Manoj Tiwari pays courtesy visit to poll rival Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to his Congress counterpart Sheila Dikshit, whom he defeated on the North East Delhi seat in the general election, at her residence here. Tiwari visited the 81-year-old Dikshit at her East Nizamuddin residence after learning about her ill-health, said Delhi BJP media co-convener Neelkant Bakshi. During the 20-minute meeting, he enquired Dikshit about her health. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar “The two leaders acknowledged that political rivals can have friendly and harmonious relations and Tiwari told Dikshit he treated her like his mother,” Bakshi said. Dikshit was defeated by 3.66 lakh votes by Tiwari from North East Delhi seat. During a press conference, Tiwari had admitted he was “scared internally” to face the three-time Delhi chief minister and Congress veteran in the poll. Dikshit took charge of Delhi Congress president in January and led the party in the general election. Under her leadership, Congress candidates managed to get more votes and replaced AAP candidates on five of the seven Lok Sabha seats as nearest rivals to winning BJP candidates. The party, however, failed to win even a single seat as the BJP under Tiwari’s leadership did a clean sweep winning all the seven seats by huge margins.last_img read more

Saskatchewan again asking Ottawa to help canola farmers after China ban

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s premier is again asking Ottawa to increase its cash advances to canola farmers.Scott Moe says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, posted on Twitter, that he’s been waiting nearly a month for a response since he first asked for help.Saskatchewan wants the amount of money available to canola farmers through a federal advance payment program to increase to $1 million from $400,000.The province also wants the program’s end-of-March deadline extended by one month and that no interest be charged on the maximum payment amount until the issue with China is resolved.The province has been looking to the federal government for aid since China decided to block imports of the oilseed from Canada.The ban on $2 billion worth of canola imports has caused trade uncertainty in the industry.China’s move is perceived to be part of a growing rift between the two nations since Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of telecom giant Huawei, at the behest of the United States.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Top 10 Influential Moroccan Businesswomen

Taroudant – Many of the bright Moroccan women who became influential in the world of business are heirs of great capitalists and daughters of powerful political families. But whether wives of businessmen, heirs or self-made women, they have one common link: a strong presence and influence in the business world in the kingdom.Seven out of the top 10 most influential Moroccan businesswomen were chosen in May 20113 by Jeune Afrique magazine among the most influential businesswomen in Africa. That list included Salwa Akhannouch CEO of Aksal Group; Saida Karim Lamrani, vice president of Safari; Nezha Hayat, board member of Societe Generale Morocco; Nadia Kettani, of Kettani Law Firm; Souad Benbachir, manager of CFG Group; Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun, President of the CGEM; Ghita Lahlou, CEO of Saham. Out of this list, three of them, namely Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun, Salwa Akhannouch and Nadia Kettani were also elected among the top 200 most influential women in the Arab world.In addition to this list of successful women, the Huffington Post Maghreb added three other Moroccan women distinguished themselves in the world of business: Rachida Benabdallah, wife of Mohamed Benchaaboune, president of the Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), Rita Maria Zniber, head of Diana Holding since April 2014, Fatine Layt, head of a private investment bank in France.The list of the top 10 influential Moroccan businesswomen is as follows:Meriem Bensalah ChaqrounMeriem Bensalah Chaqroun is one of the most powerful businesswomen in the country. An MBA graduate in International Managment and Finance from University of Dallas, Texas, USA, Meriem Bensalah Chaqroun was elected Wednesday, May 16, 2012 as President of the CGE M. She also directed for 23 years the mineral water companies Sidi Ali, Oulmes, and Bahia. She is the daughter of Abdelkader Bensalah, founder of the conglomerate Holmarcom, one of the most important industrial commercial and financial groups in the kingdom.Salwa AkhannouchHead of Akwa Group, a distributor of petroleum products, Salwa Akhannouch is a prominent Moroccan businesswoman who heads the franchise group Aksal, founded in 2004. Her ambitious project, Morocco Mall, is the largest shopping center of Africa and the Middle East and in the world top five. Her father, the famous Berber businessman Ahmed Haj Belfiqih, made his fortune in the tea trade. She is married to Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture.Saida Karim LamraniCurrent Associate Vice President of Holdings Group Safari-Sofipar Cofimar, Saida Karim Lamrani is managing and expanding the empire built by her father, Mohammed Karim Lamrani, who was the Prime Minister of the sixth government of Morocco since independence, under the reign of Hassan II.Nezha HayatNezha Hayat is one of Morocco’s leading company directors and an avowed campaigner for women in business. Founder and deputy chair of the Association des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises du Maroc, (Association of Women Business Managers in Morocco) Nezha is very attached to the presence of women on boards of directors, and the first woman member of the Executive Board in 2007 to Societe Generale Morocco.Rachida BenabdallahPolytechnique, wife of Mohamed Benchaaboune, president of the Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP) is a specialist in electronic payments. Indeed, it has been able to bring together around a joint banks electronic payment system. Thanks to this technology, customers can by through Internet in Morocco.Ghita LahlouA graduate of the Loréate Central School of Paris, Ghita Lahlou is the Executive Director of the group Omni-servicistes Saham. She is an alumna of the Royal holding ONA.Despite the reorganization of the group on last May, Ghita Lahlou does not lose her influence in Saham she inherits the offshoring center and health center. She is also the head of the new Central School of Casablanca.Maria Rita ZniberRita Maria Zniber is the head of Diana Holding since April 2014. The group founded by her husband Brahim Zniber, the first winemaker in the kingdom, ranking 7th place of the most important groups of Morocco. It achieves a turnover of 3 billion dirhams and generates over 6,500 direct jobs.Under the leadership of Maria Rita Zniber, the group joined the capital of French spirits group Belvédère with 13.14%, becoming the majority shareholder. Zniber plans to make Diana Holding a global player in the production of wines and spirits.Fatine LaytThis Franco-Moroccan woman appears to be successful in everything she does. From literature and music to the world of finance, Fatine Layt was among the delegation accompanying Hollande on his last visit to Morocco.After creating three companies, teaching political science and conducted a musician’s career, this wonder woman, 47 years, is currently the head of a private investment bank in France: Oddo Corporate Finance created in 1979 with a capital of 9,000,000 euros.Souad BenbachirAfter graduating from ESSEC Business School in Paris, Souad Benbachir joined CFG Group in 1995 as a Senior Associate and has been heading the Corporate Finance/M&A Department since 1999. She is Board Member of Risma, the Moroccan subsidiary of Accor, and head of the tourist T Capital Fund, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the French business school ESSEC.Nadia KettaniSince 1992, Nadia Kettani has been a Partner, Co-Manager and the Head of the International Consulting Department at Kettani Law Firm in Casablanca, one of Morocco’s oldest and most prestigious law firms. Kettani Law Firm’s project and corporate finance experts have been involved in advising the $1.6 billion financing of projects at the port of Jorf Lasfar.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Presidents former Chief of Staff and former STC head further remanded

