RJD releases manifesto, promises reservation

first_imgPatna: The RJD on Monday released its manifesto, titled ‘Pratibadhta Patra’, promising reservation for SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs in proportion of their population in the private sector and the higher judiciary.The ceiling – a 50 per cent cap – had been broken after giving 10 per cent quota to the weaker sections among the general category so the people belonging to these categories (SCs, STs, EBC and OBCs) should be given reservation on the basis of their population, party leader Tejashwi Yadav said while releasing the manifesto here. The apex court had fixed a cap of 50 per cent on total reservation and the Centre last month justified in Supreme Court its recent law granting 10-per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality”. Advocating extension of quota for them in higher judiciary and the private sector, the manifesto also vowed to carry out caste-based census in 2020-21. Pointing out that the RJD, also agrees with the Congress manifesto, it said, the party “completely endorses” the ‘Nyay’ scheme of the Congress, which would be beneficial to states like Bihar. Tejashwi Yadav was accompanied by Rajya Sabha member and party’s national spokesman Manoj Jha, Bihar RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve and others at the release of the party’s manifesto. The RJD also demanded from the Centre to make public the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) data, carried out by the UPA government. Releasing the manifesto, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, also the leader of the opposition in the state, said that “it is not the manifesto of RJD, rather it is a ‘pratibadhta patra’ (commitment document) of the party”. A helpline number would be launched and a help centre set up in major cities of the country for the people of Bihar living outside the state, the manifesto said. The party would ensure that six per cent of gross domestic product be spent on education and four per cent on health, he said. “If our (party’s) government is formed in Bihar, then we will remove the ‘illegal’ tag on toddy and make it ‘legal’….The move to make toddy illegal has rendered many belonging to economically weaker sections jobless. “My father Lalu Prasad, when he was the chief minister, had abolished tax on toddy,” the RJD leader said. Replying to a query on his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav’s recent activities, Tejashwi evaded a direct reply, saying “the press conference has been organized for releasing the manifesto today”.last_img read more

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Ban appoints envoy as UN aid convoy reaches rebelheld town in DR

3 November 2008A United Nations aid convoy has reached one of the major rebel-held towns in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), providing urgent supplies to civilians trapped amid the fighting in the region, as United Nations officials led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continue efforts to broker a solution to the conflict. Mr. Ban told reporters today that he has appointed Olusegun Obasanjo, the former Nigerian president, to serve as his Special Envoy on the issue and to work with leaders in the region and the broader international community to end the crisis.“The conflict along the Rwandan and Congolese border has gone on too long, with catastrophic consequences,” Mr. Ban said. “We need peace – an end to fighting so that the region’s people can enjoy a measure of stability and prosperity.”The Secretary-General also said he is willing to travel anywhere to meet DRC President Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame, leader of neighbouring Rwanda, later this week for talks aimed at defusing ethnic tensions in the eastern DRC, a region that has remained highly volatile since the official end of the Congolese civil war early this decade.“Though they have not yet sat down face-to-face, Presidents Kagame and Kabila have begun a direct dialogue, along with their high-level technical teams. This is a promising development,” said Mr. Ban, who has spoken by telephone with both leaders and dozens of other senior officials in recent days, emphasizing that there can be no military solution.“I understand that the AU [African Union] President will also convene an urgent regional summit on this issue, in Nairobi or elsewhere in Africa, sometime soon this month.”Deadly fighting in recent months across North Kivu province has forced an estimated 250,000 people to flee their homes, joining hundreds of thousands of other internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the region, and the clashes have even threatened Goma, the provincial capital and home to about 700,000 people.The UN aid convoy that reached Rutshuru, a town in North Kivu, carried first aid and basic medicines for local health-care centres as well as equipment to re-establish clean water supplies, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.Blue helmets serving with the UN peacekeeping mission to the DRC (known as MONUC) escorted the convoy from Goma to Rutshuru, which is now held by the rebel National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), headed by former Congolese army general Laurent Nkunda.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reports that IDP camps visited by its staff in Rutshuru were almost deserted, with many shelters burned to the ground. Some camp residents are believed to have returned to their home villages, but the agency said it is unclear where all the other residents have gone.OCHA said “armed actors” have been circulating at two other UN camps for IDPs, each located about 10 kilometres north of Goma and now largely deserted because of panic among the residents.As IDPs have returned to camps around Goma, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been provided high-energy biscuits, water and medical supplies. But concerns remain high about the risk of infectious disease outbreaks, with 70 cases of cholera already recorded in camps, with the rainy season approaching.WFP’s operations in nearby Uganda have also started pre-positioning 500 tons of food – enough to feed an estimated 30,000 people for a month – at key locations in case Congolese escaping the violence decide to travel that way. A similar process is taking place at the Nkamira transit centre in Gisenyi, which is just inside Rwanda.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban has reinstated a former Force Commander of MONUC, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye of Senegal, as the new Interim Force Commander for the next six months after the recent resignation of Lt. Gen. Vicente Diaz de Villegas y Herrería of Spain for personal reasons.“I wish to express my gratitude to MONUC’s peacekeepers for holding steadfast in Goma – a thin blue line against chaos,” he said. “I am doing my best to reinforce our peacekeepers and humanitarian teams, and I call on world leaders to support us in every way possible.”Earlier, speaking to reporters in New York by videolink from the DRC, senior UN officials said MONUC was doing all it could given its limited numbers and resources, as well as the size and terrain of the area it had to cover. The mission has a total of about 17,000 blue helmets, including some 5,500 spread across North Kivu.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy, who is in the region to assess the situation, said it was “clearly a huge humanitarian crisis” and noted that fighting had now broken out on four fronts in the eastern DRC.Alan Doss, the head of MONUC, told reporters that the city of Goma is now calm as MONUC troops conduct regular patrols and a curfew is enforced. Looting has stopped and the mission’s forces are working closely with Congolese police to maintain law and order.He said the situation was being made more complicated by the presence of so many separate armed groups in North Kivu – as many as 10 or 15 by some counts.Ross Mountain, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in the DRC, said the protection of IDPs and other civilians is the biggest humanitarian priority, and warned that the ceasefire struck last week remains extremely fragile.“Goma could be asphyxiated if the food supplies from the hinterlands cannot come into the city,” he said, emphasizing the importance of providing shelter, clean water and nutrition. read more

