Omar Khadr visits with sister remain restricted but can use internet freely

first_imgEDMONTON – Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr has been denied unsupervised visits with his controversial older sister who has expressed support for al-Qaida.Justice June Ross ruled Friday that Khadr and his lawyer, Nathan Whitling, have offered nothing new to allay security concerns surrounding Zaynab Khadr, who is currently believed to be in Sudan.Zaynab Khadr, 37, has spoken in favour of al-Qaida and was investigated in Canada more than a decade ago for helping the terrorist network, but she was never charged.She is reportedly planning a trip to Canada, and the rules of Khadr’s bail allow him to meet with her but only in the presence of his bail supervisor or one of his lawyers.Whitling argued in Court of Queen’s Bench that the restriction is no longer necessary. He said Khadr, 30, is old enough and mature enough not to be swayed by anyone else.“The passage of time makes a big difference,” Whitling told Ross as Khadr sat behind him in the public gallery Friday. “The idea that someone’s sister will turn him into a different person is no longer a concern.”He noted that Zaynab “may have made some unfortunate media statements” but there is no evidence of wrongdoing.Bruce Hughson, a lawyer representing the federal government, told Ross that Khadr has provided no new evidence on Zaynab Khadr’s terrorism views that would justify changing the bail rules.Ross agreed. She said the restriction was put in place for a reason and Whitling needs to show evidence — besides the passage of time — to justify amending the order.“The defence has not provided relevant evidence to show a change of circumstances,” Ross said.Outside court, Whitling said that would require an affidavit from Zaynab Khadr who is out of the country.“It’s a possibility I suppose,” he said.Khadr is on bail while he appeals war crime convictions by a U.S. military commission. He declined to make any comment outside court.Whitling said his client was disappointed.“He does want to be able to contact his sister and he doesn’t see how he’ll be able to speak to his nieces and nephews without having some sort of supervisor present.”Toronto-born Khadr spent years in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay after he was caught when he was 15 and accused of tossing a grenade that killed special forces soldier Christopher Speer at a militant compound in Afghanistan in 2002.In 2010, Khadr pleaded guilty to multiple charges before the military commission, including to killing Speer, but has since said he can’t remember if he tossed the grenade.He has said he entered the plea to try to get out of Guantanamo, where he says he was mistreated, and into the Canadian justice system.He is now married and is moving to Red Deer, south of Edmonton, to begin earning a nursing degree.While awaiting his appeal hearing, Khadr has sought a loosening of a number of bail restrictions.Ross did allow a change to Khadr’s internet use. He had been restricted to personal internet devices and subject to checks.Whitling argued that the internet is available everywhere on multiple devices — at friends’ homes and in public places — and that there is no way for Khadr to avoid it.Ross agreed to expand Khadr’s internet use as long as he doesn’t use the web to seek out terrorist propaganda or organizations.Khadr also needs permission to travel outside Alberta. Whitling said Khadr has made multiple trips to Ontario to visit family without incident and should only have to notify authorities when travelling outside his home province.Ross denied that request. She said the current approach seems to be working fine without undue hardship to Khadr.His 15-year-old case ignited sharp and divisive debate among Canadians over terrorism, human rights and the rule of law this summer when it was revealed the federal government had settled a lawsuit filed by him for a reported $10.5 million.The payout followed a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court in 2010 that Khadr’s charter rights were violated at Guantanamo and that Canadian officials contributed to that violation.last_img read more

