All Spring Weight Restrictions

first_img Spring weight restrictions will be lifted on all provincial roadsat 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 2. The weight restrictions have already been lifted on roads inYarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Lunenburg,Halifax and Hants counties. Restrictions for trucks are announced each year during thespring-thaw period to help protect roads that are weakened by wetweather. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -All Spring Weight RestrictionsLiftedlast_img

Suspension of Indias preferential trade status under GSP is done deal US

first_imgWashington DC: The Trump administration has said it is not going back on its decision to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme, terming the suspension a “done deal”. The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentscountries. On March 4, President Donald Trump announced that the US intended to terminate India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP programme. The 60-day notice period ended on May 3. A formal notification is now expected anytime. The Trump administration has prioritised working with the Government of India to ensure that US companies have a level playing field, a senior State Department official told reporters on Thursday, hours after Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second time following his spectacular electoral victory in the general elections. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”The persistent market access issues, which we were engaged with our Indian counterparts over the last year, led us to announce in March that we would be suspending or withdrawing India’s benefits under the generalised system of Preferences Program,” said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “That suspension is a done deal. Now the task is how do we look ahead; how do we work under the second Modi Administration, to identify a path forward?” the official said, reflecting the Trump administration’s decision that the GSP termination is final. Under the GSP programme, nearly 2,000 products including auto components and textile materials can enter the US duty-free if the beneficiary developing countries meet the eligibility criteria established by Congress. India was the largest beneficiary of the program in 2017 with $5.7 billion in imports to the US given duty-free status and Turkey the fifth largest with $1.7 billion in covered imports, according to a Congressional Research Service report issued in January. “We believe there’s enormous potential to grow our trade relationship and to help stimulate the jobs that Prime Minister Modi is committed to bringing to an overwhelmingly young Indian population. “We believe that if India is prepared to address policies including data localisation and ecommerce measures, that served to stifle international investment from top tier companies, that we can continue to make significant progress moving forward,” the official said. Noting that President Trump has already made the announcement regarding his decision to terminate the designation of India as a beneficiary nation under GSP, the official said there was a 60-day notification to Congress. The official said that does not rule out in the future, being able to achieve the reforms and the market access that the US needs under this programme to restore benefits. “But I think we need to be looking forward at how do we relaunch an ambitious set of discussions between our trade teams in order to address these outstanding irritants,” the official said, asserting that there is every reason to believe that the GSP suspension will move forward. Responding to questions, the official reiterated that India needed to address some of its major concerns in particular those related to market access and data localisation. “Data localisation is a phenomenon that’s been taking place globally where we’ve seen increasing digital protectionism. While we recognise that there are legitimate security and privacy and law enforcement issues related to data protection, we’re looking at nearly eight per cent of India’s GDP, about $160 billion is associated with IT firms who depend upon the free flow of data,” the official said.last_img read more

