Corus chief operating officer Barb Williams retiring at the end of October

first_imgTORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. says chief operating officer Barb Williams will retire at the end of the month.Williams joined the company as part of its acquisition of Shaw Media.Corus acquired Shaw Media in April 2016 for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.The company says Williams played a key role in the integration of the two companies.It says it will not be filling the role of chief operating officer.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)last_img read more

International Criminal Court Prosecutor seeks charges against rebels in Darfur

20 November 2008The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today presented evidence against three rebel commanders for their role in last year’s deadly attack against peacekeepers in the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur, vowing that he “will not let such attacks go unpunished.” The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today presented evidence against three rebel commanders for their role in last year’s deadly attack against peacekeepers in the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur, vowing that he “will not let such attacks go unpunished.”Some 1,000 rebels attacked the Haskanita camp in South Darfur state on 29 September 2007, killing 12 peacekeepers serving with the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) – a predecessor to the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID – and wounding eight others.The three commanders “planned, led their troops and directed the attack… and completely destroyed AMIS facilities and property, directly affecting aid and security for millions of people of Darfur who are in need of protection,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said, according to a press release issued by the Court.“No one is above the law,” he added.The Prosecution has concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe the three commanders bear criminal responsibility for three counts of war crimes for murder, intentionally directing attacks against personnel and objects involved in a peacekeeping mission and pillaging.He later told the UN News Centre that the rebels’ names are sealed because “the best way to ensure their appearance is to keep confidential their names for now,” adding that they must “recognize that they have to respect the Court.”Mr. Moreno-Ocampo expressed outrage against the attack on peacekeepers in Haskanita, saying that “this cannot happen,” for “if you attack them, there is no hope for the civilians.”Although he said that he expects no cooperation on the part of the Sudanese authorities, he stressed that it is his “duty to show that the law will be enforced very seriously.”Today’s presentation of evidence to the ICC could help to further the Darfur peace process, the Prosecutor said, because “applying the law will help to establish law and bring peace to the region.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said in a statement issued by his spokesperson that he “emphasizes that the United Nations respects the independence of the Court and its judicial process, and stresses the critical importance of full compliance by all parties to the actions of the Court.”He said that the two UN peacekeeping missions operating in Sudan will continue to work in an “impartial manner, cooperating in good faith with all partners to further the goal of peace and stability in the country,” adding that the world body will also press ahead with its humanitarian and development efforts in the country.The investigation of the three rebel commanders is the ICC’s third arising from the situation in Darfur, which was referred to The Hague-based Court by the Security Council in 2005.In July, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo requested an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for allegedly committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide over the last five years in Darfur.The ICC has issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Muhammad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Kushayb. In presenting his evidence against them to the Court, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said that they “jointly committed crimes against the civilian population in Darfur.”More than 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Darfur, an impoverished and relatively arid region on Sudan’s western flank, since rebels began fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen in 2003. Another 2.7 million civilians have had to flee their homes. read more

Ban applauds Brazilian efforts to curb poverty and inequality

In their meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban and Celso Luis Nunes Amorim also discussed Brazil’s support for UN peacekeeping operations, especially MINUSTAH in Haiti, and to peacebuilding missions, such as in Guinea-Bissau.Mr. Ban congratulated Mr. Amorim on Brazil’s progress in reducing poverty and inequality, and for its role in the G20 bloc of major developed and developing economies and its contributions to so-called South-South cooperation among developing nations.The Secretary-General also noted Brazil’s leadership on climate change and on efforts to attain the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to information released by a spokesperson for Mr. Ban. 24 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the Brazilian Foreign Minister today, discussing poverty, climate change and efforts to boost cooperation among the world’s poorer nations. read more

Senate confirms White to head SEC making her first exprosecutor to lead

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White’s nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, making her the first former prosecutor to lead the federal agency that oversees Wall Street.White was approved Monday by a Senate voice vote. She will replace Elisse Walter, who has been interim SEC chairman since Mary Schapiro resigned in December.President Barack Obama nominated White, who had served as U.S. attorney in Manhattan from 1993 through 2002.Critics have complained that the SEC has failed to act aggressively to charge top executives at the biggest U.S. banks who may have contributed to the crisis that set off the Great Recession.White told the Senate Banking Committee last month that she would aggressively pursue enforcement and hold accountable “all wrongdoers — individual and institutional, of whatever position or size.”As SEC chairman, she will also lead efforts to complete and enforce complex regulations called for by Congress in response to the 2008 financial crisis.White, 65, was the first woman to be named U.S. attorney in Manhattan, one of the most prestigious jobs in law enforcement. During her tenure, she built an extensive record of prosecuting white-collar crime, won convictions in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1998 terrorist attacks on two U.S. embassies in Africa, and put crime boss John Gotti away.She left the U.S. attorney’s office in 2002 and went to work for Debevoise & Plimpton, where she served as head of litigation for the prominent New York law firm. Her clients included JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, General Electric and Toyota, and former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis.During her confirmation hearing, White pledged to avoid potential conflicts of interest from that work. She also promised in writing to step aside as SEC chairman from any decision affecting a former client for one year after she represented them. That’s in line with federal ethics guidelines for agency officials. The same pledge has been made by a number of SEC chairmen, many of whom were formerly private securities lawyers.The SEC chairman and commissioners must vote to approve enforcement actions against specific companies or individuals as well as new rules that apply generally.“The American public will be my client, and I will work as zealously as possible on behalf of them,” White told the Senate Banking Committee.In addition, White has pledged to abstain from all decisions before the SEC brought by the law firm of her husband, John White, who is a corporate attorney and a former high-ranking SEC official. Senate confirms White to head SEC, making her first ex-prosecutor to lead watchdog agency AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 2:59 pm MDT read more

