October 17

Don Cherry calls media coverage of kneeling protests hypocritical

first_imgHockey commentator Don Cherry says media coverage of athletes kneeling during the playing of national anthems has been hypocritical.The “Hockey Night in Canada” personality posted a statement to his verified Twitter account Wednesday night, taking aim at “left wing media” and its coverage of National Football League players taking a knee during the American anthem to protest the racist treatment of African Americans.Cherry pointed that former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a devout Christian, was mocked by the media for taking a knee to pray after scoring a touchdown in his breakout rookie season in 2010.“The late night leftie talk shows made fun of Tim, to the cartoonists in the paper he was a joke and they made fun of him. It was brutal,” Cherry said in the 131-word statement. “Yet the NFL players go on their knees to make a point and they are heroes.”Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the kneeling phenomenon in 2016, refusing to stand during the anthem in the NFL’s pre-season. It has since become common across the NFL, and support has come from other major leagues.At least one Major League Baseball has knelt during the U.S. anthem, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders linked arms during “O Canada” before a CFL game last week as a show of unity. National Hockey League players Wayne Simmonds and Joel Ward have both entertained the idea of kneeling during the anthems during that sport’s pre-season.The protests have drawn the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized NFLers for the practice in interviews and on Twitter. In response to Trump’s demands to stop the kneeling, more athletes have begun to protest.On Sunday, all but one of the Pittsburgh Steelers refused to take the field during the national anthem, while other teams linked arms or groups of players sat or took a knee. In response to Trump’s tweets, the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors refused to visit the White House, a tradition among reigning championship teams.Cherry says that Tebow was mocked while Kaepernick and others have been praised because of religious persecution.“The reason they can make fun and ridicule Tim getting on his knees and thanking the Lord is because he is a Christian,” said Cherry. “No other religion you can make fun of and ridicule … only Christianity. If you are Christian you are open season.”Kaepernick is also open about his Christian beliefs, with Biblical tattoos covering his torso and his own touchdown celebrations “thanking Him.”last_img read more

October 17

No winning ticket for Friday nights 60 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $60 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also 46 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, and 19 of them were won by ticket holders across the country.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Dec. 21 will remain at approximately $60 million, but the number of Maxmillions prizes offered will increase to 50.The Canadian Presslast_img

October 12

Morocco’s Benatia To Join Bayern Munich

Fez- According to a number of media reports, Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia is on his way to German giant Bayern Munich.The Roma highly rated defender has been coveted by a number of European clubs, such as F.C. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.British media reported last week that the Moroccan international had signed for Chelsea before the rumor was denied by the player’s agent. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the 27-year old defender’s agent Moussa Sissoko was in Munich on Monday to finalize the terms of the transfer of Benatia. The same source said that Sissoko went back to Roma with a serious offer from the German team to secure the services of the Moroccan international player.Bayern Munich is believed to have offered €30 million, just €5 million below the price set by A.S Roma.  But, it seems that Benatia expressed his desire to leave for Bayern Munich.Last year, Beantia played 33 games with A.S Roma and scored 5 times, and was one of Serie A’s best defenders.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

