Newcomers the North and Stephen Harper how federal politics mattered this week

first_imgOTTAWA – The Parliament Hill hoopla this week was all about horoscopes and Halloween costumes, with an undertone of Bill Morneau controversy for good measure.The new Governor General, former astronaut Julie Payette, made a notable debut on the federal scene on Wednesday with a speech to fellow scientists. Her mocking of climate change deniers, creationists, homeopathic medicine and horoscope believers prompted howls of protest from those who say a representative of the Queen should be seen, not heard — at least when it comes to opinions.And outrage spewed over the appearance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons dressed as Clark Kent, complete with a stretchy Superman costume under his shirt and tie. Detractors demanded the PM get back to business, and/or also do something about the hair that made him look too much like Conservative finance critic (and Morneau nemesis) Pierre Poilievre.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stuck closer to home in his get-up as Data from Star Trek — a hat tip to science-based evidence, his handlers say. The public reaction was . . . subdued.The week in politics was not just about indignation. Developments on immigration policy, the North and Stephen Harper will have lasting implications. Here are three ways federal politics touched us this week:MORE NEWCOMERSCanada will very gradually increase the number of immigrants it admits over the next three years.In recent history, Canada has admitted about 250,000 newcomers a year, rising to about 300,000 for the past two years. Now, the federal government aims to increase the level to 340,000 by 2020.Proponents of higher levels have long argued that Canada needs a constant influx of highly skilled immigrants to fuel prosperity for the next generation. And they were generally content with the increases and the long-term planning evident in the three-year horizon that they saw this week.But refugee advocates, who have found a strong ally in the Trudeau government in the past, were disappointed. The United Nations has repeatedly pointed out that the world is in the throes of a migrant crisis, and has lobbied wealthy countries like Canada to dramatically up their intake.However, this week’s numbers show Canada is aiming to take 43,000 refugees next year, up just 3,000 from this year. Of those, the government-assisted refugees that the UN had in mind will remain static at 7,500 people.THE NORTHEvery once in a while on a fairly regular basis, the premier of the Northwest Territories flies down to Ottawa and complains about being forgotten and neglected. This time, it was on a different scale.Bob McLeod’s trip this week aimed to raise the alarm, and show Ottawa that the North has tumbled into despair despite doing all the right things to become self-supporting.The culprit, he says, is the federal government’s decision a year ago to ban new oil and gas development in the Arctic because an oil spill would be disastrous for the region.In the name of environmental protection, McLeod argues, the ban killed off investment at a time when the Arctic is already fighting a losing battle to deal with the vast, spillover effects of environmental degradation from the south. Dwindling caribou herds, melting permafrost, erosion and forest fires are destroying a way of life.With 40 per cent of the territory’s economy depending on natural resources, the ban means “everything we have built is now in jeopardy,” McLeod said.So far, mainly silence from the federal government.HARPERFormer prime minister Stephen Harper has determinedly kept himself out of the public eye for two years now, only wading in occasionally to make a comment or two on government decisions. So last Friday night, when a note written by Harper-the-consultant to his business clients surfaced, every word was weighed heavily.The government, he wrote, was not taking Donald Trump’s threats to tear up NAFTA seriously enough. The Liberals should stop pushing their progressive agenda on labour, gender, Indigenous Peoples and environment. They should stop allying themselves with Mexico. And instead, they should figure out how to salvage what they can from the trade agreement that is central to Canada’s economic health.NAFTA-watchers have heard it all before. But because it was the former prime minister speaking this time, both the Liberals and the Conservatives were quickly on the defensive — the Liberals saying they were negotiating in Canada’s interests and would not capitulate, and the Conservatives insisting they were not trying to use Harper to disrupt a united front at the bargaining table.The next round of talks will take place in Mexico City later this month — presumably enough time for the Harper uproar to settle down.last_img read more

