UN voices grave concern after dozens die in bomb blast in Syrian

Media reports indicate as many as 26 people were killed in the attack earlier today near a busy intersection in Damascus, with almost 50 others injured.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban condemned the terrorist attack and offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Syria.He noted that thousands of people have lost their lives across Syria since a popular uprising began in March last year, part of the Arab Spring movement that has engulfed the Middle East and North Africa and toppled several long-standing regimes.“All violence is unacceptable and must stop,” the statement stressed.The Security Council in a press statement also expressed deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of the “heinous act” and to their families and the Syrian people.Members of the Council reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”The Council reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter. It reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.In response to a reporter’s question at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban commended the efforts of the League of Arab States to find a peaceful end to the bloody unrest in Syria. He said the UN stands ready to provide any technical assistance to the League’s monitors in Syria, through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 6 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today voiced grave concern at the deteriorating situation inside Syria after an apparent suicide bomb attack in the capital, Damascus, left many people dead or injured. read more

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Navy ships from US Japan and Oman arrive in Sri Lanka

The Royal Omani Navy Ship “Khassab” is scheduled to leave Sri Lanka on 27th July while the two Japanese naval ships, “JMSDF Inazuma” and “JMSDF Suzutsuki”will leave on 25th July. The “USS New Orleans” will remain in Sri Lanka for six days during which the ship’s crew will take part in an array of programmes. Navy ships from the US, Japan and Oman began visits to Sri Lanka and were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy at the Colombo Port.The US Navy vessel “LPD-18 USS New Orleans”, two Japanese naval ships, “JMSDF Inazuma” and “JMSDF Suzutsuki” and the Royal Omani Navy Ship “Khassab” are now in Sri Lanka. Prior to their departure on 25th July, the visiting Japanese ships are due to conduct a Passage Exercise with Navy craft with a view to sharing professional expertise and strengthening camaraderie between the two friendly Navies. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Business Highlights

