Govt refuses to confront villagers tilling land allotted for helipad

first_imgDarjeeling: Backed by the BJP, villagers of Milanpalli started tilling the government land that had been marked to build a helipad at Gajoldoba in Jalpaiguri district.Incidentally, villagers of the area have been protesting against the government’s decision to construct a helipad on the earmarked plot. Under the influence of the saffron party, they tried to forcefully occupy the government land and have stayed away from discussions with the district administration despite being invited for talks. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaMany of the villagers alleged that they have been indulging in cultivation in the Milanpalli area for the past 40 years. They further stated that despite many of the farmers having Patta (land documents), the government is using the land for a helipad. On Friday, Tourism minister Goutam Deb had visited the area. He had assured that anyone who has valid Patta will not have to part with their land. “This area has 244 acres of government land. Out of this, Patta had been given to 44 acres for agriculture. Minus the Patta land, we still have around 200 acres. For the land where we have given Patta, there is no question of requisition. Out of the land the government has, we require 3.46 acres for the project. Out of this, 2.45 acres will be used for the helipad and the remaining 1 acre will be used for constructing quarters for the employees. Despite knowing all these details, some BJP leaders from outside are constantly provoking the villagers just to create unrest and disturb the peace and tranquility,” alleged Deb. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOn Monday, villagers along with BJP leaders arrived at the plot along with tractors and oxen and started tilling the land. When neither the district administration nor the police resisted, they celebrated dubbing it as a victory. Nabbendu Sarkar, district secretary of the Kishan Morcha affiliated to the BJP, said: “Wherever the government will try to requisition land in North Bengal, we will put up a resistance.” On Saturday evening, the government board had been removed from the plot. Trinamool has alleged provocation by the BJP to create unrest in the region. “The government will not give into any sort of provocation. They are trying to create a Singur-like situation. Under no circumstances will we allow peace and tranquility to be disrupted. The local residents are being misled and provoked by the BJP,” stated Khageshwar Rai, MLA, Rajgunj.last_img read more

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Kejriwal meets CPI delegation to discuss political situation in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met a delegation of Communist Party of India (CPI) to discuss the political situation in the country especially in Delhi and discussed ways to defeat the BJP.CPI leader D Raja said the delegation discussed with Kejriwal how the saffron party must be defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal, responding to question earlier on Tuesday on his recent decision to form alliances with other political parties, said the “the Modi-Amit Shah duo is dangerous for the country and the whole country should unite to remove them” He said “in this direction whatever has to be done would be done”. Noting that the country is important, Kejriwal said no party or leader is small in front of the country. “There are two types of people in the country — one are Modi bhakts and another are those who want Modi to lose. The number of Modi bhakts is lower than that of the people who want to defeat Modi,” he told reporters earlier.last_img read more

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TSX Wall Street climb as loonie shoots up nearing 76 cents

TORONTO — North American stock markets rallied and the loonie neared 76 cents US after an optimistic outlook for oil prices suggested they may have reached their lowest point.The International Energy Agency said in a report that oil prices may have “bottomed out.” Boosted by the news, The April contract for benchmark North American crude rose 66 cents to US$38.50 a barrel.The commodity-sensitive loonie closed up 0.65 of a U.S. cent at 75.58 cents US, after reaching a morning peak of 75.93 cents US. The spike in oil prices also boosted North American stock markets.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the S&P/TSX composite index closed up 142.86 points at 13,522.00 for its third consecutive weekly advance.In New York, the S&P 500 gained 32.62 points to 2,022.19, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 218.18 points to 17,213.31 and the Nasdaq rose 86.31 points to 4,748.47.Elsewhere in commodities, the April contract for natural gas rose three cents to US$1.82 per mmBtu and May copper rose two cents to US$2.24 a pound. April gold fell $13.40 to US$1,259.40 a troy ounce. read more

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Nova Scotia books in no shape for legislated cut to HST finance

Nova Scotia books in no shape for legislated cut to HST: finance minister HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s finance minister says a cut in the harmonized sales tax scheduled for next year is in jeopardy.Diana Whalen said Tuesday that the province can’t afford to lose about $190 million in revenue for each percentage point cut in the HST.“Given the figures that we have been presented with it will become clear that it is not the right thing to do at this time,” Whalen said in an interview. “We will not be cutting off any source of revenue because we cannot afford to do so.”The former NDP government brought in legislation to cut the HST by two percentage points over two years, beginning next year, which would bring the tax down to 13 per cent.While Whalen wouldn’t give specifics about the figures to be presented in a fiscal update she is scheduled to release Thursday, Whalen said projections by the previous NDP government are significantly off the mark.Whalen said the province’s overall fiscal situation is worse since the NDP announced in August that the province was running a slender surplus of $18.3 million.She said revenues have fallen to lower levels than were projected in the previous update, which she said was “overly optimistic.”“I think this update will show that even revenue sources that we were counting on were depressed in the last six to eight months,” Whalen said.The NDP said its acting leader, Maureen MacDonald, was unavailable for comment. MacDonald was the party’s finance minister before the NDP was defeated in October’s election.Whalen said the province’s latest financial numbers also throw into doubt when the books can be balanced, although the government is promising to eliminate the deficit before the end of its mandate. She said balancing the books will largely be tied to ongoing signs of an economic recovery in the United States, the main customer for Nova Scotia exports.Based on what she heard from the other provinces at meetings this week of the country’s finance ministers, Whalen said Nova Scotia is likely looking at balancing its books on the same timeline that her counterparts outlined — within two to three years.“I’m taking a bit of a lead by what’s happening in the other provinces because they are very much in the same situation with their economies,” she added.Whalen said the NDP was “ideologically tied” to a balanced budget because the party promised to eliminate the deficit in the 2009 election campaign.“I think they had so much at stake that they really bent and twisted the budget … to create the illusion of a balanced budget,” she said.Whalen said the government will continue to control spending while any discussions about potential program cuts would have to wait until budget consultations begin in January.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the NDP forecast a surplus of $16.4 million in August. by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 2:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Brock employees working to improve Ontario accessibility through provincial committees