Calgary bobsled death inquiry recommends infrared technology safety audits

first_imgCALGARY — A judge who led an inquiry into a fatal after-hours bobsled run in 2016 says Canada Olympic Park should explore using infrared technology to help prevent similar tragedies.Provincial court Judge Margaret Keelaghan found the deaths of 17-year-old twins Evan and Jordan Caldwell were accidental and caused by blunt-force head and neck trauma.The Caldwell twins and six other young men climbed over a six foot fence at the park with plastic sleds and a plan to slide down the bobsled track.But the group didn’t know there was a barrier in place meant to divide the bobsled and luge tracks, as well as a chain strung across.Keelaghan noted park owner Winsport has already taken numerous steps to address security concerns, including improved signage, fencing and patrols.She’s recommending safety audits, posting details of penalties on no-trespassing signs, putting up more cameras and boosting training and education for staff and the public.She said Winsport should continue to look for technology to improve safety, “including the potential use of infrared technology at the top and down the track that might trip an alarm and alert security and/or activate lights.“These measures could act as a deterrent.”She thanked the boys’ parents for being in court for the inquiry in April and commended the “strength and grace” they displayed.“The young men involved in this incident were thrill-seeking youth whose ill-conceived risk-taking resulted in unspeakable tragedy,” Keelaghan wrote in her report, dated Sept. 24 and released Monday.“It is important, however, to remember that the two promising young men who passed away were bright, talented members of their community, loved by their family and their friends, who did not involve themselves with drugs or alcohol and how, before the incident occurred, had spent the evening at their church youth group.”  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Valerie Harper And Jewel Support Lung Force

first_imgAs part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Yet, the disease is not even on women’s radar, according to the American Lung Association’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer — a survey that measured women’s awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer. When asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.“Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “With greater awareness, through LUNG FORCE, we are dedicated to increasing the Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and are pushing to increase the investment in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.”Launched earlier this year, LUNG FORCE, nationally presented by CVS Health, unites women against lung cancer and for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE is making lung cancer in women a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing research funding.
To help confront the issue of lung cancer, Valerie Harper, Jewel, Kellie Pickler and Mackena Bell are each launching their own online LUNG FORCE virtual fundraising team where people can donate and raise much needed money for lung cancer research, education and treatment. Anyone can register and fundraise for a celebrity LUNG FORCE team by visiting Harper, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, is a lung cancer survivor and LUNG FORCE champion. “As a lung cancer survivor, I am honored to serve as a passionate voice for the LUNG FORCE movement,” said Harper. “Together, we can make enormous changes in the fight against lung cancer. I welcome everyone to join LUNG FORCE Team Valerie to raise critically necessary funds for research, advocacy and education to address this pressing public health issue.”For her part, Jewel unveiled an original LUNG FORCE anthem, ‘Sing On,’ earlier this year. The song is about empowering women and is available on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting LUNG FORCE and the fight against lung cancer in women. “I want women across the country to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle,” said Jewel. “I am committed to seeing LUNG FORCE succeed in the fight to save women’s lives. And I ask women to join me at LUNG FORCE Team Jewel to raise money in this fight.”Kellie Pickler has been part of LUNG FORCE from day one. Lung cancer took the woman who helped raise Kellie, her grandmother, a woman she has called her angel. “I’m raising my voice to let women know there is hope in the fight against lung cancer. Join me at LUNG FORCE Team Kellie to raise money to spread awareness of lung cancer, reduce lung cancer risks and support those affected.”And NASCAR’s Mackena Bell, one of only four women drivers is part of this fight. Mackena lost her grandfather, whom she called Papa, to lung cancer. “We are in a race for our lives. Help us win the race against lung cancer by contributing money to LUNG FORCE Team Mackena.”For many Americans, showing their support can also mean giving their time in addition to donating money. The American Lung Association hosts more than 50 health education and fundraising LUNG FORCE Walks in communities across the country. People can also show their support by visiting to take the LUNG FORCE pledge, lend their voice by telling their story or advocating for more research and education.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Norwich teen on target for Darts World Cup

