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Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for August by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.2 per cent in August. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.4 per cent (8.4)— Halifax 7.1 (6.8)— Moncton, N.B. 5.1 (5.2)— Saint John, N.B. 5.8 (6.2)— Saguenay, Que. 6.7 (6.9)— Quebec 3.8 (4.0)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.0 (5.6)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.4 (6.3)— Montreal 6.4 (6.3)— Gatineau, Que. 5.8 (5.5)— Ottawa 5.9 (6.5)— Kingston, Ont. 5.3 (5.5)— Peterborough, Ont. 8.3 (9.6)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.3 (5.9)— Toronto 6.4 (6.9)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.6 (5.4)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.5 (6.6)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 4.4 (4.8)— Brantford, Ont. 5.3 (5.0)— Guelph, Ont. 4.7 (4.5)— London, Ont. 5.4 (5.6)— Windsor, Ont. 6.2 (6.2)— Barrie, Ont. 6.6 (6.3)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.4 (6.7)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.1 (5.4)— Winnipeg 5.4 (5.6)— Regina 5.6 (5.4)— Saskatoon 8.3 (8.4)— Calgary 8.5 (8.5)— Edmonton 8.7 (8.5)— Kelowna, B.C. 4.6 (3.6)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.6 (5.6)— Vancouver 4.7 (5.1)— Victoria 4.6 (4.6)last_img read more

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UN human rights chief stresses collective responsibility to protect civilians

22 July 2009Individual countries, regional organizations and partners of the United Nations must all do more to ensure the international community has “a credible capacity for rapid responses” to any future situations similar to previous episodes of genocide or ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official said today. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the principle of “responsibility to protect” – which holds States responsible for shielding their own populations from genocide and other major human rights abuses and requires the international community to step in if this obligation is not met – must now be translated into concrete steps.“We should all undertake an honest assessment of our ability to save lives in extraordinary situations,” she said in a statement issued a day ahead of the General Assembly’s interactive dialogue on the issue. Ms. Pillay warned that her own experience growing up in South Africa under apartheid demonstrated that “it is not easy for the international community to respond in a situation where genocide, war crimes or other serious human rights violations are occurring.”She said that while her office would continue to support States to fulfil their responsibilities to protect civilians, including through institution building, technical cooperation and the overall promotion of human rights, a collective effort was needed.“A concerted effort by States, UN partners and regional organizations will be required to develop and maintain a credible capacity for rapid responses to exceptional situations similar to those of Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.“Concerted efforts by the international community at critical moments in time could prevent the escalation of violence into genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or ethnic cleansing.”Ms. Pillay’s statement echoes the remarks made yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, when he delivered a report to the General Assembly that outlines a series of measures designed to stop genocide and related crimes.The proposals contained in the report rest on three pillars: State responsibility; international assistance and capacity-building; and timely and decisive response. read more

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Union representing Air Georgian pilots file unfair labour complaint

TORONTO — The union representing Air Georgian pilots says it has filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Canada Industrial Relations Board against the Ontario-based airline.The Air Line Pilots Association accuses the airline of bargaining in bad faith and acting inappropriately with pilots.The legal action comes 13 days after pilots filed for conciliation in seeking their first collective agreement.The union says Air Georgian management threatened Beech 1900 pilots with layoffs, with being prohibited from advancing to Air Canada and with targeting a union negotiator with potential discipline or termination.An Air Georgian representative says the company has no comment.The union says the two sides have reached agreement on three of 30 contract sections since it served notice to bargain for a new pilot contract more than 20 months ago.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC) read more

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Kyrgyzstan Annan welcomes presidential elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the peaceful conduct of yesterday’s presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, which had been organized in just three months, with help from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), following the resignation of former President Askar Akaev in April.”Preliminary reports indicate that the elections took place in a credible manner with strength and commitment to upholding international standards,” said Mr. Annan’s spokesman in New York.”The holding of these elections is an important step in the consolidation of political institutions in Kyrgyzstan, the statement said, adding: “The Secretary-General Looks forward to partnership and cooperation with the new Government.” read more

