Church services in Sri Lanka to resume from May 5 Cardinal

first_imgColombo: Public mass in the terror-hit Sri Lanka would resume in certain Catholic churches from May 5 and no bags will be allowed inside as part of the tight security measures, according to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. All public church services were cancelled after the Easter Sunday bomb blasts that ripped through three churches and high-end hotels, killing 253 people and injuring 500 others. The prelate said on Monday that vigilance committees formed by the residents of the parish would be responsible to identify individuals who enter their respective churches and parishioners will have to confirm their identity before entering a church. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The cardinal, who conducted a private memorial mass on Sunday fearing repeat of the Easter attacks, told media that bags will not be allowed to be taken inside the churches owing to security measures. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s had also attended the private memorial mass. Commenting on Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s statement that the bombings could have been averted had the Counter-Terrorism Act been in force, he said that amending the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is better than bringing in a new piece of legislation to counter terrorism, the Daily Mirror reported. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests It is easier to amend the existing legislation rather than bringing in a new one. Effective measures should be taken to apprehend the individuals and groups responsible for these attacks in order to prevent people from taking the law into their hands,” he said. The religious leader said a new government comprising all parties should be appointed. “No party should think of elections at this moment. We will even have to take to the streets and lead peaceful protests if the government continues to handle the situation in the manner it presently does. Action should be taken against ministers and MPs if they were found guilty of being part of the Easter Sunday bombings,” he was quoted as saying in the report. Cardinal Ranjith said he wasn’t consulted prior to the appointment of a presidential commission to probe security lapses that led to the Easter bombings. We are oblivious to the backgrounds of the members in the commission. We urge the government to appoint another commission comprising religious leaders. Buddhist clergy is eligible to lead such a commission as they will look into the matter impartially, he said. Meanwhile, the Cardinal refused to accept a bullet-proof vehicle provided for his security by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, saying what matters most at present is the safety of people. He also reiterated that much needs to be done to restore normalcy, Times Online reported. A total of 106 suspects, including a Tamil medium teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday blasts. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) for the attacks.last_img read more

Government confident of CHOGM

The External Affairs Ministry quoted Rajapaksa as saying Sri Lanka looks forward to sharing experiences in areas of collective interest, including rural development, youth empowerment and people-centred socio-economic growth within the Commonwealth family.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said that CHOGM brings together leaders representing around a quarter of the world’s countries, and a third of the world’s population.“CHOGM is an opportunity for Commonwealth leaders to work on common approaches to the national and global challenges of our times, to find paths to peace and prosperity for all, and to deliberate on how this exceptional organisation can continue to serve the world better,” the External Affairs Ministry quoted the Secretary-General as saying. He said that the Commonwealth unites governments and people around practical action on shared values and principles, mutually supporting one another in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already threatened to withdraw from CHOGM in Sri Lanka next year over alleged human rights abuses. The government today expressed confidence that the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo next year will go ahead smoothly.President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka looks forward to welcoming all Commonwealth leaders and delegates to the country for the summit. Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on Friday announced that the next CHOGM will be held in Colombo from 15 to 17 November 2013. CHOGM is held every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making body. Commonwealth leaders agreed on Sri Lanka as the 2013 host for the meeting when they met in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 2009. They reaffirmed this decision at the 2011 CHOGM in Perth, Australia.“As a committed member of the Commonwealth family, Sri Lanka is pleased to be hosting CHOGM. The Commonwealth shares a strong commitment to the twin pillars of democracy and development. We look forward to welcoming all Commonwealth leaders and delegates to our country for what I am confident will be a successful and mutually beneficial summit in true Commonwealth spirit,” Rajapaksa said. read more

Young cancels tour stop

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Those with tickets to the annual “Greenbelt Harvest Picnic” will be getting some of their money back, after Neil Young and Crazy Horse were forced to pull out of the event.An injury to guitarist Frank Sampedro’s hand caused the group to cancel its North American tour.Picnic organizers announced ticket holders will be reimbursed $40, knocking the admission price down to $100.

