Mulayam admitted to Medanta in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was shifted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, after his health deteriorated. Yadav was taken to Gurugram in a chartered flight on Monday night. On Sunday, the Samajwadi leader had been admitted to the Lohia Hospital in Lucknow after he complained of uneasiness and weakness. The doctors found his sugar levels were high and he was also suffering from acute hypertension. However, he was later discharged from hospital early Monday morning. The doctors closely monitored his heath throughout the day but his condition apparently deteriorated in the evening after which he was shifted to Medanta. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist On Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Mulayam’s residence and inquired about his health. Samajwadi President Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam’s younger brother Shivpal Yadav were present during the meeting with Adityanath who presented a book on the Kumbh to Mulayam Singh Yadav. Meanwhile, party sources said that the senior leader would be kept under close observation for the next few days in Medanta hospital.last_img read more

Cat declawing ethically problematic and now banned in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – The practice of declawing a cat is now banned in British Columbia.The College of Veterinarians of B.C. says the new standard was implemented Tuesday after it researched other jurisdictions and consulted with provincial vets.It says in a news release that declawing is “ethically problematic” and not an appropriate means of dealing with cat behaviour issues.College registrar and CEO Louisa Hlos says there is consensus among the public and profession that declawing cats is inhumane and ethically unacceptable, similar to the outdated practices of tail docking and ear cropping.The group has the power to investigate and impose disciplinary action on veterinarians who ignore the new standard.The college says there are a number of medical conditions that may necessitate partial or full amputations and those procedures will be allowed to continue.It says Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban declawing, but the practice is also banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and some cities in California.last_img read more

Pitbull To Perform At CareOne Masquerade Ball For Puerto Rico Relief Effort

first_imgDaniel E. Straus, owner and operator of senior care company CareOne, aims to raise substantial funds for the Puerto Rico relief effort at the upcoming Starry Night Masquerade, organized by The Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund of CareOne.The event is taking place on October 19th from 7-11pm at Skylight Clarkson North in New York City, and will feature celebrity guests and special performances by Pitbull and JoJo.Uniting to challenge themselves and partners to raise millions of dollars to rebuild the star of Puerto Rico, 100% of the ticket and sponsorship proceeds will be made immediately available through the family’s Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Charitable Fund for Puerto Rico relief efforts.With deeply rooted family values of compassion and charitable giving, Daniel E. Straus and his daughter, CareOne Executive Vice President Elizabeth Straus, mobilized the effort to provide aid and raise funds for Puerto Rico. “Given our family’s businesses, we are in a position to help and did not hesitate. This is also personal for us as we have several facilities in Puerto Rico where staff members and their families have been deeply affected,” says Elizabeth Straus.CareOne has continued to provide assistance to the victims of Hurricane Maria in concert with its sister company in Puerto Rico, InnovaCare. In their most recent initiative to provide on-ground support, planes were deployed transporting physicians and medical supplies to Puerto Rico, as well as bringing several people requiring immediate medical attention back to the mainland U.S. for hospital treatment.For additional information and to purchase tickets to the Starry Night Masquerade, please click here.last_img read more

1000 Girls In Pakistan To Receive Education Through Big Heart Foundation And

first_imgThe Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), a global humanitarian charity based in Sharjah, UAE, is funding the second phase of a school for girls in Pakistan in keeping with its dedication to ensuring children have access to education, enabling them to contribute to the development of their communities.Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi and Malala Yousafzai witnessing the signing between TBHF and Malala FundThe project will be funded by the TBHF ‘Girl Child Fund’, in cooperation with the Malala Fund, launched by Nobel Laureate and education activist, Malala Yousafzai.The initiative was announced in the presence of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, The Big Heart Foundation’s Humanitarian Envoy, and Malala Yousafzai following an agreement signed in Oxford by Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of TBHF, and Farah Mohamed, CEO of the Malala Fund.The school is being constructed in Swat Valley, Yousafzai’s home district in Pakistan. The TBHF donation of USD 700,000 will fund the school’s second phase of development, which is set for completion in April 2018. It will open its doors to 350 girls in its 11 classrooms. Gradually, the educational services and school infrastructure will expand to accommodate 1,000 students of all grades.TBHF Girl Child Fund will also partially cover the first two years of the school’s operational costs, including staff salaries, medical and security expenses, transportation, uniforms, books and stationary.Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: “Under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council Ruler of Sharjah, and the directives of His Wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the emirate of Sharjah believes educating future generations is a fundamental responsibility of every society.”Commenting on the agreement, Malala Yousafzai, said: “I overwhelmingly thank The Big Heart Foundation for believing in my dream of a world where girls can choose their own future path. With their support, the Malala Fund can provide education for girls in my hometown Swat Valley in Pakistan.”In June 2015, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi officially launched The Big Heart Foundation to coincide with the World Refugee Day. The foundation aims to protect and enable vulnerable and marginalized children and their families, focusing primarily on the Arab world, but extending support to areas most in need.last_img read more

