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Evacuated northern Alberta residents happy to return home

first_imgAPTN National NewsA community in northern Alberta is breathing a sigh of relief now that residents are allowed to return home.Several out of control forest fires forced residents to leave earlier this week.APTN’s Chris Stewart talked to some of the people are glad to be home.last_img

Tommy Lakes Fire reassessed at just under 17000 hectares

first_imgThere are currently 90 firefighters, 7 helicopters, and 7 pieces of heavy equipment fighting the massive fire, and crews are primarily trying to establish machine guard and conduct controlled burning operations if conditions permit, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure nearby. Crews are continuing to work at contain fire growth to the north of the North Nig Road and are building a guard west of the Tommy Lake Road towards the Beatton River. Sprinklers will be installed on the bridge at the 56 kilometre mark of the Tommy Lakes Forest Service Road. An area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded. Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only:travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is continuing its battle against the largest wildfire currently burning in this province, which is located about 150 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.According to the latest update from the Wildfire Service, the Tommy Lake Fire is sitting at 16,954 hectares in size and is zero percent contained. An Incident Management Team has set up operations to spearhead efforts at battling the fire, which is currently burning in a northeasterly direction.  A map of the area that has been scorched by the Tommy Lake Wildfire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service A map of the area that has been scorched by the Tommy Lake Wildfire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service A map of the area that has been scorched by the Tommy Lake Wildfire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service A map of the area that has been scorched by the Tommy Lake Wildfire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. The evacuation area starts at the junction of the Beatton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road, following north along the Beatton Airport Road and ending at the bridge on the Beatton River; then SE along the Beatton River stopping at Two Creeks road near the Beatton River; and SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beatton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road. A reception centre for evacuees has been set up at the Pomeroy Sports Centre located at 9324 96 Street, Fort St. John.last_img read more

Blatter Was Involved in Bribe Paid by South Africa: Source

Rabat – New information published by South Africa’s Sunday Times claims that Sepp Blatter was involved in the recent FIFA World Cup scandal. The source says the Swiss top FIFA official was part of the bribery scheme in which South Africa paid a sum of money to three FIFA executive members in exchange of supporting its 2010 World Cup bid.An email exchanged between FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke and South African government personnel shows that Blatter was aware of the deal arranged between South Africa and the former FIFA members involved the corruption scheme. In the email, Valcke asks for the payment to be made, adding that the $10 million was “based on discussions between FIFA and the South African government, and also between our President (Blatter) and President Thabo Mbeki,” reports the South Africa Sunday Times, according to the Associated Press.According to American investigators, the $10 million was offered to Jack Warner and two other former FIFA executives as compensation for their vote in favor of South Africa’s 201o World Cup bid.South Africa denies the charges as well as any involvement of its former President in the corruption scandal. It further claims that the amount of money was afforded to FIFA to help the development of soccer in the Caribbean region, a region that was presided by Jack Warner, who has been indicted by the US investigators.American former FIFA executives told investigators that Warner was one of the beneficiaries of the $10 million paid by South Africa, and admitted that he received bribes in connection with the 2010 World Cup scandal awarded to South Africa.The investigations surrounding FIFA scandals promise to deliver more surprises.Famous British newspaper, The Sunday Times, said it had handed tapes to FIFA in 2010 revealing that the vote held in Zurich on May 15 to determine the host country of the 2010 World Cup was rigged.The same source added that Ismael Bhamjee, former FIFA executive from Botswana, said in an undercover investigation that Morocco was the actual winner of the election by two votes, but FIFA awarded the hosting rights of the World Cup to South Africa. read more

