Australia confident Warner will be fit for WC opener

first_imgLondon: Australian officials are confident that soreness in David Warner’s leg won’t stop him from playing in the World Cup against Afghanistan on June 1. Warner missed Australia’s final World Cup warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Monday after he suffered from tightness in his upper leg. In his place, Usman Khawaja opened the innings and played a match-winning knock of 89. Warner then only batted at training on Wednesday morning in Bristol without taking part in any fielding drills. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun However, according to a report in cricket.com.au, it is understood that there is no serious concern over his fitness to play the opening match. Once Warner is declared fit, it would be up to coach Justin Langer and selectors to take a call on whether Warner should return to the top of the order, or bat at the number three position. Warner, who made a comeback to cricket after serving a one-year ban for his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate, has been in tremendous form of late. In the IPL 2019, he scored 692 runs in 12 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

Widsten stepping down as Charlie Lake Fire Chief

first_imgWidsten’s last day with the Charlie Lake Fire Department is August 2nd, four days before he starts with the County of Grande Prairie.Dahlen said that the PRRD is moving forward with reposting the position as soon as possible, with the possibility of bringing in an interim Fire Chief to lead the department until Widsten’s replacement is found.Widsten’s departure marks the fifth time that the Charlie Lake Fire Department’s Chief has resigned since the PRRD took over control of the department in 2012.Steve Munshaw, Stuart Larson, Terry Truchan, and Dan Ross all served as Fire Chief prior to Widsten stepping into the role.When asked about the rather high rate of turnover in the Fire Chief position, Dahlen said that he “can’t disagree with that.”“It’s a small fire department. So, unfortunately for the Peace River Regional District, I think it’s definitely being used as a stepping-stone for individuals to advance their careers,” said Dahlen about some of the reasons for the frequent vacancies in the Fire Chief position. “Lots of times, people come to the area with an opportunity to get some experience and some education and be able to advance their careers.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Just a few weeks after it had found a new Fire Chief, the Peace River Regional District is once again looking for someone to lead the Charlie Lake Fire Department.According to PRRD Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen, Charlie Lake Fire Chief Dale Widsten has tendered his resignation after he was announced as the department’s new Chief on June 27th.Dahlen said that Widsten has accepted a position as the new District Fire Chief for the County of Grande Prairie, where he will oversee four fire halls located in Bezanson, LaGlace, Teepee Creek, and Sexsmith. When it comes to improving retention of employees with the department, Dahlen said the PRRD is looking at implementing policies and also examining facets of the department itself, including the facilities and operating environment.Dahlen said that Widsten is still continuing in his duties until his departure, including helping the department to host a Volunteer information session at the Fire Department, which is taking place this evening at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall.last_img read more

UNESCO head speaks out against murder of journalist in Russia

The head of the United Nations agency mandated with protecting press freedom today condemned the recent killing of a Dagestani journalist in Russia, calling on authorities to bring those behind the murder to justice. Malik Akhmedilov, a sub-editor for the local Avar-language newspaper Khakikat, was found dead on 11 August in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan. “Enabling journalists to carry out their work in reasonable conditions of safety and letting them contribute to public debate are two essential conditions to improve peace and stability in the Caucasus,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Mr. Akhmedilov’s murder is the latest in a series of killings of journalists in Dagestan in recent years. Abdoullah Alichaïev, of the local television channel TV-Chirkei, was shot dead in September 2008, six months after the killing of his colleague Gadji Abachilov. Magomedzagid Varisov, a reporter for the weekly Novoye Delo, was killed in June 2005. 17 August 2009The head of the United Nations agency mandated with protecting press freedom today condemned the recent killing of a Dagestani journalist in Russia, calling on authorities to bring those behind the murder to justice. read more

Demobilized Chadian child soldiers will need help with reintegration – UN

22 June 2011The top United Nations official concerned with children in armed conflict said Chad would need assistance in re-integrating into society the child soldiers that are being demobilized under an agreement signed with the UN last week. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, reporting on her visit to that country to witness the action plan signed by both parties in N’Djamena, said she was “very happy to have gotten the commitment” from the Chadian Government, but “the children will need help to integrate back into their communities.”She said all the demobilized children will be registered and the UN intends to follow them to their villages to make sure they arrive, and are not re-conscripted. The UN also plans educational programmes, concentrating on vocational schools to help in the children’s reintegration.The complete withdrawal and reintegration of children into their communities will trigger the removal of the Chadian Government from the Secretary-General’s ‘list of shame,’ of governments using child soldiers. The list includes Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Somalia and Sudan.Since 2007, more than 1,000 children have been separated from armed groups and forces in Chad. read more

