BJP retains Junagadh civic body with greater mandate

first_imgAhmedabad: The BJP on Tuesday retained the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) in Gujarat by securing a larger mandate of 51 seats decimating the Congress to just one seat in the 60-member body.The ruling party also won by-elections to a majority of seats in districtand taluka panchayats for which elections were held on July 21. The BJP has improved its tally by seven seats to win 51 out of 56 seats in the JMC that went to polls on July 21, results for which were announced Tuesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has emerged as the second largest party by winning four seats. Out of total 60 seats in JMC, the election was held for 56 seats. While candidates of the BJP were declared elected unopposed on three seats, the form of a BJP nominee stood rejected in another instance. The NCP registered a surprise win on four seats. In a stinging defeat, the tally of the main opposition Congress, which had 15 corporators, has shrunken to just one seat with Manjulaben Pansara the only saving grace for the party. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPansara won on a general seat from ward number 4. The Congress was affected by a leadership crisis after its city president Vinu Amipara resigned to join the BJP just before the election along with a large number of party workers. The BJP had wrest control of the JMC from the Congress in previous election by winning 44 seats. Tweeting in Gujarati after the results were declared, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “BJP candidates have registered grand victory in the election to the Junagadh Municipal Corporation and by-election to other district/taluka Panchayats. The people of Gujarat have always trusted politics of development”. In his tweet, Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah said, “Heartiest congratulation to the people of Gujarat for constantly reposing faith in the BJP symbolising development and trust”. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said the results were unexpected. “It is the outcome of infighting within the Congress unit of Junagadh, and we failed in our strategy. We also could not match the level of manipulation played by the other side. We will rectify the mistake and will come back stronger,” he said. The ruling party also won the by-election held for one seat of Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation and a majority of seats of district and taluka Panchayats on which by-polls were held on July 21. The BJP won five seats of district panchayat in by-polls. The party also won 32 out of 43 seats of Taluka Panchayat, while Congress bagged eight seats and three went to Independents. The ruling party celebrated its victory by bursting fire crackers at its state headquarters, ‘Kamalam’, in Gandhinagar.last_img read more

WWE Divas To Visit Refugee Camps In Rwanda

first_imgWWE Divas Alicia Fox and Natalya will visit refugee camps in Rwanda this week as part of their alliance with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to help raise awareness and funds to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.WWE’s Divas will help distribute life-saving bed nets to help protect refugee families, who are fleeing conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, from malaria. They will also meet with officials from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to learn about the humanitarian situation there.“Refugees already face unimaginable hardships,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “A simple bed net can stop mothers and children from worrying about a deadly mosquito bite. We’re proud to show the WWE Divas — and WWE fans everywhere — how malaria prevention tools like bed nets keep families safe. With more than 140 million social media fans, WWE and its Divas have an incredible opportunity to spread the buzz about stopping malaria.”Nothing But Nets has partnered with UNHCR since 2008, working together to provide vulnerable refugee families fleeing conflict or natural disasters with insecticide-treated mosquito nets that can keep them safe from malaria. The partners have provided more than 1 million bed nets to refugees living in camps across Africa; as a result, malaria dropped from the leading killer of refugees to the number five cause of death.“WWE is proud to partner with Nothing But Nets to raise awareness and funds to protect families from deadly malaria,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Executive Vice President, Creative. “Through our partnership, WWE will continue to reach out to our passionate fan base to spread the message about preventing this disease. It is our hope that when WWE fans learn that a child dies from malaria every 60 seconds, they will be inspired to send a net and save a life.” WWE aims to send 20,000 bed nets to refugees.The trip is part of Nothing But Nets’ alliance with WWE, announced at the 2012 Social Good Summit. There, UN Foundation Resident Entrepreneur Elizabeth Gore appeared with McMahon and WWE Divas Layla and Alicia Fox, who urged their fans to support Nothing But Nets online and offline.Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and sent more than 7 million bed nets to families across Africa. Anyone — from students to CEOs — can help protect families in Africa from malaria. To learn more and to donate, visit read more

