Grains mostly lower livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery fell 1 cent at $4.6560 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 1.60 cents at $3.6660 a bushel; Mar. oats was down 1 cents at $2.6320 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans rose 6.40 cents at 9.0740 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was off .18 cent at $1.2932 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle rose .23 cent at $1.4355 a pound; Apr. lean hogs was up .58 cents at .5510 a pound.The Associated Press read more

In lawless world of service dogs many families suffer

APEX, N.C. — The service dog industry, especially dogs for people with autism or PTSD, has exploded in recent years. But a near complete absence of regulation has left needy, desperate families vulnerable to incompetence and fraud, according to The Associated Press.The North Carolina attorney general’s office has received more than four dozen complaints against a company that trained service dogs for autistic children. Clients who paid many thousands of dollars say their dogs couldn’t respond to basic commands or were aggressive toward people or other family pets. State officials in Virginia, Colorado and Illinois have brought similar cases in recent years.Properly training a service dog can take up to 1 1/2 years. But the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require that a service dog be professionally trained or certified.Allen G. Breed, The Associated Press read more

Governmentrebel clashes in Darfur subside but tensions persist – UN

The new fighting between the Government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi movement (SLA-MM), who were joined by two other groups, the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), has already driven some 43,000 people from their homes, UN-African Union (AU) Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari told the Security Council.Mr. Gambari, who was speaking by video link from Sudan, heads the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the more than 20,000-strong uniformed force set up in 2008 to help end a war that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes since it erupted in 2003.“UNAMID forces have maintained a robust presence and have increased patrolling in the villages affected by the recent fighting so as to create a security environment that would allow for the early, safe return of the recently displaced people,” he said.He noted that access remained a challenge for UNAMID in many places in Darfur and he has issued instructions to “adopt a more robust posture and no longer create the perception of seeking permission for movement.”Since then, supply and logistics convoys to all team sites have faced no hindrance, while “on other occasions we were able to push our way through due to robust posture and persistent negotiations by the patrol commanders,” Mr. Gambari reported.“However, I also have to report that in other instances we have not yet been fully successful,” he added, citing the inability of humanitarian agencies to reach the scenes of recent fighting.He reiterated calls for an end to fighting by both the army and the SLA/MM, which signed a peace accord with the Government in 2006 before the current deterioration in relations. On the political front, Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Atul Khare reported some progress in peace talks in Doha, Qatar, between the Sudanese Government and rebel groups despite the recent violence.Joint negotiating committees from the LJM and the Government have concluded their work in broad areas of power-sharing, justice and reconciliation, compensation, return and resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and security arrangements, but important disagreements remain, he told the Council.These concern particularly the powers of a regional authority to implement any peace agreement and a vice presidency for Darfur in the national government in Khartoum, the capital. Mr. Khare also cited among positive developments the decision by another rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), to return to Doha and resume negotiations and continued consultations within the SLA-AW on the possibility of joining the Doha process. Turning to South Sudan, where an independence referendum earlier this month was the culminating point of a peace process that ended a separate civil war in 2005, Mr. Khare noted that early indications of results from the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission point to an overwhelming vote in favour of secession.But a parallel referendum to decide whether the disputed Abyei region joins the north or south has not been held, and he warned that tensions between the Arab nomadic Misseriya, linked to the north, and the agricultural Dinka-Ngok, linked to the south, remain high with the seasonal migration scheduled to resume soon.The nearly 11,000-strong UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) “continues its efforts to deter a return to violence through the increased deployment and patrols of its troops, but absent a permanent settlement to the status of Abyei, the resumption of violence remains an ever present threat,” he said. 26 January 2011Intense fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region between Government forces and rebels has subsided but tensions persist and a resumption of violence is possible, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

UNs top rights chief condemns killings of civilians in Qana Lebanon

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the weekend killing of dozens of civilians, including numerous children, resulting from the shelling by the Israeli forces of a residential building in Qana, south Lebanon, and reminded the parties of their obligations under international law. “I call again on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international law and to take all measures to effectively protect civilians and civilian objects,” Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva.Noting that Israel had warned the population of likely military action, the High Commissioner underlined that while effective advance warning of attacks which may affect the civilian population must be given, this legal obligation does not absolve the parties to the conflict of their other obligations under international law regarding the protection of civilians. “All parties to the conflict must respect the principles of distinction and proportionality, particularly when civilians remain in the zone of military operations after a warning has been issued,” she said. She also recalled that international humanitarian law requires all parties to avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas.The High Commissioner noted the decision of the Israeli Forces to halt air strikes for 48 hours, calling for its full implementation of that commitment, but cautioned that “this brief halt does not in any way lessen the clear obligations of the Israeli Forces and Hezbollah under international law.”“Many people are simply unable to leave southern Lebanon because they have no transport, because roads have been destroyed, because they are ill or elderly, because they must care for others who are physically unable to make the journey, or because they simply have no where else to go. Many thousands of civilians will still be in Southern Lebanon after the suspension of air strikes is ended,” she observed. The High Commissioner welcomed reports that Israel would conduct an inquiry into the civilian deaths at Qana. She also reiterated the need for independent investigations to establish facts and conduct an impartial legal analysis of the persistent allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law during the conflict. The High Commissioner again reminded all parties of the need for accountability for violations of international law, and reiterated the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate cessation of all hostilities.On 19 July, Ms. Arbour issued a statement voicing grave concern at the killing and maiming of civilians in Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and stressing that international law demands accountability.At the time, she also emphasized that parties to any conflict have the obligation to exercise precaution and respect the principle of proportionality in all military operations so as to prevent unnecessary suffering among the civilian population. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 4 September 2015

