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6million in Paving Contracts Awarded

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Public Works has awarded three paving contracts worth more than $6-million that will have Nova Scotia motorists driving on 26.1 kilometres of stronger, smoother roads. The contracts are as follows: Yarmouth County — Repaving on Highway 101 from Exit 33 east of Yarmouth for about 10.3 kilometres to west of Exit 34 north of Yarmouth. Included in this paving are all ramps at Exit 34 and westbound on-and-off ramps at Exit 33. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $2,763,135. Shelburne County — Repaving on Highway 103 from the Clyde River Bridge for nine kilometres to the new section of Highway 103 in Barrington. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd. with a bid of $2,333,861. Cumberland County — Repaving on Route 302 from the intersection of Trunk 2 at Nappan south towards Trider Road for about 6.8 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Chapman Brothers Construction Ltd. with a bid of $1,070,215. “By awarding these tenders now we’re helping the contractors get a quick start on these projects in the spring,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “All of these projects are scheduled for completion before the end of July.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney.last_img read more

4 soldiers lost in one day as key Pulwama attack man killed

first_imgSrinagar: The Indian Army on Tuesday killed yet another militant linked to the Pulwama attack that took away the lives of 40 CRPF troopers earlier this year. Despite losing four soldiers in past 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army was successful in killing the Jaish man whose car was used in the February 14 attack. The Jaish-e-Muhammad militant whose car was used in the Lethpora terror attack was killed on Tuesday in a gun fight with the security forces in the Anantnag district, police said. Sajad Ahmad Bhat, JeM militant, whose car was used in the suicide bombing in the Lethpora area of Pulwama which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers and put the two neighbours on the brink of a major showdown, was among the two militants killed in Waghama. “Sajad Ahmad Bhat alias Afzal Guru had joined militancy days before the Lethpora terror attack. He belonged to Marhama village,” police sources added. A soldier was also killed and two others injured in the Waghama gunfight, the police said. Besides two soldiers, brought to the hospital with severe contusions/ concussions after the Arihal village IED explosion on Monday) also succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment in 92 Base Hospital on Tuesday, Defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said. The fourth one to die was Major Keran Sharma belonging to Meerut Cant (Uttar Pradesh) who died on Monday in the gunfight in Bidoora village of Anantnag. The number of injured soldiers during this period has gone up to 22, police said. Two soldiers were injured during the Waghama gunfight while 19 were injured in Monday’s IED attack on military vehicle in Arihal village of Pulwama district.last_img read more

Maha forts to boost tourism Oppn says move insult to Shivaji

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Government’s “heritage tourism” policy will allow use of historical forts not in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected list for promoting tourism, a senior official said here on Friday.The move has come under flak from opposition parties who said the plan to rent out forts for heritage hotels and wedding venues was an insult to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his followers.There are about 350 forts in Maharashtra and this move will give impetus to the local economy, state Tourism Secretary Vinita Singhal told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We don’t plan to touch heritage forts which have historical value and are protected under the ASI like the Raigad fort. The state government has already budgeted over Rs 500 crore for its upgradation,” she said.Singhal said there are many which are not in the protected list which are frequented by people for picnics, hiking etc. “These are blessed with beautiful landscape and have history and tradition and can be used for tourism as we want to give impetus to the local economy,” she said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn reports that the forts will also be used as wedding venues and heritage hotels, Singhal said the policy also makes it clear that the local flora and fauna will be protected and no permanent constructions in the forts will be allowed.Social events which fit into the fabricof Maharashtra’s political life will be allowed, she said.Condemning the move, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said renting out forts for heritage hotels and wedding venues is an insult to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his followers. “This capitalist government is planning to give away Chhatrapati Shivaji’s forts on rent,” Munde said, warning the government against touching the forts.He said these forts may have become old but history was very much alive in them.”If you can’t protect the history and legacy of ShivajiMaharaj, lakhs of his followers like us are still around to look after them. The government shouldn’t play with emotions of Shiv bhakts (devotees of Shivaji),” he said.Munde said the Modi government gave the historical Red Fort on lease and now the state government is following suit.MNS leader Anil Shidore said the government shouldn’t commercialise the state’s pride and history which is a treasured legacy.Congress leader Muzaffar Hussain said the government may even sell off the forts in future. “Should we keep quiet,” he said.last_img read more

