Failing firm spent big on luxuries as it sought government funding NB

first_imgFREDERICTON – Taxpayers were left on the hook for close to $70 million while top executives of the failing Atcon group of companies were spending money on luxury items including vacation property in Aruba, New Brunswick’s auditor general says.“A company that is in such severe financial crisis, coming to the province looking for funding, you just wouldn’t expect to see such extravagance,” Kim MacPherson said Tuesday.She says a $50-million loan given to Atcon in 2010 by the former Liberal government of Shawn Graham was never going to be enough to save the Miramichi-based construction and manufacturing company from eventual failure.MacPherson released her second report into the failure Tuesday, with an attempt to answer where the money went.She said that while most of the nearly $70 million the province had given the company starting in 1993 went to business-related activities, more than $700,000 of personal expenses went through company accounts.MacPherson said those purchases included a vacation property in Aruba, jewelry, luxury car leases, RRSP contributions and personal income tax payments.She said the company was also leasing a corporate jet with operational costs of $8.2 million from 2008 to 2010.“Overall, our analysis showed the company had a growing amount of debt, insufficient working capital, and a severe cash shortage,” she said.Atcon declared bankruptcy in 2010, just nine months after receiving $50 million in new loans.In a report released in 2015, MacPherson said the government provided the loans to Atcon despite advice to the contrary from senior government staff.She said the government also gave up its security on the loan.“We consider cabinet’s decision to release the province’s security as the critical failure in the Atcon file. Cabinet ministers interviewed, in our view, offered no clear explanation for their decision,” MacPherson said.She said the province was only able to recover $2.8 million of $63.4 million it was owed by Atcon, but would have gotten up to $19 million more if it had not given up its security.In comparison, the Bank of Nova Scotia recovered $77.2 million of the $99.2 million it was owned by Atcon.MacPherson said she interviewed six members of the current Liberal government who were cabinet ministers in 2010 and none had an adequate explanation for giving up the security.MacPherson is critical of Opportunities New Brunswick — a provincial Crown corporation intended to attract companies to the province and help existing ones grow.She said ONB said it had implemented most of the 19 recommendations from her first report on Atcon, but in reality has only implemented four.Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said Tuesday that ONB’s CEO, Stephen Lund, should be fired as a result.“The premier should take accountability for this and Stephen Lund should lose his job over this. He should be fired,” Higgs said.Lund side-stepped the firing suggestion at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.“Two and a half years in we’ve got a great track record. We’ve done great things. We’ve attracted companies and have worked with hundreds of companies across the province. We’ve done a lot of work internally. We have the best team I believe in the country today. We have strong policies and procedures in place and we will continue to be better at what we do,” he said.Roger Melanson, president of the Treasury Board, said Tuesday the government has full confidence in Opportunities New Brunswick.Melanson said with all the knowledge the government has now, and two volumes from the auditor general, the previous government’s decision to give money to Atcon was a mistake.“We’ve learned from this. We’ve absolutely learned from this,” Melanson said.Higgs said he thinks the government was just trying to delay the collapse of Atcon so that it didn’t become an election issue in the fall of 2010. The Liberals still lost that vote.In February 2013, the conflict of interest commissioner concluded that Graham was in a conflict at the time the loan guarantees were provided because his father was a director of Vanerply, a Swedish subsidiary of Atcon.Graham was fined $3,500.He later resigned his seat in the legislature.last_img read more