Police investigating sexual assaults in McMaster area

There have been two sexual attacks on two women in the Westdale area in the past week.Hamilton police believe the same man is responsible for both attacks, and they’re still looking for him.Cindy Csordas has more.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Investigators head to Sierra Leone to probe UN helicopter crash

The UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) continued recovery operations today, though hampered by near-inaccessible jungle. UN troops managed, nonetheless, to secure the site where the Russian MI-8 plane crashed not far from the town of Yengema, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists at UN headquarters.The 24 presumed dead included 14 members of Pakistan’s UNAMSIL contingent, one member of the Bangladeshi contingent, six civilians and three crew members, he said.

A global measles crisis is well underway UN agency chiefs warn

Additionally, scientists and health advocates have even been harassed for sharing information, according to the agencies, while unproven so-called vaccine alternatives are being marketed for profit.‘Collective’ response needed“It is a collective responsibility to support parents and build a more positive environment for vaccination, on and offline”, the UNICEF and WHO chiefs said.Both agencies welcomed initial steps taken by digital companies, including Facebook and Amazon, to quarantine myths over vaccination safety, but say “it will take much more…to make sure all children get their vaccines at the right time”.To reverse the trend, they flagged that everyone must advocate for vaccines, including by promoting scientific literacy on health and vaccines.“It means governments must invest in primary care and immunization, and make sure these services are affordable, accessible and truly responsive to parents’ needs, especially those in the poorest, most disadvantaged communities” the two stressed.For their part, WHO and UNICEF, are working with other partners, such as the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership known as Gavi, to ensure that vaccines reach more people in more countries than ever before. “It will take long-term efforts, political commitment and continuous investment, in vaccine access, in service quality and in trust, to ensure we are, and remain, protected together”, said the agency heads. A young boy is administered measles and rubella vaccine at a health post in Gorkha District, Nepal., by UNICEF/Kiran Panday “Cases have soared across the world, including in places where measles had previously been eliminated, like the United States”, asserted Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).#Measles cases are up nearly 300% over last year. My opinion piece with @unicefchief Henrietta Fore on this global crisis https://t.co/KNqwKzjDK2— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) April 15, 2019 Measles is almost entirely preventable through two doses of a safe and effective vaccine, despite being highly contagious. The UN agency chiefs painted “an alarming picture” of the rate of infection, saying that “by the time you finish reading this, we estimate that at least 40 people – most of them children – will be infected by this fast-moving, life-threatening disease”.A clear and dangerous trendFollowing two years of consecutive increases, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Philippines, Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine, are all in the midst of current outbreaks. It is also spreading fast among clusters of people, who are resisting vaccination, in countries with high overall vaccination rates, including the United States, Israel, Thailand and Tunisia.“We’re worried not only because measles can be so severe, it still causes over 100,000 deaths every year, but also because it is extremely contagious” said the agency chiefs.Referring to measles as “the canary in the coalmine of vaccine preventable illnesses”, the UNICEF and WHO heads explained that “around the world, millions of children are still missing out on lifesaving vaccines, leaving them and their communities vulnerable to disease and deadly outbreaks”.Living in countries where healthcare systems are challenged by poverty and conflict, many lack access to effective vaccines.  But “in several high- and middle-income countries”, the UN agency heads lamented, “there are parents who are delaying or refusing to vaccinate their children because they’re unsure of the need for vaccines or that vaccines are safe”.Moreover, the UN agencies revealed that uncertainty is often fueled by confusing, contradictory online information, which spreads fast, with harmful content transmitted on digital channels; amplified by algorithms that reward controversy and clicks; and exploited by anti-vaccine activists to sow read more