GOVERNMENT FUNDS LIBRARY NETWORK SERVICE EXPANSION TO MAKE MORE PUBLISHED WORKS AVAILABLE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The NNELS expansion, which began in December 2017 and is scheduled for completion by March 2019, received $2,000,000 through the Government’s Social Development Partnerships Program-Disability component (SDPP-D), a program designed to improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities.By supporting the expansion of NNELS through the SDPP-D, the Government is going above and beyond its obligations under the Marrakesh Treaty, which Canada joined in 2016, that establishes international norms requiring countries to provide exceptions in their national laws to facilitate the availability of works in accessible formats, such as braille and audiobooks. In doing this, Canada is reinforcing its reputation as a strong and trusted international partner – one that respects the basic human rights of all its citizens, and invests in concrete outcomes in good spirit of our global treaties and cooperative agreements.Quotes“Expanding the NNELS’s collection of books and resources in alternative formats is a good thing for Canadians because it’s about true social inclusion and accessibility. This project demonstrates our government’s commitment to creating a barrier-free Canada where everyone can learn and succeed equally.”– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility“Funding like this is needed to help improve the social inclusion of people with disabilities in Canada. It fosters collaboration between numerous partners and encourages innovation. Supporting accessibility through partnerships like this one is how we are helping to ensure our communities become more inclusive for all Canadians.– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver“Technology is making “out of the box” accessibility of books an increasingly realistic goal.  NNELS helps bridge the chasm between the current “book famine” for blind people and our dream of fully integrated and accessible library service.  This Federal support enables NNELS’ work to continue to grow.”– Mary Ellen Gabias, President of the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB)Quick FactsThe Social Development Partnerships Program helps to improve the lives of children and families, people with disabilities and other vulnerable Canadians. The SDPP has two funding components: Disability, and Children and Families.Since the creation of the Disability component of the Social Development Partnerships Program in 1998, the Government of Canada has provided $11 million annually in grant and contribution funding to organizations to support projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society with respect to social inclusion.In 2012, about 14 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 years or older—1 in 7 Canadians—reported having a disability that limited their daily activities. That number is expected to grow with an aging population.Associated LinkMaking an accessible Canada for people with disabilitiesSocial Development Partnerships Program – DisabilityFunding: Social Development Projects for People with DisabilitiesFollow us on Twitter NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 14, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility announced the expansion of the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) through funding from the Government of Canada’s Disability component of the Social Development Partnership Program. The project will make more published works accessible to people who read using alternative formats, such as braille, e-books, or audiobooks. Minister Qualtrough was joined by Mary Ellen Gabias, President, Canadian Federation of the Blind and representatives of the BC Libraries Cooperative for a tour of the Lynn Valley Library.The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the full participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society and it recognizes reading and learning as important rights and building blocks to achieving a truly accessible Canada. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon MLA fights for exemption from Nutrition North

first_imgAPTN’s Shirley McLean on how one MLA is fighting for the only fly in community in the Yukon to be exempt from Canada’s nutrition north program.last_img

