ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The families of two inmates who died in Newfoundland jails have filed lawsuits claiming that negligence by the province exacerbated their loved ones’ mental health conditions and led to their untimely deaths.Skye Martin, 27, died after harming herself in April 2018 while serving a sentence at the Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, N.L.Douglas Neary, 37, died by suicide in August 2018 while being held on remand in Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, the province’s Victorian-era jail notorious for its outdated facilities and overcrowding.Neary and Martin’s cases, along with those of Samantha Piercey and Christopher Sutton, were the subject of an independent review launched after four people died in the province’s jails in the span of one year.In a statement Friday, a lawyer acting on behalf of Neary’s estate and family pledged to expose what he called “the antiquated, inhumane and neo-medieval managerial approach to corrections” at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.“Mr. Neary was an individual who needed help. He had no criminal record. He was not convicted of any criminal offence,” Bob Buckingham wrote. “He was improperly treated while incarcerated and, as set out in the statement of claim, his death was preventable.”Buckingham argues the province failed to modernize its correctional facilities, despite decades of inquiries and reports into alleged mistreatment of inmates and deaths in custody, creating a “recipe for disaster in Mr. Neary’s circumstance.”In her report last December into the four custodial deaths, retired police Supt. Marlene Jesso found conditions in the facilities contributed to the inmates’ poor mental health, but she did not conclude that action by staff could have prevented their deaths.Specific details about the four deaths were redacted in the public version of Jesso’s report, but the statements of claim in the Martin and Neary cases lay out key incidents leading up to their deaths.Both suits say the inmates had been taken off their prescribed medications and had shown signs that their mental health conditions were worsening in the days before their deaths. The suits also argue the inmates’ charter rights were violated and that they were subject to discriminatory treatment because of their mental health conditions.The statements of claim contain allegations that have not been tested in court, and court dates have not been set for either case.Provincial justice minister Andrew Parsons said it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of cases that are before the courts. “This has been a very difficult time for the family and friends of the deceased, and I again express my sincere condolences,” he said in a statement.In Neary’s case, it is alleged that the 37-year-old father of two told penitentiary nursing staff he had been taking psychiatric medication and suffered from social anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Family members say they informed police of Neary’s struggles with addiction upon his arrest.While in jail, the claim says Neary was denied medical care for days while suffering from a fractured hand. It says he was taunted and threatened by correctional staff to the point that he was afraid to leave his cell.The claim says Neary was taken off his medication days before his Aug. 30, 2017 death. In medical assessments he had complained of increased anxiety and panic attacks and said he felt overwhelmed as a first-time inmate.“The plaintiffs state Mr. Neary’s medical crisis and subsequent death arose due to the negligence and/or reckless indifference of the defendant by its employees and agents,” the claim, filed Aug. 30, reads.A lawsuit filed by lawyer Jerome Kennedy on behalf of Skye Martin’s mother, Natasha Martin, says Martin had been a patient at Waterford Hospital, a mental health facility in St. John’s, when a jail sentence stemming from 2017 assault charges was increased.Before Martin’s transfer to the women’s facility in Clarenville, a forensic psychiatrist at the hospital sent a letter to the prison superintendent outlining Martin’s medication regime, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and history of substance abuse.According to the statement of claim, a psychiatrist at the prison assessed Martin in March 2018 and determined she was not depressed or suicidal, choosing to reduce and ultimately discontinue her medication regime.The claim also outlines previously redacted sections of Jesso’s report, which said Martin spent significant periods of time in segregation and was placed in “various forms of restraint to help manage her self-harming behaviour.” She asked to go to the hospital the day before she died but was told by the facility’s lieutenant to “refrain from this type of manipulative behaviour,” the claim states.On April 21, 2018, Martin was found choking on a sandwich in her cell and died later that day.Jesso, quoted in the statement of claim, wrote that although Martin’s death was not a suicide, “she accidentally died as a result of self-harming behaviour which had escalated during her incarceration and particularly in the days immediately before her death.”The suit alleges the “refusal to provide Skye with her required medication, and the use of segregation to deal with Skye’s mental health conditions, caused Skye to experience severe mental anguish and emotional injury.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Gallery North is hosting the 6th Annual ‘Points of View 2019′ Art Show.Opening Night for the event is Friday, March 1st, 2019, the event starts at 7 pm with refreshments, appetizers and live entertainment.The Flying Colours Artists’ Association’s exhibit is a joining of perspective and interpretation inspired by 8 different photographs. These images were submitted and chosen by the Association’s members. Once Artists received their images each Artist created their art to reflect their ‘Points of View’. Artists could enter as many art selections as they chose and many different art mediums and styles will be represented. Bev Baker, President of the Flying Colours Art Association said “We even have one member that has a pair of moccasins that she beaded the front using one of the reference photos,”The Gallery will be set up as collections, with the accompanying reference photograph on display. Allowing viewers of the art to see all the different perspectives and interpretations.All art on display will be available for purchase although they must stay on display until the exhibit is over.Point of View FB Event Page; CLICK HERE Flying Colours Artists’ Association FB Page; CLICK HERE
