(A Cross Lake demonstrator at the occupation of a Manitoba Hydro dam. Facebook photo)By Tim Fontaine APTN National NewsMembers of a northern First Nation have begun occupying a hydroelectric dam over longstanding grievances with Manitoba Hydro.The Jenpeg Generating Station is located 19 kilometres from the Cree community of Cross Lake.Tommy Monias lives in Cross Lake and is taking part in the occupation. Monias told APTN National News late Sunday that the occupation started Friday and people have been maintaining the camp in shifts, with around 10 people at the site at any given time.Monias says RCMP are monitoring the situation but the occupiers told them it’s going to be a peaceful protest.He also says “a middle manager” from Manitoba Hydro contacted the group hoping to sit down and talk. But Monias says they’re digging-in for a long occupation because he says previous discussions with Manitoba Hydro over grievances have gone nowhere.“They always want to sit and talk but nothing ever happens,” Monias said. “We’ve never reached any solutions that aren’t in the best interests of Manitoba Hydro.”Monias says the issue is larger than utility bills. There are issues of treaty rights to land and a “Northern Flood Agreement” which he says isn’t being implemented. The NFA is supposed to compensate northern Manitoba First Nations affected by hydro development.No one from Manitoba Hydro was immediately available for comment.A Facebook group called “Pimicikamak Occupation of JenPeg” has been created that shows photos of several people camped alongside the road that crosses the dam.Pimicikamak is a Cree word describing the land and people of the area.Nearly 5,000 people live in the Cross Lake area, which is located over 700 kilometers north of Winnipeg.Local residents there say they have some of the highest electricity and heating bills in the province, despite the electricity generated from a dam in their own territory.Calls to the nearby RCMP detachment in Cross Lake went to a voice email@example.com@anishinaboy
Rabat – A new video produced by the Consulate General of the United States in Casablanca explains the process for Moroccans to apply for a visa to the Western country completely in Darija, Morocco’s dialect of Arabic.The Consulate produced the educational video – posted by YouTube user Simo Benbachir on Thursday – to facilitate the use of the online visa application process for Moroccans.The video explains the process to access a US nonimmigrant visa application online and the basic steps involved in scheduling and preparing for an interview.. In addition to being entirely in Darija, it is captioned for the hearing impaired. The launch event, held on Thursday in Dar America in Casablanca, was attended by Alden Green, the head of visa division of the Consulate, and Andy Halus, a public affairs advisor. The latter said: “One of our goals is to encourage young Moroccans to study in the United States and also to promote tourism.Tourism is an important economic factor in Morocco and the United States. The more Moroccan tourists in the US, the more American tourists will come here, the former being the perfect ambassadors for Morocco.”
The TRC action came days after the station criticised President Maithripala Sirisena. The TRC action was also seen as a worsening of the power struggle between him and Wickremesinghe.The TRC is directly under Sirisena and its Director General is P. R. S. P. Jayatilaka is a brother of SLFP MP Malith Jayatilaka, a strong Sirisena loyalist who also wrote a book about his ascendency to power in 2015. The TRC retracted its earlier allegation that TNL had not paid its licence fees and instead modified its charge saying that the TV station was illegally operating two frequencies “from time to time.” The TRC had also said that members of the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) were involved in raiding the TNL station at Polgahawela on Tuesday, but authoritative police sources said it was not the case and that the CID had nothing to do with the raid. The telecommunications regulator today defended its action against TNL TV saying it had no “undue ambition.”“The TRCSL (Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Sri Lanka) emphasizes that there is no any other undue ambition behind this action,” the regulator said in a two-page statement issued a day after Telshan Network (TNL) had its Polgahawela transmitter seized, Economy Next reported. The book contains a chapter on how Sirisena had a secret meeting with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the former defence secretary, soon after his election in January 2015.United National Party seniors have expressed dissatisfaction over the TRC action. Government spokesman Rajitha Seanaratne told reporters Wednesday that he hoped the issue could be resolved at the earliest.In November, Sirisena blocked Sri Lankans from being able to access the London-based Lanka E News website after it published an expose alleging graft in his office. He also goes down in history as the first president to block access to a social media platform. He banned Facebook for a week in March blaming the platform for fuelling communal violence. (Colombo Gazette)
