first_imgMarcel Brands joins Everton boardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton football director Marcel Brands has joined the club’s board.Brands has already helped implement a number of important changes at Goodison Park and worked closely with manager Marco Silva, chairman Bill Kenwright and chief executive, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, to secure the recruitment of seven players during last summer’s transfer window.He has started work on delivering the Club’s long-term, permanent football strategy.Brands said: “It gives me a lot of confidence that I’m a Board member now and I hope to do the best for our Club.“Being at Everton has been even better than I thought it would be. I was working at a great club in Holland and was happy there but it was a great chance for me to come to the Premier League and join Everton.“At the start I had a great feeling but it’s been a better feeling working here. I work with a lot of great people with blue blood and I’m confident we can achieve many good things in the future.”Kenwright added: “I think we’ve got a great Director of Football who has taken over and changed an awful lot. He has totally reorganised our scouting, he wants our kids to play the same as Marco’s first team and we are really happy with the team we have got. Marcel is terrific to work with. We really feel secure with Marco and Marcel. They won’t sign anyone who they don’t think will improve us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAjax star Donny van de Beek says he could stay at the club despite interest from “fantastic” Real Madrid.The 22-year-old has already confirmed Madrid have contacted Ajax over a possible transfer as a successful move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba looks increasingly unlikely.Van de Beek, who excelled in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, says there is nothing certain about his future but is not ruling out staying in Amsterdam. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “They’re a fantastic club, but Ajax are too,” he said to Ziggo Sport when asked about Madrid.”I’ve nothing to complain about in that regard. There’s a very good chance I’ll continue playing here, but nothing is certain yet.”When pressed on whether it would be better for the club to have clarity on his future, he said: “I hope so, too, because I’m a bit fed up with all the questions about it.”Van de Beek was involved on Tuesday as Ajax claimed a 3-2 win over PAOK to secure a 5-4 aggregate triumph in the third round of Champions League qualifying.Speaking ahead of that match, director of football Marc Overmars voiced his confidence that Van de Beek could decide to spend a little longer with the Eredivisie champions.”I don’t think it will take long for things to be clear,” Overmars told Ziggo Sport.When asked if he thought Van de Beek would stay, he replied: “I’ll go for yes.”Overmars did, however, confirm there is “absolutely” interest in the player.”I said a few weeks ago that, by a certain date, I want clarity. That date is set,” he added.Ajax have already seen Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) depart from last season’s squad, and would be loathe to see another star depart. The Eredivisie champions have a league match against VVV Venlo this weekend before they move on to face APOEL next week in the first leg of another two-leg Champions League play-off.last_img read more

first_img Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge on Route 201 Phinney Bridge on Route 210 will be closed for replacement from Friday, Sept. 25 until Thursday, Oct. 1. A detour is available on Paradise Lane or Lawrencetown Lane to Trunk 1. -30-last_img

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s budget deficit increased by $169 billion to $1.07 trillion in the first 11 months of this budget year as spending grew faster than tax collections.The Treasury Department reports that the deficit for August totalled $200 billion, compared to $214 billion in August 2018.Budget experts project a surplus for September, which would push the total 2019 deficit down slightly below the $1 trillion mark. The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a deficit this year of $960 billion, compared to $779 billion last year.Going forward, the CBO sees the annual deficit topping $1 trillion in 2020 and never falling below $1 trillion over the next decade. The higher deficits reflect higher government spending for Social Security and Medicare and the impact of the 2017 tax cuts.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