October 8

TSX steady after BCE dividend hike

The Toronto stock market was relatively flat near midday Wednesday as a dividend boost from BCE Inc. was weighed against caution ahead of a slate of upcoming Chinese economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 1.2 points at 11,862.30, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 1.87 points to 1,188.69.The Canadian dollar rose to 100.55 cents US, up 0.30 of a cent.Leading the upside on the TSX were telecom stocks, up 1.4 per cent after BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) announced an increase to both its dividend and 2012 earnings forecast.The telecom and media company says the dividend will rise to $2.27 per share annually, or 56.75 cents per share quarterly, beginning with the October payout. Adjusted earnings have been increased by two cents per share, to a range of between $3.15 and $3.20 per share.The Montreal-based company said its profit rose to $773 million, or $1 per share, compared with $590 million or 76 cents a share a year ago. BCE shares gained $1.67 to $44.92.TSX information technology stocks were up 0.8 per cent, with Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) shares rising five per cent, or 35 cents, to $7.67.“The last few days we’ve seen some risk appetite come back to the market,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investments. “I think it’s partly due to the fact that a lot of people are expecting the European Central Bank to do a little bit better and help out Spain a little bit more, and potentially do things that will make it easier for some of the troublesome companies to get more funding.”On Wall Street, markets took a modest decline after several consecutive sessions of gains. The Dow Jones industrial average decreased 12.68 points to 13,155.92 and the broader S&P was off 2.11 points to 1,399.24. The Nasdaq fell 8.58 points to 3,007.28.Meanwhile, investors were waiting for China to release inflation, factory output and retail sales data on Thursday. Analysts expect inflation to fall further, which would give authorities in Beijing room to shore up slowing growth by easing credit without fear of igniting a spike in consumer prices.The pause from traders comes after a run-up in stocks over the past couple of weeks, motivated in part by comments from the U.S. and European central banks. Crude oil prices have also started to climb back higher.In commodities, the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange increased 35 cents to US$94.02 a barrel.September copper moved down 1.8 cents to US$3.423 a pound, while December gold rose $3 to US$1,615.80 an ounce.In Canadian earnings, Air Canada Inc. (TSX:AC.B) reported a $96-million net loss in the three-month period, more than double the $46 million it lost a year earlier and more than analysts had expected. Revenue was flat, rising a slight $71 million to $2.99 billion. Shares were down nine cents to $1.06.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) says its profit fell to $34.1 million in the second quarter, a penny below estimates and down from $37 million a year earlier. Revenue at Canada’s biggest home-improvement chain was in line with estimates, rising by 3.4 per cent from a year ago to $1.4 billion. Shares of the company increased six cents to $13.81.In Europe, Germany’s DAX lost 0.5 per cent to 6,932 while France’s CAC-40 was 0.5 per cent lower at 3,437. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.4 per cent to 5,817 after the Bank of England cut its growth and inflation forecasts. That has confirmed many economists’ expectations that the Bank of England will provide more monetary stimulus later this year.Many of Europe’s indexes have hit multi-month highs on hopes the European Central Bank will soon unveil a new anti-crisis strategy. Those hopes have helped ease the bond market pressure on Italy and Spain. The latter has seen its benchmark 10-year bond yield settle below the seven per cent threshold considered unsustainable in the long run.Earlier in Asia, most markets ended higher. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9 per cent to 8,881.16. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.9 per cent to 1,903.23 as sentiment improved a day ahead of a Bank of Korea meeting where policy-makers are expected to lower interest rates to stimulate the economy. And China’s main index in Shanghai rose 0.2 per cent at 2,160.99.But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell marginally to 20,065.52 as investors became cautious ahead of the release of the key economic data in China. read more