Natasha O’Neill / The Expositor Zach VanVleit plays in two adult dart leagues and one youth one, as well as practising for about an hour every day. At age 11, Zach VanVleit of Norwich got introduced to darts by a neighbour.They continued to play together for fun until the neighbour told him about a tournament in Kitchener.“I heard about the tournament and thought, ‘Why not? It’ll be fun,’” said Zach, who is now 16 and in Grade 10 at Oxford Reformed Christian School in Mount Elgin, west of Norwich.Winning that tournament qualified Zach for provincials, where he was among the top two and qualified for Team Ontario. In May, Zach and the seven other teens on Team Ontario travelled to Saskatoon for the 2019 Youth National Darts Championship.In Saskatoon, Zach placed third in singles and first in male doubles.“It was this great big snowball effect,” said Chantal VanVleit, Zach’s mom. “It’s been quite a roller-coaster for us.”Zach also competes on the Championship Dart Circuit, where he qualified to be one of four Canadians on Team North America. In September, after competing in tournaments throughout the summer, the team will head to Gibraltar, on Spain’s south coast, for the World Cup for Darts. Thirty-two teams are competing.A fundraiser for Zach and his family will take place on June 8 at South Brant Legion in Oakland. It is an open darts tournament for all ages. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. Organizers are expecting 80 to 100 competitors.Proceeds will help pay travel and accommodation expenses.“Initially, the fundraiser was to offset some of the funds going to Saskatchewan but now since then he’s also going to Gilbraltar. So, this is way bigger,” said Zach’s mother.“We have a Facebook page set up inviting people. At this point we are collecting donations for raffle tables.”Zach said his experience in Saskatoon was “awesome.“We did escape rooms and got to know each other first. It was more of a trip to have fun, than just darts.”Zach practises about one hour every day, in addition to playing in a youth darts league and two leagues for adults.“It’s definitely nice to play in an adult league because it gets me throwing better, because of the competition.”Zach’s mother said she wouldn’t describe the VanVleits as a “dart family.” She is still learning the sport and her husband, Neil, plays occasionally.Meantime, Zach is eager to keep improving.“I’m going to go as far as I can, keep practising every day and see what happens.” read more

Ban calls for speedy political solution to factors behind Sri Lankas civil

In a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York with the Sri Lankan Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Presidential Envoy on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mr. Ban noted the Government’s latest efforts on accountability as well as the steady progress on resettlement issues, his spokesperson added in a note to the news media.Sri Lankan Government forces declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people.Mr. Ban has long called for full accountability, and the UN Human Rights Council in March called on the Government to take “all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans.” A three-member panel of experts – established to advise the Secretary-General on accountability issues during the civil war – found there were credible reports that both Government forces and the LTTE committed war crimes during the final months of the conflict. read more

Ban welcomes progress made on territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala

“He welcomes their decision to hold simultaneous referenda on 6 October 2013 to consult their populations on referring the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” the spokesperson added in a news statement. According to media reports, over the years, the long-running dispute between the two Central American countries has led to tensions.The spokesperson noted that Belize and Guatemala have requested financial support from the international community for the referenda and possible eventual legal proceedings.“The Secretary-General believes that this process is in line with the objective of pacific settlement of disputes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and merits international support,” the spokesperson added.Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies. read more

Twitter account shames people posting pictures of their credit cards

first_imgThe Internet is not a very safe place to be if you have no common sense and aren’t taking the appropriate precautions to protect yourself. There’s some simple rules to follow, such as always applying the latest updates to your operating system, always running the latest version of your web browser, installing a decent security suite, not clicking on suspicious links, and not posting images of your credit or debit card online.That last one should be read again, as it has come to my attention this is being done all the time.Twitter account @NeedADebitCard has been setup to shame the less intelligent among us who decide to not only take a photo of their card, but publicly post that image to their followers, or anyone who cares to check their image stream for that matter. And it’s not like this is a rare occurrence. @NeedADebitCard is posting examples on a daily basis of people doing this most stupid of acts. Sometimes it’s even multiple times a day:So what possible reason could someone have for sharing their credit card with the masses? As you’d expect, the reasons vary, but they are all as stupid as each other. One woman wanted to show the world her credit card company spelt her name wrong, another didn’t like the design on her card, and probably the most common I’ve seen is simply a tweet containing the words “My credit card:” followed by a link to the image of said card.I live in hope that the friends and followers of these people are taking appropriate action to educate them in the ways of online security and common sense. But I suspect @NeedADebitCard isn’t going to be short of image links to post any time soon.More at @NeedADebitCard, via Mashablelast_img read more