Brock University has representation on two provincial committees created to improve accessibility standards throughout Ontario.Rick Welland, Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics, was chosen to serve on the Health Care Standard Development Committee, while Christopher Lytle, Brock’s AODA Co-ordinator, was selected for the Employment Standard Review Committee.The pair began attending meetings at the end of March, with Welland on an 18-month appointment and Lytle a six-month appointment.The health-care committee was established to develop new accessibility standards, while the employment committee is conducting a review of existing legislation.“This particular standard for health care has been a long time coming,” said Welland, who is pleased to be a part of the development process.People with disabilities can encounter a variety of barriers — attitudinal, educational, physical and systemic — when trying to access health-care services.“Accessibility barriers to health care involve much more than providing ramps for wheelchairs and accessible elevators and washrooms,” said Welland, who before joining Brock’s faculty worked for many years as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of Ontario health-care settings.“There are some significant attitudinal and systemic (largely policy-based) barriers that need to be removed before Ontario can claim to have an accessible health-care system.”Some of those barriers include:health-care providers learning how to approach and communicate with people who are totally blindhow to communicate respectfully with people in wheelchairs and with people who have severe communications disabilitiesmaking sure to use preferred methods of communication, such as sign language or an electronic communication deviceeliminating health-care policies that offer services of differing quality to groups of people with disabilities.Accessibility standards for health care are needed to “protect the rights of all Ontarians with disabilities by removing as many accessibility barriers as possible, by ensuring that new barriers are not created, by giving patients a more effective mechanism for reporting rights violations and by establishing an effective means of enforcement,” Welland said.Lytle joined the provincial review committee to have a say in the critical legislation, and to highlight steps Brock is taking to ensure its accessibility.“We’re viewing accessibility as a culture of diversity instead of a reaction to requests for accommodation,” he said of the University, adding it’s a cultural shift organizations across the province should be adopting.“My intent in applying for the committee was to try and hit home the idea that there can be a culture achieved through the development of provincial law.”Lytle said Brock, as well as the Niagara Region, should take pride in the fact that they have voices at the table during such substantial provincial discussions.“We want to ensure we’re able to put our hands up. This applies to us. To have our input within the creation of this law is huge.”The review committee’s members will have an opportunity to consult with their constituents, going back to their respective municipalities and organizations to collect feedback.“While doing AODA implementation here at Brock, I’ll be able to bring people in from different aspects of the University to ask their opinion on things,” Lytle said.“That level of connectivity with government I think is unprecedented. It’s very inspiring to see.” read more

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Ohio State mens basketball ready to pursue coach Thad Mattas sixth Big

OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta speaks to the team before practice Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU is set to begin its season Saturday against Morgan State. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team welcomes Morgan State to the Schottenstein Center Saturday as it begins the pursuit of yet another deep NCAA Tournament run.OSU coach Thad Matta welcomes back eight players from last season’s team that lost to Wichita State, 70-66, in the Elite Eight. Notable returners are senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott. With that many players holding extensive game experience, Scott said “the sky’s the limit” for OSU this season.“I believe the sky’s the limit for us really,” Scott said. “We believe we can be a national champion, a Big Ten champion but we know we have other things we have to work on. We can’t come in on days and not play our best. We gotta be ready with our ‘A’ game or we’re going to lose.”Thompson agreed with Scott, adding that the team is looking to build off the success from last year.“We have a veteran basketball team, a team that’s been here, a team that knows how to win and a team that’s won,” Thompson said. “We’re just excited to get after it against real opponents now in the games that count and really look to build on what we started last year.”Matta said the team is much farther ahead than it usually is at this point in the season — especially on defense.“I think that we got our core principles down sooner maybe than we have in the past,” Matta said Friday. “I think it’s allowed us to be hopefully a little more defensively. I want us to be as aggressive as we possibly can.”The Buckeyes finished 27th in the nation in scoring defense last year, only giving up 59.4 points per game. That comes from a cohesiveness on the defensive side of the ball, Matta said, which starts on the perimeter.“I think we’ve got four of what I consider the best defenders in the country with Aaron (Craft), Shannon (Scott), Lenzelle (Smith) and Sam Thompson,” Matta said. “Those guys, you see them taking more chances, being just a little bit more aggressive. Which I love to see.”Matta said the starting lineup “could change periodically” this season.“So much of it is just the role definition of what we need guys to do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “I think we’ve got great depth.”Regardless of who starts, the goal always remains the same.“Nobody in that locker room cares about who gets called out for starting lineups,” Thompson said. “At the end of the day we all want to win, and we all want to do what’s best for the program. Whoever gets called to start the game, gets called to start the game.”Morgan State returns a lot of veteran players from a team that went 17-15 last season, and 10-6 in the MEAC. The Bears have four seniors and two juniors, all who played significant time last season.“They have a lot of size and go rebound the ball well,” Thompson said. “We know that they’re a good basketball team coming in, and we have our work cut out for us.”It’s not a secret that the team is ready to get the season started in pursuit of Matta’s sixth Big Ten title in what will be his 10th season at the helm.“I like the energy, I like the fire we’ve had,” Matta said. “We’ve been competing and we’ll continue to compete … but all the work they’ve done up to this point, now it’s time to go and go against somebody for real.”Tip off against the Bears is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Farmers welcome documents showing sea eagles do kill healthy lambs