October 2

Security Council imposes arms embargo on Yemen rebels demands all parties resume

The measure was approved through a new resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with one abstention (Russia). The text demanded that Houthis immediately and unconditionally end violence, withdraw forces from areas they have seized, relinquish all arms, cease activities undermining the authority of the country’s legitimate Government, refrain from provocation against neighbouring States, release the Defence Minister, General Mahmoud al-Subaihi, and end the recruitment of children.The resolution also called upon all Yemeni parties, particularly the Houthis, to abide by the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative and its Implementation Mechanism, the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue conference, and relevant Security Council resolutions and to resume and accelerate inclusive United Nations-brokered negotiations, including on issues relating to governance, to continue the political transition.It demanded that all Yemeni parties adhere to resolving their differences through dialogue and consultation, reject violence as a means to achieving political goals, and refrain from provocation and all unilateral actions to undermine the political transition.As well as adding Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President, to the list of individuals subject to the sanctions imposed by paragraphs 11 and 15 of resolution 2140 (2014), the resolution also decided to impose an arms embargo meaning that all Member States would immediately take necessary measures to prevent direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to, or for the benefit of Mr. Saleh, along with Abdullah Yahya Al Hakim, Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Huthi, and individuals and entities designated by the Committee established pursuant to paragraph 19 of resolution 2140 (2014).Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein responded to the growing number of civilian casualties and widespread destruction of public buildings and infrastructure in recent weeks.He reminded all parties to the conflict in Yemen to ensure the prompt investigation of any attacks resulting in civilian casualties and to ensure the scrupulous respect of international human rights and international humanitarian law.“Every hour we are receiving and documenting deeply disturbing and distressing reports of the toll that this conflict is taking on civilian lives and infrastructure,” said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Such a heavy civilian death toll ought to be a clear indication to all parties to this conflict that there may be serious problems in the conduct of hostilities.”In addition to hundreds of fighters, at least 364 civilians are reported to have lost their lives since March 26, including at least 84 children and 25 women. Another 681 civilians – possibly more – have been injured. Dozens of public buildings, including hospitals, schools, airports and mosques have been destroyed in airstrikes, through shelling and other attacks.Over the past week, street fighting also intensified in densely populated areas, particularly in Aden between armed groups affiliated with President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi on one side, and those affiliated with the Houthis and the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the other. There have also been accounts of recruitment of children as fighters in Aden, Dhale and Mareb. “The parties to the conflict are obliged to ensure that international humanitarian law and international human rights law are scrupulously respected and that the civilian population is protected,” said Mr. Zeid. “Any suspected breach of international law must be urgently investigated with a view to ensuring victims’ right to justice and redress and to ensure that such incidents do not recur.”Several recent airstrikes by coalition forces have hit residential areas and civilian homes in Amran, Taiz, Ibb, Aljawf and Sa’da, with one, on a military base in Taiz on Saturday, hitting a residential area about 500 metres away, killing ten civilians and injuring seven.He stressed that parties to the conflict should take all feasible measures to avoid locating military objectives in populated residential areas and must exercise maximum care to ensure that civilians and civilian objects are protected against dangers arising from military operations, and he called for the thorough and transparent investigation of such incidents by coalition forces. Among 52 public buildings either partially or completely destroyed in the past three weeks, eight hospitals were hit in Sana’a, Sa’da, Dhale and Aden, with 17 schools and educational institutions in Aden, Dhale, Hajjah, Ibb and Sana’a also destroyed. The country’s three main national airports and its main power station have also been damaged, as well as bridges, factories, farmland and mosques. “Hospitals and ambulances must be safe from attacks and allowed to function at all times. Intentional attacks on hospitals or ambulances being exclusively used for medical purposes would amount to war crimes,” Zeid said. He also warned that the intentional targeting of civilians not taking direct part in hostilities would amount to a war crime, citing particular reports of the killing of civilians by snipers located on rooftops in Dhale, and he also pointed to arbitrary arrests, indiscriminate firing at protesters and attacks against media premises by Houthi-affiliated forces.Underlining the important role of civil society, particularly in the midst of an armed conflict, he urged all sides to negotiate a swift end to the bloodshed and devastation in Yemen. “The people of Yemen have already suffered for too long and the calamitous effects of the conflict are already going to take years, if not decades, to reverse,” the High Commissioner said. “Most of the country is now suffering from the effects of armed conflict, with the situation particularly devastating in Sana’a, Aden, Dhale, Sa’da, Hudayda, Lahj, Ibb, Taiz, Amran and Hajjah. The humanitarian situation is appallingly bad, compounded by wanton violence, lawlessness and serious human rights violations.” read more

September 25

President Trump renews criticism of lousy US embassy in horrible London location

Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of the new US embassy in Nine Elms, London, saying it is in a “lousy” and “horrible” location and a bad deal.The US president, who is visiting the UK on July 13, lashed out again at the move from Grosvenor Square in the centre of the capital to a new location south of the Thames.Speaking at a rally in Michigan, he said: “In the UK, in London, we had the best site in all of London. The best site. Well, some genius said, we’re gonna sell the site and then we’re going to take the money and build a new embassy. That sounds good right, but you’ve got to have money left over if you do that, right?”Mr Trump said he thought – but would have to check – that officials sold the site for 250 million dollars.He said: “They go out and they buy a horrible location. And they build a new embassy. That’s the good news. The bad news is it cost over a billion dollars.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The new building is unveiled of the US Embassy in Nine Elms in Wandsworth, LondonCredit:Getty The new building is unveiled of the US Embassy in Nine Elms in Wandsworth, London  President Trump Holds Rally In Washington, MichiganCredit:Scott Olson/Getty  President Trump Holds Rally In Washington, Michigan Mr Trump, a billionaire who made his fortune as a property magnate, cancelled a planned trip to London to open the embassy earlier this year, complaining the move to an “off location” south of the Thames had been a “bad deal”. He told the rally on Saturday: “By the way, they wanted me to cut the ribbon on the embassy and I said I’m not going. I don’t wanna do it.”I said, ‘I’m not cutting that ribbon’. I said ‘I’m not going’.”Blaming his predecessors for the embassy move, Mr Trump called it a “Bush-Obama special”, that “could have been stopped by Obama”.But in an emollient last comment he said: “Hey, hopefully we’ll have many years of success with that embassy.”At the same rally, he attacked the European Union, China other nations over trade, threatening to “take on” the bloc and superpower.Addressing a rally in Michigan, the US president said the EU “sounds so nice” but it was “formed to take advantage of the US”.Mr Trump said he does “not blame them (the EU). I blame past presidents”.He told supporters: “Long-term you’re going to be so happy… or we are not doing business with these guys.” It is thought his decision may have been driven by a fear of protests in the capital.However he repeated his assertion that it was down to dissatisfaction with the embassy project. read more

