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Thank you note from Trump is memorabilia for Newfoundland political watcher

first_imgBAULINE, N.L. – In a world of political cynicism and voter apathy, Doug Kavanagh is the ultimate engaged citizen.And now his growing collection of correspondence with leaders and news editors across Canada and the world has another addition: a thank-you note from U.S. President Donald Trump.“Dear Douglas,” reads the emailed letter marked “The White House” under the presidential seal. “Thank you for your kind letter and generous words of support.“Your encouragement, and that of millions around the world, sustains us every step of the way. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.”Kavanagh, a 62-year-old electrician from Bauline, N.L., said it showed up in his email Tuesday after he wrote Trump three times in recent months offering feedback.It’s the sort of standard response sent to thousands of other people, he said. But it means more to the avid letter-writer and political watcher who says he has reached out to people in power since he was a teenager.“It’s memorabilia to me,” he said in an interview. “When different issues come up, I think that if you don’t say something, you don’t make a difference. I just try to participate but I don’t want to be part of the political system. It’s kind of like planting a seed, I guess.”Kavanagh said he voted Liberal in both the last federal and provincial elections because he wanted change. He has also voted Progressive Conservative in the past.Trump’s promises to bring back blue-collar jobs especially appealed to him, he said, although Kavanagh wants to see more progress on that front.“I do have concerns because, the thing is, I want the states to do well. If the states do well, Canada can’t help but do better.”He wrote to Trump to express his view that the U.S. can’t afford to be a world police force. He pushed for more military defence spending by NATO members. And he cited issues around the so-called “Trojan Horse” threat of ISIS terrorists entering countries posing as refugees — a concern Trump also repeatedly voiced during the presidential campaign.Kavanagh has correspondence from a long line of provincial premiers, including Clyde Wells, Danny Williams and most recently Dwight Ball, with whom he raised soaring costs for the $12.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador.“I never write and attack a leader or anything like that. I try to be as positive as possible.”In the 1990s, Kavanagh said he wrote to every major newspaper editor in the U.S. to defend Newfoundland and Labrador’s commercial seal hunt from attacks by animal rights groups.His interest in politics and how policies take shape — which he admits is at times “a bit of an obsession” — is a mystery to many people, he said with a laugh.“Even my brother says to me: ‘You’re not still for that guy Trump are you?’ I say, ‘I’m not for anybody. I’m just giving my opinion.’“You’ve got to have some kind of voice.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Former reporter wishes her 1980s sexual harassment story was irrelevant today

first_imgOTTAWA – Kathryn Young remembers the anger growing within as she listened to their laughter.On the floor of the House of Commons, they were snickering and chortling as a New Democrat MP mentioned a newspaper story about how the press secretary to the prime minister had told a female reporter she would get her interview once she agreed to a date.The politicians were shaking with laughter and, she realized, so were many of the reporters seated with her in the press gallery overlooking the scene.She went home and told her husband something she had never shared with him before.Eighteen months earlier, she had been sexually assaulted by Michel Gratton, press secretary to prime minister Brian Mulroney.“Clearly, he just kept on his merry way doing what he was doing and nothing had changed,” Young said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“I felt that somebody had to stand up and say, ‘This isn’t right. You can’t go on. You can’t treat people like that.’”It was time to finally tell her story.The arrival of the #MeToo movement on Parliament Hill feels like a watershed moment to many of the women who have walked its halls.They are coming forward, often anonymously, to tell their stories of sexual harassment, assault and the everyday sexism that has long pervaded the male-dominated culture where loyalty to party is often seen as a virtue that trumps all others.“The #MeToo movement, when you get all those voices together telling essentially the same story, that’s when you get a groundswell of support that forces change,” Young said.But for Young, who shared her own experience more than three decades ago, it goes far beyond the stories told.It is about the storytellers, finally, being believed.Young was 24 years old when she joined the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press in 1983, a junior reporter who felt as if she was beginning her journalism career right at the top.She worked the night shift, meaning she had to rely heavily on the good graces of Gratton for the details she needed to do her job.There was a social aspect to the professional relationship too, as Gratton would often drink and trade gossip with reporters late into the night at the National Press Club.As Young was heading home from there one night, Gratton asked if they could share a cab. She agreed, thinking it a sign that he accepted her as a colleague.Once inside the taxi, Gratton began kissing her, ignoring her protests.Out of a desire to set things straight for the sake of their professional relationship — and her ability to do her job — Young decided to invite him up to her apartment for a drink.“It was a split-second decision,” she said.Young did not want to revisit what happened next in her interview with The Canadian Press, but she shared the story with the CBC radio show “As it Happens” in 2014.It was the first time anyone published the details in full.She sat him down and began to explain that she was engaged to be married, but he leapt on top of her and ripped open her shirt, prompting Young to think this was it — she was going to be raped.She remembers yelling “No!” repeatedly and turning her head from side to side, until he finally stood up and left.Gratton died in 2011.All these years later, Young said she still blames herself for inviting him up, even though she knows she did not invite what happened next.“I still feel embarrassed and stupid for having done that,” she told The Canadian Press.“Society tends to blame victims. I think that’s slowly changing, but there is victim blaming and then you internalize it,” she said. “Whatever people say about you, you kind of tend to take in.”That night, she called a male colleague from the bureau, who came over to comfort her and then pushed Gratton into delivering what she remembers as a half-hearted apology over the telephone.She thought it was over.She needed to keep working with him and she wanted to move on with her life and her job.The laughter that day in November 1986 let her know it was far from over.It was happening to others, too.She told her story to the Toronto Sun.Then she felt the old doors of Parliament Hill — and many in the mostly male press gallery — shut her out, ridiculing her both in person and in the pages of their newspapers.There was no haven in her own newsroom, either, as the Ottawa bureau chief at the time, Gordon Grant, was drinking buddies with Gratton.“That old boys’ club just closed ranks against me.”Meanwhile, the wire service had offered to cover the cost of meeting its lawyer for advice, but then mailed her a cheque for only half the amount.She said she sent it back to head office.“That did not go over well,” said Young.She believes her career at The Canadian Press, where she remained in the Ottawa bureau until 1993, suffered.Still, Young said she does not regret coming forward.“My whole reason for going public in the first place was to shed light on this sordid underbelly of Parliament Hill,” she said, “and I think I’ve helped.”She said the courts, the media and society at large have evolved in their understanding of consent and sexual assault.She thinks she would be treated differently today.Still, she wishes there was no longer a reason to share her story.“In an ideal world, it would be, ‘Ah, that’s history, we’ve all moved on, it’s not relevant,’” she said. “But sadly, it is relevant.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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QEW at Guelph Line reopens

