King Mohammed VI Launches Important Development Projects in Rabat Region

Rabat – King Mohammed VI launched, on Monday, important road and urban development projects to solve the problems of mobility inside the city of Rabat and in its suburbs and improve the living conditions of local populations for a provisional investment nearing MAD 1.5 billion.An integral part of the 2014-2018 Rabat development integrated program dubbed: “Rabat city of lights, Morocco’s cultural capital”, these projects consist of redeveloping the bypass n1 linking the Casablanca-Rabat highway to that of Rabat-Fez, building an urban bypass n 2 linking the city of Rabat to Sale, burying four 60 KV High Voltage Lines Zaer-Agdal and developing the Abderrahim Bouabid avenue.These projects, will help with the city’s traffic congestion, improve road and people security, and positively impact the environment thanks to the drop in air pollution rate and the reduction of noise pollution. Worth 710 million dirhams, the project of redeveloping the urban bypass n1 will cover 18 kilometers. It will be carried out as part of a partnership between the equipment ministry and the Rabat urban commune. This project provides for redeveloping the existing interchanges, building five tunnels, broadening 2 road structures and turning the bypass into a three-lane road.As for the project of constructing the urban bypass n2 (MAD 520 billion), it will offer the citizens a new crossing of the Bouregreg river, a practical solution to mobility problems between the cities of Rabat and Sale due to the mounting pressure on the Hassan II and Moulay Youssef bridges and the crowding at central crossroads in the two cities.The future bypass will consist of developing an urban 8km-long boulevard, constructing a tunnel at the level of the Mohammed VI avenue crossroads in Rabat, and building an above-ground passage to restore traffic at the crossroads of Zarbia road and Sale.This project will be carried out by the Bouregreg Valley development agency and provides for constructing a viaduct on the Bouregreg river and hydraulic facilities, in addition to developing green areas and planting trees along the bypass.Worth MAD 130 million, the project of burying four 60 KV High Voltage Lines (Zaer-Agdal), which will span 12 months, consists of burying underground the 60 KV High Voltage Lines n73/75 and 77/79 stretching along the Abderrahim Bouabid, Ibn Rochd and Maâ El Aynine avenues.The project of developing the Abderrahim Bouabid avenue (130 mln MAD) concerns broadening the avenue to make it a three-lane road, improving public lighting, setting up urban real estates, and developing green areas. read more

Morocco Releases exGuantanamo Inmate Younes Chekkouri

By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – After five months in a Moroccan prison, Younes Abdurrahman Chekkouri, an ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate, was released on Thursday. Moroccan authorities had incarcerated Chekkouri on conspiracy charges when he arrived in Morocco last September, following his release from the U.S. military prison in Cuba where he had been Detained for nearly 14 years. Chekkouri, who was held without charges at Guantanamo Bay, was given a provisional release as he waits to learn whether he will be charged with “conspiring against national security. The hearing, which has been postponed multiple times is scheduled for February 23. .Khalil Idrissi, Chekkouri’s lawyer, said his release, though impermanent, is “a positive sign.”Pakistani security officers arrested Chekkouri in December 2001 as he attempted to cross the Pakistan-Afghanistan border with other suspected al-Qaida fighters. He was later turned over to U.S. forces.Chekkouri’s U.S. lawyers, affiliated with the human rights group Reprieve, said diplomatic statements by Moroccan officials had guaranteed that he would be released within 72 hours if he were to be arrested upon repatriation. However, Moroccan officials later denied making any assurances.Chekkouri’s release leaves one Moroccan prisoner at Guantanamo Bay – Abdul Latif Nasir, who the Guantanamo Review Task Force (GRTF) recommended for continued detention because he was considered to be a “high risk to the U.S., its interests, and its allies”, a “medium threat for a detention perspective”, and of “high intelligence value”, according to U.S. Department of Defense documents from 2010.The GRTF was created in January 2009, after President Barack Obama issued an executive order requiring a full interagency review of all persons detained at the military prison in order to facilitate its closure. A reassessment of all individuals detained at Guantanamo would further the interests of justice and the American foreign policy agenda, according to the then, newly-inaugurated president. read more