by Jon Gambrell And Adam Schreck, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2017 10:07 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Two of U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons ceremonially opened a Trump-branded golf club in Dubai on Saturday, meeting privately with Emirati elites as questions remain about how separated their father is from the empire bearing his name.Eric and Donald Trump Jr., who now lead the Trump Organization, watched as fireworks lit the sky over the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, on the outskirts of the city-state home to the world’s tallest building and other architectural marvels.The course’s opening comes after Donald Trump tried for years to enter the Arab market as a real estate mogul who later earned millions licensing his name to projects. The course’s opening now, as well as long-standing plans to open a second Trump-branded course in Dubai, could raise security and ethical issues for America’s 45th president going forward.Though bars at the club eventually will serve alcohol, only soft drinks were dispensed at the windy gala Saturday night.Billionaire Hussain Sajwani’s DAMAC Properties partnered with the Trump Organization to build the golf course at the heart of a development of villas and apartment blocks called DAMAC Hills. Among them are some 100 Trump-branded villas selling from 5 million dirhams ($1.3 million) to over 15 million dirhams ($4 million).A string octet played classical music on the edge of the course designed by American golf architect Gil Hanse.A pro shop inside the clubhouse sold Trump International Golf Club baseball caps for 150 dirhams ($40) and Trump-branded golf balls for ($5.50). Absent were the red “Make America Great Again” caps made famous by Trump’s campaign.Both sons gave brief remarks at the opening, neither touching on their father’s new job. Donald Jr. instead applauded Dubai’s hereditary ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.“It’s truly awe inspiring,” he said. “In Dubai, if you can envision it, you can build it.”Earlier Saturday, Eric and Donald Jr. attended a private luncheon at Sajwani’s mansion on Dubai’s man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago, speaking underneath an ornamental clock whose face spelled “SAJWANI VILLA.”“It’s rare in the world where you can be such great friends with a partner and that’s what we have right here,” Eric Trump said. “Hussain, he is an amazing person and DAMAC is an amazing company.”The two Trump brothers met with the over 80 people gathered at the event, attendee Niraj Masand told The Associated Press.They were “expressing their gratitude to Mr. Sajwani, who is the chairman of DAMAC, and sort of expressing their happiness to meet with all the partners,” said Masand, a director of the real estate firm Banke International.Ties between the Trumps and Sajwani remain strong. One of the Trump Organization’s subsidiaries received from $1 million to $5 million from DAMAC for running the golf club, according to a U.S. Federal Election Committee report submitted in May.Sajwani and his family also attended a New Year’s Eve celebration at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where Trump referred to them as “the most beautiful people from Dubai.”Trump days later told journalists that DAMAC had offered the Trump Organization $2 billion in deals after his election, something DAMAC also confirmed.“I must say, working with the Trump family and the Trump Organization was and continues to be a pleasure,” said Sajwani, who made some of his fortune supplying U.S. forces during the 1991 Gulf War that expelled Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Over the past decade, his companies have been awarded at least $1 million in contracting work, according to U.S. government records reviewed by the AP.The Trump Organization has said it won’t make new foreign deals while its namesake is president. A previously planned Trump-branded golf course designed by Tiger Woods is still being built by DAMAC further down the road.However, Kuwait and Bahrain both have scheduled events at a Trump-branded hotel in Washington. Experts also have raised concerns that existing Trump business abroad could run afoul of the so-called “emoluments clause” of the U.S. constitution.That clause bars public officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign governments and companies controlled by them without the consent of Congress. Already, a liberal-funded watchdog group has filed a lawsuit citing the clause.Trump’s sons attended the Dubai events as private businessmen, but still travelled with a Secret Service detail as they are immediate family to the president. Guests went through a metal detector and had their bags X-rayed before attending the gala, though Dubai police kept a low profile.Experts already have warned the Trump brand abroad now faces a global terror risk . However, the United Arab Emirates, a staunch U.S. ally in the war against the Islamic State group and host to some 5,000 American military personnel, remains a peaceful corner of the Middle East.Gulf Arab leaders largely have been positive so far about Trump, hoping to see a harder line from America on Iran following the nuclear deal with world powers negotiated in part by the Obama administration.The UAE’s foreign minister even backed Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations earlier this month, which didn’t include the UAE or neighbouring Saudi Arabia.The Dubai golf course marks Trump’s first successful venture in the Arab world. But it has raised questions about how the Trump Organization’s many international business interests will affect Trump’s administration.Meanwhile, trips abroad by Trump’s two sons are expected to continue. Before Trump’s inauguration, his son Eric visited the Trump Tower Punta del Este in Uruguay to check on the tower’s progress and personally greet buyers. A Trump hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, is also expected to soon host Trump’s sons.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at . Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at . Trump sons open Dubai golf club as namesake now US president Banke International director Niraj Masand, far left, poses for a photo with Eric Trump, second left, Banke International director Porush Jhunjhunwala, center, Donald Trump Jr., second right, and DAMAC Properties chairman Hussain Sajwani, during festivities marking the formal opening of the Trump International Golf Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017. Two of U.S. President Donald Trump’s sons arrived in the UAE for an invitation-only ceremony Saturday to formally open the club. (AP Photo) read more