sea eagle Mr McCornick said that while sea eagles had brought tourism benefits to some in the Highlands, farmers and crofters were paying the price.He added: “With numbers expected to grow exponentially over the coming decades, potentially into the thousands when combining adult and juvenile birds, the impact on sheep producers will expand far wider than the current hotspots as they follow available food sources east and south.”A number of measures are being used to try to prevent the eagles taking lambs, including helium balloons, lasers and diversionary feeding.According to research commissioned by RSPB Scotland, sea eagles are worth £5 million to tourism on the Isle of Mull alone. SNH’s “white-tailed eagle action plan” was produced following an agreement between SNH and NFU Scotland in 2014 to work together to find ways of limiting the impacts of the birds on sheep farming. Farmers have welcomed an “admission” by Scotland’s conservation agency that white-tailed sea eagles are killing large numbers of healthy lambs and sheep.The giant raptors, Britain’s biggest bird of prey, have been successfully reintroduced across the country but are controversial with farmers and crofters because of predation on livestock.The population is said to have been growing exponentially since a series of releases of young Scandinavian birds, which began in the 1970s, and could reach nearly 1,000 breeding pairs within 20 years.Scottish Natural Heritage has published a series of documents on the management of the birds, nicknamed “flying barn doors”, which NFU Scotland said recognised the growing impact on sheep on the west coast.According to the documents, one farm monitored by SNH lost an extra 181 lambs between 2012 and 2018.Post-mortem examination of a small sample of lambs killed by the sea eagles found most were fit and healthy when attacked, while conservationists have often claimed the birds usually take dead or weak animals. There are currently thought to be around 130 breeding pairs, with many more juvenile birds as they do not pair up until they are five or six years old.Andrew McCornick, president of the farmers’ union in Scotland, welcomed the publication and called for enhanced efforts to protect livestock as the numbers rise.He added: “For some of our farming and crofting members on the west coast of Scotland, predation by white-tailed eagles of lambs and, in some cases, adult sheep, is an unwelcome threat to their future viability.”For a long time, the impression has been given that only weak or dead lambs are subject to white tailed eagle predation.”Recognition that predation includes healthy sheep and lambs vindicates what many farmers and crofters affected by white tailed eagles have been saying for some considerable time.”It is clear to me that [this] predation could have a serious impact on the sustainability of hefted hill flocks on some farms and crofts.” sea eagle The incident was captured by an amateur photographerCredit:Douglas Currie/Deadline News A sea eagle in the Inner HebridesCredit:Ray Cooperman He said the papers also showed that where there is a lack of alternative prey for the eagles they carry on preying on sheep beyond the lambing period in spring and present a threat to adult sheep throughout the year. 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. read more

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Column My husband was holding back tears when he told me Callum

