BC works to safeguard livestock during another tough wildfire season

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s agriculture minister says critical lessons learned from last year’s wildfires that had ranchers and producers suffering devastating losses will help save animals during another season that could force more people from their properties.Lana Popham said Wednesday the province’s premises identification program, which was meant to trace cattle back to an operation during a disease outbreak, allowed animals to be rescued last year after evacuation orders were issued.“As the fires increased last summer and this program seemed to have so much value we saw those numbers increase significantly,” she said of more farmers and ranchers registering for the program. “That’s allowing us to get into areas that have been identified as heavy agricultural, livestock areas and be able to assess a situation and move those animals out as needed.”In some cases, grazing cattle remained safe in certain areas after ranchers have left due to encroaching fires, Popham said, adding 35,000 livestock were on the loose last year at the height of the worst wildfire conditions.“This program allows them to re-enter into evacuation zones and tend to their livestock so it’s extremely important for people to be registered for this program and I think over the last two years, especially, that message has hit home.”So far this season, 13,000 livestock, mostly cattle but also sheep, horses and pigs, have been in areas affected by evacuation orders and alerts, Popham said, adding ministry staff are working with the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association to co-ordinate alternate grazing sites, organizing emergency feeds and helping with the relocation of animals.“We won’t often know if they’ve been lost until they don’t come home later in the fall,” Popham said. “I have heard reports of cattle that have been burned, but no numbers on that yet.”Williams Lake is one of the hardest-hit areas, Popham said.“The emotional toll that these farmers and ranchers are feeling is tremendous. And we saw this last year. You see some of the strongest farmers you know break down when they realize some of their animals aren’t coming home.”After the 2017 wildfires, the federal government provided $20 million in funding to help farmers and ranchers, but Popham said her ministry has not made any requests for financial help so far this year as it awaits assessments on areas that weren’t affected last year.The wildfires prompted the province to declare a state of emergency last week, and it is expected to be in place until next week but may be extended if necessary.Ryan Turcott, a fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said 563 fires were burning in the province, with 16 new ones starting on Tuesday.The Shovel Lake fire, west of Prince George, is one of the largest, at more than 868-square-kilometres, and has a crew of 236 battling it, though thick smoke was the biggest challenge because visibility problems prevented the use of aircraft, Turcott said.He said some precipitation is forecast for next week in parts of the province but only prolonged rainfall will make a difference in combating the fires.Residents of the tiny British Columbia community of Lower Post, near the Yukon boundary, were the latest to be forced from their homes on Wednesday.About 80 people received evacuation notices as the BC Wildfire Service warned a 40-square-kilometre blaze to the south had moved within five kilometres of the village and also threatened the enclave of Skooks Landing.DriveBC, the B.C. government’s online service for travellers, says nearby wildfires had closed Highway 97, the Alaska Highway, from the Yukon boundary to Coal River, southeast of Lower Post.Evacuees were being directed to the recreation centre in Watson Lake, Yukon, about 20 kilometres away.Officials have said roughly 3,000 B.C. residents were under evacuation orders due to wildfires and thousands more on alert as hundreds of blazes char timber and bush in all areas of the province.last_img read more

Jon Kaplan was all heart no ego

first_img Facebook Advertisement People in the Toronto theatre community have been doing a lot of hugging this week.And that’s appropriate. Because we’ve all lost one of our dearest, kindest, most supportive friends. And he was a hugger.In fact, I can’t remember simply shaking Jon’s hand, but we must have when we first met. It was almost 20 years ago, and I had just been hired as a theatre writer at NOW. Jon took me out for lunch on the Danforth (where NOW was then located), and we talked about how we would cover the busy Toronto scene together. Notice that word: “together.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jon was never territorial about what he wanted to review. No “first-string” or “chief” theatre critic ego. We always evenly divided up what we would review. Why? Firstly, because he was just nice. Secondly, he would catch whatever show I was reviewing himself, later. But finally, and most importantly, Jon knew that great theatre could be found anywhere. Not just in the big and medium-sized houses, but in a theatre school graduation production, in a theatre-for-young-audiences show, in a clown show. And especially in the thriving indepen­dent scene, which he championed from the start. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Detroit show has SUVs horsepower but electric cars are few

