BC finance minister says doubleA credit rating sign of continued stability

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Finance Minister Carole James says Dominion Bond Rating Service has confirmed the province’s double-A high credit rating, maintaining the rate the province has held since May 2007.The Ministry of Finance says in a news release that the rating recognizes B.C.’s growing economy, balanced fiscal policy and affordable debt.It calls the double-A high rating “a strong affirmation of the province’s direction and fiscal position.”Dominion’s report forecasts the provincial economy will grow by 2.9 per cent this year before slowing to a “more sustainable pace” of around 2 per cent.The report comes in the wake of the new government’s budget update in September.The Finance Ministry says British Columbia remains the only province rated triple-A with all three international credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch.“The AA high rating recognizes that choices to invest in British Columbians will help chart a path to continued economic stability,” James says in the release.She says the investments being made by the New Democrat government lay the foundation for a better B.C.last_img read more

Peel police search for missing Brampton woman

Peel police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 25-year-old woman from Brampton.Mandeep Tagger was last seen on Friday around 12:08 a.m. in the area of Oaklea Blvd. and Tumbleweed Trail.Police believe she is driving a grey Nissan Altima with license plate CAMD 681.Tagger is described as a South Asian female, five-foot-eight, 130 lbs, with a light complexion, and black hair.Police and family are concerned for her well-being and safety.Anyone with information on Tagger’s whereabouts is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 2233 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

UN tsunami recovery envoy Bill Clinton urges protection of marginalized communities

He met with senior representatives of the UN, World Bank, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector companies in an effort to tackle the challenges facing the tsunami-affected countries, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Among those with whom Mr. Clinton discussed problems and solutions were the UN’s Special Representative on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Walter Kalin.The UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia, Bo Asplund, briefed President Clinton on the conditions endured by the hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in temporary shelters in Aceh, Indonesia, Mr. Dujarric said. read more

Security Council calls on all parties to Yemen conflict to take urgent

In a statement to the press, the Council underlined its full support to relief workers delivering aid “in very difficult conditions across Yemen.” Council members expressed concern at all reports of obstruction of the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Yemen. They welcomed the establishment of the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM), and called upon all States to adhere to its provisions. Urging all parties to fulfil their commitments to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, including measures to further ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access, the Council further underlined the importance of the delivery of commercial goods and fuel for civilian purposes to all parts of Yemen. Further to the statement, the Security Council called upon all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, including to take all feasible precautions to minimize harm to civilians and civilian objects, to end the recruitment and use of children in violation of applicable international law, and to work urgently with the UN and humanitarian aid organizations to bring assistance to those in need throughout the country.“The members of the Security Council urged all parties to the conflict in Yemen to take urgent steps towards resuming a ceasefire,” said the statement, emphasizing that cessation of hostilities and compliance with related Council resolutions should lead to a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire. The members of the Security Council further emphasized the importance of establishing fully the “De-escalation and Coordination Committee.”The members of the Security Council also urged the Yemeni parties to fulfil their commitments made during the last round of talks between 15-20 December 2015 and further urged the parties to participate in a new round of talks, building on the progress that has been achieved so far on ending the conflict. Calling on all Yemeni parties to engage in political talks “without preconditions and in good faith, including by resolving their differences through dialogue and consultations in accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism,” the Council underlined its strong support for the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in facilitating these talks.In a briefing to the Council yesterday, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said a “deep divide” between the warring parties in Yemen, following the collapse of a truce, is forestalling the next round of peace talks. As such, he called on Council members to support efforts towards a cessation of hostilities. “The parties are divided over whether a new round of talks should be convened with or without a new cessation of hostilities,” he explained, adding that: “I have not, unfortunately, received sufficient assurances that a new cessation of hostilities, should I call for one, would be respected.” read more

