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Science group asks U.S. energy secretary to intervene in case of fired Los Alamos researcher

first_imgA science advocacy group is calling on Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to get involved in the case of political scientist James Doyle, who was fired by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) after publishing a scholarly article questioning the value of nuclear weapons.LANL officials have said that Doyle’s departure had nothing to do with the article and a subsequent procedural dispute that resulted in the lab retroactively classifying the paper, but was the result of budget reductions. But in a letter sent to Moniz yesterday, Charles Ferguson, the president of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington, D.C., expresses skepticism. “Although the Lab may deny it, it is hard to see this turn of events as anything but tacit retaliation against Doyle for his outspokenness and his embrace of what may be a dissenting view on national nuclear policy,” Ferguson writes.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)FAS, an organization long associated with arms control efforts, urges Moniz “to take appropriate steps to see that Dr. Doyle is ‘made whole’ and that he is in no way penalized for his good faith efforts to participate in the national dialog over nuclear policy.” It also asks Moniz to review and clarify DOE’s classification guidance “to eliminate all potential ambiguity.”“As things stand, the Doyle case represents an erosion of freedom of expression that could have long-lasting and pernicious consequences,” Ferguson writes. “Without remedial action, this episode is likely to have a chilling effect [on] the ability of the labs to conduct independent, impartial assessment of national policy options.”The existence of the FAS letter was first reported by the Santa Fe New Mexican.Earlier this week, Doyle’s attorney, Mark Zaid, submitted to DOE a formal appeal of an earlier decision that rejected Doyle’s claim that LANL officials had punished him for publishing the article by classifying it. 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Mother, son aim to create history at Rio Olympics

first_imgGoing into her eighthOlympics, former shooting champion Nino Salukvadze has plenty of reasons to beproud of her long career, but this time in Rio de Janeiro has somethingextra, though, as she and her 18-year-old son make history in what isbelieved to be the first time a mother and son have competed at the same Olympics.  While there have been previous cases of parents and their children competing at the same games, this is believed to be the first time a mother and son will participate in the same Olympics.Salukvadze’s son, Tsotne Machavariani, shot a personal best in the 10-meter air pistol at the European championships in February to snatch a surprise Olympic qualifying spot.”I am very happy as the representative of the Georgian shooting federation but a million times happier as a mother that my son managed to do this,” the 47-year-old Salukvadze told The Associated Press.In the 28 years since she won a 25-meter pistol gold medal for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Seoul Games, Salukvadze and her family have kept Olympic shooting alive in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.Salukvadze and her father handle the coaching at a tiny range in the basement of the Sports Ministry which she helped pay to build. The main hall is bedecked with her medals, but the range can hold only five shooters at a time, meaning mother and son often head abroad to train at more modern facilities.Over the decades, Vakhtang Salukvadze has mentored his daughter and grandson as they became world-class shooters, but he won’t be going to Rio because of his age.advertisement”His dream always was to see me and my son competing at the same Olympic Games. We made his dream true earlier then he thought,” Nino Salukvadze said. “He’s 85 and taking into account the Brazilian weather and the length of the flight, it was decided that he’ll stay home.”Salukvadze briefly became a celebrity during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which took place during a war between Georgia and neighboring Russia. After winning a bronze medal, she kissed a Russian shooter on the podium in a demonstration of peace.”Why did it surprise everyone so much?” she said. “We’re athletes. There’s no conflict between us.”In the 120-year history of the modern Olympics, it has not been uncommon for fathers and sons to compete at the same games, a reflection of the historical preponderance of men’s events on the program, but mother-child partnerships are much rarer.Olympic historian Bill Mallon said there have been 56 cases of fathers and sons at the same games, 12 of father and daughter, two of mother and daughter, but none of mother-son until now.While Salukvadze won gold at her first Olympics, her son said he’s not under pressure to match her achievement.”My mother tells me that although she was almost my age when she won her Olympic gold, she represented the Soviet Union at that time and had better training conditions, more experience in tournaments,” he said. “She tells me that we do not have that luxury and she does not demand any results from me. I think this her way to calm me down and minimize my nervousness during the tournament.”While she can provide on-the-spot coaching, any motherly advice will remain a family secret, Machavariani said with a smile.”At the Olympics I will be representing my mother, my country and myself,” he said.last_img read more