Katy Perry Honored At Trevor Live

first_imgOn Sunday, December 2nd, The Trevor Project honored international super star Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award and Audi of America with the Trevor 2020 Award at “Trevor Live” in Los Angeles.Katy Perry Honored At Trevor LiveCredit/Copyright: JC Olvera/WireimageAs performers and special guests arrived for Trevor Live, hundreds of thousands of people tuned in online for a special live stream of the red carpet, hosted by Co-hosts Shira Lazar and Tyler Oakley interviewed dozens of talented supporters of The Trevor Project and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth for a 2-hour live red carpet arrivals show, sponsored by Toyota Financial Services. This high-profile annual event benefits the life-saving, life-affirming work of The Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.“Trevor Live,” directed by Adam Shankman, featured performances by Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti, Betty Buckley, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Barrett Foa, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dermot Mulroney, Kayla Radomski, Andrew Rannells, Naya Rivera, Kyle Robinson, Jessica Sanchez, Ryan Teddar, with celebrity Voice of God, Amy Poehler.“Trevor Live” featured special appearances by Christa B. Allen, Justin Bartha, Chris Colfer, Whitney Cummings, Derek Hough, Sarah Hyland, Rashida Jones, Jason Kennedy, Ricki Lake, Samuel Larsen, Jane Lynch, Ashley Madekwe, Gabriel Mann, Joel McHale, Kevin McHale, Pauley Parrette, Connor Paolo, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Brittany Snow, Jenna Ushkowitz, Bebe Wood, and celebrity guest DJ Samantha Ronson!“I am so proud to be honored by The Trevor Project as a Trevor Hero,” said Katy Perry, Trevor Hero Award honoree. “I hope all LGBTQ youth know that they are as valuable as anyone else, that they are amazing and unique, and make the world a more vibrant place. Trevor’s life-saving, life-affirming work helps youth find the future they deserve. I want every young person to choose to have a tomorrow and to dream for the future.”Perry continued, “And if they don’t get to hear it enough, I hope they know that they can pick up the phone to call the Trevor Lifeline, or log on and talk to someone on TrevorChat. It’s okay to ask for help. You are worth it. Make a pledge to yourself to get help if you need it, because we need you in our lives.”“The Trevor Project is proud to have honored Katy Perry with the Trevor Hero Award and Audi with the Trevor 2020 Award. And thank you to Adam Shankman for again lending his talent as director of Trevor Live, and all the incredible talented performers and presenters who made the event memorable,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project. “Trevor Live is where entertainment and cultural change align to send a message to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth that they deserve a bright future, and it starts the moment you reach out to The Trevor Project.”“On behalf of Audi of America, I would like to sincerely thank The Trevor Project for this recognition,” said Michael Patrick, Media and Entertainment Communications manager at Audi upon acceptance of the Trevor 2020 Award. “Audi is grateful to be able to help encourage LGBTQ youth to take pride in themselves and the communities that support them. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and being a true leader means being unique and being authentic.”The Trevor Hero Award honors Katy Perry for empowering youth and increasing visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community. The Trevor 2020 Award recognizes long-time Trevor supporter Audi of America as a progressive organization that supports the LGBTQ community. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention.last_img read more

Ed Sheeran Leads A Host Of Huge Names Supporting Red Nose Day

first_imgSuperstar Ed Sheeran is amongst a whole host of comedians and celebrities getting involved in this year’s Red Nose Day on Friday 24 March, to help transform lives here at home in the UK and across Africa.Ed Sheeran Supports Red Nose DayThe world-famous singer-songwriter joined Comic Relief on a visit to the Liberian capital Monrovia, where he met children living on the streets, many of whom had been orphaned by the recent Ebola outbreak.During his trip, Ed visited the Street Child Liberia project which uses Comic Relief cash to help give vulnerable children a better future, reuniting them with their relatives and helping them get back into school.“I’ll never forget the kids I met on this trip,” Ed said, “when we sang together they were in such high spirits despite everything they’d been through.“It was an incredibly eye opening experience and I’m really proud to support Comic Relief and see what they are doing to help these children have a better future.”Ed’s not the only celeb doing his bit, The Red Nose Convoy will see three pairs of celebrities get behind the wheel for an African road trip like no other. Reggie Yates, Michaela Coel, Russell Kane, Hugh Dennis, David Baddiel and Katy Brand are swapping their home comforts for life on the road as they make their way from Kenya to Uganda, delivering crucial supplies to Comic Relief funded projects en route.And it wouldn’t be Red Nose Day without piling on the fun. Catch the hottest new comedy talent around at Comic Relief Live gigs, get your Mel and Sue fix as they host brand new show Let’s Sing and Dance, and watch the Noses come to life in the celeb-voiced digital comic strip, Comic Adventure.Red Nose Day will culminate in a night of unmissable live comedy on Friday 24 March, with hosts including Sir Lenny Henry, Joe Lycett, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Warwick Davis, Sally Phillips, Greg Davies, Jonathan Ross and Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders.For all things Red Nose Day, visit read more

PRRD host a special meeting with the Government regarding Southern Mountain Caribou

first_imgUPDATE: There has been a change of address for the special meeting. The new location is;Regional District Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BCDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A special meeting of the Board will be held with Government regarding the Southern Mountain Caribou, Central Group. The purpose of the meeting is to receive a delegation from Deputy Minister Dave Nikolejsin, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, and Deputy Minister Mark Zacharias, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.The public is welcome to attend to hear the presentation from the Province.The meeting takes place 10:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2019, in the Co-op Mercer Hall at the Encana Events Centre located at #1-300 Highway 2, Dawson Creek BCThe agenda is available online at and a video recording of the meeting will be posted within two business days after the meeting.last_img read more

Rabats Mohammed V University Ranks Best in Morocco in International Lists

Rabat – Rabat’s Mohammed V University is the only university to be included in the rankings of international universities by United States institutions, including QS World University Rankings 2018 and US News Best Global Universities 2017, said the university in statement on Monday.Mohammed V also took the lead of Moroccan universities in the British Times Higher Education 2018 rankings.QS 2018 ranked Mohammed V University of Rabat first nationally, 15th in Africa, and 801st out of a total of 1,000 universities worldwide. The ranking, which included 18 African universities, including nine from South Africa, five from Egypt, and one each from Morocco, Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya, is based on several criteria, including the general international vision of the institution, students’ success, and the emphasis on scientific and academic research.The US News 2017 ranking placed Mohammed V University of Rabat first nationally, 15th in Africa and 86th out of a total of 100 best universities worldwide, taking into account 12 performance criteria.This ranking included 21 African universities, including nine universities in South Africa, six from Egypt, two from Tunisia, and one each from Morocco, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria.Mohammed V University is also placed in other international rankings, including the Chinese Shanghai 2017 rankings and the Spanish Biometric rankings. read more