Toronto stock market spikes loonie falls following Bank of Canada speech

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index soared as the loonie fell after the governor of the Bank of Canada signalled in a speech it would be taking a more cautious approach on any future rate hikes.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 135.54 points to 15,609.66 on the strength of broad-based gain that saw all major sectors, excluding gold, push ahead.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.57 cents US, down 0.27 of a cent.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz stressed Wednesday there’s no prearranged route for further interest rate hikes after the sizzling national economy motivated him to raise the rate once in July and again earlier this month.The speech marked the first public comments by Poloz since the bank drew criticism for its communications approach ahead of the September hike, which caught many forecasters off guard.“So the major changes in his tone were that he’s going to monitor very closely movements in the long-term rates,” said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“And I think the one line that really stuck out for market participants was that he said there’s no predetermined path for interest rates. As a result you saw the Canadian dollar sell off and you saw the TSX rally.”Nia said Poloz’s announcement was a primary driver for financials in particular. Also helping the TSX, he added, was the continuation of positive news about oil markets and a “bullish oil sentiment” over the past couple of weeks.The November crude contract was up 26 cents to US$52.14 per barrel.On the corporate front, Bombardier Inc.’s (TSX:BBD.B) shares lost more than seven per cent to close at $2.10 as investors weighed the prospect of a 220 per cent duty on U.S. sales of its flagship CSeries passenger jets and the European merger of two railway rivals.South of the border, New York stock indices jumped after a U.S. Labor Department report showed business investment rose in August for the second month in a row. Investors hope that means U.S. manufacturing is getting stronger as the global economy continues to improve.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 56.39 points to 22,340.71. The S&P 500 index added 10.20 points to 2,507.04 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 73.10 points to 6,453.26.Investors also eyed a proposed tax plan by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that cuts tax rates for individuals and corporations, reduces the number of personal tax brackets, and nearly doubles the standard deduction used by most Americans. They propose to cut the top corporate tax rate to 25 per cent from its current 35 per cent.However, with months of negotiations likely ahead and many key details missing, it’s not clear what kind of plan might ultimately pass.“With the long-anticipated Trump tax reform package, you saw markets didn’t react either way immediately,” said Nia. “It’s short on details.”Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract was down $13.90 to US$1,287.80 an ounce.The November natural gas contract gained six cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU and the December copper contract edged up a penny at US$2.93 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere to Shoot a TV show in

By Zoubida SenoussiRabat – Ouarzazate continues to attract productions all over the world, thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and booming film industry.“The Moroccan Hollywood” has welcomed the adventure TV show “Off Roads” and one of its participants, Miss Universe 2016, also crowned Miss France the same year, Iris Mittenaere, as reported by 2M. The 25-year-old model already visited other Moroccan cities, such as Essaouira and Marrakech back in 2016. This adventurous show is taking place at the Ecolodge Oued Noujoum in the Fint valley, fifteen kilometers from the windy city Essaouira. Located in the heart of a mountain circuit, the site offers unbeatable raw nature views to its guests.Ouarzazate has a long-established relationship with cinema. Many notable directors maintain an obsession with the magnificent landscapes, including Orson Welles, Ridley Scott, and David Lean.Many memorable historical movies and television shows have been filmed in the area, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Gladiator (2000), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Game of Thrones (2013) Prison Break (2015), Sherlock (2016), and The Nine (2017). read more