Westbound lanes of the QEW in Burlington reopened after 6:30 this morning following multiple crashes between Guelph Line and Walkers Line.The collisions brought traffic to a standstill early this morning. Traffic has since sped up, but rain puddles along the QEW are causing some slick driving conditions.There have been no reports on any serious injuries.

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UN Korea envoy suspends mission pending clarification of links to businessman

Mr. Annan “agrees that this is the appropriate thing to do,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily news briefing in New York, and Mr. Strong, who has been helping to seek an end to the DPRK’s nuclear weapons programme, hopes the issue will be resolved soon.Mr. Park was indicted last week by the United States Attorney for allegedly acting as an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein’s Government during negotiations in the 1990s to set up the multi-billion dollar UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq, which allowed sanctions-bound Iraq to sell oil in order to buy humanitarian supplies.On Monday, Mr. Strong said he would make himself available to both a UN-appointed independent inquiry commission and a US probe into the programme to answer questions concerning his association with Mr. Park, who is accused of accepting million of dollars from Iraq for lobbying UN officials.He said that having served UN Secretaries-General since 1970 in several advisory and executive capacities, he had no involvement or connection whatsoever with the Oil-for Food programme or any other UN Iraqi activities.”Indeed I cannot recall a single instance in which I had any contact or discussion on the programme with any of the officials responsible,” Mr. Strong added, noting that in 1997 Mr. Park invested “on a normal commercial basis” in an energy company with which he was associated that had no relationship with Iraq.”I have continued to maintain a relationship with Mr. Park. Indeed, as a native of North Korea he has advised me on North Korean issues in my role as UN Envoy,” he said.As Mr. Annan’s envoy, Mr. Strong has recently been intensifying UN efforts to secure a resumption of the so-called Beijing process, the six-party talks between the DPRK, Republic of Korea (ROK), China, Japan, Russia and the United States, seeking to end the DPRK’s nuclear weapons programme. In February the DPRK pulled out of the process, stating publicly for the first time that it already had nuclear weapons.”I expect that there will be peaceful resolution because the consequences of not resolving this issue are so horrendous for all parties that that itself provides a strong incentive to overcome the deep-seated distrust and hostility that has been built up over the last 50 years,” Mr. Strong said at the time. read more

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Deputy SecretaryGeneral to attend presidential inauguration in Liberia

Ms. Fréchette will join numerous dignitaries in the capital, Monrovia, at Monday’s inauguration, where Liberia’s new Vice President will also be sworn in, a UN spokesman announced today.In another development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed a $2.25 million contribution from Japan towards protecting Liberian children from infectious diseases.“We are very grateful to the Government of Japan for their continued commitment to assist Liberia’s vulnerable children,” said UNICEF Liberia Representative Angela Kearney. The agency expects the funds will enable it to increase immunization coverage from 70 per cent to 90 per cent.Last month, the UN and the Government launched an appeal for $121 million to fund humanitarian activities in Liberia this year.