Wish Kid Attends Premiere Of Marvels Avengers Infinity War

first_imgKids Wish Network recently helped a young boy meet his heroes at the premiere of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War.Zack meets Chris PrattZack’s seizure-like staring spells in school led to testing and a diagnosis of Chiari malformation, a condition that causes the cerebellum to push into the space occupied by the spinal cord. He’s undergone surgery, and is not able to enjoy a carefree childhood of running, jumping and playing sports like most other kids. Zack is very sweet, caring and big-hearted – he enjoys helping others and makes everyone around him feel loved. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses, wanted Zack to feel just as special. After finding out about his love for superheroes, Kids Wish Network created an epic wish for Zack that would be super “Marvel”ous!Leading up to Zack’s big wish, his mom Kellie and Kids Wish Network arranged a superhero party surrounding Zack with family and friends to reveal and celebrate his exciting news. For his wish, he’d be on the red (purple) carpet of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War world premiere! Zack and his family would also receive the full movie magic experience visiting Universal Studios Hollywood.Kids Wish Network flew Zack and his family from Texas to Los Angeles. On his big day, First Class Limousine chauffeured Zack and his mom to the Avengers: Infinity War premiere. Zack was face to face and spoke with many of the film’s directors and star-studded cast as they walked the purple carpet. He also got autographs from many of his favorite actors and “selfies” capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments. Afterward, Zack and his mom navigated the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the stars to the stars who also attended the film’s world premiere screening. “I had an awesome time seeing all the stars,” said Zack. “And the movie was great!”With so many of the blockbuster’s stars in attendance, he was able to see actors Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Cooper, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Evangeline Lilly, Clark Gregg, Paul Bettany, Dave Bautista, Letita Wright, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Benedict Wong, Samuel L. Jackson and director Joe Russo.“He had the best time of his life,” said his mom. “He was also so happy to go on a trip and not have to see doctors. Thank you for everything.” Other family members back home also saw the happiness the wish created for Zack. “It put a big smile on his face that I haven’t seen in a long time,” said his grandma Rebecca.”During the wish, Zack’s family was also indulged in upscale accommodations at the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills where he also met resident bulldogs Winston & Churchill, and Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria. Memorable dining experiences were enjoyed at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., WeHo Bistro, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.“Wish Kid Zack has been through so much, and his positive outlook greatly inspires others,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “We’re so thrilled that we could give him a wish of such magnitude with all of his favorite superheroes. It was very heartwarming for me when Zack’s mom said, ‘look at him, he can’t stop smiling.’ When he has tough days, he’ll always have memories and photos of this once-in-a-lifetime experience to bring him a dose of happiness.”last_img read more