Oil jumps to 93 a barrel after US avoids fiscal cliff in

The price of oil jumped by more than dollar to above US$93 a barrel Wednesday after U.S. lawmakers passed legislation to avoid a “fiscal cliff” that could have pushed the world’s biggest economy into recession.The U.S. House of Representatives voted near midnight Tuesday night to approve a tax and spending bill and send it to President Barack Obama after a frantic day of political brinkmanship in Washington.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for February delivery was up $1.49 to US$93.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract had risen $1.02 to finish at US$91.82 per barrel in New York on Monday.Brent crude, used to price various kinds of international oil, was up $1.12 to US$112.23 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.Economists had warned that if Congress did not take action a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to automatically start this year could have helped push the U.S. into recession.Some House Republicans at first opposed the bill, which neutralizes middle class tax increases and $24 billion in spending cuts set to take effect over the next two months while raising taxes on the wealthy. They wanted more spending cuts but hours later agreed to a simple yes-or-no vote on the bill, which had already passed the Senate.As a result of a broad increase in market sentiment, the dollar weakened as investors felt confident to invest in relatively riskier assets.A weaker dollar makes crude cheaper and a more attractive investment for traders using other currencies. On Wednesday, the euro rose to $1.3280 from $1.3213 on Monday, the previous trading session.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 3.88 cents to US$2.8005 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 2.62 cents to US$3.058 a gallon and natural gas fell 4.1 cents to $3.31 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil jumps to $93 a barrel after US avoids ‘fiscal cliff’ in emergency vote by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2013 9:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Grants for cleaner vehicles cut by 30 per cent in 2004

Industry remains concerned over funding for Powershift grants SMMT has reacted with some concern over Energy Saving Trust (EST) proposals, published today, which set out the funding schedule for cleaner vehicle grants in 2004. While the industry was prepared for cuts in both Powershift and CleanUp grants, SMMT believes that too little has been allocated to Powershift which part-funds new vehicle technologies that deliver the greatest environmental benefits.Overall, funds have been cut by 30 per cent and EST proposes to split £14 million equally between Powershift and CleanUp programmes. While the industry is pleased that EST has heeded industry concerns and will award Powershift grants only to the cleanest hybrid, electric and LPG new vehicle technologies, the reduction in their value remains a concern. By using more of the £7 million allocated to CleanUp, which funds the retrofit of systems to older vehicles, cuts would have been unnecessary. The industry will repeat its message to the chancellor that he should tread carefully when announcing fuel duty rates for the next three years in his budget. Lower fuel duty is a key incentive for buyers of new cars powered by alternative fuels and any erosion of that benefit will damage momentum, making these models less attractive to consumers.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘We are pleased that EST has reacted to our concerns and set out grant funding for 2004. However, more priority should have been given to the Powershift programme which drives the development of the cleanest new vehicle technologies. Splitting funds down the middle seems to be an arbitrary compromise without thought of long-term goals.’He added, ‘It also seems slightly bizarre that higher grant levels may be available for the same vehicles and equipment for programmes in Scotland and Wales. Surely it makes sense to have a level playing field across the UK?’ The EST proposals also include a quarterly review of grant allocation. The industry supports this measure which means funds will be more closely monitored throughout the financial year. Greater accountability should create more confidence in EST grants going forward and must prevent a repeat of 2003’s debacle where grant funding ran out without warning.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Ohio State running back Mike Weber healthy and will play against

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State will have both its top two running backs, freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber, for its Week Two matchup against Oklahoma Saturday evening. Coach Urban Meyer said Weber is healthy and will suit up and play against the Sooners.“Mike had a good practice today, and he went full speed today,” Meyer said.Weber, last year’s starter, missed the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 victory against Indiana due to a hamstring injury. Meyer said he has not determined how he will rotate the backfield duo.Dobbins started in his debut against Indiana, rushing for 29 times for 182 yards. He was the sixth true freshman to ever start for Ohio State and rushed for more attempts and yards than Weber had in any game last year.In 2016, Weber gained 1,119 rushing yards on 182 attempts, scoring nine touchdowns. He added 23 catches for 91 yards. read more