Dont expect to be buried close to home say church leaders

first_imgPeople should not be expected to be buried in their local churchyard because space is running out, church leaders have warned. Alex Glanville, from the Church in Wales, said people could no longer automatically expect to be buried close to home. The church said it was struggling to pay for the upkeep of graves because it was no longer receiving income from burials. Mr Glanville told the BBC: “We can no longer take it for granted that we will have a last resting place in or near our community.”The majority of our churchyards will soon be full and we do not have the resources to extend them or open new ones.”Industry figures have warned that grave reuse needs to be allowed in order to head off a burial space crisis. The Insititute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management has previously lobbied for a change in the law allowing graves to be reused.It says the situation is at “crisis point”.Chief executive Julie Dunk said: “Because of the pressures on land, due to new developments and housing, it is not always possible to find space for a new cemetery.”Even if they do build a new cemetery, the existing one still needs to be maintained, which is the council’s statutory duty, because there are no new burials it becomes a financial burden on the local authorities.” The ICCM also said that remains could be dug up after 75 years, with families’ permission, and reburied in a smaller coffin to create more space.  Cardiff council is currently planning to create a new cemetery at a cost of £3m, amid concerns that its busiest sites could run out of space in two years. The BBC said its investigation found that many other Welsh cemeteries were under similar pressure. Some cemeteries are almost full and are no longer allowing families to reserve new spaces. In other areas cemeteries have more than a century-worth of space left. The situation in England is also thought to vary area by area, with some regions under immense pressure and others with many decades of capacity left.  Under common law people have the right to be buried in their local parish churchyard unless it has been closed due to lack of space. The law allows reuse of graves older than 75 years in London, where there is a particular shortage of space, and was changed to allow it in Scotland in 2016. Two east London boroughs, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, have stopped burying people altogether, and the City of London has reused more than 1,500 graves. center_img Church rules only allow exhumation to take place in exceptional circumstances, such as where a mistake has been made over the location of the burial. Previous court judgments have suggested that grave reuse may be less restricted under Church of England rules, as long as the practice doesn’t involve removing from the ground those already buried there. An increasing number of people are opting for cremation but religious rules mean many people still want to be buried. Muslims are forbidden from being cremated and followers of other traditions, such as Orthodox Judaism, also believe they must be buried in the ground.last_img read more

Is it summer yet Well not quite

first_imgCAN WE THROW our warm clothes into the back of the wardrobe and break out the flip-flops?Sadly, it looks like reports that summer was going to completely replace spring – or ‘winterspring’, as we have taken to calling it – this week were, well, a little premature.According to Met Éireann, we’re in for a cloudy day today, and along with the lack of sun will come mist, fog and drizzle. However, there is hope of some bright or sunny spells, with temperatures ranging from 12 – 18 degrees, which isn’t bad at all.Tonight, temperatures will drop to between 6 to 10 degrees, and it will be mostly cloudy.Tomorrow, we can expect the same temperature range and the same clouds, and for the rest of the week temps will drop to 10 – 15 degrees from Wednesday on. Thursday promises some more sunny spells, but also showers over Ulster and Leinster.So if you were planning on stocking up on the Factor 50 and fake tan, we’d advise not discarding your cardigan and umbrella just yet. Sigh.Still, here’s hoping that things will start to improve as we move into June.Read: More wind and rain on the way, as temperatures stay below normal>Read: Photos: Spot a rainbow this evening? Cos there were lots of them…>last_img read more

Technology could disable iOS cameras during films and concerts

first_imgApple has filed a patent application with the U.S Patent & Trademark Office which could dramatically change what owners of iOS cameras can and can’t when taking photos and filming video. The patent covers technology which would give cameras designed to detect images based on visible light the ability to receive infrared data. To do so, the camera would be paired with image processing circuitry electrically coupled to the camera. The patent was first filed in the fourth quarter of 2009 and was published by the Patent Office this week.If infrared data is detected, a command could be embedded in the infrared signal which could prevent a user from taking a photo or filming video at a concert or during a movie. This infrared signal would be sent through the use of infrared transmitters. In some applications, an infrared LED transmitter could act as a “spot light” to create a signal to disable recording functions for those cameras facing it while a strobe method could be used to emit infrared light to cover a general area the camera would pick up regardless of what direction it was facing.AdChoices广告While the technology offers the ability to limit camera functions, some other applications of it enhances what an iOS camera can do. For example, a theme park, zoo or museum could use the system to automatically apply a watermark to photos or video to identify the establishment. They could also setup a system like that of  a virtual tour guide which could offer additional information about a location or an object in the form of text, audio and video.The patent does include some ability for users to configure the infrared system on their iOS device, but don’t expect it to override any infrared command which would temporarily disable a device function like recording.Read more at Patently Apple.last_img read more