SMMT welcomes £500m boost for low emission vehicles

The future of the UK as a leader in the development and take-up of low emission vehicles has been given a boost with government’s announcement of how the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will spend its £500m funding allocation over the next five years.Representing the UK motor industry, SMMT called on government to instigate a balanced approach to the 2015-2020 funding package, incorporating elements of consumer incentives, a strategic investment in infrastructure and increased R&D support. Furthermore, we asked that all parts of the road transport industry should benefit. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Transport Minister Baroness Kramer delivered on this ask, announcing a package of measures which will help the UK lead the global shift to low and ultra-low carbon vehicles and technologies. It also provides crucial strategic opportunities for growth and jobs across the UK automotive industry.The key features of the OLEV package are:£200m for the continuation of the Plug-in Car Grant, securing the government contribution of up to £5,000 towards the cost of qualifying, new ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).£30m to assist the purchase of other vehicles.£100m for R&D projects.£20m for taxi infrastructure and incentives.£30m for buses.£35m for a new city scheme.£32m on infrastructure (including for a rapid charging network).£4m for gas refuelling network for HCVs.Speaking at the announcement, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented, “The move towards a low carbon vehicle future must be built around the three pillars of consumer incentives, strategically focused infrastructure and increased leverage for R&D support. We therefore welcome this announcement which reflects that balanced approach but, significantly, seek to incentivise technical developments in all segments of road transport, not just passenger cars.“UK vehicle manufacturers are already committing significant investment to the UK’s ULEV ambitions through research, development and production of zero and low emission vehicles and technologies. This funding package will help secure additional private sector investment, but more needs to be done to support academic research in this area – as well as developing the skills that will be essential if the UK is to become a global leader in ultra-low emission technologies.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Welcome Week at Brock offers a safe inclusive introduction to incoming students

September has arrived and for Brock University, school is back in session.Welcome Week officially kicks off Sunday, Sept. 2 with the annual Move-In Day blitz, when nearly 2,400 mostly first-year students will move into Brock’s seven residences. That day also marks the beginning of BadgerFest 2018, a week-long schedule of activities organized by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU).Welcome Week and BadgerFest offer a full slate of on-campus activities designed to help first-year students familiarize themselves with their new home through safe, fun and educational programming.“BUSU is excited to have the opportunity to welcome countless first-year students to the Brock community and into the next phase of their lives,” said BUSU President Aidan Hibma. “Although this transition can be scary for many, I encourage all students to take full advantage of the week by participating in some truly amazing programming, getting familiarized with the University and taking the opportunity to make new friendships that will last a lifetime.”BUSU Vice-President, Student Services Joyce Khouzam said lots of planning has gone into making BadgerFest 2018 a great series of events.“We have been gearing up for the past four months and we couldn’t be more excited,” she said. “I still remember my Orientation Week, and I hope in four years this group of students can say the same thing.”After Move-In Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, incoming students will have their first residence dinner Sunday night, followed by a BadgerFest kickoff event that includes Live Burn, a demonstration by the St. Catharines Fire Department and Brock Campus Security that teaches students about fire safety in their residence rooms. Sunday wraps up with a BadgerFest party in the field in front of Schmon Tower.On Monday, Sept. 3, students will be competing in the ‘Summer Games’ in Weather Station Field organized by Residence Services, followed by comedy night at Isaac’s. Tuesday and Wednesday will see a massive Vendor Fair taking place in Weather Station Field, which will introduce students to local businesses and various departments and activities on campus.On the academic side of things, various departments and Faculties are holding orientation sessions Tuesday, which will be followed by the first day of classes on Wednesday.The annual BadgerFest Paint Party will take place in Weather Station Field from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.On Saturday, hundreds of Brock students will fan out across Niagara for Brock Cares, an annual day of volunteering and fundraising throughout the community. That night, the week wraps up with the BadgerFest Big Ticket Concert, which this year features NAV, a Canadian hip hop artist nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2018 Junos.Hibma said BUSU is educating students on the importance of starting the year on a positive note.“We want both first-year and returning students to have fun this week in a safe and responsible manner,” he said. read more

