Former Ottawaarea Conservative MP Royal Galipeau dies of cancer at age 71

first_imgORLEANS, Ont. – Former Conservative MP Royal Galipeau, who represented the Ottawa-area riding of Orleans for nearly a decade, has died at the age of 71.His wife, Anne Pallascio, confirmed her husband’s death on Saturday in a brief phone conversation with The Canadian Press.Galipeau’s former executive assistant, Bryan Michaud, says his one-time boss and mentor was a dedicated public servant and a humble man.Galipeau was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and held the riding until he was defeated by star Liberal candidate Andrew Leslie in 2015.He announced in February 2014 that he was battling a form of cancer called multiple myeloma.Michaud says Galipeau’s condition improved somewhat after his election defeat, but it worsened significantly over the past month.Despite his failing health, Michaud says Galipeau never surrendered his sunny disposition.“Quite frankly, with all that he always remained positive, happy, really positive, honestly it was a lesson for me.”Michaud added that funeral arrangements had yet to be confirmed, however, he expected it would be a private affair with family members and a few close friends.Along with his wife, Michaud says Galipeau leaves behind three sons and a daughter.last_img read more

Assisteddying activist remembered at Halifax celebration of life

first_imgHALIFAX – Hundreds of people gathered Friday afternoon to remember a terminally ill Halifax woman whose fight to loosen assisted dying laws captured national attention as she dispensed wisdom about life from the “bed of truth” where she spent her last days.A “celebration of life” was held for Audrey Parker at Pier 21 on the city’s waterfront, with more than 300 people in attendance to pay their respects to the charismatic make-up artist.The gathering at the hall overlooking the harbour included family members, friends and people from the general public who’d been touched by her struggle.Her circle of close female friends in attendance ranged from the Nova Scotia premier’s principal secretary, the president of Credit Union Atlantic and nationally known broadcasters.Many had sat around what Parker referred to as her “bed of truth,” where she dispensed advice during her final months, instructing visitors on everything from how to use cutlery through essentials on how to choose a suitable mate.Her step-daughter Lucie MacMaster said times spent with her were precious, recalling how her children would often hop into bed to play cards with Parker during her illness.“I really wish we had her with us this Christmas, but there we go,” said MacMaster.Kim King, 51, a close friend of Parker’s who was with her as she was dying, was one of the honorary pallbearers who carried a candle up to the front of the Pier 21 hall where the ceremony was held.“People are inspired by her thoughts about living your best life to the end,” she said in an interview.Every detail of the gathering was planned by Parker, said master of ceremonies Nancy Regan, recalling how they talked about it over champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries at a meeting at Pier 21.“I know she has a huge smile on her face right now about the gorgeous women … who showed up today,” said Regan.“Everything about Audrey was swirling perfection.”Parker ended her life with a doctor’s assistance on Nov. 1, but said under amended legislation she might have lived for weeks longer.Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016, the 57-year-old woman had been approved for an assisted death.She used her case to plead with lawmakers, stressing the law had to be changed because it demands people approved for a medically assisted death must be conscious and mentally sound at the moment they grant their final consent for a lethal injection.Federal cabinet ministers have said they feel strong sympathy towards Parker and her family, but they remain confident in the federal legislation.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has said Ottawa feels the two-year-old legislation strikes the appropriate balance between the protection of people’s autonomy and safeguards for vulnerable people.The issue will be among those considered in a report being drafted by a panel of experts, which is due by the end of the year but is not expected to make recommendations.Parker was given a lethal injection and died peacefully in her Halifax apartment.Norma Lee MacLeod, a retired broadcaster, said encounters with the dynamic Parker were often unforgettable — as she tended to sweep forcefully into a room and had the knack of making people feel good about themselves.“She could transform you from a puffy mess … We called it being Audreyed,” she said.Hundreds stood up when asked by MacLeod if they’d received advice on style, wardrobe or life from Parker.“Look at this room and look at how many people she has literally touched. We’ve been Audreyed and we’re the better for it,” she said.Hilary Young, an associate professor of law at the University of New Brunswick, said one area where Parker’s death may remain significant is in the discussion of whether lawmakers will have to make distinctions between diseases in terms of when advance directives are permitted.She said she personally agrees with Parker’s argument that when doctors have assessed and approved a medically assisted death like hers, it could be left to her written instructions or a substitute decision maker as to when it occurs.However, she said that may be less applicable to people with dementia, or in some other instances.“I think Audrey Parker’s case has brought to light the distinction between different kinds of advance directives. Most of the troubling issues relate to situations like dementia or situations where it’s made far in advance,” she said in a telephone interview.She said when a patient has a grievous and irremediable condition and is suffering in a way that’s intolerable to her, and a death is reasonably foreseeable, there are strong arguments for advance requests in cases like Parker’s.— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Details emerge on polar bear death hunters huddled as bears circled