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Womens soccer Ohio State paving path for 2017 championships in spring

OSU sophomore defender Haley Walker-Robinson dribbles around an Ohio University player on April 8 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Lydia Freudenberg | For The LanternWith the 2017 season on the horizon, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will not only attempt to bring home the program’s second Big Ten title, but also its first national championship.The biggest challenges currently facing the team have little to do with either. Finding new leadership and preparing for incoming freshmen are far more worrisome issues, said senior forward Sammy Edwards.“We have big shoes to fill,” she said. “We’re going to be missing a big part of our program and a lot of players that were starters last season. They’ll be hard to replace, but I don’t think we need to replace them. I think we need to bring our own things to the table. Hopefully, I’ll fall into a leadership role, so I can help us have a successful season.”That leadership is invaluable to Edwards and the rest of the team, but healthy competition within the locker room carries equal weight at OSU.“We have younger players trying to push older players, who are already trying to fulfill roles of leadership,” Edwards said. “It helps us push each other. A lot of times, if you have too many leaders, you might end up having too many players that don’t feel like they’re able to speak up. We have a good blend on the team, so I think it’ll work out really well.”Led by then-senior forwards Nichelle Prince and Lindsay Agnew, the Buckeyes finished last season with an overall record of 11-7-3 (4-4-3 Big Ten). On Jan. 12, the pair became the first two players in program history to be selected in the NWSL Draft.While following in such enormous footsteps is no easy task, the leadership qualities Prince, Agnew and other former seniors passed down make the transition much smoother.“We had some great senior leaders last season, but I think they definitely passed down those leadership qualities to the upcoming seniors and to the rest of the players on the team,” said junior goalkeeper Devon Kerr. “I think our team as a whole, collectively, has good leadership qualities now. Everyone offers something different and useful.”As OSU’s spring exhibitions wind down and the 2017 season comes into focus, senior midfielder Nikki Walts said that the Buckeyes must adopt a team-first mindset.“Right now, we definitely have a huge team focus, we all have to step up,” Walts said. “We’ve been trying to come together and figure out what we want for next season. We want to make sure that from the start of the game to the end, we’re on top of everything. We have to be willing to do whatever it takes to win.”Walts understands that strong leadership often equates to success on the pitch, and it’s her goal to ensure that’s exactly what happens next season.“Being a role model to all the younger players is something I strive for,” Walts said. “I want to be the one stepping up when the times get rough and just making sure everyone is collectively together, and that we’re all in it for the same reason. Being a role model on and off the field is what I want to contribute to next season.” read more