Nearly five years after the signing of the peace pact ending more than two decades of north-south strife, one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars in which at least 2 million people were killed, tensions persist in Abyei, home to the Missiriya and Dinka Ngok tribes.In July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague shifted some of the borders of Abyei, leaving control of the Heglig oil field with the national Government in Khartoum.Although that ruling was welcomed by both the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the two signatories to the 2005 peace agreement, the relationship between the Missiriya and Dinka Ngok tribes has been marked by clashes and inflamed tensions.Recognizing the need for dialogue at this critical juncture, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the Abyei Area Administration joined forces to bring the leaders of the two tribes together for the first time in the conflict’s history.During the 14 December meeting, which kicked off to cheering, drumming and dancing, top officials from the tribes discussed border security, arms control and migration issues.Over 2,000 people from both tribes attended the talks to accelerate reconciliation and to dispel misconceptions, such as the rumour that the Dinka intend to build a barrier to prevent the Missiriya from herding their cattle between pasture and water.“Peaceful co-existence is not a matter of choice, but is prerequisite for the continued existence of the two communities because the Missiriya and the Dinka will always remain neighbours irrespective of the 2011 referendum results,” said Amir Kwol Arop Kwol, Paramount Chief of the Dinka Ngok tribe.The dialogue was also the first in the history of peacebuilding in the Abyei area in which women took an active part in the talks.“Women bear the heaviest burden during conflict situations,” according to Nyancuk Truk, a representative of the Dinka. “We not only lose our sons and husband in the fighting, but we also lose our dignity.”UNDP stressed in a press release that “only through the support to community reconciliation dialogues in Sudan that bring together women groups, youth and traditional leaders will the region be able to ensure its hard-won peace.” 29 December 2009The United Nations has paved the way for historic talks between clashing tribes to bolster the fragile peace in the disputed oil-rich area of Abyei, close to the border between Sudan’s north and south and where a referendum on its future is scheduled to be held in 2011.
Leader of the opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa says lack of proper communication affected Sri Lanka’s relationship with India.Speaking at a forum in India today, Rajapaksa said that the bilateral relationship between India and Sri Lanka had been good at times and not so good as well. “The government changed in India. Working relationship between the governments changed. Lack of communication between the parties seemed to have led to this situation. Communication is a vital factor that can make or break relationships. Misunderstandings of the ’80s and 2014 could have been avoided with communication. On India’s dealing with SL, here’s my suggestion: If the outgoing party has given recognition to a working relationship with SL, then the incoming party should also give the same recognition. Changes in government have serious consequences for relationships and for both countries,” he said. Rajapaksa was speaking at the third edition of The Huddle, The Hindu’s two-day annual thought conclave, at the ITC Gardenia hotel in Bengaluru.“I believe that sharing ideas and learning from one another is key to understanding each other. India and Sri Lanka are one family, with shared cultural values. And with any family, the journey is not always smooth. Visits of the Buddha and later disciples are landmark moments in Sri Lanka’s history. Then, Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on national thought process. I see these as part of our relationship,” The Hindu quoted Rajapaksa as saying. “Both our countries have experienced the threat and terror of a few who work for their selfish motives. In the 80s, the LTTE found save haven in India and claimed the life of Rajiv Gandhi, killed 1500 soldiers. It was a troubled time in our bilateral relationship. The mistakes we have made, we learn from them. And move towards a future where mistakes are not repeated,” he said. He said noted two major breakdowns in Sri Lanka’s relationship with India, one in the 1980s and the other in 2014.He said that even when Sri Lanka was engaged in a war against the cruelest terrorist group in the world, India’s relationship was friendly. He said India’s understanding was a key factor in eliminating terrorism.However he noted that in 2014, a change of Government in India resulted in a breakdown in the relationship between both countries. Rajapaksa also said that a strong mechanism at country-country level should be in place to clear any misunderstanding that may pop up from time to time. (Colombo Gazette) However, he said it was important for both countries to understand the trends that impact both countries and best explore them to mutual benefits.
