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US moves draft resolution in UN to blacklist JeM chief Masood Azhar

first_imgUnited Nations: Stepping up the international pressure to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the US, supported by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief. Two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council, the US on Wednesday circulated the draft resolution to the powerful 15-nation Council to blacklist the leader of the Pakistan-based terror group and subject him to a travel ban, an assets freeze and an arms embargo. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details UN sources told PTI that this is the “first time” the US, the UK and France have moved a draft resolution directly in the Security Council to designate Azhar. The previous have been listing proposals in the Sanctions Committee of the Council to designate Azhar. Unlike a listing proposal, which is generally under a 10- day no objection period, the draft resolution is not under any no-objection provision. Sources said that the draft resolution will be discussed informally and then it goes to the Council. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday However, it’s not yet decided by when a vote would be held on the draft resolution, during when it could again face a veto by China, which has in the past blocked bids to blacklist Azhar. Sources said the draft resolution would condemn “in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide bombing” on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed 40 CRPF personnel. An annex to the draft resolution says Azhar is associated with the Islamic State terror group, Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating” or “supplying, selling or transferring arms and related material” or supporting acts of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). It says that Azhar founded JeM after his release from prison in India in 1999 in exchange for 155 hostages held on an Indian Airlines flight that had been hijacked to Kandahar, Afghanistan. It adds that Azhar was previously the leader of the terrorist group Harakat al Mujahadin, also known as Harakat ul-Ansar, and that most of these groups’ members subsequently joined Jaish under Azhar’s leadership. In 2008, JeM recruitment posters contained a call from Azhar for volunteers to join the fight in Afghanistan against Western forces. The Sanctions Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. However, for a resolution in the Security Council to pass, it needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes from any of its five permanent members – China, Russia, the United States, France and the UK. France, the UK and the US on February 27 moved a proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee. It was under the no-objection period and Committee members had a period of 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. More than a dozen member states had co-sponsored the proposal. About an hour before the no-objection deadline was to expire on March 13 at 3 PM, China blocked the proposal by putting a hold on it. India expressed disappointment by the outcome, saying in a statement “this has prevented action by the international community to designate the leader of JeM, a proscribed and active terrorist organisation which has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February 2019”. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an apparent reference to China blocking the proposal to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council when he said Wednesday that China abuses over a million Muslims at home, but “protects” violent Islamic terror groups from UN sanctions. “The world cannot afford China’s shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims. On one hand, China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN,” Pompeo said in a tweet, without mentioning the JeM or the outfit’s chief. The February proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. In 2009, India moved a proposal by itself to designate Azhar. In 2016 again India moved the proposal with the P3 – the US, the UK and France in the UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of the attack on the air base in Pathankot in January, 2016. In 2017, the P3 nations moved a similar proposal again. However, on all occasions China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, blocked the proposals from being adopted by the Sanctions Committee. A UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. An assets freeze under the Sanctions Committee requires that all states freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities. The travel ban entails preventing the entry into or transit by all states through their territories by designated individuals. Under the arms embargo, all states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts and technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.last_img read more

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UN Headquarters to be illuminated in blue to bring diabetes to light

14 November 2008The United Nations headquarters will join 800 monuments throughout the world in being lit up in blue at 6:30 tonight as part of the “Bring Diabetes to Light” campaign, which aims to highlight the impact of the disease affecting more than 180 million people worldwide. Other participants in the World Diabetes Day Monument Challenge that will light up include the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the London Eye, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Niagara Falls, the Tower of London, the Kuwait Towers, the Sears Tower, the Alamo and the Burj al-Arab.The monuments will either light up in blue or light a blue circle – the circle symbolizing life and health and the colour blue reflecting the sky that unites all nations – as part of the campaign by the International Diabetes Foundation.In his message to mark World Diabetes Day, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged for more action to inform children and adults about the warning signs of the disease, particularly in the developing world, as diabetes is often diagnosed late or misdiagnosed as the flu.“This year, we focus on the challenge of diabetes among children and adolescents. Diabetes is on of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, and both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can strike children at any age,” said Mr. Ban. “We must also ensure access to proper medical care. Many children in the developing world die from diabetes because they do not have insulin.”In 2005 alone more than 1 million people died from diabetes, of whom almost 80 per cent were from low and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).The Secretary-General warned that without immediate action the number of people worldwide with diabetes will continue to multiply, as will the number of deaths.“WHO projects that without urgent action, deaths from diabetes will increase by more than 50 per cent in the next 10 years. And by 2030, the number of people worldwide with diabetes – currently more than 180 million – is likely to double.”Mr. Ban thanked the International Diabetes Federation and the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh for co-sponsoring a panel discussion on diabetes and further congratulated Bangladesh for the country’s strong commitment to the UN.“Let us each do our part to shine a light on the impact of this deadly disease, and to light the way toward improved health services and care,” he said. read more

