Papua New Guinea volcano spews ash triggers eruption alert

first_imgKokopo: Papua New Guinea’s volatile Ulawun volcano — designated one of the world’s most hazardous — began spewing ash Wednesday, turning the sky dark, sending residents fleeing and prompting an eruption warning. The volcano on the remote Bismarck Archipelago chain is listed as one of 16 “Decade Volcanoes” targeted for research because they pose a significant risk of large, violent eruptions. “The volcanic activity at Mt Ulawun began at 7:00 am this morning after slight rumbling and light emission,” Leo Porikura, an official with the West New Britain Disaster Office, said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”The Rabaul Volcano Observatory has declared a stage one alert warning of a possible eruption.” Witnesses reported ash spewing out of the 2,334 metre (7,657 foot) summit, sending trails spanning high overhead. “The sky has turned black,” said Kingsly Quou, manager of the nearby Mavo Estates palm plantation. Quou said that villagers living at the base of the volcano had already been evacuated and he and his colleagues were gathering their belongings. Japanese satellite imagery and sources on the ground had shown sulphur dioxide and now volcanic ash drifting from the crater.last_img read more

Residential school cemetery in Regina gets provincial heritage designation

first_imgREGINA – A residential school cemetery has become the first in Saskatchewan to be designated as a provincial heritage site.Culture Minister Ken Cheveldayoff formally recognized the cemetery on the edge of Regina on Wednesday and said the children buried there will not be forgotten.“With its new provincial heritage status, the Regina Indian Industrial School cemetery will be protected and respected for generations to come,” Cheveldayoff said in a ceremony next to the site, which is surrounded by a peeling white rail fence.There’s just one headstone — for the children of the school’s first principal — in the 680-square-metre cemetery. However, it’s believed dozens of Indigenous children lie there in unmarked graves.Archeologists for the Regina Indian Industrial School Commemorative Association scanned the ground and identified 38 anomalies. Association president Janine Windolph has said there could be many more children because it was practice at the time to bury several together.The school operated between 1891 and 1910 and an unknown number of students died there.Residential schools were often crowded, poorly ventilated and unsanitary. Children died from smallpox, measles, influenza and tuberculosis. Some were buried in unmarked graves in school cemeteries, while others were listed as “missing” or “discharged.” In some cases, parents never found out what happened.The federal government stopped recording the deaths around 1920 after the chief medical officer at Indian Affairs suggested children were dying at an alarming rate.Heather Bear, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, was there Wednesday to commemorate “the land where our children, where their bones and their blood lies.”“You know, we don’t know who these children are,” said Bear.“But today we can say, as First Nations, we know that they were loved. We know that they had families that grieved: Mothers and fathers and grandparents and community.”Elder Noel Starblanket spent 11 years in a residential school and said he bears the scars of what happened to him. He said the cemetery and the children have become very dear to him.“Our children lie here. They have lain forgotten for many years and so it now falls upon us to remember them,” said Starblanket.“For now, this is our way of saying that we will remember them. In our spiritual way, what we do, we ask those ones, even in their innocence, to pray for us up there. And we ask them to bring … good fortune to our people, ’cause they’re able to do that now in the spirit world.”Regina city council voted unanimously last September to grant the site municipal heritage status.Windolph is now pushing for federal recognition.last_img read more

