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Farmers Advocate Office seeking participants for evaluation survey

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Farmers Advocate Office is currently seeking participants to fill out an evaluation survey.On behalf of the Peace River Regional District, MNP LLP is conducting an evaluation survey on the Farmers Advocate Office as an independent third party.The Regional District says this evaluation is to determine if the FAO is performing as expected and assess if changes and improvements to services are needed. “This evaluation requires input from all the stakeholders and landowners in the region who have interactions with the oil and gas industry are encouraged to participate in this survey.”The survey takes approximately five to ten minutes to complete, depending on the amount of detail you provide.All responses must be submitted by Wednesday, December 12.The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/northeast-landownerlast_img read more

Boeing cutting production rate of troubled 737 Max jet

first_imgChicago: Boeing will cut production of its troubled 737 Max airliner this month, underscoring the growing financial risk it faces the longer that its best-selling plane remains grounded after two deadly crashes. The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the plane to 42 from 52 planes per month so it can focus its attention on fixing the flight-control software that has been implicated in the crashes. The move was not a complete surprise. Boeing had already suspended deliveries of the Max last month after regulators around the world grounded the jet. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Preliminary reports into accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia found that faulty sensor readings erroneously triggered an anti-stall system that pushed the plane’s nose down. Pilots of each plane struggled in vain to regain control over the automated system. In all, 346 people died in the crashes. Boeing faces a growing number of lawsuits filed by families of the victims. Boeing also announced it is creating a special board committee to review airplane design and development. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The announcement to cut production comes after Boeing acknowledged that a second software issue has emerged that needs fixing on the Max a discovery that explained why the aircraft maker had pushed back its ambitious schedule for getting the planes back in the air. A Boeing spokesman called it a “relatively minor issue” and said the plane maker already has a fix in the works. He said the latest issue is not part of flight-control software called MCAS that Boeing has been working to upgrade since the first crash. Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg described the production cut as temporary and a response to the suspension of Max deliveries. Boeing has delivered fewer than 400 Max jets but has a backlog of more than 4,600 unfilled orders. The Chicago-based company had hoped to expand Max production this year to 57 planes a month. Indonesia’s Garuda Airlines has said it will cancel an order for 49 Max jets. Other airlines, including Lion Air, whose Max 8 crashed off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, have raised the possibility of canceling. A Boeing official said Friday’s announcement about cutting production was not due to potential cancellations. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing does not publicly discuss those details. In a statement, Muilenburg said the reduction was designed to keep a healthy production system and maintain current employment in effect, slowing down production now to avoid a deeper cut later, if fixing the plane takes longer than expected. Analysts say the absence of deliveries will eat into Boeing’s cash flow because it gets most of the cost of a plane upon delivery. Boeing declined to provide figures, but undelivered Max jets have been stacking up at its Renton, Washington, assembly plant. Airlines that operate the Max will be squeezed the longer the planes are grounded, particularly if the interruption extends into the peak summer travel season. They could buy used 737s, but that would be costly because the comparably sized Boeing 737-800 was very popular and in short supply even before the Max problems, according to Jim Williams, publisher of Airfax, a newsletter that tracks transactions involving commercial aircraft. Williams said that if the Max grounding appears likely to extend into summer it will cause airlines to explore short-term leases, which could push lease rates higher, something that airline analysts say is already happening. Boeing shares closed at USD 391.93, down USD 3.93. In after-hours after news of the production cut, they slipped another USD 8.98, or 2.3%, to USD 382.85. (AP)last_img read more

As soon as BJP is ousted from Centre their growth will die

first_imgKolkata: Soon after addressing an election rally in the South Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee gave a brief interview to The Wire’s founding editor Siddharth Varadarajan and its Calcutta-based contributor Himadri Ghosh.In the interview, she discussed the possible outcomes of the election on May 23, accused Narendra Modi of political vendetta and also touched upon how the BJP’s so-called growth will come down drastically once they are ousted from the Centre. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaExcerpts: SV: Well, the 2019 election, Narendra Modi has been the face, the voice, the name that has dominated the campaign. And you have been perhaps the most forthright in directly challenging him. You say no matter what happens, Narendra Modi must go. Why do you believe that this one person’s ouster is so crucial to this election? MB: He’s not only a fascist, he’s an egoist. He has tremendous political vendetta. I used some harsh words today. But they are not harsh words. They are politically strong, bold words. Because, you know, we respect our great son of the soil, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, very much. We are celebrating 200 years this year. But the goons, the BJP goons from the Amit Shah rally, they have totally destroyed Vidyasagar’s statue… These type of people must go from this country. They must go from politics. The politician should know what is politics. Politics means sacrifice. Politics means dedication, determination, devotion. But if you think politics means “goondaism”, hooliganism, fair enough… In a democracy, everybody has the right to speak. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySV: Does it worry you that in Bengal, in a very short duration of time, the BJP has emerged as your principal challenger? The Left does not seem to be in the race. MB: Not at all, somebody will be the opposition. In a democratic setup, somebody will be ruling party, somebody will be opposition. I may be number one, but they may be number two, three or four. It is the CPM’s business, that CPM’s goons, they are joining the BJP, because the BJP is giving… to them also. So it is their matter. I don’t mind who will come as the second person. I will certainly try that I must be first. HG: Madam, we have seen for some time, people from the CPM are now marching under the BJP flag. Who do you blame for this? MB: I am telling you, this is not growth. This is absolutely not growth. This happens when the BJP is in power in the Centre. They use the situation. There, they work through agencies, so there is some growth. If the BJP is not in power, then this growth will die in a second. It is temporary. SV: In the event that the BJP falls short by a significant number… how will you… MB: We will not support the BJP. SV: Under any circumstances? MB: No.last_img read more