Jailbreak iOS 6 untethered du 22 décembre Fake ou pas Fake

first_imgJailbreak iOS 6 untethered du 22 décembre : Fake ou pas Fake ?Alors que les dernières rumeurs parle de la sortie d’un jailbreak total et ne nécessitant pas un démarrage avec un iPhone connecté à l’ordinateur (untethered) pour le 22 décembre, des voix s’élèvent du net pour alerter sur un faux programme : ces voix ne sont autre que celles de deux des plus grandes équipes de Jailbreaking, la Dev-Team et la Chronicle Dev Team.Le jailbreak untethered prévu pour arriver le 22 décembre prochain sera-t-il vraiment ce qu’il semblera être ?L’annonce de la venue du programme permettant de débloquer de façon permanente les eDevices sous iOS 6 s’est effectuée la semaine dernière, par le biais d’un “bidouilleur” se nommant “Dream JB”.S’autoproclamant hacker, il avait alors expliqué que son futur dispositif logiciel permettrait de débloquer les derniers produits Apple dont l’iPhone 5, l’iPad Mini, l’iPad 4 et le nouvel iPod Touch. Pour prouver ses dires, le hacker a expliqué lundi qu’il mettrait rapidement une vidéo non compressée, et donc sans traitements, prouvant ces dires. Mais face à ce tableau qui semblant un peu trop idyllique, certaines voix se sont élevées sur le Net, non pas pour protester, mais plutôt pour mettre en garde.Le Jailbreak de Dream JB, info ou intox ? Ce jailbreak peut-il être un fake ? C’est la teneur de la déclaration de la Dev Team et de la Chronic Dev Team (deux des plus influentes équipes du jailbreaking mondial), qui doute du programme selon les informations du site international Business Times. Pour elles, la nature du jailbreak est douteuse jusque dans sa forme : un fichier à ne cliquer qu’une seule fois et qui permettrait de débloquer d’une seule fois son eDevice. De façon générale, ce n’est pas comme ceci qu’un jailbreak s’applique. Il y a différente phase et différente étape. Un hacker iOS très connu et très informé dans le domaine, MuscleNerd, ainsi que d’autres pointures du bidouillage ont d’ores et déjà classé le jailbreak de Dream JB comme étant un “fake”, le faisant apparaître comme tel sur la liste des faux jailbreaks qu’ils mettent régulièrement à jour sur Internet.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sur les Twitters des hackers du monde entier, le scepticisme est de mise ; “Ne croyez personne qui n’a jamais prouvé son travail par des œuvres solides parues auparavant” et autres “Ne désespérez pas, mais ne téléchargez rien. Un petit virus est si vite arrivé…”La palme revenant à Jeff Benjamin du site iDownloadBlog, l’homme expliquant qu’il a fallu plusieurs groupes de jailbreakers pour venir à bout d’iOS 5.1.1. Donc comment un seul homme peut avoir réussi à débloquer le dernier OS d’Apple tout seul, tout simplement. Maiscomme  l’impossible est toujours à portée de clavier, Jeff Benjamin explique que s’il se trompait, il s’excuserait de façon publique sur Internet, en soulignant le fait qu’il avait eu tort d’avoir placé le jailbreak de Dream JB dans sa liste des faux programmes.D’ici la date fatidique du 22 décembre, une chose reste sûre : le jailbreak de Dream JB n’a pas fini de faire réagir.Le 12 décembre 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La Station spatiale internationale est victime dune fuite dammoniac