New Study Confirms Forest Industrys Economic Impact

first_img“Forestry provides jobs to people all around the province and helps drive our provincial economy,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson.  “This government is committed to working with communities and industry to support jobs in this important sector.”“While this study demonstrates once again that the forest industry continues to be an economic engine for our province, we are also an industry that is facing significant challenges, including rising fibre costs, ongoing trade headwinds and strong global competition,” added Yurkovich. “These challenges are complex and require the collective effort of governments, industry and communities working together to ensure that we find our way past them in a way that ensures the industry can continue to support the good family-supporting jobs and economic activity across B.C.”To view the report; CLICK HERE The study provides a region-by-region overview of jobs, economic activity, and forestry activities, highlighting how the jobs are distributed, and how they contribute to the health and economic prosperity of communities throughout British Columbia.The study notes that forestry is highly interdependent across B.C. with partially processed or finished goods flowing between regions, generating economic impact across the province.5,315 Indigenous workers are directly employed in the forest industry in B.C. found the study. Making up about 9% of the workforce, or 1 in 11 direct jobs. This level of employment is more than in any other resource sector in B.C. In addition to working directly in forestry and manufacturing jobs, Indigenous participation in the forest sector is strong in the contracting sector, including activities such as logging, construction, silviculture, firefighting and professional services.B.C.’s forest industry is a leading supplier of high-quality, environmentally responsible forest products to countries around the world.The PwC report also includes a series of case studies highlighting the integrated nature of the industry, sustainability, mitigating climate change, the diversity of products produced from both family-owned to global forest product companies, and more.“B.C.’s forest industry has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province,” said Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries. “This new study confirms that not only does the forest industry generate significant jobs and economic activity for the province overall, but these benefits can be found in every corner of the province – from Vancouver Island to the Interior, Lower Mainland to the Kootenays, and North Coast, Okanagan and Northeast regions of the province.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) released a new economic study that finds the B.C. forest industry generates significant economic activity and employment in every region of the province.British Columbians from urban and rural communities are employed with 140,000 forestry and forestry-related jobs.PwC conducted the report and assessed the economic impact of the forest industry in seven regions of B.C. finding 20 percent of jobs in the Northeast are generated by the forest industry.last_img read more

Canada Immigration Procedures Leave a Moroccan Away From his Wife and

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- Moroccan Abderrahim Chakir has been waiting since 2008 to join his Canadian wife Karla Piedrasanta and his son Amin, 19 months, whom he has never met.The couple were faced with a set of bureaucratic procedures that kept them apart, starting from delaying their marriage to turning down Chakir’s application to obtain a permanent visa to Canada.“Every year we hope we will be together. We are doing everything we can to comply with the application process. My husband is missing our son growing up,” said Chakir’s wife, Karla Piedrasanta. However, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada has other plans. They said the process was delayed because officials, in May 2012, “discovered that (Chakir) may have a medical condition that could pose a risk to the health and safety of Canadians, and would make him inadmissible to Canada.”“It was determined that Mr. Chakir has a medical condition that requires treatment. CIC has informed Mr. Chakir that once he can demonstrate that he has received treatment and that his condition no longer poses a risk to the Canadian public, CIC will reassess his medical file and his application,” a department spokesperson was quoted by The Star as saying.Contrary to what Canada Citizenship and Immigration said, Chakir’s wife said that her husband has no health complication that could impose a risk on Canadians’ health.“He did all the blood work and saliva tests. He didn’t have TB and he doesn’t have TB,” she noted said.After more than three years struggling to join his wife and son in Canada, Chakir said that he is “extremely depressed.”“This is a really long process. I just feel down all the time. I have missed a lot of great moments of being with my wife and our son,” he said.In its attempt to stand against false marriages “marriage of convenience”, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada has hired trained officers that can recognize real immigration applications.“Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are in a marriage of convenience for immigration reasons may be charged with a crime,” according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Chinese Tourists in Morocco Increase in Number

Casablanca — More and more Chinese tourists are choosing Morocco as their next destination, according to Morocco’s National Office of Tourism (ONMT).Speaking at a presentation on Tuesday in Casablanca, ONMT Director Abderrafie Zouiten said, “Just a few years ago, we would receive 800 to 1000 Chinese visitors a month, today we are at more than 6000 a month,” reports Challenge.But despite these good numbers, if Morocco wants to reach 100,000 Chinese visitors a year in accordance with its 2020 vision for tourism, an emphasis on providing Chinese-speaking guides (who are currently very expensive and hard to book) for these tourists is a must. According to the same source, Zouiten stated during the presentation that the ministry fully intends to address that problem and “launch a competition for Chinese guides.” Chinese visitors, the report continues, are of special importance to Morocco since they spend more than twice as much as their European counterparts.Another issue is the lack of direct flights between China and Morocco. “In 2014, the Ministry of Tourism had announced a Royal Air Maroc line for 2016. Today, we’re almost in 2017, and still nothing,” one specialist told Challenge.In recent years, Morocco has placed emphasis on attracting visitors from countries like Brazil, China, Russia and Scandinavian countries, among others, in an effort to boost sector growth and achieve the 2020 tourism development plan. read more