___Microsoft makes design central to its futureBefore Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, such as dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks and a fork that squeezes out sauce.Though none of these ideas made it into production, the principles behind them can be applied to computing devices that fit into busy lives, says Groene, and they are just as varied as the ones Microsoft now uses to redesign all its software and devices.Microsoft is putting an emphasis on design excellence more than ever — to make its products more competitive with offerings from rivals Apple, Google, and Amazon and to prod its hardware making partners to dream up new, more innovative devices. In recent years, the software giant has put a priority on fashioning devices that work around people’s lives, help reduce information overload and become intimate, personal and knowledgeable about their users.And yes, Microsoft is even trying to make devices attractive, cool and desirable, top executives say.___Pain of Atlantic City casino closings far-reachingATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31.With two young daughters, a mortgage, no savings and no obvious plan B, the couple is afraid of what the future holds.The pain of a sudden spasm of casino contraction in what was once the nation’s second-largest gambling market will hurt not only families like Blanco’s. It will also hurt small businesses, the housing market could suffer, and taxes could rise and services decline in Atlantic City, where 60 per cent of the budget comes from casino taxes.___Allergan to cut 1,500 employees in restructuringBotox maker Allergan will cut about 13 per cent of its workforce as part of a push to become more efficient while it fights a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals.The Irvine, California, company said Monday it plans to trim about 1,500 employees and around 250 vacant positions as it restructures to focus on its “highest value opportunities.”Allergan said its restructuring will yield annual pretax savings of about $475 million in 2015. It announced the cuts the same day it said second-quarter results trumped analyst expectations, as earnings grew 16 per cent to $417.2 million.Allergan Inc. has rejected several takeover attempts from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management. The latest amounts to about $53 billion in cash and stock.___McDonald’s, KFC in China face new food scandalBEIJING (AP) — McDonald’s and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the supplier, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The Shanghai office of China’s food and drug agency said it was investigating and told customers to suspend use of the supplier’s products.Dragon TV said Sunday that Husi, owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, repackaged old beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants.The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies, fast food outlets and other suppliers.___Thirst for US craft beer grows overseasRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States’ largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.It’s the latest phenomenon in the flourishing craft beer industry, which got its start emulating the European brews that defined many of the beer styles we drink today. The move also marks a continuing departure from the status quo of mass market lagers or stouts, demonstrating a willingness of American breweries to explore — and innovate — old world beer styles from Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.___Star Wars Car, a Doomsday doll: Toys of Comic-ConLOS ANGELES (AP) — Mattel designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the crowd at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego.Their efforts at limited-edition playthings include a replica of the Batmobile from the upcoming game “Batman: Arkham Knight” and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.Like other toy makers struggling in this digital, video-centric age, the company is trying to remain relevant in the retail world as demand drops for core brands like Barbie.But things will at least seem rosier at Comic-Con, where eager buyers for the toys await (the only other place they will be sold is on the Mattel collector’s site). Mattel’s exclusives this year run between $20 and $85, but elite toys can fetch much more when they’re put up for auction.___Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourismCHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet.The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise.Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theatres and boats are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming. Harbormasters have issued warnings but — unlike the sharks in the movies — the great whites generally are not seen as a threat to human swimmers.___Russia’s Severstal selling US plants for $2.3BNEW YORK (AP) — Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.Word of a possible sale began to circulate earlier this year as the West threatened sanctions against Russia for its activity in the Ukraine, but Severstal has not among those companies targeted by those actions.Steel Dynamics Inc. said Monday that it will pay about $1.63 billion for Severstal Columbus, which is located in northeast Mississippi. AK Steel Holding Corp. said that it is buying Severstal’s steel plant in Dearborn, Michigan for $700 million.___German supermarket tycoon Albrecht dead at 94BERLIN (AP) — Karl Albrecht, co-founder of the Aldi grocery store empire and one of the world’s richest people, has died in the western German city of Essen. He was 94.Essen’s city hall told The Associated Press that Albrecht was buried Monday in a family plot in a small ceremony in the city’s Bredeney district where he lived. Aldi’s press office said Albrecht died July 16.Albrecht and his brother Theo, who died in 2010, both worked in their parents’ grocery store as they were growing up.After both serving as German soldiers in World War II, the two took over the business and began a rapid expansion. Today the group has thousands of stores in 17 countries in Europe, North America and Australia, and a family trust established by Theo Albrecht in 1979 bought the U.S. specialty grocery chain Trader Joe’s.___Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soarSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix’s second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from one of its hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.The gains announced Monday include an additional 570,000 U.S. subscribers, slightly more than Netflix’s management predicted. The quarter is typically the company’s slowest of the year, as people spend more time outdoors instead of watching video.The second quarter featured one of Netflix’s marquee attractions, “Orange Is The New Black,” which returned for its second season in early June.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones Industrial average fell 48.45 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 17,051.73. The Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 4.59 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 1,973.63. The Nasdaq composite lost 7.44 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,424.70.Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery rose $1.46 to $104.59 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, gained 44 cents to $107.68 on the ICE exchange in London. Natural gas fell 10 cents to $3.85 per 1,000 cubic feet. Wholesale gasoline rose 3 cents to $2.89 a gallon. Heating oil gained 1 cent to $2.86 a gallon. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2014 4:03 pm MDT Business Highlights read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse season to commence Saturday at Furman

OSU freshman attacker Jack Jasinski (5) runs with the ball during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe dawn of a new season is upon the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.The Buckeyes are gearing up to make the roughly eight-hour bus trip down to Greenville, South Carolina, in order to face the Paladins of Furman University on Saturday. This will be the team’s first regular-season game after a pair of scrimmages against Navy and The Hill Academy last week.The Paladins are coming off a year of improvement in 2015. The team went 1-12 in the men’s lacrosse program’s inaugural season in 2014. After starting 1-5, Furman finished with a 4-9 record. Much of the program’s improvement has to do with the job done by coach Richie Meade.Both OSU coach Nick Myers and redshirt junior midfielder Tyler Pfister made it a point of emphasis that a strength of the Paladins is how well-coached they are.However, without much familiarity with this year’s Furman squad, the Buckeyes will have to make do with what they have.“We will highlight a few things we are aware of,” Myers said. “There’s not a whole lot of information or film on them.”Since it is so early, the Buckeyes have not changed their practices for game-specific strategies. The team believes it still has to come together as a group and work on what propelled it to a great season last year.“We’re just sticking to fundamentals and things we need to get better at,” senior midfielder Kacy Kapinos said.In light of the absence of film on Furman’s play style, OSU has not had the chance to develop a gameplan to counter what the Paladins will bring. This means sticking to what the team knows best.”We’re going to play tough on-ball defense,” Kapinos said. “On offense, we’re going to play out of our sets and make the smart play.”One factor looming over the Scarlet and Gray is the pair of back-to-back midseason games against No. 2 Denver and No. 1 Notre Dame. These are games that many are looking at as the toughest games on OSU’s regular-season schedule. However, the team wants to focus solely on the upcoming game.“Taking it one game at a time for us and being able to not look past to what people are maybe calling bigger games later on in the season is huge,” Pfister said.Myers expressed his confidence in the team and its mindset early in the season.“I think the team is pretty self-aware and knows what championship lacrosse looks like,” Myers said. “The motivator every day is to try to get better than you were the day before.”Starting off rightThe Scarlet and Gray look to start the season on a different note than last year.In OSU’s first regular-season matchup of 2015, the Buckeyes lost to Detroit. A late fourth-quarter push was not enough, as OSU fell 9-8. Although it turned things around quickly by winning seven of its next eight games, a similar start is not in the team’s 2016 plans.A win in the regular-season opener could prove huge in order for the Buckeyes to gain momentum heading into the meat of the schedule. The team will need to be clicking on all cylinders once it hits the middle portion of the schedule and faces top-ranked teams, and later Big Ten foes.The upperclassmen on the team know how important a win is on Saturday, especially considering the lofty expectations the Buckeyes have placed on themselves.“Wanting to start the right way, and knowing what we can do, is going to be huge for us heading into that first game,” Pfister said.A win on Saturday could give confidence to some of the fresh faces and reaffirm what this Buckeye team already believes: that they belong in consideration as a top team in the country.What’s nextAfter Furman, the Buckeyes are scheduled to square off against Detroit University in the home opener on Feb. 13 in a rematch of last year’s first game. The game is scheduled to begin at noon. read more