Mens basketball What exactly is wrong with Ohio State

Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFew things have went right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team since Big Ten play began on Jan 1. The Buckeyes have lost three straight games to conference opponents, most recently a 78-68 loss to Minnesota in Williams Arena.Things will only be getting tougher from here on out for OSU, as the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 18 Wisconsin. Last season, Thad Matta’s team lost 79-68 to the Badgers.The Badgers are 13-3 this year, and are coming off an 11-point loss to Purdue, a team that OSU lost to by just one point on Thursday. Although Wisconsin was downed by the Boilermakers, there seems little to convince anyone OSU can easily handle a team as dangerous as the Badgers.After the loss to Purdue, senior forward Marc Loving said he felt confident in OSU’s ability to right the ship this season, regardless of how rocky the start had been.“We know what we’re capable of,” he said.Whatever he feels the team is capable of has yet to be seen this season. The Buckeyes have appeared sluggish on defense and disconnected on offense at times.Even with occasional glimpses into the capability of players like Loving and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, OSU is shooting a feeble 38.8 percent from the field, with just a 31.8 percent mark from outside the arc.Williams, who started the year shooting 56 percent from 3-point range through the team’s first six games, has gone just 4-for-14 from 3 since the start of conference play. Although other players like Loving and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle present a perimeter threat, the lack of outside scoring has stifled the Buckeyes’ offense.Correcting mistakes from outside might be an easy fix with more practice. However, the Buckeyes have struggled to limit opposing scoring attacks, giving up an average of 65.6 points per game, which puts OSU at No. 55 in the nation.More worryingly, the Buckeyes force an average of 13.06 turnovers per game, tied with Army West Point as 221st in the nation. Without forcing turnovers, there seems little hope of OSU putting up enough points to overcome opponents, especially a Badgers team that averages 76 points per game.With a lack turnovers and shooting struggles, the Buckeyes will need nothing short of a mid-season miracle to make OSU relevant in the Big Ten again. Regardless, veterans like junior forward Jae’Sean Tate are remaining positive through the hard times.“I wouldn’t say (there is) concern because we work our butts off every day,” Tate said. “We’re in here every day. We’ve just got to keep grinding it. We’ve got to keep working and trusting (Matta.) The outcome is going to be there.”He went on to say he felt the Buckeyes will hit their stride soon. However, until OSU corrects the glaring problems in front of them, the team will be taking nothing more than baby steps. read more

Toshibas new LCD panels set to break records for viewing angles

first_imgViewing angles may not be the single most important spec of a display panel, but if they aren’t up to snuff, you will definitely notice them. While the high-end devices on the market right now don’t draw too many complaints in this department, that hasn’t stopped Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD) from improving on the spec even more. The company has a couple of new LCD panel prototypes that promise unprecedented viewing angles, along with a healthy pixel density to boot.Toshiba calls the new panel “Soludina,” and it uses a technology that handles display gradations in a new way. It drives liquid crystal molecules by horizontally applying an electric field to them. This is similar to what is already done with in-plane-switching (IPS, used in devices like the iPhone, the Kindle Fire, and many more) and fringe field switching (FFS), but with Toshiba’s new method, the pixel structures of electrodes are different.What this adds up to is a contrast ratio of 800:1 or higher, as well as viewing angles of 176° (for both horizontal and vertical planes). The panel can display 16,777,216 colors, at a 71% color gamut (on NTSC standards). TMD has two versions of the panel, a 4.3 inch version for smartphones, and a 7 inch one for tablets. The smaller panel has a 720 x 1280 resolution (343ppi), and the larger’s res measures in at 800 x 1280 (217ppi).The highest density on the market at the moment still belongs to the iPhone 4 and 4S. Their “Retina” display has 330 pixels per inch. That has finally been equalled by the new Galaxy Nexus, which will release next month. The floodgates may just be opening, though, as this new panel’s 342ppi ups the ante. Toshiba also showed a different panel earlier this year, which had an even higher pixel density, 367ppi on a 4 inch display.The highest-end of the current generation of smartphones (like the Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4S, and Droid Razr) aren’t exactly hurting in terms of viewing angles (or PPI, or contrast ratio, for that matter), so the improvements in this panel may not radically change the next generation of handsets. But it does still gives those specs a bump, and that certainly isn’t going to hurt anything.Toshiba says that the “Soludina” panel will ship in smartphones and tablets within the 2011 fiscal year (which could mean early-to-mid 2012).More at Toshiba Mobile Display, via Tech-Onlast_img read more