Polisario Urges UN Chief to Condemn Exploitation of Natural Resources of

Rabat – The leader of the Polisario Front, Ibrahim Ghali, addressed a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, urging him to condemn “any illegal exploitation of natural resources of Western Sahara” that would “hinder” the UN political process.In the letter, printed in the official separatist news agency and Algeria’s official news agency, Ghali urges the UN top chief to put pressure on Morocco and the European Union, calling for the suspension of the signed agreements, including the fisheries deal.“I urge you to call on the European Union and its member states to abandon their ongoing negotiations on trade and fisheries agreements with the Kingdom of Morocco in case [those agreements] include Western Sahara,” said the separatist leader. Recalling the ruling of the European Union Court of Justice (ECJ), Ghali said that “ the EU-Morocco Fisheries agreement cannot be applied neither in Western Sahara nor to the waters adjacent to it.”On February 27, the ECJ decided  that if the EU and Morocco included the Western Sahara territory in the scope of their fisheries agreement “that would be contrary to certain rules of general international law that are applicable in relations between the EU and Kingdom of Morocco.”The EU court added that the fisheries deal is applicable to “waters falling within the sovereignty or jurisdiction” of Morocco.The separatist representative claimed that this ruling confirms that “Western Sahara does not form part of the soil of the Kingdom of Morocco.”Reacting to the ECJ, Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, hinted at the possibility that Morocco may suspend its fisheries agreement with the EU. In an interview that aired on March 4 on Moroccan TV channel 2M, Aziz Akhannouch did not exclude the possibility of the suspension of the fisheries agreement if it affects Morocco’s sovereignty.When asked about the possibility of ending the EU-Morocco agreement, Akhannouch remarked that “Anything is possible. It could stop [this week], but that depends on the position of the European Union because we are not part of the ECJ’s decision.”The Moroccan official added that the ECJ’s decision did not recognize the role of the Polisario Front in this matter, as the separatist group has long-been appealing against the EU-Morocco Fisheries and Agriculture Agreements.According to Akhannouch, the interests of Morocco and the EU require a review of the ECJ’s decision “with the aim of a final result.”“It is Europe’s duty to give Morocco the value it deserves,” Akhannouch  added.“If the EU offers a positive interaction that meets Morocco’s conditions, we will work together, if not, we will abandon the agreement without any problem,” stressed the Moroccan official. read more

On Irans request MR allows Iranian to take USD 53455

On a request made by Iran, Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had given clearance for an Iranian involved in the Uma Oya project to take USD 53,455 out of the country, on humanitarian grounds.The Finance Ministry rejected reports that the Customs Department was pressurised to release the money. According to the Finance Ministry, the money was part of the salary given to the Iranian employees involved in the Uma Oya project. The Finance Ministry said that the Iranian had been detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport with the money recently. Since there is no agreement between Sri Lanka and Iran to transfer funds between both countries, the Iranian was to take the money to Iran to transfer it to the bank accounts of the Iranian employees of the project.However he was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport and the money was also seized by the Customs Department. The Finance Ministry said that following a request made by Iran, Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Minister in charge of customs, had issued an order to release the money on humanitarian grounds. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Gabi Castrovinci on Tough Enough experience, her future