US and Sri Lanka partner to expand maritime security engagement

CARAT is entering its twenty-third year, and Sri Lanka is among the newest CARAT partner nations, demonstrating a  shared commitment to maritime security in the Indian Ocean.CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 is part of a series of bilateral CARAT military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand. U.S. Navy assets participating CARAT Sri Lanka 2017 include Commander, Task Group 75.5, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Underwater Construction Team 2 and U.S. Marines with Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific. Robert Hilton, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, noted that, “as the Government of Sri Lanka continues to make progress on reconciliation, justice, and human rights, cooperation between our militaries will continue to grow to include further opportunities like this.” The week-long exercise enhances maritime security skills and operational cohesiveness among participating forces. CARAT training encompasses small boat operations, evidence collection, diving procedures, and anti-terrorism security.  It also builds relationships between military participants through community development projects, sports, and social events. The US Navy and Marines and Sri Lankan Navy and Marines launched the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise in Trincomalee, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.“The U.S. Navy is pleased to add Sri Lanka to our list of CARAT partners in 2017 as part of our larger efforts to expand both bilateral and multilateral maritime security engagement across the Indo-Pacific region,” said Commodore Robert Baughman, Commander, Task Force-75. read more

Finance ministers warn of consequences for not adopting new tax evasion rules

Finance ministers warn of consequences for not adopting new tax evasion rules by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2016 3:59 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The world’s major economies have issued a warning that countries could be punished if they resist new global anti-tax-evasion rules amid the wide-ranging fallout over the so-called Panama Papers.The massive leak of offshore bank details that has already destroyed a few political careers also destroyed scheduling plans Friday at the spring financial meetings, pushing a G20 meeting well over time.“Yes, it was a main point of discussion,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said afterward.“It was clear that many people wanted to speak of the importance of collective action… In the course of many people pressing the button to speak, we took a little longer than we would have taken otherwise.”The final communique warned of actions against countries that don’t agree within a year to adopt bank-reporting standards being promoted by international agencies.It didn’t go as far as some countries wanted — it did not explicitly mention economic sanctions, nor did it single out Panama. Panama had agreed to the standards, but set six conditions others deemed impossible to meet.The issue rocketed up the agenda of the annual meetings as a result of a data leak involving multibillion-dollar offshore accounts in Panama.The revelations have triggered scandals in different countries — with the resignation Friday of Spain’s industry minister, following the resignation of Iceland’s prime minister.A Canadian tax-transparency group estimates that foreign tax havens cost the federal and provincial treasuries about $8 billion per year, or about two per cent of annual revenues.Canada, it says, must clean up its own house.One section of the G20 communique applies to more countries, including Canada. It says countries must do a better job of tracking down the true owners of companies, specifically those who might be hiding behind strawmen.Dennis Howlett says Canada is currently in non-compliance with that provision. The executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness says oversight is especially weak in some provinces.“Canada has a lot of work to do to comply with the international standards on transparency of beneficial ownership,” he said.“What complicates the Canadian situation is that you can register a company federally, or in any province or territory and some provinces and territories fall short.”A recent report by the group Transparency International said Canada runs afoul of multiple internationally-agreed standards set by the G20. It says Canadian law doesn’t properly define beneficial ownership — the true identity of people drawing profit from a company. It also says authorities aren’t required to track their identity, nor can they easily access their identity.Morneau says he plans to take that issue back home and raise it with provincial counterparts.“We won’t rest until we make sure that we’re not only in compliance — but that we’re doing a very good job understanding who owns what assets in our country, understanding what taxes people owe,” Morneau said.The minister received some kudos at the meeting for the recent federal budget. The head of the International Monetary Fund specifically saluted Canada’s infrastructure spending in a speech.A Wall Street Journal piece called Morneau the poster child for IMF policies, promoting deficit spending on infrastructure as a way to stimulate short- and long-term growth.Morneau said numerous peers told him the same thing: “I’ve had a number of finance ministers from other countries talk about their view that what we’re doing is absolutely appropriate.”This apparent adulation prompted some eye-rolling back home.The opposition Conservatives said infrastructure spending accounts for a mere fraction of the deficit figures the Liberals project for the foreseeable future, without an end in sight.Even those supposed infrastructure dollars, they note, include green measures and social spending.“The Liberals’ infrastructure plan will not create the kind of economic growth and increased productivity that Canada needs,” said opposition critic Dianne Watts.“Instead of investing in roads, bridges and highways, the Liberals are playing a game of bait and switch and spending on projects that experts don’t think of as economic infrastructure.” read more