Fate of man accused of killing Winnipeg teen in the hands of

first_imgWINNIPEG – Guilty or not guilty of second-degree murder are the two options a jury has been given in the trial of a man accused of killing a teenager and dumping her body in a river.Raymond Cormier, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the August 2014 slaying of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg.Chief Justice Glenn Joyal gave his final instructions Wednesday to the seven women and four men who will decide Cormier’s fate.“There are two distinct questions,” Joyal said. “Was Tina Fontaine’s death caused by an unlawful act? Did Raymond Cormier commit the unlawful act? The defence is saying you should say no to both.”Joyal told jurors that if they aren’t satisfied that Tina’s death was caused by an unlawful act, such as being smothered or dumped in the water while unconscious, then they must find Cormier not guilty.Only if they are satisfied her death was unlawful will jurors have to determine if Cormier was responsible.Joyal said just because the cause of Tina’s death could not be determined, that doesn’t mean her death lawful. He said evidence indicates that it is unlikely that she died of an overdose or committed suicide, since her body was wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks.The jury has already heard that Tina was raised by her great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg, but went to the city to visit her mother. Once there, her life spiralled out of control and she became an exploited youth.Court was told there were no witnesses to Tina’s death and no DNA linking her to the accused. Experts testified they don’t know how she died.Crown prosecutors said the teen was killed and dumped in the river by Cormier, because he had found out she was only 15 after having sex with her.During closing arguments, the prosecution pointed to audio recordings from a six-month undercover police investigation. Cormier was recorded telling multiple people he was attracted to Tina and had sex with her. Cormier also said he would bet that Tina was killed because “I found out she was 15 years old.”Cormier’s lawyer argued the jury must acquit his client because there was no cause of death.“For there to be a verdict in this case, it will be required for all 11 jurors to come to the same decision,” Joyal said before he sent them off to deliberate.“Jurors are judges of the facts. If you approach your deliberations calmly … you will be able to reach a just and proper verdict.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement A sign bearing the Toronto International Film Festival logo sits on a fork lift as preparations are made for the festival’s opening night on Thursday. As the Toronto International Film Festival prepares to kick off Thursday, it’s doing so in a changed landscape — one organizers have responded to with a few powerful additions to the usual mix of glitz and glam. With initiatives including the Share Her Journey women’s rally, a newly created hotline and an emphasis on its code of conduct, TIFF is making it clear it’s an inclusive and safe space after the tide of sexual misconduct allegations stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) As the Toronto International Film Festival prepares to kick off Thursday, it’s doing so in a changed landscape — one organizers have responded to with a few powerful additions to the usual mix of glitz and glam.With initiatives including the Share Her Journey women’s rally, a newly created hotline and an emphasis on its code of conduct, TIFF is making it clear it’s an inclusive and safe space after the tide of sexual misconduct allegations stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall.“We’re making sure that everyone who’s taking part in the festival understands that there’s a standard of behaviour, that harassment and abuse won’t be tolerated and that there are repercussions for that,” says Cameron Bailey, artistic director of TIFF. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “You’re on our ground and there’s zero tolerance,” adds Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF. “You will not be welcomed back if you violate any of these rules.”This is the first TIFF since the Weinstein scandal last October led to a steady stream of allegations involving many others in the industry, and the establishment of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements to end abuse. Facebook Weinstein has been a fixture at TIFF in the past, using it for the world premiere of films that went on to Oscar glory, including The King’s Speech, The Imitation Game and Lion.Two misconduct accusations against him, from actresses Mira Sorvino and Montreal’s Erika Rosenbaum, allegedly took place in Toronto hotel rooms during past TIFFs.TIFF has always had a zero-tolerance harassment policy and a code of conduct, but this year those elements will be more visible through signage around the festival, says Handling. All delegates must also agree to the code of conduct in their accreditation forms and the press package includes a reminder of it.“For the first time we actually have a hotline, so if anybody feels that they’ve been harassed and they don’t feel they can approach us, they can go to a third party,” he adds.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The hotline — 1-833-265-9835 — allows callers to confidentially report wrongdoing or unethical conduct.Handling notes they’ve taken badges away from delegates in the past but that was “more for bad behaviour.”Perhaps the biggest symbol of solidarity at this year’s festival will be seen on Saturday with the rally by TIFF’s Share Her Journey, a five-year commitment to support women in the industry.Speakers at the event will include Dr. Stacy L. Smith, founder and director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis and Canadian star Mia Kirshner, who co-founded the #AfterMeToo movement.Meanwhile, at a pre-rally breakfast, Bailey will pledge TIFF’s commitment to the 5050×2020 initiative that supports gender parity and inclusion in film festivals.Such initiatives can have a big impact, say those in the industry.This year TIFF has also increased the diversity of its press corps by about 20 per cent, adding up to 200 new journalists from under-represented groups. Inclusion and diversity will also be among the topics on panels at the TIFF Industry Conference.Handling notes TIFF has embraced diversity and supported women’s cinema from the very beginning, through programming, seminars, panels and various programs.This year’s overall TIFF lineup has 34 per cent films by women, up from 33 per cent last year.“We’d like it to get to 50 per cent, but I think the industry has to actually itself step to the plate,” says Handling.“We can only go so far. More women have to be behind the camera directing films and then we’ll show them.”By VICTORIA AHEARN | The Canadian Press Twitterlast_img read more

Security Council strongly condemns murder of former Afghan president

Mr. Rabbani – who was serving as Chairman of the High Peace Council in Afghanistan – was killed at his home in the capital, Kabul, as he was meeting with members of the Taliban as part of his efforts to spearhead peace and reconciliation in the country.In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Nawaf Salam of Lebanon, which holds the Council’s presidency for this month, the 15-member body said that the murder of Mr. Rabbani was aimed “directly against the hopes of the Afghan people for peace and reconciliation.”Council members expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of the “heinous” act and their families, as well as to the people and Government of Afghanistan. They also reiterated their firm commitment to support the Afghan Government and its efforts to advance the peace and reconciliation process.In the wake of yesterday’s attack, which drew the condemnation of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), UN envoy Staffan de Mistura stressed that “the search for peace must continue,” adding that the mission will assist efforts to bring peace to the violence-wracked country. 21 September 2011The Security Council strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack in Afghanistan that claimed the life of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani and wounded several others. read more

