British PM May calls Modi on poll win discusses G20

first_imgLondon: Britain’s outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his election victory, discussing a range of issues including the G20 Summit in Japan next month and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.In her conversation with Prime Minister Modi on Saturday, she praised India’s democratic exercise and processes, a Downing Street spokesperson said. May announced her resignation as the Conservative Party leader and British Prime Minister on Friday as a leadership contest triggered in Brexit-hit Britain. She will formally step down on June 7, after a three-day state visit to the UK by US President Donald Trump. “The Prime Minister (May) spoke to India’s PM Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his success in the election. “The leaders agreed that the election was a significant exercise in democracy and that the authorities should be commended for delivering it so efficiently,” the spokesperson said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCPrime Minister Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office, winning 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. “They also discussed the upcoming Cricket World Cup which the UK will host in June and July, and the passion for the sport that is shared between our two countries. “Both leaders looked forward to continuing the close cooperation between our countries, including at the G20 Summit in Osaka next month,” the spokesperson said. PTIlast_img read more

Alicia Silverstone Wants Her Vegan Chocolates Back

first_imgActor and San Francisco native Alicia Silverstone sent a letter this morning on PETA’s behalf to Ghirardelli, urging the designer chocolate brand, which is based in her hometown, to be sweet to animals and bring back its original vegan recipe for its semi-sweet chocolate chips.“Like most people, I love chocolate — vegan chocolate to be specific,” she wrote. “And science proves that chocolate loves us back. Vegan chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and is chock-full of essential nutrients. It improves blood flow and reduces stress.“That’s why I’m urging you to switch Ghirardelli’s semi-sweet chocolate chips back to their original dairy-free recipe, so health-conscious snackers and bakers alike can indulge.“As people become more informed that dairy products adversely affect their health, the environment, and animals, the dairy alternatives market is expected to continue to grow exponentially in value over the next few years. There’s an undeniable dairy-free trend, and I’d love to see Ghirardelli take advantage of it by switching back to its original dairy-free recipe.“I hope your company will be an inspiring model for other businesses in making this beneficial change.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that dairy-free chocolate spares mother cows the suffering that they endure on dairy farms, where they’re forcibly impregnated and their calves are taken from them.last_img read more


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Kirk Franklin, “Never Alone”Jason Nelson, “Forever”Brian Courtney Wilson, “A Great Work” Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Cardi B and Drake (ROB LATOUR/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK; KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES FOR DCP) Facebook Advertisement The Billboard Music Awards took place Wednesday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Kelly Clarkson as host.Taylor Swift made her BBMAs return with a performance of her new single “ME!”, her first performance since singing “22” back in 2013. Other performers included BTS, Paula Abdul, Jonas Brothers, Halsey, Madonna, Khalid, and 2019 ICON Award recipient Mariah Carey, among others.Drake set a record with the most wins ever, taking home 12 for a career total of 27. Cardi B took home six, while Maroon 5 scored four, and Ella Mai, Ozuna, Luke Combs and Lauren Daigle nabbed three.last_img read more