Iraq top UN envoy lauds proper conduct of election recount process

Following an appeal by the State of Law coalition, a political group headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, regarding the election results, the Electoral Judicial Panel ordered the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) to recount by hand all ballots cast in the governorate of Baghdad. “The manual recount represented a legal right to deal with complaints and thus has affirmed the legitimacy of the elections,” Ad Melkert, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said in a press release.According to media reports, the recount has upheld the narrow lead of the party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, over Mr. al-Maliki’s coalition in the 325-member Council of Representatives. Mr. Melkert commended IHEC’s work in ensuring the integrity of the process, as well as its efforts to carry out the recount in a well-organized, professional and transparent manner. He also voiced pride in the support provided by the UN political mission in Iraq, known as UNAMI, which provided IHEC with advice and support during the pre- and post-election process. The results, announced yesterday, must still be ratified by the Federal Supreme Court. The Special Representative called on all parties to begin, as soon as possible, talks towards forming a new Government. At least 12 million people cast their votes in the 7 March polls, in which more than 6,000 candidates took part. Mr. Melkert said after results were announced later that month that the elections were credible, with no evidence having been found of any systematic or widespread fraud during the vote count. Iraqis, he said, deserved credit for “an historic achievement.” In a related development, UNAMI’s human rights office recently joined forced with a United Kingdom-based non-government organization, Aegis Trust, to train Iraqi lawyers on international criminal law and fair trial principles. The five-day workshop in the northern city of Erbil also aimed to deepen the attorneys’ understanding of what qualifies as international crimes, focusing on the principles of international humanitarian law and guidelines for monitoring criminal trials, among other issues. A senior trial judge from the Iraqi High Tribunal was among those sharing their experiences with the eight lawyers who took part in the workshop. “This training gave us the opportunity to learn and hear of experiences from other tribunals on accountability for serious crimes,” said a female lawyer who participated in the workshop. Also in northern Iraq, Sardasht Osman, an independent journalist, was abducted in Erbil and found dead two days later in the city of Mosul, and the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called for an investigation into his killing.“The use of violence to muzzle freedom of the press, which is founded on the basic human right of freedom of expression, cannot be tolerated,” said Irina Bokova, the agency’s Director-General.Mr. Osman, 23, was a reporter for newspaper Ashtiname and also contributed regularly to the independent websites Sbei, Awene, Hawlati and Lvinpress. He was also in the final year of his English studies at the University of Erbil.According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-governmental organization, the slain reporter’s brother said that Mr. Osman had received phone threats from people asking him to stop publishing stories critical of regional authorities. 17 May 2010The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today welcomed the “proper conduct” of the manual recount of votes cast in the country’s March parliamentary polls. read more

Energy board grants export licence to proposed Shellled LNG project in BC

CALGARY — The National Energy Board has granted an export licence to LNG Canada Development Inc., a liquefied natural gas terminal proposed by Shell Canada Ltd. and three Asian partners in Kitimat, B.C.Over a 25-year period, LNG Canada is allowed to export 670 million tonnes of natural gas, which will have been chilled into a liquid state, enabling it to be transported around the world via tanker.Annually, LNG Canada will be able to export 24 million tonnes of gas.The federal energy regulator says it’s satisfied that the amount of gas to be exported doesn’t exceed what will be needed within Canada.The LNG Canada partnership includes Shell, South Korea’s Kogas, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. and China’s PetroChina Company Ltd.They have picked Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) to build a 700-kilometre pipeline connecting prolific shale gas fields in northeastern B.C. to the port of Kitimat.There are several projects in the works planned for both Kitimat and Prince Rupert, B.C., to export natural gas to lucrative Asian markets.The North American price of natural gas has been depressed in recent years, as advances in drilling techniques unlock huge supplies from shale formations across the continent, leading to a supply glut.Companies hope by connecting that fuel to higher-demand Asian markets, their product will fetch a much better price.Last week, pipeline firm AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA) and a Japanese company formed a partnership to explore shipping liquefied gas to Asia.Malaysia’s Petronas, which recently acquired Progress Energy Corp. for $6 billion, is planning to build an LNG facility near Prince Rupert capable of processing 12 million tonnes of gas per year.U.S. energy giants Chevron Corp. and Apache Corp. are jointly developing another LNG terminal in Kitimat B.C. Chevron got involved in that project only recently after it bought out the stakes of Encana Corp. and EOG Resources. That plan envisions processing 10 million tonnes of gas per year.Another proposal called BC LNG, owned by the Haisla First Nation and Houston-based LNG Partners, expects its first shipment in 2014. read more