As starving Somalis flood into Ethiopia UN sends in emergency aid team

23 August 2011The United Nations has deployed an emergency team to south-eastern Ethiopia where 18,000 new refugees fleeing drought, famine and conflict in Somalia have recently poured in, compounding a situation already fraught with high mortality from malnutrition and measles. “A priority for us remains the need to save lives among this badly weakened population,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Geneva on the latest chapter in the crisis wracking the Horn of Africa, where more than 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and particularly Somalia are in urgent need of help and tens of thousands, many of them children, have already starved to death.“Ensuring that new arrivals get food, water and medical attention is critically important,” he said, noting that the UNHCR emergency team had been sent to the Gode area, 250 kilometres north of the refugee camps already been set up in Dollo Ado. “Our team includes experts in health, nutrition, protection, field coordination, and registration.”Last week UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake warned that some 390,000 Somali children in the region were suffering from malnutrition, with nearly 140,000 of them “facing imminent death” from severe acute malnutrition.UNHCR will airlift aid for up to 20,000 people in Gode from its stocks in Dubai, including blankets, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, buckets and mosquito nets. Some 3,000 tents, supplied locally, are also being rushed in. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with field presences in the area are already helping with health needs, nutrition and water, and UNHCR will provide additional support where necessary.Mr. Edwards voiced continuing concern at the persistently high mortality rate at the 25,000-strong Kobe camp in Dollo Ado, where a major cause of death is suspected measles, compounded by the high prevalence of acute malnutrition and poor hygiene practices.A mass immunization campaign was conducted last week for children between the ages of six months and 15 years, but it will take 10 to 14 days for the vaccine to be effective and for the mortality rates to become lower. Together with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNHCR has just completed a second mass anti-measles campaign in the Melkadida camp. Polio vaccination and screening for malnutrition were carried out at the same time for children.In Somalia, shelter materials and other aid items continue to be distributed in Mogadishu, the capital, and southern areas, but these still fall short of the many needs in makeshift settlements in southern and central Somalia that accommodate many of the country’s estimated 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs). In addition to shelter, people also need food, access to clean water and medical facilities.“Displaced Somalis tell our staff that the current weather conditions of scorching sun, strong winds and intermittent heavy rains are difficult to endure, despite plastic sheets having been provided for shelter,” Mr. Edwards said, noting that a further 20,000 emergency assistance packages from Dubai are due to reach Mogadishu on 10 September for distribution across southern Somalia.In Kenya, where the Dadaab camp complex currently hosts some 440,000 refugees, 1,200 Somalis are still arriving every day and new sites are being opened up. read more

Attempt to identify girl in video going viral

He said that it is still not clear if the video is authentic or staged. An individual captured the incident on video with the knowledge of the boys and the girl as well as another girl. (Colombo Gazette) The police are attempting to identify the girl in video going viral in which she is shown being assaulted by two boys.Police spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said that for the police to investigate the incident they need to first identify the girl.

Pakistan to deploy team to Sri Lanka over murder probe

Pakistan is to deploy a team to Sri Lanka to collect evidence over the murder of a British-Pakistani politician.The Daily Times in Pakistan reported that the Director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Akbar Hoti on Saturday allowed the investigation team to visit the United Kingdom (UK) and Sri Lanka to collect evidence in relation to the case over the murder of Imran Farooq. Three accused, including Khalid Shamim, Moazzam Ali and Kashif Khan Kamran are currently on judicial remand in Rawalpindi. According to sources, Khalid Shamim and Mohsin Ali had already recorded their confessional statements, while Moazzam Ali – who is said to be the prime suspect – was unwilling to do so. Mohsin, in his statement, stated that Moazzam had handled their travel documents to visit the UK. He said they had monitored the movements and actvities of Dr Farooq in London to know about his routine. On the day of the murder, he grabbed Dr Farooq while Kashif stabbed him and then bludgeoned him with a brick, he said. Imran Farooq, the founding member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was murdered in Edgware, northwest London in September 2010. He had claimed asylum in Britain in 1999 as he was wanted in Pakistan in many cases of torture and murder. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan urges African leaders to end armed conflicts crippling continent