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Chief Superintendent Neil Evans said: “The moorland fire is now being investigated as arson following information from local witnesses and initial inquiries.”The scale of this fire is exceptional and we are treating it with the utmost seriousness.”That said, we are under no illusion that solid evidence as to where the fire started and what was the cause will not be easy to establish.” “Investigations are currently ongoing with a multi-agency approach to find the source of the ignition. There is an area of interest that specialist officers are inspecting.”Firefighters are working in extremely difficult and challenging circumstances in Tameside and I can’t praise crews enough – they’ve done a fantastic job and are continuing to work hard to put out the multiple fires across the moorlands.”I would like to urge the public to be really careful with barbecues, discarded cigarettes and glass bottles in the countryside. Fires in the moorlands can spread rapidly so it’s important that we take extra care.” Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 20 crews were at Winter Hill on Wednesday as they continue to tackle smouldering areas.The 22-year-old man arrested by Lancashire Police on suspicion of starting one of the Winter Hill fires has been released under investigation. Soldiers drafted in to help Greater Manchester firefighters tackle the Saddleworth Moor blaze will continue their temporary roles until the end of the week.Around 100 troops from the Royal Regiment of Scotland have been involved in the operation in Tameside, including digging trenches in an effort to stop the moorland fires spreading.On Wednesday there were 45 firefighters on the scene who were using specialist equipment and vehicles to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire, said GMFRS.Firefighters are being supporting by two helicopters from United Utilities which are continuing to dampen down targeted areas.GMFRS firefighters and others from around the country are also supporting colleagues from Lancashire to maintain control of a similar blaze at Winter Hill near Bolton which broke out when two moorland fires either side of the hill merged on Saturday because of increased wind speed. Mr Evans added: “The areas we have been able to look include dusty ash, burnt peat and grass and because of this our work with the fire service will be painstaking.”We recognise the incredible support that the emergency services have received and we now hope that the local community can help us further by getting in touch with any information that could help our investigation.”The bonfire sighting was at about 7.30pm on June 24, with the fire service called out at 8.19pm.Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) interim chief officer Dawn Docx said: “Specialist fire investigation officers at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to investigate the suspected arson in the moorlands in Tameside. The wildfire on Saddleworth Moor which crews have been fighting for more than a week is now being treated as arson.Police say witnesses reported that people were lighting a bonfire on the moorland above Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, on the early evening of Sunday June 24 – around 50 minutes before the first 999 call.The fire on land at Buckton Vale, east of Manchester, later led two days later to the evacuation of dozens of homes in the village of Carrbrook as flames threatened to engulf properties.Flames continued to spread before fire crews from across the country, with the assistance of the Army, successfully battled to keep the area safe.On Wednesday with the fire still burning, although under control, Greater Manchester Police said the bonfire sighting was being pursued as a possible line of inquiry. Two separate blazes at Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton and a third at Healy Nab near Chorley, were confirmed to have been set by arsonists.Crews had already spent five days tackling the huge moor fire near Manchester when two new fires broke out last Thursday, and a third over the weekend.One man has already been arrested and helicopters on reconnaissance flights and water drops will now be scouring the area for culprits, with those caught facing prison.
Its a recurring theme and has come up again with the National Mining Association (NMA) citing the consequences of America’s growing dependence on foreign materials. It says “a growing and potentially damaging reliance on foreign metals and minerals should make Congress wary of measures that would further disadvantage the use of American resources, said an executive for Uranium One on behalf of the NMA.”In testimony before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Uranium One Executive Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Affairs Fletcher Newton cited several potentially negative consequences of America’s significant and growing dependency on foreign minerals and metals including aggravation of the US balance of payments, unpredictable price fluctuations and supply disruptions due to political or economic instability.Uranium is a primary example of this dependency, said Newton. The US currently consumes more than 56 Mlb/y of uranium, yet produces only 4.5 Mlb, despite the fact that America possesses some of the world’s largest uranium deposits and has historically been a major uranium producer. Newton said America has the world’s largest fleet of nuclear power plants that generate 20% of the nation’s electricity. At the same time, the US produces less than 10% – and imports more than 90% – of the uranium it uses for nuclear power. Uncertainty over regulatory policies discourages investment in new production, he said, even though prices for uranium have climbed to record levels and the US demand for uranium is expected to increase.Newton drew on his extensive experience in citing factors that contribute to a climate of uncertainty for American hard rock producers. Among them, he said, is an overly burdensome regulatory and permitting process “that can take upwards of a decade to complete,” and the prospect of additional regulatory burdens for operators on federal lands, who account for the bulk of the nation’s metals production.NMA supports efforts to reform the 1872 General Mining Law, said Newton, that do not add redundant layers of regulation to the existing framework that the National Academy of Sciences has already judged to be “effective.” For example, uranium production now complies with all the laws and regulations governing hard rock mining operations, and uranium processing must meet additional standards set by both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as numerous state agencies.