Freed Chenapau miners protest MOTP over clampdown

Freed miners and their families from Chenapau Village, Region Eight, today picketed in front of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP) and called for a meeting with President, David Granger and Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman to address their concerns.“We are here because of what happened, because our families have been taken,” was what many protesters indicated to media operatives while highlighting that the matter was “illegal.”“It is illegal. All of those people were out of the park. It was coming through the park they got hold up, arrested by the army,” a resident and the Toshao of the Chenapau Village said regarding the incident where 21 villagers were arrested on Saturday last as President Granger issued a call for a clampdown in mining at the protected Kaieteur National Park.  The 21 persons included 18 males Calixtus Francis, 47; Kenvil Cyril, 18; Donald Andrew, 48; Aladin Sebastian, 29; Garlon Andrew, 32; Clifford Andrew, 30; Leroy Fraser, 29; Collin Francisco, 27; Phillip Andrew, 18; Rudolph Bobb-Semple, 37; Franklin George, 38; Carlton Lewis, 40; Jason Baptiste, 30; Cecil Baptiste, 56; Bryan Mason, 31; Tomson Edwards, 17; Mark Andrew, 26; and Clive Edwards, 20  two females; Carrol Williams, 22, Sabrina Dos Santos, 26, and two-year-old Naziel Williams.The females and toddler were released on Monday while the adult males were released on Tuesday. They are all expected to appear at the Mahdia Magistrates’ Court on July 18 2017 to answer the charge of illegal mining in a protected area. However, the miners are maintaining that they were not in the Kaieteur National Park and that they were not apprehended while working. They noted that they were brought to Georgetown without being afforded information as to the reason they were held.The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) is insisting that the miners were not given permission for their operations. However, the miners provided documentation to prove otherwise.  The miners said they will continue protesting until they are afforded the opportunity to meet with President Granger and Minister Trotman. The Amerindian Peoples Association is also questioning how the government intends to get the miners back home since they were brought out without any money. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIllegal mining at Kaieteur National Park: Several arrested in Govt clamp downMay 29, 2017In “Crime”Three arrested over illegal possession of firearm, cannabisNovember 29, 2017In “Court”Touts beg police to stop clampdown, promise to act professionalApril 12, 2019In “Business” read more

Greece still tops the list

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ballarat restaurateur Terry Frangos, who grew up in Australia, thinks that despite the economic crisis, Greece is still the “second best country in the world”. In an interview with ABC, Frangos, who took over from his father Peter to run Ballarat’s iconic Greek restaurant P. Frangos and Sons, says he admires the Greek people’s nonchalant attitude to life. “It’s still a beautiful country, the summer’s perfect, the people are great, they live a fantastic lifestyle and they don’t work as hard as we do,” he said. “You can smoke wherever you like, you can drink wherever you like and I’d go back there in a heartbeat.” However, Frangos also said this nonchalant attitude is perhaps part of the reason the financial crisis came to be in the first place, and that perhaps the people need to take a leaf from Australians. “For generations Greeks have avoided paying tax, they can’t go on so they have to go through a cultural change because the youth are paying for the mistakes of previous generations.” “Here in Australia we pay [taxes] and we get good services, once they see good services they will pay and they will change.” Frangos is welcoming of Greeks who are emigrating into Australia. “The second and third generation Greeks who’ve grown up here don’t speak Greek, they know what it is to be Greek but if they could meet fresh arrivals that would be good for the country.” Terry’s auntie in Greece also runs a restaurant and is considering coming back to Australia because she can’t make a living at the moment as locals tighten their belts. Meanwhile, his father Peter, who was a long time resident in Australia and who initially started the family business, now lives in Greece.last_img read more

