Former SP MP found dead inside his UP home

first_imgBulandshahr: Former Samajwadi Party MP Kamlesh Balmiki was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Khurja in Bulandshahr, police said. Prima facie it appeared to be a case of poisoning but the details would be known only after the post mortem report comes in, Khurja circle officer Gopal Singh told reporters. According to the police, they had received a call late on Monday afternoon from the former MP’s nephew Lalit Balmiki, who informed that his uncle was lying dead inside his room. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “His cousins had come down to check on him after he did not revert their calls. They had to force themselves through the first two doors, bolted from inside, before they could enter the room where Balmiki was lying dead,” said Manish Mishra, Bulandshahr Superintendent of Police. The police official said that the house was bolted from inside. It was somehow opened by four members of the family. The iron gate of the room, where Balmiki’s body was found, was also locked from inside and the family members had to open that as well. Balmiki, 52, had won from the Bulandshahr parliamentary constituency in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

All problems brought forth through Talk to Mayor addressed Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Wednesday that the ‘Talk to Mayor’ programme is yielding good results and 100 percent of the problems that have been brought to his notice by Kolkata citizens, have been solved.”Problems related to water, drainage, conservancy and allegations of illegal construction that have been informed by citizens in the three earlier editions of ‘Talk to Mayor’ have been solved and ‘action taken’ reports have been submitted to me,” Hakim said after the fourth session of the weekly event. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn this programme, people can directly call up the Mayor and state their problems to him on the toll-free number 1800-345-1213, every Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm. Hakim reiterated that allegations of misbehaviour with the people will also be strongly dealt with and if somebody is found guilty of the same during probe, he/she can be given transfer order. Reacting to allegations of promoters acquiring vacant land illegally, Hakim said that the building plan of the concerned person will be cancelled in case of such irregularity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Mayor attended 42 calls on Wednesday and gave necessary instructions to the concerned officials to solve them. Issue of inadequate streetlights was reported from ward 127 in Behala, regarding which Hakim said that a tender has already been floated and the work will be completed before the Pujas. The problems that surfaced also involved social sectors like the Banglar Bari scheme from Baghajatin area, clogged drainage leading to waterlogging in ward 143, water supply line problem from Smith Lane in ward 53, irregularity regarding receipt of widow pension from ward 9, cutting of trees in Kumartuli area etc. Senior civic officials including the municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed, special municipal commissioner Tapas Chowdhury, all director generals, chief engineers and senior officials of various departments were present during the session. The phone was connected to a loudspeaker to help the senior officials listen to the calls.last_img read more

Eva Mendes Shows Kindness To Bunnies With CrueltyFree Makeup Line

first_imgFor today’s leading ladies, glamour and compassion for animals go hand in hand — for proof, look at Eva Mendes, whose new makeup line, CIRCA, has just provided PETA with assurance that it does not conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals anywhere in the world.This move has landed CIRCA in PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies guide to cruelty-free cosmetics, alongside Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER, Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company, Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, and Alicia Silverstone’s past lines for Juice Beauty and EcoTools. PETA has also sent Mendes a thank-you gift of delicious vegan chocolates.“Eva Mendes’ commitment to cruelty-free cosmetics prevents animals from being used in deadly poisoning tests and reminds us all to make kind choices for animals when we shop, too,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Eva shows us that she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.”Every year, hundreds of thousands of animals around the world are force-fed chemicals or have substances dripped into their eyes or rubbed onto their raw, abraded skin in archaic, unreliable cosmetics tests, which are not required by law in the U.S. and have been banned in the European Union, Israel, and India.As documented by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on,” while some companies test their products on animals, more than 1,700 compassionate companies — including CIRCA as well as Urban Decay, Paul Mitchell Systems, and The Body Shop — use only modern non-animal methods to test their products and ingredients.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Quebec inquiry hears that agencies trying to improve Indigenous relations

