Liberals to introduce bill to provide nocost pardons for simple pot crimes

first_imgOTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government will soon bring in legislation to provide pardons for anyone convicted of pot possession before the drug’s legalization last year.Goodale said on Twitter he is going to put the House of Commons on notice that a bill will soon be introduced to provide “no-cost, expedited pardons for simple possession of cannabis.”The notice is a procedural requirement for the government to introduce new legislation.The details of the bill won’t be revealed until the legislation is officially presented to the House of Commons, which could occur as early as the end of this week.But the Liberals have already telegraphed what they plan do.In October, Goodale said the legislation would waive the application fee and five-year waiting period for Canadians seeking pardons for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana — an offence that was punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.But he dismissed at the time the idea of expunging criminal records, even though the Liberals legalized recreational cannabis use, because expungement was reserved for cases of past injustice involving charter rights violations.A pardon, or record suspension, means a person’s criminal record is separated from other records and is only disclosed in limited circumstances.So while a pardon doesn’t erase a record completely, it can make it easier to get a job or travel.In December, the Commons began debating a private member’s bill from NDP MP Murray Rankin that would expunge criminal records for what he said were 500,000 Canadians with convictions for simple possession.He warned that without help from the Liberals, his bill likely wouldn’t pass all the legislative hurdles to become law before this fall’s election.“I would urge the Liberals to work with my bill and make it better so we can get on with the task that should have been commenced when we brought in legalization in the first place,” Rankin said during debate.The House of Commons will rise at the end of June, giving the Liberals until then to get their legislation through the House of Commons and the Senate.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mohawks end CN Rail standoff after release of Cheyenne Foxs father vow

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Jason Leroux APTN National News TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY–Mohawks from Tyendinaga and Akwesanse forced the shutdown of CN Rail’s track between Toronto and Ottawa for a little over three hours Saturday in response to the Harper government’s refusal to call a public inquiry to examine the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.The action also coincided with International Women’s Day.The OPP arrested four people, including prominent Mohawk activist Shawn Brant and John Fox, whose daughter Cheyenne Fox was killed last April after she fell from the 24th floor of a Toronto condo.The rail track shutdown ended after the Mohawks agreed to pull back in exchange for the release of Fox.Eight freight trains and four VIA passenger trains were stranded during the shutdown which lasted from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Jim Feeny, spokesperson for CN.“This is a long way from being over,” said John Fox, shortly after the OPP escorted him to his car which was parked near the rail line which crossed Wyman Rd. along the Tyendinaga reserve border, about 21 kilometres east of Belleville, Ont. “I want everyone to be united on this issue, be there for the women today.”Toronto police ruled Cheyenne Fox’s death a suicide. Fox, who was a sex worker, was visiting the condo of a john at the time of her death.John Fox said the OPP had planned to charge him with mischief. He was eventually released unconditionally.OPP spokesperson Sgt. Kristine Rae said charges are pending for mischief, assault and “weapons dangerous” against the three others still in custody. Rae said she couldn’t release their names until they are officially charged Sunday. The three will appear via video conference with a justice of the peace either in Belleville, Napanee, Ont., or Ottawa, said Rae.The Mohawks alerted CN at about 9:30 a.m. triggering the shut down. As the Mohawks moved in to take up their positions the OPP arrived and one of the windows of an unmarked cruiser was smashed. Fox and Brant were the first to be arrested. Then, two other men, nicknamed “Cracker” and “Ribs,” were arrested during hand-to-hand melee.After the second round of arrests, two OPP Aboriginal liaison officers began negotiating with the Mohawks to end the rail shut down. By this time about 30 OPP officers and one CN Rail police officer positioned themselves two rows deep separating the about 17 remaining Mohawks from the south-side of rail track.Several OPP trucks and cruisers were also gathered on the north side of the rail track. The OPP also blocked all roads leading to the north side of the tracks, which crossed Wyman Road. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Police also blocked the south side of Wyman Road, effectively sealing off the Mohawks.At least one OPP officer was seen with an assault rifle.The OPP liaison officer, who said her name was Joanne, led the negotiations for the OPP and tried to convince the Mohawks that their message on missing and murdered Indigenous women had been heard.“I understand it’s an emotional time, it’s an emotional issue, I understand that,” said the liaison officer. “I understand tensions are high right now, let’s keep the dialogue open here.”Dan Doreen, who acted as a spokesperson for the Mohawks, which included two men from Akwesasne and the rest from Tyendinaga, responded saying Friday’s report from the Parliamentary committee on violence against Indigenous women and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s refusal to call an inquiry left them with little choice. The Conservative-dominated committee of MPs did not include calling a public inquiry in its recommendations to the federal government.“(Harper) showed nothing, showed no compassion to our Indigenous women, towards Native people in Canada in general and toward women in general,” said Doreen. “If it wasn’t for my family standing behind me, I have no problems throwing down.”Joanne, the OPP liaison, then suggested there were other avenues through which they could press their issues like on Parliament Hill.“Parliament Hill? You just sit out there in the cold and you get some piece of crap to come out and talk to you,” said Doreen.Doreen said the only time First Nation people get results is when they take matters into their own hands like during Oka, Ipperwash and when the Tyendinaga Mohawks occupied a quarry on their claimed territory in 2007.“You can’t tell me that peaceful protest and stuff like that works. It don’t. What works is being out here on the road,” he said.Despite being out numbered, the Mohawks remained defiant throughout the standoff.“We are trying to protect everybody, white and Native, but it takes these kind of people to show we are not sacred to fall down,” said George Zacharaiah. “I might be 70 years-old, but I guarantee it will take more than one of them to take me down.”One man, who went by the name of Ahtonwa, said he was there for his sister.“Aboriginal women are going missing and nobody is doing anything,” he said. “We deserve to be heard, we deserve to have this done, I know why I am here and everybody else knows why they are here and it’s worth the cost.”The arrest of Fox, however, became a major concern for the Mohawks and they began pressing to have him released.After Joanne relayed the request to her commander word returned that Fox would be freed if the standoff ended. The Mohawks then held a meeting on the road and agreed to the exchange.Fox was escorted in from the north side of the tracks and met with cheers and whoops.“I love you guys,” said Fox.After a ceremony with tobacco, the Mohawks left in their vehicles, the red Warrior and purple Iroquois Confederacy flags snapping in the breeze.“Until the next time,” said Doreen.The trains began to run by about 1:30 p.m. The first freight train through pulled tanker cars.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni to Celebrate New Year’s in Marrakech