September 21

Elderly man in shock after raiders with screwdrivers break into his home

first_img Share6 Tweet Email2 By Louise McCarthy Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 7:25 AM Feb 11th 2017, 7:25 AM 22,466 Views Short URL Elderly man in shock after raiders with screwdrivers break into his home The two men robbed a small amount of cash before fleeing. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img File photo of the Donadea area Image: Google Streetview http://jrnl.ie/3230656 6 Comments Image: Google Streetview File photo of the Donadea area AN ELDERLY MAN is in shock after raiders forced their way into his rural Co Kildare home on Thursday night.Two men, armed with screwdrivers, pushed their way into the Donadea home of the man who is in his 70s. One man is understood to have been wearing a scarf over his face.They robbed a small amount of cash before fleeing.Both men are described as being 5′ 9″ or 10″ in height, of thin build, and wearing dark clothing.Sergeant Paul Reilly of Clane Garda Station said the pensioner became suspicious when a car drove into his backyard with no lights on at 7pm.Investigating gardaí are appealing for anyone in the Donadea or Tiermohan area who witnessed anything unusual between 6.30pm and 7.30pm to contact them at 045 868 262 or at Naas Garda Station on 045 884 300.Read: 16-year-old girl among four arrested for allegedly plotting terror attack in ParisMore: Investigation launched after woman assaulted in Temple Barlast_img read more

September 20

No One Should Be Surprised That a Final Fantasy XV Porn Parody

first_img As rule 34 demands: if it exists, someone will make a porno out of it. Earlier this year, we brought you a story about a porno based on Pokemon, so it should come as no surprise that the recently released Final Fantasy XV is getting a porn parody too. Unlike porno films based on the Avengers and Justice League, Brazzer’s Full Service Station barely tries to resemble its source material.The film stars Shawn Lawless and Nikki Benz. They don’t appear to have any in-movie names, but I guess that isn’t really important. Lawless is driving his van around in the desert until it breaks down. Lucky for him, Nikki Benz — who sort of looks like FFXV‘s busty mechanic, Cindy — just so happens to show up to fix his vehicle. After doing inappropriate things to herself with repair tools and slaying a random CG monster that appears, the two get down and dirty.I understand that this porn parody is on a limited budget and that ultimately it’s only supposed to be fap material for those who buy it, but a bit more effort could have been made.Look at Lawless for example. The male characters in FFXV all have very distinct and elaborate hair styles, but this man is completely bald! He looks more like Phil Anselmo from Pantera, not the lead of a Final Fantasy game. Then, of course, there’s Nikki Benz. Yes, she sort of looks like Cindy, but why was she fighting monsters? All Cindy does is fix cars in the game. It’s pretty clear the producers of this movie saw a trailer for FFXV and did a cheap cash grab film of it because it’s a popular game at the moment.Poorly production values aside, we can forgive this Final Fantasy parody because it is ultimately harmless. Let’s just pray that someone doesn’t get the idea to do a porno based on The Last Guardian. We do not need that. Stay on target Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornVirginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn last_img read more

