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Tackling impunity and discrimination among top priorities for UN rights chief

15 September 2009Discrimination remains a “scourge” that affects every country, the United Nations human rights chief said today, adding that combating it has become one of her office’s top priorities, along with tackling impunity for various rights violations. “Eliminating discrimination is a duty of the highest order,” Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in her opening address to the 12th session of the UN Human Rights Council.She said there were “huge gaps” between the “lofty pledges” made by States and the realities of daily life for many of their inhabitants, pointing out that “no country in the world can claim to be free of human rights violations.”Ms. Pillay, who has just completed her first year as the world body’s top rights official, gave a wide-ranging speech to the Geneva-based body in which she named 47 different countries and territories in connection with themes ranging from the effect of the recession on the world’s poorest people to the brutal suppression of criticism to the toll of conflict on fundamental rights. Highlighting her point that no country is immune from discrimination, she listed 17 European countries where violence or discrimination against Roma has been recorded, ranging from fatal attacks and police brutality to forced evictions and systemic discrimination. In Latin America, she noted positive developments with regard to the approach taken by some States to indigenous peoples, but added that “land grabs, the suppression of traditional customs, outright violence and deadly attacks continue to take place.”Turning to China, she urged the authorities there to respect human rights in their efforts to uphold the law, and to “reflect on the underlying causes” of incidents such as the recent disturbances in the Xinjiang and Tibetan Autonomous Regions which include discrimination and the failure to protect minority rights.Ms. Pillay also highlighted the fact that the human rights of women continue to be denied or curtailed in many countries. While noting some improvements in the Gulf region, she stated that the overall situation of women there “falls well short of international standards.” The High Commissioner issued a strong call to governments to combat impunity for crimes committed during armed conflicts, and in particular those directed against civilians. “I urge the international community, including this Council, to insist on full accountability for all violations and to ensure assistance to the victims,” she said. “I also urge all those States contributing to military operations, whether it be in their own country or in other countries, to enhance their efforts to prevent civilian casualties, which in Afghanistan and elsewhere remain at unacceptably high levels.” She noted that an “intolerable” number of displaced people continue to live in camps, adding that in the case of Sri Lanka “internally displaced persons are effectively detained under conditions of internment.”Another area requiring action by States is addressing the “alarming global trend” of governments, or other powerful forces, persecuting or even killing peaceful opponents and critics, she stated.“In too many countries, brave human rights advocates, journalists and dissidents face abduction, arbitrary detention, torture and even death to defend their rights and freedoms and those of the communities they serve or represent,” said Ms. Pillay. In particular, she cited “the unfair and arbitrary detention” of Aung Sang Suu Kyi and more than 2,000 other political prisoners, which she said “makes a mockery of Myanmar’s commitment to democratic transition.” She also noted the 20-year prison sentence imposed on Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had criticized the army’s treatment of Tamil civilians, and the detention and ill-treatment of a prominent human rights defender in Zimbabwe, as well as the recent murders of human rights defenders in Mexico and Russia. She also called on the Government of Iran to release those detained for peaceful protest in the wake of the recent elections, and to investigate reports of their ill-treatment.In addition, Ms. Pillay said that “democratic deficits” remain a significant obstacle to the protection of human rights and respect for the rule of law, noting that “constitutional order has been subverted” in places like Honduras and Fiji.In a related development, the 47-member Human Rights Council today decided not to let Honduras’ Geneva-based ambassador attend its proceedings, after determining he represents the post-coup government that few countries recognize as legitimate. The action came after other Latin American States said the ambassador represented an “illegal” regime and not the administration of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by the military in June. read more

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Mozambiques postflood recovery efforts on track says head of UN agency

UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, accompanied by Abdoulie Janneh, UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, met with President Joaquim Chissano and other leaders during his visit from 27 to 29 August, the agency said in a statement issued today. The Administrator’s “overwhelming impression” from his visit to Gaza “is that normal life has been restored and sensible improvements have been made,” the statement said, noting that recovery efforts had moved many villages from flood-prone areas to higher ground, rebuilt government infrastructure and improved water supply systems. Mr. Malloch Brown co-chaired a conference in Rome in May 2000, where donors promised over $450 million to support flood recovery. Thus far, $360 million have been disbursed. The donors’ response to the 2000 floods “was remarkable and showed confidence in the country,” the agency chief said. Mr. Malloch Brown added that donor controls on the use of the money granted to the Mozambican Government were tight, and their evaluation of the use of funds was “very positive.”His meetings with President Chissano, Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao and Finance Minister Luisa Diogo focused on the country’s development plans. “The challenge is to restore growth, and to ensure that such growth leads to poverty reduction,” Mr. Malloch Brown said. read more