first_imgAUGUST 2008 IS a time that my family and I will never forget. This was when my baby son Callum got meningitis. He was just ten months old.It started out with what seemed like an ear and throat infection. I brought him to the doctor for antibiotics and was confident he would get better quickly. But something didn’t seem right. He had been sick before but this somehow it seemed different.On a visit that day to see my mam Callum was very fussy. He didn’t want his bottle, he didn’t want to be held and he was sleeping a lot which definitely wasn’t like him. I started to have a niggling feeling of worry but headed home and reassured myself the antibiotics would soon kick in.SymptomsBut I was wrong. The next day Callum got worse. He started vomiting, he couldn’t hold down food and even water came straight back up. He was also sleeping excessively but would wake in pain with a strange cry. I remember carrying him into the kitchen where he would shriek every time he was confronted with the daylight shining in through the patio door. It was at this point that his fever also really shot up.It is so hard as a parent to know when is the right time to ask for medical help. We had already seen the doctor the day before and I knew I needed to give the antibiotics a chance to work. But something just didn’t feel right. We had to have another opinion.My husband and I took him to Mullingar General Hospital. Here Callum was put on a drip but the doctor said he should be fine. That was such a relief to hear. Later on he wasn’t really showing any signs of improvement so the doctors decided to do a lumbar puncture to check for signs of infection.Diagnosis The tests were taking a while and Callum seemed stable so my husband said he’d stay with the baby so I could go home to shower. I was about halfway home when I got the call you dread. My husband was trying to hold back tears as he told me the tests had come back and Callum had pneumococcal meningitis.Meningitis had never even entered my head; it was something that happened to other people. I’ve heard of meningitis, I knew it was scary but I remember thinking – Callum didn’t have a rash.Callum was then rushed to Temple Street for treatment.  He was later moved back to Mullingar, in total spending four weeks in hospital. It felt as if it was just bad news after bad news and we were so scared of what the outcome could be for our precious little boy. The first thing you think of is will he make it. Meningitis kills.Strikes fear in your heartEven before Callum got the disease I knew that. It is a word that strikes fear into your heart. But the doctors also then started to talk to us about the potential after effects he could have if he did survive. Amputations, deafness, brain damage… the list goes on.Thankfully Callum was one of the lucky ones. He has made a full recovery and is now a happy six year old with a love for football.My experience with meningitis will never leave me and I still get emotional when I think about how close we came to losing our son.Looking back on it now, my biggest regret is that I missed so many of the signs and symptoms that I just wasn’t aware of. Knowing the signs of meningitis can be the difference between life and death.Callum never developed a rash, something that so many parents associate with meningitis, but which is actually one of the last symptoms to appear.AwarenessNow I also know his screams in the kitchen from the bright lights was another sign. He also had the fever, the vomiting and the excessive sleeping. However, despite this, never once did meningitis enter my head.I reached out to the charity ACT for Meningitis to share my experience with parents who have been through similar situations. I am also now involved with awareness raising events for ACT as I hope that by sharing my story that I can help other parents be more aware of the signs and symptoms of this devastating disease.Children are currently not vaccinated against all types of meningitis so even if they’ve had their shots parents need to know the symptoms and act fast. The best advice I can give parents is that you know your child best so trust your instincts and go see that doctor if you are at all worried it could be meningitis.Roisin Hartley is a stay at home mam originally from Dublin and now living in Walsh Island, Co Offaly with her husband Eamonn and two children Callum (6) and Layla Rose (3).last_img read more

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Googles Cr48 Chrome notebook will let you choose between CAPS and search

first_imgGoogle’s first Chrome OS netbook, the Cr-48, isn’t really anything special on the hardware front, but one curious peculiarity of the notebook is that it ships with a Google search key in place of the Caps Lock key.Predictably, the change has been met with some outcry, but don’t despair: according tyo the Chrome OS notebook “getting started” guide, it’s fairly easy to switch the functionality back to Caps Lock in the platform’s settings.AdChoices广告Says Google:“If you really need Caps Lock so you can post an INSIGHTFUL COMMENT ON YOUTUBE, click the wrench, click Settings, and then go to the System section to change the Modifier Key from a Search key to a Caps Lock key.” I understand why Google is giving their notebook a physical search key, but the contempt of whoever made the decision for people who type in all caps just drips from that smarmy sentence. What’s so enraging is that it seems like a lot of high up tech people just don’t understand that the Caps Lock key is employed by millions of people every day for purposes that aren’t just sheer obnoxiousness: any person dealing in product numbers and designations — which includes this tech writer — leans upon the Caps Lock key as a major time-saving measure. Yeah, that’s right, Google: professional writers use the caps lock key all the time. Stuff the smarm then, would you?Read more at Googlelast_img read more

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NAB economist the worst is behind us

first_imgThe Australian economy is stabilising and showing signs that conditions are holding up quite well, according to Greek Australian economist Spiros Papadopoulos. Mr Papadopoulos, a Senior Economist for National Australia Bank (NAB), highlighted to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) that the evidence in the economic data suggests a cautiously optimistic outlook for the economy. “We saw house prices rise in the June quarter, [while] retail spending is being quite solid and consumer confidence has improved, which we saw through the 3.7 percent increase in the latest figures,” Mr Papadopoulos pointed out. “All the leading indicators suggest that the worst is behind us, as we are not going to contract for as long or as severely as people were fearing early in the year,” he added. Mr Papadopoulos concedes that the economy is still “fairly soft” with business investments at a low and rising unemployment rates, but he predicts that a recovery could be nearing. “There is enough evidence in the data to suggest that we’ll see a recovery take hold over the next 12-18 months,” he said. This is the reason why many economic analysts including Mr Papadopoulos predict that the Reserve Bank of Australia will move next to raise interest rates. When asked about the impact of the stimulus packages Mr Papadopoulos indicated that consumer spending will slow down “after the cash hand outs wash out of the system”. But he underscored that consumer and business confidence has held up because economic growth has followed the same track. “Unemployment has not risen as much as people were expecting,” Mr Papadopoulos noted. “They were people who thought that unemployment would rise to 9, 10 or even 11 percent and it’s quite clear that this is not going to happen,” he explained. He agreed that unemployment will rise, yet at a more modest level of 7-7.5 percent.Another factor that must be taken into account when one forecasts the possible economic scenarios in the near and medium term future is the performance of the US economy. Mr Papadopoulos argues that the US economy seems to be approaching a turning point. Although the official data from its GDP growth is still negative, Mr Papadopoulos suggests that certain economic figures in monthly indicators “show signs of an improvement”. “House prices [in the US] increased in the latest figures for the month of May, which is the first increase in over two years,” Mr Papadopoulos emphasised. Additionally he highlighted the significant decrease in the number of people who are losing their jobs each month despite the fact that it still remains high. “The pace of contraction of the US economy is slowing and if things continue like they have in the last few months we could see growth by the end of the year,” he said. The general economic assessment, can be summarised: we’re not out of the woods yet but we’re beginning to find our way back to economic recovery. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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PeaceHealth embraces Medicaid expansion