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SPORT-SINDHU 2 LAST

first_img“The jump smash was very helpful in this tournament. Gopi “The jump smash was very helpful in this tournament. Gopi sir had always told me to use it, but I never tried it (earlier). Initially it was a bit tough (to master) as all my strokes were going into the net. Later, everything went well and everyone started asking me about it. Its one of the weapons I have, I can say,” said Sindhu. Normally a calm person on court, Sindhu surprised everyone at the Games by expressing her emotions openly during the feverishly fought final, in which she came back from 16-19 to win the opening game before losing the match. “Aggression should always be on your face and you need to be alert for every point. If you take it easy for one point you may lose many. It was an Olympic final. The whole week was wonderful. I never thought I will reach the final,” she said.”Against Carolina, I was well prepared. I had met her in Denmark (Open). I made 2-3 mistakes and she took the lead. The shuttles were also a bit fast. Had I won those points, things could have been different,” she added.The 2-1 victory over Michelle Li of Canada in the preliminary group stage was also a result of careful planning, said Sindhu.”I and Gopi sir prepared well strategy-wise. I was disappointed by my loss to her in the CWG. But I did not think about that match. It was a fresh match and I thought I had really worked hard and played my heart out,” said Sindhu. “Its not really easy for a tall person as far as agility is concerned. For the last two and a half months, I was very focused in working out (on the agility front) and it really improved,” said Sindhu. Although Chinese women did not win any medal at the Rio Games, Sindhu did not think their dominance was ending. “Whoever does well and gives the best on that day wins,” she said. Looking ahead, Sindhu said her first competition would be the USD 700,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier followed by the USD 300,000 Paris Open a week later. “There are many tournaments coming up — the (USD 1 million) Dubai World Super Series finals (from Dec 14-18); and before that the Denmark Open and Paris (French Open),” she said. PTI SSR NRB CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Singapore in the driving seat as it negotiates new Formula One deal

first_imgAfter negotiating Singapore’s current Formula One deal, Bernie Ecclestone said in 2012 the hardest thing was explaining to the authorities that “we don’t race for free”.Four years on, the F1 boss appears to be frustrated again as he tries to keep one of the most glamorous races on the calendar after the contract expires in 2017, at a time when the city-state is weighing whether the event makes economic sense anymore.With its tourism industry increasingly diversified, a stronger country brand than when it first hosted the event in 2008 and other major sporting events in the bag, Singapore seems to have the upper hand in the talks with F1.Moreover, Ecclestone and F1’s new owners, U.S. cable TV mogul John Malone’s Liberty Media, face a new risk: with Malaysia pulling out of a new deal, they could altogether lose their presence in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing regions.F1’s 86-year-old commercial supremo first told German magazine Auto Motor und Sport that Singapore does not want to host F1 anymore, then clarified he did not want to lose Singapore. His comments suggest talks getting tougher.”I think Singapore has come in and negotiated hard and has realised they are in a position of strength to do so,” said James Walton, head of the Sports Business service line at Deloitte Singapore and Southeast Asia.”This is one of the top ranked grand prix…and one of the markets that the key sponsors of F1 are most interested in.”advertisementSingapore’s government funds 60 percent of the S$150 million ($105.13 million) it costs to host the race each year. Analysts say the city-state is weighing the costs, and benefits, of staging the event in the future.Singapore GP, the event’s organiser, said it would not comment on “ongoing commercial negotiations”. A decision is expected before year-end, Ecclestone has said.The Singapore race is one of the most popular, taking place at night on a street circuit with spectators entertained by music acts such as Beyonce and Justin Bieber, while TV watchers get a bird’s-eye view of the glitzy skyline.As a top wealth management hub, the city-state is a natural draw for the region’s affluent people, a key target of Formula One sponsors such as Hugo Boss and Tag Heuer, a luxury LVMH brand.But the significance of that is bigger for Ecclestone than for Singapore, which also hosts events such as the WTA women’s tennis Finals and the Rugby 7s series that bring over 100,000 visitors each.While the F1 initially played an important role in boosting the tourism industry, Singapore has diversified its offering, now focusing on the emerging middle classes from China, India and Indonesia.Tourism is actually a bright spot in a slowing economy. In the first eight months of this year, before this September’s F1 race, the number of visitors was up 10.3 percent from the same 2015 period, at 11.3 million. Tourism receipts grew 12 percent to S$11.6 billion ($8.1 billion) in the first half of 2016.REWARDSTo be sure, Singapore has benefited from hosting F1. Since the 2008 debut race, the event has generated S$150 million in tourism receipts every year on average, except for 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.But about 80 percent of the spending gets recycled into the economy, with local firms hired for circuit set-up, ticketing and security, the Singapore Tourism Board says.”In these economic times, every order book is important and I believe this is not a small order book,” said Kurt Wee, President of the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises.He added though that “everybody would understand that the event has to be sustainable”.And that is where Singapore has another argument. Attendance, which topped 100,000 on all three days in the first year, has declined, with this year’s race averaging 73,000 spectators for each day, down from 87,000 in 2015.With the global economy slowing, the numbers might fall further and a five-year commitment may not be so appealing, although this may be offset in the future by Malaysia pulling out as F1 fans in the region would have only one nearby option.”If you think of the government as a business, I think they have to manage their funds prudently to get the most bang for their buck,” said ANZ economist Weiwen Ng.($1 = 1.4268 Singapore dollars)last_img read more

