts and to enact a law that allows responsible drivers to have unopened liquor in a motor vehicle. “Although I am disappointed that an important act regarding the crucial issue of involuntary psychiatric treatment was unable to proceed, we remain committed to advancing this in the fall session,” the premier said. “This mental health reform speaks for those citizens without the ability to make their own treatment decisions.” Other highlights of the spring session include a change to the Public Utilities Act to ensure Nova Scotians have a voice to represent them at major utility hearings; legislation to provide government with all necessary powers, including full regulation, to protect consumers at the gas pump; a bill officially setting up the new Office of Immigration as the province moves toward doubling the number of immigrants moving to Nova Scotia; a new Paramedics Act to ensure safer patient care by regulating the practice of paramedicine; a Special Places Act so that Nova Scotians will be enjoying more new nature reserves sooner and; a new law to allow children in permanent care to be adopted, but still continue contact with birth parents or other relatives. The 2005 Financial Measures Act touches on some of the key priorities of the budget this year, ranging from raising healthy children to promoting good fiscal management with an updated debt management plan. Bills that passed after being brought forward by opposition include changes to ensure that funds flowing from the federal government further assist post-secondary education students with their debt loads, an act to recognize one-time Nova Scotia resident Alexander Graham Bell Day (March 7), and a bill to enhance the self-managed attendant-support program. All members of the legislature held a special ceremony at Province House to mark what is both the Year of the Veteran and the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Veterans were present for the announcement that the province would honour them with new certificates of recognition and a book of remembrance to commend them for their contributions and sacrifices. “The legislature is an important and appropriate place to recall those sacrifices, because it is thanks to our veterans that we are able to enjoy our democratic freedoms,” Premier Hamm said. Nova Scotians will also benefit from other legislation passed this spring, including: changes to the Elections Act to solve former difficulties for voters with the electoral list; a bill to provide increased protection and improved enforcement under proposed amendments to the Nova Scotia Securities Act; a bill that gives municipalities the ability to establish a policy providing for the reduction of municipal taxes in the 2005-06 year; and a change to allow the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission to provide its MACPASS technology to other authorities and improve its service.last_img read more

Japan to put surname first for Japanese names in English

first_imgTokyo: Japan will start using the traditional order for Japanese names in English in official documents, with family names first, a switch from the Westernized custom the country adopted more than a century ago, government officials said Friday. The idea has been floated for years and but some ministers in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ultra-conservative Cabinet recently started pushing for it again. The Cabinet agreed Friday to begin making the change with government documents, though no timeline was given for its start. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It is important for all of us in the world to recognize language and cultural diversity as we live in an increasingly globalized society,” said Education Minister Masahiko Shibayama, a vocal supporter of the move.”It is significant to make a change per Japanese tradition and write family name before the first name.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said usage guidelines and other details still need to be discussed further. Suga said he looked forward to going by Suga Yoshihide, as he is known in Japan. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChina and South Korea traditionally stick with the surname first order both at home and internationally. But Japan has chosen to be seen more as part of the West rather than Asia. Japan adopted the first name before surname order for use in English about 150 years ago as a way to modernise and internationalise itself by imitating the Western style, according to the Agency for Cultural Affairs. The Western-style name order has since been widely accepted and used in English journals, school textbooks and magazines. The style has also become standard on credit cards and at many private companies. A government panel about 20 years ago recommended a return to the Japanese style but was largely ignored. Those pushing for it in Abe’s government apparently hope to see the change spread, but it is unknown how the private sector will respond to the move. The reaction has been mixed even within the government.last_img read more

Decrying ongoing practice of slavery Annan pledges UN support to fight it

Marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged the world body’s full support for efforts to eradicate this grave abuse of human rights. Mr. Annan pointed out that despite international measures to combat the practice, it is still widely prevalent “in all its insidious forms, old and new.” In addition to traditional chattel slavery, other manifestations include bonded labour, serfdom, and forced labour, including of children, women and migrants – often for the purpose of sexual exploitation. “The abolition of slavery in all its forms remains one of the main priorities of the United Nations,” he stressed. Recent measures include the adoption of two new Optional Protocols to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, one aimed at preventing and punishing those engaged in human trafficking and the other dealing with the smuggling of migrants.While urging States to ratify and implement these and other human rights treaties, the Secretary-General pointed out that action to combat slavery should not be limited to judicial and law enforcement measures. “We can also contribute to the eradication of slavery by tackling the social conditions, such as poverty, which make people vulnerable to exploitation, and by empowering people to take control of their own lives,” he said.Mr. Annan also took the occasion to appeal for donations to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, which provides grants to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) helping victims. The Fund has only half of the $300,000 it needs to conduct minimum operations next year. read more