Rabat – After celebrating Christmas in southern France with family, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife French singer and first lady Carla Bruni decided to celebrate New Year’s in Marrakech.After arriving in Morocco, Bruni posted a picture of a glowing Marrakech sky at sunset on her Instagram page.“A city of colors and perfumes, an infinite palm grove with blond dunes, and the evening, on the horizon, the eternal snows of the Atlas …. Each time [I feel] the same happiness to be in Marrakech,” Bruni wrote on December 27. The holiday seems to be a relaxed one for the couple to the point that Sarkozy decided to grow a beard. It inspired his wife of 11 years to express her love for him.“I love you with a little beard,” Bruni wrote on her Instagram, captioning a black and white photo of Sarkozy with a light beard as he basked in the sunshine. Accustomed to visiting Marrakech, the French couple, along with their daughter Giulia, also visited the red city in April 2017.Read also: World Celebrities Spending New Year’s Eve in Marrakech: Who’s on the List?Other celebrities will also be ringing in the new year in Marrakech, including American actor Owen Wilson, Moroccan singer RedOne, Real Madrid’s Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, and Congolese-French rapper Maitre Gims. read more

Volubilis: Morocco’s Underrated Tourist Destination

By Alexandra GrittaRabat – Mount Zerhoun’s conservators invite tourists to come admire the ancient site of Volubilis, located north of Meknes. Volubilis, the abandoned ancient capital of Rome’s Mauretania-Tingitana province, has been accumulating hundreds of thousands of visitors and has in recent years expanded to include a new museum and visitor center. In 1997, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) evaluated the site and released a statement saying that “some of the reconstructions, such as those on the triumphal arch, the capitolium, and the oil-pressing workshop, are radical and at the limit of currently accepted practice.”Nevertheless, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) unanimously agreed that the site was “an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire.”Volubilis, known in Arabic as “Oualili,” has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, and many of its artifacts are on display at the Rabat Archaeological Museum.History in briefIn the 3rd century BC, Volubilis was an Amazigh settlement, but it became the capital of the Kingdom of Mauretania under Roman rule during the 1st century AD. The Romans greatly expanded the city during the 2nd century, adding a basilica, temple, and triumphal arch. Plentiful olive trees helped Volubilis prosper, as evidenced by the city’s large houses with fine mosaic flooring.Around 285 AD, local tribes overtook Volubilis, and Rome did not attempt to recapture it, deeming the area too remote and vulnerable. For the following 700 years, the city was still inhabited; first by Latinised Christians, then by a Muslim group.In the 8th century, Idris ibn Abdallah (founder of the Idrisid dynasty and the Moroccan state) chose the city for his seat of power. But in the 11th century the seat of power was transferred to Fez, and the population relocated to Moulay Idriss, located about 5 kilometers outside of Volubilis, leaving the city abandoned.The city’s buildings remained largely preserved until an earthquake in the mid-18th century. Moroccan rulers also pillaged in search of stones to build Meknes. In the second half of the 19th century, both during and after French occupation, Volubilis was partially excavated and identified as an ancient Roman city. Since then, prominent buildings, high-status houses, and mosaics have been restored. Archaeologists estimate that at any point in time, the greatest population in Volubilis was 15,000. read more

