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Tour operators threaten to boycott Tiger Hill in protest against traffic norm

first_imgDarjeeling: Tour operators and transporters have threatened to boycott the world famous sunrise spot Tiger Hill as a mark of protest against the new traffic system implemented by the Darjeeling Police from September 1.The Darjeeling police has restricted the number of vehicles to 300 daily to Tiger Hill from September 1. Coupons are issued the previous day from the traffic police office in Darjeeling town. Vehicles without valid coupons are not allowed to Tiger Hill. The system has evoked much criticism from the travel and transport stakeholders. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Thursday, a team representing the travel and tourism industries of this region met Tourism Minister Goutam Deb in Siliguri and handed him a memorandum appealing for a roll back. Following the meeting, the representatives talking to mediapersons threatened to call for a boycott of Tiger Hill. “As the response from the Tourism Minister was not very positive, we feel that we are not left with other options than to call for a boycott of Tiger Hill. We will appeal to all taxi and tour operators to boycott. However we request the Tourism Minister to review this system that has been forcefully imposed without consulting the stakeholders,” stated SN Pradhan, president, Himalayan Transport Coordination Committee. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe stated that the stakeholders had reviewed the ground situation prevalent at Tiger Hill. “The Forest department is coming up with five new parking spots where more than 1000 vehicles can be parked. These parking spots will become operational by September 15. Along with this we will be visiting Tiger Hill with Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) officials and engineers on Sunday to survey an abandoned road in Tiger Hill. This road will be repaired. Vehicles will ply on this road to the tower, drop passengers and come down the existing way to the parking spots. This way there will be no jams,” claimed Pradhan. “Tiger Hill is not a restricted route like Nathula. Instead of imposition they should talk to stakeholders and come up with a proper system. Otherwise the Tourism Minister should stop promoting Darjeeling,” stated Pradeep Lama, Spokesperson of the West Bengal Tourism Forum. A meeting of the police, district administration, GTA and stakeholders is in the offing. “A meeting will be convened by the District Magistrate soon in Darjeeling with the stakeholders. We hope that an acceptable system emerges from this meeting. I will also apprise the Chief Minister of the developments,” stated Deb.last_img read more