Attorney General Eric Holder announces a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Eric Tucker And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 6:38 am MDT WASHINGTON – Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly and resulted in injuries and deaths.Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the penalty is the largest of its kind ever imposed on an auto company. The four-year criminal investigation focused on whether Toyota promptly reported the problems related to unintended acceleration.The company admitted to misleading consumers and regulators by assuring them that it had adequately addressed an acceleration problem stemming from ill-fitting floor mats— which attracted widespread publicity in 2009 following a car crash in San Diego that killed a family of four — through a limited safety recall of certain models.Toyota knew at the time that it had not recalled other models susceptible to the same problem and also took steps to conceal from regulators a separate acceleration problem related to a faulty pedal, according to the Justice Department.“In other words, Toyota confronted a public safety emergency as it if were a simple public relations problem,” Holder said at a news conference.According to a statement of facts filed in the case, an exasperated Toyota employee was said to have remarked at one point, “Idiots! Someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told. I can’t support this.”Toyota said in a statement that in the four years since the recalls it had “made fundamental changes to become a more responsive and customer-focused organization, and we are committed to continued improvements.”The company’s finances have recovered from the recalls, as well as the recession and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. But its once-sterling reputation for quality and reliability has been tarnished, and its market share is still below where it was in 2009.Prosecutors filed a criminal charge Wednesday alleging the company defrauded consumers by issuing misleading statements. They said they’ll move to dismiss the charge in three years if Toyota complies with the terms of the settlement. An independent monitor will review policies, practices and procedures at the company.No Toyota executives were charged under the deal. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York, whose office brought the case, said he expected the agreement to be a “final resolution.”Starting in 2009, Toyota issued massive recalls, mostly in the U.S., totalling more than 10 million vehicles for various problems including faulty brakes, sticky gas pedals and ill-fitting floor mats. From 2010 through 2012, Toyota paid fines totalling more than $66 million for delays in reporting safety problems. Toyota agreed last year to pay more than $1 billion to owners of its cars who claimed to have suffered economic losses because of the recalls.The company still faces wrongful death and injury lawsuits that have been consolidated in California state and federal courts. In December, Toyota filed court papers after saying that it’s in settlement talks on nearly 400 U.S. lawsuits, but some other cases aren’t included in the talks.The negotiations began less than two months after an Oklahoma jury awarded $3 million in damages to the injured driver of a 2005 Camry and to the family of a passenger who was killed.The ruling was significant because Toyota had won all previous unintended acceleration cases that went to trial. It was also the first case where attorneys for plaintiffs argued that the car’s electronics — in this case the software connected to a midsize Camry’s electronic throttle-control system — were the cause of the unintended acceleration.At the time, legal experts said the Oklahoma verdict might cause Toyota to consider a broad settlement of the remaining cases.Toyota has blamed drivers, stuck accelerators or floor mats that trapped the gas pedal for the acceleration claims that led to the big recalls of Camrys and other vehicles. The company has repeatedly denied the electronics are flawed.No recalls have been issued related to problems with onboard electronics. In the Oklahoma case, Toyota attorneys theorized that the driver mistakenly pumped the gas pedal instead of the brake when her Camry ran through an intersection and slammed into an embankment.But after the verdict, jurors told AP they believed the testimony of an expert who said he found flaws in the car’s electronics.While significant, the latest penalty isn’t a severe hit to Toyota’s finances. In its last fiscal quarter alone, Toyota posted a $5.2 billion profit, crediting strong global sales.Toyota’s U.S. market share, however, has fallen more than 4 percentage points since unintended acceleration came to the forefront in August of 2009, when a California Highway Patrol officer and three others were killed in a fiery crash.At the time, Toyota controlled 17.8 per cent of the U.S. market. Gas prices were high, favouring Toyota’s fuel-efficient small cars and hybrids. Detroit automakers were in serious financial trouble and had few fuel-efficient cars for sale.By last month, though, Toyota’s share totalled just 13.3 per cent, according to Autodata Corp. Citi research analyst Itay Michaeli estimated last week that the recalls have cost Toyota more than 1 percentage point of market share. And the Detroit and South Korean automakers now sell more competitive small and midsize cars.The Toyota case could foreshadow what’s in store for General Motors. The same U.S. attorney’s office is investigating the Detroit auto giant for its slow response to a faulty ignition switch problem in older compact cars that has been linked to at least 31 crashes and 12 deaths. NHTSA also is investigating whether GM withheld information about the problem and could fine the automaker $35 million.__Krisher contributed from Detroit US announces $1.2B settlement with Toyota, files criminal charge for ‘misleading statements’