Average driver will spend 32 hours a year in traffic jams as

first_imgThe research, from traffic information company Inrix, found drivers spend an average of 32 hours a year stuck in jams during peak periods in the UK.The issue is worst in London, which was found to be the seventh worst city out of more than 1,000 analysed around the world. Manchester was the UK’s second worst, followed by Aberdeen, Birmingham and Edinburgh.Russia is the most congested country in Europe, followed by Turkey and the UK.Inrix chief economist Graham Cookson said: “Despite Brexit, 2016 saw the UK economy remaining stable, fuel prices staying low and employment growing to an 11-year high, all of which incentivises road travel and helped increase congestion.”The cost of this congestion is staggering, stripping the economy of billions, impacting businesses and costing consumers dearly.”To tackle this problem, we must consider bold options such as remote working, wider use of road user charging and investment in big data to create more effective and intelligent transportation systems.”AA president Edmund King advised changing working habits to tackle the issue: “Employers could help ease the situation by introducing flexible working hours or home-based employment and we also need to improve the efficiency of white van deliveries as light vans are the fastest area of traffic growth.”Businesses suffer the most from traffic in Cardiff, with daytime congestion in the Welsh capital occurring 15 per cent of the time, according to the research. Traffic jams in London are among the worst in cities around the world Traffic jams in London are among the worst in cities around the worldCredit:PA Amazon Delivery Boxes delivered to doorstepCredit:Goss Images / Alamy  Amazon Delivery Boxes delivered to doorstepcenter_img Aberdeen eclipsed London for congestion at peak periods last year as the hardest city to get into or out of, with drivers stuck in gridlock 24% of the time, moving at an average speed of 5.5mph.Outside of London, the A1 southbound from College Gardens to Wallace Park in Belfast was the most congested road corridor in the UK.Recent figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed there was a record 320.5 billion vehicle miles travelled in 2016, up 1.2 per cent on the previous year.Last autumn the Government announced it will invest an extra £1.3 billion in local roads and transport schemes to relieve congestion and deliver upgrades.A DfT spokesman said: “We are making the most extensive improvements to roads since the 1970s, investing a record £23 billion to keep our country moving and make journeys faster, better and more reliable for everyone.”Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: “Road congestion is a high price to pay for having a successful economy, and the risk is that gridlock starts to strangle growth.”That is why we don’t just need sustained investment, to add capacity and install better traffic management systems, we need intelligent investment.” The average driver will spend 32 hours a year in traffic jams, a report has found as online shopping is blamed for the rise in congestion.The UK was found to be the third worst country in Europe for traffic congestion, with the direct and direct costs of hold-ups reaching £31 billion last year, an average of £968 per driver.Online shopping has contributed to the rising levels, according to analysts, with figures showing the number of delivery vans on the roads has increased in the last five years.Ian Crowder from the AA said: “You can’t go through a townscape without coming across people delivering groceries or parcels on Amazon or whatever.”It’s almost a natural thing to do nowadays and I suppose it all kicked off with Ocado who pioneered online grocery shopping and that’s extended – you can buy almost anything online these days and how does that arrive? Well, it’s in a van and it’s emitting diesel as well which adds to concerns about diesel levels particularly in London.”There’s been a phenomenal growth in online shopping sales as well as of light commercial vehicles.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Hunt for Pink Panther jewel thief believed to be behind £2m London