Il y a 50 ans Youri Gagarine volait le premier dans lespace

first_imgIl y a 50 ans, Youri Gagarine volait le premier dans l’espaceLe 12 avril 1961, un évènement historique a marqué l’humanité. A bord du vaisseau Vostok 1, le cosmonaute soviétique de 27 ans Youri Gagarine devenait le premier homme à voler dans l’espace. Un rêve devenu réalité.Il y a 50 ans jour pour jour, à 9h07 heure de Moscou, la fusée Vostok-1 (qui signifie “orient” ou “ascension” en russe), dans laquelle Youri Gagarine était installé, décollait du cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan, sud de l’URSS. Alors qu’il avait moins d’une chance sur deux de revenir vivant de cette mission incroyable pour l’époque, le cosmonaute a réalisé une révolution autour de la Terre d’une durée de 108 minutes, à une altitude variant entre 175 et 380 kilomètres. Puis, il termina son voyage en parachute après s’être éjecté de sa capsule pour atterrir dans un champ situé près de la ville de Saratov (au sud-est de Moscou). Cet exploit extraordinaire marquera à jamais l’imaginaire de l’humanité.Ce premier voyage habité dans l’espace, réalisé en pleine guerre froide, a permis aux dirigeants soviétiques d’affirmer la supériorité du système communiste sur leur adversaire principal, les Etats-Unis. Une suprématie renforcée par le fait que ce sont déjà les Soviétiques qui, quatre ans plus tôt, ont mis en orbite le premier satellite, Spoutnik 1, puis envoyé dans l’espace la chienne Laïka. La conquête de l’espace étant à l’époque un terrain d’affrontement idéologique majeur entre les deux grandes puissances, le numéro un soviétique, Nikita Khrouchtchev, ne manque pas d’exploiter ce triomphe. Pendant ce temps, les Américains paraissent techniquement distancés.A peine revenu sur Terre, Youri Gagarine entame une tournée mondiale de près de deux ans, devenant un citoyen du monde (toujours en pleine guerre froide !) et par la même occasion un atout majeur de la propagande soviétique. Le cosmonaute russe est reçu partout en héros, visite des dizaines de pays et rencontre des milliers de personnes. A 27 ans, ce fils de charpentier et de paysanne, élevé dans une ferme collective, devient le symbole de la réussite de système soviétique. De fils de paysan à premier cosmonaute Rien ne prédestinait le jeune russe à être érigé en héros. Youri Gagarine est né en 1934 dans un village près de Smolensk (ouest de la Russie), après une enfance difficile marquée par la guerre et l’occupation nazie. Le Soviétique se destinait à l’origine à un travail d’ouvrier métallurgiste, mais passionné d’aviation, le jeune homme a rapidement été recruté dans une école militaire d’Orenbourg (Oural) et, en 1955, s’est mis pour la première fois aux commandes d’un avion. En 1959, une commission sélectionne des volontaires pour piloter un “tout nouveau type d’appareil” et sa petite taille (1,58 mètre) joue en sa faveur. Il commence alors un entraînement d’un an dans un centre secret à Moscou, aux côtés de 200 puis 19 autres candidats. Au fil du temps, ils ne sont plus que douze, puis six, et finalement deux dont Youri Gagarine.Ses origines villageoises ont joué en faveur de sa candidature pour devenir le premier homme dans l’espace, face à celle de son plus grand rival Guerman Titov, issu d’une famille d’intellectuels : pour le régime soviétique il incarne l’archétype de l’homme russe mis en avant par la propagande. Sergueï Korolev, l’ingénieur responsable du programme spatial habité soviétique, fera également pencher la balance. L’homme remarque Youri Gagarine, qui devient rapidement son favori. A l’époque, les vaisseaux étant entièrement automatisés, les pilotes n’avaient pas besoin d’être très expérimentés. Mais Gagarine était très doué en mathématiques et était doté d’une mémoire phénoménale. Il reçoit donc surtout un entraînement physique intense comprenant des sauts en parachute, des séances en simulateur et également des passages dans une centrifugeuse. On lui apprend aussi le fonctionnement des fusées et des vaisseaux spatiaux jusqu’au jour J, qui lui vaudra le titre de Héros de l’Union soviétique. La Russie lève enfin le voile sur sa mortAprès avoir passé 108 minutes historiques dans l’espace, Youri Gagarine rêve encore d’aller sur la Lune, mais le destin en décida autrement. Précieux aux yeux des autorités soviétiques, le cosmonaute a été interdit de pilotage pendant près de 7 ans, jusqu’à ce qu’il parvienne à arracher une autorisation. Directeur de l’entraînement à la Cité des étoiles près de Moscou suite à son exploit, Youri Gagarine entame une reconversion comme pilote de chasse.Le 27 mars 1968, il se tue avec son instructeur à bord d’un Mig 15 lors d’une mission de routine, dans la région de Vladimir au nord-est de Moscou. L’enquête sur les circonstances de sa mort avait été classée “secret d’Etat” par les autorités soviétiques, un sceau qui n’avait pas été levé jusqu’à la semaine dernière, laissant libre cours aux rumeurs et spéculations. “Conclusions de la commission : sur la foi de l’analyse des circonstances de l’accident aérien et des éléments d’enquête, la cause la plus probable de la catastrophe est une manoeuvre brusque (du pilote) pour éviter une sonde atmosphérique”, stipule un document déclassifié sur les conclusions de l’enquête, lu au cours d’une conférence de presse par un responsable du département des archives auprès du Kremlin, Alexandre Stepanov. Ce responsable évoque cependant une autre cause “moins probable” : le cosmonaute soviétique aurait voulu “éviter d’entrer dans la couche nuageuse”. Youri Gagarine fait partie des rares héros nationaux dont l’image n’a pas souffert de la chute de l’URSS à la fin de l’année 1991 et reste aujourd’hui pour les Russes “la personnalité du XXe siècle la plus attrayante”, selon les sondages. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACependant, l’époque glorieuse semble déjà loin pour l’URSS lorsque l’on évoque la conquête spatiale. Les Soviétiques accumulent revers et retards ces dernières années et ont fini par abandonner aux Etats-Unis leur suprématie dans l’espace. Découvrez quelques clichés d’époque de Youri Gagarine et retrouvez toutes les grandes étapes de la conquête spatiale en images sur Maxisciences. Le 12 avril 2011 à 09:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Competing plans battling for right to build Mission Valley stadium