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WHO chief announces plans to step up global polio eradication effort

The new head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced plans to rapidly step up the global fight to eradicate polio and named a senior agency expert in SARS as his representative to spearhead the effort. “Polio eradication is a top priority. I want to see this disease gone once and for all. We have eliminated it from almost every country in the world. Now is the time to boost our action and resolve, and wipe it out everywhere,” WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said at a press briefing in Geneva, also announcing that his office has taken direct oversight of polio eradication activities. “I am immediately upgrading WHO’s capacity to support India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt in their efforts to immunize every child against polio,” he added. As part of the effort, the key endemic countries will conduct mass immunization campaigns from the end of August to December aimed at reaching a total of 175 million children. Success in eradicating polio depends on the success of these campaigns in India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt. David Heymann, who led WHO’s effort to contain the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome around the world, was named the Director-General’s Representative for Polio Eradication. “Just as with SARS, polio knows no boundaries,” Mr. Heymann said. “In January, a child was paralyzed by polio in Lebanon for the first time in 10 years. That virus travelled from India. Unless we stop transmission in the remaining polio-endemic countries, polio will spread to other countries and paralyze children, potentially reversing the gains already made.” In the past 12 months, polioviruses have also spread from Nigeria to neighbouring countries that had been polio-free. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by WHO, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The poliovirus is now circulating in only seven countries, down from over 125 when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988. The seven countries with indigenous wild poliovirus are India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, Niger and Somalia. read more

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Annan reminds turbulent Côte dIvoire to cooperate with African Unions mediation

In a statement issued through a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General reminded the parties that “everything has to be done to cooperate in earnest with the African Union (AU) mediation led by President (Thabo) Mbeki of South Africa, which is fully supported by the United Nations, and to avoid any steps which could contribute to the deterioration of the situation on the ground.”He also pointed out to militia leaders, “as well as those behind them,” that they would be held accountable for premeditated attacks and could face the measures listed in a resolution which the Security Council unanimously approved last November.In the resolution, the Council imposed an immediate, 13-month arms embargo against the West African country and gave the parties there one month to get the peace process back on track or face a travel ban and a freeze on their assets. read more

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UN human rights office in Nepal to work very closely with world

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour also wished Ian Martin well in his new role as Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, adding that he had done a “tremendous job” as her representative in Nepal in terms of protecting human rights during a very difficult time.“In the meantime, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)-Nepal will work very closely with Ian Martin in his new role and will continue to carry out its mandate to work for the protection and promotion of human rights of all Nepalis with impartiality and independence,” said Ms. Arbour.Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Mr. Martin’s appointment last Friday, following recent signs by Nepal’s political parties that they are willing to negotiate an end to 10 years of fighting that have killed 15,000 people.Earlier this month Nepal’s Government and the Communist Party (Maoist) sent letters requesting UN help in areas ranging from human rights monitoring to electoral observation. This move followed a 10-day UN assessment mission to the country, during which time the Maoists also announced they were extending a three-month ceasefire.In his statement last Friday, Mr. Annan said he believes “it is now urgent to undertake follow-on consultations with all concerned parties in Nepal in order to build on the common understanding that now exists, so that detailed planning for UN assistance may proceed.” Mr. Martin will be assisted in his new role by a small multi-disciplinary team of UN officials. read more

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Crude oil edges lower as Fed stimulus speculation rises ahead of meeting

