Stars Join Sting For Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert

first_imgSting and Trudie Styler hosted their 25th anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday.The show, which took place at New York’s Carnegie Hall, featured performances from a plethora of stars including Paul Simon, James Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Stephen Stills, Patti Scialfa and Renee Fleming.Also making appearances at the event were Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey. Among the famous faces spotted in the crowd were Rita Wilson and Melanie Griffith.The concert raised awareness and funds for the important work the Rainforest Fund provides to communities of indigenous peoples throughout Brazil and other countries including Belize, Cameroon, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.The biennial Rainforest Fund concert provides a major source of funding for the work of the Fund, which was started by Sting and Trudie in 1989, out of a desire to help a community of indigenous Amazonian people in Brazil. Since this humble start, the work of the Fund has expanded to include 23 countries on three continents. Partnering with more than 100 local organizations, The Fund seeks to conserve the environment as well as support hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in their fight to protect their rights to their own land, livelihoods and cultures.last_img read more

Court orders First Nation occupiers to leave BC fish farm but they

first_img(Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred, left, and his niece Karissa Glendale have been ordered by the courts to vacate a fish farm on their traditional territory)Laurie HamelinAPTN News SaturdayHereditary Chief Ernest Alfred and his niece Karissa Glendale say they have no intention of stopping their work trying to shut down a fish farm on their traditional territory.On Thursday, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered the two from the ‘Namgis First Nation, to vacate Swanson Island salmon farm.“Marine Harvest must think that we will simply go away if we are no longer occupying, but that won’t happen,” said Alfred.“I’m going to make even more noise, knock on more doors of politicians, now that I’ll have time.”Alfred and Glendale, among others, have been occupying Swanson Island for almost 270 days.The open-net fish farm, owned by Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon, is located off northern Vancouver Island in ‘Namgis’ traditional territory.Swanson Island fish farm.The ʼNamgis say the fish farm is operating without their consent.They believe that open-net fish farms pose a serious threat to wild salmon, and they want Swanson Island removed.But instead, on May 17, the court ordered the occupiers to leave and remove all their belongings by 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19.The ‘Namgis, along with a collection of First Nations in B.C.’s Broughton Archipelago, are putting pressure on the Provincial government to pull fish farm tenures.“22 are up for renewal in a month,” said Alfred. “The tenure for Swanson Island expires on June 20th.”“This latest move by Marine Harvest to eject us from our own land is a desperate act.”Alfred and Glendale were also ordered to remain off 12 other fish farms and related sites owned by Marine Harvest until the hearing on June 25.If anyone occupies any of Marine Harvest’s facilities between now and the hearing, the fish farm company has the right to return to court on 48 hours’ notice.“We asked for a court injunction after our employees endured many months of aggressive protest activities,” said Jeremy Dunn, a spokesperson for Marine Harvest.“In Canada, everyone has the right to peaceful protest, but not when it interferes with legitimate activities or crosses the line into aggressive, bullying behaviour.”But Alfred doesn’t agree with Marine Harvest.Last fall the salmon protectors moved from living on the actual grates of the fish farm to occupying abandoned cabins built by Marine Harvest just a few hundred meters away on land.The occupiers monitor and document activities at Swanson Island from a deck overlooking the fish farm.“We have not harassed or bullied staff,” said Alfred. “In fact, Marine Harvest assaulted my niece.”Alfred alleges that two men arrived unannounced and attempted to push passed Glendale on a ramp leading up to the cabins.RCMP investigated the incident, but no charges were laid.“We’ve actually accommodated them every step of the way, even when we lost our bid for an injunction against them re-stocking the fish farm.”“We had no choice but to stand by and watch.”Although Alfred is disappointed with the court order, he says he’s not afraid of another court battle.“It’s frustrating and sad that we have to leave our own land, but our people have been put through the ringer before, and we will survive this too.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