Brock professor to be featured in police training video

A new training video produced by Innocence Canada will feature a Brock University criminology expert.Voula Marinos, Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies, who holds a PhD in Criminology, has devoted the past 13 years to exploring the complexities of the justice system’s responses to persons with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. She researches the gaps between law and practice, and how judges, lawyers and police are trained on the human rights of vulnerable populations.“I care deeply about how the criminal justice system responds to individuals suspected or accused of a criminal offence,” says Marinos. “These are often marginalized and vulnerable populations.”Innocence Canada says it’s producing the video because beyond just identifying vulnerabilities, “police need expert training on how to adapt their standard interview technique when dealing with suspects from marginalized communities and other vulnerable suspects.”Marinos will contribute training that will help prepare law enforcement officers to identify persons with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and interact with them more effectively.Alongside its work in exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals — including David Milgaard, Guy Paul Morin and roughly 80 claims under review — Innocence Canada (formerly known as the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted) has been developing training for police services since 2015.Marinos first became involved with the organization last fall when it asked her to present some of her research to the Ontario Bar Association — research that will now inform her portion of the training video.The talk, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: False Guilty Pleas and Wrongful Convictions,” was based on research funded by the Council for Research in the Social Sciences on plea bargaining, how guilty pleas are made by clients and the advantages and disadvantages of those decisions for accused, the system and lawyers.The presentation focused on work conducted by Marinos, along with her colleague Dorothy Griffiths and several graduate and undergraduate students in Brock’s Department of Child and Youth Studies, on the challenges faced by persons with mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities within the criminal justice system.“In the video I acknowledge the difficult job police officers have in being the main gatekeepers of the criminal process,” says Marinos. “One of the biggest challenges for a police officer is to be prepared to respond to individuals regardless of their range of backgrounds from differences in age, gender, race or ability to different personalities, expectations and emotional states.“By understanding how a person with an intellectual and developmental disability might present or behave, police can also consider whether they should be accepting at face value everything that is said or communicated. This is critical when it comes to individuals answering questions by police and giving potentially false confessions and guilty pleas.”In the training video, which was filmed in April, Marinos offers a number of key indicators police can use to identify persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.Marinos’ research has shown there is sometimes confusion among lawyers and police about the distinction between mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. When this confusion is combined with assumptions that an individual’s disability will be easy to spot, or that an individual will disclose their lack of understanding and ask for clarification and assistance, serious problems can arise. read more

Viscount offered £5k for Brexit campaigner Gina Miller to be run over

first_imgHe will face trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 10, at which the Brexit campaigner is expected to give evidence. Rhodri Philipps Viscount St Davids allegedly called Mrs Miller a ‘troublesome first generation immigrant’Credit:Alastair Grant/AP In another post, said to be in response to a newspaper story about an immigrant called Arnold Sube, he allegedly wrote: “Please will someone smoke this ghastly insult to this country, why should I pay tax to feed these monkeys?”It was one of two posts of a menacing nature the defendant is accused of writing on September 11 2016 about Mr Sube.When called “Mr St Davids” as he was asked to stand, Philipps responded: “I’m not Mr St Davids, I’m afraid, it’s Lord St Davids.”He could be seen shaking his head and muttering under his breath as a series of conditions for his bail ahead of his trial this summer were read to the court, which included not contacting Ms Miller. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The 52-year-old claimed she received abuse after spearheading the legal challenge which eventually forced Theresa May to consult Parliament before beginning the formal process of leaving the EU.The Guyana-born mother of three said in a radio interview that becoming the face of the court battle had resulted in her being “apparently the most hated woman in Britain”. A viscount offered £5,000 for someone to “run over” Brexit campaigner Gina Miller who he described as a “troublesome first generation immigrant” in a “menacing” Facebook post, a court heard.Rhodri Philipps, 50, the 4th Viscount St Davids, is alleged to have written the message just four days after Ms Miller won a landmark High Court challenge against the Government last year.The aristocrat, who corrected deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram when addressed by the wrong title, is alleged to have posted on November 7: “£5,000 for the first person to ‘accidentally’ run over this bl—- troublesome first generation immigrant.”It went on: “If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.”During a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Philipps, of Knightsbridge, central London, who was wearing an olive tweed gilet, pleaded not guilty to three charges of making malicious communications that were “of a menacing character”.last_img read more