Austrias Schmidhofer wins 2nd straight Lake Louise downhill

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria has won a World Cup downhill for the second straight day.Schmidhofer was even faster Saturday than she was in Friday’s season opener with a time of 1 minute, 47.68 seconds.Teammate Cornelia Hutter was second, 0.44 seconds behind. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland was third, 0.47 seconds back.The Associated Press

Constant communication helps Ohio State mens lacrosse to 1st win of 2015

In the classroom, Evan Mulchrone studies marketing, but on the lacrosse field, the senior defenseman credits communication for building success. That communication helped lead the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team to its first win of the season at home against Robert Morris on Tuesday, defeating the Colonials 10-6.“Communication is our No. 1 standard on defense,” Mulchrone said. “Talking to each other, knowing who’s hot. Constant communication is key for a successful defense.”And successful he was.Named the player of the game, Mulchrone accepted every shift in the second half of the game, coach Nick Myers said.“He was a warrior out there,” Myers said. “He played 60 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse.”In company with Mulchrone and the defense, a cast of star players emerged from the offense to lead the Buckeyes to their four-goal win against the Colonials, a redemption following a 9-8 loss to Detroit on Saturday.Freshman attackman Colin Chell tallied his first two goals as a Buckeye during the first half, immersing himself with the team both seamlessly and selflessly, something senior midfielder David Planning said is crucial.“Colin fit right into our system from day one,” Planning said. “He runs all around the field, with or without the ball. The key to our offense now is that we’re all sharing the ball.”Junior attackman Ryan Hunter chipped in with three goals against the Colonials, bringing his two-game point total to five and setting the tone for the offense, Myers said.“Ryan’s doing his job,” Myers said. “His job is to put the ball in the back of the net. He’s a finisher. And when the ball hits his stick, that’s what he’s supposed to do.”While the team in part owes its first victory of the season to individual efforts, Myers credited a selfless, organized attitude, along with setting and achieving goals, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.“We knew Robert Morris was capable of scoring in bunches, so we wanted to sent a tempo early,” Myers said. “We organized well. We shared the ball very unselfishly.”And it was that team effort that revived “Buckeye lacrosse” and gave the team its win, but Myers said this is just the beginning.“It’s a step in the right direction,” Myers said. “This is a humble group. They know what they need to do to get better.”OSU is scheduled to return to the field for its third game of the season against Delaware on Sunday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Former LSU Quarterback Jordan Jefferson Lands In Jail

Jordan Jefferson, the former LSU quarterback whose career was interrupted over a bar fight, reported to a Louisiana jail on Tuesday after a judge revoked his bond in a 2011 simple battery case. This follows Jefferson’s arrest last week with three other ex-Tigers on possession of marijuana.Jefferson’s simple battery charge stems from an August 11 preseason bar fight, when he was accused by authorities of beating a man near the LSU campus. He was indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury in September 2011 and has pleaded innocent.On Tuesday, Jefferson reported to the jail of East Baton Rouge Parish.“I have one way of doing things. I try to be fair,” the judge said, according to The Advocate newspaper. “I have a problem with someone who’s out on bond being re-arrested. . . I have a real problem with what’s going on.”He had been free for more than a year on a $5,000 bond.Moore ordered Jefferson to undergo a substance-abuse evaluation. Jefferson was expected to appear before Moore again on Wednesday.Jefferson, 22, had been playing in the Canadian Football League as a quarterback but his lawyer says he is not playing there now.Moore also ordered that Jefferson be arraigned Dec. 12 in the case involving his arrest with the other ex-players.Lance Unglesby, Jefferson’s lawyer, said Jefferson is innocent of any charge prosecutors might issue against his client in the drug case.The attorney added: “Jordan is a humble, fine young man and looks forward to putting all this behind him.”Jefferson was arrested last week along with former LSU players Tyrann Mathieu, Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher. They were taken into custody at Mathieu’s apartment after police said they found marijuana. They were booked into jail, but Jefferson has not been charged by prosecutors in that case.Mathieu, a one-time Heisman Trophy finalist, has no criminal record. He played cornerback until he was dismissed from the team in August after reportedly failing a drug test. read more