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Main round Group 2 preview A classic in NRGi Arena

euro 2014 handballhandballhandball resultsnrgi arena handballrussia Starting fixtures in Group 2 of the Main round will have Poland play Belarus, Russia against Sweden, and a real pleasure for the handball fanatics as France meet Croatia.Poland vs. BelarusThis Slavic duelwill not be the most enticing game you’ve ever seen, but the one thing that will surely not be missing from this encounter is the fight until the last whistle.Poland go into the Main round loosing only narrowly to Serbia and more importantly, putting up a great fight against France, before securing their way through with two points in the bag. Goalkeeper SlawomirSzmal has been nothing short of incredible in this tournament so far. The next to unbeatable 35-year old, will be instrumental for his team’s chances having to deal with Rutenka on the other side.Belarus will go into the Main round with no points, after convincing defeats against Croatia and Sweden, before the invigorated Rutenka brought them the win, putting their last match against Montenegro beyond doubt. The 32-year old Barcelona back will be eager to prove that he can single-handedly orchestrate Belarus success, with the previously labeled ‘Dark Horse’ of the tournament galloping on.Russia vs. SwedenWelcome to a disagreement between neighbors, as we eagerly anticipate the duel between the two Baltic states this evening in Herning.Russia has really seen the best and the worst of this championship so far. The successor to the great Soviet Union has conceded 35 goalsin the opening match against France, before seriously damaging Serbia’s chances of going through in a surprise defeat. Theirloss to Polandin Group C match that could’ve easily gone either way has certainly left Igoropulo and teammates hungry for more.To say that Sweden has a lot to make up to in this championship would be an understatement. The 4-time champion of the EHF Euro has seen a rough patch in recent years, as the silver medal at London Olympics brought them back to the limelight.  The “Yellow-Blues” have been consistent throughout, loosing by one goal to Croatia in the final day of Preliminary round. With the line-player Andreas Nilsson their best scorer of the tournament with 14 andFrederik Petersen and Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz playing in high standard, the players selected by the legendary Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson will have to prove they are worthysuccessors to the great Wisslander and Lovgren.France vs. CroatiaIn what is becoming a modern-day classic, two handballing giants take the stage in the last match of the day in NRGi arena, as France play Croatia..The two-time European champions, Les Experts come to the Main round with nothing but prospect of the gold medal on their minds after a debacle two years ago. Boasting a 3/3 100% record in the Preliminary stage, France has not only underlined the enormous individual qualityof their star players, with Nikola Karabatić scoring 17 goals so far, but also showed a great variety in rotation with goals and defensive contributions coming from all areas of the team. Boosted with the return of the experienced Thierry Omeyer, arguably the World’s best goalkeeper, the in-form French team will see this win as an opportunity go stand shoulder above everyone else in the group, setting one foot into the semi-final.Not many teams can brag about having a positive record against France. Well, the Croatian team has secured their bragging rights with 4 wins to 3 against Les Experts at the World Championships. Croatian team will be looking for a reprise of their 2012 EHF Euro encounter when they beat Les Experts 29:22 after being one goal down at half time. But their best scorers of the championship, Duvnjak and Ćupić (with 11 and 14 goals so far) will also seek revenge tonight, after their last duel at the 2012 London Olympics deprived them of the final, and therefore the prospect of the Olympic Gold.With so much at stake, Croatia will walk into the NRGi arena tonight, knowing that the win would be worth their weight in gold.NEMANJA SAVIC ← Previous Story FRANCE MADE A CHANGE: Porte is in the game Next Story → Jurkiewicz pulls last-second win for Poland read more

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Samsung possibly prepping a transparent portrait television

first_imgFor the most part, you can look at a television and know that it is, in fact, a television. For reasons passing understanding, Samsung seems interested in changing that with what looks suspiciously like a transparent, portrait-oriented television.Samsung is no stranger to using CES as a test bed for some of their less conventional products. Last year the company demonstrated a Smart Window that granted the operator smartphone-like features displayed on the same glass used to separate the user from the outdoors. It was an incredibly cool trick, but not really something that people know what to do with just yet. A teaser for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was just released that holds very little information, other then Samsung wanted to show everyone a television with an unprecedented design.The image that accompanied the brief teaser (above) looks like a portrait frame that does very little to interrupt the world around it. Call us crazy, but it looks like a television that’s either transparent or is able to observe and display whatever is behind it.Regardless of the sci-fi-like tech, in a world of 55-inch 4K widescreen TVs, I think Samsung would have a hard time selling a television in portrait. If the image is any indicator, it’s really just a widescreen television on its side, much like you see in medical centers connected to computers (though the aspect ratio seems squarish).There’s nothing that says this unveiling is consumer oriented (or anything more than a concept sketch), though Samsung seems thoroughly convinced that this television is a sign of true innovation. This could have something to do with the other part of the image, which shows the scenery around the frame on both the inside and outside.We’ve seen transparent displays before, even recently on a laptop made by Samsung, but never before on a large television. Assuming this is the case, Samsung might be suggesting that you can hang the television like a photo frame, replacing the intense home theater feel with a different living room aesthetic altogether.There’s clearly more questions than answers here, and it is likely that Samsung will treat this like the Smart Window last year and have a special section at their CES presentation to explain why they think this is such a great idea. If this is a portrait television with a transparent display it would be really cool, but a little hard to convince most users to replace their living room rig with such a device.last_img read more