10 pains of online shopping that everyone will understand

first_img5. There are extra security hoops to jump throughThose three words that instil terror in the souls of online shoppers, ‘Verified by Visa’.Why can we never remember our password? Why does it insist on locking us out of our account JUST as we get to the top of the queue on Ticketmaster?6. Double addressesWe already entered our address. Now we need a billing address and a delivery address and it’s all the same because we only ever buy stuff for ourselves and why can’t you just accept that?7. UncertaintyOh dear God why hasn’t it confirmed.8. The delivery methodsFirst there are the hidden charges, then there’s the whole wait for the tracking information to be updated… mental torture.9. You’re bound to them for LIFEOr at least until you unsubscribe from their incessant mailing lists. The dreaded ‘recommended for you’ emails from Amazon and promotional newsletters that will tell you how to ‘keep cosy for Christmas’. We didn’t ask for this harrowing fate, it was inflicted upon us.Basically, this is your inbox every day. You can check out, but you can never leave.10. The waitThere’s nothing worse than the ‘surprise’ arrival of drunk purchases. Well, except the wait when we actually really want something. The whole point of shopping is that we get gratification NOW.Oh convenience and technological advancements, why do you take so much from us? Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen visited Santa together and sat on his knee>Best family ever cover We Can’t Stop to create brilliant Christmas card> ONLINE SHOPPING IS a massive pain. Sure, you can avoid the queues, do it in your pyjamas and easily compare prices.But still, the horror. Anyone who has ever cruised the vast realms of eCommerce can identify with these annoyances. Smug online shoppers, be no more.1. Navigating is a terrorUnless you know EXACTLY what you’re after, it’s a wild web out there.So many categories. So many links.2. Estimating sizes and converting sizesGrand so there’s S, L, XL, but what of it?! So XS is a 6, is that an american 6 or a UK 6? Why does it say Europe 28? Ireland is in Europe. Why are there so many measurements?Click into the sizing charts if you dare. IS THAT MY WAIST?3. Your basket isn’t actually there in front of youYou’re mid browse and you’ve pretty much forgotten the dozens of things your basket is telling you you’ve committed to buying. Clicking on it takes you to the payment zone aka the fifth circle of hell where escaping is not an option. Source: Shutterstock4. Reviews wreck all buzzes that ever buzzedWhile they can be a help, they can also hinder. Your heart is set on something and some lad named Dennis from Kentucky said it’s crap. What to do now?Might just pick up that book I wanted to read instead…last_img read more

Weather Eye Bask in dry warm Memorial Day weekend

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. What a great weekend remembering those that served and died defending our country. It also will be memorable weather with dry, sunny and warm conditions. The only notable events include scattered thunderstorms along the Cascade Mountains today and Monday and the persistent coastal low stratus clouds hugging the coastline. Otherwise, it is clear and sunny.We haven’t had a three-day Memorial Day holiday with warm and dry conditions in decades. The odds usually are not in our favor. OK, so what’s next in the weather department? A downturn, of course, but nothing really major. Just some low clouds, maybe a light shower or drizzle midweek. Temperatures will be close to seasonal normals, which are about 70 or 71 degrees.High pressure builds toward the weekend and fair weather abounds, but no 90-degree weather in sight after this three-day weekend. June 1st is Thursday and the official start of summer for us weather and climate folks. The cold, wet winter and spring is now a fleeting memory, maybe one to forget.Twelve years ago this weekend in Seattle, it was so warm that the National Weather Service in Seattle issued the first “Excessive Heat Advisory.” After much research and analyses, it was determined that heat was actually a problem in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. This is not to be confused with the Heat Index which advises the public for high temperature along with high humidity. When we get our heat waves, the humidity is generally quite low.Nationwide, over 1500 people die each year due to excessive heat. The Seattle area was only the 15th urban region of at least 500,000 populations to implement this new system. Let’s hope this summer is cooler.last_img read more

