Rabat – After a German court acquitted a group of German-Muslims for creating a team of “Sharia police,” a higher court announced on Tuesday a retrial for the group on charges of patrolling the streets and demanding people in clubs to stop selling alcohol and listening to music. The group, led by a German Salafi organization, caused widespread anger after the unofficial police force made rounds in the city of Wuppertal in western Germany. The “officers” also raised signs in English declaring a “Sharia Controlled Zone” as part of their call to end gambling.A local court had ruled in December that it will not pursue charges against the organization for its violations, but a higher court overturned the decision, according to Huffington Post Arabic. Eight of the nine members of the group – all male and between the ages of 24 and 35 – will be prosecuted in the case, which does not yet have a scheduled hearing. When the real German police arrested the group in September 2014, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said “no one had the right to do the police’s work for them.The court that cancelled the previous decision upheld arguments raised by the prosecution’s lawyers, who said the group – known to don orange vests that say “Sharia police” on the back – violated “laws against wearing uniforms with political messages.”The Dusseldorf court said another law, intended to stop militant movements from operating in German streets, could also be applied to this case against the group. It said the “police” uniform signaled a “joint political opinion” for the group, which entails enforcing Sharia law in Germany.The court said the group resembles the “extremist” religious police present in many Islamic countries, without specifying which states it referred to.
Wynne calls Ontarians ‘very bad actors’ when it comes to greenhouse gas produced NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending the Liberal government’s decision to introduce a cap-and-trade program next year to combat climate change, calling Ontarians “very bad actors” when it comes to creating greenhouse gases.Wynne admits Ontario led the way in fighting climate change by shutting down its coal-fired electrical generation stations, but said the province must do more even though it produces only fraction of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.“Even though we’re a small percentage overall of the global greenhouse gas emissions, we’re very bad actors in terms of our per capita creation of emissions,” she told the Niagara Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.“Our carbon footprint is quite high for the number of people that we have.”The Liberal government predicts cap-and-trade will add about $5 a month to home heating bills and about four cents a litre to the price of gasoline at the pumps when it kicks in Jan. 1.Business groups have expressed concerns about the economic impact of cap-and-trade, which will require polluters to buy emission credits that they can sell if they come in under their limit or buy from others if they can’t meet their targets.“I know there’s some anxiety in the business community,” Wynne said.The Liberals chose cap-and-trade over a carbon tax because the money raised from emission auctions will be used to help businesses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, in part by developing new, clean technologies, she added.“It’s not just a financial burden,” said Wynne. “They actually get money back in order to innovate, so that’s how they will reduce their emissions and be supported by the system.”The world is seeing more severe storms because of climate change, said Wynne, who insisted the cost of doing nothing would be much greater than cap-and-trade.“We are developing the capacity to develop clean technologies that we can obviously use here in industry to reduce greenhouse gas emission, but we can also export that technology,” she said. “That’s the kind of combined motivation.”Wynne insisted she wasn’t worried that two auctions for the cap-and-trade market with Quebec and California that Ontario is set to join next year sold just a fraction of available emission allowances.Only 35 per cent of the available carbon pollution credits were sold in California and Quebec’s latest joint auction in August, and that was up from just 10 per cent in the previous round.“It is a market and it goes up and down,” said Wynne. “Overall it has been a very productive market. The key thing is that we set targets and we see those greenhouse gas emissions go down.”Money raised from the emissions auctions will be used to help Ontario companies reduce their greenhouse gases, added Wynne.“That money will be reinvested in businesses to help them to make the transmission and to develop innovative strategies,” she said. “We’ll be measuring the reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions and … giving people clear insight into how that money is being invested.”Ontario will cap emission allowances at roughly 142 metric tonnes per year in 2017, and the cap is expected to decline 4.17 per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.— Written by Keith Leslie in Toronto—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2016 12:18 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Bay of Fundy tidal turbine to be removed later this month for modifications by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 4:27 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARRSBORO, N.S. – The owners of the demonstration tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy says the massive device is coming out of the water later this month.Cape Sharp Tidal says the 1,000-tonne turbine is working as expected, but modifications are needed for some components and repairs and adjustments are needed for some of its monitoring equipment.The work involves an electrical component sub-system attached to the subsea base and connected to the turbine which transforms the raw power from the generator into grid-compatible AC power.The component also sends operational and environmental sensor data to shore in real time through a subsea cable.The turbine, which began producing electricity last November at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre near Parrsboro, N.S., will be taken by barge to Saint John, N.B. where the work will be done.Cape Sharp Tidal says the first tidal window for the operation is April 15 to 20, and then about every two weeks thereafter.The company says the turbine, which is a joint project between Emera Inc. and OpenHydro, will be redeployed once the work is completed.