Wärtsilä secures power supply for remote gold mine in Papua New Guinea

first_imgWärtsilä has signed a two-year maintenance and advisory agreement with Simberi Gold Company Ltd. The agreement covers, in addition to scheduled maintenance, expert advisory services to ensure continuous and sufficient power supply for Simberi’s gold mine operations on Simberi Island. The 10 MW Simberi power plant operates in isolation from the national electricity distribution network and is located approximately 900 km northeast of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.Simberi Gold is a subsidiary of St Barbara, the Australian ASX-listed gold producer and explorer. St Barbara’s assets include the Leonora operations in Western Australia and the Simberi operations in Papua New Guinea. The Simberi mine started production in 2008 and produced 110,000 oz of gold in the last financial year. “We chose Wärtsilä as our partner because of their proven technical expertise and track record with our on-site power plant. A key consideration in selecting Wärtsilä was their ability to maintain their service level on-site here in Papua New Guinea. Being able to rely on Wärtsilä’s advice and support in running the mine’s power plant helps us maintain our own focus on the mining operation,” says Tim Richards, General Manager of Simberi Operations.Wärtsilä’s technical advisory services supports customers’ onsite personnel. Advice and recommendations are provided for planning of plant operations, engine maintenance and daily running of the power plant’s equipment. Wärtsilä’s experienced service personnel is also available to assist in troubleshooting and provide training of power plant personnel.“Our first priority is to keep our customers’ operations running as smoothly as possible. With these agreements, we can help Simberi Gold Company Limited keep the power plant supporting the gold mine in good working condition and prevent unexpected disruptions. Should any issues surface, our service experts are always ready to assist and advise. We look forward to working together with Simberi,” says John Sydney, Director SUAA & Managing Director, Wärtsilä Services, Australia.last_img read more

Heavy rain and severe winds expected tonight as Storm Doris nears Ireland

first_img By Rónán Duffy Feb 22nd 2017, 9:20 PM A Status Yellow is in place across Ireland, with winds increasing to speeds of 45 to 65km/h with peak gusts in exposed areas of 90 – 110km/h.Doris will bring with it rain that will be widespread and will be particularly heavy in the northern half of the country.  Cold conditions will mean the possibility of sleet in some areas and even snow on higher ground.A separate Status Yellow rainfall warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo came into effect at 9pm this evening.It is predicted that 25 to 50mm of rain will fall in these areas.Temperatures overnight will fall to between 1 to 5 degrees celsius.Tomorrow will remain windy but it will be a brighter day as Doris moves northwards over Scotland towards the North Sea.In the UK, the Met Office said that the storm will bring with it snow of up to 20 – 30cm over parts of southern Scotland tomorrow. Source: Met Office/Twitter Share1220 Tweet Email3 Heavy rain and severe winds expected tonight as Storm Doris nears Ireland A weather warning is in place until tomorrow at 11am. With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald and Aoife Barry.Read: Storm Doris is on the way – and she’s bringing severe winds with her >Read: Motorists warned to stay away from Sally Gap due to snowy conditions > Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 9:20 PM Tonite heavy rain & severe winds.Strong to galeforce gusty SW winds,blustery & veering NWerly later esp in Eern areas.Min temps 1-5C.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) February 22, 2017center_img Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A amber severe weather warning for #snow has been updated: Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk— Met Office (@metoffice) February 22, 2017 Updated 9.20pm 38 Comments THREE WEATHER WARNINGS will come into effect tomorrow morning as Storm Doris blows in over Ireland from the Atlantic.Met Éireann said the storm is to bring severe winds later tonight and into tomorrow morning – and that they will reach gale force along western and southern coasts.This evening, it said that minimum temperatures will be 1 – 5C. Rain will turn to sleet and snow in parts of Ulster on hills.A Status Orange wind warning for eastern counties was issued this evening and will come into effect tomorrow morning at 5am until 9am.The warning applies to counties Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.In an update, Met Éireann said:Winds may increase higher than the general yellow warning, in eastern areas, for a time, later tonight and early Thursday morning, with northwest winds of mean winds of 70 to 80 km/h giving gusts up to 110 to 120km/h possible. 84,663 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Hépatite C le dysfonctionnement du stylo de Merck dû à une mauvaise