Komatsus WA500 and WA600 wheel loaders get the Tier 4 treatment

first_imgKomatsu has released upgraded low-emission Tier 4 engine powered versions of its WA500 and WA600 production loaders, with enhancements that see them consuming less fuel while delivering increased productivity and operating efficiency. The new WA500-8, powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine rated at 264 kW net, has operating weights of 36.9-38.2 t (depending on configuration) and can handle buckets from 4.5-7.0 m3. The new WA600-8 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 engine rated at 395 kW net, and is available with operating weights from 55.4-57.5 t and takes buckets from 6.4-7.8 m.Both engines are Tier 4 Final certified, reducing NOx and PM levels by up to 90% compared with their Tier 3 predecessors, and achieving fuel savings of up to 15%, said Richard Feehely, Komatsu Australia’s National Business Manager, Quarries. “Komatsu technologies contributing to their low emissions and reduced fuel consumption include heavy duty aftertreatment, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems and high-pressure common rail fuel injection systems, a Komatsu variable geometry turbocharger system and advanced electronic controls,” he said.“This electronic control system constantly carries out high-speed processing of all signals from sensors installed in the engine and the machine, providing total control of all components. Engine condition data is displayed on the monitor inside the cab, providing all the necessary operating information to the operator. This data is also uploaded via our KOMTRAX telematics remote monitoring system, helping owners and fleet managers with their machine management along with maintenance and service requirements,” said Feehely.The WA600-8 also features Komatsu’s KOMTRAX Plus, designed for production machines, enabling expanded monitoring of a fleet via satellite and wireless LAN. “With KOMTRAX Plus, users can analyse machine health and performance from a remote location, on a near-real time basis,” he said. “By making critical data on component condition and trend data readily accessible to fleet managers, KOMTRAX Plus makes a very effective tool in maximising productivity and lowering operating costs.”Higher productivity and operating efficiency are achieved through the loaders’ integrated drivetrain, hydraulics and redesigned bucket. “A large capacity torque converter, with lockup in second to fourth gears, combined with our SmartLoader Logic engine control system, ensures that engine torque is always precisely optimised to the production task at hand. In addition, we’ve introduced an automatic digging system that actuates bucket tilt and lifting operations by sensing the pressure applied to the work equipment. This system helps alleviate operator fatigue while optimising bucket loads.”Other operator assistance features include a remote bucket and boom positioning system for fast changeover of attachments or buckets, and automatic kickdown that downshifts to first gear on entering a pile. Both loaders are supplied with joystick steering as standard, allowing all steering and forward/reverse travel to be controlled by wrist and finger control to further minimise operator fatigue. Previous models of the WA500 were equipped with steering wheel, which is now an option on the WA500-8.In addition to their joystick steering system, the two new loaders have new-design operator seats with integrated electronic pilot control (EPC) levers, with the option of a third spool control for controlling additional work functions. “Our joystick steering and control systems make these loaders extremely easy and low-effort to operate; operators become familiar with these controls very quickly, and find they are far more comfortable and relaxed using them, and are less fatigued at the end of a shift,” said Feehely.Both loaders have been designed for ease of servicing and maintenance, including side-opening gullwing style engine doors, giving easy access to all regular service elements, swing out cooling fan, which can be set to automatically reverse, and widely spaced cooling fins on the radiator. “For many years, our WA500 and WA600 class loaders have been recognised as leaders in their class in quarry and smaller-scale mining applications, whether in tough face loading work handling virgin or blasted material, or in large-scale stockpile tasks requiring large volumes of material to be handled, loaded and blended,” Feehely said.“With these two new generation Dash 8 machines, Komatsu has again set the standard, delivering ultra low emission machines that use less fuel, are easier and less tiring to operate, are more productive, and have lower total owning and operating costs. And the ability for fleet management personnel to monitor very detailed data on every facet of machine operation through KOMTRAX Plus gives unprecedented control over operating and maintenance costs.”last_img read more

Proposal to redraw Waterford Kilkenny boundary will leave a very bitter taste

first_img Short URL 27,552 Views Proposal to redraw Waterford – Kilkenny boundary ‘will leave a very bitter taste’ A report from Waterford Boundary Committee recommended redrawing the boundary between south Kilkenny and Waterford Share56 Tweet Email1 Feb 14th 2017, 4:53 PM Proposed Kilkenny and Waterford border change. Source: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Updated: 11:45 15/02/2017PROPOSAL TO REDRAW the boundaries between Waterford and Kilkenny has drawn criticism in the Marble County.“We don’t want our identity to be changed,” said Councillor Ger Frisby after Kilkenny County Council unanimously rejected a proposal to redraw the boundaries between the two counties.The proposed change is contained in a report by the Waterford Boundary Review committee, which was published last week. It recommended a redrawing of the boundary where land from south Kilkenny would be transferred to Waterford, affecting approximately 4,500 people, to make it easier for local governments to be more effective in the area.Frisby, who lives in the the area that would be affected by the boundary change, said the parish of Slieverue will effectively be split in two between Kilkenny and Waterford.Speaking to  he said: “We completely object [to the boundary change], you are talking about a person’s county, a person’s parish”.Frisby added “[it] is so divisive, people in the area are so proud of their identity and  any change will leave a very bitter taste”.Yesterday, Kilkenny County Council voted unanimously to give “not an inch” of Kilkenny land to Waterford and it is demanding a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney to discuss the matter.However, former Mayor of Waterford Councillor John Cummins disagrees and has called on the boundary recommendations to be implemented.Cummins said, “Using historic boundaries in modern day Ireland is not appropriate, cities in particular must be allowed to expand into what is their natural hinterland and for too long Waterford has been like a bird with one wing with only south side development in evidence.The reality is Waterford City has to expand Northwards in the decade ahead as South side development land is limited and it is only natural therefore that this area is administered by Waterford City and County Council.Cummins has called on the government to implement the recommendations of the report as a matter of urgency.“This has the potential, along with the Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework which is focusing on the growth of regional cities to be game changer for Waterford and the entire southeast region.” said Cummins.Waterford Boundary Review CommitteeThe committee that produced the boundary report was established under the previous government to review the administrative boundaries between the city and county of Waterford and County Kilkenny.It is one of four such boundary reviews that are being carried out around the country.The committee was asked to make recommendations on the boundary between Waterford and Kilkenny on what it considers to be necessary in the interests of what would be effective and convenient for local government.Over the course of the review the committee received close to 20,000 submissions.Most of the submissions were opposed to the boundary change, citing a sense of identity and belonging to County Kilkenny, as well as financial implications to Kilkenny due to loss of tax revenue.However, the committee did receive submissions advocating for the changing of the boundary, with many of the respondents saying that Kilkenny County Council has never invested properly in the area and that residents would benefit from a closer proximity to a service provider.Kilkenny County Council After the vote yesterday, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Matt Doran wrote to Minister Coveney to convey the council’s dismay, anger and disappointment about the issue.Frisby went on to say that the council will be engaging in the consultation process going forward for Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework, which is a national strategy for long-term planning and development across Ireland. But Frisby feels that the 20,000 submissions from the public were not taken into account by the boundary review committee when making their recommendations.However, the decision on the boundary change has not been made yet and it is yet to be considered by Minister Coveney.A spokesman for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said that “The Minister will consider the report and its implications very carefully in the context both of ongoing work in relation to the future of local government in Ireland and also the development of Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework over the coming months.“We would encourage people in the counties included in the boundary reviews to use the Reports to take part in the consultation process on the Plan. This is an important opportunity for them to get their views across on the future of the country, their regions, their counties, their local areas and their communities.”READ: Former head of Garda Press Office ‘delighted’ to be back at work after 22-month suspensionREAD: Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been delayed for a 19th time Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 4:53 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ronan Smyth 68 Comments last_img read more

