Tunisia airs first great debate ahead of presidential election

first_imgTunis: Days before the first round of Tunisia’s presidential election, the fledgling democracy on Saturday began three nights of televised debates between the candidates, a rare event in the Arab world. The showdown between the 26 hopefuls is seen as the highlight of the campaign and a turning point in Tunisian politics ahead of the September 15 vote. The North African nation has been praised as a rare success story for democratic transition after the Arab Spring regional uprisings sparked by its 2011 revolution. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCalled “The road to Carthage: Tunisia makes its choice”, the programme was broadcast on 11 TV channels, two of them public, and about 20 radio stations. “We won’t be able to escape it,” said a smiling Belabbes Benkredda, founder of the Munathara Initiative which promotes open debate in the Arab world and helped organise the event. The first hour-and-a-half debate on Saturday night involved eight of the candidates, including Abdelfattah Mourou of the Islamist-inspired Ennahda party, and passionate secularist Abir Moussi, head of a group with roots in the party of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThere was also an empty space for the controversial media mogul Nabil Karoui, currently detained on money laundering charges. “Tonight I am deprived of my constitutional right to express myself in front of the Tunisian people,” Karoui wrote on Twitter. “They dare to speak of democratic and transparent elections despite the absence of the basic principle of equal opportunities.” The stage, at the studios of public TV channel Wataniya, placed candidates in a semi-circle with two journalist moderators at the centre. The questions were set by the journalists and randomly selected and allocated to candidates on Friday. Each candidate had 90 seconds to respond to a question and could be asked a follow-up question or interrupted. At the end of the show, candidates were given 99 seconds to outline their manifestos and campaign promises. Tunisians gathered in cafes to watch the debates, their eyes riveted to TV screens as if they were following an important football match. Oussama, 33, said the debate had been “cold and devoid of clashes”, although it had at least allowed him to cross some hopefuls off his list. “But we’re proud, because all Arabs everywhere were watching us this evening,” he said. Beyond the organisational and technical elements, organisers highlighted the rare nature of the event. “Often in the Arab world, when we speak of competition we know who wins at the end, with 99.99 per cent. Today, we don’t know who is going to win”, said Lassad Khedder, head of a private TV channel syndicate in Tunisia. “Tunisian voters haven’t yet decided,” said political analyst Ziyed Krichen. Thousands of votes one way or the other “could radically change” the country, he added. Indeed, the plethora of candidates, political programmes and issues, has led to a uniquely unpredictable election. Many Tunisians say they are counting on the debates to help them make their decision. “It’s unprecedented! As a Tunisian journalist, I am proud and impatient to see this,” said Monia Dhouib, a member of the organising committee. But such debates are not entirely without precedent in the region. In 2012, 15 months after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt organised a historic televised debate between two favourites among the 13 candidates running for president. The winner of that election, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, was deposed by the army following massive protests a year after he took office.last_img read more