September 17

Rescued white tiger undergoes surgery at Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption October 25, 2018 Jonathan Halvorson Show Caption Hide Caption Jonathan Halvorson, Rescued white tiger undergoes surgery at Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345 ALPINE (KUSI) – A white tiger rescued from a breeding operation in Ohio was spayed to Thursday at Lions Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine.Surgeons say the tiger, Crystal, is expected to make a full recovery over the next week.“Crystal was rescued from prison-like conditions at an Ohio breeding facility, that was shut down in 2014.” said Bobbi Brink, Founder and Director of Lions Tigers & Bears.The sanctuary plays to reunite Crystal with her former tiger companion, Hank.“Hank and Crystal are the lucky ones,” said Brink.  “They are survivors of the devastating exotic animal trade, which exploits animals for profit, subjecting them to massive animal welfare abuses, and puts all tiger populations in jeopardy.” Posted: October 25, 2018last_img read more

September 16

Groups lose money as city covers Hilton debt

first_imgCity tax dollars collected from a 4 percent charge on hotel rooms — which once helped fund such community events as Independence Day at Fort Vancouver and the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival — now go exclusively to pay off debt at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.The tax traditionally went to paying debt on the $68 million hotel and convention center downtown, with the rest dedicated to city and community events and programs that promote tourism. State law prohibits the lodging tax from being spent on anything besides tourism promotion.The idea was: When needed, the tax would help cover the debt payment for the Hilton, and whatever the Hilton didn’t need, would go to tourism-related events.But the trouble with a lodging tax is that it goes down as the number of reserved rooms drops, meaning there’s less tax to go around. Problems for the Hilton are compounded, as fewer rooms booked also mean a smaller profit margin.The result: The city feels the lodging tax will be more consistently needed by the Hilton — so it’s cut off the money for the events.last_img read more

September 16

Study asserts Vancouver waterfront project not viable as conceived

first_imgThe companies seeking to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have thrown a counter-punch at the developer who argues the terminal will severely curtail his plan to construct a $1.3 billion commercial/residential redevelopment of the city’s waterfront.In a market analysis commissioned by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — operating together as Vancouver Energy — Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory firm, says “that under reasonable market input assumptions” the waterfront project “is not viable as conceived, making an argument about the impacts to value from the proposed terminal irrelevant.”Waterfront developer Barry Cain, president of Gramor Development — a member, along with local investors, of Columbia Waterfront LLC — blasted the analysis as “trash.” Tesoro and Savage are “working against the waterfront,” he said Thursday. “They’re working against what’s good for the downtown, because what they’re doing is bad.”The Heartland analysis, which examines such factors as rents, capitalization rates, and structured parking, is included as part of a 2,161-page preliminary draft environmental impact statement submitted by Tesoro-Savage to the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.This story will be updatedlast_img read more

September 14

Dennis Publishing Sold to Private Equity

first_imgIn 1995—a year before acquiring The Week—Dennis launched Maxim, the magazine that would spend the next decade becoming the largest men’s monthly in the world (peaking at a rate base of 2.5 million in the early 2000’s) before it was sold to private equity in 2007.Commenting on the acquisition, Exponent’s David McGovern didn’t seem to herald many immediate changes at the company.“Exponent is delighted to back [Dennis CEO] James Tye and his team,” said McGovern. “We look forward to combining their expert knowledge with our own deep experience in consumer media and e-commerce to help further develop Dennis’ strong market positions and build on Felix Dennis’ legacy.”Founded in 2004, Exponent primarily focuses its investments in upper-middle-market companies in the UK and Ireland.“We see Exponent as excellent partners for Dennis,” said Dick Pountain, a longtime business partner of Felix Dennis, speaking on behalf of his estate. “Their track record in media is extremely strong and we have confidence in their ability to continue to grow the size and reputation of the company that Felix created almost 50 years ago.” For the first time in its 45-year history, Dennis Publishing has been sold.The London-based publisher of The Week and Mental Floss, among numerous others, has been acquired by British private equity firm Exponent, both parties announced Tuesday. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Heart of England Forest, the wildlife conservation charity formed by Dennis Publishing founder Felix Dennis, who passed away in 2014.Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, although bids for the company are speculated to have been in the neighborhood of £150 million ($197 million). Reports that executors of the Felix Dennis estate were mulling a sale of the company first surfaced last summer.Dennis houses some 37 print and digital brands across its portfolio, mostly in the UK and serving the technology, automotive, and lifestyle spaces. The company rose from humble beginnings as the publisher of just one magazine (Kung Fu Monthly), before moving into the technology space with launches like MacUser and PC Pro in the 1980s and ’90s.last_img read more