“They are doing a tremendous service for the long-term future of Honduras and should never be attacked, punished or stigmatized,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Andrew Gilmour, at the end of a three-day visit with Government officials, civil society representatives and members of the UN and diplomatic communities. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Gilmour brought up “widespread impunity, horrific levels of violence, increased militarization of public security, restrictive access to family planning, as well as a disturbing increase in femicide and violence against women” in his discussions.Mr. Gilmour added that he was “particularly troubled” by the violence “courageous” defenders face.Among the groups with whom he met was the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), as well as the National Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Gilmour underlined the essential work they are both doing and their key partnerships with the UN Human Rights Office. “We are glad that the direct link between corruption and human rights abuses is increasingly recognized – for example, when concessions for land or natural resources are wrongfully granted and without consulting indigenous communities,” he said. In his official visits, Mr. Gilmour highlighted the essential work that officials and the UN Human Rights Office are both doing. Mr. Gilmour reiterated that opening space for dialogue, access to information and meaningful participation in policy-making are key elements of a democratic society. He encouraged State officials to see human rights defenders as allies and useful agents of change. He also warned against a reliance on harsh penal policies for juveniles and security-only approaches. “Social investment and rehabilitation options would be far more likely to address the root causes of violence in Honduras,” Mr. Gilmour said. In 2016, an independent human rights expert spoke out about violence targeting rights defenders in Honduras.At that time, the special rapporteur cited reports which said Honduras had become one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders, particularly those promoting rights related to environment and land issues.
UK new van registrations up 5.4% in May, the fifth consecutive month of growth.Strong growth for smaller vans, demand up 14.0%, but pickups stall, down -1.8%.Year-to-date, market remains robust with more than 156,000 new LCVs registered.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEThe UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew in May, up 5.4%, as 29,142 new vans were registered on British roads, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). May marked the fifth consecutive month of growth for the LCV sector, as buyers responded to new models and competitive offers on the market.Wider trends seen throughout 2019 continued, with demand for smaller vans weighing less than2.0-tonnes rising most in the month, up 14.0%. Registrations of mid-sized and larger vans weighing 2.0 to 2.5-tonnes and 2.5 to 3.5-tonnes also rose, up 10.2% and 5.3% respectively.Elsewhere, pickups and 4x4s stalled, down -1.8% and -26.3% respectively. Year-to-date, however, the UK’s LCV market remains robust, up 7.5% with 156,489 new units sold and all segments posting rises.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another month of growth for the UK’s van market is welcome news, evidence that investment by manufacturers into new models is continuing to help attract buyers. Vans today are more high-tech than ever, with impressive fuel economy, safety features and performance. However, business purchasing is cyclical in nature and for the market to stay strong we need the right economic and political conditions.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Jameis Winston’s arc to the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft is more like a trek through dangerously rugged terrain. That he made it to the other end, smiling, is as much an accomplishment as being taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall.Winston’s talent was never in question—it was all about his character. And in today’s NFL world of multi-million-dollar investments and politically correctness, character concerns are more damning than if he can read a “Cover 2.”The Bucs insist they exhausted themselves looking at Winston’s past: the sexual assault allegations, the “stealing” crab leg saga, the yelling an obscenity on campus situation. . . and the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback came out clean.This is major. Usually, once a player projects the perception that he is drama, it becomes a label, a tattoo, a permanent fixture. Winston has not breached the label plateau, but he hovers on the precipice, especially when he does what he did Thursday night.After being selected, he posted a photo posing with crab legs, a dig at the naysayers, no doubt. He can take photos with whom he wants. But considering his background, that probably was not the tactful thing to do.“I’ve got to work,” Winston said Thursday night. “Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have heard. It’s about your actions. Whatever is in the past is in the past. I look forward to gaining everyone’s trust.”Winston was accused of sexual assault during his freshman season at Florida State but never was charged. “I have been cleared six times,” he said. “I’ve been cleared six times on that situation. So I took that situation so seriously. But, at the end of the day, I’ve got to keep moving forward. That’s why I’m so thankful.”Jason Licht, the team’s general manager, said they gave Winston the once-over more than once. His take away?“Not only were we comfortable with him and his character, we were confident with his character,” Licht said. “We think that his character that he brings to the locker room and the building is a strength. That’s one of the things that makes him a great player.”Lovie Smith, the coach, said he considers Winston a typical young man off the field and extraordinary on it.“I know a lot of things have been said about him,” Smith said. “He’s made some mistakes that young people make from time to time when they’re young. I definitely don’t think that I’ve seen a pattern. Once you get to know him, I just really believe in him. I trust my instincts on people to know who we’re getting.”They’d better be right. Using the No. 1 pick on a failure can be catastrophic to a franchise. Winston, however, showed something that is hard to measure: With all the questions about his character and legal drama swirling around him, he did not flinch on the field.He played outstanding football in rallying the Seminoles. He was a leader. He was tough. He was a supportive teammate. He won.“He’s a champion,” Licht said. “He’s a leader. He’s a winner. He’s got tremendous football character and tremendous intelligence and work ethic. His work ethic was one thing that really put him over the top for us, combined with his leadership and his ‘it’ factor, as well as his ability on the field.”Cleared of the difficult terrain, maybe now Winston can craft an NFL arc that is devoid of scandal. It’d be nice to see him play without distraction. What a novel idea.
