Look At What The Browns’ GM Is Wearing At Oklahoma-Texas

first_imgA view of Oklahoma fans during a Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 12: Oklahoma Sooners fans cheer on their team against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first half on November 12, 2005 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma won 36-30. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***It appears Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey is getting an early jump on his player evaluations, as he’s attending the Big 12 Championship. While there is no question about his ability to scout talent, his fashion sense is another debate.Baker Mayfield has trolled Dorsey in the past for his style choices, which means more jokes could be on the way after today.Dorsey was caught on the sidelines for the game, wearing orange Nike sneakers, shorts and an overcoat. Although that combination isn’t considered ideal, he certainly has no issue with it.Browns GM John Dorsey is here to watch Texas and Oklahoma in the #Big12Championship pic.twitter.com/fSI9gLVMru— Jeff Barker (@JeffBarker_) December 1, 2018On the bright side, Dorsey is somehow prepared for winter or fall weather with this particular outfit.NFL writer Peter Schrager couldn’t help but praise the Browns’ general manager for this interesting look. “I’m going to push hard to get John Dorsey some of those fancy seats at a New York City Fashion Week show this fall,” he tweeted.I’m going to push hard to get John Dorsey some of those fancy seats at a New York City Fashion Week show this fall. No more iconic style in the entire NFL. What a look. https://t.co/kysvMlK6by— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) December 1, 2018As for the game itself, Texas leads 7-3 over Oklahoma.last_img read more

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Dr. Clarke Urges Public-Sector Workers to Embrace Transformation

first_img Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. “We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency.“We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said.Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew.Twenty teams will be vying for the top spot in the contest, which will run from March 20 to April 25 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (centre), with team members from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) who will be participating in the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition. Occasion was the official launch of the competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. The JIS team members (from left) are Writer, Producer, Presenter, Radio Department, Twila Wheelan; Writer, Producer, Presenter, Television Department, Celestine Thomas; Public Relations Officer, Peta-Gay Hodges; and Public Relations Officer, Charnele Henry.Themed ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, the competition will see public-sector workers engaged in debate on the matter of transformation and other topical issues within the public service.Dr. Clarke welcomed the staging of the debate, noting that it is aimed at including the thoughts and ideas of civil servants in the public-sector transformation process.“Your voice will be important as we chart the course going forward. You will have feedback, you will have criticisms, you will have ideas that others have not even thought about and it is by creating a public space for these ideas to percolate that you’ll be able to make the most progress,” he noted.He added that the debate will serve as an example to the public “that we can have ideas contend and we can have a space where people can express, not only goals but ways and means of achieving those goals to the benefit of the broader Jamaican population”.Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry, Maria Thompson Walters, said that the competition provides an avenue for public-sector employees to contribute to discussions on building a more effective and efficient public service.“This debate competition is designed to… engage critically on the issues of transformation and do so on a national platform. As both employees and clients of the public sector you have perspectives that are invaluable to how we redesign and reshape the service that we provide to the public,” she noted.There are over $600,000 in prizes and awards to be won in the contest, which will include elimination rounds, with the final round to be televised nationally and the victorious team crowned ‘Master Debaters of the Public Sector’.In addition, there will be a special prize for the most popular team on social media, which will be named ‘Fan Favourite’. Persons can log on to @tiu_jamaica on Instagram and TIUjamaica on Facebook to vote for their favourite team.The Public Sector Debate Competition is being coordinated by the Transformation Implementation Unit and managed by the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment Limited (JADE).The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) is sponsoring the contest.` Story Highlightslast_img
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Seabed Mapping for MH370 Deep Water Search Underway

first_imgzoom The Australian contracted survey vessel Fugro Equator has commenced operations in a defined MH370 search area, joining Chinese PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen in undertaking survey activities, Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a release.Fugro EquatorUnder the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the two vessels are conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the sea floor—which is crucial to carrying out the deep water search for MH370 that is scheduled to commence in August.At the end of May, Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and came into the port of Fremantle to enable the necessary repairs to be conducted.The defect has been rectified and the ship will resume operations in the search area shortly.So far, the Zhu Kezhen has surveyed 4,088 square kilometres of the ocean floor.It is anticipated that it will take at least three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.According to JACC, the ships will regularly send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia. This data will be used to progressively build a map of the search area.The search area will be confirmed before the end of June, after completion of extensive collaborative analysis by a range of specialists.It is already clear from the provisional results of that analysis that the search zone will move, but still be on the seventh arc (where the aircraft last communicated with satellite).Press Release, June 19, 2014last_img read more

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Diana Shipping Finds Work for Panamax Bulker