first_imgDETROIT — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production.Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports cars on display as cheap gasoline helps SUV and truck sales continue their dramatic climb.So how credible is the industry’s pledge to move toward fuel-efficient vehicles when it keeps cranking out more lucrative trucks and sport utilities?Some environmental groups contend that companies aren’t really interested in efficiency because they’re making tons of money from the sales of less-efficient SUVs and pickup trucks. These groups also say that without government fuel economy requirements, automakers won’t make progress toward electric vehicles that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Auto executives, however, say they’re already moving to more fuel-efficient trucks and SUVs, some now coming with gas-electric hybrid power systems. Soon there will be many electric SUVs, they say.“Every one of our SUVs has hybrids somewhere in the future, hybrids or electrified vehicles of some sort,” says Craig Patterson, Ford’s SUV marketing manager.Patterson will help show off a new version of the Ford Explorer big SUV at the auto show starting Monday, and it will have an optional hybrid power system. It is Ford’s first hybrid SUV in six years, and the company also has plans for a fully electric SUV based on the Mustang sometime next year. Seven battery-powered vehicles are planned for the U.S. by 2022, even a hybrid pickup truck.General Motors plans a Cadillac electric vehicle in 2021, and more than 20 that run on batteries or hydrogen in four years. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, wants to increase the number of electric models from six to over 50 by 2025. Other brands such as Audi, BMW and Porsche and Jaguar are rolling out electric vehicles.But in December, almost 72 per cent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were SUVs and trucks, up from 49 per cent at the end of 2012. Because of the shift, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are cancelling some or all of their sedan lines. At the same time, they are hedging their bets by planning electrics and hybrids to give people fuel-efficient SUV options should gas prices rise from the current national average of around $2.24 per gallon.Design work on the Explorer and other vehicles being introduced at the North American International Auto Show began more than three years ago, when automakers thought their new vehicle fleet had to average about 36 miles per gallon by 2025 under U.S. fuel economy standards. That’s about 10 mpg more than the current standards.But the Trump administration has proposed freezing those standards at 2020 levels, a move that will spark a court challenge and a fight with California, which can set its own gas mileage and greenhouse gas standards. A decision on freezing the standards at around 30 mpg is expected later this year.Simon Mui, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council who works on clean vehicles, said if the standards are frozen, years of improved efficiency will come to a halt.“I tend to treat these automaker promises to roll out electric vehicles kind of like New Year’s resolutions,” he said. “There’s often a gap between what they promise and what they actually deliver.”The government requirements are needed to make sure each automaker does their part, Mui said. Stable requirements bring down technology costs, and consumers benefit from using less fuel, he said.But auto executives say they’ve been working to squeeze more efficiency out of the internal combustion engine, to the point where there isn’t much else they can do except add electric power.Ford’s Patterson says even though gas is cheap, the company will sell the higher performance of hybrids, with gas engines boosted by instant electric power for acceleration. Consumers, he says, will be willing to pay for that. Also, due to technology breakthroughs, Patterson says hybrids no longer cost much more than standard engines.Ford plans to keep working as if the government won’t freeze fuel economy standards because it doesn’t know what will happen. “You have to meet it at some point, and you’re going to have to build (for) California,” he said.Still, selling hybrid and electric vehicles is tough in an era of cheap gas. In the U.S., fully electric vehicles amounted to less than 1 per cent of new vehicle registrations through August last year. Yet globally, Navigant Research predicts huge growth in the next seven years, from just over 1 million sales this year to 6.5 million by 2025. The surge is expected because of government incentives in China.Even so, automakers could get stuck with slow-selling electrics in the U.S. because of concerns over their limited range, and because it will take three to five years for battery and other costs to fall to about the same as gasoline engines, said Asutosh Padhi, senior partner and co-leader of the automotive unit at the McKinsey management consulting firm. U.S. consumers always want more utility and performance for less or the same price, he said.Another problem is a $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles is starting to expire for some automakers, Padhi said.“It’s yet another headwind for electric vehicles in the near-term, until the performance picks up, until we get to cost parity,” he said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Swedish bank fires CEO amid money laundering probe

COPENHAGEN — The chairman of one of Sweden’s largest banks says it has dismissed its chief executive in the wake of allegations that the bank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries.Lars Idermark says Swedbank’s CEO Birgitte Bonnesen was fired after “developments during the past days (that) have created an enormous pressure for the bank.”Idermark said that a board meeting on Thursday appointed the CFO, Anders Karlsson, as acting chief executive.The decision came a day after Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority raided the banks’ headquarters. Prosecutors are investigating whether 15 of Swedbank’s largest shareholders illegally received information about the bank’s connection to the money laundering scandal before Swedish television reported on the issue for the first time last month.The Associated Press read more