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Football JT Barrett breaks program record for most touchdowns in single season

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett dives into the end zone for the Cotton Bowl’s opening touchdown on Dec. 29. It gave the Buckeyes a 6-0 lead against USC. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett broke his own program record for most touchdowns in a season when he scored a 1-yard touchdown, his 46th of the season, less than three minutes into Friday night’s Cotton Bowl against USC.The score surpassed his 2014 record of 45 touchdowns. He has 35 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns this year. Barrett holds many records at Ohio State and in the Big Ten. Earlier this season, he set the school passing record, the program single-season touchdown pass record and the Big Ten career passing touchdown record. read more

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La Terre et la Lune se seraient formées 120 millions dannées plus

first_imgLa Terre et la Lune se seraient formées 120 millions d’années plus tard que prévuSelon de récentes études, la formation de la Terre et de son satellite naturel, la Lune, n’aurait pas eu lieu aussi tôt que le pensaient les scientifiques jusqu’alors.La Terre et la Lune se seraient formées après une violente collision entre deux planètes de la taille de Vénus et Mars en orbite autour du Soleil, 120 millions d’années plus tard que ce qui avait été calculé jusqu’alors. Lors de la collision, les deux planètes se sont agglomérées pour donner naissance à une planète plus grosse et à un satellite.Les scientifiques pensaient encore il y a peu que ces deux corps célestes s’étaient formés lorsque le Soleil était âgé de 30 millions d’années, soit il y a environ 4,537 milliards d’années. D’après les récentes recherches effectuées sur le sujet, cette naissance avoisinerait plutôt les 150 millions d’années après la formation du Soleil.Lors de la collision, la température avoisinait les 7.000°C : le métal constituant le cœur des planètes à l’origine de la Terre et de la Lune et la roche constituant leur manteau ont donc fondu pour former la planète bleue et son satellite.Leur âge peut être déterminé en examinant la présence de certains éléments contenus dans le manteau de la Terre. L’élément radioactif hafnium-182 par exemple, qui se transforme en son isotope, le tungstène-182. Pour déterminer l’âge de la planète Terre, les scientifiques ont mesuré les quantités de tungstène contenues dans le manteau terrestre. Il s’avère que, selon une étude de l’Institut Niels Bohr, la collision à l’origine de la formation de la Terre a eu lieu alors que presque tout le hafnium s’était déjà transformé en tungstène. Les scientifiques ont donc revu leurs calculs, et effectué une mise à jour de l’âge de la Terre et de la Lune.Le 12 juin 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des serpents capables de voler

first_imgDes serpents capables de volerAu moins cinq espèces de serpents, que l’on retrouve en Asie, sont capables de voler en décollant de leur branche.En Asie du sud et du sud-est, se trouvent des espèces comme Chrysopelea paradisi, un reptile capable de voler. Le biologiste Jake Socha, qui étudie les serpents volants depuis des années, est parvenu à modéliser leur vol. Grâce à plusieurs caméras, il a filmé comment un de ces spécimens s’élançait depuis une tour de 15 mètres. La reconstruction de ce vol en 3D a permis de déterminer la position de l’animal qui se déplace tout de même à la vitesse de 8 à 10 mètres par secondes. À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasLa vidéo a ainsi montré que la première moitié de leur corps conservait une position quasi constante (mis à part quelques ondulations) pendant que la partie postérieure s’agitait de haut en bas. Bien que ce vol soit éphémère, il est tout de même surprenant. En effet, a priori, rien ne semble indiquer qu’il soit capable de voler mais c’est pourtant le cas. Il vole, quoi qu’il en soit, suffisamment pour montrer qu’il est capable de soulever un  poids plus important  que son propre poids.”Le serpent est comme une espèce d’aile”, explique le chercheur. “Cette aile est en reconfiguration perpétuelle, se déformant et se contorsionnant… Les différentes parties du corps, en fonction de leur position dans l’espace, peuvent interagir sur la trajectoire de la partie antérieure”, conclut-il. “Nous possédons désormais les bases pour étudier en détail leur aérodynamisme”.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 14:41 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Spalletti no longer wants to discuss the Juventus controversy