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Want to give England selectors some headaches, says Delhi Daredevils’ Sam Billings

first_imgEngland wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings feels his inclusion in the England squad for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, starting here from June 1, is enough to give “headaches” to the national selectors.Billings said his flexibility to bat at any position besides keeping wickets will give the side different options.”I want to give the selectors some headaches. I have proven that I can put in match-winning performances and get big scores,” Billings was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk.”I think I can offer different options because of my flexibility in being able to bat between one and seven as well as keep wicket, so I think I have something to offer the team,” he added.Exuding confidence on the composition of the team to win the tournament, the 25-year-old said the side is ready to make the most of the home advantage.”Our aim is to win the Champions Trophy and we will go into the tournament with nothing to fear because of the ability in our whole squad,” said Billings, who is currently playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).”We have amazing quality throughout the squad and everyone can come in and do a really good job.”Billings was named in the 15-man England squad that will play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa next month before the start of Champions Trophy. He was also included in the 14-man group for the two-match ODI Series against Ireland in May.advertisementAcknowledging the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd, the right-hander said the team should use that to their advantage.”There is always going to be pressure, especially in a home tournament, but should be using that to our advantage,” he said.”We know how good we are and how good we can be. We have the attitude to improve and we go into every game believing we can win.””It’s a cliche, but we will take it one game at a time. If you look too far ahead, that’s when you run into problems, but we know the end goal.”We have a great team and a great group of players who are mates and enjoy each other’s company, so we will all be really looking forward to it,” he added.England will start their Champions Trophy campaign against Bangladesh at the Oval on June 1 before completing the group stage with matches against New Zealand and Australia.last_img read more

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PAOK Beats Ergotelis, 2-0

first_imgATHENS — Klaus Athanasiadis scored twice to lead PAOK to a hard-earned 2-0 win over host Ergotelis in the Greek league on Nov. 2.The win allowed the Thessaloniki team to open up a five-point gap over second-place Olympiakos after the defending champion was held to a 0-0 draw Nov. 12 at Asteras.In the 42nd minute, Stelios Kitsiou won the ball at midfield and sent a 40-meter pass for Athanasiadis to slot home.A bad defensive clearance in the last minute of second-half injury time allowed Athanasiadis to thread the ball just inside the post for the second goal.Also, Panathinaikos beat Atromitos 2-0, Panetolikos overcame an early deficit to beat Xanthi 5-2, while Niki Volos drew 0-0 with Kerkyra and Panthrakikos was also held to a scoreless draw by OFI.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ODPEM Activates the National Emergency Operations Centre

first_imgFollowing the meeting of the National Disaster Committee (NDC) convened at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday June 10, 2013, chaired by the Honourable Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has activated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) at level 1.The Prime Minister head of the NDC after receiving updates from the members of the National Response Team, including the ODPEM, Meteorological Service of Jamaica,National Works Agency, Ministry of Health, Jamaica Defence Force, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, instructed that all Parish Disaster Committees and political representatives (Government and Opposition) be placed on high alert and activate their emergency response protocols.The NEOC was activated in response to Tropical Storm Chantal which could impact Jamaica as early as tonight as the system passes in the vicinity of the island. The main threat is outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms which is likely to develop over the island, starting with eastern parishes, during the course of the night and into Thursday.For further information on the ODPEM’s NEOC call 906 9674-5 or 754 9077-8[Press Release: Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)last_img read more