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told Africa’s leaders gathered in Mozambique for the African Union’s annual summit that only they could end the devastating armed conflicts that were taking an unconscionable toll on their people and on the overall development of their continent.Along with working to end conflicts, African leaders must also break the deadly wall of silence that continues to surround the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and make the fight against AIDS a priority second to none, he told African heads of state in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital.“The UN and the rest of the international community can appoint envoys, urge negotiations and spend billions of dollars on peacekeeping missions, but none of this will solve conflicts, if the political will and capacity do not exist here, in Africa.”Mr. Annan pointed to Mozambique’s peaceful transition after 16 years of civil war as one of the great African success stories, but stressed that heartbreaking events in Liberia and the beleaguered northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had made it painfully evident that Africa has nowhere near the mechanisms it needs to prevent the outbreak of conflict or enforce basic international humanitarian law.“That is why this Union, and all its Members, must work for an integrated strategy of peaceful settlements” he said, adding that he hoped every one of Africa’s leaders would make it their personal mission to convince the young people of the continent that the lives and safety of their fellow Africans are sacrosanct, and that there can be no substitute for the fruits of peace.“Indeed, the birth of your Union…reflected an historic reaffirmation that Africa itself bears the primary responsibility for shaping its fate and future; and that the best way – the only way – for Africa to carry out that mission is to unite around the needs and aspirations of your people.”But lasting peace was far more than the absence of war, Mr. Annan said. “It is sustainable only if accompanied by democratic transformation and good governance… and must go hand in hand with the work for poverty reduction and development. That meant a whole-hearted investment in education and the empowerment of women, the most effective development strategies we know. It also means a focus on employment creation.At the same time, he said, an agricultural transformation is needed to break the pattern of recurring food crises. “The latest famine in Ethiopia and Eritrea is a tragic reminder of the desperate need for Africa to develop the capacity to feed itself – to bring about the kind of Green Revolution we have seen take hold elsewhere.” Achieving this would require radical approaches on multiple fronts, based on both new and existing technologies, as well as far-sighted land and water management.It would also require addressing the inextricable link between food insecurity and the biggest threat facing Africa today – the continuing spread of HIV/AIDS. “Just as Africa seeks to focus on the future, some parts of it can barely hang on to the present, Mr. Annan said, adding that “Africa’s efforts are being systematically undermined – by a virus so cruel that it strikes young adults as they are poised to enter their most productive years, and assume the mantle of leadership.”“We know from experience that the spread can be turned back. Some African countries have indeed done so. But it cannot be done piecemeal. It requires a coordinated response from all sectors of society,” he said. It requires leadership – in Governments, in schools, on the streets, in places of worship, in families, among people living with HIV/AIDS and in the most affected communities.“It requires all of you to show the way by example: by breaking the deadly wall of silence that continues to surround the pandemic, and by making the fight against AIDS a priority second to none. I have made it mine; I know several among you have made it yours,” Mr Annan said.He said the UN family will keep working in close partnership with the African Union across the full range of those challenges: from education to governance, from agricultural development to the fight against AIDS; and at the level of the African Union, by supporting the development of key Union institutions.“We will keep working with you to strengthen African peace-building and conflict resolution capacities. And we will keep working with you to help ensure that the new peace and security architecture for Africa benefits from enhanced African peacekeeping capabilities as well as active UN engagement,” he said. read more

As Middle East violence mounts Annan urges both sides to renew search

A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “remains deeply convinced that there is no military solution to this conflict.”He urged the parties to cease all forms of violence immediately, to act in strict compliance with their obligations under the Road Map peace plan and international law, and to renew their search for a peaceful solution to the conflict, the statement said.The Road Map is a plan sponsored by the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States – collectively known as the Quartet – which calls for Israel and the Palestinians to take a series of reciprocal and parallel steps leading to two States living side-by-side in peace by 2005. read more

TSX gains 200 points Wall Street hits new records bolstered by Trump

TSX gains 200 points, Wall Street hits new records bolstered by Trump optimism by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 9:35 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets rose sharply Wednesday, driven largely by optimism from a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he reaffirmed plans in front of Congress to spur economic growth and cut taxes.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index climbed 200.44 points, or 1.3 per cent, at 15,599.68 — lifted higher by gains in the metals, materials and industrials sectors. It’s the largest one-day advance registered by the commodity-heavy TSX in nearly 10 months.Steve Belisle, managing director at Manulife Asset Management, said the strength in these particular sectors has been helped by new data indicating signs of economic growth in both the U.S. and China.“What the surveys are showing is that industrial production should accelerate materially from here and that is good for all commodities and industrial companies,” he said from Montreal.The Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday that U.S. factories grew last month at the fastest pace in more than two years.Its manufacturing index came in at 56.0 in January, up from 54.5 in December and the highest since November 2014’s 57.6. Anything above 50 signals growth.U.S. manufacturing has now grown for five straight months and for 10 of the last 11 months.On Tuesday, two surveys also showed that China’s factory activity picked up pace last month, adding to recent evidence that a key sector of the world’s No. 2 economy is stabilizing.Meanwhile, south of the border, all three major Wall Street indices finished at new record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average surpassed the 21,000 mark for the first time ever, finishing up 303.31 points at 21,115.55. The last time the blue-chip index climbed more than 300 points in one session was on Nov. 7, a day before the U.S. election.The S&P 500 advanced 32.32 points at 2,395.96 and the Nasdaq composite gained 78.59 points at 5,904.03.The rally comes as investors found solace for the markets’ recent gains in the past few months following Trump’s speech Tuesday night before U.S. Congress.In his first address before the assembly, the president repeated his pledges to reform taxes, slash red tape and ramp up spending on defence and infrastructure projects.The promises have helped send U.S. stock benchmarks to records, but Trump offered little by way of detail.Still, Belisle said it was enough to calm investors.“(Trump) sounded presidential and reassuring. I think it was more the tone overall. It’s the same things he’s been talking about since his victory speech essentially but the details are still missing,” he said.“There is what he wants to do and what he can actually do, what Congress will allow him to do in the end. Everything he says needs to be taken with a large grain of salt.”In currencies, the Canadian dollar weakened against a strengthening greenback, losing 0.31 of a U.S. cent at 74.99 cents US.The Bank of Canada held its benchmark interest rate steady at 0.05 per cent Wednesday, the same level where it’s been since July 2015.But the central bank warned that it’s keeping a watchful eye on “significant uncertainties” weighing on the outlook for the economy including the direction of U.S. economic policy under Trump.Commodities were mixed as the April crude contract lost 18 cents at US$53.83 per barrel and April natural gas was up three cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.April gold was down $3.90 at US$1,250 an ounce and May copper gained two cents at US$2.74 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

