Survivors of Florida School Shooting Promise Fight Against Gun Violence

Rabat – Emma Gonzalez and fellow survivors of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida have been determined since the incident to make their voices heard and to fight against gun violence that has been claiming the lives of innocent people in the United States.The student, who is now leading the students demanding action following the tragedy, took on a National Rifle Association spokesperson at a CNN town hall meeting on February 21.Gonzalez was provided with the opportunity to question gun rights advocate Dana Loesch about her opinions regarding gun control in the US. Addressing Dana Loesch, who is a mother of two, Gonzalez said: “I want you to know that we will support your children in the way that you will not.”The teenager also said, “the shooter at our school obtained weapons that he used on us legally. Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?”The NRA spokeswoman has been at the center of the gun control debate. “Well first off Emma, I want to applaud you for standing up and speaking out,” said the spokeswoman, adding that “none of the students should be criticized for speaking out.”“Now, I want to answer your question, and I want to be allowed the opportunity, which is why I am here, to talk and have this discussion with you all and answer these questions.”Defending the NRA, the organization she represents, Loesch said that “none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm.”However, the spokeswoman did little to win Gonzalez or the audience’s approval.According to the British news outlet, Telegraph, numerous American companies have severed their ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) after public outrage against the gun lobby spread.The February 15 shooting in Parkland, Florida claimed 17 lives while many others were injured. The shooting was the deadliest U.S school shooting since 2012On February 17, a massive rally in Florida was attended by survivors of the Florida school shooting. Together with parents and numerous local politicians, the crowd, visibly angered by the death toll, protested the president’s stance on gun control and the lack of political dialogue on the issue in Congress. The crowd chanted “shame on you” as they attacked politicians and lawmakers said to have links with the NRA, one of the country’s most powerful interest groups. The gun rights group advocates for gun rights and opposes gun ownership restrictions.The crowd, singling Donald Trump out as one of the politicians receiving huge financial support from the NRA, called for tougher restrictions on guns, with Gonzalez telling the press that gun control is a “matter of life and death”, and “not a political question.” read more

CBO Growing economy to help budget deficit shrink to lowest level since

by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 2:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CBO: Growing economy to help budget deficit shrink to lowest level since Obama took office FILE – In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit will shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office. CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 billion deficit. As a share of the economy, CBO says this year’s deficit will be slightly below the historical average of the past 50 years. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) WASHINGTON – Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.The Congressional Budget Office also projects a 14 per cent drop in the number of U.S. residents without health insurance, largely because of Obama’s health law.In a report released Monday, CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September. That’s slightly less than last year’s $483 billion deficit.The official scorekeeper of Congress projects solid economic growth for the next few years, with unemployment dropping slightly.“In CBO’s estimation, increases in consumer spending, business investment and residential investment will drive the economic expansion this year and over the next few years,” the report said.CBO also cited wage increases, rising wealth and the recent decline in oil prices.For future years however, CBO issued a warning: Beyond 2018, deficits will start rising again as more baby boomers retire and enrol in Social Security and Medicare. By 2025, annual budget deficits could once again top $1 trillion, unless Congress acts.At that point, Social Security benefits would account for one-quarter of all federal spending, said CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf.“The underlying point is that we have a handful of very large federal programs that provide benefits to older Americans,” Elmendorf said. “And with the rising number of older Americans and a rising cost of health care, those programs get much more expensive.”CBO says the number of U.S. residents without health insurance will drop from 42 million last year to 36 million this year, largely because of Obama’s health law. These numbers don’t include people who are in the U.S. illegally, who are ineligible for subsidies under the health law.The report says 19 million people will have health insurance because of the law, which could make it harder for congressional Republicans to make good on promises to repeal it.Obama inherited an economy in recession when he took office. The annual deficit topped $1 trillion for each of his first four years in office, including a record $1.4 trillion in 2009.As a share of the economy, CBO says this year’s deficit will be slightly below the historical average of the past 50 years.The federal budget deficit became a big issue during Obama’s early years in office. In 2011, Obama and congressional Republicans struck a deal that resulted in significant spending cuts at many government agencies. At the start of 2013, Obama persuaded Congress to further address the deficit by raising taxes on top earners.The White House said Monday that Congress still has more to do. “CBO’s longer-term budget and economic projections confirm the need for Congress to act to strengthen our economy for the middle class while putting our debt and deficits on a sustainable trajectory, including by making the investments that will accelerate economic growth and generate good new jobs for our workers to fill,” Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said in a statement.Declining budget deficits, however, could reduce pressure on Congress to continue addressing the government’s finances.“Over the last few years as deficits have fallen, so too has the effectiveness of Republican rhetoric about a ‘big government’ boogeyman,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. “Now is the time for Republicans to join with Democrats to invest in constructive programs that help middle-class Americans climb the ladder and achieve the American dream.”Republicans, however, signalled that they aren’t done cutting spending.“Thanks to Republicans’ efforts to cut spending this year’s deficit is projected to be smaller, but in order to balance the budget we must address the true drivers of our debt,” said Cory Fritz, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. “Real, robust economic growth won’t occur until we solve our government’s spending problem.”CBO projects that the economy will grow at an annual rate of 3 per cent in both 2015 and 2016. In later years, however, CBO projects slower economic growth as more baby boomers retire and the labour force grows more slowly than it did in the 1980s and 1990s.CBO projects the unemployment rate will gradually decrease to 5.3 per cent in 2017. It is now 5.6 per cent.“CBO’s report is important, but it only tells us part of the story,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and the ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee. “What we must never forget is that tens of millions of Americans today are struggling to keep their heads above water economically while the disparity between the rich and everyone else is growing wider every day.”The budget agency bases its budget projections on current law, assuming that temporary provisions will be allowed to expire. However, many temporary laws are routinely extended, including dozens of temporary tax breaks and a provision that prevents steep cuts in Medicare payments to doctors.Future budget deficits would be higher if those provisions are continued. For example, if dozens of temporary tax breaks are extended, they would add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 2:32 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,266.04, up 73.50 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 12 cents, or 4.86 per cent, to $2.59 on 10.8 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 23 cents, or 2.19 per cent, to $10.28 on 4.71 million shares.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Up 65 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $78.57 on 4.7 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Unchanged at $3.12 on 4.6 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 5.71 per cent, to $3.70 on 4.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 36 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $24.45 on 4.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Retailer. Up $1.34, or 15.09 per cent, to $10.22 on 2.6 million shares. The Toronto-based company is facing investor pressure to unlock value from its real estate assets, even if that means closing its “crown jewel” locations. Land & Buildings Investment Management of Stamford, Conn., said in a public letter that HBC’s Saks Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan, New York, is worth more than the company as a whole at current stock prices. The company has said in the past that the building is worth US$3.7 billion. read more