UN agency concerned at reports of Rwanda pressing Congolese refugees to join

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it was “gravely concerned” about allegations from Congolese refugees in Rwanda that local authorities and officials of a rebel group have been pressuring healthy males to return to the north to join rebel security forces. The Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma) is “‘asking all able-bodied men to repatriate and secure the area,’” UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski said, quoting one 20-year-old male who angrily complained to the agency on Wednesday. In another sign of pressure on the Congolese to leave Rwanda, Mr. Janowski said there have also been worrying reports from a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kiziba camp in Kibuye Province and Gihembe in Byumba Province that local authorities have declined to authorize the re-opening of schools. Schools were scheduled to re-open in early September but the NGO has now been told to run schools outside the refugee camps. “The re-opening of schools inside the camp would require ‘authorization from higher authorities’ the NGO has been told,” Mr. Janowski said. Meanwhile, information posters put up by UNHCR in the two camps telling refugees that the return operation being managed by the Government of Rwanda should be voluntary have been torn down. Since 31 August, the Government of Rwanda and RCD-Goma have carried out an operation that has seen the return of more than 8,500 Congolese refugees of Tutsi origin from two camps in Rwanda, according to Mr. Janowski, who noted that many of the returnees have said they went back under duress. “UNHCR is not involved in the operation and has repeatedly asked that any involuntary returns be halted,” he stressed. read more

Floyd Mayweather Says He Wants to Buy LA Clippers

Floyd Mayweather Jr., the boxing megamillionaire who has had his own issues with controversial race-related comments, said he has an interest in purchasing the Los Angeles Clippers, which likely will be up for sale by banned owner Donald Sterling after NBA owners vote to force him to sell, as suggested by the league’s commissioner.Mayweather, a regular at Clippers and Lakers games in Los Angeles, met with a group of reporters in a VIP lounge at the MGM Grand, where he will face fellow welterweight titleholder Marcos Maidana in a unification fight in a Showtime network pay-per-view main event on Saturday night.Insisting he was serious, Mayweather said he spoke with his adviser, Al Haymon, about teaming with Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe, Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer and possibly others to make a bid for the Clippers.“I called Al about that to see if me, Leonard and Al, and hopefully Richard and a couple of other guys, a couple other of my billionaire guys, we can come together and see what we can come up with,” Mayweather said. “Hopefully, we can do it, and it’s not just talk.“With me, I can’t come in talking about Mayweather only gonna get 3 percent, 4 percent. I got to get a solid percentage. Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes, we do. We are very, very interested in buying the Clippers. We’ll keep the Clippers right where they’re at. When I’m not boxing, I’m at the games all the time. We do want to buy the Clippers. . ..  and we can afford the Clippers.”Mayweather, an avid sports gambler in Las Vegas, where he lives, added, “Once I get ownership in the Clippers I can no longer bet, so I have to stop that completely.”Mayweather, whose $73.5 million in minimum purses for his two fights in 2013 made him the world’s highest-paid athlete, said his interactions with Sterling had been positive.“Donald Sterling, he’s been getting a lot of negative press and my thing is this–I don’t have nothing negative to say about this guy,” Mayweather said. “He’s always treated me with the utmost respect. He has always invited me to games, always. Has always told me, ‘Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.’ I don’t know about the [alleged] mistress. But I’m talking about him and the wife.”Schaefer, who has been promoting his fights since 2007, said: “When (Mayweather) tells you guys he’s interested in buying the Clippers, he’s not just saying that for an interview. He’s really serious about it and I’m sure he could rally the necessary people around him to support him in a bid like that.”Mayweather is not the only celebrity to show interest in buying the team. Music and film mogul David Geffen also could be a candidate, according to the Los Angeles Times.Mayweather’s own past issues with making racist remarks could prove to be a hurdle, as could his history of legal troubles and affinity for gambling.  He has been known to often wager six-figure sums on NBA games.In 2010, he unleashed a profanity-filled rant with racial overtones in an Internet video against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, with whom he has not been able to make a deal to fight in what would be boxing’s biggest event. read more

Thiess trialling tyre monitoring systems on its ultraclass trucks

first_imgA trial of leading-edge tyre monitoring systems on Thiess-operated mine sites is saving time, money and tyre life according to the contractor. The Rimex TyreSense system and Michelin’s Earthmover Management System (MEMS) are being trialled respectively on the Thiess fleet of Caterpillar 797s at the Burton Coal Mine and Liebherr T282 trucks at Curragh North in central Queensland. The systems monitor tyre chamber temperature and pressure via sensors and hardware installed in the vehicles. The information is then communicated through iVolve or mobile phone technology. Critical information on low pressure or high temperatures in tyres can be quickly relayed to key maintenance staff to enable an early response and avoid potential damage.Tyre Manager Clinton Harding said there is once again huge global demand for off road tyres and quality stocks are hard to procure.  This means every tyre saved could be used on new fleet. “We were looking for a company-wide solution and although it’s early days, the trial results look promising,” he said, adding: “This is indicative of our approach to innovation and it has flow-on effects to the client such as increased productivity.” Key benefits of the systems include their ability to provide real time data checks; increase tyre life; improve safety; and boost productivity.last_img read more