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels with Dutch grain distributor Glencore Grain B.V.The vessel in question is the 77,901 dwt MV Ismene, which was hired at a gross charter rate of USD 5,850 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties.The 2013-built bulker was chartered for a period of about ten to thirteen months.Diana Shipping said that the charter commenced on August 7.The company added that it is expected to generate USD 1.67 million of gross revenue from the contract for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.In March, the shipowner secured a term loan of up to USD 25.7 million to finance the acquisition cost of two out of three Panamaxes bought earlier, including MV Ismene (previously named MV Infinity 9).Granted under the agreement with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., the proceeds were used to finance the entire purchase cost of MV Ismene and MV Selina, which joined Diana’s fleet in March.The vessel was previously chartered to Glencore Grain at a gross rate of USD 7,825 per day.last_img read more

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Supreme Court of Canada Refuses To Hear Case

first_img The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the Nova Scotia HumanRights Commission’s appeal of a decision that the commission saidraises questions about harassment and diversity in Canadianworkplaces. “We’re disappointed,” said commission CEO Mayann Francis. “We hadhoped the Supreme Court of Canada would provide legal guidance,not just for Nova Scotians but for all Canadian workplaces. Thestandards have already been established for sexual harassment. Wethought this case might help establish clearer guidelines fordealing with discrimination and the cultural differences onefinds in a diverse workplace.” The Supreme Court announced today, April 28, that it will nothear an appeal in the case of Dorothy Kateri Moore, of Membertou.The court does not give reasons for dismissal of leaveapplications. Ms. Moore filed a complaint with the Nova Scotia Human RightsCommission in 1999, alleging that Trevor Muller, the owner ofPlay it Again Sports in Sydney, and Ronald Muller, a co-worker,discriminated against her when they referred to her as”kemosabe.” An independent board of inquiry was held into the complaint. Thechair of that board of inquiry, David J. MacDonald, ruled inFebruary of 2004 that discrimination did not take place becauseMs. Moore had not clearly shown she was offended by the remark. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission appealed the ruling tothe Nova Scotia Court of Appeal — arguing that the independentboard had erred by placing an undue burden on the complainant toprove that she found the term offensive. In October 2004, the Court of Appeal rejected that argument,upholding the independent board of inquiry’s decision. JusticeDavid Chipman, writing for the three-member appeal court panel,concluded Ms. Moore had not shown that the term was “notoriouslyoffensive.” Ann E. Smith, legal counsel for the Nova Scotia Human RightsCommission, said the commission had hoped the Supreme Court couldclarify that term. “People need to understand what that phrasemeans in order to determine what is or is not consideredacceptable behaviour in the workplace,” she said. “What Iconsider ‘notoriously offensive’ you may not. We wanted somelegal standard that would help people.” Ms. Smith said the Supreme Court does not give explanations forthe cases it accepts or denies. “The Supreme Court’s refusal tohear the case in no way indicates that the questions we haveraised are not worth pursuing. It simply means the issue is notone the Supreme Court wanted to address at this time.” Ms. Francis said that means that the commission will continue toconsider other ways of clarifying the parameters. “Attitudes regarding diversity — and understanding of thecultural differences in the way that individuals deal withdifficulties — have far-reaching implications for Nova Scotia’sracially visible, African Nova Scotian and First Nationscommunities,” she said. “They will impact future immigrationpatterns and, therefore, the province’s economic future. We needto continue to work on this. “This is about much more than the use of one word. It’s aboutestablishing standards that are clear to employers and toemployees, standards that protect and encourage diversity andthat protect every person’s rights under the Human Rights Act.” Copies of the original decision by the independent board ofinquiry and the ruling of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal areavailable on the commission’s website atgov.ns.ca/humanrights/decisions/2004decisions.htm HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION–Supreme Court of Canada Refuses To HearCaselast_img read more

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Province Announces Nova ScotiaChina Live Lobster Quality Project

first_imgA new lobster quality initiative between Nova Scotia and Tmall-Alibaba, an online retail company in China, will set a premium quality standard for exported Nova Scotia lobster. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell announced today, Feb. 15, that Nova Scotia has signed a memorandum of understanding with the company, to help provide premium quality Nova Scotia lobster to growing online markets in China. “Nova Scotia is known worldwide for its premium quality lobster and seafood, all harvested from the cold and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Mr. Colwell. “This agreement will establish a supply chain of Nova Scotia lobster to our largest market, while raising the quality standards in our lobster and seafood industries even further.” The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture solicited interest from qualified Nova Scotian lobster shippers. Three shippers were selected to take part in the pilot project. They are: Gidney Fisheries Ltd., Centreville, Digby Co. Nautical Seafoods Ltd., Parkers Cove, Annapolis Co. Fisherman’s Market Intl. Ltd., Bedford. “We are honoured and excited to be a part of the upcoming live lobster quality export project between Nova Scotia and Tmall-Alibaba,” said Robert Mac Donald, Gidney’s president and general manager. “As a global exporter of live lobsters we see this as an opportunity to showcase our superior lobster quality to consumers through Tmall-Alibaba’s assistance and dominance in the e-commerce marketplace.” Through the agreement the suppliers have committed to sending 300,000 quality-certified live lobsters as the beginning of a long-term quality program. To reduce mortality issues associated with long-haul export, variable quality, and handling issues, Perennia, a not-for-profit corporation with expertise in food quality and safety, has been asked to put a strict quality certification procedure in place. The procedure will include a quality standards manual, a training program and regular audits at participating export plants in Nova Scotia and the receiver sites in China. Nova Scotia is the primary supplier of live lobster from Canada. In 2015, the province exported $113 million worth of lobster to China. Overall seafood exports to China exceeded $210 million.last_img read more