Ohio State womens basketball blows out Buffalo in NCAA tournament opening round

OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe week leading up to the Big Ten tournament was incredibly rough on the Ohio State women’s basketball team. The team endured two road defeats after struggling through four grueling overtime periods, a deflating feeling heading into postseason play.After disposing of Rutgers, the Buckeyes headed into a semifinal matchup with the Michigan State Spartans with hopes of setting things straight before the NCAA tournament. However, OSU suffered two defeats against the Spartans: a near-20-point loss and the realization that the sprained right wrist suffered by senior guard Ameryst Alston the game before would prevent her from being too involved in the offense.That instability heading in could have been a reason for the No. 3-seeded Buckeyes’ apparent unreadiness to start Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament contest against No. 14 seed Buffalo. Eventually, however, the OSU offense overcame the early-game nerves, sending the Bulls packing with an 88-69 victory at St. John Arena.“It just felt like and looked like we got back to playing more like the team we’re capable of being,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff.With Alston on the bench, sophomore guards Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss paved the way offensively for the Buckeyes, tallying a game-high 27 and a career-high 16 points, respectively. A pair of forwards, sophomore Alexa Hart and junior Shayla Cooper, provided the opposite with a punishing presence for the Buckeyes down low. Hart came up big for the Buckeyes with five rebounds, five blocks and two steals.As a team the Buckeyes shot 52.4 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three, with the distribution of scoring being divided mostly between Mitchell, Doss and Cooper, who netted 17 points.The defensive pressure fueled by the full-court press resulted in Buffalo shooting just under 30 percent from the field. The Bulls hit the offensive boards hard, but their inability to finish around the rim erased their efforts in the paint. Sophomore guard Joanna Smith finished the day with a team-high 23 points.“I think that their length and their size just got the better of us for a bit,” said Buffalo freshman forward Courtney Wilkins.The Buffalo defense heavily contested the Buckeyes at the start of each quarter. OSU would hit their stride at the end of every period, but the break in between allowed the Bulls ample time to adapt and break the Buckeyes’ rhythm.The first few minutes of the first and second quarters were troublesome for the Buckeyes. Buffalo opened Friday’s contest with a 7-2 advantage, but the OSU women stifled the Bulls over the final five minutes of the first quarter.“I thought our defense did a good job with attacking them aggressively the first couple minutes of the game, but then after that they have guards that still did a good job at attacking,” Smith said.Despite allowing the Bulls to get the upper hand early on, the Buckeyes were extremely dangerous on Friday once they hit their stride. Unanswered runs of 22 and nine points in the first and second quarters, respectively, thwarted any previous Buffalo efforts toward an upset.“I feel like we had to pick (our defense) up a lot, and we emphasized that in practice,” Doss said.Doss sparked the initial run by the Buckeyes, hitting the second of back-to-back 3-pointers to give OSU its first lead of the game with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the first period. From that point on, the Buckeyes never trailed again.Mitchell and Doss were the spark plugs for the offense on Friday, shooting a combined 53.6 percent from the field. The backcourt duo was often the initiator in overwhelming Buffalo with the offensive onslaught that was present at most times throughout the season.The difference in Friday’s scoring dominance centered around the absence of Alston. The senior guard being confined to the sidelines was noticeable at first, but OSU found its groove in patches.When the team was completely in sync, the Buckeyes seemed like one of the most dangerous forces in the country.However, the spell of droughts, which only came in small pockets, presented some trouble.“Buffalo, they got off to a quick start, and our kids didn’t panic,” McGuff said. “We just kind of kept doing the things that make us good.”The Buckeye defense stepped up immensely whenever the offense sputtered, keeping tabs on Buffalo’s offense all day long. During OSU’s uncontested runs, the Bulls missed on all 16 of their shots, while the Buckeyes forced four turnovers and blocked five shots.The defensive pressure the Scarlet and Gray forced upon the Bulls throughout the course of the game eventually wore the visitors out. Once the Buckeyes started to push the pace of the game with an effective press and forward-thinking up-court visibility, they never let up.The drive that was on display for most of Friday’s game was what most were used to seeing throughout the course of the Buckeyes’ campaign. Even though the home team was missing Alston, a key component to the team’s regular-season success, the team chemistry became fluid as the game progressed.“I think what was different compared to today’s game and previous games is our intensity and our focus and our concentration on a lot of stuff that needed to be focused on,” Mitchell said.OSU led by 34 points at one point but let its foot off the gas during the final period of play. The runs that the team put together in the first half put the team in a position to cruise to the end of regulation.“We got a little bit lackadaisical in the second half, and it’s always upsetting as a coach to see that, especially when we played so hard in the first half,” McGuff said.Buffalo did chip into the Buckeyes’ lead at times during the second half, but Mitchell continued to step up as one of the nation’s top scorers to keep the Bulls out of striking distance.With the advancement to the second round, the Buckeyes are set for a Sunday matchup with No. 6 seed West Virginia. Tipoff time at St. John Arena has yet to be announced. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State claims Big Ten regular season title