Outpouring of grief during Cape Dorset funeral for artist Annie Pootoogook

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National News CAPE DORSET, Nunavut—Annie Pootoogook’s funeral was much like her art. It was raw, real, emotional and uniquely Inuit.Over 100 people crowded into community hall in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Wednesday afternoon to offer their grief-stricken final goodbyes to the Inuit artist who gained international acclaim for her art, but whose life ended under suspicious circumstances in Ottawa’s Rideau River in September.The business of Cape Dorset came to a halt on this afternoon, government offices and shops shut their doors and storefronts to allow all community members to attend the funeral.Pootoogook’s body lay in a simple pine box on an elevated folding table at the front of the main room with tie-dyed fish painted by local youth covering the ceiling and walls. Family and friends placed plastic flowers atop the closed casket throughout the service which was punctuated by the sounds of grief.Inuit funerals are emotional and cathartic, part church service, part community grieving. All throughout the service, there were muffled sobs.Occasionally, those sobs would turn into someone wailing loudly. Others would join in, their grief raw and open, until the sound of wailing and crying echoed off the walls of the small community hall. One family member, who tried to address the crowd, was seized by sudden sadness and could only say, “Oh my God,” before dissolving into hard tears.To read more about Annie Pootoogook’s case click herePootoogook was found dead in the Rideau River on Sept. 19. Ottawa police are treating her death as suspicious and the investigation is ongoing. The Coroner’s office released Pootoogook’s body last Wednesday following a final examination by a pathologist.Pootoogook’s home of Cape Dorset—which sits about an hour’s flight west from Iqaluit—prides itself on their traditional culture, and is the most famous locale for Inuit art.The entire service was conducted in Inuktitut. A unilingual English speaker would recognize the hymns, just not the words.Pootoogook’s youngest daughter Napachie, 4, attended the service. Her adoptive parents brought her to Cape Dorset for the funeral, and the little girl found out just how large her birth family is.The only part of the service conducted in English was when Pootoogook’s family thanked the adoptive family for bringing the girl and asked everyone related to Napachie to stand so the adoptive parents could learn who they were.The entire first two rows stood.All through the service, the little girl was handed from one extended family member to another. Each time, the tears stopped long enough for her family to adore her with kisses and hugs.In Inuit culture, most adoptions are open, the adoptee knows who their birth family is and maintains a connection. For her extended family, she was just the little family member they hadn’t met yet.During the last hymn, members of Pootoogook’s family came forward to touch the casket and offer one final goodbye. Twice, men overcome with grief placed their heads on the casket, sobbing hard enough you could see them shaking from rows away.Following the service, the pine casket was carried to a waiting Cape Dorset municipal pick-up truck. Family members piled into the back and continued to the cemetery, where Pootoogook was laid to rest.“She always told a true story. Good or bad, it was always a true story,” said Pootoogook’s brother Cee Pootoogook.Annie Pootoogook’s funeral was like her art in that it was full of true grief, true emotion, and told a true read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,728.32, down 47.98 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.57 per cent, to $3.03 on 9.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 19 cents, 1.50 per cent, to $12.48 on 6.3 million shares.Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Up 94 cents, or 10.40 per cent, to $9.98 on 4.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Pharmaceutical. Down 23 cents, or 2.99 per cent, to $7.45 on 4.1 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 20 cents, 5.35 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down four cents, or 1.12 per cent, to $3.54 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up two cents, 0.91 per cent, to $2.21 on 3.4 million shares. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce tacked on another 79.82 per cent of preliminary anti-dumping duties, now totalling almost 300 per cent, for Bombardier to export its CSeries commercial jet into the American market once deliveries to Delta Air Lines begin next year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.21, 1.50 per cent, to $82.11 on 315,991 shares. The legal battle between a group of Tim Hortons franchisees and their parent company escalated Friday as the corporate-unsanctioned franchisee association filed a lawsuit alleging RBI, its subsidiary and several executives of subverting their right to associate.last_img read more

UN atomic watchdog calls on Iran not to undermine its nuclear inspections

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that in order to implement effective safeguards it would need to install additional surveillance equipment at the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Esfahan, where the resumption is planned, and would not be able to do so until some time next week.”To ensure continuity of knowledge, it is essential that Iran refrain from removing the Agency’s seals and from moving any nuclear material at UCF until such time as the surveillance equipment is installed and the Agency has verified the material,” the IAEA told Iran in reply to a Note Verbale announcing the resumption as of 1 August, 2005.Three EU countries, Britain, France and Germany, known as E3/EU, have been negotiating for months with Iran for a diplomatic solution. Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons, insisting its programme is for energy generation, but several countries, including the United States, insist the oil-producing country is seeking such weapons.”I call on Iran to continue the negotiation process with the E3/EU and not to take any action that might prejudice the process at this critical stage when the E3/EU are expected to deliver a package addressing security and political, economic and nuclear issues,” IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement today.”I also call on Iran not to take any unilateral action that could undermine the Agency inspection process at a time when the Agency is making steady progress in resolving outstanding issues,” he added.Iran voluntarily suspended operations last year of all enrichment related and reprocessing activities, and the IAEA said then that this confidence building measure, to be verified by the Agency, was essential to addressing outstanding nuclear issues. Enriched uranium can be used both for generating energy and making nuclear weapons.The IAEA had previously determined that Iran had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). read more

Mandate of UNbacked tribunal for Lebanon extended for three more years

Mr. Hariri and the others were killed on 14 February 2005 after a massive car bomb exploded as his motorcade passed through central Beirut.Five accused have been indicted over the killing. The trial in absentia began in January 2014 and is currently ongoing.The Tribunal, based near The Hague in the Netherlands, was established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1757 (2007) following the request of the Government of Lebanon for a tribunal of international character to try all those alleged responsible for the attack.In a note issued to the media, Mr. Ban reaffirmed the commitment of the UN to support the work of the Tribunal to bring those responsible to justice and to ensure that impunity for such major crimes will not be tolerated. The UN looks forward to the continued support and cooperation of the Government of Lebanon, the note added. read more