Former Chief of Staff of the President, K Mahanama and former Chairman of the State Timber Corporation (STC), P. Dissanayake who were arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 20 million, were today ordered by court to be further remanded until 13th July.Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ongoing crises in southern Africa prompt rise in refugee numbers UN agency

The number of new refugees in the region increased 7.8 per cent to 345,720 the first six months of 2001. UNHCR attributed the increase to conflicts such as the Angolan civil war and the slow progress in the Congo and Burundi peace processes. In Zambia alone, 17,900 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and 9,100 Angolan refugees have arrived over the past six months. Existing camps and settlements have been extended, sometimes stretching beyond their capacity.The upswing in southern Africa is particularly sharp in countries with traditionally small refugee populations like Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi, UNHCR said. In Zimbabwe, the refugee population more than doubled to 8,416 from 4,127 between January and June this year, while Mozambique saw an 85 per cent increase to 4,216.The three countries continue to receive a small but regular inflow of asylum seekers from the Great Lakes countries, including Rwandans who may have been on the move since the 1994 genocide, as they circulate through other countries before reaching southern Africa, UNHCR said.In other parts of the world, provisional statistics for asylum-seekers in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand during the first six months of 2001 show a slight overall increase over the same period last year. The two largest groups by far are Afghans and Iraqis, UNHCR said. It added that Germany has received the largest numbers of asylum-seekers so far in 2001, with 41,000, followed by the United Kingdom (33,000 cases) and the United States (32,000). read more

With 3 goals in 10 minutes Atletico Madrid advances in Copa

MADRID — Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth-division visitor Sant Andreu that a shock Copa del Rey elimination wasn’t a far-fetched possibility on Wednesday.But with three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period, Atletico’s second-string team put an end to any fears of an upset at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.Thomas Lemar scored in the 48th minute, Nikola Kalinic in the 53rd, Angel Correa in the 55th and Victor ‘Vitolo’ Machin in the 81st to secure a 4-0 win and a place in the last 16 following a 5-0 aggregate victory.Atletico was without Diego Costa, Antoine Griezmann and several other regular starters rested by coach Diego Simeone, who was banned from the bench as he served the second of a three-game suspension following a rant in a Copa match against Sevilla last season.The home side struggled in the first half, with goalkeeper Antonio Adan forced to make several saves.Substitute Lemar went on at halftime and was key for Atletico, opening the scoring with a right-footed shot from outside the area. Kalinic added a header and Correa produced a fine finish with the outside of his right foot. Vitolo’s goal from close range came after a pass by Saul Niguez.___More AP soccer: and Azzoni on Twitter: Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

Offtake samples from Sconi cobaltnickelscandium available soon

first_imgAustralian Mines Ltd reports that the critical autoclave component for its demonstration-size processing plant arrived and was installed over the Christmas period at the Simulus Laboratories site in Perth, Western Australia.Commissioning of the processing plant on schedule for the end of this monthPotential off-take partners to receive cobalt sulphate, nickel sulphate and scandium oxide samples in FebruaryThe demonstration plant remains on track for completion and commissioning before the end of this month with the plant expected to commence processing ore previously delivered from trial mining at the Sconi cobalt-nickel-scandium project in Queensland within the next three weeks.Australian Mines’ Managing Director, Benjamin Bell, commented: “With the autoclave in place, we look forward to producing commercial grade cobalt sulphate, nickel sulphate and scandium oxide, which will be delivered to the potential off-take partners on a priority basis in February.“Following our oversubscribed capital raising late last year, we are fully-funded to complete our BFS on Sconi and take that project through to a final investment decision, including a comprehensive program of ore processing through the demonstration plant to fine-tune the larger scale engineering studies.”last_img read more