Weather Eye Today will be a good day to find a pleasant

first_img For much of today it will be an inside-looking-outside kind of day with scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms around the region. Rainfall amounts will vary widely as usual with showers and especially thunderstorms. I would expect perhaps a quarter-inch of rain near Vancouver but a half-inch or more under a thundershower. As the day wears on, skies will partially clear and things will dry out this evening.The upcoming week doesn’t look that bad. We should have night and morning fog and hazy-afternoon sunshine highs around the 70-degree mark. The next chance of showers would be toward week’s end.A rather large trough of low pressure remains off the coast, but most of the moisture will be shunted by to our north, so just some high or middle cloudiness overhead here.The National Weather Service in Portland had an interesting discussion for our coastal zones this weekend: “Now for a twist as we have entered Pacific Northwest coastal waterspout season. Conditions are in alignment enough that some showers and thunderstorms may produce a brief waterspout late Saturday into Sunday. If a waterspout forms near shore it could turn into a brief tornado.”Hard to believe we are in a winterlike season after months of summer warmth. But yes, as cold troughs of low pressure move inland, the atmosphere gets unstable that thunderstorms can occur mainly along the coast and, if severe enough, water spouts or tornadoes can develop. We have had waterspouts every year for the past several with an occasional tornado reaching landfall.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

Monsanto Modified wheat isolated occurrence

first_imgPORTLAND — A genetically modified test strain of wheat that emerged to the surprise of an Oregon farmer was likely the result of an accident or possibly tampering, the company that developed it said Wednesday.Representatives for Monsanto Co. said during a conference call Wednesday that the emergence of the genetically modified strain was an isolated occurrence and most likely resulted from an accident or deliberate mixing of seeds. It has tested the parent wheat stock and found it clean, the company said.Sabotage is a possibility, said Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer.“We’re considering all options and that’s certainly one of the options,” Fraley said.Fraley said the company has a test it has shared with other countries that could “fingerprint” the exact variety of wheat that carried the gene, and it’s awaiting samples from the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Oregon farmer to test for the exact variety that emerged.The wheat emerged in an Eastern Oregon field in early May and was resistant to the herbicide Roundup. Oregon State University researchers found the wheat had a genetic modification Monsanto used in field testing.When the test fields were cleared in Oregon in 2001, the seed samples were sent to a USDA deep-storage facility in Colorado. The company’s research director, Claire Cajacob, said the company also keeps some samples it is able to test. The rest of the seed is destroyed, she said.last_img read more

Police Increasing Patrols For Halloween

first_imgState Trooper Spokeswoman Megan Peters: “If you have a plan to go out and party, have a plan to get home safe and make it so that anyone that’s driving with you or around you or anything else, it’s a sober time on the roadways.” Local law enforcement agencies will also be increasing their patrols. Lieutenant Ben Langham, with Kenai Police Department says officers haven’t noticed anything sinister so far, but reminds drivers to be safe over the holiday: “We will have KPD officers out on patrol. Drivers, if you’ve had too much to drink stay off the road and help keep our communities safe.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers will be conducting focused enforcement patrols on Wednesday, October 31, to ensure the safety of Alaskans celebrating Halloween. KPD plans to focus on areas with foot traffic as well. Lt. Langham: “We’ll be targeting areas that receive a high volume of trick or treaters. We’d like to remind our trick or treaters to wear something bright and watch out for cars.”  Local law enforcement encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver (REDDI) Immediately by calling 9-1-1.last_img read more

Software Developer Targets Publishers with Platform for SelfSelecting Content

first_imgA digital publisher is using a software platform it developed to create publications on-demand similar to Time Inc.’s Mine project, but is completely digital and more targeted.Sequence Partners‘ Sequence Micro Addressable Readership Targeting system allows readers to select information from a publication’s library of content for personal delivery in either printed or e-mailed PDF format. According to Sequence founding partner Charles Benaiah, the SMART platform conversely allows publishers to align advertising to editorial and audience, and then to monetize that content.“SMART also removes wasted audience vis-à-vis advertisers from the circulation to reduce production and postage expenditures,” Benaiah told FOLIO:. “Publishers can charge premium CPMs and reduce costs to increase margin.”Sequence began developing the proprietary SMART software in May 2008 and rolled out the 1.0 version in January 2009. The firm launched the 2.0 version this fall, which is ready for third party publishing licenses. How It WorksBenaiah said SMART isn’t based on “off-the-shelf technology.” The data-driven service aligns editorial, reader interests and advertising by creating a database of keywords/names/topics that, when entered by a user (triggers the insertion of relevant advertising) Advertisers can pre-select content for which they decide their product sponsorship is most relevant.  “Our development team spent 1-1/2 years building and it contains many thousands of lines of code,” he said. “The software program concurrently collects user/reader information and statistics, not least of which is a real-time feature that allows advertisers to see who has ordered content in which its ad was inserted and, based on a per-unit price of $X per user (mailed or PDF), the advertiser can know precisely how much of its allocated budget has been exhausted at any given time—much like a pre-paid calling card.”Licensees can then decide whether to continue publishing a traditional publication or switch completely to the SMART system. (Publishers using SMART can continue to produce original content.) Sequence initially launched SMART in the pharmaceutical vertical with clients including companies like Novartis and the Journal of Medicine, which transitioned to the 1.0 version of the system in early 2009. Most recently, U.S. Healthcare Communications moved its two medical journals—The American Journal of Hematology/Oncology and Oncology Nursing News—to the SMART system. According to David Meir, managing director of U.S. Healthcare Communications owner Gladstone Capital Corporation, “conventional, linear publishing is no longer the best approach for AJHO and OHN” and that its readers and advertisers “will each benefit” from SMART’s content selection and distribution capabilities.Branching Out to Other MarketsBenaiah said Sequence is in discussions with several other traditional publishers—mostly trade, although SMART also has a consumer publication application. It also has been working with non-traditional publishers like trade organizations and universities that “see SMART 2.0 as a way to enhance marketing and communications to their constituencies,” he said. “By customizing and targeting, we can vastly improve the quality and relevance of a publication for most clients. And by having advertising pre-sold and ready for insertion, as applicable, to specific individuals or linked to specific content, the books go out at a guaranteed profit.”While he declined to offer specific dollar amounts, Benaiah said larger publishers pay for and is granted a license to the SMART software, which is delivered and supported on its server. Smaller publishers have the option of turning over operations on an outsourced, turnkey basis hosted by Sequence. That revenue model, according to Benaiah, includes a profit-sharing element in addition to the licensing fee.last_img read more