Shopper bitten by escaped snake in Worcester

first_imgI can’t sleep at night because I have visions that the snake is going to lash out at me.Patricia Bullock A woman was bitten by what is suspected to be an escaped snake on her way back home from grocery shopping in Worcester.Patricia Bullock, 57, a mother-of-two, was injured on Saturday after the reptile slithered out of the bushes and sank its fangs into her calf.The vicious bite left her suffering from shock and flu-like symptoms,She believes the snake was attracted to the raw chicken she had bought from an Aldi supermarket.The reptile struck as she walked back home after a trip to the city centre. Environmental experts have warned it could be an “exotic pet” on the loose after escaping from a home nearby.Mrs Bullock said: “It was about 3pm and I had just been into town and I was walking back past some hedgerows.”I had bought a raw chicken from Aldi and I was carrying it in a carrier bag in my left hand.”It was brown-coloured and very quick. I caught it from my side view and it just lashed out at me from the bushes and grabbed my leg.”As it lashed out, it hit the carrier bag to get the chicken, but it got my leg instead. It bit me and then it was gone. I was absolutely shocked.”The pain was like having a glass cut and my leg started to burn like it was on fire. “I rushed home as quickly as I could and I had a massive red ring around the bite on my calf from my base of my foot to the top of my leg.”I sat down and I pushed the edges of the red ring and I squeezed out most of the poison until it started to bleed.”That’s when I noticed the two marks from the snake’s teeth.”For the first few days, I was in shock more than anything. I was shaken and nauseous.”I can’t sleep at night because I have visions that the snake is going to lash out at me.”I went to the doctors on Thursday just to have a check-up. My blood pressure was slightly high but it was nothing to worry about.”Mrs Bullock has recovered, but wants to warn others of the reptilian threat.Nigel Hands, a snake expert, said: “In the middle of Landsdowne Crescent, it’s unlikely to have been an adder, it’s more likely an escaped ‘exotic pet’.”In urban areas, occasionally grass snakes turn up in gardens, but adders are very choosy about their locations.”I think someone may well have lost a pet, but snakes aren’t out to hurt people, it was most likely frightened.” 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.last_img read more

Prince William No more stiff upper lip over mental health

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge has spoken of how he and wife Catherine want to encourage Prince George and Princess Charlotte to talk about their emotions The three young Royals will join runners at the London Marathon with their Heads Together headbands this weekend “To open up and model that it’s very important to speak about grief helps change and move the dial in our understanding about grieving, because it’s still a taboo.”Dr Fiona Pienaar, from children’s mental health charity Place2Be, said: “Prince Harry’s willingness to talk so intimately about the impact of the loss of his mother 20 years ago, as well as how he has processed his grief, is a gift from the young royal. The three young Royals will join runners at the London Marathon with their Heads Together headbands this weekend “I am sure Diana, who was always brave in the causes she embraced, would have been proud of him.”Julia Samuel, founder patron of Child Bereavement UK and author of Grief Works, who was also a friend to Princess Diana and is godmother to Prince George, said: “I wholeheartedly support the campaign and I’m so grateful for him having the courage to speak out. 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. “Men like Professor Green, Freddie Flintoff and Rio Ferdinand have led the way and made films for Heads Together showing the conversations they have had about pressures on their mental health.“The recent interview by Stormzy about his depression was incredibly powerful and will help young men feel that it’s a sign of strength to talk about and look after your mind as well as your body. The Duke of Cambridge has praised the high-profile public figures now speaking openly about their mental health, as he warns no-one should try to keep a stiff upper lip at the expense of their own wellbeing.The Duke, whose brother Prince Harry has disclosed he has had therapy to help come to terms with their mother’s death, said there has for too long been a “taboo” about speaking about such important issues.Saying the idea that successful, strong people do not suffer their own emotional difficulties is false, he added: “We all do. It’s just few of us speak about it.” “I can assure you this is actually a sign of strength.”The Prince, 32, was roundly praised yesterday after speaking to Bryony Gordon’s new podcast Mad World about the “total chaos” he experienced in his 20s as he struggled to process his mother’s death.Paul Farmer, chief executive of mental health charity Mind, said: “Prince Harry speaking so candidly is a true turning point that shows that as a society we must no longer adopt a ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude and that we need to talk openly about mental health, something that affects us all directly.” Rosa Monckton, charity campaigner and one of Diana, Princess of Wales’ close friends, said: “It is a very courageous act and I hope it will encourage many others to confront their own demons. Brothers Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, and their father the Prince of Wales  On Monday, the Daily Telegraph published an exclusive interview with Prince Harry in which he spoke candidly about the difficulties he endured after shutting down his emotions after the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.In it, he told how the Duke had tried to help him, telling him: “This is not right, this is not normal, you need to talk about stuff, it’s OK.”In an interview for CALMzine, the charity magazine aimed at tackling mental health in men, the Duke has now said: “Attitudes are changing and this is being helped by high-profile people talking about their experience. “There may be a time and a place for the ‘stiff upper lip’, but not at the expense of your health.”One how best to tackle stressful situations, he added: “Sometimes, emotions have to be put to one side to get the job done, but if you have been through an especially traumatic or stressful situation it is essential to talk it through after the event. Prince Harry and the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon The Duke of Cambridge has spoken of how he and wife Catherine want to encourage Prince George and Princess Charlotte to talk about their emotions Brothers Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge, and their father the Prince of Wales  “If you don’t acknowledge how you feel it will only bottle up, and could reassert itself later as illness.”The interview, released now but conducted before Prince Harry’s podcast was aired, also saw the Duke speak of his hopes for the future after noticing a new generation of emotionally articulate children during his work in schools.“Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions and feelings,” he said.Prince Harry also told the magazine: “We will all go through tough times in our lives, but men especially feel the need to pretend that everything is OK, and that admitting this to their friends will make them appear weak. The full interview is published in CALMzine, out now Prince Harry and the Telegraph’s Bryony GordonCredit:Andrew Crowley The full interview is published in CALMzine, out now “Friends and family are vitally important when we experience grief and loss, and we would hope that everyone would have a Prince William in their life to gently keep nudging them towards seeking help; but a professional will have the skills to guide the grieving process so that we may – rather than ever ‘get over’ a loss – begin to ‘grow around’ it, taking our memories of, and connection to, the person we have lost with us through life. “As a charity that supports children and young people’s mental health in schools, we are immensely grateful to Prince Harry for his willingness to share his own experience of the impact of the loss of his mother, and to talk so openly about how he has sought help to process his grief.”last_img read more