VIDEO Booombačs trick against Zebras

← Previous Story 2015 MVM EHF FINAL4 : Balkan derby for the final! Next Story → Women’s U 17 EURO 2015: Skopje to host generation 1998 One of the most interesting players to watch this season in the VELUX EHF Champions League is Dean Bombač. The Slovenian playmaker has brilliant season with the Hungarian second best squad PICK Szeged, making great progress in Europe by playing for the VELUX EHF CL F4 in Cologne.His six goals were crucial for a victory over THW Kiel 31:29, but one of them was absolutely amazing…PHOTO: PICK Szeged EHF Champions LeaguePick SzegedTHW Kiel read more

Smartphone malware used to create 3D models of physical spaces

first_imgMalware on a desktop is a scary enough prospect on it’s own, since computers often store lots of personal information. But in many ways the idea of malware on a smartphone is even more troubling. People trust their smartphones with information about what they do, where they are, and what they say on the phone — all things that could be dangerous if malware starts leaking to an outside party. But as the US Naval Surface Warfare Center demonstrated recently, one of the most worrisome mobile malware threats is camera hardware.With some help from Indiana University, NSWC created PlaceRaider, a “visual malware” that can run in the background of an Android 2.3 phone. Once installed, PlaceRaider takes regular pictures of the smartphone’s surroundings while silencing the camera noise to prevent the user from catching on. The malware then filters out dark and low-quality images using some lightweight computation, and uploads the remaining ones to an external server. And that’s where things get really creepy.The uploaded photos are tagged not only with location data, but with positional data from the gyroscopic sensors. Using that additional information, the researchers were able to reconstruct the image collections into 3D models of the phone’s environment, which could then be easily browsed for sensitive information.Of course, an app laden with a PlaceRaider-style malware would need the user to grant it certain permissions, but that’s not much protection. The program only needs to be given access to the camera, external storage, network, and multimedia settings (for turning off the shutter noise). All of those capabilities would seem innocuous on a camera app advertised as having multimedia functions. The gyroscope and accelerometer information would be no problem, since currently Android and iOS don’t require permissions for those sensors.The researchers offer several options for reducing the threat of visual malware, such as requiring that a physical button be pressed for the camera to operate, but ultimately the best defense is users that are careful about what they install.via Technology Reviewlast_img read more

Un voyage au cœur du LHC grâce à Google

first_imgUn voyage au cœur du LHC grâce à Google +Le CERN et Google+ se sont associés pour que chacun puisse plonger au cœur du plus grand accélérateur de particules du monde : le Large Hadron Collider (LHC).Les hadrons sont des agglomérats de particules subatomiques composés de quarks et d’anti-quarks (et de gluons) que le LHC est capable d’accélérer. Pour que chacun puisse “observer des particules jamais vues dans l’Univers depuis sa création”, l’Organisation Européenne pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) invite les personnes qui le souhaitent à se rendre demain à 19h au LHC sur Google+ à cette adresse : (lien non disponible)À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A cette occasion, il sera possible de poser des questions à Joe Incandela et Sue Ann Koay, tous deux docteurs en physique au sein du CERN et de découvrir  le cœur du dispositif, enterré à 100 mètres sous terre, là où sont conduites les expériences. Grâce à des “vidéo-bulles” (hangouts en anglais) de Google+ permettant de réunir jusqu’à neuf personnes simultanément, les internautes pourront poser leurs questions durant une heure. Les échanges pourront être suivis en direct sur Google+. Préparez vos questions pour enfin découvrir tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sans jamais oser le demander… La vidéo sera ensuite disponible sur YouTube.Le 15 février 2012 à 14:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Strong Santa Ana winds prompt red flag warning for San Diego County

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Friday denoting a strong risk of wildfire in San Diego County.Along with low humidity levels, the strong Santa Ana winds blowing northeast are to blame for the fire danger, with winds of 15 to 25 mph in the forecast and gusts near 45 mph possible in the county mountains, according to the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index. Humidity was expected to drop to 15-20 percent Friday.The red flag warning went into effect at 3 Friday morning and will last until 10 p.m. Friday evening for the county mountains and valleys.Vegetation will be dry enough to result in rapid spread of flames should ignition occur, according to the wildfire threat index.San Diego County residents were urged to avoid outdoor burning during the warning.Warm seasonal temperatures were also expected to add to the potential fire danger. High temperatures Friday will be 85 to 87 degrees near the coast and inland, 86 to 91 degrees in the western valleys, 79 to 84 in the foothills, 69 to 76 in the mountains and around 87 in the deserts, NWS forecasters said.According to Cal Fire San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham, residents should take measures to safeguard themselves and their homes, including clearing flammable vegetation to create roughly 100 feet of “defensible space” around residences; developing an emergency evacuation plan; and planning in advance which important documents, heirlooms, photos and medications to quickly gather prior to any evacuation.County officials also recommend that residents register their mobile phones on the county’s emergency-alert system, AlertSanDiego, and download the free SD Emergency App. Residents can learn more about fire safety and preparedness online at“The humidity will recover tonight and not be as low on Saturday with gusty winds diminishing Saturday afternoon,” NWS forecasters said. October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 19, 2018 Strong Santa Ana winds prompt red flag warning for San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hydro Ones Avista merger unraveling over Ontarios political meddling