POLICE HAVE CONFIRMED that a woman arrested in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy in Lisburn, Co Antrim, has been charged with murder.The 27-year-old woman was arrested yesterday and questioned by police about the death of the boy, named as Brendan Owens, whose body was found at a house on Trinity Terrace on 4 July.Police also arrested a 51-year-old man but he was released yesterday evening on bail pending further enquiries.A post mortem examination proved inconclusive but detectives said yesterday they were treating the case as a murder investigation.The charged woman is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court tomorrow.Related: Man released as part of investigation into murder of 3-year-old boy>
We’ve seen some pretty high-tech alarm clocks. Take the Chumby One, which is also a web server, or the Moshi Voice Control Alarm Clock, which lets you turn it off with just your voice. In this day and age where we’re continuously searching for the next best tech product, it’s nice to fall back on a more barebones product from time to time. Take the Acoustic Alarm, for instance, which turns your loud beeps into a soothing string serenade.Though it might not be loud enough to wake the really deep sleepers, the alarm uses a pick that rotates within the alarm’s body and plucks a set of four guitar strings as it does. Created by designer Jamie McMahon, it’s not technically a clock, but who needs to be bothered with a glaring red LED light shining on you while you try to sleep anyway?The Acoustic Alarm’s body is made out of 2mm-thick birch plywood, whereas the bridge, tuning pegs, and string pick are all made of walnut. McMahon said that he used walnut because it adds strength to the places where there’s the most tension, and also because it adds a nice contrast to the birch’s color. The knobs and switch are both stainless steel.The simple clock works by tuning the steel knobs on the side of the alarm – one for minutes, and one for hours – and then flicking the switch upwards on the other side to turn it on. You can also change the pitch of the alarm by turning the tuners.How tight can you turn the tuner before one of the strings snaps? We’re still curious as to what would happen if a string broke. For those of us that have no experience restringing a guitar, changing a broken string on the alarm might be a difficult task.McMahon describes himself as a passionate designer focused on “user-centered design and innovation.” Though it’s not available to buy yet, I’m sure if there is enough demand for the prototype, McMahon might begin making and selling the alarm, or even sell his idea to an alarm manufacturer.Read more at Jamie McMahon Design, via Ubergizmo
La moitié des applications mobiles agit comme des espionsSans le savoir, l’utilisateur d’une application mobile peut communiquer ses données personnelles à des régies publicitaires en la téléchargeant. La moitié des applications est concernée. Pourrait-on assister au même scandale que sur Facebook ? Les deux histoires se ressemblent étrangement. Les applications téléchargées par un mobinaute génèrent le transfert de ses données personnelles vers des régies publicitaires. Tel est le résultat d’une enquête du Wall Street Journal. Pour appuyer son affirmation, le quotidien s’est renseigné sur une cinquantaine d’applications les plus populaires sur iOS et Android. Ainsi, 56 communiquent le numéro de téléphone aux entreprises, 47 donnent la localisation de l’utilisateur et enfin 5 d’entre elles informent sur l’âge et le sexe, tout cela sans avertir le consommateur. Le marché de la localisation est, selon NouvelObs.com, jusqu’à cinq fois plus rémunérateur grâce à sa publicité en comparaison à un marché classique. Face à ce phénomène, les utilisateurs ne peuvent se protéger, la suppression de spywares et de cookies étant impossible à réaliser sur un mobile. Le 22 décembre 2010 à 10:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
AS Roma midfielder Javier Pastore has explained why he chose to leave Paris Saint-Germain and assured the supporters that it remains the “best club I’ve ever been at”Pastore ended his seven-year stay at the Parc Des Princes this summer in favour of a €24m switch to Roma.The Argentina international enjoyed great success at PSG but his final years at the club were hampered with injury problems.“The first four years in Paris I always played, but then I had a problem with my calf and was constantly injured,” Pastore explained to RMC Sport.“I couldn’t find a solution with the medical staff to play without pain, but in the last year I haven’t had any problems.“I’ve started the season well, even though I’m still suffering with a little muscle fatigue, and I hope to keep going like this.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“I did the whole of pre-season, I played in the first three games and I ran a lot of kilometres. I have positive feelings and I want to continue like this.“The problem is being a player that never players. Honestly, I played with all the coaches I had at PSG and never had any problems with them, if I had then I’d have found a solution earlier.“This summer my time at PSG had come to an end, the club wanted to sign other players and I didn’t want to stay and not play.“But PSG will remain the best club I’ve ever been at.”Pastore managed 45 goals and 62 assists in 269 appearances across all competitions for PSG.The 29-year-old midfielder won five Ligue 1, French League Cups and French Super Cups as well as four French Cups.