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe director of youth protection services for one of three different regions in Quebec went before the province’s public inquiry Wednesday and testified that the agency is striving to improve relations with Indigenous peoples.Marlene Gallagher also talked about the challenges involved – including language.To explain, she used an example.“He said to me, ‘Ma’am, do you know how director of youth protection translates into Innu?’” explained Gallagher. “In Innu, it means someone who takes away children.”Other regional directors of youth protection services acknowledged that when it comes to Indigenous relations, there’s a lot of work to be done.“They’ve explained to us there’s a lack of confidence in us,” said Michelyne Gagne.The inquiry is examining the relationship between some of Quebec’s public services and Indigenous peoples.It was called after news broke about provincial police abusing Indigenous women in the Val d’Or area northwest of Montreal.Most of Wednesday at the inquiry was about the new measures to change the frayed relationship.They include mandatory sensitivity training for youth protection workers, incorporating cultural ceremonies and traditions when meeting with families, and a new law that will give more power to communities over youth protection.“Presently in Quebec, there are two communities that are applying to obtain the power to manage their (youth protection) services,” said Gallagher.The law also emphasizes keeping children in their communities.“The intention behind this process is to keep children close to significant people in their lives,” said Phillipe Gagne, another regional director. “Who have the capacity to preserve the cultural identity of an Indigenous child.”While the directors acknowledged there are problems, they also said better days are ahead.“We don’t come here today with the pretension that all our intervention workers work according to the traditions and cultures of First Nations,” said Michelyne Gagne. “Nor that their interventions are perfect, nor that the entire organization of services responds to the needs of the community – but rest assured that we have the will to make it happen.”The province’s youth protection law that will give communities more power is expected to be in place by June 2018.Contact Tom here: tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

BC opens trade and investment office in Seattle as part of 800K

first_imgSEATTLE – The B.C. government says it has opened a Trade and Investment office in Seattle geared at expanding the province’s trade network in the U.S. and attracting investment into British Columbia.B.C.’s Deputy Jobs Minister Fazil Mihlar announced the opening at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference in Seattle Tuesday evening, saying Troy DeFrank, former trade commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, was appointed as the office’s director.A ministry spokeswoman said the office is already open and the government has invested $800,000 into it and a similar office in Silicon Valley, scheduled to open this fall.The ministry said in a statement that the Seattle office will help connect B.C. companies with venture capitalists, skilled tech workers and strategic partners.Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston said in a statement that the office will “deepen the tech talent pool to mutually benefit companies on either side of the border.”The province already has trade and investment representatives around the world in Japan, South Korea, India, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Europe and the U.S.last_img read more

Couillard says he is open to advancing Montreals subway contract to Bombardier

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – Premier Philippe Couillard suggested Friday he’s open to giving Bombardier a contract to replace Montreal’s subway cars in order to stave off potential job losses at the company’s plant north of Quebec City.During a trade mission in Washington, D.C., Couillard said his government was in talks to award a contract to Bombardier after the company failed to secure more work at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que.“Without going further, I would say today it’s a hypothesis that is very interesting,” Couillard said. “I called Montreal’s mayor to talk about it. Why? Because the plant in La Pocatiere is made for this.”Bombardier’s transport sector lost its bid for the $630-million project to supply Montreal’s electric light rail network.The contract went instead to its rival, French company Alstom, without any minimum guarantee for local Quebec content.Bombardier’s La Pocatiere plant is currently finishing an order for Montreal’s Azur subway cars and, without a new contract, half the factory’s 600 workers could be laid off in the fall.Montreal was planning to replace the remainder of its aging fleet for 2036, but in order to save the jobs, Couillard said he considering advancing the contract and awarding it early to Bombardier.Mario Guignard, president of the plant’s union, welcomed Couillard’s comments.“They are talking about us and it’s positive,” he said during an interview. “Often we hear of other factories with regards to delays or about the salaries of our bosses, but we rarely hear about the world-class plant right here in La Pocatiere.”Companies in this story: (TSX: BBD.B)last_img read more

