RCMP eyes expanded media protections amid police surveillance concerns

first_imgOTTAWA – The RCMP is eyeing a policy change for organized crime investigations to better protect the rights of journalists, newly disclosed documents say.The possible move follows revelations in Quebec about surveillance of reporters by provincial and municipal police and growing concern about the ability of journalists to shield sources from authorities.Under a 2003 ministerial directive, the RCMP must take special care in national security investigations involving sensitive spheres such as the media, politics, academia, religion and unions.It means Mounties must seek high-level approvals before engaging in terrorism and espionage probes that touch these sectors.“Recognizing the sensitivity of investigations involving the media, we are currently discussing how to apply this national security related ministerial directive to all RCMP federal investigations, such as those involving organized crime,” internal Mountie briefing notes say.The Canadian Press recently obtained the November 2016 notes through the Access to Information Act.RCMP spokesman Harold Pfleiderer had no additional comment.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, the cabinet member responsible for the RCMP, has previously said the government is reviewing the 2003 directive to ensure the language is sufficient to safeguard press freedoms.“That work is ongoing,” said Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Goodale.“Freedom of the press is a fundamental Canadian value protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our government will defend it assiduously.”The internal notes say the Mounties do not engage in activities to investigate or disrupt the efforts of journalists that are protected by the charter. “That said, the RCMP does have the mandate and responsibility to investigate criminal activity, which could involve individuals in a variety of professions, including journalism.”The RCMP’s push to broaden the 2003 ministerial directive could spring from a desire within the force to avoid the pitfalls of spying on journalists — such as the current glare of publicity in Quebec, suggested Wesley Wark, a national security expert at the University of Ottawa.In 2007, the RCMP contravened the ministerial directive in conducting physical surveillance of two journalists in an attempt to identify the person who leaked a classified Canadian Security Intelligence Service document.The surveillance was unauthorized and ended once RCMP management became aware.The 2003 directive is “not an immunity provision,” but rather is aimed at ensuring there is not “some lower-level constable who’s running amok,” said Craig Forcese, a law professor at the University of Ottawa.Extending the directive to the RCMP’s organized crime probes could protect journalists who are “collaterally swept into a police investigation,” Forcese said.A related issue is whether journalists can be shielded from having to reveal their sources and essentially becoming proxies for police investigations, he added.Ontario’s top court recently ruled Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch must give the RCMP the background materials he used for stories on an accused terrorist — a case that squarely pits media freedoms against the powers of police.A Quebec senator has introduced a bill he calls the first concrete legislative measure in Canada to protect journalistic sources following a spate of cases in which reporters have come under police surveillance.Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan said in November he was compelled to table the private member’s bill after learning that Montreal police obtained warrants to monitor the iPhone of La Presse journalist Patrick Lagace.The Quebec provincial police force has also acknowledged tracking the communications of journalists.The federal government says it is assessing the “legal, technical and operational impacts” of Carignan’s bill.Under questioning from the NDP in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that journalists “should always be able” to protect their sources.“That is something we believe in strongly as a government, and that is something we will continue to defend and fight for, not just here in Canada but around the world.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Actors Fund Looking Ahead Awards To Feature Fred Savage And Hilary Swank

first_imgThe Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead program will present the Looking Ahead Awards on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.Hosted by Looking Ahead Advisory Committee Chair Fred Savage, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank will present her mother, Judy Swank, with the Looking Ahead Parenting Award; Max Burkholder will receive the Looking Ahead Social Awareness Award; Tia and Tamera Mowry will receive the Looking Ahead Education Award from Jackée Harry; and Academy Award winner Margaret O’Brien is slated to receive the Shirley Temple Award from June Lockhart.WHEN:Thursday, December 46:00PM – 7:30PM – Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE:Taglyan Center1201 Vine StreetLos Angeles, CA 90038last_img read more

Greenpeace members arrested for climbing Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Several Greenpeace members climbed the outside of the Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal on Thursday to protest the federal government’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline project.The five climbers, who were equipped with cables and harnesses, ascended partway up the 165-metre-tall structure, which is built at a 45-degree angle.They then unfurled a banner as a message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with the sign reading, Stop Pipelines, Don’t Dirty Our Money.They later descended without incident and were arrested by Montreal police.Greenpeace spokeswoman Loujain Kurdi said the climbers wanted to send a message to Trudeau that “climate leaders do not build pipelines.”In a phone interview, she said Ottawa’s decision to spend $4.5 billion to take over the Trans Mountain project goes against its international commitments to reduce emissions.“Instead of spending $4.5 billion of taxpayer money on one pipeline, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could help us build three million electric rechargeable stations,” she said.“For even less than that, for only $3.2 billion, he could fulfil the promise he made last December and ensure that every Indigenous community across Canada has access to drinking water.”She added Trudeau still has time to back out of the deal, since the government and the company have given themselves until this coming Sunday to seek a third-party buyer for the pipeline.Police cordoned off the area below the tower, and tourists and employees were barred from the stadium until around 11:30 a.m.Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils said officers arrested four women and three men between the ages of 26 and 40.Two women were arrested on the ground at around 9:30 a.m., whereas the five climbers were stopped after descending from the structure at around 11 a.m.All seven will be charged with conspiracy and mischief over $5,000 and will be released on a promise to appear, Chevrefils said.The organization carried out a similar action earlier in July when several climbers dangled under Vancouver’s Ironworkers Memorial Bridge for 36 hours to create what the organization called an “aerial blockade,” according to a Greenpeace news release.last_img read more