In 2006 he was sentenced to 21 months in Hawaii, but was released eight months late, with his lawyer insisting it was “highly unlikely he will need to commit other crimes”.Three years later he was detained in Monaco on suspicion of casing out a jewellery store.  At the time he was wearing a watch worth an estimated £160,000.He was jailed in Monaco, but was released several months later and subsequently disappeared. Last year Scotland Yard issued pictures of two men they said they wanted to question in connection with the raid, but they have now said they believe one of the men is Osmakcic, and they have reissued his picture in a fresh attempt to solve the case. A vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond ring encased in smaller oval and round-shaped diamondsCredit:Metropolitan Police Vinko Osmakcic AKA Juro Markelic was arrested in Las Vegas  Seven months later Osmakcic was arrested after being spotted by an undercover officer at a jewellery trade fair in Las Vegas. A cushion-shaped diamond ring The Graff jewellery store in Mayfair was targeted by the Pink Panther gangCredit:Getty Images An emerald-cut diamond ring with purple and pink stones, and four pear-shaped diamonds Vinko Osmakcic AKA Juro Markelic was arrested in Monaco in 2009 In 2003 the gang was thought to have pulled off a £23 million raid at the Graff jewellery store in London.In 2010 Osmakcic, who is described as speaking in heavily accented English, was suspected of being part of a gang of four who stole a necklace worth £1 million from a jewellery store in Las Vegas. Appeal to trace diamond thief https://t.co/ZCDVYxIajV pic.twitter.com/FWXwYMyAo9— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 9, 2018 Detective Sergeant Chris Taylor, of Kensington and Chelsea CID, said: “This was a well-planned and audacious theft committed in the middle of a busy art fair.”We are re-releasing the image of Mr Osmakcic in an attempt to trace him. It is highly likely that Mr Osmakcic may be out of the UK, possibly in Europe.”He may also be known by the following name Vinko Tomic or Juro Markelic.”DS Taylor added: “I am asking anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact police or Crimestoppers so we can bring him to justice.” Vinko Osmakcic AKA Juro Markelic was arrested in Monaco in 2009 A cushion-shaped diamond ringCredit:Metropolitan Police One of the world’s most wanted jewel thieves and the suspected ringleader of the so-called Pink Panther Network is being sought by police in connection with a £2 million diamond heist in London.Vinko Osmakcic, a Croatian national, who uses a number of aliases has been named as a suspect in the theft of three rings from an art fair at the Royal Hospital Chelsea last July.Osmakcic is believed to be the ringleader of the organised international crime network which has stolen £300 million worth of gems and jewellery around the world over the last three decades.The three diamond rings were taken from a cabinet at the Masterpiece London 2017 event at around 5.30pm on July 4th last year.The stolen items included a cushion-shaped diamond ring, a yellow diamond ring encased in a smaller oval and round-shaped diamond and an emerald-cut diamond ring with pink and purple stones, and four pear-shaped diamonds. The bands on all three rings are diamond-encrusted. The Pink Panther gang has been linked to a string of audacious raids around the globe dating back to the early 1990s, when they were thought to operate out of Japan.In 1992 they were suspected of stealing a diamond worth half a million pounds from an international jewellery show in Hong Kong.But they were also linked to similar raids in Thailand, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Monaco and Hawaii. A vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond ring encased in smaller oval and round-shaped diamonds He was charged with theft, but maintained his innocence claiming he was a self employed chef with an income of a £1,000 a month.In March 2004 he pleaded guilty to theft and after cutting a deal with prosecutors was sentenced to one year in prison.But wanted for a string of other offences, the authorities in California applied for his extradition, where he was charged with the theft of a £35,000 worth of gems.He again pleaded guilty but while he was serving his sentence became the subject of an extradition application from the authorities in Hawaii. An emerald-cut diamond ring with purple and pink stones, and four pear-shaped diamondsCredit:Metropolitan Police Vinko Osmakcic AKA Juro Markelic was arrested in Las Vegas  As part of his defence, Osmakcic claimed he had been a soldier in the Bosnian war, but had turned to crime in order to support his displaced family.In a letter to the judge, he wrote: “In 1992 my village was attacked and fully destroyed. Everybody from my family was in the street overnight.”The only hope I had was to leave my country and do whatever it took to help my family survive … I am not looking for any excuses for what I did. I just wanted to explain my wrongful doings … I hope you honor may understand my situation.” The Graff jewellery store in Mayfair was targeted by the Pink Panther gang Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