The price of oil edged lower Tuesday as investors wait to see whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will decide to start reducing its monetary stimulus this week.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped 26 cents to US$97.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Some investors expect the Fed to start scaling back its $85 billion in asset purchases following the conclusion of its two-day meeting Wednesday in light of some recent solid data on the U.S. economy. Such a pullback may result in the dollar strengthening, making commodities priced in dollars more costly for investors using other currencies.Others expect the Fed to wait until next year before tapering its stimulus program.Markets are also monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products.Data for the week ended Dec. 12 are expected to show a draw of four million barrels in crude oil stocks and a build of 1.4 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.In London, the February contract for Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, dropped 97 cents to US108.44 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was flat at US$2.65 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil lost three cents to US$2.96 a gallon and natural gas rose one cent to US$4.29 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 1:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil edges lower as Fed stimulus speculation rises ahead of meeting read more

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Baseball Full circle for Nanci Coolen on Ohio State Senior Day

Bo Coolen (center) walks with his mom Nanci (right), sister Demi (left) and father (back) to be honored before the start of Ohio State’s game against Purdue on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Nanci brought lei for all the moms of graduating seniors, all the players, coaches and coaches’ wives. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-in-ChiefThere seemed to be only one way to truly send out the seniors on Ohio State’s baseball team.Give everyone a lei.At least, that’s what Nanci Coolen thought. The mother of senior first baseman Bo Coolen thought the best way to honor her son would be to bring some of his home state culture up to him. She said lei are given out for everything just like “giving a birthday card for a birthday gift” for everything from weddings, retirements, birthdays or graduations.She had to order them all only a couple days in advance because as real lei, made from purple orchid, they would wilt after too long.So she bought 30 lei and had them all shipped to Columbus. A lei for each player, mother, coach and coach’s wife. It wasn’t enough just to have one for the players and coaches. After all, it wasn’t just Senior Day for Ohio State. It was Mother’s Day.“Oh it’s perfect,” Demi Coolen, Nanci’s daughter said. “Two birds, one stone, our whole family gets to be together and celebrate both of their days.”Ohio State made sure to celebrate both days in style, sending Bo and his family out happy with a dominant 16-6 win against Purdue to give the Buckeyes the series victory and clinch a spot in the Big Ten tournament.It’s a particularly special day for the whole family. Nanci, a P.E. and health teacher at Punahou School, has been in Columbus since March — she’s lived in a pair of AirBnBs during her three-month stay — finishing up work on a sabbatical while Bo plays for Ohio State. Bob, her husband, has been back in Honolulu, Hawaii, coaching the Hawaii softball team and Demi has been working as an engineer for Boeing.It’s the first time the whole family has been together since Christmas.“It’s just great because we don’t always get to be together,” Nanci said. “But for that to happen on Mother’s Day in Columbus, to culminate, the whole thing is amazing. And then we’re actually going after the game to Eddie George’s [Grille] because that’s where they took him on his recruiting trips, so full circle and we haven’t been yet.”Nanci Coolen and her daughter Demi cheer on Nanci’s son, senior first baseman Bo Coolen, as he bats during the third inning of Ohio State’s game against Purdue on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-in-Chief——“Let’s get a hit here, Bo-Bo!” Nanci screams from her picnic table down the third base-line as her son steps into the batter’s box in the third inning of Sunday’s game, her last chance to watch her son play at Bill Davis Stadium.This isn’t something unusual for Bo, a role player with a .209 batting average in 29 games, and he said he’s gotten used to it. In fact, he welcomes it. She was only able to attend two of his games during his first year at Ohio State in 2017 after he transferred from Cypress College. He said after a year watching the other players greet their mothers down the sideline after the games ended, it was a comforting feeling to have her there because “I got to go hug someone.”She did not always welcome him with hugs though. Other times, he was met with critiques. After starting Wednesday against Campbell, Coolen came away hitless with an 0-for-3 night. As he was leaving with senior designated hitter and fellow Cypress College transfer Noah McGowan, Bo said his mother had some things to say. She questioned why he took so many pitches during his at-bats.“Mom, it was a good pitch, I don’t know what you want me to do,” Bo recalled saying. “Well, I want you swinging at everything whether it’s a strike or not,” she responded. Since then, Bo said he has taken a much more aggressive approach to the plate.Senior first baseman Bo Coolen takes a swing at a pitch during the third inning of Ohio State’s game against Purdue on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-in-ChiefAs a coach’s wife and former softball player, Nanci is no stranger to providing this type of feedback. Bob said she is often hanging around the Hawaii softball team, not just providing them with someone to talk with for life advice, but someone to talk with about the game. Bob said she has helped inspire in his players a mental toughness that he often has trouble relaying.“She becomes not a mother-figure, but a real figure for the young ladies that I have that they can talk to her and she’s so chipper and cheery and positive and it just was tough not having her around for my whole season,” Bob said. “She was there in Vegas when we played and we did well, we ended up going 5-2 and then after that it went all downhill.”——Moving to Columbus from Hawaii in March, Nanci had a bit of an adjustment period.March in Hawaii is warm weather. Surely, Columbus couldn’t be too much worse, right?So Nanci came without any big jackets, assuming that whatever cold she might be initially greeted with would change before too long.It did not. Bo had warned her. “Mom, the heavier the better,” he remembered telling her. Without any winter clothing, Nanci was forced to borrow some of Bo’s until eventually she went with him to buy  “some puffy coats” and “some real winter boots,” Bo said.But the one thing Nanci enjoyed about the weather that she hadn’t seen much in Hawaii was a real change of season. The transition from the winter to the spring was fun to watch, she said.“I saw the leaves come up and the green and all of that,” Nanci said. “It’s just been fabulous.”Still, Nanci has tried to go out and enjoy all the city has to offer. And that “big-city element” was one of the biggest reasons Bo wanted to come to Ohio State. She said he never wanted to go to a small school. He wanted to go to a big school that had a football team and where he could really enjoy the college experience.He didn’t get that in his first year at Pepperdine, so his mom advised him to go to junior college and try for a bigger school. That sophomore year when he was being recruited by other schools, Bo received offers from plenty of smaller schools. She said he continued to put off his decision until eventually Ohio State sent an offer his way.She remembers him saying that it was his “perfect dream school.”But for the family, it meant Bo would be much farther away from home. This was sort of the expectation, Nanci said. Most kids from Hawaii leave for the mainland at some point. She had already gone through it once with Demi leaving for the University of Southern California and Bo had already spent two years on the mainland.This would be the furthest from home he had been, however. Bo said it’s a three-stop process to get to Columbus from Hawaii: fly six hours to California, another three to Chicago or Texas and then a couple more hours to Columbus. In total, Nanci said it’s about $1,000 to fly one person to and from Hawaii. One time, Nanci tried to shorten the number of stops Bo had to make on his return trip home. She had him go from Columbus to Newark, New Jersey, and then straight to Honolulu. That flight from Newark was 12 1/2 hours.“Don’t ever do that again,” Bo told his mom.——-When Senior Day finally arrived, Bo had started to catch on about his mother’s planned surprise. He had seen the package arrive earlier and remarked on its odd shape, at the time, not 100 percent sure what exactly it held. On Sunday morning, he finally saw what the mysterious package held in store: those colorful circles to celebrate his final home game at Ohio State.Nanci Coolen, senior Bo Coolen’s mother, watches her son play at first base during Ohio State’s game against Purdue on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-in-Chief“As soon as I saw her holding all of them, I was like, ‘Wow’ because it felt like senior day back in Hawaii with all the leis,” Bo said.The ceremony itself was surreal, Nanci said. She had been to so many for the Hawaii softball players, so she knew what it would be like. But she couldn’t believe the one for her son had finally arrived . She couldn’t believe her son, whom she would make wear a helmet even during tee-ball, was preparing to graduate from college.Two years ago, Bo went to Eddie George’s Grille for dinner with the Ohio State coaching staff while head coach Greg Beals recruited him to transfer from junior college. He committed on the spot.Now, after Bo finished Senior Day with the win, the family will again head out to that same restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day. Just like that day, he plans to order a buffalo chicken sandwich. He will recommend his mom do the same. It will all come full circle for Nanci. read more