first_imgIt has been discussed a lot lately in the Italian football as Juventus managed to turn around the match against Inter in the final minutes and some of the decisions of the referee were really doubtful.However, Luciano Spalletti insisted that it is time to move on and focus on the upcoming game against Udinese as Inter have to fight for the top positions and the defeat against Juventus didn’t help him at all.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s next game as he said, according to Football Italia:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.It has not been an easy week and the result of the Juventus game speaks for itself.”“Clearly we are not happy, but we have to react. We are playing these final weeks of the season thinking that everything still depends on us. That means we have to win in Udine.”“I don’t want to answer any more questions on Daniele Orsato, that case is closed. We showed against Juventus that we are a very strong side, but we shouldn’t need something exceptional to prove that. We ought to prove it every time.”last_img read more

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Flint Hills Region Seeks Consultant to Perform JLUS for Ft Riley

first_imgThe Flint Hills Regional Council, a regional planning organization serving communities in northeast Kansas, is soliciting proposals from qualified consulting teams to conduct an update to the 2005 Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) prepared for Fort Riley.The 2005 JLUS helped the Army and local governments in the region surrounding Fort Riley develop a proactive and strategic planning policy. However, the mission, makeup and operating environment of Fort Riley has evolved significantly since that study was completed.Bringing the 1st Infantry Division back to Fort Riley after 2005 resulted in significant increases to the installation’s human and capital assets, required training hours, as well as the total number and type of training missions. These mission changes combined with the increased population growth in the surrounding region increase the potential for land use conflicts between Fort Riley and the community as a result of vibrations and increased weapons and aircraft noise.The update is being funded by a grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment.Responses to the RFP, which can be downloaded from the council’s website, are due Aug. 1. Final deliverables are due June 30, 2017. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Allinone home security systems should be more popular