Magnetek supplier of variable frequency drives and radio remote controls wins Joy

first_imgMagnetek, a leading designer and manufacturer of digital power and motion control systems used in mining, has been awarded 2012 Premier Supplier of the Year status by Joy Global. This is the second year Joy Global has recognised a select group from its nearly 5,000 North American suppliers. As one of only 39 recipients, Magnetek says it “represents best in industry quality, delivery and value as identified by Joy Global.“We are extremely pleased to receive this award. It puts us in good company with some of the finest suppliers in the business,” said Peter McCormick, President and CEO for Magnetek. “Our goal is always to provide the best products possible and foster close relationships with our customers.”Awards were granted to companies achieving target metrics for quality, on-time delivery, material productivity and long-term relationship with Joy Global. Particular emphasis was placed on Magnetek’s successful investment in capacity improvement, established supply agreement and development capabilities.Through its market-leading P&H and Joy brands, Joy Global manufactures, markets, and services original equipment and support parts for the surface and underground mining industries. Joy Global’s products and related services are used extensively for the mining of coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, gold and other mineral resources.Magnetek provides digital power and motion control systems used in mining and overhead material handling applications. The company is a leading independent supplier of digital motion control systems for underground coal mining applications, including drives and wireless radio controls. It is a leading designer and manufacturer of variable frequency drives and radio remote controls for mining, with a proven track record for reliability and value in the mining industry with over 30 years of experience and over 10,000 mining drives in the field. Magnetek’s M-FORCE® line of Severe Duty AC Traction Drives are the optimal solution for a variety of mining applications including battery-operated mobile vehicles, locomotives, muckers, loaders and haulage equipment. Custom engineered solutions are available as well.last_img read more

Stop what youre doing and look at this rabbit in a wheelchair

first_imghttp://youtu.be/0JkV4QfLH0cYouTube/TwoBunnyBlogLILY THE LIONHEAD rabbit arrived at the North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary with a broken back due to a household accident, and had both back legs amputated.She gets around on a custom made cart and manages just fine.The Haven of Hope centre at the NTRS has some other special needs rabbits on their books…JellybeanJellybean suffered injuries after he was taken from his home and abused. He suffered a broken back and eventually had two legs amputated.YouTube/Stewj34Dublin and SicilyEight-year-old Dublin is in full health, but acts as a kind of guide rabbit to Sicily, who’s blind in both eyes because of a tumour.You can read more about the rabbit at NTRS here>Stop what you’re doing and look at this dog and her wheelchair> Happy Friday, here’s a piglet in a wheelchair>last_img read more

Brexit beats Trumpism and throwing shade to be named word of the

first_img 12 Comments By Órla Ryan Image: Isabel Infantes EMPICS Entertainment Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,246 Views Nov 3rd 2016, 3:37 PM Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 3:37 PM Short URL Brexit beats Trumpism and throwing shade to be named ‘word of the year’ According to Collins, anyway. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: ‘BREXIT’ HAS BEEN named as Collins’ word of the year.The dictionary publisher said use of ‘Brexit’ has increased by more than 3,400% so far this year, an “unheard of” increase.The word, of course referring to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, saw off competition from ‘Trumpism’, ‘throw shade’ and ‘mic drop’, among others.Here’s what some of the other words and phrases on the list mean:Trumpism: The policies advocated by the US politician Donald Trump, especially those involving a rejection of the current political establishment and the vigorous pursuit of American national interests/a controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump.Throw shade: To make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner.Mic drop: A theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance.Hygge: A concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing.Sharenting: The habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of one’s children.JOMO: Joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one’s current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun (yes, it is the opposite of FOMO).The full list can be read here.Read: ‘You’ll never work in this town again’: Mila Kunis reveals producer’s threat after refusing to pose semi-nakedRead: Do the 44% of Irish people who are single in their 30s suffer stigma? Pro-Brexit campaigner, and now UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson Image: Isabel Infantes EMPICS Entertainment http://jrnl.ie/3061006 Share8 Tweet Email Pro-Brexit campaigner, and now UK Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson last_img read more