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Rare gold coin worth £250000 found in boys toy treasure chest

first_img Show more “My granddad had travelled all over the world during his working life and had collected many coins from the various countries he had been,” explained the delighted vendor.“He gave me bags of coins to play with (I was into pirate treasure) throughout my early years…As time passed these coins went back into bags and boxes and were forgotten about until I re-discovered them after my granddad passed away.“I looked back through the coins – remembering the stories I made up about them when I was small – and then gave them to my own son to play with and put into his own treasure box. My little boy has been playing with this coin as I did all those years ago.”The coin is one of only 20 from the 7.5lbs of gold seized from Spanish treasure ships by the British in Vigo Bay, northern Spain, on 23rd October, 1702, Boningtons added. It will be up for sale at the auctioneer’s Epping saleroom on November 16.Meanwhile, this rare Mercedes stolen by Allied troops in WWII is set for a £6m sale. A rare gold coin given to a little boy by his grandfather now worth an estimated £250,000 is set to be sold at auction.The Queen Anne ‘Vigo’ five guinea gold coin, one of Britain’s rarest coins, will be sold by Essex auctioneers Boningtons next month.It was taken to the auctioneers by a Hertfordshire resident who was given it by his grandfather when he was a little boy.He had no idea of its value until he recently showed it to coin specialist Gregory Tong, who instantly recognised the coin of which fewer than 15 examples are known, according to Boningtons. coincenter_img The rare coinCredit:Boningtons / Supplied  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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LANDMARK JUDGEMENT expected in case of Scholars vs Education