Asian shares mixed as China reports economy slowed in 2Q

BANGKOK — Shares were mixed in Asia on Monday, with gains in Chinese markets on hopes for fresh stimulus measures after the government reported that the economy grew at the slowest pace in a decade in the last quarter.Analysts said the 6.2% annual rate of growth reported for April-June suggests the trade war between the U.S. and China is hammering industries.The Shanghai Composite index gained 0.4% to 2,942.19 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.2% to 28,536.36. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 fell 0.7% to 6,653.00 and in South Korea, the Kospi shed 0.2% to 2,082.48. India’s Sensex climbed 0.2% to 38,802.90. Japan’s markets were closed for a national holiday.The growth data for China was the weakest since the first quarter of 2009, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.Tariff hikes by President Donald Trump have battered Chinese as well as U.S. exporters, and Chinese leaders have increased spending and loosened controls on bank lending to keep growth within this year’s range of 6% to 6.5%.Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in late June to restart talks on their stand-off over the longstanding U.S. trade deficit and Chinese economic policies the U.S. side says are unfair and violate market Beijing’s market opening commitments.That truce is fragile, however, since the issues that caused talks to break down in May remain.Since China is the biggest export customer for many of its neighbours and huge market for global suppliers of food, mobile phones and other goods, weaker growth is unwelcome. However, expectations for more government stimulus to combat the slowdown could drive share prices higher.“We remain concerned about whether the credit expansion can boost real economic activities,” Raymond Yeung of ANZ said in a commentary. “We believe the People’s Bank of China will continue to adopt a targeted policy as opposed to quantitative easing to support growth.”The mixed day in Asia followed a rally Friday in New York that pushed major U.S. stock indexes to record highs, with the S&P 500 ending above 3,000 for the first time.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.9% to 27,332.03. The S&P 500 rose 0.5% to 3,013.77 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 0.6% to 8,244.14. All were record highs.Investors are betting the Federal Reserve will cut its benchmark interest rate later this month for the first time in more than a decade to help counter slowing growth.Bond yields have been moving higher for several days, suggesting investors are confident the U.S. economy will power ahead, at least for the next several months.The yield on the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury note was 2.12% compared to the multi-year low of 1.95% the bond hit only 10 days ago.ENERGY: Benchmark crude oil fell 2 cents to $60.19 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 1 cent to settle at $60.21 a barrel Friday in New York. Brent crude oil, the international standard, gained 7 cents to $66.79 a barrel.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 107.98 Japanese yen from 107.91 yen on Friday. The euro strengthened to $1.1277 to $1.1272.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Skirting around the issue

first_imgFrench soccer player and Panathinaikos captain Djibril Cisse has caused a stir in Greece by wearing a skirt to an awards ceremony. This comes days before his team is set to take on Super League leader Olympiakos in the crucial derby game, known to the world over as the Derby of the Eternal Enemies. The Panathnaikos captain and striker was wearing the Jean-Paul Gaultier number when he attended the Status magazine Men of the Year Awards, where he picked up a prize. His appearance in the long black skirt created an immediate response by the media, particularly Greece’s sports newspapers ahead of the all-important derby match. The Panathinaikos supporting papers suggested that Cisse was putting his manhood on display, while the Olympiakos backed publications suggested he wear the skirt when he steps out as striker in the derby game.The derby match on Saturday, which kicks off at 7.30 pm, is seen as a potential decider because Olympiakos is seven points ahead of Panathinaikos. A win for Olympiakos could mean it’s curtains for Panathnaikos as they would have a ten point advantage, and with just seven games left, a hard task to beat them. But a win for Panathnaikos could mean a play for the title.The known rivalry between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos has been inflamed by Cisse’s act of defiance ahead of the game on Saturday. Unbeknownst to Cisse how deep-seeded this arch-rivalry was, he certainly discovered this during the derby game in 2010, when he scored two goals and his team beat Olympiakos 2-1. From then, Cisse has been on Olympiakos’s radar as the man to stop. But not one to shy away from a threat, Cisse faces it head on by an outfit choice that demands attention. French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, a regular visitor to Greece, isn’t shy of making outlandish fashion statements with his clothing, and has created various skirts for men, including a line inspired by the Greek “foustanela” as worn by Presidential Guard.The French-born striker is known for his flamboyance, his often changing hairstyles and colours and wearing extravagant clothes. His loyalty to Panathnaikos knows no bounds, and he has shown his mark of respect for the team that made his career by getting a tattoo of the club’s Green symbol – to add to his growing collection of body art. Source: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nutrition moins de frites dans les cantines