Senior forward Mason Jobst races for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Michigan on Jan. 11. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternDespite losing its first game of the series, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-8-5, 12-6-4 Big Ten)  tied Michigan (13-12-7, 9-8-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, securing the regular season Big Ten title.Game 1In a tight, grueling battle on Friday, Michigan would take the 4-2 win against Ohio State in Game 1 of the weekend series.  In the third period, what proved to the the turning point of the game, Michigan scored three times, twice within the last four minutes, ending its tie with the Buckeyes and securing them the win. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, were only able to net one goal in the third period when junior forward Tanner Laczynski, with an assist from senior forward Freddy Gerard, shot a puck past the Michigan defense.Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst managed to score the first goal of the night, his 17thgoal of the season, within the first five minutes of the second period, giving the Buckeyes the upper hand after nearly 25 minutes of stalemate. Michigan responded with only 2.4 seconds left on the clock, however, and managed to tie it up. In the first period, Ohio State came out on top in terms of shots, doubling Michigan’s shot total 10-5.Game 2After recording a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, Jobst recorded a goal in a one-on-one matchup against Michigan freshman goalie Strauss Mann in second overtime, earning the point to secure Ohio State’s Big Ten regular season championship.  In the second period, Ohio State senior forward Brendon Kearney broke the 1-1 tie and scored with 17:07 left in the period. This was followed up minutes later when senior forward John Wiitala scored Ohio State’s last goal of the night on a power play. The Wolverines only managed one goal in the last half of the second period, keeping them down 3-2 going into the third.Ohio State was again able to score the first goal of the night.Following Michigan receiving a major penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer started the night off in a convincing manner when his puck found its way past the Wolverines defense and into the net 11:54 into the game. With less than five minutes left on the clock, though, Michigan was able to tie the game up 1-1 heading into the second period.Halfway through the third period,, the Wolverines netted their last goal of the match. While Ohio State was not able to score any goals in the period, it was able to kill a major penalty in the last five minutes despite being down a player, securing the Buckeyes a tie game at the end of regulation,Ohio State will end the regular season against Michigan State at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. read more

Hospital takes court action to evict bedblocker who refused to leave for

first_imgThe hospital in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, said it launched legal action against the man, who has not been named due to patient confidentiality, as a last resort.A court of possession granted the order on December 1 and he was removed on January 10 and placed in accommodation in the community.Anna Hills, the hospital’s director of governance, told the BBC: “The gentleman repeatedly refused all offers of appropriate accommodation organised by our local authority and social care partners, despite being fit for discharge.”As a last resort, the trust had to apply to the court to allow us to remove the gentleman from the hospital.”The decision to go to court was not taken lightly but our priority has to be considering the needs of all our patients.” 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. A man has been evicted from his hospital bed by court order after he “unnecessarily” refused to leave for more than two years, it has been reported.The patient arrived at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk in August 2014 and remained there until this year despite being deemed “fit for discharge”, according to the BBC.last_img read more