Maithripala tells Rome summit environment priority in Sri Lanka

He thanked the FAO for the assistance given to Sri Lanka and its people, especially during periods of national disasters such as floods, drought and landslides that occurred causing much damage, especially to poor farming communities, by providing them with urgently required food and provisions.He also thanked the FAO Director General for inviting him to address the opening session of the 24th Session of the Committee on Forestry and described it as a great honor to Sri Lanka, and personally to him. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena said that forests provide many socio-economic benefits, including food, energy and shelter, which are basic human needs and to sustain the products and services that help meet these and other needs, forests must be sustainably managed. “The agenda ahead of you is very comprehensive and challenging,” he told the international gathering.He pointed out that more than 50 percent of the land area in Sri Lanka was covered by forests two centuries ago and now the total dense forest cover of the island is estimated at 29.7 percent of the total land area of the country. He explained the programs the Government has launched to enhance it to 32 percent. President Maithripala Sirisena told a summit in Rome today that the environment is given priority in Sri Lanka.He said that mega or even medium level projects should conduct environmental impact assessments before commencing activity. Delivering the Inaugural Speech at the opening ceremony of the 24th Sessions of the Committee on Forestry, of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome today (July 16), President Sirisena said the Committee on Forestry is the right platform for the forestry experts to share knowledge, discuss, debate and take decisions for the progressing of the global forestry sector. read more

Supposed evidence in Kane case was faked prosecutor

The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane says the accuser’s mother lied about finding an evidence bag in her doorway. The alleged victim’s former lawyer, Thomas Eoannou said earlier this week that an empty evidence bag was placed inside the door of his client’s mother’s Hamburg, NY home, raising questions about possible evidence tampering. The alleged victim’s former attorney abruptly quit the case yesterday, saying he believes there were “fabrications” in her mother’s report. Frank Sedita, district attorney for Erie County, New York spoke to the media today, saying all of the evidence remains in police custody. “Neither bag, not that plastic bag, not that hospital bag contained the rape kit. They are not evidence bags. The forensic evidence in this case was not tampered with, nor was it compromised.”“The last person seen with the brown paper bag on August the 2nd, 2015, was the same person who reportedly discovered the same paper bag, that being the complainant’s mother.”The alleged victim’s lawyer says he’s still confident in the woman’s allegations against Kane. The woman alleges Kane sexually assaulted her at his waterfront mansion outside of Buffalo on August 2nd. He has not been charged. read more

Stocks to face pressure from slowing economic conditions eurozone turmoil

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market looks set for another tepid showing this week with buyers discouraged by data showing further deterioration in economic conditions and rising uncertainty from the eurozone.Market performance is also starting to look eerily similar to 2010 and 2011 when indexes started off strong, only to flag part way through the year.The Toronto market ended last week down another 1.48 per cent. That left the main index down 2.17 per cent from where it started the year, when traders were pleasantly surprised at a run of economic data that came in better than expected, including American job growth that was finally exceeding 200,000 jobs a month.“I think part of the problem is that people got carried away (earlier this year),” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“We had a big runup in the markets as economic data surprised on the upside because expectations were too low last October, November. And then expectations came roaring back and we heard people on TV for weeks saying how wonderful everything was getting, same thing they said in 2010, 2011.”Another indication that things are less than wonderful came in on Friday when China released data showing that industrial production rose 9.3 per cent from a year earlier in April, slowing from a nearly 12 per cent increase in March.Markets are getting increasingly hopeful that the U.S. Federal Reserve will ride to the rescue again with a third round of economic stimulus known as quantitative easing. This involves the central bank printing money in order to buy bonds, which helps keep interest rates low and encourages people to buy equities.But Johnston notes that the Fed is going to need more bad data in order to justify another round of easing.“The data will ultimately force the Fed to do that,” he said, but it’s not going to be a matter of the central bank doing so just because the market thinks it’s time to provide another round of stimulus.“In a toxic political environment, it’s going to need clear evidence because (Fed chairman Ben) Bernanke will have to sit down in front of those Republicans and say, ‘we were justified in doing this’. The data will have to be weak enough to create some good anxiety and I don’t know that we are there yet.”The latest round of eurozone turmoil will also weigh on markets this week as it looks increasingly likely that Greece will be forced into another round of elections. Greeks went to the polls May 6 but no party emerged with the strength to form a government.The uncertainty surrounding the debt-plagued country also helped depress commodity prices last week as traders avoided riskier assets and piled into the safe haven status of U.S. Treasuries.It’s now expected that Greeks will have to return to the polls next month. But at the same time, analysts are suggesting that events are accelerating and Greece will ultimately be forced out of the eurozone.Gavin Graham, president of Gavin Investment Strategy, notes that two-thirds of the Greek electorate voted for parties that didn’t vote for the austerity programs that have enabled the country to survive on a series of bailouts.And there seems to be a growing realization that the tough medicine prescribed to Greece hasn’t worked.“Fact is, even after stiffing the bondholders 75 per cent, even after shrinking the economy five per cent and rampant austerity and high unemployment, it’s not working,” Graham said.“The resolution is that Greece and the Club Med countries leave the euro. That’s become the conventional wisdom that the moment Greece goes you have Portugal, Ireland and Spain and probably Italy as well.”On the economic front, traders will take in the latest inflation data from Canada and the U.S.In Canada, economists look for price pressures to ease in Friday’s inflation report despite rising gasoline and home prices, which were up 0.3 per cent in April following a 0.4 per cent gain in March.The American Consumer Price Index is expected to climb 0.1 per cent in April after rising 0.3 per cent in March as gasoline price increases moderate.Also in Canada, the March read on manufacturing sales will be released on Wednesday. Economists expect sales to rise by 0.3 per cent following a similar-sized decline in February, reflecting a slide in exports for a third month in a row.Traders will also look at the latest gauge of the health of the U.S. economy when April retail sales are released Tuesday. Those sales likely rose a by a modest 0.2 per cent in April, the smallest gain so far in 2012. Stocks to face pressure from slowing economic conditions, eurozone turmoil by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2012 6:00 am MDT read more