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Duchess of Cambridge returns to work after fivemonth maternity leave with visit

For most, the return to work after maternity leave is a chance to escape the clutches of young children and their unpredictable antics.But for the Duchess of Cambridge getting back to official duties yesterday, five months after the birth of Prince Louis, must have had a rather familiar feel.Surrounded by lively four and five-year-olds at a London forest school, the mother-of-three was effusively hugged, presented with a pendant fashioned from a slice of wood and gamely joined in with a mini beast hunt.She was referred to by one enthusiastic young fan as “your majesty” and giggled when another gravely assured her that her tour of the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in Paddington, west London, would not involve any “boring bits”.The Duchess, who has largely stayed out of the public eye since giving birth to Prince Louis on April 23, revealed that she liked to go on “spider hunts” with Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, three, who could spend hours out in the garden.But despite her considerable experience she admitted that she had only managed to spot a slug and a frog during the 90-minute visit. The Duchess of Cambridge at the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife GardenCredit: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Dressed casually in skinny jeans, a grey jumper, khaki jacket and her favourite Penelope Chilvers knee-high boots, the 36-year-old appeared to be sporting a new, shorter hair style. “It’s for you,” Lanwe replied proudly, adding: “I’m going to make her three.”When she left, the children lined up wearing their leaf crowns. As the Duchess went to shake their hands, she was instead wrapped in big bear hugs.Zoe Stroud, the interim head at Sayers Croft, said the children were aware of their royal visitor’s credentials. “They’re not that shy, but they do know she’s a princess,” she said.Speaking about their work, Ms Stroud said: “It’s really important for the schools and children who live in council flats and have no outside space at home.”The Duchess will have a few engagements throughout the rest of the year as she gradually adapts back to life as a working royal whilst juggling the various demands of her young brood.Prince George has just returned to Thomas’s Battersea for his second school year, while Princess Charlotte attends Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington.The Duchess will be working full time again from the New Year, the Telegraph understands.To celebrate Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12, we want to share your images of royal wedding festivities through the ages. Send your pictures and memories to yourstory@telegraph.co.uk  for the chance to be featured in the Telegraph’s gallery. The Duchess of Cambridge at the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden at Paddington Recreation Ground, London Her £395 blouse, from Joseph, was fittingly adorned with a flower bud print.The Duchess could not help but giggle at the behaviour of the young children, who have little regard for protocol at the best of times.On arrival, she was presented with a posy by four-year-old Janine Osman, who enveloped her in a massive hug.Greeted by children from St Augustine’s Church of England Primary School in Kilburn, west London, she laughed as they revealed their favourite thing about forest school was “eating”.Anwaar, four, from St Stephen’s Church of England School in Westbourne Park, west London, made a beeline for her, also showing no qualms about initiating a cuddle.Bolstered by her new-found acquaintance, the little girl later larked around with her plastic cup as she sat alongside the Duchess, balancing it in her mouth. When four-year-old Mason asked if he could show her where they got their water, the Duchess kindly suggested they go together before he led her to the tap, wielding a blue plastic watering can.The pair were interrupted by Lanwe, also four, who had made a pendant from a thin slice of wood and was keen to give it to the royal.“Have you made another one?” the Duchess asked. read more

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Nik Tominec gives up I didnt get a real chance in Croatia