Athens International Airport services alltime high of 241m passengers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos has exceeded all expectations marking an overall increase of 11 per cent in passenger growth.The 2018 passenger traffic is a historic record for Greece, ypodomes.com reports, sharing the first available data showing that a total of 24,135,736 passengers were transported through the Greek capital’s airport.The previous year’s traffic (2017), was also a record for the country, with domestic and foreign passengers reaching an all-time high of 21.73 million.Domestic passengers in 2018 reached 7,730,539, marking a 5.6 per cent increase, whereas international passengers hit 16,405,197 an increase that goes over 13.8 per cent.Seeing that the airport has almost doubled its traffic in the five year period between 2013 and 2018 going from 12.5 to 24.1 million passengers, talks about further expansion have resumed.Back in 30 September, the Greek state represented by the finance minister, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and the Athens International Airport had signed a contract for extension, agreeing to a privatisation programme of 483.87 million euros, which still awaits to be ratified by the Greek Parliament.According to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) specifications, when airports reach 90 per cent of their total capacity, then their expansion plan has to commence.last_img read more

Les produits de décoration afficheront leur performance environnementale en 2012

first_imgLes produits de décoration afficheront leur performance environnementale en 2012Le 1er janvier 2012, les produits de construction et de décoration indiqueront leur performance environnementale. Cette décision, annoncée la semaine dernière par le ministère de l’Environnement, vise à aider les consommateurs à réduire la pollution de l’air de leur habitation. Le ministère de l’Environnement a annoncé qu’un arrêté paru au Journal officiel le 13 mai demanderait aux produits de décoration et de construction d’afficher leur performance environnementale à partir du 1er janvier 2012. Grâce à cet étiquetage, les Français devraient pouvoir plus facilement réduire la pollution de l’air à l’intérieur de leur foyer.À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La nouvelle étiquette permettra de connaître la quantité de produits volatils contenus dans les différents matériaux. Comme dans le domaine de la consommation énergétique, un classement s’échelonnant de A+ à C (respectivement de très faibles émissions à fortes émissions) sera apposé et un schéma représentant  une maison enfumée permettra de repérer facilement la qualité environnementale du produit. Les produits concernés seront aussi bien les isolants, les revêtements de sol et les vernis que les colles et les adhésifs qui, tous, émettent des polluants tels que le toluène et le styrène. Ces formaldéhydes sont irritants et allergisants mais également potentiellement cancérigènes. Selon une étude de l’Observatoire de la qualité de l’air intérieur, 9% des logements français, en moyenne, présentent des concentrations élevées de ces polluants. Le 25 mai 2011 à 19:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police Investigate shooting incident

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 1, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives are investigating a shooting incident that left a 24 year old male of Jamaica with multiple gun-shot wounds about his body.Around 10:50pm last night (Tuesday 28th February 2017), Police responded to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre where the victim was met, he told officers that while in Jacklyn Smith Yard off Venetian Road Providenciales, he heard a number of gun shots being fired. He then felt pain about his body and realized he was shot.  He was taken to the hospital where he remains in serious condition.  The location was visited and a crime scene was established.  Investigations are ongoing into this matter.If you have any information regarding this shooting, contact the police at Chalk Sound Police at 338-5901/941-8067 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youlast_img read more

South Beach driveby shooting injures 2 1 arrested on unrelated charges

first_imgsurveillance vid shows drive by shooting on Miami Beach. Woman and man hit. @MiamiBeachPD questioning person. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/NUmzvbIRFi— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 26, 2016 MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A drive-by shooting in South Beach sent a man and a woman to the hospital, Thursday morning. Police later arrested one man on unrelated charges.According to Miami Beach Police, just before 5 a.m., a call was issued to report shots fired in the area of Ninth Street and Collins Avenue.Surveillance video captured a silver Mercedes-Benz SUV parked on the side of the road. The woman and man in the SUV were then shot at by the alleged drive-by shooter in a white Toyota Corolla as bystanders on the street ducked and tried to hide.Footage from across the street showed a man and a woman running for shelter.Officials said they arrived and found no victims. Shortly after, they received a call concerning two victims with gunshot wounds at Mercy Hospital. Police said both victims drove themselves to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.Police later located the Corolla a few blocks away from the scene of the shooting. Witness Jeff Surprenant was recording with his cellphone. All of a sudden, from all different angles, all these cop cars surrounded the white vehicle,” he said. “They were yelling at him to get out of the car.”Police arrested 24-year-old Kareem Stuart for fleeing, driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana. Investigators said the possibility of other charges will have to wait on ballistics and forensics investigation. The shooting took place next to the Sherbrooke Hotel. The hotel’s owner, Mitch Novick, told 7News he heard the shots. “Gunfire erupted, I ran to the window, I called the police,” he said. “I wish them the best, and I hope justice is served.”The shooting marks a violent start to Memorial Beach Weekend in South Beach. “It is unfortunate, because we’re traveling and we don’t want to come to shootings,” said one visitor. “No one thought it would begin like this.”If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. South Beach man with surv vid of drive by shooting has 12 yr old toy poodle named Maggie and old slot machines pic.twitter.com/kbnao9uwcB— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 26, 2016 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