first_imgPhased payment throughout the year through deductions in salary, pension or Government payment.Phased payments throughout 2014 at service providers.Payment in full by Single Debit Authority (like an electronic cheque) which will be debited by Revenue on 21 March 2014.This final option of a a full payment on a specified date next year should also be available to those paying by card according to McGrath:I believe the simplest thing to do would be to have a single payment date in 2014 for all those who wish to pay the LPT in one payment. Ideally, that payment date should be in the middle of the calendar year to which the liability relates.Labour TD John Lyons also says that card payments should be made on a specified date next year and that people should be given more time to decide what payment option best suits them.“It’s also the first year they are being asked to pay the property tax for a full calendar year so I believe there should be more time to inform Revenue how they want to pay the tax, ” he added.Read: Administrative issues stop some welfare recipients paying property tax >Read: Over 75 per cent valued homes at less than €200,000 in property tax return > THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS are facing calls give people more time to pay as people wishing to make next year’s property tax payment  in a lump sum by card will have to do so next month.Over the past number of days almost one million people who paid the 2013 half-year Local Property Tax in a single lump sum payment were sent letters asking them how they intend to make next year’s full-year payment.Recipients were told to respond by 7 November if replying by post or 30 November if replying online.In either case if people wanted to make payment by credit or debit they are required to make the payment immediately. Revenue does not explain exactly why this is the case except by saying that: “This is the nature of the banking and credit card systems.”This immediate payment in November 2013 is unfair according to Fianna Fáil and some backbench Government TDs.Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath described the situation as “simply not acceptable”.“The bottom line is that the LPT charge for 2014 should not be collected until an agreed payment date in 2014, ” he said.Payment methods According to Revenue there are a number of alternative methods of payment for those who received the letter. These include:last_img read more

first_imgChine : un nouveau glissement de terrain meurtrierChine – Un nouveau glissement de terrain s’est produit mercredi dans le sud-ouest de la Chine, dans la province du Yunnan. D’après un bilan publié par l’agence Chine Nouvelle, huit victimes sont à déplorer et des dizaines d’autres personnes ont été portées disparues.Les coulées de boue ont déferlé mercredi soir dans le village de Wama, près de la ville de Baoshan. Soixante-et-onze personnes ont été emportées par les coulées de boue, les secouristes ont pu sauver vingt-trois d’entre elles, piégées sous les décombres. Le dernier bilan de la catastrophe fait état de huit morts, tandis que quarante autres personnes sont portées disparues. À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceLes opérations de secours sont perturbées par la pluie, alors que des averses sont attendues tous les jours de la semaine prochaine a souligné un porte-parole du centre de secours d’urgence.Cet été, la Chine a été touchée par des pluies torrentielles qui ont engendré de graves inondations et des glissements de terrain meurtriers. Depuis le début de l’année, plus de 4.200 personnes sont mortes ou ont été portées disparues suite à ces inondations, les plus importantes que le pays ait connues depuis plus de dix ans.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFrance : un lot de flacons Dimetane est rappelé par son laboratoireFrance – En raison d’un surdosage du principe actif, un lot de flacons de sirop Dimetane a été rappelé par le laboratoire Leurquin-Mediolanum. Si le sirop surdosé n’apparaît pas comme dangereux par la santé, il entraînerait tout de même une forte somnolence.L’Afssaps ou Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments et des produits de santé a fait savoir que le laboratoire Leurquin-Mediolanum rappelait le lot C48 des sirops Dimetane sans sucre 133 mg/100 ml. Le produit est habituellement prescrit dans le traitement de la toux sèche et le lot en question serait surdosé en principe actif, la pholcodine.L’agence invite donc toutes les personnes en possession d’un flacon en provenance du lot C48 à rapporter leur sirop en pharmacie et à ne pas consommer le médicament. Celui-ci entraînerait une forte somnolence, mais ne serait pas dangereux pour la santé.Le 2 novembre 2010 à 15:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAu Mont Saint Michel, la mer commence à regagner du terrainLa mer commence à reprendre ses droits au Mont-Saint-Michel, gagnant du terrain sur les vasières et prés salés. Les travaux colossaux entrepris pour lutter contre l’ensablement de l’îlot commencent à porter leurs fruits, même si l’objectif final est encore bien loin d’être atteint.Lancé en 2005, et censé s’achever en 2015, le vaste chantier visant à rétablir le caractère maritime du Mont-Saint-Michel en luttant contre son ensablement commence à porter ses fruits. A l’aval du Couesnon, entre le barrage et le Mont, l’eau grignote les herbes. Comme le rapporte le site Saint Malo ma ville, elle a gagné 600 mètres à l’est du Mont et une centaine à l’ouest.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Un phénomène naturel amplifié par des pelleteuses à chenilles et à flotteurs extrayant des sédiments qui seront dilués avec de l’eau puis largués sous la pression des lâchers d’eau et des marées descendantes, explique le site. A terme, la hauteur des fonds sous la mer devra être inférieure à 5 mètres. A ce niveau en effet, indique le directeur du chantier François-Xavier de Beaulaincourt, “l’eau vient naturellement. Entre 5 et 6 mètres, elle ne vient que selon les coefficients de marées. À plus de 6 mètres, elle ne vient plus”. Des mesures sont réalisées deux fois par an par lasers.A terme, le Mont-Saint-Michel devrait être entouré d’eau à marée haute 155 jours par an, contre 52 jours en 2009. L’objectif est aujourd’hui de doubler la réserve d’eau dans le Couesnon, tout en créant des petits chenaux dans l’anse. “Nous stockons aujourd’hui dans le Couesnon et dans l’anse quelque 500.000 mètres cubes. Avec ces aménagements hydrauliques pour lesquels nous avons acheté 80 hectare de terres sur les rives du Couesnon, nous doublerons cette réserve pour que les lâchers soient plus longs et d’autant plus efficaces pour rejeter les sédiments au large”, explique François-Xavier de Beaulaincourt. “Cette anse redeviendra la réserve ornithologique qu’elle n’était plus” promet-il.Le 6 février 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Beaches To Host Over 5900 Travel Agents