first_imgHépatite C : le dysfonctionnement du stylo de Merck dû à une mauvaise utilisationVendredi, l’Agence française du médicament (ANSM) a annoncé que la firme pharmaceutique MSD ou Merck allait devoir modifier la conception et la notice d’utilisation de son stylo injecteur indiqué dans le traitement de l’hépatite C. Des dysfonctionnements ont été signalés par un médecin français.C’est en février dernier que l’affaire est revenue sur le devant de la scène, obligeant les autorités sanitaires à organiser une réunion d’urgence sur le sujet : le traitement contre l’hépatite C ViraferonPeg des laboratoires MSD (Merck) présenterait des dysfonctionnements. L’alerte a été déclenché par un médecin français, le Pr Albert Tran, chef du service d’hépato-gastro-entérologie de l’hôpital de l’Archet à Nice. Mais ce n’est pas le traitement en lui-même qui poserait problème, c’est le stylo injecteur utilisé qui présenterait des dysfonctionnements. Selon le médecin français, le stylo ne délivrerait pas toujours le produit de traitement et ce, sans que patient ou infirmier ne s’en aperçoive.La réunion, organisée en février par l’Agence français du médicament (ANSM) avec le laboratoire MSD, le Pr Tran et des professionnels de santé a permis d’établir que “lorsque les différentes étapes d’utilisation du stylo étaient respectées, le stylo injecteur fonctionnait correctement”. Néanmoins, il a également été constaté durant cette réunion que pouvait survenir “un défaut d’injection du stylo lorsque les étapes de manipulation du stylo ne sont pas correctement respectées et que le système de réglage de la dose est forcé”. “En d’autres termes, le forçage du système de réglage de la dose à injecter peut aboutir à casser le stylo” et “dans ce cas, aucun liquide ne peut plus être délivré” sans que le patient ne puisse s’en apercevoir, précise un communiqué cité par l’AFP. Saisie par l’ANSM, l’agence européenne du médicament (EMA) a donc estimé que “les dysfonctionnements décrits par le Pr Tran seraient la conséquence d’une mauvaise utilisation du stylo avec un non respect des différentes séquences de manipulation”. La conception du stylo modifiée d’ici la fin de l’année À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?En conséquence, elle “a conclu à la nécessité de sensibiliser les professionnels de santé et patients à la bonne utilisation” du stylo et a demandé à la firme MSD de simplifier et clarifier les documents d’information et notices d’utilisation pour le dispositif. Toutefois, Merck devra également à la demande de l’EMA “modifier la conception du stylo” d’ici la fin de l’année. L’agence européenne a néanmoins noté qu’il n’y avait eu aucune alerte similaire sur ce produit dans le reste de l’Europe et que les notifications de dysfonctionnement du stylo auprès de MSD étaient restées “faibles et stables”.Le 18 juin 2012 à 11:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rabies alert lifted for part of North Miami Beach

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Health officials have lifted a rabies alert for part of North Miami Beach.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade made the announcement Friday. Officials said there hasn’t been another positive result for the disease in the area for two months.There was cause for concern after a cat tested positive on Oct. 16. The boundaries included Northeast 186th Street to the north, Royal Glades Canal to the south, West Dixie Highway to the east and Northeast 19th Avenue to the west.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Why Are Successful Magazines Folding

first_imgThe magazine “couldn’t reach our benchmarks.”“We cannot justify continued investment.”“We have concluded that this economic market will not support our business expectations.”Those are the respective reasons given when Rodale shuttered Best Life, Hallmark Cards killed Hallmark and Condé Nast folded Domino. The commonality among these magazines—besides that they are no longer being published—is that they were some of the few titles to deliver seemingly solid performances in 2008. Best Life’s ad pages increased 6.6 percent last year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau, and total circulation was up 6.1 percent, according FAS-FAX figures. Hallmark’s ad pages were up 11 percent and total circ skyrocketed 27.2 percent. While ad pages fell 4.1 percent last year at Domino, total circ soared 54.6 percent.It’s no secret that 2008 was a brutal year in magazines. On the consumer side, ad pages dropped 11.7 percent in 2008 when compared to 2007, according to PIB. Of the more than 230 magazines tracked only 42—or about 18 percent—saw ad pages increase for the year.So, why are publishers walking away from publications that appear to be growing? “The problem is the publishing model,” says University of Mississippi professor Samir Husni. “It’s one that’s served us well since World War II, when we switched from a circulation-driven publishing model to an advertising-driven model. That’s when magazines began counting numbers, not finding customers that actually count.”Some publishers, however, see oversaturation as a key reason magazines are going out of business. “Most publishers have the same problems as car dealers or home builders—that is, they have too much inventory and not enough buyers,” says Hanley Wood CEO Frank Anton. “There are too many magazines, too many Web sites and too many conferences—and not enough advertising or marketing spending to support them. So just as stores close and auto dealerships disappear, media properties get shut down. It’s not really about costs or expectations, it’s about revenue, or lack thereof.”Tough DecisionsEven after cutbacks and layoffs, there’s no guarantee a magazine will survive. “We did see some great growth in terms of circ and ad pages but the business still fell short of our plan,” explains Hallmark spokesperson Julie O’Dell. “We looked at a number of business models and options but were not able to put together the type of structure we needed. It was not an easy decision, but we have to focus our efforts on our other products.”Another publisher, Sebastpol, California-based O’Reilly Media, said in February it would no longer publish the print edition of Craft, a 50,000-circulation quarterly which “saw some uptick in numbers” in the fourth quarter. “I don’t think it’s fair to say the print model is broken—at least not for Maker Media,” says associate publisher Dan Woods. “If you’ve been all but giving away the book and taking up a big chunk of your EBITDA and spending it on direct mail to build circ for advertisers, I can see that it’s hard to find a way out. On the other hand, those magazines that are built around blended business models that balance circulation and ad revenue seem to have a far better chance of coming through the storm prepared for growth.”Time for ChangeIn order for magazines to survive, Husni says, publishers need to stop “devaluing their content” by selling annual subscriptions for the price of (or less than) a single issue. One recent example of this is Condé Nast, which lowered Glamour’s subscription price to $1.50 in recognition of the magazine’s 70th anniversary.“The obsession with advertising was supposed to continue to buoy losses elsewhere and we’d continue to plod forward,” says TV Guide president Scott Crystal. “Well, it’s not. We need to charge consumers more for a better product and to take costs out of inflated rate bases. We’re all making tough decisions that should have been made a long time ago.”last_img read more