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Remand for Sarath Kumara Gunaratne extended further

Gunaratne was arrested in connection to the alleged misappropriation of funds of the Negombo lagoon development project. (Colombo Gazette) Former Deputy Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne was further remanded today after being produced in court.The Colombo Chief Magistrate ordered that Sarath Kumara Gunaratne be remanded till January 20.

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24 million needed for food distribution to 2 million in Burundi UN

“While some food distributions have already been postponed or cancelled, starting in early June WFP will have to cut by 50 per cent its maize rations. In addition, all food-for-work activities which support local development will be suspended. By August, all other food aid commodities will be reduced” and by September all the food stocks will have run out, the agency said.WFP said its representatives in Burundi would focus on life-saving activities, such as therapeutic feeding for malnourished mothers and children, but even those programmes would be reduced without additional funds.Some 40.5 tons of food were urgently needed to assist 2 million Burundians until December, it said. In addition, more than 90,000 Burundian refugees were expected to return soon to their homelands and have been relying heavily on WFP assistance.The food rations keeping nearly a million farmers in Burundi from having to eat their seeds instead of planting them were also at risk, it said.”War has robbed plenty of Burundians of their homes and livelihoods. We have to do everything we can to make sure the assistance we provide meets their basic needs and support the return to peace. Otherwise, peace and democracy will just remain empty concepts,” WFP’s Zlatan Milisic said. read more

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South Sudan UN launches mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of

UNICEF and WFP jointly launched a mass mobilization campaign today, where 240 trained volunteers will go door-to-door to assess and screen more than a quarter of a million children in Warrap, South Sudan till the end of the year, and refer those with malnutrition to health facilities and other nutrition treatment centres.“Visiting every single home will help ensure that children who are malnourished or sick will be referred for treatment and will receive life-saving care,” said Vilma Tyler, Chief of Nutrition for UNICEF in South Sudan in a statement.The statement further said that the community volunteers, who have been trained by the state Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and WFP, will teach mothers and caregivers how to keep their children healthy through best practices on nutrition, hygiene and sanitation.Similar campaigns conducted in 2014 has helped the UN agencies to strengthen its response around prevention and treatment of malnutrition by better providing communities with food and access to services to treat both severe and moderate acute malnutrition.According to the IPC report, at least 30,000 people are living in extreme conditions and face starvation and death in the country and in Warrap, about 26,000 children are thought to be acutely malnourished.Further, the report observed that despite Warrap not being directly affected by the ongoing conflict, the acute levels of food insecurity, inadequate food consumption, poor maternal and child feeding practices, illnesses and limited availability of health and nutrition services have contributed to the high numbers of malnourished children.The statement indicated that UNICEF has treated nearly 100,000 severely malnourished children under five at it outpatient therapeutic programme services, and added that WFP assisted more than 205,000 moderately malnourished children under five, since January 2015.However, the UN agencies warned that basic health and nutrition services remain out of reach for most children in South Sudan. read more

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UNs 2016 Year in Review Challenges and milestones for the international community