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Drinking coffee doesnt stiffen arteries

first_imgDrinking coffee, including in people who consume up to 25 cups a day, may not be as bad for arteries and heart as previously thought, a study unveiled recently claims. Arteries carry blood containing oxygen and nutrients from our heart to the rest of your body. If they become stiff, it can increase the workload on the heart and increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack or stroke. The study, by researchers from the Queen Mary University of London in the UK, of over 8,000 people debunks previous studies that claimed drinking coffee increases arterial stiffness. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressivePrevious suggestions that drinking coffee leads to stiffer arteries are inconsistent and could be limited by lower participant numbers, researchers said. Coffee consumption was categorised into three groups for the study. The participants were categorised as: Those who drink less than one cup a day, those who drink between one and three cups a day and those who drink more than three. People who consumed more than 25 cups of coffee a day were excluded, but no increased stiffening of arteries was associated with those who drank up to this high limit when compared with those who drank less than one cup a day. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painThe associations between drinking coffee and artery stiffness measures were corrected for contributing factors like age, gender, ethnicity, smoking status, height, weight, how much alcohol someone drank, what they ate and high blood pressure. Of the 8,412 participants who underwent MRI heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests, the research showed that moderate and heavy coffee drinkers were most likely to be male, smoke, and consume alcohol regularly. “Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it,” said Kenneth Fung, from Queen Mary University of London. “Whilst we can’t prove a causal link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest,” Fung said. Although the study included individuals who drink up to 25 cups a day, the average intake amongst the highest coffee consumption group was five cups a day. “We would like to study these people more closely in our future work so that we can help to advise safe limits,” he said. “Understanding the impact that coffee has on our heart and circulatory system is something that researchers and the media have had brewing for some time,” said Professor Metin Avkiran, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation. “There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be difficult to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn’t. “This research will hopefully put some of the media reports in perspective, as it rules out one of the potential detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries,” said Avkiran.last_img read more

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Potentially fatal largemammal sedative likely detected in NS street drugs

first_imgHALIFAX – One of the most potent opioids on the planet has likely made its way to the East Coast — and it poses a deadly risk for street drug users, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer said Friday.Dr. Robert Strang said that drugs seized by police earlier this month have a “high probability” of containing carfentanil, used by veterinarians to sedate elephants and other large mammals.“It is used as an anesthetic for large animals — and I emphasize large animals — in veterinary medicine,” he said.Strang says it’s the kind of substance that can cause breathing to slow so rapidly that it can kill within minutes of ingestion.“Any powder or pill street drug has the potential to contain a highly potent opioid. We now know there’s a potential for carfentanil. So even one-time use of a street drug can be fatal,” said Strang during a news conference in Halifax.The drug was detected through testing, but Strang said it still has to be re-confirmed by laboratories.Strang declined to say where the drug was apparently found in the province, emphasizing that all street drug users anywhere in Nova Scotia must be wary of its potential presence.He urged street drug users to ensure they’re near another person when taking drugs and have access to a naloxone kit, an overdose-reversing drug that can be self administered.The physician said carfentanil is especially dangerous as it can be mixed in with other street drugs and therefore is hard to detect visually.“Any street drug could be contaminated and people need to be aware and be extremely careful,” said Strang.The medical officer said that updated estimates from the medical examiner’s office suggest there were 53 opioid overdose deaths in Nova Scotia in 2016 — about once weekly — and the province is continuing at roughly that pace so far this year.Many of those deaths are through abuse of prescription drugs, sometimes combined with alcohol, but four were caused by the arrival of fentanyl in the province’s street drug trade, he added.Strang said carfentanil, about 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, would simply be the latest arrival to an already worrying mix.Diane Bailey, executive director of Mainline Needle Exchange in Halifax, said in an interview she and other outreach workers spent more time warning street drug users on Friday about the dangers of opioids after they heard carfentanil had apparently arrived.“We were informing them it’s not just in opiates, it could be in marijuana, it could be in cocaine. We were spending a significant amount of time out on the street today trying to get this information out,” she said.She said warnings about the dangers of fentanyl are placed in bags with clean needles handed out to clients, but it’s critical she and other outreach workers actually speak to the drug users in person.“That’s why we’re so aggressive with this news and we are sharing this with people seven days a week,” she said.Other regions in Canada have already been reporting deaths due to carfentanil. Police in Barrie, Ont., said earlier this month they believe the death of a 26-year-old man was linked to the substance.In March, Nova Scotia announced initial steps in its effort to head off a British Columbia-style epidemic of opioid overdose deaths.About $1.1 million is to be spent distributing about 5,000 free naloxone kits through police, jails and community pharmacies.Three community-based organizations that distribute clean needles and information to drug users are receiving more than $500,000 to educate and assist their clients, and have been training clients in the injection of naloxone.The chief medical officer said the province’s task force on the opioid drug crisis has put in place some immediate steps to keep overdose victims alive, but longer term investments aimed at reducing the number of overdose deaths have yet to be implemented.One area under consideration by the task force, which Strang co-chairs, is how to reduce the practice of many doctors of prescribing high levels of prescription opioids for pain relief.Figures provided to The Canadian Press indicate that last year 2,246 Nova Scotians received big-dose prescriptions of highly addictive painkillers, though about one fifth of those were cancer patients who may need larger dosages for end-of-life care.last_img read more