UNICEF has managed to deliver 43 trucks containing humanitarian provisions to the town, spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva, noting that the trucks had passed through the Nusyabin crossing point in Turkey over the past few days with supplies to assist 2.3 million people in need.Contained in the shipments are water treatment products, hygiene and baby kits, water purification tablets, washing powder and soap, diarrhoea disease sets, and midwifery kits and the delivery comes at a critical time when access all over Syria remains a major challenge for UNICEF and other humanitarian actors.In north-east Syria alone, around 1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. A further 5.6 million children country-wide are in urgent need, including more than two million living in hard-to-reach areas with limited or no access to humanitarian assistance. Mr. Boulierac quoted Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, who said: “The delivery is a significant break-through but it is certainly not enough and we would need more to reach children impacted by the conflict across the country especially those living in hard-to-reach areas.”Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, wrapped up a humanitarian mission to Damascus, during which he held a meeting with the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Miqdad, as part of the joint UN effort.UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said Mr. Krähenbühl underlined the importance of resuming distributions to civilians remaining in or unable to leave the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk; of ensuring the safe exit of those civilians wishing to temporarily leave the camp; and of broadening the humanitarian response to those civilians from Yarmouk who have arrived in areas in the immediate vicinity of the camp.According to Mr. Gunness, the Syrian Government responded positively and Mr. Krähenbühl reported that UNRWA had been able to distribute humanitarian supplies.“Access yesterday and today to civilians from Yarmouk who arrived in nearby Yalda is a positive development and the result of dialogue with the government,” said Mr. Krähenbühl. “UNRWA hopes to build on this in coming days.”Welcoming the Government’s close cooperation with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Gunness stressed that he is well aware of the fact that the situation remains critical for thousands of civilians, and he stressed that the agency would spare no effort in finding ways to assist civilians inside Yarmouk and to further improve the support to those who have fled the camp.He would be following developments in the coming days very closely, he said, reiterating UNRWA’s call for all possible measures to be taken to ensure respect for and protection of Palestinian and Syrian civilians inside Yarmouk. He also drew attention to the fact that civilians in several other Palestine refugee camps in Syria also face extreme hardship.
Steve Stricker has a spot in the final pairing Sunday, after shooting a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday at the Memorial Tournament. Stricker is 12-under-par in the tournament, three strokes ahead of his nearest competitor. Stricker, looking to capture his 10th PGA Tour victory, said to win the Memorial would rank with some of his greatest wins. “It’s a great tournament,” Stricker said. “(Jack Nicklaus) is the greatest player of all time, and to win his tournament would be pretty special.” Paired with Stricker for the final day of play is Jonathan Byrd, who shot a 3-under-par 69 to put himself at 9-under-par for the tournament. “Anytime you get in the final group on Sunday, you’ve done a great job,” Byrd said. “Today I played well all day.” Byrd said playing in the final group on a Sunday is a fun environment and that the added attention and pressure help his game. “I think the hardest environment to play in is when there’s like two people out there,” Byrd said. “When there’s a ton of people you just block everybody out.” Matt Kuchar will join Brandt Jobe on Sunday as the second-to-last group to tee off. Kuchar finished his day with a 4-under-par 68, putting him four shots off the lead. He said looking at the leaderboard was a little disheartening. “I was playing some great golf and finally got a chance to look at the leaderboard,” Kuchar said. “Stricker was matching me shot for shot out there.” Phil Mickelson, who finished the day with an even-par 72, said that, despite being 10 shots off the lead, he is pretty happy with many aspects of his game. “I’m actually pretty pleased with a lot of areas that I feel like I’ve been doing well,” he said. “But the one area that I’m identifying I’ll spend a little time now on is putting.” Stricker and Kuchar appeared unstoppable on the front nine on Saturday. Stricker got off to a strong start with an eagle on the second hole, and another eagle on the fifth hole. He finished the front nine shooting a 5-under-par 31. “It was a great start,” Stricker said. “Holing one out at the second hole and then making another eagle at No. 5.” Kuchar also shot a 5-under-par 31 on the front nine, and had seven birdies in nine holes. He said it would be tough for anyone to catch Stricker on Sunday. “Strick has got it all,” Kuchar said. “It’s going to take a low number for anyone to knock Steve Stricker tomorrow to have a chance.” Play begins at 8 a.m. Sunday. Stricker and Byrd will tee off at 1:35 p.m.
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.