Gang threatens BBC team in Maharagama

Following the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Maharagama the BBC team had decided to make an ‘on location’ recording regarding the convention. A BBC team covering the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Maharagama this evening were threatened by a gang following the event.The BBC team, which included Colombo Correspondent Charles Haviland, were doing a video recording opposite the ‘No Limit’ store in Maharagama when the gang approached them. A police team had later arrived at the scene but the abuse continued even in front of the police.The policemen refused to allow the BBC team to leave and some of the gang members took photographs of the journalists. However subsequently a senior police officer arrived at the scene and ordered the police to allow the BBC team to leave.Meanwhile a reporter of the Nawamani newspaper was also abused by a gang and handed over to the Maharagama police.He was released after being detained for several hours. (Colombo Gazette) However the gang which approached them hurled abuse at them using foul language in Sinhalese and refused to let them leave. read more

UNICEF horrified at cruelty against children in Central African Republic conflict

Children have not been spared in the conflict in CAR, which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), recent weeks have witnessed “unprecedented” levels of violence against children in sectarian and retaliatory attacks by anti-Balaka militia and ex-Séléka combatants – acts that constitute grave violations against children.“Children are increasingly targeted because of their religion, or because of their community,” said UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Director, Manuel Fontaine. “Sectarian violence in Central African Republic has intensified, both in the capital Bangui, and in the west and centre of the country.” The agency said in a news release issued yesterday that at least 133 children have been killed and maimed, some of them in horrific ways, in two months of escalating sectarian violence. UNICEF has verified cases of children intentionally beheaded and mutilated, and is aware of children wounded in the cross-fire, who have had to have limbs amputated because insecurity blocked them from getting to the hospital in time for treatment. In the town of Boali, northwest of the capital, one in four casualties has been among children, with 22 killed and 42 injured since early December. “While violence has been committed by all groups, the most recent targeting of Muslim populations has resulted in the evacuation of whole communities and a significant increase in the number of unaccompanied children, separated from their families in the upheaval. These children are particularly at risk,” said UNICEF.The agency is appealing to Government, community, religious and civil society leaders to help end the violence and to work together towards reconciliation. It is also calling for grave violations against children to be investigated, prosecuted and punished.“There is no future for a country where adults can viciously target innocent children with impunity,” Mr. Fontaine added. “All children in the Central African Republic must be protected.”According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the country has the third highest maternal death rate in the world and the sixth highest child mortality rate even before the current crisis began. “There were enormous health needs even before the current deterioration,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, told reporters in Geneva after returning from a four-day visit to CAR. “There are many ongoing humanitarian crises in the world today but nowhere are the needs as pressing as they are in the Central African Republic.”An estimated 2.5 million people – well over half of the country’s 4.6 million residents – are in need of assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“There has been real devastation of the health facilities,” said Dr. Brennan. “The vast majority of the hospitals and clinics have been extensively looted and damaged. Most health workers have left their posts, leaving huge gaps in delivery of care.” He added that essential health programmes such as vaccinations have been disrupted. People have been forced into overcrowded, unsanitary camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). In one of the camps he visited, there was one latrine per 100 persons – the basic standard is one per 20 persons. Dr. Brennan said WHO and its partners have taken a number of steps to address the situation, with the first priority being extending health services to displaced persons in the camps. In addition, more than 140,000 children have been vaccinated, particularly against measles, and drugs to meet the needs of 180,000 people for the next three months have been distributed. Meanwhile, Elisabeth Byrs of the World Food Programme (WFP) told reporters that the airlift that WFP started last Tuesday is continuing and is expected to last for one month. This operation will bring a total of 1,800 metric tons of cereals to CAR, enough to feed 150,000 people for a month. Two road convoys carrying 1,200 metric tons had arrived on 8 and 13 February in Bangui, allowing WFP to replenish its stocks and increase the rations being distributed daily. So far this month, WFP has provided food assistance to 39,000 IDPs or extremely vulnerable persons in the capital of Bangui and the towns of Bouar and Bossangoa. Although the airlift of food was five times more expensive than moving the food by road, WFP is using the airlift because of insecurity, and the reluctance of truck drivers to carry food from the border with Cameroon into CAR, said Ms. Byrs. read more