REMINDER Whats open and closed during the holidays

Brock University buildings throughout the main campus, east campus and satellite locations will be closed and locked during the holidays starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 and will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 3.Individuals who have proxy/swipe access to buildings (exterior doors) can enter the building if they are authorized to do so during this time. If you do enter, please contact Campus Security at Ext. 3200 to advise them of your location, and call again when you leave. And be sure to have Brock identification with you.Persons without proxy/swipe access must enter through the front of Schmon Tower and register at the Welcome Desk. Campus Security officers will be stationed there from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. You will be asked for identification, the reason for your visit and length of your stay. Please contact Campus Security at Ext. 3200 when you leave. If there is no one at the Welcome Desk, contact Ext. 3200 or via the emergency phone at the podium pillar at the front of Schmon Tower. An officer will meet you there.Personal safety is paramount. Please make sure someone knows where you are, and remember that lab activities cannot be conducted alone.In case of fire or other serious emergencies, call 911, then phone Campus Security at Ext. 3200 to pinpoint the location and facilitate response. If there is a fire, pull a fire alarm and leave the building.More detailed holiday information can be found below:Schmon Tower The main entrance doors will be accessible from Saturday, Dec. 24 to Monday, Jan. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for faculty, staff and others who do not possess access cards or keys and have a legitimate reason to enter the University. For safety reasons, everyone must sign in at the Welcome Desk.Campus SecurityIf you are aware of any work contractors or you might be coming to the University for, please e-mail Campus Security Services at prior to Dec. 20 with specified times and dates. Brock University identification or contractor identification must be produced.The James A. Gibson Library / Matheson Learning CommonsMonday, Dec. 19 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.Tuesday, Dec. 20 – 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 21 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 22 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Friday, Dec. 23 – 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 24, to Monday, Jan. 2 – CLOSEDTuesday, Jan. 3 to Friday, Jan. 6 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 7 – Sunday, Jan. 8 – CLOSEDRegular hours resume Monday, January 9 – 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.The Map, Data & GIS Library Will be open on Dec. 23, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and reopen Jan. 3 to Jan. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.On Jan. 9, regular hours will resumeWalker Sports Complex Seasonal Operational Hours: Dec. 21, 22, 23 – Open 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Dec. 24, 25, 26 – CLOSEDDec. 27 to 31 – Open for public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Jan. 1 – CLOSEDJan. 2 – CLOSEDJan. 3 to Jan. 6 – Open 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.Jan. 7 – Open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.Jan. 8 – Open 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.From Dec. 27 to 31, please enter the Walker Complex via the west doors by the tennis courts.Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsAccess to the Marilyn I. Walker School (MWS) is available to those who are authorized to enter the building during the holidays. All doors to the MWS will be locked with access to the building via proxy/swipe only. Please sign in and out with Campus Security at their office located in the main Lobby. If you require access to a particular room/area in the building and do not have access, please call Campus Security at x6300 for access. For safety and security reasons, you may be asked to show your Brock ID, so please have your identification with you at all times. If you need access to the building over the holidays, but do not yet have proxy access to the exterior doors, please contact Campus Security at x6300.Buildings with Proxy/Swipe AccessThe buildings will be accessible to those who have the authority and legitimate reason to enter during off hours and holidays. Please remember that the Auto Alarm Systems are still in effect for off hours, so have your code ready if necessary. Only selected buildings have auto alarm. If you have not been given an access code, then your building is not affected. Also, contact Campus Security x3200 to inform them that you are in the building. This is essential for safety and security reasons.Buildings with Proxy/Swipe Access:573 Glenridge Ave.International CentreBrock Research and Innovation CentreCairns Family Health & Bioscience Research ComplexInniskillen Hall (Proxy entrance)Mackenzie Chown Blocks “D”, “F”, “J” (Swipe entrances)Mackenzie Chown Blocks “B”, “H” (Proxy entrances)Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsPlaza BuildingTaro HallTheal HouseWelch HallAll Residences (except Gateway Suites Residence)Will be closed for the Winter Break from noon on Wednesday, Dec. 21 until noon on Sunday, Jan. 8. For further information and details regarding this closure please refer to the End of Term Notice on the Department of Residences web site.ParkingBrock University is pleased to offer free parking across the main campus from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2. While there is no charge for parking during these dates, parking regulations still apply.No parking in a fire route or in bus stopsAccessible permits must be displayed while parking in accessible spacesObstructing roads, laneways or loading/unloading areas is prohibitedParking on landscaped areas or walkways is prohibitedRegular parking operations will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Should there be a snow event, Visitor Lots D and P will be the first lots cleared and available for parking.Facilities ManagementIn the event of a building or grounds-related emergency during the period of Dec. 24 – Jan. 2, (inclusive) please call Campus Security Services at ext. 3200 who, in turn, will inform the applicable Facilities Management staff to best address the situation.Heating setbacks and ventilation reductions will be in effect during the Holiday Schedule. For all building-related emergencies or issues of an urgent nature during the closure, such as broken glass, loss of power or flooding, please contact Campus Security.Custodial ServicesWill be provided at the Walker Complex during hours of operation over the Holiday Season.Food ServiceNo food service will be available on campus after 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 until Tuesday, Jan. 3 (other than vending machines). Tim Hortons Tower re-opens from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 3, as well as the Guernsey Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the first week back. Regular hours of operations commences on Sunday, Jan. 8 when Guernsey Market will be open from noon to 9:30 p.m.There are a number of private food outlets open on the east side of Glenridge Ave., immediately opposite the main campus.The Brock Research and Innovation Centre (B.R.I.C.) hours will be:Friday, Dec. 23 – Open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 24 to Tuesday, Dec. 27 – CLOSEDWednesday, Dec. 28 to Friday, Dec. 30 – Open 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 2 – CLOSEDTuesday, Jan. 3 – Open for regular hours – 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. read more