Argentina must ensure independence of its judiciary – UN expert

A United Nations expert today called on Argentina to ensure the independence of its judiciary, following reforms passed earlier this month that affect the election process of the Magistrates Council which appoints and removes judges.“The State has the responsibility to ensure the independence of the judiciary by respecting its laws and international standards,” stressed the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul.Last week, the Chamber of Deputies decided to change the process to designate the members of the Magistrates Council. The draft law, which still needs to be voted on by the Senate, subjects the members of the Council to popular elections, with candidates being channeled through political parties.“By providing the opportunity for political parties to propose and organize the election of the directors, the independence of the Magistrates Council is put at risk, which seriously compromises the principles of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary, which are fundamental elements of any democracy and any rule of law,” Ms. Knaul said.According to media reports, the draft law would give the majority party control over the Council, enabling it to impeach judges by a simple majority, instead of the two-thirds vote required now.“The provision on partisan election of members of the Magistrates Council is contrary to Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Basic Principles on the Independence of the judiciary,” Ms. Knaul said.The draft law also modifies the requirements to be a candidate to become a member of the Council, and reduces the majorities required for the adoption of relevant decisions, including for the removal of judges, with no possibility of appeal.“I call on Argentina to establish clear procedures and objective criteria for the dismissal and punishment of judges, and to ensure an effective process through which judges can challenge those decisions in order to safeguard judicial independence,” said the Special Rapporteur.Independent experts or special rapporteurs like Ms. Knaul are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

UN rights office urges Gambia to release detained protesters

“We have received worrying reports that some of them, who are still in detention, have been tortured,” Spokesperson Rupert Colville of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva. “There are also reports that their family members have not been allowed to visit them, and some have been denied access to medical care.”OHCHR also reiterated its call to the Gambian authorities to launch an impartial investigation into the reported death in custody of Solo Sandeng, Chairman of the youth wing of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) on 14 April.Two other female opposition figures, Fatoumata Jawara and Nogoi Njai, who had been feared dead, were found in custody – but reportedly in very bad condition.The Office is also deeply worried about the situation of Alhagie Ceesay, Director of the Teranga FM radio station, who has been on trial for sedition and false information since July 2015. Ceesay has been hospitalized on several occasions for serious health problems reportedly due to torture and ill-treatment he has endured while in detention. He was last seen alive on 11 April.“We urge the Gambian Government to clarify his whereabouts, ensure that he is not submitted to torture and ill-treatment, and guarantee that his right to fair trial is fully respected,” the spokesperson said. read more