Two whales suffered blunt trauma another killed by fishing gear vet

first_imgHALIFAX – Injuries suffered by at least two of six North Atlantic right whales found floating lifeless in the Gulf of St. Lawrence appear to be consistent with ship strikes, marine mammal experts say.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said Tuesday that the preliminary findings of necropsies on three of the whales indicate that two of them sustained blunt traumas that caused extensive bruising along their sides and internal hemorrhaging.A third died after becoming snarled in fishing rope that wrapped around one flipper and inside its mouth.She said the team of federal fisheries officials, veterinarians and other marine experts who were part of the necropsies in P.E.I. couldn’t yet say conclusively what caused the deaths as they await results from biological testing on the animal’s tissue. Experts are set to release a final report within the next two months.Still, Wimmer said the information so far seems consistent with a collision with a vessel of some sort — one of the most lethal hazards for the endangered animals.“The animal was obviously struck by something large, what it could be we don’t know,” she said in Halifax. “When we’ve seen that in the past, it has been on animals where there have been vessel collisions, but for these two we don’t know for a fact because no one saw these animals getting struck.”The six North Atlantic right whales — among the most endangered large mammals on Earth — were found dead and decomposing in waters north of Prince Edward Island and southeast of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula last month.The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans said late Tuesday that although six carcasses were found, only three necropsies were planned given the other whales’ advanced state of decomposition.Pierre-Yves Daoust of the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I. led the necropsies and said they discovered internal hemorrhaging confined to the thoracic cavity and some of the soft tissues.“That suggests there may have been some major shearing forces that had ruptured blood vessels and caused fatal internal bleeding,” he said. “What we saw is consistent with blunt trauma and therefore a ship strike … but we can never completely rule out the possibility of some odd changes that may have happened after death.”Still, he said the lack of a conclusive cause of death shouldn’t prevent officials from working to prevent future ship strikes while intensifying the research being done on the animals, which were hunted to the brink of extinction decades ago. The loss of six North Atlantic right whales represents about one per cent of the estimated 525 endangered animals now in existence.“We cannot wait to have another half dozen right whales killed either this summer or next summer before we start addressing this potential cause of mortality,” he said.The loss of so many right whales so quickly was probably last seen when whaling decimated their population in the 19th century, said Mark Baumgartner at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod. He also said the deaths should be a call to do more to protect the animals when possible.Wimmer said more needs to be done to identify the whales’ migratory routes and habitats so they can be protected against ship traffic and fishing activity. She said one of the whales — a 13-metre-long female around 11 years old — had fishing line and local buoys on it, so they may be able to determine where it travelled by locating the fisherman.The other two were males, with one roughly 37 years old and 15 metres long and the other 14 metres long.She said much is known about the North Atlantic right whales’ presence in the Bay of Fundy, but there is less information about their shift to the Gulf of St. Lawrence and possibly other areas.“We have to have a better understanding of how these entanglements happen, where they might happen, to then hopefully prevent it from happening,” she said. “We don’t know when and where they were harmed and that’s the hard part because we need that information to go, ‘OK, here’s where we need to work and who we need to work with.’”Governments took steps to protect certain areas after it became clear that the whales transited through certain areas on their way to feeding grounds off the East Coast.The International Maritime Organization years ago designated the Roseway Basin, southwest of Nova Scotia, as an area to be avoided to protect the whales. With that, ships were urged to steer clear of an area that measures 1,780 square nautical kilometres. The initiative came after the IMO approved a proposal by Ottawa in 2003 to amend shipping lanes and force vessels to divert several kilometres around feeding grounds in the Bay of Fundy.Whale experts say the measures have helped protect the slow, lumbering animals against strikes and build up their population from a low of 350 a decade ago.last_img read more

Feds sign deal promising millions to Ontario First Nation facing housing crisis

first_imgThe federal government has finalized a deal that will deliver millions of dollars to a remote Indigenous community in northern Ontario to help tackle a housing crisis that is affecting the health of residents.Ottawa says the agreement signed Thursday represents an investment of up to $12.8 million in Cat Lake First Nation — more than the roughly $10 million promised in an interim deal reached last month.In a statement, Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan says the government will provide $5 million to build 15 new housing units in Cat Lake and $2.1 million to repair and renovate 21 houses.The federal government will also put up another $3.1 million for 10 new portable homes and $200,000 for a new temporary warehouse.Another $2.4 million has been earmarked for “associated costs,” such as site surveying and inspections, transporting materials on the winter ice road and hiring various managers to oversee the project and the maintenance of units.The Cat Lake band declared an emergency in January, saying terrible housing conditions in the community had led to severe lung and skin ailments, especially affecting about 100 children.The fly-in Ojibway community of about 450 people is about 180 kilometres north of Sioux Lookout, Ont.O’Regan said Thursday the signing of the final deal — which was done by videoconference because bad weather prevented him from flying out from Thunder Bay, Ont. — represents “an important step.”The minister said he and Cat Lake Chief Matthew Keewaykapow discussed ongoing challenges such as the impact of weather on the winter ice road that leads to the community.“This is a primary and urgent concern. The chief and I agreed to stay in close contact to ensure that materials, construction supplies, and modular units, especially those that already mobilized for delivery from Pickle Lake, will be transported to the community as soon as the winter road is able to support the weight of those loads,” he said in a statement.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Support Fairtrade Fortnight

first_imgLevi Roots, ambassador for Fairtrade Fortnight, commented, “After visiting Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Ghana, this cause is very close to my heart. I’m sending a mini Levi to join the march because more needs to be done to improve the working conditions and pay for the people that produce our food.” Jonathan Ross, Bruce Forsyth, Tulisa and Harry Hill are among a raft of celebrities supporting Fairtrade Foundation’s campaign calling for action to end trade injustice around the world, which will see three-inch versions of the stars join a march on Parliament during Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb-10th March). 

Marking a new model of campaigning for the Fairtrade Foundation, everyone who supports the petition at www.fairtrade.org.uk/jointhemarch will be able to create a personalised paper person, courtesy of technology start-up Foldable.Me.In Fairtrade Fortnight, the campaign will culminate in thousands of paper people coming together for a march to highlight support for a fairer deal for small farmers.Estimates show these small farmers grow around 70% of the world’s food, yet only receive an average of 3% of the retail price once their produce hits the supermarket shelves. The Fairtrade system helps provide these farmers with a fairer price for their produce, and a chance for a better livelihood for themselves and their families.
The Fairtrade Foundation is encouraging as many people as possible to sign the petition at www.fairtrade.org.uk/jointhemarch. Every digital signature will be turned into a Foldable character, who will join the march during Fairtrade Fortnight. Cheryl McGechie, Director of Public Engagement, Fairtrade Foundation, said “This Fortnight we wanted to do something a bit different. Our march on Parliament is an engaging way for everyone to go further to help smallholder farmers combat unfair trade practices.”center_img Other well-known names to join the march and support Fairtrade’s call for action include Tinchy Strider, Amanda Holden, Louis Smith, Richard Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, Andi Peters and Eddie Izzard.