Morocco Seeks to Diversify Partnerships, Create Shared Zone of Peace, Security

Canberra  –   Morocco bears a clear vision to diversify its partnerships and establish a shared zone of peace and prosperity, said Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the Royal Office.Speaking at a conference in Canberra at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Amrani highlighted the multi-dimensional reforms undertaken by Morocco, following the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, which made the Kingdom a stable democratic country, in a region that witnessed several changes.Amrani also gave an overview of the Moroccan approach in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and shed light on its security, socio-economic and religious dimensions, which enabled Morocco to preserve its security and its stability. In addition to the security aspect, the Moroccan approach in this area is centered around inclusive human development, he noted, adding that several reforms have been undertaken in the religious field and actions were taken to promote a tolerant Islam.Amrani also tackled the latest developments in the Middle East and North Africa region, which is facing many threats due to persistent crises that benefit terrorist groups and their jihadist propaganda.According to him, the challenges facing Libya and Iraq, the persistence of the Syrian crisis and its consequences on the region, in addition to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict pose threats to the region and even beyond in the Sahel and Europe.The solution to current crises require a more comprehensive, coherent and pragmatic regional approach, in tune with the realities of each country in the region and in line with the aspirations and legitimate needs of the people, he pointed out.Thus, the respect of the fundamental principles of national unity, sovereignty and the territorial integrity of States are prerequisites to achieving stability, Amrani said.It is also important to provide clear answers to the different questions of identity by going beyond the existing divisions in a framework of dialogue, living together and understanding, he added.Amrani also highlighted the convergence of the respective positions of Morocco and Australia on major international issues and their common commitment to the values of dialogue, peace and openness. read more

Ryan Riga Pat Porter among Ohio State players selected in MLB draft

Senior pitcher Ryan Riga (44) delivers a pitch for OSU.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB draft on Tuesday, the Ohio State baseball team heard a trio of its players’ names called on Wednesday.Left-handed pitcher Ryan Riga became the second member of OSU’s starting pitching corps selected when the Chicago White Sox took him in the 13th round. Riga was the 382nd overall pick in the draft.Riga spent three years playing for the Buckeyes after transferring from Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Ill., after his freshman year.After spending his first year at OSU pitching out of the bullpen, where he compiled a 2.14 ERA in 29 appearances, he joined the rotation for his junior and senior campaigns.He struggled somewhat in his first year as a starting pitcher, going 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA. However, he tied for the team lead with 55 strikeouts and threw a complete game shutout against Oregon early in the year.Riga broke out during his senior year, though, making headlines when he broke OSU’s all-time record for consecutive scoreless innings. Riga shattered the previous mark of 22.1 innings by throwing 30.2 consecutive shutout innings in March and April.The Fairfield, Ohio, native was unable to sustain the early-season success he had but still finished the year with a 5-4 record and a 3.32 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts). He was named to the third team All-Big Ten for his senior-season efforts.The first offensive player from OSU was called two rounds later in the 15th when the Houston Astros took outfielder Pat Porter with the 439th pick.Porter, a first-team All-Big Ten selection for his senior season, was the unquestioned focal point of OSU’s offense this season, batting third and playing right field in every game.Notable for his powerful swing and strong outfield arm, Porter led the team in batting average (.338), hits (71), home runs (11) and RBI (49) this season. His 11 dingers were tied for third-most in the Big Ten.A product of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Porter played in at least 50 games in each of his four years at OSU. He commenced his collegiate career with a .283 batting average, 16 home runs and 124 RBI. He is also OSU’s all-time leader in triples with 15.Redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Shea Murray was a late pick, going in the 39th round to the Texas Rangers.Murray, a product of Defiance, Ohio, has only made 11 appearances for the Buckeyes — five in 2014 and six in 2015. He struggled in the bulk of them, surrendering 15 earned runs in 10.1 innings of work over the two seasons.The 6-foot-6 Murray’s high strikeout rate was likely a main reason for the Rangers to look his direction, as he fanned 12 batters in 7.2 innings this season. However, he allowed 11 hits and walked four in that span.Ryan Feltner, a right-handed pitching commit from Walsh Jesuit High School in the Cleveland area, was also drafted on Wednesday. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Feltner in the 25th round with the 752nd pick.Seniors Trace Dempsey, a right-handed relief pitcher, and catchers Connor Sabanosh and Aaron Gretz went undrafted.The four OSU selections were the most since the Buckeyes also had four players taken in 2007. read more