A spokesman for the Charity Commission said: “Concerns have been raised with us about a number of student union charities – we have assessed those concerns in line with our usual processes. “In addition, we will be writing to a number of further student union charities in England & Wales that are reported to have been involved in the BDS movement, to ensure that their trustees are aware of and fulfilling their legal duties and responsibilities, including to comply with our guidance on charities and campaigning.” Baroness Ruth Deech has previously warned that some of Britain’s leading universities are becoming no-go zones for Jewish students. The Union of Jewish Students has identified 21 Students’ Unions which have some form of BDS policy in place.Of these, two are in Scotland so would be outside of the Charity Commission’s jurisdiction. Earlier this month the National Union of Students (NUS) conducted research into the experience of Jewish students on campus.They found that the majority of Jewish students who belonged to student unions which had BDS policies in place did not feel comfortable. One respondent cited in the research said that they felt the BDS policies “threatens safety of Jews on campus” while another said it “seems like a front to get rid of Jewish culture in campus”. 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. Baroness Deech, a cross-bench peer who formerly held the highest office dealing with student complaints, said that the extreme levels of hostility towards Israel at universities across the country can at times go so far as to equate to anti-Semitism.According to charity laws, registered charities must not engage in political campaigns which do not further their charitable objectives. Since the stated objectives of student unions tend to centre around the promotion of education and welfare of their students, committing time and resources to campaigning for an Israel boycott could fall foul of charity law.If the student unions refuse to comply with the Charity Commission’s request for further information about their BDS policies, they could face further regulatory action including a full statutory investigation or enforced removal of their trustees. Student unions are being probed by the Charity Commission over their support for a boycott of Israel, which has been blamed for fuelling anti-Semitism on university campuses across the country.The charity watchdog said that it is preparing to write to more than a dozen student unions which have endorsed the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movements to demand further information.The BDS movement, which calls for an international boycott of Israel, describes itself as a human rights organisation. It says it stands for “freedom, justice and equality” and “categorically opposes as a matter of principle all forms of racism”.But leaders in the Jewish community say that growing support for BDS has led to a rise in anti-Semitism on campus.Earlier this year the Universities Minsiter Jo Johnson wrote to university leaders urging them to tackle “intimidation and violence” against Jewish students ahead of Israel Apartheid Week. Jonathan Arkush, chair of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “The Jewish community experience is that anti-Israel bigotry and agitation on campus is directly linked to a deterioration of the atmosphere to an extent where Jewish students feel personally threatened and unsafe. “Since student unions generally enjoy charitable status and investigation by the charity commission into the legality of anti-Israel policies is in our view justified and long overdue.” Baroness Ruth Deech is a British academic and cross-bench peerCredit:Rosie Hallam
REMEMBER THE GIANT meteorite that hit Russia in February?It hit the Chelyabinsk region of the Russian Urals and 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave from the explosion, which was believed to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs.A file photo provided by Chelyabinsk.ru of a meteorite contrail seen over the Ural Mountains’ city of Chelyabinsk. Pic: AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru, Yekaterina PustynnikovaIn February, it smashed into the then-frozen Chebarkul Lake. Now that the lake has thawed out, scientists say they have recovered what could be the largest part of the meteorite from the lake.They said scales showed it weighed at least a hefty 1,256 pounds – although the giant steelyard balance used to weigh it broke right after it displayed that number.Sergei Zamozdra, an associate professor at Chelyabinsk State University, told Russian television the excavated fragment was definitely a chunk of the meteorite.(TheBadAstronomer/YouTube)- Additional reporting from Associated PressRead: Did you see a fireball blazing across Ireland on Wednesday night?>Read: Why was the Russian meteorite captured on so many dashboard cameras?>Videos: Around 950 injured after meteor strikes central Russia>
Le Sri Lanka touché par des inondations meurtrièresDe fortes pluies de mousson ont engendré de graves inondations dans le centre et l’est du Sri Lanka. Alors que des centaines de milliers de personnes ont dû quitter leurs habitations, des coulées de boues ont tué hier sept personnes, dont deux enfants.Un garçon âgé de six ans et une petite fille de neuf ans ont en effet été emportés par des coulées de boues dans le district de Badulla, situé dans le centre du Sri Lanka, rapporte l’AFP. De violentes pluies de moussons se sont abattues sur le pays, et les inondations qu’elles ont provoqué ont contraint plus de 750.000 personnes à quitter leurs maisons désormais inhabitables.À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseCe type de catastrophes meurtrières et dévastatrices ne sont pas inhabituelles au Sri Lanka, pays qui connaît chaque année deux saison de mousson, entre mai et septembre, puis entre décembre et février. En novembre dernier déjà, de telles inondations avaient touché la capitale de l’île tropicale, Colombo, et ce sont quelque 300.000 personnes qui avaient dû quitter leurs maisons endommagées.Si les pluies saisonnières permettent au pays d’irriguer ses terres et d’alimenter ses barrages électriques, chaque année des victimes sont à déplorer, et des dégâts matériels coûtent des millions de roupies à l’Etat.Le 10 janvier 2011 à 15:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Manchester United legend believes it will take some time for the French footballer to return to his best level in the English Premier LeagueManchester United footballer Paul Pogba has been on the spotlight recently.Before the start of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season, he was rumored to be moving away from Manchester.But he stayed and now his form has been under attack lately.And for former Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel, it will just be a matter of time to be able to see the real potential Pogba has.“Paul’s come back from the World Cup having won it, he’s come back very early and it’s really difficult,” Schmeichel told talkSPORT as quoted by Goal.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’ve obviously never been all the way to the final but I went to the quarter-final and to come back with very little break, very little holiday after you’ve been on this incredible high – you find yourself in this state that’s been going on for three or four weeks and then it’s gone.”“You completely deflate and to inflate yourself again it just takes time,” he said.“Unfortunately, the football calendar is such that even the guys all the way to the final won’t have much of a break.”“Hopefully later on in the season there is an opportunity to give those players just a little bit of a breather – it is so difficult, honestly,” he added.“Your mind is somewhere else, you look at the 11 months ahead of you and think, ‘This is the steepest mountain’ and at some point, you need to just get away from it.”