first_img Updated: 9:35 PM Sasha Foo, November 1, 2018 Competing plans battling for right to build Mission Valley stadium Sasha Foo center_img Posted: November 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —The battle to redevelop the SDCCU stadium site in Mission Valley is escalating, as supporters of two competing initiatives push for voter approval.Nick Stone, the project manager for SoccerCity is feeling optimistic, and spoke about his campaign’s momentum. Stone said the SoccerCity plan would involve no taxpayer dollars and would create huge economic benefits though property tax revenues.In the plan known as Measure E, Stone’s investor group would build a soccer stadium for a new major league soccer team in San Diego.The rival initiative, Measure G, which is called the SDSU West plan would also build a new stadium for Aztec football. Backers of Measure G said the stadium could also be used for soccer. But supporters of SoccerCity said they have doubts about how the university will be able to foot the costs of a new stadium.The Measure E campaign said that attendance for Aztec games is down this year, with this year’s homecoming game against San Jose State declining by 34% from SDSU’s 2017 homecoming game. Stone said if SDWU West is relying on ticket sales to help pay for a new stadium, those plans could be in jeopardy.The SoccerCity project manager said fewer ticket sales may push the cost of the new stadium onto the students.”Who has to make up the gap? The students,” Stone said. Backers of Measure G patently rejected that idea.Fred Pierce, a member of the Friends of SDSU West Steering Committee said the university has other ways to raise the money. “Under no circumstances would the students ever be looked to, to pay for the new stadium,” Pierce said.Jack McGrory, another member of the same SDSU West group said he’s confident about the plan for the stadium financing. “Naming rights, concession sales, ticket sales, parking, corporate sponsorships, premium seat sales; there’s a whole combination of revenues that will total almost $20 million that will then be used to finance and provide debt service for the bonds,” McGrory said.Whose stadium would be built most quickly? Each side is making the same claim that their rivals are big on talk but little else. Juan Carlos Rodriguez, the director of sports for the television network, Univision and a Measure E booster said the developers behind SoccerCity are ready to make good on their plans. “We have to deliver a stadium and a sports team before the next 3 years,” Rodriguez said.McGrory, speaking for SDSU West said his group would be ready to start construction on a new Aztec stadium in 2020. As for SoccerCity, MdGrory said, “We don’t know when a soccer stadium will be built because they don’t have a team.”McGrory said Measure G is about supporting the growth of SDSU. “The university needs to expand,” he said. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDSU West, SoccerCity FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Procession held for former Police Chief in Downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A commemorative procession was held for a former Miami Police Chief, Friday.Chief John Timoney was laid to rest Friday, and hundreds of police officers, in an impressive show of force, took to the streets of Downtown Miami to salute him one last time.Police cars escorted the funeral car while a horse with no rider strolled behind.Timoney was well known to be the “cops’ cop.”He rose through the ranks first at the New York City Police Department and then in Philadelphia before leading Miami Police from 2003 to 2010.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rigging in city polls justifies caretaker govt demand BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe opposition BNP has worked out ‘strategies’ to apply in Monday’s elections to three city corporations to ensure presence of its polling agents and encourage party supporters to cast their votes ‘braving all odds’.The BNP leaders, reports UNB, came up with the strategies following civic polls in Khulna and Gazipur where, the party allegedly, it lost to massive rigging.Some party senior leaders said they will in no way engage themselves in any violence in the polls as they have worked out plans to face any unwanted situation tactfully instead of applying force.If their plans do not work and the elections are not held in a free and fair manner, they said, it will only justify further their demand for holding the next general election under a non-party and neutral administration.As part of their strategies, party leaders said they have formed centre-based committees and appointed those as polling agents who are influential and active in their areas so that they can go to the polling stations.Besides, they said, a group of their party leaders and activists will take position near polling stations to prevent the ouster of their party’s polling agents and obstructing voters.Another group will visit the houses of party supporters to encourage female voters to go to voting centres.The BNP leaders said they have trained their polling agents and given them various directions about facing any unwarranted situation and check vote frauds.They also said the polling agents of their party backed-councillor candidates are also given direction to work for mayoral candidates, if necessary.When contacted, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf said the government is ready to hold the elections to Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal applying the Gazipur and Khulna-election model to ensure the victory of the ruling party candidates.”We’ll try to resist their evil designs with our strategies and together with people,” he added.BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said they have a plan to put up a peaceful resistance together with people against vote rigging and election irregularities. “We’ll apply some strategies, but we won’t be able to fight with law enforcers as they have arms.”He said if the elections are not held in a fair and credible manner, the true face of the current government and the EC will get exposed again before people just months before the national election.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said though there is no ‘visible sign’ of fair voting in the three cities, BNP candidates and supporters will remain out there in the field till the last moment of the polling.He said they fear that the ruling party will try to influence the polls by using the law enforcers. “If it happens, the Election Commission will have to be accountable to people.”BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said police and the EC are the main opponents of BNP, not of Awami League, in the three city polls. “Our main concern is what will be the role of police and the EC. We’ve enough strength to tackle our political opponents. But it’s difficult to fight law enforcers and state machinery.”He, however, said their party leaders and activists will be there in the field braving all the obstacles. “We’ve taken some strategies so that the three city polls are not held in Gazipur and Khulna style. If our plans work well, we’ll apply those in the general election.”last_img read more