FLSmidth to deliver equipment for iron ore plant in Mauritania

first_imgFLSmidth has been awarded a contract worth some $40 million by Mauritanian La Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM) for the supply of a wet concentrator package and a train load out package for their Guelb el Aouj iron ore plant, located near Zouerate in Mauritania.The wet concentrator package includes a ball mill, slurry pumps, thickeners for tailings and dust, horizontal belt filters for concentrate and tailings as well as conveyors and wet magnetic separators. The package will also include basic and detailed engineering and procurement of all equipment, instruments and auxiliaries necessary for the operation of the facility.Included in the load out package is a train load out system and conveyors together with detailed engineering and procurement of all the equipment, instruments and auxiliaries necessary for the operation of the facility as well as all the basic, electrical, instrumentation and structural engineering.      SNIM is the world’s seventh largest iron ore exporter, supplying around 12 Mt/y to the world market. Prospecting and exploration started in 1967. The Mauritanian government owns 78% of SNIM. The order is based on what FLSmidth describes as the “Island concept” – a solution where it supplies entire sections of the full flow sheet, offering the customer the advantage of one source supply.last_img read more

Firefox turns 8 today

first_imgEight years ago, when I first saw Firefox posted on a message board that I frequented, I thought it was so cool that someone was trying to make a new browser. The post was flamed to death with all sorts of negative comments about how Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the best there was and Mozilla was never going to be able to compete with Microsoft. Fortunately, Mozilla didn’t see comments like that and decide to throw in the towel. Because of that, the Firefox team at Mozilla are able to celebrate 8 years of development today. If you take a look back, you can absolutely see how Firefox was directly responsible for some of the major changes in how we use the web today. Firefox made a name for itself by being something that was so much better than Internet Explorer at the time that the only reason IE was used was to install Firefox. The team has even gone so far recently as to poke fun back at Internet Explorer 10‘s release. The browser has grown with the intention of delivering a web experience that “put people first” as they put it. Now, 8 years later, Firefox has absolutely become a staple in the web ecosystem.Firefox now exists on Windows, it’s a default browser in many versions of Linux, OSX, and now Android as well. On each platform they support, Mozilla strives to offer the open web standards and practices that the company has dedicated themselves to from the beginning. With a global browser market share that hovers just behind Internet Explorer by a few percent, it’s not hard to imagine that Firefox will be around for a long time. Happy Birthday Firefox!Read more at the Mozilla Bloglast_img read more