Sister of Duke and Duchess of Sussexs royal wedding cellist is signed

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. Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics, said: “Isata is an immensely talented pianist with remarkable musicality and a curious mind, always ready to explore new musical horizons.”We are very happy to welcome her to the Decca Classics family with this project celebrating one of the greatest women in music history.”The top 10 classical composers most recognised by Britons are male, according to a survey by the Royal Albert Hall – with Mozart, Beethoven and Bach leading the list.Lucy Noble, artistic and commercial director at the Royal Albert Hall, has said that “white male titans” of the industry may be off-putting for women and those from ethnic minority backgrounds.Last year the BBC announced the names of five “forgotten” women whose work they will now record and broadcast. The pianist has now been signed by leading record label Decca Classics.A centrepiece of her debut album is Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, recorded with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Holly Mathieson.Schumann, one of the first pianists to perform from memory, wrote the piece when she was just 14.“What struck me most about Clara Schumann is her incredible strength,” said Isata.”Not only did she manage to sustain a long and demanding concert career (almost unheard of for a woman during her time!), she also raised a large family and dealt with inconceivable tragedies.”I also come from a big family, and I am lucky to have been surrounded by many strong and inspiring women throughout my life.”Asked how she calms her nerves before a performance, she said: “The hardest part for me is backstage just before the concert because I’m away from the piano and suddenly think ‘can I actually still play?'”I usually listen to music to calm myself down or read a book. Once I’m on stage I’m usually fine because as long as I’m concentrating on the music I don’t have room to be distracted and nervous.”Isata’s debut album Romance will be released on Decca Classics on July 5 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Isata performing on Good Morning BritainCredit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock/Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Isata said: “Classical music is very expensive and it’s shame that because of that it has become slightly elitist.”Growing up, I’ve seen the sacrifices my parents had to make for the cost of instruments, music and lessons. Because of that, a lot of people aren’t able to get into classical music because they don’t have the money or the opportunity.”I think it needs to be brought back into state schools because it’s gradually being stamped out. I think that’s a really important step that needs to be taken to get people more involved.”Music has changed mine and my family’s lives an unbelievable amount. I don’t know where we’d all be without it.”She said of her brother’s Royal Wedding performance: “We were at home together watching Sheku on the TV playing at Harry and Meghan’s wedding and we were really proud of him.”We’re really proud of him in everything he does and that was really special.”Isata was a finalist in the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition and completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music as an Elton John scholar.She even performed with the iconic singer songwriter in Los Angeles in 2013. The sister of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal wedding cellist has called for more diversity in the “elitist” classical music industry, as she is signed with a top record label.Isata Kanneh-Mason, 22, told The Telegraph that the culture was holding back women and ethnic minority musicians when music should be “non-discriminatory”.The pianist, who has played since the age of five, is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed across the world including in New York, Paris and Canada.Her brother Sheku was the first black winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016 and captured the nation’s heart as the cellist at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony last year.Isata’s debut album, released this summer, will feature a collection of pieces by Clara Schumann to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the legendary composer’s birth.Clara was the wife of German composer Robert Schumann and remained in his shadow until a revival of her work began in the 1970s.  Isata told The Telegraph: “My sole aim with classical music is to get it out there to as many people as possible regardless of gender or colour because music is universal and therefore non-discriminatory. I think it should be open to everyone. Isata, who is the eldest of five sisters, added: “If more young women get involved in classical music because of the album then that’s amazing.”She also criticised the worrying lack of music funding in state schools, which has taken a 21 per cent cut in the last five years, according to research by the British Phonographic Industry.Andrew Lloyd Webber has previously spoken out on the subject, saying it is “appalling” that music education is being “neglected”.He added: “What the government should be grasping is that every penny you spend on music – not to turn people into musicians, but music as an empowering force – comes back to you in tenfold.”Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who has previously played Ike Turner in the Tina Turner musical, has also criticised the lack of diversity in the West End after research showed most ethnic minority performers are in just a handful of shows. Isata performing on Good Morning Britain “Supporting women of colour in classical music is something that is important to my entire family. Because we always had each other we never felt that we were alone in classical music.”But of course, looking out into the wider world of classical music, we are a minority. So we always hope to get more people of colour involved in classical music.” read more