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First Nation tobacco traders plan to fight Harper government over Bill C10

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the last federal election the Conservatives promised to crack down on contraband tobacco and that’s exactly what they’ll do with Bill C10, the safe streets and communities act.Some say it targets First Nations involved in the Tobacco trade.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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No model code violation by Niti Aayog in sharing dist level data

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission has found no violation of the poll code in Niti Aayog sharing data with the prime minister’s office on places where PM Narendra Modi was set to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said the commission has disposed off the complaint as the prime minister is exempted from the provision that bars ministers from combining official visits with campaigning. The exemption to the prime minister was given in October, 2014. “It was not a one time exemption but a standing instruction,” Saxena told reporters here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSources later said, the Niti Aayog had not shared any political data but district-level data with the prime minister’s office (PMO). The EC had written to Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on May 4 flagging the allegations made by the Congress and the AAP. Asking Kant to furnish the reply “immediately”, the EC had referred to the allegations that the Niti Aayog has asked officers in various states and Union territories to provide to the PMO write ups about destinations of the prime minister’s campaign. The EC also responded to a question on the Congress’s fresh complaint against information allegedly sought by an officer of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade from the Commerce Ministry on Start Up India, claiming that it was meant to be used for BJP’s manifesto.last_img read more

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You could have to live with the guilt Warning to employers over

first_img Still from the TV awareness campaign. Share21 Tweet Email4 A NEW AWARENESS campaign has been launched urging employers to ensure the safety of all staff who drive for work.The joint initiative by the Road Safety Authority (RSA), Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána is reminding employers that “proper measures must be put in place” to make sure their staff are as protected as possible. This includes both professional drivers and those who drive as part of their job.RSA chief executive Moyagh Murdock described how people who drive for work are 40% more likely than other drivers to be involved in an incident. She added that business owners “need to understand that they have a legal and moral responsibility towards employees who drive as part of their job”.Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn echoed Murdock’s sentiments and said that employers run the risk of ruining their reputations and bringing needless heartache to families.He said: “An Garda Síochána’s message to any employer who does not have a driving for work safety system in place is to put one in place as soon as possible, there is an obligation to do so and the consequences of not having one are too grave for this to be dismissed. Still from the TV awareness campaign. Image: RSA 29,431 Views 47 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 8:35 AM ‘You could have to live with the guilt’: Warning to employers over staff driving laws New campaign to highlight employer’s responsibility to workers who drive. http://jrnl.ie/3234278 Image: RSA Short URL At best in the event of a collision, you are risking your reputation as a fair and compliant employer – at worst you could have to live with the guilt of being responsible for someone’s serious injury or even death.“The benefits of implementing a driving for work programme greatly outweigh the costs. Benefits to the business include increased employee loyalty and enhanced public image, reduced likelihood of employee injury or death and subsequent sickness and dependency costs and increased productivity.”The HSA has developed a free online course gardaí and the RSA. The objective of the course is to educate employers about the risks associated with driving for work and how to manage employees, vehicles and work related journeys to prevent collisions on the road. The course can be accessed at www.drivingforwork.ieRead: A look back at the Limerick bacon factories that fed Ireland for 180 years >Read: Eight people deported as gardaí mount immigration operation in Louth > Feb 11th 2017, 8:35 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Spellman Performance faster San Diego clinic

first_img Updated: 11:10 AM June 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 18, 2019center_img Spellman Performance faster San Diego clinic Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A young athlete who fractured his femur at 17 years old in a near death car accident fought back to compete in college and now a co-founder of Spellman Performance.On June 20th from 12-2pm Spellman Performance will be hosting many of the professional athletes training with Les Spellman himself.There will be a DJ, a taco truck, games, and competitive top tier athletes showing people how to train.last_img read more