Accountability and lessons need to be learnt from the deaths of Bray

first_imgRead: Court defers sentencing Wicklow County Council over firemen deaths > FOLLOWING THE SENTENCING of Wicklow County Council yesterday, the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) said they want the Department of the Environment to learn from the case in which Bray firemen Brian Murray and Mark O’Shaughnessy died when the roof collapsed on them as they were fighting a blaze six years ago.Yesterday, Wicklow County Council, who eventually pleaded guilty to a number of charges was fined €355,000 and were ordered to pay costs of €95,793.32. The maximum possible fine could have been up to €3 million.Wicklow County Council was accused of not keeping its fire safety statement up to date, not ensuring a second fire engine was brought to the scene of the fatal blaze, and not ensuring that proper training was carried out for firefighters using new equipment.Tortuous six yearsThe National  Chairman of the IFESA, John Kidd said they had been honoured to support the Murray and O’Shaughnessy  families throughout the last tortuous six years which they had to wait before Wicklow County Council went on trial.‘We want other local authorities and indeed the Department of the Environment to learn from this case and never repeat the mistakes of Wicklow County Council,’ he said.Following the deaths of the two fire officers, one a father of 15 and the other a young man in his 20s, fire officers, locals and their families took to the streets to complain about a variety of issues, including alleged ‘call-vetting,’ lack of funding and a perceived need for a fulltime fire service.At every Bray Town Council meeting for the last decade, a protest has been held outside the town hall calling for a full-time fire service. But it is not until issues like these, the deaths of two men, do the issues get pushed to the fore.Following the sentencing yesterday, Mr Kidd said the wider implications of the Wicklow tragedy were for the need for the establishment of a national fire and ambulance service.Further loss of life‘Delivering these services in the way that they are at present, with the duplication of administrators and bloated numbers of managers relative to the number of active firefighters is hugely wasteful of resources and will lead to further tragedy and loss of life,’ said Kidd.In a statement following the sentencing yesterday, Wicklow County Council said it “accepted that there were breaches in a number of systems of work in the operation of its Fire Services between 2005 and 2007″ and said they had “since addressed all of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work issues raised by the case”.Call vetting is another issue that the IFESA has highlighted. Back in 2011, they called for an end to call-vetting, which they said has been in operation in Wicklow for a number of years.Local Sinn Fein Councillor, John Brady, who has been a long time campaigner for improved fire services in Wicklow said that call vetting is where each call goes through a centralised system and is put through a pre-determined attendance (PDA).Response time“If it is a house fire or a factory a crew will automatically be called out, but often times he explained Pearse Street would have to contact the rostered fire officer first, who will then determine the nature of the fire and whether a crew is needed,” he said. In this case Cllr Brady said “it was not immediate”.“What has happened in the past is that the chief fire officer would go out to the fire incident first and determine if a crew call out is necessary, this is known as call vetting,” he said.He said that officials say there is no call vetting but he firmly maintains there is, as does the IFESA.Just last weekend, an incident was reported to the IFESA, about a fire in Bray. A fire in a wooded area at Ravenswell in Bray near St John of Gods House, a school where disabled children attend, was called in by a local man.Fire incidentThe man said he knew young children had made a den area in the woods and was unsure if there was anyone inside the structure. He was also wary of where the fire was and its close proximity to the school. Thankfully no one was inside.Speaking to, he said, that when he exited the woods he noticed a car pull up and a woman get out and look at the scene from the side of the car. He warned her of the dangers but she just got back into the car and drove off.At least 20 minutes after the initial call, fire fighters from Bray arrived and extinguished what remained of the fire.The man who had made the initial intervention said he was some what annoyed at the delay in the response to the fire. The fire fighters stated they responded as soon as alerted, he said.The man said he then noticed the woman standing near the fire engine. He approached her and said he had seen her at the scene earlier. She was a member of the fire crew, who had come to take a look at the fire first, he said. He added that he had complained about the delay in their response, adding that especially as to where the fire was, there should have been a quicker response.In a previous interview with, Mary Murray, wife of one of the Bray fire men who lost their lives in the fire said that “call vetting that is in place is a huge issue for both society at large and it is simply not fair to the firemen”.Council responseWicklow County Council said yesterday that “one of the most widely used mechanisms for mobilising fire services is what is termed a “Pre-determined Attendance”. Predetermined Attendances (PDAs) have a number of meanings, but are usually taken as the instructions given by a Chief Fire Officer to the relevant Communications Centre for an initial fire service response to a call for assistance. These include:•          Incident specific PDAs (e.g. for Domestic Fires, Road Traffic Collisions etc.) setting the numbers and types of appliances to be mobilised to that category of incident.•          Specific Risk Premises PDAs (such as Institutional buildings, Airports, Seveso sites, industrial premises etc) listing the number and sequence of appliances for initial dispatch to the specific building.In September 2007, Wicklow County Council said they were one of a number of fire authorities who were in the process of doing the necessary preparatory work in terms of address validation and assigning formal written “Pre-determined Attendances” prior to joining the East Region Communications Centre.Wicklow closed its Watch Room and joined the ERCC as scheduled in October 2007 adopting the ERCCs standardised format for PDAs.Mr Kidd said the IFESA was calling on the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) to conduct a special report into the fire service nationally as provided for under mechanisms under the Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.Read:Wicklow Council fined €355k over Bray firemen deaths>Interview: ‘My husband died five years ago but nothing has changed’ >last_img read more