UN tribunal clears two Rwandans accused of genocide crimes against humanity

17 November 2009The United Nations-backed tribunal tasked with trying atrocities committed during the 1994 Rwandan massacre of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus today acquitted a priest who had been charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, a day after it did the same in the case of the brother-in-law of the country’s former president. The United Nations-backed tribunal tasked with trying atrocities committed during the 1994 Rwandan massacre of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus today acquitted a priest who had been charged with genocide and crimes against humanity, a day after it did the same in the case of the brother-in-law of the country’s former president. Judges presiding at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ordered the immediate release of Hormisdas Nsengimana – accused of being a leader in “Les Dragons” or “Escadrons de la Mort” (“Death Squad”) – from the ICTR detention centre in Arusha, Tanzania.During the genocide, Mr. Nsengimana was a rector of the prestigious Catholic school, Collège Christ-Roi in Nyanza. He was also alleged to be at the centre of the extremist Hutu gang that planned and carried out targeted attacks in and around the school and other parts of the region.The Trial Chamber said the Prosecution failed to establish the factual and legal basis to convict Mr. Nsengimana for criminal responsibility in the deaths of several Tutsi priests, a judge, and many other Tutsi victims. Insufficient evidence was presented to the Court to find him guilty of establishing and supervising three roadblocks in the vicinity of Christ-Roi, mounted to intercept and eliminate Tutsis.Yesterday, the ICTR also acquitted and released Protais Zigiranyirazo, brother-in-law of the former Rwandan President, after a successful appeal to overturn his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity. The Appeals Chamber found several serious factual and legal errors in the Trial Chamber’s assessment of Mr. Zigiranyirazo’s alibis, in relation to both events on which his convictions were based. read more

Political accountability central to democracy peace and prosperity – UN officials

“Political accountability is central to meeting the generational challenges of today’s world. Poverty, crime and violence thrive in States that are not accountable,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said in remarks to the joint hearing with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the General Assembly, held at UN Headquarters. “Countries with corrupt and repressive institutions – where the rule of law is weak – face a greater risk of civil wars, criminal violence and terrorism,” she added. “This was documented in this year’s World Bank World Development Report. “But we do not need a study to appreciate the damage caused by repressive governments,” Ms. Migiro continues. “The Arab Awakening was a reflection of the fundamental human longing, especially among young people, for democracy, dignity and accountable governments.” She stated that political accountability and democratic governance are inseparable, and both are essential to peace, development and human rights. “As parliamentarians, you embody political accountability. At your best, you hear citizens and express their will. You check the power of governments. You pass laws that foster just societies. You promote peaceful dialogue to overcome tensions. And you ensure that national resources are distributed fairly.” Today’s gathering provides an opportunity to discuss how the UN system can work better with the IPU, the international organization of the world’s parliaments. “We share the same goals: to promote democratic governance, and to translate international commitments into national realities,” Ms. Migiro noted, adding that there are four ways parliaments can help achieve this. The first is to practice accountability, she said. This means holding regular, credible and transparent elections, and it requires a solid legal framework guaranteeing freedom of speech, assembly and the media. “Second, represent your populations,” she told participants, noting that in too many countries, a room full of parliamentarians looks nothing like a sample of the country’s people. He highlighted the need to bring in more women and to ensure that minority groups have seats in parliaments. Parliaments must also squarely confront corruption and organized crime. “These erode political accountability and democratic governance,” Ms. Migiro said. “Like termites, corrupt practices hollow out weak institutions from the inside. And they destroy people’s trust in the State.” “Fourth, make sure individuals let go of power when their time is up,” she stated. “And when the separation of powers is under threat, be vigilant and assert yourselves. The peoples of your countries count on you to be front-line defenders of democratic governance and constitutionality.” General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser noted that political accountability is a pertinent theme for the two-day hearing. “All over the world, populations are calling for more responsive government that works for the good of society as a whole.” He said that, globally, the issue of accountability is best seen in the workings of the 193-member General Assembly, which he called the most legitimate world body. “It is the only place in the world where all countries come together as equals, regardless of their power and wealth – one member, one vote!” Over the next two days, participants will discuss issues related to the situation of youth, the role of civil society and the management of public funds. Mr. Al-Nasser noted these issues are also on the agenda of the Assembly, in one way or another. He voiced the hope that the discussions will contribute to re-defining current notions of accountability and strengthen the ways in which accountability is effected. On the margins of the hearing, Mr. Al-Nasser met with Mevlut Cavusoglu, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, with whom he exchanged views on Palestine’s application for UN membership, the Arab Awakening, and the subject of mediation and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Mr. Al-Nasser also met with Ranko Krivokaptic, Speaker of Montenegro’s Parliament, discussing issues such as the Assembly’s role in strengthening global accountability, and boosting cooperation between the IPU and the UN. 28 November 2011Top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of political accountability to promote democracy and ensure a more peaceful and prosperous world. read more