Monitoring tailings pipelines CiDRA receives certification for the HALO SMARTring system

first_imgCiDRA has received Class 1 Div 2 certification for its HALOTM SMARTring System. This TUVRheinland Class 1, Div 2 certification now marks the HALO system “TUV approved” for use in hazardous environments containing volatile flammable liquids, gases or vapours. “We put forth a great effort to achieve this certification, in response to our customer’s needs and requirements for services working in hazardous locations,” said Dr. Michael Davis, Principal Scientist, and Vice President of Advanced Technologies with CiDRA. “We will now add this to our current TUV and CE certifications and continue to work with our customers on their applications and certification requirements so that the maximum benefits of our HALO system can be realised.” HALO SMARTtring technology, leverages active sonar and signal processing techniques to provide permanent, fixed multipoint measurements around the circumference of the slurry pipe thereby eliminating manual point-to-point measurements. HALO SMARTring technology and service overcomes the deficiencies of traditional, manual ultrasonic thickness (UT) methods used to measure pipe wear. CiDRA leverages its differentiated sonar and signal processing expertise to provide timely, accurate, repeatable pipe wear measurements and other relevant pipeline information and characteristics. The SMARTring pipe wear measurement tool clamps around the outside of the pipe and remains installed throughout the life of the pipe. On larger diameter pipes, the HALO SMARTring solution features12 measurement locations, equally spaced around the pipe with other configurations available.“On-demand” a CiDRA technician connects a “smart” handheld reader-processor to each SMARTring sensor and acquires the raw signals and performs a first level quality control check for all 12 measurements simultaneously. The measurements are then uploaded to CiDRA’s Data Management Centre where sophisticated signal processing algorithms analyse and perform the final quality assurance check before measurements and reports are generated for the client. Because measurement of all 12 points can be made virtually in seconds, tens of thousands of points on hydrotransport and coarse tailings slurry pipelines can be frequently measured, thereby enhancing predictive modeling and action by client’s pipeline and asset reliability teams.CiDRA’s patented SONARtrac® flow technology has established itself as a new class of industrial flowmeter, using measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating today and is ideally suited for measuring flow in difficult slurry applications within the energy and natural resource industries. CiDRA has been aggressively developing various service offerings related to flow management and assurance and overall plant monitoring and process optimisation in mining, including oil sands.last_img read more

Eugene officer zapped with own stun gun

first_imgEUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man who was arrested early Saturday morning faces charges of unlawful use of a stun gun and felony assault because police say he turned a Taser back on an officer and zapped him three times with his own weapon.Police say the officer was incapacitated. Other officers used pepper spray to subdue Jessie Alexander Wright.The Register-Guard reports the Eugene man had been celebrating his 30th birthday at a tavern.Police say he was drunk and combative and had mouthed off to an officer who was conducting a sobriety check on a woman outside the bar.last_img read more

Disney reopens beaches after the death of Nebraska toddler

first_imgORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – Walt Disney World re-opened its beaches to guests, Friday, more than a week after a 2-year-old boy was attacked and killed by an alligator.The beaches are now open from one hour after sunrise to one hour before sunset.Disney has added more signs and temporary barriers to try and keep guests and others safe.Lane Graves, the 2-year-old from Nebraska, was snatched by a gator from a beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort earlier this month and was later found dead.State wildlife officials said they believe the gator responsible for the toddler’s death was captured and killed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Prince William was forced to do this Shocking thing for his wedding

first_imgPrince William takes the hand of his bride Catherine Middleton, now to be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as they walk down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.Getty ImagesPrince William was forced to bow down to Royal tradition when it came to his wedding. Even if he didn’t want to?Apparently, Prince William “did not really want” one aspect of his wedding day to Kate Middleton but was informed “from on high that it was required”, a veteran royal reporter claims.It is known that Kate Middleton and Prince William married in April 2011. Apparently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s memorable day was watched by billions around the world and many remember Kate’s stunning wedding gown and William’s dashing military dress uniform. However, veteran royal reporter Jennie Bond revealed that William actually did not want to wear his military uniform for his wedding day.Ms Bond, who was royal correspondent for the BBC for 14 years from 1989 to 2003, spoke to podcast “Pod Save the Queen.” Prince Harry (L), arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.Getty ImagesShe said in a podcast that aired in March 2018: “It is a tradition – obviously the Duke of Edinburgh married in his naval uniform and Prince Charles in his, the first time around anyway.”And William in his, [although] I don’t think William really wanted to wear a military uniform.”Ms Bond explained: “I think a note came down from on high that it was required, and that’s what he did wear.”Reportedly many expected him to choose a Royal Air Force uniform for his big day, as he served with the RAF from 2009 to 2013 but apparently on the day, Prince William wore his scarlet Army uniform as Colonel of the Irish Guards.Well we have to say that wearing a military uniform for a wedding is not much of a sacrifice for a Prince to make.last_img read more