There was mascara running down faces Vicky Phelan says her tumours are

first_img Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 3:54 PM I said ‘If this is bad news, I really don’t want to know.’ He nearly cut across me, he said: ‘Absolutely not, Vicky’. He was bursting to tell me to be honest. He said ‘This is just absolutely fantastic news’. He said: ‘You’re just absolutely not going to believe it’. He said ‘there is significant shrinkage in your tumours’.“There was mascara running down faces, the makeup being touched up, but it was worth it,” she said.Phelan explained that this drug, unlike chemotherapy, does not “flood your body” with the drug, it is more exact. Instead, it helps the patient’s own immune system to identify the cancer in the tumours and attack the disease itself.Although she said she is realistic about her situation and does not see this drug as a cure for her cancer, she believes it may allow her to manage the disease longterm.She said her doctor told her this progress will make a significant difference for other patients and for cancer treatment in Ireland in general. At the moment, she said only around 100 people in the country are on the drug and all are on clinical trials.“It took nine weeks of blood, sweat and tears fighting for it,” she told D’Arcy.“I just wasn’t going to take no for an answer.“When you’re put in a situation like mine, when you’re given a terminal diagnosis and nobody gives you any hope, you know, you’ll do whatever you have to do to get the drug if you think it’s going to work.” VICKY PHELAN HAS said a revolutionary drug treatment she has been undergoing appears to be working and her tumours have shrunk significantly.Phelan was instrumental in bringing the CervicalCheck scandal to light with her High Court action against a US laboratory over incorrect smear test results from 2011. In January, the mother-of-two was told she had six months to live.Yesterday, having had three doses of an immunotherapy drug, she was told by her doctor that it is already having an effect. Speaking to RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy, she said she got the news in a salon with her sister and some friends where they were getting their hair and makeup done for a gig last night. 91,919 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Jun 14th 2018, 3:54 PM 49 Comments Share7967 Tweet Email2 center_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL ‘There was mascara running down faces’: Vicky Phelan says her tumours are shrinking Phelan was given six months to live in January this year. By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Espèces protégées la Russie et lIran échangent des léopards persans contre des

first_imgEspèces protégées : la Russie et l’Iran échangent des léopards persans contre des tigres de SibérieTéhéran, Iran – La Russie vient d’échanger un couple de tigres de Sibérie contre deux léopards persans avec l’Iran. L’ancienne Perse souhaite ainsi réintroduire le tigre dans les montagnes du Mazanderan, d’où il a disparu il y a environ cinquante ans.C’est le vendredi 23 avril qu’a eu lieu cet échange, décidé en février. “Afin de réintroduire l’espèce, deux tigres de Sibérie ont été importés de Russie, dont une femelle enceinte qui devrait donner naissance à un petit dans deux mois”, a précisé Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, responsable de l’organisation iranienne de l’environnement.À lire aussiVoilà ce qui se passe quand on réveille un tigre en plein sommeilPendant un mois, les deux tigres resteront en observation au zoo de Téhéran. Puis il seront introduits dans leur habitat définitif dans les montagnes du Mazanderan, province située au sud-est de la mer Caspienne.De son côté, la Russie a reçu de l’Iran deux léopards persans. Les deux femelles seront réintroduites dans la région de Sotchi, sur la mer Noire. En septembre, le Turkménistan avait déjà offert à la Russie deux léopards mâles. Le léopard persan a disparu du Caucase russe dans les années 1950. Sa réintroduction a été décidée en marge de la préparation des Jeux olympiques d’hiver qui auront lieu en 2014 à Sotchi, ce que les écologistes déplorent. Le WWF accuse en effet le gouvernement d’infliger “un important dommage” à la nature avec des projets de construction nécessaires à l’accueil des Jeux.Le 2 mai 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Switch Games That Arent Zelda Mr Shifty