A look at some of the recommendations in Albertas financial report

first_imgCALGARY — A panel looking into Alberta’s finances says the province has been overspending for years and needs to make changes. Here are some of 26 recommendations its report makes:— Use alternative medical service delivery, including private clinics, for day procedures and other medical services that don’t have to be done in hospitals.— Limit the high cost of doctor services by having physicians move to alternative payment plans, renegotiate its agreement with the Alberta Medical Association and also consider legislation.— Revise school funding. Specifically decrease the amount that goes to administration and governance.— Lift the current freeze on post-secondary tuition. Have institutions rely less on government grants and more on tuition and alternative revenue sources.— Create legislation that sets salary levels for all public-sector workers and applies to all negotiations and arbitrations. It would form the basis for back-to-work legislation.— Adopt a fiscal rule that limits annual increases in total program spending to the projected increase in total household incomes.— Balance the budget by 2022-23 and introduce a legislated plan to eliminate the net debt by 2043-44.— Establish a fixed budget date.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West.The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, on Tuesday sued a Los Angeles water utility that agreed to contribute all of California’s water to a key reservoir under a multistate drought contingency plan.The action came the same day President Donald Trump approved federal legislation to implement the plan, which Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years negotiating.The agreement is meant to keep the country’s two largest reservoirs on the Colorado River from dropping so low they cannot deliver water or produce hydropower amid prolonged drought and climate change.The Imperial Irrigation District said it wouldn’t join the drought plan unless it secured $200 million in federal funding to address health and environmental hazards at the Salton Sea, a massive, briny lake southeast of Los Angeles.The Metropolitan Water District, which serves Los Angeles, essentially wrote Imperial out of the drought plan to prevent delays in implementing it. It said it would contribute all of California’s water to Lake Mead, which could top 2 million acre-feet through 2026 when the drought plan expires. An acre-foot is enough water to serve one to two average households a year.Imperial’s lawsuit claims the Metropolitan Water District sidestepped an environmental law.“Where the water supply would come from and what environmental impacts could result from Metropolitan’s need to acquire such water to fill this sizable hole in its water supply are entirely unknown,” Imperial wrote in court documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.A California law requires state and local agencies to identify any potential environmental effects of their actions and address them if possible. Imperial is asking the court to force Metropolitan to comply with that law, which could delay the larger drought plan from being implemented.Metropolitan has said storing water in Lake Mead under the drought plan doesn’t require review under the California Environmental Quality Act because any changes to its facilities would be minor.“We are disappointed that the Imperial Irrigation District is using litigation as a tool to block implementation of the drought contingency plan,” Metropolitan general manager Jeff Kightlinger said in a statement Wednesday. “Parties on the Colorado River need to collaborate during this time of crisis, not litigate.”Imperial took the stance in December that the drought plan would be exempt from the environmental law. District spokesman Robert Schettler said Wednesday that came before Metropolitan strayed from a version that Imperial approved with stipulations.The seven states and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have said the drought plan won’t affect the Salton Sea, but the Imperial Irrigation District isn’t convinced.“The logic in going forward without IID was that the DCP (drought contingency plan) couldn’t wait for the Salton Sea,” general manager Henry Martinez said Wednesday. “This legal challenge is going to put that logic to the test, and the focus will now be where it should have been all along, the Salton Sea.”Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press read more

Norfolk man charged in Delhi armed robbery

A Norfolk man was arrested and charged this weekend following an armed robbery in Delhi.Around 6:15 a.m. Sunday, a man entered the Mac’s convenience store on James Street brandishing a knife. The man demanded and was given money from the till and then left the scene in a sports utility vehicle.Soon after, police patrolling Highway 24 north of Simcoe located the suspect vehicle and pulled it over as it headed toward Brant County. The driver was taken into custody without incident and no injuries were reported.Owen Drover, 59, has been charged with armed robbery, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol, and failure to comply with a probation order.The accused is being held in custody and will answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date.

Culture of Peace exhibit at UN shows role of both ordinary and

Illustrating the importance of building a culture of peace at all levels and across geographical lines, the exhibit highlights the work of a dozen people famous for their role in conflict resolution, while showcasing the essays and artwork of children who are destined to inherit this task.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has observed that, “It is not enough to send peacekeeping forces to separate warring parties. It is not enough to engage in peace-building efforts after societies have been ravaged by conflict. It is not enough to conduct preventive diplomacy. All of this is essential work, but we must also act at a deeper level if we want enduring results. We need, in short, a culture of peace.”The exhibition is being launched in the context of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). It is a joint venture of the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), the Permanent Missions of the Bahamas, the Laos, Mozambique and Tuvalu as well as the Soka Gakkai International (SGI)-USA and the International Committee of Artists for Peace.Stressing that peace and development go together, High Representative Anwarul K. Chowdhury said, “One is not achievable without the other.” He added that it is important to ensure durable peace in least developed countries so that they can benefit from overall development efforts.”The exhibit basically focuses on building a culture of peace for young people and we would like as many children as possible to come to see” it, he told the UN News Service. “They are the future of our world and inculcating a culture of peace will contribute to global peace and development.”The exhibit will be open to the public through 27 February. read more