Firstlook Vijay Varma turns 90s student for Hurdang

first_imgVijay Varma is a name that needs no introduction. Delhi Belly, Dedh Ishqiya, Monsoon Wedding and the latest Gully Boy is a testimony to the powerhouse performer he is. Sinking into the skin of the character, Vijay Varma brings out any character with utmost authenticity and honesty. In continuation of the trend, Vijay Varma has transformed himself as a college student from the 90s for his film – Hurdang.Acing the part of a 90s college student from Allahabad, Vijay is doing his best to add his own nuances to the character. The actor who is currently working on Hurdang in Prayagraj. He is feeling the thrill of working on a period film and though the film isn’t a classic period film, the fact that it’s set in the 90s requires major prep from him, a challenge he has taken up well enough.From understanding the social scenario of the era to its very politics, the actor has undergone a makeover after a few rounds of changes. To be era authentic, Vijay has even grown a moustache. Depending on his character requirement and background, Vijay decided to have a cleaner look. Vijay went through a series of look tests, exchanged notes with the director on how to add to his look.The actor says, “We arrived at the final look after many trials. We wanted to get the milieu right and took references from many real-life personal pictures from the late 80s which the team had gathered for mood boarding.””Sheetal Sharma is the designer on this film and we worked closely over many trials to get the vibe of Loha Singh right. Power and leadership are his main trials and we made sure it reflects in the styling. The script has a lot of answers in explaining the political scenarios of the 1990 and what was the general sense of response by these characters to the times they were living in. Discussions and looking up on history helped in making it more nuanced instead of settling for a uni-dimensional approach to the period,” Varma added.last_img read more

Satellites discover lost Egyptian pyramids

first_img( — In a new documentary soon to air on BBC, space archaeologist Sarah Parcak from the University of Alabama in Birmingham shares her recent discovery in the relatively new field of space archaeology. With the use of satellites and infra-red imaging, Parcak and her team have discovered 17 lost pyramids, over 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements in Egypt. More information: BBC This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A view of the pyramids at Giza from the plateau to the south of the complex. Image: Ricardo Liberato/Wikipedia Egypt: New find shows slaves didn’t build pyramids (Update) Explore further © 2010 Citation: Satellites discover lost Egyptian pyramids (2011, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Using NASA satellites orbiting 435 miles above Earth that were equipped with cameras capable of pinpointing objects less than three feet in diameter on the Earth’s surface, Parcak and her team were able to identify materials that where just under the Earth’s surface.Because ancient Egyptians built their homes and structures, including pyramids, out of mud brick, it is much denser than the sand that has covered it over time. The infra-red camera was able to highlight these areas and locate the structures. In the area of Saqqara, Parcak had identified what she thought to be two potential pyramids. The documentary covers her journey to this area where local archaeologists began test excavations to test her findings. The pyramids were discovered and it is now believed to be one of the most important finds in Egypt.Parcak visited another location in Tanis where here imagery had located a 3,000-year-old house. Excavation revealed the house and the measurements almost perfectly matched what was shown in the images.The findings of actual sites gave validation to Parcak and her technology and she hopes to use it to locate many more sites in the future. Egyptian authorities hope to use the technology to aid in the protection of their national antiquities. With the recent revolution, looting has become a problem and the ability to compare images through time will allow them to alert Interpol to be on the watch for particular antiquities that could be out on the market for sale.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | September 04, 2008 Dutch Medical Isotopes Unavailable Until End of October Sponsored Content | Videos | Contrast Media | January 22, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital Solutions ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr speaks with Guerb read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more Conversations with Greg Freiherr: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital SolutionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:46Loaded: 2.87%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more center_img Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D. September 4, 2008 – Cancer patients in Europe, and possibly worldwide, may face a longer wait for diagnostic tests and treatments as a nuclear reactor in the Netherlands that supplies medical isotopes extended its shutdown for potential safety reasons.Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group, which operates the reactor in Petten, in northwestern Netherlands, said Wednesday it would not start up the reactor again before the end of October.About 15 to 20 percent of Canada’s medical isotopes come from overseas, including the Petten facility, according to Health Canada.”The consequences of this further delay will have an impact on the medical isotope market,” the Dutch company said in a statement.”NRG will not produce any medical isotopes in the months September and October (until 25th of October). We have already informed our customers about the situation. We are assisting in the search for alternative supply routes.”NRG stopped activity at the reactor after air bubbles were discovered in its cooling system. The company has said there is no danger to the public or the environment.The reactor is the second-biggest producer of medical isotopes worldwide after Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.’s facility at Chalk River, ON. The Dutch reactor produces the majority of the world supply of isotopes of the element technetium, which give off radiation used in medical imaging and disease treatments.Technetium-99m is used in 80 percent of diagnostic imaging that uses nuclear medicine technology, including imaging of the heart, kidney and brain. NRG-made isotopes account for seven million diagnostic tests per year in Europe and eight million per year in the U.S., according to the company.Last week, AECL said that, given the problems in the Netherlands, the nuclear reactor at Chalk River, ON, could ramp up to meet Canada’s demand for medical isotopes if required.But MDS Nordion, a Canadian company that buys isotopes from AECL and sells them to pharmaceutical manufacturers, said: “MDS Nordion does not determine the allocation of medical isotopes to specific end users,” such as hospitals in Canada or worldwide.”We are concerned there is currently no reliable, long-term isotope supply solution to meet this growing demand. As a result, there is risk of isotope shortages recurring,” MDS Nordion said in a statement last week.In December 2007, unexpected problems during routine maintenance at Chalk River forced the reactor to be taken offline, causing a shortage of medical isotopes worldwide.Source: cbcnews.caFor more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more last_img read more