first_img PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for you Related Items:beaches resort and spa, mega fam, scandals resort, travel agents Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCome fall, travel agents from 20 major cities in the Unites States and Canada will get to experience the Turks & Caicos Islands for themselves, all thanks to a unique partnership between Beaches Resorts Villages and Spa and its Miami based marketing arm, Unique Vacations Inc. The Travel Agent familiarization tour, cleverly dubbed “Mega Fam” will welcome thousands of top-producing wholesalers and tour operators. “We are delighted to announce that we were able to secure 20 Mega Fam tours for the Turks & Caicos this fall,” said Resort Sales Manager Tanya Swann, “This year’s event will bring over 5,984 top selling wholesalers to our shores to not only showcase our resort but also our beautiful by nature Turks& Caicos as a premiere tourist destination.” The annual tour has already experienced a whopping success and has proven profitable for both the resort and the Turk & Caicos Islands. Departure Lounge Manager Michelle Parker has seen these Mega Fam trips come and go since the first arrival, she and her team have been faithfully working with local Taxi drivers to ensure that they leave a lasting impression on the agents. “As evidenced throughout the islands, everyone is on a stand-still mode with the slow season, the income revenue for our taxi drivers, our local musicians and even our porters at the international airport are down and our goal is to use Mega Fam to keep a steady income for local partners.” Parker said.Agents are also taken on a Resort Tour visiting various room categories of each village and also experience a ‘dine-around’ experience at specialty restaurants. Other entertainment includes a chocolate and martini buffet, Wet Fete festivities at Pirate Islands, and a fun night of dancing at the Liquids Night Club. Managing Director Donald Daganias, also commented on the upcoming travel agent mania, “This a great marketing strategy and it is what we doing here at Beaches Resort during the slow season to keep our occupancy up while showcasing the islands and maintaining steady revenue for both our employees and our local partners. ” He said, “We have had a great working relationship with the major North American travel agents who have been actively promoting this destination. The Mega Fam experience will give us the opportunity to make an impression while giving our agents hands on experience of our products and services.”The Mega Fam experience included a two day familiarization process which commenced with a welcome check–in session with local band Corey & the Boys, followed by a Sesame Street Parade with Kitch Penn’s We’funk Junkanoo band. “While in Turks & Caicos Travel Agents will get to experience our award winning Grace Bay Beach as well as all the amenities and services we offer here at the resort.” Tanya Swann added.Travel agents will also have the opportunity to earn or renew their Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS) certification while on the FAM trip, during a four-hour training course that equips participants with helpful tools to grow their business.Travel agents are flown from their home based hub to Turks & Caicos via North American Airlines, a Boeing 757 chartered by Sandals and Beaches Resorts International. Turquoise Morning will be covering the arrival of the agents and people can look out for the highlights next week on Turquoise Morning. Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