first_imgNutrition : moins de frites dans les cantines De nouvelles règles nutritionnelles sont entrées en vigueur dimanche suite à leur publication dans le Journal officiel. Destinées à toutes les structures de restauration collective y compris dans les écoles, elles prévoient notamment de diminuer la présence des produits frits. C’est une décision qui va déplaire à tous les amateurs de frites. Dimanche, sont parues au Journal officiel de nouvelles règles nutritionnelles destinées aux cantines des écoles et à toutes les structures de restauration publique collective. Celles-ci comprennent une série de mesures destinées à veiller sur la structure des repas, à garantir une variété suffisante et à limiter la fréquence des plats trop gras ou trop sucrés.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?”Six millions d’enfants mangent à la cantine chaque jour mais un sur deux a encore faim en sortant”, a expliqué au Journal du Dimanche le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire. Il a également ajouté : “Les règles nutritionnelles ne sont ni appliquées, ni contrôlées. Nous les rendons obligatoires et nous allons surveiller les menus”.  Aussi, les nouvelles mesures s’attaquent à plusieurs produits et notamment les frites. Désormais, le nombre d’aliments frits ne pourra donc plus dépasser quatre sur 20 repas. En outre, le pain et l’eau seront mis à disposition sans restriction quand le sel et les sauces seront retirés du libre-service. “Il doit y avoir plus de produits laitiers, plus de fruits au dessert, le moins possible de friture et une alternance entre viande et poisson dans la semaine”, a ainsi commenté le ministre cité par 20 qui entend bien faire de la France “l’exemple mondial en matière de qualité de l’alimentation, à commencer par les enfants”.Le 3 octobre 2011 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Retirements bring city a new face

first_imgHands have been shaken. Backs patted. Service recognized. Desk contents packed.By the time 2010 drew to a close, 929 years of experience walked out the doors of Vancouver City Hall.Spurred on by incentives of $1,000 per year of service as the city scrambled to cut payroll costs, 38 employees — with an average tenure of 24.4 years — retired last year. That’s well above the 13 retirements in 2009 and 16 in 2008, and it’s part of the evaporation of 184.55 full-time city jobs in 2010. Sixty-eight of those employees were laid off.The departures mark a changing of the city’s old guard, which some say started with the defeat of 14-year Mayor Royce Pollard in 2009, and continued last year with the retirements of Assistant City Manager Betsy Williams and Fire Chief Don Bivins. City Manager Pat McDonnell and several other managers who left for private-sector work.Those who remain will have their hands full making up for lost experience and manpower. But they’ll also have carte blanche to remake the city government with fresh ideas, city leaders said.“I don’t think we’ve ever experienced this magnitude of departure in the city’s history. We really don’t have anything to compare this to, ” said Human Resources Director Elizabeth Gotelli. “That’s never easy. But on other hand, it is opening up some opportunities …for growth for existing talented employees we have.”last_img read more

Brad Carson to Step Down as DODs Personnel Readiness Chief

first_imgBrad Carson, who has led Pentagon DOD’s Force of the Future initiative for the past year, will step down as acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness in April, the department announced Monday.Carson was appointed to the post by President Obama last April, and in July he was nominated by the president to succeed previous Undersecretary Jessica Wright. The position is responsible for overseeing military and civilian personnel policy and total force readiness, including quality of life.To advance the Force of the Future initiative, Carson led the development of a broad portfolio of proposals to modernize DOD’s civilian and military personnel systems. Separately, he instituted the largest reorganization of the Personnel and Readiness organization since its formation, including a 20 percent reduction in size and a renewed focus on total force readiness; oversaw revisions to the military equal opportunity policy; and managed the department’s Women in Service Review.“Carson led with a passion for improving the quality of life of service members and their families and advancing the secretary’s focus on improving long-term mission effectiveness, readiness, retention and recruiting across the department’s military and civilian workforces,” according to a statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.“Brad Carson has developed some of the most important and groundbreaking work in years to modernize our personnel policies,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. “At my direction, he charted a path forward for the department and our people that will leave a lasting legacy, and will improve the mission effectiveness, readiness and the quality of life for our civilian workforce, uniformed service members and families.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Latin Recording Academy Luis Fonsi Receive Hispanic Heritage Awards

first_imgNews Luis Fonsi Earns Hispanic Heritage Award latin-recording-academy-luis-fonsi-receive-hispanic-heritage-awards Latin Recording Academy, Luis Fonsi Receive Hispanic Heritage Awards Awards recognize the accomplishments of leading Latin influencers and organizations whileRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 14, 2017 – 9:13 am To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (running Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), the Hispanic Heritage Foundation awarded their 30th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards. This year, our own Latin Recording Academy was honored with the Arts Award.Other honorees included Luis Fonsi of “Despactio” fame, who received the Trailblazer Award and “Mozart In The Jungle” actor Gael García Bernal, who was honored with the Vision Award. Awards were also given in the arenas of inspiration, leadership and science, technology, engineering, and math.The celebration on Sept. 14 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., featured performances by Latin GRAMMY winner Gaby Moreno, Fonsi, Concha Bukia, Locos Por Juana, and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner. Presenters spanned the gamut from YouTube personalities to actors, civil rights icons, and authors, among others.The Awards were created to recognize the accomplishments of leading Latin people and organizations across various disciplines while “celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America.” Past Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees include Juan Luis Guerra, Rita Moreno, Plácido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Los Tigres Del Norte, 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Alejandro Sanz, and Gloria Estefan, among others.Catch the Hispanic Heritage Awards on Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. ET on PBS.Los Del Río To Ilan Chester: Latin Recording Academy Special AwardsRead more Email Facebook Twitter last_img read more