Posted: January 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, January 27, 2019 LA MESA (KUSI)- A canine search dog and member of California Task Force 8 passed away. The 11-year-old dog, named Stella, lost her battle with cancer.A ceremony was held to honor Stella for all the service she has done with Heartland Fire.Santee Fire Department and San Diego Fire Department were there to support.“Stella was a vital resource for the entire Nation, and a deeply loved member of this department,” said Heartland Firefighters of La Mesa.To see images and video: Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:09 PM Heartland Firefighters of La Mesa said goodbye to canine member
Ballots for the Nov. 4 general election are starting to trickle in to elections offices in Clark County and around the state.As of Monday, about 10.6 percent of eligible voters had returned ballots. That’s 417,403 ballots out of more than 3.9 million that were mailed earlier this month, according to the secretary of state’s office. The state is on track to see its projected 60 percent voter turnout.In Clark County, voters have returned 13.48 percent, or 33,570, of the 248,980 ballots.Cathie Garber, the county’s election supervisor, said she’s projecting 51 percent voter turnout locally, but hoping for 60 percent.“I would love to see voters take the time to cast an informed vote,” she said.Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in an earlier interview with The Columbian she expects the county charter vote will boost participation in Clark County. Spirited campaigning has been taking place on both sides.Also for the first time in years, Clark County voters will choose a new sheriff. Voters also have an opportunity to choose who will represent them in Washington, D.C., and Olympia for the next two years.Two diametrically opposed gun measures are on the ballot: Initiative 594 would expand mandatory background checks on buyers to include private and online sales. Initiative 591 would prevent the state from adopting stricter standards than what federal law dictates.Class size initiativeAnother initiative on the ballot will ask whether to lower class sizes in public schools. Initiative 1351 calls for shrinking classroom sizes over a four-year period.
LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters were able to prevent a fire that ignited at a home in Lauderhill from spreading further inside the property.Lauderhill Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest 41st Court, near Inverrary Boulevard, Sunday morning.Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the house.Crews said the homeowner was not home when the fire broke out.The garage was left charred by the flames.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Images of Bajaj’s upcoming Pulsar 150NS have hit the web once again, suggesting that the bike could make its way into the Indian two-wheeler market in the near future.Bajaj Pulsar 150NS, a new sibling of Pulsar 200NS has made numerous appearances on the web through images and reports. Now the latest one is the images of the bike which has been spied testing in Lonavala. Thanks to the good folks at BikeWale for the clear pictures of the Bajaj’s long rumoured Pulsar 150NS.The bike which shares lots of similarities with its elder sibling Pulsar 200NS is speculated to reach the domestic market by the end of 2014.The test mule of the Pulsar 150NS paraded features like aluminium number plate holder and a split grab rail along with 100/90 cross section rear tyre and single seat. The engine specifications of the new NS bike from the Pune-based two-wheeler maker is yet to be known, however reports suggest that the Pulsar 150NS is likely to pack a new engine.Apart from Pulsar 150NS, Bajaj has been seen testing a number of Pulsar bikes in India recently. A new fully faired version of Pulsar 200NS is also said to be on cards for India and the bike is currently believed to be in the testing phase. Previous reports suggested that the Bajaj 200 SS will pack the retuned version of four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine of 200Ns. The 200NS is powered by a four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which has an output of 23.65 Bhp and a torque of 18.3 Nm.Other stipulated features of the bike include digital fuel injection system, optional ABS, monoshock suspension at the rear, telescopic forks at the front and projector headlamps. The bike is likely to carry a price tag higher than 200 NS and will be pitted against the Yamaha R15 V2.0 and Honda CBR150R.Bajaj’s brilliant creations Pulsar SS400 (Super Sport 400) and Pulsar CS400 (Cruiser Sport 400) are also expected to reach the two-wheeler market in coming months. The bikes pack 375cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple spark engine and is mated to a six-speed transmission, with fuel injection.Although the costs of the bikes are yet to be known,rumours are rife that the Pulsar SS 400 is likely to fall in the price brackets of 1.9 and 2.1 lakh and the other CS 400 is likely to come with a price tag of 1.7 to 1.85 lakh (ex-showroom).