The 27-year old right wing Nik Tominec made some important decisions for his handball future. Slovenian-Croat born, raised in Switzerland with many years at Kadetten Schaffhausen, extended contract with the best Swiss team for the next three seasons – until 2021. Together with this, Tominec decided to gave up from playing for Croatian national team and takes oportunity to help Swiss team in the future:I didn’t get a real chance in Croatia. I waited so long, but apart of Cupic and Horvat, some other young guys got a call instead of me, who shouldn’t be ahead. After all these dissapointments, I made decision to try with the Swiss team. They want me for a years and never gave up, even I refused them all the time. It’s a hard decision, but after all these years, I lost hope that some Croatian NT coach will think seriously on me – said Tominec for Balkan-Handball.com. ← Previous Story Ambros Martin to leave Gyor and overtake Rostov Don: The most difficult decision of my life Next Story → BiH coach Bilal Suman about “0:10 for Swiss team”: EHF delegate was drunk Nik Tominec read more

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This is what it looks like when you defrost an entire building

first_imgHave you ever wondered what happened when a company abandons a warehouse that used to house ten stories of cold storage? Okay, you probably haven’t, but since you’re thinking about it now, check out these awesome pictures of the erstwhile Fulton Market Cold Storage Company building in Chicago. Prepare to be dazzled.In a display that most Hollywood set designers probably couldn’t even fathom, the abandoned building has become something of an indoor winter wonderland. Fortunately, the architects that were tasked with turning the building back into usable office space, Perkins+Will, had the state of mind to think, “We should videotape the transformation of this craziness.”The thawing out process itself wasn’t anything too exceptional, although when you watch it in action in time-lapse form (see the video below), it’s pretty cool. It would have been neater if they tried to melt the place with a truckfull of lava, but then again that’s already been done.It’s too bad that there aren’t many companies that would have been interested in taking over the space as-is. Heck, with the right attitude and vision, it could have been transformed into a marvel of touchscreen ice blocks, frozen clocks, and glacial USB drives.Yes, it’s true — for being nothing more than a bunch of hydrogen and oxygen atoms, ice can be a pretty cool thing, even in the world of technology. The new tenant of the building, by the way, is a bicycle parts company called SRAM. Its employees are among the few who will be able to say, “I work in an office that used to be a giant freezer.”More pictures on Gary Robert Photographylast_img read more

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Manchester City launch redress scheme for survivors of historic child sex abuse

first_img Short URL By Sean Murray https://jrnl.ie/4536129 8,129 Views Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 7:06 AM No Comments Image: Shutterstock/CosminIftode Manchester City launch redress scheme for survivors of historic child sex abuse at club Convicted paedophile Barry Bennell was a former youth team coach at Man City. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE football club Manchester City has announced the launch of a redress scheme for survivors of historic child sex abuse at the club.It comes on the back of an ongoing review commissioned by Man City into whether the club was used by convicted child sex abuser Barry Bennell or any other individual to facilitate the alleged sexual abuse of children from 1964.In launching the redress scheme, the club extended its “heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences that they endured”. Bennell was sentenced to 30 years in prison for abusing 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991, with the judge branding him “sheer evil”. “You were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion,” Judge Clement Goldstone said as he read out the sentence in a court in Liverpool, northwest England in February 2018.Bennell had been a youth team coach at Man City and Crewe Alexandra, and faced accusations he had abused boys at both teams.The review commissioned by City also uncovered serious allegations of child sex abuse relating to another individual, John Broome.The redress scheme will mean survivors of abuse can apply for compensation for general damages, potential loss of earnings if their careers were affected, therapy fees and legal costs, the BBC reported.“All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they suffered as a result of their sexual abuse as children,” Man City said.The club remains keen, it said, to speak to any survivor or witness to sexual abuse that may be connected to Man City in any way. Mar 12th 2019, 7:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share17 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/CosminIftodelast_img read more

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Olive oil feta are bestknown Greek products in the US

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Olive oil and feta cheese are the two most recognizable Greek exports to the US, enjoying the trust of most consumers due to their nutritional value, a pilot survey in the Atmerican market by the Chicago-based Kairos Consumers research company for the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PSE) revealed thisd week. We need a strategy for attracting consumers through group promotions in order to access alternative supply networks for Greek products to have a lasting presence there.When asked which products consumers think of as made in Greece, 60 percent mentioned feta and 52 percent noted olive oil, with olives being third (39 percent) and wine fourth (23 percent). Asked what Greek products they would buy if they could, US consumers said olive oil (45 percent), olives (40 percent) and feta (38 percent). They also have a positive view of Greek cuisine, while 31 percent agreed that Greek feta is of superior quality. PSE head Christina Sakellaridi stated, ‘We need a strategy for attracting consumers through group promotions in order to access alternative supply networks for Greek products to have a lasting presence there.’ Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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The Demons of Athens Rock Concert