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Once an obscure device bump stocks are in the spotlight

first_imgATLANTA – The Las Vegas gunman possessed a little-known device called a “bump stock” that was not widely sold — until now.Originally created with the idea of making it easier for people with disabilities to shoot a gun, the attachments allow a semi-automatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon by unleashing an entire large magazine in seconds. Now the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has drawn attention to the devices, which critics say flout federal restrictions on automatic guns.The stocks have been around for less than a decade. The government gave its seal of approval to selling them in 2010 after concluding that they did not violate federal law.The device basically replaces the gun’s stock and pistol grip and causes the gun to buck back and forth, repeatedly “bumping” the trigger against the shooter’s finger. Technically, that means the finger is pulling the trigger for each round fired, keeping the weapon a legal semi-automatic.The rapid fire does not necessarily make the weapon any more lethal — much of that would depend on the type of ammunition used. But it does allow the person firing the weapon to get off more shots more quickly.It’s unclear how many have been sold. Listings for the devices had been seen on websites for Walmart and Cabela’s, two of the nation’s largest gun retailers. But those listings were no longer on either company’s website on Wednesday.Walmart said in a statement that it pulled the devices after determining they violated a “prohibited items policy” and never should have been offered for sale. Cabela’s did not return messages seeking comment.The leading bump stock maker, Slide Fire, did not return messages seeking comment. But the Texas company’s Facebook page is filled with videos extolling its features, including one in which a woman gushed, “It’s so easy because once you slid it forward and leaned into it, it just fires.” In another video, a man fires off 58 rounds to celebrate his 58th birthday in just 12 seconds.Sales for firearms or specific accessories seem to jump after every high-profile shooting. That will likely happen again with bump stocks, said Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.“People will go, ‘Oh geez, I should get one of those.’ The other is that people will be concerned about efforts to ban them,” Wintemute said.Manufacturers tout the stocks, some of which sell for less than $200, as offering a simple and affordable alternative to automatic weapons without the hassle of a rigorous background check and other restrictions.Ed Turner, who owns Ed’s Public Safety, a gun shop in Stockbridge, Georgia, said he’s already seeing a run on bump stocks since the shooting. He said he would be surprised if he had sold two of them in the past decade, but now he’s unable to find any available, even from wholesalers.Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Georgia, said soon after most of his customers buy one, “the newness wears off and they put it away and it stays in a closet.”While the stocks allow a gun to quickly spray bullets, gun experts say they also create such a jolt that accuracy is affected. That may not matter to gun owners who just want the thrill of shooting with one, or for those bent on destruction. Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman, fired hundreds of rounds indiscriminately from his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on a music festival outside.He had 23 guns in the room. Authorities found bump stocks attached to 12 of the weapons, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent in Charge Jill Schneider said.At Paddock’s home, authorities found 19 more guns, explosives and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Several pounds of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be turned into explosives, were in his car, authorities said.The shooting renewed a push by some lawmakers to ban bump stocks. California Sen. Diane Feinstein, a Democrat, said the devices can enable a gun to fire 400 to 800 rounds per minute and “inflict absolute carnage.”Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said the industry is prepared to have the devices scrutinized by lawmakers and gun-control advocates. That happens regularly after a major shooting. But he and others defended their use, suggesting it’s unfair to go after firearms when other weapons — trucks and fertilizer, for example — aren’t as quickly criticized after deadly attacks.“Ultimately, when Congress … looks at this, they’ll start asking questions about why anybody needs this, and I think the answer is we have a Bill of Rights and not a Bill of Needs,” Pratt said.___Associated Press writers Sadie Gurman in Washington and Michael Balsamo in Las Vegas contributed to this report.___For complete all-formats coverage of the Las Vegas shooting, click here: https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting .last_img read more

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Bird flu UNICEF helps Thailand with preventive education in schools