VIDEO Watch Wilmington Resident Share His Meatloaf Recipe

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipes For Salads Featuring Grilled FruitIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipes For Eggplant Stack, Onion String & Baked SpinachIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipe For Beer Can ChickenIn “Videos” WILMINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of “All About The Flavors,” host and Wilmington resident Bob Hamel shares his meatloaf recipe.Watch the 12-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/2c7152c2-96b0-4bac-b9f8-7c350b3f6509/video.original.mp400:0000:0011:47Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Feds sue to recover cost of MV Challenger cleanup

first_imgThe federal government is suing to recover more than $2.5 million spent cleaning up a World War II-era tugboat that sank in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel.The Justice Department filed suit Thursday against R.D. Robinson, a Juneau sculptor, who took possession of the M/V Challenger in 2014.A previous owner had used the converted 96-foot tugboat as a floating bed-and-breakfast in Seattle. Robinson had planned to use it as an artist’s studio.But the aging vessel’s wooden hull had deteriorated, and the vessel sank in 2015.The Coast Guard raised the tug and towed it away for disposal using funds from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.Two years later Robinson was billed $2,541,197.98 but hasn’t paid a penny, according to the complaint filed in federal court.In an interview with the Juneau Empirein 2016, Robinson disputed he was the Challenger’s lawful owner and therefore responsible.Gov. Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 92 this year which creates a new titling program requiring owners to register their boats. The bill also streamlines impound procedures.Derelict vessels are a growing problem in Alaska.The M/V Lumberman, another World War II-era tug, currently lies abandoned in Gastineau Channel tidelands not far from where the Challenger sank.last_img read more

Baltimores Next Police Chief Faces Demoralized Department

first_imgInterim Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks alongside Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Baltimore, after Rawlings-Blake announced her firing of Commissioner Anthony Batts. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s next police commissioner will have a daunting to-do list: quell a surge in homicides, rebuild trust between officers and the public, win the confidence of a demoralized and alienated department, and keep the peace when the explosive Freddie Gray case comes to trial.“It’s the toughest job in the United States at the moment,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former New York City police officer.Commissioner Anthony Batts was fired by the mayor on Wednesday, less than three months after riots erupted over Gray’s death from a spinal injury the 25-year-old Black man suffered while being bounced around the back of a moving police van. Six officers are awaiting trial in October on charges ranging up to murder.“You have a confluence of factors: You have an ongoing criminal case that’s traumatic for everybody. You have the specter of riots. For the police union and officers, they’re alienated, and the concern is that the cops will be further alienated,” O’Donnell said. “You need a chief who can, first and foremost, drive everyone toward common ground.”In dismissing Batts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said his approach was too divisive and his presence too damaging.Just hours before his firing, in a sign that the 2,800-officer department’s rank-and-file had lost confidence in Batts, the police union issued a report blasting his response to the looting, arson and vandalism that broke out April 27. The report said Batts discouraged officers from wearing protective gear and told them not to engage with rioters. Roughly 200 officers were injured during the unrest.“The officers characterized the Baltimore Police Department’s leadership during the riots as unprepared, politically motivated and uncaring and confusing,” said Gene Ryan, president of the police union.Batts’ standing was further damaged by soaring bloodshed in the city in the weeks after the riots.In May, Baltimore saw its biggest surge in homicides in four decades, while arrests dropped by half compared with the same period a year earlier. The city’s homicide total so far this year is 156, a 48 percent increase from the same time last year. And shootings have climbed 86 percent.Community members have accused police of not doing their jobs in the wake of the Gray arrests. Batts and the police union denied that officers were shirking their duties but acknowledged that police are angry, frustrated and fearful in the wake of the Gray case of being second-guessed and prosecuted.Peter Moskos, also with John Jay College and a former Baltimore police officer, said the Gray case led police officers to question whether the department had their backs.“The harm from the Freddie Gray death is it had a chilling effect: Cops were saying, ‘That could have been me,’” he said. But he said getting rid of Batts was “a step toward getting things on track.”“Batts was a leader without a following,” Moskos said. “If none of the rank and file thinks you’re competent, it’s as good as being incompetent.”Batts’ deputy, Kevin Davis, will serve as interim commissioner until the mayor appoints a permanent replacement. Davis said his first order of business was appointing someone to focus on riot response. Davis added that he would like to remain in the position permanently.“We have a profession with authority that no other profession has,” Davis said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. “We can take a person’s freedom away, and that’s a huge and awesome responsibility. We can take a human life if justification exists to do so. With that responsibility and authority comes a huge amount of oversight and second-guessing at times. That’s not new to law enforcement. Where we are in this moment in time is, we have to engage in a great deal of self-examination, and look at how we can do things better.“When situations come up where I can demonstrate support for officers keeping Baltimore safe I will demonstrate that support,” Davis said. “The other side is identifying areas that need improvements. I don’t think a leader has to choose one or the other. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.”In the most violent and drug-ridden neighborhoods in Baltimore — a city of roughly 622,000 people, 63 percent of them Black — residents have a long history of mistrust of the police department. After Gray’s death, the U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation into whether Baltimore police engage in discriminatory practices, including unlawful stops and excessive force.“The new chief has to institute a culture that builds much closer relationships between the department and the community,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “Police departments and their cultures have been reformed. Change can happen. But who is at the top is really crucial for that.”last_img read more