NBA Finals LeBron James Heat Halfway To Championship

The Miami Heat have been here before. . . just last year. They had two victories in the NBA Finals, but the Dallas Mavericks ran off four straight wins to send LeBron James and Co. into a long, disappointing summer.After leading the Heat to a 91-85 Game 3 victory in Miami Sunday for a 2-1 series lead over Oklahoma City, James said it is different this year.”It’s all about chemistry,” James said. ”Last year I didn’t make enough game-changing plays in the Finals. I’m just trying to make game-changing plays.”James had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Dwyane Wade 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Heat, who host Game 4 Tuesday. It is a must-win game for the Thunder, whose late-game execution Sunday was awful. Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but he had to be benched late in the third quarter, when OKC had built a 10-point lead.With Durant sitting, Miami mounted a run, retook the lead and used strong defense to thwart a Thunder comeback. Still, it took two late turnovers and a missed Russell Westbrook open three-pointer that would have tied the game.James’ poor performance was part of the problem in last year’s NBA Finals, but he seems on top of his game this time. His 3-pointer sent the Heat to the fourth quarter with the lead, and he scored five straight Miami points when the Heat were building just enough cushion to hold off another late flurry by the Thunder.“We carry that pain with us (from last year),” the Heat’s Chris Bosh said. “We think about it every day and that really helps us to succeed in this series.”“I just feel like we’re a more experienced team,” Wade said. “I’m not saying we want it more. But we understand the situation better.” read more

Woman unconscious found lying on decomposing husband in Cummings Lodge home

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCummings-Lodge decomposing body: Man died as a result of malaria, typhoidJune 8, 2017In “Health”Cummings Lodge decomposing body: Wife in severe shock, no marks of violence found on husbandJune 7, 2017In “Crime”Woman found unconscious in home with dead husband takes life weeks laterJune 26, 2017In “Crime” The community of Cummings Lodge on the lower East Coast of Demerara was on Monday evening shocked to discover resident teacher Cindy Dawson in an unconscious state, reportedly lying on the decomposing body of her husband Kevin Dawson in their Hugh Ganie Park, Cummings Lodge, ECD home.While reports are sketchy, this publication understands that the couple were found by the woman’s colleagues, who went to her home after she did not report for work on Monday. A stench was emanating from the house, and this caused Dawson’s colleagues to become suspicious. They forcibly opened the door and, upon entering, found the couple.The house in which the couple were foundShe was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she remains a patient.Police have since launched an investigation. read more

PPP considering serious legal challenges …if list withdrawal issue not addressed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLegal battle looms over appointment of GECOM chairJanuary 12, 2017In “latest news”‘Constitutional compliance’ needed on GECOM Chair appointment before moving forward- Opposition LeaderNovember 2, 2017In “latest news”Opposition Leader edges closer to submitting new list of nominees for GECOM chairApril 18, 2017In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoAmid concerns that hundreds of people whose name appeared on backers list for various political parties having difficulty removing it, the People’s Progressive Party says if the issue is not addressed by GECOM, it will look at mounting legal challenges.“If GECOM doesn’t address this citing some, because I suspect the disappearance of the CEO has something to do with this but I don’t want to unkind or unfair to him I hope that they will dress this, but if they don’t address this then I foresee serious legal challenges” Jagdeo saidOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressed the on the ongoing issue with regards to having the names of people  removed from voters lists on which their named appeared on but they are unaware or it was maliciously put there.“If they don’t remove these names, then that would be tantamount to allowing that to happen in this country, that I can say that I don’t want to support you but because you fraudulently put my name their and I didn’t get to do it one time, remove my name although I have an affidavit then I have to back you and make your name valid. How could that be fair or legal?”, Jagdeo questioned.51 persons who were tricked into placing their names on AFC’s Berbice list were removed late Wednesday evening, however, others have not been so lucky to have their names removed.Some of the persons who turned up at Whim Village, Berbice to have their names removed from the list“We are going to be vigilant, right across this country because this is not like in the past where we were a little bit more trusting because we have seen how a pattern has emerged. It tells you a lot about the desperation of these parties and how they can’t find backers to even contest the elections” Jagdeo stated.Persons whose names appeared on various voters’ lists for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) but had no knowledge of it were given the opportunity to have it corrected before the end of Wednesday, August 26, 2018.This decision was made at the statutory meeting held at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday, when all commissioners, including those nominated by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were present.However, on Wednesday when some of these persons turned up to have the issue rectified at the various GECOM offices, they were blocked from doing so.Only Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo revealed that there were already several instances of electoral fraud for the 2018 LGE.On Nomination Day, dozens of lists of names and signatures, purporting to be backers of candidates, were palpably defective because of forgeries.These lists contained the names of deceased persons, persons who never existed and persons whose names were placed there without their knowledge and authority or through some fraudulent means. read more

Father son remanded on 22M drugs possession charge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPregnant woman gets $250,000 bail on cannabis possession charge – male ‘friend’ remandedJune 18, 2016In “Court”Cigarette vendor remanded for cannabis possessionOctober 6, 2017In “Court”Albouystown man jailed for 3 years on drug possession chargeMarch 8, 2016In “Crime” A father and his son of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and who were accused of trafficking some $2.2M worth of cannabis were this morning remanded to prison when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate Ann Mclennan.Fifty-three-year-old, Orwin Battlefield and Quincy Charles, 26 denied the charge which stated that on November 19, 2018 at North Ruimveldt, they had in their possession over four kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield, a search was conducted a search on their house during which the illegal drugs were discovered hidden in a plastic bucket.Charles at the time of his arrest reportedly admitted ownership of the drugs.The duo will make their next court appearance on December 10. read more