This Kinectcontrolled robot is our generations ROB

first_imgThe Kinect‘s fascinating hardware is being hacked left, right and center lately, so it was probably only a matter of time before someone decided to graft it onto a robot. Here’s that robot, created by the robotic researchers at Willow Garage and one of the biggest contributors to the Robotic Operating System which is slowly becoming the Windows of home-built robots. As such, Willow Garage used the Kinect to control one of their PR2’s robots remotely. In less than a couple of weeks, the Willow Garage guys have managed to make their PR2 bot mimic the movements of an operator just moving in front of the Kinect sensors. They’re even using two Kinects — one behind the operator and one in front of him — so their robot mimics their motions in a full 360 degree radius.I love it. Anyone remember R.O.B., the robotic operating buddy that was released alongside the original Nintendo NES, which allowed you to use your NES to control a real-life robot by manipulating in-game objects. How cool would it be if Microsoft dusted off the R.O.B. concept for the Kinect age? Imagine your own remote-control robot, capable of zooming through your house and fetching you a beer while you sit in front of your television, watching a movie? Microsoft, make it happen!Read more at Fast Companylast_img read more

Bob Backlund on Sammartino Iron Sheik and turning heel

first_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Jake Roberts agrees to drop charges against Harry Smith, Mike Mooneyham on Bruno Sammartino Vin Diesel Videos Articles Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Lindsay Lohan Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.Today The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling welcomes WWE Hall of Famer, former two time WWF World Champion and Author of Backlund: All American Boy, the legendary Bob Backlund. Chronicling his story from small town farm boy to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, John and Chad touch on the moments and the stories that helped Backlund become the man he is to this day. Not one to hold back what is on his mind, Backlund is very vocal about the people and situations that have made him so outspoken and so incredibly different in the realm of the old school legends.Full Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-10-28T21_00_00-07_00 Bob Backlund Talks The Preparation For His Presidential Campaign Vignettes:https://youtu.be/IyFb-OE-9DU His relationship with Bruno Sammartino and what they have in common:Bruno Sammartino is the greatest wrestling champion ever in the world. I wrestled more than he did but he was a strong man, he pushed a lot, threw people around and he was the greatest. I actually did more wrestling maneuvers then he did but that wasn’t his thing. He out powered people, he beat them up. I just barely won in the matches and when I came out here Vince Sr. was looking for an “All American Boy” in 1977 and I don’t think he talked it over with Bruno very much and I didn’t know Bruno and Bruno didn’t know me. I shook his hand the first day I was there and I’m sure he would have liked for one of his people that he knew to be the WWF Champion but Vince picked me and it took Bruno and I about two years to find out that he and I were almost mirrored as far as moral values are concerned. We both wanted to walk the walk not just talk the talk. We weren’t friendly at all back then but we are now. I questioned him and he questioned me but we found out and it took us a long time but we are pretty close now.His rivalry with Jimmy Snuka and the manner Snuka carried himself outside the ring:In the ring he was a genius. But out of the ring he was an embarrassment to society. I didn’t know him outside of the ring at all, I just knew him in the ring. I didn’t hang around and wasn’t out there with him but I know he was very good in the ring and as good as it gets. If he would have been a decent person then he would have been the WWF Champion but he didn’t have the qualifications and didn’t meet the standards or else he would have been. Vince McMahon Sr. would have made him the WWF Champion if he would have been an honorable person. I didn’t hang around the guys and I didn’t ride in the cars with him. I had an instance riding in a car with him in Georgia and I never rode with him again. I don’t know what was going on at all and I didn’t want to know. My business was wrestling and I wanted to be ready to go in the ring and do my best and I didn’t have time to worry about what was going on behind the scenes and I didn’t want to know.His reaction to not getting a rematch vs. The Iron Sheik and the original plan:As far as I know the plan was for me to get the championship back from the Iron Sheik and two weeks before the match I was taken out and Hogan was put in. If you watched it two weeks before the match they took me out and put Hogan in. There’s not much I could do about it. But it was an eye opener for me. When Vince Sr. passed away I should have just stopped. He was the one that was his character, he picked me and I was sort of his “All American Boy” and when he was gone it was basically that the “All American Boy” was gone. I wasn’t close to hardly anybody. I understand the saying “it’s lonely at the top”.Being asked to turn heel by Vince McMahon Jr. in 1984:I said no. I said no because I had a daughter that was six years old at the time and I didn’t want to have her have problems in school. I’ve heard a lot from the Savoldi’s. Mario Savoldi said that they had a lot of problems when his Dad was a bad guy and I didn’t want to do the same thing to our daughter and also I sponsored Bob Backlund’s kids tournaments and I made a lot of promises to kids that I wasn’t going to be doing this and that and would be doing good things they could be proud of and I didn’t want to let them down either.Thoughts on the Rock and Wrestling Era and Hulk Hogan:I thought that he didn’t meet the standards and I know Bruno would have thought if I had been doing all that goofy stuff he was doing he wouldn’t have liked me being champion and I’m sure that Bruno feels the same way. He (Hulk) didn’t meet the standards outside the ring to be able to represent the WWF. Did the WWE fire him recently? Because, I would have fired him thirty years ago. He was saying one thing and doing another.The 1992 return and the plans to finally turn heel:I went in there to do the “All American Boy” again. But it was also the time that I said I wanted to be bad now. I wanted to be bad because the good guys were lying, cheating and swearing. Let me be bad by being good and I became a bad guy by being a good person.Backlund also gives the back story about moving from his small town to pursue his dream of wrestling, Superstar Billy Graham, Bret Hart, the crazy direction his character went, not knowing the guys in the New Generation and helping Kevin Nash get over as a strong Champion.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com  & twitter.com/twomanpowertrip Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 50.56%0:03Remaining Time -1:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Southgate hails Rose bravery

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has hailed Danny Rose’s bravery after he publicly discussed his struggles with depressionThe Tottenham full-back revealed that he suffered from depression during a lengthy injury lay-off and tragedy in his family.A knee complaint kept him sidelined for more than eight and a half months last year and, during that time, his uncle took his own life.Adding to it was when his mother was racially abused and his brother nearly shot in the face.However, Rose started and performed strongly for England as they sealed a 2-0 win against Costa Rica in their final warm-up game.Speaking after the game, Southgate revealed that he is fully behind the 27-year-old and insisted that Rose’s full focus was on his football.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Firstly, incredibly brave and honest and as a team we are hugely supportive of what he’s done. I think it has been a relief for him to speak about it, having spoken to him today,” said the 47-year-old, according to the Evening Standard.“Most importantly from his point of view he wants to put it behind him, it is something he feels like he’s come through.“He was really keen that the focus turns to his football so it was brilliant for him that he had a game, coming back to Leeds was special for him, and the first half, in particular, was as well as I’ve seen him play for a long time.“We know his quality, the big challenge for Danny is that he has had a lack of match minutes this season but in this period he is starting to get that and that is brilliant for all of us.”England will next face Tunisia in their World Cup opener on June 18.last_img read more