first_img Security Cameras Security Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 54 Photos How to buy the right security camera for you Review • The plucky Piper NV security system plays for keeps • Comments CNET Smart Home 8 Amazon LG 53 indoor security cameras for a safer smart home A too-small poolSo what’s going on here? Are companies holding off on manufacturing more all-in-one systems because people aren’t really buying the ones that are already out there? Or are people simply not buying the ones already out there because the available offerings largely underperform?I think it’s both. Forrester research firm VP and principal analyst, Frank Gillett, is also surprised they aren’t more popular. “I hold them up as an example of something that I thought would take off more,” he says.He thinks it’s because they’re being sold as “security cameras” rather than “smart camera systems.”  Now playing: Watch this: Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Enlarge ImageThe Abode Iota is one of the only remaining all-in-one security systems I like, but the category has so much potential. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The all-in-one security system is a self-contained home monitoring gadget. What does that mean, you ask? Fair question. It means you get all of the basics of a DIY security system in a single, compact device.  From the now-defunct Piper Classic and Piper NV to the still-available Guardzilla 360 and Abode Iota, all-in-one security systems come complete with built-in cameras, sirens, motion sensors and other useful features. Arm and disarm yours in the accompanying app just like you would with any other security system and let it watch over your house for you. Their main benefits, of course, are flexibility and portability. They’re ideal for smaller homes with one main point of entry to keep an eye on. They’re also fantastic for folks living in apartments or any rented spaces where you aren’t supposed to install a bunch of stuff, lest you face the wrath of an irate landlord — or lady.  And if you decide to move, simply unplug your handy all-in-one device and pack it alongside your other small electronics for use at your next place. But, surprisingly (to me, at least), this category of home security products hasn’t caught on much. There are less than ten main options kicking around today from names like Canary, LG, Somfy and a handful of others. And, like I said, my original favorites in the category, the Piper Classic and NV devices, are discontinued.  So, what’s the deal with these all-in-one systems and why aren’t more people making (and buying) them? Smart security overview: The best home security devices of 2019PiperEnlarge ImageThe Piper Classic is gone and I’m sad about it. Colin West McDonald/CNET A tale of two Pipers The $199 Piper Classic was a security module with a camera, a siren and a whole bunch of sensors that detected everything from ambient light to motion. You could track what’s going on via the HD live video stream and get alerts during a potential break-in. The Piper stored up to 1,000 video clips on its cloud server for free — there was no local storage option, but there wasn’t a monthly fee either. It had a built-in Z-Wave hub for connecting third-party devices and compatibility with IFTTT, the free “if this, then that” automation service.  The $279 Piper NV (“NV” stands for “night vision” and “new version”) distinguished itself from its similar-looking Piper predecessor in a couple of key ways. With night vision and a 3.4-megapixel camera sensor, the NV was a clear upgrade from the 2-megapixel sans-night-vision original. It retained a lot of the features that made the first iteration so great — a 180-degree fish-eye lens, a 105-decibel siren, a microphone and a speaker, free cloud storage and multiple sensors — but the new add-ons took the NV to a new level. Then, Alarm.com bought Piper parent company Icontrol Networks in early 2017 and the Pipers basically disappeared. I continued to spot them, for a time, on third-party sites like Amazon, but the Alarm.com purchase was a death sentence for the two Piper all-in-one systems. Womp, womp. Piper nvEnlarge ImageThe next-gen Piper NV is also gone…and I’m also sad about it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The restHere are the all-in-one systems that are still hanging on despite a lack of movement in the category over the past five or six years:Abode IotaCanary All-in-OneCanary ViewGuardzilla 360LG Smart SecuritySens8Somfy OneThat’s it, just seven products… including the UK-based Somfy One that isn’t sold in the United States. Read more about each specific device in more detail here, but the overall gist is that they’re largely disappointing with a couple of exceptions.Canary’s All-in-One had performance issues and the View was missing key features like a siren. Guardzilla’s 360 and the LG Smart Security were too glitchy, and the Sens8 doesn’t work with Alexa or Google Assistant (at least Alexa or Google Assistant compatibility is pretty much a minimum requirement at this point), although I haven’t tested it fully yet, so it could be great otherwise.The Abode Iota is the one that stands out slightly from the rest of the models I’ve tested. For $249, you get the device itself, one door/window sensor and a key fob. While you don’t need those extra accessories, it makes the Iota’s starter kit more scalable. The Iota performs well too and offers extras like two-hour battery backup in the event of a power outage and optional local storage via a built-in microSD card slot. It also works with both Alexa and Google Assistant. Icontrol Networks Piper NV Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now CNET Smart Home Share your voice See All 4:11 reading • All-in-one home security systems should be much more popular Related links “Selling fear doesn’t take you very far,” Gillett adds. Smart camera systems, or what I call all-in-one systems, have extra features customers, particularly renters and families, should want — environmental sensors and other lifestyle features. But the companies making them haven’t figured out the right “story or the right value proposition” to sell them effectively, Gillett explains.But all this means there’s an excellent opportunity for new companies to swoop in and save this waffling home security category. All-in-one home security devices have the potential to appeal broadly to renters, who often can’t use professional firms like ADT, AT&T Digital Life or Comcast Xfinity Home with their install-intensive hardware that’s much more difficult to move when your lease is up. And, as Gillett points out, there’s also a great opening for these cameras to be more than home security monitoring devices, but family devices that can be used to see if the kids got home from school, to monitor the temperature in the baby’s room and so much more.Someone needs to pick up where Piper left off and give the Abode Iota some much-needed competition.  7 all-in-one home security systems to watch your place 24/7 Abode Iota all-in-one camera works with Siri, Z-Wave and Zigbee August View vs. Ring Video Doorbell 2 Tagslast_img read more

