Ban Kimoon to witness Chicagos greening efforts during upcoming visit

The two-day visit beginning on Thursday is part of his tour of major US cities, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, told reporters in New York.The Secretary-General will meet with Mayor Richard Daley to discuss his efforts to turn Chicago into America’s greenest city, Ms. Montas said. He will also visit a “green” building, stop by a local high school, and also attend events at the MacArthur Foundation, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Climate change – which Mr. Ban calls the “defining issue of our era” – was a key topic during the Secretary-General’s visit to the US city of San Francisco last July, and featured prominently in discussions with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.Ms. Montas also announced that Mr. Ban is planning to attend the Global Insight Summit, scheduled to take place at the fifth annual Jackson Hole Film Festival in early June in the US state of Wyoming.“The Global Insight Summit represents an unprecedented collaboration, bringing together entertainment leaders and UN officials to explore how film and television can be leveraged to bring awareness to global issues,” said Ms. Montas. 4 February 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be travelling later this week to Chicago where he will see first-hand how the major United States city is tackling climate change. read more

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East meets West in researchers fellowship award

A Brock researcher will spend his summer vacation searching German archives for answers to complex philosophical questions thanks to a prestigious fellowship award.Wing-Cheuk Chan, Philosophy professor, was recently awarded a three-month research fellowship from the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award, valued at $14,000, will allow Chan to spend time in the Leibniz-Archives in Hannover to investigate his project, “The Labyrinth of the Continuum as a Metaphysical Problem.”According to Leibniz, a 17th-century German philosopher, there are two labyrinths in philosophy: while the first concerns freedom, the second concerns continuum. Chan aims to solve the second one, but from the perspective of Chinese philosophy.“This might also help clarify why this great German philosopher was so enthusiastic with the Yijing (The Book of Changes), which is perhaps the most ancient Chinese philosophical text,” Chan said. The research may also shed light on a new settlement of the priority-debate concerning the calculus between Newton and Leibniz.This is the second time Chan has received this fellowship award. A recipient of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, he has also received research fellowships from the National Science Council of Taiwan; the Indo-Canadian Shastri-Foundation of India; and the CCK-Foundation of Taiwan.Chan, who has also adjudicated in philosophy for SSHRC, said his contributions are evidence that Brock’s philosophy department holds a unique place in Canada for its emphasis on comparative studies of Eastern and Western philosophy. read more

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2 dead 3 injured in crash near Algonquin Park

Ontario Provincial Police says two people are dead and three others injured after a crash on Highway 60 Sunday afternoon.Emergency crews were called to a multi-vehicle collision at the entrance of Algonquin Park’s west gate around 4 p.m.Police say a small blue car was travelling westbound on the highway when it crossed the centre line and hit a tour bus head on.They say the car then flipped on the road and hit another car.Police say the tour bus didn’t have any passengers on board. Two people died at the scene, a third was flown by air ambulance to a Toronto hospital in serious condition, and two others were treated at a local hospital and released.OPP say several people stopped to help the victims of the crash including Algonquin Park staff. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin. read more

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The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #JOBS: Deutsche Bank is to create 700 new jobs in Dublin over the next three years. The company is to move to a 100,000-square-foot office space at Eastpoint Business Park.2. #LOYALTYBUILD: The General Manager of Loyaltybuild, the company at the centre of an investigation into a data-breach has said they deeply regret “any distress” caused by the criminal attack.3. #CHILDCARE: A €900,000 fund will be used to give additional training to 630 existing childcare staff.4. #JOB LOSSES: Lufthansa Technik Airmotive announced it is to start a process “to consider closing the company” and will consult with employee representatives and trade unions. The firm employs 400 people.5. #CHINA: A raft of reforms announced today will see the easing of the controversial one-child policy in China.last_img read more

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Turf cutters annoyed by wording in compensation agreement

first_imgA GROUP REPRESENTING turf cutters has criticised the government over the wording in compensation documents sent out to those seeking a relocation bog.A frequently asked questions document sent out with agreements, and seen by TheJournal.ie, says that the agreement will be in place for six years from January 2011 and should relocation not be finalised at the time, turf cutters may be requested to move to another scheme and “sign a final legal agreement at that time”.Some 2,668 people have applied for the compensation scheme to date with 1,888 opting for the financial compensation deal of €1,500 a year for 15 years as well as a once off sign-up payment of €500.However 780 applicats are seeking relocation and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said they are being asked to sign this ‘interim agreement’ in order to trigger the €500 sign-up payment and ensure they receive either €1,500 or the delivery of 15 tonnes of turf a year until a suitable replacement bog is found for them.However the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association (TCCA) said there is now a fear that if the government has not arranged for a relocation bog by 2017 or 2018, they may decide that people will have to accept the €1,500 monetary compensation deal instead.“It is a fact that successive governments have not managed to solve a single one of the 53 so called SAC [Special Areas of Conservation] sites in 16 years,” the association said. “The idea that they would be capable of getting their act together between now and 2018 is barely credible.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie about the agreement, TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan said it “has annoyed a lot of people”.“I’ve had a huge amount of phonecalls to my office about it and the general feeling people have is that they made the mistake of trusting the government and now they’re just going to go back to cutting their turf,” he said.Today a group of turf cutters staged a protest outside Galway Circuit Court in support of two men charged in relation to alleged illegal turf cutting on a bog in Kerry last year.(Image: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan)In a statement, the department said that “intensive work is ongoing” and that it is not possible to give a firm date for the agreement of each relocation site.If it is not possible to find a suitable relocation site – for example, for reasons of quality or quantity of turf, planning, Environmental Impact Assessment requirements, or purchase or lease of sites issues – then the Department will consult with turf cutters as to the best option to take at that time.The department said that of the total number of raised bog SACs, arrangements have been made or are at an advanced stage for turf cutters from four bogs to transfer to relocation bogs where they can continue to cut turf legally. Of the remaining 49 raised bog SACs, potential relocation sites have been identified for 32 bogs and these sites are now being assessed for their suitability.The TCCA said in the coming weeks it will be organising a series of localised meetings to inform those affected.Read: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan tells Minister Deenihan to ‘put up or shut up’>Read: Turf cutters reject ‘progress’ made in compensation scheme>last_img read more