Measure of US economys future health declines 01 per cent in March

WASHINGTON – A measure of the U.S. economy’s future health declined slightly in March, signalling that growth could slow this spring.The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dipped 0.1 per cent last month to 94.7. That’s the first decline after three months of gains. The gauge is designed to anticipate economic conditions three to six months out.Declines in consumer confidence, housing permits and new orders for manufactured goods pushed down the index.Higher stock prices and a larger spread between long-term and short-term interest rates offset the decline.The index is derived from data that for the most part have already been reported individually.“Data for March reflect an economy that has lost some steam,” said Ken Goldstein, an economist at the Conference Board.Across-the-board government spending cuts that kicked in March 1 are likely weighing on growth, Goldstein said. Economists forecast the cuts will shave a half-percentage point from growth this year.The private sector is also struggling, Goldstein added. “The biggest challenge remains weak demand, due to nervous consumer sentiment and slow income growth,” he said.But overall, “the leading indicator still points to a continuing but slow growth environment,” Ataman Ozyildirim, also an economist at the Conference Board, said. The board is a research group with a mostly business membership.The Leading Indicator index has increase 1.6 per cent in the past six months, much faster than the 0.1 per cent gain in the previous six months.Other reports issued Thursday pointed to modest growth. Weekly unemployment applications rose only slightly last week and remained at levels that suggested hiring could rebound in April.Most economists forecast growth accelerated to an annual rate of roughly 3 per cent in the January-March quarter, up from a 0.4 per cent rate in the fourth quarter. But many analysts expect growth is slowing in the April-June quarter, mostly because of the spending cuts. Some economists are forecasting a growth rate of 1.5 per cent for the second quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Measure of US economy’s future health declines 0.1 per cent in March, a sign of slowing growth by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 11:07 am MDT read more

Pipelines safer than rails but water is best study

by Mike Tarasko Posted Jul 27, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 7:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pipelines safer than rails, but water is best: study A new report demonstrates pipelines are safer than rail when it comes to transporting oil. The safest way to transport oil is on the water.Kenneth Green with the Fraser Institute says researchers compiled government data from the past 40 years to come to that conclusion.“Pipelines, in fact, are two and a half less likely to experience a spill than is rail, Green noted, adding, “the overwhelming majority of spills are small; 70 per cent are below one or two litres of oil, and most of those happen in transport facilities, so not into the environment directly.”The report says pipelines have one spill for every 33 million barrels of oil transported. Furthermore, the study suggests the safest way to move ‘liquid gold’ is on an oil tanker, citing only 6,000 tonnes of spilled oil last year, despite 2.9 billion tonnes of it having been transported on the water. read more

Benefits of technology and innovation must be shared with those who stand

Speaking at the first multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged leaders to share their benefits with those who stand to gain most.“Over the next 15 years, progress in science, technology and innovation will be key to delivering on all the SDGs – from poverty eradication to agriculture and food security, to energy, to water and sanitation, and climate change,” Mr. Ban told delegates, business leaders, and innovators at the event organized at UN Headquarters in New York.“Linking science, technology and innovation with progress in sustainable development at the ground level is the greatest challenge. That is the gap this Forum is expected to close. You have a critical mission to accomplish,” he underlined.Convened by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the two-day Forum aims “to ensure a life of dignity for all, with greater shared prosperity on a clean and healthy planet.”“Innovation is embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals, together with advancing science and technology, as Goal 17,” the UN chief recalled. “But science, technology and innovation must not be limited to SDG 17. They cut across all the SDGs as an important element of implementation.”He cautioned that science, technology and innovation cannot be confined to the use of new technologies or software, but rather, innovation is a mindset and an attitude: “It means questioning assumptions, rethinking established systems and procedures, and introducing new strategies. New technologies are important, but as a means to an end,” he explained.The Secretary-General indicated that the multi-stakeholder Forum will take place each year until 2030, to pool ideas, and find ways to incentivize, scale up and adopt breakthrough solutions.“I hope it will be a new way of doing things at the United Nations. We will need ownership, participation and active involvement from all sectors of society, for sustainable development to become a global reality within the next 15 years,” he declared. Adding that the defining pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is that no one will be left behind, he also informed Member States that it is the chosen theme for this year’s first High-level Political Forum on the agenda, which will be held in New York from 11 to 20 July. read more