first_imgThe Canadian PressTwo injured Inuit hunters huddled for three days with the body of their friend who was killed by a polar bear, four other bears circling their camp.“They had to sit tight,” said Rob Hedley, administrator for the hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut, where the hunters were from.“It was pretty scary. They didn’t sleep and they were out there for a while.”Nunavut’s second polar bear death this summer sparked widespread outrage Wednesday among Inuit, who feel their lives are being endangered by hunting restrictions imposed by southerners.The hunters left Naujaat on the northernmost shore of Hudson Bay on Aug. 21 to hunt narwhal and caribou. They were expected home on Thursday.Police said they were notified when the trio hadn’t shown up by Sunday.A search began Monday with federal, territorial and local teams. Although rescuers knew roughly where the hunters were headed, search boats were blocked by heavy sea ice.The Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent joined the search and its helicopter found the hunters early Tuesday about 100 kilometres east of Naujaat near Lyon Inlet.“It looks like it was a mother and a cub,” said Hedley. “The mother and the cub were killed.“(The hunters) killed at least one more. There were multiple other bears in the area that were attracted by blood and scent.”The two injured hunters weren’t badly hurt and were treated and released.In early July, an Arviat man was killed when a bear appeared during a family outing on an island near the community. Aaron Gibbons, 31, died after he placed himself between the bear and his children, who were able to run to safety.Social media was alive Wednesday with posts from one end of the Arctic to the other expressing anger over the deaths. Inuit have long held that they’re having more interactions with bears on the land.“I can’t even describe the pain we’re feeling right now,” said Helena Malliki from Naujaat.Quotas that limit the numbers of bears that can be killed in each region prevent Inuit from thinning the population, she said.“Those (bears) could have been caught if we didn’t have these laws from the government,” she said.“(Bears) are in our land and they are very, very dangerous. I just want Inuit to kill all the bears they see.”Gordy Kidlapik of Rankin Inlet – Aaron Gibbons’s uncle – said polar bears have always presented a threat. But it’s different now.“The past few years, sightings and encounters have been rising. We’re at a different level now.“The guys I’ve been talking to say the bear population is at a level where it’s safe to not have a quota.”Inuit have managed their wildlife successfully for generations, said Shelly Woodford from Rankin Inlet.“We always treat the animals with respect. We’re not going to go overboard.”Andrew Derocher, a polar bear biologist at the University of Alberta, pointed out that quotas are set in Nunavut after consultation with hunters.He warned that without careful management of the animals, the international community would be likely to ban exports of polar bear products and trophies from Canada, wiping out important income for Inuit.That could leave Inuit killing even fewer bears, much like when the European ban on seal fur destroyed that market.“The seal harvest dropped dramatically,” Derocher said.He argued quotas aren’t the problem. Local hunters didn’t even take their allotted 100 bears last year, he said.The Foxe Basin bear population around Naujaat has lost about 30 days of sea ice cover over the last several decades in the area where it hunts.“Bears start to move ashore,” Derocher said. “Once all those bears are on shore, the likelihood of them coming into conflict with people increases.“The ecosystem is changing. People in polar bear habitat have to look at changing some of their behaviour.”last_img read more