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Paralyzing funding gap forces shutdown of 80 per cent of frontline health

The most recent cutbacks come on top of recent “cascading” closures that has affected food rations, water supplies, sanitation and hygiene services as well specialized programmes for one million women and more than 1.2 million girls, many of whom the survivors of brutality and sexual and gender-based violence, according to a press release by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande.“At a time when the people of Iraq need us the most, we are letting them down,” Ms. Grande said from Baghdad.UN humanitarian partners are seeking $498 million to cover the costs of providing shelter, food, water and other life-saving services for the remainder of the year, but to date, only 15 per cent of this has been secured. Ms. Grande confirmed today that 184 front line health services have been suspended because of the “paralyzing” funding shortfall for humanitarian activities in Iraq, meaning that more than 80 per cent of general health programmes supported by humanitarian partners are now shuttered, directly impacting one million people. “The impact is immediate and enormous,” according to the press release. Partners estimate that one million sick people, who would have sought primary medical care, will not receive help.“Over half a million children will not be immunized, spreading the risk of a measles outbreak and the resumption of polio and contributing to morbidity amongst some of the most vulnerable children in the entire region,” it said.Less than two months ago, on 4 June, the UN and partners urgently appealed for funding for the most highly prioritized, pared-to-the bone appeal ever launched in the region, Ms. Grande said.“Although some support is coming in, it’s devastating, inexplicable really, that we are being forced to shut-down programmes in a country where so much is at stake and where the international community is so involved,” she said.In one year, the number of people requiring life-saving assistance has quadrupled; poverty rates in the Kurdistan region where more than a million displaced people have sought safety, have doubled, and an estimated 8.2 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid – including 2.3 million people living in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to Ms. Grande’s office.As conflict intensifies, at least another one million more people will need help to survive before the end of 2015, it said. read more

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Brock proposal sees a new era for the arts in downtown St

Brock University is committed to advancing its pledge to help grow vitality and development in downtown St. Catharines. The University and community partners are therefore exploring a plan to preserve historic Rodman Hall, provide modern space for the Rodman Hall art collection, and help create a new arts and culture hub in downtown St. Catharines.The plan is based on commitments that would give the local arts community expanded space and long-term stability in modern, climate-controlled facilities that are conducive to storing and showing works of art, this despite the University needing to find more than $15 million in budget savings after the province announced tuition cuts on Jan. 17.The new plan being considered would:Locate Rodman Hall’s permanent collection into class-A certified storage and display space at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. CatharinesOffer 1,100 sq. ft. of gallery space at the MIWSFPATransfer the Rodman Hall art collection to a community transition group, who would display the collection throughout NiagaraCreate a new downtown “culture commons” with up to 7,000 sq. ft. for arts organizations and community partnersNegotiate with a heritage property company to operate Rodman Hall under the restrictions that protect the historical integrity of its architecture and grounds, and with the potential to include a dedicated art gallery spaceWork with partners from the arts community to enhance cultural activities and outreach in downtown St. CatharinesThe University has no plans to sell Rodman Hall or its art collection.The centre piece of the plan would be the downtown arts and cultural commons. With a footprint of 5,000 to 7,000 square feet, it would offer arts groups a dynamic space for administrative offices, as well as meeting, studio, teaching, workshop, exhibition and display space. Brock would provide financial support throughout its contractual obligations to Rodman Hall until 2023.University officials say they could also collaborate with and support other arts projects to make downtown St. Catharines a vibrant arts and culture hub in Niagara. Brock looks forward to working alongside arts organizations on these efforts.As for Rodman Hall, the University is having exploratory discussions with a company that envisions a commercially viable redevelopment, while strictly preserving the character and history of the facility. Brock envisions a commercially sustainable Rodman Hall, while preserving the character and history of the estate, which is protected by a historical designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.In 2003, the University agreed to take on Rodman Hall from a community group in an effort to save the struggling gallery from closing its doors. The property was transferred to Brock for $2.  While it is not selling the property, the University is looking for solutions to help it meet serious fiscal challenges while protecting the core of its academic mission.Brock pays $750,000 a year in operating costs for Rodman Hall, and since 2014 has paid about $300,000 for studies to develop a divestment plan for Rodman Hall. It has also, since 2003, invested $500,000 into the facility’s capital needs. Studies show further capital investment of at least $1 million a year will be needed in the future.Last month, the University’s Board of Trustees approved the transfer of Rodman Hall’s art collection to a community transition group, with a mandate to explore ways to maintain the collection and display it across Niagara.Brock President Gervan Fearon said supporting and helping sustain the local arts community is a key priority for the University.“A vibrant arts culture is crucial to the health and vitality of the entire Niagara region,” said Fearon. “Brock made a major commitment to this when the Marilyn I. Walker school moved downtown, and now we are pleased to partner and explore this initiative that will give artists and arts organizations more space and better space.”Located on a hilltop overlooking Twelve Mile Creek in central St. Catharines, Rodman Hall is a mansion and wooded estate that has functioned as an arts centre and museum since the 1960s.When Brock took over the facility in 2003, it envisioned a University presence downtown as well as work and gallery space for its arts programs. Those needs were superseded in 2015 when Brock moved its MIWSFPA to downtown St. Catharines, into a $46-million venue of new construction and restored industrial space not far from Rodman Hall. Besides providing modern facilities for a wide range of the arts, the project has also helped energize the city centre by relocating hundreds of students downtown.These developments were being completed as universities entered an era of operating under growing financial strains and competition for students. The Ontario government’s recent 10 per cent tuition cut leaves Brock with a $15.4-million budget shortfall, which officials are working to mitigate before the fiscal year starts on May 1.An arts and culture hub would give Brock students more opportunities to engage with the city’s growing arts scene, and strengthen the downtown revitalization taking shape in St. Catharines. read more