I aint sitting near a Muslim Great British Bake Offs Nadiya Hussain

first_img“I don’t want my children to have a negative attitude to living in the UK. Yes there are those negative people but they’re the minority.”I love being British, I love being here and this is my home. I don’t want my kids to grow up with a chip on their shoulder. Nadiya Hussain Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. While her appearance on the television competition has been credited with doing “more for race relations than any government initiative”, Hussain has previously disclosed that she expects to be on the receiving end of racism in her daily life.Hussain, who won Bake Off in 2015, admitted in an interview that she has been “shoved, pushed and verbally abused” in Britain.Speaking on Desert Island Discs, she said: “It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it.”I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because it happens and it’s been happening for years.”But she said she chose not to retaliate because “there’s a dignity in silence”. Nadiya Hussain appeared on the Great British Bake Off, judged by Mary BerryCredit:David Fisher /Rex / Shutterstock Nadiya Hussain is a previous winner of Great British Bake OffCredit:Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain has revealed that she suffered racist abuse while on public transport.The baker, who grew up in Britain and has Bangladeshi parents, said the incident took place when she was on a train and a fellow passenger refused to sit next to her because she is Muslim.She said on Twitter: “A man refused to sit next to me on the train today. ‘I ain’t sitting near a Muslim’, he said. His ignorance is his own ruin.” “All those things that have happened to me? Hey it happens and it happens to other people too, and we deal with it.”One of the contestants in this year’s series of the programme, Rav Bansal, has also spoken out on social media about the racist language that had been directed at him.He said on Twitter that he had been asked by a stranger whether he was the “P—” on the “not so British bake off”.  Nadiya Hussain and Mary Berry last_img read more

Schneider Electric on navigating the mine digitisation path

first_imgIn a recent blog, Schneider Electric President for the Mining, Minerals, and Metals business Rob Moffit stated: “The World Economic Forum in January 2017 highlighted that digitisation in the mining industry has the potential to deliver over $425 billion in shareholder, customer and environmental value by 2025. Much of this value will come in the form of optimised operational effectiveness, increased productivity, and enhanced safety.”However, with increased opportunity comes inherent uncertainty, and Ernst & Young has identified digital effectiveness as the top risk currently facing the mining and metals sector. “Realising the value of digitisation requires strategic planning, strong industrial partnerships, realignment of culture, and appropriate selection and deployment of digitisation technologies.”Moffit argues that most mining companies are either actively engaged or in the process of evaluating how best to optimise their operations by leveraging digitisation to drive efficiencies and remain competitive. “Many however have yet to travel very far down the digitisation path and are uncertain on where to start or how to connect seemingly disconnected initiatives into a single cohesive digital transformation strategy. Key digitisation decisions will centre around which technologies to adopt and the best way to accelerate the path to digitisation-related business benefits.”He says being proactive in seeking and activating a clear digital path is critical to unlocking value. “Now is not the time to take a back seat. Assessing current processes, identifying areas that represent opportunities for ‘quick wins,’ and identifying projects that represent a low-cost/short-time implementation that can generate a rapid return on investment are key. There is no need to go it alone, especially initially as there are capable, knowledgeable, experienced and digitally-savvy partners available. The importance of the first initial success however should not be underestimated as it is necessary to develop both acceptance of the untapped value available as well as support for further and larger initiatives.”Schneider Electric says it has been at the forefront of many digitisation efforts across the mining sector globally, either with complete EcoStruxure™ solutions or deployed systems across multiple IOT platforms. “We can do this because of our well-established and recognised approach to open architectures across connected products, edge and application domains. This allows data to be collected from any connected device while also eliminating restrictions to any future evolution of your digital platform.”“At Schneider Electric, 5% of our annual revenue is invested directly into R&D projects, an increasing portion of which is related to digitisation. The global knowledge gathered by companies like Schneider can be passed along in the form of digitisation implementation strategies and best-practices across many mining application areas.”Moffit argues that for mining companies starting on this journey, four environments in particular merit close scrutiny as potential areas where digitisation deployments can result in quick wins:Safety transcends every aspect of mining, and the traditional process of maintaining safety instrumented systems in a potentially dangerous environment usually represents a high, but necessary cost. Integrated, digital solutions are available that can help improve overall safety performance.As an example, arc flash generates temperatures of up to 19,000°C and hence procedures for accessing electrical facilities is strictly controlled and the training for technicians and artisans is extensive. Research from the University of Colorado has shown that simulated operator training utilising virtual reality can provide a 9% higher retention rate than traditional learning processes. Operational Excellence Solutions optimise and stabilise process performance and reduce energy usage, thereby achieving the highest level of performance and reliability from critical assets. In mining operations, various forms of equipment such as drill rigs, excavators and haulage trucks (commonly referred to as the mobile fleet) represent a sizeable chunk of both capital and operational costs. A single haul truck can have more than 300 sensors collecting and pushing data each millisecond on its location, condition, and performance.One small example of utilising digital data to optimise operational excellence and reduce costs is where Schneider Electric recently implemented its Fuel Management System utilising existing data generated at a mine site to help address concerns with fuel loss. The data was used to accurately map and visualise the use of fuel across the mine site by storage facility and mobile asset. It generated savings of over 100,000 gallons (10%) which previously had been unaccounted for. “Unlike most other fuel systems, our system is based on industrial grade telemetry that keeps data safe and secure even through a power outage. It is also an open solution enabling integration with other systems.” Digital Supply Chain Solutions integrate activities from resource to market, including inventory management and operations and planning.An example here involved a major iron ore producer who utilised Schneider Electric’s sophisticated Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) modelling approach to help predict how each entity in the supply chain would operate from mine, plant, rail and port – not as discrete components, but as a single system that operated with unified objectives and associated KPIs. Post implementation supply chain efficiencies increased by up to 20%.center_img Next Generation Workforce Technologies attract and empower the next generation of workers and facilitate knowledge transfer, collaboration, situational awareness and safety, mobility and remote operations.A good example includes augmented reality, an innovative app for mobile devices that uses the device’s camera to recognise electrical panels, cabinets, machines and process areas and then superimposes real-time data and virtual objects onto them. This gives operators and technicians immediate access to relevant technical, performance and condition information and speeds up decision-making, troubleshooting, and performance efficiency.“Digitalisation is a cultural issue as much as it is a technology issue, and any viable digitalisation strategy should seriously consider the human aspect of how digitalisation will impact workers and employees. The hearts and minds of employees are only won when the proposed changes are understood and are accepted as beneficial and non-threatening to the employees’ current role or livelihood. Job specific information must be easy to access and interpret. In truth, some traditional roles will require realignment, but the new technologies will also create multiple new roles and opportunities within organisations. Automation and digitalisation cannot survive without a human interface at this stage.”last_img read more