Wooting One gaming keyboard has full analog input thanks to crazy optica

first_imgYou would think that something like this requires some software tricks to work in games, but according to the developers, it should function without any special software. Games that support controller input already understand analog movement, and that’s how the Wooting One’s firmware presents the hardware. There’s also a configurator app that offers additional options. You can toggle between full analog and digital mode on the keyboard itself as well.The Wooting One is available starting at €139 (about $156) and is expected to ship in November. The campaigners were only looking for about $34,000 and are already well over $50,000 with almost a month left to go. There are tons of mechanical gaming keyboards out there, including hardware from big names like Corsair and Logitech, as well as a myriad of smaller players. They all have one thing in common: the switches. Even the custom versions of mechanical keyboard switches designed by some companies are similar to the traditional Cherry switches, but that’s not the case with the Wooting One keyboard. This gaming-oriented board just hit Kickstarter with unique analog optical switches, and it’s already blown through its funding goal.On the surface, the Wooting One looks like an unassuming tenkeyless mechanical keyboard that eschews that over-the-top gamer aesthetic which demands all hardware look like a neon stealth fighter. It has a detachable microUSB cable, standard Cherry-compatible keycaps, and full RGB backlighting. Under the keycaps are those wacky analog switches. The goal is to add analog movement to games with a keyboard, so you’re not tapping the keys in short bursts when you want to move more slowly. Instead, you just push the key slightly down.The Wooting One will come with either linear or clicky “Flaretech” switches, characteristics similar to MX red and MX blue switches. You can even swap the switches by yanking them out of the board and plugging in the other variety. A sensor measures the change in light as the switch is depressed, translating to analog input. A regular keyboard switch is just on or off, but these switches operate more like the analog stick on a game controller.last_img read more

Nazi train with 200 million worth of treasure discovered

first_imgTwo treasure hunters claim to have found a mysterious Nazi train which disappeared on its way to Germany from Hungary in 1945 carrying guns, gems and other valuable items, including paintings estimated to be worth up to USD 200 million.A Pole and a German claim to have located the train and are seeking 10 per cent of the value of the findings.The 150-metre-long train disappeared in 1945, packed with guns, industrial equipment, gems and other valuable treasure. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortThe loot was from the then East Germany city of Breslau, now called Wroclaw and part of Poland, as the Red Army closed in at the end of World War II.It is believed that the train entered a tunnel near Ksiaz Castle in the mountainous Lower Silesian region and never emerged. The tunnel was later closed and its location long forgotten.Local authorities in Poland’s southwestern district of Walbrzych said they have been contacted by a law firm representing the two treasure hunters, ‘express.co.uk’ reported. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“Lawyers, the army, the police and the fire brigade are dealing with this. The area has never been excavated before and we don’t know what we might find,” Markia Tokarska, a Walbrzych council officer said.Trains were used to spirit Nazi loot back to Berlin as US-led Allied and Soviet forces surged towards the German capital from the west and the east in 1945.In the case of the so-called “Gold Train”, Nazi forces sent 24 freight carriages from Budapest towards Germany, filled with family treasures.  These included gold, silver and paintings seized from Hungarian Jews and estimated to be worth up to$200 mn.last_img read more