GoTo Foundation annual quiz night

first_imgThe GoTo Foundation are hosting their annual quiz night on Friday 5 October at the Hellenic Macedonian Cultural Centre, 94 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, South Australia with all proceeds going to the Flinders Uni Early Intervention Autism Research Program. Grab a team together of eight to ten and test your general knowledge at this event. Tickets are $10 and there are great prizes for the winners.BYO food but there will be drinks available at the bar for the night. The GoTo Foundation is a not for profit organisation, providing support to the community for their health, wellbeing and education founded by three Greek Australians: Lewis Pounentis; Nick Apostolou; and George Diakomichalis. To RSVP call or send an SMS to Nick at 0407 600 716. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

53 illegal aliens arrested in ICE enforcement operation

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 24, 2018 53 illegal aliens arrested in ICE enforcement operation The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Public Affairs announced Tuesday that last week that 53 illegal aliens were arrested in a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforcement operation. The statement released can be read below.Forty-four illegal aliens were arrested during a weeklong enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Diego last week. An additional nine previously identified targets whose detainers were not honored were taken into ICE custody prior to the commencement of the operation.The five-day operation, which concluded Friday, April 20 was conducted by deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) as part of the agency’s commitment to prioritize at-large criminal aliens. The targets included individuals with final orders of removal, those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed, individuals whose detainers were not honored and were encountered after  their release from jail pursuant to SB-54,  and individuals who have otherwise violated federal immigration laws.“Last week’s enforcement actions reflect the vital work ERO officers do every day to uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls,” said Gregory Archambeault, Field Office Director of the San Diego Field Office for ERO. “While we continue to face significant obstacles in dealing with so-called “sanctuary-city” polices, which hinder cooperation with local law enforcement, we will continue our relentless pursuit of safeguarding communities, diligently enforcing the U.S. immigration laws”.The arrests took place in Santee, Vista, Encinitas, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, San Diego and Imperial Beach. The arrests included Mexican and Guatemalan nationals.The criminal histories of the individuals taken into custody include crimes such as vandalism, hit and run, larceny, drug offenses and driving under the influence. Ten of the individuals arrested during the operation were previously deported aliens.Those arrested during the operation include:A Mexican national previously convicted of Possession for Sale of Heroin. He was previously removed as an aggravated felon. He was turned over to the United States Marshals Service, and is pending prosecution for Reentry after Removal of an Aggravated Felon.A Mexican national pending charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Contempt of Court. His immigration detainer was not honored. He remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before an immigration judge.A Mexican national pending Driving Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before an Immigration Judge.A Mexican national previously removed from the United State and is pending charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs. His immigration detainer was not honored. He was removed from the United States to Mexico the same day of arrest.This week’s enforcement action was coordinated with ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which is responsible for investigating, locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens, immigration fugitive aliens – aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation handed down by federal immigration courts, and aliens that have reentered after removal. ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety.Editor’s note: The arrest statistics provided in this news release represent preliminary data that has been manually reported to ICE headquarters. KUSI Newsroom April 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Yacolt council is ready to add 2 new members