Blue Jays trade pitchers Aaron Sanchez Joe Biagini to the Astros

Sanchez, like Stroman, was originally a Blue Jays draft pick that the team developed into a reliable major league starter. A first-round pick in 2010, Sanchez made his MLB debut in 2014 and became a regular starter for the team in 2015. In 146 games with the Blue Jays, 92 of them starts, Sanchez posted a 32-33 record with a 3.96 ERA and 458 strikeouts.Biagini, 29, was a Rule 5 pick by the Blue Jays from the San Francisco Giants in 2015. In four seasons with the Jays, mostly as a reliever, he posted a 4.76 ERA with 261 strikeouts.Fisher, 25, has split time between the Astros and triple-A in each of the last three seasons. This season in 17 games with Houston, he is hitting .226/.317/.358 with one home run and five RBIs. The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly traded pitchers Aaron Sanchez and Joe Biagini, minutes before the MLB trade deadline on Wednesday.Both the MLB players will be going to the Houston Astros.In return for the two pitchers, the Blue Jays are acquiring outfield prospect Derek Fisher.The moves cap a busy trade deadline that saw the Blue Jays sell off a large portion of their pitching staff. On top of Sanchez and Biagini, the Blue Jays have also parted ways with starter Marcus Stroman and relievers Daniel Hudson and David Phelps in recent days. read more

IHF president Hassan Moustafa Brazil to pay debt with organizing Beach and

Brasil handballbrazil handballhandebolIHF ← Previous Story AUSTRIAN DERBY: Fivers beat Alpla Hard again! Next Story → EHF COURT OF HANDBALL: BM Atletico Madrid to pay 25.000 EUR During the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committe, the President of the Internacional Handball Federation, Hassan Moustafa, said that Brazil could organize two World Championships in 2015 as part of a paying plan to finish the debt that de Brazilian Handball Federation has with the IHF.Those tournaments are:– Men’s Junior World Championship– Mens’s and Women’s Beach World ChampionshipsThis plan is accepted by the Continental Federations and there’s only one thing to expect: that the plan is voted in the IHF Congress this October.The IHF’s idea is that all the money that those tournaments can get will go to pay the debt in addition to a paying strategy that will en the Brazilian debt. This has been talked between Moustafa and Manoel Luiz Oliveira -President of the CBHb- in Basel, Switzerland. read more

Womens EHF CL TOP 8 begins Buducnost in Gyor Larvik in Ljubljana

Gyorwomen’s EHF CLWomen’s handball ← Previous Story Sierra to Pick Szeged – Mikler to Veszprem? Next Story → Gurbindo stays in Barcelona until 2016 Women’s EHF Champions League Main Round starts today with the matches of Round 1. The biggest derby will be played in Gyor where Buducnost is coming. Two last EHF Cl winner will have a chance to make life easier with the points at the beginning of the battle for EHF F4 in Budapest.Saturday:Gyor – Buducnost 18.30Midtjyland – Savehof 13.30Krim – Larvik 20.30hSunday:Vardar – Thuringer 18

VIVA KIELONIA Kiel beat Veszprem for the Final

← Previous Story WAHNSINN: Flensburg beat Barca after penalty shoot-out! Next Story → Nikola Manojlovic to Meshkov Brest Kiel’s 6-0 defense was too strong for the Veszprem’s shooters in the last part of the first semi-final at VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne! THW Kiel celebrate their third final in “Lanxess Arena” after victory over MKB MVM Veszprem 29:26 (13:13). Alfred Gislason had one of the heroes in goalkeeper Palicka, who stopped some important shots of the rivals. Team of Antonio Carlos Ortega has lost the control on the match after 35 minutes. After Chema Rodriguez was stopped, there were no other player in the back-line of Veszprem on the level necessary to beat “Zebras” at F4…. MKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN ):Fazekas (n.e.), Alilovic (1.-60., 13/2 saves); Vilovski (2), Gulyas (1), G. Ivancsik (2),Schuch, T. Ivancsik (1), Ruesga (3), Ilic (5/3), Mocsai (n.e.), Nagy (4), Ugalde (4), Rodriguez (2), Terzic, Sulic (2); THW Kiel:Sjöstrand (2 saves), Palicka (15.-60., 14 saves); Toft Hansen(1), Sigurdsson (6), Sprenger (2), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (3), Zeitz (1), Jallouz (n.e.), Palmarsson (7), Klein(n.e.), Jicha (4), Vujin (2); read more