How to join the march:
 Sign the online petition by visiting fairtrade.org.uk/jointhemarch. 
 Create your very own paper person or send one of our pre-designed versions 
 Your paper person will join the march to parliament on 4th March to demand that our government leaders go further for small farmers
To find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/gofurther.last_img read more

Canadas housing market stronger than expected this year and will be stronger

OTTAWA — Sales of previously owned Canadian homes are turning out slightly better than expected overall, and 2014 will be even stronger, according to a new projection from the country’s largest real estate association.[np_storybar title=”Should you help buy your kids a house?” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/12/14/should-you-help-buy-your-kids-a-house/”%5DTed Rechtshaffen: ‘Sometimes the best help a parent can give is to advise the child to keep renting (or living at home) rather than buying real estate that they can’t afford’ Read more [/np_storybar]The Canadian Real Estate Association’s 2013 sales projections have been increased slightly upward in Ontario and the four western provinces and that prices have been generally firmer than expected.“Most housing markets are well balanced, including many large urban centres,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist.“Housing price gains are always stronger in places where supply is tight relative to demand, such as we’re seeing in Calgary and in parts of southern Ontario including the low rise market in Toronto.“Prospects for price appreciation will be limited in parts of Quebec and some areas in the Maritimes, where competition among sellers has increased.”Nationally, CREA is projecting 458,200 homes will be sold through its members this year — eight-tenths of a per cent more than in 2012.CREA also anticipates next year will be even stronger, with 475,000 homes nationally.The updated numbers are slightly ahead of a forecast in September by the association that predicted 449,900 homes sold this year and 465,600 in 2014.CREA said Monday the 2013 projected national average price is $382,200, a 5.2% increase from last year. The projected national average price for 2014 is $391,100, a 2.5% increase from this year.Alberta is forecast to post the biggest increase in average price in 2014 with a gain of 3.4%, with gains in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador running just ahead of overall inflation, and the average price increase in Ontario running just below it.CREA says November’s home sales dipped slightly from October but were up substantially from the same month last year, when the industry was going through a soft patch attributed to changes in federal rules for mortgage lenders and borrowers.Home sales edged 0.1% lower from October on a seasonally adjusted basis. Actual activity was 5.9% above November 2012 levels.The national average sale price rose 9.8% on a year-over-year basis in November while the MLS Home Price Index, which CREA says is a better indicator, rose 4.1% year-over-year in November. read more

Transport Ministry to purchase 500 buses to boost SLTB fleet

The Transport Ministry is to purchase 500 buses to boost the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) fleet.According to the running timetable of the Sri Lanka Transport Board, 7257 buses are required to meet the demands of the passenger service. However only 6000 buses have been operating and of this 1560 buses are more than 15 years old. Therefore cabinet has approved a proposal by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva to purchase 400 buses with 50-54 high back seats for the urban service and 100 buses with 32-35 seats for the rural service to meet the requirements of the SLTB. (Colombo Gazette)

Commonwealth trade negotiators being seconded to Britain to help train civil servants

first_imgGreg Hands issued a public call inviting Commonwealth trade experts to spend time in BritainCredit:Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Speaking in Parliament last week, Mr Hands referenced “the kind offers from New Zealand and other countries to help prepare our Department for negotiating free trade agreements”.He added: “We took up New Zealand’s offer, and a senior official from New Zealand was seconded to the Department. I expect that we would look favourably on further such offers, including from Australia and Canada.”Governments sources praised the ability of trade negotiators in Canada – who recently secured a deal with the European Union – as well in New Zealand.  Ministers are recruiting the “best” trade negotiators from across the Commonwealth to help train civil servants in securing trade deals ahead of Brexit. Officials from New Zealand, Australia and Canada have been targeted for secondments at the International Trade Department to help with preparations for talks. Greg Hands, the trade minister, issued a public call inviting Commonwealth trade experts to spend time in Britain during a debate in the Commons this week.There is a concern that the UK lacks the expertise for complex trade negotiations after 40 years of relying on Brussels to secure such deals. A New Zealand official has already been seconded to train up Britain’s trade policy unit, while there is a hope more will follow.  Greg Hands issued a public call inviting Commonwealth trade experts to spend time in Britaincenter_img “It is not just about doing Britain a kind turn. Some of these people will be some of the best in the world at this stuff,” the senior source said. “We are basically very open to our Commonwealth or any other partners wanting to help us. “We are genuinely pleased and impressed with the willingness of our traditional friends and allies with helping us to do something that Britain hasn’t done for 40 years. “What the Prime Minister has been absolutely clear on is in ensuring that trade is at the heart of our Government.”The news will be welcomed by Eurosceptics who argued during the EU referendum that Brexit could help the UK improve relations with the Commonwealth. However it could produce an interesting dynamic when Britain does end up at the other side of the negotiating table with New Zealand, Canada and Australia in trade talks in the coming years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Playstation vs Kinect Sony se moque des jeux vidéo sans boutons