CRTC DECISION SPELLS POTENTIAL DISASTER SAYS WRITERS GUILD OF CANADA

first_imgYesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dealt a major blow to Canadian screenwriters — and Canadian audiences. In its decision on licence renewals for Bell, Corus, and Rogers, the Commission rolled back the broadcasters’ minimum financial contributions to Canadian drama and other programing.This despite the fact that the WGC’s modest proposal to the CRTC, reflecting well-researched data, asked only for the maintenance of the status quo in terms of broadcasters’ financial contributions towards “programs of national interest” (PNI). PNI includes drama, documentary, and some children’s programming, programing that is at the heart of Canadian on-screen entertainment. But the CRTC set PNI spending minimums for broadcasters at 5%, basically cutting them by up to 44% for certain groups.“This could mean the devastation of Canadian domestic production,” says Maureen Parker, Executive Director of the WGC. “These cuts potentially amount to over a $200 million loss for PNI over a five-year licence term. Canadian screenwriters only work on domestic productions, not on American shows filming in Canada, and if there is not enough work for them they will simply leave. Once our talent pool is gone you can’t get it back.” Advertisement CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais, a Harper appointee who has allowed the CRTC to become greatly diminished, has also set us on a course that will make it more and more difficult for Canadians to view stories about ourselves. This, despite the fact that it is only our Canadianness that distinguishes us: Our compassion, our humour, our concern about issues such as cultural diversity, healthcare, and the environment. A Canadian culture that cannot speak to Canadianness through its own storytelling is not Canada. We shouldn’t accept it. Nor should the Liberal government.The headline of the CRTC’s own press release announcing the decision is “The CRTC supports the production of original content.” This can only be viewed as fake news. There is nothing meaningful about specifically original production in these decisions. The release goes on to claim that the CRTC “ensures on stable funding for Canadian production in all program categories, by focusing especially on dramas, documentaries, and musical and variety shows.” This is patently untrue, given the reduction of PNI requirements. And, since broadcaster spending on PNI also typically attracts investment from other sources like the Canada Media Fund, the potential total impact could be double or triple the $200 million drop in PNI investments themselves.“If Canadian programming is expendable,” says Maureen Parker, “Why protect the big private broadcasters? What is the CRTC is purpose if not to ensure that spending on the creation of Canadian drama, documentary, and children’s programming is at the very least maintained? It’s almost as though the very body intended to promote Canadian programming — the CRTC — is actively working to erode it.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

World Jet Boat Championships wrap up in Taylor

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The World Jet Boat Championships wrapped up on Sunday in Taylor.The team from the US, Bat outta Hell, ended up winning in the unlimited division.  Fort St. John’s Gord Humphrey and his navigator Jason Palfy ended up on 5th.In the CX division, Fort St. John Stacy Kelm and navigator Ty Wheat in the boat Xcalibur finished in sixth place followed by racers Trapper Wolsey and navigator Jimmy Jackson in eighth.  In the same division in twelfth place was the Fort St. John boat of Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel. While the racing caused most of the excitement, there was a scary moment on Sunday afternoon as one of the boats caught fire.  A team from New Zealand lost a boat, but everyone was able to escape the fire without injury.The Peace Country River Rats would like to thank all their sponsors, volunteers and fans for helping to make this event a success.On top of the racing, the club also drew for the grand prize winners for their $10,000 raffle.  Below are the winners:Angela Prevost $10,000Leanne Humphrey $3,000Brad Small $2,000last_img read more

UNled effort helps Haitians clear half of quake rubble in largescale operation

12 October 2011Thousands of Haitians participating in a large-scale clean-up coordinated by the United Nations have removed more than 40 per cent of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by last year’s earthquake. “It’s been a colossal task,” said Jessica Faieta, Haiti’s Senior Country Director for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), today.“For the past 20 months we’ve been working non-stop with the Government of Haiti, civil society organizations, the international community, and especially with community members, in this epic-scale clean-up.”The operation, one of the largest of its kind, involved Haitian citizens as well as nearly 50 in-country UN partners, who helped map all debris-related initiatives in affected areas. Home owners and private enterprises have cleared an additional 10 percent of the rubble.Ms. Faieta stressed that citizens’ participation was crucial for the operation.“Community involvement is essential. Haitians have to be at the centre of reconstruction – and training and empowerment are crucial to their successful management of the earthquake recovery,” said Ms. Faieta.So far, UNDP, the UN Programme for Human Settlements, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) have trained and hired more than 7,000 Haitians in the fields of manual and mechanical rubble removal, recycling, house repair skills, as well as electric wiring, carpentry and masonry.“These debris removal initiatives are crucial for the reconstruction of Haiti,” said Nigel Fisher, UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator.“We are working towards the rehabilitation of neighbourhoods and improvement of living conditions through access to basic services so Haitians can return home safely,” he said.More than 80,000 buildings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas collapsed after the 7.0-magnitude quake that hit the country on 12 January last year, leaving amounts of debris equivalent to 4,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.It is estimated that 50 per cent of the rubble can be reused to repair roads, improve neighbourhoods and rebuild houses. However, processing the debris has a been slow endeavour as many of the affected communities are located on hillsides, making it difficult to transport heavy machinery to the sites, which means a lot of the clearance has been done manually.The UN is supporting the Haitian Government to finalize a national debris management strategy to establish tracking tools, rubble-removal and recycling standards and to prepare governmental and non-governmental partners for future debris-generating natural disasters. read more