How Will Legal Marijuana Work In Rural Alaska

first_imgEarly next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. The initiative will not be law until three months after the vote is certified, and the state has more time to come up with rules for marijuana sales.Download AudioIn the meantime, there are still many questions about how legal marijuana would work in rural Alaska. Municipalities have the option to ban the sale of marijuana, but they can’t restrict transportation or possession. The campaign to oppose marijuana had its base in rural Alaska, and named Akiak’s Mike Williams as its chairman. He says he’s disappointed in the results.“The villages need to take a look at what they can do, at the local level, the tribal level, and continue to pursue making sure that our communities are healthy,” Williams said.Many questions remain on the law enforcement aspect of legal marijuana, but it’s clear that Alaska’s large rivers remain under federal law, which prohibits marijuana.Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow, a Coast Guard spokesperson, says his agency’s crews are responsible for federal navigable waterways, including the transportation corridors of the Kuskowkim and Yukon rivers.“They are federal law enforcement agents so if they encounter people who are in violation of federal drug laws, we do have the authority to seize the illegal drug and possibly take that person into custody depending on the amount and what the situation was,” Wadlow said.The Coast Guard would follow up with other law enforcement. Wadlow emphasizes that the Coast Guard’s other top concern is making sure people are not boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.The law doesn’t restrict employers’ ability to outlaw drug use. Williams says that’s a tool that may expand in the coming months.“Maybe it would be time for mandatory drug testing to all of the employees in schools and community organizations,” Williams said.Bethel voters were split on the vote to legalize the possession and use of marijuana, with 52 percent voting against legalization, and 48 percent for the ballot measure. It passed statewide with those percentages flipped: 52 percent for, and 48 percent against.last_img read more

Tlingit Haida tightlipped about project near Eaglecrest

first_imgHeavy equipment clears land on July 17, 2018, off Fish Creek Road on Douglas Island. Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is asserting the work is on Indian Country it is leasing. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska remains mum over the purpose of an intensive land clearing operation on Douglas Island.Listen nowIt’s on land leased by the Juneau-based tribal government. On Tuesday, smoke billowed from a clearing in the forest near the Eaglecrest Ski Area.An excavator loaded felled trees and piled brush into a smoldering burn pile.“No Trespassing” signs emblazoned with Tlingit and Haida’s tribal logo are visible from the road.Asked about the work, Tlingit and Haida, one of the largest tribal organizations in Alaska, pointed to a 2016 statement by the its president Richard Peterson.“While Central Council has long been interested in resuming its bingo operations, its overall focus is on developing a diverse retail, cultural and entertainment project,” Peterson wrote in August 2016.“As for the land clearing taking place up Fish Creek Road,” Tlingit and Haida spokeswoman Raeanne Holmes said in a Wednesday statement. “We just don’t have any specific information to share as it’s all in the conceptual stages of development and the focus right now is on clearing and back-filling to create usable land.”Holmes added that the tribe would release more information in the future.“When there’s more information to share on the tribe’s business and economic development activities,” Holmes wrote, “we will certainly have a communication plan in place and will be reaching out to engage our tribal citizens and community members in the process.”Signs visible on July 17, 2018, from Fish Creek Road cite tribal and federal jurisdiction that makes it exempt from local and state oversight. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)But that doesn’t shed light on the tribe’s plans for a property with an an interesting history and a complicated legal status.It’s owned by the heirs of an Angoon man who once held about 100 acres on Admiralty Island.In 2002, the U.S. Forest Service swapped that land for 220 acres on Douglas Island. In 2015, the heirs leased 20 of those acres to Tlingit and Haida, which began clearing land in mid-June.Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt said he’s had conversations with the tribe’s leadership.“I know they have conceptual plans to build some type of cultural center and I’m not sure on the exact details,” Watt said Wednesday.Speculation arose that the tribe was interested in gambling operations after Tlingit and Haida registered its gaming ordinance with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the federal body that has some oversight over gambling on tribal lands.In the 2016 statement, the tribe also ruled out casino-style gaming but said it’s interested in restarting its bingo operation.Tribes can’t run gaming just anywhere. It has to be on sovereign lands known as Indian Country. One way is for the land to be put into federal trust, a process that’s been fraught with legal controversy in Alaska and recently stalled by the Trump administration.Another type is tracts ceded to individuals under a 1906 law that allotted land to Alaska Natives. This acreage on Douglas Island was swapped for one of those allotments.Excavators load trees and brush into a burn pile on July 17, 2018, on about 20 acres of land being cleared by Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)There are also legal questions over whether allotments in Alaska are fully sovereign Indian Country.“That is something that we need to research,” Watt said. “And check with our attorneys on to find out exactly which local laws apply and how.”Alaska’s attorney general wrote a legal opinion in October 2017 saying that question remains untested in the courts. But the opinion cited case law from other states that suggested it could be.last_img read more