Shut It Down How the fate of 800000 migrants could shut down

first_imgWASHINGTON – Hundreds of thousands of young lives have suddenly become bargaining chips, the fate of undocumented migrants like Francis Madi now hanging in the balance of high-stakes haggling between two political parties.It could be decided by Christmas.Despite having only once visited her native Venezuela since she was brought to the U.S. 15 years ago by her mother, Madi is among the 800,000 people now facing the prospect of being sent back forever.They are perhaps those most affected by the election of Donald Trump — Madi recalls the feeling of dread when she realized on Nov. 8. 2016, that he was going to win. Later, she saw him announce the cancellation of her status. Now, she’s pinning her hopes on a bipartisan deal.“There’s a lot of fear and anxiety about what’s going to happen,” said Madi, now a college graduate, writer, actress and activist.The date she’s watching is Dec. 22.That’s the day the U.S. federal government will shut down unless the parties agree to a funding bill to keep the government operating. Democrats have made several demands, including something called the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act — better known as protection for so-called Dreamers, like Madi.It would guarantee that young people illegally brought to the U.S. by their parents, who have gone to school and have a clean criminal record, would have legal right to remain and work in the U.S.Barack Obama offered those protections in an executive order, but they never made it through Congress as legislation; Trump recently announced the program was being cancelled; now the phase-out is set to begin in the spring.That’s unless the parties reach a deal first.With that race against the clock, Democrats are trying to force the issue now, into a must-pass spending bill, using their crucial votes in the Senate. Senior legislator Nancy Pelosi promised to force the issue: “We will not leave (for the holidays) without a … fix.”It’s easier said than done.The parties are being pulled in opposite directions: a Republican base that either opposes a deal, or at least wants it attached to funding increases for border enforcement, versus progressives demanding a deal without conditions.That was illustrated at a pro-immigrant protest last week.Marchers outside the U.S. Capitol disparaged the idea of accepting tradeoffs like funding for deportation agents, or Trump’s coveted Mexico border wall, deriding it as an intergenerational betrayal.One sign described how such a deal might help young people, but hurt other immigrants: “Don’t use me to dehumanize my family.” Unless they get their straight-up bill, a so-called “Clean Dream Act,” they want Democrats to force a shutdown.Outside the Capitol, they chanted, in a call-and-response that began, “If we don’t get it,” and concluded, “Shut it down.”Trump has signalled a willingness to make a deal.But he has conditions. He wants money for his border wall with Mexico; more funding for immigration enforcement and deportation; a crackdown on so-called chain migration, meaning curbing immigration rights for immigrants’ families, and he wants it all negotiated separately, away from this must-pass funding bill.Immigration advocates say there’s no political reason to cave to Trump.For starters, helping Dreamers is popular. A Fox poll recently said 86 per cent of Americans want them to have work status. Also, one longtime advocate says any delay, or bargaining, could sink this reform.Frank Sharry says that is the goal of anti-immigration hawks, who are currently using two strategies: One is to use negotiations to demand poison pills like deportation funding, the other is to delay until legal permits start expiring.The immigration advocate says he’s seen the pattern repeat itself over the years. Whenever Republican leaders get close to a reform deal, they get pulled away at the last second by the hardline wing of the party.That’s why it’s now or never, Sharry says of the funding bill: “We’re deeply concerned that if we don’t pass it before the holidays, that we’re going to end up with a lot of Dreamers for whom this is their last holidays in America.”But some analysts suggest this fight is, in fact, no guaranteed winner for Democrats.The fivethirtyeight.com site compiled polling data to argue voters might not support Dreamers enough to back a shutdown. While people want to help Dreamers, surveys show the issue is a low priority and, further, most want extra border security in a deal.It couldn’t be a higher priority for Sammy Herrera.The 16-year-old came to Washington to protest. While she was born in the U.S., and is American, she feels personally touched by this issue. She has two friends in New York, in college, studying medicine and psychology, fearing deportation.She wants to work in immigration law someday.“It really sucks,” Herrera said.“It hurts me as well, even though I’m a citizen of this country. I’m still discriminated against, because of these stereotypes (against fellow Latinos), that have been thrown around by our president… It makes me ashamed to be American.”last_img read more

Social justice speaker series starts Wednesday

This year’s first talk in the Social Justice Research Institute’s speaker series is happening Wednesday, Jan. 27 at noon.Associate Professor Janet Conway, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, will present the first talk Contesting social justice: beyond the ‘modern political.’The talk – being held in the Walker Complex in 251 – will explore the shifts in the meaning and content of social justice and the role of class and identity as well as how politics and theories of social justice are shifting.The speaker series will feature mainly Brock faculty and postdoctoral fellows along with some researcher from outside the University.The presentations will be informal, and geared towards promoting exchange of ideas and collaboration. Students are welcome to attend.The second speaker will be visiting Fulbright Scholar Babette Boyd on March 21 at 5 p.m. Her talk is titled The Racial Contexts of Sexual Assault.Registration is encouraged by emailing sjri@brocku.ca but drop ins are welcome. read more

