Washington state is allied with BC on Trans Mountain pipeline governor

first_imgVANCOUVER – The governor of Washington says his state is “allied” with British Columbia in questioning whether the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded.The project poses a threat to waters off the West Coast, which Washington residents view as a treasure, and the state is looking at marine safety laws that would help mitigate the impact of a tanker spill, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday at a meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and officials from Oregon and California.“We are hopeful that the premier’s efforts to allow the voices of his citizens to be listened to will be successful, because it is very much in common with our citizens,” Inslee said, adding that residents in his state recently rejected proposals for both coal and oil ports.Inslee commended British Columbia for leadership on climate protection. But he said Trans Mountain may be a federal policy that “shoots Canada in the foot” and reverses some of the work the province has done.Alberta and B.C. have been locked in a battle over the future of Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion plan to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna acknowledged Friday there are differences over the pipeline, but she said it was approved by Ottawa after extensive reviews and it will be built.“We did that review by increasing engagement with communities, by meaningful consultation with Indigenous Peoples, by looking at the science and the evidence and also looking at the project in the context of our climate plan, and we approved that project,” she said in Victoria.“The project was also approved by the previous B.C. government and we think the project should go ahead.”B.C. is asking the courts to determine if it has jurisdiction to limit how much diluted bitumen can flow through pipelines in the province.The members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative met in Vancouver on Friday to mark its 10th anniversary and agreed to add drug overdoses and trade to the list of issues considered vital to the four jurisdictions.The forum was created in 2008 to encourage joint action on matters like climate change and the environment but the group also wants to confront what Inslee calls the “scourge of substance-use disorders.”A news release from the premier’s office says they are also committed to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with addiction and substance-use disorders.Later on Friday, Horgan announced B.C. will contribute $300,000 towards a study with Washington state on the potential for a high-speed rail line connecting Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and other cities beyond. Washington has approved funding of up to US$1.2 million towards the new study.B.C. says the service could cut travel times between Vancouver and Seattle to about 60 minutes from three hours.Collaboration throughout the Pacific region is particularly important in the current political climate, said Matt Rodriquez, California’s secretary of environmental protection.“To be candid, for those of us in the United States, there’s an absence of leadership in the federal government right now and so it’s incumbent on us to work together and step up and show what we can do between our various governments,” he said.Inslee said that collaboration is evident in the group’s approach to climate change.“On the West Coast, we know that climate change is not a hoax,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what foolishness comes out of the White House. Leaders on the West Coast are united in understanding science in the commitment to clean waters and clean air.”The group is a physical representation of governments working together across borders on critical issues, Horgan said.“I believe we’re demonstrating to North America the commonalities that we have despite artificial boundaries,” he said.“The 49th parallel exists on maps and on globes, but we’ve demonstrated today … that working together, the people who populate this spectacular region have a common purpose. And that is to ensure that our environment is protected so our economy can flourish.”Horgan said his U.S. counterparts understand the urgent need to protect a shared environment and to slow climate change across a region that is home to 55 million people and represents the world’s fifth-largest economy.(Companies in this story: TSX: KML)last_img read more

Moroccan Miloud Guiderk Wins 2017 Arts Council Norway Honorary Award

Rabat – The Norwegian Arts Council has awarded its 2017 Prize of Honor to Miloud Guiderk, a Moroccan artist, for his significant contribution to Norwegian art and culture, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). “Miloud Guiderk received the Honorary Award for his commitment and authentic work in the field as a concert organizer for more than 40 years,” the Arts Council of Norway said on its website.This NOK 600,000 prize has been awarded annually since 1968 to people residing in the Scandinavian kingdom. The winners receive the award for their contributions to the development of art and culture in Norway. “The contribution of Guiderk is a driving force that has deeply marked Norwegian cultural life,” said Tone Hanse, President of the Council. She continued that Guiderk is a pioneer in his field, adding that he “made great strides in this direction through his undeniable efforts.”Guiderk told MAP he was “surprised by the award”, which represents “recognition” of the efforts he has been making for many years in order to promote the development of art and culture. Guiderk was born in Casablanca in 1947 and worked as pantomime as a part-time job. The artist has been working as a concert organizer for more than 40 years. read more