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.As much as I hate merely repeating publisher talking points, I really can’t think of a better description for Mr. Shifty than a combination of Hotline Miami and the Nightcrawler opening scene from X-Men 2. It’s a fast and brutal top-down stealth action game where you play as a dude in a trenchcoat warping around leaving smoke trails. But if a game is going to be two things, those are two pretty great things to be. Oh, and it’s also a Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Mr. Shifty was developed by a small indie team, and it has the vibe of a small, 90s, indie comic book. Heavily inked shadows contrast against colorful outfits. Comic book-style portraits of allies and enemies spout cheesy dialogue at you over MIDI rock music. Mr. Shifty himself at first looks a little too similar to the bland, awful Watch Dogs protagonist Aiden Pearce(?) but his superpowers give him a nice dose of style.The tone overall rides a thin line between awesome and juvenile. You beat up enemies without mercy, but don’t expect the coke-fueled 80s ultraviolence of Hotline Miami. The better 80s comparison is Die Hard since all of the action takes place in various winding floors and hallways of an office building.The real star of Mr. Shifty is its teleportation combat, and the surprising amount of varied scenarios the developers wring out of it. You can rapidly dash five times in any direction you point yourself at before needing to recharge. You start off simply shifting through wall to kill foes from behind, but the game adds new wrinkles at a steady clip across the 18 levels.Space out your shifts to crash rockets into each other. Destroy machines that negate your warping power to dash through lasers. Blow up walls with explosive barrels or proximity mines and shift away to avoid the blast in time. Distract sentries with sound, so they don’t escape the destruction.Learning how to handle the different enemies, who can all kill you with one shot, also makes for great rapid-fire strategizing. I would shift in and land three crucial hits on musclebound melee foes while staying out of snipers’ sight. Destroying a Zeus statue gave me a handy lightning bolt to throw and safely kill enemies wielding flamethrowers from far away. And if you can survive a bout with a ninja as fast as you, you’re given a trusty, lethal wooden sword. I died often, but the game restarts quickly enough that I felt free to try new tactics. And if you pull off a successful enough killing spree, you’ll be able to brief stop time and pull off even more elaborate shifty takedowns.Mr. Shifty is a game that relies on flow, and unfortunately on the Switch right now that flow gets interrupted by hitching and slowdown and other technical issues in later, crazier stages. It’s actually a 3D game, just viewed from a 2D perspective. I found these issues more annoying than game-breaking. I finished the campaign without much frustration. But those issues do exist. Fortunately, a patch is coming that should hopefully fix things. If you’re impatient (or don’t own a Switch) perhaps the Steam version will run better for you.Hotline Miami I think is still ultimately superior to Mr. Shifty. It has a better style, it’s tighter, and it’s more original. However, even a lesser take on Hotline Miami is still a great game, and I appreciated Mr. Shifty’s freer, less punishing approach to combat. You can look around to see foes ahead but charging/teleporting in, and improvising is way more fun and viable. Plus, it’s a better sequel than Hotline Miami 2, and it’s a Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img read more

These Panty Pillowcases from Japan are More Useful Than Youd Think

first_img Japanese manufacturer Ligre has taken the waifu lifestyle to a new extreme with these panty pillowcases. Some will buy them with the intention of enjoying the imaginings of laying their heads on a soft, boneless woman’s crotch before their slumber. However, there’s more to gain from using this panty pillow cases than emotional satisfaction.These extra-large panties are about 22 inches tall and 32 inches wide, so they fit your standard everyday pillow. There’s no word yet to if there will be an edition made especially for body pillows, but it seems like good business sense on Ligre’s part given their clientele.Not only do these panties make a lovely half-covering for your pillow, according to Ligre’s promo video they’ll absorb oil from your neck and hair. The video goes on to say that given enough time this accumulation of oil and body filth will accumulate, giving it an excellent “broken-in” appeal that will heighten customer’s enjoyment.This footage really sells the product, and reminds users that you can have a great time sniffing the panties and twisting them for some reason. If this sounds like the kind of item you’d enjoy, you may want to check out Ligre’s other products, which includes a series of masturbatory aids. Unfortunately, they don’t come in a bundle, but if the Panty Pillowcase is popular enough, the sky is the limit.You can’t get the Panty Pillowcase in stores, well, not Ligre’s version. I guess you could just buy some big panties and have the same thing. However, if you want the real deal, made by professionals in the field, you can hit up Village Vanguard and buy a pair of your very own for just over $20. You know you’ve already been convinced by the video and my debonair wordsmithing, so might as well make it official now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on targetlast_img read more

Special grievances day proposed for Muslims in Nellore in

Special grievances day proposed for Muslims in Nellore in

first_imgNellore: District Collector MV Seshagiri Babu said they would be conducting a special grievances day in September exclusively for the Muslim minorities. He participated in prayers at Barashaheed dargah on Monday. Abu Bakr Ashrafi preached religious aspects in connection with the festival that indicates sacrifice. Authorities of Nellore Municipal Corporation made special arrangements for the prayers at the Dargah. The Collector said that Bakrid is celebrated as sign of sacrifice and explained that the minority people have celebrated the Bakrid with brotherhood.last_img read more