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Small plane crashes into shopping centre near Melbourne airport

first_imgSmall plane crashes into shopping centre near Melbourne airport Local reports say that around five people were on board. 11 Comments A SMALL PLANE has crashed into an airport in Melbourne.Nine News Melbourne reports that the plane crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) near Essendon Airport.It’s understood it was a charter plane and mayday calls were made before the crash. Feb 20th 2017, 11:14 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share206 Tweet Email Source: Mïkey Cahîll/Twitter #BREAKING: A plane has crashed into the DFO at Essendon. Reporter @Brett_McLeod is on the scene. #9News pic.twitter.com/rZBcf1BHJA— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) February 20, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3250108 center_img Monday 20 Feb 2017, 11:14 PM Source: Nine News Melbourne/Twitter Short URL .@theheraldsun nasty stuff. I saw a yellow and red fiery ball explode then black plumes of smoke pic.twitter.com/gDTQESftMv— Mikey Cahîll (@JoeyLightbulb) February 20, 2017 There were five passengers on board the plane, but it is not known yet if there were people injured or killed in the buildings that were hit. 20,498 Views By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

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Pellegrini challenges West Ham youngsters to take the next step

first_imgWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged Declan Rice and Grady Diangana to keep working on fulfilling their great potential19-year-old Rice has already impressed at the heart of the West Ham defence this season and Pellegrini is convinced of his potential.“I think Declan has a lot of potential to arrive at the level that he wants and, after that, you have to see the development of his career,” said Pellegrini, according to Sky Sports.“He is learning a lot of things very fast, he is improving his performances in every game and I hope he can become a top player in the years to come. He must continue learning as he has a lot of potential.“Declan is always listening to what he must improve and if you compare the first game of the season against Liverpool to now, I think he has improved in every game a little bit more.”Meanwhile, Diangana impressed in the Hammers’ 4-2 win against Burnley last Saturday in only his second Premier League start.But Pellegrini wasn’t surprised by the 20-year-old’s impact.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I wouldn’t say surprised as I always see him working on a daily basis,” said Pellegrini.“But what is important for a young player, like Grady, is that he must have the personality to do exactly the same thing that he does every day here.“He did and in every game, same as Declan, he has improved a little bit more. Now for all young players, you have the next step, which is the most important thing.“At the beginning, everyone appreciates everything he does because he is a young player.“But, after that, he must grow another step and continue making the difference in every game he plays.”West Ham will make a trip to Huddersfield Town in a Premier League game this Saturday.last_img read more

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Jamaican Local Businesses to benefit from Rebranded BSJ

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 13, 2017 – Kingston – Local businesses are to benefit from a re-branded Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), which will now focus on trade facilitation and business support, instead of regulations.   The new focus will aid Jamaican businesses in being more competitive in the local and export markets through the use of standards.The shift is part of recommendations from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)/World Bank, based on a review of the structure and mandate of the BSJ.   This prompted the Government to separate the BSJ’s regulatory function, which has been transferred to the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA).Speaking at a ceremony to launch the re-branded BSJ, a new website and refurbished Energy Efficiency and Mass and Dimensional laboratories held at the agency’s Winchester Road offices in Kingston on October 11, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, said “the time has come for separation of the regulatory function and the setting of the standards”.“We are one of the few, if not the only country now, that has them (regulations and standards) under the same roof, driven by the same Board. The separation had to take place. It was passed through the Cabinet, and the Permanent Secretary will take the appropriate steps to effect it,” the Minister said.In a JIS News interview, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, said all the “legal work is being done to effect the separation”.“In that regard, we now have drafting instructions to go to the Cabinet. Once Cabinet has signed off on those drafting instructions, we will work assiduously with the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to have the necessary legal instrument in place to be debated and passed in the Parliament,” he said.Mr. Stanberry noted that the “administrative separation” conforms to international best practice, “by not having the standard development and the regulatory aspect within the same facility”.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, said with the rebranding of the Bureau, the agency “will be doing things differently and better”.“No longer are we to be seen as policemen. The BSJ now plays a significant role in the nation’s effort to foster economic growth,” he said.Concerning the laboratories, Mr. Wedderburn noted that the Energy Efficiency testing laboratory was renovated by the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry at a cost of approximately US$2.7 million, with funding from the World Bank.“The BSJ is extremely grateful for the assistance that has been provided by the Ministry and the World Bank. With this renovated facility, we will now be able to resume testing of refrigerators and freezers, and, for the first time, we will be able to test air-conditioning units in Jamaica,” he said.  Mr. Wedderburn said this will help consumers in the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.The laboratory’s renovation is aimed at increasing energy efficiency and security through the implementation of the Government’s National Energy Project.   As part of the renovation project, one existing chamber was refurbished and two new tests chambers were created.Regarding the Mass and Dimensional laboratories, Mr. Wedderburn said the environmental conditions under which national measurement standards are kept and national traceability measurements executed are of critical importance in the process to obtain international recognition of Jamaica’s calibration and measurement capabilities.For her part, Acting Country Manager of the World Bank to Jamaica, Karlene Francis, said her agency was pleased that the recommendations were followed.Release: JISlast_img read more