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of the Hellenic Theorem program taking place next month, Sydney University’s Department of Modern Greek presents The Demons of Athens Rock Concert. It will be performed by the Lakedemons, with a recitation by professor and author of The Demons of Athens, Vrasidas Karalis.The concert, which will be performed in both English and Greek, commences in the ’60s when Western rock music first began to emerge in Greece with bands such as Aphrodite’s Child (666). The music eventually gets to recent times, expressing the sentiments of youth and their concerns in a society where there are many problems. The performance will be accompanied by visual material directly from Greece depicting the political and social situation, including the more recent refugee crisis. This is a ticketed event, $20 for adults and $15 for concession, with tickets available online through www.stickytickets.com.au/30879, or directly from the Greek Bilingual Bookshop (837 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill, NSW). The first event of its kind in Sydney, this is an event not to be missed so be sure to pre-purchase your tickets as they may not be available at the door. This event is not suitable for children under 15 years of age.When: Thursday 19 November at 7.30 pmWhere: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, NSWlast_img read more

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WWE reschedules live event in Greenville on 531

first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Cesaro WWE has announced that the previously scheduled live event on 5/31 in Greenville, South Carolina has been rescheduled for 11/16 in what will now be a live RAW taping. The rescheduling took place due to WWE announcing the Elimination Chamber special event to air on the WWE Network on 5/31 from Corpus Christi, Texas.Source: Bonsecoursarena.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury scare at WWE live event Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Kurt Angle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 WhatsApp Liv Morgan makes first WWE appearance following concussion at live event in Canadalast_img read more

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Emergency Housing Ministry Looks to Grow In Unalaska

first_imgUnalaska attracts thousands of transient workers every year, lured by the promise of a steady paycheck. But marine industry jobs can fall through — leaving people stuck with no shelter and no money to fly home.Download Audio:Community groups have stepped up to help. And now, one nonprofit is ready to expand its safety net for stranded workers.Alexandria House is building an apartment and commercial space for rent in the old Elbow Room bar. Annie Ropeik/KUCB. The apartment next door to the Unalaska Christian Fellowship is simple – just a couple of couches, some sleeping bags, and a whiteboard inscribed with Bible verse.“This is home sweet home, with the bathroom and the laundry and the little kitchen area in this area here. The most people that I put in here is four,” John Honan says.John Honan is the pastor at the church, and the head of Alexandria House. For the last 20 years, this nonprofit’s been finding spare beds — and even buying plane tickets home — for folks in need.“You get to meet some amazing people that have been through horrific things,” Honan says. “So we’ll do what we can to help them on their way.”Honan sees it happen every day – people fly in expecting to find work in the fishing industry. But it’s not always there — or, it doesn’t last.When people get stuck, two local groups can offer help: USAFV, or Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence, serves mostly women and children. Alexandria House is geared more toward single men.The women’s shelter gets grants from the city, among other sources. But Alexandria House is a ministry, and they’ve never had a steady source of funding – until now.They’re planning to open an apartment and storefront in Unalaska’s historic downtown. The space used to be filled by the Elbow Room Bar. It was an infamous dive in its day.“Yeah, you can see that it was pretty bad, so it’s got to be repaired all the way around,” Honan says.Alexandria House got this building as a donation five years ago. When they’re done renovating it, Honan says the space will be rented out. The money will go toward hotel reservations or airfare for stranded people.It’s a big deal for Honan’s organization – but it wasn’t his original plan. He wanted to turn the building into a homeless shelter.Neighbors like Suzi Golodoff weren’t happy. Her family’s lived next door to the old bar for decades – and she’s had her fill of strangers wandering her streets.“So I’ve no objection to being, you know, a kind-hearted community. We should help each other, and we’re known for that in Unalaska. However, I think that we also need to respect the older people that have lived here all these generations – and this part of town is the old historic part of town,” Golodoff says.That’s the argument she and her neighbors made in a petition to Unalaska’s planning commission back in 2009. The board ruled in their favor: Honan couldn’t use the building as a shelter.So he changed tacks. When he came back with his current plan for a rental property, some neighbors were still opposed. But the zoning board couldn’t say no.Planning director Erin Reinders says the neighborhood is zoned to fit an apartment. And given the housing shortage in Unalaska, it made sense to approve the ministry’s plan.“A side benefit of that is that then it supports an organization that’s already identified … under emergency housing, to actually do that mission as well,” Reinders says.Reinders says the best spot for a shelter would be way across town – on the Dutch Harbor side, home to the airport, stores and most of the industry jobs.That’s where Jerrick Reyes lives, in a bunkhouse provided by his employer. Reyes moved to Unalaska almost a year ago, thinking he could find a high-paying job.But there was no work — and nowhere for him to stay.“When I came here, you know, I was, like, kind of scared,” Reyes says. “I just kept thinking about it, like, ‘What are we going to do?’ and stuff like that.”He heard about Alexandria House, and reached out to John Honan. Soon, Reyes was living in the apartment next to the church. He had to follow some ground rules: No drinking. No drugs. And mandatory prayer meetings twice a day.“I’m Catholic myself, but I still read the Bible [with Honan]. I know there’s, like, similarities between the two. So, I mean, I got along with it, and that was fine,” Reyes says.Reyes stuck it out, and after a few weeks, he landed the job he’d hoped for.And that’s how emergency housing should always work, says John Honan. He hopes the money from his new apartment will make it easier to get more people to that point.Honan’s building should open this winter, but he’s not sure who the first tenants will be. He wants a couple or family to sign a long-term lease – which would mean long-term income for Alexandria House.“We have no salaries, we’re not paying anyone – so 100 percent of the money, apart from, obviously, building maintenance or whatever, can go to making sure people are cared for every night,” Honan says.Whoever moves in will have the right to invite guests to stay with them. And if they want to take in stranded folks for Alexandria House, Honan says that’ll be their decision.And that means neighbors will be watching closely – and so will the rest of a town where getting stranded’s always going to be a possibility. John Honan’s project is a small step – but it’s still progress, as workers keep coming here in search of better chances.last_img read more