Criminal elements will be crushed – new TTs Top Cop

(Trinidad Guardian) Declaring that “criminals are worse than cockroaches,” incoming Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says the criminal element will be “crushed.”And while the criminal element may have no fear of God, Griffith on Tuesday promised: “I will ensure that they have the fear of Gary.”“The happy hour is over,” Griffith added, as said his job “is to go after the low life elements who continue to deprive law-abiding citizens of their right of safety and security.”Griffith has been criticised for his reference to the criminal element as “cockroaches,” but yesterday he said he stood by his statement.“I refer to them as cockroaches, yes that is what they are, what they are doing is affecting the safety and security of every citizen of this country, they are nothing else and they should be crushed,” he said.Despite this apparent stance, he committed to doing what is required “within the law to ensure the safety and security of citizens is adhered to.”Speaking on the CNC3 Morning Brew yesterday, Griffith said the criminal element he referred to as cockroaches are those who “kill people, rape people, who terrorise people and you are saying they should not be referred to as cockroaches? Well the day one of your loved ones is killed by a coldblooded murderer and you can’t see them as anything else, that is your perception.”Asked whether he was adopting a hard-line approach to the criminal element, Griffith made it clear that he was.“That is what law enforcement is about,” he said, adding those who decide to break the law must know the T&T Police Service “will show what the police can do.”As he made the media rounds yesterday, Griffith, in another interview, said the “two to three thousand hardened criminals who have sophisticated weapons have reached the point of no return and the only way to deal with them is by accepting the fact that we have to do it to them before they do it to us and within the law.”He said he had no intention of negotiating with criminal elements.“I have no intention to try to influence them verbally or to explain to them that what they are doing is against the law. I intend to fight fire with fire within the law.”He said while some may say it’s a “bullying tactic,” it was the only way to deal with individuals who feel they are in “full control of their own blocks and areas and no one can tell them what they can do. I intend to do differently.”In doing that, he said the police will have a “minimum force policy which is from verbal persuasion to the communication back up to the pepper spray, the tasers, to rubber bullets to the firearms,” as he signalled that the police will utilise whatever it has to do deal with dealing with the problem to ensure success.He said what the country had seen in the last several months was not just gang-related activity.“The country has become a very violent one where persons feel they can commit criminal activity without any fear of being arrested.”Griffith said he intended to utilise the 8000-plus “loyal and dedicated men and women” of the police service to “do what is required to ensure safety and security.”Under his watch, he promised a faster response to calls to the E999, “high visibility, rapid response, improvement in technology, certain things can and will be done.”Declaring that the Police Service is a very powerful unit, Griffith said there are many dedicated men and  women who are willing to serve, and he was confident that working  together and with the strategies to be implemented there will be a reduction in crime and homicides. Griffith refused to give any timeline on when the population will see a difference in the daily rising homicide rate, but he said his  intention is to double the effort he made when he was national security minister, “because now I will have the operational ability to implement many things at a faster rate than I was able to as minister.”“The Commissioner can be the catalyst towards crime turning around or even increase if he does not use his resources in the right manner,” he said.He would not be drawn into debate on whether acting Commissioner Stephen Williams had failed in that regard, saying as far as he was concerned Williams was “a true patriot”.“There is nothing I can say other than give him full credit for the sacrifice he made,” Griffith said.Griffith said his 78-point plan of action will also see the re-establishment of some units which were disbanded, the disbanding or watering down of other units, asset acquisition, training and the use of technology. He also signalled his intention to revitalise the National Operations Centre (NOC). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrinidad Police uncover plot to assassinate Top Cop and family membersFebruary 6, 2019In “latest news”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 16, 2015In “Regional”13 days later: No charges for Cadet who shot 15 – year – old in his mouth – speculations of a cover up surgesMay 13, 2014In “Crime” read more

Uros Mitrovic signs new BernMuri contract

← Previous Story Željko Babić (Meshkov Brest) before SEHA derby: Veszprem are the best in Europe! Next Story → The bad luck of Alex Dujshebaev with the “Hispanos” Bern MurihandballswitzerlandUroš Mitrović BSV Bern-Muri has announced that they have signed a new contract with Uros Mitrovic. The new contract means that he will staying two more years in Switzerland, with an option for one more. Uros Mitrovic is currently away from the court, as he is recovering from a muscle injury, but a comeback is expected soon. He has impressed the BSV Bern-Muri management to give him new contract by being their top scorer while healthy. read more

Costco goes Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the International Olive Oil Council, oil production in Italy is set to drop by 34 per cent this year, as the weather in the wider Mediterranean hasn’t been kind to the country.After an extremely hot spring and summer followed by an olive-eating fly epidemic, Italy’s olive groves failed to produce enough extra virgin oil while its price rose to $2.97 a pound, 84 per cent more than last year.Spain, which is the world’s largest olive oil producer, suffered similar events before Italy. Meanwhile, Greece’s weather conditions were ideal. Olive oil has been a mainstay for Greece’s economy for centuries, and production is expected to double this year. The price for Greek extra virgin olive oil only had a 15 per cent rise from last year reaching $1.45 a pound.Greece ranks third in olive oil production, yet most is exported to Italy. In 2013, Greece exported some $602 million worth of olive oil, its third most valuable export after petroleum products and medicine, according to data from the World Bank.Costco Wholesale, which is always down for a good deal, has switched from Italy to Greece for its Kirkland Signature two-litre bottle of premium olive oil. “We wanted to get a single source of good quality; for this year we went to Greece,” Costco’s Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said.“Certainly it’s going to put Greece on the map, because people watch what Costco does,” adds David Neuman, CEO of the US unit of Greek olive-oil company Gaea.last_img read more