first_imgLa Station spatiale internationale est victime d’une fuite d’ammoniacJeudi, l’équipage de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) a constaté que de l’ammoniac s’échappait d’un des systèmes de refroidissement de l’engin. Les astronautes Chris Cassidy et Tom Marshburn préparent actuellement une sortie pour en savoir plus.C’est en jetant un coup d’oeil hors de la Station spatiale internationale que le problème a été détecté. Jeudi, l’équipage a en effet constaté que des petits flocons blancs flottaient dans l’espace à proximité de la station au niveau de la poutre P6. Une observation qui les a rapidement poussés à utiliser les caméras externes afin de mieux observer ces flocons. Ils ont ainsi pu confirmer qu’il s’agissait bien comme ils le craignaient, d’une fuite d’ammoniac. Cette fuite proviendrait d’un des systèmes de refroidissement qui permettent de réduire la température au niveau des circuits fournissant de l’électricité aux réseaux de la station. Or, avec des données fournies par les équipes au sol, l’équipage a confirmé que le taux de perte d’ammoniac dans cette zone avait augmenté au cours des dernières heures. Jeudi, le commandant Chris Hadfield a jugé sur Twitter que la “situation était sérieuse”, ajoutant qu’il devait en apprendre plus au sujet de cette fuite.Quelques heures plus tard, la NASA a cependant expliqué que si la situation était sérieuse, elle ne présentait pas de danger pour les six spationautes à bord de l’ISS. D’ailleurs, ce n’est pas la première fois que ceci se produirait et le système concerné aurait déjà montré un dysfonctionnement en novembre 2012. Des dires confirmés à Ria Novosti par Alexeï Krasnov, directeur des programmes de vols pilotés de l’Agence spatiale russe.Une sortie extravéhiculaire en préparation À lire aussiLune, cigarette électronique et intelligence artificielle, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 3 Septembre”La fuite d’ammoniaque a été détectée dans un système refroidissement du segment américain de la station. Cette défaillance n’est pas critique”, car “le segment russe et les autres parties de l’ISS fonctionnent normalement. Et ce n’est pas la première panne de ce genre”, a déclaré le directeur. D’après Ria Novosti, le précédent incident aurait été résolu en isolant le secteur endommagé et en utilisant un circuit de refroidissement tenu en réserve.Aujourd’hui, les équipes de la NASA ont donc annoncé qu’une sortie extravéhiculaire était prévue pour en savoir plus sur la fuite et tenter de la colmater. Ce sont les astronautes Chris Cassidy et Tom Mashburn qui s’en chargeront dès demain et sont actuellement en train de préparer leurs combinaisons et le sas. Selon le site Spaceflight101, la sortie EVA devrait durer au moins six heures.  “Toute l’équipe marche comme sur des roulettes, prête pour demain. Je suis tellement fière d’être le commandant de cet équipage. Des personnes tellement géniales, douées et drôles”, a commenté Chris Hadfield. Actuellement, l’ISS abrite six spationautes : Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Chris Cassidy et les Russes Roman Romanenko, Pavel Vinogradov et Alexandre Missourkine. Trois d’entre eux doivent quitter la station la semaine prochaine. Le 10 mai 2013 à 16:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Muellers testimony poses risk for Trump but also Democrats

first_imgWASHINGTON — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all.The special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have waited for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness about President Donald Trump’s response to the Russia investigation and whether anything should be done about it.The political stakes are high for the president, but also for congressional Democrats.Democrats are counting on Americans hearing what most have not likely read in Mueller’s 448-page report. Yet there’s a real possibility Mueller not bring clarity.As the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee ready to gavel in Wednesday, the buttoned-down prosecutor who was once envisioned as a trusted last word may leave more questions than answers.last_img read more