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Indigenously built LCU L 56 to be commissioned tomorrow in

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The sixth of eight indigenously built Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV class ships LCU L 56 is scheduled to be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain in Visakhapatnam on Monday. LCU L56 is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation, deployment and recovery of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore and vice-versa. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, the ship’s commissioning portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenisation. With a displacement of 900 tonnes, the ship measures 62 meters in length and is fitted with two MTU diesel engines, which provide a sustainable speed of over 15 knots. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The ship is equipped with the state-of-art equipment and is armed with two 30mm CRN-91 guns manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak. The ship is manned by a team comprising four officers and 56 sailors and can carry 150 troops. Upon commissioning, the ship would become an integral part of the Port Blair Flotilla under the Naval Component Commander in Andaman and Nicobar Command and will be deployed for multi-role activities such as Beaching Operations, SAR, Disaster Relief Operations, Coastal Patrol and Surveillance Operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands.last_img read more

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Teenager shot dead with countrymade pistol while shooting TikTok video

first_img[representational image]MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty ImagesTikTok, the Chinese video sharing app, is one of the most popular apps in the country but has also gained notoriety for the number of accidents users get into to post the perfect video.One recent case was near Ahmednagar in Maharashtra when a 17-year-old was killed when a country made pistol he was posing with for a TikTok video along with his relatives, accidentally went off.17-year-old Pratik Wadekar was with his relatives, 20-year-old Sunny Pawar, 27-year-old Nitin Wadekar, and two others, including an 11-year-old boy and another man were present when the incident occurred, reports PTI.The group was in Shirdi for the funeral rites of a family member when they decided to make the video. One of Pratik’s relative had brought the gun and they thought to use it for their video which they were shooting on a mobile phone.One of Pratik’s relatives was holding the pistol and accidentally pressed the trigger. The bullet hit Pratik, killing him. The panicked relatives fled the room, trying to avoid getting caught. However, the hotel staff heard the gunshot and rushed to the source of the sound.Some staff members tried stopping the group but they threatened to open fire and ran away. The police were alerted and took Pratik’s body to the hospital where they declared him dead even before he was admitted.The police managed to nab Sunny and Nitin while the other adult is still on the run. A case has been registered under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) in the Indian Penal Code.Unfortunately, this is not the not death related to TikTok to take place in recent history. A housewife in Tamil Nadu committed suicide by drinking poison when her husband reprimanded her for getting too addicted to the app.24-year-old Anitha, a mother of two, recorded a video of her drinking a dark coloured liquid from a white coloured bottle. She began to cough violently and died soon after, IANS states. Before dying, the woman sent the video to her husband who is in Singapore at the moment.last_img read more