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Woman helped from burning apartment

first_imgA 64-year-old woman was helped out the back of her burning second-story apartment overnight by three other tenants at the Autumn Chase Apartments, 11301 N.E. 7th St., according to a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman. The woman was screaming when she called 911 at 12:59 a.m. and then her phone went dead. Three men rushed to her aid, helping the woman start her climb down a railing outside the building and positioning themselves below her in the event she fell. Working smoke detectors and visible flames demanded the men’s attention, said Capt. Kevin Murray, and led to the woman’s rescue. “For them to put themselves at risk like that is tremendous,” Murray said.Firefighters reached the scene at about 1:04 a.m. to find flames burning from two upstairs units, in the treeline and atop bushes. An engine from the Cascade Park station, 213 N.E. 120th Ave., was the first to respond. “It’s a pretty significant amount of fire that was coming out of these two apartments,” Murray said.” To not have a fatality is pretty fortunate. All the stars lined up there.”The woman and a 45-year-old man were transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center to be treated for minor cases of smoke inhalation. One cat died in the fire and another is missing.The last of the eight engines and two trucks dispatched to the fire left about 4:30 a.m. Investigators sifted through the scene until about 8 a.m. trying to determine what started the blaze that caused $500,000 damage, including the structure and contents. All tenants at the complex are required to have renter’s insurance, Murray said.last_img read more

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After Restructuring ZDE Names CFO

first_imgFormer parent company Ziff Davis Media sold ZDE last year to private equity firm Insight Venture Partners for $160 million. Weitzner accepted the chief executive position earlier this year, only two months after being named head of international M&A and business development for United Business Media. He previously had served as CEO of what used to be UBM’s CMP Technology.Weitzner announced a plan for restructuring the company’s upper management in January-a week after being installed as CEO. In March, ZDE received $20 million in funding from global investment group Bessemer Venture Partners. A week after new Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner [right] announced more restructuring that included an undisclosed number of layoffs, the tech publisher has named former Primedia senior vice president Kevin Neary as executive vice president and CFO.Neary replaces Eric Berk, who is leaving the company.According to Weitzner, Neary “has the combination of operating and financial skills that Ziff Davis Enterprise needs as we continue to establish ourselves as an independent company after our separation from Ziff Davis Media last year. He will adapt our business processes and operational system, and develop the operating staff needed to support the fast growth and agility our changing industry demands.”last_img read more

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Obama addresses tribes one last time

first_imgByron Nicholai, far right, welcomes President Obama to the stage at 8th White House Tribal Nations Conference. (Image: C-Span.)President Barack Obama addressed his final White House Tribal Nations Conference today. The most famous Yup’ik singer on Facebook, Byron Nicholai of Toksook Bay, welcomed Obama to the stage.Listen NowObama said it was privilege, over his eight years in the White House, to spend time with Native people and he said he visit more tribal communities than any prior president. He cited a few Alaska examples.“My staff still talks about all the wonderful people in Kotzebue, Alaska …. They tried to teach them Iñupiaq, and tried to stuff them full of meat at Cariboufest,” he said, tripping over the unfamiliar words. The crowd didn’t seem to mind.The Tribal Nations Conference, now in its eight year, was something Obama started and it set the tone for his White House. The conference brings hundreds of Native leaders to Washington and gives them a chance to meet top officials in federal government. Another way Obama elevated Native issues was by creating the White House Council of Native American Affairs. He describes it as a permanent institution with Cabinet-level focus. No matter who wins the White House next, Obama says the young people he’s met give him confidence there’s more progress ahead.He mentioned “the students at the middle school in Dillingham, Alaska, who taught me a traditional Yup’ik dance.”“Show us!” someone shouted.“Well, I can only do it when they’re around, because I’m basically just watching them,” Obama said. ” They were very patient with me.”The Obama White House also launched an annual conference for Native youth, which begins tomorrow.See video of speech here.last_img read more