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Coronavirus de nouveaux types identifiés chez des chauvessouris

first_imgCoronavirus : de nouveaux types identifiés chez des chauves-sourisLes chercheurs d’une équipe internationale viennent d’identifier de nouveaux coronavirus, proches du syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère (Sras) chez des chauves-souris chinoises. Cette découverte renforce l’hypothèse selon laquelle cette pathologie proviendrait de chauves-souris sauvages.Le SRAS ou syndrome respiratoire aigu sévère est à l’origine de la première pandémie du XXIe siècle. Le virus responsable de cette pneumonie atypique a fait près de 800 morts dans le monde en 2003. Selon une équipe internationale de scientifiques chinois, australiens, singapouriens et américains, de plus en plus de preuves indiquent que ce virus pourrait provenir de chauves-souris sauvages. D’ailleurs, des virus similaires avaient déjà été trouvés chez des chauves-souris. Toutefois, aucun n’était aussi proche du virus du Sras (Sras-CoV) que celui qui vient d’être retrouvé chez des chauves-souris sauvages chinoises (Rhinolophus sinicus). Dans une étude publiée par la revue Nature, des chercheurs font part des résultats de leurs travaux : ils expliquent avoir procédé à des analyses génétiques sur des chauves-souris sauvages chinoises et les résultats montrent une similitude génétique de 95% avec le Sras-CoV. Les scientifiques ont également réussi à isoler de nouveaux virus semblables au Sras-CoV et capables, comme lui, d’infecter directement l’Homme. Pour cela, les virus transitent par un récepteur des cellules ACE2 (ou ECA2, enzyme de conversion de l’angiotensine II). Ainsi, les coronavirus peuvent passer directement des chauves-souris aux hommes, sans nécessairement avoir besoin d’être véhiculé par une espèce intermédiaire comme la civette, un animal vendu sur des marchés du sud de la Chine.Surveiller de près le virus À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? D’autant que les chauves-souris constituent des plats consommés en Chine et dans d’autres parties d’Asie. Elles sont également utilisées en médecine chinoise, d’où un risque réel, justifiant la surveillance des coronavirus chez ces mammifères volants, soulignent l’étude reprise par l’AFP. Pour les scientifiques, cette découverte est importante car elle montre la nécessité de surveiller de près ce type de virus potentiellement dangereux pour la santé humaine et animale. Cette remarque vaut également pour le syndrome respiratoire du Moyen-Orient (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, MERS) dû à un virus de la même famille, le Mers-CoV. Selon les derniers chiffres, ce micro-organisme a été détecté dans dix pays : 136 cas ont été confirmés et 58 personnes en sont mortes, la plupart en Arabie Saoudite. Pour poursuivre ses travaux, l’équipe de scientifiques a mis un virus vivant en culture en laboratoire, “ce qui va permette de travailler sur un vaccin ou des médicaments”, estime Peter Daszak, co-auteur de cette étude.Le 31 octobre 2013 à 20:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Enter Apokolips With Jack Kirbys Fourth World