Senator refuses to apologize for remark urging convoy roll over Liberals

first_imgThe Saskatchewan senator said in a statement the comment was a figure of speech, in the context of an election year.“This is manufactured outrage by the Liberals to distract from the real plight of our and gas industry and the harm they are doing to the West _ to my province _ with their policies,” it read. “The words I used may not have been as artful as I would have liked and certain individuals are happy to misinterpret them to suit their own self-interest, but I am not going to apologize for that.”Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick prefaced an appearance at the House of Commons justice committee on Thursday by voicing grave reservations about the state of political dialogue.Wernick did not mention Tkachuk directly but said it was “totally unacceptable” that a parliamentarian would incite people to drive trucks over others after 10 pedestrians were killed in a van attack in Toronto last year.“I hope that you as parliamentarians are going to condemn that,” he said.Toronto Liberal MP Adam Vaughan apologized in early February for a tweet that people should “whack” Ontario Premier Doug Ford. OTTAWA, O.N. – Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk says he won’t apologize for comments he made at a pro-pipeline rally in Ottawa, calling criticism that he was inciting violence “manufactured outrage.”Tkachuk spoke Tuesday to the United We Roll convoy, which left Red Deer, Alta. on Feb. 14 and expressed a wide variety of demands, some related to the oil and gas sector. The convoy participants opposed bills that will overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British ColumbiaTkachuk told the crowd, many of whom had driven across the Prairies and Ontario in pickup trucks and semis, to “roll over every Liberal left in the country … Because when they’re gone, these bills are gone.” Vaughan said the remark was in reference to the “whack-a-mole” carnival game, where players hold a mallet and hit targets as they randomly pop up from a board.last_img read more

Suspect shot and injured while escaping from police

A suspect was shot and injured while he was escaping from the police in Athurugiriya.The police said the suspect had thrown a hand-grenade at the police and fled when he was about to be arrested. The police opened fire on the suspect and he is believed to have sustained injuries. However he still managed to escape and a search operation is underway.

OPP officers cleared in Puslinch arrest investigation

The province’s police watchdog has cleared OPP officers in the arrest of a man last month in Puslinch.On Nov. 23, OPP officers from the Wellington County detachment arrived at a home on Gore Rd. with an arrest warrant for a 30-year-old man. The Special Investigations Unit was called in after that man sought medical attention while in police custody.The investigation found that the man ran off when he saw the police cruiser and tripped and fell when looking back at the house. The man returned home, where he was arrested, and was taken to hospital for treatment.The SIU says the man’s injury was caused by the fall and there was no police involvement. The investigation has been terminated.The SIU is called any time there is a death, injury or sexual assault allegation involving police. read more

US wholesale stockpiles rose 02 per cent in April while sales increased

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale stockpiles rose 0.2 per cent in April while sales increased 0.5 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 10:07 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in April and their sales rebounded from a big decline in March, positive signs for economic growth.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that stockpiles at the wholesale level rose 0.2 per cent in April. That followed a 0.3 per cent gain in March.Sales in April increased 0.5 per cent, the best showing since February. In March, sales had plunged 1.4 per cent.The April increase left stockpiles at the wholesale level at $504.8 billion. That’s up 4.1 per cent from a year ago and 31.2 per cent above the recession low.An increase in restocking can drive more economic growth. It means companies are ordering more goods from U.S. factories.April’s gain was led by a 1.9 per cent increase in restocking of autos and auto parts. Stockpiles of furniture, lumber and computer equipment also posted solid gains.Inventories of machinery, farm products and chemicals were down in April.The economy grew at a 2.4 per cent rate annual from January through March, up from a 0.4 per cent rate in the previous quarter.Growth accelerated in the first quarter largely because consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in more than two years. That also provided more incentive for businesses to restock their shelves after many cut back on inventory building at the end of last year.Many economists believe growth has slowed in the current April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. Economists say part of that reflects a slowdown in production at U.S. factories, stemming from weakness overseas that has dampened demand for U.S. exports. Some economists also say businesses could be worried about the impact of federal spending cuts.A stronger job market has helped offset some of the weakness from the spending cuts and higher taxes.The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy created 175,000 jobs in May. The unemployment rate edged up from 7.5 per cent to 7.6 per cent, however the gain reflected more people entering the work force to look for jobs. Economists viewed that development as a healthy sign. read more