A huge boon Alberta town hopes to pull new kind of energy

EDMONTON — An Alberta town is planning to pull a different kind of energy from the abandoned oil and gas wells that ring its outskirts.Hinton, west of Edmonton on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, is teaming up with academic researchers and the private sector to install what may be Canada’s first geothermal heating system in its downtown core.And some say it could change the ground rules for industry all over Alberta.“It would be a huge boon for the economy of this province,” said Jonathan Banks, a University of Alberta geologist who’s working on the project.The town and Calgary-based Epoch Energy propose to re-open an abandoned gas well near the community and use heat from the bottom of the hole to warm municipal buildings.Water five kilometres down simmers at 120 C. It would be pumped topside and used to warm another fluid, which would be piped downtown to the networked buildings. The water would then be re-injected.One study has run the numbers for 12 public buildings, including schools, government offices, the hospital and the RCMP detachment. The $10.2 million cost would be paid back in 16 years at current natural gas prices. The town would cut its CO2 emissions — and associated carbon tax costs — by 3,795 tonnes a year.“It makes sense,” said Hinton Mayor Rob Mackin. “We were built on resources and this is just an extension of that.”Banks draws a distinction between ground source heat pumps in common use and true geothermal energy. The first, he says, draws on solar energy stored in the top layers of the Earth while the second uses heat actually generated in the depths.The geothermal concept is widely used around the world, but Hinton’s version has a few wrinkles.Rocks beneath the town contain tiny pores which hold oil, gas and water. Pump those pores dry and rocks behave differently. Those differences are well-understood for hydrocarbons, but not water.“When it’s related to oil and gas, we know everything,” said Banks. “When it’s related to geothermal, we actually don’t know any of this stuff.”Water from that far down is full of salts and other materials such as heavy metals. Will those materials crystallize out at the surface? It’s not known.Questions on pump rates, pipe sizes, flow rates and well spacing all need to be answered.The town has asked the provincial government for $1.2 million. Hinton and the university have borne the cost so far.There are also legal and regulatory issues.Alberta has no legal structures for owning heat. A system to encourage oil and gas producers to transfer end-of-life wells to geothermal producers needs to be developed. Transferring environmental liability from oil and gas producers to geothermal producers must be figured out.“There has to be a really fulsome conversation between oil and gas, green energy producers and the regulator to say there’s a good outcome here if we can figure out how to do this together,” said Lisa Mueller of Epoch Energy.The Alberta Energy Regulator says it is already discussing how to adapt to geothermal, as is the province.If the questions are answered, the possibilities are large. Alberta has thousands of oil and gas wells that offer possibilities.“We would typically look for water above 60 degrees,” said Banks. “There’s a practically unlimited supply of that in Alberta. There’s an ocean of it.”Geothermal heat could sponsor a whole new industry — greenhouse agriculture.“If you could go to a greenhouse developer and offer a 20-year fixed-price heat contract, there’s a lot of upside there,” said Mackin.Communities such as Boise, Idaho, use geothermal to melt snow off streets. Any industry that needs to heat water — such as the oilsands — could let heat from the Earth do the heavy lifting, carbon-free.If everything goes well, Mackin said his town hopes to have the pilot project up and running as early as 2019. If it is, Canada will join the rest of the world.“This isn’t new elsewhere in the world,” he said. “This is new for Canada.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 read more