Les défenseurs de la chasse à léléphant donnent de la voix

first_imgLes défenseurs de la chasse à l’éléphant donnent de la voixUne association internationale de chasseurs, en congrès cette semaine au Cap, en Afrique du Sud, a défendu la chasse à l’éléphant. Une intervention qui a eu lieu moins d’un mois après le safari du roi d’Espagne au Botswana qui a tant fait scandale.A la fin du mois d’avril dernier, le roi d’Espagne Juan Carlos a dû s’excuser d’avoir participé à une coûteuse chasse à l’éléphant au Botswana alors que son pays souffre terriblement de la crise et que ses animaux sont aujourd’hui sérieusement menacés. Cette petite escapade serait pourtant passée inaperçue si le monarque ne s’était pas blessé en faisant une chute.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour soutenir le roi, une association internationale de chasseurs, en congrès cette semaine au Cap, en Afrique du Sud a souligné que ce safari ne posait pas de problème dans la mesure où l’éléphant tué par Juan Carlos était un vieux mâle, ce qui est “parfaitement viable”. “Au Botswana, la chasse à l’éléphant en général [pas le braconnage] est viable, et vu l’évolution de la population d’éléphants, il faudrait même en tuer davantage”, a estimé Tamas Marghescu, directeur général du Conseil international pour la protection de la faune sauvage (CIC).Aux Etats-Unis, ce sont les photos des fils de Donald Trump (un célèbre homme d’affaires américain) posant avec une dépouille de léopard et la queue d’un éléphant coupée au couteau durant un safari au Zimbabwe, qui avaient fait scandale. Mais pour Adri Kitshoff, directrice de l’association sud-africaine des chasseurs professionnels (Phasa), ces photos étaient “respectueuses”. En effet, elle a indiqué que dès lors que l’éléphant est donné pour sa viande à la population, le chasseur a traditionnellement le droit de garder la queue.Elle précise également que rien qu’en Afrique du Sud, chaque chasseur étranger génère jusqu’à 14 emplois et il y en aurait eu selon elle 6.300 en 2010 dont moitié d’Américains. Un nombre jugé très faible comparativement aux 250.000 à 300.000 chasseurs locaux. De son côté, WWF a déclaré que l’important était que l’argent rapporté par la chasse aille aux populations locales et aux efforts pour la survie des espèces.Le 9 mai 2012 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lennon Hibernian need better strikers

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon has slammed his side’s lack of firepower up front and has called for a major overhaul of the squad.Hibernian dropped to eighth in the Scottish league table after their 1-0 home defeat to Hearts on Saturday.Speaking after the loss, Hibernian boss Lennon criticized the club’s recruitment has been poor and slammed his attacking players.“Our center forwards are not playing well enough,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“That has been a bugbear of mine for a while.“We need to try and bring better ones in, it’s as simple as that. We’re not scoring enough goals or wanting to score enough goals.Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish PremiershipMatch Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).We had plenty [of chances] in the game [against Hearts]. Plenty of balls flashed across the box. We don’t react to a lot of things.“We’re not physical enough or creative enough and tonight is a prime example.“We lost some really good players last year. We sold players for money and if we want to have an impact on the top six, or even the top four, then we need to replace those players.“We need robust players as well. I’m fed up with the injuries. Soft injuries. Player breaking down, breaking down, breaking down. It’s almost every week someone is crying about an injury.”last_img read more