first_imgPlaystation vs Kinect : Sony se moque des jeux vidéo sans boutonsJapon – Le monde du jeu vidéo s’attend à être bouleversé ces prochains mois avec la sortie de systèmes permettant de jouer sans manettes, comme avec le déjà célèbre Kinect de Microsoft. Pour Sony, le jeu vidéo sans boutons est impossible. Et le géant japonais utilise la dérision pour se faire comprendre.Sony prépare la sortie de sa Playstation Move. Une Playstation améliorée dont les manettes auront encore des boutons. Une erreur marketing, sachant que Microsoft commercialise son Kinect ? Non, le Japonais est sûr de lui.À lire aussiWindows 10 : nouveautés, installation, design,… Tout savoir sur le nouvel OS Microsoft Sur yaybuttons.com, Sony explique pourquoi les boutons sont indispensables, en utilisant un ton empreint de dérision. Sur ce site, en cliquant sur les boutons (virtuels) de la nouvelle manette de la Playstation, un texte apparaît à l’écran : “Vous avez vu ce que vous venez de faire ? Vous avez pressé un bouton. Il se trouve que les boutons sont très importants. Pas importants du genre ‘sauvez les baleines’, plutôt importants comme ‘ne jouez pas à des jeux nazes'”. Mais le discours provocateur ne s’arrête pas là. En insistant, l’internaute suit l’argumentation de Sony : “Certains pensent que vous n’avez pas besoin de boutons. QUOI ?! Folie. Pouvez-vous imaginer du jeu vidéo sans boutons ? D’où viendraient les contrôles ? On ne pourrait pas sniper. Impossible de faire feu avec une arme. A moins de faire le pistolet avec votre doigt. Pan ! Pan ! On est quoi, des mimes ?! Et le bouton pause, c’est important. Imaginez : vous êtes sur un jeu de boxe. Votre ami passe par là. Il veut vous déranger. Parce que c’est un crétin, parfois. Il crie : pause. Tragique. Les boutons ! Ils laissent le contrôle entre vos mains.”Alors, jeu vidéo avec ou sans boutons ? Qui de Sony ou de Microsoft imposera son point de vue ? Les nouveautés de ces prochains mois nous le dirons.  Le 9 septembre 2010 à 12:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

McConnell Replacement to health law to take time

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — The next Congress will begin work immediately next year toward repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday.The Kentucky Republican insisted that some 20 million Americans who have health care through the six-year-old law will not lose coverage, though the likely upheaval in the insurance industry suggests many could.Asked about the Senate’s timetable to scrap the law, McConnell said: “We’re going to move to it after we go back in the first week in January.”But during a speech in his hometown of Louisville, the senator cautioned patience from the law’s critics as Republicans create an alternative.“You can’t just snap your fingers and go from where we are today to where we’re headed,” McConnell told a crowd at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. “This has to be done carefully. It has to be done in a phased-in way over a period of time.”Republicans have been unable to agree on an alternative since the law’s enactment in 2010, but now must produce a replacement if they scrap the law. President-elect Donald Trump says he would like to keep major elements of the law — allowing children to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26 and ensuring companies don’t deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. But it’s unclear how a new version of the law could force insurance companies to provide the latter coverage.last_img read more

Crews save 11 people in 2 separate rescues on same river

first_imgNEAR FALL CITY — Nearly a dozen people are safe after two separate water rescues on the same river within hours of each other in Washington state.KOMO-TV reports that four people were rescued on the Snoqualmie River near Fall City around 6 p.m. Wednesday after they were seen clinging to a tree in the water.Firefighters helped three people from the shore, using a system of ropes.The fourth person was plucked off a log by a rescue boat and brought to shore.About four hours later, a group of seven people were rescued after they got stuck on a sand bar.Firefighters used their swift water rescue boat to help that group to shore.No word yet if anyone was injured or how they ended up in the water.last_img