first_imgHydro One’s logo on a tower at its headquarters in Toronto on May 20, 2015. Hydro One says it’s Canada’s largest electricity transmission and distribution service provider. (Public domain photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine)Regulators in Washington state have blocked the acquisition of Alaska Electric Light & Power’s parent company by a Canadian utility. AEL&P serves about 17,000 homes and businesses in Juneau and Hecla Mining Company’s Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island.The $3.4 billion acquisition of Avista by Hydro One of Ontario was touted as a merger that would increase financial security and expertise for the Spokane-based company and its subsidiaries, including AEL&P in Alaska’s capital city.It needed approval in each of the five states the power company does business. And Alaska regulators already green-lit the agreement.But the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission unanimously rejected it Wednesday, potentially dooming the deal.AEL&P spokeswoman Debbie Driscoll released a short statement saying Juneau’s ratepayers would not be affected.“Like Avista, AEL&P is disappointed by the Washington commission’s order which denied the approval of Hydro One’s acquisition of Avista,” she said Thursday. “However, the decision doesn’t affect our operations; it continues to be business as usual for AEL&P and we’ll continue to move forward as we have.”Hydro One and Avista released a joint statement saying they were “reviewing the order in detail and will determine the appropriate next steps.”Both companies’ stock prices plunged following the news.Hydro One is 47-percent owned by the Ontario provincial government. Voters in Ontario elected Progressive Conservative Doug Ford for premier back in June.Rising utility rates and high executive salaries had made Hydro One unpopular across the province. The province’s newly elected leader then forced out Hydro One’s CEO and governing board during his first weeks in office.Washington’s utilities commission said Hydro One’s leadership purge had “elevated the provincial government’s political interests above the interests of other stakeholders.” It concluded the merger was therefore not in the state’s public interest.Skeptics of the merger applauded the regulatory decision.“Renewable Juneau respects the detailed investigation conducted by the Washington Public Utilities commission and their conclusion,” the nonprofit’s board president Margo Waring said in a written statement. “It was clear that after the last Ontario election, management matters had changed at Hydro One and become more political and Washington had time to factor that in to their decision making.”Hydro One had also filed a brief seeking to reassure the Regulatory Commission of Alaska over reports of political interference in Ontario.last_img read more

Govt allocates Tk 169b to pay jute mills workers

first_imgJute mill workers were demonstrating for two months to press home their nine-point demand, including payment of their due wages. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Monday allocated Tk 1.69 billion to pay salaries and arrears of the state-owned jute mills workers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.The finance ministry allocated the amount as an operation loan. The payment has to be completed through bank accounts of workers, according to a press release of the ministry of textile and jute.The move comes following the countrywide demonstrations by jute mills workers for around two months to press home their nine-point demand, including payment of their due wages.According to a letter of the finance ministry sent to the ministry of textile and jute, the loan amount must be paid within 20 years bearing five percent interest through installments. One installment must be paid in every six months.In this regard, the letter said, the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) has to sign a loan agreement with the economic division.The money allocated Monday can be only used for the payment of salaries and arrears of jute mills workers, the letter added.last_img read more