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Mednax Radiology Solutions Launches Artificial Intelligence Incubator

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | December 28, 2018 Mednax Radiology Solutions Launches Artificial Intelligence Incubator Collaboration with technology innovators and clinical imaging experts will leverage diverse data set from radiologists across the U.S. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more December 28, 2018 — Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions, one of the nation’s largest radiology practices, has launched the Mednax Radiology Solutions Artificial Intelligence (MDR-AI) Incubator. The MDR-AI Incubator brings together radiologists, a rich clinical dataset, and a select group of technology partners that will stimulate innovation and product development in radiology, improving radiologist’s accuracy and efficiency and overall quality of patient care.There are currently 15 active partners at various levels of engagement that are already delivering value through production use of existing models within the Mednax Radiology Common Imaging Platform. Together with its growing network of partnerships, Mednax Radiology Solutions has built an ecosystem made up of what it calls the largest and most diverse data set, with AI-based natural language processing, access to radiologists providing data curation services, and an ability to validate models on a national scale.For more information: www.mednax.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read morelast_img read more

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Biden to discuss child migrants at Guatemala visit

first_imgU.S. Vice President Joe Bidentravels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the growing numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico illegally trying to cross the U.S. border.U.S. officials have called the tidal wave of children arriving to the United States alone after making the treacherous journey a “humanitarian crisis” and have pledged special assistance — but not to let them stay.Biden will meet with the presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as a senior representative from Honduras’ government and Mexico’s interior secretary to “develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” the White House said.U.S. President Barack Obama also spoke with his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto on the eve of the talks to discuss a “regional strategy” tackling the migrants, the release said.During the call, Obama noted that the United States and Mexico can help by “working together to return the children safely to their families and to build Central American capacity to receive returned individuals,” the White House said.Obama also urged Mexico to “help target the criminals that lure families to send children on the dangerous journey and to alert potential migrants to the perils of the journey and the likelihood that they will be returned to Central America,” it said.A White House official said Biden will emphasize that illegal immigration — and putting children in the hands of traffickers — is not safe, and U.S. immigration code does not allow children to cross the border without papers.Between October 2013 and the end of May 2014, U.S. border officials intercepted more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors trying to illegally enter the United States, almost twice the number registered between October 2012 and the end of September 2013.Guatemala says around 1,550 of its emigrant children are currently in shelters in Texas and Arizona.Honduras said Wednesday it was preparing to receive around 13 undocumented migrant children detained in the United States and Mexico.Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera expressed alarm at the “explosion” in child migration during the last nine months.He attributed the increase to children looking to be reunited with their families living in the United States.But the nonprofit Washington Office on Latin America said increasing violence and pressure to join criminal gangs is also feeding the drive to flee for a better life.Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said he will also raise the issue of “temporary protected status” — an immigration benefit given to migrants from countries where it is temporarily unsafe to return — asking for it to be accorded to Guatemalans who arrived in the United States before 2011.Currently, Honduras and El Salvador, but not Guatemala, are among the countries whose migrants are able to apply for “temporary protected status.”Guatemala is the last stop on Biden’s four-country tour of Latin America. Related posts:Did we forget the lesson the ‘Greatest Generation’ fought so hard to learn? Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Remittances account for 10 percent of Guatemala’s GDP Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watches his t