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping Thailand with a nationwide school-based campaign to protect children and their families from the spread of bird flu and the threat of its mutation into a deadly human pandemic.The campaign, launched yesterday by the Education Ministry, covers all 40,000 elementary and secondary schools in the country, which has registered the third highest toll from the current H5N1 flu virus. It focuses on promoting frequent hand washing, rapid reporting of sick and dead poultry and other key behaviours. Four million posters and pamphlets with awareness and prevention messages are being distributed along with a newly-developed curriculum to help ensure children understand the behaviours they need to practice to thwart the spread of H5N1, which has infected 25 people in Thailand, and killed 17 of them including 11 children under the age of 18.Some 300,000 bars of soap will also be distributed to elementary schools. The posters, pamphlets and curriculum were developed with UNICEF support and funding from the Government of Japan. “At the same time, the campaign will help build the life skills children need to be prepared for and to respond to any type of emergency,” UNICEF Representative Inese Zalitis said.Although more than 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling, there have so far been only 253 human cases, 148 of them fatal, since the current outbreak started in South-East Asia in December 2003, and these have been ascribed to contact with infected birds. But experts fear the virus could mutate, gaining the ability to pass from person to person and, in a worst case scenario, unleashing a deadly human pandemic similar to the so-called Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 that is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide by the time it had run its course two years later. Bird flu outbreaks have occurred in domestic poultry in at least 30 provinces in Thailand, the world’s fourth-largest poultry producer. Authorities have been forced to destroy millions of ducks and chickens to thwart the spread of the virus, resulting in severe economic losses for both large- and small-scale poultry farmers.At Tuesday’s launch, UNICEF Representative Inese Zalitis said the campaign is aimed at limiting opportunities for the H5N1 virus to mutate by stopping its spread from poultry to humans, especially to children. Since 2003, Viet Nam has registered the highest toll with 93 cases and 42 deaths, though no cases this year, followed by Indonesia with 69 cases, 52 of them fatal. read more

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Amazon expands its reach to comics with Jet City Comics imprint and

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Amazon expands its reach to comics with Jet City Comics imprint and plans original series SEATTLE – Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. says it will soon start publishing original comics through its new imprint, Jet City Comics.The name is a nod to Seattle’s historical ties to the development of jets in aviation. It’s also a sign of growing demand for more and more original comics and graphic novels that has seen established authors develop their own titles to slake fan demand.Jet City issues will publish on Kindle as stand-alone comics, serialized comics released over multiple episodes, and bundled graphic novels, with print editions available at Amazon.com and other comic retailers.The first issue of “Symposium,” the first original Foreworld comic, was released Tuesday.More titles are due in October, including George R.R. Martin’s “Meathouse Man” and Hugh Howey’s “Wool.”___Online:Jet City Comics: http://bit.ly/12ps5Db by The Associated Press Posted Jul 11, 2013 3:26 pm MDT read more

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SNCLavalin in new Chuquicamata EPCM contract

first_imgSNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract by the Chuquicamata Division of Codelco Chile to provide overall project management, as well as detailed engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services, for the upgrade of the concentrators at their Chuquicamata mine in Chile. This award follows the initial feasibility study completed by SNC-Lavalin in the first half of 2012.The scope of the EPCM contract is to upgrade the secondary and tertiary pebble crushing system at their processing facility, allowing it to process 104,000 t/d of ore (2,200 t/h with 80% utilisation). This will be achieved by improving feeders, conveyors, classifiers and crushing units. The total capital cost of the scope under SNC-Lavalin’s management is estimated at $120 million.“This project is an excellent example of a sustaining capital project for an existing client,” said Dale Clarke, Executive Vice-President, Global Mining & Metallurgy, SNC-Lavalin Group. “Codelco is one of our most valued and long-standing clients, and we appreciate the confidence they have placed in us for the delivery of key sustainable projects in their capital investment program.” Detailed engineering and early construction work on the pebble crushing system are already in progress. The project is scheduled for mechanical completion by the end of the third quarter of 2013.last_img read more

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Nik Tominec to stay in Kadetten Schaffhausen until 2015

Kadetten SchaffhausenNik Tominec ← Previous Story Women’s EHF Cup: Danish duo, Metz and Zalau in TOP 4! Next Story → C.O Zagreb and Goluza – End of story? Slovenian right wing with Swiss passport, Nik Tominec (22) will stay in Kadetten Schaffhausen until 2015. Left handed player came to Swiss champion in 2011. He is playing on the right side of Kadetten’s attack alongside with Rares Jurca and Aleksandar Stojanovic. Tominec was a member of Slovenian teams Cimos Koper and RK Maribor Branik before he move to Switzerland.

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Man loses High Court challenge against Northern Ireland Secretary over border poll