Hundreds of Sudanese flee to town in Central African Republic UN says

30 May 2007Some 1,500 Sudanese refugees have sought refuge in a single town in the Central African Republic (CAR), claiming that Sudanese Government forces and armed militias attacked their town two weeks ago, a United Nations spokesperson said today. Several UN agencies have just completed an assessment mission to the town of Sam Ouandja, in northeastern CAR, the spokesperson, Michele Montas, said today in New York. “The agencies say the number of refugees continues to grow,” Ms. Montas said. “The majority of them are women and children, who have travelled the 200 kilometres between the two towns on foot.”The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing a one-month initial food ration for the refugees who have already arrived in the town, and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) along with he UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing non-food items, Ms. Montas added.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a news release saying the influx of refugees is ongoing. “We did not find evidence of the presence of armed elements in the group and the refugees assured the mission that everyone originates from DaFak in Sudan and no Chadian nationals among them,” said Bruno Geddo, Representative of UNHCR. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the civilian and humanitarian character of the operation,” he added.“Considering that the majority of the refugees appear to be women and children, WFP will provide emergency food assistance, while at the same time carry out an assessment of the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable individuals among the local population in Sam Ouandja,” said that agency’s Representative in CAR, Jean-Charles Dei.“Beyond the need for humanitarian assistance, the United Nations remains highly concerned about the protection of civilians and calls for the national authorities to continue to facilitate humanitarian access to displaced populations in need,” said Jean-Sébastien Munié, OCHA chief in the country.UN officials have frequently warned that the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region is threatening to engulf the CAR as well as Chad – a caution Mr. Munié repeated today. “The arrival of these refugees from Sudan is another evidence of the spill-over effect and the regional dimension of the conflict in Darfur,” he concluded. read more

Ban urges world to pull together through UN to reach great goals

23 September 2010The “great goals” of the world are within reach, but will only be achieved when the international community pulls together through the United Nations to secure a better future for everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told dozens of world leaders gathered today at the annual opening of the General Assembly’s high-level meeting in New York. The “great goals” of the world are within reach, but will only be achieved when the international community pulls together through the United Nations to secure a better future for everyone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told dozens of world leaders gathered today at the annual opening of the General Assembly’s high-level meeting in New York.Stressing the need for a principled and pragmatic stand “against forces that would divide us,” Mr. Ban told the 192-member Assembly’s General Debate at UN Headquarters it was time to translate promises into reality on issues ranging from eradicating poverty and tackling climate change to eliminating nuclear weapons and promoting the empowerment of women.“This is a season for pulling together, for consolidating progress, for putting our shoulder to the wheel and delivering results. Real results for people most in need, as only the UN can do.”He described the current era, beset by the recent financial and food crises and increasing political polarization, as “difficult times” in which the world is being tested to live up to its ideals.“The world still looks to the United Nations for moral and political leadership. The great goals are within reach. We can achieve them by looking forward, pulling together, uniting our strength as a community of nations in the name of the larger good.”Mr. Ban welcomed the results of this week’s UN summit on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of targets for defeating poverty, hunger, disease and other global ills, all by 2015.Yesterday he also launched a Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, with countries pledging around $40 billion to slash rates of maternal and child mortality, one of the key targets of the MDGs.Summit participants “agreed on a responsible and mutually accountable partnership – a partnership that will better the lives of billions of people within our generation. Our challenge is to deliver on this promise, to turn hopes into realities.”Mr. Ban cited climate change, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and gender equality as among the most important issues that the world must deal with.In a wide-ranging address he also outlined the UN’s ongoing efforts to resolve conflicts or reduce tensions in places such as Somalia, Sudan, the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East.In addition, the Secretary-General spoke of the UN role in humanitarian operations, whether in dealing with long-term problems or in response to major disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan. read more

Lanka urges Saudi to raise minimum wage

Sri Lanka has requested Saudi Arabia to increase the minimum wage of SR900 set for its domestic workers because of the rising cost of living in the island, Arab News reported.Thalatha Atukorale, Minister of Foreign Employment, made this request when she met the First Secretary of the Saudi Embassy Misary Al-Thiyabi at her office in Colombo. She has conveyed to the Saudi envoy, the desire of the government to begin talks with the relevant authorities in the Kingdom on the above issue.According to Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment sources, the First Secretary has responded positively to the minister’s request and has said he would take steps to facilitate such talks. During the discussion with the Saudi official, she pointed out that with the cost of living rising globally, including the Kingdom, the need for a minimum wage has become important to keep up with daily expenses. The minister said there are discrepancies in salaries paid to Lankan expatriate workers by various sponsors while adding that these anomalies could be rectified by introducing a minimum wage. Saudi Arabia currently employs the highest contingent of Lankan expatriate workers numbering over 500,000. This is close to one third of the country’s total migrant worker population.According to an official from the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) , the minimum age limit for housemaids traveling to the Kingdom is 25.He said that housemaids who come for foreign employment are given a 21-day residential training course before being posted to overseas stations. read more