UN increases appeal for Pakistani quake relief by 80 per cent to

“We meet today to prevent a second shockwave of deaths, and to prevent further suffering,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a ministerial-level donors’ conference in Geneva attended by more than 300 participants from 100 countries. The original Flash Appeal issued two weeks ago sought $312 million. “For the next few days and weeks, we literally remain in the life-saving phase,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the injured in acute need of medical assistance, the more than 3 million left homeless, the thousands in towns and villages cut off by quake damage from the rest of the world, all while the harsh Himalayan winter approaches inexorably. “That is why this catastrophe has given a new, all too human meaning to the concept of a race against time. I believe it is a race that can be won and must be won.But it will require a dramatic escalation on every front: more funding, more logistics, more manpower.” As the scope and size of the 8 October tragedy becomes dramatically clearer, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is stressing the need for increased logistical air support to deliver life-saving supplies. “It is essential to note that only a few weeks remain before the arrival of winter. Thousands of injured, dehydrated and undernourished survivors sheltering in fields in makeshift shelters or in the open air in temperatures below zero are likely to die unless they can be reached before the harsh mountain winter sets in,” OCHA warned. The UN and its partners have now increased their estimate of people in need of immediate assistance to at least 1.6 to 2 million from 1 million. Those affected urgently require winterized shelter, medical care, food, and water and sanitation facilities, which must be delivered via commensurate logistics capacity and resources.“Eighteen days after the earthquake, the unfolding picture reveals levels of human and economic devastation unprecedented in the history of the subcontinent,” OCHA said. “Hundreds of towns and villages have been completely destroyed… The earthquake destroyed most hospitals, schools, government buildings, and communications infrastructure. Additionally, many of the local officials needed for the immediate response fell victim to the disaster.” Most roads and bridges have been destroyed and landslides have cut all access to some areas, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in mountain valleys yet to be reached. Thousands of injured have not yet been treated and their injuries, although treatable, are likely to prove fatal if they are not reached within days, OCHA added. While over 100 international organizations, including the UN search and rescue teams, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), European Union (EU), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and bilateral partners immediately poured into the country, it is clear the response provided so far is inadequate, OCHA said. More than two-thirds of the $238-million increase is attributable to the extraordinary logistical requirements imposed by the inaccessible terrain. Air support is required to move aid to those in need before the arrival of winter. Only $67 million have so far been received in contributions, meaning that the new amount is only 12 per cent funded.“Every dollar, euro or yen committed today will save lives,” Mr. Annan told the meeting. “Every helicopter provided will rescue the injured, among them hundreds of children. Every shelter erected will save a family from the ravages of winter. Every bridge built between Pakistan and India will help reach those in need.”Speaking to journalists after the conference, Mr. Annan said the current crisis underscored the very urgent need for a standing Global Revolving Fund, which he has previously stated could contain between $500 million and $1 billion. “We are asking for $550 million today. If we had had a Revolving Fund of, let us say $500 million, we could have started the operation immediately, then waited for contributions to come in.”Now, without that Fund, we have to wait for the contributions to come in to be able to operate effectively. And I think some of you have heard me say that the way we are forced to operate is a bit like a fire station. You tell the fire chief you need a fire station, but we will build you one when the fire breaks,” he added.UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said the disaster was unprecedented. “We have never had this kind of logistical nightmare, ever” due to the difficult terrain and approaching winter, he said.Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wendy Chamberlin reminded the gathering of Pakistan’s nearly three decades of support for one of the world’s biggest refugee populations – the millions who fled Afghanistan’s wars and turmoil. “It’s payback time,” she said in prepared remarks. “Now we must stand by them.” read more

Donald Trump calls Sadiq Khan incompetent after hackers target Metropolitan Police website

With the incompetent Mayor of London, you will never have safe streets!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2019 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. Superintendent Roy Smith tweeted: “Our media team are working hard to delete the messages and ensure the security of the account. Please ignore any Tweets until we verify that it is back under official control.”The offending messages were taken down in the early hours of Saturday. The Twitter feed of the Met Police We are aware that the @metpoliceuk has been subject to unauthorised access and our media team are working hard to delete the messages and ensure the security of the account. Please ignore any Tweets until we verify that it is back under official control. RT— Supt Roy Smith (@roysmithpolice) July 19, 2019 Some included abusive and sarcastic messages such as “F**K THE POLICE FREE THE GANG”, “no comment get my lawyer” and “what you gonna do phone the police?”.A Scotland Yard superintendent said the Met’s official account had “been subject to unauthorised access”. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said there has been no “hack” of its IT infrastructure following the incident.Scotland Yard said the security issues only related to its online provider called MyNewsDesk, which it uses to issue news releases.A spokesman said the force was working to establish exactly what happened. The Twitter feed of the Met Police Donald Trump has called Sadiq Khan “incompetent” and said that London will “never have safe streets” after the Metropolitan Police’s website was targeted by hackers who posted a series of bizarre tweets from the force’s official account.The President of the United States attacked the Mayor of London in a tweet on Saturday morning which read: “With the incompetent Mayor of London, you will never have safe streets!”The President’s has quoted a tweet from right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins which said officers have “lost control of London streets” and “lost control of their twitter account too”. The comments were in relation to a series of unauthorised tweets on the Metropolitan Police’s official Twitter account. The force denied that its IT system was hacked, adding that the security issue had only affected its MyNewsDesk account, which it uses to issue news releases.Late on Friday, a series of tweets were sent out expressing anti-police sentiments and calling for the release of drill rap artist Digga D. “We have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk,” the Met said in a statement.”At this stage, we are confident the only security issue relates to access to our MyNewsDesk account,” it added. read more

Morning Press: Jack the cat home; body recovered; arrest in fatal crash

first_imgWhat kind of weather is headed our way this weekend? Check out our local weather coverage.Here are some of the top stories of the week:Cat taken from Hough neighborhood porch is returned home after 7 weeksA Hough neighborhood cat who was missing for seven weeks has been reunited with his family.A cat named Jack, who was taken from a porch in an incident caught on video, is back home, according to I Paw’d It Forward, a local nonprofit group that took over the search. A Facebook post in June by the cat’s owner, Nora Syverson, had included the home surveillance video, causing a stir on social media along with numerous phone calls and emails to police.June 5 incident was caught on home surveillance videoRelated story: Community welcomes Jack the cat’s safe returnBody recovered from Washougal RiverA body was recovered Monday night from the Washougal River east of the Southeast Vernon Road bridge.Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded about 7 p.m. to the 38700 block of Northeast Washougal River Road, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The body was recovered with the help of the Clark County Fire District 6 technical rescue team.last_img read more