Crisis on Earth X Is How You Do a DC Superhero Crossover

first_img DC fans expect something special when they see that Crisis logo. It means you’re about to see a significant event that’s going to result in huge changes for the multiverse. It means every superhero is going to come together for the biggest fight they’ve ever had. These past two nights, we saw that the same holds true in the Arrowverse. For its second four-show crossover event, The CW delivered a 172-minute (without commercials) continuous story, pitting superheroes against each other and themselves. They pulled it off too, absolutely living up to that Crisis title. I hope the movie side of DC is paying attention to this.Last year’s crossover, the four-part fight against the Dominators, was a lot of fun, but it had its issues. The Supergirl episode was barely a part of it, having its own story to get through before Cisco and Barry showed up at the very end. Arrow also had it own placement issues to deal with. It was the show’s 100th episode, and it needed to acknowledge that right in the middle of the alien-fighting action. Only The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow felt like they were true crossover episodes, with everyone on screen at once fighting the Dominators. This year, the shows clearly learned from their mistakes. Where last year felt disjointed and awkwardly broken up, “Crisis on Earth X” was one long, continuous story. Watching them back to back, they blend together so well that the credits are the only indication you’ve moved from one show to another. The shows are well placed too, so their tone fits that specific point in the story. Supergirl maintains its sense of discovery and its focus on heroic women doing amazing things. Arrow is the dark middle chapter of the story. The Flash is a little more optimistic, but things are still pretty dire. Then Legends finishes out the crossover by being heroic, triumphant and all around chaotic.Candice Patton as Iris West, Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, and Melissa Benoist as Kara (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Right away, the crossover lets us know we’re in for something different. We get a montage of all the superheroes fighting different bad guys, and wondering about whether they’d RSVP’d to Barry and Iris’s upcoming wedding. The Flash is fighting King Shark (Yeah! King Shark!), Green Arrow is fighting ninjas, the Legends are fighting medieval soldiers and Supergirl is fighting a Dominator. After defeating it, she claims Aliens are “so last year.” Oh, it’s super corny, but I love it. One by one, the group all decides to RSVP and go to the wedding. I like the amount of time the show spends on what it’s like when this group gets together. It feels like a reunion between friends who haven’t seen each other in a while. It’s what makes the rest of the crossover work. Now that these people have all met each other and become friendly (more than friendly in the case of Sara and Alex), the speed at which they team up to fight the Nazis that invade Barry and Iris’s wedding feels natural.The fight scenes are truly spectacular. That’s the biggest advantage of this crossover event being spread across four shows. Even though the continuous story makes it feel like a nearly three-hour movie, it’s not structured like one. It’s structured like four TV shows. That means a lot more big action scenes. Each hour builds to its own climax. And boy, if it felt like last week’s episodes skimped in the special effects, now we know why. Clearly, each show was saving its budget for “Crisis.” At one point in each episode, there’s so much action happening on screen, you sometimes lose track of who’s fighting who for a second. Thankfully, that never lasts too long. Almost as soon as the mass onscreen starts to feel overwhelming, the camera finds a smaller fight to focus on. Pan over a mass of Nazis and superheroes fighting, then up to Supergirl punching herself through the air. A scene that’s basically a mess of costumed limbs punching Nazis zooms in to follow The Flash and Reverse Flash racing through the mess. The battles are commendably well-constructed, and though they lose the plot occasionally, they always pick it right back up. This many  superheroes on screen at once is bound to get confusing, especially when you add a time-ship battle to the mix at the end. The fact that these shows are able to let us see all the action without getting us lost is an impressive feat.Stephen Amell as Dark Arrow, Tom Cavanagh as Dark Flash, and Melissa Benoist as Overgirl (Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW)Once the Nazis show up, the story never slows down. You never get the sense that the story is being stretched to kill time. Each of the four episodes is needed to move the story forward. In Supergirl, the Nazis show up and reveal themselves as alternate versions of our main heroes. Arrow showed us why they’re invading Earth 1 and saw them defeat the heroes. The Flash took us to Earth X and saw Felicity and Iris team up to save S.T.A.R. Labs. (It’s about time those two saw some real action.) And Legends of Tomorrow brought in the rest of the Legends who didn’t attend the wedding to help save the day. Legends is the most fan-servicey show in the Arrowverse, so it’s only natural that all the dramatic entrances were saved for that show. And yes, I was reduced to a squealing, shaking pile of joy when Atom and Steel showed up.The event also took steps to engage with who the Nazis were and what their ideology was. That’s something you don’t normally see from pulpy CW shows like these, and they pulled it off pretty well. It’s still an Indiana Jones-style Nazi punch fest, but the shows acknowledge how truly despicable Nazis are. They aren’t just “the bad guys.” I mean, they are but there’s a reason. They look on anyone who