Dykstra Doubledown in Legal War

first_imgDykstra hired Doubledown last July to act as a custom publisher for the launch of the Players Club. According to documents filed in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York, Doubledown says the relationship “began with much optimism” but “rapidly soured in 2008.””Over a relatively short period of time,” the complaint states, “Dykstra proved himself to be a mercurial, difficult client whose many idiosyncrasies and demanding personality imposed substantial costs on the planned publications and created excessive burdens for Doubledown. At the same time, Dykstra began shirking his financial obligations to Doubledown beginning in late 2007 and continuing into 2008, repeatedly driving up expenses and increasing the overall costs of publications at a time when he … lacked the cash to pay for such expenses.”Specifically, Dykstra’s failure to make a scheduled $260,000 payment in December led Doubledown to conclude that the former all-star “had cash-flow problems.” In December, Doubledown alleges, Dykstra asked if he and the Players Club “could piggy-back off the line of credit a finance company had extended” to publish Doubledown’s own magazines.Doubledown alleges that Dykstra insisted the magazine launch as a monthly, publish in a much larger physical size and that Doubledown even create a Spanish-language edition, driving up the costs of producing the magazine. Additionally, Dykstra’s insistence on hiring an extra design consultant—Time magazine’s Art Hochstein—generated “tens of thousands of dollars of unnecessary costs.” A “single assignment alone,” the counterclaim states, cost $60,000.As their partnership fizzled, Dykstra retained American Express Publishing to handle publishing of the Players Club, court documents show.The $400K Launch PartyEven before the magazine’s first issue was published—while Dykstra was planning the Players Club’s flashy $400,000 April launch party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan “against Doubledown’s strong recommendations” (see related slideshow)—Doubledown had grown “weary” of the business relationship and moved to settle the partnership following publication of the second issue.”Doubledown’s willingness to agree to such a resolution and to proceed with the printing and distribution of the second issue of the Players Club magazine, which Dykstra was late in paying for, was conditioned on the immediate payment by TPC and Dykstra of the compromise sum of $328,000 owed to Doubledown under the parties’ contracts that TPC and Dykstra had never paid,” Doubledown alleges. “Another $200,000 would be paid within thirty days to cover non-production costs associated with the third issue, incurred as a consequence of Doubledown’s commencement of work on that issue.” Dykstra, Doubledown says, went back on his word.In all, Doubledown claims Dykstra owes the company $587,210.Dykstra says that Doubledown used his name to develop a financial newsletter, The Dykstra Report, without his consent; Doubledown claims that there was consent, and offered the court an e-mail from Lane to Dykstra detailing agreed-to terms.Doubledown declined to comment while the case is pending. A representative for Dykstra did not immediately return a request seeking comment. Less than a month after launching the Players Club, a magazine for professional athletes, Lenny Dykstra—the former New York Mets star and car wash millionaire turned unlikely stock market guru—is suing Doubledown Media, the company he partnered with to launch the magazine, for control over its yet-to-be-published second issue.Dykstra filed suit on April 25, accusing Doubledown Media’s Randall Lane of breach of contract. Lane and Doubledown—which also publishes Trader Monthly, Dealmaker and the Cigar Report—filed an explosive counterclaim on Tuesday, alleging Dykstra owes Doubledown more than a half million dollars.‘A Mercurial, Difficult Client’last_img read more

Iran tried to seize British oil tanker report

first_imgArmed Iranian boats attempted to seize a British tanker in strategic Gulf waters on Wednesday but were driven off by a Royal Navy frigate, CNN reported. The Iranians ordered the British Heritage oil tanker, which was crossing into the Strait of Hormuz area, to change course and stop in Tehran’s nearby waters, CNN said, citing two American officials. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us A U.S. aircraft shot video of the incident, which ended when the HMS Montrose — which was escorting the tanker — trained its guns on the boats and successfully warned them to back off, the channel said. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had warned Britain of “consequences” on Wednesday over the detention of one of the country’s oil tankers off the coast of Gibraltar. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “I point out to the British that you initiated insecurity (on the seas) and you shall grasp the consequences of it later on,” Mr. Rouhani said in comments to the cabinet broadcast by state TV. The 330-meter (1,000-foot) Grace 1 tanker, capable of carrying two million barrels of oil, was halted on Thursday by police and customs officers in Gibraltar — a British overseas territory on Spain’s southern tip — with the aid of a detachment of British Royal Marines. Advertise With Us Iran condemned the detention as an “illegal interception,” but Gibraltar officials said that the cargo was believed to be destined for Syria, which is subject to European sanctions. Iran denied this, saying that the destination “was somewhere else.” The latest reported incident comes after Iran said it had lost patience with perceived inaction by European countries more than a year after U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of a landmark 2015 international agreement curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, and started to impose punishing sanctions, raising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.last_img read more

Three Children Rescued From Fire In Northwest Harris County

first_imgA mother and three children were rescued from a large apartment fire in northwest Harris County overnight.The fire was located in the Willowbrook area, where one building containing 16 units went up in flamesThe Champions Fire Department says it was at Corner stone village apartments in the 14100 block of Cornerstone Village.Fire officials say they believe all the residents made it out safe, but the whole building is a loss. Firefighters were still battling hotspots this morning. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img RamSoft developed a suite of mammography enhancements specific to its customers’ needs, while bolstering the PowerServer. PowerServer’s PowerReader is a web-based mammography PACS tool designed to streamline and automate repetitive day-to-day user tasks.The newest core mammography features include: a multimodality breast workstation; a study router and prefetch feature; CAD image overlays; and an auto layout and matching tool. PowerServer’s PowerReader workstation supports breast MRI, mammography and ultrasound reading from a single client and interface; which reportedly allows radiologists to have their breast MRIs, ultrasound and mammography images open at the same time. This simplifies workflow and eliminates the need to work with multiple workstations.The routing and prefetching mechanism is flexible and lets the user organize route studies by status, modality, faculty, physicians, times, dates, AE title and many other DICOM tags. PowerServer’s CAD image overlays work with reportedly any CAD package that conforms to DICOM CAD specifications, including Hologic and iCAD. The overlays display both calcification clusters and mass/density in tissue via polygon and ellipse markers.The mammography viewing module is said to automatically sort the left and right digital image series and match them to any relevant priors stored in the system for easy comparison. In addition, all the popular vertical and horizontal compare modes are supported to enable customization and enhance ease of use.The mammography-specific image management and reporting tools, which are typically only found on a dedicated workstation, are available online using the web-based PowerReader clinical workstation.In addition to HL7, DICOM and IHE conformance, the PowerReader workstation software is also FDA approved to assure its safety, reliability and efficacy in a mission-critical facility. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | September 07, 2008 RamSoft Adds Power to Multimodality Breast Imaging Workstation Related Content News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