Green issues loom large in election

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A major focus on climate change in the upcoming federal election has seen proposals from both parties to reduce carbon emissions and address sustainability within Australia. “You can have greater population with great sustainability it all depends on how you allocate your resources and the type of lifestyle people lead, it’s something very multidimensional and has many aspects to it”. Nick Dallas – EnvironmentalistLabor has proposed a cash for clunkers scheme, where a $2000 rebate would be given to owners of pre-1995 vehicles. The Victorian Government proposal launched earlier this week offers drivers the option of paying a voluntary fee of up to $80 to bankroll a 20 per cent cut in Victoria’s greenhouse gas emission by 2020. Environmentalist Nick Dallas, author of How to do business in China, Green business basics, Climate change basics, said the cash for clunkers scheme is a good plan and there has been similar theories implemented overseas. “It depends if it’s new money or if it’s replacing something else, there’s similar schemes in Europe to get old cars off the road and in the end it’s all a question of implementation and if the money is diverted from other sources,” he said, adding that climate change has taken a backseat from both Labor and Liberal parties. Mr Dallas said sustainability has many dimensions and is not a debate. “You can have greater population with great sustainability it all depends on how you allocate your resources and the type of lifestyle people lead, it’s something very multidimensional and has many aspects to it”. However a carbon tax would be more immediate than an emission trading scheme according to Mr Dallas. “The emission trading scheme is probably the preferred model based on what’s going on overseas but if you really want to get something up and going it’s quicker to implement a carbon tax,” Mr Dallas said. Greens member of the NSW Greens Marrickville Group and local elected counsellor for Marrickville council, Marika Kontellis, said renewable energy, water conservation, and pollution were all linked under the umbrella of climate change but ultimately are affected by the choices Australians make around sustainable living. “I think it’s incredibly important and I think we have a lot to learn from our early migrants who absolutely come from a background of real sustainable living,” Ms Kontellis told Neos Kosmos. Ms Kontellis said transferring skills from the older to younger generations has to begin early on, quoting an example of her own child’s school that has a community vegetable garden, which the grandparents are also involved in. “My Greek peers are very engaged in community life here, we have three Greeks on council, I think the message would be that Greeks are quite engaged in the political process and I’m seeing a bit of a quiet revolution.” “I’m certainly pleased and quite honoured to represent in our area in Marrickville what I call the ‘new Greeks’ who are really focused on building a sustainable Australia,” she said.last_img read more

Schools focus on attendance see scores climb

first_imgSEATTLE — The finding was hard to believe, but year after year and in state after state, the numbers kept bearing it out: Sixth-graders who missed 20 days of class had, at best, a 20 percent chance of graduating from high school on time.This was a bombshell for researcher Bob Balfanz, who’d spent most of his career trying to understand the factors driving 1 million American students to drop out each year. He’d paced school hallways and sat through hundreds of hours of classroom instruction.But in 2007, after tracking 13,000 middle-schoolers for eight years in Philadelphia, Balfanz finally isolated a red flag common to all who, years later, failed to graduate on time: a history of poor attendance.“You’d think, ‘Hey, it’s only sixth grade, you can recover and grow out of this,’” he said.Yet Balfanz, based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that missing as few as 10 days a year has a cumulative impact, weakening the foundation upon which all other school achievement builds.More surprising still, school attendance averages, while widely reported, are highly misleading. A district may accurately note rates of 90 percent, but still have hundreds of students missing weeks of instruction because that number is an aggregate — concealing the fact that different students are absent on different days.last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Wilmington Boosters Thanks Heavenly Donuts Pizza Mia

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilmington Boosters Thanks Supporters For Successful Dance FundraiserIn “Letter To The Editor”Athletic Director Tim Alberts Departs Wilmington For TritonIn “Education”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Youth Events BrochureIn “Community”,Thank You To Our Sponsor: Dear Editor,Wilmington Boosters Association sends a big shout out to Don at Pizza Mia and the crew at Heavenly Donuts for their support and generous contributions to the Thanksgiving Day football game. The Boosters Thank YOU!Regards,Dedi PitziLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

StanChart warns errant Indian defaulters of tough action Report

first_imgStandard Chartered Plc Chief Executive Bill Winters warned its errant Indian borrowers that it would get “very aggressive” if they did not cooperate with the bank, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Friday.Standard Chartered’s India unit, which was one of the most profitable markets for the Asia-focussed bank a few years ago, has seen a sharp spike in loan losses in the last couple of years, denting its global balance sheet.”If they are transparent with us, direct with us, if they are doing everything they can to improve their business but also protect us, we will sit (with) those clients every time,” Winters told the newspaper in an interview.”If we have a client that is not transparent or has different interests that they are clearly prioritising above ours, then we will be very aggressive,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.Standard Chartered last month named Zarin Daruwala, a senior banker at India’s ICICI Bank, as the new chief executive of its India operations, as the British bank looks to halt rising losses on loans in the country.The bank’s loan impairment in India in the first half of this year rose to $483 million, up from $56 million in the same period last year, Standard Chartered said in an earnings presentation this month.Winters told the Economic Times the bank had overextended itself and had made mistakes by not following proper lending practices. He cited instances of giving unsecured loans and of loans to the holding company rather than the operational unit.”I think in the quest for growth we compromised on a lot of different fronts.”last_img read more