12 special sights youll see on an Irish night out

first_imgTHINKING OF GOING ‘out out’ tonight?You’ll be seeing these things, so.1. The Lads Source: rileyroxxIdentifiable by their extravagant shouting, legs-akimbo seating positions and liberal use of nicknames ending in “-o”. (By the way, if you’re seeing them from this angle, something has gone wrong.)2. The Girls Source: leeseanIdentifiable by their extravagant shouting, elaborate hairstyles and ‘wolf pack’ pavement domination.3. A couple shifting in a really uncomfortable public way Source: BadsentinelAre they using their hands? They’re probably using their hands.4. A girl who can’t walk in her shoes Source: Arwrath Source: @BuzzfeedUKUnfortunate.5. Someone lurking awkwardly at the edge of the dancefloor with a pint Source: Neil TThey feel too self-conscious to dance but want to show enthusiasm. So they… okay, it’s always a he… he just stands there bobbing quietly to himself and hoping his friends come back when MGMT finishes.6. A couple having an argument Source: TumblrWith crying. Always the crying.Double points if they then make it up and become number 3.7. An awkward work night out Source: FlickrLooking a bit uncomfortable in their shirts. Usually one older person who is pretending to understand their younger colleagues’ in-depth analysis of The Wanted.The ‘cool’ members of the office will have removed their lanyards.8. A mortifying chat-up attempt Source: ImgurWatch the victim stare into the middle distance, hoping desperately for someone to come back from the bathroom.9. A third wheel Source: KulfotoOr a fifth wheel. Whatever.10. Two people trying to have a chat somewhere really loud Source: Neil TWho you know just came to the club because they wanted another drink, and are now regretting it.11. A guy losing it on his own on the dancefloor Source: WordPressWith possibly dangerous consequences for all around.12. And finally, queues in the takeaway at 3am Source: The Travelling BumComplete with people eating things they would never normally consider eating, and numbers 1 through 11 all over again. Have a good night!Anything we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments…The 9 types of dancer in an Irish nightclub>The 13 people you will meet in the pub tonight>last_img read more

iPad 2 Will Feature Two Cameras Rumor

first_imgHonestly, I think most of us would be pretty surprised if the next generation iPad shipped without front and rear facing cameras. Apple has been pushing FaceTime in a big way since the launch of the iPhone 4, but let’s face it, if that technology is really going to break, it’s going to be on a screen like the iPad’s. Teleconferencing on the iPhone feels like a novelty–on the iPad’s nine inch display, I image it would feel a lot more like the future.The latest set of rumored leaks confirm the technology. Third-party suppliers Genius Electronic Optical Co. Ltd. and Largan Precision Co. Ltd are confirming that the new iPad will, in fact, include two cameras for teleconferencing. The list of rumors pulled together by Reuters also points to a new iPad that is “slimmer, lighter and [has] a better resolution display.”last_img read more