Cost of feeding hungry world surging due to conflicts and instability –

“More than anything else, the world needs to wake up, and end these wars and these conflicts, so we can make real progress in ending hunger,” said David Beasley, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme in a news release today. “Around 800 million people – one in nine around the world – go to bed on an empty stomach. But man-made conflicts and other strife make it difficult to help those who need it most. Reducing these roadblocks would ease the path towards long-term solutions.” In its report, World Food Assistance 2017: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, WFP notes that its costs spiked by more than 140 per cent over a seven-year period – from $2.2 billion in 2009 to $5.3 billion in 2015. The need for additional resources come amid significant changes to the international food assistance sector since 2009. Within WFP, the share of assistance delivered as food declined from 54 per cent to less than 40 per cent. Conversely, the share of cash-based transfers surged from less than 1 per cent in 2009 to 20 per cent in 2016. In this scenario, the WFP report argues that improvements such as more accessible and safe humanitarian access could reduce costs by almost $1 billion each year. Furthermore, if the roughly 80 countries where the UN agency operates were better able to cope with climate-related, political, and economic shocks, another $2.2 billion annually could be saved. And if food systems – the networks responsible for producing food, transforming it and ensuring that it reaches hungry people – could be improved in these countries, another $440 million could be saved annually. “If solutions or improvements to these challenges were found, cost savings to WFP could be as high as $3.5 billion per year,” noted the UN agency. read more

Football Ohio State wide receivers remain a priority for the offense into

OSU redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) jukes a Scarlet player during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen the wide receivers met with their position coach, Zach Smith, and the rest of the offensive coaching staff in the offseason between the Fiesta Bowl and the start of spring camp, they knew things had to change.Following Saturday’s spring game where the top five wideouts reeled in 24 catches for 327 yards and four touchdowns, it appears that the unit has been resurrected for the time being.But it remains a priority for the offense moving into summer workouts and fall camp.“I saw some guys, some receivers really step up and make some nice plays,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Saturday postgame.Redshirt junior Parris Campbell grabbed five receptions for 46 yards in one quarter of play, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill had six receptions for 62 yards, redshirt junior Terry McLaurin scored twice with 80 yards on four catches, and redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon led the team with six catches for 108 yards and two scores.OSU’s passing struggles last season were most evident when the lights were brightest, throwing for an average of 112 yards in the final three games. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett ranked 55th in passing efficiency in 2016, while the team was 81st in passing yards per game with 213.9. Barrett said after the spring game that with a group of experienced receivers this coming season, the mindset has changed.“Now, I think we’re at the point where we have older guys in that room now just understanding what we’re trying to do offensively,” he said. “I think a lot of times … you’re just like, ‘I have my route, I see my coverage and then that’s it.’ But now really understanding what we’re trying to do on offense with certain plays and who’s going to get open and be able to help those guys — help each other in that room — not just saying (it’s) just me getting the ball.”OSU’s new offensive coordinators, Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day, unleashed the passing game in Saturday’s annual Scarlet-Gray spring game. The quarterbacks threw for 654 yards with seven touchdowns to one interception. While that’s the start the two wanted, the receiving unit had a similarly strong showing in the 2016 annual team scrimmage that didn’t carry over to the real stage and often floundered even more in crucial moments. Now that the receiving corps has its base to build on, the rest of the offseason up until Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana, will be dedicated to continuing to return to the electrifying offense OSU had in 2014, when the Buckeyes averaged nearly 250 yards per game through the air.Barrett said now that the receivers have displayed their potential, it’s time for he and the receivers to polish the details.“I remember, for example, me and Noah (Brown) last year, we worked on back-shoulder fades all the time,” he said. “And then it came up in the game several times whether it be Oklahoma or it came up against Wisconsin (in) overtime. So those are the little things that you work on. Red-zone timing, because that’s when you really have time for that, but also too, that’s the little details that you need, especially in the red-zone area.”Dixon finally had his breakout game after missing nearly the entirety of the past three seasons, so his confidence in the wide receivers being showstoppers in 2017 might seem a bit skewed. However, Meyer will be looking closely at the unit to make that leap before August.“I think the unit, Zone 6, we can make a big impact,” Dixon said. “Right now, we just know we have to enhance everything because we felt like this spring, we’ve done so good. What we do, we just have to enhance it and keep going and get better.” read more

This Car Climbed Pikes Peak Without a Driver

first_imgA 900-hp race car can climb Pikes Peak in 10 minutes, a sports car such as the Audi TTS can make it in 17 minutes in the hands of an expert driver, and Audi’s self-driving TTS completed the 12.42 miles to the summit in 27 minutes. With nobody driving. In less than a decade we’ve gone from self-driving DARPA Challenge vehicles having trouble navigating the desert to a modified production car with autonomous driving tweaks that averaged almost 30 mph climbing one of America’s most treacherous roads.AdChoices广告In late summer, the robotic Audi TTS made six runs on the Pikes Peak course. The project was marred by a Sept. 17 Audi helicopter crash that injured four people on board who were trailing and filming the TTS as it neared the top of the 14,100-foot mountain. The runs were made official just this week by the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. They certified the time to complete the run, the speed on various segments (including an average of 45 mph on the only unpaved part of the course), and also that no drivers were on board. In addition to the record-setting run, the Audi TTS made it to the top on its five other runs, “only pausing briefly on its own to confirm its reading of route data,” not a bad thing since there are places where there’s no guardrails protecting against the drop-offs on Pikes Peak. The Autonomomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car was a joint project of Audi, academic researchers, and private companies. The yearlong project involved the Volkswagen Group’s Electronic Research Lab in Palo Alto, Calif.; Stanford University; and Oracle. Oracle provided its Java real-Time System (Java RTS) and Oracle Solaris. While there are GPS antennas and vision systems onboard unlike anything in passenger cars, Audi made it a point to retain the safety and navigation systems in a stock Audi TTS. Audi’s Goal: Smarter and Safer Drivers, not Driverless Cars For many automakers and university researchers, the car the drives itself is a goal on par with the once-and-future flying car. Except that isn’t really the goal or Audi – or other German automakers who can’t, so far, envision life without a driver involved in controlling their fine pieces of machinery. But they love the idea of technology that makes car and driver smarter. Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, director of the Electronic Research Lab, said, “The goal is to improve driver safety and save lives by creating extremely robust electronics.” Others point out that self-driving cars in reserved lines on limited access roads could tailgate, safely, and at least double the capacity of urban interstates at rush hour. All without building a single new road. Next Step: The Need for Speed Audi says its next step is to make self-driving cars go faster on paved surfaces. For that work, Audi is scoping out racetracks where it can conduct its testing.last_img read more