Suu Kyis party slapped down in bypolls

first_imgAung San Suu KyiThe party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said Sunday they were defeated in six constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies.Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power in 2015 in a landslide victory, ending decades of military rule.But her tenure has been full of stumbles, most notably with ethnic groups involved in peace talks with the military — which has been marred by skirmishes and ongoing civil war in states like Kachin and Shan.The dissatisfaction came through in the results of Saturday’s by-election, in which 13 seats in the lower and upper houses of parliament and regional assemblies were up for grabs.”Currently, we won seven seats and lost in six places,” NLD spokesman Myo Nyunt told AFP.Four of the six seats were previously held by NLD candidates.While official tallies have not yet been released by the Union Election Commission, preliminary results show the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) had beaten NLD out on three seats.In some constituencies voters went with ethnic political parties, while people in Rakhine state’s Yathedaung township threw their support behind the son of a prominent politician who has in the past capitalised on the ethnic Rakhine Buddhists’ dissatisfaction with Muslim communities.Myo Nyunt said the losses of these six seats are due to his party’s unpopularity with ethnic minority groups and people working for the government.”We heard that ethnic groups are not satisfied with our performance regarding the peace process,” he said.Political analyst Maung Maung Soe told AFP that the low voter turnout in most of these constituencies hurt the NLD’s showing, and voter apathy could really impact them in the next election in 2020 — adding that in comparison, the military-aligned USDP has unwavering support.”Although NLD supporters are many, they are currently losing supporters from ethnic groups and intellectuals as well as from the media,” he said.For press freedom advocates, Suu Kyi’s shine has worn off due to the jailing of two Reuters journalists who reported on the killing of 10 Rohingya men by the military.They were sentenced to seven years in prison in what has largely been regarded as a sham trial.Outside of Myanmar, the international community has also soured on the former Nobel Laureate, as her image as a rights icon has been shattered due to her handling of the Rohingya crisis.More than 720,000 people of the stateless Muslim minority group have fled Bangladesh since a military crackdown in August 2017, which UN investigators have alleged amounts to genocide and crimes against humanity.Myanmar has denied almost all the allegations, justifying the actions of the military as necessary to combat terrorism.last_img read more

Martins West 41st Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Breakfast

first_imgThe Alpha Foundation of Howard County, in conjunction with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter, will present the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Martin’s West, 6817 Dogwood  Road, Baltimore, MD 21244 on Jan. 10. For information on tickets please contact, Ernest Jackson at ernestljackson@yahoo.com or 410-215-7803.last_img