Tennessee governor against union vote at Volkswagen plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee says he opposes a push by the United Auto Workers union to organize Volkswagen’s lone U.S. plant in the state.The Times Free Press quoted Lee as saying Thursday that business recruitment will take a hit if employees at the Chattanooga plant decide they want union representation.The vote is scheduled to take place June 12, 13 and 14.Volkswagen has said it is neutral on the issue of unionization. But it steadfastly refused to bargain with UAW after the union won representation of maintenance workers at the plant in 2015. The German automaker has argued the bargaining unit needed to include production workers as well.According to the union, the proposed new bargaining unit would encompass about 1,700 workers at the plant.The Associated Press read more

Man charged with sexual assault in St Catharines

Niagara Regional Police have charged a man after a woman was sexually assaulted in St. Catharines on Sunday.An unlicensed cab picked up the woman in the St. Paul St. and Ontario St. area of the city around midnight.Police say he drove the woman to a parking lot where she was sexually assaulted.Mahmoud Al Arag, 39, of St. Catharines was charged with sexual assault.Al Arag is being held in custody pending a bail hearing on Monday.

Football Ohio State Buckeyes wont let bye week halt momentum

The Buckeyes line up prior to taking the field for warmups before the Ohio State-Nebraska game on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 6 Ohio State (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) has found itself in the midst of a hot stretch. But through no fault of its own, that stretch will be put on hold this weekend.The Buckeyes have a bye week and will not play until they welcome No. 2 Penn State to Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in a battle of Big Ten powers.“It’s definitely going to be fun to have a week off and refresh,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said after the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win over Nebraska. “It’s a good time because we’ve got two weeks to prepare for Penn State. As everybody knows that’s a great team, so it’s definitely good for us.”Since its Week 2 loss to Oklahoma, Ohio State has rolled on both sides of the ball, even though its special teams has looked incompetent. The Buckeyes have defeated their past five opponents — Army, UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska — by a combined score of 266-56 and have outgained opponents by 1,885 yards. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has thrown for at least 200 yards every game and accounted for 22 touchdowns over the span without an interception. In the past five games, opponents have scored just three first-half touchdowns against the starting defense. “This is a good time to be cooking, but it’s also a good time to have a bye week and get these guys fresh,” Meyer said Saturday. “We’re still finalizing how we’re going to do the bye week.”After its longest road trip of the season and the third night game away from home, Ohio State took Sunday off. For the first time all season, it did not feel rushed to jump into preparation for its next opponent, even though the Nittany Lions might be the most formidable opponent of the year. Redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin said Ohio State appreciates the week off, which allows it to focus heavily on its next opponent, but it also must balance that with maintaining steady improvement.“As far as just keeping the pedal off the gas, we’ve got to keep it going,” McLaurin said. “We’ve got a nice train rolling right now. We just want to come into this bye week focused and ready to get better.”Nearly a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, to take on Penn State, a team that had just come off a bye week and handily defeated Maryland before its off week. Conversely, Wisconsin took the Buckeyes into overtime before Ohio State was able to come away with a hard-fought 30-27 overtime victory in Madison, Wisconsin. As the Buckeyes battled, the Nittany Lions rested.Both teams’ schedules are flipped this year.Not only will the Buckeyes be playing a game for the first time in two weeks when they play host to Penn State, but the Nittany Lions will be coming off a game against No. 19 Michigan. Even though the Wolverines have not looked as threatening this year, their stingy defense has not allowed more than 20 points in a game and will test a strong Nittany Lion offense.Though the Buckeyes have avoided outright saying they were looking forward to avenging last year’s loss to Penn State in prior weeks, it’s not a stretch to believe it has been in the back of their minds since the white-clad fans stormed Beaver Stadium as the Scarlet and Gray walked dejectedly back to the locker room.Redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis admitted as much saying the team has had an eye on Penn State for a while and mentioned the coaches have been preparing for this matchup for weeks. But for now, Ohio State rests, awaiting a chance for revenge. read more

Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson added to Ohio State mens basketball roster

Trevor Thompson (right) talks with OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Thompson announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State April 13.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSeniors Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. might be gone, along with junior LaQuinton Ross and sophomore Amedeo Della Valle, but Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta is not wasting any time filling those vacancies.After announcing that former-Temple redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee would transfer to Ohio State last month, Matta has secured another inside presence in Trevor Thompson.Thompson, who spent his freshman season with Virginia Tech, can start playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2015-16 after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules.Thompson tweeted his excitement in joining the Buckeyes on April 13, a day after attending the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thompson tweeted from his personal account, @TrevBallinTrey2, at 1:29 p.m. April 13.During 2013-14, Thompson started 11 times for Virginia Tech, averaging five points and 4.7 rebounds per game.“Trevor has proven he is capable of competing at our level,” Matta said in an OSU press release. “He will be a very athletic big man for us. We are looking forward to having Trevor in our program.”Last season, OSU finished ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, only grabbing 0.3 more boards per game than their opponents, and the Buckeyes are likely to benefit from Thompson’s ability on the glass.With the Buckeyes’ top two centers from last season, juniors Trey McDonald and Amir Williams, entering their final year of eligibility next year, Thompson is set to join David Bell, a member of the 2014 recruiting class, as one of only two centers on the roster. read more