She became so determined to find out more about the country after the lesson ended that she wrote a letter directly to the capital city.Not knowing who to write to, Iris simply addressed the envelope to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” and put it in the post with a first class stamp six weeks ago. Iris was stunned when she received a replyCredit:Dave Evitts / SWNS.com “I didn’t know who to address it to so just put ‘Somewhere in Paris, any house’ and hoped it would be delivered somewhere.”I didn’t know if I would get a reply but was really happy when the Louvre wrote back. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned about.”Iris asked three questions about the capital, including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up each night, what food was popular in France and how it felt after France’s Euro 2016 final loss. An eight-year-old girl who wrote a letter addressed to “Somewhere in Paris, any house” was shocked to receive a reply from the Louvre Museum.Iris Corbett wrote the note, including three questions about the famous city, the food, and its culture, after learning about France at school. Iris, from West Bridgford, Nottingham, said: “I really enjoyed learning about France at school and especially Paris.”I wanted to know more about their favourite food and the Eiffel Tower so wrote my questions out on paper and put it in an envelope. I can’t wait to go to Paris and visit the places I have learned aboutIris Corbett The letter Iris receivedCredit:Dave Evitts / SWNS.com She received a letter two weeks ago from the Louvre Museum thanking her for her interest.The letter answered each of Iris’s questions – including if the Eiffel Tower was lit up every night – and invited her to visit with her family next year. 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.
At present, 50kg and 90kg dummies are regularly used in training scenarios, but when used as a dead weight this can feel heavier than the 7.5st and 14st they are supposed to replicate.The introduction of 260kg dummies are therefore a significant challenge for many crews across the country.Sarah continued: “The need for these heavier models doesn’t seem to be waning. We sell them all over the world too, so clearly obesity and bariatric rescue is not just an issue for the UK’s emergency services. “Despite more and more ambulance services investing in specially equipped bariatric vehicles, they often need to call on the Fire Service due to their technical expertise in extricating people from difficult access areas.” The heaviest models are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings to make them weigh up to 40stCredit:Caters News Agency Sarah Hampson, from the company which make the models, said the full-weight dummies are integral for the emergency services as they needed to be able to train for situations that are intense and could escalate quickly.She said: “Events like Grenfell have highlighted the need to come up with a good evacuation plan.”There’s no point in having a plan if you’re not sure you can carry it out. For example, a hospital could have an operating theatre on the fifth floor. Ruth Lee Ltd also produce lighter dummies that weigh 14st and 28st, and provide similar products for funeral parlours, cruise ships and airlines.The cost of the 40st dummy is over £2,000, but they are discounted for the emergency services.Sarah said: “As a company, we aim to make mannequins which provide teams with a realistic challenge. With the obesity levels rising, many businesses can make use of these as they must learn to safely manoeuvre heavier people.”Fire crews across Britain already train with life-size mannequins in a number of practise rescue scenarios, but the introduction of bariatric models reflects the greater need to prepare crews for every eventuality. 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. Firefighters are using enormous 40-stone mannequins in their training exercises to practise rescuing obese people.Bariatric dummies are being utilised by crews to replicate the weight of real unconscious people in response to Britain’s rising obesity rates.Produced by North Wales company, Ruth Lee Ltd, the heaviest models are filled with a stone core and steel ball bearings to make them weigh up to 40st.The move comes as the number of morbidly obese people living in Britain has dramatically increased – a quarter of British adults are now said to be obese.Fire crews have been pictured training with the figures for the first time with manufacturers claiming recent major search and rescue operations such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy have provided a need for larger models. Manufacturers said they created bariatric models to reflect Britain’s obesity ratesCredit:Caters News Agency “If there’s a fire, the lifts close and you’ve got somebody who’s morbidly obese, what do you do?”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This weekend marks 30 years since the Kino arthouse cinema at the Paris end of Collins Street was opened by Frank Cox nee Fotis Kokolidis.And despite the common cultural threats to cinemas the world over, starting with the introduction of television in the 50s to current day film streaming, he says “Thirty years on, we’re still going strong, in fact stronger than ever”, especially since joining forces with Palace Cinemas. The partnership gave the cinema the opportunity to expand from four to seven screens and bar facilities, allowing patrons the freedom to enjoy a beverage along with the film. For Cox, cinema holds a particularly special place in his heart. Born in Constantinople in the 50s, he recalls going to the cinema religiously every Sunday.