In the building there were cans of materials to refill lighters

first_imgPile of destroyed cans inside the building. Photo: Abdus SalamThe fire in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area quickly spread to nearby buildings because there were chemicals stored in them.Lieutenant colonel SM Zulfiqar Rahman, director (training, planning and development) of Fire Service and Civil Defence, said this while speaking to journalists after visiting the spot on Friday.Destroyed cans to refill gas lighters are seen inside the buildings damaged by a devastating fire in Churihatta, Chawakbazar, Dhaka. Photo: Abdus Salam“Many of the cans contained perfume while some even had materials to refill lighters,” said Zulfiqar, a member of the 11-men committee formed by the Dhaka South City Corporation to look into the causes of the fire and plan the next course of action.Professor Mehedi Ahmed Ansari, a teacher of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and another member of the committee, said the ground floor of Wahid Mansion and the beams and columns of its second floor have been affected.Prothom Alo File Photo“Some tests need to be carried out to ascertain whether the building runs the risk of crumbling down.”When asked if the building had fire extinguisher, he replied in negative.He further said that there were not enough space for the stairs although the building was built on 10 kathas of land.The lane destroyed by the fire in Chawakbazar area of Dhaka. Prothom Alo File PhotoNuruzzaman Zahir, authorised officer of Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakkha, said they were yet to check if the building had necessary permits.At least 81 people were killed and 41 others injured in a devastating fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in the city’s Chawkbazar area on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Man found dead in Pabna

first_imgPolice recovered the body of a young man from the Boral River in Bhangura municipality of Pabna on Saturday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was about 25-26 years old and was wearing printed shirt and jeans, said, Bhangura Police Station officer-in-charge Masud Rana. He might have drowned several days ago and the body bore no injury mark, the OC added.The victim’s identity could not be known yet.last_img

Figure Skating Is Still A Big Sport Even In Balmy Houston

first_img Share PixabayThe pairs short program in figure skating gets underway at the Winter Olympics in South Korea today. And while the sport is perhaps the most highly anticipated for TV viewers, it’s also a draw for some participants – even here in hot, muggy Houston.Back in 2014, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visited the Memorial Figure Skating Club to talk with local skaters and trainers about what draws them to the sport.last_img