HalloWYN Wynwoods Halloween block party

first_imgWhen it comes to Halloween, South Florida likes to celebrate with food, fun and music. There’s a spot where you don’t have to go door to door for tricks or treats. That’s because the party takes up the entire block.Forget trick or treating this Halloween. Tonight, everyone wins at HalloWYN.Tony Albelo, HalloWYN: “HalloWYN is the largest Halloween block party in Miami.”In SoFlo, All Hallows’ Eve is a time to see and be seen, and Wynwood could be frighteningly fun.Tony Albelo: “It takes place right in the heart of Miami, Miami’s hippest neighborhood, which is Wynwood, right off Second Avenue and 22nd Street.”This free Halloween block party goes until 2 a.m.Tony Albelo: “There’s a little bit of everything. My favorite part is all the people watching. There’s live music, we have a midnight showing of ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ there’s bars, there’s just everything for everyone to do, and it’s really a great event.” From jamming out to the DJ, to the dozens of food trucks, to the costume contest where the grand prize is $500, tonight will be filled with all kinds of treats.Tony Albelo: “People come out in scary costumes, they come out in sexy costumes, they come out in couples costumes, they come out in group costumes. It’s really all about Halloween and this free spectacle of all the people.”Leave the kids at home, because this party is for those who are kids at heart.Tony Albelo: “It is not trick-or-treating candy. It’s more like adult partying, and let’s see who looks better, and let’s see who can dance better, and let’s see who can drink more, and let’s see who can have more fun.”FOR MORE INFO:HalloWYN 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater holds community day

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater in Miami held a community day, Saturday.The event included free guided tours of an exhibit featuring President Obama, black history movies as well as tours of black heritage neighborhoods in the area.For more information on the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, go to 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Plot against Sajeeb Wazed Probe report on 4 Jan

first_imgSajeeb Wazed JoyA Dhaka court on Monday fixed 4 January for submitting the investigation report in a case filed for plotting to kill prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and her ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Sorafuzzaman Ansari set the fresh date as Hasan Arafat, the investigation officer of the case and also a senior assistant police commissioner of Detective Branch, failed to submit the report on Monday.Earlier on 3 August in 2015, inspector Fazlur Rahman of Detective Branch filed the case with Paltan Model Police Station accusing several people, including journalist Shafik Rehman and Amar Desh editor Mahmudur Rahman.last_img read more

India eyeing Boeing Super Hornets

first_imgA test pilot stands near a F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft on display ahead of the “Aero India 2011” at Yelahanka air force station on the outskirts of Bangalore. Reuters file photoBoeing Co, considered the frontrunner in the race to supply the Indian navy with new fighter jets, is now in contention for a much bigger $15 billion order after the government abruptly asked the air force to consider the twin-engine planes.Until recently, Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-16 and Saab AB’s Gripen were in a two-horse race supply at least 100 single-engine jets to build up the Indian Air Force’s fast-depleting combat fleet.Both had offered to build the planes in India in collaboration with local companies as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build a domestic industrial base and cut back on arms imports.But last month the government asked the air force to open up the competition to twin-engine aircraft and to evaluate Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, a defence ministry source said. That jet is a finalist for the Indian navy’s $8 billion to $9 billion contract for 57 fighters.The defence ministry plans to within weeks issue a request for information (RFI), the first stage of a procurement process, for a fighter to be built in India. The competition will be open to both single and twin-engine jets, the official said, but both Lockheed and Saab said they had not been informed about the new requirements.The latest change of heart is a major opportunity for Boeing, whose only foreign Super Hornet customer so far is the Royal Australian Air Force.It also illustrates how dysfunctional the weapons procurement process and arms industry are in the world’s second-most-populous country. The need for new fighters has been known for nearly 15 years, but after many announcements, twists and turns, the country’s air force has only three-quarters of the aircraft it needs.An indigenous light combat aircraft, the Tejas, is still not operational, 35 years after it was first proposed.An Indian Air Force source said fighter procurement was urgent: the branch’s operational strength has fallen to just 33 squadrons, its weakest level in four decades, as it decommissions Soviet-era MiG-21s.“The IAF wants the RFI issued within weeks and get the process started,” said the source, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media. “The problem is that government keeps shifting what it wants.”A PRESSING NEEDOver the next decade, 13 more squadrons will be retired as their aircraft age out of service, parliament’s standing committee on defence said in a December report.The defence ministry declined to comment on the air force’s aircraft modernisation programme, saying it was not in a position to do so.Lockheed, which had offered to shift its F-16 production line in Fort Worth, Texas, to India, said it had not been told of any change to the Indian plan for single-engine fighters.“Our proposed F-16 partnership with India stands firm,” the company said in an email. Last year it picked Tata Advanced Systems as its local partner and said it was in talks with dozens of firms to build up the supplier network.“The Government of India has not yet issued formal requirements but we are continuing to support government-to-government discussions and engage with Indian companies about F-16 industrial opportunities,” Lockheed said.Sweden’s Saab was also caught off guard.“We have seen the reports in the Indian media, but no new formal communication has been made to us regarding the fighter programme,” said Rob Hewson, Saab Asia Pacific’s head of communications.France’s Dassault Systemes SE’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon and Russian aircraft are also potential contenders under the new requirements, the air force source and industry analysts said.An order the size of India’s is rare. The only comparable opportunity for the Super Hornet is Canada’s request for 88 fighters, which could be worth as much as $14.6 billion.The Indian air force competition has echoes of a 2007 tender for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft, which the Rafale won. But negotiations quickly bogged down over local production and prices, and in the end, the government ordered just 36 of the planes in 2016 for $8.7 billion.LOCAL FIGHTERThe air force ideally would like a combination of lighter single-engine and twin-engine jets, as well as stealthy aircraft, but cannot afford such a range of foreign systems, analysts said.A twin-engine foreign fighter would perhaps offer the best value while the Tejas finishes development, they said.India’s annual defence capital procurement budget of $14 billion to $15 billion has to be spread over the army, navy, air force and the indigenous defence research organisation.“The operational costs are going up with increased manpower, higher wages and general inflation. Ministry of Defence doesn’t have the luxury to go for too many platforms despite the rapidly falling squadron strength of the air force,” said Amber Dubey, partner and India head of aerospace and defence at global consultancy KPMG.Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar said the company was ready to respond to any request from the air force.“We will follow the MoD’s lead on their process and will be responsive to their needs if we are asked to provide any information,” he said.Kumar said Boeing was committed to building the planes in India and had offered to help with India’s plans to develop its own advanced medium combat aircraft.But the experience with the Rafale contract has made experts sceptical that the latest tender will proceed as planned.Richard A. Bitzinger, visiting senior fellow at Singapore’s S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said he did not expect a resolution in even the next two to three years.“I am never surprised by what the Indians do when it comes to their procurement tenders. They are constantly changing the rules, changing their minds, and often even cancelling orders mid-way through,” he said.“The Indians have a remarkable knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.”last_img read more