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, 17 th November 2017 – SafetyNet.ai, Domus Semo Sancus’ (DSS) Enhanced Due Diligence Cognitive Search and Crime Prevention tool, won “Most Innovative Compliance as a Service Solution” at the RegTech Industry awards, which took place on the 16th November 2017 in New York City immediately following the RegTech Summit for Capital Markets. The RegTech Awards “…acknowledges those companies who are creatively finding solutions to help with regulatory challenges.”On hand to collect the award for DSS was E. Jay Saunders, Chairman and CEO, and Rohit Trivedi, Head of Technical Development. Trivedi, who flew in from India for the occasion stated that “…this is a significant achievement for DSS. The way and the level that we’re utilizing Artificial Intelligence in SafetyNet.ai breaks new ground for this industry, and I’m very proud of that.” Saunders, who was also a speaker at the summit, described the achievement as “…one that DSS is extremely proud of, especially when you consider the competition. Many of them are global brands who are giants in their industries, and we’re just a startup from one of the smallest places on the planet.”Thanking the A-Team, the organizers of the RegTech Summit and the Industry awards, Saunders commented that “We would like to thank the A-Team for including us in this summit. It was an amazing event and we had a great time.” CEO Saunders also congratulated all the other winners at the RegTech Industry awards and gave credit for DSS’ award to “our very talented and hardworking international staff who I look forward to working with every day. Each of them deserves this award…”, but further stated that “…after what the Caribbean, and particularly the Turks and Caicos Islands, went through this year with Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this award is going home with me to the Turks and Caicos Islands.” About Domus Semo Sancus (DSS)Domus Semo Sancus (DSS) Ltd, founded by E. Jay Saunders in November 2014, is a financial technology company that is building tools to encourage financial inclusion and bridge the e-commerce divide.SafetyNet.ai is DSS’ award winning enhanced due diligence (EDD) cognitive search and crime prevention tool. It helps companies comply with KYC and AML rules and regulations by utilizing an artificial intelligence engine to help companies spot and mitigate risks before they become threats. SafetyNet.ai is cloud based and is offered in the following subscriptions: Lite, EDD (Enhanced Due Diligence), EDD Enterprise, Safe City, and Developer.For more information on Domus Semo Sancus (DSS), visit: www.semosancus.com.For more information on SafetyNet.ai, visit: www.safetynet.ai. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Updated: 10:29 PM January 24, 2018 Dan Plante, Dan Plante Posted: January 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Civic leaders Wednesday urged residents to volunteer their time or donate clothing to a resource fair for the homeless to be held next week.The 12th Project Homeless Connect – Downtown San Diego on Jan. 31 will be a one-stop spot for connecting the homeless to resources such as flu and hepatitis A vaccines, haircuts, housing opportunities and state identification cards. It is put on by the San Diego Housing Commission.An additional 50 volunteers are still needed to help attendees navigate the fair and help serve a meal provided by Father Joe’s Villages.Volunteers can be people with any — or no — expertise, but organizers made an open invitation to those who may have a particular expertise, such as dentists or other medical professionals who wish to offer services to the homeless.Last year’s fair served more than 1,000 people.“Volunteers are essential to this resource fair,” City Councilman Chris Cate said.Donations of new or gently used backpacks and closed-toe shoes, as well as new socks and blankets, are still needed. Items can be dropped off at Golden Hall at the San Diego Community Concourse, 202 C St., on Jan. 30 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.Volunteers and service providers can register on the San Diego Housing Commission’s website, www.sdhc.org. Donations & volunteers needed for ’12th Project Homeless Connect’ in Downtown San Diego Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Connecticut’s defense industry remains healthy, a trend that is expected to continue, according to the annual report by the state’s Office of Military Affairs.“What we’ve seen over the years has been a very consistent trend in Connecticut, because we’re building the right things at the right time, we’re seeing high demand in the national security strategy, even as we’re drawing down from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Bob Ross, the office’s executive director, told the Day.The state’s major defense contractors — Electric Boat, Sikorsky, and Pratt and Whitney — have prospered, but so have the second- and third-tier suppliers throughout the state, according to the report. Connecticut ranks fourth nationally in terms of direct defense purchases from procurement and weapons development, at $13.2 billion. The state’s ranking falls to ninth, at $16.3 billion, when pay is included in direct defense expenditures.“Because Connecticut produces weapons systems vital to our national security, has a highly skilled and experienced defense workforce, and many hundreds of reliable suppliers, it is one of the country’s most productive states in providing critical goods and services for [DOD]. … This will continue to be the case through 2020, and very probably, far beyond,” the report states.