September 9

Girdwood Seeks Public Safety Plan

first_imgWith the state budget tightening, some small communities may be losing Alaska State Trooper outposts come January. One of the affected communities is the ski resort of Girdwood, which, although part of the Municipality of Anchorage, is located forty miles South of the city.    Girdwood’s board of supervisors has established a public safety task force to look at the community’s options for law enforcement after the Alaska State Trooper post there closes on January 1. The task force has been working with the city of Anchorage since March to find a solution to Girdwood’s public safety problem. Sam Daniel, the task force co – chair, says any public safety coverage in Girdwood has to be not too small, not to big, but just right.“We believe that Girdwood taxpayers and residents would be willing to pay for a right sized, cost effective public law enforcement model in Girdwood, but we are not interested in having to pay for services that go far beyond what our needs are, and that we don’t believe will truly be provided when we finally have to pay for them.”]Mike Abbot, Anchorage municipal manager, has told the task force that APD is not set up for rural coverage, so if Girdwood wants more police protection, Girdwood must join with the Anchorage Polcie Service area and get the same coverage as other muni communities. But Daniel says paying for full coverage will break Girdwood’s tax cap“I think we are being shunted toward voting for inclusion with the greater Anchorage service area, and the concern that locals have is that they are going to say, ‘Oh yes, we’ll give you 24/7”, but the way that the Anchorage police model works is that it is based on need, so instead of there being three police officers down here, which is way more than we need, they are going to be in South Anchorage, or they are going to be downtown during bar break, or some other place other than down here, while we are going to be paying as much as folks in Anchorage are. “Union requirements and legal challenges also cloud any inclusion in APD, and joining the APD service area would depend on approval from Girdwood and muni voters in the next city election.But at a recent task force meeting on August 26, the task force discussed having Girdwood share the Whittier police force with Whittier police chief Dave Schofield.The harbor city of Whittier has 24/7 policing, with one to three officers available, depending on the time of day. Whittier pays 450 thousand dollars a year for public safety. And, Schofield says, Whittier has a contract with the state of Alaska to patrol the Portage Highway and the Anton Anderson tunnel.“So that puts us on the Whittier side and the Bear Valley side with the Portage Highway. So going into Girdwood is just an extension of what we are already doing.”And, Whittier, about 20 miles from Girdwood, could benefit from the plan. Schofield has to lay off two seasonal officers every fall.“Our summer months are our busy times, and as I understand it, from Girdwood, winter is their busy time. So our busy seasons are opposite of each other.”A collaboration with Girdwood could help keep the two seasonal officers on full time.The task force has approved a motion to pursue discussion of a partnership with Whittier police with the Municipal attorney to see if the option is viable.Meanwhile, other options are under consideration by Girdwood’s task force. One is to contract with Alaska State Troopers for public safety coverage, a plan not likely in the face of state restrictions.The closing of Girdwood’s Trooper outpost affects other communities as well. Bird, Rainbow and Indian, three tiny enclaves north of Girdwood on the Seward Highway, will lose policing, too. And Sam Daniels worries about that a lot.“All of us that live in Southcentral Alaska should be very, very concerned about the Seward Highway safety corridor. And if there are not police officers on the highway between Girdwood and Anchorage, actively enforcing the safety zone and speed limit, than people are going to drive beyond the speed limit in an unsafe manner.” The Girdwood public safety task force meets later this week, on September 17 to continue examining it’s options.last_img read more