first_imgDespite the health care uncertainties at the federal level, PeaceHealth leaders say they are focused on providing the best care to local patients at the lowest cost — regardless of what happens with the Affordable Care Act.“We cannot design our organizational strategy around government policy,” said Sean Gregory, chief executive of PeaceHealth’s Columbia Network, which covers Clark and Cowlitz counties.Gregory and Dr. Robin Virgin, a family medicine physician and part of the PeaceHealth leadership team, talked about the future of health care and struggles of meeting current demands during a meeting with The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Friday afternoon.One of the biggest challenges of the Affordable Care Act locally has been the expansion of Medicaid, Gregory said. Clark County’s Medicaid population nearly doubled, but the provider capacity to care for those who became newly insured did not, he said.The influx of patients led some providers to limit access. PeaceHealth did not, but providing primary care to the growing population has been challenging, Gregory said. PeaceHealth is working with other local medical groups, as well as community organizations, to find solutions to primary care access issues facing Medicaid clients, he said.last_img read more

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Sunshine brings the crowds to downtown Vancouver for holiday weekend

first_imgVancouver Farmers Market: www.vancouverfarmersmarket.comSunshine and Easter made for the busiest weekend yet this year at the Vancouver Farmers Market.More than 23,000 people shopped at the market at Eighth and Esther streets, said Erin Timmerman, the market manager.And customers and vendors both seemed happy.“We’ve had really good response from our vendors with high sales,” Timmerman said. She said about 100 vendors were at the market Saturday and about 70 on Sunday.She said Saturday with an Easter egg hunt in Esther Short Park brought at least 15,000 to the market. Sunday’s crowd was at least 8,000, she said.Many walked away with bouquets of flowers as bright as the day.Keri Gallagher, 34, and Ingrid Neumann, 36, said they sold 100 crêpes at their C’est la Vie booth.Asked how long they have made crêpes for sale, Gallagher, laughing, said, “Professionally, for two days now. But I’ve been a crêpe enthusiast for many years. I fell in love with them in Paris.“We make them to order and we have sweet and savory,” explained Gallagher, who also manages Little Italy Trattoria in Cascade Park.The Waring crêpemaker that the two call Jacques is at 490 degrees as the batter is poured. After two minutes, the crêpe is flipped, and spinach and fresh mozzarella cheese are tucked into the savory “Florentine” crêpe.You can also get a sweet crêpes filled with Nutella and bananas or salted caramel and apple, the women said. The cost is $6.last_img read more

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Chinas Yueqi Zhu just misses WSOP glory as 2018 main event final

first_img Load More RelatedPosts China’s Yueqi Zhu came within a whisker of achieving every poker player’s dream after being eliminated on the final table bubble of the World Series of Poker main event on Thursday.The 55-year-old engineer from Benxi, China, now residing in California, was eliminated in 10th and in incredibly cruel fashion when he found himself in a three-way all-in, with he and France’s Antoine Labay both holding KK against the AA of Nicolas Manion. 50 years young Man who changed poker, Chris Moneymaker, one of two new inductees to prestigious Hall of Fame Germany’s Hossein Ensan wins 2019 WSOP Main Event Despite his close call, Yueqi pocketed more than US$850,000 for his deep run after charging through the field of 7,874 players – the second biggest WSOP main event field of all time. He also has a WSOP bracelet to his name after winning the Mixed $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event just a few weeks ago. Yueqi’s main event run was his 77th career WSOP cash.While he fell agonizingly short of a final table dream for China, Australia will have its first main event final table representative since Joe Hachem won the biggest prize in poker in 2005, with 28-year-old Alex Lynskey sitting fifth in the chip counts.Main Event BraceletLynskey, who hails from Brisbane, survived a rollercoaster Day 7 of the world’s most prestigious tournament and is now guaranteed a minimum US$1 million payday with US$8.8 million awaiting the eventual champion, although he has work to do to catch chip leaders Manion and Michael Dyer with 112,775,000 and 109,175,000 respectively.Lynskey is no stranger to Australia’s poker community, having already secured a number of impressive scores in recent years. He finished 9th at the 2015 Aussie Millions then fourth in the same event 12 months later, conquered the inaugural Australasian Poker Challenge at The Star in Sydney in 2016 and came within a whisker of a WSOP bracelet in 2017 when he finished runner-up in the $2,620 “The Marathon” for US$427,000. In total he boasts live career earnings of almost US$1.7 million but is on track to more than double that when the final table kicks off later today.To do so he will need to conquer a former WSOP main event final table champion. In 2009, Joe Cada became the youngest player to ever win the main event at just 21 years of age and has a chance to create history after a late surge on Thursday.The WSOP final table will be played over the course of the next three days with the winner, who will pocket a massive US$8.8 million, to be crowned on Sunday, Macau-time.2018 WSOP final table:Nicolas Manion       112,775,000Michael Dyer          109,175,000Tony Miles              42,750,000John Cynn              37,075,000Alex Lynskey           25,925,000Joe Cada                23,675,000Aram Zobian           18,875,000Artem Metalidi        15,475,000Antoine Labat         8,050,000last_img read more