Oil Slides below 84 as Saudi Arabia Lowers Price for US

first_imgBrent crude oil fell below $84 a barrel on Tuesday, extending losses to a fourth consecutive session after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States.The world’s top exporter increased its December sales prices, relative to benchmarks, to Asia and Europe on Monday, but lowered prices to the United States, a smaller export market. Front-month Brent crude LCOc1 was down $1.25 at $83.53 a barrel by 0915 GMT. Brent dropped $1.08 on Monday, after falling sharply on the news from Saudi Arabia.US light crude CLc1 was down $1.15 at $77.63 a barrel. It touched a session low of $77.20, its weakest since October 2011, as its discount to Brent hovered around $6.”This is mixed news, and the fact that the positive angle has not made an impact shows that market sentiment is very negative at the moment,” said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.Daniel Ang of Phillip Futures said in a note that the move “signalled Saudi Arabia’s intention to fight for US market share and could even show its intention to squeeze US shale producers”.But analysts at JBC Energy wrote that the pricing reflected market fundamentals and did not have a political motive.”We would strongly advocate against interpreting every month’s OSP publication in the context of ‘price war’ and ‘market share battle’ stories,” they said in a note.The absence of signs that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could curb output in a well supplied market also continued to weigh on sentiment.The oil cartel will meet on Nov. 27 in Vienna to discuss its oil output targets for next year.Members Venezuela and Ecuador are working on a joint proposal to defend oil prices, but the United Arab Emirates oil minister said the group is “not panicking.” OPEC’s secretary general last week said the production next year would not vary much from 2014, and members Iran and Kuwait have said a cut in output at the next meeting was unlikely. “The market sentiment will stay negative until OPEC appears to be unified,” said Commerzbank’s Weinberg. “Everybody is blaming each other but nobody is willing to cut.”There is a growing lobby in the United States to lift a 40-year ban on US crude exports which if successful could ease a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin. A stronger dollar was also weighing on oil prices, making the commodity more expensive for buyers using other currencies. The dollar touched a four-year high on Monday, before slipping back slightly on Tuesday.last_img read more

Drunk man assaults cop outside Lok Sabha polling booth in Bengaluru

first_img(Representational Image)PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty ImagesA policeman guarding a Lok Sabha polling booth in Bengaluru was attacked by a man in an inebriated state at Begur Main Road on April 7. The incident occurred when some local policemen were checking vehicles in the area. When they saw 41-year-old Manjunath roaming in the vicinity, they got suspicious and stopped him for questioning.However, Manjunath was too intoxicated to process what they were saying and got very aggressive. He got verbally abusive and took an officer by the collar of his shirt. When another police officer tried to diffuse the situation, he too was beaten up by Manjunath.”The accused was completely drunk and was not in a position to listen to officials. We were on night patrolling as it is election time. During the time, we spotted Manjunath standing near a local bar late in the late night. He was angry with the officials and even assaulted a couple of officers. He was arrested and produced in front of the court,” a policeman was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror.Manjunath was then taken to the police station. However, he was too drunk to process the situation and refused to answer the questions posed by the policemen.The Bommanahalli police station have filed a case under sections 353 (an assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 504 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, reports Bangalore Mirror.last_img read more

Massive record toppled Virat Kohli reaches another major milestone many stalwarts fall

first_imgIt has been a set template for Indian captain Virat Kohli. He walks out to bat, assesses the situation, takes his time to get going and then hits his stride. What follows is a flawless innings and also a century. The scenario was much the same in the third ODI in Trinidad.India were chasing a stiff total and the openers were dismissed rather cheaply. However, it did not bother the skipper as he held fort and after Shai Hope dropped him early on in his innings, he did not make any other mistake. A 43rd ODI century followed and along the way, a plethora of milestones were passed.Kohli on the march Twitter/BCCIIn what can be termed as mind-boggling, Kohli became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a single decade. Kohli now has 20,502 runs across all three formats of the game. Out of these 20,502, Kohli has scored 20,018 in the ongoing decade.Also, with this innings, the Indian captain now has 97 scores in excess of 50 which is the fifth most by any batsman in the history of the game.In this year, Kohli has 11 scores of more than 50 and holds the feat with Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma. The skipper has enjoyed himself against the West Indies and now has 9 centuries against them in ODIs. This is the joint-most by an Indian batsman against any opposition in ODIs and holds the record with Sachin Tendulkar, who too has scored 9 centuries against Australia.The skipper was the difference between the two sides and for his century he was awarded the man of the match as well as the man of the series awards. Virat KohliIANSIt was a series which presented India with an opportunity to find few solutions to problems and they have certainly found good promise in Shreyas Iyer. However, Rishabh Pant’s temperament and the form of Shikhar Dhawan is a bit of a concern for the management, but as the captain said, the focus will now shift to Test cricket.”We want to have people take responsibility at different batting positions. But he (Iyer) certainly presented a strong case for himself. He completely played in full control and was putting pressure on the bowlers. Really good tempo, good really character. Thankfully, it’s not a fracture (about his injury), just a split on the nail in the front. I think I should be fine for the first Test,” the skipper said after the match.last_img read more