An Taisce criticises planning bodys decision on drivethrough fast food outlets

first_imgAN BÓRD PLEANALA is ignoring climate science and Government transport policy, according to An Taisce, Ireland’s planning watchdog.An Taisce claims that An Bord Pleanála has made “weak decisions” in a number of cases, criticising a decision last week which saw the planning appeals board approve a drive-through fast foot outlet on the historic Boyne Valley approach to Drogheda.CarsThey state that a development of this kind will result in “higher levels of car-borne commuting while reducing patronage at long-established restaurants in Drogheda town centre”.DAAThey were also critical of a decision which granted permission to Dublin Airport Authority to continue using 10,200 long term surface car parking spaces despite the retention of these spaces being “completely incompatible with the Government’s Smarter Travel policy,” said An Taisce.An Taisce said that it is “damaging the regeneration of Irish towns”.They added:These two most recent decisions by An Bord Pleanála follow closely on regressive determinations for retail expansion of the Liffey Valley and Kildare Village shopping centres.Read: London Tube-style map shows how Dublin public transport will link up>Read: An Taisce granted leave to appeal peat burning at Edenderry power station>last_img read more

3DPrinted Euthanasia Machine Doubles as Casket

first_img U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Euthanasia may sound like a nice alternative to 2017. And, thanks to Dr. Death himself, it’s about to get a lot easier.All you need is a 3D printer, some open space, and a death wish.Philip Nitschke, founder of pro-euthanasia group Exit International, recently unveiled plans for the “Sarco” machine, which allows anyone with an access code to “peacefully and reliably” end their life with the press of a button.The first doctor to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, the Australian humanist and former physician literally wrote the book on suicide (“The Peaceful Pill Handbook”).Now, Nitschke wants everyone to have the option of self-murder.A far cry from the Deliverance Machine he developed in the mid-90s, the Sarco looks like something Superman crashed into Earth. Sleek, modern, and “luxurious” (Nitschke’s word, not mine), it features a removable capsule that doubles as a casket. (Plus, the base can be re-used!)The open-source death pod can be 3D printed and assembled anywhere.Go into the light with Sarco (via Exit International)Potential users will answer an online mental questionnaire. Pass, and you’ll receive a four-digit key that lasts 24 hours. According to Newsweek, additional confirmation is needed before the capsule fills with liquid nitrogen and oxygen levels drop.You pass out within a minute. A few moments more, and death becomes you.“Sarco does not use any restricted drugs, or require any special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle,” Nitschke said in a statement. “Anyone who can pass the entry test can enter the machine and legally end their life.”In certain countries, at least.Human euthanasia is currently permissible in five countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Luxembourg, Canada), while assisted suicide is allowed in three countries (Switzerland, Germany, Japan) and six U.S. states (Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, Montana, and California, plus Washington, D.C.).An assisted dying scheme in the Australian state of Victoria will come into effect in mid-2019—a big win for local Nitschke.The Sarco machine—which, according to its creator, is “relatively painless”—will likely become available next year. Nitschke is already in talks with some Swiss suicide clinics to license the instrument.last_img read more

Borja Valero says Inter must focus

Borja Valero says Inter must focus

first_imgInternazionale Milan drew 0-0 against Sassuolo last week and will now play against Torino in the newest fixture of the Italian Lega Serie A.Internazionale Milan is currently sitting in third place of the Italian Lega Serie A table.The Neroazzurri are seven points behind second-place Napoli and 16 points behind first-place Juventus.All of Inter’s players know they have to win every single match if they want to finish at the top, but last weekend they hit a bump.The team drew 0-0 against Sassuolo, losing two valuable points.“We’ve been putting a lot into training this week to get back on track following our draw against Sassuolo,” Borja Valero told the Inter official website.“It’s always tough to play Torino – they are a side that has played very well over the past few years. It’ll be a difficult match in Turin.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We still have to improve when going forward – we need to create more,” he added.“Nevertheless, I believe that we are more mature as a squad – we are defending better as a unit and also attack as a team.”Inter will not play against Torino on Sunday, in what’s expected to be a tough fight.“We still have many matches left to play until the end of the season. Then, there will also be the Europa League,” the Spanish footballer said.“This will make things a bit more tricky for us due to playing games in close proximity.”“So, there is still a long way to go, we must remain focused and try to finish in the top four,” he wished.“On an individual basis, I’m pleased with how I’m helping the team, whether that be from the bench or as a starter. I’m always positive and I always try to give my all when out on the pitch.”last_img read more