Decomposed body found under pile of seaweed in Coconut Grove

first_imgCOCONUT GROVE, Fla. (WSVN) – A decomposed body has been found in Coconut Grove under a pile of seaweed and garbage.According to City of Miami Police, the body of an adult white male was found just before 2 p.m. Thursday, after it possibly washed ashore across Bayshore Drive during Hurricane Irma.The storm surge pushed some seaweed and debris about 100 yards inland into an opening between an apartment building and a pool off South Bayshore Drive. Workers from a landscaping company were cleaning up the area when they discovered the body under a mound of seaweed and trash.It remains unknown if this person lost his life as a direct result of the storm, although officials say the decomposition of the body seems to coincide with the timing of the storm.“It’s sad, man,” said Coconut Grove resident Fernando Magalhos, who lives nearby.The identity of the deceased man has not yet been released. The cause of death also remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Texas Schools That Want To Arm Their Employees Have Two Choices

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera/Via The Texas TribuneMock weapons used to train educators in Harrold, Texas. The North Texas school district was the first to allow educators to carry guns on school grounds in 2007.Following a deadly mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbottrolled out a 40-page plan to keep schools safe. Proposals ranged from beefing up existing mental health screening programs to encouraging voluntary use of gun locks at home, but one component seemed to divide lawmakers, districts and Texas schools: arming school employees.If Texas schools want to arm their staffs, they have two options. One is the Marshal Program, which Abbott proposed using state funds to help schools implement. It allows local school boards to authorize employees to carry a handgun on campus, but they must be specially trained and licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Under the program, armed school personnel can’t carry firearms around students.The other option was already around when then-Gov. Rick Perry signed the Marshall Program into law in 2012. Created by Harrold Independent School District Superintendent David Thweatt in 2007, the Guardian Plan allows local school boards to determine training standards and authorize specific employees to carry on campus at all times.Here are four things to know about the two existing plans that allow school districts to arm their employees:The Marshal Program creates a new kind of peace officerFor districts that choose to adopt the Marshal Program, teachers and other school staff members who undergo the required training are taught to act as armed security officers — or peace officers — in the absence of law enforcement.“The Marshal Program is about creating an entirely new class of peace officers — certified and [Texas Commission on Law Enforcement] trained — who can act in a moment of crisis to disable and neutralize an active shooter,” said state Rep. Jason Villalba, the Dallas Republican who authored the bill that created the Texas school marshal program Abbott wants to expand. “That’s why the program is so starkly different than what Mr. Thweatt calls the guardian plan.”The Guardian Plan, on the other hand, lets school staff carry guns with or without marshal training. It doesn’t train school personnel as peace officers, but lets them carry their weapons as long as they undergo district-specific training and have a handgun license. And it doesn’t have a maximum requirement for how many teachers can be armed, unlike the Marshal Program which lets schools only designate one employee a marshal for every 400 students.Despite the differences in approach for the two plans, they both aim to mitigate tragedies in the event an active shooter comes on campus grounds.“That’s the reason we’re doing it, and I think we can do that because they’re not going to know from where our particular defense is going to come,” Thweatt said.“When [an active shooter] comes to the school, they’re going to get swarmed from multiple directions,” he added. “Armed shooters go where they know there’s going to be little resistance, but if they don’t know where they’re going to get resistance, they’re not going to come to our schools.”Rural districts are more likely to adopt one of the plansMore than 200 of Texas’ 1,000-plus school districts have adopted one of two programs. And a majority of those districts tend to be in rural communities, according to Dax Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Texas Association of School Boards.“Generally speaking, districts with police departments … do not tend to allow staff to carry firearms,” Gonzalez said. “Those 217 are likely smaller, more rural districts that feel they cannot be serviced by local law enforcement quickly enough.”Villalba told POLITICO in February that he believes anywhere between 20 to 50 districts have adopted the marshal program. At least 172 Texas districts have adopted the Guardian Plan.Training and gun storage requirements varyArguably one of the biggest differences between the two programs is different requirements for teachers or other employees who want to carry a gun.Marshals have to receive 80 training hours and keep their firearms under lock and key. The Guardian Plan, on the other hand, lets teachers keep their firearm with them at all times — as long as they have a concealed handgun license and go through 15 to 20 hours of training.It’s worth noting that these requirements could change, however. Abbott previously proposed streamlining the training course under the Marshal Program — which he called “burdensome”— and eliminating the lockbox requirement.Villalba was critical of Abbott’s tweaks to the Marshal Program, saying that parents might be upset if teachers didn’t have to lock up their weapons.But several Texas Republicans, including Jerry Patterson, Texas’ former land commissioner who helped get the state’s concealed handgun law passed in 1995, say the lockbox requirement does more harm than good.“The lockbox requirement is silly. The gun needs to be carried on the person and accessible immediately,” Patterson said. “Not where you have to run to the office, go through a combination and then get the gun. If you carry it all the time, you won’t lose the weapon.”Individuals schools and districts that adopt the Guardian Plan are also allowed to choose their own training requirements. At Harrold ISD, for example, employees who choose to carry go through at least 15 hours of training that includes videos of hostage scenarios and shooting drills. Fayetteville ISD, which adopted the plan in February, doesn’t require a specific amount of firearms training (though most staff do around 20 hours per year). And at Keene ISD, which adopted the Guardian Plan in 2016, Superintendent Ricky Stephens previously told The Texas Tribune he requires staff to undergo 80 hours of initial training and 40 hours annually after that.Only one plan receives money from the stateTo adopt either plan, districts have to find a way to pay for training, purchase firearms and ammunition and, in some cases, a lock box.But only the Marshal Program has received state funding to help pay for those expenses.When the Marshal Program was first signed into law, the state had a grant program in place to help districts cover training costs. But that money ran out and funding has not been reauthorized. That’s why Abbott proposed that the state pay for school marshal training this summer to ease the burden on individual districts.Funding for the Guardian Plan was notably missing from the governor’s proposal, however. Instead of getting approval from the Legislature, authorization for the plan is outlined under the Texas Government Code, which lets certain school district employees who have a handgun license to carry their weapon.Since there’s no legislative recognition of the Guardian Plan, Thweatt said, districts that adopt the plan have to pay for it themselves. Thweatt said Harrold ISD reimburses employees who participate for the cost of guns, ammunition and training.“I’ve never received any funding [from the state] for the Guardian Plan,” Thweatt said.Note: This story was inspired by a discussion on education policy happening now in our Facebook group, This is Your Texas. Sign up here to join the conversation.Disclosure: The Texas Association of School Boards has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Poulos uses bicycle stunts to illustrate life lessons