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Anyone who knows me and my takes on comic books knows that I absolutely love Darkseid. I love that he’s obsessed with something called the Anti-Life Equation. I love that Michael Ironside voiced him. I love watching him slap Superman around. But not only is the big beefy boy better than Thanos (his Marvel rip-off soon terrorizing cinemas in Avengers Infinity War) he’s also just one standout part of an entire incredible universe of comic characters: The Fourth World by legendary artist Jack Kirby.You may remember snippets of Fourth World lore from old DC cartoons and recent DC movies. The pantheon will also be getting a much-deserved movie of its own thanks to director Ava DuVernay. But if you really want to know what Darkseid, Highfather, Orion, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Granny Goodness, and all the rest are all about, you need to revisit the original text. Fortunately, with the massive Fourth World Omnibus, released for Kirby’s 100th birthday, you can commune with the Source.The Fourth World is a true epic told throughout the 1970s. And the sheer size of this omnibus reflects that. It has nearly 1500 pages (for $150) and collects several issues and arcs from the multiple sub-books that comprise the New Gods slice of the DC universe. Inside are SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #133-139 and #141-148, THE FOREVER PEOPLE #1-11, THE NEW GODS #1-11, MISTER MIRACLE #1-18, NEW GODS (REPRINT SERIES) #1-6, DC GRAPHIC NOVEL #4: THE HUNGER DOGS and WHO’S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE DIRECTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE #2-3, #6, #8-18, #20, #22 and #25.The individual stories are entertaining enough on their own. Gaze as Desaad poisons the minds of men. Tremble before the awesome might of the Female Furies in Apokolips’ fire pits. Wonder why Oberon keeps testing Barda’s patience. See the Fourth World come to a thematic, if not literal, end in The Hunger Dogs. And if you get confused about folks like Metron and Virman Vundabar, there’s a handy encyclopedia in the back.As a whole, the collection also serves as a wonderful history lesson for comics fans, particularly Jack Kirby fans. Arguably the biggest architect of the modern Marvel Comics universe (a position shared only perhaps with Stan Lee) Kirby made waves when he took his talents to DC. So it’s hilarious then to remember he introduced this sprawling spiritual space saga in a book theoretically about Superman’s teen sidekick. The lingering Marvel influence is also apparent. The Fourth World and its New Gods are basically a better stab at the “gods as aliens” mythology stuff that drove Marvel’s take on Thor, the Old God.Above everything else, this omnibus is just packed full of incredible art. There’s a reason Kirby’s masterful, dynamic, sci-fi aesthetic is so influential all these decades later. You can pretty much go to any page and see imagery that absolutely blows your mind. I’m in awe of the way it seamlessly combines the headiest high concept psychedelic vistas with very grounded, soul-crushing depictions of a literal fascist hell. The omnibus also includes a bunch of beautiful sketches.There have been Fourth World comic books after Kirby. Right now Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle run has been especially magnificent. But the Fourth World Omnibus is the definitive collection of one of the absolute best things in comics created by one of the absolute best artists in comics. Long Live King Kirby!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Brain injury mentioned in Wulles DUI case

first_imgTraumatic brain injuries sustained years ago by former Clark County Judge John Wulle had a “severe impact” on his alleged drunken driving, his defense attorney said in a Tuesday phone interview.Wulle, 65, appeared earlier in the day in Skamania County before visiting Klickitat District Court Judge Jeffrey Baker. He previously entered a not-guilty plea to DUI, a gross misdemeanor, in Clark County District Court before the change of venue.Baker, who presides over District Court in White Salmon, was brought in on the case after Skamania District Court Judge Ron Reynier recused himself due to a conflict of interest.The Columbian’s request to have a photographer present for Tuesday’s proceeding was denied.Vancouver defense attorney Jon McMullen said after the hearing that Baker reviewed everything to date in the case. Wulle’s next hearing is set for 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5.McMullen said he discussed some of Wulle’s health issues and plans to provide the court and prosecution with additional information as the case progresses. “I wanted the judge to be aware of that important fact in the case,” he said.last_img read more

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McMenamins historian highlights Kalamas past as new property takes shape

first_imgLONGVIEW — In the mid 1990s, Tim Hills was in a “less-than-fulfilling” job when he hatched an idea to combine his love of history and pubs.He and his wife frequented Portland pubs owned by the McMenamin brothers. While they loved the atmosphere and the buildings, they lamented the lack of historical information provided about the places. So he wrote a letter to the McMenamins suggesting they hire him to bring historical color and flavor to their properties. Hills’ timing was perfect: The company was embarking on the renovation of the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, so they gave him a shot.More than 20 years later, Hills remains on a constant quest to find unique stories and characters about the towns where the hotel and restaurant chain develops new properties.His research has helped McMenamins earn a reputation for bringing history to life through artwork, design, food and events at its 55 pub and hotel locations throughout the Northwest. As McMenamins develops a hotel and restaurant at the Port of Kalama — due to open early in 2018 — Hills and his team of two other historians have already started pouring over old documents and interviewing area families as they attempt to uncover more about Kalama’s history.“It’s exciting. … The unknown that’s out there. To put together pieces to make a kind of a whole understanding with a project like this, it’s just great,” Hills said.last_img read more

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Haines Chamber of Commerce grapples with role of nonprofts