WestJet Swoop still headed for June takeoff despite issues with pilot union

CALGARY — WestJet Airlines says it’s still on course to launch its new Swoop ultra-low-cost carrier despite unresolved bargaining issues with the Air Line Pilots Association, as the two sides negotiate a first contract.The Canada Industrial Relations Board recently ordered WestJet to withdraw a new policy of offering its pilots a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.The ALPA complained that the policy, posted by WestJet on Jan. 31, was a significant change in the company’s terms of employment and an interference with the union’s right to represent the pilots.A CIRB ruling dated March 2 and announced on Tuesday agreed that the policy could pose “substantial irreparable harm to the union” and noted that the alleged violation came during “the sensitive period of collective bargaining.”It also said its order revoking the leave policy would remain in place until either a related complaint of unfair labour practices was dealt with by the board, or a collective agreement is reached.A WestJet representative decline to be interviewed on the CIRB’s decision but said in an email that the launch of Swoop is on track for its first flight in June.“WestJet remains committed to engaging in constructive dialogue with ALPA and we are optimistic we will come to a fair and reasonable agreement,” the company said Wednesday.The ALPA represents about 1,500 pilots at WestJet’s main service and 500 at its WestJet Encore regional service.WestJet is aiming to launch Swoop with three aircraft in June and grow to six by September.By the spring of next year, Swoop would have 10 planes and eventually reach 30 to 40 aircraft on domestic and international flights.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA) read more

Following killings of Nepals royal family Annan urges calm

In a statement issued by his spokesman on Friday evening, Mr. Annan said he was “profoundly shocked” by the killing of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya as well as other members of their family. “He is deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the spokesman said.Extending his heartfelt condolences to the people of Nepal, the Secretary-General called for “calm and stability in this difficult period,” according to the statement.The President of the UN General Assembly, Harri Holkeri of Finland, also expressed his shock at the news, and joined in extending condolences “to the people and Government of Nepal as they cope with this tragedy,” his spokesperson said on Monday. read more