“It was always a family outing every Sunday; go to church, go to lunch and then the movies,” he recalls.Then in 1965 at the age of 14, he migrated to Melbourne and became a rock music film exhibitor and distributor before eventually turning to art films, and has imported some 500 movies for Australia and New Zealand to date.Looking for a venue to exhibit his films, Cox was inspired to open the Kino noting that in 1987 there were not many arthouse cinemas in central Melbourne. “We had the Rivoli, Brighton Bay, The Longford in Toorak Road, and that’s about it,” he recalls. “I think the challenge we had initially was pretty much getting the word around, but we opened with a bang with a beautiful film called My Beautiful Laundrette and since then, which was 30 years ago, we followed it up with some very big hits,” Cox told Neos Kosmos.While he admits that they had “a few flat years”, he’s optimistic in that they have never had a loss year.But the Kino’s success has not been without compromises. Along with the expansion, the programming over the years has changed to include more mainstream options, in a bid to cater to the changing tastes of their audience.“What we found over the years was that the customers that came to us, like me, they also liked to see a great commercial film for example a James Bond film or The Lord of the Rings or something like Philomena, which opens quite wide,” though he notes that they do their hardest to pick out “the good quality ones”.Along with changing tastes, Cox says there has also been a marked change in the audience’s demographic. In the late 80s and the 90s at least a third of tickets were sold to students, while now cinemagoers are predominantly 45 years old and over.While he recognises that young people are still watching movies, just on smaller screens, he says he feels the disconnect. “What I’ve noticed is when I used to come back from the Cannes Film Festival or Berlin Film Festival back in the 80s and 90s, it seemed that my friends or people that I hung out with – and I had a wide circle – seemed to have known more about what’s coming up in the arthouse scene. So I guess I don’t feel it these days,” he said.“Hopefully as they get older they will get sick and tired of the more commercial fare and try and get something a bit more challenging, a bit more thought-provoking, a bit more mind-altering, rather than sit in a cinema and get bombarded with car chases and shoot outs.” (L) Frank Cox at the Kino’s opening night, 25 June, 1987. (R) Frank Cox today. One common argument for those not going to the cinema, which Cox is all too familiar with, is the cost. But the business owner argues that “everything is more expensive.”“Back in the 70s people came to the city with 12 cents return ticket. People use to buy fish and chips for 50 cents. But our average ticket price, because I did some analysis over the last few weeks, is $12.60. So it hasn’t gone up that dramatically – I mean it’s a 30 year period. And I can easily say that our rent has more than doubled, and electricity has quadrupled from what it was back then.”But Cox says there’s still something particularly special about going to the cinema.“People, they love to stay at home, but they also like to go out. An all time film industry guy once said, ‘everybody has a kitchen at home, but people go to restaurants’. Plus I think it’s quite romantic to take your friend or you partner and head to the movies. You’re sitting uninterrupted in a dark room, you go along with the audience if they’re laughing or there’s a lot of excitement on the screen. It’s quite special.”Asked what it means to him to have reached such an impressive milestone in a challenging business, he coyly responds.“Well the first thing that it means to me is that 30 years ago … well I’m a lot older,” he laughs.Now together with his partners, he has his sights set on expanding the space n the near future, with an additional two screens planned, although he is clear that “we’re not interested in going elsewhere; the city location is fine, we just need to find some extra space”. Following Thursday night’s party with past staff and friends, from Friday through to Sunday the focus is on celebrating with patrons.“We’re trying to give back to the public the whole weekend; on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we’re selling tickets at 1987 prices as well as popcorn, which is going for a dollar, handmade choc tops $3.00 and we’re also giving away a vintage film poster with each ticket. So that way we can thank our loyal audience of the past 30 years and say, “Hey! We’re still here, we’re doing well and here is something for you,” Cox said. This weekend the special programming will feature four hit films screened at the cinema over the past 30 years, along with the showcase of 10 films that will be released in Australia over the next three to six months. And while Cox admits to having been approached by prospective buyers, when asked whether he could see himself parting ways with his share of the Kino, without a hint of doubt in his voice he is quick to answer.“The Kino to me is like my baby you know. So no, I can’t see myself [selling it]; it’s like selling your child – in a joking way. I don’t see myself getting out of the cinema business.”To view session times and book tickets, visit palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/kino/
WASHINGTON — The fight over President Donald Trump’s $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.It wasn’t always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The House and Senate used to pass annual appropriation bills, and the president signed them into law. But in recent years the shutdown scenario has become so routine that it raises the question: Have shutdowns as a negotiating tool lost their punch?Monday brought few signs of progress. A partial shutdown that could occur at midnight Friday risks disrupting government operations and leaving hundreds of thousands of federal employees furloughed or working without pay over the holiday season. Costs would be likely in the billions of dollars.Trump was meeting with his team and getting regular updates, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Trump was also tweeting Monday to keep up the pressure.Exiting a Senate Republican leadership meeting late Monday, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said, “It looks like it probably is going to have to build for a few days here before there’s a solution.”