first_imgWhether nonprofit and for-profit businesses should have an equal voice in the Haines Chamber of Commerce has been debated for a while.Haines Chamber of Commerce members will vote this week on amended bylaws that would clarify the role of nonprofits. (Bruce Barrett, Flickr Creative Commons)Members will vote this week on amended bylaws that would clarify the role of nonprofits — allowing them to be members and vote, but not to serve on the board.Chamber rules currently are unclear about who can join, who can be a board member and why, according to Chamber board president Kyle Gray.“The wording is loose,” Gray said. “So really what we were trying to do is be much more specific about who can join and what types of entities can join. And that’s really what led into the whole nonprofit conversation, which has been controversial in Haines.”Gray said it’s undeniable that nonprofits contribute to the local economy, but the traditional mission of chambers of commerce is to advance the interests of for-profit businesses.“Say the Alaska State Senate or somebody from outside of Haines called the Chamber and said ‘hey what does the Chamber think about this?’ Really the view that they’re looking for is the business community.”The fear, Gray said, is that if nonprofits are given the same power as for-profits, they could dilute commercial interests, which is more of a hypothetical worry, not something that’s played out in reality.One issue recently factored into the debate: The Chilkat Indian Village applied for special environmental protection for the Chilkat River. That protection could impact Constantine Metal Resources’ mineral exploration and a potential mine at its Palmer Project site north of Haines.“That’s sort of been the elephant in the room,” Gray said.The Chamber hasn’t taken a stance on Tier 3 protection for the river because it’s so controversial.“They’re sort of insinuating — the conservative people are — that the Chamber should be pro-development and pro-business,” Gray said. “And they don’t always see the nonprofit sector of Haines having that mentality — that development is something we should be pursuing at all times.”How do you find a compromise between those who think nonprofits shouldn’t have a role in the Chamber at all and those who think nonprofits and for-profits should be completely equal? Gray thinks they’ve found an answer to that in the proposed bylaws.The new bylaws would divide members into three different classes: for-profits count as primary members, non-profits are community members, and people not representing a business are supporting members. All classes are allowed to vote in Chamber elections. But only primary members – that’s the for-profit representatives – are allowed to serve on the Chamber board of directors.“We felt that that is the compromise,” Gray said.“Excluding us does not make sense,” said Melissa Aronson, president of the nonprofit Haines Friends of Recycling. Speaking for herself and not her organization, Aronson hopes the bylaws are voted down.Chamber board member Thom Ely agreed.Like the other eight board members, Ely represents a for-profit business, but he thinks nonprofits are such an important part of Haines, the Chamber shouldn’t limit their voice.“I think our community should be inclusive, including our business community,” Ely said. “And nonprofits are businesses, they’re just a different business structure. And they contribute millions of dollars to our economy. And I think they should be represented in the Chamber just like any business.”But most of the current board members were in favor of putting some restriction on nonprofits’ role in the Chamber.“The Chamber of Commerce is fundamentally made up of and designed for for-profit businesses,” board  member Scott Sundberg said.Because of that, Sundberg thinks Chamber decisions should be up to for-profit representatives.Even though the bylaws diminish the role of nonprofits, Gray thinks it’s the best solution considering the polarized opinions.“I mean, we think that it is fair for nonprofits to be in the Chamber and have voting rights. And we want their voice to be heard, we want to be inclusive,” Gray said. “But we also don’t want to lose sight of what our overall mission as a chamber of commerce is. And we don’t want this argument to go on forever. We want to put an end to it.”The debate may be put to an end when members vote at the special meeting 6 p.m. Thursday in the Aspen Hotel conference room.last_img read more

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Centre mulls merger of PNB Union Bank and Bank of India

first_imgFile photo- Pedestrians walk past a Punjab National Bank office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe central government is planning to invite selected lenders for another round of merger in public sector banks (PSBs). The lenders that may be called for proposed round 2 of PSB merger include Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India and Bank of India (BoI). If the finance ministry goes ahead with the plans, this would be the second merger this year after the centre merged Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank. Starting this financial year, both Vijaya and Dena were amalgamated with the Bank of Baroda.The Economic Times reported that the activity would take place in the second or third quarter of the current financial year. “We wouldn’t like to wait for too long,” said a finance ministry official. He further added that the government will amalgamate these banks through an alternate mechanism if the banks are not able to give options.”If the banks are not able to give options then the alternate mechanism (AM) group can make suggestions,” he added. Notably, the three banks that merged earlier — Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank — had done so through the alternate mechanism (AM). “It need not be a tripartite merger again. We will be looking at various combinations. It has to be organic, besides we will like some of these large banks to further consolidate their balance sheets in the first two quarters,” he went on to add.  The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, India, .Reuters fileHowever, there were also some counter-voices in the finance ministry against the proposed merger. It was argued that the timing is not perfect for the publicly owned banks. One of the other officials said: “Bank of India has just come out of the Reserve Bank of India’s PCA (prompt corrective action) framework. Union Bank of India and Punjab National Bank are also in the early recovery stage.” It is to be noted that in February, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) slapped PCA framework on Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Bank of Maharashtra for not complying with the banking norms. PCA framework meant the imposed lending restrictions on financially weak banks.Fear of job lossesThe General Secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) had earlier highlighted the fear of job loss due to the consolidation of banks merged on April 1. “Firstly, there is no evidence that the merger of banks would strengthen the banks or make it more efficient,” he said. “Post amalgamation of the State Bank of India (SBI), no miracle has happened and it has resulted in the closure of branches, increase in bad loans, a reduction of staff and a reduction in business. For the first time in 200 years, SBI has gone into the loss,” he added.last_img read more

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2 female students killed in road mishap

first_imgMap of Chittagong.Two female madrasa students were killed as a speedy truck ran them over at Monsuria bazaar on the Banshkhali-Pekua highway in Banshkhali upazila of Chittagong district Monday morning.The deceased are Shaheda Akhtar, 14, and Morsheda Begum, 14, the students of Class-VII at Rongia Ghona Dakhil Madrasa.The accident occurred in the area when a speedy truck hit the students from behind while they were going to the madrasa, leaving Shaheda dead on the spot and Morsheda injured critically, said Banshkhali police station officer-in-charge Alamgir Hossain.Morsheda died on the way to the Banshkhali health complex, he added.Police arrested the driver and seized the truck.A case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