These 10 British Laws are Almost Too Weird and Detailed to be

first_imgBrits are well known for their humor. But what happens when you find some of it in officially written legislation — ridiculous rules bound by law not to break them? Well, British journalist Oobah Butler took it upon himself to break some of those weird laws — and he got away penalty-free. Among other things, he beat a doormat after 8 am, an act not allowed on the streets since 1839, and he also walked around the city with a dead fish clutched in his hand, Vice Magazine reports.While some of this legislation may have made sense on the day it was passed in parliament, today these laws feel more like the subject of a good laugh. A few of those listed below sound like they could be true, considering some of the real laws, but are in fact widely-believed urban legends.Carrying a plank on the pavementA drawing depicting the old Palace of Westminster, which suffered in a fire in 1834. In the foreground, the Old Palace Yard.You are allowed to unpack a plank from your vehicle, but you better have a good explanation if you plan to carry one while walking down the pavement (sidewalk) anywhere in London. Section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act not only bans you from carrying a plank on the pavement but also a bunch of other stuff such as hoops, ladders, and wheels. Originally introduced in the 19th century, this law was aimed to restrict annoyance in the public and allow the easier passage of pedestrians.Singing any profane, indecent, or obscene song or balladWestminster Bridge and Houses of Parliament, circa 1910There are a number of ways to disturb the public and end up in trouble with authorities, such as flying a kite or singing not the right song. The Metropolitan Police Act of 1839 also states that a person is not allowed to “sing any profane, indecent, or obscene song or ballad, or use any profane, indecent or obscene language to the annoyance of the inhabitants or passengers.” Perhaps this is one section that should be enforced more rigorously today.No obscene language when in the library and no gamblingThe UK Libraries Offences Act 1898 sets out the punishments for misbehaving in a public libraryAs the UK’s Libraries Offences Act 1898 dictates, there ought to be consequences for any person who “behaves in a disorderly manner” when in a library or reading-room. Usage of “violent, abusive, or obscene language” is one of the possible offenses under this act, and gambling falls under behaving in a “disorderly manner.” Punishment may also befall the library-goer who “after proper warning, persists in remaining therein beyond the hours fixed for the closing of such library or reading-room.”Handling a salmon in suspicious circumstancesAtlantic salmon, Salmo salar (handled in non-suspicious circumstances)While a law from 1986 to prevent the sale of illegally caught fish (Section 32 of the Salmon Act, titled “Handling Salmon in Suspicious Circumstances”) may have had good intentions, the wording tosses it deep into weird waters.“A five-hour House of Lords debate about the issue in February 1986 decided the wording would protect unwitting people from the then-in-place wider law of ‘possessing salmon which have been illegally taken, killed or landed,’” according to the BBC. However, written the way it is it indeed gives the impression that people walking around holding a suspicious-looking piece of salmon in their hand is a common sight.Related Video: Victorian Slang Everyone Should KnowWhales and sturgeons belong to the QueenQueen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty ImagesThere is much legal enforcement associated with fish in the UK. For example, whales and sturgeons are considered to be royal fish, thus any caught in UK waters are immediately consigned on behalf of the current reigning monarch of the nation, in this case, Queen Elizabeth II.Ownership of all whales, sturgeons and dolphins has been part of the royal prerogative ever since the reign of King Edward II, who sat on the throne some seven centuries ago.Importing Polish potatoes might be a problemMap and flag of PolandNot only the fish could be suspicious in your typical British dish of fish and chips, but also the chips themselves. Especially if the potatoes come from Poland. Unless certain things are done ahead of the import.Fresh organic potatoesBefore importing Polish potatoes into the United Kingdom, you need to provide authorities with a number of details. These include the border entry point, date and time of proposed entry, details of the means of transport, how many and where they will be taken. Also, not to forget the variety of the potato, the ID number of the person who grew them, and a ring rot certificate proving the potatoes are not diseased. The Polish Potato Order 2004 came into force after Polish potato crops suffered from a series of outbreaks of ring rot disease.Don’t let down the Queen. Not even on postage stamps.Postage stamps from 1952 showing a young Queen Elizabeth IIAccording to Britannica.com, treason is defined as “the crime of betraying a nation or a sovereign by acts considered dangerous to security.”The case might be that treason is also putting a postage stamp with the face of the Queen upside down on the letter. Luckily, letters are going out of fashion