By Muhammad BahThe Minority leader and Member for Niamina Dankunku, Hon. Samba Jallow, and Hon. Nominated Member Babu Gaye Sonko have expressed critical views on high prices in the country.They made their comments on Tuesday 13 January, 2015 at the National Assembly in Banjul during the sittings of the joint committee of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprise Committees. The joint committee was at the time scrutinizing the performance of the Gambia Competition Commission (GCC) in 2013.“This is the only country in the world where prices will rise and never come down,” Hon. Samba Jallow remarked. He said the prices of basic commodities like rice and sugar have never come down since they started escalating.He further said that while fuel prices have decreased drastically in the world market in this country the prices have not gone down. He added that this is a big concern for the people and that it is time for the authorities to look into this serious matter.He went on to indicate that the price of cement in Senegal is lower than the price in the Gambia while the cement sold in Senegal is of better quality.Nominated Member Babu Gaye Sonko in his intervention supported the minority leader’s comments. He pointed out that the country used to have a price regulatory body which was dissolved for not being in conformity with IMF policy. He then asked what the current strategy to help the people is since the institutions that regulate prices are no longer in place.The Chairman Board of Directors of the GCC, Alhagie T.S. Njie, in front of PAC/PEC Committee for scrutiny regarding his institution performance in 2013, highlighted the problems related to price instability in the Gambia. He said it is coined by several factors, among them is the government fiscal policy which has a problem and needs to be reviewed. He added that other factors include the exchange rates of the country, the dalasi depreciation against the major international currencies including the CFA. He said for example the fuel prices among others are all basically a policy problem, adding the Gambia government and the Central Bank should work together to addressing this problem.]]>
(WSVN) – If you call Florida home, odds are you’re talking (or complaining) about bugs. According to a new study by Terminix, the Sunshine State ranks as the eleventh most ‘pest-iest’ state in America.Terminix analyzed social media chatter about common pests in all 50 states. Americans searched for information about bed bugs more than 7.3 million times throughout 2017, followed by runners-up scorpions, spiders and silverfish.The company says the Entomologists’ Almanac determined the states’ rankings by analyzing millions of posts about bugs, noting that even states in colder climates made their voices heard about creepy-crawly critters.The top 17 pest-iest states are:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao asked the party leaders and workers to counter the corruption allegations levelled against the government by the opposition parties. The TRS working president reviewed the membership drive with the In-charges of various constituencies at Telangana Bhavan on Thursday. According to sources, the TRS leader wanted the party activists to be proactive and counter the opposition parties immediately. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us It is learnt that the TRS working president said the opposition parties would try to level allegations one or other. He advised the party leaders to counter and explain the stand of the government and the party to clear the doubts of the people. A senior leader said that K T Rama Rao wanted the party leaders to focus on the fake news on social media. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The opposition parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have targeted the TRS government alleging corruption in irrigation projects. Though the party has given clarification, the leadership wanted the leaders to be more proactive. The party would soon have meetings for the activists. The TRS working president told the party leaders that the BJP leaders were taking up bogus campaign against the government and there is a risk of people believing these fake allegations as correct. Advertise With Us Government whip in Council Palla Rajeshwar Reddy said the TRS crossed membership target of 60 lakh members. Gajwel district topped the list with 90,575 members and Sircilla was with 63,400 but it was not among the top ten districts. There are 20 lakh active members, who would be given identity cards by September 15, he said. The In-charges have been asked to submit the membership books by August 25. They have been asked to complete formation of ward, basti, and the booth committees by August 31 and ensure 51 per cent representation to the weaker sections like SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. The TRS leader said that the construction of party offices had started in 30 districts and they would be completed by Dasara. Except for Gajwel, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s constituency, other important constituencies registered less members compared to other constituencies. The Sircilla represented by K T Rama Rao was at eleventh place, Siddipet represented by Harish Rao was at ninth place. The district wise membership figures include Gajwel-90,575, Medchal-80,175, Palakurthy-74,650, Mulugu-72,262, Mahabubabad-70,475, Sattupally-67,850, Palair-69 175, Suryapet-66,875, Siddipet-64,575 and Wardhannapet-64,850.