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Republican wins costly congressional race in Georgia

first_imgRepublican candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Karen Handel speaks during her election night party at an Atlanta hotel. Photo: ReutersRepublican Karen Handel won a hotly contested Georgia congressional race on Tuesday, CNN reported, fending off a Democratic challenge in a race that was widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump.With more than 65 percent of the votes counted, CNN predicted that Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, would defeat Democrat Jon Ossoff, a political newcomer who sought to wrest control of a suburban Atlanta district that has elected Republicans to Congress since the 1970s.The election will not significantly change the balance of power in Washington, where Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.But it could give Republicans a boost of confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s presidential election.Ossoff and Handel both tried to focus on local issues and avoided mentioning Trump, whose approval rating sits at 37 percent, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.But that did not stop Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling Ossoff weak on national security and urging voters to support Handel.Spending on the race reached at least $57 million, nearly twice the previous record, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group. The special election was held to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price after Trump appointed him as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Democrats were under pressure to win after steadily losing seats in Congress and at the state level in recent years. They fell short in other special congressional elections earlier this year in Kansas and Montana.Democrat Archie Parnell also lost to Republican Ralph Norman in another special congressional election in South Carolina on Tuesday. That seat became open when Representative Mick Mulvaney was tapped by Trump to head the Office of Management and Budget. Norman was expected to win that race.last_img read more

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AL men set afire BNPs election office Moulvibazar3 BNP candidate

first_imgMoulvibazarBNP’s Moulvibazar-3 candidate M Naser Rahman alleged that Awami League activists set afire his party’s electoral office in the Sadar upazila on Friday night.He also accused the ruling party supporters of attacking his vehicle, reports UNB.Naser told the media at his residence that he had gone to municipality mayor’s office on Friday night after being tipped off that about 50,000 ballot papers were taken there for stuffing.He said he had requested police assistance.“The Juba League and Chhatra League activists removed the sacks filled with ballot boxes at the mayor’s order as police took their time to reach the place,” Naser claimed.Municipality mayor Md Fazlur Rahman rejected the allegation, saying the ballot papers are kept with the presiding officer.Naser said he tried to contact the returning officer but the latter did not receive calls, prompting him contact the army – but nobody showed up in a while. Minutes later, he tried to get in his car and leave the place.“But Juba League and Chhatra League activists surrounded my vehicle claiming I had black money with me and vandalised the vehicle,” Naser said. “They also attacked and damaged the vehicles of former municipal mayor Fazlul Karim and former parliamentarian Begum Khaleda Rabbani.”Soon after that, the ruling party men took out a procession in presence of police, he said, claiming: “They attacked the BNP office near Sylhet Road and set it on fire after vandalising it.”He said police arrested a number of his supporters and were threatening BNP activists. “The ruling party men are desperately trying to stop me from winning,” the BNP candidate alleged.Mayor Fazlur rejected accusations of vandalism and arson. “It is a plot by the BNP to discredit the ruling party,” he added.last_img read more

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Kendall Jenner snubbed by Hollywood filmmakers

first_imgUS model Kendall Jenner was reportedly snubbed by movie producers at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. The 19-year-old model was reportedly overlooked for potential film roles in favour of fellow model Gigi Hadid because of her links to the Kardashian family.“Many producers feel they could cast Gigi in a film, and they would have no stigma to it,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “But there would be a stigma if the billboards said, ‘Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kendall Jenner.’ That just doesn’t work.” wlast_img read more

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Stylus is a Stylish fork without analytics