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Christmas could be turning point in WA weather

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Christmas could be the turning point in Washington’s weather as a dry stretch gives way to more rain in the lowlands and valleys and snow in the mountains.Meteorologist Dana Felton in the National Weather Service office in Seattle says rain is likely on Sunday to be followed by a couple more systems next week in a transition back to the typical wet pattern for this time of year.For a white Christmas people will have to head to the mountains or the east slopes of the Cascades.December has been dry — only .25 inches of rain recorded at Sea-Tac Airport. The record dry December at the airport was 1.37 inches in 1978.For the calendar year, precipitation at Sea-Tac is at 34.41. Normal is 35.83.last_img read more

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Return of wet windy weather spoils shot at driest December

first_imgA December day with 0.43 inch of rain normally wouldn’t raise many eyebrows in the Northwest.This December? Even an unspectacular rainfall total represents the exception, not the rule.After flirting with its driest December on record, the 0.43 inch of rainfall Vancouver saw Tuesday was enough to double the monthly total so far — eclipsing the previous 26 days combined. That kicked off a more typical winter weather pattern that’s expected to keep the Portland area wet through the start of 2012.On Wednesday, both Vancouver and Portland finally surpassed 1 inch of rain for the entire month. This week’s wet surge means the area will avoid setting a new mark for December dryness, and could even see another 2 to 4 inches of rain by this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.“Really what we’re going to see for the next several days is pretty typical conditions,” said Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the weather service.The Portland-Vancouver area tallies well over 5 inches of rain in December on average. This week’s rain won’t be enough to even come close to that.And relatively warm temperatures will do little to help an already ailing snowpack in the Cascade Mountains.Snowpack now stands at about half of average for this time of year, Bryant said. That could mean low river flows in the spring if the pattern keeps up, he said, but there’s a lot of winter left. The La Niña weather pattern that’s characterized by wet, cool winters in the Northwest — and remains active this year, Bryant said — piled up huge mountain snowfall totals last year.last_img read more

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Kate Lewis Tapped as Joanna Coles Replacement People on the Move