A Thorne-Zytkow object, Kip Throne and Anna Zytkow theorized back in 1975, could come to exist when a dying red giant star swallows an orbiting neutron star. The result would be, the researchers suggested, a star with another smaller star embedded in its core and which would overall resemble other known types of stars but would emit a different and unique chemical signature. Since that time, many space scientists have scoured the heavens looking for such an object—many candidates have been found, but thus far none have been confirmed. In this latest effort, the found object appears to closely resemble what Thorne and Zytkow predicted.The object is was found in the Small Magellanic Cloud—Levesque reported that thus far, the research team has confirmed that it emits molybdenum, lithium and rubidium—all elements predicted by theory to exist in abundant amounts in the theoretical object. The original researchers suggested such elements would have to forge unusual pathways to burn their way through the dying stars outer parts due to an interruption of the fusion process in the red giant. The object was found, Levesque also reported, as part of a survey the team was conducting on 22 objects in the cloud using one of the Magellan telescopes (and its 21 foot diameter mirror) located in Chile’s Atacama Desert.Space scientists have speculated that if theory holds, there should be several Thorne-Zytkow objects in the Milky Way, though no one has found evidence yet. Commenting on the find, co-theorist Thorne suggested that the new discovery is the most promising yet found.More work will have to be done before it will become known if the newly discovered specimen is truly a Thorne-Zytkow object. Specifically, scientists will focus on the elements found in the object as thus far there appears to be a little less of it than theory suggests. A neutron star. Image: NASA © 2014 Phys.org More information: via Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —Speaking at this year’s American Astronomical Society meeting, Hubble Fellow, Emily Levesque reported that she and her colleagues at the University of Colorado have discovered a star that just might qualify as a Thorne-Zytkow object. The object has not been named as yet, however, as the team has not yet published its results. Citation: New discovery could be a Thorne-Zytkow object (2014, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-discovery-thorne-zytkow.html Explore further Hubble sees a stellar “sneezing fit”
Stoli Vodka in the US yesterday unveiled a special limited-edition bottle commemorating the late LGBTI activist, Harvey Milk. GAYSTARNEWS- Yesterday was Harvey Milk Day in the US. Milk became the first openly gay man elected to public office in the US when he became a city supervisor in San Francisco in 1978. Another city supervisor, Dan White, assassinated Milk later that same year.The Harvey Milk Foundation worked in conjuction with Stoli to produce the limited edition bottle. Stoli said in a statement it was donating to the non-profit to help it continue its work honoring Milk’s memory.‘We are excited to take our partnership with Stoli to a higher level this year as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of my uncle’s historic 11 months of public service,’ said Stuart Milk, Global LGBT advocate and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation.‘The Stoli Harvey Milk Limited Edition bottle recognizes our history and commemorates who helped lead us forward towards visibility, a visibility that will be enhanced by this wonderful tribute from a creative and passionate brand.’Vodka boycottAlthough vodka companies promoting their LGBTI-friendly credentials is nothing new, Stoli has been keener than most to demonstrate its gay-friendly credentials.In 2013, some gay activists called for a boycott of Russian vodka – including Stoli – in response to the discriminatory way the Russian government treats LGBTI citizens.However, the ownership of Stoli has been the subject of several legal disputes in certain areas of the world. Originally owned by the Russian state, following the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 90s, Stolichnaya passed into the hands of SPI Groups (Spirits International). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Stoli Harvey Milk Limited Edition vodka bottle (Photo: Stoli) Russian tycoon Yuri Shefler controls SPI. The company, headquartered in Luxembourg now produces and distributes the vodka as ‘Stoli’ across the world (including the US). However, its copyright ownership has faced challenges in Russia itself and the Netherlands.When activists called for a boycott, Stoli issued a statement saying it did not agree with the Russian Government. It pointed out that Stoli was not made in Russia but in Latvia. The brand has also consistently donated to LGBTI causes.It even appointed a Stoli LGBT National Brand Ambassador, Patrik Gallineaux – a first for any vodka brand.The Harvey Milk limited edition bottle features artwork by Paraguayan artist Oz Montania. It launched yesterday at San Francisco’s The Café, where Montainia unveiled a mural to the gay rights hero. It will receive a second launch event tomorrow evening (24 May) at The Abbey in Los Angeles.Stoli is not the first brand to celebrate Milk. Last year, Levi’s unveiled a range of clothing that paid tribute to the former politician.See alsoStoli Vodka donates US$300,000 to fund gay rights leadership program in the US Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Now you can even buy Pride-branded cannabis – and it’s legalSan Francisco Airport set to rename a terminal after Harvey MilkThis San Francisco mayoral candidate has released the gayest ad campaign everRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stoli-vodka-harvey-milk/
Tulum, Q.R. — Dream Hotel Group has announced the expansion of their hotel line into the seaside resort town of Tulum.The company says they will be expanding with their Unscripted brand, which is set to open during 2020. Once complete, Unscripted Tulum will offer 97 guestrooms, two swimming pools and a large open-air dining area. It will also host a spa, wellness center and large rooftop area with restaurant, lounge and bar.The hotel says they expect this brand will draw the new type of millennial, the 24/7 connected traveler.Dream Hotel Group is also expanding additional brands into Central America including Unscripted Belize and Dream Belize.The new Unscripted Tulum hotel is a major milestone for the company, who says the new establishments will position them as international hospitality leaders, paving the way for new growth.“We are thrilled to announce the development of three new hotels in two of the world’s most desired destinations,” said Jay Stein, CEO of Dream Hotel Group. “We are honored to partner with Luke and Mauricio to bring both brands to market and excited to see our brands resonating on such a wide scale.”The first two hotels to open will be the Belize brands in late 2018. Unscripted Tulum will be developed third by Vertical Hospitality and is slated to open in 2020.