Yet 2016, the hottest year on record, was also marked by critical breakthroughs, such as the historic Paris Agreement on climate change entering into force faster than any other UN treaty, Colombia clinching a historic peace deal to end 50 years of civil conflict, and governments as well as stakeholders from the private sector agreeing on a plan to control carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also came into force this year, with calls for greater efforts towards their implementation.Also this year, which marks his last at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti for the world body’s role in failing to properly address the cholera epidemic that has claimed the lives of at least 9,000 Haitians since 2010. In addition, he announced a $400 million two-track plan to stem the outbreak and provide long-term support for those affected.Serious challenges remain on the international community’s agenda – especially in Syria, South Sudan and Yemen – with Secretary-General Ban calling for unity and consensus among UN Member States in order to resolve these and other conflicts around the world. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, was selected as the new UN Secretary-General and pledged to move away from fear and focus on rebuilding trust globally.The “UN Year in Review 2016,” produced by the UN Department of Public Information, takes a look at the milestones and challenges that marked the past 12 months.2016 United Nations Year in Review read more

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Opinion Cleveland Cavaliers playoff run should be celebrated not mourned

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James heads to the bench with seconds remaining in the game against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on June 16, 2015. The Warriors won, 105-97, to clinch the championship. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Cavaliers came up short.The curse lives on for another year (unless, of course, the Indians start living up to the lofty expectations of Sports Illustrated).The Cavs have still never won an NBA championship, and the good people of the City of Cleveland still haven’t been able to weep tears of joy since the winter of 1964.So as one of those (hopefully) good people, why do I feel an absence of dread the next day? In fact, I even feel pretty good about what just transpired in the NBA playoffs, even if it was the Golden State Warriors winning it all.The answer is simple: This is clearly not the end of the road for the Cavs. The window is still wide open, and I remain as confident as ever that LeBron James will bring a trophy to the city sooner rather than later.In 1995, after the Indians won 100 games and made their first playoff and World Series appearance in 41 years, a parade was held in their honor. Sure, there was no trophy to hoist — that was way down south in Atlanta — but their runner-up finish represented something new: hope and optimism. The Indians might’ve lost the series, but the city was sure that its time was coming.Of course, the Indians did not fulfill that destiny after all, but hey, that’s Cleveland sports for you.But the NBA is a lot more predictable than the MLB, and it’s hard to see the Cavs coming up short much longer, as long as LeBron is healthy.For one, the Eastern Conference has been, and will remain, absolutely horrible. The Cavs made an absolute mockery of the conference in the first three rounds, going 12-2, including two sweeps. And that was without Kevin Love for 10 and a half of those games and Kyrie Irving hobbled or absent for about half of them.Then in the Finals, against a far superior Warriors team, missing two Team USA players in Love and Irving, the Cavs very nearly stole the series. Their 2-1 lead after three games was the first time a Cleveland team had led a championship series at any point in 67 years.And that’s where my happiness behind the fresh pain of losing the series comes from. I know moral victories do not end a two-generation drought, but I can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel.The Cavs will be better next season. They won’t need half the season to learn how to play with each other, they will be getting Irving, Love and Anderson Varejao back healthy and they will know for a fact that they have the ability to get it done.I know how things work in Cleveland sports too well to count my chickens before they hatch, but this just has a different feeling to it.“There’s always next year” has never felt so true. read more

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Womens Basketball Strong third quarter pushes No 16 Ohio State to 8869

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past defenders in the second quarter against Michigan State on Jan. 27 at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 78-62. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorAfter coming off of a brutal loss in which Ohio State let South Florida junior guard Kitija Laksa drop 41 points on it in an 84-65 loss, the team’s main focus was to bounce back — and bounce back it did.No. 16 Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten) went on the road and beat Illinois (9-18, 0-13 Big Ten) by a commanding score of 88-69. The Buckeyes received a lot of production from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell and redshirt senior Linnae Harper. Mitchell finished with 28 points, while Harper added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Ohio State’s strong third quarter proved to be the difference maker. After a rough end to the first quarter and strong second quarter, Ohio State finished the third quarter outscoring Illinois 28-15. Heading into the fourth quarter, Mitchell had 21 points with the Buckeyes up 66-48.The Buckeyes came out of the gates strong, quickly jumping out to a 13-4 lead to start the first quarter thanks to a couple of Mitchell 3-pointers. That lead quickly disappeared when Illinois closed out the quarter on a 17-3 run to take a 21-16 lead after one quarter. The Buckeyes again jumped out to a strong start in the second quarter to regain a double-digit lead. However, Illinois clawed its way back into the quarter and made its halftime deficit a manageable seven points, 38-31. Ohio State’s lead at the break would have been larger had Illinois junior forward Alex Wittinger been held in check. Heading into the second half, Wittinger had 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds. Wittinger finished with a double-double, 30 points and 16 rebounds.After the third quarter, the Buckeyes cruised the rest of the way. Illinois trailed significantly while Mitchell continued to drain basket after basket in the fourth. After going down 21-16, the Buckeyes outscored Illinois 67-53 the rest of the way.With three games remaining in conference play, Ohio State will look to close out the regular season strong heading into the Big Ten Tournament. It returns home to face Purdue for Senior Night at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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New arrival terminals for CJIA open officially