Government offers €30000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion

first_img Share581 Tweet Email (File photo) 102 Comments (File photo) Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock 27,669 Views http://jrnl.ie/3111497 Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock By Rónán Duffycenter_img Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 3:17 PM Government offers €30,000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion Amanda Mellet was told the child she was carrying would die in the womb or shortly after birth. Nov 30th 2016, 3:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE GOVERNMENT HAS offered a woman €30,000 in compensation because she was forced to travel abroad to have an abortion.Amanda Mellet was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she was told the foetus had congenital defects meaning it would die in the womb or shortly after birth.Mellet chose to travel to the UK to have a termination, staying there for only 12 hours because that was all she could afford.In June, the UN’s Human Rights Commission ruled that Ireland had subjected Mellet to “discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” because of its laws against abortion.It found that the State was obliged to provide compensation to Mellet, who has spoken previously about the “heartbreaking” loss she felt losing the child she named Aoife. Source: SineadOCarrollTJ/YouTubeMinister for Health Simon Harris met with Mellet and her husband yesterday evening to outline Ireland’s response to the UN ruling.Harris has confirmed today that the State has offered her “an ex gratia sum of €30,000″.An ex gratia payment describes a payment made that is not legally obligated.Harris also said that he will direct the HSE to ensure that Mellet has access to “all appropriate psychological services.”The UN had also told Ireland it was obliged to provide Mellet with psychological treatment.Ireland has until next Tuesday to respond to the UN committee and detail the steps it intends to take to ensure it is complaint under human rights law.In his statement, Harris says that Ireland’s response to the committee will outline the constitutional protection of the unborn under Irish law and the establishment of the Citizens’ Assembly to consider whether this should be changed.The Health Minister previously outlined his view that his is in favour of a referendum so that people who have never voted on the Eighth Amendment have an opportunity to do so.The minister also said that he found Mellet’s particular case “deeply upsetting”. Health Minister Simon Harris met with Amanda Mellet and her husband yesterday evening. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieIn a statement this afternoon, Mellet said that the minister offered her a personal apology and that she is “immensely grateful”:I am immensely grateful to Minister Harris for his personal apology to me last night and offer of compensation and counselling. It goes a long way towards closure for what was the most painful chapter of my life.I am hopeful that ensuring the legal change outlined by the UN Committee will now be the government’s next step“I personally will not feel able to move on while knowing that other women continue to have to leave this country to access reproductive health services,” she added.HeartenedAmnesty International has welcomed the offer made to Mellet saying that it showed the government “accepted the UN committee’s findings”. (From L to R) Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International, Evelyn Geraghty, Irish Family Planning Association, Leah Hoctor, Centre for Reproductive Rights and Katrine Thomasen, legal advisor. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie“This response acknowledges the harm caused to women by the current law,”said Amnesty International’s Colm O’Gorman.The government must now comply with the committee’s ruling that Ireland reform its laws to ensure that no woman or girl will ever face similar human rights violations.“We have tentatively welcomed the Citizens’ Assembly process,” he added.The Centre for Reproductive Rights has represented Mellet as part of her case and has described the government’s offer as “a symbolic step”.“The government’s promise of compensation to Ms Mellet is a hugely important and symbolic step towards recognising the pain she suffered,” said Europe director at the centre Leah Hoctor.“Women’s health and well-being are put in jeopardy when they have to travel to another country for abortion services,” she added.Hoctor has also said that the government must “repair the wrongs” Hoctor experienced by “ensuring effective law reform takes place”.TFMR Ireland, a group that works with people bereaved by fatal foetal anomalies, has welcomed Harris’ apology and compensation offer but criticised the timeframe being set aside to consider to recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly.“There is no appreciation of the urgency with which this solution is required by all of the women and their families who continue to suffer these tragedies,” said TMFR Ireland’s Gerry Edwards.Read: Simon Harris has apologised to Amanda Mellet in the Dáil >Read: UN: Ireland must compensate woman forced to travel abroad for abortion > Short URLlast_img read more