Black and yellow mimics OSUs scarlet and gray

I know a majority of the Ohio State fan base is composed of Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals fans. Just hear me out. It pains me to say it, but the NFL fan base most comparable to our Buckeyes’ is the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers’. Sure, there are slight differences. For example, Buckeye fans don’t appease their fat gullets (quite as much) with greasy sandwiches that have 18 layers of french fries, a Pittsburgh staple. Watching the Steelers clinch their fourth Super Bowl appearance in my lifetime reminds me that I dislike them and their fans for the same exact reasons the rest of the nation dislikes Buckeye fans. The national perception of us Buckeyes is that we’re brash, we annoyingly span every corner of this great nation and, generally, no one likes us. Same with the Steelers. But, Buckeye and Steeler nations have every right to be as arrogant as we are. Over the past decade, no other sports team has been as successful, save for, arguably, the New England Patriots in the NFL. I might be a Cleveland fan, but my attitude is the exact opposite as an OSU fan. In Columbus, I’m not waiting for the other shoe to drop. The other shoe drops on the opposing team, especially once Big Ten play starts. OSU has won seven conference titles in the last 10 years. The Steelers are just off the pace, as far as division titles go. They’ve won six. Pittsburgh doesn’t quite measure up in that respect, but it can boast that its coaching stability is even more impressive than OSU’s. Over the last 40 years, the Steelers have had only three head coaches, compared to OSU’s four. Consider today’s constant coaching turnover in professional sports: The Oakland Raiders have had three coaches in the last four years alone, and they were one of seven NFL teams to switch coaches before the 2011 season. You can see similarities in the players, too. OSU’s star quarterback, Terrelle Pryor, sells off a few trophies, signs a few autographs and gets preferential treatment from a tattoo parlor. The Steelers’ star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, signs a few autographs and gets preferential treatment from the police. Seriously, though, the tradition of sustained success is truly something to behold, no matter how much loathing the Steelers and Buckeyes face. Any hate directed at both most likely is intertwined with more than a hint of jealousy. The parallels are there, and it doesn’t make me any less of a Cleveland fan to admit it. It’s because, I know, during Super Bowl XLV, I’ll be the biggest Green Bay Packers fan this side of Brett Favre’s Mississippi. I won’t be alone. Most of America will be with me. read more

Man arrested after posting pictures of Grenfell Tower body on social media

first_img 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. At least 12 people are known to have died as fire ripped through the 24-storey building in the early hours of Wednesday morning.The Metropolitan Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of sending malicious communications and obstructing a coroner.Officers confirmed the arrest relates to the fire at Grenfell Tower and the man is in custody at a west London police station. A 43-year-old man has been arrested over allegations he posted pictures of a Grenfell Tower victim on social media.Images were posted of what appear to be a partially-covered body following the fatal blaze in north Kensington, west London.last_img read more

Minerals tiny sausages and bouncy castles surviving an Irish kids birthday party

first_imgOUR CHILDHOODS WERE some of the best times of our lives.But even in those relentlessly fun youthful years, there were some particular highlights. The day when you were the undisputed centre of attention, when siblings could be beaten with impunity, and when you were showered with gifts like some sort of exotic prince.That’s right. Childhood birthdays.Mixing mineralsFanta and Coke and 7Up in the one glass. And who on God’s green earth was going to stop you? A delicious, giddy high – not only wrought by the sugar, but the delightful wrongness of the mixed minerals. Taste aside, this was the best. Source: Very Happy PigParty gamesPin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel, musical chairs… We’ve really never managed to top the sheer exhilaration of childhood party games in our adulthood. Source: Flickr/fotologicEntertainmentFor those of us lucky enough, there might have been a magician or a clown. Or even… A BLOODY BOUNCY CASTLE. Source: Flickr/robinbylesThe foodCocktail sausages, more marshmallows than you could shake a stick at and – but of course – acres of Rice Krispie cakes, stretching yonder across the kitchen table as far as the young eye could see. Source: Flickr/Andrew HaywardThe PRESENTS!No explanation necessary. Source: The Meta PictureGoodie bagsAnd not only was the entire day full of sweets and mineral concoctions, but you also got to bring back a little plastic fun bag of delights. Childhood parties: the gift that kept on giving. Source: PartyBitsBalloonsEverything about balloons. Blowing them up, hanging them at the gate like a mark of the beast to indicate the party was on, balloon animals, balloon crowns – and finally, popping them in a friend’s startled face. Balloons, my friends. Balloons. Source: AngeliathisislifeBlowing out the candlesAnd making a wish, of course. Source: Flickr/Will ClaytonWhat was your favourite thing about birthday parties as a kid?Read: Man calls police after lunch stolen from office fridge>Read: 8 GIFs that prove that coffee is a wonderful, wonderful thing>last_img read more