Albertas economy is improving but recovery not heroic TD Bank says

CALGARY — TD Bank says Alberta’s battered economy is headed in the right direction, but warns there are still a number of hurdles that could hinder recovery.A report released Thursday by deputy chief economist Derek Burleton is predicting economic growth between two and 2 1/2 per cent for Alberta in the next year which follows an increase of nearly 4.9 per cent in 2017.“It was a nice bounce back last year, but growth is settling down this year and we’re of the mind that you’re gonna get a continued moderate growth run over the next couple of years as the economy kinds of settles down,” Burleton said in an interview.“I don’t think many were anticipating a heroic recovery despite the fact that the recession was quite deep. Oil production should grow despite some of the challenges in terms of pipelines. That’ll get us two per cent which is not heroic.”America invests almost double what Canada invests in businesses — and that’s a problemWho says the oilsands is history? New mine the size of Cleveland could be blueprint for survivalIs Fort Hills the last major oilsands project to be built? Suncor says it will ‘definitely’ build moreBurleton said Alberta’s economy is within a year of returning “home” — a term used to characterize full recovery from a recession. However, it could be another two years before the job market fully recovers.“Employment is back to where it was pre-recession, but a lot of the jobs are self-employment, more of a freelance type,” he said.“Employers are kind of slow to bring back hiring and part of that does reflect the lacklustre investment outlook over the next couple of years.”The report also notes that government hiring, primarily in the health and education sectors, rose by nearly 10 per cent. Private sector jobs fell by five per cent during the recession.Burleton said the lack of investment in Alberta, particularly in the oil and gas sector, remains a concern.“I think that’s the Achilles heel for recovery so far. It is basically the missing element,” he said.“Investment is not going to be catching fire soon. We’re not anticipating a lot of growth over the next few years and clearly there are some hurdles there.”Burleton said Alberta could reassert itself as a leader in growth, but only if it deals with inadequate pipeline capacity, regulatory hurdles, and eliminating the government’s budget deficit.“We still are of the mind that the economy will reassert itself,” he said. “It may be a bit at odds given the timing of this report just after the Trans Mountain decision and some of the concerns around the oil and gas sector.”Late last month the Federal Court of Appeal quashed cabinet approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project.The forecast says there is reason for optimism, including the resiliency of global oil demand and limited supply outside of Alberta, and decreasing production costs. read more

After talks in Washington on Afghanistan Brahimi meets Islamic delegates at UN

As the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Mr. Brahimi met on Monday with the ambassadors of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a UN spokesman said today.On Saturday, speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Mr. Brahimi said that his talks with American officials focussed on the UN’s role in Afghanistan and that various options were discussed. “We agreed with them, as we have with a lot of other people, that whatever arrangements are going to be made, [they] need to be owned by the people of Afghanistan,” he said. “Otherwise, it’s not going to work.”The envoy noted that the UN had been asked by Member States to do a number of things in connection with the situation in Afghanistan, among them to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Afghanistan and to try to help the Afghans come together and solve their political problems and unrelenting conflicts. “The third area in which we are going to be working, slightly at a later stage, but we are going to start preparing for it now, is the rehabilitation, reconstruction and, ultimately, the economic and social development of Afghanistan, post conflict,” he said.Mr. Brahimi stressed that although it was too early to say what kind of government Afghanistan would have, a new regime would need to be acceptable to a broad spectrum of Afghan society.”We very much hope that it will be an Afghanistan where all the Afghans, all the communities in Afghanistan will be comfortable, where the culture, the tradition of Afghanistan will be fully respected,” he said. “I’m sure that this culture and this tradition is not incompatible with the necessity of respecting the rights of both individuals and communities, and that form of government needs to be acceptable to all Afghans.” read more