San Diego man files lawsuit against former business partner who hired a

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego businessman has filed a lawsuit against his former business partner for allegedly conspiring to have him assassinated due to ongoing and costly civil litigation between the two former associates.Ninus Malan filed the suit in San Diego County Superior Court last week against Salam Razuki, as well as two women — Sylvia Gonzales and Elizabeth Juarez –who allegedly took part in the murder conspiracy.Razuki, Gonzales and Juarez have each been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping by federal authorities for their roles in the alleged plot. Their next federal court date is a motions hearingslated for Oct. 16, according to court records.In the civil case, Malan alleges that his previously amicable business relationship with Razuki fell apart, leading to a civil dispute involving more than $40 million in business assets. With the case costing Razuki and hisassociates a considerable amount of money in legal fees, Malan alleges that the trio hatched a plan to have Malan taken to Mexico and killed.The defendants allegedly hired an individual to commit the killing for $2,000, but that person turned out to be a confidential informant for the FBI, according to the lawsuit.Razuki and Gonzales allegedly told the informant have Malan taken to Mexico to be “whacked” and to shoot him in the face. Malan was later placed into protective custody and the defendants werearrested last Nov. 16.“We all have a constitutional right to have our differences heard in court. To try to kill someone so you can win in court is not how we do things here,” Malan’s attorney, John Gomez, said.“Very few of us can imagine how terrifying it would be to learn that another person wanted us murdered. I don’t think you would ever live the same way again. We expect a San Diego jury to hold these defendants accountable.” KUSI Newsroom, San Diego man files lawsuit against former business partner who hired a hitman to kill him Posted: August 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom August 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Girl 11 suffers minor injury in Ridgefield crash

first_imgAn 11-year-old girl was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for minor injuries after she was struck by a vehicle in Ridgefield this morning, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy. The crash was reported about 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Division Street and North Main Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old Ridgefield woman, was not injured, Dawdy said. Ridgefield police were called to the scene to investigate the crash.last_img

Supreme Court denies stay samesex marriages can continue in Alaska

first_imgUnited States Supreme Court building in Washington D.C. (© Jarek Tuszynski / Wikimedia Commons)Same-sex marriages are legal again in Alaska. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the state a stay, which would have stopped the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the 9th Circuit Court heard the state’s appeal early next year.Download AudioDespite the ruling, the governor’s office issued a statement saying they will continue with the appeals process because Governor Sean Parnell has sworn to uphold the state’s constitution. In 1998, voters approved a constitutional amendment in Alaska to define marriage as between one man and one woman.Joshua Decker, executive director of Alaska’s ACLU, says the governor’s continued appeal is a waste of taxpayer’s money.“Governor Parnell took an oath to support the Alaska constitution, but he also took an oath to support the US constitution. And we have now had all three levels of the federal court weigh in on this issue.”The week has been a legal ping-pong match. The Alaska District Court overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban on Sunday. Couples began applying for licenses on Monday, and three couples were allowed to wed immediately. As others sat out the mandatory three-day waiting period, the state was granted a temporary stay by the 9th Circuit Court on Wednesday in order to give the Supreme Court a chance to make a decision. That stay was lifted this morning at 11 am when the Supreme Court denied the request. The 9th Circuit says they will not issue another stay.Same-sex couples can receive marriage licenses when state courts and offices re-open on Monday. Friday is a state holiday.The 9th Circuit will hear the state’s appeal early next year. The state must file their brief by late January 2015.Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban was also overturned Friday. The state’s attorney general will not appeal the decision because the 9th Circuit, which also governs that state, has already overturned bans in both Idaho and Nevada.last_img read more

Seth Kantner out with new collection of essays

first_imgMost authors struggle to get their work noticed…at all…and would love to get a phone call by a publisher, asking them to write something…but when an editor called Northwest arctic resident and writer Seth Kantner asking him to write about caribou, this was his response: …”I said no.”Kantner will be the first to admit that he can be a bit cranky when it comes to managing his work. He wanted to get a collection of essays and columns published and he says he got along OK with the editor who had called, so they compromised. The book of essays was published this month and is called “Swallowed By The Great Land.”Seth Kantner will be reading from Swallowed by the Great Land Thursday at the Loussac Library in Anchorage at 7 pm. Friday he’ll be in Talkeenta, Saturday Juneau, Sunday Haines and then to the Lower 48 to continue his book tour. Download AudioSeth Kantner signs a copy of his new book for a young fan. (Photo by Lori Townsend/APRN)last_img read more