The Deal Pipeline Debuts Updated App

first_imgThe Deal, the business arm of digital financial media company TheStreet, launched the second generation of its The Deal Pipline app for the iPad and for the first time, the iPhone. “We’re taking The Deal Pipeline’s user experience to the next level by offering mobile access to our top reporting in a variety of ways,” says Michael Crosby, chief operating officer for The Deal, in a statement. The updated app, on sale starting today, will offer both iPad and iPhone users a breaking news tool, a twice-daily feature story about industry movers and shakers accompanied by a slideshow and nine sector-focused pages covering consumer & retail, energy, healthcare, industrials, private equity, real estate, regulation, restructuring and telecommunications media & technology.Users of the iPad edition will also receive daily and weekly industry reports and access to an IPO center powered by NYSE Euronext 9, which provides comprehensive information and analysis of recent filings.last_img read more

Using labour arbitrage to bring in Indian workers a mistake Cisco chief

first_imgJohn ChambersReutersTaking people from India to the US on work visas to take advantage of lower labour arbitrage may be a mistake, and companies must look at creating jobs in both countries, Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers said on Thursday.Chambers is in India to announce the creation of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) which he says will take the relationship between the two countries, their companies and people to the next level, financial daily Economic Times reported.”You can’t go in and take a whole bunch of H1-B visas and displace American workers for a lower cost. That is just a mistake,” Chambers said. “The jobs which are being created have to be created in both the countries. It is not a win-lose (situation); both the countries can have dramatic job creation by working together,” he added.He said there are many examples of partnerships between two companies that have led to more jobs in both the US and India, and there is a need to communicate such instances better, rather than rare cases of job losses that are an exception. That’s an area where the avatar of US-India Business Council (USIBC) will be able to help by constant messaging etc., Chambers said. John Chambers and Narendra ModiReutersThe 67 year American executive has been a long-time supporter of India and an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I see the Prime Minister as one of the top leaders that I have ever met in my life. He has got a vision and a strategy; he knows how to execute them for India’s 1.3 billion people,” Chambers told to Mint in an interview.Asking about his working relations with present government, he said Modi knows how to form win-win partnerships that most people don’t. “He is moving faster than any leader in the world. I would give India an A in terms of progress over the last three years,” Chambers added.last_img read more

Pakistani refugees fearful over Kashmir move

first_imgAn Indian Kashmiri refugee Khadija Bibi shows a picture of her late father on her mobile phone as she speaks during an interview with AFP in the Manak Paiyan refugee camp near Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan controlled Kashmir, on 5 August. Photo: AFPRefugees in Pakistani-held Kashmir voiced fears for relatives still on the other side of the disputed Himalayan border Monday after India abolished the Muslim-majority region’s special autonomy, raising fears of fresh violence.Many of the roughly 250 people in the Manak Paiyan refugee camp near Muzaffarabad, the largest city in Pakistani-held Kashmir, fled fighting in the 1990s but still have family on the other side of the Line of Control, the de facto border slicing through the heavily militarised region.For decades they have communicated mainly by telephone, and more recently with video and WhatsApp calls.But India cut off telecommunications and imposed a security lockdown on the territory late Sunday, ahead of the decision to strip Kashmir of the special status it has held for seven decades.The move is set to exacerbate the rebellion in Kashmir, and to deepen the long-running animosity with nuclear rival Pakistan, which has fought two out of three wars with India over the territory.”I don’t know what will happen… I am worried about my family. I have no information about them,” 32-year-old Mohammad Altaf told AFP.”I am very upset because of it,” he said.Khadija Bibi said her father had passed away just two days ago but she has been unable to speak with her sisters or other relatives to share their grief.Protestors and activists belonging to the Alternative Law Forum and other left wing organisations take part in a protest in Bangalore on 5 August in reaction to the Indian government scrapping Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: AFP”Roads are closed and we have no means to go there. Internet, phone, everything is closed,” she said.”We will die here and they will die there without seeing each other if Kashmir is not liberated”.Usman Hashim, who left his entire family behind when he fled in 1992, said he was afraid that “anything” could happen to them.”The world should take notice… they should save the lives of human beings. Freedom comes later,” he said.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.For three decades the Indian-administered part has been in the grip of an insurgency that has left tens of thousands dead.Armed Kashmiri rebels and many residents have fought for the region’s independence or to join neighbour Pakistan.There are roughly 38,000 refugees from Indian-held Kashmir in camps on the Pakistani side, authorities say.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist party rushed through a presidential decree to scrap from the constitution the Indian-ruled part of the disputed territory’s special status.It also moved a bill proposing the Indian-administered part of Kashmir be divided into two regions directly ruled by New Delhi.Bibi’s brother Mohammad Yaseen Rana called the moves a “most cruel step” and said: “We will never accept this”.last_img read more