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Facebook Places lancement officiel aux EtatsUnis

first_imgFacebook Places : lancement officiel aux Etats-UnisÉtats-Unis – Facebook a annoncé le lancement officiel de son application de géolocalisation, baptisée Facebook Places, après des semaines de rumeur. Ce service doit permettre aux internautes de partager avec leurs amis des informations sur le lieu où ils se trouvent.Grâce à Facebook Places, les membres du réseau social peuvent désormais indiquer l’endroit exact où ils se trouvent sur leur page Facebook. Une application pour le moment uniquement disponible aux États-Unis, et sur smartphone. “Vous pouvez partager en temps réel des renseignements sur le lieu où vous vous trouvez et les amis avec lesquels vous êtes, depuis un téléphone portable” explique sur son blog un responsable produits du réseau social, Michael Eyal Sharon.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteVia le site mobile de Facebook, touch.facebook.com, les possesseurs de smartphones américains auront la possibilité de “pointer” un lieu avec leur mobile pour pouvoir se localiser sur leur profil. Une application dédiée et simplifiée a été développée pour l’iPhone, et d’autres applications devraient rapidement être conçues pour les différents modèles de smartphones.Facebook a tenu à souligner qu’un ensemble de paramètres a été mis en place pour garantir la sécurité et le respect de la vie privée des internautes. Un point qui fait souvent polémique au sein du réseau social aux 500 millions de membres. Si Facebook prévoit de déployer Places dans le monde entier, aucune date n’a encore été précisée quant à son lancement dans d’autres pays.Le 19 août 2010 à 16:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Traffic delays after truck rolls over in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Motorists in Pompano Beach experienced traffic delays after a tractor trailer rolled over on westbound Atlantic Boulevard, east of Interstate 95, causing an oil spill.All westbound lanes were closed as Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and police diverted traffic to clear the scene.Crews also had to clean an oil spill caused by the truck.The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Officials announce Yukon Quest purse of at least 115000

first_imgRace officials will offer at least $115,000 to the winner of the 2016 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that race officials announced the purse on Friday.Last year’s purse was $127,110, including $12,110 left over from the 2014 race. Fundraisers and sponsorships help fill out the purse.The announcement from race officials came the day before in-person signups for the 1,000-mile sled dog race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon. The Yukon Quest is scheduled to being on February 6, 2016, in Fairbanks.Officials also say Doug Grilliot of Willow will be the race marshal for the fourth year in a row. The head veterinarian will be Cristina Hansen and the race manager will be Alex Olesen.last_img

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Fairbanks woman arrested charged with murder of halfbrother partner

first_imgA woman wanted in connection with a Fairbanks murder, and other crimes, is in police custody.Listen nowFairbanks Police Deputy Chief Dan Welborn said Lindsay Preshaw has been detained for the Tuesday killing of John Preshaw, who also went by “Jack”.”We consider her to be the primary suspect in the death of Jack Preshaw,” Welborn said.Welborn says Jack and Lindsay Preshaw were half siblings, and also a couple. Jack Preshaw was found dead at a South Cushman Street residence early Tuesday. Police have not released how he was killed, but were drawn to the residence by a report of man unconscious and bleeding.Lindsay Preshaw was taken into custody Wednesday evening by Alaska State Troopers, on a charge unrelated to the Jack Preshaw murder. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Lindsay Preshaw was picked up along the Parks Highway outside Nenana, for a vehicle theft and an attack near Fairbanks Wednesday afternoon that severely injured a driver.“The victim was identified as Lisa Behr, 66 of Fairbanks. She was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries. Investigation led us to a woman by the name of Lindsay Preshaw, 35 of Fairbanks. She was contacted and arrested at milepost 309 of the Parks Highway and we have charged her in this case with one count of murder in the first degree, assault in the first degree and also vehicle theft in the first degree.”Fairbanks Police had issued a bulletin Wednesday asking for the public’s help locating Lindsay Preshaw, and a man named Simeon Kittick, as part of the Jack Preshaw murder investigation.Deputy Chief Welborn said Kittick has been located, and is NOT a suspect. Jack Preshaw’s killing followed another murder in the same area of the city, less than a day earlier. Police found Jeannette Miller at the Alaska Motel, after receiving a report of a fight between two women, and a possible stabbing. Welborn says the cases may be related.”We’re still currently investigating that one as well, and so we’re not ruling out the fact that there could be a link there, but as of right now, we’re currently investigating each of them individually,” Welborn said.Fairbanks Police and Alaska State Troopers are both investigating Lindsay Preshaw, relative to the crimes committed both inside and outside city limits. Fairbanks Police expect charges to be filed soon.last_img read more