Canadian visits to US up 48 and more stats from Discover America

first_imgCanadian visits to U.S. up 4.8% and more stats from Discover America Day << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, October 2, 2018 Posted by TORONTO — What’s new in the United States? Plenty, as evident at the 12th annual Discover America Day – Canada in Toronto.Over 30 suppliers took part in this year’s Media Marketplace, the only one of its kind in Canada that focuses solely on inbound tourism to the U.S. Destinations from coast to coast were in attendance to highlight their many new offerings and latest stats during a series of speed-round appointments with local media.Canadian visitation to the U.S. is up, said Brand USA’s Jackie Ennis, Senior Director, Global Trade Development. In 2017, a total of 20.2 million Canadians travelled south of the border, an increase of 4.8%. This figure is particularly significant since in 2016 Canadian numbers dipped below the 20-million mark.Canadian air travel was also up last year by 9%, a sign of more “competitive pricing” from airlines and Canadians’ resilience to currency exchange fluctuations, added Ennis.And in the first quarter of 2018, the upward trend continued across the board, with visitation up 6.3% and air travel up 6.2% from an already-high 2017.“The fact that the numbers are as high as they are, after the storms in Texas and Florida last year and the low Canadian dollar, shows that Canadians are confident about travelling to the U.S.,” said Ennis. “Shows like Discover America Day are very important because we can’t underestimate the need to disseminate new information about the destination.”Here’s a roundup of what Travelweek learned from top suppliers:FLORIDA:In 2017, Florida welcomed 118.5 million visitors, a 5.4% increase over 2016, and of that total, 3.4 million were Canada, a 3% uptick from the year beforeIn Q1 2018, 33.2 million total visitors were record, an increase of 7.4% over the same period in 2017, representing the largest quarter in Visit Florida’s historyFlorida will see an increase in airlift from Canada this winter, with Sunwing launching Daytona Beach flights in January, and Swoop starting service to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Bay from Hamilton this monthKennedy Space Center has just launched its new Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) for both kids and adults featuring a mission simulation including launching, landing and walking on MarsOpening this December is the 89-room boutique hotel Sarasota ModernThe highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort will open in summer 2019, and at Walt Disney World Resort in late fall 2019More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaATLANTIC CITY:Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened in June 2018, taking over the former Trump Taj MahalSteel Pier, the 1,000-foot-long amusement park built on a pier of Atlantic City’s boardwalk, opened its new year-round Observation Wheel this spring, which at 227 feet tall is the third largest in the U.S.The Revel Casino reopened as the Ocean Resort, part of the Hyatt Collection, this past JuneAccording to Judi Pym, Regional Sales Manager for Meet AC, Atlantic City is reinventing itself from its traditional gaming persona to one that focuses more on family and cuisineIn addition to nine casino properties, Atlantic City offers tax-free clothing and shoe shopping, 20+ golf courses within 30 minutes of city limits, and seven wineries within an hourRandy Anger and Suzanne Pelisson Beasley from SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentSEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT:Special Canadian Resident Pricing has been extended until April 30, 2019 for SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island Tampa BaySeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Canadian Resident single-day visit is priced at US$74.99 plus tax and includes savings up to $30, valid for one year from date of purchaseNew two-park offers are valid for a total of two visits at any of the aforementioned parks for $99.99 plus taxCanadian Resident Any 2-Parks with All Day Dining (two visits at choice of SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica, Adventure Island) is priced at $139.99 plus taxNew attractions include Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando, a river rapids raft ride inspired by the rainforests of South America, and Ray Rush water slide at Aquatica, a first of its kind in the state of Florida raft rideCathy Reynolds, Lead Manager, IPW Press OperationsIPW:The 51st annual IPW takes place in Anaheim from June 1-5, 2019, and is expected to include 6,000+ attendees from 70 countries, including a 100-strong delegation from CanadaApproximately US$4.7 billion on future USA travel is booked as a result of IPW, with an additional one million in visitors coming to each host cityThis marks the 10th time IPW will take place in the state of CaliforniaAccording to Cathy Reynolds, Lead manager, IPW Press Operations, Canadian travel to the U.S. is coming back strong after a decline in 2016IPW has already booked host cities through to 2024: 2020 in Las Vegas, 2021 in Chicago, 2022 in Orlando, 2023 in San Antonio (first-time host city) and 2024 in Los AngelesRosalyn Hunter, Public Relations Director, VoX International, Canadian representative of Texas TourismTEXAS:In 2017, Canadian visitation to Texas crossed the half-million mark, with 503,000 Canadians making the tripThis increase over 2016 can be attributed partly to increased airlift; Air Canada offers 9,000 seats per week, nonstop, to four Texas cities (Austin, DFW, San Antonio and Houston), making it the state’s largest carrierOpened March 2018, the Fairmont Austin features direct access to the Austin Convention Center and offers 1,048 guestrooms and 42 suitesOpening next summer is the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, which will highlight the journey of the many who experienced the Holocaust and other social injusticesOpening in late 2018 is the 27-mile commuter rail line, Tex Rail, a US$1 billion project that will link downtown Fort Worth with DFW International AirportSeveral new hotels have opened in Houston, including the 225-room Le Meridien-Downtown, the 158-room Hotel ZaZa Memorial City, the 225-Hotel Alessandra, and the 250-room The Post OakMore news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNORTH CAROLINA:The state typically records half a million Canadian overnights each year, with one million in total driving throughAccording to Stephanie Freed-Burns, Account Manager, Visit North Carolina Canada Office, North Carolina is seeing an uptick of Canadians coming from the West, particularly AlbertaFollowing Hurricane Florence, Visit North Carolina is advising travellers to withhold from travelling to Wilmington for now; the Outer Banks was left unscathed, and inland, for the most part, is doing wellDid you know? There’s a place in the Outer Banks called ‘Canadian Hole’, named for the high number of Canadian visitors who come for the area’s windsurfing and kiteboardingcenter_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: America, Discover America, Media, tourismlast_img read more