ASA Outlines Essential Strategies for Expanding US Soy Exports

first_imgRepresenting the 25,000 producer-members of the American Soybean Association (ASA), Board member and past-President Bart Ruth, a soybean and corn farmer from Rising City, Neb., testified on the status of agricultural trade negotiations before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. World demand for soy-related exports, particularly high protein soybean meal and livestock products, is growing rapidly. Expansion of developing economies has spurred rising demand for and ability to afford a more nutritious diet.”With 96 percent of the world’s population living outside our borders, and most of its growth in countries with low per capita consumption of soy products, our foreign markets will only continue to expand,” Ruth said. “U.S. farmers need to compete for these expanding markets, and to do so, we need to bring down tariffs on soy-related products in importing countries, and prevent their replacement with non-tariff barriers.”The purpose of today’s hearing was to review the broad agenda of issues involving agricultural trade, and how these issues have changed considerably over the past decade, as have strategies for addressing them. Ruth presented an overview of the current situation, and then commented on soybean priorities in the World Trade Organization (WTO), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, and several other important trade issues.Since the 1970’s, the U.S. has exported one-half of each year’s soybean crop, either as whole soybeans, soybean meal and oil, or in the form of livestock products. Soybean and soy product exports alone are currently valued at $8 to $10 billion, making the U.S. soybean industry the largest positive contributor to the national trade balance.”We must require both developing as well as developed country competitors to comply with the same disciplines on production and trade-distorting farm support programs that we must meet,” Ruth said. “And we must eliminate the distorting effects of our own domestic farm policies in discouraging soybean plantings when market signals indicate otherwise.”Each of these goals will be addressed during negotiations the agriculture community faces over the next three to four years. Current talks to reach agreement on a framework for agriculture as part of the Doha Development Agenda will reach a critical point at the mini-Ministerial in late June. Even if a framework is reached, actual commitments will need to be negotiated, and the time frame for completion will be uncertain.ASA was an early and strong supporter of Doha WTO trade proposals to require countries to improve market access by bringing higher tariffs down faster than lower tariffs. ASA has supported making significant reductions in trade-distorting domestic support, provided that countries with comparatively higher levels of support, particularly the European Union, make proportionately greater reductions, and that developing country exporters are subjected to similar disciplines.”We are concerned that, if countries are able to protect all or most of their sensitive import commodities from meaningful tariff cuts, we won’t see the expansion of markets for soybeans, soybean meal, and livestock products needed to justify accepting substantial reductions in domestic support and changes in our export credit program that will dramatically decrease its effectiveness,” Ruth said. “A formula must be found that will ensure a significant increase in market access for U.S. soy and livestock products, as well as other key U.S. agricultural commodities.”Of particular concern to ASA is the failure of the various negotiating texts to distinguish between least developed and advanced developing countries by allowing self-designated developing countries to exempt themselves from disciplines required of developed countries. Countries that are world-class producers and exporters of soybeans and other commodities, like Brazil, should not be allowed to exempt themselves from meaningful market access commitments or have the unlimited ability to implement trade-distorting domestic support and export policies.”ASA is also concerned by efforts to eliminate non-emergency foreign food assistance provided under P.L. 480 Title 1 and other food aid programs,” Ruth said. “Assistance in the form of food is essential to help developing countries alleviate poverty, combat diseases such HIV/AIDS, and develop economically. We recommend that any disciplines on food aid be considered separately from reforms in export-related programs, and urge that food aid experts be included in future negotiations.”ASA continues to be concerned by indications that the European Union (EU) intends to ignore its requirements under the 1992 Blair House Agreement of the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Under Blair House, the EU agreed to restrict subsidized oilseed area, and to limit production of oilseeds for industrial purposes on so-called set-aside land. After several reforms, the EU now maintains that its oilseed supports are either not crop-specific or that support has been decoupled and, as a result, the Blair House acreage restrictions no longer apply.”ASA and other U.S. oilseed organizations believe the EU must be reminded of its Blair House obligations, which have been bound in the EU’s WTO commitments,” Ruth said. “The United States must be prepared to aggressively challenge the EU if it breaches its obligations.”Regarding FTAs, ASA supports passage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, Dominican Republic, and Morocco FTAs. ASA welcomes the start of the Andean FTA, and is supportive of the Australia FTA, provided the livestock phytosanitary issues are resolved. ASA is anxious to see the conclusion of the Southern African Customs Union FTA, in which ASA hopes to see soy protein used in a model for supplementary feeding of people receiving anti-retroviral drugs to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as supplementing local diets to fight malnutrition and low productivity.In regards to trade in biotech-enhanced crops, Ruth said, “U.S. agriculture must confront the growing challenge to our farm exports by non-science-based claims by the European Union that restrict the availability and competitiveness of food products derived from U.S. biotech commodities by imposing stigmatizing labeling and onerous traceability requirements. Unless the U.S. and other biotech producing and exporting countries challenge the EU’s Traceability and Labeling regulations, we will continue to lose foreign markets, not only in Europe but in other countries that choose to, or are pressured to, follow the EU’s example.”last_img read more

Washington Senate explores shifting from pensions

first_imgOLYMPIA — Many workers in Washington state government would be shifted out of pensions and into a 401(k)-style retirement system under a bill heard Monday in a state Senate committee.The plan developed by Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom would put new workers and those younger than 45 into defined-contribution plans funded mostly by the employees. Tom said the idea is designed to give government workers more flexibility with their retirement savings and ease concerns of some taxpayers who may not want to fund defined-benefit plans that are becoming less common in the private sector.“It creates a little tension with our citizens who are actually footing the bill,” Tom said of the ongoing use of pensions.Opponents said the idea would make it more difficult to retain quality teachers and other employees while making it more difficult for workers to have a secure retirement.Greg Devereux, executive director at the Washington Federation of State Employees, said he believes the proposed law would be subject to legal challenge. He said it would further destabilize the state work force that has already faced cuts in recent years.“We think this is merely a gratuitous attack on a work force whose morale is already low,” Devereux said.Lawmakers did not vote on the bill Monday.The specifics of the measure would shift workers under the age of 45 who are currently in the more recent iterations of the pension systems for public employees, teachers, other school employees and public safety workers.last_img read more