Japanese economy grew better than expected AprilJune

TOKYO — Japanese government data is showing Japan’s economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment.The Cabinet Office reported Friday Japan’s gross domestic product or GDP — the total value of a nation’s goods and services — was lifted by solid spending in the private sector as well as government investment, although exports faltered.Worries have lingered in the region over the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which threatens global and regional growth.President Donald Trump has threatened to impose 10% tariffs on all Chinese imports to the U.S. not already hit with tariffs of 25%. China retaliated by weakening the yuan but later stabilized the yuan.The Associated Press read more

Demographer Ethiopian hospital winners of UN population award

The awards, announced yesterday by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), will be presented in July at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Each winner will receive a certificate, a gold medal and an equal share of a monetary prize.Mr. Caldwell, this year’s winner in the individual category, is one of the most influential and prolific scientists in the field of population, according to nomination papers sent to the award committee. The Emeritus Professor of Demography in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in Canberra has published well over 300 articles and his work to frame the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa as a demographic, epidemiological and sociocultural phenomenon is unparalleled.Mr. Caldwell’s 1976 paper, “Restatement of demographic transition theory,” which examines changing directions of intergenerational wealth flows, remains the single most influential work in this area, according to the nomination papers. The majority of his research concentrates on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital won the award for outstanding achievement as an institution. Founded in 1974, it uniquely specializes in the treatment and care of women living with obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that damages a woman’s birth canal and leaves her incontinent.The hospital provides free medical care to over 1,200 women annually and has treated over 25,000 women. It uses a holistic approach to restore the health and dignity of fistula sufferers and offers literacy classes, physiotherapy and support to help women rejoin their communities once they are cured. The hospital has also become a teaching institution for surgeons throughout Ethiopia and the developing world. read more

UNICEF appeals for end to war on children in Syria and Yemen

In a tightly worded statement, UNICEF pointed out that since Sunday, 28 children were reported killed in Idlib and western Aleppo, located in northern Syria.The death toll included an entire family of seven.Furthermore, three UNICEF-supported health facilities were also attacked, two of which are now out of service.“The war on children in Syria is putting at least one million children at risk in Idlib alone,” said the statement, attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.These latest incidents follow the deaths of 21 children in Yemen last week, killed when their school bus was hit during an airstrike.For Juliet Touma, UNICEF Chief of Communications in the region, they represent an escalation in attacks on children.“There’s obviously a war on children,” she told UN News, explaining that ongoing fighting means children in the two countries are being deprived of basic rights such as access to healthcare and education.The Syrian crisis began nearly eight years ago with civilians continuing “to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life,” according to the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.UNICEF reported that more than five million children there require humanitarian assistance, with nearly half forced to flee their homes.Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said three years of fighting in Yemen means nearly two-thirds of the population requires some form of aid relief or protection support to survive.“Across the region there are about 30 million children who need humanitarian assistance,” Ms. Touma said, also referring to the situation in places such as Libya, Sudan and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.“So, children under attack…and that needs to come to an end.” read more