Hellenic Doctors end year on trivia night high

first_imgThe Hellenic Medical Society of Australia (HMSA) recently celebrated the end of another successful year over dinner and a trivia night. HMSA has focussed on community activities involving strengthening ties between doctors, the community and Australian and Greek healthcare systems. The event saw 100 Hellenic doctors and their partners come together over a wonderful dinner and test their medical and Greek general knowledge through trivia. HMSA President Professor Marinis Pirpiris opened the night and highlighted HMSA achievements to date and goals for the coming year. Merriment followed with networking, whilst sharing collective knowledge and a show of healthy competitiveness between teams.The HMSA aims to unite doctors with the wider community and indeed this past year can attest to that. There have been multiple internal and public education lectures. Children’s health and paediatric first aid were the flavours of the March public lectures, led by Dr Betty Messazos-Trapetsas (HMSA Board) and co-presented with Dr Chris Pappas, and Dr Maria Raftopoulos. In April a joint lecture on urological diseases and chronic kidney disease was organised by Mr George Koufogiannis (HMSA board), who also presented in unison with Mr Peter Liodakis and Professor John Katsoulis. Associate Professor Arthur Nasis (HMSA Treasurer), enriched a Delphi Bank function later in October with an informative discussion on predicting, preventing and managing cardiovascular disease.Multiple professional presentations also took place after the joint presentation by Dr Nick Antoniades on Thunderstorm Asthma and Dr Spiros Fourlanos (HMSA Board) with updates on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. April saw the gathering of the HMSA at the Hellenic Museum for an informative talk on cutting edge renal and pancreatic transplantation medicine by Professor John Kanellis, in combination with a presentation by Professor Vicki Kotsirilos on various Hippocratic treatments of antiquity and those persisting today. In August, Professor John Dixon and Mr George Kalogeropoulos presented at a medical dinner on the latest trends in medical and surgical bariatric management. Throughout the year HMSA has also seen an increase in the number of Doctors in Training and medical students who have joined.As always, the HMSA is forever grateful to its major sponsors for making so many of these events possible. The trivia night would not have happened without the kind support of Boston Scientific and 4Cyte Pathology, Australia’s newest privately owned, independent bulk-billing pathology company. In addition to the trivia night, HMSA is grateful for the continued strong support by Delphi Bank that has enabled many of their events to proceed throughout the year. They are also grateful to Zaparas Lawyers, iNova Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca and the Greek Community of Melbourne for their support in 2018.The coming year promises to continue building on the foundations already laid by the HMSA, with the inception of a medical student scholarship for students planning to undertake a clinical placement overseas, in Greece or Cyprus. HMSA is also working to establish a mentoring program, in addition to various online Greek language resources to facilitate the care of Greek speaking patients in Australia. Furthermore, an online directory of doctors with links to the Australian Greek community is also currently under construction. Next year will see an increase in public lectures and research involvement. HMSA is also seeking to increase its philanthropic works further by launching a formal means by which medical supplies and resources can be sent to areas of need, including Greece.The HMSA board and its members thank all those who have participated in the various events throughout the year and wish you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.Medical practitioners (doctors, including medical students) seeking to join the HMSA should access the website for information on membership. The public can also visit the site for further information. See hmsa.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver man sentenced in robbery car theft