Mexico cracks down at US border with 15000 troops to detain

first_imgMEXICO CITY: Mexico has deployed nearly 15,000 soldiers and National Guardsmen to its border with the United States, the army chief said Monday — admitting they are detaining migrants who try to cross, after the policy triggered backlash. Under pressure from US President Donald Trump to slow the surge of Central Americans crossing the border, Mexico promised earlier this month to reinforce its southern border with 6,000 National Guardsmen, but had not previously disclosed the extent of the crackdown on its northern border. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us “We have a total deployment, between the National Guard and army units, of 14,000, almost 15,000 men in the north of the country,” Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval said at a press conference alongside President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Asked whether those forces were detaining migrants to prevent them from crossing, Sandoval replied: “Yes.” Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Given that (undocumented) migration is not a crime but rather an administrative violation, we simply detain them and turn them over to the authorities” at the National Migration Institute, he said. The government has faced criticism for stopping migrants from crossing the US-Mexican border. National Guardsmen and police have been patrolling the border in groups, detaining migrants who attempt to cross. Advertise With Us The policy is a shift from previous practice. The Mexican security forces have long detained undocumented migrants as they travel in the country, but had not typically stopped them from crossing the US border in the past. The practice caused an outcry after an AFP photographer documented last week how heavily armed National Guardsmen in Ciudad Juarez forcefully stopped two women and a young girl from crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States. In some cases, migrant families have been separated when some members manage to cross the border and others get detained on the Mexican side. Doing the US’s dirty work Mexico “is doing the United States’s dirty work,” Francisco Javier Calvillo, the head of the migrant shelter Casa del Migrante in Ciudad Juarez, told journalists in reaction to the new practice. “That’s not the army’s job, the federal police aren’t trained to deal with migrants…. This policy is a clear violation of human rights,” added Calvillo, a Catholic priest. Fleeing chronic poverty and brutal gang violence in their home countries, the Central Americans crossing Mexico mostly lack migration papers. However, international law protects the right of undocumented migrants to cross international borders to request asylum. And the US courts have upheld their right to do that anywhere along the border, whether or not it is an official crossing. There has been a large increase in such migrants crossing the US-Mexican border and seeking asylum in recent months.American officials detained 144,000 migrants at the border in May, up 32 percent from April and 278 percent from May 2018. The total included a record 89,000 families. Trump wants Mexico to do more to reduce that number. Last month, he threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican goods, extracting a promise from Lopez Obrador’s government to reinforce Mexico’s southern border and expand its policy of taking back migrants while the US processes their asylum claims. The deal, struck on June 7, gives Mexico 45 days to show results.last_img read more

DU announces 3member VC panel

first_imgThe Dhaka University senate on Saturday nominated a three-member panel, including incumbent DU vice chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, for appointing a new VC, reports UNB.The other panel members are DU treasurer professor M Kamal Uddin of International Business Department and professor Mohammed Abdul Aziz of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Department.The panel was nominated at a special senate session of the university held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the afternoon, said DU senate chairman and VC AAMS Arefin Siddique.The penal was nominated as per section 11 (1) of the Dhaka University Order 1973.last_img