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Publisher Plans to Launch Regional Pet Title in Nearly 20 Markets

first_imgPatton—a former associate publisher at ST Media Group International—said the initial launch is self-funded and that advertising sales and event sponsorships will be “key elements” in the magazine’s revenue generation. Before the end of the year, editions of HauteDog will launch in Dallas, Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky Patton said. Once printed, each new edition will be featured at a launch event, paid for by as many as three sponsors, to be held at area dog-friendly locations, she said. The magazine’s companion Web site will go live in August. The launch issue is expected to have 36 pages and carry a $4.95 cover price. An annual subscription will cost $18. The magazine will be distributed to various pet-friendly locations including veterinarian offices, specialty retail locations and area shelters. At a time when magazines face evaporating ad sales, one small publisher has an ambitious plan to launch as many as 18 editions of a new enthusiast title over the next couple of years.Bluedogg Innovation Marketing & Media said it will launch the first edition of HauteDog—a 10,000-circulation magazine for dog lovers—in Austin, Texas in September. The Austin-based company said it plans to launch four regional editions of the magazine every six months.“We hope to reach a total of 12 to 18 markets, and more if the areas can support it” Bluedogg owner Susan Patton told FOLIO:. “Since this is a local market magazine, the ‘dog-centricness’ of the select cities will determine the opportunity in the market.”last_img read more

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Samsung has 9 Galaxy phones you can buy now Heres how to

first_img The most wallet-friendly The Galaxy S10 Plus has a big 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, loads of useful camera tools and one of the longest battery times we’ve tested on phones this year, lasting an excellent 21 hours during our lab test for continuous video playback on Airplane mode. Unlike the Galaxy S10, it has two front-facing cameras instead of just one. Samsung Galaxy Fold ($1,980) The cheapest S10 phone Read more about the Note 10 Tags Angela Lang/CNET The one with the stylus but bigger and with 5G Read the Galaxy A50 review Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G ($1,300) Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon The Galaxy A50 is part of Samsung’s A-series, which is much cheaper than the top tier S-series of phones. At $350, £309 or AU$500, the A50 is one of your cheapest Galaxy options and features a 6.4-inch display, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a headphone jack. On the back are three cameras that include a wide-angle lens as well as a “depth lens,” which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G ($1,300) As the most wallet-friendly Galaxy S10 phone, the $750, £669 and AU$1,199 Galaxy S10E has a lot to offer. It’s a smaller phone, which is great for those looking for a comfortable grip, and it has a super-fast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a long-lasting battery life. Like other S10 phones, it can wirelessly charge other phones and accessories, like a pair of wireless earbuds or a smartwatch. Like all of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones, the standard Galaxy S10 is built from the best parts. It has a wonderfully sharp screen and a long battery life. Camera quality is awesome and it comes with all the extras, including the ability to wirelessly charge another device or accessory. See at Amazon See at Amazon The one that folds, obviously Andrew Hoyle/CNET The Note 10 Plus 5G is pretty much identical to the regular Note 10 Plus but like the S10 5G, it connects to 5G networks. Because of this, the phone weighs about 2 grams heavier and is more expensive than the Note 10 Plus by $200. It will be available on the US carriers Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as in South Korea and other international markets, but it may not be worth investing in the phone just yet. See at Amazon Read the Galaxy S10 review Read more about the Galaxy Fold The Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung’s first phone that can connect to the next-gen network of high-speed mobile data known as 5G. Initially launched on the US carrier Verizon, the Galaxy S10 5G costs $1,300, £1,099 and AU$1,999, which has a 6.7-inch display, the same four-camera setup as the Note 10 Plus and a second depth-sensing front-facing camera. The device is also available on Sprint and T-Mobile, as well as AT&T but only for business. See at Verizon Samsung’s Note 10 in an array of different colors. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Samsung doesn’t care if you already think there’s a dizzying number of Galaxy phones to keep track of. On Aug. 7, the company added more to the pile when it unveiled three Note phones, the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 Plus 5G, which are considered to be the upper “top-tier” end of the premium phone spectrum. They join six other Galaxy phones that Samsung announced this year, bringing the total number of new Galaxy phones you can buy to nine(!). As the most unique Galaxy phone, the Galaxy Fold has a secondary 4.6-inch display that serves as its “cover.” It then opens up like a book to a 7.3-inch tablet. The Fold also has six cameras: on the back, there’s the same triple-camera setup as the Galaxy S10 and on the front a single 10-megapixel camera. In tablet form, there are two additional cameras inside: a selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth camera.Preorders began in April, but after reports of screen breakages, flickering and, bulging with preproduction units, Samsung has delayed the Fold until September. (For more information, read CNET’s Galaxy Fold FAQ.) Because of the phone’s novel design, the Fold is the most expensive phone of the bunch, costing $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800). Angela Lang/CNET Samsung Galaxy A50 ($350) Read the Galaxy S10 Plus review Read more about the Note 10 Plus 2:08 Mobile Phones Samsung Galaxy Note 10 ($949) The one with the stylus Now playing: Watch this: Angela Lang/CNET The flagship but bigger Samsung Galaxy S10 ($900) The ‘flagship’ Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus ($1,100) Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET The flagship but with 5G Comments Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon The one with the stylus but bigger Angela Lang/CNET Samsung Galaxy S10E ($750) Angela Lang/CNET Read more about the Note 10 Plus 5G 22 Read the Galaxy S10E review From budget devices and 5G phones, to one in particular that can fold in half (yes, really), we round up the latest Galaxy phones, tell you what makes them special from all the others and order them from cheapest to most expensive.Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products from the links. See at Amazon See at AT&T Read more about the Galaxy S10 5G As the Galaxy phone with the biggest screen (that doesn’t fold, that is), the Note 10 Plus has a huge 6.8-inch display. Like its Note 10 counterpart, it has a single front-facing camera but in addition to its three rear cameras, it has a fourth depth-sensing camera. And while it doesn’t have a headphone jack either, it does have expandable memory, unlike the Note 10. See at Amazon Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus ($1,000) 9 Samsung Galaxy phones and how to tell them apart As the standard model of Samsung’s newest line of ultraluxe phones, the Note 10 features a 6.3-inch display, three rear cameras, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a signature S Pen stylus that can remotely control the phone’s camera via Bluetooth. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack or expandable memory. Samsunglast_img read more