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for robbing a woman of her purse and car at gunpoint, and then leading police on a chase the next day, crashing the stolen car.Rafael Loera-Luna, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and hit-and-run in one case. He also pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle and reckless driving in a second case, court records show.At about 6 a.m. Oct. 23, Loera-Luna entered the workplace of Celia Aparicio in the 3300 block of East Fourth Plain Boulevard wearing a bandana. He pulled what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband and demanded the woman’s money. Loera-Luna then took her purse, which contained her car keys, and drove off in her orange Kia Rio, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Police spotted the stolen car the next day and tried to stop it, but the driver sped off. A police chase ensued, and the stolen car eventually crashed into an occupied vehicle near Northeast Andresen Road and Buena Vista Drive, the affidavit states. The driver ran from the scene.A passenger who was in the Kia identified the suspect driver as Loera-Luna, according to court documents. During a search of the stolen car, police found heroin and a backpack that contained a mask worn in the armed robbery, as well as a black air gun, court records said.last_img read more

Pm Launches Life And Health Insurance For Athletes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 28 (JIS): Jamaica has become one of the first developing countries to provide life and health insurance coverage for its national athletes, with the launch of the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, today (January 28).At the press launch, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the initiative represents real progress and is a profound demonstration of the Government’s investment in the people and particularly the youth of Jamaica. She further noted that it is also an example of investment in the economic potential of the nation.“In launching the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Plan, Jamaica is within the best practices of the international sporting community. We are also trailblazers in this area among developing nations. It is a noteworthy national achievement,” she said.The establishment of the Insurance Plan, which becomes effective February 1, results from the National Sports Policy, which was introduced in 2013. Out of a series of consultations with sporting associations, athletes, the private sector, youth clubs, tertiary institutions, among other sports stakeholders, for the establishment of the Policy, the need for the provision of medical expenses for athletes was highlighted.Through Guardian Life Ltd. the Plan will provide group health insurance for some 1,323 athletes from 28 national sports associations and federations which are registered, while group life and personal accident insurance will be provided by Allied Insurance Brokers, through Sagicor.The Government contributes 95 per cent towards the cost of premiums and the remainder is provided by the national sports associations and federations collectively. Agreements were signed with the Sports Development Foundation, the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), for the provision of funds over the next three years to support the plan.Noting that Jamaica has a long and distinguished local and international sporting history, the Prime Minister said the Plan is supported by the Jamaican people who are grateful to the athletes.“Our athletes are not only sources of great pride and joy. For us, sport also represents an integral part of the cultural and creative industries of the Jamaican economy,” she said.The Prime Minister said the Government is committed to ensuring the health, wellness, social protection, safety and prosperity of Jamaica’s athletes.She expressed thanks to the institutions for financial support and hailed the Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, for her work in getting the programme to this point.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Elaine Foster-Allen, in welcoming remarks at the ceremony, also hailed the establishment of the Plan.“This is about service for our national athletes, who are committed to representing their country internationally and regionally, and the national associations which facilitate their development and the honing of their skills and talents,” she said. Related Items:dairy farmers, Hugh Graham, Jamaica Dairy Development Board Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dairy Farmers Urged To Improve Pasture Managementlast_img read more

Bill banning sex ed from abortion providers moves forward in House

first_imgSen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, on the floor of the Senate during debate about the state operating budget, March 14, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)A bill to bar abortion service providers from teaching sex education in public schools narrowly cleared a hurdle in the Alaska House today.Download AudioMuch of the public input around Senate Bill 89 in recent weeks has centered on ‘the birds and the bees.’ The bill’s supporters want parents to have the final say on kids’ sex education, while its opponents say the bill would make it harder for students to get complete, science-based information.But as members of the House Education committee considered the bill Wednesday morning, they were also concerned with the other things it does. For one, S.B. 89 says school districts may not pay for routine physical exams for teachers, which are required in some but not all districts.The bill also requires parents to opt their kids in to not only sex ed lessons, but standardized tests as well.That part was a major selling point for Rep. Jim Colver (R-Palmer), who is a vocal opponent of the state’s most recent standardized test, the Alaska Measures of Progress.“One of the most significant sections of the bill recognizes the authority of a parent to withdraw their child from a standards-based assessment,” Colver said. “Especially after going through what I call a useless top-down exercise with the AMP testing, which is going on right now. So I think that’s very to put that authority into statute.”Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), on the other hand, said the opt-in provision would create more hassle for districts.“As the parent of three school-age children myself, I can’t tell you how many times I intended to sign [a permission slip] and didn’t get to it, or it got lost in a backpack and I fully would have signed the permission slip but had to get a call from the teacher instead,” Spohnholz said. “I just think it’s an unnecessary barrier we’re creating to, in theory, protect a right that we already have as parents, which is to pull our students out of sexual health education.”Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) said he’s most concerned with the bill’s health impacts, including the possibility that restricted access to sex ed will lead to more unplanned preganacies and increased STD rates. But he also believes the bill would power away from local school districts.“This is a state usurpation of local control,” Seaton said. “And this is I believe the first time in which we’re coming in and we are saying that the local districts can no longer identify their curriculum.”Senate Bill 89 passed the education committee by a vote of 4-3. Voting for the measure were committee Chair Wes Keller, Rep. Jim Colver, Rep. Liz Vasquez, and Rep. David Talerico.Voting against the bill were Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, Rep. Harriett Drummond, and Rep. Paul Seaton.It now goes to the Health and Social Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Seaton. It’s not yet scheduled for a hearing in that committee.last_img read more