first_imgKate LewisNewly appointed president of Hearst Magazines Troy Young and Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz announced today that Kate Lewis will take on the role of chief content officer at Hearst Magazines, a position that was vacated by Joanna Coles earlier this week, effective immediately. Lewis will continue to report to Young. Lewis has been with Hearst Magazines Digital Media since 2014 and most recently served as SVP, editorial director for the company, where she was responsible for tripling monthly unique visitors across the Hearst Magazines Digital Media portfolio while overseeing content and strategy for the portfolio’s social media, which has grown to an audience of 220 million. In her new role, she will be responsible for direct print and digital content strategy for Hearst Magazines brands, overseeing all U.S. editors-in-chief and digital directors, and work with the company’s international network to create global content opportunities.Troy Young“Kate has built a team of first-rate editorial talent that is focused on publishing exceptional feature and service journalism in words, images and video,” said Young in a statement. “She has played an integral role in growing our digital organization into the fast-moving, profitable business it is today. Kate’s responsibilities will be broader, but her core mission is the same: making content and products that engage and entertain readers, with a focus on excellence in storytelling and service.”Prior to joining Hearst, Lewis held the title of SVP and editorial director at Say Media where she oversaw content operations, editorial strategy and audience development for the company’s digital brands.  Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Matt PetersenMeredith Corp. announced today that Matt Petersen was promoted to SVP, The Foundry and strategic content, effective immediately. Petersen rejoined the company earlier this year as the general manager, content marketing, where he oversaw Meredith’s custom content revenue, and in his new position, he will oversee all of Meredith’s custom and branded content businesses, specifically, The Foundry. Petersen helps fill a gap left by former SVP Chris Hercik, who quietly left The Foundry last month. In addition to this move, Adam Ochman was also promoted to VP, head of content and strategy at The Foundry, and will report directly to Petersen. “I am excited to partner with Adam and [Cara Deoul Perl, VP, creative director] and the talented team at The Foundry to bring innovative ideas and measurable results to clients by leveraging our extraordinary brands, award-winning creative talent, and proprietary data, combined with our fierce determination and commitment to make a difference,” said Petersen in a statement.Jacelyn JohnsonJacelyn Johnson has been tapped as editor-in-chief of ALM Media’s China Law & Practice. In this role, she will be tasked with driving the publication’s growth strategy and overseeing production of the print magazine, while also working to develop and manage the online and digital transformation of the publication’s content and product strategy. Most recently, Johnson served as the commercial product manager, legal research solutions at LexisNexis Hong Kong, and before that, as managing editor for all of Hong Kong’s legal content at the company. Editor-in-chief of Legal Global Brands at ALM, Gina Passarella, says that Johnson will serve as a key member of the company’s Global Newsrooms and that “her vision will help extend the publication’s deep regulatory expertise and database, while ensuring readers are getting the latest on changes to law and regulation in one of the most important markets in the world.”Aaron HicklinThe editor-in-chief of Out magazine, Aaron Hicklin, announced in a tweet that he is stepping down from his role after 12 years, “Endings come quickly, but 12 years and 125 issues later, it feels like time to me to step down.” Hicklin is set to depart after the September issue and has not yet announced his next steps. WSJ. Magazine has hired Sarah Ball for its newly created digital director position. In this new role, Ball will be tasked with leading all digital content as well as building a new digital team in order to bolster the magazine’s one presence, which currently exists as a tab on the main Wall Street Journal website. Most recently, Ball served as editorial director for GQ.Adam Weinstein announced on Twitter that he resigned from his role as acting editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose. Zara Rahim is joining The Wing to oversee strategic communications. Most recently, Rahim served as communications director at Vogue, and before that, served as a national spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Digital editor Sam Dangremond has stepped down from his full-time role at Town & Country and will become a contributor to the magazine while attending Fordham Law School and working on his MBA at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business.The New Yorker tapped Osita Nwanevu as its new Washington, D.C.-based staff writer who will regularly write for newyorker.com about Capitol Hill and the midterms, among other topics. Nwanevu most recently held the same role at Slate where he focused on politics and the future of the Democratic party.Fast Company promoted two staffers this week. Senior editor Kathleen Davis was tapped as deputy editor of Fastcompany.com and in her latest role, she helped to transform Leadership into a destination for news and analysis on workplace, career, management and more, and lead her team in covering issues such as the gender wage gap. Anisa Purbasari Horton was also promoted this week from editorial assistant to assistant editor. She was responsible for some of the site’s most-read stories and works on the Work Smart newsletter as well as co-hosts The Secrets of the Most Productive People podcast with Davis. Ann BrenoffHuffPost senior writer and columnist Ann Brenoff announced that she is retiring from journalism after 45 years in the industry. Brenoff worked on a column for HuffPost called “On The Fly,” where she often discussed navigating getting older, and says in a recent post that she is retiring because “life is short and a healthy life even shorter. I don’t want to miss out on what’s left of mine.” Long-time Politico photographer John Shinkle announced that he is leaving the brand after 11 years to join the U.S. Senate Photographic Services. Shan Wang announced in a tweet that she is leaving her position as staff writer at Neiman Lab to join The Atlantic at its Washington, D.C. office.  Vanity Fair hired Clinton Cargill as its new visuals director. Cargill most recently served as director of photography at Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits. Former CBS News senior producer Nancy Han is taking on the role of executive producer at NowThis where she will be in charge of an upcoming daily Facebook Watch show, NowThis Morning. FiveThirtyEight announced that Micah Cohen was promoted from politics editor to managing editor. Cohen has been with the statistical analysis news site since 2010. The Association for PRINT Technologies has announced that Sondra Fry Benoudiz will be joining the business development team where she will be responsible for developing sponsorship programs, creating business opportunities, and providing customized solutions for members. With over two decades of industry experience, Fry Benoudiz most recently worked for Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) where she grew association membership, established a sponsorship and advertising program, and collaborated on the annual trade show. Vivienne Machi is joining Defense Daily, a trade publication out of Folio:’s parent company Access Intelligence’s defense group, where she will report on developments in the Air Force and Congress from the Capitol Hill desk. She most recently served as a staff writer at National Defense Magazine, and prior to that, served as a reporter and social media manager at Cox Media Group.last_img read more