Confirmed Kidney hands debut to Jackson and Marshall

first_imgIreland (v Scotland): R Kearney; C Gilroy, B O’Driscoll, L Marshall, K Earls; P Jackson, C Murray. T Court, R Best, M Ross; D O’Callaghan, D Ryan; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, J Heaslip (capt.)Replacements: S Cronin, D Kilcoyne, D Fitzpatrick, D Toner, I Henderson; E Reddan, R O’Gara, L Fitzgerald. IRELAND COACH DECLAN Kidney has taken the brave decision of dropping Ronan O’Gara for this Sunday’s pivotal Six Nations trip to face Scotland.Until yesterday, the 127-cap veteran had been expected to reprise the number 10 shirt after a hamstring injury to Jonathan Sexton.Today though, Kidney confirmed that Ulster’s 21-year-old out-half Paddy Jackson would instead be trusted with the reins as Ireland’s latest European campaign comes to a half-way point.Jackson will make his debut alongside his fellow uncapped Ulster team-mate, Luke Marshall, in a back-line which, with the exception of Conor Murray, is completely overhauled from the November defeat to South Africa at the Aviva Stadium.Donnacha Ryan is named in the second row, despite medics closely monitoring a back problem he aggravated against England on February 10.SurpriseAhead of him, Tom Court is another surprise selection at loose-head, Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne had expected to be next in line due to inclusion in the squad on the opening two weekends, but the Australian-born Court has excelled both in tight and loose exchanges this season as Ulster opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the RaboDirect Pro12.On the bench, a nightmarish period for Luke Fitzgerald looks to be at an end as he is invited back into the playing squad for the first time since August 2011. He is joined among the replacements by Devin Toner and Iain Henderson, both of whom could be called upon to play some time in the second row. The latter will hope to win his third cap and a first appearance in the Six Nations. ‘Let them come at us’: Ireland oozing confidence ahead of Scotland showdownlast_img read more

Brits expected to flock to the Greek islands with fares less than

first_imgJust in time for the Greek summer, Norwegian will commence flights direct from London to Rhodes as of 17 June, with fares from as low as £30 (approx. AU$50).Rhodes will become the fifth Greek island on the Scandinavian budget airline’s list of direct flights from London Gatwick, which currently includes Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia and Santorini.“We are offering UK passengers even more choice and lower fares than ever before to popular European destinations from London Gatwick,” Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer for Norwegian, told Express.“Rhodes is a fantastic addition to our growing UK route network, and with affordable fares from £29.90 one way, we expect Brits to flock to the Greek island this summer.”The weekly service, that will continue until 16 September, 2017, is part of the airline’s expansion which will see another 17 extra flights added from Gatwick to Scandinavia and the Mediterranean for the summer. The frequency of services to Kefalonia is set to increase from 26 March until 28 October, along with a new service operating to Chania.There will be additional flights to other destinations including Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Oslo, Aalborg and Stavanger.Norwegian has also announced plans to make transatlantic travel more affordable in 2017, aiming to offer fares from the UK to New York for just £56 (approx. AD$91) one way, made possible by using more fuel-efficient aircraft. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La pollution de lair atteint des records à Hong Kong

first_imgLa pollution de l’air atteint des records à Hong KongHong Kong – Lundi, la pollution de l’air a atteint des records à Hong Kong. Les niveaux à partir desquels il est recommandé à la population d’éviter toute activité physique ou sortie prolongée ont été très largement dépassés.Selon l’échelle en vigueur, il est déconseillé aux personnes souffrant de problèmes cardiaques ou respiratoires de sortir de chez elles lorsque le niveau atteint 100 points. Au-delà d’un indice 200, il est recommandé à toute la population d’éviter les sorties prolongées. Or lundi, la pollution de l’air a dépassé l’indice 400 à Hong Kong, voire 500 dans certains secteurs de la ville. Le dernier niveau record enregistré en juillet 2008 avait été de 202 points.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueCes fortes pollutions sont attribuées par les autorités aux émissions des usines du sud de la Chine, mais l’intense trafic routier en serait d’après une étude locale, la principale origine.Plusieurs grandes entreprises telles que Starbucks, Pacific Coffee, Ben & Jerry’s ou Pure Fitness, ont lancé une pétition le 5 mars dernier pour dénoncer la très mauvaise et dangereuse qualité de l’air de Hong Kong. Dans des encarts qu’elles ont publiés dans la presse, ces sociétés tentent de sensibiliser la population en rappelant que le nuage de pollution de la ville trois fois plus polluée que New York, “tue trois personnes par jour”.Le 24 mars 2010 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Zero Suit Samus