Barack Obama soppose à loléoduc entre le Canada et les EtatsUnis

first_imgBarack Obama s’oppose à l’oléoduc entre le Canada et les Etats-UnisHier, le président américain Barack Obama a rejeté le projet de construction de l’oléoduc géant entre le Canada et les Etats-Unis. Le groupe TransCanada, à l’origine du projet, a immédiatement annoncé qu’il allait en présenter une nouvelle version.La construction de l’oléoduc géant Keystone XL entre les Etats-Unis et le Canada ne se concrétisera pas. Hier, le président américain Barack Obama a annoncé qu’il rejetait le projet imaginé par le groupe TransCanada. Pour sa part, le Premier ministre canadien Stephen Harper s’est en revanche déclaré “profondément déçu” par le rejet américain, lors d’un entretien téléphonique avec le président Obama, selon ses services.Mais loin de se contenter de ce rejet, le groupe TransCanada prévoit d’ores et déjà de présenter une nouvelle version afin de relier malgré tout les sables bitumineux canadiens au sud des Etats-Unis. “Nous allons faire une nouvelle demande”, a ainsi indiqué le patron du groupe canadien Russ Girling dans un communiqué. Toutefois, le président Obama a indiqué que “cette annonce n’est pas liée aux mérites de l’oléoduc en eux-mêmes mais à des délais arbitraires empêchant le département d’Etat de rassembler les informations nécessaires pour approuver le projet”.L’oléoduc de 2.700 kilomètres devait faire la liaison entre la province canadienne d’Alberta et le Golfe du Mexique, pour un coût de sept milliards de dollars. Le projet devait créer 20.000 emplois directs aux Etats-Unis et injecter 20 milliards de dollars dans l’économie américaine, selon TransCanada, ce dont se réjouissaient les républicains. Mais les associations écologistes s’opposaient à la construction d’une telle infrastructure soulignant les risques qu’elle ferait courir aux écosystèmes, ainsi que l’origine du pétrole qu’elle aurait transporté. En effet, les sables bitumineux ne donnent du pétrole qu’au prix d’une extraction extrêmement énergivore et productrice d’un grand volume de gaz à effet de serre.Une décision prise pour “de bonnes raisons” selon les ONG À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageLe président républicain de la Chambre des représentants, John Boehner, a déclaré : “le peuple américain continue de poser la même question: où sont les emplois ? Le président avait la possibilité de créer 20 000 emplois directs et plus de 100 000 emplois indirects, mais il a dit non. Nous n’allons pas baisser les bras”, a-t-il assuré au cours d’une conférence de presse.Le président de l’ONG Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances Beinecke, a jugé de son côté que le projet avait été “rejeté pour de bonnes raisons”. “Le président Obama a placé la santé et la sécurité du peuple américain, ainsi que notre air, notre terre et notre eau, nos intérêts nationaux, au-dessus des intérêts de l’industrie pétrolière”, a-t-il estimé dans un communiqué.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 13:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE Studios and Codeback Films agree to multipicture deal

first_imgFacebook WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WhatsApp The following was issued by WWE on Thursday.WWE Studios and Codeblack Films lock multi-picture co-production dealLOS ANGELES — WWE Studios and Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, have announced a partnership to co-produce and co-finance a slate of films, starting with the gritty action thriller, “Brother’s Blood.” Trey Songz (“Baggage Claim,” “Texas Chainsaw 3D”) is set to star and John Pogue (“The Quiet Ones”) will direct the film, which is written by Michael Finch (“Hitman: Agent 47,” “The November Man”), Karl Gajdusek (“Oblivion,” “Trespass”) and Charles Murray (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Castle,” “Criminal Minds”).“Brother’s Blood” takes place on the mean streets of a city in decay, where a recently released convict begins to take murderous revenge against his childhood friends, whom he believes let him take the fall for a crime they collectively committed. As the bodies start piling up, one of the friends, now a cop, will stop at nothing to put an end to the murderous rampage and to right the many wrongs of their tragically violent past.“We look forward to working with Codeblack and expanding our tremendous relationship with Lionsgate,” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “John Pogue and Trey Songz are exceptionally talented artists and the ideal creative team to shepherd our first co-production with Codeblack.”Jeff Clanagan, President of Codeblack Films added, “We are excited to collaborate with WWE Studios on the production of this slate. Our stellar cast and the strategic alignment of our brands and marketing expertise set a strong foundation for success.”Codeblack Films and WWE will collaborate on the marketing of the films under the slate. WWE Studios will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the three titles.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Roman Reigns is in Remission Cesaro Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Videos Articles Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