Departing South Korean leader warns North Korea

first_img Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea’s outgoing president warns North Korea has pushed itself further into a corner with its recent nuclear test.President Lee Myung-bak said Tuesday in his farewell address that North Korea will only face international sanctions and isolation if it hangs on to its nuclear and missile programs.South Korea has pressed for tighter U.N. sanctions on North Korea since Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test last week. North Korea defends the underground blast as an act of deterrence against U.S. hostility. Lee leaves office next Monday. The relations between the two Koreas have frayed badly during his single, five-year tenure.His successor, Park Geun-hye, has called for reopening dialogue with Pyongyang but also remains firmly opposed to North Korea’s nuclear program.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   last_img read more

Qantas now with five A380s

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Qantas are currently flying five A380 aircraft and are anticipating the delivery of two new planes early next year. The fifth aircraft returned to service on Friday 24 December, after repairs were finalised by Lufthansa Technik. Strict inspection rules imposed on A380 operators Qantas, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines have been eased in regards to the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) now requires airlines to check the engines after 200 flights, with subsequent examinations every 100.EASA had required checks every 10 flights, later revised to every 20.last_img read more

Accomm industry unhappy with Fair Work Review

first_imgAustralia’s accommodation industry has attacked the current workplace relations scheme, claiming it has failed to consider small accommodations businesses. Accommodation Association chief Richard Munro was displeased with the results of the Fair Work Act Review.“While we are still digesting the detail of the report, the Accommodation Association notes that there’s no recommendation to change the definition of a small business which currently stands at less than 15 staff (total number),” he said.“In our submission, we called for the definition to be changed to being one which has 20 or less full-time equivalent employees.” Mr Munro was pleased that the Fair Work Act Review had had some success with individual flexibility arrangements, unfair dismissal and adverse action claims.“Recommendations that there is scope for greater cost recovery in unfair dismissal cases in certain circumstances, and that the intention of the employer in adverse action claims will be taken into account, will assist,” Mr Munro said.“Employers will also benefit from the Fair Work Ombudsman being notified of the existence of individual flexibility arrangements and having a defence available if they believed on all reasonable grounds that the legislative requirements of these arrangements had been met.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