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTemporary terminal at CJIA in full operationJuly 7, 2017In “latest news”CJIA increases security fees, introduces service charge for passengersApril 16, 2019In “Business”CJIA expansion project: Region 6 Chamber of Commerce representatives given tourJuly 31, 2017In “Business” Passengers at the baggage carrousel at the New Arrivals terminal at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA)The management of Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation (CJIAC) on Saturday officially commissioned its new arrival terminal at the Timehri airport.Passengers arriving into the country were treated to local beverages by local companies BANKS DIH and DDL as they entered through the newly opened terminals.The new Arrivals Terminal and Boarding Bridges were tested earlier this month to ensure all systems under the passenger treatment/loading conditions are acceptable to allow the identification of final opportunities for improvements ahead of today’s opening.According to Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson he is pleased with the current development of the new services.CJIA Chief Executive Officer, Ramesh Ghir deemed the official opening “a major milestone in the airport’s infrastructural developments.”He said that the airport will now “process all arriving passengers through this new terminal.” Ghir made it a point to note that “departing passengers will also be using the boarding bridges.”“So, in essence, from our operational point of view, we’ll be using the newer part of the terminal for both arrival and departures,” the CEO explained.Chief Executive Officer of Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Ramesh GhirThe 4,891 square meters terminal features 10 passport control booths, one elevator, one escalator stair, two functional boarding bridges, three baggage carousels, a spacious customs area and a public greeting hall to welcome the arrival of family and friends.In February last, President David Granger and his Cabinet were given a tour of the airport, and were updated on the progress of the works.During a presentation on the project, it was revealed that some US$114 million has thus far been expended on the airport, while an additional US$27 million would be spent before the end of the year.The airport expansion works are between 75 and 80 per cent completed.The Project’s Manager, Carmichael Thorne, during his presentation, stated that under the previous Administration, Guyana had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between the Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued, but with a reduction in its design and capacity. read more

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55 publicpaid educators earning more than the Taoiseach

first_imgA TOTAL OF 55 staff under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills earn more than the Taoiseach, it has emerged.Data published by education minister Ruairí Quinn shows that a significant number of staff – assumed to be employed at the country’s universities and institutes of technology – earn over €200,000 a year.That amount marks the ceiling for public appointees imposed by the current government after it took office – but the present government remains powerless to lower the salaries of college employees whose contracts predate the new limit.One person earns over €250,000 – the salary paid to the head of state, President Michael D Higgins.By comparison, 3,623 staff (or whole-time equivalents) earn under €25,000 a year, while 14,015 earn between €30,000 and €40,000 – putting them roughly equivalent with the average industrial wage of €36,182.A total of 1,525 staff under the Department’s authority earn over €100,000 per annum.The figures were revealed in response to written Dáil questions from former junior minister Róisín Shortall.Read: ‘Disgraceful’: Students slate top university staff refusal to take pay cutlast_img read more