September 9

Alaska GOP vows significant response against Murkowski

first_imgTuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party. 2016 photo: Lawrence Ostrovsky.The chairman of the Alaska Republican Party has vowed there will be repercussions for Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.Listen nowTuckerman Babcock said in a Facebook post the party will have a “significant response.” He said he’ll leave it to the party’s State Central Committee to decide what action to take against the Republican senator.Murkowski said her opposition was based on what she thought was best for the credibility of the Supreme Court and the country, not on politics.“There are consequences,” Murkowski told reporters after the vote. “But if I were to worry every day about political repercussions, or somebody saying that they were going to run against me, or say something in a newspaper story, I wouldn’t be able to do the job that Alaskans expect me to be able to do.”Murkowski is also getting flak from liberals for participating in what’s called a “vote pair” so that Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., could go home for his daughter’s wedding in Montana.Murkowski said she changed her “no” vote to “present” on Saturday to offset the “yes” vote that Daines would have cast if he had been in Washington. The final vote was 50 to 48 with one “present.”Murkowski says her vote pair didn’t affect the outcome and was a gesture toward the civility she’d like to see more of in the Senate.“Every little, small baby step that we can take to be more gracious and more generous with one another makes us better senators and better human beings,” she said.last_img read more

September 6

President Kovind returns home after threenation visit

first_imgNew Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind returned home on Sunday after a successful week-long official tour to the West African nations of Benin, The Gambia, and Guinea. During the visit, President Kovind held delegation-level talks with the leaders of the host countries to strengthen ties in key sectors such as trade, investment, and energy. In addition, he addressed the national assembly of Guinea and The Gambia and interacted with the Indian community. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us During the first leg of his visit, India and Benin signed two agreements on Cultural Exchange Programme and on the mutual exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, official/service passports, as well as two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of export credit and investment insurance, and another on the e-VBAB network project. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us In addition, India offered concessional financial assistance of USD 100 million to Benin with an aim to help the West African country meet its Sustainable Development Goals. In the Gambia, President Kovind promised to extend an assistance of USD 500,000 in support of skill development and cottage industry projects in the West African country. The two sides also signed and exchanged a Memoranda of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy. During the third leg of the visit, India extended a line of credit worth USD 170 million for the installation of water-related projects in Guinea.last_img read more

September 1

Fair Elections Open Hearing

first_imgThe D.C. Council will hold a public hearing on June 29 at 9am at John A. Wilson building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The hearing will be held on the Fair Elections Act of 2017 that is currently in the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. The campaign, backed by more than 70 organizations from across the District, is mobilizing to support the legislation. If passed, the act would strengthen local democracy by allowing candidates and elected officials to spend more time with their constituents.last_img read more

August 27

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first_img Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… 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 Related Content Technology | November 01, 2010 Advanced Visualization Software Integrates With Existing Systems News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more center_img The syngo.via imaging software, by Siemens, enables physicians to access advanced visualization tools across the clinical spectrum. It is designed to integrate with existing PACS and RIS systems, but offers direct, no-click access and a unified user interface with the company’s syngo.plaza PACS system.Syngo.via also helps increase reading efficiency across multiple specialties, including oncology, cardiology and neurology. The Automated Case Preparation functionality automatically loads images into the appropriate application and sorts them into the corresponding disease-specific layout. This eliminates the need to manually choose the application, load data and select corresponding layouts. Also, the Case Navigator functionality supports structured workflow by categorizing various steps and aligning the proper images to each corresponding step. Furthermore, during the reading process, findings and measurements can be automatically tracked and listed with the Findings Navigator, which allows users to effectively navigate between various findings with just one click.The syngo.plaza brings 2-D, 3-D and 4-D reading together and offers two viewing modes: a pre-configured intuitive interface and a customizable option.For more information: www.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcarelast_img read more