Mens lacrosse defeats Hobart 114 on Senior Day

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was able to shake off a four-game losing streak to rout the Hobart Statesmen, 11-4, on Senior Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The win puts the No. 18 Buckeyes at 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. The scoring came early and often as the Buckeyes racked up six unanswered goals in the first quarter. Sophomore attackman Logan Schuss led the way with four goals for the Buckeyes with plenty of help from fellow sophomore attackman Jeff Tundo, who pitched in three goals. “I think one of the differences for us (this week) from the get-go is we had a six-goal first quarter,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “Right now, I’m happy for the seniors and this team for getting their first league win.” The scoring spree began in the first minute when Schuss wound up and delivered a quick strike. The Statesmen failed to respond until the end of the first quarter when they scored on a man-up opportunity, leaving them down, 6-1, heading into the second quarter. The Buckeyes shut out the Statesmen for the next 15 minutes while adding two more goals, leaving the score at 8-1 heading into halftime. OSU proceeded to match Hobart’s effort in the second half, as each team posted three goals, giving the Buckeyes the largest win of their season with an 11-4 final score. Saturday’s win seemed to be a proper goodbye to Jesse Owens Stadium for senior middleman and Upper Arlington native Scott Lathrop, whose family came to support him on Senior Day. “It feels great, especially coming off a streak of losses,” Lathrop said after scoring two goals in the game. “It was really important for us to come in here with a new focus, not get down on ourselves and come out firing.” Senior Paul Beery, also a middleman, weighed in on leaving the stadium with a big win. “I think we put a lot of stuff together that we worked on this week,” Beery said. “It’s great to come out with a victory, especially with all the seniors getting a piece of the action.” While the Buckeyes certainly had no issues scoring, the defense constantly hustled, forcing 16 Hobart turnovers and allowing just seven shots in the first half with starters in. The defense for the Buckeyes rarely let Hobart near the goal, but when the Statesmen did manage to get close, freshman goalkeeper Greg Dutton usually thwarted them. “Greg Dutton had a heck of a game today with three goals against and 12 saves,” Myers said. “When he gets hot, it really ignites our defense.” Dutton exited to a round of applause in the waning minutes when the game was out of reach, allowing senior goalkeeper Ryan Keneally to play the rest of the game. The Buckeyes will now shift their focus to their upcoming April 16 road game against ECAC Conference leader Denver, which is undefeated in conference play. read more

GEM suspending operations over declining revenue sales crime

The Guyana Entertainment Magazine (GEM), which has been in existence for 13 years will be suspending operations in 2018.This is according to a press statement issued by the Founder and Publisher of the magazine, Simeon Corbin on Thursday.Corbin attributed the suspension to “declining advertising revenue and subscription sales and an unsafe environment.”While he noted that they are currently re-examining their business model for Guyana, he does not foresee any improvement in the publishing industry soon.“In addition, the obvious out of control criminal activity has created a clear and immediate danger to our operation. Of course, our safety and well-being are paramount to our existence,” said Corbin in the issued statement.Nevertheless, the magazine extended a “huge debt of gratitude to [their] readers for supporting the concept to positively promote the country, by transcending race, politics, religion and class. Your continuous support year after year at home and in the Diaspora from issue one to issue seventy-seven is incredible.”Moreover, it posited that all local and international subscribers will be reimbursed for their unused portion of the subscription.According to the publisher, “the magazine is deeply humbled by everyone’s support, and promises that should there be significant improvements in business and security, we’ll consider relaunching the magazine. “Launched on January 30, 2004, GEM has been known as Guyana’s first glossy lifestyle and entertainment publication. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChris Ram wants Luncheon, Corbin to be summoned before Rodney COIAugust 27, 2014In “Politics”Conduct of Harmon constitutes corruption, says local transparency groupApril 5, 2016In “latest news”Marriott Hotel appoints General ManagerMay 28, 2014In “Politics” read more