Sheriff Officer Never Went Inside To Confront Gunman At Florida School

first_img Share AP Photo/Wilfredo LeePolice announced on February 22, 2018, that the armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation.The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, police announced Thursday. The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more people — including trained teachers — to carry arms on school grounds. Gun-control advocates, meanwhile, have redoubled their push to ban assault rifles. The school resource officer at the high school took up a position viewing the western entrance of the building that was under attack for more than four minutes, but “he never went in,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Thursday news conference. The shooting lasted about six minutes. The officer, Scot Peterson, was suspended without pay and placed under investigation, then chose to resign, Israel said. When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.” The sheriff said he was “devastated, sick to my stomach. There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. I’ve been to the funerals. I’ve been to the vigils. There are no words.” The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder and has admitted the attack. Defense attorneys, state records and people who knew him indicate that he displayed behavioral troubles for years. He owned a collection of weapons. Politicians under pressure to tighten gun laws in response to the mass shooting floated various plans Thursday. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said a visit to Stoneman Douglas prompted him to change his stance on large capacity magazines. The Republican insisted he is willing to rethink his past opposition on gun proposals if there is information the policies would prevent mass shootings. “If we are going to infringe on the Second Amendment, it has to be a policy that will work,” Rubio said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press. State Sen. Bill Galvano, who is helping craft a bill in response to the shooting deaths, said an idea gaining traction is a program that would allow local sheriffs to deputize someone at a school to carry a gun on campus. Galvano insisted the idea is not the same as arming teachers. He said the program would be optional and the deputized person would have to be trained by local law-enforcement agencies. Florida Senate President Joe Negron said both chambers are working on the legislation in response to the Parkland shootings. He said a final draft should be available “early next week at the latest.” What won’t be considered is a ban on assault-style rifles. That falls short of reform demanded by students who converged on Florida’s Capitol to take their concerns to state lawmakers Wednesday. Outside the building, many protesters complained that lawmakers were not serious about gun control and said that in future elections they would oppose any legislator who accepts campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association. A day after an emotional meeting with survivors and their families, Trump tweeted his strongest stance yet on gun control. He said he would endorse strengthening background checks, banning “bump stock” style devices and raising the minimum age to 21 for buying certain rifles. At a conference of conservative activists Thursday near Washington, Vice President Mike Pence said the administration would make school safety “our top national priority” after the shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida. Calling school shootings “evil in our time,” Pence exhorted those in positions of authority “to find a way to come together with American solutions.” It was a markedly different tone than that deployed on stage minutes earlier by NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, who delivered an unbowed defense of gun ownership and lashed out at Democrats — saying they are using the tragedy for “political gain.” “They hate the NRA. They hate the Second Amendment. They hate individual freedom,” LaPierre said. As the 50th anniversary of her father’s assassination approaches, the daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said limiting gun access is long overdue. Speaking at The King Center in Atlanta, the Rev. Bernice King said tragedy “gives us an opportunity to lay aside for a moment our differences and really look at how we can come together as humanity and move forward with these injustices and these evils that continue to beset us.” The survivors of the shooting have vowed to continue their activism, including a “March for Our Lives” in Washington next month, which King says she’ll attend. At a funeral for slain football coach Aaron Feis, retired school groundskeeper Dave Tagliavia said he thinks the students mean what they say and won’t back down. “I think if changes are going to be made, these kids are going to do it. They’ve got fire in their eyes,” he said. Hundreds gathered in Parkland to remember Feis, 37, an assistant football coach and security guard gunned down while helping students to safety during the mass shooting Joe LaGuardia, who attended high school with Feis at Stoneman Douglas, described him as “one of the greatest people I have ever known.” On Thursday, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson gave Rubio credit for being the only Republican to attend a televised town hall Wednesday night held in the aftermath of the school shooting and criticized Republican Gov. Rick Scott for not showing up. “I commended (Rubio) for being there. He had the guts to be there when Governor Scott did not,” Nelson told a group of Democratic state senators. Scott is likely to challenge Nelson as he seeks a fourth term in the Senate this November. Nelson questioned Scott’s commitment to make meaningful change after the shooting. Republican legislative leaders in Florida say they will consider legislation that will likely call for raising the age limit to purchase a rifle from 18 to 21 and increasing funding for mental health programs and school resource officers, the police assigned to specific schools. Legislators may also enact a waiting period for rifle purchases. ____ Spencer reported from Parkland, Florida. Associated Press writers Freida Frisaro and Curt Anderson in Miami, Kelli Kennedy in Coral Springs, Florida, Joe Reedy in Tallahassee, Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg and Alex Sanz in Atlanta contributed to this report. ___ This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of the high school’s name.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more May 16, 2014 — An old idea of re-treating lung tumors with radiation is new again, especially with the technological advances seen in radiation oncology over the last decade. The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is one of only a handful of cancer centers that is attempting to give lung cancer patients out of treatment options a chance to keep the cancer at bay. For these patients, hope lies in a second course of treatment – repeat radiation. Two complementary papers published back-to-back recently in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology and the Journal of Thoracic Oncology outline the treatment success at Wake Forest Baptist.“One of the toughest challenges of lung cancer is what to do for patients when the cancer comes back in an area that’s been treated previously with radiation treatment,” said James J. Urbanic, M.D., lead author of the studies and a radiation oncologist at Wake Forest Baptist. “With some of the technological advances in radiation treatments that have occurred in the last five to 10 years, we’re beginning to re-look at the issue and ask – can we target the radiation precisely enough and with a high enough dose to knock the cancer back?”Urbanic said the overall findings of the study suggest that there are some patients with recurrent lung cancers who can be treated with another definitive course of radiation therapy and still have a chance at a cure. “At many cancer treatment centers, these patients only get chemotherapy and have no chance at definitive treatment. The goal of treatment is solely to prevent or delay symptoms from developing, and they are seen as incurable,” he said. “But with re-irradiation, our study shows that maybe we can give a curative intent treatment that we couldn’t do in the past. It’s a layer of hope for some patients that they never had before.”For this study, the researchers looked back at 11 years of clinical data. Eighty-six patients were identified as receiving at least two courses of thoracic radiotherapy. Of that number, 33 were treated with repeat thoracic radiotherapy using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) or accelerated hypofractionated radiotherapy (AHRT) as a component of their treatment. The median age was 66 and the majority of patients (88 percent) were treated for primary lung cancer. Average tumor size at retreatment was 2.5 cm. Prior lung resections had been completed in 24 percent of patients.Urbanic said the typical patient is an older man or woman who was treated with either chemotherapy and radiation or radiation alone for a lung cancer that couldn’t be surgically removed. They’ve returned for a checkup and feel well, but a CT (computed tomography) scan shows that the cancer has returned in the area previously treated. If the cancer is just in one spot, the patients get retreated with 10 radiation treatments done with the SBRT technique, which is tightly targeted to just the tumor and minimizes the dose to the surrounding normal tissue.“Wake Forest Baptist has been developing expertise in doing this,” Urbanic said. “We’re finding that there are patients who are alive years later. We have seen relatively modest toxicity and a good ability to try and control the disease – upwards of 70 percent of the time.”But there is a higher risk of injury involved when someone is radiated a second time, which is why other cancer treatment center programs might be reluctant to adopt the practice, he said.“This is a fairly niche effort in lung cancer care, and we’d like to see a national level clinical trial at some point,” he said. “The technology has gotten to the point where I think it’s going to allow radiation oncologists to reassess their ability so that maybe they can take risks they weren’t willing to take before. Eventually, this practice will become more widespread.”Co-authors include Jeremy M. Kilburn, M.D., Jeffrey G. Kuremsky, M.D., A. William Blackstock, M.D., Michael T. Munley, Ph.D., William T. Kearns, M.S., William H. Hinson, Ph.D., James F. Lovato, M.S., Antonius A. Miller, M.D., and William J. Petty, M.D., all of Wake Forest Baptist.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more 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 | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | May 16, 2014 Wake Forest Baptist Finds Success With Novel Lung Cancer Treatment Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