first_imgThe Yacolt Town Council plans to interview, select and swear in two new members at its meeting tonight.The mayor and three members currently on the council will interview seven applicants to fill the vacant No. 1 and No. 5 seats on the five-member council.Position No. 1 was previously held by Cindy Marbut, who was hired as the town’s clerk/treasurer. Position No. 5 was held by Ron Madler, who died recently.The town accepted applications through Jan. 31 to fill the vacancies. The seven candidates for the seats are all residents of Yacolt, have lived in the town for at least one year and are registered voters, Marbut said.The council will interview each candidate for 15 minutes. The council will then adjourn to executive session to discuss the candidates before returning to the public meeting to announce its selection for Position No. 1. Marbut will then administer the new council member the oath of office.The council will repeat the process to select a person for the other position.The terms for both positions are set to expire this year, so the seats will be on the November ballot, as will the mayor’s position.last_img read more

US credit rating downgraded jobs report calms Wall Street

first_imgWASHINGTON — Better. The job market beat expectations, and the stock market managed a modest gain — not great, but good enough after a turbulent week.The nation added 117,000 jobs in July, the government said Friday — far from what happens in a healthy economy, and only good for a reduction of one notch in the unemployment rate, to 9.1 percent.But the jobs number beat the forecast of economists, who were expecting no more than 90,000. And it was an overwhelming relief for investors, who just lived through two of the most brutal weeks in Wall Street history.“Nothing to pop Champagne corks over,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, “but a much-needed shot in the arm for confidence at a time when we have so little.”But when they come back on Monday, investors will have to absorb another body blow: Late Friday, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the United States’ debt for the first time, saying the government’s debt-reduction plans fall short. The downgrade could lead to higher interest rates and further hamper the economic recovery.The Dow Jones industrial average finished Friday with a gain of 60.93 points and closed at 11,444.61. It made up only a small fraction of the losses from Thursday, when the Dow dropped 512, its worst since the financial crisis of 2008.last_img read more

Church cries foul as DR Congo opposition win vote

first_imgA supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, who was named provisional winner of Democratic Republic of Congo`s presidential election, celebrates outside the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) headquarters in Kinshasa on 10 January. Photo: AFPOpposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was on Thursday declared winner of DR Congo’s presidential election, but his victory was dismissed by the runner-up and questioned by the Catholic church, clouding the vote’s legitimacy and hopes of peace.In a pre-dawn announcement, election officials named Tshisekedi, son of the country’s long-term opposition leader, provisional winner of the troubled vote to replace President Joseph Kabila.The news brought thousands of supporters onto the streets while others who had backed his opposition rival Martin Fayulu came out in protest. Four people died in unrest.Fayulu, who came a close second, denounced the result as an “electoral coup”. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s influential Catholic church also said Tshisekedi’s victory did not tally with data collected by its own monitors.”These results have nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box,” Fayulu told Radio France International.”They have stolen the Congolese people’s victory and the people will never accept that.”At stake is political stewardship of the notoriously unstable central African nation, which has never known a peaceful transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.Election chief Corneille Nangaa declared Tshisekedi the winner with 38.57 per cent of the 30 December vote, just ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 per cent.Kabila’s preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came a distant third with 23.8 per cent.Results of parliamentary elections, which were held alongside the presidential vote, are expected on Friday evening and the pro-Kabila majority are already claiming to have won the house.The last two elections in 2006 and 2011, both of which were won by Kabila, were marred by bloodshed, and many fear a repeat of the violence if the result lacks credibility.Two civilians and two policemen were killed Thursday and another 10 people injured when a protest erupted in the western city of Kikwit, a Fayulu stronghold, police said.Wild celebrationsIn Kinshasa, thousands of people converged upon the headquarters of Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), the country’s oldest and largest opposition party, singing and dancing at his surprise victory.Pouring onto the streets, they celebrated wildly, cheering and honking car horns in scenes of joy that lasted into the morning under the bemused eye of the security forces who had fanned out across the capital.In his first remarks after the result, the portly 55-year-old, who has never held high office or even a managerial role, immediately pledged to work closely with Kabila.”Today we should no longer see him as an adversary, but rather as a partner for democratic change in our country,” he told supporters.But elsewhere in Kinshasa, the mood was sombre, with representatives of the Catholic church openly disputing the figures released by the Independent National Election Commission (CENI).”The result of the presidential election as published by CENI does not correspond with the data collected by our observer mission from polling stations and counting centres,” said Father Donatien Nshole, spokesman for CENCO, which represents the country’s Catholic bishops.The Church has long been pressing for the departure of Kabila, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 2001, well beyond the limit of his second and final term in December 2016.Calls for calmAbroad, the mood was watchful, marked by a noticeable lack of congratulations for Tshisekedi.Many have eyed the developments in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country with concern, with the United Nations leading calls to avoid violence.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian dismissed Tshisekedi’s victory as “not consistent” with the actual results, indicating that Fayulu had won, while the US State Department demanded “clarification” over the result and urged “all stakeholders to remain calm”.The African Union said it “took note” of the result and warned any dispute over the outcome should be “resolved peacefully”.The European Union said it was awaiting clarification from international observers.In contrast, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged “all regional and international interested parties to refrain from speculation” and let the election board complete its work.The announcement of an opposition win was a shock as many had expected the results to be stacked in Shadary’s favour, prompting heavy international pressure on Kinshasa to respect the wishes of the electorate.Tshisekedi debt to KabilaThe vast central African country has been increasingly on edge over the long-delayed vote.Kabila’s hold on power has sparked a political crisis and protests that were bloodily repressed.”Kabila did not want to risk announcing Shadary as the winner, which would have triggered violent protests and international condemnation,” said Robert Besseling, executive director of risk consultancy EXX Africa.”Instead, he chose to split the opposition by creating a power-sharing deal with Tshisekedi.”Tshisekedi “owes his ascendancy to power to Kabila’s control of the electoral commission”, and in exchange Kabila would look for immunity from any prosecution or asset seizure after handing over power, Besseling said.last_img