first_img Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Feb 2016 – In a precedent setting case which alleges the National Scholars Committee cheated three 2014 Graduates of their rightful reward, the closing statements are made and a decision is to be announced officially on Monday.Tristan Greene, Ryesha Higgs and Devonte Smith are suing the Minister of Education and the Committee for the alleged infraction which they say denied them their true due.The trio contends the Committee made their selections in a system which is flawed and even concluded there were blatant inconsistencies which robbed them of helpful scholarships.The Turks and Caicos customarily presents top CXC performances with a national scholars titles and scholarships.Greene, Higgs and Smith represented by attorney Clayton Greene laid out a case which they tell Magnetic Media actually demonstrates that the top prizes rightfully belong to them; they maintain that traditional procedures were not followed.The three, all past students of British West Indies Collegiate had earned nine IGCSEs each; all with Distinctions or As.The Ministry and the Committee defend their processing and their selections as thorough and fair.Nonetheless the complainants are optimistic and Magnetic Media was told: “Tristan Greene, Ryesha Higgs and Devonte Smith along with their parents are anxiously awaiting Chief Justice, Ramsay Hale’s Official judgment in the case Greene et al Vs Minister of Education and CXC National Committee which is expected to be handed down in the TCI Supreme court on Monday February 22nd 2016.”If the group wins this case, it would be historic, it would likely dictate a more transparent and open national scholars selection process and it could mean they each receive the reward of a Government scholarship. Related Items:akierra missick, british west indies collegiate, cxc national committee, Devonte Smith, ryesha higgs, scholars, Tristan Greene Education Minister tours schools this week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Dominican fishermen plead guilty in Bahamas court in illegal fishing bust by

first_img POACHERS FAMILY CONCERNED ABOUT SCABIES Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – December 5, 2017 – It is unclear if The Bahamas will also confiscate two boats caught up in an illegal fishing operation, thwarted by the Defense Force just before Thanksgiving.Two men from the group caught illegally fishing near Bimini say they are guilty and were fined.  The Royal Bahamas Defence Force reports that two Dominican men, Rialerky Lantigua and Yordi Andujar were charged before the courts with possession of prohibited apparatuses for fishing purposes, with dive compressors.  The men plead guilty and were each fined two thousand dollars ($2000.00). Their bail was set and the matter was adjourned until February.It was on November 23rd, that 45 fishermen aboard two Bahamian registered fishing vessels were caught three miles east of Bimini. The vessels, “SRJ” and “Black Bahamian”, were captained by Stephon Green and Vernal Johnson respectively. The crew, consisting of 16 Bahamians, 23 Dominicans and six Haitians, was taken into custody after being found in possession of illegal fishing apparatus, namely diving compressors.Also found on board the vessels were a large quantity of fisheries product. The vessels and crew were brought into the Capital and turned over to the relevant authorities.Magistrate Joanne Ferguson Pratt said she would also make a ruling whether the vessels would be released, as there were no charges against them and the captain. Related Items:#dominicanpoachers, #illegalfishing, #joyannefergusonpratt Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Playwright who inspired Moonlight comes to Miami to visit alma mater

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The writer of the play that inspired the award-winning film “Moonlight” came home to South Florida to pay a visit to his high school.Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney returned to New World School of the Arts to celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary.McCraney also took some time to talk about the inspiration for the film, his play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”“I wrote it in 2003, right after my mother died. She was born and raised in Liberty City, and so was I,” McCraney said. “I wanted to write a script that depicted the life of Miami in a more visual and visceral way.”“Moonlight” was shot in Miami by another Liberty City native, writer-director Barry Jenkins. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama), and is expected to be a serious Oscar contender.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For November 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 28, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.Town Yardwaste Recycling Center: The Recycling Center, located off Old Main Street at the Wilmington/Woburn line, will be open for leaf and brush drop-off from 8am to 2pm. Only Wilmington residents will be allowed to use the facility for leaves and brush drop-off. Residents must show an ID at the entrance to the facility. No grass clippings will be accepted. No contractors or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Residents using the Recycling Center must purchase a punch card for $15 which will be good for 5 visits to the center. Punch cards may be purchased Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Treasurer’s Office at Town Hall. Cards purchased previously that have unpunched visits are still valid.MUST SEE TV: Wilmington Community Television is hosting a live 2-hour program (Comcast 9 / Verizon 37) from 7pm to 9pm featuring dozens of community leaders and organizers who make Wilmington a great place to live.Not only will this program inform viewers about the various groups that are around town, but it will also offer details on how you can support their mission, whether it be monetary contributions or through volunteer work.Tune in to learn about:WCTVWilmington Rotary ClubFriends of the Wilmington LibraryBookstore Next DoorWilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of CommerceWilmington Recreation DepartmentWilmington DonatesBuzzell Senior CenterWilmington Educational FoundationWilmington Knights of ColumbusWilmington Community FundWilmington Relay for LifeWilmington Farmer’s MarketWOW (We’re One Wilmington)Wilmington Cultural Council (Art Center)Brady’s FoundationTown MuseumSCOREMasons / Friendship LodgeAt Wilmington Public Schools: The High School Advisory Council meets at 3pm in the WHS Main Office Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Well Read Wednesday at 10am. Tech Help Drop In at 2pm. Crafternoon at 3:45pm. Read To Prince at 5pm. Music & More at 6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Engg students orientation programme held in Vikas educational

first_imgVijayawada: The management of Vikas educational institutions organised students orientation programme at Vikas College of Engineering and Technologies and Vikas Group of Technologies at Nunna near Vijayawada on Friday. The institutions chairman, Naredla Narsireddy participated as the chief guest and inaugurated the function. Speaking on the occasion, Narsireddy said that there are many job opportunities for engineering graduates in government and private sector. Students should work hard and make proper planning to complete the course within the stipulated period, which would help in job recruitments, he added. Trilogic Software solutions managing director S Ravikumar, Vikas college principals Dr B Ramamohana Rao, Dr B Ramana and Agriculture Engineering head of the institutions Buddiga Jamindar participated.last_img read more