Delta tops longrunning ranking of US airlines

first_img Share Monday, April 8, 2019 Delta tops long-running ranking of U.S. airlines Tags: Delta Air Lines, Statistics WICHITA – Delta Air Lines comes in first in a long-running study that ranks U.S. airlines by how often flights arrive on time and other statistical measures.Researchers who crunch the numbers also say that as a whole, U.S. airlines are getting better at handling baggage and overcrowded flights and are getting fewer complaints.Academics at Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University released their annual study, now in its 29th year, on Monday. They used 2018 data collected by the U.S. Transportation Department on rates of on-time arrivals, mishandled baggage, bumping passengers and consumer complaints.Delta was the only carrier to improve in all four categories, the researchers said. It rose from second place last year.JetBlue Airways ranked second, followed by Southwest Airlines and last year’s winner, Alaska Airlines.Discount carrier Frontier Airlines ranked last, just behind American Airlines.Overall, the industry improved in three of the four categories in the study, including fewer passengers being involuntarily bumped from a flight. For several years, airlines have been cutting that rate by enticing more customers to take vouchers or other compensation in exchange for volunteering to get off oversold flights.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?“They are buying out customers better than ever,” said one of the lead researchers, Brent Bowen of Embry-Riddle.The rate of late-arriving flights rose over 2017, however. “It was computer glitches and it was weather,” Bowen said.There are many surveys of airline passengers and reviews that sometimes come up with different results, perhaps by capturing intangibles such as customer service.Last week, travel site TripAdvisor named its 10 best airlines in the world, and Southwest was the only U.S. carrier to make the cut, landing sixth. Airlines from the Middle East and Asia dominated the list, led by Singapore Airlines. By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more