PennWell Acquires Oil and Gas Event

first_imgPennWell already has a group of assets serving the oil and gas market, including its Oil & Gas and Offshore titles, and plans to align the PNEC event with these brands.”We were impressed by the quality of PNEC and the loyal following among major operators, independents, national oil and gas companies and technology companies which the Crouses have nurtured,” says PennWell president and CEO Robert Biolchini in a statement. “We intend to leverage PennWell’s publishing assets and the event expertise of our editorial staff of the Oil & Gas Journal, Offshore and Oil & Gas Financial Journal to preserve the standard of quality in conference content established by PNEC over the last 17 years.”PNEC’s May event this year attracted 580 attendees and included 30 exhibitors and 23 sponsors, says the company.The event will be managed by Mark Peters, vice president and group publishing director of PennWell’s oil and gas titles and events.PennWell has been making a series of targeted acquisitions over the last year. It acquired the public safety group from Elsevier last September, and early this year it bought two brands from Energy Central. B-to-b media company PennWell has acquired the Petroleum Network Education Conference from Philip P. Crouse & Associates, a Dallas-based company serving the oil and gas industry.Sale details were not released, but under terms of the deal PennWell will hire Cindy Crouse on a consulting basis to continue to run the event.PNEC serves the data and information management aspects of oil and gas production and exploration.last_img read more

Equal Pay Day Women in tech are still making less than men

first_img Tags Tech Industry 15 Commentscenter_img Tuesday is Equal Pay Day. Getty Images While Equal Pay Day might sound like some kind of holiday, it’s actually a stark reminder that men and women don’t always get paid equal money for equal work.In fact, when looking at part-time and full-time workers in the US, women earned about 85 percent of what men did in 2018, according to data released in March from the Pew Research Center.The annual marker, which falls on Tuesday this year, symbolizes how far into this year women would have to work in order to have earned as much as men did in the previous year. Usually around Equal Pay Day, there’s a new offering of research from various sources shedding light on how and why that is. In the tech industry— which regularly grapples with numbers that show it’s predominantly made up of white men— disparity in pay is shrinking, but slowly. Glassdoor, a site that corrals employment information on companies, looked at more than a half million salary reports and found that at the pace we’re going, it’s going to take 51 years to close the pay gap.  In its March report, called Progress on the Gender Pay Gap: 2019, Glassdoor found the adjusted pay gap in tech is 5.4 percent, above the national average of 4.9 percent. The adjusted pay gap incorporates factors such as experience and education when comparing the earnings of men and women. While it’s improving, the gap has closed just 0.5 percentage point since 2016.”It’s not a surprise that there’s still a fairly large gap when you consider the fact that most of the highest paying jobs are still predominantly male,” said Daniel Zhao, a senior economist who worked on the report.Tech recruiting platform Hired also put out a report last week called The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace, and found that when men are offered the same job role women, they’re offered higher salaries 60 percent of the time. The report also found that in the tech industry, white and Asian women made 97 cents for every dollar white and Asian men made. The amount dropped for black (89 cents) and and Hispanic women (91 cents).Meanwhile, not all tech workers are convinced there’s a problem. The reported stated that “64% of female survey respondents believe a racial wage gap exists due to racial identity, while 54% of men believe it exists.”Over the years, some companies have set goals to close their pay gaps. Tech companies like Salesforce, Intel and PayPal have all said they’ve closed their pay gaps. “There’s a cultural phenomenon where women are paid less,” Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told 60 Minutes in April 2018, when recounting how the company conducted an audit to correct its pay imbalance. (Editor’s note: 60 Minutes is owned by CNET’s parent company, CBS.)One reason progress in tech might be slow, Zhao said, is because there are so few women in the field to start with. He said that industries making quicker progress, like the nonprofit world, tend to be already more gender-balanced.It isn’t just money that women are missing out on. “People spend a third of their lives at their jobs,” Zhao said, “a lot of their overall happiness and satisfaction with life is tied up into how they feel about their job… reducing the amount of discrimination and stress is really important.”  Share your voicelast_img read more