Brexit compromise talks collapse after six weeks

first_imgTheresa MayBritain’s Labour opposition pulled the plug Friday on six weeks of Brexit compromise talks with prime minister Theresa May, blaming her evaporating authority as her premiership nears its death throes.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the gaps between them could not be bridged — and he had no confidence that her successor would stick to any bargain they might have reached.The discussions have “gone as far as they can,” Corbyn said in a letter to May.”The increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us,” he said.Corbyn said Labour would therefore continue to oppose the government’s EU divorce deal as it stands.MPs three times rejected the deal May struck with Brussels, forcing her to delay the date of Brexit twice and to reach out to Labour. The new deadline is October 31.Parliament is due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.An ashen-faced May said lawmakers would be faced with a “stark choice”: voting to deliver Brexit, or “to shy away again”.She was speaking at a rare campaign event ahead of the European Parliament elections, to be held in Britain on Thursday, in which polls suggest her Conservative Party could even come fifth.Britain was never meant to take part in the elections but will do so because of the postponements to Brexit.- May’s exit timetable -The talks’ collapse came the day after May agreed to set out a timetable for her departure following the withdrawal agreement vote in parliament, set to take place in the week beginning June 3.The arrangement was agreed in a closed-door meeting with rank-and-file Conservative MPs.It is thought that May will trigger a leadership contest once the Withdrawal Agreement Bill either falls, as seems likely, or reaches completion.Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, told AFP: “It’s hard to see her surviving more than two or three weeks and the chances of her plan passing now must be close to zero.”The timetable is likely to mean a new Conservative leader, and therefore prime minister, should be in place before the party’s annual conference in September.Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace May. He revealed Thursday that he would run.- ‘Can’t live in limbo forever’ -Simon Usherwood, from the University of Surrey’s politics department, said the end of May did not necessarily mean the end of her EU withdrawal agreement.”It remains the only plan that the EU has signed up to and there’s no indication that it will want to renegotiate any of it with a new PM,” he said.To avoid a no-deal Brexit, it “might have to be pushed through without its original author”.It may also force the Conservatives to re-enter talks with their one-time coalition partners from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), who broke ranks and voted against the deal three times.DUP leader Arlene Foster said the Labour talks’ collapse “demonstrates that the best way to deliver Brexit in the House of Commons is with a Conservative and DUP majority”.But it is far from clear how May intends to proceed.A leaked document from the failed negotiations, which was sent to Labour on Wednesday, set out a plan for MPs to hold free votes on various Brexit options ranging from a permanent customs union to weaker ties.According to the document seen by the London Evening Standard newspaper, lawmakers would rank them in order of preference, with the least popular ones knocked out in elimination rounds until a winning plan emerges.Votes along party lines would also be held on leaving with a deal, leaving on 31 July, ending free movement and having as frictionless trade as possible with the EU.The document said a separate free vote would be held before the process on whether a second referendum should be held.The pound sank to a three-month low on renewed concerns Britain will leave the EU with no deal.Edwin Morgan, interim chief of the Institute of Directors business lobby group, said: “It’s time to make a decision on the future of this country. We can’t live in limbo forever.”last_img read more

These Alternate Goku Designs Are Still The Character We Know and Love

first_imgStay on target ‘Dragon Ball’ Wants to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC 2019Toy Tuesday: 11 Most Powerful ‘Dragon Ball’ Toys When it comes to Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, fans are always waiting around the corner to show the creators, animators, and writers just how in love they are with their various creations. One animator in particular, Yuya Takahashi, took to Twitter as one of the fanbase’s favorites and shared some sketches of the most popular Dragon Ball character, Goku, to show them how Goku could potentially look when drawn in various styles.The designs, which can be seen in the sketch above, show off some very different looks for Goku, ranging from classic to the updated, more modernized design he’s sporting in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. It’s an interesting set of images that longtime fans will no doubt be agonizing over, trying to figure out which one suits the character best.Of course, you can see which one Takahashi ended up going with for Goku in the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Broly. It’s coming to Japanese theaters this December, but then it’s coming with an all-new dub for American fans in the west in the United States this January. It follows Goku and Vegeta’s chance meeting with a Saiyan named Broly, as he’s made canon once and for all. When the Saiyans meet up with one of their own, who were all long thought to be extinct, all kinds of hell breaks loose, as you can imagine.AdChoices广告center_img 横顔 pic.twitter.com/r049WH9Jw1— 高橋 優也 (@TTSoolBNiuIb6jG) August 21, 2018But that movie’s still a ways off, unfortunately, so while we’re waiting to feast our eyes on the newest addition to the Dragon Ball cinematic universe, at least we have benevolent animators willing to give us some cool art to take a gander at before the movie finally gets here.Now, on to more important topics: Which one are you feeling the most? Which one speaks to you? Let us know in the comments below!Watch Team Geek play through the new Dragon Ball FighterZ. And with the new movie on the horizon, our favorite characters are getting redesigns. There are even mash-ups with the awesome One Punch Man. While we wait for Dragon Ball Super: Broly follow all of Goku’s adventures here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Doug Liman quits Gambit to helm Justice League Dark