Ottawa courts privatesector funding for new approach to social policy

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 8, 2012 3:27 pm MDT OTTAWA – The federal government wants to tap into a “gold mine” of private-sector funding to finance its social programs — a new approach the New Democrats are dismissing as little more than budget cuts in disguise.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley launched a “call for concepts” on Thursday, asking businesses, not-for-profits and the volunteer sector to come up with fundamentally new ideas for jointly financing improvements in the lives of the needy.The launch is a tentative step into the realm of social financing — an approach that is being tested in the United Kingdom and the United States. It invites private-sector investors to provide up-front money and then collect a return on projects that government traditionally pays for, such as homelessness or hunger.“It’s our first official step in inviting your ideas to the table that can help shape future social policy in Canada — in a new way,” Finley told a Toronto forum.“It’s time for us to unleash individual initiative so that those who are motivated can help others, and those who need help are given the opportunity to take more responsibility for themselves.”The government wants to collect ideas until the end of the year and then, if all goes well, put out a call for proposals or identify pilot projects. Eventually, Finley foresees a broader “social partnerships” strategy.“It’s really community leaders who can best understand their local challenges, identify solutions and get results,” Finley said.“This is why it is so important for us to work better with business and voluntary sectors, foundations and not-for-profit groups. That’s the gold mine I’m talking about — and the one we need to tap into.”But the Opposition NDP immediately attacked the idea, accusing the Conservatives of privatizing social services for ideological reasons, based on a model that has flopped in other countries.“What they’re proposing is a public relations exercise to justify new cuts to services for Canadians,” said party whip Nycole Turmel.Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, however — who as Ontario premier approved the private-sector construction of the province’s first toll road, Highway 407 — was less quick to dismiss the idea of public-private partnerships, or P3s.Indeed, he described the NDP’s reaction as “ideological claptrap.”“You have to look at the circumstances under which it’s done and look at it from a practical perspective,” Rae said. Highway 407, which was eventually sold off and is now privately run, was a good example, he added.“P3s have had a pattern of success in different provinces in different situations.”Finley has repeatedly rebuffed pleas for a national approach to housing and poverty, arguing that the federal government is not best placed to deal with issues that often have local nuances.But at the same time, since the federal government provides significant funding for affordable housing, homelessness initiatives and other key social programs, Ottawa is deeply implicated in social policy whether it likes it or not.Finley suggested she was frustrated with the lack of progress in social programs, and wants to dramatically re-arrange the system so that there are incentives to deliver better results.Social impact bonds are one approach, she said. Such bonds are backed by the government, and would raise financing for money-saving solutions for local social problems.The theory is the private sector would provide the capital, a not-for-profit organization would do the actual work and the government would pay the bill at the end of the day. If the program’s objectives are met, the government would pay a premium.Finley said officials are now at work identifying barriers to social impact bonds, with the intent of tearing them down. They are also assessing the appetite of the private sector to bankroll such an effort.Finley is open to other ideas as well — proposals that would see the private sector and charities providing expertise and funding for solutions that can deliver concrete returns.“It’s all part and parcel of a fundamental rethink of government delivery of social policy,” said Tim Richter, president and chief executive of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.“I take it as good news and a challenge.”The formal request for concepts is the result of months of discussions Finley has held with experts both in Canada and in the United Kingdom, where Prime Minister David Cameron has embraced social financing through his “Big Society” approach to improving conditions for the needy.So far, though, the federal government has not put any serious money on the table for social financing, saying it wants to thoroughly test the waters before plunging in.While many an expert is keen on the notion of social financing, there is very little real experience in Canada or elsewhere to show how it works.“Like a friend of mine told me, who is working on some of the social finance stuff, he said … ‘You know, social finance is a lot like sex in junior high because everyone is talking about it but no one has done it and no one knows what they’re doing’,” Richter said.Affordable housing is crying out for such an approach, he added.Progress on homelessness and poverty are stymied by a lack of cheap accommodation, but governments would need billions of dollars to tackle affordable housing on their own.If the private sector comes into the picture through a social financing arrangement, not-for-profits could quickly design housing projects that would cut other government costs linked to homelessness, health care, mental health and incarceration, for example. And the private sector could collect a small and steady return for financing projects up front, he said.But such advances won’t make much of a difference unless they are done on a large scale, Richter added.And social financing may not be good fit with every area of social policy, especially if the improvements to society are not easily quantifiable or immediate. Ottawa courts private-sector funding for new approach to social policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Global heat melts Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to record lows –

“Temperatures in the Arctic are quite remarkable and very alarming,” said David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme which is co-sponsored by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council for Science.Sea ice extent was the lowest on the 38-year-old satellite record for the month of January, both at the Arctic and Antarctic, according to data cited WMO from both the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and Germany’s Sea ice Portal operated by the Alfred-Wegener-Institut. The Arctic sea ice extent averaged 13.38 million square kilometres in January, according to NSIDC. This is 260,000 square kilometers below the level in January 2016 – an area bigger than the size of the United Kingdom.“The recovery period for Arctic sea ice is normally in the winter, when it gains both in volume and extent. The recovery this winter has been fragile, at best, and there were some days in January when temperatures were actually above melting point,” said Mr. Carlson. “This will have serious implications for Arctic sea ice extent in summer as well as for the global climate system. What happens at the Poles does not stay at the Poles.”In addition, the ice levels at the Antarctic are also at record lows, even thinner than expected for the summer season there. read more