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha rachel bloom RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Disney+ Axes ‘Muppets’ series Brian Fritz of has a new interview up with recent Tough Enough eliminated finalist, Gabi Castrovinci. Here are some excerpts from the interview:Gabi on her experience on Tough Enough:“I have to tell you that it is the best experience I ever had so far. What I can take from it is to never give up and you guys are going to see me around. I can’t wait to come back.”Gabi on why she said she was glad to leave Tough Enough after being eliminated:“Well, I said that in the heat of the moment. I slept through the night and then this morning I do regret saying that. I don’t want to bash or trash Tough Enough. Once again, it was a hell of an experience. I’m very sad to leave. It’s the end of Tough Enough for me but the beginning of a new journey which is to become a WWE Diva.”Gabi on her future after her Tough Enough elimination:“Get some immediate in-ring training so I can apply for a tryout, the next Diva Search. There’s so many ways to come back. I’m keeping in touch with WWE and, as I said in my last email this morning to them, I’m going to be emailing you guys until you bring me back because I have what it takes.” ‘Tough Enough’ Gabi says she’s ‘not a quitter,’ will be back with WWERecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:39 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandalcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Millie Bobby Brown lands new Netflix movie deal with sister Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Facebook Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy winlast_img read more

How Many Tv And Radio Stations Have Been Registered In The…

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYMany people who want to invest to establish radio and TV stations are complaining of unnecessary bureaucracy to establish what is a right under the 1997 Constitution. Section 25(1)(a) states: “Every person shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, which shall include  freedom of the press and other media;”The laws that should exist to govern the establishment of a media house must be reasonable and justifiable in a democratic society. The Gambia is starving of information from established media houses. People are relying on WhatsApp and other social media to get information.Authorities are arresting people based on WhatsApp messages when media houses are not reaching the hinterland to give reliable information to the public. Foroyaa will begin investigation to find out how many people have applied for licences that are being delayed or denied. We will also find out how the court should intervene to promote freedom of the media. The time has come for freedom of expression and freedom of the media to be advocated for by deeds and not by empty words.We should also add that if people are not encouraged to establish media houses under the law WhatsApp will continue to be the source of information to the general public to the detriment of truth, good faith and the public interest.last_img read more

ONGCled consortium offers 11 billion to Iran for FarzadB gas field Report

first_imgAlmost a month after Iran signed an agreement with Russia’s Gazprom for developing the Farzad-B gas field, the India-led consortium, which had discovered the gas reserves in the area, has made a $11-billion offer to the Iranians.”We have given our best offer to them. Now, it is up to them to agree or not agree. We have told the Iranian authorities very clearly that some basic returns are necessary,” news agency Bloomberg quoted Narendra Kumar Verma, managing director of ONGC Videsh, as saying.ONGC Videsh is the overseas subsidiary of state-owned ONGC and leads the consortium that has two more public sector oil firms, Indian Oil Corp. and Oil India Ltd, as partners.The $11-billion offer comprises $6 billion to be invested in developing the Farzad-B field and the rest on building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, the agency said, quoting Verma, with an offer to buy all the gas produced there.The gas field has reported reserves of around 19 trillion cubic feet and is being seen as key to securing India’s fast-rising LNG requirements. The consortium has been trying for the past eight years to secure developments rights for the gas field but sanctions imposed by Western powers on Iran scuttled India’s efforts.However, Iran’s ambassador to India Gholamreza Ansari, in an interview to the BusinessLine in February this year, attributed the delay to “India’s reservations”.”During the sanctions, especially, there was an exceptionally generous offer from Iran to India. But, as I said, because of the Indian reservations, it did not happen. Our preference is Indians, even our President was supportive. But, when it comes to technicalities, the issue of capabilities and financing comes,” he had told the daily.On June 7, the Economic Times had reported that Iran has finalised a deal with Gazprom to develop the gas field as a counter-response to India’s attempts to exert pressure on the Iranian authorities to rush through the deal.The Russian company also got two other fields, North Pars and Kish, along with Farzad-B, to develop as part of the agreement early last month. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img What is next for oil prices after Opec?last_img read more