American fighter jets drop 4 bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

first_imgThe Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world’s largest coral reef system. It’s so large in fact, you can see it from outer space. The area is important due to the life that it supports across its 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, which is why it is classed as a World Heritage Site and Marine Park.The area isn’t without its problems, though. Climate change, changes in water quality due to pollution, fishing, shipping, and the problem of crown-of-thorns starfish all threaten the survival of the Great Barrier Reef, so it doesn’t help matters when two American AV-8B Harrier fighter jets drop 4 bombs into the Marine Park.The bomb drops were no accident, more out of necessity. Both jets were out on a training exercise carrying a total of four bombs. Two were unarmed, the others inert. The mission tasked the pilots with dropping the bombs on a bombing range at Townshend Island, but the area ended up containing hazards meaning it wasn’t safe to drop them. Those hazards took the form of civilian boats.In such a situation the obvious thing to do is return to base and try again at another time, however, carrying the bombs caused two problems. Both jets were low on fuel meaning they couldn’t make it back while still carrying the bombs–they weighed 4,000 pounds in total. Also, the Harriers can’t land with the bombs still attached, so they had to be dropped somewhere.With low fuel the options were limited and ultimately all four were dropped within the park. Thankfully their location is 50 meters away from any coral so no immediate damage was done, and the US military believes they will cause no threat to shipping and the environmental impact is “minimal.”As you’d expect, both environmentalists and Australia’s Green party are outraged by the incident. An investigation is underway with the end result being either map updates to show the location of the bombs, or a retrieval operation carried out by the US Navy.last_img read more

HTC M7 caractéristiques et date de présentation fuitées sur le Web

first_imgHTC M7 : caractéristiques et date de présentation “fuitées” sur le Web !D’après une source présumée fiable par nos confrères du site unwiredview.com, le successeur du smartphone haut de gamme One X d’HTC est désormais connu…Sous un nom de code : le M7. Il devrait être présenté au prochain MWC 2013 de Barcelone, entre le 25 et le 28 février prochain.Que prépare HTC pour le prochain Mobile World Congress 2013 de Barcelone ? Le site Unwiredview pense avoir une réponse avec la diffusion d’une photo provenant d’une source dite sûre par les auteurs.Elle montre les caractéristiques techniques d’un futur smartphone signé HTC, dont seul le nom de code serait connu : M7.Et à la vue de ces informations, nul doute que le M7 sera plutôt orienté haut de gamme : il disposerait d’un processeur central à quatre cœurs Qualcomm SnapDragon cadencé à 1,7 Ghz, épaulé par 2 Go de mémoire vive, disposerait d’un espace de stockage de 32 GB, d’une batterie de 2300 mAh et fonctionnerait sous Android Jelly Bean.Il arborerait un écran doté d’une diagonale de 4,7 pouces pouvant afficher en full HD, avec une densité de 468 ppi. Pour ses capteurs photos, là encore, le M7 fait fort, avec un capteur 13 Mpixels sur sa face arrière, et un de 2 Mpixels en frontal. Les deux “yeux” du téléphone pouvant enregistrer en 1080p.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au niveau de la prise en charge des réseaux, encore une fois, un sans-faute : wifi n, 3G, 4G et Dual Carrier seraient de la partie. Le téléphone se faisant également distinguer par ses éléments audio avec deux enceintes stéréo et un amplificateur Beats.Ce M7 est donc un véritable concentré de technologie, une petite bombe qui serait dévoilé, selon la même source, au prochain MWC de Barcelone, entre le 25 et le 28 février prochain.Le 18 décembre 2012 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Matthaus disappointed with Thiago

first_imgThiago Alcantara disappointing performances over the past few weeks have left Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus feeling let downThe Spanish midfielder was signed by Pep Guardiola for the German club in 2013 and has since won five successive Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokal cups.However, Thiago was heavily criticised for his poor displays against Real Madrid in their semi-final exit in the Champions League and in last weekend’s shock 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal Cup final.“Thiago hasn’t made the difference in the big games,” Matthaus told Bild.“I actually rate him but he’s been a shadow of his former self recently.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Thiago has disappointed me in the past few weeks.”The 27-year-old was frustrated with Jupp Heynckes after being substituted in the final, but has since apologised to the coach.“I don’t know where his head is,” added Matthaus.“With these performances, he’s not a player for Bayern Munich.”last_img read more