Forage en Arctique des écologistes sattaquent à Shell

first_imgForage en Arctique : des écologistes s’attaquent à ShellLe groupe pétrolier Shell a vu son site internet imité et de fausses vidéo visant à dénoncer les forages qu’il pratique dans l’Arctique ont été mises en ligne.Un site internet contrefait fait aujourd’hui énormément parler de lui. En effet, arcticready.com s’en prend directement à la compagnie pétrolière Royal Dutch Shell en diffusant une vidéo dans laquelle on voit une pseudo-fête de lancement d’un forage de Shell dans l’Arctique. Ayant supposément eu lieu mercredi à Seattle, on y voit une femme tenter de se servir un verre avec une pompe en forme de tour de forage et se faire éclabousser. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un faux communiqué de presse à même été adressé aux médias soi-disant “au nom de Shell” dans lequel les militants écologistes affirment que le groupe pétrolier va les poursuivre pour diffamation. Si plusieurs médias ont pris la vidéo au sérieux, une porte-parole de Shell jointe par l’AFP, Kayla Mackee, a fermement démenti la participation de son groupe à un quelconque évènement de ce genre. Elle indique dans un communiqué que ce sont “des groupes s’opposant aux projets de forage de Shell au large de l’Alaska” qui sont à l’origine de cette vidéo. “Shell n’a ni organisé ni participé à un tel événement [ … ]. Nous continuons de nous préparer à une saison 2012 d’exploration [pétrolière] sûre”, a-t-elle ajouté. Elle a également indiqué que le communiqué de presse était un faux. Les militants ont aussi contrefait le site de Shell USA (www.shell.us) avec un écran au sigle du groupe pétrolier. “Nous avons tous entendu parler du changement climatique planétaire et des difficultés qu’il entraîne, principalement pour les plus vulnérables d’entre nous”, indique le pseudo-site.  “Chez Shell, nous sommes inquiets comme tout le monde. Mais nous reconnaissons aussi que même les plus vulnérables ont un besoin croissant d’énergie fossile pour leurs voyages, leurs loisirs, leurs besoins scientifiques ou d’accroissement d’infrastructures”, ajoute le faux site.Mieux encore, dans une rubrique “pour les enfants”, on peut lire que “la calotte glacière de notre planète fond”, et que “c’est mal mais c’est bien aussi”. En effet grâce à ça, “Shell peut aller chercher plus de pétrole”, ce qui permet à “papa et maman de vous conduire au magasin pour vous acheter plus de jouets”.Le 9 juin 2012 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shayna Baszler talks Ronda Rousey in WWE Videos after RAW last night

first_img Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Shayna Baszler talks Ronda Rousey in WWEWWE has posted an interview with NXT star Shayna Baszler talking about her friend Ronda Rousey signing with WWE and debuting at the Royal Rumble last weekend.You can check out the quick interview below.Videos after RAW last night in Des MoinesWWE posted these video clips after last night’s RAW in Des Moines. Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV ShowVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 74.24%0:03Remaining Time -1:28 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 Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Travis Browne 1 COMMENT Ronda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV Show Facebook So Matt Hardy, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Apollo Crews & Kane are in fatal 4way? Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jamie Stidifordcenter_img Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest February 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ronda Rousey Videos Articles WhatsApp Comments are closed.last_img read more

Riptide Music Festival draws big names large crowds

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Riptide Music Festival’s two-day beach bash concluded Sunday with its biggest lineup to date.More than 20 bands performed on Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend at the event. Fans danced in the sand to bands like Boyz II Men, Weezer and KC and the Sunshine Band.Concertgoer Marc Reina said he had so much fun last year that he had to come back for more. “OK, well, my first time was actually last year at Riptide, and today’s another day and another lineup of fantastic artists,” he said. “Everyone I remember from the ’80s and ’90s and from my parents’ era also, so it’s a fantastic time to see all the artists come together and make this festival really, really fun.”Festival organizers said they expected a crowd larger than last year, which drew over 25,000 people.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

All 11 aboard killed as skydiving plane crashes in Hawaii

first_imgHonolulu: A skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames just after takeoff from a small seaside airfield on the island of Oahu, killing 11 people, officials said on Saturday. Authorities initially reported that nine people died in the crash Friday evening and that three of them were customers of a skydiving company and six were employees. But the Hawaii Department of Transportation tweeted Saturday that officials later “confirmed there were 11 people on board the plane” and no survivors. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air plane took off from Dillingham Airfield on the north shore of the island. The plane was operated by the Oahu Parachute Center skydiving company and the ratio of employees to customers suggested that tandem jumps may have been planned in which the customers would have jumped while attached to experienced skydivers, Tim Sakahara, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, told reporters. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Neves described the site of the crash near the airport’s perimeter as being “quite a ways away from the runway” and said that some family members of those aboard were at the airport when the plane went down at about 6.30 p.m. “In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had,” Neves said. Advertise With Us The plane was engulfed in flames when firefighters made it to the crash site about an hour drive from Honolulu, Neves said. The victims were not identified. Two Federal Aviation Administration inspectors went to the crash site Friday and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board that will investigate the crash were expected to arrive Saturday evening, said safety board spokesman Eric Weiss.The plane with two turboprop engines was manufactured in 1967, FAA records said. The phone for Oahu Parachute Center went unanswered Saturday. On its website, the company says the jumps that it offers on Hawaii are “a magical experience. There really is no better place in the world to skydive.” Its tandem jumps are listed for prices ranging from USD 170 to USD 250. Videos from the company’s Facebook page show jumps from the same Beechcraft King Air that crashed, with customers strapped to employees and dropping from a side door of the aircraft from 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) or higher, with the Pacific Ocean and the Oahu’s green mountains far below. Dillingham Airfield is used mostly for skydiving and glider flights. Hawaii shares the airfield with the Army, which uses it for helicopter night-vision training.last_img read more