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Army Downsizing Shrinks Headquarters Unit at Ft Carson

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The headquarters and headquarters battalion of Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division will lose two of its five companies, affecting about 200 soldiers, officials announced last month.The unit includes trumpeters, intelligence experts, payroll clerks, cooks, drivers and logistics experts. The cuts come as the Army looks to slash overhead to help it shrink its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers. The service is reducing division headquarters and other management units by 25 percent, reported the Gazette.To accommodate the cut, the Army redesigned the headquarters unit to eliminate management jobs while preserving capabilities needed in war.“We lost some signalers and we lost some intelligence personnel as well during the redesign,” said Lt. Col. Justin Howe, commander of the headquarters battalion.During deployments, some of the unit’s functions will be filled by the National Guard.last_img read more

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City council considers Nome Grown marijuana

first_img(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)In last year’s statewide elections, 53 percent of voters approved the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot. People 21 or older can now possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants.With possession laws in place, the state is now working out commercial laws. The Marijuana Control Board is set to issue its first commercial licenses in May of next year.With the commercialization of marijuana on the horizon, many cities are scrambling, and Nome is no exception. At this month’s meeting, the City Council had plans to discuss what it would look like if the city allowed the commercial sale of marijuana.In Western Alaska, 57 percent of voters were in favor of it, while in Nome, the margin was slightly smaller, but still a clear majority at 56 percent.Despite the wide margin, the City Council still spent time debating their options. Councilman Stan Anderson was the most outspoken about avenues for opposing the sale of marijuana.The option to petition was brought up, but City Manager Tom Moran questioned Anderson’s position on the matter.“Why would we reinvent the wheel? This has gone through an official election and Nome has said ‘yes,’” explained Moran.“Nome has said ‘yes,’ but the city has not said one way or another,” Anderson challenged.“Well, we do what our constituents tell us to, right?” asked Moran.Mayor Richard Beneville, along with most other council members, wanted to listen to the voters and leave it at that.“The public of the state has voted, and the public of Nome has voted. And whether or not they won by 20 votes or by 2,000 votes is irrelevant to the fact that it passed,” said Beneville. “That’s America. That’s democracy.”With that settled, the discussion turned towards the specifics of how it would happen in Nome. The biggest obstacle? Transportation.“Can’t go by air, can’t go by boat, those are federal,” explained councilman Matt Culley. “We’re going to have to have a cultivation center, someone will have to fly up and test it if that’s what happens here.”Since marijuana hasn’t been legalized at the federal level, it’s still illegal to transport it by boat or plane, which are both federally regulated.Since Nome is off the road system, the only option is by motorized vehicle.“I suppose someone could take a snow machine from Fairbanks, but that does not seem like the most efficient way to transport goods,” posited Charles Cacciola, an Anchorage-based attorney.And to clarify, it would have to be a licensed agent driving the snow machine. Cacciola was asked by City Manager Moran to update the council on Alaska’s marijuana regulations.So since it’s illegal to transport by boat or plane, and highly unlikely by snow machine, one of the only options left for Nome, and any other city or town in bush Alaska, is home-grown.Or, as councilman Culley calls it, “Nome grown.”But even that’s tricky. First, a licensed cultivation center would need to be built. And then, before being sold in a store, any and all marijuana products would need to be tested in a licensed marijuana testing facility.So even if there was a place to grow the plant, it would still need to be shipped out of town to be tested.Which brings the debate back to the issue of transportation. But, as one council member suggested, you can always smuggle it onto an airplane in your underwear.last_img read more

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Ferry reform effort gets a legislative boost