Leonardo Bonucci passes Juventus medical

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci’s stunning return to Juventus is near completion after the defender successfully passed his medicalThe 31-year-old had only been away from Turin for a year after he decided to leave AC Milan, amid concerns over the quality of the team and the ongoing financial uncertainty with club owner Li Yonghong having recently lost control to American hedge fund Elliott Management.Now Bonucci will return to Juventus with fellow defender Mattia Caldara joining the other way along with former teammate Gonzalo Higuain.Bonucci spent seven successful years at Juventus and won six successive Serie A titles and reach the Champions League final in 2015 and 2017, as well as making 319 appearances in all competitions.The Italy international has now left the J-Medical facility and is expected to sign a three-year deal worth €5.5m a season.Speaking ahead of the move, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri welcomed back the “important” defender.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Leonardo Bonucci is coming back to us after a year,” said Allegri, according to Football-Italia.“He is an important player and he hasn’t changed much in six months.”?????? @bonucci_leo19! ????#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/B2X5inVeG5— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 2, 2018last_img read more

Petrol and diesel prices Heres why oneyear low in crude oil prices

first_imgIdeally, domestic fuel prices should tango with the international crude price. But in place of the government deciding the price, the oil companies can now fix the price based on the landed cost of crude. The government has also removed the fortnightly announcement of the price and now the companies can decide the price on a daily basis, mirroring the overseas price.One of the world’s largest oil importers, India buys nearly 70 per cent of its domestic demand from the international market. This leaves the Indian retail price at the mercy of the international market.The international price of Brent crude has dipped below $60 a barrel, the lowest in one year. The sharp price drop to about $58 on Friday has been unusual despite several international factors that could have hardened the oil. The Opec (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) has announced its desire to cut production, a factor that tends to push the price upward.The continuing tension between Iran and the US-Saudi alliance and the ongoing wars in Yemen and Syria are geopolitical factors that should have kept the oil afloat. However, the international prices have been sliding from a recent high of $86.2 touched on October 3. The bearish trend does not look like turning anytime soon.The domestic fuel price, however, does not reflect this steep fall. It has been sliding gradually, but lagging the international price considerably. Domestic petrol price touched a high of over Rs81 per litre in September in Delhi.As the Indian Oil website points out, the bulk of the cost of petrol and diesel in India is government levies. To demonstrate this, the website gives a breakup of the different factors that add up to the petrol sale price of Rs 74.03 as of April 8. The dealer gets petrol for Rs 35.21 on which the government adds the following: central excise Rs 19.48; dealer commission Rs 3.60; and state VAT (value added tax) Rs15.74. Finally, the consumer pays Rs 74.03.The central and state government levies are calculated as a percentage of the base price. This means, the higher the base price, the higher the share of the governments. The state VAT varies from state to state.Maharashtra levies the highest VAT among all states on petrol at 39.12 per cent in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. Punjab levies 35.12 per cent VAT on petrol and Andhra Pradesh 35.77 per cent. Goa levies the lowest at 16.66 per cent.Revenue streamThat would lead to the question of why the central and state governments keep the levies so high. Fuel tax forms a significant share of the receivables in the budget. Any weakening in this revenue stream would tell on the funds available for developmental works.Any upward revision of these government levies will reduce the retail price’s ability to reflect the change in the international crude price. There have been several instances when the central government announced a rise in the excise duty offsetting the fall in the international crude price.The landed price of the crude for Indian buyers is also affected by the exchange rate of the rupee. Thus if the rupee falls steeply against the dollar on the same day as a fall in the crude price, the resultant drop in the retail price might be negligible. There could even be a rise in the retail price, against a drop in international crude price. The Indian currency has been on a rollercoaster ride over the past few months, significantly weakening against the dollar. The currency has been a clear villain in keeping the retail price high.With all these factors playing the spoilsport for the domestic retail consumer, the lag in the monkey’s response to commands from below is understandable.last_img read more