Chase Carter was in Briland 20 year old Bahamian model Sis new

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – While The Bahamas was breathing a sigh of relief that Hurricane Irma made that turn away from hitting many more islands of The Bahamas, Sports Illustrated newest model and Bahamian Chase Carter was being filmed on the pink sands of Harbour Island’s beach.Video filmed by the SI crew show the carefree loveliness of 20 year old Chase, who grew up in Nassau.   The magazine explained in the Facebook live video that they captured the sexy and sporty sides of Chase – who played a little soccer while on the beach.   The stunning beauty with her fit physique, statuesque neckline and mesmerizing eyes will be featured in the 2018 issue of the Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated and has also walked the runway during New York Fashion Week this season.#MagneticMediaNews#ChaseCarterPhoto credit: Sports Illustrated Related Items:#ChaseCarter, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Santana Abraxas For The Record

first_img Santana, ‘Abraxas’: For The Record News For The Record: Santana’s ‘Abraxas’ santana-abraxas-record Revisit the album that proved rock music’s emerging ability to experiment could integrate diverse traditions and intoxicate young audiencesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 28, 2018 – 5:42 pm After their success at the summer rock festival Woodstock in Aug. 1969 and the contemporary release of their debut self-titled album, guitarist Carlos Santana and his band Santana put out their follow-up, Abraxas, in Sept. 1970. His lead guitar and the album’s eclectic combination of rock, Latin rhythms and experimental creativity captured the spirit of the times, filled with a sense of potential new experiences. Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 28, 2018 – 5:41 pm For The Record: Santana’s ‘Abraxas’ Facebook Twitter By Oct. 1970, Abraxas reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. On the Hot 100 in early 1971, its single “Black Magic Woman” peaked at No. 4, and “Oye Como Va” reached No. 13 a few months later — reinterpreting the Tito Puente cha-cha as rock and helping to prove the flourishing genre’s ability to bring new relevance to compositions from other musical traditions.A San Francisco Bay local, Carlos Santana got his break from Fillmore promoter Bill Graham. An origin myth Santana doesn’t remember the same way has Graham discovering the youngster after he snuck into the venue’s office. “I was a kid right out of high school and nobody else was putting on shows like Bill did then,” he remembered, explaining why he was always around.As locals, they could fill in for missing bands on the schedule in a flash. Graham wrote in his autobiography, “To this day, Santana is still the only band ever to headline the Fillmore without having made a record.”Thanks to their excellence and reflecting the cultural moment, happenstance became legend. The band’s second album was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2016. Shortly before the close of the millennium, Abraxas was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, in 1999 — the year Carlos Santana’s album Supernatural was released, taking him to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the third time, from a career-total of four times so far. At the 42nd GRAMMY Awards, he won in eight categories, including Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album.Marvin Gaye ‘Let’s Get It On’ | For The RecordRead morelast_img read more

DFrees ultrasound sensor tells you when its time to pee

first_img DFree monitors your bladder so you know when you need… 1:21 Share your voice Smart Home CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. CES 2019 The main, battery-powered piece clips to your belt or fits in your pocket. You need to put the second, smaller sensor directly on your stomach with tape after applying ultrasound gel. Lights on the device will help you find the right spot. The battery only lasts for 24 hours and takes four to charge, so you’ll need to reattach the sensor everyday. The iOS and Android app will chart the daily patterns of your bladder to help predict the right time to take it off. While DFree isn’t cheap and using it isn’t nearly as easy as strapping on a wristband, I’m guessing the benefits will be worth the tedium to some in exchange for more independence and ridding themselves of diapers. 85 Photos Triple W Among the many wearables to monitor heart rate and the sensors for motion and temperature at CES, DFree by startup Triple W stands apart and serves a unique purpose. DFree stands for “diaper free” and it’s meant to help adults suffering from incontinence.After a soft launch in October, DFree is on display at the big tech show here in Vegas, and the startup behind it is offering the relatively expensive $500 sensor for rent if customers want to try it out for $40 a month. The rental program is only available to customers in the continental US, and DFree can’t yet be shipped to the UK or Australia as it’s not certified for use in those countries. (The US price converts to roughly £400 or AU$700.)The sensor itself uses two connected pieces and ultrasound to sense the changing size of your bladder. Once it reaches a customizable threshold, you can get a push notification telling you to head to the bathroom. The notification can also be sent to your loved ones if they need to help. Triple W even offers the system at a professional scale so multiple sensors can communicate with a single base station that can be monitored by nurses at a hospital or elder care facility. Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags Comment 1 CES Productslast_img read more

Iraq mulls reciprocal ban for US travellers

first_imgThe Iraqi parliament’s foreign affairs committee called Sunday for a reciprocal travel ban on Americans after Washington barred the entry of citizens from countries including Iraq, a lawmaker said.“We clearly demanded that the Iraqi government deal reciprocally in all issues… with the United States of America,” Hassan Shwairid, the deputy head of the committee, told AFP.US president Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order barring citizens of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the US for at least 90 days, a move he billed as an effort to make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists”.Trump’s decision led to the detention of incoming refugees at US airports, sparking protests, legal challenges and widespread condemnation from rights groups.last_img read more