US Bakeries Grab A Slice Of A Latin American Tradition Three Kings

first_imgJam Media/CON/LatinContent/Getty ImagesA rosca de reyes cake on display at a bakery in Mexico City. The cake is the signature dish of Three Kings Day celebrations in many parts of Latin America.On Jan. 6, many Christians around the world will celebrate Epiphany, or Three Kings Day — the day the three kings came to visit baby Jesus.In parts of Latin America, a big part of the holiday tradition is the rosca de reyes, or Three Kings cake.It’s a crown-shaped cake made of yeast-based bread that is very fluffy and airy once baked. The rosca is typically topped with candied fruits and bands of colorful, sugary paste. Inside there’s a little figurine of a baby, meant to represent Jesus, and whoever is served the piece with it inside has to throw a party on Feb. 2, dia de la Candelaria. When the rosca is served, it’s often dunked in a warm drink like hot chocolate or atole.“It’s a shared tradition,” says chef Pati Jinich, the host of PBS’s Pati’s Mexican Table. “All of the Latin American countries that were conquered by the Old World inherited this tradition.”While Latin America got the rosca from Spain, another version is served in France. In New Orleans, the similar King Cake is typically eaten during the Carnival season and at Mardi Gras.Jinich grew up in Mexico, where she says Three Kings Day celebrations are bigger than Christmas. “Everybody in Mexico eats roscas growing up — it’s a big deal!” she says.Rosca de reyes is becoming a bigger deal here in the U.S., too, says Jinich, as the Latin American population continues to grow. The diaspora has increased year over year and in 2016, it reached a new high of 58 million people.This means a growing demand for traditions from back home — like ordering roscas from your local Latino bakery.Ashley Westerman/NPRCarlos Benitez, owner of La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria outside Washington, D.C., puts decorations on rosca de reyes before it goes into the oven. This year Benitez expects to sell almost 300 of the cakes.Carlos Benitez is the owner of La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria in Alexandria, Va., just south of Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Alicia, opened their bakery in 2002 after moving from California. Benitez bakes a savory and only slightly sweet, aromatic version of the rosca topped with candied red and green cherries, figs and plums. Between the fruits are stripes of color made from a sugary paste. In contrast, the New Orleans King Cake is typically much sweeter and covered with purple, green and yellow icing rather than candied fruits.“The first time when we started making roscas over here, we just made 50 or 60, and year after year the amount of rosca we had to make [got] bigger,” says Benitez.This year the bakery is expecting to make around 250 to 300 roscas, he says, with more than just families purchasing them. Benitez says he’s had more orders come in from companies and schools as well. And he isn’t the only one. Many Latino bakeries we contacted around the Washington, D.C., region reported an increase in orders over the years.In Los Angeles, where approximately half the population is Latino, Tony Salazar, chef and V.P of production for Porto’s Bakery, says they plan to sell over 5,000 this year.“When we started [in the 1970s] we only sold 10 … and then, you know, 20 and 100,” he says. “It’s been a slow process, but we are really so happy that the popularity is growing and the recognition of this product is out there now. There’s people who don’t celebrate Three Kings Day who come and buy it, it’s so good, and they enjoy it.”In fact, Porto’s Bakery, along with other storied Latin American bakeries in the area, plan to unveil LA’s largest roscas de reyes Friday. They’ve teamed up with the California Milk Processor Board for the free event, which Salazar hopes will bring together not only Latin Americans across the LA region but also others who want to share in the tradition.Carlos Benitez of Virginia’s La Mexicana Bakery and Taqueria says spreading the rosca de reyes tradition beyond Latin American communities is a good thing.“I’m so happy that people don’t lose their traditions,” he says. “I think diversity of the cultures make this country great.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Using faulty EVMs a ploy to manipulate votes Mamata on MP polls