first_imgHow’s this for a gambit? Doug Liman has left the director’s seat of Fox’s Gambit and jumped comic book ships to Warner Bros., where he will helm Justice League Dark.As with Suicide Squad, Justice League Dark puts together a group of (sadly!) lesser-known DC characters. It began as part of the New 52 vamp and dragged a bunch of Vertigo comics back into the main DC Universe from whence they once came. It kicks off with John Constantine searching for Swamp Thing and brings together some of DC’s more famous supernatural characters like Deadman, Shade the Changing Man, and Zatanna. Constantine and Swamp Thing of course have had their own adaptations of both the film and TV varieties before, but it will be interesting to see how these iconic characters are portrayed.Liman’s move sounds like it was towards the more interesting project but this really isn’t a good sign for the Gambit movie, as he’s not even the first director to leave. Remember that this is a film with Channing Tatum attached to star, set in the X-Men universe. It really should be a no-brainer but they can’t get anyone to direct this thing.As for Justice League Dark, for years it was in development for Guillermo del Toro to direct, who undoubtedly would have done something truly special with the supernatural material. That’s not to say that Liman doesn’t have it in him, but with films like The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs Smith he has become much more known as an action director. That said, Edge of Tomorrow is indisputably one of the finest action movies of the last few years and should have anyone excited about what he does in the future.Next year Liman is actually re-teaming with Tom Cruise for American Made. It’s a movie based on the life of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot who worked as a drug smuggler in the 1980s before being recruited by the DEA. (The character also shows up in Netflix’s Narcos series.)Before Liman starts up Justice League Dark he also has The Wall in the works, which is the first original film for Amazon Studios. It tells the story of a sniper and his spotter who are pinned down by a legendary sniper. Liman is certainly keeping busy with varied films, but even so Dark will represent an interesting departure for the director.last_img read more

A poetic evening with Sartaaj

first_imgA multi-talented artist – songwriter, singer, composer and poet – Satinder Sartaaj is going to enthrall the audience with his melodious songs on Sunday, July 9 at Siri Fort Auditorium from 7pm onwards. It is a part of the sufi concert series where legendary singers like Satinder Sartaaj, Hans raj Hans, Kanwar Grewal, Harshdeep Kaur, Richa Sharma, Gurdas Mann will perform live from July to December 2017.Satinder Sartaaj has sung many sufi songs and has gained fame with his hit song ‘Sai’. Since then, his popularity has seen a constant surge among the Punjabi diaspora with his shows being held across the world. Before rising to fame, Sartaaj participated in various shows like Zee TV Antakshari show – a popular Indian musical show hosted by Annu Kapoor, performed in the folk category and won appreciation. He was the first runner-up in the 24th All-India Light Vocal Festival and a topper in the Punjab Heritage Foundation Competitions. Since 2009 till present Satinder Sartaaj has won many awards of excellence for his singing and poetry from many prestigious institutions all over the world.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | February 27, 2015 Mediso, Univeresity of Tübingen Collaborate on New PET Insert for High Field MRI Device will allow simultaneous PET/MR acquisition News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more February 27, 2015 — University of Tubingen and Mediso Ltd announced at the 4th Tubingen PET/MR Workshop a collaboration to develop a whole body preclinical positron emission tomography (PET) insert based on silicon photomultiplier sensor technology. This system can be inserted into a high field (7T) preclinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to enable simultaneous PET/MR imaging.Although several PET/MRI prototype systems have been developed for preclinical imaging, commercial systems for simultaneous PET/MRI are not yet available.”This new sensor technology allows to move the PET ring inside a high field MRI machine and acquire PET data during MRI scans simultaneously, while minimizing any compromise on PET sensitivity and overall image quality,” says Prof. Bernd Pichler, Ph.D., head of the Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy.”This new PET detector module is optimized for whole body preclinical imaging with sub-millimeter spatial resolution,” says Istvan Bagamery, managing director of Mediso Ltd. Although the new detector debuts as an insert, it will also replace the conventional PET detectors in the nanoScan products.For more information: www.mediso.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more last_img read more