first_imgStay on target Zero Suit Samus Stuns The Crowd!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Zero Suit Samus. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Who Are They?The big twist in the original Metroid is that main character Samus Aran isn’t a robot or a man but actually a very powerful woman. It’s so tough to tell when she’s wearing that bulky armor. However, when she’s wearing something more revealing, like the Zero Suit, her femininity is much more obvious. Previously limited to fan service artwork for good completion times, modern Metroid games let you actually play as Zero Suit Samus for tense, underpowered stealth sections.Smash HistoryIn the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus fired a powerful laser to showcase both the new Final Smash mechanic as well as the new character the impact blast caused her to morph into. Her armor pieces shed off, she pulled out a plasma whip, and out emerged Zero Suit Samus. Later Smash games took out the transformation mechanic though and just let you play as either incarnation of Samus from the start.What Looks New in Ultimate?Whereas losing her armor makes Samus less powerful in her own games, Zero Suit Samus is by far a better character in Smash, especially with the jump boots she got in Smash Wii U/3DS. In fact, Ultimate mostly weakens her, particularly the potency of his paralyzing blaster attacks.Our Hopes?It’s getting a little creepy how much Zero Suit Samus content is out there these days. A big part of the appeal of Samus is how she’s strong and not sexualized, until she literally started taking her clothes off. In Ultimate we appreciate her more realistic body proportions. But we hope the game in general eases up on the cheesecake, except for Bayonetta.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

New Curriculum Launched by Education

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 8, 2016 – Six Turks and Caicos primary schools now have a new curriculum and it is being touted to reform and revise the way Turks and Caicos schools teach and how Turks and Caicos students learn and will churn out what the Ministry of Education is calling the 21st Century citizen.All three government primary schools in Provo, Eliza Simons and Ona Glinton in Grand Turk and private school, Best Institute were named today in a press conference at the Office of the Premier and led by the Minister of Education, Hon Akierra Missick.The consultation started in 2013 in a highly publicized launch, then there was silence but today the Ministry said that silence did not mean the plans were forgotten; in fact media was informed that there has been a laying of the proper foundation with grants and support from entities like the Caribbean Development Bank and the European Union.In January, a curriculum development officer, Rhonda Blackman-Smith was taken on at Education and this 27 year veteran is experienced in developing learning plans for institutions like the University of the West Indies Mona Campus and is a reviewer with British Education Research Journal and a member of American Education Research Association.Mrs. Blackman-Smith called the new curriculum fun and said this first of its kind developmental tool will run this school year for kindergarten to grade 2 and be evaluated at the end of the 2017 academic year.Some 300 parents and stakeholders turned out for a meeting at the Gus Lightbourne Gym Wednesday night to hear of the plan.Next time we tell you more about how this new system will change learning for children, how it will change teaching for educators and how it affects at home support from parents and families. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Rhonda Blackman-Smith, six TCI schools get new curriculum, TCI primary schools get new curriculumlast_img read more

PDM leader calls on residents to cease from destroying party billboards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 25, 2016 – “I have already addressed this issue this Election Season but feel the need to restate our position and to call on supporters from all Parties to cease the destruction of Party Billboards etc  immediately.The PDM as well as the PNP has been victims in having at least of its candidates Billboards pushed down or destroyed.  It is my understanding that PNP signs were pushed down and left at the scene.  I am also aware of the fact that the Billboard for our Five Cays representative and Party’s Deputy Leader has been totally removed inclusive of the wood whilst our Wheeland and Blue Hills candidate have had Billboards destroyed.  This is totally unacceptable and we are calling on those responsible to cease these actions right away.I have also in this Election Season called on supporters to rise above petty and personal attacks. I note with concern a statement on Facebook accusing the opposition of bashing. That statement we categorically deny as we have as a Party taken a firm position and this is why our Rallies have been met with such a positive response. We remain committed to sticking to the issues and to offering solutions/plans on how to better the lives of our people.We are not able to control every action of our supporters as one should be able to accept but we will continue to keep our standards high and no candidate or party official has to date engaged in such a petty campaign.”last_img read more