Khaleda awarded 5yr imprisonment

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case.A makeshift court handed down the judgement on Thursday, also awarding 10 years of imprisonment to five others including her son Tarique Rahman.The special judge’s court set up in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area delivered the verdict amid tight security all around.Khaleda was present in the court at the time of pronouncing the verdict.On 25 January, the court fixed 8 February to announce the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case.During the military controlled emergency government in 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust case, accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others of misappropriating more than Tk 21 million that had come as grants from a foreign bank for the trust.The four other accused are: former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Uddin Siddique and nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman Mominur Rahman.During the regime of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in 2011, the same ACC filed another graft case against Khaleda and three others.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more June 23, 2008 – Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL has become one of only a few institutions in the Chicago area and among about 25 hospitals nationally that are using a glue-like liquid for the successful treatment of brain aneurysms without surgery.In a recent two-and-a-half-hour procedure, Thomas J. Grobelny M.D., of the medical center’s Neurosciences Institute, led a team in use of the substance to eliminate an aneurysm from the petrous-cavernous carotid artery on the right side of a patient’s head.Called Onyx HD 500, the glue-like liquid is delivered through a micro-catheter, a thin, tube-like device that has been threaded through a patient’s blood vessels to the site of the aneurysm. The liquid, which hardens upon contact with blood and other body fluids, is used to fill the aneurysm, effectively sealing it off by blocking the flow of blood to it.The Onyx material is intended for use with large aneurysms or those having wide openings, called “necks.”Aneurysms form when a weakness in a blood vessel wall causes the vessel to balloon out and form a thin-walled, blood-filled pouch. If this pouch, or sac, develops in a brain blood vessel and bursts, a patient can sustain a devastating, even lethal, stroke as blood floods the brain tissue, said Dr. Grobelny.Dr. Grobelny is a neurointerventionalist, namely a physician specializing in minimally invasive, endovascular neurosurgery.Just last year, the medical center became one of the first Chicago area institutions and only one in the Advocate Health Care system to use a specialized stent – the CORDIS ENTERPRISE Vascular Reconstruction Device and Delivery System. The advanced tool enables physicians to block off a brain aneurysm that has a wide neck separating it from the main blood vessel and to hold in place wire coils positioned inside the aneurysm. The wire coils facilitate clot formation, thereby stopping blood flow to the aneurysm and reducing the risk of rupture.Also in 2007, the same team, under Dr. Grobelny’s leadership, achieved another first for the south and southwest suburbs and for Advocate Heath Care when it filled a patient’s potentially lethal brain aneurysm with coils that literally swelled up to eight times their original volume. The coils had been coated with a hydrogen polymer, which, in combination with water from surrounding body tissue, caused the coils to swell and fill the aneurysm.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. 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Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Related Content News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | January 02, 2009 MRI Emerges As Vital Resource in Treatment of Back Pain Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more January 2, 2008 – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a growing technology providing an increasing number of clinical benefits when used in the evaluation of back pain, according to an article in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.It is predicted that over the next several years, additional technical developments will allow MRI to provide even more useful orthopedic benefits.Co-author Victor M. Haughton, M.D., department of radiology, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, said, “Because of the many different ways to gather this important information, MRI can be used to identify or display almost every type of spinal tissue or pathology. The imaging sequence can be modified to meet many different clinical needs.” Those include: back pain, infection, tumor, trauma and vascular disease.Researchers continue to find new ways to apply technologies that were previously used exclusively on other areas of the body. MRI which is considered safe, fast and versatile, according to the article, is now being used in several spinal applications such as:- intervertebral disk and facet joint degeneration- spinal canal stenosis- vascular disorders- traumaMRI scans are produced by stimulating the protons in tissues and liquids (such as fat, muscle, spinal cord, and fluid in the spine) using radiofrequency waves in the presence of a magnetic field. MRI detects the amount of energy emitted from these protons. This technology makes MRI well suited to evaluate spaces between spinal vertebrae, bone marrow, the spinal canal and in soft tissues. Therefore MRI has been shown to be useful for almost every spinal pathology including; diseases of the spinal cord, nerve roots, vertebrae, disks and blood vessels. With MRI there is no radiation risk to the patient.”The possibilities of magnetic resonance have not yet been realized,” Dr. Haughton said. “It is a rapidly evolving field. When we need tools to identify a possible herniated disk the simplest type of MR imaging or CT imaging can be used successfully. However, if you want to find out which disk is causing pain, which nerve is firing, which metabolites are present in abnormal amounts, or how well the spinal elements are functioning, MR will provide the answers.”For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Airbus steps towards A350 construction