Unconventional love story of the day How one woman met her partner

first_imgMOST PEOPLE END up meeting their partner somewhere fairly conventional.Work. On the internet. College. The pub.But then there are the couples who meet in a slightly, well, nobler way (sorry, pubs everywhere. No offence).One development organisation has come up with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way for people to find The One after they realised 15 of their Irish volunteers had fallen in love while volunteering abroad over the past two decades.In its Valentine’s Day message, VSO, an international development charity, has told single people not to worry if they’re alone today –  they can always volunteer in a developing country where they can help a community raise itself out of poverty AND possibly find love.The charity is acting as an unlikely matchmaker and is planning to give out Valentine’s Day cards around Dublin today to spread the idea that volunteers can fall in love while helping to fight poverty across Africa and Asia (with possibly a slight focus on the latter).Aisling White from Dublin is one such volunteer.The former Accenture Ireland employee was volunteering in west Africa when she met the man who she was to end up marrying.Aisling had taken a year’s leave of absence from her job in 2008 to work with a human rights organisation in Sierra Leone when she met Hassan. She was helping the organisation work on its structure, communications and HR – “basically making sure that the organisation was doing the best that it could,” she says.The two started out as friends before they began dating. However Aisling’s time in Sierra Leone was soon up:“When it came time to leave, I left, because that was always the intention,” she says. “But we ended up speaking every day after I came home”.She returned to Sierra Leone in March 2010 for a holiday and by that stage was considering whether or not she would return to Ireland.“It was a big thing to leave a permanent job in Ireland and move to somewhere like Sierra Leone, but in the end the decision was made for me: I couldn’t not do it,” she said. “We were in love. It was a decision I spent a lot of time thinking about, but once I decided, I knew it was the right thing to do”.Aisling found a job working with Goal in Sierra Leone and moved to the country for good.“I always wanted to do development work – to do something that I would consider worthwhile. My career was very much focused on business so I never thought I’d get the chance to do it – but when the opportunity came up I  jumped at it,” she says.After living in Sierra Leone for some time, the two moved back to Dublin in January last year to make way for a new addition to their household: their son Daniel, who was born in Ireland and is now ten months old.Aisling and Hassan both got used to their adopted countries very quickly. She says Hassan misses home but they plan to return to Sierra Leone at some stage so Daniel can meet his extended family.“We’re used to living in Dublin now,” she says. “We adapted very quickly. Hassan will go down to the pub on a Friday night and have a pint of Guinness. Guinness is huge in Africa, probably bigger even than it is in Ireland”.“He misses home but Sierra Leoneans are very like the Irish in many ways so he’s gotten used to it”.Aisling is pragmatic about how they met. “I wouldn’t be promoting volunteering as a way to meet a man,” she says. “But these things just happen”.Read: Valentine’s treats that won’t cost more than a supersized Coke > Read: 6 Valentine’s Day gifts that may alter your relationship forever >last_img read more

Noonan confirms Budget 2014 to be brought forward to October

first_imgFINANCE MINISTER MICHEAL Noonan has confirmed that the next Budget will be brought forward to October this year subject to EU finance ministers endorsing the so-called two-pack in Brussels today.Ministers from the bloc of 27 EU member states – EcoFin – meet today with Noonan telling the media this morning that they will be looking to endorse proposals contained in the two-pack, a series of financial governance measures finalised by EU bodies last month.Under the measures every EU member state would be required to submit its budget to the European Commission for scrutiny in October to ensure that it complies with the EU law.Noonan said this morning that endorsing the proposals contained in the two-pack will mean that Ireland will hold its Budget in October.He told the media in Brussels: “I suppose the most noticeable effect from that in Ireland is that the budget will be brought forward to October this year.”It had previously been suggested that there would be a draft budget formulated for consideration in October before the final proposal would be delivered in December but Noonan previously said this may not be possible in Ireland.Speaking after he delivered his last budget in December, he said: “I’m not too sure our system would sustain a draft budget announced in October, and everybody ganging up to stop it between then and December.”Asked about the agreement reached between eurozone finance ministers last night on lengthening the maturity of Irish loans, Noonan said it was important to get agreement from all 27 finance ministers today.“The sense was that there’s a willingness across all members to do something for Ireland and Portugal in this area,” he said adding that there would be “varying levels of difficulties” in each country in getting agreement to lengthening the repayment of the EU portion of Ireland’s bailout.He said that in some cases agreeing a deal for both Portgual and Ireland would require “a visit to parliament in certain countries” suggesting this could be done at the same time that some countries will need to ratify a €17.5 billion bailout for Cyprus.More: Deal could delay repayment of Ireland’s EU bailout loansRead: Prospect of October Budget welcomed amid calls for more open processlast_img read more