first_imgPurulia: Criticising the malfunctioning of some Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) during the ongoing Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday claimed that providing faulty EVMs was a ploy to manipulate people’s votes. Taking a swipe at the Election Commission, Banerjee said it is the responsibility of the constitutional body to ensure that none of the EVM or VVPAT machines used during polling are faulty. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “I am hearing since morning that several EVM machines used in Madhya Pradesh polls are faulty. We all understand these plans. These are attempts to manipulate people’s vote for own advantage,” Banerjee said in a veiled reference to the Bharatiya Janata Party, who is in power in the state as well as at the Centre. “I have heard that only two per cent votes cast through an EVM machine can be traced. What is the significance of two per cent? If two per cent votes are fair and 80 per cent of it is rigged, who would take the responsibility? If EVM and VVPAT are used in elections, the EC must ensure that not a single EVM machine malfunctions during polling,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The Trinamool supremo said she would raise the issue of faulty EVMs during the opposition parties’ meeting to be held in Delhi in December. “We have already raised the issue. I will again raise the issue during our opposition party meeting in Delhi. I will also circulate the document to show what exactly is going on in Madhya Pradesh,” she added. Polling is underway for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday, where several faulty EVMs and VVPAT machines had to be replaced within the first hour.last_img read more

Technology is Shaping Our Future

first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Blog | Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director | Artificial Intelligence| April 02, 2019 Technology is Shaping Our Future In this day and age, information technology (IT) rules. It shapes the way we do business and it shapes the way we live our lives. Topping this wave is artificial intelligence (AI), therefore it makes perfect sense that the American College of Radiology (ACR), along with six other professional societies — European Society of Radiology (ESR); Radiological Society of North America (RSNA); Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM); European Society of Medical Imaging Informatics (ESMII); Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR); and American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) — joined forces to create a new consensus document on the ethics of using AI in radiology. The authors are taking comments on the draft guidance through April 15, 2019, and a finalized document will be produced within the following six months. You can read the full draft of the guidance document at document explores ethical considerations for artificial intelligence from several angles, including data use, algorithms and trained models, and actual practice. The writing team reviewed current literature from the fields of computer science and medicine, as well as historical ethical scholarship and material related to the ethics of future scenarios. The document was produced through the combined efforts of philosophers, radiologists, imaging informaticists, medical physicists, patient advocates, and attorneys with experience with radiology in the U.S. and the European Union.“AI has noticeably altered our perception of radiology data — their value, how to use them and how they may be misused. Rather than simply understanding AI, radiologists have a moral duty both to understand their data, and to use the data they collect to improve the common good, extract more information about patients and their diseases, and improve the practice of radiology,” the statement reads. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content In addition to AI, other key health IT trends to make note of, which were covered at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, include:1. The Rise of Augmented and Virtual Reality in HealthcareThe main areas of utilization for this technology include patient consultation;pre-surgical planning; surgical or interventional periprocedural guidance; and physician training.2. Decrease on Hype and Focus on Introducing Artificial Intelligence ProductsThe hype cycle surrounding AI has seemingly come to an end, and attendees and hospitals expect to see real, actual products to purchase, not to have a theoretical discussion about how AI might help healthcare in the future.3. Analytics is the Next Big Trend Following Digital Health Record ImplementationWith the U.S. federal mandate under healthcare reform that all healthcare facilities convert from paper-based systems to electronic medical records (EMRs), it has effectively connected nearly all aspects of healthcare systems into a digital format over the past decade. This has made many hospitals focus efforts on leveraging this data by implementing powerful new analytics software.4. Cybersecurity Tops Concerns With EMRsAs healthcare becomes more wired and interconnected, cybersecurity has become a primary concern of hospitals. Healthcare facilities have been the target of many high-profile attacks that have cost millions, opening the facilities to liabilities that can cause a major disruption in patient care if systems are shut down or data is blocked by hackers. 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 | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | 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 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