Land allotted at Rajarhat for 2 police stations of Bidhannagar Commissionerate

first_imgKolkata: Land has been allotted at Rajarhat for setting up two police stations of the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate.According to the sources in the state secretariat, the state Home department has sent a proposal to sanction and release a total amount of Rs 23.27 crore for payment of lease premium to West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), for allotment of the plots to set up the police stations.The plots have been allotted in Action Area II E and Action Area III E to the Home and Hills Affairs department, on a 99 year leasehold. The plot in Action Area II E measures around 0.601 acres while the one in Action Area III E is of 0.661 acres. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that the transfer of land has taken place on the basis of the approval of the Standing Committee of the Cabinet on Industry, Infrastructure and Employment of West Bengal. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held in this connection on January 18.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government had set up Howrah, Bidhannagar, Barrackpore, Siliguri and Asansol-Durgapur Police commissionerates soon after coming to power, to ensure better policing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe has also stressed on the development of infrastructure of all the police commissionerates. Similarly, as a measure to bring into place better infrastructure for Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, the land has been allotted where the two police stations will be constructed.It may be mentioned that earlier, 5.91 acres had been taken from HIDCO to develop infrastructure, including setting up of a parade ground, police station, office and barrack, town police outpost and police line in New Town. The land was taken from HIDCO at a lease amount of Rs 24.77 crore.With setting up of the police commissionerates, the rate of crime has gone down and at the same time, the law and orders issues are also controlled in a better way. Apart from the commissionerate areas, steps were also taken up to ensure better policing in the non-commissionerate areas.Steps taken by the police and development of infrastructure have also helped curb the rate of accidents in the state.last_img read more

American Academy of Pediatrics calls for new healthcare model for transgender kids

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- British journalist Louis Theroux (right) met with transgender children and their families for a 2015 documentary (Photo: Tumblr) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . AAP called for a ‘gender-affirmative care model’ this week. The new policy calls on healthcare professionals, parents, and others to respect children and youth’s choice of gender.Significantly, 56 percent of transgender youth said they had suicidal thoughts. What’s more, 31 percent reported a previous suicide attempt, according to AAP.AAP said transgender youth experience disproportionately high rates of homelessness, physical violence (at home and in the community), substance abuse, and high-risk sexual behaviors.Significantly, it notes that stigma is often a root cause for trans youth with mental health disorders. Transgender identity should not be seen as causing mental health problems.AAP calls on healthcare providers to: ‘destigmatize gender variance, promote the child’s self-worth, facilitate access to care, educate families’. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants to tackle the disproportionate health risks faced by transgender young people with a new policy statement. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Equal treatment remains out of reach for LGBT Americans in most statesLGBTI groups welcome UN report supporting gender diversityThis Arizona clinic has become a hub for transgender youthRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/american-academy-of-pediatrics-calls-for-new-healthcare-model-for-transgender-kids/ It also calls on providers to ‘advocate for safer community spaces where children are free to develop and explore their gender’.Gender-affirmative careAAP have said the new guidelines are not a major policy change. They do, however, bring AAP advice in line with current best practices.Current research suggests valuing a child for who they are, rather than focusing on who they will become, fosters resilience.What’s more, AAP rejected so-called ‘conversion therapies’ that may try to affect a child’s gender identityAAP advises that:Transgender identities and diverse gender expressions are not a mental disorder.Variations in gender identity and expression are normal aspects of being a human. Binary definitionsof gender (male and female) may not reflect emerging gender identities.Biology, development, socialization, and culture all inform gender.If a transgender person is experiencing mental health issues, it most often stems from stigma and negative experiences. It is not often something intrinsic to the child.last_img read more

RSNA Hosts Spotlight Course in Emergency Radiology

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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | January 12, 2016 RSNA Hosts Spotlight Course in Emergency Radiology Course held in Mexico is first of new initiative to provide regional training around the world Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more January 12, 2016 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) will offer its first regional course later this year in Mexico. RSNA Spotlight: Radiología de Urgencias: Curso Interactivo con Casos Mexico 2016 will be held June 2-4, 2016, at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancún Resort & Spa in Cancún, Mexico.The course launches a new RSNA initiative, providing quality education on important medical imaging issues in different regions. Cancun was selected as the site for the course debut, based on an assessment of the educational needs of RSNA members in Latin America.During the 2 ½-day program presented entirely in Spanish, participants will explore the use of emergency radiology as part of daily practice. The course will include general and breakout sessions, cases of the day and interactive RSNA Diagnosis Live sessions, and will offer credits for continuing medical education.“This spotlight course was designed to provide a high-level update on various aspects of one of the fastest growing fields in radiology: emergency imaging,” said Jorge Soto, M.D., from Boston University School of Medicine. “The need for 24-hour onsite coverage or off-site interpretations by well-trained radiologists is now commonplace in emergency centers throughout the world. The format of the course, with small group workshops and lectures with audience response, is well suited to allow the attendees to interact closely with the faculty.”Presented under the direction of Soto and Guillermo Elizondo Riojas, M.D., Ph.D., from University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, the course will be taught by renowned leaders in the specialty of radiology. Many of the instructors are from Latin America and will discuss issues of special relevance to the region.“This course addresses an important and broad topic, with both plenary sessions and small group workshops, using interactive tools and activities,” Riojas said. “The professors are among the best Spanish-speaking lecturers, and the location is ideal.”For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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Putin opposes the wearing of headscarves at school