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With Senate Career Behind Him French Not Looking Back

first_imgLieutenant Governor candidate Hollis French.On Tuesday, voters will decide which Republican candidate will face off against Mark Begich in a closely watched Senate primary. But while it’s gotten less attention, there’s also a contested statewide race on the Democratic ballot for the office of lieutenant governor. One of the two candidates is Hollis French, a state senator who is giving up his seat in the Legislature to run for the job. It will be French’s sixth time running for office, with most of those races to keep his Senate seat. In 2010, he ran for governor but lost in the Democratic primary. Last year, he decided not to run for reelection and instead considered another run for governor. He even put in paperwork and had signs made. But he wasn’t the only one who wanted the job, so he dropped down to the second ranking seat in the executive branch.“You know, I couldn’t see going through a destructive primary with Bryon Mallott,” says French. “I respect him. I think he’s got a broader reach.”The Lieutenant Governor job isn’t a terribly powerful one. The office oversees the Division of Elections, signs regulations, protects the state seal, and can help counsel the governor. But mostly, it puts you next in line to run the state should anything happen. French says even so, he’d rather try for the executive branch than the Legislature at this point.“If you really want to make a change, that’s the place to do it — and probably not inside the Legislature,” says French.For the past year, French led the Senate’s Democratic minority, serving as the voice of the loyal opposition to the Republican majority caucus. During the past Legislature, French introduced eight bills, including one to reduce student loan payments and another to legalize same-sex marriage. Just one — a bill to expand the state’s pre-kindergarten program — even got a hearing.But for much of his time in office, French was part of the ruling caucus. As a member of the Senate bipartisan coalition, he chaired committees and actually had the power to move legislation through the body. French gets a little nostalgic about it.“The coalition was really a godsend, and it was really a big leap for me,” says French. “I mean we shook hands with people that I had been diametrically opposed to and fighting for the past four years.”The coalition fell apart in 2012 when a mix of Democrats and moderate Republicans were voted out of office, after new redistricting maps came out. Put in a more conservative district, French barely held onto his seat, winning by just 51 votes. The Republican – state representative Mia Costello — running in the West Anchorage district he represents is even stronger than the opponent he faced last time. But while Costello was initially viewed as difficult to beat, the Democrat who ended up filing in the district, Clare Ross, has been one of the top fundraisers this year. Even though that race is now considered competitive, French says he doesn’t regret not defending his seat.“None of us are irreplaceable,” says French. “I’ve really enjoyed my time there, but it really feels like I’ve made the right decision.”Now, French is running against schoolteacher Bob Williams to make up the bottom half of a gubernatorial ticket. Should French win the primary, the show won’t be about him in November. And even if he does end up on the ticket, it’s a tough race for the Democrats against Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. On top of Parnell’s incumbency advantage and conservative tilt in the state, it’s a three-way race with independent candidate Bill Walker pulling from the same demographic as Mallott. French thinks that Parnell can be beat, though, especially if the oil tax referendum passes next week.French also thinks he could help strengthen the Democratic ticket, not just as a candidate but pragmatically. After the primary, the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor essentially merge their accounts, and French had nearly $70,000 cash on hand as of Tuesday. In contrast, Mallott has about $40,000 left in his war chest, after spending much of the $550,000 he’s raised on staffing, polling, and travel. Parnell is heading into November with $300,000 on hand, and Walker has $100,000 available.“My campaign office is my Subaru,” says French. “I do a huge amount work out of this office. You know, I’m a fiscal conservative. I do not like to waste campaign money. You have to spend campaign money communicating with voters, and every penny you spend that’s not toward that communication is not the most effective use of a campaign dollar.”As a political newcomer, Williams has had to spend nearly all of his campaign money on the primary. Republican candidate Dan Sullivan, who has a nominal primary challenge, has nearly $80,000 cash on hand to bring to the Parnell campaign. Even if French loses his primary or the general, he says he’s okay if this turns out to be the end of his political career.“You know, we’re not going to starve to death. I’ve got a law degree, I can practice law,” says French. “There’s great mountains out there. I like to climb mountains. There’s all kinds of stuff to do.”And plus, he says, in this state, old politicians never really disappear.last_img read more