Un tigre du Bengale relâché sur un site du patrimoine mondial

first_imgUn tigre du Bengale relâché sur un site du patrimoine mondialInde – Un tigre du Bengale errant près d’un village de l’Assam a été capturé en début de semaine dernière avant d’être relâché dans le Parc national de Manas. C’est le premier tigre à être relâché dans ce site du patrimoine mondial.Ce tigre fait partie des 1.200 à 1.500 derniers représentants de son espèce vivant à l’état sauvage. Il a été tranquillisé puis capturé par une équipe du département des forêts de l’Assam, assistée du Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (IFAW). L’animal a été pris en charge au sein du centre de sauvetage d’IFAW durant 70 heures, période durant laquelle les autorités ont discuté les modalités de son relâché avec des experts du pays.”Idéalement, tout animal ‘errant’ qui est sauvé doit être relâché dans un site proche de l’endroit où il a été récupéré. Toutefois, dans le cas de ce tigre, nous devions impérativement identifier un site alternatif où le relâcher car la réserve forestière de Geleki dont il pourrait provenir est extrêmement fragmentée”souligne le Dr. NVK Ashraf, directeur du projet IFAW de sauvegarde des espèces sauvages en Inde.Le parc national de Manas a été identifié comme le site le plus approprié, dans la mesure où une équipe d’IFAW y suit déjà des éléphants et des rhinocéros précédemment relâchés. Par ailleurs, cette équipe dispose aussi de l’équipement nécessaire au suivi post-relâché de cet animal.”Nous pensons que le parc de Manas offre suffisamment de proies et un habitat de qualité pour les tigres. Même si d’autres mâles dominants y vivent, nous espérons que ce tigre adulte n’entrera pas en conflit avec eux et réussira à délimiter son propre territoire très rapidement” précise A.Swargiary, directeur de terrain au sein du parc.      Avant d’être relâché, l’animal s’est vu poser un collier émetteur par une équipe dirigée par le vétérinaire d’IFAW, le Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury.Le 10 avril 2010 à 15:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Former EPL footballer believes Arnautovic should stay in England

first_imgThe West Ham United player is wanted by Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League, but for Paul Merson, he would also be good for Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.West Ham United footballer Marko Arnautovic is wanted by Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.And former English Premier League footballer Paul Merson says he should not leave England and but should join other teams.“Marko Arnautovic is too good to go to China – but maybe the money is too good to turn down,” Merson was quoted by The Express.“There must be a personal reason why he wants to go because he still has a lot to offer and he could play for bigger teams than West Ham.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“If you were Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham you would take him tomorrow,” he added.“He could play for any of those teams. He’s a really good player and he’s not just a center-forward.”“He could play in other positions too and give you a different option,” he commented.“But you’re playing in front of fans who adore you and it’s a real kick in the teeth for them when it’s a Chinese team he’s joining and not a top European club capable of winning trophies.”last_img read more

Paradise Entertainment buys 33000 square feet of Macau warehouse space

first_img RelatedPosts Live Multi-Game drives growth for Macau’s Paradise Entertainment in 1H19 Macau-based casino operator and electronic gaming machine manufacturer Paradise Entertainment Limited has entered into an agreement to purchase six units of warehouse space on the Macau Peninsula for a total consideration of HK$128.5 million.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company said it currently leases warehouse space for the storage of its electronic gaming machines, equipment and spare parts but that the acquisition of the purchased space would reduce ongoing rental payments for inventory storage. Load More Jay Chun set to increase shareholding in Macau’s Paradise Entertainment Russian Revolution Paradise is best known for the manufacture and supply of Live Multi-Game terminals throughout Macau as well as providing casino management services at two casinos – Kam Pek and Waldo.Under the terms of the agreement, Paradise has paid an initial HK$2 million deposit for the 33,000 square feet of warehouse space with an additional HK$10.85 million deposit to be paid by 25 June 2018. The remaining HK$115.65 million will be paid upon completion of the acquisition.In April, Paradise announced that it was off to a strong start in 2018 with 364 new Live Multi Game (LMG) terminals deployed to Macau’s casinos – almost five times the number of terminals it deployed through all of 2017. They included 217 terminals for the grand opening of MGM Cotai, 97 terminals at Casino Waldo and 50 at Casino L’Arc.last_img read more

AEDC pushes Anchorage utilities to merge

first_imgA policy group in Anchorage is pushing for the city’s two main electrical utility companies to merge.Listen nowIn a letter sent Wednesday to city leaders, the director of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Bill Popp, wrote that a recently convened working group concluded that stakeholders should seriously consider merging Municipal Light and Power with the Chugach Electric Association.The working group is made up of ten local businesses and organizations, many of whom are concerned about recent rate increases and growing energy costs. After four meetings, including one with a national energy consulting firm, the group is asking city leaders to begin presenting the idea of a merger to the public.The letter was addressed to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, outgoing Assembly chairwoman Elvi Gray-Jackson and the heads of both utilities. It points to inefficiencies like redundant infrastructure and problems integrating new energy sources into the grid that are contributing to higher rates.last_img read more

Steps taken to overcome shortage of medicine stocks in Staterun

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Health Department took a major initiative to address the shortage of medicine and drug stocks in all State hospitals. It decided to implement a real-time monitoring system simplifying the e-Aushadhi application process. Pharmacists in tertiary hospitals across the State including OGH, Gandhi, Niloufer, MNJ, Sarojini Eye, Government General Hospitals in Mahbubnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad etc. as well as District and Area hospitals, CHCs, PHCs, urban PHCs were told to update physical stock online on e-Aushadhi website on daily basis. Also Read – Jagtial will be developed on par with Karimnagar Advertise With Us Only after completing this process the pharmacist can do further activities like issuing medicines to patients and raising an indent for medicines. Also, it has been conveyed that no offline indent would be accepted henceforth, and it should also be done after updating physical stock at the store. This decision would be implemented with immediate effect and letters to this effect have been sent from Telangana State Medical Services and Infrastructure Development (TSMSIDC) to Directorate of Medical Education, Telangana Vaidhya Vidhana Parishad and Directorate of Public Health. Also Read – Karimnagar is Smart City only for namesake: DYFI Advertise With Us Authorities have stated that a helpdesk module would be made available from July 5 onwards to fix e-Aushadhi application related technical issues faced be any hospital or health centre across the State. Meanwhile, Junior Doctors Association and Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association have welcomed the modifications to ensure continuous availability of medicine stocks in State-run hospitals and health centres. Advertise With Us Dr G Srinivas, JUDA advisor stated that they have represented to higher-ups a few weeks ago about the acute shortage of emergency medicines, essential medicines, common analgesics, antibiotics etc. in State hospitals and irregular supply of medicines despite submitting indents on time. This decision would ensure medicine stocks are up to date and ensure sufficient stocks thus making the job easier for doctors to provide quality treatment to patients, he said.last_img read more