Two Apolloera rocket engines recovered

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the murky depths of the Atlantic, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and NASA said Wednesday.A privately funded expedition led by Bezos raised the main engine parts during three weeks at sea and was headed back to Cape Canaveral, Fla., the launch pad for the manned lunar missions.“We’ve seen an underwater wonderland — an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end,” Bezos wrote in an online posting.Last year, the Bezos team used sonar to spot the sunken engines resting nearly 3 miles deep in the Atlantic and 360 miles from Cape Canaveral. At the time, the Internet mogul said the artifacts were part of the Apollo 11 mission that gave the world “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”Bezos now says it’s unclear which Apollo mission the recovered engines belonged to because the serial numbers were missing or hard to read on the corroded pieces. NASA is helping trace the hardware’s origin.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Telugu 3 Sreemukhi Army ready to storm social media even

first_imgTV anchor SreemukhiTwitterPopular TV anchor Sreemukhi has apparently got her army ready to storm the social media even before she enters the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 as her team has already started gathering her fans.Kaushal Army, a fan group of Kaushal Manda, had started campaigning on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram days after Bigg Boss Telugu 2 went on air. It became bigger and stronger as the show neared its finale. There were fans groups of Tanish, Geetha Madhuri and other finalists to counter it, but Kaushal Army was successful in making him the winner. Social media played a key role in his victory.Bigg Boss Telugu season 3 is set to start from July 21 and names of many celebs are linked with this season. Sreemukhi is rumoured to be entering the house as one of the 14 contestants. This TV anchor seems to have taken a cue from Kaushal Manda, as the Twitter page of Sreemukhi Army has been launched even before she entered the show. This page slowly intensifying its campaign for her.A guy created a Twitter page in the name of Sreemukhi Army in the last week of June. The admin’s first tweet read, “Welcome all @MukhiSree fans, from Now onwards this page dedicated to #sreemukhi fans. Retweet this tweet if you like #Sreemukhi in #BiggBossTelugu3 #Maatv #sreemukhi #SreemukhiArmy.”The admin’s next post made it clear about the intention of this page, as it claimed Sreemukhi to be the winner of Bigg Boss Telugu 3, almost a month before the show goes on air The admin of SreemukhiArmy‏ page tweeted added, “Welcome to #BiggBossTelugu3 #SreemukhiArmy already decided that @MukhiSree only the title winner for this year #BiggBoss3 season. Love your attitude and pure heart.”Sreemukhi gave it an official confirmation about this page, by liking one of its first two posts. Soon after this, Ravi Kiran‏ (@Ravikrn36 Jun 27) tweeted, “@MukhiSree So its been officially confirmed by #sreemukhi that she is going to enter the #BiggBossTelugu3 official news leaked by #Sreemukhi herself via twitter by liking her fans tweet as #SreemukhiArmy very news for all sreemukhi fans…”Sreemukhi started her career as television anchor with a show called Adhurs. Today, she is known for hosting Super Singer, Saregamapa Li’ll Champs, Drama Juniors and many other hit reality TV shows. She made her acting debut films with 2012 movie Julai, which featured her as Allu Arjun’s sister. Later, she became a lead actress with Prema Ishq Kaadhal. She is one of the busy stars in films and TV industry.It was rumoured recently that the makers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 are paying Rs 50 lakh to Sreemukhi as her remuneration per week A fan named Naveen Kumar‏ (@Only_Naveen) tweeted, “Sreemukhi is yet to sign the agreement. Participation of her in #BiggBossTelugu3 is not confirmed. Rumours regarding her remuneration of 50 lakhs per week are fake. Wait some more time. #BiggBoss3Telugu #BiggBoss.”last_img read more

US attack on Syria aggression against a sovereign state Russia

first_imgMoscow slammed the US strike on a Syrian airbase Friday as “aggression against a sovereign state”, and suspended a bilateral agreement to help avoid clashes in the skies over the war-torn country.“President Putin considers American strikes on Syria aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international norms, and under an invented pretext,” said the statement by the Kremlin press service posted on the official website.US President Donald Trump ordered a military strike on a Syrian air base at 0040GMT, in retaliation for what he said was a “very barbaric attack” Tuesday that is suspected to have contained a nerve agent.Moscow has been flying a bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since September 2015 and on Wednesday said it would continue to back the regime.The Russian foreign ministry announced the suspension of a memorandum signed with the US in October 2015 which set up a hotline to avoid clashes between their air forces in Syrian airspace as they carried out separate bombing campaigns.“We call upon the UN Security Council to hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the situation,” the ministry said in a statement, calling the strike “thoughtless.”Russia had sought to deflect blame from Assad over the incident, claiming Syrian jets struck a rebel arms depot housing “toxic substances” and denying that the regime has access to any chemical weapons.“The Syrian army does not have any chemical weapon stockpiles,” the Kremlin statement said, accusing Washington of trying to “divert attention of the international community from the many civilian casualties in Iraq.”“The fact of destruction of all chemical weapon stockpiles of the Syrian armed forces was recorded and confirmed by the (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons).”“This step by Washington inflicts considerable damage to US-Russia relations, which are already in a lamentable state,” the Kremlin said.A White House official said 59 precision-guided Tomahawk missiles hit the Shayrat airfield, from where the US believes the attack was launched.The Syrian army said that six people were killed and serious damage caused by the strike.last_img read more