3:00 pm: Protests break out outside Railway Minsiter’s house in opposition to the budgetHowever, Opposition members severaly criticized the Railway Budget. While Rahul Gandhi said it was not pro-poor, Veerappa Moily said it lacked national vision. 1:30 pm: Prime Minister Narednra Modi called the budget a “Modern Railway Budget”, and said it is the growth engine of a modern India. 1:10 pm: Opposition creates ruckus in Parliament as Gowda announces new trains, Railway Budget presentation ends1:00 pm: North Eastern region to get 54 percent more funding, Bengaluru to get suburban rails. 12:55 pm: Gowda promises railway stations of international standards under PPP model, modernized logistic operations, bio-fuel in locomotives, harnessing of solar energy. Gowda says express trains have become passanger trains due to high number of stoppages.12: 47 pm: “Will set up a Railway University for technical and non-technical subjects”12:45 pm: Gowda announces Rs 100 crore for a high-speed rail network. Says train speed in nine select sectors will be increased to 160-200 kilometers, wi-fi facilities will be made available at A-1 category stations12: 43 pm: “It is the dream of every Indian that India runs a bullet train. I announce a bullet train for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad line.”12: 37 pm: Gowda to bring in technology in Railways; promises expanding scope of online booking, facilitating ticket booking through mobile phones, bring in automated closing doors12: 35 pm: Gowda promises safety for women passengers, says 4,000 women RPF constables will be deployed, RPF escorting teams will be given mobile phones for passengers to contact them in distress12:30 pm: “We are proposing passeneger services at railway stations. We have proposed escalators, lifts, water services, CCTV cameras and battery-operated cars at stations. We will involve NGOs and trusts to provide passanger services.”12:20 pm: “We are faced with the dilemma of choosing between commercial viability and social viability. We are seeking cabinet approval to allow FDI in Railways, except in Railway Operations.”12:18 pm: “In the last 30 years, 676 rail projects have been sanctioned, but 359 projects still remain to be implemented, which will cost ₹1,82,000 crore. Four projects are as old as 30 years.” 12:13 pm: But vast regions of hinterland are still waiting for railway connectivity. Indian railways carries only 31 percent of the total freight in the country. These are the challeneges.12:10 pm: “Indian railways has 12,500 trains every day across 7,000 stations, carrying 23 million passengers. It is equivalent to moving the entire population of Australia every day. Railways is the driver of Indian Economy,” says Gowda. 12:00 pm: Gowda presents Railway Budget. “Indian Railways cuts across all barriers, classes, religions and creed. I am flooded with requests for new trains, new railway lines.” 11:00 am: Gowda leaves for Parliament from Rail Bhawan. Railway Budget to be presented at noon.10: 50 am: Congress demands a discussion on price rise after rail budget, threatents to disrupt Budget Session if not allowed to discuss. The first day of the Budget Session on Monday was unruly with the Lok Sabha being adjounred twice before being adjourned for the day.10: 44 am: Former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi says there must be a national policy on Railways for the next 10-15 years. The Modi government is set to present its first Railway Budget today in the Parliament, which is expected to pave the way for high-speed trains and private sector investment. Before the Budget Session began on Tuesday, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda in an interview with Doordarshan said that the Railway Budget would be “people-friendly”, promising more amenities to passengers. Gowda was also quoted saying that the government would bring in bullet trains soon, and that the Railways will be modernized to use technology and social media. “We have made Twitter and Facebook accounts for railways to make it more interactive,” he said. He also tweeted -Going to present my maiden budget as a @RailMinIndia minister today. Hope we are able to meet public expectations.— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) July 8, 2014Even a few hours before the Budget, expectations were high that the government will bring in semi-high speed trains on select routes immediately. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on Monday defended the government’s decision to hike passenger rail fares by 14.2 percent, stating that the NDA government was facing a shortage of₹30,000 crore loss on passanger fares. “For any public utility to run, the users must pay,” he said.
Volvo aims to launch an experiment involving self-driving cars in China in which up to 100 such cars could be deployed, the Swedish carmaker said on 7 April. The planned experiment will see local drivers test the cars on public roads in everyday conditions, Volvo said. It will be conducted in limited driving situations such as on express roads and highways, company executives said.This is probably the country where you will have the first really commercial markets for this, I mean here is where you have hundreds of thousands of people sitting a lot of time, wasting a lot of time, so these are really our potential customers, president and chief executive of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson said.Volvo, wholly owned by Chinas Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, is currently scouting for a city that could provide the necessary permissions, regulations and infrastructure to allow the experiment to go ahead, the company said. The carmaker did not say by when it hopes to conduct the tests. The move is part of the Swedish companys efforts to take advantage of the pledges central government policymakers in China, the worlds biggest car market, have made to embrace futuristic technologies such as self-driving cars.By calling on cities in China to sign up to participate in the programme, Volvo wants to send a message to the Chinese government to step up to the plate to make good its often strident pledges of commitment to autonomous driving technology made in recent months, a Volvo executive familiar with the planned experiment said.The China experiment will be patterned after Volvos own similarly-set-up testing programme in the Swedish city of Gothenburg that aims to start deploying self-drive test cars next year. Samuelsson said ultimately whether drivers would accept the technology would depend on the safety record of the companies behind them.Besides Volvo, Tesla, Mercedes, Audi and Google are among those developing self-driving vehicles.