these days. And luckily again, this aspect of the law is just one of the legal myths flying around.This postage stamp violation has been somehow associated with the Treason Felony Act 1848, which considers anything that could be interpreted as treason an offense, particularly acts to depose the monarch — although no mention of placing stamps upside down is mentioned within the Act.A common pet dog is not allowed to mate with royal breedsA Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Photo by Bensbro CC BY-SA 4.0Queen Elizabeth II is a world-famous devotee of dogs, in particular her very own royal lineage of Pembroke Welsh Corgi. However, if you happen to randomly stumble upon her while walking your own dog (which is kind of hard to imagine) watch out! Word has it a common pet dog is not allowed to get too friendly with a royal breed.While there are several weird laws associated with members of the royal family, this one is not true. Although a commoner could be prosecuted under the (now repealed) Criminal Law Act 1722 for killing a deer in the royal forests.Suits of armor not allowed in ParliamentA full suit of armor, Italian and with sallet, c. 1450Under the Statute forbidding Bearing of Armour 1313, no person is permitted to enter the House wearing a suit of armor. Not that today’s MPs are likely to keep such an outfit in their wardrobe and wonder in the morning if that should be their choice for the day.However, the statute was enacted during the reign of Edward II, in times of considerable political instability in England. In it, the King indeed insists “that in all Parliaments, Treaties and other Assemblies, which should be made in the Realm of England for ever, that every Man shall come without all Force and Armour.”It is supported by The Statute of Northampton 1328, which prevents any person “except the king’s servants in his presence, and his ministers in executing of the king’s precepts, or of their office” from carrying weapons in public.Carrying at least one bale of hay in your vehicle was mandatoryLast but not least, in the old days, city transport depended on horse-drawn carriages. A bale of hay always at the disposal of the driver could have indeed helped the horse. Some believe this was mandatory by law, although this one is also an urban myth.Read another story from us: 2,000-year-old Fast Food bar discovered in PompeiiAccording to the London Hackney Carriage Act 1831, it was an offense for drivers to feed their horses in the street — unless they did so from a special corn bag or offered the hay to the animal from their own hands. Both ways, it’s weird.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more February 4, 2013 — The need for flawless coordination of its carbon ion treatments led officials at the CNAO Foundation (Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica) to choose Elekta’s Mosaiq Oncology Information Management System. On Nov. 13, the CNAO Foundation became the world’s first center to use Mosaiq to guide a cancer patient’s carbon ion therapy. CNAO — which made news last year when it treated its first patient with proton therapy — is now nearing completion of its National Center of Oncological Hadrontherapy.Dr. Sandro Rossi, general manager and technical director of the CNAO Foundation, says that after an initial start up phase the center will be running double shifts, treating 150 to 200 patients a month with both proton therapy and carbon ion therapy.Using Mosaiq, which incorporates its record and verify module for particle therapy accelerator technology, CNAO will store and retrieve data related to particle therapy treatment and follow-up care for patients, as well as the center’s cancer care and treatment research. “In our daily routine, Mosaiq has helped us schedule procedures and facilitate more efficient workflow for our clinical and scientific research activities,” Rossi explains.A specific advantage of carbon ion treatments is the possibility to prescribe and report physical and biological doses differently than other therapies, and the necessity to schedule pre-positioning procedures to optimize patient throughput. Elekta has demonstrated its commitment to work with CNAO to extend Mosaiq capabilities to operate within this environment. Combined with the flexibility that Mosaiq demonstrates, this was a strong selling point for CNAO, according to Rossi.“A very compelling Mosaiq feature is the possibility to integrate, expand and fine tune the solution to include the different procedures that will be developed during the working life of a facility like CNAO,” he says. “The use of Mosaiq also will lead to a high level of optimization of staffing activities.”“Embracing the ability to extend our particle therapy offering to incorporate carbon ions was a first for Elekta and one that we are excited to be undertaking with CNAO,” says Todd Powell, executive vice president, Elekta Software. “Our success in this area will further advance our solution and reinforce our market leadership as a provider of patient management solutions within particle therapy.”For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | February 04, 2013 Elekta Supports First Patient Treated with Carbon Ion Therapy at Italian Cancer Center News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more last_img read more