“We are excited to bring our progressive lifestyle brand Unscripted to the chic coastal town of Tulum,” said Christian Glauser Benz, Vice President of Development, Latin America and the Caribbean, Dream Hotel Group.“This project reflects our passion and plans to create unique experiences for creative global travelers across Mexico and Latin America.”Mauricio Hernandez Pulido, Head of Vertical Hospitality, a subsidiary of Capital Vertical Grupo Empresarial said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Dream Hotel Group to launch its Unscripted brand in Tulum.“Tulum is the hottest destination in Mexico and Unscripted Tulum represents a new fresh approach to travel in the region.”Unscripted Hotels, the company’s newest lifestyle brand and hospitality concept for the creative progressive traveler, is on track to be the fastest growing dynamic brand with three operating hotels in the United States by 2020, and an additional opening in Birmingham, England, the group’s first hotel in Europe.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD August 11, 2014 — Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion radiosurgery system took the first place ranking for the fourth consecutive year in KLAS research firm’s recently released 2014 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical & Infrastructure report. In addition, Elekta’s Agility 160-leaf multi-leaf collimator (MLC) and Elekta Infinity radiation treatment system earned second and third place.In the report, Perfexion scored 94.5 out of 100 on the system’s functionality and upgrade capacity. Perfexion also scored between 90.5 and 93.5 on four other performance categories, including service and support, and implementation and training.Further documenting the superior dosimetric performance of Perfexion, a recent multicenter study  showed that the system offers dramatically lower radiation dose to normal brain — in the treatment of multiple metastases — than other systems, such as Varian’s TrueBeam flattening filter-free linear accelerator with a 2.5 mm MLC. Patients with multiple metastases, the report said, stand to receive as much as a 74 percent lower radiation dose to normal brain tissues if the lesions are treated with Perfexion versus contemporary linear accelerator-based stereotactic (SRS) systems.KLAS surveys include opinions of thousands of health care professionals The KLAS awards are based on data from customer surveys of hospital and clinic executives, administrators, physicians, nurses and other directors and managers interacting with health care equipment and infrastructure solutions.According to KLAS, Best in KLAS designations go to solutions that have excelled in their respective market segments, that show the vendor’s leadership in working with customers to resolve issues and match expectations to reality, and that have the broadest operational and clinical impact to health care organizations.The Best in KLAS designation recognizes vendors for their outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. This award is reserved for those that lead the imaging equipment segments with the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations.“This is a tremendous achievement because each of the top performers earned this recognition through the voice of their provider customers,” says Matt Terry, vice president of medical equipment and imaging research for KLAS. “Given that vendors must concern themselves with the complexities of a dynamic health care market and operational challenges, it is remarkable to see so many undeviating from their focus on helping providers succeed.”For more information: www.KLASresearch.com, www.elekta.comReferences:1.Ma L, Nichol A, Hossain S, et al. (2014) Variable dose interplay effects across radiosurgical apparatus in treating multiple brain metastases. Int J CARS. Published online: 20 April 2014. doi:10.1007/s11548-014-1001-4 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | August 11, 2014 Elekta Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion Earns Top Rank in 2014 Best in KLAS for Radiation Therapy The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more
Tags: Trend Watch, WTM LONDON — World Travel Market London 2016, which had been revamped this year as a three-day event from Nov. 7-9, has ended on a high note with an estimated 50,000 in attendance. Over the course of three days, attendees facilitated travel industry contracts that were estimated to exceed US$4 billion, and learned about and discussed current hot topics in the travel industry. Here’s a roundup:SecurityThe UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit is one of the highest-profile sessions of the entire event. Now in its tenth year, this year’s Summit called on the industry and governments to work together to help destinations cope with the threat of terrorist, which UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai described as “forces of darkness.”Mohamed Yehia Rashed Tourism Minister Egypt assured delegates that his country has the technology and security measures in place to protect tourists and urged for standard security measures to be introduced globally. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary of Tourism in the government of India – WTM London’s Official Premier Partner – said countries needed to be more responsible when issuing travel advisories as perception of safety in destinations is a key factor.Zutshi’s call was echoed by Fritz Joussen, Chief Executive TUI Group, who noted people’s perceptions often compound the problems of terrorism. “The probability of being killed by a terrorist is lower than having car accident on the way to the airport,” he said.BrexitBrexit remained a common theme across the seminar program, as the UK and global travel industry await the actual terms of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. Aviation expert John Strickland told the Forecast Forum about a possible issue arising over flying rights if the UK is not part of the EU Open Skies agreement.In a separate session, two senior airline bosses – Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, and Emirates president Tim Clark – suggested that airline alliances could become a thing of the past.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“I would question if [alliances] are around 10 years from now,” said Walsh, while Clark described the oneworld, Star Alliance and Skyteam concepts as “anachronistic”.Social Media & TechnologyOn Day Two of WTM London, a compelling presentation from Facebook executive Neasa Costin outlined consumer behavior and brand differentiation. “Travel has very positive headspace for the end user so markets don’t have to try very hard. An image of a beautiful beach will do the job for you but if you take away the logo, you would not be able to distinguish one brand from another,” she said.Costin highlighted Creative Shop, a part of Facebook that is trying to help companies change this through emotional resonance. She noted that from January to June, there had been 63 million hashtags about holidays with “real excitement and high emotion” around travel, but that markets are not trying to be distinctive or original.