Logo of BNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is working on a neutral election-time government, which the opposition party thinks, is possible without amending the existing constitution.Several BNP leaders say they have already drafted the formula of such an administration, aimed at bringing an end to the prolonged political impasse over elections.The president shall appoint the prime minister based on consensus of all registered political parties and parliament will then be dissolved to pave the way for free, fair and credible elections, according to the draft formula, a copy of which is secured by Prothom Alo.Accordingly, the president, using his constitutional powers, will also appoint a panel of advisers to assist the prime minister and run the administrative affairs of the election-time government.The opposition party will share the outline with the Awami League government, if it wants, to come to understanding, said the BNP leaders.However, they added, the BNP and its allies may have to launch popular movement after making the formula public and in order to realise their demand.The BNP has made its formula ready as the ruling Awami League has consistently been rejecting the demand for any polls-time govenrment beyond the purview of the current constitution amended by it in 2011 and later on.Despite the government’s rigid position, the BNP believes its formula for a neutral administration in the form of polls-time supportive government or so could be implemented without any amendment to the constitution.The BNP is confident it is possible to reach an understanding on such govenment through talks.The outline of the governmentFirstly, the president shall appoint the prime minister of the polls-time government on the basis of consensus among the registered political parties. No existing or retired judge should be appointed as prime minister.Secondly, the prime minister will advise the president to dissolve parliament 90 days prior to the end of his/her tenure. The prime minister will then resign in accordance with the article/s of 57 (1) (a) and/or 58(4). The cabinet will also be dissolved following her/his resignation. The president, then, instead of implementing article 57 (3), will execute article 48 (3) to use his prerogative in relation to appointment of the prime minister and the chief justice.According to article 57 (2), the president can select one-tenth of the cabinet including the prime minister and s/he will also appoint the prime minister holding dialogue with all political parties. The prime minister cannot be someone from the ruling party. The president will appoint 10 advisers following consultation with the prime minister. The advisers will not be picked from non-party people.No oath-taking will be required as the advisers are not ministers. The supportive government under the leadership of the prime minister will hold election within 90 days and hand over power to the elected government. The supportive government’s tenure will terminate the day the new government will be installed.A group of pro-BNP lawyers have prepared the draft of the formula and its propositions have been inferred from the constitutions of Bangladesh and also India.However, the lawyers who are said to have been assigned for the job do not want to be named, nor would they make any comment.Moudud Ahmed, member of the BNP standing committee and senior lawyer, has recently told the media that a neutral government formation is possible under the constitution.He recalled the experience of 1990. during the fall of the Ershad regime and how an interim government was formed on the basis of a consensus of the political parties.This time around as well it is possible, he insisted.Moudud said even if there is any deviation from the constitution during the process of functioning of such administration, that can be indemnified by the subsequent elected government.So, the BNP leader added, there is no need to amend the constitution in order to form the polls-time govenment the opposition is insisting on.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin and Toriqul Islam.
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GE Healthcare said its CardiacVX for rapid reviewing and reporting addresses the clinical demand for more automated and user-friendly post-processing.When physicians began utilizing advanced visualization, the software was limited to academic institutions and large hospitals. It was part of a dedicated workstation with dedicated hardware, making the technology a standalone application that was not typically utilized beyond the walls of the department where the workstation was located. Physicians would retrieve digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) images from a modality and then work on the images at the workstation.Advanced visualization software has since seen major advancements due, in part, to the need of other physicians to view these images — an act that became increasingly difficult using picture archive and communication systems (PACS) alone. As technology continues to improve, advancements have propelled the software outside of the area of academia and research to more routine use. From Thick to Thin ClientOne of the major advances in advanced visualization has been the move from a thick client to a thin client and cloud technology. Ten years ago, when everything was done at the workstation located in the department, it was difficult for other physicians to access these images for surgeries or therapies. They would either have to go to the radiology department or rely on the paper report.Today, more physicians are utilizing the hospital or imaging center’s server to store images so that any physician with secure access to the server can view and manipulate them. With the introduction of Web-based services, many physicians have gone further, choosing to utilize cloud technology. This allows hospitals and other networks to store large volumes of data over the Internet, often via a Web-accessible, third-party hosted cloud server. The switch from the workstation (thick client) to server-based (thin client) and cloud-based storing has led a majority of companies to offer thin client advanced visualization options, and a few are beginning to offer