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In a first women allowed to travel without male guardian

first_imgRiyadh: Women in Saudi Arabia will now be allowed to obtain passports and travel abroad without a male ‘guardian’ to accompany them, according to a change in the law published on Friday ending a long-standing practice in the kingdom that has drawn international criticism. The change in the law allows women over the age of 21 to apply for a passport without a male sponsor and to leave Saudi Arabia unaccompanied. It was not immediately clear when the change would take effect. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us “A passport will be granted to any Saudi national who submits an application,” the ruling, published in the government’s official gazette, said. The pro-government Saudi Gazette newspaper described the decision “one giant leap for Saudi women.”The changes are part of a set of decrees that also allow women for the first time to register a marriage, divorce or the birth of a child and to obtain family documents — a move that would make it easier for them to obtain identity cards or enrol children in school. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The decision follows the high-profile case in January of Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who barricaded herself in a Bangkok hotel room to prevent her family from returning her to Saudi Arabia. She was eventually granted asylum in Canada. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been undergoing a gradual liberalization under crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. However, despite his easing of restrictions, MBS, as he is popularly known, has shown an unwillingness to tolerate dissent. Western intelligence agencies have concluded that he ordered the gruesome killing and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an incident that sparked international outrage. The crown has denied any involvement.Other Muslim countries, however, do not have similar restrictions on women’s travel.last_img read more

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5G Network to generate Rs 17 lakh crore revenue for Indian Telcos

first_imgRepresentational imageReuters fileThe 5G network is estimated to generate about Rs 1.7 lakh crore revenue opportunity for telecom operators by 2026, according to the Ericsson 5G business potential report.The report further stated that 5G technology will create opportunities in sectors like manufacturing and energy, reported news agency ANI.”5G is expected to play a major role in digitalization of industries. 5G will bring new level of performance and characteristics to the telecom networks enabling new services and creating new ecosystems. New revenue streams will open for operators as they go beyond being Connectivity and Infrastructure providers to become service enablers and service creators,” Nitin Bansal, managing director of Ericsson India, told ANI.The report noted that agriculture will open up revenue opportunities for telecom operators to the tune of $400 million. 5G applications are expected to help farmers in areas like field-monitoring and mapping, livestock routing and other related services.Moreover, Ericsson on Friday showcased the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration in India using its 5G test bed and 5G NR Radio, reported the news agency.The company’s new 5G platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, along with digital support systems, transformation services and security.”The 5G technology showcase has been organised in the direction of creating a robust 5G ecosystem in the country even as the Government plans to have 5G network roll outs by 2020. 5G research and development is natural for Ericsson thanks to our innovation, R&D focus, technology leadership and thought leadership,” ANI quoted Nunzio Mirtillo, head of the South East Asia market of Ericsson, as saying.The country’s largest telecom companies by market share, Bharti Airtel, had in September tied up with South Korean firm SK Telecom in a bid to build 5G advanced communication network in India.Both firms will also work to enable an ecosystem for introducing these technologies in India, Bharti Airtel had said in a statement back then.last_img read more

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Modi running communal campaigns for political gains says Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom he accused of running an unabashed communal campaign to gain political dividends in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.While addressing a rally at Aatghora High School Ground in Baduria under Basirhat Parliamentary constituency, Banerjee alleged that Modi has been trying to divide people on religious lines only to win the polls. He, however, asserted that the Prime Minister will suffer a humiliating defeat in the ongoing elections despite his tactically plotted communal cards. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Modi has been trying to polarise the voters by creating a rift between the people belonging to various religious communities. His main objective is to trigger communal tension across the country. People here in Bengal are peace loving and they would thwart any attempt made by him or his party,” Abhishek added. Attacking the Prime Minister, he said: “He failed to deliver on all the promises he had made during the previous Lok Sabha elections. He promised ‘Achhe Din’ for the people by creating two crore jobs every year. Not a single person has benefitted from him. Instead of carrying out development projects, a party office in Delhi has been built at the cost of Rs 1,200 crore. The Modi government has not given a single penny to the Bengal government in the past five years.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAbhishek also criticised Mukul Roy without naming him and said: “All the thieves have taken refuge in the BJP. In the same breath, he also added: “If Madan Mitra had been put behind bars for three years only for taking photographs with Saradha group owner Sudipta Sen, why would Modi not go to jail despite having clicked photographs with Nirav Modi.” Sitting Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour, Abhishek urged the people of Basirhat to vote for Trinamool Congress so that party chief Mamata Banerjee can play a decisive role in the formation of the government at the Centre. Abhishek is contesting from Diamond Harbour seat. “Don’t cast your vote in favour of CPI(M) or Congress as they would strengthen the hands of the BJP. Help TMC to win in all the 42 seats so that a new government comes to power with Mamata Banerjee playing a crucial role. You have come to the rally in large numbers braving almost 40 degree Celsius which shows that you are with the TMC. This has to be reflected on the day of the election result,” he maintained. Abhishek was campaigning in favour of actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan who is contesting from Basirhat on a TMC ticket. He also took part in a road show in his own turf in Diamond Harbour.last_img read more