Air Station Kodiak Helicopter Pilot Earns Distinguished Flying Cross

first_imgThe Distinguished Flying Cross is America’s oldest military aviation award and none too easy to earn – it’s only awarded for remarkable acts of heroism.Hess (left) with Capt. Mark Morin, commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak. ( Photo courtesy of Lauren Steenson, U.S. Coast Guard)South of Cape Cod, Massachusetts one February morning in 2015, a helicopter team from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod hovered above a fishing vessel stranded in nine foot seas and 40 mph winds with conditions worsening.One of the pilots – now based in Kodiak – won a Distinguished Flying Cross Friday for his efforts that day.Lieutenant John Hess received his medal before members of Air Station Kodiak and his family in the coast guard base movie theater.Hess stepped onto the stage and described his experience that day, when the Coast Guard command center in Boston received a distress call from a man and his father caught in a winter storm. The two requested rescue after the ship had lost power and the storm had ripped away at their sails.Hess named a number of challenges that arose during the mission, including the failure of the primary hoist control unit. The team used a backup hoist instead, the basket of which swung towards the second survivor’s head as the rescue swimmer strove to help him.Hess described the obstacles that piled up against him and his team.“First it was lightening, second it was the hoist failure and then it was the swimmer getting electrocuted, and then it was anti-ice failing and then we went home. It’s just like what’s next? It’s like I keep saying, the laws of threes. Things come in threes, but it came in fours of fives for us that day. You know, they all felt like challenges that we had to overcome. We got out there, so we’re at a high. As soon as we felt like we were unstoppable, something knocked us back down,” Hess said.Hess called the flight mechanic, who operated the hoist, their keystone.“Without him, we could not have done this mission. He opened the cabin door, his visor froze, his glasses froze, so now he’s down to uncorrected vision looking into the freezing spray. I mean, flight mechanics now… that can’t be easy,” he said.He said one of the more strenuous moments came after the rescue on the way home.“With the icing above us, our limited fuel, the inability to break out on an approach, just like Alaska jets coming in here when they have to go around because they can’t see, the ceilings were 100 feet above the runway with less than a quarter mile visibility – so that’s not very far. And all the blowing snow – it would be really hard to see anything. And then everything in the whole entire Cape Code area is covered in three or four feet of snow at this point. Just not a whole lot of landing options at that point. If you can’t land, you run out of gas.”Hess said, had they failed to land, the backup plan would have meant flying to an island and landing on a beach. The situation never reached that point, and the two fishermen and the team all survived.last_img read more

Masked thieves steal 11000 copies of Modern Warfare 3 in France

first_imgTomorrow marks the launch of Modern Warfare 3 across the U.S. and Europe, but gamers in France, and in particular the capital city of Paris, may be disappointed to find the game missing off store shelves come the morning (or midnight launches). That’s because $1 million worth of copies of the game have been stolen as they were being transported through the suburbs of Paris.Two truck hijacks were carried out on Saturday morning by thieves wearing ski masks. Both trucks left from the same distribution facility operated by Xfire, but took different routes.The first hijack occurred at 7:30am and saw a vehicle hit the delivery truck that must have seemed like an accident as the driver stopped and left the safety of the driver’s seat to assess the damage. He was soon confronted by the thieves wielding knives and tear gas. It didn’t take them long to drive off with the truck.The second hijack occurred at 8:30am and was a little more obvious with a vehicle blocking the road completely as the truck approached. This group of three had guns instead of knives so probably felt a little more confident about getting the driver to exit the truck. That truck also disappeared along with thousands of copies of the game.So far the authorities have turned up nothing, which suggests there’s a warehouse somewhere containing the two trucks. As for the games, around 780,000 Euro worth were taken, which equates to around 11,000 copies in total. They will likely find their way into the hands of gamers somehow.The question is, how will Activision handle this? As they are legitimate copies is there any way to tell if someone goes online having purchased one?More at Le Perisien (translated), via New York Postlast_img read more