Redistricting Case Could Put Texas Back Under Federal Supervision

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:10 Photo illustration by Todd WisemanFederal judges in San Antonio continue to hear arguments, in a lawsuit charging Texas discriminated against Latinos and African Americans in the latest round of redistricting.The basic question before the three-judge panel is: Did Texas lawmakers intentionally discriminate on the basis of race when they drew up state House and congressional maps after the 2010 census? If the answer is yes, the state could find itself in a familiar position.“We’d go back to the situation where Texas can’t change any of its election procedures without first preclearing that with the Department of Justice or a federal court in Washington,” says Teddy Rave, an assistant professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. “Rather than having plaintiffs, racial minority groups, have to prove that there’s a discriminatory purpose or a discriminatory effect, the burden is then on the state to prove that there’s not.”Such federal oversight was automatic for nearly 40 years, until the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.Rave says that shifting the burden of proof back to the state would give minority groups extra leverage in drawing maps after the 2020 Census. But in the near term, it would do little to dent GOP majorities either in Austin or in the Texas congressional delegation. Sharelast_img read more

Caring for Marylands Aging Veteran Population

first_imgDr. Robinson grew up in Louisville, Ky., the fourth of five children, during a time when the civil rights movement was transforming Black communities and the broader United States.“Growing up in the U.S. during a time of social change and great awakening within the African-American community and within the U.S. to the fact that the disparities in education, legal rights and in health care were wrong, these things went into play in how I think, what I think and how I’m viewed,” Robinson said.He decided to make his mark as a physician, following in his father’s footsteps. In 1972, Robinson was among the first cohort of Americans to receive the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. The scholarship paid for his medical degree and in return, he would give four years of service to the Navy upon graduation. It seemed like a good deal at the time.But, by the time he had earned his doctoral degree in medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine—his father’s alma mater—Robinson was having second thoughts about the arrangement.“I was having a hard time because I didn’t think I was needed in the Navy because the war was over (Vietnam War ended in 1975). I even thought about paying back the [scholarship] money,” Robinson recalled.“So I approached my superiors and we had a conversation in which I was frank and they were very earnest,” he added with a hearty chuckle. And, in 1977, Robinson was officially commissioned into the Navy.Robinson’s first assignment was as a general medical officer in a Navy clinic in Puerto Rico. He then reported to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., in 1978 to complete a residency in general surgery. His subsequent duty assignments included: staff surgeon, U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan, and ship’s surgeon, USS Midway (CV 41).The experiences began to change his view of a military career.“I eventually recognized there was no better place to practice than in the military,” he said. “Wherever we went you had a ready-made practice with people to take care of. Everyone recognizes the military’s war efforts, but the military also provides humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”In addition, because of the opportunities to travel and see and experience other environments and cultures, Dr. Robinson said his worldview was “stretched” beyond the cultural, social and political activities of Kentucky, where he was born, and Indiana, where he went to school.“The military gave me an expanded worldview with up-to-date medical techniques so I felt I was in the best of both worlds,” he said.Robinson’s illustrious 35-year career in the Navy culminated with his being named as the 36th surgeon general of the branch, earning several awards along the way, including: two Distinguished Service Medals,  two Legion of Merit awards, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, and various other service and campaign awards.“My achievements showed many men and women of color within the Armed Services that they can reach the same goals and positions,” he said. “There were many in the Navy who wrote me and told me that I was their impetus and showed them a way ahead too.”Since retiring from the Navy, Dr. Robinson continues to attend to the medical needs of the military community. In August 2015, he was named director of the Veteran Affairs Maryland Health Care System, which comprises the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, the Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center and five community-based outpatient clinics across Maryland.“One of the first things that struck me is that the patients here are the same sailors, shipmates and Marines that I served with in the Navy,” he said. “To see the men and women I started off with are the people I get to take care of is an honor.”Since assuming the helm of the VA system in Maryland last August, Robinson said he has focused on the training and development of his staff.  The VA administrator has also emphasized the need for stellar patient service.Robinson said, “I tell my staff, ‘You always say yes to a veteran. Let me say no.’ I want to ensure our veterans feel safe and they are surrounded by men and women who are dedicated to giving them the care they deserve.”VA health care is challenging, giving the plethora of concerns vets and their families present with—including military-specific concerns such as Agent Orange exposure for Vietnam War vets, Gulf War Syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. An aging veteran population means they also have to address age-specific ailments. And, women veterans are now the fastest-growing population of patients, which has forced the administration to become less “man-centric” as it was in the past, and to become more welcoming to women, Robinson said.“There are a multitude of issues we have to address on a daily basis,” the physician said, “but the key is we have to take care of the whole patient.” Since becoming director of the VA Maryland Health Care System, Vice Adm. (Ret.) Adam Robinson has focused on staff training and patient care.Vice Adm. (Ret.) Adam Robinson is a history-maker in the military world, becoming the first African-American surgeon general of the Navy and of any of the military branches in the United States in 2007. But, if life had gone as he as envisioned as a young man growing up in the South, he never would have had a career in the Armed Services.“If everything had worked out the way I thought it would, I would have been a musician,” said Robinson, who grew up in a musically-inclined family, told the AFRO.“It’s been the type of life where you don’t know what you don’t know. I never intend[ed] to have the military career. It was supposed to be a quick in and out, a drive-by but it was a long drive-by,” the doctor added with a laugh.last_img read more