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first_img Related Content 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | October 27, 2008 Terason t3000 Ultrasound Combines Image Quality, User-Friendly Design Advanced patented chip technology with an innovative laptop platform and an ergonomically designed user console are features of the Terason t3000 Ultrasound System.The system now provides conventional user controls in a slide out console. The Terason t3000 platform with dual real-time operator interfaces is the optimal choice in a portable ultrasound system, delivering superior image quality, workflow efficiency, standard network connections and protection for your investment, according to the company. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more center_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more last_img read more

Survey Credit Loosening Everywhere Except Mortgages

first_img Despite an easing underwriting standards for commercial and retail loans for the third straight year, standards for residential real estate are holding mostly steady, according to the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) 20th Annual Survey of Credit Underwriting.According to the OCC survey, 92 percent of surveyed banks originated residential real estate loans in 2014, and a full 20 percent reported tightening their standards regarding who can attain these loans. Seventy percent reported no changes in their standards, leaving a comparatively slight 10 percent of institutions claiming they eased their standards for residential mortgages.Federal examiners found that the level of risk inherent in these portfolios remained unchanged or decreased at 88 percent of the banks—a growing trend since 2010.Since the 2013 survey of the four banks that originated HLTV home equity loans, one bank has exited the business. Two of the remaining three banks reported unchanged underwriting standards and one bank reporting moderately tightened standards. Examiners expect the level of risk over the next 12 months to decline or remain unchanged at all banks.Standards on loans for residential construction remained overwhelmingly unchanged on the OCC survey, but offer a notable distinction from 2013. A full 88 percent of reporting banks said they neither eased nor tightened their standards on such products and none tightened their standards in 2014. In 2013, 8 percent tightened their standards and none eased them.This trend is definitely one federal watchdogs are keeping an eye on. Forty-five percent of examiners expect risk to increase over the next 12 months, based on concerns with the economic environment, collateral values, and easing underwriting standards. Underwriting standards for CRE products (other than construction) have increasingly eased since 2010.The OCC’s findings, in regards to residential products, support a November report by the Federal Reserve, which found that mortgage credit standards remained largely unchanged between August and October. The Fed’s Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey reported that credit standards on prime mortgages remained basically steady at 83 percent of reporting banks, while most of the 14 percent that reported easing their lending criteria were institutions with assets of $20 billion or more.Despite the continued diligence in the residential sphere, federal authorities are growing increasingly concerned with the overall easing of retail and commercial loan underwriting standards in the face of rising competition to win loan customers.”As banks continue to reach for volume and yield to improve margins and compete for limited loan demand, supervisors will focus on banks’ efforts to maintain prudent underwriting standards, monitor portfolio credit risk, and reduce exceptions to policy,” said Jennifer Kelly, senior deputy comptroller for bank supervision policy and chief national bank examiner. She added that 2014’s trends in eased standards echo those seen between 2004 and 2006, just a few years before the crash. December 17, 2014 563 Views Credit Standards Federal Reserve OCC Risk 2014-12-17 Scott_Morgan Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Survey: Credit Loosening Everywhere Except Mortgageslast_img read more