Queen makes history with Sapphire Jubilee Royal gun salutes mark 65year reign

first_imgMembers of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, central London, after staging a 41-Gun salute to mark the 65th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne 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. The Queen attending church in Sandringham on SundayCredit:Pete Maclaine/Images A portrait by David Bailey, taken in 2014 and showing the Queen wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift, has also been reissued. Royal Mail's Sapphire Blue £5 stamp The Queen attending church in Sandringham on Sunday A new £5 coin designed by Glyn Davies to celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Members of the The KingÕs Troop Royal Horse Artillery stage a 41-Gun salute in Green Park, central London A 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company was fired at the Tower of London at 1pm. The Queen receives flowers from Jessica Atfield, three, after a church service on Sunday “It is a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation that she is not marking becoming the first monarch to reign for 65 years with any special celebration but instead getting on with the job to which she has dedicated her life.”She has truly been an inspiration to all of us and I am proud, on behalf of the nation, to offer our humble thanks and congratulations on celebrating this Sapphire Jubilee.” Royal gun salutes were staged in London on Accession Day, as is the tradition, with a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon.The Band of the Royal Artillery played a selection of celebratory music close to the firing position as 89 horses pulled six First World War-era 13-pounder field guns into position in the park. The Queen celebrated her 90th birthday last year, with activities including a walkabout, beacon lighting and a black tie dinner for family and friends in Windsor on her actual birthday.A weekend of national celebrations, including a party on The Mall, was held for her official birthday in June. David Bailey's portrait of the Queen The Duke of Cambridge will this summer become a full-time royal, increasing his official duties on behalf of the Queen.William and the Duchess of Cambridge carried out an engagement on Monday, but not to do with the Queen’s record-breaking reign.They attended Place2Be’s Big Assembly at a primary school in north London to mark Children’s Mental Health Week.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May has offered her congratulations to the Queen, hailing her as “truly an inspiration to all of us”.Mrs May said it was “a testament to her selfless devotion to the nation” that the Queen had made clear she did not want official celebrations to mark the historic milestone.She added: “Today’s Sapphire Jubilee marks yet another remarkable milestone for our remarkable Queen.”I know the nation will join with me today in celebrating and giving thanks for the lifetime of service Her Majesty the Queen has given to our country and to the Commonwealth.center_img David Bailey’s 2014 portrait of the Queen, showing her wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift, has been reissuedCredit:PA The Royal Mint is marking the 65th anniversary with a range of specially designed Sapphire Jubilee commemorative coins, as the Royal Mail issues a Sapphire Blue £5 stamp. It is likely that any large-scale jubilee celebrations will be reserved for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 – although any events will take into account the fact that Queen is due to turn 96 that year. The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee, with royal gun salutes to mark the historic day.On February 6, the anniversary of the day she became Queen, Elizabeth II has reigned for 65 years.She is expected to commemorate the landmark date privately at her Sandringham Estate, Norfolk, with no official engagements planned. The Queen, who missed church over Christmas due to a heavy cold, may well be matter-of-fact about the historic occasion.In 2015, when she thanked the nation for its kind messages after overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she admitted the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.She added: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.” The Queen was in good spirits on Sunday as she greeted well-wishers after attending a church service at St Peter and St Paul in West Newton, Norfolk. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery stage a 41-gun salute in Green Park, central LondonCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Royal Mail’s Sapphire Blue £5 stamp The Queen receives flowers from Jessica Atfield, three, after a church service on SundayCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park, central London, after staging a 41-gun saluteCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The Royal Mint of a new £5 coin designed by Glyn Davies to celebrate the Queen's Sapphire Jubilee Show more Three-year-old Jessica Atfield, who dressed for the occasion in a union flag skirt, was delighted when she handed a bunch of flowers to the Queen.last_img read more