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Is Supreme Court also involved in EVM rigging Congress leader Udit Raj

first_imgWikimedia CommonsCongress leader Udit Raj on Wednesday in a serious development raised questions over the way the Supreme Court has dealt with complaints of EVM rigging and with petitions seeking review of 100 per cent VVPAT slips along with electronic voting machines on vote counting day.”Why does the Supreme Court not want all the VVPAT slots to be counted? Is it also involved in rigging? In the process of selection, when the government work has been slow for almost three months, then it takes two to three days to count,” Raj tweeted.The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a PIL which sought 100 per cent verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes on May 23 for the recently held Lok Sabha elections.The plea was filed by Tech for All, a Chennai-based organisation.Before this on May 7, the top court dismissed a petition filed by 21 Opposition parties to review its April judgment.Earlier on April 8, an apex court bench headed by the CJI had directed the Election Commission (EC) to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five machines at polling booths per Assembly segment in the general elections.The court observed that the increase in the number would provide greater satisfaction to the electorate as well as the political parties.last_img read more

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PIC Malaika Arora goes out with son Arhaan gets trolled for indecent

first_imgInstagramEvery time Malaika Arora makes an appearance or goes for an outing, paparazzi just can’t stop themselves from clicking her. Be it her outings with her girl-gang, Arjun Kapoor or son, Arhaan, more often than not, her eccentric and ultra-glamorous outfits become the centre of attraction and remain so for a long period.Malaika Arora was recently clicked coming out of Pali village café along with her son, Arhaan Khan. While we loved Malaika’s all white outfit with plunging neckline, hair tied in a bun, complemented with a Gucci bag; certain section of netizens found her sensuous style hard to digest. Soon after the picture made its way to the online world, netizens couldn’t stop trolling the actress and giving out negative comments. Majority of netizens had an issue with Malaika’s dress. While some called it ‘inappropriate’ to wear such a dress with her son around, many called it ‘indecent’.The 45-year-old actress is dating 33-year-old Arjun Kapoor. Netizens also raised questions on Arhaan Khan’s similarity to Arjun Kapoor.Talking about how mature and evolved his son is, Malaika had once said in an interview with Anupama Chopra, “He is not one of those to feel weird. The normal growing up issues are there but, I guess he somewhere lets me be. He knows this is what my mom is all about and he is proud of it. I have never ever heard him say ‘what is this’ or ‘why’. I have never heard him say that. And, I think kids are pretty vocal so he would say if something’s on his mind or something he feels. But, never.”Talking about Arhaan’s girlfriends, Malaika had said that she feels she is the coolest mom around. She said that she hangs out with his girlfriends, sits for a chat with them, hugs them etc.; but they feel a little uncomfortable around her.last_img read more

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PaturiaDaulatdia ferry services resume after 2hr

first_imgFerry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route in the Padma river resumed after two hours of suspension caused by dense fog on Saturday morning, reports UNB.“The ferry services remained suspended from 7:30am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog,” said Nasir Mohammad Chowdhury, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha.Later, the ferry services resumed around 9:30am as the fog disappeared, Nasir said.last_img

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Neighbors Stunned By Shootings Of Two Houston Police Officers

first_img X 00:00 /00:58 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen – / 4People in a quiet neighborhood near U.S. 59 and Beltway 8 say they were shocked to see police swarming the area Tuesday with automatic weapons. That was after two officers were shot while investigating a home burglary. The incident happened around noon in the 8700 block of Sterlingame.One of the officers who was shot, 49-year-old Ronny Cortez, is a 24-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and longtime resident of the neighborhood. Houston Police Art Chief Acevedo says he’s proud of Cortez, who was shot multiple times. Cortez was listed in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital as of Tuesday evening.“Just speaks to the mental toughness, the psychological toughness and I think it speaks to his character. And think about it, a 24-year veteran of a police department that rather than not be engaged, this guy went out looking for people that he knew might do him harm.Houston Emergency Services Director Dr. David Persse said Cortez’s condition has improved. “He is awake and talking and is with his family,” Persse told the Associated Press.The other injured officer, Jose Munoz, has been with the department for 10 years. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Tanzey Rogers was in the area of the shooting. She says she was delivering custom-made T-shirts to a client when she found the streets blocked by police. Rogers then called her client to see what was happening and soon heard a volley of shots.    “It sounded like big booms of fireworks,” says Rogers. “Boom boom boom boom boom. That’s what it sounded like. Boom boom boom boom boom. A series of shots. Nothing that I could ever get used to.”Once police sounded the all-clear we were able to speak to one of the neighbors near the shooting scene. Mia Wheeler says she came home from work to find officers swarming the neighborhood. “Police kept putting more and more gear on, bringing out assault rifles,” says Wheeler. “It was completely insane.” And until now, it’s something that’s never happened in the neighborhood. Wheeler says she usually feels safe but now she’ll think twice about going out for a run after dark. “Sad that I have to change up my routine like that just because I’m worried that someone is going to start terrorizing the neighborhood again like they did today.”As police searched for suspects, neighbors were told to stay inside and a couple of local schools were put on lockdown.Houston Crime Stoppers and the 100 Club is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who got away, KHOU reported.  Sharelast_img read more