NGK box office collection Suriyas film enters second week with a bang

first_imgSuriya’s NGK is off to a good start at Chennai box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s NGK has completed its first week in Tamil Nadu on a decent note. The Kollywood film was released in over 450 screens last weekend (31 May) and had opened to mixed reviews from the critics and audience.By the end of its first week, NGK is estimated to have grossed around Rs 32-34 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office. In the weekdays, the movie had highest footfalls in theatres on Wednesday (6 June) due to Eid holiday.At the worldwide box office, NGK is estimated to have grossed over Rs 50 crore. With lots of expectations, the movie has entered its second week. However, Vijay Antony and Arjun Sarja’s Kolaigaran has got highly positive reviews which might have some impact on the collection of the Suriya-starrer.In order to be a profitable venture, NGK has to perform well at the box office for the next one week and the second weekend is crucial for its success.Meanwhile, Suriya has accepted the mixed verdict given to his latest film by the audience. On Twitter, he wrote, I humbly accept all the love,views and opinions about NGK with utmost humility and thank the masterminds 😉 who decoded and appreciated the different attempt, and the actors performances!! Thanks to the entire cast & crew for making this happen #NGK @selvaraghavan @prabhu_sr”. [sic]”NGK is a political thriller, written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female lead in the movie.last_img read more

WB VP arrives Sunday to discuss Rohingya issue

first_imgWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig SchaferWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig Schafer arrives in Dhaka Sunday to discuss how to help Bangladesh cope with the Rohingya crisis.The WB official is scheduled to visit the Rohingya camps and meet local government officials, the civil society and non-governmental organisation representatives in Cox’s Bazar.“Despite its own challenges, Bangladesh has shown great generosity by sheltering nearly one million Rohingya people,” said Schafer.A WB release quoted him as saying, the World Bank is working closely with the government to help address the needs of the Rohingya until their safe return to Myanmar and help build the country’s capacity to deal with the crisisHe appreciates Bangladesh’s ‘remarkable story of cutting extreme poverty to half in record time’ and said other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s many development innovations and successes.“I look forward to meet our partners and see firsthand the country’s journey to economic growth,” said Schafer. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming office on 1 July.In Dhaka, Schafer will meet the finance minister, the water resource minister as well as the private sector and civil society leaders.He will also join the launch of a new World Bank report, “South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards.”He will also visit a World Bank supported project, which is upgrading a unit in the Ghorashal power station to more than double the unit’s electricity generation capacity.The WB release mentioned that it has mobilised up to $400 million on grant terms to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya crisis. It has approved the first two operations — totaling about $75 million in grants — to provide health services and education to the Rohingya, many of whom are children, youth or women.last_img read more