ASA Calls on Congress to Override Presidents WRDA Veto

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging Congress to override the veto of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) made today by President George W. Bush. ASA has worked for years to secure passage of WRDA legislation because it provides much-needed improvements to waterways that are vital to the transport of U.S. soybeans.In September, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the WRDA conference report in an 81-12 vote. Likewise, the House of Representatives approved the WRDA legislation in August in a vote of 281-40.”Soybean growers appreciate the bipartisan efforts of Congress to pass this legislation and urge Members to take the final step needed so America’s waterways will receive long-overdue improvements,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean grower from Waterloo, Iowa. “More than 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports through the Upper Mississippi and Illinois river systems so WRDA is key to soybean growers.”ASA is inviting all U.S. farmers to utilize its online Legislative Action Center, available at www.SoyGrowers.com, to immediately send email messages to Congress urging an override of the President’s veto.U.S. waterways are the most economical and environmentally friendly way to move U.S. soybeans to domestic and foreign markets. WRDA legislation will authorize for funding for construction of seven new locks and other critical improvements on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers. More than 50 percent of U.S. locks and dams have aged beyond their life cycle and many are crumbling. In addition, many are unable to handle today’s barges that are twice as long as when the system was built in the 1930s. Because many barges must be split, higher transportation costs, lower commodity prices and fewer international sales for U.S. farmers occur.last_img read more

Somber AMC Concludes with Terminator QA

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO—The final day of a somber American Magazine Conference was capped by a long commercial for a mobile Web company called SnapNow and an engaging closing interview with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger described how he relates to Barack Obama even though he’s supporting John McCain. Obama, he said, must have had a burning ambition from childhood to become something great. “I always knew from the time I was 10 years old that I was going to come to America and become something great,” he said. “I didn’t know it was bodybuilding or powerlifting, but I knew it would be something.” Of course, he went from bodybuilding to a 20-year movie career and to politics. Schwarzenegger’s funniest line, apparently inadvertent: Asked about the perils of misspeaking on the campaign trail, he noted that “in a campaign, people take what you say and spin it in 20 directions. So you have to be very careful about what you say, and you sometimes end up talking like a machine.” A slow roll of audience laughter followed, and Schwarzenegger broke into a slow grin, adding, “I see you have a sense of humor.”   The SnapNow presentation was made by the top executives at Women’s Day, who are testing the product. Essentially, participating brands, products, magazines and advertisers are entered into a SnapNow database, and their ads or images are tagged with a SnapNow logo. A mobile user takes a picture of the product and e-mails it to SnapNow, which sends a link to more information. The interesting thing was the presentation was supposed to last 10 minutes, but extended to about 25 minutes as the presenters took questions waiting for Schwarzenegger to arrive. And the questions kept on coming, an indication that the technology and similar mobile-enabled texting technologies are striking a chord in the magazine industry. Earlier sessions included one called “Monetizing Beyond the Ad Page,” and featured Jeff Price, president, SI Digital; Robert Ames, VP and GM, digital automotive and M.E.N. Networks at Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.; and Jennifer Andre, online sales and marketing director, Healthy Living Group, Active Interest Media. Among their observations and advice:• “Grow what you know.” Andre described how Yoga Journal readers have a passion for yoga poses, so she built a searchable online library of them.• Ames (who noted that 15 percent of HFM’s revenues are from digital media) described special sponsored e-blasts that repurpose reviews from Car and Driver.• Price described an early failure or two. First, he said, SI Digital was “a little slow to have an open-Web approach. We need to go where the sports fans are.”  He also noted that SI was slow in recognizing the value of organic search and tagging stories, and in online fantasy sports.• Ames told of enabling Road and Track editors to be 24/7 reporters through the use of Web-enabled cell phones, where editors can go out and do tests and upload reports and images in real time.last_img read more