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Whats in Store for Firefox in 2017

first_imgWhat’s in Store for Firefox in 2017? by Martin Brinkmann on January 04, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 20 commentsThe year 2017 will be an interesting one for the Firefox web browser, Mozilla, and users of the browser. 2017 will see new technology being integrated in Firefox, and also some removed.The following guide lists those changes. It needs to be noted though that some may or may not happen. I mention that explicitly if that is the case so that you know that a change is not a done deal but something that could happen.Links to resources such as Bugzilla or Mozilla Wiki are posted whenever they are available. I encourage you to add more links or information in the comment section below.Firefox in 2017Electrolysis, or multi-process Firefox, became part of Firefox Stable in 2016. The process of enabling the feature to all users is still ongoing.The feature improves the browser’s stability and responsiveness, but will use more RAM.Mozilla plans ahead already, as the organization wants to increase the number of content processes in Firefox. The current situation is that there is only one content process. All sites open in the browser share that one content process. The use of additional content processes will improve that, but it seems unlikely at this point in time that Mozilla will switch to Chrome’s one content process per tab model anytime soon.Finally, strong sandboxing will come to Firefox once multi-process is available to all users. This moves Firefox closer to Chrome which offered sandboxing from the get-go. It is interesting to know that Firefox’s sandbox will be based on different technologies on supported platforms. The Windows sandbox will be based on on the Chromium sandbox, the Mac OS X sandbox on TrustedBSD MAC Framework, and the Linux sandbox on seccomp.Sandboxing will improve Firefox security significantly.The Tor uplift project is another ongoing process that will provide benefits to users of Firefox (and Tor, which is based on Firefox).Basically, what is happening is that some of the privacy-focused changes of Tor are integrated in Firefox directly. They won’t be enabled by default, but Firefox users who know about them can do so to benefit from them.A basic example is a feature called First Party Isolation which will be integrated in Firefox 52 and provides strong anti-tracking protection. Firefox users who want to enable it can do so by setting privacy.firstparty.isolate to true on about:config.The final bit in regards to browser stability and performance is Mozilla’s Quantum project. Firefox will become a lot faster with Quantum components. These components make extensive use of modern hardware features and parallelism. The main idea for 2017 is to replace some browser parts with Quantum components.Firefox Add-ons and WebExtensionsMozilla announced recently that it plans to make Firefox rely on WebExtensions exclusively at the end of 2017. The final date is not set in stone yet though, and there is a chance that things will be delayed to 2018.This has severe consequences for Firefox users who use one or more add-ons currently. All classic add-ons, won’t work in Firefox anymore once the change is made.This is big, bigger even than the switch to multi-process Firefox which also had its impact on add-ons.The main issue right now is that WebExtensions APIs are nowhere near the level of what the browser’s current add-on system provides.This means that some add-ons cannot be ported to WebExtensions right now. Mozilla plans to add more APIs as time passes by, but the deadline is looming over the heads of add-on authors.Ultimately, it is fair to say that WebExtensions will never be as powerful as Firefox’s current add-on system. This in turn will mean that some add-ons won’t be ported over to WebExtensions, at least not in their current form.Mozilla is also working on a new theming API. It will be more powerful than what light themes offer currently, but it too won’t be as powerful as Firefox’s current theming options.This and that in 2017Now that we have covered the two major areas, lets take a look at some other areas. Mozilla plans to rewrite the browser’s DevTools using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It may host the DevTools on GitHub as individual add-ons. This would allow for faster updates and would entice non-Mozilla contributors to improve the developer tools further.Container Tabs may become a thing in Firefox. They are tested in Nightly currently, but it is not clear yet if they are uplifted to Firefox Stable.Containers have their own browser storage that is separated from others. This is beneficial to privacy, but also to have different identities open on the same site — think Gmail and two different mail accounts.The main difference to Firefox profiles is that container tabs work under the same profile. With that said, it is probably more of a niche feature though unless Mozilla gets the integration — and automation — right.Automation could help a lot. You could configure a tab for exclusive use for online banking, and another for shopping for instance. This would separate these activities from general browsing activities.Dropping Aurora?Mozilla might drop the Aurora release channel