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Defense Rests In Stockman Trial

first_img Share Listen Andrew SchneiderSteve and Patti Stockman emerging from Houston’s federal courthouse, April 5, 2017The defense has rested in the trial of former Congressman Steve Stockman. Stockman himself did not testify.Attorney Sean Buckley said the defense team had hoped to call several witnesses to testify about Stockman’s humanitarian missions to Africa. They wanted to counter the government’s argument that Stockman’s Africa trips were a ruse to raise money for one of his congressional campaigns.In the end, the rules of evidence only allowed the defense to call one additional witness. Stevie Bidjoua Sianard, an administrative assistant at the World Health Organization, acted as Stockman’s translator on several of his trips to the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.After Judge Lee Rosenthal dismissed the jury, Stockman confirmed that he had decided not to testify and that he was satisfied with the legal counsel he’d received on this point.The government will deliver its closing argument Monday morning. The defense is expected to do so Monday afternoon. 00:00 /00:44 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

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BioShock Burial at Sea welcomes you back to the circus of value

first_imgIt’s been over six years since we’ve been back to Rapture as imagined by Irrational Games, the city’s creator. BioShock’s first sequel, which did return to Rapture, released just three years ago, but the game — so criticized at this point that it’s actually now underrated — was developed by another team, so it’s difficult to consider it as a proper return. Yesterday, BioShock Infinite’s first campaign DLC released, Burial at Sea. This ushers in that first proper return to Rapture, one of — if not the — best cities and atmospheres ever created in entertainment media, but does Irrational still have its magic touch?[There are spoilers ahead.]BioShock Infinite was a fine game, and like the original BioShock, was set in a well-crafted, creepy utopia where society is crumbling. Though often unsettling and fascinating, the game didn’t quite sport that magic BioShock or System Shock 2 atmospheric touch. Unlike its forebears, Infinite’s sky city of Columbia doesn’t have many in-depth stories to piece together simply by examining details in the environment, while walking into every nook and cranny in Rapture will generally bear narrative fruit. Infinite was focused more on plot, the previous Shock games were focused as much on vibe and atmosphere as plot and character development. Infinite felt like a game where you were waiting for the obvious and inevitable twists, whereas the twists that took place in Rapture were truly surprising. The biggest twist in Infinite though — the one you didn’t see coming but really hoped would — was the brief moment the characters were transported to a room in Rapture, updated in modern day graphics. Now, we have two entire episodes back in Rapture, the night before the city’s famed fall from grace.BioShock takes place after Rapture has already fallen, BioShock 2 takes places years after the events of the first game, and Infinite takes place somewhere else entirely. If there was one thing the fans wanted out of the series, it was seeing Rapture before its downfall. Burial at Sea taking place at this precise moment — and beginning with a quest line involving BioShock’s most beloved character, the crazed Sander Cohen — shows that Irrational hasn’t lost any love for its underwater creation, but also shows that the team is servicing fans as much as possible.Almost immediately, Burial at Sea has more detail than Infinite. It’s not that Infinite wasn’t detailed, but for instance, in Columbia, the little movie reels were short loops of film, while in Rapture, they’re longer, narrated, more produced pieces. This holds true for Burial at Sea. Nearly every citizen you walk by in the return to Rapture says something to you; if you walk by a group of people, you can eavesdrop on a detailed conversation. In Infinite, citizens mainly just glare at you until you walk away. Splicers, Rapture’s citizens-turned-mutants, are as crazy as they always were, talking to themselves and spouting gospel or describing their fear of vegetables if you stealthily follow them around. Even looking out the window in Burial at Sea into the expanse of underwater skyscrapers yields more detail than looking out into sky of Columbia, as whales slowly swim by while an anglerfish’s light can be seen twiddling around in the distance near a school of fish.Perhaps Irrational was able to stuff all of this detail into Episode One (as Burial at Sea is a two-part campaign) because it’s short — around two hours at a normal pace, reaching to three or four if you explore every nook and cranny. However, the level of fan service and detail packed into the DLC feels more like Irrational loves Rapture as much as we do, and it almost seems like the team is apologizing for branching off into Infinite before going back to Andrew Ryan’s deep sea utopia. If you miss Rapture’s brand of deeply unsettling, totally insane atmosphere, characters, and narrative, Burial at Sea is what you’ve been waiting for.With Burial at Sea and BioShock 2’s Minerva’s Den before it, it would seem the BioShock series is the shining lighthouse in the middle of the open ocean other developers should look to for guidance when deciding what to do about DLC. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY RaptureRaptureHome sweet home.An old friendWELCOME TO THE CIRUS OF VALUUUUUUEEEEEEESProgressiveRapture, a progressive society.Rapture TribuneA journalist’s utopia?BarHints of the Little Sister kidnappings.Little sistersThe infamous Little Sisters begin their journey.WhaleA whale of a view.Cohen posterWhy even ask?CohenEveryone’s favorite star of the show.PoshThe cutting edge of fashion.Sander CohenTrue art takes true emotion.Duo tubsPrivate baths.ArtAt what price beauty?Pub tubsPublic tubs.MineRomance is alive and well.WriterEven in a utopia, writers don’t have it easy.The Artist’s StruggleThe best and most appropriate name for a gallery.HoarderAn episode of Hoarders.Home sweet home.last_img read more