Tanu Weds Manu Returns Box Office Collection Kangana Starrer Earns over ₹100

first_img#TanuWedsManuReturns crosses ₹ 100 cr mark! Worldwide [India + Overseas] total: ₹ 101.67 cr. AWESOME!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 30, 2015 “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”Twitter/ Tanu Weds Manu ReturnsThe worldwide collection of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” has already crossed ₹100 crore, according to latest reports.The details of the collections were shared by trade analyst Taran Adarsh through his Twitter page. According to him, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is unaffected by any new release and has collected a total of ₹101.67 crore till now at the worldwide box office.The second week collection of the movie has started on a good note as the Kangana starrer has earned ₹6.65 crore on the second Friday, making the total collection of the movie in India reach ₹76.67 crore.With this, the Kangana starrer has beaten Deepika Padukone’s “Piku” and has placed itself in the third position in the list of highest collecting Bollywood movies of 2015 in India. The first and second positions are occupied by Akshay Kumar’s “Baby” and “Gabbar is Back”, which has made business of ₹95.50 crore and ₹86 crore. The trade analyst are now hoping that the movie will enter the ₹100 crore club in India by the second week, thereby becoming the biggest blockbuster of 2015. Meanwhile, the first week overseas collection of the movie had closed at ₹25 crore.#TanuWedsManuReturns Overseas Week 1 closes at ₹ 25 cr. Total worldwide for Week 1 ₹ 95 cr [70.02 cr India & 25 cr Overseas]. FABULOUS!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 29, 2015 #TanuWedsManuReturns is unaffected by new films, continues its dominance. [Week 2] Fri 6.65 cr. Grand total: ₹ 76.67 cr. BLOCKBUSTER. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 30, 2015last_img read more

Man from Monterrey shot to death in Cancun Hotel Zone

Man from Monterrey shot to death in Cancun Hotel Zone

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A man has been shot and killed by gunfire in the Cancun Hotel Zone after being shot at while inside his vehicle. The body was found by Cancun Hotel Zone Tourist Police. Experts from the State Prosecutor General’s Office found six large caliber casings at the scene as well bullet holes in the left rear door window. Rogelio was visiting Cancun with three friends all reported to be from Monterrey, Nuevo León. The shooting took place at 1:50 a.m. when 31-year-old Rogelio E.G. from Monterrey was hit several times while inside his Jeep Wrangler. The events were recorded outside a hotel at Kilometer 21 on Boulevard Kukulcán in the Cancun Hotel Zone. center_img The lifeless body was discovered in the driver’s seat of the State of Mexico-plated Jeep. The shooting is not considered random with some witnesses saying the four shooters were waiting for Rogelio outside the hotel. So far, there have been no arrests. The Attorney General continues to investigate. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read more Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more Related Content June 7, 2011 – MIM Software Inc., a global provider of medical imaging software, has released MIMcloud 2.0 worldwide. MIMcloud provides an easy, convenient and secure way for physicians and patients to transfer images.“MIMcloud combined with Mobile MIM makes remote imaging practical on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. MIMcloud also integrates with our workstation software for a complete viewing solution,” said Mark Cain, MIM Software’s chief technology officer. “And with our recent release of VueMe for patients, we decided to expand MIMcloud’s capabilities.”The new MIMcloud 2.0 interface features thumbnail previews, improved searching and a set of intuitive tabs for users to view, share and control their studies. Flexible permissions and role management meet the needs of both small and large institutions. Sharing has been dramatically improved. Users can transfer studies to those who have not yet signed up for a MIMcloud account. Users can also receive studies from anyone, even those without MIMcloud accounts, thanks to the MIMcloud drop box.For integration with PACS and other systems, MIMcloud Express, a free stand-alone install, creates a DICOM node in an institution that encrypts and routes images directly to a MIMcloud account, including its contacts and groups.“Now you can push a study to your trauma team from any system in the hospital with a single DICOM send,” added Cain, “and that type of time savings can dramatically improve patient care.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay center_img News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | June 07, 2011 New Release of Cloud Computing for Medical Images last_img read more