Not just the rhododendrons Whats being done about invasive plant species in

first_img Image: Shutterstock/andreiuc88 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Not just the rhododendrons: What’s being done about invasive plant species in Ireland? Michael Healy-Rae said the army would be needed to fix the rhododendron problem earlier this week. Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 11:30 AM 20,263 Views 25 Comments Feb 26th 2017, 11:30 AM Share Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/andreiuc88 RHODODENDRONS GOT A lot of attention this week when Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae said that the only way to tackle the problems these plants were causing in Killarney National Park was to send the army in to take them down.But, rhododendrons aren’t the only plants that are causing problems in parks, fields and forests around Ireland.Japanese knotweeds, hogweeds and giant rhubarb are some of the most commonly known across green spaces in Ireland and they are said to cause absolute havoc, as well as being devilishly tricky to remove.Political pressureOpposition TDs press the government on the issue of “invasive plant species” on a very regular basis in the Dáil with the issue raised at least half a dozen times this year so far.TDs from Mayo, Galway, Kerry and Dublin, to name a few, have asked what action will be taken, and it’s clear that these plants have a detrimental effect wherever they sprout up.For its part, the government says it’s taking the issue very seriously.Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Aidan O’Driscoll, appeared before an Oireachtas Committee recently, and acknowledged the problem of Japanese Knotweed, in particular, across the country.He said: “It has not interfered with farming in a significant way but the problem it is a huge invasive species that is very difficult to kill.Japanese knotweed is extraordinarily difficult to get rid of and is like Rhododendron in other parts of the country. Japanese knotweed is even more invasive and it has taken over huge areas of the country.When Galway TD Noel Grealish asked about the situation in Connemara National Park, Minister Heather Humphreys had this response:If left unchecked, this invasive species can grow in dense thickets and replace native shrub, exclude native vegetation, and constrain native woodland regeneration… My Department is committed to continuing this important and challenging work into the future.Responding to a separate question from Meath East TD Thomas Byrne, Humphreys said: “There is considerable work being carried out at present by a range of agencies in this area. While there is no national eradication plan, I will be considering options for improved national co-ordination of work on invasive species.”A persistent nuisanceRetired engineer and ecologist Liam Ryan, from Wexford, found some rosebay willowherbs in the field beside his house, normally used for trees and gardening, some ten years ago and it wasn’t long before they’d taken over the whole area.He told “We first noticed it at the top of Bree Hill in 2004 and then, in 2006, it was noticed in our field.It took over rapidly and colonised about three acres spreading by seed and roots amongst a small sampling forest we had planted of oak and ash.Getting rid of them was easier said than done, as it roots were able to spread and form new plants.Removal was difficult as its rhizomes are tough as hell but by strimming and using the weedkiller glyphosate in spring and autumn it came under control after three seasons and then almost disappeared as it was shaded out by the growing trees.“We still get the occasional plant but it is no longer a problem. All in all it was a nuisance for about 10 years,” Ryan added.Taking actionThe Environmental Protection Agency launched a project to develop the National Invasive Species Database, which would include all priority invasive species.In March 2011, they had 23,742 records of 95 invasive species around Ireland and this work is carried on by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, who regularly post updates on the issue and how best to tackle it if you find it yourself.The centre published a report in 2014 showed that 13% of the alien species in Ireland are classified as highly invasive, and future trends may see the problem worsening.Their catalogue of invasive species is useful in identifying what plants may be taking over your garden and field, and practical advice on getting rid of them.When they’ve taken over a whole national park however, there is no easy solution.When pressed by Healy-Rae in the Dáil this week, Minister Michael Ring told the Kerry TD that the “management of the dynamic and aggressive rhododendron is a long-standing, ongoing programme in the national park”.He said the government had made a concerted effort to remove the rhododendrons which involved “the initial clearance and follow-up maintenance work by contractors, ongoing maintenance work by volunteers and students, a rhododendron management contract and ongoing work by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff, including co-ordination, research and monitoring.”Michael Healy-Rae said that “we are losing the war” but the solution may not be to send the army in.Minister Ring said that €700,000 had spent to fight the rhododendron problem in Killarney National Park since 2011.When it comes to invasive plant species, brute force can only get you so far.Read: ‘The rhododendrons are taking over’: Healy-Rae says army should be sent to Killarney National Park Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Qualcomms Inductive Charging Road Lets ShortRange EVs Go On Long Trips

first_img Electric toothbrushes have used inductive chargers for years. More recently, phone and tablet makers started building the tech into their devices. Today, several companies are working on using inductive chargers to juice up EVs.Qualcomm is one of them. But while many of the systems you may have seen charge vehicles while they’re parked, Qualcomm’s keeps them topped off while they’re rolling down the road.They’re looking at different ways of combating range anxiety as part of a project they’ve labeled with the acronym FABRIC. It stands for Feasibility analysis and development of on-road charging solutions for future electric vehicles. Cut them some slack… Good, straightforward acronyms are hard to come up with these days, and FAADOORCSFFEV doesn’t have a great ring to it.One solution they’re experimenting with is the inductive road you see at the top of this post. The charging elements are tucked into a pad that runs down the middle section of the road. Guide your compatible EV along it or, presumably, let its autonomous driving AI take care of staying on course, and you can cruise along comfortably knowing that you’ll have enough power to reach your destination.Built into a long stretch of interstate, Qualcomm’s inductive road could allow EVs that were mostly intended for short daily commutes to go on relaxing, extended weekend drives. That’s where the system has the most potential to make a difference. Qualcomm notes that it wouldn’t make a significant impact if used in areas where shorter drives are the norm.One major hurdle that has to be overcome before we’ll be taking advantage of an inductive road. It’s a tad on the expensive side right now. Things in the EV world are changing at an incredibly rapid pace, though, and Korea actually did something similar for electric buses four years ago… so it could happen sooner than we think. Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair last_img read more