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The Suns front page attacks trans couple on their wedding day

first_img‘If we don’t talk and engage with what people read, then our message isn’t going to get out,’ Belcher said.‘That’s what Hannah and Jake were very likely thinking.‘Trans Media Watch have always promoted caution [with the paper].‘There’s times when it’s a good thing and there’s times when it isn’t so advisable.’Social media attacks tabloid for transphobic headlineThe front page has faced widespread attacks on social media.Christopher Clegg wrote: ‘Even if this wasn’t hate and bigotry barely disguised as ‘humour’ it would still be a cringeworthy, painfully unfunny, pathetic, dated headline.‘Get back to 1984 you backward trash rag @TheSun.’pic.twitter.com/KAbksejBSm— Christopher D. Clegg (@chrisdclegg) March 27, 2018And Peter Tatchell, veteran human rights campaigner said: ‘Congratulations to the happy couple. Here at the Peter Tatchell Foundation we hope you have many special years together!‘One question – What has it got to with The Sun?‘Why in 2018 do we still have such narrow-minded and bigoted journalism?’Gay Star News has reached out to Graf and Winterbourne for comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The Sun has attacked a trans couple on their wedding daycenter_img The Sun is facing a major backlash after publishing a bigoted front page about a trans couple’s wedding. The British tabloid had an exclusive with filmmaker Jake Graf and army captain Hannah Winterbourne.‘Tran and wife,’ screamed the headline. ‘Jake who used to be a woman weds Hannah who was a man.’Alongside the image of the couple on their wedding day were two pictures from before they transitioned.The Sun posts front page attacking trans couple on their wedding dayGraf tweeted: ‘Following such a lovely positive article…it’s a real shame that it’s been cheapened by such a sensationalized and misleading headline.‘[Hannah] was never a man, as I was never a woman.’Winterbourne said: ‘A shame that our beautiful day and a positive article…has been marred by fairly offensive headlines.‘I have always been a woman and Jake has always been a man.’Helen Belcher, of Trans Media Watch, said this headline is very typical for a tabloid like The Sun.‘The Sun still chooses to make trans people objects,’ she told Gay Star News.‘The rest of the world has moved on. The Sun has not.’‘If we don’t talk and engage with what people read, then our message isn’t going to get out.’Some have questioned on social media why the couple would potentially want to sell their story to the paper. Transgender ‘power couple’ announces engagement and plans to start a familyWatch trans activist Jake Graf’s moving short film about gay love Chance hereThe Sun is being slammed for ‘scaremongering’ trans drag queen storyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-sun-trans-couple-wedding-day/last_img read more

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first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | December 08, 2008 Merge’s Cedara XPipe Automates Image Processing Tasks Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Merge Healthcare’s Cedara xPipe version 3.0 is a software toolkit that fully automates the image processing tasks performed by CR and DR X-ray consoles. These consoles reportedly ensure that X-ray images are of good quality before the patient leaves the room. Cedara xPipe eliminates many of the manual tasks typically performed to do this, so it helps improve patient throughput. Cedara xPipe is the first and only software to automate the full set of tasks into one flexible toolkit for faster and more efficient application development.Cedara xPipe was designed in modules that automate either individual tasks or multiple tasks in a sequence. These individual modules include capabilities such as: detecting and editing a collimator, image stitching/fusion and window width/level. At the heart of xPipe is the Cedara Image Enhancement module, which targets specific noise patterns introduced by the imaging device. The reported result is superior image quality with reduced noise, sharpened anatomical boundaries and improved contrast. Also included is the novel Cedara Exposure Index, which provides automated quality control of radiation dose and image quality. This measurement is compliant with the recent International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard. Each module is packaged as a Microsoft Windows 32 dynamic link library (.dll) without any user interface, which gives software developers flexibility in their approach. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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North Koreas tourists now allowed to keep personal mobile phones

first_imgIn the past, the few tourists who made it across the border into North Korea had their personal mobile phones confiscated upon arrival and left their rights to free information (via the internet) behind. Not so anymore.Although (very limited) internet is available to some, BBC news has reported that according to a spokesperson from North Korea’s mobile network company, Koryolink, foreigners may soon have access to internet services.And they can reportedly keep their phones says a tour guide from Young Pioneer Tours, who, on a recent trip to North Korea, was able to keep his mobile phone. Tourists still need to buy a SIM card for their phones, however communication with family and friends overseas as well as foreign embassies, should be considerably easier. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.N North Korea stops bagging tourist’s phones. Image: Reuters.comlast_img read more