Latino Voters Sue To Replace Texas Judicial Election System

first_imgA group of Latino voters has filed a lawsuit, charging that Texas’ system of electing statewide judges violates federal law.The Supreme Court of Texas and the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals each seats nine judges, chosen in at-large, partisan elections. Currently, there are only two Hispanic judges on those top two courts, one on each, even though Latino citizens make up more than a quarter of Texas’ voting age population.“Our analysis of the elections in Texas for those two courts shows that there’s a high degree of racially polarized voting,” says attorney Jose Garza, who filed the suit in a U.S. district court in Corpus Christi.Garza says the state’s current method of electing judges violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting Latinos’ voting power. “There have been very few Latino elected candidates to those courts, and in the last couple of decades, every candidate that has been the choice of Latino voters has lost,” he says.According the lawsuit, only five out of the 76 justices to serve on the Texas Supreme Court since 1945 have been Latinos, while only two of the 48 judges to serve on the Court of Criminal Appeals over the same period have been Latinos.The suit aims to replace the at-large system with one that elects judges by single-member geographic districts. It names Governor Greg Abbott and Secretary of State Carlos Cascos as co-defendants. Houston Public Media reached out to both Abbott’s and Cascos’ offices, as well as that of State Attorney General Ken Paxton for this story. All three offices declined to comment. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:19 X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Dont miss this train for the world

first_imgIs there any one place that offers the sight of the rich and diverse flora and fauna of India, all at once? Well, all the wild, endangered and beautiful species are on board a special train to meet the young and curious in Delhi. To revive an innovative exhibition on rail that started last year, Science Express Biodiversity (SEBS) is being relaunched in its second phase on Tuesday, 9 April.It is a 16 coach train with eight coaches dedicated to interactive exhibits carrying shorts films, videos, kiosks and back lit panels to showcase the biodiversity of India. The highlight is the Joy Science Lab which is an open platform for students to perform guided experiments and revel in the myriad of activities thrown open to them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A group of dignitaries are expected to grace the flag off ceremony from Safdarjung on 9 April; the expected list includes Minister of Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natrajan and Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit.This train will be stationed at the Pragati Maidan railway station from 10 to 13 April  for a free of cost exhibition of the biodiversity of India. It has on board a team of 40 young and qualified science intellectuals to facilitate the visitors throughout the journey.last_img read more