SXSWedu Shows 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Impact Education

first_imgMarch 14, 2017 A fascinating realization you make after spending a week at SXSWedu surrounded by teachers, superintendents, provosts and edtech leaders is that the conference is about so much more than education.While the thousands of attendees at the conference each bring shared passions — improving learning, strengthening education outcomes, innovating traditional systems, eating great barbecue — they also recognize the strategies and tools we need to achieve these goals can come from anywhere. The SXSWedu team also knows this, and that’s why they pack hundreds of panel discussions and presentations with thought leaders from inside and outside education. SXSWedu isn’t about insular conversations in academia; it’s about knocking down silos and bringing people together from all different disciplines to focus on how we make learning better, and more available, for everyone.Related: SXSW 2017 Photo Gallery: Our Favorite Photos (So Far)That realization should be remarkably inspiring for today’s entrepreneurs. In order to deliver the next generation of doctors, scientists, mechanics, artists, engineers, etc., education needs new ideas and technologies that span across disciplines. It’s a give-take system of innovation that makes it an exciting time to be an entrepreneur.Here’s a look at four key themes from SXSWedu that can help entrepreneurs focus and take action to enrich education.Technology as a connective forceTechnology is a leading catalyst in eroding the walls and silos that used to exist in education. When I was a student, written correspondence between pen pals far outweighed the nascent connections I had over AIM. Now students and teachers can connect instantaneously and share resources via Skype, FaceTime, Slack and scores of applications, both purpose-built and borrowed intent, to drive dialogue and innovation forward.Entrepreneurs that can find new ways to harness the connectivity provided by these technologies have an opportunity to thrive. One finalist in SXSWedu’s launch competition that stood out in this regard was TeachersConnect, a tool that promises to “lay the groundwork for a world in which teaching is no longer a solo activity.” TeachersConnect is an app that empowers teachers to share ideas, resources and best practices constantly and across geographies to best inform their individual efforts. When a teacher using this network has a question, she can quickly get an answer or new ideas to help students.Apps and technologies that help educators best connect with both peers and thought leaders in real-time will continue to be valuable in the future. It’s an opportunity for entrepreneurs who can take our ever-growing mobile communication tools and leverage them strategically.Related: SXSW: Billionaire Chris Sacca on Tech’s New Business BlindspotRelevancy. Relevancy. Relevancy.A common theme heard at SXSWedu is the need for education to be relevant. Graduating 200 dental hygienists into a marketplace only able to support 30 of them is an example where bigger isn’t always better in education. This need for relevancy is another opportunity for entrepreneurs — what tools and technologies can you create that help educators understand the workforce needs of tomorrow?SXSWedu’s employability track featured a great presentation on this topic, highlighting how job growth in healthcare will outpace overall job growth in our country for the foreseeable future. On a micro level, this is represented in Chicago, where there is a gap between the current market of qualified healthcare professionals and the projected 84,000 healthcare jobs set to come on-line in the Chicago region over the next decade. It’s a statistic that led Malcolm X College to build a new health sciences campus with a virtual hospital specifically equipped to help Chicago-area students take these jobs.Related: SXSW 2017: There’s a Scary Reason You’ll Start Taking Digital Privacy SeriouslyMore institutions in K-12 and higher education are set to bring sharper focus to ensuring the education experiences they deliver line up with employment needs. Entrepreneurs can play a role here on numerous fronts: creating tools that help analyze and predict job trends, developing technologies to better train students to take these jobs or apps that make it easier for educators to connect with professional in leading sectors.Learning by designFor the first time this year, SXSWedu incorporated Learn by Design, a new competition program focused on the design of physical learning spaces and how they impact learning outcomes. The launch of this program is evidence that leaders recognize the growing importance design plays to advancing learning.The program yielded three winners from hundreds of entries: Citti Academy in Los Angeles, the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Mobile Innovation Lab and Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah. All of these projects can point to design strategies that are helping their students succeed. Design was also at the forefront of numerous other discussions during the conference, including a look at Philadelphia University’s NEXUS Learning Hubs — novel learning spaces that are thoughtfully designed to act as the catalyst for pedagogical training, nurturing and experimentation. The NEXUS hubs allow for seamless transitions to different modes of active and engaged learning and optimize collaborative involvement.With design taking a more central role in education, entrepreneurs can make an impact in numerous ways. While schools, colleges and universities are all taking unique approaches to leveraging design, the spaces they create almost always embrace flexibility, technology, collaboration and idea-sharing. Entrepreneurs should focus on how they can introduce furniture, tools and resources that extend these spatial qualities and further empower students.Related: SXSW 2017: The Simple Lessons Reshaping the Cities and Cars of the FutureSeamless job trainingEducation is just beginning to scratch the surface of how technologies like augmented reality and holographics can improve learning. For example, Microsoft recently launched HoloLens, the first self-contained, holographic computer enabling people to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the world around them. That’s fascinating and powerful, but educators need help understanding how to best leverage it.Creating content and applications that turn the potential of tools like VR and holographics into results should be a major focus for entrepreneurs. It was inspiring to see LlamaZoo as part of the SXSWedu launch competition; it’s a tool that marries highly interactive 3D, augmented and virtual reality, and modern teaching techniques such as adaptive quizzing and spaced repetition to create more collaborative and useful student experiences. More tools like this can prove intensely valuable for education moving forward if and when entrepreneurs deliver them.Amidst the wealth of thought leadership and innovation that defined SXSWedu, these four themes stood out. To host such a rich discussion on education, SXSWedu invited teachers, journalists, scientists, architects, healthcare professionals and more to be part of it — an inspiring reminder that education touches everything. Entrepreneurs should be motivated to launch companies and products that further break down silos to accelerate learning and discovery. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 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FDA Clears Siemens Prostate MR Solution