Government seeking to maintain growth momentum

Government seeking to maintain growth momentum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 24, 2016 – Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is seeking to maintain and build on the momentum resulting from the 2.2 per cent rate of economic growth recorded during the July to September quarter.  In reiterating that this was the highest out-turn since 2007, Mr. Shaw said Jamaica’s macroeconomic environment was stabilizing, with the prospects for further growth being “excellent.” This, he contended, was the case, particularly for agriculture, in light of the 3,300 new hotel rooms coming on stream this year, adding that tourism “provides a vital linkage to agriculture.”  He was speaking at a recent press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw advised that the Jamaican dollar was regaining the confidence of key stakeholders.  This, he said, was consequent on its stabilization resulting from inputs by a special working group which he established to address the currency’s depreciation, in consultation with the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ).  The Minister further said that interest rates were falling, while the current account deficit had narrowed to a “relatively low” 1.8 per cent, down from double digits.  He advised that Jamaica was meeting its benchmark targets under the new International Monetary Fund (IMF) US$1.64 billion precautionary Standby Agreement (SBA), and assured that the Administration would do everything necessary to generate sustainable economic growth.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw is encouraging small and medium-size (SME) business owners seeking to access the Development Bank of Jamaica’s (DBJ) $2.4 billion loan facility, to ensure their operations are in good standing.He said despite a relaxation in the loan collateral requirement, SME stakeholders must ensure their operations are properly structured, in keeping with the governing stipulations.  “All potential (beneficiaries) of these loans must understand that we expect a serious approach to doing business,” Mr. Shaw emphasized.The DBJ has relaxed its qualifying stipulations for the loan provision, by incorporating non-traditional collateral among the prerequisites.  A Government policy decision has allowed the BoJ to reduce risks associated with loans issued by deposit-taking institutions that are guaranteed by the DBJ. In 2009, the Administration launched the Credit Enhancement Fund (CEF), as a pilot project, to increase access to credit for SMEs that lacked adequate collateral to secure loans.  Recently, following recommendations from the Economic Growth Council (EGC), the BoJ reduced risk-weighting for DBJ-backed loans under the CEF. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Photo credit: JIS #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

ASA Provides Input to USDA FDA on Advances in Biotechnology

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments this week to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding regulations in response to advances in genetic engineering.ASA included in comments to USDA that biotechnology is an essential tool in farmers’ quest to produce enough food to meet the needs of 9.7 billion people by 2050, creating the need for a clear, science-based regulatory system in the U.S. as an example and standard for regulatory systems of biotechnology internationally.While applauding USDA’s efforts to “reduce the burden on regulated entities,” ASA expressed concern that aspects of the rule as proposed will increase the regulatory burden and stifle research and innovation.Additionally, ASA’s comments to FDA cheered USDA’s proposal to exclude certain genome-editing techniques from requiring pre-market approvals because they are low risk and could be found in nature or achieved through traditional breeding  methods.ASA concluded its support saying, “Technological advancements such as genome editing offer an additional tool to combat threats while also improving sustainability in production agriculture.”Full comments to USDA and FDA can be found here and here, respectively.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of October 28 2018

NOW HIRING 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of October 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of October 28, 2018:Full-Time Bulk Tanker Driver at Middlesex Gases & TechnologiesFull-Time Installer at SunRunPart-Time Caregiver at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonPart-Time Home Health Aide at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Project Accountant at Limbach HoldingsPart-Time/Full-Time Carpet & Floor Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterPart-Time Delivery Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Regulatory Specialist at Charles River LabsPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadPart-Time Overnight Baker at Panera BreadFull-Time Purchasing Analyst/Assistant at AltroFull-Time Research Associate (Bioprocessing) at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Research Associate (Formuation) at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time IT Support/System Administrator at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Creative Event Associate at Art of the EventFull-Time AR/AP Specialist at Parterre Flooring SystemsFull-Time Field Service Technician at Scully Signal CompanyFull-Time Location Attendant at AramarkFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Information Security Specialist III at L3 TechnologiesFull-Time Production Cell Leader at Koch ChemicalFull-Time Chemical Operator at Koch ChemicalFull-Time Counter Sales Representative at S.G. Torrice CompanyFull-Time General Warehouse Worker at S.G. Torrice CompanyFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Estimator (Trane) at Ingersoll RandPart-Time Movers & Drivers at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Automotive Counter Sales Rep at Genuine Parts CompanyFull-Time Deli Cook at Cafe ServicesFull-Time Estimating Manager at Limbach Facility ServicesPart-Time Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenPart-Time Nanny For 2 Wilmington Children After SchoolPart-Time Residential Life Coach at NuPath, Inc.Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Serur AgenciesFull-Time Receptionist at Spaulding Brick Company, Inc.Full-Time Central Supply Coordinator/ Medical Records Clerk at CareOneFull-Time Production Technician at CutisPharmaFull-Time Inside Sales Representative at Sager ElectronicsFull-Time Account Exec 3, Enterprise Direct Sales at ComcastPart-Time (Stipend) Home Delivered Meal Driver at Wilmington Senior CenterPart-Time Cashier at Panera BreadPart-Time Overnight Baker at Panera BreadFull-Time Cost Accountant at Ametek, Inc.Full-Time Installer at SunrunPart-Time Package Handler at UPS WilmingtonPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time Laborer/Supervisor at Two Men And A TruckFull-Time Rigger’s Apprentice at J.A. Miara Transportation(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