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Nikola Tesla statue dedicated at Wardenclyffe laboratory in New York

first_imgA statue of Nikola Tesla on the grounds of Wardenclyffe laboratory in Long Island has been dedicated in a ceremony attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic. The inventor (who was Serbian) has found new fans in recent years, more than seven decades after his death. The statue is only the most recent addition to the Tesla Science Center, the upcoming museum which was funded by through an Indiegogo campaign spearheaded by The Oatmeal’s Matthew Ingram last year.The statue depicts Tesla with his arms outstretched in the midst of some sort of experiment. About 100 people showed up for the dedication, which is only the latest step toward making the Wardenclyffe Tesla Museum into a reality. The Indiegogo campaign last year raised $1.3 million, far above the $850,000 goal. The state of New York contributed matching funds to ensure the museum could be built.Wardenclyffe was Tesla’s most famous laboratory, where he began (but never finished) construction of a giant tower to transmit wireless power. Tesla fell on hard times and was forced to sell the property later in his life. The property was passed around over the years, at one point being used as a dumping ground for hazardous chemicals while it was owned by a photographic company. It was also nearly demolished several times.There is still much to do cleaning up the site before the museum can open. Now that the status is up on the lawn, things are starting to come together.last_img read more

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Barrow proud to be first Gambian to score in EPL

first_imgBy Sulayman BahLast Saturday Modou Barrow wrote his name in the history books – becoming the first Gambian to ever score in the English premier league.So that account is deserving of all the adulations thrown on him on backpages of today’s morning tabloids.The 22-year-old bamboozled his way past two markers to cut in from the left before unleashing the ball with his favoured left foot to the net.The goal drew level for the Swans after Ivory Coast Gradel had raced the Cherries (Bournemouth) to the lead with a right footed blast from close range.Sigurdsson scored for a two-all score but it was Joshua King –A player of Gambian heritage – who spoiled the day for Barrow as his side lost 3-2.And speaking on post-match, Barrow who ran to France’s striker Bafe Gomis to celebrate, said:  ‘It is a very proud moment for me to become the first Gambian to score in this league (English Premier League) makes me very happy. I wanted to celebrate with Bafe. He has supported me a lot and he told me that if I keep on doing what I’m doing that I will score soon enough. He said that I am quick one v one and that if I have a chance, I can do it.’Barrow who got subbed in the second-half, continued: ‘My team-mates kept pushing me and I kept working on my finishing. The fans wanted me to score too, and now I can finally get this out of my mind and focus on scoring more goals. It was important to have scored so soon after they had gone ahead. It gave us more confidence and we ended the first half well.”Barrow the EPL side from Swedish second tier side Ostersunds FK.last_img read more

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Rare black supermoon Wednesday offers exceptional skygazing chance

first_img8:35 A perigree full moon, or supermoon, is seen Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Washington. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it’s full. NASA/Bill Ingalls An unusual type of supermoon is set to take the stage this week. It’s called a “black supermoon,” and what makes it unlike other so-called supermoons is that it’s basically invisible. The term “black moon” is an old nickname given to the second new moon in a given calendar month. If you remember your moon phases, you know a new moon occurs when the sun’s light falls on the far side of the moon we don’t see. It’s essentially the opposite of a full moon.The western hemisphere is getting a second new moon Wednesday, July 31 just before the calendar flips to August.Making the celestial happening all the more intriguing is that this black moon comes when the moon is near its closest point to our planet along its orbit of Earth (the orbit is not a perfect circle). This is called perigee syzygy or more commonly, a supermoon. We normally talk about supermoons when they happen along with the full moon, which can make for a lunar spectacle that appears a little larger in the sky than normal. To actually see this black supermoon, however, would require special equipment and significant skywatching experience, but it does offer remarkably dark skies to see other things. Our future on the moon: What will the moon look like… Sci-Tech Space Share your voice 3 Shots of the super blue blood moon worth waking up early forcenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: That’s particularly convenient, as two meteor showers are currently still near their peaks this week. So take advantage of those black skies and the black moon to see if you can catch a shooting star or 2 or 10, just watch out for fireballs raining meteorites.  12 Photos Comments Originally published July 30. last_img read more

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Melania says oped author sabotaging country

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 24 August, 2018 US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, as they travel to Ohio. Photo: AFPUS first lady Melania Trump on Thursday accused the author of an anonymous attack on her husband in the op-ed pages of The New York Times of “sabotaging” the country.The article’s author, who is known to the newspaper but described only as a senior administration official, portrayed US president Donald Trump as “amoral” and reckless, and said a “quiet resistance” had formed among top aides to thwart his most misguided actions.”People with no names are writing our nation’s history,” the first lady said in a statement. “Words are important, and accusations can lead to severe consequences.”She added that anyone bold enough to make such accusations should “stand by their words” rather than hiding behind anonymity.”To the writer of the op-ed — you are not protecting this country, you are sabotaging it with your cowardly actions,” she said.last_img read more