Jay Glazer Explains Why He Still Thinks OBJ Gets Traded

first_imgOver the weekend, Antonio Brown finally got his wish and was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders. The deal culminated what had been an offseason soap opera of Brown publicly trashing his now former team, and today Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer stopped by The Herd to give Colin his takeaway on the Raiders high risk/high reward move, and what it says about Jon Gruden’s lack of a master plan. Advertisement Glazer also explained why he’s standing by his prediction that the Giants will trade Odell Beckham before next season kicks off, and what the market looks like for Le’Veon Bell.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 | 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 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 | 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 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 August 26, 2014 — Vision RT launched its motion management solutions in the Japanese market, after receiving clearance from the PMDA.Following great success in other regions, most notably in the United States, Vision RT is now collaborating with Accuthera, a leading radiation therapy manufacturer based in Japan. With Accuthera, Vision RT can ensure that the AlignRT system reaches many medical centers in the world’s second largest advanced radiation therapy market.Eiji Tanabe, president and CEO of Accuthera, said, “We’re enthusiastic about bringing Vision RT’s cutting-edge solutions to the Japanese market. These products increase accuracy and enhance safety during radiation delivery; this is crucial for the advancements of radiation therapy in Japan.”The Makuhari Clinic in Chiba was the first Japanese center to adopt the AlignRT system. It was installed in this February, and the clinic intends to use it when treating all radiation therapy patients on all treatment sites.Dr. Kazuo Hatano, director of the Makuhari Clinic, said, “We have chosen the AlignRT motion management system to help ensure that our radiation therapy patients receive safe, swift and accurate treatment. Our patients tell us that the system is more comfortable as it does not require restrictive immobilization.”With Accuthera, Vision RT intends to reach more centers across Japan and has arranged a presentation on treatment techniques for Japanese customers to take place at the ASTRO 56th Annual Meeting. The presentation will highlight the benefits of using AlignRT for high precision treatment techniques.Accuthera will also present Vision RT to Japanese customers at this year’s JASTRO conference on Dec. 11-13 in Pacifico Yokohama.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 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.  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 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 Related Content 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | August 26, 2014 Vision RT Brings Its Innovative Optical Guidance Technology to Japan 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 morelast_img read more

One of South Koreas leading luxury hotels The Sh

first_imgOne of South Korea’s leading luxury hotels, The Shilla Seoul, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a year-long campaign of promotions and packages including a spectacular lucky draw.The campaign launches with the ‘Leaders Club Gold Award 30th Anniversary Special Offer’ at the dramatically upgraded lifestyle destination in South Korea’s vibrant capital.The promotion celebrates The Shilla becoming the first hotel in Asia to be honoured by The Leading Hotels of the World with the coveted ‘Leaders Club Gold Award’ as well as The Shilla’s 30th anniversary.Visitors from March 1 to May 3 also enter a lucky draw for members of the hotel’s ‘Dynasty Rewards’ programme for frequent guests.Prizes include two complimentary nights at The Opposite House Beijing, Imperial Hotel Tokyo and Sherwood Hotel in Taipei — all fellow members of Preferred Hotels group or The Leading Hotels of the Worldwww.shilla.netlast_img read more