History of the Ford Escape

first_img 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t Review • Ford shrinks Escape’s engine, adds 4G/LTE data Crossovers Hybrids SUVs 4:27 Ford 23 Photos Over at the Mazda showroom, the Tribute was the result of the development partnership and essentially an Escape doppelganger. The four-cylinder and V6 drivetrains were shared along with a large portion of the interior. While exterior styling was also similar for the most part, the Mazda did wear its own fascias to set itself apart from the Ford slightly.A midcycle update for the Escape arrived in 2005 with a new 2.3-liter four-cylinder making 153 horsepower replacing the 2.0-liter as the base engine. A 2.3-liter hybrid powertrain also joined the lineup and was capable of getting the Escape up to 25 miles per hour on electric power alone and claimed the title of the world’s first hybrid SUV. With front-wheel drive, the EPA estimated the hybrid to return 30 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Visually, 2005 also brought new fascias on the outside, while the cabin received reworked seats, gauges and increased storage. The Tribute was a Ford Escape in Mazda clothing 34 Photos Post a comment More about 2017 Ford Escape Three engine choices were available including a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque powering entry-level S versions of the third-generation Escape. Midrange SE and SEL models stepped up to a 1.6-liter turbocharged four delivering 178 horses and 184 pound-feet. Top Titanium models received a 2.0-liter turbo four that brought 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque to the party that replaced the V6 in the lineup. All engines worked with six-speed automatic transmissions.Unlike previous Escapes, a hybrid model wasn’t offered during this generation that will end its run after the 2019 model year.2020 Escape: The hybrid returns2020 Ford Escape teaserEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Ford Escape. Ford Along with new drivetrains, a reworked suspension and a roughly 200-pound weight loss thanks to the use of more high-strength steel, Ford is promising the most athletic driving Escape to date with the fourth-generation model. A 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder serves as the base engine churning out 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque with cylinder deactivation. The 2.0-liter turbo four remains the range-topping gas option with 250 horses and 275 pound-feet. Both will be connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.Returning for the Escape lineup is not one, but two hybrid offerings. The new hybrid system features a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with a continuously variable transmission. Ford is estimating a net system output of 198 horsepower and an electric-power-only top speed of 85 mph. A plug-in hybrid will also be available with 209 horses and targeted electric driving range of more than 30 miles. More From Roadshow The hybrid also got massaged with a larger 2.5-liter engine. Together with the continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive, the Escape Hybrid received an improved EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 34 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.On the technology front, Ford Sync became standard on range-topping Escape Limited gas models and the Escape Hybrids in 2009. The following year, the tech feature menu was further beefed-up with Ford MyKey and trailer sway controls getting added as standard features, while active park assist became optional.2013-2019 Escape: Finally, all-new2017 Ford Escape SE 4WDEnlarge ImageThe 2017 Ford Escape. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow After more than a decade of being based on the same platform, the Escape was properly redone from the ground-up in 2013. The new underpinnings were longer and wider than the old model and featured a look that was completely different from any Escape before. Gone was the boxier appearance and in came sleeker sheetmetal. Drastic differences were clear inside, too, with flowing dash design and the arrival of the MyFord Touch infotainment setup. Premium features such as a panoramic sunroof, navigation, park assist, blind-spot monitoring, remote engine start and Sony sound systems were all offered. 37 Photos Enlarge ImageThe 2017 Ford Escape. Wayne Cunningham/Roadshow Customers are flocking to small crossover SUVs in droves for their combination of all-weather performance and family function with improved cargo carrying capabilities compared to traditional sedans. Case in point, the Escape is now Ford’s best-selling nameplate outside of its F-Series pickup trucks. Last year, 272,228 Escapes found new homes to better both the Focus (113,345) and Fusion (173,600). And throughout its lifetime, more than 4 million have been sold in the US.It’s a similar story at other automakers with Escape competitors such as the Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 all sitting at the top of each respective company’s sales charts. Where today’s Escape struggles against its Japanese rivals is that it’s simply old in comparison having originally launched way back in 2013. The Nissan isn’t much newer landing in 2014, but the Honda and Toyota were both completely redone over the past couple of years. Thankfully, there’s an all-new 2020 Ford Escape on the horizon packing a fresh design, powertrains and technology. But before the fourth-generation model lands in showrooms this fall, let’s take a quick look back at the history of the Blue Oval’s compact SUV. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line review: A legit compact performer 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Visually, a trapezoidal grille inspired by the Mustang, faster windshield rake and sloping roof give the new car a sportier appearance. The sleeker look also pays dividends in aerodynamic efficiency. Sales of the gas and hybrid versions of the 2020 Ford Escape are slated to begin this fall with the plug-in hybrid following next spring. For complete details on the make be sure to check out our in-depth preview of the all-new compact crossover SUV. Share your voice Ford Escape arrived to battle the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 2020 Ford Escape gears up for city living The second-generation Ford Escape was a heavy update of the original 83 Photos 43 Photos 2020 Ford Escape is a citified slicker SUV 0 The refresh also helped give birth to the Mercury Mariner, which was a slightly more luxurious offshoot of the Escape. Styling touches that differentiated the Mercury from the Ford included a waterfall grille, bumpers and wheels. The cabin mostly carried over from the Escape with the exception of a two-tone color scheme and more premium trim finishes. 2008-2012 Escape: A heavier refresh2008-ford-escape-exterior-1Enlarge ImageThe 2008 Ford Escape. Ford The second-generation Escape that arrived for 2008 wasn’t a ground-up redesign. Along with its Mazda and Mercury cousins, it still sat on the same platform as the previous model and offered a carryover drivetrain lineup. What customers could see on the outside and inside, though, was new. The exterior design was toughened to look blockier and more substantial after the Explorer and Expedition of the time. The more squared-off theme also carried into a cabin that offered improvements to build quality and storage.A revamped powertrain lineup did eventually arrive for 2009 with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 170 horsepower becoming the standard engine in place of the old 2.3-liter. The 3.0-liter was also updated to produce an additional 40 horses to bump total output to 240. Both engines were joined by a new six-speed automatic gearbox to help improve fuel economy over the outgoing four-speed unit. 2001-2007 Escape: The beginning2001-ford-escape-exterior-6Enlarge ImageThe 2001 Ford Escape. Ford The first Escape arrived on the scene for 2001 with Ford working with Mazda to develop the compact SUV. Slotting below the full-frame Explorer in the lineup, the unibody-based Escape came standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder churning out 130 horsepower and 135 pound-feet of torque mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Those looking for more giddy-up could option a 3.0-liter V6 with 200 ponies and 200 pound-feet that worked with a four-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive was standard, but both drivetrains could be equipped with a Control Trac II four-wheel drive system.At launch, the Escape was offered in XLS and XLT trims. The base XLS featured standard air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, CD player and remote keyless entry. More premium XLT versions came with upgraded aluminum wheels in place of steel examples, antilock brakes, sunroof and seven-speaker audio system. Now playing: Watch this: 47 Photos Tags The Mercury Mariner was a swankier Ford Escape The third-generation Ford Escape was truly all-new for 2013 Ford Honda Mazda Nissan Sony Toyotalast_img read more