Philips IT Breaking Down Silos Not Extending Them

first_img Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Philips Illumeo provides contextual information that may change the way radiologists see, look for, and share information. Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare. Enterprise imaging is supposed to break down silos so medical images and other patient data can flow freely across campuses, departments, outpatient clinics, and physician offices. Some critics say, however, that in some cases enterprise imaging simply expands radiology’s own silo to surround those of other medical specialties. Two new products from Philips — IntelliSpace Universal Data Manager and Illumeo with adaptive intelligence — aim to blunt that criticism.Philips’ Universal Data Manager supports the integration of traditional medical images coming from such ordered exams as CT, MR and ultrasound. It also supports the handling of non-ordered imaging, for example, pictures of the eye taken by an ophthalmologist or of an external injury such as a burn or cut taken by a wound care specialist.Illumeo — Phillips’ complement to the Universal Data Manager, both of which were unveiled at RSNA 2016 — uses adaptive intelligence to find, compile, and present to the radiologist images and other clinical data drawn from PACS and electronic medical record systems. The only consideration of the intelligent algorithms that orchestrate this assemblage is whether the data are relevant to the interpretation of images for the specific patient study, said Calum Cunningham, general manager of Philips enterprise imaging.”The job that we have set for ourselves is coming up with something entirely new that would address the whole problem and not just parts of it,” Cunningham said. News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more PreviousNext Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Works with Philips IntelliSpace PACSUniversal Data Manager and Illumeo work with the company’s IntelliSpace PACS. Built into the archive, the Universal Data Manager manages the variety of images that are stored by different specialties. Illumeo provides intelligent, contextually driven workflow, Rubens said, navigating not only the PACS but other data repositories.Although each depends on pattern recognition, the algorithms are not being groomed to replace the radiologist. “We are very clear about that,” Cunningham said. “We have developed (these algorithms) as part of a human-computer interface to augment the radiologist’s experience.”The Universal Data Manager and Illumeo, he said, are essentially intelligent machine assistants. Their use may change the way radiologists form diagnoses. So might they change the interaction among radiologists and other specialists.In doing all this, they may help radiologists expand their role as members of the patient management team, thereby meeting the challenges of today as well as those of tomorrow. Managing All ImagesTraditional PACS deliver images “pretty much instantly,” he said. But they cannot handle both the ordered and non-ordered imaging with the same elegance. Nor are they very good at bringing non-ordered images into the patient’s timeline. VNA-based solutions do the opposite. They are highly interoperable and scalable, Cunningham notes, but lack the requisite speed and performance.Whether the study is comprised of ordered or non-ordered images doesn’t matter to Philips’ Universal Data Manager. The standards on which the manager is built allow it to handle images effectively and quickly regardless of their type and study size. The first image is available in three seconds, Cunningham said, “as long as the broader network supports that speed.”The challenge of handling non-ordered images is growing, he said. “There are indications that the number of those will far outstretch those of traditionally ordered imaging studies, such as CT scans,” Cunningham said.And the challenge met by the Universal Data Manager goes beyond just handling more and different kinds of medical images. It can be programmed to archive images for varying lengths of time to reflect customizable priorities set by the medical provider. For example, radiographs of a routine adult wrist fracture might be purged after 12 months, whereas a pediatric CT study might be kept for much longer, up to 20 years. “Requirements can vary state by state and institution by institution,” he said. Sponsored Content | Blog | Greg Freiherr | Enterprise Imaging| December 15, 2016 Philips’ IT: Breaking Down Silos, Not Extending Them News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more CarolinaEast Health System Illumeo with Adaptive IntelligenceEran Rubens, Philips’ chief technology officer for enterprise imaging, compares Illumeo to an intelligent smartphone map application. A consumer trying to find a restaurant, for example, might use a smartphone app to find a restaurant. The app might then automatically state the hours of operation and even present a menu from the restaurant along with its phone number.In much a similar but much more sophisticated way, Illumeo with adaptive intelligence isolates the clinical focus of the radiology study and automatically provides additional patient data that may be helpful when interpreting the images. It also retrieves images from prior exams. These priors are called up, registered with the current images, and displayed in a way that allows easy comparison, Rubens noted.”The most appropriate images from prior exams pop up,” he said. “They are aligned anatomically so the radiologist is looking at the region of interest (in the patient) so they get an apples-to-apples comparison.”This confluence of medical data takes shape seconds after the radiologist clicks the worklist. Illumeo draws the relevant information together using its adaptive intelligence techniques.”Built-in intelligence understands the anatomical context and thus what the radiologist is looking at on the screen and is able to scan for relevant priors and data from the EMR,” Cunningham said. “Radiologists just click on the work list and all this context — this highly relevant information — just appears.”Illumeo not only changes the way radiologists interpret images but how they share their findings. Rubens explained that images are shared, in context, to illustrate important points and findings.”The referring physician can navigate through the exam,” he said. “So instead of being forced to use whatever view the radiologist happened to be using — whatever frozen image — the referring physician can interrogate (the radiologist’s) findings interactively.” Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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