Gerrard will learn more about his team – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone insists the club’s manager Steven Gerrard will learn a lot about his players over their next three fixtures.Gerrard who was appointed as the club’s manager at the end of last season has enjoyed a very impressive start to life at the Ibrox, with his team yet to lose a game in all competitions after ten games.With two wins and a draw coming in domestic league and cup competitions, the former Liverpool captain couldn’t have asked for a better start.But with games against Motherwell, a second leg UEFA Europa League playoff tie against FC Ufa and the derby against Celtic, Johnstone insists Gerrard would learn more about his team during that three-game spell.“There is a huge difference in the team from last year and Rangers are undoubtedly more of a unit now and there is a higher calibre of player across the park.” Johnstone said, as quoted by Evening times.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Defensively, we are not giving as much away as we were last season but if Steven has one worry I think it will be in a creative sense. We are not getting enough in the final third at times and I am sure Steven will try and correct that.”“Overall, though, it has been a really impressive start and the win over Ufa on Thursday night has given Rangers a chance to get back into the group stage of a European competition.”“The clean sheet at Ibrox was important and if Rangers score over in Russia I think the tie is finished. It is a great opportunity.”“If we can get through in Russia next Thursday, what a lift that would give everyone ahead of the big one, the one that we have all been waiting for at Parkhead on Sunday.”“The only bonus going into the Old Firm is that Celtic will be playing – albeit at home – on the Thursday night as well so they have that to contend with.”last_img read more

Sampdoria director returns to work after health scare

first_imgWalter Sabatini has returned to his role at Sampdoria after being rushed to hospital in September with breathing problemsThe 63-year-old sustained some very serious respiratory problems, due to being a regular smoker, and was rushed into hospital in September.But Sabatini is now fully recovered and ready to get back into his role as director of football at Sampdoria after suspending his “relationship with cigarettes”.“The doctors have won, so, for now, I’ve suspended my relationship with cigarettes,” Sabatini told Il Secolo XIX.“I’m fine and the worst is behind me. I can’t express myself fully, but I feel good and I’m happy to be back.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It’s been a tough few months for me, both in the hospital and at home, and I certainly missed working on the field.“For now don’t ask me about the transfer market. We’ll have the chance to talk about it in the next few days.”Sabatini formerly played as a midfielder during his playing days for the likes of Perugia, AS Roma and Parma.Meanwhile, Sampdoria will return to action from the winter break this Saturday against AC Milan in a Coppa Italia last-16 match.last_img read more

The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBridgetown, Barbados, 9th February 2017 –  Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region. Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life. The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% and 8% of GDP in the Caribbean, thus creating a significant drain on Caribbean economies, and threatening development prospects.Recognizing the critical need for leadership and cross sectoral action to address this health issue, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and with funding from CDB hosted a meeting to develop a road map to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security.The opening ceremony took place earlier this week at the Barbados Yacht Club, and was marked by the presence of the Barbados Minister of Health, The Honourable John D. E. Boyce and other high level officials from regional institutions.In his welcome remarks, Dr C. James Hospedales, CARPHA Executive Director said “The meeting will look at how we can together accelerate action on the ground, in countries, in the food environment and nutrition area, especially for the most vulnerable – our children.  The meeting is historic as it gathers at least half of CARICOM Institutions to focus attention on a key development challenge through implementing a 6-point policy package for healthier less obesogenic food environments.”  He went on to say fiscal and trade measures, mandatory nutritional labeling to empower consumers and elimination of trans fats from food supplies are among the areas that must be addressed, buttressed by region wide and sustained information and communication.President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), Professor Trevor Hassell, congratulated CARPHA in hosting the meeting and stated that “HCC strongly supports this initiative since the issue at hand, namely childhood obesity and overweight and consequential epidemic of NCDs, present a significant health and development challenge for the people of the Region requiring as it does a multi-sectoral, whole of society response.  This requires active participation and engagement of the public sector, both health and non-health, civil society and the private sector working hand in hand and contributing in their respective areas of expertise and influence.”Ms Jessie Schutte Aine, PAHO Programme Coordinator for the Caribbean told the gathering there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children who are overweight or obese in the Region. She added that childhood obesity is a rapidly growing epidemic, putting children at risk of developing serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease and leading to premature death and disability later in life.  She stated available data indicates that in one generation, the Caribbean has moved from problems of 2 malnutrition and underweight children to the other extreme. According to Ms Schutt Aine over the last 35 years, there has been a major shift in diet moving away from staple foods that are indigenous to the Region, towards foods that are highly processed.“NCDs has long been identified as one of the three super priorities for Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH)”, stated Dr Rudolph Cummings in his opening remarks. The Programme Manager for Health Sector Reform at CARICOM stressed the need for a more genuine effort at harnessing the intersectoral energies that are required to make a difference in our NCDs problem and congratulated CARPHA on hosting the meeting.Through a virtual presentation, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, also underscored the need for the Region to take decisive action, and stated that the “timing of this action cannot be overstated and the opportunity to develop a road map is welcomed in order to deal with the issue.” Mr Cox explained that a “strategic alliance between the private sector, public sector and civil society is necessary to affect change and move in concert.”“As a Caribbean Region, we have faltered in our response to the epidemic in childhood obesity with many countries in the Region reporting prevalence rates in excess of 30% in the pre-teen and teenage population. Collectively, we are well positioned to drive this important element of the health agenda within CARICOM,” stated Honourable John D. E. Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados in his feature address.  Minister Boyce went on to say there is a need for greater enforcement of the policy of physical education in schools. He believes that more time should also be allotted for physical education sessions, even during the ‘exam’ term.In closing the Minister thanked CARPHA for its work in developing appropriate regimes to the childhood obesity epidemic, and its technical support to developing surveillance systems, health promotions strategies, and policies options for addressing childhood obesity.The Regional High Level Meeting to Develop a Road map on Multi-sectoral Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity through Improved Food and Nutrition Security takes place from 9th – 10th February 2017 at the CXC Headquarters. The focus of the meeting is to foster collaboration between regional economic and social sector institutions to support the implementation of a 6-point policy package developed by CARPHA as part of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health initiative (CCH-IV). #MagneticMediaNews #ChildhoodObesitycenter_img Related Items:#ChildhoodObesity, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between July 22, 2018 to July 29, 2018 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierVietnam Memorial Moving Wall program by Lizzy HillLibrary hosts local authors’ book launch event by Sheryl WalshNational Grid lockout affects Wilmington workers by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell Sun‘This is healing for me’ (Moving Wall) by Kori TuittHis main event: Leading cancer fight by Kori TuittLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Rajya Sabha passes resolution slapping 200 duty on Pakistani