CM to initiate steps for proper supplying of ground nut seed AP

CM to initiate steps for proper supplying of ground nut seed AP

first_imgKadapa: Andhra pradesh Rythu Sangam district secretary B.Dastagiri Reddy has appealed the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to take initiative for proper supply of ground nut in the current Kharief season. Addressing press conference here on Tuesday he said farmers are growing nut around 75,000 acres across the district in current Kharief season. Despite farmers already begins the agriculture operations for ground nut crop two weeks ago but they failed to secure the seed in proper time as it will leads unrest among the farming community. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us The Rythu Sangam leader analyzed that the district administration has able to supply 15quintals of seed against requirement of 30 quintals for the current Kharief season. While recalling the yesterday’s incident at lakki Reddy palli where farmers tried to attack the police station on ground nut seed distribution issue, he appealed chief minister to intervene in to the matter personally as ground nut seed in large scale is being shifted to black market in Ramapuram, Galiveedu, Lakki Reddy palli mandals backed by local political leaders. AP Rythu Sangam vice president K.Nagi Reddy and others were present.last_img read more

Nana Patekar almost gets clean chit from police Tanushree Dutta accuses witnesses

first_imgNana Patekar, Tanushree DuttaIANS/InstagramNana Patekar, who was accused by Tanushree Dutta of sexual harassment on the sets of a film, has almost got a clean chit from the police as no eyewitness has confirmed the incident.It has been reported that police have till date recorded statements from around 15 people, but none of them could confirm the allegations to be true. As reported, the witnesses either failed to recall the decade-old incident or the statements given do not match with Tanushree’s allegations.One of the witnesses is actress Daisy Shah, who was assistant to choreographer Ganesh Acharya on the sets of the said film. Even her statement did not match with Tanushree’s version of the story.Reacting to this, Tanushree claimed that the witnesses are mostly Nana’s friends, and hence, there is very little possibility that they would speak against him.”Who are these 15 witnesses? Are they from my side or Nana’s side? They are Nana’s friends, then why will they corroborate my story. I don’t need witnesses to prove that I was harassed. The truth is sometimes difficult to prove in a court of law when it comes to harassment. The cops have been so slow with the probe. Most of the people from whom they are taking statements are the ones who watched me getting harassed and did nothing to support me. So why will they now speak in my support? The mentality of people is such that they will lie to protect such criminals and prove the woman wrong,” she told Mid-Day.The pioneer of #MeToo movement in India further accused police of running a slow investigation and also claimed that Nana’s supporters have been threatening people who wanted to speak in support of the actress.”Some of the witnesses who wish to give statements in support of my story are receiving threat calls from Nana’s people. We have faced a lot of difficulty in convincing witnesses to give their statements, as they are scared. So the people who know the truth are being hounded and replaced by fake witnesses who are speaking lies. But I still have faith that all the accused will be punished because I am fighting this battle not for myself but for those who suffer silently every day,” she added.Tanushree had accused Nana and Ganesh Acharya of sexual harassment on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss, saying that the two tried to force her to do an intimate dance step with the veteran actor. Nana and Ganesh had vehemently denied the allegations.last_img read more