Saved by the Bell becomes 8bit chooseyourownadventure YouTube Game

first_imgWho can forget Saved by the Bell, the Saturday morning teenage sitcom that everyone loved. The geeks identified with Screech, the dudes ogled over Kelly, and the girls had Teen Beat pictures of Zack and Slater posted all over their walls. We’re talking real walls here, not Facebook walls.The show aired between 1989 and 1993, and reruns are still being shown today. SBTB has a cult following, which is why The Fine Bros have chosen to base their latest YouTube 8-bit choose-your-own-adventure videos on the show. The brothers previously created interactive YouTube games for Twilight and Harry Potter, but this is the first based on a TV show.The goal of the game is to help heartthrob Zack Morris. Zack is surrounded by people who need his help, so you have to decide who to help: Kelly, Jessie, or Screech. I chose Screech first because I was always jealous of the other two girls as a kid. Screech needs to get back with his lady friend and of course, there’s an obstacle that gets in the way. You then have to decide what action to take between two options. One will make you a winner, and the other will end in a game over.I then tried Jessie’s game which was far more entertaining since it’s based on maybe the best SBTB episode of all time. Yep, you can play an 8-bit version of the “Pills” episode which features Zack discovering that Jessie is popping caffeine pills and has the classic line which stayed with the actress for the rest of her life: “I’m so excited…I’m so excited…I’m so…scared.” In the game you have to decide whether to tell Jessie to keep taking the pills so she can go sing, or tell her everything is going to be okay and get her help.  You can see by the picture below, the former is not the correct answer.The game is truly entertaining to anyone who used to watch SBTB. It definitely has some dark humor in there, as well as a ton of pretty hilarious SBTB references. Let’s just hope The Fine Bros don’t make a “College Years” or “New Class” version of the game.via Mashablelast_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Hard to believe 18 years have passed since I dropped into the engineering lab of Diasonics Ultrasound, a visit brought to mind today by the unveiling half way around the world of another advance in diagnostic ultrasound. That visit and today’s announcement in Vienna, Austria, at the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology demonstrate what ultrasound has become and, for the foreseeable future, will continue to be.In that Milpitas, Calif., lab in 1993, I saw strewn across a workbench the prototype of the ultrasound industry’s first vascular road-mapping product.  Until then, vascular sonography had processed just the frequency of sound waves. This technology, dubbed UltrasoundAngio,  processed the amplitude of sound waves to create static images of blood perfusion.The team at Diasonics had done what others in the industry would soon hustle to replicate. They had found a way to process otherwise unused data to create images unlike any ever made with ultrasound.  Over the next two decades, this would become a familiar reprise.Later development of tissue harmonics would increase signal-to-noise so much that the details of pathologies previously unseen would become crystal clear. Those images came from processing higher frequencies – the harmonics – produced when ultrasound pulses go through body tissue…signals that previously had not been captured.Shearwave elastography with its palpating virtual finger of sound added a new wrinkle to the face of ultrasound, compressing tissues for an instant so that conventional ultrasonic imaging could gauge tissue elasticity. Because malignant tissues are stiffer than healthy ones, shearwave elastography raises the prospect of helping to assess the breast, prostate, liver and other organs for cancer. This potential, and the possibility that elasticity may indicate other disease states as well, are still being studied, as ultrasound technology continues to advance, repeating this pattern of thinking not outside the box, but in.Supersonic Imagine, the French pioneer of shearwave elastography, today unveiled technology that combines color flow imaging and pulsed wave Doppler, producing what the company says are color flow clips with 10 times the frame rate of conventional color Doppler. This new product, dubbed UltraFast Doppler, also quantifies the Doppler data.Peter Burns, a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto, says the advance is clinically significant in two ways. First, it has the speed to reveal pathology in arterial imaging that would otherwise be obscured by aliasing artifacts. Second, it speeds workflow by combining the pulsed Dopper and color flow acquisitions.So it is that this latest wrinkle adds to the character of diagnostic ultrasound, which has progressed beyond the easy pickings of its youth. With maturity has come iterative development and improvement that find value in what has been overlooked and what has yet to be combined. Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | August 26, 2011 Thinking Inside the Box News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more last_img read more

PEOPLE Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share [PEOPLE] Jordan Tourism expands Canadian team in light of increased visitation Posted by MCLEAN, VA — Canadians continue to flock to Jordan in record numbers, with a 22% increase in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. And now, relations between the two countries are expected to strengthen with the appointment of Deirdre Campbell to the Jordan Tourism Board North America (JTBNA).Campbell, along with her company Tartan Group, will represent Visit Jordan across Canada. Based in western Canada, Tartan Group has worked within the international tourism industry for more than 16 years, with clients that include Adventure Travel Trade Association, Destination Canada (Connecting America) and the Cayuga Collection.According to Malia Asfour, JTBNA’s Director, “Canada continues to be within our top five markets for Jordan, and thanks to the efforts of Frank and Marie LeFleche, who led our efforts within the Canadian market for over 12 years, Canadians’ desire to visit Jordan remains strong.”On her new role, Campbell said: “I look forward to bringing Jordan’s many amazing stories and experiences to every corner of Canada. My first visit to Jordan was in 2012 where I spoke about marketing ecotourism and authentic experiences and I fell in love with the destination. I have big shoes to fill following in Marie and Frank’s footsteps, and they have created such a solid foundation for us to build upon.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsInterest in Jordan is expected to spike this year with the launch of the iconic Jordan Trail, a 650-kilometre continuous route that spans the entire country. Hikers may opt to hike the entire themselves, which would take approximately 36 days to complete, or incorporate sections of the trail into their Jordan journey.In addition, several significant new hotel openings across the country are scheduled, including the Fairmont (Amman), St. Regis (Amman), W (Amman), Hyatt Regency (Aqaba), Jumeirah (Aqaba) and the Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa.And taking place May 15-17, JTBNA will host the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) ‘AdventureNEXT Near East’, the first travel conference of its kind in the region. Canadian tour operators and travel media will be taking part to connect and build partnerships with Jordan and regional tour operators. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 last_img read more