cloud- and Web-based software. Fovia, Vital Images, TeraRecon and Siemens Healthcare are a few that already offer these types of options, and this is a practice that Henri “Rik” Primo, director of strategic relationships, syngo Americas, Siemens Healthcare, sees continuing well into the future. “At some point in time, most of these applications will be running in the cloud,” he said. Introduction of Intuitive Workflow FeaturesAn important benefit that advanced visualization software has been able to offer is the ability to streamline radiology workflow. In addition to increasing the speed by which other physicians are able to access and view images, Primo explained that before recent advancements, a specialized technologist would pre-prepare the slices so that the radiologist could see the reconstructed 3-D image set and not have to spend time removing things like the bone structure or annotating spine segments. Stephen Bravo, M.D., diagnostic radiologist, co-founder of Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando, Fla., explained how difficult this process was when the center first started in 2005. “When we updated to a 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, it made the acquisition of the images much easier, and therefore the manipulation of the data a little bit easier, but still the processing time for the technologist took anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the quality of the data acquired,” he said. Now, algorithms are becoming available to do a lot of the pre-processing and post-processing automatically, further simplifying radiology workflow. “With the integration of syngo.via there was turnaround in the processing time that dropped from 45 to 90 minutes to 15 to 20 minutes, maximum.”As the software continues to evolve, manufacturers are finding additional ways to make it more user-friendly and intuitive to help further streamline the radiology process and promote widespread adoption. For example, Claron Technology introduced its Withinsight Framework (WIF) version 2.1 with five new sample applications that show users how to optimally use new software functions. Similarly, GE Healthcare said that its CardiacVX for rapid reviewing and reporting was designed to address clinical demands for more automated and user-friendly post-processing. Matthew Hayes, technical director, Cross Sectional Imaging, Sand Lake Imaging, spoke about the ease of use Siemens’ syngo.via software, which has led to faster turnaround times. “Within the eight IVP (intravenous pyelogram) delay on a CT, our technologist has already been able to complete 75 percent of a CTA heart, maybe even the entire thing. This keeps our report time down and positively impacts our patient care,” he said. Primo said that continued simplification would be the next step to further improve acceptance of the technology in the normal clinical routine workflow, and could help reduce training time. Advanced Vis for Surgical Planning and GuidanceAs more physicians begin to utilize advanced visualization software, there has been a natural progression to find other uses for the images outside of diagnostics. According to Primo, “As more doctors and specialists are becoming familiar with 3-D presentation of images, you see that they want to do the reconstructions themselves.” Primo explained that for certain surgeries — neurosurgery, for example — precision and accuracy is of utmost importance. “You want to make sure that you navigate very carefully,” he explained. While surgeons used to rely on radiologist’s data sets for the location of the tumor, today surgeons are beginning to construct their own images using advanced visualization to plan the trajectory of needle-based interventions. EOS Imaging recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its sterEOS 3-D software, which automatically calculates clinical parameters for surgical planning. Surgeons are also using advanced visualization to navigate surgeries in the operating room (OR). Medtronic’s CardioGuide Implant System utilizes 3-D imaging to project a roadmap and targeted placement of the pacemaker onto an overlay of the patient’s heart. The system also tracks the real-time location of electrodes, allowing physicians to confirm that the lead is placed in the correct location. GE Healthcare’s Innova EPVision 2.0 also provides live visualization of patients’ anatomy and associated devices to aid physicians during procedures.Advanced Visualization of the FutureFrom a clinical perspective, advanced visualization software is gearing toward the use of multimodality 3-D and fusion. Multimodality fusion involves the ability to work with multiple modalities — CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) and so on — at the same time, in order to gain a holistic overview of a patient’s condition. Bravo has utilized Siemens’ syngo.via advanced visualization software in his research. “Advanced visualization has been exceedingly important for that because we are correlating modalities — CTs, MRs and PET bone scans — in an attempt to be as accurate, sensitive and specific as possible for lymphatic and bone metastatic disease,” he said.Primo predicted that fusion will continue to expand within all of the modalities and specialties. According to Primo, Siemens has focused on multimodality routine readings — starting with CT, going into MR and PET and eventually making its way into computed radiography (CR), digital radiography (DR), angiography, and fluoroscopy with CT reconstruction based on fluoroscopy views. TomTec Imaging Systems also received FDA clearance for its Image-Com software solution, which offers multimodality, multidimensional and multivendor image review, in November 2012.Technological advances also will have major impacts on advanced visualization software and its use within medical care. “We all know Moore’s law, and we know that more and more processing power and gigabytes can be packed into chips. So that means we can expect the performance to double or triple every year,” said Primo. He cited that current technological obstacles, such as bandwidth and performance limitations, would decrease because of the speed of development in capacity and capabilities. With these obstacles eliminated, the options for the utilization of advanced visualization in healthcare are exciting. 