Watch 7 dead and 4 seriously injured in crash near Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 4 people were seriously injured and 7 dead in a crash on the R74 between Bergville and Harrismith Road.A light motor vehicle and a bakkie were involved in a head-on collision.Read initial story: Breaking News: 6 dead in crash near LadysmithAlso read: Update: Death toll rises to 7 dead in crash near LadysmithAlso read: Update: 5 dead in crash near Ladysmith (video included) Paramedic stabilized the survivors before transporting them to a nearby hospital. Distraught family members of the deceased  are on the scene.There is an entire road closure as RTI officers monitor the situationEmergency officials are still on scene.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!last_img read more

Wellknown elderly Ladysmith woman passes away

first_imgClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite One of the oldest residents in the Hillview area, Mrs Fathima Essop Moolla (Mankoo Kala) of Surat Road, passed away this morning (July 28).News of Mrs Moolla’s death has been greeted with outpourings of sympathy and grief on social media sites.Funeral details are as follows: The body will leave 39 Surat Road to Soofie Musjid for Janaza Salaah after Esha and then proceed to Simla Cemetery.Mankoo Kala will be sadly missed by the community.Our condolences go out to the bereaved family.last_img read more

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first_img 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 To avoid errors and increase patient safety in radiation therapy, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) published a white paper (“Radiation Therapy Safety: The Critical Role of the Radiation Therapist” by Teresa G Odle, BA, ELS, and Natasha Rosier, MHA, MBA, R.T.(R)(T)) to provide background on the radiation therapist’s role in safe treatment delivery. It explains the challenges faced by therapists in delivery of care and challenges faced by vendors and sites in appropriately training providers on use of clinical equipment. The paper also outlines best practice scenarios and recommendations for radiation therapists, their leadership and industry.Nearly 1.6 million people in the United States were diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and about two-thirds of these patients likely received radiation therapy treatments during their illnesses. Most radiation treatments occur without incident and contribute to the comfort or cure of cancer patients. Still, advances in technology that provide more sophisticated, promising and accurate techniques for targeting malignancies come with a price: complex technology that requires extensive training, continuing education and attention from the radiation therapists who deliver the radiation.The consequences of a single error are enormous. Reports, such as the ECRI Institute’s naming of radiation therapy errors as the No. 1 hazard in healthcare, have focused public, professional and regulatory attention on radiation oncology processes, equipment and delivery of care. Professional organizations, vendors and providers are responding to address the challenges faced by ensuring that all of the tools for learning and improving processes are in place to prevent, detect and correct radiation therapy-related errors.The ASRT is a professional membership organization representing more than 144,000 medical imaging technologists and radiation therapists. The organization provides educational opportunities to members, promotes the radiologic science profession and monitors legislation affecting the profession. In addition, ASRT establishes standards of practice and develops education criteria for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.Patient care and safety remain at the forefront of radiation therapist ethics and practice standards, and safe and effective design, manufacture and operation of radiation oncology equipment remain constant goals for the Foundation’s Health Care Industry Advisory Council (HCIAC) member organizations. However, events such as media reports brought these matters to the surface beginning in January 2010. The Subcommittee on Patient Safety and Quality in Radiation Therapy met in light of these events, but also because of numerous challenges regarding radiation oncology care and commitment to the role of the radiation therapist in patient care.There has been a heightened perception of medical safety among professionals and the public over the past decade, with mixed perception regarding patient safety in radiation therapy. When The New York Times featured stories of serious radiation overdoses, the errors raised fears in the public and in patients slated to receive radiation therapy. In addition, the complexity of the technology used to deliver radiation treatments has increased exponentially in recent years. This is good news for patients, but only if personnel who maintain and operate the equipment and plan the treatments remain up-to-date on the advances and the skills necessary to work within the technological environments the new modalities and machines require.These and other factors brought together the subcommittee of concerned radiation therapists, managers and representatives of radiation therapy equipment vendors to discuss the issue in detail and consider cooperative and workable solutions focusing primarily on the areas they represent: the role of the radiation therapist and the support provided to therapists and other radiation oncology staff from equipment vendors.Several professional organizations responded immediately to the articles in The New York Times, including the ASRT. In a letter to the newspaper’s editor, then-president Diane Mayo, R.T.(R)(CT), reminded readers that although radiation therapy errors are tragic, they are rare. She also pointed out that in 2010, 17 states did not require a license to deliver radiation therapy.Many organizations also were asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. ASRT was among these, and was represented by Sandra Hayden, MA, R.T.(T), a member of the ASRT Board of Directors and administrative director of radiation therapy services at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Hayden emphasized that establishing national education and certification standards for technical personnel who perform radiation therapy procedures was the best way to ensure quality and safety of the procedures. She mentioned that the solution lies in the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (CARE) bill before the House. Hayden and the ASRT also called for establishment of consistent and mandatory methods of reporting medical radiation errors.Other organizations, such as the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) have made statements, published white papers or developed initiatives to address safety in radiation therapy.The ASRT white paper can be accessed at FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 Related Content News | April 04, 2012 The Radiation Therapist Plays Critical Role in Radiation Safety 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 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more 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 | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more 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 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.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… 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 last_img read more