Ft Wainwright soldier charged with assaulting infant son

first_imgA Ft. Wainwright soldier is charged with assaulting his infant son. Fairbanks Police say 22-year-old Ronald L. McGriff was arrested Wednesday and charged with first degree assault for severely injuring his 8-month-old son in August.Listen nowPolice say McGriff admitted to kicking, shaking and throwing the baby, actions that resulted in severe brain bleeding and other injuries. They say the child remains hospitalized in Seattle, and is expected to have permanent damage.Police ask that anyone with information about the assault to contact them.last_img read more

136 govt officials made joint secretaries

first_imgCabinet approves proposed national budget for 2019-20FYThe government has promoted 136 officials to the rank of joint secretary.The public administration ministry issued a gazette notification on Sunday in this regard.last_img

UPDATE California Gunmans Wife Found Dead Death Toll Climbs To 5

first_img Share Photo via Twitter Victor StoddardTehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the shooter was facing charges of assaulting one of the feuding neighbors in January and that she had a restraining order against him.The wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside their home, authorities announced Wednesday, raising the death toll from the attack to five.Investigators discovered the body of Kevin Janson Neal’s wife hidden under the floor with several gunshot wounds. They believe her slaying was the start of the rampage, said Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston.Neal shot and killed four other people and wounded 10 at different locations around the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve. Police later shot and killed him.At the time of the attack, the gunman was out on bail after he was charged with stabbing a neighbor. Court records also show that Neal was barred in February from having guns after the assault.Neighbors had complained about him firing hundreds of rounds from his house, and the assistant sheriff acknowledged officers had visited the home on several occasions.“Every time we responded, we would try to make contact with Mr. Neal,” Johnston said. “He was not law enforcement friendly. He would not come to the door. His house was arranged in a manner where we couldn’t detect him being there.”“We can’t anticipate what people are going to do. We don’t have a crystal ball,” Johnston said.Yet Neal was free and able to use a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 people, including at an elementary school, before he died in the shootout with police.Court records obtained by The Associated Press show that Neal surrendered his weapons as required by law in February, but Johnston said they recovered two illegally made semi-automatic rifles and two handguns, registered in someone else’s name.At a news conference Wednesday, Johnston said that Neal’s rampage lasted about 25 minutes, correcting an earlier estimate that it went on for 45 minutes.Neal shot two of his neighbors in an apparent act of revenge before he went looking for random victims.Authorities believe his wife was killed Monday.“We are confident that he murdered her,” Johnston said.______________The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail charged with stabbing a neighbor, others had complained about him firing hundreds of rounds from his house, and he had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before the attack.Yet Kevin Neal was free and able to use a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns Tuesday to shoot 14 people, killing four, in seven different locations across his rural community, including an elementary school, before he died in a shootout with police.It’s not yet clear what the terms of Neal’s bail were, and whether he would have been allowed to possess and fire the weapons on his property at the end of a dirt road in Rancho Tehama Reserve. Nor did sheriff’s officials give details on the domestic violence call.But his many contacts with authorities raised questions of why he was out of custody and able to go on the 45-minute rampage that began with the killing of two neighbors in an apparent act of revenge before he went looking for random victims.Cristal Caravez and her father live across a ravine from the roadway where the gunman and his first victims lived.She said they and others heard constant gunfire from the area of the gunman’s house, but couldn’t say for sure it was him firing.“You could hear the yelling. He’d go off the hinges,” she said. The shooting, “it would be during the day, during the night, I mean, it didn’t matter.”She and her father, who is president of the homeowners association, said neighbors would complain to the sheriff’s department, which referred the complaints back to the homeowners association.“The sheriff wouldn’t do anything about it,” said Juan Caravez.The gunman’s sister, Sheridan Orr, said her brother had struggled with mental illness throughout his life and at times had a violent temper.She said Neal had “no business” owning firearms.Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the shooter was facing charges of assaulting one of the feuding neighbors in January and that she had a restraining order against him.Johnston did not comment on the shooter’s access to firearms.Johnston declined to identify the shooter until his relatives were notified, but he confirmed the gunman was charged with assault in January and had a restraining order placed against him. The district attorney, Gregg Cohen, told the Sacramento Bee he is prosecuting a man named Kevin Neal in that case.Neal’s mother told The Associated Press her son, who was a marijuana grower, was in a long-running dispute with neighbors he believed were cooking methamphetamine.The mother, who spoke on condition she be named only as Anne because she fears for her safety, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she raised Neal. She said she posted his $160,000 bail and spent $10,000 on a lawyer after he was arrested in January for stabbing a neighbor. Neal’s mother said the neighbor was slightly cut after Neal grabbed a steak knife out of the hand of the neighbor who was threatening him with it.She wept as she told The Associated Press she spoke to Neal on the phone on Monday.“Mom it’s all over now,” she said he told her. “I have done everything I could do and I am fighting against everyone who lives in this area.”She said Neal apologized to her during their brief conversation, she thought for all the money she had spent on him, saying he was “on a cliff” and the people around him were trying to “execute” him.“I think the motive of getting even with his neighbors and when it went that far — he just went on a rampage,” Johnston said.Police said surveillance video shows the shooter unsuccessfully trying to enter a nearby elementary school after quick-thinking staff members locked the outside doors and barricaded themselves inside when they heard gunshots.Johnston said the gunman spent about six minutes shooting into Rancho Tehama Elementary School before driving off to continue shooting elsewhere. Johnston said one student was shot but is expected to survive.He said the 45-minute rampage ended when a patrol car rammed the stolen vehicle the shooter was driving and killed him in a shootout.Johnston said officials received multiple 911 calls about gunfire at an intersection of two dirt roads. Minutes later, more calls reporting shots flooded in from different locations, including the school.Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and children screaming at the school, which has one class of students from kindergarten through fifth grade.The shootings occurred in the rural community of Rancho Tehama Reserve, a homeowners association in a sparsely populated area of rolling oak woodlands dotted with grazing cattle about 130 miles north of Sacramento.Many there live in poverty, but others are better off.“It’s not a bad community at all,” said Harry Garcia, who was minding his parents’ convenience store La Fortuna Market. “Some people keep their properties nice- some don’t. They rough it out here. Some go with minimum stuff. Some don’t even have power out here.”___Elias reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writers Jocelyn Gecker, Janie Har and Olga Rodriguez in San Francisco, Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York also contributed to this story.last_img read more