Jozy Altidore received some painful extra attention from El Salvador defender Henry Romero during the USMNT’s 2-0 Gold Cup win last night.Altidore was literally bitten by Romero while fighting for position in the box, and later had his nipple twisted by the dirty – or kinky – defender.Sometimes, you show up for an international soccer game and Tyson/Holyfield breaks out.What the hell, this dude just bit Jose Altidore pic.twitter.com/ZGcrGTmKxt— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) July 20, 2017 Advertisement #SLV players are pulling out all the #CONCACAF dark arts now, trying to bait #USMNT players into retaliating, especially Altidore. #USAvSLV pic.twitter.com/4ENf8xpAYv— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) July 20, 2017
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 18, 2016 Digital Nomads rely heavily on technology nowadays. Not only to earn a living, but also to stay organized and productive. The easiest and most efficient way they do this is by using apps that help them with their everyday needs while running their businesses on the road. There are tons of apps out there so trying to decide which ones to use can be tough. Below, I have compiled a list of apps that have become quite popular for todays Digital Nomads. Some of them you might’ve heard about before and some of them you haven’t but rest assured this won’t be the last time you hear about them. They are on the rise and have become essential for the mobile lifestyle.1. Health app.Access to healthy food can sometimes be a challenge when traveling the world, especially when you find yourself in an unfamiliar place. Farmstand is a free and interactive app that helps travelers locate fresh produce and markets at a good price, around the world. With over 8,700 global farmers’ markets listed on the app, digital nomads have access to open times, directions and photos from other market goers. But most importantly, Digital Nomads can keep their health a priority.Related: Top Tips From 5 Digital Nomads 2. Security app.With so many important documents and credentials needed to accompany Digital Nomads while on-the-go, it’s almost impossible to find a way to keep them all secure and out of the wrong hands. That’s where the free app Credntia comes in, giving travelers digital access to their personal credentials, like licenses, passports and health cards, no matter where or when. Credntia has taken extra steps on both the front and backends of their app — from Touch ID verification to advanced data encryption — to keep the most sensitive personal credentials safe and secure.3. Transportation app.Nothing is worse than getting lost in a city you’re unfamiliar with. And for Digital Nomads who make their living by traveling the world, they need a reliable source for navigating their journeys. Embark provides the navigation every digital nomad needs, whichever city they’re in. Not only does this free app help you get where you’re going, but keeps you entertained while on the way. Embark tailors a list of the web’s most popular content and even allows you to save them for later, keeping you informed and entertained on every leg of the journey.Related: 5 Ways Being a Digital Nomad Makes You a Better Entrepreneur 4. Organization app.Are you ever worried you might accidentally schedule calls or virtual meetings with clients in the wrong time zone? For digital nomads who work with others in various time zones, WorldTimeBuddy is the answer to your scheduling problems. WorldTimeBuddy helps schedule and double-check time zones without any mix-ups by providing accurate times across various cities. Get the basic version of the app for access to up to 4 locations free, or upgrade to the Silver ($2.99) for 20 locations or Gold ($5.99) for unlimited location access and more.5. Communication app.For those digital nomads who find themselves in a country knowing little to none of the native dialect, iTranslate helps users read, write and speak in 90 languages, anywhere in the world. The straightforward interface allows for a simple user experience consisting with a plug-and-chug format to help you quickly translate words and phrases between languages. Users can even share the newly translated words/phrases via text message, email or on Facebook. Don’t worry about pronunciation or spelling either, as the app will say it out loud for you and auto-predict what word you’re trying to write before you even finish. You can choose between the free version, or pay $5 to get premium access to voice commands, longer text and ad-free use.Related: How I Built a Startup While Traveling to 20 Countries 6. Entertainment app.Meeting friends on the road can be hard. And for digital nomads who may spend a lot of time on their own, meeting people in groups can be stressful and/or overwhelming. Instead, Nearify can help you take control of your social life by letting you discover events happening near you. Covering more than 20 million events worldwide, always know what’s happening — shows, comedy, concerts, festivals, screenings — and where you can attend. Get the app for free and start stepping out of your work life, and into your personal life by exploring and socializing how you’d like, no matter where you are in the world.For Digital Nomads, it’s extremely important to be able to be as efficient and productive as possible while on the road and these apps help make your life just a little bit easier. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Register Now »
Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 06, 2016 Canadian Health System Selects Agfa DR 600 for Hospital Expansion Project DR 600 digital X-ray rooms chosen for streamlined workflow, potential dose reduction and ZeroForce technology offering high speed, precision and comfort Related Content Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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 | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 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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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more May 6, 2016 — Agfa HealthCare announced that Halton Healthcare, Ontario, Canada, has selected Agfa’s DR 600 for four new direct radiography (DR) X-ray rooms that will open as part of a large expansion project taking place at Milton District Hospital. The DR 600 was chosen primarily for its ZeroForce technology, which allows for smooth movements of the tube head, wall stand