first_img Share28 Tweet Email Short URL 56 Comments By Christina Finn If at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should …form part of a united Ireland.The agreement also provides for the people of the island of Ireland to exercise their right of self-determination by agreement between the people of North and South.The GFA states:It is for the people of Ireland alone, by agreement between the two parts respectively and without external impediment, to exercise their right of self-determination on the basis of consent, freely and concurrently given, North and South, to bring about a United Ireland, accepting that this right must be achieved and exercised with and subject to the agreement and consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland.If such a vote passed, the process of Irish unification would begin.McCord, aged 62, took simultaneous action against the Irish State and the Northern Ireland Secretary.Lack of transparencyIn his affidavit to the Belfast court, he argued that as a matter of “transparency” both governments should set out their policies as to how and when a border poll should be held, stating that it is a “matter of fundamental constitutional importance” for the citizens of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Britain and the EU.“Uncertainty and the lack of transparency in Northern Ireland have historically not be good for peace and open to abuse,” he said.In his ruling yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Girvan said he was “wholly unpersuaded by the argument that the Secretary of State be bound by a policy detailing the way in which that flexible and politically sensitive power is bound to be exercised”.It continued:The court cannot intervene merely because it considers that a production of publication of such a policy would be sensible or desirable. It can only intervene if as a matter of law the Secretary of State is obliged to make and publish such a policy.Discretionary poll to call a border poll The judge said that the current approach appears “entirely apt in the context of decision-making by the Secretary of State in relation to the discretionary power to call a border poll”.“The statutory framework does not specify the matters which must be taken into account or left out of account in deciding whether a border poll is or is not appropriate. In essence it must be for the Secretary of State to decide what matters should be taken into account on the political question of the appropriateness of a poll.“The Secretary of State has indicated that a form of published policy prescribing how the discretion should be exercised and which pre-determines how public opinion should be assessed may prove unduly restrictive and not in the public interest.“This is a tenable and rational conclusion on her part. Her decision not to make or publish a policy in relation to the exercise of her discretionary power cannot be impugned and there is no legal requirement to have a policy in place to govern and qualify how the broad discretionary power is to be exercised.”Not required to enunciate a policyThe matter of when and who should vote in a border poll falls on the Secretary of State to conclude, said the judge, adding that she is not required as a matter of law to enunciate a policy on how the pool of voters should be determined in advance of her exercising her powers. The judge ruled to dismiss McCord’s application.Speaking to RTÉ outside the court yesterday, McCord expressed disappointment at the outcome.“For me, it’s about taking politics out of the border poll, and putting policies in because quite clearly the border poll is being abused.“And I’m disappointed in what the judge said, but we’ll appeal it.”Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, who has supported McCord’s case, said yesterday’s ruling was a “tragic result”.He said it is case that “politics rather than policy is what will decide when a referendum on a united Ireland is held, but as we have seen all too often policy neglect seldom goes unpunished”.McCord’s case challenging the Irish government on its lack of policy on holding a border poll is due to be heard in Dublin on 3 July. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Man loses High Court challenge against Northern Ireland Secretary over border poll Raymond McCord wants both governments to set out the criteria for the holding of a border poll. Friday 29 Jun 2018, 10:54 AM A BELFAST MAN who describes himself as both an Irish and British citizen, as well as a unionist, has lost his High Court challenge against the Northern Ireland Secretary over her power to decide when a border poll can be called.Raymond McCord, a campaigner for victims of the Troubles, took a judicial review, arguing that it is not clear in the Good Friday Agreement or Article 3.1 of the Irish Constitution if a majority in favour of a united Ireland is required in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland or if a combined majority of the people of Ireland is all that is required in order for a border poll to be called.He said the current criteria gives the Northern Ireland Secretary (currently Karen Bradley) “unfettered discretion” as to when a poll can be called and said procedures are too vague.How and when a border poll is held McCord was seeking the secretary to publish a policy document as a matter of urgency, setting out the circumstances in which a poll would be held.According to the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), a border poll can only be called by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.The agreement says the secretary can order a border poll: Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/4098825 10,273 Views Jun 29th 2018, 10:54 AM Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. 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Yahoo présente des applications pour smartphones et tablettes

first_imgYahoo présente des applications pour smartphones et tablettesEntre le récent licenciement de la directrice générale Carol Bartz et les diverses rumeurs de rachat, on peut dire que Yahoo traverse une passe mouvementée. Malgré tout, la firme américaine renouvelle sa stratégie et propose désormais des applications pour smartphones et tablettes tactiles. Ces deux nouveaux marchés sont aujourd’hui de plus en plus conséquents. Or, Yahoo se cantonnait à Internet sur les ordinateurs personnels. Obligé de revoir sa stratégie face à la concurrence et aux nouvelles technologies, Yahoo vient de présenter quelques applications comme Livestand, un kiosque à journaux pour tablette que l’on peut personnaliser en fonction de ses centres d’intérêt ou encore une application météo pour les appareils fonctionnant sous Android. L’iPad n’est pas en reste avec une nouvelle version de IntoNow, un service de programme TV communautaire.Il faudra vite que Yahoo renouvelle ses idées si elle veut survivre dans ce monde de nouvelles technologies qui fusent à toute vitesse. Avec un nouveau directeur général, peut être que le géant américain se retrouvera à nouveau sur de bons rails.Le 4 novembre 2011 à 20:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Cardiff Council Mulls New Doctor Who Attraction