first_imgAsked to comment on the issue, Putin clearly voiced his opposition to headscarves at schools, saying that Russia is a secular state and must create equal conditions for all its citizens.At the same time, Putin sought to calm passions raised by the dispute, saying that authorities must show a due respect to followers of all religions.“We have a secular state, and we must proceed from that,” Putin said at a meeting with supporters.Other countries also have faced debate over the issue.This month, police in Azerbaijan clashed with citizens protesting a ban on the wearing of headscarves in the mainly Muslim ex-Soviet nation’s secondary schools.In Europe, France and Belgium have banned the wearing of headscarves or face-covering Islamic veils in public, as have some towns in Spain and elsewhere.Putin said Russia should learn from the decisions of such countries. “We must have a look at how such issues are solved by our neighbors in European countries, and all will become clear,” he said.An estimated 20 million of Russia’s 143 million people are Muslims, and they make up the majority of the population in many regions, including the oil-rich province of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan, as well as Chechnya and neighboring provinces in the volatile North Caucasus. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin spoke out Thursday against the wearing of headscarves in Russian schools in his first public comment on a potentially explosive issue.Putin’s statement follows a recent incident in Russia’s southern region of Stavropol during which a school principal forbade girls from Muslim families from wearing headscarves to class. Their parents protested and the principal said she was threatened. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Putin said that with Russian Orthodox believers making up a majority, any departure from secular rules in public life could eventually lead to the infringement on the rights of followers of other religions. “It would be better if all people feel equal,” he added.If the dispute over headscarves escalates in Russia, it could fuel tensions between the federal government and Chechnya and other Muslim-dominated provinces.Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has imposed a tight Islamic dress code on females. Girls and women are strongly advised to wear headscarves in public.Kadyrov’s feared black-clad security forces have used paintball guns, threats and insults against those failing to obey.The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov, the ruthless Chechen strongman leader, to stabilize the region after two separatist wars since 1994 and turned a blind eye to his campaign for enforcing Islamic rules as well as massive rights abuses.Putin said Thursday that one possible way out of the headscarves dispute would be the introduction of school uniforms.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Top 10 Cities for MiddleClass Homebuyers

first_img Housing prices keep going up, faster than inflation and faster than wage growth. Combined with creeping mortgage rates, it’s all left first-time buyers and middle-class earners in a tough spot when it comes to buying a good home.However, a new study by Realtor.com finds 10 metro markets where a $60,000 annual income can afford more than half the homes on the market.While homes in California won’t be found on the list, you will, however, find Pittsburgh, which tops the list in terms of affordability. The city’s median list price is $179,100, which makes 64 percent of the homes for sale there affordable to the $60,000 earner.“Despite all the changes, home prices have stayed low here,” the report stated. “Many houses built in the early 20th century during the city’s heyday were neglected during the city’s years of population loss. But now, these places are getting investor attention.”Young buyers, in particular, are flocking to Pittsburgh to “snag and remodel homes priced under $125,000,” the report stated.Close behind is Western New York, where more than 60 percent of homes listed in Buffalo and Rochester are affordable to the middle class. Rochester’s median list price is $177,500, while Buffalo’s is $185,000, according to the report.Like Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Rochester suffered the ills of manufacturing decline that led to a glut of houses left unattended after a high outflow of residents. But a resurgence in the downtowns has brought investors back, the report found.In fact, the remaining six markets where a $60,000 annual income can afford at least half the homes on the market are heavy in cities that saw manufacturing dry up or which are making a comeback after years in trouble.According to the report, more than 60 percent of homes listed are available to the average middle-class buyer in St. Louis and Cleveland. And more than 50 percent fit the criteria in Birmingham, Memphis, and Oklahoma City. Cincinnati and Detroit round up this list of cities. Affordability Buffalo HOUSING Middle Class pittsburgh Realtor.com Rochester Sean Snaith 2018-11-15 Scott_Morgan November 15, 2018 605 Views Top 10 Cities for Middle-Class Homebuyerscenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more