first_imgExtra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove in 2014. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News – Juneau)The effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System took a step forward Thursday.Listen nowThe House Transportation Committee voted to instruct staff to draft legislation that would establish a public corporation to take over the system. But it’s a long way from a done deal.The ferries are run by the state Department of Transportation.The plan would shift control to an independent board that could make its own decisions about labor contracts, fares and other parts of the operation.It would also forward-fund the system, allowing for better schedule planning.During the committee meeting, Anchorage Republican Rep. Chuck Kopp said a seven-member board of experts would provide better oversight than 60 ever-changing members of the Legislature.“Imagine if we were trying run the Anchorage International Airport as a legislature,” Kopp said. “It would be a disaster. But it’s the No. 4 air cargo airport in the world and entirely successful.”Several other members of the House Transportation Committee also expressed support at the hearing.Big Lake Republican Rep. Mark Neuman is intrigued by the marine highway reform plan, but he’s not ready to ask for a bill.“There’s still a lot of questions to be answered and this is something that’s going to take massaging of a couple years to work through,” Neuman said. “I can understand how that can work, let alone trying to figure out how we’re going to come up with a couple hundred million dollars for a fund.”The committee voted 5-2 in favor of writing a reform bill, which will be discussed and modified at future meetings.Two other ferry reform bills, addressing funding and ports, have already been introduced, but haven’t had a hearing.Action will likely wait until the next legislative session.The plan came out of a task force set up by the state and the Southeast Conference, the regional development organization that pushed for the ferry system’s creation more than 50 years ago.Reform would create a more flexible system that could more quickly respond to problems, task force consultant Susan Bell of the McDowell Group told lawmakers.“That financial expertise that the board would lend to guide the organization has value,” Bell said. “By maintaining the Alaska Marine Highway as a public corporation, it maintains some of the existing strengths, but it addresses some of the existing limitations.”The reform effort is in response to large cuts in state funding, which have shrunk the number of ships and sailings.While the impetus has come from Southeast, the initiative includes leaders from Southcentral and Southwest communities where ferries also sail.last_img read more

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UT Austin Is Sued Over College Admissions In ClassAction Lawsuit

first_img Share Gabriel C. Perez/KUTThe University of Texas at Austin.UT Austin has been named in a class-action lawsuit over a national, $25-million college admissions scandal that has led to scores of indictments across the country – including the university’s men’s tennis coach, who was fired yesterday.The suit, filed by two California students at Stanford, alleges UT and seven other universities were engaged in a scheme in which affluent clients of William Singer paid to secure students’ admission through falsified test scores or recruitment as student-athletes from 2011 to 2018.Singer, who managed the payment scheme through a for-profit admissions consulting firm called The Key and a nonprofit Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty to a handful of felony charges on Monday.Longtime UT men’s tennis coach Michael Center was one of dozens of college officials indicted Monday. He is accused of accepting nearly $100,000 in 2015 to secure the recruitment of a California student who didn’t play tennis.Center was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and was placed on administrative leave by the university. He was fired yesterday.The lawsuit says the universities involved in the alleged scheme were negligent and that the system of fraudulent test scores and recruitment led to “unqualified students [finding] their way into the admissions rolls of highly selective universities.”“Each of the universities were negligent in failing to maintain adequate protocols and security measures in place to guarantee the sanctity of the college admissions process, and to ensure that their own employees were not engaged in these type of bribery schemes,” the suit claims.In a statement today, UT said it has a “thorough, holistic admissions process.”“The actions alleged by federal prosecutors against one UT employee were not in line with that policy and may have been criminal. They do not reflect our admissions process.”This story has been updated.last_img read more

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Puja committees to get awards for plastic bag ban awareness

first_imgSiliguri: The state Tourism department has taken up the initiative to form a committee very soon and award the Durga Puja organisers of this year according to their performance in making citizens aware about the harmfulness of the usage of plastic carry bags and the importance to abolish them.”The Tourism Department is very serious about sincere initiatives in abolishing single-use plastic bags from Siliguri within the month of October before the Durga Puja,” says Goutam Deb, the state Tourism minister. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Tourism department had organised a fresh campaign on Friday titled “Beat the Plastic Usage.” The Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation (HNAF) had participated in the campaign along with various other renowned personalities from medical practitioners, NGOs to teachers and professors from different colleges and schools.The participants of the campaign had discussed the disadvantages of using single-use plastic carry bags. The effect of the usage of plastics is very harmful, especially in the case of infants and foetuses, said a medical practitioner. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNot only does health get affected but also the environment is polluted. After the Kerala floods, many bridges and places had been found full of non-biodegradable plastics and polystyrenes, stated an eminent professor.”We have to stand together and with our collective efforts and strictly enforce the laws of not producing, using and storing simple plastic bags in the vicinities of both Darjeeling as well as Jalpaiguri districts,” stated Ashim Bose, the programme coordinator of HNAF. The municipal corporation had fined around Rs 4,000 this year till date for using plastic bags.Previously, the corporation had also banned 450 kilos of plastic bags.When asked about the alternatives of plastic bags, various ideas of using jute bags, bags made of cotton as well as the use of clay bowls in sweet shops replacing plastics came up from the different participants.”The use of plastic bags had reduced considerably these days and this has been possible because of the peoplecooperating with the government which is highly appreciable. Besides, I would also request the people to plant more trees and to water those planted by the government alongside the streets and make the environment eco-friendly,” stated Deb.The five days during Durga Puja have been specifically targeted for analysing the performance of the different puja organisers because the entire festival is a major attraction where people from various parts of the city visit the Puja pandals.last_img read more