Rescuers free dogs birds in another puppy mill raid

Rescuers free dogs birds in another puppy mill raid

first_imgRescue teams from the Humane Society International (HSI) and officials of Costa Rica’s National Animal Health Service (SENASA) raided a puppy mill last Tuesday in Coronado, north of San José. They rescued 17 dogs.The teams found beagles, Chihuahuas and American Staffordshire Terriers as well as 39 birds, which apparently were also being offered for sale.The dogs were being kept in extremely poor conditions inside small and overcrowded cages, the rescuers said. All — including several pregnant females — were clearly malnourished, without water and without any veterinary care.Some of the birds were also found in very poor health, especially some parrots which showed severe deformities in their legs for being held in inappropriate cages.The raid was coordinated in response to reports from concerned observers, HSI Programs Coordinator Amanda Chaves said.The dogs were taken to an animal shelter of the Humanitarian Association for Animal Protection (AHPPA) in Heredia province, where they all underwent physical exams. HSI-Latin America will help cover the cost of surgeries and recovery treatments, Chaves said.Veterinarians said most of the animals showed signs of severe malnutrition, and according to some of the people who filed the complaints, “they were fed only spaghetti.” Many of the dogs also had skin conditions that required specialized vet care.Following the protocol established by law, owners were given three days to reclaim the animals, however the deadline ended Friday so the dogs are now available for adoption at the AHPPA shelter.Cynthia Dent, regional director of HSI/Latin America said they are very happy to have been able to rescue the animals. “The rescued dogs will be neutered and we hope we can find them a new home soon,” she said. You can contact AHPPA shelter at (506) 2267-6374 or through their website. Along with dogs, rescue teams found 39 birds during the Sept. 1 raid. All were set free after undergoing physical exams by ZooAve vets. (Courtesy of the Humane Society International)Chaves said the birds were taken to ZooAve, an animal rescue center in Alajuela province where they were evaluated by veterinarians. Most were in good health, and after treating those who required help, they all were released.SENASA’s Animal Welfare Programs Coordinator Laura Loaiza asked people not to buy pets from illegal puppy mills, “as these places only breed animals for profit, focusing solely on economic gain and without any interest in animals’ health.”In July HSI and SENASA staff raided another illegal puppy mill in Cartago, and the owner was ordered to pay ₡200,010 (some $370), equivalent to a 30-day fine, the maximum penalty allowed by law in Costa Rica.All dogs with adequate health conditions have been adopted by families recommended by veterinarians from various provinces, HSI confirmed.Some of the older dogs, as well as those that require special health care, remain under the care of SENASA vets. Facebook Comments Related posts:Animal abuse reports on the rise Costa Rica court convicts owner of illegal puppy mill Signature collection for animal welfare bill referendum set for July President Solís signs new Animal Welfare Lawlast_img read more

Madagascar leader dismisses mutiny heads to talks

first_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Madagascar has been shaken by political turmoil and violence since Rajoelina, the former opposition leader, ousted Ravalomanana.Ravalomanana last year was convicted in absentia of conspiracy to commit murder in a case related to the turmoil during the overthrow that forced him to leave, with a court handing him a life sentence. Ravalomanana called the tribunal illegitimate. He has tried to return to Madagascar, but so far without success.The East African island is hilly and lush with rice paddies. It is renowned for its rain forests that feature a rare level of biodiversity, including endemic lemurs. The country’s tourism industry, however, has been badly hit by the political turmoil, further battering a nation that still features among the world’s poorest countries.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Associated PressANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) – Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina said Monday a weekend mutiny by soldiers that turned violent will not deter him from holding talks with his main opponent, seeking to stabilize the nation.The Sunday mutiny “doesn’t stop me from seeking solutions for the country,” Rajoelina said as he left the Indian Ocean island nation for talks in the Seychelles with his predecessor Marc Ravalomanana. In 2009, Rajoelina ousted Ravalomanana, who now lives in exile in South Africa.Rajoelina told reporters at the airport the mutiny was the third attempt to topple him since he took power. He currently leads a unity government charged with preparing for elections next year.Tuesday’s meeting in the Seychelles was arranged by mediators of the regional economic and political bloc, the Southern African Development Community.Two government soldiers and the mutiny leader were killed Sunday and several mutineers were arrested, the military said. One of the dead was an officer sent to negotiate with the rebel soldiers.The mutineers took over a military camp near Antananarivo’s Ivato airport early Sunday. Gunfire was heard in the vicinity through Sunday afternoon after the military launched an assault to retake the base. The airport was shut down.Military official Gen. General Lucien Rakotoarimasy said Monday investigations into the mutiny were continuing and the fate of captured mutineers would likely be decided in about a week. He gave no further information to reporters at a news conference broadcast on national radio.The defense ministry said the mutiny was led by Koto Mainty, a bodyguard of former Defense Minister Noel Rakotonandrasana who was jailed after taking part in another mutiny in 2010. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis How do cataracts affect your vision? Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories last_img read more

One in three Aussies travel to the UK for family

first_imgAussies have maintained a strong link with the UK, with research revealing that from the one million people who travelled to the ‘motherland’ in 2011, one in three visited family.The research conducted by VisitBritain also reveals that the number of people travelling to the UK to visit friends and family has increased by 40 percent since 2001.To further encourage Aussies to visit friends and family this year, British Airways is offering Australians special fares to the UK which are available for sale from 14 to 18 July 2012.British Airways regional commercial manager, South West Pacific Neil Ager said that the airline recognises that Australians love to escape to the UK for its summer and festive seasons.“By taking up this special fare, people can travel to see their loved ones in comfort and enjoy the best of British service with British Airways,” Mr Ager said.In addition to the Olympic Games the UK also offers visitors stunning countryside, picturesque villages, museums and castles, royal history, and first class dinning and entertainment. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more