Rakul Preet Singh opens on weight loss Needed to look like Deepika

first_imgRakul Preet Singh in De De Pyaar deScreenshot of YouTube videoPopular south Indian actress Rakul Preet Singh has opened on losing weight and said that Luv Ranjan, the producer of De De Pyaar de, wanted her to look like actress Deepika Padukone in Cocktail.Rakul Preet Singh has shed 10 kgs of weight, but her lean look did not gone well with the audience, who slammed her on social media, saying that she is looking like a patient. But the actress has a reason for losing her weight. In an interview, she revealed that Luv Ranjan put a condition to her to lose 10 kgs for her role in De De Pyaar De.”My look is very different. When I got the film, Luv Sir asked me that to lose weight. The brief given to me was, ‘You need to look like Deepika Padukone from Cocktail. Considering I own a gym myself, I couldn’t say no. I had 25 days before I started the film and I lost about 8-10 kg at that point of time. It was a lot of work in terms of getting the look right,” Rakul Preet told in an interview to IANS.Rakul Preet also revealed that she had a rigours training for a month and it was really taxing. “I was training for four hours and there was a proper regime. I had to crash diet for a week and then build muscle. It was one month of intense training. It was probably the most hardworking month of my life in terms of fitness,” added the actress.De De Pyaar De, which marks Rakul Preet’s comeback to Bollywood, is a romantic comedy film, which is written by Luv Ranjan. The movie is about a 50-year-old single father, who faces disapproval from his family and his ex-wife, when he falls in love with a 26-year-old woman. Rakul is playing the young lover, while Ajay Devgn and Tabu appear as an estranged couple in the film.When asked about why she accepted the role, Rakul Preet said, “When I heard the role, I was completely blown by it. I said I will do anything to get this role. I am extremely grateful that I am getting such a good response and people are noticing me in the trailer when it has two stalwart actors. I was overwhelmed with the response.”Having wrapped up De De Pyaar De, Rakul Preet is gearing up for the shooting of her next Telugu project Manmadhudu 2. She is paired up with 59-year-old actor Akkineni Nagarjuna. She is now gaining weight a bit for her role in the movie and she will acquire some flab.Watch Rakul Preet Singh’s slim look in De De Pyaar De trailer:last_img read more

Anarchy on roads despite numerous projects

first_imgStudents occupy roads in front of Jamuna Future Park in Nadda, Dhaka for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamAlthough the government had undertaken projects worth over Tk 500 billion in the last decade to develop Dhaka’s road and transport sector, the suffering of the commuters has not eased in reality.Vehicles run on manual signal while most of the traffic signals are dysfunctional. It has turned into a city of traffic jam, pollution, deaths and anarchy on roads.Experts attribute the problem to unplanned urban management and policy. The government had drafted a 20-year STP (Strategic Transport Plan) in 2005 that was supposed to end by 2014. But many of the plans still remain incomplete. Another modified RSTP (Revised Strategic Transport Plan) was prepared in 2015 which is to run till 2035.All the projects to be taken and implemented in Dhaka were supposed to be carried out under the RSTP. Conducting safe and disciplined transport system along with priority on bus service development were in the plan. Despite that the government had prioritised costly flyover projects.Dhaka has been among the top uninhabitable cities of the planet for the last few years. In a study carried out by London-based The Economist, Dhaka ranked second in the list of uninhabitable city in 2018. The study included indicators of crime, education, health along with road and mass transport scenario.According to the ministries of road, transport and bridges, local government and housing and public works, the government has spent Tk 68.66 billion in Dhaka’s road and transport sector in eight years. Currently, projects worth Tk 435 billion are running.The metro rail project from Uttara to Motijheel, the flyover from airport to Jatrabari, special lane from Joydebpur to airport, and road and canal in Purbachal are among the projects. These are supposed to be finished by 2010. There are doubts over the completion of these projects as progress is slow. Another Tk 2-trillion-project is on the way that includes metro rail, flyover, ring road and subway rail.When asked over this, road transport and highways division secretary Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo, development projects are adopted taking people’s need in consideration. Depending on the reality some are implemented early while some are done later. Order will be restored in mass transport sector as soon as the metro rail and special lanes are opened, he added.Reckless bus driving is a chief reason for death on the roads in Dhaka. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) too came to the conclusion while running a study during the adoption of RSTP. The survery, conducted in 2015, said 29,000,000 trips take place in Dhaka every day while bus or minibus contribute to 47 per cent of them.The type of ownership, fault in transport conducting system along with road system were mentioned in the RSTP. It also preferred a planned bus system instead of random licence approval. Former mayor Annisul Huq took the initiative.There was a decision to run all the buses under six companies on six different routes. The colours of the buses were supposed to be different too. The existing bus-owners were to be included in the companies. The owners were to receive the profit according to investment.There would be no competition among the drivers if this was followed. This initiative came to a halt after Annisul died in 2017. Sayeed Khokon, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation was given the responsibility to move on the process in 2018. Nothing more than three meetings were held over the issue after this.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