Bring in laws to force companies to make recycling labels simpler MPs

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. There are dozens of recycling symbolsCredit:Westminster Council Even the Keep Britain Tidy logo is confusing for consumers Credit:Keep Britain Tidy  Retailers should be forced to introduce binary labeling to clearly inform consumers whether a product is recyclable or not, amid widespread confusion, two industry leaders had said.Stuart Lendrum, Head of Packaging at Iceland, told the Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee that the government must introduce laws to simplify the current system which uses dozens of symbols, most of which the public does not understand.Karen Graley, Packaging Manager at Waitrose, agreed that the government should legislate.“Absolutely, we’d support that, moving to a binary label as soon as possible so we make it easier for consumers to understand what to do with the material and a piece of packaging,” she told MPs.The comments were made as part of the select committee’s inquiry into ‘Plastic food and drink packaging’. The Telegraph recently launched a Zero Waste campaign calling on the government, local councils and private companies to do more to boost the country’s recycling rates and make the process simpler.The UK has no national strategy for recycling with local authorities accepting a variety of materials and processing them in different ways, which means some households are able to recycle specific items when others are not.The current recycling labeling is also confusing with a plethora of different labels which indicate whether a product can be recycled or not. The Keep Britain Tidy ‘tidyman’ logo, for example, which shows a man putting paper in a bin, is often mistaken for a ‘recyclable’ sign, when it is just encouraging people to pick up litter. There are dozens of recycling symbols Even the Keep Britain Tidy logo is confusing for consumers  A separate survey by YouGov on behalf of Keep Britain Tidy and Brita UK, also found that just half of businesses are offering recycling services in the workplace, while four in 10 are doing nothing to reduce plastic waste, a new survey has found.The study of more than 1,000 small to medium sized firms (SMEs) found just a quarter believe they have a responsibility to help customers and staff reduce their use of single-use plastic. And fewer than one in five (18 per cent) have replaced single-use plastics with reusable alternatives. Nearly half (44 per cent) do not think their business has a responsibility to provide recycling facilities in the workplace and only one in three (29 per cent) think they are responsible for encouraging customers to recycle.There are 5.7 million small and medium-sized businesses in the UK, accounting for 99 per cent of all businesses.Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, said: “This research makes for shocking reading but it is not simply about knocking businesses for inaction – it is about understanding the barriers they face and looking to work with them to offer the expertise, support and guidance that will help them transform for good.“Keep Britain Tidy is a charity that is focused on developing solutions and, through these solutions, helping businesses tackle the problems of waste, including single-use plastic.“The public are willing to get out there and do something to clean up the plastic that they see around them – more than half a million volunteers gave their time during the Great British Spring Clean to do just that – and businesses must support the public by playing their part.” Sarah Taylor, Managing Director of Brita UK, said: “The last few years have seen a sea change in our awareness of the impact of single-use plastic on the marine and wider environment.”It’s been exciting to see so many household name businesses take big steps to reduce their single-use plastic footprint, from providing staff with reusable alternatives, such as reusable water bottles and coffee cups, to trialling refill schemes for customers in stores.”Real change will only be achieved if the business community comes together to find solutions to the challenges posed by single-use plastic.” Conversely the symbol of a man putting a bottle in a bin surrounded by a triangle means that it is glass which should be recycled.Likewise, the recycling triangle logo containing a number inside seems to suggest a plastic is recyclable.  But numbers ‘3’ for PVC and ‘6’ for polystyrene are virtually never recycled by councils because it is too difficult. Mr Lendrum told MPs that there were too many different types of material being made, and too much confusion for consumers.“We need fewer materials, we’ve got to simplify the material mix of what’s being used, we’ve got to simplify the labeling to support that and move to a binary ‘it’s recyclable or it’s not’ and make it mandatory so it’s the same labeling on every single pack that’s on sale in the UK,” he said.“We’re not at the mandatory labeling system yet, we’re not yet at the binary labeling system and we still have too many different materials.”  read more

Conan OBrien releases tablet app with unique sync feature

first_imgLate night host Conan O’Brien has had a Team Coco phone app for iOS and Android for some time. It lets you watch clips and full episodes, and get your fill of Conan without turning on a TV. But, until today, there was no tablet app. That has changed with the release of the Team Coco tablet app for iPad and Android tablets.The Team Coco tablet app provides the same episode content that the phone apps do, but it also adds a two-screen “Sync” feature. It aims to provide extra content to accompany viewing on another screen. So if you’re tuned in to a broadcast of Conan on TBS, you can enable the Sync feature, and the app will give you bonus content, including extra commentary and social features.That doesn’t sound particularly revolutionary, but the cool thing about Sync is that it isn’t tied to TBS broadcasts. When the Sync feature is activated, the tablet’s microphone will listen in and determine the exact part of the specific episode you’re watching, and deliver the appropriate bonus content. This means that you can watch a DVR version of last Thursday’s Conan, and still get the extra commentary on your iPad. You can watch last night’s episode on your PC, and follow along with extra material on your Galaxy Tab.For those who aren’t into “bonus features,” the app still serves as a great way to watch Conan episodes and clips. It is sponsored by AT&T and is riddled with ads from the carrier. This can be somewhat annoying, but considering that this app could save you from watching cable TV — which both costs money and has many more ads — that’s a relatively small price to pay.More at Team Cocolast_img read more