India boosts air power inks Rs 1500 crore missile deal with Russia

first_img Close Why does the Indian Air Force need new fighter aircraft? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:03Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … HALIndia has signed a defence deal worth Rs 1,500 crore with Russia for the acquisition of R-12 air-to-air missiles for its Su-30MKI fighter aircraft fleet. “A contract has been signed with Russia for the acquisition of R-27 air-to-air missile to be fitted on the Su-30 MKI combat aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force,” an official told ANI. The new missiles will enhance Indian military prowess by providing Sukhoi the capability to attack the enemy at long range.Since the purchase comes under critical weapon systems category, the deal was acquired under 10-i projects for War Wastage Reserve (WWR). The reserve of critical weapons is needed to fight in a full-scale war. Earlier this month, the Indian Air Force (IAF) was reported to be pushing for the purchase of 18 additional Sukhoi-Su-30MKI multirole fighter aircraft from Russia. The purchase of around 222 Su-30MKIs was agreed upon under various previous defence contracts from 2000 onwards. Moscow also said that it is processing New Delhi’s request for 20 additional advanced MiG-29UPG twin-engine jet fighter aircraft.Defence procurement signed by the IAF has reportedly crossed Rs 7,600 crore over the past 50 days alone. The acquisitions are approved by the Defence Ministry under emergency requirements. Within weeks of the Pulwama attack, the central government gave emergency power to the Indian Armed Forces to purchase equipment within three months at the cost of Rs 300 crore per case. The recent defence acquisitions would solve the shortage of weapons that was reported in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) 2015 report. It stated that the availability of weapons was below the Minimum Acceptable Risk Level (MARL) which is the required weapons needed for 20 days of war. It also said that 40 percent of the Indian weapons were at a “critical level” with stocks that was said to last less than 10 days.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. Kristin Higgens from Emory Explains a Novel PET-CT Linac SystemVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:48Loaded: 2.79%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | April 24, 2019 Accuray Launches Synchrony Motion Tracking and Correction Technology for Radixact System Accuray announced the launch of its Synchrony motion tracking and correction technology to be used with the Radixact… read more June 27, 2008 – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBP) selected Elekta to supply its Elekta Synergy digital linear accelerator systems to the center over the next few years, in hopes of providing expanded capacity for advanced Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), which MBP began providing to patients four years ago.The new systems will provide for MBP’s current locations as well as the organization’s long-term regional growth into new markets. MBP has locations in Baton Rouge, Hammond and Covington and is building a fourth location in Gonzales, LA.Each of the estimated nine new treatment systems will include 3D X-ray Volume Imaging (XVI) and some will include Elekta VMAT (Volumetric intensity Modulated Arc Therapy), enhancing MBP’s Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and IGRT arsenal.The center will be treating all types of cancer with the Elekta Synergy systems, from simple to the most complex cases. Elekta Synergy is a fully digital linear accelerator with an integrated 3D imaging system that simultaneously acquires and reconstructs image data on the target and surrounding critical structures as a whole volume in a single gantry sweep. Because imaging occurs at the time of treatment, uncertainties due to organ motion or deformation and slight differences in patient set-up can be eliminated.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | October 30, 2018 Elekta Introduces Strategy for Precision Radiation Medicine at ASTRO 2018 At the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting, Oct. 21-24 in San Antonio, Elekta introduced the… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | June 26, 2008 Elekta Pens Multicenter Radiation Therapy Systems Agreement Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 07, 2019 Elekta Unity MR-Linac Earns FDA Clearance The Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system recently received 510(k) premarket notification… read more center_img Related Content News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 06, 2019 Study Identifies MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy as Growing Market Segment Revenues from the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy systems market exceeded $220 million in… read more Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 21, 2019 FDA Clears Advancements for Viewray MRIdian Radiation Therapy System February 21, 2019 — ViewRay Inc. received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. read more Elekta SmartClinic is one of the key features in the Mosaiq Plaza suite of data-focused integrative oncology software News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Videos | October 29, 2018 VIDEO: Biologically Guided Radiation Therapy Using Real-time PET Imaging Kristin Higgins read morelast_img read more