first_imgApart from the late sunset times, Kaltouma said the lack of “Muslim food” locally in Rovaniemi can be a challenge. She sometimes has to wait several days for halal meat and other traditional ingredients to come from the larger cities of Oulu, or Helsinki in the south.Even though, technically, there is nightfall in Rovaniemi at this time of year, there is no true darkness. Instead, there’s a gray gloaming with occasional dappled rays of sun reaching over the northern horizon, giving the city a mystical quality even in the supposed dead of night.The dates of Ramadan change according to the lunar calendar, moving back 11 days each year. That means that by 2015 there will be no sunset for a month when Ramadan falls closer to midsummer.Still, Kaltouma says “there is going to be at least 10 minutes for us to break the fast.”She said there is one positive aspect of observing long fasting hours in the Arctic during Ramadan: the cool temperatures.“Unlike Africa, here in Finland you don’t get thirsty often. No matter how long you fast, you don’t get the urge for water.”___Associated Press writer Karl Ritter in Stockholm contributed to this report. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Associated PressROVANIEMI, Finland (AP) – How do you observe dawn-to-dusk fasting when there is neither dawn nor dusk?It’s a question facing a small but growing number of Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan on the northern tip of Europe, where the the sun barely dips below the horizon at this time of year.In Rovaniemi, a northern Finland town that straddles the Arctic Circle, the sun rises around 3:20 a.m. and sets about 11:20pm. That means Muslims who observe Ramadan could be required to go without food or drink for 20 hours. Comments   Share   In a few years, Ramadan will begin even closer to the summer solstice in late June, when the sun doesn’t set at all.“We have to use common sense,” said Mahmoud Said, 27, who came to Finnish Lapland from Kenya three years ago.To Said, that means following the fasting hours of the nearest Muslim country: Turkey.“It involves 14 or 15 hours of fasting which is okay, it’s not bad,” said Said, who works for a non-governmental organization helping immigrants settle in the area. He estimates there are a little over 100 Muslims in Rovaniemi, mainly from Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.There is no unanimity on how to deal with the issue, which is becoming more pressing as more Muslim immigrants find their way to sparsely inhabited areas near the Arctic.In Alaska, the Islamic Community Center of Anchorage, “after consultation with scholars,” advises Muslims to follow the fasting hours of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.The Dublin-based European Council for Fatwa and Research, however, said Muslims need to follow the local sunrise and sunset, even up north.“The debate on how to do this in the north has been on going on for a few years,” said Omar Mustafa, the chairman of the Islamic Association of Sweden. “We fast according to the sun. As long as it is possible to tell dusk from dawn. This applies to 90 percent of Sweden’s Muslims.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Four benefits of having a wireless security system New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The few Muslims who live so far north that they are awash in 24-hour daylight should follow the daylight hours the closest city in Sweden where you can tell dawn from dusk, he said, noting that it’s permitted to break the fast for health reasons.Kaltouma Abakar and her extended family of nine relatives came to Finland from Sudan’s Darfur region four years ago. She opts to observe the local Lapland sunrise and sunset times before breaking the fast in her downtown Rovaniemi apartment.Kaltouma explains that she gets up early and works until the afternoon, then starts cooking the family’s iftar meal around 5 p.m.“The time of Ramadan fasting is very long, and breaking the fast can be around 11:30 in the evening. The time you’re supposed to eat your breakfast is 2 o’clock in the morning,” the 31-year old said.In the kitchen, Kaltouma’s two daughters _ aged 11 and 6 _ help prepare the food. They fry chicken and pastries filled with tuna in scalding hot oil. A pot of rice simmers on the stove while one girl kneads cornmeal dough which they’ll dip into a chicken broth and eat with their fingers _ traditional Sudanese style _ a few hours later. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more