Tesla Nabs Apple Hardware Exec to Lead Vehicle Development

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 25, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read Just a week after eBay lured Apple e-commerce executive RJ Pittman to join its ranks, Apple has lost another member of its executive team.Tesla Motors announced Thursday that it has hired Doug Field, who led Mac hardware development at Apple, to lead the company’s development of new vehicles.In his five years at Apple, Field led development of many new products including the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac. He launched his career as an engineer at Ford and was also chief technology officer at Segway.Field said his background in the automotive industry and his “dream of creating the best cars in the world” led him away from the consumer-electronics giant. “Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple,” he said in a statement.The electric car company is at the forefront of technology. Tesla’s latest car, the Model S, received the highest safety rating of any car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Related: Elon Musk’s Tesla Continues Awards Tear for Model S Electric Car Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more An art critic once wrote, “If all women resembled those painted by Picasso, the Earth would be depopulated toward the end of the century.” The critic was speaking about Picasso’s “Woman in a Green Hat,” describing the model in the painting as “corpselike,” “greenish” and “formless.” Anyone not sharing Picasso’s cubist view of the world would likely agree. But Picasso painted what he felt more than what he saw. He painted what could not otherwise be seen. Commenting on the “Woman in a Green Hat,” Picasso said he painted the crooked nose on purpose “so that people were forced to see a nose. Later … they will recognize that it is not crooked at all.” Medical imaging has been moving in a similar direction for years. Engineers have been assembling technologies, sometimes from wholly different modalities, to form novel constructions that generate information that cannot otherwise be obtained. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is an example. The fusion of two modalities, PET/CT transcends its components, rendering a combination of anatomical and functional data. The concept of modality fusion took root with this hybrid, blossomed several years later into single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT and, most recently, bore fruit as PET/magnetic resonance (MR).  Each hybrid provides information that cannot otherwise be obtained. But, just as being able to paint in cubist style is not reason enough to do so, neither is being able to fuse imaging technologies enough to justify such hybridization. Only if fused technologies provide clinical value are they worth the effort of their creation. And there is the rub.Clinical value often is recognizable only in hindsight. And even then this value may be realized in ways not initially expected.In the early 1990s, engineers were mounting image intensifiers the size of curb-side garbage cans on a ring that spun at high speed around patients’ heads. The dynamic images of 3-D brain aneurysms filling with contrast medium were as remarkable as the scans were frightening to watch. The advent of flat panel detectors later in that decade improved image quality and increased the speed with which this ring could be spun. So encouraging was this leap forward that some pundits believed these once gangly and oversized systems might one day replace CTs. What happened instead was the evolution of multi-detector CTs (MDCT) and C-arm rotational angiography.Today the most advanced MDCTs can cover the entire brain or heart in a single rotation, much like the image intensifier (II) prototype was envisioned to be able to do. Similarly, the technique of rotational angiography proven by those spinning IIs was modified to work with a single flat panel mounted on a C-arm, systems that are now commonplace in imaging centers around the world …as are multi-detector CTs. The footprints of other hybridizations are evident elsewhere. One, involving digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), developed out of necessity. Seen for decades as the holy grail for evaluating breast cancer, DBT was found to work best with the technology it was meant to replace. The signs of cancer were easier to spot, it was learned, when 3-D and 2-D images were interpreted together. The need for this pairing led one manufacturer to develop an algorithm that synthesizes 2-D images from 3-D data, creating a synergy of 2-D and 3-D mammography in a single unit. Imaging technologies will continue to be fused in the years ahead, propelling all of medicine forward as it has in the past. Like the early rotational angiography machines of 20 years ago, their unions may look like they’ve been torn from a Rube Goldberg sketchbook. But their clinical impact may be no laughing matter.It will serve us well to remember that many of today’s most useful imaging systems began in the imagination of someone who saw, as Picasso said, “with different eyes.”Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at www.itnonline.com. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | June 03, 2014 | Greg Freiherr Image Fusion, Cubism and the Future of Imaging Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more center_img Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more 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. Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Battle royal looms as Obama turns to Congress on Syria