Ivanka Trump thanks father for border action

first_imgIvanka Trump listens during a meeting between president Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress on immigration in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, 20 June, 2018, in Washington. Photo : APIvanka Trump, the presidential adviser who has billed herself as a “force for good” in the administration, remained silent for days as the firestorm over forced separations of migrant families consumed the White House.In a closed-door meeting with Republicans late Tuesday, president Donald Trump confided that his daughter urged him to find a solution. But despite days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents, she stayed publicly quiet until Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order designed to keep families together.Then the first daughter tweeted, “Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border,” and called on Congress to “find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values.”Still, Ivanka Trump’s conspicuous silence drew criticism as outrage mounted over the separations. And it wasn’t the first time that Ivanka Trump, as well as her husband and fellow influential presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, had tried to fly under the radar during crisis and tumult in her father’s administration.Kushner has been in the Middle East working on the administration’s peace plan while cable news filled with emotional photos of children in cages and audio of kids crying for their parents at the Mexican border. And Ivanka Trump was in California this week, getting heckled on her way to a fundraiser for Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy.After Trump’s Capitol Hill meeting, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., said the president “mentioned that his daughter Ivanka encouraged him to end this. And he said that he does recognise that it needs to end, that the images are painful.”As he signed the executive order Wednesday, Trump stressed that he had heard from his daughter, saying, “Ivanka feels very strongly” and “I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it. We don’t like to see families separated.”White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had made calls to congressional leaders, advocating for a fix. She was at a meeting Wednesday between Trump and lawmakers at the White House.Her prolonged silence was the latest example of the challenges and calculations faced by the first daughter as she seeks to promote a family-friendly agenda in an administration focused on hard-line immigration tactics and protectionist trade policies -under a president whose comments on race, gender and inclusivity have drawn bipartisan rebukes.First lady Melania Trump weighed in more quickly, with her office issuing a statement over the weekend saying she “hates” to see families separated at the border. On Wednesday, a White House official said she “has been making her opinion known” to her husband that he needs to do all he can to keep migrant families together.The mounting criticism mirrors the harsh spotlight on Ivanka Trump last summer for her silence after the deadly clash involving counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the time, the president pointedly refused to single out neo-Nazis and white supremacists, suggesting there was blame to be shared “on both sides.”She also stayed quiet when her father unleashed a brutal attack on MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, questioning her intelligence and saying she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” in a December encounter. At the time, Brzezinski and her co-host, Joe Scarborough, called on Ivanka Trump to condemn the remarks.Ivanka Trump was targeted recently by late-night comedian Samantha Bee over immigration policy, though Bee apologized for using a crude epithet to describe her.Last year, Ivanka Trump did offer strong words against Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, who was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls during the late 1970s, when he was in his 30s. She told The Associated Press at the time: “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”After her father took office, Ivanka Trump said she aimed to “be a force for good and to make a positive impact” in her White House role. Throughout her time in the administration, she has sought to position herself above the fray, arguing in interviews that her focus is on policy and that she is more effective working behind the scenes if she disagrees with her father.While liberal critics have expressed frustration that she has not done more to temper her father’s conservative agenda, Ivanka Trump has made clear that she sees limitations to her role.”I came here with specific areas I could add value,” she said last year in an AP interview. “In the areas I don’t agree, I state my opinion.”She and her husband also got criticised by some in the West Wing for being absent during difficult moments; they were off on a ski vacation when the GOP’s health care plan collapsed last year.The crisis at the border has upended the White House, even as the president has told confidants he thinks being tough on immigration will be a winning issue for Republicans in this fall’s midterm elections.last_img read more

US shared nuclear power info with Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi murder