US to send observers to 30 Dec elections

first_imgThe United States will send 12 teams of observers and fund thousands of domestic observers to monitor an election in Bangladesh it hopes will be free and fair, a senior official at the US embassy in Dhaka said.Amid opposition concerns about rigging in the 30 December general elections, there has been speculation about US plans for it, especially after the European Union this week said it would not send observers, nor comment on the vote or result.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is seeking a third straight term.Her old rival, Khaleda Zia, who leads the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is in jail after being convicted on charges she says were politically motivated. Scores of BNP workers have also been detained.The BNP boycotted the last election, in 2014, as unfair, but has said it will take part this time, though it is seeking international monitors of polls it says it believes will be flawed.The United States is sending a dozen teams, each of about two observers, who will fan out to most parts of the country, William Moeller, political officer at the US embassy in Dhaka, told Reuters.“The Bangladesh government has emphasized that it plans to hold a free and fair election,” Moeller said this week.“We welcome that and are providing funding for election observers who hope to see such an outcome.”Moeller referred to reports of harassment and intimidation before recent city corporation elections, which he said may have suppressed voter turnout.“We raised these concerns at the time, so we are hoping we won’t see the same issues in the national elections.”The US National Democratic Institute said after an assessment in October the polls would be held “amid a high degree of political polarization, heightened tensions and shrinking political space”.The Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections will send a team of about 30 short- and long-term observers, Moeller said.About 15,000 Bangladeshi observers will be funded jointly by the US Agency for International Development, Britain’s Department for International Development and the Swiss government, he said.The domestic observers would spread out but might not be able to reach every polling station, he said.PLAYING DOWN WORRIESHasina and Khaleda have alternated in power over the last 28 years. Elections in Bangladesh are often violent and marred by ballot-stuffing and voter intimidation.Hasina’s Awami League has held power since 2009 and dispensed from 2014 with a practice of letting a neutral caretaker government oversee elections, to the anger of the BNP.The government has brushed off opposition fears of rigging.“I don’t see any possibility this time, because all the parties are participating, and all of them will have their election agents,” said HT Imam, a political adviser to Hasina.Bangladesh has seen steady economic growth under Hasina and the development of a vibrant garment sector under-pinning export growth, and accounting for 80 percent of the economy.But rights groups have criticised increasing curbs on freedom of speech and the media.Hope to capitalise on dissatisfaction, the BNP has formed an alliance with smaller parties called the National Unity Front and Hasina said this week she expected competitive polls.The EU delegation in Dhaka said it was not sending observers because of growing demand for them amid tight resources.India had no plan to send observers unless Bangladesh asked, an official at the Indian high commission said.last_img read more

A mix of music

first_imgA four-day musical event Raag Rang is being organised in the Capital that kick starts on 28 August at Central Park, Rajiv Chowk. Brought by the Department of Art and Culture, Delhi Government in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad, the festival will be a fine mix of classical, cultural and rock shows. Veteran singers and performers? like Malini Awasthi, Ahmed Hussain, Mohd. Hussain and the band Astitva will be enthralling the audience with their live renditions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The opening day of the festival (28 August) will feature Anupriya Deotale, Ahmed Hussain and Mohd. Hussain. Ahmed and Mohammed Hussain, the two brothers, are classic ghazal singers from Jaipur. They started their singing career in 1958 as classical and thumri artistes. Their first album Guldasta was released in 1980 and since then they have released about 50 albums. Their recent release was Khwab Basera.The second day of the event (29 August)will see performances by well known sufi singer Indira Naik and the multi genre Hindi band Astitva. The band five member band was formed in 2007. They blend jazz, rock and Hindustani classic with their soulful lyrics written in Hindi and Urdu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMalini Awasthi and Devand Jha will be taking the stage on the third day (30 August) of the event. Awasthi is the face of folk music in India and is credited in bringing back these traditional forms of music to the national stage. She is acclaimed for her gaayiki and her powerful varsatile performances. Singing the various forms of folk music from Benaras and Awadh like the Dadra, Sohar, Banna, Jhoola, Kajri, Holi, Chaiti, Vivaah, Dhobiya, Nirgun, etc. she showcased these different forms of folk music in her own way. She is one of the leading thumri singers of the Benaras Gharana. The closing day (31 August) will feature Teejan Bai and Sadhna Bhatia. Teejan Bai  is an exponent of Pandavani, a traditional performing art form, from Chhattisgarh, in which she enacts tales from the Mahabharata, with musical accompaniments. She travelled all over the world as a cultural ambassador, to countries like – England, France, Switzerland and Germany.When: 28- 31 AugustWhere: Central Park, Rajiv ChowkTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