Four Things To Watch At Texas Republican And Democratic Party Conventions

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera / Bob DaemmrichAttendees at the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio (top) and the 2016 Republican Party of Texas Convention in Dallas (bottom)Several thousand Texans will descend on San Antonio and Fort Worth for the biennial Republican and Democratic conventions to hear from the state’s most prominent politicians, adopt new platforms and elect party leaders.Republicans, who are meeting this week, will participate in the “most bottom-up, grassroots-driven political party organization in the country — bar none,” said Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey.Democrats will meet the following week, and party leaders say they hope to showcase a united front ahead of what’s expected to be a tumultuous general election in which many are predicting Democrats will make gains nationwide. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.“The party is going to be extremely unified in supporting all of its candidates,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. “I think you’ll see the convention spending a lot of time showcasing these candidates … that we believe have a fighting chance of breaking that ceiling we’ve been up against for the last 25 years.”The conventions this summer are almost certain to highlight rubs between the two parties. Here are four things to keep an eye on as both affairs play out this month.School shootings and #MeTooDelegates at both party conventions will debate, assemble and approve their 2018 platforms — a list that reflects the ideas leaders and members support ahead of the November election and 2019 legislative session.For the past few conventions, Democrats have adopted a platform with few changes. But national conversations surrounding issues such as the #MeToo movement and gun control are shaping how party leaders approach this year’s meeting in Fort Worth.“The status quo isn’t going to cut it anymore. We’ve had a national debate around the #MeToo movement and gun control, and Texas is not immune to that,” said state Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, who chairs the Texas Democratic Party’s platform committee. “We feel as though the platform is a good place to reflect these high profile issues.”And in the wake of several mass shootings — including one at Santa Fe High School last month that left 10 dead and another 13 injured — conversations on school safety will also make an appearance at the Texas GOP convention.Along with sparking potential platform debates, prominent Texas Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Attorney General Ken Paxton, are expected to take part in a panel titled “The constitutional response to mass shootings” on Friday. An advertisement for the event describes the planned discussion as focusing on how to “enhance public and personal safety” and adds in parentheses that “gun control is not the answer.”Dueling factionsBoth state parties’ last conventions unfolded in 2016 amid heated moments in the presidential race. Texas Republicans met soon after Cruz ended his bid for president, ceding his party’s nomination to Donald Trump. Party activists remained split between those backing Trump and those who were not sure if they could ever support him. A few weeks later, Texas Democrats held their convention while the presidential nomination fight between former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont was still playing out.This year, both parties are expecting less intense gatherings, though some divisions remain unresolved.On the Democratic side, the party’s Clinton/Sanders divide played out in several of this year’s primary races, most prominently in the state’s 7th Congressional District where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee actively tried to block Laura Moser from winning the nomination by releasing opposition research on her. Though Moser ultimately lost in a runoff to Lizzie Fletcher, who the DCCC preferred, the controversy put a national spotlight on the race and could prompt discussions among the party faithful in Fort Worth.On the GOP side, debate over House Speaker Joe Straus’ leadership of the Texas House could pop up at the convention, even though Straus is retiring in January. Some activists are expecting an attempt to abolish a party rule that allows the censure of GOP office holders who oppose “the core principles” of the state party. In January, the State Republican Executive Committee voted to censure Straus for standing in the way of some of the party’s priorities — a move that some delegates may want to ensure can’t happen again in the future.“There will be an absolute battle to keep that rule in place,” JoAnn Fleming, chair of the group Grassroots America — We the People and one of the state’s most prominent conservative activists, told the Tribune last week. “And we’re intent on keeping and improving that rule.”Party chair racesAttendees at both conventions will also decide whether to stick with their current party chairman or go with a potential challenger.Dickey, the current Texas GOP chairman, is being challenged by Cindy Asche, a GOP activist. Dickey was elected in 2017 by the State Republican Executive Committee to replace Tom Mechler, who abruptly resigned from the position — so this will be his first time facing a vote before thousands of party delegates.Dickey has touted a record and experience as a party leader that present “significant contrasts” to that of his opponent. Asche, meanwhile, has knocked Dickey over issues she says disqualifies him to lead the party with honesty and integrity, including a 2004 securities fraud case involving him. (Dickey’s campaign later dismissed that attack as “grossly misrepresenting nearly every aspect of the claims” against him.)Both have tried to position themselves as the more experienced and conservative candidate, though groups and party members representing different wings of the party have lined up behind their preferred contender. Dickey has racked up support from half of those 62 SREC members and some of the state’s more hardline candidates and groups, including members of the conservative Texas House Freedom Caucus, Texas Right to Life and Grassroots America – We the People. Asche has been endorsed by several SREC members and other party figureheads, including Mechler, the former party chairman.Texas Democrats, on the other hand, will see a four-way race for party leadership. Three Democrats — Cedric Davis Jr., Rachel Barrios-Van Os and Fidel Acevedo — are running to unseat Gilberto Hinojosa, who has been party chairman since he was elected in 2012.Hinojosa has been challenged in past years (Barrios-Van Os ran against him in both 2012 and  2014) but party leaders expect him to once again come out on top during this year’s convention.“People have different approaches about how to run the party, but what’s clear is that we’ve been supporting our candidates and building a strong party under Chairman Hinojosa,” said Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. “I think the current chairman enjoys really strong support across the entire party.”How much will Trump matter?The president was unavoidable in this year’s primaries, with Republicans aligning themselves with him to varying degrees and Democrats debating whether to support his impeachment and generally criticizing his various actions and tweets.But leaders in both state parties predicted that conversations dominating Washington won’t play a big role at their conventions.“At the state convention, I think you’re going to hear a lot of talk about actual issues facing Texans,” said Mike Floyd, a trustee for the state Democratic party. “At the convention, we’ll all come together to figure out what our plan should be for success in November, and I think you’re actually going to hear more about Texas than you will about Trump.” Sharelast_img read more