Message mix massage

first_imgThe five-day Winter Theatre Festival that kicks off today in the Capital will see Rakesh Bedi, our very own Dilruba Uncle, will set the stage on fire with his famous play Massage in which he plays as many as 24 different characters as the festival opens. Massage , a two-act play, is a monologue in which Bedi portrays several characters which can be seen vividly as the play progresses. Written by one of the most prolific and hard-hitting writers of modern India, Vijay Tendulkar, Massage tries to peep into the underbelly of today’s society through the escapades of Happy Kumar, who comes to join the film industry to become an actor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Unfortunately, he becomes the fourth assistant director of a filmmaker called Kolhi, who specialises in the snake and sex genre of cinema. With his sensitivity gone for a toss, he becomes worn-out and disillusioned and finally lands up in a ladies’ gym as an instructor. But here too, his days are numbered, but Happy learns the intricacies of Massage and becomes a famous masseur.He meets many other interesting characters during his journey. May it be the cunning lawyer, or the unworthy politician, or his funny PA Pandey, or the woman of his life, or the heroine, or the heroine’s mother who almost molests him, Rakesh Bedi plays 24 different characters deftly in his inimitable comic style in a span of two hours with a good dose of humor. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe interesting feature of this festival as is that all the plays are of different genres. After Massage, one will witness an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice, called Saudagar followed by Wo Lahore and Draupadi.“In the last five years, our aim has been to present before our audiences a different play and this festival confirms it,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the director of the festival.When: TodayWhere: Kamani AuditoriumTIME: 7 PMlast_img read more

Windows 10 October Update Is Barely Being Installed Heres Why

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first_img Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. October 7, 2009 – In observance of the 25th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month celebration in October, the Breast Preservation Foundation (BPF) has launched its annual “Million Friends” campaign to encourage one million Facebook and MySpace friends and Twitter followers to join the Foundation in raising awareness for skin-sparing mastectomy and breast cancer.Despite the availability of advanced surgical techniques like skin-sparing mastectomy, breast cancer patients are still kept in the dark, continuing to undergo traditional mastectomies, resulting in needlessly disfiguring scars.“Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to share our message globally so that breast cancer patients may be informed of all their surgical options,” said Joel Aronowitz, M.D., founder of the Breast Preservation Foundation and Clinical Chief of the Plastic Surgery Division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.“The ’Million Friends’ campaign will directly connect people and engage them in conversation through these popular social media channels, providing information to women who are or may face a breast cancer diagnosis and enabling them to consider all their surgical options for a better cosmetic outcome,” he added.To become one of the million friends, Facebook fans may join the cause by searching keyword Breast Preservation Foundation or by accessing the link at MySpace users can add Breast Preservation Foundation at Twitter users can see the latest tweets and follow @DrAronowitz. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | October 06, 2009 Breast Cancer Campaign Taps into Twitter, Facebook Related Content read morelast_img read more