first_img 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 26, 2019 Progenics Pharmaceuticals Collaborating With Veterans Affairs on AI Cancer Imaging Research Program Oncology company Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced their collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco January 29, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the noninvasive SEEit prostate magnetic resonance (MR) imaging solution from Siemens Healthcare. Powered by syngo MR E11 software architecture, SEEit enables users of Siemens’ high-performance Magnetom Aera 1.5 Tesla (1.5T) and Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI systems to perform a routine prostate exam in just 10 minutes without using an endorectal coil, which can cause patient discomfort.Siemens’ Direct RF and high-density coil technology Tim 4G – coupled with its Resolve diffusion technology – deliver the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and resolution that enable users to perform these examinations using only the company’s new Body 30/60 surface coil.For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | January 29, 2016 FDA Clears Siemens Prostate MR Solution SEEit surface coil solution facilitates noninvasive, high-resolution prostate MR in 10 minutes without endorectal coil Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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President Solís appoints 3 new ministers new head of National Insurance Institute

first_imgRelated posts:Solís administration cagey on plans for gay union, in vitro fertilization bills Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rica IVF decree loses support of public health care system Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act President Luis Guillermo Solís announced five new Cabinet members on Thursday evening, including three ministers to replace ones who have left or been fired in recent months.Dr. Fernando Llorca Castro will be the new health minister, taking the place of María Elena López Núñez, who resigned in February citing family and personal reasons. Llorca has served as head of outpatient services for the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, and has worked in health insurance administration in Spain and the U.K.Mauricio Ventura Aragón, former director of the National Tourism Chamber (1994-1999) and current member of San José’s tourism board, will take over as tourism minister. The former minister, Wilhelm von Breymann, resigned last week in the midst of heavy criticism from private sector representatives, who felt he wasn’t representing their interests.Marcelo Jenkins Coronas, a computer science professor at the University of Costa Rica, will be the new minister of science and technology. President Solís asked former Minister Gisella Kopper to resign on April 10 for her role in drafting a controversial bill that would have allowed the government to shutter radio and television stations for broadcasting “lies” or offending public morality.Solís appointed Emilio Arias Rodríguez as vice minister of telecommunications to replace Allan Ruiz, who was also sacked over the media bill scandal. Arias is a public policy specialist who’s worked for various government agencies, including the Public Services Regulatory Authority.Finally, Solís named Elian Villegas Valverde, a lawyer and expert in financial systems management, as the new executive president of the National Insurance Institute. The former executive president, Sergio Alfaro Salas, left his post on April 17 to become the new presidency minister.Solís’ Cabinet remake — and reshuffling – comes after five ministers and 16 high-level officials have either resigned or been asked to leave during the president’s first year in office. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Squeezing through the Corinth CanalGo back to the

first_imgSqueezing through the Corinth CanalGo back to the e-newsletter >SeaDream Yacht Club is kicking off next year’s Mediterranean Summer with 7 days aboard its boutique SeaDream II from Rome to Athens, and with the opportunity to stay aboard for a second week to visit some of the smaller ports in Greece and Albania.After departing Rome’s port of Civitavecchia on 11 June 2016, the 5-star mega-motor-cruiser will visit dreamy Capri, have an overnight stay in Sorrento for time to visit Pompeii, call at Taormina in Sicily with an option of climbing volcanic Mt Etna, have a full day at sea, and then visit Fiskardo, Galaxidi (for ancient Delphi,) and make a transit of the famed Corinth Canal before Athens’ port of Piraeus.Prices start from US$4726pp twin-share including drinks from the open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, power and sail water sports where locally permitted, onboard gratuities, and Government charges and taxes.An immediately-following 7-day Piraeus-return allows an opportunity to take in more of Delphi (one of the top three archaeological sites in Greece,) the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Butrint in Albania, Katakolon where the ancient Olympics were held, Gythion to visit Sparta for a taste of yesteryear’s Greece, Elafonisos Island with its famed seafood tavernas, and historic Hydra whose port is renowned for its restaurants, shops and markets – and for being car-free.That week is priced from US$4297pp twin-share including a 10% Second Week Saving on the cruise portion.SeaDream II has just 56 staterooms for a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more