Gardaí are changing their uniform policy so members can wear the hijab

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I very much welcome the Commissioner’s decision to facilitate alterations to the Garda uniform on request to accommodate religious and ethnic diversity. Commissioner Drew Harris said the force needs to “become a much more diverse organisation so that we properly reflect the society we serve”.He said: “That is why our campaign is focusing on people who might not have previously considered a career as a Garda member. They have the skills we need for a policing role, but they might not have thought they could transfer those to being a Garda.“We want to encourage people from all walks of life to join us. We are looking for diversity not only in background, but also in skills.”An Garda Síochána is to allow the wearing of the turban for members of the Sikh community and the hijab for members of the Muslim community. An Garda Síochána has identified such matters as a major barrier to some people considering becoming a Garda member.This approach is in line with that adopted by police services such as the PSNI, Police Scotland, New Zealand Police, NYPD, and other police services in UK, Australia and Canada.“We hope that this will encourage people from minority communities to join An Garda Síochána. We want to demonstrate to them that An Garda Síochána is an inclusive employer that is serious about becoming more diverse,” Harris added.In 2013, the High Court dismissed a challenge by a member of the Irish Sikh community after he was not allowed to wear a turban while training for the Garda reserves.Two years ago, Police Scotland announced that the hijab had become an optional part of its uniform.In a statement, police said the decision ”will encourage women from Muslim communities, who may previously not have seen policing as a career option, to reconsider”.Other police forces have permitted their officers to wear the turban or hijab for some time, with both being allowed by the Metropolitan Police in London for over 15 years. By Garreth MacNamee Gardaí are changing their uniform policy so members can wear the hijab and turban There is a new recruitment drive for gardaí. 31,023 Views Apr 4th 2019, 12:11 AM 196 Comments center_img Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 12:10 AM Share330 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4575632 Short URL THE GARDA COMMISSIONER has decided to allow alterations be made to the garda uniform for religious and ethnic reasons as a campaign to recruit new officers was launched. Under the changes, gardaí will allow the wearing of the turban for members of the Sikh community and the hijab for Muslims.Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan announced the launch of this year’s recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána and said that all sectors of society should be represented within our police force. Flanagan encouraged all those interested in supporting that mission, to consider applying.He said: “An Garda Síochána is an integral part of those communities, where they forge connections which have helped maintain public respect for our policing service.last_img read more

Putting Panic Into Perspective IARC Says Processed Red Meat Linked to Cancer—What

first_imgEarly this week the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a report classifying processed meats like hotdogs and ham as carcinogenic to humans. The report also classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic” to humans.The International Food Information Council Foundation (IFIC) published an article in response to the announcement, breaking down what the classifications do and do not mean. Click here to read.last_img

EXCLUSIVE 48 cite a good worklife balance as their top workplace priority

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than half (48%) of respondents cite a good work-life balance as the top priority they look for in a workplace, according to research by Sodexo Engage.Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 36% of respondents rank an active recognition programme as a priority in the workplace, and 50% of these respondents state it is their single highest priority.The research also found:33% of respondents look for an inspiring workplace as a priority, and 10% of respondents admit this is their highest priority.20% of respondents value an organisation that fosters a good team spirit.39% of respondents cite a lack of recognition or appreciation as a cause of demotivation at work.25% of respondents name a bad manager as the greatest factor in workplace demotivation.Iain Thomson (pictured), director of incentives and recognition at Sodexo Engage, said: “In an increasingly competitive jobs market, business leaders can’t afford to underestimate the importance of creating an inspiring workplace. These survey results clearly show how important this is for employees, so employers must take note if they want to attract and retain their industry’s best people.“At a time when job hopping is increasingly common, it is essential that businesses start assessing what they can do to inspire their workforce. Creating a good work-life balance for employees and offering rewards that they truly value are just two of many ways they can achieve this.”last_img read more