Activision offers 10 upgrade path for Call of Duty Ghosts on PS4

first_imgYesterday Sony revealed during Gamescom that it was set to offer a PS3 to PS4 upgrade program for certain games. What that means is, select titles that you choose to purchase for the PS3, can also be purchased on the PS4 at a greatly reduced price. In other words: buy current gen, then upgrade to next-gen for a few dollars. Such a program should keep gamers purchasing key games on their PS3 knowing they’ve got an easy and cheap upgrade path when the PS4 is available to buy.Activision has now confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be one of the games included in the program along with the price of upgrading. Where as typically you’d expect to spends $60 purchasing the game for each new system, Activision will offer you the PS4 version for just $10 if you first purchase the PS3 version. However, that’s a limited time offer, which suggests to me that they’ll stop doing it as soon as the PS3 version starts dropping in price at retail.Xbox 360 owners aren’t being left out, though. The same deal will be offered through retailers including Amazon and GameStop rather than directly. You’ll also be able to transfer all your Season Pass content over the Xbox One, too.If you intend to take part in this upgrade program on PS3, you’ll only actually have to play the game on your PS3 for 10 days. Ghosts will be available to buy on November 5, and the PS4 is confirmed as launching on November 15 with Ghosts  expected to be a launch title.last_img read more

Launching a Website Dont Miss Our Live Hangout

first_imgYou can tune into to our live hangout here (via this post) and ask questions in the comments that you’d like us to consider during the session. Until then, see you Tuesday, September 30, at 12 p.m. EST. Related: 5 Tips to Stand Out When Selling on an Online Marketplace Ryan A. Cieslak, eBusiness Product Marketing Director at 1&1 Internet, Inc. Karen Leland, president of Sterling Marketing Group, a marketing and brand-strategy firm Ezra Firestone, an ecommerce expert and the founder of SmartMarketer When you’re launching a new business, or expanding an existing one, your website might be the last thing on your mind. You might even be tempted to put off thinking about your online presence altogether.Our experts are here to remind you not to do that. On Tuesday, September 30, at 12 p.m. EST we’ll host a special Google Hangout that will cover everything you need to know before you set your website live. Whether you’re sorting through domain choices or sussing out online marketing basics, we’ll have you covered.The hangout will feature our editorial director Ray Hennessey as moderator and these experts: September 26, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more

No White House visit for Mexicos president after failed Trump phone conversation

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — A lengthy phone conversation between Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto the the US president, Donald Trump, ended with Mexico canceling a planned White House visit.According to a report by the Washington Post, the two presidents had a 50-minute phone conversation that included the border wall, which ended after Trump refused to publicly state that Mexico will not finance it.The February 20 meeting saw the cancellation of the March White House visit the Mexican president had been contemplating. The Washington Post report said according to one Mexican official Trump “lost his temper.”But U.S. officials instead described Trump as frustrated and exasperated, saying he believed it was unreasonable for Peña Nieto to expect him to back off his campaign promise to force Mexico to pay for the wall.”The fact is, we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall,” Trump told Peña Nieto in a January 2017 phone conversation.“I have to. I have been talking about it for a two-year period. . . . If you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that.”The two presidents had made plans to speak by phone for the February 20 conversation. Assuming the call went well, a White House trip would have been finalized for the Mexican president, however, according to both sides of governments, the call did not go well.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kubtec Announces Partnership with Vizient Inc

first_img Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more May 5, 2017 — Kubtec announced that its contract to be a supplier to Vizient Inc. is now active.Under the terms of contract XR0453, Vizient’s membership of academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute healthcare providers, have access to Kubtec’s complete portfolio of cabinet digital radiography (DR) X-ray systems, neonatal imaging systems and irradiators.Kubtec manufactures the Mozart System, which the company calls the only intraoperative imaging system that uses 3-D tomosynthesis to enable breast surgeons to reduce re-hospitalizations for breast cancer patients. The company also manufactures the KUB 250 Neonatal Imaging System, which provides high-resolution images at low dose for neonatologists and radiologists.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 05, 2017 Kubtec Announces Partnership with Vizient Inc. Contract provides Vizient’s network of healthcare providers with access to Kubtec cabinet X-ray systems Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Burundi president registers as candidate despite protests