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Gold steady as unease with Trump policy weighs on dollar

first_imgGold prices were steady on Tuesday as the dollar remained under pressure on signs that United States President Donald Trump would adopt a protectionist stance on trade.Read: After Donald Trump pulls out of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia opens doors for China to join trade dealSpot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,217.42 per ounce by 0337 GMT, after hitting their strongest since Nov. 22 at $1,219.59 earlier in the session.U.S. gold futures inched up 0.2 percent, to $1,218.Trump formally withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday and told U.S. manufacturing executives he would impose a hefty border tax on firms that import products after moving American factories overseas.”We are looking at gold hitting $1,250 within weeks. The rationale is very simple. The market was in honeymoon with Trump. With him in power now, the reality starts to bite,” said Dominic Schnider of UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong.”The market starts to realise the euphoria on how he starts to accelerate the growth and is disappointed. Maybe his policies are inflationary rather than growth supportive.”Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary Steven said that an excessively strong dollar was negative in the short term, according to a report by Bloomberg on Monday. That put additional pressure on the dollar.The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of currencies, fell for a third day by 0.2 percent to 99.930.Trump’s campaign calls for tax cuts and more infrastructure spending have boosted U.S. shares and the dollar, as well as driving a selloff in U.S. Treasury bills, but his protectionist statements and a flurry of off-the-cuff Tweets have kept many investors from adding to risky positions.”Regardless of Trump, the main story for gold is negative interest rates in the U.S. We are not expecting the Fed to raise rates in March and it’s just going to be two hikes and that’s roughly priced in to the market,” Schnider said.Spot gold looks exhausted and may again fail to break a strong resistance at $1,219 per ounce before retracing towards a support at $1,196, according to Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.Among other precious metals, silver was flat at $17.19 per ounce while platinum gained 0.5 percent, to $983.35.Palladium dropped by 0.6 percent to $771.80 an ounce, after hitting $795.60, its highest since May 2015, in the previous session.last_img read more

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DC Fair Aims to Help Adult Learners

first_imgThe third-annual Adult College Completion Fair, dubbed “Revisiting the Dream: College Access and Completion for All,” will be held 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 1 at One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth Street NW. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is organizing the fair. Officials of the agency said they are expecting about 500 people to attend.The focus of the fair will be on budgeting and financing an education. As such, the fair will offer college advising, career assistance and workshops on financial aid and navigating the college admissions process as a new or returning student. “We just want our adult learners to be empowered and to be knowledgeable,” said Tiffany DeJesus, program manager for college and career readiness postsecondary education, with OSSE.Attendees will have an opportunity to visit representatives from nearly a dozen colleges and universities that focus on adult learners. They include Prince George’s Community College, George Mason University, University of the District of Columbia, and Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.Adult learners can also get advice from local groups specializing in postsecondary resources, the federal student aid process, tuition assistance, and in preparing them for community college. Limited information on masters’ degree programs will be available as well.By 2020, 76 percent of all jobs in the District will require post-secondary education, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education. That statistic, DeJesus indicated, is driving the fair.A survey DeJesus conducted with about 400 District residents found 80 percent of them had some college credit, but had not finish their degrees. Most of those adults were D.C. tuition assistance grantees who failed to complete the application process for the grants, she said.For Reginald Black, it’s personal. He has served on the Adult College Completion Initiative since its inception, joining when he was a college/career navigator at Academy of Hope Public Adult Charter School. Two years ago, Black pushed the D.C. City Council to fund adult learners, and was floored when he a city council member told him 65,000 adults living in the District don’t have high school diplomas.“I said to myself, ‘Wow, it’s crazy to me that there are so many people living in the nation’s capital who don’t have a high school diploma,’ and so the question becomes ‘How do you support yourself?’” Black asked.Since then, Black, now a recruiter at Trinity Washington University’s graduate school of business, has made it his priority to support the fair. “It doesn’t matter what I do in my occupation,” he said. “I’ll be there to make sure the fair goes off with a bang.” According to the American Community Survey, 100,268 District residents’ highest level of educational attainment is a high school diploma or equivalent.Adults can run into several obstacles that keep them from completing their degree, DeJesus said. Issues range from the inability to afford school, to work-life balance issues, to working longer hours so they can keep living in the District as it gentrifies.Affordability is a key issue, she said. Sometimes adults register to attend for-profit universities thinking they’re a “quick fix” but those institutions may not have been accredited — meaning their credits won’t transfer — and are often expensive.Some adults pursue an education and take out loans they are unable to pay back. If students are unable to finish paying for their education, the learning institution typically holds the transcript or refuses to transfer credits to another school, DeJesus said. “It’s more than just being in debt with federal student aid,” DeJesus said. “It’s more so having the balance so they’re able to pay.”Many adult learners need flexibility in programming, such as night or weekend courses, or the ability to take one-to-two classes at a time so they can work and/or look after their children. Supporting these learners now will strengthen the local economy and workforce in the future, DeJesus said.last_img read more