Kamareddy Patients turning to a government hospital

first_imgKamareddy: The discontinuation of Aarogyasri services by private hospitals is causing problems to the patients in Kamareddy district.The condition of patients, who need to undergo surgeries, is the worst as they couldn’t afford to go to private hospitals. On an average, 760 to 850 outpatients from Kamareddy, Yellareddy and Banswada revenue divisions, that come under the district, will visit the government hospital in Kamareddy. About 50 to 60 patients are undergoing treatment in the inpatient wing of the hospital. The other two centres on an average receive 576 patients per day. Many of them have problems in gynaecology, neurology, nephrology and orthopedic diseases. It costs them thousands of rupees to get treatment in private hospitals. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Those eligible for Aarogyasri services had availed the subsidy from the government. Many poor had benefited with Aarogyasri after having treatment in private hospitals. Out of the 100 beds, 35 beds in the district hospital are specially allotted for gynaecology department as 350 to 400 deliveries per month will take place. Five beds are allotted to dialysis centre and 10 beds are in the ICU. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us But the private hospitals have stopped providing medical services that come under Aarogyasri as the government has to pay crores of rupees to private hospitals. Now more and more people are turning towards government hospital. Surgery cases also coming to the district hospital. But the government hospital at the district headquarters has no basi facilities and even the number of doctors is not enough to match the number of patients. The weekly treatment statistics in Kamareddy hospital includes nephrology 175, polytrauma 156, paediatrics 83, gynaecology 22, ortho 17, neurology 8, pulmonology 3, general surgery 52, and critical care 28.last_img read more

May Day being observed

first_imgPhoto: Tafsilul AzizThe historic May Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Wednesday with a pledge to establish the rights of workers, reports UNB.May Day, also known as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday.The day is a public holiday.On 1 May 1886, 10 workers were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in the US city of Chicago near Hay Market demanding an eight-hour working day instead of a 12-hour shift. On the height of agitation, the authorities had to accept the workers’ demand and the eight-hour day has been introduced universally.On 14 July 1889, an international workers’ rally in Paris declared 1 May as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day in recognition of the Chicago workers’ sacrifice and achievement and since 1890, the day has been observed globally as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day.The government, different trade unions and workers’ organisations are observing the day with elaborate programmes, including discussions, rallies and processions.The Labour and Employment Ministry brought out a rally in the city in the morning.It will organise a discussion at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 4:00pm on the occasion.Newspapers published supplements while radio and television channels are airing special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.Meanwhile, president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the working-class people of the country and wishing their overall welfare.In his message, the president urged all the working-class people to work united to materialise the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.In her massage, the prime minister hoped that both workers and owners will dedicate them to boosting the production maintaining a good relation among them.last_img read more

NFL Tom Bradys Missing Super Bowl Jersey Found

first_imgThe search for Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey is over. The NFL says it was in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media.” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted Monday that it was found in Mexico. The NFL says the jersey was found through the “cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities.” The league referred other questions to the FBI. Brady said his jersey went missing after the Patriots’ 34-28 win last month over the Atlanta Falcons. The statement adds that an ongoing investigation also resulted in the retrieval of the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win against the Seattle Seahawks. Sharelast_img