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AlImdaad Foundation distributes water to affected communities in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Read also: Al-Imdaad Foundation co-ordinator wins Community Builder AwardResidents were thankful for the water they received, as they can use it in their homes to cook food and feed their babies. Many households have babies, and this makes it even more difficult when no water is coming out of your taps.The elderly, too, were helped, as they needed water to take their medication.Residents are urged not to give the foundation members a hard time when they go around handing out water, as water is precious and needed by all.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Al-Imdaad Foundation in Ladysmith yet again came to the rescue of people in town when residents were recently left without water.It has become customary over the years for residents to hear the sound of a van hooting outside their house and hear shouts of “Water”.The residents quickly step outside and take 10 litres of water from Al-Imdaad Foundation members.This water is received with open arms, as people are sometimes left without any water for days on end, with no help from water tankers coming out to their homes.This was again the scenario on Wednesday last week when the foundation went door-to-door, handing out water to hundreds of homes that were left with dry taps.Also read: Al-Imdaad Foundation brings relief to Ladysmith residents with waterAlso read: Al-Imdaad Foundation helps stroke victimlast_img read more

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Prominent businessman dies due to illness

first_imgA prominent Ladysmith businessman passed away last night (Monday) in hospital after a short, unspecified illness.35-year-old Cde Njabulo ‘Mlilo’ Hadebe, known to many as “Unjabs”, was in critical condition in hospital after suffering complications due to an existing condition.He died at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital.Social media was abuzz when news broke of his death. Unjabs is described by friends, colleagues and family as a people’s person who was always there to help others.He was a loyal member of the ANC, serving as former Sub-Regional Treasurer. From a young age, he was a leading businessman in town, with a wide variety of business interests.Unjabs survived an attempted hijacking last year.He leaves behind his wife, three children and siblings. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more November 2, 2012 — A first-of-its-kind clinical trial conducted at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center has shown encouraging results for the use of stereotactic radiosurgery to treat kidney cancer. This noninvasive treatment technique may represent a potential new nonsurgical option for patients with the disease who have limited treatment options.Rod Ellis, M.D., lead author of the study along with principal investigator Lee Ponsky, M.D., presented results of a phase I clinical trial in 20 patients with localized primary renal cancer at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in Boston. In the abstract titled “Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Renal Cancer: Phase I Safety and Toxicity,” Ellis presented data showing that 94 percent of patients treated in the study had decreased or stable disease, with limited side effects.”This trial shows that low to moderate doses of stereotactic radiosurgery are safe for renal cancer patients who typically do not have surgical options,” said Ellis, clinical director and vice chair for clinical affairs, department of radiation oncology at UH Case Medical Center, and associate professor of radiation oncology and urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “Based on these findings, this treatment represents a promising therapeutic option. Further studies are needed to determine safe levels for the maximum dosage and by doing so, we hope to find increased response and cure rates with this method.””This study is a unique partnership between a surgeon and radiation oncologist, intended to offer patients a noninvasive, highly focused ablative radiation with surgical precision with little to no side effects,” said Ponsky, director of urologic oncology and minimally invasive therapies at UH Case Medial Center, and associate professor of urology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. “We are very excited about these results and cautiously optimistic about the future potential of this therapy.”According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 65,000 new cases of kidney cancer each year in the United States, and it is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women. Treatment options typically include surgery or cryoablation (using cold therapy to destroy the tumor). However, many patients are not surgical candidates, and stereotactic radiosurgery provides a noninvasive alternative in just three treatments which requires no anesthesia or narcotics. Stereotactic radiosurgery is performed using Cyberknife, a robotic radiosurgery system which delivers targeted doses of radiation with submillimeter accuracy while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This high-dose, focused radiation destroys tumor cells and stops cancer cells from growing.This study followed patients from two to 41 months post-treatment using a four-part dose escalation schema. The response rate indicates that patients reacted well and had acceptable levels of treatment-related toxicity following stereotactic radiosurgery in all age groups from 58 to 92 years old.Based on these positive results, Ellis, Ponsky and a team of researchers have launched a follow-up phase II study for 12 additional patients with increased dosage to determine the most effective dosage. “This study builds upon our team’s previous work as we continue to evaluate and define the role of radiosurgery for the safe and effective treatment of kidney tumors,” said Ponsky.”Radiosurgery delivers a higher and more effective dose directly to the tumor site with less side effects than conventional radiation and has been very effective in treating other hard-to-reach tumors,” said Ellis. “We are excited about its potential for kidney cancer patients and to be able to offer a noninvasive option.”Study co-authors include R.B. Patel, C. Kunos, Y. Zhang, J. Brindle, V. Kudithipudi and D.A. Kaminsky. The trial funded by Accuray Corp.For more information: www.uhhospitals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | November 02, 2012 Stereotactic Radiosurgery Shows Promise for Kidney Cancer Data presented by University Hospitals Case Medical Center researchers at ASTRO 2012 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more last_img read more