first_imgMaking major steps towards the completion of the A350, Airbus has delivered the first major airframe section of the aircraft to the Final Assembly Line in Toulouse, France.Delivered from Airbus in Saint-Nazaire, the section of the aircraft was sent over during the holiday period.The 21 metre long ‘front fuselage’ section will become a part of the A350s test airframe with final assembly of the front fuselage expected to take place during the first quarter this year and a test aircraft predicted to be complete by the second quarter of this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Mantra Group has just completed a 3 million renov

first_imgMantra Group has just completed a $3 million renovation of the BreakFree on George Hotel in Sydney, with all 160 studios and one and two bedroom apartments treated to beautiful new furnishings and modern chic furniture, with the hallways and foyer re-dressed in dark charcoal timbers, as well as contemporary wallpaper and alternating colour schemes.Each of the hotel’s air-conditioned, self-contained apartments feature full kitchen and laundry facilities, Foxtel, free-to-air television, and internet access, while those on the upper floors also offer spectacular views of the surrounding cityscape.The hotel’s location at 653 George Street, Sydney, is just a block from bustling Chinatown, The Capitol Theatre and in close proximity to Sydney’s major office buildings, making it a smart choice for both business and leisure travellers alike.Mantra is offering 20%* off all room types, on sale until 7 June 2018. To take advantage of this offer, use promo code: ‘FRESHLOOK18’. Valid for stays from 11 May – 21 September 2018. To book, visit or call 1300 987 603.*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale and travel until 21 September, 2018. Block out dates and other restrictions may apply. IMAGE: BreakFree on George – Studio BreakFree on GeorgeMantraspecialsSydneylast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals added receivers Dan Buckner

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals added receivers Dan Buckner and Brittan Golden to their practice squad.In a corresponding move, the team released receiver Sam McGuffie. Buckner, a former Arizona Wildcat, was with the team throughout training camp and preseason. He was released by the team on Aug. 30. Golden was last with the Chicago Bears. The 25-year-old is a West Texas A&M product, where he finished second in school history with 3,007 receiving yards to go along with 165 receptions and 33 touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Patrick Peterson intercepted three passes and tall

first_imgPatrick Peterson intercepted three passes and tallied 42 tackles in 2013, and his efforts made him a first-team All-Pro selection by the Associated Press.Peterson is joined by Seattle’s Richard Sherman at cornerback.Another Cardinal, linebacker Karlos Dansby, was also honored, as he was named a second-team All-Pro by the AP.The veteran had a renaissance season in his return to the Cardinals, posting 122 tackles — 114 of which were solo — along with 6.6 sacks and 4 interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more