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One Punch Man Season 2 Sees A Character Return and A New

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. One Punch Man first made its debut a while back, nearly two years ago now. It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten to see the One Punch Man himself, Saitama, in action aside from reruns and rewatches and whatnot. But there are some new announcements floating around about the show thanks to an announcement out of Anime Japan in Tokyo.First off, the disciple of Bang, Garou, is going to be coming in One Punch Man Season 2. He was previously seen in Episode 10 of the first season, but just a cameo role where you didn’t see anything other than his name and his silhouette. Now we know the character in all his glory will be appearing, which may not mean that much to you if you haven’t read further in the manga, but it’s still something to get very excited about.Also, there’s going to be a One Punch Man-related anime event called One Punch Man Maji Gakuensai on August 12, where it’s possible we might see the first real trailer for One Punch Man Season 2. That seems to be the purpose of the event, because it makes little sense for there to be an event this far ahead of the series’ debut otherwise. It seems that’s just what this event may be for.One Punch Man is the story of the hero Saitama, who can kill enemies in, very often, one punch as the title implies. He’s just not feeling it much anymore when it comes to going in for the kill and is looking for the same kind of excitement and passion he used to feel, and that’s where the story picks up. The first season is quite short, so you don’t have to worry about getting through a long season if you want to get ready for the second. One thing’s for sure: We’re all ready for the second one to start! ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Netflix Films Can Still Win Oscars For Now

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Netflix movies are still eligible to win Oscars, even though some entertainment industry members did not want the streaming service to be considered for the annual Academy Awards.This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to leave a key eligbility rule unchanged, CNBC reported. The Academy’s board said films from streaming platforms, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, will still be allowed to win Oscars. According to the rule, any movie can be considered for an Oscar, as long as they have a minimum week-long theatrical run at a Los Angeles theater.Ahead of the 92nd #Oscars, we’ve made some changes to the rules. Take a look. https://t.co/zVkOc7ti90For the full rules, click here: https://t.co/hyO4c55hMf— The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 24, 2019“We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions. Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration,” John Bailey, the Academy’s president, said in a press release on Tuesday. “We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”Netflix’s presence at the 91st Academy Awards generated some backlash over the streaming service being eligible for Oscars. Roma, one of Netflix’s movies, earned a nomination for “Best Picture,” and ended up walking away with many Oscars, including “Best Director,” “Best Foreign Language Film,” and “Best Cinematography.”‘Roma’ (Photo Credit: Carlos Somonte/Netflix)Even though Green Book won “Best Picture,” Steven Spielberg reportedly wanted the Academy’s board to update its eligibility rules, so Netflix would be booted out of the nominee pool for Oscars. However, this wouldn’t be so easy to do: Earlier this month, DOJ Antitrust Division Chief Makan Delrahim warned the Academy that banning streaming services from the Oscars could elevate antitrust concerns and violate competition law.For more updates on the Academy’s eligibility rules, visit its website here.More on Geek.com:Netflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban It From OscarsDOJ: Banning Netflix From Oscars May Violate Antitrust Law‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nod Brings Oscars Into MCUlast_img read more

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Two die after drinking hooch in Phansidewa

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons lost their lives after consuming hooch in Phansidewa near Siliguri on Thursday. The deceased include Babul Karmakar (40) and his friend. The other person has not been identified yet. Local residents claim that they died after consuming spurious liquor. There are many such hooch shops in Phansidewa.Locals vandalised two such shops. Police had to intervene to quell the mob. In the past also, there have been reports of numerous hooch deaths from the Madarbox area of Phansidewa. The worst affected is the Madhujot area.last_img read more