first_imgLess than one month after the Doctor Who Experience shut its doors, rumors of a new Cardiff Bay attraction are exciting fans.According to Wales Online, a local Cabinet member recently hinted at a replacement exhibit.Russell Goodway, head of Investment and Development, revealed “ongoing” discussions about the future use of the Bay building—previously an interactive museum chock full of Doctor Who memorabilia and artifacts.Opened in Wales in July 2012, the award-winning expo was always intended to be a fleeting love letter to the BBC show, a five-year adventure through space and time.An adventure that ended on Sept. 9, when the Doctor Who Experience closed its doors for good. Even die-hard fans like Bex Ferriday, creator of the “Save Cardiff’s Doctor Who Experience” petition (with nearly 13,000 signatures to date), couldn’t rescue the attraction from imminent death.There is no telling what will become of the modern facade; if a new lease is secured, Goodway tipped “potential leisure-based uses”—whatever the heck that means.Another Doctor Who-themed exhibition, if we’re lucky.Pose with the TARDIS at the Doctor Who Experience (via BBC)But, negotiations between BBC Worldwide, landowner Igloo, and the Welsh government didn’t result in an extension of the lease agreement before. So why should we believe that will change now?“I can confirm that my officials have now indicated that they are in a position to share proposals at a meeting that will be arranged shortly,” Goodway said in a statement emailed to Geek.Over the last five years, more than half a million visitors from across the world toured the Doctor Who Experience. The museum’s closure has cost six full-time jobs and 19 part-time positions.There has been talk of moving the popular exhibit elsewhere in the UK. But admiring the Third Doctor’s beloved Bessie or posing inside the TARDIS control room just wouldn’t be the same anywhere but Cardiff.The Welsh capital has served as a backdrop to the Doctor’s wild ride—in-house at BBC Wales studios and across the borough—since the show’s 2005 reboot. (Recent rumors, however, suggest a possible move to Manchester.)Wibbly-wobbly whispers don’t exactly instill a lot of hope in my Whovian heart. But it’s nice to know there are people, including some members of the Cardiff Council, who are fighting for our right to party like a Time Lord.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Oct. 4 with comment from the City of Cardiff Council.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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City of Miami Police host neighborhood barbecue in Liberty City

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police came together to serve in a new way with a barbecue in Liberty City, Saturday.Their goal was to build a stronger relationship and trust between officers and the communities they serve.“It’s an honor to be here,” said Deputy Director Freddie Ramirez. “We’re showing the community that we’re human, that we’re just like them. We’re all the same. Showing our kids to believe in the police because we’re dads, we’re moms, we’re brothers and sisters. That’s what we’re showing them here. We’re all real.”There were also dance competitions, kickball games, prizes, bounce houses and giveaways, all courtesy of the Miami Police Department.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Fed holds steady eyes two rate hikes this year

first_imgThe Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday and indicated that moderate U.S. economic growth and “strong job gains” would allow it to tighten policy this year, with fresh projections showing policymakers expected two quarter-point hikes by the year’s end, half the number seen in December.The U.S. central bank, however, noted that the United States continues to face risks from an uncertain global economy.”A range of recent indicators, including strong job gains, points to additional strengthening of the labour market. Inflation picked up in recent months,” the Fed said in a policy statement in which it kept the target range for its overnight lending rate at 0.25 percent to 0.50 percent.”However, global economic and financial developments continue to pose risks” and will keep inflation low for the remainder of 2016, it said.In a press conference, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said it remained to be seen whether a recent firming in U.S. core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food components, would be sustained.Fed policymakers projected weaker economic growth and lower inflation this year and lowered their estimate of where the targeted lending rate would be in the long run to 3.30 percent from 3.50 percent — a signal that the economic recovery would remain tepid.The interest rate outlook is a shift from the four hikes expected when the Fed raised rates in December for the first time in nearly a decade. The majority of policymakers now said they expected it would be appropriate to raise rates by about a half a percentage point by the end of this year.”Our first take on this is that it probably leans slightly more dovish, relative to expectations,” said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.The dollar fell against both the euro and the yen in the wake of the statement. Bond yields from two to 10 years hit session lows, while stock markets rallied, with the S&P 500 hitting its highest intra-day level since Jan. 4.CAUTIOUS APPROACHThe new rate outlook came as the Fed attempts to steer through recent global market volatility and keep its rate hike plans somewhat intact.The Fed had adopted a cautious approach at its last policy meeting in January, amid a sell off on financial markets, weaker oil prices and falling inflation expectations. As in its January policy statement, the Fed did not say directly how it regards the balance of risks to the U.S. economy.last_img read more