Special Police Observer expresses satisfaction over preparedness in poll bound Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dubey on Monday expressed his satisfaction over the preparatory work done by the district and police administration in connection with the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.Dubey, who reached the city on Sunday evening, held a video conference with the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of five districts in the state, which are going to polls in the first two phases. “I took stock of the ongoing work regarding the elections and also asked them about any requirement. They are doing well,” he told reporters after the conference. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDubey, who held a series of meetings during the day, had a short interaction with the media in the afternoon, where he reiterated that the Election Commission will take all possible measures to ensure free and fair elections in the state. “It is not correct that all booths in the state are sensitive, as claimed by some political parties. They can claim so but they have to furnish evidence,” Dubey said. Sources in the commission said that Dubey, who gave a patient hearing to the political parties, asked them to provide evidence against their claims so that the commission can take action against them. Dubey’s advice came in the wake of some political parties alleging partiality of the state administration and police. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWhen asked whether there will be Central Forces in all the booths, the IPS officer from Andhra Pradesh said: “We are yet to decide on the deployment pattern. We will see the existing state forces and then examine the availability of Central Forces and strategise the force management.” Dubey began his day by holding a meeting with all political parties in the state. He followed it up with an extensive discussion with the senior BSF and CRPF officials at the Port guest house, strategising the possible deployment of forces in the first two phases of election. He then accompanied Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab to Nabanna. Subsequently, Dubey held a meeting with state Chief Secretary Malay De in presence of state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya. He then held a detailed meeting with DG Virendra on the pending arrests warrant. The Police Observer ended his day with the video conference. He will again meet the state officials on Tuesday before flying to Jalpaiguri. Meanwhile, a Trinamool Congress delegation led by MLA Tapas Roy made a number of complaints against BJP for making provocative statements and trying to instill a sense of fear among the voters. “They are making statements in a manner that is giving the impression that the commission and the Central Forces are functioning under their instructions. I have brought this to the notice of the Police Observer,” Roy said. Mukul Roy, who led the BJP delegation to the CEO’s office, claimed that the CEO was acting in a partial manner. It has been learnt that the CEO was not present when Roy interacted with the Observer, though he was present during the meeting with the political parties. When asked to comment on Roy’s claim, Additional CEO Sanjoy Basu said: “I shall not say anything on this because it goes against the protocol and decorum.”last_img read more

CMS to Cancel Mandatory Cardiac Bundled Payments and Joint Replacement Payment Model