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first_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more March 26, 2010 – For a patient with heart failure, checking whether the heart could benefit from bypass surgery or a stent is critical to ensuring survival. One imaging technique, positron emission tomography (PET) with the imaging agent fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG), may provide doctors with the information they need to make more informed treatment decisions, according to research published in the April issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM).”This study shows a trend toward better patient outcomes when PET is used in their diagnostic work-up and has the potential to streamline management, reduce cost and improve survival in heart failure patients,” said Kevin C. Allman, M.D., senior staff specialist, PET and nuclear medicine department, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, and author of an invited perspective article in JNM.The study reported in JNM is a substudy of one of the first investigations to prospectively gather evidence in a structured randomized research protocol. The benefits of using FDG PET to assess myocardial viability—to find whether heart tissue is likely to benefit from revascularization, or restoring blood flow to the heart in order to restore impaired pumping capacity—have long been observed.Researchers in Ottawa, Canada, analyzed data from a study that used FDG PET-directed management versus standard clinical management of patients with coronary artery disease and poor left ventricular function. The report showed that FDG PET can be a useful tool for identifying patients who would benefit from bypass surgery or other procedures to improve blood flow.Certain factors increase the chance of success. For example, the facility used in the study had an onsite cyclotron that produced a readily available supply of FDG. The setting also had a team of clinicians with expertise in the modality, which helped to facilitate communication and interaction with the doctors who applied the information to their decision-making.”We are confident that FDG PET viability can be used to direct therapy,” said Robert Beanlands, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.A.C.C., chief of cardiac imaging at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ontario, Canada, and lead author of the study. “In cases where it is available, we recommend this course of action because it can improve patient care and patient outcomes.” Beanlands also stressed the importance of clinicians knowing how to properly use nuclear imaging data.Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. Surgery to repair damage and restore blood flow to the heart can help some patients with congestive heart failure before it is too late. Although other imaging techniques simply characterize heart tissue as being dead (scarred) or alive (viable), molecular imaging gives doctors a more complete picture of how the heart is working, including the rate of blood flow and the metabolism of the heart. Reduced blood flow could be a sign of blocked arteries; maintained metabolism means the heart tissue in this region is still viable and would benefit from restoring flow to normal. With this information, doctors should be able to better plan treatments—and heart disease patients should have better outcomes.Authors of, “18F-FDG PET Imaging of Myocardial Viability in an Experienced Center with Access to 18F-FDG and Integration with Clinical Management Teams: The Ottawa-FIVE Substudy of the PARR 2 Trial,” include Arun Abraham, Kathryn A. Williams, Ann Guo, Robert A. deKemp, Linda Garrard, Ross A. Davies, Lloyd Duchesne, Haissam Haddad, Benjamin Chow, Jean DaSilva, and Rob S.B. Beanlands for the PARR 2 Investigators from the National Cardiac PET Centre and Division of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research Methods Centre, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Graham Nichol of the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care, Seattle, Wash.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | March 26, 2010 FDG PET Helps Plan Cardiac Procedures Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 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Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

Agents urged to become Jordan specialists

first_imgClick here for more information. Jordan Tourism Board has launched a new Online Specialist Programme, designed to increase travel trade knowledge, capability and sales of Jordan. Australian tourism into Jordan has become increasingly important over the past year, particularly after Australian numbers have sustained growth to the destination since September last year. After successfully completing each module, individuals will receive the Jordan Specialist accreditation and be encouraged to utilise the information. Unveiled this week, is made up of a variety of modules, which provide in-depth information about Jordan and its offerings including flights, things to do, currencies, visas and weather. Source = ETB News: NJ Online Specialist Programme to help sell Jordan.last_img read more