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Colin Chris Paul is a demanding teammate Rondo is just difficult

first_imgThe fight between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo during the Lakers/Rockets early season matchup resulted in ejections, suspensions, and fans and players taking sides between two players who have been labeled as historically bad teammates. Not one to mince words, after the brawl Rondo called out Paul for being renowned as a bad teammate and being generally disliked.Colin agrees both Rondo and Paul can be a headache, but he sees a difference between the two. Paul may be difficult, but he has played at an all-star level for extended periods of time and at least co-existed with three separate coaches, whereas Rondo is currently on his sixth team in five seasons and is renowned for burning bridges.Colin thinks friction between Paul and his teammates is due to his being demanding, but he has shown an ability to co-exist with coaches. Rondo is just flat out difficult to deal with and can’t get a long with anyone.When it comes to working with difficult or demanding, Colin will take demanding every single time.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more This in turn is impacting their purchase plans for nuclear medicine cameras. While 29 percent of the nuclear imaging sites in the survey are independent physician office locations, less than 10 percent of the sites planning camera purchases through 2015 will be physician offices.  News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more IMV’s study also shows that physician practice locations (primarily cardiology practices) are feeling financial pressure due to reduced reimbursement from Medicare and third-party payors. When asked about the issues affecting their future outlook, both hospitals and non-hospitals responded that “reductions in Medicare and third-party reimbursements are causing NM revenue to decline” is their top-rated issue, but managers of physician practices are more likely to rate this as a top issue than are administrators of hospital nuclear medicine departments.  Due to these pressures, the number of physician practices performing nuclear medicine studies has declined 6 percent over the past two years, and this decline is likely to continue.  For more information: www.imvinfo.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 December 26, 2013 — A report released by IMV Medical Information Division found that providers of nuclear medicine (NM) services are consolidating as procedure volume dropped in the subspecialty from 2008 to 2012.  In the report, IMV also provided market scenarios for nuclear medicine camera purchases from 2013 through 2017. Vendors covered in this report include Cardinal Health, Digirad, GE, Philips, Siemens, Spectrum Dynamics and Triad.  X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additional highlights include:A larger 80 percent proportion of the NM studies conducted in nonhospital locations are cardiovascular studies, compared with 46 percent of those conducted in hospitals. Hospitals are more likely to be conducting other procedure types, including bone scans, liver/hepatobiliary, renal, respiratory, infection/abscess and tumor localization studies. An estimated 8 million myocardial ischemia perfusion studies were performed in 2012, of which 58 percent used pharmacological stress agents, either alone or with exercise. Just over 25 percent of sites indicated providing neurology applications, and this may grow to more than one-third by 2016. Respondents from physician office locations were asked if they were planning to pursue certain strategic actions over the next few years, including changing their practice ownership structure to include a joint venture with hospitals. Almost one-third of the respondents are either considering or planning such a change in their practice model.  IMV’s 2013 Nuclear Medicine Market Outlook Report describes trends in nuclear medicine patient volume by study type, radiopharmaceutical and pharmacological stress agent utilization, SPECT versus SPECT/CT camera installed base and purchase plans, site operations characteristics and department managers’ opinions about the factors affecting the future outlook for nuclear medicine. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Feature | December 26, 2013 IMV Market Report Shows Nuclear Medicine Providers are Consolidating as Procedure Volume Slows center_img News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Based on market scenarios for unit sales from 2013 to 2017 provided in the report, IMV anticipates that the years 2015-2017 will be relatively active years for system replacements. One driver for replacement activity is the SPECT/CT camera, which will comprise at least 40 percent of the planned purchases for nuclear medicine cameras. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Related Content IMV’s 2013 Nuclear Medicine Market Outlook Report is based on the responses to an IMV-hosted online survey from 410 nuclear medicine department/facility managers nationwide. Responses were projected to the universe of 6,985 short-term general hospitals, imaging centers and physician practices in the United States that have fixed nuclear medicine cameras as identified by IMV.  An estimated 14.5 million nuclear medicine patient studies were performed on 14,825 single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or SPECT/CT in the United States in 2012. Compared with the 16 million patient studies performed in 2008, total nuclear medicine patient studies have decreased about 9 percent, for an average annual decline of 2.5 percent per year from 2008 to 2012.  Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more “We attribute this decline in NM patient studies to several factors, including the impact of precertification requirements from health insurance companies, reduced reimbursement and studies shifting to competing technologies, such as bone studies shifting to PET,” said Lorna Young, senior director of market research, IMV.  News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. According to the report, while the nuclear medicine market is currently slowing down with the decline in patient studies and a reduction in the number of sites performing NM studies, there is a relatively large installed base of aging equipment. Of the sites that are planning to purchase NM cameras, almost 90 percent of the planned purchases will be for replacement units.last_img read more