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first_img4. Paris, France from £92Check pricesSpring in Paris is said to be the best time of year to visit, just don’t get stuck indoors. Although you should check out the famous paintings at the Louvre, including the legendary Mona Lisa, get some fresh air and explore the Tuileries Gardens which lie between the gallery and the Place de la Concorde. Enjoy sitting in a pavement café with a cup of coffee and a croissant, or get a bird’s eye view across the City of Light from the top of the Eiffel Tower.Read more: Things to do in Paris – a second timer’s guide 3. Birmingham, UK from £60Check pricesThe UK’s biggest city after London is bound to have something going on this bank holiday weekend. Freshen up your spring wardrobe with a trip to the Bullring, or down a few bevvies in Digbeth, one of Birmingham’s up and coming hipster hangouts. Don’t leave without sampling the city’s most famous dish, the Balti curry. Invented here in 1977, get yourself down to Sparkbrook, an area of Birmingham known as the Balti Triangle, where you’ll find over 50 restaurants serving up this spicy supper.Read more: Top 6 things to see and do in Birmingham Start the season in style and treat yourself to a spring bank holiday break with flights for less than £110* return.Enjoy a romantic city break to Paris and spend the long weekend wandering around art galleries and down blossom tree-lined boulevards with your other half. Or stick closer to home for some group retail therapy sessions down Birmingham’s Bullring, one of the UK’s premier shopping centres. For less than £110 you could be jetting off to one of these European cities:1. Frankfurt, Germany from £99Check pricesFrankfurt might not be on the top of your city break bucket list, but there’s more to the place than skyscrapers and smart suits with a sarcasm deficit. Train buffs will love the city’s Central Station – one of the largest terminals in Europe. After all that excitement you may need a drink, so head to one of the many olde worlde ‘apple-wine’ taverns in the Affentorplatz district. 6. Gothenburg, Sweden from £73Check pricesThink Sweden’s too pricey for a last minute budget escape? Stockholm might set you back a few bob, but Gothenburg is a cheaper, less well-known alternative that deserves some attention. Go wild in the aisles of the shops and boutiques along Kungsportsavenyn Boulevard – the city’s very own ‘Champs Élysées’ – or stock up on smoked salmon and knäckerbröd, or any other delicious Swedish snacks that take your fancy at Saluhallen market.Get more tips on how to grab a bargain flight:Find cheap flights with the Skyscanner Best Time to Book toolGet the best air fares with Skyscanner Price AlertsThe Skyscanner guide to finding a late deal20 money saving travel tips and secrets*Flight prices correct at time of publication and for return journeys from the UK in May 21st – 26th.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Amsterdam, Netherlands from £102Check pricesAmsterdam isn’t all pretty canal-side cycle routes, cheap bars crammed with stags and flashing red lights – although there’s plenty of that too if it’s what you’re after. Take a long weekend break to the Venice of the North and you’ll see that the Dutch capital is rich in history and culture. Visit the National Maritime Museum in the Plantage area of the city, or soak up some spring sunshine in the beautiful Vondelpark.Read more: 10 best things to do in Amsterdam – a local’s guide 5. Madrid, Spain from £98Check pricesBefore temperatures start to soar during the dry summer months in this Spanish city, get yourself over to Madrid for a mild spring bank holiday break. From one home to another; football fans should make the pilgrimage to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the hallowed ground of Real Madrid, whilst art lovers can’t miss out on a trip to the Prado Museum, which houses masterpieces by some of the world’s finest artists, including El Greco, Velazquez and Goya.Read more: 11 top things to do in Madrid on a budget Related6 unsung city breaks in Europe for under £60Visit an exciting alternative European destination on the cheap with these bargain flight deals.Budget break ideas: 8 flights for under £488 countries, 8 European destinations: get inspired for your next holiday with these 8 flights all for less than £48 return.10 of Europe’s most expensive cities to visit while euros are cheapFly for under £80 and see your spending money go further in these 10 traditionally expensive European cities.last_img read more

Government to tap markets with 7year bond ministry says

first_imgThe Finance Ministry said that it intends to issue a 7-year government euro denominated bond “in the near future depending on market conditions,” and use receipts to buy back outstanding securities.The securities in question are three bonds, one at a coupon rate of 4.75 per cent maturing on June 25, 2019, another at a 4.625 per cent rate maturing on February 3, 2020 and the third at a rate of 6.5 per cent maturing on May 2, 2020, the finance ministry said in an emailed statement on Monday. The nominal value of the three securities is €566m, €566m and €80m respectively.The underwriters of the new bond issue, which will be the fifth since the 2013 banking and fiscal crisis, will be Citi Group, Goldman Sachs International Bank and HSBC.A month ago, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said that the government was considering asking the International Monetary Fund for permission to repay earlier than agreed part of the €1bn loan received as part of Cyprus’s bailout agreed in 2013. Georgiades said that Cyprus could save up to 0.5 percentage points in interest by repaying €280m.On June 8, the IMF welcomed the government’s intention.Cyprus, which is rated BB+ by Standards & Poor’s, BB- by Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings and BBL (stable) by DBRS, saw the yields of its bond maturing in 2025 drop to historically low levels in recent weeks. On Monday morning, the security with a coupon rate of 4.25 per cent was traded €110.144 which translates to a secondary market yield of 2.87 per cent.Last year, government debt stood at 107.8 per cent as a percentage of economic output. The government, which generated a fiscal surplus of 0.4 per cent of the economy last year, is forecast to post a surplus of 0.2 per cent this year in which the economy is expected to grow 2.9 per cent compared to 2.8 per cent in 2016.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more