Privacy concerns raised over TubeCrush website where people post photos of men

first_imgHe adds: “I have absolutely no recollection of even where I was going the day it was posted, but the fact that it’s obviously been documented, posted and commented on I find slightly odd.”Going on, Janes said he thought the website is controversial, and that it would not be as accepted if it “focused on the objectification of women on the tube”.Motion added that since the website launched, only 20 people had asked to have their photo taken down.But the site has been criticised on Twitter by people who say it is sexist.One user wrote: “The non-consent aspect of your work is worrying. Why encourage? You’re not exactly helping gender parity by reducing one gender to silent objects are you? Very counterproductive.“The ratings of men on your site are mostly negative too so not positive is it.”Another added: “If blokes did this about women, there would be outrage and rightly so. If you think its find to do this to blokes and not women, you are a regressive liberal.”RELATED: Munroe Bergdorf tells Piers Morgan ‘You are sexist’ in fiery Good Morning Britain rowA third defended the site saying that consent is not needed as the men are travelling in a public place, saying: “Is the tube a public place? You have to pay to use it..therefore private property and not public.”And another user criticised a report about the site, simply because it did not mention that gay and bisexual men consume the site as well as women.The author Mark Simpson, who has written commentary on the objectification of men, said: “Male objectification seems to be an unstoppable force.”But he added that for men, “being a ‘sex object’ can be pleasurable, powerful and even money-making.”He said: “Until there is a change in equilibrium when it comes to gender in society, it will be hard to have a site celebrating a woman’s appearance without making women feel uncomfortable.”The website says it “celebrates… the attractiveness of strangers” on London’s transport system.It has 11,000 followers on Twitter and the same number of likes on Facebook.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… While the website has been around for six years, launching in 2011, new privacy concerns have been raised.Other critics have also said the website promotes sexism against men.The founder of the website, Steve Motion, has defended the site, saying that people featured on the site can contact administrators to have their photos taken down.RELATED: Instagram could be about to end sexy selfies“If someone wants their photo removed we will 100 per cent take it down.” He said.He said that “it is different in our society for a woman to have her picture taken compared to a man.”Adding that he had originally intended to include pictures of women on the site, he said he did research when launching the site and decided against it.A Privacy International (PI) Solicitor Millie Graham Wood told the Evening Standard that: “Apps like TubeCrush may give the appearance of being innocuous and harmless. That is rarely the case where data is the new oil and we are the product.”He added: “We note with serious concern that rather than address the very real and worrying privacy issues arising from this website and app, the privacy policy abdicates responsibility and fails to address the infringements on individual privacy. Further, they create an onerous process for individuals to remove their data.”One of the men featured on the site, Harry Janes, 23, told the Standard that he had been informed he was featured on TubeCrush by a girl he was dating.RELATED: This little girl’s rant about Tesco’s sexist clothing is amazing“To be totally honest I thought it was absolutely hysterical. I’m not particularly sensitive so it was really just water off a ducks back. It did make me question what else might be lurking on the Internet that you don’t necessarily know is there though,” he said.But he added that while he thought it was “funny” at the time it was posted, he has since said he thinks it is “incredibly creepy”. Winter Olympics 2018: Fox News pulls column complaining about gay and black athletesEmbarrassing number of gay and ethnic minorities at OlympicsFears of LGBT crackdown in Indonesia as 12 women evicted from their homePINK NEWS- Privacy concerns have been raised over the website TubeCrush, on which users post photos of random men on public transport.The website TubeCrush.net sees people submit secretly taken photographs of men they find attractive on the London Underground. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 10, 2010 New Radiosurgery Nonprofit to Establish Best Practices Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content 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 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  February 10, 2010 – A newly formed non-profit, the Radiosurgical Research Institute will initiate clinical studies and collect treatment data from radiosurgery centers throughout the United States to establish best practices, increase patient educational resources and provide radiosurgery centers with more clinical data to improve treatment recommendations.Inspired by a comparatively small amount of research and funding dedicated to comparing the effectiveness of treatment modalities, including conventional surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, among others, the new nonprofit clinical research organization will examine and compare the effectiveness of various radiation treatment modalities in combating cancer. “Although hundreds of millions of dollars goes into cancer research, there is a relatively limited amount going toward treatment. Most goes to research for diagnosis and prevention, and is generated by academic-based facilities,” said George Stevens, US Radiosurgery CEO. “We saw a need and an opportunity to build upon existing research programs using data available from our community-based radiosurgery centers and others who may be interested in participating.”radiation oncologist Luther Brady, M.D., medical director of Philadelphia CyberKnife, will lead the Radiosurgical Research Institute’s clinical review board. Brady said that ultimately, the institute will expand well beyond US Radiosurgery.“The institute will welcome physicians and researchers from all radiosurgery facilities, regardless of affiliations,” Dr. Brady said. “Our purpose is to generate the best clinical research and scientific study of radiosurgery possible for the benefit of cancer patients and their doctors.”US Radiosurgery, a developer and operator of full-body radiosurgical facilities in cooperation with community hospitals and physicians, is also a founder of the institute. The Radiosurgical Research Institute has headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.For more information: www.usradiosurgery.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Costa Rican foreign relations minister condemns presence of Nicaraguans in Isla Calero