FW Launches eBook Subscription Plan

first_img[Editor’s Note: This story first appeared on Folio: sister site minonline. ]The all-you-can eat model for digital media has done wonders for Netflix and Spotify in video and music segments, and so it was just a matter of time before more book publishers tried the idea on the exploding eBook market. Enthusiast magazine and book publisher F+W Media is starting with the artist vertical in its Artist’s Network eBook Club. Over 100 of the most popular art instruction volumes are available online, fully illustrated and enhanced with interactive functionality for a $199 subscription fee.The eBooks are designed for universal access from Web browser and eventually from iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android-based devices. Device access is coming soon according to the site. But the current browser interface lets the reader filter the collection by art medium and other parameters. Bookmarking, searching, chapter navigation etc. are all integrated into the reader. Notes can be implanted within your reading version of the ebook. The subscriber can maintain folders of recently read items for easy reference. The subscription also allows for reader Q&A with F+W experts. According to F+W Chief Digital Officer Chad Phelps, the subscription will be available to device users in the next 7-10 days via apps in the iOS App Store and for Android. Phelps tells Folio: sister site minonline that the $199 price tag is in line with the market norms. “We have similar products with a similar value proposition in this space for artists,” says Phelps. “The price is based on the depth of content available, unlimited access and use, and the value of the specialized content.”F+W says that the new model, which is based at the ebooks.artistsnetwork.com site overcomes two of the common choke points in ebook distribution—discoverability and compatibility. The site-based approach helps a targeted audience of enthusiasts find the books they most want without navigating multiple app stores. And the books are compatible across an otherwise fragmented device terrain of eReaders and their competing operating systems. A specialty publisher with a close relationship to its niche constituency is best able to find the target audience and craft an ebook portfolio tuned to their needs says F+W CEO and chairman David Nussbaum in a statement. “We have a unique vantage point in that we are in direct communication with our millions of customers every day, and have been for years,” he says. “This valued relationship, this open dialogue, allows us to create and directly deliver the exact products and services our customers seek. Lack of discoverability is not holding us back.” F+W plans to roll out similar eBook clubs across other verticals in coming months. Niches such as writing, firearms, romance fiction, genealogy, craft and woodworking will get subscription services as well. All of them will use the back-end technology iPublishCentral from Impelsys.More on this topic Red 7 Media Launches Research and Consulting Practice PBAA and IPDA Announce Merger It’s All About Data: How Magazine Media Wins the Digital Advertising Challenge Quad Offers Realistic But Promising Outlook on Magazine Trend Mobile 101: How PCWorld is developing a Scalable Mobile Business Financial Firms Actively Investing in Media and InformationJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered bylast_img read more

VIDEO WHS Boys Basketball Falls To Burlington High

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Boys Varsity Basketball team lost to Burlington High, 83 to 42, on Friday, December 14.Wilmington got off to a fast start, leading 20-8 in the first quarter. But the offense stalled for the Wildcats. Stephen Anthony (14 points, 8 rebounds) led the offense for Wilmington.Watch Wilmington Community Television’s complete coverage of the game below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Wildcat TV After School Club Starting At Wilmington High SchoolIn “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”REMINDER: Spots Still Available In All Wildcats Summer Sports ClinicsIn “Sports”last_img read more

RISE College inks pact with Code Tantra

first_imgOngole: The RISE Krishna Sai Group of Institutions chairman Sidda Venkateswara Rao announced that they are introducing a tool, Code Tantra for the first time to students to practice software coding effectively. The CEO of Code Tantra, TSV Ramana said the tool is the best platform to improve their coding skills. He said that the student can log into their account from anywhere and continue the practice of coding. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us He added that the software also helps them to learn the concepts in the classroom with an example. He appreciated the management of RISE for spending about Rs 1 crore for the coding software for their students. The RISE groups honorary chairman Iskala China Rangamannar, secretary and correspondent Sidda Hanumantha Rao said that the training on the tools like Code Tantra helps the students to get jobs in MNCs and that is the reason they entered an MoU with them. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us They said that as part of their efforts to provide the best teaching facilities, they introduced a new 250 computer lab in the college. The noted writer Yandamuri Veerendranath also appreciated the college for their concern towards the career of the students. The college director AV Bhaskara Rao, principal Dr KV Subrahmanyam, Professor JV Raman, and HoDs of various departments also participated in the programme.last_img read more