Urban Meyer issues statement asking for help in search for Ohio States

OSU redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: OSU AthleticsOhio State football coach Urban Meyer released a statement Friday afternoon praising the hard work of senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge — who was reported missing Thursday morning — and asking for anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward.“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon,” Meyer said in his statement. “He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”According to a Facebook post from Karageorge’s mother, the player — who also wrestled at OSU — was last seen at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday. The post explained that Karageorge’s family had traced his phone to the Grandview area of Columbus.The OSU release containing Meyer’s statement also had a statement from team physician Dr. Jim Borchers.According to a report by The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s sister, Sophia Karageorge, said the family was concerned he might have been suffering from symptoms  related to concussions.In his statement, Borchers said he was unable to comment on Kosta Karageorge’s health, but reinforced his confidence in OSU’s medical practices.“First and foremost, our primary concern is for health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” Borchers said in his statement. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”A tweet sent from Karageorge’s personal Twitter account (@kostadinos81) provided a number to contact with any information about where he might be.“Kosta was last seen around 2 am November 26. His family is asking for prayers & any info regarding his whereabouts.Please call: 614-747-1729,” the tweet said.Karageorge was listed by OSU among 24 seniors set to be honored during the Buckeyes’ matchup with Michigan on Saturday, marking the last game of their regular season and their last game of the season at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

McDonald criticises JobBridges no experience required childcare positions

first_imgSINN FÉIN’S MARY-LOU McDonald this morning launched an attack on the government over positions for childcare interns advertised on JobBridge that say no experience is required.During Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today, McDonald asked Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore if he thought it was appropriate for positions, paying €50 a week on top of social welfare, to be advertised for people with no qualifications.McDonald referenced an ad placed on the site by Giraffe, one of the creches featured in RTÉ’s recent Prime Time programme which has since been removed.There are around 30 childcare worker/assistant internships currently offered on the site, with a number of them stating that no experience is required and several requiring only basic secondary school qualifications.One ad which tells interns they will have “attained skills in managing a group of up to 8 children in a pre school setting” says no experience is required and that while Leaving Certificate Ordinary is necessary, a childcare FETAC is “not essential”.A number of internships only require completion of Junior Certificate citing a childcare qualification as “an advantage” and one says that only spoken Irish is important.“Our children are worth more than that, the parents of Ireland expect more than that,” the Sinn Féin TD said today.Gilmore responded that no JobBridge internship will be approved for any of the creche facilities featured in the programme but did not comment on other internships available through the scheme that require no qualifications.Related: Van Turnhout “not convinced” HSE equipped to respond to parental concerns>More: Links Childcare plans CCTV streaming as it tries to ‘repair loss of trust’>Read: Taoiseach on creche controversy: ‘God knows what has happened in other locations’>last_img read more

Neuer Germany win means a lot

first_imgGermany captain Manuel Neuer hopes their 3-0 friendly win over Russia will prove to a turning point to ending their dreadful run of formDie Mannschaft have lost six of their 10 competitive matches this year following their 2-1 UEFA Nations League loss to France last month.It also marked the first time Germany, who fell two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.But goals from Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Serge Gnabry secured Germany a comfortable 3-0 win over Russia at Leipzig.And Neuer, whose own form has been put into question, was thrilled with the final result.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“The victory means a lot to us,” Neuer told the DFB website.“We want to end our poor year positively by winning our last two games and today was a good start.“We want to try and put a similar display in against the Netherlands. We have a lot of players with huge potential, who are showing just what they are capable of.After winning their fourth game in 14 attempts, Germany will next face Holland in a UEFA Nations League clash on Monday.last_img read more

Pellegrini heaps praises on fringe players

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has heaped praise on the team’s fringe players for standing in for injured first team players.The former Manchester City boss was only able to name six players from an available seven on the bench during the Hammers’ 2-1 win over Southampton on Thursday, with a number of first team players sidelined through injury and illness.Pellegrini played Michail Antonio at right-back in the absence of Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta while Angelo Ogbonna started only his fourth Premier League game of the season, and the West Ham boss has hailed the work ethic of the fringe players of the team.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“Well it is not easy when you have 10 players injured,” Pellegrini said, according to Evening Standard.“But I always say that we have a squad and it is the moment maybe for players that are not playing all the games to demonstrate why they are in this squad.”“Antonio I think played very well tonight also very happy with the performance of Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang, players that for different reasons were not playing and tonight they play as if they were always in the starting XI, because they work well during the week.”last_img read more