first_imgWASHINGTON – War weary US lawmakers earned a stunning victory Saturday as President Barack Obama bowed to their demand that he seek congressional approval for any military action against Syria.The question now is, will members of the U.S. House and Senate endorse his push for action, or hand the president a bitter defeat despite his declaration that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people?Obama’s rare announcement – many presidents including Obama have launched military action without congressional approval in recent decades – sets up one of the most hotly-anticipated debates of the year when Congress returns from its summer recess on September 9.The jockeying began earlier this week, when some 170 lawmakers from both parties signed letters calling on Obama to seek a congressional green light before taking action in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern state, where President Bashar al-Assad is clinging to power after more than two years of bloody civil war.Now that Obama is turning to Capitol Hill, the lawmakers themselves will be in the spotlight, and Senator Bob Corker – who supports a limited “surgical” strike against Syria – hinted at the tough time the president will have in drumming up sufficient support.Corker told CNN that Obama should use “every ounce of political capital that he has to sell this.”“I think it is problematic and it could be problematic in both bodies,” he said of the authorization vote.“Today, I do not think the country is there, and it is very important for the president to lay out why he wishes to do this and, candidly to us privately, how he wishes to do this.”Republican House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon spoke for many when he said he is appalled by Assad’s actions, but nevertheless wants a full debate on whether and how to intervene.“Authorization for the use of force in this case should be contingent on the president setting clear military objectives that can meet articulated policy goals, including degrading any party’s ability to use these weapons again,” McKeon said.House Speaker John Boehner has discussed the Syria options with Obama but stressed that the president now has to “make his case to Congress and the American people.”He and the rest of House Republican leadership released a statement approving of Obama’s decision “in response to serious, substantive questions being raised.”Few lawmakers have come out in full-throated opposition to a military strike, but Senator Chris Murphy has, stressing this week that bombing Syria would do little to reduce the threat to US national security, and may well open the door for another decade-long US war.Number two Senate Democrat Dick Durbin sounded a note of caution as well on Saturday, recalling how the “cost of lives and treasure to our country over the last 12 years of war has been overwhelming.“If we can do something to discourage Assad and others like him from using chemical weapons without engaging in a war and without making a long-term military commitment of the United States, I’m open to that debate.”Congress has its clear supporters for military action on both sides of the aisle.“As far as I’m concerned, we should strike in Syria today,” Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said in a terse statement.“The use of chemical weapons was inhumane, and those responsible should be forced to suffer the consequences.”But two usually reliable backers of military interventions, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, threw a spanner in the works.“We can not in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the president’s stated goal of Assad’s removal from power, and bring an end to this conflict,” they said.“Anything short of this would be an inadequate response to the crimes against humanity that Assad and his forces are committing.”One congressman, Republican Peter King, went so far as to say Obama was “abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief” by turning to Congress for permission to attack.“The president doesn’t need 535 members of Congress to enforce his own red line,” King said Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more