isn’t white, straight, blonde and blue-eyed as inferior. They fetishize Supergirl’s and Canary’s appearance. The heroes are taken to a concentration camp on Earth X. While they stop short of showing the real horrors of Nazi death camps (that’s not what kind of show any of these are), there’s no question about who is being rounded up. As they look around the camp, they see a mix of yellow stars and pink triangles. When Sara tells her father’s Earth X doppelganger that she’s bisexual, he tells her he had a daughter like her. He “cleansed the impurity” from his family. Yeah, who’s ready to see some Nazis die after a line like that? I’m not even bothered by the inconsistency that, while Barry later refuses to kill Eobard Thawne, he has no problem directing one Nazi’s gunfire into another. Yeah, he probably killed that dude, but it was a Nazi. Nobody’s losing sleep over that.Wentworth Miller as Citizen Cold/Leo — X, Jeremy Jordan as Winn Schott and Russell Tovey as The Ray/Ray Terrill (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)It’s also worth pointing out how joyfully, affirmatively gay this crossover is. That’s something superhero adaptations have largely shied away from. LGBT fans have been asking for canonically gay heroes on the big screen for years now and the most they’ve gotten is the “well, maybe they’re already there” cop out. I’m not the most qualified guy to write about this, but I recognize that this kind of representation is important. Everyone deserves to see themselves as a superhero. And while the movies are still lagging way behind, the Arrowverse continues to be the one live-action superhero adaptation that’s even trying. It also doesn’t make the characters’ sexuality their only character trait. Alex is a driving force on Supergirl, and her relationships are as important to her story as Kara’s are to hers. No more, no less. Now, “Crisis on Earth X” has launched The Ray, who will star in his own animated series on CW Seed. He’s a gay superhero in a Nazi-controlled Earth. The show realizes what a powerful image that is, and makes good use of it. Plus, Captain Cold and The Ray are very cute together.The Nazis’ motive for invading Earth 1 is probably the weakest part of the crossover. At first, it seems like the Nazis have taken over one Earth, and their thirst for conquest brings them to another. That’s really all it had to be. Then, we find out that Nazi Green Arrow is married to Nazi Supergirl and that she flew too close to the yellow sun, which overcharged her heart. They’re in Earth 1 because Nazi Supergirl needs a heart transplant, and Kara, being genetically the same person, is the perfect donor. Of course, Kara doesn’t live on Earth 1, but she just happened to be visiting. And the Nazis knew everyone would be there for Barry and Iris’s wedding because…? Thawne, maybe? This kind of back and forth between conquest and Nazi-Oliver’s love for his wife adds an unnecessary complication that we can’t possibly care about. The subplot never really pays off and only serves to create conflict in the only part of the story that didn’t need any. It didn’t do any real damage to the overall story of the event, but it just made me ask, “why is this here?” every time it was brought up. Oh well, at least it led to Nazi-Supergirl exploding into a supernova. That was cool. Also, why is Eobard Thawne here? It’s never explained how he came back to life after dying in both The Flash season one and Legends of Tomorrow season two, with the latter being caught by the Death of Speedsters. Nor is he given a real reason for helping the Nazis other than the fact that he’s evil. Oh well, I guess it sets the stage for a future fight against Reverse Flash. That could be cool someday. I just wish it didn’t feel so artificial and tacked-on here.Crisis on Earth X (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)The ending was especially fitting for a giant mash-up of these four particular shows. Neither really a comedy, nor a tragedy, the Arrowverse falls somewhere in the middle. So, it’s appropriate that it ends with both a double-wedding and a funeral. I knew we would be saying goodbye to Professor Stein this season. I hoped that meant he would retire to live his life with his wife, daughter and grandson. That’s what Legends of Tomorrow has been setting up all season. But no. He dies. Shot by a Nazi bullet at the end of The Flash. He spends Legends saying goodbye to Jax as the two separate forever. This is the first time any Arrowverse show has made me cry. I knew I loved Victor Garber as an actor, but I’ve grown really attached to Professor Stein over the past few years. It’s really sad to see him go out like this, and the show gave him a loving, heartbreaking tribute at the end. Legends of Tomorrow isn’t going to be the same without him. But, this being Legends, it didn’t leave us on an entirely sad note. Barry and Iris finally got married (good, even The Flash’s writers knew it would be cruel to subject us to even one more episode of wedding planning), and so did Oliver and Felicity. Like any good DC “Crisis” story, the multiverse is markedly different from when it began.It took the Arrowverse almost six years to build up to their first “Crisis,” and I’m glad it took its time. “Crisis on Earth X” was a spectacular crossover that absolutely lived up to its name. It may not have been perfect, the flaws and limitations of each CW superhero show are still here, but it told a fun, exciting and affecting story with what it had to work with. It had the death of a beloved character, and sweeping shots of all our favorite superheroes on screen at once. Most importantly, both events meant something. This is what happens when you take your time to set up your universe. This is how you do a superhero crossover event. You listening, DCEU? Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