Register Now for 2016 Soybean Leadership College in Orlando Fla

first_imgRegistration is open for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) annual Soybean Leadership College in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 5 – 7, 2016.Founded in 2001, Soybean Leadership College provides current and future agricultural industry leaders with training to effectively promote the soybean industry communicate key agricultural messages and work to expand U.S. soybean market opportunities domestically and internationally.In addition to providing a forward-looking educational experience, Soybean Leadership College fosters networking between growers from across the country, encouraging collaboration, which in turn increases the effectiveness of soybean growers at the local, regional and national level.2016 Soybean Leadership College will feature sessions on:“Agricultural Trends – the Big Picture–Jayson Lusk, Ph.D., Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University“Trusting Science- Conflicting Views and their Impact on Agriculture” – Kevin Folta, Ph.D., Professor University of Florida“Telling Your Story” – Shane Meeker, Chief Storyteller and Company Historian, Proctor & Gamble”Building Attitude Survival Kits: Making the Best of a Challenge in Ag” – David OverkundClick here to register for the 2016 Soybean Leadership College! Make sure to check with your state about attending!Be sure to check back frequently for program updates and information.last_img read more

Ridgefield Democrat announces run against Herrera Beutler

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, faces another challenger in 2014. Democrat Bob Dingethal, 57, of Ridgefield announced Monday afternoon that he’s running for the 3rd District U.S. House seat because many Southwest Washington residents are unhappy with the recklessness of federal lawmakers. He also said Southwest Washington needs to position itself for growth as the economy improves. That means investments in education and job training, he said. “Our Congress is dysfunctional,” Dingethal said in a statement. “It’s time to put aside the partisan in-fighting that has caused the problems of struggling families to be ignored. The people need someone who will listen and work as hard as they do.” Dingethal is executive director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force, which aims to protect natural habitats in the Cascade Mountain range, and he previously served as the Southwest Washington regional director for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. His resume includes stints as president of a public affairs consulting business, a business owner and an executive in the telecommunications industry. He said he believes most people are fiscally conservative, but they also value taking care of the nation’s most vulnerable people, which is good economic policy. On the Columbia River Crossing project, Dingethal said Southwest Washington missed an opportunity to create jobs in the region when some public officials walked away from the CRC. He also said the federal government should pay most of the cost associated with a new Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River. Herrera Beutler, first elected to Congress in 2010, is serving her second term. She’s up for re-election next fall. Dingethal is the second challenger to enter the race against Herrera Beutler. In October, Republican Michael Delavar, a Washougal airline pilot, announced his candidacy, saying Washington’s 3rd District needs a representative who will protect citizens’ civil liberties and get serious about reducing the nation’s debt.last_img read more

Telangana intermediate results 2019 goof up Netizens hold KCR responsible 8 students

first_imgScreenshot of TSBIE websiteThe goof up of the Telangana intermediate results 2019 has landed Chief Minister KCR aka K Chandrasekhar Rao in a big mess with many people holding him responsible the suicide of eight students.The Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) declared the results of the Intermediate / Class 12 on April 18. But the results of many were found to be faulty, which landed students, their parents and entire family members in deep distress. Some students including the nephew of TDP leader and Rajya Sabha MP CP Ramesh committed suicide as they failed to clear the intermediate examination.On April 22, the opposition parties held a protest and demanded a judicial probe with a sitting judge of high court into the declaration of the TSBIE results. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who got alerted by this dharna, had a meeting with officials and Education minister Jagdish Reddy on April 22 nd set up a committee to inquire into the handling of the process by a private IT firm called Globarena Technologies.While the probe is underway, more students went on to take extreme step, which sent shock waves across the state. Many people including some celebs condemned the Telangana government for its failure. Meanwhile, they also requested students not to commit suicide for not fault of theirs.Director Maruthi had tweeted, “Dear Students Exams R not judges of our skills & future. I am average at studies but later became topper in animation, studies didn’t made me director but my passion towards films. So don’t loose heart, Dear parents train ur children to face Life, don’t pressure/bother abt exams My deepest condolences to all the families of intermediate students who lost their lives. It’s very sad to see they loose their precious life because some one else mistake :(“Two days passed after setting up the committee, but it is come out with the reports and government is yet to take any action. Amidst this, another student has lost his life today and he is eight to commit suicide in six days. Journalist Suresh Kondi‏ tweeted, “OMG..Another sucide..!! It’s getting worse.. What’s happening in sir..@KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO R U there..? #InterBoard #intermediateResults.”Many people, who are upset with Telangana government, blasted KCR today again. Film critic Hemanth Kumar CR‏ wrote, “The Telangana Government has to own up moral responsibility for the shoddy job of the Intermediate education board. The students become ineligible to sit for other competitive exams, when they fail. It is heartbreaking to read about so many students committing suicides.”Hemanth Kumar added, “We could all talk about how your marks don’t really make a difference in the long term, but before that, the govt and education dept can’t rob students of their opportunities for no fault of theirs. There has to be some accountability too.”Political analyst Anshul Saxena tweeted, “Do you know how many Students have committed suicide in last 48 hours in Telangana after the results of intermediate (plus 2)? 6 students. Huge protests are going on & Many students allege careless evaluation of answer sheets. But No Media debates and KCR Govt is also sleeping.”last_img read more