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed a statutory resolution for levying 200 per cent duty on all goods exported from Pakistan. The Upper House also adopted the move to increase basic customs duty (BCD) on lentils (Masur), boric acid and diagnostic and laboratory reagents. The resolution sought to raise BCD on lentils from 40 per cent to 50 per cent. The duty on boric acid would go up from 17.5 per cent to 27.5 per cent. For diagnostic items, the duty increase is from 20 per cent to 30 per cent. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The two statutory resolutions were moved by Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur on behalf of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and both adopted by voice vote. The first resolution sought to approve the February 2019 notification to insert new tariff item 9806 00 00 under Chapter 98 of the First Schedule of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975 to prescribe 200 per cent customs duty on all goods originating in or exported from Pakistan.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 19 The Wager

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /16:50center_img Public DomainPostcard depiction of two popular Frisco Railroad passenger trains, The Meteor and The Texas Special. The Meteor is at left. Both trains were equipped with diesel locomotives and brand new line paint schemes in 1948.On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus break down these tumultuous topics in Texas political news:The passing of Gov. Mark WhiteTexas Education Agency may take over ISDs across the state for low performanceLt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Cities run by democrats are the problem!No democrats running for governor?Then the profs dig deep into – rhymes with “merry mecial mession” – this very special session. How many of  Gov. Abbott’s priority bills will get passed? Care to wager? By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

CM confers Banga Bibhushan award to Asha Bhosle

first_imgKolkata: Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was conferred the Banga Bibhushan, the West Bengal government’s highest award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday at Nazrul Manch.”I am elated that Asha Bhosle has accepted our invitation and has taken the pain to come here. We can never forget her contribution,” Banerjee said at the event.Expressing immense happiness over the facelift that the City of Joy has undergone in relation to the development work carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government over the past seven years, the noted playback singer said: “I came to Kolkata and found the city to be too beautiful. There are no potholes on roads. Facilities in the city have increased manifold. All this looks to be magical. I am very happy to have come here.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBhosle was congratulated by the audience with a round of applause when she appreciated the city and at the same time, she sang a line from one of her most popular songs “Jete dao amake dekona” in honour of the Chief Minister who requested her to hum a few lines.Banerjee also recollected that her government had also wanted to give Banga Bibhushan award to Lata Mangeshkar but mentioned: “We have the highest regard for Lataji. But we couldn’t bring her due to her age.” She added that her government is always ready to confer the award on her whenever she is fit to collect it. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Chief Minister further said that she felt privileged to honour the “stars” from different fields with the Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan awards. Besides Asha Bhosle, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, retired Judge Shyamal Sen, author Samaresh Majumdar, Santhali language researcher Suhrid Kumar Bhowmick, Rajbangshi researcher Girija Shankar Ray, veteran footballers Subrata Bhattacharya and Mohammed Habib also received the Banga Bibhushan award. Elocutionist Partha Ghosh, singers Arundhati Hom Choudhury and Sreedhara Bandyopadhyay were recipients of the Banga Bhushan award. The Chief Minister also announced that the Banga Bibhushan will be given to Birju Maharaj. The top brass of the state government will be visiting his house to hand over the award.Earlier in the day, Banerjee had tweeted: “Today is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Our State Government has always believed in unity in diversity. Communalism has no place in the minds and hearts of the people of Bengal”.last_img read more