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first_img 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 Related Content 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 June 17, 2015 – Together with its customers, Elekta raised EUR 30,575 (USD 33,250) during the 3rd European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) Forum in Barcelona in April. The funds will be donated to Radiating Hope, a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve cancer care, specifically radiation oncology care, around the world.Radiating Hope believes that no patient should be denied potentially life-saving treatment simply because the technology is not affordable. Consequently, it cooperates with hospitals and clinics around the world to take care of their replaced equipment, refurbish the machine and then ship it to a developing country.President and co-founder of the organization, Dr. Brandon Fisher, says: “While I was a radiation oncology resident, I did a medical mission in Africa and discovered that such missions in radiation therapy were almost nonexistent. I wanted to change that.”Elekta and Radiating Hope used the ESTRO Forum to strengthen their partnership agreement, which will see Elekta making an increased commitment to giving people in developing countries access to radiation therapy. The partners also discussed how to advance the role of education and training in countries where the equipment might exist, but not the clinical experience.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 17, 2015 Elekta Helps Raise $33,000 to Bring Radiation Treatment to Developing Countries Fundraising activities at ESTRO to support nonprofit organization, Radiating Hope 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 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 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.  Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 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 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 | 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 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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

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EarthCheck increases connections with small island destinations

first_imgEarthCheck, the global leader in sustainable tourism, has signed a service and support agreement with H Factory, a specialist in hotel services and management for the tourism industry in the Indian Ocean & South Africa.Christophe Carlier, CEO of H Factory, noted that the agreement marked an exciting juncture for sustainable tourism in the region. Carlier said, “Partnering with EarthCheck was a natural choice. Our agreement will provide exciting opportunities for the Mauritius tourism industry.”EarthCheck has worked across the world with small island destinations for close to two decades with clients in the Maldives, the Caribbean, Indonesia, French Polynesia and Australia.Stewart Moore, CEO and Founder of EarthCheck, said that small island destinations are faced with many problems and sustainable tourism plays a key part in preserving local cultures and environments.Moore said, “This strategic agreement with H Factory will support EarthCheck’s commitment to delivering the highest level of service to its small island members.“We aim to help lower the environmental impact and operational costs of tourism businesses and destinations while supporting local communities.”EarthCheck’s flagship program EarthCheck Certification has helped clients in more than 70 countries realise over USD 500 million in operational savings while reducing their footprint on the environment.last_img read more

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Are New Homebuyers Feeling the Effects of TRID

first_img Over five months after the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, first-time buyers are still enduring its consequences with closing delays on home purchases.The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk found that the share and volume of first-time homebuyers rose marginally year-over-year in January 2016.According to AEI’s First-Time Buyer Mortgage Share Index (FBMSI) released Monday, first-time buyers accounted for 56.1 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee in January 2016. This number is up from 56.0 percent last January, but down from 56.7 percent in December 2015.AEI credits ” the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, which delayed the closing on some home purchases in late 2015″ as the leading cause for the slowdown in first-time buyer activity.”We expect activity to rebound in next month’s release. Despite the recent distortion to loan volume, the use of leverage continued to grow, with the Agency FBMRI (which measures the stressed default risk of first-time buyer loans) showing a significant increase over the prior January,” the report stated.First-time buyers accounted for 56.1 percent of primary owner-occupied home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee, up a shade from 56.0 percent the prior January.Improvements in the labor market, riskier mortgage lending, and continuing low mortgage rates kept the first-time buyer share moving upward through December 2015.“On a year-over-year basis, the first-time buyer share increased only modestly in January, with the rise likely suppressed by the implementation of TRID,” said Edward Pinto, codirector of the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI’s) International Center on Housing Risk. “Once this impact abates we expect the housing market, particularly at the entry-level, to exhibit strong demand, in combination with shortness of supply, which will continue to drive home prices up faster than incomes and inflation.”The share of first-time buyers within the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) was just over 80 percent, while Freddie Mac’s share was approximately 40 percent, the data showed. Fannie Mae’s share of first-time buyers has consistently been near 43 percent.According to the report, the combined FBMSI totaled about 50.7 percent in January, up from 50.6 percent last year and down from last month when it was 51.2 percent.Click here to view the full report. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination American Enterprise Institute First-Time Buyer Home Purchase Mortgage 2016-02-22 Staff Writer Are New Homebuyers Feeling the Effects of TRID?center_img February 22, 2016 581 Views Sharelast_img read more

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