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Linkmaker for Windows create shortcuts and symbolic links

first_imgLinkmaker for Windows: create shortcuts and symbolic links by Martin Brinkmann on March 15, 2017 in Software – Last Update: March 15, 2017 – 8 commentsLinkmaker is a free program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system to create shortcut, symbolic links and NTFS hard links / junction points.While most Windows users know what shortcuts are, as they are exposed to shortcuts regularly on the desktop, on the taskbar or the Start Menu, symbolic links, hardlinks and junctions are not as commonly known.Symbolic links link to another path on the device that the operating system or applications that run on it follow. Hard links on the other hand can best be described as referencing a file using different names under different paths. Junctions finally (called soft links sometimes) works in the same way, but for directories.Check out Jack’s take on getting to know links on Linux if you run a Linux distribution.LinkmakerLinkmaker is a free program for Windows that does not need to be installed. Please note that it requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 to run.The program displays all its options on a single page in its interface. To use it, select a link target either by entering it manually, dragging and dropping it into the interface, or using the file browser for that.Once you have done that, set the link location and name in the lower half of the interface. Please note that the available options differ depending on the link type selection.If you select shortcut for instance, you may set a new link location, and add arguments to the execution as well. The latter option is not available for symbolic links, hard links, or junctions.One example: you can use these types of links (not shortcuts) to make folders available in different locations. Say, you want to sync c:\wallpapers to your Dropbox account, but don’t want to move the folder to the Dropbox folder.Using the program, you can create a link from the Dropbox folder to the original folder so that the Dropbox software handles it as if the wallpapers directory would be inside the Dropbox folder.The program ships with settings that make some operations easier to handle. You can enable the add to “new” and “create link here” context menu options in the settings to initiate new links directly from Explorer for instance.The only other option that is provided by linkMaker at the time of writing is to turn off elevation. This will disable symbolic link creation on the target system however.AlternativesWe have reviewed several programs for Windows in the past that improve using symbolic links, hard links or junctions on Windows machines:Display Symbolic Links With NTFS Links ViewCreate NTFS Junctions aka Directory symbolic linksJunction, Create Symbolic LinksSymbolic Link CreatorMove installed Steam games to a new folderClosing wordsLinkMaker is a handy, lightweight program for Microsoft Windows that you may use to create Windows shortcuts, symbolic links, hard links, and junctions. The main appeal of the program is probably that it combines all those options in a single interface.Now You: Do you work with symbolic links regularly?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 7 votes Software Name linkMakerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://cresstone.com/apps/linkMaker/#appInfo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Avoiding Technology Obsolescence—A Strategic Approach to Your Xray Purchases

first_img The need for radiology departments and imaging facilities to tap advancing technology while containing costs will continue to be a challenge. To succeed, the smartest strategy is to invest in imaging solutions that will adapt to your needs as you progress along the imaging continuum. Read the white paper to learn more. 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 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… 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 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 center_img Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more 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 Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Related Content 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 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read morelast_img read more

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Qantas focuses on clearing the debt decks

first_imgQantas Airways is trying to turn its attention back to flying and returning to profit after it paid off AUD $724 million in unsecured debt.The airline will pay back the amount in loans and bonds back this year, following its first junk bond raising of AUD $700 million and this means that its debt will be reduced by 47 per cent, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.Qantas is not suspected to return to profit until 2016 and half its debt will now not be due until 2019.The airline recorded a first-half year loss of in December because of fuel cost increases and its capacity war with Virgin Australia and its investment grade has been cut to BB+ by ratings agency Standard and Poors.Qantas expects to have a positive free cash flow from 2015.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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Local fire chief joins Jenkins during House ceremony honoring 911 anniversary

first_img11Sep Local fire chief joins Jenkins during House ceremony honoring 9/11 anniversary Categories: News State Rep. Nancy Jenkins was joined by Tecumseh Fire Chief Joe Tuckey today as a part of the annual 9/11 memorial service conducted by the Michigan House of Representatives. The ceremony honored the four first responders from Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year and commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.“It is always a privilege to be a part of this event, and I am honored that Chief Tuckey was able to join me to today as we paid tribute to these brave men and women,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “First responders across our state deserve to be recognized and acknowledged for their service to our communities, and this is just one small way we can say thank you.”Lawmakers also paid tribute to Department of Corrections Deputy Corrections Keeper George Haight, whose name was recently inscribed in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall after giving his life in the line of duty at Jackson Prison in 1893.The event featured the ringing of a fire bell following the reading of the names of each first responder who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2013. Special music was provided by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” was played by two members of the Grand Ledge Marching Band.###center_img State Rep. Nancy Jenkins attends the fourth annual 9/11 ceremony held by the Michigan House of Representatives along with Chief Joe Tuckey from the Tecumseh Fire Department.last_img read more

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