August 26

Microsoft releases Open Service Broker for Azure OSBA version 10

first_imgMicrosoft released version 1.0 of Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA) along with full support for Azure SQL, Azure Database for MySQL, and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Microsoft announced the preview of Open Service Broker for Azure (OSBA) at the KubeCon 2017. OSBA is the simplest way to connect apps running on cloud-native environment (such as Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, and OpenShift) and rich suite of managed services available on Azure. The OSBA 1.0 ensures to connect mission-critical applications to Azure’s enterprise-grade backing services. It is also ideal to run on a containerized environment like Kubernetes. In a recent announcement of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Red Hat to provide  OpenShift service on Azure, Microsoft demonstrated the use of OSBA using an OpenShift project template. OSBA will enable customers to deploy Azure services directly from the OpenShift console and connect them to their containerized applications running on OpenShift. It also plans to collaborate with Bitnami to bring OSBA into KubeApps, for customers to deploy solutions like WordPress built on Azure Database for MySQL and Artifactory on Azure Database for PostgreSQL. Microsoft plans 3 additional focus areas for OSBA and the Kubernetes service catalog: Plans to expand the set of Azure services available in OSBA by re-enabling services such as Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Redis. These services will progress to a stable state as Microsoft will learn how customers intend to use them. They plan to continue working with the Kubernetes community to align the capabilities of the service catalog with the behavior that customers expect. With this, the cluster operator will have the ability to choose which classes/plans are available to developers. Lastly, Microsoft has a vision for the Kubernetes service catalog and the Open Service Broker API. It will enable developers to describe general requirements for a service, such as “a MySQL database of version 5.7 or higher”. Read the full coverage on Microsoft’s official blog post Read Next GitLab is moving from Azure to Google Cloud in July Announces general availability of Azure SQL Data Sync Build an IoT application with Azure IoT [Tutorial]last_img read more

August 18

Obama sings and eulogizes victims of South Carolina massacre

first_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Then Obama sang.As Obama neared the close of his 40-minute remarks, he unexpectedly sang out the opening words of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” The crowd of 5,500 leapt to its feet to join the president in song.It was a stirring emotional moment for a president who can often seem detached and distant.The president has been in this position before, called upon to ease the pain of a community grieving after gun violence. Before Charleston, there were Newtown, Conn., Tucson, Ariz., Fort Hood, Texas, Aurora, Colo., Washington.After each incident, the nation’s eyes are sporadically open, Obama said. He challenged the nation to keep itself from slipping back “into a comfortable silence,” saying that doing so would be “a betrayal of everything Rev. Pinckney stood for.”Following the service, Obama met privately with families of the victims. The president got to know Pinckney during the 2008 presidential campaign, when he was an early supporter of Obama.Aides said Obama wrote much of the eulogy himself. He was still working on the speech Friday morning when his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett called to tell him the Supreme Court had given same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Pallbearers carry the casket of Sen. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed in last week’s shooting, into Emanuel AME Church for his wake, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. The first funerals of some of those slain began Thursday at nearby churches with a viewing for Pinckney inside Emanuel on Thursday evening. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at Pinckney’s funeral Friday at a nearby college arena. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The court ruling and memorial service capped an extraordinary week for a president seeking to stave off lame-duck status deep in his second term. With the help of Republican lawmakers, he secured a victory on legislation to speed up passage of an Asia-Pacific trade deal, one of his top foreign policy priorities. On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of his signature health care law, all but guaranteeing the law will survive beyond his presidency.It’s unknown how those victories and Obama’s pledge to bring his presidency to a fearless finish will shape the closing months of his tenure. But the president summed up the feelings of a weary White House when Jarrett called.“It’s been a good week,” Obama declared.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDCCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   At first, the president had planned to largely focus his remarks on remembering Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the slain pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the eight other victims.But that’s not what happened. Maybe Obama was buoyed by a week that brought about the validation of his sweeping health care law, a win on trade and the Supreme Court’s affirmation of gay marriage across the country. Maybe he was driven by the fearlessness he says he now feels as he heads down the final stretch of his presidency.As Obama took the stage to address the crowd of more than 5,500 packed into a basketball arena, he did speak movingly about Pinckney, a state lawmaker and popular pastor. Then the president issued a challenge, calling on the nation to not shy away from the “uncomfortable truths” about the racial prejudice that plagues the country.He revived his push for gun control legislation, despite staunch opposition in Washington. He called for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s statehouse, a move that would represent “one step in an honest accounting of America’s history.”He taunted the alleged killer of the Charleston churchgoers. While the gunman wanted to incite fear and deepen divisions, Obama noted the unity Charleston has shown in the past week and said: “God works in mysterious ways. God had different ideas.” Quick workouts for men CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — After a string of triumphs, President Barack Obama’s eulogy for those killed in a South Carolina church massacre was supposed to bring an extraordinary week to a somber close.But something changed.Between legislative and legal victories, Obama had spent hours privately grappling with the tragedy in this southern city, where nine people attending Bible study were killed in a racially motivated attack. Their deaths sparked vexing questions about racial divisions, gun violence and the way America grapples with its own difficult history. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more