in 2017. This is not a done deal, and it may never happen. If the organization does it, it would bring new features more quickly from Nightly to Firefox Stable.It is unclear what would happen to the Developer Edition of Firefox. One option would be to make it the same as Firefox Stable.Mozilla Foundation MembershipsMozilla may introduce memberships in 2017. This would improve funding by making the organization less dependent on search engine money. Subscribers would gain benefits, but nothing has been mentioned so far in this regard. (thanks Callahad @ Reddit)Now You: What’s your take on Firefox in 2017?SummaryArticle NameWhat’s in Store for Firefox in 2017?DescriptionThe year 2017 will be an interesting one for the Firefox web browser as features like multi-process Firefox, Quantum and strong sandboxing will launch.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img CT colonography (CTC) allows visualization of the entire colon in one image. Photo courtesy of Judy Yee, M.D. News | Colonoscopy Systems | July 12, 2017 Insurance Coverage for CT Colonography Increases Likelihood of Screening People with insurance policies that cover computed tomography (CT) colonography for colorectal cancer screening are… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | April 15, 2019 Check-Cap Initiates U.S. Pilot Study of C-Scan for Colorectal Cancer Screening Check-Cap Ltd. has initiated its U.S. pilot study of the C-Scan system for prevention of colorectal cancer through… read more September 18, 2008 – CT colonographic screening identified 90 percent of subjects with adenomas or cancers measuring 10 mm or more in diameter, in a study of asymptomatic adults entitled “Accuracy of CT Colonography for Detection of Large Adenomas and Cancers,” led by C. Daniel Johnson, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic.These findings augment published data on the role of CT colonography in screening patients with an average risk of colorectal cancer. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00084929 [ClinicalTrials.gov] ; American College of Radiology Imaging Network [ACRIN] number, 6664.)The study states that computed tomographic (CT) colonography is a noninvasive option in screening for colorectal cancer. However, its accuracy as a screening tool in asymptomatic adults has not been well defined.Researchers recruited 2600 asymptomatic study participants, 50 years of age or older, at 15 study centers. CT colonographic images were acquired with the use of standard bowel preparation, stool and fluid tagging, mechanical insufflation, and multidetector-row CT scanners (with 16 or more rows). Radiologists trained in CT colonography reported all lesions measuring 5 mm or more in diameter. Optical colonoscopy and histologic review were performed according to established clinical protocols at each center and served as the reference standard. The primary end point was detection by CT colonography of histologically confirmed large adenomas and adenocarcinomas (10 mm in diameter or larger) that had been detected by colonoscopy; detection of smaller colorectal lesions (6 to 9 mm in diameter) was also evaluated.The result provided complete data for 2531 participants (97%). For large adenomas and cancers, the mean (±SE) per-patient estimates of the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and area under the receiver-operating-characteristic curve for CT colonography were 0.90±0.03, 0.86±0.02, 0.23±0.02, 0.99±For more information: www.mayoclinic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 04, 2018 Check-Cap Announces Interim Results of European Study of C-Scan System Version 3 Check-Cap Ltd. announced the interim results for its post-CE approval study of the C-Scan system Version 3, an… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | September 27, 2018 Patient Groups and Doctors Tell Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage … read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | September 17, 2008 CT Colonography Identifies 90 Percent of Cancers in Study center_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | February 08, 2018 FDA Approves Updated Design for Recalled Pentax Duodenoscope February 8, 2018 – The U.S. read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 31, 2017 Infrared Colitis Screening Blood Test Could Reduce Dependence on Colonoscopy August 31, 2017 — A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheape read more Feature | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 05, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis The Future of CT Colonography Screening Computed tomography colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, offers a noninvasive alternative to… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | May 30, 2018 American Cancer Society Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline An updated American Cancer Society guideline says colorectal cancer screening should begin at age 45 for people at… read more Related Content Technology | Colonoscopy Systems | March 27, 2017 Bracco Diagnostics Inc. Launches PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator for CT Colonography March 27, 2017 — Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced the launch of its PROTOCO2L TOUCH Colon Insufflator. read morelast_img read more