first_imgArizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians watches his team during NFL football training camp, Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Momah is trending to secure a roster spot. Hakeem Valles, Gerald Christian and Ricky Seals-Jones are eligible for the practice squad. I believe the Cardinals will still look for another tight end when time permits, otherwise Momah could be the third one to make the roster.OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9): D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Evan Boehm, Jared Veldheer, Cole Toner, Dorian Johnson, Will Holden, John WetzelKaleb Johnson, Tony Bergstrom, Givens Price, Jonathan McLaughlin and Daniel Munyer are the likely cuts. Ulrick John could be the odd man out at swing tackle. Johnson, Munyer, Price and John could be selections for the practice squad.DEFENSE (25)DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7): Frostee Rucker, Corey Peters, Josh Mauro, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Olsen Pierre, Xavier WilliamsPasoni Tasini, David Moala, Peli Anau, Ed Stinson are all expected to be released, and the Cardinals will likely keep seven at the position. Tasini would a perfect fit for the practice squad. OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4): Chandler Jones, Markus Golden, Kareem Martin, Jarvis JonesJones is a wild card considering all the time he’s missed. Terance Waugh and Alex Bazzie will need to show their worth in the final two preseason games to garner a roster spot. 7 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Follow Mike Jurecki on Twitter INSIDE LINEBACKERS (5): Karlos Dansby, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Josh Bynes, Scooby Wright.It could come down to Bynes or Philip Wheeler for one spot. Wright will make the team strictly on special teams. Wheeler, Zaviar Gooden, Tre’Von Johnson also competing for one of the inside linebacker spots.CORNERBACKS (4): Patrick Peterson, Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams, Tramon WilliamsSojourn Shelton and Ironhead Gallon would be options for the practice squad if released.SAFETIES (5): Tyrann Mathieu, Antoine Bethea, Tyvon Branch, Budda Baker, Harlan MillerMiller and Rudy Ford are competing the final safety spot. Whoever gets cut could be an option for the practice squad.SPECIALISTS (3): LS Aaron Brewer, P Matt Wile, K Phil DawsonMatt Wile appears to have the advantage going into the Atlanta game. He has more experience at the NFL level and was on the Cardinals’ roster late in 2016. Arizona will continue to evaluate other punters.Players are eligible for the practice squad if they clear waivers. Teams are allowed to up to 10. Here are some likely candidates:TE Ricky Seals-JonesWR Krishawn HoganWR Carlton AgudosiS Rudy FordRB Elijhaa PennyCB Sojourn SheltonCB Gump HayesCB Ironhead GallonOT Ulrick JohnOT Givens Pricecenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Here’s the fourth version of my 53-man roster projection. I’ll update the roster as moves are made throughout camp. OFFENSE (25)QUARTERBACKS (3): Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine GabbertThe Cardinals will keep three quarterbacks on the active roster, they won’t need one on the practice squad.RUNNING BACKS (4): David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, Chris Johnson, Andre EllingtonT.J. Logan underwent wrist surgery and is likely out 12 weeks. Depending on his recovery time, he could return in Week 8 against the Rams in London.Elijhaa Penny is a practice squad option. Undrafted free agent James Summers will likely get a ton of carries in the fifth and final preseason game against the Denver Broncos.RECEIVERS (6): Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, Brittan GoldenBrittan Golden, Jeremy Ross and Aaron Dobson are fighting for one spot. Both Golden and Ross play on special teams, Dobson has the ability to become a down the field threat because of his size.Carlton Agudosi, Krishawn Hogan and Chris Hubert will likely be waived when cuts are announced and would be options for practice squad.TIGHT ENDS (3): Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas, Ifeanyi Momah Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact While several storylines will emerge from camp, the one everyone will be watching is the battle for the 53-man roster.Key dates to watch are Sept. 2, when clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the active/inactive list prior to 1 p.m. There’s also the day after on Sept. 3 when the claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction expires at 9 a.m. One hour later, teams may form their practice squad of 10 players.last_img read more

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Volunteers in north to help Turkish forces in Afrin

first_imgFifty volunteers in the north have signed up for the army to help Turkish soldiers fight in Syria’s Afrin region, it was reported on Wednesday.According to the Cyprus News Agency citing press reports from the north, 50 members of the ‘association maintaining the ideas of Rauf Denktash’ have volunteered to fight in Turkey’s operation olive branch.Leader of the association, Latif Aktsia, said the move was necessary as national interests cannot be supported with just words.“If you don’t do what has to be done then it will come back to you.”Aktsia said the volunteers were happy to repay “the debt towards the heroes that shed their blood to rescue and protect Turkish Cypriots in 1974.”Turkey’s move to stamp out the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters from the Afrin area has sparked a slew of reactions in the north after Afrika newspaper on Sunday published a story on Sunday likening the operation in Syria to Ankara’s occupation of the north.Violent protests took place on Monday which vandalised the paper’s offices, tearing down the Afrka sign and breaking windows.Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Wednesday said violence was unacceptable calling the protestors provocateurs “that want to separate us”.Such behaviour against a newspaper because there was disagreement over its views were unacceptable and such out of control situations had never been seen in the north before but justice should do its duty, the leader added.Akinci said a day before the attack, he had spoken to the police chief and head of the security forces to take action so the protest against Afrika wouldn’t get out of control.He said the police failed in its duties.Meanwhile Turkish Cypriot teachers’ union Ktos is organising a rally on Friday against violence and fascism.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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