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Top Stories The 26-year-old R&B singer performed at a packed concert in Manila on Tuesday but has been prevented from leaving since then.In videos posted on Instagram, Brown clowns around, asking, “Can somebody please tell me what the (expletive) is going on?”“I don’t know, I’m reading headlines after headlines, what the (expletive)!” he added, smiling as his companions laugh in the background while sprawled on sofas.In another video, Brown says when he gets to customs, he will say he did nothing wrong. He then breaks into dance as people laugh.The expletive-laden video appeared to have been removed from Brown’s Instagram account Thursday.A new video posted around midnight showed Brown kneeling on the same patterned carpet as before and pleading, “Please, please, let us leave, please,” then doing a back flip. The clip’s caption seemed to be a mock appeal to President Barack Obama.The dispute traces back to last New Year’s Eve when Brown canceled a concert at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena north of Manila, which is operated by a corporation owned by the politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo religious group.The 101-year-old group is believed to have more than a million members both in the Philippines and abroad and is known to vote as a bloc in a nation where politicians often seek endorsements from church leaders. Comments Share 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories The organizers said they were told at that time by Brown’s representative that the singer lost his passport and could not make it to the concert.In a complaint, the Maligaya Development Corp. says Brown and his Canadian promoter, John Michael Pio Roda, backed out of the concert after they were paid in full for a $1 million contract.MDC promoted the concert and sold tickets based on the guarantee that Brown would perform, the complaint alleged.The religious group filed a formal complaint with a prosecutor at the Department of Justice, a preliminary step before the filing of charges in court.Brown was being delayed while immigration officials consulted with the Justice Department about the case, Tan said.A concert scheduled in Hong Kong for Wednesday was rescheduled to Thursday. A club manager who did not want to be named said late Thursday evening that the concert was being rescheduled again but the date was uncertain until they heard back from Brown’s representatives.Another concert, scheduled for Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia, was cancelled due to safety concerns, according to Brown’s Twitter account.An Indonesian promoter, Trilogy Live, said it looked forward to having Brown come to Jakarta later and that tickets would be refunded. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Chris Brown llega a los premios BET en el Teatro Microsoft en Los Angeles en una fotografía del 28 de junio de 2015. La salida de Manila de Chris Brown se retrasó el miércoles 22 de julio de 2015 por acusaciones de fraude contra el cantante estadounidense y su promotor en relación con un concierto cancelado la víspera del Año Nuevo pasado en Filipinas. (Foto Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, archivo)n Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Another promoter, E-Motion Entertainment, told reporters that one reason for the cancelation was the recent unrest in Tolikara district of Papua province.Last week, a mob attacked Muslims marking the end of Ramadan and a mosque and several Muslim-owned stores went up in flames, allegedly after a meeting of Christian leaders was disrupted by the volume of the mosque’s loudspeakers. Soldiers and police stopped the angry mob, wounding 12 people with warning shots.Papua is Indonesia’s easternmost province, far from the capital, but the violence angered many Muslims. Security was the main concern of Brown’s management, said Rangga Ibiza from E-Motion Entertainment. “No matter how small the security issue is …, it would influence their decision to hold the concert.”___Associated Press writers Angela Chen in Hong Kong and Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a profanity-laced video, Grammy award-winning singer Chris Brown vented his frustration Thursday at being stuck in the Philippines for a second day after running afoul of a politically powerful religious group that filed a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled concert.Brown was still in the country Thursday evening and had not applied for the emigration clearance he needs to leave Manila, Immigration Bureau spokeswoman Elaine Tan said in a text message to the AP. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home
Luxperience is full for another year for exhibitorsYet again Luxperience is a sell out with an increase of over 30% in exhibitors confirmed to present their wares at the leading luxury and experiential travel exhibition, being held at Australian Technology Park, Sydney from 6-9 September, 2015. Eric Lewanavanua, Director of Sales and Partner Alliances of Luxperience says:“Luxperience has built up a prodigious reputation for showcasing unique travel experiences from across the globe to its hand-picked travel advisors. It’s a successful forum which sees many exhibitors reserving their space year on year.“Exhibitor numbers are carefully monitored to ensure that there is a favourable ratio between buyers and exhibitors, which is one of the reasons why the bespoke diary system is highly successful with all attendees.”Among this year’s exhibitors are several new products launching at Luxperience as well as key high-end experiential travel and event operators from Australia and across the globe. Diamond Partner, Tourism New Zealand, will have an enhanced presence at this year’s exhibition.There is a significant increase from previous exhibiting destinations like Fiji, India, Philippines, Peru, Thailand, and Bhutan as well as newcomers, Argentina, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea.Buyers can also look forward to be enveloped by glamorous destinations like Tahiti, Monaco, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Maldives, Sri Lanka and many more.Source = Luxperience