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 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 | 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 Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 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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Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Feature | Radiology Business | August 16, 2017 | Dave Fornell CMS to Cancel Mandatory Cardiac Bundled Payments and Joint Replacement Payment Model CMS says proposed rule to offer greater flexibility and choice for hospitals in orthopedic care for Medicare beneficiaries Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more CMS may change how it reimburses for knee replacements and said it may eliminate bundled payments for acute cardiac care.August 16, 2017 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to reduce the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (Innovation Center) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model from 67 to 34. In addition, CMS proposes to allow CJR participants in the 33 remaining areas to participate on a voluntary basis. In this rule, CMS also proposes to make participation in the CJR model voluntary for all low-volume and rural hospitals in all of the CJR geographic areas.CMS also is proposing through this rule to cancel the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and the cardiac rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model, which were scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2018. Eliminating these models would give CMS greater flexibility to design and test innovations that will improve quality and care coordination across the in-patient and post-acute-care spectrum. This includes care to patients who receive treatment for heart attacks, heart surgery to bypass blocked coronary arteries, or cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack or heart surgery.CMS has delayed these bundled payment initiatives twice since President Trump appointed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH. Both have been critics of mandatory bundled payments. Cardiac bundled payments were supposed to begin July 1, 2017 and were pushed back to Jan. 1, 2018.The original intent of the bundled payments was to move away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement to a fee-for-value model. The idea was to force hospitals to become more efficient in order to reduce their healthcare costs. The cardiac EPMs includes patients with myocardial infarction who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with or without stenting, and coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG). “Changing the scope of these models allows CMS to test and evaluate improvements in care processes that will improve quality, reduce costs and ease burdens on hospitals,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Stakeholders have asked for more input on the design of these models. These changes make this possible and give CMS maximum flexibility to test other episode-based models that will bring about innovation and provide better care for Medicare beneficiaries.”Moving forward, CMS expects to increase opportunities for providers to participate in voluntary initiatives rather than large mandatory episode payment model efforts. The changes in the proposed rule would allow the agency to engage providers in future voluntary efforts, including additional voluntary episode-based payment models.  The EPMs and the CR incentive models were designed as mandatory payment models and implemented via notice and comment rulemaking to test the effects of bundling cardiac and orthopedic care beginning in 2018. They were established by the Innovation Center under the authority of section 1115A of the Social Security Act (the Act).“The American College of Cardiology will continue to work with CMS on opportunities for clinicians to participate meaningfully in Advanced Alternative Payment Models,” said American College of Cardiology (ACC) President Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., FACC. “As we move from volume-based care to value-based care, the path forward is challenging and we must work together to find solutions.”At the Summer 2017 National Governors Association Meeting in July, Verma said CMS is starting a major deregulation initiative. She said the move is designed to make it easier for healthcare providers and states to spend more time and resources focusing on delivering care, and less time and resources trying to comply with complex regulations that do not meaningfully improve care, quality or safety. Read comments made by Verma and Price at the July meeting.For more information on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, please visit: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/cjr. For more information on the EPM and CR models proposed for rescission, please visit: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/epmThe proposed rule (CMS-5524-P) can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection. Public comments are due by Oct.16 at 11:59 pm EST. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Emmanuel Macron teams up with Facebook in a bid to fight hate

first_imgYesterday, Emmanuel Macron announced in a speech at the Forum on Internet Governance that the French government will establish a joint working group with Facebook. This means that Facebook will allow French regulators inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech. This collaboration is a result of Macron’s trial project called “smart regulation”, which he intended to extend to other tech leaders such as Google, Apple, and Amazon at the Tech for Good Summit held in May, this year. This six-month experiment starting in early 2019 will allow representatives of the French authorities to access the tools, methods, and staff of the social network responsible for hunting racist and anti-Semitic content, homophobic or sexist and determine if Facebook’s checks on these issues could be improved. Mr. Macron said, “It’s a first. And a very innovative experimental approach, which illustrates the cooperative method that I advocate.” According to TechCrunch, “the regulators will look at multiple steps such as how flagging works, how Facebook identifies problematic content, how Facebook decides if it’s problematic or not and what happens when Facebook takes down a post, a video or an image”. “It is unclear whether the group will have access to highly-sensitive material such as Facebook’s algorithms or codes to remove hate speech”, according to Reuters report. Nick Clegg, the former British deputy prime minister who is now head of Facebook’s global affairs said, “The best way to ensure that any regulation is smart and works for people is by governments, regulators and businesses working together to learn from each other and explore ideas.” Regulators could introduce widespread regulation without consulting the company. But this process should lead to fine-grained regulation. To know more about this news in detail, head over to TechCrunch and Reuter’s full coverage. Read Next Following Google, Facebook changes its forced arbitration policy for sexual harassment claims Facebook GEneral Matrix Multiplication (FBGEMM), high performance kernel library, open sourced, to run deep learning models efficiently A new data breach on Facebook due to malicious browser extensions allowed almost 81,000 users’ private data up for sale, reports BBC Newslast_img read more

Jamaica to host a tourism resilience summit

first_imgJamaica to host a tourism resilience summit on September 13 which will be held at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The summit will address events that disrupt tourism, such as climate change, epidemics and pandemics, terrorism and cybercrime, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s tourism minister, announced recently. Under the theme of ‘Tourism Resilience through Global Synergies’, the meeting will analyse the existing and emerging problems that impact the tourism industry. Attendees will look for a way that government, non-government and business entities can address these issues and work together to mitigate them.According to Bartlett, this meeting will set the stage for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre’s official launch next January. Located at the University of the West Indies, Mona, the centre will work to address and attack the same issues the summit will begin to tackle.last_img read more