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Chile hit by 59 magnitude earthquake

first_img.A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked central Chile late Saturday, monitors said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The tremor took place at 11.36 pm (0236 GMT), centered off the coast at 42 kilometers (26 miles) west of Valparaiso, according to the US Geological Survey.It had a depth of 9.8 kilometers.Chile’s National Emergency Office, or ONEMI, estimated its strength at 6.1 on the Richter scale.The Navy’s hydrographic and oceanographic service found that the quake “has the characteristics to generate a tsunami”.However, no warning was issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.A series of smaller earthquakes in Valparaiso in the evening hours rattled locals.last_img read more

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Learning job skills

first_imgDeveloping a proactive system to identify prospective needs and prepare graduates for an uncertain future is a major challenge that educational institutions must face by developing linkages with the labor market and tailoring programmes to match their demands. COL’s (Commonwealth of Learning) President and CEO, Professor Asha Kanwar spoke about these challenges and other emerging trends in her keynote speech at the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) 32nd annual conference in Vietnam recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the presentation titled ‘Human Resource Development and Lifelong Learning for Open Universities’, Professor Kanwar encouraged open universities to strengthen their outreach to wider constituencies, including the unreached, and integrate employability by responding to market needs. She called for more investments in innovative learning and the re-imagining of policies and practices to suit lifelong learners at different stages of their lives. To prepare learners for employment and entrepreneurship, Professor Kanwar proposed the integration of three essential illiteracy in schools’ curricular – human, data and technological. Human literacy will help learners make ethical choices to equip them for social engagement through effective communication. Data literacy, which is essential in a world driven by technology, will enable learners to find meaning in the flood of existing information. Lastly, technological literacy will help learners to deploy software and hardware in order to maximize their powers to achieve and create. Founded in 1987, the AAOU is a non-profit organisation of higher learning institutions concerned with open and distance education in Asia.last_img read more

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This new program in Canada is helping LGBTI seniors with dementia

first_imgA new program is in the works for Canadian LGBTI seniors living in the province of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I).The mission of the program is to help LGBTI seniors, especially those with dementia, transition to assisted living care such as nursing homes. Guam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in Toronto3 out of 4 LGBTI people want LGBTI nursing and retirement homesHere is the design for New York’s new monument honoring LGBTI peopleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/new-program-canada-helping-lgbti-seniors-dementia/ ‘People do go back in [the closet], that’s exactly what happens,’ Hendricken-Eldershaw said. ‘There are some other additional fears that happen when you add dementia to that journey.’‘Fears that they’ll have to go back in the closet or hide their identity — I recognized this is not something that we talked about really,’ said Wedlake, who worked with the Alzheimer’s Society for the past two summers. ‘So I think it’s important that we do so and create an inclusive and supportive environment for these identities.’While DesRoche didn’t have any experiences with LGBTI patients at Andrews of Summerside, she does recall one dementia patient—a man who insisted on wearing women’s clothing.‘The staff really did not know how to handle that. It caused a lot of upset for the resident, upset for the staff,’ DesRoche said.Ultimately, the staff decided to let the man dress how he wished. ‘It was a lot of education for them, and I think that these issues are going to come up and we need to know how to deal with them,’ she said.‘I don’t think this is rocket science, or complicated,’ Hendricken-Eldershaw states. She explains that some simple solutions exist, such as asking the person’s preferred pronoun on admissions forms.‘The more we can be educated and understand, the more we can provide the care the residents need and deserve,’ Desroche said. ‘We don’t do anything to make them comfortable or feel like they can speak openly or freely—so I’d like to do better.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img The projectThe Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island received almost $25,000 [£14,250.97; €16,149.70] from the federal government’s New Horizons Seniors Program in January for this project. The title of the project is Diversity 101. The program will be used, at first, in three assisted living centers on Prince Edward Island.The project, which will take about a year to develop, is being put together by Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of P.E.I; Alana DesRoch, director of care at Andrews of Summerside, a retirement home; and Grace Wedlake, a social justice student at the University of Prince Edward Island.‘Safety and inclusiveness, that’s the whole goal at the end of the day,’ said Hendricken-Eldershaw.The trio plans to create two educational presentations on LGBTI seniors—one for healthcare providers and one for care facility residents—in order to help them understand more about the LGBTI community. They will also be suggesting policy changes for assisted living centers in order to make them safer and more inclusive for LGBTI residents and their families.Why it’s neededThis program is needed due to the concerns of many LGBTI elders about entering assisted living. Many worry about being judged or having to explain their gender identity. This is especially true for those with dementia, who are concerned about outing themselves or others as the disease progresses. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | June 28, 2010 New Study Raises Concerns About CT Safety Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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June 28, 2010 – There is a growing consensus that radiologists must ensure that patients undergoing computed tomography (CT) receive the minimum radiation dose possible to produce a medical benefit, according to an article in the June 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, M.D., and colleagues at the University of California at San Francisco calculated the actual radiation doses delivered by commonly performed CT studies and quantified the associated cancer risks using the National Research Council’s (NRC) models. They found that the risk of cancer from a single CT scan could be as high as 1 in 80.Radiation doses from CT scans are 100 to 500 times those from conventional radiography, depending on what part of the body is imaged. CT-machine manufacturers compete, in part, on the basis of image quality, which is directly associated with radiation dose. Technical advances such as increased imaging speed have led to new CT scanning techniques that have also boosted doses. Although such imaging techniques may have a role in diagnosis, there are few evidence-based guidelines regarding their appropriate use, and institutional use varies widely, reflecting physicians’ preferences and manufacturers’ promotion of these capabilities, rather than scientific evidence of improved clinical outcomes. Although it has not been shown directly that CT increases cancer risk, radiation is a known carcinogen, and extensive epidemiologic and biologic evidence links ionizing-radiation exposure with cancer. The NRC has concluded that patients exposed to radiation in the range provided by a single CT scan have an increased cancer risk, although uncertainty remains about the magnitude of the risk. Yet no professional or governmental organization is responsible for collecting, monitoring, or reporting patients’ CT-dose information. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves CT scanners, but because it has no authority to oversee the way CT tests are used in clinical practice, it collects only limited data on routine doses. Radiologists and other medical specialists determine how CT tests are performed. Studies have consistently shown that physicians know little about radiation doses or cancer risks from medical imaging. Furthermore, although the general principle is that doses should be “as low as reasonably achievable” (ALARA), there are no guidelines to indicate what doses are reasonable or achievable for most types of CT. Finally, CT technologists receive no consistent education about what doses are excessive and, in many U.S. states, are not certified.For more information: www.nejm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read morelast_img read more