UKs most popular LGBTI event is back get ready for Brighton and

first_imgBritney Spears’s Las Vegas show has been voted the #1 residency in the city. | Photo: Britney Spears/FacebookIt’s Britney, bitchAs every year, marchers will welcome amazing international acts. After the likes of Boy George, Pet Shop Boys, Paloma Faith, Years & Years, Fatboy Slim, Carly Rae Jepsen and more, this year it’s Britney Spears’s turn to grace Brighton and Hove Pride with her presence.Straight from one of the most loved Vegas residencies, her Piece of Me set is surely one to remember. The Baby One More Time singer will take the main stage in Preston Park alongside Ella Eyre and Pixie Lott. Mnek, Mabel, and Louise will also perform.Marchers at 2017 Brighton and Hove Pride. | Photo: Chris Jepson via Brighton & Hove Pride/FacebookLove BN1 FestWhile the tickets for the festival on Saturday are now sold out, there is still the chance to attend Love BN1 Fest on Sunday. A full day of family-friendly, community fun, the festival will see Nile Rodgers & Chic headlining. Jess Glynne, Gabrielle, and Raye will also take the stage.Find the full list of events here.UK newspaper The Guardian has dubbed Brighton and Hove Pride the most popular LGBTI event in the country. | Photo: Chris Jepson via Brighton and Hove Pride/FacebookRead more about Prides:All you need to know about Pride Amsterdam’s suggestive Canal Parade Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Britney Spears will headline Brighton and Hove Pride. | Photo: Britney: Piece of Me GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The festival takes place over the weekend of 3-5 August, with the parade taking to the seafront on Saturday 4 August.Colour My World at Brighton and Hove PrideThis year’s theme is Colour My World, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the creation of the rainbow flag. 300,000 people are expected to wave their flags and sport their best outfits for the big day.Set to attract the largest crowd to date, the Carnival of Diversity Community Parade starts at Hove Lawns at 11am. It will then travel through the city center, passing Brighton’s landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion. See the full parade route here.This year’s theme is Colour My World. | Photo: Chris Jepson via Brighton & Hove Pride/FacebookThe festival at Preston ParkPeople from all over the world will flood into Brighton to take part in the celebration for the LGBTI community during the festival.Kicked off by one of the official Pride parties, Queer Prom: Rainbow Ball, on 3 August, the festival will start at 12pm on 4 August. The one-day event will see Preston Park transformed into a playground of performance and dance tents. There will also be a wellbeing field, and food and drinks stalls to keep revelers fueled throughout the day.Moreover, QueerTown, a new area in the north end of the park, will provide attendees with alternative live music, cabaret, comedy, burlesque, and performance art. Dubbed the UK’s most popular LGBTI event, Brighton and Hove Pride returns to the south coast of England for its 27th year.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 10, 2012 Intelerad Releases New Version of InteleConnect Portal features enhance communications functionality, increase flexibility for referring physicians 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 | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more 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 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more 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 October 10, 2012 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the release of InteleConnect 4.4.1, a new version of its referring physician portal. Recognized for its intuitive navigation and functionality, InteleConnect 4.4.1 delivers high-quality medical imaging reports and images, with enhanced communication and self-service functionality to improve efficiency.“InteleConnect is a zero-footprint clinical portal that facilitates instant patient-centric collaboration between radiologists and referring physicians, which is something that was requested by a number of our customers,” said Rick Rubin, Intelerad chief engineering officer. “With InteleConnect 4.4.1, referring physicians’ user experience will be greatly enhanced, allowing them to access information faster and deliver better service to patients.” Key features in InteleConnect 4.4.1 include:On-refer, which allows referring physicians to see who dictated the original case and easily refer specific cases to a specialist.Break-glass functionality, which provides clinicians with self-service access to restricted patient results (with audited access), which alleviates the administrative burden of adjusting permissions to allow a physician to access a file.A free iOS app that will be available in Apple’s iTunes App Store, streamlining the user experience by providing physicians with instant notifications regarding pending cases on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.Instant messaging for consultations, built directly in the solution.Real-time confirmations that physicians have viewed the radiology results.The ability to display multiple levels of critical results, pending critical results and results acknowledgements to ensure that physicians have all of the information they need.As with previous versions, InteleConnect is compatible with any Web browser, provides optional audio reports, patient search, timely email notifications for critical results and status updates of ordered requisitions. The solution also offers premium placement of a company name and logo, so a radiology group’s brand can be recognized and associated with quality results. Additionally, the portal provides the ability for radiology groups to advertise events or post group messages to referrers.“We’re quite excited about the continued evolution of InteleConnect,” said Rubin. “As with all of our releases, we spoke at length with our customers to deliver a product that meets their needs. In this case, our goal was to improve the way physicians and radiologists work, both independently and collaboratively, and I’m confident in saying that this solution will meet that goal.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Related Content Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | 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 last_img read more