Now open Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park

first_imgNow open: Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park Tags: California, Disney Travelweek Group Share Monday, June 25, 2018 center_img ANAHEIM — Pixar Pier is officially open for business at Disney California Adventure Park, kicking off the summer season with beloved Pixar stories and characters.Having opened its doors on June 23, this newly reimagined land debuts during Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendly that runs through Sept. 3, 2018 throughout the Disneyland Resort. One of the highlights of Pixar Fest is the new ‘Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular’ fireworks show at Disneyland Park.Upon arrival at Pixar Pier, guests walk through a marquee that leads to four whimsical neighbourhoods. The first is Incredibles Park, inspired by Disney-Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ and home to the Incredicoaster, the first ride-through attraction in the world to feature characters from ‘The Incredibles’ franchise.Incredicoaster at Disneyland’s Pixar PierAdjacent to Incredibles Park is Toy Story Boardwalk, a neighbourhood with the popular ‘Toy Story Mania!’ attraction and its 4D carnival games. Guests can also get ready to saddle up on Jessie’s Critter Carousel, coming in 2019.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaNext to Toy Story Boardwalk is the seaside Pixar Promenade, which celebrates a collection of favourite Pixar stories. The iconic Mickey’s Fun Wheel has been transformed to the Pixar Pal-A-Round, which takes guests up high on 24 freshly decorated gondolas. Pixar Promenade also features the new Games of Pixar Pier where guests can test their skills and win a prize at pay-for-play game booths, and opening later this summer is Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, which will offer saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy.Pixar PromenadeJust past Pixar Promenade is Inside Out Headquarters, which was inspired by Joy, Sadness and the emotions of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’. This neighbourhood will feature another new family-friendly attraction in 2019.Guests have a wide range of food and beverage options while visiting Pixar Pier, from the new Lamplight Lounge, which serves a menu of California gastro-pub cuisine, to Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, already a fan favourite for its soft-serve cones and parfaits. Other options include Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums in Incredibles Park, Poultry Palace and Señor Buzz Churros at Toy Story Boardwalk, and Angry Dogs at Pixar Promenade.Angry Dogs at Disneyland’s Pixar PierThe remaining areas of the original Paradise Pier – including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumping Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – have become a new land called Paradise Gardens Park. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Great Hotels of the Worlds members win multiple World Travel and Trip

first_imgSource = Great Hotels of the World Great Hotels of the World’s members receive World Travel AwardsGreat Hotels of the World is thrilled to announce that a total of 12 awards were won by nine Great Hotels of the World member hotels ( at this year’s World Travel Awards in Doha, Qatar. For over 18 years, the World Travel Awards have acknowledged excellence in the world travel and tourism industry. Often described as the Oscars of the travel industry, the awards aim to stimulate world-class competition, provoke creativity and innovation, and maybe most important of all, guarantee travellers quality customer experience. The awards are voted for by thousands of travel professionals from 183,000 travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations in over 160 countries. The awards are regarded as the very highest achievement a hotel can hope to receive.Great Hotels of the World member hotels were awarded with the following accolades:Airways Hotel, Papua New Guinea: World’s Leading Airport Hotel and Australasia’s Leading Airport Hotel for the second consecutive yearCorinthia Hotel St Petersburg, St Petersburg: Russia’s Leading Conference HotelForte Village, Sardinia: World’s Leading Resort for the 14th consecutive year, World’s Leading Green Resort for the second consecutive year and Italy’s Leading Resort for the eighth consecutive yearJetwing Ayurveda Pavillions, Negombo: Sri Lanka’s Leading Wellness HotelJetwing Lighthouse, Galle: Sri Lanka’s Leading Spa ResortLonda Hotel, Limassol: Cyprus’ Leading HotelMandala Spa, Boracay Island: Philippines Leading Resort for the third consecutive yearMoevenpick Hotel Istanbul, Istanbul: Europe’s Leading Business HotelSandton Sun, Johannesburg: Africa’s Leading Business HotelGreat Hotels of the World’s member properties awarded TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Hotel Awards 2012 TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has revealed that 14 of Great Hotels of the World’s member properties have been honoured, receiving TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Hotel Awards in a number of categories. These awards reward the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from the experiences of real travellers. Great Hotels of the World is delighted to announce that The Toren in Amsterdam was chosen as a winner in the luxury, service and top 25 hotels in the Netherlands category. Hotel 1898 in Barcelona has been listed within the top 25 hotels in Spain, at number eight. Royal Wing Suites and Spa in Pattaya was also voted by travellers into the esteemed top 25 best hotels category, as well as the luxury, relaxation/spa and best service categories for Thailand. Reviews for Royal Wing Suites and Spa have all been overwhelmingly positive and there has not been a single negative experience posted on TripAdvisor thus far. Elounda Gulf Villas and Sensimar Royal Blue Resort and Spa have been listed in the top 25 relaxation/spa hotels in Greece. St. James’s Hotel and Club and The Landmark in London have been honoured with the Traveller’s Choice Award for the top 25 luxury hotels in the UK. Domes of Elounda in Elounda and Royal Olympic in Athens have both been listed in the top 25 luxury hotels in Greece. The Plaza has been voted in the top 25 luxury hotels in South Korea. Gloria Serenity Resort has been voted in the top 25 relaxation/spa hotels and luxury hotels in Turkey. Hotel BLOOM! in Brussels was listed in the top 25 trendiest hotels in the World category at number 13 and Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos was voted number 10 in the top 25 trendiest Hotels in Greece. In addition, Hillside Beach Club in Fethiye has been recognised as one of the top 25 all-inclusive resorts in Turkey, voted number four. As TripAdvisor has continued its growth globally, featuring sites in 30 countries and in 21 languages, the Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards now highlight a broader range of spectacular properties across the globe.  last_img read more