first_imgActivists dressed as Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman and US president Donald Trump shake hands during a demonstration calling for sanctions against Saudi Arabia and to protest the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, outside the White House in Washington, US on 19 October 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Trump administration granted two authorizations to US companies to share sensitive nuclear power information with Saudi Arabia shortly after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October, a US senator who saw the approvals said on Tuesday.The timing of the approvals is likely to heap pressure on the administration of president Donald Trump from lawmakers who have become increasingly critical of US support for Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.Khashoggi, a native of Saudi Arabia, left in 2017 to became a resident of the United States where he published columns in the Washington Post critical of the kingdom’s leadership.Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi lived, called the timing of the approvals “shocking” and said it adds to a “disturbing pattern of behavior” of the administration’s policy on Saudi Arabia. The Department of Energy granted the first part 810 authorization on 18 October, 16 days after Khashoggi was killed. The second occurred on 18 February.US authorities have concluded that responsibility for Khashoggi’s death went to the highest levels of the Saudi government. Riyadh has denied that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved.The authorizations were among seven granted to US companies by Trump’s administration since 2017, as Washington and Riyadh negotiate a potential wider agreement to help Saudi Arabia develop its first two nuclear power reactors.The Energy Department has kept information in the approvals to Saudi Arabia confidential, citing protection of business interests.The department confirmed the two authorizations were issued after the killing of Khashoggi, but did not respond to a question about why the names of the companies have not been released. In the past, 810 approvals have been made available for the public to view at department headquarters.An 810 authorization “simply provides US companies the ability to compete in the international civil nuclear market,” the official said.Lawmakers have been anxious to be kept abreast of talks on nuclear power development between the administration and Riyadh to make sure any deal contains strict nuclear nonproliferation standards.Saudi Arabia and Washington had begun talks about nuclear power development before Trump’s presidency. But progress has been slow as the kingdom opposes measures that would prevent it from enriching uranium and reprocessing plutonium, two potential pathways to making fissile material for nuclear weapons.Last year the crown prince said the kingdom did not want to acquire a nuclear bomb, but if its arch-rival Iran did, “we will follow suit as soon as possible.”Kaine, who had urged the administration to release the authorizations, said the approvals were “one of the many steps the administration is taking that is fuelling a dangerous escalation of tension in the region.”Late last month, Trump declared a national emergency because of tensions with Iran and swept aside objections from Congress to complete the sale of more than $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.Riyadh plans to issue a multibillion-dollar tender in 2020 to build its first two nuclear power reactors, sources said in April. Originally expected last year, the tender has been delayed several times.The United States, South Korea, Russia, China and France are competing for the business. Reactor builder Westinghouse, which has been hit by a downfall in the US nuclear power industry, would likely sell components to Saudi Arabia in any deal involving US technology. Westinghouse is now owned by Brookfield Asset Management Inc.last_img read more

NASA set to debut online software catalog April 10

first_img(Phys.org) —Get ready for a stimulating software catalog. You may want to write NASA CAT. next to Thursday, April 10, on your calendar. That is the day that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is to make available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release of a new online software catalog. The catalog, a master list organized into 15 categories, is intended for industry, academia, other government agencies, and general public. The catalog covers technology topics ranging from project management systems, design tools, data handling, image processing, solutions for life support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis, and robotic and autonomous systems. NASA said the codes represent NASA’s best solutions to an array of complex mission requirements. More information: www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/ … -earth/#.Uz8h1_lP4hY “Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio,” said Jim Adams, deputy chief technologist with NASA. “It makes up about one-third of its reported inventions each year.” With this month’s release of the software catalog, he said, the software becomes widely available to the public. (Each NASA code was evaluated, however, for access restrictions and designated for a specific type of release, ranging from codes open to all U.S. citizens to codes restricted to use by other federal agencies.)The catalog nonetheless fits into NASA’s ongoing efforts to transfer more NASA technologies to American industry and U.S. consumers As Wired’s Robert McMillan wrote on Friday, “This NASA software catalog will list more than 1,000 projects, and it will show you how to actually obtain the code you want. The idea to help hackers and entrepreneurs push these ideas in new directions—and help them dream up new ideas.”Adams said, “By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Our technology transfer program is an important part of bringing the benefit of space exploration back to Earth for the benefit of all people.”Daniel Lockney, technology transfer program executive with NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, underscored this down-to-earth mission side of NASA in 2012 in an article in Innovation in 2012. “NASA really is the gold standard for technology transfer,” he then said. “The money spent on research and development doesn’t just go up into space; it comes down to earth in the form of some very practical and tangible results.” Lockney said they know the investment in technology creates jobs, boosts the economy and provides benefits in addition to the mission focus. “Our technologies have done everything from make hospitals more efficient to making transportation safer and greener. The technology reaches into all aspects about our lives.”McMillan reported that “Within a few weeks of publishing the list, NASA says, it will also offer a searchable database of projects, and then, by next year, it will host the actual software code in its own online repository, a kind of GitHub for astronauts.” Explore further Nasa clears the runway for open source softwarecenter_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: NASA set to debut online software catalog April 10 (2014, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-nasa-debut-online-software-april.html 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.last_img read more