“It’s very transactional in approach. At WTM London, you can see companies investing massively in promotion but when you translate that to digital, there is zero investment,” she added. Costin pointed to companies like Airbnb, which are doing the right things in terms of brand building and changing consumer behaviour.Facebook is also investing in new technologies such as augmented reality, voice recognition and immersive video to stay on top of trends. Established companies shared how they are embracing digital technologies such as chatbots and virtual reality.The impact of these emerging channels to market is being increasingly felt by the hotel industry, which is having to adopt digital practices across the stages of booking and staying in a hotel. Daniel Wishnia, digital marketing consult, GCH Hotels, said that hotels have an opportunity to capture guests on their websites through better pricing, video and images.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“Customers expect you to be everywhere, on multi-devices,” he said. “They won’t wait for more than three seconds, they want you to be there to assist them.”Wellness TravelThe robust US$3.7 trillion global wellness economy was in the spotlight during the WTM London Wellness Travel Symposium. The wellness tourism sector accounts for $563 billion of that, and is growing nearly twice as fast as overall tourism.Delegates heard from several destinations about the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors when developing wellness tourism. Case studies included India, ‘the land of yoga’, and Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.In the UK, spa towns such as Bath and Buxton are seeing a revival, while Wales is planning a £ 200 million lakeside development called the Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village.Women in TravelThe Women in Travel Meetup urged travel firms to consider the needs of women aged over 50 in their marketing and recruitment strategies.“Over-50s are very different to what they were a few decades ago. They’re very cool people and we need to think about them differently,” said Rachel O’Reilly, Kuoni UK head of communications.The speakers also noted a rise in older women forging new careers, and debate chair Sylvia Weiler, Sojern’s Vice President of Audience, Strategy & Development, said: “I have many friends in their 40s who have started new careers. People are taking risks and I think that comes with maturity and confidence.”For more trends revealed at WTM London 2016, look for the Nov. 17 issue of Travelweek. To subscribe, click here. Travelweek Group Posted by Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016 Thursday, November 10, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Settlers, meanwhile, vowed to resist the impending evacuation, though they stopped short of threatening violence.Ulpana resident Reut Lehrer told Army Radio on Thursday that “there was a lot of anger” there at the government following the parliament vote.“People feel we have been abandoned,” she said.Ulpana settlers met after the parliament vote to discuss how to respond, but no decisions have been taken, she said. But Army Radio said fliers distributed at the outpost called for a “vigorous fight” and urged settlers and their supporters to turn out in large numbers to resist the “injustice.”Settler leaders have promised to resist the evacuation order, though they say their opposition will be peaceful.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Check your body, save your life How do cataracts affect your vision? With 500,000 Israelis now living on land claimed by the Palestinians, they say their dream of gaining independence is growing ever more distant. Israel says negotiations must be conducted without preconditions.In a sharply worded statement, the U.S. accused Israel of hindering peace efforts with the newly announced settlement construction _ and appeared to question both sides’ declared commitments to peacemaking.“We’re very clear that continued Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank undermines peace efforts,” U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. … It impedes progress on any kind of comprehensive settlement, and that’s ultimately what everyone here, most importantly both sides, both parties, want to see happen. Or at least that’s what they claim to want to see happen.”Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down three years ago, and the Palestinians refuse to restart negotiations until Israel freezes settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians claim both areas, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, for a future state, along with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Comments Share More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – JERUSALEM – Israel’s plans to build hundreds of new homes in Jewish West Bank settlements have put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again at odds with Washington and the Palestinians without appeasing settlers who are furious over the government’s plan to dismantle an illegally built settler enclave.On Wednesday, officials announced the government would build 850 apartments after parliament, at Netanyahu’s urging, voted down a bill that would have legalized the Ulpana enclave and other settler outposts built illegally on privately held Palestinian land. The international community condemns settlement construction, and the Palestinians have refused to talk peace while Israel builds on land they claim for a future state. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Netanyahu, long a settlement champion, found himself in the politically difficult position of having to carry out a Supreme Court ruling ordering the 30 apartments in Ulpana destroyed by July 1. Knowing it would not stand up to the court’s scrutiny, he pressured coalition lawmakers on Wednesday to vote down a proposal by hardline legislators to legalize outposts built on privately held Palestinian land.To blunt the blow to settlers, he vowed to build 300 more homes in the authorized settlement of Beit El, on whose outskirts Ulpana lies.“Israel is a democracy that observes the law, and as prime minister I am obligated to preserve the law and preserve the settlements. And I say here that there is no contradiction between the two,” he said Wednesday after the vote.Later, Construction Minister Ariel Attias announced that an additional 551 apartments would be built elsewhere in the West Bank.“Thirty apartments will be evacuated, but 850 will be built instead,” Attias said in a statement. “Under the circumstances, this is a worthy solution.”The Palestinians and Washington disagreed.Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat denounced the new construction as a measure “that undermines all efforts to revive the peacemaking between the two sides.”
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