first_imgBy Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community ReporterChris PoulosNorthborough – Back by popular demand, world champion athlete and motivational speaker Chris Poulos recently paid a visit to the Northborough Summer Recreation program held at Lincoln Elementary School. His visit took place on Aug. 8, during week seven of the eight week program.“He is really cool and the kids really like him,” said Allie Lane, director of the program.Abby Soraci, camp co-director, agreed and shared that there were 125 campers, preschool through 8th grade, during week seven.Poulos has won 85 worldwide competitions, notably the 1991 Bicycle Stunt World Championships in Denmark when he was 20 years of age as well as back to back National Bicycle Stunt Championships in the U.S. in 1990 and 1991.Chris PoulosWhen his competitive career was sidelined due to a series of injuries he turned to helping others through motivational speaking, particularly speaking to young encouraging them to lead positive lives.Poulos’ said that his visit was a special treat for the kids who are 3 to 5 years of age because they don’t go on field trips. However, his presentation was enjoyed by all the campers and counselors.“I’m going to show them my stunts, I’m going to talk about my life, tell them about my sport but I’m also going to share some ways that they can lead better and safer lives,” he said.Chris Poulos“I’ll talk about how they can make and keep friends, include each other and kindness, the same things that our parents taught us when we were kids, I just share it with them,” he added.The audience was captivated as Poulos wove life lessons among his stunts in an hour long program. The premise of his life and the final message he relayed was, “Treat people better than you would want to be treated.”For more information about the Northborough Recreation Department, visit: PetrucciChris Pouloslast_img read more

Hyperloop is on the way

first_imgHyperloop will be built. Whether it will dominate future high speed transportation will depend on what the first real systems tell us about affordability and technological soundness of the concept. Perhaps the first real commercial venture that is built will be that by Virgin Hyperloop – Branson is involved after-all and the project is slated for Dubai.[embedded content]last_img

Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging Joins RSNA Image Share Validation Program

first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Enterprise Imaging | October 24, 2016 Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging Joins RSNA Image Share Validation Program Program will certify that Agfa’s Enterprise Imaging platform meets rigorous national standards for interoperability in image-sharing Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 center_img Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more October 24, 2016 — Agfa HealthCare recently signed on as a pilot vendor for the Radiology Society of North America’s (RSNA) Image Share Validation Program, a conformity assessment program that is designed to establish standards across image-sharing vendors and at healthcare organizations.The goal of RSNA’s Image Share Validation Program is to verify that medical imaging systems are compliant with international standards developed by DICOM and IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) for sharing medical images and reports. The program further strives to help enable clinicians and patients to access and control their health imaging records. It is a joint effort between RSNA and The Sequoia Project, which oversees a range of interoperability initiatives.Upon completion of the validation, vendors obtain a validation mark, bestowed by experts in the imaging industry, which attests to the interoperability of their platforms, including Agfa HealthCare’s Enterprise Imaging platform. Enterprise Imaging consolidates imaging data from multiple service lines and provides secure access to a patient’s medical images, in one view, accessible by clinicians wherever they practice. Image Exchange through Agfa’s Enterprise Imaging platform is empowered with the latest healthcare interoperability standards on a completely virtual infrastructure, providing integration flexibility and neutrality in the rapidly changing healthcare IT landscape.Image-sharing improves physician and patient communication and involves patients more actively in their healthcare. Interoperability of systems to enhance access to imaging records will help clinicians make better-informed decisions about patient care, increase efficiency in the clinical setting, and can lead to more efficient utilization of imaging systems by helping eliminate potential redundant or unnecessary imaging procedures. The Sequoia Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the implementation of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. Since 2012, the exchange has grown to become the largest health information exchange network in the country.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more last_img read more

Uruguay abortion law will not go to referendum

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories “This is not an issue that only pertains to women,” said National Party congressman Pablo Abdala. “We can’t forget about the conceived (baby) … with organs, DNA, a heart. And then there’s the father. This law doesn’t take into account the opinion of the father.”Several Uruguayan celebrities and sports figures participated in radio and television spots ahead of the consultation ballot urging people to vote to require a referendum that would allow “profound discussion to reach a decision that truly represents the majority.”About 20 feminist organizations and unions waged a counter-campaign using the motto “I won’t vote. What about you?” They argued that a ban would not curb abortions, but only keep women from getting proper care.About 400 abortions a month have been conducted since the law took effect, Deputy Health Minister Leonel Briozzo said.It’s unclear how many were carried out before the law.“We don’t have trusted statistics because it is a social practice that is not accepted and up until recently it was a crime,” Constanza Moreira, a ruling-party lawmaker, told local radio. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img ErrorOK ErrorOKOpponents needed 655,000 voters, a quarter of Uruguay’s electorate, to cast ballots Sunday calling for a referendum. But with nearly all votes counted late Sunday, the electoral council said on its website that only 226,653 people participated.Feminist groups and abortion-rights advocates celebrated.“The fact that it wasn’t enough for a referendum clearly shows that the Uruguayan society is willing to continue moving forward,” the activist group Woman and Health said in a statement.Passage of the law was widely seen as a landmark for a region in which many countries outlaw abortion in all circumstances. Other than Uruguay, only Cuba and some local governments make early abortions accessible to all women.The governing Broad Front coalition of President Jose Mujica argued that the law would save many women from the risk of death or complications from illegal abortions.“I want to defend the law because this issue has been debated for almost 100 years and many women paid with their lives,” lawmaker Monica Xavier said on the Broad Front’s website before Sunday’s results were announced.Opposition to the measure remains strong, however. Dozens of doctors have refused to perform abortions for religious or ethical reasons. About 45,000 babies are born each year in Uruguay, which has about 3.2 million people.Several polls say Uruguayans are roughly split when it comes to abortion, and abortion-rights proponents had to make compromises to pass the law. Those include a requirement that women justify their request for an abortion to a panel of at least three professionals _ gynecologist, psychologist and social worker _ and listen to advice about alternatives including adoption and support services for a child. Women must then wait five days to reflect on the decision.Cuba, which allows abortions in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, is the only country in Latin America where legal abortion is common. Argentina and Colombia allow it only in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is endangered. Colombia also allows it when there is proof of fetal malformation. Mexico City has legalized first-trimester abortions, but there are restrictions in most other parts of that country.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) – The most liberal abortion law in South America withstood a challenge Sunday as Uruguayan opponents failed to attract enough votes in a consultation ballot to force a national referendum on repealing it.The law authorizing elective abortions in the first three months of pregnancy was narrowly passed by Congress in October, and independent groups and some members of the right-wing Colorado and centrist National parties have been campaigning to overturn the measure. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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