Stamp of approval

first_imgThe exhibition will include some of the early published stamps from top 50 collectors of the country. Some of the prominent stamps one could see at the show are the embossed 19th century issues of the Scinde Dawk, stamps featuring Queen Victoria – the first to be used across India, stamps of British India and princely states, issued until India’s independence in 1947.Apart from the show, there will be auctions, panel discussion by eminent philatelists, philatelic book signing and meeting of the oldest philatelic society in the world – Royal Philatelic Society of London. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The star attractions for the show are starters pack for kids to understand stamps, interesting postal history, stamp catalogues, and accessories to protect the collection, my’s-stamp (print your pictures on stamps).512 different items will go under the hammer during the auction, spanning the beginnings of Indian postage in early 19thcentury until the 1980s. The auction starts with Indian Handstruck Postage used in the early postal system before the advent of stamps dating as early as 1816.The auction has an impressive collection of original specimens, essays and proofs of the various designs of the stamps that were introduced including some experimental designs.Where: The Crystal, Laxmi Nagar When: 27 – 28 September Timing: 10.30 am – 7 pmlast_img read more

35 of the best photos of a colourful scorching Pride in London

first_imgThe event, which was marred by lesbian activists protesting trans people as the parade kicked off, is expected to be the most-spectated in its history.Kicking off at noon from near London’s Oxford Circus station, all colors of the LGBTI rainbow were represented at the march, which ends in Trafalgar Square and continues until 5pm today (GMT).A spokesperson for the London Metropolitan Police was unable to comment on the amount of Pride goers at the time of writing. However, it is expected to exceed last year, which saw around 1 million+ people descend on the city.‘24% of people say a pride is a protest’The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt cut the ribbon to kick of the beginning of the parade.Shortly afterwards, the aforementioned activists lay down in the road in protest of trans people.A Pride in London spokesperson told GSN: ‘Given the hot weather and in the interest of safety for everyone attending today’s event, the parade group was allowed to move ahead. We do not condone their approach and message and hope the actions of a very small number [of] people does not overshadow the messages of 30,000 marching today.’In a statement, Pride in London spokesperson also said: ‘Every year people come to Pride for reasons that matter to the community.‘As we found in our recent Pride Matters report, 24% of people say a pride is a protest. 78% said it is a celebration.’They furthermore added: ‘We have made sure that everything we do is about delivering a safe secure event for everyone and that hundreds of thousands of Londoners are demonstrating that pride still matters.’ All photos by GSN staffGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Over 30,000 people marched in scorching temperatures today [7 July] for the Pride in London parade. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A marcher at today’s Pride in London parade | Photo: Dan Beeson Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/here-are-the-35-best-photos-from-a-colourful-pride-in-london-2018/last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more center_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Related Content News | November 07, 2014 Medical Coalition Pushing CMS to Fully Cover CT Lung Cancer Screening CT screenings one of the most effective ways to reduce lung cancer deaths Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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By Nov. 10, Medicare must rule on coverage for computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening – the first and only test proven to reduce lung cancer deaths.A coalition of medical, professional and public health leaders has called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to fully cover these exams. “Lung cancer takes more lives each year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. As such, CT lung cancer screening can save more lives than any single cancer test in history. However, Medicare must ensure access to these exams by providing full coverage for them,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, president and chief executive officer of the Lung Cancer Alliance.CT lung cancer screening works as well in people age 65 and over as it does in those 50-64. It is cost effective in Medicare and privately insured patients. There is no undue or lasting anxiety from this screening. “More than 220,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. Nearly 160,000 people will die from the disease. Armed with this proven test, and the access to these exams that full Medicare coverage would provide, we can save tens of thousands of these people,” said Douglas E. Wood, M.D., immediate past president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended (with a Grade of “B”) CT lung cancer screening of adults aged 55-80 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires private insurers to cover exams that receive a USPSTF grade of “B” or higher. The ACA does not specify that Medicare beneficiaries receive full coverage for these services. Significant lung cancer screening infrastructure is growing. The American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Center program helps ensure these exams are provided safely and effectively. ACR Lung-RADS standardizes CT lung cancer screening reporting and management, aids lung CT interpretation and supports outcomes monitoring.“Medical experts and patient advocates have outlined to Medicare the infrastructure and quality assurance programs in place. Questions regarding CT lung cancer screening effectiveness, cost and patient acceptance are answered. It is time for Medicare to move forward with full coverage,” said Ella Kazerooni, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer Screening Committee and American College of Radiology Thoracic Imaging Panel. For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read morelast_img read more