Windows 10 version 1903 available for all manual seekers

first_imgWindows 10 version 1903 available for all manual seekers by Martin Brinkmann on June 07, 2019 in Windows – 18 commentsMicrosoft released the May 2019 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 1903, on May 22, 2019 officially. The company limited the availability of the initial release significantly by making it available to “seekers” only and limiting it to certain hardware configurations.Seekers refers to administrators who run manual update checks on devices they administrate. Administrators could run a manual update check on Windows 10 version 1809 devices, the previous version of Windows 10, and get nothing returned if the hardware configuration did not match Microsoft’s initial selection or if other issues, e.g. incompatible drivers, were discovered.Microsoft updated the release document on June 6, 2019 to indicate the broader availability of the new Windows 10 feature update.The note at the top of the linked page states that the feature update is now available to all customers who run a manual check for updates.Current status as of June 6, 2019: Windows 10, version 1903 is available for any user who manually selects “Check for updates” via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.All in this regard does not necessarily mean “all” as several update blocks are in place that prevent certain systems with known issues from being upgraded at the time of writing.Updates won’t be offered to devices with “certain Intel drivers”, the Dynabook Smartphone Link application, systems with the Store applications Dolby Access or Dolby Atmos installed, and devices with certain Realtek or Qualcomm Bluetooth radios among others.Windows 10 administrators can run a manual check for updates in the following way:Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to Update & Security.Click on the “check for updates” button.Windows Update should return the new feature update provided that no upgrade blockers were discovered during the check.The update should be displayed underneath the update check button. Microsoft changed the handling of feature updates recently by separating them from regular cumulative updates that it releases for Windows 10.Previously, if an admin ran a manual check for updates, feature updates would be installed alongside any other update for the operating system. The change skips the automatic installation of feature updates; these are displayed on the Windows Update page when discovered and need to be started manually.The separation eliminates one major point of criticism leveled at Microsoft when it comes to Windows Updates: feature updates won’t be installed automatically anymore when users run manual update checks.Feature updates will continue to be installed automatically if the installed version of Windows 10 is about to reach end of support.A click on “download and install now” starts the download and installation process of the new update.Tip: check out this support article if you get a “what needs your attention” prompt during the installation of the upgrade.Now You: do you run Windows 10? Which version, and why? (via Windows Latest)SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 version 1903 available for all manual seekersDescriptionMicrosoft updated the May 2019 Update release document on June 6, 2019 to indicate the broader availability of the new Windows 10 feature update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Taylor Swift invites Hayley Kiyoko on stage and they absolutely kill duet