first_imgStylus is a Stylish fork without analytics by Martin Brinkmann on May 16, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: June 25, 2017 – 38 commentsStylus is a brand new add-on for the Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome web browser that is a fork of the popular Stylish user-styles manager add-on. The Chrome/Opera extension has been around for some time, the Firefox add-on is brand new.Stylish has been around for a long time. It allows users to load so-called userstyles which manipulate how websites look like when they are accessed in the web browser.The recent past has not been all that positive for Stylish and the community. The project was moved to a new owner in October 2016, and major changes were announced soon thereafter in regards to privacy.Basically, what it meant was that an analytics component was added to the Chrome extension that would collect and send anonymous data. That component is enabled by default, and if disabled in the options, prevents the indicator that styles are available on sites you visit in the web browser.StylusStylus is based on Stylish 1.5.2, the last release version that the original developer worked on. It works for the most part just like the Stylish add-on.There are three core differences right now.Stylus is a WebExtension while Stylish is not. This means that Stylus will continue to work when Firefox 57 is released, while Stylish won’t unless it is updated as well. The last Stylish update for Firefox dates back to August 2016 though.Stylus comes without analytics components that are part of recent versions of Stylish.Since it is not based on the newest version, Stylus may lack some features that the developers have built-in, or future features unless also implemented.Stylus adds an icon to the main browser toolbar that you may interact with. A click on the icon displays all installed styles for the site, an option to search for styles for the site on the userstyles website, one to start the creation of a custom style, and one to block all styles on the site.If you select the “find styles on userstyles” option, you are redirected to a search on the website. There you find listed all styles that are available currently for the site.Styles are sorted by release date, and a thumbnail image shows how they look like. You may click on a style to open the style’s profile page. There you find user comments and ratings, a release history, description, and option to install the style in Stylus.The latter works as expected. New styles are active immediately, and Stylus indicates that on supported sites with a number next to its icon.You can manage styles using the add-on. This allows you to remove styles for instance, edit the style information, or the URLs the style is active on.Stylus ships with several options that you may find useful. It is set uscriptp to check for and install userstyle updates automatically every 24 hours. You may disable that feature, and also disable the display of active styles next to the icon, and a couple of other options.Closing WordsStylus works as expected; it is fully compatible with the userstyles website, and even comes with an option to import styles into the extension so that you can keep on using your Stylish styles if you want to.SummaryArticle NameStylus is a Stylish fork without analyticsDescriptionStylus is a brand new add-on for Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers that is a fork of the popular Stylish user-styles manager add-on.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, June 3. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing womancenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 20:25A500 closed due to roadworksA500 D Road in both directions closed due to roadworks from M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent, Hanchurch) to A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange, Trent Vale).Between 20:00 and 6:00 Mondays to Sundays until 6:00 on 4th June. 18:22Slow traffic on A53 Slow traffic on A53 Cobridge Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights).Slow in patches in all directions. 16:46Eight fire engines called to ‘large’ grass fireThe fire has spread quickly due to strong winds – with further fire engines en route. More here.16:39Man, 49, arrested on suspicion of murder after man dies of injuries in hospitalA 62-year-old man was taken to hospital following the incident early in May before dying yesterday. More here.16:14Former teaching assistant jailed for serious sexual offences against childrenFormer teaching assistant jailed for serious sexual assaults against children. More here.15:47Another broken down vehicle on the M6Lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed around 15:45. There is also a separate breakdown between J13 and J14 on the Northbound carriageway.15:47Broken down vehicle on M6Lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) closed around. There is also a separate breakdown between J13 and J12 on the Southbound carriageway. 15:34Seven sentenced after high-performance cars targeted in North Staffordshire burglariesThe gang forced entry to homes and took car keys in burglaries in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle Borough. More here.13:08Smallthorne roundabouts slowA5272 Hanley Road / High Lane busy but moving around Moorland Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts). 13:05A34 Newcastle RoadTraffic easing on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).12:33SmallthorneA5272 Hanley Road / High Lane clear around Moorland Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts).12:33Longport delaysBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes. 12:21Swans returned Traffic easing, held traffic released and swans no longer on road on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic released by 12:05. Lane one (of four) was closed until around 12:00 when traffic was held. This is the same swans from this morning.11:42Police appeal after families hear loud ‘bang’ before discovering smashed windowCommunity police officers are appealing for witnesses after a loud ‘bang’ was heard shortly before a window was found damaged.A caller reportedly heard the noise in Dunnocksfold Road, Alsager, shortly before 10pm on Friday evening.They later found a damaged window.Full story.11:41Chell Street busyA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 11:20M6 in Cheshire – vehicle on verge One lane closed due to broken down car on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed due to the vehicle breaking down on the grass verge. 11:17Issues on the M6 southbound10:56Trent Vale busyA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes. 10:26Trains delayed Delays of up to 20 minutes on Northern between Crewe and Wilmslow due to points failure. 10:26Rail failureDelays of up to 20 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Crewe and Wilmslow due to points failure.09:53Smallthorne Roundabouts slowMoorland Road / Ford Green Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 09:53A34 Newcastle RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).09:37M6 updateTraffic returned to normal, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent)..Lane one (of three) was closed. Traffic is also not being helped by narrow lanes and speed restrictions. 09:22Porthill Road busyA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).09:12Child and baby among five taken to hospital after car flips on M6 (Image: Stoke Sentinel / Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)A young child and a baby were among five people rushed to hospital after a car collided with a roadworks barrier on the M6.The northbound carriageway was closed between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday after the car overturned.Read more.09:02Smallthorne Roundabouts congestion Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road / Ford Green Road at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout).09:02Broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Lane one (of three) is closed. Traffic is already slow through the area due to narrow lanes and speed restrictions. 08:59Two taken to hospital after being found unconscious in car on North Staffordshire street (Image: Google)The emergency services scrambled to a North Staffordshire street after two people were found unconscious in a car.A man and a woman – who have not been identified – were discovered on Loomer Road in Chesterton in the early hours of this morning (June 3).Read more. 08:09Swans moved from carriageway08:00One lane stopped due to swans on the motorwaylast_img read more