I Believe in Intelligent Design … for Robots

first_imgMore robots The interesting bit about Cassie is that while it looks vaguely bird-like, Hurst and his team didn’t explicitly mimic anything in nature. What they were after was the most stable and efficient way to walk, and their math led them to a form factor that just so happens to look like a bird.And we’re seeing robots adapting to every environmental niche available. A robot snake, for instance, might be good at exploring collapsed buildings, and indeed one went to work after Mexico’s massive earthquake in September. Wheeled robots are rolling on sidewalks delivering food. Other robots working alongside humans in factories don’t need to get around at all, but are growing ever better at manipulating objects. (Thanks in part to the boom in e-commerce, as it happens.)Now, think of what niches robots can adapt to beyond the confines of Earth. “Animals are all in outdoor environments,” says Hurst. “They’re diversified for different sizes and different speeds and different niches in the environment. But animals have never explored another planet.” Imagine robots designed to play with gravity is clever ways, like NASA’s Super Ball Bot, which is essentially a sphere of cables and joints.As robots push into our oceans and into space and everywhere in between, their design will unfold in fascinating ways. You may want a humanoid robot to explore decidedly human environments like buildings, where it can climb stairs and turn knobs (and hell, do backflips). But where humanity is headed, we’ll need unique robots for unique niches.“People often say that the human hand is the perfect tool for handling objects,” says Loeb of Syntouch. “No. What it is, is that almost all the objects that we handle in civilization were designed to be handled by the human hand.”So get ready to meet weird robots and shake their weird hands, as the machines diversify beyond your imagination. As Charles Darwin put it, “endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” The beauty of evolution lies in two complementary forces: simplicity and complexity. From a simple rule—survival of the fittest—comes the astonishing array of critters that populate Earth. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got two legs or four legs or no legs at all, there’s no one right way to be on this planet.Same goes, as it happens, for robotics. You and I are living on the verge of what you might call the Cambrian Explosion of robotics. Just in the last year, robots have been escaping en masse the factory and the lab to walk and roll and fly among us. Humanity has unleashed its own version of “life” on Earth, a sui generis genus that is evolving in ways that are fascinatingly similar to biological organisms.Roboticists are honing their robots by essentially mimicking natural selection. Keep what works, throw out what doesn’t, to optimally adapt a robot to a particular job. “If we want to scrap something totally, we can do that,” says Nick Gravish, who studies the intersection of robotics and biology at UC San Diego. “Or we can take the best pieces from some design and put them in a new design and get rid of the things we don’t need.” Think of it, then, like intelligent design—that follows the principles of natural selection.The caveat being, biology is rather more inflexible than what roboticists are doing. After all, you can give your biped robot two extra limbs and turn it into a quadruped fairly quickly, while animals change their features—cave-dwelling species might lose their eyes, for instance—over thousands of years. “Evolution is as much a trap as a means to advance,” says Gerald Loeb, CEO and co-founder of SynTouch, which is giving robots the power to feel. “Because you get locked into a lot of hardware that worked well in previous iterations and now can’t be changed because you’ve built your whole embryology on it.”Evolution can still be rather explosive, though. 550 million years ago the Cambrian Explosion kicked off, giving birth to an incredible array of complex organisms. Before that, life was relatively squishier, relatively calmer. But then boom, predators a plenty, scrapping like hell to gain an edge. One theory for why is the development of vision, which allowed new species to better find mates and hunt food, setting off an evolutionary arms race.The same may be happening in robotics, because robots are finally developing the senses that will let them understand the world and act on their own. Robots have for a while now navigated by building a map of their surroundings with lasers—the robocars of the 2004 Darpa Grand Challenge, which built the foundation for consumer self-driving cars, did this. But advances in computer vision are helping robots see better and better. For instance, a companion robot called Kuri navigates with lasers, but now also recognizes faces with machine vision. Getting robots to see well means training algorithms with lots of good data, and those algorithms will only get more powerful and efficient from here. It’s this literal and metaphorical vision that could set off a Cambrian Explosion of robotics.And it’s not just that robots are adopting new senses—it’s that the proliferation of those new technologies is letting them settle into new niches. Earth features such an incredible diversity of critters in part because the planet has lots of different ecosystems for organisms to exploit (nature’s job market is generally strong), and the same thing is poised to happen for robotics. I mean, just think about the diversity of simple vehicles that already roll on four wheels. “There’s quite a range in terms of all the different kinds of sports cars and SUVs and offroad pickup trucks and tractor trailers, you name it,” says Jonathan Hurst, CTO of Agility Robotics, which makes the biped robot Cassie. “It’s going to be even broader I think for robots.”Cassie walks on two legs, a nice generalist way of getting around. So the robot might work nicely as a base for a telepresence screen to walk around the office. “We’re going to want a robot that’s the same size to get around the factory floor and carry around 100-pound bags of something,” says Hurst. “There are going to be lots and lots of different niches, different sizes, different masses, different applications.” Matt SimonThis Robot Tractor Is Ready to Disrupt Constructioncenter_img Matt SimonInside SynTouch, the Mad Lab Giving Robots the Power to Feel Matt SimonWhat Is a Robot?last_img read more

7 more election victories for LGBTI candidates and beyond

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A promising sign: Two lesbians of color won big elections in the USLGBTI women running for US Congress up 160% since 2016People are so excited that the first trans woman of colour has won a US electionRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/7-election-victories/ GAYSTARNEWS- — Women’s March (@womensmarch) November 8, 20173. Lisa MiddletonOne of the races we were watching was the Palm Springs City Council election in California.Last night, Lisa Middleton won the seat, becoming the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in the state.4. Gerri CannonJoining the likes of Middleton and Titus, Gerri Cannon was elected to the school board of Somersworth, New Hampshire. She became the first transgender person elected to public office in the state.5. Dawn AdamsThe victories didn’t stop for Virginia.Dawn Adams defeated incumbent Manoli Loupassi in the state’s 68th District. With that win, she became the first out lesbian elected to Virginia’s legislature.6. Flipped Houses and SenatesContinuing the Virginia trend, Democrats are poised to take the House from Republicans. They won at least 15 seats, giving them a two-seat lead in the chamber. However, four races are receiving recounts and those will determine which party takes control. Either way, Virginia saw major gains for Democrats across the board.In Washington, Democrats also took control of the State Senate, giving them full control of the state government.These are critical wins for the party overall because it shows momentum and energy for next year’s midterm elections. Democrats notoriously receive low voting numbers for the midterms. However, with yesterday’s many wins, 2018 could look very different. Republicans currently control both the US Senate and House of Representatives but that may change next year.7. Youth and WOC VotesMany people took note of the voting statistics in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. Notably, how young people and women of color helped lead Northam to victory — and will consequently be crucial voices going forward for progress.Once again, black women save the Democratic Party. For the millionth time. We would do well to amplify them in positions of leadership. They get shit done. #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/5Jh2sJq4cj— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) November 8, 2017 Last night saw numerous historic election victories for Democrats and progress across the United States.A year after Donald Trump’s election, election day 2017 brought out droves of liberals. Democrats flipped multiple Republican seats, some in major stronghold areas.Danica Roem became the first transgender person elected to state office. She won the District 13 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Even more, she beat Bob Marshall, a Republican behind a transphobic bathroom bill in the state.In Minnesota, Andrea Jenkins won her seat in the Eighth Ward of the Minneapolis City Council. She became the first trans woman of color to be elected to public office.On the west coast, Jenny Durkan became Seattle’s first female mayor since the 1920s and first out lesbian mayor ever.Across the country, there were even more monumental wins for LGBTI candidates, women, and people of color. Here are a few more.1. Tyler TitusErie, Pennsylvania elected Titus to the school board last night. With his win, Titus became the first ever transgender person elected in the state.Another historic win! Tyler Titus won his Erie School Board seat to become first openly trans person ever elected in PA! #ElectLGBTQ pic.twitter.com/KFlsT69rr6— Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) November 8, 20172. Virginia House of DelegatesVirginia especially saw major victories yesterday.Beyond Roem, Democratic candidate Ralph Northam became governor. Furthermore, joining Roem in the House of Delegates are Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala. They became the first Latinas elected to this body.Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala both defeated Republican incumbents tonight to become the first-ever Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates! #ElectionDay #VirginiaElection pic.twitter.com/6XApF5WTrO— Women’s March (@womensmarch) November 8, 2017However, they aren’t all the House of Delegates won. Kathy Tran became the first Asian-American woman elected to the body as well.Kathy Tran came to the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam when she was an infant. Tonight, she became the first Asian American woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Congrats @kathykltran! pic.twitter.com/NSynRwHJ7dcenter_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Whoa. Let’s not lose sight of the youth vote here. Dem margins in VA among 18-29 year olds:McAuliffe +5Clinton +18Northam … +39 pic.twitter.com/CvnIQsaadh— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) November 8, 2017These are only some of yesterday’s victories.Hoboken, New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor. Southern states like South Carolina and three cities in Georgia elected their first ever African-American mayors. Maine also voted to expand Medicaid coverage.More results can be seen at Ballotpedia.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . TwitterLisa Middleton, a trans candidate, won her election in Palm Springslast_img read more