MTDC to take forward the Hunar Se Rozgar Tak scheme

first_imgMaharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will now be a facilitator for ‘Hunar Se Rozgar Tak’ scheme, launched by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.MTDC has tied up with identified hospitality institutions with an aim to provide economic empowerment of the youth in the remote areas of the state. To be run free of cost, the programmes will ensure economic benefit through employment generation and reduce the skill gap that affects the hospitality sector.The scheme targets at generating self-employment opportunities for students who are at least eighth pass and belong to the age group of 18-28. MTDC has carried out various hospitality courses comprising six to eight weeks which include ‘Food Production’, ‘Food and Beverages’, ‘Bakery and Patisseri’ and ‘Housekeeping utility’.Valsa Nair Singh, Principal Secretary, Cultural & Tourism Affairs, Government of Maharashtra, said, “The MoT has announced a very important and effective initiative under the ‘Hunar Se Rozgar’ scheme. With MTDC being selected as a key facilitator, we have taken up an important responsibility on our shoulders to bring a positive change for these students who belong to an underprivileged background. Hunar Se Rozgar Tak is a double benefit programme as it improves the standard of living of these students as well as provides a sound resource to serve in the hospitality sector.”Employees of Infosys, Hinjewadi, on the other hand, have been provided tourism facilities under the banner of MTDC. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently inaugurated India’s first-of-its-kind project- MTDC’s Infosys Tourism Pavilion, whereby a tourism pavilion in the Infosys campus Phase II Food court 3 will be offering tourism related services to the employees on a concessional basis.last_img read more

QA Reynolds executive development chef prov

first_img Q&A: Reynolds executive development chef prov … From the pages of Produce Business UKTechnology and trends were two key topics from the recently completed 2019 London Produce Show’s (LPS) Foodservice Forum.Yet sometimes, understanding, anticipating and even creating the next big trend requires virtually no technology at all. Just ask Jason Danciger, who is the U.K.’s managing director of the Hana Group, a company that locates Asian and globally inspired food concepts in retail environments.Danciger took attendees with him on the ride as he engagingly navigated the Forum’s program, titled “Transforming Foodservice Through Technology & Trends,” with interactive seminars, panel discussions and taste demos. Featured speakers, who range from chefs to software developers, are all on the forefront of the U.K.’s flourishing foodservice industry, while at the same time deeply committed to simple fresh ingredients like produce. It’s this combination, says Danciger, that will deliver “pure, pure business relevance” for attendees in all sectors of the industry.Carol Bareuther, RD, contributing editor of the Pundit’s sister publication, Produce Business, talked with Danciger about the U.K.’s foodservice industry trends and technological advancements.Q: Let’s start at the beginning. What influenced your passion for produce and subsequent proficiency in so many sectors of the U.K.’s foodservice industry? Any fun stories?A: I fell into hospitality at the age 14, when I started work as a waiter. There was certainly a calling to this line of work, and I loved it, because it allowed me to interact with people, which I really enjoyed and still do today. However, quite simply, the job was there. It was a part-time bit and a good way to make pocket money. That job earned me the reputation as the ‘Milky Bar kid’. With my salary, 99-pence an hour (US$1.25), versus 6 pence (8 cents) apiece for a milky bar, I could buy all my friends’ chocolate at the school snack shop.I followed as barman at age 15 in true Tom Cruise-style by shaking cocktails in the evening and studying Latin the next morning. After reading about a Michelin-starred chef (former head chef of Le Gavroche) who was opening a new restaurant, I wrote to him. His English was as rusty as my French, but I started the next week and ended up as the first-ever English sous chef at the time after a few grueling years, of course.Twice a week we would receive trays of fruits and vegetables from the markets in Rungis. It was always a wonder! The amazing salads, fruits wrapped like presents, the variety of fresh wild mushrooms, the aromas of perfect Charentais melons. I remember the vibrant colors of different vegetables and fell in love with fresh produce at first sight.Q: A quick glance at your LinkedIn resume shows a traditional restaurant start, followed by an increasingly diverse foodservice career. How have you seen trends happening at the time that were transforming the U.K.’s foodservice industry and your own career? Could you describe that journey for us?A: I was at first deeply rooted in the Michelin-starred years as that flourished in the U.K. This was followed by a desire for the less formal restaurants that kicked off the ‘casual dining’ fashion. Then, I founded café society and European bistros before being at the forefront of gastro pubs and launching hundreds of award-winning Time Out pubs.What I saw was that while people still liked to get dressed up, to go to a Michelin-star restaurant, those were more of an occasion than every day. For every day, they liked being relaxed and loved the fact that they could eat simply. That was a really early element I learned. A good example is that it used to be you had to order all three courses or the waiter would look down his nose at you. Now, we know people graze and eat at different times of the day as they balance busy work and home lives. We know someone might come in for just a starter or main dish, and we created an offer that hit on that. We’d also welcome someone, particularly in café society, who came in for just a cup of tea with as much charm as if they were ordering a meal. That’s because we knew they’d feel we were the place that really looked after them and they’d ultimately come back to dine.Then, the large retailers awoke, and in-store cafes and restaurants took off. I was lucky with Marks & Spencer to also start a new bakery trend that grew significant market share. Drawing on that experience of ‘grocerant’, I wanted to continue to create theater in food halls with hand-crafted sushi made in front of customers.We went from 0 to 90 sites in 2.5 years as well as created several new concepts with the same feel. For example, El Luchador, Little India Kitchen and Wok Street. What we found is that when cooking from scratch with fresh produce right in front of customers, we didn’t need signposts and messages to tell customers that the food was fresh and healthful. They could see it for themselves. It built trust just by watching. That was useful and intuitive.In some places, you could say some of our products are ready meals. But, they are ready meals that are cooked fresh daily with the cleanest ingredients you can imagine with a very short shelf life. In essence, better than you could make at home.Q: If you were to distill all this hands-on experience, what skill would you say keeps you passionate about the foodservice industry?A: My favorite activity is walking. As you walk, you can watch the landscape change. It’s all very dynamic. You can see what happens on the high street and you can watch customers’ reactions. It’s a skill I’ve developed and it’s helped me to recognize and ‘ride the wave’, if you will, of the growth areas consumers will ultimately desire.Q: Now, what about the technology piece, a central element of this year’s Forum. I saw that you studied E-Commerce and Corporate Information Systems at the Harvard Business School. What sticks with you most from that education?A: I learned at Harvard that technology will double every five years and that it plays a significant part in strategy. Also, that planning ahead and the skills necessary to bring that technology to fruition are key to success along with sharing a vision. We use so many tools to manage production, our teams, retail partners, waste and so much more, and embracing technology plays a huge part in business success.We have double-digit LFL (like-for-like) growth and that comes from all of the above…not just luck!Q: Could you give us an example of some of the technological tools employed within the Hana Group?A: Absolutely. There’s an app we use called Planday. All of our teams have it on their mobile phones. They can check first thing to see if teams are at work. We are a factory. We produce fresh in store daily. If we don’t produce, we aren’t making sales. The program enables the managers to move people around, if needed, and make sure we have every site staffed.Then, there’s a system called GESCOM. Each of our team managers scan every box of food waste. The system intuitively learns itself. Any items where there is low waste, the system will tell the team to make more of it on a daily basis. If a box has very high waste, it will tell teams to make less. Consider you have 100 stores, each in different areas, with different types of customers like a lunch crowd in one or family dinner types in another. The system lets you put out just what those customers want in that store and waste really goes down.What this means is that our area managers can stay home, sit on the sofa, feet up, drinking tea in the morning rather than getting stuck in traffic. First, they check on the people and secondly on the production side. These two factors running smoothly means the customer is happy. Once the manager has checked these elements, they can get out, the traffic has died down by then, and spend the rest of the day mentoring people, talking to supervisors and whatever else they need to do because the really tough stuff is done. These are just a couple of examples.Technology done right is very effective. It plays a huge role, but in the end it’s still fresh produce that we’re working with. We don’t use that technology to change a strawberry. We want that strawberry to be organic and/or from a local area and full of taste and in its raw form. So, it’s not using technology to actually keep the strawberry, but to manage the strawberry as we turn it into deliciously fresh healthful food. June 17 , 2019 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