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first_imgNews | December 10, 2008 RapidArc Treats First UK Patient, Targets Prostate Cancer News | June 11, 2014 Dutch Cancer Patients to Benefit From Erasmus Medical Center’s New Linacs June 11, 2014 — Erasmus University Medical Center (Erasmus MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, announced the purchase of… read more News | July 18, 2014 Varian Unveils Work-in-Progress Cloud-Based QA System July 18, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems will introduce Qumulate QA, a new cloud-based QA data management and analysis… read more News | September 02, 2014 Elekta’s Enhanced Collaboration With Toshiba Strengthens Position in Japan September 2, 2014 — In an agreement signed in Tokyo, Elekta Japan will grant Toshiba Medical Systems Corp. (TMSC) wider… read more News | Radiation Therapy | September 04, 2015 France’s Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center Chooses Elekta’s Versa HD Gustave Roussy has awarded Elekta with an order for four Versa HD linear accelerators, replacing their existing… read more Related Content News | June 23, 2015 First Patients Treated on Elekta Linear Accelerator with Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac X-Ray Brainlab announced first patient treatments in March on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines… read more News | October 02, 2013 Elekta Opens Global Education Center for Oncology and Neuroscience Professionals Elekta unveiled a state-of-the-art learning center at its North American headquarters, in conjunction with the 55th… read more Videos | October 29, 2018 VIDEO: Biologically Guided Radiation Therapy Using Real-time PET Imaging Kristin Higgins read more Dr. Kristin Higgens from Emory Explains a Novel PET-CT Linac SystemVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:48Loaded: 2.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | June 19, 2015 William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta File Patent Lawsuit Against Varian On June 16, 2015, William Beaumont Hospital and Elekta Ltd. filed a patent infringement suit against Varian Medical… read more Image courtesy of Elekta Feature | March 24, 2015 First Patients Treated on Integrated Brainlab ExacTrac/Elekta LINAC System Brainlab announced first patient treatments on a fully integrated radiation oncology solution that combines ExacTrac… read more News | June 23, 2015 ECRI Institute Offers Guidance on Choosing a Linear Accelerator The ECRI Institute released a new techIQ brief on key factors to consider when purchasing a linear accelerator (linac)… read more December 10, 2008 – A prostate cancer patient from Warrington in Cheshire, UK, becomes first in his country to be treated using RapidArc Radiotherapy from Varian Medical Systems.The 65-year-old cancer patient was diagnosed with prostate cancer in June, and reportedly has had his treatment slot reduced by 25 percent due to the introduction of RapidArc, with even greater savings in ‘beam-on’ time. With RapidArc, Varian’s Clinac medical linear accelerator can target radiation beams at a tumor while making one continuous rotation around the patient. RapidArc delivers a volumetric intensity-modulated radiation therapy treatment in a single or multiple arcs of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided IMRT two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT.According to Angela Heaton, the ‘beam-on’ time for the patient was reduced from nearly four minutes with conventional IMRT to just one minute 10 seconds with RapidArc. The total time he spent in the treatment room was reduced from over 10 minutes to eight and a half minutes. In addition, the RapidArc prostate plan resulted in a better dose distribution and avoidance of organs at risk, she said. “Shortly we intend to start using RapidArc for complex head & neck cancer treatments and we expect the beam-on time will be reduced from 25 minutes using IMRT to about two and a half minutes using two arcs with RapidArc, resulting in more efficient treatments and potentially shortening waiting lists,” said Angela Heaton, research radiographer at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, where the patient was treated.RapidArc technology allows more control to conform the dose more closely to the size, shape, and location of the tumor. Faster treatment also contributes to precision by reducing the time for motion within the anatomy, and laboratory studies suggest that faster dose delivery may kill some cancer cells more effectively.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Thank you agents free flights customers QF

first_imgDownload in .pdf format Hoping to win back the hearts of Aussie travellers, Qantas has launched a campaign offering passengers affected by the grounding of its entire fleet late last month to ‘fly with us, on us’.The Australian flag carrier said as a means “to make it up to customers”, it is offering free return flights on any of its Australian routes or flights between Australia and New Zealand to its Australian resident customers who experienced major flight disruptions with the carrier between 29 October to 31 October this year.As well as free services, the airline said it would also provide compensation packages with full refunds, flexible re-booking options with no fees and compensations out of the pock and other expenses incurred. “The last few weeks have been tough for everyone involved,” the advertisement read. “The grounding of our fleet was particularly stressful for our customers and staff, and although we arranged accommodation and are busy reimbursing passengers, we want to do more.”Meanwhile the carrier said it is also compiling a ‘thank you’ program for its travel agents, with details to be released shortly.“We deeply regret the impact of our fleet being grounded, but we’re pleased to say everything is now back to schedule,” a statement from the carrier read.Click here for more Customer Question and Answers on the free service.Meanwhile the carrier’s Transport Workers Union said it is looking at filing legal action after finding grounds to against Fair Work Australia’s decision to axe the union’s industrial action.However, Qantas dismissed the claims highlighting that it had fully complied with the law.Is a free flight enough to win your confidence and trust? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Boutique cruise line Windstar Cruises has announce