Family of road accident victim gets Rs 2575L compensation

first_imgFamily members of a 49-year-old man, who was killed in a road accident involving a rashly driven car, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 25 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).MACT Presiding Officer Ravinder Bedi directed HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Ltd, insurer of the offending car, to pay Rs 25.75 lakh to the five family members of victim Rajesh Khanna, who died after being hit by an SUV while he was riding his motorcycle two years ago. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportThe tribunal, while deciding the petition filed by Khanna’s wife and other family members, relied on the statement of an eye witness, criminal case record, site plan, mechanical inspection report and charge sheet against the car driver. “The issue stands decided in favour of petitioners holding that the accident happened as a result of negligent driving by driver in which Rajesh Khanna sustained fatal injuries,” the tribunal said. Khanna’s family members, residing in Mayur Vihar here, said that on November 20, 2013, the victim was on his way home on his bike when he was hit by a rashly and negligently driven SUV near Laxmi Nagar area.According to the petition, Khanna, who was working as an accountant in a private firm on a monthly salary of Rs 20,000, was taken to a nearby hospital where he died during treatment four days later.last_img read more

Jubilation in air as City of Joy celebrates Christmas 2018

first_imgKolkata: Christmas was celebrated in the city with usual enthusiasm with Park Street converting into a sea of people by Tuesday evening.Thousands of people visited Victoria Memorial Hall, Alipore Zoo, Nicco Park and Botanical garden and spent the day with friends and family. Meanwhile, Eco Park saw a stellar footfall of 1,00,258. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attended the midnight mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral with Abhishek Banerjee, Derek O’ Brien and Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePark Street turned into a sea of people since Monday afternoon, with thousands of people, mainly youths, visiting the area to see the illumination. The entire stretch of the thoroughfare has been illuminated and policemen have been deployed to maintain peace. Traffic movement on adjoining roads like Mirza Ghalib Street and Camac Street was suspended from the evening. People from the districts also came to Park Street to spend the day. Park Street has a tradition of attracting people from all over the country. During the British period and even after Independence, people from all over the country used to come to the city to see the bright illumination on Park Street and enjoy sumptuous meals in the restaurants. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEco Park, which is coming up as an important tourist destination, witnessed a huge number people who spent the whole day at Eastern India’s biggest urban park that stands of 480 acres of land, surrounded by 112 acres of waterbody. The replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the seven wonders of the world attracted a huge number of visitors. Many visitors enjoyed rides on the AC toy train, a replica of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Special arrangements were made by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) to ensure smooth entry for the visitors. The state Transport department deployed additional buses to take the visitors back home. Long queues were seen in front of the joyrides at Nicco Park. Meanwhile, Khristo Utsav was observed with due solemnity at Visva Bharti where both students and teachers took part in the prayer. The students sang songs to observe the day. The festival was introduced by Rabindranath Tagore, who had spoken about universal religion. Medical bank, an NGO involved with blood donation movement in Bengal, distributed toys and cakes among 500 street children at Sovabazar Metro Station. People also visited Belur Math and Bandel Church. Christmas was celebrated at Bow Barracks, where people exchanged gifts. Special prayers were organised at different churches in Nadia and South 24-Parganas as well.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more February 3, 2009 – Dilon Technologies Inc. today released two new collimators: the Slant15 Collimator for breast imaging and the Low Energy High-Resolution (LEHR) Collimator. Both collimators are attachment options for the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera that help to optimize imaging for the respective applications.The Slant15 Collimator is a 15-degree slant parallel-hole collimator that minimizes the dead space along the edge of the detector, reportedly allowing better visualization of the chest wall in breast imaging. Uses include: breast imaging, sentinel node imaging, thyroid imaging and parathyroid imaging.LEHR collimator is a high-resolution collimator for general nuclear medicine applications. Uses include thyroid imaging, parathyroid imaging, sentinel node imaging, spot bone imaging, gall bladder ejection and pediatric imaging studies.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Technology | February 02, 2009 Dilon Technologies’ Slant15, LEHR Collimators Enhance Imaging Capabilities News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

CNNs chief medical correspondent now in favor of medical marijuana

first_imgA one-time foe of medical marijuana, CNN’s chief medical correspondent said he now favors legalization for medical purposes.Sanjay Gupta blamed credulity at U.S. authorities for his past opposition.“Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have ‘no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse,’ ” Gupta wrote in a widely read blog post on Thursday.In 2009, Gupta penned an article in Timemagazine stating his opposition to medical marijuana legalization efforts.Reversing course and apologizing to readers and viewers this week, Gupta wrote about a Colorado woman who suffered 300 seizures a week at one point, despite receiving medication. Gupta said she used marijuana to effectively reduce her seizures, and reported meeting other similar patients.Citing testimony from patients, Gupta said marijuana could be a superior alternative to many of the opiate painkillers subscribed today.“Here is the problem,” Gupta wrote. “Most of these medications don’t work very well for this kind of pain, and tolerance is a real problem. Most frightening to me is that someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental.”A U.S. documentary film released in July, “Oxyana,” chronicled the rising problem of prescription opiate abuse. “Oxyana” depicted a former coal-mining town in West Virginia transformed into a haven for prostitution, crime and opiate overdoses.The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 16,651 deaths in 2010 related to opiate overdoses.Gupta made the announcement on the eve of his new CNN documentary on marijuana called “Weed,” which airs Sunday. Gupta credited his year-long research on the documentary with influencing the shift. However, last November, with marijuana legalization ballot issues in several states, Gupta remained silent.Colorado and Washington both legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, after previously legalizing medical use. Recreational marijuana failed to pass in Oregon.That same November, Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana. In, Arkansas, a medical marijuana ballot issue failed by a 3 percent margin.In July, Illinois joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia to legalize medical marijuana.In Latin America, the government of Uruguay is moving forward with a plan to sell marijuana, including for recreational purposes. Former Mexican presidents Vincente Fox and Ernesto Zedillo have called for an end to prohibition of the substance. Guatemala’s President Otto Pérez Molina has also called for changing course on marijuana policy. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Sandinistas propose sweeping constitutional changes to strengthen grip on Nicaraguas political system