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Italian Tourist Board holds event to celebrate EXPO Milano 2015

first_imgOn the occasion of a preview of EXPO Milano 2015, the Consulate General of Italy in Mumbai, together with the Indo-Italian Chamber of commerce and Industry, the Italian Institute of Culture and ENIT – Italian Tourist Board – hosted an exclusive evening entitled ‘Celebrating EXPO with International Stars’ on April 2 at the fine Italian restaurant Maritime by San Lorenzo at Taj Lands End. The evening was aimed at discovering Italy through EXPO Milano 2015, as well as enjoying authentic Italian food, from a refined menu touching upon most of the country’s regional specialties.During the event, an official felicitation was given to Sajid Nadiadwala, President of the Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), who has celebrated Italy through the cinema by shooting two of his movies in the country, in the suggestive locations of regions Veneto and Puglia.Present for the evening were Ugo Ciarlatani, Consul General Of Italy in Mumbai; Narinder K Nayar, President, The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Salvatore Ianniello, ENIT, Mumbai.Other guests present at the Presentation on EXPO 2015 and Felicitation were Warda Nadiadwala, Kabir Bedi, Jackie and Ayesha Shroff, Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandes, Parveen Dusaj, Deepti Bathnagar, Vidya Malvade, Arti and Kailash Surendranath, Ashwini Kakkar and Chef Vicky Ratnani.last_img read more

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USCaribbean partnership will result in greater effectiveness in tourism

first_imgThe Caribbean Tourism Organisation has called for a formal partnership between the region’s tourism sector and those responsible for implementing the United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act.The act, which was designed to increase the security, prosperity and well-being of the people of the United States and the Caribbean was passed in December last year, mandates a new long-term strategy to strengthen ties between Washington and the Caribbean region.“What an accomplishment it would be for all of us and for the architects of act if the U.S. Caribbean Strategic Alliance would result in the overall development of both the region’s tourism,” said Caribbean Tourism Organisation Secretary General, Hugh Riley.The Caribbean region is considered  the United States’ third border, characterised by common interests and societal ties that yield daily, tangible benefits for U.S. citizens. The U.S. is the Caribbean’s primary trading partner, representing a vibrant economic partnership that, in 2016, saw a $4.6 billion trade surplus for the United States, 14 million U.S. tourist visits and 11,042 Caribbean students studying in the U.S.Riley called for a balanced approach to the development of strategies and policies that are designed to spur tourism growth. He advocated for a sector-specific tourism approach that would provide the greatest effectiveness and long-term sustainability which would be carried out with partnerships between the CTO and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.last_img read more

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