Animal Rights Group Lashes Out at SI

first_img20061,153,000 “We have tremendous respect and admiration for those who share our passion for the protection of animal rights,” reads a statement submitted to FOLIO: by Sports Illustrated. “We are rigorous in our adherence to the laws protecting the rights of animals and continue to place close scrutiny the ways in which we feature the beauty of the animal kingdom.”In February, Time staff writer Lisa Takeuchi Cullen wrote a blog post (“My Company Made Me Look at Porn”) criticizing Time Inc. for distributing the swimsuit issue to employees.SWIMSUIT AT THE NEWSSTAND So how is the issue selling? Sports Illustrated says it is on pace for 1.2 million in single copy sales, the most since 2004 [see chart]. In the six weeks since the issue was posted online, Sports Illustrated says it has received 8 million unique visitors and 360 million page views. 20081,200,000* 20041,400,000 20071,050,000 20051,083,000 YEARSINGLE COPY SALES If you thought you’d heard it all in terms of the backlash surrounding Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue—subscribers, Time Inc. staffers—think again.Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, a Washington state-based organization that supports chimpanzees “discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries,” has organized a letter-writing campaign protesting the magazine’s use of animals in its swimsuit pictorials.In a letter sent to Sports Illustrated, Julia Gallucci of Chimpanzee Sanctuary criticized the magazine’s use of a macaque and a bear on location at a Russian vodka distillery. “I wanted to let you know that exotic animals typically endure excessively brutal training methods at the hands of their trainers, who dominate the animals and force them to perform unnatural behaviors for the camera,” Gallucci wrote. “Please make the responsible decision never to exploit exotic animals in your publication again.” An SI rep says the magazine has received more than two dozen similar letters. SOURCE: SI * estimatelast_img read more

YSRCP government committed to State development Reddappa

first_imgChittoor: The YSRCP government is committed to development of the State, said Chittoor MP N Reddappa while speaking to The Hans India here on Thursday. He mentioned that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been exerting pressure on the BJP-led NDA government to grant Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh. The MP stated that the YSRCP had won in majority Assembly constituencies in the district. Giving Deputy Chief Minister post to SC legislator K Narayana Swamy, who won from reserved GD Nellore Assembly constituency, is an indication of Jagan’s commitment towards Dalits and weaker sections of the society. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us Reddappa said injustice was done to SC, ST, BC and Minorities in the TDP rule. “The State government is giving high priority for supply of drinking water to villages in Chittoor parliamentary constituency,” he mentioned. Reddappa stated that drinking water would be supplied to Chittoor city once construction of Adavipalle reservoir is completed.last_img read more

MLA Manik Rao pays tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram

first_imgZaheerabad: Local legislator Manik Rao paid tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram by garlanding his statue near Pasthapur Police Station on Saturday. He recalled the services rendered by the legendary leader. TPCC leader Narotham, Rajender, TRS leaders MG Ramulu, Ram Chander, Babi, Naveen, Abraham, Pradeep, Swamy Das, Srikanth, Raju and others were present.last_img