first_imgThis story first appeared in The Nicaragua Dispatch and is published here with permission.After years of suffering a death by a thousand cuts, Nicaragua’s beleaguered constitution is about to get an extreme Sandinista makeover. The ruling party is embarking on an aggressive constitutional overhaul that will legitimize the administration’s previous oversteps, pave the way for President Daniel Ortega’s indefinite perpetuation in power, and replace Nicaragua’s representative democracy with the First Lady’s version of “direct democracy.” Sandinista lawmakers, whose supermajority status in the National Assembly absolves them from the need for serious consultation or compromise, presented the constitutional reforms this week with the goal of hurrying them into law before Christmas. If all goes according to plan, Nicaragua will have an entirely new political system at the beginning of the New Year. “These constitutional reforms will institutionalize a model of government that has been applied in his country, in the context of a democracy that’s taking a new turn. … We can call it an ‘evolving constitutionalism’ that tries to establish mechanisms for a direct democracy, … a political model inspired by the values of Christianity, the ideals of socialism and the practices of solidarity,” reads the introduction to the Sandinistas’ proposed reforms, echoing the jargon of Nicaragua’s puissant First Lady Rosario Murillo. Some legal analysts worry that the promise of “direct democracy” is window dressing for a much more nefarious political project – one that will tighten Ortega’s and Murillo’s grip on Nicaragua, derail any hope of a democratic alternation of power in the years ahead, and polarize the country to violent extremes. “It’s just a cosmetic disguise for a vertical and authoritarian political project,” legal analyst Gabriel Álvarez told The Nicaragua Dispatch. “These reforms will be the padlock on a system that is being closed to democratic reform; it will prevent any possibility Nicaraguans have of reversing the advances of authoritarianism. … This represents a total reform of the constitution, because they are changing the entire essence of the Nicaraguan political system.”  AFP The opposition Nicaraguan Democratic Bloc (BDN), which doesn’t have enough votes to stop the Sandinistas from steamrolling the reforms through the National Assembly, has already come out against the bill. In a statement Monday night, opposition congressman Luis Callejas called the reforms “unconstitutional” and warned they will lead to a socialist and militarized state.“We are not going to support these reforms because they are a threat to me and to all other Nicaraguans,” Callejas said after the BDN spent Monday afternoon studying the proposals. “According to these reforms, if you are not a Christian, socialist and in solidarity, you will be outlawed.”Callejas said his opposition lawmakers will announce a series of strategies to mobilize reform opponents in the days ahead.What the bill saysThe Sandinistas’ reforms calls for a rewrite of 39 constitutional articles – roughly one-fifth of Nicaragua’s Magna Carta. Key amendments would give the president additional powers to govern by fiat, empower the military’s role in government by allowing active officers to hold civilian posts, eliminate the already disregarded constitutional ban on presidential re-election, and give Sandinista party structures, known as “Family Councils,” a legal mandate to meddle in the private lives of Nicaraguans. “The Family Councils are the organized expression of the community, promoting the protagonist role of citizens and the practice of values in the family, in the schools and in the community; they also will promote practices of health and hygiene, in homes and in the community,” a proposed amendment to Article 70 states. The bill also talks about employing Family Councils to conduct “house-to-house visits” to educate people about prevention and detection of preventable diseases. Family Councils are Sandinista neighborhood organizations created earlier this year by First Lady Murillo, apparently in an attempt to rebrand the unpopular Councils of Citizen Power (CPCs), Sandinista activist groups that were formed in 2007 but never gained much acceptance. (Polls showed that less than 5 percent of Nicaraguans participated in CPCs). The sudden push to institutionalize the party structures as constitutionally mandated community organizations could lead to greater social control and persecution of political opponents, critics warn. Vilma Núñez, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), claims the inclusion of the Family Councils in the constitution would be a form of repression.The reforms also attempt to end the controversy over Ortega’s 2011 re-election by erasing any mention of a re-election ban from constitutional Article 147. Since Ortega sidestepped that ban two years ago, the opposition press has consistently referred to him as the “unconstitutional president.” A reworded Article 147 would, however, maintain the ban on consanguinity – or kinship – meaning Ortega’s children couldn’t be appointed as his successor in 2031 (unless, of course, the regime passes another set of constitutional reforms on the president’s deathbed).The reforms also attempt to legitimize Ortega’s de facto government, which is currently staffed by more than 50 high officials, judges, electoral magistrates and other political appointees whose constitutional term limits have long expired. Sandinista lawmakers hope to rewrite Article 130 to allow expired officials to remain in office indefinitely when the National Assembly doesn’t get its act together to appoint replacements. (Ironically, the Sandinista supermajority already could easily appoint new officials if the party bosses wanted to.)The reform to Article 98 would institutionalize the government’s tripartite dialogue between state, labor unions and private business leaders, an arrangement that critics claim is more plutocratic than democratic in practice. The controversial Chinese canal concession also would be written into the constitution, as would the International Court of Justice border rulings of 2007 and 2011. The reforms also seek to extend mayors’ terms to five years and alter upcoming electoral calendars, as well as eliminate the minimum percentage needed by a presidential candidate to win first-round elections.Show me, don’t tell me Nicaragua’s proposed constitutional reforms seek “a political model inspired by the values of Christianity, the ideals of socialism and the practices of solidarity,” language often used in speeches by First Lady Rosario Murillo, pictured here in Cuba last July.  The Sandinistas’ attempt to foist a new constitution on the country without any meaningful dialogue, explanation or consultation is a clear indication that the ruling party is only giving lip service to the concept of “direct democracy,” legal analyst Álvarez said. The reforms are so severe they should require a constitutional convention, not just a partial reform to the constitution, Álvarez said.The Sandinistas’ unwillingness to engage in the democratic consultation process required of a constitutional convention demonstrates the true authoritarian nature of the reforms, he added. “No president has the right to change the political system without consulting the people; to do so would be illegal and illegitimate,” Álvarez said, noting the irony of the government trying to pass reforms in the name of direct democracy without practicing it themselves. Álvarez and others in the opposition expect the legislative consultation process to be a complete sham, as was the case during the recent Grand Canal Concession law, which was passed unilaterally without debate, consensus, compromise or consultation. Álvarez fears the government’s power play will only embolden the position of rearmed Contra groups in Nicaragua.Warned the expert: “If these constitutional reforms pass as is, and democratic spaces in Nicaragua are closed, Ortega’s eventual removal from office will not be as peaceful as his entry.”Tim Rogers is founder and editor-in-chief of The Nicaragua Dispatch, and a current Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His beloved Red Sox just won the World Series. Facebook Comments Nicaraguan opposition congressman Luis Callejas said he would not support sweeping constitutional reforms. Unfortunately, the opposition’s votes don’t count. Courtesy of The Nicaragua Dispatch No related posts.last_img read more