Nicaraguas Ortega holds crisis talks with opposition

first_imgNicaraguan President Daniel Ortega opened talks on Wednesday with opposition groups in a bid to quell a month of anti-government unrest that has seen more than 50 people killed.The Church-mediated dialogue, which got underway in the capital Managua, involved representatives of university students who are leading the protests against Ortega as well as some from business groups and unions.Ortega told the room that the aim of the talks was to “get past this tragic moment” and restore “peace” to the country, one of Latin America’s poorest.He was however interrupted by student representatives calling him a “murderer” and urging “an end to the repression.”“We have come to demand you order the immediate halt of the attacks. You’re the boss of the paramilitaries, of the troops, of the mobs backing the government,” said a leader of the student coalition, Lester Aleman.The unrest was the worst faced by Ortega in his past 11 years as president. AFP Photo / Inti OconThe protests were initially triggered by an aborted attempt to reform the near-bankrupt social security system, but quickly morphed into a street movement demanding Ortega’s ouster over a range of grievances.Rights groups say at least 58 people were killed, the majority of them protesters.Ortega said Nicaragua’s police now have orders to not open fire. He also said that “the deaths were on all sides,” not only that of the protesters.Late Wednesday, foreign minister Denis Moncada announced an 11-strong delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights would arrive in Managua on Thursday to observe the situation on the ground. The government had at first rejected such a mission while a parliament-created commission probed the deaths.Challenge to Ortega’s ruleThe 72-year-old leader, who previously ruled between 1979 and 1990, is a former leftist Sandinista guerrilla who helped overthrow the US-backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, but who himself has become seen as dictatorial.He has increasingly wielded power jointly with his wife Rosario Murillo, who is both his vice president and chief government spokesperson.Murillo, who attended the talks alongside her husband, said “we came here in good faith” and urged all present “to think of Nicaragua.”But student representatives in the room made clear that they want the president and Murillo to step down.They also used the occasion to reject Ortega’s portrayal of many of those killed as criminals or vandals.“They were students, not criminals,” they yelled. The talks came one day after the most recent clashes between protesters and police, in the northern town of Matagalpa, which has long been under the sway of Ortega’s Sandinista Front party.The town’s mayor, Sadrach Zeledon, said one person was killed by “right-wing vandalism groups,” referring to the demonstrators, who in turn said the victim, Wilber Reyes, was killed in attacks launched by police.The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights spokesman in the city, German Herrera, told local TV station 100% Noticias that 35 people were injured in the clashes on Tuesday and at least 10 people had been arrested.The same day in Masaya, 30 kilometers (20 miles) southeast of Managua, residents reported harsh repression by riot police, while in the capital, parents and students from private high schools marched to demand justice and freedom.The US Embassy in Nicaragua has suspended the processing of non-immigrant visas until further notice, citing the instability.ConcessionsOrtega had accepted the notion of talks in the early days of the crackdown, but they were delayed for weeks. The Church deemed he had not fulfilled conditions under which they could be held – among them that a regional human rights group be allowed to visit.Ortega made a series of other previous concessions after sharp domestic and international criticism over the use of security forces to put down the protests, and curbs on independent media to report them.Ortega’s concessions included abandoning the social security reforms, freeing dozens of arrested protesters, lifting broadcast bans on private TV channels, and offering dialogue.Business leaders, as well as the army, appear to have distanced themselves from Ortega as the protests, and the deadly crackdown, continued. VIDEO: Inside Nicaragua’s historic protests Related posts:Dialogue struggles forward, protests continue in Nicaragua PHOTOS: Nicaraguans in Costa Rica gather to support their country during hard times Night of terror leaves 5 dead in Nicaraguan protests Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters Facebook Comments Frustrations have been voiced over corruption, the autocratic style of Ortega and Murillo, limited options to change the country’s politics in elections, and the president’s control over Congress, the courts, the military and the electoral authority.One of the bishops, Abelardo Meta, said in Wednesday’s talks that the clerics had a demand of their own – “that the police be pulled back to their barracks.”“A revolution without arms has started. Here, it’s not an army against an army – it’s a population that is unarmed,” he said. Nicaragua’s primal screamlast_img read more

Exhibitors are the winners at Luxperience in 2016

first_imgSource = Luxperience Image via Oneill Photographics.Luxperience is celebrating its fifth year anniversary by offering potential exhibitors with significant savings for a strictly limited time whilst also introducing the NEW ‘Deluxe Suite’ for its 2016 event being held at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney from 18 to 21 September.Aspiring and current attendees looking to enhance their space can enjoy a Deluxe Suite with six square metres of room at an introductory rate of AU$8670* giving them additional space to enhance their suite via a number of suite upgrades.Currently savings are also guaranteed when reserving the traditional exhibitor options and each exhibiting option provides the following inclusions:access to leading travel designers whose clientele are ultra-high nett worth individuals;access to senior event designers and producers from across the globe;a guaranteed equal mix of local and international buyers, handpicked through a stringent qualifying process;enhanced networking opportunities throughout the three day event;exposure to senior travel and consumer journalists;invitation to the inspirational and re-engineered Thought Leaders Forum – certain to be a stellar event on innovation and design.Image via Oneill Photographics.“We are excited to be celebrating our fifth year anniversary with the globe’s leaders in luxury and high-end experiential events,” says Eric Lewanavanua, Luxperience Director of Sales & Partner Alliances.“True to our unique offering and nature, we are welcoming new buyers from traditional and emerging markets with over 50 per cent being first-timers to Luxperience 2016.“Events by Luxperience is also making a welcomed return after the overwhelming success of its introduction at last year’s event. Providing an additional dimension for luxury and high end experiences, during our three-day trade show, Events by Luxperience allows MICE suppliers enhanced opportunities for business with a cross-section of elite buyers.“Corporate event decision makers will be invited to attend the 2016 event to connect with a select group of high profile leading event providers from Australia and the Globe,” says Lewanavanua.Luxperience, happening in Sydney 18-21 September, is an invitation-only event dedicated to the high-end inspirational travel & events sector and the only such event in the southern hemisphere.*Conditions apply:inclusive of GST;all special rates are available from 11 January 2016 to 13 April 2016;50 per cent deposit is required within 14 days of registration;final payment required by 01 May 2016. Book herelast_img read more