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first_imgNews | November 20, 2012 Societies Promote Use of Lower Radiopharmaceutical Doses in Nuclear Medicine Exams Individuals, facilities and societies can now pledge to ‘Image Wisely’ November 20, 2012 — Image Wisely, in collaboration with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), SNMMI Technologist Section and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC), has created easily accessible online educational materials to help providers use the lowest radiopharmaceutical dose necessary to perform nuclear medicine exams. Physicians, medical physicists and imaging technologists are encouraged to visit ImageWisely.org to review the materials and use the information in their clinical practice.“This collaborative initiative illustrates the commitment by those in the medical imaging community to ensure that medical protocols keep pace with advancing technology and that we continue to put patient safety and quality of care above all,” said James A. Brink, M.D., co-chair of Image Wisely.“Nuclear medicine exams help save and extend lives every day, but opportunities remain to ensure that each patient receives optimal care. I can’t urge providers strongly enough to use the materials gathered for this Image Wisely initiative,” said M. Elizabeth Oates, M.D., chair of the American College of Radiology Nuclear Medicine Commission.The new Image Wisely nuclear medicine initiative urges nuclear medicine providers to:Perform nuclear medicine procedures only when clinically indicated;Individualize administered doses based on the specific clinical task;Employ maneuvers to minimize radiation dose; andFamiliarize themselves with recommended administered activities.“I strongly encourage nuclear medicine providers to avail themselves of the materials gathered and created for this initiative and to work together with all members of their team to provide the best patient care possible,” said Gordon DePuey, M.D., FASNC, ASNC representative to Image Wisely.“I appeal to all medical physicists involved in nuclear medicine to review, save and share these materials, and engage all nuclear medicine team members to strengthen radiation optimization in their facilities,”said Larry Williams, Ph.D., American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) representative to Image Wisely.Image Wisely encourages imaging providers to demonstrate to patients that they “image wisely” by earning accreditation from the ACR (or equivalent accrediting organization) and by taking the Image Wisely pledge. There are now three online options to pledge, either as an individual, facility or association.“Radiation dose for all nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures should be optimized so that the patient receives the smallest possible amount of radiopharmaceutical that will provide the appropriate diagnostic information. I ask that nuclear medicine providers take advantage of the important materials offered and that they demonstrate their commitment to patient care by taking the pledge to ‘image wisely,’” said Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, FACR, FAAPM, SNMMI president and representative to Image Wisely.“Medical imaging technologists are vital members of the nuclear medicine team. It is important that they are familiar with the materials gathered and created for this effort, and that they share these resources with others and remind them of their importance by taking the Image Wisely pledge,” said Greg Morrison, MA, RT(R), American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) chief operating officer.Image Wisely is a collaborative initiative of the ACR, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), ASRT and AAPM. The four charter members of Image Wisely represent more than 200,000 physicians, radiologic technologists and medical physicists who play key roles in medical imaging.For more information: www.imagewisely.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Jordan police say probing Syria refugee fire death

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology The statement said a police probe was underway to determine the circumstances of the man’s death.No other details were immediately available.Jordan hosts the largest number of displaced Syrians, with more than 150,000 sheltering in the country.Some 7,000 are located in the Zaatari camp near the northern border with Syria.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 0 Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordanian officials say they are investigating the death of a Syrian refugee who died in a fire in Jordan’s first refugee camp _ the first such incident at the tent city.The man, who was not identified, died on Monday morning after a fire broke out in one of the tents inside the Zaatari camp, the official Petra news agency reported. It cited a press statement issued by Jordan’s General Security Directorate. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more