We go lips on with the PicoStills delightful gin

first_imgWhen PicoBrew announced its PicoStill, a $249 distilling add-on to its Pico C brewing system, I was nonplussed. How could you produce good whiskey or gin in a compact system? Well you can. Since then I’ve tried PicoBrew’s beer system and was very impressed — and now, after a solid taste of the PicoStill’s gin, I’m a convert.The $549 PicoBrew is a Keurig for beer. You purchase a self-contained pod of ingredients that fits inside the PicoBrew’s brewing belly. Then you fill another tank with distilled water and the PicoBrew boils, brews and flavors your beer. I made a few beers and both were very nice. The PicoStill adds another wrinkle to the process by pulling out the alcohol using a low heat distillation system.Interestingly, the PicoStill can separate out the heads and tails of the distillation process automatically, ensuring you get only the tastiest part of the distillation. This also means the PicoStill keeps you safe and headache free, as many of the problems with home distilling involve capturing the wrong chemicals like acetone, acetate and acetaldehyde. A separate chamber drains off the nastier parts of the brew.“By developing technology that automatically separates the methanol from the heads, we have significantly reduced the dangers inherent in distilling spirits,” said CEO Dr. Bill Mitchell. “The PicoStill provides commercial distillers a versatile, safe, and easy to use small batch distilling solution.”So how does it taste? Two of our intrepid reporters tried a gin made with the still and pronounced it tasty and drinkable. Our own Matt Burns called it “delightful” and smooth with gentle floral notes reminiscent of Bombay Sapphire. While it won’t have all the polish of a bottled spirit, you can definitely have fun turning wine, beer and other mashes into a tasty tipple or oil essences and, in the end, that’s all that matters. picobrew1-3 picobrew1-2center_img picobrew1-4last_img read more

Agfa Highlighting New DR Advances at RSNA 2016

first_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more October 12, 2016 — Agfa Healthcare recently announced that its offerings at the 2016 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) will center on the them of “Care You Can See.” The theme encompasses products across Agfa’s full portfolio, from dynamic imaging powered by Musica image processing to its converged Enterprise Imaging platform and its specialized departmental workflow and image management services.In 2016, Agfa HealthCare received Frost & Sullivan’s North American Product Leadership Award for Digital Radiography, highlighting the strong comprehensive performance of its DR portfolio.The Musica image processing software offers excellent image quality, while supporting care providers’ goals of delivering the lowest patient radiation dose reasonably achievable and a smooth and efficient workflow, which results in greater productivity. For the first time at RSNA 2016, Agfa HealthCare will demonstrate the power of Musica image processing on dynamic imaging. Dynamic imaging is not currently available in the United States and Canada.  In addition, Agfa’s Fast Forward to DR program helps providers upgrade their imaging equipment at an affordable cost, often with no capital expense. The flexible program allows healthcare organizations to leverage their existing imaging investments, resulting in higher quality images, the potential for lower radiation dosages when cesium (CsI)-based detectors are used, increased productivity and a smooth, more efficient workflow. Fast Forward to DR includes step-by-step, individualized return on investment guidance from Agfa’s team of specialists to help the health system get the most from Agfa’s high-quality digital radiography.For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | October 12, 2016 Agfa Highlighting New DR Advances at RSNA 2016 Company will demonstrate the application of its Musica image processing software on dynamic imaging Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more last_img read more

FDA Grants Breakthrough Designation to PaigeAI

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Digital Pathology | March 08, 2019 FDA Grants Breakthrough Designation to Paige.AI Designation expedites product development and provides priority regulatory review for clinical-grade artificial intelligence in pathology 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. March 8, 2019 — Artificial intelligence (AI) startup company Paige.AI has been granted Breakthrough Device designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its AI designed to enhance the clinical diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is the first such designation for AI in cancer diagnosis publicly announced by any company, according to Paige.AI.The FDA’s Breakthrough Device designation is granted for technologies that have the potential to provide for more effective diagnosis or treatment for life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases. For these technologies, timely availability is in the best interest of patients because no approved alternative exists or because the technology offers significant advantages over existing approved alternatives. The Breakthrough Device program was created by the 21st Century Cures Act.Paige.AI was launched in early 2018 based on technology developed by company co-founder Thomas Fuchs, Ph.D., and his colleagues and a license agreement with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). MSK began digitizing its pathology slides four years ago. Under the license agreement, Paige.AI receives de-identified images of digitized slides – more than 1 million such slides to date — and is funding the digitization of an additional 4 million archive slides, which in total will create the largest digital pathology dataset. Paige.AI is working with this de-identified dataset to develop a comprehensive portfolio of AI products across cancer subtypes to serve the needs of pathologists around the world.For more information: www.paige.ai FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Digital Pathology | August 15, 2019 Push for Personalized Medicine Driving Whole Slide Imaging System Growth Research on personalized medicines is gaining popularity in the cancer research industry, which has increased the need… 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 last_img read more