Second escaped convict caught in the north back in jail Update 2

first_imgAuthorities in the north have located and arrested 27-year-old Irakli Guruli, the Georgian burglary convict who escaped the Central Prison on Wednesday night, reports said on Friday.27-year-old Irakli Guruli,According to Turkish Cypriot sources, Guruli was handed over to the UN within hours of being caught.By 6pm, UN peacekeepers had handed him back to police at the Ledra Palace crossing point in Nicosia and he was transferred back to the Central Prison.Meanwhile, prison director Anna Aristotelous said on Friday that criminal and disciplinary probes have already been launched against three prison guards responsible for monitoring the electronic surveillance systems during the escape.The three guards have already been suspended, as the disciplinary probe against them is being conducted by an investigator appointed by the Justice ministry, while the criminal investigation is being conducted by the police.A preliminary investigation revealed that all surveillance systems covering the prison’s perimeter, including closed-circuit TV, lasers, and an alarm, had been set on silent mode during the incident and went unnoticed by the three guards for about one hour.Aristotelous rejected criticism by political parties over lax security measures in the prison, describing the incident as “isolated” and as having been caused by human failure.“Under no circumstances does this incident reflect on the modern and upgraded security systems in the prison,” she said.She urged parties to leave the prison out of the political arena, noting that if investigation reveals others who should be held accountable, they will be.Criticism against Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou did not abate on Friday, with Akel MP Aristos Damianou charging that the minister opted to hide behind the prison director.“Just like he did after the multiple murder incident in Ayia Napa, instead of taking centre stage as the political leader, he goes in hiding and lets other assume or award responsibility,” Damianou said.“Before taking over the Justice ministry, Mr Nicolaou routinely demanded the resignation of ministers. He had been vocal, unyielding, and always cited transparency and political ethics. Today, he escapes his own responsibilities.”In a statement, Nicolaou said the ministry has suspended a prison guard on contract and requested the Public Service Commission to suspend two permanent guards, against whom a disciplinary probe has been ordered.“Further, the chief of police has appointed a team of investigators to investigate possible criminal responsibility arising from this incident,” he said.“The questions and responsibilities are quite serious and will be addressed in full by the investigations, and I can assure you that, as part of our zero-tolerance policy, not only will there be no cover-up, but all found responsible will be either prosecuted and disciplined accordingly.”You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Senior Homeowners Are Taking Advantage Of ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Investors warn of government union collusion to ditch power market liberalisation

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesA business group representing investors in power generation and supply warned the government not to give in to union demands to ditch plans for the liberalisation of the energy market by mid-2019.The Cyprus Free and Competitive Energy Market Business Association (CFCEMBA) said the outcome of behind the scenes talks between the government and the unions at the state-owned Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) is threatening private investment in the energy market.The warning came as the government tries to avert labour action announced by workers at the power producer which has a de facto monopoly. Four unions at EAC – Epopai, Sidikek-Peo, Sepaik and Syvaik – plan a two-hour work stoppage on Thursday, November 9, and a 24-hour strike on November 16.According to a report in Politis, the unions demand that instead of the operation of an independent Transmission System Operator (TSO), the bureau of an independent Market Officer is established which will allow the TSO to operate as part of EAC. EAC chairman Andreas Marangos, a government-appointee, proposed to the unions to delay independent operation of the TSO for a two-year period, delaying the liberalisation of the energy market for a further two years.“The political leadership is trying to square the circle in an attempt to hush the unions with their unreasonable demands,” the business group said in an emailed statement adding that it has not been asked to participate in the negotations that affect its members. “As always, stakeholders are never invited”.“The TSO is the par excellence technical body of the state which ensures the smooth operation of the power grid,” the CFCEMBA said.Giving in to the unions’ demands would be like giving a private bank full ownership over the Central Bank of Cyprus, which supervises lenders which contradicts “all reason and corporate governance” rules.“If the state wants to see the new competitive power market become reality and operate smoothly, it will have to offer confidence and a stable environment to all market participants,” the group said. “Which self-respecting entrepreneur would invest in a market whose supreme regulator is in the hands of his competitor’s unions?”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more