and table in all different directions with almost zero effort. Milton District Hospital is part of Halton Healthcare, which consists of three well-established, community hospital facilities in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. Construction of the newly expanded Milton District Hospital is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in spring 2017. The four DR 600 rooms will be installed during the expansion project and will be available for clinical use when the expansion opens in fall 2017. Built to meet the needs of the rapidly growing community and accommodate the changing face of healthcare, the expansion at Milton District Hospital will provide Milton residents with improved access to the care they need, closer to home.Fully automated, the DR 600 streamlines workflow, increases throughput and enhances the experience of patients and operators alike, even in the busiest imaging environments. Full automation, auto-positioning and auto-tracking allow light, fast and easy operation.The ZeroForce technology enables manual movement of the tube head in all directions quickly and with minimal to no effort. In addition, the system shows particular strength in full leg/full spine imaging with its EasyStitch technology. Based on fully automated single focus technology, EasyStitch minimizes distortion. Angular tracking is available for dedicated exams, while motorized movement of the wall stand and tube head provides accurate stitching capabilities, for high precision. An optional table overlay allows full leg/full spine exams to be performed recumbent.The DR 600 includes an integrated tube head design with a touch-screen control panel and image preview. This workflow reduces time between exposures and results in a higher throughput. Integrated with all Agfa HealthCare digital radiography solutions, the company said its Musica image processing software shows exquisite detail in low noise images that allow technologists to capture consistently high-quality images. The DR 600 comes with a choice of fixed, tethered or wireless detectors based on either cesium iodide (CsI) or gadolinium oxy-sulphide (GOS) technology. Agfa said the excellent image quality of Csl in combination with Musica offers potential dose reductions of up to 60 percent, supporting healthcare providers’ goal to utilize the least amount of radiation reasonably achievable during each X-ray exam. For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more
VMware recently released its brand new Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, known as the VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) 5.0. This release, announced at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, Canada, is fully based on the new OpenStack Queens release. VIO provides customers with a fast and efficient solution to deploy and operate OpenStack clouds. These clouds are highly optimized for VMware’s NFV and software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure, with advanced automation and onboarding. If one is already using VIO, they can use OpenStack’s built-in upgrade capability to upgrade seamlessly to VIO 5.0. VMWare Integrated OpenStack(VIO)5.0 would be available in both Carrier and Data Center Editions.The VIO-Carrier Edition will addresses specific requirements of communication service providers (CSP). The improvements in this include: An Accelerated Data Plane Performance: Support of NSX Managed Virtual Distributed Switch in Enhanced Data Path mode and DPDK provides customers with: Significant improvements in application response time, reduced network latencies breakthrough network performance optimized data plane techniques in VMware vSphere. Multi-Tenant Resource is now scalable: This will provide resource guarantee and resource isolation to each tenant. It will also support elastic resource scaling that allows CSPs to add new resources dynamically across different vSphere clusters to adapt to traffic conditions or transition from pilot phase to production in place. OpenStack for 5G and Edge Computing: Customers will have full control over the micro data centers and apps at the edge via automated API-driven orchestration and lifecycle management. The solution will help tackle enterprise use cases such as utilities, oil and gas drilling platforms, point-of-sale applications, security cameras, and manufacturing plants. Also, Telco oriented use-cases such Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), latency sensitivity VNF deployments, and operational support systems (OSS) would be addressed. VIO 5.0 also enables CSP and enterprise customers to utilize Queens advancements to support mission-critical workloads, across container and cloud-native application environments. Some new features include: High Scalability: One can run upto 500 hosts and 15,000 VMs in a single region using the VIO5.0. It will also introduce support for multiple regions at once with monitoring and metrics at scale. High Availability for Mission-Critical Workloads: Creating snapshots, clones, and backups of attached volumes to dramatically improve VM and application uptime via enhancements to the Cinder volume driver is now possible. Unified Virtualized Environment: Ability to deploy and run both VM and container workloads on a single virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM) and with a single network fabric based on VMware NSX-T Data Center. This architecture will enable customers to seamlessly deploy hybrid workloads where some components run in containers while others run in VMs. Advanced Security: Consolidate and simplify user and role management based on enhancements to Keystone, including the use of application credentials as well as system role assignment. VMware Integrated OpenStack 5.0 takes security to new levels with encryption of internal API traffic, Keystone to Keystone federation, and support for major identity management providers that includes VMware Identity Manager. Optimization and Standardization of DNS Services: Scalable, on-demand DNS as a service via Designate. Customers can auto-register any VM or Virtual Network Function (VNF) to a corporate approved DNS server instead of manually registering newly provisioned hosts through Designate. To know more about the other features in detail read VMWare’s official blog. Read Next How to create and configure an Azure Virtual Machine Introducing OpenStack Foundation’s Kata Containers 1.0 SDLC puts process at the center of software engineering