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A50 shut due to serious accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA serious accident has closed the A50 this morning. The A50 Westbound is closed due to a serious accident between A522 ( Uttoxeter / Upper Tean) and A521 ( Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott). The accident is said to have occurred shortly after 12.30am tonight. We have no further information at this stage.last_img

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first_img 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 | 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 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 | 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 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 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 Agfa HealthCare announced the launch of Musica for Neonatal, built on its next generation Musica image processing software. Offering dedicated functions for neonatal imaging, the next generation Musica for Neonatal can play an important role in caregivers’ efforts to control and reduce imaging radiation dose in these highly sensitive patients, while offering very high image quality and consistency. Imaging and dose control for neonatals present unique challenges.This next generation of Musica software offers all the benefits of previous generations of the ‘gold-standard’ image processing software, including consistently high image quality across all of Agfa HealthCare’s digital radiography solutions and robustness against variations such as tube quality and exposure settings. In this next generation of Musica, Fractional Multiscale Processing (FMP) makes it easier to see and distinguish the subtle details in images. The balanced presentation of all tissue structures, from bone to soft tissue, results in images that are very comfortable to read and that present radiologists with more diagnostic information.Specifically for neonatal imaging, MUSICA for Neonatal offers an excellent balance of soft bone, lung and abdominal tissue in a single image. This means fewer images are necessary, giving caregivers the ability to reduce the overall amount of radiation dose for the patient. “Agfa HealthCare is a driver and a leader in image processing, and we are committed to supporting the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle in imaging dose,” said Louis Kuitenbrouwer, vice president, imaging division of Agfa HealthCare. “But that implies a balance: you want to reduce dose, while your images must still give you the diagnostic quality needed for correct interpretation. With Musica for Neonatal, we are offering a tool to help achieve that balance, and to help radiologists get the most from their images. That’s why we say, with Musica, ‘The diagnosis is in the details’.”For more information: www.agfa.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | February 17, 2015 Agfa HealthCare Launches Musica for Neonatal at ECR 2015 Technology improvements to gold standard image processing software include more detail in a single neonatal image and confident, comfortable reading 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 Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more 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 | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterGoing to the spa has never been so much fun for men, thanks to the Five Star Spa at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, and a little splash of bourbon.New bourbon-themed treatments use a decadent FarmHouse Fresh Bourbon Bubbler scrub that combines brown sugar and real Kentucky whiskey. The scrub benefits circulation, promotes a purifying and cleansing effect on the feet, and removes excess skin buildup making the feet smooth and fresh. It’s 93.5 per cent natural, vegan, gluten-free, and paraben- and sulfate-free.The icing on this bourbon-infused cake? Guests are welcome to imbibe in a glass of locally distilled bourbon from 10th Mountain Whiskey before, during or after their treatment.“We always try to incorporate local products and partnerships into our services, and 10th Mountain Whiskey just so happens to be Vail’s premier distillery,” says Director of Spa, Mary Gunderson. Influenced by the original 10th Mountain soldiers, this local distillery is nod to Vail’s history, which just celebrated its 50-year anniversary on 23 August 2016.From Boots to Booze Men’s Pedicure50 minutesUS$95 per personAfter a long hike or playing in the snow, men can kick off their boots and relax with this luxurious pedicure. Imbibe a glass of locally distilled bourbon while the treatment begins with an intoxicatingly decadent Bourbon Bubbler scrub that combines brown sugar and real Kentucky whiskey to exfoliate and relax sore feet and muscles. Next, a therapist will apply a cooling and soothing GuacStar avocado hydration mask to feet, followed by a hot-stone massage that melts away tension and leaves feet feeling invigorated. The treatment concludes with a hot foot soak, callous filing, a nail trim and buffing. For an additional US$15, guests can enjoy the treatment with guacamole and chips.Bourbon Cowboy80 minutesUS$250 per personMuscles and limbs will get much-needed TLC in this full-body treatment. The experience begins with the application of steaming nectar milk towels to aching feet, arms and legs, and is then followed by an exfoliating application of warm Bourbon Bubbler scrub. Guests will then unwind in a hot bath while sipping on a glass of locally distilled bourbon. A refreshing agave nectar massage will bring a smooth and relaxing end to the treatment.Men’s Cut and a Cold OneUS$37 per personVisit the only men’s barbershop in Vail right inside the Resort’s Five Star Spa. Choose from a variety of services, such as a classic straight-edge razor shave and moustache trim to Moroccan oil scalp massages and various haircut services. Included with each service are local libations of choice, such as a craft beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery or barrel-aged 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Bourbon.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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