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Cruising dynamic to NSW economy Carnival

first_imgThe cruising industry is a “dynamic” asset to the New South Wales economy, according to Carnival chief executive Ann Sherry, with turnover expected to triple in the industry to up to $1.3 billion by 2020.According to a Deloitte Access Economics report commissioned by Carnival Australia, cruise value is expected to hike in NSW to $1.1 billion over the next eight years from $350 million during 2010-11, a jump that will greatly assist New South Wales, according to Carnival’s head.“These figures demonstrate yet again that cruising is a dynamic part of the New South Wales economy with its growth set to outstrip the State’s Gross State Product and the Australian Gross Domestic Product growth rates over the next decade,” Ms Sherry said. As well as rapid value incline, average annual expenditure of the industry is also expected to jump by 15 percent over the same period in NSW while annual expenditure is predicted to jump by 43 percent over the next two years alone to $1.036 billion to 2015-2016.To assist the booming sector, employment is also project to spiral from 3150 to move than 10,000 by 2020.Carnival said results of a commissioned national report is expected to be released soon.Keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard for more cruise news. Costa Deliziosa Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Achna council does aboutturn on croc park Updated

first_imgThe Achna local council voted on Tuesday to withdraw support for the creation of a crocodile park in the community following public opposition to the project.Six members of the council voted for the move while two were against it.According to a press release, the decision was greeted with great relief by the local residents who had opposed the park.The local committee for the struggle against the crocodile park warmly thanked the council for listening to the concerns of the Achna inhabitants and the general public.They also thanked a number of other fellow-fighters in their struggle, the ecologists, members of the House environment committee, the Animal party, Terra Cypria as well as agricultural organisations Eka, Pek, and Panagrotikos and the University of Nicosia which pointed out the health implications of the project.The committee called on the government to respect the decision of the community council and to reject any other request for the opening of a crocodile park in Cyprus.Israeli company TSA Crocopark had approached Achna community in the Famagusta district over creating a crocodile park after their proposal was rejected by the Psematismenos and Athienou communities.The community council had said they would not object if the company decided to file for a permit but said later it might reconsider following strong reaction by area residents and environmentalists.The proposal concerned a theme park hosting around 100 crocodiles, with a souvenir shop, a canteen, and walking paths. The company proposed its creation between Achna and Vrysoules near the old Larnaca to Famagusta road.The matter was discussed at the House environment committee after the initial decision by the community council to allow the park.MPs heard that it would need 80 tonnes of water per day and there was also a danger of spreading disease to humans.The head of the health ministry’s infectious disease surveillance unit told MPs that the crocodiles could be infected with the West Nile virus, which could be transferred to humans through mosquitoes. You May LikeGolden GlimpseWhere Does Bob Barker Live In 2019?Golden GlimpseUndoZoHealthy7 Signs of Bi-Polar Disorder You Should Never Ignore!ZoHealthyUndoHealthZapThis Old Man Was Not Just A Janitor But A Soldier With A Great ReputationHealthZapUndo Iran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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New legislation prohibits unregulated custody transfers of adopted children

first_img Categories: Vaupel News Bill package helps ensure the safety of adopted kids Legislators today introduced a four-bill package to prohibit and punish the practice of informal child custody transfers.“In some cases, parents are using online forums to offer adopted children to strangers, which results in children being ‘rehomed’ into potentially abusive and unsafe environments,” said Rep. McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “Parents should not be allowed to permanently place a child under the care of another person without any oversight.”House Bill 5629, sponsored by Rep. McCready, prohibits a parent from transferring custody of a child for more than 180 days. Current law allows a temporary custody transfer to take place, using a power of attorney, if it does not exceed 180 days.HB 5628, sponsored by Rep. Hank Vaupel, criminalizes the transfer of custody with the intent to permanently divest oneself of parental responsibility, and also prohibits assisting or arranging an unregulated custody transfer.“This is about what’s best for children’s safety, plain and simple,” said Rep. Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. “Every child in Michigan deserves to be raised in a safe and secure home environment. These bills prevent an unregulated custody practice that can put children in danger.”HB 5626, sponsored by Rep. Tom Hooker, prohibits a person from advertising for potential adoptive parents without court involvement. HB 5627, also sponsored by Rep. Hooker, classifies soliciting a child for adoption as a Class F felony.“Children are our most precious treasure, requiring love and nurturing,” said Rep. Hooker, R-Byron Center. “Any person who tries to market children as a commodity deserves to be stopped and punished.”The bills were referred to the House Committee on Judiciary for consideration.Sen. Rick Jones has introduced similar legislation, Senate Bills 923-926.“We have a responsibility to all Michigan children to protect their safety,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We don’t want to see people advertising children on the Internet. Children are not for sale. Plus, we never know who will respond; they could be a child abuser or a child molester. Ensuring proper precautions are taken is the best way to protect these children.”##### 04May New legislation prohibits unregulated custody transfers of adopted childrenlast_img read more

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Rep Lucido joined by timechange expert for committee hearing

first_img Categories: Lucido News 21Mar Rep. Lucido joined by time-change expert for committee hearing State Rep. Peter Lucido, left, speaks in support of his legislation to end the twice-annual time change in Michigan. Time-change expert Scott Yates, right, joined him to testify before the House Commerce and Trade Committee.Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, was joined today by time-change expert Scott Yates to speak in support of legislation to eliminate the twice-a-year time changes in Michigan.Lucido, the Shelby Township legislator sponsoring the bill, said the twice-a-year time changes are disruptive, making employees late to work and negatively affecting how students perform at school.“We’ve been flipping our clocks around for nearly 100 years, and it just doesn’t make sense. No one can provide a good reason about why we continue to participate in the time change, but loads of people have very valid reasons about why we shouldn’t,” Lucido said. “Teachers complain that it’s disruptive to students, dairy farmers will tell you their cows produce less milk because of the time change, business owners notice lower productivity in their employees, and study after study has shown that changing the clocks has negative health effects.”Reports have shown increases in heart attacks, seizures, strokes and on-the-job injuries due to time changes. A 2014 study by the American College of Cardiology shows a 25-percent jump in heart attacks occurred the Monday after moving the clocks, compared to other Mondays during the year. Another study from the Journal on Health Medicine showed an increase in hospitalizations due to strokes in the two days following the time changes from 2004 to 2013.“Science shows how bad it is for people to change times,” Yates said. “The statistics are very clear that time change does effect everybody.”Rather than end Daylight Saving Time, however, Lucido is proposing that Michigan eliminate the time change by remaining in Daylight Saving Time all year round.“We’re already in Daylight Saving Time for nine months out of the year, it makes sense for us to just stay there,” Lucido said. “That’s what the majority of people I’ve spoken to all across Michigan want because it gives families more time to spend outside in the evening. This will lead to more active children and help combat childhood obesity.”House Bill 4011 remains under consideration by the House Commerce and Trade Committee.###last_img read more

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