National Guard will remain a defensive not offensive force president says

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades reiterated on Wednesday that as long as the Turkish army continued to occupy part of the island’s territory and questions the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, it was the National Guard’s primary duty to secure, as a deterrent force, peace and security.Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief of the National Guard Ilias Leontaris, who has been reappointed, and the new Deputy Chief of the National Guard Constantinos Chrysiliou, Anastasiades said that the deployment of Cyprus’ military forces has always been and will continue to be defensive and not offensive.“This is how we will continue acting and this is the policy we shall apply, strengthening our diplomatic efforts and backed by the National Guard, as a deterrent force,” he said. Anastasiades said there was great unrest in the wider region, with new threats and dangers.At the same time, he said, the prospects created from the discovery of new natural gas reserves both by Cyprus and by neighbouring countries, created new geostrategic dynamics, “which we are called to handle in a calm manner, taking advantage of the international and European security system, which we loyally serve.”Addressing Leontaris and Chrysiliou, the President said that they were undertaking their duties during a decisive period for the country, especially for the National Guard. He referred to plans to transform the National Guard with a view to meet current needs and challenges.He also talked about Cyprus’ participation in the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation (Pesco). “We are upgrading our active presence in the EU institutions, and at the same time through the international cooperation we have developed – with more than 40 agreements and programmes of military cooperation – we strengthen our country’s role in the region,” Anastasiades said.On their part, the National Guard Chief and the Deputy Chief reassured Anastasiades that they would do their utmost to fulfill their duties and upgrade the National Guard’s effectiveness and operational performance.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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