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MGIC Partners With Down Payment Resource

first_img Buyers Down Payment Down Payment Resource homeowners homes HOUSING Lenders Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. 2018-04-08 Radhika Ojha Milwaukee-headquartered primary mortgage insurance company Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC) is partnering with Down Payment Resource (DPR), a provider of information on down payment assistance programs for homebuyers and professionals to help its customers access discounted DPR services to research down payment programs.Through this partnership, MGIC will make it easy for lenders to research down payment assistance programs and match borrowers to programs for which they may be eligible. MGIC and DPR will also work together to enhance consumer understanding of the availability and benefits of down payment assistance.“Our new partnership with Down Payment Resource simplifies and streamlines the participation of lenders in down payment assistance programs,” said Margaret Crowley, VP, Marketing and Customer Experience at MGIC. “Together, we can further our shared mission of making homeownership possible sooner through low-down-payment options for borrowers.”MGIC, the principal subsidiary of MGIC Investment Corporation, serves lenders throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and other locations helping families achieve homeownership sooner by making affordable low-down-payment mortgages a reality. On February 28, 2018, MGIC had $196.5 billion of primary insurance in force covering approximately one million mortgages. “We know the challenge of saving for the down payment is the number one hurdle for first-time homebuyers. Now more than ever, it’s important for buyers to understand and evaluate homeownership programs that may help them buy a home sooner,” said Rob Chrane, CEO of DPR. “We look forward to working with MGIC and its lender customers to help connect more buyers to available down payment assistance.”Down Payment Resource creates an opportunity for homebuyers, Realtors, and lenders by uncovering programs that get people into homes. The company tracks approximately 2,500 homebuyer programs through its housing finance agency partners. Share MGIC Partners With Down Payment Resourcecenter_img April 8, 2018 484 Views in Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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Preparations start in Paphos for Cyprus International Film Festival

first_imgPreparations are already underway in Paphos for the 13th Cyprus International Film Festival (CYIFF) to be held in the coastal town in June.CΥIFF offers new and upcoming directors in multiple sectors of entertainment, including feature films, short films, animations, music videos, dance, experimental films and video art, the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a jury of internationally acclaimed cinema experts, directors and actors.Festival Director Petra Terzi told the Cyprus Mail that this year films relating to peace will be able to submit in a new category, as will films in a new section called 50/50 crediting 50 per cent men and 50 per cent women. There is no restriction in genre, length or year of production, she said.50/50 aims to encourage females in film production and refers to not only the actors but also the crew. This category’s selected films will help promote equality for men and women in film, Terzi said.In addition, female directors or producers can submit their films to compete for the Aphrodite Cinematic Award. There is no restriction regarding the production year, the genre or the length of the films in this category.Palia Ilektriki Cultural Centre, Attikon outdoor theatre and Neapolis University amphitheatre will be used as the festival’s 2018 venues. The festival runs from June 23 until July 1, when the Golden Aphrodite awards ceremony will take place at Palia Ilektriki.“We are in Paphos again this year and we hope to stay here, we love Paphos, it’s convenient for participants to travel and stay here, and our main award, the Golden Aphrodite Award is connected with the history of the area,” Terzi said.A director wins this award for their first or second feature film and there are a total of twelve awards in the feature films category, as well as accolades in other categories.The event also includes an exhibition of photos from Rhodes and Cyprus and a musical concert.“There will also be a monologue play based on a Greek poet. As a film festival, we would like to combine all of the arts, not only film screenings” Terzi said.There will also be many opportunities for participants to meet and an outdoor networking event will also be held around the swimming pool at Neapolis.Submissions can be made through the platforms Filmfreeway and Withoutabox and will close in May.“We try to accommodate as many films as we can and encourage more directors from all over the world to attend the festival. If we had the possibility to also offer hospitality this would increase the attendance of overseas directors and actors,” Terzi said.Short films and feature films from many different genres can be entered, and focus will be placed on humanitarian and social subjects.Entry to the public is free and the festival programme will be announced during the first week of June.Volunteers are now needed both during the festival and beforehand to greet people, give them information and run the equipment and social media promotion.This year the festival is supported by Paphos municipality, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and Neapolis University. It was inaugurated on March 23, 2006 by the then Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture Pefkios Georgiades.For further information or to volunteer: www.cyiff.cineartfestival.euEmail: cyiff2018@gmail.comYou May LikeWomenArticle.comThe Top 10 Cheapest Countries To Buy a HomeWomenArticle.comUndoBukisaRescued Blind Kitten Creates Unusual Friendship With Surprising HousemateBukisaUndoNovelodgeThe 43 Greatest Guitarists Of All TimeNovelodgeUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***UndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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