Heinous Weekend Violence Carries Into This Week

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROAfter a weekend that began violently with a dozen shootings on May 3, the violence and shootings have continued this week, sparking added concern amongst politicians and Commissioner Michael Harrison. On May 6, two adult men were injured in a double shooting in North Baltimore according to police.Baltimore Police wrote on Facebook that officers responded to the 5400 block of York Road in the Govans neighborhood just before 4:15 p.m. for shots fired.Officers found a 54-year-old man and a 21-year-old man shot.(AP Photo)They were transported for their injuries.Their current condition is unknown at this time.In the early morning hours of May 7, three men were shot, one fatally, when police responded to an area hospital at 11:00 p.m. for a walk in shooting victim.The 20 year old man endured gunshot wounds to the body.Detectives then responded on May 7,around 3:15 a.m. to the 5800 block of Cedonia Ave, where they found a 16-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh. The teen was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.Four hours later, police responded around 7:45 a.m. to the 1700 block of Longwood Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, where they found a 30-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the head and torso. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.As of May 8, there are no suspects in custody for any of the weekend shootings.“This is not something we can do alone. We need help identifying people who committed that shooting from last night where those babies were shot,” said Harrison to local television station WJZ.“The community should be appalled. This is shocking to the conscience.”After the shootings last Friday, the violence continued on May 4, when a man was fatally stabbed and another was shot in two separate incidents.Police responded to a stabbing just before 1:30am in the 5600 block of Pennington Ave, South Baltimore, where they found an adult male suffering from numerous stab wounds. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he was pronounced dead.Police have identified the 28-year-old man but will not release his identity until next of kin has been notified.The stabbing occurred only a few blocks from where a 55-year-old man was injured in a shooting.Also on Saturday, police responded to the 5100 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore at 7:50 a.m., when they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to an area hospital. He is expected to survive.Harrison, who visited the children that were shot, said that police pursued a suspect in a “silver or gold 4 door sedan” but the driver got away.May 5, a man and a woman were killed in separate incidents. Just after midnight, in Upton heard gunfire.A woman was found in an overturned vehicle in the 1600 block of Druid Hill Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported and pronounced dead at an area hospital.According to a city police spokeswoman, the vehicle hit a parked car before coming to rest. The parked car was occupied by a woman and an infant. Both were checked out by medical personnel and were uninjured, the spokeswoman said.Shortly, before 11 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of E. 20th St. in East Baltimore Midway to investigate a shooting. They found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency medical workers declared him dead at the scene, police said.Police did not identify either victim.Three other people were also shot Saturday evening in non-fatal incidents.last_img read more

2 women beaten by NSCI staff

first_imgTwo women including an advocate were allegedly beaten by the employees of the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) club situated at the Mathura road in the New Delhi district over non-payment of bills on Wednesday night. According to the police, Gulshan Mahajan, a member of the elite club had organised a party at the NSCI club. Around 12.30 am, when the party got over, Gulshan’s family had an argument with the office-bearers of the club over non-payment of bills. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportPolice said that the woman’s daughter, who is an advocate, claimed that the family will make payments on the next day which infuriated the club office-bearers and they blocked the gates of the club. The argument turned into a scuffle when the employees attacked two women including Gulshan Mahajan and her daughter. Gulshan Mahajan’s family later informed the police and a case of physical assault under Section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC.last_img read more

Vital Launches Personalized HIEEMR Viewing Platform

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | 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 Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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 | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more center_img Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more March 2, 2016 — Vital Images Inc. launched their personalized viewing platform to the global marketplace, and it will be one of several solutions featured at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition, Feb. 29 – March 4 in Las Vegas.Vital’s approach encompasses targeting informatics related to better outcomes in accountable care and collaborative care while integrating multiple electronic medical records (EMR), health information exchange (HIE), vendor neutral archive (VNA), picture archiving and communication system (PACS), ECM and more.   Vital’s personalized viewing platform is based on lessons learned in first-generation universal viewer platforms. This next-generation platform allows chief medical information officers and their clinicians to rapidly access images and other content, no matter what underlying systems are deployed. Furthermore, it provides an experience based upon the role of the user in conjunction with the type of patient being reviewed.  The solution provides a platform to drive more rapid physician adoption due to the personalized nature of the content.For more information: www.vitalimages.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more Technology | Remote Viewing Systems | March 02, 2016 Vital Launches Personalized HIE/EMR Viewing Platform Next-generation platform is patient-centric, accountable care-ready and focuses on interoperability CarolinaEast Health Systemlast_img read more