first_img Top Stories A police officer keeps an eye on demonstrators as a water canon clears barricades in the Nyakabyga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Friday, May 8, 2015. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s officially filed to become a candidate for a potential third term in office. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) “We must underscore the apparent lack of judicial impartiality that led to this decision,” Power said.___Associated Press writer Cara Anna at the United Nations contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. At least 13 people have died and 216 have been wounded in protests since April 25, when the ruling party announced it had nominated President Pierre Nkurunziza as its presidential candidate. Protesters pelted police removing barricades from roads on Friday, but the army moved in and contained the violence.Burundi’s June 26 election should go on because most of the country is peaceful, Nkurunziza told reporters after submitting his documents Friday to the electoral commission. Still, more than 50,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries fearing violence ahead of the elections, the U.N. refugee agency said.The U.N. Security Council called for an end to the violence, the need for a credible electoral process and freedoms of opinion and assembly, the council president, Lithuanian Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, told reporters after a closed-door discussion of the crisis.Speaking to the council, U.N. envoy Said Djinnit indicated that “conditions are not ripe for elections, and that on the ground there were discussions of moving election” to a later date, Murmokaite said.With Russia calling the situation in Burundi a local matter, however, it’s not clear what action the council can take. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   But the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power told reporters the U.S. welcomes an African Union statement that said Nkurunziza should not seek a third term, and the U.S. is “prepared to take targeted measures, including visa bans or sanctions, against those who plan or participate in widespread violence.”“There is no disagreement about the need for the council to do all in its power to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control,” Power said.Rwanda has the largest number of Burundi refugees with 25,000, followed by Tanzania with 17,696 and Congo with 8,000. Some refugees said they left Burundi because of harassment and intimidation by pro-government militia.Some opposition groups, government and religious leaders pledged to seek a peaceful solution through U.N. mediation. The Security Council backs the negotiations, Murmokaite said.Nkurunziza’s supporters say he is eligible for a third term because in his first term he was selected by parliament, not elected. Protesters want Nkurunziza to drop his re-election bid, saying it’s illegal.Burundi’s Constitutional Court has validated the president’s bid for a third term but the deputy president of the court, who fled to Rwanda ahead of the ruling, said the court had been pressured to do so. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s leader registered Friday as a presidential candidate with the country’s electoral commission, despite nearly two weeks of deadly street protests in the capital opposing his bid to seek a third term.Amid international alarm over the growing unrest in the central African nation, a U.N. envoy suggested that conditions were not right for an election. The United States said it was prepared to take “targeted measures,” including sanctions, against those who linked to the violence. Check your body, save your life 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Home Prices Rise in Q2 While July Home Values Decline

first_img Federal Housing Finance Agency Home Prices Home Values Zillow 2015-08-25 Staff Writer Home Prices Rise in Q2, While July Home Values Decline Home prices in the U.S. rose 1.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015 for the 16th consecutive month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI) released Tuesday.The FHFA also reported that the seasonally adjusted monthly index for June increased 0.2 percent from May.In addition, the seasonally adjusted, purchase-only HPI increased 5.4 percent from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015, while prices of other goods and services dropped 1.4 percent. Thus, the inflation-adjusted price of homes rose approximately 6.9 percent over the latest year.“Home price growth in the second quarter once again far exceeded the pace of overall inflation, even as mortgage rates drifted upwards,” said Andrew Leventis, FHFA’s principal economist. “Although too early to tell whether it’s a sign of a slowdown, the monthly appreciation rate in June was more modest than we have seen in a while.”According to the FHFA, home prices increased in every state between the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015. Among the top five areas in annual appreciation were Colorado (10.6 percent); Nevada (10.5 percent); Florida (9.7 percent); Hawaii (9.5 percent); and Washington (8.8 percent).On the other end of the spectrum, Zillow reported on Tuesday that home values lowered in July for the first time in four years in their July Real Estate Market Reports.Slowing home values could provide more opportunities for hopeful buyers who have been waiting on the sidelines for the market to cool off.Zillow credits the housing market’s shift to slower pace as the cause for the decline in home values since the market began recovering almost four years ago.”This slight dip in home values is a sign of the times,” said Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist. “Many people didn’t think it was happening, but it is: we’re going negative. We’ve been expecting to see a monthly decline as markets return to normal. However, this is not like the bubble bust. We’re not going to see 10 percent declines. The market is leveling off, and it’s good news, particularly for buyers, because it will ease some of the competitive pressure.”According to the report, homes lost 0.1 percent of their value nationally in July, falling to $179,900. Annually, homes appreciated 3 percent, down from 3.4 percent in June. Meanwhile, rents continue to grow at a rapid pace, up 4.2 percent from last July to $1,376.”Slowing home values could provide more opportunities for hopeful buyers who have been waiting on the sidelines for the market to cool off,” the report said. “More homes may be coming online as homeowners who have been watching strong home value growth decide to list their houses as appreciation slows and smaller gains are expected. This could help ease the constrained inventory the market has been facing for the past several months.”Click here to view the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s HPI. Click here to view Zillow’s July Real Estate Market Reports. in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, Newscenter_img August 25, 2015 418 Views Sharelast_img read more