Trump Says Russia Should Be Allowed Into G7

first_img by NPR News Sasha Ingber 8.21.19 9:35am President Trump says Russia should be allowed to rejoin the Group of Seven industrial nations, and Russia’s foreign ministry has welcomed his remarks.Speaking with reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, before his scheduled trip to France for the G-7 summit, Trump encouraged Moscow’s return to the elite group.”I think it’s much more appropriate to have Russia in,” he said. “It should be the G-8 because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia.”Trump characterized Russia’s ousting to his predecessor’s humiliation on the world stage, offering little to substantiate his claim.”President Obama didn’t want Russia in because he got outsmarted,” Trump said.Russia was excluded from the G-7 in 2014 after its troops invaded Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea. Western leaders condemned the actions as a “clear violation of international law” and sought to penalize the Russian government.On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova appeared to embrace the door Trump opened, according to Russia’s news agency Tass. “Initiatives need to be outlined and handed over to Russia for consideration,” Zakharova said. “At the moment, it is hard to understand what it is all about, so if the G7 wants to position itself as a serious platform, the discussion should be moved from the media field to the expert level.”Trump’s appeal on Tuesday did not mark the first time that he called on the group – France, Germany, Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan – to bring Russia back into the fold. In June 2018, Trump told reporters that “we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”His remarks on Tuesday did not include a mention of Crimea or any conditions for Russia to be reinstated.French President Emmanuel Macron has continuously called on Moscow to help end the conflict in Ukraine before Russia can return to the group.The summit started in 1975 when leaders of six industrial countries met at the Chateau de Rambouillet, an hour outside of Paris, to discuss economic crisis. Canada joined the next year. And in 1991, the G-7 invited Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, to talks in London. Russia was formally admitted to the group in 1998.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Trump Says Russia Should Be Allowed Into G-7, Moscow Wants… Alex Wonglast_img read more

Three Playa del Carmen taxi drivers shot one killed

first_imgThe backseat passenger, who has been identified as León R. originally from Tabasco, also received gunshot wounds. He was tended to on the roadway while waiting for an ambulance, but died of his injuries. The shooting happened around 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of the Chemuyil and Colosio avenue in Playa del Carmen. Witness reports say that a gunman in a white Jetta arrived and began shooting at the taxi, hitting all three inside. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Three taxi drivers traveling in the same car were all shot by a passing gunmen while waiting at a red light. The unit, which was from the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río union, was carrying two other taxi drivers as passengers when the shooing took place. The driver of the car was hit in the rib, while his front seat passenger, César L., received a bullet in his cheek.center_img Police officers arrived and surrounded the area while they gathered evidence. There were no arrests. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Online Tool Assists in Radiology Bundle Building

Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more May 23, 2016 — The new ICE-T (Inpatient Cost Evaluation Tool) enables radiology practices and hospitals to compare internal costs to national benchmarks to decide if bundled payment for specific services should be pursued. This free resource is available on the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute website.A bundled payment is a single payment that covers services delivered by two or more health providers during a single episode of care over a specified time. This payment method is a major component of healthcare reform to prompt the delivery of improved patient outcomes at lower costs.“There are many factors to consider when hospitals and radiology practices are looking at developing and participating in bundled payments. ICE-T eases that transition, focusing on value, variance and volume and providing national average benchmark price points,” said Danny R. Hughes, Ph.D., Neiman Institute senior director for health policy research and senior research fellow. “With ICE-T and the right data, radiologists can proactively succeed with bundled payment and deliver higher-value care to patients,” he added.The Neiman Institute aggregated many years of national inpatient Medicare data by diagnostic radiology groups and presents it in an easy-to-use graphical interface. ICE-T contains data on total hospital reimbursement, total imaging reimbursements and the imaging share of reimbursements across inpatient diagnosis related groups for Medicare claims data. “The Neiman Health Policy Institute proactively developed this operational tool, in advance of other medical specialties, to help radiology providers make critical decisions by showing where effective costs — and risks — are,” he noted.For more information: www.neimanhpi.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Radiology Business | May 23, 2016 New Online Tool Assists in Radiology Bundle Building Inpatient Cost Evaluation Tool (ICE-T) from Neiman Health Policy Institute addresses hot issue of medical payment reform for radiology practices and hospitals Related Content 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 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  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. 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TorontoDubai from 899 with new Emirates sale Aug 12 – 18

first_imgTags: Emirates DUBAI — Emirates has a new sale on Economy and Business class travel from select Canadian gateways, with fares from $899.The offer includes flights to Dubai and beyond, with origin points including Toronto (YYZ and YTZ), Halifax (YHZ), Montreal (YUL) and Ottawa (YOW), using Emirates-operated flights from Boston.Select destination routes for Economy and Business class travel start from:$899 (Economy) and $4199 (Business) from Toronto to Dubai$1139 (Economy) and $3644 (Business) to Mumbai, via Boston$1209 (Economy) and $3680 (Business) to Hyderabad, via Boston$1269 (Economy) and $4692 (Business) to Colombo, via Boston$1389 (Economy) and $4225 (Business) to Johannesburg, via Boston$1479 (Economy) and $4805 (Business) to Cape Town, via Boston$1249 (Economy) and $4228 (Business) to Nairobi, via Boston$1239 (Economy) and $4807 (Business) to Lahore, via Boston$1139 (Economy) and $4012 (Business) to Karachi, via BostonThe sale starts today, Aug. 12 and runs through Aug.18 at 23:59 p.m. EDT, and applies to travel from Toronto to Dubai Sept. 19 – Dec. 8, 2016 and Jan. 11, 2017 to May 26, 2018. For all other destinations the offer is valid for travel Sept. 1 – Dec. 7, 2016 and Jan. 9 – May 26, 2017.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyFor details see Emirates’ Featured Fares page at http://www.emirates.com/ca/english/destinations_offers/special_offers/featured-fares/index2.aspx?city=192583&fsearch=. Share Toronto-Dubai from $899 with new Emirates sale Aug. 12 – 18 Travelweek Group center_img Friday, August 12, 2016 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Cathay Pacific Celebrates 25th Anniversary

first_imgSource = Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific Celebrates 25th AnniversaryCathay Pacific Celebrates 25th AnniversaryThis week marks the 25th anniversary of Cathay Pacific’s services between Hong Kong and Cairns.  The first flight into Cairns was in October 1993.Cairns Airport Chief Commercial Officer of Aviation, Paul McLean, congratulated Cathay Pacific saying that the airline has played a significant role in the growth of international tourist number to the region over the past 25 years.“Cathay Pacific currently operates three services per week to Cairns. These direct flights offer international visitors convenient access to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef”.“With Cathay Pacific’s extensive worldwide network local people can connect directly to 53 countries and 207 destinations worldwide.“Cathay Pacific services out of Cairns each week and give locals the opportunity to travel directly to Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America” Mr McLean said.Regional South West Pacific General Manager of Cathay Pacific Rakesh Raicar, applauded the backing the airline had received from the local community over the past 25 years.“We are proud to have been part of the Far North Queensland community over the past 25 years, and are incredibly grateful for all the support. It certainly is a fantastic milestone for Cathay Pacific and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones together in the future “.There will be a small presentation with Norris Carter, Cairns Airport CEO and Cathay Pacific Cairns staff on Friday morning at 8.45am in the International Terminal check in area (T1).last_img read more

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