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Relations, Enrique Castillo, blasted Nicaragua in a letter delivered to the Nicaraguan Ambassador to Costa Rica today, for recently sending “a contingent of youth” to the disputed islands of Calero and Portillos in the San Juan river that forms the border between the two countries.“My Government has continued documenting the way, despite past protests by Costa Rica, the government of Nicaragua continues increasing the presence of its citizens and officials in the zone where the International Court of Justice prohibited their presence,” read the note which, according to a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website Wednesday morning, was delivered to Nicaraguan Ambassador Harold Rivas at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.Costa Rica and Nicaragua have engaged in mutual antagonism here since October 2010, when Costa Rica complained about Nicaragua dredging the river. Costa Rica accused Nicaragua of dumping silt on Isla Calero and causing environmental damage. After that, both countries sent armed personnel to the region and began campaigns to drum up international support.  In January 2011, Nicaraguan troops occupied areas of Isla Calero, which Costa Rica dubbed an “armed invasion.” In March, the International Court of Justice ordered both countries to remove armed personnel from the disputed regions. Castillo’s note accused the Nicaraguan government of encouraging young people to go to the prohibited areas as part of a “San Juan River Studies” class, which the Foreign Relations Minister said would only serve to “institutionalize the presence of the Nicaraguans in the area indicated by the (International) Court (of Justice)” and further alienate the two countries.“All these actions constitute grave violations of the order issued (by the Court) on March 08, 2011. Consequently, the Government of the Republic of Costa Rica presents, again, its energetic protest and demands the government of Nicaragua comply fully with provisional measures dictated by International Court of Justice,” Castillo’s note read. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