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Seres Reshaping Guatemalas development paradigm

first_imgRelated posts:Guatemala’s Relief Map: hands down the country’s best guide Award-winning documentary portrays a Guatemalan family’s struggle to bring a sister’s killer to justice Guatemala looks to Colombia’s success to overhaul police force Guatemalan president applauds Uruguayan pot legalization vote GUATEMALA CITY – In the town of Chimaltenango, 80 kilometers west of Guatemala City, a group of young people from across Guatemala and neighboring El Salvador gather in a circle.In a scene that could be mistaken for an acrobatics class, they discuss how in teams of six they can hold a group pose with only eight hands and three feet touching the ground. There is laughter and high spirits as one by one each human pyramid comes crashing down. However, despite the jovial atmosphere, there is a reason why these young people are here today: Each one of them is concerned about environmental issues affecting their local communities and wants to help prevent further damage.Aged between 15 and 25, these young adults have come together for a four-day youth leadership camp organized by Seres, a Guatemalan nongovernmental organization. For almost five years the organization has focused on inspiring and empowering the country’s youth and teaching them the necessary skills to tackle environmental problems, rather than rely on foreign aid to do it.Together with staff, the young adults discuss the problems their hometowns face, create ideas to tackle them and draw up detailed action plans, which will then be presented to their local communities in the hope that they generate enough support to bring the proposals to fruition. Previous projects include tree planting, building eco-schools and starting medicinal plant gardens in areas where pharmaceutical products are too expensive.“In Guatemala almost 50 percent of the population is 18 or under,” says Seres founder, Corrina Grace. “But because of the country’s 25-year history of aid and charities that have formed a ‘gift economy,’ there is this generation rising up that isn’t empowered to do anything with their lives.”“As NGOs what we really should be doing is writing ourselves out of existence and training up Guatemalans to lead their own communities,” Grace says. “But at the moment we’re not in this mentality.”What Seres is really about, Grace adds, is recreating the development paradigm and putting power back into the hands of the people, because “this is the only way we can achieve sustainable development.” Daniella Grijalua is 16 and hails from nearby Escuintla. She says the trash in her community used to be so bad that she could smell it from her classroom. However, since becoming involved with Seres she has made her neighborhood more environmentally aware, and there are now fines for people who litter.“I’m so satisfied that I’m helping my community, and each time I come here I get new experiences to take back to my family,” Grijalua says. “I don’t use tins or plastic bags anymore and, since the school in my community doesn’t have a kitchen, we’re collecting bottles and filling them with non-organic waste so that we can build one.”Guatemala hosts more foreign NGOs than any other country in Central America, but Seres thinks the country is becoming reliant upon international help.Through word of mouth, it wants to create an organic youth movement by training young Guatemalans who can then go back into their communities and share their skills with others. This year Seres has trained 350 young people, which staff estimate will indirectly benefit some 15,000 people.Julio Vásquez comes from Uspantán, an indigenous area in the mountains north of the capital that recently found itself at the mercy of oil drillers, miners and hydroelectric dams.“My community has a lot of problems from la minería. The mayor gave permission for the mining companies to go ahead two years ago, but they cut down all the trees in the mountains and the birds died. You used to be able to see and hear nature all around you, but now there’s nothing,” says Vásquez.Since starting with Seres, Vásquez has become involved in a project to encourage Uspantán’s youth to engage with local issues and help create change.By receiving talks from elders about how life in their community has evolved, taking part in nutrition workshops and watching documentaries about successful youth-run projects, these young Guatemalans are learning how to tackle their communities’ problems and are being given the confidence to create their own futures.Over the next seven years, Seres hopes to work with at least 7,000 young people in Guatemala and El Salvador.“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could train a whole generation who could grow up to be leaders, look at problems and know how to deal with them?” Grace asks. “Then we wouldn’t need to be here trying to fix things, we would have created a whole generation of leaders who could do that.” During leadership workshops, participants receive talks from their elders about how life in their community has changed, and take part in nutrition classes to learn how to make the food around them go further. Courtesy of Serescenter_img Facebook Comments Youths are encouraged to come up with projects that would benefit their local communities, such as tree planting, building eco-schools and starting medicinal plant gardens. Courtesy of Sereslast_img read more

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Zillow Facing Lawsuit After Executive Hire

first_img in Headlines, News, Technology Share Move Inc. National Association of Realtors Zillow 2014-03-20 Colin Robins Zillow Facing Lawsuit,Zillow Facing Lawsuit After Executive Hirecenter_img March 20, 2014 480 Views Move, Inc. filed a suit Monday against Zillow, Inc. and newly hired Zillow executive Errol Samuelson. The suit was filed in the Superior Court of King County, Washington.The lawsuit against Zillow and Samuelson alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriate of trade secrets.”At Move, we take our trade secrets and intellectual property extremely seriously as a valuable asset in our competitive position in the marketplace,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move, in a press release.Berkowitz continued, “We take action in cases in which we believe our trade secrets have been compromised. We have raised this matter for the courts and believe that the matter will be resolved judiciously.”Samuelson, former Chief Strategy Officer of Move, Inc. recently joined Zillow as chief industry development officer.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) and its subsidiary Realtors Information Network, Inc., joined as plaintiffs in the suit, with the NAR issuing the following statement: “NAR’s relationship with MOVE and realtor.com is based on a mutual respect for REALTORS and their efforts to bring online home buying and selling resources to consumers, and the defendants named in the lawsuit have not demonstrated that same respect.”The group added that no NAR dues are being used on the suit, as Move is covering all costs.last_img read more

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