Ginnie Mae Announces Changes to VA Refis

first_imgGinnie Mae Announces Changes to VA Refis Ginnie Mae Lending loans MBS Predatory Lending Refinance VA veterans 2018-06-01 Radhika Ojha in Headlines, News, Secondary Market June 1, 2018 710 Views center_img In a bid to further protect veterans from predatory lending, Ginnie Mae,  a government corporation that attracts global capital into the housing finance system to support homeownership for veterans and low- to moderate-income homeowners, recently issued an All Participants Memorandum (APM). The APM announced the implementation of changes to pooling eligibility requirements for Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) insured or guaranteed mortgages under the “Loan Seasoning for Ginnie Mae Mortgage-Backed Securities,” provision. These changes affect security issuances on or after June 1, 2018, but do not otherwise affect the guarantee or composition of MBS issued before that date.Under the APM, a refinance loan insured or guaranteed by the VA is eligible for the lender’s securities only if the note date of the refinance loan must be on or after:The date is 210 days after the date on which the first monthly payment was made on the mortgage being refinanced;Or the date on which six full monthly payments have been made on the mortgage being refinanced.Refinances that do not meet the condition defined in the APM are ineligible for inclusion in any new pool or loan package in the Ginnie Mae I or Ginnie Mae II MBS Program, including refinances that closed prior to the date of this announcement.Ginnie Mae is engaging with issuers to implement a cure for pools that have been submitted with non-compliant loans. The lender expects that the law will be effective in helping curb abuses that have been identified in connection with certain refinance programs utilized by veterans.Ginnie Mae MBS programs directly support housing finance programs administered by the Federal Housing Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the HUD Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service. Ginnie Mae is the only MBS to carry the explicit full faith and credit of the United States Government. Sharelast_img read more

BOSTON – The host of one of National Public Radio

first_img BOSTON – The host of one of National Public Radio’s most successful programs has been fired over allegations of workplace abuse.Boston radio station WBUR said Wednesday that “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook was cleared of sexual misconduct but created an abusive environment for staff. He’s been on leave since December.Ashbrook says he’s “deeply disappointed” and called his firing “profoundly unfair.” He apologized to colleagues who found him and the show’s pace “just too much.”The station had received complaints from 11 men and women who previously worked on the show and accused Ashbrook of verbal abuse, bullying and unwanted touching.Outside firms hired to investigate say Ashbrook didn’t violate sexual misconduct policies but was abusive in other ways.“On Point” is carried by more than 290 NPR stations. Host of NPR’s ‘On Point’ fired over workplace abuse claims by The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2018 12:37 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2018 at 12:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Dire conditions continue at Kofinou

first_imgMPs are urging the authorities step up efforts to improve the living conditions of minors living at the Kofinou reception centre for asylum seekers as no progress has been recorded since January when the children’s rights commissioner issued a report.The Cyprus Mail has learned that currently only half of the showers are usable due to parts missing and for most of the winter, hot water was a luxury. In addition, the sinks are not in good order and only two of the hotplates on four cookers in the communal kitchen work, and none of the ovens.A recurring issue is the unavailability of washing powder, shampoo and basic toiletries. The small monthly allowance residents of the centre receive, which can cover part of these needs, is always late, while that of the month of April is still pending.There are also serious security concerns expressed by the residents which are reportedly not addressed by the management.During a discussion at the House human rights committee of the progress made based on the recommendations of the commissioner’s report, MPs heard that between January and last week when the commissioner, Leda Koursoumba, visited Kofinou, several problems concerning the reception centre had not been resolved.Of the 292 people currently at the reception centre, 68 are under 18, MPs heard.The head of the human rights committee Stella Kyriakidou said that they will visit the reception centre on June 19 to inspect conditions.The problems that have not yet been resolved, according to Koursoumba, concern safety, lack of recreation programmes for minors, as well as spaces for these activities to take place in.“Many of the problems concerning the reception centre according to the commissioner derive from that it was meant for temporary stay but sadly, many families live there long-term,” Kyriakidou said.The poor facilities at KofinouAkel MP Skevi Koukouma said the same negative impression was made on the party delegation that visited the reception centre earlier in the year.“Sewage overflows and waste water flows where children play,” Koukouma said. She added that there is no nurse on site that can provide some care for the 300 people living at the centre.“There are many difficulties that need to be addressed,” Koukouma said. She also said that teachers at the Kofinou primary school, which has many children of the reception centre as pupils, must be trained to be able to help these children that face so many difficulties and better support them.“These are children that come from war-torn areas and that need psychological empowerment and support,” Koukouma said.She added that state representatives cited “as usual, financial and other difficulties”, when grilled over the lack of progress.Koursoumba had said in her report that social and educational services for children staying at the Kofinou centre need to be improved, and that the quality of education provided for these children by the local primary school ought to be improved. She proposed reducing the number of students per class, providing additional teaching time, the provision of free breakfast to all students, the presence of an interpreter or providing bilingual education, and securing insurance coverage for all students.As regards health and safety, the commissioner recommends that emphasis be placed not only on the basic needs of the minors such as shelter, food, clothing and education but also on their mental and emotional well-being.As regards the overall condition of infrastructure at the asylum centre, despite reassurances of the interior ministry in January that damage and technical problems mentioned in another re-port had all been dealt with by the public works department, current conditions prove other-wise.The report in question, prepared by Human Rights Commissioner Eliza Savvidou and the representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Cyprus Damtew Dessalenge, had said that living conditions at the reception centre were substandard. In January, the report had mentioned “damage in bathrooms – and as a result no hot water, damage in kitchens to ovens, broken faucets, exposed wiring and generally poor cleanliness along with scattered garbage and a stench coming from bins”.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more