UK police probe whether 2 men stowed away beneath plane

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy While there is no evidence to link the two cases, police say they are looking into whether there is a connection to the body found an hour later in the west London community of Richmond, which is below the flight path.British Airways said it is working with police in London and Johannesburg to establish the facts in this “rare case.”Experts believe roughly three-quarters of stowaways do not survive if they hide on a plane’s undercarriage because of the extreme cold and lack of oxygen they experience as the plane reaches cruising altitude. Though not common, stowaways have in the past plunged to the streets of west London as the planes lowered their landing gear.In September 2012, a 30-year old from Mozambique, Jose Matada, died after falling from the undercarriage of a Heathrow-bound flight from Angola on to a street in Mortlake, which is not far from where the body was found Thursday.An inquest into his death suggested he had survived freezing temperatures of up to minus 60 Celsius (minus 76 Fahrenheit for most of the 12-hour flight, but he was believed to be dead or nearly dead by the time he hit the ground.Aviation expert Chris Yates described the latest situation as unusual because of enhanced security measures at airports meant to deter terror and other attacks. However, he noted that the stowaways who survive have tended to be young people. The vital role family plays in society Comments   Share   Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The Rev. Neil Summers, from the St John the Divine of Richmond church across the way from where the body was found, said he would lead prayers for the dead man.“In one sense it’s not totally surprising as it’s happened before,” he said. “It’s very shocking when it’s so close to you. We are going to say prayers for the people concerned tonight.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LONDON (AP) — A man is in critical condition in a London hospital after he was found stowed away in the undercarriage of a plane that had just completed a 10-hour flight, and police are investigating whether a man found dead on a west London rooftop had fallen from the same plane.Authorities at Heathrow Airport found the man in the undercarriage of a British Airways plane after it landed Thursday morning on a flight from Johannesburg. Police say they believe they know his identity and that he is 24 but they are awaiting confirmation before they release any details. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Consumer Attitudes Improve on Housing Weaken on Economy

first_imgConsumer Attitudes Improve on Housing, Weaken on Economy Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Confidence Credit Availability Fannie Mae Home Prices 2014-03-10 Tory Barringercenter_img March 10, 2014 476 Views After starting the year on a low note, consumer attitudes toward housing brightened overall in February, according to Fannie Mae.Asked about home price trends over the next year, 50 percent of respondents in Fannie Mae’s February National Housing Survey said they expect improvements, a recovery from a slide to 43 percent in January. A slightly larger number of consumers anticipate price declines—7 percent, up from 6 percent—while the share of those forecasting no significant movement was down to 38 percent.Having dropped 1.2 percentage points to start the year, the average home price change expectation rebounded just as sharply to 3.2 percent, matching the December survey.That renewed confidence in home prices spurred a boost in those saying now is a good time to buy a home; that number was up 3 percentage points from January to 68 percent. At the same time, though, the share of respondents saying they think it would be easy for them to get a mortgage right now retreated from January’s all-time high of 52 percent, falling back to 45 percent.Doug Duncan, SVP and chief economist at Fannie Mae, said the up-and-down nature of the last few surveys fits with the “noisy economic and housing data published over the past few months.”“[W]e’ve seen a corresponding increase in volatility in our survey results, particularly for home price expectations and perceptions about the ease of getting a mortgage,” Duncan said. “Despite the volatile month-to-month changes, we believe that the housing recovery is continuing, but is not yet robust.”Gauging consumer attitudes about the economy, Fannie Mae found Americans were considerably more downbeat than they have been recently. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they believe the economy is on the right track—down 4 percentage points—while 57 percent say it’s on the wrong track, a small bounce after four straight months of declines.Twenty-four percent of consumers said their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago, an increase of 2 percentage points. Meanwhile, 36 percent said their expenses have grown substantially, an increase of 4 percentage points.Noting a 6 percentage point jump over the last two months in the share of consumers citing higher household expenses, Duncan speculated that weather may have played a large role in any declines in economic optimism.“This response would be consistent with higher home heating costs,” he explained.Nevertheless, at least a few consumers seem to think these higher costs will stick: The number of respondents who expect their personal financial situation to improve in the next year fell slightly to 43 percent, while those expecting things to get worse ticked up to 15 percent.last_img read more