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Irans parliament to grill Ahmadinejad on currency

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? The vital role family plays in society Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The Iranian rial has plummeted in value against hard currencies over the past year, with the slide accelerating over the past month. Iranian politicians blame the drop on Western-led sanctions targeting the country’s suspect nuclear program but also on alleged mismanagement by the government of Ahmadinejad, who has fallen out with conservatives who once backed him.On Saturday the rial traded at 31,000 rials to the dollar. It was about 11,000 in mid-2011. In early October it jumped to more than 36,000 rials from around 27,000 over a week.Signatories said the summons of the president came after Central Bank Governor Mahmoud Bahmani refused to appear in the parliament to answer their questions on the market.They said the government allowed the importing of more than 15,700 cars using a system for traders to obtain hard currency at low rates that is supposed to be only for foods and medicine. They also said the government did not buy domestic wheat and imported about $2.5 billion of wheat from abroad.This is one of many rifts between Ahmadinejad and his conservative rivals ahead of the June presidential election.In March the parliament grilled Ahmadinejad over alleged mismanagement of the nation’s economy as well as his perceived defiance of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the president’s dismissal of an intelligence minister in May 2011. The minister was reinstated later at Khamenei’s instructions. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s parliament is planning to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be questioned over the country’s plummeting currency, state radio reported Sunday. It will be the second grilling of the increasingly embattled leader in less than a year.The report said that 77 lawmakers signed a petition on Saturday claiming that Ahmadinejad’s administration has been reluctant to regulate the currency market. By law the president has one month to answer the summons. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Wotif unveils top 20 Australian destinations

first_imgOnline travel company Wotif.com has revealed the 20 most popular domestic destinations booked by Australian travellers on their website in 2010. Sydney and Melbourne remained first and second respectively, while the Gold Coast moved up one place, pipping neighbours Brisbane to third place. “We’ve monitored these top destinations for a number of years now and each year, we tend to see the larger capital cities leading the top destinations list,” Wotif brands general manager Megan Magill said. By far the biggest mover was newcomer Port Douglas, up from 27th position to 15th. “It’s great to see the regional areas creep up there in the 2010 list, such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and the inclusion this year of Port Douglas and Airlie Beach,” Ms Magill said. Queensland was best represented on the list with a total of eight destinations, followed by New South Wales with five. Wotif.com’s Top 20 destinations list takes into account more than 250,000 bookings made on its website each month by business and leisure travellers. Sydney Opera House Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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