first_imgBoutique cruise line Windstar Cruises has announced a return to Alaska sailings in its northern Spring/Summer 2018 ports of call also taking in British Columbia.The news comes on the heels of Windstar’s recent announcement of its return to Asia in 2017/18, with the 212-guest, all-suite Star Legend yacht sailing from Tokyo to Seward (Anchorage), Alaska over a 14-day trans-Pacific cruise, which also stops in Miyako, Hakodate, and Kushiro in Japan.Windstar’s Alaska beckons guests to slow down over leisurely journeys. With voyages starting at 11 days, there is ample time for scenic cruising in both Canada’s and Alaska’s famed inside passages – where guests can look for orcas, bears, and bald eagles from the comfort of their elegant ship.Star Legend will sail Misty Fjords National Monument and Kenai Fjords National Park, experiences usually booked via a shore excursion because the ‘big ships’ do not go there.Each Windstar Alaska itinerary includes sailing through Tracy Arm Fjord – so close that noise of the ice breaking and falling into the water during glacier calving will catch guests by surprise. Enthusiastic park rangers, scientists, glaciologists, geologists and other experts will be aboard each cruise to provide education, perspective, one-on-one discussions, and ample opportunities for individual discovery in America’s ‘last frontier’.“We are so excited to be enhancing the Alaskan travel marketplace by introducing our brand of true small ship cruising to Alaska. Sailing closer to pristine deciduous shorelines, delving deeper into all-enveloping fjords, kayaking in icy straits right off the ship’s Watersports Platform, and viewing an endless wilderness from sea level. We are bringing our guests right to the heart of what makes Alaska and the Great Pacific Northwest such an amazing destination and magical place to visit,” said Windstar President, John Delaney.“We are working hard now to arrange customised bucket list moments like the chance to hike atop the massive Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s capitol of Juneau, zip-line over crystal-clear creeks in bear country, snap a classic whale tail picture on your mobile phone – during a romantic deck-side dinner, fly over majestic Glacier Bay in a private plane, uncover Sitka’s rich Russian heritage, or check out Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell – a destination rarely visited by cruise ships. Windstar is thrilled to put its stamp on this classic cruise region and expects it will quickly become a Yacht Club Member favourite. We honestly can’t wait!”Highlights of Windstar’s inaugural Alaska season with the 212-guest Star Legend yacht include:Cruising Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords.Optional up close and personal kayaking and scenic cruising by Zodiac directly from the ship.Full destination immersion with seven to eight Southeast Alaska and British Columbia ports each cruise.Sailing right into Misty Fjords and Kenai Fjords, due to small size of ship.Multiple glacier experiences on northbound/southbound sailings featuring Mendenhall Glacier, Tracy Arm, and Kenai Fjords.Longer itineraries of 11 to 14 days allowing the yacht to move slower and get closer to shore exploring more off the usual charted course.Naturalist/Expedition Leaders on all voyages who will customise the experience for guests along with speakers from Native American tribes.Once in Alaska, the elegant Star Legend embarks on three new itineraries with eight sailing dates, departing May to August 2018, including a 14-day Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver option; 12-day Vancouver round-trip itinerary, and 11- or 12-day Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) voyages. Windstar also plans to offer pre- and post-cruise land excursions, allowing guests more time to explore Alaska’s interior.New Alaska itineraries Wonders of Alaska & Canada These 14-day voyages from Seward (Anchorage) to Vancouver are offered three times, allowing guests a full two weeks of jaw-dropping scenery and history. British Columbia’s Prince Rupert, located on Kaien Island just north of the mouth of the Skeena River, is a highlight – a picturesque port rich in culture and heritage. Teeming with wildlife, guests can expect whale, eagle, salmon and grizzly bear sightings, and also visit the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, with one of the densest remaining North American bear populations.Alaskan SplendorsMultiple journeys between Vancouver and Seward (Anchorage) over 11 or 12 days offer a tour de force of top Alaskan destinations. From the wildlife and glaciers of the Inside Passage to the First Nations totems of Ketchikan; hiking in Haines or sampling its cultural offerings like the Alaska Indian Arts Center, where traditional craftsmen demonstrate their work; to the biggest zipline in the United States in Icy Strait Point.Islands & Inlets of the Inside PassageOffering two 12-day sailings, this itinerary cruises roundtrip from Vancouver, passing under the famed Lions Gate Bridge twice, both en route to the rugged coastline and on the return. A hidden gem at the midway point of the Inside Passage sits Metlakatla, Alaska on verdant Annette Island. This locale is the only US settlement of the indigenous Tsimshian people, where guests can visit a traditional longhouse and experience the full regalia of Native American song and dance shows.Windstar Alaska fares start from AU $7163 per person twin share based on Oceanview Suite Cat S for the 11-night Alaskan Splendors departing 31 May 2018.Star Legend, one of the world’s most luxurious small cruise ships, plays the casually elegant host to no more than 212 guests. The experience is like sailing on your own private yacht with nearly a 1:1 staff to guest ratio, boasting all-suite accommodations and beautifully appointed public spaces such as the elegant AmphorA and romantic Candles restaurants. The comfortable Yacht Club lounge located on the top guest deck is sure to be the place for spotting whale spouts and wildlife on the shoreline, as cruisers relax with a Captain’s Coffee and enjoy the 270-degree indoor/outdoor viewing opportunities.Star Legend’s 106 suites offer more room than many hotels, with stylish décor, walk-in closets, marble bathrooms, L’Occitane® toiletries, and a tranquil seating area — all with a view. Alaska-bound travellers may choose from 106 suites, including 36 Balcony Suites with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring fresh air and sweeping scenery indoors; or select one of 64 Ocean View Suites with large picture windows; or splurge on a decadent Owner’s or Classic Suite located just below the yacht’s Open Bridge, with a stunning view from the private verandah. Yacht guests will enjoy ‘destination authenticity’ like only Windstar can deliver with regionally themed cuisine, libations, entertainment, speakers and activities, as well as personalised small group shore excursions, and attentive service.last_img read more

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