first_imgThe pair sang Kiyoko’s hit single Curious from this year’s album Expectations.Swift posted a video of the performance on her Instagram.‘UM @hayleykiyoko THAT WAS INSANE!’ she enthused in the caption. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Taylor Swift had a surprise for fans at her Gillette Stadium concert in Foxborough, Massachusetts last night (26 July). During the performance, Hayley Kiyoko joined her onstage for an impromptu performance. Taylor Swift calls out biphobic backlash to Hayley KiyokoHayley Kiyoko wins at the VMAs and 20GayTeen is alive and wellTaylor Swift gives emotional speech at concert a year after her sexual assault trialRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/taylor-swift-hayley-kiyoko-duet/ Swift and Kiyoko hugging | Photo: Instagram @hayleykiyoko‘It’s really hard to put into words how I feel and what just happened,’ she wrote in the caption.‘I feel overwhelmed. Taylor, you reached out to someone who dreams of being heard and understood. Thank you for giving me one of the biggest gifts of my life, opportunity. And thank you for showing me that these crazy dreams of mine are possible.‘I couldn’t be more grateful. We keep climbing :)’It’s also not the first time Swift has had LGBTI artist join her for concerts.In May, Troye Sivan performed with Swift and used the opporunity to announce his upcoming album.More from Gay Star NewsGay couple get engaged at Taylor Swift concertTaylor Swift dedicates Reputation Tour speech to Pride monthPanic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie invites Hayley Kiyoko onstage for duetGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Women supporting women | Photo: Instagram @hayleykiyoko She added: ‘So stoked this was your first stadium performance, and you absolutely killed it.’Kiyoko shared her own video post and wrote, in all-caps: ‘DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COMPREHEND WHAT JUST HAPPENED. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. THANK YOU.’Swift and Kiyoko have had each other’s backs before.When Kiyoko made a comment about Swift singing about men in all her songs, in response to execs being unhappy about Kiyoko’s songs being all about girls, Swift’s fans came for her.Swift, however, quickly came to Kiyoko’s defense. She wrote on Tumblr: ‘We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I’ve never encountered homophobia and she has.’The power of supporting each otherKiyoko shared another photo of the pair onstage.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | July 23, 2014 Latest MD Buyline Report Shows Highest User Satisfaction Composite Ratings for Accuray High scores came for the CyberKnife and TomoTherapy Systems News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more July 23, 2014 — Accuray Inc.’s CyberKnife and TomoTherapy systems have received the highest composite overall user satisfaction rating among radiation treatment delivery systems in the U.S., according to the Q2 2014 MD Buyline Market Intelligence Briefing. The latest ratings show continuously improving customer satisfaction during the past one-and-a-half years as Accuray demonstrated significant and sustained improvements.In rating Accuray, MD Buyline reports higher scores for system performance, system reliability, service response time and applications training for both the CyberKnife and TomoTherapy Systems. TomoTherapy System users believe the system is a workhorse, with the report indicating that they “love this system and believe that it is one of the best systems on the market for radiation oncology treatments.” CyberKnife System users also conveyed positive experiences, stating they are “pleased with the level of flexibility the system allows” and that it is a “solid and durable system.”MD Buyline, an independent market intelligence organization for the healthcare industry, measures linear accelerator user satisfaction based on evaluations by more than 3,300 hospitals in its member network that use the product every day. Respondents rate how satisfied they are with products from Accuray, Elekta and Varian, using key metrics along with installation and implementation, applications training and service repair quality.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more last_img read more

Indian Filmmaker hails Maharashtras single window scheme for shooting

first_imgFilmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has said the single window scheme to get permissions for shooting in Maharashtra will help the film industry immensely.Jayakumar Rawal, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra handed over to Gowariker a copy of the government resolution regarding the single window scheme, which makes it easier to get all required permissions for shooting for cinema, TV serials and advertisement.The meeting between the two saw the discussion on how Bollywood can help improve tourism and also aid in the promotion of the state. Gowariker praised that the decision to have a single window for all necessary permissions is great.“Maharashtra has a lot of potentials and has been drawing filmmakers to shoot here. But often, due to lack of getting permission, they have to change locations. Bollywood will benefit greatly from this single window scheme,” Gowariker said.last_img read more

BoC publishes names of board candidates

first_imgBank of Cyprus (BoC) on Thursday published the names of the candidates who will compete for a place on its board during a vote scheduled to take place on Tuesday.The list of 49 names includes 12 from the interim board and seven foreign nationals.BoC said the election of members to the Board of Directors is subject to approval by the Central Bank of Cyprus.Read BoC announcement here.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more