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first_imgIn a bid to lure Indian MICE, weddings and luxury travellers and to educate travel trade about the new and exciting destinations, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), recently conducted a two-city roadshow, Chennai and Bengaluru in India. With their primary focus on the MICE and wedding industry, BTEA flew in with a delegation of Bahrain Tourism officials, as well as Bahrain’s leading hotels and destination management companies.Speaking exclusively to Travel News Digest on the sidelines of the roadshow, Yousef Mohammed Alkhan, Director of Tourism Marketing & Promotion, BTEA quipped, “We were delighted to receive such a great response in both the cities. The purpose of this roadshow was to increase awareness and visibility of the destination amongst the travel agents in these cities by providing them all the information and support directly from our partners.” Speaking on the target segment of the travellers, Alkhan said, “Our primary focus is on the MICE and wedding market. India has a huge potential in both the markets and we are looking to capitalise by organising roadshows and educating the travel trade. We have luxury hotels, convention centres to fulfil the demands of our guests. We are more than happy welcome to invite them and explore the hospitality of Bahrain.” “All the travel agents and tourism professionals were provided with the latest information and updates on Bahrain’s touristic offerings through presentation followed by B2B sessions. We hope this roadshow will give a positive result in terms of increase in arrivals to Bahrain from India,” Alkhan concluded. Various industry partners from Bahrain Tourism and hospitality entities joined the roadshow to promote the country’s unique hospitality services and attractions including; Gulf Air, The Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Novotel Hotels & Resorts, Elite Hospitality Group, Lagoona Beach Resort and destination management companies including; Go Gosaibi Travels, Mathias Tourism, Lets Go Bahrain, Farhat International Tours & Travels and Bahrain International Travel.Speaking about the roadshow, Sunil Mathapati, Country Manager, BTEA said, “We want to create the awareness in other markets in India, and Chennai and Bengaluru become the biggest source markets to promote Bahrain as a tourist destination. Bahrain being just four hours from India becomes an apt tourist destination.”Mathapati confirmed that India is one of the important markets for Bahrain tourism and currently the destination is focused on MICE and wedding travellers from the country. “This roadshow would make the travel agents/tour operators informed about the offerings of a new destination and how they can package it for their customers. Bahrain also offers islands, beaches, and desert areas as top locations in order to tap growing MICE and wedding market. There are confirmed seven weddings from India between November 2018 and April 2019 in Bahrain,” he added. Mathapati also showcased top family, MICE and wedding destination across Bahrain in a presentation. Qal’at Al-Bahrain, Bahrain National Museum and Al-Fatah Mosque were amongst the destinations presented during the roadshow. Apparently, the country will organise Formula One Grand Prix also known as Gulf Air Formula One Grand Prix from March 29 to 31, 2019 at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The roadshow was in line with the BTEA’s strategy to promote the destination and country’s tourism sector under the slogan of ‘Ours.Yours.’.last_img read more

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