Join Team TARDIS With New Doctor Who Skype Bot

first_imgFinally, the chance to travel with the Doctor.Skype and BBC Worldwide this week launched the Doctor Who Bot, opening the doors to the TARDIS with interactive game “The Saviour of Time.”Fans can step into the coveted role of companion in the six-part digital series from Joe Lidster (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood)—featuring Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.The Time Lord needs your help locating all six segments of the Key to Time, which “keeps the universe stable and running smoothly… ish,” he explains in the introductory video.Split into six segments, disguised, and hidden throughout all of time and space, the key must be reassembled to restore balance to the universe. And you can assist in finding it.Simply add the Doctor Who Bot to your contacts to start the game. Chat “directly” with the Doctor via Skype to help solve his mission. “It’s hugely exciting to be launching a Doctor Who bot on Skype—which gives us the opportunity to deliver a new form of digital storytelling with our cutting-edge brand,” Jaclyn Lee-Joe, chief marketing officer at BBC Worldwide, said in a statement.This sort of short-form digital storytelling is fast becoming a popular way to reach audiences and share anecdotes in the age of social media and smartphones.“The Saviour of Time” lets players “converse” with the Doctor (from my experience, it doesn’t much matter what you say—the AI follows a strict plot, barely breaking for answers, questions, or any other gobbledygook you type) while exploring new worlds.“Through this new innovation we get to experience first-hand how bots can help deliver digital-first content, and immerse audiences, old and new, in the Doctor Who universe like never before,” Lee-Joe said.The Doctor Who Bot is available now from the Skype Bot directory in the US, Canada, the UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, and Brazil.To add the program manually, search for “Doctor Who Bot,” read the profile and terms, then click “Add to Contacts.” New updates and notifications will be pushed out through the latest Skype app for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and the Web.“Our goal is for everyone in the world to experience the best Skype has to offer and the Doctor Who bot with BBC Worldwide brings a range of new features and functionality,” Steven Abrahams, group product manager of Skype studios and strategic partnerships, said. “We’re excited to see the bot bring users and fans one step closer to meeting the iconic Doctor.”Do you have what it takes to join the Doctor and help save the universe?last_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more November 26, 2008 – Siemens Healthcare will highlight at RSNA 2008 the ACUSON S2000 Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS), reportedly the first multi-use, automated volume breast ultrasound system.The system is 510(k) pending and not available in the U.S.The ACUSON S2000 ABVS system automatically and quickly acquires full-field sonographic volumes for comprehensive review and diagnosis of the breast streamlining workflow and reducing operator dependence and variability. The system also features the intuitive, anatomical coronal plane, not available using conventional ultrasound. This view provides a more understandable representation of the global anatomy and architecture of the breast, according to the company. Semi-automated reporting and comprehensive BI-RADS reporting capabilities further enhance the clinical workflow.The ACUSON S2000 ABVS reportedly has an innovative, mobile in-suite design combining the advanced ACUSON S2000 ultrasound system with a transducer specifically designed for automated ultrasound breast volume imaging. To further optimize high-volume patient care, the system also supports innovative breast imaging applications, such as fatty tissue and eSie Touch elasticity imaging.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | November 26, 2008 ACUSON S2000 Reportedly First Multi-Use, Automated Volume Breast Ultrasound Related Content News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more center_img News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

Citigroup pays 180 million to settle hedge fund fraud case

first_imgNEW YORK – U.S. securities regulators ordered two Citigroup affiliates Monday to pay $180 million to settle charges that they defrauded investors by falsely claiming a pair of hedge funds were low-risk.Citigroup collected nearly $3 billion from 4,000 investors by claiming the ASTA/MAT fund and the Falcon fund were low-risk investments akin to investing in government bonds, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.In 2008, both funds collapsed during the financial crisis.“The funds were not bond substitutes, and an investment in the funds carried significantly greater risk than a bond investment,” the SEC said.Both funds used “significant amounts of leverage” and were classified in an internal Citigroup rating system as having “significant risk to principal.”“That rating, however, was not shared with the majority of investors and financial advisors,” the SEC said.The SEC criticized Citigroup for poorly overseeing fund management staff to ensure communications were “accurate and not misleading.”The order also faulted fund employees for dishonest statements about the funds’ financial condition when they came under strain in 2007.“Advisers at these Citigroup affiliates were supposed to be looking out for investors’ best interests, but falsely assured them they were making safe investments even when the funds were on the brink of disaster,” said Andrew Ceresney, director for the SEC’s enforcement division.Citigroup said through a spokesman that the bank is “pleased to have resolved this matter.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Feds say they’re finally going after bad guys on Wall Street Regional investment is key to Central American security, say foreign ministers FIFA corruption probe: Swiss to extradite ex-VP Figueredo to US Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoillast_img read more

Bring a friend for half price with Qantas

first_imgQantas is offering 50% off companion fares in Premium Economy and Business Class to a range of international destinations.The four day buddy sale will last until 11.59pm on Monday (AEST), and the special airfares will be valid for travel from 07 June – 14 September, with limited availability.The special is available for a number of international destinations including Johannesburg, Los Angeles (Premium Economy only), San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Noumea, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, Manila and Jakarta. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

AnastasiadesSpehar meeting postponed

first_imgA meeting planned for Friday morning between President Nicos Anastasiades and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar will take place on July 8 at 11am, the President announced on Friday morning.No reasons were given for the postponement.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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